Recy­cling expert Michael Heyde joins ALPLA

Hard, 12th July 2018 – On 2 July Michael Heyde joined the Aus­trian pack­a­ging pro­ducer ALPLA as head of recy­cling tech­no­logy. The 58-year-old spe­cia­list in recy­cling and the cir­cular eco­nomy will focus on the expan­sion of recy­cling capa­ci­ties at ALPLA.

Heyde is a reco­gnised expert in the deve­lo­p­ment of new areas of app­li­ca­tion for post-consumer recy­cled plastics. He has exten­sive expe­ri­ence acting as an inter­face bet­ween the waste manage­ment industry and the pack­a­ging industry. ‘The estab­lish­ment of a centre of exper­tise for recy­cling tech­no­logy at ALPLA is now recei­ving a boost. With Michael Heyde, we will make a decisive impact on the global deve­lo­p­ment of recy­cling capa­ci­ties. In doing so, we want to expand our pre­vious focus on PET to include HDPE and clo­sures,’ says Dietmar Marin, head of the ISBM and recy­cling busi­ness unit.

Suc­cessful invol­ve­ment at Der Grüne Punkt
Heyde recently served as head of pro­duct and pro­cess deve­lo­p­ment at Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutsch­land GmbH. His respon­si­bi­li­ties par­ti­cu­larly included pro­cess deve­lo­p­ment for closed-loop sys­tems and the deve­lo­p­ment of recy­cled mate­rials for the group’s pro­duc­tion facilities.

Expe­ri­enced recy­cling specialist
After com­ple­ting his stu­dies in mechanical/process engi­nee­ring at the Tech­nical Uni­ver­sity of Munich, Heyde began his career as a rese­arch asso­ciate at the Fraun­hofer Insti­tute for Pro­cess Engi­nee­ring and Pack­a­ging in Frei­sing. There, he advanced to head of sys­tems ana­lysis, where his work included the deve­lo­p­ment of methods for the pre­pa­ra­tion of pro­duct life cycle assess­ments. He earned his PhD from the Tech­nical Uni­ver­sity of Berlin in the sub­ject of food sci­ence and bio­tech­no­logy in 1998. A year later, the engi­nee­ring sci­en­tist took over as head of tech­no­logy at Der Grüne Punkt. Since then, he has made a signi­fi­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the deve­lo­p­ment of recy­cling manage­ment for pack­a­ging in Ger­many through various roles within the Duales System Hol­ding group.

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About ALPLA:
ALPLA is one of the leading companies in plastic packaging. Around 19,300 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, closures and moulded parts at 176 sites across 45 countries. ALPLA also operates recycling plants at three locations with an annual capacity of 65,000 tonnes of food-grade rPET. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning agents, engine oils and lubricants. ALPLA celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015.

Addi­tional infor­ma­tion for editors:
ALPLA, Alex­andra Dittrich (PR and Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions), Tele­phone: +43 (0)5574 602 1083, email
Pzwei. Pres­se­ar­beit, Werner F. Sommer, Tele­phone: +43 (0)699 1025 4817, email