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EXTRUPET: South African rPET producer adds second recycling line

Extrupet (Wadeville / South Africa;, the first and largest South African recycler for post-consumer PET bottles, will be adding a second recycling line at its site in Wadeville, east of Johannesburg. The companys first line started in 2015 see of 23.06.2015. Currently, Extrupet processes more than 2.5m PET bottles per day to PhoenixPET flakes and regrind.

Extrupet group director Ravi Chanrai in front of PET bales (Photo: Starlinger)
The new machine is a recoStar PET 165 HC iV + from Starlinger (Vienna / Austria; and scheduled for delivery in early 2020, doubling the recycling capacity of the operation. It will reach a throughput of about 1,900 kg/h slightly more than the first line. The South African company says the new line will have a larger solid-state polycondensation unit to improve cleaning efficiency.

According to Extrupet group director Ravi Chanrai, the recycler plans to raise recycling capacity at its Nigerian site too. The company notes that the market in West Africa is dynamic, and there is strong demand for rPET products, such as bottles and textiles.

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