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MULTIVAC joins cross-company initiative R-Cycle

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MULTIVAC joins cross-company initiative R-Cycle

April 29, 2021 - 11:11

WOLFERTSCHWENDEN, Germany , April 29, 2021 (Press Release) -MULTIVAC joins the cross-company initiative R-Cycle. The aim is to jointly drive forward the circular economy for plastic packaging on the basis of an open and globally applicable tracing standard. R-Cycle records all recycling-relevant information from the production process in the form of a digital product passport and makes it available for recycling. To retrieve the stored information, a machine-readable mark – for example a QR or digital watermark code – is applied to the packaging. In this way, waste sorting systems can use market proven detection technologies to identify fully recyclable packaging and form pure fractions within the recycling process. Precise sorting and transpar-ency regarding the exact composition (types of plastic, printing inks, adhesives, additives, etc.) are key to obtaining high-quality recyclate for high-value recycling.

Stefan Scheibel, Vice President Corporate Training & Innovation Center of the MULTIVAC Group, explains: "In our Innovation Center we are al-ways analyzing the latest trends and advising our customers on the market requirements of tomorrow. Digitization along the value chain has enormous potential in this respect for bringing sustainable packag-ing into a high-quality recycling process. We think of sustainability ho-listically. Packaging must effectively protect goods – especially food – in order to conserve resources; at the same time, the packaging itself must be designed sustainably and effective recycling processes must be en-sured. In this context, exchange with partners from all involved industrial sectors is essential."

Dr. Benedikt Brenken, Director of the R-Cycle Initiative, adds: "With MULTIVAC, we are gaining another important partner and global player in the value cycle. Not only the material of a package, but also its con-tents represent important recycling-relevant information, which we capture with R-Cycle. We look forward to working together and generating new momentum in the development and implementa-tion of the R-Cycle standard."

"Sustainability is an integral part of our corporate strategy," explains Guido Spix, Group President of MULTIVAC. "We are pleased that by joining the R-Cycle initiative we can support shaping an industry stand-ard and thus make a positive contribution to promoting the circular economy for plastic packaging. The exchange with upstream and down-stream processes in the value chain helps us to understand the individ-ual steps even better and to co-develop sustainable solutions."

In addition to manufacturing packaging machines, MULTIVAC also sup-plies solutions for processing and cutting, marking and labeling, and also quality inspection and handling of products. The portfolio is sup-plemented by digital products, such as MULTIVAC Smart Services, which help to increase machine availability and thus efficiency. A digital prod-uct passport of plastic packaging can also provide valuable information for this, in order to make the packaging process more efficient, faster and therefore more sustainable.

About MULTIVAC

MULTIVAC is one of the leading providers worldwide of packaging solutions for food products of all types, life science, and healthcare products, as well as industrial items. The MULTIVAC portfolio covers virtually all re-quirements of processors and producers in terms of pack design, output, and resource efficiency. It comprises a wide range of packaging technol-ogies, as well as automation solutions, labellers, and quality control sys-tems. The product range is rounded off with solutions upstream of the packaging process in the areas of portioning and processing, as well as bakery technology. Thanks to our extensive expertise in packaging lines, all modules can be integrated into complete solutions. This means that

MULTIVAC solutions guarantee a high level of operational and process reliability, as well as efficiency. The MULTIVAC Group has approx-imately 6,500 employees worldwide, with some 2,300 based at its head-quarters in Wolfertschwenden. With over 80 subsidiaries, the Group is represented on all continents. More than 1,000 sales advisors and service technicians throughout the world use their know-how and experience to the benefit of customers, and they ensure all installed MULTIVAC ma-chines are utilised to their maximum.