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Petroplast Vinora

www.petroplastvinora.ch/

Petroplast Vinora

Postfach, Feldrietstrasse 8, 9204 Andwil, Switzerland

Tel: 41 (0)848 811 001

Fax: 41 (0)848 811 002

Email: info@petroplastvinora.com

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The Swiss company Petroplast Vinora AG roduces films, foils and flexible packaging. Joseph Altham caught up with Andrew Twiddy, Head of Purchasing & Logistics at Petroplast Vinora, to find out how the company combines a focus on customer needs with a commitment to sustainability.

Petroplast Vinora is based in Andwil, in the picturesque canton of St. Gallen. The company produces flexible packaging from polyethylene and renewable materials. Petroplast Vinora serves four main market sectors – packaging for food, beverages and pharmaceuticals, as well as for products such as nappies and building insulation. In addition to its plant at Andwil, the company has another factory not far away at Jona. The company employs 400 people and has a production capacity of 33,000 tonnes per year.

Petroplast Vinora specialises in customised packaging, which accounts for approximately 80 per cent of its output. “By creating special packaging designs, we can boost our customers’ success,” says Mr Twiddy. Petroplast Vinora helps its clients present their products as attractively as possible, thereby targeting the consumer more effectively at the point of sale. The standard of printing must match the standard of design, and Petroplast Vinora uses flexographic printing in up to 10 colours. Petroplast Vinora’s extrusion machines can carry out seven-layer blown film extrusion and the company’s capabilities include solvent-free lamination.

In food packaging, Mr Twiddy explained, five- and seven-layer film is used for making re-sealable film for packaging cheese. “It’s not just for packaging Emmental,” said Mr Twiddy. “We produce a lot of re-sealable film for Mozzarella as well.” The outlook at Petroplast Vinora is very practical. “We are not interested in following trends for their own sake,” said Mr Twiddy. “We aim to find the solution that will work best for our customers.”

Proud to be Swiss

Precision and craftsmanship are prized in Switzerland, which is why a Swiss-made watch inspires confidence. At Petroplast Vinora, the Swiss characteristic of attention to detail is applied to packaging. The quality management system operated by Petroplast Vinora has been certified to ISO 9001 by the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems (SQS). “The Swiss Quality standard is well known in the market and is trusted,” said Mr Twiddy. “The staff here have extensive knowledge and are highly trained.”

Tailor-made packaging demands an extra level of service. Petroplast Vinora has established its Service Plus concept in order to ensure that customers receive the required level of support. The company will provide development and pre-printing services as well as face-to-face advisory sessions. Service Plus also involves those little extra touches that help achieve the best results. In the case of food packaging, Petroplast Vinora can devise solutions to stop drips and fogging from occurring on the inside of the packaging film. Working to short lead times is another important aspect of the Service Plus approach. “We can usually deliver new items within three or four weeks of the order,” said Mr Twiddy.

Pharma

Mr Twiddy said that around 10 per cent of the company’s sales are to the pharmaceutical industry. One of Petroplast Vinora’s most notable clients is Mepha, a company renowned for its work in developing drugs to combat malaria. The packaging requirements of the pharmaceutical industry are exacting. Petroplast Vinora produces pharmaceutical packaging in a hygiene cell, shut off from outside sources of possible contamination. “We make the pharmaceutical packaging in a hygiene room,” said Mr Twiddy, “and we use high-tech film made from special raw materials.”

Bags

As well as film packaging for food, Petroplast Vinora also produces shrink film for beer crate sleeves. Bags are an important side of the business too. They range from smart, colourful and superbly printed shopping bags to the humble garbage bag. Mr Twiddy says that waste bags account for 26 per cent of the company’s overall sales. “Our garbage bags cover the whole of the Swiss market, where we have an 85 per cent market share. The garbage bags we thoroughly tested and are very strong.” Besides garbage bags and bin-liners, Petroplast Vinora also makes compost bags, which are themselves fully biodegradable. From 2009, Petroplast Vinora has been producing carrier bags made from 85 per cent recycled PET. The recycled material comes from old PET bottles.

Reuse, reduce, recycle

Petroplast Vinora’s maintains an environmental management system that is certified to ISO 14001. The company has now moved its factories over to using green technologies. At the Jona site it installed a cogeneration plant that runs on vegetable oil, thereby substantially reducing its consumption of heating oil. “We invested in new equipment,” said Mr Twiddy, “and over the past two years we have brought down our carbon dioxide emissions by 73 per cent.”

In addition, Petroplast Vinora directly recycles over 5000 tonnes of set-up and production waste. As businesses look to minimise their impact on the environment, they increasingly prefer to work with suppliers whose own operations are managed in a sustainable way. However for Petroplast Vinora’s clients, the recycling programme has also delivered bottom line benefits. “When we use recycled material, we have to clean it before it can go to the extrusion line,” said Mr Twiddy, “but recycling still saves 50 per cent of the cost of new raw material. As a result, recycling has meant reduced costs for our customers.”
Products & Services

Key Industries

food

general products

Machinery:

Printing:

Flexographic

Converting:

Lamination, Finishing

Packs and Containers:

Films and Wrapping:

Shrink Films ,Films, Stretchsleeves, Pallet Covers

Bags:

General

Key Industries

  • Pharma
  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Non-food
  • Cosmetics
  • Household
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HANSJÖRG FORSTER

Position: GESCHÄFTSLEITUNG/VERKAUF

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Email: hansjoerg.forster@pev.ch


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Vinora AG

Postfach, Holzwiesstrasse 50, 8645 Jona, Switzerland

Telephone: 41 (0)55 224 41 11

Fax: 41 (0)55 224 42 59