Today, many artefacts are stored in archives or boxes which do not offer adequate protection. Utilising its continuous flow production process, Promethean is developing Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs). These are highly porous materials that are able to selectively adsorb the acetic acid which is responsible for the degradation of cellulose acetate that many 20th century audio and visual ‘memories’ are made from.
Research scientist at Promethean Particles, Charles Toft, said: “When acetic acid is produced, it accelerates the degradation of the artefact even further and, once started, this damage is irreversible. Thousands of photographs, films, posters and slides are lost forever because of this damaging process. We are working with organisations from across Europe, as part of the NEMOSINE project, to develop innovative packaging solutions that will overcome the challenges that storing documents and artefacts over long periods of time presents.”
The NEMOSINE project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and is made up of 16 partner organisations.
Promethean is working closely with another project partner that produces MOFs with the required functional properties via a lab-scale batch process. Promethean then adapts the batch method onto its continuous flow reactor systems to manufacture MOFs with the same, or similar, functional properties and facilitate upscaling.
Initial performance testing has generated positive results and Promethean is now focused on scaling up the manufacturing process to produce larger quantities, validate the material, and ensure the solution will be commercially viable.Toft added: “Promethean operates a market-disrupting continuous-flow production process meaning the MOFs are reproducible on a large scale, without affecting performance and quality. By achieving economies of scale in production, we can support the commercial viability of the project’s results. Importantly for Promethean, the MOFs being developed can also be utilised in other applications such as chemical filtration and separation within a wide range of industries, so the commercial opportunities opening up as a result of this work are really quite exciting!”
In addition to the research by Promethean, other NEMOSINE partners are developing sensors to detect oxygen and humidity levels, as well as anti-fungal agents, to prevent microbial build-up during archived storage. The final outcomes of the project would therefore deliver a revolution in protecting historical items.
The golden brass cap reminds the neck of the bottle, that is surrounded by the cordlet, carefully twisted. Each tassel is delivered on cardboard to facilitate its installation, and wrapped in a plastic case ensuring its hold during transport.
Seram manages to offer solutions, in a unique handcrafted style, produced at a large scale and easy to implement on the production lines of its customers.
United Caps, a manufacturer of caps and closures, developed 127 Safe-TE, which is designed to meet the needs of the Asian market. The new product offers baby food safety and convenience with security features, alongside a premium gold colour offering.
Benoit Henckes, CEO of United Caps, said, "With 127 Safe-TE, we have taken our popular PROTECSCOOP infant nutrition closure family to a new level. 127 Safe-TE was engineered specifically for Asia, where there are elevated concerns about product purity, a need for effective anti-counterfeiting solutions and a demand for a more premium look.
"It contains the PROTECSCOOP features, including ease of preparation, scoop hygiene and more, while adding a tamper-evident feature. At the same time, it only requires very minor changes to existing capping/filling lines, important for infant nutrition manufacturers, for whom extensive changes can be very expensive and time consuming."
127 Safe-TE will be featured in the United Caps booth, along with a broad range of caps and closures for other product types, at the Dairy Asia Pacific Summit 2019, which will be held from 21-22 November 2019 at One Farrer Hotel, Singapore.
Safe-TE: The details
The new 127 Safe-TE line takes United Caps offerings for infant nutrition products to the next level, addressing the need in the Asian market for increased tamper evidence (TE) indicators, and a more premium look. Like the PROTECSCOOP, 127 Safe-TE is a flip-top hinged closure whose design allows easy preparation of infant feeding bottles, for left- or right-handed individuals. 127 Safe-TE’s tamper-evident band presents visible evidence of any tampering with its DropDown lock technology that makes it obvious if the product has been opened. With the new FLEXBAND technology, it is impossible for a malevolent actor to remove the closure, tamper with the contents, and return the closure to its original condition. United Caps’ anti-counterfeiting solutions add greater levels of reassurance. 127 Safe-TE’s contamination-free foil-sealed chamber protects the included scoop until use, and an integrated hook keeps the scoop handy for further use. 127 Safe-TE is offered in the standard blue, green and white United Caps colours plus a premium gold, which offers the overall look of higher quality and standout shelf appearance that is a growing requirement in Asian markets. Advanced in-mould labelling options further enhance opportunities for brands to differentiate themselves with a large area for IML or engraving.
For brands implementing 127 Safe-TE, there are minor or no changes required to existing capping/filling lines. 127 Safe-TE is available in 127mm, with a 99mm solution in the pipeline.
“In addition to the Dairy Summit, an important event for us,” added Henckes, “We will be showing this innovative closure, as well as a broad range of other caps and closures, at the Shanghai World of Packaging (SWOP), taking place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), Pudong New Area of Shanghai, November 25 to November 28, in Booth N2A44 in the German Pavilion. We are looking forward to hearing feedback from attendees at both shows about our latest innovation.”
Production of 127 Safe-TE for the Asian market will begin in the company’s brand-new factory in Kulim, Malaysia, in September 2020.
A Kantar survey* involving 5000 people found that 42 per cent of respondents were keen for manufacturers to make packaging recyclable.
Calling on over 70 years of collective industry experience, the Nice-Pak packaging team has worked closely with material suppliers to develop both film and resealable labels which, together, can be recycled through existing facilities for carrier bags.
With factories in Flint, Wigan, Germany and the USA, Nice-Pak offer wipes across four categories including baby, cosmetic, household & personal care. In the first instance, the new packaging will be made available through the company’s Aqualettes® baby wipes brand.
Peter Bushell, Nice-Pak International Packaging Development Manager, said: “We believe that both customers and consumers alike deserve more choice in meeting their environmental aspirations.
The mono-polymer project has been technically challenging but we are proud to have achieved this UK first as part of our on-going efforts to improve the environmental footprint of our products. We have strived to render this product ‘recycle ready’ to support the future development and harmonisation of the recycling infrastructure. “
According to a news release from Kraft Heinz, the project installed roofing made from postconsumer flexible plastic into two Kraft Heinz manufacturing plants in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and Holland, Michigan. The recycled roofing materials were installed late in 2020. Kraft Heinz says the materials included 4-foot-by-8-foot boards, and 94 percent of each board was made of postconsumer recycled plastic and fiber. Kraft Heinz says it’s using flexible plastic packaging in materials across its product portfolio.
The company says the pilot project will be monitored for performance versus standard building materials. If the recycled materials perform as well as or better than standard building materials, Kraft Heinz says it will “strongly consider standardizing the use of this recycled material in the future.” The company plans to report on its use of recycled content to the Association of Plastic Recyclers Demand Champion program, having joined late last year.
“It was a privilege being part of MRFF, which not only helped identify ways to curbside collect and recycle flexible packaging but also identified end markets that we could leverage within our facilities,” says Erik Groner, senior principal packaging engineer at Kraft Heinz. “Our test project highlights the company’s commitment to sustainable packaging and the priority it places on its environmental, social and governance commitments. Kraft Heinz continues to search for ways to make our packaging recyclable and to incorporate recycled content within our supply chain.”
Susan Graff, vice president of Michigan-based Resource Recycling Systems and a MRFF research director, adds, “This Kraft Heinz project is a powerful example of environmental stewardship, reducing use of virgin materials by choosing roofing material made of recycled flexible plastic packaging.” Working with recyclers, they’ve provided a model for addressing expectations for full life cycle management of plastic while using an efficient, low-cost package for consumer product protection.”
This is one of the first sugarcane-based bottles to be produced commercially by Berry. The bottle is produced on Berry’s standard manufacturing line in a custom mold. “Sugarcane-based plastic bottles are one of the many sustainable packaging solutions offered by Berry Global and the bottles fit seamlessly into our manufacturing process,” says Josh Edmonson, Business Development Manager, Berry.
As an industry leader in sustainability, Berry Global places a firm focus on creating a positive environmental impact through streamlined operations, continuously engaged partners, and optimized, eco-friendly products.
Bhoomi was accepted into a Packaging Climate Optimization project, a partnership by Climate Collaborative and Trayak, for an independent study to measure the environmental benefits of moving to a 100% plant-based bottle. Lifecycle analysis (LCA) results showed that using this bottle:
- Decreased water consumption reduction by 22.0%
- Reduced fossil fuel consumption by 62.6%
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 89.5% (12 tons CO2 equivalent annually)
Bhoomi, which means “Mother Earth” in Sanskrit, has a mission to revolutionize the relationship with sugarcane in Western culture by promoting its Ayurvedic health benefits, partnering with minority farmers and working for radical positive environmental impact. “By using a 100% sugarcane-based bottle for our water made from sugarcane, we wanted to demonstrate how the same plant could benefit both the planet and people”, says Arpit Bhopalkar, Founder, CEO, Bhoomi.
Introduction of water-resistant paper bags for the Australian cement industry by Adbri Ltd, Pope Packaging and MondiNews:
Mondi, a leading global packaging and paper manufacturer, has partnered with Adelaide Brighton Cement and Pope Packaging on the development of a new water-resistant paper bag called ‘Rain Barrier,’ made out of Mondi’s Advantage Protect White sack kraft paper, for the Australian construction market.
Standout characteristics include its water repellent surface and high tensile strength in a wet environment. While a standard paper bag absorbs water, the qualities of the Rain Barrier bag, keeps water from seeping in, as it stays on the surface where it evaporates. The paper itself is rain resistant for up to six hours and can resist water ingress for up to five full days when stored in damp conditions.
After being actively involved in testing and developing the new product, Adelaide Brighton Cement, one of Australia’s leading producers of cement, hydrated lime and packaged products, is the first business in the country to market the new innovative product. The business is in the process of converting all of their cement and hydrated lime paper bags, manufactured in South Australia and the Northern Territory, across to Rain Barrier bags.
Applying Mondi's customer-centric EcoSolutions approach, Mondi focused on Adelaide Brighton Cement and Pope Packaging's goal to provide a more functional and sustainable packaging solution.
“We’re pleased to be partnering with both Pope Packaging and Mondi, to launch this innovative packaging solution to the market. This partnership has allowed us to provide our customers and end users with additional value and packaging improvements, that help reduce common industry issues like damaged product and waste due to moisture ingress.”
Matthew Sullivan, General Manager, Pope Packaging for Papersacks, said: “Until the introduction of Advantage Protect and Advantage Protect White in our bag construction, water damage to bagged cement remained a problem on building sites exposed to weather or damp. Our Rain Barrier bag offers an unbeatable combination of water resistance in a paper bag, which is less costly and has higher filling speeds than the non-paper alternative.”
“The new water-resistant paper bags fill just as fast as traditional paper bags and can be filled on existing machinery – so no new investment is needed on the part of the cement companies. They are also made from a renewable natural material, which is part of Mondi’s EcoSolutions approach to provide the most sustainable solution for its customers. We’re delighted to have helped make a paper bag solution available in Australia,” said Gerry Gosen, Head of Sales Region Asia Pacific Sack Kraft Paper at Mondi.
Wax lined boxes, also commonly referred to as ‘meat boxes’ are suitable for direct contact with food thanks to their PE (wax lining) and are strong, robust, fibre-based, solid board boxes ideal for packing moist and chilled solutions, even in humid environments. One of their added benefits is that food can be directly frozen or stored in the box without the need for additional bags, however, if additional bags are favourable, they can be used in conjunction with our range of blue tint gusseted bags.
Commonly used within the food industry to transport or store raw meat, poultry, cakes, vegetables and much more, they are available in two sizes, both of which are easy and simple to erect.
H.B. Fuller (NYSE: FUL) announced that it has launched a series of products free of epoxy silane commonly known as e.g. Glymo, within its Flextra™ range of adhesives for flexible packaging. The leading adhesive provider also confirmed that this range does not contain organotin or BPA and specific grades are free of cyclic esters.
This modification gives converters and food manufacturers complete confidence that when they use one of H.B. Fuller's Flextra™ adhesives for their flexible packaging, they are choosing a compliant and food safe adhesive solution that will give them the performance they're looking for.
This reassurance is key at a time when converters and food manufacturers face growing regulation and increased pressure from consumers.
The Flextra™ range includes both solvent-based and solvent-free products for medium and high performance applications. Individual solutions also offer additional benefits such as room temperature curing, fast curing and PAA decay, as well as the option to use an aliphatic system to avoid PAA altogether.
The announcement from H.B. Fuller is in line with recommendations from FEICA, the Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry, for members to replace Glymo in food packaging adhesives before mid-2020. This follows guidance from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that Glymo, which is typically used to improve adhesion to inorganic surfaces such as aluminium or SiOx coated films, has a genotoxic potential. It is expected that the regulatory classification will change from 10ppb to 0.15ppb shortly.
Connect with H.B. Fuller's experts to discuss your food safety challenges and find out more about the Flextra™ range of food safe adhesives for flexible packaging applications.
Flextra™ is a trademark of H.B. Fuller Company (“H.B. Fuller”) or an affiliated company of H.B. Fuller, and is registered in the European Community and the USA.
The first project is a solution to digitalize packaging: a consumer engagement platform that makes the packaging intelligent and evolves the experience of contact with products and Brands through digital interaction, mainly QR Codes and Augmented Reality. Born as a spin-off of the Pelliconi DAPP platform it creates and manages digital initiatives (such as awards, loyalty programs, contests, 3D, gaming, multimedia content, and much more) for brand awareness and sales growth. It is also a business intelligence platform that facilitates how to know the consumer better through data collection, plus smart and user-friendly data analysis.
Project number two fully enables consumption traceability, not only as a security measure, but as an informative and strategic asset for the Brands, through unique QR codes on caps, according tot he company. In the world of Big Data, a clear benefit is the potential for Brands to gather consumers’ information not only when purchasing but at the consumption point, using different codes located in the internal part of the closure.
The Pelliconi Innovation department focuses on end-users needs and trends, with personalization and experience at its core. The final project is, therefore, related to enabling maximum personalization of its metal closures, to provide a unique experience for consumers. This is made possible thanks to innovative digital print technology on metal caps, which allows flexibility and personalization at a new level for the sector, it claims.
All the projects have been developed using a lean startup and open innovation approach, with a willingness to create partnerships, both technical and commercial, with suppliers, startups and customers; to offer to the market state of the art patented solutions.
Transforming a commodity such as packaging into a distinctive asset that identifies and values the customer is the main aim of these projects and related services. No longer is packaging just the place to contain a product and label it. Now it can be the bridge between manufacturers, retailers, social media channels and consumers.
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