12 new technologies at interpack for packaging designers

Lisa McTigue Pierce in Packaging Design on April 11, 2017

Enhanced flexible packaging, new decorating ideas, digital printing improvements and more await visitors to the largest packaging trade show in the world: interpack.

Every three years, the global packaging community is treated to a buffet of packaging innovations, technologies and ideas like no other when Messe Düsseldorf stages interpack in its complex of buildings (19, at last count) in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., interpack starts on Thurs., May 4. For seven consecutive days (yes, including the weekend), packaging aficionados from around the world will search the nearly 175,000 square meters of exhibit space for new packaging ideas, solutions and technologies—that’s more than 570,000 square feet for folks not conversant in metric measurements, or about the size of five blocks in New York City.

Here’s a preview of some of the new packaging development/design-related technologies suppliers from around the world will exhibit at interpack 2017.

Page 1. Easy-open package from Mondi

Page 2. The Twist Cup from RPC Group

Page 3. A new polyester (PET) film that can be digitally printed without any need for priming or coating from Flex Films

Page 4. A new decorating process called Metallic Doming from Gallus

Page 5. New Vento coffee bag from Amcor Flexibles

Page 6. The Pharma-Multi-Act tamper-evident label for syringes from Schreiner MediPharm

Page 7. Two new co-polyamides from leading chemical and plastics company BASF

Page 8. New Supply on Demand service from pharmaceutical packaging specialist Rondo

Page 9. New near infrared-based food contaminant detection system from Sun Chemical

Page 10. New Elex-one series of electron beam (EB)-curable flexographic inks from Toyo Ink Group

Page 11. Clear, handled containers in new EPET class IV material from Bekum

Page 12. New DeltaFuze closure liner from Selig

1. In survey after survey, consumers say they want packages to be easy to open. As part of its “easy-open initiative,” international paper and packaging group Mondi offers several such solutions on its packages—CornerPack, StripePack, FlexziBox Flat Bottom with diverse features, Peel Film and ZipperPouch.

The company will showcase a recent application of its ZipperPouch, developed with renowned tea manufacturer Twinings (see photo above). With a unique structure—and new look and feel that commands attention on the shelf—this package can be easily opened and reclosed.

Mondi also collaborated on a new bio-based chocolate bar wrapper for Mars with Rodenburg Biopolymers and Taghleef Industries. The four-year development uses Taghleef’s Nativia Ness biodegradable film made with Rodenburg bio-resin and rotogravure printed by Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging. While the bio-based film runs at the same speed as biaxially oriented polypropylene on packaging lines, the printing  was more challenging because the heat generated during printing could shrink the film. Arkadiusz Sapiecha, managing director of Mondi Solec in Poland where the film was printed, says, “Thanks to intensive in-house research and our long-term experience in rotogravure printing, our team was able to achieve a high-quality print which matches the appeal of standard OPP while retaining the packaging’s more natural character.”

Mondi, Hall 9, Booth A24/B23


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