The Grandpuits’ new unit is expected to extend the company’s range of recycled polymers and will specifically target the high-performance packaging industry for cosmetics and medicines
French multi-energy company TotalEnergies has announced its plans to build a new plastic waste mechanical recycling unit at the zero-crude platform in Grandpuits site southeast of Paris, France.
TotalEnergies is engaged in the development, production and marketing of polymers-polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene and their recycled equivalents. It also manufactures biopolymers that can be integrated into plastic production processes.
Additionally, the company will set up a dedicated centre to provide technical assistance to clients and develop new products. It will also offer sufficient support for the commercialisation of the new line of hybrid compounds.
The Grandpuits’ new unit is expected to extend the company’s range of recycled polymers. It will specifically target the high-performance packaging industry for cosmetics and medicines.
Last year, the multi-energy company invested in a new manufacturing line that produces high-performance recycled polypropylene for the automobile industry in its factory at Carling.
TotalEnergies Refining & Chemicals president Bernard Pinatel said: “This investment is great news for the local area and represents another milestone for the zero-crude platform at Grandpuits.
“The investment in this plastic recycling unit is entirely consistent with the Company’s ambition to grow the circular economy and will contribute to the objective of reaching one million tons of circular polymers by 2030.
“By developing all these projects at the Grandpuits zero-crude platform, the company can confirm it will maintain 250 jobs at the site, honouring the commitments that it made in September 2020.”
The new facility is anticipated to be operational in 2026 and will be able to create 30,000 tons of high-value compounds with up to 50% recycled plastic per year.
This latest investment follows the announcement made in June 2023, which included building a biomethane production unit and increasing the output of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The plans aligned with the firm’s goal to advance low-carbon energy and the circular economy.
In September 2020, TotalEnergies announced an investment of over €500m in the zero-crude project. It included the development of multiple future-oriented activities in biomass, renewables and the circular economy.