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Starlinger & Co. Gesellschaft m.b.H. Division textile packaging Division viscotec

Sonnenuhrgasse 4 , 1060 Wien
Austria

Telephone +43 1 59955-0
Fax +43 1 59955-25
office@starlinger.com

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 16 / B47-2
 Interactive Plan

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K 2016 hall map (Hall 16): stand B47-2

Fairground map

K 2016 fairground map: Hall 16

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.02  Machinery and plant for processing
  • 03.02.001  Extruders and extrusion lines
  • 03.02.001.02  Extrusion lines
  • 03.02.001.02.02  Extrusion lines for flat film and sheets

Extrusion lines for flat film and sheets

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.02  Machinery and plant for processing
  • 03.02.001  Extruders and extrusion lines
  • 03.02.001.02  Extrusion lines
  • 03.02.001.02.03  Extrusion lines for tapes

Extrusion lines for tapes

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.02  Machinery and plant for processing
  • 03.02.001  Extruders and extrusion lines
  • 03.02.001.02  Extrusion lines
  • 03.02.001.02.06  Extrusion lines for laminating and coating

Extrusion lines for laminating and coating

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.03  Post processing machines and downstream equipment
  • 03.03.011  Bag and sack making equipment

Our products

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Future Perspectives & Global Challenges:
Resource Efficiency

Product category: Extrusion lines for tapes

Extrusion Lines & Winding

The numbers speak for themselves: Over 1000 Starlinger tape extrusion lines supplied with over 200,000 winders produce tapes for 2.3 million tons of packaging fabric annually. Starlinger leads the world market in the tape extrusion sector, with proven design and a wide range of machines.

All have several things in common: advanced technology, an excellent price-performance ratio, clarity and ease of operation, proven technology based on years of experience, simple maintenance and high production speeds – even with the new material-saving, extremely thin tapes.

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Product category: Bag and sack making equipment

Circular looms

Every year, 45,000 Starlinger circular looms produce more than 35 billion meters of fabric in the factories of some 900 customers – at faster and faster production speeds …

Starlinger circular looms target all aspects of cost-efficient high-tech weaving. The use of high-quality materials as well as user-friendliness ensure precise and gentle production of high quality fabric with lightweight, medium-weight and heavy tapes. In addition to their high production efficiency Starlinger circular looms are characterized by low maintenance and spare part requirements.

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Product category: Extrusion lines for laminating and coating

Coating and laminating lines

A large portion of woven sacks – 30 to 40 percent – is produced with coating, because coated sacks provide much better protection of the contents from dust and especially from moisture. Coated fabric also offers better printability. However, uncoated sacks are preferred for some applications, especially for filling goods that require breathable fabric.

Coating with perfectly even thickness and excellent adhesion properties?
No problem at all for lamiTEC, Starlinger’s new version of a high-level coating line.

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Product category: Bag and sack making equipment

Printing lines for woven bags

Simple “potato stamping”, once seen everywhere on sacks, no longer makes the grade. Even in the bulk trade, where looks never seemed to matter much, multicolored logos and artful writing have become the norm – whether for marketing reasons or simply in order to differentiate the product from other brands. 

Starlinger’s research departments invest day-to-day effort in order to perfect both printing technology and its visual result.

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Future Perspectives & Global Challenges:
Resource Efficiency

Product category: Bag and sack making equipment

Conversion lines

At the end of the production process, the tubular fabric becomes a sack. And it is the conversion line that gives the sack its final, individual form, cutting it to length, sewing it, and adding the desired closure type – or forming a brick-shaped AD*STAR® sack in a special adhesive-free heat welding process.
Starlinger conversion lines produce sacks out of coated or uncoated standard fabric, leno fabric, as well as tubed or OPP laminated fabric. The tubular fabric is cut to length and the desired closure type added – by sewing, sealing, gluing or welding. A variety of closure options are available to match the wide variety of applications. In addition to a wide range of sack types, also carrier bags can be produced.

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Future Perspectives & Global Challenges:
Resource Efficiency

Product category: Bag and sack making equipment

Consumer Bags

What is perfect consumer packaging all about?

It should protect the content, make the product appealing to the buyer, and be economic in production.
For the packaging of dry bulk goods destined for the end-consumer market and carrier bags with high standards for long life, attractive design and environment-conscious use, there are solutions that meet all requirements head on: PP*STAR® and CB*STAR® from Starlinger.

Attractive PP woven packages are seen more and more often in retail stores. For these consumer bags a transparent PP film, printed in photo quality on its reverse side, is laminated onto the fabric. The product is presented with optimum market appeal, and the precise readability of the bar code is ensured. Ideal for dry bulk goods in quantities of 10 kg or more such as rice, cereals, and pet food – the PP woven sacks are stronger and cheaper than the conventional multi-layer paper sacks, and are completely recyclable.

Durable, reusable, eco-friendly
Woven shopping bags are gaining in popularity and have visibly become a part of our everyday shopping culture. For good reason: no other type of bag meets the increasingly high standards for long life, attractive design and environment-conscious use of resources so well.

Woven consumer bags offer the following advantages over conventional single-use bags:

Light but resistant
Durable
Less raw material input
Economical production
Environmental friendly
100% recyclable

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Product category: Extrusion lines for flat film and sheets

PET sheet line viscoSHEET

viscoSHEET PET sheet lines produce 100 % food-grade (EFSA/FDA) PET sheet for food packaging and other packaging applications out of virgin PET, up to 100% rPET, and PIR (post-industrial regrind). In-house waste/skeleton waste/edge trims can be processed undried to up to 100%. Very fast and flexible material or formulation changes during process.

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Sep 13, 2016

Starlinger: Bundled expertise on PET at K 2016

PET is the only plastic material which can be recycled into high-quality form for reuse. Taking that fact into account, Austria’s Starlinger & Co. Ges.m.b.H. at this year’s K will focus on PET treatment and the processing of rPET in innovative packaging solutions. “Over the last two decades, Starlinger has acquired a great deal of know-how relating to PET. Now we are able to draw on this, with new packaging applications that benefit from the outstanding properties of PET and rPET,” explains Hermann Adrigan, sales director at Starlinger.

From PET bottle to high-performance fabric
Since the presentation at K 2013 of the first FIBC made of 100 % woven PET, and based on many years of company experience in PET recycling, Starlinger textile packaging has developed proprietary technology for the production of woven tape fabric from up to 100 % rPET flakes. Since the properties of rPET match those of virgin material, fabric woven from rPET has exceptionally high tensile strength coupled with a high creep modulus. It is extremely resistant and retains shape stability over a long period of time even under the effects of load and temperature exposure – advantages which make PET fabric the material of choice for a wide range of new applications.

Food-safe and suitable for attractive designs, PET fabric also lends itself ideally to packaging food products and consumer goods. Thus, Starlinger will be showing for the first time a “PET pet food sack” at K – a sack for dog food made of 100 % rPET flakes. The pinch bottom sack from the PP*STAR product family consists of rPET tape fabric laminated with printed OPET film, offering all necessary barrier properties for the safe packaging of sensitive contents such as dog food or fertilizer.

Also in keeping with the focus on PET are the viscoSTAR SSP reactor and the viscoSHEET line from Starlinger viscotec. With the viscoSTAR SSP reactor, PET pellets or flakes are decontaminated and rendered suitable for use in applications with food contact while increasing the intrinsic viscosity (IV) of the material. viscoSHEET lines produce sheet from up to 100 % rPET – out of flakes from production waste, skeleton waste, or edge trims. Along with the viscoSTAR SSP reactor, individual components of the viscoSHEET line such as calender and winder will be on display at K.

A sack for every purpose
A milestone in Starlinger’s history will enjoy a prominent place at K 2016: the AD*STAR sack. The all-rounder, first launched in 1995, now serves the building, chemical, agricultural and food product industries with over 7.5 billion sacks per year. The block bottom valve sacks made of coated PP tape fabric are a safe and – as a life-cycle analysis has recently shown – very environment-friendly means of packaging for dry bulk goods such as cement, gypsum, chemicals, as well as flour, rice or sugar. AD*STAR sacks can be produced in many variations: with valve or open mouth, BOPP coated, as small and handy AD*STAR *mini sack, as AD*STAR *carry sack with welded-on handles, or even as a shopping bag.

Another packaging product being featured is the IC*STAR sack which is welded at the bottom instead of sewn. This new process makes for a stronger sack bottom as well as material savings and lower maintenance during production.

Industry 4.0 will also be on the agenda: Starlinger will be showing for the first time at K 2016 how the integration of the latest information and communications technology into woven sack production can be realized.

Focus on film recycling – and two world premieres
Starlinger recycling technology will be in Hall 9, showing a recoSTAR dynamic recycling line in operation, reprocessing in-house film waste. The SMART feeder, one of the line’s most important components, prepares the input material: Its automatic temperature control makes it possible to achieve uniform high product quality even when processing materials with varying moisture levels and fluctuating bulk density. Also, all recoSTAR dynamic lines are equipped with the “Dynamic Automation Package” DAP and the rECO energy concept. Continuous process adjustment, the use of motors of the highest energy efficiency class, and energy recuperation at various process steps make this one of the most efficient plastics recycling lines on the market, in terms of both production and energy efficiency.

In addition, Starlinger recycling technology will be presenting two world “firsts” at this year’s K exhibition: new technology for processing polyester, and a pioneering process for refinement of pellet material.

In-house exhibition with all innovations
The latest technological developments in the fields of woven sack production and plastics reprocessing will be available for viewing at the in-house exhibition on Starlinger’s own premises, to be held from October 17 - 19 and 24 - 28 respectively. Among the highlights will be the conversion line multiKON KX, on which IC*STAR sacks are closed by welding, the new starEX 1600 tape line for PP and HDPE tapes with a production speed of 550 m/min, and the newest winding technology for PP and PE tapes. Another focal point will be, as always, AD*STAR production technology; interested parties can also learn more about the production of PET tapes and fabric.

N.B.: AD*STAR® is a registered trademark. AD*STAR® sacks are exclusively produced on Starlinger machinery.

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Aug 17, 2016

IC*STAR: New Ways in Woven Sack Production

A stronger sack bottom, material savings, low maintenance requirement - woven polypropylene sacks welded with a sealing band instead of sewn at the bottom bring significant advantages for both producers and users and help protect the environment.
With the IC*STAR sack concept, developed and realised by Starlinger and STATEC BINDER, broken needles, stitch holes and traces of oil on the sack fabric are now destined to become obsolete. ‟Closure of sacks by welding is the solution of the future for standard woven sacks," Hermann Adrigan, Sales Director of Starlinger & Co. GmbH is convinced. ‟Compared to sewing, the IC*STAR process offers considerable material savings in sack production, consequently requiring less raw material - polypropylene, in this case. Sack producers profit from lower costs, and the reduced carbon footprint is good for the environment." Material is saved by the elimination of the seam allowance required for a sewn closure, as well as by the use of lighter fabric made possible by the greater sack bottom strength. Moreover, this type of closure makes IC*STAR sacks completely tight - an important advantage especially for packaging fine powdered goods which tend to sift through stitch holes and form dust, presenting a health hazard in some cases. The oil-free production process makes IC*STAR sacks ideal for packaging foodstuffs.

Welded sacks - the production concept of the future
IC*STAR sacks are produced on the Starlinger sack conversion line multiKON KX. This conversion line is equipped with the sealTEC bottom closure module, jointly developed by Starlinger and STATEC BINDER. Instead of a sewing unit, the IC*STAR concept features a welding device which, in a continuous process, welds a coated sealing band onto the sack bottom by means of hot air - no glue is required. The mouth of the sack remains open and can be closed, after filling on the filling line, either by welding with another sealing band or by sewing. The sealTEC module requires less maintenance than a sewing machine and needs considerably fewer replacements of spares and wearing parts. Both coated and uncoated IC*STAR sacks can be produced by this new method in an efficient and material-saving process.

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Aug 12, 2016

Plastic? Yes, please!

In quite some cases plastic packaging is more environmentally friendly than other materials. A recent study shows that plastic sacks are the most sustainable packaging solution for cement: AD*STAR® cement sacks made of coated polypropylene fabric achieve considerably better results than sacks made of paper or recycled polypropylene tape fabric.
The effects on the environment, a much discussed topic regarding plastic bags for everyday use, also play an increasingly important role for industrial packaging. A new study which compares different types of cement packaging now proves that woven plastic packaging is the most environmentally friendly solution for this application. The results of the life-cycle-analysis, carried out by the German PE INTERNATIONAL AG (now thinkstep AG) and commissioned by Starlinger & Co. Ges.m.b.H., clearly show that AD*STAR® sacks – welded block bottom valve sacks made of coated polypropylene tape fabric – have lower global warming potential (also known as carbon footprint) than paper sacks or sewn PP sacks which are widely used especially in Asia. For comparison, sewn sacks made in China as well as kraft paper sacks made in Saudi Arabia were analysed; all sacks had a filling capacity of 50 kg cement. The results are clear: The AD*STAR® sacks developed by Starlinger do not only show the lowest values regarding global warming potential, they are also the most environmentally friendly packaging in terms of acidification potential (acid rain), ozone depletion potential, photochemical ozone creation potential (causes summer smog), as well as energy and fresh water consumption.

Low breakage rates – smaller CO2 equivalent
A decisive factor for the positive results of AD*STAR® sacks are the low breakage rates in the course of the life cycle of the sacks. For the production of the AD*STAR® sacks analysed in the study, 100 % virgin material was used both in China and Saudi Arabia. Due to the special production process AD*STAR® sacks are extremely robust despite their very low weight. The strength and resistance results in breakage rates below 1 % in the entire life-cycle, while paper bags and sewn sacks have breakage rates between 2.3 % and 4.4 %. This means that if AD*STAR® sacks are used, less cement is lost and must be replaced, and less packaging is needed – consequently, less greenhouse gases are produced.

Great savings potential for greenhouse gases
The study analyses the environmental impact of the sacks during their entire life-cycle – from raw material to the disposal of the sack. Raw material production, sack production, filling, transport and storage until disposal – by means of landfill, recycling or thermal utilisation – were analysed. Starlinger has commissioned the study with comparable products from China and Saudi Arabia because the type of cement packaging analysed forms the biggest share on the cement market in the respective country.
In China, the world’s biggest cement producer, around 20 billion sewn cement sacks made of polypropylene tape fabric with recycled content are produced. In the study, sacks made of 50 % virgin material mixed with 50 % recycled material, and sacks made of 100 % recycled material were analysed. The quality of the sacks is comparatively low because the recycled material used to produce the sacks is in most cases severely degenerated, i.e. the necessary level of strength can only be achieved by increasing the fabric weight. In addition, the sewing process further weakens the material by up to 50 %. Sewn cement sacks have significantly higher breakage rates and thus cause considerable cement loss which has to be compensated by additional production. Changing over to AD*STAR® sacks does not only reduce CO2 emissions caused during production and relieve the environment, it also helps to automatize the entire cement filling and transporting chain – a process that is already underway considering the current investments in modern equipment on the Chinese cement sector.
In Saudi Arabia, one of the biggest producers and exporters of plastic granulates worldwide, imported paper is used for cement packaging. Thus, two- and three-layer kraft paper cement sacks were analysed in the study. In this case, switching over to the more robust AD*STAR® sacks would not only prevent the loss of countless tons of cement caused by sack rupture, but also greatly reduce raw material input for sack production and avoid long transport routes. In addition, the entire value created by both raw material and sack production would remain within the country.

More than 7.5 billion sacks per year worldwide
The worldwide used AD*STAR® sacks have been developed and patented by Starlinger. Today, more than 7.5 billion AD*STAR® sacks are produced on Starlinger machinery.

Note: AD*STAR® is a registered trademark. AD*STAR® sacks are exclusively produced on Starlinger machinery.

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About us

Company details

Starlinger textile packaging specialises in production equipment for sacks, packaging fabrics, and technical textiles woven from plastic tapes. Founded in 1835, Starlinger looks back at a long history as a machinery provider to the textile industry. For more than 45 years the family enterprise has been supplying to the textile packaging sector, exporting machines to packaging manufacturers all over the world. The company has production sites in Weissenbach and St. Martin in Austria, as well as in Taicang, China. Starlinger’s branch offices are located in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa, the United States, and Uzbekistan.

Leading in textile packaging production machinery
Since the early 1970’s Starlinger has been supplying high-quality machines for woven plastic packaging production – coated or uncoated standard sewn sacks, leno sacks, valve sacks, FIBCs (Big Bags), tarpaulins and geo- and agrotextiles. Innovative packaging developments by Starlinger are now worldwide used packaging concepts such as AD*STAR® block bottom valve sacks, PP*STAR® pinch bottom bags for consumer applications, or the new IC*STAR® sacks with welded seams. Sacks produced on Starlinger machines are used worldwide for safe and low-cost packaging of various dry bulk goods, e.g. cement, chemicals, seeds, grain, flour, sugar, fruits, fertilizer, animal feed, and similar products.

Starlinger viscotec: Decontamination of PCR PET, PP AND HDPE
Starlinger viscotec specialises in PET and HDPE decontamination technology and provides equipment for the decontamination and IV increase of PCR flakes and pellets, as well as production lines for PET sheet. 
viscotec decontamination technology for PET, PP and HDPE flakes and pellets guarantees food-grade material that meets FDA and EFSA standards and can be directly used for food packaging production. The PET sheet line viscoSHEET produces rigid films for food packaging from up to 100 % recycled PET and unites high output and flexibility with maximum energy efficiency. 

Let our experience work for you!
Both technical and product development at Starlinger are aimed at achieving the highest quality standards for the respective application while being cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable. The focus lies on creating added value for the customer: Technological innovations and new products help to compensate increasing costs for raw materials, energy and manpower. An investment in Starlinger machinery pays off quickly: High operational reliability and maximum production efficiency ensure a fast ROI.

Nearby – worldwide
Starlinger provides worldwide sales and service support as well as technical consulting, helping packaging producers to achieve optimum results in their production. With the support of the branch offices as well as agents in many countries Starlinger provides the customer-oriented service the company is renowned for. Satisfied customers in over 130 countries testify the outstanding quality of Starlinger products.

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Company data

Sales volume

> 100 Mill. US $

Export content

> 75%

Number of employees

> 500

Foundation

1835

Area of business

Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries

Target groups
  • Packaging / distribution
  • Construction / building and living
  • Agriculture