INX Europe enlists with CEFLEX to support its commitment to a circular economy for flexible packaging

Schaumburg, IL – August 18, 2020 – INX Europe has joined CEFLEX as a stakeholder to champion its cause in developing sustainable solutions to create a circular economy for the flexible packaging market. CEFLEX is a European-based consortium that represents the entire value chain, from material producers, converters and printers to brand owners, retailers and recyclers. 

More than 140 prominent companies and organizations globally have signed on to what has become a powerful forum. The rise of flexible packaging has become increasingly important to protect food and other goods, and to ensure that products for consumers are safe and fresh while preserving nutrition value, taste and quality. Flexible packaging is also instrumental for use with medical products and pharmaceuticals, securing the items within a sterile environment and making them both tamper and counterfeit proof.

These facts and the leadership efforts of CEFLEX impressed Peter Lockley, President of INX Europe.

“There are tremendous benefits to using flexible packaging, and the narrative of CEFLEX is in alignment with our company’s philosophy on sustainability,” said Lockley. “As consumer demands and regulatory requirements increase, we are cognizant of the responsibilities to grow our leadership position in the industry. This means addressing the needs of brand owners, customers and consumers by improving the sustainability of our ink and coating solutions. So far, we have taken specific steps to improve how we manage our resources and eliminate waste through better products and process designs. Joining the CEFLEX initiative will help us continue to improve in these areas as we promote a circular economy.”

“Many companies associated with flexible packaging in Europe, including us, realize the challenges ahead to transform the linear economy to make plastics circular,” said John Hrdlick, President and CEO of INX International Ink Co. “Flexible packaging has many advantages and presents opportunities that are part of the CEFLEX agenda. For example, since it is thin and lightweight, we can reduce the environmental impact on transporting products. As part of Sakata INX, one of the world’s largest ink producers, we will continue our efforts to heighten sustainability awareness.”

INX has already created a model to guide us as we work to improve our sustainability performance. Our Coloring a Safe and Sustainable Future (CSSF) model identifies the key initiatives we will continue to invest in as we promote the tenets of a circular economy. It also supports the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and aligns our three main areas of impact: Product Design, Process Design, and Social Responsibility with UN Sustainable Development Goals.


CEFLEX is the collaborative initiative of a consortium of European companies representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging. The project stakeholders are: The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and Environment Albéa, Aluflexpack Group, AMB SPA, Amcor, Ampacet Corporation, Applied Materials, APK AG, Attero, Avery Dennison, Bak Ambalaj, Bareks Plastik, BASF, Barilla Group, Bemis, Borealis, Robert Bosch-Packaging Technology, Bostik, Brückner Maschinenbau, BBC CELLPACK PACKAGING, cfp flexible packaging, Citeo, COIM Group, Constantia Flexibles, Coveris, Dai Nippon Printing, Danone, delfort, Di Mauro Flexible Packaging, Dow Europe, DSD, DSM, DuPont Teijin Film, Ebro Foods, EcoBlue, ecolean, Elif Holding, Erema Group, EXPRA, EXXONMOBIL Chemicals, Ferrero, FFP Packaging Solutions, Fiberight, Flexible Packaging Europe, FPC-The Flexible Packaging Company, Gaviplas-Cadel, Gerosa Group, Goglio, Gualpack Group, Haribo, H.B. Fuller, Henkel, Herbold, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, HIPP, Huhtamaki, HP Indigo Ltd., Hydro Aluminum Rolled Products, Immer Group, Ineos, Innovia Films, INX International Ink Co., JAKOBS DOUWE EGBERTS, Jindal Films Europe, KIDV, KOROZO AMBALAJ SANAYI VE TICARET A.S., Krehalon, Kuraray EVAL Europe, M&S, Michelman, Mondi Consumer Packaging, Mitsui & Co., Mitsui Chemicals Group Europe, Morchem, mtm plastics (a member of Borealis Group), Multivac, Neopac The Tube, Nestlé, Nippon Gohsei Europe, The Proctor and Gamble Company, Pellenc, PepsiCo, pladis, PlasticsEurope, Plastotecnica, Polibak A.S., Polifilm, Polyplex, Polypouch, Polysack, Pouch Partners, Pyral, Reifenhäuser, RPC bpi group, RKW Group, Roberts Mart & Co, Royal Canin, SAES Coated Films, SAICA, Sappi Packaging and Specialty Papers, Scholle IPN, Schur Flexibles, Sealed Air, The Siam Cement Public Company Limited, Siegwerk, Sit Group, Smurfit Kappa, Sojitz Europe PLC, Südpack, Suez, Sumilon Polyesther, Sun Chemical, Taghleef Industries, Tomra Sorting, Tönsmeier Wertsoffe, Toppan Europe, Toray Films Europe, Total, Toyo Ink SC Holdings, UBE Europe, Unilever, WINDMÖLLER & HÖLSCHER, Wipak and WRAP. 

About INX International Ink Co.
INX International Ink Co. is the third largest producer of inks in North America, with full-service subsidiaries in Europe and South America and is part of Sakata INX worldwide operations. We offer a complete line of ink and coating solutions technology for commercial, packaging and digital applications. As a leading global manufacturer of inkjet inks, we provide a full palette of digital ink systems, advanced technologies and integrated services. To stay in touch with the latest developments, follow INX on Facebook and Twitter and visit