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Coperion to form new recycling unit following acquisition of Herbold Meckesheim

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Werner Herbold, CEO of Herbold Meckesheim GmbH (left) and Markus Parzer, president of the polymer division at Coperion.

Coperion has completed the acquisition of the engineering company Herbold Meckesheim. Herbold Meckesheim will be integrated with Coperion's recycling product lines into its new recycling business unit that plans to offer complete solutions for plastics recycling processing.

Coperion will combine its strengths with Herbold Meckesheim, a specialist in mechanical recycling of plastics and plastic waste, and together they will form a united business approach. Herbold Meckesheim will continue to operate at its existing location and retain its name. Both companies will combine their capabilities in the field of recycling and integrate to build modular systems and plant solutions that cover a broad sector of the circular economy.

The recycling business unit plans to offer solutions leveraging both Coperion and Herbold Meckesheim's complementary technologies. From mechanical processing – shredding, washing, separating, drying, and agglomerating of plastics – to bulk material handling, feeding, and extrusion, as well as compounding and pelletizing, this business unit encompasses the complete process chain.

With their combined service network that supports installations and startups, ideal service is also available on-site. Additionally, test centres for product development as well as customer trials are available to users. Before recyclers make significant investments, they can undertake in-depth testing of every process step in the test labs.

The recycling business unit plans to offer complete plants and systems for recycling PET, polyolefins, film, or rigid plastic. From mechanical processing to solvent-based and chemical recycling to complete solutions for automated to modular recycling lines.

"Herbold Meckesheim's solid reputation within the recycling industry is a result of their high-quality machines and solutions which fit into Coperion's growth strategy. Together, we'll have strong production and engineering locations in Europe, Asia, and North America," says Markus Parzer, president of the polymer division of Coperion.

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