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Hoffman names new executives

| March 4, 2015

Hoffman, a Swiss supplier of tobacco packaging, has named two new executives: Thomas Pivko and Jorg Helas. Pivko, who became a member of the executive management for Hoffmann Neopac AG on Jan. 1, will succeed Kurt Luthi as head of sales for tins at Hoffman. Luthi retired at the end of 2014 after serving for many years as director of sales and marketing. Pivko has worked for the company as sales manager since 2011, acquiring new international customers and maintaining key accounts. Before he joined Hoffman, Pivko spent 12 years in the packaging industry, serving in the roles of key account manager, sales manager and product manager.

“I’m excited about the new challenge and approaching it with passion and focus,” said Pivko. “Thanks for your confidence in me and the entire Hoffmann sales team—and I look forward to continuing the great collaboration.”

Helas, who also joined the company in 2011, will succeed Artur Wichowski as Hoffman’s new head of development in Thun, Switzerland, under the leadership of Andreas Geiger. Prior to his work at Hoffman, Helas spent several years working as a project manager in the packaging industry.

“I’m pleased to have already launched a new tin this year, which is unique in terms of form and function,” he said.

 

Jorg Helas

Jorg Helas

Thomas Pivko

Thomas Pivko

 

Hoffmann awarded World Star

| April 5, 2013

Winston_Avant_Edition_smallHoffmann Neopac has won a World Star Award for its Winston Avant Edition cigarette pack. The World Star Organization gives out awards annually for innovations in packaging. This year, more than 315 entrants competed.

Previously, the Winston Avant Edition had won the German Packaging Award.

According to Hoffman, the Winston Avant Edition has redefined cigarette promotional packaging. The company developed a mechanism that simultaneously opens and lifts the product. Both functions can be triggered using only one hand. Despite its sophisticated features, the package is slim.

Also unique is the combination of tin plate and plastic. The tin plate shell enhances the premium character of the packaging. It adheres to the plastic part with an innovative adhesive bond using specially designed gluing machines.

Hoffmann also won a World Star Award for a tube it developed for the medical industry.

Based in Switzerland, Hoffmann Neopac is a family-owned business with a history of more than 100 years. The company produces pocket packs using metal or combinations of metal and plastic, as well as tins for the tins for a variety of industries, including tobacco.