• Milliken & Company Acquires Encapsys, LLC

    Spartanburg, S.C. – Milliken & Company (“Milliken”), a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of materials science expertise, has formally acquired Encapsys, LLC (“Encapsys”), a world leader in microencapsulation, from the Cypress Performance Group LLC (“Cypress”). The transaction officially closed October 18, 2021.

  • NETSTAL at FAKUMA Innovative packaging application and comprehensive services


    On an ELION 2200-1000, 1.2 liter SPIES PC round pails with paper chassis are produced. A pre-printed band of coated cardboard is inserted into the two cavities of the mold using IML robotics. A PP plastic is then injected via channels to fill the rim of the bucket and firmly bond it to the cardboard band. The cycle time is 5 seconds. Robotics removes the finished pails and stacks them on a conveyor belt after a camera check. Subsequently, the pail stacks are packed fully automatically into provided boxes with the help of a SMART COBOT BOXING robot.

    System partners of the exhibit are SPIES Kunststoffe, Muller Technology Conthey, Motan colortronic, EF cooling, SABIC, Storaenso and Engelhardt Etikett. With this application, NETSTAL and its development partners demonstrate a novel 1.2 liter pail with minimal weight and maximum content of renewable raw materials. To ensure durability of the contents and tightness, the cardboard sleeves are coated with PP and have plastic seams. The design possibilities of the label are just as perfect as with the classic thin-wall packaging, which is decorated using the IML process.

    Maximum injection performance with perfect precision and repeatability
    The skeleton framework, injection-molded from PP, has a wall thickness of 0.92mm in the area of the flow bars. The plastic content of a round bucket is only 11.5 grams. In order to be able to reliably reproduce the fine structures with high shot weight consistency, high injection performance with precise control is essential. This is a task for which the ELION 2200 in the version with hybrid injection unit and double valve technology is predestined. The flow path/wall thickness ratio of this application is 1:305, which requires very high injection dynamics. Also of key importance: plasticizing must be perfectly designed to ensure optimum color homogeneity. Despite its enormous performance capacity, the ELION operates very energy-efficiently. For high overall system effectiveness, all peripherals have been integrated into the aXos machine control system. The optional SMART OPERATION 4-key control system supports users in achieving their efficiency targets. Guided operation reliably prevents operating errors and unplanned downtimes.

    Free NETSTAL e-Service
    In the Service Corner of the booth in hall B5, visitors can gather information about the wide range of services offered as part of the NETSTAL Life Cycle concept. In addition to the classic offerings, NETSTAL has been offering its own online service portal since 2018. The document repository included in the e-SERVICE eliminates the need to search for specific machine documents. The innovative platform provides clear access to electrical diagrams, technical data as well as setting instructions. Quick identification and ordering of spare parts is made possible by the integrated 3D spare parts catalog with graphical visualization of the individual machine components. With the user-friendly ticketing system, support can be requested directly from a distance in the event of service. The e-Service is part of the scope of delivery of all NETSTAL machines and can be used by all customers free of charge.

    ISO 17025 accredited calibration of injection molding machines
    From January 2022, NETSTAL will offer ISO 17025 accredited calibration of injection molding machines. With risk-based calibration by trained calibration personnel, NETSTAL guarantees proven measurement accuracy of the relevant sensor signals within a defined measurement uncertainty range. The company has successfully fulfilled the certification criteria as an accredited laboratory according to ISO 17025. The certificate will be issued by the Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS) by the end of the year.

  • Dow commercializes recyclable toothpaste packaging

    Dow (NYSE: DOW) announced today the ground-breaking commercialization of recyclable toothpaste tubes developed and manufactured in Asia Pacific and used by major consumer brands is now available on store shelves around the world. The Company worked closely with leading global toothpaste brands to bring the new sustainable solution into mass production. Coupled with responsible disposal and recycling infrastructure, this solution could help reduce the number of used toothpaste tubes entering landfills.

  • Assessing the risks from 'grease-proofing' chemicals in food packaging requires new methods, studies


    Exposures to some of the 4,000 or so members of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) class of chemicals have been associated with potential adverse health effects such as high cholesterol, low infant birth weight, reduced antibody response to vaccines and high blood pressure. While environmental studies of PFAS have advanced, gaps remain in our understanding of how much humans are exposed to PFAS from food and packaging, and the associated risks, if any.

    This prompted the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences to sponsor a symposium titled "Identifying Science Gaps for Risk Assessment of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Food." Given the importance of measurement systems, the symposium first focused on analytical methods and science gaps for detection and quantification of PFAS in food. Additionally, presenters addressed exposure routes and detection in foods—including FDA and USDA work in the area—and touched on potential effects of short-carbon chain replacements for longer-chain biopersistent PFAS.

    The symposium proceedings were recently published in Trends in Food Science & Technology, a peer-reviewed journal. Some of the challenges involve understanding which products have intentionally added PFAS versus incidental environmental contamination from processing waste. Moreover, future method validation is needed to develop standard approaches for extraction, screening and quantification of PFAS compounds. Continuing to develop methods will support FDA's and USDA's ongoing monitoring of PFAS in produce, dairy, meat and bread. But the absence of validated, standardized methods makes it difficult to compare results and poses a challenge to risk managers here and abroad.

    There are still many knowledge gaps on risks associated with PFAS, but risk management efforts need to be supported through analytical testing by the adoption of international performance standards and the development of official compendial methods, according to speakers at the symposium.


    The legendary anime Evangelion and its official brand RADIO EVA are launching a series of juice beverages in lightweight Ecolean packages on the Japanese market, through Nippon Akinai and Cheerio Corporation. Looking for innovative and differentiating packages with strong sustainability credentials, the choice was easy – Ecolean fulfils their demands.

  • Pharmtech 2021: Marchesini Group will show its innovations in the field of digitization and will exhibit a high-speed cartoner

    Marchesini Group will take part in the 23rd edition of Pharmtech & Ingredients, the International exhibition of equipment, raw materials and technologies for the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, that is taking place in Crocus Expo IEC of Moscow from 23rd to 26th  November.

  • Kellogg’s expands recycling points for Pringles across UK


    By providing more TerraCycle public drop off locations, and with the continuation of ACE-UK Bring Banks taking containers with metal ends*, the aim is for consumers to be able to recycle in up to 85% of council areas across the UK.

    Kellogg’s said it aims to have 700 TerraCycle recycling points in addition to the existing 330 ACE-UK Bring Bank collection points, by January 2022.

    This is an increase from 57% of UK council areas which currently has easy access to drop off locations for Pringles.

    To help its shoppers recycle their Pringles tubes there will be a new on-pack recycling label that highlights the tube can be recycled at a collection point and the lid in the home recycling bin.

    The empty tubes from both collection schemes will be taken to a specialist recycling facility in West Yorkshire, operated by Sonoco Alcore, where the fibres from the recycled cartons will be turned into industrial tubes and cores, which are used to wrap paper, man-made fibre yarns, and metal and plastic film around for industrial applications.

    Helen Potter, sustainability lead for Pringles, said: “We want to do more to help people recycle their Pringles packaging as we continue to work on the development of a new tube. At Kellogg we are committed to making all our packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by the end of 2025. This is another great step forward.”

    Julien Tremblin, general manager, TerraCycle Europe said: “We are thrilled that Pringles have made the decision to expand the number of drop-off locations available to consumers. This programme has proved very successful and it is great to see a brand taking the issue of waste seriously and offering a viable solution to their shoppers.”

    Last year Pringles also trialled a new tube made of recycled paper which was widely recyclable in home recycling bins.

  • WWP Beauty Wins Multiple Awards in Prestigious Beauty Packaging Design Competitions

    The company won four awards for its sustainable stock packaging solutions at the 2021 Global Beauty & Wellness Awards and the 2021 Pentawards.

    Los Angeles, CA – WWP Beauty, a leading full-service supplier to the global beauty industry, was recently recognized for four of its sustainable stock packages during the 2021 Global Beauty & Wellness Awards and the 2021 Pentawards. Each of the packages represented a different category within the beauty space and showcased future-focused, exemplary sustainable design. 

  • Mondi and Vafo Group unleash recyclable dog food packaging for leading Finnish brand Hau-Hau Champion

    Mondi to produce a recyclable mono-material packaging for Hau-Hau Champion, one of Finland’s most popular premium dog food brands available in grocery stores, produced by Prima Pet Premium Oy, part of Vafo Group.
    Flexible mono-material solutions replace unrecyclable plastic packs while offering high barrier protection and increased consumer convenience.
    Mondi’s EcoSolutions approach supports Hau-Hau Champion in reducing its environmental impact.

  • Berry Healthcare Underlines Global Sustainability Capabilities with Full ISCC Accreditation

    The Berry Healthcare Formatec, German facility has achieved International Sustainability and Carbon Certificate (ISCC) Plus accreditation. This enables the site to sell to healthcare customers ISCC Plus certified packaging and plastic components that contribute to a circular economy approach based on advanced recycling and mass balance.

    The certification of the Berry Formatec factory follows that of Berry’s other Healthcare facilities in Europe and India, giving both global and local customers greater access to this advanced material. 

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