• Logoplaste announces new partner to support future growth

    26 February 2021: Logoplaste, a leading global designer and manufacturer of innovative and sustainable  rigid plastic packaging solutions for the world’s premier FMCG brands, today announced that Ontario  Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (Ontario Teachers’) has agreed to acquire The Carlyle Group’s (NASDAQ: CG) majority stake in the company. Current Logoplaste shareholders Filipe de Botton and Alexandre Relvas will  retain their approximately 40% stake in the business as it embarks on its next phase of growth.

  • Neopac Introduces Lightweight Plastic Tube


    Hoffmann Neopac, a provider of responsible packaging for a broad array of industries and applications, has introduced a lighter plastic tube solution comprising up to 30% less virgin materials. The latest addition to the company’s EcoDesign series of eco-friendly tubes, the new Lightweight Tube aligns with packaging industry desires to minimize carbon footprint and materials waste.
    Brand owners in various sectors are increasingly looking to reduce or replace the use of virgin plastic packaging materials to enhance their products’ sustainability profiles. The use of such lighter-weight packaging reduces both shipping costs and extended producer responsibility (EPR) fees.

    Neopac’s Lightweight Tube is available in plastic tube diameters ranging from 30-50mm, and in four substrate varieties: Polyethelene and Recycled tubes, each with or without EVOH barrier. Material reduction is most prominent in the tubes’ wall thickness, which has been reduced from 0.5 mm to 0.35 mm without sacrificing exemplary haptics. Low profile closures are already in the pipeline to achieve maximum weight reduction in plastic tubes.
    Neopac estimates that, in its own packaging manufacturing operations, the new tubes will eliminate the need for as much as 4.6 tons of HDPE materials per one million tubes produced. This translates to an overall carbon footprint reduction of about 8.6 tons of CO2 per million tubes manufactured. 
    “Finding ways to reduce the overall amount of materials is mandatory for packaging suppliers to move toward ambitious sustainability goals,” said Cornelia Schmid, head of marketing for Hoffmann Neopac. “Always, a challenge is to boost a package’s eco-friendliness without sacrificing product protection or aesthetics. The new Lightweight Tubes are viable solutions for brand owners in a number of industries, helping meet increasing consumer desires for comprehensive product sustainability.”

    Other solutions in Neopac’s EcoDesign portfolio include the Recycled Tube featuring 70% recycling material, 64% of which is PCR; the Sugarcane Tube, made from renewable raw materials; and the PICEA wood tube, comprised of 95% renewable material in the tube body and shoulder – including 10% of spruce wood from wood waste in sawmills.

  • Who is recycling?

    Following up on the previous blog, we want to share with you 5 nationally and internationally brands that adopted 100% recycling or 100% recycled packaging in 2020.



    The new Dettol Liquid handwash Black is made with 100 percent Post-Consumer Resin (PCR).

  • Theoretical maximum for recycling of plastic packaging is scientifically substantiated


    This research is highly relevant to all stakeholders as most of them strive for higher recycling rates to reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste. Ideally, plastic food packaging is recycled into new packaging. But only limited types of packaging are suitable for circular recycling, most can only be recycled for non-food applications, and others cannot be recycled at all .

    All stakeholders will have to take drastic and coordinated action
    The situation in 2017 was described in detail as a baseline measurement. The Dutch recycling value chain for plastic packaging waste was relatively well developed globally in 2017. The recycling rate was approximately 37% in 2017. In addition, the average polymer purity of the recycled plastics in 2017 was only 93%. To move beyond this status quo, all improvement measures were modeled in a complex material flow analysis model.

    First of all, all packaging types were systematically redesigned for recycling. Czech American packaging machine manufacturer Viking Masek packs emotions | Empack Den Bosch 2021 where all packaging components have been optimized.
    Second, collection and mechanical recovery rates were increased to the maximum levels achieved.
    Third, the transfer coefficients of the best available recycling technologies were selected and the entire model was rerun. This leads to a total recycling percentage of 72%. The average polymer purity of the recycled plastics is 97%.
    In such an ideal circular value chain, more recycled plastics are produced that are suitable for more demanding applications, such as food packaging, compared to the 2017 value chain. However, this requires all stakeholders to implement drastic and coordinated measures, which mean unprecedented investments. , with which this optimal circular recycling value chain for plastic packaging can be realized. In addition, this optimized recycling chain is still largely based on the use of crude oil as raw material and the use of a lot of recyclate in non-food contact applications.

  • Plastic recycling technologies a top priority for packaging industry in 2021 and beyond latest Smithers market report finds

    LEATHERHEAD, Surrey, UK and AKRON, Ohio, USA – December 8, 2020 – Improved recycling, recovery and conversion into post-consumer resin (PCR) are the leading challenge for the rigid and flexible plastic packaging industry through the 2020s a new Smithers report finds.

    Analysing the current state-of-the-art and future routes to market, Smithers’ latest study – Ten-Year Forecast of Disruptive Technologies for Recycled Plastic Packaging to 2030 – ranks the top 25 technologies that will redefine the industry over the next decade.

  • SACMI – The lightweight challenge in cap-preform production

    15 December, a global event translated into 7 languages. Live from the SACMI parent company, this webinar will showcase the latest ready-to-market developments for the industry, from technology to new cap design solutions. Key advantages include integrated design of cap-preform systems to optimise performance and cost



    What material has been in use for thousands of years? What is natural, recyclable and biodegradable in 6 weeks? What can come from a fully sustainable, certified source? What can be used to form strong, safe and sustainable packaging? What type of packaging has Cullen been producing, innovating and advancing for a century? When you realise the answer to all these questions is paper, you realise paper is the answer to a lot of questions. What can companies use to help prioritise sustainability? What is the best packaging option to replace plastic packaging? How can business replace single-use plastic packaging in a way that isn’t expensive, especially in the current difficulties economies are facing? Worldwide, fingers are on the buzzers for the simple, sustainable solution. With the pressure on to find out the best way forward, packaging is a great starting point. Paper-based packaging – moulded pulp and corrugate boxes – can significantly reduce product waste through damage, use of plastic and carbon footprint. Bioplastics and plant-based products are other packaging teams claiming sustainability as their specialist subject. Bioplastics still break down to be microplastics – just as problematic for the planet – and plant-based products would need environmentally damaging levels of crop production to be a viable alternative to plastic. The thing that puts paper at the top of the plastic replacement leader board is cost. Eco-friendly paper-based packaging can be a commercially viable replacement for plastic, making it easier to ensure sustainability without sacrificing profit. When it comes to packaging, paper gets top marks. Cullen manufacture moulded pulp and corrugate packaging from our 56,000 m2 site in Glasgow, UK. Get in touch and let us help you make your packaging prize-winning.

  • Mondi partners with meat producer Hütthaler to create new fully recyclable plastic packaging

    Mondi developed new recyclable mono-material film for thermoforming applications with Hütthaler. Hütthaler has launched the packaging for meat and sausage products in Austria, where the new thermoforming film is fully recyclable in existing plastic recycling streams. 15 July 2020 – Leading global packaging and paper group Mondi, has partnered with Austrian meat producer Hütthaler to produce a fully recyclable thermoforming film made from a mono-material for their meat and sausage products.
  • Plastic packaging still confronting sustainability challenges

    The coronavirus has only helped to underscore the importance of plastic packaging when it comes to keeping food contamination-free and to preserving its freshness and usability for longer. This is particularly vital now, given how millions of people worldwide are sheltering in place, and doing their best to make their provisions stretch.

  • Mondi produces and donates protective medical gowns for key health care workers in Germany

    • Three Mondi plants in Germany (Halle, Steinfeld and Gronau) are set to produce and donate 10,000 protective gowns to workers in local nursing homes and retirement facilities
    • The initiative will involve using extruded PE tubes to be assembled into single-use protective garments

    15 May 2020 – Mondi, leading global packaging and paper group, has contributed material and processing expertise to produce plastic protective gowns for staff at local nursing homes and retirement facilities in order to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany.

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