“100 Companies for Resource Efficiency” is an initiative that was launched by Baden-Württemberg’s state government and its leading trade associations. It is raising public awareness about companies with exemplary efficiency measures. And one of them is SÜDPACK. On 24 November, the film manufacturer was honored as one of the 100 companies for its pioneering SPQ technology.
The name says it all: SPQ stands for Sustainable Print Quality and for novel printing technology by SÜDPACK. The innovative SPQ process provides considerable advantages in terms of sustainability, efficiency and quality – and is a milestone in package printing.
Using the technology requires the complete standardization of machine and process parameters as well as smart color management with a standardized color palette. This results in fewer color changeovers and a reduction in solvent consumption while also considerably improving the quality level. The latter makes printing adjustments and on-site print approval obsolete, which reduces production waste. Yet another advantage is that printing plates can be produced using a water-based process, which keeps solvent consumption low in the cleaning process as well.
As a whole, the optimized consumption of ink, solvents and energy as well as reduced film waste have a direct impact on the carbon footprint of the printed packaging films. “With SPQ, we reduce ink and solvent waste in the implementation of printed images by more than 60 percent in the best case scenario,” highlighted Valeska Haux, Vice President Strategic Marketing at SÜDPACK.
After the successful implementation of the first pilot projects in 2021, the pioneering technology was immediately distinguished with the renowned German Packaging Award in Gold and in the economic efficiency category. Demand for this particularly sustainable printing process is on the rise – and the first customer orders are being processed on machines. “The entire food industry offers enormous potential for SPQ. Our goal is, in close collaboration with our customers, for SPQ technology to be used predominantly for producing printed packaging films,” emphasized Valeska Haux. At the same time, intensive work on the optimization and further development of the technology is underway in order to “harmonize quality and sustainability even further.”
With SPQ, the expert committee of the flagship project has rightly declared SÜDPACK a member of this year’s exclusive group of the “100 Companies for Resource Efficiency.” Shining examples like these “demonstrate how resource efficiency can be implemented in concrete terms as well as the benefits it provides.”
Carolin Grimbacher, Managing Partner of the SÜDPACK Group, is pleased about this special award as well: “Here at SÜDPACK, we are convinced that improving resource efficiency and the eco-balance as a whole is a central task for politics, science and, above all, industry. As a leading film manufacturer, but most importantly as a responsible family business, this topic is of particular relevance to us – and we hope with this initiative that we will be able to win over other companies as well.”
The award ceremony was held on 24 November 2022 during a fireside chat at Literaturhaus Stuttgart.
Image (left to right):
Dr. Andre Baumann, State Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Energy Management
Lisa-Marie Schmidberger, Manager CSR & Sustainability SÜDPACK Verpackungen
Valeska Haux, Vice President Strategic Marketing SÜDPACK Verpackungen
SÜDPACK is a leading manufacturer of high-tech films and packaging materials for the food, non-food, and medical product industries. Our solutions ensure maximum product protection as well as additional pioneering features with minimum material input.
The family business, which was founded by Alfred Remmele in 1964, is headquartered in Ochsenhausen. The production sites in Germany, France, Poland, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the USA are equipped with the latest plant technology and manufacture to the highest standards, including the capacity to operate under clean room conditions. The global sales and service network ensures a high degree of proximity to the customer and comprehensive application technology support in more than 70 countries.
With its state-of-the-art Development and Application Center at its headquarters in Ochsenhausen, the innovation-oriented company offers its customers an optimal platform for carrying out application tests and for developing individual and tailor-made solutions.
SÜDPACK is committed to sustainable development and fulfills its responsibility as an employer and towards society, the environment, and its customers by developing packaging solutions that are highly efficient and sustainable.
SÜDPACK VERPACKUNGEN GmbH & Co. KG
Cordula Schmidt / Corporate Communications
D-88416 Ochsenhausen, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 7352 925 – 1869
D-80802 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 89 – 31 20 338-21