Published: 2019-11-04 um 13:58 Uhr Options:   

Alpla moving into HDPE recycling - Acquisition of the Spanish recycling companies Suminco S.A. and Replacal S.L.

Alpla, a global manufacturer of plastic packaging solutions, is further expanding its recycling activities – it is moving into polyolefin recycling with its acquisition of two companies based in Spain.

Alpla signed the purchase agreements for the acquisition of Suminco S.A. in Montcada (near Barcelona) and Replacal S.L. in Palencia (north of Madrid) in October. Both businesses belong to a Spanish family-owned enterprise with more than 35 years of experience in manufacturing HDPE recyclates. The annual capacity of the plants, which have a workforce totalling 50, should be expanded to 35,000 tonnes. The businesses will continue to operate under the existing management. The contracting partners have agreed not to disclose any further details.

With two of its own PET recycling plants in Austria and Poland (PET Recycling Team) and joint ventures in Mexico and Germany, Alpla has long been an established partner in the field of PET recycling. These operations currently have an annual capacity of 70,000 tonnes. Alpla is now taking the next step by buying two HDPE recycling plants.


Availability and high quality
“The investment in the two recycling plants in Spain brings us one step closer to our overall goal of being the leading manufacturer of sustainable plastic packaging”, explains Georg Lässer, Head of Recycling at Alpla.

To date, a large proportion of Suminco and Replacal’s HDPE recyclates has gone into the manufacture of corrugated pipes for sewage systems and other industrial applications. Alpla now intends to use suitable recyclates for packaging manufacture. “We are safeguarding our production plants’ material supply and are doing our bit to achieve a functioning circular economy”, emphasises Lässer. The former owner Jose Peruga adds: “The strong and recognised quality of our products in post-consumer recycling for more than three decades together with the synergies that will be created with Alpla will allow us to improve the quality of our products even more. And Alpla can produce HDPE packaging with a high content of recycled post-consumer material, as their customers and consumers demand.”

Circular economy
In 2018, Alpla signed the Global Commitment of the New Plastics Economy, an initiative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme. Alpla’s defined goal is to expand its recycling activities, and it has earmarked an investment sum of 50 million euros for this purpose. Additionally, all of its packaging solutions are to be fully recyclable by 2025. The volume of processed post-consumer recycled materials is to rise to 25 per cent of total material usage.

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Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG, Hard, Austria

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