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Interview with Heinz Traussing | Harmonisation issues with paper and board

Heinz Traussing from Mayr Melnhof Karton spoke to us about what he thinks are the most exciting developments in the industry are and his presentation at December's conference, Plastics & Paper in contact with foodstuffs.

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

Heinz Traussing: More and more countries officially ban plastics and that opens a window-of-opportunity for the P&P industry. To grab these opportunities the P&P industry has to develop more intelligent barriers to match functionalities of plastics and replace it.

Natural, organic, regional are more than only keywords and the P&P industry has the right answer with the most sustainable packaging material, now also mirrored by brown and natural looking cartonboard grades.

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

Heinz Traussing: Cartonboards with functional barriers and natural cartonboard grades will be the key for success at least for the next 5 years.

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

Heinz Traussing: How to deal with the problems of non-harmonisation and the problems of national behaviours. How to communicate in the supply chain and how to get confidence that the products are safe

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

Heinz Traussing: Cooperation in the supply chain

Smithers: You are speaking on “Paper and board: harmonisation issues”, what can you tell us about why this is an important topic for the industry right now?

Heinz Traussing: Because of the uncertainties caused by non-harmonisation, the huge amount of interpretations, the different interpretations of national authorities, exaggerated precursory handling and therefore uncertainty of customers