"We are very pleased to be the first company to win an award in the sustainability category," emphasizes Thomas Halletz, CEO of KIEFEL GmbH, at the award ceremony in the company's own technology center. "This underlines the great innovative strength that underlies our technologies." Andrea Cassoni, Managing Director of the General Industry division at ABB, adds: "As a mechanical engineering company, Kiefel is exemplary in terms of sustainability. The technology of the KFT 90 is an example of this, because the machines can be used to produce packaging from renewable and biodegradable raw materials or plant waste - combined with the highest possible energy and resource efficiency."
In certain fields of application, the packaging can be an alternative to conventional plastic packaging. In 2020, Kiefel was the only German company to win the award from a total of four winners, back then in the “Outstanding Performance” category.
Various building blocks for more sustainability
“We have always attached great importance to the most energy-saving and resource-saving technologies in our machines. In the last two years, however, we have integrated the sustainability aspect even more into our actions,” explains Cornelia Frank, Head of Sustainability at Kiefel. One result was the expansion of material processing expertise from polymers to natural fibers and the introduction of the associated new machine technology for fiber thermoforming within two years.
With the KFT 90, Kiefel was the only machine manufacturer to make it into the finalists of the renowned German Sustainability Award for Design in December. The award recognizes groundbreaking contributions to the transformation into a sustainable future and bases its criteria on the goals of the 2030 Agenda.
Anchored in corporate strategy
"The award recognizes our technology in the natural fiber sector, but Kiefel is increasingly committed to sustainability on many levels," adds Cornelia Frank, Head of Sustainability at Kiefel. That is why the company also participates in various initiatives to improve the recyclability of plastics, such as HolyGrail and PrintCYC. In addition, Kiefel takes part in the independent, international sustainability certification from EcoVadis and continuously optimizes activities related to products, technologies and companies.
(Photo credit: Kiefel)