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LyondellBasell and partners invest in waste-plastics pyrolysis specialist Pryme

| By Mary Bailey

Infinity Recycling, Invest-NL and LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) announced they have invested in Pryme N.V., an innovative cleantech company, located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The group of investors contributed nearly EUR 13 million to support the commercialization of Pryme’s pyrolysis process to convert used plastic into valuable products on an industrial scale. Pryme is currently building an advanced recycling plant in Rotterdam that is expected to start production later this year and plans to build a second larger-scale plant in 2025.

“We are excited to welcome this group of strong investors at our side,” said Chris Herve, CEO of Pryme. “Just like earlier investments by Infinity Recycling and Stichting Multistrat opened doors and allowed us to gain important market knowledge, we expect our new investors to each bring valuable experience and perspective to further develop our technology. With this dedicated support comes responsibility and expectation to deliver – a challenge we gladly accept.”

Pryme has developed a new cost-effective approach to pyrolysis that allows used plastic to be recycled with a high conversion rate, on an industrial scale and with a lower carbon footprint. With the new capital, Pryme aims to accelerate the roll-out of this technology to help reduce the amount of plastic being incinerated or ending up in the environment.

Jeroen Kelder, Managing Partner, Infinity Recycling, said: “Infinity Recycling is pleased to announce that it has successfully assembled a strong consortium of investors to support its portfolio company Pryme in its next phase of growth. We are proud to have facilitated this important milestone for Pryme and are confident that this backing will be instrumental in its continued success.”

Elisabeth Storm de Grave, Principal at Invest-NL, said: “We are pleased to invest in Pryme in close cooperation with our portfolio fund Infinity Recycling and LyondellBasell. This investment round is a significant milestone for scaling up Pryme’s advanced recycling capacities, which are critical to address those parts of the plastic waste streams that cannot be recycled through mechanical technologies. It clearly underlines the strong position of the Netherlands to address the plastic waste crisis.”

“With increasing demand from society and customers for more circular products, we are thrilled to invest in fast-growing companies like Pryme to support the scale-up of new advanced recycling commercial operations and reduce the volume of used plastic sent to incineration,” said Martino Gabellich, LyondellBasell Vice President Advanced Recycling and Low Carbon Solutions. “This investment supports our strategy to grow our  circular and low carbon solutions , as we intend to use part of the pyrolysis oil produced from this new Pryme facility in our planned integrated hub in Cologne, Germany.”