visconews issue #13 ·

About one year ago Markus Neudorfer founded PET-MAN, based in Frankenburg, Upper Austria. Christina Kaimberger from viscotec met him in his homeland, the Austrian mountains for an interview.


Christina: You started your business just one year ago. Why a plastics processing company, considering this material is currently having a rather bad reputation?


Markus: Not every plastic is „evil“. PET especially can be recycled up to 100% and is currently the most sustainable plastic in terms of environment and resources. In addition, the demand for recycled material is steadily increasing. By now, additional material streams are recycled not just PET bottles – e.g. trays. All in all, it is a strongly forward-looking and sustainable business segment.

 Christina: You dealt with extrusion of PET already in your early days as a teenager. When and how did this rather specialized job come about?


Markus: Since my father worked at Lenzing AG, I started my apprenticeship there in 1988. I was one of the first 4 apprentices in the profession „Kunststoffverarbeiter“ in Austria. Already in 1989 I was allowed to run an extrusion line with PET for the first time. In 1998, I passed the masters for mechanical engineering and industrial engineering and switched to one of the first manufacturers of PET sheet in Europe. There I became technical Manager, which brought me into contact with viscotec.


Christina: You have worked in your career already with various extrusion technologies. What do you appreciate about the technology of viscotec?


Markus: viscotec systems are very easy to use and the reproduction of the process is greatly simplified due to the intelligent technology. From material preparation to winder, everything is out of a single hand, making it easy to train even inexperienced operators. I also appreciate the great service from viscotec. If a problem arises, viscotec‘s data collection software viscoLYZER is providing the process engineer with all he needs for in depth root-cause analysis. If there is no suitable solution for any requirement, something new is developed. All this makes the system very individual and as flexible as I need it.


Christina: What do you think about foodgrade? Is that important to your customers?


Markus: Basically, we only produce foodgrade sheet. Foodgrade is „standard“ for me. Even, the approx. 30% of our products that do not go into the food industry are produced at foodgrade standard.


Christina: Many products, especially food, are now available in packaging that has already been recycled. Do you see a certain trend in this regard?


Markus: Yes, definitely. In the past, post-consumer material was often used for cost reasons only. Meanwhile, many of my customers want to buy slides with up to 100% post-consumer content.


Christina: How will things progress with PET-MAN - what are your goals?


Markus: In sheet and product development we put a strong focus is on recyclability and sustainability. This especially concerns the replacement of PET / PE and PET / EVOH / PE sheet with pure mono-material PET sheet as well as stretching the temperature application window of PET and thus the replacement of non-recyclable PS. With the second viscoSHEET line, which will be installed early 2020, I deliberately took the path of a smaller, more flexible machine, in order to be able to continue to offer small product batches with a delivery time of 14 days to my customers.


Christina: Markus, as our first flake decontamination customer back in the early 2000, I would like to thank you on behalf of the viscotec team for the many years of successful cooperation and wish you all the best for your future.

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