January 30, 2023

Christoph Wachter, new director of the Flexible Packaging Paper, Koehler Paper

Christoph Wachter took over as director of the Flexible Packaging Paper division at Koehler Paper in January 2022. He succeeds Eckhard Kallies, who has had great success in positioning, developing, and implementing a long-term strategy for this new business unit as part of a three-year mandate.


Having invested over 300 million euros into the new production line 8 at its Kehl production facility, Koehler Paper entered the flexible packaging growth market in 2019. With Koehler NexPlus®, Koehler is now meeting the rapidly growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions. Koehler NexPlus® is a range of
barrier-coated paper with a wide range of applications. These include, in particular, barriers to odors,
grease, mineral oils, water vapor, and also gases. Christoph Wachter is taking over the division at Koehler Paper during a period of strong growth. He comes from Tyrol in Austria, is married, and has two grown-up children. The 58-year-old studied business administration and brings with him 30 years of experience in specialty paper in the paper industry, where his roles have included working as a CEO with international responsibility.


Further growth for flexible packaging paper from Koehler Paper
A wide range of customers, such as Ritter Sport and Südzucker, have opted for packaging paper from
Koehler Paper since it entered the market. Kai Furler, CEO of the Koehler Group, emphasized: “We see
huge growth ahead of us in the Flexible Packaging Paper division and are delighted that Christoph Wachter will now be able to contribute his experience as head of the division.” After successfully entering the European market with strategic customer projects, we are now also focusing on the Asian and the American markets. Christoph Wachter is focused on the future: “The expertise we have in the company thanks to our employees, combined with the “state of the art” production facility makes Koehler unique. The spirit of active entrepreneurship is evident throughout the business, which makes us a leading provider in the flexible packaging sector.”

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