In total, we held more than 300 conversations at our booth, which made us aware once again of how much demand there is for sustainable plastics," summed up the managing director of MGG Polymers, Günther Höggerl. The high demand for recycled plastics now extends as far as the Middle East, North Africa and South America. The topic of greenwashing is also becoming more and more present and many companies nowadays adorn themselves with "green feathers". The flawless organization, the many conversations, people and topics, gave the MGG team an exciting week in the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. "This trade fair really suits MGG Polymers perfectly and this year's hot topics also harmonized with our philosophy," reports the MGG Polymers managing director.
Central topics: circular economy, digitalization & climate protection
The core topics of the trade show were circular economy, digitalization and climate protection. According to Polymers CEO Günther Höggerl, the term "circular economy" in particular is a big issue: "We can only emphasize it again and again: For a functioning circular economy, we in the recycling industry in particular have to pull firmly together and work on expanding the recycling depth in order to thus get the full potential out of the materials. A long and intense journey for sure, but one that will be worthwhile for all of us." But the topic of "digitalization" was also on everyone's lips at "K." Here, the industry still has a massive amount of catching up to do - especially as far as recycling plant manufacturers are concerned. This is because proper updates for the respective plant operating system often mean that age-old PCs have to be used, which limit and complicate the programming of the machines. "Otherwise, we are positive about the digital future and its possibilities, which can support our employees, but by no means replace them. I think we can look forward to many exciting innovations in the area of administration and research," says Höggerl, who particularly emphasizes climate protection as a central concern of the Müller-Guttenbrunn Group: "Photovoltaic systems allow us to produce part of our own energy supply and, in addition, we transport many goods on the track instead of in trucks. In order to visibly delay climate change, it takes the commitment of every individual!"