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THURSDAY N PE 2 018 M AY 10 TH C.W. Brabender Showcases New Tesঞng Equipment By Heather Caliendo Plascs Technology C.W. Brabender is showing its new SpeciMold system, jointly developed by Brabender GmbH & Co. Duisburg, Ger- many, together with the Fraunhofer Insঞtute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) at Booth W1802. The Brabender SpeciMold offers a quick test method for the extrusion process. The machine works by conঞnuously producing specimen from extruded polymers and fillers—fully automaঞcally, with- out any bypass or addiঞonal process steps—directly from the ongoing compounding process. It suits a large variety of poly- mers and polymer blends and is compaঞble with Brabender single- and twin-screw extruders, as well as with third-party extruders. The injecঞon molding parameters are said to be easy editable, and the injecঞon molds can be changed quickly, making a large number of specimens possible. Another offering from C.W. Brabender is the Brabender Winder that winds round rods or flexible tubes on bobbins and completes an extrusion process of these materials. By means of an oscillaঞng unit, the extrudate can be wound ho- mogenously. Adjusঞng the tensile force between take-off and the oscillaঞon unit ensures opঞmized winding. The device can be included as downstream equipment in every extrusion process and supports the producঞon of round rods or flexible tubes from different kinds of thermoplasঞcs, including elastomers. It can be applied in product develop- ment, producঞon or producঞon simulaঞon as well as in quality control. The company says it has proven parঞcularly useful in the producঞon of filaments for 3D prinঞng. Brand Owners Seeking Sustainable Soluঞons for the Circular Economy In 2017, P&G launched the "Fairy Ocean Plasঞc" bole made completely from PCR plasঞc and ocean plasঞc. By Heather Caliendo Plascs Technology O[enঞmes at a recycling conference or trade show, there are consumer-goods companies and brand owners in aendance. For instance, Dell Technologies and P&G are some of the com- panies here at NPE2018 discussing their sustainability efforts during the Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit. And for a good reason—there's global pressure on these companies to reduce the amount of waste in their packaging. For instance, in 2017, The Ellen MacArthur Foundaঞon and World Economic Forum released The New Plascs Economy: Catalyzing Acon, which aims to address global plasঞcs issues through innovaঞon in packaging design, recycling and delivery models. The report looks to present a path to increase global recycling rates for plasঞcs packaging from just 14 percent today to 70 percent or more. Six parঞcipants in the Ellen MacArthur Foundaঞon's New Plasঞcs Economy iniঞaঞve—candy maker Mars Inc., retailer M&S (Marks & Spencer), PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Co., con- sumer-goods company Unilever and home-care products sup- plier Werner & Mertz—are making or reiteraঞng commitments to use 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable pack- aging by 2025 at the latest. P&G has made advances in the use of post-consumer plas- ঞcs (PCR) by producing packaging made partly with "ocean plasঞc" (marine waste). The company also partnered with Pu- reCycle Technologies to open a plant that will restore used polypropylene plasঞc to "virgin-like" quality with a recycling method that the consumer-goods giant calls "one of a kind." The patented technology was created in P&G labs and then licensed to PureCycle. "I think you are seeing durable-goods manufacturers begin- ning to get creaঞve with compounding, exploring addiঞves that can enhance properঞes of recycled materials," says Kim Holmes, V.P. of sustainability for the Plasঞcs Industry Associa- ঞon (PLASTICS). "And brand owners like Unilever and P&G have invested in solvent-extracঞon technologies that elimi- nate colorants and other addiঞves, and can separate resins used in products like mulঞlayer structures." More brand owners are embracing a circular economy mindset—a plan of acঞon that covers the enঞre life cycle, from producঞon to consumpঞon to waste management and the market for post-consumer plasঞcs. Research from McKinsey and Co., a global consulঞng firm, suggests that the global savings in materials alone could exceed $1 trillion a year by 2025, and that, under the right condiঞons, a circular economy could become a driver of global industrial innova- ঞon, job creaঞon, and growth for the 21st century. "It's an exciঞng ঞme in innovaঞon and it's being directly driven by brand-owner demand to use more recycled content in a wider variety of applicaঞons," Holmes says. Brabender SpeciMold—In-line producঞon of polymer specimen. 17

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