A new demonstration plant for the “bottle to packaging” process will go into operation at the AMUT headquarters in Novara, Italy, at the end of May. It will be used to process washed post-consumer PET bottle flakes directly into food contact grade thermoforming sheet. Interested producers will be able to process their own input material on the demonstration system in the future to make plastic rolls. They can then test the samples later in their own thermoforming production to check the quality. This new demonstration facility – a direct combination of VACUREMA® technology and the AMUT Inline Sheet plant – can be used immediately to make food contact grade thermoforming sheet in just one process. This shows that the realisation of the desired closed material loop in the PET sector is already happening. Energy saving, maintaining the IV value and lower logistics and process costs in the sense of higher profitability are driving the trend towards direct processing. Thanks to the direct combination of recycling and production technology there is no longer any excess process stage. This is because the melt goes straight from the VACUREMA® without cooling stage to the AMUT plant without the detour of pelletising.