The ALPLA Group is purchasing the Wolf Plastics Group to expand its product portfolio and sees growth potential in Central and South-Eastern Europe. In acquiring all the shares in the packaging manufacturer Wolf Plastics Group based in Kammern, Austria, ALPLA intends to use the company’s expertise, in particular in the manufacture of plastic buckets and canisters, to expand its product portfolio.
A packaging type for care products is setting new standards in terms of sustainability. Its manufacture requires approximately 50 per cent less material than a comparable standard packaging type. In addition, it can be rolled up much like a tube, allowing it to be completely emptied. What’s more, the packaging material is entirely recyclable.
A new HDPE bottle developed in cooperation with Beiersdorf for its NIVEA brand is good for the environment in a number of ways. The innovative bottle with cap developed for a body lotion series requires around half the packaging material usually needed. This therefore reduces the cost of materials as well as the associated carbon emissions. Its thin-walled structure makes it lighter and means it is easier to squeeze, while nevertheless remaining stable and impact-resistant enough for transportation, for example. It also continues to protect the formula from external influences such as UV rays.
Optimised discharging of contents
Another advantage of the revolutionary bottle is demonstrated towards the end of its use by the consumer. When its contents begin to run out, it can be rolled up much like a tube of toothpaste, allowing it to be completely emptied. There is a groove on the base of the bottle along which it can be squeezed together to completely flatten the body of the bottle. It can then be easily rolled up and completely emptied, resulting in less waste.
Design for recycling
In developing this packaging solution, attention was paid in particular to high-quality recycling in accordance with the bottle-to-bottle principle. This involves new bottles being produced using recycled bottle material to create a closed loop. To make this possible, both the bottle body made of HDPE and the cap made of PP (not produced by ALPLA) are fully recyclable and can be easily separated in the relevant sorting steps and then efficiently recycled. The label is made of the same material as the bottle.
- Technology: EBM
- Bottle material: HDPE + white
- Contents: 200 and 350 millilitres
- Optimised discharging of contents thanks to special packaging design (roll-up function)
- Easy to use – simply squeeze
- Reduce: The packaging including cap and label uses approximately 50% less material than other body lotion packaging of the customer. Approximately 40% of the reduction is achieved in the bottle body
- Recycle: Ideally and completely recyclable within existing recycling streams (yellow recyclables bin bags/bins) in accordance with the bottle-to-bottle principle
- Lightweight: Reduced carbon emissions during production and transportation
- Decoration: Label made of the same material as the bottle (HDPE) and is likewise easy to roll up
The packaging solution is available in stores as NIVEA Naturally Good Body Lotion/NIVEA Natural Balance Body Lotion
‘The new NIVEA bottle developed in close cooperation with Beiersdorf is a highly innovative packaging solution with a clever squeeze and roll-up function. We also focused heavily on the topics of sustainability and recycling, and optimised the bottle in terms of material reuse. And we are already developing it further – together, we are now working on using recycled plastics as well as on additional formats.’ — Rafał Masic, ALPLA Packaging Manager
ALPLA, the global manufacturer of plastic packaging solutions, is further expanding its recycling activities – it is moving into polyolefin recycling with its acquisition of two companies based in Spain. With two of its own PET recycling plants in Austria and Poland, and joint ventures in Mexico and Germany, ALPLA has long been an established partner in the field of PET recycling
ALPLA wants to reduce its carbon footprint by 10 per cent by 2022
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ALPLA to appear at pharmaceutical trade fair for the first time
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ALPLA produces bottles using recycled HDPE material for Henkel
For many years, recycling has been a key issue for ALPLA, the world’s leading specialist in plastic packaging. The Austrian company cooperated with Henkel over the course of two years on the production of detergent bottles with 15 per cent recycled HDPE.
ALPLA, the world's leading specialist in plastic packaging, has been working with partners to develop foaming technology in extrusion blow moulding (EBM) for around four years. After receiving the Smart Packaging award from the Austrian government in 2014, this sustainable procedure has now also received the internationally renowned PackTheFuture and WorldStar awards.
- Jo Webb
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