Tetra Pak starts producing paper straws in Europe

Tetra Pak has announced that its customers have started to test their paper straws for beverage cartons in Europe.
Adolfo Orive, President and CEO of Tetra Pak, said: "We are pleased to have developed a paper straw that is fully functional and meets internationally recognized food safety standards. This is an important step in our vision to achieve a container made entirely from materials of plant origin, contributing to a low-carbon circular economy. "
Made with FSC ™ certified paper and recyclable, like the rest of the packaging, the new paper straw will be available initially for individual-sized carton packs, which are commonly used for dairy products and drinks for children: Tetra Brik® Aseptic 200 Base and Tetra Brik® Aseptic 200 Base Crystal. The initial format chosen will be that of the straight straw. The packaging portfolio and different forms of straws will gradually increase as the project progresses.
The market tests of the paper straws have already begun, with limited volumes. Meanwhile, the company is working to increase production capacity at its straw plant in Lisbon, Portugal.
The company has also announced that it has been evaluating technical advances and working with several technology leaders to explore other biodegradable options, such as polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), a polymer that is also derived from plant materials.

I Meeting Women, Packaging and Innovation

The Spanish Technological Platform for Packaging - Packnet has organized the "I Meeting Women, Packaging and Innovation", with the intention of analyzing the current situation of innovation in the Spanish packaging sector, from the perspective of women in the industry and in the investigation. It focused on the profile of women in management positions in companies, technology centers, business associations, universities, etc. in order to better understand the role that women play within this sector and which aspects are subject to improvement. Its purpose was to create a collaborative network among women in the sector, to help each other and promote the development of all its members.
The meeting began with the welcome to all attendees by Belen Garcia, director of Packnet. The guest speaker was Mª Luisa de Contes, General Secretary of Renault España, Director of CSR and the Renault Foundation for Sustainable Mobility, and President of the Hispanic-French Friendship Association Avenir, who shared various aspects of her long national career and international in the business, associative and cultural world.

Unión Papelera will distribute Nautilus® recycled paper in sheets and coils format

Unión Papelera, specialist in support for printing, graphic design, packaging and industrial packaging, has just reached an agreement with the paper manufacturer Mondi, for the distribution in Spain of the Nautilus® ranges, in sheets and coils. This range of paper has been designed to meet the growing demand for recycled products. All the graphic papers of the new Nautilus® range by Mondi are uncoated and are made with 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Nautilus® is available in two versions, depending on the whiteness of the paper.
Nautilus® Classic is made with 100% cellulose from recycled paper, so it requires much less water and a considerable reduction in energy consumption. It is a product that is totally committed to environmental responsibility throughout the development and production of its cellulose and in the manufacture of paper. For its manufacture, pulp has been bleached through a chlorine-free process (PFC), which reinforces its image as a sustainable company. These processes have led him to obtain the Angel Azul certifications, one of the oldest and most prestigious environmental certificates, confirming the highest ecological standards, in addition to the FCS® Recycled and Ecolabel certificates. It offers a sharper text appearance and a natural tone (Whiteness CIE 112, whiteness with UV 88%).
Nautilus® SuperWhite is a premium 100% recycled uncoated paper that, thanks to its high whiteness, is ideal for contrast-rich applications (CIE Whiteness 150, UV whiteness 104%). It is characterized by being made with 100% post-consumer recycled fibers and being certified with the FCS® Recycled, Ecolabel and neutral CO2 on demand. Nautilus® SuperWhite is available in sheet and coil formats ranging from 80gr to 350gr.

COEXPAN and EMSUR present INNOTECH, an R + D + i center specialized in Rigid and Flexible Packaging

COEXPAN and EMSUR open the doors of INNOTECH, its new center of innovation and development that was born with two main objectives: to become an international reference in the rigid and flexible packaging industry, to address the great challenges of the sector in terms of sustainability, and to response to the new demands of the market and consumers.
The new center, located in the city of Alcalá de Henares, in Madrid-Spain (international headquarters of both Divisions), will serve as a meeting and collaboration space where clients, suppliers, associations, public bodies and universities, among others, will collaborate on projects aimed at develop more efficient and sustainable packaging that contributes effectively to the improvement of the environment.
With more than 1,000 square meters and a large team of experts (R & D, Engineering, Sales and Marketing), the new center has extensive multidisciplinary work spaces, as well as state-of-the-art technology, specifically:
• Rigid and Flexible Pilot Coextrusion Line.
• Pilot Lamination Line.
• FFS and VFS packaging lines.
• Sleeves tunnel.
• Laboratory equipment.
Within the portfolio of solutions and services offered by INNOTECH include: consulting / advice on packaging, testing and testing of materials, exclusive training and training services, as well as laboratory analysis.
"In a constantly evolving environment, INNOTECH represents our commitment to innovation and was born with two main goals: proactively address together with our customers and collaborators the great challenges of the sector in terms of sustainability, circular economy and food security, as well as help our customers accelerate their development processes and launch new products with more innovative, efficient and sustainable packaging solutions, "says Daniel Carreño, CEO of Grupo Lantero.
On the other hand, Pascal Reina, Director of INNOTECH, points out; "The experience of our team of experts in rigid and flexible packaging, together with the state-of-the-art machinery park installed in the INNOTECH, will allow us to accompany the development projects of our clients from start to finish; advising them and helping them find the best packaging and packaging solutions for their products, optimizing their costs and minimizing risks in their development processes ".

NEFAB opens a new operations center in Villarreal

NEFAB, a Swedish multinational specialized in the design and manufacture of custom packaging, has opened a new operations center in Villarreal (Castellón, Spain) to provide packing and packaging services in Valencia, Alicante and Castellón.
The services of the new Operations Center of Villareal include  the manufacture of the packaging service. The facilities have 1450 m2 of construction for execution, assembly and services.
All packaging is delivered with phytosanitary certificate. In addition, the company is responsible for training the expedition department of its customers to provide a 360 degree service.
Regarding the benefits of Nefab's packaging service, it is worth mentioning the lower costs of transportation and the optimization of shipments, as well as the elimination of waste in the facilities where the service is performed. Additionally, Nefab avoids all type of incidences in the shipment and loss of pieces in destination thanks to its 70 years of experience.

Germark wins an award from the World Label Association

Germark is the first Spanish company that has won one of the World Label Awards, prizes granted by the World Label Association, a federation that brings together the different associations of label manufacturers in the world. Nearly 300 works of fifty companies from 26 countries have submitted to the competition.
"It is the highest recognition that exists in the world of label and for that reason we are especially excited to receive the award", explains Iban Cid, its general director, who describes the distinction as "the oscar" of the sector.
The prize, awarded at the European Label Forum congress of FINAT (Féderation Internationale des fabricants et transformateurs d'Adhésifs et Thermocollants sur papiers et autres supports) in Copenhagen, has been awarded to Germark thanks to the Mask Shikiso - Protection UV Rays label,  in the Cosmetics category.
«The innovation contained in the label, which is applied to a container of hair mask, resides in that the plastic is not stuck but can be opened and closed evoking in a red tone the protection of the product against the UV rays of the sun », says Iban Cid.
In addition, Germark has received two more awards in the latest edition of the awards that FINAT convenes annually in the digital printing category, for a label that is also for the cosmetics sector.





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