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 a fifth of global oil consumption.
The UK produces 1.6 million tonnes of plastic raw materials annually and remains one of the EU’s top five plastics processors. The application of plastics can be found in sectors such as medical, construction, aerospace and automotive, and it has a market 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, which Trantec serves.
For over two decades, Trantec has been manufacturing materials handling equipment, supplying to a wide range of industries from food to pharmaceutical and plastics. Our equipment range includes metering screw feeders, flexible screw/spiral conveyors, FIBC dischargers and augers, which are especially common within plastic extrusion manufacturing facilities.
Our screw feeders and flexible conveyors are typically deployed to handle plastic powders, pellets, flakes, and granules, regularly handling raw plastic materials such as polymers, fillers, glass fibres and powdered additives. Often, multiple screw feeders are operated at once as feed rates must be consistent to ensure a quality end product is achieved.