• Hong Kong, Macau Temporarily Suspend Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Over Packaging Defect


    Hong Kong and Macau on March 24 temporarily suspended the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine after a batch was found with packaging defects. According to South China Morning Post (SCMP), the Hong Kong government announced the cancellation of bookings at all 21 community vaccination centres providing the German-made jab “until further notice”. Macau and Hong Kong reportedly said that their decision to suspend the Pfizer vaccine came after they were contacted about the issue by Fosun, the Chinese pharmaceutical company that is distributing the BioNTech vaccine in China. 

    As per reports, BioNTech also notified both the cities of issues with packaging lids for batch 210102 of its Cominarty doses. In the interest of safety, the two cities then decided to halt delivery of those shots to the public while the matter was also being investigated. Additionally, the Hong Kong government also said that vaccinations using a second batch numbered 210104 would also be suspended as a precaution. 

    Pfizer vaccine suspended ‘until further notice’ 

    The government said that as Hong Kong imported the batches in question, all the community vaccination centres will suspend the vaccination of BioNTech vaccines until further notice. The officials added that people who had bookings do not need to go ahead with the vaccination. It is worth mentioning that some of the centres had already carried out injections using BioNTech doses on Wednesday before receiving the suspension notice. 

    The Macau government also confirmed that its residents would not be receiving jabs from the aforementioned batch. The notice said that the vaccine doses in question did not pose any risks. However, the government also added that BioNTech and Fosun had requested the suspension until their investigations had been completed. 

  • RPC Bramlage's 'Pretty' make-up stick provides beauty with a twist


    RPC Bramlage Beauté, part of the RPC Bramlage Division, has introduced an innovative and versatile standard make-up stick, ideal for a wide variety of products such as eyeshadow, lipstick, lipcare and solid perfume.

    The PRETTY Jumbo Stick, manufactured at the RPC Bramlage Beauté factory in Marolles, France, combines effective product protection with an attractive appearance and ease of use for the consumer.>

    The airtight system ensures that in the locked, down position, no air can enter the container. To access the product, users simply twist-up the dispenser.

    The PRETTY Jumbo Stick is produced, decorated and assembled in line. RPC Bramlage Beauté has also invested in a new machine to increase the choice of decoration techniques available to include stamping and heat transfer alongside metallizing, holographic, semi-transparent and 3D appearance, all of which ensure premium branding and on-shelf differentiation.

    A full-service production and filling service is available in partnership with French filler Alkos.

    Fun, light, practical and with a smooth finish, the PRETTY Jumbo Stick provides the perfect chic accessory for the style-conscious beauty consumer.

  • New RFID Labels for Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices


    Schreiner MediPharm, a specialist in innovative functional labels for the pharmaceutical industry, and PragmatIC, a world leader in low cost flexible electronics, have entered into a strategic partnership. The purpose of the cooperation is to offer manufacturers of pharmaceutical products and medical devices a more extensive portfolio of cost-efficient smart labels.

    The special feature of the new RFID-Labels is a flexible electronics chip embedded in Schreiner MediPharm’s functional labels. Unlike conventional silicon chips, the chips from PragmatIC’s ConnectIC® family are extremely thin and flexible and can be embedded into a variety of substrates. This makes the solution particularly suitable for small containers with very small radius of curvatures such as vials and small syringes.

    The use of label-integrated RFID technology enables secure identification, traceability and authentication of devices or pharmaceuticals according to the key-lock principle. “To date conventional RFID/NFC solutions have mainly been adopted in high-value use cases. Due to the cooperation with PragmatIC, we are now able to offer attractively priced, smart pharma labels for high-volume requirements and low-cost medicines,” said Dr. Thomas Schweizer, President of Schreiner MediPharm. Like all of Schreiner MediPharm’s solutions, the labels are customized for application to the respective primary containers, packaging or devices to enhance ease of use and safety.

    "Schreiner MediPharm’s label and industry expertise combined with our products is set to accelerate the deployment of RFID-based digital solutions in the healthcare sector,” commented Scott White, CEO of PragmatIC. “We are really pleased to see adoption of our technology by leading global suppliers like Schreiner MediPharm and look forward to working closely with them to develop new use cases for their products.”

    About PragmatIC: PragmatIC is a world leader in ultra low cost flexible electronics, enabling the potential for trillions of smart objects that can engage with consumers and their environments. Its unique technology platform delivers flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs) that are thinner than a human hair and can be easily embedded into everyday objects. PragmatIC is reinventing RFID and NFC to bring connectivity to mass market applications.

  • Coca-Cola to replace plastic shrink wrap with paper packaging across Europe


    Coca-Cola and it's strategic bottling partners Coca-Cola HBC and Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) are investing €15m in KeelClip, a paperboard packaging solution from Graphic Packaging International that will phase-out shrink wrap on can multipacks.

    Coca-Cola HBC will remove shrink wrap from all of its can multipacks in all European Union markets by the end of 2021 with the roll-out starting in Ireland and Poland early next year, followed by Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Romania in 2020.

    According to Coca-Cola, this will save 2,000 tonnes of plastic and 3,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. The paperboard will be used on all can multi-packs of up to eight cans, while larger multipacks will be bound by a carton pack.

    CCEP’s vice president for sustainability Joe Franses said: “Innovation is a key principle of our sustainable packaging work and the application of this fully recyclable paperboard KeelClip, which comprises a top board that the cans clip into and a central cardboard ‘keel’ - similar to a ship’s keel - that stabilises the pack, is another example of how we are delivering on our commitment to remove all unnecessary and hard to recycle single-use plastic from our products.”

    Shrinking plastics:

    In September, CCEP announced it will end the use of shrink-wrapped plastics across all can multipacks it sells in Great Britain, in a move that will replace plastic used on 30 million packs annually with sustainably sourced cardboard.

    More than 30 million packs sold to consumers each year will no longer be wrapped in plastic. Instead, the multipacks will be packaged in 100% recyclable cardboard from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources.

    The Coca-Cola Company is aiming to make all bottles globally with an average of 50% recycled content by 2030, up from its 2017 proportion of 7%.

    Information disclosed through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment spring 2019 report found that Coca-Cola used three million tonnes of plastic in its global operations in 2018. This figure accounts for both virgin and recycled plastics. The company was named as the world’s largest corporate plastic polluter last year. However, CCEP has embarked on a four-pillar sustainable packaging roadmap to outline how collection, redesign and removal can ensure that all its packaging is collected and reused.

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  • Avery Dennison launches on-metal RFID


    The new tags have been optimized for performance when applied to objects containing metal, foil and liquids, reflecting retailers growing desire for RFID to play a larger role in enhancing and automating supply chains and retail, especially in the food and beauty segments.

    Developed to address the need to tag 100 percent of inventory, on-metal uses a unique inlay design and label construction to tackle performance limitations when applied to products that contain metal and liquid. Items such as foil cosmetic packaging, aluminum cans, metal tools or electronic goods can create interference between the tag and reader, making it challenging to achieve the performance read rates required in retail. The range features two inlay designs, which vary in size to accommodate required read rates typically beyond three meters.

    On-metal will further support RFID’s central role in enabling the next-generation of automated data-driven stores, optimizing stock levels, reducing waste and allowing for instant self-check-out, regardless of product type.

    Francisco Melo, vice president and general manager, global RFID at Avery Dennison said, ‘The ability to tag 100 percent of inventory enables a truly smart retail supply chain. Increasing visibility helps companies reduce waste, improve efficiency and deliver an enhanced consumer experience — principles that apply across multiple sectors.’

    ‘Previously, it was a challenge to deliver on this vision due to the difficulties involved with certain, relatively common, materials. With the new on-metal RFID solutions, we are removing these barriers, enabling more companies and industries to give everyday items a unique digital identity and digital life that can transform supply chains and enhance the retail experience.’

    Avery Dennison also announced that it recently received certification from Auburn University’s ARC Program for the design and manufacturing of RFID inlays, gained after an extensive audit. This valuable independent mark of quality certifies the company’s products and solutions and reinforces its dedication to customers, partners and users across Avery Dennison facilities.

  • Flexible packaging industry to benefit from solvent thermochromic inks


    Solvent inks for printing are used by over 95% of flexible packaging suppliers. Prior to CTI’s development of its Solvent Thermochromic Ink, printers were forced to run water-based technology. Using water-based inks inside a solvent plant creates challenges which affect efficiency and economics for customers, as well as increasing set-up times, cleaning and solvent recapture.

    CTI says Solvent Thermochromic Ink offers other advantages, such as delivering much stronger colour compared to water-based inks, which often required more than one printing station to achieve target colour density. The new ink is delivered as a one-part, finished product to customers.

    Prior attempts at using solvent thermochromic inks failed due to the solvents attacking the encapsulated chemistry of the printing process, it explains. In some cases, customers would wait to mix a thermochromic concentrate with a solvent immediately prior to printing. As such, the ink must be typically applied in the next eight hours, and everything that is unused was thrown away, resulting in 30% typical waste.

    “These solvent-thermochromic inks that can be delivered as a single, finished, print-ready ink which maintains a shelf-life of 90 days,” said Lyle Small, CTI’s founder and president. “This new technology just made a lot of production and economic headaches disappear for our customers and creates a pipeline of innovation they can bring to market.”

    In addition to thermochromic, CTI now offers a suite of solvent-ready specialty ink technologies including glow-in-dark, photochromic, hydrochromic, pressure-activated and reveal inks. During August 2019, CTI is offering free solvent trials to qualified customers. Trial requests can be submitted at inquire@ctiinks.com

  • Frugalpac Introduces Frugal Cup Linerless


    Seven months after the launch of the Frugal Cup, the UK’s first fully recyclable coffee cup made of recycled paper, Frugalpac has revealed its Frugal Cup Linerless, offering new and existing customers even more sustainable products to choose from.

    Made from virgin paper, sourced entirely from sustainably accredited forests, the Frugal Cup Linerless is specially treated with a unique coating which makes it suitable for hot and cold drinks while still allowing the pulp to break down during the standard paper recycling process.

    Around 2.5 billion coffee cups are used and thrown away each year in the UK, however according to widely published statistics – such as those from the BBC’s Reality Check – less than 0.25% of these are currently recycled. In line with Frugalpac’s objective to become the number one replacement for all coffee cups on the UK market, both the Frugal Cup and the new Frugal Cup Linerless can be disposed of in any paper recycling bin.

    Paul McReynolds, Head of Sales and Marketing at Frugalpac, said: “We’re delighted to be able to reveal our latest development, the Frugal Cup Linerless, as another alternative to the majority of difficult-to-recycle coffee cups. We’re committed to supporting a circular economy and through our continuous innovation we aim to place Frugalpac at the forefront of sustainable packaging.”

    The Frugal Cup Linerless, developed using Frugalpac’s innovative manufacturing technology as seen with the popular Frugal Cup, is available in 8oz, 12oz and 16oz sizes, with the option to either create a bespoke branded cup or an original Frugalpac design, offering operators complete flexibility.

    The latest development comes just after Frugalpac revealed its new Frugal Lid, a pulp moulded paper lid which utilises dry-in-place technology and sustainable wood fibre which aims to further reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

    The full Frugal Cup, Frugal Cup Linerless and Frugal Lid ranges are now available to order online at www.frugalpac.com/shop.



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  • Importance of packaging design in branding and your product attraction

    There are many organizations who believe that packaging design is as important as the brand itself. The product packaging design plays an important role in branding your items in the retail environment. One thing that should be noted is that the ‘catchier’ the design is, the more audiences it will attract. A good packaging will also enable you to differentiate the products from your competitors.

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