Creating production injection moulds in a facility without a tool shop is a huge challenge. Managing a company department that must simultaneously secure ongoing production and create new moulds may generate delays and many other unforeseeable events. Ultimately, however, the development of our company in this direction is proving to be very beneficial, as it gives us unlimited control over the whole process – from the idea to the finished product. So how do we use this competitive advantage at Politech?
One of the biggest ecological conflicts of our time concerns polymeric materials. We are surrounded by plastics and a lot of them stay with us longer than we would like. The dispute regarding plastic waste continues, and it is their producers who are often blamed for it. Should they be?
The work on polymeric materials began in the 19th century and the 1850s saw the first items made of this type of material being produced. The “plastic revolution”, however, started only in the following century. The increase in production was a result of cost-effectiveness, a wide spectrum of use, fairly simple production and the products’ aesthetics.
Problems plastics generate
Over time, the negative consequences, rather than the advantages, of accumulating these materials on our planet were brought to public attention. Their simple production results in huge amounts of plastic objects being manufactured. Sooner or later they are dumped. Only a small portion of them is disposed of or recycled. Tonnes of polymeric materials go into landfills, pollute oceans, spoil continents or are recklessly burnt.
It is because plastics take a long time to biodegrade and their recycling requires waste sorting. It takes a plastic bag around 400 years to biodegrade, and a plastic bottle – even 1000 years. If those items are not segregated and reused, they pile up in increasingly large heaps of waste.
Plastics and ecology
It is not true that polymers only deteriorate our planet’s ecological condition. A good example is the use of plastic elements in a car’s bodywork. A plastic material is lighter than a standard metal alloy. As a result, the following are reduced: the vehicle’s weight, fuel consumption and air pollution.
There is a good practice of producing items with thinner walls, which simply makes them lighter. Such a process reduces the amount of plastic used, as well as shortens the time of their biodegradation. Companies invest enormous amounts of money in specialist filters which prevent air from being polluted during the plastic production process.
Waste segregation followed by its recycling are of high significance. When plastic waste is mixed with another type of rubbish, its recycling is either impossible or very expensive. When polymeric materials are properly segregated from other waste, they may be recycled and reused, which decreases the demand for new products’ manufacturing. Well segregated plastics may also be handed over to specialist incineration plants where they are changed into energy.
What scientists are working on?
Therefore manufacturers are striving to reduce the detrimental influence of plastics on the environment. They assure the minimal use of material, segregate waste, reuse production waste and invest in cutting-edge, environmentally friendly production technologies.
Corporations closely cooperate with and support scientists in creating new materials which would reduce the amount of waste left after plastic manufacturing. Polymers from easily biodegradable materials have appeared. Some of those are: PHB – produced by microorganisms, PLA – produced from food industry wastes or PCL – created from petrochemical materials. Moreover, polyurethane and PLGA have been successfully joined, which resulted in a material that is biodegradable in salt water. Some ideas have emerged to create plastics with additives which would accelerate their biodegradation.
Plastics have become an inherent part of human life and it is hard to imagine them disappearing. Some are used to reduce environmental pollution, as in the case with a car’s bodywork. Rather than giving them up, we should educate society and producers on the importance of waste segregation, material reuse and protecting the environment by companies (e.g. chimney filters).
British futurologist Ray Hammond believes that we should simply learn how to use plastics better. “We will owe everything to polymeric materials, even the growth in microprocessor speed: thanks to polymers used in nanotechnology, computers in 2030 will have at least 500 thousand more possibilities than today”, claims Hammond. Plastics themselves are a huge opportunity for humanity. It is our decision how to use them and if our life among polymeric materials will be in harmony with nature.
Stress, putting our professional life before private matters, constant haste in all daily activities, eating on-the-go, a lack of sleep, no time for our family… These things are typical of contemporary times. And it is precisely them that the increasingly popular Slow Life lifestyle is supposed to counteract. Its characteristics are becoming noticeable in many areas of life as well as in various industries. Similar trends can be observed in the cosmetics market, where both the producers and the consumers are heading towards Slow Life.
The belief that in the past people did not dream about having luxury goods and products made by “known brands” is certainly mistaken. The wealthy often boasted about having fabrics imported from India, perfumes from France, or suits sewn by the best tailors. All kinds of such luxuries were, however, reserved only for the richest social groups.
Bespoke production is beneficial for the customer
Politech offers standardised products such as caps for perfume bottles, rings and jars for cosmetics. Every item and even individual parts of the items may be ornamented using the following methods: vacuum metal coating, UV varnishing, hot-stamping or full body colouring. Other options available: matt finish, glitter or pearl effect. That way, the range of possibilities is really huge and if we sold stock products, it would hamper the imagination of our customers and limit our development.
Shopping for the right perfume
Perfumes perfectly complement our personality and look, make us more courageous and catch the attention of those around us. They give us that special something that makes us stand out, that sets us apart. Good perfume is pricey, and if we want to spend a specific amount on it we should make a choice that we will not regret and that will have a positive effect on how we are perceived by others.
Trends in different sectors of trade and life in the 21st century are changing ever more rapidly, leaving consumers trying to keep up. Of course, those companies that move with the times and quickly adjust their products to trendy colours, patterns, textures, scents, and most importantly, consumer behaviours, expectations and experiences, benefit from doing so.
The appearance of any packaging plays a key role in the shopping process for the customer. What is more, consumer decisions are made in several dozen seconds, with only a few being spent on looking at a single product. The process of ensuring that our goods are the ones that attract the eye of the customer for longer begin with the development of the packaging.
According to one of the most important rules of marketing, a seller should not offer their clients a product, or rather a feeling, experience or dream which the product can accomplish. This rule is well known to perfume manufacturers who certainly do not offer water that smells like orange and ginger but “an oriental and tropical sensation that every strong man who wants to keep it natural needs.”
It might seem that product packaging always corresponds to the value of the commodity. In reality, however, form often alludes to the taste, smell or composition of the product or to abstract values rather than to the actual quality of the content. How to properly select the packaging for a product so as not to let down the expectations of consumers?
Although Slow Life continues to be one of the most influential trends in the consumer market, there is also a large group of people who have a different approach to life. This group of consumers chooses cosmetics with great care, assessing their composition. They also have certain requirements related to life in a constant hurry. Instant Beauty expects quick results, 3-in-1 cosmetics, and products combining care cosmetics with colour cosmetics.
Sophistication, sensuality, luxury, beautiful scents and chic. Why is it that France is associated with these values? Why is it that French perfume is also associated with these qualities? Is it because of the unique plants and climate, which influences the locally-grown perfume ingredients? Perhaps it is so because the French have the best “noses” in the world? Perhaps there used to be real reasons for this, but the advantage of French perfume today only extends to marketing?
The future of online cosmetic sales
The cosmetic market is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The pace of growth is set by Asia, generating up to 35% sales in this market segment. Global cosmetic sales have been increasing by 6–7% annually thanks to the rising level of hygiene standards and growing consumer awareness, accompanied by increased distribution.
The history of perfume involves more than stories about ancient incense and associated rituals, or the most well-known fashion brands and French manufacturers from Grasse, where tons of flower petals and herbs were transformed into perfume. Unfortunately, it is also a story of filth, stench and very strong aromatic oils, the purpose of the latter being to mask the other, less pleasant smells.
How to reach your target group - Cosmetics for teenagers
Targeting, choosing the target group, and looking for a product niche refers to one particular issue. In order to really understand those terms, it is worth describing them using a specific example, such as cosmetics for teenagers. While creating a new cosmetic line, a company should accurately identify the recipients of their products and select the proper means of communicating with this group.
About creating glass packaging and our cooperation with Heinz-Glas Działdowo
After years of collaboration, relations between business partners begin to look routine. However, Politech is curious about the world and eagerly discusses issues related to cooperating companies. This is why we decided to conduct a short interview with Monika Kosmala-Sójka, Sales and Marketing Manager in HEINZ-GLAS Działdowo.
Perfumes are designed to captivate with their scent; however, we have known for a while now that we often judge them by their packaging, even before smelling them. Perfume brands have been trying to reach their clients by changing the visual forms of their perfumes, using different methods. Newspaper ads, billboards and TV commercials are just a part of it. Sometimes we may see perfumes in films. Is their presence on the silver screen accidental?
When creating a series for babies, cosmetics producers seem to have reached fertile ground. Parents willingly use protective products for their children in order to ensure proper development without any skin problems. Caretakers are, however, a more and more aware target group and their requirements of products are still growing. The question is, is it worth entering the market of cosmetics for babies?
The preferences of consumers change as quickly as anything in the world around us. Consumer trends can no longer be divided into decades but rather single years, and, in certain industries, even by season. So it is no wonder that companies that are trying to keep up choose rebranding, or at least the gradual revival of their packaging design.
Some substances require a little more attention than others. The reasons are varied. Sometimes a specific temperature must be maintained, on other occasions greater container strength is needed. At other times, the shape must be specially adapted to the form of the material carried inside, while sometimes not only is product safety of concern, but also that of people in its vicinity – as is the case with hazardous agents.
Many people cannot imagine their life without social media, and it has also become an important part of the marketing strategy employed by big companies. Being present on social media involves increasing the prominence of web pages, reaching different groups of recipients using particular distribution channels and improving the image of a company.
- Elias Bittan
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