Textile Technology section
Herbold Meckesheim: boom in the recycling industry
The supplier of waste disposal and recycling technology Herbold Meckesheim GmbH, Meckesheim/Germany, is receiving extensive incoming orders for 2020 and 2021.
For Germany and France, this increased demand is based on the programs and subsidies of the EU as well as on regional decisions to catch up on obvious backlogs in plastics recycling. Even countries that have exported their waste so far are now converting. This also includes Germany, aside from Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. In addition, a self-sustaining recycling industry has emerged in the USA, Canada and Mexico. In China and Russia, on the other hand, the development of a modern waste management system has begun as well.
Waste and recycling technology is also benefiting from long-term technological trends: Herbold Meckesheim contributes to the development of larger chemical recycling plants in North America and Europe with process solutions that treat waste streams cost-effectively, with consistent quality and at high performance. For the production of higher quality equal to virgin recycled plastic, the company offers optimized washing processes that enable high percentages of recycled plastics to be used in new products. Compared to previous processes, odor reduction and low optical defects caused by foreign color or residual contamination have been achieved. In the recycling of PET and polyolefin bottles, it has again been possible to develop energy-efficient shredding and washing systems that produce high quality at low operating costs.
Anglo Recycling: nonwovens felts for growing herbs locally
There is a rising demand of herbs for salads to be grown and sourced locally, rather than being flown in from the other side of the world. Anglo Recycling Technology Ltd., Whitworth/UK, offers nonwovens mats for hydroponically growing herbs.
A core of 3 growing media products, Growfelt pads, are offered to meet the differing needs of customers across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, whether for retail presentation and appearance or for water holding.
A customer in the Philippines, for example, wanted a mat 10 mm thick, since the ambient temperature in that region demands increased water availability for growing herbs. A customer in the Middle East is meanwhile seeing the demand for fresh salads increasing significantly and is expanding so rapidly orders have grown from 360,000 pads for all of 2017 to this latest order at the start of 2020 for a million.
At the moment the company is undertaking trials to find a fully biodegradable product that meets micro and growth challenges but also allows customers to reduce their landfill costs.
Oerlikon: production of sustainable recycling yarns in India
The Indian yarn manufacturer Polygenta, Mumbai/India, is specialized on the manufacturing of recycled polyester FDY yarns. The yarn is produced using a combination of perPETual Global Technologies, London/England, patented chemical recycling technology and a direct spinning system equipped with the 32-end WINGS concept of the machine and system builder Oerlikon Barmag, Chemnitz/Germany, a subsidiary of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland.
The spinning plant was commissioned by Oerlikon Textile India in close collaboration with Oerlikon Barmag, with various FDY products currently being developed. The yarn produced caters to the requirements of premium-segment clients demanding high quality, cost effective sustainable solutions.