Bruehl, Germany | February 19, 2014

MAUSER/NCG Opens Recycling Plant in Erkelenz, Germany

The MAUSER reconditioning subsidiary National Container Group (NCG) expands its European activities into plastic recycling. By opening this new plastic recycling center in Erkelenz, Germany, MAUSER/NCG further upgrades its unique market approach by offering full lifecycle services to its customers. Responsible material recycling in addition to the most comprehensive service portfolio in recollection and reconditioning of rigid industrial packaging further underlines MAUSER’s ambition to be a market leader in sustainable industrial packaging solutions.

As part of its global network of more than twenty five reconditioning sites, National Container Group in Europe offers a broad service portfolio of collection, laundry, washing and remanufacturing of used Composite IBC and drums from ten locations all over Europe. With its latest 2.5 Mio. Euro investment in this new plastic recycling center in Erkelenz, Germany, MAUSER/NCG now takes the next step into complete lifecycle management of industrial packaging and packaging materials. The state-of-the-art recycling line generates high quality recycled polyethylene material from used industrial plastic packaging and IBC bottles at an annual capacity of 3.500 t.

“With the growth of our European network and the expansion of our service portfolio into reconditioning of plastic packaging, we saw the need to take a look at responsible material recycling of plastic packaging no longer suitable for reconditioning”, says Ernest van den Boogerd, Managing Director of NCG, Europe, “Industrial plastics packaging mainly is produced from low melt flow polyethylene materials and during its phase of use often comes in contact with various chemicals. Its material recycling process needs specific attention and equipment that we could not find when looking at existing recycling capabilities in the European market. Therefore, we took the decision to set up our own recycling line. Plastic packaging materials no longer suitable for reuse are sorted and graded in terms of quality in each NCG location before being sent as cut, bailed and pre-cleaned material to our new European recycling center in Erkelenz. Knowing the history of our materials is essential for generating high quality recycled plastics.”

Dr. Bernhard Heisel, specialist for recycled plastics at NCG, states: “The setup of our recycling line is highly flexible. After shredding and wet grinding the plastic material is cleaned in two separate friction washers, which can be operated in series at various temperatures and with water or caustic soda. Following an extensive drying process, we are able to separate cleaned grinded materials. To further improve the quality of our recycling materials the washing process is followed by an extrusion process. In the extruder, melted materials pass two vacuum degasing zones to reduce migrated contaminations significantly, which could not be taken out during the washing process. Operating materials at low melt flow of 2 to 10 (MFI 21.5) without material degradation is quite special for our recycling setup.”

Recycled plastic materials generated by NCG in Erkelenz achieve the highest quality standards. The collection, sorting, processing and quality control fully comply to the requirements lined out in DIN EN ISO 16103:2005 on “Transport packaging for dangerous goods – Recycled plastics material”, which makes the materials the perfect basis for new industrial packaging made from recycled plastics. Full lifecycle management at its best.

About MAUSER Group
MAUSER Group is a worldwide leading producer of industrial packaging with approx. 4,000 employees and consolidated revenue of over $ 1.6 billion. Founded in 1896 and headquartered in Bruehl near Cologne (Germany), the company has influenced the international market through innovative packaging technologies. The portfolio for customers in the chemical, agrochemical, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical sectors as well as in the food and beverage industries includes plastic packaging, fiber drums, steel drums, Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC), and reconditioning services through the National Container Group (NCG), a MAUSER subsidiary. MAUSER therewith provides sustainability-oriented full cycle services – from production to recycling (“ECO-CYCLE®”). With more than 80 MAUSER/NCG sites and multiple Joint Ventures in Europe, the Americas and Asia plus two licensee networks for plastic and steel packaging, the company is a presence around the globe.

About National Container Group (NCG)
The MAUSER Group subsidiary was founded in 1988 in North America where it established the first nationwide recollect service for IBCs. The company’s recollect service has been expanding continuously since then and today operates a comprehensive network of strategic locations for a worldwide recollect service, making MAUSER one of the leading global collectors and recyclers of industrial packaging.

Further Information:

NCG Europe GmbH
Dr. Bernhard Heisel
Specialist Recycled Plastic
Schildgesstr. 71-163
50321 Bruehl, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)2232-78-10 85
Fax: +49 (0)2232-78-19 10 85

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