The head of the Schleswig-Holstein State Chancellery, State Secretary Dirk Schrödter, visited the Flensburg plant of Mitsubishi HiTec Paper on February 2, 2022. The reason for the visit was the Schleswig-Holstein Economy 2021 Environmental Award, which the company received at the end of last year for its sustainable barricote barrier papers.
Impressed by the innovative strength of the company and by the completely recyclable barrier papers for flexible packaging, State Secretary Schrödter and Kai-Michael Kugler (Office of the State Chancellery) were able to witness the production of the coated special papers at the traditional Flensburg location during a factory tour. Subsequently, pressing economic policy issues were discussed with the management: energy policy with the special challenges for the energy intensive paper industry in Germany as well as the lack of skilled workers and trainees and the resulting effects for a highly specialised production and training company like Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. How politics can promote and support the necessary innovation and transformation process of the paper industry more intensively – against the background of the desired climate neutrality – was finally discussed.
From left to right: Dr Martin Schreer, managing director, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, Karsten Böde, director HR, CSR and Compliance, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, Dirk Schrödter, head of the Schleswig-Holstein State Chancellery, Joachim Küster, head of production Flensburg Mill, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, Nic Holmer, director sales and marketing, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper.