Société Générale des Techniques (SGT) inaugurated its new Chalon-Sur-Saône site . The specific feature of this factory is its integrated “SGR” plastics recycling line and its PET preform manufacturing unit.
In opening the new SGT/SGR site, Frédéric Mignot, the Group’s Chairman, confirmed the Group’s commitment to sustainable development: “We are aware of everything that is at stake at the moment on both an economic and an environmental level and we have decided to make an active contribution to the development of a high performance circular economy in the packaging sector by proposing more recycled plastic”.
The rPET, which SGR produces an average of 12,000 t/a, will have EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval for food contact. “Our objective is to speed up the incorporation of recycled plastic into our preform production in accordance with new regulations”, he added. This means that the Group guarantees its customers not just the supply but also the quality of the rPET it provides.
This project, which is supported by the Burgundy Franche Comté Region, Grand Chalon and ADEME (French Environment & Energy Management Agency), required significant investment to match the Group’s ambitions: 7 million Euro for the recycling unit and 21 million Euro for the preform manufacturing unit. With this 6th production unit, SGT is increasing its production capacity by one billion units/year.
The site is equipped with the latest generation injection presses which combine technical and energy performance. It currently employs around twenty staff and is planning to recruit an additional 20 by 2021.
Photo: Frédéric Mignot, SGT Group’s Chairman (on the right), is cutting the ribbon during the inauguration ceremony of the new site.