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BANDAI NAMCO : Recycling of plastic waste from Gundam models gets under way
|05/05/2021 | 01:48am|
Under the project that started on
The company plans to reuse the plastic waste for making plastic products including the Gundam models as well as for thermal power generation. The Gundam model kits, known as "Gunpla," a Japanese portmanteau term combining "Gundam" and "plastic," have been a hit product, with cumulative sales topping 700 million sets globally as of March this year.
Although overseas markets have accounted for about half of sales of the models featuring Gundam robots and their armor in recent years,
According to an estimate by
"Gunpla is a product much loved by many people, so we launched this recycling project with a desire to create a sustainable society together with fans," a spokeswoman for
The Gundam anime series became a huge hit after its first title was aired in 1979, spawning a successful franchise including sequels, spinoffs, movies, comics, video games and plastic models.
The story revolves around Gundam giant robots known as "mobile suits" fighting wars in space and on Earth.
In contrast, conventional material recycling processes tend to produce blackish and fragile plastics.
With the aim of selling the world's first chemically recycled plastic model kits, the toy maker will start a demonstration next year by teaming up with chemical firm
The production plant, located in the central
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