Düsseldorf, Germany — Manfred Hackl knows. And so does Gerold Breuer.
The plastics industry has to do a better job promoting its environmental efforts and qualities. And it needs to come together to do so, the two men at Erema Group GmbH believe.
And so the Ansfelden, Austria-based plastics recycling machinery company is doing just that at this version of the K show.
With a 480-square-meter building erected in the open space near halls 11, 15 and 16, Erema is conducting what it calls the first full-fledged recycling effort on the Düsseldorf show grounds.
Running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for each of the show's eight days, the company expects to reprocess about 30 tons of material over the course of K 2016.
“The image of plastics is negative in the world. There is a lot of waste there, and everybody believes our world will be disturbed by plastic. And we have to look toward what the glass industry, the paper and the metal industry has done. They have closed the loop as one integrated industry,” said Hackl, Erema's CEO.
“This is nowadays in plastic not the case. The industry of virgin producers are never thinking about recycling. The converters are never thinking about the recycling. Only the recycler. And the closed loop was not there,' he said.
So Erema is hoping to kick-start those in the industry at the show as well as educators and politicians to start thinking about the importance of more of an integrated approach for the plastics business.