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FINAT Sustainability Awards 2022

Converters take the lead

24.11.2022 The 2022 FINAT Sustainability Award recognises the efforts of the self-adhesive label industry to increase sustainability. This year five initiatives were entered in the competition, covering innovative paper-based labels, renewable energy generation, decorations optimised for environmental impact, and compostable flexible packaging.

Innovations inspired by nature

15.11.2022 Sappi, a leading global provider of everyday materials made from renewable woodfibre-based resources, has attended The Greener Manufacturing Show and the Plastic Waste Free World Conference in Cologne on 9 and 10 November 2022. The show and conference brought together more than 150 exhibitors and over 3000 international brand owners and manufacturers from many industries who are intent on enhancing their sustainability credentials and reducing the impact of their operations on the environment.
SKZ and Fraunhofer IFAM

Improving the surface quality of recycled components by means of plasma coating

08.11.2022 In a joint research project, the German Plastics Center SKZ in Würzburg and Fraunhofer IFAM are investigating the possibilities for improving the surface properties of recycled plastics with regard to adhesive applications. Activation and coating processes with atmospheric pressure plasma serve as the means of choice for this.
Rosenberger OSI

Switch to bio-based and biodegradable packaging

18.10.2022 Rosenberger Optical Solutions & Infrastructure (Rosenberger OSI), expert in fibre-based connectivity, cabling solutions and infrastructure services, announces that its in-house plastic packaging for patch cords will be converted to bio-based and biodegradable polymers in the coming year.
Mitsubishi HiTec Paper and SN Maschinenbau

Cooperation in flexible paper packaging

30.08.2022 In the field of flexible packaging for food and non-food, sustainable solutions are particularly in demand. The speciality paper manufacturer Mitsubishi HiTec Paper (Bielefeld, Germany) and the expert for pouch packaging machines SN Maschinenbau (Wipperfürth, Germany) are now joining forces to offer safe and at the same time environmentally friendly packaging solutions made of paper.
Polymer Group and Fraunhofer IAP

Production plant for novel bioplastics starts operation

28.07.2022 The Polymer Group has established another subsidiary, SoBiCo GmbH (Solutions in BioCompounds). The focus of activities is on flexible PLA copolymers, a novel class of bioplastics marketed under the name Plactid.

CEFLEX project task team develops mono-material duplex laminated pouches using PP recyclates

15.07.2022 The CEFLEX initiative brings together more than 180 European companies, associations and organisations that represent the entire value chain of flexible packaging. To help boost recycling rates and expand sustainable end markets, a team of CEFLEX stakeholders developed a quality recycling process (QRP).

New member of the R-Cycle Community

25.05.2022 OLBRICH GmbH (Bocholt, Germany), with its Polytype Converting brand, is active all over the world and in various fields. With approximately 450 employees worldwide, the specialists have been developing flexible production lines for more than 70 years, enabling customers to realize high-quality products.
Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating

EFSA-compliant process produces food-safe sheet from PET recyclate

11.04.2022 Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating – the Reifenhäuser Group's business unit specialising in cast film, sheet extrusion, and extrusion coating lines – has developed a particularly efficient production process that allows PET recyclate to be processed directly into food-safe sheet without an upstream drying process.

Where protection and translucence meet

31.03.2022 With its new translucent paper Crystalcon, Sappi is adding another innovative product to its range of sustainable packaging papers. Used in combination with Sappi’s heat-sealable Seal Silk, the new paper delivers a recyclable, easy-to-implement packaging solution for a variety of food and non-food applications – all from a single source.

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