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PET recycling to flakes and fiber  #9 (43), 2006

Dingfa Wu, chairman of board of directors

Main activities of Chinese company Changlong are recycling disposed PET bottles to clean PET flakes and processing secondary PET flakes to polyester fiber. Today the company is actively promoting its technologies to Russian market. Obvious advantages of this kind of business are told about by Dingfa Wu, chairman of board of directors of Jiangyin Changlong Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd.

PET flakes from recycled PET bottles

— Mr. Wu, what is in your opinion actual about plastics recycling?
— In the first place, recycling is important for community. Nowadays resources in our industry are limited as basic polymers are obtained from oil. Recycling plastic wares we preserve oil and environment, therefore. I know there are some problems with legislation in Russia, as well as with responsibility of business (for example, there is no system of bottle collection),but I think, the government and all people in your country will realize the necessity of active protection of the environment and will pay more attention to recycling problem.
Secondly, recycling is beneficial for ordinary customers. Let us take a usual mob used for cleaning the floor as an example. It used to cost 10 dollars, now when its cleaning part if made of 100-percent recycled material - fiber, its price has drop to 1 dollar. Recycling allows manufacturing cheap, competitive product!
Thirdly, recycling is very profitable business and is not so hard to start as many people think. Recycling technologies "PET bottle – flakes – polyester fiber" have been existing for thirty years already and Changlong has great production experience and market knowledge in this sphere. What is the market in need for? PET flakes. We , for instance, import about 15 thousand tons of PET flakes annually from all over the world, buy them in highly developed states (in Germany, for example) and in very poor countries (in Bangladesh, for instance). Only in China there are more than 100 companies engaged in producing fiber from PET flakes. We are so many that we are in urgent need for this kind of material. I assure you, if people in Russia start recycling they will find markets for selling flakes in China, Vietnam, India and Pakistan. It goes without saying, flakes and fiber will be in demand in Russian market as well.

Business card
Jiangyin Changlong Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd. (China) – group of companies, one of the subsidiaries – Changlong – is engaged in recycled polyester fiber production anf sale. Besides, the company has constriction business, production of floor ceramic tile, steel pipes, plastics recycling equipment, as well as trading company occupied with all kinds of trade including export. Changlong was founded in 1993, production of fiber from PET flakes was begun in 1999. Nowadays 60 percent of the product is exported (mostly to European countries and Turkey), 40 percent is supplied to the local, Chinese market.
— What recycling technologies does your company operate?
— Nowadays we offer our client the following:
- processing of disposed dirty bottles to washed clean PET flakes;

-processing PET flakes to polyester fiber. This fiber can be used for production of, non-woven materials, toys and pillows filling, upper clothes manufacturing;

-processing PET flakes to polyester staple fiber for packaging. It is made of 100-percent recycled material and is, by the way, much more durable that analogous PP product.

Apart from PET bottles purchasing and recycling we design and manufacture equipment for washing PET waste and processing PET flakes to fiber for many applications. Polyester staple fiber from PET flakes for packaging

— Have you clients in Russia? How do you organize you business with them?
— For the first time Changlong company entered the Russian market in late 2004. Since then we have supplied 7 washing lines and 1 fiber-producing line.
At the moment the second recycled fiber-producing line is being mounted at the plant, where the same Changlong line is successfully operated. As far as I know, our Russian customer is very satisfied with the equipment.
How is the business organized? Usually we get acquainted with the company by supplying our fiber, as the client needs this product. Then the customer gets an idea of the opportunity to organize its own PET fiber production. This Russian company test analogous lines in Germany, Italy. In the beginning they are not sure of the technology itself, they do not quite understand how to process flakes to fiber. They come to China, to our place, to see it and they see there is no difficulty. After that they want us not only to offer equipment but to provide technologies, training and help organize a small-scale production. If they launch the production and need service our specialists come to Russian plant.

Figures
38 million tons of PET was produced in 2004. 31 percent of it is manufactured in China and only 10 percent – in Europe. According to the forecasts, in 2008 50 million tons will be produced worldwide, of them 40 percent – in China, the same 10 percent – in Europe.
80 percent of all the PET is used for PET bottle production. Technologies of disposed bottle recycling allow getting various products: bottles, flakes, fiber.

— In Russia recycling equipment of European companies is famous. What can you tell the customers to encourage them buying yours?
— We promote our equipment all over the world. We have recently supplied a washing line to Romania. But to sell is not the vital matter to us, the first priority is to help potential client realizing the profitability of this kind of business, understand the technology details. We tell some doubting clients: try, if you can not find the customer for the final product yourselves we will buy it from you! It is true: it may be new for Russia but it is in great demand in the world market!
We have rich experience in PET flakes recycling and use this knowledge while producing equipment, which allows achieve excellent quality of the final product. It is also important that our high-quality equipment is about four-five times cheaper than European one.
We always care very much about our customers' needs. Changlong not just supplies the standard line, we take into account clients' requirements and develop optimal complete supply. We also provide full service including staff training. So, having become Changlong partners you are sure to have profitable business!
PET flakes processing to polyester fiber is made by Changlong lines We have rich experience in PET flakes recycling and use this knowledge while producing equipment, which allows achieve excellent quality of the final product. It is also important that our high-quality equipment is about four-five times cheaper than European one.
We always care very much about our customers' needs. Changlong not just supplies the standard line, we take into account clients' requirements and develop optimal complete supply. We also provide full service including staff training. So, having become Changlong partners you are sure to have profitable business!


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