Trantec and the Plastics Industry

Needs of the Plastic Industry

The Plastics industry is constantly evolving and continues to be one of the most innovative industries in the world.

As of 2017 global production of plastics was 350 million metric tonnes. It is forecast that by 2050 the production of plastic should triple and will account for fifth of global oil consumption. The application of plastics can be found in sectors such as medical, construction, aerospace and automotive.

According to the UK plastics industry the plastics market has an annual sales turnover of £23.5 billion.

  • The plastics industry is dominant in three main sectors – material and additive manufacture, material processors and machinery manufacture.
  • UK produces 1.7 million tonnes of plastic raw materials annually. The UK remains one of the top five processors of plastics in the EU

Trantec is one of the companies that is in those “dominant” sectors and continues to serve this industry with innovation.

Trantec has provided a range of materials handling equipment to the Plastic industry for over two decades. Our  Metering Screw Feeders, Flexible Screw Conveyors, and Augers are commonly used in plastic extrusion manufacturing facilities.

Our Metering Screw Feeders will often handle raw plastic materials such as polymers, additives, fillers, and glass fibres. A metering Feeder typically handles plastic pellets, granules, flakes, and powder additives. Often, multiple screw feeders are operated at once as feed rates must be consistent to ensure a quality end-product is achieved.

Typical plastic extrusion materials used

  • PVCu – Polyvinyl Chloride Un-plasticised.
  • PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride.
  • ABS – Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene.
  • HIP – High Impact Polystyrene.
  • WPC – Wood Plastic Composite.
  • PE – Polyethylene.
  • PP – Polypropylene.
  • PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride.
  • PVC/NBR – Nitrile Butadiene Rubber/PVC blend.
  • TPE – Thermoplastic Elastomers.
  • PPE – Poly(P-Phenylene Oxide).