German chemical and consumer goods company Henkel has announced an investment into recycling specialist Saperatec as part of its ongoing commitment to a circular economy.
The two companies have already been in a collaboration for two years, with the new investment set to help Henkel provide its industrial customers with recycling solutions for flexible packaging.
Start-up Saperatec has developed an innovative, patented technology that allows the separation and recycling of flexible packaging that contains aluminum foil, among other capacities.
Paolo Bavaj, Head of Corporate Venturing at Henkel Adhesive Technologies, said, “We are committed to driving sustainable development toward a circular economy. Saperatec’s technology is the first to allow efficient and high-value recycling of flexible aluminum composite packaging.
“Our collaboration has led to the development of new high-performance adhesives, which are compatible with Saperatec’s technology. We will now continue to expand and optimize this product range for flexible packaging in order to provide our broad customer base all along the value chain and especially in the food packaging industry with sustainable and efficient added value.”
After closing the fund-raising round, Saperatec is starting to build its first production plant in Europe.
The investment is the latest move in what has been a busy year for Henkel in terms of its commitment to responsible and sustainable packaging.