Use the savings potential systematically
But how did this avoidance of 43,000 tonnes of CO2e come about? ALPLA in-house plants can be found directly in or right next to our customers’ facilities. Here, packaging is literally produced right next door to the bottling facilities. Where a lorry would normally come along, load the preforms or packaging and transport them to the customer, the packaging speeds off directly to the bottling facilities via conveyor belt. ‘No outer packaging is necessary for transport and the lorry is not applicable any more,’ explains Christian Buchgraber, Director Corporate Logistics at ALPLA. ‘In addition to that, we develop tailored logistics solutions with our customers, such as just-in-time production, automated storage and the optimum interplay of just-in-time production and automated storage.’ This results in an especially efficient collaboration with positive effects on the environment. ‘In-house production doesn’t just minimise greenhouse gases, but costs as well and enables a close and mutually successful collaboration between us and our customers,’ the logistics expert sums up.
In-house plants as a role model
ALPLA operates one of these in-house plants for Arla Foods UK in Aston Clinton in the UK. The plant meets the very latest requirements in terms of energy consumption and the degree of automation. The decisive factors here are reduced compressed air consumption and a sophisticated infrastructure and warehousing technology. The entire process is fully automated. The bottles are produced by means of EBM technology on BMU machines made by Soplar, ALPLA’s main machinery supplier. This machine platform is one of the most energy-efficient in the world and boasts low energy expenditure during material processing and minimal production waste. Milk bottles made of HDPE, however, weigh around 20 per cent less than standard bottles and are produced using as high a proportion of recyclates as possible.
ALPLA opened its very first in-house plant for Henkel in Lomazzo, Italy, in 1985. The close proximity to the customer and the resulting contribution to climate protection have been part of ALPLA’s company philosophy for more than 35 years.
About the author
Alexandra Dittrich, Senior Sustainability Communications Manager
As the Senior Sustainability Communications Manager, Alexandra has been engaged in all aspects of the circular economy and sustainability for years. Before she devoted herself to these themes, she was responsible for areas such as internal communication and public relations at the company. Prior to that, she supported customers from various industries at agencies and worked as a journalist.