Plastics Recycling Update

Seeing growing demand, PP additive maker grows footprint

Milliken plant seen from above.

Milliken’s Blacksburg, S.C. plant will increase production capacity for the company’s Millad NX 8000 polypropylene clarifier, which is used in PP recycling. | Courtesy of Milliken

Global manufacturer Milliken & Company says its newest clarifier plant is coming on-line, boosting Milliken’s production capacity for its PP clarifier by over 50%.

The plant, located in Blacksburg, S.C., will increase capacity to produce the Millad NX 8000 polypropylene clarifier, which is used in PP recycling. The product results in a clear – not cloudy or hazy – virgin or recycled plastic. That allows consumers to see products inside of the packaging.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has also issued a letter confirming that Millad NX 8000 is not detrimental to the PP recycling process.

“This represents the largest clarifier plant investment in Milliken history,” Cindy Boiter, president of Milliken’s Chemicals Business, stated in a press release. “Engineering is complete, and we are in the process of commissioning the plant. When we launch production in the fall, it will allow us to address both current market needs and increasing demand for these products well into the future.”

Based in Spartanburg, S.C, Milliken produces additives and colorants used in plastics recycling. In the release, Boiter noted that demand for Millad NX 8000 has increased at an 11% compound annual growth rate for each of the past nine years.

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