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    Walki presents sustainable barrier solutions at Packaging Innovations Birmingham

    Walki, a leading manufacturer of packaging solutions, will be presenting their portfolio of sustainable barrier boards and flexible packaging materials at Packaging Innovations in Birmingham, UK, on 26 and 27 February. Applications of the versatile grades include fresh goods, frozen foods and confectionery as well as non-food articles such as cleaning agents, hygiene products or electronics. Furthermore, the company delivers packaging materials with organic-based coatings for the food service and to-go sector. Visitors can consult Walki at booth D46.

    Dispersion coated fibre-based materials can be used for a variety of take away food packaging applications.

    Walki has established a sustainability platform called "Zero Waste Future". With this platform, the company aims to develop specific packaging solutions for its customers' products while minimizing waste in a holistic manner – both food and packaging waste. The aim is to keep materials in a cycle by either recycling or composting them. By 2030, the company plans to offer all its products to be renewable, recyclable or compostable.

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    Walki licenses Earth Coating technology

    Walki Group has entered into a license agreement with Smart Planet Technologies, for the use of Earth Coating™ in a number of next generation environmental packaging applications. Earth Coating™ is a plastic reduction technology providing superior performance and improved recyclability for all types of plastic, paper, and paperboard packaging applications.

    With this technology Walki takes a big step towards a zero-waste future. Today above 80% of our products are made out of renewable or recyclable materials. Our goal is to reach 100 % by the year 2030.

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    A new Walki company to ramp up the production of RFID antennas

    Walki has established a new company, 4E Antenna AB with the aim of commencing large-scale production of its 4E antennas used in RFID tags.

    Walki has been working for some years on a process for making flexible electronics. The technique is instrumental in Walki’s 4E antennas, an important component in RFID tags that help retailers follow their inventories in real time. The name 4E is derived from the words ecology, efficiency, exactness and economy.

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    Walki takes a major step towards a zero-waste future

    The Walki Group is one of the pioneers in turning recycled mixed plastic waste into certified circular polymers for the packaging industry. The first products with circular polymers will be delivered to customers this year.

    For the Walki Group, launching a ground-breaking innovation in partnership with SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, is a solid step towards reaching the company’s sustainability goals. “Today more than 80% of our products are made out of renewable or recyclable materials. Our goal is to reach 100% by the year 2030”, says CEO Leif Frilund. “Walki takes its responsibility for social and environmental impacts seriously. Being a partner in launching this major circular economy-related innovation, we will begin using circular polymers that have precisely the same qualities as raw material that is used for the very first time. In the beginning, the quantities are small, but our intention is to grow the usage of circular polymers as the production capacity of this new, sustainable and recycled raw material increases. The circular polymers will definitely take us one step closer to our ambition - a zero-waste future”.

  • Rubric: Press-releases
    Appointment in the Group Executive Team

    Ms Annika Sundell, Lic.Tech has been appointed Executive Vice President - Innovation, with full responsibility for managing and initiating all new product development and R&D activities of Walki, including the Technology Competence Centre (TCC) in Pietarsaari.

    Annika is joining Walki from Schur Flexibles, where she was Managing Director of the Finnish and Danish subsidiaries. Annika has a broad experience of the packaging industry, with a special focus on flexible packaging applications. Before going into general management, Annika has held positions in product development and R&D at KWH Plast Oy and Schering Oy (Bayer Oy).

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    Walki fights plastic waste with sustainable packaging solutions

    Consumers are more and more aware of the environmental effects of packaging. With Walki’s sustainable materials, companies can respond to the growing demand and reduce their ecological footprint.

    Walki’s solutions suit the most demanding products.

    Currently, the vast majority of the world’s flexible packaging is made of plastic. However, according to a North American report published by the worldwide packaging authority Smithers Pira, food and drink packaging is increasingly expected to be recyclable and made of sustainably sourced materials. The trend is global; in the UK, in a survey conducted by Populus, over 90 per cent of the UK public support the idea of having a supermarket isle dedicated to the sale of products that are entirely free of plastic packaging.

    Stand-up pouches and pillow bags are common packaging solutions in supermarkets, and they could all be manufactured with less plastic.

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    CapMan Buyout to sell Walki to One Equity Partners

    Funds managed by CapMan Buyout have agreed to sell their holdings in Walki Group to private equity company One Equity Partners. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

    Walki Group is a leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, specializing in the production of fibre based, intelligent, multi-layer laminate products for markets as diverse as energy saving construction facings to consumer packaging. Funds managed by CapMan acquired Walki in 2007 and the profitability of the company has developed very favourably especially during the last years.

    “During CapMan’s ownership period Walki has successfully executed its growth strategy, both organically and through acquisitions. Walki has invested in the growing construction laminates segment in Western Europe whilst maintaining its leading position in the industrial packaging market. Walki has also expanded significantly in Eastern Europe. I want to thank Walki’s management and personnel for their hard work. I am convinced that a large, international private equity player like One Equity Partners with experience from the packaging sector is the right partner for supporting the growth of Walki in the future," says Anders Björkell, Partner at CapMan Buyout.

    “We are very satisfied to have One Equity Partners as the new majority owner. One Equity Partners has a successful track record in developing packaging companies globally and we share a common vision on how to grow Walki into an even stronger company to the benefit of our customers and employees. Further, I would like to thank CapMan for the continuous support during CapMan’s ownership," says Leif Frilund, President and CEO of Walki Group.

    “One Equity Partners is an experienced investor in the packaging industry with a number of successful former investments. With top positions in all of its three business areas Construction, Consumer and Industrial, Walki is poised for future growth. With this acquisition, we leverage our expertise in the industry and form a powerful platform for buy-and-build opportunities in an attractive market", says Johann-Melchior von Peter, Senior Managing Director at One Equity Partners.

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    Walki helps Ecocool with thermo-covering

    Expansion in the home food delivery market and increased regulation in the pharmaceutical industry is driving demand for thermal blankets needed to protect cargo during transportation.

    German company EcoCool relies on Walki for insulation material used in its thermal blankets and insulated shipping boxes. Ecocool’s customers include logistics companies who ship pharmaceuticals, online food deliveries and other temperature-sensitive cargo during long-distance flights.

    The insulation material, Isohood 2L2, is a double-layer bubble film coated with aluminium. EcoCool’s thermal blankets reflect IR-radiation so they restore heat for transportation of sensitive chemicals during winter, and keep the heat out when shipping pharmaceuticals that need to be kept below a certain temperature.

    EcoCool’s thermal blankets reflect IR-radiation. Heat is kept in during transportation of sensitive chemicals in winter, while heat is kept out during air cargo for sensitive pharmaceuticals.

  • Rubric: Press-releases
    Walki joined the RAIN alliance

    The word RAIN – an acronym is derived from RAdio frequency IdentificatioN. RAIN promotes awareness, education, and initiatives to accelerate UHF RFID adoption in business and consumer applications worldwide. RAIN delivers focused messaging about the benefits of UHF RFID to end users companies and consumers alike. Information on RAIN is available on the RAIN website at

    Walki has joined the RAIN RFID alliance in February 2015. The non-profit alliance was launched in April 2014 and has today 67 members. Founding members were Intel, Google, Impinj and SMARTRAC.

    It is estimated that there are approximately 80 Billion RAIN UHF tags in circulation in 2020.

    For more information, please contact:
    Sipi Savolainen
    Business Line Manager, 4E Technology
    Tel. +358 40 524 4617

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    Walki to expand its production platform in Central Europe

    Walki Group, the leading producer of protective packaging materials and technical laminates, announces today that it will expand its production network in Europe by opening a new state of the art manufacturing plant in Wroclaw, Poland. The new plant, which is to commence its production during the third quarter of 2013, will be Walki’s third production site in Poland.

    Initially, the plant will focus on serving the customer segments, Forest industry and Consumer packaging. The investment corresponds to a commitment of close to 10 MEUR. In the start-up phase, the plant will employ about 50 people.