Trex Co. Inc. on May 10 announced a new joint venture in Europe to recycle polyethylene for use in its wood-polymer lumber products.
The venture, called Denplax SA, combines the efforts of Winchester, Va.-based Trex, a Spanish recycling company and an Italian recycling equipment maker. Trex officials declined to name the partner companies or their locations.
The new plant in El Ejido, Spain, is under construction but is partially operational. The facility will recycle PE waste generated mainly from agricultural applications.
When fully operational, the plant will have capacity to recycle 40 million pounds of PE annually. Trex has exclusive rights to 100 percent of the plant's production as feedstock for its lumber products.
However, none of the lumber will be manufactured or sold in Europe, according to a Trex spokesman.
"They're sourcing for manufacturing facilities in the U.S. — not for producing the product in Spain," the spokesman said. "It's a good source of recycled PE.
"They're always looking for good, reliable sources at a good price, and this provided that."
The company did not provide information about when the plant will be fully operational.
This is the first overseas venture for Trex, which has manufacturing operations in Winchester and Fernley, Nev. The company also is building a third composite lumber manufacturing plant in Knoxville, Tenn.
Trex, a publicly held company, reported 2000 profit of $19.3 million on sales of $117.6 million.