Koehler Paper partners with Clarus Films

Both companies will have their first joint appearance at Fachpack

Koehler Group headquarters
Koehler Group Company headquarters

Koehler Paper, a Koehler Group company, is hereby announcing that it will be working together with Clarus Films GmbH in the small roll business and as a service partner for the converting industry for flexible packaging papers Europe-wide. This partnership will especially play out in the area of functionally coated, unprinted barrier paper

Koehler Paper and Clarus will have their first joint appearance at Europe’s biggest packaging, technology, and processing trade show, Fachpack, in Nuremberg, Germany, from September 28 through September 30, 2021, at booth 119, Hall 4.

Clarus Films, headquartered in Dietzenbach in the vicinity of Frankfurt, has systematically focused on sustainable packaging solutions in the context of recycling for years now. Solutions such as recyclable mono-material filmsPCR (post-consumer recycled material), and compostable films have played an important role in these efforts in the past. However, flexible paper solutions will play a large role in the future. Clarus believes it is its responsibility to help speed up this trend of bringing sustainable paper solutions to the market.

Koehler and Clarus are linked in terms of their location in Germany and how both have made it their mission to provide their customers with top-quality solutions. This partnership combines the know-how from the traditional paper world with the know-how from the flexible packaging market. 

Norman Thom, chief executive officer of Clarus, says: “For us, this partnership means that we’ll be expanding our range of products significantly, which should enable us to meet the heavy demand for functional paper with corresponding barrier properties.”

Koehler Paper to tap into the market for unprinted packaging

This strategic partnership will enable Koehler Paper to tap into an additional market that is being developed with partners like Clarus. Eckhard Kallies, head of Flexible Packaging Paper at Koehler, points out: “The trend towards sustainable packaging continues at breakneck speed. Now, our functional Koehler NexPlus barrier papers are traditionally printed before being processed into flexible packaging for products such as food, but in Clarus, one of the biggest independent European ‘value-added resellers’ in the area of packaging films, we’ve now found a partner with which we can tap into the market for unprinted packaging.” 

For customers, this means that they will now be able to benefit from the expertise of two experts in the industry, as well as from an optimized supply chain. “This will make it possible for us to accelerate further the market’s transformation towards the use of paper as a packaging solution,” Kallies continues.

Koehler Paper to meet the demand for sustainable packaging solutions

With Koehler NexPlus, Koehler Paper is meeting the rapidly growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions. Koehler NexPlus is a series of barrier-coated paper products with various functions. In particular, these include barriers for odors, grease, mineral oil, water vapor, and gases, and together with the paper’s inherent characteristics, such as high-strength properties and a natural feel, resulting in a strong overall solution. 

The paper really delivers in terms of the primary purposes of packaging: to protect the contents and their surroundings and provide excellent processing properties. The paper really delivers in terms of the primary purposes of packaging: to protect the contents and their surroundings and provide excellent processing properties. 

The benefits of the new partnership for customers are not just limited to the small roll sector. There are also synergistic effects in the large roll sector, where Clarus offers expanded supply chain models.


2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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