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Sustainability

  • Clariant makes black plastic packaging ‘visible’

     

     

    Clariant makes black plastic packaging ‘visible’

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    New Clariant CESA-IR additive masterbatches are now available to make dark plastics visible to the NIR sensors used in automated polymer sorting systems.

    While many companies use black packaging to brand products, the problems it poses in recycling systems has led to calls for black to be phased out. The new masterbatches help to resolve that issue and allows increased recycling rates in Europe and elsewhere.

    The new product range is part of a ‘Design for Recycling’ programme at Clariant. Recognising that recycling is the foundation of a Circular Economy, Clariant Masterbatches and its Packaging Market group, is mobilising resources across the value chain to ensure that an ever-higher percentage of plastic packaging is recycled.

    NIR sensors can discriminate between HDPE, LDPE, PP, PE and various other commonly used polymers in today’s packaging. Unfortunately, the carbon black pigments typically used to make black plastics absorb all or most of the NIR light. As a result, the sorting sensors cannot ‘see’ the black packaging, much less sort one polymer from another.

    Alessandro Dulli, Clariant Masterbatches Global Head of Packaging, said: “As a result of this phenomenon, much of the dark-coloured materials entering the recycling stream have not been recovered. For that reason, many brand owners have been pressured to move away from black for environmental reasons. In close collaboration with these brand companies, and as a leader in sortation technology, Clariant has developed a way to achieve a persuasive black colour in plastics without compromising the essential detectability during recycling process."

    Specific CESA-IR formulations have been developed to enable IR-detectability of black HDPE and LDPE in injection and extrusion blow moulded products; black polypropylene in films and injection moulded products; and black PET and C-PET in sheets and film.

    In testing conducted by Tomra Systems ASA, PP containing carbon black was essentially indistinguishable under NIR radiation from background surfaces such as a conveyor belt.

    However, the same material made using another system including CESA-IR additive masterbatches was readily detectable, with reflectivity levels approaching those of uncoloured PP.

    Clariant’s leaders and partners will attend the ‘Symphony of Collaboration’ K 2019 media event on 17 October at Booth 8A J11.

  • Davis-Standard and Maillefer bring new technology to K 2019

     

     

     

    Davis-Standard and Maillefer bring new technology to K 2019

      polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    Davis-Standard and Maillefer will showcase a range of new extrusion and converting technology at  K 2019 from Hall 16, booth A43,16-23 October.

    Highlighting the ways Davis-Standard, Maillefer, Brampton Engineering and Thermoforming Systems LLC (TSL) deliver technology, value and market expertise to customers, Davis-Standard’s support of a circular economy in terms of sustainable processing practices, waste reduction and alternative polymer use will be at the fore.

    Davis-Standard President and CEO Jim Murphy said: “The K show is always a tremendous opportunity to connect with our global customer base. Our exhibit will highlight an excellent cross-section of technology at our booth. We will also share progress on our product lines and continual efforts to improve customer service responsiveness. K 2019 will also mark the second anniversary of our acquisition of Maillefer. This partnership has significantly broadened Davis-Standard’s reach and capabilities throughout Europe and the MEA regions.”

    Alongside sustainability and circular economy, Davis-Standard’s K 2019 highlights will include DS Activ-Check, a smart technology system that enables real-time predictive maintenance; Bluebox, Maillefer’s Industry 4.0 data strategy developed for high-speed acquisition and storage; Elastomer developments including silicone technology and elastomer capabilities for automotive applications; Profile capabilities for pipe, tubing, wire and cable; and a new extrusion die for coating applications, amongst other areas of interest.

    Davis-Standard offers multiple services to support product line performance, including a full range of spare parts, feasibility studies, resin changes and product developments.

  • Gabriel-Chemie Group counts down to K 2019

     

    Gabriel-Chemie Group counts down to K 2019

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    Just a few weeks remain until major players in the plastics industry come together at the world‘s largest plastics exhibition in Düsseldorf.

    The Gabriel-Chemie Group will once again be in Hall 5, Booth B40 with a new booth design and numerous innovative solutions and product demonstrations. The main topics will focus on digitalisation and sustainability .

    Launched at Fakuma 2018, the custom-developed platform ‘Master of Batch’ product sector of Gabriel-Chemie was penetrated by the digital and networked world. The Smart Search Tool launched last year with ‘Master of Colours’ will be complemented this year with the extension ‘Master of Additives’.

    More disruptive developments

    A product line that enables information to be generated in plastics in a way that ensures material definitions and the identification of all individual parts, the Taggant Technology Series (TagTec) provides plastic parts with an individual DNA signature. This combination is useful for all stages of a product cycle from production to distribution. The product authentication and any security concerns are ensured by appropriate markers or ‘taggants’.

    An overview of the basic functionality of the TagTecseries and a selection of different application options will be presented alongside partners ALPLA and Wittmann Battenfeld in Hall 15, Booth C06.

    An integral part of the Gabriel-Chemie autumn presentations is the colour concept ‘Colour Vision No. 20’.The topics focus on Sustainability and Spirituality – both of which are more present than ever and unite the promotion of actual principles of responsible use, as well as the considerate handling of resources.The associated colours and materials of the Colour Vision Sustainability range follow these principles and showcase dry colour and surface impressions, which were realised on the basis of PCR and PIR polymers.

    New additives have been used that enable detectability in the recycling stream. The colour spectrum of the Spirituality Colour Vision ranges from an intense and vibrant red to a marble effect elaboration in blue.

    Detectability in the recycling stream refers to a professional solution for near-infrared-detectable and sortable thermoplastic masterbatch colours. The masterbatch is made using special pigment formulations that enable the correspondent sorting and recycling. Food contact approved and laser markable, the masterbatch can be extruded, blown or moulded. Interested visitors will acquire detailed information and can convince themselves of the application functionality.

    A laser additive masterbatch enables the contact-free, permanent marking, labelling and decoration of plastic parts without ink or solvents. A marking can be made on soft, coarse, stepped and curved surfaces and is abrasion-, chemical- and lightfast-resistant.

    Laser additive masterbatch enables customised designs and personalised markings. Perfectly suited to complex and rapidly changing layouts, this makes it the most sustainable alternative to all conventional customisation methods.

    Therefore Gabriel-Chemie continues to build on its close co-operation with beLaser and will demonstrate the partnership at K in the form of a separate laser area.

    Sustainability Strategy

    As a second-generation owner-managed family business, Gabriel-Chemie is one of Europe’s leading masterbatch producers after almost 70 years. A long-term and sustainable strategy is therefore a priority that focuses on delivering high quality and innovation.

    Sustainability has been a strong focus for Gabriel-Chemie. Responsibility and awareness pave the way for the group into the future, with upcoming generations adding their voices to the drive for sustainability.

    In addition to the NIR-detectable product range, group-wide initiatives include PCR masterbatches, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), awareness, circular economy and recycling, brand identity and personality.

  • New compounds extend applications for bio-based thermoplastics

     

     

    New compounds extend applications for bio-based thermoplastics

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

     

     FKuR will be showcasing its expanded portfolio of bio-based thermoplastics for a growing range of applications including packaging, consumer products, sporting goods and technical parts at K 2019.

    Current additions to the portfolio include two glass-reinforced grades within the Bio-Flex and Terralene product family, both with high rigidity, and three Terraprene TPE grades, one of which is characterised by its high bio-content, while the other two are oil-free. 

    Carmen Michels, Member of the Executive Board of FKuR, said: "At K 2019 we present ourselves as one of the suppliers with the world's broadest portfolios of biodegradable and bio-based plastics, for all processing methods from injection moulding, profile and film extrusion, blow moulding and thermoforming, right through to 3D printing.

    “The addition of glass fibre-reinforced bioplastics and oil-free and bio-based TPE grades to our portfolio now opens up additional market segments for these sustainable materials, especially in the broad range of technical applications.”

    Visitors to the FKuR booth are promised a wealth of information about biopolymers and their applications, and a 350ml reusable cup filled with freshly brewed coffee, for which dom Polymer-Technik uses plastics from the FKuR portfolio.

    The cup and its lid are made from bio-based PE compound Terralene HD 4527, and the cover flap is made fropm bio-based Green HDPE SHA 7260 from ‘I'm green’ PE grades from Braskem. The cuff is made from Terraprene SI 601, a grade of partially bio-based TPE compounds from FKuR.

    This practical giveaway demonstrates how disposables can be replaced with reusable products, and how their advantages can be further enhanced by the choice of sustainable materials.

  • Solvay spotlights sustainable mobility and resource efficiency at K 2019

     

     

      polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    At k 2019 Solvay will reveal developments in thermoplastic composites, a lightweighting material that enhances the group’s sustainable mobility objectives and enables resource-efficient solutions for customers in aerospace, automotive, and oil and gas.

  • Starlinger has circularity in the bag

     

    Starlinger has circularity in the bag

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    At K 2019, Starlinger & Co. Gmbh is presenting a closed loop system for big bags made from woven polypropylene . The sustainable concept ‘circular packaging’ will be Starlinger’s main theme at K 2019 as well as at the Starlinger Open House in Weissenbach, Austria.

    Worldwide, more than 380 million four-loop big bags are sold every year, which equates to an annual recycling potential of around 800,000 tonnes of material.

    Starlinger will be introducing K show visitors to an elaborate concept for a closed loop for big bags. A closed loop has the advantage that production occurs within a quality assurance system, and the materials used are documented in a ‘material passport’. In co-operation with Louis Blockx and LC Packaging, Starlinger has simulated this loop and produced new big bags from fabric with high rPP content.

    Samples are available at K show and prove that Starlinger rPP big bags show the same quality as big bags made from virgin material in terms of tensile strength, weight, and safety.

  • Vecoplan bringing efficient solutions to K

     

     

    Vecoplan bringing efficient solutions to K

      polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    In Hall 9, Booth B59, Vecoplan AG will be exhibiting machines and systems that shred, convey and process primary and secondary raw materials. Visitors will be able to get their first glimpse of a highly efficient shredder equipped with a flexible drive concept.

    One of the key challenges facing today’s world is to maintain an environment worth living in for future generations. However, a future without plastics is barely conceivable and the downsides are visible everywhere – for example, in the form of uncollected waste that pollutes the land and the seas.

    This can be prevented by means of correctly functioning recycling management. The demands on recycling activities are very exacting. The purer the material, the more easily it can be processed and used to produce new high-quality products.Thanks to its solutions, Vecoplan AG is part of this value chain and has been a successful, reliable partner to the recycling industry for many years. These solutions can be perfectly adapted to the technical characteristics of plastic and the downstream recycling process. They meet the high demands in terms of availability and profitability.

    At K 2019, Vecoplan will be demonstrating a further milestone in mechanical processing to industry specialists in the form of a single-stage shredder from its new VIZ series (Vecoplan Infinity Shredders). The machine has been designed in such a way that, depending on the requirements, it can be equipped either with the high-torque, quick-start HiTorc drive from the proven VAZ or with the ESC, Vecoplan’s frequency-controlled, belt-type direct drive.

    Both systems are patented and impress through their great energy efficiency. Visitors to the K will be able to find out more detailed information.

    Vecoplan offers solutions for mechanical and chemical processing. The mechanical engineering company is thus represented at the VDMA Circular Economy Forum in Düsseldorf. ‘Plastic-to-fuel’ systems convert different types of waste plastic into diesel or petroleum fuel, for example.

    Vecoplan provides the high-performance shredding technology required by these systems in order to process the input material appropriately.

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