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Newsgrafik #116241
 24.02.2017

WALKI ENTWICKELT NEUES, BIOLOGISCH ABBAUBARES MULCHPAPIER  (Firmennews)

Bild: In Tests überzeugte Walki Agripap nicht nur durch einfache Auslegefähigkeit auf dem Feld und hervorragende Unkrautkontrolle, sondern auch durch Vorteile bei Ernteertrag und Dauerhaftigkeit

Walki hat eine neue und vollständig biologisch abbaubare Bodenmulchlösung auf Faserbasis entwickelt. Dieses organische Mulchmaterial dient nicht nur zur Unkrautkontrolle, sondern auch zur Optimierung der Bodenqualität und des Ernteertrags. Es ist die erste Lösung seiner Art auf dem Markt.

Walki, ein weltweit führender Hersteller von technischen Laminaten und Verpackungsmaterialien, hat die erste organische Mulchlösung überhaupt entwickelt, die auf natürlichen biologisch abbaubaren Materialien anstatt auf Kunststoff basiert. Mulch ist eine Materialschicht, die auf der Bodenoberfläche ausgelegt wird. Ihr Zweck ist es, die Feuchtigkeit im Boden zu erhalten, die Fruchtbarkeit und die Gesundheit des Bodens zu verbessern sowie das Unkrautwachstum zu kontrollieren. Die Abdeckung des Bodens mit Mulchfolie verringert auch den Bedarf an Dünger, Schädlingsbekämpfungsmitteln und Bewässerung.

Herkömmliche Bodenmulchmaterialien bestehen aus Kunststoff, meist einer Polyethylenfolie. Mulchmaterial aus Kunststoff ist zwar wirksam, aber nicht biologisch abbaubar. Es muss nach der Nutzung vom Feld abgeräumt und mit hohem Kostenaufwand deponiert oder recycelt werden.

Weltweit werden pro Jahr schätzungsweise mehr als eine Million Tonnen Kunststofffolien zum Mulchen verwendet. Neben dem zusätzlichen Aufwand zum Einsammeln von den Feldern hinterlässt das Mulchmaterial oftmals Kunststoffreste, die den Boden verunreinigen und sein künftiges Wachstumspotenzial einschränken. Ein so verunreinigter Boden liefert in der Regel bis zu 20 Prozent geringeren Ertrag.

„Mit Agripap bietet Walki die einzige organische Mulchlösung auf dem Markt an, die aus Papier anstelle von Kunststoff hergestellt wird. Sie ist vollständig biologisch abbaubar und trägt nicht zur Verunreinigung mit Kunststoffabfällen bei, sondern löst sich stattdessen einfach im Boden auf. Nicht zuletzt reduziert sie auch den Bedarf an Chemikalien zur Kontrolle des Unkrautwachstums“, erklärt Arno Wolff, Vice President Technical Products, Sales & Marketing, von Walki.

Walki®Agripap wird aus Kraftpapier hergestellt, das mit einer biologisch abbaubaren Deckschicht versehen ist, die den Abbau des Papiers verzögert. Ohne die Beschichtung würde sich das Papier innerhalb weniger Wochen im Boden zersetzen.

Die neue organische Mulchlösung von Walki wurde umfangreichen Feldtests in Finnland unterzogen. Die im Jahr 2016 vom unabhängigen Forschungsinstitut Luke Piikkiö durchgeführten Testreihen verglichen die Leistung verschiedener biologisch abbaubarer Mulchmaterialien beim Anbau von Eisbergsalat und Setzzwiebeln. Die Tests belegen die einfache Legefähigkeit und hervorragende Unkrautkontrolle von Walki Agripap. Die Ergebnisse in Bezug auf Ertrag und Langlebigkeit waren ebenfalls gut.

„Angesichts der schädlichen Umweltwirkung, die Mulchfolie aus Kunststoff auf den Boden haben kann, hat Walki die Notwendigkeit für eine nachhaltigere Mulchlösung erkannt. Walki®Agripap ist die perfekte Alternative für umweltbewusste Landwirte“, so Peter Martin, Technical Service & Development Director, Industrial Packaging.

Nach der erfolgreichen Erprobung und Zulassung von Agripap in Finnland und Schweden werden im nächsten Schritt nun Tests in den wichtigsten europäischen Märkten für Mulchmaterialien erfolgen: Spanien, Frankreich und Italien. Landwirte und Gerätehersteller, die an der Erprobung der neuen organischen Mulchlösung von Walki teilnehmen möchten, werden gebeten, sich an Arno Wolff zu wenden.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #114822
 05.09.2016

Neue Produktionseinrichtung in Valkeakoski in Betrieb  (Firmennews)

Bild: Es war nicht nur ein Musterbeispiel für die Realisierung eines komplexen Projekts, sondern auch eine beeindruckende Teamleistung aller Beteiligten.© Walki Group Oy

Die neue Produktionseinheit im Walki-Werk Valkeakoski hat die ersten Kundenaufträge hergestellt. Die Produktionslinie hat bis jetzt die Erwartungen erfüllt.

Die neue Linie ist technisch auf modernstem Stand und gewährleistet durch Systeme zur Qualitätsmessung und Prozesssteuerung eine hohe und durchgängige Qualität.

„Die technische Ausstattung der Linie ermöglicht uns die akribische Qualitätskontrolle der Fertigungsläufe. Jeder einzelne Datenparameter einer Charge wird gespeichert. Dadurch können wir Abweichungen jederzeit nachverfolgen“, erklärt Kari Salminen, Executive Vice President, Construction.

Die Nachfrage nach mehrschichtigen Laminaten steigt, weil sich die europäische Bauindustrie auf die Erreichung der „20-20-20-Ziele“ konzentriert. Diese sehen unter anderem eine Verbesserung der Energieeffizienz um 20 % vor. Die wirksame Gebäudedämmung ist ein entscheidender Faktor zur Senkung der Heizkosten.

„Die hochflexible Produktionslinie fertigt neben den Produkten für das Bausegment auch verschiedene andere Erzeugnisse, etwa Flexpack und Medizinprodukte. „Die Extrusionsmöglichkeiten sind vielfältig“, so Kari Salminen.

Walki kann dank der neuen Produktionslinie seine Kapazität steigern und schneller auf Kundenanforderungen reagieren. Die Kunden können auch kürzere ieferzeiten erwarten.
Besondere Aufmerksamkeit wurde auch auf die Arbeitsplatzsicherheit gelegt – denn Sicherheit ist das A und O bei Walki. Insgesamt ist Salminen höchst zufrieden mit der Einrichtung der neuen Produktionslinie. „Es war nicht nur ein Musterbeispiel für die Realisierung eines komplexen Projekts, sondern auch eine beeindruckende Teamleistung aller Beteiligten. Jeder Mitarbeiter hat auf seine Weise dazu beigetragen“, so Salminen.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #113305
 31.03.2016

Walki to increase product consistency and efficiency of its extruders at the Pietarsaari plant  (Company news)

Walki will invest in upgrading two of its important laminator lines at the Pietarsaari plant. The investment will not only further improve the quality of Walki's products, but will also bring benefits in terms of higher capacity.

The upgrade will be done with the latest technology, ensuring a consistent quality of the products throughout the whole production run. The upgrade includes e.g. new drives and control system for the PRS106 line as well as renewal of some of the unwinding stations on PRS109 and PRS106.

“This safeguards a high quality on our products, something our customers are expecting from Walki Pietarsaari”, says Plant Director Sune Kapténs.

The upgrade is also a step towards working for higher output.

“With this investment our capacity will be further improved and we can respond swiftly to our customers' demands," says Peter Martin, Production Manager.

The Pietarsaari plant is where Walki runs materials for industrial packaging as well as corrugated and solid board companies that are manufacturing food packages. The demand for these types of products is expected to remain stable.

“Walki Pietarsaari is a strategically important site for the Walki Group and we are pleased to be even better prepared to provide capacity according to our customers' demands”, says Kapténs.

“This investment provide a great boost to our staff and also improves safety, a central aspect of Walki’s key targets”, says Peter Martin.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #112283
 16.12.2015

Walki and Mondi to terminate the acquisition agreement  (Company news)

In May 2015, we announced that Mondi Group had approached Walki Group, in order to acquire two of Walki’s extrusion coatings sites: Pietarsaari in Finland (photo) and Wroclaw in Poland. The deal was subject to competition clearance. The commission raised concerns about the impact on the competition environment, and a considerable time was spent on discussing ways to alleviate these.
However, a workable solution suitable for all parties was not found and therefore Mondi has decided to withdraw the application from the Commission and terminate the acquisition agreement.
The Industrial Packaging business, including the Pietarsaari and Wroclaw sites, will remain an integral part of Walki’s strategy.
(Walki Group)

Newsgrafik #111253
 27.08.2015

Neue Verpackung von Walki schützt Lebensmittel vor schädlichen Mineralölen  (Firmennews)

Zahlreiche verpackte Lebensmittel enthalten Mineralöle, die potenziell bedenklich für den menschlichen Verzehr sind. Walki
hat mit seiner Mineral Oil Safe Technology (MOST) eine wirksame Extrusionsbeschichtung entwickelt, die Mineralöl von unseren Lebensmitteln fernhält.

Bild: Es besteht ein beträchtliches Risiko der Mineralölmigration durch Verpackungen aus recycelten Fasermaterialien.

„Mineralöl enthält aromatische Kohlenwasserstoffe, die sogenannten MOAH (Mineral Oil Aromatic Hydrocarbons). Sie sind für den menschlichen Organismus besonders schädlich, weil er sie nicht abbauen kann. Wenn wir Lebensmittel verzehren, die MOAH enthalten, reichern sie sich im Körper an“, erläutert Mirka Nevala, VP für Business Development bei Walki.

MOSH (Mineral Oil Saturated Hydrocarbon) und MOAH (Mineral Oil Aromatic Hydrocarbon) werden üblicherweise in industriellen Farben eingesetzt und kommen manchmal in den Druckfarben für Verpackungsmaterialien vor. Eine von Dr. Koni Grob et al. veröffentlichte Studie und Daten der Lebensmittelkontrolle Schweiz belegen ein erhebliches Risiko der Mineralölkontaminierung bei trockenen Lebensmitteln in Verpackungen aus recycelten Fasermaterialien.

Walki hat die funktionelle Polymerbeschichtung Walki Pack MOST (Mineral Oil Safe Technology) als Verpackungsprodukt entwickelt, das derzeit die wirksamste Barriere dieser Art gegen Mineralölkontamination darstellt. Neben der Sperrfunktion gegen Fett und Wasser bietet diese verklebbare versiegelbare und recyclingfähige Verpackungslösung auch eine sichere Polymerbarriere gegen Mineralölkontamination.

Walki Pack MOST bildet eine Barriere gegen andere unerwünschte Substanzen wie Benzophenon, Bisphenol A, DIPN und Weichmacher, die in recycelten Fasern vorkommen können. Außerdem schützt es vor Kreuzkontaminierung durch andere Transportverpackungen. Walki Pack MOST wurde für den direkten Lebensmittelkontakt gemäß der EU-Richtlinie 10/2011 zugelassen.

„Dieses Produkt wird der Lebensmittelverpackungsbranche die Lösung des immer größer werdenden Problems kontaminierter Lebensmittel ermöglichen“, erklärt Stefan Erdmann, Technical Service & Development Manager für Barrierekarton bei Walki. „Lebensmittelhersteller und Markeninhaber, die mineralölfreie Verpackungsmaterialien verwenden, beweisen ihre Führungsrolle und ihr Engagement für die Belieferung des Marktes mit sichereren Lebensmitteln.“

Die Wirksamkeit von Walki Pack MOST wurde durch unabhängige Forschungsinstitute nachgewiesen. Dazu zählen unter anderem VTT in Finnland und Innoform in Deutschland sowie auch der renommierte Experte Dr. Rainer Brandsch von der MDCTec Systems GmbH.

Obwohl es derzeit keine EU-Normen zur Regelung von MOSH und MOAH gibt, planen mehrere Regierungen diesbezüglich neue Gesetzesinitiativen. In Deutschland könnten bereits 2016 entsprechende Gesetze eingeführt werden, die dann den Weg für EU-weite Mineralölgesetze ebnen würden.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #110459
 15.06.2015

Zuverlässigere Lieferungen dank neuer Produktionslinie in Walki  (Firmennews)

Bild: Die neue Produktionslinie in Valkeakoski wird kürzere Verarbeitungszeiten ermöglichen. Kari Salminen, Ahti Vuorinen und Janne Ahonen bei der Prüfung der Fassaden © Walki Group Oy

Mehrschichtige Laminate werden immer stärker nachgefragt. Besonders in der Baubranche besteht ein hohes Wachstumspotenzial. Walki reagiert auf diese Nachfrage mit einer Investition in eine neue Produktionslinie im Werk Valkeakoski in Finnland.

„Eine solche Produktionslinie hat es am Markt bislang noch nie gegeben“, so Kari Salminen, EVP Construction bei Walki.

Auch der Markt für Dämmverkleidungen wird in den nächsten Jahren voraussichtlich stark wachsen. Durch das EU-Ziel „20-20-20“, das unter anderem eine Verbesserung der Energieeffizienz um 20 % vorsieht, wird energieeffizientes Wohnen mit Nachdruck vorangetrieben. Eine effiziente Dämmung ist der Schlüssel zur Reduzierung von Heiz- und Kühlkosten.

Neben dem Wiedererstarken der europäischen Volkswirtschaften wird auch ein erneutes Wachstum der Baubranche prognostiziert, welches auch die Nachfrage nach Isolierungslösungen, insbesondere für Produkte mit mehrschichtigen Verkleidungen vorantreiben wird.

„Es besteht auch ein riesiger Bedarf an besseren Isolierungen von Häusern und Gebäuden in Europa, durch den die Nachfrage weiter steigen wird“, so Salminen.

Dank der neuen Investition kann Walki noch besser auf die Bedürfnisse der Kunden eingehen. Die diversifizierteren Produktionslinien werden für zuverlässigere Lieferungen und kürzere Beschaffungszeiten sorgen.

„Wir können kurze Lieferzeiten garantieren, weil wir schnell und mit maßgeschneiderten Lösungen auf die Kundenanforderungen reagieren können.“ Wir werden unsere Kunden dabei unterstützen können, ihr Produktsortiment auszuweiten und somit zu wachsen. Die neue Produktionslinie wird sich bei der Förderung des Geschäfts unserer Kunden erheblich bemerkbar machen“, führt Salminen aus.

Die Produktionslinie wird zudem hoch flexibel sein . Dadurch werden wir neben der Baubranche auch andere Marktteilnehmer wie die Verpackungsindustrie und Pharmaindustrie bedienen können. Die Extrusionsmöglichkeiten sind ebenfalls gewaltig.

„Mit dieser Investition baut Walki seine Position als Premium-Anbieter mehrschichtiger Laminate weltweit aus. Außerdem stützen wir mit dieser Investition unserer Strategie der verstärkten Fokussierung auf die wachsenden Segmente energiesparender Laminate für den Baubereich sowie auf Konsumverpackungslösungen mit Mehrwert“, so Leif Frilund, President und CEO.

Die neue Produktionslinie wird im Lauf des ersten Quartals 2016 in Betrieb gehen.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #110268
 22.05.2015

Walki to sell the major part of its Industrial Packaging business  (Company news)

Walki Group, the leading producer of protective packaging materials and technical laminates, announces today that it has entered an agreement with Mondi Group to sell its Pietarsaari plant in Finland and the Wroclaw plant in Poland. These two facilities constitute the major part of Walki’s Industrial Packaging business, producing primarily packaging material for the paper industry as well as for the corrugated board industry. Excluded from the deal are the RFID-antenna production line (4E) and the pilot plant assets located in the Pietarsaari plant. The planned acquisition is subject to competition clearance.
“The proposed transaction enables Walki to focus all its resource on the growing markets of energy saving laminates and membranes for building purposes, as well as on selected segments of the consumer packaging market. This step is fully in line with our strategy to leverage on our strong R&D capabilities in developing new multi-layer laminate solutions for our customers”, says Leif Frilund (photo), President and CEO of Walki Group.
In 2014, the aggregated sales of the Pietarsaari and Wroclaw plant were 113 MEUR and they employed together about 245 people.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #106666
 11.06.2014

Walki's new wide biomass cover doubles the energy content of logging residue  (Company news)

Picture: Using a wider biomass cover laminate can more than double the effect on Dry Matter Content. Walki is the only one on the market who offers six meter wide cover


Walki's paper-based and waterproof biomass cover protects logging residue stored on the ground, maximising the energy content of this inexpensive and easily accessible source of biofuel. Walki now offers a new six meter wide cover substantially increasing the energy content.

Logging residue is an inexpensive source of biofuel. To improve the energy content of the logging residue it must first dry on the ground before being stored. Walki's paper-based and waterproof cover shelters the residue from rain, snow and ice. Under this cover, the residue can be stored in piles on the ground for several months.

The cover is a wide laminate that is mainly produced from renewable fibrous material. It shelters the top of the pile but leaves the sides open, allowing for moisture to evaporate. In addition to the four-meter-wide laminate, Walki can now deliver six-meter-wide laminate. The wider laminate has considerable benefits in terms of increased efficiency, higher quality of the produced chips and higher economic gain.
"Studies done in both Finland and Sweden have confirmed that the efficiency when using wider laminates is remarkably higher. The dry content is substantially higher using the six meter wide laminate compared to the four metre wide", says Carlo van Houtum, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Forest.

A recent Swedish study found that covering the logging residue with a 6 meter laminate more than doubled the effect on DMC (Dry Matter Content) and also brought higher returns to the seller of the residue.

Walki's biomass cover is the widest of its kind on the market.

The sustainable choice
A thin plastic layer within the cover makes it both waterproof and very strong. The cover can be chipped along the residue and used as fuel in its entirety.

The biomass also hinders the logging residue pile from freezing. This is important because the energy content decreases significantly if the residue freezes. An icy heap is also difficult to handle.

Walki's biomass cover is a sustainable choice. The cover itself can be burnt as fuel in its entirety. As the cover is produced in Finland, European customers' carbon footprint is also minimized as it needs to be transported significantly shorter distances than other options produced in North America or in Asia. "We are also currently discussing the possibility of reducing the weight of the material which in turn would reduce the carbon footprint. We are looking at an 8-10 per cent improvement", says van Houtum.

Biomass cover is widely used in the Nordic countries, especially in Finland and Sweden. Its popularity is also growing in other parts of Europe. Biofuels are becoming increasingly important due to tightening emissions restrictions. New combustion technologies suitable for solid biofuels are also driving demand.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #103893
 13.09.2013

Inauguration of Walki's Wroclaw plant in Poland  (Company news)

Image: The state of the art plant in Wroclaw can answer swiftly to customers' demands.© Walki Group

Walki's new green field plant in Wroclaw was inaugurated today. As the markets for both consumer and industrial packaging is growing in Eastern Europe, Poland is the ideal location for Walki to build a platform for future growth.

The brand new plant in Wroclaw has a capacity of about 50,000 tonnes annually, and employs 50 persons. Initially, the plant will focus on catering to the customer segments Consumer Packaging and Forest Industry.

"We are talking about a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility with the latest automation technology", says Timo Finnström, Executive Vice President, Operations.

Shorter lead times and lower carbon footprint

The green field plant was completed in less than seven months after the construction work commenced. The main technology used is extrusion technology, and the first commercial products were delivered in July. Experiences of the new facility have so far been very positive.

The fact that the raw materials are close at hand makes it possible to minimize lead times for customers without compromising on quality.

"Our main markets are in Central Europe. The plant in Wroclaw reduces lead times significantly. Customers can expect to have their deliveries supplied within two weeks", says Leif Frilund, President and CEO.

Wroclaw is an attractive location because of recent investments in road infrastructure in the area. Hosting one of the highest ranked technology universities in Poland, Wroclaw is also ideal for recruiting highly skilled employees. Its central location, in Southern Poland close to growing markets across the German, Czech and Slovakian borders, minimises Walki's carbon footprint as transportation distances are reduced significantly.

Environmental-friendly printing machine

Walki has also recently invested in a flexo-printing machine in the Jatne plant for producing ream wrap mainly for the wrapping of A3 and A4 copy paper reams.

"As the requirements on printing quality are increasing we felt that the time was right for modernisation", says Frilund.

The 10-colour printing machine line is completely automated, and uses 100 per cent water-based colours to minimise the environmental impact.

Brand owners are increasingly betting on frequent campaigns targeted for specific customer segments. This calls for flexibility and short lead times. Walki can now deliver within one week after an order has been placed.

"Customers can expect higher quality, greater flexibility, shorter lead times and more environmental-friendly packaging", says Frilund.

Together with the plant in Kwidzyn near Gdansk, Walki now operates three plants in Poland.

"We have set our eyes firmly on Central Europe. Poland offers an optimal location with the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Ukraine and the Baltic countries at a close distance. Being close to growing markets is also the environmental-friendly choice", concludes Leif Frilund.

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For more information, please contact:

Leif Frilund
President and CEO
tel. +358 40 354 3330
e-mail: leif.frilund@walki.com

Timo Finnström
Executive Vice President, Operations
tel. +358 40 585 2648
e-mail: timo.finnstrom@walki.com

Tomasz Kusowski
Chairman of the Management Board of Walki Ekopak S.A.
tel. 48 504 066 079
e-mail: tomasz.kusowski@walki.com
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #103259
 28.06.2013

Walki's new technology enables cost-efficient production of large volumes of furniture foil  (Company news)

Picture: Walki is now able to deliver very big volumes cost-efficiently.

Walki has developed a new technology for producing an environmentally friendly, paper-based furniture foil. The new technique for applying UV lacquer and ink makes the surface on the furniture foil even more resistant without compromising lightness.
Walki's Consumer Packaging has successfully delivered foils for back panels for the furniture industry for several years. Because of the growing demand for high-quality furniture foils, Walki has developed a new technique for applying UV lacquer and ink, making the surface even more resistant while still maintaining lightness.
– With our new enhanced technique for applying UV lacquer we will substantially improve the surface resistance, says Tomas Nyström, Project Manager Furniture Lining.

Large volumes cost-efficiently
New equipment has been applied on a conventional Flexo printing machine. This new technique enhances the quality of the foil's barrier and improves the surface resistance.
In using a conventional Flexo printing machine, Walki is the first supplier in the world to produce large reels of furniture foil of up to 3,5 metres in width. The typical size is about 1,5 to 2,5 metres.
– We can produce very large volumes in a very cost-efficient manner. We are talking about a high-capacity machine, says Jan-Anders Fagerhed, Technical Service & Development Manager.

Highly eco-friendly
The base web is based on paper fibres, making it substantially more environmentally friendly than other alternatives on the market that are based on plastic foils and other artificial materials. The foil is also formaldehyde free.
The new technique also needs less colouring than other alternatives on the market, further enhancing its advantage from an environmental perspective.
– Thanks to our new technique we are able to reach the same colour quality using less inks, says Nyström.
Walki can utilize its strong in-house knowledge of available paper qualities to help customers in choosing the right grade for the end purpose.
Further plans for enhancing the technology are already in the pipeline.
– We are making continuous development efforts aiming to expand deliveries to other parts of the furniture industry in addition to back panels, says Jan-Anders Fagerhed.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #102483
 09.04.2013

Walki to expand its production platform in Central Europe  (Company news)

Walki Group, the leading producer of protective packaging materials and technical laminates, announces today that it will expand its production network in Europe by opening a new state of the art manufacturing plant in Wroclaw, Poland. The new plant, which is to commence its production during the third quarter of 2013, will be Walki’s third production site in Poland.

Initially, the plant will focus on serving the customer segments, Forest industry and Consumer packaging. The investment corresponds to a commitment of close to 10 MEUR. In the start-up phase, the plant will employ about 50 people.

“With this investment, Walki is showing its strong commitment to its fast growing customer base in Central and Eastern Europe by providing more efficient and sustainable supply chain solutions and better customer service capabilities. Being close to our customers has always been paramount to Walki and with this green field facility we will now be able to offer shorter lead times and on a longer term a wider product offering”, says Leif Frilund, President and CEO.

“By setting up this world class manufacturing unit, we are creating a platform to expand our operations as we continue to grow. Further, we will have more opportunities to optimize our European production activities and to get access to new raw-material sources” says Timo Finnström, Executive Vice President – Operations.

The site is strategically located in Wroclaw in the south west of Poland with excellent highway access and proximity to major markets.

For more information, please contact:
Leif Frilund, President and CEO, tel. +358 (0)40 354 3330
Timo Finnström, Executive Vice President – Operations, tel +358 (0)40 585 2648
Frank Grossmann, Executive Vice President – Markets, tel. +49 (0)172 169 4650
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #102381
 26.03.2013

Walki to expand its production platform in Central Europe  (Company news)

Walki Group, the leading producer of protective packaging materials and technical laminates, announces that it will expand its production network in Europe by opening a new state of the art manufacturing plant in Wroclaw, Poland. The new plant, which is to commence its production during the third quarter of 2013, will be Walki’s third production site in Poland.
Initially, the plant will focus on serving the customer segments, Forest industry and Consumer packaging. The investment corresponds to a commitment of close to 10 MEUR. In the start-up phase, the plant will employ about 50 people.
“With this investment, Walki is showing its strong commitment to its fast growing customer base in Central and Eastern Europe by providing more efficient and sustainable supply chain solutions and better customer service capabilities. Being close to our customers has always been paramount to Walki and with this green field facility we will now be able to offer shorter lead times and on a longer term a wider product offering”, says Leif Frilund, President and CEO.
“By setting up this world class manufacturing unit, we are creating a platform to expand our operations as we continue to grow. Further, we will have more opportunities to optimize our European production activities and to get access to new raw-material sources” says Timo Finnström, Executive Vice President – Operations.
The site is strategically located in Wroclaw in the south west of Poland with excellent highway access and proximity to major markets.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #101503
 13.12.2012

Walki hilft französischem Gourmet-Kaffeeproduzenten Malongo auf dem Weg zu einem grünen ...  (Firmennews)

... Programm

Bild: Das neue Kaffeeprodukt von Malongo wird im Dezember in den Markt eingeführt. Es handelt es um das erste erhältliche Kaffeepad-Produkt, das vollständig recycelbar und ökologisch nachhaltig ist. © Walki

Die Walki Group, ein führender Hersteller von technischen Laminaten und Verpackungsmaterialien, hat sich einer großen Herausforderung gestellt. Das Ergebnis: Der französische Luxuskaffee-Produzent Malongo kann im Dezember 2012 eine neuartige Verpackungsmöglichkeit von hochwertigen Kaffeepads vorstellen, die aus umweltfreundlichen und recycelbaren Materialien bestehen. Die neue Verpackung wurde in einer Zusammenarbeit zwischen Walki, dem schwedischen Papierhersteller Korsnäs und Malongo entwickelt und könnte in Zukunft für Walki neue Möglichkeiten eröffnen.

Das Kaffeeunternehmen Malongo wurde 1934 im französischen Nizza gegründet. Gemahlener Kaffee und ganze Bohnen stellen weiterhin das Hauptgeschäft von Malongo dar. Der Verkauf von Kaffeepads ist in den letzten Jahren jedoch stark angestiegen und macht mittlerweile 36 % des Malongo-Umsatzes aus. Allerdings bestanden die Pads bisher aus Kunststoff.

Hochwertiger Kaffee ohne Umweltkompromisse

Die Aufgabe von Walki in dem Entwicklungsprojekt war sehr anspruchsvoll. Das Unternehmen sollte eine Barriereschicht für den Padrahmen sowie Verpackungsmaterial für die einzelnen Pads auf Papierbasis liefern, wobei die Recycelbarkeit und die Empfindlichkeit des Kaffees zu berücksichtigen waren. Korsnäs stellte das thermoformbare Papier für das Material bereit, während Walki die Spezialbeschichtung entwickelte.

„Kaffee ist schwierig zu verpacken, da er verschiedene Gase abgibt und das Aroma in dem Pad versiegelt bleiben muss, um eine perfekte Tasse Kaffee herzustellen“, so Marie Barge, Sales Manager bei Walki in Frankreich.

Hochwertige Verpackungsmaterialien mit neuem Pfiff

In den letzten zehn Jahren engagierte sich der Familienbetrieb Malongo stark dafür, die Menge an Verpackungsmaterialien zu reduzieren und vor allem recycelbare Materialien einzusetzen.

„Wir sind bei der Entwicklung des Produkts verschiedene Teststadien durchlaufen. Am Ende konnten wir eine Spezialbeschichtung für das Produkt entwickeln, die die Anforderungen von Malongo an Nachhaltigkeit erfüllt und die hohe Qualität des Kaffeeprodukts gewährleistet“, gab Marie Barge an.

Die für die Kaffeepads gewählte Kombination war Walki®Pack Bio X, eine oxidativ-biologisch abbaubare Polymerbarrierebeschichtung auf Pappe. Das Pad wird dann einzeln verpackt. Diese Verpackung sollte nicht nur recycelbar sein, sondern vor allem auch eine Barriere für Gas, Aroma, Feuchtigkeit und Dampf darstellen. Dazu sollte sie thermoformbar, heißsiegelbar, aufziehbar, gut bedruckbar und oxidativ-biologisch abbaubar sein.

Viele Möglichkeiten für eine thermoformbare Verpackung

„Für Walki wird dieses Projekt einen ganz neuen Marktbereich eröffnen, da wir unseren Kunden nun eine vollständig neue Art von beschichtetem Papier anbieten können, das thermoformbar ist. Bisher haben wir einen solchen Markt noch nicht bedient, doch nun haben wir die Gelegenheit, auch anderen Kunden thermoformbare Verpackungen für Lebensmittel anbieten zu können, darunter auch Käse und andere Milchprodukte.“

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Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie von:
Walki Group
Marie Barge, Sales Manager für Walki in Frankreich.
Mobiltelefon: +33 677 022796
E-Mail: marie.barge@walki.com
www.walki.com
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #101471
 11.12.2012

Modified Production Line Opens New Doors for Walki in the Construction Industry   (Company news)

Insulation properties and the energy efficiency of many thermal insulation materials, such as polyurethane or mineral wool, can be considerably enhanced with the use of Walki facings. Helped by a significant investment in new production technology, Walki Group can offer an even wider palette of premium-quality insulation and construction facing materials to building material and insulation manufacturers – while at the same time produce less waste during production.

Picture: Walki’s Construction Facings Business Line Manager Kari Salminen (left) together with Plant Director Timo Saahko at the Group’s production facility in Valkeakoski, Western Finland. © Walki

Walki Group, a leading supplier of technical barrier laminates and protective materials, has its eye set on the fast-growing insulation and construction facing materials market. With the Group’s latest investment in new manufacturing technology, the company can offer its facing materials to an even wider market, while at the same time further enhance the quality of its products.

- With rising energy prices and more focus on sustainable use of resources, better insulation plays a key role in moving towards increased sustainability. This also creates higher demand for facing materials, which can improve the insulation properties of our customers’ products significantly, notes Business Line Manager Kari Salminen.

Quality improvement through new technology

High-quality facings are an integral component of building materials and insulation products. In addition to enhancing thermal performance, highly engineered facing material can also act as a vapour barrier, and help to reduce the risk of corrosion and mould growth in the materials.

In mid-August 2012, Walki’s production line in Valkeakoski, Finland, has been re-engineered to run more efficiently. It also has the capability to utilise a much wider range of raw materials now, in order to meet the challenges of new and emerging demands of customers and markets.

- Walki has always strived to be a leading facing materials supplier on the market and this we seek to achieve by listening closely to our customers. What Walki has learned from this exchange of views is that there is a growing need on the market for even more stable and better performing facings, says Salminen.

- Helped by the investment Walki is prepared to meet the needs of its customers even quicker than before. The latest in-line facility improvements will allow us to produce facings which are modern and stable and avoiding holes or pitting of lacquers, or uneven surfaces that can lead to corrosion.

Helping businesses to create a better brand image

Building material and insulation manufacturers can support and expand their brand by having facings with their brand logos and product names printed directly on the facing material of their final products.

Walki is an environmentally responsible company therefore it uses only water-based inks for printing.

- Our new in-line printing technology is a clear asset for many of our customers, who want to increase their brand image in a cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable way, says Walki’s Plant Director Timo Saahko.

Walki’s production line also features a web tension control system, which delivers higher production efficiencies in addition to improved and more stable quality.

- It also means the company generates a lot less waste during the manufacturing process.

Future growth especially in radiant barrier products

Pierrick Girard from Walki’s sales office in France has been actively working with French providers to identify new end uses for Walki’s products. This he believes will open doors for Walki to the fast-growing radiant barrier foil insulation industry as well as other sectors.

- After the investment, we have received very good feedback on the first trials with our customers on the quality of our materials. Customers have noted, for instance, that the tension of the reels and thickness control is excellent.

The high-level stable profile of the rolls is appreciated and welcomed and will contribute substantially to improved runnability on our customers’ machines, adds Girard. /ins

For more information, please contact:

Walki Group
Kari Salminen, Business Line Manager at Walki Construction Facings
Mobile: +358 (0)40 737 1917
Timo Saahko, Plant Director
Mobile: +358 (0) 50 314 7796
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #101420
 04.12.2012

Walki Group Opens New Sales Office in Moscow, Russia  (Company news)

Caption: Walki’s new sales office in Russia will offer customers the whole range of Walki’s products, including low emissivity gas tight aluminium foil facings.

Walki Group, a leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, has opened a new sales office in Moscow, Russia, in a bid to gain stronger foothold in fast-growing Russian and CIS markets.
The new office, which offers customers the whole range of Walki’s products, opened its doors officially in November.
- Opening a local sales office in Russia was a decisive step for us in building an even closer partnership with our key customers in Russia and other CIS countries. It also shows our long-term commitment towards growth in the region, says Walki Group’s Chief Executive Officer Leif Frilund.

Local presence creates advantages
Walki’s high-quality products and solution-focused attitude and service are the company’s competitive edge in Russia and other CIS countries, and the Groups’ local presence offers an excellent platform for bringing new products to the market.
- Opening of a new sales office in Russia was a natural step for us especially as the Group already opened a new manufacturing facility in the town of Svetogorsk, last May, says Sales and Marketing Manager Artur Hytti, who is responsible for Russia and CIS countries.
- We see strong growth in the region especially for our packaging materials and insulation facings. In addition to now having a local sales force in Russia, it’s very important for us to be able to also utilise our production unit and warehouse in Svetogorsk to generate added value to our customers.
- A local sales office also makes it much easier for our customers to deal with us because they can now avoid all the hassles related to import duties and other taxes and fees required to import our goods into the region, Walki’s CEO Leif Frilund notes.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #101180
 08.11.2012

Walki Helps French Gourmet Coffee Producer Malongo Go Green   (Company news)

Walki Group, a leading producer of technical laminates and packaging materials, took up a major challenge. As a result, French luxury coffee maker Malongo will introduce, in December 2012, a novel way to pack high-quality coffee pods using environmentally sustainable and recyclable materials. The new packaging was developed in cooperation between Walki, Swedish paper manufacturer Korsnäs, and Malongo, and it could open up new doors for Walki in the future.

Picture: The Malongo coffee company was founded in 1934 in Nice, and has always prided itself on its commitment to quality, ethics and environmental sustainability. © Walki

The Malongo coffee company was founded in 1934 in Nice, France. Although ground coffee and beans are still Malongo’s core business, pod coffee sales have exploded, today constituting 36% of Malongo’s sales. A disturbing fact so far has been that the pods have been made of plastic.

High-quality coffee without compromising on the environment

Walki’s task in the development project was demanding. The company was asked to deliver a barrier for the pod frame, and a paper-based packaging material for the individual pods, observing the need of recyclability and the sensitivity of coffee. Korsnäs provided the thermo – formable paper for the material, while Walki developed the special coating for it

- Coffee is very difficult to pack, because it creates plenty of gases and you need to keep the aroma sealed in the pod in order to create a perfect cup of coffee, says Marie Barge, Sales Manager for Walki in France.

High quality packaging materials with a new twist

During the last ten years, family-owned Malongo has been working hard to reduce the amount of its packaging and to use mainly recyclable materials.

- We made several trials when developing the product. At the end we managed to create the special coating for the product, which meets Malongo’s needs in terms of sustainability and ensuring the high-quality of its coffee product, Marie Barge says.

The combination chosen for the coffee pods board ring was Walki®Pack Bio X, an oxo-biodegradable and non-toxic polymer coating on paper board. The pod is then packed in a single packaging that had to be not only recyclable, but above all, provide a gas, aroma, moisture, and vapour barrier. On top of this it had to be thermo-formable, heat-sealable, peelable, provide good printability, and be oxo-biodegradable.

Many possibilities for thermo-formable packaging

- For Walki this project will open an entirely new market area, because we are now able to offer our customers an entirely new type of coated paper that is thermo-formable. So far we have not yet operated in such a market, but now we have the opportunity to offer thermo-formable packaging also to other customers, for the packing of various foodstuffs, including cheeses and other dairy products. /ins
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #101048
 26.10.2012

Walki to Demonstrate its Commitment toward Innovation at Moscow Forum  (Company news)

Picture: Walki’s 4E Technology Business Line Manager Sami Liponkoski will hold a keynote speech and a roundtable discussion related to RFID technology at the event.
© Walki

Walki Group is in the forefront of innovation and committed to being so also in the future. As one of the few companies in the field of intelligent packaging materials, Walki will showcase its cutting-edge technologies at the Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development “Open Innovations” scheduled to take place from 31st October to 3rd November.

The Open Innovations Forum is organized by leading Russian development institutes and Moscow Government under the support of the Government of the Russian Federation. It will bring together an estimated total of 6,000 representatives from business, government, and sciences, to share their experiences, create prosperous networks, and analyze fundamental global trends. Overall, about 50 events will take place in the framework of the Forum – including plenary sessions, panel and round-table discussions.

Combining old and new technology

At the event, Walki will introduce the award-winning Walki 4E technology. This involves a dry process of laser patterning paper and aluminium laminate and drastically reduces the total cost of passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging. Such technology is environmentally friendly, as there are no chemicals used during the manufacturing process, and the process residue (metallic aluminium) is 100% recyclable.

- Participation gives us the opportunity to demonstrate how we have been able to create a totally new business out our traditional one by combining old technologies with new innovative ones, such as laser technology. Walki is proud to present at the event as Finnish company says Sami Liponkoski, Business Line Manager at Walki’s 4E Technology division.

Endless possibilities for the new technology

Using the Walki 4E technology, Walki Group has developed the Walki Pantenna, which is the first UHF RFID antenna that offers extensive possibilities for converting. It can be made of paper or even fabric and printed directly on a label or a hang tag.

Liponkoski, who will hold a keynote speech and participate in a roundtable discussion related to RFID technology at the event, says that apart from RFID tag antennas, Walki’s newest innovation can benefit a wide number of other applications such as flexible batteries, photovoltaics, and mobile handset antennas. It also allows for high volumes delivering extremely efficiently and economically.

Innovation creates success

- Being innovative is extremely important for us – it is a matter of being successful. We are a global leader in producing sustainable packaging materials and in order to maintain that position we need to be innovative and always ahead of our competitors.

- At the event, we can show that we are still in the very frontline of packaging solution companies, and we have the honour to talk there about our newest innovations and how they can benefit the global packaging industry. /ins
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #100793
 28.09.2012

Walki Group's Pioneering Passive RFID Antenna Manufacturing Technology Holds Tremendous...  (Company news)

...Market Potential, Notes Frost & Sullivan

The Walki 4E technology can bring a significant and welcome change to the RFID market

Based on its recent research on the passive radio frequency identification (RFID) antenna production market, Frost & Sullivan presents Walki Group with the 2012 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation for developing a unique manufacturing technology that lowers material costs and speeds up manufacturing process in an environment friendly manner. The Walki 4E technology involves a dry process of laser patterning paper and aluminium laminate, which drastically reduces the cost factor involved in RFID manufacturing.
The conventional method deployed by competitors produces RFID antennas through wet etching using wet chemicals. However, Walki Group’s pioneering technology is characterized by computer to antenna manufacturing and laser cutting of the antenna. The company uses paper – considered to be one of the best candidates for organic substrates for RFID/sensing applications – as a substrate for its RFID antenna tags. After the laser cuts out patterns from the laminate made of aluminum and paper substrate, the aluminum residue is recycled.
The Walki 4E technology is ten times faster than the benchmark set by its competitors in manufacturing. The digital process also allows each antenna to be different, resulting in very short response time and a considerably higher development cycle. Further, the laser to antenna manufacturing creates accurate geometries. Having good dimensional stability increases repeatability, resulting in increased process yield and production speed.
The computer to antenna production enables small, extremely accurate pattern attainable with laser technology. Walki has a very tight integration with the IC supply chain enabling them to develop small integrated chips (ICs). Having smaller components can help in integrating with even compact devices and gives more flexibility on the design options. The highest frequency obtainable with Walki’s antennas is 5.8 GHz, which in effect covers the whole range from low frequency (LF), high frequency (HF), ultra high frequency (UHF), and microwave.
“Walki Group’s competitors lack the technology advantage to produce RFID tags at such a low cost and high volume platform,” notes Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Saju John Mathew. ”The company’s unique technology, coupled with its global production and distribution network address every need in mainstream RFID applications with major price reductions.”
RFID can have a huge impact in near field communication (NFC) and barcodes, which put together, can be a highly lucrative market. Walki 4E technology can greatly facilitate penetration of NFC antennas into the market on a large scale, primarily because of the low cost. The unique dry process technique enables combining fiber, polymer, plastics, and creating the substrate of the client’s choice with up to nine different polymers. This variety of options – not available with Walki Group’s competitors – can enable other exploratory applications, where the polymers best fitting the need can be chosen.”
Apart from RFID tag antennas, this technology can greatly benefit other applications such as photovoltaics, flexible batteries, flexible circuit boards, heat elements, and mobile handset antennas. Using Walki 4E technology, Walki Group has developed the Walki Pantenna, which is the first UHF RFID antenna that offers extensive possibilities for converting. It can be made of paper or even fabric and printed directly on a label or a hang tag. This easy conversion allows for high volumes delivering extremely efficient and economical production to the end users in applications such as labels, hang tags, and single trip tickets.
Walki 4E technology is an environment friendly process, as there are no chemicals used during its manufacture, and the process residue (metallic aluminum) is directly recyclable. The overall dry, low cost manufacturing process can encourage deploying the technology in markets previously unexplored.
“The low-cost parameter being manifold with Walki Group’s technology is definitely a boost to end users, especially in single trip ticketing, tags for library books, ready size labelling and apparel item level tracking,” says Mathew. “The Walki Group is able to rapidly provide any number of customised tag antennae, online quality control, and a high level of interactivity that ensures customer satisfaction.”
The potential for RFID in existing and emerging applications and replacement for barcodes is quite high; the market potential can be enhanced with wide scale adoption that is enabled by Walki’s customer-centric technology. The company, which employs over 1000 people, already has a combined annual net sale exceeding $398 million with production facilities in Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, UK, Russia and China, which enables it to easily penetrate major geographies around the world.
Based on all these factors, Frost & Sullivan is pleased to present Walki Group with the 2012 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has demonstrated uniqueness in developing a technology, which significantly impacts both the functionality and the customer value of new products and applications. The award lauds the relevance of the innovation to the industry.
Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.
(Frost & Sullivan)

Newsgrafik #100503
 28.08.2012

Walki invests in cutting-edge printing technology in Poland  (Company news)

Caption:
Good printing quality of Walki’s ream wrap makes a product stand out from other products. Packaging also provides protection against damage as well as a moisture barrier to the paper so that copying machines can run smoothly in all weather conditions.
© Walki Group Oy

Walki Group, a leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, will invest in a new multi-colour flexographic printing machine in Poland to further enhance the printing quality of its ream wrap products offered to Central and Eastern European markets.

The investment includes a new 10-colour flexo printing machine that will be utilised in the production of ream wrap used mainly for the wrapping of A4 and A3 copy paper reams.

The new machine, estimated to be in full production during the fourth quarter of 2013, will be located at Walki’s Jatne plant, situated 40 kilometres South-East from Warsaw. The supplier of the printing machine will be Comexi Group of Spain.

- The printing machine’s possibility to use 10 colours gives our customers more possibilities in terms of design and special effects. Accuracy of the machine’s printing result is excellent and the machine will also be using environmentally friendly water-based inks, notes Marko Siltala, VP of Walki’s Operations & Business Line Ream Wrapping, Paper Packaging division.

Preparing for growth in Eastern Europe and Russia

- Paper is still the best media to read longer documents and texts and the consumption of copy paper is expected to grow in Eastern Europe and Russia in the near future. Walki wants to strengthen its position as the leading supplier of ream wrapping material in Europe and the new investment is aimed to serve our customers in Central and East Europe even better than today supporting their needs for attractive packaging, Siltala says.

Due to the anticipated growth for paper products in Eastern Europe and Russia, Walki also opened a new plant in May in Russia, Siltala adds.
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(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #99990
 29.06.2012

Appointment in Walki   (Company news)

Carlo van Houtum has been appointed Vice President, Sales and Marketing for the Paper Packaging Business Area and Business Line Reel Wrap as of June 11, 2012. Carlo has worked for several years in Sales and Marketing Management positions at Myllykoski Group, Sappi Group, and now joins us from delfortgroup in Tervakoski.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #99823
 08.06.2012

Walki-4E technology: a new, sustainable way of producing RFID antennas  (Company news)

Picture: Walki-4E technology is a new way of producing flexible circuit boards using a dry process and paper as the substrate, the first real alternative to the wet, chemical based process of etching.

The manufacturing of RFID antennas through the process of etching is now being challenged by a new, patented technology: Walki-4E, a new way of producing flexible circuit boards efficiently and sustainably. This is possible through a dry production process, involving no liquid chemicals and using paper as the substrate. It also allows for computer to antenna production and extremely accurate laser cutting of the circuit board patterns.

The traditional way of producing RFID antennas by etching has for a long period undergone only modest development. Walki, a leading producer of technical laminates, looked for ways to simplify the manufacturing process, while making use of their knowledge in lamination.
“We think that Walki-4E technology is the first feasible alternative to etching and that it will bring new dimensions of cost efficiency and sustainability to the industry,” says Sami Liponkoski, Business Line Manager at Walki.
In brief, the idea is to make a special laminate of aluminium and paper substrate, where the aluminium foil is cut in patterns using a laser.
The technology can be used for any production of flexible circuits boards, ranging from RFID antennas to boards for radiators and flexible displays. The first product to be launched using Walki-4E technology is Walki-Pantenna, a UHF RFID antenna.

One step shorter

The four E’s of Walki-4E stand for efficiency, exactness, economy and ecology. Compared with etching, the technology eliminates a whole step from the tag production process or from the converter’s process, thus combining efficiency and economy.
“Since paper is used as a substrate, the RFID manufacturers can leave out the insertion of the PET inlay into paper, a necessary step when the antenna has been produced by etching. Moreover, the computer to antenna production method speeds up design and development, an advantage especially when it comes to producing short series, involving a fewer number of antennas,” Sami Liponkoski says.
Cost efficiency comes hand-in-hand with environmental benefits. The dry process does not involve any chemicals, thus resulting in process residue that is easily recyclable. The absence of liquid chemicals also leaves the RFID manufacturers with a product, the ready antenna, that is 100 % recyclable.
“Since the antenna is free from plastics, made of paper and aluminium only, it is easily recycled in a fibre recycling process, where metal detectors sort out the aluminium,” Sami Liponkoski says.

Towards digitalisation

The precision of the laser cutting of the patterns allows for smaller chips, greater repeatability in the production process and higher accuracy of the antenna.
“This does not only overcome certain accuracy problems that etching brings, but also gives new possibilities for developing the antennas and the chips,” Sami Liponkoski says.
Digitalisation of the production process, i.e. computer to antenna production, brings efficiency and allows for an endless number of variations in the patterns.
“Our vision is that the antenna production eventually will be completely digital. Laser cutting can speed up the production process by ten times, and taking into account the development that laser technology undergoes every year, the possibilities of producing flexible circuit boards with lasers are almost limitless,” Sami Liponkoski says.
Walki’s first product, Walki-Pantenna, will be ready for mass production in 2012.
“We are now in the ramp-up phase for our new production line in Pietarsaari, Finland, and we are looking forward to introduction in the market. There is a lot of interest in our product and we strongly believe it has the capacity to change the industry,” Liponkoski says.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #99714
 30.05.2012

Walki gains stronger foothold in Russia  (Company news)

Caption: Peter the Great declared Walki Svetogorsk plant opened with assistance of Luis Claudio Pereira Executive Director, International Paper Russia and Leif Frilund President of Walki Group.

Walki Group, the leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging material, has taken an important step in realizing its strategic growth plan for the emerging markets as the new plant in Svetogorsk in Russia celebrated its opening. The next step is already in the pipeline: establishing Walki’s own sales office in Moscow.

Establishing dedicated production facilities in Russia is a logical consequence of Walki’s close co-operation with many of its customers as well as a first step towards entering new business areas in the Russian market as a domestic supplier. The new Walki plant is located at the ZAO “International Paper” pulp and paper mill, cementing further our long-standing and successful partnership. For years Walki has been supplying ream wrapping for International Paper Russia’s well-known office paper brands Svetocopy and Ballet.

“We have plenty of experience in the Russian market when it comes to, for example, products for the paper industry, flexible laminates and packaging material for steel products. Our new establishment in Svetogorsk will enable us to provide faster and more flexible service to our existing customers,” says Timo Finnström, Vice President Paper Packaging and Sourcing, Walki.
Walki’s high quality products, solutions-focused attitude and service are the company’s competitive edge in the Russian market, and the local presence offers an excellent platform for entering the market with new products. In this, the Svetogorsk plant constitutes an important part of Walki’s long-term commitment in Russia.
“We have a range of products that in due time could be very interesting for the Russian market. A good example is flexible packaging applications and another is our range of high-class insulation facing materials and membranes,” Timo Finnström says.

Advantages of being local

In Svetogorsk Andrzej Kluczek, Managing Director, is happy to see the extrusion and printing capacity installed and running.
“Establishing a local base is a decisive step for us in building an even closer partnership with our key customers in the paper industry. An ability to act fast and with great flexibility is crucial in many cases. Ream wrappers are a good example of this; here designs are frequently switched and orders have to be met immediately,” Kluczek says.
The town of Svetogorsk is situated in western Russia, close to the Finnish border. Thanks to its location Walki Svetogorsk provides an excellent bridgehead into the huge Russian market; the nearby St Petersburg area has a population of 5 million.

Franz Marx, President of International Paper Russia, commented: «Our long-standing partnership with Walki has now reached a new level: this project of Walki packaging production plant at Svetogorsk site will advance International Paper's commitment to the operational excellence and therefore to our customers by improving the flexibility and security of supplies of our key product – multifunctional office papers. We also believe that this opening will have a positive impact for the region, creating new jobs, attracting investments and economic prosperity to the city of Svetogorsk”.

The next step for Walki will now be the opening of its own sales office in Moscow.
(Walki Group)

Newsgrafik #98103
 23.01.2012

Changes in Walki's organization  (Company news)

Photo: Mikael Nováky

To realize Walki's strong growth ambitions in the Asia Pacific region, it has been decided that as of January 1, 2012 Mikael Nováky will fully concentrate on growing the business in the Asian markets in his role as Vice President, Asia Pacific. Mikael's responsibilities include all sales and business development activities of the Group in the APAC area and the Changshu plant.
As a consequence, Timo Finnström has been appointed Vice President, Paper Packaging and Sourcing, as of January 1, 2012. Both Timo and Mikael will continue to report to Leif Frilund.
Starting January 1, 2012 the Operational Excellence model will be strengthened by bringing together our Lean and Supply Chain operations into one organization. The Operational Excellence function will concentrate on improving Walki's competitiveness and customer service, and further developing and implementing Lean practices and continuous improvement.
Tuomo Wall, currently Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Technical Products has been appointed Vice President, Operational Excellence as of January 1, 2012. In this new role Tuomo will report to Leif Frilund.
Arno Wolff, currently Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Paper Packaging has been appointed Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Technical Products as of January 1, 2012.
Arno will transfer to the new role gradually by April 1, 2012. Arno will report to Wolfgang Thissen, Vice President and General Manager, Technical Products; and concerning Paper Packaging to Timo Finnström.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #92181
 01.11.2011

Walki Group sells its shares in Converflex Ab  (Company news)

Walki Group, the leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, today announced the sale of its 52 % share holding in Converflex Ab. The transaction was made as a local investor backed management buyout (MBO).
Converflex is a flexo printing company in Sweden with a focus on the printing of ream wrapping and flexible packaging. The company generated a turnover in 2010 of 6,6 million Euros and employed 16 persons.
It has been agreed that Walki will continue to supply Converflex with barrier materials.
The parties have agreed not to disclose the acquisition price.
For further information, please contact:
Leif Frilund, President and CEO, Walki Group
Tel: +358(0)40 354 3330
Timo Finnnström, Vice President Sourcing and Supply chain
Tel: +358(0)40 585 2648
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #89943
 04.10.2011

Walki Group buys Meuwissen and strengthens its leading position in multi-layer laminates  (Company news)

Walki Group, a leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, today announced the completion of the acquisition of Meuwissen Industrie B.V. , a producer of flexible packaging materials, and Meuwissen Bouwprodukten B.V., a specialist distributor of building and construction materials. Both businesses are located in The Netherlands, employing 65 persons in total, with net sales of 21 million Euros in 2010.
"The acquisition of Meuwissen is an important step for Walki as it will allow us to further develop our position as a leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials", commented Leif Frilund, President and CEO of Walki Group. "Their location in the Netherlands is an excellent fit to Walki's existing plant network and they will increase our local coverage in the important central European markets".
Walki Group has announced that the Meuwissen businesses will be integrated into their Technical Products business area, which currently has production in Finland, Germany, Sweden, the UK and China.
"The knowledge, technical capability and flexible way of working at Meuwissen fits perfectly with Walki and together we will continue to offer the creative solutions that bring the value our customers expect from us", says Wolfgang Thissen, Vice President and General Manager of the Technical Products business area. "Additionally, their network of distribution channels will provide enhanced access to markets in Central Europe for the combined business, bringing benefits for the whole supply chain".
Jan Gerritsen, owner of Meuwissen Group, confirmed "I am convinced that Meuwissen has a good business platform which can be further developed with Walki's knowledge and expertise, and will become an important contributor to the future success of the Walki Group. We are pleased to be part of this exciting new development".
Wolfgang Thissen, Vice President and General Manager Technical Products will be appointed Managing Director of the acquired entities in addition to his present duties and he will be located in Haarlem.
Walki Group, owned by Nordic private equity investor CapMan and the company’s management, acquired Meuwissen Industrie B.V. and Meuwissen Bouwprodukten B.V. from Meuwissen Holding B.V. The parties have agreed not to disclose the acquisition price.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #87653
 02.09.2011

Walki: Cooperation negotiations about layoffs in Finland  (Company news)

Walki Oy has announced all employee groups that it will start cooperation negotiations about temporary layoffs in Finland.
The considerably weakened market situation has created the need for layoffs and cost reductions, as the order intake has considerably diminished. The potential layoffs and cost savings will concern all Walki personnel in Finland, and will be implemented by the end of April 2012.
In case layoffs will be implemented, they will be organized in such a way that the delivery service of the two plants to customers will not suffer.
At the same time the company will begin actions to cut costs and to increase sales.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #83241
 08.07.2011

Veränderungen im Executive Team (GET) der Walki Gruppe  (Firmennews)

Zur Beschleunigung der Wachstumsentwicklung der Walki Gruppe und zur Erhöhung des Beitrags von Produkten mit Mehrwert wie mehrschichtigen Laminaten zum Unternehmenerfolg wird eine neue Gruppenfunktion.eingerichtet. Diese Funktion "Corporate Strategy" wird sich konzentrieren auf die Entwicklung und Implementierung unserer Strategien. Ein anderer Scherpunktbereich wird die weitere Verbesserung verschiedener Support-Prozesse wie Business Intelligence, Preismanagement und die Weiterentwicklung der verschiedenen IT-Anwendungen sein. Einen wichtigen Teil der neuen Funktion stellt ebenso die derzeitige ICT (Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie) dar, die in die "Corporate Strategy"-Funktion integriert wird.
Jarkko Tuominen, derzeit Vice President and General Manager des Geschäftsbereichs Technical Products wird zum 1. September 2011 zum Vice President Corporate Strategy ernannt. John Aspnäs, Leiter der ICT-Funktion wird ab dem 1. September 2011 an Jarkko Tuominen berichten.
Wolfgang Thissen, zurzeit Vice President und General Manager des Geschäftsbereichs Consumer Board, wird zum 1. September 2011 zum Vice President and General Manager des Geschäftsbereichs Technical Products ernannt.
Frank Grossmann wird zum 1. September 2011 zum Vice President und General Manager des Geschäftsbereichs Consumer Board ernannt. Er war bislang als Vice President der Duroblade Division der schweizerischen BTG Gruppe tätig.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #81591
 20.06.2011

Recyclable lid made strong   (Company news)

Lids for dairy products in single-portion food packaging applications have many tasks to fulfil. They must protect the contents from contamination and light, they must be sturdy, and they must be easy to apply and remove. Most materials used for lids, like aluminium, meet some of these demands but not all of them. Walki’s fibre based lid is outstanding in this sense, since it meets all these demands and is also recyclable.
Walki-Lid is made of paper and plastics that can be separated from each other as a part of the normal paper recycling process. The extrusion coated lid is durable, easy to print on and it can be cut into different sizes and shapes. And above all, it’s easy for consumers to peel off the lid without tearing it and to dispose of it together with other paper waste.
“Originally we started to develop a fibre based lid for milk product packaging because we thought it would be stronger than traditional lids made of aluminium,” says Heikki Lumme, Packaging Product Line Manager at Walki. “But now the environmental issue is an equally important aspect”.
He emphasizes that a fibre based lid, of which Walki is nearly the sole manufacturer, has an inherent strength and puncture resistance that is very important in some dairy product segments.
“Since traditional lids were also almost impossible to tear off in one piece, we saw a clear market for a paper-based lid that is both strong and easy to open. Altogether, we think that our lid strengthens consumer confidence in the quality of the product it protects, which we think improves retail profitability.”

Excellent printability
One main advantage of Walki-Lid is its excellent printability, capable of carrying the most demanding graphics produced by modern printing processes.
“It’s obvious that attractive looking packaging gets the customer’s attention in the shops,” says Mr Lumme. ”That’s why we think the product will benefit the whole supply chain, including brand owners and consumers.”
The extrusion coated lid can be delivered either in rolls or cut in sheets. Walki can customize certain properties of the material. The backside can for example be customized to optimally suit containers with certain specifications.

Growing demand
Production of Walki-Lid has increased significantly in recent years. In 2010 growth was 25% and this year sales are expected to increase some 15-20%.
“The main markets have so far been in the Nordic countries, but we have customers as far away as Australia and Africa, which shows that it’s a truly international product,” says Mr Lumme. “Now that we have developed it to suit a broader spectrum of dairy products, we aim to grow, particularly outside the Nordics.”
He emphasizes that Walki-Lid is suited for a broad range of dairy products in single-portion food packaging applications.
“When there is a need for a great looking lid that has to be strong and easy for consumers to peel off, our fibre based lid is hard to beat." (Walki Group Oy)


Newsgrafik #81233
 14.06.2011

Walki invests in Russia  (Company news)

Walki Group, the leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, will establish a plant in Svetogorsk, Russia, with production set to start during autumn 2011.
The investment in a new plant in western Russia, close to the Finnish border, is part of the Groups strategic plan to expand in emerging markets. The initiative will offer enhanced support to existing key customers in the Russian paper industry, as well as creating a platform for growth in other business areas.
The first phase of development will see investment to install both extrusion and printing capability in the new plant.
"This is an exciting development for Walki Group and provides an ideal platform for us to build our business in a growth region. Furthermore, we are delighted to be able to announce the creation of the new plant and to think of all the opportunities that this development will facilitate with both existing and new customers ", says Leif Frilund, President and CEO of Walki Group.
(Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #76803
 15.04.2011

Walki Technical Products announces price increase   (Company news)

Walki Group, the leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, today announced a price increase for the products of Technical Products Business Area.
The current demand of kraft papers is very high, and on top of this the seasonal demand from the building industry is increasing. Polymer prices have already seen strong increases in 2011, and prices will continue to increase due to the unstable situation in several oil producing countries in North Africa and Middle East. Also aluminium prices continue on an upwards trend already since almost a year.
As a result Walki see no alternative but to reflect these raw material cost increases in the selling prices, and increase the prices by 5-10% depending on the markets, the constituents of the products, and the structure of the agreements in place. The price increase will be applied on all products of the Technical Products Business Area, effective for orders despatched on and after May 1, 2011. Furthermore, given current information, there is a strong likelyhood that a further 3-4% price increase will be applied July 1, 2011. (Walki Group Oy)


Newsgrafik #70121
 02.02.2011

Walki: Mineral oil migration from packaging material to foodstuffs   (Company news)

It has long been known that exposure of foodstuffs in direct contact with recycled board has posed risks of contamination from elements in the board that may migrate from it. As a consequence, most recycled boards used in food packaging limit their use to "dry and non fatty foodstuffs".
This was thought to be sufficient until recent research by the Official Food Control Authority Laboratory in Zurich has shown that mineral oils used in certain printing inks which have not been fully removed by the recycling process can migrate by "out-gassing" to contaminate certain types of food. Rice, bread and cereals which have large surface areas are particularly vulnerable as they can readily absorb the minute hydrocarbons into their structure. Furthermore, it is known that an accumulation of such chemicals above a certain level, can pose a health risk to animals and by implication humans.
There is however a fundamental lack of data on this subject and according to the BfR, the migration of mineral oils into foods should therefore be minimised. Investigation to identify safe limits for these materials is ongoing.
Recycled cardboard typically contains 300-1000 mg/kg mineral oil. However, it is unknown to what extent foodstuffs are contaminated by the migration of mineral oil from cardboard packaging, and which chemical mixtures that are found in mineral oils are actually involved.
Mineral oil mixtures found in cardboard consist of saturated hydrocarbons and aromatic hydrocarbons. In chemical terms, mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) are chain- and ring-shaped hydrocarbons. Aromatic mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOAH) consist of a complex mixture of predominately alkylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has recommended that action be taken in order to reduce the potential consumer health risk by proposing carton makers use low migration inks or packaging materials with appropriate barriers or inner linings, to prevent migration from potentially contaminated board.
The packaging and printing industry, in co-operation with paper and board recyclers and manufacturers, are therefore taking steps to reduce the quantity of mineral oils in inks and also in the recycled board recovery chain.
As an independent producer of specialist barrier packaging material, Walki Group has been investigating the potential to provide barriers that offer protection against the inherent risks of contamination from mineral oil when using recycled material.
The investigations we have undertaken clearly indicate that standard LDPE and HDPE coatings, normally used to provide effective functional barriers for grease and water resistance on cartonboard, do not provide an adequate barrier for the "out-gassing" of mineral oil which will migrate through standard LDPE and HDPE (although, less risk in frozen food because of the temperature). However, the work completed does show that multi-layer, co extruded and high barrier coatings do provide barriers to and protect against such mineral oil migration and we are capable of producing these.
Our studies are ongoing but we would welcome discussion with interested parties who have a specific need to look into the development of barrier solutions to their packaging problems in relation to mineral oil contamination from waste based cardboard.
Please note, mineral oil contamination is not a risk with our normal PE coated folding boxboards because they contain no waste and we would expect their further conversion to be trouble-free because the use of low migration inks is the norm in packaging conversion today. (Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #67361
 21.12.2010

Walki expands in China and invests in a new glue laminator  (Company news)

The demand for polymer coated cutsize wrapping material is growing at a fast pace in China and the Asia-Pacific area, because of the rapidly growing demand for office paper. To meet the increasing demand Walki Group has started an ambitious investment program in the company’s plant in Changshu, the first major part of the investment being a 1.6m wide high-tech glue laminator.
The new machine produces mainly BOPP (bi-axially oriented polypropylene) laminates for A3/A4 size wrappings, but it can also be used in other sorts of wrapping materials, such as barrier board and aluminium laminates, and for other lamination combinations.
– One of the main advantages with the technology we have chosen is that the printing is actually made on the backside of the BOPP-film, which is then glued on the wrapping paper with the new laminator. As the film is very smooth and dense, and has an excellent printability and transparency, the result is a very glossy and good looking wrapping, where both the packaging and the printing is protected by the polymer film, says Timo Saahko, managing director of Walki Packaging Paper (Changshu), China.
The laminator is part of an ongoing investment program in the factory that serves not just China, where Walki is one of the most renowned producers of protective packaging materials, but the whole of the fast growing Asia Pacific region.
– At the moment, we sell roughly 70 percent of our products in China and export the rest to nearby countries. Since the inauguration of the plant in 2006 our sales have been growing significantly every year. We have most of the big international paper manufacturers as our customers and we are now aiming at the growing amount of smaller paper manufacturers in Asia Pacific, states Mr. Saahko.
He emphasizes that the new machine is not just very efficient, but also environment friendly thanks to its advanced dry lamination technology. – It allows us to increase our production without affecting the environment, which is of great importance to Walki, says Mr. Saahko.
The Changshu factory was built in 2006, logistically well located by the Yangtze River, about 100 kilometres from Shanghai, and close to several paper mills. It primarily focused on reel and ream wrappers for the Chinese paper industry and barrier board for the Chinese and Asian packaging markets.
– The paper markets in China are growing at an incredible pace that we have to keep up with. Thanks to our local staff, which we have recruited for duties all the way to management, we have succeeded to deliver 98 percent of our sales according to schedule, which is an outstanding figure in the business, states Mr. Saahko. (Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #67101
 17.12.2010

To the world’s end in Walki’s paper boat  (Company news)

Caption: Artist Frank Bölter recreates the paper boats of his childhood on a true seafaring scale, and invites passing Londoners to participate in the boat folding process. The boat material is a polyethylene and aluminium laminate from Walki.

A material from Walki has found an end use of a rather unusual nature. As part of the art project Drift 2010, German artist Frank Bölter is creating boats from the material, called Walki-Pack Foil Plus, and in the beginning of November 2010 he embarked on his maiden voyage on the Thames in London.
Drift is a project led by the non-profit organisation Illuminate Productions, in which artists are given the opportunity to showcase their work in challenging and unexpected places where the general public can easily interact with the art. It is with this in mind that Frank Bölter has set up his paper boat folding operation in central London, where he is helped by passers-by who stop to lend him a hand. The boats are folded according to the same pattern as a paper hat, resulting in paper boats that are the size of an actual small-scale boat.
Frank Bölter has dubbed his project To The World’s End. And as the name suggests, his boats need to be durable – the boat used in his maiden voyage definitely proved to be up to the task. Bölter was towed behind a motorboat on his river journey, and the paper boat handled the waters with grace. But then again, the boat paper is coated with a material intended to protect sensitive products, primarily foods, against moisture, gas, grease and light. Drift 2010 will continue in London until January 2011. (Walki Group Oy)


Newsgrafik #64651
 12.11.2010

Walki expands in China and invests in a new glue laminator   (Company news)

Picture: To meet the increasing demand Walki Group has started an ambitious investment program in the company's plant in Changshu, the first major part of the investment being a 1.6m wide high-tech glue laminator.

The demand for polymer coated cutsize wrapping material is growing at a fast pace in China and the Asia-Pacific area, because of the rapidly growing demand for office paper. To meet the increasing demand Walki Group has started an ambitious investment program in the company’s plant in Changshu, the first major part of the investment being a 1.6m wide high-tech glue laminator.
The new machine produces mainly BOPP (bi-axially oriented polypropylene) laminates for A3/A4 size wrappings, but it can also be used in other sorts of wrapping materials, such as barrier board and aluminium laminates, and for other lamination combinations.
– One of the main advantages with the technology we have chosen is that the printing is actually made on the backside of the BOPP-film, which is then glued on the wrapping paper with the new laminator. As the film is very smooth and dense, and has an excellent printability and transparency, the result is a very glossy and good looking wrapping, where both the packaging and the printing is protected by the polymer film, says Timo Saahko, managing director of Walki Packaging Paper (Changshu), China.
The laminator is part of an ongoing investment program in the factory that serves not just China, where Walki is one of the most renowned producers of protective packaging materials, but the whole of the fast growing Asia Pacific region.
– At the moment, we sell roughly 70 percent of our products in China and export the rest to nearby countries. Since the inauguration of the plant in 2006 our sales have been growing significantly every year. We have most of the big international paper manufacturers as our customers and we are now aiming at the growing amount of smaller paper manufacturers in Asia Pacific, states Mr. Saahko.
He emphasizes that the new machine is not just very efficient, but also environment friendly thanks to its advanced dry lamination technology. – It allows us to increase our production without affecting the environment, which is of great importance to Walki, says Mr. Saahko.
The Changshu factory was built in 2006, logistically well located by the Yangtze River, about 100 kilometres from Shanghai, and close to several paper mills. It primarily focused on reel and ream wrappers for the Chinese paper industry and barrier board for the Chinese and Asian packaging markets.
– The paper markets in China are growing at an incredible pace that we have to keep up with. Thanks to our local staff, which we have recruited for duties all the way to management, we have succeeded to deliver 98 percent of our sales according to schedule, which is an outstanding figure in the business, states Mr. Saahko. (Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #55481
 23.07.2010

Durch Faserdeckel bleiben Speisen im Behälter  (Firmennews)

Wir alle kennen die unangenehme Überraschung beim Auspacken der Einkaufstüte: durch ein kleines Loch im Deckel ist der Joghurt in die Tüte ausgelaufen und hat alles bekleckert. Dieses Problem gehört hoffentlich bald der Vergangenheit an, denn WalkiLid bietet eine Lösung.
Der von Walki entwickelte WalkiLid ist ein für die Verpackung von Milchprodukten konzipierter anwenderfreundlicher Deckel auf Grundlage erneuerbarer Fasern. Die hervorragende Bedruckbarkeit erlaubt es dem Kunden, Deckel zu gestalten, die mehr Aufmerksamkeit wecken.
„WalkiLid ist kein vollständig neues Produkt, aber unlängst wurde der Deckel zu einem anwenderfreundlicheren Produkt weiterentwickelt – jetzt ist beispielsweise das Abziehen des Deckels einfacher“, so Heikki Lumme, Product Line Manager, Packaging, bei Walki.
Darüber hinaus hat das Produkt viele mechanische und Umweltvorteile.
„Ein Deckel auf Faserbasis wird aus nachhaltigen Rohstoffen hergestellt und ist damit leicht recycelbar und energieeffizient in der Produktion. Der Deckel ist stabil, schützt das Produkt hervorragend und geht in der Einkaufstüte nicht kaputt“, so Lumme.
Walki vertreibt den Deckel weltweit, von Australien bis Afrika. Bisher ist die Nutzung weitgehend auf die nordischen Länder beschränkt. Jetzt, nach Weiterentwicklung des Produkts, soll es auch in größeren Märkten erhältlich sein. Für Marktwachstum braucht man Referenzen, und letztes Jahr gab es eine sehr wichtige.
„Valio suchte nach Alternativen für seine Aluminiumdeckel und war von unserem Deckel begeistert. Jetzt liegt unser Faserdeckel anscheinend vorne, was natürlich großartig ist“, erklärt Heikki Lumme.
Valio ist die führende Milchproduktmarke in Finnland und hat eine starke Position in den benachbarten russischen, schwedischen und baltischen Märkten. Das Unternehmen hat auch Niederlassungen in den USA, Belgien und China und vertreibt weltweit industrielle Produkte.
„Die Aussichten für WalkiLid sind gut. Durch gute Nutzbarkeit, Bedruckbarkeit und Stabilität der Deckel erhält das Produkt einen deutlichen Mehrwert und ist für den Verbraucher anwenderfreundlicher. Ein weiterer wichtiger Faktor ist die Recyclingfähigkeit des Faserdeckels“, so Juha Ylisiurua, Packaging Development Manager bei Valio. (Walki Group Oy)

Newsgrafik #54943
 12.07.2010

Walki investiert in Co-Extrusion  (Firmennews)

Die Walki Gruppe, führender Hersteller von technischen Verbundstoffen und Verpackungsmaterialien, hat heute die Investition in eine Co-Extrusion für den Extruder Nr. 1 im Werk in Steinfurt bekannt gegeben.
Diese Investition erhöht die Leistungsfähigkeit im Geschäftsbereich Consumer Board, dem das Werk Steinfurt angehört, und versetzt Walki in die Lage, den Kundenbedarf an anspruchsvollen Verpackungslösungen mit Barrierefunktion zu erfüllen und dabei mit dem modernsten Stand an Technologie und Material zu arbeiten. Im gleichen Schritt erfolgt zudem eine Verbreiterung der Extrusionslinie. Deren Breite ist damit künftig auf den MarquipWardUnited-Querschneider abgestimmt, der in Steinfurt im Januar 2010 in Betrieb genommen wurde. Walki schafft mit dieser Maßnahme die angestrebte zusätzliche Kapazität
in einem wachsenden Geschäftsfeld.
"Diese weitere Investition ist Teil unserer Planungen, das Werk in Steinfurt kontinuierlich weiterzuentwickeln", erläutert Wolfgang Thissen, verantwortlicher Vice President des Geschäftsbereichs Consumer Board und Geschäftsführer der Walki GmbH in Steinfurt. "Die Maßnahme ermöglicht uns, unser Versprechen, gestiegenen Kundenanforderungen mit der größtmöglichen Wirtschaftlichkeit, Kosteneffizienz und Innovativität gerecht zu werden, in die
Tat umsetzen zu können", so Thissen weiter.
Die Investition soll bis zum Ende dieses Jahres abgeschlossen und umgesetzt sein. (Walki Group Oy)