Italian compounder Sirmax has invested in extruders from Coperion as it expands its production capacity for sustainable plastics.
Coperion said that the Fast Track ZSK extruders stand out for their especially short lead times and subsequent rapid ROI.
In Sirmax’s case, Coperion designed two ZSK 70 Mc18 twin screw extruders especially for processing bioplastics. Both Fast Track ZSK extruders commenced production five months after placing the order.
Sirmax installed the ZSK 70 Mc18 extruders, each with 70mm screw diameters, ZS-B side feeders and ZS-EG side devolatilisation, at Microtec Srl’s Padova (Italy) location.
Sirmax has held a 70% interest in Microtec Srl for the past year, a manufacturer of biocompounds marketing its products under the name BioComp.
Microtec Srl will manufacture compounds based on starch biopolymers, co-polyesters (PBAT), polylactic acids (PLA), and polybutylene succinate (PBS) on the two Coperion Fast Track ZSK 70 Mc18 extruders. These bio-based materials are mainly used in the blow moulding and in the injection moulding market.
“With the two new ZSK extruders from Coperion, we can manufacture a broad palette of sustainable compounds that optimally expand our current Sirmax product portfolio in harmony with our multiproduct strategy, explained Massimo Pavin, CEO of Sirmax.
“Thanks to the fast delivery of the Coperion extruders, we have succeeded in markedly expanding our production capacity for sustainable plastics on very short notice.
“For us, this is an important step in successfully implementing our innovative corporate strategy, which looks to the future while always maintaining solid foundations in flexibility, product quality and speed.”