GUADALAJARA, MEXICO (May 17, 2 p.m. ET) — Mexican thermoformer, injection molder and extruder Site Plásticos SA de CV has invested $2.7 million in a dryer-less twin-screw sheet PET/PLA extrusion production system from Processing Technologies International LLC.
Based in Guadalajara, 7-year-old Site Plásticos will use the system to produce roll stock made of recycled PET for thermoformed fruit and produce containers.
Site expects delivery of the equipment in August and Jorge Arturo Jarero, the company's managing director, said it will signal Site's expansion into a new area of business.
“We don't have any PET extrusion,” he told Plastics News in a May 17 telephone interview.
“This is just the start of this project,” he added. “In the near future we will increase our production capacity with another PET line.”
In the short term, the company is investing “over $5 million” in PET extrusion growth projects, he said.
It's the third such system sold by PTi in North America, the Aurora, Ill.-based company said in a news release, adding that it will supply additional dryer-less machines to Site “as the Mexican manufacturer looks to double its production capacity at the Guadalajara facility over the next three years.”
According to PTi, Site Plásticos attended the U.S. supplier's live customer demonstration this month in Aurora, where several trials for interested parties were run. PTi has invested $3 million-plus in installing the unit at its headquarters for North American customers.
The production-scale unit is capable of processing rates in excess of 2,000 lb per hour and runs a variety of resins including post-consumer and post-industrial PET and polylactic acid, PTi says.
According to Dennis Paradise, PTi's senior sales and marketing vice president, the dryer-less system delivers major energy savings and cost reduction,
It uses Italian Luigi Bandera's patented High-Vacuum Twin-Screw Extruder (HVTSE) technology, which, employs a single atmospheric and dual high-vacuum vent system with a co-rotating twin-screw extruder.
The energy savings from the elimination of drying and crystallization can approach 30-35 percent compared to conventional machines, PTi claims.
Site Plásticos, which employs 85, was founded by the Mexican holding group Grupo IRM SA de CV and thermoforms plastic parts for the electronics, automotive, food, cosmetics and domestic ware markets.