ILLUSTRATION PEX2

How does the process work.

  1. Cable waste is sorted and removed from metals.
  2. The recycled plastic material from the cable waste is transported to Axjo for further processing.
  3. The material is ground and dried.
  4. In the mixing process, a polymer matrix composite – a filler used to adapt the volume of the product –, is added, along with a colouring agent, UV protection agent, etc.
  5. In the compounding process, the materials are ground together and any contaminants, moisture or residue in the recycled material are removed.
  6. The result is a finished granulate ready for injection-moulding of new drums.
PEX2

Taking plastic recycling to a new level.

The Greenology Concept is made up of many different parts. One of the most important is helping our customers reduce their carbon footprint. A key initiative has been to work with leading manufacturers and research institutes to develop a method for utilising waste from power cable production using XLPE. XLPE is PE (polyethylene) which is cross-linked with an additive to improve its properties. This results in scrap that is very difficult to use in a recycling stream. Together with NKT, Borealis, and Swerea IVF, Axjo has managed to succeed throughout the entire value chain. Effective recycling at NKT’s recycling plant, together with use of a sophisticated method in Axjo’s mixing and compounding process in Gislaved, have proved successful. Products are now being developed with a significant PEX content as an impact modifier. These innovative products have been on the market for over a year, and both cable manufacturers and end-users have been very satisfied with the outcome. The reuse of 1,000 kg of XLPE provides a saving of 2,000 kg of CO², helping our customers become more sustainable and more profitable as the waste does not need to be sent to landfill or incinerated.

That’s what we call Greenology