As a leading producer of glass packaging for cosmetic products, Gerresheimer is committed to driving sustainability in the sector. Gerresheimer has been successfully producing glass with a high proportion of post-consumer recycled (PCR) material for over 10 years in Momignies, Belgium. From 2020, Gerresheimer will also begin producing glass with a higher proportion of recycled glass at the Tettau site in Germany. By using recycled glass, new high-quality cosmetics packaging can be produced, thus helping preserve natural resources. As the market leader in recycled glass production of cosmetics packaging, Gerresheimer is driving circularity and resource savings every day.
“We have been using recycled glass for cosmetic packaging for over 10 years now, making us market pioneers,” says Nicola Balena, General Manager at Gerresheimer Momignies. “Our recycled glass packaging has won over many of our customers seeking to improve their packaging sustainability without trade-offs. We are committed to the circular economy and only produce cosmetics packaging with a high post-consumer recycled glass content. We are ahead of the market in this respect.”
Working together with its customers, Gerresheimer has developed glass for cosmetics packaging that has the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled (PCR) material available today, while offering an unprecedented level of quality.
Optimal Supply Chain Agility
The clear-glass furnace in Momignies turns recycled glass into cosmetic glass around the clock and the whole year. The site in Tettau will follow suit from 2020 onward.
Pushing the limits of recycled content in cosmetics glass packaging
As part of its commitment to circular economy, Gerresheimer has worked hard to reduce the proportion of raw materials (sand, calcium oxide, and sodium carbonate) used in its clear glass to just 45 % of the materials melted in the furnace. The glass composition has been audited and certified by Belgian company RDC environment, which also completed a full life cycle assessment (LCA) of Gerresheimer’s recycled glass. This LCA was then reviewed by Quantis, expert in sustainability for cosmetics packaging. They also meet the requirements of the EU legislation and the newly established Spice Initiative.
Providing sustainability benefits without aesthetic trade-offs
Glass bottles and jars are the go-to primary packaging material for many cosmetics products because they look elegant and convey quality while safely protecting their contents. Glass is also a 100% recyclable raw material, meaning it can be turned back into glass many times over in a circular system. Moreover, the higher the proportion of recycled glass used, the less energy is needed for production. This means the amount of recycled glass used at the Momignies site leads energy savings at the production stage compared to non-recycled glass.
Glass is made from silica sand, sodium carbonate, and calcium oxide as well as dolomite, feldspar, potash, and metal ions for coloration. Using recycled glass in cosmetics packaging saves energy, natural resources and reduces carbon emissions while still conveying quality and elegance.
Caption: Gerresheimer has invested several years in developing a sustainable and high-quality cosmetic glass with a higher recycled glass content.
Consumers are placing great importance on sustainable products, specifically on sustainable packaging solutions that can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. A pioneer in the quest for greater sustainability, Gerresheimer offers an extensive standard range of plastic packaging and devises customized solutions made from PET, R-PET, and BIO-PET plastics.
Glass production begins with engineering the mould. The more accurately the moulds are designed and made, the greater the quality of the bottle. A perfect and even distribution of glass is the key to success when it comes to ensuring the robustness and sustainability of these highly sensitive products. Gerresheimer employs innovative simulation software for this purpose.
"People buy scent with their eyes,” says Bernd Stauch, Senior Director Sales Cosmetics at Gerresheimer. Gerresheimer’s new high-performance Decoration Centers at Momignies in Belgium and Tettau in Germany employ the latest technology such as UV printing, to ensure that perfume products look as good as they smell.
Gerresheimer’s factories in Tettau (Germany) and Momignies (Belgium) specialize in the industrial production of cosmetic glass and have been supplying notable customers in the cosmetics industry for decades. At both sites, newly created, high-performance “Decoration Centers” use modern techniques to customize sophisticated branded products for the cosmetics market.
Gerresheimer's Gx Elite vials help ensure patient safety
With its Gx Elite and Gx RTF vials, Gerresheimer presents two new type I vials made from borosilicate glass. The Gx Elite vials are the result of a careful product development process spanning several years. The highly shatter-resistant vials are extremely durable, free of cosmetic defects and can be customized for specialized customer requirements.
Gerresheimer is investing a mid-double-digit million Euro figure in the new plant in the North Macedonian capital of Skopje, an amount that is already included in the company’s medium-term investment plans. Construction is beginning in the first half of 2019, with completion scheduled for the first half of 2020. It is expected that start of production will take place in the second half of 2020.
Gerresheimer will use this year's Pharmapack held in Paris, Porte de Versailles, as a platform to unveil their latest ophthalmology and rhinology services at booth B62. The company has teamed up with select certified partners to add surface finishing of plastic dropper bottles to their irradiation services.
The Gerresheimer Group increased revenues at constant exchange rates by 8.8% in the third quarter of 2018, from EUR 335.0m in the prior-year quarter to EUR 364.4m. This includes EUR 3.5m from Sensile Medical, which was acquired in July 2018. On an organic basis—meaning adjusted for exchange rate effects and Sensile Medical—revenues went up by 7.8% relative to the prior-year quarter.
Gerresheimer's handy Duma Pocket tablet containers are well-known for being drugs containers that fit into any bag. Because they are oval, they don't take up much space. Another great feature is that it can't open itself when it's inside a bag. It’s irritating when this happens and the tablets become loose. This is also beneficial when sending the product to users in the mail.
Gerresheimer extends business model and increases growth forecast
Gerresheimer is acquiring Swiss technology company Sensile Medical AG and thus fundamentally extends its business model. The acquisition enables Gerresheimer to offer drug delivery platforms with digital and electronic capabilities for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers.
Cosmetics packaging – Gerresheimer provides persuasive evidence through the appeal of glass
Gerresheimer belongs to the leading worldwide suppliers of glass for cosmetics. The company offers its visitors on May 10 and 11 at Luxepack 2017 in New York and at Beautyworld Middle East on May 14 up to 17 in Dubai the latest highlights out of enchanting new glass containers.
Gerresheimer introduces metal-free syringes
Biopharmaceuticals demonstrate a series of special features. They are often highly viscous and in individual cases tend to interact with silicone oil or, for example, tungsten residue from syringe production. Gerresheimer therefore offers integrated thin-walled cannulas for the improved emptying capability of the syringe for these applications.
Gerresheimer presents the first US bottle produced in multilayer at CPhI 2016
Gerresheimer is presenting an extension of our new multilayer plastic container, Duma Twist-Off Protect, at CPhI. Now the popular Triveni Round family has been extended by a 60 ml container with the multilayer features for the US market.
Highest quality vials: Gerresheimer consistently implements its vial machine strategy
Gerresheimer has set up an investment program spanning several years to install state-of-the-art converting machines for vial manufacturing at all its plants. The latest-generation machines and global high standards will enable it to meet even more stringent future requirements of product quality.
Gerresheimer banks on photovoltaics in Kundli, India
Being the leading global partner for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, Gerresheimer is committed to sustainability and environmental protection. The majority of Triveni Polymers in Kundli (India) belongs to the Gerresheimer Group since 2012.
The Gerresheimer Group is one of the market leaders for plastic pharmaceutical packaging in Brazil. The three Brazilian production facilities in the Sao Paolo region collectively manufacture several hundreds of millions of plastic containers and closures for diverse health and well-being-related applications every year. In 2015, Gerresheimer modernized the clean rooms at its Brazilian plants to achieve sustainable improvements in production quality.
- Jo Webb
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- Created 18 Sep 2019
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