Residual PET Materials Recycled for High-value Injection Molding

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For Leonhard Kurz—Fürth, Germany—it was a vision to be able to return their residual PET material from hot stamping, cold transfer and digital transfer to the material cycle. This vision has now become a reality—Kurz has developed a process for recycling these materials.

After 3-years and several million euros investment, working on the PET recycling concept, Kurtz has succeeded in recycling this waste material into high-quality, high-value injection moldable applications. While recycled plastics are usually used for secondary uses such as exercise mats, park benches or flowerpots, according to Kurtz, their material can be utilized for sophisticated injection molding.

Kurz’s recycling concept provides for the collection, shipment or pickup of the used Kurz products at the customer, and conversion of the material into new injection molding material in the company’s own recycling facility—a pilot recycling facility in Fürth is currently in operation.

At present, it is recycling residual Kurz PET material from Edelmann, a packaging manufacturer. The next step will be to employ recycling to other customers. As with all Kurz manufacturing plants in Germany, the recycling facility only uses power from renewable sources.
 

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