• Sustainability drive creates new growth opportunities for Cast PP films in Europe

    AMI, Bristol, 17/08/21 Cast PP Films – The European Market 2021, is a brand new report from leading plastics market intelligence providers, AMI. The company has leveraged its expertise and proven methodology in other consumer and industrial films, to complete this new study for 2021. The report provides critical insight and analysis of the production, capacity and demand of Cast Polypropylene (CPP) film in Europe, together with trends in key consumer and industrial applications.

  • Beauty + Home Insights: How to Choose the Right Packaging for Sun Care Products


    Consumer trend analysts at Spate recently noted that the search volume for “sunscreen” has increased 30.8% year-over-year with a 4.5% predicted growth over the next 12 months. Additionally, search volume for “after sun care” & “face tanning lotion” has grown 32.7% and 22.8% in the same period, respectively. This presents brands with an opportunity to innovate on their current sun care packaging as a means of meeting sustainability goals, driving sensorial engagement, or standing out on the shelf.

    Brands can use the opportunity to blur sun care with beauty trends through innovative dispensing formats as interests in facial tanners rise. EvoLock is the perfect treatment pump pairing for a facial or tinted sunscreen thanks to its ability to handle a wide range of viscosities, without sacrificing on formula compatibility due to its metal-free pathway.

    Brands looking for a traditional twist to lock should use Markus, which features a premium matte finish, larger ribs for improved grip, and a textured finger pad. Additionally, Markus is compatible with bag on valve or anyway spray valves to deliver 360° dispensing for comfortable coverage of difficult to reach areas like legs and shoulders.

    Bliss is the ultimate post sun-care (and self-care) dispensing experience for beauty and personal care formulas. It is designed to invoke a premium consumer connection by dispensing rich and luxurious formulas, and is ergonomic to use.

    For brands taking a more traditional approach through tubed sunscreen lotions and creams, Purity tube top in 2” size provides consumers a comfortable experience through smooth edges & a sculptured finger recess. Purity is also available in post-consumer recycled resin (PCR), making it a great choice for brands seeking to meet their sustainability goals.

  • Aptar Pharma Granted Exclusive License Option by Pharmaxis to Develop and Promote High Payload Dry Powder Inhaler

    Agreement gives Aptar Pharma an exclusive 12-month option to acquire worldwide rights to Pharmaxis’ proprietary “Orbital” technology, which delivers large payloads of drug in a convenient, easy-to-use format

  • Spray pattern diagnostics give LINDAL Group a new advantage

    Global aerosol dispensing company, LINDAL Group has introduced an advanced spray imaging system to help deliver new levels of spray performance insight for customers.

  • Made in India: UFlex's F-WSP film


    The F-WSP film from UFlex is a transparent BOPET film with a water-based heat-sealable coating and a peelable surface on one side. According to Anand Prakash Gupta, head of innovations, Packaging Films at UFlex, the F-WSP film is suitable for all applications where packaging involves heat sealability and smooth peelability of the lid or pouch.

    The film uses a green and environment- friendly water-based coating formulation, applied through gravure coating technology. The formulation has been created at UFlex's R&D centre. The film is currently available at a thickness of 30-micron, which can be customised as per customers’ request.

    UFlex,  a leading flexible packaging player and a global leader in polymer science, was founded in 1985 by Ashok Chaturvedi with a small packaging unit in Noida. Expanding across the value chain of flexible packaging, Uflex’ first packaging film manufacturing line was launched in 1994. As UFlex wanted to grow its packaging films business beyond the Indian shores, it established its first overseas plant in Dubai. Today, the UFlex group, under its global manufacturing packaging film arm - Flex Films International, has packaging film plants in India, UAE, Poland, Russia, USA, Mexico and Egypt, with a cumulative capacity of 3,81,000 TPA.

    The company is expanding its global footprint further with new plants in Hungary and Nigeria. It also recently announced the launch of a greenfield project in Karnataka with a BOPET and CPP film line that will have a cumulative capacity of 63,000 TPA. The group will be adding 18,000 TPA of production capacity with the set-up of a CPP line in its Dubai facility as well.

    UFlex has been serving its patrons with impeccable finesse and offers a range of packaging films, including polyester (BOPET), BOPP, CPP, metallised, Alox coated, holography and other high-performance speciality and green films.

    Film for food and pharma
    Launched in February 2021, the F-WSP film is aimed at meeting the food and pharma packaging needs.

    Gupta says, the film is more cost-effective compared to conventional lidding films and structures. Since the manufacturing process doesn’t involve any specialised machines or complicated process, it helps in the timely delivery of the product. As the product was recently introduced, the company is targeting the Indian market as a launch platform. “AVI Global, Jagdamba Foils, Panacea Biotech are the first few customers who have experienced the product. In the second phase, we will target global markets,” Gupta says. He adds that across the globe, converters and film manufacturers conventionally either use solvent-based coating formulation which is not good for the environment, neither are the commonly used lamination or co-extrusion methods. 

    As no extra wastages get generated during its manufacturing, F-WSP has proved to have good productivity parameters. In fact, this product doesn’t release VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in the environment.

    It is as simple as using a conventional coated film. Even when compared to the extrusion or lamination process, it is much simpler and convenient. “The film runs as good as any conventional product. One doesn’t require any special training for using the product. One just needs to sensitise and educate the customers that it is greener and environmentally safer to use,” Gupta says.

    The company is expecting 20-30 MT/ month of domestic sales by the end of March 2022.

    The USP
    According to Gupta, when it comes to such films, customers look for greener alternatives; better transparency compared to the existing ones; smooth peelability; and last but not the least, timely delivery and better price. “Uflex has been able to offer all of these benefits through this film, thereby making our product stand ahead of the competition,” he adds.

    The film is used for lidding rigid food containers made out of APET, RPET or PVC. It is also used for the lidding of pharma, medical devices and accessories put in APET or PVC-based thermoformed containers.

    As for its USP, the film is green and environmentally safe. Thus, helping brands meet their green goals; it is recyclable; has better transparency; a strong seal which can be deployed even at low temperatures of 140 degrees Celsius, yet is smooth and has easy peelability; and is priced cheaper than other similar products. “Since we don’t use solvents in our coating formulation, F-WSP is green and environmentally safe,” Gupta says. “The film can be recycled along with APET trays.

    As compared to conventionally available >10% haze, this film has a low haze of <4%, lending it better transparency. This implies that the see-through ability and clarity offered by the product is much better, which is highly desirable for consumers who are buying the product off the shelves or chemists. Smooth peelability allowed by the film ensures that the product doesn’t get damaged while opening, this provides the end-users ease in opening the food container during consumption.

  • UFLEX Unveils Breakthrough Set of Products & Solutions

    ~ Moves a step ahead with a portfolio aimed at Sustainability and Efficiency ~

    ~ Commissions 10.4mt wide BOPP film line in Hungary with 42,000TPA production capacity ~

    Aug 14, 2021, Noida: Innovation is ‘a part of our daily lives’ at UFLEX. At the end of April – June 2021 quarter, the company announced a host of noteworthy products and solutions, across its businesses that are set to make packaging a better experience for brands and consumers alike, especially in the wake of changing trends in packaging.

  • Ucima's final balance sheets, here's how 2020 went


    Supporting the sector we find Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Home & Personal Care. Even the Italian manufacturers recorded a decline of 6.8% on the domestic market with a turnover of 1,574 million euros. Exports, which have always been our strong point, account for 6,065 million euros and lose 4.5% compared to 2019.

    We report the comment of Matteo Gentili, president of Ucima, who confirms that the numbers are not surprising and reassuring, recalling how the sector of packaging technologies represents a strong and robust sector of our economy. “We expected this slowdown but our sector remains strong and looks to the future with confidence. The Covid emergency did not catch us unprepared: on the contrary, we have shown our strength even in difficulties. Thanks to our 4.0 technologies, which allow remote control of plants, testing and remote assistance, we have always remained close to our customers all over the world. In 2021 we plan to return to growth, but we need caution. We are aware that our competitors are very fierce and that, due to the pandemic, uncertainty in many markets still reigns supreme ”.

    In this regard, the start of the National Transition Plan 4.0 will prove decisive, with an investment of approximately 24 billion euros by the Italian government to finance companies that invest in new technologies.


    Chevigny-Saint-Sauveur, France, 5 August 2021 – Benvic announces the acquisition of the US-based Chemres, a leading provider of polymers, custom compounds and solutions for a variety of industries including medical, packaging, wire & cable.

  • IWK Introduces Modular, High-Speed Top-load Cartoning Line for Prefilled Syringes, Vials & Other Fragile Pharma Containers

    IWK TL Series assures safe, reliable product handling while incorporating novel transport system, station flexibility for shifting needs, and quick changeover for minimized downtime.IWK TL Series assures safe, reliable product handling while incorporating novel transport system, station flexibility for shifting needs, and quick changeover for minimized downtime.

  • Pharma-Tac plus Booklet-Label: Multifunctional Label from Schreiner MediPharm Simplifies International Clinical Trials

    To enhance convenience and efficiency in global clinical trials, Schreiner MediPharm has developed a new specialty label for infusion bottles: The combination of the “Pharma-Tac” hanger label and a Booklet-Label complements the label-integrated hanger with a paper booklet for comprehensive product descriptions in different languages. This specialty label provides research-based pharmaceutical companies with a marking solution offering greater flexibility and reliability for international clinical trials.

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