To pave the way for a more sustainable future, it’s imperative to transition from the prevailing linear “take-make-waste” model towards embracing a circular economy, particularly in industries where single-use plastics are wreaking havoc. The essence of the circular economy lies in continually reusing products and materials to eradicate waste.
Implementing circular models in the packaging industry will require systemic changes across high-tech machinery, supply chains, new forms of collaboration, and innovations in materials and design. But the benefits will be immense – reducing plastic pollution, emissions, and pressure on natural resources by transforming the lifecycle of packaging from a wasteful linear system to a closed-loop cycle that circulates materials forever. This fundamental shift is needed to build a truly sustainable future.
How high-tech injection moulding machines support moving towards a circular economy?
Sustainability and recycling are becoming increasingly important in Australia. The injection moulding industry is stepping up to support the circular economy through advances in technology and materials.
One key development is the ability to recycle and reuse PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic. PET is commonly used for beverage bottles and food packaging due to its strength, clarity, and safety. Australian companies have recently achieved closed-loop recycling for PET, giving plastic a new life in new products.
Injection moulding machines can now process both virgin PET and recycled PET (rPET) for thin-walled packaging applications. Moulding technology can produce ultra-clear container lids, cups, trays, and tubs with less than 0.5mm thickness using PET. Advanced injection moulding machines allow for in-mould labelling (IML) during the moulding process. This produces packaging with integrated labels for brands to clearly identify their sustainable products.
Processing PET for thin-walled packaging presents some challenges including viscosity control and uniform melting. Modern injection moulding machines are equipped with the latest technology such as screw designs, temperature controls and clamping to achieve the precision required.
As recycling continues to grow in Australia, injection moulding specialists like us are committed to supporting the circular economy. With the latest technology and materials, injection moulding will play an increasing role in sustainability and recycling initiatives in Australia and New Zealand.
About Headland: Headland has been a trusted partner in various industries for more than 75 years. As a high-tech partner, we are committed to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in sheet metal fabrication, advanced manufacturing, automated storage, CNC, plastics, and more. By bringing cutting-edge technologies from around the world to manufacturers in Australia and New Zealand, we help you stay competitive through continuous improvement and automation. Our team consists of over 54 OEM-trained and certified service engineers who handle installation, maintenance, and repairs. Additionally, we have a dedicated spare parts team to ensure your production line remains operational.
Headland Technology is the exclusive partner for KraussMaffei and Netstal injection moulding machines
As requirements in plastics manufacturing continue to advance, partnering with the right machinery provider is key. Headland is the exclusive dealer for KraussMaffei and Netstal injection moulding machines throughout Australia and New Zealand. We provide customers access to the pinnacle of economic plastic moulding technology. With decades of expertise, we understand the critical importance of supplying machinery that enables manufacturers to consistently produce high-quality injection moulded components through repeatable, optimised processes. By partnering with us, manufacturers across the country can stay ahead of the curve when it comes to producing precision plastic components.
We are your one-stop solution for both the sale and lifecycle service of KraussMaffei and Netstal injection moulding machines. From the moment of acquisition to the commissioning and throughout the entire lifespan of the machine, we are dedicated to being on your side. Our commitment to excellence is evident in our representation of the gold standard in injection moulding equipment. These machines, engineered in Germany and Switzerland offer unparalleled precision, efficiency, flexibility, and reliability. With our extensive inventory, we have the full range of KraussMaffei and Netstal models, including all-electric, hydraulic, and hybrid systems, to meet the requirements of any application.
Backed by KraussMaffei’s and Netstal’s innovative technologies, our customers benefit from maximum uptime and productivity. Our OEM-certified and trained as well as experienced technicians are also available to provide service and support to keep your machines running at peak performance. With Headland, you gain more than just world-class injection moulding machines – you gain a partner committed to your success today and long into the future.
Do you want to achieve a circular economy in the packaging industry?
When it comes to delivering injection moulding excellence, we are your trusted partner. To explore how KraussMaffei or Netstal injection moulding systems can optimise your production. Contact us today to learn how our high-performance injection moulding systems can benefit your operation.