Andreas Kanz: I think first of all when you participate in an exhibition; it is a commitment to be a part of the industry. So we are part of the woodworking industry in India and also that we are manufacturing locally shows we are committed to the market. An exhibition is a marketplace where everybody meets each other – unfortunately this year, people are less from some countries because of the crisis and that some countries are not allowed to travel. We are not only here to meet our customers or potential customers but also here to interact with our partners and allied suppliers as they are machine manufacturers and manufacturers of materials, panels, edgebanding materials, laminates. We can exchange knowledge and understand what the need of the customers today and what best solution we can offer. Environmental aspect, cost efficiency, availability of raw materials, everything is important as all these impact our business. In our sector, normally our role is to bond two materials. However, these days, not only in Europe, but globally- as I also spoke to some Indian companies and our partner companies here in India, it’s also about Recycling, i.e what can you do after the life span of the product. They also ask about rebonding- how to separate things and we have the answers to that depending on the technology and how much glue is inside the product.
Another topic is bio- based materials. If you talk about water based adhesives, 50 percent is water, water is a natural but of course there is a lot of chemistry. Oil is also a natural raw material. Though it takes million of years to build up, it is a natural raw material. Instead of oil based, there might be starch based, they might be sugar based so then theoretically you could make a lot of polymers out of materials that is normally consumed by humans for eating. We don’t want to take away the food from the people therefore we have to find the right balance and therefore our products are very durable and our customers can use these for many decades. We can also help our customers when they are designing new products what happens at the end of the life cycle of the product as it is furniture or something, so in 2019 the biggest goals was in plans for recycling woods, separating it to the very small fibres and then recycle it into fresh raw material bringing back to the cycle. I think this idea is important that we think more on not when the product leaves the factory but one day when it comes back again and we see these questions are more and more.