IPSWICH, MASS. (Sept. 28, 2:15 p.m. ET) — Erema North America continues to experience high demand for plastic recycling systems, and “we do not see business slowing down,” said CEO Tim Hanrahan.
Hanrahan said the Ipswich, Mass., location has added a machine to demonstrate ecoSave technology that can reduce carbon dioxide emissions, power consumption and production costs.
Parent company Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH of Ansfelden, Austria, began offering ecoSave in early 2010, includes the system on all new equipment and is further evolving the technology during 2011.
“Most places around the world are more concerned about energy consumption than us” in North America, Hanrahan noted.
In providing “real savings,” the ecoSave technology “uses more efficient motors and insulation blankets where necessary and, as an option, can monitor the amount of kilowatt usage,” he said.
In another arena, Erema launched its TVE technology in 1994 — and TVEplus at the November 2010 K trade show — for recycling heavily inked and additive-laden plastics packaging. Now Erema has sold more than 70 TVEplus units in 20 countries. The TVEplus system excels at removing gases derived from ink, binding agents, other additives and contamination.
Among Erema North America customers, Polykar Industries Inc. installed a TVEplus system in April — the first operating in Canada—at its facility in Saint-Laurent, Quebec.
The equipment “allows us to significantly reduce waste and material expenses without compromising the quality of our products,” Amir Karim Polykar, vice president of business development, said in a statement. “We can effectively reclaim highly printed film and roll scrap and process it into superior quality repro pellets for use in our trash bag lines.”
Polykar manufactures industrial, commercial and institutional garbage bags and food packaging and has expertise in making compostable bags and recycling plastics.
An unidentified Erema customer in the Midwest operates a standard TVE machine and now sells pellets for 10 cents per pound more than with its former repelletizing system, Hanrahan said.
Erema North America has 15 employees and held a sales meeting Aug. 18-20 for its 26 U.S. and Canadian agents.