Plastiwood

Limpieza y Reciclaje del Bajio SA de CV

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Overview

Plastiwood is a Technology patented in USA and Lyrba’s exclusive in the Mexican Republic.

Such technology allows manufacturing wooden pallets and other products featuring high resistance and the highest quality with 100% recycled plastics.

Authors

Tania Flores

Tania Flores

ALFREDO SANTIAGO

ALFREDO SANTIAGO

Alfredo Trevino

Alfredo Trevino

Jose Chavarria

Jose Chavarria

School

EGADE Business School Tecnologico de Monterrey

EGADE Business School Tecnologico de Monterrey

Professor

Ezequiel Reficco

Ezequiel Reficco

Innovation

Plastiwood is made up of different types of plastics, all by-products of own processes or materials with little or no market value. These materials are milled and integrated into the mixture in parts according to their hardness, fluidity index, and temperature or melt feasibility.

Plastiwood

Inspiration

While performing the plastic transformation process, the PET area determined that there was a waste of specific plastics. This was also noticed in the bags and grinding area but seemed inevitable. These residuals are plastics as well, with similar fusion points and after some research on ways to take advantage of them, the founders of Lyrba began to produce and develop Plastiwood.

Overall impact

This technology provides a recycling option for products that would be part of landfills or even create direct contamination of the environment if not properly disposed of.

Business benefit

+5,000 tons of plastic waste that was not previously recoverable can now be made into quality products.

Social and environmental benefit

The Plastiwood products represent an ecological alternative to wood, which helps to reduce the use of this resource, in addition, the Plastiwood process requires lower consumption of water than similar manufacturing.

Interview

Gonzalo Rodriguez, Operations Manager

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Limpieza y Reciclaje del Bajio SA de CV

Limpieza y Reciclaje del Bajio SA de CV

Silao, Guanajuato, MX

Business Website: http://www.lyrba.com.mx/

Year Founded: 1999

Number of Employees: 1001 to 5000

Lyrba is a company located in Mexico and the USA which offers 100% recycled material and products with competitive advantages.

They recycle more than 100,000 tons annually of non-dangerous materials to produce raw materials and new products.