The 25th anniversary plant – an EREMA 1716 T-HP. With around 1,500 kg/h ofpellets when processing bi-oriented polypropylene film, this system's throughput is todayaround twice that of a plant of the same size from the year 1995.
One of the first Erema plants prior to being shipped, set up in the yard of the firstrented company premises in Leonding, not far from Linz.
This year the 14th of April marks a special anniversary for Erema, the Upper Austrian manufacturer of plastics recycling systems, looking back on a very successful 25 years of company history. What began 25 years ago, with the daring and the idea of three plastics engineers can today more or less be said to be the global standard in the innovative and cost-effective recycling of thermoplastic waste to form highquality secondary raw materials of a grade similar to that of virgin material. The Erema 1716 T-HP scheduled for delivery on the day of the anniversary to the long-standing Indian Erema customer Jindal Poly Films Ltd. of New Delhi is clear evidence of the constantly driven technological development processes. While customers with a machine of the same basic type were still processing around 700 kg of polypropylene per hour some 13 years ago, the same machine size can today handle around 1,500 kg/h, i.e. over twice the amount. Erema has sold over 3,000 recycling plants since it was founded. These Erema systems produce millions of tonnes of high-quality recycled pellets around the globe every year. Still under private ownership, the company now has in the region of 340 employees worldwide with annual turnover currently at over EUR 100 million.
On 14 April 1983 three plastics engineers – Helmut Bacher, Helmuth Schulz and Georg Wendelin – and businessman Richard Strassmayr made their way to the notary public in St. Florian near Linz and founded the company Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Ges.m.b.H. They were driven by the vision of a completely unprecedented, new type of plant for plastics recycling – today know throughout the world in the branch as the Erema system. Savings and a loan from the bank enabled them to build the first plant themselves so they could test it to see whether the theory would work as expected in practice. And it did. The technology set new standards in the recycling of plastic materials and laid the foundation for a rapid economic climb of a company that started out as a cottage industry. Thanks to its high performance and reliability the Erema system soon earned an excellent reputation on a global scale, not only among processors. More than half of the approximately 20 competitors of global relevance now offer the system with varying designs and quality standards. This is confirmation of the technological approach Erema chose to take and also a subsequent honour for the founders and their innovative ideas. Over the years the company founders gradually reduced their involvement in the running of the business and handed over the managerial positions to the next generation around the year 2000.
In 1992 Erema's sales topped those of its competitors for the first time and it has remained the undisputed global market leader for plastics recycling systems ever since. Some 300 complete, individually configured recycling plants now leave the Ansfelden works every year. A good 300 qualified suppliers, mainly from Upper Austria, southern Germany and the Czech Republic deliver parts and components to Erema on a just-intime basis for final assembly. Extruder screws, know-how parts and high-tech components such as the filter discs for Erema's laser filter come from Erema's own subsidiary 3S, founded in 1992 in Roitham, near Gmunden (likewise in Upper Austria).
Erema has become established through innovative technologies, premium quality and the sheer cost effectiveness of its recycling plants. Innovations for the benefit of our customers have been and always will be our guiding principle. The number of what is now over 600 international patents that secure our technological leadership grows yearly. In all our new developments and modifications we focus rigidly on the benefits for our customers, whether it's recycling valuable, sorted production waste or reprocessing the ever increasing amounts of global post-consumer waste, says Gerhard Wendelin, CEO and Managing Partner at Erema. Wendelin adds: We have set ourselves the target of continuing to shape the field of thermoplastic recycling with our wealth of experience for the next 25 years as well, with a proactive approach, high quality and leading the way in the process.
The company founders (pictured here: Helmut Bacher) got to work themselves in anunheated barn and turned their vision into reality by building the first Erema recyclingsystem. The plant is still in use in Austria today.
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