Flexibles Packaging News

Smurfit Kappa combines expertise with Mitsubishi HiTec Paper to create innovative food packaging
Smurfit Kappa
As part of its ongoing Better Planet Packaging initiative, Smurfit Kappa has collaborated with one of its partners, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, to create a new type of innovative and recyclable food-safe packaging. A combination of Smurfit Kappa’s expertise in paper-based packaging and Mitsubishi HiTec Paper’s strength in coated papers has led to the first product in the new range being shortlisted as a finalist in the Swiss Packaging Awards.
Clariant partners with Merck & SABIC to perfect laser marking of flexible packaging
Clariant has teamed up with pigment supplier Merck KGaA and resin producer SABIC to develop laser-marking technology and materials to ease the recycling process for flexible polyethylene (LDPE, LLDPE) packaging film. The results of the collaboration will be presented at K 2019, the international plastics trade fair being held on October 16 to 23 at Messe Dusseldorf in Germany.
Tailor-made textured heat transfer printing
SR Packaging

SR Packaging offers tailored-made, tactile decoration through heat transfer printing. The special technique enhances packaging decoration with a pre-made textured pattern, providing a strong visual impact that really stands out on the shelf.

JUSTIN'S and ProAmpac pioneer sustainable high-barrier FDA-compliant flexible pouch using PCR content
Taking a “pioneering step” toward sustainable food packaging, ProAmpac, the flexible packaging leader, has announced that it is producing a high-barrier pouch made with 25 percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials for JUSTIN’S newest product innovation, Nut Butter Covered Nuts. To produce the new pouch, ProAmpac collaborated with its customer JUSTIN’S, maker of naturally delicious, high quality nut butters and organic nut butter cups and snacks.
Menshen and Dow bring sustainable design to spouted pouches
Dow and MENSHEN, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of caps, closures and single-serve capsules, announce the new transformative Reverse Spout Sealing Technology that enables the production of spouted pouches made of mono-material films. This exciting technology allows converters to address the recycling criteria for flexible packaging and can help brands meet their sustainability packaging goals.
Ishida inspection systems ensure immaculate packaging for crisps

A specialist German potato chip brand is maintaining excellent quality control on its recently upgraded high-capacity packing lines thanks to the introduction of sealtesters and checkweighers from Ishida Europe. The Ishida sealtesters and checkweighers deliver a seamless, totally reliable quality control solution capable of operating at high speeds, with only the upstream systems preventing them from achieving even higher speeds.

Significant investment confirmed for bpi stretchfilms’ Bridgwater site
RPC bpi

bpi. stretchfilms, a leading producer of pallet stretchwrap, has announced a multi-million pound investment in its manufacturing facility at Bridgwater, Somerset. This significant investment in a fully automated conversion centre includes the installation of 7 new conversion machines for conventional and pre-stretched hand film.

Winners announced for 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards
The winners of the 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) for Australia and New Zealand were announced at a gala dinner on the 30th of April at the SOFITEL Wentworth, Sydney. The PIDA Awards are the exclusive feeder program for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards run by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) with the 2019 PIDA winners automatically eligible for entry into the 2020 international competition.
Australian companies increase their presence at ProPak Asia 2019
An ever-growing number of Australian companies have identified ProPak Asia as the number one exhibition to showcase their products into the ASEAN Region and 2019 will be no exception. This year will see 17 Australian companies exhibiting at ProPak Asia, which is the largest contingent to date.
CDP Climate Score and Supplier Engagement Rating
In recognition of both the high degree of transparency in climate change reporting and climate protection efforts, Constantia Flexibles was rewarded with a very high CDP Climate Score Rating in 2018. Constantia Flexibles has received a score of A- which is within the Leadership band and is much higher than the sector average (D) and the Europe regional average (C).
Proseal's sustainable solution wins major award

Proseal Australia has won a prestigious Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Award of Excellence. In the Customer Collaboration category, the company was rewarded for its pioneering work with its customer Fresh Berry and packaging partner CFK of Canada in delivering a solution that reduced the amount of plastic packaging for strawberries by as much as 96%.

ADF&PCD Shanghai 2019 hailed a success
ADF&PCD Shanghai

Shiseido, Givenchy, Godiva, Henkel and Unilever were among the many brands attending ADF&PCD Shanghai 2019. The highly anticipated 2nd edition, which took place at The Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing on 27 & 28 March 2019, enjoyed a 26% growth in visitors.

Huhtamaki starts flexible packaging manufacturing in Egypt
Huhtamaki has inaugurated its new, state-of-the-art flexible packaging unit in Egypt. The investment marks the company's entry into manufacturing flexible packaging in Africa. The greenfield is located in the greater Cairo area and will serve Huhtamaki's flexible packaging customers in Egypt as well as export its products into other African countries and Europe.
Pregis announces restructuring of its European operations
“By combining the air and paper systems portfolios, we will be creating a new European entity that will enable us to recommend the best on-demand, inside the box packaging solutions to meet a wide set of customer needs,” said Kevin Baudhuin, president and chief executive officer, Pregis.
Waitrose & Partners supports CuanTec packaging development

Scottish biotec company CuanTec has joined forces with Waitrose & Partners to work on a new film for food packaging made out of waste langoustine shells. Waitrose hopes the new packaging could be used as an alternative to conventional plastic film on some of its fish products in 12-18 months time, including Waitrose Duchy smoked salmon.