Packaging News Update

Excerpt: Here are the Packaging News and Developments across the world

Uflex commissions first pyrolysis plant in north India

UFLEX has recently commissioned the first ever pyrolysis process plant in North India. Pyrolysis is an upcoming resource recovery process that converts waste into energy helping environment clear the plastic waste. At its Noida packaging plant, Uflex will be converting 6 tonnes of discarded waste material that's generated every day from printing, unused trim, laminates, tubes and other unprocessed material into liquid fuel, hydrocarbon gas and carbon black. Worldwide research estimates that 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic has been produced in the last 65 years. About 60% of that has already ended up in landfill, harming the environment. If this trend continues, it will be an alarming 12 billion tonnes by 2050. Effective management of waste is a key factor in maintaining the input cost for any business. One such upcoming resource recovery process is Pyrolysis that converts waste into energy that not only protects our environment by clearing plastic waste, but also fuels tomorrow's growth!

In order to recycle the plastic waste generated out of its process, Indian flexible packaging giant Uflex has taken the lead by recently commissioning the first ever Pyrolysis Process Plant in North India. At its Noida Packaging plant, Uflex will be converting 6 tonnes of discarded waste material that's generated every day from printing, unused trim, laminates, tubes and other unprocessed material into liquid fuel, hydrocarbon gas and carbon black, which will further be utilized in manufacturing processes.

Pyrolysis is a process of chemically decomposing organic materials at elevated temperatures in the absence of oxygen. This reaction takes place inside the pyrolysis reactor and occurs at temperatures ranging from 430°C to 500°C. In this process, waste stored in raw material storage facility is carried to a shredder, which is cut into smaller pieces and then fed into the Airlock Feeding system. It further feeds the raw material into the Pyrolysis reactor without oxygen. Thereafter, the Pyrolysis reactor converts polymer waste into pyrolysis oil, hydrocarbon gas and carbon black powder in the ratio of 45%, 45% and 10% respectively. Carbon black powder is cooled and packed into bags for further use as a solid fuel. Mixture of pyrolysis oil vapour and hydrocarbon gas exits the pyrolysis reactor and is subjected to fractional condensation to get separate fractions of hydrocarbon gas; pyrolysis wax; and pyrolysis oil. Hydrocarbon gas is used in pyrolysis Hot Air Generator and energy generated is fed to the pyrolysis reactor for heating the plastic waste. The exhaust gases are fed to the Air Preheater to gain combustion air temperature and further used in Evaporator to vaporize the dirty water generated by Effluent Treatment Plant. Pyrolysis wax is fed into the reactor for further reprocessing. Pyrolysis oil produced from the process is passed through a separator to separate oil and moisture. Pyrolysis oil or Light Distillate Oil is used as a liquid fuel in industrial boilers or Diesel Engines to produce electricity. Pyrolysis process works as a sustainable waste-to-energy technology with an ability to handle any plastic waste. Moreover, Pyrolysis process is not environmentally harmful to mankind, unlike incineration of Plastic waste. The Pyrolysis plant of Uflex will help it reaffirm its commitment towards a greener future by demonstrating economically viable solution for handling the Plastic waste in society.

Cosmo Films bags two SIES SOP Star Awards

COSMO FILMS, a global leader in speciality films for flexible packaging, lamination and labeling applications as well as synthetic paper, bagged two awards at the recently concluded SIES SOP Star Awards 2018 in Mumbai for excellence in packaging innovation and product development in the flexible packaging space. The winning entries included Matte Coated Cosmo Synthetic Paper and Sterilisable Conduction Sealing Film.

Matte coated Cosmo Synthetic Paper is an ideal replacement of normal paper in applications where durability and longevity are desired. It is a non-tearable paper available in two variants namely top coated and both sides coated. This speciality paper is recyclable in nature & tree-free while it also provides moisture & chemical resistance. Cosmo Synthetic Paper is printable with most of the available printing technologies which include wet and UV offset, wet and UV flexo, letterpress, screen, thermal transfer and most of the digital toner technologies. It accepts writing from most pens, as well as rubber-stamps impressions, and can be folded, sheeted, stapled, hot and cold foil-stamped, die – punched, serrated and adhesive bonded. Sterilisable conduction sealing film is used for wad and lidding applications for PP and PE containers. It offers exceptional seal integrity and improved convenience to the consumers as it is easy to open and peels cleanly. The film can withstand high temperatures during sterilization process, which is used to increase the shelf-life of the product. Apart from offering excellent optical properties and printability, this film is safe for direct food contact. This film can be used as a mono layer or as a sealant layer in a laminated structure with other substrates like aluminium foil. The film is used primarily in dairy industry for flavoured milk; food & beverage segment for juices, energy drink, bakery products; pharmaceutical industry; agro chemicals and cosmetics industry. Delighted over the latest achievement, Mr Sanjay Chincholikar, Senior Vice President- Operations at Cosmo Films said, “To be considered for award like SIES is an honour for us and we are truly humbled to have received the awards. For the last few years, we have been consistently working towards developing speciality products meeting specific packaging & labeling needs of our customers. Receiving recognition for these products goes a step further in assuring them of only the best quality products reaching their table.” “SIES School Of Packaging Star Awards”, as the name suggests are presented by SIES, a renowned institution that is credited with producing some of the finest professionals of the packaging industry to support and encourage the packaging sector. Established in 1981, Cosmo Films is a global leader in speciality films for packaging, lamination and labeling applications.

FSSAI notifies new packaging norms

THE FOOD Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has notified new packaging regulations which prohibit use of newspaper or recycled plastics for packing, wrapping, storing, transporting or dispensing articles of food products. The new regulations will come into force from July 1. The new regulation defines standards for different materials used for packaging of food products. It has also prescribed overall migration and specific migration limits of contaminants for plastic packaging materials. “As per these regulations, the packaging materials used for packing or storing the food products shall conform to the Indian Standards provided in the schedules,” an official statement added. Takingcognizance of the carcinogenic effect of inks and dyes, these regulations prohibit the use of newspaper and other such materials for packing or wrapping of food articles and includes respective Indian standard for printing inks for use on food packages. At the same time, addressing concerns regarding the safety of loose packaging material, the regulations state, “Products made of recycled plastics, including carry bags, shall not be used for packaging, storing, carrying or dispensing articles of food.” In a statement, Mr. Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI, said the new packaging regulations will raise the bar of food safety. He pointed out there will be difficulties in implementing these regulations as they relate to the loose packaging materials and to the unorganised sector. “Thus, sufficient lead time has been given before the regulations come into force. Consultation with stakeholders and mass awareness building amongst consumers and food businesses will precede implementation of the new packaging regulations,” he added. The FSSAI had earlier conducted studies in collaboration with Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), Mumbai and the National Test House (NTH), Kolkata. “These two studies had shown that the packaging material used by the organised sector is largely safe but there are concerns about the use of packaging material by the unorga-nised/informal sector,” the official statement added.

A new global organization Alliance to End Plastic Waste pledges 1 bln USD to tackle Ocean waste

AN 'Alliance to End Plastic Waste' (AEPW) has been formed by nearly thirty major global companies to develop, deploy and bring to scale solutions that will minimize and manage plastic waste and promote post-use solutions. These can be recycling, reuse and repurposing of plastic to keep it out of the environment.. Plastics provide health, safety, sustainability and convenience benefits. They contribute to improving living standards, hygiene and nutrition around the world, especially in developing countries. But plastic waste does not belong in our oceans, rivers or anywhere in our environment. There are two challenges at the heart of the plastic waste issue: lack of adequate infrastructure and systems to collect and manage household and municipal waste, and that society does not recognize waste as a valuable resource. Research by the Ocean Conservancy shows that plastics in the ocean predominantly originate from litter on land. Most of the plastic waste is spread through rivers and can be traced back to ten major rivers around the world, mainly in Asia and Africa. Many of these rivers flow through densely populated areas which have a lack of adequate waste collection and recycling infrastructure, leading to significant waste leakage. Once in the environment, it becomes difficult to capture. The AEPW will initiate actions where they are most needed. They have committed over $1.0 billion with the goal of investing $1.5 billion over the next five years to help tackle the ocean plastics problem. The new Alliance to End Plastic Waste already has a $1 billion commitment from alliance members and wants to up that total to $1.5 billion to work on the problem during the next five years. Alliance founders include companies all along the so-called plastics value chain. "It's a global organization set up for action," said Jim Seward, vice president of sustainability for LyondellBlasell Industries, the giant chemicals and plastics company that is a charter member of the group. The nonprofit alliance, he explained, will differ from trade groups by taking steps to address plastic waste and will not engage in advocacy on behalf of the plastics industry. “We strongly support the aim to reduce plastic waste in the environment. We are co-founding the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, because we want to drive and promote solutions that will effectively help solve the world's plastic waste problem,” says Martin Brudermüller, CEO of BASF SE The American Chemistry Council helped organize the alliance, but it is a separate group. Steve Russell is vice president of the plastics division within ACC. "The alliance will exist as a mechanism to facilitate investment and to accelerate innovation in business models and processes and design. The need is to develop new business models to accelerate investment and to engage all sectors of society in addressing what has not yet been a priority," Russell said. "This announcement marks a beginning." The new alliance seeks to inject itself into the waste management portion of the problem by helping design systems in "large urban areas where infrastructure is lacking, especially along rivers which transport vast amounts of unmanaged plastic waste from land to ocean." The most problematic rivers contributing to the ocean plastic problem are, for the most part, located in Asia. The goal is to create repeatable programs and solutions that can be applied in multiple locations, especially in areas with "high plastic leakage," the alliance said.

The roundtable of alliance members at the founding event on January 16, 2019, in London. (l. t. r., upper row): Laurent Auguste, Senior Executive Vice President of Veolia; Peter Bakker, President and CEO of World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Priyanka Bakaya, CEO and Founder of Renew Oceans; Jim Fitterling, CEO of DOW; Martin Brudermüller, CEO of BASF SE; Bob Patel, CEO of Lyondell Basell; (l. t. r., lower row): Rob Kaplan, CEO and Founder of Circulate Capital; host Hannah Vaughn Jones; David Taylor, Chariman of the Board, President and CEO of Procter & Gamble; Jean-Marc Boursier, Senior Executive Vice President of Suez;

Founding members of the alliance include big names such as BASF SE, Berry Global, Braskem, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LLC, Clariant, Covestro, Dow Chemical Co., DSM NV, ExxonMobil, Formosa Plastics Corp. USA, Henkel, LyondellBasell, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Mitsui Chemicals, Nova Chemicals, OxyChem, PolyOne Corp., Procter & Gamble, Reliance Industries, Saudi Basic Industries Corp., Sasol, Suez, Shell, SCG Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemical, Total, Veolia and Versalis. Alliance organizers expect the organization to grow over time.

The four focus areas of AEPW are

  • Infrastructure development to collect and manage waste and increase recycling
  • Innovation to advance and scale up new technologies that make recycling and recovering plastics easier and create value from post-use plastics
  • Education and engagement of governments, businesses, and communities to mobilize action;
  • Clean-up of concentrated areas of plastic waste in the environment, particularly the major conduits of waste, such as rivers, that carry land-based waste to the ocean

The measures and activities of the AEPW commitment contribute to the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • SDG 4 (Quality Education)
  • SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation)
  • SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure)
  • SDG 14 (Life below Water)
  • SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals)

The other aspects of the work include creation of an incubator by Circulate Capital to foster creation of technology, business models and entrepreneurs to tackle the issue. The alliance also wants to create an "open source, science-based global information" system to support plastic waste management. The new group also points to a need to collaborate with intergovernmental agencies, such as the United Nations, to develop training to help them identify solutions.

Matt Bevin Kentucky Governor visits Uflex's Noida plant

MATT BEVIN, the governor of Kentucky in the US, paid a visit to the Noida plant of Uflex on 20 January. Kentucky is the home to Flex Films' US plant located in Elizabethtown. Governor Bevin was welcomed by the senior leadership of the company and was given an introduction about Uflex and its businesses, following which he enjoyed a tour of the film business plant. Governor Bevin also interacted with the team and gained insights into the manufacturing operations and technology.

Matt Bevin, the governor of Kentucky in the US, during his visit to the Noida plant of Uflex on 20 January

“Uflex has a significant presence in Kentucky through its Flex Films USA facility. Our visit to Uflex's offices in India was beneficial at many levels. We were able to deepen our relationship with this prestigious company during our visit, and we look forward to helping Uflex expand their presence in Kentucky in the months and years ahead,” Governor Bevin said. Governor Bevin is leading an economic development delegation to India to participate in recognised business and investment events like Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 and Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to strengthen Indo-US government ties. Flex Films, which is the global film manufacturing arm of Uflex, has state-of-the-art film manufacturing facilities in all the four major continents — Asia, Europe, North America and Africa. Commissioned in 2013, the BOPET film line of Flex Films in Kentucky has a capacity of 30,000-tpa and is one of the largest polymeric film manufacturing lines in the world and by far the biggest in the USA. This plant also houses cutting-edge metalliser that produces over 10,800-tpa of high-barrier metallised films. Ashok Chaturvedi, CMD, Uflex, said, “We're honoured that Governor Matt Bevin chose to visit our India plant and gave us an opportunity to host him. Flex Films has invested in its employees and Kentucky's economy and as we look at expanding our films' product portfolio and scale of operations in the US, we will ensure that we continue to work with the government in the future as well.”

Novio Packaging acquires Flacopac/Deflaco

NOVIO Packaging Group, which previously acquired Haal Verpakkingen BV and Scandinavian Packaging AS in 2018, has again expanded its sales channels and customer base in Europe through the acquisition of Flacopac (Germany) and sister company Deflaco (Switzerland) in 2019. This acquisition will also significantly expand the range of services and products offered by the group. “These acquisitions allow us to combine our strengths to create a broader product offer, particularly in the cosmetics and perfume sectors. Furthermore, the addition of strong markets such as Germany and Switzerland to our sales region will allow us to consolidate and further strengthen our position in Europe”, say Marck Jansen and Erik Trum, the Managing Directors of Novio Packaging Group. “In combination with the high-quality services and quality focus of Flacopac/Deflaco, we see major opportunities for professionally expanding our international strength.”


Flacopac and Deflaco also look to the future with confidence. Founder Jürgen Schmidt: “As part of the Novio Packaging Group, we will be able to develop our products and innovations more intensively and market them throughout Europe. The acquisition is undoubtedly a step in the direction of an even more positive future as it gives us greater buying power, expands our range and improves overall professionalism. It is beneficial for Novio Packaging Group, for us and above all for our customers.” Flacopac and Deflaco will continue their development activities at the existing sites. No staff changes are planned. Jürgen Schmidt remains associated with both companies as a consultant. Hans-Jürgen Schmidt stays on as the Managing Director of Flacopac. Melanie von Escher continues to manage Deflaco, which she reorganised in 2015. Both companies will continue to operate under their current names during the coming year. Novio Packaging Group B.V., an internationally active group of companies, has operated as a distributor of primary packaging products and packaging solutions in highly diverse markets (ranging from pharmaceuticals and cosmetics to food and household goods) since 1978. Together with Swiss sister company Deflaco, Flacopac are internationally known for their broad product range, high-quality services and innovative products.

New Tetra Pak CEO appointed

The Tetra Laval Group Board has appointed Mr Adolfo Orive, President & CEO of Tetra Pak effective April 1, 2019. The appointment follows the decision by Mr Dennis Jönsson to step down from his position after 14 years as President & CEO and 36 years with the company. Adolfo Orive, presently Cluster Vice President North Central and South America, joined Tetra Pak in 1993. Prior to his present position he has had several managerial positions in the Group, including Managing Director of Colombia, Spain and Cluster Vice President North and Central Europe. He joined the Tetra Pak Global Leadership Team in 2014.

Mr Orive, who is 55 years old, has a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering at Ibero-American University (IBERO), Mexico and a Master's in Business Administration at Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM), Mexico. Tetra Pak is one of three companies in the Tetra Laval Group – a private group that started in Sweden focusing on making food safe and available, everywhere, since the start in 1951

Global polyethylene naphthalate market to exceed $1.8-bn by 2024: Report

THE global polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) market is set to surpass $1.8-bn by 2024 from around $1-bn in 2017, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Growing product demand for PEN films in industries such as automotive, electronics, food & beverage packaging, aerospace, imaging and photography applications would accelerate market growth, the report said. PEN's market size from packaging applications is forecast to surpass $640-mn by the end of 2024. PEN resins are used to manufacture pellets and films, which are thin, flexible and durable, thereby preventing chemical gases and moisture from entering the packaged food products. The product reduces the number of required layers, thereby enabling simplification of packaging structure along with reducing overall packaging costs. PEN products offer superior properties such as heat resistance, low oligomer extraction, strength and dimensional stability, making it highly suitable for packaging applications. PEN market size from beverage bottling applications was valued at over $280-mn in 2017. These are majorly incorporated in production of beer and juice bottles as the material provides high oxygen and moisture barriers of about five times more than PET and is considered most effective mono material. Also, these products provide durability when exposed to high temperatures. Recent introduction of PEN beer bottles by the Norway's Association of Brewers and Soft Drink Producers is expected to positively impact market growth. More than 5 million new PEN based bottles are in circulation, which is expected to increase at a fast pace owing to its high barrier properties, prolonged shelf-life and ability to withstand high temperature washes. Moreover, increasing consumer preferences towards shatter-proof and light-weight beer and juice bottles may further support market growth, according to the report.

Electronics application

PEN market size from electronics applications is expected to witness gains at over 7% by the end of forecast period. These resins are used in the manufacturing of capacitors and magnetic storage devices and for coating application in flexible electrical circuit boards. Additionally, these are being used for barrier and electrical insulation applications, along with imaging and photography prospects pertaining to its dielectric insulating properties. Major raw materials used in the manufacturing of these resins are ethylene glycol and naphthalene-2,6-dicarboxylic acid. PEN polyesters are generally manufactured by polycondensation of these raw materials following an acid or ester process. High manufacturing costs and limited availability of 2,6-NDC feedstock may hamper market growth, according to the report. However, increasing availability of monomers for PEN at huge scale and minimised costs may provide various opportunities for industry growth, it added. The PEN market is dominated by manufacturers like Teijin DuPont, Toray Industries, Durafiber Technologies, EPC Group, SKC, Polyonics and Kolon Plastics.

SONGWON and RPC bpi nordfolien partner to produce sustainable packaging containing 50% recycled PE

SONGWON Industrial Co., Ltd. proudly announces that it has become one of the first chemical companies in the world to package its products in 20kg PE-bags made with 50% recycled PE. SONGWON has collaborated with the German innovative packaging specialists, RPC bpi nordfolien, to develop PE-bags for packaging 20kg of product using recycled materials originating from different waste streams, including industrial printed bags that have already been used. All of the solvents that are required for de-inking are also recycled continuously in a closed loop process. Sustainability is taken seriously at SONGWON and the organization embraces its responsibility to create new, more sustainable solutions in line with the United Nations 17 Sustainability Goals (SDGs). While continually striving to conserve resources, SONGWON focuses its efforts on optimizing processes and developing new opportunities to leverage combined capabilities by cooperating with other leading companies. “With RPC bpi nordfolien, we have found an innovative partner who can support us to live SONGWON's Vision: 'Sound and sustainable growth for all our stakeholders in harmony with the interests of our planet and its people',” says Maurizio Butti, Chief Executive Officer at SONGWON. During the past 12 months, the recycled 20kg bags were successfully trialed on various customers to make sure that they met SONGWON's quality standards and those of the customers for strength, color stability and handling. SONGWON will be continuing the smooth transition to the new recyclable packaging over the next few months. Commenting Cord Manegold, Global Business Manager Main AO's and Blends at SONGWON said: “This collaboration puts SONGWON in an optimal position to better help our customers meet their own sustainability targets. We are also very interested in hearing more from our customers about their sustainability initiatives and how SONGWON can support these efforts.” “SONGWON is the very first chemical company to use packaging film with such high recycled material content for their PE-bags. We are pleased to share our expertise with them and to help extend the reach of such technology, in order to contribute to preserving the environment for all of us,” says Christian Knappik, Key Account Manager / Business Unit Chemical Industry at RPC bpi nordfolien.

Smithers Pira: Global market for packaging dispensing fixtures grows at 3.5% yoy

THE global market for packaging dispensing fixtures was worth $7.85 billion in 2018, according to the latest exclusive research from Smithers Pira - the worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Research conducted for its new Smithers study - The Dispensing for Packaging Report: Forecasts to 2023 [ dispensing-for-packaging-report-forecasts-to-2023 ] - shows that sales will exceed $8 billion in 2019 for the first time. Strong growth at a year-on-year rate of 3.5% will push the global market value to $9.31 billion in 2023. Western Europe is now the second largest market for dispensing fixtures - having been overtaken by Asia in 2017 - it had a value $2.19 billion 2018, and will grow to $2.40 billion in 2023. Furthermore the less developed but fast growing markets of Asia will provide new opportunities for Europe-based companies to export there expertise meeting the expectations of a new generation of consumers. Smithers Pira's analysis finds that expansion will happen fastest for push & pull closures and lotion & cream pump fixtures The key driver behind much dispensing evolution remains the added consumer convenience and product experience they can deliver to consumers - and for which brands are willing to pay a premium.

Among the key technical trends that will help power innovation in dispensing across the next five years are:

  • The evolution of dual dispensers - allowing consumers to mix and customise a product to their personal needs or requirements as they dispense it
  • The integration of intelligent packaging components into caps, closures, and dispensers; including radio frequency (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFC) platforms these offer brands the ability to better track consumer consumption levels, and simultaneously deliver interactive targeting marketing.
  • The wider deployment of airless dispensing technology - this aligns to brand owner, and ultimately consumer, demand for hygienic and naturally derived ingredients in premium end-use products, such as cosmetics.

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