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 companies in the Brückner Group therefore focus on the conservation of valuable resources:
- We have achieved significant reductions in energy consumption in film production and plastics processing, and therefore also in emissions.
- Our plants and machines are characterized by a very high raw material efficiency.
- We have developed a special energy monitoring tool for the calculation of the CO2 footprint in the production of flexible plastic film.
The plastic films and plastic packaging produced on Brückner lines protect the packaged products against environmental influences. This extends the shelf life and reduces storage losses – good for the environment.
Nevertheless, plastic suffers from a bad image in public. 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. Because: 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 precious resources
The preservation of nature by using resources responsibly is becoming increasingly important. Since the company’s earliest days Brückner has given great thought of these vital issues.
Today we have already achieved more than 30% 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
- Direct drives along the production line to avoid losses
- Twin screw extrusion eliminating the necessity of energy-intensive raw material pre-drying
- Unique ”Energy Monitoring Tool“ – further helping to reduce our customers’ carbon footprint
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. 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
- The development of ultra-high barrier films
- Substitution of CO2 extense materials
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.