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Plastic Fischer Adopts Siemens Xcelerator

Scaling operations to reduce plastic waste in oceans

Published: Monday, November 13, 2023 - 12:01

(Siemens: Munich) -- Through its operation, Plastic Fischer not only develops and deploys technology to stop ocean plastic but also creates local jobs to carry out the end-to-end operations. Today, the company has stopped more than 800 metric tons of plastic in rivers and prevented it from breaking down into microplastic that would otherwise end up in our oceans. Alongside this vital work, the company could create more than 85 full-time jobs for underserved communities across its operations in India and Indonesia.

“Our mission is to develop simple technologies to stop ocean plastic effectively and efficiently when it is already in rivers,” says Aviel Itzhak, chief technology officer at Plastic Fischer. “Our TrashBoom systems can be built in the location of intended operation by local people. Avoiding imports allows us to implement fast and saves time, money, and carbon. The combination of Solid Edge and cloud-based collaboration enabled with Teamcenter Share will provide us with the engineering capabilities, scalability, and collaborative environment that we need to move our operations into their next stage of development and fuel our expansion to bring affordable, sustainable technologies to remove plastic from our planet’s rivers.”


Plastic Fischer, working to reduce plastic waste in rivers so it doesn’t pollute our oceans, has adopted the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio to help scale its operations and bring the benefits of digital transformation to its product development and life cycle management. Image credit: Plastic Fischer GmbH

“We are proud to have a strong, strategic partner like Siemens on our side that will hopefully help us scale our impact,” says Karsten Hirsch, CEO and co-founder of Plastic Fischer. “Having the professional tools in our hand to design technology is an important foundation to carry out our operations. The next step is implementing designed technology in polluted water bodies across the world, and we are looking for sponsors that allow us to do this.”


Plastic Fischer’s innovative technology, the Trash Boom system, is a locally built, low-tech and low-cost modular, floating barrier that stops ocean plastic already in rivers. Image credit: Plastic Fischer GmbH

“We are thrilled to see how Plastic Fischer is taking advantage of the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio to not only design and engineer the next generation of its innovative technology, but to also support global collaboration with its geographically dispersed teams to manufacture its TrashBoom system using local resources,” says Eryn Devola, head of sustainability for Siemens Digital Industries. “It’s another great example of how our technology is helping pioneers fight climate change issues. We are proud of the work that our customers are doing to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.”

To learn more about how startups like Plastic Fischer can take advantage of Siemens’ program, visit https://solidedge.siemens.com/en/free-software/startup/.

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