The first cross-license registered intellectual property exchange between Nippon Closures Co., Ltd. (Tokyo) and AptarGroup, Inc. (Crystal Lake, IL) is for tethered beverage closures, an arrangement that the companies intend to expand into other areas as well.
This first partnership proposes to continuously improve the consumer drinking experience while also creating solutions for beverage closures that are better for the environment starting with these two:
- Flip Lid (green closure) by Aptar is a consumer-friendly dispensing closure designed to promote post-use recycling as the closure remains together with the bottle throughout its lifecycle, making it more likely to be collected and sent through the recycling stream with the container.
- NCC’s innovative StrapBand is also a tethered solution available for today’s flat caps that provide hinged functionality with a wide opening angle and a click sound when tethered. The StrapBand solution can be applied to flat caps and sports caps, for both still and carbonated beverages.
Flip Lid and StrapBand meet the requirements of the single-use plastics (SUP) regulation in Europe, that introduced design requirements to connect caps to bottles, thereby increasing the number of closures that are collected and recycled, and the AB 319 California proposal in the U.S., which intended that plastic closures remain attached to containers. Aptar and NCC remain committed to reducing their impact on the planet while creating top quality, sustainable products.
“We are pleased to partner with NCC on the cross-licensing of registered intellectual property for tethered beverage closures as we look to grow our portfolio of dispensing closures that are more convenient for consumers and more sustainable for the environment,” said Marc Prieur, President, Aptar Food + Beverage. “[We] are committed to keeping beverage caps attached to the bottle to promote better recyclability and we look forward to working together to bring even more innovative solutions to market.”
“We believe that, in the future, our cooperation will allow us to further develop innovative technologies beyond tethered beverage closures to help solve social environmental problems with more eco-friendly, easy to use and resource-energy saving products,” explained Hisashi Nakajima, President, Nippon Closures Co., Ltd.