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Latest Plastics Recycling Technology on Show at PRS Europe 2017

More than 80 companies and organisations will be showcasing the latest advances in plastics recycling in the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, the pan-European exhibition and conference taking place at the RAI Amsterdam on 29-30 March 2017. To register for the free-to-attend event visit:

A broad cross section of the industry will be represented at the exhibition including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, handling and logistics services, pre-processors, plastics recyclers, waste management specialists, industry associations and project management consultants.

Exhibitor Highlights

Bühler and National Recovery Technologies (NRT) are exhibiting together (Stand C60) to show how combining technologies can aid PET recyclers. The partnership offers plastics recyclers a complete solution for plastic bottle and flake sorting, with NRT specialising in bottle sorting and Bühler’s expertise is in flake sorting. The two technologies offer superior colour sorting, as well as sorting by chemical signatures, that can identify invisible and same-colour polymers.

Tomra Sorting’s (Stand C34) new Autosort Flake allows for simultaneous triple-sorting of recycled PET flake. Its sensor technology also detects metal and offers twin-processing mode for the best possible waste throughput and a constant high-calibre output. The latest generation machine can do the job of two separate units and with more precision, helping to reduce the loss of quality material.

Pellenc ST (Stand 42) will present its Mistral+ sorting technology for mixed waste streams, which offers improved simplicity of use, reliability and performance. The machine includes an improved detection system, a 50% better electro valve response time, and a 50% reduction in lighting power with the same signal quality. Maintenance time is also halved thanks to platforms that allow the operator to safely clean the detection system without stopping the sorting line.

KraussMaffei Berstorff (Stand B32) and Artec (Stand B22) have jointly developed Edelweiss technology, a system which combines recycling and compounding in a single cycle. It is designed for processing polyolefin and polyamide scraps containing more than 2% of contaminants and residual moisture of up to 12%. Thanks to a modular screw and barrel design, the system can be tailored to any compound composition. Lines are designed for output rates ranging between 300 kg/h and 2.5 tonnes/h.

The latest RecoStar Dynamic 215 line from Starlinger (Stand D16) is designed to handle a wide range of films, fibres and post-consumer waste plastics. It is especially suited to moist, hygroscopic or highly contaminated input materials.

On Stand B72, Vecoplan’s new HydroDyn system combines shredding technology, washing and drying processes for various plastics in a closed process. The system can handle a wide variety of plastic waste, including shredded and heavily soiled materials, stretch film, hard plastics, packaging, and technical plastics.

Hellweg Maschinenbau (Stand A36) has extended its 600 series granulator range. The new M 1500/600 granulator is able to offer enormous torque, due to the high stability of the machine housing and a heavy duty rotor. Depending on the material to be granulated and the size of the screen block used, throughput reaches around 800 to 2,500 kg/h.

Weima Maschinenbau (Stand A44) has launched a new shredder, the WLK 1000. The single-shaft shredder features a hydraulic drive for the first time. The unit is suitable for shredding thermoplastics, such as PE, PP, PVC, PS, PU and PET, along with other plastic and elastomer types.

RPC bpi recycled products (Stand B78) can help dispose of a wide range of plastic waste from across Europe. The company’s extensive infrastructure and new technology enables recycled materials to be turned into second life quality products that include refuse and recycling sacks, building films, outdoor furniture and landscaping products.

The Plastics Recycling Show Europe is organised by Crain Communications and Plastics News Europe. PRS and will be officially opened on 29 March by Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, MEP and committee member for the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Industry body Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) continues its strong support as partner for the exhibition and conference. Other industry bodies supporting the event include the European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organisation (EPRO), European Plastics Converters, Petcore Europe, Plastics Europe and Vinyl Plus.

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Growing PDM Event Diversifies into Composites

The next PDM Event will take place at the Telford International Centre from 14 to 15 June 2016 providing an all-encompassing exhibition and conference for plastics design, moulding, packaging, recycling and – new for this year – composites. The previously co-located shows PRE and PPS join with PDM to form the newly-branded PDM Event.

The multi-million pound Telford International Centre venue provides more room for large machinery and access to a brand new conference area. Biffa polymers, Erema, Hasco, Motan Colortronic, Negri Bossi, Piovan, Plasgran, Plastribution and Romi are among the leading industry names which have already booked stands. Other exhibitors include product design companies, rotational and blow moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, rapid prototyping specialists, moulders and mouldmakers, masterbatch specialists, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

Established for more than a decade as the leading event for the design and moulding sectors of the plastics industry, PDM Event has expanded in recent years to include recycling and packaging. The addition of a composites element for 2016 represents a new stage in its evolution. Reinforced thermoplastics are playing an ever-increasing role in innovation and evolution in the automotive sector. Composite materials – lauded for their strength and light weight – are driving new standards in design, helping the car makers to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

Claire Whysall, Communications Manager of Composites UK which has partnered with PDM Event organisers to develop this new dimension of the PDM Event said: “We are excited by the opportunity PDM Event provides to showcase the latest innovation and technology developments in thermoplastic composites for both structural and aesthetic applications in what is an increasingly exciting and vibrant sector.”

As well as diversifying its exhibitor base, PDM Event continues to attract growing numbers of visitors* and has secured its place as the key event in the plastics industry calendar. Jaguar Land Rover, BT, Dyson, Ford, Honda, Panasonic, Proctor & Gamble and Bentley were among the many companies who sent delegates to the 2015 event and 70% of exhibitors said they expected to have orders in the near future worth up to £250,000 as a result of taking part.**

PDM Event enjoys the support of all the major plastics and moulding associations including Composites UK, Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), Society of Plastics Engineers UK & Ireland (SPE), Rubber & Plastics Research Association (RAPRA), British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), IOM3, Polymer Training and Innovation Centre and the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA), Polymer Society, RECOUP, LARAC and WRAP.

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PRE to Return to Telford with PDM and New Plastics Packaging Show

Following the success of last month’s Plastics Design & Moulding (PDM) Exhibition and Conference which was co-located in Telford with the inaugural Plastics Recycling Expo (PRE), organisers have announced that they will be launching a third show at next year’s event. The Plastics Packaging Show will be co-located with both PDM and the PRE at the Telford International Centre on 16 and 17 June 2015. Combined the industry events will attract visitors from across the UK and Europe and bring in over £1.2 million to the local economy, according to Meet Telford & Shropshire, the region’s official convention bureau.

The debut of Europe’s first and only exhibition and conference dedicated to plastics recycling at PDM this year expanded the reach of the long-established plastics design and moulding event. It also helped to dispel many myths about plastic and the environment and build the case for the role of recycled plastics in a circular economy. Ton Emans, President of launch-partners Plastics Recyclers Europe said: “We have demonstrated that our growing industry is ready to take the challenge ahead of us and produce more sustainable plastics.”

PDM and PRE have now become truly international events with visitors from across East and West Europe, Japan, Mexico, USA, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Iraq and others. Katherine Kynaston, Business & Development Planning Manager at Telford & Wrekin Council said: “As PDM continues to grow at a steady pace to include Plastics Recycling Expo and Plastics Packaging Show, we see the event as key to helping local business identify supply chain opportunities and trade links as well as to highlight Telford’s competitive investment offer to the range of industry experts that attend the show year on year. From supporting PDM our town has welcomed international visitors and investors from across the world.”

Among the delegates who visited stands in both events was Simon Colbeck, General Merchandise Head of Innovation and Quality, Marks and Spencer. He said: “I thought the central theme of sustainability worked really well. I was particularly impressed with the new materials innovation we saw, and great to see how the commercialisation of 3D printing has developed with the likes of Renshaw. I have collected lots of information and have plenty of companies to follow up with when I get back.”

The Plastics Consultancy Network (PCN) provided 19 consultants forits“Ask the Consultant” stand in PDM again this year and collectively advised over 50 visitors – twice the number assisted at PDM in 2013. PCN Chairman Dr Peter Cox observed:“There was a good crossover of visitors from the Plastics Recycling Expo.”

Graham Whatley of Gekko Design Studio was among the designers who attended both events and was particularly interested in next year’s plans for a Plastics Packaging Show. He said: “Physical research is so important. I’m all for events that release interesting materials in a physical form.”

Meanwhile exhibitors commented on the quality of visitors and business leads. Stuart Lovett, Marketing Manager Rutland Plastics, exhibiting in PDM reported: “We had a couple of interesting enquiries including one visitor who first discovered us at PDM 13 and came back specifically to meet us at the show again this year to discuss a new project.”

Stephanie Burns, Business Development manager at Aurora Manufacturing, who exhibited at PRE said: “We’ve had a very positive exhibition experience and have been particularly impressed by the variety of visitors to the stand. The advent of a show dedicated solely to plastics recycling has worked well for us and we look forward to next year’s event.”

Stefan Cherry, Commercial Manager at Cherry Plastics, added: “We warmly welcome this purely plastics recycling exhibition, which has been very sales-orientated and a huge success for us.”   

Photo caption: Shadow Environment Minister Barry Gardiner addresses delegates at the inaugural Plastics Recycling Expo which was held at the Telford International Centre in June 2014.

 Barry Gardiner MP Speaking at PRE in Telford

Everything Local Authorities Need to Know About Plastics Recycling



How achievable are the 2017 targets for plastics recycling and how can local councils improve collection of plastics? What consumer communications are most effective? What is the true cost of not recycling plastics? What role can recycled plastics play in the circular economy? These questions and many more will be addressed at the Local Authority Day supported by LARAC, taking place at the inaugural Plastics Recycling Expo in Telford on 18 June.

Aimed at local government recycling officers and all those who work with them to provide recycling services, the free-to-attend Local Authority Day will take place at the newly upgraded Telford International Centre. The programme includes a special address from Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment & Fisheries as well as an update from the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) on the Plastic Industry Recycling Action Plan.

Speakers include:

  • Jonathan Short, Founder and Deputy Chairman, EcoPlastics
  • Andrew Speck, Commercial and Environmental Packaging Manager, Marks & Spencer
  • Gareth Hollinshead, Key Account Manager, Plastics, WRAP
  • Andy Hudson, Head of Environment and Waste, Milton Keynes Council
  • Stuart Foster, Chief Executive, Recoup
  • Stuart Highward-Higham, Technical Director, Sita
  • James Lee, Founder and Chairman, Cromwell Polythene

Andrew Bird, Chairman of LARAC who will chair the conference, said: “Plastics is the main topic the public come to recycling officers with queries about, so this conference presents a real opportunity to listen to top speakers on the subject. With a whole day geared towards local authorities, I look forward to an interesting and thought provoking debate.”

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The Plastics Recycling Expo will be co-located with the Plastics Design & Moulding exhibition (PDM 14), the UK’s leading annual exhibition for the UK plastics industry