WITTMANN BATTENFELD at the K 2019 WITTMANN BATTENFELD and Zeroplast at the K 2019 with injection molding process for the natural material Zeroplast free
“Circular Economy” was the motto of the K 2019 and is the largest common denominator in the cooperation between WITTMANN BATTENFELD and Zeroplast. The bio-based natural material is not only recyclable, biocompatible, free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and chemical additives, but is also said to fulfill all the wishes and requirements of industrial customers. In addition to the criteria already mentioned, these include industrial series production by injection molding, a positive environmental balance, a bio-based barrier layer for cosmetics and foodstuffs, as well as competitiveness in pricing, processes and quality standards. The ingredients of Zeroplast free do not compete with animal feed or food production.
“We have invented the sustainable, all-purpose bio material”, says Friedrich Breidenbach (CEO and co-founder of Zeroplast) with a twinkle in his eye. The facts & figures about the joint development work really read like the program for a request concert organized by industrial customers from the cosmetics, food and toy sectors. This has been made possible by the expert knowledge of WITTMANN BATTENFELD and Buzek Plastic, Poland in injection molding and process technology, the cooperation with leading research institutions, universities and an award-winning EU Horizon 2020 project under the leadership of the Fraunhofer ISC and Fraunhofer IWKS institutes, as well as the material development carried out by Zeroplast to create Zeroplast free. Due to batch variations in natural materials, new developments in areas such as programming and process technology became necessary.
Michael Wittmann and Friedrich Breidenbach were agreed on one thing from the very beginning: “100% bio-based, zero compromise. At the K 2019, we will not present just a concept, but an almost market-ready solution. Throughout the entire development process, we have focused on meeting the requirements of our industrial customers, which is vital for application in real competitive situations. In this, we have been successful. Solutions are only sustainable if they can be brought to market in large numbers of units. Only integrated, intelligent and cost-efficient material compounds and production processes have a chance there.”