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Packaging manufacturer acquires majority stake in recycling specialist Carboliq

Packaging manufacturer acquires majority stake in recycling specialist CarboliqGerman packaging manufacturer Sà¼dpack (Ochsenhausen; has acquired further shares in Carboliq (Remscheid, Germany;, with effect from 2 January 2024, and now holds a majority stake in the Remscheid-based chemical recycling specialist. Sà¼dpack previously held 31% of the shares in Carboliq. The word from Ochsenhausen is that Sà¼dpack is now the only flexible film manufacturer with direct access to chemical reclaim capacities. 
The packaging manufacturer is based in Ochsenhausen, Germany (Photo: Sà¼dpack)
The new majority shareholder has installed Dirk Hardow as managing director of Carboliq. Hardow manages the functional films and compounds business at Sà¼dpack. His responsibilities in this function include the development and implementation of closed-loop models.  
Carboliq employs a thermo-chemical process, also known as direct oiling. Sà¼dpack explains that this differs from other pyrolysis processes due to its flexibility in terms of input materials. Thanks to the high tolerance with regard to the starting materials, contaminated, mixed, or other plastics can also be oiled as polyolefins. This has advantages when it comes to the recycling of flexible packaging and complex multilayer films. At the same time, the process, which produces a secondary raw material like crude oil, takes place at a comparatively low temperature of less than 400°C.
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Initial pilot projects with customers have already been completed or are currently at the implementation stage. Carboliqâ??s current plant concept is designed for a capacity of around 10,000 t/y in continuous operation.
Sà¼dpack manufactures films and packaging for the food, non-food, and medical goods industries as well as bespoke compounds. Founded by Alfred Remmele in 1964, the companyâ??s headquarters are located in Ochsenhausen. Sà¼dpack operates further production sites in Germany (Erlenmoos, Schwendi, and Erolzheim), the Netherlands (Grootegast), France (Coulmer), Poland (Klobuck), Switzerland (Bioggio), the US (Oak Creek, Wisconsin), and India (Ahmedabad, Gujarat). 09.01.2024 [254340-0]

Publication date: 09/01/2024



This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.