• Stora Enso and Vogue Scandinavia win the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for magazine packaging concept

    Stora Enso and Vogue Scandinavia win the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for magazine packaging concept

    Stora Enso and Vogue Scandinavia have won the Red Dot Design Award for the renewable eco-package concept created to replace plastics in magazine packaging. The packaging is fully carbon neutral, with a renewable, low-carbon raw material and energy efficient production. The first issue of Vogue Scandinavia was launched in August.

    The Red Dot Award was granted for exceptional design quality and creative performance in the category of Brands & Communication design. With roughly 20 000 submissions, the Red Dot Award is one of the biggest design competitions in the world.

  • Esko invests in future generations of packaging workforce with further technology donation

    Esko invests in future generations of packaging workforce with further technology donation

    Packaging engineering students across the USA will benefit from the latest technology in their studies after the latest multi-million-dollar in-kind donation from Esko underlined its continued commitment to supporting future generations of packaging industry workers.

  • Syntegon to showcase robotics and automation solutions at  PACK EXPO 2021

    Syntegon to showcase robotics and automation solutions at PACK EXPO 2021

    • New robotics pick-and-place platform RPP on show live for the first time

    • Two automated lines for cookie and cracker packaging underline innovation potential

    • Live demonstrations include virtual live launch of new LFS filling machine

    • Smart service concepts and digital solutions

  • Adhesives and Peel Technology:  Crash Course Part 1

    Adhesives and Peel Technology: Crash Course Part 1

    Adhesives are widely used in the packaging industry for various purposes; for forming, sealing and labeling boxes, bags, and other types of containers. However, not all adhesives are the same in their qualities. Based on application, some are stronger, some are more permanent, and some stick quicker than others.

    To understand how these features can be varied and controlled, let’s go over the 3 forces that are considered while designing a pressure-sensitive adhesive:

  • Toppan releases NFC-enabled packaging

    Toppan releases NFC-enabled packaging


    A wireless NFC-based connection is established when a smartphone is near the packaging. Pad-type switches embedded in the package allow consumers to enjoy interactive experiences, pressing or tapping to produce sounds or control content on the smartphone screen via a compatible app. LEDs and other additional components can be incorporated into the package to meet needs based on the purpose or conditions of use.

    The structure of input-output devices such as antenna modules and switches can be customized, allowing controller modules to be built into various types of packaging, including gift boxes and other paper-based packages, molded plastic, and corrugated fiberboard.

    Power for the controller is supplied by the smartphone over the wireless NFC connection, eliminating the need to incorporate a battery into the packaging. It can also be used to light up embedded LEDs. The use of NFC also increases the security of the product by linking to ID authentication systems to ensure that apps and content are only activated when the unique ID of the NFC tag built into the package is verified.

    ‘These packages are very effective for making the most of touchpoints to provide new experiences to consumers when they purchase products,’ said Takamitsu Nakabayashi, senior R&D manager in Toppan’s Security business. ‘The combination of easily accessible interactive functions and NFC-enabled ID authentication means that this is a solution that provides both outstanding added value and enhanced security for packaging.’

  • Amcor announces breakthrough healthcare lidding technology for combination products

    Amcor announces breakthrough healthcare lidding technology for combination products

    • Developed in collaboration with leading healthcare company
    • Ideal for combination healthcare products, such as devices with an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient
    • Technology leverages Amcor’s best-in-class innovation and R&D capabilities


    Amcor, a global leader in developing and producing a diverse offering of responsible packaging solutions, today announced the launch of a proprietary healthcare lidding technology that will be utilized for combination products – those consisting of two or more regulated components (device, drug or biologic).

  • Paxiom Introduces New Large Format Food Packaging Machine

    Paxiom Introduces New Large Format Food Packaging Machine


    Extremely versatile, the XPdius™ Elite 1700 vertical bagger is able to fill bags up to 17 (430mm) inches wide x 24 inches long (600mm) and includes film tracking, toolless removable pull belts, forming tube and film roll. Available options include bag gusset attachment, gas flush, hole punch, tare notch, polyethylene sealing assembly, pivoting bag support, bag tapper for product settling, and lot code printing.

    Capable of producing up to 3,000 large format bags per hour, the XPdius vertical bagging machine includes twin servo motors and drives for its pull belt assembly and horizontal seal jaws. These drives assure total control over acceleration, deceleration, and positioning while ensuring high performance throughout production.

    Manufactured by WeighPack Systems Inc. ( www.weighpack.com ), The XPdius™ vertical form fill and seal machine can be integrated with any auxiliary weigh filling machine including Paxiom’s own PrimoCombi™ multihead weigher, Star Auger™ powder filling machine and PrimoLinear™ net weigh filling machine.

  • Valdís Steinarsdóttir turns animal skin and bones into food packaging

    Valdís Steinarsdóttir turns animal skin and bones into food packaging


    The Just Bones project saw Steinarsdóttir create containers from ground animal bones, while Bioplastic Skin transforms animal skin into packaging for the same creature's meat.

    Both materials dissolve in hot water and biodegrade within weeks.

    Her designs are an attempt to come up with new ways of reusing the amount of waste that is produced by slaughterhouses.

    "I found meat processing to be both an extremely hard and morally challenging topic to explore," Steinarsdóttir told Dezeen.

    "In fact, that was exactly what inspired me to go further, because I think as designers we need to be unflinching and ready to tackle uncomfortable issues."

    "To make new discoveries, it is often good to look backwards and rethink accepted norms and established ways of doing things," she added.

    Steinarsdóttir sources her materials from local slaughterhouses and farmers before transforming them into new materials. The bowls and vases for Just Bones are made by grinding down the bones to a powder, using an advanced mortar machine.

    She likens the process to the creation of MDF, which is made by breaking down wood into fine particles that are bound together by wax and a resin binder.

    The designer creates the glue that works as a binder for her vessels by putting the bones in sour fruit extract and then boiling them to collect the gelatine.

    "First when I mix the material it is liquid so I can mould it, similar to moulding ceramics. Once it has dried, it becomes strong and I can drill, saw, and laser cut it, for example," she explained.

    "The material is biodegradable, which is a crucial part of all my material research."

    The bone vessels stay firm as long as they're dry, but aren't waterproof and will dissolve in hot water in about a week.

    The different colours of the vessels are created by Steinarsdóttir – who produces all her products herself – heating the bones at different temperatures.

    "Because I make the material on a small scale, I prepare the bones myself," she said. "I find it an important part of the project because I want to stay close to the process."

    Similar to Just Bones, Bioplastic Skin was created as containers, but it's a thinner material made from animal skins that Steinarsdóttir envisions being used for food packaging. The designer based its production process on a historic method.

    "The process of making Bioplastic Skin involves boiling animal hides to collect gelatine," she explained.

    "People have been using this method for centuries to make wood glue. I modified this process in order to create the plastic-like material."

    "I found that the natural state of the material is inelastic so the experimentation involved finding the best way of drying the material correctly so it would not deform," she added.

    "To make the material soft I experimented with mixing different ratios of sugar alcohol into it, to get a variety of flexibility."

    Like the bone vessels, the Bioplastic Skin packaging is biodegradable and Steinarsdóttir hopes it could eventually be used to contain meat from the same animal as the skin it came from, creating a more sustainable way of packaging meat.

    The packaging, which takes a few weeks to biodegrade, could become a visual indication of how fresh the products it contains is.

    "I would like the material to have the same expiration date as the meat inside it," the designer said.

    "So instead of a best before date, you could see if the packaging itself is turning bad to determine if the product inside is expiring."

    Using these kinds of materials doesn't just help to avoid waste, but can also help make the most out of limited resources.

    "I live on an island where one has to be aware of materials or perhaps, the very lack of materials," Steinarsdóttir said. "It’s important to explore discarded matter from different perspectives and find new opportunities for utilisation."

    "In this case, my aim is not to make more demand for animal products, rather use what is already there to reduce waste and experiment with disposed materials to discover their full potential."

    Steinarsdóttir was shortlisted for emerging designer of the year at the Dezeen Awards 2020.

  • Spouted Pouches: Gualapack and TOMRA join forces for a ground-breaking, full-scale recycling trial

    Spouted Pouches: Gualapack and TOMRA join forces for a ground-breaking, full-scale recycling trial


    In a context of full-scale sorting and recycling infrastructure, Gualapack’s first-ever monomaterial polypropylene spouted pouch was proven recyclable. The results of extensive testing, carried out on several sites during the course of 2020, demonstrate that sustainability through innovation is possible.

    Industry leaders TOMRA and Gualapack, both members of CEFLEX (the European platform for the Circular Economy of Flexible Packaging), joined forces to test how one of Gualapack’s innovative products, which combines monomaterial laminates and semi-rigid multi-layer components, could be automatically and effectively managed for recycling in the rigid PP (polypropylene) stream.

    Gualapack is the world leader in pre-made spouted pouches and a global player in the flexible packaging industry, manufacturing laminates, caps and pouches for baby food, snacks, pharmaceutical products and a wide range of other applications. The company is fully committed to sustainability, which in the past few years has been its greatest driver for growth and innovation.

    Michelle Marrone, Gualapack Sustainability Manager recalls, “It was 2018 when I first met Jürgen and TOMRA. At Gualapack, we were busy tackling the challenge of designing a monomaterial spouted pouch that had to resist hot-filling, pasteurization, and maintain its barrier properties 12 months on the shelf. But at the same time, I knew that to be monomaterial by design was not enough! It was equally important to prove our circularity by demonstrating that our pouch could be correctly identified as PP, sorted, processed and extruded on an industrial line.”

    As a passionate and trusted innovation leader with 50 years of experience in circular waste management, TOMRA provides technology-led solutions and contributes proven expertise, established processes and market knowledge, which enable Circular Economy solutions through advanced collection and sorting systems.

    “After development of the new pouches, and to determine whether these could be sorted with optical sorters, we added a significant amount of them to a combined separate source and mixed waste stream sorting plant for automated sorting,” explained Jürgen Priesters, SVP Business Development TOMRA Circular Economy. “The result was very good detection and accurate separation rate of all pouches. A subsequent washing and recycling trial showed that the Gualapack mono-material pouches could be easily recycled into standard products.”

    As a first step, different percentages of Gualapack pouches were added to rigid PP waste, which was then processed through TOMRA’s AUTOSORT®, a sensor-based sorting machine that confirmed pouches are well identified as a PP material, with over 80% redirected to the rigid PP stream. Then, a waste PP bale with 5% additional pouches and a bale without any pouches were compared, in a back-to-back trial that took them through all the steps of a standard recycling process. First shredded into flakes and hot washed with water and sodium hydroxide at 85 °C (185 °F), then post-sorted through a second AUTOSORT FLAKE machine to further improve the quality of the material, the two bales were then extruded on an industrial scale extruder and pelletized back to PP.

    Results were surprisingly good, with ink and adhesives from the pouches not impacting on extrusion, and affording high thermal stability without any odor or volatile issues. Furthermore, the pelletized materials were characterised by third party laboratories and declared comparable to PP copolymer grades suitable for injection moulding.

    This key takeaway demonstrates that the Gualapack monomaterial pouches are well tolerated within a German DKR rigid PP stream and that TOMRA sorting systems, in real-life scenarios, are suitable infrastructure to correctly identify and sort monomaterial laminates, even in the presence of semi-rigid multi-layer structures. Furthermore this is a successful example of design for recyclable packaging according to the CEFLEX D4ACE (design for a circular economy) guidelines.

  • Sustainability drive creates new growth opportunities for Cast PP films in Europe

    Sustainability drive creates new growth opportunities for Cast PP films in Europe

    AMI, Bristol, 17/08/21 Cast PP Films – The European Market 2021, is a brand new report from leading plastics market intelligence providers, AMI. The company has leveraged its expertise and proven methodology in other consumer and industrial films, to complete this new study for 2021. The report provides critical insight and analysis of the production, capacity and demand of Cast Polypropylene (CPP) film in Europe, together with trends in key consumer and industrial applications.

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