Bielefeld-based recycling start-up saperatec closes growth financing round with Henkel as new investor

Bielefeld-based saperatec GmbH, a provider of a proprietary solution for the recycling of composite materials, has announced the successful closing of a financing round led by Henkel.

In addition to Henkel and eCAPITAL as an existing investor bmp Ventures with the IBG Funds also participated in the financing round. Henkel has already been cooperating with saperatec for two years and offers its industrial customers a dedicated recycling solution for their products.

“We are proud to convince Henkel, the world’s leading adhesives manufacturer, with our technology. We look forward to extending our successful collaboration, because the recyclability of packaging should be an integral part of today´s society,” said Sebastian Kernbaum, Managing Director of saperatec.

“We are committed to drive the sustainable development towards a circular economy. saperatec’s technology is the first to allow efficient and high-value recycling of flexible aluminum composite packaging,” explained Paolo Bavaj, Head of Corporate Venturing at Henkel Adhesive Technologies. “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.”

We are delighted to have Henkel on board as another strong investor who has recognized saperatec's potential for the efficient recycling of composite materials and who is willing to drive forward the company's further development.

Bernd Arkenau,
Partner at eCAPITAL

D.CT Deutsche Cleantech acted as the exclusive financial advisor to saperatec for the execution of the financing round.

About saperatec
saperatec is the technology leader for the separation of bonded and coated structures. Physical and chemical principles are intelligently used to produce innovative secondary raw materials. This closes the raw material cycle and at the same time generates considerable added value in the conversion of waste into recyclable materials. Further information can be found at

eCAPITAL is a venture capital firm that provides early to growth stage funding to technology companies in the fields of software & information technology, cybersecurity, industry 4.0, new materials and cleantech. Founded in 1999, eCAPITAL has a history of supporting entrepreneurs determined to build companies with lasting significance. Partnering with eCAPITAL means joining an international network of business leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists and potential partners. eCAPITAL is located in Germany and currently manages funds with over EUR 220 million under management.

saperatec GmbH
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