UK deal announced for the manufacture of structural composites from recycled plastic waste, including Ecotrax® railway sleepers.

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Sicut Enterprises and Regain Polymers are excited to announce the signing of an exclusive agreement for the European manufacture of Sicut’s unique structural recycled plastic composites, including its market leading railway sleeper, Ecotrax®.

ECOTRAX® composite railway sleepers

This partnership will clearly demonstrate how the UK can turn Today’s waste into Tomorrows infrastructure.

Under the agreement Regain will manufacture all of Sicut’s products for its European customers. Production, starting this summer, will initially be delivered from Regain’s established manufacturing plant in Allerton Bywater, West Yorkshire, but is expected to extend to other parts of the UK or Europe over the next three years. Sicut expects to be converting in excess of 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste per annum into its products by the end of 2018.

The merging of Sicut’s remarkable technology with the advanced manufacturing expertise of Regain will accelerate the European adoption of Sicut’s structural composite materials made from Europe’s growing recycled plastic waste stream. This will help address growing demands for durable materials to replace timber, especially in railway infrastructure, but also in the highway and maritime sectors. It will also provide a local, valuable and recognisable home for considerable volumes of domestic and commercial waste streams, generated daily across Europe. The Sicut/Regain partnership will deliver further practical, economic and environmental benefits to UK and European customers, with reduced lead times, lower prices and reduced carbon footprint. In particular, the manufacture of Ecotrax® railway sleepers will provide European rail infrastructure owners, such as Network Rail, with a much sought after solution to the European ban on the use of creosote treatment for timber sleepers effective from May 2018.

William Mainwaring, Chief Executive of Sicut, said:
“We are delighted that Regain have agreed to become our European Manufacturing partner. As the UK’s leading recycled polymer compounder, Regain understands the importance of quality control and can apply their in-depth knowledge of polymers, recycling and extrusion manufacturing to produce consistent high quality products using our unique licensed technology.    

The manufacture of our structural composites here in the UK, including our Ecotrax® railway sleeper, will not only offer significant benefits to our European customers but will also be welcomed by the UK plastics recycling industry as it battles to meet ever more challenging UK and European recycling targets.

This partnership will clearly demonstrate how the UK can turn Today’s waste into Tomorrows infrastructure.”

Michael Eidecker, Managing Director of Regain Polymers Limited, said:
"Ever since Regain and Sicut started the discussions surrounding this partnership, we felt it was one of the greatest opportunities for Regain in it´s recent history. We are delighted that this partnership has been established and that Regain will be able to contribute to the significant positive change in the use of what is commonly considered to be waste plastic.

With over 25 years of experience in the plastic recycling industry, this partnership enables Regain to develop a brand new sector for its business and to allow Regain to further develop its expertise from which all of our customers, suppliers and shareholders will benefit.

The signing of this exclusive agreement between Regain and Sicut demonstrates the breadth and depth of Regain’s capability as the UK’s leading bespoke compounder of post-use rigid plastics.

We are extremely pleased to be working with Sicut to partner them in this exciting business and it is a real testament to the skill and knowledge of everyone at the Allerton Bywater site. We now look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with Sicut, delivering this unique structural recycled plastic composite."

About Sicut Enterprises
Sicut Enterprises Limited is the licensee to an extensive package of patented technology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. It has the exclusive rights to this Rutgers Technology across Europe, Africa, Australasia, India and most of Asia. This unique technology enables the manufacture of infrastructure building products made from recycled materials that offer superior performance, significantly better value and a unique solution to a range of current and future risks facing customers.

Sicut’s proprietary product portfolio includes ECOTRAX® composite railway sleepers, VERTECH® building products and ULTI-MATTM crane and bog mats. Railway sleepers made using the Rutgers Technology have already been successfully installed in main line, freight and mining tracks in 16 countries around the world, accumulating nearly 20 years of fault free use. VERTECH® building products have been used to build the world’s first recycled plastic railway and HGV road bridges and have also been used in military facilities, marinas, boardwalks, parks, mining, and oil pipeline infrastructure and ULTI-MATTM is a proven and superior solution to hardwood construction mats. These unique products offer a new material solution to complement or replace traditional building products including wood, steel, and concrete, and deliver superior and sustainable solutions to meet infrastructure needs across the globe.

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About Regain Polymers
Regain is the UK’s leading bespoke compounder and recycler of post-use, rigid plastics. Founded in 1991, it operates from a single well-invested site at Allerton Bywater, near Castleford, Yorkshire. Regain reported turnover of £31m in 2014, employs over 100 people and is ISO 9001 accredited.

Regain has a strong track record in the extrusion of recycled rigid plastics tailored to the exact specification of its customers, which include operators in the automotive, environmental, horticultural, packaging and construction markets. The Company’s broad product portfolio spans the High Density Polythylene (HDPE), Polypropylene (PP), Talc-Filled Polypropylene (PPT) and Polystyrene (PS) polymers. Its current compounding capacity across seven extrusion lines is approximately 46,000 MT per annum; the Company currently operates two wash plants and a material preparation facility with a capacity of 28,000 MT per annum, allowing it to remove contaminants, paper, metal and dirt prior to reprocessing.

Regain was acquired by AURELIUS Group, the pan-European, mid-market investor, from in July 2015.

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About the Rutgers Technology
The Rutgers Technology, which comprises a portfolio of intellectual property, including patent rights and proprietary know-how, was developed and is owned by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The Rutgers Technology has been tested and proven over the last 20 years in a range of demanding industrial applications. It is used to make a number of internationally award winning products, including railway sleepers and road and rail bridges, that comprise proprietary blends of post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste. All products made using the technology are 100% recyclable at end of life. Starting in 1999, railway sleepers made using the Rutgers Technology have been successfully installed in 16 countries worldwide.

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