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MBA Polymers was founded in 1994 in the United States by Mike Biddle. The company specializes in recycling durable goods from waste streams such as electronics and auto-shredder residue. MBA Polymers raised money to develop its technology for extracting and recycling plastic from many devices.
Raw material arrives at MBA Polymers’ recycling facilities either shredded or as whole parts, often from other recyclers that do not handle plastic. MBA works with manufacturers around the world to replace virgin plastics with MBA plastics in their new products.
Having opened its first recycling facility in 1994, MBA Polymers also has build recycling plants in the UK and in China, and has recently announced plans to relocate its research and development facilities from the United States to the United Kingdom. In 2004 MBA Polymers created a joint venture with Guangzhou Iron and Steel Enterprises Holdings Ltd to establish its sustainable recycling operations in China. MBA Polyers' operations in China now employ over 160 people. The company has invested USD$15million in the recycling plant.
MBA Polymers’ technology and patents are registered in Australia, Canada, China, Europe and USA. The patents are 100% owned by MBA Polymers Inc, including any improvements made at the plant level. The highly automated polymer separation technology developed and patented by MBA Polymers encompasses over 20 complex separation procedures to facilitate the recovery, purification and monetization of plastics by type and grade at attractive commercial economics.
The latest patent was issued on 17.01.2019 by the European Patent office is Nr EP14707916.4: Process and Requirement for the recovery of plastic from durable goods (ASR, ESR, WSR)
- 2017: ‘Young Global Leaders Award for Circular Economy SME’ of the World Economic Forum (WEF)
- 2014: Katerva Award 
- 2007: World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer Award 
- 2006: Tech Museum Tech Laureate Award for Environment 
- 2002: The inaugural Thomas Alva Edison Award for Innovation
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- MBA Polymers Wins 2013 Katerva Award, announced 9 April 2014
- Tech Pioneer Award winners
- Tech Laureate Award winners 2006
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