Heavy equipment was recently used at the GEALAN production and logistics site in Tanna: with two cranes, a new silo was erected at the site entrance, visible from afar. The container, which weighs around 7 tonnes, was delivered the night before by heavy transport.
In the future, Rewindo material, i.e. PVC granulate from old windows, will be stored in the additional silo. After the PVC windows have been shredded, this so-called post-consumer material will be reprocessed for further use and then returned to the recyclable material cycle at the GEALAN profile extrusion as a recycling core.
With this, GEALAN underscores its ambitions to further increase the recycling shares within its PVC profiles. In 2022, about 33 percent of the PVC used at GEALAN was recycled material - and the trend is rising. The efforts to save unnecessary raw materials and ever-increasing amounts of CO2 are part of GEALAN's sustainability strategy. The company is thus uncompromisingly following the path taken by the European Commission in the "Green Deal" presented in 2019: The aspirations anchored in it envisage Europe becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
The new GEALAN silo is also the largest of the containers in Tanna: with a height of 23.75 m, it is exactly as tall as the silos next to it, but at 4.20 m it has a larger diameter than the other containers (3.50 m in diameter). In future, the 277 cubic metres of new storage volume will hold around 175 tonnes of recycled PVC granulate. Thanks to the new silo, many inconvenient transports of the required recycling material in so-called "big bags" can now be avoided.
More aesthetics is not possible! The premium PMMA surface GEALAN-acrylcolor® now merges with a PVC profile that harmonizes in color. The noble combination of premium surface and dark base body will be available from GEALAN across all systems from September 2023.
Four exciting expert lectures with a view into the future of the window market, translated live into eight languages - prepared for GEALAN partners and interested guests from all over Europe, who either informed themselves on-site or tuned in virtually: In addition to the opportunity to exchange news and innovations, the International Future Forum 2023 also offered top-class perspectives on future challenges and opportunities for the industry. On top of that, there was an impression of selected product highlights and developments from GEALAN. Around 400 guests from 14 countries across Europe were present live at the event site at GEALAN's main location in Oberkotzau, and another 300 participants tuned in via livestream.
GEALAN's International Future Forum will also take place in hybrid format in 2023: On 25 May 2023, the major industry get-together will once again focus on the European window market. The presentation of premium products and digital tools from GEALAN should also not be missing at the International Future Forum 2023. As in the previous year, all lectures will be broadcast online via livestream.
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