Coca-Cola European Partners delivers a first in Europe through the introduction of CanCollar® technologyNews:
Coca-Cola European Partners has today announced the introduction of CanCollar®, an innovative paperboard packaging solution, for multipack cans in Spain. The move supports its work, in partnership with Coca-Cola, to remove all unnecessary or hard to recycle plastic from its portfolio, avoiding the use of more than 11,000 tonnes of virgin plastic a year across Western Europe. Initially, Coca-Cola European Partners will launch the new, PEFC certified recyclable and sustainably sourced paperboard CanCollar® in the Balearic Islands in November 2020, a first in Europe. Innovative packaging design is a core principle of Coca-Cola’s World Without Waste strategy and through collaboration with WestRock, a global company that provides its customers with sustainable differentiated packaging solutions, Coca-Cola European Partners will start to use the CanCollar® paperboard can ring technology in the Balearic Islands, replacing the current Hi-cone solution and saving more than 18 tonnes of plastic annually. Coca-Cola European Partners has invested 2.6 million euros in its Barcelona plant to support this initiative. The installation of WestRock’s CanCollar® Fortuna™ manufacturing equipment will enable multipack cans to be grouped in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way, with a process that does not require the use of glue or adhesives. Joe Franses, Vice President of Sustainability, Coca-Cola European Partners said, " The agreement with WestRock exemplifies our clear commitment to reduce plastic in our secondary packaging. By the end of 2020, we will have removed more than 4,000 tonnes of hard to recycle plastic from our secondary packaging in Western Europe. It’s through collaborating on innovative packaging solutions like CanCollar® that we are able to do this.” Dwayne Irvin, Vice President of Enterprise Solutions at WestRock said, “We are proud of our longstanding partnership with Coca-Cola. For 70 years we have supported Coca-Cola in bringing innovation to global beverage markets. CanCollar® is the latest initiative supporting Coca-Cola’s vision to create a World Without Waste.”
Messe Muenchen India develops its own online platform to reconnect exhibitors and visitors worldwide.
Messe Muenchen India answers the predicament of business networking and visitor engagement amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with a singular, online exhibition and conference platform for the exhibitors and visitors of analytica Anacon India & India Lab Expo, drink technology India, electronica India and productronica India, IFAT India, LASER World Of PHOTONICS INDIA, MatDispens, Pharma Pro&Pack Expo, PackMach Asia Expo, World Tea & Coffee Expo and The Smarter-E.
‘APK is committed to filling the gap between the quality of recyclates and product requirements and to achieve circularity for packaging’, affirms Klaus Wohnig, CEO, APK AG. Against this backdrop, APK mandated a detailed risk assessment and two toxicological evaluations for its Mersalen LDPE NCY recyclates. The analysis of the random recyclate samples confirmed the higher level of purity and attested to both the fulfilment of REACH requirements and conformity to the provisions set out in the General Product Safety Directive as well as in the Regulation on Cosmetic Products.
Besides PET-recyclates from drinking bottles most recycled plastics do not yet feature food contact approval. And also for cosmetic packaging only few suitable recyclate is available. Requirements are ambitious, as the packaged products do come into direct contact with the human body. If virgin plastics are to be replaced with secondary raw materials, quality standards for the use of recycled plastics in cosmetic packaging need to be defined and implemented through innovative recycling technology.
As a recycling company, APK adheres to waste legislation. However, as a manufacturer of products such as the Mersalen LDPE NCY recyclates, APK also operates within the scope of chemicals and products regulations and provides its clients with a REACH declaration.
Currently, APK uses pre-consumer LDPE/PA multilayer films as input material for the Newcycling process. The renowned testing company Eurofins performed a comprehensive migration analysis based on random samples of Mersalen LDPE NCY recyclates as well as on various pre-consumer input materials. Specific migration tests confirmed that Mersalen LDPE NCY recyclates feature a decisively higher level of purity than recyclates from standard mechanical recycling. For example, the process’ purification step resulted in an over 90% reduction of the impurity caprolactam (contained in the input material). In the different analyses, no significant amounts of substances of very high concern (SVHC) as set forth in REACH EC 1907/2006 were found.
Based on the risk assessment, two human toxicological risk evaluations were performed in 2020 by two independent toxicology experts. The purpose was to evaluate the use of Mersalen LDPE NCY recyclate types for flexible (films) and rigid (bottles) packaging applications for cosmetics such as creams (leave-on scenario) and shampoos (rinse-off scenario) as well as various personal hygiene products (e.g. sanitary towels, wet wipes, diapers, and toilet paper), all in contemplation of use by adults and for children and babies. Both evaluations concluded that Mersalen LDPE NCY recyclates are of appropriate quality and can safely be used for the applications mentioned. Mandatory legal requirements of either a more specific type, such as those for cosmetic products, as set forth in Regulation (EC) No 122372009 on cosmetic products, or the less specific legal obligations contained in the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC, were fulfilled. In addition, the evaluations specified that any health problems or diseases in adults, children, and infants caused by listed non-intentionally added substances could be completely excluded.
‘To strengthen statistical representativity, APK will continue to analyse and develop the purification potential of its advanced physical solvent-based process Newcycling with regard to different pre- and post-consumer materials’, says Hagen Hanel, Head of Research and Development at APK. The ultimate aim is to achieve food contact approval for Mersalen LDPE NCY recyclates in the midterm. APK is involved in several corresponding R&D projects.
The centre will be used to accelerate material and packaging innovation. It will also be used as a collaboration platform for global customers and technology partners. The centre will cover 1,500 square meters, house R&D facilities, packaging design studio, customer feedback centre and a laboratory providing more than 100 different measurement methods and analytics. Virtual collaboration workshops have also been developed to enable joint development and co-creation considering the current situation which requires physical distancing and inhibits international travel.
ePac Flexible Packaging, the industry leader in digitally printed flexible packaging, has announced the launch of ePacConnect. ePacConnect leverages the power of digital printing to create serialized, trackable packaging, and new ways for brands to engage consumers, gain market insights and protect their brand. ePac will offer all its customers an entry-level no-cost solution, ideal for small and medium-sized brands, as well as a fee-based solution for customers with broader requirements. ePacConnect will be piloted in Q4 2020 in the US and Europe, with a full roll-out to all ePac locations planned in early 2021.
All customer orders received by ePac will include smart, serialized secure QR codes on every package or the brand can opt-out and no codes will be printed. By serializing each package it is automatically digitally enabled, given a unique digital identity, and can be “activated” at any time to give brands flexibility for how and when the codes are used.
ePac will offer two solutions under ePacConnect. One is ePacConnect Lite, a no-cost solution ideal for small to medium-sized brands that want to enter into connected packaging, but until now have had difficulty doing so due to cost. ePacConnect Premium will provide a broader set of fee-based capabilities offered by ePac’s solution partners. These solutions will address applications for consumer engagement, brand and product authentication, anti-counterfeiting, track and trace, and reports that provide new market insight to our customers”.
To make ePacConnect viable at mass scale on billions of products, ePac will partner with leading Connected Packaging software suppliers. According to Carl Joachim. ePac CMO, “We have been working with software providers that focus on connected packaging over the past several months in both the US and the UK. These companies provide the necessary secure QR codes and back-end data capture and management needed for a complete solution, and can support us globally”.
Jack Knott, ePac CEO added: “By harnessing the power of digital printing brands of all sizes can now leverage the power of connected packaging and enhance the marketing value of every packaged product they sell. ePacConnect will also play a role in our sustainability efforts to educate consumers and provide transparency into the recycling process.”
The film is matte finished on one side while the other side is extrusion coated for thermal lamination applications. Through initial tests, these newly designed films have proven to remain fragrant for more than two months, and it is expected that the film would continue to release a fragrance for almost six months.
The film is available in 24-micron thickness and is suitable for thermal or wet lamination. Its applications include packaging for cosmetics and personal care products.
Chief executive Pankaj Poddar said: “A sense of pleasing smell acts as a catalyst for a positive outcome. BOPP-Fragranced packaging film has been introduced in the market to give the customers a feel good factor.”
Health and wellness brands looking to engage consumers while collecting real-time supply chain and user data can now elevate their omnichannel marketing strategy using CpaX NFC Connected Packaging.
Jones Healthcare Group launched this platform complete with intelligent package components and customizable cloud software to drive digital user experiences and decision-making like never before.
“Product packaging is now a major player in our connected world through the ‘Internet of Things,’ delivering incredible benefits to both brands and consumers,” says Nic Hunt, chief strategy officer at Jones. “Through CpaX, brands have new ways to address critical safety and brand protection issues like counterfeiting and grey market diversion, while also engaging consumers remotely, encouraging behavior and sharing information in real-time – truly learning more about your customer and product lifecycle than ever before.”
Here’s how it works:
- Brands work with Jones to select their NFC tag type based on unique needs;
- Jones develops physical packaging with brand holders, and embeds NFC tags into that packaging;
- Jones, digital partners and brand holders develop the digital experience enabled by the packaging;
- When the product reaches retail shelves, consumers tap smartphones or other NFC-enabled devices to interactive packaging, engaging with the partners’ digital experiences. And, those experiences can be changed in real-time;
- Brands access a cloud portal to track and measure products and consumer experiences at the individual item level
“CpaX NFC packaging has important implications for healthcare in particular,” said Chris Jones Harris, principal corporate development at Jones. “Consumers are turning to self-care more than ever and this connectivity allows brands to share real-time information about health products and pharmaceuticals, including at-home health testing kits – whether it’s video tutorials and usage instructions, medication indications, test results, or recall information. There’s a lot of power in healthcare packaging today.”
While CpaX NFC packaging can connect to any digital experience a brand chooses, Jones offers an “out-of-the-box” digital solution for brands in partnership with TPG Rewards Inc.
The experience includes product authentication, a digital sales associate to educate consumers on your product, and a cloud-based platform for displaying engagement metrics such as location, time and item identification.
What's more, brands can choose to add loyalty programs, rewards, couponing and game capabilities. Jones also partners with a range of additional digital providers who can help brands create differentiated experiences.
Packaging Technology Group (PTG) Completes Its Line of Thermally Pre-Qualified 2-8°C Shipping Solutions for Vaccines and BiologicsNews:
As pharmaceutical manufacturers race to respond to the global health crisis with a vaccine, the need to protect any potential vaccine's temperature tolerance remains a priority. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), up to 50% of vaccines are wasted each year, often due to inadequate temperature control in supply chain.
Packaging Technology Group has spent the last 15+ years protecting life-saving medications by designing, engineering, and manufacturing thermal packaging solutions for the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. PTG's engineering team has worked tirelessly to ensure qualified options will be available when it comes time to distribute the vaccine to 8 billion people around the globe, safely.
"Most vaccines require a 2-8°C temperature range, and others could be -80°C. It is essential that any vaccine maintains its required temperature throughout the supply chain,” said Bill Blezard, Chief Executive Officer of PTG. “We are committed to developing packaging designed to improve and simplify shipping solutions for critical temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and biologics."
The new off-the-shelf line pre-qualified solutions include small, medium, and large shippers that all maintain a temperature profile of 2-8°C for 48-96 hours. Each shipper has a qualified design to perform in the summer and winter seasons. This new line offers clients ease of ordering and will be a superior choice when selecting a supportive thermal shipper for vaccines and new biologics.
The pre-qualified solutions are offered in four different insulating materials, including EPS (expanded polystyrene), Cellulose, VIP (vacuum insulated panels), and PUR (polyurethane). The shippers in the cellulose line are 100% curbside recyclable and certified re-pulpable, which means the entire box can be conveniently disposed of in a standard recycling bin. To date, PTG has saved ~400,000 pounds of EPS from landfills by offering this earth-friendly solution.
What is 3D Printing?
Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing take a digital file as input to produce solid, three dimensional objects by ejecting molten plastic (or bioplastic) on to a base and gradually building up the design by layers. Each layer can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.
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