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German minister tells
plastics not to let up
on circular investments
By Steve Toloken
Plastics News Staff
In spite of the economic and political
challenges facing the plastics
industry, the sector cannot let
up on investments in sustainability
and recycling measures, a German
government minister told K 2022
in an opening keynote address.
Christiane Rohleder, a top deputy
in the German environment
ministry, kicked off the show by
noting the severe disruptions in energy
costs and
supply chains
facing Europe's
plastics industry,
including
from the war in
Ukraine.
But in her
Oct. 19 speech
at the trade
show's opening
ceremony,
she noted low
recycling rates
and plastic
pollution in
the ocean, and
linked them
to broader environmental
challenges
like
climate change
and biodiversity
loss.
" Nevertheless,
it is crucial
to stick to
those kinds of
investments to
It's therefore
all the more
who is state secretary at the Federal
Ministry for the Environment,
Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety
and Consumer Protection, noted
the industry's essential role in applications
like medical technology
and green power like windmills.
" We have all seen the distressing
images of our oceans littered with
plastic waste, " she told a crowd of
dignitaries, show attendees and
journalists at the large Plastics
Europe booth (Hall 6, Booth C40),
where the group is staging panel
discussions
and speeches
throughout
the fair.
encouraging to see
so many impressive
innovations here in
the exhibition halls.
You actually need
this innovation
for the necessary
transformation to
an energy-neutral
circular economy. "
Christiane Rohleder
Federal Ministry for the
Environment, Nature
Conservation, Nuclear Safety
and Consumer Protection
end the climate crisis, biodiversity
loss and pollution of our planet, "
Rohleder said. " Especially in the
case of plastics, we need to move
from a still relatively linear economy
to a truly circular economy of
plastics, in line with K 2022. "
Rohleder, a Green party member
" This shows
how important
it is to achieve
a truly circular
economy,
particularly
for plastics, "
she said. " It's
therefore all
the more encouraging
to
see so many
impressive innovations
here
in the exhibition
halls. You
actually need
this innovation
for the necessary
transformation
to an
energy-neutral
circular economy. "
R
o hl e d er
noted low plastics recycling rates
- other speakers at the opening
pegged it at 12-14 percent across Europe
- and she called on industry
to signifi cantly increase its use of
recycled plastic in products to reduce
society's carbon footprint and
See Rohleder, Page 22
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BILLION SAS
Hall 15,
Booth B24
Billion points
to 'future'
of molding
By Catherine Kavanaugh
Plastics News Staff
s the plastics industry
transitions into molding
more recyclable and
bio-based materials, machine
builder Billion SAS is showing
processors what's possible.
The Oyonnax, France-based
manufacturer of injection molding
machines with 40 to 1100
tons of clamping force specializes
in multi-injection and custom
machines for the automotive,
packaging, medical, cosmetics
and other markets.
At K 2022, the family-owned
A
company brought two complex
work cells featuring its
all-electric Select 2 presses. One
produced rulers able to measure
length, circumference and
straightness and the other made
connectors for garden hoses
with three different thread sizes.
The small, medium and large
hose connectors were made
from ASA with a TPE overmold
and a rubber ring insert on a
150-metric-ton press. The cell
switches between thread confi gurations
during production.
" Traditionally you'd have one
mold for each thread and every
time you have a change in order
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you have
to change
the molds,
r estar t
the machine
and
process. In this case, all three
threads are in the mold and you
can pilot the mold to change between
the confi gurations. You
can say I need fi ve of these, two of
those and three of these and the
mold will automatically adjust for
it, " said Georg Kiesl, director of
technical management.
Hose connector threads vary
by region around the world
See Billion, Page 21
Multimaterial
rulers are made
by Billion on a
200-metric-ton
press partly
from a bio-based
plastic at K
2022. This ruler
combines insert
overmolding,
multicomponent
molding and
post-injection
marking and
assembly.
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