• Swedish Plastic Recycling invests a billion in world’s largest advanced recycling facility



    Using advanced recycling technologies, the site will have the capacity to recycle any plastic used in Sweden using entirely renewable energy, making the country’s plastic economy completely circular. 


    Located in the city of Molata, construction is expected to conclude in 2023. It will expand an existing facility, which the company says is already the “most efficient on earth.” 


    “We are doubling our capacity and will be able to handle 200,000 tons of plastic packaging per year. This creates the conditions needed for receiving and eventually recycling all plastic packaging from Swedish households,” says Mattias Philipsson, CEO of Swedish Plastic Recycling.


    “The investment creates the prerequisites needed for making Sweden a world leader in plastic recycling. Being able to do it together with our producer customers and owners, who consist of large parts of the Swedish business community, is very inspiring.”

    Tackling all plastic types 

    Currently, the facility recycles four types of plastic; once construction is complete, it will have sorting capacity for 12 types: polypropylene (PP), HDPE, LDPE, PET tray, PET bottles (colored and transparent), PP film, EPS, PS, PVC, two grades of Polyolefin mix, metal and non-plastic waste.

    Any small parts of plastic that remain after the sorting process will be separated and sent to chemical recycling or become new composite products. Zero packaging will go into incineration.

    “There is today no other facility in the world that has that capability,” asserts Phillipson. 

    “We are also preparing for washing and granulation of the plastic in phase two, which is planned for 2025. Then our entire plastic flow in Sweden can become circular.” 

    Any materials or rare types of plastic that are unable to be recycled at the facility will be sent to a Carbon Capture Storage, which prevents carbon emissions produced during incineration from entering the atmosphere. There are further plans to run the facility using solar panels. 

    Advances in advanced recycling 

    PackagingInsights recently sat down with Susan Hansen, global strategist for F&A supply chains at Rabobank, to discuss recent developments in advanced or chemical recycling technologies and what they could hold for the future of plastic waste management. 

    She explained that Rabobank has seen a “huge amount of activity” in advanced recycling since 2019. According to the bank’s estimates, there were around 70 plants installed worldwide in 2020, with approximately 1.1 million tons of capacity.

    However, Hansen emphasized that chemical recycling should not be seen as a “silver bullet” to the limitations of mechanical methods. 

    Even if all the global advanced recycling projects recorded are actually completed, there would be a doubling in the number of plants and around three or four times the capacity there is today. However, this would only mean 140 plants on earth, which would be a maximum of about four million tons of capacity. 

    The UN estimates roughly 300 million tons of plastic waste is produced each year globally. 

  • AEROBAL World Aluminium Aerosol Can Award 2021 Focus on sustainable concepts, printing and finishing, marketing and design

    AEROBAL, the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers, held its much-acclaimed competition for the world’s best and most innovative aluminium aerosol cans also during the second year of the pandemic. AEROBAL Secretary General Gregor Spengler said he was pleased to find that the innovative strength of the industry had not diminished at all, despite the particularly challenging situation during the crisis and the difficult market situation overall.

  • Stratasys Spearheading Sustainability for 3D Printing Industry to Advance More Mindful Manufacturing

    Stratasys to pursue its sustainability agenda based on U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

    Stratasys becomes Founding Member of Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association

  • Difference Between Corrugated Boxes and Kraft Boxes


    The main element that is responsible for crafting the masterpiece is the stock. The stock for packaging solutions varies, and most often, it is Kraft, corrugated, or cardboard. These stocks work fabulously in offering the packaging boxes of your desired shape and style.

    Kraft Boxes VS Corrugated Boxes

    Kraft boxes are the ones that are manufactured from Kraft stock. Kraft paper is used for crafting all kinds of Kraft packaging boxes. It is indeed the unbleached pulp that is of high thickness and firmness. It is considered to be the amazing valuable packaging stock for the shipping of goods to far-off places. Naturally, it exists in brown color. Corrugated boxes are the ones that are formed from the corrugated stock. This packaging stock is made from multiple layers of paperboard. It is considered to be the stock whose strength lies in between the Kraft and cardboard material.

    Thickness and Strength

    The thickness and strength are the most significant elements of the packaging boxes. No matter how much splendid the packaging box is, it is useless until it depicts the strength and thickness. All the packaging stocks reflect different degrees of thickness and strength. The strength, firmness, and rigidity of the boxes are due to the stock that is being used for their manufacturing. Among all the packaging stocks, the Kraft is the one that is highly rigid and sturdy in nature.

    Kraft is an impressive packaging stock that is unmatchable in firmness and strength. Indeed, the literal meaning of Kraftis strength. Hence, these packaging stocks help in the formation of high-strength packaging boxes for the business. These are well known for their splendid durability and reliability. Businesses that deal with heavy equipment must definitely keep Kraft boxes in their inventory.

    Economical Packaging Boxes

    As the firmness and strength enhance, the price of the stock enhances. The corrugated boxes are more economical than Kraft boxes. Both of these are consideredeconomical packaging boxes but the enhancedthickens, and durability of the Kraft boxes make it a bit costly than the cardboard boxes and corrugated boxes. Placing the order of Kraft boxes and corrugated boxes in bulk quantity would let you relish fabulous discounts. The biodegradable stock is much more reasonable in price and leavesa positive impact on the masses.

    Compatibility for Printing

    Corrugated stock is the one that reflectsthe high level of compatibility towards the printing. Digital printing seems massively appealing on corrugated boxes. Indeed, it is super easy to print any sort of design on corrugated boxes. However, in the case of Kraft stock, it is necessary to go through the process of bleaching to get rid of the brown color. After accomplishing the process of bleach, one can easily get the desirable stock for printing purposes. The safety of the products is much more in the Kraft boxes as compared to the corrugated boxes.

    Customization of Packaging Boxes

    Customization is such an element that has the excellent power to drag the attention of the masses towards the product. Yes, no doubt, people feel heavily inclined towards the customized packaging boxes. The corrugated boxes can be shaped into any style, such as gable boxes, pillow boxes, square boxes, triangular boxes, mailer boxes, or any other. However, the Kraft boxes are usually seen in rectangular or square packaging boxes.

    The sizes of the corrugated boxes can easily be varied from each other. The high level of flexibility is reflected by the corrugated stock that makes the customization much easier. On the contrary, the Kraft boxes are more rigid and least flexible. So, it is not possible to carry out different typesof experimentation on the Kraft boxes.

    Most Popular and Commonly Used Boxes

    Corrugated boxes are routinely used boxes and found to be much useful for the unit packaging of the products. These are commonly seen on the retails, while Kraft boxes are manufactured to store and ship the products in bulk. Electronic equipment, heavy machinery, or fragile products cannot be delivered to other countries or far-off places without the use of Kraft boxes.

    Corrugated boxes do not need any extra material for their assembling. However, the Kraft boxes often require the proper sealing of these with the assistance of broad tape. The Kraft boxes are much spacious and huge in size than that of the corrugated boxes.

  • The aluminum tube and aerosol can industry in Germany is resilient and reliable, also in times of crisis

    The development of the aluminum tubes and aerosol can market in the first half of 2021 can only be adequately assessed for the German market in retrospect to 2020 because the first quarter of 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis was still characterized by extremely lively demand from all end consumer markets.

    Food and household sectors stable in the crisis, pharmaceuticals mixed, cosmetics weaker

  • IOT in the Packaging Industry : Prospective and Targets

    A symbol of growing interconnectivity and easy yet safe access to data, IoT is changing every industry for the better as discussed in the previous blog ( IoT part 1). In the packaging industry specifically, IOT helps increase consumer awareness and can also help in data logging and automation of processes.

  • Pharma-Tac plus Booklet-Label: Multifunctional Label from Schreiner MediPharm Simplifies International Clinical Trials

    To enhance convenience and efficiency in global clinical trials, Schreiner MediPharm has developed a new specialty label for infusion bottles: The combination of the “Pharma-Tac” hanger label and a Booklet-Label complements the label-integrated hanger with a paper booklet for comprehensive product descriptions in different languages. This specialty label provides research-based pharmaceutical companies with a marking solution offering greater flexibility and reliability for international clinical trials.

  • Michelman Adds Technical Expertise & Influence in Printing & Packaging


    Their most recent addition is Mr. Pasha Solel as Senior Business Development Manager for their Flexible Packaging market. Before joining Michelman, Solel spent nearly a decade with HP Indigo as a Material Applications Expert, working with major converters and focused on labels and flexible packaging applications. Prior to HP, he spent many years in the sustainable solar power industry, having experience with various plastics, adhesives, coatings, treatments, and curing technologies.

    Explains Ralph Giammarco, Global Business Development Director for Printing & Packaging, "In addition to his strong technical background and customer-intimate approach, Pasha brings an in-depth understanding of how digital imaging and state-of-the art finishing workflows will help our customers adapt to the high market and brand demands for sustainability, functional performance, and quick turnaround."  

    Additionally, Mr. Gianluigi Rankin, the company's Global Marketing Manager for Digital Printing, has just been named to the Digital Print for Packaging US Advisory Board. Along with peers from Siegwerk, EFI, HP, Smithers, Ball Corporation, and Global Inkjet Systems Ltd., he will help shape future Digital Print for Packaging events and programs hosted by Smithers, a multinational provider of testing, consulting, information, and compliance services.

    Explains Rankin, "I'm excited to collaborate with this panel of expert advisory board members who thoroughly understand the current trends of the digital printing industry. I look forward to helping shape relevant and industry-leading events."

  • How to Make Retail Packaging Boxes


    Method to Craft Retail Packaging Boxes

    Retail packaging boxes are quite mesmerizing in appearance and do not demand much elbow grease for crafting. The best way to have quality retail boxes is to contact a trustworthy and prestigious online packaging company. They not only provide the most suitable packaging boxes to the customers but also help much in saving money. Yes, you read it right.

    It helps in saving the precious money of customers through offering discounts on bulk purchases. Get the retail packaging boxes in few business days and enjoy getting the price quote for it. The method to craft retail boxes includes:

    • Pass the Stock from Machinery
    • Custom Design and Printing
    • Innovative and Distinctive Features
    • Quality Control Testing

    Pass the Stock from Machinery

    The first step to make retail packaging boxes is to cut the stock as per the dimension of the product. The advanced machinery would work flawlessly for the cutting of stock. The issue of roughness and dull edges is avoided with the use of advanced machinery as it offers a sleek and neat cut. However, in the case of manual cutting, the risk of all such issues is much more.

    The cutting must not be random, and hence one has to determine the length, width, and height of the product before commencing the procedure. Compile all the cut pieces of the stock and assemble them together to ensure that these are the rationale boxes for the product or not. Die-cut machinery is a reliable approach that helps to grant an attractive appeal to the boxes. Choose the stock wisely as per your product nature.

    Custom Design and Printing

    After cutting, it is subjected to printing. Use the eloquent quantity print that reflects maximum compatibility with the boxes. Cardboard stock is highly compatible with printing. Consider the most appealing and impressive designs as the designs for retail boxes differ from others. Most often, these are glamorous ones that utilized vibrant colors.

    Custom designing is such a feature that helps in boosting the prestige of the brand and aims to maximize its worth. One of the most significant ways to potentiate brand success is to consider custom retail packaging boxes. Use the most stylish and enchanting typography and colors for mentioning the brand name and logo.

    The more creative you would be, the better end results you would ultimately gain. The perfect use of colors is a way of attracting the masses. Create the designs and then apply these with the use of high-quality ink. These will stay for longer on the boxes, and their originality does not fade soon.

    Innovative and Distinctive Features

    Consider adding distinctive features to your retail packaging boxes. It will help in making your packaging boxes much visible and splendid than others. The competitive market demands the use of additional features to define the value of your brand. One of the excellent ways to do so is to use the option of window-die cut. It will help in offering transparent appeal to your attractive branded products. Hence, visitors can have a glance at the glamorous and gracious products without buying them.

    It is a source of impulsive buying and helps in generating more and more revenue. Another exciting way to make the retail boxes more visible in front of visitors is to use the feature of the tab. The whole in the top of the retail boxes creates a hang tab that allows the masses to view the new product. They encounter such boxes when they enter the mall or retail shop.

    Quality Control Testing

    Randomly select the retail boxes from one batch. Now, perform different tests on it to determine either these are capable of performing the desired functions on it. Find out the sturdiness of it and similarly check it for moisture testing. Ensure to pass the retail boxes from other such tests. Determine the results of these tests. The appearance of retail boxes matters a lot.

    There must be symmetry among all the retail boxes of a single batch. These should have the same weight and thickness to retain the desired product in them without any hassle. Upon entire satisfaction, dispatch the whole batch of the retail packaging boxes to the customer at their shipping address.

  • Future Smart™ Duo fiber lids - fundamental for the ultimate take-away experience


    “We have been observing take-away coffee aficionados and have focused on developing innovative sustainable packaging solutions to overcome the obstacles standing in the way of the ultimate experience. Whether your coffee is hot or cold, we have figured it out. Let me tell you how,” says Neal McCone, Category Director, Quick Service Restaurants and Specialty Coffee, Fiber and Foodservice Packaging at Huhtamaki.

    The tale of the refreshing summer drink
    When days grow longer, coffee enthusiasts typically turn to a fresher kind of brew. Iced coffee has been trendy for many years now and every summer season brings new frosty coffee flavors. The latest cool kid in coffee town is called Dalgona, a hot or iced whipped coffee from South Korea.

    When it comes to packaging for iced coffee, sip holes are an essential functionality. 

    If you take a look at people carrying a take-away drink on the streets, you will see that many have removed the lid from the cup. Mostly this change is driven by the sip hole’s impracticality.  

    Based on these observations, we tapped into our technical know-how to design an award-winning fiber lid. Our Future Smart™ Duo fiber lids are suitable for both hot and cold drinks. This new product’s high functionality makes it possible to sip drinks with or without a straw, thanks to the round sip hole. We think consumers should always be able to choose the best way to savour their favorite drink.

    The tale of the dramatic coffee spill
    For a vast majority of people, a cup of coffee is the only way to start the morning. Aside from perking you up and helping you focus, it also sets your mood for the rest of the day.

    When you stumble, change pace, or move suddenly, the hot beverage you are holding in your hand sloshes back and forth in its container. If you have taken the lid off your take-away cup or worse, your cup came with an ill-fitting lid, that spells bad news for you – and your clothes – or the people around you. Spilled coffee is never a pleasant thing.

    To avoid beverage spillage and these kinds of scenarios, we crafted the Future Smart™ Duo fiber lids to ensure an improved click fit with paper cups. The end goal is clear: to enable you to consume drinks on-the-go without worrying about spills or leakage.

    The tale of the eco-conscious take-away lover
    Over the past years, take-away aficionados have grown increasingly aware of the consequences of their consumer lifestyle on the environment. The more take-away beverages we drink, the more packaging we use. For many there has been an increasing awareness of the need to find sustainable solutions particularly to address plastic substitution.

    In line with our purpose to project food, people and the planet, Huhtamaki decided to take on this challenge and make plastic lids a thing of the past. Our new 100% plastic-free fiber lids are recyclable and industrially compostable, providing a clear alternative to eco-conscious consumers and delivering a sustainable packaging solutions. As they are made of renewable, plant-based fiber, they help to reduce the consumption of fossil materials.

    “We believe we can bring the final touch to the ultimate take-away experience by providing an innovative, fit-for-purpose and sustainable food packaging. Now it is time for cafés and baristas, wherever you are in the world, to join hands and create a positive impact by simply making the right choice,” says Neal.

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