• Messe Frankfurt India announces Medical Device Innovation Summit to address growing demand for specialised medical equipment

    As the nation continues its battle against Covid-19, together with the healthcare workers on the frontline, the pharma and medical device industries have been actively playing a crucial role and strengthening efforts to ensure best healthcare services and medical equipments. With India standing as the most prominent destination for medical tourism as well as a leading player in the global pharmaceuticals industry, demand for specialized, high-tech medical equipment is expected to surge.
  • Building on LCAs: Holistic Packaging Sustainability Assessments

    How brand owners can communicate sustainability performance more effectively Information: AMSTERDAM (August 26, 2020) – A new White Paper from Trivium Packaging examines the role of traditional Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools, and argues the case for a more holistic approach that reveals the wider impact of packaging materials on the waste stream and shelf life.
  • rPET – A glimpse into a pilot project

    The use of recycled plastic has only recently been rendered mandatory in various regulations worldwide – in quite different ways and at different times, but the trend is unambiguous: the use of recycled PET for containers has been rising, as has the demand for it. So we in the Plastics Technology Division at Krones AG have also been devoting our attention for years now to recycled PET (or rPET for short) – here, the focus is on the resultant container: our clients’ product. Empirical data on how to handle rPET What our customers want to know from the Krones experts first and foremost is whether – and if so – what influence rPET exerts on the process engineering and energy consumption levels involved, and on food safety. So as to research precisely this in even greater depth, the “PET Packaging Development and Consulting” group of Krones AG launched a pilot project in late 2019. For the different series of trials, a variety of container geometries – ranging from simple to ultra-complex, and from typical to rather out-of-the-ordinary – could be produced by means of a modularised mould. So this makes for economical use of resources both for production and the test set-up itself – all in line with the higher-order imperative of sustainability. By running tests with disparate container geometries, we have been able to effectively check whether there are any restrictions in terms of container design and whether the bottle’s mechanical performance changes when rPET is added to the preform: “design from recycling” and “design for recycling” is the watchword. Changes in this context could, for example, include a more viscous behaviour in the stretch blow-moulding process, different reshrink characteristics of ageing containers or visual impairments like what are called black specks. These latter are caused by plastic types other than PET encountered as contaminants in the PET recycling flow. These non-PET plastics carbonise due to further processing of the material and are then visible as black specks. It would be desirable, of course, if the material flows did not contain any contaminants of that kind in the first place – this could be assured either by suitable collection systems, of the type we have in Germany in the shape of the reverse vending machines, or by regulatory exclusion of certain materials for bottle dress and closure, etc. The questions of whether – and if so – what influence these plastic contaminants have on the food safety of the product filled were like examined in the pilot project, with assistance from the Fraunhofer Institute and found to be non-critical. For the time being, however, we will have to live with the possibility of visual impairments – but Krones AG can already offer a solution even for this so that our customers need not worry at all about the visual appearance of their products when filling them in PET bottles: the inspection technology in our machines and lines enables any contaminated preforms or bottles to be detected at an early stage, rejected and passed to another recycling process. Admittedly, experience has shown that this increases what is called the scrap rate – but the material concerned is not lost, and the additional energy needed remains very small as compared to using virgin PET. The illustration below shows how much energy is consumed for obtaining virgin PET, and producing and converting containers made of it as compared to that consumed for bottles made of rPET: Fig. 1: Energy consumed in the production of virgin PET right up to the finished bottle (left) and in the recycling process of the used bottles collected right up to producing a new PET bottle (right) (IM: injection moulding; SBM: stretch blow-moulding) As a rule, visual impairments also include coloration changes in the PET material caused by the recycling process. Containers made of rPET appear somewhat darker, yellower – or also sometimes somewhat greyer. Some of our customers who are already producing their containers from rPET dye the material with blue or green pigments, so as to conceal the yellowing. But in our view, it can also have a beneficial effect when consumers can see that a particular container is a recycled one – just as with recycled paper, a slightly grey discoloration of a PET bottle may become a status symbol and address a quite specific user group. Latest research at Krones Aurélie Börmann is a chemical engineer and has been working at Krones AG in the “PET Packaging Development and Consulting” group since 2017. In the interdisciplinary team, she has been responsible for conducting and evaluating the series of trials to do with rPET performed so far. Aurélie, what exactly was the goal of the current series of trials? The goal of this series of trials was to examine the material, the process settings, the bottle performance, design restrictions if any, and product safety with a rising proportion of recycled PET. Where there any results that came as a surprise to you? Despite the rising content of rPET in the preforms, only minimal modifications had to be made to the blow-moulding process; what’s more, energy input remained the same. What was gratifying, of course, was the fact that all container geometries tested – ranging as you mentioned above from simple to ultra-complex – produced excellent results so that we could not find any restriction on container design. A pleasant side effect likewise won me over: the greyish touch lends the material a certain degree of elegance, manifesting the bottle of tomorrow! Are there any restriction on rPET in terms of process engineering? In purely chemical terms, rPET is not any different from PET. The challenges involved are rather to be found in the quality of the input material. Correspondingly, there are no unambiguously anticipated restrictions in terms of processability, of the kind possibly encountered with other materials. In regard to our series of trials, we succeeded – as mentioned earlier – in proving that all bottle geometries complied with the container specifications to an equally good effect, irrespective of the rPET content. What material exactly was examined? The recycled material we examined is called MOPET ®, comes from the Netherlands and was produced mainly from bottles and possibly also from display trays that had previously been used for food and beverage packaging. A small proportion (< 5 %) could also be accounted for by non-food containers, like PET bottles for soap, detergents, etc. The Netherlands possess a PET deposit system with very high return ratios. So we presume that the majority of our material originates from this material flow. The advantage is that what’s involved here is possibly a very pure closed cycle with only a few contaminants. This had a beneficial effect on our results since the scrap rate was more or less zero per cent. What are the next steps in the project? During the first series of trials, an extremely fit-for-purpose preform-bottle combination was chosen, thus rendering possible a very large process window for the moulding function. Now it would be worth considering to what extent the material can be stressed, and what behaviour the process windows will show for lightweight containers, for example. Moreover, we will in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute be conducting further trials on product safety. From the present point of view, what would you recommend to our customers? Consumption of fossil resources should be avoided, and the use of sustainable materials encouraged. By using more recycled PET in beverage bottles, we can contribute our share to transforming the market and getting it closer to a closed-cycle economy. rPET has been processed on Krones blow-moulders for years now and shows no significant restrictions in terms of processability, quality and food safety. The colour change caused by repeated heat-up and melting could in future even become a status symbol: we are committed to resource-economy use of resources!

  • Building on LCAs: Holistic Packaging Sustainability Assessments

    How brand owners can communicate sustainability performance more effectively Information: AMSTERDAM (August 26, 2020) – A new White Paper from Trivium Packaging examines the role of traditional Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools, and argues the case for a more holistic approach that reveals the wider impact of packaging materials on the waste stream and shelf life. With origins in the 1960s, existing LCAs form the basis of international standards such as ISO 14040, and are especially valuable when assessing CO2 emissions.

  • Be Green Packaging Will be Exhibiting at the Pack Expo Show in Las Vegas

    At the Pack Expo show we will feature our full Foodservice line of sustainable fiber products in addition to our custom specialty Foodservice capabilities including embossing, custom designs and laminations. Please join us for a cup of coffee and experience our newly released Fiber Coffee Lid. The new lid fits cup sizes 12-16 ounce and is recommended for up to 6 hours use. We will also feature samples of our Custom CPG and Retail packaging capabilities and solutions. Produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, will span 900,000 net square feet of exhibit space and attract visitors from more than 125 countries. As the largest gathering of packaging suppliers and manufacturers of goods, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, in North America this year, this event will showcase the innovation driving the industry. Please make sure to schedule your visit with us and have a cup of coffee with our new fiber lid.

  • Aptar’s Emission Reduction Goals Validated by Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi)

    The Science Based Targets initiative is a collaboration between the CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Its aim is to establish science-based climate targets as standard business practice, by defining and promoting best practice in science-based target setting. By joining this initiative, Aptar will work to align with climate science and supports the transition to a low-carbon economy. Aptar formalized its science-based targets setting an emissions reduction goal consistent with requirements to keep global warming well-below 2° Celsius by year 2030. This science-based approach incorporates Aptar’s own operations electricity, fuel oil, natural gas and refrigerant use (scope 1 + 2) and operations within the value chain including transportation of goods, raw materials, travel and commuting (scope 3). “We are extremely proud to advance our efforts to make Aptar an even more sustainable, truly global and inclusive company. Our business strategy focuses on reducing our environmental impact while living up to our purpose and responsibility to society. We remain committed to running and encouraging increasingly energy efficient operations along the entire value chain,” said Stephan B. Tanda, Aptar President and CEO. Aptar’s targets approved by the SBTi are: Aptar commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 28%by 2030 from a 2019 base year (well-below 2°C) Aptar commits to increase annual sourcing of renewable electricity from 57% of total consumption in 2019 to 100% by 2030 Aptar also commits to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions 14% by 2030 from a 2019 base year (in-line with 2°C) The actions Aptar takes, and the products and solutions it provides, play an important role in improving everyday life for patients and consumers around the world. Aptar will continue to advance its energy-efficient solutions through reducing emissions and sourcing renewable energy.

  • The U.S. Conveyor and Conveying Equipment Market to Lose Growth Momentum Due to the Pandemic

    IndexBox has just published a new report: 'U.S. Conveyor And Conveying Equipment Market. Analysis And Forecast to 2025'. Here is a summary of the report's key findings. The COVID-Related Recession Is to Undermine the Growth of the Industrial Sector, Which Is to Hamper Conveyor Market Growth
  • Reifenhäuser Group hands over cheqpacs to digital agency spacepilots

    The Reifenhäuser Group is handing over the cheqpacs sustainability app to its previous development partner spacepilots, a Cologne-based digital agency. With cheqpacs, Reifenhäuser presented an evaluation tool in October 2019 that informs consumers about the resource efficiency, recyclability and recycled content after scanning a packaging. The app already has a large user group in Germany. Spacepilots will now implement the scaling and internationalization of the app.
  • APR acknowledges recycle-readiness of AmPrima™ PE Plus heat resistance

    The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has notified Amcor that the AmPrima™ PE Plus recycle ready solution with heat-resistance has met APR’s responsible innovation requirements for moulded parts and films over three mils in thickness. Amcor’s AmPrima recycle ready solutions offer customers a more sustainable choice for their flexible packaging needs without compromising performance. AmPrima PE Plus with heat resistance was developed to meet more critical requirements for demanding applications such as flow-wraps, pouches with spouts, lidding and more.
  • Manjushree Technopack Launches New Initiative To Deliver Recycled Packaging

    Born Again, (a venture under MTL New Initiatives Ltd), is MTL’s first step towards building an ecosystem of circular consumption. It is vertically integrated with the plastic waste collection ecosystem, with an objective to reduce the amount of plastic waste going to landfills and to deliver virgin-like quality PCR (Post Consumer Recycled) resin (PP and HDPE) to FMCG customers. As more and more companies pledge towards reduction of plastic waste and move towards 100 percent recyclable packaging, it is an opportune time for MTL to enable brands with packaging solutions made from recycled plastics. MTL already has in-principle arrangement with several Global and domestic FMCG brands for their PCR requirements. In the first phase, MTL will use PCR resins to produce non-food packaging (personal care, home care, lubricants, paints etc.) and secondary packaging for food products. The first of the company’s state-of-the-art recycling plants was inaugurated today in Bidadi Industrial Area, Bangalore. Radha Mohan Gupta, Regional Procurement Director (South Asia), Reckitt Benckiser, lit the ceremonial lamp virtually and Ullas Kamath, Joint Managing Director, Jyothy Labs, cut the ribbon at the venue. The plant has the capacity to process more than 6,000 Metric Tonnes (MT) of rigid plastic virgin-like quality PCR resin per annum. The company intends to set up multiple recycling plants across India over the next 2 years with a total capacity of close to 20,000 MT. Sanjay Kapote, CEO, MTL commented “Sustainability is an integral part of our business goals. Today, brands are eagerly looking for reliable solution providers who can help them with post-consumer recyclable waste material of their products. We are very keen to support the circular economy and strongly see the potential to become one of the few players in the industry to offer brands end-to-end solutions for recycling and EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility). MTL’s recycling plant in Bangalore and our collaboration with SZW is our first step towards bringing more structure to the highly unorganized collection of plastic waste.” The demand for Post-Consumer Recyclables is projected to grow from USD 7.7 billion in 2019 to USD 10.2 billion by 2024. However, the biggest factor hindering the production of PCR at scale in India is the unorganised waste collection and segregation mechanism leading to scrap contamination. For the recycling plant in Bangalore, MTL has partnered with a leading social enterprise, Saahas Zero Waste (SZW) to collect the plastic waste generated across the city. SZW manages 38 tonnes of waste per day across Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Goa.

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