K 2022 in Düsseldorf
High demand for personal exchange, information and networking on a global scale +++ Guiding themes: circular economy, digitalisation and climate protection
Schütz Green Layer
As a pioneer of the circular economy in industrial packaging, Schütz has for decades been setting standards in the conservation of natural resources by saving, reusing and recycling materials and components. The company’s Plastic drums offer the highest quality, safety and performance – while at the same time providing a low operating weight. The IBCs, which are developed in-house and manufactured around the world, owe their leading global position to the highly efficient and environmentally friendly combination of reusable and disposable systems. In the new Schütz Green Layer versions, the eco-balance of both types of packaging has been taken to a new level. In the multi-layer extrusion process, the IBC inner bottles and drum bodies are produced with 40 per cent high-quality plastic recyclate. This material is generated by Schütz through its worldwide collection and reconditioning programme. Another key feature is that the IBCs of the Green Layer series also have UN approval.
Recyclable plastic packaging with barrier effect
The start-up company IonKraft has its roots at the IKV - Institute for Plastics Processing in Aachen, and transfers scientific findings on plasma coating to industrial production technology.
Ten years of PROVALIN®
Climate- and environmentally-friendly action and a conscious decision in favor of sustainable packaging are continuing to gain in importance as well as form decisive purchasing criteria. Environmentally-polluting manufacturing and disposal problems are to be minimized in the production of packaging materials and critical components which could migrate from them to food or other filled goods are to be eliminated. For decades now, Actega has been relying on sealant compounds which are free of PVC and plasticizers for beverage and food packaging: since the early 1980s for crown caps and aluminum seals, since 2006 for metal composite seals, 2011 for Twist-Off® seals, and 2016 for P/T seals. In the form of PROVALIN® and ACTGreen® PROVALIN®, the very first alternatives without PVC and phthalates for the last ones were launched onto the market which meet strongest EU guidelines and therefore guarantee a high degree of food safety. Today, PROVALIN® can look back on 10 years of its brand which, although it has had to evolve step by step, is now definitely characterized by success.
Environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic
The packaging is user friendly, the material kind to the environment, the machine powerful: the KHS Group’s Innopack Kisters CNP (Carton Nature Packer) processes can toppers made of cardboard at a rate of up to 108,000 cans per hour. With the help of its recently developed CNP machine, the turnkey supplier is now establishing a further sustainable form of secondary packaging on the market.
Plastics market turbulence
Turbulence on Europe’s polymer markets is hitting plastics processors in the region with full force. Sufficient quantities of granulate are unavailable and prices have risen significantly since the beginning of the year, with some approaching all-time highs.
New square carbon construction solutions Refitech
Refitech has expanded its range of smart square carbon fibre construction solutions. The RefiFLEX® programme now also includes the new 40x40 mm High Precision tube with a standard length of 1600mm, as well as the corresponding connectors RefiFLEX 40S. Further Refitech can now supply the construction system UD carbon fibre pultrusion profiles from its Italian partner CarboSix’ to the its customers in the Benelux. The profiles have integrated mounting slots allowing them to be screwed rather than glued together to form frames, using a variety of fixing materials.
Next level composite solutions
AMAC is pleased to announce its cooperation with the Netherlands-based engineering company Pontis Engineering, as of March 1st, 2021. This collaboration focuses on the business development of medium volume niche applications in e-mobility based on advanced composites. The applications range from the development of lightweight over structural battery housings to complete electric vehicles for road, industry, water and air transportation.
Many LED light sources have a problem to create uniform diffused light, resulting in brightness concentrations – so-called "hot spots" – on backlit surfaces. Light-diffusing (LD) masterbatches from Tosaf Color Service effectively prevent this undesirable phenomenon. In extensive laboratory trials, the micro-fillers it contains were optimized with regard to material, refractive index, transparency, geometry and dimensions. As a result, only very small amounts of masterbatch – namely 1-2 % – are needed to effectively scatter the light in originally transparent material, predominantly polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and polycarbonate (PC). At the same time, the light transmission and mechanical properties of the base material are largely retained. In addition to color-neutral grades, combinations with specific colorings and other functional properties such as UV stabilizers are available.
- Plastics market turbulence
- Masterbatches for optimised laser marking
- SIBUR starts manufacturing new PP grades
- Campetella Robotics Calling
- PACCOR CONTAINERS POST-CONSUMER PP
- Filter for Arburg mask
- Recycling is for the bin
- Interpack and components 2021 cancelled
- Global plastics revolution
- New chairman of the Supervisory Board of BASF SE