2021 progresses with a new ‘green’ achievement for Amut. The company cares of the planet, by preventing post-consume PET bottles from being sent to landfill or dispersed into the environment, enabling their reuse and recycling, through various solutions ranging from sorting and washing to extrusion and thermoforming.
During the height of Covid–19 in March 2021, the recycling technology player successfully completed the training and start-up of a complete sheet line at Hickman’s Family Farms in Arizona. This custom-engineered plant has been designed for PET Food Packaging with the sustainable “Bottle to Packaging” direct process. The complete line has a capacity of 3,500 lbs/h and is equipped with a MPR to guarantee the FDA l-no direct food contact grade of material starting from 100% post-consumer rPET flakes. Thanks to the foresight and commitment of Hickman Family, they are now producing in house the PET sheet to make their famous “Sustainable rPET Eggs Tray”, thereby closing the loop on recycling and consuming upwards to 30,000,000 pounds of rPET from post-consumer containers annually. The line is in operation to the utmost satisfaction of the customer, producing around the clock 24 hour/day.
This is the second stage of Hickman’s vertical integration plan to meet their sustainable packaging objectives, as this sheet will be utilised in their 2 Amut ACF high-speed thermoforming machines. A winning combination for the task at hand, that was completed thanks to an efficient “Team-Work” between Amut and Hickman staff. “We’re very excited about working with Amut on our new recycling start up here at Hickman’s. Covid created a lot of setbacks but because of the support from Amut and the team we have, the startup was seamless and very successful” stated Branden the Grand-Son of the original founding Hickman.