Starlinger’s sustainable solutions at PlastIndia 2023

Machinery for recycling and refinement of scrap

Starlinger's sustainable solutions at PlastIndia 2023
The Starlinger recoSTAR PET art machine series was presented for the first time in October 2022 at K plastics trade show.

Starlinger, a machinery supplier from Austria, is starting the trade season this year at the PlastIndia show in New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, putting the focus on efficient plastics recycling and sustainable packaging solutions. Starlinger will be present at Hall 4, Stand FP-E-02 and Hall 6, Stand C1, at PlastIndia 2023, to be held from 1 to 5 February.

According to the company, Starlinger recycling technology and Starlinger viscotec is presenting innovative machinery solutions for the recycling and refinement of a wide range of industrial and post-consumer scrap, including PE, PP, PET, PA, PLA, and many more.

Starlinger’s recycling processes have been approved by FDA, EFSA and important brand owners and provide efficient and reliable solutions for the production of food-grade recycled PET and HDPE, which can be directly used for food-contact packaging. The first Starlinger recoSTAR PET recycling lines have already been installed in India during the past two years.

Starlinger technology is used in current projects in India which include bottle-to-bottle recycling and the production of big bags made of recycled PET – the latter with the aim of establishing a closed packaging loop in the big bag sector.

Highly efficient and cost-saving PET recycling

The newly conceived Starlinger recoSTAR PET art machine series, which was presented for the first time in October 2022 at K plastics trade show in Düsseldorf, represents a major step forward with regard to energy and process efficiency. Due to significant technological innovations and improvements – regarding energy consumption, machine footprint and maintenance requirements, among others – the new system saves about 21 % in energy costs compared to the previous model.

Decontamination at the highest level

Starlinger viscotec sells its market-leading decontamination technology for PET flakes and pellets all over the world. viscoSTAR SSP reactors and deCON decontamination dryers for IV increase and decontamination of rPET flakes and pellets ensure the highest quality and increase of intrinsic viscosity (IV) to the level of virgin material, the company claims. rPET flakes and pellets processed on viscotec systems can be used directly in the production of food-contact packaging.

Sustainable packaging cycles

In India, raffia sacks account for a significant share on the packaging market for dry bulk goods such as grains, rice, flour, or fertilizers and cement. As a specialist in machinery for the production of raffia sacks with more than 50 years of experience, Starlinger supplies production technology that is improved continuously.

In order to establish closed packaging cycles in this sector, Starlinger lines can produce raffia sacks and container fabric out of recycled polypropylene (rPP) as well as PET and rPET. A project for big bags made of rPET is currently underway in India: In a joint venture with Indian big bag producer Umasree Texplast, Brazilian packaging producer Packem is setting up a production facility for big bags made of PET using Starlinger equipment. The aim of the joint venture is to establish a closed packaging cycle in this sector: In this so-called bag-to-bag project used big bags are collected, recycled and turned into new big bags again.

About Starlinger & Co Ges.m.b.H.: 

Starlinger is an Austrian machine manufacturing company based in Vienna with production sites in Weissenbach and St. Martin, as well as in Schwerin, Germany and Taicang, China. As the world’s leading supplier of machines and complete systems for the production of woven plastic bags, as well as systems for plastics recycling, PET extrusion, and finishing, the Starlinger brand is synonymous with quality and technological leadership in more than 130 countries. Founded in 1835, the family-owned company has been exporting its products around the world for more than 50 years and achieves an export quota of over 99.5%. The company has its own sales and service centers in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, the United States, and Uzbekistan, each of them guaranteeing swift and professional technical service. 

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