AST to invest in innovative HDPE process

AST Group

German container manufacturer AST is to invest in a new competence centre that will house an innovative recycling line to process HDPE.

It will take post-industrial and post-consumer HDPE to turn it into new containers.


The competence centre is a pilot project that aims to optimise activities at AST locations in Wrexham as well as its sites in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. It is believed the competence centre will be based at its headquarters in Germany.

This new project aims to gather experience, pave the way for future strategies and introduce the use of recyclates in the production of technically demanding HDPE containers and drums.

The company has chosen Lindner as its technology partner for the new facility.

AST recycling lead Hauke Grabau said: “We transform premium plastics into high-quality containers, drums and bottles and believe that this raw material should not go the general recovery route.

“With the new centre of competence, we want to retain this valuable material in the loop. My many years of experience in the field of plastics recycling have shown me that Lindner offers the best overall package and expertise in mechanically recovering polymers. We have seen from the very beginning that Lindner is willing to tackle new problems and that we can learn from each other in the joint development of this project.”

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