Südpack Focuses on Sustainability

Südpack’s major FACHPACK appearance is all about sustainability. The manufacturer of high-performance films and packaging materials for the food, medical goods and non-food industries presents itself as a holistic solution provider. Südpack received the German Packaging Award 2021 in the category of economic efficiency.

The recyclable monomaterials of the innovative Pure Line product family, which are also groundbreaking in terms of material efficiency and have already won several prestigious industry awards, represent a trade show focus. The Pure Line includes solutions made of PP, PE and PET, which are classified as recyclable in many countries. The material structures can be optimally designed to meet the requirements of a wide range of applications. The spectrum ranges from thermoforming films to lidding films or high-barrier films for the production of stand-up pouches.

Südpack is also expecting a high level of visitor interest in the area of its multipeel resealing systems. These are an important packaging concept, especially for sliced sausages, ham or cheese, because they not only offer maximum convenience for the consumer, but also help to extend the shelf life of food products and thus reduce food waste. The tried-and-tested Multipeel product family has now been expanded to include recyclable structures in order to meet market demands for recyclable packaging concepts in this area as well.

For example, the resealable, polypropylene Multipeel PurePP has been certified by the independent Cyclos Institute as being up to 95 percent recyclable. „Thanks to its many years of expertise in the extrusion of reclosable systems, the complete Multipeel family offers a high level of process reliability and optimum protection of the packaged products,“ the company informs.

SPQ – Milestone in packaging printing

However, Südpack is not only setting standards in sustainability with its film solutions, but also in packaging printing: thanks to the newly developed SPQ technology (Sustainable Print Quality), the consumption of ink, solvents, production waste and energy can be significantly reduced in flexographic printing, while at the same time optimizing print quality. SPQ thus improves the CO2 balance in packaging printing – and was awarded the German Packaging Prize 2021 in the cost-effectiveness category.

With SPQ technology, all designs are mapped automatically and in a process-stable manner using a standardized color palette. This results in a wide range of benefits, such as reduced makeready effort – an aspect that is particularly noticeable in the case of frequently changing batches. The color stability makes any print adjustments or print acceptances on site obsolete and the material costs for press proofs are minimized. „The previous conflict of objectives between efficiency and quality in flexographic printing has therefore now been resolved thanks to SPQ. We are very pleased that we will be able to make this sustainable and high-quality printing process available to the market in the coming months,“ explains Malte Rahneberg, Sales Manager Germany at Südpack.

Chemical recycling

Südpack will also be presenting various facets of implementing a circular economy for flexible packaging at FACHPACK. The film manufacturer is working flat out to further develop concepts that help close loops and thus minimize the use of fossil raw materials in film production. According to the company, one approach is chemical recycling, in which plastic waste is converted into valuable resources in a high-temperature process, which are then available in virgin material quality at the beginning of the process chain. Südpack, together with its project partner Recenso, is campaigning for this process to be recognized as a complementary recycling alternative, it said.