Technology and Products

Technology

Infimer has developed a breakthrough technology for treating unsorted municipal solid waste (MSW) and turning it into a new sustainable and fully recyclable thermoplastic composite – Infimer®.

The Infimer® production process includes two main steps:

  1. A continuous and cost-efficient process of waste separation, separating the organic lignocelluloses and plastic from the minerals (including metals, glass, rock and sand).
  1. Several energy-efficient steps of squeezing and grinding the light fraction (organic lignocelluloses and plastics) and subjecting it as a feedstock to a special reactor-extruder, where Infimer® is produced by using shearing forces, pressure and heat. The last stages of the process include pelletizing, cooling and packing.

The main advantages of the unique technology are:

This technology eliminates the need for the conventional pre-treatment or sorting and washing procedures currently in place.

It can be applied to unsorted as well as pre-sorted waste streams of organic waste as well as plastic waste.

The MSW is processed into a novel thermoplastic material – Infimer®.

The process is cost-effective and energy-efficient.

Infimer® is infinitely recyclable and retains its initial physical properties. In contrast, current plastic recycling is a challenging task due to the requirements of separating polymer types, as well as due to PVC contamination, decomposition, and lower grade plastic that cannot be re-recycled.

Infimer® successfully passed initial REACH tests aimed at ensuring a high level of protection from the potential risks of hazardous materials and chemicals.

The new technology recycles more than 80% of MSW, while the existing technologies in EU countries recycle only 25%-35%.

The novel green, recycled and recyclable Infimer® can be used as a raw material for the plastics industry. Other industries, such as the wood and concrete industries, are also considered to be possible end users of Infimer®.

Infimer® is a sustainable green raw material with attractive pricing and long-term price stability, which will help to reduce dependence on crude oil prices for manufacturing plastic.

The properties of Infimer®, including its binding capacity to other materials, indicate great potential for further development of new composite materials, thus providing excellent solutions for the plastics industry’s current and future needs

Solutions and Products

Infimer® is a new composite thermoplastic material; it is not similar or comparable to any existing plastic material, and it has new and unique properties.

As opposed to existing plastic materials, Infimer® can bind and compound with other materials, such as different types of plastics, rubber, fibers, wood, and more.

Binding Infimer® with other materials changes the attributes of the new compound materials. This quality of Infimer® represents a great potential for developing new polymers with novel properties that do not currently exist in the world of plastics.

Infimer® has high resistance when exposed to UV light and to very low temperatures.

Infimer® is suitable for use with existing machinery in the plastics industry (injection molding and extrusion).

Final products produced from Infimer® are 100% recyclable. There is no degradation, or only a slight degradation, in product qualities.

 

Samples of Infimer® materials

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Plastic Products produced from Infimer®

  • Toolboxes
  • Folding work tables
  • Deck tiles
  • Pallets
  • injection and molding techniques
Toolboxes
Folding work tables
Deck tiles
Different samples – injection and molding techniques
Pallets