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Kiefel expands R&D of natural fiber with new technology center
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:08.Jul.2021

Kiefel has opened a new Technology and Material Center at the headquarters in Freilassing, Germany. The company is increasingly investing in its own research activities into sustainable packaging solutions with a focus on natural fibers.


This market-leading company for plastic thermoforming and joining technology has opened up the additional business area of "Fiber Thermoforming" internationally last year. In future, the center will be used for material research and tests, as well as for sample production and machine demonstrations.


Kiefel has opened a new Technology and Material Center in Freilassing.

"The Packaging Technology Center and the connected Material R&D Center, deepen our materials expertise and allow us to support our customers even more closely in the development process for everything related with fiber materials, products and machines," said Matthias Hausmann, Head of Central Development at Kiefel. With this investment, Kiefel intends to develop and use even more sustainable technologies, processes and materials.


The Material R&D Center is the starting point for product developments for customers. Here, Kiefel researches, analyzes, and categorizes various natural fibers and designs coating concepts for packaging made from natural fibers. These are then tested on pilot systems and optimized for the manufacturing process.


The Material R&D Center complements Kiefel's Applied Polymer Research Center in the Netherlands, which focuses on materials research into recycled and bio-based plastics.


Kiefel increases research activities on sustainable packaging solutions with natural fiber.

In the Packaging Technology Center in Freilassing, Kiefel demonstrates its extensive machine portfolio for the production of fiber packaging to its customers: The NATUREPREP KFP series for high quality stock preparation of natural fiber pulp and the NATUREFORMER KFT series systems, on which various fiber products, e.g. bowls, cups, secondary packaging for electronics, coffee capsules or flower pots can be manufactured.


The company tests tools on the systems, carries out machine tests and small batches of sample production. Also prototype testing takes place here.


A sustainability exhibition is also integrated into the Packaging Technology Center. Cornelia Frank, Head of Sustainability at Kiefel, added, "As a mechanical engineering company, we want to actively take responsibility in order to become the leading solution provider for the development and implementation of the most sustainable technology."



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