Packaging production 4.0

How can packaging production be modernised in the food industry? How do we meet customers‘ ever-growing demands, and the challenges of differentiated markets? And how can environmentally harmful packaging waste be avoided? Answers to all these questions were being sought by 20 top executives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, who visited the German GEA Food Solutions group production site in Biedenkopf in the Bundesland Hesse in July.

The group from Central Asia learned about the manufacture of packaging systems for the food industry (meat, sausage and cheese), and watched samples of the different packaging types being produced with GEA machines in the annexed showroom. The MP participants were especially interested in the subject of innovation management. So one lively topic of discussion was how future packaging waste could be avoided. The executives learned that packaging manufacturers in Germany are becoming more particulate when choosing the types of plastics for their products. They prefer materials which have a simpler chemical structure and are therefore easier to recycle.

The idea of a “greener” plastic was a new one on all of them. However, not only the entrepreneurs specifically involved in the food industry gained valuable insights from the GEA visit. The bottom line is that all of them face the challenge of how to package their products in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

With more than 250 operating subsidiaries worldwide, the GEA Group is one of the leading global providers of process technology and components for the food and beverage industry. The Biedenkopf site has specialised in the development and production of food industry machinery and equipment for over 70 years.

Carl Duisberg Centren