Koehler Innovation & Technology among the Speakers at the 11th Kongress BW

On October 19–20, 2022, Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center played host to the 11th KONGRESS BW, Baden-Württemberg’s leading conference focusing on resource efficiency and the circular economy. Spread over two days, the conference program delivered exciting insights into the latest trends, practical case studies, lively discussions, insightful talks, and fantastic networking opportunities. The event was attended by representatives from the worlds of politics, economics, and science, as well as associations, managing directors, industry decision-makers, municipal and private waste management operators, banks, consultancies, and public services, who all came together to expand their expertise and learn from one another.

Dr. Markus Wildberger, Corporate Director of Technology at Koehler Innovation & Technology, and Dr. Michael Weiß, Chief Technology Officer and member of the board at Voith Paper, gave a talk on the topic of “Resource efficiency, the circular economy, and carbon neutrality – strong industry alliances as the key to climate-neutral production”. The audience posed many questions about the Koehler Group’s sustainability strategy and Voith’s groundbreaking future approach. They were particularly impressed by the joint project between Voith and Koehler Paper that saw Production Line 8 installed in just two years at Koehler Paper’s site in Kehl, Germany. Production Line 8 was designed with sustainability and energy efficiency at its heart and runs on renewable energy, 100% of which is generated locally. There was also much interest in Koehler’s sustainability strategy and the groundbreaking decision by the Koehler Group board to expand into a second business sector, namely by setting up Koehler Renewable Energy as part of its efforts to meet Koehler’s 2030 commitment to produce more renewable energy than it requires for its own paper manufacturing operations. Dr. Markus Wildberger’s words received plenty of applause, in particular his belief that a more sustainable economy can only be achieved with the buy-in of all companies and all participants in the value chain.