• New: Sustarin® C (POM-C) films in blue (RAL 5002)- Short delivery time and many dimensions

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    Delivery programme – Films - Sustarin® C (POM-C):

    • Colours: blue (new), natural, black

    • Other colors on request

    • Thicknesses: natural and black from 0.2 to 1.5 mm, blue from 0.3 mm to 1.5 mm

    • Width: 20 to 1,000 mm

    • Length: up to 600 m

    Service: We cut your films to size with high cutting accuracy on our modern cutting systems.

    Properties - Films - Sustarin® C (POM-C):

    • Good chemical resistance

    • Low moisture absorption

    • Very good sliding properties

    • High abrasion resistance

    • Low tendency to creep

    • Favorable electrical and dielectric behavior

  • Frugalpac unveiled the world’s first spirit and olive oil in paper bottles

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    Silent Pool Distillers became the first drinks company to sell a spirit in Frugalpac’s Frugal Bottle for its Green Man Woodland Gin, launched on Earth Day (April 22) and Greek Olive Oil producer Aeons has just unveiled the first oil in a paper bottle, AEONS Exclusive Paper Bottle. They will be joined by Scotland’s NB Distillery who are launching the first low carbon AND low alcohol botanical spirit in a paper bottle called School Night.

    The vineyard behind the first wine in a paper bottle, Cantina Goccia, said it’s been such a success they’ll now produce at least 50% of its wine in Frugal Bottles and have unveiled a white wine in a paper bottle, CELI.

    Frugalpac has enquiries to make 70 million of its Frugal Bottles and is calling on paper, packaging and co-packer companies to meet the increasing global demand for paper bottles by buying their own Frugal Bottle Assembly Machines. Polling by Survation found that 63% of UK wine drinkers would buy wine in a paper bottle. Frugalpac is currently making paper sake bottles for Japan, olive oil bottles for Greece and has four more wine brands in the US, Spain and England looking to launch in the next few months.

    The Frugal Bottle, which is five times lighter than a glass bottle with a carbon footprint six times lower than glass, is the world’s first commercially available wine and spirits bottle made from 96% recycled paper.

    Since launching the first wine in a paper bottle last year, from Italian wine producers Cantina Goccia, demand has soared around the globe. Cantina Goccia saw its Frugal Bottle 3Q wine sell-out twice, with one wine chain, Woodwinters in Scotland, selling its whole stock in just one day.

    Cantina Goccia is so convinced paper bottles are the future, it’s released their white wine CELI, a blend of Grechetto, Vermentino and Chardonnay in a Frugal Bottle and are set to release a rose in one too.

    Frugalpac has strong intent from several international companies to invest in the machine platforms in the next few months.

    Frugalpac was recently praised by the UK Government’s Department for International Trade’s GREAT Britain campaign as one of the UK organisations “doing incredible things to help build a global sustainable future” in the run up to this year’s COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

    And respected wine writer Jancis Robinson recently pointed out in her FT column about wine bottles: “for the sake of the planet we need to look more favourably on the alternatives for wine that is drunk within days or weeks of purchase.”

    Frugal Bottles are being produced at a new manufacturing facility in Wickham Market near Ipswich owned by Group Roland.

    Frugalpac has also partnered with Silent Pool Distillers to meet orders to fill Frugal Bottles for a growing list of international wine and spirits orders. A dedicated filling line has been installed at their distillery in Albury.

    Frugalpac, which is scaling up production to meet worldwide interest for the Frugal Bottle, is calling on bottlers, packaging companies, printing firms and recycled paper suppliers to help them meet this demand by investing in their own Frugal Bottle machine platforms.

  • Noble and Aptar Pharma Launch AdhereIT™ Connected Onboarding Solution

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    Noble and Aptar Pharma are pleased to announce the launch of AdhereIT™ – a connected, intuitive and user-friendly onboarding solution for the growing number of patients with chronic conditions who use autoinjectors to administer their medications at home. AdhereIT™ is the first fully interchangeable, connected add-on solution that can work across a multitude of autoinjector platforms. This launch is an important advancement for Noble, an Aptar Pharma company, whose mission is to foster healthy outcomes for patients who self-administer their therapies, partnering with pharma and biotech companies to provide robust training devices and onboarding programs.

    Adherence to prescribed biologics is a significant challenge. A recent report in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reported that 45% of studied patients suffering from psoriasis discontinue their treatments. The reasons include insufficient training or time with an instructor, lack of confidence during the self-injection process, and feelings of high anxiety and lack of control. COVID-19 has contributed to the increase utilization of telemedicine and remote healthcare, which has even further complicated this challenge by reducing healthcare professional (HCP) training opportunities with patients.

    AdhereIT™ is part of the digital ecosystem that enables patients to gain control and confidence over their at-home drug delivery while easing the anxiety associated with self-injecting. AdhereIT™ integrates with the existing software applications developed by the Digital Healthcare team at Aptar Pharma by pairing a patient’s autoinjector via Bluetooth technology to their mobile phone. The device – available in two design options to accommodate dexterity for a one-handed or two-handed injection process – precisely detects an injection event and provides real-time visual, audio and haptic feedback about whether the injection was performed correctly. The AdhereIT™ onboarding platform also allows HCPs to monitor their patients’ therapeutic performance via a smart analytical dashboard, providing valuable patient-specific adherence behavior information.

    “We are excited to welcome Noble’s AdhereIT™ connected onboarding platform into the suite of Aptar Pharma’s Digital Healthcare solutions. This innovative technology further enhances our ability to improve patients’ lives by creating a seamless integration of injectable products into our disease management offerings,” said Adam Shain, Director of Business Development for Digital Healthcare, Aptar Pharma.

    Noble developed AdhereIT™ in partnership with Aptar Pharma, who has made significant investments in digital healthcare over the past three years to actively develop a portfolio of disease management platforms and connected device solutions across dermal, pulmonary, nasal, ophthalmic and injectable routes of administration.

    “Connected medical devices represent the future of healthcare for patients, pharmaceutical companies, health insurers and HCPs, playing a vital role in the remote tracking and treatment of chronic illnesses, and delivering a range of benefits that include improved drug management, enriched patient experiences and enhanced patient outcomes,” said Tim McLeroy, Noble’s Executive Director of Marketing & Patient Services. “The connectivity of digital technology solutions like AdhereIT™ also create market differentiation and enable value-based contracting for biopharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers to survive in a competitive and challenging marketplace.”

  • SIG extend combibloc ECO PLUS aluminium free packaging material to fast growing COMBIBLOCMIDI format.

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    By extending combibloc ECOPLUS – our world-first aluminium-free packaging material for aseptic cartons – to our fastest-growing family pack format, we are giving dairy companies more opportunities to differentiate their products and shape the trend towards squarish cartons for long-life milk while choosing the most sustainable solutions on the market,” said Ana Ruiz del Árbol, Marketing Manager Iberia at SIG. “Sustainable innovations like this are central to SIG’s commitment to partner with customers and go Way Beyond Good for people and the planet.”

    Leading the industry on sustainable innovation

    Launched in 2010, combibloc ECOPLUS leads the industry as the first and only aluminium-free packaging material for aseptic carton packs. This innovative solution further enhancing the positive environmental performance of aseptic carton packs is made from 82% renewable paper board, with ultra-thin polymer layers to contain and protect products over long periods of time.

    Initially offered in the 1 litre brick format, combibloc ECOPLUS is well established in the dairy market. More than 1 billion SIG packs have been sold with combibloc ECOPLUS packaging material as customers respond to growing global demand for low-carbon, sustainable packaging solutions.

    Launching a second popular format

    SIG is now increasing availability of aluminium-free packaging by extending combibloc ECOPLUS to a second format. combiblocMidi is SIG’s fastest-growing modern family pack, with the squarish format rapidly increasing in popularity for long-life milk.

    Adding this option enhances opportunities for customers to differentiate their products with a pack that offers both on-shelf appeal and stand-out environmental credentials.

    The first products in combiblocMidi with combibloc ECOPLUS packaging material will be available in Spain, filled at Leche Celta.

    Partnering to go Way Beyond Good

    The extension of combibloc ECOPLUS to a second format reinforces SIG’s position in the market as the only supplier of aluminium-free aseptic carton packaging solutions. This further strengthens SIG’s opportunities to go Way Beyond Good for customers, society and the environment.

  • Toppan’s PET-Based Mono-Material Flexible Packaging Adopted for Unilever’s New Lux Luminique Sachet Set

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    With the problem of plastic waste receiving significant attention, demand for more eco-friendly packaging continues to increase, and companies around the world are taking various measures focused on targets for better circulation of plastic resources used for packaging and containers. Unilever has announced global commitments for a waste-free world, aiming to halve its use of virgin plastic; help collect and process more plastic than it sells; and ensure that 100% of plastic packaging is designed to be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable. Unilever is transforming its approach to plastic packing through its ‘Less plastic. Better plastic. No plastic.’ framework and making progress around the world.

    Toppan provides solutions to global companies addressing environmental issues such as global warming and plastic waste. “SUSTAINABLE-VALUE™ Packaging” was recently launched as part of the “TOPPAN S-VALUE™ Packaging” brand, which targets added value for society and fulfilling living. The SUSTAINABLE-VALUE™ Packaging range includes more readily recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) mono-material flexible packaging for individual packages. By fully leveraging vapor deposition and coating technologies accumulated over 30 years as a global leader in the manufacture of transparent barrier films, Toppan has now worked with Unilever Japan to achieve a switch to mono-material composition for individual packages for liquid toiletry products.

    Conventional individual packages combine a PET substrate with materials such as aluminum and polyethylene. Toppan’s mono-material packaging uses a PET-based grade of GL FILM, a market-leading vapor-deposited transparent barrier film from the GL BARRIER range, and combines it with PET sealant. The manufacturing method and material composition ensure outstanding oxygen and water vapor barrier performance, provide low adsorption to prevent loss of aroma and quality, and make it possible to prevent reduction of product weight during storage over long periods. The use of a single material improves recyclability, and the absence of aluminum film enables a reduction of roughly 25% in CO2 emissions during packaging manufacture.

    We’re delighted that Unilever Japan has chosen Toppan’s mono-material flexible packaging for these new products,” said Yoshimitsu Anamizu, Managing Executive Officer of Toppan’s Living & Industry Division. “We continue to work on developing more readily recyclable and eco-friendly solutions for diverse packaging contents and aim to contribute to the growth of our customers’ businesses and a sustainable society by expanding the TOPPAN S-VALUE™ Packaging range.”

  • Smart Support for Patients: Schreiner MediPharm Develops NFC-Label for Ypsomed’s UnoPen™

    Schreiner MediPharm designed the label with an integrated NFC chip precisely for the combination of the UnoPen™ and the SmartPilot™. With the NFC-Label, the drug can automatically be identified, authenticated and checked in terms of its expiration date. Due to the smart device, the time and date of the injection as well as the delivered dose are tracked and transmitted to the patient’s related smartphone app via Bluetooth.

  • FILTEC introduces thermal glue solution for packaging inspection

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    The Thermal Glue Inspection solution is designed to help minimise product damage during transport caused by not using the right amounts of hot melt adhesive on cartons and product cases.

    The solution integrates thermal and vision technologies to make inspections more accurate and precise.

    It identifies and rejects non-compliant cartons and cases, sorting defect patterns for reporting and maintenance.

    The Thermal Glue Inspection solution will help businesses avoid case ruptures and reduce the costs of carton rework labour and materials on product packaging.

    The solution also features an automated inspection camera that can be changed for new cartons and can also scan for dates and lot codes. According to FILTEC, this makes production lines more efficient and delivers a return on investment with every use.

    FILTEC president and CEO Jim James Kearbey said: “FILTEC has an ongoing commitment to innovation, service and quality in the inspection industry.

    “Our new Thermal Glue Inspection technology is designed to help businesses in a wide range of industries maintain highly efficient and cost-effective production lines.”

    The Thermal Glue Inspection solution has a compact footprint and can easily fit on most production lines.

  • This Styrofoam-like packaging is made of popcorn—not plastic

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    Those bits that come inside your packages are called peanuts, but of course they are made from polystyrene, not anything natural. But what if we could send things packaged in popcorn—the actual food, not another plastic-derived counterpart—instead?

    That’s the hope of researchers at the University of Göttingen in Germany, who have developed the plant-based packaging and are already in talks for its commercial use. Whereas polystyrene-based packaging like Styrofoam takes centuries to break down and is made from nonrenewable fossil fuels, popcorn is easily renewable, biodegradable, and could even be composted at home.

    The idea to use popcorn as packaging first came to Alireza Kharazipour, head of the research group that developed the packaging and a professor at the university’s Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, when he was at the movies. “In the dark, the popcorn felt just as light as styropol foam balls,” he says. “The next day I bought corn and made popcorn at home in a pot.” Eventually, those experiments moved into the lab at the University of Göttingen.

    Styrofoam is such good packaging material and insulation because it’s made of 95% air, but it’s still especially harmful to the environment. Foam polystyrene is made from petroleum, is difficult to recycle and often not even accepted by recycling programs, and can take centuries to decompose, breaking down into microplastics that threaten wildlife and environments along the way.

    But just like polystyrene, popcorn is filled with air too. Kharazipour and his research group use crushed corn, made from the inedible by-products of cornflakes production, and use a steam process to expand that crushed corn into what the researchers call “granulated” popcorn. “The products are very light because popcorn granules are filled with air like honeycombs,” Kharazipour says. “When grain maize expands into popcorn, the volume increases by 15% to 20%.”

    The popcorn packaging can be made with these by-products, or from corn grown anywhere. Using different molds, the popcorn can be turned into various packaging shapes. The researchers also coated the expanded popcorn in a thin layer of bioplastic so that the packaging is water-repellent. The result, Kharazipour says, is a packaging material that is just as strong as polystyrene but can be easily cut with a circular saw and can be reused, shredded down, or composted at home.

    Each year, the U.S. alone produces about 3 million tons of polystyrene, mainly for packaging and food service items, according to environmental consultant Green Dining Alliance. Across the world, packaging is the biggest purchaser of plastics, accounting for about 40% of total plastic usage. Not all of that is polystyrene or Styrofoam-like packaging, but Kharazipour and his research team hope they can make a dent in what is. The university has already entered a licensing agreement with a grain and cereal company called Nordgetreide for commercial use of the popcorn-packaging making process, and is working on manufacturing various popcorn packaging products. It’s a step toward creating, as Kharazipour says, “a clean environment free of plastic-based products.”

  • Magnum launches new tubs made with recycled plastic

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    Last year, Magnum was the first ice cream brand to pioneer a new recycling technology and the first to use recycled plastic within the ice cream industry.

    Designed to tackle the impact plastic has on the environment, Magnum’s new tubs and lids for its pints range are fully recyclable and made with recycled polypropylene plastic (rPP).

    The advanced recycling technology that makes this possible transforms previously unrecyclable plastic waste into a valuable resource. The rPP waste can be re-processed infinitely, as the closed-loop recycling method preserves the quality of the material, thus reducing the need for virgin plastic.

    Initially, 600,000 of the new tubs were launched in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain in 2019. This year, more than 7 million will be introduced across other European countries. And from 2021 onwards, the new packs will be rolled out globally.

    By the end of 2020, all Magnum Pints tubs in Europe will be produced with rPP, which means over 160,000 kilograms of recycled plastic. Our goal is that, by 2025, all Magnum tubs will be made with recycled plastic. The full roll-out across all European countries is another exciting step towards a more sustainable future.

    As Julien Barraux, Global VP for Magnum, says, “We are proud to be one of the world’s first ice cream brands to pioneer this ground-breaking technology. Through this new approach, we hope to lead the food and refreshment industry towards a more sustainable future, paving the way to a circular economy.

    These days, consumers – rightly – expect all packaging to be sustainable. By keeping our plastic material in the loop, we are contributing to a healthier planet and preventing plastic pollution.

    With more in-home consumption due to Covid-19, the introduction of these tubs and their reduced impact on the environment becomes even more relevant as the world prepares for a new future.”

    A process didn’t exist, so we helped develop one

    Although there have been rPP options available for beauty and personal care products for some time, there were previously no solutions approved for use in food-grade packaging. So, we collaborated with SABIC – a global leader in diversified chemicals – to develop one.

    The rPP used in Magnum is not obtained by traditional mechanical recycling, as this is not suitable for food contact packaging. We use an innovative recycling process that transforms the plastic waste into a resin with the same characteristics as virgin food-grade resin.

    This new technology allows us to recycle low quality, mixed plastic waste that would otherwise most likely be destined for incineration or landfill. It is not currently possible to produce food-grade rPP with any other form of recycling system.

    The move is part of Unilever’s wider global packaging commitment to halve the company’s use of virgin plastic by reducing its absolute use of plastic packaging by more than 100,000 tonnes and accelerating its use of recycled plastic by 2025.

    In the UK, we want to significantly accelerate progress towards these commitments. To do this and to drive progress in tackling plastic waste, we’ve created our five-point plastic plan, ‘#GetPlasticWise'.

    Plastic has its place, but that place is not in the environment

    The rate at which we are currently using the world’s resources means that, before long, they will simply run out. We need to not only build recycling into our everyday routine, but also focus on new technology, to reduce the use of plastics as a matter of urgency.

    The circular economy aims to change how we make, use and ultimately dispose of materials. It ensures that the world can continue to support the needs of a growing population while, at the same time, reversing our current unsustainable levels of pollution.

    Plastic is a valuable material. It is crucial for the safe and efficient distribution of products, and it has a lower carbon footprint than many alternative materials. So, it has its place. That place is inside the circular economy – where it is reused, recycled or composted. And where it is kept in a loop, to stop it from ever finding its way into the environment.

  • Innovative, part-grass packaging

    The trend toward more conscious dietary choices, including organically grown food, shows no signs of letting up in Germany. That was reason enough for Bauer, a private dairy operation, to release its new Bauer organic yogurt in four delicious varieties: fruity cherry, sun-ripened strawberry, delicate mango and vanilla, and aromatic pear. The products all consist of fresh natural yogurt topped with a layer of fruit and are, of course, made with ingredients sourced from certified organic producers.

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