Cumapol is the former Akzo polyester fiber production site. In 1985 the first SSP line was build to produce standard bottle grade. In 1995, the second SSP was build to fully convert the fiber lines to production lines of bottle grade.
In 1996 the production facility was bought by Wellman, the US based, at that time the second largest PET producer and the largest PET recycler. In 1996 the recycling and the virgin production technologies are combined and EcoClear was introduced as one of the first recycled products approved for direct food contact.
In 2000 a start is made with the development and production of PET specialties.
In 2007 the facility was taken over by Sun Capital and renamed to Init Polymers. Unfortunately in 2008 the company went bankrupt.
In 2010 Cumapol took over the factory, the first step was to start-up both SSP lines after some small investments in improving the flexibility to be able to run special PET grades in batches. After the successful start, the switch was made to run one SSP line on recycled material,.
In 2013 the twin screw extruder was invested and the production of EcoClear restarted. Cumapol was now able to process clean bottle flakes into valuable products for the packaging industry. Due to extensive product development efforts and the knowledge of the chemistry of virgin PET specialties, new products based on recycled Post Consumer Bottles can be produced. With the investment in mechanical recycling capacity, Cumapol has closed an important part of the PET loop. Based on the food contact and purification studies from the past, the Cumapol process obtained a positive expert opinion from the EFSA (recy085) and was audited by the Dutch Organisation for Food (NWA).
In 2016 Cumapol and BioBTX started co-operating in the development of Biobased PET made from biomass. The 100% Biobased cosmetic PET containers presented in September 2016 are a first success in this development.
Nowadays, Cumapol processes virgin and recycled polyesters for many producers and customers from the PET industry. With the start of the mechanical recycling we made the first step in sustainability but we have many plans to improve. Besides the bioPTA of BioBTX, Cumapol is also investigating the suitability of other Biobased monomers for thermoplastic polyesters.