Machinepoint Machinepoint participates in the technological conferences organized by MKP in Madrid

Editor: Steffen Donath

On Thursday November 22nd the III MKP Technical Conference took place in Madrid. MachinePoint together with Reifenhauser Group, NGR, Frigosystems, Ultrasystem and Syncro presented the latest innovations and solutions to the market of film extrusion, recycling and bag making.

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The future of plastic.
The future of plastic.
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MKP brought together a group of guests from leading Spanish companies in film extrusion, recycling and bag making, who attended this conference that took place at the NH Collection Colon hotel in Madrid.

Circular economy of plastic production was a key subject during the conference. Companies and governments are looking for a solution so that in the future the plastic industry is respectful with the environment. Soon companies will have to comply with the new regulations the European Union will impose on all its countries members over the next few years.

Many of the disposable plastic products that we find today for sale will disappear over the course of the next few years in the European Union. The European Commission backed with an absolute majority on October 23, the idea of gradually banning the production and sale in Europe of a series of single-use plastic products. From 2021 the following products will be banned: straws, plates, cutlery and sticks for food and drink, cotton sticks, sticks to hold balloons, oxo-degradable plastic products and expanded polystyrene fast food containers. . From 2025 90% of plastic bottles will be recycled. Polluting packaging for fruit, vegetables or desserts will have to be reduced by up to 25% by 2025. Cigarette filters will be reduced by up to 80% by the year 2030. They are also considering making product manufacturers responsible for the costs of cleaning the waste of their products. Such a scenario will affect industries like the tobacco industry for cigarette butts, or fishing gear manufacturers, etc, which would have to cover collection costs. Different European state members have to discuss the law and see how to implement it in their respective countries.

During MKP conference, leading manufacturers in the industry such as Reifenhauser Group, NGR, Frigosystems, Ultrasystem and Syncro showed how their solutions intend to adapt to these new demands of the market. They are actively participating in the transformation of the plastics industry from a linear economy, with a linear chain from production to waste, to a circular producing economy, where resources recycled in a sustainable manner enter again into the production chain. This huge change in production strategy is being promoted politically by the European Commission and the Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation. To achieve these changes a technological evolution is required so machinery is more efficient, consumes less raw material, reduces energy consumption and decreases plastic waste. A greater investment in recycling machinery will be needed.

Cesar Rodríguez, CEO of MachinePoint comments, “A world without plastic is unimaginable. Plastic has been essential to achieve the quality of life we currently have in our society. However, we urgently need to find an absolute solution to prevent the uncontrollable production of the waste we are generating.”