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    Walki Group strengthen its foothold in Central Europe by acquiring the flexible packaging specialist folian GmbH

    Walki Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 % of the shares in folian GmbH. Since 1999, the family-owned company has been providing forward-looking flexible packaging solutions for blue chip brands in the food industry. The company specializes in the production of high quality converted flexibles using flexographic printing and other downstream finishing services. In 2021, folian generated sales of EUR 27 million. Employing some 94 employees, folian is located in Stralsund, Germany.

    “With this acquisition we continue to implement our value chain expansion strategy and to strengthen our presence in the prominent Central European market. With unique capabilities such as the use of water-based printing inks, folian compliments Walki´s extensive portfolio by offering lower CO2 footprint solutions in comparison with more conventional alternatives” says Leif Frilund, President and CEO of Walki Group. “I would like to warmly welcome the employees of folian to become part of our multinational organization. We are looking forward to working with our new colleagues at folian and jointly enter the next exciting phase of developing the business as part of the Walki family. We are also happy that Stefan and Manuela Muschter founders and the present Managing Directors will continue to lead folian.”

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    Walki Group starts as a distributor and converter for Paptic materials

    Paptic Ltd and Walki Group have announced their strategic distribution and converting partnership today. Walki is the first exclusive distributor for the Paptic® materials. This agreement iterates companies’ willingness to drive growth and build stronger relationships with customers globally. Walki and Paptic share a strong sustainability mindset, which served as the basis of the collaboration.

    “We are confident that our partnership with Walki will significantly improve our customer service level, enhance the material availability and it will also increase the offering of converted Paptic® materials available on the market,” says Katja Jokiaho, Chief Sales Officer, Paptic Ltd. “Walki is well placed to supply a wide variety of converting solutions and we are very excited to offer them our full range of sustainable materials. I would like to thank the Walki team for straightforward negotiations and I am looking forward to our co-operation. We see that Walki is an ideal global partner for us to drive our growth in the coming years.”

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    Walki Group accelerates its growth by acquiring the Finnish packaging producers Westpak and Flexipack

    Walki Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 % of the shares in Westpak Oy Ab and Flexipack Oy Ab. Since years, these two companies form an integrated value chain, providing high quality flexible packaging solutions to leading Nordic food brands.

    In 2021 Flexipack and Westpak generated combined sales of about EUR 40 million. Together they are employing some 100 employees. Westpak is based in Säkylä, Finland, whilst Flexipack production facility is located in Vaasa, Finland.

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    Walki partners with Dolea to make recyclable, durable and printable paper straws

    Walki has invested in the Finnish start-up Dolea. Together the two companies will start the production of recyclable and printable paper straws in Ylöjärvi, Finland and in Garstang in the UK.

    Plastic straws are banned or in the process of being phased out in several parts of the world. In the EU and the UK, the Single-use Plastics Directive is already in effect, forcing brand owners to switch to fibre-based alternatives. There have been some quality challenges with the current paper straw alternatives on the market as they tend to get soggy in hot drinks, making them not only unpleasant to use but also dangerous for children.

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    Walkis significant printing machine investment in Pietarsaari answers to the growing demand of fibre-based packaging

    Walki has made a significant investment in its Pietarsaari plant by purchasing a 10-colour flexographic printing press. The new 10-colour flexographic printing press enables better and more accurate printing, which is important particularly in the highly competitive food industry.

    “The need for sustainable packaging is growing in the food industry. In addition to sustainability criteria, customers are also expecting high-quality, photographic printing and reproducibility,” says Petteri Pihajoki, Production Manager at the Pietarsaari plant.

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    Walki is investing in a next generation production line in Valkeakoski

    Walki is investing over 10 MEUR in a state of the art, next generation production line in Valkeakoski, Finland, to answer to the increased demand for sustainable materials in the fast-growing consumer packaging segment and for flame-retardant materials.

    The investment is Walki Valkeakoski plants most sizable investment ever and will amount to 10 MEUR+. Walki has received financing of 3 MEUR from Business Finland's circular economy funding.

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    Walki Group acquires the French packaging producer Rollpack and expands its geographical footprint

    Walki Group today announces that it has acquired 100 % of the shares in Rollpack SAS, a French producer of biobased packaging solutions. Rollpack specializes in the production of industrial packaging products based on recycled and renewable materials. Rollpack operates two manufacturing sites in the North East of France. Rollpack has an annual production capacity of 65 000 tons and employs 70 people.

    “With this acquisition we are expanding our geographical footprint and strengthening our offering in a continuous effort to better serve our customers, says Leif Frilund, President and CEO of Walki Group. “I would like to warmly welcome the employees of Rollpack to become part of our multinational organization. We are also happy that Jean Goulet, the present Managing Director together with his management team will continue to lead the company and its equivalent commercial sector within Walki.

  • Rubric: Press-releases
    Walki Group acquires the leading Spanish packaging producer Plasbel

    Walki Group today announces that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in Plasbel Plásticos S.A.U, a Spanish leader in sustainable packaging solutions. Plasbel specializes in the production of recycled and compostable bags and flexible packaging products used in the food and retail sectors. In 2020 Plasbel generated annual sales of about EUR 80 million and was employing 290 people.

    Plasbel expands Walki’s European footprint with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility of more than 30 000 m2, located in Murcia, Spain, offering a broad product portfolio of food packaging solutions, in addition to post-consumer recycled and compostable films with applications in the retail and hospitality sectors.

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    New flexoprinting machine in Jatne will answer to growing demand for sustainable food packaging

    The demand for flexible packaging materials is growing amid the transition towards sustainable food packaging. Walki has answered to this need by investing in a brand new flexo printing machine in its Jatne plant in Poland.

    “This new investment will significantly increase our capacity and we will be able to answer to the fast growing demand in flexible packaging”, says Andreas Rothschink, Sales Director, Consumer End Uses at Walki.

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    Walkis PET-free solution for ovenable trays helps companies comply with EU directives

    EU is expected to revise the 1994 Packaging Directive to require all plastic packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2030. The implementation of the Single Use Plastic Directive will ban materials like styrofoam containers. Several EU countries are also considering a tax on plastic and single use items.

    Walki has developed an ovenable tray made of renewable fibre to help customers comply. The Walki®Pack Tray is 100% PET-free and easy to recycle.