According to the Federal Environmental Agency, 2.8 billion disposable cups are consumed each year in Germany alone. Around 60% of these are plastic-coated paper cups which are currently thrown away, as they cannot be recycled in a reasonable and economically meaningful manner. The reason for this is the plastic coating on the inside, which prevents the cups from leaking or softening. The composite material of paper and plastic slows the recycling process. So far, the paper fibres could only be separated from the plastic coating in special recycling facilities and with a large amount of effort. However, separating the two materials is the prerequisite for restoring the paper fibres to the recycling loop. A newly developed, innovative recycling product now enables the fresh fibre pulp from disposable cups to be returned to the recycling loop in a resource saving and efficient way, without disproportionate additional input in the paper treatment process. The innovative idea for the new product comes from the Printing and Media Technology department of the creart advertising agency in Fulda, in the state of Hesse. “The upcycling that takes place here serves to upgrade the material,” explains authorised officer Torsten Gröger, who came up with the idea. “The waste product of disposable cups become a raw material again, in this case for a graphic paper that can be used for various purposes in communication and advertising.” As the name suggests, CoffeeCup Paper comprises around 25% disposable paper cups and 75% directly recyclable waste paper. Once manufactured, it can be recycled again at least six more times.
We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Dietzgen Corporation® in Tampa, Florida.
Dietzgen Corporation® is a leading provider of converting and distribution services for digital print media including papers, films, and textiles to the US market. Dietzgen reliably provides their partners with nation-wide just in time delivery from an extensive inventory housed in six strategically located facilities. The privately held corporation has an extensive network of dealers selling their well-known media brands which include Dietzgen® – Reprographic, Magic® – Sign and Display, Museo® – Fine Art, and Validation® – Premium Proofing.
The acquisition of Dietzgen is an important milestone in the strategic development of the Sihl company, especially in North America. We are excited about this transaction as it fuels our vision to become the leading high-end coated print media supplier in the US.
The combination of Dietzgen´s superior converting, logistics and distribution capabilities with the innovative product offering and service level of Sihl will create an exceptional offering for our customers in terms of quality and service. We look forward to discussing with you how this transaction can possibly create advantages for you at your earliest convenience and further strengthen our continued partnership.
The integration of the two businesses into one strong and customer-oriented platform will begin as soon as possible. To guarantee a smooth continuation of the daily business you will continue to work with the same people in our organization you have in the past.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us through your account manager or directly if you have questions or points for further clarification.