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Henkel to invest in recycling start-up Saperatec

October 18/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Henkel is making a strategic investment in recycling start-up Saperatec, said the company. 

The startup company has developed an innovative, patented technology that among others allows the separation and recycling of flexible packaging that contains aluminum foil. The two companies have already been involved in a technical collaboration for over two years, with the aim of developing and enhancing a range of customized recyclable adhesive solutions. With this strategic investment in Saperatec, the Adhesive Technologies business unit is confirming its dedication to sustainability: Henkel aims to provide its industrial customers with comprehensive and efficient recycling solutions for flexible packaging especially in the food industry.

The two companies have already been involved in a technical collaboration for more than two years to develop a range of customised recyclable adhesive solutions.

Sapertac Ц founded in 2011 in Bielefeld, Germany Ц has developed a patented technology to separate and recycle flexible packaging that contains aluminium foil.

The technology separates individual layers of composite material Ц such as polyethylene, (PE) aluminium and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) Ц which are then sorted after the separation process and reintroduced into the value chain as single-origin materials, suitable for a wide range of applications.

This has been carried out at the pilot facility since 2014, and now the company is starting to build its first production plant in Europe after closing the fund-raising round. It has not been specified how much Henkel has invested, nor where the site of the plant will be.

Henkel are also partnering with Borealis and plastics solutions company Borouge to develop  flexible packaging solutions for detergents containing both virgin polyethylene (PE) and high amounts of post-consumer recyclate (PCR) in efforts to increase sustainability.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,436,390 tonnes in the first eight months of 2019, up by 9% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased.

Henkel operates in three business units, including laundry and home care, beauty care and adhesive technologies.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PE, PET-granulate, PET bottles, PET films, PET preforms, Borealis, Henkel.
Category:General News
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