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MENSHEN receives the "Patent of the month" award

We are pleased to be among the "Patents of the Month" of the journal “neue verpackung” and would like to introduce "our" Gyro Gearlooses: Frank Römer, Leon Segref, Tim Gierse, Volker Kölsche, Christoph Czarnetzki and Frank Mertens.

"In our product development department, we work closely together and are constantly coming up with new ideas - sometimes more, sometimes less promising just as the real Gyro Gearloose," laughs Frank Römer as Head of R&D at Menshen Germany. "The idea behind this patent is to bring food safety and recycled material into harmony, which is still a challenge at the moment.”

Way to go, Team Gearloose!

Jan Valenthon new Head of Human Resources at Menshen Germany

Valenthon took on his first specialist and management tasks at a company in the manufacturing sector after studying business administration in Siegen. From 2014-2020, he moved to a medium-sized company in the metal and plastics processing industry as human resources manager. "Menshen now feels to me like coming home," says Valenthon, who grew up in the Sauerland region. "Here I have a lot of creative freedom and can make a lot of things happen together with passionate colleagues."

In addition to managing a team of eight, his responsibilities include all human resources work. "In principle, my team and I take care of everything that characterizes modern HR work from A to Z," says Valenthon. The business graduate with additional training as a business coach pays particular attention to the digitization of processes. "We gain process reliability and increase our efficiency as a result. Taken together, both create scope for strengthening our employer brand and personnel marketing."

Menshen awarded as best supplier by Henkel

Menshen particularly receives the award for its outstanding delivery performance, excellent service level and strong commitment to partnership. "Henkel is one of our largest global customers. We are therefore very proud and feel confirmed in our chosen course of clearly focusing on sustainable packaging," says Commercial Director Eric Dauer. "This is a great success for the entire Menshen team." 

Due to current restrictions, the award ceremony on December 7, 2020 was held exclusively digitally due to the Corona pandemic.

MENSHEN takes its responsibility for the protection of the environment and sustainability seriously

(Finnentrop) Species extinction is up to 1,000 times faster than the natural evolutionary loss. There are too many detrimental influences which are the cause of a sudden collapse of entire bee colonies.

We take counteractive measures not only in sustainable energy management but also by actions for improving the ecological balance.

Together with the start-up company BEE-RENT, MENSHEN puts up colonies of bees at the Plettenberg-Kahley and Sundern-Hagen sites. The bees will spend the winter in closed boxes and will resume their important work in the next spring. A BeeRent staff member takes care of the bees. The bees are and remain the property of BeeRent; however, MENSHEN receives the honey harvested from the environment of the site and will give them to customers and staff members as a "Greeting from the Sauerland".

We use resources from our region such as water and energy, Simone Hesener says, and wish to make sure that our cultural landscape is preserved. We will make further contributions for ensuring this.

Borealis and MENSHEN launch new packaging closures made of post-consumer recycled resin to enable more sustainable living

Borealis and MENSHEN, a leading specialist for plastic closures and packaging systems, have collaborated on a series of 10 packaging closures based on Borcycle™, an evolving recycling technology which transforms polyolefin-based waste streams into value-adding versatile solutions. Borcycle is used to manufacture a range of compounds made of recycled polyolefins (rPO) which are ideal for use in sophisticated rigid packaging applications. This evolving technology unites the Borealis recycling and compounding expertise with its own Borstar® multi-modal and nucleation technologies. These packaging solutions are predominantly made for use in laundry and homecare and include also 2K closures.


MENSHEN employs a rigorous process to ensure that the quality of the post-consumer recycled (PCR) material selected for a closure is in perfect alignment with its required functionality. In the course of collaboration, Borealis and MENSHEN determined that Borcycle™ UG522MO, a polypropylene (PP) compound made of 50% PCR content, would be the ideal choice for the new closures, as it offers:

  • Potential reduction of CO2 emissions by up to 15% when compared to use of comparable virgin PP in similarly demanding packaging solutions

  • Reliable and consistent high quality, making it ideal for rigid packaging applications

  • A ready-made, drop-in solution with processability rivalling virgin polyolefins

  • Excellent end-of-life recyclability in existing PCR streams.


“A core pillar of the Borealis EverMinds™ mind-set is that value chain collaboration is essential to making plastics more circular,” says Meta Cigon, Borealis Marketing Manager Consumer Products. “Teaming up with MENSHEN to deliver high-quality closures made of 50% recycled PCR is proof positive that innovation and teamwork can move the industry closer to a circular economy. We are helping build a better tomorrow with each step by reinventing for more sustainable living.”


“The functionality of a closure may be affected by natural variations in PCR materials. By leveraging our respective areas of expertise, MENSHEN and Borealis can determine which ratios of recyclate and virgin material are appropriate for which applications,” explains Ulrich Fleischer, MENSHEN Head of Sustainability. “We are pleased to collaborate with Borealis in fulfilling growing demand among our own customers as well as retailers and end consumers for a broader spectrum of sustainable, yet high-quality packaging options.”

Newsletter Edition 02: Recycling in focus.

What exactly differentiates mechanical from chemical recycling and where are the advantages of both technologies? Find answers in the new MENSHEN newsletter.

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Special times – special solutions

As a „system relevant“ production facility it was a real challenge for MENSHEN to keep the 24/7 shift production going during the Corona pandemic.

So far we were succesful in staying „virus free“ and fully compliant with local regulations on social distancing.

However, times of social „shut-down“ and strict border closures require new solutions when a highly sophisticated production unit requires technical maintenance, introduction and commissioning of new tools as well as enabling „virtual“ visits of our After Sales Service team at customer production lines.

Jochen Mahrenholtz, the Managing Director operations summarizes it: „Our customers are expected to maintain a smooth production for disinfectants and laundry and homecare articles even during difficult times. We need to keep their supply chain going and respect the strictest hygiene and contact regulations – AR enables us to build the necessary „closeness“ to our sometimes far away partners with a fantastic result. This is why we have introduced Augmented reality Glasses into our standard processes for technical maintenance and commissioning as one of the first Injection molding companies.“

There are advantages for everybody:

  • No more time consuming travelling to production facilities – saving of cost and CO2
  • Shortened start and ramp up process
  • Virtual technical support – connection to the software solutions of the tool maker and adjustments in one go
  • Training „on the job“ for local machine operators and setters

MENSHEN – Sustainable Innovative Packaging

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Pilot Project Personal Protective Equipment

For the official start of school on May 4th, 2020, the municipality of Finnentrop also considered how it could be designed in compliance with all hygiene rules. Mayor Dietmar Heß and the alderman Ludwig Rasche had an idea. There should be an additional, personal piece of soap for each student. True to the motto: A piece of personal protective equipment for every student. With the local injection molding company Georg MENSHEN GmbH & Co. KG, the right contact for this pilot project was quickly found. Large quantities of soap were procured, the lid was manufactured in-house and with the kind support of the HENKEL company, a crucible was converted into a soap box. In a short time, a personal soap box was created for each of the 1,200 students in the municipality of Finnentrop. This project was of direct concern to the managing directors of MENSHEN, Ludger Braukmann and Jochen Mahrenholtz and they were happy to be able to make a contribution back to “everyday life”.


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Reduce – Reuse – Recycle.

Since many years we accept and take our responsibility for a circular economy when dealing with valuable raw materials by testing, sampling and assessing permanently the use of recyclates from different sources. We seek a balance between sustainability, quality and functionality and thus vary the recyclate content in our closure solutions. This helps protecting the environment by using less energy and recycled post consumer waste.

More information on our products and technologies have been put together in our quarterly newsletter.

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Welcome to Düsseldorf - Welcome to the Interpack 2021

Interpack - the indispensable event for the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and non-food sectors such as cleaning agents or the chemical industry. If you want to pack, you will find it here. No other packaging trade fair worldwide covers the entire value chain. And only at interpack you will find solutions and concepts for all industrial sectors. MENSHEN naturally exhibits. MENSHEN is there with sustainable packaging solutions. Whether sophisticated dosing options, closures made from recycled materials or trend-setting technologies for sealing bags made of monomaterial. We warmly welcome you to our stand in Hall 7.1, D18 / D24. Immerse yourself in the packaging world with us and be excited. We look forward to you!


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