The European packaging industry will be told it must not compromise on efficiency and quality design for lighter, more environmental products.
Erwan Cadoret, Business Manager, at LINPAC Packaging, will speak at the Multilayer Packaging Films 2012 conference in Cologne, Germany, next month.
Mr Cadoret says that while intense retailing competition, changing social demographics and the environmental agenda are key drivers for the industry, they must not stifle innovation nor lead to the development of products which fail on functionality and are not fit-for-purpose.
Speaking ahead of the conference, he said: “In today’s market, packaging manufacturers and suppliers are under extreme pressure to produce products which tick all the boxes in terms of cost, weight, quality, efficiency and performance. It is essential that we respond to our customers and adapt the way we operate to meet those demands, yet it is fundamental that we do not compromise on efficiency and quality in doing so as the consequences of that are more far reaching.
“Lightweighting is happening across the industry. Perhaps the better phrase would be ‘rightweighting’ – doing more with less material. At LINPAC Packaging, through significant investment, creative design and advanced engineering skills, we are now manufacturing fit-for-purpose products which are significantly lighter than previous designs. Innovation has enabled us to reduce the overall weight of our trays and gauge of films, in turn minimising their carbon footprint, while maintaining all the performance and functionality - i.e. that they effectively protect, preserve and present food well – of heavier, virgin materials.”
Mr Cadoret will refer to two of LINPAC Packaging’s most recent innovations – the LINtop Star PE and LINtop PP lidding films ranges – at the conference.
The LINtop Star range, for MAP applications, signals a new generation of high barrier shrink lidding films to be manufactured by the food packaging company. They are made with the lowest gauge required in the industry helping customers reduce their carbon footprint and have been designed with outstanding optics, controlled shrink and superior anti-fog properties, giving high quality product presentation and protection to appeal to retailers.
The excellent oxygen barrier performance extends product shelf life, helping retailers and consumers reduce food waste and spoilage – an increasing concern across the market place as food prices and consumer environmental concerns increase.
LINPAC’s new PP films, LINtop PP HB Lock Seal and LINtop PP HB Peelable, guarantee to meet the best shelf life targets in the PP market. Both product solutions are formulated to seal on a variety of PP trays, run smoothly in machines and seal through contamination to ensure a safe and secure pack is created.
The lock seal film option is available in two gauges, 35μ and 42μ, with the 35μ being one of the lowest gauges on the market, resulting in cost savings and a low carbon footprint in line with retailers’ sustainability strategies. LINtop PP HB Lock Seal outperforms other films’ anti-fog qualities and has excellent transparency to give good on-shelf presentation.
The new films have been carefully engineered to ensure they are fit for purpose and perform to a high standard while having a low gauge to minimise their environmental footprint.
Mr Cadoret said “The sustainable and environmental credentials of these films will appeal to food manufacturers, retailers and consumers. At LINPAC Packaging we are innovating to produce high quality products with less material and these new films are an example of that in practice.
“The optimal use of raw materials, combined with a low gauge and high oxygen barrier to increase product shelf life, is a fantastic illustration of LINPAC Packaging’s commitment to developing fresh, high quality products which are fit for purpose while minimising our environmental footprint and that of our customers.”
The Multilayer Packaging Films 2012 conference takes place at the Maritim Hotel, Cologne, 16-18 October, and will cover the latest research and developments in the flexible packaging market. It brings together the leading players from the industry and its supply chain. For more information visit www.amiconferences.com