The use of a MEAF PET extruder in combination with the IR-CLEAN system offers food packaging manufacturers a solution that has been verified by a Letter of Non-Objection from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is in compliance with the criteria established by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), for the use of recycled materials for direct food contact packaging. By choosing this robust and economical solution PET sheet producers can meet the strict recycling demands placed on them by their customers and take a major step towards 100% circular PET production.

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Due to the recycling and cleaning process, post-consumer PET flakes usually have a relatively high humidity. For the production of food grade PET it is therefore vital that the material is crystallized, dried and decontaminated, before being processed in an extruder. The KREYENBORG system does all that while using only 0.14 to 0.16 kWh/kg, maintaining the IV-value of the PET flakes and thus providing the best PET sheet for thermoforming food grade packaging. In combination with the MEAF 90 mm PET extruder, with an energy consumption of 0.18 to 0.20 kWh/kg, this is one of the most energy efficient R-PET food packaging solutions in the industry. Later this year MEAF will install a complete R-PET production line, combining the MEAF 90+50 co-extruder with a KREYENBORG IR-CLEAN for test purposes.

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