Axjo case: XLPE
The Greenology Concept is made up of many different parts. One of the most important is helping our customers reduce their carbon footprint. A key initiative has been to work with leading manufacturers and research institutes to develop a method for utilising waste from power cable production using XLPE.
XLPE is PE (polyethylene) which is cross-linked with an additive to improve its properties. This results in scrap that is very difficult to use in a recycling stream. Together with NKT, Borealis, and Swerea IVF, Axjo has managed to succeed throughout the entire value chain. Effective recycling at NKT’s recycling plant, together with use of a sophisticated method in Axjo’s mixing and compounding process in Gislaved, have proved successful. Products are now being developed with a significant XLPE content as an impact modifier. These innovative products have been on the market for over a year, and both cable manufacturers and end-users have been very satisfied with the outcome.
The reuse of 1,000 kg of XLPE provides a saving of 2,000 kg of CO₂, helping our customers become more sustainable and more profitable as the waste does not need to be sent to landfill or incinerated.