In particular where plastics processing is involved, recycling is in great demand. Even high-tech materials like CFRP are being recycled more and more frequently and reused for new purposes. The prevention of so-called “downcycling” by means of modern processes and recycling of materials sorted according to type is important in this respect. “The plastics industry has been becoming more and more sustainable for a number of years already”, says Fakuma project manager Annemarie Schur. This not only applies to the recycling of materials, but rather to energy-saving and thus more economical manufacturing processes, energy-efficient machines and biodegradable plastics as well. And the sustainable alternatives are in no way inferior to their conventional predecessors with regard to durability, processability and weight.