The Koehler Paper Group is one of the most renowned companies in the paper industry. The German company with headquarters in Oberkirch, southwest of Germany, is managed by the founding family in the eighth generation. Koehler produces more than 500,000t per annum of specialty paper and cardboard. Recently Koehler has added flexible packaging paper to its portfolio in order to offer paper as an alternative to plastic packaging.
With an investment of more than €300 million in a state-of the art production line at the Kehl mill, Koehler is ideally positioned for the dynamic market development in the field of sustainable packaging solutions. This comes at the right time, as the demand from brand owners for more environmentally friendly packaging without plastic content is growing rapidly. Under the new NexFlex® product line, the flexible packaging papers are grouped together. These combine one-side coated and uncoated paper with paper with functional coatings.
The innovative heat-sealable paper Koehler NexPlus® Seal, for example, is made to meet highest demands of brand owners. This paper is suitable for direct food contact and is 100% recyclable. It is used, for the packaging of dry and non-greasy food. It also has a wide range of applications in the non-food sector. Flexible packaging paper is more and more becoming an effective alternative to plastic.
For a new paper based flexible packaging application (primary and secondary) we conducted a streamlined Lifecycle Assessment (LCA).This study shows that compared with conventional plastic flexible packaging material in certain paper can have a more than 60 percent lower carbon footprint over their entire life cycle, from raw material to recycling.
Koehler NexPlus® Advanced is a barrier paper whose functional layer forms an oxygen and a mineral oil barrier. Temperature-sensitive foods such as chocolate, but also non-food articles find a more sustainable packaging alternative.
Koehler NexPlus® Performance is a heatsealable paper comes with a functional layer that forms a water vapour and mineral oil barrier and is resistant to grease at the same time. Slightly greasy products such as cocoa powder, but also moisture-sensitive dishwasher tabs and detergents can be packaged with it.
Koehler is also taking the traditional flexible packaging paper into the next generation. Koehler NexCoat® product line, one-side coated paper for bags, pouches and sachets, as well as the uncoated paper of Koehler NexPure® line for e.g. candy and chewing gum wraps, are reliable high-quality alternatives for the packaging of food, pet food, cosmetics etc.
From the transformation from plastic to paper may present challenges in the processing. Koehler has carried out extensive tests on packaging machines. Result: Customers confirm that the processing of the new paper is going very smoothly. Klaus Richter, managing director of Kalfany Süße Werbung: "Our initial skepticism quickly proved to be unfounded. The paper runs very well on our machines and the results are impressive."
Koehler Fine Paper: Highest quality in appearance, touch and feel
Koehler also has a broad fine paper portfolio. Embossed surface structures on high-quality materials, an exquisite feel and exceptional finishing options meet highest quality expectations. This makes them also the best choice for certain high-end packaging applications for high-end-quality products, such as cosmetics, perfumes and electronics.
The paper industry is a raw model for circular economy. Koehler offers a wide range of recycled paper which are suitable for both high-quality and environmentally friendly packaging. The recycled paper is based on 100% secondary fibres. They are available in intensive colours, with a natural feel, and we can also offer paper with the "Blue Angel" environmental label.
The concept of sustainability is not only reflected by Koehler's product portfolio. At Koehler we have integrated sustainability in our processes: Our pulp comes from certified sustainable forests and controlled sources. A continuous improvement process helps all Koehler employees to be resource effective, optimize procedures and streamline processes. All these efforts make Koehler a benchmark in the paper industry.
With the founding of the Koehler subsidiary "Koehler Renewable Energy", the company is continuing its efforts to minimize its carbon footprint. Since 2012, Koehler has been operating biomass cogeneration plants, wind farms, hydroelectric power plants and photovoltaic systems. The Kehl mill, where the new paper production line eight is located, is fully supplied with power and steam from biomass cogeneration plant on the very same premise. By 2030, Koehler aims to produce more electricity and steam from renewable sources than what is needed for paper production.
Koehler was founded in 1807 in Oberkirch, Germany. The company produces at four German locations: Oberkirch, Kehl, Greiz, and Weisenbach. The product portfolio includes thermal paper, carbonless paper, decor paper, fine paper, recycled paper, groundwood pulp board and flexible packaging paper.
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