FAQ

CuRe Technology

CuRe Technology BV is a cooperation between Morssinkhof Plastics and Cumapol. Together with our partners DSM-Niaga, DuFor Polyester Specialties and NHL Stenden University of Applied Science. The CuRe consortium offers high-level expertise in the recycled polyester manufacturing, waste preparation and material science sectors.
PET, rPET, Polyester. We focus on all types of polyester waste streams that cannot be addressed by mechanical recycling. CuRe’s modular design makes it adaptable to a range of difficult to recycle polyester waste streams and output requirements. Our focus is on food grade PET packaging (Opaque and colored bottles, food trays) and also on textiles, carpets and any other polyester applications.
CuRe is an emerging enhanced recycling technology in a continuous process based on the glycolysis of PET, but depolymerization is not going further than necessary for thorough purification and decolorization. Which means it is much more cost and energy efficient. In the same process the molecular weight is increased to produce a useful polyester again.
Through a process called partial depolymerisation CuRe transforms difficult to recycle polyester into its constituent building blocks in much the same way that a ‘molecular reset’ button might operate. Once broken down into building blocks, the CuRe process removes impurities such as colored pigments, then repolymerises or ‘rejuventates’ the Polyester building blocks into impurity-free, clear polyester pellets of the same grade and quality as fossil-derived PET.
CuRe is a proprietary depolymerisation technology which is based on a non-catalysed, continuous partial glycolysis process. It does not rely on a catalyst in its process.

CuRe Pilot Plant

Our pilot plant has a capacity of 20 kg/hr in a continuous process.
The CuRe consortium has built its first pilot plant in green chemistry hotspot Emmen, Northern Netherlands. This pilot plant will enable the progression of the CuRe Technology to a point of commercial readiness, as well as acting as a meeting point for product designers and recyclers who are committed to working together to close the loop for polyesters.

Industrial scale

CuRe will be scaled up as soon as possible using existing assets to have a commercial facility of 25 kta. Thereafter the technology will be licensed out and/or produced in own facilities on a global scale.