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Arburg invests in electric drive systems
with strategic purchase of AMK unit

AMK products ensure that the Allrounder 820 A, like all other electric
Arburg injection moulding machines, is highly productive and efficient.
ON 1 JANUARY 2021, injection
moulding machine manufacturer Arburg GmbH acquired
its development partner of
more than 20 years, AMK Arnold Müller GmbH & Co. KG
in nearby Kirchheim/Teck, as

part of a strategic investment
to strengthen its expertise and
electric drives portfolio. The
acquired company, which was
one of two divisions of AMK
Group, has a product portfolio of motors, electrical drive

systems, and control technology and industrial automation
technology. Arburg plans to
retain the AMK employees and
keep open the sites in Kirchheim/Teck and Weida, Germany, and Gabrovos, Bulgaria.

The name of the acquired company will be changed to AMKmotion GmbH + Co KG. Terms
of the deal between Arburg's
owner families and Zhongding
Holding Europe GmbH, which
acquired AMK Group in 2016,
were not disclosed.
In additional news, the company also announced that it is
expanding its injection moulding business in Vietnam, with
the launch of a new trade partnership in January 2021. The
collaboration with LSVN Co.
Ltd. is aimed at achieving a
more efficient supply of hightech machines and service to
this growing Asian market.
Headquartered in Ho Chi Minh
City, LSVN has more than 20
years' experience in the field
of injection moulding, during
which time it has successfully
established itself as a distribution partner and service provider for the injection moulding industry.

Transparent recycled content certification: Next step for fully circular plastics
ENVIRONMENTAL
CLAIMS
have taken the world by storm,
as consumers become increasingly vocal about understanding
the environmental impact of the
products they choose and their
concerns over climate change.
Meanwhile, companies striving
to transition from a linear towards
a circular economy require reliable certification of any environmental claims they make.
The plastics waste crisis has
shown that these claims, when
guided by principles such as
clarity and straightforwardness,
are of particular importance for
plastic products. Transparency
plays a key role in recyclability
and recycled content reporting.
With the upcoming regulatory requirements at EU level, which call for a structured,
consistent, and transparent
approach to recycled content
claims on the market, it must be
ensured that these are guided
by verifiable and tangible principles. This will eliminate greenwashing based on void declara-

tions used purely as marketing
tool without reducing the impact on the environment.
Here is where RecyClass
comes into play. It is a comprehensive cross-industry initiative that works to advance
plastic packaging recyclability
and to establish a harmonized
approach towards recycled
content calculation in Europe.
RecyClass has ready-made
solutions for the verification of
such claims. It proposes certifications for recyclability and,
more recently, has launched
a traceability certification,
which recognizes transparent
and actual use of recycled
plastics in finished or semi-finished products.
" While working on the practical aspects and methodology
for assessing recycled content
of packaging placed on the EU
market decision makers should
turn to the already existing
schemes like RecyClass, " said
Paolo Glerean RecyClass Chairman, " based on the know-how

of the whole value chain and
with a focus on a well-defined
approach towards the calculation of the recycled content
with an in-built independent
audit system, RecyClass has all
the tools to serve as a valid assessment model " .
RecyClass Recycled Plastics Traceability Certification
guarantees the verifiability
and traceability of the material
along the whole value chain, up
to the consumers. In practice, it
attests the origins, sourcing,
recycling processes and incorporation of the material in the
final product. Within such a
system the ownership and the
certification are passed from
one actor of the value chain
to another. This practice is ensured via the Chain of Custody
as well as the Recycled Plastics
standards, on which the certification is based.
Chain of Custody, among others, guarantees the traceability
and origins of waste. This in turn
implies that the certification

must be paired with a scheme
that verifies it in a transparent
manner. EuCertPlast is an example of such a scheme, where
not only the source of waste but
also the recycling process in its
entirety is assessed.
One of the advantages of
the RecyClass Recycled Plastics Traceability Certification is
that, via a percentage-based
recycled content calculation, it
allows for an adequate determination of any share of the post
and pre-consumer streams.
Another benefit is that it is intended for any company which
plays a part in the value chain
and holds custody of the recycled plastics including, but
not limited to, compounders,
converters, blow moulders and
brand owners.
The creation of the RecyClass
Recycled Plastics Traceability
Certification was made possible
by the expertise and collaboration of the RecyClass members,
who cover a broad spectrum of
plastics industry players.

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