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Vacunite bottle-to-bottle recycling technology will be the headlining development.

Stephen Moore

July 26, 2019

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Erema to highlight latest recycling developments at K 2019

Erema will bring a portfolio of recycling solutions for the plastics industry to the K show in Germany come this October. Vacunite bottle-to-bottle recycling technology will be the headlining development at the company’s stand. It is a combination of the proven Vacurema process with newly patented, vacuum-assisted solid state polycondensation (SSP) by Polymetrix for the production of food-grade rPET pellets.

Erema’s Hackl explains the company’s PET bottle recycling technology at an event in Linz, Austria, in June.

In the in-house and industrial sectors, the new Intarema ZeroWastePro system is a compact solution that is precisely tailored to the requirements of recycling production waste. The optimized design of the machine makes integration into the existing process chain even easier and enables significantly shorter delivery times for customers.

Pure Loop, an Erema Group subsidiary in the shredder-extruder technology segment, will be displaying the new ISEC evo  series as a supplement to its existing product range. In the future, this will enable output rates of more than 1,500 kg/h to be achieved for the first time.

In post-consumer applications, the focus is on an increasingly diverse range of applications for high-quality recycled materials using contaminated plastic waste that can be processed using innovative Erema recycling technology. The most recent example of this is the shower gel bottles of a well-known brand manufacturer that for the first time are made from 100-percent HDPE post-consumer recycled material from Austria's yellow recycling sacks - a world first in the cosmetics sector.

Erema will also be demonstrating its pioneering role in relation to industry 4.0 applications. BluPort, a newly developed customer portal, brings together decision-relevant information and service offers for customers in a clear and user-friendly way. "The networking of virtual data levels with real process sequences will create new solutions for plant operation and new smart service offerings in the future. With a focus on data security and customer benefits, BluPort will be an exciting platform for new applications, which will enable our customers to make the most of the diverse potential that digitalization already offers and will continue to offer in the future," explains Erema CEO Manfred Hackl.

Further, the Erema Circonomic Centre will be a highlight for visitors to the outdoor area. "Circonomic is a word we created from circular and economy to express what we as the Erema Group want to achieve, namely the integration of recycling know-how into the plastics value chain, so that our industry, the environment and society as a whole, can gain ecological and economic benefits from it", is how Hackl describes the objective of the presentations at the Circonomic Centre. How this is possible will be explained to visitors live, directly on site using outstanding cooperation projects as an example. "We make it possible for trade fair visitors to experience the circular economy in the truest sense of the word," notes Marketing Manager Gerold Breuer.

For this purpose, injection molding and film waste collected during the trade fair will be recycled and processed on site. In cooperation with raw material manufacturers, processors, branded goods companies and recyclers, Erema will also present a number of other lighthouse projects that demonstrate the different starting materials and recycling technologies that have already been   used to successfully produce recycled materials for the production of new, high-quality plastic products.

"Products made of recyclate" is also the name of an exhibition that will be on display at the Circonomic Centre to provide an overview of the impressive range of products. These lighthouse projects are important for the industry but also in terms of consumer awareness. "Recycling must become a fixed link in the plastics chain. The players in the plastics industry can only achieve this together. We want to promote working together and at the same time demonstrate that we can provide the best possible recycling technologies for the requirements of the Circular Economy," says Hackl, summing up expectations for the K trade fair.

About the Author(s)

Stephen Moore

Stephen has been with PlasticsToday and its preceding publications Modern Plastics and Injection Molding since 1992, throughout this time based in the Asia Pacific region, including stints in Japan, Australia, and his current location Singapore. His current beat focuses on automotive. Stephen is an avid folding bicycle rider, often taking his bike on overseas business trips, and is a proud dachshund owner.

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