US-based Unifi Manufacturing has chosen Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to design, manufacture and install a front-end PET purification system in the company’s Reidsville facility.
The $25m (£16m) investment will help Unifi to achieve its goal of ‘backward integration’ into bottle processing for its Repreve recycled fibre product line.
The new system, set to begin operation in June 2016, will feature the latest in screen, air and optical sorting technologies from the BHS family of companies, including BHS, Nihot and National Recovery Technologies (NRT). It will also use Amut’s dry de-labelling system to remove shrink-sleeve wraps from post-consumer bottles.
Nine NRT optical sorters with ‘in-flight sorting’ technology are key to the secondary plastics purification process. The system will remove the non-PET content in preparation for converting the bottles to flake.
Mark McNeill, vice-president of technology and business development for Unifi said: “This state-ofthe- art facility will raise the bar for Unifi, allowing us to internalise the majority of our flake requirements as we continue to expand our Repreve filament and polymer chip business.”