Recykling nabiera prędkości
Rozmowa z Manfredem Hacklem, CEO EREMA Group. Wywiad ukazał się w grudniowym wydaniu magazynu Plastics Review.
KEYCYCLE, a subsidiary of the EREMA Group
The Spanish company Cadel Deinking has been working on the removal of printing inks from plastic surfaces since 2014 and has developed an innovative process for this purpose. In combination with EREMA recycling technology, this ink removal process has already proven its suitability for real-life applications involving the recycling of printed inhouse and post-industrial film waste. This represents a milestone in safely feeding recycled pellets made from originally printed film back into the production process. The EREMA Group with its subsidiary KEYCYCLE is now intensifying its cooperation with Cadel Deinking to drive this development forward technologically and form a product that meets industrial standards.
Demand for EREMA PET recycling
The recycling of PET bottles has gained worldwide acceptance over the past 20 years and has become a model for the circular economy in plastics. This development has been driven forward by EREMA's bottle-to-bottle innovations. The Austrian recycling machine manufacturer has set new standards in this respect time and again, particularly with their VACUREMA® technology, which is the heart of the new VACUNITE® process. As a result, PET bottles with a high recyclate content - a feature indicated clearly on the label - are now an increasingly common sight on shop shelves. The demand for EREMA's innovative PET recycling technologies is growing worldwide across the entire PET segment.
Innovative solutions for a circular economy
PrintCYC is a value chain initiative for the recyling of printed films. Current members are the machine suppliers Brückner Maschinenbau, Kiefel and PackSys Global, the CPP film specialist Profol, the ink manufacturer hubergroup, the converter Constantia Flexibles as well as the recycling technology specialist Erema. The initiative is coordinated by Annett Kaeding-Koppers as independent packaging and sustainability consultant. The project group has achieved remarkable results regarding the recycling of printed plastic films and processing of recyclate. The need for circular economy solutions for plastic packaging requires the packaging industry to take an active role in ensuring circularity starting from design, following the entire life cycle. Project members joined forces to research and test new ways for creating circular economy solutions based on post-industrial waste from printed plastic films in the most cost-effective manner. Deinking technology was not considered within this project.
Rapid purchase processing
It does not always have to be new. Previously owned plastics recycling technology made by EREMA can also be used to produce stable, top-quality recycled pellets for high-quality new end products. This is proven by UMAC, a subsidiary of the EREMA Group, which specialises in trading used recycling plants and components. Since the company's founding in 2016, it has sold than 60 machines and components. One of them was recently delivered to Avangard Innovative's Natura PCR recycling plant in Texas (USA).
EREMA looks back on a successful financial year
The financial year 2019/20, which ended on 31 March, marks a special milestone in EREMA's corporate history. For the first time the group of companies generated a consolidated total turnover of more than EUR 200 million and, with its recycling technologies and professional services, impressively underlined its position as a technology leader and driving force in the implementation of a circular economy for plastics. Then along came the Corona pandemic and the impact it made on our private lives and the economy. Within a very short period of time, EREMA implemented numerous measures to protect the health of employees, to continue business operations and to continue to meet the needs of customers as best they could. As Manfred Hackl, CEO EREMA Group GmbH says, "We are proud of our achievements in the past financial year and how we have handled the special challenges presented by the corona pandemic so far."
Responsibility with plastics recycling
At this year's Propak East Africa in Nairobi from 17 to 19 March, visitors to the shared trade fair stand (D9 in the Tsavo Hall) can find out how the recycling company Mr. Green Africa combines social responsibility with the highest specification technology and cost effectiveness. Since the beginning of the year a brand new INTAREMA® 1108 TVEplus® RegrindPro® with laser filter has been processing industrial and household waste plastic to produce recyclate at the company's plant in Nairobi. Trade fair visitors are invited to take part in Mr. Green Africa's plant tours on 18 and 25 March to see for themselves the recycling quality live in action.
EREMA launches new digital assistance systems and the BluPort customer platform
The plastics industry is currently facing two major challenges: the circular economy and digitalisation. EREMA is convinced that digitalisation in plastics recycling is an important pacemaker on the way to implementing a circular economy. The plastics recycling machine manufacturer is promoting this drive in the industry and at K 2019 will be presenting smart technologies and its new BluPort customer platform, where existing and new digital assistance systems will be brought together in future.