Featuring Starlinger’s special high-vacuum degassing unit, the recoSTAR dynamic 215 C-VAC has a production capacity of two tons of high-quality plastic pellets per hour and processes post-consumer HDPE and PP bottle flakes. The line is equipped with a SMART feeder, which ensures ideal material preparation prior to extrusion, effectively drying and homogenising the input material.
“The Starlinger recoSTAR dynamic recycling lines have been designed with the focus on processing contaminated and highly humid post-consumer plastic waste,” explained Paul Niedl, Commercial Head of Starlinger recycling technology. “The elaborate construction of the SMART feeder allows the recycling of materials with higher levels of humidity. In combination with Starlinger’s Dynamic Automation Package, which regulates the ideal operating point, it achieves a significant output increase.”
The specially developed C-VAC degassing unit with its modern cascade setup takes care of volatile contaminants after the main extruder, effectively removing them by expanding the melt surface by 300 percent.
Tanrıkulu supplies the produced regranulate to the Turkish plastic product manufacturing industry. While recycled polypropylene is used mainly to produce automobile plastic parts, furniture, toys, and other injection-molded products, as well as pallets, buckets, and packaging films, recycled polyethylene is used for pipes, bottles, plastic bags, and similar products.
“At Tanrıkulu, we try to improve ourselves at every opportunity we get. For that, we continuously upgrade our production equipment”, said İzzet Tanrıkulu, General Manager of Tanrıkulu Group of Companies. “To ensure the best regranulate quality, the post-consumer input material passes through metal detectors and filtration systems before being washed and sorted. The excellent vacuum degassing capacity of the Starlinger line combined with its high production output helps us achieve the best product quality at favourable costs, ensuring continuous supply of high-quality PP and PE regranulate to our customers.”
With currently ten plastics recycling and manufacturing plants in various parts of Kocaeli Province, which borders the Istanbul metropolitan area, Tanrıkulu originally started out in 1989 in Istanbul, recycling paper, glass, and metal waste. In 2006, the company began to produce regranulate from plastic waste and diversified by adding a facility for the production of PET sheet in 2014. Since then, Tanrıkulu has become one of the leading plastic recycling enterprises in Turkey and exports 50 % of its PET sheet products to overseas markets. Its plastic recycling capacity doubled after opening the Izpack PET packaging production facility in 2018 and installing automatic plastic sorting systems in 2019.