Siegwerk Thailand wins Prime Minister’s Award for circular economy

The circular economy category focuses on cost-effective use of resources

Siegwerk Thailand team receiving the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award in the circular economy category
Siegwerk Thailand team receiving the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award in the circular economy category

Siegwerk, one of the leading global providers of printing inks and coatings for packaging applications and labels, has won the Thailand Prime Minister Industry Award in the circular economy category. The prize was presented by the Prime Minister on 13 December 2021.

The Industry Awards are presented every year, but the circular economy category is a new category that focuses on cost-effective use of resources, taking into account the use of sustainable materials as much as possible, aiming to reduce pollution and environmental impacts sustainably by developing a stable economy along with preserving the environment and natural resources of the country.

Siegwerk Thailand on highlighting the innovations

Siegwerk Thailand applied for the award in February 2021 and had to undergo a rigorous three-stage vetting process, including a site audit, to qualify for the award. In the application, Siegwerk Thailand highlighted innovations to facilitate recyclability in packaging, awareness-raising for paperization solutions, deinking/delamination technologies, collaboration with value chain partners for circularity solutions, and commitment to product safety, among other achievements.

“This award builds the pride of the company and all employees as part of its success and drives our company to continue to develop. We will also be an agent to raise awareness for partners as well as society, to focus on the circular economy in a sustainable way,” said Tussanee Leevongwat, entity manager, Thailand and Head of Human Resource for Siegwerk South East Asia.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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