Walki invest in Steinfurt to support customers’ transition to circular packaging materials

A new state-of-the-art production line at Walki Group’s Steinfurt plant, Germany, will support customers in the transition to sustainable and circular fibre-based packaging materials.

Driven by strong market trends and the new European regulatory framework, Walki has completed an investment surpassing €6m in a state-of-the-art production line.  This latest investment will not only enable market launches of recyclable board and lining materials, but also facilitate substitution from plastic to fibre-based packaging and thus significantly reducing carbon-footprint.

“We saw a need to transform our portfolio of materials and technologies to stay on the forefront for circular fibre-based packaging materials. Together with other recent investments, Walki’s product offering across Europe is no doubt unique. It enables our customers to achieve the highest functionality on fibre-based materials with a minimum environmental impact and with the possibility to adapt to customers´ specific packaging requirements,” says Nikolaus Wolfram, Executive Vice President, Walki.

The new investment will support customers in the food and non-food segments with barrier board and flexible packaging. Industrial liner applications for corrugated boxes is another segment.

The production line, called The Bridge, has been tailor-made to combine and upgrade the existing extruder line with a line for glue lamination and dispersion coating.

The new machine in Steinfurt is part of a bigger investment project in Central Europe. In January this year, a new barrier-board production line was augurated in Steinfurt’s sister plant in Wroclaw, Poland. Together the two plants offer a full-service production hub for customers in Central and Western Europe.

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