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Milestone: Packaging made of 100% recycled EPS

(28.11.2019)


First successful tests with 100% recyclable EPS

The HIRSCH Servo Group, as one of the leading manufacturers of EPS insulation materials, packaging and machinery, has together with BEWiSynbra successfully completed the first tests with 100% recyclable EPS and produced a limited edition of packaging made of this 100% recycled EPS. The BEWiSynbra Group, one of the leading producers of EPS in Europe, has recently introduced an innovative EPS that is 100% recyclable and can be recycled over and over again.

The successful test team (ltr): Ville Nurminen (Alignment and R&D Manager of BEWiSynbra Group), Hermann Proprentner (Shape Molding expert HIRSCH Technology), Rainer Hormann (Preexpander expert HIRSCH Technology), Bianca Sereinig (Application Engineering & Innovation Manager HIRSCH Porozell), Harald Kogler (CEO HIRSCH Servo Group)


"We have tested at our headquarters in Glanegg/Austria how to pre-foam the new raw material from 100% recycled EPS and we molded parts from the resulting EPS that meet our high quality requirements. The 100% recycled EPS parts are slightly off-white compared to conventional EPS and the mechanical properties are virtually comparable," says HIRSCH Servo CEO Harald Kogler. "Too few people know that EPS is 100% recyclable. Now we can offer the industry a sustainable alternative that provides an additional incentive for reuse and recycling. "The next step will be to convince our customers to use this sustainable material for their protective transport packaging," says Harald Kogler.

 "The response to our 100% recycled EPS has been overwhelming. Today, only a small part of the EPS is reused and an even smaller part is recycled. Our new product has the potential to change that. It is a sustainable alternative to EPS production from conventional raw materials," says Alan Moss, Managing Director of BEWiSynbra RAW. "We will start commercial deliveries to selected customers in early 2020," says Alan Moss.

The HIRSCH Servo Group

The HIRSCH Servo Group, with headquarters in Austria and 25 other manufacturing facilities in Central, East and South-East Europe, is an international company with core competencies in using EPS (expandable polystyrene), a highly versatile material. 

Our products have wide-ranging applications including packaging, insulation, shaped-molded parts for industrial use and custom solutions. Top quality, reliability, perfect logistics and a high capacity for innovation are our hallmarks.

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