Total acquires France’s Synova

Source: press release, 18 February 2019

Total’s polymers know-how – Gonfreville-l’Orcher UGO petrochemical plant (photo: Total/Labelle Michel)
Total’s polymers know-how – Gonfreville-l’Orcher UGO petrochemical plant (photo: Total/Labelle Michel)

Total has announced that it has acquired Synova, a French manufacturer of high-performance recycled polypropylene for the automotive sector.

Synova produces 20,000 tonnes per year of polypropylene that meets the highest quality standards of original equipment manufacturers and automakers from recycled plastics.

Combining Synova’s recycling expertise and Total’s polymers know-how will increase the supply of recycled polypropylene for automotive applications that deliver the same performance as virgin polymers.

“By contributing to the lighter weight of vehicles, plastics improve their energy efficiency and reduce CO2emissions. Producing them from recycled materials will also meet the challenge of managing their end of life,” explains Bernard Pinatel, President Refining & Chemicals, Total. “The acquisition of Synova is a concrete proof of our commitment to developing plastic recycling. It reinforces the activities we already carry out in recycling and contributes to Total’s ambition to be the responsible energy major.”

Total currently produces Circular Compounds®, polypropylene and polyethylene containing at least 50% recycled materials and offering the same properties as virgin polymers.