Sortex and National Recovery Technologies (NRT) are entering a strategic commercial agreement to offer plastics recyclers a complete solution for plastic bottle and flake sorting.

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A new partnership between Buhler Sortex of the U.K., (U.S. office in Stockton, Calif.), and NRT, Nashville, will help expand the companies presence in the PET and HDPE sorting segment, across Europe and North America. It also strengthens their position as the joint suppliers of combined plastic bottle and flake sorting solutions to the plastics recycling industry, with technologies such as in-flight sorting, PET boost, label reduction kit and smart-eject. The companies said they have several contracts already in place with major recycling operators.

“This landmark agreement signifies our confidence in the future growth of recycling. It also strengthens our industry references and reinforces our leading role in optical sorting, while demonstrating our commitment to providing customers with a complete bottle and flake sorting solution from two trusted leaders in their field,” Charith Gunawardena, head of optical sorting at Buhler Sortex.

 This will also provide access to both companies’ wide range of capabilities, including system design, on-site management, installation and product training. The partnership will also include close collaboration with key members of the technology value chain.

“This significant partnership agreement is further acknowledgement of our commitment to supply and service leading plastics recyclers with a full portfolio of leading bottle and flake sorting equipment.  We’re excited to bring the industry’s first complete offering to market that doesn’t require a plastics recycler to compromise on bottle or flake sorting performance and provides high-quality, local support. We look forward to building a strong partnership with Buhler Sortex and our customers across Europe and North America,” said Matthias Erdmannsdoerfer, president of NRT.