A quick run-down of expected highlights at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, taking place on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 March at Brussels Expo.
The show aims to bring together a broad cross section of the industry, including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, pre-processors, plastics recyclers, waste management specialists and industry associations. Delegates will be attending from firms including Volvo, Ikea, Lidl, Procter & Gamble, Mars, Siemens, Philips, Qatar Airways, Total and ExxonMobil.
Buhler Sortex (stand B14) will be highlighting its recent agreement with National Recovery Technologies (NRT) to offer plastics recyclers a complete solution for plastic bottle and flake sorting.
Europe’s largest polythene film recycler, BPI Recycled Products (stand A38) will be promoting its ability to recycle up to 95,000 tonnes of polythene waste a year, turning waste material into second life products such as outdoor furniture, landscaping products, building films and refuse sacks.
Hellweg Maschinenbau (stand C47) will show the latest addition to its 600 series granulator range, the new M 1500/600, which combines high performance with gentle treatment of materials.
Herbold Meckesheim (stand C17) is to shocase its plastics washing equipment for all types of contaminated and mixed plastics, such as PET bottles, agricultural or post-consumer film and HDPE/PP packages
KraussMaffei Berstorff (stand B19) will be promoting its Edelweiss technology. Developed jointly with Artec, it is said to provide an ideal solution for directly converting plastic scraps into high-quality compounds.
WEIMA Maschinenbau (stand A39) will present its new WLK 1000 single-shaft shredder featuring a hydraulic drive. The unit is suitable for shredding thermoplastics, such as PE, PP, PVC, PS, PU and PET, as well as diverse types of duroplastic and elastomer.
The unique challenges of recycling the major different types of plastic including PET, PVC, HDPE, LDPE and mixed plastics will be discussed in detail at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe conference. Keynote sessions on the conference’s opening day include Jason Ord, Director, Environmental Responsibility, EMEA at Hewlett-Packard on Scaling the recycled plastics eco-system – an OEM perspective, and David Ingram, Director (Fabric & HomeCare Packaging R&D), Procter & Gamble on Sustainable packaging – introducing PCR for Fabric Care bottles.
Day two: Design and innovation focus
Sessions on day two of the conference focus on the plastics recycling process and the latest design, technology and innovation. Topics covered will include finding markets for recycled materials, getting consumers to collect more, coping with price volatility in the virgin market, regulatory challenges and a discussion of the future for producer responsibility schemes throughout Europe.
Industry body Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) is strongly supporting the exhibition and is organising the conference in conjunction with Plastics Recycling Show Europe organisers Crain Communications. The event is organised in association with Polymer Comply Europe, a service provider for the plastics industry specialised in EU legislation. It is also supported by EPRO, the European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organisations, the Pan-European partnership of organisations committed to increasing efficient plastics recycling and recovery. Other industry bodies supporting the event include European Plastics Converters, Petcore Europe, Recovinyl, Plastics Europe, Federplast, FEBEM-FEGE and Vinyl Plus.
Online registration to attend the free conference and exhibition is still open at: www.prseventeurope.com.