AFRICA – Austrian Starlinger Group has received a new order to supply two PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle recycling systems in Ghana and Nigeria.

The order has been placed by the Mohinani Group, for its subsidiaries Polytank Ghana and Sonnex Packaging in Nigeria.

The partnership signed on 21 July 2022 covers the manufacture and installation of two bottle recycling systems in Ghana and Nigeria.

The systems are Starlinger’s Recostar PET iV+ recycling systems, which are dedicated to the extrusion and pelletization of used plastic bottles.

In Ghana, it will be the first bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in the country supplying food-grade rPET that can be used for producing new bottles.

Polytank Ghana is going to source the post-consumer PET bottles for recycling through partners and through the company’s own collection network.

The produced bottle-grade rPET will go to Polytank’s preform production and also be available on the market for other packaging producers.

With this pioneer project in Ghana, Mohinani emphasizes the importance of the West African region for the group.

“Waste management is a huge topic all over Africa. As Mohinani caters to the plastics sector, it is a logical step for us to enter the plastics recycling industry”, said a company spokesperson.

“We want to close the loop for plastic packaging, and this is perfectly possible with bottle-to-bottle recycling. Especially in Ghana, where until now no closed-loop recycling exists, we are proud to be the first ones to do it.”

According to Starlinger, the PET bottle recycling systems will be delivered in 2023.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian company, Sonnex Packaging (also part of Mohinani Group) provides laminates, labels, pouches, plastic closures, PET bottles, HDPE bottles, plastic crates, preforms, plastic buckets and other Flexible and Rigid packaging materials to major multinational companies in Nigeria and the West African region.

The West African market also plays a key role for Starlinger, as the company has been installing its woven plastic packaging machinery in almost all of the Sub-Saharan countries, and many of the African plastics recycling operations that opened in the past years use Starlinger plastics recycling lines.

This long-time engagement has led to solid knowledge of the market and the establishment of a well-working technical service network.

With Starlinger branch offices in Nigeria and South Africa, customers can rely on fast and efficient troubleshooting and spare part replacement.

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