Waste PET material turned into moulding resin

Waste PET material turned into moulding resin

German decorative films firm Leonhard Kurz has developed a process for recycling residual PET materials. This enables the carrier foils from Kurz transfer finishing products to be returned to the material cycle. The recycled material can be used as an injection moulding material for high-value applications.

Kurz says that while recycled plastics are usually used for simple secondary applications such as exercise mats, park benches or flowerpots, the PET material developed by the firm can be utilised for sophisticated injection moulding applications.

Kurz spent three years and a total investment of several million euros working on the PET recycling concept.

The recycling concept developed by Kurz provides for the collection and shipment, or pickup of the used Kurz transfer products at the customer, and conversion of the material into new injection moulding material in the company’s own recycling facility.

A recycling facility in Fürth, at the company’s headquarters in Germany, is currently in pilot operation. At present, it is recycling residual Kurz PET material from Edelmann, a packaging manufacturer. The next step will be to employ the PET recycling concept for further customers.

For the medium term, Kurz plans to establish recycling facilities at all its international manufacturing locations to ensure a universally sustainable approach through short transport distances. As with all its manufacturing plants in Germany, the recycling facility will use only power from renewable sources.

“As a global market and innovation leader in the printing sector, we view it as our duty to offer the printing and plastics industries sustainable ways to achieve excellent finishing and decoration. For many years now we have been striving to ensure that our transfer products are manufactured, processed and disposed of in a sustainable manner. Thanks to our new recycling process, we have now fully closed the material cycle. This is a milestone in plastics recycling,” explains Markus Hoffmann, Member of the Management Board at Kurz.


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