Sustainable Paper Packaging by Koehler

Koehler Paper Group Pasta Sustainable Paper Packaging Pasta Polo

News and developments on Koehler’s sustainable paper

After the successful presentation of Koehler’s NexPlus® Seal barrier paper at the FachPack 2019, the development of sustainable paper packaging is heading forward.
Together with the packaging experts from Polo, Koehler Paper Group is successfully tackling the challenges of plastic to paper within the packaging industry.

Possible applications for the paper

Koehler’s sustainable paper packaging innovation offers various possibilities for applications in the food and confectionery industry.
Possible applications are for example: tea bag wrapping paper, flexible multipacks for sweets and confectionery, stickpacks and sachets for salt or sugar and in addition also pasta.

Benefits of sustainable paper packaging

The demand for innovative, sustainable packaging solutions increased significantly in 2019. Certainly, paper behaves different to plastic, however numerous tests on packaging machines have already shown that the change is possible and stipulated by consumers:

“We are seeing brands making efforts towards putting sustainable solutions on the market. This is very much in line with our own developments. We have adapted to this extremely dynamic market effect and have made implementing it on the new machine a priority.”
Eckhard Kallies (Division Manager Flexible Packaging Paper at Koehler)

Among the sustainability factor, Koehler’s paper offers features & benefits such as heat-sealable packaging paper, suitable for horizontal form fill seal (HFFS) as well as vertical form fill seal (VFFS) machines, direct food contact and many more.

About Koehler Paper Group

Koehler is a German family-run company and well-known for its specialty paper. The company produces over 500,000 tons of paper, board and wood pulp board annually at four locations in Germany.

The company’s portfolio inlcudes products as for example thermal paper, carbonless paper or decor paper. Moreover, the company produces fine paper, recycled paper, wood pulp board and flexible packaging paper.

Since 2018, Polo Handels AG is Koehler’s competent partner to market these innovative paper products in CEE. Polo has local sales teams & offices in Baltics, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia.

Upcoming events of Koehler & Polo

Schedule an appointment with your local Polo sales team in order to get a personal consultation on sustainable paper packaging for your product.

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Pharma Conference Southern Europe 2020

Pharma Conference Southern Europe 2020 pharmaceutical processing and packaging polo syntegon technology

Pharmaceutical processing and packaging

We invite you to one day full of interesting presentations and discussions on pharmaceutical processing and packaging. Use this opportunity to exchange your experience and expand your know-how with field experts – join us at the PCSE 2020 in Zgornji Brnik, Slovenia!


On 2nd of April, the PCSE 2020 will take place at a beautiful venue in Slovenia.
As Polo Handels AG is the official sales agent for Syntegon Technology in South East Europe (SEE), we are glad to cooperate with their experts on this event.

Together with Syntegon Technology, we invite you to an exciting event full of interesting presentations on pharmaceutical processing and packaging. During the event you will get the opportunity to get to know and exchange your experience with field experts in open discussions.

The presenters from Syntegon Technology will cover the complete portfolio for processing and packaging of solid and liquid pharmaceuticals.
And after the presentations and discussions on 2nd of April (PHARMA DAY), a common dinner and animation with the famous Slovenian chef Luka Jezersek is waiting for you.

For early arrivals on 1st of April, certainly, a Welcome Dinner at Pivovarna Union in Slovenia is arranged.

Moreover, we invite you to one-on-one discussions with field experts on 3rd of April while enjoying delicious cake at lake Bled.

Your benefits

  • Get an overview on new trends in pharmaceutical processing and packaging (incl. filling and inspection)
  • Get to know all the innovations and intelligent solutions for pharmaceutical processing and packaging from a single source provider (Syntegon Technology)
  • Use the opportunity to exchange your experience and expand your know-how on pharmaceutical processing and packaging with field experts

Accommodation & Transfer

The conference takes place at Dvor Jezersek (Zgornji Brnik 63, 4207 Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia).
The hotel reservations for this event can be made at AUSTRIA TREND HOTELS**** S (Dunajska cesta 154, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia).
For bookings until 2nd of March you will get a special price with the  booking code “PCSE 2020”.

Polo will arrange all transfers (from hotel to venues).

Registration & Contact

For your registration and further information, please contact:
Magdalena Dokmanovic
Sales Assistant – Machinery Division
Phone: +385 1 615 14 59

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Pharma Conference Southern Europe 2020!

Bosch Packaging Technology becomes Syntegon Technology

Bosch Packaging becomes Syntegon Technology Polo CEE

As of 2020 former company Robert Bosch Packaging Technology will be known under the new name Syntegon Technology.

64,000 machines, 150 years of experience and 140 countries.
Syntegon Technology has a new owner (CVC), but remains the reliable partner with the same contact persons that you know. The company with a long tradition and experience in packaging machinery will continue to be your ideal partner for process and packaging technology in the pharmaceutical and food industry in CEE.

Syntegon Technology will be overseen by CVC Capital Partners, which can offer more than 30 years of experience and will focus on a future-oriented company development and smart investments. Most commonly CVC cooperates with other stakeholders, such as the company founders and others.

The new brand name Syntegon Technology

Syntegon Technology stands for intelligent and sustainable packaging solutions for everyone and an increased focus on customer orientation. Besides customer-oriented values, the company puts a strong focus on teamwork, innovational attitude, profitability, competitiveness and future-oriented growth.The abbreviation of the name Syntegon stands for synergy and the vision of processing and packaging solutions for a better life, technology as their core competence and a future-oriented and ahead looking company attitude.

The portfolio of Syntegon Technology

Syntegon Technology will remain your reliable partner for complete packaging solutions for food and pharma products in CEE (Russia, Poland, Baltics, Ukraine, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Croatia and more). All existing projects and agreements will remain, just as your contact persons you’ve grown used to. The focus of the rebranded company are the customers – their needs and demands.

The services of high quality, fast delivery and other benefits will be available. Also, the flexibility and independence of the company is to be expanded and the investments and developments are to be directed towards R&D innovations. With the combined experience of more than 150 years, Syntegon satisfies the customers’ needs.

Your contact persons for Syntegon Technology

Polo Handels AG will remain the official service, sales and marketing agent of Syntegon Technology in CEE. All contact persons within Polo’s markets (Russia, Poland, Baltics, Ukraine, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Croatia) remain the same.

Our customers can now, even better than before, profit from the new name Syntegon Technology, and its innovative packaging solutions. Whether single machines, complete packaging lines or other services, Syntegon Technology is your reliable partner for such demanding technologies.

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Take a look at the Syntegon Portfolio.

Upakovka 2020

Upakovka 2020 Packaging Russia Polo Handels AG sales service packaging machinery

The international specialized exhibition on packaging machines and its technologies and solutions, UPAKOVKA 2020, was held in Moscow from 28th to 31st January in Expocentre on Krasnaya Presnya. This year, the exhibition was held for the fourth time as part of the Interpack Alliance.

POLO Handels AG took part in UPAKOVKA 2020 with a booth, where the SVE 2520 machine for continuous vertical packaging machines from Syntegon Technology (formerly Bosch Packaging Technology) was presented. In addition, at our booth, visitors could have a unique experience with packaging machines thanks to VR technology. Our booth attracted a lot of visitors, and our team worked non-stop telling about solutions, packaging machines, service and papers to visitors.

Polo suppliers at the Upakovka 2020

We would like to express our gratitude to our partners who came to take part in UPAKOVKA 2020 this year:

  • Bauermeister – your specialist in industrial grinding solutions & size reductioning (e.g. sugar)
  • Syntegon Technology Ampack – liquid filling machines (formerly Bosch Packaging Technology)
  • Syntegon Technology Remshalden – flexible, vertical and horizontal case packer, optimize packing of secondary cases, half Slotted Containers and other shelf-ready packaging styles (formerly Bosch Packaging Technology)
  • Syntegon Technology Tevopharm – horizontal packaging machines, horizontal flow wrappers, infeed and distribution systems (formerly Bosch Packaging Technology)
  • Syntegon Technology Viersen – Confectionery processing – Confectionery packaging machinery (formerly Bosch Packaging Technology)
  • FMT – process technology for the food industry, filling and closing, pasteurization
  • Sapal – high-tech packaging machines or complete packaging lines for chocolate, cheese and bouillon industries
  • Koehler Paper Group – flexible packaging – carbonless, recycable, thermal, fine and decor papers that suit your demands

Visitors are always interested in hearing directly from a representative of the company all the advantages of their packaging machines, features of the packaging process and the opportunity to directly ask questions.

We were very happy getting to know new potential clients as well as meeting loyal Polo customer. It was a great opportunity for us to discuss business over a cup of coffee and talk about new products from our suppliers.

Facts and Figures of the Upakovka 2020

Some interesting figures of the UPAKOVKA 2020 exhibition:

  • Total exhibition area: 3.500 m2
  • Number of visitors: 24.950
  • Number of exhibitors: 250

UPAKOVKA 2020 presented solutions for all target groups of the industry: food production, bakery products, confectionery, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, consumer (non-food) products, industrial products and beverages. This wide range of exhibitors allows visitors and customers to quickly find the best solutions for their own production.

The exhibitors of the UPAKOVKA 2020 are among the largest Russian and foreign manufacturers and suppliers of packaging machines and equipment, equipment for printing, marking and barcoding, finished packaging and various packaging materials. The exhibition was attended by more than 250 companies, among which you can find manufacturers from Russia and more than 30 other countries. Special national expositions from Germany, Italy, Turkey and China were also presented.

Packaging innovations and trends at the Upakovka 2020

As part of the business program of the international specialized exhibition of the packaging industry UPAKOVKA 2020, many interesting presentations were held on the following topics: food and packaging engineering – market and trends; current state and prospects for the development of the packaging market; environmental solutions in the world of packaging, and more. It is worth noting the following important theses of the speakers:

1) most solutions in packaging industry, in addition to the mandatory environmental component, have more functionality, help the customer to optimize costs, and of course allow consumers make the consumption of the product more secure;

To comment the statement above, we want to emphasize the direct link between product quality and packaging. Our suppliers are the best manufacturers of high-quality packaging machines that can guarantee the safety of your product and its properties.

One of the speakers during the business program at UPAKOVKA 2020 paid attention to the eco-friendly solutions in packaging industry:

2) the current trend is alternative packaging options, such as recycled paper packaging, eco-packaging.

Polo Handels AG are following all trends and our paper supplier, Weig, is ready to provide a solution for the mentioned trend – recycled paper, moreover our new partner on a Russian market – Koehler Paper Group – presents flexible packaging solutions.

In addition, industry experts presented their vision of the marketing potential of corrugated cardboard packaging.

Solutions from our suppliers will help our customers create functional packaging, give the product additional advantages that can impress even the most demanding consumer – this is a direct way to significantly increase our customer’s profits.

Impressions from the Polo team at the Upakovka 2020

Our team was inspired to start the year with the big international specialized exhibition of packaging technologies UPAKOVKA 2020. It is impressive how companies in the packaging industry improve their performance every day and we also have noticed more and more new companies interested in Russian market. From our experience UPAKOVKA 2020 is a place where customers and clients can cooperate in more informal atmosphere and avoiding rush talk about business processes.

“We did our best to find the most efficient solution to our customers and support them with the best packaging machines and paper!”, says our Food Sales Manager, Oleg Sorokin.

Last but not least, we would like to thank the organizers of the UPAKOVKA 2020 exhibition for the high level of the event and are looking forward to the next Upakovka in Moscow, Russia.

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“IdeasXMunken” wins a Golden Pixel Award 2019

Munken Golden Pixel Award 2019 Arctic Paper deroberhammer

IdeasXMunken wins the Golden Pixel Award 2019

We are proud to announce that ‘IdeasXMunken’ by Arctic Paper AT in corporation with deroberhammer has won a Golden Pixel Award 2019! The award was presented during the Award Ceremony held at the Museum of Technology in Vienna on November 14th. Get your ideas down on Munken with ‘IdeasXMunken’, an extraordinary notepad made of eight beautiful grades of Munken papers, embedded in a laser engraved wood base.

Munken by Arctic Paper

Arctic Paper in Munkedal (Sweden) is the producer of Munken paper. Design papers by Munken are environmentally friendly, high-quality, uncoated fine papers. In addition, those papers are featuring four shades, from brilliant white to natural creamy, and two surfaces, smooth and rough. The Munken Book range includes Munken Premium and Munken Print, two exceptional book papers.

All Munken standard products are available as EU Ecolabel, FSC® FSC-C020637 and PEFC™ PEFC/05-33-99 certified

Golden Pixel Award

The Golden Pixel Award assesses new and innovative print projects all over Austria. The evaluation is based on the idea and the quality, moreover also on its sustainability.
This year is the 19th time this award has taken place. There are sixteen categories to participate in. Clearly, it is a one of a kind award, since not only the finished product got the evaluation but also the entire production process.

Thank you to deroberhammer for concept, realisation and production. Visit for more cool projects!

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Agroprodmash 2019

Agroprodmash Polo Packaging Machinery

From 7th to 11th October we had the opportunity, together with our principals, to take part in the Agroprodmash 2019 in Moscow.

Agroprodmash is an international event for equipment, machines and ingredients for the food and processing industry. For already two decades this exhibition demonstrates the best global achievements and contributes to the introduction of modern technologies of food and process engineering. Participants had the opportunity to navigate the current market trends. They could find the right solutions for their business and generate partnership and new sales leads.

Some figures to the Agroprodmash 2019:

  • 870 companies from 37 countries
  • more than 24 500 visitors on the area of 61700 square meters
  • equipment, ingredients and comprehensive technological solutions for all sectors of the food industry under one roof

For POLO Handels AG, Agroprodmash is an international platform to strengthen partnerships, generate new sales leads and showcase the latest developments of our principals. Together with our partners we identified the growth points for our business as well as for the food industry.

Several of our principals joined us on the fair and presented their individual, high-class packaging solutions:

  • Bauermeister – pesented mills and grinding technologies for different kinds of products
  • Bosch Schiedam – presented horizontal packaging machines and complete automatic lines for food and non-food applications
  • Bosch Viersen – presented processing equipment and complete production lines for confectionary like caramel, bars etc.
  • CPS – presented fully automatic case packing systems
  • HDG – presented its forming, filling and sealing systems for side sealed pouches
  • Houdijk – presented its product feeding and processing systems
  • Sapal – presented packaging equipment for chocolate, processed cheese, bouillon and chewing gum. During the exhibition there was an exclusive opportunity for our customers with Sapal equipment to have a one day free of charge inspection – read more about this on our Linkedin site.

POLO Handels AG would like to say thankful words to all the visitors and to the organizers and wish the Expocenter a lot of success and creativity for upcoming events!

FachPack 2019

Polo Fachpack Paper Sustainable Packaging Solutions

From 24-26th of September 2019, the FachPack, one of Europe’s biggest fairs for Packaging, took place. Our team had the pleasure to attend this event and got the latest insights on sustainable packaging and packaging trends. Below you can find an overview of our principals’ sustainable packaging solutions presented there: 

Polo Paper Principals:

Accuracy, reliability and the care-taking mentality are the characteristics of our partner Weig. With the integration of the business units recycling, cartonboard production and packaging, they take responsibility for humans, nature, products and processes. This year, Weig presented its latest developments for the recycling, cartonboard and packaging industry.

The specialty paper company presented itself for the first time at FachPack with sustainable packaging solutions and innovative ideas made of paper and board. Koehler’s vision: paper with barrier properties as an alternative to plastic. Koehler’s portfolio of packaging paper also includes 100% recycled paper and high-quality fine paper. 

Our partner HERMA is Europe’s leading manufacturer of self-adhesive labelling technology. Over 100 billion shipping labels per year: this value is being projected for 2020. What‘s left behind is useless liner – tons of it. The new HERMA InNo-Liner system makes the liner completely redundant, as presented at FachPack. 

Kotkamills Oy manages and develops its business operations with responsibility for the economy, the environment, the society and people. At FachPack, Kotkamills presented water-based dispersion coated barrier boards and plastic-free food service packaging solutions. 

Polo Machinery Principals:

Packaging machinery from our partner Bosch fulfill many different requirements. The company contributes long-standing expertise in secondary packaging and inspection as well as forming, filling and sealing of a wide variety of materials! At FachPack, they presented its portfolio in secondary packaging with new cartoning and case packing solutions. 

  • Pester: 

Our partner Pester Pac automation GmbH stands for innovation and the development of cutting-edge machine technology from film wrapping and case packing through to palletizing! 

HDG Pouch Packaging is your reliable partner and leading manufacturer for forming, filling and sealing systems for side sealed pouches. At FachPack, they performed a successful show demonstrating sustainable packaging and unique machine solutions. 

Multiheadweighers and special packaging solutions from Multiweigh GmbH are known worldwide for their innovation, quality “made in Germany”, their precision, speed, reliability, hygiene and cost efficiency! This year Multiweigh show special machines for weighing fragile products, salad and one weigher for mixing different products with specific requirements for surface and settings.

Case Erectors, Sealers and Packers from our principal Lantech handle a wide variety of case sizes and types. Additionally, Lantech has a complete selection of tray and lid machines as well as semi-automatic and automatic stretch wrappers! At this year’s FachPack , they presented trouble-free end of line packaging solutions. 


In case you have any questions regarding our prinicpals’ sustainable packaging solutions & innovations, do not hesitate to contact your local Polo Sales Teams!

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Bosch Packaging Russia transferred to Polo Handels AG

Polo Bosch Packaging Russia transfer

As already announced last year, the Robert Bosch Group has decided to sell the business division Bosch Packaging Technology by the end of 2019.

In the beginning of this year the management of both companies commonly decided to transfer the current Bosch Packaging Technology to Polo Russia by 1st of July 2019. This decision was based on the trustful and long cooperation between Bosch Packaging and Polo Handels AG.

The existing team of Bosch Packaging Russia will be integrated into the Russian Polo organization. This gurantees a stable, unchanged contact to our business partners for new machinery sales as well as spare parts and services.

Also, in future the new substantially grown Polo Russia team, consisting of 32 process and packaging specialists, will provide high quality equipment for the pharmaceutical and food industry. We are in line with customers’ needs and modern trends in the pharmaceutical and food industry. Our asset is the combination of innovative technologies and professional services for processing and packaging technologies throughout the entire machine life cycle.

Polo always strives to fulfil the individual requirements of the customers for flexible machinery for a variety of pack styles, sizes and products, solutions for personalized packaging, sustainable processes with less resource usage, scalability from R&D to high output and short delivery times for machines, format and spare parts.

With this new business, Polo underlines its strategic commitment to strengthen its market position in the CIS market. Together with the local team, warehouse and the local service engineers, Polo will provide an excellent customised service to its business partners.

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New cooperation – Koehler Paper Group & Polo Handels AG

Koehler paper Logo Supplier Polo AG _ thermal papers, flexible packaging paper, carbonless paper, decor paper, specialty paper, coated and uncoated paper, recycled paper, packaging, embossing, design, digital printing, card playing board

The German family-owned Koehler Paper Group, world market leader for Thermal Paper, is announcing total investments of €500 million by 2020. The biggest part is dedicated to a new speciality paper machine for flexible packaging, which will start being operated by end of 2019.
Polo Handels AG was chosen as the competent partner to market those products in Central and Eastern Europe. Together with Polo, Koehler wants to work on the future business success of one side coated papers including barrier functions and sealability.

Focused end-use areas will be: chocolate/cereal bars, pudding and cereals, sugar sticks, ice cream cones, pouches for dry food e.g. rice, soups as well as pet food, yoghurt banderoles and lids and many others.

The Koehler Paper Group can look back on 210 years of company history. With a turnover of around €800 million it is now one of the few independent, family-owned German companies in the paper industry.
At the headquarters in Oberkirch and the plants in Kehl, Greiz, and Weisenbach, around 1,850 employees produce already over 500,000 tons of specialty paper and board each year for the global market using the very latest technology.

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Introducing Houdijk COOKIEBOT™ System

Houdijk COOKIEBOT Polo Cookies Biscuits Processing Packaging Machinery

You want to optimize your medium capacity and/or flexible cookie line by adding a fully automated, highly efficient cookie handling and loading system with minimum personnel? The modular configured Houdijk COOKIEBOT™ SYSTEM is offering you the ultimate solution.

Ultimate flexibility, overall efficiency and minimum manpower for automatic handling & loading of cookies (or similar products) for medium capacity and/or flexible cookie lines.

You want to optimize your medium capacity and/or flexible cookie line by adding a fully automated, highly efficient cookie handling and loading system with minimum personnel? The modular configured Houdijk COOKIEBOT™ SYSTEM is offering you the ultimate solution.

For this type of product please send us your inquiry at

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