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Completing the formation of its new leadership team of high-calibre industry experts, Coveris have today announced the appointment of Martin Davis as Head of its Films division.
Following the divestiture of its Rigids and Americas divisions in 2018, Coveris have refocused their business on the EMEA region. As part of this transformation, it has now successfully realigned its activities into three core business units – Films, Flexibles and Labels & Board. With this new strategy, Coveris has now bundled its expertise and technologies into clear market segments and positioned itself as a leading European packaging powerhouse.
The Coveris leadership team is now complete with the immediate appointment of Martin Davis as President of its Films Business, joining Christian Kolarik and Dennis Patterson as leaders of its Flexibles and Labels & Board businesses respectively.
MartinDavis joined Coveris in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. A graduate in Business Administration and Management, Martin has spent over 25 years in the packaging industry performing a range of leadership roles, both in the United Kingdom and overseas.
“Our recent success to execute the corporate strategy is, to a large degree, derived from our new focused business unit structure. Facing a new dynamic of sustainable developments, our Films business is playing an essential role in realizing the best possible solutions for our customers. Therefore, I am especially proud to announce the appointment of Martin Davis who will play a fundamental role in strengthening our Executive Leadership Team and proven industry expertise”, states Jakob A. Mosser, CEO of Coveris.
Pictured (L-R): Dennis Patterson (President Labels & Board), Martin Davis (President Films), Jakob A. Mosser (CEO) and Christian Kolarik (President Flexibles)
Leading European packaging manufacturer Coveris has been announced as winner of the coveted New Product Award for Equipment/Packaging at The British Sandwich and Food to Go Industry Awards (The Sammies) 2019. Developed in a collaborative sustainability project, Coveris’ winning entry is Marks & Spencer (M&S) sushi packaging created in partnership with the retailer and food manufacturer Greencore.
Celebrating excellence and achievement in the sandwich and food-to-go industry, the prestigious Sammies Awards took place on Thursday 9th May at London’s impressive Royal Lancaster Hotel. Coveris was announced as winner of New Product Award in the Equipment/Packaging category for the launch of a new range of packaging for M&S sushi. The award recognises innovation and development in the introduction of new products in the market.
Developed in a sustainability project with M&S and Greencore, the packaging makes significant progress in the recyclability and overall weight of the range and a leading example of collaboration in driving change. The launch in January 2019 saw M&S’s sushi packaging move from clear plastic lids, black plastic bases and FSC cartonboard sleeves to sustainably sourced FSC window patched cartons manufactured by Coveris with accompanying clear PET inserts.
The launch delivers over a 30% packaging weight reduction across the range and uses 35% less plastic. Each pack features ‘Widely Recycled’ logos under OPRL guidelines, indicating 75% or more of local authorities have kerbside collection facilities for the materials used. This signifies an improvement from a combination of ‘Check Locally’ and ‘Widely Recycled’ OPRL logos used on the previous packaging, and a more circular approach in material selection.
Coveris’ Food-to-go Sales Director, Michael Conway said, “Coveris is extremely proud to win the prestigious and highly competitive New Product Award for Equipment/Packaging at the Sammies. We are committed to delivering sustainable and responsible packaging for the food-to-go sector and this award demonstrates the value of collaboration in developing packaging towards a circular economy; commitments highlighted in our Pack Positive® sustainability strategy. Through effective partnership with M&S and Greencore, we have improved recyclability and reduced pack weight, while developing the presentation and shelf presence of the range instore; a success story for food-to-go.”
Laura Fernandez, Senior Packaging Technologist at M&S, said: “At M&S, we’re committed to reducing our use of plastic packaging and believe it should only be used where there is a clear benefit. Our goal is to ensure all our packaging is widely recyclable by 2022 and we have already started phasing out non-recyclable packaging from our products. Working closely with our suppliers such as Coveris and Greencore plays a key part in helping us to go faster and further towards our targets.”
Simon Taylor, Packaging Development Manager at Greencore Northampton added: “This award is recognition of the three-way partnership between Coveris, M&S and Greencore to deliver lighter and ‘Widely Recycled’ sushi packaging. We are delighted that this innovative packaging has been recognised at The British Sandwich and Food to Go Industry Awards.”
In celebration of Earth Day 2019, leading packaging manufacturer Coveris is targeting its largest participation to date focussed on making positive environmental impact in local communities. Coveris has engaged colleagues in 12 locations from 16 sites in a month-long programme of Earth Day themed events and partnerships.
Coordinated by Earth Day Network, Earth Day is the world’s largest environmental movement with over one billion people taking part in activities each year. Celebrated on 22nd April annually, the Earth Day Network is now in its 49th year, and has chosen ‘Protect Our Species’ for its 2019 campaign.
Coveris’ participation in Earth Day began in 2017 with one UK site which progressed to six locations in 2018. Building on the success of previous years, Coveris has planned a programme of environmental activities between 12 April – 14 May 2019 involving 12 events with colleagues from 16 sites, including an Austrian plant for the first time.
Coveris has formed partnerships with local organisations and businesses to maximise the benefits of Earth Day with the aim of making positive environmental change in its communities. Activities include beach, riverbank, woodland, street and sporting venue cleaning and litter picks, encouragement of eco-travelling to work, sustainability and recycling education and the use of regional food in canteens. In support of the ‘Protect the Species’ campaign, Coveris in Kufstein presented all employees with flower seeds, while Coveris in Louth is building an onsite garden for employees.
Carl Quinn, Environment & Sustainability Co-ordinator at Coveris said: “Coveris is committed to making positive environmental change in our local communities through action, partnerships and valuable community projects. Earth Day 2019 involves participation from more Coveris sites and people than ever before, and the success of our growing programme reflects the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of our colleagues in making positive change in our communities.”
Coveris’ Earth Day programme for 2019 is:
Friday 12 April
Tuesday 16 April
Wednesday 17 April
Thursday 18 April
Thursday 18 April
Thursday 18 April
Wednesday 24 April
Thursday 25 April
St Neots (UK)
Friday 26 April
Monday 29 April
Wednesday 8 May
Tuesday 14 May
350 bags of waste in addition to larger items including trollies, tyres and a discarded motorbike have already been removed from communities during Coveris’ 2019 Earth Day programme involving over 250 people. More details about Coveris’ Earth Day actions can be found on Linkedin (Coveris Group) and Twitter (@CoverisGroup).
With the sale of the US and Rigid businesses in 2018, Coveris has now clearly positioned itself as a leading European packaging producer, fully focusing its strengths on its core businesses and geographic markets.
The reorganized structure is built around technology and markets, organized into three business units (Labels & Board, Films, Flexibles), leveraging its comprehensive and well-equipped European manufacturing network to offer a broader portfolio of solutions and more efficient service to its customers.
Since joining Coveris, back in 2012, Gary Rehwinkel, Business Unit Head Films, has been instrumental in improving and growing the business. Being a US national, Rehwinkel has supported Coveris during the realignment phase to help ensuring proper business continuity, primarily in the UK. With this first phase completed, he will end his assignment in the UK and will relocate back to the USA.
Coveris is appointing Dennis Patterson, currently Managing Director UK for Labels & Board, to the Coveris Executive Leadership Team as Business Unit Head Labels & Board. Dennis is highly recognised within our industry and Coveris, which he joined in 1999. His intimate knowledge of the industry will be key in further developing the business unit within the UK and in Europe.
Jakob Mosser, CEO Coveris Group, will initially take direct responsibility for the Business Unit Films. Commenting on the decision he said “I decided to involve myself more in the Films Unit to leverage collaboration and innovation at the core of our business. We do thank Gary for his support in bringing Coveris UK forward and wish him all the best for his future. We are convinced that together with Dennis, we will further strengthen our business and continue offering excellent packaging solutions and services to our customers, in the UK and abroad.”
Coveris is a Europe based leading Top 5 packaging producer offering films, flexible packaging as well as labels & board. Together with our customers we develop attractive and easy to use packaging solutions that protect all kinds of vital products – from food to pet food, from medical supplies to industrial and agricultural products. Through our high level of tehnical know-how, we help to reduce waste and constantly work on new, high performance and sustainable packaging solutions.
Coveris Headquarter has recently relocated to Vienna and it today operates 25 sites in EMEA, with more than 4.500 employees.
Providing a revolutionary new packaging format for the fresh protein sector, Coveris’ latest innovation for Morrisons combines sustainable sourcing, plastics reduction and improved recyclability to deliver a fully-circular pack format in support of both the retailer and packaging manufacturer’s UK Plastics Pact commitments.
Replacing hard-to-recycle black plastic trays with a printed FSC or PEFC cardboard base, Coveris’ pioneering new vacuum skinboard (VSB) format delivers a major environmental saving through the reduction of over 50% of plastic, removing more than 50 tonnes of this from consumer waste streams each year.
More sustainable from source, the packs offer a significantly lower carbon footprint and are made from over 75% renewable materials. Also delivering improved end-of-life benefit through the combination of the existing vacuum shrink PE film with new recyclable board, 80% of the pack is now widely recyclable under OPRL guidelines, compared to the previous pack which was not recyclable due to the multi-layer base material.
Combining the premium look of a black tray with the recyclable benefit of a board base, the multi-purpose, fully printed base (up to 8 colours HD or conventional flexo) removes the need for additional printed components like lidding films and base labels to deliver a unique look and feel on-shelf. Providing unrivalled barrier properties and seal integrity, along with an easy-peel open feature, the pack expertly combines environmental benefits with high performance functionality, proving that sustainable packaging is not about compromise.
Available now across Morrisons stores nationwide, the new VSB format currently can be found across 14 of ‘The Best’ cooked meats lines including hams, chicken, turkey, beef and pork.
Having worked collaboratively across Morrisons’ supply-chain as part of a six-month development process to deliver an innovative, sustainable replacement for the protein category, the new format is a leading example of how packaging manufacturers and retailers are strategically working together to deliver more circular solutions.
Commenting on the launch of the new VSB format and collaborative development process involved in delivering this, Chris Elliott, Group Packaging Manager of Morrisons Manufacturing said “at Morrisons we listen hard to our customers. They are asking us to look for ways to reduce packaging. In particular to reduce plastic packaging. By changing from all plastic for our cooked meat Best Range to a new cardboard base we have removed a lot of plastic and improved the overall pack. We hope our customers will be as excited as we are with this new innovation.”
Rob Court, Business Development Director for Coveris’ Paper Division also said “the launch of our new vacuum skinboard innovation marks a major industry breakthrough in the development of products for the fresh protein sector. Given the rapid growth and standardisation of the plastic-based skin packs over recent years, we are very excited to now be offering a more sustainable board replacement that delivers the same, if not better performance benefits, to support the next phase of packaging evolution in this category.”
Vienna, Austria, October 19, 2018 – COVERIS strengthens its executive leadership team with the appointments of Ulf Wienböker and Bernhard Mumelter to executive roles while reorganizing its operating model into three new business units.
Following the recent divestments of its Rigid and Americas business units, Coveris pursues the realignment of its business portfolio and announces today the reorganization of its operating model into three new business units Films, Flexibles, and Labels & Board. The new model will enable Coveris to offer more targeted product solutions to its diverse customer base.
Ulf Wienböker was appointed Chief Technology Officer of Coveris. Wienböker is a proven operations expert in the flexible packaging industry, having held COO positions at Huhtamaki and, most recently, at Mondi.
Bernhard Mumelter has joined Coveris as Chief Innovation Officer. Over the last 20 years, Mumelter has grown into senior innovation roles within the industry with well recognized companies such as Unterland Flexible Packaging, Mondi and, most recently, Schur Flexibles.
Coveris also strengthens its sales organization with the appointment of Carsten Grams, who will join the business unit Flexibles in a leading international sales role. Grams has an impressive track record in growing strong international customer portfolios within the industry at leading companies including Huhtamaki and Constantia.
Jakob Mosser, CEO of Coveris Group, stated, “Our pan-European focus, centred around technology rather than geography and supported from our new Vienna-based headquarters, will enable us to better serve our customers both in the UK and in continental Europe. Going forward, Coveris’ strategy will have a much stronger focus on technology and innovation. I am therefore personally very delighted to strengthen my management team by welcoming these proven industry leaders and experts.”
As a leading international packaging manufacturer, Coveris is dedicated to providing solutions that enhance the safety, quality and convenience of products we use every day. In partnership with the most respected brands in the world, Coveris develops vital products that protect everything from the food we eat, to medical supplies, to the touch screen device in our pockets, contributing to the lives of millions every day.
Coveris is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
WIEN, 19. Oktober 2018 – COVERIS CEO Jakob A. Mosser verstärkt sein Führungsteam mit Ulf Wienböker, Bernhard Mumelter und Carsten Grams. Stärkere Fokussierung durch Reorganisation des Geschäftes in drei neue Geschäftsbereiche.
Nach den kürzlich erfolgten Verkäufen der Business Units „Rigid“ und –„Americas“ setzt Coveris die organisatorische Neuausrichtung der Gruppe fort und verkündete heute die Umstrukturierung der Gruppe von den zwei existierenden regionalen Divisionen UK und EMEA in die drei gesamteuropäischen Geschäftsbereiche Films,Flexibles und Labels & Board. Mit dieser Aufstellung möchte Coveris seine geplante Unternehmensentwicklung mit stärkerer Fokussierung auf die jeweiligen Kundenmärkte durchführen. Um die strategischen Schwerpunkte Operations Improvement, Technologieentwicklung und Innovation wird das Management-Team durch folgende neuengagierte Führungskräfte verstärkt:
Ulf Wienböker ist neuer Chief Technology Officer der Coveris Gruppe. Herr Wienböker ist ausgewiesener Technologieexperte in der flexiblen Verpackungsindustrie und war zuvor unter anderem als Chief Operating Officer für Huhtamaki und zuletzt Mondi tätig.
Bernhard Mumelter bekleidet fortan die Position des Chief Innovation Officer. Über die letzten 20 Jahre war Herr Mumelter in der flexiblen Verpackungsindustrie in führenden Positionen im Bereich Forschung & Entwicklung tätig, u.a. bei Unterland Flexible Packaging, Mondi und zuletzt bei Schur Flexibles.
Coveris verstärkt außerdem die Vertriebsorganisation mit der Bestellung von Carsten Grams, der eine leitende internationale Vertriebsfunktion im Geschäftsbereich Flexibles übernehmen wird. Herr Grams verfügt über langjährige Industrieerfahrung und hat bei führenden Unternehmen wie Huhtamaki und Constantia erfolgreich internationale Kundenportfolios aufgebaut.
Jakob Mosser, CEO der Coveris Gruppe, meint: „Die Integration der heutigen Business Units UK und EMEA in eine Coveris Organisation ist der logische nächste Entwicklungschritt. Die Optimierung unseres Geschäftes entlang dieser kunden- und technologieorientierten Geschäftseinheiten ist die Basis für die Umsetzung unserer Unternehmens-Strategie. Coveris wird sich zukünftig unter anderem viel stärker auf Technologie-Entwicklung und Innovation fokussieren. Daher bin ich sehr froh, dass ich mein Management Team mit diesen führenden Industrieexperten verstärken kann und heiße sie bei Coveris herzlich willkommen.“
Als einer der führenden internationalen Verpackungshersteller arbeitet Coveris unentwegt an Lösungen, welche den Schutz, die Qualität und den Nutzen der Produkte verbessern, die wir jeden Tag gebrauchen. In Partnerschaft mit den angesehensten Markenherstellern dieser Welt entwickelt Coveris Produkte, die von unseren Nahrungsmitteln über medizinische Artikel bis zu den Touchscreen-Geräten in unseren Hosentaschen alles schützen und damit jeden Tag einen Beitrag zum Leben von Millionen Menschen leisten.
Coveris ist ein Portfoliounternehmen der Sun Capital Partner, Inc.
In partnership with the Co-op and Freshtime, Coveris has launched a fully recyclable PE film that delivers the same protective, functional and shelf-life benefits as existing non-recyclable solutions, marking a major step forward in supporting the packaging manufacturer’s pledge to deliver 100% recyclable packaging by 2025.
Having recently been awarded for “leading the sector” in recyclable plastics through their Project Closed Loop strategy to make 100% of its own-brand packaging recyclable, the Co-op is now even closer to achieving its 2023 target with the launch of a new recyclable PE film across prepared vegetable lines.
Providing a world-first consumer recycling solution that delivers the same performance benefits of existing not yet recyclable plastics such as OPP, the new PE film is made from polyethylene material very similar to the plastic found in carrier bags which is easily recycled today in the UK in the same way that you would recycle a carrier bag in larger stores. The packs will also carry the OPRL “Recycle with bags at larger stores” label.
Manufactured at Coveris’ Winsford facility, the film is tailored to meet specific product needs with technical performance options including high-barrier, microwaveable and easy-open functions for lap, fin and weld sealed formats. As Europe’s largest extruder of PE films, the development comes as part of a continued investment strategy at the site, enabling the manufacturer to scale up capacity to seamlessly manage increased demand for high-performance recyclable films, supported by its UK food science capability delivering essential product validation.
Having worked collaboratively with the Co-op to deliver other recyclable solutions including the innovative multi-layer PE film for cooked meats which enables over 90% of pack weight to now be recycled in the UK today, Coveris has been a key development partner in supporting the retailer reach its ambitious recycling targets.
Iain Ferguson, Co-op Environment Manager, commented on the new launch adding “We are delighted to work with Coveris to launch this landmark new recyclable film – a collaborative approach between industry stakeholders is essential if we are to deliver 100% recyclable packaging for UK consumers that also satisfies requirements around shelf life and functionality.”
The film is available across a range of Freshtime produced prepared vegetable lines in stores nationwide now.
Coveris has been announced as winner of a European Carton Excellence Award. Europe’s most prestigious awards for cartonboard packaging, the European Carton Excellence Awards were established over 20 years ago and showcase innovative, creative and sustainable use of cartonboard from across the continent.
Announced at the ECMA (European Carton Makers Associations) Congress in Riga, Latvia, Coveris was revealed as the confectionery category award winner, judged by an independent, international jury representing a broad range of expertise in the supply chain.
Coveris’ winning entry is colourful and enticing packaging for Booja-Booja’s Rainbow Collection of luxury truffles. Created to provide an indulgent consumer experience, Booja-Booja’s packaging features detailed dual-face print, fun and collectable Boojagrams, foil embellishment and a functional reclose option. The packaging has been re-designed and developed to maintain top-tier presentation and perception using a less complex structure with fewer materials, resulting in improved efficiencies and environmental performance during production.
The judges commented: “A combination of bright colours, nice opening and closing feature and presentation of the chocolates really caught the judge’s attention. Add to that an unexpected carton tag inner for additional product communication made this a simple but effective pack.”
Matt Gilding, Operations Director for Booja-Booja said, “The packaging design for the Rainbow Collection enabled us to launch an exciting chilled chocolate truffle product in eye-catching, beautiful chocolate boxes. The design is continuing to evolve as we work further with Coveris to launch our new Twelve Truffle Gift Boxes using a similar but further developed packaging design concept.”
Stuart Clark, Board Sales Director at Coveris added, “Winning a European Carton Excellence Award is a major achievement and recognition of the expertise and capabilities in Coveris’ cartonboard division. Coveris consistently strives to develop packaging to improve functionality, deliver greater efficiencies and enhance the overall consumer experience. Booja-Booja is an innovative brand to work alongside, and we continue to collaborate on exciting development projects.”
The full list of European Carton Excellence Award winners can be found here.
Coveris was recently revealed as a finalist in the UK Packaging Awards with entries shortlisted for Best New Concept Award, Innovation of the Year, Flexible Plastic Pack of the Year and Label of the Year. Coveris is also a finalist in the FlexoTech International Print and Innovation Awards which take place on 10th October.
The shortlisted products in this year’sFlexoTech International Print and Innovation Awards have been announced and Coveris has been revealed as a finalist in the UV Flexo, paper and board category. Demonstrating high performance in flexographic print, Coveris is the reigning award winner of this category from the FlexoTech Awards last year.
The FlexoTech International Print and Innovation Awards attract high quality entries from the flexographic industry with an international panel of judges assessing print categories based on reproduction, degree of difficulty and print quality.
Coveris’ shortlisted entry is a self-adhesive label printed at its site in Cramlington, Northumberland, for Tesco Chargrilled Artichokes with Garlic and Herbs. The label was selected by Coveris thanks to the exceptional image quality produced by new screening technology.
The winners will be announced at the FlexoTech Awards ceremony taking place on Wednesday 10th October at the Royal Lancaster London. A full list of FlexoTech Award categories and nominated entries can be viewed here.
This announcement follows the exciting news Coveris is a finalist in the European Carton Excellence Awards 2018. Coveris is in with the chance of winning top accolade, Carton of the Year, as well as featuring in the Confectionery category shortlist. Coveris’ shortlisted entry is a range of colourful and enticing six truffle packs for Booja-Booja’s The Rainbow Collection.