• Honeywell Introduces Revolutionary Plastics Recycling Technology To Drive A Circular Plastics Economy

    • New technology can potentially increase the amount of global plastic waste that can be recycled to 90% when used in conjunction with other chemical and mechanical recycling processes
    • New technology can produce recycled feedstock used to make plastics with 57% less CO2-equivalent emissions than plastics produced from fossil feeds
    • Sacyr, a Spain-based engineering and services company, will be the first to use the technology


     he commercialization of a revolutionary process that expands the types of plastics that can be recycled and can produce feedstock used to make recycled plastics with a lower carbon footprint. The new technology can reduce the need for fossil fuels in the creation of virgin plastics while enabling hundreds of cycles of recycling, with the goal of enabling a circular economy for plastics.

    Honeywell's UpCycle Process Technology utilizes industry-leading molecular conversion, pyrolysis, and contaminants management technology to convert waste plastic back to Honeywell Recycled Polymer Feedstock, which is then used to create new plastics. The UpCycle Process technology expands the types of plastics that can be recycled to include waste plastic that would otherwise go unrecycled, including colored, flexible, multilayered packaging and polystyrene. When used in conjunction with other chemical and mechanical recycling processes -- along with improvements to collection and sorting – Honeywell's UpCycle Process Technology has the potential to increase the amount of global plastic waste that can be recycled to 90%.

    According to a study published by AMI International in September 2020, waste plastics processed through advanced recycling technologies, such as UpCycle Process Technology, could amount to between 5 and 15 million tons of additional plastic waste being recycled per year by 2030.1

    Recycled plastics produced via UpCycle Process Technology can result in a 57% reduction of CO2-equivalent (CO2e) emissions compared with the production of the same amount of virgin plastic from fossil feeds2. The process also reduces CO2e emissions by 77% compared with conventional modes of handling waste plastic, such as incineration and landfilling2. These CO2e reductions are some of the largest improvements among all pyrolysis technology offerings3, 4.

    Sacyr, a Spain-based global engineering and services company with operations in more than 20 countries worldwide, will be the first to deploy Honeywell's proprietary UpCycle Process Technology. Honeywell and Sacyr will form a joint venture where the two companies will co-own and operate a facility in Andalucía, in Southern Spain, with a capacity to transform 30,000 metric tons per year of mixed waste plastics into Honeywell Recycled Polymer Feedstock. Production is expected to begin in 2023.

    Partnering with companies that have waste management experience such as Sacyr allows Honeywell to help close the loop within the plastics supply chain by bringing the recycling technology onsite to the collection source. The recycling plants employ a modular design, enabling straightforward deployment and installation, striking the right balance between economy of scale and amount of waste plastic generated locally.

    "Our partnership with Honeywell will enable Sacyr to bring sustainable, circular solutions to market," said Domingo Jiménez, Manager of Sacyr Circular. "The speed with which we can start up plants and the global viability of this solution has the potential to greatly accelerate the impact we can have on the communities we serve, the environment, and society as a whole."

    Honeywell's UpCycle Process Technology was created within Honeywell's Sustainable Technology Solutions (STS) group, which is part of Honeywell UOP. This latest technology builds upon Honeywell's focus to deliver high impact, environmentally sustainable solutions for customers and society.

    Honeywell has a long legacy of sustainability-related innovation, including Solstice®, a new generation of low-global-warming-potential hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) refrigerants, aerosols, solvents and blowing agents that can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions impact of current offerings on the market by more than 99 percent. The company also pioneered Ecofining™, a process that converts non-edible natural oils, animal fats and other waste feedstocks to Honeywell Green Diesel™, which is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel.

    Honeywell recently committed to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035. This commitment builds on the company's track record of sharply reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities as well as its decades-long history of innovation to help its customers meet their environmental and social goals. About half of Honeywell's new product introduction research and development investment is directed toward products that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers.

    About Honeywell
    Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help everything from aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

    1 The actual utilization rate will depend on a number of factors, such as favorable legislation, status of sorting infrastructure, outcome of LCAs etc.

    2 Honeywell Life Cycle Analysis, October 2021. The LCA results are calculated by Honeywell UOP in accordance with international standards for life cycle assessment, ISO 14040:2006 and 14044:2006. The LCA is pending critical review.



    4 BASF LCA report: Evaluation of pyrolysis with LCA – 3 case studies

  • Surya Global Flexifilms has a good plan – and does it together with Brückner


    Millions of Indians have grown up with Priyagold’s biscuits, chocolate, snacks and juices over the past years. To keep their fine specialties fresh and appetizing at all times, a wide variety of BOPP and BOPET films are in use. So the logical step was backward integration: producing and converting high-quality films for inhouse requirements and to serve domestic and export film markets. And thus, the Group subsidiary Surya Global Flexifilms ordered two BOPP lines from Brückner Maschinenbau.

    Shekhar Agarwal, Surya’s Chairman & Managing Director, says: “As a newcomer in film production we were looking for a partner with great experience, convincing technology and relevant references. All this we have found in Brückner – this already became clear during our first talks.”

    Johann Kreilinger, Head of Sales Brückner Maschinenbau, confirms the extremely constructive negotiating climate: “Both our Indian sales team and us from Germany have felt very comfortable in the discussions: our new partners are always well prepared and target-oriented. We are really looking forward to realize the projects.”

    Both BOPP lines (8.7 meter wide, one 3-layers, one 5-layers) will be placed at Surya’s new highly modern plant in the greater Nodia area, with excellent traffic connection to the Delhi-Agra/Lucknow expressway and the Delhi-Mumbai express. The first line will start mid 2022, the second one approx. one and half years later.

  • UPM Raflatac first to launch thermal paper labels with 100% recycled fibers

    UPM Raflatac is leading the way by introducing a full range of paper label products made with 100% recycled fibers designed for food, retail and logistics labeling needs. The range includes the first commercially available Total Phenol Free thermal paper labels made with 100% recycled fibers. These labels are a good choice for logistics and retail labeling applications and contribute to the overall sustainability of the packaging.

  • SIG Presents Next Generation Family-Size Packaging: Combivita


    SIG’s combivita has been developed based on extensive consumer-centric research and provides a competitive edge to beverage manufacturers. Available in three volume sizes (500, 750 and 1,000 ml), combivita has a slanted top and wider opening to ensure smooth and easy pouring with SIG’s new tethered, easy open and resealable closure, truTwist, which is 32.5mm in its external diameter. Combivita’s organic curve on the back not only adds to its elegance, but also makes it easier for consumers of all ages to handle.

    For beverage manufacturers, the side corner panels of combivita provide additional on-pack branding opportunities, to help achieve an outstanding shelf presence. The highly robust combivita pack enables 100% pallet utilisation and also reduces secondary packaging and logistics costs, compared to existing carton formats.

    Ali Kaylan, SVP Innovation at SIG: “The pandemic has fuelled a paradigm shift in consumer habits, including working from home and buying products in advance. As a result, the demand for convenient family-size products and packaging formats has grown exponentially. Our new combivita carton pack makes life more simple, convenient, flexible and sustainable for both consumers and our customers.”

    The combivita family-size carton packs are the first to be filled on SIG’s next generation filling machine, SIG NEO – a technical masterpiece that’s packaged with technical innovations for manufacturers to meet present and future challenges.

    Vandana Tandan, Country Manager SIG India: “This next generation SIG NEO filling machine combines SIG’s unique proposition of flexibility with even higher speed, while minimizing environmental impact. We look forward to introducing it in the Indian market.”

    As the focus on sustainability continues to gain importance, the combivita carton pack has an excellent environmental footprint, with 100% of the paperboard sourced from FSC™-certified forests, using 100% renewable energy during the manufacturing process. In addition, there is also the opportunity for combivita carton packs to be combined with SIG’s SIGNATURE packaging material, where the polymers are also linked to forest-based materials. For products sensitive to light and oxygen, an ultra-thin layer of ASI-certified aluminium provides world-class barrier qualities.

    Morshed Kamal, Senior Product Manager at SIG: “With true innovations such as combivita and our next generation SIG NEO filling machine, we are optimally equipping the food and beverage industry for today’s requirements while also preparing them for the changes, challenges and opportunities ahead.”

  • Product Display Boxes - A Winning Solution for Retail


    Planning product packaging solution is always a mixture of art and science. The process is more like a roller coaster; it includes designing, understands psychology, insights, creativity, and testing. When it comes to driving sales and drawing customers' attention, there is nothing that works better than custom boxes. These will always be the brand's favorite tool to attract customers and initiate communication in a brick and mortar store. Studies have proved that visuals help customers to process information quickly. Among all the five senses, sight has a significant role to play. One of the main reasons why customers prefer retail stores is being able to see the product in reality.

    Why Your Brand Needs Product Display Boxes?

    Humans are highly visuals, and this is the fact which you need to keep in mind while designing Product Display Boxes. An ideal way to make an impression on customers in a retail environment is to present your product appealingly. When it comes to retail stores, all products look the same on the shelves. The only thing which differentiates them is a unique packaging solution. The product boxes are simple regular containers, and you only have to make use of some tips and tricks to stand out. Read on to get high value to design display packaging for your retail brand.

    Inviting Visitors to Interact With the Display Is a Good Idea

    A study has proved that the main reason people prefer to shop in retail stores instead of e-commerce is that they can touch and feel the item. You can design display boxes that encourage customers to interact with the packaging solution. Having a product enclosed in a box left you with fewer opportunities to engage the shoppers. But it doesn't mean that there is no other way left. QR code is the most common way to invite customers for interaction. You can also opt for a transparent plastic window for an honest experience.

    Use the Right Box for Your Product

    Always use the display box relevant to your product and help you to communicate the brand message most effectively. The container in which you will display your product plays a critical role in drawing the much-needed attention. The choice can depend on many factors, including the product, your brand, the product you sell, and the most essential one is the target customers. While there are many options which you can choose, but some popular display boxes are countertop displays, Stand up boxes, Power wing displays, and Endcap. Choose the one which complements your product most.

    Appeal the Senses with Custom Boxes for Soap Packaging

    If you operate in a retail store, you probably know how crucial it is to appeal to all the customer senses. You can use customized Boxes for Soap packaging to appeal to the customers.   Want to provide your customers a truly exceptional in-store experience, design your display to appeal to as many senses as possible. Work on the selection of the visual elements to catch the customer's eye in a heartbeat. Allow customers to come and take the product out of display to test it. Customers will love this opportunity, and soon other soap brands will follow in your footsteps.

    Stay On Top with a Durable Solution

    We all know how critical durability is, and even the highly designed box will look dull if it loos worn out. Nobody wants it to happen with their product boxes, and you should also never let it happen to your packaging solution.  Choose a durable material that aims to increase your box's shelf life. The packaging should withstand the busy store traffic and loom appeal as long as it is on the display.  Ask the retailers to check your brand retail display boxes regularly so they will never appear worn out.

    Think About the Positioning

    Display packaging is all about communicating the right message to the customers. But only a few brands know how positioning can play a crucial role in messaging. How you aim to communicate your message says all about your brand. Try to understand the design theory and keep the balance between all the design elements. Use the white space wisely and choose an element to be your focal point. It can be anything; brand logo, your slogan, product name, or the call to action. Make sure that the message is easily identified by the customers as they look at your product.

    Implement a Design That Evokes Certain Emotions

    The best thing about a well-designed display is it evokes emotions and feelings. When it comes to the bust retail stores, you have to connect with customers to convince them the purchase. It is quite tricky to make people get excited about their purchase. Evoked emotions can impact people for impulse purchases. Think of your recent purchase. Are you happy about it, or do you just buy it with no feelings at all? An excited and satisfied customer will always come back to you for repeat business. Offer customers something which makes them feel good with the purchase.

    Choose Colors Wisely For CBD Boxes

    One element which can make your product get sold in a second is the colors. The rule of designing is not something that can't be changed, but some practices remain the same no matter what. The designers always focus on the color choice as it influences the customer's mind positively. Different colors trigger a different feeling, and you have to understand it to choose the best hues for your store displays. Using a unique color combination can make you stand out on the shelves. It is a proven way to get more sales, especially in the skincare industry.

    It is essential to invest in the designing and execution of CBD boxes for display. In retail stores, you are not present physically to impress your customers. Packaging is your only opportunity to engage customers with your product. If you are having issues designing the product boxes, it is highly advisable to work with professionals.

  • BillerudKorsnäs innovative solution on secondary packaging helps Oatly cut packaging carbon footprint by half


    In partnership with BillerudKorsnäs, Oatly has implemented an innovative secondary packaging solution for products produced in Oatly’s Singapore Factory, enabling a reduction in secondary packaging material by up to 35% and an estimated reduction of CO2 emissions from secondary packaging by up to 50%*, compared to conventional packaging solutions.

    BillerudKorsnäs, one of the leading global packaging companies, has partnered with Oatly, the world’s original and largest oat drink company, to develop innovative packaging solutions for Oatly’s Singapore produced products.

    Oatly recently opened its first production facility in Asia to supply the nearby markets as part of the company’s global expansion. Products produced in the factory will be packed in boxes and transported on pallets during demanding climate conditions offering hot and humid weather which generates challenging logistics chains.

    The conventional packaging solution to manage high humidity is adding additional material for sturdier packaging. But the team at BillerudKorsnäs BoxLab found a different solution to ensure enhanced sustainability performance while maintaining the high quality standards of Oatly’s secondary packaging. This innovative solution is based on the following principles:

    • Minimizing damage and waste throughout the logistics chain
    • Focus on resource efficiency – using as little material as possible and minimize water usage
    • Use packaging material that is recyclable and comes from renewable sources
    • Transparency throughout the value chain securing renewable energy sources

    This solution is the result of the partnership between Oatly and BillerudKorsnäs and proves the potential of addressing packaging challenges differently to ensure the sustainability performance is a key priority.

    To challenge conventional packaging solutions for a sustainable future has long been the guiding star for BillerudKorsnäs. Oatly is a company that strives to produce sustainable and responsible products. We think alike in many ways,” says Henrik Ahlgren, Sales Director Asia & Pacific, BillerudKorsnäs.

    Packaging material based on strong primary fibres can make a remarkable difference in demanding logistics chains. The reduction in secondary packaging material with up to 35% will generate substantial savings of packaging material per year.

    The renewable paper material originates from responsibly managed forests.**

    After use, the packaging can be recycled and used for less demanding packaging multiple times.***

    We always look to find solutions to make our production chain more sustainable, transparent and resource efficient. Therefore it’s great that we are able to work with BillerudKorsnäs to find this solution to lower the climate impact and optimize the design of our Asian packaging,” says Jenny Belsö Trojer, Global Cat Manager Packaging Material at Oatly.

  • Price in the unit will be given on packaged items from April, the government is bringing new rules of packaging. New packaging rules to be in place from next April price in units will be written on packaged items


    The government is going to implement new rules of packaging for things from April next year.

    The government is going to implement new rules of packaging for things from April next year. It aims to empower the customers to make the right decisions before buying any packaged item. Under the new rules, manufacturers will have to add additional items to the MRP. They have to mention the price per unit of the commodity.

    per kilogram or liter for things weighing more than one kilogram or one liter. And for items of less than one kilogram or one liter per gram or per milliliter (ml), the price has to be given. There will be similar rules for things measured in meters and centimeters.

    No limit on quantity will apply
    In the amended Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, the norms for prescribed quantity of packaging for 19 types of items have also been reduced. These items include milk, tea, biscuits, edible oil, flour, soft drinks and drinking water, baby food, pulses, bread, cement bags and detergents. With this, any restriction set by the government on the quantity will not apply. With this, the manufacturers will have the freedom to decide the quantity of all the packaged items.

    The second major change under these new rules is that on imported packaged items, companies will have to mention the month and year of manufacture. In the current regime, they have to mention the month or date of import or pre-packaging. According to the report of Times of India, on the new rules, an official of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs said that the quality of a product is determined from the date of its manufacturing. The ministry has notified the changes in the rules.

    Customers will get more options
    On the first of the two major changes related to quantity and unit price, the official said that the changes have been implemented simultaneously to give more choices to the customers and at the same time ease of doing business for the manufacturers dealing in these items. .

    The official further said that once the packaged items are made available in all quantities, the customers will be able to choose the product as per their requirement. They will not have to buy things in large quantities under compulsion. Similarly, companies will also be able to bring more options. But to protect the rights of the customers, a provision has been added to declare the prices in the units, such as kilogram, gram, litre, milliliter, meter and centimeter.

  • SpotSee launches label to identify frozen food products


    US-based logistics and cold chain risk management system provider SpotSee has introduced a heat-sensitive label as part of its temperature monitoring solution portfolio.

    The Do Not Refreeze label is designed to maintain the quality and safety of fresh food products across the commercial food supply chain and ecosystem.

    The single-use label has been approved for indirect contact and can be pasted on a fresh food product’s packaging during production or before it is stored in a commercial freezer.

    It initially features light blue text to indicate that the product is yet to be frozen.

    After freezing below -15°C, the text on the label automatically and permanently shows ‘Do Not Refreeze’ in dark blue.

    This colour-changing technology is designed to allow food handlers to quickly identify temperature-sensitive products while handling large quantities of products.

    SpotSee temperature business director Reuben Isbitsky said: “It’s critical that food is properly transported and stored throughout the farm-to-fork supply chain to maintain integrity.

    “With the Do Not Refreeze label, food handlers are now able to identify if food products have been previously frozen and should not be refrozen in order to maintain the quality and safety of the product.”

    The Do Not Refreeze label comes with a chart to allow users to track the timelines of frozen products.

    SpotSee said that it will prove helpful for foodservice providers, caterers and food manufacturers by making them aware of and responsible for the food’s environment.

    Based in Dallas, Texas, SpotSee’s solutions and products are designed to help a range of customers detect changes in their products’ conditions.

    The company serves more than 4,500 customers and partners across 62 countries, operating six manufacturing plants.

    It provides solutions for the life sciences, energy, transportation, aerospace, defence, food, manufacturing and consumer products sectors.

  • Toppan Develops New Packaging for Frozen Storage of Food


    Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics, has launched new eco-friendly packaging that better retains the quality of meat, processed seafood, and other primary products kept in frozen storage for long periods of time.

    Primary products, such as meat and processed seafood, are held in frozen storage warehouses because of the need for long-term storage. The quality of products deteriorates slowly under such storage conditions. For this reason, little attention has been paid to developing specialty barrier film packaging to better preserve frozen foods.

    Toppan’s new packaging uses GL BARRIER, a barrier film developed by leveraging original vapor-deposition and coating technologies, to reduce oxidation and therefore prevent discoloration, loss of flavor, and changes in food texture for a longer period than is possible with conventional packaging. These features reduce food loss and waste and facilitate expansion of distribution, by preserving food quality in regions without suitable infrastructure for frozen distribution.

    The new packaging has improved environmental performance and is available in a mono-material structure that has reduced CO2 emissions and superior recyclability. The package also allows some food products conventionally subject to ultra-low-temperature frozen storage at -50°C or lower (F4) to be stored at higher temperatures of -18°C. This change cuts storage costs by around 60%, also helping to lower CO2 emissions associated with power consumption for freezing.

    Testing conducted by Toppan in collaboration with universities since 2016 has shown that, compared with conventional materials, packaging incorporating Toppan’s proprietary GL BARRIER film and developed specifically for primary products, such as meat and processed seafood, extends the period for which quality is maintained under frozen storage. On the basis of know-how gained through this testing, Toppan is now able to select and offer frozen food packaging tailored for a wide range of contents.

    “This new packaging has the potential to bring economic and environmental benefits for the food industry and wider society by maintaining food quality for longer,” said Masa Tatewaki, Executive Officer of Global Business in Toppan’s Living & Environment Division. “We will be expanding sales to food manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers of frozen foods and will take advantage of the technology to develop more eco-friendly products that enhance freshness retention to contribute to a safer and more sustainable society.”

  • Neopac Wins Pharmapack Sustainability Award for Mono-Material Barrier Tubes Designed for Recyclability

    Company’s recently introduced Polyfoil® MMB takes top honors in Pharmapack Awards’ Excellence in Sustainability category.

    Oberdiessbach, Switzerland – Hoffmann Neopac, a global provider of high-quality packaging for pharma, beauty and oral care, has earned first place in the coveted Excellence in Sustainability category of the 2021 Pharmapack Awards. The winning solution was Neopac’s Polyfoil® MMB mono-material barrier tube, a groundbreaking combination of pharma-grade product protection, user friendliness and appealing aesthetics.  

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