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The global market leader for plastic machinery in the packaging sector? The largest manufacturer of coated recycling carton in the world? Developer of the first climate-neutral paper? Tubes with 70% lower share of petroleum-based materials? Transparent plastic packaging for eggs made of recycled materials? Austrian suppliers in the paper and packaging sector are innovative and successful.

The Austrian packaging industry has an international orientation and is successful with its products all over the world. The Austrian paper industry is also present worldwide. Its export percentage is more than 85%. Around 5.2 million tonnes of paper and cardboard and 1.5 million tons of cellulose are produced at 27 locations.

Environment and sustainability

Austria's paper and packaging industry is leading in environmentally friendly solutions. Austrian companies in this economic sector comply with high environment and technology standards. They opt for the reduction in water and air pollution, for instance through the increased use of biogenic CO2-neutral energy carriers. An important topic for the companies in the packaging sector is the avoidance of rubbish through safe and functional packaging, particularly in the food sector. High-quality environmentally friendly solutions from Austrian companies regularly win prizes in international competitions.


A special strength of Austrian companies is the implementation of individual solutions according to customer requirements. 

Austrian machine producers in the plastics area, as well as corrugated cardboard producers and processors are particularly successful internationally. In display and transport, Austrian companies score points with creativity and high quality. 

Label manufacturers from Austria are also in international demand, e.g. with individual safety solutions for product and brand protection. For instance, labels of an Austrian provider can also be found on Russian vodka.

An Austrian company is also the global leader in the production of flexible packaging. It supplies numerous multinational corporations as well as local market leaders in the food, pet food, pharmaceutical and drinks industry.

The industry has a long tradition; one of the internationally successful producers of cardboard boxes and folding boxes can already look back at more than 100 years of corporate history. 

The global market leader in cigarette papers and filter paper comes from Austria, supplies its products to more than 100 countries and has a tradition stretching back hundreds of years.

Challenges for the future

Demographic change is influencing the sector. Special product solutions are in demand for single households, children and older people. Ever stricter statutory specifications also have to be taken into account, whether in the area of labelling requirements or environmental regulations. And finally there are cost-saving, shelf-ready packaging solutions for retail, which is also a field in which Austrian providers supply their international customers with products of outstanding quality.