Sustainability, like continuous compounding, cannot occur without innovation or partnerships.
It's why Ansonia, Conn.-based Farrel Pomini, a subsidiary of Freudenberg, Germany-based HF Mixing Group, is appearing at K 2022 with WF Recycle-Tech Ltd.
The latter firm, with which Farrel Pomini partnered in 2021, is a Camberley, England-based company that specializes in pyrolysis for recycling end-of-life tires. The WF Recycle-Tech system offers a patented approach unique to other pyrolysis methods currently available.
"This is especially important to Farrel Pomini as we have obtained our ISO 14001 certification, a family of standards related to environmental management that is akin to the ISO standard for quality," said Paul Lloyd, president of Farrel Pomini. "The ink is still drying on the certification, but we have it. ISO 14001 certification is an important component of … our strategy."
WF Recycle-Tech uses Farrel Pomini machinery for its continuous compounding process in its tire recycling methods. Farrel Pomini researches, designs and manufactures compound systems that specialize in abrasive, temperature-sensitive and high-fill applications.
"[Sustainability] has been a significant focus for us in 2022 and will continue into 2023," Lloyd said. "We believe that having a strong environmental, social and governance strategy will help us attract customers who want to produce more sustainable products, lower our energy consumption, boost employee motivation and attract the best talent through greater social credibility."
With about 100 employees, Farrel Pomini does the entirety of its design and assembly across 60,000 square feet of space in Connecticut.
The company works exclusively in the plastics space and primarily supplies equipment to compounders and masterbatch producers. HF Mixing Group works in both the plastics and rubber industries. Farrel Pomini compounding equipment processes a variety of polymers including polyolefins, PVC, biodegradables and recyclate.
"We put polymers together," Lloyd said. "We start with a feedstock with limited mechanical and physical properties, and we enhance those properties, adding compounds to enhance the recipe of the polymer."
"And sustainability remains at the fore of what we're doing now," Lloyd said.
The company boasts a large, 390-kilowatt solar array on its roof, which generates up to 75 percent of the energy required for the Ansonia facility. This is equivalent to saving 23,797 gallons of gas, or about 463,682 pounds of CO2, per year, the company said.
The company sees a significant amount of customer development work with biodegradables and recycled materials.
"We have a much bigger lever in the push to sustainability with these products," Lloyd said. "We also are very active in research and development, especially as it relates to biopolymers."