Posts Tagged ‘Materials’

GSK takes a shine to filmless, ‘green’ holography | Greener Package

Posted in Branding, Cosmetics & Toiletries, Design, Environmental Issues, Healthcare & Pharma, Innovation, Materials, Recycling, Technology on October 19th, 2009 by Anne Dallison – 3 Comments

GSK takes a shine to filmless, ‘green’ holography cartons

A new carton for GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare’s Aquafresh White & Shine toothpaste shimmers with a subtle holographic rainbow effect with a heavy emphasis on the green end of the spectrum. Through the use of new printing technology, the carton is as easy to recycle —something that most holographic packages cannot claim.: “Traditional holographic packaging contains a laminated layer of metallized polyester that does not remove easily from the paperboard, making recycling very difficult,” says Michael J. Larocca, packaging development manager for GSK Consumer Healthcare. “This package has no polyester or metal content. As a result, there is no impact to typical paperboard recycling streams.”

via GSK takes a shine to filmless, ‘green’ holography | Greener Package.  by Anne Marie Mohan, Managing Editor,

Chinese funding to cut specialist food packaging imports

Posted in Business News, Drinks Packaging, Food Packaging, Machinery, Materials on October 16th, 2009 by Anne Dallison – 12 Comments

Chinese funding to cut specialist food packaging imports – worrying trend?

By Rory Harrington,

A Chinese packaging company said it is to receive multi-million dollar government funding to expand its operations and reduce domestic reliance on specialist packing imports.

Shiner International announced this week that the development of its Packaging Industrial Park project in Hainan will be part-funded by a government grant of RMB 29m ($4.26m).

Domestic boost

The company, which specialises in food safe and anti-counterfeiting packaging, said the cash will be used in the construction of a new facility. The Chinese Government gave the green light to the funding because the plant will help domestic food manufacturers reduce their reliance on having to buy specialist film packing applications from overseas, said the company.

Shiner CEO Jian Fu said: “For quite some time, the Chinese domestic market has relied on the importing of high quality packaging films for high-end consumer products at great expense to Chinese manufacturers. In recent years, the central government has begun to realise the importance of domestically developed key technology products that utilise intellectual property that is developed and owned by Chinese companies such as Shiner.”

Funding for its packaging project will allow the Chinese outfit to make its patented products in a state-of-the-art facility, he added. The money will be used for construction of infrastructures, improvement of capacity and recruitment of senior technical staff for the project.

via Chinese funding to cut specialist food packaging imports.

Design Cognition team-up to help Small Businesses with packaging design

Posted in Branding, Design, Design Cognition News, Legal, Marketing, Materials, Opinion, Training on October 2nd, 2009 by Chris Penfold – 8 Comments

Design Cognition have teamed-up with to provide support to small businesses. The Top10Tips website provides a range of resources for Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) covering all sorts of areas pertinent to a business start-up, including the following:

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* Packaging Design
* Search Engine Optimisation
* How to Choose a Marketing Mentor
* Strategic Marketing for Start-Ups
* Brochure Writing
* Social Responsibility for Small Business
* Brochure Design
* Email Stationery Design
* Marketing your Small Business

In terms of packaging design, I’ve provided my Top Ten Tips to help get you started. As I state there, “Packaging is often the last thing to be thought about in a long chain of events during the development of a product; often an after-thought. However, packaging is the main component to deliver consumer convenience and something that can vastly affect the satisfaction or otherwise of a products performance.”

So if you’d like to ‘get it right first time’, you can read the full article (all 1 -10 Packaging Design tips) by clicking the following link. Have read and let me know what you think. Cheers Chris Penfold

Clariant launches new technology for color fade plastics

Posted in Cosmetics & Toiletries, Design, Innovation, Marketing, Materials, Technology on September 29th, 2009 by Chris Penfold – 3 Comments

Via 29th Sept 2009

Focusing on the increasingly popular trend for faded special effects in plastic packaging, Clariant has launched a new more economical reflective technology.

The company introduced the fade special effect at the HBA show in 2008, and says that it has expanded its capabilities in the area because it has proved to be so popular with personal care and cosmetics providers.

The technology now includes increasingly sophisticated colors and layer combinations, which serve to provide a variety of finishes, from the very subtle, to bolder and more provocative designs, the company says.

Read the full article at: Clariant launches new technology for color fade plastics.

New Material Made From Paper Sludge Could Replace Plastic Packaging

Posted in Environmental Issues, Innovation, Materials, Recycling, Technology on July 2nd, 2009 by Chris Penfold – 14 Comments

This is a really interesting article about the reuse of paper production waste – a new biotechnology method used to modify the chemical and structural properties of the cellulose materials that are left over – and has potential in all sorts of applications.

ScienceDaily (July 2, 2009)

Margarita Calafell, a researcher at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the UPC’s School of Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering of Terrassa (ETSEIAT), has developed the new method.

In many cases, the new material could replace plastic packaging and auxiliary building materials. The new patented material has unique properties. It is low density, mouldable, fire resistant, impermeable, porous and highly resistant, and it may replace less environmentally friendly materials in many industry and production sectors.

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Sunchips debuts compostable bag

Posted in Environmental Issues, Food Packaging, Innovation, Materials on June 23rd, 2009 by Jane Bear – 5 Comments


PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay is rolling out compostable packaging for its SunChips snack line bit by bit this year, with a fully compostable bag due by Earth Day in 2010.

Lauren R. Hartman, Senior Editor — Packaging Digest, 6/22/2009 4:00:00 PM

Just in time for Earth Day, PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Div. is rolling out compostable packaging bit by bit this year, with a fully compostable bag due out on Earth Day in 2010. Applied to bags of its SunChips brand, a popular line of multigrain snacks, the plant-based, biodegradable material is a structure made of NatureWorks’ ( polylactic acid (PLA) film, said to decompose over 14 weeks when placed in a hot, active compost bin or pile—at home or at an industrial composting site.

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