Plastics Recycling Europe PRS Europe moves to a bigger hall to accommodate growth

Editor: Briggette Jaya

The third edition of the PRS Europe show in Amsterdam has now over 120 exhibitors. To accommodate the growing number of exhibitors and visitors, the event will move to the larger Hall 7 at the RAI Amsterdam.

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The annual PRS Europe exhibition and conference first opened its doors in 2017.
The annual PRS Europe exhibition and conference first opened its doors in 2017.
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The Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2019 is a platform for key players from the plastics and recycling sectors from across Europe to present innovative technology, share best practice, network and trade. 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 will come together at the RAI Amsterdam on 10-11 April 2019.

Director of Circular Economy and Green Growth DG Environment of the European Commission, Kęstutis Sadauskas, will officiate the opening of the two-day PRS Europe conference on 10 April. Among the conference spaekers are representatives from Ikea, HP, Philips and Procter & Gamble. The Plastics Recycling Awards Europe ceremony has been scheduled at the conference theatre on 11 April.

New ways to recycle plastics, technologies to improve recycling processes and new applications for recycled plastics are among the many innovations on show. Exhibitors include well-known industry names like Borealis, Erema, Ettlinger, Gneuss, Krauss Maffei Berstorff, Tomra Sorting Recycling, RPC-bpi Recycled Products, Suez, Veolia/Multiport and Wipa.

One highlight at the Tomra Sorting Recycling booth will be its new Innosort Flake sorting system that combines colour and material sorting through NIR (near infrared) technology. This innovative PET flake sorting sensor solution is equipped with a unique combination of RGB cameras and NIR sensors. Both extremely effective systems optimise flake sorting applications and minimise downtime, the company says.

From Erema is a new bottle-to-bottle Vacunite process that produces food-contact-grade r-PET pellets with efficient decontamination and compact design, which has low energy consumption. The process brings together the company's Vacurema bottle-to-bottle process with the newly patented, vacuum-supported solid state polycondensation (SSP) from Polymetrix. According to the company, all thermal processing takes place in nitrogen or a vacuum, thus largely eliminating flake and pellet discoloration, while removing additives.

Fimic will schowcase its new Era screen changer melt filter for plastics recycling. This new range of automatic filter changer has a double filtering and double scraping system. Equipped with two internal filtration chambers and two independent discharge valves, Era is said to enable a coarser filtration followed by a finer laser screen filtration.

UK’s leading recycler of rigid plastics, RPC bpi Plas Gran, will feature recycled products (E30). Also on show will be samples of Sustane, an innovative new 100% recycled polymer, a Plaswood edge bench and X-Enviro Shrink, a new shrink wrap flat film technology.

Highlights and debuts

Many other highlights at various booths include:

Ettlinger’s ERF melt filter family of high-performance filtration solutions capable of handling high degrees of contamination. These are specially designed for processing polyolefins and polystyrenes, TPE and TPU with levels of contamination of up to 18%.

At Bühler's booth, visitors see demonstrations on how recyclers and packaging processors can utilise optical sorting systems to produce recycled material that is close to virgin quality.

A premiere, comprising five Veolia plastics recycling companies, will jointly present their capabilities and products – Multiport with HDPE compounds for extrusion applications; Mult iPet with PET flakes for fibres, bottles, films and packaging; Veolia Polymers with PP compounds for different applications; Veolia Recycling Plastics Sweden with LDPE, HDPE, PP recyclates and Plastiques de Mitry Grandjouan with PP, PE, PS ABS and PC recyclates.

Other debuting companies include Ampacet, Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions, Custom Polymers, Gianeco, Hydrodyn Systems, Novek LLC, Plasper, Polytential, Sipa, Sky Plastic and Sogapol.