Overath Group

Knauf Industries Group has just finalized the acquisition of the Overath Group

We are pleased to inform you that the Knauf Industries Group has just finalized the acquisition of the Overath Group. Overath Group is a German based family company, established in the EPP and crosslinked PO (Polyolefine) foams market. The group was founded in 1987 and today employs more than 100 people at two sites: in …

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Plastic recycling in industrial environments

The implementation of plastic recycling in industrial environments represents a guarantee that companies are making their best to minimize their environmental impact. With plastic being a non-biodegradable material, it has gained a bad reputation as plastic recycling techniques weren’t adopted.  However, with growing new sensibilities towards sustainability, the application of plastic recycling schemes is growing …

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Lightening of technical parts

The lightening of technical parts stands out today as one of the main strategies companies are using to optimize their designs. Explained briefly, the term lightweight refers to the reduction of component weight in a product, which translates into a reduction of the overall design. From better equipment performance to improved sustainability, reducing the weight …

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circular economy packaging

Circular economy packaging: the smart way to grow

At the heart of circular economy packaging lies a truly revolutionizing premise: the industry must go further in its efforts to minimize its environmental impact and suggest a total paradigm change.  Circular packaging is not just about reusing materials, but a multidisciplinary practice that helps increase resource management, save resources of all types and minimize …

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HVAC foam insulation installation

Reap the benefits of HVAC foam insulation through these trends

HVAC foam insulation consists of a highly efficient method to improve these systems’ performance and sustainability. The many benefits of applying expanded polypropylene foam have caused the rise in the number of this material’s applications in the Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC) industry. What exactly is EPP foam and how can it be applied …

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HVAC unit components

How to choose the best HVAC unit components

HVAC unit components play a significant role in achieving durability and energy efficiency in equipment. As these two factors turn into minimizing economical costs, the importance of picking the right HVAC unit components should not be underestimated. From our experience in designing and implementing HVAC technical parts, we provide a short guide in choosing reliable …

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Ecodesign directive tips

EU Ecodesign Directive: some compliance tips for the HVAC sector

The HVAC sector is experiencing a series of important transformations today, as the Ecodesign Directive and other norms are implemented.  The need for more sustainable industries and products that minimize their environmental impact has crystallized in different new regulations in recent years. The Ecodesign Directive in particular aims at the heart of productive processes, as …

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Thermally efficient HVAC systems: Tips to achieve them

Achieving thermally efficient HVAC systems has a decisive influence on these structures’ economic costs and sustainability. As a consequence, all strategies leading to increased efficiency in ventilation units, heat pumps, duct thermal insulation and other HVAC equipment present important benefits for owners, operators and society at large. How can manufacturers provide thermally efficient HVAC systems? …

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Industrial packaging innovations you must know in 2022

Industrial packaging innovations you must know in 2022

Packaging innovation in 2022 is guided by one central idea: packaging solutions will be sustainable or they will not be.  How is innovative packaging design incorporating environmental concerns into the equation? We take a look at the main packaging innovations today and what they mean for companies looking to comply with current legislation around packaging …

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lightweight packaging

Lightweight packaging: how it can transform your logistics

Due to its many economical and environmental advantages, lightweight packaging has become a buzzword in the packaging industry.  As the role of packaging in logistics is more and more understood, companies are paying more attention to their choice of packaging. The truth is that packaging not only remains a key factor in protecting goods but …

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expanded polypropylene

Expanded polypropylene: industrial uses and sustainability

From industrial pieces to commercial objects and packaging, expanded polypropylene is the silent hero behind a number of commonplace items found across the globe. A closed-cell bead foam material produced from polypropylene, expanded polypropylene has conquered many industries and markets because of its extraordinary properties: it is lightweight, provides outstanding thermal and acoustic insulation as …

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sustainable HVAC systems

Tips to create sustainable HVAC systems

The hunt for sustainable HVAC systems comes at a time when governments, citizens and manufacturers alike have seen the undeniable benefits of striving for efficiency in these structures.  This search can take different shapes, from using more efficient equipment (including geothermal heat pumps and gas furnaces), to refining processes, such as employing low-GWP refrigerants. The …

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HVAC energy efficiency: 4 tips to improve your performance

HVAC energy efficiency: 4 tips to improve your performance

HVAC energy efficiency has become a key trend among installers and manufacturers and users, as word spreads around it equals less economic and environmental costs.  As heating and cooling can represent about half of the energy used in a building, achieving efficient heating and cooling is critical for managing costs and sustainability. In fact, the …

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Reduce packaging waste using expanded foam

The current imperative for applying eco-consciousness into economical processes has seen companies look for new and improved ways to reduce packaging and, as a consequence, reduce packaging waste.  From our decades-long experience with packaging design, at Knauf, we take a look at current packaging optimization options using an eco-design perspective that helps companies advance towards …

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bio based packaging

Biobased packaging trends in 2022

Biobased packaging was born as a response to new consumer and governmental demands for sustainable packaging options.  As the packaging industry moves towards minimizing its impact on the environment, new bio-based plastic packaging solutions emerge continuously providing increasingly efficient possibilities for protection and sustainability. Want to learn about the main biobased packaging trends today and …

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HVAC materials

Innovations in HVAC materials that you can’t ignore

Many are not aware that choosing the right HVAC materials may have a significant impact on these systems’ energy efficiency as well as being an important source of cost-cutting. Additionally, new developments in innovative HVAC materials mean these improvements are being taken to new levels, leaving behind some of the less efficient components in favor …

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Foam packaging insert

Foam packaging inserts: benefits and characteristics

Protecting goods during transport is a key factor for many businesses which can have an effect both on their logistic processes and their reputation and brand image. At the same time, as e-commerce grows, providing an attractive packaging and unboxing experience has become increasingly important. Foam packaging inserts stand out as an efficient packaging solution …

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Knauf circular economy model

Foam packaging recycling: Knauf Appliances circular economy model

With the rise of a growing consumer and governmental consciousness around the environment, foam packaging recycling stands out as an important issue in the packaging industry.  At Knauf Appliances, we are confident in the sustainability of choosing EPS and EPP foam packaging, as it remains a mono-material 100% recyclable and efficient packaging solution for many …

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How to optimize your eCommerce packaging

Choosing the right eCommerce packaging solution can make a difference in a number of fields: from cost reduction to improving customer experience.  With the undeniable current rise of eCommerce, choosing the right packaging solution has become key for many businesses. This is especially true for those using Amazon as a distribution channel, as the company …

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Laser graining

Laser graining: how it is applied in HVAC technical parts

Laser graining has enabled greater cost-effectiveness as well as optimized production times and amplified innovation in HVAC technical parts. We take a look at how laser texture is achieved and the main benefits of this precise procedure to generate HVAC technical parts. What is laser graining? Laser graining is a production technique that uses ultrashort …

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Technical parts in HVAC systems: how expanded foams can improve them

The right choice of technical parts can significantly improve an HVAC system’s performance and economic costs.  The market around HVAC systems is undergoing a series of transformations, mainly focused around consumers’ expectations getting more demanding: HVAC design must now provide a great unit performance, silent running, compactness, and energy saving.  These new clients need to …

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Benefits of using expandable plastics for protective packaging

The choice of protective packaging can make a crucial difference for companies looking to optimize their costs and achieve a more sustainable supply chain. Despite their bad reputation, some expandable plastics are actually sustainable options while providing great performance in terms of protection and supply chain benefits. We analyze the benefits of expandable polystyrene and …

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styrene packaging

Styrene packaging: a sustainable material?

Styrene packaging has been a strong and efficient packaging solution for many years now. However, as the search for eco-packaging solutions grows, some companies can be deterred by this material’s bad reputation in terms of sustainability. Considering styrene packaging’s sustainability is a complex process that needs to look into many different directions. At the same …

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HVAC supply chain improvements that can benefit your business

An optimized supply chain is key to maintaining good relationships with your clients and eliminating unnecessary costs in any industry, and the HVAC sector is no different.  However, the pandemic and the economic events that have ensued have activated a complex chain of effects. In such a context, HVAC supply chain issues have emerged as …

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