Autivinyle seeking uses for scrap PVC
PARIS — Autovinyle, the European organization set up to recycle PVC production scrap and parts from automobiles, reprocessed 3.83 million pounds of plastic in its first year.
This year, the company's chief objective is to develop new applications for the recycled PVC. The organization is claiming good results from trials last year in the automotive, construction and public works sectors.
Formally called the Association for the Development of Automobile PVC Part Recycling, the organization was formed in January 1997 and is based in Paris. Ten member companies — most of them French — include PVC resin suppliers, parts producers, equipment suppliers and automakers.
Autovinyle surpassed its original target of 2.2 million pounds for its first year in operation. Now its objective is 11 million pounds of PVC auto waste by the end of 1999.
Practical possibilities have been found in such applications as carpet underlay, said Philippe Burgaud, Autovinyle treasurer and board member.
Captree considering plant in Puerto Rico
WEST BABYLON, N.Y. — Captree Environmental Services Inc. is in talks with a publicly traded U.S. company to invest more than $5 million in a new plant in Puerto Rico to make recycled-content plastic pallets, said Jeffrey Berger, CES' vice president of marketing.
The plant may process 1 million pounds per year of post-consumer and post-industrial high density polyethylene. Tentative plans are to open the plant in the first quarter of 1999. The other firm, which he would not identify, probably will act as financial backer.
CES is a joint venture set up in 1996 between Captree Chemical Corp., which distributes chemicals, reagents and solvents, and recycling services firm Gianco Ltd. Both are headquartered in West Babylon.
Gianco set up alliances with Puerto Rican and multinational firms that operate on the island. In addition to Puerto Rico, Gianco has had limited activity in Latin America, including the border area of Tijuana, Mexico, and in Brazil and Argentina.
Recycler relocates to expandable site
ST. JOHNS, MICH — Michigan Polymer Reclaim Inc. is on the move and owner Paul Marsh hopes his business will grow incrementally because of it.
The recycler, which formerly operated in Lansing, Mich., recently opened a 28,000-square-foot facility in St. Johns. The Lansing plant was 30,000 square feet, but Marsh said the difference in square footage is deceiving.
``The new building offers an opportunity for expansion. It is a building designed for our processes,'' Marsh said, with floor drains, water hookups, higher ceilings and wider open spaces. ``It was designed around our equipment.''
The move is nearly complete, but the setup of equipment may take a couple of weeks. A new grinder is being added.
The company employs 11 and has been operating for six years. Business is primarily from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The firm handles about half post-consumer and half post-industrial plastics.
Michigan Polymer has a total capacity of 15 million pounds. Marsh said he hopes that will climb to 20 million within a year.
Longwood Plastics adding equipment
HOUSTON — Longwood Plastics Inc., which specializes in post-industrial materials from processors and compounders, has added two 41/2-inch reprocessing lines to its main plant and is planning a third line.
``The problem is that the market is saturated from low-price resin costs,'' said Vice President Robert J. Lang.
He said the low prices have caused the Far East market to fall. The company now is focusing its exports on South America. Longwood has a small plant for grinding and washing in Mexico City, but reprocesses most of the material out of Houston, where it has a total of about 75,000 square feet in two locations.
``Our specialty is polycarbonate water bottles. We're averaging 120,000 per month,'' Lang said.
Longwood Plastics, a division of Longwood Products Inc., employs 31 and has a reprocessing capacity of 25 million pounds a year. The company was started in 1987.