Technology for the cost effective and continuous production of honeycomb cores and sandwich panels based on up to 100% recycled post-consumer waste including PET bottles and other waste.
EconCore has developed a continuous manufacturing process that can produce thermoformable, high performance panels with a thermoplastic core made out of recycled PET, in a cost-effective way. With RPET honeycomb core technology, EconCore is trying the solve the global agglomerated waste problem coming from industries and consumers. This recycling of plastic waste is an important step forward in the pursuit of sustainability, as waste can be converted into performance-to-weight-optimized honeycomb structures.
Beyond RPET from bottles, the technology can also use more RPET waste streams, including consumer and industrial, that are otherwise difficult to find recycling applications. With the RPET honeycomb core, EconCore sees opportunities in many applications such as the automotive market where weight reduction becomes crucial to reduce CO2 emissions. Also, other markets, including industrial packaging and transportation, have applications where this material can be an excellent fit.
Significant weight saving: 60-70% compared to monolithic panels based on PET and PP and other thermoplastic materials.
RPET honeycomb core is an ultra-low density product and the weight reduction translates into minimal use of raw material, delivering performance while saving resources.
The use of RPET honeycomb cores gives a sustainable solution with a good Life Cycle Assessment and low carbon footprint which fits the world-wide sustainability strategy.
Major cost reduction, e.g. panel comparison 50% savings on raw materials compared to virgin PET. 20% Cheaper than mainstream alternative such as foam or virgin PET.
– 100 % recyclable.
– Made of up to 100% recycled material.
– Up to – 79% global warming potential reduction.
The jury honors EconCore’s „RPET Honeycomb Core Technology“ for its exemplary innovation performance in the field of sustainability, because not only an ecological technology solution with a high sustainability impact could be realized, but at the same time a price advantage compared to conventional solutions and materials is achieved through the achieved weight reduction.
In addition, the jury considers EconCore’s „RPET Honeycomb Core Technology“ an excellent realization of a circular innovation that can convert a high proportion of post-consumer waste as well as industrial waste into waste materials by reintegrating them into the production cycle.
EconCore demonstrates holistic innovation in the field of sustainability with its Eco-Innovation, which was judged by the jury as a pioneering approach because the sustainable quality is likely to realize rapid diffusion into the market due to the price advantage in multiple application fields and industries. This eco-innovation „RPET Honeycomb Core Technology“ shows a solid innovation path that reaches far beyond the horizon of an eco-hype, because positive effects are realized here for the stakeholders producer, processor, product user and ultimately for the environment.