Head of Technology and Innovation
Sulzer Mixpac AG
Victor Clemens holds an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and an MAS in Innovation Management. Currently he is responsible for the global technology and innovation group within Sulzer Mixpac, the leading supplier of packaging, mixing and application solutions for two-component adhesives, sealants and fillers across a wide range of markets and industries.
Sustainable packaging and application system for the future of adhesives in a circular economy
Due to a constant rise in the use of lightweight material, new technologies in manufacturing industries, and the importance of protection, conservation and packaging, adhesive applications have been on the rise in recent decades. Despite the tremendous positive contribution of this industry to the larger economy, the resulting negative environmental impacts require urgent measures from all responsible players in the supply chain.
This paper presents a novel collapsible packaging developed in Sulzer Mixpac over recent years for mixing and dispensing 2K adhesives in various applications. The flexible or foldable packaging is intrinsically greener compared to its classic counterpart: a solid plastic cartridge. The packaging is designed to be effectively folded without loss of performance, resulting in significantly lower waste volume. It has substantially less plastic weight and tends to be lighter than rigid solutions with comparable capacity. As a result, transportation is also more efficient and the CO2 footprint in the entire supply chain is reduced.
This paper outlines the entire development cycle and describes the key technical features of the product. It will conclude with a summary of the remaining economic and technical challenges in the development and introduction of futuristic eco-friendly packaging within the chemical industry at large.
Co-authors: Tobias Bödenmueller, Christian Majoleth
Thursday, 12 September 2019, 17:00 - 17:30