• Xeikon expands its organization in Greater China Mr. Sean Wu is appointed General Manager

    Xeikon has appointed Sean Wu General Manager for Greater China, signalling the company’s increasing presence in the region. In his new role, Wu is tasked with managing the significant growth in interest for Xeikon's digital solutions in China, particularly from label and packaging printers and converters working with the high demands from brand owners and designers, creating unusual, unique and high-end products to meet ever-evolving consumer demand.

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  • Mondi makes shopping more sustainable for SPAR and Food Lover’s Market in South Africa

    • Mondi and Taurus Packaging have collaborated to create a wet strength paper shopping bag for the South African retail market
    • This packaging solution can prevent up to 2 million plastic bags from entering the waste stream in South Africa every month
    • The paper bags support SPAR and Food Lover’s Market’s sustainability commitments to reduce plastic waste

    Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, and Taurus Packaging have developed a fit-for-purpose reusable shopping bag that can carry groceries and meet the needs of the demanding Southern African retail ma

  • Chanel Introduces Biobased Fragrance Cap Developed in Partnership with Sulapac

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    Chanel has unveiled a new biobased cap for all of the 125 ml bottles in its Les Eaux De Chanel collection, developed in partnership with Sulapac.
     
    Chanel first invested in Sulapac—a startup company that makes sustainable packaging based on a biodegradable, microplastic-free trademarked material made from FSC-certified wood chips and natural binders—in 2018. It was Sulapac’s first investment from the cosmetics industry.
     
    For two years, Chanel teams worked hand-in-hand with the Finnish startup to create a cap composed of three layers, made out of 91% biobased materials obtained from renewable resources and FSC certified wood chips (by-products of industrial side-streams).
     
    In keeping with the rigorous standards of the House of Chanel, every detail was carefully thought out, says the company, including the sensory nature of the material, its resistance to fluctuations in temperature, the unique sound the bottle makes when the cap is put on, the grip, and the depth of the satiny matte finish on the iconic double C engraving.
     
    According to Sulapac, it took no fewer than 48 tries to reach the final product.
     
    “This first product launch of our collaboration with Chanel, the biobased Les Eaux De Chanel cap made with Sulapac material, is a remarkable milestone for us. It proves that Sulapac meets the highest quality standards,” said Suvi Haimi, CEO and co-founder of Sulapac.
     
    This project is part of a long-term, collaborative approach that puts sustainability at the center of Chanel research and development.

  • BIOLO, the Market Leader in Biodegradable Packaging and Products, Partners with LITA by Ciara to Support Vision of Sustainable Fashion Line by Eliminating Plastic Waste

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    BIOLO offers an alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastics through its use of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), a renewable plastic alternative that is certified by TÜV (formerly Vinçotte) for biodegradation in soil and marine environments as well as home and industrial composts. "PHA is made from plants, turns into feedstock for microorganisms, and leaves nothing behind. Simple as that," says Will Preston, CEO of BIOLO.

    The House of LR&C (standing for Love, Respect & Care) was created in 2020 not only to create fashion brands with sustainability in their DNA, but to redefine the way the fashion industry works, to make it inclusive, community-led, and, above all, to create large-scale positive change. "It is exciting to see companies coming together to support creating positive impact," said Therese Hayes, Chief Sustainability Officer of The House LR&C. "This strategic partnership with BIOLO reduces plastic waste and supports our goal to consider sustainability throughout our product's life-cycle."

    To fight single-use plastic waste, many companies have turned to compostable alternatives. Polylactic acid (PLA) has been one of the pioneering substrates and was a progressive step, but it only biodegrades in an industrial composting facility. In search of universally biodegradable plastic, researchers at Danimer Scientific looked to nature for inspiration. Danimer Scientific found that much like humans store extra calories as fat, bacteria store some of their energy as a natural plastic, known as Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). Since PHA is a natural source of fuel for bacteria, it breaks down quickly in any bioactive environment. "While PHA is a product of evolution and has been naturally occurring for millions of years, it is only recently that we have perfected our process for producing the biopolymer at a commercial scale. We call the PHA produced through our proprietary process Nodax® PHA." said Don Phillips, VP of Business Development at Danimer Scientific.

    BIOLO has been working in partnership with Danimer Scientific for several years to perfect the manufacturing techniques necessary to bring PHA to the public through the form of flexible packaging, ocean safe straws, and more. Although PHA has been used by bacteria for millions of years, LITA's partnership with BIOLO marks the first time a North American company is exclusively using PHA packaging.

  • Plasgad is proud to launch the PG1090 pallet – a logistic pallet with a range of customization options to suit any racking system

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    Fully customizable
    The pallet’s size is 1200X1000mm/48X40in, and it is available in a wide range of configurations to suit every customer’s specific logistic needs. The PG1090 is available in 3- or 5-skid configurations, with an open or closed deck.
    It has a racking capacity of up to 750kg/1653lb without metal reinforcements. If required, the pallet’s racking capacity can be upgraded by adding metal bars. The metal bars can be added in two configurations: the “H” configuration for static loads, which provides a racking capacity of up to 1200kg/2646lb and ensures greater stability during the collection process; or reinforcement with 3 vertical metal bars which make the pallet suitable for dynamic loads of up to 2 tons/4410lb.

    Much more than a packaging and shipping solution
    In order to streamline the supply chain processes and save money, time and manpower, pallets can be equipped with technological add-ons to provide all the essential important information about the goods throughout the process. The pallets can be tracked in different ways: Adding a barcode label, embedding a QR code, or embedding an RFID sticker in a designated area on the pallet. Moreover, you have the option of adding a GPS/IoT tracking device, to ensure effective tracking on demand. All these features contribute to a better managed and more secure inventory, as part of efficient distribution processes.

    Features and advantages
    The pallets come with optional safety rims of three different heights, one of which is tailored to fit plastic crates perfectly. In addition, we developed an efficient solution for a well-known “weakest link” for many of our customers: the problem of slipping goods. We provide two solutions that prevent slipping: Anti-slip strips placed along with the pallet, and the option of adding anti-slip rubbers to support goods and prevent them from slipping off the forklift.
    The pallet can be cleaned easily and quickly and is hygienically safe without any risk of pest infiltration. Furthermore, the pallet is reusable and can withstand hundreds of work cycles. These strong and durable pallets have demonstrated a high cost/benefit ratio compared to alternative solutions currently available in the market.

    Iftah Poran, VP R&D at Plasgad says: “The PG1090 is an innovative pallet which offers an optimal solution for logistics systems. It’s a strong and durable pallet, which will give our customers peace of mind and eliminate the need to deal with unnecessary work processes. Its huge advantage is the ability to make precise adjustments based on every customer’s specific needs, so we can say that we’ve developed a single solution that can meet a wide range of needs. In addition, 1090 is an excellent example of Plasgad’s values. We develop, manufacture, and sell reusable plastic packaging and shipping solutions since 1982. We are part of the circular economy, and seek to improve our environmental impact while helping our customers to reduce their own footprint.”

  • RFID inlay Tracks single-dose drugs to patients’ bedside

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    The new product, known as the GB32U9, is SML's smallest inlay to date, according to the report in RFID Journal and is engineered to transmit data effectively when applied to vials filled with liquid and made from plastic or glass packaging. 

    The Group is currently in the process of delivering the new inlays to at least one pharmaceutical company, but the RFID technology provider is also in discussions with other US-based businesses. The company began building RFID tag products for the pharmaceutical industry three years ago, according toDean Frew, SML Group's chief technology officer and senior VP of RFID solutions. However, he adds, widespread interest in the technology's use for drugs and other controlled substances at hospitals didn't see dramatic growth until 2019 and 2020.

    "Just like with every other vertical," states Frew, "companies [in the pharmaceutical industry] are seeing what can be done with item-level RFID, and that leads to growing demand," both for the tags and for solutions that utilize the tag-read data to improve operations.Another accelerator to that growth is the advent of a new standard for pharmaceutical RFID tags, created by the DoseID consortium(newsletter 14/10/2020.) The GB32U9is among the first inlays to gain Spec S certification from the program.

    The GB32U9, inlay isspecifically designed for unit-of-use medications in pharmaceutical applications, leverages  NXP's latest chip, the UCODE 9. According to Frew, the inlay provides high quality and rapid inventory countingin dense RFID tag populations.The challenge, he says, was to design a tag that would not detune when attached to a liquid-filled product. The company created an antenna that responds reliably in the presence of liquids, as well as a variety of other materials, including plastics or glass. The antenna must also work despite its very small size.The inlay's small design means it fits on a wide range of pharmaceutical products.

    The GB32U9 was designed with auto-adjust technology, unique brand identifiers and a pre-serialized 96-bit Electronic Product Code (EPC). Its antenna measures 20mm by 10mm with a wet paper face size of 26mm by 12mm.Typically, the tags will be applied at the fill line by a pharmaceutical company, after which they can be read throughout the supply chain. 

    The small size and material challenges mean the read range is shorter than standard UHF RFID tags, with a range of about 1m, but that varies depending on the environment and the type of reader being used. However for most drug products this is not a major issue, says Frew.The inlay is available now, following approximately 18 months of engineering and testing.

  • Shape your own: Canvas Airless range breaks new ground in customisation

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    Cosmetics companies seeking to express their brand identities through their packaging, while protecting their formulas with an airless system, now have the perfect solution in CANVAS Airless®. The new range from Quadpack offers the ability to explore never-before-seen shapes in airless products, enabling customisation with reduced investment and minimal lead time. Made using patented bag-in-bottle technology, CANVAS Airless® is a proprietary airless container system with collapsible pouch, which opens up a world of creative possibilities.

    Bag-in-bottle is an evolution of the bi-injection blow moulding technology acquired by Quadpack in 2019. Developed in conjunction with R&D partner Inotech, the two-phase process lowers investment and vastly reduces development time compared with bespoke piston airless packs. Preforms are bi-injection moulded at Quadpack’s airless manufacturing centre in Germany, to be blown in a single pass in the desired shape.

    The long-term aim is to stock the preforms in all three of Quadpack’s key territories – EMEA, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Brands can then rely on local supply for late differentiation and a lower carbon footprint. As such, CANVAS Airless® is part of Quadpack’s QLine portfolio of smart, modular solutions, delivered in the region, for the region.

    “CANVAS Airless® provides a blank canvas for creative design,” said Quadpack Head of Market Development Pierre-Antoine Henry. “With one mould for infinite shapes, it enables greater freedom of expression. Brands can choose oval, square, convex, concave and other forms – and all without additional outlay or time delay. It sets the new standard in airless packaging, offering accessible added value, along with all the benefits of airless technology.”

    Airless packaging protects formulas from external contamination, while increasing shelf life. The pumps can be used at any 360° angle, while actuating the bulk with minimal waste. CANVAS Airless® performs highly on this front, with a restitution rate of 97 per cent.

    As a bi-injected, two-layer, pouch-based pack, CANVAS Airless® uses 15 per cent less plastic than piston airless equivalents and it can be made with a choice of materials. The QLine range comes with an LLDPE pouch and PET outer bottle as standard, both recyclable materials. Current outer options include rPET and PETG, while inner options include surlyn. Further sustainable materials will be available in future, while a metal-free pump and refill formats are both on the product development roadmap.

    CANVAS Airless® will be commercially available from January 2022.

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