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Bio & Circular Finland

The packaging market in Germany is becoming more and more important. In 2019 the German packaging industry had a domestic turnover of 18,2 billion Euros and the packaging consumption was around 15 million tons.

The New Packaging Act (since January 2019) is aiming for more sustainability. 85% of German consumers believe sustainable packaging is crucial and purchasing decisions are made accordingly. Therefore the need for new solutions is growing rapidly in the retail, food and beverage sectors.

Germany is a key market for many Finnish companies and Finland is known for bio-based expertise and innovative solutions. As a result, Business Finland is offering Finnish packaging companies the opportunity to learn about the German market and to present Finnish solutions to the German packaging industry.

Join us on 29th October for a Finnish-German innovative packaging workshop!

Workshop program

(all times CET / EET)

10:15-10:25 / 11:15-11:25 Tackling sustainability challenges through Finnish packaging innovations
Marika Ollaranta, Head of Bio&Circular Finland Program, Business Finland

10:25-10:35 / 11:25-11:35 Packaging rules and regulations and the jungle of certificates and recycling icons in Germany
Uwe Melichar, President European Brand and Packaging Design Association, Owner MELICHAR Bros.

10:35-10:50 / 11:35-11:50 Circularity and platform businesses in future packaging industry
Johan Lunabba, Senior Vice President Sustainability, Packaging Solutions, Stora Enso

10:50-11:05 / 11:50-12:05 Carbon Zero –A Finnish-German packaging company's quest to become carbon neutral in 5 years
Hery-Christian Henry, Head of Marketing and Sustainability, Wipak

11:05-11:20 / 12:05-12:20 Sustainability goals
Philippe Blank, Head of Circular Economy & Packaging Sustainability, Henkel

11:20-11:50 / 12:20-12:50 Panel discussion: Finnish-German collaboration and learnings for market entry
Christof Trowitz, Business development, RePack
Wolfgang Müller, Sales Director DACH, Kotkamills
Anna Blunck, Teamlead Category Management, Avocado Store
Michael Rueger, Creative Director Innovation Lab, Ravensburger
Moderator: Uwe Melichar, president epda, Owner MELICHAR Bros.

Speed date b2b meetings will be offered after the workshop, further information on this will be sent to registered participants.

Register here

More Information

Marika Ollaranta
Head of Bio&Circular Finland Program
marika.ollaranta (at)
Tel. +358 50 480 4611

Heidi Kokki
Advisor, Business Finland Germany
heidi.kokki (at)
Tel. +49 151 7421 4034