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In addition to the drama caused by COVID-19 in Europe and on all other continents, we can say with astonishment:
1.) The plastic and packaging bashing has been approaching reality in the last few months.
2.) Consumers suddenly notice how important it is to distribute food safely.
3.) The governments of the EU have classified the packaging industry as systemically relevant. Well!
Now an important goal remains to continue to observe the EU rules and to implement them with determination.
This refers to the most important goal of this year - including last year. The next few months will show whether our industry is moving in the right direction.
Food packaging and the challenges of the next few years.
EU Minister for Environment and Water, Neno Dimov, announced on 22 May 2018 that his colleagues had approved a draft European waste legislation (EU) on the circular economy.
The member states of the EU were asked to write these regulations into national laws. In Germany, this implementation led to the Packaging Act (VerpackG).
Since 1 January 2019 the VerpackG is in force. This has drastically changed the focus of the packaging industry and its distributors.
It is important to follow the goals set by the Federal Government, which means that entire production chains and packaging ideas must be rethought. The priorities of the tasks of the industries involved can best be described as follows:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover (-> Energy = Thermal Recovery). Ultimately, this highly simplified description is exactly what it is about and what can be achieved in the medium term.
"Without the packaging industry, the distribution of food will not work, that's what all involved industries agree on and have gathered in CEFLEX."
As always, one should avoid blind actionism. You can read such actions practically every day in the relevant press. Greenwashing has become a day-to-day business for many companies.
For us, there is no question that the industries involved will be up to this challenge.
Römer Consult is a partner of the InnoNet Partners group and is actively involved in solutions of the above.
The development of modern laminating adhesives has reached a level which makes further improvements conceivable only in detail. Nevertheless, what we published here years ago still applies.
"A direct comparison of the different adhesive systems often distorts the picture of real efficiency. There are too many variables / special cases to make a statement that has absoluteness claim. The decision of which adhesive is most suitable for the respective application appears much more likely to capture the real criteria. If one sets e.g. the immediate further processing as the main criterion, you decide on the basis most likely for a WB adhesive. Then one has to estimate very accurately which e.g. Product resistance can / should be achieved. At this question / hurdle, the WB adhesive often does not meet the requirements. In terms of business management and technical considerations, the ideal answer would be to use an adhesive that optimally covers the production of all composites. The modern SB and SF adhesives have reached a standard reflecting these multi - purpose characteristics. WB adhesives will not be able to achieve this multi - purpose status. The decision on which adhesive to use is therefore in the hands of the experts, who weigh the facts technically and economically and make their decisions. There is no general " pro " for one or the other adhesive system without careful evaluation! "
The saying "Cheap becomes Expensive!" has always been true in the past.
The adhesives industry has innovative adhesive systems with properties that also make new packaging concepts possible.
Short-term decisions must now make room for medium and long-term decisions. Creativity and imagination are in demand!
Römer Consult has been working with this philosophy from the beginning and has successfully advised companies in the packaging industry on the technical implementation of complex problems.