EREMA introduces INTAREMA fiberPro:IV, for PET fiber-to-fiber recycling

Efficient in removing spinning oils and energy consumption

EREMA launches the INTAREMA fiberPro:IV for PET fiber-to-fiber recycling Courtesy- EREMA

Recycling machine manufacturer EREMA launches the INTAREMA fiberPro:IV – which has been specially developed for PET fiber-to-fiber recycling – at ITMA in Milan from June 8 to 14.

In the new EREMA machine, the rPET produced can be reused in proportions of up to 100 percent for the production of very fine fibers due to its especially gentle material preparation and efficient removal of spinning oils

“The fibers and textiles application is not completely new to us, because our PET recycling machines have already been used in fiber recycling. However, in order to reuse these recycled fibers in higher-quality applications, a new technological solution was needed,” explains Wolfgang Hermann, Business Development Manager at EREMA Group.

PET is regarded as a key material for the production of synthetic fibers. Around two-thirds of the total volume of PET goes into the production of PET fibers for the textile industry. This highlights the importance of high-quality recycling solutions for the circular economy. By combining proven INTAREMA technology with a new IV optimizer, EREMA succeeds in processing shredded PET fiber materials heavily contaminated by spinning oils in such a way that the finest fibers can be produced again from recycled pellets.

The system, which now joins EREMA’s machine portfolio as the INTAREMA fiberPro:IV, is characterized by a longer residence time of the PET melt. This is an essential factor for achieving high-quality recycled pellets, as it allows the spinning oils and other additives used to improve the handling of the fibers during manufacturing to be removed more efficiently than in conventional PET recycling processes. Following extrusion, by polycondensation the intrinsic viscosity (IV) of the PET melt is increased in the new IV optimizer and under high vacuum to the precise level that is needed for fiber production.

“Including filtration the output quality that we achieve with this recycling process is so high that ultra-fine fibers of up to 2 dtex can be produced using these rPET pellets, with an rPET content of 100 percent,” says Markus Huber-Lindinger, Managing Director at EREMA. Waste PET fiber from production processes can therefore be further processed into rPET filament fiber, carpet yarn and staple fiber.

While the focus of the fiber and textiles application is currently still on PET fiber recycling, EREMA is committed to driving forward the recycling of mixed fiber materials from classic textile recycling collection in a next project phase. In order to accelerate development work, the EREMA Group opened its own fiber test center, where a cross-company team is working on recycling solutions for fiber-to-fiber applications. The center also operates a fully equipped and variable industrial-scale recycling plant. It includes the peripheral technology required and is available to customers for trials.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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