Recycling Machine Sales Doubled for POLYSTAR in 2021

2022-04-14 | Industrial Trends | By Jack Lin |
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It may be a good time to be in the plastic recycling business for everyone.
New regulations in many countries now require producers to use a higher percentage of recycled content in flexible and rigid packaging products. The instability of raw material prices and supplies also forces plastic producers to better recycle their own production waste.

Plastic recycling machine manufacturer in Taiwan.
(POLYSTAR Plastic Recycling Machine)

The growing demand for plastic recycling directly reflects the machine sales for POLYSTAR. By the end of April 2022, a total of over 110 recycling machines will have been shipped within 12 months – twice as many compared to last year.


Bigger Recycling Machines in Need

Plastic recycling machines are getting bigger. Recyclers are now buying larger-capacity machines and more machines. The 800-1,000 kg/hour pelletizing extruders have become a standard for post-consumer and even some post-industrial recyclers.

LDPE film recycling machine produce high-quality recycled pellets.
(LDPE Film Recycling Machine)

A Japanese post-consumer recycling company located in Kanagawa just placed an order of four 800-1,000 kg/hour machines from POLYSTAR all at once in December 2021. In the same month, several recyclers in Australia, Colombia, Mexico, Russia and the US have also repeated their orders with multiple higher-capacity machines to be able to comply with the increasing recycling demand for washed PE film and bottle waste.


Post-industrial Recycling – Higher Quality Requirement

Reusability of recycled pellets has become more important than ever for plastic producers who recycle and reprocess their in-house waste. Packaging film and woven bag producers now require higher quality recycling (minimal material degradation) in order to reduce production costs as much as possible.

In India, the requirement for more advanced recycling machines is rising, especially for PP raffia, woven/bulk bags and FIBC producers who need to process their internal waste. 75 Repro-One recycling machines have been installed in this sector alone in India.

LDPE film recycling machine produce high-quality recycled pellets.

The Repro-One recycling technology is a combination of shredder, extruder and pelletizer in one machine. This one-step, powerful (shredder) yet gentle (low processing temperature) process produces the best possible pellets quality at the lowest operation cost, enabling the producers to reuse all of the pellets back in PP tape extrusion lines.


New Regulations for High Recycled Content

The packaging film sector (stretch film, CPP film and etc.) and plastic bag producers are required to use a much higher percentage of recycled pellets in the end products. For better quality control and to maximize the reusability back into the film extrusion lines, more producers have decided to recycle all the production waste internally instead of outsourcing it.

Recent installations of the Repro-Flex recycling machines (a cutter-compactor integrated model designed for recycling film waste) in Denmark, Italy and Switzerland are equipped with smart features to minimize energy consumption and labor intervention.


Short Machine Delivery Time

The impact of COVID-19 continues to present many challenges, resulting in high shipping costs and shortage of supply.
As the demand for recycling machines remains strong, POLYSTAR continues to prepare in-stock recycling machines to avoid long delivery times.
With the new (third) facility, we have been able to better serve our customers with faster machine delivery time and in-time spare parts support, keeping a large number of critical machine components in stock.

Our manufacturing facility in Taiwan, Sinji industrial park continues to operate at 100% during this time, making sure our customers receive the recycling machines within a very short time. The delivery time for standard recycling machines such as Repro-Flex 85, Repro-One and Repro-Air is only 30 – 45 days.


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About the Author
Jack Lin

Regional sales manager for Latin America

Jack has visited and spoken to hundreds of POLYSTAR machine users around the world over the last 10 years. Having collected practical information on customer feedback and user experiences, he enjoys sharing the advantages and disadvantages of using different types of machines with others, especially coming from the customers' perspectives.

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