Plastics processing is being automated to help limit wasted energy, parts and space on the factory floor, while Industry 4.0 technology for enhancing connectedness is further improving production systems – keeping a global footprint.

Technology for lightweight systems that are energy-efficient and recycling innovation played a large part in this year’s Fakuma 2018 plastics technology event, in the wake of the Blue Planet II effect.

“The plastics industry has been becoming more and more sustainable for a number of years”, stated Annemarie Schur, Fakuma Project Manager. “It not only applies to the recycling of materials, but rather to energy-saving and thus more economical manufacturing processes, energy-efficient machines and biodegradable plastics as well. The sustainable alternatives are in no way inferior to their conventional predecessors in regards to durability, processability and weight.”

Effective recycling

Effective recycling technologies for plastics are in greater demand than ever before. Even high-tech materials like CFRP are being recycled more and more frequently and reused for new purposes. The prevention of so-called “downcycling” using modern processes and recycling of materials sorted according to type is important in this respect.

Recycling coupled with energy-saving manufacturing processes, energy-efficient machines and biodegradable plastics are all contributing to improving the sustainability credential of plastics processors worldwide.

Design for sustainability

More and more products are being manufactured today with the help of plastics and composites. Simultaneously rising demand for better and better performance, as well as top quality, necessitate an innovative spirit and new developments.

In addition to new “green” products, Fakuma presented components and systems required for conventional as well as innovative processes, including injection moulding, extrusion, thermoforming, foaming or 3D printing.

Fakuma is one of the most important meeting places for the plastics industry in Europe and beyond, with focus on the core technologies of plastics processing and sustainable technologies.

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