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Plastic injection moulding and sustainability: a challenging combination

Public opinion has not always favoured plastic. Nonetheless, plastic has developed into an indispensable material over the last 100 years. It is a material that is unrivalled in terms of weight, properties, cost and design freedom.

Saving energy by using plastic injection moulding

Countless injection-moulding components are used in the aircraft industry: The material’s low weight cuts fuel consumption without compromising fire safety. Plastic injection-moulded components are increasingly used in, for example, the electrical charging solutions chain for electric vehicles (EVs) and wind energy generation.

Despite plastic’s numerous positive properties, Pekago cannot ignore that promoting further sustainability is needed. That is why we take a constructive approach to finding solutions that make your product lighter or easier to manufacture (e.g. integrating functions into a single component, thereby ensuring that the final product comprises far fewer different parts and materials). Recycled plastics and water-based lacquers are also increasingly being used.

Plastic recycling at Pekago

Sustainability at Pekago

In addition to the improvements that can be made in the field of product development, Pekago is also working to reduce the environmental impact of its own processes. In recent years, the company has worked hard to achieve this by:

  • reducing plastic waste
  • shortening changeover times
  • fitting LED lighting throughout the entire factory and offices
  • implementing various measures to reduce energy costs

In addition, we always invest in electric injection-moulding machines and peripherals that are energy-efficient. Since 2016, we have invested in 550T, 750T, 800T and 2100T Haitian injection-moulding machines, which all use 40% less energy (all green power!) than previous generations.

In 2020, a package of 580 solar panels will be installed on the new warehouse with an expected annual yield of 175,000 kWh.

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The following graph shows what we have been able to achieve in terms of sustainable energy savings in recent years:

Reduction of energy cost per kg plastic

MJA3/MEE

Pekago is member of the Dutch Rubber and Plastics Institute NRK, with which Pekago works together to make its company more sustainable. Pekago does this by, for example, conforming to the policy laid down under the Long-term Energy Efficiency Agreements (MJA3/MEE). As a matter of fact, we have been enthusiastically praised for our efforts in this field!

Think plastic, think Pekago!

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