Konica Minolta and NEC Platforms develop recycled plastics

Konica Minolta has teamed up with fellow Japanese manufacturer NEC Platforms for a recycled plastics initiative.

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Konica Minolta has teamed up with fellow Japanese manufacturer NEC Platforms for a recycled plastics initiative.

As a result of their cooperation, the firms have started supplying recycled plastics derived from used polycarbonate (PC) water bottles. The first product to use the material is a new wifi router from NEC Platforms. About 40% of the exterior plastics of NEC Platforms’ Aterm WX5400T6 are made from recycled PC.

Using recycled plastic from bottles is not new, but Konica Minolta said the product it has developed with NEC Platforms has flame resistant and strength properties that are requirements for the router casing.

Konica Minolta has been using similar technology for the past few years to increase the recycled content of the exterior materials of its multifunction printers (MFP). Thanks to this “upgraded recycling” process, recycled plastics now account for about 35% of the total resin content by weight in the main body of its MFP devices.

For less mission critical products such as toner bottles, Konica Minolta has facilities in Mexico and Malaysia that recycle old milk containers made from polyethylene.

More details can be found in this Konica Minolta press release.

Tokyo, Japan