Packaging News Update


Hatsun Agro invests in Rs. 65-crore packaging unit for W&H Varex II and Miraflex lines

HATSUN Agro Products Ltd (HAP) will commission at Wallajahbad, about 75 km from Chennai its Rs 65-crore Greenfield packaging unit for milk and curd, according to Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H), the German packaging equipment manufacturer which bagged the order for the project.

The fully automated unit will have Windmoller and Holscher blown film extrusion line and flexo printing machine. The two machines, a Varex II, a 2,600mm wide, three-layer blown film line and a Miraflex AM8 CI flexo Printing Press, and their components are manufactured at Lengerich Plant of W&H in Germany. According to W&H, the customised and tailor-made machines for HAP are energy-efficient. The Miraflex is equipped with an Easy Col technology, which allows HAP to automate the colour matching process.

Mr Prakash W Gupta, managing director, W&H India, said, “We are proud to be a part of this important project for HAP. The commissioning of these machines for HAP's greenfield plant is a remarkable milestone for us here in India, and is also helping us to consolidate our leadership position in this sector.”

The orders were booked in the second quarter of 2016, and HAP proposes to commence commercial production in October 2017. The company manufactures a diverse range of dairy and ice cream products under several brand names, including Hatsun, Arokya, Arun and IBACO

Chennai-based Hatsun Agro Product Ltd, the country's fifth-largest ice cream maker, also plans to expand in Maharashtra and may look at acquiring a greenfield project or an existing farm in the state to do so, said a top company executive. Hatsun, which started off as an ice cream company in the 1970s and later expanded into milk and other dairy products, currently retails a majority of its wares in four states—Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

“We are looking for a greenfield project, a farm, in Maharashtra. If somebody is available for a takeover there, we may look at it. When we buy a company, we prefer buying a company of a smaller size where restructuring can be done according to our requirements so we can modify the procurement system, the distribution model and advertising,” said R.G. Chandramogan, Hatsun's chairman and managing director.

Michelman India to setup flexible packaging innovation centre

MICHELMAN has made significant investment to set up a flexible packaging incubator in Mumbai. According to Shailesh Nema, country manager, the flexible packaging incubator with high-end testing and converting equipment will go live in January 2018.

“Aimed at driving innovations in flexible packaging to suit the local requirements of the converters and the brand owners, the incubator comprises of application laboratory, formulation laboratory and a sophisticated dual coater-laminator,” said Nema.

The dual coater-laminator manufactured by Kroenert, which forms the cornerstone of the incubator, is currently being commissioned at Michelman India's new facility at Tex Centre, Chandivli in Mumbai.

“With over 15% growth, India is the fastest growing flexible packaging market and that's the reason behind Michelman's ambitious investments here. When the industry is growing at a such a breakneck speed there are limited resources available to support innovation or development work. Often, the primary converting machines are running at maximum capacity and operation teams do not welcome an interruption in the form of a new product trial or packaging structure trial. Michelman's innovation centre will facilitate such trials that drive innovation on behalf of converters.”

“This is a unique investment wherein we will collaborate with various partners such as brand owners, film manufacturers and converters,” added Nema. “The idea is to be equipped in such a way that brand owners can walk into our premises with their challenges and be confident to find a solution with us. For example, someone wants to reduce a five-ply laminate to a three-ply structure, we can tweak formulations for specific needs and then run trials on the dual coater-laminator and also conduct final tests in the application lab. Here, we are building an integrated innovation centre.”

Speaking about the trends in flexible packaging, Nema focused on the high demand for oxygen and moisture barriers, oil and grease resistance, heat seal, specialty primers, recyclability and greener chemistry with food contact compliance. “In the near future mono-structure flexible laminates will be the name of the game. And Michelman will play a significant role in this change and we have accepted this challenge,” concluded Nema.

Indorama acquires specialty films producer

CHEMICAL firm Indorama Ventures (IVL) is to acquire OPET producer DuPont Teijin Films (DTF) in order to diversify into further industry segments.

DuPont Teijin Films is a joint venture between DuPont and Teijin Limited that specialises in film products for the specialty, industrial, packaging and automotive sectors. The acquisition includes eight production assets in the US, Europe and China, with a global innovation centre in the UK.

Aloke Lohia, Indorama Ventures' chief executive, said, “This acquisition marks a new chapter for IVL. It is the next step in creating a leading position for customer solutions in films. DTF provides prudent growth in an industry related to our core businesses and is a strong foundation for future growth. DTF has a strong history of R&D with over 700 patents, which makes it a strategic fit with our own innovation capabilities. We believe in diversity as a core value of the company and we look forward to welcoming DTF's strong management team and talented employees into our family.”

Cosmo Films offers a comprehensive range of overwrap films

COSMO Films, a global leader in films for packaging, labeling and lamination applications now offers a comprehensive range of overwrap films which include high shrink tight wrap, medium shrink, general overwrap and cable overwrap films.

The overwrap films offered are untreated both side heat sealable BOPP based films which not only offer protection to products packed inside due to their moisture barrier property but also enhance the pack optics because of their transparency, clarity and wrinkle free appearance. The high shrink tight wrap films offer shrinkage values in range of 9-11% and are meant for individual cigarette packs. Medium shrink films offer shrinkage in range of 4-6% and are suitable for bundling individual cartons. General overwrap films are used for general purpose printing, pouching & packaging of snacks, bakery products; IV fluids overwraps, textile & hosiery overwraps etc. Cable insulation overwrap films offer excellent moisture barrier and protection from grease, oil and dust.

The films are capable of running at high speed wrapping machines. For instance, tight wrap films enable seamless application at 350 to 380 packets per minute. They also offer excellent hot slip properties, high stiffness and good machinability.

Commenting on the development Mr. Kapil Anand, Head-Label Films Exports, Cosmo Films said, “Though we mostly cater to food & beverage industry through our range of products, we are now glad to be offering products for tobacco industry as well. Apart from the primary benefit of moisture barrier, high shrink film's shrink ability enables tight wrapping of the cigarette packs that comes in handy for their easy dispensing from the vending machines.”

FSSAI: Separate norms for food packaging planned

INDIA'S food regulator FSSAI will soon set new norms for pouches, foil containers, bottles and boxes that are used to package food and beverages to address concerns over contamination arising from sub-standard material and the printing on them. “There will be separate regulations for packaging, for which draft regulations will be out soon,” said Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief executive of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

The new standards are intended to make food companies more accountable. Current norms, adopted from Bureau of Indian Standards, focus more on labelling than on packaging. The regulator now plans to frame its own set of benchmarks to ensure that all packaging used in food and drinks is safe and can be monitored.

India's food packaging market is estimated to reach $18 billion in 2020 from $12 billion in 2016, led by fruits and vegetables. Apart from convenience, packaging helps to reduce food wastage by enhancing their shelf life. According to the present norms, aluminium, copper, brass, plastic and tin can be used for packaging and should conform to Indian Standards specifications. Containers that are rusty, chipped or perforated are deemed unfit.

The re-use of tin and plastic containers is disallowed, especially for packaging edible oil and fat and there are specific rules for packaging of products such as milk, milk products, edible oil, fruits and vegetables, canned meat and drinking water.

The new guidelines will be based on a study conducted by the FSSAI and the Indian Institute of Packaging, an autonomous body operating under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, on the quality of food packaging material manufactured in the country. The study was commissioned because the regulator was of the view that there is a growing need to assess whether chemicals in food packaging pose health and safety risks and whether current regulations adequately manage them. “During the study, we found that 100% of the samples did not pass the tests. In some samples, the colour was coming out of the packaging material.

We have submitted the report to FSSAI,” said NC Saha, director of the Indian Institute of Packaging in Mumbai. Food packaging material is also a source of heavy metals such as arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and selenium, which may contaminate packaged food and pose a hazard in higher quantities, he added. “We are fully committed to complying with these new packaging norms once they are implemented,” said a spokesperson for Nestlé India.

“We have in place strict food quality and packaging norms, including quality checks at the different stages of our manufacturing process.” As part of the study, samples were tested from the organised and unorganised food sectors in New Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for transfer of chemical contaminants into foods. Also checked were the level of heavy metals in plastics used in packaging of food, pharmaceuticals and drinking water.

Uflex eyes Rs. 9,000 crore turnover by 2019-20 on domestic push

UFLEX is aiming at Rs 9,000 crore turnover in the next three years, a growth of nearly 40 per cent over the previous fiscal, on the back of robust domestic business, a top company official said. In the next 2-3 years, the company expects the domestic packaging business to contribute 80 per cent to its overall turnover.

"By 2019-20, we should look at top line of Rs 9,000 crore, which at the end of FY17 was Rs 6,500 crore," Uflex Group President (Finance and Accounts) Rajesh Bhatia told .

Asked which business segment will be the growth driver, he said: "We are looking at more growth coming from the packaging business... we have just commissioned our Sanand Gujarat plant for aseptic packaging and our hologram business is also expanding in Jammu."

Apart from packaging products and films, Uflex has presence in chemicals, engineering and holography. Packaging products and packaging film businesses contribute equally to the company's overall turnover. However, in overseas markets, it is into packaging films only.

"Contribution from the packaging products business would go up. In two years, we would make it 80:20," Bhatia said. Uflex has invested Rs 580 crore at Sanand-based aseptic liquid packaging manufacturing plant and is in the midst of trials with companies in the segment.

"Delivery would start from the last quarter of this year and from the next year, we would have about 60 per cent capacity utilisation," he said.

The plant has a capacity to roll out 3.5 billion packs per year and it could be doubled with additional investment of Rs 75 crore. Based on market conditions, its capacity could be expanded after 2018-19, Bhatia said.

The company, he said, is also focusing on liquid packaging segment, which is currently led by Swiss firm Tetra Pack here.

It is currently valued at around Rs 1,800 crore, growing at 20 per cent annually.

"Initially, we would be happy to have 30 per cent market share by 2019-20," Bhatia added. On future investments, he said normally the company earmarks capex of around Rs 150 crore annually. Headquartered in Noida, Uflex has manufacturing facilities in India, the UAE, Mexico, Poland, Egypt and the US. It provides flexible packaging solution in the US, Canada, South America, the UK, Europe, Russia, CIS countries, Africa, the Middle-East and South Asian nations.

Bostik opens new adhesives production plant in India

BOSTIK, the Specialty Adhesives business line of Arkema, continues to expand its manufacturing capacities with the opening of a new facility in Gujarat. Together with its existing plant in Bangalore, the new plant will serve the fast growing demand in India for adhesives in industrial markets.

The new facility will produce advanced hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives (HMPSA) for a number of industrial sectors such as flexible lamination, transportation and footwear production. It will support the strong growing demand for its products in both India and export markets.

With state-of-the-art equipment, the plant employs the latest manufacturing techniques to ensure the highest levels of safety, quality and efficiency together with reduced production cycle times.

This investment will enable Bostik to continue providing high levels of services to its growing customer base in the region.

In the presence of local government dignitaries and customers at the official plant inauguration ceremony on 11 October 2017, Vincent Legros, Bostik CEO said “We are very pleased to expand our presence in India and enhance our ability to serve customers in a market with significant growth potential. Geographic expansion and investment in lead technology platforms such as the hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives (HMPSA) manufactured here are central elements of our growth strategy.”

Bostik has been active in India since 2001 where it manufactures a range of adhesives and related products for the industrial and construction sectors. The new plant in India represents the latest milestone in Bostik's international expansion following recent plant openings and extensions in Malaysia, the Philippines and Sweden.

Indiastar and SIES Sop Star awards for Uflex

INNOVATION to create value added differentiation is the common thread running through all flexible packaging solutions that Uflex engineers for its global clientele spread across over 140 countries.

It is this innovation by the flexible packaging bellwether that has won it several accolades over the years. Recently INDIASTAR Awards 2017 and SIES SOP STAR Awards 2017 were announced to recognize excellence in packaging innovation and development. A total of six products received the awards.

While INDIASTAR AWARDS are conferred by the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), SIES SCHOOL OF PACKAGING STAR AWARDS as the name suggests are presented by the renowned institution SIES that is credited for churning out some of the finest packaging professionals in the country.

Expressing delight over the latest award announcements, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “These awards have a very special connotation associated with them. Declared by renowned institutions that are revered as the final authority on innovation, design and development of packaging in our country these award winning products have created an altogether different league for themselves as a testament towards their aesthetical and functional excellence. Uflex is humbled at this occasion and is inspired to develop yet enhanced flexible packaging solutions in future.”

Flexfresh liner bag by Uflex gets accreditation for pomegranates

IN a big development for the Active Modified Atmospheric Packaging (AMAP) solution by Uflex, company's Flexfresh liner bag has been accredited by Indian Council of Agricultural Research – National Research Centre on Pomegranate (ICAR-NRCP), Solapur Maharashtra.

Tests were carried out with a clear protocol of comparing the shelf-life of pomegranates in refrigerated conditions. 4 samples namely Control; Wax pretreatment; Packaging in liner bag; and Wax pre-treatment and packaging in liner bag were put to test.

The quality parameters of stored fruits such as percent physiological loss in weight (PLW), texture, colour, sensory attributes, and the biochemical parameters were checked at 15 days interval for a storage period of 90 days.

It was observed that the control fruits (pomegranates) which had neither been wax-treated nor packaged in liner bags were acceptable only up to 30 days, on the basis of sensory score. The PLW on 30th day for control fruits was 7.00%. The wax pretreated fruits were acceptable on the basis of sensory score up to 45 days with PLW of 7.10%. The fruits packaged in liner bag either pre-treated or non-treated with wax were found to be acceptable up to 90th day of storage with low PLW of 4.30 and 4.36% respectively. The wax treatment improved storability of fruits by 15 days over control fruits. The fruits treated with wax and packaged in liner bag improved storability significantly by 60 days over control.

Flexfresh is a special patented polymeric film manufactured by Uflex for offering packaging solution for fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. In fact it is the first biodegradable (by composting) film that maintains Holy Grail of oxygen and water barrier for packaging fresh produce. Flexfresh while maintaining the humidity inside the bag at 98%, keeps the product absolutely dry without allowing condensation of the humidity. This results in very low weight loss of the produce as it continues to breathe in hydrated oxygen available inside the bag. In several experiments on various products, it has been observed that the ratio of oxygen and carbon dioxide has always been maintained at equilibrium. The film provides good release characteristics of CO2 emitted by the produce. This ensures that the produce is protected naturally from diseases such as Botrytis, Gray Mold etc. because of the high CO2 content. Flexfresh complies with all international regulations for overall migration (EC 1935/2004), reach compliance (EC 1907/2006) and qualifies for biodegradation under DIN EN 13432 (2000-12).

Commenting about the performance of the packaging solution Mr. N. Siva Shankaran -Vice President, Flexfresh at Uflex said,“Flexfresh has performed across the entire gamut of fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers categories and has provided optimal shelf-life making it possible for the growers to extensively use sea-freight to reduce carbon footprint and maximize their returns.”

Expressing delight over this development, Chairman and Managing Director Uflex Limited, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi said, “Flexfresh is a high performance flexible packaging solution for fresh produce which as a category is highly perishable. This packaging solution is getting increasingly popular among the fresh produce growers and exporters across continents. The recent accreditation by Indian Council of Agricultural Research – National Research Centre on Pomegranate (ICAR-NRCP) further testifies the efficacy of Flexfresh brightening its prospects to be adopted more and more for deriving optimized shelf-life for fresh produce.”

XTRA stretch-blow system for PET bottles from SIPA: more speed, productivity, flexibility and savings

A REVOLUTIONARY stretch-blow system for production of PET bottles is being unveiled by PET processing technology specialist SIPA at Drinktec. The XTRA combines features that for the first time maximize performance and cut Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by a full quarter. It offers the highest unit output (bhc) in the sector, an extra-wide processing angle, reduced energy consumption, high flexibility and ease of use, as well as compatibility with other machines upstream and downstream.

“With over 30 years of experience, SIPA is the benchmark in technologies for the production, filling and packaging of PET containers,” says Paolo De Nardi, SBM product Manager at SIPA. “XTRA is the result of our unmatched expertise, constant research, and concentration on process innovation.”

2550 bhc: a perfect combination of speed and quality

XTRA is capable of producing 2550 bottles per hour per cavity – the result of an R&D process involving SIPA's entire development department that put particular emphasis on kinematics and mechanical movements. Such a high figure makes it possible to reduce the number of blow molds for any given total output requirement, accelerating changeover times and lowering investment costs. “Speed equals more efficiency and better performance,” says Paolo De Nardi.

15% increase in process angle

The process angle on the new XTRA is 200 degrees – a value that exceeds current market standards by some 15% and facilitates production of bottles of excellent quality, even at high speeds. Such a wide process angle makes it possible to apply high pressure air for up to 0.8 seconds, enabling production of containers, even the most complex ones, with extreme accuracy.

For many product types

XTRA can produce bottles from 0.2 up to 3.5 liters in volume, quickly and easily. It can also accommodate different neck sizes (28/38 mm). In addition, the clamp stroke has two settings: short, to produce bottles of up to 1.5 L at a maximum speed of 2550 bhc; and long, for containers up to 3 L and an output of up to 2400 bhc. This mechanical flexibility is complemented by the ability of the machine to produce hot- and cold-fill containers, without any changes to the system.

A system that is open and compatible

XTRA was designed to be able to integrate and interact with other machines, creating high-performance production systems consisting of different products that all speak the same language. It can for example be directly connected to a filler to create a standard system for production and filling of PET containers; equally, it can be integrated with SIPA's XTREME rotary injection-compression platform for preform production. Finally, XTRA can interface with XTREME Renew, which produces preforms directly from recycled bottles, creating a system unique in the world – XTREME Renew Sincro.

Intuitive, accessible and energy-efficient

The new XTRA stretch-blow molding system is designed to make the work of its operators easier. Thanks to its simple interface, each user can adjust all parameters extremely quickly and safely. In addition, all planned and assisted maintenance activities can be carried out without the use of tools for either quick mold change or neck changing.

Finally, XTRA makes it possible to optimize energy consumption, reducing operating costs and maintaining a high performance level; it has a special eye on the health of the environment, with its air recovery system and reduced dead air volumes during blowing.

New polysaccharide polyelectrolyte complex could replace plastic laminates

AN INEXPENSIVE biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution.

Completely compostable, the material – a polysaccharide polyelectrolyte complex – is comprised of nearly equal parts of treated cellulose pulp from wood or cotton, and chitosan, which is derived from chitin – the primary ingredient in the exoskeletons of arthropods and crustaceans. The main source of chitin is the mountains of leftover shells from lobsters, crabs and shrimp consumed by humans.

These environmentally friendly barrier coatings have numerous applications ranging from water-resistant paper, to coatings for ceiling tiles and wallboard, to food coatings to seal in freshness, according to lead researcher Jeffrey Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, College of Agricultural Sciences.

“The material's unexpected strong, insoluble adhesive properties are useful for packaging as well as other applications, such as better performing, fully natural wood-fibre composites for construction and even flooring,” he said. “And the technology has the potential to be incorporated into foods to reduce fat uptake during frying and maintain crispness. Since the coating is essentially fibre-based, it is a means of adding fibre to diets.”

The amazingly sturdy and durable bond between carboxymethyl cellulose and chitosan is the key, he explained. The two very inexpensive polysaccharides have different molecular charges and lock together in a complex that provides the foundation for impervious films, coatings, adhesives and more.

The potential reduction of pollution is immense if these barrier coatings replace millions of tons of petroleum-based plastic associated with food packaging.

Good performance

The polysaccharide polyelectrolyte complex coatings performed well in research, the findings of which were published recently in Green Chemistry. Paperboard coated with the biomaterial, comprised of nanostructured fibrous particles of carboxymethyl cellulose and chitosan, exhibited strong oil and water barrier properties. The coating also resisted toluene, heptane and salt solutions and exhibited improved wet and dry mechanical and water vapour barrier properties.

Mouvent enjoys sensational debut at Labelexpo 2017 with its groundbreaking digital print innovations

MOUVENT created a splash at its first ever Labelexpo with its range of innovative label printing solutions. These included two all-new, high-productivity UV label presses (LB701-UV and LB702-UV) and a groundbreaking digital inkjet label press (LB702-WB) that represents a 'game changer' in the industry, using only 100% water-based Mouvent Inks.

“We are immensely proud to introduce Mouvent to the world and to unveil our innovative technology,” said Simon Rothen, CEO of Mouvent. “There was huge interest in Mouvent throughout the whole of Labelexpo and it was a pleasure for us to meet so many people who recognized the enormous potential of our technology for their businesses.”

Stars of the show

The company was one of the main talking points of Labelexpo. The Mouvent booth was packed for the duration of the trade show, and there was considerable interest from media.

Live demos of the technology ran daily and the machines performed to the high expectations.

The three new label printers showcased at Labelexpo can all print up to 7 colors on a large variety on substrates – paper, self-adhesive and wet-glue labelstock as well as flexible materials – at production speeds of up to 100 m/min with a native resolution of 1200x1200 and optical 2000 dpi.

The LB701-UV mini label press is the smallest high-productivity label press on the market with a very low TCO, and was configured with in-line rotary die-cutting and slitting. The LB702-UV label press was exhibited in a roll-to-roll set-up and is set to be the most productive UV digital label press in the narrow web segment. The LB702-WB label press meanwhile represents a real paradigm shift in high-volume label production – 100% free of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and 100% food-safe, it is now possible to produce long-lasting, high-quality, eye-catching labels, using an environmentally friendly food-safe printing method, all at a very economical cost.

“At the end of the day, what matters most to people is the machines themselves,” said Martin van Waeyenberge, Marketing & Sales Manager, Label Machines at Mouvent. “The fact that people could see them in action was important, because it makes the potential of this incredible technology come to life. From Labelexpo alone we generated several hundred leads with prospects who want to know more about the machines.”

The innovative Mouvent Cluster in action

The innovative Mouvent Cluster – which is the base building block for all Mouvent machines – was a constant source of conversation at the booth.

The Mouvent Cluster is a radical new approach, which uses clusters instead of fixed-size print bars by color, arranging them in a modular, scalable matrix. The result is one system that can be simply adapted for all substrates, of all widths, for all markets and applications.

“It really was an honor to be in at the same venue with so many leading lights in this industry, and we are delighted that Mouvent generated so much interest,” said Piero Pierantozzi, co-founder of Mouvent. “We know that the Mouvent Cluster technology represents a genuine change in print head integration and it was so rewarding to be able to show its potential to people in the industry. We very much look forward now to deploy this technology throughout the various markets and segments in the weeks and months ahead.”

Closing the wet-wipe stickiness gap: New adhesive range from Avery Dennison

WET wipes are one of the most popular cleaning products in the world. But until now, the adhesives on wet wipe packages would often fail, leaving the remaining wipes to dry out, and customers to lose the value of their purchases.

“When an adhesive selected for household wipes can't supply the technical resistance to the solvents (e.g. limonene) used in the wipes, the pack cannot be resealed for the lifetime of the packaging. This means customers cannot properly use the full pack of wipes, leading to disappointment with the purchase, and perhaps encouraging them to change to other brands in the future,” said Jenny Wassenaar, director Select Solutions at Avery Dennison Europe.

Avery Dennison creates a step change with its High Solvent Resistance Adhesives, MR980R and UVR155, from the Select Solutions portfolio. These adhesives address the main problem with wet-wipe closures: the vulnerability of the adhesive closure to the solvents in the wet wipes themselves.

MR980R provides excellent functionality on glossy PET-packaging. It is designed to withstand the chemicals used in household wet wipes, and provides a high strength of adhesion on flexible packaging.

UVR155 is the preferred choice for matte packaging, often used in baby, facial and toilet wipes. Both adhesives have been developed specifically for challenging wipe applications (like household wipes), offering high to medium initial tack and a smooth peel.

Consumers who buy wet-wipes are mainly focused on easy-open/easy-close convenience. For manufacturers and brand owners, the priority is finding cost-efficient alternatives to rigid plastic lids and other reclosure solutions.

Household wipes are growing rapidly and are now increasingly used in many different home and personal care applications. Avery Dennison's range of adhesives ensures the required performance across a broad range of baby, cosmetic, toilet and domestic applications. Our adhesives can even handle contact with challenging solvents, oils and chemicals.

Milacron partners with Del Monte for roll out of first Klear cans in Asia

US machinery firm Milacron Holdings Corp is partnering with S&W Fine Foods International, a Del Monte Pacific Ltd company, to premier its Klear Can as packaging for pineapple chunks and slices in Asia. As its name implies, the clear plastic cans are now on store shelves in Seoul, South Korea and Shanghai, China.

In what it says was extremely successful qualitative testing with consumers in Asia conducted by Nielsen Market Research, S&W Fine Foods International chose the Milacron Klear Can for their products to highlight their products' “quality and freshness in a way that consumers can see through the packaging.”

S&W Fine Foods International is the first company in the world to offer tropical fruit in a clear plastic can. Recently, thousands of cans were moulded, filled, seamed, retorted and shipped to grocers; the first markets to receive the Klear Can products are in Asia with plans to expand over the coming year.

Milacron Co-injection developed the Klear Can, which is a disruptive invention in food packaging and an alternative to metal cans for fruits, vegetables, soups, meats, and other products.

Milacron says its Klear Can is the first truly transformational innovation in the canned food preservation industry's nearly 200-year history, with crystal clear transparency allowing brands to demonstrate the quality of their products to consumers – starting at the critical moment in store where most consumers make their purchase decisions.

It also says that co-packers are able to easily integrate the one piece body into existing production streams and require minimal customisation or tooling additions. Converters are able to take advantage of the co-injection moulded can with its repeatable and proven process using materials that are available globally. And finally, the Milacron Klear Can provides retailers with an attractive final product that is easily promoted, easily displayed, stacked and merchandised.

The Klear Can's clarity is said to be “far superior to the competition's extruded three-piece clear plastic can”, says Milacron. It adds that the extruded can offered by the competition suffers from die mould streaking, affecting clarity. Klear Can is also IML (In Mould Label) compatible, using the same industry standard can ends, filling, seaming and retorting machinery as metal cans. As such, minimal downstream investment is required and the final product is stackable, all things the competition's can is unable to claim. Klear Can allows manufacturers the flexibility to mould cans at the filling site (i.e., via 'through-the-wall' supply operations), which offers operational efficiencies.

Klear Can is a patented co-injection moulded, polypropylene EVOH plastic can, and is BPA-free for safe food contact, recyclable, plus is fully microwavable. It is designed to withstand standard retort pressures and temperatures (up to 130° C).

Klear Can uses a single standard metal can end, and uses the industry standard can end double-seam process, ideal for those who process foods in metal cans today.

In addition, while Klear Can is lightweight, it is also stackable and dent-resistant through all aspects of the manufacturing and transportation process.

EU delays approval of recycling processes in food contact applications: An obstacle to the Circular Economy

MORE than 9 years have passed since the publication of the Regulation (EC) No. 282/2008 setting up the rules on the use of recycled plastic materials in food applications. To this date, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has adopted more than 140 positive scientific opinions on the safety of processes to recycle plastics for use in food contact materials. Following these opinions, the European Commission is in a position to officially authorize the evaluated processes. However, it has not taken any initiative in that direction so far.

The absence of EU legal framework prolongs the lack of harmonisation amongst Member States and generates legal uncertainty and unnecessary burden for the industry using recycled materials.

Casper van den Dungen, PRE Vice-President & Chairman of the PET Working Group, said: More than €500 million have been invested by companies in plants which can transform recycled plastic materials into materials suitable for packaging and food contact applications. In 2014, more than 50% of the recycled PET in Europe was used in food contact applications. But EU businesses are still in a legislative no-man's land due to years of delay. He added: This uncertainty leads to decline in investments and more importantly to a possible mistrust in the legislation ruling food contact materials.

Other organizations from across the value chain joined the call:

Food contact development is subject to clear regulations, said Christian Crépet, Executive Director of Petcore Europe. He added: Although PET is one of the most widely recycled polymer, the absence of regulation results in a lack of market visibility for sales of recycled PET. This situation affects the whole value chain from virgin production up to waste management. Investment is down and the "bottle-to-bottle" activity should be facilitated.

Alexandre Dangis, Managing Director, EuPC added: In order to realise a real circular economy in the European Union we ask the EU Commission to unlock this bureaucratic situation very urgently. Industry needs to remain competitive at global level and very important investments have been made by hundreds of companies in Europe to comply with this EU regulation.

Patricia Fosselard, EFBW Secretary General, emphasized that: Natural mineral and spring water producers are important users of recycled plastic (PET). Having a harmonized European framework on recycling processes will pave the way for greater use of recycled plastic and foster circular economy while bringing legal certainty to recyclers and users alike.

The PET value chain urges the Commission to authorize recycling processes positively evaluated by EFSA. This authorization would ensure harmonization of the market and remove any legal uncertainty in trading recycled materials in food contact applications. It will also enable to drive circular economy for plastics by opening new markets for plastics recyclates.

Tetra Pak strengthens ice cream offering with acquisition of Big Drum

TETRA Pak has strengthened its product offering for ice cream manufacturers with the acquisition of Big Drum Engineering GmbH, a leading supplier of filling machines for the industry.

The deal further extends the company's ability to provide end-to-end solutions for food and beverage companies around the world, and reinforces its global leadership in the sector.

Tetra Pak already provides a full range of ice cream equipment, including raw material storage, mix preparation, continuous freezing and inclusion systems, as well as production solutions for moulded and extruded ice cream products. The acquisition of Big Drum will strengthen the company's presence in the “filled” ice cream segment (e.g. tubs and cones) which represent approximately half of the global packaged ice cream market.

Monica Gimre, Executive Vice President, Processing Systems at Tetra Pak said: “This acquisition means we can now provide an even more extensive range of production solutions for ice cream manufacturers and expand our collaboration with them. This, in turn, will allow us to deliver even greater value, by securing efficiencies in technical service across a number of different lines, and offering portfolio-wide support to their product development and marketing activities.”

Big Drum, which is based in Edertal, Germany, is a leading provider of medium-to-high capacity filling machines for the global ice cream market. It is a highly-respected supplier to major brands, and is recognized for its innovation, quality, and performance.

Hans-Peter Trosse and Matthias Ruppert, Managing Directors of Big Drum, jointly stated: “We see significant growth opportunities through Tetra Pak. We are convinced that we will be able to provide stronger support to our customers, thanks to Tetra Pak's worldwide presence, extensive sales and service channels, technical support and expertise in food manufacturing.”

Following the acquisition, all Big Drum managers and employees will remain with the company at their current location.

Automated Packaging Systems launches most innovative packing machine to-date at PPMA

AUTOMATED Packaging Systems has launched two versatile machines with high-speed productivity, the Autobag 500 and Autobag 550 baggers, at PPMA, the UK's leading event for processing and packaging machinery, held at the NEC, Birmingham from 26 – 28 September.

The new products are not only suitable for a wide range of packaging applications, they also deliver its most reliable, efficient and cost-effective solution yet, and full demonstrations were given throughout PPMA, offering attendees the opportunity to experience the range's complete benefits.

Features include a speed cycle of 45 bags per minute, next-bag-out printing to prevent product queuing and reduce waste, multi-position unwind with tension control which simplifies changeovers and an AutoTouch control screen for ease of use as well as network integration to facilitate central monitoring.

The culmination of more than 50 years' experience combined with the latest technology, the baggers are the most advanced to be brought to market from industry leaders Automated Packaging Systems.

The series also includes a newly designed bag sealer area which, combined with improved temperature control and optional seal-flatteners, ensures consistent, high-quality seals.

Steve Dougan, European Product Manager for Automated Packaging Systems, explains: “It's still recognisably an Autobag but under the skin there's been a major overhaul. We've kept the features critical to success, such as the seal flatteners, and the bags aren't changing, so there's no stock issues.

“The Autobag 500 is on a slightly smaller footprint, has been solidly engineered to ensure it upholds the reliability legacy, and based on the same platform as the proven Autobag 850S.

“Automated Packaging Systems is very proud of its new series. We believe this will have a real impact on the market and change how many of our customers operate.”

“The new series brings together decades of experience in both producing packaging solutions and understanding the needs of our customers, with the implementation of advanced technology to bring more efficient packing systems that can speed up processes whilst capturing data that customers can analyse to improve operations.”

The Autobag 500 series offers easier and faster loading, even for bulky and hard to handle items. Featuring an innovative adjustable pass-through, this automatically opens the bag much wider than traditional systems to enable access, and with no light curtains and less guarding, they offer unrestricted access to the pre-opened bag without compromising operator safety. The next-bag-out printing feature is achieved by positioning an advanced thermal transfer imprinter directly over the next bag to be loaded. This ensures accuracy and efficiency in applications that require frequent product and label changeovers, prevents product queuing and eliminates a separate labelling operation.

Dougan concludes: “The Autobag 550 bagger is a technologically-advanced, automatic filing and sealing machine designed for reliability, flexibility and optimising packaging throughput.

“Capable of cycling at speeds up to 45 bags per minute, this system was designed to maximise machine uptime while lowering total cost of ownership.”

DKSH and Clariant sign agreement for next level pharmaceutical packaging solutions in Vietnam

DKSH, the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia, and Clariant, one of the world's leading specialty chemicals companies, have signed an agreement for DKSH to market and distribute Clariant's atmosphere control packaging product range for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical manufacturing in Vietnam.

DKSH's Business Unit Performance Materials, a leading ingredients and specialty chemicals distributor and provider of Market Expansion Services, is well positioned in Vietnam to provide Clariant's next level packaging solutions to its large and loyal customer base of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical manufacturers.

Under the agreement, DKSH will market and distribute high quality desiccant caps, packets, canisters, capsules, IDC (integrated desiccant closure), T&S (tube and stopper) and advanced desiccant polymer from Clariant's Business Line Medical Specialties to the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries in Vietnam. One of the flagship products are handy active tubes (HAT) – durable, rigid containers with a convenient flip-top cap and built-in desiccant. The HAT line of flip-top tubes is an ideal vial for diagnostic test strips, as well as pharmaceuticals such as effervescent tablets, chewables and lozenges.

The packaging materials are extremely effective in preventing moisture and oxygen from entering inside plastic pharmaceutical bottles. In turn, this ensures that pharmaceutical products do not lose their efficacy before the end of their shelf life. Especially in South East Asia's hot and humid climate, this is a decisive competitive factor.

DKSH was chosen for its first-class reputation, solid logistics infrastructure and strong regulatory backbone in Vietnam. With its deep regulatory know-how, DKSH guarantees absolute compliancy for its products to ensure an uninterrupted supply to its manufacturing customer base.

Tanja Schaffer, Vice President, Global Pharmaceutical Industry, DKSH, stated: “We are very pleased to work with Clariant, who are the technical leaders for atmosphere controlled packaging, and to add their outstanding packaging solutions to our comprehensive portfolio for Vietnam. Our valued business partners will benefit from the high quality of this range and will be able to pass this value on to the consumer. We very much look forward to a successful partnership with Clariant.”

Jerry Shi, Head of Sales SEA &P, Business Line Medical Specialties, Clariant BU Masterbatches, stated: “Clariant Business Line Medical Specialties (BLMS) is expanding its presence in the South East Asia market, and Vietnam is one of the key strategic markets for the years to come. Partnering with DKSH, a strong international distribution and market expansion services provider with impressive local Vietnam connections, will allow the range of our premium products to be sold through a reputable distributor with the additional benefits and resources of local understanding, service and support. This partnership provides great opportunities for our businesses and brings new opportunities to the region.”

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