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    Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2020: Starlinger "circular packaging" shortlisted for product technology innovation of the year

    For the third time in a row, Starlinger has been shortlisted for the prestigious Plastics Recycling Awards Europe. This year, the company enters the race with a holistic concept entitled "circular packaging", which seeks to end unnecessary waste in the product life cycle of big bags made from polypropylene fabric.

    Big bags, also called FIBCs, are omnipresent in logistics as a lightweight and economic type of packaging for free-flowing bulk goods. Made predominantly from polypropylene (PP), they show a CO2 balance per 1,000 liters of transported goods that is far below that of rigid containers such as drums or octabins. Even though they are particularly well-suited to recycling because of their large size and weight, 75% of all big bags used worldwide are designed for single use, and their disposal via landfill or incineration causes serious environmental damage with high CO2 impact. Of those FIBCs that are recycled, a large part is exported into non-EU countries and turned into products of lower value (i.e., downcycling).

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    Starlinger: Production monitoring and optimization with complete software solution GRAFiT 4.0

    Detecting machine downtimes before they happen: sounds like science-fiction. But this has long been possible with GRAFiT 4.0, a complete software solution for central production monitoring and digital process optimization. The software is used on Starlinger machinery and allows the operator to centrally monitor the complete machine park in real time - be it on a computer, via the smartView app, or on a monitor in the production hall.

    Digitization, product tracking, iOT, artificial intelligence: in production, this involves using machine data to optimize and automate processes. Modern software solutions such as GRAFiT 4.0 present the data of all connected machines in a clear, accessible form, and thereby make it available to the operator for use and analysis. The data is displayed in real time - for example via the smartView app - which allows for early detection, analysis and correction of errors. The central monitoring of the entire machine park offers numerous advantages such as higher productivity, less production scrap and lower costs. The system is available for the complete Starlinger product range (e.g., machinery for the production of plastic fabric as well as plastics recycling machinery) and has been designed with this portfolio in mind, but machines of other manufacturers can be integrated as well by means of standardized interfaces. Worldwide, around 2,000 lines are currently connected to GRAFiT 4.0.

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    CANDI / CALEX: Seventh Starlinger recycling line

    In July 2019, the recycling company CALEX S.R.L. installed a Starlinger recycling line for post-consumer film in Satu Nou de Jos in the Romanian municipality Groși. For the owners, who also operate a recycling site in Austria, this is already the seventh line supplied by Starlinger recycling technology.

    At CALEX, a family-run company in the Romanian municipality Groși, approx. 600-700 tons of plastic waste are recycled each month. In July, the company installed a plastics recycling line type recoSTAR dynamic 105 C-VAC supplied by Starlinger recycling technology. With four Starlinger lines running in Romania and three more at the company headquarters CANDI Plastic Recycling in Sollenau/Austria, the owners already operate a total of seven lines supplied by the Austrian machinery manufacturer. While the Romanian site processes post-consumer waste such as films and PE/PP pipes, the Austrian site recycles mainly industrial waste from plastics production such as rejects or production scrap. In addition, CANDI intends to focus on big bag recycling with a new washing line that is scheduled to go into operation in December. In Austria, the lines need to be highly flexible to cope with the diversity of input materials; in Romania, the setup can be tailored to the fairly homogeneous material streams.

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    Starlinger: New sack collection for woven plastic fabric

    As world market leader in machinery for woven plastic fabrics, Starlinger has been setting trends for decades with innovative packaging solutions for dry bulk goods. Now customers can choose from an even broader and more individual product range on Starlinger machinery: from an automatically inserted PE film liner and an easy-open feature up to ultra-light sacks.

    For many years, Starlinger has been developing packaging solutions based on woven plastic fabrics in close collaboration with its customers; these solutions are designed for fully automatic production on the lines of the Austrian machinery manufacturer. One of the most popular solutions created by Starlinger is the AD*STAR block-bottom valve sack, which combines the advantages of a paper sack with those of woven plastic fabric. On the textile machinery exhibition ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, Starlinger has now presented three new sack types: AD*STAR *easy, IC*STAR *liner, and AD*STAR *ultra. These new sack types are not merely eye-catchers; new features open up even more diverse areas of application as well as new markets for Starlinger customers.

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    Starlinger Group at ITMA 2019: first joint appearance with STC Spinnzwirn

    At this year's ITMA, the world's largest textile machinery exhibition held every 4 years, the Starlinger Group will present itself in Barcelona together with its new member STC Spinnzwirn for the first time. On a total area of 460 m², Starlinger underlines its leading position in the field of machinery and process technology for plastic fabrics.

    Everything from a single source: The Starlinger Group with headquarters in Austria is the world's only supplier of the entire product range for the production of plastic fabrics, from tape extrusion lines and circular looms through to sack conversion, plant monitoring, and the recycling of production scrap. With the acquisition of the company now operating under the name STC Spinnzwirn (formerly known as Oerlikon business unit Barmag Spinnzwirn), Starlinger has expanded this broad range even further, particularly with respect to special extrusion (e.g., artificial grass, baler twine) and winding technology. In addition to the winders and twisting machines of STC Spinnzwirn, ITMA visitors will be able to get a good impression of the Industry 4.0 solutions of winding specialist Georg Sahm GmbH & Co. KG based in Eschwege/Germany, which joined Starlinger Group in 2002. Further ITMA highlights are the software solutions for central plant monitoring and digital process optimization developed for the Starlinger Group by GRAFiT, a subsidiary founded in 2018.

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    Starlinger lines now at 3 locations of rPET giant CarbonLITE

    Austrian Starlinger recycling technology will deliver PET recycling lines with a total installed capacity of 5.4 tons/hour for CarbonLITE's new site in Pennsylvania at the end of the year. CarbonLITE is a major producer of food-grade rPET who already operates Starlinger recycling lines at its locations in Riverside and Dallas.

    CarbonLITE expands its PET recycling operations with a third plant in Pennsylvania. The site will be equipped with Starlinger recoSTAR PET recycling lines which have a combined throughput of 5.4 metric tons/hour and will process the washed and sorted flakes into food-grade rPET. The lines will cover the whole range of PET material streams, from clear PET flakes and colored flakes up to the recycling of PET fines (small particles that are a by-product of washing and grinding).

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    Starlinger: 10,000 circular looms built in China

    Austrian quality manufactured in China: The Chinese branch of the Austrian Starlinger Group has been producing circular looms for plastic fabrics since 2006. In autumn 2018, Starlinger Taicang reached a milestone with the 10,000th circular loom.

    Starlinger Plastics Machinery Taicang currently has a workforce of around 75 employees at the 9,400 m² plant in the Chinese province Jiangsu near Shanghai. The factory is a local branch of the Austrian Starlinger Group, which early on recognized the potential of the Chinese market and the importance of a global presence. Already in 2006 - one year after its foundation - Starlinger Taicang took up production of circular looms; today, these looms are in use in large parts of the world. With more and more machines being manufactured every year, the factory's annual production is presently at around 1,000 machines.

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    Starlinger and PET2PET boost PET recycling in Austria

    In 2018, the Austrian company 'PET to PET Recycling Österreich GmbH' recorded a plus of 9 % in the recycling of PET bottles. With the growing demand for recycled material, the required capacity of the PET recycling line is increasing as well: Together with manufacturer Starlinger recycling technology, the output was recently raised by 20%.

    Located in Austria's east, the recycling company PET to PET has processed about one billion PET bottles or 25,400 tons in 2018 - a plus of 9 % compared to the previous year. The five largest domestic beverage producers operate the site with the aim of recovering recycled material from local sources for reuse in PET bottles. For Austrian brand owners, "circular economy" is more than just a buzzword: On average, domestic PET bottles already include 30-50 % of recycled material. Vöslauer even lists a content of roughly 60 % per bottle of mineral water and a planned increase to 100 % within the next years.

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    interpack: Starlinger presents trendsetting woven packaging made of PP and PET

    In keeping with the motto “Sewing is the past”, this year’s exhibit by Starlinger & Co. Ges.m.b.H. at interpack in Duesseldorf will feature live production of IC*STAR (I = Innovative, C = Closing) sacks. These are produced on the new conversion line multiKON KX, equipped with the sealTEC bottom closing module developed by Starlinger in co-operation with the Austrian packaging systems manufacturer Statec Binder. The IC*STAR method involves the welding of a closure strip onto the sack bottom by means of hot air in a continuous process, without the need for glue. The sack mouth remains open and, after automated filling, can be either closed with another closure strip or sewn shut.

    The bottom and, if desired, the top of IC*STAR sacks are sealed by means of hot air using a closure strip.

    “The big advantage of IC*STAR sacks is that, unlike sewn sacks, they are sealed completely tight with the welded closure strip,” explains Hermann Adrigan, sales director for Starlinger. “The IC*STAR construction also practically eliminates the seam allowances required for sewn sacks, and greater strength in the sack bottom enables the use of lighter fabric. Both factors add up to cost savings in raw material – in this case polypropylene – and a reduction of the carbon footprint. Our customers are sensitive to these arguments.” The new process lends itself to production of coated or uncoated IC*STAR sacks, as well as sacks with gussets. Oil-free production makes them ideal for packaging food products such as rice, coffee, salt, sugar or flour in bulk quantities.

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    Starlinger mourns the loss of Erna Starlinger-Huemer

    The family and employees of Starlinger & Co. GmbH mourn the loss of their President and retired Director Erna Starlinger-Huemer, who passed away on March 11, 2017, aged 81. Together with her husband, the late Franz X. Starlinger-Huemer, she built a prosperous family business that grew to be one of the world’s leading companies in the sector of plastic packaging machinery.

    In her active business life, which covered a time span of more than fifty years, Erna Starlinger-Huemer was not only a company head, she also was a world traveller, culture lover, supporting friend, and mother. Hard-working, reliable, cosmopolitan and always elegant, she was a “Grande Dame” in the male domain of mechanical engineering. With her sociable manner and her many travels to countries and customers all around the world, often as a member of an Austrian trade delegation, she acted as ambassador both for Starlinger and the Austrian mechanical engineering sector.