PTI Processing Technogies International, LLC

PTi, Bandera Team Up on Energy Efficient "Dryer-less" PET/PLA Sheet Systems

Aurora IL – Luigi Bandera Meccaniche S.p.A., Milan, Italy and Processing Technologies International, LLC, Aurora, IL have announced a strategic business alliance to supply energy-efficient sheet extrusion systems for processing PET/PLA without the use of traditional preconditioning dryers and crystallizers into the North American market.

This process relies on Bandera’s patented High Vacuum Twin Screw Extruder (HVTSE) technology, which allows PET to be processed without the need for raw material drying and crystallizing. The HVTSE extruder de-volatilizes and de-moisturizes the material as part of the extrusion process. The twin-screw extruder will be integrated with downstream systems furnished by PTi, a global supplier of single-screw sheet extrusion systems, as part of a turnkey package. PTi will also provide its TITAN® supervisory control system and UL approved electrical components for delivery throughout North America.

The companies also announced their intention to install a production-scale demonstration line at PTi headquarters later in 2010. “We feel it’s important to have the ability to demonstrate this technology to potential customers under real-world conditions”, said PTi President, Dana Hanson. “Our plan is to have customers send in their own material, or we will have material available for them to trial.”

While widely accepted and implemented throughout Europe and other parts of the world with more than 80 Bandera HVTSE installations—this technology is fairly uncommon to the North American marketplace— until now.

“PTi has been investigating options for ‘dryer-less’ technology in response to growing North American customer interest.” John Chalmers, PTi’s VP of Sales and Marketing stated. “All of our research pointed to Bandera’s HVTSE system as the most efficient, robust, industry proven solution. And since PTi does not manufacture twin screw extruders, we felt Bandera would be interested in selling the HVTSE system under license or a similar arrangement. Our concept was met with a welcome response since Bandera was also seeking a partner for development of the North American market for the HVTSE technology – so we were a perfect match-up.”

While specific details of the agreement remain confidential, Bandera’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Andrea Rigliano stated, “PTi/Bandera have entered into a 10 year exclusive agreement covering North America (i.e.; US, Canada and Mexico). PTi will promote and incorporate Bandera’s patented HVTSE technology into PTi sheet extrusion lines.” These lines will be manufactured, serviced and supported from PTi’s world headquarters in Aurora, IL.

With headquarters in Aurora, IL, Processing Technologies International, LLC serves over 20 countries and is a global leader in high performance sheet extrusion machinery. Established in 1988, PTi continues to supply and service single screw extrusion equipment to industries producing packaging, construction, automotive, lawn & garden, office products, signs & displays, appliances and much more. Engineered to exact standards PTi systems offer an exceptional array of design features resulting in superior equipment performance.

Headquartered near Milan in Busto Arsizio, Italy, founder Luigi Bandera started operations in 1947. Bandera designs and manufactures complete single screw, and co-rotating and counter-rotating twin screw extrusion lines for blown film production, foils and sheets. Bandera has always developed innovative ideas which have contributed to the evolution of the plastic material processing industry.