Plastic materials – why?
The fact that plastics have prevailed worldwide as a packaging material is no accident. For they offer a whole range of unbeatable material properties – especially for beverage and food products.
In which direction is the packaging market currently heading? Which political and social developments will we be faced with when it comes to the use of plastics? Obviously no-one can look into the future, particularly in turbulent times such as these, which is why we at Krones prefer to concentrate on what we do well: Developing sound strategies for a range of packaging scenarios – and using them to derive tangible solutions for our customers.
One thing is certain: There must be a radical change in the way people treat packaging and resources – and a shift away from the wanton consumption of resources towards a closed-loop circular economy. We are firmly convinced that it is possible for PET and the other plastics materials used in packaging to have an environmentally compatible future. Why? Because we have the technologies today to make the sustainable use of these materials conceivably simple and, most importantly, profitable.
Plastic materials and sustainability – how does that fit together? Our "Plastics fact check" series on the Krones blog provides the answer.
A strong circular economy can only be established with joint forces. For this reason, Krones joins cooperations with selected companies which complement our technologies and enhance our solutions.
In order to offer turnkey sorting and recycling systems from a single source, Krones and Stadler Anlagenbau GmbH entered into a cooperation partnership. An additional goal: to significantly advance the development together – from new solutions, processes, and technologies with regard to sortation and processing of waste materials.
According to a legislative proposal of the European Commission, caps will have to remain firmly attached to PET bottles, even after opening. In a cooperation with Aptar, Krones packaging experts developed the FlipLid: a novel capping system which permanently attaches the cap to the bottle – and thereby exactly meets the requirement of the European Commission.
EU Directive 2019/204 - what do I need to know?
We have prepared the most important information about tethered caps for you in a free-of-charge whitepaper.
Inform yourself now: What you can expect in terms of tethered caps