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What’s causing a shift from traditional materials to flexible packaging types?

Smithers Pira identifies the reasons why flexible packaging is continuing to increase in popularity with consumers and brand owners.

Consumer, retail and technology trends have contributed to a gradual replacement of rigid pack formats by flexible packaging during the last decade or so. This trend is outlined in Smithers Pira’s new report – The Future of Flexible Packaging to 2022 – which values total flexible packaging sales at $219.5 billion in 2016 and forecasts growth at an annual rate of 4.3% to $282.6 billion by 2022.

The Future of Flexible Packaging

Smithers Pira analysis examines what is driving market growth and why brand owners are switching from traditional materials, such as glass jars and metal can, to flexible packaging types.

Consumer preference

Consumers are more concerned about health and wellness issues because of greater media and internet attention to health matters. These concerns have led to growth in demand for packed fresh fruit and vegetables, dietary supplements, natural, organic and additive-free products, which has boosted demand for flexible packaging types.

Consumers are increasingly aware of what ingredients and additives go into the products they consume, which is emphasising the importance of concise labelling.

An increasingly urban society is leading to busy lifestyles in which time-constrained consumers choose products that offer convenience and portability. Demand is rising for microwaveable packaging, single-serve packs, carry-away packs, resealable packaging, easy-open packs and longer shelf lives. More eating away from home and on-the-go consumption suggest that more packaging will need to be designed for portability and less weight and resealability will need to be designed for products eaten at home.

Sustainable packaging

There is mounting public pressure on brand owners and retailers to reduce the environmental impact of packaging. Brand owners are responding to consumers’ environmental concerns in several ways. These include:

  • Lightweighting, reducing material usage without impairing pack performance;
  • Using more recycled and recyclable polymers in packaging
  • Investigating the use of bioplastic packaging.

For the packaging converter and its logistics chain, flexible packaging uses fewer resources and less energy than other forms of packaging. It provides significant reductions in packaging costs, materials use and transport costs. Furthermore it can also be constructed on the spot from roll materials at the filling location, minimising transportation of ready-formed empty packaging. To the consumer it takes up less space when empty than rigid packaging.

The John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose, for example, state that by 2020 they will eliminate all operational waste going to landfill and reduce the amount of food waste generated. They are also continuing to explore innovative solutions to reuse their own reprocessed cardboard, glass and plastic waste in operations, supporting a more circular business model.

Retail chains and brand owners also continue to adopt bioplastic packaging rather than conventional plastics in order to meet their sustainability goals and minimise their carbon footprint. They also recognise that sustainable packaging presents an opportunity to differentiate their products and to present a more environmentally friendly image to consumers.

Supermarket shopping

Packaging film demand is benefiting from the growing market share of the large retail chains worldwide. These chains have expanded the market for packaged food with their focus on cost reduction and shelf-life extension.

Retail chains have dominated food and drink markets in advanced countries for many years. Food and drink retailing in developing economies of Eastern Europe, Asia and South America, has traditionally been dominated by smaller, local and independent artisan stores, largely offering unpacked food. Domestic supermarkets chains are spreading in these regions, and are taking a growing share of food and drink consumption.

Supermarket are becoming especially favoured by consumers due to their wide product ranges and diverse choice of premium brands, usually unavailable in other types of outlets. There has also been growth in the number of discount stores and private label products, which enables those on lower incomes to purchase packaged food and drinks at more affordable prices.

Pouching machinery

Pouches, and particularly stand-up pouches, are the fastest-growing product category within flexible packaging. The new generation of vertical form-fill systems (VFFS) are capable of delivering faster production speeds, greater versatility and improved sealing techniques. In the current economic climate there is a growing need to reduce the time to market for even the most basic commodity items, a trend that is placing pressure on packer fillers to meet increasingly tight delivery schedules cost effectively.

Pouch production machinery development is one of the most buoyant areas of the packaging equipment segment. A major challenge is the fill line speeds of pouches in comparison to bottles – especially for transitioning beverages to flexible formats. One of the greatest steps forward has been the development of continuous pouch filling machines to replace slower intermittent machines. Large format pouches, previously limited to 80–100 pouches per minute (ppm), can now be run off at 250 ppm.

Original Source: https://www.smitherspira.com/resources/2018/january/shift-to-flexible-packaging

 

A second life for flexible plastic packaging

Where is the packaging industry heading?

Consumer, retail and technology trends have contributed to a gradual replacement of rigid pack formats by flexible packaging during the last decade or so

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An increasingly urban society is leading to busy lifestyles in which time-constrained consumers choose products that offer convenience and portability. (Image source: Stux/Pixabay)

This trend is outlined in Smithers Pira’s new report The Future of Flexible Packaging to 2022, which values total flexible packaging sales at US$219.5bn in 2016 and forecasts growth at an annual rate of 4.3 per cent to US$282.6bn by 2022.

Smithers Pira analysis examines what is driving market growth and why brand owners are switching from traditional materials, such as glass jars and metal can, to flexible packaging types.

Consumer preference

Consumers are more concerned about health and wellness issues because of greater media and internet attention to health matters. These concerns have led to growth in demand for packed fresh fruit and vegetables, dietary supplements, natural, organic and additive-free products, which has boosted demand for flexible packaging types.

Consumers are increasingly aware of what ingredients and additives go into the products they consume, which is emphasising the importance of concise labelling.

An increasingly urban society is leading to busy lifestyles in which time-constrained consumers choose products that offer convenience and portability. Demand is rising for microwaveable packaging, single-serve packs, carry-away packs, resealable packaging, easy-open packs and longer shelf lives. More eating away from home and on-the-go consumption suggests that more packaging will need to be designed for portability and less weight and resealability will need to be designed for products eaten at home.

Sustainable packaging

There is mounting public pressure on brand owners and retailers to reduce the environmental impact of packaging. Brand owners are responding to consumers’ environmental concerns in several ways. These include:

• Lightweighting, reducing material usage without impairing pack performance

• Using more recycled and recyclable polymers in packaging

• Investigating the use of bioplastic packaging

For the packaging converter and its logistics chain, flexible packaging uses fewer resources and less energy than other forms of packaging. It provides significant reductions in packaging costs, materials use and transport costs. Furthermore, it can also be constructed on the spot from roll materials at the filling location, minimising transportation of ready-formed empty packaging. To the consumer, it takes up less space when empty than rigid packaging.

The John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose, for example, state that by 2020 they will eliminate all operational waste going to landfill and reduce the amount of food waste generated. They are also continuing to explore innovative solutions to reuse their own reprocessed cardboard, glass and plastic waste in operations, supporting a more circular business model.

Retail chains and brand owners also continue to adopt bioplastic packaging rather than conventional plastics in order to meet their sustainability goals and minimise their carbon footprint. They also recognise that sustainable packaging presents an opportunity to differentiate their products and to present a more environmentally friendly image to consumers.

Supermarket shopping

Packaging film demand is benefiting from the growing market share of the large retail chains worldwide. These chains have expanded the market for packaged food with their focus on cost reduction and shelf-life extension.

Retail chains have dominated food and drink markets in advanced countries for many years. Food and drink retailing in developing economies of Eastern Europe, Asia and South America, has traditionally been dominated by smaller, local and independent artisan stores, largely offering unpacked food. Domestic supermarkets chains are spreading in these regions, and are taking a growing share of food and drink consumption.

Supermarkets are becoming especially favoured by consumers due to their wide product ranges and diverse choice of premium brands, usually unavailable in other types of outlets. There has also been growth in the number of discount stores and private label products, which enables those on lower incomes to purchase packaged food and drinks at more affordable prices.

Pouching machinery

Pouches, and particularly stand-up pouches, are the fastest-growing product category within flexible packaging. The new generation of vertical form-fill systems (VFFS) is capable of delivering faster production speeds, greater versatility and improved sealing techniques. In the current economic climate, there is a growing need to reduce the time to market for even the most basic commodity items, a trend that is placing pressure on packer fillers to meet increasingly tight delivery schedules cost effectively.

Pouch production machinery development is one of the most buoyant areas of the packaging equipment segment. A major challenge is the fill line speeds of pouches in comparison to bottles – especially for transitioning beverages to flexible formats. One of the greatest steps forward has been the development of continuous pouch filling machines to replace slower intermittent machines. Large format pouches, previously limited to 80–100 pouches per minute (ppm), can now be run off at 250 ppm.

Original Source: http://www.technicalreviewmiddleeast.com/manufacturing/engineering/where-is-the-packaging-industry-heading

Original Date: January 25 2018

 

Report: sustainability drives shift to flexible packaging

A new report from global packaging firm Smithers Pira identifies sustainability as one of the main reasons brand owners are switching from traditional materials like glass and metal to flexible packaging types.

 

Called “The Future of Flexible Packaging to 2022,” the report says flexible packaging sales were valued at $219.5 billion in 2016. It predicts that the sales will grow at an annual rate of 4.3 per centto reach $282.6 billion by 2022.

“Consumer, retail and technology trends have contributed to a gradual replacement of rigid pack formats by flexible packaging during the last decade or so,” according to global packaging and paper supply chains firm Smithers Pira. Besides consumer preference, an expanding market for packaged foods, and the development of new pouch production machinery, sustainability is identified as a major driver.

The report noted mounting pressure on brand owners and retailers to reduce the negative environmental effects of their packaging. As a result, Smithers Pira notes that brand owners are doing the following:

  • Reducing material usage without impairing pack performance
  • Using more recycled and recyclable polymers in packaging
  • Investigating the use of bioplastic packaging

“For the packaging converter and its logistics chain, flexible packaging uses fewer resources and less energy than other forms of packaging,” according to Smithers Pira.

They look the same, but the plastic pepper can has a 16 per cent lower carbon footprint than the metal can.

Michael Okoroafor, VP of global sustainability and packaging innovation, McCormick

“It provides significant reductions in packaging costs, materials use and transport costs. Furthermore it can also be constructed on the spot from roll materials at the filling location, minimising transportation of ready-formed empty packaging.”

As an example, Smithers Pira cites the John Lewis Partnership, which owns the British supermarket chain Waitrose.

The company announced plans to divert 100 per cent of its waste from landfill by 2020–2021. They are also working toward 100 per cent closed-loop recycling of their cardboard, plastic, and glass by the same year.

In October, Waitrose began testing a new kind of packaging made from recycled cardboard pulp and dried tomato leaves.

This month Michael Okoroafor, VP of global sustainability and packaging innovation for McCormick, told Environmental Leader that recyclability was one of the main reasons for the company’s switch from metal cans to PET plastic ones for black pepper and Old Bay. “They look the same, but the plastic pepper can has a 16 per centlower carbon footprint than the metal can,” he said.

Original Source: http://www.eco-business.com/news/report-sustainability-drives-shift-to-flexible-packaging/

Written by: Alyssa Danigelis

Published: Jan 29 2018

5 Winning Strategies In Sustainable Packaging

5 Winning Strategies In Sustainable Packaging

From making products smaller to investing in flexible packets that easily separate for recycling, here are five sustainable packaging strategies

Guardian

  • 13 december 2017

1. Small is big

It’s not just Maltesers and Mars bars that are getting smaller these days. Glance around your local chemist and you may notice deodorant and hairspray cans getting the shrinking treatment too.

In 2013, Unilever launched “compressed” cans for brands including Sure, Dove and Vaseline – the aluminium containers have half the gas and a quarter less metal. They are now used in the world’s largest spray deodorant markets, saving more than 1,500 tonnes of aluminium to date – enough to make a million bicycles.

A few years later, British firm Boots and Natura Cosméticos in Brazil launched their own compressed cans. “In 2015, we made the decision to move deodorants to a compressed aerosol, which would potentially reduce the carbon footprint by 25% per can and also provide our customers with a more travel-friendly, longer-lasting aerosol,” says a Boots UK spokesperson. There’s still “education” needed, she adds, to ensure consumers understand that the same amount of product is inside.

Meanwhile, packaging manufacturer Ardagh Group say it has produced “the world’s lightest three-piece steel aerosol container” for a range of hairspray products for consumer goods and chemicals company Henkel. It has reduced the thickness of Drei Wetter Taft hairspray cans, resulting in a saving of over 15% of the material and water used in the production phase.

2. Think outside the box, then reuse it

Packaging in the supply chain, such as pallets and boxes used to deliver goods, is less visible to consumers but has a huge impact on a company’s environmental footprint. Alfredo Morales, regional head of Latin American beauty care retail for Henkel, says his team redesigned all kinds of processes in the beauty care production plant in Bogota, Colombia. Last year, 177 tonnes of cardboard boxes from deliveries of aluminium tubes, plastic bottles and folding boxes for their Schwarzkopf brand were reused, according to Morales.

“It starts with thinking out of the box,” he says. “You can save costs to the supplier and also the company, while at the same time thinking of protecting the environment and social responsibility.” The business asked suppliers to use sturdier corrugated boxes, set up quality-checking and reused each box 15-20 times. “We saved the equivalent of 3,300 trees and reduced 640 tonnes of CO2 emissions,” adds Morales.

Meanwhile, Dutch reusable packaging firm Schoeller Allibert makes a ventilated reusable plastic crate for transporting fruit and vegetables – the Maxinest [pdf]. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation [pdf] cites it as a good example of packaging innovation in the supply chain, because a Maxinest crate’s carbon footprint is about two thirds smaller than that of a standard size cardboard box.

3. Au naturel

Bio-based packaging is breaking down industry norms too.

Cosmetics chain Lush once used popcorn in its packaging for home deliveries, and now has compostable kernels made of vegetable starch and potato. Giles Verdon, head of Lush earth care, says that, so far this year, it has used almost 30,000kg of Ecoflo kernels; it also uses NatureFlex compostable and biodegradable films for wrapping products.

Although some worry that consumers can easily get confused by what constitutes bio-based packaging and how to dispose of it, innovation and investment in the sector is burgeoning.

There are challenges, admits Ilana Taub of Snact, whose fruit jerky startup using leftover or “ugly” fruit, is wrapped in Tipa compostable plastic packaging.

“We’ve just launched banana bars made from surplus bananas,’ she says. “We’re quite delayed, though, entirely because of compostable packaging. Because they’re such new materials and there is no blueprint, we’re the guinea pigs. There are no real alternatives if things go wrong (which they do), so there is a long waiting time between trials.” She adds, though, that the compostable packs cost just 1p more than conventional plastics per unit.

4. ‘Debond on command’

Flexible packaging – products such as pet food pouches and crisp packets – is frequently made from a combination of materials, adhesives and coatings. But these combinations – for example, in many hot drink cups – are often difficult to recycle.

A consortium of 38 European companies (CEFLEX) has come together to improve sustainability around flexible packaging.

Henkel’s market development manager Alexander Bockisch, who is working on the collaborative project, explains that you need many different qualities to achieve packaging performance, for example, “that protects from sunlight, oxygen and moisture, and can extend shelf life. Pet food, for instance, needs packaging to withstand sterilisation in an oven for 45 to 60 minutes at 131C.”

Henkel Adhesive Technologies is working on creating adhesives that will “debond on command”, so materials can be separated for recycling; developing plastics with compatible layers; and finding alternative coatings, to avoid using two incompatible plastics. “With CEFLEX, we want to further enhance the performance of flexible packaging in the circular economy,” he says.

5. What’s the story?

With the idea that nothing is waste, and with consumers often more likely to support something with a story behind it, a plethora of campaigns have emerged. From shampoo bottles manufactured with ocean plastic to outdoor gyms made from used cans, TerraCycle is one of the major proponents of “storifying”. Its campaigns often also have a social benefit, the gym in London’s Olympic Park being a case in point.

Dell, meanwhile, uses computer packaging made from materials such as bamboo and ocean plastics. Louise Koch, corporate sustainability lead for Dell EMEA, says the company uses packaging trays made from a blend of 25% recycled ocean plastics and other recycled plastics, with a view to collecting more than 7,000kg of discarded waste from waterways and beaches. Connecting sustainable materials with a strong narrative is good for consumer engagement and the bottom line, she says: “Using recycled ‘ocean plastics’ in packaging [meant] Dell was able to save on costs over prior packaging materials, even in the pilot phase.”

Like TerraCycle, Plastic Bank also adds a social element. People in some of the world’s poorest countries, such as Haiti, can collect plastic waste and turn it into “currency” – exchanging it for cash or services such as mobile phone vouchers. The material then goes on to be recycled.

Conversations around making packaging more sustainable have often centred around the worst offenders, such as single-use coffee cups or water bottles. But there are many strategies companies can employ to not only help engage hearts and minds, but also improve sustainability throughout the supply chain.

This article titled “Shrink it, reuse it, create a story around it: five sustainable packaging wins” was written by Senay Boztas, for theguardian.com on Friday 8th December 2017 14.58 UTC

Original Source: https://www.psfk.com/2017/12/5-winning-strategies-sustainable-packaging.html

 

Pouch filling operation sets new standard in quality, efficiency

Attention to detail differentiates contract packager Cascata Packaging LLC in the flexible packaging service market for viscous liquids like baby food and sports nutrition products. The company’s transparency, integrity and customer-friendly philosophy is helping food companies meet new consumer consumption scenarios with spouted and tear-top pouches.

During a private tour of the Salt Lake City headquarters and plant, the company’s modest elegance and precision processes were clearly evident. From the conference room with a wall of windows facing Packaging Room 1 to the careful staging of materials, the facility instills confidence.

“We see ourselves as an extension of our customers’ business,” says Asher Cameron, Cascata Packaging’s chief sales and marketing officer. “Our operation becomes part of their story where they can position that their premium products are produced in a premium facility.”

The company started in 2015 to serve an unmet need in the contract packaging market for flexibles. It’s a service greatly needed by brand owners making the switch to flexible packaging production platforms—as so many have been doing in the last eight to 10 years. Companies are often able to get new products to market more quickly by partnering with a contract manufacturer/packager—and without investing several hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars on machinery and processing systems, and waiting months and months for delivery and installation of that equipment.

It’s that speed-to-market advantage that Cameron says customers value most.

But on-shelf differentiation and enhanced user experience matters, too, and spouted pouches continue to deliver both. The revolution started in the mid-2000s with applesauce and quickly moved into baby food, disrupting both categories. This packaging disruption continues today with smaller brands and with what Cameron calls the Amazon-ification of food—the growth of ecommerce for groceries. Cascata Packaging is tapping into both those trends, as well as a third: consumers looking for healthy/organic foods that are also convenient and shelf-stable (non-refrigerated).

Cascata is Italian for waterfall (think of “cascading” water). The company’s logo, cleverly designed, looks like both a spouted pouch and a waterfall. The contract manufacturer and packager’s flexible packaging product lines include spouted pouches, tear-top pouches, juice pouches with straws and vertical stick packs.

 

Visible quality

Still seeing a lack of adequate capacity today for flexible packaging production, Cascata Packaging has strategic plans for continued growth with added capabilities. The plant currently handles various pouch formats from spouted pouches to tear-tops, and juice pouches with straws to vertical stick packs.

Cascata Packaging runs two shifts, six days per week with about 85 employees. About 30,000 square feet of the 75,000 square foot facility is used for manufacturing, with about 35,000 square feet of finished goods inventory. Products are quarantined for a period of time before shipping for quality control reasons.

“All of the company’s executives have extensive experience in FDA [Food and Drug Administration] manufacturing operations,” Cameron says. “We appreciate the value of quality and embed it in all we do.”

But customers don’t have to just take them at their word. They can see it for themselves. Cascata Packaging’s open-door facility is designed so customers can see the entire production process without having to gown up. Windows in the walls throughout the plant let clients see into every corner of their operation when on-site. And high-definition cameras throughout the facility let customers remotely monitor the entire operation when their product is in production.

Throughout the facility, customers and visitors can view the entire manufacturing and packaging operations via windows without having to enter the rooms, keeping the atmosphere- and quality-controlled environment intact.

 

So what is different about Cascata Packaging’s operation that helps ensure the highest quality possible? Cameron identifies three ways:

1. The Salt Lake City plant was laid out from the ground up for optimal product flow, building efficiency in from the start.

2. Strict process design and control reduces variability and ensures product consistency. This is one way the company “systemizes” what they do, according to Cameron.

3. By capturing and measuring operational data to verify product was run correctly, they have “proof” of quality. This process monitoring/control—through the use of temperature and load sensors—goes far beyond recipes loaded into a packaging machine.

As a full-service business that is a USDA Organic, OU Kosher and SQF Level II certified facility, Cascata Packaging buys ingredients, formulates products and does the packaging. The quality management system also meets NSF Intl. standards. Quality starts with ingredients, including water, which is filtered three times (going through carbon, reverse osmosis and UV light filters) before being used in a recipe.

All production is done in batches. Batching/holding tanks—all stainless steel—are jacketed. This is one of several ways Cascata controls product temperature from batching through the entire process. Product moves through the facility in stainless steel pipes, keeping it in a contiguous closed system and unexposed to air from formulation until just moments before being packaged.

 

Inside the packaging operation

Packaging Room 1 holds four multi-head production lines for spouted pouch, tear-top, juice pouch and vertical stick pack pouches, all of which can operate simultaneously. And there is still ample space in the facility for expansion. The company is in discussion with several partners to start outfitting Packaging Room 2.

One operator manages each machine. All the equipment is high-speed form-fill-seal systems from Europe that were selected for their efficiency as well as speed. Company CEO/founder Bryan Wright explains, “Our strategy was to optimize the facility in terms of its pouch-per-square-foot ratio. That enabled us to invest in sophisticated, front-end batching/blending equipment and state-of-the-art pasteurization capability, as well as back-end post-fill temperature treatments to preserve the taste, texture, color and nutrient composition of our customers’ formulations.”

Filled pouches exit the packaging room on conveyors that lead directly into huge air-blown cooling towers. Cooling is necessary to maintain product quality with precise process control metrics. This prevents the product from continuing to “cook” after pasteurization, especially in unequal measures. Pouches in a case in the middle of a pallet, for example, will hold a high temperature for quite some time after packaging.

Despite the tight process control measures, the company also does extensive quality checks, with both on-line automated and manual inspection, and off-line sampling. Post-fill pasteurization ensures the temperature of the product fully sterilizes the inside of the packaging, in both pouch and cap areas. Volumes run from 3 milliliters to 150 ml of product and the company currently produces more than 25 formulations. During changeovers and between production runs, an automated clean-in-place (CIP) system takes out any potential for human error in sanitation.

Cascata Packaging’s production operation complies with Good Manufacturing Practices under 21 CFR parts 110 and 111, and can accommodate organic, gluten-free, kosher and halal label claims.

 

Location advantages

The facility—a short, 10-minute ride from the Salt Lake City airport—is also strategically located near major freeways, rail and freight lines, giving it an edge for sourcing and distribution, especially for the U.S. West Coast and Midwest. The city hosts distribution centers from several other major companies and is a base for a slew of network marketing companies, making the area rich with skilled employees.

And Cascata Packaging knows the value of quality people, too. At the end of October, Wright recognized the accomplishments of his team in a self-described “rare” LinkedIn post, congratulating them for earning the Mountain West Capital Network (MWCN) Emerging Elite Award, which recognizes new and upcoming companies for their growth, innovation and market impact—for the second year in a row.

Wright wrote: “In a few short years, we have built a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility unrivaled in the Western United States, attracting the largest companies in the world to utilize our capabilities. We have tripled our manufacturing capacity in the past year, certified as a SQF Level II operation, and we will have quadrupled the number of employees over the past year by early 2018. We have a lot yet to do, but everyone at Team Cascata deserves some recognition. Well done!”

Indeed.

As a nice touch for when customers visit during production of their product, Cascata Packaging can change the color of the LED lights in the ceilings and around its machinery based on the customer’s brand colors. It also has special suites where customers can work and collaborate when they are on site.

Original Source: http://www.packagingdigest.com/flexible-packaging/pouch-filling-operation-sets-new-standard-in-quality-efficiency-2018-01-02

Original Author: Lisa McTigue Pierce

Original Date: Jan. 2 2018

Heat-sealable Paper as green flexible alternative

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Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH has launched a heat-sealable paper solution for packaging manufacturers and packing companies.

The coated flexible packaging paper with a heat-sealable reverse side can be easily used on existing packaging lines and can be recycled in the waste paper cycle. The Dutch copack service provider NOMI Co-Packing has already successfully produced and filled stand-up pouches with the new material.

With the new heat-sealable paper, Feldmuehle further expands its wide product range within its Packaging Solution business area. This provides brand owners with a natural and recyclable material option, which can be used in form-, fill- and seal packing lines similar to plastic films. Available with a high white, glossy or matt surface, the product is suitable for high-quality printed packaging as well as for simple inner pouch solutions.

“For applications which don’t require a barrier function from the material, our product offers an environmentally friendly alternative, made primarily from cellulose instead of plastics,” explains Stefan Eitze, Technical Marketing Manager at Feldmuehle. The material gets its sealing functionality during the paper production process with a water-based dispersion coating applied. It is re-pulpable in the waste paper recycling process, so that the raw materials can be reused.

The product performs well on existing form-, fill- and seal packing lines. “The new material is ideally suited for our stand-up pouch packaging line,” says René Beijsens, Technical Manager at NOMI Co-Packing, copack partner for many well-known brands. “On top of this, the change in material, from foil to heat-sealable paper, was possible without any additional changes to our machine setting.”

Convenience when opening The material is also extremely user-friendly, supporting a simple and controlled tearing opening of the packaging for the consumer. Therefore, perforations and notches that are necessary for opening film packaging are not required with this paper-based material.

Original Source: https://packagingeurope.com/heat-sealable-paper-environmentally-friendly-solution/

Original Date: Dec 8 2017

Shrink Sleeve Labels Market Perceives Enormous Accruals with a Striking CAGR of 6% by 2022; Asserts MRFR

Global Shrink Sleeve Labels Market Information by Type (Stretch, and Shrink), Material (PVC, PET-G, Expanded Polystyrene Films, PE, Polylactic Acid Films, and others), Application (Food & Beverage, Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care, and others) and region – Forecast to 2022

Market Synopsis of Shrink Sleeve Labels Market

The key drivers for the growth of shrink sleeve labels market are its properties such as flexibility and added capabilities. The unique feature that sets it apart is tamper-evident packaging. Shrink sleeve labels are one of the most durable and ideal labels for products. The advantages of this particular market are 360 degree, design coverage, full color, abrasion, moisture resistance and wide capability. Shrink sleeve labels ensure protection from UV radiation. One of the biggest challenges of this particular market is recycling of the bottles they use it.

The competition in the labeling industry is growing due to continuous demand. Shrink sleeve labels are widely used in food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and personal care packaging industries. Labeling can have a strong impact on the buying decisions of customers. A colorful cover with quality labeling can attract customers. The Asia-Pacific region accounted for the fastest growing share in terms of value followed by North America and Europe. The Asia-Pacific region has developed significantly in the shrink sleeve & stretch sleeve labels market, with the fastest market growth happening in the regions of India and China. The region is marked with increasing demand for packaged food, easy availability of polymer films, and low labor cost. The global shrink sleeve label market is expected to cross 14 Billion growing at a CAGR of approximately 6% by the end of 2022.

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The Asia-Pacific region is the fastest growing market for global shrink sleeve labels, followed by North America and Europe. The Asia- Pacific region has developed significantly in the shrink sleeve & stretch sleeve labels market, especially countries like India and China.The region offers a lucrative market to packaging and labelling manufacturers due to changing market dynamics and economic development. The region has seen increased consumption of packaged food & beverages items along with healthcare awareness.This induces the demand for such labels from both food & beverages and pharmaceutical industries.

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It’s a ‘game-changing’ plastic

A Richmond firm designed a plastic that degrades in landfill within 10 years

Plastic waste is notorious for taking too long to decompose, but a Richmond firm is changing that.

“This is absolutely game-changing for the plastic packaging industry,” said Mark Rose, vice-president of Flexible Packaging, Layfield Group at 11120 Silversmith Place.

The company’s new technology, the BioFlex package, allows its plastic packaging to degrade in 10 years, according to Rose, while regular plastic takes hundreds of years to degrade.

BioFlex
The package with BioFlex technology looks like an ordinary Ziploc bag. It can be used for packaging products such as coffee, peanuts or potato chips. Photo by Daisy Xiong/Richmond News

The package looks like an ordinary Ziploc bag. It has a closure strip and patterns on the cover, and comes in different sizes and colours. It can be used for packaging products such as coffee, peanuts or potato chips.

“The closure strip is degradable within 10 years, too,” said Rose.

He said many companies have agreed to converting their packaging to BioFlex, and the company is expanding to meet demand. Since its launch three months ago, the company has hired 25 new employees and is going to hire another 25, said Rose.

“My goal is, within 10 years, that all packaging will be BioFlex.

“People will feel good about using our packages because they know it will be degraded within our generation,” said Rose.

Rose added that the gas created from degrading 1,000 pound of these bags can power an electric car for a family for a year.

Rose’s father created the plastic company 40 years ago, when plastics production expended exlosively worldwide.

“It is interesting that when my father first started the business, everyone thought plastic was a great thing, and now people think it’s bad,” said Rose, who has worked for the family business for nine years.

But he believes plastic packaging has its own advantages and there is a way to make plastic environmentally friendly, despite plastic and the environment often conflicting with each other.

“Many people think containers such as glasses, metals and hard plastics are environmentally friendly because they can be recycled.

“But if you look at their environmental footprint, you will find that they take up so much land, while plastics are much more efficient – 50 coffee bags only weigh a pound.

However, most plastics go straight to the landfill and take up to 1,000 years to be turned into compost.

Rose and his team have looked at substitutes for traditional plastics, including corn and sugar polymers and recyclable barrier plastics.

But those options are either not resilient enough, too expensive or leave too large of a footprint on the environment.

“The sugar-based option looked good, but they were basically from sugar canes grown in the Amazon area. People are cutting down the Amazon, burning the field to grow the sugar cane, and then harvesting the sugar,” said Rose.

In the end, Rose and his team experimented with new materials and came up with BioFlex, which, according to Rose, is resilient, affordable and degrades in landfills faster.

“For each bag of food sold for 20-30 dollars, it only costs 20 or 30 cents extra to shift to our packaging. But you are making a contribution to our environment,” said Rose.

“And our packages are easy for companies to switch to from their previous packages. They don’t need to change their production lines.”

Original Source: http://www.richmond-news.com/business/it-s-a-game-changing-plastic-1.23090845

Original Author: Daisy Xiong

Original Date: Nov 102017