ENGEL is committed to greater sustainability of plastic packaging. In collaboration with six other companies from the Austrian packaging industry, the injection moulding machine manufacturer founded the "Verpackung mit Zukunft” (Packaging with a Future) platform. The aim of the initiative is to improve public awareness of meaningful use of packaging. The companies are taking an active role in the development of a global circular economy for plastic packaging.
Reduce, Replace, Reuse, Recycle – these are the tasks that must be fulfilled to ensure that packaging has the least possible impact on the environment. The seven companies which founded the platform – Alpla, Greiner, Coca-Cola Österreich, Nestlé Österreich, Interseroh, Erema and ENGEL – are already making important contributions towards achieving this with their technologies. Now the companies, which together cover a large part of the value chain, are joining forces in a network. "The circular economy is an interdisciplinary challenge", as Dr. Stefan Engleder, CEO of the ENGEL Group, makes clear. "Only together can we successfully master this challenge and quickly take the first comprehensive steps.”
The focus of the joint commitment is plastic packaging, which has a particular need to make up lost ground when it comes to meaningful handling, disposal and recycling and is therefore losing consumer acceptance. However, compared to packaging made of other materials, plastics often have a significantly better CO2 footprint. "We will not be able to master many of the challenges of the future without plastics," Engleder emphasises. "It's not the material that is the problem, but how it is handled. This is why we are increasingly leveraging our know-how and experience to ensure that plastic packaging can be produced, used, disposed of and recycled in a sustainable manner worldwide."
Read the full press release from ENGEL Austria here.