Hugo Beck is aiming to meet the growing demand for sustainable primary and secondary packaging solutions by enabling customers to choose both the packaging type and material, all from one single machine.

The paper X hybrid advance allows customers to select whether a product is packaged in film – reportedly enabling material savings of 15-70% – or in paper. An apparently simple changeover enables users to be ready for the new product and packaging material.

Both uncoated and coated paper can be used for producing bags with two glued sides plus a top overlap. Alternative closing techniques are also possible on request.

Regarding the film, Hugo Beck says that its patented tight bag packaging ensures there is a minimum excess with only as much film being used as is needed. The company also says that material savings of approximately 60–70% are possible in the film volume per item, particularly in comparison with standard film packaging customary in the industry. This is achieved by using thinner and lighter packaging and shrink films.

“Over the last year we have experienced an enormous change in demand for alternative packaging solutions,” said Timo Kollmann, Sales Director at Hugo Beck. “While the topics of sustainability, recyclability and the circular economy of packaging are not new, the urgency and awareness in the industry to become active, beyond mere talking, has increased significantly.

The current debate regarding sustainability and the use of plastic film in the packaging industry shows how complex the issues are, with different materials meeting the many different environmental objectives our customers’ face. From lightweight thinner films, to bioplastics or the latest mono-material films and recycled content materials, there are many options for manufacturers and our latest machine technology now enables the cost-effective, flexible use of paper alongside film packaging to deliver even greater functionality.”