Plastpol: A good herald

The first agreement of this kind in Central Europe was signed at the Kielce Plastpol Expo. Polish company ML Polyolefins will export its recycled products to six countries

ML Polyolefins, Central and Eastern Europe’s largest producer of polypropylene regranulate, and the German Brenntag, one of the largest distributors of plastics in this part of the continent, have entered into the agreement. This is the first time when Polish and Western European companies, the plastics processing industry players, establish this kind of cooperation.    

The cooperation agreement was signed (from the left) by Sara Ghione, director of Brenntag Polymers EMEA and Tomasz Mikulski, President of the Management Board of ML Polyolefins

ML Polyolefins is Central and Eastern Europe’s largest producer of polypropylene regranulate obtained from recycled plastic waste. The company produces standardised recyclate, which can be used to make new plastic products. A year ago, the company representatives entered into a negotiations with the German company Brenntag regarding export opportunities. Brenntag is one of the largest distributors of plastics in Central and Eastern Europe. The talks were finalised on Wednesday, 24 May; the Plastpol plastics and rubber expo in Targi Kielce witnessed the companies’ representatives signing the agreement. This is the first collaboration of this type established between a Polish producer of recyclate and a foreign distributor in Central Europe.

Under this agreement, the ML Polyolefins products will be delivered to customers in six countries – Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. 

Tomasz Mikulski, President of the Management Board of ML Polyolefins, spoke at the press conference. He said the company produces standardised recyclate, i.e. a high-quality product feedstock for many industries. – Brenntag will reach customers who can make the most of these products. The product needs to meet the customer’s requirements, as this is a critical condition. Recycling and production of recyclate ought to match the quality of the original products; this is not easy. Therefore, the standardisation of recyclate seems to be a necessity for its successful market recirculation – emphasised President Mikulski.

Sara Ghione, Brenntag Polymers EMEA Director, indicated that the company decided to cooperate with ML Polyolefins owing to ML Polyolefins’ excellent track record in the recycling sector. – The firm provides a high-quality product; there is a customers base ready to purchase – she said. 

– This is the first distribution agreement signed by a plastic recycler from our part of Europe with such a robust distributor from Western Europe. The involvement of both companies’ teams in the preparation phase is a good herald. Therefore, we are optimistic about the contract delivery – added Krzysztof Nowosielski, commercial director and proxy of ML Polyolefins.