Arkema, lead partner in the Reverplast project, underscores its commitment to green growth

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On 27 April 2016, Arkema signed, alongside Ségolène Royal, French Minister for the Environment, Energy and the Sea, Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, and a further four partners, the REVERPLAST agreement, a study project looking to introduce recycled materials into the manufacture of new thermoplastic materials for the automotive, boat building and wind power markets. This project is part of the new measures launched by the French State to assist companies in their circular economy approach based on committing to green growth.

The issues at stake

The linear system sustaining our economy – extracting, manufacturing, consuming, discarding – is now reaching its limits: hence we have to fight against wasting our resources and so promote the circular economy.


Given the growing scarcity of raw materials, the circular economy goes well beyond mere recycling; it also has to contribute to securing supply to fast growing markets and to minimising extraction at source.

Arkema in the loop of the circular economy

The project

Altuglas® PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate), or acrylic glass, typically is a material that best meets the circularity criterion, as one of its features – quite unique for a polymer – is to be reversible, namely able to be regenerated into its original monomer and so be reintroduced into the new "resins" manufacturing process. 


Accordingly, the REVERPLAST project aims to create in Europe an end-of-life PMMA recovery stream to obtain new acrylic "resins". These will then be entered into the composition of thermoplastic composite materials, themselves recyclable, to serve highly promising markets such as wind power, boat building and automotive, as they will replace the thermoset resins currently used, which cannot be recycled.

The partners

This collaborative project is run in partnership with:

  • CANOE, an Aquitaine-based technology platform dedicated to advanced materials
  • PAPREC, a plastics recycling specialist
  • INDRA, leader in the recycling of end-of-life vehicles
  • PLASTINOV, a specialist in the processing of composite materials for the wind power market


The Arkema Group confirms its commitment to ecological and energy transition by encouraging the reuse of products and recycling its wastes. The Group is also looking to bring together a whole chain of upstream and downstream players in some of its relevant key product sectors, as illustrated by this REVERPLAST project which will be based in part in the new Aquitaine Region.


VP Communication
Véronique OBRECHT
Corporate Press relations