III Open House: An approach to APS’ Circular Economy Project
For the past three years, we have been holding our annual event, which we share with our customers. This year we presented our Circular Economy Project at the III APS’ Open Days 2023.
We invite you to find out how it was!
We will talk about…
- APS’ Circular Economy Project: What is it about?
- Plasma Fluorinated Barrier Packaging: Key in the APS Circular Economy Project
- Plastic Packaging for Chemicals: Applications and Benefits
- Standards and regulations that are the basis of the APS Circular Economy Project
APS’ Circular Economy Project: What is it about?
During the III APS 2023 Open Days held in October, different presentations were made by leading professionals that support a Circular Economy Project in the world of plastic packaging.
This year, under the slogan INNOVATING TO BE SUSTAINABLE, we showed our APS’ Circular Economy Project that combines the areas of Innovation and Sustainability for the design and manufacture of our sustainable plastic packaging for the chemical products, often classified as “hazardous”.
Generally speaking, the concept of circular economy refers to the combination of Economy and Environment in order to optimise the use of resources and minimise the generation of waste. Unlike the traditional linear economic model based on extraction, manufacture, use and disposal, this new way of conceiving the economy is based on promoting the reuse, repair, recycling and renewal of products and materials.
In this way, it seeks to transform the way goods and services are produced and consumed, promoting a sustainable and environmentally conscious approach, reducing pressure on ecosystems, and mitigating negative impacts. But it can also generate economic opportunities and promote innovation in product and process design.
Many companies wonder how to apply the foundations of the circular economy to the manufacture of plastic packaging, a product that, at first glance, may seem insignificant and far from being complex.
As María Coronado, Head of Communication and Marketing at Alcion Packaging Solutions, explained in her presentation of the Open Days, from our point of view it implies a holistic approach that covers from design to the end of its life cycle.
For his part, José Antonio Lapuente, Head of Product Development at APS, showed the different tools that allow us to improve the design of packaging, shortening deadlines and saving resources. Some of them are:
- Conceptual Design Simulation: CAD
- Mechanical Design Simulation: CAE
From the outset, the design must promote the circularity of plastic packaging, turning it into a practical, qualitative, aesthetic element that helps logistics and always complies with current legislation.
In addition, it must be able to propose a reduction in the carbon footprint and be aligned with environmental circularity, that is: reducing weight but achieving more robustness, increasing the possibilities of recyclability, reducing manufacturing costs, etc. But, above all, it must allow the correct industrialization, that is, to be able to make it a reality, and provide more and more improvements in its characteristics and mechanical properties as well as in its behavior against the product it will contain.
Innovation and sustainability in APS
José Fernández, CEO of Alcion Packaging Solutions, made it very clear in his presentation that innovation and sustainability in APS are central to sustaining an efficient and possible circular economy project.
At Alcion Packaging Solution, we work hard to ensure sustainable and innovative packaging that is safely adapted to the products it contains. Safety is the basis on which all new developments revolve, and we do so by complying with new regulations, certifications and closely following national and international legislation.
Plasma Fluorinated Barrier Packaging: Key in the APS Circular Economy Project
The transformation of plastic, thanks to technology and processes that are more respectful of the environment, has continued to evolve, allowing the simplification of packaging and offering new alternatives.
This was explained to us by Steve Steenhoudt, Sales Engineer at Delta Engineering, emphasizing that plasma fluorination today makes it possible to provide barrier properties to a single-material plastic container (HDPE). In this way, the packaging can be used to pack chemicals in a safe and controlled way.
The barrier generated in plastic packaging by this technology gives greater resistance to the packaging when it is in contact with hazardous or corrosive products, adapting to changes in temperature and environmental pressure and preventing the permeation of water vapor and oxygen. In addition, it makes the packaging remain 100% recyclable to protect the environment.
Advantages of barrier packaging
Barrier containers, made either by coextrusion, with several layers of different plastic materials, or by plasma fluorination, provide the necessary resistance for the packaging of aggressive products that could otherwise deteriorate and deform the packaging.
The big advantages are the ability to preserve and transport chemicals in the safest way. They ensure excellent protection that would be unfeasible with other containers that do not have such barrier layer.
Plastic Packaging for Chemicals: Applications and Benefits
During his presentation, Harald Kröger, Independent Consultant at CKS Plastics Consulting, explained that the use of plastic materials is mainly linked to chemical products of all kinds as they need a robust, lightweight packaging, with an optimal market price, recyclable and resistant.
The benefits of using plastic materials in this field are manifold:
- Versatility to be able to design various options.
- Chemical Resistance
- Cost-effective transportation
- Improved brand integrity and image as secure packaging promotes trust
Project “Envase x Envase”: Waste Prevention and Minimization
José Guaita, President of Heura Gestión Ambiental, gave the keys of the Project “Envase x Envase”. A project for the recovery and recycling of rigid plastic packaging used in the professional agricultural sector that seeks to minimise waste.
The objective of the project is to achieve the first management system that shows that the collected packaging is recycled, so that the material obtained from these collected bottles and jerrycans is used again to make new containers that are intended to pack again fertilizer products, agronutrients, etc.
It is a project to recover rigid plastic containers so that they can have a second life thanks to their efficient recycling, returning to the system of use to form a sustainability chain.
Standards and regulations that are the basis of the APS Circular Economy Project
The APS Circular Economy Project is based on the requirements of current standards and regulations that guarantee efficient products and environmental care. In addition to continuing to update our UN certifications as we incorporate new technologies and/or processes into our production system.
Our goal is Sustainability based on Innovation, without, of course, leaving aside our competitiveness, as Roberto Bello, Commercial and Marketing Director at Alcion Packaging Solutions, explained. To this end, we work on the incorporation of recycled, post-industrial and post-consumer materials into our packaging manufactured with the different technologies that we have in our plant, attentive to the results and always taking care that the behavior is optimal to be able to contain the chemical products manufactured by our customers.
Through the gradual modernization of our production plant, we apply increasingly sustainable processes, using plastic materials whose results we test until we achieve the expected optimum, as it is important to bear in mind that each context and each type of packaging may require specific approaches.
All the attendants to our III Open Days could see these contributions at our facilities, where our engineers answered all the questions and doubts raised by our customers in a day that served to strengthen ties and show our degree of commitment to the sector and the environment.
Thank you to all those who attended our Open Days and to those who didn’t, we look forward to seeing you in a new edition.
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