STADLER opens new Test and Innovation Center in Slovenia focused on plastic sorting and recycling


STADLER announced today the opening of its new Test
and Innovation Center at its production site in Krsko, Slovenia. The new facility will play a
dual role as a test center for customer demonstrations and training, and as an innovation
center housing STADLER’s Research and Development activities focused on the plastic
sorting process. Ideally located within easy reach of two major airports – 60 km from Zagreb
125 km from Ljiubljana – and close to the A2 motorway, it is very accessible to visitors from
across the world.

At the new Test and Innovation Center, STADLER will offer demonstrations of the sorting
process – feeding, label removal, ballistic separation, metal separation, non-ferrous metal
separation, near-infrared separation with the latest generation NIR technology, and transport
with conveyors and screw conveyors. This will help customers make an informed purchase
decision, as they will be able to see first-hand the sorting process in the plant designed for
them by STADLER. The center will also provide training for customers, as well as its internal
The new facility is also home to STADLER’s Testing activities for plastic recycling
applications, with input material being sorted into polymer products such as PET, HDPE and
PP bottles, or LDPE films, and recycled. “This activity is very important for us at STADLER,”
explains Tom Schmitt, Sales Manager at STADLER. “We are constantly striving to offer
increasingly efficient processes in the recycling of polymers.”
The new Center is also an important research and innovation hub for STADLER: “Here, in
Slovenia, we will develop the plastic recycling plant of the next generation,” states Willi
Stadler, CEO of Stadler Anlagenbau GmbH. “We have highly skilled people, with advanced
knowledge of the entire process and specialized expertise. The majority of the engineers
who assemble our systems around the world are based here.”
In this first phase, the Test and Innovation Center is housed in an existing hall on
STADLER’s Krsko site, which has been extended with a temporary structure, providing a
total covered area of 1.200 m 2 to accommodate the equipment for demonstrating the sorting
process. The facility will be further developed in a modular way, to extend its testing and
demonstration capabilities. It is staffed with a team of 5 people and supported by the
STADLER engineers based on site.
The Krsko site is a manufacturing and engineering hub that plays a key role in STADLER’s
operation. It houses the production of the company’s steel structures, screening drums,
heavy chain conveyor belts and label removers, as well as its sheet metal processing plant.
In addition, it is the home of STADLER’s Electrical Engineering Department, which
implements the electric installation and operating software in the company’s projects across
the world.
STADLER  is dedicated to the planning, production and assembly of sorting systems and
components for the waste disposal and recycling industry world-wide. Its team of over 450
qualified employees offers a tailor-made full service, from conceptual design to planning,
production, modernisation, optimisation, assembly, start-up, conversions, disassembly,
maintenance and servicing of components to complete recycling and sorting systems. Its
product range includes ballistic separators, transport conveyor belts, screening drums and
label removers. The company is also able to provide steel structures and electrical switch
cabinets for the plants it installs. Founded in 1791, this family-run company’s operation and
strategy is underpinned by its ethos of delivering quality, reliability and customer satisfaction,
being a good employer and providing strong social support.
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