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Global bioplastics production defies challenges by showing significant increase

07.12.2022 At the 17th EUBP Conference, European Bioplastics presented a positive outlook for the global bioplastics industry. After a stagnation of the overall plastics production in 2020, mainly due to challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is now a new momentum for global bioplastics production.

RecyClass approval for mechanical recycling in European markets

06.12.2022 Two Dow (Midland, Michigan) adhesive systems commonly used for a broad range of polyethylene (PE) film packaging applications have been approved as compatible for mechanical recycling following a rigorous scientific evaluation by the non-profit, cross-industry initiative RecyClass.

Silver medal from EcoVadis for sustainability strategy

29.11.2022 The rating agency EcoVadis has awarded Optima's (Schwäbisch-Hall, Germany) central sustainability strategy "We care for tomorrow" the silver medal. The group of companies is thus among the best 25 percent of the companies assessed by EcoVadis.
FINAT Sustainability Awards 2022

Converters take the lead

24.11.2022 The 2022 FINAT Sustainability Award recognises the efforts of the self-adhesive label industry to increase sustainability. This year five initiatives were entered in the competition, covering innovative paper-based labels, renewable energy generation, decorations optimised for environmental impact, and compostable flexible packaging.

Innovations inspired by nature

15.11.2022 Sappi, a leading global provider of everyday materials made from renewable woodfibre-based resources, has attended The Greener Manufacturing Show and the Plastic Waste Free World Conference in Cologne on 9 and 10 November 2022. The show and conference brought together more than 150 exhibitors and over 3000 international brand owners and manufacturers from many industries who are intent on enhancing their sustainability credentials and reducing the impact of their operations on the environment.
SKZ and Fraunhofer IFAM

Improving the surface quality of recycled components by means of plasma coating

08.11.2022 In a joint research project, the German Plastics Center SKZ in Würzburg and Fraunhofer IFAM are investigating the possibilities for improving the surface properties of recycled plastics with regard to adhesive applications. Activation and coating processes with atmospheric pressure plasma serve as the means of choice for this.
Rosenberger OSI

Switch to bio-based and biodegradable packaging

18.10.2022 Rosenberger Optical Solutions & Infrastructure (Rosenberger OSI), expert in fibre-based connectivity, cabling solutions and infrastructure services, announces that its in-house plastic packaging for patch cords will be converted to bio-based and biodegradable polymers in the coming year.
Mitsubishi HiTec Paper and SN Maschinenbau

Cooperation in flexible paper packaging

30.08.2022 In the field of flexible packaging for food and non-food, sustainable solutions are particularly in demand. The speciality paper manufacturer Mitsubishi HiTec Paper (Bielefeld, Germany) and the expert for pouch packaging machines SN Maschinenbau (Wipperfürth, Germany) are now joining forces to offer safe and at the same time environmentally friendly packaging solutions made of paper.
Polymer Group and Fraunhofer IAP

Production plant for novel bioplastics starts operation

28.07.2022 The Polymer Group has established another subsidiary, SoBiCo GmbH (Solutions in BioCompounds). The focus of activities is on flexible PLA copolymers, a novel class of bioplastics marketed under the name Plactid.

CEFLEX project task team develops mono-material duplex laminated pouches using PP recyclates

15.07.2022 The CEFLEX initiative brings together more than 180 European companies, associations and organisations that represent the entire value chain of flexible packaging. To help boost recycling rates and expand sustainable end markets, a team of CEFLEX stakeholders developed a quality recycling process (QRP).

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