• Wine industry collaboration delivers innovative sustainable packaging solution for Australian sparkling wines


    Endeavour Group’s wine bottling and packaging arm Vinpac International has partnered with Australian glass packaging company Orora on a new lightweight 750ml sparkling bottle – the first of its kind in Australia.


    “To have an Australian-made innovative sustainable packaging option for our customers is important to us. By collaborating with Orora to produce a lighter weight sparkling bottle solution that will provide a combination of commercial and environmental benefits for our customers is really exciting,” said Vinpac International’s Commercial Manager James Vallance.


    Although red, white and rose wine bottles have been available in lightweight options for some time, sparkling wine is traditionally bottled in heavier, more premium packaging.


    The first, Australian lightweight option for bubbles has been manufactured at Orora’s state-of-the-art facility in Gawler, South Australia, and was tested at Vinpac’s facilities in Angaston in March. It weighs 580g, which is 100 grams less than a standard sparkling wine bottle an approximate 15 percent total reduction in weight


    The bottle retains the same look and feel as a standard 750ml sparkling bottle, which means there is no need to change labelling or other packaging elements.


    The sustainable bottle has been welcomed by Pinnacle Drinks, the supplier arm of Endeavour Group. Pinnacle Drinks is now releasing a number of brands in the lightweight sparkling bottle, including the popular Minchinbury sparkling range. The 2021 vintage has been bottled in the sustainable packaging and will be available in BWS and Dan Murphy’s stores later this month. 


    “To have the Minchinbury sparkling range first to market is really exciting as it is a trusted brand. Australians have marked special occasions and celebrations with a bottle of Minchinbury for over a century and to see the brand now move into a more sustainable packaging option is an exciting new chapter,” said Pinnacle Drinks Assistant Brand Manager Nicola Demetriou.


    There are significant environmental benefits by switching to this bottle, and Pinnacle Drinks estimates it will remove 320 tonnes of packaging from its supply chain which equates to around 62 cars off the road each year. 

  • Amcor’s AmPrima forming film prequalifies for How2Recycle store drop-off label

    Next-generation solution opens door for recycle ready forming/non-forming packaging system

    OSHKOSH, Wis. – AmPrima™ forming film from Amcor – the leading global developer and producer of responsible packaging – has received prequalification to carry the store drop-off label from the How2Recycle® program. The innovative technology paves the way for a true recycle ready forming/non-forming flexible solution for consumer packaging applications.

  • What is banding?


    Do you know the tapes printed with "Action" that bundle several products into multipacks in the supermarket? Or the transparent bands that hold together the different sized goods ordered online in the shipping carton? Do you take all the information about zucchinis, bananas or apples in cardboard trays that you buy in the vegetable section at retail from printed bands? Are you familiar with the bands that hold together stacked printed items, cardboard or corrugated cardboard in such a way that the edges of the fragile products are not damaged? Or have you ever bought convenience food or other products where a double-side printed band up to 100 mm wide, for example, holds a tray packaging securely together and at the same time takes care of all the communication around the product? That - and much more - is banding.

    How banding works
    In banding, a band of paper or film up to 100 mm wide is placed around one or more products by a banding machine and welded with the use of a sonotrode with ultra-sonic technology or, in fewer cases, with a hot wedge. Glue or other adhesives are not used. The continuously adjustable tension of the band varies depending on the properties of the product or application. It reacts to the resistance of the product to be banded. For soft and fragile products, the band tension is alternatively controlled by a fixed length or soft length. Also possible: Sensors measure the product to be banded and automatically adjust the band length. This variant is used, for example, when banding mail packages of different sizes that are fed to the banding machine by a conveyor belt (end-of-line automation).

    Printed and unprinted bands
    Depending on the application, bands are used unprinted, printed on one or both sides in advance using the flexographic printing process, and additionally or exclusively printed with a thermal transfer printer during banding. While the flexographic printing process focuses on the branding of the product, thermal transfer printing is used to print variable information such as the producer, the best-before date, the batch number, the weight or a bar code. Printed bands therefore also replace labels. Unprinted bands are often used in intralogistics when logistical units have to be formed to simplify processes.

    Different banding machines for different applications
    Depending on the production volume and requirements, different banding machines are used: mobile stand-alone models or fully automatic banding machines integrated into the production line.

    In the simpler standalone models, the banding process is usually triggered manually (e.g. via a foot pedal).
    In automated applications, sensors and I/O or bus-based interfaces come into play. Example: A robot holds the product to be banded in the banding machine, the sensor confirms the presence of the product and the banding process is triggered via the interface.
    In fully automatic applications, the banding process is triggered by a PLC (programmable logic controller). Depending on the application, the process is optimized by different signals and factors. Depending on the machine design and the system concept, a performance of up to 300 products per minute or 100 banding processes per minute can be achieved.
    Banding is environmentally friendly
    Banding stands for "only as much packaging as necessary". Bands often replace shrink films or sleeves, thereby significantly reducing plastic and material consumption. Ultrasonic banding machines are also extremely energy-efficient and thus help to reduce CO2 emissions. Because a banding machine with integrated thermal transfer printer also replaces the labeling machine, additional material and energy can be saved depending on the application. In most countries, bands made of coated paper are recycled via the paper cycle. If the band has to be made of paper, but the proportion of foreign material must not exceed 5%, our partially coated paper is used. Bands made of film are made of pure and high-quality PP, HDPE or PLA. The amount of recycled material is at least 20% for all foils. The thinnest film (FTU) has a thickness of 50 my. All banding films are considered mono-material and are 100% recyclable.

    Banding stands for frustration-free packaging
    Banding not only reduces plastic and packaging material, but also stands for frustration-free packaging. Bands can be opened by hand without any problems: Either at the weld seam in the case of bands made of film or at any position in the case of bands made of paper. Amazon shows what constitutes frustration-free packaging and how important it is in the video Frustration Free Packaging.

  • Italian design and sustainable packaging: the future is green


    Circular economy and sustainable packaging We have seen this trend take hold in several industries, all over the country: from fashion to cars, Italian brands are questioning their practices to try and make them more sustainable. The concept of circular economy has become the center of intense debate and research worldwide and sustainable packaging design is an essential part of it. The idea of a circular economy is based on making sure the entire cycle of production and consumption of a product generates zero waste – or as little waste as possible. Therefore, packaging materials should be either entirely recycled and recyclable or reusable for different purposes once their original function has been exhausted. When done correctly, this kind of sustainable design can reduce a product’s footprint by 80%. Prevention is the best cure What this means, essentially, is that brands should be taking steps to prevent the worsening of the environmental crisis. And preventing this crisis from expanding is one of the best ways to contain it. We can’t all design systems that fish plastic waste out of the ocean, but we can do everything in our power (as individuals, as brands and companies, as designers) to stop generating tons of plastic waste every year and carelessly allowing it to end up in the ocean in the first place. And while governments can mostly impose bans or offer financial advantages to environmentally conscious companies and citizens, brands can be proactive about the sustainability of their products Saving our resources The brands that responded to Conai’s call offered innovative packaging solutions that not only aimed at cutting down on single-use plastics but also resulted in reduced CO2 emissions (by about 17%), lower energy consumption (by almost 30%) and about the same percentage of water being saved in the production process. Six projects were selected for each industrial cluster (steel, aluminum, paper, wood, glass, and plastic) and several innovative solutions were presented. While some companies focused on saving raw materials and energy, others worked on optimising processes and logistics, or on swapping newly sourced materials for recycled ones. Design plays a crucial role in creating more functional products, whose carbon footprint can be significantly reduced throughout their life cycle, from production to disposal. And Italy is ideally placed to use its world-renowned creativity as a force for good in the fight against climate change.

  • Aptar Beauty + Home Becomes the First Packaging Supplier to Pre-Qualify its Sustainable Solutions in Alignment with Retailer Credo’s Sustainable Packaging Guidelines

    Aptar Beauty + Home, a global leader in dispensing and full packaging solutions for the beauty, personal care and home care industry, has taken a further step toward its sustainability goals by pre-qualifying 45+ products to ensure alignment with Credo’s Sustainable Packaging Guidelines. The current Credocompliant product selection includes airless full packaging, dispensers, spray technology and the broadest range of dispensing closures available in at least 50%, but up to 100%, post-consumer recycled resin*, in the North America market.

  • Henkel and Greiner Packaging win Green Packaging Award 2020

    Henkel and Greiner Packaging have received a special distinction, with their innovative and  sustainable packaging solution for Persil 4in1 Discs coming out a winner at the World Packaging Organisation’s Green Packaging Award 2020. 

    Kremsmünster, Austria, November 2020. The sustainable cardboard-plastic packaging used by Henkel  for its Persil 4in1 Discs has been continually upgraded in recent years and is now made from 50 percent  postconsumer r-PP. A jointly developed solution, the packaging was a winner at the Green Packaging  Award 2020.  

  • Sept 29: Hoffmann Neopac to Host Webinar on Premium Tins & Tube Packaging Options for North American Cannabis Sector

    Presentation will provide an update on marijuana business trends & legalization in the US, and explore safe yet aesthetically 
    pleasing packaging possibilities for manufacturers.

  • Mondi Consumer Flexibles to expand printing capacity and portfolio offering in Russia

    Mondi Consumer Flexibles set to enhance its printing & extrusion capabilities across plants in Aramil and Pereslavl while also improving service and flexibility to customers in Russia Mondi to increase rotogravure volumes by adding a machine at Mondi Pereslavl in the first quarter of 2021 Mondi Aramil will install a nine-layer co-extrusion line to produce high-barrier films by the end of 2020 Mondi will also expand its offering of sustainable products for the confectionary, food, dry and wet pet food markets
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