12.05.2022

Community

ENGEL, one of the world's leading manufacturers of plastic injection moulding machines, joins R-Cycle

ENGEL has joined the cross-company R-Cycle community to drive the establishment of digital product passports for plastic products. R-Cycle thus creates the basis for a highly developed recycling process by automatically recording recycling-relevant information as early as the product manufacturing stage.

ENGEL is actively committed to building a circular economy for plastics. The aim is to be able to use recyclates in a significantly wider range of applications with innovative processing methods and digital solutions.

“The prerequisite for this is information transparency along the entire value chain, the cycle of information, so to speak,” emphasizes Dr. Gerhard Dimmler, CTO of the ENGEL Group. “Only if you know which material is processed, the desired product properties can be guaranteed. The digital product passport makes it possible to trace the life cycle of materials and plastic components.”

The link to the digital product passport is made via corresponding markings on the products, for example digital watermarks or QR codes. Using the additional information, waste sorting facilities can identify recyclable plastic products more precisely and provide single-variety fractions for recycling. This is the key to being able to recycle plastics of equal or even higher value.

“With ENGEL, we are gaining another global player and experienced partner that consistently designs its products technologically for sustainable business,” adds Dr. Benedikt Brenken, Director of the R-Cycle Community. “Digital product passports offer enormous potential for the circular economy – we now need to implement this together.”