Pellenc Selective Technologies, a pioneer and leader of technology in the optical sorting industry for over 20 years through its Research & Development program, is firmly focused on its international expansion.  As part of the Pellenc Group with over 1000 employees and 140 million € turnover, Pellenc ST presents to you its recent international accomplishments and preferable markets.


  71ccb86d21eeb2ae7acaf6bb33fc0b6c_logopaprec“As a French leader in recycling, the Paprec Group has been working since 2010 in partnership with Pellenc ST to develop the automated sorting of plastics and fiber products and improve machine performance. In a few short years Pellenc has risen to world-class technology and helped us build sorting lines with great productivity. We rely on their tools to develop sorting centers of the future.”

Sébastien Petithuguenin DG Paprec group 


    emp5“After 6 years of using Pellenc sorters, we appreciate and value our long term strategic relationship as we have received the expected performance from the equipment as well as a very professional and timely service and support from your staff.”

Jaime Camara CEO Petstar (Mexico)




SITA Valorpole (Le Mans)

The site recently installed the latest technology in optical sorting for sorting waste.  The multi-processing center treats 45,000 tons per year of waste. 7 Pellenc ST optical sorters are installed in this state of the art site for sorting plastics and for the recuperation of aseptic packaging (tetra), newspapers and magazines, and cardboard on the fibers stream. The ultra-modern center is equipped to respond to the growing and evolving demands of waste sorting streams.


PAPREC Seiches sur Loire, Angers

This PAPREC sorting center is equipped with 2 MISTRAL machines for sorting mixed plastics and 2 BOREAS machines + MISTRAL DVI for sorting out plastic films, plastic containers, and aseptic containers. The BOREAS and MISTRAL DVI combo adds a strong optimal technology value to the sorting process.




In operation since the end of 2012, PRF (Plastic Recycling Facility) from Veolia Rainham in England, is equipped with 8 Pellenc ST optical sorters including the very high performing MISTRAL Dual Vision that sorts material and color at the same time. The precision of the detection allows for the separation of materials with very small variations of color such as natural PE and white PE. The strong detection also permits the separation between materials with close signatures like plastic film and rigid plastics of the same polymer.



Installed at ALCALA DE GUADAIRA in Seville, BANALES, a mix plastics recycling center from a sorting center, recently installed 3 Pellenc ST optical sorters for the recovery of PET, PP, PS, and HDPE plastics. One of the machines ejects PVC for energy recovery on the residual fraction.



EcoUrbis has trusted Pellenc ST for the installation of 4 optical sorters in the most modern treatment center in Sao Paulo. The center will open in 2014 and will manage the collection and sorting of 7 million inhabitants. With a capacity of 250 tons per day, the center will be a model for AMLURB (local government) and the entire country. The Pellenc ST optical sorters will sort post-consumer film, paper, and packaging materials.



The sorting solutions provided by Pellenc in North America include bottle sorting, aseptic packaging, and also paper-cardboard sorting. The process includes separating plastics from the fiber materials in a 2D fraction. The process also cleans plastics and residual films and production of different grades of paper-cardboard, which Pellenc ST has a unique solution for on the market.




Wellman Plastics Recycling, Johnsonville, South Carolina

4.5 tons / hour of PET bottles are sorted by 4 MISTRAL machines. The objective of the sorting center is to produce PET flakes for recycling bottle to bottle in a closed loop system in the USA.



The company CPR, leader of PET recycling in Brazil, chose Pellenc ST in 2012 to outfit two sorting lines each capable of sorting 10 tons / hour of PET bottles. Pellenc ST confirms its status as the leader in the Brazilian market with more than 15 machines in this application.

In 2013, Pellenc ST confirmed its expertise and know-how to respond to the challenges of plastic sorting by selling 2 machines to JRM Reciclagem for a new uniformity in treating mix plastics and industrial waste of PE and PP. The sorting is done by material according to its polymer and by color.



PETSTAR (Coca-Cola)

The most important PET recycling center in the world, PETSTAR treats 3 billion bottles each year (50,000 tons of plastic) with 3 objectives:  economic, environmental, and social. With strong results from Pellenc ST machines on its first sorting line installed in 2010, PETSTAR doubled this line with the help of the latest generation of Pellenc ST optical sorters.




The objectives of the Industrial waste sorting centers of Veolia Seine Multi-recyclage at Oissel and Veolia Le Pal in Nice is to recover materials and the production of a RDF fraction. Both centers treat between 15 and 20 tons of waste an hour. Installed in 2013, the 2 sorting centers benefit with the latest technologies developed by Pellenc ST on the Industrial sorting market.

On the heavy fraction there are 2 optical sorters, including the MISTRAL WOOD machine equipped with a special sensor to identify organic materials, recover wood positively, RDF, and paper-cardboard. On the light fraction there are 2 optical sorters equipped with a Turbo Sorter to stabilize light materials and recover the paper-cardboard positively, plastic films positively, and to produce an RDF fraction by ejecting PVC.



The site Retura in Trondheim, Norway, in operation since the beginning of 2013, is equipped with 3 MISTRAL machines including a MISTRAL WOOD machine all with the latest technology by Pellenc ST. The MISTRAL WOOD machine recovers the wood fraction with a level of purity unmatched anywhere else (97% with one pass and without manual quality control). The technical challenge is difficult because wood has a material signature very close to other fibrous materials like paper and cardboard.



Ecoenergy is a center that produces RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) from the refuse of a sorting center. The site handles 12-15 tons per hour. 2 MISTRAL three-way sorting machines recuperate the PET positively and eject PVC to produce an RDF fraction of high quality. Pellenc ST brings a high level of precision sorting so that high quality objectives are achieved.



SAICA, Zaragoza

SAICA, an international Spanish company known in the paper industry, installed on 4 shredded paper sorting lines 9 Pellenc optical sorters to feed RDF into its thermal power plant. The sorting lines contain the proper refuse from the paper mill including other sources of waste with a high PCI content (like Industrial waste or waste sorting centers). The Pellenc optical sorters reduce the rate of PVC before the stream enters the thermal power plant.