QCP starts construction of sustainable plastics plant at Chemelot
26 February 2015
QCP has officially started construction of a new plant at the Chemelot Industrial Park in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The plant will produce circular polymers from post-consumer plastic waste.
Huub Meessen, CEO of QCP, which stands for Quality Circular Polymers: “Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of this year and then we will immediately start producing high-quality polypropylene and polyethylene compounds. Thanks to the chosen technology and our available polymers know-how we can guarantee a constant product quality, and thanks to our strategic partner SITA the continuity of raw materials supply is assured. Demand for this type of circular polymers is growing, high quality and guaranteed supplies being key factors. It goes without saying that we have already started customer and product development.”
QCP’s focus is on the packaging, automotive, construction and E&E industries, in other words on industries in which plastics are used.
The plant will be built in three phases and the production capacity will eventually amount to 100,000 tons a year. . The total investment is about 75 million euros, 35 million euros being earmarked for the first phase. As soon as the plant is fully up and running, it will provide direct employment to 100 people, while it is expected that 200 to 300 indirect jobs will be created.
To guarantee a high quality, the newest production technology is used. B+B Anlagenbau supplies the equipment for washing the incoming plastic waste and processing it into clean flakes. KraussMaffei Berstorff supplies the equipment that converts these flakes into the high-quality plastic pellets end product. AZO handles the fully automated internal transport and the storage. All these activities take place within the building constructed by contractor Edibo. The infrastructure works are carried out by Wegenbouw Brune.
Marc Houtermans, COO of QCP: “We have set up partnerships with our technology suppliers. That is the only way to achieve a good combination of the new technology of the emerging circular polymer industry and the proven technology of the traditional compounding industry.”
Reuse of plastic waste in itself already is sustainable in terms of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy, but that’s not all. Raf Bemelmans, CSCO of QCP: “The plant roof is suitable for installation of solar cells, so that QCP can generate part of its energy needs.
QCP is an initiative of three entrepreneurs: Huub Meessen, Marc Houtermans and Raf Bemelmans, all in possession of broad petrochemical experience. QCP is a consortium consisting, besides the initiators, of, SITA, Chemelot Ventures and NV Industriebank LIOF. The initiative is co-financed by Rabobank, Limburgs Energie Fonds, the municipality of Sittard-Geleen and the Province of Limburg. The company building is financed by Langen based in Elsloo. Support was also offered by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA).
Twan Beurskens, Provincial Executive member for Economic Affairs and Land Use: “QCP’s decision to build a plant here proves that there’s certainly a place for manufacturing industry in our province. In that sense, QCP is a valuable addition to the development of Brightlands Chemelot Campus, where the focus is on education, research and development.”
The Province of Limburg is one of the co-financers. “Construction of the plant means a significant contribution to regional employment,” says Beurskens.
Pieter Meekels, Sittard-Geleen’s alderman responsible for economic affairs: “QCP is important for employment in our town. It’s not often that we see a starting company with a size like that of QCP. Moreover, we have been able to make agreements with QCP about, for instance, jobs for the unemployed and for people on welfare benefits.”
QCP, which stands for Quality Circular Polymers, is a new company that will provide brand owners and plastics processors with polymers of high and constant quality based on post-use plastic. These polymers can be used for large-scale production of sustainable products. Reliability of supplies, integration, leading technology, innovative recipes and the strategic partnership with SITA, part of Suez Environment, as supplier of the post-use plastics, are the factors that will enable QCP to raise circular plastics to a higher level. The plant has a capacity of 100,000 tons a year and requires a total investment of 75 million euros, 35 million euros of which will be spent on the first phase. The first-phase plant will be started up by the end of 2015. QCP provides direct employment to about 100 people while also creating 200 to 300 indirect jobs. The focus will be on PP (polypropylene) and PE (polyethylene).
For more information, please see: www.QCPolymers.com.