Excellent reputation › Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions

Excellent reputation

Excellent reputation

Excellent reputation › Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions


Smurfit Kappa Recycling choose for Bollegraaf because of their excellent reputation and quality project management

Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions and Smurfit Kappa Recycling finalised the installation of an HBC-120S baler at the Smurfit Kappa depot in Snodland, Kent. With less chance of wire breakage and using less electricity, the Bollegraaf HBC-120S produces heavier bales; plenty of reasons to choose for Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions. Brian Kavanagh, project manager at Smurfit Kappa indicates that “critical success factors for Smurfit Kappa are safety and power savings. We chose for Bollegraaf because of the excellent reputation they have as the most knowledgeable supplier in the market. Power consumption and safety requirements are the two most critical criteria for us, and the Bollegraaf baler is top of the bill when it comes to that.”  The balers are BSEN 16252:2012 compliant. As a result, the need for working at height has been minimised and interaction between people and the machine can be kept to an absolute minimum. Additionally, when the new balers are idle and waiting for new material, they automatically enter a power save mode after 180 seconds while remaining ready to restart at any time, leading to substantial power savings. This frequency drive control can cut electricity costs up to 30%.

Peter Bos, Sales Director
Peter Bos, Sales Director

Project management by Bollegraaf
Brian Kavanagh states that the project was handled very professionally. “The Bollegraaf team has proven to be very knowledgeable; providing us with useful recommendations and maintaining the flexibility to adapt to our needs. We appreciate the effectiveness of the project team; the project leader really owns the project and functions as the single point of contact.” He continues to emphasize that “also the installation and commissioning went very smoothly and was carried out by an expert field service engineer. The system was up and running in no time and the install did not disrupt the depot’s processes, as it was done over the weekend. They also did an excellent job in training our operators.” Brian Kavanagh concludes “the project was a success from start to finish”. We were also delighted to learn about the expansion strategy of Bollegraaf in the UK in terms of additional service engineers, increased spare-parts availability, as well as additional sales representation throughout the UK. “We would highly recommend Bollegraaf to our network, because of quality and their ability to support and unburden us”. 

“At Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions we strongly believe in putting customer centricity at the heart of our business. We therefore build long-term relationships with our customers, as we have done with Smurfit Kappa, to ensure we understand their needs, not just of the individual recycling plants, but of  the Smurfit Kappa Group as a whole”, says Peter Bos, Sales Director at Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions. “Whether delivering a single baler or developing a complete sorting system, we consider all the critical factors, such as capital costs, manpower needs, commitments to the buyers of the end products, maintenance costs, electricity costs, future growth, and so on and work as a team to develop a turnkey solution that is flexible, reliable, and the most profitable for the customer.”

Bollegraaf second generation balers
As well as being quieter and more efficient, the new balers and their installation have also been designed to be as safe as possible and to meet the safety requirements BSEN 16252:2012.
Other innovative upgrades that have been incorporated in the HBC-120S at Smurfit Kappa are the self-learning channel pressure, which is a self-regulating control, which adapts to the material being baled in the channel, and can increase the bale weight by 10 to 20%.

The single needle system (5X1) leaves less room for residue to accumulate during the knotting process, reducing the downtime and hence an important cost reduction. Since the needle system is vertical, the Bollegraaf baler produces stable bales and has a reduced risk of wire breakage. Whether using steel wire, PP twine or PET, the Bollegraaf baler is highly suitable to bale even the most difficult waste streams. 

About Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions
Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions is a world leader in the engineering and manufacturing of ready-to-use recycling solutions and equipment. The company is renowned for its innovative and reliable solutions and the high quality of its products. It has a proven track record in the industry that stretches back over 50 years. Bollegraaf invests heavily in research and development, in addition to the very latest production equipment and facilities. The goal of all this is to guarantee a profitable and robust organisation for its clients.

Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions is established in the Netherlands and comprises two sister companies: Bollegraaf Recycling Machinery B.V. and Lubo Systems B.V. Bollegraaf also has offices in Germany, France and the United Kingdom responsible for sales and services in those countries. In addition, Bollegraaf is part of a large dealer organisation that covers the whole of the USA and Canada, and also has vendors, service engineers and sales agents throughout the world. For more information on our solutions and technology, please visit our website or go to the  new corporate brochure

About Smurfit Kappa, Snodland Depot
Smurfit Kappa’s Recycling operations in the UK, one of the largest recyclers of paper and cardboard in the country, and owner of two paper mills in the UK, has completed a programme of Investment in its international depot network, designed to save energy, increase the efficiency of its operations, improve worker safety and enhance customer experience.

The new Smurfit Kappa Snodland depot in Kent is processing locally-sourced paper and cardboard for recycling at the Group’s new Smurfit Kappa Townsend Hook mill on the same site, which operates a state-of-the-art 5m lightweight paper machine producing approximately 250,000 tonnes of quality containerboard material per year. The depot will also supply recycled paper grades not used at Townsend Hook to other mills. Smurfit Kappa Recycling has constructed the new depot on part of the mill site freed up by its redevelopment, installing a new Bollegraaf HBC 120 baler in a new facility designed to operate efficiently and safely.

The company has also installed a second Bollegraaf HBC 120 baler at its Glasgow depot and a larger HBC 140 baler in Blackburn. Each sits at the heart of the paper recycling facilities, which have been redesigned to ensure more efficient and safer working conditions with improved material flows. Locally-collected paper and cardboard is made into compacted bales that are then ready for transportation to paper mills for recycling.

Note for the press/more information:
Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions
Mariska Kremer, Department of Communications
Tel: +31 (0)596 654 333