Extrusion International 5-2023

59 Extrusion International 5/2023 RECYCLING For a Greener and Cleaner Future Akmert İplik San. ve Tic. A.Ş. is currently installing a Starlinger bottle-to-bottle recycling line for its new “GSR GRANULES” brand at the company’s rPET manufacturing facility in Kocaeli’s Gebze district near Istanbul. T he recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ has an output of up to 1,800 kg of bottle-grade rPET pellets per hour and will recycle PET bottles from post-consumer collection. The produced rPET resin, which is 100% food-contact approved, will be sold under the brand name “GSR GRANULES” and be used for PET bottle production, cre - ating a closed loop for PET bottles. The commissioning of the line is scheduled for mid of February 2023. With the new Starlinger recycling line, Akmert is expanding its product portfolio by supplying rPET pellets in addition to PET flakes. “We consider recycling the business of the future, that’s why we have directed our investments towards rPET”, said Kasım Aksoy, owner of Akmert. “We opted for Starlinger technology because we believe in quality from the start. There is no other technology we would rather use than Starlinger as we aim to belong among the top players in the industry.” With a monthly capacity of 1,200 tons of rPET flakes, marketed under the brand name “SENA PET”, Akmert is one of the biggest suppliers of rPET flakes in Turkey. State-of-the-art sorting and cleansing technologies en- sure top product quality that meets the requirements of the PET sheet producers the company supplies to. Akmert was founded in the 1990’s in Gaziantep. The company produced, traded and exported yarns made of cotton, wool and artificial fibres before it opened a recycling facility for post-consumer PET bottles in Istanbul’s Silivri district in 2014. Akmert’s recycling plant comprises an area of 7,200 sqm and has a pro - duction capacity of 1,200 tonnes of rPET flakes per month which are sold under the brand name “SENA PET”. With the Starlinger recycling line for the company’s brand “GSR GRANULES” at the new Gebze facility, the monthly production output will increase to 2,600 tons for both plants. Starlinger recycling technology Furtherstr. 47a, 2564 Weissenbach, Austria www.recycling.starlinger.com www.gsrgranules.com Turkish PET recycler Akmert is currently installing a Starlinger PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line at its new recycling facility in Gebze, Kocaeli, near Istanbul (Pictures ©Akmert) Starlinger’s recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ recycling line will produce bottle-grade rPET pellets for Akmert’s new brand “GSR GRANULES”