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The key players of the packaging industry get together in Scanpack the largest exhibition of its kind in Northern Europe, with something for everyone in the packaging value chain, from designers and manufacturers to subcontractors and buyers. It takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden from October 20 to 23, 2015. Constantia Flexibles will be represented there with a booth in E03:20.
Some of the most important central trends and market needs for packaging at the moment are sustainability, food safety and convenience. Constantia Flexibles is presenting their innovative portfolio to meet these demands.
Here are a few highlights of what to expect when visiting the Constantia Flexibles booth:
The ReLap concept was nominated for the Deutsche Verpackungspreis 2015 (German Packaging Award) by the jury.
In addition to these solutions, we are also showcasing popular products and latest innovations on Die cut 35/4 , UV HD Flexo printed Flexpap und Banderole, Comfor Lid; PPPeel; Mono FFS Web and others.
Come by and visit us to find out more about our flexible packaging solutions!
Contacts: Peter Stieboeck
Passion for Packaging
Constantia Flexibles is a company with a long tradition in the flexible packaging industry. Elisabeth Skoda spoke to Stefan Grote, the company’s European vice-president for the food division, about what lies behind the company’s success in the food sector in particular.
Constantia Flexibles has a very proud history centred around Constantia Teich, which was founded in Weinburg, around 100 km from Vienna, Austria, in 1912, and also Haendler & Natermann, which was founded in Hann. Münden (North East Germany) in 1825. These two companies are still part of what is now a leading flexible packaging provider in Europe thanks to its consistent and successful growth and acquisition strategy. Over the years, the company grew from a local to a European and now a global supplier of flexible packaging to the food, pharma and beverage industries.
The company’s motto, ‘People, Passion, Packaging’ perfectly describes the company as it is today, as Mr Grote is proud to point out. “We have strong, international teams working passionately for the growth and success of our customers, and our motto drives the company forward.”
Constantia Flexibles is active in three different business segments: food, pharma and labels. The Food Segment is divided in three regional divisions: Europe, North America and Emerging Markets.
“Within Europe, the main production sites for the food sector are in Austria, Germany,
Poland and Spain as well as Romania, France and Denmark. Apart from our production
facilities, we also have sales offices in most European countries to be close to our customers. In total, we sell to 115 countries,” Mr Grotesays.
Constantia Flexibles reported sales of €1.7 billion in 2014. The company headquarters
are situated in Vienna, and about 60 per cent of the workforce is located in Europe.
With its strong service culture, Constantia Flexibles wants to offer the best service and quality possible to the marketplace.
“We are not just striving to provide the best service to our customers, but also to our stakeholders, investors, journalists and our own people. We are a very customer-focused organisation, and we are proud to offer extraordinary service,” Mr Grote explains.
“We have 42 production facilities in 18 countries all over the globe, which provides us with a strong network, and we have long-term partnerships with our big clients. We have been working with many of our clients for decades,” Mr Grote adds.
Varied product range
With its global leadership position in a number of product lines, Constantia Flexibles offers a wide range of products for the food industry, including cup sealing systems for yoghurts and dairy, wraparound labels for dairy, butter and cheese foils, confectionery packaging, sachets for soups, sauces and ready meals. In addition, Constantia Flexibles also has a strong market position in the area of coffee capsules and lightweight aluminium systems for pet and human foods.
“People use Constantia Flexibles products every day, for example when they wake
up in the morning they may be using a cereal packs, and then they consume snacks, yoghurts, packaged food products for dinner, feed their pets – Constantia Flexibles offers products for the entire day,” Mr Grote says.
Focus on innovation
In the food industry, the innovation cycle is very fast, so innovation has to be constantly
worked on, as Mr Grote points out.
“Innovation is in our DNA, and today we work with our customers on the products of tomorrow. We try to identify with our customers what the challenges are, and how to serve our customers with the packaging that fulfils their needs. R&D and innovation are extremely important to us.”
In order to make this possible, Constantia Flexibles has two competence centres, one for aluminium foil and foil laminates, and one for films and film laminates.
“Following heavy investment into the film and film laminate competence centre, it will be reopened in 2015,” Mr Grote points out.
One example of a recent innovation is ReLap. Due to the combination of different technologies such as lasers, partial laminating, as well as the application of coatings, ReLap has enabled novel composite structures, which prevent contamination of the adhesive surface by the filling material. The result for consumers is fast, easy opening and resealing. Also, this technology requires no modifications to existing packaging machines at our customers.
Constantia Flexibles is extremely pleased that ReLap has been nominated for the
upcoming German Packaging Award 2015.
In addition, DieCut 2020, is an optimal new generation of cup sealing systems with innovative co-extrusion and up to 50% less aluminum. In combination with UV flexo printing it is a solvent-free product.
Sustainability is one of Constantia Flexibles’s corporate values and it is embedded in the company’s annual report, where the environmental KPIs (e.g. the annual CO2 consumption) are also published. Sustainability efforts are focused on responsibility toward the environment and future generations, as Mr Grote explains.
“We try to avoid all possible environmental risks, we try to use environmentally friendly materials in our products, and we aim at every opportunity to reduce our CO2 emissions and our impact on soil and water. We also implement appropriate measures to maximise utilisation of resources and environmentally friendly technologies.”
“We try to optimise our use of materials and try to avoid waste in every aspect of what we do. We believe that future financial success is dependent on sustainable corporate practice. Since the Constantia Flexibles Group was founded, we have been committed to responsible economic, environmental and social policies. Mr Grote adds.
Catering for trends
Mr Grote identifies food safety and Urbanization as among the key industry trends Constantia Flexibles works hard to cater for. Urbanisation is an important factor in the developed markets.
“People in urban areas are often living in one person households, which means a trend towards smaller pack sizes, for which flexible packaging is ideally suited.”
From a packaging customer point of view, internationalisation is a big trend.
“Our customers demand internationalisation. They want to have a global supplier and want to be served internationally. Many of the big food companies are based in Europe and US, but also want to be served in Africa, or Asia. We are currently in the process of acquiring the second largest flexible packaging company in South Africa to extend our global reach in this highly dynamic market, which is important for our customers,” Mr Grote says.
Mr Grote is convinced that flexible packaging is an extraordinarily strong growth market and that Constantia Flexibles will maintain its excellent track record of steady growth seen in recent years, with extra impulses coming from the emerging markets.
“We believe that flexible packaging offers a lot of positive features to manufacturers thanks to its low weight. It also allows machines to run faster and results in minimum
waste, which is an attractive cost proposition.”