Tue, May 15th 2012 04:00 pm
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Ill., May 15, 2012 - Processing Technologies International (PTi),
a leading global manufacturer
of high-performance sheet extrusion machinery, has
announced the sale of its unique "dryer-less" twin-screw sheet extrusion
production system to SITE Plasticos SA de CV, a leading Mexican thermoformer
based in Guadalajara. SITE Plasticos will use
the sheet extrusion system to produce roll stock made
of RPET (both consumer and industrial recycle) for thermoformed containers
for fruit and produce.
The decision to
acquire the novel energy-saving technology was based on PTi's strong
engineering expertise and leading market reputation, according to Jorge Jarero,
General Director of SITE Plasticos. "There's no doubt that this acquisition
will strengthen our market share and improve our operational cost structure due
to the significant energy savings that the HVTSE technology brings," said
"This sale to SITE Plasticos further solidifies the growing
market acceptance of our technology," said Dennis Paradise, PTi's senior
vp. of sales and marketing. "It's one more validation of our unique sheet manufacturing
solution which has generated strong momentum for us." PTi Extruders has now sold three dryer-less
sheet extrusion systems in North America.
said PTi will play a key role as a supplier of additional dryer-less machines
as the Mexican manufacturer looks to double its production capacity at the Guadalajara facility over the next three years.
SITE Plasticos was among many OEMs and
processors who attended PTi's live customer demonstration on May 1 at the Aurora, Ill.,
headquarters. The strong interest from attendees at the NPE 2012 exhibition in Orlando, Fla.
spilled over to the subsequent live demonstration at PTi as 35 industry
representatives viewed the HVTSE technology running PET virgin, flake, and RPET
bottle flake material.
At the live
demonstration, PTi ran several "proof-of-process" trials for interested
companies (including SITE Plasticos). As a result, PTi expects to close on
additional sales opportunities in the near future, according to Paradise.
The "dryerless" sheet extrusion system is an
eco-conscious manufacturing solution which delivers major energy savings and
cost reduction, according to Paradise. It is
the only full-scale "dryer-less" twin-screw sheet extrusion demonstration
system available for trials in North America.
PTi has invested over $3 million to install the unit at company headquarters
for North American customers.
unit, which is capable of processing rates in excess of 2000 lb per hour (900
kg/hr), runs a variety of resins including post-consumer and industrial
PET/PLA. The energy-efficient process relies on Italy's
Luigi Bandera's patented High-Vacuum Twin-Screw Extruder (HVTSE™)* technology,
which allows PET to be processed without the need for raw material drying and
crystallizing. It employs a single atmospheric and dual high-vacuum, vent
system with a co-rotating twin-screw extruder. This novel approach allows
moisture and other volatiles to be removed as part of the extrusion process. In
the case of recycled PET, the need for re-crystallization of the material is
also eliminated. The energy savings from the elimination of drying and
crystallization can approach 30-35% versus the conventional method.
PTi has a strategic business alliance with
Bandera to exclusively market the technology in North
America. The demonstration line is available to sheet
manufacturers for product evaluation using their own virgin and recycled
materials. Paradise noted that customers have
the ability to run production-scale trials instead of scaling up from a small
lab-scale pilot line that can often result in inaccurate estimations and
*HVTSE Technology by Bandera
About SITE Plasticos SA de CV
SITE Plasticos, based in Guadalajara,
Jalisco, Mexico, was founded in 2005 by the
holding group Grupo IRM SA de CV. The company has posted strong double-digit
growth as a leading thermoformer of plastic parts for the electronics,
automotive, food, cosmetics, and housewares markets. For more information, visitwww.siteplasticos.com.
About Processing Technologies International LLC
Processing Technologies International LLC, based in Aurora, Ill.,
is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance sheet extrusion machinery,
serving more than 22countries. Established in 1988, PTi produces and services
single-screw extrusion equipment for many end-use markets including packaging,
construction, automotive, lawn and garden, office products, signage and
displays, and appliances. PTi's extrusion systems are engineered to exacting
standards and offer an exceptional range of design features which result in
superior equipment performance. More information is available by calling (630)
585-5800 or visit www.ptiextruders.com.