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JEPLAN signs a letter of intent with Rebound Limited, a global quality-assured trading platform for recycled plastic

by Mohammad Ghazal

JEPLAN (CEO & Co-Founder: Masaki Takao, hereinafter referred to as ‘JEPLAN’) and Rebound Limited (General Manager: Maryam Al Mansoori, hereinafter referred to as ‘Rebound’), a company based in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is engaged in the global development of the recycled plastics trading market, have signed a letter of intent (hereinafter referred to as ‘LoI’) for a joint project to establish a recycle PET market in the UAE with the appropriate ecosystem. The agreement was signed on 31 May 2023 at the Make it in the Emirates Forum.

Rebound, which signed the agreement, is a subsidiary company of International Holding Company (IHC), a UAE investment holding company, launched less than a year ago, the first global trading platform for quality-assured recycled plastics, Rebound Plastic Exchange (RPX).

The signing ceremony was held at the Make it in the Emirates Forum organised by the UAE’s Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (‘MoIAT’) in cooperation with in partnership the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and ADNOC. It was attended by representatives from MoIAT, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, government of Japan (‘METI’) and Universal Materials Incubator Co. Ltd.(UMI).

The project consists of four steps and will be jointly studied with the aim of agreeing on a demonstration project for the construction of a PET chemical recycling plant in the UAE in preparation for the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, COP28) to be held in the UAE in November this year. Through the joint study, the participation of partner companies in the UAE will be widely sought, with the aim of establishing a supply chain for recycled PET in the UAE. With the signing of this agreement, the joint study will be carried out in stages, and JEPLAN will be involved in quality surveys of used PET bottles collected in the UAE, verification of recycling costs, and verification of the plant’s manufacturing operations.

JEPLAN’s vision is to ‘put everything back into circulation’, and its unique PET chemical recycling technology, BRING Technology™, mainly for PET bottles and polyester fibres, allows used products to be recycled to the same quality as petroleum-derived products, again and again. It achieves repeated resource recycling and contributes to the reduction of CO₂ emissions. The Group operates PET chemical recycling commercial plants using this technology at two sites in Japan.

Both JEPLAN and Rebound participated in this joint verification in the UAE in recognition of their more than 10 years of knowledge and proprietary technology in the recycling business. JEPLAN Group will continue to collaborate with domestic and international partners and unite the efforts of the entire group to realise its vision to “put everything back into circulation.”

The LoI is one of many agreements signed during the Make it in the Emirates Forum in line with MoIAT’s efforts to support the UAE’s economic growth and diversification, as well as its net zero by 2050 strategic initiative.

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