BARLOG Plastics presents sustainable solutions at Fakuma 2021
Overath, August 16, 2021 At Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from October 12 – 16, 2021, in Hall A3, Booth 3209, Barlog Plastics will focus on sustainable solutions – from new materials to recycled plastics and entire concepts for the “Circular Plastics Economy”.
While the public is particularly looking at disposable products and packaging made of plastic, Barlog Plastics is taking on the challenges of sustainable product development in the context of engineering plastics and high-performance plastics, and developing customized solutions for its customers.
High-quality engineering materials from the recycling loop
Since the premiere of the new product range based on recycled plastics on the occasion of K 2019, Barlog Plastics has continuously expanded its range of sustainable compounds and now also offers engineering materials based on PEEK, PA12, PPS, PC, PC/ABS and ABS in addition to PET.
“Over the past 3 years, the majority of our product development has been in the area of sustainable materials,” explains Peter Barlog, managing partner of Barlog Plastics. “Our focus here continues to be on producing high-quality, reliable compounds that don’t have to shy away from competition with virgin materials, but come with a much more advantageous eco-balance.”
The range of compounds based on recycled PET bottles has been expanded to include glass- and carbon-fiber-reinforced as well as mineral-filled grades, with which Barlog aims to enable sustainable applications in food contact, e.g. for reusable tableware, kitchen appliances or coffee machines. But Barlog is also developing new solutions for the growing demand for materials with recycled content in the automotive industry, not stopping at highly stressed applications.
“Our holistic approach, which starts with the simulation of component properties and processing procedures, enables our customers to use our recycled materials to advance into applications for which previously only virgin materials could be considered, e.g. structural components as metal substitutes.”
Recycling is much more than just a material issue
Meanwhile, Barlog Plastics’ engineering departments are actively working to set the course for the use of recycled plastics and successful circular product concepts in the early development phase. What has entered the packaging sector with the buzzword “Design for Recycling” is also occupying the engineers of Barlog’s service divisions:
Designing technical plastic components and assemblies in such a way that successful recycling is possible in the first place. This begins with the selection of suitable materials and the determination of property changes through recycling processes, through the simulation of material properties within a recycling-related range, to the selection of the right assembly and disassembly concept, taking into account ease of repair.
Last but not least, the development of closed-loop concepts together with end customers also plays an important role – because in contrast to packaging, there are currently far too few successful examples of successful end-of-life recycling, ideally in a true closed-loop system, for complex end products such as household electrical appliances.
Faster to sustainable end products
With its full-service approach from product idea to series production, Barlog Plastics sees itself as an ideal partner for bringing sustainable innovations to market quickly. The integration of product and material development, CAE services, test laboratory, prototypes and small batch production enables short development cycles without unnecessary friction losses and expensive change loops.
New Barlog compounds for the mobility of the future
The mobility of the future holds completely new tasks in store for the industry, which often cannot be solved with conventional solutions and materials, or only at very high cost. With its KEBABLEND special compounds, Barlog Plastics is presenting a wide range of new materials for the challenges of tomorrow’s mobility. These include, for example, thermally conductive plastics for the thermal management of batteries in electric vehicles or soft magnetic injection molding materials for magnetic flux guidance, for example for contactless energy transmission.
Barlog will also present new compounds for electromagnetic shielding and a wide range of lightweight materials, for example as metal substitutes, designed to increase the energy consumption and range of tomorrow’s vehicles. The portfolio also includes magnetic compounds for the realization of particularly lightweight electric motors.