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rlc | packaging group: Positive sales performance in 2018 – further investments in 2019

rlc introduced PureMetal, an eco-friendly mono-material solution as an alternative to PET-coated material.

Hannover, 07 May 2019. The rlc | packaging group looks back at an eventful year 2018: the company achieved its sales growth targets and set its course for the future. With sales totalling €247 million, the group closed the year with a 3% increase in revenue compared to 2017 figures and continued to strengthen its position as a highly-specialized supplier of innovative packaging solutions. In 2019, rlc plans to invest approximately €18 million in technology and supply-chain processes.

"These results once again underscore our position as a customer-focused system supplier for FMCG and pharmaceutical packaging," rlc | packaging group Managing Partner Hans-Christian Bestehorn states. "Our ability to flexibly adapt to a dynamic, trend-focused market environment enables us to strengthen our position in the European market. We plan to continue expanding our productivity in 2019."

Think global, act local: Investment in plant expansion

The rlc | packaging group continuously invests in additional resources and new technologies to optimize its packaging value chain and expand its range of innovative packaging solutions. In 2019, the company plans to spend another €10.4 million on its BSC Drukarnia Opakowán site in Poznán, Poland. A new building will be completed at the site and the first new production systems will be launched before the year is out. The new production facility and forthcoming technology investments enable further growth and meet the highest standards in terms of workflow and process efficiency. Hans-Christian Bestehorn explains: "Investments in the digital transformation and intelligent networking of our value chain enable us to continuously shorten lead times and time to market – and set new standards in logistics and agile supply chain management."

As members of the Global Packaging Alliance (GPA), a network of independent global packaging manufacturers, rlc and seven other companies welcomed the Turkish packaging company PrintPark as a new GPA affiliate in early 2019. "This new expansion is not only a gateway to the Bosporus region. It gives the GPA a presence in strategically important markets throughout the Middle East," Bestehorn says.

Strategic projects: Sustainable and agile

In 2019, the rlc | packaging group continues to meet the needs of its customers and responds to the latest FMCG-sector trends with innovative packaging solutions. Sustainability remains a key focus in the packaging industry. rlc introduced PureMetal, a recyclable mono-material solution, as an alternative to the composites often used for metallic finishes. The company’s Food Service Packaging unit is developing eco-friendly convenience food packaging that meets the specific food safety and recycling requirements. The EU ban on disposable plastic products poses a challenge for the marketplace to initiate new approaches. Nominated for the Swiss Packaging Award, the innovative ZetTWISTER burger packaging concept developed by rlc is an efficient to-go packaging solution.

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