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Making molded parts from natural materials

Making molded parts from natural materials

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Under the of “Green Quality” brand, the company ANA-U based in Gleisdorf, Austria produces molded parts from natural ingredients consisting to 100 % of renewable materials. The parts are manufactured on an all-electric injection molding line from WITTMANN BATTENFELD.

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from the left: Ewald Ulrich, CEO of ANA-U, Roland Pechtl, Regional Sales Manager WITTMANN BATTENFELD, Sebastian Ulrich, Project Manager Green Quality projects ANA-U

ANA-U, established in 2007 by Ewald Ulrich, specializes in the development, production and global sale of cards, card printers and electronic components, as well as the development and design of lighting solutions for stationary retailers, shopfitters, museums and galleries. In addition to its facility in Gleisdorf, the company has another production plant in Austria and one in Shenzhen, China. In Japan, the company’s products are sold via a local agency.

Innovation is a guiding principle at ANA-U. The founder and CEO of ANA-U GmbH, Ewald Ulrich, holds 15 patents in the areas of chip cards, thermal printing and security alone, and is regarded as the inventor of thermo-rewrite technology (TRW) for chip cards.

A special coating applied to the cards makes it possible to erase card contents and subsequently reprint the cards. By using this type of technology, ANA-U makes a substantial contribution to waste prevention.

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Metering, material loading and drying technology from WITTMANN

For just under 3 years, ANA-U has been producing molded parts from natural substances under the “Green Quality” brand. These consist to 100 % of plant-based renewable materials and are compostable just like wood. Typical products are event cards, voucher cards, wood-to-wood connecting parts and plastic-free housings. In this way, ANA-U has delivered, for example, 40,000 access passes for students of Karl Franzens University in Graz for the summer semester of 2022. For next year, the production of cards with imbedded electronics is planned as well.

'Molded parts made of renewable raw materials require production machinery with high precision and extended options for parameter setting. This is provided in every respect by the EcoPower 160 from WITTMANN BATTENFELD.' — Ewald Ulrich, CEO of ANA-U

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