VEKA Compounds, a division of VEKA Recycling and part of the VEKA UK Group, has installed a second extrusion line at its plant in Wellingborough UK. The investment represents the latest step in an ongoing, £15 million programme at the PVC-U recycling facility. With it, VEKA Compounds joins the ranks of Europe’s most advanced PVC-U recyclers, the company said.
The over £500,000 investment in new, energy-efficient Krauss Maffei equipment allows the company to produce pellets that are at least are comparable to virgin PVC-U, according to Simon Scholes, managing director of VEKA Recycling.
“This represents significant advantages for manufacturers using our pellets,” he said. “Not only are they fulfilling their environmental responsibilities by helping to reduce waste material sent to landfill and minimise their C02 emissions, it also allows them to demonstrate these enhanced environmental credentials to consumers that are considering the sustainability of the products they purchase, more than ever before.
A family-run German company, VEKA has been producing PVC-U window, door and conservatory systems since 1969, with UK production starting in 1986. VEKA launched its European recycling activities in the nineties, becoming the first in the industry to establish a closed-loop recycling facility. VEKA Recycling followed in 2007 in the UK.
PVC-U windows and doors usually reach their end of life after 30-40 years and can be recycled by VEKA up to ten times. In other words, if successfully diverted from landfill, one window or door frame could offer as much as 350 years of usage.
The company converts large volumes of reclaimed material - including discarded windows, doors and roller shutters - into recycled PVC-U pellets. These pellets are then be used to fabricate a wide range of new PVC-U products, from windows and doors, to cills, decking, drainpipes and ducting, as well as underground pipes and tubing.
The pellets are available in a wide range of colours, and with a variety of high-performance properties that are compliant with recognised industry standards.
“Furthermore, the ready availability and stable price of pellet produced from recycled material, is also attractive in the face of the global supply issues recently affecting virgin PVC-U compound,” added Scholes.
The company is fully accredited to ISO 9000: Quality Management and ISO 14000: Environmental Management. As a nation-wide supplier, VEKA operates a modern fleet of vehicles and routes that are strategically planned to minimise emissions.