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  • 1 million tonnes of recycling material for plastic packaging
  • At least 90 % of household packaging is capable of being recycled or reused
  • Sustainability report published with current status and targets

Handling resources in an efficient and responsible manner has long played an important role in the German plastics packaging industry – in ecological as well as in economic terms. While the arguments for plastics packaging are convincing with regard to functionality and efficient use of resources, the German plastics packaging industry, under the umbrella of the IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen (German Association for Plastics Packaging and Films), has now set itself ambitious but also realistic targets to strengthen closed loop recycling.


The ceremony for the 4th edition of «PackTheFuture – The Sustainable Plastic Packaging Award», managed by ELIPSO & IK, the trade organisations representing plastic & flexible packaging in France and Germany, has taken place today in Paris at ALL4PACK, the unmissable event for the packaging sector.

For the 4th PackTheFuture Award, a competition that is now a European benchmark in the plastic and flexible packaging sector, 48 entries were received from Austrian, French, German, Italian and Spanish firms, reflecting the sector’s dynamism and innovation capability.


According to current trend assessments, the German Plastics Packaging Industry Association (IK) is expecting a 5.1 percent increase in sales for German plastic packaging production in the current year and a 3.9% increase in volume.

Bad Homburg, 5 October 2018 – Roland Strassburger, Chairman of the Management Board/CEO of SCHÜTZ GmbH & Co. KGaA, has been elected President of the German industry association IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e. V. (German Association for Plastics Packagings and Films). Strassburger has campaigned actively in the association for the interests of the plastics packaging industry for many years. For example, as member of the association’s managing committee, he has represented IBC special technical group since 2009. He became Treasurer in 2010, and in 2014 he assumed the office of Vice-President.


After the deliberations of the independent jury, the list of winning innovations for the 4th edition of the PackTheFuture Award 2018 is closed. The contest promotes the creative and innovative potential of the plastic and flexible packaging sector and has become a European reference in the packaging sector. It is organized in cooperation by the two professional associations: ELIPSO, the French Plastic and Flexible Packaging Association, and IK, the German Plastics Packaging Association.


The IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e. V. (German Association for Plastics Packaging and Films) rejects the proposed ban on selected plastic products announced today by the EU Commission. “With its far-reaching Plastics Strategy, announced at the start of the year, the EU Commission obliged all stakeholders in the value creation chain to share responsibility for sustainable recovery and reuse, thereby raising the bar considerably,” IK Managing Director Dr Jürgen Bruder explains.


On its General Assembly in March, the ICPP International Confederation of Plastics Packaging Manufacturers elected a new President for four years.


ELIPSO and IK, the trade organisations representing the plastic & flexible packaging industry in France and Germany, are pleased to announce the launch of the 4th PackTheFuture Sustainable Plastic Packaging Award.


PET beverage bottles already meet the key requirements in the current debate on plastic recycling. Germany’s firmly established recycling system from manufacturing to recycling PET bottles has played a decisive role, placing the German PET market ahead of the EU plastic strategy just published. This eliminates the issue of export restrictions applicable to plastic waste via China in PET bottle disposal.


The IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V. , German Association for Plastics Packagings and Films, and ELIPSO, the French Plastic & Flexible Packaging Association, re-emphasize their support of the recently published Plastics Strategy by the European Commission.

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