Metsä Spring and Valmet collaborate to develop a new wood-based product

Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring and Valmet have initiated a joint project for the development of a novel wood-based 3D product to replace similar products made out of fossil resources, especially in consumer products like packaging.
The joint project focuses on fine-tuning properties of the new environmentally-friendly material and on developing a highly automated and digitalized manufacturing technology. Utilising Metsä Group’s current industrial side streams as the raw material of the new product will also be assessed. The aim of the project is to jointly analyse the technical and economic performance of the new concept and evaluate the prerequisites to build, in a potential next phase, a pilot plant integrated to existing pulp or board production in Finland.
“Our new product would be of high quality, safe, easily recycled and based on sustainably grown, renewable Northern wood. Should material recycling, for some reason, not be an option, the product is also biodegradable. Moreover, its manufacturing would be fully fossil free”, says Metsä Spring’s project lead Jarkko Tuominen.
“Valmet is strongly committed to the development of solutions that support sustainability. As a technology leader, we are in a first-class position to utilise our existing, unique technology and product development capabilities for the benefit of projects like this,” says Petri Rasinmäki, head of the Board and Paper Machines Technology Unit at Valmet.
The start-up of a potential pilot plant could take place in 2021. If the pilot plant phase proofs the concept viable, then the next step would be to construct a first commercial manufacturing line in the years ahead.

Aptar Group acquires FusionPKG

Aptar Group, Inc has entered into a binding agreement to acquire Fusion Packaging I, L.P. (FusionPKG), a leader in high quality, prestige airless and color cosmetics packaging, and conception-to-launch turnkey solutions for the North American beauty market. Aptar Group is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of a broad range of drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and active packaging solutions servicing the pharmaceutical, beauty, personal care, home, food and beverage markets. They are headquartered in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and have 14,000 employees in 17 countries.
Jonathan Gross and Derek Harvey will remain on as Co-CEO’s ant the entire leadership team will continue on in their current capacity. The organization will opérate as a stand-alone business unit while gaining Access to all Aptar products and capabilities including their innovation pipeline, IP and sustainability platform.

Pentawards 2020 opens for entries

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Welcome to the 14th edition of the world's leading and most prestigious competition for packaging design. This globally accredited award is the definitive symbol of creative excellence in packaging. The 14th edition of Pentawards has started on 10th February 2020, and here you will find everything you need to prepare your entries. The call for entries will run for 7 weeks, in which time we anticipate receiving over 2000 packaging design entries, from 70+ countries. 

Over the years the Pentawards has fast become the most prestigious industry accolade and is highly regarded as the pinnacle of packaging design excellence.

With 6 weeks to go until the closes, now is the time to understand the invaluable impact this award can have on your business.

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We have three:

1. Thirty of the world’s most creative minds are on standby to discover your work.
In 2020 the jury will double in size from fifteen to thirty members. An expansion that demonstrates our commitment to recognising the best of the best in global packaging design. This eclectic mix of design directors from iconic brands, CEOs from the most renowned agencies and general design disruptors in packaging is now more diverse in gender, ethnicity, cultural milieu, origin and specialism than ever before.
A change like this can only be a good thing for you, the entrant. Now our increased jury has more time to get to grips with each and every entry they are judging and are able to make better judgements by sharing their own knowledge and experience to reach the right decision.

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2. Pentawards Excellence Score to give you honest and actionable advice on your design.
The score will be based on the jury’s verdict of the entry, with the four aspects of the judging criteria - the quality of design, brand expression, creativity & innovation and emotional connection. Each element will be scored, allowing entrants to identify areas for improvement as well as areas of success. The participants will get the clearest possible sense of what the judges thought of their packaging. Actionable, tailored insights like these will be invaluable for packaging designers keen to take their work to the next level.


3. Global exposure. 
Winners receive invaluable exposure through worldwide press and media. In the meantime, all the winners will have their work published in The Package Design Book by Taschen – the bible of packaging design.

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Timeline and fees

10 February - 2020 call for entries - 7 week period
10 - 14 February - Early Bird entry phase - 1 week period
17 - 28 February - Standard entry phase - 2 week period
02 - 13 March - Latecomer entry phase - 2 week period
16 - 27 March - Last chance entry phase - 2 week period
27 March - Competition closes for entries - No extension of the final deadline
20 April - 01 May - Jury voting - Round 1 of judging (online selection)
15 May - Round 1 shortlist revealed - Shortlisted entries progress to round 2
18 May - 5 June - Send physical samples to Pentawards - Shortlisted entries only. Mandatory (except for conceptual & student works)
15 - 16 June - Jury voting Round 2 (physical judging)
19 June - Round 2 final results revealed - Results must be kept confidential


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Lumson SPA presents its news products

The latest products launched by Lumson on the market, include new dispensing systems with a Purity engine, both in airless and atmospheric version, marked by a high compatibility level due to no metal parts in contact with the formulas. The comfort in use, the fast priming, together with the precision of the dosage, characterizes Purity dispensing system solution. A new advanced version of the Purity pump is the POM free pump, which eliminates POM material from the engine, to guarantee the maximum safety of the consumer while using it.
The Company, sensitive about the environment, increasingly invests in the research and development of innovative eco- friendly materials aimed to guarantee high-quality products. TAG is one of these. TAG System, which stands for Techno Airless Glass, is the cosmetic packaging developed and patented by Lumson, which combines the elegance of a glass bottle with all the technical and functional advantages of an airless system.
Lumson showed its products at PCD Paris. For Lumson, it was the first edition of PCD Paris after the acquisition of the historical company Marino Belotti Srl, the Italian leader specialized in packaging for powders (compact and backed products).

PSB Industries enters exclusive negotiations to the acquisition of Qualipac

PSB Industries has entered exclusive negotiations with the Pochet family group with a view to acquiring its Qualipac plastic and metal packaging division.
Qualipac achieved worldwide revenue of the order of €239 million in 2019 and has more than 2,300 employees. The Group possesses internationally recognized expertise for the transformation and decoration of plastics, aluminium and zamak as well as for trading in particular under its Priminter brand. Its complementary fields of know-how enable Qualipac to offer its numerous prestigious customers a broad range of products for the Perfumery, Makeup and Skincare market segments.
The envisaged transaction represents a major strategic move for the development and reinforcement of PSB Industries’ Luxury & Beauty business unit. The transaction will be presented on a consultative basis to the applicable employee representative bodies and then submitted for authorization by the competent competition authorities. It would be financed by PSB Industries’ available cash and by use of credit facilities. 

Binding offer of Silgan to acquire Albéa's dispensing business

Silgan Holdings Inc., a leading supplier of rigid packaging for consumer goods products, announced yesterday that it has signed a binding offer to acquire Albéa’s dispensing business for $900 million.
This business is a leading global supplier of highly engineered pumps, sprayers and foam dispensing solutions to major branded consumer goods product companies in the Beauty and Personal Care markets. It operates a global network of 10 plants across North America, Europe, South America and Asia. For the fiscal year ended 2018, this business generated sales of approximately $383 million.
The proposed acquisition is expected to close in the first half of 2020 and is subject to the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of certain customary conditions. Upon completion of the required works councils consultations, Silgan expects that Albéa and certain of its subsidiaries will enter into a definitive purchase agreement with Silgan and certain of its subsidiaries for the purchase and sale of the business.




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