The Vorarlberg plastics processor Alpla has announced annual investments of 50 million euros in the expansion of its recycling capacities until 2025. Above all, an “internationalization” of the measures for high-quality recyclates is planned, said Alpla.
In 2018, as part of an international agreement, Alpla committed to invest 50 million euros in recycling by 2025. Alpla now wants to significantly increase this target. According to the company, an average of 50 million euros will be available exclusively for recycling from this year onwards.
“We have been very active in the past two years. We have been able to get bottle-to-bottle projects off the ground in Asia, Europe and Central America, among others. Nevertheless, we continue to see growing demand from our customers worldwide,” said Georg Lässer, head of the recycling division.
Günther Lehner, head of the corporate advisory board, says that Alpla will concentrate on “high quality areas of application in new regions”. The aim is a “bottle-to-bottle cycle” even in regions in which waste recycling does not currently play a major role.
According to Lässer, there are development opportunities outside of Europe. According to the company, customers in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, China and India, for example, are increasing their demand for products made with recycled materials. In Europe, however, the market is now highly competitive. “Thanks to our own plants and partnerships, we have already achieved a good market position in Western Europe that we want to expand,” said Lässer.
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Alpla refers to the entry into HDPE recycling in 2019. This will be continued with the construction of a plant in Mexico, where the start of production is planned for autumn 2021. In Thailand, too, Alpla is currently building a recycling plant for PET and HDPE with a partner.
In the plants in Austria, Poland and Germany, the capacities have been expanded in the last two years, in Italy Alpla recently put an extrusion line for rPET into operation in its own plant. According to the company, the annual recycling capacity of the group and its cooperation partners is around 130,000 tons for PET and 60,000 tons for PE.
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