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Interpack 2017 - International Visitors and Top-quality Discussions
German machinery manufacturer, Windmöller & Hölscher, comes away from interpack 2017 very satisfied. “As a specialist in machinery for the production of flexible packaging, interpack is one of the most important international trade shows for W&H. This year, the importance of the trade show was underscored by the large number of international visitors and the high-quality discussions we had at the booth,” said Chief Sales Officer (CSO) Peter Steinbeck. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Jürgen Vutz added, “Customers invest in improving the efficiency and quality of their production to profit from the growing flexible packaging market. We saw this again and again through the high traffic to our booth, the interesting and fruitful discussions that were had as well as from the number of orders we were able to close on the show floor.”
Breathable backsheet films: serving the growing hygiene market more efficiently
Backsheet films are a growth market. Around 590,000 tons are used each year and the number is on the rise. Breathable films used in products such as diapers make up some 50% of this total. “Experts estimate a CAGR of around 4.4% for the hygiene market up to 2020,” explains Ali Hassan, Hygiene Market Specialist at engineering firm W&H. Diaper and incontinence products seem to have a particularly high potential. “Factors such as our aging society, the growing acceptance of these kinds of products and higher global availability, particularly in developing regions, are the driving forces behind this,” adds his colleague Dirk Dreier. Where breathable backsheet films have traditionally been made predominately using cast film extrusion, the experts at W&H are now advising customers to convert to blown film extrusion systems. “We are seeing a clear trend of companies moving to blown film extrusion technology for their backsheet films”, says Hassan.
The valve sack experts: W&H offers more than just machines
The market for industrial packaging is full of different valve sack concepts for paper, woven plastics and plastic films. There are a number of reasons for this, such as different applications, availability of the respective materials, or even regional differences, sometimes with historical root causes. Since A.M. Bates first introduced the valve sack concept back in the 1920s, Windmöller & Hölscher has been a reliable partner for the sack and bagging industry. Based in the Westphalian town of Lengerich, the German family-owned company offers a machine solution for every concept, as well as support with sack development and concept evaluation. And with its new AD proFilm MP film valve sack, W&H is taking another step.
As an innovative engineering company and market leader in the flexible packaging industry, W&H is always looking for qualified employees who are enthusiastic and would like to help shape the future of the company.