Sulapac welcomes Chanel as an investor

The Finnish company Sulapac announces that the French luxury house Chanel has decided to shoulder its development, thus becoming its first investor coming from the cosmetic industry. Aiming to tackle the accumulation of non-biodegradable plastics, Sulapac has developed an innovative material which responds to consumers' growing desire to find environmentally friendly products or packaging.
Sulapac® products use a biodegradable and microplastic-free material made of FSC-certified wood chips and natural binders. They have all the benefits of plastic, yet they biodegrade completely and leave no microplastics behind.
Replacing plastic with Sulapac is easy: manufacturers can use their existing machinery with the material, without the need to build new factories. 100 % biodegradable packaging outperforms other sustainable alternatives in terms of barrier properties, fast biodegradation and unique look. Since starting its journey in 2016, Sulapac has won many international awards with its products that combine luxury, sustainability and unlimited design possibilities.
” We have set very high-quality standard to our sustainable material, with an ambition to replace plastic, and we are very pleased to welcome Chanel, a leading brand representing the most demanding luxury segment, among our investors”, says Suvi Haimi, CEO & Co-Founder of Sulapac. “Chanel is definitely one of the forerunners in the luxury segment as they want to invest on latest sustainable material and technology innovations. Our mission to save this world from the plastic waste just became a big step closer!”

Working day organized by the Cluster of Innovation in Packaging

"More than 95% of companies still use the Excel program to plan production, which is a useful software but is not agile when changes arise," said Roberto Milán, director of Industry 4.0 of Nunsys, in a conference organized by the Cluster of Innovation in Packaging.
The technology company presented a practical case of digital transformation for planning and advanced programming of production more efficiently with the implementation of Simatic IT Preactor software, endorsed by the Siemens brand.
To represent it in a practical way, a part of the seminar took place in the facilities of the Segura Group, where its manager of technological projects, Pedro Abellán, explained how the digital transformation of the company with this software is addressed.
Also participating in this seminar was the manager of Improven, Fernando Llano, who told attendees the importance of defining the objectives prior to the digital transformation of the company.
And finally, the deputy director of Biconsulting, Ana Santabárbara, who explained that the administration is making an effort so that "SMEs can make this change towards industry 4.0 and make it a reality."
To do this, from the different governments launch "very powerful" aid linked both to R & D and the implementation of these technologies. For example, the person in charge of Biconsulting announced a help that the national government will launch shortly under the name 'Strategic action of digital social economy' where 100% of the project can be financed.
This activity is part of the second of the technological seminars with which the Cluster of Innovation in Packaging seeks to transfer to companies the importance of digital transformation towards Industry 4.0. It has the financing of the Generalitat Valenciana through the IVACE.

United Caps special event

United Caps, international manufacturer of caps and closures, organized an event at its Hungarian plant on November 30 to celebrate the manufacture of its 10 billionth closure this year, specifically the innovative Doubleflow closure for edible oils. It is the first time in the history of the company that 10 billion closures are produced in a 12-month period.
Located in Dunavarsány (Hungary), the plant specializes in the production of caps and closures for edible oils and beverages. According to United Caps' 'Close to you' strategy to bring operations closer to the customer, the Dunavarsány plant is the company's entry point to Eastern Europe. It serves several well-known brands in the region, including the Polish oil brand Wielkopolski of Princes Group, one of the fastest growing food and beverage groups in Europe. United Caps continues to invest in the Hungarian plant, where a new manufacturing line is being built.
The event featured talks by the CEO, Benoit Henckes, and the director of the Dunavarsány plant, Szabolcs Szili. "We are very proud to have manufactured the number 10 billion closure," says Benoit Henckes, CEO of United Caps. "This is an important milestone that highlights the confidence that the market has placed in United Caps," he added.
Doubleflow is a precision pouring system for edible oils. Designed to improve the user experience with oil, the Doubleflow pouring spout offers variety in pouring options and exceptional control thanks to its innovative droplet shape. It is lightweight and attractive with no compromise on spill-free performance, keeping the bottle dry and easy to handle while maintaining the quality of the contents throughout its shelf life. A wide selection of colours and printing options are available.

TheCircularLab creates a biobased plastic

TheCircularLab, Ecoembes center for innovation in circular economy, presents a new biobased plastic material - obtained from vegetable waste as potatoes instead of oil - compostable, recyclable and biodegradable in the marine environment.
This sustainable plastic has been developed together with the AINIA technology center and comes from decomposing 100% organic material. Regarding the process to obtain it, called PHBV (PoliHidroxiButilValerato) and in the prototype phase, it is achieved after triturating the vegetable waste and extracting the glucose from it, which serves as food for a microorganism that is responsible for producing the biopolymer with which It is manufactured.
The new material could be used for the packaging of food and / or beverage products.

IV Conference on plastics and circular economy: sustainability and recycling

The IV Seminar on Plastics and Circular Economy: Sustainability and Recycling, organized by AIMPLAS and CICLOPLAST, was held in Madrid. The meeting brought together different public administrations and all the actors of the plastics value chain that debated on what should be the role of each agent to achieve the objectives set by the European Union's plastics strategy. The future challenges and the opportunities that the Circular Economy poses to companies were also analyzed.
In this sense, William Neale, advisor on Circular Economy of the European Commission, explained that not only is it necessary to achieve the objectives set by law to achieve a rate of recycling of plastic packaging in 2030 of 55%, "we must also work in the demand for recycling and increase the quality of recycled plastic for companies to use in their products, "he said.
The inauguration of the day was in charge of Javier Cachón, general director of Biodiversity and Environmental Quality of the Ministry of Ecological Transition; José Antonio Costa, Director of AIMPLAS; Marcelo Miranda, president of CICLOPLAST, and Máximo Martín, Partner of G-advisory - Grupo GARRIGUES.
Javier Cachón said that Spain is working on the development of a national roadmap on plastics that is ambitious so that among all we can find solutions to the abandonment of waste in the environment and that is part of the work of the Spanish strategy of circular economy. This roadmap will include objectives such as increasing reuse or recycling.
Marcelo Miranda stressed that Spain is among the top five countries of the European Union with a higher rate of recycling of plastics: 37%, while energy recovery only accounts for 17% and we waste in landfills an important energy value, when Spain is a deficit country energetically.
Ignacio Marco, general director of PlasticsEurope for the Iberian region, recalled that the industry of plastic raw materials in Europe generates more than one and a half million jobs through some 60,000 companies. In addition, Marco presented the voluntary commitment 'Plastics 2030' to achieve a 60% reuse and recycling of plastic containers in that horizon. The objective is to reuse, recycle or recover 100% of the EU plastic containers in 2040, ultimately increase the circularity of plastics and the efficiency of the use of resources.
Next, Luis Cediel, general director of ANAIP, presented the commitment of the transformation of plastics, and David Eslava, president of ANARPLA, spoke about the contribution of the plastic recycling sector to the circular economy and explained that the demand for recycled plastics in the European Union was 49 million tons in 2015. Isabel Goyena, director of Cicloplast, reminded those present of the strong commitment of the plastics sector to the promotion of the Circular Economy.
Also intervened: José María Cobos, partner of J & A Garrigues; Aurelio del Pino, president of ACES; Begoña de Benito, Director of Institutional Relations at Ecoembes; Luis Mecati, deputy director of Environment of FEMP; Marta Martínez, from the General Sub-Directorate for the Protection of the Sea of MITECO; Estíbaliz López- Samaniego, project manager of Vertidos Cero; and Sonia Albein, researcher at the Department of Sustainability and Industrial Valorization of AIMPLAS.
The last block was dedicated to innovative projects on the circularity of plastics. Among other initiatives, AIMPLAS, presented the LIFE RECYPACK project focused on promoting the Circular Economy of commercial plastic packaging waste in urban areas, and Coexpan presented the development of new more sustainable packaging products that include more recycled plastic, such as packaging. of PET food contact or coffee capsules made with biodegradable plastic.
Finally, associations such as ASOBIOCOM, which brings together manufacturers of biodegradable and compostable plastic and that showed the latest advances in plastics of plant origin, biodegradable and fully recyclable and AVEP (Valencian Association of Plastics Companies) participated.

VI Strategic Immersion of the Packaging Cluster

The Packaging Cluster brought together more than 100 professionals from the packaging industry within the framework of the VI Strategic Immersion, which was held on October 18 and 19 in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona) with the support of Acció.
The meeting worked on four topics of interest, such as the circular economy; innovation management and methodologies; the strategy and market trends; and new business opportunities.
In total, there were nine presentations of the strategic themes and a round table with entrepreneurs. Likewise, an innovation workshop was held with the Gamestorming methodology to devise new projects in trends for the sector such as smart packaging; the sustainable packaging; the active packaging; e-commerce and delivery; and the servitization, which also served to make networking among the attendees.

Two intense days
After the welcome of the Cluster president, Artur Costa, he opened the presentations of the Strategic Immersion Héctor Robles, founder of Domo, who explained the Honest Strategy movement: 3 keys to the 21st century company, talking about success, happiness and business sustainability. Next, Isidre Esteve, athlete of the motor world and founder of the Fundació Isidre Esteve, explained keys such as teamwork, preparation and training, confidence and the desire to learn, as pillars to achieve challenges.
The second part of the morning was oriented to the circular economy. On the one hand, Constance Ißbrücker, responsible for environmental affairs at European Bioplastics, explained the present and future state of bioplastics, with the real possibilities of use in different applications. Next, Javier Peña, director of Elisava and scientific director of Materfad, showed the evolution of the materials, showing examples and real possibilities of carrying out packaging with innovative and sustainable materials. In the afternoon, there was an innovation dynamic, with a Gamestorming book methodology, to promote project ideas among the attendees, which was moderated by the entrepreneur Jordi Cusidó, from Garage Lab. The day ended with a visit to the demo center Hewlett-Packard, partner of the entity, who was one of the collaborators of the event.
On the second day, Begoña Hernández, commercial director of Mecalux, spoke about how to differentiate through innovation, with elements such as empathy and creativity as fundamental keys to achieve it. Jordi Armengol, commercial manager of Ferrovial, showed the situation of the recycling of the containers, with concrete data and legislation, putting the focus in areas of improvement for transitions towards the circular economy. Adriana Presas, consultant of Ipsos, presented the main conclusions of a study carried out by the entity, together with other food clusters, where the impact of the digitization of the food sector has been studied.
The scope of the new business opportunities closed the immersion. Anna Busquets, COO of DIME Network, showed instruments to promote new business opportunities for start-ups and clients. Ricard Castellet, COO of Barcelona Tech City, spoke about entrepreneurship, highlighting the high global positioning of Barcelona. Finally, there was a debate with entrepreneurs, in which Marc Bigas, CEO of Skutide, Martina Font, founder of Kartox, and Ricard Berguinzo, CEO of Recircula, participated.



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