Pablo M. Lee

Pablo M. Lee

Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:46

Sustainable Packaging

The right packaging is an important key to a successful product marketing. It works with your brand to broaden appeal and connect with your consumers.

The packaging industry plays a very important role in everyday life. Proof of this is that during this pandemic, that affects us all, it has not stopped for a single moment and has even doubled its productivity to meet the growing demand with increasingly extensive requirements. Both in food, medicine, hygiene, and other products.

Sustainable packaging is a relatively new addition to the environmental considerations for packaging. However, engaging in sustainable practices isn’t something that’s increasingly becoming the standard. Sustainable Packaging is simply packaging that is more sustainable or better for the environment. Reducing the environmental impact and ecological footprint.

This can happen in a number of ways:

  • Using raw 100% recycled or raw materials
  • Creating a circular economy around the packaging, extending its lifecycle.
  • Creating secondary uses and application for this
  • According to the European Packaging Association 68% of European consumers admit that making environmentally-friendly decisions has become more important to them over the past five years

    Many companies have committed to the development, improvement and application of this type of packaging, among which we can find:

    Frugal Paper Bottle

    Frugalpac offers an alternative to glass and a reduced packaging for these products.

    Frugal Bottle is a paper wine bottle made from 94% recycled paper with a food-grade liner to hold the wine or spirit.

    It uses Frugalpac technology to create a more sustainable bottle that’s lighter, uses recycled materials and can be recycled fully after use. The bottle is lighter than a normal glass bottle and uses 77% less plastic than a plastic bottle.

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    Multipack KeelClip

    Graphic Packaging International has designed the KeelClip system as a plastic-free replacement for beverage-can multipack carriers.

    The paperboard system’s structural design combines a clip, which holds the top of each can, with a keel that extends down between the rows of cans. The keel, whose structure is similar to that of a nautical keel, strengthens the top panel and boosts clip performance.

    A small amount of adhesive further secures each can to the keel. Cans may be glued into a position that showcases their brand graphics.

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    Arjowiggins Translucent Barrier Paper

    Arjowiggins has launched Sylvicta, a sustainable alternative to plastics in packaging.

    Sylvicta is a translucent, functional barrier paper that preserves the quality of food and cosmetics just as well as conventional plastics while ensuring limited impact on the environment. The paper is fully recyclable, compostable, marine degradable and made from renewable raw materials.

    Through precision fibre refining, Arjowiggins’ R&D teams have developed this translucent paper with a natural bonding, without the need of any harmful chemicals. The result is a paper with a barrier to oxygen, aroma, mineral oils and fatty foodstuffs.

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    VVT Plastic Bottles Using Citrus Peel

    Technology developed at VTT enables the use of pectin-containing agricultural waste, such as citrus peel and sugar beet pulp, as raw material for bio-based PEF-plastics for replacing fossil-based PET. The carbon footprint of plastic bottles can be lowered by 50% when replacing their raw material of PET with PEF polymers, which also provides a better shelf life for food.

    PEF is a fully recyclable and renewable high-performance plastic. Therefore, it opens up possibilities for the industries to reduce waste and have positive impact on the environment.

    “In the near future, you may buy orange juice in bottles that are made out of orange peel. VTT’s novel technology provides a circular approach to using food waste streams for high-performance food packaging material, and at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” shares Professor of Practice Holger Pöhler from VTT”.

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    Seed Phytonutrients

    Seed Phytonutrients company make clean and natural hair, face, and body products that are better for the environment and us. One way the brand is living up to this mission is by using more environmentally friendly packaging.

    Seed takes the title of making the first-ever shower-friendly paper bottle. Each bottle is made out of 100% post-consumer recycled paper and lined with a post-consumer recycled plastic liner, resulting in a bottle with 60% less plastic than a traditional one. When you shower, the paper will get wet (it's still paper), but thanks to a mineral coating it will dry quickly and look good as new in no time.

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    H&M Paper Bag – Cloth Hanger

    H&M packaging concept includes a recycled paper bag that transforms into a coat hangar.

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    SAKATA INX introduced an environmentally-friendly UV inkjet ink for corrugated packaging applications.

    The sustainable ink option is formulated with 20-30% plant-derived materials, allowing brand owners and printers to benefit from reduced regulatory risk and measurable, reportable CO2 savings.

    SAKATA’s proprietary advanced technology for Nano-pigment dispersion enables their inkjet inks to have high performance jetting properties at very fast print speed, with high reliability for inkjet print heads. BSR-Bio consists of standard CMYK colors with Orange + Green or Orange + Violet as an option when a wider color gamut is required. It is extremely low odor and has high durability and good flexibility to reduce cracking problems.

    When Heineken Bottles Were Square

    As the story goes, Alfred Heineken had an epiphany while on a world tour of Heineken factories. When Heineken was on the Caribbean island of Curacao in 1960 he saw many bottles littering the beach due to the fact that the island had no economic means of returning the bottles to the bottling plants from which they had come. He was also concerned with the lack of affordable building materials and the inadequate living conditions plaguing Curacao's lower-class. Envisioning a solution for these problems, he found a dutch architect John Habraken to design what he called "a brick that holds beer."

    In 1963, Alfred Heineken created a beer bottle that could also function as a brick to build houses in impoverished countries.

    The rectangular, Heineken World Bottle or WOBO, designed with the help of architect John Habraken, would serve as a drinking vessel as well as a brick once the contents were consumed. The long side of the bottle would have interlocking grooved surfaces so that the glass bricks, once laid on their side, could be stacked easily with mortar or cement.

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    Friday, 18 December 2020 21:13

    Mimaki releases new UV 3D printer

    Next January, Mimaki will release its 3DUJ-2207 3D inkjet printer, which will be able to reproduce over 10 million colors. It’s compact size (203 x 203 x 76mm) is designed for small spaces, such as offices, it works quietly and has a deodorizer so it can be used in busy spaces.

    “Previously the first to bring over 10 million colors to the 3D printing market with its larger-scale industrial counterpart, the 3DUJ-553, Mimaki now combines the same impressive color range and renowned build quality in a compact, affordable solution. With this latest offering, Mimaki aims to extend the reach and accessibility of its cutting-edge 3D printing technologies to an entirely new segment of customers... With additional features such as Mimaki’s trademark clear resin, which can be utilised alone or mixed with colours to achieve varying levels of transparency, the new 3DUJ-2207 3D printer presents a robust, advanced 3D printing solution with an affordable price tag – all within a machine sufficiently compact to fit in an office elevator.”

    Danna Drion, senior marketing manager at Mimaki Europe: “This launch will deliver a world of new possibilities to designers and product developers, for many of whom the idea of high-definition full-colour 3D printing might previously have been out of reach, and that is something we are extremely proud of.”

    Wednesday, 16 December 2020 21:09

    Trade shows moved to May 2021

    Three trade shows: PSI, PromoTex Expo and Viscom, scheduled to take place from January 12 - 14, 2021 in Dusseldorf, have been postponed to May 18 - 20, 2021.

    "The measures taken by the Federal Government and the Federal States since the beginning of November show how dynamic the developments around Covid-19 are. With the pandemic once again spreading throughout Europe, medium-term economic planning is challenging, including the organisation of PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom. After consultation with our exhibitors and partners, and with their support, we have made this difficult decision to postpone,” said Michael Freter, managing director of organiser Reed Exhibitions Deutschland.

    Hybrid Services, Mimaki’s exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland, announced the launch of the new ‘100 Series’ (entry level roll-to-roll inkjet printers).

    Two models will be available: the UJV100-160 (UV-curing) on December 2020 and the JV100-160 (solvent) on January 2021.

    The UJV100-160 model uses lower-cost LUS-190 UV ink, that is cured immediately after being exposed to UV light, no need for a degassing period after printing, which saves time. The downside is that the LUS-190 ink can be printed onto not only PVC, and uncoated substrates such as PET film and paper.

    The JV100-160 model uses Mimaki’s SS21 inks for indoor or outdoor, in both a dual CMYK 4 color mode and an 8 color mode.

    Hybrid’s Managing Director, Brett Newman anticipates strong uptake of the new models. “The new UV and solvent ‘100 Series’ printers represent the ideal combination of features and performance at a highly competitive price point,” he states. “Employing proprietary technology found on models that sit further up the Mimaki product line, users will benefit from improved operation, productivity and task automation.”

    RasterLink7 was announced by Mimaki at the beginning of November, Global Graphics Tokyo office provided technical support for Mimaki in aspects such as: multi-layer printing, color replacement in graduated tints, contour exporting for cutters, addition of texts and graphics to submitted jobs, etc.

    “RasterLink7 improves performance and enhances quality as well as introducing new features such as variable data printing for applications such as sports apparel, card printing, name tags stickers and labels. Shipments are expected to be in the region of 10,000 Units a year.”

    “Our objective in choosing Harlequin as the core of our genuine Mimaki RIP is to improve the performance of our products,” says Satoshi Kaneko, GM of software design department, Mimaki Engineering. “Customers will see that the RIP processing time for PDF files is considerably shortened. There are significant quality improvements too; PDF transparency processes correctly and we have found that the expression of thin lines is improved.”

    Wednesday, 09 December 2020 21:48

    Fuji Xerox rebrands Asia Pacific business

    Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific operations will change its name to Fujifilm as of April 2021, Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd. will become Fujifilm Business Innovation Corp. This name change is a result of the company’s decision to end its Technology Agreemnet with Xerox Corporation on March 2021when it expires.

    “Fuji Xerox and Xerox Corporation have a history of benefiting from the shared use of technologies each company independently developed,” said a statement from Fuji Xerox headquarters in Tokyo. “Fuji Xerox has thrived in the speed and level of product development and have been establishing its own technologies for many years. As such, Fuji Xerox is well positioned to continue developing and manufacturing its original products using its own, unique technologies after the expiration of the Technology Agreement with Xerox Corporation.”

    “With affluent know-how accumulated to date and trust earned from customers, Fuji Xerox aims to foster innovation with the other companies in the Fujifilm Group by accelerating the market introduction of solutions and services that build on technologies related to the cloud, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things,” it said.

    Thursday, 03 December 2020 17:10

    Esko partners with Asahi

    Esko win partner with Asahi, pioneer of flexography, to collaborate on developing an innovative and automated flexo plate making solution.

    Pascal Thomas, Director of Flexo Business with Esko, added: “At Esko, we have long been dedicated to improving the platemaking experience, in terms of quality, productivity and connectivity. Together with Asahi Photoproducts, we are taking the flexo platemak-ing process to a brand new level, enabling our customers to be even more competitive while also ensuring they can meet today’s demands for flexible and sustainable supply.

    Our aim, by collaborating with Asahi, is to deliver a cleaner, more environmentally bal-anced operation, that simplifies the print form making process, improves safety and cre-ates higher print quality consistency. The ultimate objective is to improve our custom-ers’ overall business performance and profitability.”

    Thursday, 03 December 2020 17:07

    Gerber announces 3D collaboration

    Gerber Technology will partner with Alvalnon for a 2D and 3D solution, this will allow fashion and apparel companies simulate their customers’ size and fit.

    “We know how difficult it is for fashion and apparel companies right now as they navigate through the pandemic,” said Mary McFadden, Vice President of CAD Product Manage-ment. “Digital transformation is now inevitable for companies who want to succeed in the next era and our collaboration with Alvanon will give them the tools they need to fully transform product development.”

    The Digital Textile Printing 2020 conference will be held virtually during December 9 -10, it is presented by Printing United in association with AATCC. Registration for this event is now open.

    In October 2020, seven of the world’s leading chemical companies have come together to launch Sustainable Chemistry for the Textile Industry (SCTI) with a commitment to collaboration, innovation and transformational change, the new alliance aims to lead the textile and leather industries towards a more sustainable future.

    The seven founding members of SCTI: Archroma, CHT Group, Huntsman, Kyung-In Synthetic Corporation (KISCO), Pulcra Chemicals, Rudolf Group and Tanatex Chemicals have made substantial investments in sustainable solutions in recent years. They are now committing to investing and working together to further advance chemistry knowledge and its safe and sustainable application in the textile and leather industries.

    SCTI is developing a global harmonized sustainability standard for chemical products used in the industry, along with a supporting assessment tool that covers all aspects of the products; from hazards through to environmental, ecological and social impacts to help the industry produce more sustainable textile and leather end products for consumers through cleaner and more transparent supply chains that use less water and energy and produce less emissions and pollution.

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