At the Holdorf plant, a new life awaits plastic.

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At the Holdorf plant, a new life awaits plastic.

How can we conserve resources? For Otto Bavendiek, this is not a theoretical question, but rather a work assignment. His area of expertise at Pöppelmann is the use of recycled materials in plastics processing. In other words, he is a master in the art of turning old into new.

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The huge bales of plastic residue stand tightly packed in the raw materials warehouse at the Pöppelmann plant in Holdorf. Rolls of labels for drinks bottles lie directly next to piles of nonwovens for nappy production. Plant Manager Otto Bavendiek points to huge transport sacks in another area of the hall. The big bags are full of colourful plastic granules Plastic granules are the typical form of supply of thermoplastic materials from raw material manufacturers for the plastics processing industry. Thanks to its flowability, it is classed as a bulk material like sand or gravel and is therefore equally as easy to transport. closegranules, ground material from garden furniture.

A visit to the Pöppelmann plant in Holdorf or, as it is known amongst Pöppelmann staff, “compounding”. Since 2013, the company has used the plant to gain pioneering experience in plastics processing in order to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels. “We produce recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials from industrial plastic waste,” explains Otto Bavendiek to summarise the task of his team. A Pöppelmann trailer travels back and forth between Lohne and Holdorf every day. After all, the products made at the Holdorf plant flow back into the silos in plant 1 Pöppelmann plant 1 is located in Bakumer Straße in Lohne (Vechta district) and is the company’s main plant. It is home to the TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU® and KAPSTO® production facilities and the holding administration. closeplant 1 in Lohne.

Before becoming plant manager at Holdorf, the industrial foreman for plastic and rubber technology Otto Bavendiek was in charge of printing in the TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU® division. Printing on plant pots is a difficult task that demands precise material knowledge. And this, too, has something to do with recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. After all, since the beginning of the 1990s, TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU® has used post-industrial recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials (PIR Post-industrial recycled materialRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled material (PIR) is made from plastic waste that is generated through industrial plastics processing and directly reintegrated into production. closePIR) to produce internationally acclaimed horticultural products in Lohne. Otto Bavendiek was therefore already very familiar with the potential applications of recycled plastics when he was asked whether he would like to take the helm at the Compounding division in 2013. Indeed, his specialist knowledge made him the ideal candidate.

What exactly does “compounding” mean? It sounds more complicated that it is. “To compound” means “to make up” or “compose”, and the plant manager is only too happy to explain what this involves when it comes to plastics processing. “The aim of compounding is to change or adjust the technical characteristics of industrial waste by adding other components.” Every product has very specific requirements. “Some need to be particularly impact-resistant, some need to withstand heat and others need to be opaque or flexible,” says the expert. Paint is also one of the added components, which are known as additives. “Regranulate” and “regenerate” are the technical terms used for the Pöppelmann products from Holdorf. Regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeRegranulate is obtained from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. The same happens with regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate, although it is also outgassed to remove moisture and volatile compounds and introduce additives. The umbrella term for both is recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials.

Meanwhile, in the compounding production hall, workers are taking plastic waste from the raw materials warehouse and putting it into position for the start of its new product life. On the left side of the hall stands the extruder, with which recycled materialRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled material production began in 2013. A conveyor belt transports the plastic residue to the shredder. Contaminants such as cardboard and metal are filtered out of the shredded material and a homogeneous plastic melt is created in the shredder. Finally, small plastic grains trickle out into the collection container. “Every year, this machine produces around 5,000 tonnes of recycled materialRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled material,” explains Otto Bavendiek. In 2018, Pöppelmann increased production capacity with a second machine, and the new extrusion During extrusion, plastics are continuously melted and discharged through a moulding nozzle. The plastic is then cooled to make semi-finished products such as profiles, plates and films. closeextrusion system now stands at the other side of the hall. It can produce around 2,500 tonnes of recycled materialRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled material annually.

Before the material leaves the plant, it has to undergo an initial inspection – here in Holdorf, the quality and properties of Pöppelmann recycled materialRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled material are already ascertained. An injection mouldingInjection moulding Injection moulding is a fully automated process with high reproducibility. It is suitable for the production of complex moulded parts as mass-produced articles. closeInjection moulding is a fully automated process with high reproducibility. It is suitable for the production of complex moulded parts as mass-produced articles. closeinjection moulding machine shapes the regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate and regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate into plastic granules Plastic granules are the typical form of supply of thermoplastic materials from raw material manufacturers for the plastics processing industry. Thanks to its flowability, it is classed as a bulk material like sand or gravel and is therefore equally as easy to transport. closegranules – experts use the term “mould proving” to describe this inspection. “Among other things, we test the flow rate and impact resistance of the recycled material”, says Otto Bavendiek. The characteristics are crucial for further processing – for example in the TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU® division. Markus Meinke, head of technology and processes at TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU®, is one of those who process recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials from Holdorf – but not before critically examining it. “The procedure for our goods receiving inspection is standardised and applies to all suppliers, including our own recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials from Holdorf,” he explains. After all, even a supposedly simple product like a plant pot depends on the best material input. Only this way can horticultural companies ensure its smooth integration in their highly automated processes.

Only post-industrial plastic waste is processed in Holdorf. The bottom line is, “The company has the same high quality standards for the compounds Pöppelmann manufactures as for all other products it delivers,” emphasises Otto Bavendiek. It is company strategy that is now paying off, and Pöppelmann is now ready to launch its first technical compound on the market. It was developed for a product commissioned to the Pöppelmann K-TECH® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Leading supplier especially for the automotive industry. Specialist for innovative plastic solutions for demanding technical applications. closeK-TECH® division by a renowned company from the automotive industry.

A milestone, according to the unanimous assessment of everyone involved. After all, the automotive industry is currently extremely cautious with the use of recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials for reasons of quality assurance. After all, globally applicable standards must be adhered to. Otto Bavendiek is convinced that Pöppelmann made the right decision by establishing its own compounding facility. “With our comprehensive experience gathered over many years, we can work on new solutions aimed at improving the quality of the recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials today.” Markus Meinke also sees the future of the sector in minimising the use of fossil raw materials. “This can be seen in the fact that, even in the automotive industry, the use of recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials has gained importance. However, the technical requirements are much higher in this area. This is precisely where promising opportunities lie for our compounding. Here, we can influence the material properties in a highly targeted manner.”

He also points to future challenges. “Nowadays, most plastic processors have found recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling solutions for their separated production waste. Therefore, the availability of this material will inevitably decrease.” His colleague Lukas Scheeben, head of raw material purchasing at Pöppelmann, experiences this market situation on a daily basis. “There is a great deal going on in this market,” he explains. It will become more difficult to purchase plastic material suitable for recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling at a commercially justifiable price.

The processing of recycled materialRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled material is now a market-leading trend – not least due to the current social pressure on the plastics industry. For Otto Bavendiek, this serves to confirm his work objectives. “With the Holdorf plant, we now have our own technological know-how for crucial, future-oriented questions in the industry.”

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