GERMANY, Wolfertschwenden. One of the features of Multivac as a company is its particularly sustainable and responsible management – and it is now the only supplier of packaging solutions among the "50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders".
The initiative by Bloomberg and the UN is aimed at highlighting groundbreaking contributions by leading companies in achieving ambitious UN climate objectives, and thereby promoting greater commitment in a wide range of markets.
For this company, sustainability is an integral part of the company strategy. For around 60 years now, Multivac packaging solutions have been making sure, that sensitive products around the world can be processed efficiently, as well as being packed hygienically, reliably and attractively. Particular attention is always paid to a packaging process, which is both resource-saving and gentle on the product, so that the customer receives the right machine technology, suitable packaging materials and an optimum pack design. Other significant areas of action are the optimisation of the company's internal and logistical processes, as well as the sustainable production of packaging machines with a particularly long lifespan.
The company is also a trailblazer and model for the sector, when it comes to sustainable packaging materials – through the development, for example, of alternative packaging material concepts with reduced use of plastics, as well as its comprehensive range of PaperBoard materials. These paper fibre-based materials are not only innovative and functional, but also particularly sustainable. They have found a high level of acceptance with processors, retailers and consumers, and they can be recycled after use in the appropriate recycling loops. New benchmarks in the market are also being set by the company's innovative machine concepts such as the X-line thermoforming packaging machine, as well as by processing solutions from the Multivac subsidiary TVI, which feature trim-free portioning and energy-efficient freezing.
The company also proves its commitment to sustainability in a wide range of collaborations and initiatives: Multivac is a founding member of the Save Food Initiative (2010) by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and it is actively engaged in many other sector events and international associations such as the Circular Plastics Alliance and CEFLEX, as well as national organisations like the VDMA industry association and its "Bluecompetence" initiative. And last but not least, its alliances with partners in the added value chain, as well as its collaboration with universities and research institutes, make a major contribution to rethinking and redesigning packaging materials and pack concepts.
One of the most important objectives at the moment as regards climate protection and sustainability is the proactive support for customers, so that by 2025 around 40% of all packs can be made from recyclable packaging materials. Running in parallel with this, there is also the aim of reducing packaging material consumption by up to 15% through the use of improved technology and processes, as well as reducing process-related food wastage by 10% by means of innovative portioning and slicing solutions.