Solvay, MCAM Partner To Recycle End-of-Life Plastic Medical
The sustainability initiative targets medical equipment made with Solvay’s Udel-branded
Solvay and Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM) have announced a
sustainability initiative targeting medical equipment made with Solvay’s Udel-branded
polysulfone (PSU) thermoplastic. The companies said they are investigating
logistics for recovery, recycling, and reprocessing of end-of-life Udel PSU–based
medical components. The recycled material would be reused in the same
The project is aligned with Solvay’s One Planet sustainability roadmap and
Mitsubishi’s KAITEKI vision designed to preserve resources and contribute to
safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products.
Medical applications of Udel typically involve filtration, including dialysis
devices. More than 90% of all dialysis membranes are made from PSU or
polyethersulfone, according to Solvay. The material also is commonly used to
mold components for biopharmaceutical processing.
“The agreement with Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials is the latest
demonstration of Solvay’s commitment to help customers achieve ambitious
sustainability targets,” said Antonella Di Meo, Product Sustainability Manager
at Solvay. “It is part of our long-term commitment to develop sustainable
solutions from bio-based or recycled resources. With this project, we want to
show, in a practical way, that it is possible to recycle high-value Udel PSU
parts used in the medical field, yielding important savings in CO2 emissions
along the production and supply chain.”
The project leverages techniques developed by MCAM to wash and mechanically
purify the material combined with Solvay's ability to evaluate the chemistry of
the end-of-life polymer. The objective is to develop a robust recycling strategy
that will provide customers with materials that fully meet all specifications,
said the companies.
MCAM previously partnered with Solvay in reclamation and recycling of other
high-performance polymers, including KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK).