MGG Polymers was founded in 2004 as a joint venture under the name MBA Polymers Austria. Shortly afterwards, the joint venture partner MBA Polymers Inc. received the prestigious „Technology Pioneer 2006“ award from the World Economic Forum. In 2017, the Austrian joint venture partner, the Müller-Guttenbrunn Group (MGG), took over the Kematen/Ybbs plant completely. Since then, the company has been trading as MGG Polymers.
The raw material source for MGG Polymers‘ high-tech recycling process is plastics from electronic waste – this is the „residue“ left over after the processes for recovering metals from electrical appliances. In a complex process, it is possible to obtain pure qualities of PE, PP, PS, ABS and PCABS as regrind. The individual fractions are then refined into saleable granulates in a compounding step.
The granulates produced meet all of the requirements according to REACH, RoHS as well as many other specifications. Plastics containing prohibited substances (e.g. various flame retardants, cadmium compounds, etc.) are separated during this process to protect the environment and handed over to specialist companies for destruction.
The big plus of PCR plastics is the enormous saving in terms of resources and energy: for example, the production of PCR plastics requires about only ten percent of the amount of energy needed to produce the same amount of virgin material. At the same time, four tonnes of CO2 emissions are saved per tonne of reused PCR plastic! In a nutshell: with the current production of more than 20,000 tonnes of PCR plastics per year, MGG Polymers is actively contributing to environmental and climate protection. Managing Director Günther Höggerl assures: „We want to get better every day. That’s why our 100 employees are constantly working to further improve the qualities we have achieved and to be able to recycle even more types of plastic in the future.“