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CONSHOHOCKEN, Penn. – Swedish furniture giant IKEA’s new line of kitchen cabinets is made from reclaimed wood planks and laminate coating made from recycled PET-bottles. The line, called Kungsbacka, launched in February.

Each year, the company says billions of PET-bottles are consumed worldwide. Some of them are recycled as material for new products, while the vast majority become waste.
“What we do at IKEA has a big impact on the environment because we work with large quantities. By using recycled materials, we can produce more sustainably,” says Anna Granath, product developer at IKEA.

Through a specific melding process, IKEA converts plastic bottles into laminate sheet. Bottles are cleaned, ground down into flakes, and then melded together to make sheets of foil one-quarter millimeter thick. The foil is applied to the planks using a light glue, and then painted black.

IKEA says that the cabinets are nearly completely – 99.9 percent – made up of recycled materials.

Granath began the project two years ago based on a vision to create a more sustainable kitchen front. Together with an Italian IKEA supplier, the team started to explore the opportunities that recycled material offers. The investigations resulted in the development of a new material on the market – a plastic foil made from discarded PET-bottles collected by Japanese municipalities.
“We found a way to transform used PET-bottles into a foil that is laminated on the Kungsbacka kitchen fronts. The biggest challenge was to create a foil from recycled material that fulfills the same quality requirements as a foil made of virgin material. We worked hard not to compromise on neither quality nor price”, says Marco Bergamo, head of development at the Italian IKEA supplier, 3B.

25 half-liter PET-bottles are needed to cover the black surface of a 40×80 cm Kungsbacka kitchen front. IKEA says this is an important step for the company on the journey towards a more circular business.
“We need to become better at using the planet’s resources in a smart way. Our ambition is to increase the share of recycled materials in our products. We are looking into new ways to re-use materials, such as paper, fiber, foam and plastic, so that we can give them a new life in a new product,” says Granath.

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MESA, Ariz. – EuroContempo Cabinetry LLC is investing more than $10 million to build a 72,000-square-foot high-tech manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. With the expansion, the company plans to add 40 jobs over the next three years.

Company founder Mark Storey said the Gilbert, Arizona-based company’s recent success and increasing orders led to the decision to expand to a larger facility in nearby Mesa. Founded in October 2016 EuroContempo Cabinetry produces residential and commercial cabinetry, including kitchen cabinets, bath vanities, closets and garage storage solutions, in a variety of colors, textures and edge treatments, including laser edgebanding.

The company has already invested in additional equipment for the new plant, including an Intellistore automated material handling system, added Lisa Storey.

“We, at EuroContempo Cabinetry are thrilled to offer and bring to the Phoenix Metro area the latest trends in cabinet manufacturing,”   Mark Storey said. “We are excited to work with the City of Mesa and feel Mesa is a great location for growth and expansion. We are thankful for this opportunity to be a part of this community.”

EuroContempo plans to hire both production and sales personnel as business continues to grow. The company sells to the public, interior designers, cabinet shops, commercial and residential contracts, home builders and home improvement stores.

The Arizona Commerce Authority partnered with the City of Mesa and EuroContempo Cabinetry on this project. Big-D Construction Southwest, LLC is the design-builder on the facility.

“EuroContempo Cabinetry will be a great addition to Mesa,” Mayor John Giles said. “Their decision to locate in Mesa is a great endorsement of Mesa’s business-friendly environment and the forward-thinking, public investment in the Gateway Area.”


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