In this issue, machinery manufacturer KraussMaffei is in pole position, with an interview conducted by Sustainable Plastics’ Karen Laird with Manuel von Varchmin, director of IMM global sales and area sales EMEA at KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH. After talking about the various developments and KraussMaffei's continued focus on sustainability and recycling, he then launched an appeal for a more level playing field regarding the rues and regulations with which European machinery makers need to comply. European manufacturers he said, build energy efficient machines with low emission rates. “We have customers who are telling us that this is important. But we see that they then buy cheaper machines that only last for 7, maybe 8 years, with a far greater carbon footprint. To us, that is not sustainable ….we need a better balance and a more level playing field. Then we can see who is truly sustainable,” he declared.
Hartmut Arheidt, industry market manager at Kraiburg, talked to Plastic News reporter Sarah Kominek about the company’s new drinking water compounds that can meet the upcoming requirements of the German Environment Agency, set to be enforced in 2025 for products in contact with drinking water. Tasteless and odourless, they have been tested to prove they are resistant to the growth of microorganisms. “All the ingredients of our compounds have to be ... free of anything that could migrate into the drinking water system,” he explained.
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