This week’s special #MeetOurPeople feature comes from Peter Henstra, Continuous Improvement Manager for Wipak B.V., where he helps department leaders find ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
What do you do with Wipak?
My role within Wipak is very diverse but my main responsibility is bridging the ‘culture’ gaps between the different departments, searching for solutions with small teams who work together closely. I try to create a good support foundation to make sure actions have a greater potential for success.
How do you contribute to Wipak’s sustainability goals?
My thoughts on sustainability are always progressing. On the CO2 reduction team, we mainly look at decreasing our energy consumption and reducing the usage of raw materials. But this is only one part of the sustainability story. Recyclability of the materials and/or circular use of the raw materials is also important. In the food business, there are already good developments in this direction.
Since we are a converting plant and do not produce the materials we use ourselves, our influence on the development part is very slim. In the local BV CO2 meetings, it is regularly discussed how we can support the Group even more, on top of our other actions, in fulfilling its CO2 strategy.
What is special about your site?
I am not sure if this is unique (I hope not), but what I appreciate about BV is the atmosphere – the team are always on top of things. If someone is in need of support, they will get it. Since we’re a small plant, we need this kind of spirit to create a flexible and fast-acting basis for building our future.
Tell us about yourself!
Something not many people know is that I am slightly addicted to building with LEGO!
We are proud of the dedication of every member of the Wipak family and our thanks go to Peter for sharing his perspective. Check out our last Meet Our People feature on Managing Director and cross-country skiing enthusiast, Tuija Suur-Hamari, and stay tuned for more!