Harald Jasper takes leadership position at Actega

Actega, the manufacturer of specialty coatings, inks, adhesives and sealing compounds for the print and packaging industry, has revealed the year’s achievements and successes of its Actega Metal Print business, responsible for bringing the pioneering Ecoleaf sustainable metallisation technology to market.

18 Jan 2023 | By Rahul Kumar

Harald Jasper, the new managing director of ACTEGA Metal Print, is set to take on this leadership position in January

The business predicts continued success in 2023 with Harald Jasper, managing director of Actega Metal Print, set to take on this leadership position in January. With Jasper’s extensive industry experience, Jasper will implement his own expert vision and strategies as well as maintain some of the innovative approaches to advancing Ecoleaf’s success established this year by Stephan Plenz.

A founding member and a key player in developing this innovative technology at Actega Metal Print, Harald’s expertise has been integral in establishing Ecoleaf’s current structure. With an unrivalled understanding of the market, alongside customers’ needs, Jasper's deep knowledge promises strong success for the company going forward. 

Following years spent perfecting it prior to its launch into an ever-evolving market, under Harald’s leadership, the company believes that the market acceleration for Ecoleaf is imminent and will change the industry forever. 

The success and appeal of Ecoleaf can be largely attributed to the impressive sustainability benefits of its foil-less decoration process for metallic embellishments. Initial calculations from Actega’s life cycle assessment find that Ecoleaf can achieve a carbon footprint reduction of more than 50 percent compared to cold and hot foil processes.

However, this unique metallisation process not only delivers a more sustainable production model for labels and packaging printers and the brands they serve, but also positively impacts costs and production times without compromising quality. It is all of these benefits combined that make Ecoleaf such an attractive and potentially transformative technology for the industry. This potential has been realised by many brands and printers across Europe in 2022, with many already incorporating Ecoleaf into their production facilities.

Paolo Grasso, sales director for Ecoleaf at Actega, said, “2022 has not been without its challenges but, despite this, it has been a year with a lot to be proud of. Some of the most significant developments on the road to Ecoleaf’s market adoption was the announcement of our first digital partner, Springfield Solutions, and our first OEM partner, AB Graphic International (ABG). In addition to these significant and valuable collaborations helping us drive the conversion to sustainable metallisation forward, numerous other forward-thinking companies committed to orders and installed ECOLEAF units in 2022.”