Herbold Meckesheim's résumé reflects the international orientation of the plastics trade fair: The majority of the relevant discussions related to projects abroad, with Spain, France, Turkey, India, Sweden, Poland or Brazil, for example, being strongly represented in addition to the USA. "You can see how seriously recycling is being treated in many countries," comments the special machine manufacturer on the inquiries from six of the seven continents, "which show that there is an increasing demand worldwide for the reprocessing of post-consumer waste, especially PET."
Fittingly, the core area of the customer inquiries was even more clearly on washing lines and the interest in the projects was of a more sustainable nature, Herbold Meckesheim states. In the field of recycling plants, most of the orders discussed were for PET washing lines, while those for films were in demand on a similar scale. The plant manufacturer's solutions for the recycling of rigid plastics and big bags also met with an unbroken response.
Among the machine solutions, the classic granulators continue to be a top seller, in addition to shredders, pulverizers and drying systems. Accordingly, Herbold Meckesheim had brought a further developed version of its SML 60/100 SB 2 granulator to the fair in Düsseldorf, which – whether dry or wet – is ideally suited for grinding PET bottles, for example, and is equipped with a horizontal forced feeding device.
A mechanical dryer T 2016 PA, which achieves an equally high drying performance with different types of plastic materials, was also exhibited at the Herbold booth. As well as a HV 70 plastcompactor with silo, which produces agglomerates of high bulk density with high throughput and minimal thermal stress. The fact that a notable part of the total inquiries were for a HV plastcompactor confirms the variable deployment options and pronounced customer satisfaction with this series.