Lindner & Erema set up new company for recycling

Austrian recycling machinery firms Erema Group and Lindner Holding have jointly founded holding company Blueone Solutions to leverage both companies’ expertise and jointly execute research projects to create industry standards in plastics recycling.

From waste to recycled granulate, potential new raw materials pass through several different recycling processes. These range from sorting, shredding, washing, and drying to extrusion, including filtration, compounding, and odour optimisation. The challenge for the industry lies precisely in fine tuning these individual recycling steps – in particular when energy efficiency and high recyclate qualities are to be achieved.

The founding of Blueone Solutions, a company which is owned 50:50 by the Erema Group and Lindner Holding and to which shares of Lindner Washtech were contributed, is that starting point.

The know-how and experience of Lindner Washtech will be combined with that of the extruder manufacturer Erema.

Erema Group has been active in plastics recycling for 40 years and is considered the extrusion market leader. Lindner, a manufacturer of shredders and recycling facilities for the waste management industry for the past 75 years, has established a worldwide presence with the Lindner Washtech brand as a washing facilities specialist in the past ten years.

Joint research projects, such as the pilot facilities in the LIT Factory at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, allowed the companies to enter into a close technical exchange years ago.

Michael Lackner, Managing Director of Lindner

“As the respective industry leaders, we recognised the need for process optimisation some time ago. Only when waste streams are optimally used, can the required quantities of regranulate be made available and only if the processes between the individual recycling steps are perfectly adjusted, can an increase in efficiency and quality optimisation be achieved. A functioning circular economy is only possible by merging waste management with recycling management,” says Michael Lackner, Managing Director of Lindner.

Lindner contributes its experience in processing waste streams and its expertise in washing, and Erema its know-how in extruding and filtering. In the future, the exchange of knowledge and new research projects will not only enable synergies to be exploited, but above all, it will optimise the overall cycle.

Manfred Hackl, CEO of EREMA Group

“A functioning recycling industry demands a focus on the entire process and value chain from waste collection and processing to recycling and the final plastic product. Thanks to this merger, Erema and Lindner will create a better overall understanding to jointly shape the necessary further development, especially in the polyolefins sector,” explains Manfred Hackl, CEO of the Erema Group.

“In detail, the recycling extruder, the upstream washing system and material handling can be optimally coordinated so that quality standards can be ideally met and energy optimised – thanks to cross-process control & monitoring, supported by digital solutions. In the future, we will offer optimally coordinated all-in-one solutions that will enable our clients to buy a total package that is perfectly tailored to their needs,” he concludes.

Lindner is family-owned and has production facilities in Spittal/Drau and Feistritz/Drau in Austria to manufacture shredders, system components and spare parts. It exports to almost 100 countries. In addition to its headquarters in Spittal/Drau and a second production site in Feistritz/Drau, Lindner also has presence in Germany, US and Asia.

Erema Group, based in Ansfelden near Linz in Austria, comprises Erema, 3S, Pure Loop, UMAC, Plasmac, Keycycle and Plasticpreneur covering the entire spectrum of mechanical plastics recycling – from planning and engineering, the development and manufacture of recycling technologies, to the production of system components and trading in used equipment. These recycling solutions are currently in use in 108 countries worldwide and recycle around 21 million tonnes/year of plastic.


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