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FAKUMA SHOW DAILY
Corinna Franz
from Starlinger at
Fakuma 2023.
Plastics News photo by
Caroline Seidel
Milacron marks
a milestone
By Catherine Kavanaugh
Plastics News Staff
The " M " for Milacron is for
medium-tonnage
range
and
maybe milestone.
With the rollout of its M-Series
presses at Fakuma 2023,
Ferromatik Milacron GmbH now
offers a new range of injection
molding machines.
The new series, which is considered
the next generation
of Milacron's
t w o - p l a t e n
technology,
fills the range
from 450 to
1,100 tons,
while the eQ
series goes as
FERROMATIK
MILACRON GMBH
small as 50 tons and the C series
covers 1,300 to 4,000 tons.
At Fakuma, an M650-6610 injection
molding machine with a
screw diameter of 110 mm and
tooling from partner Allit is producing
a storage container from
post-consumer resin with a shot
weight of 935 grams. A Sepro
robot (model Success 33 TE) retrieves
the sustainable part.
The post-consumer polypropylene
was provided by Green
Dot, one of the largest commodity
traders in Europe. German
households fill large yellow
sacks with recyclable yogurt
cups, plastic bags and other
packaging products that make
their way to Green Dot.
" Some of the post-consumer
Starlinger's key recycling
markets shifting from
Europe to MENA, Asia
By Beatriz Santos
Sustainable Plastics
Markets outside of Europe
have been key in cushioning the
drop in sales that some plastics
recycling companies are experiencing
in 2023.
As margins remain under pressure
in the European recycling
industry, increasing demand
from Asia, the Middle East, Africa
and South America is helping
to balance the books of companies
that already have a global
presence. For those that don't,
inadequate returns mean consolidation
or forced exit from the industry
is a highly likely outcome
in the coming months.
Austria-based recycling machine
manufacturer Starlinger &
Co. GmbH is among the companies
in the fi rst group. Its 2023
sales have remained stable, or
might even slightly increase,
Corinna Franz, marketing and
sales assistance recycling technology
at Starlinger, said in an
interview at Fakuma.
" I think our key markets will
STARLINGER
& CO. GMBH
Hall A6, Booth 6010
change in the next few years. In
the past years, Europe was a big
market because of the European
Green Deal and its regulations;
everyone was saying they have
to recycle and that they need a
recycling machine, " Franz said.
" But now everybody has a recycling
machine, so I think other
markets will become stronger
and bigger in the next years. "
Franz said India, Dubai and
Africa, in particular Ghana and
Kenya, are its main markets outside
of Europe at the moment.
" They are becoming bigger
and bigger, " she noted, adding
that regulatory changes in
Dubai to allow for food-contact
recycled material have been key
in bringing about change. " We
hope the same will happen in
China soon, and then it will also
become a big market for us. "
The company already has
branches in Brazil, China, India,
Indonesia, Thailand, Uzbekistan,
Russia, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico
and the United States.
At this year's Fakuma, Starlinger
is not launching or exhibiting
any new machinery but
instead focusing on promoting
the recoStar PET art recycling
line fi rst launched at K 2022. The
system was under development
for two and a half years and reimagines
the company's previous
approach to bottle-to-bottle
recycling equipment called recoStar
PET iV+, introduced in 2005.
The model allows for reductions
in energy consumption of up to
25 percent, which is central to
its European customers during
the current high electricity price
market, Franz said.
Visitors can expect novelties
at next year's Fakuma, taking
place between Oct. 15-19, 2024.
Starlinger is working on a new
machine for post-consumer recyclate
that should hit the market
at the beginning of the new
year, Franz said.
resin is from my private household, "
Winfried Stöcklin, managing
director of Ferromatik Milacron
GmbH, said in an interview
at the trade fair.
The material was molded into
stackable blue bins with about
500 given away on the first day
of the trade fair.
The M-Series is powered by
a Fanuc servo motor hydraulic
system and offers versatility
and performance for a wide
range of applications.
" We call
it the All-Rounder
because it will serve multiple
markets: custom molders, packaging,
containers, food storage
small pallets, household storage,
automotive, construction
and more, " Stöcklin said.
The previous generation of midrange
machines was larger. " This
is an improved footprint. It's very
Hall B3, Booth 3302
space-effi cient, " Stöcklin said.
The series features a patent-pending
mechanically synchronized
nut lock design, plenty
of tie bar spacing to accommodate
a wide variety of molds,
and a power gate for faster mold
changes and part takeout.
" The secret behind it is how
we do the clamping, " said Peter
Kochs, director of sales and business
development in Europe. " It's
double-platen technology with
half nuts doing
the clamp
force. That's
unique nearly
to everybody.
Every machine
builder follows
their own philosophy
about how to do that. "
Milacron's philosophy is
based on precision, a solid build
and speed with friction-free linear
bearings, Stöcklin added.
The machine builder synchronized
the top and bottom nut
locks to work in parallel. The nut
locks are mechanically linked to
improve reliability and repeatability
over the life of the press.
To promote sustainability, the
M-Series offers reduced dry cycle
time, power consumption and
fewer lubrication requirements.
" Germany is one of the most
sensitive countries right now
about energy, waste and sustainability, "
Stöcklin said, but
pretty much all processors in
Europe are feeling the financial
pinch since Russia invaded
Ukraine. " Before the crisis, one
customer paid about 500,000
pounds and now it's 2 million,
so four times more. "
Milacron also has two presses
at partner stands. The machine
builder is producing connectors
with an all-electric eQ50-300 at
the GeKu (Hahn Automation)
booth in Hall B3, Booth 3115. In
addition, the all-electric eQ 110 is
on display at the Sepro Robotique
booth at Hall A1, Booth 1203.
Milacron also manufactures
and supplies auxiliaries and
components that complement
its plastics processing machines
and systems. The company has
1,900 employees worldwide
serving the automotive, construction,
medical, telecommunications,
material
handling,
packaging
and other markets.
The new M-Series from Ferromatik Milacron at Fakuma 2023 in
Friedrichshafen, Germany. Plastics News photo by Caroline Seidel

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