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Circularity on
the front burner
for Arburg
By Catherine Kavanaugh
Plastics News Staff
The plastics industry has been
tasked with developing recyclable
materials that can be reused as often
and quickly as possible so their
products won't be equated with
waste - and machine builders are
on the front line of the effort.
At Arburg GmbH + Co KG, some
3,600 employees are tackling global
issues about resource conservation,
the circular economy and
carbon reduction.
" Our message in this regard is
that, as machine manufacturers,
we have understood the problem,
we have recognized the scale of it,
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GMBH + CO KG
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Booth A13
and we are
doing our
utmost
to contribute
to
the solution
- if
possible
working
shoulder
to shoulder with many others, "
Michael Hehl, an Aburg managing
partner, said at a K 2022 news
conference held Oct. 18.
The company's slogan - there
is only a Plan A - represents how
seriously the family-owned business
accepts the task.
" We only have one world, and
we all have to take responsibility
for it! There's no alternative, "
Hehl said.
To master the challenges, machine
builders need to be resilient,
especially as they balance
opportunities and risks, to stay in
a competitive position, added Jürgen
Boll, Arburg's managing director
of fi nance and controlling IT.
" At Arburg, we have been acting
in this spirit on an ongoing
basis for decades. Our facts and
fi gures prove this time and again, "
Boll said.
He expects Arburg will see sales
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Mara Hancker, managing director for communication
with the German Association for Plastics Packaging
and Film, speaks at a news conference just before
the start of K 2022. Plastics News photo by Caroline Seidel
High prices threaten
plastics innovation
I
By Joseph Pryweller
Plastics News Staff
n an Oct. 18 news briefi ng on
the eve of K 2022, the managing
director of Plastics Europe
Deutschland e.V. laid out in no
uncertain terms the precariousness
of the German plastics industry
due to debilitating energy
and raw material shortages.
" The plastics industry [in
Germany] always has been critically
important to support research
and innovation for the
world, " said Ingemar Bühler,
managing director of Plastics
Europe. " But we cannot move
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at the speed we need within the
[current] politics. "
Bühler's comments were part
of a joint briefi ng from Germany's
three major plastics-based
associations - Plastics Europe;
the German Association of the
Plastics Converters (GKV); and
VDMA, the major German plastics
and rubber machinery trade
group. The three groups discussed
progress of their collaborative
" We Are Plastics " initiative
that has communicated the value
of plastics and the transformation
to a circular economy.
The initiative, formed in May
2021, has shifted from its communications
core to one more
focused on political action, said
Mara Hancker, managing director
for communication with the
German Association for Plastics
Packaging and Films who helps
head up " We Are Plastics. " The
three associations have recently
made fi nancial commitments to
the initiative for the next three
years and possibly beyond,
Hancker said.
Collaboration is critical now,
Bühler said, as high energy and
gas prices have slowed down
growth and threaten the German
plastics industry's perch
as a global innovation leader.
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German politicians have not listened
to the industry's need for
energy and gas price relief and
a consistent fl ow of affordable
energy, he said. A collaborative
lobbying approach could show
more strength.
That work will begin early next
year and could take a great deal
of time to get the attention of
German politicians, Bühler said.
Convincing others of the positive
attributes of plastics in daily life
is one starting point, he said. But
it is only a start.
" We've had the impression
that [the German government]
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