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ALPLA and Tex­plast inten­sify col­la­bo­ra­tion

Recy­cler Tex­plast installs third extrusion line at Wolfen site

Hard, Wolfen, 20 December 2018 – Since July 2018, ALPLA and FROMM have been suc­cess­fully working tog­e­ther in PET recy­cling. Ano­ther extrusion line at the Tex­plast site in Wolfen will increase the capa­city for food‐safe PET regra­nu­late by 15,000 tonnes each year – mate­rial that ALPLA will return to the recy­clable mate­rial cycle in Europe, and in Ger­many in par­ti­cular.

Aus­trian packa­ging solu­tions spe­cia­list ALPLA and German recy­cling com­pany Tex­plast, a sub­si­diary of FROMM Plastics, are bene­fit­ting from working tog­e­ther. Over the past few months, they have managed to greatly sta­bi­lise the quan­tity and qua­lity of the raw mate­rials for the pro­duc­tion ope­ra­tions of both part­ners.

Tex­plast is now inves­ting in a third extrusion line and will increase its annual capa­city for food‐safe PET regra­nu­late by 15,000 tonnes to an appro­xi­mate total of 27,000 tonnes. For the expan­sion, Tex­plast is cur­r­ently buil­ding a new hall at the com­pany site in Wolfen. The faci­lity is expected to become ope­ra­tional in April 2019, and according to Tex­plast, around 4.5 mil­lion euros have been invested.

Avai­la­bi­lity of recy­clable mate­rial
“The demand for recy­cled plastics is con­ti­nuously increa­sing. In order to pro­vide our cli­ents with the amounts needed, we must step up our recy­cling activi­ties. With Tex­plast as a partner, we have access to high‐quality recy­clable mate­rial in the German market,” says Georg Lässer, Head of Recy­cling at ALPLA, “We are also secu­ring our­selves exper­tise and expe­ri­ence in logistics and using the exis­ting net­work with food retail.”

With opti­mised logistics, Tex­plast brings return­able bot­tles to the recy­cling plant via the shor­test routes pos­sible and thereby keeps its carbon foot­print as small as pos­sible, high­lights Mat­thias Schäfer, Tex­plast rep­re­sen­ta­tive, “By col­la­bo­ra­ting with ALPLA, we have closed the bottle cycle: We recycle the return­able goods from the food retail industry and turn them into high‐quality, food‐safe gra­nu­late from which ALPLA pro­duces pre­forms for new PET beverage bot­tles. The colourful flakes created in the pro­cess are used by FROMM for its in‐house strap pro­duc­tion.”

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the com­pa­nies is avail­able at www.alpla.com, sustainability.alpla.com, www.fromm-pack.com and www.texplast.de.

About ALPLA:
ALPLA is one of the leading plastic packaging companies. Around 19,300 employees produce tailored packaging systems bottles, fasteners and injection moulding parts at 176 sites in 45 countries. The scope of application of the quality packaging is vast: food and beverages, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning products, pharmaceuticals, engine oil and lubricants.
ALPLA has its own recycling plants: PET Recycling Team with sites in Austria and Poland, and in Mexico as part of a joint venture. The FROMM/Texplast collaboration has existed since July 2018.

About FROMM & Texplast:
The FROMM Group is a globally leading company for cargo safety systems and has a company history dating back over 70 years. More than 1,200 employees develop, produce and distribute tailored packaging solutions with around 40 companies on six continents: FROMM has production sites in Italy, Germany, the USA, Thailand, Chile and Slovakia.
Texplast GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of FROMM Plastics GmbH in Kölleda. With almost 100 employees and an input capacity of over 50,000 tonnes of bottles per year, the company is one of the leading recyclers of PET, particularly used beverage bottles, in Western Europe. Texplast manufactures flakes for use in the plastics industry, as well as regranulate for the production of food packaging. FROMM specialises in straps, air-cushion packaging and stretch wrap, as well as the associated machines and appliances.

Infor­ma­tion for edi­to­rial que­ries:
ALPLA, Alex­andra Ditt­rich (PR & Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions), tel: 0043/5574/602‑1083, email: alexandra.dittrich@alpla.com
Pzwei. Pres­se­ar­beit, Werner F. Sommer, tel: 0043/699/10254817, email: werner.sommer@pzwei.at