LINPAC Packaging has been announced as a finalist in two categories of this year’s Plastics Industry Awards.
The packaging manufacturer, which serves the protein, bakery, foodservice, fresh produce and convenience markets, has been shortlisted in the Best Recycled Product and Best Technology Application categories for its Rfresh Elite tray for fresh meat and poultry.
Winners will be announced at a black-tie event on October 24 at the London Hilton hotel, hosted by comedian and television presenter Al Murray. The awards recognise the best that the UK plastics industry has to offer and covers material usage, product design, manufacturing, training and environmental performance.
Rfresh Elite is a mono-material tray, manufactured from up to 95% rPET. It uses a unique sealant, developed by LINPAC, on the tray flange to create a secure seal with the lidding film, removing the need for the industry standard laminated PE base film and creating a crystal clear tray which is 100% recyclable at the end of its service life - a breakthrough in tray packaging design.
Rfresh Elite trays have been developed under the manufacturer’s Project LIFE (LIghtweighting For Excellence) initiative, aimed at reducing pack weight and carbon footprint whilst maintaining excellent performance and integrity. The trays are 70 microns lighter than previous designs yet remain robust and completely functional.
The removal of the PE base film lamination reduces tray weight by approximately 3% and CAD/CAM redesign of the tray, with advanced process engineering, has delivered a minimum 10% reduction relative to standard PET/PE trays; the carbon footprint of an Elite tray is typically 5% less than the average rPET/PE tray.
Joanna Stephenson, Vice President Marketing and Innovation, at LINPAC Packaging said: “We are extremely pleased to have been shortlisted in these two categories and look forward to attending a great presentation ceremony later this year.
“The innovation team at LINPAC spent two years developing and then perfecting the unique sealant for the Rfresh Elite tray to ensure we deliver a pack for our customers which ticks all the boxes on environmental credentials, product presentation, preservation and protection. It is a lightweight, 100% recyclable tray that is made almost entirely from recycled material and offers fantastic new efficiency and sustainability benefits across the supply chain.”
LINPAC Packaging is hoping to make it at least a hat-trick of awards for its tray range after it was presented with a Stationers’ Innovation Excellence Award and the Pack the Future Award earlier this year.
The judging panel for this year’s Plastics Industry Awards include Dr Robin Kent, MD, Tangram Technology; Mercia Gick; Dr George Kellie, Chairman, KellieSolutions™; Julia Moore, Chief Executive, GTMA; Professor Gordon Smith, Head of the Polymer and Composites Materials Group, University of Warwick; Les Wynn, Manager of Experience Design and Covers Engineering, HCL Technologies Ltd.; John Whitehead, ex-Editor, PRW; Dr Peter Cox, Consultant, and Graeme Paterson, Director, Brightworks.