FRANKFURT, GERMANY (Oct. 3, 1:45 p.m. ET) — Euromap, the European association of plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers, has endorsed a European Commission objective to cut European energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020.
The Frankfurt-based association says the target is achievable, based on a study it commissioned entitled “Energy efficiency: European plastics and rubber machines well placed.”
“The suppliers of technology at any rate have the technical ability and the will to do it,” said Euromap President Bernhard Merki.
Euromap estimates that European processors could cut machine-related energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020, with the majority of the savings coming from making greater use of energy-efficient technology combined with new drive designs, further increases in the productivity of plant and manufacturing processes, and from integrating multistage processes into new operations.
Modern injection molding machines already use 37 percent less energy on average, with twice the output rate, compared to similar plant made in 1990.