Turnkey solutions for sustainability in production

OPTIMA underpins its sustainability strategy
through a strategic shareholding with Weyhmueller

Optima entered into a strategic shareholding with Weyhmueller
in early June 2022, and has acquired a stake in the company.
The mechanical engineering company from Neu-Ulm in
Bavaria, Germany manufactures specialist machines for
manufacturing cups and cans made out of paper. This
extensively broadens Optima's portfolio of solutions in the
sustainable packaging solutions sector. The outcome is
integrated and sustainable turnkey solutions – from packaging
development to the inline production of sustainable paper
packaging, packaging and closing, and the resource-saving
operation of the systems.
Sustainable packaging solutions remain in high demand. Many
multinational firms are choosing to use paper as a packaging
material. Dr. Stefan Koenig, Managing Director of OPTIMA
packaging group GmbH, explained that "cooperation and
partnerships throughout the entire value chain are part of our
sustainability strategy. Strategic cooperation with Weyhmueller was
the next logical step in this regard".
Synergies for greater sustainability
Both Optima and Weyhmueller understand that there is no such
thing as a perfectly sustainable packaging material. However, paper
can be the right solution for many different uses. "We are seeing
multiple synergies in this area, and we are very enthusiastic about
the collaboration," said Heinrich Peitz, Managing Director of
Weyhmueller Verpackungstechnik GmbH.
75 years' experience, 3,000 machines on the market
Weyhmueller produces flexible, modular specialist machines for the
international food industry. These machines produce packaging in a
wide variety of forms from the raw material paper and optimally
separable paper-plastic solutions. Printing and die cutting machines
operating from the reel, complete the portfolio. There are around 40
employees working at the Neu-Ulm site. The company has over 75
years of experience with over 3,000 machines in the market,
worldwide. "Paper containers made from renewable raw materials
with advanced, more sustainable barrier functions and maximum
product protection," was how Peitz described the joint development
Turnkey solutions in the sustainability sector
The collaboration with Weyhmueller gives Optima the opportunity to
supply customers with customized complete solutions for the entire
process chain. Sustainably designed packaging is produced on
Weyhmueller systems and filled and closed inline using Optima
systems. By so doing, Optima and Weyhmueller are enabling their
customers to produce and package sustainably in a circular

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