Japanese Plastic Recycling Firm Jeplan Plans US IPO Through SPAC Merger

By Patricia Miller


Japanese plastic recycling firm Jeplan plans a US IPO on the NYSE via SPAC merger, offering retail investors exposure to the growing market for sustainable solutions.

an image that vividly illustrates the plastic recycling process in a modern facility, highlighting the efficiency, sustainability, and environmental responsibility of this essential practice.
Japanese Recycling Company Jeplan Sets Sight on US Stock Exchange

What You Need To Know

Kawasaki-based company Jeplan Inc. is set to go public in the US through a SPAC merger, despite the current trend of delayed or scrapped IPO plans. The merger with AP Acquisition Corp. would value Jeplan at around $300 million and the merged entity at an estimated $429 million. While SPAC mergers face increased investor scrutiny due to high redemption rates, Jeplan sees the benefits of listing on the NYSE as access to capital, enhanced brand visibility, and attracting top talent for future growth.

Jeplan specializes in chemical recycling, breaking down used plastic to near-virgin resin with only one part per million residual metal. The company currently holds a small share of the global chemical recycling market but has a contract with Japanese beverage firm Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. for recycling PET bottles. Proceeds from the listing would support research and development and increase recycling capacity. Despite recent challenges and low cash trust delivery, Jeplan remains optimistic about its future.

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Why This Is Important for Retail Investors

  1. Opportunity to invest in a specialized and innovative industry: Jeplan's expertise in chemical recycling presents a unique investment opportunity for retail investors looking to support companies that are tackling environmental issues and promoting sustainability.

  2. Potential for long-term growth: With increasing global concern about plastic waste and sustainability, Jeplan's chemical recycling technology has the potential for significant growth as the demand for more sustainable solutions continues to rise.

  3. Access to a global market: Jeplan's listing on the New York Stock Exchange provides retail investors with the opportunity to gain exposure to a company operating in the Japanese market. This allows investors to diversify their portfolios and tap into international markets.

  4. Exposure to emerging trends and technologies: Investing in Jeplan gives retail investors a chance to be part of the growing market for chemical recycling and to support innovative technologies that can have a positive impact on the environment.

  5. Access to experienced leadership: Jeplan's CEO, Masaki Takao, brings years of experience and expertise in the industry. Investing in Jeplan allows retail investors to align themselves with a company led by knowledgeable individuals who have a deep understanding of the market and the potential for success.

How Can You Use This Information?

Here are some of the investing ideas that can be explored using this information:

Growth Investing

Jeplan's innovative chemical recycling technology presents potential for long-term growth as it addresses the increasing demand for sustainable solutions in the plastic recycling industry.

Growth investing focuses on stocks of companies expected to grow at an above-average rate compared to other stocks in the market; learn more in our article titled 'What is Growth Investing?'.

Thematic Investing

Jeplan's focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship aligns with the themes of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing, making it an attractive option for investors seeking to align their portfolios with sustainable initiatives.

Thematic Investing selects assets based on projected trends or themes believed to offer growth opportunities.

Ethical Investing

Jeplan's commitment to reducing plastic waste and promoting a circular economy makes it an appealing choice for investors who prioritize ethical considerations and want to support companies that have a positive impact on the environment.

Ethical investing prioritizes a company's social and environmental impact, aligning investments with the investor's personal values.

Innovation-Focused Investing

Jeplan's cutting-edge chemical recycling technology positions it as a potential investment opportunity for those interested in supporting and benefitting from advancements in the field of recycling and sustainable materials.

Innovation-focused investing seeks out companies that are leaders in technological advancement, offering potential for significant growth as they develop new products and services.


Considering Jeplan's listing on the New York Stock Exchange and its presence in the Japanese market, retail investors can use this opportunity to diversify their portfolios geographically and gain exposure to a company operating in a specialized industry.

Diversification spreads investments across various assets to reduce risk and volatility in a portfolio.

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Popular ETFs

Some investors prefer to invest in stocks via an exchange-traded fund for ease and reduced risk. Some popular ETFs include the following:

  1. Global X Recycling ETF (RECY) - Specifically focuses on companies involved in the recycling sector, including those engaged in recycling processes and technologies.

  2. VanEck Environmental Services ETF (EVX) - This ETF tracks companies involved in environmental services, which may include waste management and recycling services.

  3. iShares Global Clean Energy ETF (ICLN) - While primarily focused on clean energy, this ETF may include companies that have a significant role in recycling as part of their sustainability efforts.

  4. First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF (FAN) - Similar to ICLN, this ETF is focused on wind energy but may include companies involved in sustainable practices, including recycling.

  5. RobecoSAM Sustainable Water Fund (RBSFX) - Focuses on sustainable water management companies, some of which may be involved in recycling water or related environmental practices.

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Patricia Miller does not hold any position in the stock(s) and/or financial instrument(s) mentioned in the above article.

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