• 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.

  • Röchling Automotive increasingly focuses on lightweight structural design with fiber plastic composites

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    These lightweight designs particularly support the strengths of alternative drive systems. Röchling Automotive is intensifying research and development in this area. Several product segments benefit from this - for example, load-bearing tubs and troughs, battery covers and underride guards, as well as a variety of structural components.

    Engineering plastics serve as the basis for lightweight solutions. Röchling's high-performance plastics are combined with other materials as required. Multi-material design produces components that are superior to classic solutions. Peter Dill, Director Product Portfolio Global, summarizes the advantages: "In lightweight structural design, plastics are the basis for tailor-made modification of material properties. This opens up numerous possible applications. The lower weight and the possibility of integration offer a welcome opportunity to reduce costs."

    Dill explains this using the example of Röchling Automotive's front-end carrier: "Through functional integrations, we reduce the quantity of individual parts. We can directly integrate and install lamps, sensors and active grille shutters at factory. This makes handling easier and minimizes production costs." The lower weight of the components extends the range of electrically powered vehicles and reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, Dill added.

    In addition, Röchling Automotive is conducting intensive research on further increasing strength and stiffness through continuous fiber reinforcement. In so-called tape technology, additional reinforcing elements are inserted into the components along the load paths. These "tapes" consist of extremely thin, very long glass or carbon fibers embedded in a plastic matrix. The associated local reinforcement ensures optimum use of the material. The material can be subjected to high mechanical stresses. At the same time, the cost of tape technology is comparatively low.

    For Tobias Eisele, Vice President Sales & Marketing Global, the development of structural lightweight competencies at Röchling Automotive is a logical step: "We have already shown in various projects what is possible with lightweight design today and the importance of structural lightweighting will continue to grow. By expanding our expertise in this area, we are focusing on a technology of the future."

  • Dow, HP, Reifenhäuser, Cadel Deinking, and Karlville combine forces to recycle PE-based barrier pouch into new high-quality PE pouch suitable for repeat recycling

    Key industry players join forces to recycle PE-based barrier pouch into new high-quality PE pouches suitable for repeat recycling to help drive a circular economy
     

    HORGEN, Switzerland – September 23, 2021 – Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of Dow (NYSE: DOW), together with HP Indigo, Reifenhä user, Cadel Deinking and Karlville, announce the successful delivery of the first-of-its-kind pouch-to-pouch mechanical recycling concept, enabled by a unique value chain effort.

  • European tube market stable even in pandemic times

    Despite the ongoing pandemic, the european tube manufacturers association (etma) reports stable deliveries in the first half of 2021. The total deliveries of aluminum, plastic and laminate tubes even increased slightly by 0.5 percent to a level of around 6 billion units.

    While deliveries to the pharmaceutical industry fell by 11 percent, deliveries to the dental care market increased by 4 percent, to the cosmetics market by 2 percent and to the markets for food and household products by as much as 10 percent and 13 percent respectively.

  • Mondi sponsors Bristol Gulls as they row across the Atlantic to raise awareness for plastic pollution

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    Mondi, a global packaging and paper manufacturer, is the main sponsor for the Bristol Gulls, a four-woman team taking on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. They will be rowing an Eco Boat for the 4,800km race and consuming food freeze dried in recyclable packaging provided by Mondi.

    The Bristol Gulls will be the first team to race an Eco Boat in the challenge, underlining their commitment to sustainability and raising awareness around plastic pollution. The boat has been designed and built to have a reduced impact on the environment, by using responsibly sourced materials, recycled content, and renewable energy.

    we wanted the boat to be sustainable, alongside everything else, including our food packaging, clothing, cosmetics and hygiene products. We were thrilled to find Mondi manufactured fully recyclable pouches that would fulfil all our requirements. We have focused on working with companies that show a true commitment to sustainability and felt that Mondi certainly did this,” said crew member Phoebe Wright of the Bristol Gulls.

    The crew vacuum-sealed their freeze-dried meals in Mondi’s award-winning mono-material to keep their food safe at sea. Considering the rowers will burn in excess of 5,000 calories per day in their 6 weeks at sea, nutrition is really important.

    Flexible plastic packaging like BarrierPack Recyclable can extend food’s shelf-life, reducing food waste and optimising transport. This is all part of the puzzle when creating packaging that is sustainable by design. It is also important that flexible packaging is recyclable, so it can be part of the circular economy and keep plastic out of the ocean. That is why we are proud to support the Bristol Gulls in their campaign to raise awareness for plastic pollution. We wish them all the best for their epic challenge.

  • AIPIA Autumn Events: online Congresses for Supply Chain and Digitization/Sustainability

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    AIPIA returns to the virtual stage for its two remaining Congresses for 2021. Both are carefully focused, covering the highly important and topical issues of Supply Chain Solutions (16th September) and the whole spectrum of Digitization: Connected Packaging & Sustainability (2nd November.) Each will address how these issues are impacting on current Smart Packaging development and use.

    In November there will be an special emphasis on where Smart Packaging is making a positive contribution to more Sustainable solutions and contributing to reducing waste, better food safety and security, as well as improving ways to achieve a truly Circular Economy for plastics.

    Both events already boast a strong line up of leading Smart Packaging product and service providers. These include Aptar CSP, Cambridge Design Partnership, Digimarc, Dimaco, Scantrust, Systech, Talkin’ Things, Tapwow, and Wiliott. Several other leading active and intelligent packaging technology providers are set to join shortly and a provisional agenda for September will be published on line soon. As usual this will be a ‘real time’ agenda and updated as speakers confirm.

    Setting out the rationale for the two Congresses, Eef de Ferrante, managing director of AIPIA explained, “We consulted with our Advisory Board and other leading members who are developing or using the technologies and these topics came out as clear areas of primary interest. The pandemic has highlighted many ‘pain points’ in supply chain management, not least to do with distributing PPE and now vaccines. How to harness the full potential of Connected Packaging using digital solutions and making it work in a Sustainable environment is a challenge which many on both sides of the AIPIA community – developers and users – are keen to address. As usual with AIPIA, we aims to go beyond explaining the tech to understanding its impact and how best to apply it commercially.”    

    Real ‘use cases’ will be featured to illustrate how Smart Packaging is benefiting food, beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceutical markets already. They are an opportunity to listen to and learn from many of the leading exponents of Smart Packaging solutions, as well as network with them and Brand Owners in Discussion Rooms. AIPIA is using a ‘user friendly’ virtual meeting platforms to deliver value and an effective meeting environment for everyone.

    While the Association looks forward to getting back to Person-to-Person in 2022 the pace of developments in Smart Packaging continues to accelerate continuously. So these two virtual opportunities for 2021 should not be missed!

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  • Research shows explosive growth in deposit return systems

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    European countries with DRS are found to have the highest rate of success, with an average beverage container return rate of 91 per cent. Australia’s deposit programmes, which are relatively new compared to other jurisdictions, have the lowest success rates so far, with an average return rate of 68 per cent.

    The return-to-retail model of DRS – where empty bottles and cans are returned for a refund of the deposit at shops where they are purchased – is the most effective, with an average return rate of 89 per cent, compared to return-to-redemption centre or depot systems, which have an average return rate of 81 per cent.

    Clarissa Morawski, chief executive of Reloop, said: “This is good news for the planet. It reveals that each year more and more countries are realising the need for DRS to collect and recycle valuable cans and bottles and to address the massive crisis in wasted containers, many of which end up as litter.

    “Deposit Return Systems are the only proven way for a country to achieve recycling rates of over 90 per cent, meaning fewer bottles and cans in our forests and on our beaches.”

  • GCUBE EcoBalance™: Sustainable IBC bottle made with recycled plastic a first for Russia

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    The inner layer of the sustainable bottle is 100 percent virgin high density polyethylene (HDPE), while the external layer is primarily made from PCR with an overall balance of 50% virgin PE and 50% PCR. The virgin HDPE inner layer and accurate selection of PCR assure product integrity and the visibility of the filled product level.   Additionally, all external components such as corner protectors, plastic feet or plastic pallets are produced with recycled polyethylene.

    The PCR is generated from the collection of empty IBCs which are then treated by reconditioning and recycling partner facility in Russia.

    “This was a very rewarding project for the Greif Russia team, and we are pleased that this product is now commercially available in our region,” commented Konstantin Chetverikov, quality and technology manager for IBCs Greif Russia. “Being able to generate our own source of PCR from IBC bottles that might otherwise end up in landfill, means we can support customers in achieving their sustainability goals by decreasing raw material consumption and reducing CO2 emission into the atmosphere. It is also a significant step towards ad vancing our own circular economy principles.” 

    The GCUBE PCR bottle is an extension of Greif’s EcoBalance product line which includes drums and other containers made using PCR. The EcoBalance product line helps support many of Greif’s customers with their sustainability goals including reducing carbon emissions, energy consumption and diverting waste from landfills.

    GCube EcoBalance is already available in Italy and Russia while being implemented in Germany and Spain. Further expansions will follow in the coming months with the target to produce this sustainable product in most of our GCUBE facilities including APAC and North America.

    If you would like to find out more about the GCUBE EcoBalance with a PCR bottle please contact your local account manager. 

  • Fakuma: The whole world of Plastic Processing Technology

    The whole world of plastics technology!

    More than 1,900 exhibitors present their international range at the world's leading specialist event for industrial plastics processing. The next Fakuma will take place from October 12 to 16, 2021 in the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Center.

    The Fakuma offers a comprehensive overview of all plastics technologies: Whether injection molding - here the Fakuma occupies a leading position worldwide - extrusion technology, thermoforming or 3D printing: At the Fakuma, the user can find out about all processes and technologies relevant to plastics processing and tools to provide targeted information.

  • New multipack yogurt cups made from PP

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    Greiner Packaging has successfully replaced yogurt multi-packs made from polystyrene (PS) with polypropylene (PP), and thanks to ‘Project Snap’ has recreated an important feature that has always been popular with consumers.

    Yogurt multi-packs have traditionally been made from polystyrene (PS), but there is currently no PS recycling stream in the UK and supermarkets have focused on removing all PS products. Seeking to deliver a sustainable alternative, in February 2018 Greiner Packaging’s Dungannon factory began trials using polypropylene (PP), and was first in the UK to recreate a functional multi-pack in PP.

    One of the advantages of PS was its ability to deliver a really effective ‘break’ which was initially difficult to achieve with PP. Leading UK retailer Tesco was one of the first customers to move from PS multi-packs to PP multi-packs, but consumers were disappointed that packs made from the new material did not ‘snap’ in the same way as the previous PS packs.

    In July 2020, Greiner Packaging began ‘Project Snap’ to develop and improve PP multi-pack breakability. By October 2020, the first successful filling trials of the latest PP 4-pack had begun, and the new improved yogurt 100g 4-packs are now on-shelf.

    We needed to remove PS from our packaging and Greiner Packaging helped us with the move to PP. However, our customers were always accustomed to the easy "snap" of the old PS yogurt multi-packs and we needed to further develop this feature with the new recyclable PP packaging. Greiner has been at the forefront of these developments and worked with us quickly to re-engineer the PP multi-pack to give it the same "snap" quality of PS.

    Denise Mathieson, Tesco Senior Packaging Manager

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