Expansion

Third extrusion line installed

The Austrian specialist for packaging solutions, ALPLA, and the German recycling company Texplast, a subsidiary of FROMM Plastics, have been benefitting from their cooperation in PET recycling since 2018. In the past few months, they jointly succeeded in stabilizing the quantity and quality of raw materials for the production facilities of both partners at a high level. Now Texplast is investing in a third extrusion line and is going to increase the annual capacity for food-grade PET regranulate by 15 000 t/a to a total of around 27 000 t/a. For this expansion, Texplast is currently building a new hall on the company premises in Wolfen. The plant is expected to go into operation in April 2019. According to Texplast, the investment amounts to approx. 4.5 million €.

“The demand for recycled plastics is continuously rising. In order to serve our customers with the required quantities, we must accelerate our recycling activities. With Texplast as our partner, we have access to high-quality recycling material on the German market,“ says Georg Lässer, Head of Recycling at ALPLA. „In addition, we secure our expertise and experience in the logistics sector and use the existing network linking the food retailing industry.“

Using the shortest route and optimized logistics, Texplast transports the returnable bottles - valuable recycling material - to the recycling plant, thus keeping the carbon footprint as small as possible, as Matthias Schäfer, authorized representative at Texplast emphasizes. „The cooperation with ALPLA closes the bottle cycle: we recycle the returnable goods from the food retail trade and turn them into high-quality, food-grade regranulate, which ALPLA uses to manufacture preforms for new PET beverage bottles. The colorful flakes arising in the process are used by FROMM for their own strap production.“

 

www.alpla.com

www.texplast.de

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