19/02/2020 | Packaging

Syntegon and Ceflex stakeholders develop guidelines for a circular economy

Syntegon Technology, formerly Bosch Packaging Technology, contributes its vast packaging and processing expertise to the European initiative Ceflex to foster a circular economy for flexible packaging. As a leading consortium of companies and associations representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging, the initiative aims to establish a collecting, sorting and reprocessing infrastructure throughout Europe by 2025.

With the help of industry partners from all parts of the value chain, Ceflex has developed dedicated “Designing for a Circular Economy Guidelines” for flexible packaging. After several rounds of input from the consortium, the open consultation on the guideline drafts is finished. They will be launched in spring 2020. “Sustainable packaging needs to be easily recyclable and processable at the same time,” says Matthias Klauser, project leader and sustainability expert at Syntegon Technology. “With our long-standing expertise we can help to pave the way to a circular economy that leaves room for production efficiency.”

As a leading provider of processing and packaging equipment, Syntegon Technology supports Ceflex with in-depth packaging and handling knowledge and advice on the use and machinability of materials. “We see considerable potential for instance in mono-polyolefines and other monomaterials,” Matthias Klauser explains. “At the same time, packaging and processing equipment providers will need to adapt their technologies to facilitate implementation of the guidelines. This includes making new materials processable on existing equipment, as well as developing new machine technologies that are suited for all kinds of materials today and in the future.”