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Vecoplan and Pla.to enter strategic plastics recycling partnership

Vecoplan and Pla.to enter strategic plastics recycling partnership
Chemical recycling is an important approach in the circular economy. It enables the reuse of plastic waste that is too complex to process using mechanical recycling methods but too valuable to dispose of (photo courtesy Vecoplan).

In Germany, global material handling, size reduction, and processing technology provider Vecoplan AG has announced details of a strategic partnership with compatriot Pla.to GmbH (Pla.to Technology), a developer of closed-loop recycling solutions for waste plastics.

The core element of the EU directive on packaging and packaging waste is the recycling rate. By 2025, Member States must recycle at least 65 percent of their packaging waste. By 2030, the quota will increase to 70 percent.

In chemical recycling, plastics are broken down into their chemical components and used as raw materials for the production of new plastics.

This helps to reduce the consumption of fossil resources and prevent environmental pollution from plastic waste.

Partnership with Pla.to Technology

At IFAT 2024, Vecoplan informed experts about the measures it intends to take to intensify its expertise in this area in the long term and entered into a close strategic partnership with compatriot Pla.to Technology.

Vecoplan has more than 50 years of experience in the processing of recyclable materials – the basis for the production of recyclates. We are definitely one of the pioneers in this field and can demonstrate a high level of innovation explained Martina Schmidt, Head of the Recycling, Waste Division at Vecoplan.

The right partner for added customer value

Martina Schmidt, Head of the Recycling, Waste Division at Vecoplan (photo courtesy Vecoplan).

The chemical processing of plastics is also becoming increasingly important for Vecoplan.

Two years ago, Vecoplan laid the foundations for this with the introduction of a pioneering cleaning process and the commissioning of the “Cleanikum” – a demonstration and test facility near its headquarters in the Westerwald. Now the company is going one important step further.

Based in Görlitz, Pla.to Technology offers durable and wear-resistant cleaning processes for cost-efficient used plastic recycling and already has 20 years of experience with established systems.

With the combination of Vecoplan’s high level of expertise in recyclable material processing and Pla.to’s experience in the various cleaning processes, customers will in future receive processing solutions from a single source.

Common goals with common values

Over the past few years, the two partners have perfectly coordinated their proven technologies in various tests.

We have had joint customers since 2007 and our systems complement each other perfectly to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction, said Heinz Schnettler, General Manager of Pla.to. Technology.

The two companies follow the same values and principles, and mutual trust plays a central role for both.

Only if we maintain an open and constructive working relationship can we react flexibly and creatively to the constantly changing requirements of our customers, ended Martina Schmidt.

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