saperatec opened its plant in Dessau Roßlau

Our portfolio company Saperatec GmbH opened its plant for the recycling of beverage carton and other composite packaging waste on 15th May in Dessau Roßlau. 🚀 Plastic, aluminium and paper are separated from composite packaging in an innovative mechanical-physical recycling process. 💡…

The company uses this to produce plastic for film packaging, among other things.

In a statement, Sven Schulze, Minister for Economic Affairs, Tourism, Agriculture and Forestry of Saxony-Anhalt, said: “Saxony-Anhalt offers attractive framework conditions for young and innovative industrial companies. With the establishment of saperatec, the circular economy is gaining further momentum in our state. At the same time, attractive and high-quality jobs are being created in the Dessau-Roßlau region.”

Willi Mannheims said: “As Managing Partner of eCAPITAL ENTREPRENEURIAL PARTNERS and as one of the first investors in saperatec, I was impressed by the realisation status and the application possibilities when I first visited the pilot plant, which then was still in Bielefeld. The simplicity of the process concept (separating laminated materials by type without altering or damaging any of the materials) was particularly appealing, as was the huge application potential (composite materials such as Tetra Paks, PV modules, car glass and mobile phone glass, to name but a few). We are very pleased about the inauguration”.

Dr. Sebastian Kernbaum, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of saperatec, explained that “as a start-up company, saperatec has systematically developed the mechanical-physical recycling process for the delamination of multi-layer composite materials over ten years, from laboratory scale to large-scale implementation. Water-based, reusable washing liquids are used to optimise the sustainability of the recycling process. In addition to the separation of plastic from metal and paper layers, the separation of glass composites is also the subject of further development work.”

The company employs over 60 people in Dessau in production, research & development, engineering and administration. Thorsten Hornung, CEO of saperatec, explained that “the development and industrialisation of the innovative process would not have been possible without the consistent support of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, the European Union and our venture capital investors such as eCAPITAL and Henkel AG & Co. KGaA ”.