DAVOS, SWITZERLAND - Success at recycling bottles in the United States has spurred the interest of a Chicago-based recycler in selling know-how abroad. Robert Thompson, president of Eaglebrook Engineering Services, said his fledgling technology company is looking for opportunities in Latin America and Europe.
``We think we have something to offer, and we have had a few nibbles here,'' Thompson said in an interview at the Recycle '95 Worldwide Recycling Conference, held May 15-19 in Davos. ``I would say that we are interested in joint ventures or in consulting with other companies interested in setting up recycling.''
Eaglebrook Engineering is one of three companies in the Eaglebrook Group, which was founded in 1983 in Chicago to process and market post-consumer and post-industrial resins with special emphasis on high density polyethylene and PET. Eaglebrook Engineering, founded in 1990, focuses on plant layout, installation and engineering, as well as day-to-day operations for the National Polystyrene Recycling Co. and other companies.
Eaglebrook Products Co., the Chicago-based sister company, makes plastic lumber from HDPE and other scrap. Eaglebrook Plastics Co. maintains the marketing and processing of recycled resins. Together the firms are among the largest plastics recyclers in North America.
Thompson said the general lack of recycling infrastructure in Latin America, and the expectation that large Latin American markets such as Brazil, Argentina and Mexico will experience rapid growth in consumerism in comingyears, have led to the interest in that region.
Similarly, interest in Europe is driven by the increasing use of PET bottles there.
``We will wait to see if anything develops from this,'' Thompson said. ``Europe is struggling with some major issues in its recycling efforts, and the growth in Latin America eventually will lead to the need for recycling.''
Eaglebrook Engineering anticipates that if consumption of products in rigid plastic containers grows as expected, so will the need and the calls for recycling them, and the need for a recycling infrastructure.
``We would be especially interested in working with companies that want to set up collection, sortation and full-scale recycling efforts,'' Thompson said. ``We feel we have good experience in this field and that we can help a great deal.''
Future products may include design of custom lines for structurally foamed, rotational molded, injection molded and extruded parts.
Currently the company operates out of 230,000 square feet of space shared with its two sister companies. The total annual group sales are about $22 million.