Hoffmann Neopac, a global provider of high-quality, responsible packaging for a broad array of industries and applications, is launching a novel line of mono-material barrier tubes providing exemplary product protection while being fully compatible with existing HDPE recycling processes. The first tube solution in Europe to receive full RecyClass technology and product approval per the organization’s “Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for HDPE Containers” standards, Polyfoil® MMB tubes are particularly relevant to the oral care and pharmaceutical sectors, as they sustainably yet responsibly house both consumer items like toothpastes and cosmetics and pharma products in the dermatological or pain-relief sectors.
Incorporating a novel mono-directional-oriented (MDO) barrier film technology, Neopac’s Polyfoil MMB tubes can reduce tube body weight by as much as 50% compared to the company’s conventional Polyfoil technology. They are also the first tubes incorporating high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps with low-melt index HDPE to receive full technology approval from RecyClass. The testing of polyethylene cap is a big step forward for the packaging industry, as this advanced technology was not tested before in tubes.
Notably, the Polyfoil MMB tubes are the first such solutions approved by RecyClass that incorporate a thin film metallization option protected within the tube body structure for excellent chemical decoration stability. This facet provides improved water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) barrier and enhanced metallization optics similar to ABL (aluminum barrier laminate) tubes, which currently are not considered recyclable with HDPE recycling streams per RecyClass criteria. All tests were performed with fully printed tubes.
Independently from RecyClass testing, fully printed Polyfoil MMB tubes with HDPE caps have also obtained the AAA rating from Germany-based testing lab cyclos-HTP, Institute of Recyclability and Product Responsibility, which certifies that the product has a recyclability rate of more than 95%.
Neopac’s goal is to create tubes that simplify recycling – a crucial aspect of next-level sustainability practices. Today, multi-layer, aluminum foil-containing barrier packaging is particularly problematic for recyclers as, among other challenges, it is incompatible with existing mechanical sorting techniques. Therefore, eco-conscious advancements in the ways plastics are designed and produced are a must in the nearer term.
The new Polyfoil Mono-Material Barrier tubes comprise tube bodies made of HDPE-based adhesive laminated barrier structures, containing less than 5% of foreign materials (barrier material, inks, adhesives, etc.) to avoid disruptions in existing recycling processes. Due to the application of innovative oriented and combined barrier technologies as well as pharma grade contact layers, the tubes provide excellent product compatibility and maintain premium product protection while keeping the known aesthetic characteristics of Neopac’s conventional Polyfoil tubes.
Polyfoil MMB Tubes – reduced product carbon footprint
The LCA study performed from an independent laboratory according to ISO 14.040/44 resp. ISO/TS 14.067 demonstrates that the “cradle to grave” carbon footprint of Polyfoil MMB tubes is reduced up to 35% compared to Al barrier-containing Polyfoil tubes, depending on the wall thickness and end-of-line scenario selected.
“Combining the RecyClass-approved, lightweight Polyfoil MMB tubes with our available HDPE closure options creates a new platform of innovative tube solutions unsurpassed in their eco-friendliness,” said Dr. Philippe Kern, Director of R&D and Quality Management.
“Producing mono-material-based tube solutions with advanced thin film barrier options that maintain high performance barrier, provide premium product protection and extend shelf life has been a goal we’ve been moving toward for years. Creating these next generation tubes, which combine our 60 years expertise of barrier technology with premium esthetics, was an interesting challenge, and we are proud to have accomplished what amounts to a new paradigm in tube packaging sustainability.”
Neopac partners with Saperatec for ABL recycling
Hoffmann Neopac has become the first tube manufacturer to sign a partnership with Saperatec. The manufacturer of barrier tubes for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and oral care products will supply its production waste to Saperatec, the first industrial recycling plant for aluminum laminate composites
Neopac’s Polyfoil MMB tube approved by USA’s Association of Plastic Recyclers
Hoffmann Neopac has been granted approval for its Polyfoil MMB mono-material barrier tube by the US-based Association of Plastic Recyclers. APR’s strict recycling standards are met by the company's mono-material barrier tube, in versions both with and without thin film metallization.
Neopac’s Polyfoil MMB® tube approved by RecyClass recycling standards association
Neopac has been granted RecyClass approval for its Polyfoil® MMB mono-material barrier tube, a groundbreaking combination of product protection, user friendliness and appealing aesthetics. According to the laboratory results, the ‘Polyfoil® MMB Tube PF528’ product conforms to the current European PP container recycling stream.
Neopac wins Pharmapack sustainability award for mono-material barrier tubes designed for recyclability
Neopac has earned first place in the coveted Excellence in Sustainability category of the 2021 Pharmapack Awards. The winning solution was Neopac’s Polyfoil MMB mono-material barrier tube, a groundbreaking combination of pharma-grade product protection, user friendliness and appealing aesthetics.
Neopac showcases new mono-material barrier tubes designed for recyclability
Neopac’s Polyfoil MMB mono-material barrier tube is a forward-thinking combination of practicality and eco-consciousness, the high-performance solution offers both superior product protection and significantly enhanced recyclability. The result is a carbon footprint reduction of up to 38% compared with traditional aluminum barrier tubes.
Neopac wins Swiss packaging award for first application of novel tube procurement service
Hoffmann Neopac has won a Swiss Packaging Award in the Marketing category for the company’s initial project involving its recently launched DigitAll360° tube procurement service. Introduced earlier this year with an online marketplace, DigitAll360° offers intuitive ordering of digitally printed tubes with high-quality variable printing, precision color matching, flexible batch sizes and expedited delivery.
Hoffmann Neopac gains key sustainability designation
Hoffmann Neopac, a global provider of high-quality packaging for Pharma, Cosmetics and FMCG Industries, has successfully completed an audit conducted by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) at its tube manufacturing facility in Debrecen, Hungary.
Hoffmann Neopac makes massive green energy investment at Switzerland packaging plants
Hoffmann Neopac has installed one of the largest solar power systems in Switzerland. The extensive green energy initiative, which costs more than 2 million Swiss Francs ($2.2 million), will make Hoffmann Neopac fully electricity sustainable at each of its two manufacturing sites in its home country.
Neopac develops Polyfoil dropper tube solution for vegan vitamin D product
Hoffmann Neopac has partnered with Streuli Pharma AG to launch a dropper tube for direct, precision administering of a novel vegan Vitamin D formulation. The aesthetically appealing solution for Streuli Pharma’s new food supplement Luce D3 product houses a vegan Vitamin D solution in a tube with a metered dropper for safer, more accurate dosages.
Choose the best toothpaste packaging for the environment
Finding a sustainable packaging which offers compatibility with the formula is not an easy one for anyone. Neopac's newly launched Polyfoil mono-material barrier tubes offer a solution to this problem, as these tubes can reduce tube body weight by as much as 50% as standard plastic tubes!
Neopac wins Tube Council Award for high-barrier, easy-application solution for veterinary products
Hoffmann Neopac has won gold in the “Best Pharmaceutical Tube” category in the annual Tube Council Awards. The winning entry was a convenient, high-barrier single-use tube with a simple, no-mess applicator developed for Aurora Pharmaceuticals.
Neopac introduces lightweight plastic tube with reduced wall thickness for enhanced sustainability
Hoffmann Neopac has introduced a lighter plastic tube solution comprising up to 30% less virgin materials. The latest addition to the company’s EcoDesign series of eco-friendly tubes, the new LIGHTWEIGHT TUBE aligns with packaging industry desires to minimize carbon footprint and materials waste.
Neopac launches online shop for digitally printed tubes
Hoffmann Neopac has launched a direct purchase microsite for DigitAll360°, its recently introduced digital tube decoration service. The new marketplace, accessible via shop.neopac.com, walks tube customers through an intuitive process that includes downloadable design guides and templates, an initial portfolio of stock tubes from 50-200 ml in volume, simple artwork uploads 3D renderings and a comprehensive pre-purchase artwork check.
Neopac wins WorldStar awards for two sustainability-minded tube solutions
Hoffmann Neopac has earned a pair of 2021 WorldStar Awards from the World Packaging Organization for two of its most groundbreaking recent tube solutions. For Neopac, both recognitions came in the Health & Personal Care category and exemplify the company’s commitment to sustainable packaging solutions.
Neopac develops tube solution for Aurora Pharmaceuticals
Hoffmann Neopac has developed a differentiating packaging solution for a topical antiparasitic solution produced by Aurora Pharmaceuticals. Featuring the active ingredient selamectin, the recently released Revolt Topical Solution is now available via prescription in convenient, high-barrier single-use tubes with a simple, no-mess applicator.
Neopac to Highlight Solutions for Sustainability, Functionality at Webpackaging LIVE Cyber-Exhibition
Global provider of high-quality tubes, Neopac, is exhibiting at the first edition of Webpackaging LIVE, a unique virtual packaging show in full 3D. Neopac will be featuring its sustainability-minded EcoDesign portfolio, as well as the innovative, shape-maintaining SpringTube at Webpackaging LIVE.
Neopac introduces market’s first recyclable PE based mono-material tube with HDPE flip-top cap
Hoffmann Neopac has introduced the market’s first fully recyclable polyethylene-based tubes with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) flip-top caps. A breakthrough in the worldwide push for packaging sustainability, the company's tubes can be viewed in the company's Webpackaging LIVE 3D showcase.
Neopac wins pair of "Tube of the Year" awards from European Tube Manufacturers Association
Neopac, a global provider of high-quality packaging for a broad array of industries and applications, earned two “Tube of the Year” awards from the European Tube Manufacturers Association (ETMA). The recognition came in two of the competitions most coveted categories: Plastic Tubes and Laminate Tubes.
Continuing sustainability efforts, Neopac moves toward mono-material barrier tubes designed for recyclability
Neopac is in the development stages of food- and pharma-grade mono-material barrier tube solutions that align with existing recycling processes. Neopac’s push for mono-material tubes will employ sound packaging science to align with current recycling practices and processes – all while providing its cosmetics, food and pharma customers with outstanding barrier properties to protect sensitive products.
At Luxepack New York, Neopac to debut direct-to-shape digital decoration service for tubes
New digital printing capabilities launch: Hoffmann Neopac, a global provider of high-quality packaging for a broad array of industries and applications, will debut DigitAll360°, its new direct-to-shape digital decoration service for tubes.
3D Neopac Debuts SpringTube for an Array of Applications in the US and India
3D Neopac, a global provider of high-quality packaging for a broad array of industries and applications, has developed SpringTube, a packaging solution for cosmetics, personal care products and other applications, including art paints. The tube is specially designed to maintain its shape while delivering a host of additional benefits for consumers, brand owners and manufacturers.
Neopac introduces Tube Design Guide for optimum recyclability at CPhI Worldwide
Hoffmann Neopac, a global provider of high-quality packaging for a broad array of industries and applications, debuted a set of best practices for tube packaging recyclability at CPhI Worldwide. The company’s Tube Design Guide for Recyclability amounts to a multi-step tutorial with comprehensive consideration of lighter, more circularity-minded materials.
Neopac wins three prestigious healthcare sector packaging awards
Hoffmann Neopac has received three high-profile awards for tube solutions in the healthcare sector. Each of the tube solutions utilizes Neopac’s high-barrier Polyfoil technology, a proprietary blend of materials providing advanced barrier properties for products requiring ample protection against potentially harmful external factors, including moisture and oxygen.
Neopac develops Polyfoil dropper tube solution for Streuli vitamin D application
Neopac has partnered with Streuli Pharma AG to launch a dropper tube for direct, precision administering of Vitamin D. Seen as a step up from standard packaging involving glass vials and pipettes, the solution houses vitamin D in a tube with a metered dropper. The result is safer, more accurate dosages.
Neopac Opens First U.S. Facility with Site Tours & Demos of High-Speed Tube Production Line
Hoffmann Neopac officially opened its first U.S. facility on Thursday, May 16 with a ceremony that included tours, demonstrations and remarks from senior executives. Focusing primarily on small-diameter tubes, the 37,000-square-foot plant in Wilson, NC boasts a high-speed tube line capable of producing some 80 million tubes annually, as well as floorspace for several additional packaging lines to come.
Neopac recognized in two competitions highlighting sustainable and innovative packaging solutions
Neopac was one of five finalists for a Green Award at LuxePack New York, where the company's PICEA tube, which houses a line of hair conditioners for Neopac's customer, Madara. Elsewhere, at the 50th Anniversary of the prestigious Swiss Packaging Awards, Neopac won one award category and was nominated in two others
Neopac Participates in Smart Green Island Makeathon Youth Education Challenge
At the event, Neopac challenged youth participants to design and develop a "smart tube" for pharmaceutical packaging applications that, when combined with the company's metered dosing tube solutions, could help patients adhere to prescription regimens via IoT connectivity.
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