Herbold Meckesheim has full order books for 2020 and even further projects for 2021 being finalized, which is unusual for a market that used to have delivery times of less than six months.
The reason for this sudden rise in demands can be explained by the simultaneous action of regional driving forces and long-term technological trends.
Among these are EU programmes and subsidies, the decision of different countries to make up for their obvious deficits in recycling plastics, above all France and Germany.
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Among the regional driving forces are countries that all too much relied on the export of their waste to China – among them Ireland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Another point is that a self-sustaining recycling industry has risen in the US, Canada and Mexico that treats all kinds of waste according to the recycling knowledge developed in Europe.
In this area, considerable quantities are available – namely film waste looking to avoid landfill and incineration.
Two technological trends have emerged.
The first, chemical recycling, features different market participants working on solutions and a lot of larger plants are being built in North America and Europe.
In this field, the procedures supplied by Herbold are in demand in order to treat the flow of waste in a cost-saving, high-performance way and at a constant high-level quality.
The second refers to a recyclate quality equal to that of virgin plastic.
For the production of high-quality recycled material, Herbold has developed optimised washing procedures that enable a high percentage of recycled plastic material for new products.
The main criteria, compared with procedures of the past, are a considerable odour reduction and hardly any visual errors caused by colours or contamination.
These solutions are rendered possible by the clever conception and combination of size reduction, washing, separation and drying, as well as compacting of fines, films and fibres.
As far as film recycling is concerned, Herbold is one of the most successful plant manufacturers.
For the recycling of PET and polyolefin bottles, Herbold succeeded in developing energy-efficient size reduction and (hot) washing systems characterised by high quality and low operating costs.
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