• Henkel bottle with 50% recycled content

    The new toilet cleaner bottle stands out not only thanks to its convenience and ease of handling but also because of its sustainable properties: It is composed of 50% post-consumer r-PE. This product represents a valuable contribution to a sustainable circular economy, which both Henkel and Greiner Packaging want to foster. For example, the two project partners have signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment launched by the UK-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation. This initiative aims, amongst others, to replace fossil-based virgin plastics with the use of recycled plastics in packaging. Step by step toward a circular economy The new Pro Nature toilet cleaner bottle with 50% post-consumer r-PE is just another example of how Henkel and Greiner Packaging are joining forces to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable packaging solutions that foster a circular economy. Last year, the black bottles for toilet cleaner under the Bref brand produced by Greiner Packaging were relaunched in a sustainable version: As black plastic packaging products represented a challenge for the recycling value chain due to the black masterbatch previously used, Henkel teamed up with its supplier Ampacet to introduce an innovative solution for black plastic packaging that is fully recyclable. The new packaging material uses an alternative, carbon-free black coloring agent – thanks to the new masterbatch, the black bottles now can be correctly identified and sorted by optical sensors at waste sorting plants. Close collaboration for sustainable packaging “We want to contribute to more sustainable packaging, both with regard to recyclability and an increased use of recycled materials. That’s why we are proud to support our partners like Henkel in implementing their innovative and sustainable projects along every step of the way. A true circular economy can only become a reality if everyone works together,” stresses Michael Frick, Global Key Account Director at Greiner Packaging. Abdullah Khan, who is responsible for Sustainable Packaging Laundry & Home Care at Henkel, is also excited about the partnership: Henkel and Greiner Packaging have already implemented a number of innovative packaging concepts together. Our new Pro Nature bottle containing 50% recycled material is a shining example of Henkel’s activities to reach our goal to reduce 50% fossil-based virgin plastics by 2025. Abdullah Khan, responsible for Sustainable Packaging Laundry & Home Care at Henkel

  • Mondi Consumer Flexibles to expand printing capacity and portfolio offering in Russia

    Mondi Consumer Flexibles set to enhance its printing & extrusion capabilities across plants in Aramil and Pereslavl while also improving service and flexibility to customers in Russia

    Mondi to increase rotogravure volumes by adding a machine at Mondi Pereslavl in the first quarter of 2021
    Mondi Aramil will install a nine-layer co-extrusion line to produce high-barrier films by the end of 2020
    Mondi will also expand its offering of sustainable products for the confectionary, food, dry and wet pet food markets

  • McLean Packaging Commits to Completely Renewable Energy

    Moorestown, NJ – McLean Packaging, a turnkey provider of rigid set boxes, folding cartons, corrugated displays and thermoformed packaging solutions with emphasis on the beauty and personal care sectors, has contracted with national energy advisory firm 5 and ENGIE Resources, LLC on a five-year energy agreement that supports the development of renewables. The deal supports McLean’s zero carbon transition and sustainability goals which include sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable resources.

  • The U.S. Plastic Bottle Market to Struggle With the Pandemic and Rising Environmental Concerns

    IndexBox has just published a new report: 'U.S. - Carboys, Bottles And Similar Articles Of Plastics - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights'. Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

    In 2019, the U.S. plastic bottle market increased by 0.1% to $11.5B, rising for the third consecutive year after two years of decline. Over the period under review, consumption recorded a relatively flat trend pattern.

  • L’Oreal announces ambitious packaging targets for Garnier brand

    Garnier’s ‘Green Beauty’ initiative is a complete end to end approach to sustainability. The aim is to transform every stage of Garnier’s value chain, reducing environmental impact. By 2025, Garnier aims to use zero virgin Ppastic in all packaging, saving and estimated 37,000 tonnes of plastic every year. In the same time frame the beauty products giant plans to ensure all packaging will be either reusable, recyclable or compostable. Additionally, there will be a renewable energy push with the aim to have 100% Carbon Neutral industrial sites by 2025; CO2 emissions at the sites have been cut by 72%. A Sustainability Progress Report has been launched on Garnier’s website, which has been assessed by external auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers. Adrien Koskas, Garnier global brand President, said: “Green Beauty will transform the way we do business. Developed with the help of our partners, researchers and customers, this initiative highlights a range of ambitious goals, underpinned by tangible targets. We pledge to lessen our impact on the planet and innovate for a sustainable future. It will take time, but Green Beauty will transform Garnier, and we hope the beauty industry as a whole.”

  • Mitsubishi HiTec Paper receives seal of approval from BG RCI

    The DIN ISO 45001 for occupational health and safety management "AGM" replaces the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 standard, which was withdrawn in 2018 and was mainly used by companies in the chemicals, paper and sugar sectors. The new standard now also requires the assessment of risks and opportunities and a proactive prevention approach, thus increasing the demands on senior and middle management. When companies are preparing for assessment for the "Safe with a System" seal of approval with the additional module DIN ISO 45001, certain legal requirements have to be met and competence criteria for employees, whose participation play an important role, have to be determined. Managing Director Dr. Martin Schreer is convinced that "If you think about the safety and health of your employees from the outset, you will achieve more for your company and your economic success in the long term. This assessment and the certification of our occupational health and safety management are logical steps for us to further advance occupational safety in our company. Our exemplary company integration management, which was awarded the "Action Alliance Schleswig-Holstein", ideally complements the “AGM” system." The new DIN ISO 45001 certification is another component of the voluntary compliance system at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. At the same time, the monitoring audits of the integrated management systems DIN EN ISO 9001 (quality management), DIN EN ISO 14001 (environmental management) and DIN EN ISO 50001 (energy management) have been carried out successfully for both locations. Regular certifications by the independent auditors from TÜV Nord underscore the high demands that Mitsubishi HiTec Paper places on itself in order to continue to be a reliable partner for customers.

  • Always hand in hand with our customers: MG2 remote solutions

    We introduced a series of technological projects being particularly useful in managing situations that impose the distance between people, by always focusing on one goal: to be as closer as possible to out partners. For many years, our website has offered a series of 24-hour services such as the access to the technical documentation on the Onlineservice platform, through a dedicated account, which gives our customers the opportunity to both view the specific documentation of his machine and access to the spare parts catalogue. It allows to guarantee immediate support in case of technical problems, breakages and wearing issues. In order to solve the difficulties arising from the existing hindrances to the movement of both people and goods during spring 2020, we have also activated an extraordinary on-site repair service. Thanks to this service, the customers can send the machine parts to our Pianoro headquarters where they are repaired and sent back to them.

  • Highest efficiency applied to fresh vegetables sector

    The line is capable of producing up to 120 (60+60) pillow bag packs per minute from 100 to 500 gr and more. The MBP Line in 8 advantages Space: occupies 3.1 square meters with 2.1 meters width It always guarantees 50% of the production in case one of the 2 machines stops and offers the possibility to increase the speed of the packaging machine at work. The 16C2 DMA Twin weigher, equipped with memory baskets, offers extraordinary weighing accuracy. The swivel cone, the special embossed sheet metal finish and the IP67 degree of protection make it perfect for the fresh vegetable sector. The changeover on the two machines takes 12 minutes in total. The display shows the end time of the reel. Unique HMI panel to manage weighing and packaging machines Web cam for remote line control Industry 4.0 package included as standard The line has been appreciated by many customers in the industry for its efficiency, stability and simplicity.

  • Beverage can laser coding

    Up until recently, the coding of these aluminium cans has been done with ink. However, ink is not an optimal coding system due to the environment in which it is produced which can affect its readability and adhesion. For that reason, it is common to find duplicate coding on the cans, which go through two coding systems in line, increasing operational costs. The optimal alternative to this coding is the use of fiber lasers. This is where the radiation (with a wavelength of 1064 nanometres) generates an engraving reaction in the aluminium which, although it does not generate a colour change, does produce excellent visibility as well as ensuring an effective, reliable and sustainable coding system without the use of inks. As the production rates are so high and a large number of characters must be encoded, the best solution is to use ultra high speed (UHS) and high-power equipment, such as Macsa ID’s SPA F-9050 UHS. The 100×100 mm lens used, provides a compromise between the energy density needed to generate a durable mark and the depth of focus needed to work on the curved bottom of the can without losing coding capability. The characteristics of this system mean that it is possible to code up to 120,000 cans per hour, increasing the production rate without having to duplicate the coding system, making it an optimal solution also from a cost point of view. Technical information about beverage can laser coding Laser: F-9050-UHS Lens: 100×100 mm. Market: Beverage Application type: Coding Product: Drink cans Material: Aluminium Marking type: Dynamic Marking time: 0.03 seconds

  • Traceability in the production process

    Types of traceability Four different types/stages can be distinguished in the life of a product, depending on the type of business or product to be traced: Raw materials: identification of the components that make up the product Production/verification: until we get our final product Packing/Aggregation: from the completed unit through to its final packaging Logistics: from shipment to the end user Shall we define traceability? Traceability is the ability to retrieve the full history or location of an item or product by means of recorded identification. All in all, to register all the information of a product, such as manufacturers, suppliers, distributors. This information is tracked in all processes, from raw material allocation, processing, handling, assembly to distribution and sale. Types of traceability Four different types/stages can be distinguished in the life of a product, depending on the type of business or product to be traced: Raw materials: identification of the components that make up the product Production/verification: until we get our final product Packing/Aggregation: from the completed unit through to its final packaging Logistics: from shipment to the end user traceability Traceability in the production process This is also called internal traceability, and is the most important of those previously mentioned when it comes to the creation or transformation of a product. Thanks to this information, it is possible to retrieve the complete historical record of a product through its internal processes, including its handling, its composition, the machinery used, its schedule, its temperature, its batch, etc. In other words, all the indicators that make or may make the product stand out for the end user. The aim is to be able to record information from each stage of production. The production/assembly/transformation phases may vary, but in all of them we can store the following information: Operator Start time Duration Assembled components (supplier/batch) Verification test Machine code Incidents This process involves marking the individual product with a unique code, which we call serialization, and identifying it in each of the production processes. Throughout the manufacturing process of the product or item it may also be necessary to add different raw materials in order to complete it, and consequently these must be identified and correctly coded in order to be registered. All this data can be entered manually or automatically, depending on the production line. Benefits of internal traceability A well-executed traceability system in the production process brings great benefits, such as Optimization in the supply chain, meaning more efficient management in logistics. Increased productivity, as it is possible to know the output per machine, time per phase / stage / product. Complaint and recall management, meaning that possibly defective items can be located Prevents counterfeiting A better service to the end user

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