Karen was named editor of Plastics News Europe in May 2017. Based in the Netherlands, she has worked as a translator, journalist and editor in the plastics industry for the past thirty years, writing for both Dutch and English language online and print publications. Between 2001 and 2007, she served as chief editor of Kunststof en Rubber, the Dutch-language trade magazine for the plastics industry, after which, preferring to write in English, she moved to PlasticsToday, where she was the European and sustainability editor until 2016.
Austrian recycling machinery manufacturer Erema has long earned recognition as a producer of high end recycling systems. Perhaps less well known is the fact that Umac, a subsidiary company and part of the Erema Group, was established in 2016 to offer a reliable source for pre-owned Erema recycling machinery.
Swiss additive and masterbatch producer Sukano has launched a newly formulated transparent impact modifier for recycled or virgin PET resin. PET formulated with the new masterbatch can be used as an alternative to the specialty copolyesters currently used in cold, flash frozen and room temperature packaging trays.
Blockchain, digitalisation, transparency and the circular economy - these are the key concepts to understanding what Circularise is about. In this Q & A, Mesbah Sabur explains what Circularise is and what it aims to become.
Plastics Recycling Charity Recoup, the British initiative established in 1990 to kickstart the recycling of PET bottles in the UK, is alive and still going strong. Its work within the plastics recycling value chain is as valuable as ever.
Specialty chemical company Stahl, headquartered in Waalwijk, the Netherlands, has announced that it is taking part in CHAMPION (Circular High-performance Aza-Michael Polymers as Innovative materials Originating from Nature), a research and innovation action funded by the EU that aims to replace conventional polymers with novel bio-based polymers in coatings, textiles, home care uses and structural adhesives.
Photanol BV, a Dutch company that has developed technology to produce circular carbon chemicals from CO2 absorbed from the air and Renolit SE, a manufacturer of high-quality polymer films, sheets and other polymer solutions, have formed a strategic partnership to develop new sustainably-produced polymers.
Barcelona-based Kompuestos (Plásticos Compuestos S.A.), a listed company in the Spanish Alternative Stock Exchange that is active in the production of sustainable plastic compounds in Europe, has been nominated for the European Small and Mid-Cap Awards 2020 in the 'Rising Star' category.
Sustainability in plastics is about more than feedstocks, energy consumption and resource efficiency. True sustainability also includes the process used to produce these materials, and avoiding sending pollutants into the atmosphere. As Anoosheh Oskouian of Ship & Shore Environmental, pointed out: ‘We do not have any geographic boundaries in our air.’