Sonoco Europe VP: "Sustainability is here forever, we've got to wake up to that"
Even during the global pandemic, Sonoco Europe is working to ensure that environmental sustainability remains a priority. Vice President and General Manager Sean Cairns tells PackagingInsights that the short-term consequences of COVID-19 have been “dramatic” but that Sonoco has secured enough back-up and R&D investment to ensure it can ride the waves of uncertainty. Cairns further explains what challenges the coronavirus outbreak has put on packaging production and how it has accelerated the growth of the e-commerce sector.
At Interpack 2023, we talk to Greiner Packaging’s global head of marketing, Alexandria Mitterbaur, who discusses the company’s latest innovations and how EU policymakers can help businesses achieve environmental sustainability advances.
Aimplas is investing in R&D of natural polymers for single-use packaging to fit the European legislative changes. Lorena Rodriguez Garrido, packaging group leader at Aimplas, flags standardization of protocols for reusable packaging legislation and material waste stream pose challenges for food packaging.... Read More
At Interpack 2023, we speak with ATS-Tanner’s content manager Thomas Weber about the company’s latest innovations, including its “TruePaper” ultrasonic and heat-sealable paper band. He discusses the necessity of reducing packaging materials to the “absolute minimum” and how European governments must... Read More
Arne Wiese, product manager of bottles and shapes and Sören Storbeck, product manager packaging division at KHS, talk about the company’s new Loop Lite bottle at Interpack 2023. KHS shows off a tool designed by the University of Hamburg, Germany, that compares different products and materials for bottle... Read More
Thomas Schulz, VP marketing and communication group at Constantia Flexibles highlights the company’s collaboration with 30 machine suppliers at Interpack 2023. He emphasizes that the biggest challenges in achieving circularity lie in legislation and recycling infrastructure. Schulz also tells us about the... Read More
Herma showcased its labeling machines at Interpack 2023. We speak to Christoph Illichmann, sales director at Herma, about the company’s InNo-Liner system, which requires no silicone as glue gets activated by water. The system was developed for the logistics industry for applying labeling. We also discuss... Read More
Herbert van de Beek, senior manager of commercial service at Hoffmann The Tin, speaks at Interpack 2023 about how it offers 100% post-consumer recycled steel for its metal packaging solutions. Van de Beek also talks about how manufacturing steel comes with CO2 emissions when melting down iron, but Hoffmann... Read More
Multivac highlights the SLX 2000, its latest machinery in slicing technology. Tobias Richter, group chief sales officer at Multivac, talks about the compactness and accessibility of the SLX 2000, along with its ability to be integrated with Multivac’s other machines. He explains how the company works to... Read More
Live from Interpack 2023, PackagingInsights speaks with Ingrid Lidbäck, international marketing director for Graphic Packaging International (GPI). She discusses how the industry has changed over the past six years, highlights GPI’s fiber-based tray products and explains how the company is reducing plastic... Read More
PackEx’s business development manager, Boris Schließmann, notes that the company’s customers increasingly want to replace plastic packaging elements with cardboard to ensure the finished product consists of one material, making it easier to recycle. The company focuses on smaller orders to ensure no... Read More
Roy Schoemaker, packaging solutions manager at UPM Raflatac, showcased the company’s Carbon Trust-certified RAFNXT+ paper, and its Forest Film, made out of 100% wood-based raw materials at Empack 2023. Schoemaker discusses the company’s aim to replace non-renewable raw materials with renewable or recycled... Read More
Schmalz presented its new vacuum automation products for the packaging industry. Ralf Wouters, sales manager for vacuum automation at Schmalz told us about the company’s challenges in complying with packages that need to be gripped. We also discussed consumer demand across markets, the company’s cobots and... Read More
Ruben Palsgraaf, sales engineer for The Netherlands at Bihl and Wiedemann, discusses the company’s latest innovation in actuator sensor interface (ASi), the ASi-5 at Empack 2023. Palsgraaf says the machine can solve more technology and smart input-output utilizing the company’s technology.
We speak to Vytal co-founder Tim Breker, whose reusable packaging business recently landed US$10 million in series A financing for its AI-powered delivery and pick-up service. Breker says that with legislation increasingly banning single-use packaging and encouraging reuse solutions, he expects big changes... Read More
Engels Group presented its boxing solutions at Empack 2023. We speak to the company’s CCO, Robbert van den Akker, about its packaging, pallets, boxes and bins and possible application areas, including low- and high-value goods. We also discuss Engels Group’s electronics software and services for waste... Read More
Enric Guilera, SP Group's commercial director for France, presented 100% recyclable flexible and rigid films made from monomaterial PP for better recyclability at Empack 2023. Guilera says SP Group has been working for five years to develop its monomaterial pouches to follow European guidelines.
Johan Van Veen, national sales manager for ATS Tanner, is presenting the company’s TruePaper banding solutions made from 50% recycled materials at Empack 2023. ATS-Tanner says it wants to showcase the diversity of banding – from holding products together to its use as a marketing tool.