Veka has revealed plans to expand its use of recycled PVC-U beyond its existing Infinity system into mainstream profile products.
The systems house will begin co-extruding refined PVC-U recyclate across its product range, starting with cills, followed by frame extensions and potentially other profiles during the year as it introduces more co-extrusion tools into its manufacturing processes.
The company introduced recycled material with the launch of its Infinity range with up to 80% co-extruded recyclate.
Marketing director Dawn Stockell explained: “Our investment into future-proofing our products has seen us increase our co-extrusion capability, replacing aging tools with co-extrusion tools allowing for greater use of recycled PVC-U.
“Our partnership with growing sister company Veka Recycling will ensure that together we continue to make best-in-class PVCu window systems that care about the environment and can continue to be recycled for years to come.”
Simon Scholes, managing director of Veka Recycling added: “We’ve invested £15 million into the plant at Wellingborough, ensuring we can continue to lead the way in recycled PVC-U . Our products are as close to virgin polymer as is possible.
“To get recycled PVC-U of this quality takes some work and ultimately does not result in a more cost-effective material; in fact using recycled PVC-U is cost neutral but carries an important ethical message. In the past, recycled products have often been seen as second best, however with today’s PVC-U, along with our technology and skills, we can ensure that the recycled product is a better product – one that is suited to being reused time and time again.