NPulp straw-pulp technology uses a chemical process that converts a naturally abundant resource (straw) into pulp for paper making, a process that reportedly requires less energy and reduces the amount of greenhouse gases produced, according to its manufacturer. Through bio-pulping-a proprietary enzymatic process that eliminates the use of harsh chemicals when converting straw to straw pulp-the manufacturer will tap into the more than 600 million tons of agricultural straw biomass available in China. NPulp can be used to produce corrugate board, molded cushion packaging and other conventional paper packaging products.
Protective healthcare container
MediCan combines the strong barrier of aluminum against light, moisture and oxygen with the high stability of rigid containers, providing protection to healthcare products and thus extending their shelf life. This package can be produced in a range of shapes and designs. It has high-integrity sealing technology yet has been tailored to meet the demand for senior-friendly packaging, allowing for easy opening.
Printed metallic film laminate
Laminating printed metallic film onto an APET base expands the opportunity for creating eye-catching designs. A solvent-free lamination process means the product range can offer highly personalized designs suitable for packaging applications such as ice cream containers, confectionery trays and trays for sushi. Unlike traditional in-line hot lamination, the off-line and solvent-free method is said to enable lamination of a variety of materials in different applications.
RPC Group Plc, +44 1933 416528.
Stand-up reclosable pouch
The Cryovac Multi-Seal FoldLOK reclosable packaging line has expanded to accommodate center-store products. The package features a gusseted bottom, allowing for stand-up display of a variety of products including snack foods such as nuts, candies and dried fruit, as well as pet treats. The Multi-Seal FoldLOK package uses advanced adhesive technology so consumers can open and reclose the package multiple times without needing to completely remove the top or use zippers.
Sealed Air, Cryovac Div., 800-391-5645.
Water-based black ink
BK651 black ink for thermal inkjet was developed specifically to withstand the rigors of the pharmaceutical market. Samples of 2D data matrix codes printed with BK651 ink were tested against samples produced using other market-leading inks to assess fading characteristics. The results concluded that, of the samples provided to PIRA, this water-based black ink maintained a grade A through to Blue Wool 4 and softened to a grade B at Blue Wool 5.
Melodie Delicate and Melodie Forever are low-profile design pumps that offer smooth actuation and an engine that disappears into the neck of the fragrance bottle. Both pumps use a pre-compression spray technology. Melodie Delicate can distribute an even, delicate spray with a gentle actuation and a whisper sound. Melodie Forever provides a long, sustained, uniform spray of fine particles for a weightless, subtle feel.
MeadWestvaco Corp., 804-444-1000.
Summer wine shipper
Wineloc recycled-content wine shipper provides a stable temperature for approximately 72 hours. This package system, designed to meet ISTA-7E temperature testing profile, protects wine from the harsh high temperatures that often occur in transit during the summer months. The EPS 6- and 12-pack foam units, contained within a corrugated outer carton, use pockets that hold frozen gel refrigerants and allow internal airflow.
ACH Foam Technologies, 800-525-8697.