Robinson – the manufacturer specialising in value-added custom packaging – has joined forces with NEXTLOOPP to deliver for the first time a supply chain model to close the loop on food-grade recycled polypropylene (rPP).
PP is the ultimate multi-functional, protective material – rigid, high strength, lightweight, versatile – a perfect plastic for packaging. In Europe, PP consumption accounts for 10 million tonnes per year with 40% used for consumer packaging. About 70% of this consumer packaging is for food packaging which typically gets recycled into non-food applications as currently there is no viable solution for the generation development of food-grade rPP material from mechanical recycling.
Our sustainability pledge and legislative targets for recycling and increasing recycled content in packaging will only be met if we make transformational changes and create a clear pathway to a circular PP model in which we are producing PP food packaging that includes sustainability sourced rPP derived from mechanically recycled food packaging. That is why NEXTLOOPP is so critical. Managed by leading environmental consultants Nextek, the consortium is a team of expert organisations across the PP and food supply chain, including Robinson.
Nextek Managing Director Professor Edward Kosior says:
“NEXTLOOPP shares the vision of our members to create a supply chain model for the collection, sorting and reprocessing of food-grade PP packaging. Our focus is on the efficient manufacturing of high-quality, food-grade rPP for use in a wide range of processes and packaging. We are delighted that Robinson has joined the project which will benefit from their technical knowledge and expertise in injection and blow moulded PP packaging”.
The objectives of the 2-year NEXTLOOPP project are: demonstration of innovative sorting technology; preparation of protocols for EFSA and US FDA; implementation of sorting requirements for packaging in the recycling stream; mechanical reprocessing facilities for rPP food-grade as raw material in packaging.
Robinson is a major user of PP and will be involved in trials and tests to ensure the recyclate produced meets the technical specifications and functional needs of packaging products and manufacturing processes.
Lubna Edwards, Sustainability and Marketing Director, Robinson says:
“This project is absolutely aligned with our goals and those of our customers for closed-loop solutions, as well as governmental circular economy targets. Demand for this high value recycled material will continue to rise as we continue to transition away from using virgin material. Much of our UK business depends upon PP and this project gives us the opportunity to tap into cutting edge technology, learn from industry partners and trial the material for use in our packaging. It is particularly ground-breaking in that we are working towards ensuring a secure, stable, and cost-effective supply of high-quality rPP while increasing consumer recycling and preventing the leakage of plastics into the sea or going to landfill”.
World's First Industrial-Scale Manufacturer of G3 Dispenser Plug is Robinson Packaging
Huhtamaki Inc. is a global player in sustainable food-on-the-go and food-on-the shelf packaging solutions, operating in 35 countries from 81 sites across the world. As part of their patented Quikspread container system, Huhtamaki supplies specially engineered dispenser plugs for some of the world’s most well-known foodservice outlets.
Robinson Supplies the Right Bottle to Lead in Disinfectant
Fabulosa Ltd is a family-run business based in Crewe, Cheshire. It manufactures multi-surface, ready-to-use disinfectants under the ‘My Fabulosa’ brand. It chose to partner with Robinson as it needed a reliable supplier that could provide a custom-moulded PET bottle from tooling that is dedicated to supplying only their filling lines.
Robinson Packaging Designs Bespoke Luxury Rigid Boxes
Robinson Packaging develops and manufactures bespoke luxury rigid boxes. Your product is packaged securely and decorated to your brand’s distinct style. With expertise across many major markets, including confectionery and food, toiletries, cosmetics and multimedia, Robinson creates top quality boxes that catch the eye.
Robinson acquires Danish business Schela Plast
Robinson – the manufacturer specialising in value-added custom packaging – has acquired the Danish company Schela Plast. This major investment is part of the company’s dynamic development strategy allowing Robinson to continue to build on its bespoke, customised model and align with its multi-national customers on the back of three years of successful growth.
Robinson at Webpackaging LIVE Virtual Exhibition 2020
Robinson is excited to be one of just 20 companies participating in Webpackaging LIVE, the world’s first virtual packaging exhibition. The innovative 3D stand will allow visitors to look at a range of products on virtual shelves, including both Robinson's plastic and premium paperboard packaging, and the virtual exhibition stand really lets people see what Robinson has to offer.
500ml HDPE Bottle – Available Now
Robinson UK is delighted to announce that from the start of May we will be adding a 'Boston Round' 500ml HDPE bottle to our standards portfolio. The bottle is suitable for hand sanitiser with a wide range of caps, pumps and dispensers, including our own flip-top closures and simple refill cap.
Helping to feed the Nation during COVID-19
A message from CEO Helene Roberts about how Robinson's collaboration is essential. Robinson-produced soup and sauce pots, bowls, and ready meal containers play a vital role in keeping us all fed during this troubled time. Our UK and Polish plastics businesses are considered as Key Industries within the Food and Drink sector, critical for ensuring that our nations have access to food and people are being fed.
COVID-19 – Our Response
As a global packaging manufacturer, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. At Robinson Packaging Innovation we are working to ensure the best safety for all our employees and work colleagues. Robinson staff are making a collective effort to work remotely and keep providing the best services to our clients and partners.
Herbs & Spice Packaging Gets 30% Food Grade RPET
Herbs and Spice packaging will be enhanced with the introduction of our 100ml PET jar manufactured as standard with 30% Food Grade RPET included. These containers are also ideal for baking ingredients and sprinkles and come with a variety of closures to choose from.
Robinson have developed tooling for a 300ml Tamper Evident container and lid for the new McVitie’s on-the-go range. Manufactured in PP and able to be decorated with In-Mould or Post-Mould labels, this pack is the perfect On The Go solution and Pladis McVitie’s have been the first to take advantage of this for their range of Mini Bites.
Robinson Packaging has developed a range of custom moulded, tamper-evident bowls and lids, for the re-launch of Asda’s Health Range of chilled ready meals. The project to develop the 500ml and 900ml packs had a demanding time constraint with no margin for error, as Asda Health is an existing range that is sold across all Asda stores.
Robinson Packaging have always been quick to adopt new technology, and as part of an on-going development plan, they have invested in the latest state of the art 3D printer technology and new tool room machinery to strengthen their custom project rapid prototyping and pilot tool capabilities at their Kirkby-in-Ashfield site.
- Mike Webber
- Company News
- Created 21 Apr 2021
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