Windmöller & Hölscher
New machinery and packaging solutions for sustainable flexible packaging production

03.11.2022 Windmöller & Hölscher (Lengerich, Germany), specialist for machinery in the flexible packaging market, presented new developments in three areas at K 2022: Efficient Production, Circular Economy and Digitalisation. The W&H slogan of K 2022, "Get in the Loop," and the infinity symbol illustrate how the three fields of action influence each other and together contribute to sustainability.

The W&H stand at K 2022.
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The W&H stand at K 2022.

"The K trade fair has proven itself as a meeting point for the industry, as a performance show and as an important point of contact with our customers," says Peter Steinbeck, CEO of W&H. "Just like before the pandemic, we had visitors from all over the world at the W&H booth. With the live machine demonstrations three times a day, we reached several hundred visitors each time," adds Dr Sascha Witt, CSO of W&H. On four exhibition days, W&H hosted an in-house EXPO at its headquarters in Lengerich, where another 12 lines including extrusion, printing, and converting machinery were presented. Around 1100 visitors from 83 countries traveled to Lengerich.

EXPO in-house exhibition

On four days of the fair, W&H also held the EXPO in-house exhibition at its headquarters in Lengerich, Germany, with a further 12 extrusion, printing and converting systems in operation. Around 1100 visitors from 83 countries travelled to Münsterland for the EXPO. The highlight for the trade fair visitors was the VAREX II blown film line running on the stand. During the daily machine show in Düsseldorf, the new EASY2 Change assistance system, an autopilot for product changes, was demonstrated live. Compared to an experienced operator, the number of clicks required for a product change is reduced by more than 70% and the time required by more than half – all with the certainty that no errors will be made. This is especially important for challenging products, for example with recycled materials with fluctuating qualities. After the end of the show, the line is now being delivered to IsoFlex Packaging, a member of the Sigma Plastics Group in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

New solutions for the circular economy

W&H also presented new packaging solutions for the circular economy: Six examples made for recycling and four solutions that use a high percentage of recycled materials. All solutions were extruded and printed with W&H lines and have been tested for their practicability with W&H sack making lines or with converting partners – proving that sustainable solutions with the required functionalities are possible today.