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RPC's Extrusion Line Saves Energy While Producing Food Grade Sheets from PCR PET

SpecialChem / Jun 13, 2011

RPC Cobelplast-Montonate is investing in a new state-of-the-art extrusion line which will further contribute to a lowering of CO2 emissions and reduction in energy consumption at the site.

Extrusion Line
Extrusion Line

The company developed the first co-rotating twin-screw extruder for PET sheet in 2002, which subsequently won an innovation technology prize from the Italian government. Twin-screw technology has since become the most widespread process for the production of PET sheet, thanks both to its eco-friendly performance and its ability to create high quality and visually appealing sheet that incorporates post-consumer recycled PET.

In terms of its sustainable benefits, the technology offers an approximate 35% reduction in energy consumption compared to the single-screw process. Equally important, it allows manufacturers to directly process up to 100% recycled material without the need for pre-drying equipment, thus delivering further energy savings as well as improving the color of the sheet.

The new plant at RPC Cobelplast-Montonate will also be equipped with a very high performance filtration and vacuum system, which is able to produce a food grade sheet by feeding post-consumer PET directly into the extruder.

About RPC

RPC are one of the Europe's leading plastic packaging manufacturers, serving a wide range of customers with rigid plastic packaging from the largest European producers of consumer products, to the smaller national businesses. RPC is one of the leading suppliers of rigid plastic packaging in Europe, with manufacturing operations in 11 countries of the European Union and in the USA. Their product range spans all forms of rigid packaging, namely injection molded packs, thermoformed packs, formable sheet, and extrusion blow molded packs as well as injection-blown and injection-stretch-blown packs.

Source: RPC


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