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3M™ Dyneon™ Fluoropolymer Up-Cycling | Closing the loop

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16. Oct. 2013

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Re-using precious materials without sacrificing the capability characteristics was an illusion... From now on effective Up-Cycling of valuable perfluorinated material will become reality.

Up-Cycling is the answer to anybody concerned with the environment and the use of exhaustible raw materials such as fluorspar. Close the loop and make a true sustainability effort with the world´s first innovative Up-Cyling method. An innovative and ground breaking process of depolymerising fluoropolymers has been developed by us, Dyneon GmbH, a 3M Company subsidiary, in co-operation with technology institute InVerTec and the University of Bayreuth. We are currently building a pilot Up-Cycling plant in Burgkirchen, Germany, subsidised with nearly EUR 1 million by the Federal Environment Ministry.

Visualisation of the closed life-cycle loop of perfluorinated polymers (PFPs).
Visualisation of the closed life-cycle loop of perfluorinated polymers (PFPs)

Resources are finite, so sustainability and responsible raw material handling are key to the future. Protecting the environment is more than just goodwill – but a regulatory requirement with increasing importance. Landfill is not just costly, it also includes logistic efforts and people-intensive processes. So what is an alternative to deposition and incineration: Up-Cycling the fully fluorinated polymers! Closing the loop when perfluorinated polymers reach their end of life and not just Re-Cycle and downgrade it. But Up-Cycle the material back into its pure starting materials – ready to be polymerized and manufactured into the next generation of material with 100 % perfect features and unlimited performance.

To explain the process, our capabilities and progress further, we have created a brochure explaining Up-Cycling of fully fluorinated polymers in more detail.

Get your copy today. Download your preferred language below.

Up-Cycling | Closing the loop

Up-Cycling | Die intelligente Lösung

 

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