Replenishable raw materials
"However, this customer group's interest in using such basic materials is still very limited due to the considerably higher material prices", explains Johannes Wedi, head of the consumer packaging development/technical service department at Bischof + Klein.
In optimising its products, B+K has long since been turning its attention to packaging and films manufactured from replenishable raw materials. Thanks to good links to raw material and film suppliers as well as its involvement in the "bioplastics" working group within the Plastics Packaging Industry Association (IK), for example, the company has access to the latest information and a wealth of experience in this sector.
Recycled materials are a further area on which development is being focussed. Bischof + Klein can foresee possibilities for making sensible use of recycled materials, particularly in the non-food packaging sector, and views this as an outstanding opportunity to reduce raw material consumption. "We are testing such materials with various customers", reports Johannes Wedi. "For example, up to 30 percent recycled material can be used very successfully in packaging for tissue products."
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