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    Elopak’s CEO on the future of paper-based packaging


    We recently got the opportunity to talk with Thomas Körmendi, the CEO of carton specialist Elopak, for the latest edition of our ‘In Conversation With…’ series. In a wide-ranging conversation, we discussed his views on the paper versus plastic debate, some of the biggest trends around this issue, and where the debate might ultimately end up.

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    Why must the packaging industry fully embrace data?


    In our latest ‘In Conversation With’ interview, Antares Vision Group Supply Chain Visibility Solutions (formerly rfxcel) Business Development Director Simon Jones and Senior Director of Digital Innovation John McPherson explain to our readers why data is the future for the packaging value chain.

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    DTS Europe on the central importance of monomaterials to packaging sustainability


    What is the importance of monomaterial solutions to recycling success, what are the key obstacles standing in the way of more widespread adoption, and what can we expect from the category in the coming years? In a recent conversation Teresa Vargas Matos, DTS Europe’s Marketing & Business Manager, let us know more.

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    A deeper exploration of self-adhesives


    Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives was formed following the merger of Ritrama, Arconvert, Manter and Acucote – creating a division that is specifically focused on the design and production of self-adhesive materials. We ask Fernando Giron, Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives Commercial Director, about the key drivers of innovation in the sector and take a look ahead to potential future developments in this edition of our ‘In Conversation With…’ feature.

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    A closer look at BW Packaging’s people-centric approach to packaging innovation


    What does it mean to take a people-centered approach to value creation in the packaging space, and what are the core benefits of using a system like this? Barry-Wehmiller’s VP of Innovation, John Koke, explains how BW Packaging views innovation as an opportunity to include customers in its culture of caring for people.

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    Exploring new energy concepts in the paper and fibre-based industry


    How are companies in the paper and fibre-based packaging sector powering their operations, what are the key drivers of innovation in the sector, and which emerging energy technologies should we be keeping an eye on? In this edition of ‘In Conversation With…’ we pose these questions to Professor Dr Helga Zollner-Croll, vice-chair of the ZELLCHEMING Association – an independent technical-scientifical platform for the pulp and paper industry.

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    Kuraray on LCAs, paper vs plastic, and collaborating with key brand owners


    In this installment of our ‘In Conversation With…’ feature, Heiko Mack, Director of Kuraray’s Poval Business, discusses how Kuraray approaches key sustainability questions: carbon emissions reduction, the role of coatings, and the paper vs plastic debate.

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    Unpacking the role of coatings and adhesives in sustainable packaging

    2023-04-21T10:17:00Z Sponsored by H.B. Fuller

    Despite making up a relatively small amount of a pack’s overall volume, coatings and adhesives can often play an outsized role in terms of sustainability. What are currently the key drivers of innovation in the sector? Elizabeth Staab, Rigid Packaging Global Sustainability Manager at H.B. Fuller, tells us more.

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    Discussing sustainability in flexible packaging with Wipak


    In the latest edition of our ‘In Conversation With…’ feature, we spoke with Wipak’s Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist, Josefina Pönkkä, to unpack their views on how the evolution of regulation and consumer sentiment is affecting the flexible packaging sector.

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    What does it mean to ‘Invest in Better’?

    2023-04-03T07:18:00Z Sponsored by

    Klöckner Pentaplast, a global manufacturer of plastic films and high-barrier protective packaging, has set out an overarching aim for the business – ‘Investing in Better’. By achieving concrete targets related to this aim, kp hopes to lower its environmental footprint, improve the lives and careers of its employees, and make a positive impact on communities.

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    Signode’s perspective on consumable packaging sustainability


    What does sustainability for consumable packaging mean in practice, what are the key drivers of innovation, and what might the future of the sector look like? Patrick Eggen of Signode tells us more in this edition of our ‘In Conversation With…’ feature.

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    A beginner’s guide to ultrasonic banding


    At a time of increased interest in resource-efficient, sustainable solutions to the packaging waste problem – could ultrasonic banding be a potential solution? Thomas Weber, Content Manager at ATS-Tanner Banding Systems, tells us more.

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    The future of flexible packaging: calling for a new level of ambition for circularity


     Flexible packaging protects products that are vital to society, which in turn presents challenges that we need to overcome. In this context, Marco Hilty, who joined Huhtamaki as President of Flexible Packaging in September 2021, reflects on the industry’s need to set more ambitious goals in driving circularity of flexible packaging—and shares why change might be possible faster than many people think.

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    Avery Dennison on viewing labels and packaging as one complete approach


    In this edition of our ‘In Conversation With…’ feature, Alena Maran, Avery Dennison’s Director of Marketing Strategy and Sustainability, LPM EMENA, gives us her views on how labels can play a significant role in unlocking packaging sustainability problems.

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    BOPET Films on the problems with household flexibles circularity


    In this edition of our ‘In Conversation With…’ feature, BOPET Films Europe’s chairman, Steven Davies, discusses the problems with circularity in household flexible packaging, the role that PET currently plays in these applications, and the future of these trends.

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    Wipak talks recyclability


    What is the importance of collaboration to packaging recyclability, what more can the value chain do to accelerate it, and what kinds of technical challenges must the industry overcome on this journey? We caught up with Susan Janssen, Sustainability and Sustainable Products Manager at Wipak, to find out more.

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    Huhtamaki Fiber Solutions - The Future Redesigned


    How people consume is undergoing rapid change. As consumer demands and regulatory requirements intensify, the packaging industry needs to find new ways to protect food safely in more sustainable ways. Eric Le Lay, President, Fiber and Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania at Huhtamaki believes that there is a game-changing technology that can facilitate this transformation: High precision technology to create smooth molded fiber packaging.

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    What does Holmen Iggesund’s ‘platinum’ sustainability rating mean in practice?

    2022-06-01T07:42:00Z Sponsored by Holmen Iggesund

    Paperboard specialist Holmen Iggesund was recently awarded a ‘platinum level’ sustainability rating by EcoVadis, a global sustainability rating agency. This certification puts them in the top 1% of all companies assessed by EcoVadis. But what does this award mean in practice? We spoke with Johan Granås, ...

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    A closer look at Amcor’s AmPrima® recycle-ready packaging range

    2022-06-01T07:40:00Z Sponsored by

    Amcor’s AmPrima® range of mono-material packaging solutions was designed with the aim of replacing hard-to-recycle, multi-material options, without any compromise on performance. To find out more about this family of solutions, we spoke with Trevor Davis, Marketing Director at Amcor.