At K 2019, Braskem, a provider of petrochemical and chemical products, will provide Kautex Maschinenbau, a manufacturer of extrusion blow molding machines, with its innovative bioplastic – I’m green Polyethylene and PCR – for the production of 3-layer HDPE bottles with foamed middle layer. The resulting bottle made of the processed virgin and PCR material is reported to drastically reduce CO2 footprint in comparison to conventional products. The bottles will be handed over to Erema for recycling. With this initiative, the three companies will demonstrate their responsibility to participate in the circular economy by helping to achieve future goals with environmentally friendly solutions.

Kautex Maschinenbau decided to process the Braskem material solution due to a
better processability, less odor and because they could offer their PCR and renewable material in a more sustainable way than conventional solutions. The raw material used for the demo bottles is derived from sugarcane, and the PCR material comes from already recycled material. By using Braskem’s technology, Kautex intends to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of those bottles as well as the use of fossil resources. For every kilogram of I’m green Polyethylene used, more than 5 kilogram of CO 2 is reported to be saved. In addition, the material usage is reduced by the use of foam technology.

By joining forces with Erema, also participating at K 2019, the company will showcase solutions for every step within the plastics recycling process. This includes recycling technologies as well as software tools, and engineering and integration services for plastics recycling projects. Kautex’s bottles made of Braskem’s material will be collected by Erema and fully recycled in order to avoid any waste.

At the Erema Circonomic Centre, the outdoor area between Halls 11 and 15,
lighthouse projects will be displayed. The name Circonomic Centre integrates recycling know-how into the plastics value chain providing both, economic and ecological benefits.

The companies will host live demonstrations of processing different plastic material. More than 30 tons of plastic will be recycled during K 2019, including HDPE bottles produced by Kautex.

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