Company

The Belgium based company REPROCOVER has developed, after several years of R&D, a unique recycling process, that enables it to turn waste of (composite) thermosetting plastics, such as polyesters, Bakelite, epoxy, polyurethane, ..., and waste of fibreglass into a new raw material.

 

Production process (patent protection applied for)

In its factory in Henri-Chapelle (Welkenraedt) Reprocover developed and installed a recyling line, allowing to break, grind and sieve non-thermoplastic (composite) industrial waste into small granules having a diameter of maximum 6mm. 

A similar recycling process is carried out on fibreglass waste. Eventually, both substances are compeletely dried out and mixed with each other in a ratio of approx. 30% of glass fibre flakes.

This "new raw material" is subsequently mixed with polyole and isocianate and poured out and pressed in product moulds under 200 ton presses, triggering off a chemical reaction (cold pressure process).

 

Main characteristics of the Reprocover products

As all of our products are based on thermosetting (composite) waste, the main characteristics of these are also to be found in our finished products: 

  • Extreme hardness (Shore D = 75)
  • Resistant to high pressure loads
  • Shock proof 
  • Temperature resistance (-70 up to +350°C)
  • Rustproof
  • Low weight (specific gravity of 1.3kg/dm³)
  • Extremely anti-skid (especially when wet, test results of 90 cq 81  points (above 65 = extremely low      slip potential))
  • Resistant to salt, petrol products and chemical detergents
  • Maintenance free
  • UV resistance 
  • Good fire resistance
  • Price/quality ratio
  • Worthless to thieves, unlike substitute products made of cast iron or thermoplastics

Last but not least the product waste of Reprocover's own production is on its turn 100% recycled or reused (recycling dust sold as a concrete additive), based on the "cradle to cradle" principle thus illustrating the "sustainability" of the products.