In October, Coveris Group’s 29 sites in the EMEA region celebrated its second No Waste Week. The event was centred around Coveris’ recently awarded NO WASTE visionwhich is focused on the avoidance of product waste, packaging waste and operational waste. To achieve this, Coveris has established a detailed understanding of its waste hierarchy and continually looks at ways to reduce waste further across all operations.
During Coveris’ first No Waste Week in 2021, more than 60 local projects took place across all sites and activities ranged from litter picking, educational sessions, recycling, gardening and planting. No Waste Week 2022 continued this success with 80 activities taking place across Coveris’ sites focusing on the reduction of energy consumption, such as re-using heat generated during production to warm sites and the inspection of utilities to find new ways to save water and electricity. Some sites also engaged in local community activities such as school garden refurbishments, waste sorting and collections, and site cleanings.
Phillip Pap, Coveris’ Director of Corporate Development and Sustainability said, “In the last 18 months we have seen that the success of our No Waste journey is because all levels of our organization are involved – from our management board to our forklift drivers. No Waste Week is a celebration of our team members’ commitment to the cause and is a way to engage local communities to join us.”
Locally green, internationally sustainable
The success of Coveris’ No Waste strategy is aided by the involvement of local Green Teams, organised by each site, to implement their own creative ideas, as well as the ideas collected by Coveris’ monthly No Waste Champion competition. As a result, Coveris has kicked off over 100 initiatives across the group to reduce waste in all its forms. Activities range from making Coveris’ packaging solutions more recyclable, to improving waste management across sites, and optimising the use of input materials to minimise Coveris’ carbon footprint.
On a group level, Coveris is committed to investing in green energy and is focused on increasing renewable energy use across its sites. Recent achievements include Coveris Kufstein generating 100% of its power from renewable sources, Coveris Alexandria sourcing power from water energy and Coveris Pirtó switching to renewable energy. Coveris’ newly introduced Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) tool will serve as the basis to provide information on the eco-performance of our packaging solutions and provide fact-based advice to customers.
Jakob A. Mosser has built an international career spanning over 30 years, holding several senior leadership roles ranging from General Manager to CEO (in the packaging industry among others) in both Europe and North America. In 2006, Mosser successfully restructured Unterland Packaging AG, resulting in a sale of the business to Mondi. After serving as CEO for the Consumer Flexibles Division of Mondi for several years, he founded Schur Flexibles and grew the company within 5 years to a European top 7 flexible packaging business with focus on the primary food, selected pharmaceuticals and tobacco markets. In 2016 Schur Flexibles was sold successfully to a US private equity fund and Mosser continued as the CEO of the company prior to joining Coveris.
Jo Ormrod has amassed over 25 years’ experience in the packaging industry, using her extensive expertise, know-how and business skills to play a pivotal role in the leadership of Coveris’ BU Paper. With previous experience as an Operational Director in the labels industry, Jo joined Coveris’ legacy business Paragon Labels in 2000, advancing to Commercial Director in 2008 and then BU Paper Sales Director in 2018. Moving to the role of BU President in 2022, Jo is responsible for all European BU Paper business activities comprising our Labels, Board and Graphics operations.
Geraud-Marie Lacassagne kicked off his HR career at The Dow Chemical Company where he was first exposed to extrusion and consumer packaging. After more than seven years in Europe and the USA, he decided to join Nespresso in a newly created role as Group HR Director, followed by an impressive almost 19 year long career at Coty, a global cosmetic company. Having first worked there in a European function, Geraud-Marie went on to lead HR on a global scale, before becoming one of the first to join the Vienna Headquarters team of Coveris, taking on the new challenge as CHRO.
Martin Davis joined Coveris from Amcor in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for our former UK Food & Consumer Flexibles division. A graduate in Business Administration and Management, Martin has spent over 25 years in the packaging industry performing a range of leadership roles in both in the United Kingdom and overseas.
Bernhard Mumelter started his career at Unterland Flexible Packaging AG as assistant group leader, application & development ‘consumer goods- and medical films’, working his way up to head of the application & development department. After the acquisition of Unterland by Mondi, he served as Director R&D Mondi Coatings & Consumer Packaging, responsible for R&D activities of a network of 9 plants across Europe and Managing Director of the R&D centre in Korneuburg/Austria. He joined Schur Flexibles Group in 2012 as Chief Technology Officer and member of the board, responsible for groupwide R&D activities and technology investments as well as regulatory and patent affairs.
COO & Flexibles President
Christian Kolarik began his career in the global packaging industry over 20 years ago. With a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering (Dipl. Ing.), Christian’s first senior role in the sector began as Managing Director of Mondi’s Korneuburg plant. Moving on to CEO of Mondi Consumer Flexibles and then COO of Schur Flexibles Group, where he worked alongside many of Coveris’ current senior executives, Christian brings a winning combination of technical know how and business leadership to the role of Chief Operating Officer and our Flexibles division.
Chief Transformation Officer
Luud started his career in finance, moving to Mondi after several years as a Controller. Since 2005, when he acquired his Six Sigma Black Belt qualification, he has successfully held finance and operational excellence roles throughout the packaging industry. As Operations Director for the Consumer Packaging Division of Mondi, Luud has developed best in class capabilities in this field. Most recently fulfilling the position of Managing Director and Regional Manager for the DACH region at Wipak, Luud joined Coveris in 2019 as Chief Transformation Officer.
Jörg Schuschnig, who studied at the University of St Gallen’s Business School and has a PhD in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, has developed a wealth of experience over the last twenty years working in top executive, financial and leadership roles. The majority of Jörg’s positions have been in the packaging industry for renowned groups including Mondi and Mayr-Melnhof. Jörg was most recently Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of Bene Group, a company specialising in the design and furnishing of modern office and working environments, and was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its holding company. He also holds various board memberships.