The Conference ‘Recycling of Plastics’

Delegates from the Lithuanian Plastics Cluster, UAB Hoda, Pack Klaipeda , UAB Agmis, and Frilux, took part in the ‘Recycling of Plastics’ conference held in Poland.

Companies’ representatives not only attended the conference, but also engaged in B2B meetings. During the sessions, they each highlighted the unique aspects of their respective companies’ operations and explored potential collaborative ventures.

The event was fruitful, resulting in numerous new business contacts. They successfully identified and connected with suppliers and subcontractors necessary for their ongoing projects.

The Letter of Intent with BICTV

Last week in Poland, Lithuanian Plastics Cluster and Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster Tool Valley signed  the Letter of Intent. As soon as special procedures are accomplished, our Cluster would become a full-fledged member.

The aim of the agreement is to support a sustainable cooperation between Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster Tool Valley and Lithuanian Plastics Cluster. Parties will cooperate in the following areas:
– supporting business cooperation between members of both clusters,
cooperation in the formulation of new projects ideas,
– taking actions aimed at developing and increasing innovation in plastics processing and tool industries,
– international promotion of plastics processing and tool branches,
informing each other about new possibilities and projects dedicated to clusters on international level,
– sharing best practices and relevant experience,
– inviting each other on conferences, trade fairs and other public events.

Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster Tool Valley incorporates companies of the toolmaking and plastic processing industries, as well as plastics recyclers, and a range of business-related institutions, including universities, research and development units, etc.

We wish you a fruitful cooperation!


The Business Mission and „Interpack 2023”

LINPRA and members of the Lithuanian Plastics Cluster participated in a business mission to Düsseldorf, Germany, during which:

☑️ Participated in B2B meetings
☑️ Visited the interpack 2023 exhibition
☑️ Met with potential customers and clients
☑️ Presented their products
☑️ Networked and explored cooperation opportunities

Interpack 2023 is one of the largest packaging exhibitions focusing on the manufacture of packaging products, the production of packaging machinery and the development, production and service of related processes and technologies.

✅ Putokšnis / Doloop
✅ Pakmarkas
✅ Pack Klaipeda
✅ Plasteksus UAB
✅ UAB Hoda
✅ Ateities ekosistemos
✅ Terekas / FlexBlow

Cluster members looking for solutions

In the recent general meeting of the Plastics Cluster members, companies shared their current experiences and discussed prospects for the near future.

The growth of the Cluster’s members varied between 0,5 % and 19 % in 2021. But it is true, 2022 might be more difficult due to the present geopolitical situation. The whole plastics sector is facing a number of challenges just like other manufacturing industries in global economies. Some of the most common – lack of raw materials and increasing prices of energy, materials, logistics and other services.

Nevertheless, Plastics Cluster’s companies continue running their business operations and with joint activities within the cluster are looking for consolidated efficient solutions to support their competitiveness, ensure present markets and find ways to enter new ones.

President’s visit at Doloop

Members of Plastics cluster Doloop were honoured by Lithuania’s president Gitanas Nausėda visit a few days ago!

The company presented their second generation family-owned business journey so far, transformational changes made in recent years and shared their vision for a circular economy for plastics and packaging industry, leading towards a more sustainable future.

A roundtable discussion involved various issues, such as challenges and opportunities of ever-changing world due to coronavirus pandemic, creating better local business environment, transitioning to renewable energy and the need for new business models to tackle climate crisis.

3D scanning for accurate measurements

In 2021, cluster members, the 3D Creative company presented an innovation to its B2B clients: digitization of factories, buildings, bridges and other facilities (real estate as well as equipment), using 3D scanning and reverse-engineering.

How can you benefit from working with 3D Creative?

Companies want to update their production equipment or at least some part of it, and for that reason they need to have a drawing of the layout of the existing equipment. It is much more efficient and much faster to perform this task using 3D scanning instead of measuring by hand and creating a drawing manually.

Having a digital file, the client can arrange the planned new equipment in a 3D model, and the equipment manufacturer does not need to travel to the facilities (factory, workshop), perhaps even several times, to check and confirm the measurements. Everything is done in a digital environment. Human resources are saved, and the new equipment is installed faster.

It is very important that a lot of valuable time is saved and the highest level of precision is maintained, avoiding possible errors from manual measurement. The digitization of large spaces is already becoming the standard solution when performing measurements as well as when simulating potential changes in the arrangement of facilities, by preparing visualizations.

Exmples of 3D Creative projects:

The Repulpability Laboratory at KTU

The Centre for Packaging Innovations and Research of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU PITC) has launched Paper Products Testing Repulpability Laboratory.

Testing services are open for all the flexible and rigid paper/cardboard pure or combined (laminated or mixed) food and non-food packaging as well as other sort of paper / cardboard production manufacturers and importers, that produce or supply paper and cardboard productions marked as recyclable.

Plastic and microplastic pollution, rising consumer awareness and demand for sustainable materials, EU Directive 2019/904 Reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment implemented in national regulation on July 3rd 2021, led producers to new materials research and production.

A year marked by challenges and opportunities

The year 2021 was quite good for businesses in the Lithuanian plastics industry even though they faced significant challenges. In 2020–2021, Lithuanian producers, just like companies all over the world, experienced raw material shortages; prices were rising rapidly. Competing on international markets and finding new customers became more difficult. Still, Lithuanian businesses made sizable investments in equipment and innovation, succeeded in expanding and increasing their turnover, and were bravely planning next phases in their development.   

A successful growth of the companies in the Lithuanian Plastic Cluster was observed in 2021. One of these companies that operates in Šiauliai and Vilnius – Putokšnis, a producer of PET pre-forms and PET bottles – has become DOLOOP. The company decided to change its brand name to better reflect its focussing on sustainable production and zero-emission packaging solutions. The company’s strategic objectives are to apply energy and raw material efficiency solutions in its productions processes and to create products of eco-innovative design.

In 2021, the company’s production volumes were almost 1.5 billion of PET pre-forms and approx. 35 million of PET bottles. This year saw an enlargement of the range of sustainable packaging solutions offered and an introduction of the PET film product. The company’s clients include well-known beverage producers, both international and domestic. 90% of the company’s products are exported to over 20 countries of the world including Germany, Norway, Finland and Sweden. In 2020, the company’s turnover totalled EUR 46.3 million and net profit was EUR 2.09 million. As of October 2021, the company employed 157 people.

3D Creative has put into operation fifty state-of-the-art 3D printers in 2021. The company is implementing (jointly with Vilnius University and Kaunas University of Technology) an innovative project on the use of soya beans as a 3D printing material, for which a patent is being sought. This environmentally friendly project links the 3D printing technology to the circular economy and reduces the use of fossil fuels in the production of raw materials as waste generated in the production of foodstuffs from soya beans is reused.

The company plans to increase its turnover by more than 60% in 2021 as compared with 2020. It is important that the result is expected to be achieved without increasing the number of employees: human resources are used more efficiently – due to employment of LEAN and AGILE platforms, work is focussed on operations and services of higher value added.

‘The calendar change from one year to another should not bring up ‘tectonic faults’ – we expect that the growth in both turnover and exports will be in double-digit figures. This will be achieved through investments in industrial equipment and introduction of new unique materials to satisfy the growing demand’, says Saulius Lileikis, the company’s CEO.

Frilux UAB is another company that can report success in the year 2021. According to its CEO Aurimas Bulkšas, this year the company acquired as many as four new plastic casting machines in order to increase both efficiency of operations and competitiveness on the global market. As most companies in the plastic sector, Frilux UAB faced the challenges of raw material price increases and much longer order fulfilment periods. ‘Raw material prices were growing at a pace higher than our price increases, and our clients were sensitive to these changes’, says Aurimas Bulkšas. Despite market uncertainties, the company is projecting a turnover of approx. EUR 15 million.

Rimantas Damanskis, CEO of Pack Klaipėda UAB, speaks about projects of 2021 with an emphasis of social responsibility, pointing out that the company has invested over EUR 5 million in development and protection of the environment. Plastic recycling and circular economy principles in production processes are strategic lines of Pack Klaipėda UAB. New process equipment installed enables the use of 30% of recycled polystyrene in packaging products thus contributing to the circular economy. The company employs a technology of reducing the weight of packaging, with 95 % of air and just 5 % of plastic in the product. As a result, the company has minimised the CO2 emissions of its packaging products. Pack Klaipėda UAB is planning an approx. 12 % growth compared with 2020.

Terekas UAB operating under the FlexBlow brand name was selected as Lithuania’s Exporter of the Year for the tenth time in a row. The company has succeeded in increasing its production capacities almost 20% and has enlarged its service and distribution network – now it covers Europe, the US, Saudi Arabia and Japan. On its website, the company offers an enhanced 24/7 service for customers including direct video support, monitoring, supervision and system updates. Apart from its core activity, FlexBlow has started, in cooperation with scientists, the development and production of innovative plastic face shields. The company managed to increase its R&D capacities at the peak of COVID-19 pandemic and opened a new factory 3,200 m2 in area at the end of 2020. Part of the factory is designed for engineering, prototype development and testing, and the other part is intended for production. All manufacturing processes are automated, with enhanced in-house form production and development of containers and pre-form prototypes. The innovative solutions have enabled the company to offer exclusive products and services for clients in the bottling and packaging industry.

It is probable that companies of the Lithuanian Plastic Cluster will encounter challenges in 2022 due to insufficient raw material supply and growth in prices, however, heads of the companies unanimously assert their intentions to continue sensible phased development in future.

Putokšnis adopts a new DOLOOP trademark

Putokšnis UAB adopts a new DOLOOP trademark as a sign of its focus on sustainability

Putokšnis UAB, a private company which is one of the leading manufacturers of PET packaging in Lithuania has adopted a new DOLOOP trademark. This reflects new orientation of the company toward sustainable production and zero-emission packaging solutions.  DOLOOP means operation based on the principles of circular economy, where the impact on the environment is reduced through efficient use of electricity and raw materials, development of renewable packaging, and solutions that enable all partners in the value chain to operate sustainably and responsibly.

‘Our company is very well aware that it operates in a global world where everything is interlinked. Today, the greatest challenge is the adverse effects of climate change that touch upon everyone without exclusion. As manufacturers of packaging that is among the most recyclable and popular types of packaging – PET, we assume responsibility and demonstrate leadership by developing and providing sustainable solutions that are not limited to production. These daily efforts are embodied in a new trademark, which also marks a strategic line of activities of the company,’ – says Dovydas Stulpinas, Managing Director of DOLOOP.

The company consistently works toward development of a zero-emission packaging: solutions based on energy and raw material efficiency are used in production processes, products of eco-innovative design are created and offered to customers.

100% of electricity used in production is generated from renewable energy sources. Implementation of energy saving measures enabled the company to cut its energy costs per product by more than one-fifth. A PET production waste recycling unit ensures manufacturing process without waste; packaging created according to the principle of regenerative design helps resolve issues of sustainability related to the entire product life cycle.

According to Dovydas Stulpinas, ‘in the era of circular economy, manufacturers of packaging are closely related to the manufacturers of the end product, and to processors as well, which means that our operations exceed the limits of usual commercial cooperation. We are all united by the same purpose of preserving this world for future generations. By operating according to the concept of open and fair business, we develop renewable packaging solutions that produce a global impact and reduce the negative impact of the product’s footprint. This is the only way into sustainable future for all of us.’

The new DOLOOP brand symbolises cyclical nature of production. The interlinked letters represent the symbol of infinity and the path of circular production chosen by the company. The green colour of the logo emphasises the aspect of sustainability of environmentally-friendly production and enhances the effect of the closed production circle.

The new corporate trademark and identity were created by  Brandity, a trademark and packaging identify agency; Impact Advisory, a business consultancy, was hired as the project‘s consultant.

About DOLOOP (formerly Putokšnis)

DOLOOP that operates in Šiauliai and Vilnius is one of the leading PET manufacturers in Lithuania. The company specialises in the production of PET blanks and PET bottles. Last year‘s production volumes amounted to almost 1.5 billion PET blanks and almost 35 million PET  bottles. This year the company added PET film to the range of its sustainable packaging products. Customers of the company include well known domestic and foreign producers of beverages. 90% of the products are exported to over 20 countries including Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden etc.

In 2020, the company‘s turnover totalled EUR 46.3 million and its net profit was EUR 2.09 million. The company employed 157 people as of October 2021.

How to recognise packaging that is truly recyclable?

Cluster members Gerovė share their knowledge and raise awareness on plastics recycling on Lithuanian media.

  • Company is convinced that the key is to produce recyclable packaging. Since 2012, the company has been looking for ways to use as much recycled material as possible in its products. Currently, Gerovė uses as much as 86 % recycled plastic in its products. The factory buys plastic packaging waste and uses it to make new products – plastic bags.
  • According to the company, sustainability should not be achieved by giving up plastic (which today would be a huge inconvenience), but by recycling it as many times as possible. This helps to reduce CO2 emissions and, at the same time, to stop climate change. A new plastic product can be made using 100 % recycled material.
  • In Lithuania, industrial waste is recycled quite easily, but the main aim is to recycle consumer and household waste, because recycling industrial waste alone does not solve the problem.
  • In order for recyclers to recycle plastics, they must be made of a homogeneous material, i.e. of one type. The number in the triangle on the packaging should ideally indicate 1, 2, 3 or 5. If the number is 7, the packaging is not recyclable because it is made of several different plastics or a mixture of plastic and paper.

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