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Indian startup sees strong R-PET demand

New Delhi, India—Recycling is a huge issue in India’ plastics processing industry, as it is in many other countries, with a ban on thin-gauge T-shirt bags there drawing tremendous political and citizen support, judging from articles in the local media MPW read while there early this month.

read while there early this month. One man hoping to capitalize on the surging interest in plastics recycling is Randeep Gampa, who last June started a business, Spearepet (Hyderabad), with commercial operations beginning last November.

Gamopa told MPW during the Plastindia show in early February that he’d acquired a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling unit from Austrian machinery manufacturer Erema (Ansfelden, Austria). “People are very keen to know about recycled PET (R-PET),” he said during the trade show, the first event for his company.

His firm supplies the domestic processing market with pellets suitable for blowmolding, as well as with sheet extruded from R-PET. Because, he said, interest in R-PET is high but questions about the material’s suitability (with regard to appearance of products made from it, as well as food-contact approval) abound. His company even has done some thermoforming of sheet made from the R-PET, “so customers can see the quality of the R-PET products,” he said. [email protected]

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