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KraussMaffei premieres 3D printing equipment
By Karen Laird
Sustainable Plastics
With the launch of two new 3D
printing technologies, plastics
machinery manufacturer KraussMaffei
Technologies GmbH is
adding a fourth pillar to its current
portfolio of plastics production
options.
At an unveiling event Oct. 19 at
its booth at K 2022, the company
revealed that it was stepping
into additive manufacturing with
the introduction of its new, roomsized
powerPrint and the smaller
precisionPrint machines; the fi rst
targeted at large-format industrial
additive manufacturing, the
second at industrial-scale automated
production.
" Using our expertise from series
production of plastic parts,
we are designing effi cient system
concepts and appropriate solutions
for every component, regardless
of the technology, " said
Michael Ruf, CEO of KraussMaffei.
" It's taking our capacity for
productivity, quality and effi ciency
in industrial plastics processing
and applying it to additive
manufacturing solutions. "
The powerPrint is an extruder-based
system that processes
thermoplastic granulate, explained
Michael Helneder, head
of additive manufacturing customer
success at KraussMaffei.
" It can handle objects up to 10
m3 in size. We saw a lot of applications
in the modern market for
this large-format production. "
Its fast printing speed also
enables short throughput times
KRAUSSMAFFEI
TECHNOLOGIES
GMBH
Hall 15,
Booth D24/
C24
At an unveiling event Oct. 19 at its booth at K 2022, the company
revealed that it was stepping into additive manufacturing.
Plastics News photo by Marco Stepniak
for these large components, he
emphasized.
The powerPrint
can also process fi ber-reinforced
plastics and compounds.
The precisionPrint, by contrast,
is an automated, stereolithography-based
solution that
uses printing resins to produce
parts with high surface quality
and detail resolution that are
cured by laser.
According to Helneder, it offers
cost-effi cient production and
high outputs, with nearly no material
loss and " great design possibilities. "
The
machines are being supplied
as complete solutions, helping
customers to achieve material
and cost savings, with no expensive
test prints needed - " fi rst
time right, " said Helneder.
The printers are not yet available
on the market. Beta testing
will fi rst be conducted next year,
after which they will be released
to a wider audience. KraussMaffei
expects the machines to actually
hit the market sometime in the
second or third quarter of 2023.
Focus on circularity
Earlier in the day, the company
also held its K 2022 news conference
in which it presented its
other news, positioning itself as
a " sustainable innovation driver. "
No business survives over the
long term without reinventing
itself, and KraussMaffei is no
exception. The company celebrates
its 185th anniversary in
2023, having seen many changes
Rohleder
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dependence on fossil fuels.
" There's a lot of untapped potential
here, " she said.
She noted upcoming revisions
to the European Commission
packaging waste directives and
praised the role of container deposits
on PET bottle in Germany,
since 2003, for creating a stronger
recycling economy in the country.
Rohleder told the industry
crowd that Germany's government
would be pushing for a
strong global plastic pollution
treaty at the United Nations.
The fi rst round of negotiations
for that pact are scheduled to start
at the end of November in Uruguay.
She said Germany is part of
We need to use
more recyclate,
thereby reducing the use
of primary materials. The
use of harmful chemicals
should be stopped. This
also improves recyclability
and is necessary for the
health of us all. "
Christiane Rohleder
German environment ministry
a group of about 30 countries,
called the High Ambition Coalition
to End Plastics Pollution, pushing
for a strong treaty. One of the key
goals of that coalition, according
to its website, is to restrain production
and consumption of plastics
to " sustainable levels. "
" We need innovations in many
areas; recyclability has to be
taken into account in the design
stage, " she said. " We need to use
more recyclate, thereby reducing
the use of primary materials. The
use of harmful chemicals should
be stopped. This also improves
recyclability and is necessary for
the health of us all. "
Rohleder's comments
came
a day after a news conference
where three key German plastics
associations warned that high energy
costs and raw material shortPlastics
News photo by Caroline Seidel
over the course of the long years
throughout its transformation
from a locomotive builder to a
major player in the plastics industry.
And today, it is once again
adapting and adjusting to the
today's challenges, the fi rst and
foremost of which is to achieve
climate neutrality in eight years,
Ruf said.
" KraussMaffei
always keeps
its responsibility for current and
future generations in mind. That
is why we are building the new
KraussMaffei, " Ruf said. " Additive
manufacturing fi ts ideally
with this. "
Next year's anniversary, he
said, will mark the beginning of
a new, sustainable era: In eight
years, by 2030, the entire company
will be climate neutral.
To get there, it has mapped out
a tight schedule of goals, starting
with achieving the Silver sustainability
rating from EcoVadis in
2023, and then by 2025, becoming
one of the best machine system
manufacturers for the plastics industry
in the areas of sustainability
and cost-effectiveness.
The company plans to reach
EcoVadis Gold status by 2027
and in 2030 have reduced its corporate
carbon footprint to zero,
with all plants worldwide operating
in a CO2-neutral manner.
Finally, by 2035, it will realize a
product carbon footprint of zero,
manufacturing all machines in a
CO2-neutral manner. KraussMaffei's
tagline at K 2022, " We make
plastic green, " underscores these
aims for increasingly sustainable
production. Sustainability is an
ages were having a debilitating
impact on the industry.
Representing the resin, processing
and machinery segments,
Plastics Europe Deutschland e.V.,
the VDMA machinery association
and the German Association of
the Plastics Converters, told reporters
they wanted to step up
their political activity.
In her speech, Rohleder clearly
referred to those political and
economic challenges, noting that
the " Russian attack on Ukraine
has radically altered " lives and
that economies are still dealing
with the supply chain disruptions
from the coronavirus pandemic.
" This has impacted plastics industries
severely, " she said, praising
the trade fair's focus on three
topics of the circular economy, digitalization
and climate protection.
Several industry executives
speaking at the ceremony immediately
after Rohleder echoed her
environmental themes but also
called on governments to support
the industry's transition.
Ilham Kadri, CEO of materials
maker Solvay, said European fi rms
will face competitive disadvantages
from their substantially higher
energy costs than some global
competitors, but she also said the
12 percent plastics recycling rate
is too low. " It is an opportunity for
us to do much better than 12 percent, "
Kadri said.
She said Europe is leading in
environmental legislation, like the
Green Deal, and is the only region
globally with a full carbon tax.
Kadri also called on product
and materials designers to think
about recycling and reuse when
added value, " for us and for our
customers, " Ruf said.
Building the new
KraussMaffei -
literally
Next to adding new products
and technologies, KraussMaffei
is physically renewing itself. The
company, long established in
Munich, has embarked on a new
location strategy involving the
relocation of four sites to larger
and more modern production facilities
- that at the same time
serve to communicate the company's
sustainability strategy in
a visible way. The entire project
involves a three-digit-million-euro
investment - " more than €100
million, " said Ruf - in total, a
sign, he added of the company's
Chinese owners' commitment to
KraussMaffei and its technology.
The fi rst two new plants, in
Jiaxing, near Shanghai, and in
Einbeck, Germany, where KraussMaffei's
subsidiary Burgsmüller
produces important core components
for extruders, have been in
operation since 2020. KraussMaffei
in September 2022 received
the keys to the new extrusion
and recycling technology center
in Laatzen.
The new site has been designed
as a smart factory. It is here that,
among others, " We are going to
work on a variety of digital products
designed to optimize the energy
effi ciency of our customers'
machine utilization, " Ruf noted.
designing new products.
" I've been educated like many
of us here to think linear, " she told
the crowd. " We innovate, we create,
we produce, we waste. ... But
this is not enough.
" It's a crime today to invent a
product which would not have a
second life, " Kadri said.
Another industry executive
and Plastics Europe board member
acknowledged the challenges
Rohleder laid out and noted
the European plastics industry's
response in an April report, " Reshaping
Plastics: Pathways to a
Circular, Climate Neutral Plastics
System in Europe. "
Lucrèce
Foufopoulos-De
Ridder,
a vice president at Plastics
Europe and executive vice president
for polyolefi ns, circular
economy and innovations at resin
maker Borealis AG, said it was important
for governments to support
industry's transition, given
the economic challenges.
" I would call out the fact that legislators
and policymakers have a
critical role to play ... to come forward
with a legislative framework
that will encourage investments
and that will encourage innovation
and technology [and] further
investment in them to allow us to
accelerate the path forward, " Foufopoulos-De
Ridder said.
" At the moment, the unfortunate
raw material and energy crisis
that we're living, since a couple
of months, ever since Russia
invaded Ukraine, this is a reality
for the plastics
industry, " she
said. " It is not helping us from a
competitiveness perspective here
in Europe right now. "

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