The coronavirus pandemic, the war in Ukraine, skyrocketing energy prices and problems with the supply of raw materials – 2022 provided some stiff challenges to be tackled. Nevertheless, Faller Packaging can look back on its anniversary year with satisfaction. Despite all the uncertainties, the specialist for pharmaceutical secondary packaging was once again able to expand its business strongly, posting record sales.
The trend towards sustainability in the pharmaceutical industry, which was already emerging in 2021, intensified in 2022. “Sustainability used to be a ‘nice to have’. However, it has now become a ‘must have’,” says Dr Michael Faller, Managing Partner of Faller Packaging. Faller Packaging is ideally prepared for this, thanks to flexible packaging concepts in paper and cardboard, the development of sophisticated designs in monomaterials and the consistent implementation of recyclability for folding cartons, labels and leaflets.
Sustainability pays off
Focusing on the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets, with a particular emphasis on sustainability, continued to pay off in 2022: “We were able to increase our total turnover again last year – by a significant 21.7 percent to a record 179.9 million euros,” explains Dr Daniel Keesman, CEO of Faller Packaging. “However, the strong increase in sales was due not only to organic growth, but also to the increased prices of energy and raw materials and the high inflation rate.”
Environmentally, Faller Packaging is still on the right track, but it has also set itself ambitious targets to achieve by 2030. A sustainability network is being set up to this end, and it will encompass the entire Group for the first time. Over the past year, Faller Packaging has not only worked to become more sustainable itself – it has also provided a range of products and services to help its customers become more sustainable. “We provided the necessary theoretical knowledge through a series of seminars and a new white paper. With this Sustainable Packaging Service, we offer targeted, customer-specific advice on sustainable pharmaceutical packaging and products such as sustainable label solutions and injection-moulded paper trays,” adds Dr Keesman.
Number of employees grows in the anniversary year
For Faller Packaging, sustainability also has an added dimension – the assumption of social and societal responsibility. This benefits both the employees and the region in which the company is based. The company continued its steady growth and increased the number of employees by more than six percent in the anniversary year, despite the difficult economic environment. 1,409 people now work at the Faller Packaging sites in Germany and Europe. The number of apprentices is also showing a positive trend: After a small “trainee blip” in 2021 due to the lack of job applicants, 2022 saw Faller Packaging support 44 young people on their journey into professional life.
All the details, much more information and an insight into the world of Faller Packaging can be found in the current sustainability report, available for download
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