Environmental initiatives

Ongoing sustainability

Innovation and sustainability are fundamental to Hugo Beck. Since our very earliest days as a business, we have been committed to minimising our environmental impact and clean, energy-saving and efficient production processes are inherent in all that we do.

Recently the global concern relating to plastic packaging pollution has provided plenty of food for thought. As a specialist for horizontal packaging machines this topic is naturally close to our hearts and continues to be a focus as we look to minimise our impact. We work as partner to both industry and retail sectors in devising sustainable packaging solutions through innovation and developments in machine technology.

We tailor our approach to each company's unique requirements for the packaging of their goods. As part of this we therefore need to ensure our customers are able to select the best material according to their specific product application and sustainability objectives.

Different materials meet the many different environmental objectives our customers face. From lightweight thinner films, to bioplastics and recycled content materials, there are many options for manufacturers and our latest machine technology now enables the cost-effective, flexible use of paper alongside filmic packaging to deliver even greater functionality.

How does Hugo Beck's machine technology already today contribute to sustainable primary and secondary packaging solutions?

-  We use machine technology that minimises film consumption in the packaging process.

-  We process all types of film including films made from up to 100% recycled material or bioplastics (e.g. PLA films)  and extremely thin packaging films available from just 7μm.

-  We develop the latest machine technologies that enable the switch to paper-based packaging and various other packaging materials as possible alternative to film packaging.

Reduce Film Use

Hugo Beck's horizontal servo X film packaging machine can provide users with film savings of approx. 15%. How?

Due to our patented tight packaging the highly precise fit of the film ensures hardly any film waste during production: When using continuous Hugo Beck machines, for example, there is no stop-and-go, and through the highly precise sequencing and synchronisation of the transverse sealing unit with each product, all gaps are minimised.

This ensures contiuous high volume production output, as well as delivering an extremely close-fitting, precise and film-efficient packaging solution with an unrivalled and outstanding finish.

Such high quality is unique in the field of film packaging.

As an example, packaging of an A4 magazine at a moderate production output of 8000 cycles/ hour, the precision fitting of the bag ensures a minimum film excess of only 2 x 2.5 mm. Also, in the case of shrink packaging, less film is then shrunk, which further improves the packaging result and also reduces energy consumption.

Find out more in the Case Study

This is just one of many examples of how we can deliver sustainability in the use of films. Please contact us to find out how your product can be packaged in the most film efficient way possible.

The environmental profile of film packaging can also be optimised by making it as thin and light as possible. Our packaging machines are designed to be able to effectively process extremely thin films starting from only 7 µm.


The use of such a fine shrink film with only 7 µm enables, for example, film savings of approx. 60 % in volume per pack! At the same time, Hugo Beck's cutting-edge machine technology also delivers higher output!

This ensures material savings and efficiency increases in the production of flowpacks, poly bags and shrink packs.

Our packaging machines can process all films for primary and secondary packaging, including:

-  Polyolefin (starting at 7 μm)

-  Polypropylene

-  Polyethylene

-  Composite films

-  Tyvek®

-  Films made from up to 100 % recycled material

-  Bioplastics (e.g. PLA films)

Film or Paper: It's Your Choice

At FachPack 2019 we presented for the first time our flexible machine technology for film and paper packaging, enabling customers to select whether a product is packaged in film or paper (or alternatively in composite material). Our packaging machines can be easily adapted to new packaging materials with a simple changeover.


-  A single machine enables film and paper packaging to be produced with a simple changeover.

-  Production of different types of packaging on one machine.

-  The ability to convert some older Hugo Beck film packaging machines to paper packaging.

By choosing Hugo Beck, our customers make a sustainable investment with an eye on the futureselecting the most suitable packaging material for each product and meeting the environmental objectives of the overall business.

Find out more information about the horizontal form, fill and seal machine paper X hybrid advance

Find out more information about our paper packaging solutions

Our latest paper packaging solutions underline the fact that we continue working on innovative machine technology in order to develop through continued cooperation with our customers sustainable packaging solutions in every respect for today’s markets and tomorrow’s.

Many new packaging materials are currently being developed and will soon be ready for the market which means numerous new film types and new papers available for selection. We are meeting this challenge with flexible machine concepts in order to make a meaningful contribution to sustainable solutions for our environment.

Download overview film and paper packaging