Starlinger Group
Headquarters Vienna, Austria
Brands recoSTAR

Company Profile

Starlinger Group, Austria, is an industrial company for mechanical engineering and process technology with focus on application-oriented solutions.

Starlinger’s Recycling Division, the business unit Starlinger recycling technology, specializes in machinery for the recycling and refinement of a wide scope of plastics such as PE, PP, PA, PS, BOPP and PET. With the well-known product line recoSTAR, Starlinger has become a global and leading player in the field of plastics recycling, and particularly so in the area of PET recycling systems.


Starlinger recycling technology offers a wide range of innovative recycling machinery solutions for a variety of applications such as film, sheet, fibers, non-woven, raffia, tapes, bottles, preforms, and post-consumer waste.

Starlinger PET recycling systems produce food-safe r-PET in a process that has been approved for use in food applications by many brand owners as well as various national and international authorities such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration, USA) and EFSA (European Food Safety Authority). The business unit Starlinger viscotec specializes in PET and HDPE decontamination technology and provides equipment for the decontamination and IV increase of PCR flakes and pellets. The technology guarantees food-grade material that meets FDA and EFSA standards and can be used directly in the production of food packaging.

Starlinger’s viscoSHEET PET sheet lines process virgin PET, PIR (post-industrial regrind) and up to 100 % recycled PET, resulting in r-PET sheet with guaranteed IV levels that meet FDA/EFSA requirements for food-grade applications.

For material that suffers from a strong smell (e.g. in the case of car tanks or containers for food or cleaners), Starlinger offers an Odour Reduction Technology for optimized regranulate fit for use in a variety of applications.


The family-owned company was founded in 1835 and started its export activities in the 1970s with machinery for woven plastic sacks made out of polypropylene fabric. Starlinger has been providing recycling machinery solutions for more than 30 years; the business unit Starlinger recycling technology was founded in 2000. Today, Starlinger delivers high-level technology to customers in over 130 countries; many of them are regular customers that have been doing business with Starlinger for years. Starlinger sales and service centres are located in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Uzbekistan and the United States; in other countries the company is represented by agencies.


PETplanet Insider Articles

Issue 04 / 2023: PET bottle-to-bottle recycling
Issue 01 / 2023: New PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line reduces production costs
Issue 10 / 2022: The fine art of PET bottle-to-bottle recycling
Issue 05 / 2022: Starlinger recycling technology for Australia’s largest PET recycling plant
Issue 03 / 2022: Chinaplas 2022 preview - Starlinger & Co Gesellschaft m.b.H., Austria
Issue 03 / 2022: Upcoming facility expansion to recycle 3.5 million PET bottles per year
Issue 01 / 2022: Starlinger delivers its first bottle-to-bottle plant to Turkey
Issue 10 / 2021: Recycling line - RecoStar dynamic
Issue 10 / 2021: Bottle-to-bottle recycling line at Srichakra Polyplast in India
Issue 07 / 2021: Tackling plastic waste problem in Thailand with PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line
Issue 11 / 2020: Making recycling work
Issue 07 / 2020: Starlinger introduces measures in the field of corporate social responsibility
Issue 05 / 2020: The supermarket check
Issue 03 / 2020: Production monitoring with software solution Grafit 4.0
Issue 10 / 2019: Recycling technology: a new life for PET bottles
Issue 06 / 2019: Recycling activities in South Africa
Issue 04 / 2019: Boost PET recycling in Austria
Issue 10 / 2018: PET recycling all-in-one
Issue 11 / 2017: Prepared for the future
Issue 07 / 2017: Starlinger line with Nordson Flex Disc melt filter: Bottle-to-bottle recycling results
Issue 10 / 2016: Bundled expertise on PET recycling
Issue 03 / 2016: Meeting a growing demand
Issue 11 / 2015: American Starlinger-Sahm, Inc. Opens its USA headquarters
Issue 11 / 2015: From PET-to-PET to bottle-to-bottle in Austria
Issue 07 / 2015: Starlinger supplies South Africa's first B2B recycling plant
Issue 06 / 2015: PET bottle-to-bottle recycling in the Andes
Issue 04 / 2015: Recycling of film and fiber productions scrap, melt fine filtration, and bottle-to-bottle recycling – Starilinger at Chinaplas
Issue 03 / 2015: PET recycling line requires less maintenance and improved quality

External links

Starlinger Website