Circular and collaborative economy, a new reality?

It probably will not be the first time you’ve heard of “Circular Economy.” In recent times it has become a current topic, increasingly recurring on social media, opinion articles and media debates. Although it may seem something new, the reality is that the first references to this concept already appeared in the 80s, in order to describe a closed system, of interactions between economy and environment.

The circular economy is the meeting point between environmental, economic, and social aspects. It is a model based on the generation of wealth without the abuse of raw materials, using scarce resources efficiently and, limiting energy consumption.

Climate change, resource shortage and social differences have been making a mark on the population, transforming us into a more aware and responsible society, reflecting on our daily actions. Actions that gradually push us inevitably towards a collaborative economy.

Companies as leaders of change

It is a disruptive, sustainable, and cooperative business model, which breaks with the urgent need to own goods and is based on having access to them. Always with the aim of meeting a specific need, for a certain period of time.

The community and collaboration between people have an undeniable weight, but it is of no use if companies do not lead and accompany society in this great transformation towards a new reality, which today seems unstoppable. Companies play a key role in communicating and raising awareness, not only within their organizations, but as an example to follow for their target audience and society in general.

Although today, it is just a simple trend for some, many companies around the world have been betting and leading projects based on this new economic model for years. A model whose main resource is limitless:  innovation. Innovation in the design, treatment and recovery of the goods produced.  Being aware that the only possible future goes through sustainable and sensitive production with the world around us.

Only time will tell if that sector still reluctant to change, ends up taking the definitive step towards this model, making it a new and unique reality. A reality of new limitless resources and beneficial for the whole planet.


On 14 November, Erum Group will be taking part as a speaker in the INDIA-SPAIN Workshop “Cooperation Opportunities in the Automotive & Machine Tool Industries”. The event has been organised by export and investment organisation ICEX and is being held in Vivanta by Taj hotel in Pune.

The aim of the workshop is to provide a meeting point for Indian and Spanish companies to foster the development of new strategic partnerships; it will consist of two sessions featuring distinguished speakers from leading companies in the sector from both countries.

The first session will focus on business opportunities in the Automotive sector and will analyse the different types of agreements and openings available in India and Spain.

The second session concentrates on publicising the growing and highly competent Spanish Machine Tools sector. This session will be led by speakers from JUARISTI, EKIN, ERUM Group and SIEMENS Financial Services.


On 5 November in Ibi’s Teatro Rio, the Alicante Family Businesses Association presented the “Premios AEFA” awards, an event now in its 21st year.

These awards are given every year and are intended to distinguish the track record, innovative ability and efficient management of family businesses across the province, as well as highlighting the role played by these organisations as economic drivers for Alicante.

Generalitat Minister of the Economy Rafa Climent was in charge of awarding PlĂĄsticos Erum with the Valencia government’s distinction for the company’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. The award was collected by Emilio and Blanca Erum.

AEFA President Francisco Gómez remarked that “this is a company with a presence in more than 25 countries and outstanding for its values of humility, flexibility and adaptability”.

Other awards went to Almendras Llopis, Neoflex and Juan Corona, Director of the IEF.


Here at PlĂĄsticos Erum we take our commitment to the environment to heart by promoting environmentally friendly practices and working actively in the field of sustainability.

As a result of this approach, we have obtained the national accreditation stamp from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment (MAGRAMA), showing that we have implemented CARBON FOOTPRINT calculation.

Measuring the organisation’s Carbon Footprint means taking a step forward in our environmental performance and involves producing a greenhouse gases inventory. We aim to calculate the size of our footprint so we can act effectively on the processes that make the biggest impact, enabling us to reduce emissions and do our bit to alleviate the effects of climate change.

In order to guarantee our responsibility to the environment and keep our customers satisfied, we are aware that we will have to coordinate economic development, environmental protection and health and safety at work practices.

lmendras Llopis, Neoflex and Juan Corona, Director of the IEF.


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A team Erum group representatives will be at the Professional Trade Fair at “Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week” at the trade fair site in Montjuic from 29 April to 1 May.

This show, which comprises 260 exhibiting brands from 17 countries, will showcase the latest innovations in bridal fashions for men and women, as well as cocktail and evening dresses and accessories for the 2017 season.

Erum group, which has just revamped its line of hangers for ceremonial wear and haute couture, will be there with these firms throughout the three-day event to meet with and advise them. Hangers are an essential to the fashion and accessories trade for creating attractive displays and caring for these special garments.



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Novaerum, the automotive division of Erum Group, will be back at the Automotive Industry Subcontracting Show this year.

This trade fair is organised by the Moroccan Association for Automotive Industry and Trade (AMICA) in the Tanger Free Zone, the heart of the automotive industry, in conjunction with Renault, also a member of the Subcontrating Development Committee.

This event will boost the competiveness of manufacturers based in Morocco and generate business opportunities for buyers and suppliers, one of which is Novaerum.

Do come along to our stand where you will be welcomed by a group of professionals ready to offer you personalised services.


Representatives from several Erum Group departments will be travelling to Guangzhou (China) in April. They will attend the Canton trade fair, the world’s leading multi-sector trade fair in terms of exhibition space, visitors and the number of stands, which will be manned by businesses from all over the world.

This trade fair, which is held twice a year in China, has already been held more than 100 times and is an international, traditional and multifunctional affair.

For three weeks, Erum group representatives will network and share business information with different machinery, electronics, materials, decoration and garment companies, among others.




The ‘EPS-FISH’ project to recycle expanded polystyrene waste from fresh fish packaging recently gave some good results. This project was carried out by Acteco with help from Aimplas (Plastic Technology Institute).

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is used all over the world to manufacture crates for fresh fish and other produce.

While 90% of the EPS in industrial boxes is recycled, only 10% of fish boxes are recycled and the remaining 90% is discarded. The problem is that after two recycling cycles, EPS from these fish crates is not acceptable to customers because of the fishy odour.

EPS is not a most suitable plastic waste for converting into energy (2% of the volume is plastic and 98% is air) and this project is used to create a high quality, odourless recycled material, reducing the volatiles generated when recycling EPS from fish crates.

The recycled material is used to manufacture pressed insulation boards for the construction industry, as well as purified PS for manufacturing ballpoint pens, hangers, boxes…




Erum group will be at the EXPOANTAD 2016 trade fair to boost its position in the Latin American market.

This 33-year-old event will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico. It is an established meeting for the food, consumer products, commercial technology and general goods sector, the most important in Mexico and in the entire region.

The trade fair is a meeting point for companies, a place for making and increasing sales in this market. Erum group is a reliable, competitive supplier, which deals not only with hangers, a varied product range that it now offers after diversifying its business areas in recent years.

You’ll find us on Stand 942 in the Jalisco hall, where we will be delighted to serve you.


Plastics are an important aspect of modern living, because they are used to manufacture items that we use every day. This heavy use of plastics means that the end of the product life cycle requires effective management and although we are managing to recycle more every year, researchers are still looking for alternative solutions.

Recently it has been discovered that the flour weevil is capable of living on several types of plastics and that these insects safely break down this material and eliminating waste.

The study shows that these larvae can survive in perfect conditions eating polystyrene foam, which is the usual packaging material, as well as other forms of this synthetic resin, which is used to manufacture numerous objects.

These insects can transform half of the polystyrene consumed into carbon dioxide and the other half into biodegraded fragments through excrement. The insects have bacteria in their digestive systems capable of breaking down plastics.

Subsequent studies will look into at how these bacteria can be extracted and used directly to treat the plastic.