Cortec Corporation (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA) recently announced the expansion of its EcoCortec plant in Croatia. A European subsidiary of Cortec, EcoCortec manufacturers environmentally responsible volatile corrosion inhibitor (VCI) film and bags. Management for the EcoCortec plant are now investing in a new polymer processing plant located near the existing facility that is expected to open in November 2022.
EcoCortec’s team is continuing its path toward developing environmentally responsible corrosion protection films by utilizing the latest green manufacturing technologies. To that end, plant management purchased a new 1,000 m2 (10,763.9 f2) facility equipped with VpCI masterbatch production and new reprocessing equipment that recycles waste into new materials. This will minimize the disposal of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials and energy resources.
The new facility will incorporate all the principles of the circular economy, which includes the reduction of air and water pollution. It will be divided into two production facilities with warehouses for raw materials and finished goods. This division will proceed as follows:
- Compounding and masterbatch production with a state-of-the-art, high-performance compounding extruder designed for processing biopolymers on a world scale. This will support EcoCortec in terms of sustainability and economic production.
- Regranulation facility with its latest recycling lines that will set new standards in recycling difficult to process materials such as heavily printed films and very moist material.
The company also recently purchased a new, high-tech blown film extrusion line for the production of patented, biodegradable electrostatic discharge (ESD) films for the growing electric vehicle market. In addition, a new bag-on-roll (BOR) making machine was installed that will expand capabilities and enable a wider assortment of products in more dimensions.
Source: Cortec Corporation, www.cortecvci.com.