Don’t let your plans be just a pipe dream…

What to do with all the items from a Plastic and PVC Manufacturing Process Plant.

We will see manufacturing and engineering companies be very interested in this plastic and PVC manufacturing process, recycling lines and ancillary equipment.

The equipment up for auction is only about 10 years old so has plenty of life left in it yet. A lot of the small gear is almost brand-new so this auction is full of opportunity and should certainly grab attention!

There’s something for everyone, from the general public to very specialised and specific pipe manufacturers or recycling plants.

We have had a lot of contact from farmers for the irrigation side of things and have also seen some unique reasons people are after these PVC pipes!

Some of the smaller lots like water pumps and lots of pipe could be purchased for home use and there is even office furniture and antiques!

Recycling Plant

The recycling plant takes pieces of surplus plastic up a conveyor belt and puts them through a granulator which is much like a giant paper shredder!

The smaller pieces of plastic are then passed by an auger feed through a screening process that puts the plastic pieces in water and then flushes them through a series of different sized holes to filter them into different size categories.

The pieces that are too big can be re-processed through the granulator and the ones that are fine enough are dried in a trommel and used in a variety of production lines to make plastic products like moulds, pipe or decking.

Metal Machines

There are metallisation machines which coat pieces of steel with stainless or zinc to make them more waterproof or durable.

There’s also sandblasting equipment that can sandblast the steel back to bare metal so it can be recoated and painted like new again!

PVC Manufacturing Process

The main focus of this business was making PVC pipe, PVC decking and plastic moulds for things like spa baths and water tanks!

In order to make the pipe, tiny beads of PVC are sent through an extrusion line that heats the beads of plastic and melts it into a malleable form which is then sent through a cooling bath. The PVC fibres are cooled and set together into a long thin string of solid PVC plastic.

Using a welding station, the string of PVC is spiralled, stretched and welded together to create a solid pipe. Different attachments make the pipe wider (up to 3 metres wide) and it can be produced and cut at the required length!

How can you re-purpose these items?

The pipe is usually used for sewage and water lines, dams, irrigation systems for the cotton farmers in WA and in the civil and infrastructure industries.

But with plastic, the sky is the limit! Why not stand the pipe up to make round planter beds or vegetable gardens?

Or make a playground out of big plastic pipes and small water tanks for the ultimate backyard fort for the kids!

We have even had enquiries from paintball and skirmish businesses wanting the pipe for obstacles and hideaways in their battleground!

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Matt Kalinski

Head Of Valuations

Qualifications & Affiliations

American Society of Appraisers Candidate Member

Certified Practicing Valuer AVAA


Matt has been in the valuations space for many years and has extensive experience in the space across an abundance of various industries. He now leads the valuations teams for Lloyds Auctions with a passion for encouraging his team to set and achieve high goals and produce great results for the company whilst growing the team’s skills starting with a great culture and team mindset.