• Stora Enso introduces a renewable paperboard tube for cosmetics packaging to replace plastic


    Combating climate change and reducing the environmental impacts of packaging are high on the agenda for cosmetic brands who want to drive this change. Stora Enso aims to take the lead in supporting leading cosmetics brands in reaching their sustainability targets by co-developing climate-friendly packaging solutions that are both renewable and recyclable.

    The body of the tube is made from a barrier-coated, grease-resistant paperboard by Stora Enso, which makes it suitable for the primary packaging of skin creams. Currently, making the body of the tube from paperboard reduces the use of plastic by 70% compared with a plastic tube. Stora Enso is also developing biocomposite materials to replace the plastic cap and shoulder of the tube in the future.

    “We are seeing increasing demand in the cosmetics field for new innovative solutions made of renewable materials. This tube is a good example of how, together with our customers and their suppliers, we are driving innovations to create the packaging of the future. The paperboard tube will offer cosmetics brands who want to appeal to eco-conscious consumers a competitive new alternative,” says Henna Paakkonen-Alvim, Vice President, Innovation, Stora Enso Consumer Board division.

    For manufacturing of the tubes, Stora Enso cooperates with Aisa, a world-leading tube machinery manufacturer. The runnability of the board has been tested on Aisa’s machinery to ensure flawless and efficient converting performance.

    “Together with Stora Enso, we can be change agents and thereby push packaging innovation forward. With paperboard as a new, renewable material option to run on our tube machines, Aisa continues to serve the needs of the global packaging industry with cutting edge technologies,” says Jacques Thomasset, R&D Director at Aisa.

  • Thermoformable Paper-Based Packaging


    With a paper tray made completely from renewable resources and originating from FSC forests, Paperly™ packaging will attract environmentally conscious consumers who prefer products with a more natural feel and recyclable packaging. Made from 85% FSC–certified paper fibres, the whole base tray can be recycled where paper recycling streams are available; plus, it lowers CO2 emissions by approximately 75% compared with traditional packaging, resulting in greater sustainability. Paperly™ packaging's main application is processed meat, and Amcor can also offer solutions for cheese and fish. It can be combined with other Amcor offerings, such as EZ Peel® and EZ Peel® Reseal™ liddings, which can be produced with a Paper-Like™ tactile finish to complement the base tray. If desired, the Paperly™ tray can also be used with Amcor's SkinTite™ second skin film for packing fresh meat and fish. The rigidity of the paper and thin high-barrier liner minimises the use of non-renewable materials in the tray. The appealing authenticity come from the light weight, thermal insulation and texture of natural fibers.

  • Berlin Packaging Continues European Expansion with the Acquisition of Glass Line

    Addition of family-owned business strengthens Italian operations



    The Dip-In Tiffin was designed primarily for dry/semi-dry foods. Since the packaging isn’t air-tight, it tends to exclude foods that are gravy-based, limiting its options, but making it great for dry snacks like doughnuts, sandwiches, etc (the Indian context uses savory doughnuts and fermented rice-cakes). The tiffin’s main vessel is created using a dried, thermoformed Areca leaf, an eco-friendly alternative to conventional disposable plates. These vessels hold semi-dry, saucy, and oily foods really well too, offering a more reliable alternative to brown paper bags/boxes. The Areca bowls are covered with a simple branded paper sleeve, and slots along the sleeve allow multiple boxes to be suspended to each other vertically, resembling the tiffin. The solution was devised mainly for airports, which see patrons quickly grabbing meals and eating them within hours of checking in. It doesn’t use any glue, staples, or seals either, making it safe, and the all-natural makeup of the packaging means it can easily be disposed of after use!

  • SPICE Launches Publicly Available Ecodesign Tool to Measure and Reduce the Environmental Footprint of Cosmetics Packaging


    The Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics (SPICE), co-founded by global beauty group L’Oréal and leading sustainability consulting firm Quantis, is proud to announce the launch of an online ecodesign tool to measure and reduce the environmental footprint of any cosmetic packaging throughout its life cycle. The publicly available SPICE Tool is the latest solution developed by the 25 members of SPICE created to shape the future of sustainable cosmetics packaging while addressing the issues that beauty and personal care companies face while trying to improve the environmental performance of their products’ packaging. 

    Along with the Tool, SPICE releases a set of best practice materials, including environmental claims guidelines.

    A publicly-available tool to drive sustainable packaging innovation

    The SPICE Tool solves one of the key sustainability challenges facing the beauty industry: embedding ecodesign into the packaging development process. This easy-to-use platform, with a Free demo version and a Pro version, makes robust environmental data accessible to packaging designers, giving them the insights they need to develop more resilient packaging designs. The Tool calculates a holistic environmental footprint across the full lifecycle of a product’s packaging (from production to end-of-life), covering 16 environmental indicators that assess impacts on climate change as well as resource depletion, water use, biodiversity and more. Beauty companies now have an easy way to measure, improve and communicate more credibly on their packaging’s environmental performance.

    "The SPICE Tool ushers the entire cosmetics industry into a new era of sustainable packaging innovation,” affirms Dimitri Caudrelier, CEO of Quantis. “It delivers robust environmental metrics and actionable insights for packaging designers to make resilient decisions. This is a huge step toward SPICE’s mission to collectively shape the future of sustainable packaging — and we’re just getting started!” 

    "As the co-founder of SPICE, L’Oréal is proud to see the initiative uniting the cosmetics industry around a shared vision of sustainable packaging,” adds Philippe Bonningue, Group Global Director of Sustainable Packaging at L’Oréal. “For more than a decade, we have been committed to innovating our packaging toward sustainability. We are pleased to share this experience to help develop the SPICE Tool so that, together, we can drive the industry’s sustainable transformation.” 

  • Labels for Pens and Autoinjectors


    Solution: The specialty labels by Schreiner MediPharm combine many functionalities in a single label to enhance safety and ease of use. The integrated features are precisely tailored to fit the specific requirements of the manufacturers. Examples of value-added benefits include first-opening protection, a temperature indicator, window for checking the contents, anti-slip effect, detachable label parts and counterfeit protection features.

    Benefit: The multifunctional label solutions for injection systems precisely address the requirements of manufacturers and are customized to suit the needs of end-users. As a development partner, Schreiner MediPharm supports its customers early in the concept phase to find the optimal solution. An intelligent label design may even serve as a design element of the pen or autoinjector.

  • Mobile Shrink Wrapping -Long-lasting protection for all materials


    Advantages of  Mobile shrink wrapping 

    • Less materials used, potential wood elimination
    • Consistent costing
    • Consistent performance; protect the value of your products
    • Intercept shrink film long lasting corrosion, UV and weather protection
    • Utilize your entire facility; indoor or outdoor storage
    • Keep products safe from corrosion so part is clean and ready to use without additional cleaning
    • Environmentally preferred materials, no foils; recyclable; RoHS
      • Completely non-hazardous, 100% non-toxic
      • No sprays, no splashes, no dips, no vapors, no deposits, no clean-up, fewer chemicals in facility
      • Oiling and/or de-oiling is never needed
    • Convenient access points can be installed for inspections, lifting and moving, and even operating equipment
    • No separate application areas or special equipment are needed

     For All shapes and sizes: Intercept Shrink Flim is specially engineered to protect  equipment and machinery of all sizes and shapes. keeping it corrosion free during short or long-term storage indoors or outdoors in any kind of weather and climate.

    For outdoor Inventory: Fully  protect their inventory of separation equipment during outdoor storage at the refinery the customer relied on Intercept Shrink Flim to wrap up there 20 + cyclones. Intercept guards against sun damage with a sturdy UV barrier and also delivers long lasting corrosion protection, keeping the equipment in ready-to-use condition.

    Simpliy fast and simply easy: Ideal for the rugged protection of assests during domestic or international shopping. Intercept shrink flim goes on fast , goes on easy. Total Application time to shrink wrap a 45000 lb compressor was just 35 min.




    Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director Product Management, says, “The technology generating the tactile and textured layer is embedded in the Panther’s X-800 workflow. It is the brand owners and designers who define the structure, shape and form of the design. When the file is received, the workflow automatically recognizes the elements of the design and generates the information required to drive the print head – that’s what creates the haptic effect in print on the end product.”

    INCREASING UPTIME: In order to further optimize the workflow on the Panther, Xeikon has developed a specific solution, embedded in the X-800 workflow: an automated optimization of the white ink layer. The production of labels on clear facestocks (e.g. premium beer or Health & Beauty labels) comes with unique challenges. An opaque white is required to make the design stand out, this may result however in varying ink layer thicknesses across the web. The uneven thickness of the ink layer will generate a telescoping effect on the printed rolls. In the past, press operators have overcome this by printing smaller rolls, resulting in more frequent roll changes and extra waste in material and time. Some printers found a solution in spending extra time in prepress to reduce the amount of white. This time-consuming prepress work can now be handled in a fully automated way by the X-800 digital front-end without intervention at any stage in the production process. The X-800 automatically reduces the white layer. The extent of reduction will depend on the colors that come on top of it. The result is an increase in uptime during the manufacturing process – both in printing and converting – as printers can run larger rolls. In addition, PSP’s save on cost, not only because of the reduced amount of white ink but also because of the reduction of waste.

    Van Bauwel concludes, “Xeikon continues to work towards excellence to enhance every facet of its portfolio. We continue to look for opportunities to make savings on costs and time. By improving each small step of the process, we can make a big difference to the overall production process and reduce manufacturing costs. Achieving haptic effects in print through the unique capabilities of our X-800 workflow and ink optimization not only boosts and increases the range of possible applications but allows printers to streamline their operations.”

  • Webinar on Injection Moulding

    We are now ready for another webinar on the topic of Injection Moulding. (Link to join https://www.packagingconnections.com/webinar/injectionmoulding/)

    One of the most common methods of converting plastics from the raw material form to an article of use is the process of injection moulding. This process is used for thermoplastic materials and other polymeric materials which may be successively melted, reshaped, and cooled. Injection moulded components are a feature of almost every functional manufactured article in the modern world, from automotive products to food packaging. This versatile process allows us to produce high-quality, simple, or complex components on a fully automated basis at high speed with materials that have changed the face of manufacturing technology over the last 50 years or so.

    A comprehensive presentation that will be discussed are:                                                                                                                                               

    •             History of Origin and Use

    •             Advantages and Current Uses

    •             Disadvantages

    •             Applications in Packaging

    •             Design Capabilities

    •             General Manufacturing Process Overview

    •             Machine Components and Types

    •             Process Variables

    •             Runner Systems, Moulds and Operating Systems

    •             Quality Control

    •             Specialized Processes Features and Differences

    •             Types of Blowing Agents

    •             Packaging Examples

    The webinar will be live on 6th April 2021 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM.  It's a free webinar and can be participated by registering at Injection Moulding. For recordings, presentation copy there would be a nominal fee which participants can decide to go for it in case they like the content. Link to join : https://www.packagingconnections.com/webinar/injectionmoulding/ 

  • Keeping historical artefacts safe with packaging innovation


    Today, many artefacts are stored in archives or boxes which do not offer adequate protection. Utilising its continuous flow production process, Promethean is developing Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs). These are highly porous materials that are able to selectively adsorb the acetic acid which is responsible for the degradation of cellulose acetate that many 20th century audio and visual ‘memories’ are made from. 

    Research scientist at Promethean Particles, Charles Toft, said: “When acetic acid is produced, it accelerates the degradation of the artefact even further and, once started, this damage is irreversible. Thousands of photographs, films, posters and slides are lost forever because of this damaging process. We are working with organisations from across Europe, as part of the NEMOSINE project, to develop innovative packaging solutions that will overcome the challenges that storing documents and artefacts over long periods of time presents.”

    The NEMOSINE project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and is made up of 16 partner organisations.

    Promethean is working closely with another project partner that produces MOFs with the required functional properties via a lab-scale batch process. Promethean then adapts the batch method onto its continuous flow reactor systems to manufacture MOFs with the same, or similar, functional properties and facilitate upscaling.

    Initial performance testing has generated positive results and Promethean is now focused on scaling up the manufacturing process to produce larger quantities, validate the material, and ensure the solution will be commercially viable.Toft added: “Promethean operates a market-disrupting continuous-flow production process meaning the MOFs are reproducible on a large scale, without affecting performance and quality. By achieving economies of scale in production, we can support the commercial viability of the project’s results. Importantly for Promethean, the MOFs being developed can also be utilised in other applications such as chemical filtration and separation within a wide range of industries, so the commercial opportunities opening up as a result of this work are really quite exciting!”

    In addition to the research by Promethean, other NEMOSINE partners are developing sensors to detect oxygen and humidity levels, as well as anti-fungal agents, to prevent microbial build-up during archived storage. The final outcomes of the project would therefore deliver a revolution in protecting historical items.

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