CCL opens new sustainable sleeve label hub

CCL Industries, a specialist in label, security and packaging solutions, has officially opened its new sleeve label hub in Dornbirn, Austria, after relocating from its former site in Hohenems.

The new facility represents a €50 million investment and more than doubles the size of the previous site. Nearly 10,000 square metres are dedicated to production and a fully automated warehouse, including intelligent computer-controlled software to optimise storage space management and automate intra-logistics.

Günther Birkner, member of the management team at CCL, said, “The move brings a lot of improvements. Not only is the building state-of-the-art and provides a modern workplace for our employees, but the technology is also state-of-the-art. The building has been designed according to modern sustainability aspects and with the long-term goal of further reducing our carbon footprint in production.”

Shrink sleeves are an adhesive-free decoration technology for bottles and other containers. The labels are applied by heat and act like a second skin. At Dornbirn, CCL said the focus will be on the latest sustainable shrink sleeve technology made from floatable low-density polyolefin material. The sleeves are described as being able to ‘easily’ separate from the primary container in the sink/float process at the sorters and recyclers, supporting material separation and efficient recycling.

“Our brand name for these sleeves is EcoFloat and they have become well known in the packaging industry,” added general manager Jens Winkler. “We are proud to serve our local and international customers from our new facility in Dornbirn, who appreciate our innovative spirit, investment in the latest technology and reliable technical service.”

Heating at the site is provided entirely by recovering heat generated by production machinery, compressors and the thermal oxidation system for solvents. A central distribution centre manages the distribution of heating and cooling.

“There is also a PV system on the roof with more than 2,000 panels and a peak output of almost 900 kWp,” stated Bernd Schmidle, production manager at CCL Dornbirn. “The system produces the equivalent of 721,000 kWh per year, equivalent to the annual consumption of around 200 households. More than 80% of the electricity we produce is used internally, which saves 338 tonnes of CO2 per year.”

The new site is already ISO14001 certified.