AMUT has been awarded a new tender project and will contribute as a turn-key supplier to the most important project for sorting and recycling post-consumer PET & HDPE bottles carried out in the last two years in the South-East Asia Region.
The Italy-based group has been awarded a new tender project by a joint venture between two world-leading groups, specialising in raw materials production and rigid packaging solutions, engaged in the circular economy in the Far East and worldwide.
The lines, which will be processing lightweight bottles with high percentages of PVC and non PVC shrinkable sleeves, will feature a double de-labeller configuration. In the first stage, the AMUT patented de-labeller performs a dry cleaning action, able to detach most of the shrink sleeves labels while the second unit is a wet de-labeller working as cold pre-washing, allowing the removal of contaminants, without damaging the bottles during the process.
The washing process will include a plant for sorting and recycling post-consumer PET bottles, to make r-PET high purity flakes intended to be used in the beverage industry to produce preforms containing r-PET, with a total capacity of 30,000 ton/year as net output, after being treated through extrusion and SSP (Solid State Polymerisation). Another plant will be dedicated to sorting and recycling of post-consumer HDPE bottles for the production of r-HDPE flakes food grade and, after being treated through extrusion, destined for the flexible and rigid packaging industry. The plant will have a capacity of 15,000 ton/year of r-HDPE.
AMUT washing technology is specifically developed to enhance the quality level and purity of flakes, suitable for the manufacture of newly generated bottles.
The whole process is engineered to comply with the most demanding bottle-to-bottle applications while minimising operational costs, fresh water usage, cleaning agents and energy consumption. Fresh water usage is reduced to 1.1 litres for each kg of high purity flakes, thanks to AMUT patented friction washer unit.
The plant is scheduled to come online by the end of the next year.
This new order clinched testifies how AMUT’s technology and know-how, developed over the years in the recycling field, are recognised as the best available on the global market and to contribute to environmental preservation.