Koehler Paper Group has signed the company Wilfried Heinzel as its sales partner for flexible packaging papers in France, Spain and Portugal.
Wilfried Heinzel is the global sales network of the Heinzel Group, based in Vienna, Austria. In partnership with producers from across the globe, the company sells a wide range of paper and pulp grades through knowledgeable local sales specialists in Europe and other regions of the world.
Also known as heinzelsales, Koehler will work with the company to develop the market for single-sided coated papers with barrier functions and sealing ability. Such papers for flexible packaging are used in a wide variety of products, such as: chocolate and muesli bars; pudding and granola; sugar sticks; bags for instant soups, rice and pet food; ice cream cones; banderoles and lids for yogurt cups; and more.
Koehler’s goal is to replace plastic in these flexible packaging materials with paper wherever possible and practical in order to help replace non-recyclable packaging with paper.
This development comes less than a year after Koehler confirmed a major investment in its Kehl mill, taking the first step towards a new paper machine capable of producing papers for flexible packaging. While the workers at the construction site are making major strides and the work is well on schedule, the employees at the company’s headquarters in Oberkirch, Germany are working to lay the groundwork to ensure that the sales team can hit the ground running from day one.
Koehler Paper Group and Technische Universität Darmstadt have also formed a research partnership aimed at developing functional surfaces from sustainable raw materials.