Kornelis is proactive when it comes to sustainability. The Dutch caps and closures manufacturing company takes CSR very seriously and has been implementing changes across the business in its facilities, production lines, and its finished products to close the gap even further.
The new Kornelis Caps & Closures factory was built to have the lowest possible footprint and produce closures that can be separated and recycled the closures produced are perfectly separable and recyclable, but the company is not stopping there.
Craftsmanship & smart technology
Since 2016 the company has been one of the most modern closure factories in Europe and proactively implemented Research and Development to ensure that it stays at the forefront, always seeking out the next steps.
As a family business, employee development is critical to the company's success. People are central and employees are developed to ensure that motivation and creativity are matured for the benefit of both corporate and social impact.
As a result, the company benefits from a keen eye for sustainability, a positive impact, and the incorporation of smart technology alongside sustainable processes to ensure that staff motivation is high and that waste is at the absolute minimum.
The application of Industry 4.0 across manufacturing has proven to be highly beneficial, with thought sensors registering the injection molding processes and all the surrounding variables. This smart, digital technology has enabled Kornelis to have the lowest possible footprint in its new hall and production facilities.
The facilities feature solar panels and underground pipes. There are also modern, electric machines to ensure that energy requirements are very low. Furthermore, production by-products are avoided to ensure that any waste produced is absolutely minimal.
With the company's in-house production maintaining such a high level of sustainability, Kornelis has extended the requirements across its supply chain to further its reach in its quest to close the sustainability gap.
"We first tackled sustainability across our site and in our production. But, production is a 2-part process: Pre-consumer and post-consumer. Having optimized everything as much as possible in-house, we've taken a step back to look at the complete picture and are now focusing on our supply chain because if our suppliers can be more sustainable in their production, it has a knock-on effect of making our own products even more sustainable", comments Dave Busstra, Sales & Marketing Director at Kornelis.
The bigger picture
Sustainability is not one-size-fits-all and the global topic of sustainability is a highly emotional one. To ensure that Kornelis stays on track, the company is led by facts to ensure that its customers benefit from full disclosure about the sustainability of its products. As such, it is not the market placing demands upon Kornelis, rather Kornelis leading its customers to sustainable products and solutions.
Kornelis' 2020-2025 business plan is very clear about how green its products currently are and how green they can become. The company has already implemented reduced weight products which have a lower carbon footprint through the use of less production material, in addition to reduced emissions for their transportation. There are also mono-material products that can be recycled after use. Recyclability is considered in the first part of a product's manufacture to ensure that the material is reused and has a second life as a new product.
"Within the next 5-10 years, we are working to ensure that all of Kornelis' caps and closures are manufactured from a sustainable raw material that is 100% recyclable. We want to contribute to a circular economy. We want more", says Ytsen de Boer, Technical Projects Leader. "Consumers have been putting our customers under pressure, so we are working hard to resolve problems over which we have influence, such as lightweighting, recycling, etc."
In a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) commissioned by Kornelis and completed by independent experts, the numbers prove that plastic is a good packaging choice for many products because it is recyclable and there is little energy required for transportation or for recycling. Plastic offers many exceptional qualities.
Kornelis is aware, however, that although 70% of its turnover is in the Benelux area, over half of that product is exported, which leads the company in its search for sustainable raw materials that can be injection molded and maintain the same properties. Also on the horizon is the EU directive for tethered beverage caps from 2024, therefore Kornelis is researching and developing options whereby its non-beverage caps and closures can also remain attached to the packaging.
"We are always looking for a balance between sustainability and ease of use for the consumer whereby we are balancing on a tightrope of conflicting demands. And yet we continue taking steps forward to be even more sustainable", concludes de Boer.
At Kornelis, sustainability is a conviction
Operations manager, Sebastiaan Lem, is working daily on the pursuit of sustainability at Kornelis Caps & Closures. The process starts with a single conviction that step by step becomes widely supported by every level of the organization. At the end of the day, sustainability is about much more than a slightly thinner closure.
Why choose a temper-evident seal?
For a growing number of products and markets, a seal is indispensable. A temper-evident seal offers the consumer certainty and reliability. At Kornelis, we can supply caps and closures together with a wide range of seal types and sizes. When selecting the seals, we select environmentally conscious materials wherever possible.
Kornelis extends IML options to include 63mm plastic cap
Renowned caps and closures manufacturer Kornelis has updated one of its popular caps, the 3360 model, to a form part of its collection that is moulded from the inside, rather than the outside. This means that this cap can now benefit from in-mould labelling, in order to make it easier to create a pre-decorated item.
Kornelis shakes up its closure offering with an updated sprinkle cap
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Kornelis's vibrant 82mm caps can benefit from IML
Committed to providing high-quality closure solutions for packaging, Kornelis presents a solution which is ideal for crowning the top of food jars. Kornelis has thoughtfully designed its 82mm screw cap in a way which means that it can only be moulded from the inside and allows the option decoration through in-mould labelling.
Kornelis produce new range of flip-top caps for international sauce brand
Leading manufacturer of caps and closures, Kornelis, has delivered yet another solution to meet the multiple requirements of its customer. The needs of the project were such that different caps were required for the customer’s A-brand and private label products, as well as the varying viscosities of the sauces.
New custom made solution for spices
Leading caps and closures manufacturer, Kornelis, has delivered another excellent jar and cap combination to bolster the product range for a Belgian supplier of spices. Adding to the existing 230ml jar, which Kornelis has supplied for several years, there is now also a transparent 125ml PP jar.
Softline cap from Kornelis is a ‘cool’ closure for Italian ice cream
An Italian ice cream supplier for AH recently launched their luxury ice cream to the market. Looking for the right packaging to make their high-end product stand out among the competition and to reflect the qualities of their ice cream, they turned to Kornelis caps & closures.
Kornelis' new tube cap adopted by leading Dutch food brand
Kornelis, the Dutch designer and manufacturer of plastic caps has launched a brand new tube cap which is already making its mark in the food market. The new PE tube cap has been incorporated to seal the Zaanse tubes of mayonnaise ensuring freshness and product integrity until the consumer opens the cap.
New dosing cap provides fitting choice for plant food
To those who may not know, a dosing cap is a cap which offers pouring capability. Cap specialist Kornelis knows that there is far more to designing a closure than providing the functionality of a closure and its new dosing cap has been produced especially for measuring and pouring plant feed.
Kornelis' new production facilities are well underway
The fast growth of Kornelis made this new construction necessary. Behind the current building rises a new hall of 50 by 70 meters. Most of the groundwork was completed in the past months and in the meantime the roof has been established. December will be used for completing the concrete floor.
Kornelis "Kopje Cultuur"
Last weekend Kornelis "Kopje Cultuur", the yearly culture festival for Steenwijkerland and its surroundings took place. The weekend was packed full with activities. Also this year the organization has succeeded in offering the visitors a varied program. Exposures, workshops, various music genres and theatre performances with national, international and regional allure passed the program. As the main sponsor we are proud to enable this event!
Kornelis releases a useful new 43mm sprinkle cap
In the food market, there are many closures dedicated to providing easy dispensing of loose, dry products, like spices, herbs, decorative toppings for baked goods, and others. Kornelis provides a wide array of solutions for this sort of product, not least of which is the firm's latest 43mm sprinkle cap.
Kornelis' Multi-Tab liners provide security and ease of use in one product
Kornelis has been recognized as a market leader on numerous occasions for its contribution to sealing technologies and their implementation in packaging production. One of Kornelis' areas of greatest expertise is in liners designed to provide an extra layer of security to consumers as well as a barrier to prohibit premature staleness or spoilage. Recently, the company's Multi-Tab liner has garnered attention as a unique market offering for companies wishing to provide a very high level of security and functionality.
- Jo Webb
- Company News
- Created 16 Jul 2021
- Modified 16 Jul 2021
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