since the beginning of 2022, gordon peters has been heading the company together with florian weser, managing director finance& commercial, the kruss company in hamburg.
Gordon peters (l.) and florian weser head the hamburger company kruss. (image: kruss)
Florian weser, the eighth generation to head the hamburger family business and manufacturer of scientific measuring instruments, gains an experienced partner in gordon peters. With the acquisition of the latter’s business unit, the company is continuing to pursue the company-wide growth and insourcing strategy that weser has been driving forward since he became managing partner in 2012.
Testing antiviral surfaces
the covid 19 pandemic has greatly increased the need for everyday items with antiviral surfaces. It is known that the material properties of an object have an influence on the survivability of viruses on surfaces. This is where the work of Fraunhofer IFAM, Bremen, comes in: in research projects with a material science and biological focus, the effect of functionalized surfaces and treatment processes on various materials on the survival time of viruses is evaluated by means of real-time PCR tests. The detection system is also of interest to industrial material developers who want to optimize their products in terms of antiviral efficacy. To the background
Peters moved from olympus to kruss in 2018, initially heading up international sales. Already from 2019, as director global sales& marketing for networking and ever more consistent alignment of the sales, marketing, technical support and applications& departments science to the user. peters brought the threads together with the establishment of a customer support center. In order to intensify contact with users internationally as well, he established direct representations in several sales regions that had previously been served by trading partners.
The second life of a PET bottle
In the fourth generation of the audi A3, the car manufacturer audi is using seat covers made from secondary raw materials for the first time. According to the manufacturer, up to 89% of the textile used is made from recycled PET bottles, which are processed into yarn. The materials are to ensure the same quality standards as classic textile covers, both visually and haptically. A total of up to 45 PET bottles of 1.5 liters each are recycled per seating system. In addition, a further 62 PET bottles were recycled for the carpet in the vehicle. Other components of the interior are also increasingly made from secondary raw materials, such as insulating materials and damping components, the side trim of the luggage compartment, the load floor and the insert mats. However, the seat covers are not yet made entirely of recyclable material (picture: audi)
The fristads green high visibility collection is made from organic cotton and polyester from recycled PET bottles. It consists of a wide range of garments that enable professionals in the road construction, building, transport and logistics sectors to dress from head to toe in high-visibility clothing with a lower environmental impact – without compromising on safety and quality. With sustainable 4-way stretch and rib-knit inserts at the waist, these garments offer plenty of comfort with less environmental impact than regular high-visibility clothing. (image: fristads)
the aquis date upcycle is a version of an already available diving watch from oris with a colorful dial made of recycled PET plastic, which comes from PET bottles collected from the sea. Each watch in the special edition is unique, as the recycling process creates random patterns and therefore no two dials are the same. (picture: oris)
Together with amut, erema has started up the first extrusion line for food-grade PET film in albany, new zealand, for alto plastic packaging. eremas vacurema PET recycling technology is used here, combined with amut inline sheet production technology. The melt comes directly from the vacurema 1716 T basic without the detour via the granulation into the amut plant. The post-consumer PET material is decontaminated and pre-dried before extrusion in the vacuum reactor of the erema plant, at a throughput of up to 1.500 kg per hour. After high-performance filtration through an erema SW-RTF backflush filter and online IV measurement, the melt goes directly to amut’s inline sheet line. There it is processed into single-layer rpet thermoforming sheets from 0.15 to 1.2 mm thick. The films are not only 100% food-grade, they also meet FDA regulations for food suitability. The rpet thermoforming sheets are then further processed into trays and food containers. (image: erema)
Since may 2021, the turkish yarn producer korteks, headquartered in bursa, has been producing polyester filament yarns from recycled material on a starlinger recycling line. The plant has a production capacity of 7.200 t/a and processes clean production waste from the yarn manufacturer and washed post-consumer PET bottle flakes in a ratio of 1:1. The yarns produced are used in a wide range of applications, such as home textiles, clothing, automotive textiles, and garden furniture. (picture: korteks)
starting in 2022, continental wants to use plastic from recycled PET bottles for the production of car tires. As the automotive supplier announced, previously conventionally produced polyester compounds will be completely replaced by a sustainable polyester yarn. (CONTINENTAL]
bag and accessories maker dicota, switzerland, is pushing ahead with the transition of its products to sustainable, environmentally friendly manufacturing. the notebook bags, sleeves and backpacks in the base collection are now also made as eco base from recycled plastic bottles. depending on the product, up to 19 PET-bottles find a second life. (image: dicota)
For the second time, kaufland launched an exclusive sustainable sports collection made of recycled polyester in march 2021. The products are made from used PET bottles, fishing nets and plastic waste and are fully certified according to the Global Recycling Standard (GRS). (image: kaufland)
A team of more than 150 employees works to find sustainable solutions for lego products. In the last three years, material scientists and engineers have tested over 250 variations of PET materials and hundreds of other plastic formulations. the result is a prototype that meets several of their quality, safety and play requirements – including clutch performance. (image: lego)
leaving an ecological footprint – lidl takes this literally: as part of the "reset plastic" plastic strategy initiated by the schwarz group, lidl deutschland launches shoes whose uppers are made from recycled PET bottles from asia. (image: lidl)