Borealis adds new line at recycling business Ecoplast
Ecoplast, an Austrian mechanical recycling business recently acquired by Borealis AG, has upgraded its processing plant in Wildon, Austria, with a new ultramodern polyethylene (PE) film recycling line.
The new plant, inaugurated 3 Oct, improves operational procedures and raises the output of recycled material by 60%, said Borealis in a statement without giving detailed figures.
The mechanical recycling system, according to Borealis, employs a fully automatic process for the preparation and grinding of plastic wastes, as well as optimised washing technology and improved near-infrared (NIR) sorting steps.
“Ecoplast’s key competence lies in the recycling of flexible materials from extremely contaminated household and commercial refuse into a product that is suitable for the production of thin-walled film packaging,” explained
Lukas Intemann, Ecoplast managing director.
The new plant, he added, enhances both the quality and the quantity of the company’s output, and offers consistent quality.
The unit manufactures high-quality low-density polyethylene (LDPE) recyclates, which are primarily destined for the film packaging market.
Acquired by Borealis in August 2018, Ecoplast contributes to Borealis' objective of “quadrupling” its mechanical recycling output by 2025, said Lucrèce Foufopoulos-De Ridder, executive vice-president polyolefins and innovation & technology at Borealis, without giving exact figures.
“Borealis sees the drive towards a circular economy as a top priority. The investment at the Ecoplast location is a key step to attain our circular economy solution targets,” she added.
Vienna-based Borealis is specialised the production of polyolefins but has in recent years expanded its activities in the field of mechanical recycling. In 2016, the company acquired leading German mechanical plastics recycler mtm plastics mtm plastics GmbH and mtm compact GmbH, one of the largest European producers of post-consumer polyolefin recyclates in Germany.