Interseroh opens plastics recycling centre in Slovenia

The recycling and environmental services firm Interseroh, headquartered in Cologne, Germany, has opened a new centre of competence for recycling plastics in Maribor, Slovenia. The company says the centre will highlight how modern plastics recycling works and how the efficient use of plastics is being researched and developed.

Taking part in the opening ceremony were Professor Maja Makovec Brencic, the Slovenian minister for education, science and sport; Eva Štravs Podlogar, the general director of internationalisation of the Slovenian Ministry; and Dr. Axel Schweitzer, chairman of Alba Group’s board of directors.

Interseroh’s new centre of expertise seeks to bring together its research and development activities in the area of plastics recycling for the first time.

“At our new location we can service all of our customers’ requirements surrounding the production of modern recycling plastics ourselves,” says Manica Ulcnik-Krump, Interseroh manager of research and development, Recycled-Resource. “This allows us to achieve a greater degree of flexibility and independence in product manufacturing, while, for customers, the periods of development are significantly reduced.”

In a news release, Interseroh, a subsidiary of the Alba Group, notes that over the course of its long-standing research and development work, it has created an upcycling process for plastic scrap from German dual system collections that it calls Recycled-Resource. Through this process, high-tech sorting of the plastic is followed by recompounding, encompassing the extrusion, restabilising and reconstruction of the molecular structure, as well as the chemical modification with the addition of additives in order to achieve the precise plastic characteristics that are required by the customer.

The end result is customised plastic granulates, including the recyclate Recythen, which is suitable for the production of technical items, films or pipelines, Interseroh says.

The company adds that the recycled plastic Procyclen, also manufactured with the help of Recycled-Resource, is just as impact-resistant, rigid and heat-resistant as primary granulate on a crude oil basis. The material also can be used in blow moulding to produce liquid detergent bottles, among other materials.

GreenFiber International to build plastics recycling plant in Romania

GreenFiber International, part of Green Group, the largest integrated recycling park in Southeastern Europe, has announced plans to invest €31 million ($35 million) to build its third production plant for synthetic fibres made from 100% recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate). The new plant will be in Urziceni, Romania.

The company says the plant will be able to produce 30,000 short tons of synthetic material per year and should be operational by the first quarter of 2017. Additionally, GreenFiber says it is planning an additional investment, doubling the plant’s capacity by 2018.

The Urziceni plant combined with the company’s other plastics recycling facilities in Buzau and Lasi, Romania, will give GreenFiber approximately 113,000 short tons per year of recycled plastics production capacity.

“While the demand from our clients for regenerated fibres was rising,” says Clement Hung, CEO of Green Group, “such an investment was made possible only following last year’s important boost of the operations in the upstream supply chain. In 2013–2015, we invested €23 million, part of which was to create a functional collection infrastructure in Romania and grow the clean PET collection volumes, while the other was to increase the operational capacities for the lines processing PET bottles prior to reaching our GreenFiber factories.”

To meet the needs of the facility, the company estimates that a total of 162,000 short tons of PET bottles will need to be processed, more than the total amount of PET produced in Romania.