At K 2022, evidence of the importance of the circular economy and the prominent role of the recycling industry therein are everywhere. One of the most important players in that industry is the Erema Group.
walked and talked with Manfred Hackl, CEO of the Erema Group, who pointed to the technical advances, including 70 products in the Circonomic Center alone, being showcased by Erema at K 2022. "It's this technical progress — and working together in the value chain — that make it possible to implement a circular economy," he said.
This year at K is the first time Erema Group is presenting itself as a cohesive whole, with all the companies in the group exhibiting together at a single shared stand. "The time was right," Hackl said. "Together, the companies can present the entire portfolio to the customer and the market. Customers recognize Erema but had no idea that we also had, for example, Keycycle for plant engineering or Umac for used machines. One stand makes it easier to present the value of the group, the different products and the different business models to the market."
In addition to a joint stand, just as at previous shows, Erema has also installed an impressive lineup of machinery at the Circonomic Center, which is located outside on the fairgrounds. Here the company is displaying a number of collaborative projects next to providing live recycling demonstrations on a daily basis. The company hopes to recycle some 20,000 tonnes of plastics waste at the show, turning this into regranulate that will be supplied to customers.
One surprising addition to the exhibits at the Circonomic Center are the products from Plasticpreneur, the startup in which Erema recently acquired a stake. Its back-to-basics mobile recycling solutions have been designed for entry-level access to plastics recycling and are deployed in settings varying from universities, schools and science centers to museums and design studios, as well as regions in the world lacking recycling infrastructure.
"It's decentralized recycling," Hackl said. "These machines make recycling available in areas where central recycling is not feasible. They are small-scale solutions towards making plastics circular."