Karen was named editor of Plastics News Europe in May 2017. Based in the Netherlands, she has worked as a translator, journalist and editor in the plastics industry for the past thirty years, writing for both Dutch and English language online and print publications. Between 2001 and 2007, she served as chief editor of Kunststof en Rubber, the Dutch-language trade magazine for the plastics industry, after which, preferring to write in English, she moved to PlasticsToday, where she was the European and sustainability editor until 2016.
When styrenics giant Ineos Styrolution needed a packaging solution at its Luran S1 facility, a production line in Ludwigshafen, Germany producing about 35,000 tonnes of packaged goods per year, it called in the services of Bischof + Klein, a leading European full-service supplier of flexible plastic and laminate packaging and technical films
Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, has considerably expanded production capacity for its Arnitel high-performance thermoplastic copolyesters (TPCs) with the operational launch of a new production line in Emmen, the Netherlands.
UK-based Recycling Technologies, who is exhibiting at PRSE2019 in Amsterdam, takes a different approach to recycling than other players in the industry. The company that has developed a modular and scalable machine called the RT7000 which is able to chemically convert plastic waste, which currently cannot be recycled.
Back in day when disposable plastic was totally acceptable, when shops gave out plastics bags as a matter of course, straws were used with abandon, microplastics were the exfoliating ingredient in scrubs and toothpastes and everything from Q-tips to band aids were flushed down the toilet, very little thought was given to what happened with all these – and many, many more – products once their brief but useful life ended.