• Plastic Containers by Silgan Holding Inc.


    In addition, Silgan manufactures plastic thermoformed barrier and nonbarrier bowls and trays for food products, such as soups and other ready-to-eat meals and pet food, as well as thermoformed plastic tubs for food, household and personal care products, including soft fabric wipes. Silgan also manufacture plastic closures, caps, sifters and fitments for food and household products, including salad dressings, condiments, peanut butter, spices, liquid margarine, powdered drink mixes and arts and crafts supplies. For 2018, Silgan's plastic container business had net sales of $614.1 million. Silgan's plastic container business is one of the leading manufacturers of plastic containers for shelf-stable food and personal care products in North America.

  • Indian govt’s logistics division starts formulating national packaging initiative


    According to Pawan Agarwal, Special Secretary (Logistics), packaging deserves greater attention from improving the overall logistical efficiency perspective.

    “Valuable inputs on packaging came from… participants and more such key players would be involved in the formulation of the National Packaging Initiative,” it said in a statement.

    It added that e-commerce companies such as Amazon and Flipkart were urged to invest in sustainable packaging as they are one of the biggest users of packaging material.

    It was also pointed out that dangerous and chemical verticals would also need special attention from the packaging perspective.

  • Zeus Acquires Austrian Food Packaging Company For €40 Million


    Irish-owned Zeus Packaging, the leading independent packaging manufacturer and distributor, has today announced the acquisition of Austrian-based food packaging solutions business, Petruzalek, which was part of Sirap-Gema Group. Today’s acquisition further expands and strengthens Zeus’s geographic presence across 12 countries in Western, Central and Eastern Europe.

    In 2020, Petruzalek achieved revenues of approximately €58 million, net assets of €16 million and EBITDA of €2.5 million. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum from Italian investment holding company, Italmobiliare, completes a three-year €40 million acquisition strategy for Zeus. It is the seventh business to be integrated into the Zeus family during the past 18 months. Established by Brian O’Sullivan in 1998, this acquisition brings the number employed by Zeus from 450 people across 14 countries to 670 people across 26 countries. The group’s turnover has grown substantially over the past three years, reaching €208m in 2020 and expected to reach €280m for 2021.

    Commenting on this latest acquisition, Zeus CEO Keith Ockenden said: ‘This latest acquisition is the largest in our strategic expansion, and along with recent investments in our leadership operational infrastructure, is an integral part of Zeus’s long-term growth strategy. The purchase of Petruzalek significantly extends our reach into new markets, brings complementary diversification to our product range and further enhances our client network.

    “Petruzalek’s product range utilises low environmental impact renewable, recyclable and compostable materials enabling us to further deepen our focus on sustainability in 2021. As always, we are committed to delivering innovative sustainable packaging solutions for our valued clients in Ireland, the UK and across Europe. This move enables a true European supply solution for customers looking to consolidate supply chains and maximise cost efficiencies.”

    Zeus Founder Brian O’Sullivan said: “In 2020, despite the pandemic, Zeus reached a milestone with revenues exceeding €200 million. With today’s announcement, Zeus remains on track to become the largest independent packaging distribution business in Europe. The acquisition of Petruzalek not only further builds on our scale, but strengthens our operating platform across Europe.”

  • JETBOX® PACKAGING - A 100% recyclable board packaging solution


    This exciting product is suitable for packing a variety of products and presents many advantages over traditional postal and mailing tubes.

    See how easy it is to open the tube from flat to square with the Jetbox® Roller Rig - please see the video below.


  • Thermoforms


    Thermoforms generally have a body & a cap which forms from the neck. Cap when twisted break opens from the neck enabling consumption of the product by squeezing. Huhtamaki PPL has the capability to manufacture laminates that can be thermoformed to a desired shape in such a way that has a thick body to grip & also offers good seal-ability thereby offering a good protection to the product. Thermoformed packs have good body and aesthetics. They are mostly single time usage packs & enable easy of opening, ease of consumption or usage, are handy and avoid spillage.

  • Succinct Explanations (by RPC Group)


    Topics covered in the four 60 second videos are the call to ban plastics altogether, an explanation of the plastics recycling process, the problems of ocean litter, the reasons behind the use of plastic in food packaging, and an understanding of the role of biodegradable plastics.

    “We want to provide viewers with short and reasoned explanations of plastics’ role in packaging, including the benefits it brings and how to tackle some of the problems associated with its disposal,” explains RPC Group’s Sustainability Manager Katherine Fleet.

    “We hope customers, consumers and all interested parties will find these useful aids in establishing a clearer picture of the ways in which we can continue to enjoy the many benefits of plastics while minimising their impact on the environment.”

    Click here to view our 60 second FAQ videos: https://www.rpc-group.com/media/video-gallery

  • New NFC tag offers scalable authentication features


    When NFC tag content is dynamic, the company explains, the tags provide protection against cloning. The growing demand for such solutions has faced a scalability challenge, it says. While NFC tags have been deployed for consumer engagement as an extension of a typical HF RFID use case, the authentication component adds cost and complexity. The em|linq combines cryptographic mechanisms typically used in smart-card products with RFID technology. It is built on open standards, allowing flexibility in the authentication service's implementation.

    Key management and provisioning can be handled and controlled by the company that implements the solution, whether an inlay or label manufacturer, a systems integrator, a brand or a retailer. Programming the cryptographic keys into chips is segregated from programming the URL for the authentication service, thereby providing flexibility and security.

    The em|linq's small form factor offers mechanical robustness, EM claims and its power efficiency allows for a small antenna form factor for communication. Its electrical characteristics are compatible with most antenna designs on the market.

    With its authentication engine built on top of an RFID architecture, the tag is designed to offer scalability and authentication functionality. Its RF performance allows for small inlay constructions, facilitating integration. The em|linq is NFC Type-2-compliant. Its cryptographic hardware implementation provides Web authentication brand protection to consumers' smartphones using a dynamically generated HMAC-SHA1 code appended to the URL stored in the NDEF container.

  • Cosmetics' Packaging


    Flip top caps are used to improve/ease the pouring of the cosmetic liquid. ITPL also has a wide range of cosmetic bottles in customised designs for our clients to choose from. ITPL also co-create new designs in-house for clients who want something new and unique.

  • PepsiCo Switches to 100% rPET Packaging for Lifewatr


    Besides the shift to 100% rPET packaging, PepsiCo says their sparkling water brand Bubly will no longer be packaged in plastic and their Aquafina water brand will offer aluminum can packaging in US food service outlets. Altogether, the 2019 packaging changes are expected to eliminate more than 8,000 metric tons of virgin plastic and around 11,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the company.

    Since 2009, PepsiCo says that their Naked Juice brand of fruit and veggie juices and smoothies has been working on making bottles from 100% rPET, a material that can be repeatedly turned back into new bottles. Using rPET uses about 25% less energy than virgin plastic, the company says.

    “Tackling plastic waste is one of my top priorities,” said PepsiCo chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta. “We are doing our part to address the issue head on by reducing, recycling, and reinventing our packaging to make it more sustainable, and we won’t stop until we live in a world where plastics are renewed and reused.”

    In addition to their plastic packaging goal for 2025, PepsiCo aims to make 100% of its packaging recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable by that date. Already this year, PepsiCo North America reported reaching about 95% recyclable beverage packaging. The company is also testing refill stations as part of their Beyond the Bottle initiative. In 2018, they set up three dozen market prototypes.

    At the Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Conference (ELEMCON) in Denver this year, John Marler, vice president of energy and environment for AEG Worldwide called this type of refill station “disruptive technology” that gives customers options while ensuring a revenue stream.

  • Cif innovative at-home refill will remove 1.5 million plastic bottles from UK supermarkets


    Made with 75% less plastic, Cif ecorefill simply attaches to the current Cif Power & Shine bottles. Through its innovative technology, it seamlessly releases the super-concentrated product into the bottle, which is filled with water at home. The ecorefill contains a 10x concentrated formula, delivering the same superior clean for which Cif is known and loved.

    The ecorefills are 100% recyclable once the plastic sleeves are removed and, by the end of 2020, the ambition is for all Cif ecorefills and spray bottles to be made from 100% recycled plastic. Going smaller is certainly better – the ecorefills are lightweight and save on storage space. Diluting the product at home means 97% less water is being transported, fewer trucks on the road and less greenhouse gas emissions.

    The ecorefill’s space-saving design also comes with a smaller price tag, retailing less than the price of Cif spray bottles. It is currently available at Sainsbury’s across the UK.

    Helen Bird, Strategic Engagement Manager at WRAP (which manages The UK Plastics Pact), said: “We know that people are looking to reduce their plastic footprint and the use of concentrates, like this novel design by Unilever, is a way to support people to do this. In addition to this, a major environmental benefit is the reduction in the amount of product that is transported around the UK. As a founding member of The UK Plastics Pact it is great to see continuous innovation by Unilever in their commitment to ensure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.”

    Cif is committed to enabling people to use their Cif Power & Shine trigger spray bottles for life. If the trigger spray breaks, customers can call the Cif careline to receive a new trigger spray delivered free to their home.

    Gemma Cleland, Vice President, Homecare, Unilever UK & Ireland, said: “The launch of Cif ecorefills is a game-changer when it comes to reducing plastic waste in the products we use to clean our homes. Our research shows that two-thirds of us feel guilty when we throw away plastic and shoppers are looking for easy switches that can have a positive impact on the world around us. We think there’s no better place to start than in the home. By keeping a bottle of Cif and refilling and reusing it over and over again, consumers can reduce their consumption of single use plastic.”

    Earlier this year Unilever launched its #GetPlasticWise campaign, a holistic Five Point Plastics Plan to reduce plastic waste across the United Kingdom & Ireland. This innovation reflects the company’s commitment to ensure that, globally, all of Unilever’s plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, and to using more recycled plastic content in its packaging. Unilever UK & Ireland wants to significantly accelerate this and Cif ecorefills will help towards achieving this aim, as well as making a further significant contribution towards the UK Plastics Pact targets.

    Join the #ecorefillrevolution. You can get your own ecorefill in Sainsbury’s across the UK today, in Wilko later this month, and via Amazon, Ocado, and Morrisons in August. For more information visit www.cifclean.co.uk.

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