As part of a press breakfast at packaging show FachPack, Hans-Joachim Boekstegers, Director and CEO of packaging specialist Multivac, gave an overview of the current development of the business as well as the packaging trends at Multivac and the company’s product highlights on the exhibition booth. “Contrary to the general market trend, our business continues to develop well,” emphasised Hans-Joachim Boekstegers. “Our production capacity is fully utilised and we are seeing very positive development in all the company’s business units. Following 2017, in which our turnover reached virtually the 1 billion euro mark, we are now expecting in the current business year an increase in turnover of up to ten percent”.
As regards the EU Plastics Strategy, which is being much discussed at the moment, Hans-Joachim Boekstegers voiced the opinion that the EU requirement on plastic recycling is concentrating solely on recycling capability. The added value, which plastic packaging offers during its life cycle, such as for example extending the shelf life of food without preservatives, or protecting consumers by means of sealed packs, is not being taken into consideration. New packaging concepts would have to offer comparable benefits to those of conventional solutions, particularly as regards the protection and shelf life of the packaged product, otherwise the proportion of spoiled or discarded food, which is already too high, would rise still further.
New packaging concepts would also need to be compatible with pack return systems, and new recyclable material would have to be easily recognizable as such – at the very least for the recycling converter and ideally for the consumer as well. Thanks to Multivac’s existing packaging technology, it is already possible today to have packaging concepts which provide reduced consumption of resources as well as dramatically increased recyclability.