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.
The steady rise in demand for smaller batches, as a result of the growing number of projects requiring fewer units as well as of those requiring fewer end products for development, approval, and industrialisation purposes has led Gerresheimer to embark on a new capacity expansion for its plastics segment at the Technical Competence Center (TCC) in Wackersdorf.
Supernovas, a circular design and lifestyle company with roots in the UK and Italy, has introduced a collection of easy-to-assemble 100% recycled and recyclable crates and benches, designed in collaboration with Rotterdam-based design studio Odd Matter.
An eight-month project that kicked off in October aims to evaluate the application of composite materials to produce the battery casings used in electric vehicles instead opting for aluminium and steel, as is currently the case.
The 2017 partnership launched between Brazil-based Braskem and Haldor Tapsoe, a supplier of catalysts, technology, and services for the chemical and refining industries, was aimed at validating a sugar-to-biochemicals solution for the production of monoethylene glycol, or MEG, one of the two main ingredients in PET plastic.
A new pilot project dubbed has been launched to Chemical Recycling of Plastics in Automotive Engineering to test the technical feasibility of chemical recycling and evaluate its economic viability and environmental impacts relative to the automotive industry.
Renuva, Dow’s mattress recycling programme, in which end of life polyurethane mattresses are collected and chemically recycled back into polyol, one of the main chemical building blocks of polyurethane, has won Best Sustainable Product in the inaugural edition of Chemical Week’s Sustainability Awards.
Packaging specialist Paccor has joined Circopack, a packaging project initiated by Pack4Food – a consortium of companies active in the food and packaging industry and their suppliers working in collaboration with Flanders’ FOOD, SensNet and a number of research institutions to promote the development of sustainable packaging solutions.
California-based Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc. (S&SE), a multinational environmental pollution abatement and energy solutions firm specialised in energy-efficient clean air solutions, has been steadily expanding its overseas presence over the past two years.
Following independent testing according to the methodology established RecyClass, the cross industry initiative to advance plastic packaging recyclability in Europe, Leonhard Kurz’s InLine Foiling’ decoration technology has been determined to be compatible with the HDPE-container recycling stream.