• ULMA's new ARTIC SS C flow wrapper: packaging machine for portions of cheese, with side sealing and shrink wrap film

    ULMA's new ARTIC SS C flow wrapper: packaging machine for portions of cheese, with side sealing and shrink wrap film


    This new design, based on the ARTIC side seal machine, ensure airtight packaging and a more visually pleasing end result, without any seals on the cutting side, easy to open and with more space for labelling. A newly developed product by ULMA, with lots of benefits for food safety and its appearance.

    Exceptional appearance, with no seals on either side

    ULMA has been working for the food industry for decades, a sector that is especially demanding when it comes to safety and where sustainability-related aspects are becoming increasingly important. Therefore, we have developed solutions that are fully customised for each product, allowing us to optimise the use of materials, save time and reduce labour costs.

    Our latest product, based on ARTIC SS packaging machines, is designed to package portions of cheese in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), thus eliminating the usual lengthwise and crosswise seals of flow pack machines, replacing them with seals in the same place as the cheese rind, giving the end product a more appealing appearance and ensuring greater safety because, as the product no longer has any lengthwise and crosswise seals, the risk of any leaks in that area is avoided.

    Packaging that is more airtight, visually appealing, sustainable and easier to open

    In addition to an improved appearance, environmental benefits are also obtained, as the entire packaging process is designed to optimise the packaging's wrapping material, using an extremely lightweight plastic material, a shrink wrap film that is only 21 microns thick.

    Eliminating lengthwise and crosswise seals also provides benefits for labelling, as the two upper and lower sides of the product have no seals, freeing up space for as many labels as necessary. In this seal-free space, you can include labels that cover perforations, easy open labels and/or promotional labels.

    Regarding easy open labels, this new packaging format allows them to be placed in such a way that the packaging is torn open, as far as the lengthwise seal. To open them, simply pull on them and the packaging easily comes apart from the product with a single movement, as can be seen at this video, which shows how these machines work and their benefits. The whole packaging process is performed reliably, hygienically and with outstanding aesthetic results.

    A fully automatic process that ensures outstanding presentation

    As can be seen at the video ULMA's new wrapping machines collect the portions of cheese from the cutting line in a way that is fully automatic and then smoothly transfer them to inside the film's tube. To ensure that the packaging looks as good as possible, the machines come with a forming mould, which adapts to the size of each portion. It also has a side seal system that removes any excess film, creating a thin seal.

    Thanks to the cross-sealing system with a long dwell sealing head, the machine achieves highly reliable airtight packaging, with a high level of performance and safety guaranteed. When the portions are wrapped in film and the packaging has been sealed, they are passed through a hot air shrink tunnel, which gives the packaged product an exceptional final appearance.

  • IMA DAIRY & FOOD Introduces Tools Ideally Suited For Eco-Conscious Monomaterial Packaging

    IMA DAIRY & FOOD Introduces Tools Ideally Suited For Eco-Conscious Monomaterial Packaging

    Among other benefits, ZERO Technology tools allow food manufacturers to easily break monomaterial multipacks into individual cups – a longstanding obstacle to more eco-friendly packaging.

  • Transforming Used PET Bottles into Vanilla Flavoring

    Transforming Used PET Bottles into Vanilla Flavoring


    There are many different ideas and initiatives to combat the plastic waste problem. With such an huge issue, it’s going to take a ‘thinking outside of the box’ mindset to help solve it. And that’s just what researchers at University of Edinburgh are doing. They are evaluating if PET waste could eventually become vanilla flavoring. Yes, you read that correctly.

    These researchers have discovered that the common bacteria E. coli can be deployed as a sustainable way to convert post-consumer plastic into vanillin, a new study in Green Chemistry reveals. Vanillin is the primary component of extracted vanilla beans and is responsible for the characteristic taste and smell of vanilla. 

    Scientists from the University of Edinburgh used lab engineered E. coli to transform terephthalic acid – a molecule derived from PET – into the high value compound vanillin, via a series of chemical reactions.

    The team also demonstrated how the technique works by converting a used plastic bottle into vanillin by adding the E. coli to the degraded plastic waste.

    The transformation could boost the circular economy, which aims to eliminate waste, keep products and materials in use and have positive impacts for synthetic biology, experts say.

    Researchers say that the vanillin produced would be fit for human consumption but further experimental tests are required. Vanillin is widely used in the food and cosmetics industries, as well as the formulation of herbicides, antifoaming agents and cleaning products. 

    While vanillin can be produced naturally from vanilla beans, according to Food & Wine Magazine, about 85% of vanillin is produced as synthetic vanillin. So this ‘upcycling’ concept might not be as farfetched as it sounds on first glance. 

    “This is the first example of using a biological system to upcycle plastic waste into a valuable industrial chemical and this has very exciting implications for the circular economy,” said Joanna Sadler first author and BBSRC discovery fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh. “The results from our research have major implications for the field of plastic sustainability and demonstrate the power of synthetic biology to address real-world challenges.”

    The study lays the foundation for further studies to maximize vanillin production towards industrially relevant levels.

    “Our work challenges the perception of plastic being a problematic waste and instead demonstrates its use as a new carbon resource from which high value products can be obtained,” said Stephen Wallace, principle investigator and UKRI future leaders fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

    The research was funded by a BBSRC Discovery Fellowship and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. 

  • Clever Pouch Addresses Hygienic Concerns for Liquids

    Clever Pouch Addresses Hygienic Concerns for Liquids


    A new packaging concept offers a twist on the popular plastic pouch for beverages and other liquid products: the Inverta-Pouch. The recently patented design ensures the contents can be opened and consumed safely and hygienically using only one hand regardless of where the package has been. The key is a novel feature: an inverted neck tucked inside the pouch.

    “We hope to accelerate packaging innovation that’s focused on consumer safety and convenience, while reducing material usage and weight to reduce shipping costs,” says Jim Bojeczko, cofounder of BB Packaging Concepts, a packaging design startup in Toronto, Canada.

    “With the heightened sensitivity due to the pandemic, a hygienic means of dispensing consumable liquids will be very compelling for an innovative beverage company or packager looking to capture market share,” adds BBPC co-founder Greg Blysniuk, who responds to our questions in an exclusive interview.

    But first, some key facts…

    • It’s made of two parts, a plastic film pillow pouch and a plastic clip fitment;
    • It’s been in development for about two years including the patent process;
    • It’s appropriate for liquids and gels including water, alcohol, energy, and sports drinks, pharmaceuticals, and medicines;
    • The inventors envision size of 1 to 2.7 ounces (30 to 80 ml);
    • Usage occasions include fitness and other activities, travel, workplace, military, and disaster relief.

    What sparked the idea?

    Blysniuk: Jim’s son, a fitness buff, was going for a run and asked if his dad had a little squirt bottle to use just to keep his mouth from getting dry. He felt that plastic water bottles or insulated bottles and the like were heavy, awkward, and inconvenient…not at all conducive to running. 

    That led Jim to the idea of a small-volume, single-use pouch on a lanyard — a lightweight, one-hand operation that was easy to dispense, hygienic, and wouldn’t leak. He shared it with me, we developed a prototype, decided to work on a patent, and Inverta-Pouch was born!

    How would it be assembled and filled?

    Blysniuk: We envision that the pouch with the inverted neck and clip would be manufactured and shipped with the open bottom unsealed. The packager would fill the contents and seal the pouch bottom.

    What's the cost premium vs. a standard pouch?

    Blysniuk: We don’t have detailed costing information, but we believe it would be comparable to pouches already in-market that feature a plastic fitment.

    What interest have you experienced?

    Blysniuk: The reaction has been positive. Before approaching any beverage companies, we successfully conducted cold calls with two US-based packaging companies. The discussions were focused on potential consumer applications and on manufacturing viability. 

    Also, through some networking activity though a packaging consultant we've engaged we were connected to a business development VP for a filling company located on the west coast of Canada. They asked if Inverta-Pouch was yet in production yet, as some of their clients were looking for a new way to pack food sauces and soups in pouches for high-pressure processing (HPP) treatment.

    What's the status?

    Blysniuk: It's currently at the concept stage. Our objective is to establish a relationship with an industry partner, either a packaging manufacturer or a beverage company, to take this to market.

  • Metsä Board achieves again the highest sustainability rating from EcoVadis

    Metsä Board achieves again the highest sustainability rating from EcoVadis


    Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, is proud to have been awarded again the Platinum level rating by EcoVadis for the company’s sustainability and corporate social responsibility. With a top score of 83/100 Metsä Board is among the highest 1% of companies assessed in the manufacture of corrugated paper and paperboard and containers of paper and paperboard.

    EcoVadis assesses companies covering four themes: Metsä Board was in the top 1% of companies for Environment, Labour & Human Rights and Sustainable Procurement and in the top 4% for Ethics.

    “At Metsä Board, responsibility is an integral part of our daily operations – now and in the future. This time I was especially glad about our improved scoring in Sustainable Procurement as the whole value chain is important for leaders in sustainability. We have ambitious sustainability targets for 2030 covering both our own operations and the supply chain. For example, our goal is to achieve 100% fossil free mills with zero fossil CO2 emissions and 100% fossil free raw materials by the end of 2030,” says Mika Joukio, CEO, Metsä Board.

    EcoVadis operates a platform allowing companies to assess the environmental and social performance of its suppliers on a global basis. The methodology and criteria used are in line with international Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), UN Global Compact, and ISO 26000.

    Metsä Group

    Metsä Group leads the way in the bioeconomy. We invest in growth, developing bioproducts and a fossil free future. The raw material for our products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. We focus on the growth sectors of the forest industry: wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards, and tissue and greaseproof papers.

    Metsä Group’s annual sales is approximately EUR 5.5 billion, and we have around 9,200 employees in 30 countries. Our international Group has its roots in the Finnish forest: our parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative owned by 100,000 forest owners.

  • Transforming challenges into new opportunities: Sidel installs a complete water line for Durrat AI Khaleej in Iraq

    Transforming challenges into new opportunities: Sidel installs a complete water line for Durrat AI Khaleej in Iraq

    As one of the leading bottled water producers in Iraq, Durrat Al Khaleej aims to provide the best experience to consumers. Sidel’s packaging solutions successfully fulfilled its goal by delivering a complete water line with a lightweighted and simultaneously stable PET bottle design, weighing only 10.5 grams for the 500 ml bottle format, at a time of very high travel restrictions in Iraq.  

  • From Plastic To Plastic No More

    From Plastic To Plastic No More

    No disruption to the manufacturing process, no commercial treatment, and no toxicity or microplastic by-product. Sounds like a dream? It’s not!

    So how does Twelve8 Technology bio-convert both virgin and recycled plastic into air, water, and less than 1% biomass AND ABSOLUTELY ZERO WASTE? Let’s find out.

  • Reifenhäuser consolidates its construction competencies in blown film lines

    Reifenhäuser consolidates its construction competencies in blown film lines

    Troisdorf, July 2, 2021 With effect from July 1, the Reifenhäuser Group is merging its blown-film business units Reifenhäuser Blown Film and Reifenhäuser Blown Film Polyrema, which have so far operated independently, in order to cope with ongoing growth in this sector. This move consolidates the Group’s competencies even more than before to form a joint brand, Reifenhäuser Blown Film.

  • Amid New Sustainability Guidelines and Increased Demand for Child-Resistant Pharmaceutical Blister Packaging, Keystone Folding Box Co. Sees Uptick in CR Blister Cards in India

    Amid New Sustainability Guidelines and Increased Demand for Child-Resistant Pharmaceutical Blister Packaging, Keystone Folding Box Co. Sees Uptick in CR Blister Cards in India

    Company sees India demand soar for Key-Pak child-resistant, eco-conscious paperboard blister card.

    Keystone Folding Box Co., a designer and manufacturer of paperboard packaging solutions, has seen a surge in demand for its line of child-resistant, paperboard-based blister cards from pharmaceutical companies in India. The sales spike for its Key-Pak series comes amid two parallel occurrences: new sustainability guidelines in India, and increased demand for child-resistant (CR) pharma packaging in the US, to whom India supplies some 40% of packaged OTC and prescription drugs.

  • Socar makes impact on thin-wall packaging

    Socar makes impact on thin-wall packaging


    The two ICP resins are the first in Socar’s portfolio to incorporate Milliken Chemical’s Hyperform HPN performance additive for PP. The two firms have been working together on developing the materials for the past year.

    According to Socar, the new grades are ideal for use in thin-wall injection moulded (TWIM) packaging applications such as caps, closures and opaque containers, as well as in various housewares, sporting goods and toys.

    The two new grades are CB 4848 MO (with a melt flow rate of 48) and CB 6448 MO (with a melt flow rate of 64), which are the most common melt flow rates for ICPs.

    Both offer an excellent balance of end-use properties, Socar said. The grades deliver moulded parts that exhibit low shrinkage, improved thermal resistance, and an excellent balance between stiffness and impact resistance, the company added.

    Additionally, Socar claimed the two different grades enable converters to achieve faster processing, while allowing both newer and older injection moulding machines to efficiently process the material.

    The company said the new grades advance its aim of providing customers with reactor grades of heterophasic copolymers that use no organic peroxides, and abide by its zero-phthalate philosophy. This means no catalysts and chemicals containing phthalate compounds are used at any stage of production. At the same time, the resulting products offer superior rigidity and dimensional stability, Socar explained.

    The use of Hyperform in the ICP formulation is also said to aid processability by helping to boost converters’ productivity through reduced cycle times, while also reducing their energy usage.

    These efforts build upon the previous cooperation between the companies that last year led to the introduction of Socar’s first two random copolymer PP grades – RB 4545 MO and RB 6545 MO.

    Those grades use Milliken’s Millad NX 8000 family of clarifiers, which Socar said can boost clarity in TWIM packaging products while maintaining an excellent balance of overall properties.

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