As a growing number of customers are utilizing smart packaging and connected products featuring NFC technology, Tapwow says the company and Avery Dennison sought to create a kit that would allow users to employ NFC tags in their own environment, as well as assign meaningful content. With a few clicks in the DIRX2 platform, a customer can create a working demonstration or proof-of-concept, including tap analytics that can be accessed from any smartphone.
The kit was designed for customers in pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, healthcare, wine and spirits, and more. Tapwow reports that the technology can enable customer engagement, brand protection, traceability, and reuse and recycling. The tags, built on NXP's NTAG and ICODE chips, offer functionalities and security levels to meet customers' specific needs, it says.
"It is an exciting time for touchless connectivity throughout the world," said Michael Sher, Tapwow's CEO. "We worked with Avery Dennison Smartrac to get NFC tags in the hands of the end user to see what was possible and how easy the technology is to use. With recent surges in touchless connectivity and payments, more brands have been looking at how to take advantage of NFC technology to create a 'hand to brand' connection with their customers. This kit gives them the tags and the software to get started."
"At Avery Dennison, we have vast experience in the design, development, production and implementation of NFC tags globally across many industries," added Amir Khoshniyati, the head of Avery Dennison Smartrac's NFC business. "Based on our NFC Forum certifications around both quality and performance, our NFC Tags are reliable and positioned to globally scale to enterprise volumes at a moment's notice. This tag kit allows us to showcase our unique and highly demanded NFC products, which feature NXP ICs in a format that makes the technology accessible and easy to configure with the Tapwow software."
Taking advantage of Spectra’s versatile tubular design, the sleek new 250ml packs were extrusion blow-moulded in 50% Post-Consumer Recycled HDPE.
To provide the complete packaging solution, Spectra’s dedicated in-house decoration department finished the packs with two-pass printing to work harmoniously with Cultiv’s existing product lines.
Organic-based beauty brand Cultiv is one of Spectra’s many valued export customers based in France.
The French market continues to prove an exciting and vibrant territory for Spectra, according to Charlotte Clarke, Export Customer Sales Representative at Spectra.
Charlotte said “Our busy export department is always looking to forge strong footholds across Europe to expand our reputation beyond the UK. Our relationship with Cultiv is yet another example of how we are working closely with a diverse range of brands irrespective of international borders or the uncertainty of Brexit.”
Lauren Lachaud, Product Manager at Cultiv, commented, “Spectra helped us create beautiful recycled plastic packaging that perfectly matches our desire to combine aesthetics and ecological considerations, which is an important commitment of our brand. Our customers have been very receptive to them”.
High protection levels against moisture, oxygen and heat are important for protecting active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), to provide the patient with an effective medication. Constantia Flexibles’ goal was to meet the very high barrier properties for pharma products, while implementing the best possible sustainability standards. The result is Perpetua, a recyclable product family, based on a unique line of full PP (Polypropylene) high barrier laminates. The flexible packaging solution is available in application-tailored versions. Being cyclos-HTP certified, its recyclability ranges from 90% to 96%, depending on the individual material specification, the company says.
The high barrier properties and lower environmental footprint do not limit the design possibilities of the packaging.
Pierre-Henri Bruchon, EVP Pharma Division Constantia Flexibles, comments, “Our mission is to constantly rethink packaging to make a meaningful contribution to our customers and the environment. Sustainability plays a decisive role in all our business activities. Therefore, the development of a more sustainable but at the same time high-barrier solution for pharma products like Perpetua was of high importance to us. It is the perfect packaging solution for pharma products.”
Conventional pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesives commonly used in modern medical tapes tend to exhibit low moisture permeability and to easily trap heat and water vapors released from the skin. This often leads to skin irritation, skin maceration, rashes and even bacterial growth. To address this issue, Toyochem researchers applied its advanced resin synthesis technology to form a polymeric composition that substantially raises the moisture permeability rate of the adhesive layer.
Early evaluation testing by our end customers has produced promising results,” said Nao Nakamura, general manager of Toyochem’s adhesives division. “The new Oribain PSA has consistently reached water vapor transmission rates of 2,000g/m2/24 hours. These values are considerably higher than those of traditional acrylic adhesives, which typically range from 500 to 1,000g/m2/24 hours. We were able to do so, all the while maintaining mechanical performance requirements for adhesion and peel strength.”
Moreover, Oribain PSA systems are acrylic-based and do not contain silicones, which are widely used in today’s medical tape adhesives. Thus, the new PSA compositions do not contain any substances that may contaminate coatings lines or processing environments, for a more user- and cost-friendly alternative to silicone types.
In addition to Oribain acrylic PSAs, Toyochem’s comprehensive portfolio includes the Cyabine™ brand of polyurethane PSA solutions, including high moisture-permeability systems. PSA compositions can be customized to meet ISO-10993-1 or other FDA-recognized biocompatibility standards.
Toyochem has been delivering highly reliable adhesive systems for decades, ranking as the #1 manufacturer of sports tape adhesives in China. Production and development centers in both Japan and China have boosted the company’s capability to customize and expand its product offerings to meet the stringent performance demands of the healthcare, packaging and various industrial markets. In line with its growth strategy, Toyochem is now looking to strengthen its presence in the global medical adhesives market, in particular for such applications as dressing and surgical tapes.
The paper bottle project – which is being co-developed by Coca Cola’s R&D team in Brussels and The Paper Bottle Company (Paboco), a Danish startup supported by ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs, in cooperation with Carlsberg, L’Oréal and The Absolut Company – is moving into the consumer testing phase to measure the package’s performance and shopper response to the format. Coca-Cola and Paboco unveiled the first-generation prototype, which consists of a paper shell with a recyclable plastic lining and cap, last fall.
“The trial we are announcing today is a milestone for us in our quest to develop a paper bottle,” said Daniela Zahariea, director of technical supply chain and innovation, Coca Cola Europe. “People expect Coca Cola to develop and bring to market new, innovative and sustainable types of packaging. That’s why we are partnering with experts like Paboco, experimenting openly and conducting this first in-market trial.”
The technology developed by Paboco is designed to create 100% recyclable bottles made of sustainably sourced wood with a bio-based material barrier capable of resisting liquids, CO2 and oxygen, and suitable for beverages, beauty products and other liquid goods. The ultimate goal is a bottle that can be recycled as paper.
The innovation supports The Coca-Cola Company’s World Without Waste sustainable packaging goal to collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one it sells by 2030, while substantially reducing use of virgin packaging materials and using only 100% recyclable packaging materials. Achieving this vision requires investment in innovation and collaboration with partners to drive collection, recycling and sustainable design.
Stijn Franssen, R&D packaging innovation manager for Coca Cola Europe, stresses that the breakthrough technology is still in development. Franssen’s team has been conducting extensive lab testing to assess how the paper bottle performs, holds up and protects its contents.
“This is new technology, and we are moving in uncharted territory,” he explained. “We have to invent the technical solutions as we go along.”
Toppan Printing a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, has developed a fire extinguishing film that responds to heat by emitting aerosol particles. This new film is an addition to Toppan’s “SMART LIFE-VALUE™ Packaging” lineup, which is part of the recently launched “TOPPAN S-VALUE™ Packaging” range targeting added value for society and fulfilling living. The fire extinguishing film is on sale from February and targeted at manufacturers of batteries and electrical appliances.
With applications for rechargeable batteries expanding to such fields as mobile devices and mobility, lithium-ion batteries are becoming more widely used and offering higher power levels. However, this increases the risk of fire-related accidents, not only during use but also after disposal. Toppan has combined its advanced coating technologies and transparent vapor-deposited GL BARRIER film with a highly effective fire extinguishing agent from Yamato Protec Corporation to produce an adhesive film with outstanding long-term durability and workability.
“This film enables greater fire safety without any negative impact on people or the environment,” said Yoshimitsu Anamizu, Managing Executive Officer of Toppan’s Living & Industry Division. “We intend to develop more products based on this technology to contribute to accident and disaster prevention and a safer, more sustainable society for everyone.”
The fire extinguishing film will be on display in the Toppan Booth (S1-12, South Hall 1) at TOKYO PACK 2021, which will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center from February 24 to 26.
Mondi enters low-white recycled office paper market with NAUTILUS® Elemental, awarded with Blue Angel certificationNews:
Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, launches NAUTILUS® Elemental, its first recycled office paper product for the low-white segment. The new product made from 100% post-consumer waste complements the existing wide range of premium high-white recycled papers. Low-white recycled papers are particularly popular with public authorities and institutions (e.g. schools). The new paper is now available across Europe.
We are pleased to be able to extend the NAUTILUS® range to include this new offering. With its authentic recycled shade, using this paper sends a positive environmental message, reflecting our commitment to put sustainability at the heart of everything we do.
Johannes Klumpp, Marketing & Sales Director at Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper
Due to an increasing demand for recycled paper, Mondi extended its NAUTILUS® portfolio and availability over the past few years. This latest product innovation is the next milestone in its strategy and targets important low-white markets in Europe where currently limited suppliers exist. NAUTILUS® Elemental is ideally suited for all types of office communication such as everyday communication, e-mail print-outs, direct mail, invoices and manuals.
NAUTILUS® Elemental is produced in Austria in compliance with certification schemes including the Blue Angel, FSC® Recycled, EU Ecolabel and the Austrian Ecolabel. It is part of Green Range, Mondi´s umbrella trademark for sustainable paper solutions. The paper comes in packaging made of 100% recycled paper.
The paper offers high-quality and paper properties comparable to fresh fibre products. These include:
CIE whiteness (ISO 11475): 55%
Brightness UV (ISO 2470): 70%
Readily available in 80 g/m2 in A4 & A3, ream wrapped or as a cleverbox (A4 x 2,500 sheets)
Suitable for inkjet, laser as well as copiers
Reduced “see through” due to high opacity
Low dusting and perfect runnability
-Paraffin-free coating layer in contact with cheese
-Improved moisture exchange ensures consistent taste throughout product life-cycle
-Proven with Lactogal’s Castelões cheese
-Product Freshness -Shelf-life extension: Grand Brie from 45 to 90 days
-Cost Savings - Reduction of cheese weight loss
-Easy to Run - Absence of paraffin reduces cleaning time
-More Sustainable - Extended storage time up to 12 months (6 months with paraffin)
End consumer benefits
-Product Safety - Enhanced food safety due to absence of paraffin
-Product Appeal - Smoother surface: excellent on-shelf impact
Bean sprouts are in Grow Up FARMs & Greenow’s DNA
The corner stone of the Greenow family business was laid back in 1966, when the first generation pioneered the professional cultivation of bean sprouts. It turned into a success and still is - who does not regularly add the crisp and healthy bean sprouts to the shopping cart? Sales of organic bean sprouts are growing steadily, and this has led Greenow to seek a more efficient packaging solution.
Fresh and crisp produce
The majority of takeaway meals are packed, transported, and served in single-use plastic containers, most of which are then either burnt or dumped in our oceans. On top of this, take away packaging is ghastly - it's cheap, flimsy and however appealing the meal inside, the packaging completely detracts from the consumer experience.
Take Back is designed to be easy to clean for reusability and stackable for ease of storage. The double-walled construction helps ensure the temperature of the meals is maintained through delivery. The structural design of this particular example is reminiscent of a pagoda for specific use by Asian cuisine proprietors and purposely unbranded for flexibility of use by different restaurants. The design also serves as a desirable container beautiful enough to be proudly placed on the dinner table.
The concept envisages a returnable system whereby the container provider hosts a platform for use by members - namely, local restaurants and cafes. Members deliver meals in 'Take Back' containers, consumers then keep hold of them and return them during their next delivery. The infrastructure for tracking the location of the containers for retrieval is already in place via platforms such as Deliveroo and Just Eat and one can easily imagine a small deposit system paid for by consumers to help validate the investment in the reusable packaging.
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