It all began with a company founded by Californian Mike Biddle in the 1990s. The website "My Hero" wrote: "Biddle's company ventures into worlds that few recyclers - who otherwise remain in the safer world of steel and aluminum - dare to enter."
The full article describes how MBA Polymers has grown from a garage business to a company with several plants for plastics recycling.
One of these plants was the Austrian joint venture company MBA Polymers Austria. This company founded Biddle in December 2004 together with Christian Müller-Guttenbrunn, CEO of the Müller-Guttenbrunn Group (MGG). At that time, the renowned Austrian recycling company made a conscious decision to enter the field of plastics recycling from e-waste. The reason: more and more electrical appliances were made of engineering plastics, which had a higher MT-based value compared to most base metals.
The plant in Kematen/Ybbs was opened in 2006 and has a production capacity of 50,000 MT of incoming e-waste plastic materials. The joint venture partner MBA Polymers Inc. was awarded the "Tech Pioneer" recognition by the World Economic Forum in the same year. Mike Biddle described the advantages of the applied plastic recycling process in detail in his TED lecture 2011.
In 2017, the Müller-Guttenbrunn Group was given the opportunity to acquire all shares in the joint venture and thus became a 100% owner. Since then, the company has traded under the name MGG Polymers. This company history illustrates the enormous experience MGG Polymers has in recycling engineering plastics from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
Video: The full WEEE recycling process can be seen in this video or the introduction and presentation of MGG Polymers.