Guaranteed availability

Successful integrated approach – from the supplier to the customer

With high-quality labels, the backing plays a vital role in both production and application. For this reason, we pay just a much attention to the backing as to the label material and the adhesive. We also ensure that the backing is available in the right quality and quantity. By constantly monitoring the supply chain, we are able to guarantee this. For many years we have pursued an integrated approach to supply chain management that extends all the way from the supplier to the customer.

Renewable raw materials – from controlled cultivation

The glassine backings which we use are manufactured from cellulose. Wood is a renewable raw material, and this helps to conserve our natural resources. Moreover, it is climate-friendly. Trees absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Thus they help to mitigate the greenhouse effect. HERMA has long met its responsibility to use wood, an invaluable material, in a wise manner. Accordingly, we only use paper form controlled forest sources.

Guaranteed sustainability

Adhesive material has three components. For users, only the label material and the adhesive are generally of interest, because they determine the quality of the label. The backing has only one purpose, namely to stay with the label from the time of manufacture until the moment of application. After that, the usual procedure has been to throw it away. This was expensive and valuable resources were lost. But now there is an innovative solution that allows you to dispose of backing from your production process and from that of your customers, at no expense. With this solution the collected material is truly recycled instead of just being “down-cycled”. It is a solution which HERMA is already using in its own production.

Collection of backing material at no charge

It used to be vision, and now it’s a reality: Old glassine backings are converted into high-quality label paper – or into backing material again. To make this possible, we are working closely with the Cycle4green initiative, which in 2009 developed a special process for separating silicone coatings. The Austrian paper manufacturer Lenzing Papier, a company with extensive experience in paper recycling, uses waste backings to produce fine papers and special papers, such us high-quality label papers and new backing material. Provided that at least three tones of material have been collected, Cycle4green will pick it up anywhere in Europe at no charge. The only condition is that the waste be sorted. From the ecological and economic point of view this is an excellent way of conserve valuable resources and avoid producing large quantities of refuse.

On the way to achieving a closed materials cycle

This approach brings us very close to the all-embracing “cradle-to-cradle” principle, which calls for a more or less closed materials cycle extending from the birth of a product to its rebirth. With glassine paper this is now possible. In the case of plastics that are based on the “finite” raw material petroleum, usually only “down-cycling” is possible. Here the basic material is used to make a “new” product of inferior quality, for which there is often no market.

Leaving a much smaller mark on the environment

Backing made of glassine paper is friendly to the environment in yet another way. It has a good product carbon footprint, which is the greenhouse gas potential throughout its lifetime, including later recycling or disposal. The greenhouse gas emissions are added up and converted into CO2 equivalents for better comparison. The carbon footprint of glassine paper is up to 46 percent smaller than that of PET backing, for example.


In spite of continuously growth HERMA have been able to reduce its energy usage significantly in the last few years. The energy-efficiency-projects have been the main decisive factor. The result of this showed a 5 per cent reduction in energy usage. We have invested over 400.000,- € in further modernisations to our current heating systems which will result in a future a 10% CO2 emission saving.

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