Robert Obermayr, COREMA Product Manager, explaining the upcycling service of the new UpCentre
Recycling machinery manufacturer, EREMA, has opened a new upcycling centre at its facility in Austria to enable customers to sample recycling compounds to encourage the use of recyclates in end products.
EREMA has invested around 2 million Euros in its ‘UpCentre’, which features a COREMA 1108 T plastic recycling system for a maximum monthly production of 500 tonnes of material.
"On the way from recyclates to made-to-measure recycling compounds you need a lot of fine tuning in practice: processors demand varying quantities of samples – as often and as long as necessary until the recycling compound meets the exact requirements of their concrete application, such as film or injection moulding parts,” explained Robert Obermayr, COREMA Product Manager.
“Customers can now take advantage of the UpCentre to produce sample amounts in tonnes quickly and flexibly. They benefit additionally from the process engineering know-how of EREMA and Coperion – two global market leaders in their fields,” he added.
EREMA says to enable these recyclates to be used 1:1 as a substitute for virgin material they have to have exactly specified, customised property profiles. Processors are interested above all else in the recycled pellets allowing trouble-free further processing and the assurance of the functional characteristics of the end products produced from them.
It is this knowledge, says the company, that led it to develop its COREMA product line in 2012 and says the UpCentre is the latest step forward in encouraging the use of recycled materials in plastic products.
“For exactly specified raw material based on recyclate to feature more and more in the marketplace you need on the one hand the right recycling technologies and, on the other hand, intense communication throughout the entire value added chain. EREMA is investing in this communication and the UpCentre is a proactive contribution towards precisely this dialogue taking place,” Obermayr concluded.