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Tip N Tell Labels from Valdamark Direct | Use Tip N Tell indicators to protect your valuable goods. 

Tip N Tell Labels from Valdamark Direct | Use Tip N Tell indicators to protect your valuable goods.  | Packaging | Scoop.it
If goods need to be kept upright in transit, use Tip N Tell indicators to ensure they arrive with your client defect free. Secure ordering. Fast Delivery.
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Valdamark Tip N Tell Labels are to be used when your goods need to be kept upright and horizontal when being transported or stored. 

 

Many of our clients have experienced problems with their valuable products being damaged in transit. 

 

They want goods to arrive with their customers defect free and in factory condition. Its no secret though that in today's world of fast moving goods, third party couriers put emphasis on delivery speed. Rather than the quality of care shipments receive. 

 

Tip N Tell Indicators are brightly colored  self adhesive labels that attach easily to your package or container. Simply pull the pin and the unit is activated.

 

If the package falls below the 90 degree threshold the arrow will turn blue and give a clear indicator that your shipment has been mishandled. 

 

This is great not only to act as a visual deterrent for bad handling, but also it shows your clientele that you have a commitment to damage free shipping. Improving brand perception. 

 

They are cost effective enough to be used on all freight and give you piece of mind once the package leaves your premises. 

 

We supply Tip N Tell in box sets of 25,100,200 and 500. 

 

In addition we stock a variety of other damage prevention products including Shockwatch Labels, Tiltwatch XTR and Drop N Tell 

 

Get in touch for more information on our bulk discounts. 

 

 

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Repackaging The Packaging | A Guide from Valdamark Direct

Repackaging The Packaging | A Guide from Valdamark Direct | Packaging | Scoop.it
Despite the United States containing only 4.4% of the world's population we are responsible for producing over 20% of the worlds trash.
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Lets face it! 

 

In America we throw out the rubbish without a great deal of thought . Despite the United States containing only 4.4% of the world's population we are responsible for producing over 20% of the worlds trash. This is a lot!

 

The majority of which is plastic as well as glass & met pet packaging as well.

 

We all have a roll to play though. Trash that can be recycled is valuable. So we have a responsibility to ensure that value is captured and not just something that adds to the world's pollution problems. 

 

I suppose though there are different kinds of responsibility? 

 

Let take a look at financial responsibility. Is it the metallized film company itself that should take responsibility? Or is it the retailers who sell it? Or maybe the cities and municipalities? Last but not least. Should it be the consumers who are making the buying decisions?

 

There have been a tsunami of laws and waste management regulations introduced around the globe in recent years. 

 

Despite acknowledging they have an important role to play with these measures government must go further. Without their intervention industry will not change its behavior willingly or at the necessary speed. 

 

The problem is urgent and will require strict consequences for non-compliance. I am thinking fines & penalties as well as incentives. Their behaviors should then improve quickly & dramatically. 

 

We know business is already having to comply with tonnes of government regulation, but in the interest of protecting consumers and the plant itself we think this can be fair as well. 

 

In today world labeling of consumer and industrial goods is now the norm to clearly describe what it ingredients it contains. 

 

From chemical products like indicating silica gel to certified organic foods and fair trade items. 

 

The packaging world is changing! Can we keep up!

 

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Drugget Floor Covering For Parties & Events | Export Case Lining Rolls | Valdamark 

Drugget Floor Covering For Parties & Events | Export Case Lining Rolls | Valdamark  | Packaging | Scoop.it

Check out this Drugget Floor Covering for parties and events. The protective cover material is 100% waterproof and very durable. Temporary floor covering for events.

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Jake Whitfield's insight:

Check out this Drugget Floor Covering for parties and events. 

 

The material is 100% waterproof and very durable considering it is a relatively thin at just over 100 GSM with an 8 x 8 cross weave. 

 

Do you require temporary event flooring or an underlay product to be used by catering services. This could be the solution for you. 

 

These rolls are remarkably versatile and keep proving themselves as a 'go to' product for those who want a flexible, waterproof and cost effecting solution at parties or events. 

 

They can be used in conjunction with other event floor covering solutions or as a standalone product. This material is favored by those who work in kitchen and catering environments as it can be transported to site locations without difficulty. 

 

You can use this product as one layer of protection as it is durable enough to withstand foot traffic as well as the spills and impacts which inevitably occur. 

 

When compared to modern textiles and fabrics drugget floor covering still proves itself strong and hard wearing for a variety of domestic and commercial applications. 

 

Indeed this product is continually discovering new uses for itself. 

 

As a general purpose protective cover these rolls are great!

 

The rolls come pre cut in 1.83 mtr x 200 mtr lengths so you have the material in abundance. This means you can easily cover large floor spaces and areas with just one roll. 

 

Using Drugget Floor Covering Rolls

Most of the time this product is used by professionals and trades people for a variety of commercial applications. 

 

Primarily it is used as Floor covering for parties or floor covering for events in general. 

 

Export Packaging companies can also used these rolls for export case lining. 

 

Its easy to cut with a kraft knife and if often a much more cost effective solution per M2 than rubber and matted alternatives.  

 

For Valdamark this is standard product available from stock. We offer market leading discounts for bulk orders. 

 

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Xeikon Corporation Tightens It's Grip With Asia Pacific Tech Centre | Valdamark Packaging 

Xeikon Corporation Tightens It's Grip With Asia Pacific Tech Centre | Valdamark Packaging  | Packaging | Scoop.it
Xeikon has announced it is to open yet another Technology Centre in the Asia Pacific Region.
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Xeikon has announced it is to open yet another Technology Centre in the Asia Pacific Region.
 
The global corporation is a leading brand name in the world of digital color printing. Now it will further strengthen its operations in the Asia Pacific with second technology center.
 
This will be opened in Tokyo and is a symbol of the companies impressive growth both locally and globally. 
 
Looking forward to the grand opening their will be 50 VIP guests as well as a selection of trade journalists and dignitaries. It will be hosted in Xeikon Cafe. 
 
The company has acknowledged that is continuing to experience exponential growth particularly in the Asia Pacific and Japan. 
 
The new technology center is a high tech facility that will assist local Japanese clients in selecting the correct product or service and gaining the maximum return on investment. 
 
The personal touch is very important withing Japanese business culture.
 

 

Indeed for quite some time Japanese packaging companies have been requesting Xeikon for a place to conduct and testing and product demonstrations. Now they have it!

 

Xeikon Technology Center

The new facility uses Xeikon technology to produce both labels & packaging. There are also some products for documents and industrial packaging applications.

 

Xeikon has over 3500 digital printing press machines at the new site designed for metalized polyester film

 

The grand opening of the technology centre also coincides with the launch of two new products. The Xeikon CX3 with Cheetah Technology & Xeikon 9800 for documents printing. 

 

Clients have already started reporting the benefits of the center with some very positive feedback. Japanese business and trade press have also widely reported on the opening. 

 

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Export Packaging Materials for DEF STAN 81-147 - Formerly Def Stan 81-75 | Valdamark 

Export Packaging Materials for DEF STAN 81-147 - Formerly Def Stan 81-75 | Valdamark  | Packaging | Scoop.it

This article from the Valdamark website discussed Export Packaging Materials in some detail. The goal of export packaging in general is ensure sensitive products arrive at their end user in factory condition. 

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This article from the Valdamark website discussed Export Packaging Materials in some detail. 

 

The goal of export packaging in general is ensure sensitive products arrive at their end user in factory condition. This means defect free and so extra measures must be taken to ensure the package is not subject to not only physical hazards but atmospherics dangers too.

 

Marine Air, Salt Water, Gas by products, Excessive Humidity all pose a threat enabling moisture and corrosion damage to potentially occur.

 

Shipments also encounter the usual hazard of poor handling in the supply chain. Items both large and small are at risk.

 

These two types of threats mean that export shippers must look for a complete solution often involving multiple products and multiple layers of protection. 

 

Whatever solution is decided on must often meet the strict requirements of international defense standards like DEF STAN 81-147 (formerly DEF STAN 81-75) and MIL-PRF-131 K Class 1

 

 Clients will often use a export packaging service which will normally suggest robust wooden crates for larger items like machinery and spare parts. 

 

Where wooden crates are concerned it is advisable to review the current wood packaging regulations in the UK. Wood is one of the most popular materials used in international trade and so risks associated with it (like pests and contamination) must be strictly controlled. 

 

Most countries have their own regulations but those exporting from the UK should conform with the International Standard of Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM15).

 

This is international standard is recognized across the UK, EU, North America & China. It is often called the ‘global passport’ for wood packaging.

 

For those exporting from the UK to the EU there is a general understanding that the wooden packaging being shipped is in line with the European Community Internal Plant Health Regulations.

 

Sometimes they may steer clients towards shrink wrap and metal drums that contains a Octabin Liner or bulk packaging of some design. 

 

For sensitive metals that are vulnerable to corrosion damage use VCI anti corrosion bags. This flexible packaging is cost effective and can protect both ferrous and non-ferrous metals for extended periods of time. Up to one year depending on storage conditions. 

 

In any when preparing goods to be transported or stored for long periods of time it is essential to plan for it. Moisture and humidity levels should be continually monitored as well as packaging integrity checking any welds are intact and hermetically sealed. You should choose a good foil bag sealer for this. One that will produce optimal seals. 

 

 

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WOW! Sustainable Packaging Market Will Hit $400 Million In 2024 | Valdamark Packaging 

WOW! Sustainable Packaging Market Will Hit $400 Million In 2024 | Valdamark Packaging  | Packaging | Scoop.it

Sustainable Packaging will hit $400 million by market capital in 2024. Zion Market Research who have authored the report have identified several key players who will drive the growth. 

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Wow! 

 

Sustainable Packaging will hit $400 million by market capital in 2024.

 

Zion Market Research who have authored the report have identified several key players who will drive the growth. This includes the likes of Amcor Flexibles Packaging, Mondi Packaging Films, BASF SE and Sonoco Packaging.

 

Amcor Flexibles Packaging announced last month that it will pledge to commit to sustainable packaging into the long term as well as being a more environmentally friendly company across the board. 

 

Future packaging developments and innovations will focus around recyclable or usable as a focus point, rather than a secondary consideration. 

 

Amcor have also said they want to solve some of the recycling challenges that revolve around the 'scale and reach' of their current packaging lines. 

 

Amcor is joining up with 10 other major flexible packaging manufacturers in order to make the same 2025 commitment. This is all in cooperation with the Ellen Macarthur Foundation (EMF). 

 

During 2018 Mondi Packaging Films assisted global adhesive giant Henkel in helping them find more technological solutions to transform their plastic waste. 

 

Here they have successfully converted huge volumes of scrap into aesthetically attractive and functional laminated packaging foil

 

Over 30% of the PE layer in this material is manufactured from industrial waste that would otherwise be discarded. 

 

This trend from packaging manufacturers to commit to sustainability is most needed. Over 45% of all the plastic demand globally goes into the production of packaging. Manufacturers must play a central role in creating viable alternatives. 

 

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HFM Packaging Is Bought Out by PPC Flexible Packaging | Valdamark Direct 

HFM Packaging Is Bought Out by PPC Flexible Packaging | Valdamark Direct  | Packaging | Scoop.it

"HFM Packaging Ltd. has been purchased by PPC Flexible Packaging LLC for an undisclosed price.

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PPC Flexible Packaging has finally made the decision to purchase HFM Packaging Ltd. 

 

HFM Packaging Ltd has been trading for over 40 years and makes a variety of products including food packaging, cosmetic packaging, pharmaceutical packaging as well as industrial packaging for niche applications. 

 

They have a reputation for high speed manufacture and short lead times. 

 

With extensive die cut labeling services & innovative technology for high barrier pouches they hope to leverage these capabilities into new consumer and health care markets.  

 

PPC already has 5 production sites. Four are in the United States with one in South America. Currently they are owned in full by Morgan Stanley Capital Partners. 

 

 

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Pharmaceutical Packaging Companies have their work cut out | Valdamark Packaging

Pharmaceutical Packaging Companies have their work cut out | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it
The market for pharmaceutical packaging is predicted to increase at a CAGR of 8.75% through to 2026, with PET packaging contributing $45.12bn of this.
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The Pharmaceutical Packaging market is forecast to increase at a CAGR of 8.75% all the way until 2026, with PET packaging accounting for about $45.12 billion of this growth. 

 

During 2017 the total Pharmaceutical Packaging market was estimated to be worth $70.16 billion, about €61.6 billion Euro.

 

It is projected that this will double by 2026. Research & Markets expect it will total over $149.25. 

 

Emerging economies are one of the key drivers of this upward trend. 

 

India is still and emerging economy and is the producer of many of the generic, 'household name' medicines we use. 

 

Indeed the India Brand Equity Foundation estimates that the country is responsible for 50% of global vaccine usage, 40% of the generic demand in the United States whilst for the United Kingdom India manufactures a huge 25% of all medicines. 

 

The report also looks into the products motivating the increase in demand. The two biggest areas of growth are for drug delivery services and blister packaging. 

 

PET Packaging 

 

Globally PET Packaging is growing at a faster rate than the overall market. Despite being a sub set of the bigger picture the forecast shows that it will expand from $14.36 billion to $45.12 billion by 2026. The Compound annual growth rate measures this rate of growth at 13.6%.

 

PET is a type of plastic that's use is widespread in packaging. Primarily for oral drug formulations as well as common 'over the counter' Pediatric & Geriatric drugs.

 

Serialzation & Validation 

 

As you can imagine Pharmaceutical Packaging is already a heavily regulated industry. Further complex regulation is expected, which could hinder further growth into the future. 

 

The most prominent is that in Europe and the United States where serial codes must be added to medical packaging. 

 

The global standard for sterile packaging primarily focuses around EN 868. This focuses on standards for testing as well as best practices and processes for packaging materials and their heat sealing. This must be done by a Medical Heat Sealer that is validatable to code and record the packaging, 

 

With costs increasing for the pharmaceutical companies some have whispered rumours that their may be money to be made in the gathering of patient data through these new regulations. 

 

As you can see there are now a whole host of additional burdens on Pharmaceutical Packaging Companies 

 

in order to sell products into the largest areas of growth, whilst conforming to all the rules surrounding serialization. 

 

 

 

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4 Types Of Protective Finishes To Make Steel Last Longer | Valdamark VCI Packaging

4 Types Of Protective Finishes To Make Steel Last Longer | Valdamark VCI Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it
Although steel is a durable metal, you still need to apply protective finishes to make it stand the test of time. Read on to learn about the different types of protective steel finishes.
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In construction it is still the case that steel is the most popular material used in projects. 

 

It's no coincidence that apart from the exotic & expensive alloys it is also the strongest. Easy to manipulate, cost effective and hard wearing. Despite all these benefits most steel used in construction will have an additional surface layer finished onto it. 

 

This surface finish can be used as a design element to make it more easy on they eye, but its primary use is protection. Helping to extend the steels lifespan into the long term. 

 

Some times this surface layer can even used to compound and improve existing properties within the steel. 

 

The job of these surface layers and finishes is to protect the material from harsh atmosphere and conditions. Particularly when used outside. 

 

In any case though its important to consider the different coatings and finishes when purchasing steel. 

 

 

1. Epoxy Coating

Used primarily for industrial applications. Epoxy can be considered a 'two part' finish whereby it used both coating and primer. It is designed to protect the steel material from corrosion and oxidation.The 'catch and release' system works similar to the process seen in VCI Poly Bags

 

The epoxy is hard wearing and will protect against friction, acids & alkalies as well as moisture damage and gasoline products. 

2. Hot Dip Galvanizing

When steel is exposed to UV rays or is placed near salt water, Hot Dip is the best protective finish you can get. 

 

During the process the steel is dipped in hot zinc. This forms a durable & thick layer that provides VCI corrosion protection into the long term. The zinc here acts as a sacrificial anode which corrodes itself rather than the steel it is protecting. 

 

3. Powder Coating

This protective finish utilized a powder formula paint manufactured form bespoke resins and pigments. The dry powder are charged electrostatically in order to attract paint particles towards the surface area of the steel. This kind of coating is cost effective and affordable for most projects. It can be applied using different colors and is often used in projects where design and aesthetic value are key drivers. 

4. Metal Plating

This uses a chemical bath in order to impart a thin layer of metal or PTFE/Nickel on to the steel. This is an effective process for export packaging improving the metals durability and corrosion resistance. Metal Plating as a surface coating for aesthetics however is not ideal. Often there will be surface defects on the steel itself which cannot be smoothed out.  

 

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We share our top tips when choosing Valdamark Heat Sealer Machines | Valdamark

We share our top tips when choosing Valdamark Heat Sealer Machines | Valdamark | Packaging | Scoop.it
Read PackagingSuppliesByMail.com's blog articles that provide inside information about the industrial, medical and safety supplies packaging industries.
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Heat Sealer Machines are used for closing two sides of of flexible packaging film together. This forms a air tight, 'hermetic' seal around the enclosure.

 

Heat Sealers weld the the two materials together by essentially melting them at a appropriate temperature. This forms the seal. 

 

You need to be careful when selecting the best heat sealer as you need to be aware of both what packaging materials can be used with it as well as the thickness of the packaging film itself. 

 

Most materials that can be sealed with a heat sealer are of the kind that can be measured in millimeters (or microns). 

 

Most that are 1 - 3mm thick can be considered standard whilst those 4-8 mils thick can be considered medium or heavy gauge. 

 

The thicker materials require more heat to seal properly as well as larger sealing welds. 

 

Usually clients will need to choose between two types of heat sealer. Either portable or table top. 

 

Portable sealers allow you to maneuver around large or awkwardly sized items. Perfect for the sealing of transport and storage packing. This is an example of heavy duty heat sealer that is portable as well. 

 

These sealers can often operate at higher temperatures making them ideal for mid to high volume sealing of thicker materials. 

 

Table top heat sealers are great for production lines and packing stations as they remain stationary allowing you to replicate the seal easily at volume. They also often feature cutters allowing to cut the packaging to size and seal it in one action. 

 

The table top variety tend not to operate at very high temperatures (although there are exceptions) and so are ideal for thinner gauge materials like PE and PET. 

 

Whatever your project needs get in touch to review your requirements. 

 

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New Corrosion Coating Solution Is Great For Healing Scratches & Cracks | Valdamark VCI 

New Corrosion Coating Solution Is Great For Healing Scratches & Cracks | Valdamark VCI  | Packaging | Scoop.it
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new novel coating material which can self-heal within seconds after being scratched, scraped, or cracked. Here's how it works -- and how it could be one day be used to protect valuable infrastructure from corrosion.
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Its interesting to think that when we refer to materials and their ability to withstands scratches and scrapes, we usually use words like toughness and durability. Referring to a materials ability to hold out against abrasion. 

 

The reason for this is because most materials are unable to heal their damages once it occurred. Obvious right?

 

Well not now, Researchers at the Northwestern University have truly broken the mold when it comes to a material being able to 'fix' itself.

 

Indeed they have broken the mold by err, not breaking it,.!

 

Rather that exhibiting permanent damage when scraping or scratching occurs etc they have developed a novel material than can heal itself in seconds. 

 

The end goal for this breakthrough is to hopefully one day be corrosion prevention method that can help eliminate the kind of damage that occurs to big structures. 

 

The unique thing about is that unlike other preventative products the oil does not drip, bonds very well and can rapidly heal when damage occurs. 

 

This self healing coating can be used to prevent the corrosion of metals with an easy surface application. 

 

The breakthrough was achieved by modifying an oil solution with light & hollow Graphene particles. Measuring just microns in size the particles build a network in the oil which prevents the oil solution from shrinking or dripping. 

 

However when a scratch occurs they still allow oils to flow when the network and bonds are broken. This then heals the area that is damaged. 

 

In fact researchers found that this corrosion prevention solution was able to keep to performing long after it was applied. The exact same spot was re scratched over 200 times repeatedly. Still it returned to original state, visible undamaged. 

 

The lab at Northwestern University has warned against too much hype for the material. It is early days still. 

 

The material has only been demonstrated on small surface area samples. Though they not foresee problems when scaling up extensive testing still needs to be done. 

 

One future application could be for emergency underwater repairs where metal coatings have been damaged. 

 

Watch this space!

 

 

 

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CWind and ORE Catapult team up to speed up innovation in the UK offshore wind sector | Valdamark VCI 

CWind and ORE Catapult team up to speed up innovation in the UK offshore wind sector | Valdamark VCI  | Packaging | Scoop.it

Together, the two companies will focus on delivering applied research projects and accelerating technology development, aimed at improving health and safety, the operational performance of offshore renewable assets and reducing risk and cost. 

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CWind demonstrates long term commitment to developing solutions that overcome the UK offshore renewable industries challenges. Innovation and technology are at the center of this as it signs a collaboration agreement with (ORE) Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. 

 

Working in tandem the two organisations will make delivering research research projects and accelerating innovation & development their key focus. 

 

The end goal is to improve health and safety in the working environment as well as obtaining better results for the operational performance of their renewable energy assets.  Reductions in risk & cost should also occur.

 

During 2018 Cwing and ORE Catapult has joined forces in a number of areas. Capitalising on each's key strengths and capabilities they are many further ventures in 2019. 

 

One such project is the exploration of an engineered corrosion protection solution and a 'voice of the field' communication platform. Basically something that can be used with the group for offshore assets to communicate.

 

The VCI corrosion solution is an interesting one as solution already exist for the maintenance of oil pipelines and other assets. VCI bags manufacturers even create polyethylene film products in order to protect these kind of components not only during transport but when being operational in the field. It will be interesting to see what sort of packaging solution they come up with. 

 

CWind has also taken the decision to join the Offshore Wind Innovations Hub's Technical Advisory Group. It is a partnered initiative between ORE Catapult and the Knowledge Transfer Network. Primarily focused on reducing offshore wind energy cost whilst maximizing the UK economic benefit. 

 

It is now clear that CWind is going to play a crucial role in shaping the O & M initiatives of the future. Whilst identifying the innovation needs of the market. 

 

 

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Plastic Packaging Companies make up majority of those in the alliance to end plastic waste | Valdamark Direct

Plastic Packaging Companies make up majority of those in the alliance to end plastic waste | Valdamark Direct | Packaging | Scoop.it
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste says it will spend $1 billion to keep plastic waste out of the environment. But its members–like ExxonMobil, Shell, Dow–are undermining the commitment by ramping up their own plastic production.
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Hmmmmm!!!

 

People need to be carefully convinced of this. 

 

The majority of packaging companies funding the alliance to end plastic waste are some of the worlds biggest plastic packaging manufacturers. 

 

Not only that but they are planning to ramp up production!

 

There are over 30 companies in the alliance including ExxonMobil, Shell, Dow and many others in the oil and gas sector. 

 

Despite the alliance planning to spend at least $1 billion in order to help the environment and prevent plastic waste many of these companies are some of the world biggest producers. Demand for plastic is only increasing too!

 

Take Shell for example. They are planning for a future with more electric cars. They think demand for plastics will grow as a result of this. It keeps both fossil fuels relevant in an age of many alternatives while still creating profits in the short term. 

 

They are currently constructing a multi billion dollar refinery to turn petrochemicals into polyethylene, a polymer used to make everything from water bottles to sophisticated packaging for export

 

ExxonMobil is joining in too with a new production facility dedicated to the production of, yes you guessed it. Polyethylene. 

 

Indeed plastic production is forecast to increase over 40% globally during the next 10 years. Primarily due to these kind of new projects. 

 

Graham Forbes from Greenpeace says more need to be done to create viable solutions within the recycling infrastructure. 

 

He goes onto to point out that while the committing for collecting plastic waste looks huge at $1 billion at the same time the same companies are looking to invest over £200 billion ramping up petrochemical output. 

 

The numbers do not lie. 

 
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Consumer backlash against plastic will encourage makers to seek out new Product Packaging | Valdamark 

Consumer backlash against plastic will encourage makers to seek out new Product Packaging | Valdamark  | Packaging | Scoop.it
The fast and furious dismissal of straws by food service and consumers in 2018 was only the beginning of the end for single-use plastic packaging, which analysts with Euromonitor International predict will accelerate in 2019.
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It seems that brands have got the message on single use plastic straws in 2018. 
 
Listening to the voices of consumers they have dismissed these and some other plastic food disposables in lightning quick time. 
 
It would seem to be the beginning off the end for disposable plastic packaging. The analysts Euromonitor International predict this packaging revolution will continue to gain momentum in 2019. 
 
It seems consumers and multi national brands alike have become very conscious of plastic packaging and its implications for ours and the planets health. 
 
In fact about 63% of packaging worldwide is accounted for by the 'ubiquitous plastic packaging'. This proportion made up by everything from pet food to home care, food and beauty products. 
 
This new found awareness has led to Euromonitor including it in their Top 10 Global Consumer Trends analysis released this month. 
 
It says that consumers are becoming increasingly uncomfortable using plastics in general and that they do not rely on the claim from local authorities that the plastic packaging 'may' be recycled. In other words most consumers no know that plastic recycling levels are far from optimal despite brands becoming more conscious of it. 
 
Another big story of 2018 that has shifted public opinion is Chinas decision last year to refuse to accept any more plastic waste from the West for processing. According to Euromonitor this further damages the general claim that plastic packaging recycling is 'happening'.
 
 Several food and beverage Packaging Companies 
 
have responded to consumer demand by seeking alternative Eco Packaging Materials. Even global giants like Nestlé have announced that it is to commit to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by the year 2025. 
 
The main emphasis as with all these initiatives is to reduce plastic waste!
 
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EU Commits To Glass Packaging Recycling ! Already at 74% | Valdamark Packaging

EU Commits To Glass Packaging Recycling ! Already at 74% | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it

The latest industry data on glass recycling suggests that Europe recycled an impressive 12 million tonnes of glass packaging last year..

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The latest industry data on glass recycling suggests that Europe recycled an impressive 12 million tonnes of glass packaging last year. This included the usual culprits like bottles & glass jars as well as more uncommon glass products like windshields and home window. 

 

Overall the combined efforts of the EU 28 states equate to a 74% recycling rate! 

 

This date is actually from 2016 but 2017 & 2018 are actually expected to be higher. 

 

Glass is still the best performing food grade material on the recycling fly wheel, according to the European Glass Container Federation. 

 

More generally the EU has committed to goals on municipal waste reduction as well as glass packaging recycling. 

 

This means that separate collections will need to resume again as in previous years, this is aimed at engaging consumers as well as the municipalities themselves. 

 

New schemes and initiative are needed as it is thought that the impressive 74% recycling rate figure hides problems that exist from state to state. 

 

Adeline Farrelly, FEVE Secretary general suggests that tailored solutions will be required in order to separate glass packaging recycling from other materials like metal foil laminate packaging. 

 

Performance differs drastically from country to country. At the top of the league in the 90% percentile are countries like Belgium, Finland, Austria & Sweden. 

 

These countries have the separate & secondary collection schemes whereby glass packaging is not just collected to hit a target but to provide valuable raw materials for industrial packaging companies and suppliers. 

 

At the other end of the table are countries like Greece, Hungary, Malta & Romania where there isn't really a collection or recycling culture. There is much potential for growth here though. 

 

FEVE has been quoted as saying that each country is different and will require a bespoke solution to move forward and put glass packaging recycling at the top of the agenda. 

 
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Sonoco Alloyd Teams Up With Rethink Robotics | Valdamark Direct Packaging 

Sonoco Alloyd Teams Up With Rethink Robotics | Valdamark Direct Packaging  | Packaging | Scoop.it
Now we know for sure. Sonoco Alloyd & Rethink Robotics are teaming up to form a strategic alliance
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Now we know for sure. Sonoco Alloyd & Rethink Robotics are teaming up to form a strategic alliance. 
 
The goal here is to deliver a complete manufacturing solution to its packaging clients. 
 
The company is headquartered in DeKalb, Illinois and is considered a leader in both medical and Pharmaceutical Packaging
 
The plan is to incorporate the innovative robots of Rethink Robotics into their line of heat sealer machines
 

 

Sonoco Alloyd will be offering Rethink's Sawyer and Baxter robot models. These will be sold by the Sonoco sales force giving their customers the ability to automate their bespoke packing lines with what is a adaptable, versatile and affordable solution. 

Sonoco Alloyd Wants to Encourage Innovation!

Sonoco representatives have said that the partnership with one of the worlds leading robotics technology companies will combine with Sonoco's world class heat sealer systems to provide a complete & unique solution, within a small time frame.  

 

They went onto say that the solution was in part created as a result of feedback they had been given in the field. This customer driven innovation is all about improving the nature of the services that they offer. 

 

Sonoco already uses Rethink Robotics technology in their own factory! Now they want to pass on the benefits to their clients production operations. 

 

 

These kind of calculated & intelligent robotic systems are pioneering and are becoming an absolute necessity for global manufacturers in today's competitive market. 

 

Indeed the future for manufacturers will be a robotic one!

 

 

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Indian Beverage Packaging Is Growing Fast | Valdamark Product Packaging

Indian Beverage Packaging Is Growing Fast | Valdamark Product Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it

The need for convenience and high consumption rates of drinks in India is leading to an increased demand for Beverage Packaging. 

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The need for convenience and high consumption rates of drinks in India is leading to an increased demand for Beverage Packaging.

 

Sustainable Packaging has accounted for the biggest demand within the growth. 

 

It is forecast that during 2017 beverages accounted for about 21% of the total retail packaging market in Indian. This was valued at about $125 million then but is predicted to increase an a staggering annual growth rate of 12% until 2022. 

 

The number is drastically higher than other sectors of the retail packaging market. The growth is mostly coming from fruit juice drinks as well as the usual bottled carbonated and still waters. 

 

Materials for Beverage Packaging

The most common materials we see are rigid plastics as well as some paper, glass and metal product packaging

 

Often different materials form the closing and capping mechanisms for the beverage as well.

 

Plastic and Glass take up about 70% of the total beverage packaging market. 

 

Despite this dominance it is predicted that the demand for met pet packaging will increase as often it saves space and is easy to transport. These kinds of solutions nearly always increase a products shelf life. 

 

Despite these types of materials being more expensive brands have known for a while that customers will happily pay a little more for product packaging that is ergonomically and convenient. 

 

In general though most of the liquid packaging market is shifting towards PET Packaging as a way to provide easy consumption. They are also easy to recycle and fit well into the 'on the go' lifestyles of most consumers. 

 

In India this type of PET Packaging accounts for about 55% of the bottled water market whilst the rest is made up of alu foil bulk bags and pouches. 

 

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For Efficient Shipping - We Need To Focus On The Box! | Valdamark Packaging 

For Efficient Shipping - We Need To Focus On The Box! | Valdamark Packaging  | Packaging | Scoop.it

Have you ever received one of those large boxes only to find it contains a small product buried under mountains of void fill and air pillows? Or the famous vacuum packaging that is bullet proof and cannot be opened even with the sharpest of tool?

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Have you ever received one of those large boxes only to find it contains a small product buried under mountains of void fill and air pillows?

 

Or the famous vacuum packaging that is bullet proof and cannot be opened even with the sharpest of tool? You know what I mean the kind of packaging that surround razors and batteries. 

 

It is frustrating battling through this just to get to your prize!

 

More alarming is the finding by the University of Southern India that over 33% of landfills are made of this plastic packaging waste. 

 

The environmental impact is huge and raises questions like how can we improve efficiency in the supply chain by reducing or replacing these kinds of plastic packaging. 

 

E-Commerce vs In Store Packaging Habits 

 

You would probably think that companies with both presences would use the same packaging process in store and online right?

 

Well no, they do not. Here is why

 

Packaging in the store is serving a different purpose to that used for e-commerce purchases. 

 

Packaging in store focuses largely on the brand itself. Color, Size, Presentation etc. 

 

It markets the brand outside of the store itself. Protective Packaging is often a secondary consideration as only minimal protection will be required. 

 

E-commerce shoppers view product images and specifications online and often long before they see the physical product. 

 

Its also important to consider that E-commerce orders are likely to be returned and so require a smooth process with environmentally friendly packaging. 

 

As well as these considerations retailers must also consider the package being dropped or damaged in transit. In fact Anama package and container testing services estimate this occurs 17 times to a package during its journey through the supply chain. 

 

Retailers can potentially counteract this problem with the use of Shockwatch Stickers and Tip N Tell indicator labels but even then the packages are still vulnerable as packages will often travel through many different sites and locations to get to their final destination. 

 

The big takeaway here is that online packaging should not concentrate on look and appearance, rather protection and it's ability to withstand shock and vibrations. 

 

Improvements in Packaging Efficiency 

 

 

Packaging Companies are always looking for ways to further improve their packaged products. With a view to improve sustainability and improve supply chain efficiency. 

 

Ideal solutions usually are the 'correct size' for the total supply chain meaning they provide adequate protection whilst not over packaging the goods and taking up un-necessary space. 

 

What Improvements Can Be Made?

 

Some retailers have recently signed up to the Multis service. This is a way to tempt buyers with incentive vouchers and store credits. 

 

Here buyers must combine multiple items and purchases into single orders and thus single shipments. It's difficult though as it obviously adds sizable extra costs to inventory management as well exposing retailers to additional ''picking & packing' errors. 

 

Other companies are looking at reusable packaging options that don't finish up in the recycling bin! 

 

So in theory the customer keeps the packaging and reuses it. 

 

The problem here is that retailers with huge product lines and SKU codes are finding it difficult to use a 'one size fits all' packaging solution. 

 

Some of the more creative solutions look to leave empty bulk packaging for couriers to collect in order to create a kind of reusable packaging fly wheel. This though is a logistical challenge with pick ups being expensive and requiring the active participation of the consumer, 

 

What Efficiencies Can Be Made?

 

 

 

It is essential to optimize transport costs. Delivery to a customer is what gets all the attention but the trailers that deliver to distribution centers are essential too. 

 

Here inbound efficiency management is required. Companies do not want to be paying for empty space on pallets or in cases. Correctly designed packaging with products like metal foil laminate and export cases can make all the difference before a product gets anywhere near a customer. 

 

As well as weight considerations its also packaging dimensions that are important. By removing waste packaging and saving space the expense per item reduces. 

 

We are also witnessing a move to rectangular packaging in order to further save space. 

 

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Amazon's Plastic Packaging Is Outrageous. Lets Stop Recycling It! | Valdamark 

Amazon's Plastic Packaging Is Outrageous. Lets Stop Recycling It! | Valdamark  | Packaging | Scoop.it

As we know recycling can be complicated at the best of times. Now there is another menace to avoid. Amazon Plastic Packaging bags!

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As we know recycling can be complicated at the best of times. 

 

Throwing plastic into the recycling bin is easy but the vast majority of curbside recycling locations do no accept plastic bags. 

 

Now there is another menace to avoid. Amazon Plastic Packaging bags!

 

The Washington Post has reported that Amazons's recently introduce non-recyclable mailing bags are clogging up some of the recycling plants in the United States. 

 

Consumers simply throw them in the bin along with the rest of the recyclable items. 

 

A representative from the King County Solid Waste Division has stated that the Amazon Packaging bags suffer from the same flaw as regular plastic bags in that they cannot be sorted once in the recycling machinery. 

 

Well they could, but it would be a labor intensive process that would add significant costs! Not to mention they would have to stop the machinery itself.

 

Another layer of complexity is added due to the paper labels on the bags not being recyclable neither!

 

Amazon recently introduced these plastic mailer bags and has since begun shipping some of its orders to buyers around the globe. This is an alternative to corrugated cardboard packaging and is also thought to be a space saving method on their trucks and airplanes. 

 

Despite this it seems this new plastic packaging has created yet another recycling headache in that it simply ends up in landfills.

 

The only viable, recyclable alternative are some kind of Foil Vacuum seal bags, but these of course are a more expensive option. 

 

Amazon is looking to launch a 100% recyclable paper alternative in the not too distant future. 

 

 

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Its official....Samsung says bye bye to plastic packaging | Valdamark Direct

Its official....Samsung says bye bye to plastic packaging | Valdamark Direct | Packaging | Scoop.it
Samsung has announced that it will start taking steps this year to replace plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally sustainable…...
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The electronics giant Samsung has announced that as of next year it start implementing its plan to replace plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally friendly alternatives. 

 

From early 2019 Samsung's current product packaging line, which ranges from phones to tablets & home appliances will be replaced with eco friendly packaging such as recycled or bio type plastics and paper. 

 

Samsung is also looking to replace the holders for their mobile phone, tablet and wearable items with a recycled pulp mold. Their accessories currently use plastic which will be replaced with foil bags for packaging 

 

 

Also being altered is the phone charger design which will swap the shiny exterior for a sleek matte finish. This also replaces the need for protective barrier laminated film

 

Plastic bags are also used to cover the surface of home appliances like TV's, washing machines and other home fittings. These will be swapped for recycled alternatives and bio plastics. 

 

Bioplastics are an interesting alternative as unlike other plastics they are not manufactured from fossil fuels, rather sugar can and starches. 

 

Samsung has states that it will only implement fiber materials that are approved by the global environmental organisations including the Forest Stewardship council. As opposed to regular paper that is manufacturing intensive. 

 

Samsung Electronics is stepping up its game by restructuring it packaging usage. Plastic packaging waste and resource depletion are two of the biggest challenges facing the planet today. 

 

Its good to see a company taking steps to adopt eco friendly packaging solutions even if it means slightly increased costs. 

 

By the year 2030 Samsung aims to use about 500,000 tonnes of recycled plastic packaging.

 

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PC Love Vodka Liquid Packaging | Absolut Change  for Valentines | Valdamark Packaging

PC Love Vodka Liquid Packaging | Absolut Change  for Valentines | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it
Absolut Drop Vodka Packaging - The new Absolut Drop vodka packaging has been unveiled by the brand just in time for Valentine’s Day to help spread the word of inclusive lov...
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Check out this new politically sensitive product packaging.

 

One of the worlds biggest brands has unveiled its new Absolute Drop Vodka Packaging . It has been released just in time for Valentines Day and is there to help spread the good word for all inclusive love. 

 

The Vodka bottles are limited edition and are manufactured using recycled glass that feature labeling made with a special ink. 

 

We say special as believe it or not the ink used has been extracted from signage that has been collected from anti-LGBT and racist groups used during protest. We have no clue as to how Absolute came into possession of this, let alone get enough ink to do a whole production run.  

 

Each bottle is embossed with the word 'love' that is written in different languages across the surface area of the bottle.

 

They want the bottle to be a beacon of 'international love'. Hmmmmmm!

 

Is this cynical marketing or worse a patronizing stunt towards the self respecting people of the LBGT and Colored communities?

 

The packaging is certainly powerful and the message behind it a good one, but....

 

This does kind of remind me a little bit of the Meghan Markle writing on Bananas event. Just in that it s virtue signalling gone mad. In any case why would it be necessary to recycle the ink from racist signs. Surely its just the message itself that matters?

 

The Head of Marketing at Absolut explained that the company is proud of the packaging and its powerful message that love has no borders and that this is at the heart of Absolut brand.

 

Absolut is a passionate supporter of the LBGT community and has a long standing partnership with the Stonewall campaign. 

 

They have also placed a 'Take pride in diversity' medal across the bottle. This further appeals to the collector and captures the attention of more people. 

 

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Hmmmmm....Exporting Donkeys From Pakistan to China | Valdamark Packaging

Hmmmmm....Exporting Donkeys From Pakistan to China | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it
Pakistan, which has the third largest donkey population in the world, will export the animal to China, opening the avenue to earn millions from the trade, according to a media report.
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Did you know Pakistan has the third largest Donkey population worldwide?

Yes they do and now they will export them to China. This could potentially earn them millions in revenue from the trade. 

 

Donkeys are quite the asset in China used extensively for their hide's in traditional Chinese medicine.

 

In particular Gelatin from the Donkeys skin which in TCM has long been prized to have medicinal benefits. Specifically benefiting the blood and improving immune system function. 

 

Pakistan has over 5 million Donkeys and despite the trade imbalance China is still number 1!

 

A official at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was quoted as saying the Chinese are showing a big interest in Donkey farming in Pakistan and are getting ready to invest up to $3 billion USD. 

 

These Donkey Farms and bulk packaging facilities are a new initiative that have not been seen in Pakistan before. According to sources at least two donkey farms have been constructed in Dera Ismail Khan with another in Mansehra. 

 

This has all been done in cooperation with a 'foreign partnership'. 

 

The first three years hope to see up to 80,000 donkeys export shipped in protective packaging to China. 

 

 

 

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Automotive Packaging Company ICI Reveals New Bumper Solution | Valdamark Packaging 

With the Best Packaging in the Industry, ICI's hybrid pallet box design allows up to two Front Bumpers and three Rear Bumpers to be stacked on top of each ot...
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As far as automotive packaging companies go ICI is really leading the innovation charge with this new solution. 

 

The Hybrid pallet box solution is a design that allows for extreme space utilization. Typically these kind of pallet boxes only allow 1 Or 2 bumper maximum for shipping. The ICI packaging solution allows for two front bumpers and three rear bumpers to each be stacked on top of each other. 

 

Each bumper part is fully enclosed with the pallet box and fits snugly thus to save space and to ensure the parts do not move when being handled in the supply chain. 

 

Consider alternative correlated products that simply box the valuable automotive parts with shrink wrap. This leaves the parts open and exposed to both damage from the elements and poor handling. 

 

This packaging design is simple but effective. It will definitely  prevent shipping damage in my opinion, as well as improving space saving efficiency.

 

Speaking of damage this product has a outstanding record. 

 

Shipping Damage Indicators are also used during transport and storage. However so far they have not recorded a single breakage.  This 0% defect rate is particularly impressive as freight of these weights and dimensions will usually experience at least 5% that are damaged in transit and not in factory condition.  

 

Get in touch to discuss your Shockwatch and Tip N Tell requirements.  

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New Heritage Color Scheme for F15's in 48th Fighter Wing is revealed | Valdamark VCI Corrosion Packaging

New Heritage Color Scheme for F15's in 48th Fighter Wing is revealed | Valdamark VCI Corrosion Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it
The special color it’s the first of three heritage F-15s. On Jan. 31, the 48th Fighter Wing revealed the first of three “heritage” F-15s.The aircraft, a Strike Eagle belonging to the 492nd F…...
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The 48th Fighter Wing has unveiled one of its new 'heritage' color scheme F-15's

 

The aircraft pictured was previously used by the 492nd Fighter Squadron and is decorated in the livery of a P-47 Thunderbolt. This was the main plane used by the 48th Fighter Wing during the second world war. 

 

Interestingly during the conflict the 48th Fighter Bomber Group as it was known flew the Thunderbolt during countless operations in Europe, including the Normandy landings of June 6th, 1944. 

 

Here the group were an integral part of the plan flying over 2,000 sorties that resulted in over 500 tonnes of ordnance being dropped and over 160,000 rounds of ammunition fired. 

 

The heritage project is here to pay homage to the legacy of the 48th Fighter Wing and its members. 

 

Specifically their contribution to the D-Day invasion. 

 

The decorated of plane looks like a hybrid of the both the old P-47 and new F-15.

 

The squadron started of with 25 designs to consider with 3 being decided on as main contenders, 

 

The attention to detail on the final design is outstanding. 

 

Tech. Sgt.Casey Cheff of the 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron pointed out that it was a great training exercise for the men who had limited experience completely overhauling the livery and artwork on their aircraft. 

 

Sgt Cheff who works in the corrosion control section went onto say that VCI corrosion protection film was essential as an underlay in order to maintain the integrity of the craft whilst having the new color scheme applied.

 

The new aircraft all display a checkered pattern on the nose cone as well as black stripes that cover the wings with additional insignia like the Statue of Liberty on the tail. 

 

In total over 640 labour hours spanning 15 days with over $15,000 spent on painting equipment and anti corrosion packaging

 

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New flexible & Bipolar batteries are adapted by researchers with VCI corrosion solution | Valdamark

New flexible & Bipolar batteries are adapted by researchers with VCI corrosion solution | Valdamark | Packaging | Scoop.it
Researchers from the German Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) have announced a new development in battery technology, using a “new type of flexible and extremely thin bipolar plate allows batteries to be manufactured cost effectively.” The institute presents...
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Take a look at this new battery technology.

 

It's never been a more exciting time for energy harvesting technologies.

 

The German Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and energy technology (UMSICHT) has come up with this new innovation. 

 

It utilizes a new kind of flexible yet very efficient thin bipolar plate. This allows these type of batteries to be manufactured cost effectively at high volumes.

 

The battery technology is being presented as a much more simple solution that isn't as vulnerable to the usual battery problems like overheating and damage to component parts. 

 

The packaging materials used on its components are drastically reduced allowing for a much more efficient and robust design. It also saves on weight and space too making it a good candidate for potential use in electric vehicles. 

 

 

The bipolar plataes are manufactured from polymers made specifically to be electrically conductive. Dr Anna Grevé from Fraunhofer goes on to say it is this method that allows the very thin plates to be made, as opposed to traditional cells that are linked up by wires. This saves over 80% in total materials used. 

 

The project did not come without challenges though!

 

Initially once the plates came out of finished production they showed signs of problems with VCI corrosion and uniform size. The problem has seemingly been solved with the introduction of VCI Bags as well as other corrosion treatment solutions. 

 

On top of this the plates show outstanding resistance to thermal and mechanical stresses. They can even be welded together which in turn allows for a more tight battery construction. 

 

 

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KFC follows the 100%  Reusable Plastic Packaging trend for 2025 | Valdamark Direct 

KFC follows the 100%  Reusable Plastic Packaging trend for 2025 | Valdamark Direct  | Packaging | Scoop.it
KFC says its goal is to have all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging be recoverable or reusable by 2025. The chain says this commitment supports their long-term plan to have a more sustainable packaging in its restaurants.
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Another big multi national cave's in to the plastic waste awareness.

 

KFC has confirmed that all of it's consumer focused plastic packaging will be replaced by recoverable or reusable alternatives by 2025.

 

This fast food chain has commented further saying that this move is part of a long term plan to use more sustainable packaging in it's restaurant outlets.

 

As they plan to achieve the goals as early as 2025 KFC has developed a road map in order to form partnerships with key suppliers, product packaging companies and the franchises themselves. This is to help establish viable plastic packaging alternatives in each market sector. 

 

The road map contains initiatives for this including an audit of the current product packaging in place as well as identifying any plastic waste reduction opportunity. 

 

They also want to set market specific goals in order to encourage and create incentive for plastic reduction. 

 

It remains the franchisee themselves responsibility to design and execute their own sustainability program. Many of these will have needs that are unique to their local area and customers. There are also different regulations for different areas. 

 

Sustainability is nothing new to the KFC brand. All of their 84 Singapore based restraunts have been working to get rid of plastic straws and lids for the past 2 year. Their Romanian & French franchises already have targets set to phase out and replace plastic straws & lids. Whilst in India they have already removed all plastic packaging bags from their restaurants. 

 

KFC is a subsidary of Yum Brands who already have target sourcing commitments for their brands. They want to have 100% fiber based packaging suppliers by 2020. By 2018 they had already achieved 69% of this target. 

 

KFC has more that 22,000 restaurant locations globally. They are a big influence when it comes to encouraging sustainable approaches to packaging in the fast food sector.  

 

These vital changes are a big nod to the question of how seriously they take customer concerns. 

 

 

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