We are aware of our responsibility
Because we care!
One of our main concerns is to leave the best possible world to future generations. All Brückner Group members are therefore working on ways to ensure that film and packaging are produced on their machines with the least possible use of resources and with the highest possible recycling capability:
Brückner Maschinenbau: The new BOPE line (biaxially oriented polyethylene) concept makes the production of mono-material films with superior mechanical and optical properties possible. These are excellent to sort in waste separation and are ideal to recycle.
Brückner Servtec: Special audits offer support for film producers
to modify their machines to the newest environmental standards.
Kiefel: New line and tool technologies are designed to process various mono-material structures for all important plastics (also bio-based) as well as recycled post-consumer materials.
PackSys Global: A newly designed mono-material tube (including lid) ensures optimal recycling capability. Tubes and lids do not have to be separated beforehand.
The plastic films and plastic packaging produced on lines of the Brückner Group companies protect the packaged products against environmental influences. This extends the shelf life and reduces storage losses – good for the environment.
Brückner Maschinenbau and the whole Brückner Group are aware of their responsibility with regard to the environment and sustainability. That is why the initiative "Yes, we care" was launched in 2017. Environmental protection starts in our own company!
Sustainability is important to us
We participate in different initiatives and take care about sustainable film production and plastics processing
A sustainability initiative we participate in
Blue Competence establishes network links for the mechanical engineering industry in the area of sustainability and pools the resources, know-how and strengths of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), the largest engineering industry network in Europe.
Blue Competence – these are the technologies and processes of mechanical and plant engineering which, for example, consume a minimum amount of energy while delivering maximum productivity, preserve our resources, reduce emissions to a minimum or improve people's living conditions in a sustainable way.
Every VDMA member company can participate in the Blue Competence initiative after signing the Blue Competence contract and the associated obligation to publish the twelve sustainability guidelines of the machinery and plant engineering industry on the internet.
How Blue Competence makes the world more sustainable
The participating companies publish their individual articles and solutions regarding the key questions of our time, accompanied and supported by the communication measures of the overall and professional associations. For this purpose, Blue Competence defines well-founded sustainability criteria and standards which all companies participating in the initiative endorse. The initiative thus ensures greater transparency, simplifies orientation and provides security to all those seeking sustainable solutions and products or companies operating sustainably.
On www.bluecompetence.net the VDMA publishes detailed information on the participating professional associations and companies, as well as „best-practice examples“, standpoints and positions which are significant for the implementation of sustainable business, ecological and societal solutions.
Sustainable film production
Sustainability in film production has been our priority since the earliest days
We help to preserve nature and resources
The preservation of nature by using resources and products responsibly is becoming increasingly important. Since the company’s earliest days Brückner has given great thought of these vital issues.
Despite all necessary developments for the rapidly developing circular economy, Brückner Maschinenbau is keeping to its own ambitious objectives for a decreasing raw material usage and an increasingly minimal energy consumption during film production. Despite all legitimate demands about recycling and reusability, the challenge of climate change and the reduction of the carbon footprint throughout the entire packaging production chain must not be forgotten.
Today we have already achieved more than 42% reduction of the energy consumption for our film stretching lines and we are striving to reach a reduction of 50% compared to levels in 2000. We are well on our way to achieving our goal by:
- Heat recovery system - also available as an upgrade on existing lines
- Twin screw extrusion eliminating the necessity of energy-intensive raw material pre-drying
- Special energy monitor: permanent information about consumption show energy saving potentials
Sustainability also implies the use of renewable raw materials, the reduction of the raw materials used, a decrease in the number of process steps and the avoidance of waste. In the fight against climate change, we will still need plastic packaging that is produced in a resource-saving way. Brückner has contributet to this over the years through:
- R&D with bio-plastics, resulting in complete new lines as well as modifying existing lines for, e.g. BOPLA film production
- Downgauging of films while still achieving excellent film performance - less raw material usage
- Barrier films allowing packaging laminate simplification and reducing the number of further converting steps
Solutions for a Circular Economy
- The focus is on mono-material film with superior mechanical and optical properties, which will be able to substitute previous multi-layer films made from different materials. These are ideal for the use in new, single-origin packaging and guarantee good sortability in waste separation and optimal recycling. At K 2019 Brückner introduced two new line concepts for the manufacture of BOPE film
- Polyolefin shrink films are the trend for a better sortability and recyclability of bottles and sleeve labels. Brückner Maschinenbau has developed special low density sleeves and dedicated stretching line concepts.
- New inline coater: New mono-material structures must fulfil the highest demands and must not be inferior to previous packaging films. This is why Brückner has developed a new inline coater for all BOPP and BOPE lines, to manufacture extremely thin functional layers. Due to the extreme thinness, the layers don’t disrupt the sorting and recycling.
A circular economy for flexible packaging
Driving towards circular economy
And we are part of it
We see it as our duty to help to preserve precious resources. This is why we are a member of a collaborative project of a European consortium of companies and associations representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging called CEFLEX.
The mission of the project is to make flexible packaging more relevant to the circular economy. This should be achieved by advancing better system design solutions via the collaboration of companies representing the entire value chain.
- By 2020 flexible packaging should be recycled in most European countries.
- By 2025 a collection, sorting and reprocessing infrastructure/economy developed for post-consumer flexible packaging across Europe will be established.