Trade fair time is always an ideal opportunity to discuss controversial topics. This also applies to K. On site, Mara Hancker (Managing Director of the Association of the Plastics Packaging Industry), Thorsten Kühmann (Managing Director of Plastics and Rubber Machinery VDMA) and Ingemar Bühler (General Manager Plastics Europe Germany) are discussing groundbreaking topics for the future. We are there with the camera – and present the topics to you below.
Transparency of production costs is also crucial for a functioning circular economy. In the case of plastics, there is a digital product passport for this purpose. It shows what kind of material was used, including all information on recyclability as well as all information on CO2 emissions. In this talk you will learn how exactly the digital product passport works, why it is important for the circular economy and what CO2 emissions are actually produced in the production of a steak.
Plastic fulfils important functions in almost all areas of life. Added to this: Sustainability plays an important role in all phases of its life cycle. EcoDesign is the decisive factor here. Numerous examples of what this can look like in practice can be discovered at K. In this talk, you will find out what approaches are available and be amazed at how much material can be saved through clever design alone.
Our industry is on the verge of a major transformation towards a climate-neutral and non-fossil circular economy. At K we will learn how this vision can become reality: through intelligent product design for recycling, innovative recycling technologies and non-fossil raw materials for new plastics. You can find out exactly how the interaction works and learn about exciting examples in our video.
It is a well-known discussion: very often a distinction is made between good and bad recycling. Mechanical recycling, is the good guy in this story and chemical recycling is the bad guy. In this talk you will see why this distinction is not useful and why only both types of recycling can be successful when they work together.
Production today also means complexity: manufacturers have to monitor energy, CO2, material and other factors throughout the entire chain. In addition, it is necessary for the machines to speak the same language, regardless of the manufacturer. A factor that also plays an important role in material savings in production. In this video, you will learn how the industry is tackling these challenges, which language machines use to communicate with each other and also a few words of Swahili.
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