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

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!

MENSHEN is now ISCC Plus certified

The ISCC Plus certificate recognizes companies that meet the sustainability requirements of government, customers and end users. It is a globally recognized standard that makes it possible to track the sustainability of products across the entire process chain.

ISCC Plus thus ensures that

  • greenhouse gas emissions are reduced,

  • biomass is not produced on high biodiversity and high carbon stock,

  • "good agricultural practices" are applied for the protection of soil, water and air,

  • human rights, labour and land rights are respected.

The ISCC Plus certificate documents that MENSHEN uses and processes plastics that meet the high requirements of the certificate. MENSHEN thus makes an important contribution to ensuring transparency and traceability for the consumer of sustainable food packaging.

MENSHEN Member of the Energy Efficiency Network of IK

Saving energy not only brings economic benefits, but is above all very sustainable. The issue of energy efficiency is a central topic to the international competitiveness of the German economy and the climate protection. The IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V. is therefore also committed to greater energy efficiency in the plastic packaging industry. Since the beginning of July 2017, IK has been a co-signatory of the Germany-wide initiative Energy Efficiency Networks of the Federal Government. Together with 22 business associations, the initiative, under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Economics, is committed to creating around 500 new networks by 2020. The stated goal is to save 5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions through network work. Likewise, in the summer of 2017, IK launched a first energy efficiency network in the industry. The network participants regularly meet to exchange experiences and ideas around the subject of energy efficiency and agree on a concrete savings goal. MENSHEN is one of 18 member companies of this initiative. 

Force Majeure

 

You will have heard through the media that Ducor and Total – significant manufacturers of thermoplastic granules in Europe – have reported Force Majeure for their production facilities in the Netherlands as well as in Belgium and France. This means that bottlenecks may occur in supplies to the European market of certain plastic pellets which may result in the complete incapability of these manufacturers to supply.

On the basis of today’s planning options, MENSHEN, and thus our customers, will not be impacted by these shortages. Thanks to a prudent planning and procurement policy together with the selection and ordering of suitable alternative products, we have been able to stockpile appropriate quantities. As a result, it can be assured that, from today’s perspective, production will continue without interruption and will not come to a standstill for this reason. MENSHEN can consequently give the all-clear for all confirmed orders!

Yet another example of MENSHEN’s far-sightedness and market proximity. Perhaps we can convince you of our performance capability in future as well; not only regarding our circumspect procurement of the necessary raw materials, but also where our convincing development and project work is concerned.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Trade mission to Southern Africa

The managing director of MENSHEN Iber was on a business trip together with a trade delegation in Southern Africa to visit some interesting (potential) customers, establish contacts or deepen existing relationships. Stations of the trip were Maputo / Mozambique, Jahannesburg and Durban in South Africa and Lusaka / Zambia. This trade mission was organized and supported by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the foreign trade delegations of the Spanish Embassy.

Latest Generation of High-Resolution 3D Printing

The option to produce prototypes, samples or even injection molds using a 3D printer has been around for some time. However, as with every new technology that is put on the market, the first generation is frequently prone to “teething troubles” and details need to be optimized.

With this in mind, it has been worth our while to wait a bit. With the Form2 desktop printer by formlabs, MENSHEN can now produce printed models – even large-scale ones – with an excellent resolution. And the process no longer takes several days, but rather only a few hours. MENSHEN is consequently in a position to produce high-resolution prototypes and models of closures and other packaging solutions that are accurate in every detail. This can be done flexibly and at short notice, and without being dependent on other service providers.

The resulting parts have an outstanding, smooth surface quality that resembles PP. The items can therefore be examined as regards function, design and details and, if necessary, optimized before starting batch production. And all made possible with the latest generation of 3D printers.

Sophisticated Technology – New Injection Molding Machines

Packaging has been part of people’s daily lives for many years. After all, no matter whether it is food, cosmetics, cleaning agents, chemicals or other everyday goods, most of the things we need would break, get lost or perish before they reached us – were it not for packaging. The closure as the “top of the pack” plays a very special role in this. Besides its most important property – namely to prevent leakage – it is an eye-catcher on the retail shelf, draws attention to the pack as a whole, and contributes significantly to the success of the product. Because requirements on the closure are so high, it is one of the most highly developed products of our time. This is a challenge that MENSHEN has been meeting for more than 45 years.

Consequently, a closure must not only keep the pack tightly sealed, but also be easy to open and close, feel pleasant in use, and at the same time look good. This means that the manufacturing methods also have to be continuously advanced, optimized and adapted to the needs of the market.

This is where so-called cube molds play an important role. The use of this type of tooling is a remarkably efficient alternative when producing closures made of different components, materials and/or colors. Cube molds are characterized in that they have not only one tooled surface as is the case with conventional molds. Instead, four sides of the cube are utilized for molding, with all the phases needed in the production process taking place at the same time. While the first component or color is injected at the first station, cooling is carried out at the second one, the second part of the closure is produced at the third station, and the finished parts are ejected at station 4. After that, the mold rotates and the process starts again. The cycle is very fast and thus extremely productive.

Special machinery is called for when utilizing these cube molds; machines that meet the specific demands of this manufacturing technology. MENSHEN have now taken delivery of an injection molding machine that fulfills just these conditions. A heavy-duty crane was needed to heave this particular machine – weighing about the equivalent of 35 middle-class automobiles - from the truck prior to being transported to the designated production hall. Two further, identical machines are to follow in the second half of the year. Besides the construction of a new, additional production hall, this will be a further investment in the Finnentrop site.

MENSHEN with new booth at the Interpack

From May 4 to 10, 2017, 2,865 exhibitors from 60 countries presented their products and services to a highly interested professional audience at the Düsseldorf exhibition center. Of the 170,500 visitors to the trade fair, 74 percent came from abroad; of these, three quarters were decision-makers.

The motto at this year’s Interpack was “Tightly packed”, so the focus was on packing product to keep it safe and sound. This fits perfectly to us and our products – after all, we at MENSHEN provide reliable solutions that are in line with the market and meet its demands. The most frequently asked questions in our branch of industry are: “How can packs be securely closed and at the same time easy to open?” or “How can dispensing be kept simple, accurate and, above all safe and clean?”

At the Interpack, we were able to measure up to international competition with confidence. This is because we are fast and flexible and never stop working on the optimization of our products and services. Only in this way is it possible to satisfy the constant changes in market trends and the related requirements of our customers. And of course we give the sustainability aspect high priority by dealing prudently with limited resources and keeping a sharp eye on environmental safety.

On our new Interpack booth, all this was on display. With 160 square meters of exhibition space, it was the ideal setting for talking to existing customers and making contact to new prospects. A highly motivated, dedicated and professional team made up of staff members from the various MENSHEN locations all over the world welcomed our international visitors who were full of praise for the new trade show stand, the underlying exhibition concept and, not least, for the positive, harmonious booth team.

Our motto for presenting our products and broad range of services was “GET READY”. These two words were also intended to express our readiness to break new ground together with our partners, to implement projects and to try out new ideas. On your marks – Ready – Go!

The centerpiece of the booth was the “MENSHEN 360° Circuit” where visitors could obtain important facts and figures about the stages in the life of a closure and the comprehensive proposals on offer at MENSHEN – from conception to series production. As in a modern museum, interactive touch screens were provided to access key words, presentations, animations and brief movie sequences, giving visitors a vivid experience of the individual elements of the MENSHEN performance spectrum.

Once again, this year’s Interpack definitely provided the ideal platform for us to present MENSHEN products, services and innovative spirit.

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