Romaco becomes a partner of beefuture

Bees move in at Romaco in Karlsruhe, Cologne & Steinen

The bees move in at Romaco Pharmatechnik in Karlsruhe (from left to right) - Markus Regner managing director, Romaco Pharmatechnik; Roland Daubenberger, works council, Romaco Pharmatechnik; Andreas Detmers, sustainability officer, Romaco Group; Nadja Gramling, sustainability officer, Romaco Pharmatechnik; Sven Ticks, beekeeper, beefuture; Markus Kimpel, chief financial officer, Romaco Group & managing director, Romaco Pharmatechnik; Jianjun He, member of the Romaco Group Advisory Board. Photo - Romaco

Romaco has just settled three bee colonies at its plants in Karlsruhe, Cologne, and Steinen. Up to 150,000 honey bees in total will be properly cared for at the three sites by beefuture. The project underlines the commitment of the supplier of processing and packaging equipment to the conservation of natural habitats.

According to the company, in the future, Romaco will be supported by animal workers. Just in time before the winter break, three bee colonies have moved in at the pharmaceutical machinery manufacturer. By summer next year, the bee population at Romaco Pharmatechnik in Karlsruhe, Romaco Kilian in Cologne, and Romaco Innojet in Steinen will have increased to as many as 150,000. The hives were installed in meadow areas on the factory premises, close to Romaco employees’ workplace.

LQ beefuture Kilian management Romaco 1494 2 1
The bees move in at Romaco Kilian in Cologne (from left to right) – Jens Carstens and Stefan Krömer, managing directors of Romaco Kilian

This nature conservation project is the outcome of Romaco’s cooperation with the beefuture of Weissenhorn in southern Germany. The Swabian company has been deeply involved in activities to ensure honey bees’ survival since 2015, for example, by arranging hive sponsorships for local communities, public authorities, private individuals, and partner firms in Germany and other central European countries. beefuture ensures that the bees are properly cared for – amongst other things, by taking over all the beekeeping work and seeing to official permits and registrations.

“By collaborating with beefuture in this way, we’re able to make a contribution to preserving local bee populations even though we’re no experts,” emphasizes Andreas Detmers, the Romaco Group’s Sustainability Officer. “The bee project is a good example of how businesses can make a sustainable commitment to conserving natural habitats and at the same time add a new product, namely honey, to their portfolio with little effort or expense.”

LQ beefuture Innojet 3581 1
The bees move in at Romaco Innojet in Steinen – managing director Bastian Käding attaches the Romaco plaque to the beehive

The first Romaco honey should be ready for harvesting at the end of July 2021. This natural product will be collected manually and then distributed to customers and employees. To make one average-sized jar of honey, bees fly about 150,000 kilometers and visit around five million flowers, which they also pollinate. Approximately 80% of all native flowering plants rely on insects’ pollination, including agricultural commodities like apples, pears, and pumpkins. Despite this, the insect count has been in worldwide decline for several decades now, and biodiversity, too, is decreasing. In Germany, the total number of terrestrial insects in some habitats has dwindled by well over 60% during the last decade, it said.

“More than 60% drop has likewise been observed in Germany’s bee populations compared to the situation in the sixties”, explains Frank Weiß, founder of beefuture. “It’s a dramatic development that’s having alarming impacts on our ecosystem as well as on the global food chain.” Agricultural monocultures, pesticides, diseases, and climate change are regarded as the principal causes of bee mortality. “By keeping bees, we’re actively helping to ensure the survival of these endangered livestock,” Andreas Detmers reports. “For Romaco, the bee initiative represents another small step towards more corporate sustainability.”

Romaco Group’s sustainability strategy

Early in October this year, the Romaco Group’s management adopted an official sustainability strategy and defined climate targets for the period up until 2030. The pharmaceutical machinery manufacturer is already in a position today to supply customers with climate-neutral tablet presses, blister lines, and cartoners. The CO2 emissions which are released while building these machines are offset by sponsoring a climate protection project.

The aim is for the energy consumption of all Romaco machines to be reduced by up to 30% by the year 2030. There are also plans to increase the share of components, either recyclable or made from recycled material, to 70%. In its efforts to realize these sustainability goals, Romaco is guided by the principle “avoidance is better than reduction is better than compensation.”

Romaco is a leading international supplier of processing and packaging equipment specializing in engineering technologies for pharmaceutical solids. The group provides individual machines and turnkey solutions for manufacturing and packing powders, granulates, pellets, tablets, capsules, syringes, and medical devices. The company also serves the food and chemical industries. Through its various technologies, Romaco is committed to sustainable production and to systematically reducing CO2 emissions.

The Romaco Group has its headquarters in Karlsruhe (Germany) and is part of the Truking Group, a globally operating high-tech enterprise based in Changsha (China). Truking’s core competency is handling and filling pharmaceutical liquids.

Romaco operates from four European business sites, with a broad portfolio comprised of six established product brands. Noack and Siebler (Karlsruhe, Germany) supply blister, heat-sealing, and rigid tube filling machines. Macofar (Bologna, Italy) markets technologies for filling sterile and non-sterile powders and liquids. Promatic (also Bologna, Italy) specializes in cartoners, track and trace systems, and case packers. Kilian (Cologne, Germany) offers compression solutions for tableting, while Innojet (Steinen, Germany) is an innovation leader for granulation and coating.

The impact, resilience, and growth of responsible packaging in a wide region are daily chronicled by Packaging South Asia.

A multi-channel B2B publication and digital platform such as Packaging South Asia is always aware of the prospect of new beginnings and renewal. Its 16-year-old print monthly, based in New Delhi, India has demonstrated its commitment to progress and growth. The Indian and Asian packaging industries have shown resilience in the face of ongoing challenges over the past three years.

As we present our publishing plan for 2023, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2023 will reach 6.3%. Packaging industry growth has exceeded GDP growth even when allowing for inflation in the past three years.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 33% over the past three years. With orders in place, we expect another 33% capacity addition from 2023 to 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels have grown similarly. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

Even given the disruptions of supply chains, raw material prices, and the challenge of responsible and sustainable packaging, packaging in all its creative forms and purposes has significant headroom to grow in India and Asia. Our context and coverage engulf the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and further – to waste collection and recycling. We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers.

In an admittedly fragmented and textured terrain, this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing support communication – in our impactful and highly targeted business platform. Tell us what you need. Speak and write to our editorial and advertising teams! For advertisement , for editorial and for subscriptions

– Naresh Khanna

Subscribe Now
unnamed 1


Subscribe to our Newsletter

As 2023 begins and FY 23-24 unfolds, will you support us?

What lies in store for the packaging industry in India and South Asia this coming year? Inflation, disruption of supply chains or environmental regulation? Or the resumption of high rural demand, continued investment and industry consolidation? Whatever happens, Packaging South Asia will be there, providing clarity and independent technical and business information in India and South Asia and around the world. We are a compact Indian organization bringing a window of fair and rigorous technical and business information that the industry can access this year and beyond. Please support us with your advertising and subscriptions, to keep us going and growing.

Thank you.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here