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Bosch's VFFS machine for dust-tight sealed paper packaging wins Green Star Packaging Award 2017 in Vienna, Austria

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Bosch's VFFS machine for dust-tight sealed paper packaging wins Green Star Packaging Award 2017 in Vienna, Austria

September 25, 2017 - 05:09
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    VIENNA, Austria, Sept. 25, 2017 (Press Release) -
  • Concept convinces thanks to conserved resources and reduced waste
  • Sustainable packaging for mandrel wheel and vertical machines
  • Jury rated 60 projects from the DACH region

The first vertical form, fill and seal machine (VFFS) for producing dust-tight sealed paper packaging has been honoured with the Green Star Packaging Award 2017 in the section „Save Food“. The award is presented on an annual basis by the magazine Kompack as well as the Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology (ofi). Additionally, the sealed paper packaging received the ARA (Altstoff Recycling Austria) special prize as it contains no additional polymer fractions. The secret lies in the characteristics of the Axello ZAP paper by BillerudKorsnäs.

Recyclable Paper Packaging

The jury was convinced by the fully recyclable paper packaging as it conserves resources and reduces waste which supports the basic idea of the Green Star Packaging Award. Moreover, relevant packaging improvements relating to operational processes in production, logistics and distribution with a focus on the environment were ideally implemented. Therefore, the solution meets the requirement for sustainable packaging.

Uwe Pfander, Area Sales Manager Robert Bosch Packaging Technology GmbH, Waiblingen, Germany, accepted the award at the official event of packforce, the Austrian packaging forum. “Bosch takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability. We strive to support our customers in any way we can – from developing and testing new concepts to implementing them in production. Sealed Paper Packaging is a perfect example of how our solutions address the market challenges of today and tomorrow. Retailers and consumers profit from clean shelves, high product protection and improved product quality. We are very pleased about the enormous customer interest globally as paper packaging can contribute to saving resources with an active role in the future,” explains Uwe Pfander.

Revolution with sustainable impact

The Sealed Paper Packaging is a combination of mono-material Axello paper from BillerudKorsnäs and the ZAP-Module from Bosch Packaging Technology. Together these enable the production of 100 percent dust-tight yet fully recyclable packaging for dry products such as sugar, grains and flour. The module allows coating with the sealing agent on a minimal surface area, enabling heat sealing while preserving the paper’s mono-material character. Launched in June 2016, the solution is currently available on vertical form, fill and seal as well as mandrel wheel machines, providing an attractive alternative to traditional paper bags in this segment.

The Green Packaging Award

Der Green Star Packaging Award rewards environmental friendly packaging and recycling as well as packaging relevant improvements of operational processes in production, logistics and distribution. The award is given for the ninth time by the magazine Kompack as well as the Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology (ofi). On September 21th, 2017 was the official award presentation in Vienna. All winners of the Green Star packaging award may also be nominated for the international WorldStar Packaging Award, which has been presented by the World Packaging Organization (WPO) since three years.

Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 6,300 associates, the Bosch Packaging Technology division is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. These solutions are complemented by a comprehensive after-sales service portfolio. A global service and sales network provides customers with local points of contact.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). The company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 59,000 associates in research and development.