Bio-PE Bottles

Braskem Makes a Breakthrough in German Bottling Industry

Braskem, America’s largest producer of thermoplastic resins in and the leading producer of biopolymers in the world has announced that it will provide Kautex Maschinenbau, headquartered at Bonn in Germany, one of the world’s leading companies in extrusion blow moulding technology with its innovative bioplastic I’m green™ Polyethylene and PCR for the production of three-layer HDPE bottles with foamed middle layer at K-2019 scheduled for later this year.

Instead of handing them out to the visitors and finally producing waste, the bottles will be handed over to Erema Group for recycling.

The result will be a bottle in which the processed virgin and PCR material will have a drastically reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint compared to conventional products. Erema, the Austrian company based in Ansfelden near Linz is well-known as a company that provides a reliable network for implementing tailor-made plastic recycling solutions for customers all over the world.

With this initiative, the three companies will demonstrate their respective responsibilities to participate in the circular economy by helping to achieve future goals with environmentally friendly solutions.

Kautex Maschinenbau has decided to process the Braskem material solution because of its various properties that include better processability, less odour development and as they could offer their PCR and renewable material in a more sustainable way than other conventional solutions. This is also in line with their commitment to the circular economy.

Andreas Lichtenauer. Managing Partner of Kautex Maschinenbau, explains, “We  regard  the  promotion  of  plastics  recycling  and  working  with  our partners  to  optimize  material  cycles  as  an  important  responsibility  of  our  company.” Kautex’s effort towards contributing to the success of the circular economy comes from the company’s understanding of their responsibility to promote the recycling of plastics and by working closely with partners to optimize material cycles. Development of the use of recycled materials plays an important role for the company.

It is important to note that Kautex Maschinenbau belongs to the world’s leading manufacturers of extrusion blow moulding machines. Their customers include major automobile manufacturers and suppliers as well as companies that work in the packaging industry. The machines from the company process thermoplastics that are completely recyclable.

The raw material which is used for the demo bottles is derived from sugarcane and the PCR material comes from already recycled material. By using Braskem’s technology, Kautex Maschinenbau is expected to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of those bottles and the use of fossil resources. For every one kilogram (kg) of I’m green™ Polyethylene used more than five kg of CO2 is saved. In addition, the material usage is reduced by the use of foam technology and thus an additional optimization of the CO2 footprint is achieved.

By joining forces with Erema, the loop will be fully closed as they will together showcase solutions for every single step within the plastics recycling process.

 

This includes recycling technologies along with software tools besides engineering and integration services for plastics recycling projects. Kautex Maschinenbau’s bottles made of Braskem’s material will be collected by Erema and fully recycled in order to avoid any waste to display the true objective of the circular economy.

The K-2019 will have an Erema Circonomic Centre, (a term composed of circular and economics refers to integrating recycling know-how into the plastics value chain providing both, economic and ecological benefits) where tangible lighthouse projects will be displayed. The recycling will be demonstrated in several live-performances, processing different plastic input material. In  total, more than 30 tons is expected to be recycled during K-2019,  including  HDPE-bottles produced by Kautex Maschinenbau.

According to Kautex’s exhibition motto ‘Creating Change Together,’ the German blow moulding machine manufacturer will collaborate with Braskem, the leading producer of biopolymers in the world, who strives with ‘Passion for Transforming’.

Erema, the global market leader in the development and production of plastics recycling machines offers its customers not only technologies and components but also consulting, engineering and planning services, as well as the expertise and dedication of its employees.  All of these are success factors contributing to the performance of the customers, which is why  Erema Group appears at  K-2019 under the motto ‘Seeds for your performance’.

K- 2019 is considered as world’s premier fair for the plastics and rubber industry and is scheduled between 16 October 2019 and 23 October 2019 at Messe Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf in Germany.

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