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NEWS


Shell in JV with


BlueAlp Shell has invested in a 21.25% equity stake in BlueAlp Holding, a developer of chemical recycling technology. The two companies have formed a joint venture to build two units in the Netherlands to convert more than 30,000 tpa of plastics waste to pyrolysis oil. The units are planned to be operational in 2023 and will supply 100% of their pyrolysis oil as feedstock to Shell’s Moerdijk and Rhineland crackers.


Shell is exploring licensing of a further two units for deployment within Asia to supply the Shell Energy and Chemi- cals Park Singapore. � www.shell.com � www.bluealp.nl


PureCycle opts for KM twin-screw extruders


KraussMaffei Extrusion is to supply extrusion equipment for the PureCycle Technolo- gies PP recycling plant currently under construction at Ironton in Ohio, US. PureCycle uses a propri- etary technology licensed from P&G that is claimed to allow waste PP to be recycled into pure PP resin with virgin-like properties for use in applications such as consumer goods and automotive. The Ironton plant is its first commercial scale unit and is designed for a capacity of almost 50,000 tonnes/yr of PP waste. The core component of


the PureCycle process is the extraction step, which uses a recirculated solvent to remove pigments, odours and other polymers from molten PP waste, in this case


IMAGE: KRAUSSMAFFEI KraussMaffei is supplying


twin screw extrusion equipment for PureCycle’s recycling plant in Ohio, US


from PP carpet production. KraussMaffei is supplying two twin-screw extruders capable of plasticising and feeding up to 8 tonnes of molten carpet waste into the PureCycle process via a melt pipe. The cleaned melt is then passed to a degassing extruder to remove volatiles prior to pelletising. “We are extremely


pleased about this order


RKW adds five- layer line in Echte


RKW is investing “a seven-figure sum” at its Echte site in Germany, boosting production in industrial packaging – and using more recyclate. The company is installing a new five-layer


extrusion line, which makes its FFS and ProVent self-venting sacks, valve box sacks, transport packaging and garbage bags. The line will be used for industrial


packaging. “We want to offer more sustainable industrial packaging with new formulations,” said Markus Brinkmann, site director at Echte. “This includes using a growing proportion of recycled plastics.” � www.rkw-group.com


8 PLASTICS RECYCLING WORLD | September 2021


and the trust PureCycle has placed in us,” said Carl Philip Pöpel, Director of Product Management at KraussMaffei. “As a full-line provider of


various extrusion technolo- gies, we are in a position to deliver an outstanding high-performance package solution.” � www.kraussmaffei.com � www.purecycletech.com


Britvic hails rPET


boost UK soft drinks brand Britvic says its £5m investment in Esterform Packaging’s recycled PET facility in 2019 has led to a secure supply of food-grade rPET. This has enabled it to switch 500ml bottles for Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and Drench brands to 100% rPET content. It will switch all UK-made bottles to 100% rPET by the end of 2022. � www.britvic.com


www.plasticsrecyclingworld.com


IMAGE: RKW


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