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Axion has developed a coffee-aroma polymer for the tables and chairs at Re-worked, a London-based industrial design and product development enterprise.

The company blended mixed WEEE and post-consumer retail waste plastics with spent coffee grounds collected from London offices, cafes and factories to make ’aromatic’ pellets.

Re-worked had these moulded into plastic sheeting to create Curface (pronounced surface) – a versatile hard surfacing product with a faint coffee smell.

Re-worked commercially launched the tactile material – described as a cross between dark leather and wood – at Ecobuild 2010 in March.

Axion Recycling Ltd was formed in 2001 by directors Keith Freegard and Roger Morton to develop and operate innovative processing solutions for recycling waste materials. Axion Polymers and Axion Consulting are two companies that have grown out of this business.

Axion Polymers' state-of-the-art factory in Salford processes waste plastics from WEEE primary treatment plants into high grade polymers. Based in Bramhall, Stockport, Axion Consulting was created in response to increased demand from a wide range of clients within the recycling and process industries for the practical development of new processing and collection methods.

Axion Polymers supplies polystyrenes and polyolefins under two brand names: Axplas and Axpoly. Axplas covers a range of general-purpose recycled plastics for less demanding applications. The Axpoly brand refers to technically specified polymer grades that satisfy more demanding extrusion and injection-moulding requirements.

Customers can select exactly the correct grade of recyclate for their individual requirements. This also provides greater confidence in product quality and its ultimate performance in new recycled goods; whether that is for compost bins, pipes or plasma TV stands. Polymers are supplied with datasheets providing technical specifications and product safety information.

Axion Consulting’s disciplines cover all aspects of waste recycling: from practical trials and process development for new recycling processes to more general chemical process design development.

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