Essentra is expanding its product ranges of security seals which the company will manufacture using a minimum of 45% recycled material. This is following a successful 100 million piece initial phase. Further security seal product ranges are also progressing through development phases and will be launched later in the year and throughout 2023.
The new polypropylene seals, Essentra Components states, will reduce carbon emissions by around 40% per unit, helping Essentras’ customers reduce their carbon footprints without any major investments.
With tensile strength being key to security seal success, the design, production, and trial was created to put Essentra seals to the test on packages shipped globally. This ensured they maintained their structural integrity and tamper proof ratings. The seals, typically used in the logistics, food and medical industries, were developed in conjunction with two major logistics firms with 100 million units being put into circulation.
After the initial success, the products have now been rolled out globally and will continue to be manufactured in Rayong, Thailand. As of August this year, Essentra began substituting the parts into its existing supply chain at no additional cost to customers.
Through its substitution programme, Essentra has helped its customers reduce their carbon footprint organically, without any extra investment. By using recycled material in the seals, Essentra estimates it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. The Rayong plant’s overall recycled materials usage is expected to increase to 30% by the end of 2022, up from 13% in 2021. Essentra also expects this to increase by around 40% in 2023.
“This exciting step forward represents progress towards our goal of carbon neutrality. Through innovation, with new materials like those used in the seals, we can ensure more of our product lines are sustainable in the future. Of course, the challenge of securing the raw recycled materials is on-going, however, we’re working closely with our suppliers to continue developing new products for future industries,” comments Richard Sederm, strategy and M&A director at Essentra Components.
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