KHS offers manufacturers who work with their own film suppliers a wide range of services. “At our in-house laboratory we can test whether the film destined for use is compatible with our machines,” explains Thyssen. Experienced KHS service engineers are also on hand to assist their customers with commissioning directly on-site or through remote services.

A sustainable system for the beverage industry

Using recycled film is to the operator’s advantage in several respects. “On the one hand, compared to new material it reduces the carbon footprint by up to 65%, according to market information supplied by various film manufacturers, and this thus helps to significantly save on resources,” Thyssen states.

On the other, bottlers would then be prepared for the planned changes to legislation in some countries regarding fixed quotas. In Great Britain, for example, by April 2022 plastic packaging must be made up of at least 30% recyclate. Should companies undershoot these quotas they face increased taxes.

It cannot be denied that the use of film made of recycled material is more expensive than conventional new film. Experience shows that up to 10% in additional costs are incurred for 50% rPE, with this surcharge rising to a maximum of 15% for 100% rPE.

However, Thyssen is convinced that the benefit of acting sustainably by using recycled film overrides the increase in expenditure – especially when failing to meet statutory thresholds means paying environmental taxes in the future.

Besides continuing to be easy to process, the sustainable packaging system also carries a valuable message. “In facilitating the handling of film made completely of recycled material, we’re taking a clear stand for the protection of the environment,” says Thyssen. In doing so, KHS is specifically endeavoring to further establish eco-friendly systems on the market and promote the circular economy.

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