Erema North America Inc. continues to experience high demand for plastics recycling systems, and “we do not see business slowing down,” said CEO Tim Hanrahan.
The company's headquarters location in Ipswich, Mass., has added a machine to demonstrate ecoSave technology, which can reduce carbon dioxide emissions, power consumption and production costs, according to Hanrahan.
Parent company Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH of Ansfelden, Austria, began offering ecoSave in early 2010. The company includes the system on all new equipment and has been evolving the technology during 2011.
“Most places around the world are more concerned about energy consumption than us” in North America, Hanrahan noted.
EcoSave technology uses efficient motors and insulation blankets where necessary and, as an option, can monitor the amount of kilowatt usage, he said.
In another arena, Erema said it has has sold more than 70 of its TVEplus units in 20 countries. The company launched its TVE technology in 1994, and its TVEplus in 2010, for recycling heavily inked and additive-laden plastics packaging. The TVEplus system excels at removing gases derived from ink, binding agents, other additives and contamination, according to the company.
Among Erema North America customers, Polykar Industries Inc. in April installed a TVEplus system at its facility in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, marking the first installation in Canada.
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 news release. “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,” he said.
Polykar manufactures industrial, commercial and institutional garbage bags and food packaging and has experience making compostable bags and recycling plastics.
An undisclosed 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, according to Hanrahan.
Erema North America has 15 employees.