SCHOELLER ALLIBERT Attending ALL4PACK With 2016 Bestsellers Stand 7 M 165

Schoeller Allibert, leading European Reusable Transit Packaging (RTP) supplier, will attend the ALL4PACK exhibition, in Paris, on November 14th-17th, 2016. In advance of the show, Schoeller Allibert issued this interview with Ludo Gielen, the company’s Chief Innovation Officer.

You have been in RTP for decades. What are the core advantages of Schoeller Allibert?

Ludo Gielen

Ludo Gielen

Schoeller Allibert has been inventing, developing, designing and manufacturing Returnable Transit Packaging (RTP) for more than 60 years. We have a rich heritage, having been formed from the key players: Schoeller, Wavin, Perstorp, BiPP, Arca, Linpac, Allibert, Paxton, Stucki amongst others. Today we are the European market leader in Returnable Plastic Packaging Solutions with operations worldwide.

Our added value lies in our capacity to develop high-end products from A to Z, fully customizable and on-demand. We always run a supply chain analysis for each new client, allowing us to perfectly determine their needs in terms of quality, price, but also specific industrial requirements.

We are the company that offers the largest range of standard and tailor made RTP packaging solutionsacross ten key product segments being Foldable Large Containers, Foldable Small Containers, Rigid Pallet Containers, Beverage crates and trays, Stackable and Stack / Nest handheld boxes, UN pails, Foldable IBCs, Pallets and Dollies, with a portfolio of more than 1,000 products. They are lighter, stronger and more environmental friendly.

As a leader, how innovation drives Schoeller Allibert’s product development?

Innovation is a big thing for us. Schoeller Allibert has always been at the top of the industry by beingresponsible for over 80% of innovations in RTP. We have the largest R&D program located in 3 places around the world and 5% of our turnover are dedicated to R&D with concept designers, product designers, and engineers that are able to offer a complete development program with the right logistics help. The main Technology centre is fully integrated in one of our production plants in Hardenberg, and will allow us to launch over 41 new products in 2017.

Today, we keep innovating in product forms to enhance the moulding technics and achieve better performances, but also in material composition to build products fully adapted to the specificities and constraints of each of our markets. To enhance our skill set, we have now added a dedicated material engineer and director for digitalization of our RTP’s.

How do you see the future of innovation in the packaging industry?

The future of our industry will mainly be about adapting ourselves to the trends of the different markets we work in. Material innovation is important because it allows us to improve the core capacity of products but a lot of innovations come from smarter design and better understanding of the markets’ needs. I see 3 top trends for the following years:

In Retail, the consumer attractiveness has become a major issue, even for standard packaging for Fruits and Vegetables for instance. Today, we are also focusing on how the packaging should look in order to draw attention on our clients’ products.

In Automotive, we have to develop products than can better protect the technical and electric parts of cars, with functions such as anti-electrostatic discharge, fibre free, waterproof, anti-contamination, tamper proof.

Finally, the most important trend of the decade is Internet E-Business, with products that can be integrated within automated warehouse, with speed and accuracy. We are proud to be a certified Autostore® Hatteland supplier. For the food market, we recently acquired the European Food Safety Accreditation (EFSA) so we can guarantee direct food contact in cradle to cradle recycling processes. This is a rather important value proposition for our customers.

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