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08.12.2022

Fraunhofer CCPE Summit 2023 für eine zirkuläre Kunststoffwirtschaft

Unter dem Motto »Get into the loop« trifft sich am 8. und 9. Februar 2023 beim Fraunhofer CCPE Summit erstmalig eine internationale Circular Economy Gemeinschaft unter der Leitung von UMSICHT-Institutsleiter Prof. Manfred Renner in München. Es ist der Startschuss für ein internationales Forum, das den Austausch von Lösungsideen und Innovationen für eine zirkuläre Kunststoffwirtschaft fördert. Sechs Fraunhofer-Institute widmen sich seit rund vier Jahre im Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE der Frage, wie die Wertschöpfungskette von Kunststoff zirkulär gestaltet werden kann.

Unter dem Motto »Get into the loop« trifft sich am 8. und 9. Februar 2023 beim Fraunhofer CCPE Summit erstmalig eine internationale Circular Economy Gemeinschaft unter der Leitung von UMSICHT-Institutsleiter Prof. Manfred Renner in München. Es ist der Startschuss für ein internationales Forum, das den Austausch von Lösungsideen und Innovationen für eine zirkuläre Kunststoffwirtschaft fördert. Sechs Fraunhofer-Institute widmen sich seit rund vier Jahre im Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE der Frage, wie die Wertschöpfungskette von Kunststoff zirkulär gestaltet werden kann.

350 Millionen Tonnen Kunststoff werden weltweit in einem Jahr produziert. Damit dadurch nicht auch gleichzeitig 350 Millionen Tonnen Müll entstehen, kann eine Kreislaufwirtschaft diese Kunststoffe im Kreis führen und so Ressourcen und Umwelt schonen. Dieser Wandel zu einer zirkulären Kunststoffwirtschaft benötigt systemische, technische und soziale Innovationen. Zwei Tage lang stellen internationale Expertinnen und Experten sowie die Forschenden der sechs Mitgliedsinstitute im Munich Marriot Hotel in München dazu Strategien, Forschungsergebnisse und Umsetzungsprojekte vor. Das Ziel dabei: Den Wandel zu einer zirkulären Kunststoffwirtschaft mit Präsentation und internationalen Diskussionen beschleunigen.

(c) AVK
02.12.2022

AVK awards Innovation Prices

AVK, the Federation of Reinforced Plastics, has once again awarded its Innovation Awards to a range of companies, institutes and their partners in 2022. Three innovative composites from each of the three categories Products & Applications, Processes & Methods and Research & Science were honoured during the JEC Forum for Germany, Austria and Switzerland in Augsburg at an award ceremony on 29 November 2022. A professional jury, composed of engineers, scientists and trade journalists, presented the awards for 2022 in three categories.

List of award winners in the three categories:
Products & Applications category

First place: LAMILUX Composites GmbH, Rehau, Germany: Lamilux Sunsation® – the new standard under the sun
Second place: Carbo-Link AG, Fehraltorf, Switzerland: CL RESTRAP – Reinforcement of concrete girders using flexible, prestressed CRP tapes
Third place: Borgers SE & Co. KGaA, Bocholt, Germany: blue label by Borgers ®

AVK, the Federation of Reinforced Plastics, has once again awarded its Innovation Awards to a range of companies, institutes and their partners in 2022. Three innovative composites from each of the three categories Products & Applications, Processes & Methods and Research & Science were honoured during the JEC Forum for Germany, Austria and Switzerland in Augsburg at an award ceremony on 29 November 2022. A professional jury, composed of engineers, scientists and trade journalists, presented the awards for 2022 in three categories.

List of award winners in the three categories:
Products & Applications category

First place: LAMILUX Composites GmbH, Rehau, Germany: Lamilux Sunsation® – the new standard under the sun
Second place: Carbo-Link AG, Fehraltorf, Switzerland: CL RESTRAP – Reinforcement of concrete girders using flexible, prestressed CRP tapes
Third place: Borgers SE & Co. KGaA, Bocholt, Germany: blue label by Borgers ®

Innovative Processes & Methods category
First place: BaltiCo GmbH, Hohen Luckow, Germany: Rod laying technology as an additive manufacturing process
Second place: Schmidt & Heinzmann GmbH & Co. KG, Bruchsal, Germany: Pole Position, a positioning system for polarisation imaging
Third place: NETZSCH Process Intelligence GmbH, Selb, Germany: SensXPERT, process optimisation driven by material data to increase the efficiency of thermosets and fibre composites

Research & Science category
First place: Institute for Textile Machinery and High Performance Textiles at the Technical University of Dresden: Spherically curved fibre-reinforced plastic composite components made from near-net-shape fabrics
Second place: Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany: HyKoPerm – a measurement system for an industry-specific characterisation of textile impregnation behaviour
Third place: Technical University of Munich, Chair of Carbon Composites: Manufacturing processes for a tension-strut-supported pressure vessel that can be adapted to suit a given space

Source:

AVK – Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V.

(c) Zünd Systemtechnik AG
25.10.2022

Zünd: Heat Sealing Module – HSM receives composites industry award

At the recent CAMX 2022 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo in Anaheim, California, The Heat Sealing Module – HSM from Zünd was recognized with an Unsurpassed Innovation Award. The HSM significantly facilitates the processing and handling of dry fiber materials with thermoplastic content. This new tool is Zünd’s answer to a demand in the composites industry for wider-spread use and easier processing of these types of materials.

The American Composites Manufacturing Association, ACMA, proclaimed the Heat Sealing Module – HSM the winner of the ACE Award for Unsurpassed Innovation in the “Manufacturing: Equipment and Tooling” category. This award is presented annually to equipment, tooling, a production aid, or software designed to improve manufacturing production, environmental sustainability, or product quality and performance in composites manufacturing.

At the recent CAMX 2022 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo in Anaheim, California, The Heat Sealing Module – HSM from Zünd was recognized with an Unsurpassed Innovation Award. The HSM significantly facilitates the processing and handling of dry fiber materials with thermoplastic content. This new tool is Zünd’s answer to a demand in the composites industry for wider-spread use and easier processing of these types of materials.

The American Composites Manufacturing Association, ACMA, proclaimed the Heat Sealing Module – HSM the winner of the ACE Award for Unsurpassed Innovation in the “Manufacturing: Equipment and Tooling” category. This award is presented annually to equipment, tooling, a production aid, or software designed to improve manufacturing production, environmental sustainability, or product quality and performance in composites manufacturing.

During processing, dry fiber materials are prone to fraying along the edges. Using hot air, the HSM seals the fabric along the cut path in advance of the Zünd Power Rotary Tool – PRT cutting it. Because of this sealing process, the cut can then be performed at full speed, in any direction, and produces both higher-quality parts and greater production efficiencies.

The HSM helps create clean, sealed edges when cutting fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites. It benefits not only the cutting process itself, but other production processes downstream. Cutting this way leaves behind no loose or uncut fibers and maintains a clean cutting surface and uncontaminated production environment. At the same time, it ensures that cut parts maintain their shape, and this increased stability makes them much easier to handle, especially in fully automated production workflows.

Source:

Zünd Systemtechnik AG

Photo: EREMA
21.10.2022

EREMA: Circular economy for PET fibres

The textile industry is the third largest consumer of plastics. While growth rates in the production of fibres and textiles are high, the circular economy has hardly become established in this segment. The EREMA Group is now intensifying development of recycling solutions for this application with their new fibres and textiles business unit. Currently, the focus is on PET fibre materials from fibre production and subsequent processing steps. Technologies for recycling mixed fibre textiles from textile collection sources are to follow in a follow-up project phase.

The textile industry is the third largest consumer of plastics. While growth rates in the production of fibres and textiles are high, the circular economy has hardly become established in this segment. The EREMA Group is now intensifying development of recycling solutions for this application with their new fibres and textiles business unit. Currently, the focus is on PET fibre materials from fibre production and subsequent processing steps. Technologies for recycling mixed fibre textiles from textile collection sources are to follow in a follow-up project phase.

"With EREMA's VACUREMA® and INTAREMA® technology and PURE LOOP's ISEC evo technology, our company group already has an extensive range of machines for fibre and PET recycling applications. For ecologically and economically sound recycling, however, new technological solutions are needed to use the recycled fibres in higher-value end applications and to achieve a functioning circular economy," explains Wolfgang Hermann, Business Development Manager Application Fibres & Textiles, EREMA Group GmbH. The initial focus will be on PET, regarded as a key material for the production of synthetic fibres. The aim is to find recycling solutions that allow PET fibre materials to be prepared for reuse in PET fibre production processes. This is a significant step for the circular economy because PET fibres in textiles account for about two-thirds of the total volume of PET.

In this development work, the EREMA Group can build on existing know-how. Proven recycling technologies have been combined with a new IV optimiser. "This extends the residence time of the PET melt, which is particularly necessary in fibre recycling to efficiently remove spinning oils. Our recycling process also increases the IV value of the PET melt after extrusion back to the specific level that is essential for production of the fibre," explains Hermann. Waste PET fibre from production processes can therefore be further processed into rPET filament fibre, carpet yarn and staple fibre.

Fibre test centre with plant to test customers' materials
In order to accelerate development work, EREMA opened its own fibre test centre a few months ago, where a cross-company team is working on recycling solutions for fibre-to-fibre applications.

Source:

EREMA Gruppe

(c) Borealis
08.09.2022

Borealis and Trexel develop fully recyclable lightweight bottle

  • Monomaterial solution contains renewably-sourced polypropylene from the Bornewables™ portfolio of circular polyolefins
  • Trexel employs its proprietary MuCell® technology to deliver a range of lightweighting benefits
  • EverMinds™ in action: reuse and design for recycling are focus of value chain collaboration

Borealis and Trexel, an expert in foaming injection and blow moulded parts, announce that they have co-developed a new plastic bottle based on a grade from the Bornewables™ portfolio of polyolefins made using renewable feedstocks derived 100% from waste and residue streams. The lightweight bottle – which will be showcased at the Borealis stand at the K 2022 (from 19 to 26 October 2022 in Düsseldorf) – is reusable and fully recyclable. It boasts a significantly lower overall CO2 footprint because it is composed of renewably-sourced feedstock and produced in the foaming process.

  • Monomaterial solution contains renewably-sourced polypropylene from the Bornewables™ portfolio of circular polyolefins
  • Trexel employs its proprietary MuCell® technology to deliver a range of lightweighting benefits
  • EverMinds™ in action: reuse and design for recycling are focus of value chain collaboration

Borealis and Trexel, an expert in foaming injection and blow moulded parts, announce that they have co-developed a new plastic bottle based on a grade from the Bornewables™ portfolio of polyolefins made using renewable feedstocks derived 100% from waste and residue streams. The lightweight bottle – which will be showcased at the Borealis stand at the K 2022 (from 19 to 26 October 2022 in Düsseldorf) – is reusable and fully recyclable. It boasts a significantly lower overall CO2 footprint because it is composed of renewably-sourced feedstock and produced in the foaming process.

The Bornewables™ portfolio of circular polyolefins helps reduce the carbon footprint while offering material performance equal to virgin polymers. Using Bornewables grades allows for design freedom and colour flexibility, and helps retain a premium look and feel. The grades – which are commercially available in Europe – help conserve natural resources because they are derived solely from waste and residue streams, for example from used cooking oil. Reusing waste already in circulation instead of fossil fuel-based feedstocks enhances the sustainability of applications made using the Bornewables grades.

The reusable new bottle developed by Borealis and Trexel retains its value over many life cycles thanks to the use of Trexel’s proprietary technology in tandem with Bornewables grades; as a material solution, the new bottle minimises the use of valuable raw materials. Moreover, converters consume less energy in the production process when using the MuCell® technology. The bottle thus helps close the loop on plastics circularity by way of design for recycling, the use of renewable feedstocks, and excellent material performance across multiple life cycles.

Source:

Borealis

22.06.2022

EREMA: POWERFIL presents new laserfilter

POWERFIL, a business unit of recycling machine manufacturer EREMA GmbH, presents its 2/406 laserfilter.

"For applications with a focus on melt quality and filtration fineness, this increase in screen area ensures lower pressure and temperature at the same throughput rate, allowing even finer screens to be used for even better results in quality-intensive plastics applications," explains Robert Obermayr, Head of Business Unit POWERFIL, EREMA GmbH. If the throughput capacity of the recycling plant needs to be increased, a significantly higher rate of plastic melt can be filtered while maintaining the other parameters thanks to the larger surface area of the screen. Up to 9,000 kilogrammes of melt can be filtered per hour with the Quattro version of the new LF 406 laserfilter.

POWERFIL, a business unit of recycling machine manufacturer EREMA GmbH, presents its 2/406 laserfilter.

"For applications with a focus on melt quality and filtration fineness, this increase in screen area ensures lower pressure and temperature at the same throughput rate, allowing even finer screens to be used for even better results in quality-intensive plastics applications," explains Robert Obermayr, Head of Business Unit POWERFIL, EREMA GmbH. If the throughput capacity of the recycling plant needs to be increased, a significantly higher rate of plastic melt can be filtered while maintaining the other parameters thanks to the larger surface area of the screen. Up to 9,000 kilogrammes of melt can be filtered per hour with the Quattro version of the new LF 406 laserfilter.

"Plastic recycling has become a must-have, even for input streams with higher levels of contamination. Efficient filtration systems are therefore indispensable for achieving the specified melt quality using existing extrusion systems," says Obermayr. That is why POWERFIL also offers the proven EREMA melt filters as individual components for existing EREMA machines and third-party extrusion systems. The product range includes the SW RTF partial area backflush system and the laserfilter. The range is aimed at manufacturers as well as recyclers, because the high-performance filters can be used to process post consumer plastics as well as post industrial films with paper labels and clean PET material. Both types of filter are particularly easy to integrate into an existing recycling plant and both are available in numerous sizes and variations. Whether the customer uses the robust backflush filter or the continuous high-performance laserfilter depends on the throughput and level of contamination of the material. The Laserfilter is ideal for heavy contamination. It handles impurity levels up to 5 percent and filtration as fine as 70 μm while continuously cleaning the screen with a scraper.

POWERFIL will also present the new 2/406 laserfilter and the full range of filters at the K 2022 trade fair stand for the EREMA Group.

More information:
EREMA Recycling plastics
Source:

EREMA Group GmbH

20.06.2022

Reifenhäuser with solutions for films and nonwovens at K 2022

The Reifenhäuser Group will be represented with four booths at the world's leading trade fair for plastics processing, K 2022, from October 19 to 26. Under this year's Reifenhäuser motto "The Time is Now", the extrusion specialists will show producers of films and nonwovens solutions for the three major topics of the industry: sustainability, digitalization and productivity.

The main booth showcases the Reifenhäuser Blown Film, Cast Sheet Coating and Reicofil business units. With the help of machine exhibits, visual presentations and concrete solutions for end products, visitors will learn, among other things, how they can manufacture fully recyclable products economically, process recyclates safely, increase their output and network the entire production without becoming dependent on systems, specialists or manufacturers. To ensure smooth production even after purchase, Reifenhäuser Service shows how customers can get the best out of their Reifenhäuser products and increase their productivity with rework solutions, modifications, training programs and digital services.

The Reifenhäuser Group will be represented with four booths at the world's leading trade fair for plastics processing, K 2022, from October 19 to 26. Under this year's Reifenhäuser motto "The Time is Now", the extrusion specialists will show producers of films and nonwovens solutions for the three major topics of the industry: sustainability, digitalization and productivity.

The main booth showcases the Reifenhäuser Blown Film, Cast Sheet Coating and Reicofil business units. With the help of machine exhibits, visual presentations and concrete solutions for end products, visitors will learn, among other things, how they can manufacture fully recyclable products economically, process recyclates safely, increase their output and network the entire production without becoming dependent on systems, specialists or manufacturers. To ensure smooth production even after purchase, Reifenhäuser Service shows how customers can get the best out of their Reifenhäuser products and increase their productivity with rework solutions, modifications, training programs and digital services.

The component specialists of the Reifenhäuser Extrusion Systems business unit will additionally present their portfolio at two other exhibition booths. Here, everything revolves around screws, barrels and extruders - and why, especially for processing recycled material, high-performance wear protection is essential for reliability and high economic efficiency. Reifenhäuser Extrusion Systems will also showcase its innovations for flat dies and coextrusion blocks and their coordinated interaction for maximum productivity.

In addition to its own booths, Reifenhäuser will also be present as a partner of the R-Cycle initiative as part of a joint pavilion on the open-air site in the so-called Circular Economy Forum. R-Cycle is a cooperation project of various technology companies and organizations along the entire life cycle of plastic packaging.

Aanother highlight for visitors to the Reifenhäuser trade fair booths is the opportunity to additionally participate in the in-house exhibition on October 20, 21 and 24 at the Reifenhäuser Technology Center.

Source:

Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik

(c) DOMO Chemicals
12.05.2022

DOMO stellt neue Materialdatenbank für Spritzgusssimulationen vor

  • DOMOs neuer Service deckt das globale Produktportfolio von Werkstoffen für den Spritzguss ab.
  • DOMO Engineered Materials ermöglicht den direkten Zugriff auf die stets aktuelle Materialdatenbank für Spritzgusssimulationen, sodass Kunden jederzeit die aktuellsten, umfangreichsten und validierten TECHNYL®-Werkstoffdaten einsehen können.
  • Dieser neue Service für schnellere Projektentwicklungszeiten wird am 12. Mai 2022 freigeschaltet.

Bisher mussten Anwender, die die neuesten Datenbanken für Spritzgussanwendungen von den jeweiligen Anbietern erhalten wollten, auf ein Update der Simulationssoftware warten. Von der Verfügbarkeit neuer Materialien bis zur Aktualisierung der öffentlichen Datenbanken verging beträchtliche Zeit – mitunter mehr als ein Jahr. Darüber hinaus mussten sich Anwender regelmäßig an verschiedene Kontakte wenden, um von Materialanbietern Auskünfte über die neuesten verfügbaren Ressourcen einzuholen.

  • DOMOs neuer Service deckt das globale Produktportfolio von Werkstoffen für den Spritzguss ab.
  • DOMO Engineered Materials ermöglicht den direkten Zugriff auf die stets aktuelle Materialdatenbank für Spritzgusssimulationen, sodass Kunden jederzeit die aktuellsten, umfangreichsten und validierten TECHNYL®-Werkstoffdaten einsehen können.
  • Dieser neue Service für schnellere Projektentwicklungszeiten wird am 12. Mai 2022 freigeschaltet.

Bisher mussten Anwender, die die neuesten Datenbanken für Spritzgussanwendungen von den jeweiligen Anbietern erhalten wollten, auf ein Update der Simulationssoftware warten. Von der Verfügbarkeit neuer Materialien bis zur Aktualisierung der öffentlichen Datenbanken verging beträchtliche Zeit – mitunter mehr als ein Jahr. Darüber hinaus mussten sich Anwender regelmäßig an verschiedene Kontakte wenden, um von Materialanbietern Auskünfte über die neuesten verfügbaren Ressourcen einzuholen.

DOMO ermöglicht es seinen Kunden jetzt mit regelmäßigen Aktualisierungen der Datenbank für Autodesk Moldflow einen wertvollen neuen Service zu erhalten. Auf Anfrage werden auch Spritzgussmaterialdaten für andere Softwarelösungen (Moldex3D, CADmould usw.) von unserem Sales und Technical Manager zur Verfügung gestellt.

Da Kunden so stets die neuesten Materialdaten für Spritzgusssimulationen zur Hand haben, können sie Zeit und Mühe bei der Generierung der notwendigen Daten für ihre Projekte sparen. Diese validierten Messdaten für präzisere Simulationen ermöglicht den Kunden, ihre Entwicklungszeiten zu verkürzen und Produkte schneller auf den Markt zu bringen.

Darüber hinaus umfassen diese direkten Aktualisierungen auch neue Werkstoffe aus DOMOs Entwicklungspipeline sowie neue validierte Daten, die über die gewöhnliche Vorgehensweise von Spritzgussanwendungen hinausgehen und beispielsweise die Optimierung der Vorhersage von Faserausrichtungen erlauben.

More information:
Domo DOMO Chemicals Kunststoffe
Source:

DOMO Chemicals / Marketing Solutions NV

(c) EREMA Group GmbH
17.03.2022

EREMA: Working together with Recycling Company Anviplas

The Spanish recycling company Anviplas has been involved in plastics recycling for more than 30 years, during which time it has built up extensive know-how that now benefits customers throughout Europe, in Africa and in Asia. Their cooperation with EREMA is almost as long. Since 1991, Anviplas has relied on the technology and service provided by the Austrian recycling machine manufacturer.

The Spanish recycling company Anviplas has been involved in plastics recycling for more than 30 years, during which time it has built up extensive know-how that now benefits customers throughout Europe, in Africa and in Asia. Their cooperation with EREMA is almost as long. Since 1991, Anviplas has relied on the technology and service provided by the Austrian recycling machine manufacturer.

Employing 64 people, Anviplas recycles post-industrial and post-consumer plastic waste, especially HD and LD-PE as well as PP, to make recycled pellets in all colour variations. The production capacity is 1,800 tonnes per month. An EREMA type INTAREMA® 1716 TVEplus® recycling machine with screen changer is in operation at the site in Navarcles (Barcelona) for processing the PP material stream. This patented extruder system was developed for handling difficult-to-process materials, such as heavily printed films as well as very moist waste. This machine is characterised by its optimised 3-stage degassing system; firstly by preheating and predrying the material in the preconditioning unit, secondly because the screw design allows reverse degassing, and thirdly in the degassing zone of the extruder.

Anviplas customers manufacture a huge bandwidth of products made using their recycled pellets. They range from various film products, such as stretch, shrink, mulch and silage films, to irrigation, corrugated and high-pressure pipes, as well as containers such as tubs, bottles, barrels and crates.

In February 2022 the Repeats Group, a pan-European platform for LDPE recycling, and Anviplas announced, that Repeats has made an investment in the Spanish recycling company. For Repeats this investment in Anviplas represents an important step in building a pan-European plastics recycling platform.

More information:
EREMA Recycling plastics Anviplas
Source:

EREMA Group GmbH

25.02.2022

AVK/SMC-BMC Alliance: New date for SMCCreate 2022 design conference

SMCCreate 2022, the design conference jointly organized by the European Alliance for SMC BMC and the AVK Expert Group SMC/BMC is postponed to 28-29 June 2022. Interested presenters still have the opportunity to submit a paper for the conference.

This conference about design in SMC and BMC composite materials will provide valuable insights in the entire product design process from idea to part manufacturing, targeted both at experienced designers and at designers that are new in applying these versatile materials.

Using SMC BMC
Within the time of 1.5 day, the SMCCreate 2022 conference will cover a wide range of subjects, all relevant for designers in their selection of materials solutions that provide performance, cost efficiency, manufacturing ability and sustainability.

SMCCreate 2022, the design conference jointly organized by the European Alliance for SMC BMC and the AVK Expert Group SMC/BMC is postponed to 28-29 June 2022. Interested presenters still have the opportunity to submit a paper for the conference.

This conference about design in SMC and BMC composite materials will provide valuable insights in the entire product design process from idea to part manufacturing, targeted both at experienced designers and at designers that are new in applying these versatile materials.

Using SMC BMC
Within the time of 1.5 day, the SMCCreate 2022 conference will cover a wide range of subjects, all relevant for designers in their selection of materials solutions that provide performance, cost efficiency, manufacturing ability and sustainability.

Call for papers
For all interested parties who would like to contribute their expertise on topics related to SMC/BMC, there is still the opportunity to submit presentation proposals. The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2022 and can be send to Birgit Förster.

Source:

AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e. V.

28.01.2022

AVK-Innovationspreis 2022 – Ausschreibung beginnt

Die AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. bittet um Bewerbungen zum renommierten AVK Innovationspreis 2022 für den Bereich Faserverstärkte Kunststoffe (FVK) / Composites in folgenden Kategorien:

  • Innovative Produkte/Bauteile bzw. Anwendungen
  • Innovative Prozesse bzw. Verfahren
  • Forschung und Wissenschaft

Ein Ziel des Innovationspreises ist die Förderung neuer Produkte/Bauteile bzw. Anwendungen aus faserverstärkten Kunststoffen (FVK) sowie die Förderung neuer Verfahren bzw. Prozesse zur Herstellung dieser FVK-Produkte. Ein weiterer Preis geht an Universitäten, Hochschulen und Institute für herausragende wissenschaftliche Arbeiten in Forschung und Wissenschaft. In allen Kategorien wird besonderer Wert auf das Thema „Nachhaltigkeit“ gelegt. Ein wichtiges Ziel ist es, die Innovationen sowie die dahinterstehenden Firmen/Institutionen auszuzeichnen und so die Leistungsfähigkeit der gesamten Composites-Industrie öffentlichkeitswirksam darzustellen. Bewertet werden die Einreichungen von einer hochkarätigen Jury von Experten aus dem Composites-Bereich.

Die AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. bittet um Bewerbungen zum renommierten AVK Innovationspreis 2022 für den Bereich Faserverstärkte Kunststoffe (FVK) / Composites in folgenden Kategorien:

  • Innovative Produkte/Bauteile bzw. Anwendungen
  • Innovative Prozesse bzw. Verfahren
  • Forschung und Wissenschaft

Ein Ziel des Innovationspreises ist die Förderung neuer Produkte/Bauteile bzw. Anwendungen aus faserverstärkten Kunststoffen (FVK) sowie die Förderung neuer Verfahren bzw. Prozesse zur Herstellung dieser FVK-Produkte. Ein weiterer Preis geht an Universitäten, Hochschulen und Institute für herausragende wissenschaftliche Arbeiten in Forschung und Wissenschaft. In allen Kategorien wird besonderer Wert auf das Thema „Nachhaltigkeit“ gelegt. Ein wichtiges Ziel ist es, die Innovationen sowie die dahinterstehenden Firmen/Institutionen auszuzeichnen und so die Leistungsfähigkeit der gesamten Composites-Industrie öffentlichkeitswirksam darzustellen. Bewertet werden die Einreichungen von einer hochkarätigen Jury von Experten aus dem Composites-Bereich.

Der Einsendeschluss für die Bewerbungsunterlagen ist der 1. April 2022.
Mehr Informationen finden Sie hier.

Die Preisverleihung findet im Herbst 2022 während des JEC Forum DACH in Augsburg (29.-30.11.2022) statt.

Source:

AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e. V.

(c) EREMA Group GmbH
26.01.2022

EREMA: From reserve site to production plant in just a few months

Just under a year ago, the EREMA Group started to repurpose the premises of Gruber & Kaja in St. Marien, which they took over as a reserve site in January 2021. In the meantime, a lot is going on there.

"When this site came up for sale, it only took us a few days to decide to buy the 40,000m² plot, including the workshop hall, which has an area of 15,000m²," says Manfred Hackl, CEO of EREMA Group GmbH. Around EUR 20 million was invested in the purchase, as the site offered the opportunity to increase production capacity by 60 percent in the immediate vicinity of the company headquarters in Ansfelden.

The fact that this site is now already being used so intensively was not envisaged at the time, because at the end of 2020 the company was just completing the expansion to their headquarters in Ansfelden, involving an investment of around EUR 17 million. 20 new jobs have already been created as a result, with a further 30 to follow in the next few months. By the time the new site is completed, the total number of new jobs will be up to 150.

Just under a year ago, the EREMA Group started to repurpose the premises of Gruber & Kaja in St. Marien, which they took over as a reserve site in January 2021. In the meantime, a lot is going on there.

"When this site came up for sale, it only took us a few days to decide to buy the 40,000m² plot, including the workshop hall, which has an area of 15,000m²," says Manfred Hackl, CEO of EREMA Group GmbH. Around EUR 20 million was invested in the purchase, as the site offered the opportunity to increase production capacity by 60 percent in the immediate vicinity of the company headquarters in Ansfelden.

The fact that this site is now already being used so intensively was not envisaged at the time, because at the end of 2020 the company was just completing the expansion to their headquarters in Ansfelden, involving an investment of around EUR 17 million. 20 new jobs have already been created as a result, with a further 30 to follow in the next few months. By the time the new site is completed, the total number of new jobs will be up to 150.

This development is due to the high demand for the EREMA Group's plastics recycling technologies and the trend towards ever-larger recycling plants. "Just in December, we delivered a VACUREMA® system to Brazil that will produce up to 40,000 metric tonnes of recycled PET (rPET) per year. That is equivalent to recycling around 1.1 billion 1.5-litre PET bottles. This site provides the perfect conditions for building this scale of machine," says Hackl.

Markus Achleitner, Upper Austria's Minister for the Economy, was also impressed by this development during his visit to St. Marien. "There is hardly any other region in the world that focuses as closely on materials expertise and the circular economy as in Upper Austria. We want to fully exploit this potential with our #upperVISION2030 business and research strategy. EREMA is an important driver in this industry. It makes me all the more pleased that the company owners have once again confirmed their commitment to Upper Austria as a business location, to the circular economy and to the employees by developing this site," says Achleitner. "This investment is an important positive signal for the entire region of Upper Austria location, especially in the current challenging times, and all the more so for creating 150 jobs," he emphasises.

New site milestones
Since January 2021, part of the existing office and hall space at Kunststoffstraße 1, as the site's address is now called, has been occupied by companies and departments of the EREMA Group. UMAC GmbH, a subsidiary specialising in servicing and trading previously owned recycling machines, which was severely short of space at its main location in Styria, moved its entire production and administration to St. Marien. Large areas of hall storage space were adapted for both UMAC and EREMA GmbH. The paint shop was also relocated from Ansfelden to St. Marien, and another hall was equipped for building large-scale VACUREMA® systems - these are systems used all over the world to recycle PET bottles. Production in this workshop is now being ramped up step by step.
Space that is not being used in St. Marien over the medium-term will be rented out. An industry-related firm has already moved in, and another 300 m² of office space is currently still available.

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EREMA plastics Recycling
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EREMA Group GmbH

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15.12.2021

EREMA: Large-scale recycling Plants for production capacity up to 40,000 tonnes per year

As the demand for recycled plastics grows, so does the size of the machines. This applies to the processing of polyolefins as well as to PET recycling. With its unique dimensions and production capacity, this new size of plant features a screw diameter of 280 mm, implemented for the first time in a VACUREMA® Basic 2628 T large-scale project for producing rPET pellets. EREMA has just shipped the plant to a customer in Brazil.

As the demand for recycled plastics grows, so does the size of the machines. This applies to the processing of polyolefins as well as to PET recycling. With its unique dimensions and production capacity, this new size of plant features a screw diameter of 280 mm, implemented for the first time in a VACUREMA® Basic 2628 T large-scale project for producing rPET pellets. EREMA has just shipped the plant to a customer in Brazil.

Up to 40,000 tonnes per year of rPET meeting the highest quality standards can now be produced. "For this purpose, we installed a screw with a length of ten meters, a diameter of 280 millimetres and a weight of 3.5 tonnes, which is the largest ever used in one of our recycling machines," explains Managing Director Michael Heitzinger. The screw was manufactured by 3S, a subsidiary of EREMA GmbH. No less impressive is the reactor of this recycling system, which, with a height of around 10 metres, is also unique and almost reaches the roof of the new production hall. 500 tonnes of input material were recycled during the test phase, which was subject to strict quality control. "The entire project was a great team effort," Heitzinger said, thanking everyone involved.

EREMA as a partner for large-scale projects
Just four years ago, the largest extrusion line supplied by EREMA was designed for a throughput of 15,000 tonnes per year. This size of plant was ordered by customers once or twice a year. In the meantime, machines like this leave the production site in Ansfelden every month. As early as 2020, EREMA proved to be a pioneer and reliable partner for implementing unique large-scale projects. That was when the food and beverage packaging manufacturer Envases Universales Mexico commissioned two VACUREMA® Basic 2625 T machines, each with a screw diameter of 250 mm and a capacity of 30,000 tonnes per year.

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EREMA GmbH

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Christian Basler wurde zum neuen Vorstandsvorsitzenden des UMSICHT-Fördervereins gewählt und tritt die Nachfolge von Bernd Homberg an
16.11.2021

UMSICHT-Förderverein unterstützt Forschungsprojekte

Jedes Jahr unterstützt der Förderverein des Fraunhofer UMSICHT zwei Projekte mit einer Anschubfinanzierung. Die finanzielle Starthilfe ebnet den Weg, um vielversprechende Forschungsvorhaben zeitnah zu realisieren. Sein Engagement um den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs unterstreicht der Verein mit der Prämierung herausragender Bachelor- und Masterarbeiten. Die diesjährigen Auszeichnungen erfolgten im Rahmen der gestrigen Mitgliederversammlung, auf der evo-Vorstand Christian Basler als neuer Vorstandsvorsitzender des Fördervereins gewählt wurde.

Jedes Jahr unterstützt der Förderverein des Fraunhofer UMSICHT zwei Projekte mit einer Anschubfinanzierung. Die finanzielle Starthilfe ebnet den Weg, um vielversprechende Forschungsvorhaben zeitnah zu realisieren. Sein Engagement um den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs unterstreicht der Verein mit der Prämierung herausragender Bachelor- und Masterarbeiten. Die diesjährigen Auszeichnungen erfolgten im Rahmen der gestrigen Mitgliederversammlung, auf der evo-Vorstand Christian Basler als neuer Vorstandsvorsitzender des Fördervereins gewählt wurde.

Der UMSICHT-Förderverein ist ein wichtiger Partner des Oberhausener Forschungsinstituts und verfügt über ein großes Netzwerk aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Industrie. Neben der Verleihung des UMSICHT-Wissenschaftspreis ist die gezielte Nachwuchs- und Projektförderung ein zentrales Anliegen des mittlerweile über 30 Jahre bestehenden Vereins. So werden auf der jährlichen Mitgliederversammlung Menschen ausgezeichnet, die innovative Projekte bearbeiten und besondere Arbeit geleistet haben. In diesem Jahr erhielten die UMSICHT-Forschenden Laura Huwald und Tobias Rieger eine finanzielle Zuwendung von je 10 000 Euro für ihre Forschungsvorhaben. Die beiden Studentinnen Sonja Frerich und Hannah Brenner freuten sich über insgesamt 750 Euro Preisgeld für ihre herausragenden Bachelor- und Masterarbeiten.

Neuartige Brennstoffzellen
Laura Huwald, Abteilung Elektrochemische Energiespeicher, untersucht die »Entwicklung und Charakterisierung kohlenstoffbasierter poröser Transportlagen für Brennstoffzellen«. Dank der Substitution durch kohlenstoffbasierte Materialien kann das neuartige Zellkonzept mittels kostengünstiger und langzeitstabiler Komponenten realisiert werden. Ihre Arbeit bietet die Grundlage zur Initiierung eines Nachfolgeprojekts mit Industriebeteiligung, in dem ein Prototyp des neuartigen Brennstoffzellenkonzepts mit den am Fraunhofer UMSICHT entwickelten Bipolarplatten realisiert werden soll.

Innovative Recyclingverfahren für Kunststoffabfälle
Tobias Rieger überprüft im Projekt SubForceH2 das »Chemische Recycling von Kunststoffabfällen zur Substitution fossiler Rohstoffe in der chemischen Industrie und der Erzeugung von Wasserstoff«. Dadurch können z. B. CO2-Emissionen eingespart werden, da der in Kunststoffabfällen gebundene Kohlenstoff nicht durch konventionelle Müllverbrennung freigesetzt, sondern durch die Umsetzung zu chemischen Grundstoffen im Kreislauf gehalten wird. Als Nebenprodukt entsteht zudem Wasserstoff, welcher in zahlreichen industriellen Anwendung benötigt und zur Speicherung von Energie zunehmend an Bedeutung gewinnt.

Masterarbeit: Kunststoffe in Böden
Im Rahmen ihrer Masterarbeit »Entwicklung, Validierung und Anwendung einer Methode zur Untersuchung von Kunststoffemissionen auf landwirtschaftlichen Nutzflächen« entwickelte Hannah Brenner eine praxisorientierte Methode, mit der Bodenproben nach ihrer Entnahme auf dem Feld aufbereitet und hinsichtlich ihres Mikroplastikgehalts analysiert werden können. Ziel ist die Einschätzung der Belastung von Feldflächen durch Kunststoffemissionen und der anschließende Vergleich mit anderen Habitaten. Dadurch soll eine schnellstmögliche Reduzierung des Mikroplastikeintrags in terrestrische Ökosysteme erreicht werden.

Herausragende Bachelorarbeit
Hauptbestandteil von Sonja Frerichs Bachelorarbeit war es, die mechanische Eignung eines neuartigen, am Fraunhofer UMSICHT entwickelten Materials für den Einsatz in Brennstoffzellen zu untersuchen. Im Fokus stand die Umformbarkeit von thermoplastbasiertem Folien-BPP (BPP: Blasextrudiertes Polypropylen), um Gasverteilungsstrukturen für Wasserstoff und Sauerstoff einprägen zu können. Die Vermessung der eingeprägten Strukturen wurde unter anwendungsnahen Bedingungen durchgeführt.

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Fraunhofer-UMSICHT

GRAFE: Plagiarism Protection with Marking Substances in the Plastic Matrix (c) GRAFE Advanced Polymers GmbH
23.08.2021

GRAFE: Plagiarism Protection with Marking Substances in the Plastic Matrix

To ensure product protection and prevent brand piracy, GRAFE has developed a simple and elegant solution that also offers a high level of security. The basis is special markers. "The highly complex pigments with special physical properties designed for this purpose are used in minute quantities within the plastic matrix. With an appropriately calibrated detector, products equipped with them can thus be read and authenticated," explains Business Development Manager Florian Ludwig. At the same time no changes in properties can usually be observed. The detectors can use an LED display to check within seconds whether the unique marker is contained in the product and whether this item is the original product.

To ensure product protection and prevent brand piracy, GRAFE has developed a simple and elegant solution that also offers a high level of security. The basis is special markers. "The highly complex pigments with special physical properties designed for this purpose are used in minute quantities within the plastic matrix. With an appropriately calibrated detector, products equipped with them can thus be read and authenticated," explains Business Development Manager Florian Ludwig. At the same time no changes in properties can usually be observed. The detectors can use an LED display to check within seconds whether the unique marker is contained in the product and whether this item is the original product.

In general, there are two options: x ray and light fluorescence, i.e. fluorescent X-rays or light. With the first option, the base color has no influence (not even black) and the customer benefits from low addition dosage and batch price, but this method requires higher investment. "With light fluorescence, on the other hand, detection is done by a measuring device, which is preconfigured by our partner or by us directly. Different types are available, from handy hand-held measuring devices to stationary office solutions to inline spectrometers, in order to have a control take place directly during production," Ludwig explains. With this method, the masterbatch dosage is based on the base color, among otherv things. The method of operation is fast and simple, and the necessary investment is also manageable.

From injection molding and extrusion to transparent and fiber applications, almost all areas of plastics processing come into question.

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GRAFE Advanced Polymers GmbH

Lenzing: Clear positioning of the EU Commission against plastic waste Photo: pixabay
08.06.2021

Lenzing: Clear positioning of the EU Commission against plastic waste

  • Guidelines of the EU Commission to implement the Single-Use Plastics Directive have been published
  • Uniform labelling obligation for wipes and feminine hygiene products containing plastics as of July 03, 2021
  • Lenzing’s wood-based, biodegradable VEOCEL™ branded fibers as a sustainable alternative to plastic

The Lenzing Group welcomes the issuance of the guidelines for the implementation of the Single-Use Plastics Directive (EU) 2019/904, which took effect on June 05, 20191. In these guidelines, the EU Commission specifies which products fall within the scope of the directive, thus providing clarity in the joint fight of the EU member states against environmental pollution from plastic waste. Lenzing’s wood-based, biodegradable cellulosic fibers such as those of the VEOCEL™ brand comprise a sustainable and innovative solution to this man-made problem.

  • Guidelines of the EU Commission to implement the Single-Use Plastics Directive have been published
  • Uniform labelling obligation for wipes and feminine hygiene products containing plastics as of July 03, 2021
  • Lenzing’s wood-based, biodegradable VEOCEL™ branded fibers as a sustainable alternative to plastic

The Lenzing Group welcomes the issuance of the guidelines for the implementation of the Single-Use Plastics Directive (EU) 2019/904, which took effect on June 05, 20191. In these guidelines, the EU Commission specifies which products fall within the scope of the directive, thus providing clarity in the joint fight of the EU member states against environmental pollution from plastic waste. Lenzing’s wood-based, biodegradable cellulosic fibers such as those of the VEOCEL™ brand comprise a sustainable and innovative solution to this man-made problem.

Uniform labelling rules for some single-use plastic products
The Commission implementing regulation (EU) 2020/2151 applying to the Single-Use Plastics Directive stipulate uniform labelling requirements for some of the single-use plastic products on the packaging or the product itself starting on July 03, 2021. They encompass feminine hygiene products and wet wipes for personal and household care containing plastic.

Consumers want sustainable hygiene products
Even before the implementation of the Single-Use Plastics Directive, Lenzing already gives consumers clear guidance in their purchasing decisions. Products bearing the VEOCEL™ brand logo on their packaging are produced in line with stringent certification criteria. As a consequence, consumers can be assured that the products contain biodegradable, cellulosic materials.

A Marketagent survey carried out in German-speaking Europe in October 20192 concluded that nine out of ten consumers would immediately change their purchasing behavior for wipes if they found out that their current product contains plastic. This would seem to imply that new market dynamics will emerge once the labelling rules for single-use plastic products takes effect. According to a Smithers Report3, about 500,000 tons of petroleum-based fibers are used each year for the production of wipes.

 

1 Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment
2 Representative Marketagent Online survey, n = 1,005 (14 - 69 years old, from Austria and Germany). https://itsinourhands.com/
3 Smithers Report “The Future of Global Nonwoven Wipes to 2023”, published in 2018, page 23, reference year 2018

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Lenzing AG