MOSCOW (MRC) -- ALPLA (Hard, Austria), a global specialist for packaging solutions and recycling, plans to build a EUR15 million, 15,000-metric tons/year facility for the production of post-consumer recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) in Toluca, Mexico, reported Chemweek.
The company says it will begin construction in fall, with completion slated for the second half of 2021. The recycled material will be marketed for non-food applications, primarily in Mexico and neighboring countries.
ALPLA says the new operation will help build a market for recycled HDPE in Mexico. “This is how we generate demand among collection companies and support the development of the necessary infrastructure,” says Carlos Torres, regional manager/Mexico. “In addition, we can offer our regional customers the ‘circularity’ demanded of recyclable materials.”
ALPLA entered the field of HDPE recycling in November 2019, through the acquisition of two plants in Spain. The company has been recycling post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in Mexico since 2005, and it currently produces 15,000 metric tons/year of food-grade PET recyclate in the country.
As MRC informed previously, ALPLA Group is acquiring a facility in Western India for the production of preforms for PET bottles from the packaging company Amcor. Thus, ALPLA Group has taken over a plant for rigid plastics in India from the global packaging specialist Amcor with effect from September 28, 2020. The plant in Alandi, West India, is in the immediate vicinity of the metropolis of Pune. It manufactures preforms for the production of PET bottles for the beverage industry. Customers include Coca-Cola and the Indian dairy company Amul.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, September estimated HDPE consumption in Russia fell to 55,790 tonnes from 119,750 tonnes a month earlier. ZapSibNeftekhim increased its export polyethylene (PE) sales. Kazanorgsintez's production capacities were also shut for a turnaround. Overall HDPE shipments to the Russian market totalled 911,650 tonnes in the first nine months of 2020, up by 6% year on year. Production grew significantly, whereas imports slumped by 27%.
ALPLA Inc. is a member of Hard, Austria-based Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG, which has more than 20,000 employees at 178 manufacturing sites in 46 countries. Alpla makes bottles, closures, moulded parts and packaging systems. The company ranks No 5 among North American blow moulders, with estimated blow moulding sales in the region of USD1.1bn (EUR990m).