• Aptar Beauty + Home receives two sustainability certifications – ISCC and Cyclos-HTP for the Airless range

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    • REN Clean Skincare EVERCALM Global Protection Day Cream launched the world’s first cosmetics packaging using ISCC PLUS certified 100% PCR plastic (post-consumer recycled)

    • German skincare brand Annemarie Börlind chose the 50ml Mezzo in PCR for the launch of its System Energy Boost day cream for men

    • Italian skincare brand Collistar chose a Mezzo airless solution made from ISCC certified PCR for its January 2021 launch of three 80ml Hydra Uomo skincare products. Collistar leaned heavily on the sustainable qualities of the packaging, pointing out the bottles use a reduced number of components and are made from a recycled circular plastic, which has the same qualities, characteristics, and security as conventional plastics

    • Nano by Aptar Certified Cyclos-HTP ‘Class AAA’ with a 97-98% recyclability rate, Nano 10ml is a top-fill, travel size airless dispenser produced in a 100% plastic material of the brand’s choice. Its patented airless system guarantees the formula stays protected from air and light, while the double-valve pump and self-priming system deliver precise dosage and 360° dispensing. A high evacuation rate ensures most of the formula is dispensed, eliminating formula waste from being stuck inside the pack. Nano is also available as a full-service offer

    “At Aptar Beauty + Home, we are very proud of these certifications and we will continue our commitment to working with certified sustainable materials. We are focusing on PCR resins; we call it PCR PLUS materials. On one hand we aim to implement PCR PLUS materials, and on the other we want to increase the PCR ratio in our system. With more innovative sustainable solutions to come in the near future” shares Fabrice Vaudran, Project Manager Airless Expert Center, Aptar Beauty + Home Villingen Facility.

    Aptar Beauty + Home supports and shares its partners’ ambitious sustainability goals. Backed by independent certifications and expertise, Aptar Beauty + Home looks forward to helping customers and partners understand the benefits of sustainable packaging and finding sustainable solutions for our partners

  • Cosmetic Dispensing Solution- Star Drop for Tailor-made Dose

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    Natural, bright, even... foundation has become a key universal concern, one that is tricky for consumers who often feel lost in the jungle of offers and are disappointed by the products they try.Now that the enthusiasm for BB creams and tinted moisturisers is declining, foundation is back in the cosmetic limelight, but must now fall into line with the promises made by its challengers: lightness and ease of application, with efficient and imperceptible coverage to boot. The sinews of the foundation war? Colour, which must perfectly blend with skin tone, and texture, which must ensure a buildable finish, evening skin tone without making you feel like you’re wearing make-up and providing a natural glow and the famous ‘bare skin look’. To do this, brands are working on ultrafluid formulas combining transparency, gentleness and brightness without highlighting flaws

    STAR DROP IS A GAME-CHANGER!

    To create the perfect foundation, one that is ultra-fluid and lightweight but easy to use, Aptar has designed an alternative application method, named Star Drop. This innovative bottle has a newgeneration valve capable of releasing just the right amount of product drop by drop for a tailor-made dose. Precise, ergonomic and intuitive, it guarantees controlled, hygienic and waste-free application. Its pipette holds two patents: the first for its cut-off base that avoids squirts and the second the tip, designed to form a beautiful drop. Compact and travelfriendly, Star Drop is also environmentally responsible: as it can be unscrewed, the dispenser is reusable, while the bottle – stamped with the PP logo – is recyclable.

  • ZSK 18 MEGAlab with new features for battery research

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    With the Coperion extruder, the ZSW can now work on the very latest issues in the production of battery electrodes. In the current manufacturing process for this type of electrodes, the active materials are drawn in a film from a solution of the toxic NMP (N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone) onto a carrier film and then slowly dried in long ovens. In this research project the use of extruders will mean that NMP will not be needed at all in the future. Furthermore, the required drying time will also be drastically reduced and batteries with higher energy content can be produced. The aim of the work being carried out at the ZSW is to design a complete industrial process chain, from the component feeder to direct transmission of the extrudate onto a collector film in a roll-to-roll process.

    DUST PROOF AND INTEGRATED COMPONENTS FOR A SAFE PRODUCTION PROCESS
    The new developments on the extruder include an encased gearbox lantern, which is also dust proof to prevent the escape of toxic substances. It is also purged with nitrogen so that there is no risk of a dust explosion. The two-circuit cooling system, which uses water to ensure cooling of both the process section and the motor, is now completely integrated into the extruder base frame. The vacuum pump is also housed there. Both units are easily accessible via doors on the rear of the extruder base. The extruder is also designed in compliance with stringent explosion protection regulations and features an enclosed stainless steel design, which can be cleaned very quickly and easily.

    The machine is equipped with two Coperion K-Tron loss-in-weight feeders. The K3-PH series feeders are ideally suited for highly accurate, reliable delivery of even the most difficult flowing or toxic ingredients, which is often the case in manufacturing of electrode compounds. These feeders stand out with a state-of-the-art sealing design that is optimally attuned to the high demands of battery applications.

    On account of the often abrasive and sometimes corrosive properties of the raw materials being processed, the parts of the Coperion extruders that come into contact with the product are made of material combinations offering exceptionally high resistance to wear and corrosion protection. This means that contamination of the end product due to detached metal particles can be avoided in the long term, even when processing high-wearing raw materials in conjunction with corrosive solvents.

    FLEXIBLE HANDLING FOR VARIOUS RESEARCH PURPOSES
    Designed for flexible research purposes, the extruder with 18 mm screw diameter can achieve throughput rates of 1 to 5 kg/h depending on the application. The ZSK 18 MEGAlab features a broad viscosity range of 500-20,000mPas for the production of battery compounds. To cover this broad viscosity range, Coperion has supplied a second, fully assembled pair of screw shafts, allowing quick and easy replacement. The modular design of the process section is also highly flexible. A twin screw side feeder and various feed options for adding liquid components can be flexibly added to the process section, depending on specific process requirements. Another special feature of the extruder is its integrated torque measurement, which enables very accurate evaluation of the torque directly on the drive chain. In addition, this enables conclusions to be drawn about the properties of the battery masses, enabling a high-quality result to be achieved.

    The K3 loss-in-weight feeders are also ideally designed for flexibility in production processes. The stepper motor features an extended feed range (1:500), allowing one feeder to cover a wider range of feed rates. At the same time, the ‘quick change’ modular design means that the feeder bowl can be quickly decoupled from the feeder drive to provide for easy and fast reconfiguration of the line and cleaning of the feeder.

    For maximum flexibility in the development of battery compounds, the wide sheet die at the discharge of the extruder can be adjusted to any coating thickness from 0.2-1.5 mm. This increases the flexibility for further downstream applications in research.

  • New lightweight tube and low profile flip top cap

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    The image and potential of plastics has taken a battering in recent years, but we firmly believe that these materials have their place when used and disposed of responsibly.

    The new Eco-F Lightweight tube has been developed with this in mind, benefitting from a 33.6% lighter sleeve, reduced in thickness from 0.6mm to 0.4mm, a 21.4% lighter head and a low profile flip top cap which is 20.6% lighter than the standard closure.

    This new development will be available with a 50mm diameter to begin with, allowing for fill sizes of 100ml – 250ml. Compared with the same spec of CTL’s standard tube and cap, each part’s reduction results in a total pack weight loss of 27.9% (50mm x 155mm – 200ml).

  • #PLASTICPACKAGING: ROLL-UP PACKAGING SAVES UP TO 50 PER CENT MATERIAL

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    A new HDPE bottle developed in cooperation with Beiersdorf for its NIVEA brand is good for the environment in a number of ways. The innovative bottle with cap developed for a body lotion series requires around half the packaging material usually needed. This therefore reduces the cost of materials as well as the associated carbon emissions. Its thin-walled structure makes it lighter and means it is easier to squeeze, while nevertheless remaining stable and impact-resistant enough for transportation, for example. It also continues to protect the formula from external influences such as UV rays.

    Optimised discharging of contents

    Another advantage of the revolutionary bottle is demonstrated towards the end of its use by the consumer. When its contents begin to run out, it can be rolled up much like a tube of toothpaste, allowing it to be completely emptied. There is a groove on the base of the bottle along which it can be squeezed together to completely flatten the body of the bottle. It can then be easily rolled up and completely emptied, resulting in less waste.

    Design for recycling

    In developing this packaging solution, attention was paid in particular to high-quality recycling in accordance with the bottle-to-bottle principle. This involves new bottles being produced using recycled bottle material to create a closed loop. To make this possible, both the bottle body made of HDPE and the cap made of PP (not produced by ALPLA) are fully recyclable and can be easily separated in the relevant sorting steps and then efficiently recycled. The label is made of the same material as the bottle.

    • Technology: EBM

    • Bottle material: HDPE + white

    • Contents: 200 and 350 millilitres

    • Optimised discharging of contents thanks to special packaging design (roll-up function)

    • Easy to use – simply squeeze

    • Reduce: The packaging including cap and label uses approximately 50% less material than other body lotion packaging of the customer. Approximately 40% of the reduction is achieved in the bottle body

    • Recycle: Ideally and completely recyclable within existing recycling streams (yellow recyclables bin bags/bins) in accordance with the bottle-to-bottle principle

    • Lightweight: Reduced carbon emissions during production and transportation

    • Decoration: Label made of the same material as the bottle (HDPE) and is likewise easy to roll up

    • The packaging solution is available in stores as NIVEA Naturally Good Body Lotion/NIVEA Natural Balance Body Lotion

    ‘The new NIVEA bottle developed in close cooperation with Beiersdorf is a highly innovative packaging solution with a clever squeeze and roll-up function. We also focused heavily on the topics of sustainability and recycling, and optimised the bottle in terms of material reuse. And we are already developing it further – together, we are now working on using recycled plastics as well as on additional formats.’

  • New initiative launched to promote place of mono PET flexible packaging in circular economy

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    BOPET Films Europe vice chair Michael Kreuter comments: “We cannot achieve these goals in isolation, and through this Vita Nova initiative we hope to pull together knowledge from across the value chain to improve the circularity of flexible packaging.”

    It is the group’s view that mono PET packaging structures have the potential to deliver on all 4 European Plastic Pact targets and enable retailers and brand owners to meet their sustainability pledges.

    According to Vita Nova, replacing mixed plastic flexible packaging with mono PET solutions would enable better recyclability, improve resource-efficiency and lead to greenhouse gas emission reductions.

    Like the majority of flexible packaging materials, PET-films are not currently sorted and recycled in Europe at scale. Vita Nova aims to address this.

    Steven Davies, Chair of BOPET films Europe, says: “It’s a sad fact that currently virtually all flexible packaging is being incinerated. Vita Nova comes from the Latin for ‘new life’, and this is exactly what we are trying to give to flexible packaging by developing a model for true closed-loop recycling.

    Mono PET structures offer the packaging industry a best-in-class option in terms of material usage and recycling processes, and are a key element if the industry is to hit the collective goals we have signed up to by 2025.”

    The ultimate aim of the Vita Nova initiative is to ensure that flexible PET packaging structures reach their full potential as circular materials – keeping them in the economy and out of incinerators.

    Over the next 12 months, the consortium aims to develop and present material redesign options for moving from mixed plastics to mono PET, quality sorting guidelines, and a recycling pathway for PET films, considering both mechanical and monomer recycling.

    In addition, the group will reveal design for recycling guidelines for mono PET packaging, as well as launching research into viable end markets for mechanically recycled flexible PET and attempting to prove a closed-loop recycling process for monomer recycling.

  • THIS NATURAL ECO-FRIENDLY DEODORANT WILL SAFELY BIODEGRADE WITH ITS PACKAGING IN 10 WEEKS

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    Every aspect of the Wellow deodorant was designed with a cradle-to-grave mindset. Whether it’s the ingredients inside the container, the container itself, or even the information printed on the container with ink… the guys behind the Wellow realize that a product shouldn’t just make its users happy, it should make the planet happy too. 

    Striking a balance between traditional and modern, between self-hygiene and planet-hygiene, the Wellow deodorant bases itself on an au-naturel recipe that uses only nature-based ingredients like shea-butter, coconut oil, beeswax, arrowroot powder, and 6 other environmentally safe ingredients in its deodorant-base. The sticks are safe enough for your skin, providing 24-hours of odor-busting protection, and are safe enough for the soil too (you can quite literally compost the entire Willow in 10 weeks). Willow’s scents include Activate Charcoal, Coconut + Vanilla, Bergamot + Citrus, along with a scent-free option for people with sensitive skin or noses. The entire deo-stick comes packaged in an all-paper tube, made from 95% FSC-certified recycled paper, and lasts through 3 full months of daily use before running out. When it does, feel free to just throw the tube into a compost pit or even in your backyard. Nature will absorb the ingredients and break down the packaging into dirt in just under 70 days.

  • ARA – A DRIVING FORCE FOR THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

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    State-of-the-art technology, many years of experience and comprehensive know-how are the reasons why we are leading pioneers and innovators in our field. We provide the environmentally and economically best solutions for the circular economy and for the preservation of natural resources. No matter if we’re talking about packaging, electrical and electronic equipment and batteries or commercial and manufacturing waste, our goal is always the same: maximising environmental benefits and minimising economic expenditure.

    We are well aware that our success rests on people’s sense of responsibility – thanks to their commitment, the circular economy has become a powerful instrument for securing resources and protecting the climate. The importance of the circular economy for our future has also been underscored by the European Commission, which has named it one of the pillars of development over the next decades, alongside the energy transition to a low-carbon economy and the digitisation of industry.

  • Bertelsmann Printing Group achieves its goals with Heidelberg Subscription

    Performance partnership pays dividends
    Heidelberg delivers on performance promise with permanently high machine availability, short servicing times, and quick makeready times
    Overall equipment efficiency of Speedmaster XL 106 at Gütersloh site increases to 56 percent after one year

  • Chinese Site Celebrates 5th Anniversary

    Oberschleissheim, March 22, 2021 – When Schreiner Group’s Chinese production site opened its gates for the grand opening billed as "Inspired by Tradition – Built for Innovation," an extensive planning process had preceded the event. For the medium-sized family business based in Oberschleissheim near Munich, opening a Chinese location proved to be a positive venture that paid off. Now, the manufacturing facility in the Shanghai metro area is celebrating its fifth anniversary—and the future has already been planned. 

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