‘100 Companies for Resource Efficiency’ is an initiative that was launched by Baden-Württemberg’s state government and its leading trade associations. It is raising public awareness about companies with exemplary efficiency measures. And one of them is SÜDPACK. On 24 November, the film manufacturer was honoured as one of the 100 companies for its pioneering SPQ technology.
The name says it all: SPQ stands for Sustainable Print Quality and for novel printing technology by SÜDPACK. The innovative SPQ process provides considerable advantages in terms of sustainability, efficiency and quality – and is a milestone in package printing.
Using the technology requires the complete standardisation of machine and process parameters as well as smart colour management with a standardised colour palette. This results in fewer colour changeovers and a reduction in solvent consumption while also considerably improving the quality level. The latter makes printing adjustments and on-site print approval obsolete, which reduces production waste. Another advantage is that printing plates can be produced using a water-based process, which keeps solvent consumption low in the cleaning process as well.
Said Valeska Haux, Vice President Strategic Marketing, SÜDPACK: “With SPQ, we reduce ink and solvent waste in the implementation of printed images by more than 60 percent in the best case scenario.”
After the successful implementation of the first pilot projects in 2021, the pioneering technology was immediately distinguished with the renowned German Packaging Award in Gold and in the economic efficiency category. Demand for this particularly sustainable printing process is on the rise – and the first customer orders are being processed on machines.
Added Haux: “The entire food industry offers enormous potential for SPQ. Our goal is, in close collaboration with our customers, for SPQ technology to be used predominantly for producing printed packaging films. At the same time, intensive work on the optimisation and further development of the technology is underway in order to harmonise quality and sustainability even further.”
With SPQ, the expert committee of the flagship project has rightly declared SÜDPACK a member of this year’s exclusive group of the ‘100 Companies for Resource Efficiency’. Shining examples like these demonstrate how resource efficiency can be implemented in concrete terms as well as the benefits it provides.
Added Carolin Grimbacher, Managing Partner of the SÜDPACK Group: “Here at SÜDPACK, we are convinced that improving resource efficiency and the eco-balance as a whole is a central task for politics, science and above all, industry. As a leading film manufacturer, but most importantly as a responsible family business, this topic is of particular relevance to us – and we hope with this initiative that we will be able to win over other companies as well.” For more visit suedpack.com
(Photo, left to right: Dr. Andre Baumann, State Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Energy Management; Lisa-Marie Schmidberger and Valeska Haux, SÜDPACK Verpackungen