From the outside looking in, it's hard to know what to make of PureCycle Technologies Inc.
The company certainly looks like it has an inside track to successful large-scale recycling of polypropylene by licensing technology developed by Procter & Gamble Co. to use solvents to purify PP into "virgin-like" resin. P&G is a major company with a history in developing new technology for plastics — namely its Imflux process.
But while PureCycle announces plans for new production in Europe, a project to expand into South Korea and a distribution deal with Formerra — the former distribution business of Avient Corp. — it is also facing complications with planned expansions in Georgia and Florida.
Its first commercial-scale plant in Ironton, Ohio, is expected to open in April, but as PN's Jim Johnson reports, that's behind an earlier-announced start date in the first quarter of 2023 and the project could run up to 50 percent over the expected budget.
Since its high of more than $25 per share in 2020, PureCycle's stock has traded at between $5 and $10 a share since early 2022.
Despite all that, CEO Dustin Olson remains positive.
"Over the last six months we have encountered and worked our way through several speed bumps and are now in control of our destiny," he said March 16. "It is now time for PureCycle to change the landscape of plastic recycling."