MEAF shows best in class ‘green’ extrusion solutions at K 2022

Less energy, less material and circularity for the packaging and carpet industries

K2022, the world’s largest trade show for the polymer industry in Düsseldorf, Germany, 19 to 26 October, MEAF Machines will demonstrate its best in class extrusion solutions at booth A22 in Hall 17.

Thanks to its highly efficient design, MEAF’s extrusion have a 30 to 65% smaller carbon footprint than many of its competitors while allowing for a further reduction in raw material use. In addition its in-build flexibility allow MEAF’s extruders to work with almost any thermoplastic material, including biopolymers and recycled materials like bottle flakes and post-consumer regrind, thus helping plastics processors to go ‘green’.

Manufacturers in the food packaging sector are under huge pressure from regulators, supermarkets and consumers to reduce the amount of plastics used, while still maintaining food safety, attractiveness and recyclability. By partnering with Swiss manufacturer Promix Solutions, MEAF has added physical foaming capabilities to its extrusion lines. This allows for a further reduction in material use and lower weight, without compromising on features such as stackability and strength.  Thanks to the use of nitrogen rather than the often used butane and propane, the process has almost no environmental impact.

PET and PP physical foamed trays from sheet made on MEAF sheet extrusion line

An industry sector which only recently has started to move towards  a ‘greener’ future is the carpet and artificial turf sector. Where previously they would use non recyclable materials like bitumen and latex, they are now looking at switching to thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and TPU for their carpet backing to allow for their products to become fully recyclable rather than being incinerated or ending up in a landfill . This however requires a considerable switch in the production process and a new way of thinking for many carpet manufacturers, reason for MEAF to adjust its in-house extrusion test line for various carpet backing solutions.

Energy and material efficiency have always been at the heart of MEAF’s design philosophy, long  before it became fashionable. This has helped to company to gain a foothold in far-away places where reliable energy and raw materials come at a premium. “That is the advantage of being a relatively small company,” says Elwin Houtekamer, Director at MEAF Machines BV. “We are more agile than the big manufacturers and work as equal partners with specialised innovative suppliers. This way we are always at the forefront of extrusion technology.”

Artifical grass is another product for which MEAF can provide an extrusion line to produce recyclable backing.

Sheet extrusion line for PET up to 1.6mm shipped to Egypt 

MEAF has shipped another PET sheet extrusion line to one of our new esteemed clients in Egypt. Although not the first one, this energy efficient co-extrusion line for PET is suitable to produce PET up to 1.6mm.

MEAF expands its world-wide representative network

It is with great pleasure to welcome Finson Indomas into the MEAF family as our latest addition to our representative network.

Further improving energy efficiency for sheet co-extrusion lines

One of our latest editions is the right choice of insulation package for the co-extruder barrel. This addition will further reduce the heat-loss of the extrusion process and improve overall safety of personnel as well.

Main advantages of opting for co-extruder barrel insulation:

  •  Reduction of the energy consumption of machine heating by 20 – 40%.
  • Extension of the lifetime of the heating elements due to the fewer on and off sequences of the elements.
  • Payback time of < 1 year.

MEAF’s continued factory expansion 

As per our previous newsletter, we are currently working hard to expand our factory’s floor space. In recent months the first major steps have been taken, whereby the piles for the foundation have been placed, the first columns are erected and now we are pleased to see that the structure is taking shape.

The new expansion fo the MEAF factory with the roof almost finished

MEAF is working hard towards the increase in production area in order to meet the markets demand in producing more machines along with the capacity to produce larger production lines as well