• WELTEC BIOPOWER RNG Plant Cuts Carbon Emissions of Dairy Cattle Farm Long-Term Purchase Agreement Secures Use as Biofuel

    Currently, German biogas specialist WELTEC BIOPOWER is building a biomethane plant for the Spanish dairy cattle farm Torre Santamaría. Since the first 250-kW biogas plant went live back in 2011, the Catalan family business has been able to cover its entire energy demand from its own residues. The farm in Vallfogona de Balaguer was the first milk producer in Spain to use any residual materials for the production of energy. 

  • Covid vaccine packaging group doubles Waterford staff


    West specialises in packaging for injectible drugs. That includes stoppers for vials of Covid-19 vaccines. The company says it is involved with more than 90 per cent of the companies that have Covid-19 vaccines or vaccine candidates in phase-three trials.

    That has seen the US group scale up operations and working schedules at the Waterford plant that it opened in 2018 in response to a surge in customer demand as a result of the pandemic. The plant normally specialises in packaging for insulin for use in pen injectors but it also works on the company’s range of stoppers that are used in Covid vaccine vials, among other things.

    The Waterford factory, which has now doubled staff numbers to about 260, will supply millions of rubber vial stoppers to more than a dozen global customers that can be used to package more than a billion vaccine doses in multi-dose vials.

    Sensitive molecules

    “We are committed to doing our part to provide for the large-scale manufacture of high-quality components required to serve customer needs for the delivery of a safe, effective Covid-19 vaccine,” said Don O’Callaghan, West’s vice-president of European Operations.

    “This has resulted in growing our global workforce, expanding facility and equipment resources and shifting to 24-7 operating schedules at several sites to address the demand for components associated with Covid-19.”

    Mr O’Callaghan said West’s NovaPure premium stoppers, as well as polymer-coated stoppers, meet the industry standards for packaging sensitive molecules.

    Apart from its work with Covid vaccine developers, West has also been involved in supplying packaging components for medicines used to treat Covid-19, as well as critical components that are included in some of the testing kits used to detect the virus.

    The additional jobs mean West now employs 900 people in Ireland. It has a contract manufacturing business in Dublin.

    West invested upwards of $125 million in the Waterford facility, which is on a 44-acre site that allows for future expansion.

  • WELTEC BIOPOWER RNG Plant Cuts Carbon Emissions of Dairy Cattle Farm

    Long-Term Purchase Agreement Secures Use as Biofuel

    BiofuelCurrently, German biogas specialist WELTEC BIOPOWER is building a biomethane plant for the Spanish dairy cattle farm Torre Santamaría. Since the first 250-kW biogas plant went live back in 2011, the Catalan family business has been able to cover its entire energy demand from its own residues. The farm in Vallfogona de Balaguer was the first milk producer in Spain to use any residual materials for the production of energy.

  • Infectious Substance / Biohazard Packaging


    The transportation & storage of BioHazardous Materials such as medical specimens, medical waste and virulent, infectious substances require the utmost care and security. Because these substances can pose safety and health hazards, any cases used in shipping or transport must meet strict regulations and standards. 

    azardous Materials (HAZMAT) cases & containers are subject to stringent UN and IATA guidelines, especially for air transport. To ensure compliance, it is critical to use only the highest quality certified containers for packaging, storage and transportation of biohazardous materials.

    Cases2Go offers a wide range of aluminum cases which are approved as composite packaging (Code UN 4B, 4BU, 4BV, 4BW, 50B) and are available with UN Certification for the transport of Biohazardous Materials. Our extensive selections of UN4B Aluminum HAZMAT containers are both stackable and palletizable. Durable and sturdy, they are equipped with stainless steel hinges, two lid straps, and a choice of water-resistant, water-tight or water-vapor proof peripheral seal. Cast aluminum stacking corners and beading at the periphery and corners add strength and stability. For security, each aluminum box can be secured with a plug lock, padlock, or lead seals. A heavy-duty ergonomic handle eases the comfort of transport. These cases can be custom-ordered with special features like skid bars and drop handles which ensures that these universal containers will work in any transport or shipping situation.

    UN IATA compliant containers from Cases2Go meet the rigorous 4B performance requirements of the UN Dangerous Goods Regulations, exceed ATA Specification 300 Category 1, are MIL-STD-810D compliant, and have an ingress protection rating of 54 (IP 54). These containers are suitable for thermally controlled transport using dry ice or other coolants. The Class 6.2 infectious substance composite packaging containers are available with or without insulation inserts and secondary inner packaging, ensuring they will be suitable for whatever specific shipping or transport needs you require.

    UN IATA compliant shipping containers

    Cases2Go is prepared to meet the dangerous goods transit requirements of any industry. All of our Biohazardous/HAZMAT cases are UN IATA approved and certified outer containers. We help clients create custom solutions which meet the application requirements for biohazard containment and transport. You can contact us for a quote for dangerous good cases and let our team find and build the perfect custom case to safely transport these hazardous materials.

    Lead time is contingent upon Hazard Class of contents and stock availability at time of order. Cases certified for Packaging Groups II and III are generally available for shipment within 1 week. Packaging Group I certification and/or custom foam interiors may have longer lead times.

  • Aptar CSP’s Technologies Activ-Film Technology Protects New At-Home Prescription & OTC COVID-19 Tests

    Auburn, AL, April 28, 2021 – Aptar CSP Technologies, a leader in material science and active packaging solutions (part of AptarGroup, Inc.), announced its Activ-Film™ technology protects two new at-home COVID-19 tests that recently received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    The tests were developed by a leading manufacturer of diagnostic healthcare solutions and offer prescription and OTC (Over the Counter) COVID-19 at-home testing options without the need to visit a doctor’s office

  • Shortage of tin-free steel raw material hits packaged food supply business


    In the wake of acute shortage of tinplate/ tin-free steel material which is largely used to manufacture cans and containers to pack processed food and fruits, the processed food packaging industry is feeling a pinch.

    The small players who are into the business of packaging of fruits and other processed food have lamented that the government is not able to meet the demand of tin cans and containers. This is the season to process and packaging of Mango pulp however there is shortage of cans and easy open ends which is affecting the packing of mango pulp particularly for exports as we used to do, said a Maharashtra-based company engaged in Mango pulp packaging business. The Maharashtra mango (Alphonso) is world famous and the pulp has a great demand worldwide. However, the shortage of tin can has impacted the supply and the packaging.

    Another company which is into packaging of processed cheese has complained there is suddenly a surge in price of steel and tin containers and availability is also an issue. Most of the companies who are manufacturing tin containers are small companies and could not meet the demand as we heard there is a shortage of raw material used in manufacture of cans. Not only the packed food industry but the other sectors which are the end users of the tinplate/tin-free steel containers have also complained that they are not getting the required quantity of containers and whatever is available is expensive.

    On 17 July 2020, the government of India imposed a BIS standard for the import of tinplate/tin-free steel/ products like easy open ends, peel off ends, etc. The implementation of the same has now been extended up to 17th July, 2021. Few exporters of tinplate from other countries have applied to BIS for getting the registration and approval of their plant but due to Covid conditions all such applications have been put on hold by BIS. This has resulted into virtual zero import of these essential materials thereby resulting in shortage of tinplate containers. Most of the suppliers from Japan, Korea have already raised their hands to get into the BIS compliance at this moment as no one wishes to travel to India for the BIS vice versa BIS staff can’t move out of the country to go and inspect the plants of tinplate producers in those countries.

    According to the representation given by Metal Can Manufacturers Association, an industry body looking after the interest of can making (metal packaging industry), to the ministry of steel, the country has a huge demand supply mismatch the domestic product is limited to four four-and-a-half lack metric tonnes as against the total demand of seven lakh metric tonnes. On an average 2.5 lakh tonnes demand is met by imports from Japan, Korea, China and other countries who are the bulk producers of tinplate/ tin-free steel/ products like easy open ends/peel-off ends, etc.

    The industry is ready to abide by the BIS standard and ready to adopt, however, at this moment it is not feasible for the global suppliers and even the government to speed up the BIS process. Three leading international suppliers of tinplate/tin-free steel have applied for the BIS. However, it’s been more than four months that there is no action on their BIS application., said Sanjay Bhatia, president, MCMA.

    The industry who is the primary source of packaging for processed food, pesticides, paint and other allied industries and provide the employment to more than 100 thousand people is feeling helpless as neither the suppliers are ready to ship material to India without BIS certification nor there is enough domestic availability of tinplate/ tin-free steel/products.

  • More Grocery Store Chains Commit to Zero-Waste Packaging


    Early this month, the ALDI supermarkets in Australia joined other international arms of the Germany-based supermarket chain (including ALDI US) to commit to a zero-waste future. According to the commitment, which was announced as part of their Vision 2030 plan, all ALDI-made food packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Zero-waste grocery stores have seen an uptick in popularity in recent years as consumers have become more cognizant of the wasteful packaging that so often comes with grocery store goods.  In 2019, fellow Australian grocery chain Woolworth’s already pledged to send zero food waste to landfill by 2025. 

    ALDI’s promises and what they mean
    To be clear, ALDI does not have plans to become the type of zero-waste grocery store where products are sold in bulk and consumers are expected to bring their own receptacles. Instead, the chain has promised that all store-brand food packaging (which makes up more than 90 percent of the products on ALDI’s shelves) will be reusable, recyclable or compostable. 

    ALDI Australia also will reduce the total packaging used by 15 percent, even when it is reusable, recyclable or compostable. Diverting packaging from ending up at the landfill is certainly beneficial, but reducing the amount of packaging is even better, because less land and energy is used to produce it.

    Other grocery store chains and their commitments to zero-waste
    The zero-waste grocery store concept began in Europe and has spread quickly to all corners of the world. Small zero-packaging food retailers, where consumers bring their own containers from home and self-serve bulk food from open vessels, have begun to emerge. In these retail establishments, food is paid for by weight. But eliminating packaging altogether is not a cure-all. Without packaging of any kind, food will spoil much faster, and not all people have the ability to go to the grocery store to purchase fresh, packageless food for consumption every day. So, packaging helps individual consumers save time and money, and lack of packaging can contribute to food waste on the retail level.

    ALDI is not the only grocery chain pursuing zero-waste packaging. Kroger, an American grocery chain with locations in the South and Midwest, created the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation in 2018 to simultaneously tackle the issues of food waste and food insecurity. The foundation connects organizations fighting hunger and food waste with philanthropists who can support them financially. It is not a commitment to zero-waste by Kroger stores, but it goes hand-in-hand with the chain’s 2020 Sustainability Goals, which include ensuring that 100 percent of the packaging for their private-label products (items sold with Kroger’s brand name attached) is reusable, recyclable or compostable. 

    Many other grocery store chains provide little or no transparency to the public concerning food and packaging waste. The 2019 report Slow Road to Zero ranked the commitment of major grocery chains to a zero-waste future. In the report, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Publix all earned “F” scores. These chains have not made any public commitment to reducing food waste, do not publicly report any food waste data, and do not publicly share any information about waste-prevention programs that might exist. 

    Zero-waste packaging has also moved into the food service sector, with Starbucks US launching the trial Borrow a Cup Program in a handful of locations in March 2021.If successful, the program could help the company achieve its goal to reduce their waste by 50 percent by 2025. Single-use coffee cups, while most frequently made of paper, are usually not recyclable because they often have a thin coating of plastic on the interior. 

    Where does government policy fit in?
    Policymakers have plenty of room to limit the use of wasteful food packaging. For example, policies that ban single-use plastic bags, such as New York’s Bag Waste Reduction Law, are growing in popularity. Similar bans exist in seven other states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Oregon and Vermont. In Europe and Canada, legislation against single-use plastic goes beyond bags. Members of the European Parliament support a ban on single use plastic plates and cutlery, as well as expanded polystyrene (colloquially, though incorrectly, known as Styrofoam) containers. Canada’s ban includes other food-related single-use plastics, such as straws and beverage six-pack rings. 

    Maryland and Vermont banned expanded polystyrene containers for food service, effective in the summer of 2020. Maryland’s law includes a ban on expanded polystyrene cups, bowls, plates, and take-out containers that primarily come from food service establishments such as restaurants. Vermont’s law is a bit more strict, as it also includes a ban on certain expanded polystyrene packaging used in grocery stores, such as egg cartons and produce trays. A similar law has been passed in New York to become effective in 2022.

    Another tool that lawmakers can consider to reduce food packaging waste is mandatory recycling. For example, San Francisco’s Mandatory Recycling & Composting Ordinance requires that the entire city separate all trash, recyclable materials and compostable materials to ensure that no recyclable or compostable refuse is sent to a landfill. Refuse collectors will note any commercial or residential refuse that is placed in the incorrect bin (e.g. recyclables in the trash bin) and property owners can be fined. Mandatory recycling has been in the public conversation since at least the 1980s, and it is not an unrealistic goal for a municipality such as New York City. 

  • Wai Wai noodles revises packaging to promote hand wash hygiene


    Wai Wai maker CG Foods has tweaked the packaging of its instant noodles in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak in the country. The new packs of the instant noodle brand carry a dedicated space to propagate the agenda of WHO-led hand wash programme amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic. With the audience for the noodle being predominantly teenagers and millennials, the FMCG vertical of the Nepalese multinational conglomerate seeks to directly connect with its young consumers.

    “We are aligned with our responsibility to our younger consumers during these trying times. With the increased relevance of advocating the cause of clean hands before consumption, we will be stepping up our efforts in this direction,” said GP Sah, CG Corp Global business head, in a press statement.

  • The world’s first deodorant designed for people with disabilities


    People with disabilities are the largest minority group in the world. In the United States alone, one in four people have a disability, yet beauty and personal care products often overlook their challenges and needs. As the world’s no.1 antiperspirant and deodorant brand, Degree is taking action to change this. Degree – also sold as Rexona, Sure and Shield in different countries – believes movement has the power to transform lives and that everyone should be able to experience the incredible physical, mental and social benefits it can bring, whoever you are and however you move.

    Limited sight or arm mobility can make twisting a deodorant cap, turning a stick or pressing a spray a challenge, and sometimes fear of sweating without antiperspirant protection can prevent people with disabilities from moving as much as they would like to. That’s why Degree has worked with a diverse team of experts to put the specific needs of consumers with disabilities at the forefront of a new concept: Degree Inclusive, the world’s first adaptive deodorant.


    Features that put accessibility first

    Degree Inclusive’s hooked container is designed for one-handed usage. Enhanced grip placement and magnetic ‘click’ closures make it easier for users with limited grip or sight to remove and replace the cap. A larger roll-on applicator means the product reaches a greater surface area per swipe. The label also includes instructions in braille.

    In partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, non-profit organisations Open Style Lab and The Lighthouse Chicago, and a panel of engineers, designers and occupational therapists, Degree invited 200 consumers with a range of physical disabilities to trial its prototype roll-on. Their feedback will be applied to help improve the product for its future commercial launch.

    “As a brand that’s committed to inspiring confidence in everyone to move more, Degree believes no one should be held back from breaking a sweat and enjoying the transformative benefits of movement,” says Kathryn Swallow, Global Degree Brand Vice President.

    “More than 60 million people in the US live with a disability, yet products and experiences are still not designed with this community in mind. With Degree Inclusive, we hope to inspire bold action across the industry to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal playing field.”

    To learn more about Degree Inclusive and the brand’s long-term commitment to equitable access to movement for all, visit www.degreedeodorant.com.

  • Kelso buys majority interest in CL Smith


    CL Smith specialises in manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and custom-designing rigid packaging solutions.

    The company also operates Lyons Blow Moulding, an extrusion blow moulding facility in Brooklyn, Missouri, and is the exclusive distributor of products produced there.

    CL Smith’s HAZPlus division serves as a one-stop resource for hazardous materials (HAZMAT) containers and packaging requirements. It acts as a self-certifier and conducts both new and re-certification performance testing.

    Following the acquisition, Kelso will merge CL Smith with its present investment in Inmark, a company that distributes packaging products for the rigid container and life sciences markets.

    CL Smith CEO Sarah Macdonald said: “We are pleased to welcome an experienced investment partner who shares our vision for the expansion of the company into a national packaging provider.

    “Working together, we will strengthen our customer-focused value proposition and best-in-class service offering.”

    Kelso investment partner Sandy Osborne said: “At Kelso, we constantly seek opportunities to partner with experienced operators with successful track records.

    “Sarah Macdonald and the CL Smith management team have generated impressive historical performance while further strengthening the company’s differentiated market position.

    “We look forward to working together to continue CL Smith’s exceptional growth trajectory.”

    The financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed.

    Kelso acquired the interest from Nancy Smith, who will invest proceeds in relation to the deal along with CL Smith’s management.

    Debevoise and Plimpton acted as legal advisor to Kelso.

    Ms Smith said: “CL Smith has a long and rich history of providing best-in-class customer service. We are excited to partner with Kelso, who share in our passion for customer care, our people and our culture.

    “These customer-centric values are the root of CL Smith’s success and serve as our roadmap for future growth.”

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