The current public discussion on plastic waste as a key problem of our time calls for a quick rethinking in order to establish a sustainable plastic circular economy in the near future. As early as 2025, the EU Commission intends to use 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics as part of its plastics strategy. This will not be achievable without the development and deployment of new sustainable technologies.
In the production of packaging plastics, additives and pigments are generally used to achieve the desired functional and visual properties. However, in addition to printing inks and organic contaminants, additives and pigments are the biggest challenge in recycling when it comes to producing a high-quality recyclate that can be reused in packaging.
This is exactly where the cooperation between Clariant and APK comes in, which aims to develop new additives and pigments to improve the recyclability of plastics or to improve the quality of recyclates. Clariant’s broad knowledge in this field combined with APK’s solvent-based recycling technology Newcycling® enables new, sustainable solutions which have not been yet reached with conventional technologies.
You will hear more about the challenges and goals of the cooperation on Saturday, 19 October 2019 at 14:30 on the Clariant booth J11 in Hall 8A in a joint discussion with Dr. Ing. Richard Haldimann, Head of Innovation & Business Incubator at Clariant and Mr Hagen Hanel, Head of Research & Development at APK AG.
Discover more on how Clariant is supporting a circular economy for plastics through sustainable innovations and collaborations. Meet Clariant leaders and partners at our “Symphony of Collaboration” themed K 2019 media event on October 17, 8:15am media breakfast followed by 9am press conference, hall 8a / J11.