A native of northern Germany, Kallies took up his new position in the Black Forest. He's worked in the paper industry for almost 30 years, most recently in the area of paper for flexible packaging. He outlines Koehler's target as follows: "As a newcomer to the field, we will soon make a name for ourselves as an innovative and reliable supplier in the supply chain." The key here is creating target-oriented solutions with converters and brand owners and establishing paper as the packaging material of the future. The construction of a new paper machine at Koehler's site in Kehl on the Rhine river is part of the development of the new product division. It will begin operation in September while the new coating machine will begin operation in July. In addition to conventional papers for flexible packaging, Koeh- ler's decades of expertise in coating technology will enable it to produce papers whose barrier prop- erties will replace plastic in some areas of packaging. In addition to conventional papers for flexible packaging, which are often used as part of composites, Koehler is working with research institutions and other companies in the value chain to develop pa- pers with barrier properties. Of particular note here is the Green Coating Collaboration, which Koehler runs together with the TU Darmstadt.

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