Biobased PaperFoam champagne packaging design wins coveted DieLine Award

By Karen Laird
Published: May 5th, 2015

PaperFoam (Barneveld, Netherlands), a young company specialized in sustainable packaging, has captured the DieLine Sustainable Packaging Award 2015 for its Naturally Clicquot 2, an eco-packaging design solution made from PaperFoam material for champagne producer Veuve Clicquot.

PaperFoam is a biopolymer based on industrial starch derived from potatoes or tapioca, cellulose fibers and Premix, which is produced via an injection molding process. This low-carbon-footprint material is biodegradable and home compostable.

Lady Gaga's insulin pump

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 23rd, 2015

There has been a lot of chatter over the past few years about the consumerization of medical devices: As more medical products are designed for patient use, medical device manufacturers increasingly will be inspired by consumer product design. That's the thinking, anyway. Eric Larson, the owner and Chief Engineer of Art of Mass Production (San Diego, CA), isn't buying it. Not that he is opposed to the idea; on the contrary, he believes that medtech companies should be headed in that direction but, thus far, have taken only baby steps.

New 30-ml PET bottle added to Variblend's custom-blending, dual-dispensing range

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 20th, 2015

VariBlend (Greenville, SC), a global manufacturer of custom-blending, dual-dispensing technology, just announced the addition of a new 30-ml PET bottle designed for on-the-go beauty and healthcare products, in particular those in the $121 billion global skincare market.

Amcor wins Italian design award for sports beverage bottle

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2015

Amcor Rigid Plastics (Ann Arbor, MI), one of the world's leading manufacturers of rigid plastic packaging for the food, beverage, spirits, personal/home care and healthcare industries, has won a 2014 Golden A' Design Award in the A' Design Award & Competition, an international design contest held annually in Como, Italy. Amcor captured the packaging design award for its innovative redesign of the PROfit Sports Drink container from Ecuador's Toni, one of the largest food and beverage producers in Central America.

Verstraete provides new look for Philadelphia Brazil

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 1st, 2015

Global label developer and manufacturer Verstraete IML (Maldegem, Belgium) is known for its innovations in labels for in-mold labeling applications. When Mondelez Brazil introduced a redesigned package for its Philadelphia cream cheese, it chose a rounded design to eliminate sharp corners and make it easier for consumers to spoon out the product more easily. It also reinforces the brand's visual identity, because retailers can now stack the product more efficiently on store shelves.

Edison Nation Medical is looking for a few good inventors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 9th, 2015

Edison Nation Medical (Charlotte, NC), a healthcare innovation marketplace, today announced a worldwide search for innovations to assist in preventing the spread and transmission of infectious disease, both within a healthcare setting as well as for use by the general public. The most promising ideas uncovered during the two-month-long search will be presented to major medical manufacturing partners, with the goal of having the innovation fully commercialized and distributed globally. The Innovation Search runs through April 30, 2015.

Another award for Stiplastics' drug-dispensing device

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: February 18th, 2015

The awards just keep on coming for Stiplastics (Beauvoir-en-Royans, France), which provides injection molding and packaging design and manufacturing services to the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Its Press&Take device that precisely dispenses granules, micro tablets and capsules received the Best Innovation award at Pharmapack Europe in Paris last week. It was the latest win for the company, which previously took home awards at CPhI and Emballage and earned a Packaging Oscar for the drug-delivery device. 

Chinaplas to feature new events to align with market trends

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 30th, 2015

Automation, manufacturing technologies such as robots, vision and sensing systems, software technology, and good product design are hot topics for the industry. Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd, the organizer of Chinaplas, plans to highlight those topics and more at Chinaplas 2015 (May, 20-23, 2015; China Import & Export Fair Complex, Pazhou, Guangzhou, China).

Former mold manufacturer finds new business in fracking industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 16th, 2015

We hear a lot about hydraulic fracturing of shale rock to revive our energy industry by using pressurized liquid to aid in the extraction of natural gas and petroleum that is difficult to obtain by other means. You might be wondering what that has to do with the plastics industry. C. Andrew Rosenholm might be a familiar name to those who've been in the industry for many years. His family's company, OAR Tool & Die, was a well-known mold manufacturer for 45 years, and as Rosenholm noted was a "toolmaker to the stars."

Beverage carton from fully plant-based materials hits Finnish grocery shelves

By Karen Laird
Published: January 13th, 2015

A new breakthrough has been reached in the world of beverage cartons. Following Tetra Pak's announcement last October of the launch of the industry's first carton made entirely from plant-based, renewable packaging materials, Finnish dairy producer, Valio, has now become the first company in the world to sell products to consumers in the new packaging. The new cartons are available from retail stores in Finland starting this week.

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