A year ago, Quadpackers were celebrating one of the best years in our history – a record in sales, two successful acquisitions, and the debut on Euronext Growth made us very proud and confident about the future.
2020 came as a ‘stress test’ to all businesses and industries, ours being no exception. The challenges, however, helped us evolve as a business and as individuals. As the year draws to a close, I’m grateful to our team, our clients, our banks and our partners for what 2020 brought us: more resilience, collaboration and empathy.
Just before the crisis, we launched our vision and business strategy for the next five years and reshaped our purpose to make it resonate with what we truly aim for as a company: we want to do it right, differently, better. Whilst sailing stormy waters, we were relieved to see that our strategy prepared us for difficult times and gave us the confidence to follow our journey based on five pillars: global expansion, agility, collaborative innovation, sustainability, and being a great place to work.
Our global expansion plans were not interrupted by the pandemic. We started our operations in Japan, convinced about this important market’s potential, restructuring the Asia Pacific operation with the appointment of Raj Savji as its Managing Director, overseeing Australia, China, Korea and Japan. We improved our footprint in key European markets as Germany, thanks to smooth integration with Louvrette after its acquisition a year ago. We continue to expand our service offer in the Americas, with our decoration plant to offer last-minute differentiation and a sourcing centre in Mexico.
Our long-term digital transformation project shows that agility is one of our key priorities, including innovations like advanced analytics, machine learning, and an Industry 4.0 project that currently being piloted in Quadpack Wood. Our manufacturing in the region, for the region strategy is ongoing in Europe and the Americas, allowing us to offer quick to market solutions to our clients all over the world.
The crisis has brought us many opportunities to collaborate, internally and externally. We partnered with outstanding players in the market: The Beauty Makers to launch new business models, Sulapac for a sustainable range of products and Inotech for innovative packaging solutions. In times like these, we believe in collaborative innovation as the new competition, and we’re proud of what we’ve reached so far.
Our drive for sustainability has never stopped evolving, and our new sustainability strategy is a result of our awareness of our role in society. More than simply recognising the negative impact our sector has on the environment, we are committed to making a positive impact through our products, processes and people, driving positive change in our communities and the environment and building a better future for the generations to come. Our sustainability efforts were recognised with the EcoVadis Gold Medal, one of the most prestigious corporate social responsibility ratings; we launched environmental impact assessments of our products and operations; Quadpack Wood’s new biomass plant will drive us towards carbon neutrality by generating energy from waste wood from the manufacturing process, saving over 160,000 litres of fossil fuel consumption each year. What’s more, our commitment to an ambitious sustainability framework (ISO26000) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals is as alive as ever. Quadpack Foundation has increased the funding dedicated to charity projects helping over 40,000 people in 2020 and is ready to be relaunched with a professional and fully dedicated management.
As Quadpackers, we worked hard to find new ways to collaborate remotely, making the best possible use of digital tools and helping us to build a great place to work. We kept reinforcing our management team and our talent pool.
Our journey towards professionalisation and maturity includes the launch of our very first Annual Report and CSR Report, which improves our environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) standards. Our great effort to keep the company’s financial health included proactive saving measures and a successful relationship with banks, clients, and partners that gave us the strength to keep tackling the 2020 challenge.
I’m excited about what’s to come: 2021 starts with many bright, purposeful projects related to manufacturing expansion, collaboration, digitalisation and sustainability, all resonating with our values.
I want to end this message on a positive, hopeful note. The year made us rethink our role and responsibility in society – we are at a transformational point where companies worldwide need to do more, much more. We have the power to influence and change the world, go beyond our surrounding communities and really make a difference in areas like sustainability and inequality. Essentially, we need to recognise the impact of all our activities and make the impossible (why not?) to transform it into a positive legacy.
I invite you to join us in our journey of doing things right, differently, better.
Quadpackers volunteer for youth inclusion
Eight Quadpackers from France have engaged in a volunteer project to help young people prepare for the job market. The project is part of Pro'Pulse, a free preparatory course with a personalised and comprehensive approach that facilitates access to apprenticeship for young people without qualifications.
Quadpack receives EcoVadis Gold Medal for sustainability performance
Quadpack has been awarded a Gold Medal by EcoVadis, the global, independent rating agency for sustainability management. The beauty packaging provider has improved its score thanks to its policies and actions in ethics, labour & human rights, environment and sustainable procurement.
Innovative collaboration for microplastics research
Quadpack Foundation has partnered with UAB Research Park to support scientific research on microplastics and their effects on people and the environment. The foundation sponsored the 12th edition of Generació d’Idees, an initiative that aims to foster the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation culture among researchers and doctoral students, connecting them with the current challenges of industries.
Pioneering 3D printing technology produces functional, ultra-realistic models
Quadpack has expanded the 3D modelling capability at its UK-based rapid prototyping centre. Following an upgrade to Stratasys’ J850 Prime 3D printer, it is now working with new materials to offer new finishes, textures and Pantone colours. The current setup enables it to produce fully-functional models that look more realistic than ever.
Structural measures reinforce good governance at Quadpack
Quadpack’s governance structure has been strengthened at board level, with the appointment of its first independent members. In addition, three new committees have been created focused on sustainability, audit and risk, and remunerations and nominations.
From dreams to reality: youth innovation in sustainable packaging
For the fourth consecutive year, Quadpack collaborates with Elisava design school on students’ final degree projects. The graduate project gives Quadpack unique insights into the minds of the next generation, bringing fresh thinking to industry issues, while supporting young designers as they embark on their career.
Fostering innovation with creative young talent
Imagine a fragrance accessory that is both an aromatherapy device and a bold fashion statement. Too futuristic and conceptual? Perhaps – but this product exists, has a name and a creator: ‘NI’ was developed in 2018 by designer Amaia Aranzabal as a final-year project at the prestigious Elisava design and engineering school in Barcelona, Spain. The challenge for that year’s graduating class had been set by Quadpack, partnering with Elisava for the first time.
Sharing value by supporting the community
From May to July, 13 volunteers from Quadpack went to the Casal dels Infants’ headquarters, in Barcelona, to share their knowledge and professional experiences with 18 people at risk of social exclusion. While Casal dels Infants covers the behavioural component of the training, the technical subjects are taught by experts – volunteers that work in organisations like Quadpack.
Collaboration marks Quadpack’s Asian expansion plans
Quadpack has appointed Korean packaging manufacturer LM as ‘Quadpack Official Partner’, to help accelerate its penetration of the Asian market. Along with the agreement with Yuga in China announced in February, Quadpack is establishing partnerships in a new, regional operating model designed to help build the Quadpack brand.
Quadpack embarks on Industry 4.0
Smart manufacturing is opening a whole new world of opportunities for Quadpack. After months of pilot tests, the beauty packaging manufacturer and provider is launching its Industry 4.0 project at the Quadpack Wood plant. The wooden components factory now has 63 machines connected by Internet of Things (IoT) devices that will provide real-time data, giving process visibility and efficiency control of the equipment.
Quadpack scores ‘Leading’ APCO sustainability rating in Australia
Quadpack’s sustainability performance rated highly in the 2021 Annual Report of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation. The score reflects the implementation of Quadpack's sustainability strategy, a new framework set in motion at the start of 2020.
New investments put Quadpack at the forefront of smart manufacturing
Increased manufacturing capabilities are one of Quadpack’s priorities for the next four years. By 2025, the beauty packaging provider aims to lead innovations in airless and sustainable products, offering solutions “in the region, for the region”. With a clear strategy and a roadmap in mind, Quadpack’s Operations team has the mission of strengthening its industrial capacity through ambitious investments that are being globally deployed.
Packaging with a positive impact on people and the planet
Sustainability is a long-term commitment with innovation, transparency and change. As a packaging manufacturer and provider, Quadpack is directing the sustainable transformation of its portfolio through its ‘positive-impact packaging’ strategy. By using data-based assessment tools to measure products’ carbon footprint, circularity and other key performance indicators, the strategy brings more accountability to Quadpack’s sustainable innovations.
Quadpack sets its sights on China with Yuga partnership
The growth of the Chinese cosmetics industry has prompted Quadpack to commence a commercial push into the domestic market. An agreement with long-term partner Yuga will allow Quadpack to offer its Q-Line range to brands seeking the quality, performance and distinction of products ‘Made in Europe’.
Louvrette one year on: a successful journey
What happens when German engineering excellence meets creativity born in Barcelona? A raft of innovative solutions, developed, produced and delivered in a way that’s sustainable, creative and efficient. That is just one of the outcomes of the rare but successful ‘marriage’ between German manufacturer Louvrette and Quadpack. A lot has happened in the year since the acquisition, which pushed Quadpack into the Top 10 of European beauty packaging providers.
Virtual events: a new conversation has started
The beauty industry has always relied on the senses to promote its products: touching, seeing, smelling and trying a product has been an integral part of sales and marketing strategies. Until now. Webinars and online exhibitions have boomed in 2020 and brought more ways to interact with customers and partners.
Doing it right, differently, better
In a new world marked by changing behaviours and conscious consumerism, needs and market demands, businesses are increasingly governed by ESG (environmental, social and governance) standards. For years, Quadpack has been committed to these three factors that measure the environmental and societal impact of a company.
On 1st of June, 2020, Quadpack started operating in Japan, with the opening of a commercial office. With a strong presence in the Asia Pacific region, with facilities in Australia, China mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, Quadpack lands in Japan with high expectations about one of the most promising markets for the beauty packaging industry.
Quadpack advances in sustainable procurement
Quadpack has held an EcoVadis Silver Medal since 2018, which means the organisation complies with the highest standards of CSR, covering environment, labour & human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. By joining the Buyer Module, Quadpack will also be able to conduct the assessment and follow the evolution of all its suppliers, globally.
- Jo Webb
- Company News -> QP Corporate News
- Created 26 Jan 2021
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