Plastics injection moulder and toolmaker Pentagon Plastics is seeing strong growth in the consumption of recycled polymers, specifically ABS and polypropylene, for non-critical parts.
Pentagon Plastics produce customer bespoke products. Although it offers material advice to customers who are still in the design phase of a project, specified material options are usually in place by the time a project comes to the company for review and quotation. Often due to the technical nature of these mouldings, for example, in the medical and aviation sector, customers will specify a high engineering grade of virgin thermoplastic material so recycled polymers are not acceptable due to the risk of contamination in the product.
Following recent internal analysis, Pentagon is delighted to report that since 2019 it has seen a 50% increase year on year in the consumption of recycled polymers within its moulding division, specifically in low cost and construction parts. The recycled polymers that Pentagon sees the most increase in are ABS and Polypropylene.
In line with this, it is also notable that a higher volume of new enquiries looks to run production of their products in recycled or biopolymers. This is a really encouraging sign that long term sustainability and the wider environmental impacts are being considered at the early stages of product design.
As a responsible plastics manufacturer, Pentagon is keen to continue with this positive trend and increase the use of recycled materials within its mould shop. The company is confident that by raising awareness of the environmental impact, designers will turn to recycled and biopolymers where the product, environment and usage allows.