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Product field of action

Long-term responsible solutions.

We have a broad product portfolio: it ranges from protective elements that protect our customers' products from damage during production, transport or storage, such as the grip cap (Division KAPSTO®), pots and trays for the horticulture sector (Division TEKU®) and high-precision engineering plastic components for the automotive industry (Division K-TECH®) all the way to packaging and highly complex functional parts for customers in the food, pharmaceutical and medical technology industries (Division FAMAC®). We currently process around 480 different types of plastic for over 5,600 products across all divisions.

Over 5,600

Products in portfolio


This bandwidth alone makes it clear: Each business division must find solutions for very specific applications – tailor-made and customised answers both to our customers' requirements and to our demand for quality and responsible use of plastic as a material. We are firmly convinced: if used responsibly, plastic is the most sustainable material for many applications.

We want to work together with our customers to develop long-term responsible solutions for their applications. But there are no patent remedies. We already know the path that leads to our goal of driving the circular economy The circular economy The circular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy forward in horticulture and packaging. In the automotive industry, too, we already offer extremely promising approaches – but once again, our own unique concepts are called for. Recycled materials Recycled 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 that are used in highly technical plastic applications need to be just as reliably defined in terms of their material properties as virgin plastic – and the cycles in the automotive industry are very different to those for packaging, for example. There must also be no doubt that a product made from recycled material Recycled 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 not automatically recyclable.

Recyclability For a product to be recyclable, it must: a) be made of a material that is collected 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, has a market value and/or is supported by a programme prescribed by law; b) it is sorted and aggregated into defined streams 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 processes; c) it is processed and recycled through commercial recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling processes; d) the recycled material is used in the manufacture of new products. closeRecyclability itself is a category of its own with extremely specific assignments in terms of product development. In order to provide promising and therefore future-oriented solutions, we, along with the entire industry, depend on cooperation with other stakeholders A group with an interest or concern; people, groups, associations and institutions that are directly or indirectly affected by the actions of a company or that have an interest in the activities of a company. closestakeholders – Germany’s dual system In Germany, nine dual systems In Germany, nine dual systems are currently approved which, among other things, use household recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling to collect used sales packaging. One of the systems is the company 'Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH', which was established following the liberalisation of the former monopoly system. closedual systems are currently approved which, among other things, use household recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling to collect used sales packaging. One of the systems is the company 'Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH', which was established following the liberalisation of the former monopoly system. closedual system operators, waste disposal companies and others from the fields of science and politics. But the willingness of consumers to join us on this path beyond mere “actionism” is equally important. The optimum choice of material for a specific type of packaging can only be assessed in terms of the entire product life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle.

“We are ready and have the technology to optimally process the available quantities of collected recyclables.”

Günther Orschulik,
Head of TEKU® Product Management

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Against this background, we focus on three subject areas in this sustainability The concept of sustainability was first described by Hans Carl von Carlowitz in 1713. Since the 1990s, the expanded model of thinking has developed as a “triangle of sustainability”. Today, it stands for a comprehensive future concept based on a) an ecological balance, b) economic security and c) social fairness. closesustainability report: quality, eco design and supply chain. Some of the most important criteria for quality are longevity and product safety. We take the stipulations of eco design The eco design of plastic packaging is intended to minimise the environmental impact of plastic packaging and the packaged goods over their entire lifespan. closeeco design as a guideline in order to develop responsible concepts that make both economic and ecological sense. Here again, we need to find the balance between a sustainably responsible solution and product functionality with maximum added value for our customers. In recent years, the premises have shifted in this field of work. While economic aspects tended to dominate product development in the past, recyclability For a product to be recyclable, it must: a) be made of a material that is collected 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, has a market value and/or is supported by a programme prescribed by law; b) it is sorted and aggregated into defined streams 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 processes; c) it is processed and recycled through commercial recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling processes; d) the recycled material is used in the manufacture of new products. closerecyclability has become increasingly significant today – with palpable effects, for instance, on the choice of materials.

When deliberating responsible product solutions, it is also necessary to take an in-depth look at the supply chain. After all, within the combination of material choice, delivery, production, transport and use, actual added value can only be achieved with efficient processes. In keeping with our aspiration, we believe this includes being able to understand customer processes and influencing them positively.

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