Managing Director Timo Kollmann with science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar

TOP 100 award ceremony on June 24, 2022 in Frankfurt at the 7th German SME Summit by Ranga Yogeshwar (r.) to Timo Kollmann (l.) / Source: KD Busch/compamedia

Managing Directors Timo Kollmann and Curt-Juergen Raiser

Sustainable Paper Packaging for E-Commerce, mail order and logistics

Sustainable Paper Packaging for E-Commerce, mail order and logistics

The paper e-com fit paper packaging machine automatically adapts the shipping bag size to varying product dimensions to minimise material consumption.

Dispatch paper packaging for e.g. textile goods

Paper Packaging

Paper Packaging

Sustainable and personalised: Magazines are packed in paper instead of plastic with the Hugo Beck hybrid packaging machine paper X hybrid advance. Of course, other products can also be packed in paper. The paper packaging machine can be flexibly adapted to film packaging with a simple changeover, future-proofing the investment. The machine processes films of all types and papers from approx. 60 g/m2 to 120 g/m2.

Hugo Beck corporate video

Hugo Beck corporate video

Hugo Beck wins 'Top 100' award for the fourth time to confirm its standing as one of Germany's most innovative SMEs


Dettingen/Erms, March 23, 2022 – Hugo Beck’s commitment to innovation in horizontal film, flowpack and paper packaging machines, as well as automation solutions, has been recognised with a prestigious award.

For the fourth time, the packaging machine specialist has received the ‘Top 100’ award, which honours the most innovative companies in the German SME sector. The award, now in its 29th year, commends Hugo Beck’s success in innovation management and its achievements in developing sustainable packaging solutions.

With its preceding wins in 2006, 2011 and 2016, the award acknowledges the strength in innovation of the Swabian family-owned company. With over 65 years of experience in providing customised film packaging machinery across multiple industries, the manufacturer more recently has expanded its portfolio to include paper packaging machines.

“Sustainable packaging is the number one topic of the future for our customers to help them meet their environmental objectives,” explains Timo Kollmann, Managing Director of Hugo Beck. “As a packaging machine manufacturer, we must lead the way and offer futureproof solutions, continuously looking to innovate in the field of packaging technology with sustainability and Industry 4.0 at the top of our agenda.”

“We work in close collaboration with our customers, to realise their requirements and to deliver the ideal packaging solution to suit their needs. We’re delighted to be recognised for our customer-focused innovation.”  

In light of the global demand for sustainable packaging, Hugo Beck launched the first of its hybrid packaging machines in 2019, which helps reduce material consumption using extremely thin film and environmentally friendly paper within one application. This innovation was a key factor in the Top 100 audit process, as it provides customers the flexibility of choice in packaging materials within a single investment.

A more recent innovation is the development of the packaging machine paper e-com fit which uses uncoated, recyclable paper which can then be sewed closed. This has proven popular in the e-commerce and mail order sector and has since been promoted as an innovation by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.

The Top 100 award examines to what extent a company is oriented towards innovation and how consistently its structures follow this goal. Special weighting is given to the question of whether, and how, innovations and product improvements can make a real difference to the market.  

The award ceremony will be held on 24th June 2022 at the German SME Summit, in Frankfurt, where the top innovators will receive congratulations from longstanding science journalist, Ranga Yogeshwar.

The Top 100 competition
Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the Top 100 seal of approval to SMEs with a particular ability to innovate and above-average success rates for innovations. This project has been coordinated by Professor Nikolaus Franke from the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business since 2002. The Top 100 is mentored by science journalist and television presenter Ranga Yogeshwar and organised in partnership with the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the German Association for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (BVMW). Further information is available at

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