• Arjowiggins replaces single-use plastic packaging with ‘revolutionary’ barrier paper

    As heat turns up on beauty brands to create better eco-friendly packaging alternatives, Anglo-French manufacturer Arjowiggins has unveiled a new barrier paper alternative.

    Named Sylvicta, the paper is translucent and acts as a barrier to keep cosmetics and food products fresh.

    The product uses a high barrier to oxygen and fragrance in order to reduce the degradation of beauty products, prolonging shelf life.

    Arjowiggins said its R&D team had been able to make the paper by using natural bonding without the need for any harmful chemicals.

    Unlike much flexible packaging, the paper is fully recyclable, compostable, aquatic degradable and made from renewable raw materials.

    “Despite the ongoing movement towards more sustainable packaging, in the cosmetics sector plastics still remain a popular choice, largely for practical reasons,” said Christophe Jordan, Managing Director of the translucent papers division at Arjowiggins.

    “Until now, most of the existing offers, mainly in single-use packaging, use unrecyclable, mulit-layed laminates incorporating plastics or aluminum foil.”

    Sylvicta also boasts a number of creative opportunities; it can be foil stamped, glued, embossed, printed in offset, laminated to cards or coated with heat or cold-sealable materials.

    “The good news is cosmetics brands looking for a fully recyclable, compostable and biodegradable paper packaging need look no further than Sylvicta – the product is simply Revolutionary,” added Jordan.

    “It can help to create the circular economy society we all desire.”

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  • The Countdown to 2020’s Most Comprehensive Virtual Packaging Event is On

    In three weeks, PACK EXPO Connects (Nov. 9-13), produced by PMMI Media Group, presents this year’s most comprehensive virtual packaging event. Live chats, live product demos and engaging educational opportunities will provide attendees a direct connection with top suppliers to find the solutions they need.

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    The new PACK EXPO Connects (Nov. 9-13), produced by PMMI Media Group, offers an exciting forum to investigate the latest packaging and processing technology and solutions. From new products to live product demos and chats to engaging educational opportunities (and everything in between), it’s all at PACK EXPO Connects.

  • Aptar Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

    Crystal Lake, Illinois, October 29, 2020 — AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR) today reported third quarter results for 2020 and provided an update related to COVID-19 including the Company’s continued supply of essential products for critical industries.

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  • Bacardi cuts on Packaging Waste this Christmas

    Available soon, exclusively from Amazon, the new premium gifting from GREY GOOSE® vodka and MARTINI® Non-Alcoholic aperitivo, can be shipped to online shoppers without any need for additional packaging.

    The packs, ideal for those looking for Christmas treats that are kinder to the planet, are made entirely from cardboard certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and feature beautiful interior designs, adding to the thrill of opening these special gifts.

    Part of an ongoing sustainability commitment to become the most environmentally responsible global spirits company, the move by Bacardi comes in a year when online spirits sales have sky-rocketed. In the UK for example, this market has grown +140% in the last six monthsi and two thirds are expected to purchase their festive gifts onlineii.

    As the first spirits company to introduce these lighter, reduced-waste packs – which are rolling out soon on Amazon across the UK, Germany, France and Italy - Bacardi is taking care to protect the environment at the same time as accelerating its e-commerce business.

    Richard Cullen, Digital Transformation and Innovation Director for Bacardi, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand, said: “People are thinking about Christmas earlier than ever this year, and after a challenging time, we’re predicting a big increase in people buying our premium drinks like GREY GOOSE vodka, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, MARTINI non-alcoholic aperitivos and BACARDÍ aged rums, as a treat for others and themselves. Add the fact that online spirits sales and interest in at-home cocktail making have both soared in the last six months, and it’s clear that this will be a gifting season like no other for Bacardi.

    “We’re primed and ready for the clicks, working hard with all our e-commerce partners to offer fantastic gifts and seamless buying experiences online. With our GREY GOOSE and MARTINI Amazon gift packs, we are particularly proud to be going the extra mile, offering a greener solution for eco-conscious buyers.”

    Online hunters who are looking for premium gifts with greener delivery this year, can select from the GREY GOOSE original vodka (70cl) gift pack; a crafted vodka of unparalleled quality made using only the finest French ingredient, accompanied by beautifully branded glass perfect to make the GREY GOOSE Le Grand Fizz cocktail; or MARTINI Non-Alcoholic Aperitivo Vibrante and Floreale Dual Set (2 x 75cl), a non-alcoholic aperitivo that is a masterful blend of natural botanicals to create a fruity aperitivo that is characteristically MARTINI. Both are available soon on Amazon.co.uk, .fr and .de, while the MARTINI Non-Alcoholic gift pack will be available soon on Amazon.it.

    Bacardi is committed to doing the right thing for the environment. Globally the company’s production sites find a second life for more than 99% of all their waste materials and Bacardi has made a pledge to be 100% plastic-free by 2030. 

  • Aldi ditches plastic packaging to join the fight for more sustainable shopping

    The supermarket joins the fight for sustainability with its initiative to remove all single-use plastic, appealing to increasingly environmentally conscious consumers.

    The supermarket’s response to improving sustainability measures in-store leads the way for other major retailers to follow suit and reduce plastic packaging on loose fruit and veg. The new in-store feature raises consumer awareness by bringing attention to the ever-increasing need for sustainable shopping habits. Providing reusable bags made from recycled bottles also enhances the consumers’ experience by making it easier for shoppers to reduce the amount of plastic they buy. According to GlobalData’s 2019 consumer survey, sustainable packaging made from renewable sources is important to 71% of global consumers, whilst refillable / reusable packaging is important to 72% and plastic-free packaging to 67%.

    Following a global pandemic, both health and environmental consciousness are on the rise as consumers are increasingly aware of the impact of their consumption habits on their health and the planet. With 30% of the global population buying more fresh fruit and vegetables than before Covid-19, promoting sustainable measures targeted at fruit and veg is a great way to encourage plastic-free purchases. Moreover, 48% of global consumers think plastic-free packaging is more important now than before Covid-19.

    Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi UK & Ireland, Chris McKenry, commented: “Aldi is committed to reducing plastic waste, and evolving our approach to the sale and distribution of our bags is a critical part of that.”

    “We’ve already made good headway with removing and replacing avoidable plastics across our product range, but now it is time to step things up when it comes to bags and providing our customers with sustainable alternatives.”

    The launch of reusable bags forms part of Aldi’s commitment to sustainability to halve its usage of plastic packaging by 2025. The targets involve all of its own label and branded products being 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable. The supermarket’s new initiative encourages a collaborative effort from retailers and consumers to move towards a plastic-free life and help save the environment together.

  • Idealpak's new biodegradable packaging with d2w

    D2w is an oxo-biodegradable additive that can turn the conventional plastic into a biodegradable material with a different molecular structure. Only 1% of d2w can make the difference and it works with both virgin and recycled plastic. Adding d2w into a packaging product requires no change to the manufacturing process.

    D2w technology can be applied to HDPE bottles and jars, LDPE bottles and jars, HDPE closures, LDPE closures, PP bottles and jars, as well as PP closures.

    Biodegradable packaging with d2w comply with international standard—ASTMD6954. During their predetermined shelf life and service life, they will maintain their original properties.

    At the end of their service life, they can and should be recycled. In case they are not collected by the recycling facilities, d2w will initiate the oxo-biodegradation process.

    The joint effect of UV radiation, heat, mechanical stress and oxygen will make them degrade and biodegrade (eventually consumed by microorganisms) in the open environment, avoiding long-term harm to the environment.

  • Röchling Group invests EUR 50 million in Medical division


    Prof. Hanns-Peter Knaebel, President & CEO of the Röchling Group, said: “This is an investment in the growth of our Medical division. Demand for medical products has risen sharply in recent years. By building the new production building, we will be able to better serve our customers’ requirements moving ahead while also expanding our market position.”

    At the groundbreaking ceremony, Joachim Lehmann, Director BU Medical Europe, highlighted the successful cooperation with the local government and neighbors in the industrial area: “I would especially like to thank the city of Neuhaus am Rennweg, in particular Mayor Uwe Scheler and Councilman Hans-Peter Schmitz, and our neighbors for working together positively. Thanks to them, we have been able to make our plans for expanding the location a reality.”

    The more extensive production capacity will create new perspectives for the city of Neuhaus am Rennweg. “We are delighted that the Röchling Group has decided to continue its growth in Neuhaus. This is also an acknowledgement of our urban and regional economic policies,” said Neuhaus’ Mayor Uwe Scheler. Councilman Hans-Peter Schmitz is also very pleased about the effect the plant will have: “The additional jobs will be a boost for the local economy and will help increase the appeal of the Rennsteig region.”

    Excavation work is scheduled to begin now that ground has been broken. Construction is set to start next year, and the expansion of the building and the clean room, in addition to the installation of the technical building facilities, should be completed by 2022. The new production building is expected to open for business in the first quarter of 2023.

    Expansion of clean room production

    A four-story building with a total area of 1,850 m² is to be built by the start of 2023, creating space for the necessary clean areas for extrusion blow molding production. The standout feature of the new production building will be the top floor with around 1,700 m² of class C and D GMP clean room production, of which approximately 500 m² will be in GMP high-level pharma standard C.

    Sustainable and innovative

    The building’s design pays special attention to concepts such as automation, Industry 4.0, and sustainability (renewable energies). In addition to the location’s environmental standards already certified to ISO 14001, the new building will feature an energy-efficient cold storage system to sustainably save on energy resources and reduce carbon emissions. Under this concept, the firefighting water tank in place for the sprinkler system, which has a volume of around 2,000 m³, will be reduced to a low temperature overnight as cold storage, in order to use the energy produced to provide the production lines with cooling water the next day.

    The overall internal product flow will be managed by an autonomous transport system so as to optimize production workflows under clean room conditions and to avoid the contamination of products and the means of transport. The end product is coordinated by the entire process chain in a batch-clean and controlled manner throughout the building on the basis of the networked systems (Industry 4.0). This will satisfy the demands of the pharma and medical industry in terms of clean and fully monitored production.

    Signs point to growth

    In 2016, the Röchling Group added the Medical division to its two existing divisions, Industrial and Automotive. In doing so, it defined a clear strategic focus on the development and manufacture of high-quality plastic products for the fields diagnostics, fluid management, pharma, and surgery & interventional. In these segments, Röchling Medical develops innovative solutions at its six locations in Europe, the US, and China, continuously expanding its leading market position around the world.

    350 employees work on more than 43,000 m² of production and logistics space at the Neuhaus site. Röchling Medical Neuhaus’ core competences include extrusion blow molding, injection blow molding, injection molding, injection stretch blow molding, and various fully automated, class C GMP clean room assembly processes. In Neuhaus, the company currently operates seven injection blow molding machines, one injection molding machine, one injection stretch blow molding machine, and 20 extrusion blow molding machines, three of which are capable of co-extrusion blow molding.

    A EUR 35 million investment project that included the construction of a state-of-the-art new building was launched in 2015. This extension was opened in April 2018.

  • Huhtamaki is now using 19% recycled plastics in its new post-industrial (PIR) recycled tube

    Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Europe is strongly committed to meeting this challenge for flexiblepackaging and, specifically, for laminated tube applications. ‘We recently succeeded in integrating the first quantities of recycled plastics into one of our standard plastic barrier laminate for tubes’, says Thomas Stroh, R&D Manager at Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Europe. ‘This development brings us a major step closer to contributing to the EU’s packaging recycling targets for flexible packaging formats.’

    The tube produced with Huhtamaki’s laminate contains 19% Mersalen® recyclates, produced by APK AG, and its performance is nearly identical with the standard referenced PBL structure produced with virgin LDPE. The ambitious R&D unit at Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Europe plans to further increase the percentage of recycled content in their products and will test recyclates based on different feedstock streams. Currently, LDPE-recyclates based purely on post-consumer waste and suitable for food and cosmetic packaging, which requires food contact compliance, are not yet available on the European market. Huhtamaki and APK are cooperating closely to solve this challenge.

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