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  • Ampacet introduces extension to its detectable black masterbatch range


    Ampacet introduces extension to its detectable black masterbatch range

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    Ampacet has introduced an extension to its detectable line of black masterbatches that are near-infrared (NIR) transparent to allow sorting with NIR optical sensors and recycling.  

    New ‘REC-NIR-BLACK High Alcohol’ is the company’s latest addition to its ‘REC-NIR-BLACK’ range and is suitable for monolayer PET bottles and containers used in high alcohol applications, including wine and spirits, hand sanitizers, household cleaners, personal care and OTC pharmaceutical products. 

    “These detectable products are part of Ampacet’s sustainable development programme, which features new and innovative solutions that help to protect the environment,” explained Doreen Becker, Sustainability Director.

    “Our REC-NIR-BLACK masterbatch line significantly reduces the carbon footprint by providing a second life for black plastic packaging.”

    Limitations of black

    The key limitation to NIR sorting is its inability to identify and separate plastics that contain carbon black, the most commonly used black pigment.

    Conventional black colorants absorb a significant part of the ultraviolet and infrared spectrum, preventing the reflection of infrared light back to the sensor and consequently blocking the recognition of the resin’s fingerprint by a NIR scan.

    Most black packaging cannot be sorted by recycling companies and can only be disposed of in a landfill or used for energy recovery.  Packaging using Ampacet’s detectable masterbatch products can be scanned by NIR technology for automated sorting at recovery facilities.

    This technology enables the reuse, repair and recycling of black packaging waste and allows recyclers to obtain value from this waste and support the circular economy.

    Last week, recycling charity, RECOUP, released figures showing the fall in the overall use of black plastic packaging in the UK. RECOUP argues that all black plastic packaging on the market should be fully recyclable in commercial processing facilities by 2025.

  • Gabriel-Chemie Group counts down to K 2019


    Gabriel-Chemie Group counts down to K 2019

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    Just a few weeks remain until major players in the plastics industry come together at the world‘s largest plastics exhibition in Düsseldorf.

    The Gabriel-Chemie Group will once again be in Hall 5, Booth B40 with a new booth design and numerous innovative solutions and product demonstrations. The main topics will focus on digitalisation and sustainability .

    Launched at Fakuma 2018, the custom-developed platform ‘Master of Batch’ product sector of Gabriel-Chemie was penetrated by the digital and networked world. The Smart Search Tool launched last year with ‘Master of Colours’ will be complemented this year with the extension ‘Master of Additives’.

    More disruptive developments

    A product line that enables information to be generated in plastics in a way that ensures material definitions and the identification of all individual parts, the Taggant Technology Series (TagTec) provides plastic parts with an individual DNA signature. This combination is useful for all stages of a product cycle from production to distribution. The product authentication and any security concerns are ensured by appropriate markers or ‘taggants’.

    An overview of the basic functionality of the TagTecseries and a selection of different application options will be presented alongside partners ALPLA and Wittmann Battenfeld in Hall 15, Booth C06.

    An integral part of the Gabriel-Chemie autumn presentations is the colour concept ‘Colour Vision No. 20’.The topics focus on Sustainability and Spirituality – both of which are more present than ever and unite the promotion of actual principles of responsible use, as well as the considerate handling of resources.The associated colours and materials of the Colour Vision Sustainability range follow these principles and showcase dry colour and surface impressions, which were realised on the basis of PCR and PIR polymers.

    New additives have been used that enable detectability in the recycling stream. The colour spectrum of the Spirituality Colour Vision ranges from an intense and vibrant red to a marble effect elaboration in blue.

    Detectability in the recycling stream refers to a professional solution for near-infrared-detectable and sortable thermoplastic masterbatch colours. The masterbatch is made using special pigment formulations that enable the correspondent sorting and recycling. Food contact approved and laser markable, the masterbatch can be extruded, blown or moulded. Interested visitors will acquire detailed information and can convince themselves of the application functionality.

    A laser additive masterbatch enables the contact-free, permanent marking, labelling and decoration of plastic parts without ink or solvents. A marking can be made on soft, coarse, stepped and curved surfaces and is abrasion-, chemical- and lightfast-resistant.

    Laser additive masterbatch enables customised designs and personalised markings. Perfectly suited to complex and rapidly changing layouts, this makes it the most sustainable alternative to all conventional customisation methods.

    Therefore Gabriel-Chemie continues to build on its close co-operation with beLaser and will demonstrate the partnership at K in the form of a separate laser area.

    Sustainability Strategy

    As a second-generation owner-managed family business, Gabriel-Chemie is one of Europe’s leading masterbatch producers after almost 70 years. A long-term and sustainable strategy is therefore a priority that focuses on delivering high quality and innovation.

    Sustainability has been a strong focus for Gabriel-Chemie. Responsibility and awareness pave the way for the group into the future, with upcoming generations adding their voices to the drive for sustainability.

    In addition to the NIR-detectable product range, group-wide initiatives include PCR masterbatches, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), awareness, circular economy and recycling, brand identity and personality.

  • Schwing Technologies with Vacuclean Compact at K 2019


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    While many will travel from far and wide to this year’s K trade fair,  Schwing Technologies(Hall 9, Booth A77) will be on hand for a clear home game.

    The thermal cleaning expert and specialist for plastic removal has its headquarters in Neukirchen-Vlyun on the Lower Rhine, just 30km away.

    Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the company has presented at K since 1979 and looks forward to the upcoming international exchange.

    Compact vacuum pyrolysis plant

    Schwing engineers will bring their brand-new, fully automatic Vacuclean Compact.

    Managing Director Thomas Schwing said: “One hundred per cent made in Germany, this is precisely what many of our customers appreciate who, in addition to laser filters, regularly clean screw elements, spinnerets, spin packs, pelletising discs or screen changers.” 

    With its steel and aluminium body, the system weighs around 750kg.

    Like all Schwing systems, the Vacuclean Compact is extremely energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. The fact that the system operates without gas makes it all the more attractive to the public. For 50 years, the German equipment manufacturer has been a specialist for thermal cleaning systems.

    Demand for compact systems

    With the new system, which can be easily installed, Schwing's engineers are responding to the increased international demand for more compact systems. Customers come primarily from the plastics recycling  industry, compounding industry and masterbatch environment. Universities, research institutions and laboratories will also benefit from the smaller, cheaper systems.

    Schwing Technologies advises and supports its customers all over the world. Since the beginning of 2019, American and Canadian customers have also benefited from the expertise of Schwing North America Technologies, based in Princeton, New Jersey.