Jan Driessens, Helvetia Metal Bottle Company, Switzerland
A former president of Ball Packaging Europe, Jan Driessens is well known in the packaging industry, having held leadership roles in both the paper and metal packaging industries.
He started out in the 1970s as a hydraulics and electronics engineer in Europe and the US, moving into bag manufacturing in 1987 with Bates Cepro, which is now Mondi Packaging, in The Netherlands.
He switched to canmaking in 1994, joining Schmalbach-Lubeca in sales and marketing and business development and played a key role when its beverage can division was acquired by Ball in 2002.
As president of Ball Packaging Europe, in 2003 Jan introduced the sleek can to the market, set up a number of new beverage can plants in Europe and the Middle East, dealt with the German deposit system and became a strong proponent of sustainability in packaging and recycling.
He supports the industry on government legislation in Europe and contributes articles to The Canmaker magazine as a member of its editorial board.
In 2009 he was knighted by the Dutch queen and in 2005 received a Medal of Honour in Serbia for his efforts to contribute to economic growth by building a beverage metal can plant.
Jan has emerged from semi-retirement to set up a new venture that will manufacture lightweight aluminium bottles for the beer and beverage industry called Helvetia Metal Bottle Company, and based in Switzerland.
Jan is convinced that ‘the DWI metal bottle is a unique premium and innovative packaging solution, which will help customers enjoy better positioning both in the on-trade as well as off-trade distribution channels, ultimately leading to margin enhancement’.
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