• Mondelēz International commits to further reduction in use of virgin plastic


    “Our support for a more sustainable future for plastics is clear,” said Dirk Van de Put, chairman and CEO at Mondelēz International. “We’re already one of the most efficient users of plastic packaging in the consumer goods space and we’ve made significant strides to reduce plastic packaging use, substitute plastics for other materials, and design for recyclability.”

    These commitments build on the company’s existing 2025 goals to use 5% recycled content by weight across its plastic packaging and to design all packaging for recyclability, a goal Mondelēz says it is on track to achieve with 94% of packaging reportedly already designed to be recycled.

    The company says that it currently invests over $30 million a year in technology, resources, and recycling infrastructure and anticipates an acceleration in this investment over time. In total, between 2019 and 2025, Mondelēz International anticipates spending approximately $300 million on projects related to sustainability in plastics.

    It is the view of the company that recycling infrastructure improvements, such as those proposed under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes, are needed globally, particularly for flexible films.

    Commenting on this, Christine Montenegro McGrath, vice president and chief of impact, says: “Increasing recyclability of materials is a great start, but we need actual recycling rates of various materials to increase.

    “Compared to rigid plastics like PET, flexible plastic films, like the flow wraps we use on our snacks, are still difficult to collect, sort and reprocess economically, because the infrastructure doesn’t exist yet for this to be done at scale. We are committed to playing our part to improve this, including partnering with stakeholders across sectors to drive action to combat plastics pollution.”

    Mondelēz International is an active participant in the Consumer Goods Forum Plastic Coalition of Action; the Business Call for a Global UN Treaty on Plastics Pollution; the U.S. Plastics Pact; the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment; the New Plastics Economy Initiative; the European CEFLEX initiative; the UK Plastics Pact and the UK Flexible Plastic Fund (formerly known as EPPIC); and the Australia/New Zealand Plastics Pact, among others.

    Mondelēz International reports on the progress it is making against its environment, social sustainability and governance commitments, strategies, and goals in the Snacking Made Right Report, which is published annually in early May.

  • Christian Traumann now represents the packaging technology sector in the DIN Presidium

    Wolfertschwenden, 10 March 2021 - Christian Traumann, Group President of MULTIVAC, has been elected to the Presidium of the German Institute for Standardisation (DIN). He will represent the packaging technology sector for his period in office from 2021 to 2026. 

  • EU beverage packaging aims to be fully circular by 2030


    “Our goal is that beverage packaging achieves full circularity and is recognised as a resource in a circular economy: it has value, is recyclable, is collected and used as recycled content,” said Ian Ellington, UNESDA president and SVP and Chief Category Officer, PepsiCo Europe. “We believe that packaging is a resource that should never be wasted and are taking numerous actions to achieve full circularity and support the European Commission’s agenda of accelerating the transition towards a green economy.”

    A circular packaging is designed to contain recycled content, is recyclable and possibly also reusable; it is therefore part of a circular economy where the waste management and recycling infrastructure allows it to be widely collected, recycled and reused.

    UNESDA says its members will deliver their Vision through these three equal pillars of circularity:

    Collect: striving to achieve closed-loop collection of beverage packaging supporting:

    Creation of closed-loop beverage packaging collection and recycling systems to accelerate achievement of the target of at least 90% collection of all its packaging by 2030[3]
    Wider introduction of well-designed Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) for PET, aluminium cans and other materials (depending on the local situation) when 90% collection by existing Extended Producer Responsibility systems is not achievable.
    Recycle: using only packaging that is circular by design and boosting uptake of rPET in beverage packaging to deliver:

    By 2025:
    Beverage packaging (plastic, metal, glass) will be 100% recyclable
    All soft drinks PET bottles will contain a minimum average of 50% rPET
    By 2030: The ambition is for PET bottles to be made from 100% recycled and/or renewable material if technically and economically feasible – thereby moving away from fossil fuel sources.
    Reduce and reuse: reducing the sector’s packaging footprint and increasing the use of refillable packaging:

    Aiming to use more refillable packaging by 2030 compared with 2020[4]
    Studying the best environmental and economic pathway to increase use of refillable models.
    Innovation is at the heart of circularity and the sector will continue investing in recycling technologies – including enhanced recycling – to improve their efficiency and financial performance. By combining mechanically recycled PET, enhanced recycled PET and renewable PET it is possible to reduce the carbon footprint of packaging and deliver products in a safe and sustainable packaging.

    Europe’s soft drinks industry says it fully supports the EU ambition of making Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and building a European circular economy – including packaging circularity.

    To deliver its Vision, the sector will need coherent support from EU authorities and national governments including:

    long-term perspective and legal certainty as well as protecting the single market;
    a well-functioning secondary raw materials market that gives the soft drinks sector access to sufficient high quality rPET in order to meet its obligations under EU law, without compromising on safety standards and avoiding downcycling;
    increased investment in waste management and recycling infrastructure;
    an EU framework enabling innovative recycling technologies;
    EU minimum requirements for new DRS across Europe
    clear definitions of recyclability that foster innovation and investment.
    “Our Circular Packaging Vision 2030 demonstrates that Europe’s soft drinks industry wants to continue to be a part of the solution,” concluded Ellington. “Circularity works and we are ready to make long-term investments in supporting and accompanying the transition to ensure that none of our packaging ends up as litter.”

  • UNITED CAPS Reports on Progress in Asian Markets and Status of New Dinnington Factory

    Progress against strategic growth initiatives highlighted at UNITED VIRTUALLY event
    Wiltz, Luxembourg, 8. March 2021 – UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, today reported that it is meeting its strategic growth initiatives despite the pandemic, enabling the company to continue to provide exceptional customer support, both in terms of implementation of existing caps and closures for new products, as well as continuing to generate 50% of its business from bespoke development of caps and closures to meet specific customer needs.

  • Duallok support Canadian Cannabis brands with Toronto stock of child-resistant packaging available now

    Duallok Supports Canadian Cannabis Brands With Toronto's Inventory Of Child-Safe Packaging Available Now

    TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, March 4, 2021 / EINPresswire.com / - English Press Release
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    Marketing Cannabis in Canada is a complex process, and rightly so, but making one step easier to navigate, Duallok have announced the expansion of their child-resistant packaging inventory to Toronto, Canada.

  • Xeikon introduces new press based on SIRIUS technology

    Lier, Belgium, 05 March 2021 – Xeikon has introduced a new addition to its graphic arts and commercial product portfolio with the launch of the Xeikon SX20000 digital colour press. This is the second duplex press to come to market based on Xeikon’s SIRIUS dry toner technology, and it presents an excellent value proposition for printers looking for a cost-effective machine that will give them superior image quality, perfect registration front to back and exceptional colour quality control.

  • SDPS enjoys benefits of upgrade to Onset X2 HS during pandemic-hit year


    Based in Saint-Denis-sur-Sarthon, Normandy, SDPS is a leading supplier of high quality wide format print to the French POP and POS market. The company installed its first Onset X2 in 2016 and followed that with a second installation the following year. Three years on, in the summer of 2020, they decided to take the opportunity to upgrade to the Onset X2 HS, which was launched by Fujifilm and Inca Digital in 2019.

    “We were very happy with the two X2 machines,” says Richard Charrier, Technical Director at SDPS. “They are highly productive – the best on the market – but we saw an opportunity to boost our production speeds even further if we invested in an HS model.”
    The Onset X2 HS was installed in August, with the accompanying robotic arm system having to follow later due to COVID restrictions. Neither Charrier, nor company CEO Regis Broussin have been disappointed. “Job set-up times are much faster now,” says Broussin. “We’re saving five to ten minutes in set-up time with every job, and with anywhere from two to ten jobs in a typical shift, that time saving quickly adds up.”

    Nor is it just with the job set-up that time savings are being made. “The printing speed is faster as well,” Broussin adds. “The heads adjust more quickly and the loading and unloading is much smoother. All together we’re saving one-and-a-half to two hours of production time every shift. What that has meant is that we’ve moved from a pattern of three eight hour shifts per day to three seven hour shifts per day. We’ve also now been able to start closing the factory on Saturday mornings and giving everyone a welcome break. And we’ve been able to do all of that while maintaining the same levels of production as before.”

    Charrier notes that the quality the Onset range is known for is still very much there. “The extra speed hasn’t affected the quality at all,” he comments. “It’s still every bit as good and our customers are delighted with it.”

    Like all print businesses in Europe, SDPS faced significant challenges in 2020 as a result of the pandemic. “A lot of our usual work dropped off during the first lockdown in the spring,” says Broussin. “It picked up rapidly in July and August – we were much busier then than we normally would be – but overall it’s certainly been a very tough year.

    “Looking ahead, the print production market is very competitive and I expect to see a bit of a price war next year among us and our competitors. Having an exceptionally reliable, high quality and high productivity machine like the Onset is certainly an advantage for us in that scenario.”

    Jerome Delplanque, Commercial Director, Wide Format, Fujifilm Graphic Systems France says: “SDPS has been a valued customer of Fujifilm’s for a number of years now. Having been with them for so many new steps on their journey, we’re delighted to have been able to give their production yet another boost with our latest high speed Onset model. In what has been a very tough year for all of us, SDPS has performed admirably well and we’re proud to be working with them.”


    About FUJIFILM Corporation

    FUJIFILM Corporation is one of the major operating companies of FUJIFILM Holdings. Since its founding in 1934, the company has built up a wealth of advanced technologies in the field of photo imaging, and in line with its efforts to become a comprehensive healthcare company, Fujifilm is now applying these technologies to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the Medical and Life Science fields. Fujifilm is also expanding growth in the highly functional materials business, including flat panel display materials, and in the graphic systems and optical devices businesses.

    About Fujifilm Graphic Systems

    Fujifilm Graphic Systems is a stable, long term partner focussed on delivering high quality, technically advanced print solutions that help printers develop competitive advantage and grow their businesses. The company’s financial stability and unprecedented investment in R&D enable it to develop proprietary technologies for best-in-class printing. These include pre-press and pressroom solutions for offset, wide-format and digital print, as well as workflow software for print production management. Fujifilm is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its products and operations, proactively working to preserve the environment, and strives to educate printers about environmental best practice. For more information, visit www.fujifilm.eu/eu/products/graphic-systems/, or www.youtube.com/FujifilmGSEurope or follow us on @FujifilmPrint

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  • A tour of our quality process


    Now it’s time to put on our safety helmets and enter the Focke Meler strength testing room. The sound you can hear is the result of multiple installations operating continuously and simultaneously. The technicians working here are from the R&D&i Department and it is their job to predict the durability of products and guarantee their performance in the market.

    Our equipment and components here have to pass extreme tests where the time factor plays a fundamental role. These tests include working with several types of adhesives (at several temperatures, pressures, etc.,) accelerated operating cycles, as well as performance checks on equipment with multiple firing patterns.
    Josetxo Zabalza, the Director of the R&D&i Department points out that the aim of this room is to check the performance of our equipment in a potentially complex scenario for our customers. To predict a failure ahead of time helps us to avoid it.

    These types of environments also permit simulations of the working conditions the prototypes will be exposed to: “We are currently testing the performance of a new generation of high-performance applicators. The tests being carried out augur well for their market launch.” (Íñigo Pla, the R&D Engineer in charge of durability).

    An equipment’s quality should not be measured on the basis of the first time it is used, but by paying attention to how it ages. Hence the need for the quality process to take several variables into account, such as the equipment’s use, maintenance and age.

    Focke Meler’s quality process aims to ensure that our equipment maintains its quality despite its age and provides our customers with the best possible service.

  • Neopac Wins Tube Council Award for High-Barrier, Easy-Application Solution for Veterinary Products

    Antiparasitic Revolt™ Topical Solution from Aurora Pharmaceuticals housed in customized version of Neopac’s Twist’n’use™ tube for competitive differentiation.

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