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Sustainability is the most important topic in the plastics industry. Brand owners and plastic packaging manufacturers are eager to reduce the environmental footprint of plastic packaging. Kao has great ambitions in this area. The Japanese personal care manufacturer is introducing rPET bottles for its renowned hair care brand Guhl, manufactured by Weener Plastics.
Kao, which has a strong presence in Europe, is famous for its hair care brand Guhl. Earlier this year, Kao relaunched the packaging of Guhl shampoo bottles. These are now made of 50% recycled PET (rPET). According to Kao, this saves more than 770 tons of CO2, over 520,000 liters of water and 180 tons of PET each year. In its Philosophy and Actions on Plastic Packaging, the company states that it strives to reduce the use of plastic in its product packaging.
Relying on WP recycled plastic expertise
Weener Plastics (WP), which has been supplying Guhl bottles for many years, was happy to meet Kao's request for a more environmentally friendly bottle. WP made use of its vast experience in the area of using recycled plastics to manufacture plastic packaging components. The WP Materials Team managed to find the right type of rPET, which meets all of the mechanical and esthetical specifications, including high transparency of the bottle.
"We wanted to use the highest possible percentage of rPET without having to accept inclusions or color distortions," states Daniel Nebe, Team Leader Packaging Development at Kao EURL. Extensive tests delivered excellent results, which convinced Kao to market this new sustainable package. The next step is to start making the Guhl flip-top closure – also produced by WP – from PCR material.
Sustainability, in the broadest sense of the word, is part of WP's corporate strategy. A dedicated Materials Team has been appointed to continuously expand knowledge on post-consumer materials, such as rPET and recycled PP and PE. Extensive tests and research are carried out with standard as well as customized bottles, (spray) caps, dispensing and dosing closures. In addition, WP's development teams and sales force strongly focus on accelerating the use of recycled plastics. In this way, WP can play an active role in the transformation to a circular economy.
WP launches first 100% recyclable dispensing valve
Following extensive research, trials, laboratory tests, and consumer reviews, WP’s Innovation & Development team has created a 100% recyclable valve that offers fully controlled, clean dispensing. WP’s fully recyclable valve is made of a specially developed material. This enables full recycling with polyolefin waste streams – regardless of the bottle material.
Need to freshen up shoes after intensive activity? Weener Plastics (WP) has developed Carl, a smart shoe deo spray concept with two sprays circulating in opposite directions. In addition, Carl is a very sustainable solution. It has been especially designed to be produced from Post Consumer Recycled polypropylene.
Global packaging manufacturer Weener Plastics has become an official participant in the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS). The company is experienced in designing, developing and manufacturing rigid plastic packaging that meet demanding e-commerce delivery circumstances. Accordingly, Weener Plastics is pleased to be qualified as a member for Amazon's Frustration-Free Packaging Programs.
The inventive development team at Weener Plastics (WP) in Brazil developed the Eco Green Tube, an environmentally-friendly, mono-material squeeze tube for Personal Care solutions. Sustainability was the key challenge for the development of this standard 40 mm tube, being the first real “green tube” in the market. With a production base in Brazil, the Latin-American market is targeted.
Weener Plastics thinks green, serving up sustainable solutions for environmentally conscious customers
As pressure to ‘think green’ escalates through the roof, sustainability continues to be an integral part of Weener Plastics’s strategy. Boasting unrivalled technological competences, the company develops packaging components for the personal care, food & beverage, and home care markets, working incessantly towards minimising its carbon footprint. Ilona Vermeer underscores the importance of sustainability solutions for Weener, explaining how it is determined to make the plastics packaging industry circular in the next years.
Weener Plastics' e-commerce-ready laundry detergent closure for Henkel
Henkel and Weener Plastics have teamed up to translate a challenging new laundry detergent closure design into reality. The result is an appealing, functional dispensing closure that perfectly complements the newly designed bottle and has the ultimate mix of characteristics: a sustainable system with excellent pouring behavior, suitable for e-commerce use and optimal efficiency in manufacturing and logistics.
Weener Plastics' attractive spray cap for new Nivea deodorant packaging
For many years, Nivea has been Beiersdorf’s loved and always reliable global skin care brand. Great care was taken in selecting a packaging supplier for their new female deodorant and anti-perspirant range. Weener Plastics (WP) was chosen to design, develop and manufacture the new twist-lock spray cap, including development and manufacturing of the tooling.
Weener Plastics (WP) Group acquires Latin American packaging solutions provider Proenfar from Altra Investments. The agreement was signed on 23 April 2018. With this acquisition, plastic packaging supplier WP continues its expansion in emerging markets and strengthens its product portfolio. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.
Weener Plastics adopts pioneering approach with PCR
Driven by innovation and the ambition to push boundaries, Weener Plastics (WP) has initiated a variety of circular economy programs. One of these initiatives is the introduction of non-food standard caps and closures made from up to 100% Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) polypropylene.
Multiple awards for Nivea packaging with Weener Dispensing closure
Nivea Hand Care’s alluring packaging isn’t just pleasing to look at. Picking it up is almost irresistible – and delivers a pleasant consumer experience. That is why the appealing packaging has received several awards in 2017, such as the Red Dot Design Award for Communication Design and the German Packaging Prize. A welcome compliment for the hinged dispensing closure produced by Weener Plastics, which is functional, convenient, reliable and attractive.
Weener Plastics acquires Orange Products Brazil
Weener Plastics (WP), headquartered in The Netherlands, has acquired the shares and operations of Orange Products Plasticos Ltda in Brazil (OPB) from Orange Products Inc (OPI) and C-Pack, its current shareholders. The transaction was closed on 11 October 2017 for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition is in line with WP's M&A strategy.
Visual quality, sustainability and convenient handling is why renowned brand owners have chosen Weener's new CosmoTop tube closures. The alluring dispensing closures combine weight reduction with proven consumer benefits whilst giving the package an attractive look. CosmoTop lines stand for upmarket tube closures and benefit from two lid design options.
Weener Plastic Packaging Group (WPPG) has acquired the shares of its joint venture partner Globalpack and currently owns 100% of Weener Globalpack Indústria Plástica Ltda in Jaraguá, São Paulo, Brazil. The plant produces plastic packaging components for deodorants and antiperspirants. The company has been renamed and will operate as Weener Indústria Plástica Ltda from now on.
In recognition of market demands for innovative and superior quality tubes closures, Weener has developed a family of attractive tube closures called CosmoTop. These are available in several diameters, designs and surface finishes. Various smart features with additional consumer benefits were incorporated in this development.
3i Group plc (3i), the international investment manager, has agreed to invest approximately €250 million (c. £183million) in Weener Plastic Packaging Group, a leading manufacturer of innovative plastic packaging systems for the world’s leading FMCG companies and private label manufacturers. The former shareholder, Lindsay Goldberg Vogel, has sold its stake in WPPG.
Weener Plastic Packaging Group (WPPG) has expanded its production activities in the Netherlands. The facility in Ede – Plasticum Netherlands, part of WPPG since June 2013 – has almost doubled its operations with the annexation of its 4,400m2 neighbour building. A newly built corridor connects the two buildings, resulting in a total space of 11,000m2.
Weener has launched its new corporate website - www.wppg.com. Plasticum - part of the Weener Plastic Packaging Group since June, 2013 - has been integrated into the new site. The fully redesigned website has a contemporary look and feel, and much more user-friendly navigation, following the latest world wide web web standards. The new site reflects the company's focused strategy and the capabilities to meet today's customer needs.
Hochland, the leading expert for cheese products in Europe, has recently launched a new range of cream cheese products. Being a valued supplier for many years, Weener Plastic Russia was awarded the job to design and develop the complete new packaging range. The packaging is functional and appealing. The jars and lids are injection moulded while decorated with an In-Mould-Label and have been optimized to offer a stable and sound filling process on high speed filling lines.
The Weener Plastic Packaging Group has developed a new patented cost-effective dosing system: the Pure Dispense technology. The applied membrane is a sustainable solution for an accurate and controlled dispense of various formulations, thanks to the efficient and direct movement of the membrane when squeezing the tube or bottle. It is particularly suitable for personal care solutions, such as creams, gels and lotions.
In order to support customers internationally even better in the future and expand Weener's market position, the Weener Plastic Packaging Group will restructure: The Dutch Plasticum Group B.V. with its 300 employees and four European production facilities will be integrated into the Weener Plastic Packaging Group as a subsidiary.
- Jo Webb
- Brand Launch
- Created 09 May 2019
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