KHS focuses on circular economy at K 2019

Trendsetting PET concepts

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KHS
Kai Acker, chief executive officer of KHS

KHS will present its new PET concept at K, based on the juice bottle as an example. It combines individual environmentally friendly packaging solutions in one container and thereby supports the theory of circular economy. The system provider shows how efficiency and sustainability go hand in hand by offering further line-compatible container solutions in addition to its Bottles & Shapes service offering. With these technologies, KHS provides its customers support in the conversion to an environmentally friendly and resource-conserving packaging portfolio.

The defining theme of K in Düsseldorf in October will be how to combine process efficiency and sustainability. Kai Acker, chief executive officer of KHS, emphasizes the continuously growing demand in the food and beverage industry for packaging solutions that support efficient production processes and at the same time contribute to the protection of the environment while maintaining a high level of product protection. “We already offer forward-looking concepts today. Our extensive PET portfolio covers the entire value chain, ranging from innovative bottle design to energy and resource-efficient production processes.”

As a system provider, KHS always has its finger on the pulse of the times, asserts Acker. “We provide support for conversion to environmentally friendly and resource-conserving types of packaging. Our portfolio offers concrete solutions for further promoting the concept of sustainability.” With its innovative products and services, Acker, therefore, sees KHS well positioned for the current financial year. “Against the backdrop of the company group’s overall positive business development for KHS during the first half of this year, we are focusing on consistently developing our products, processes and solutions.”

New recyclable bottle for longer shelf life

A newly developed PET bottle will be presented for the first time at the K Show. Combining its extensive know-how in various disciplines to create a unique container, KHS is pursuing its strategy of reduction, recycling and reuse and has, for this purpose, entered in a partnership with an environmental service provider.

Compared to conventional PET containers, the new approach ensures a high level of product protection and longer shelf life, in particular for sensitive beverages. Moreover, these bottles are completely recyclable and conserve additional resources. “Our goal was to design a container with the smallest possible ecological footprint and we are consistently developing the circular economy approach further on this basis,” says Acker.

Holistic line concept

KHS’s efficient design of the entire process sustainably is demonstrated by its line solutions for PET processing. Not only able to effectively process recycled plastic, they are also hallmarked by energy and resource efficiency – from the stretch blow molder to palletizer.

With its Bottles & Shapes program, KHS is also furthering its developments along the entire production chain. Not only the initial ideas, drawings and 3D animations for the desired bottle, but also prototypes, individual sample bottles and durable blow molds are developed. Reducing the use of materials in cooperation with the customer is one of the company’s main environmental aims.

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