• Kao Collins Launches ‘InkAnswers’ for Choosing Inks for Pharmaceutical Packaging

    Kao Collins Launches ‘InkAnswers’ for Choosing Inks for Pharmaceutical Packaging

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    Kao Collins Inc., a manufacturer of industrial inkjet inks, launched “InkAnswers,” a comprehensive digital search tool that matches inks with packaging materials used in the pharmaceutical industry.

    InkAnswers simplifies the process of identifying which inks are compatible with printhead technologies and packaging materials, including foil, shrink sleeve film, synthetic paper, and various paperboards. This is a growing need at a time when more companies are turning to industrial inkjet printing for marking and coding, security, and brand packaging.

    Stephen Buchanan, the Kao Collins inkjet business manager, said, “It’s the right time for InkAnswers because the number one question we hear converters asking is ‘What inkjet ink should we use for this substrate?’ There are many variables when choosing inks. It gets complicated quickly.”

    Printing converters looking to expand their printing capabilities into other packaging materials can use InkAnswers to identify those substrates that can be printed with their existing printhead technology and inks.

    Users of the tool can refine and filter their search based on the printing technology, substrate materials, or industry. The results feature each ink’s characteristics, benefits, and other possible substrates that could be printed with the ink.

    InkAnswers offers quick results for some of the most common printing needs, such as sustainability, reducing ink migration, reducing downtime, and more.

    “We are confident InkAnswers will build more awareness of industrial inkjet printing capabilities and the versatility provided by inkjet inks and technology,” Buchanan said. 

  • Organisers of Gartex Texprocess India announce strategic tie-up with Confederation of Indian Textile Industry for the hybrid edition

    Organisers of Gartex Texprocess India announce strategic tie-up with Confederation of Indian Textile Industry for the hybrid edition

    Messe Frankfurt India and MEX Exhibitions Pvt Ltd have joined hands with the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) for the maiden hybrid edition of Gartex Texprocess India, which has now been rescheduled to December 2021. Ahead of the hybrid exhibition, the organisers will keep the garment and textile manufacturing segment players engaged through a series of digital symposiums.

  • IMA DAIRY & FOOD Introduces Tools Ideally Suited For Eco-Conscious Monomaterial Packaging

    IMA DAIRY & FOOD Introduces Tools Ideally Suited For Eco-Conscious Monomaterial Packaging

    Among other benefits, ZERO Technology tools allow food manufacturers to easily break monomaterial multipacks into individual cups – a longstanding obstacle to more eco-friendly packaging.

  • At Pack Expo 2021, MHI To Showcase EAGLE-Omni  Deep-Draw Blister Packaging Machine With Enhanced Printer Module

    At Pack Expo 2021, MHI To Showcase EAGLE-Omni Deep-Draw Blister Packaging Machine With Enhanced Printer Module

    Versatile module ideal for packaging development,

    rapid prototyping and small-scale production.

  • XAAR ACQUIRES LEADING PRINT SYSTEM INTEGRATOR FFEI

    XAAR ACQUIRES LEADING PRINT SYSTEM INTEGRATOR FFEI

    Xaar has completed the acquisition of print systems and printbar specialist FFEI Limited. The deal will accelerate the company’s existing growth strategy and will enable Xaar to capture additional opportunities in vertically integrated solutions.

  • New HDPE Resin Offers Better Moisture Barrier for Packaging Films

    New HDPE Resin Offers Better Moisture Barrier for Packaging Films

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    A high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin that offers significantly improved moisture barrier for multilayer flexible packaging and enables development of more recyclable polyethylene (PE) films has been introduced.

    From Nova Chemicals,  the new resin — named Surpass HPs267-AB HDPE — is designed for blown-film applications. Nova reports that it delivers up to 20% an increase in water-vapor transmission performance in multilayer coextruded films vs. Nova’s best-in-class Surpass HPs167-AB resin.

    Thanks to the moisture barrier improvement, packaging made from the new resin offers increased shelf life for packaged foods.

    “Because of its exceptional barrier performance, this product is ideal for meat and cheese, baking staples, cereals and crackers, pet food, and high fat-content products,” Eric Vignola, Food Packaging Market Manager, tells PlasticsToday.

    The resin also provides a more recyclable option for converters that supply packaging to food companies. Converters can use HPs267-AB HDPE to replace nonrecyclable metallized or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) laminate layers without sacrificing a film’s stiffness and while assuring maximum heat resistance.

    “One of the major advantages of polyethylene is that it’s the only polymer that can be used to create monomaterial (all-PE) flexible packaging for a wide range of food products, and monomaterial films are easiest to mechanically recycle,” says Vignola. “We are supporting brand owner packaging recyclability and recycled-content goals by working with film producers — and throughout the value chain — to design PE-based, recyclable film designs.

    “With HPs267-AB in particular, its barrier performance enables more packaging types to be redesigned with all-PE or PE-based recyclable film structures by replacing non-PE barrier materials.”Films made from the new resin can be used for a range of package formats, including pillow packs, flow wrap, liners, overwraps, and bag-in-box packaging. The resin is particularly well suited for stand-up pouches and can also be used as a moisture barrier in thermoforming webs.

    “Several of our customers have trialed HPs267-AB and found significant improvements in barrier performance. Furthermore, improvements in processability and clarity have also been reported,” Vignola says. “These additional benefits can be used to downgauge packaging, improve run rates, and enhance package aesthetics.”

    The new resin is currently available in commercial quantities, from box samples to railcar orders, from Nova Chemicals and through its distribution partners.

  • Transforming Used PET Bottles into Vanilla Flavoring

    Transforming Used PET Bottles into Vanilla Flavoring

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    There are many different ideas and initiatives to combat the plastic waste problem. With such an huge issue, it’s going to take a ‘thinking outside of the box’ mindset to help solve it. And that’s just what researchers at University of Edinburgh are doing. They are evaluating if PET waste could eventually become vanilla flavoring. Yes, you read that correctly.

    These researchers have discovered that the common bacteria E. coli can be deployed as a sustainable way to convert post-consumer plastic into vanillin, a new study in Green Chemistry reveals. Vanillin is the primary component of extracted vanilla beans and is responsible for the characteristic taste and smell of vanilla. 

    Scientists from the University of Edinburgh used lab engineered E. coli to transform terephthalic acid – a molecule derived from PET – into the high value compound vanillin, via a series of chemical reactions.

    The team also demonstrated how the technique works by converting a used plastic bottle into vanillin by adding the E. coli to the degraded plastic waste.

    The transformation could boost the circular economy, which aims to eliminate waste, keep products and materials in use and have positive impacts for synthetic biology, experts say.

    Researchers say that the vanillin produced would be fit for human consumption but further experimental tests are required. Vanillin is widely used in the food and cosmetics industries, as well as the formulation of herbicides, antifoaming agents and cleaning products. 

    While vanillin can be produced naturally from vanilla beans, according to Food & Wine Magazine, about 85% of vanillin is produced as synthetic vanillin. So this ‘upcycling’ concept might not be as farfetched as it sounds on first glance. 

    “This is the first example of using a biological system to upcycle plastic waste into a valuable industrial chemical and this has very exciting implications for the circular economy,” said Joanna Sadler first author and BBSRC discovery fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh. “The results from our research have major implications for the field of plastic sustainability and demonstrate the power of synthetic biology to address real-world challenges.”

    The study lays the foundation for further studies to maximize vanillin production towards industrially relevant levels.

    “Our work challenges the perception of plastic being a problematic waste and instead demonstrates its use as a new carbon resource from which high value products can be obtained,” said Stephen Wallace, principle investigator and UKRI future leaders fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

    The research was funded by a BBSRC Discovery Fellowship and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. 

  • From Plastic To Plastic No More

    From Plastic To Plastic No More

    No disruption to the manufacturing process, no commercial treatment, and no toxicity or microplastic by-product. Sounds like a dream? It’s not!

    So how does Twelve8 Technology bio-convert both virgin and recycled plastic into air, water, and less than 1% biomass AND ABSOLUTELY ZERO WASTE? Let’s find out.

  • Reifenhäuser consolidates its construction competencies in blown film lines

    Reifenhäuser consolidates its construction competencies in blown film lines

    Troisdorf, July 2, 2021 With effect from July 1, the Reifenhäuser Group is merging its blown-film business units Reifenhäuser Blown Film and Reifenhäuser Blown Film Polyrema, which have so far operated independently, in order to cope with ongoing growth in this sector. This move consolidates the Group’s competencies even more than before to form a joint brand, Reifenhäuser Blown Film.

  • Ulrich Litterscheid appointed new Meraxis CFO

    Ulrich Litterscheid appointed new Meraxis CFO

    Muri bei Bern/Switzerland, July 1, 2021 – Ulrich Litterscheid is being appointed today by the Administrative Council to the Management Board of the international polymer distributor Meraxis AG as Chief Financial Officer. The financial expert has long-standing management experience in international commerce and the chemicals industry. Litterscheid will be primarily responsible for bolstering Meraxis’ growth trajectory as well as operational excellence within the group.

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