Plastics News - Show Daily - October 20, 2023 - 10

10 * Plastics News, October 20, 2023
FAKUMA SHOW DAILY
Bettina Schall,
managing director of
organizer P.E. Schall
GmbH & Co. KG,
says " plastics are
indispensable. "
Plastics News photos by
Caroline Seidel
Radici opens plant in India,
shows sustainable materials
RADICI
PLASTICS
GMBH
Hall A1,
Booth 1106
Fakuma report card:
11% more exhibitors;
sustainability a key theme
Ingemar Bühler, main
managing director
of the German
plastics producers
association
PlasticsEurope
Deutschland, speaks
at Fakuma 2023.
the plastics industry.
The latter two " play a key role
in reducing the plastics industry's
ecological footprint, " he
said, because they " contribute
toward higher performance
with changes in working methods
and sustainable transformation
of the plastics value chain. "
AI also improves products
By David Vink
Plastics News Correspondent
As she officially opened Fakuma
2023 on Oct. 17, Bettina
Schall, managing director of
organizer P.E. Schall GmbH &
Co. KG, stressed that contacts
made at Fakuma lead to fruitful,
long-term relationships.
She maintained this still
holds true even as the German
plastics industry faces a multitude
of challenges such as high
infl ation, competition from lowwage
economies and a severe
shortage of trained professional
staff, which all need to be
solved simultaneously.
Nevertheless, she stated: " It
will be shown at Fakuma that
plastics are indispensable. "
Project manager Annemarie
Schur revealed that the 2023
show attracted 1,636 exhibitors,
44 percent of them from
outside Germany. The number
this year includes 16 companies
with small booths in a
new startup area.
Italy is the main foreign
country from which exhibitors
attend, with 134 companies
present. China comes second
(120), followed by Switzerland
(79), Austria (70), Turkey (58)
and France (55).
The so-called DACH countries
of Germany, Austria and
Switzerland have traditionally
provided the largest number of
exhibitors, but this has changed
with China overtaking Switzerland
and Austria in the ranking.
Further down the list, Portugal
has 29 exhibitors, a significant
number for a small
country but with a large number
of mold makers. The list
continues downward with the
Netherlands (26), Poland (17),
Belgium (14), Czech Republic
(11), United States (nine), Sweden
(nine) and Japan (five).
The overall number is up 11.2
percent over the pre-pandemic
number of 1,470 exhibitors in
2018. The number in 2021 fell
out due to the COVID pandemic.
Despite the 2023 growth,
there is still some way to go
to recapture the peak level of
1,933 exhibitors in 2018.
Schur's address was followed
by a presentation by Ingemar
Bühler, main managing director
of the German plastics producers
association PlasticsEurope
Deutschland, who spoke
about the circular economy
and how artificial intelligence
and digitalization will change
and reduces use of resources.
Bühler said he asked ChatGPT
why one should visit Fakuma
and received seven replies.
Against a background of
world plastics production expected
to grow from 452 million
metric tons today to 930 million
tonnes in 2050, Bühler said the
circular economy, also through
product design and digital passports
to aid recycling, has to
save resources and keep them
within what planet Earth can
bear. He gave a product design
example of a smartphone at Fakuma,
which can be fully disassembled
and recycled.
Marc Krebs, co-founder of
Basle, Switzerland based Tide
Ocean SA (Hall A1, Booth 1117),
talked about how the company
recycles ocean plastics into
plastic granulate, which is already
used in a number of different
consumer product applications,
such as Bluetooth
speakers and carpets.
Krebs founded the company
in 2019, after technical assistance
from the IWK Institute for
Materials Technology and Plastics
Processing at the University
of Applied Sciences of Eastern
Switzerland (Hall A3, Booth
3111). He has meanwhile established
a subsidiary in Thailand
in 2022 and another one on the
Costa Maya in Mexico in 2023.
Krebs said the company's recycled
PET and polypropylene
have up to 80 percent lower
ecological footprint than virgin
plastics, as has been certified
by Carbotech and Myclimate.
Tide Ocean also recycles high
and low density polyethylene.
Cesare Clausi, global
sales director for
high-performance
polymers, says
Radici has reduced
its carbon footprint.
Plastics News photo by
Caroline Seidel
By Frank Esposito
Plastics News Staff
Radici Group has opened a new
compounding plant in India and is
at Fakuma 2023 with a wide range
of sustainable materials.
The new plant is in Halol in the
state of Gujarat. The foundation
of the venture is the engineering
plastics business of Ester Industries
Ltd., which Radici acquired
for about $36.5 million in late
2022. The business makes compounds
based on nylons
6 and 6/6, polycarbonate,
polybutylene terephthalate,
polypropylene and
other resins.
Bergamo, Italy-based
Radici essentially relocated
the acquired business
to a new location in India.
The new site covers
62,000 square feet and
includes four extrusion
lines with total annual
production capacity of almost
45 million pounds,
according to Danilo Micheletti,
chief operating offi cer for Radici's
high-performance polymers unit.
" India was our last piece of operations
that was missing, " he added
at an Oct. 18 press event at Fakuma
2023. " It was a target for us. "
Previously, Radici mainly had
supplied its customers in India
from a plant in China. Micheletti
said Radici has room to expand
at the new plant, which employs
about 120. The fi rm also plans to
add a fi fth extrusion line at the site
by the end of the year, he added.
Also at the press event, Radici
offi cials Cesare Clausi and Erico
Spini commented on the fi rm's
approach to sustainability and on
new materials being offered.
Clausi said Radici has reduced
its emissions by 70 percent since
2011. The fi rm now gets almost 60
percent of its electricity from renewable
sources. Four of Radici's
production plants use 100 percent
renewable energy.
" More and more, these actions
are a fundamental requirement
in our industry to be regarded as
a top-line supplier, " said Clausi,
global sales director for high-performance
polymers.
Spini, global marketing director,
said Radici has had industrial
recycling programs since 1988
and launched its Renycle-brand
recycled nylon
materials in 2021. There
are now more than 40
grades of Renycle materials
available, including
post-consumer and
post-industrial grades.
Spini also provided
examples of successful
Renycle uses. An auto
powertrain
component
Spini
switched from a prime
nylon resin to a 30 percent
glass-fi lled Renycle
grade and reduced its carbon
footprint by almost 80 percent. An
auto cooling system component
also used a 30 percent glass-fi lled
Renycle and reduced its carbon
footprint by almost 50 percent.
In biomaterials, Spini said Radici
has placed a nylon 6/10 with
more than 60 percent biocontent
into a cooling line connector. The
fi rm also is developing an " experimental
grade " of nylon 5/6 with
more than 40 percent biocontent.
Spini said that material is " a possible
alternative " to nylon 6/6 in
electric vehicle and electrical/
electronic uses.
Radici employs 3,000 worldwide
and makes a range of specialty
plastics and chemicals. The
fi rm posted sales of just over 1.5
billion euros in 2022.

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