Arno Melchior


I started as a Mechanical Engineer with GM in Germany developing underbodies for cars. My career in Packaging started in 1988 with Merck. When Germany introduced the Packaging legislation in 1991 I joined Reckitt & Colman to start their Packaging Development Department. This was also the start of my Sustainability journey. I later moved to France to work as European Packaging Manager before I joined Benckiser. Shortly afterwards Reckitt and Benckiser merged and for four years I ran a Global program to harmonise and optimise their Packaging.

In 2004 I took over my current position and moved to Slough, UK where I am still based.

I am the chair of the Packaging Task Force of A.I.S.E. (International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products) and I hold the same role at the German Detergents and Cosmetics Manufacturers Association.