Enabling sustainable growth in Asia

As a region particularly vulnerable to climate change, there is a strong signal for sustainable development in Asia, especially with its approach to packaging. Thomas Körmendi, CEO and president at Elopak, shares insight on how the company has delivered a low-carbon transition to local communities

As the world’s fastest growing consumer market, Asia offers huge opportunities for commercial success. It also presents a new frontier for changing consumer behaviour and driving forward sustainability. As a provider of recyclable, naturally renewable beverage cartons, Elopak sees its role as championing the plastic to carton conversion: offering companies and consumers an alternative to plastic bottles that helps to reduce their carbon footprints. 

Over the past few years, Elopak has made inroads into several Asian markets; supporting a sustainability-driven growth agenda to bring low carbon, renewable cartons to more users around the world.

Last year, we announced a joint venture with one of India’s most-integrated packaging organisations, GLS. We also signed a memorandum of understanding with our long-term partners Nippon Paper in Japan to explore how our two companies can be jointly developed and organised. Later, in the Middle East, we finalised our acquisition of Naturepak Beverage, which saw the addition of local production facilities in Morocco and Saudi Arabia to Elopak’s global network.

In Apr 2022, Elopak and GLS announced a joint venture in which Elopak has management control. The new subsidiary, Elopak GLS is headquartered in Gurugram, a city in the Indian state of Haryana. Elopak GLS is currently the only producer of fibre-based packaging for liquid food in the Haryana area, allowing it to tap into consumer demand within the world’s largest dairy market. GLS Elopak now manufactures and processes fresh and aseptic packaging solutions, with products including dairy, plant-based drinks, juice, water, and liquor.

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