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Cutting-Edge Packaging and Laminates for Global Markets
The Walki Group illustrates the potential of Finnish companies to achieve international success in cutting-edge fields. Walki specialises in the production of fibre based, intelligent technical laminates and protective packaging materials. These products are used in diverse applications, from energy saving construction facings and insulation materials to barrier packaging materials for the paper industry, food and consumer packaging, decorative and functional laminates and more. Walki also creates specialist liners for solid and corrugated packaging and solutions for a range of technical applications.
Walki operates state-of-the-art production facilities in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, the UK and China, and the group achieves total annual net sales of more than €300 million. It has a 30% share of Europe’s market for specialist extrusion coated and laminated materials.
Leif Frilund, President and CEO, explains that Walki aims to continue to expand internationally. He says, “We are present in 10 countries, operate seven production facilities, including in China, and we have sales offices in Asia as well as in Europe. We are in many ways a very European company, but that is something likely to change as we further expand internationally.”
This does not mean that Walki will not continue to expand in Europe, however; the group recently acquired a facility in Poland and regards Eastern Europe in general as a market with strong potential. “The group will continue to serve developing economies worldwide because growing economies need packaging materials, and that is what we are here for,” Leif Frilund points out.
Innovation and high quality
Innovative combinations of materials and a commitment to quality give Walki its competitive edge. As Leif Frilund explains, “We have competitors whose products always seem to be cheaper, but Walki is regularly chosen instead because we bring value and promising products each and every time. It is in our DNA to be reliable, honest and dedicated to the highest standards of quality
consistency and uniformity. We aim for long-term relationships with our customers and suppliers, working openly and co-operatively with the supply chain to engineer value for all parties. We at the same time strive to make the process of working with us simple and easy.”
Walki has always focused on research and development throughout its many years of doing business and plans to develop and produce even more innovative products in the future. Leif Frilund says, “We want to get into even more technical products with a focus on energy saving. We believe housing insulation is the product of tomorrow, and new insulation materials need the laminates we specialise in developing and producing. This is the direction we want to go: promoting renewable materials and energy conservation within the industries and wider society that our products serve.”
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