Collaboration is the name of the game for Clariant’s sustainability projects that will be showcased at K 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Oct. 16 to 24, 2019. In booth J11 in hall 8A, Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) will demonstrate how partnerships can create a more sustainable plastics industry through a “Symphony of Collaboration.”
Several projects and products, including the launch of a company-wide initiative focused on plastics recycling, will be highlighted at the booth. Moving toward a circular economy for post-consumer and post-industrial plastics includes three key elements, according to Clariant: The development of product and system solutions for recycling; partnerships with players across the recycling ecosystem; and confronting challenges by sharing knowledge across different recycling technologies and the recycling value chain.
In line with making recycling a viable option, Clariant announced support for effective mono-material consumer solutions, with a key priority being to ensure the continued attractiveness of virgin PET for packaging. At K 2019, Clariant will launch its new PET masterbatch for the food and beverage market. The patented “oxygen scavenger” is based on a molecule that goes beyond existing solutions for PET in protecting content shelf life and taste. In initial customer trials, the material has been shown to have the potential to address a number of challenges for packaging producers with a single product.
Other partners in Clariant’s Symphony of Collaboration include Finnish oil refining company Neste, with which Clariant has been exploring opportunities to use renewable hydrocarbons derived from cooking oils, and a company that develops near-infrared (NIR) scanners, with which Clariant has developed new colorants for the black coloration of plastics that can be identified by NIR sorting devices.
Clariant also is also extending its EcoTain brand, currently awarded to a portfolio of more than 200 products with sustainability advantages, to include partnerships that foster collaboration between at least three partners in the value chain to advance the circular economy. At K 2019, Clariant will invite companies to come together and collaborate specifically on one particularly challenging aspect of recycling.
“Clariant is proud to be fostering these partnerships across the value chain, from producer to recycler,” said Richard Haldimann, Head of Innovation Excellence and Business Incubator. “Clariant has been providing solutions to reduce the use of plastics, extend their lifetime to enable reuse, and supporting recycling for years. But we’ve learned from experience that the wider problem can’t be solved at an individual company level. It’s a system problem, and collaboration is key.”