Packaging is an essential element for many products, as it protects the product from light, air, damage or other issues as necessary. In the food industry, for example, packaging contributes to sustainability by preserving food and in this way reducing food waste. However, packaging itself also has a number of sustainability elements.
The international packaging group Wipak manufactures innovative packaging materials for the food and health industry. Sustainability is an important part of the group’s operations.
“Responsibility and sustainability are primarily reflected in our products, but also in the operations of our factories: we are committed to continuously improving energy efficiency, and Wipak Oy already uses carbon-free electricity and heating. We have also started a heat recovery project. The aim is to reduce waste at all stages,” shares Tuija Suur-Hamari, managing director of Wipak.
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Wipak’s vision is to be the world’s most responsible company manufacturing plastic packaging materials, and it promises to reduce its carbon footprint to zero by 2025.
Along the way, Wipak has received help from Business Finland and its predecessors, Finpro and Tekes, in matters such as internationalization. In recent years, Business Finland has funded Wipak as the company has developed its business and sought out new avenues in product development.
According to Wipak’s Suur-Hamari, Business Finland is hugely important in bringing together companies operating in the same field.
“Business Finland has funded radical innovations when the risks have been high. Most recently, Wipak received EUR 2,500,000 investment aid for circular economy from the EU's Recovery Facility through Business Finland. We have had quick solutions after joining forces with other players in the cluster. Circular economy investment aid, and the grant will be of great importance to the project", says Suur-Hamari.
Wipak manufactures innovative packaging materials for the food and health industry.
Finnish packaging companies are also international pioneers in developing solutions. The industry is an important export sector for Finland, and Business Finland is involved in the development of future solutions for Finnish packaging companies.
“When these Finnish companies develop cutting-edge technologies and create international business ecosystems, jobs will be created in Finland. This shows in how we create prosperity and well-being in Finland by accelerating the sustainable growth of companies,” says Business Finland’s account lead Ulf-Erik Widd.