2016 is an anniversary year as the tube is 175 years old: Invented by painter John Rand to keep his self-mixed colours fresher, the tube is now an established form of packaging for cosmetics, pharmaceutics, dental hygiene and food. Around 12 billion tubes are produced each year in Europe alone, made out of aluminium, plastic laminate and single plastic.
Last week, the jury of the European Tube Manufacturing Association (ETMA) met and rewarded the most innovative tubes on the market today. Hoffmann Neopac and its partner company, Tu-Plast, triumphed, winning two prizes for the Polywood tube in the polyethylene category, and the Spin'n'dose applicator in the prototype category.
The winning tubes
Polywood is a tube made with real wood content, which you can actually feel and smell. Spin'n'dose is a new applicator for easy and precise dosage of high viscosity products without a pump.
Hoffmann Neopac and Tu-Plast are both innovative tube manufacturers. Neopac's Polyfoil® barrier tubes are an in-house patented invention which have been produced in Switzerland for 50 years and are used for pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications around the globe.