In the last year the European food packaging manufacturer has been able to manufacture mono sheet averaging 93% post consumer recyclate (PCR) but the new extruder provides the site with greater capacity and flexibility to manufacture products containing 100 per cent recycled content.
In the past five years, Linpac has invested €9m in new plant and equipment at its two German sites, including €3m on PET extrusion and automation facilities in Ritterhude, in a bid to significantly increase market share in Germany and surrounding countries.
Adam Barnett, managing director for northern Europe at Linpac, said: “This major investment demonstrates our commitment to an important market for Linpac. It is vital that, as the German market continues its shift from PP towards PET, we are able to meet growing customer demand for products which are lighter, cheaper and more sustainable.
PET and rPET is becoming increasingly popular as a packaging material across Europe due to its versatility, lightweight nature, barrier and food safe properties, as well as its recyclability.
Barnett added that the challenge for plastics processors supplying the industry is ensuring that the recycled plastic is suitable for food use and free from contamination.
“Our customers can have complete peace of mind when choosing Linpac rPET that this is the case. The entire structure is food safe, visible, controlled and challenged.
“Retailers and consumers are driving growth in the rPET market with demand for packaging which has strong environmental credentials; rPET is easily recycled and reduces carbon footprint by up to 70 per cent when compared to virgin PET. Furthermore, it offers a high quality, crystal clear material with no discolouration, boosting pack presentation for on-shelf appeal.”