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Exclusive Interview with Sabine Vogt from BASF

Ahead of this year's Plastics & Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs, we spoke to Sabine Vogt, Product Steward for Dispersions and Resins at BASF SE to find out more about her presentation and what she feels will be the next key industry developments.

Smithers: What do you feel will be the most exciting developments in the P&P landscape in the next 5 years?

Sabine Vogt: There will be an intense focus on migration from packaging materials and safe packaging accompanied by the improvement of analytical methods. This will lead to the ban of certain materials on one side and increased efforts to prevent migration on the other side. In case of paper and board packaging the use of barrier solutions will become an important topic.

Smithers: How do you think these developments impact on strategy for developing new FCM throughout the supply chain?

Sabine Vogt: Brand owners and packaging producers should think about how to protect the packaging content best from migration. There has to be a refocusing on the protection function of the packaging away from the pure marketing function and seeing packaging solely as a cost factor.

Smithers: Can you give us a taster of what delegates will expect to hear in your presentation?

Sabine Vogt: Stakeholders are very interested in an efficient and transparent way to share important compliance information along the value chain. Member companies of CEPI and EPCG agreed on a set of harmonized questions for information flow along the Pulp & Paper value chain.

Smithers: What are you most looking forward to at the 2017 P&P conference in December?

Sabine Vogt: The European Commission is working on a new model regulating printed food contact materials. Compliance work on final printed packaging shall be shifted to designated bodies. I’m curious to hear more about the consequences on compliance certificates for printed paper packaging material, especially with respect to time and costs.

Smithers: You are speaking on “P&P VIS (Pulp & Paper - value chain information system”), what can you tell us about why this is an important topic for the industry right now?

Sabine Vogt: Pulp & Paper - value chain information system enables paper manufacturers to collect information from suppliers in a harmonized way, hence, increasing quality and transparency. A designed IT System - Excel based for easy up and down load to companies – will reduce time and effort for data collection and handling.