Alpla expands its PET recycling capacity in Germany

Acquisition with Texplast will help to increase its annual volume

Alpla is expanding its PET recycling capacity in Germany with the acquisition of the recycling company Texplast from the Fromm Group
Alpla is expanding its PET recycling capacity in Germany with the acquisition of the recycling company Texplast from the Fromm Group

The Alpla Group has become one of Germany’s largest PET recycling companies. With the acquisition of the recycling company Texplast from the Fromm Group and all of its shares in the joint venture PET Recycling Team Wolfen, the international company will increase its annual processing volume in Germany to 75,000 tonnes of PET bottles.

Alpla is strengthening its efforts in the German recycling industry. With the complete acquisition of Texplast, a company based in Bitterfeld-Wolfen and previously part of the Fromm Group, as well as the joint venture PET Recycling Team Wolfen, the global packaging solutions and recycling specialist is significantly expanding its capacities. With this, Alpla is investing in the quality and availability of PET recyclate for the German ‘bottle-to-bottle’ cycle.

Philipp Lehner, chief executive officer at Alpla
Philipp Lehner, chief executive officer at Alpla

Following the acquisition of BTB Recycling in October 2021, Alpla increased its processing volumes in Germany to a total of around 75,000 tonnes of PET input. This includes 55,000 tonnes by Texplast and PET Recycling Team Wolfen and 20,000 tonnes by BTB. “Our goal is the cycle from bottle to bottle. We are stepping up our activities worldwide to meet the growing demand for post-consumer recyclate. This investment will strengthen our position in the German market and guarantee high quality and availability of the material for our customers,” the company’s chief executive officer, Philipp Lehner, explains.

Alpla continues to a successful collaboration

Texplast, founded in 1992, produces PET pellets and flakes from used PET bottles. The pellets are primarily used for preforms for new PET bottles. The colorful PET flakes produced during the process are used by the packaging manufacturer Fromm to produce packing straps. However, the focus has increasingly shifted towards the bottle cycle in recent years.

“The long-term and successful collaboration with the Fromm Group was the perfect basis for this development. The acquisition enabled us to increase our capacity quickly and efficiently. And this will also help us secure production for both sides in the future,” says Georg Lässer, head of Recycling at Alpla. The colorful flakes will also be supplied exclusively to Fromm in the future. “We have a highly motivated, fully functional team, and we are proud to welcome all 125 Texplast employees into the Alpla family,” Lässer adds.

On the acquisition, Rico Seiler, managing director of Texplast, said, “The change in ownership underlines the transformation of Texplast from a material supplier for plastic strapping to a key player in the bottle cycle. With the new owners, the company will be able to fulfill its potential in this field even more efficiently.”

PET Recycling Team Wolfen specializes in recycling PET bottles from a ‘yellow bag’ – German bin for household recyclables. These are returned from household collection to the recycling loop. The sorting and processing systems at Texplast’s site in Wolfen, which are unique worldwide, were set up in 2019.

The acquisition was officially finalized on 25 February 2022. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price or further details. The acquisition is subject to the legal and regulatory approval of the competent competition authorities.

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