Does cosmetic packaging need a makeover?






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Sustainable Cosmetics Summit

 

Cosmetic companies are making slow progress in reducing their packaging footprints. Although the cosmetics industry has become preoccupied with green initiatives, few steps have been made to tackle the environmental impact of packaging.

Organic Monitor (www.organicmonitor.com) research finds most developments are occurring in ecodesign, with many brands reducing packaging materials by changing design structures. The Brazilian company Natura Brasil is a frontrunner in sustainable design. Its recent launch of its mass market SOU brand epitomises the packaging trend. SOU skin care products are housed in flexible packaging that have 70 percent less plastic than rigid plastic containers of the same volume.

As will be shown at upcoming editions of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit (www.sustainablecosmeticssummit.com), most changes in packaging design are only leading to an incremental decrease in packaging materials. In some cases, any ecological benefits from less packaging material are offset by higher unit sales. More radical solutions involving materials are necessary to make significant changes to the packaging impact of cosmetic products.

Relatively few developments are occurring in packaging materials. Although some cosmetic brands are experimenting with sustainable materials like bamboo and wood, plastic packaging still prevails. High raw material costs and inadequate waste disposal methods give plastic packaging a very high environmental footprint. According to the OECD, packaging comprises over half of all household waste in developed countries, with plastics having most effect in landfill.

Plant-based plastics, once hailed because of their biodegradable nature, have yet to make headway in cosmetic applications. Some companies like Procter & Gamble are using hybrid polymers to overcome the limitations of bioplastics. Its Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion packaging is mainly made from biopolymers sourced from sugar cane.

Unilever is one of the few companies considering a packaging overhaul to address its environmental footprint. The Anglo-Dutch multinational introduced a new ‘compressed’ can for a number of its deodorant brands earlier this year. The deodorant cans are about a third smaller, reducing packaging material costs as well as transportation costs. However, few companies have managed to innovate with green packaging.

 

There are also calls for the cosmetics industry to take some responsibility for waste management. In Brazil, the cosmetics association ABIHPEC is working with municipal agencies to collect and recycle packaging waste. In the US, Tom’s of Maine has partnered with Teracycle to collect its packaging waste and use it in new product applications. A closed loop system whereby waste is used as raw materials is considered the way forward for many cosmetic brands taking the green road.

Sustainable packaging is a focal theme of the upcoming Latin American and European editions of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit. Discussion topics include environmental impact of packaging, ecodesign innovations, novel packaging materials, bioplastics in cosmetics, and green packaging success stories; papers will be given by Natura Brasil, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Arkema, Selerant, Aptar, ABIHPEC and other organizations involved in sustainability.

 

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The Best Gets Better: Rexam Healthcare Readies Clic-Loc 4 for 2013 Launch

Rexam Healthcare, global leader in healthcare rigid plastic packaging and medical devices, will launch the latest version of its industry reference child resistant closure (CRC) – the Clic-Loc 4 – later this year, in anticipation of the rapid, worldwide growth in demand for oral dose packaging protection.

Rexam’s Clic-Loc is the first and only CRC available to combine more than 40 years of demonstrated safe and effective oral dose protection, adult-friendly operation and multiple manufacturer benefits.  

The Clic-Loc delivers superior ergonomics, is easily used on production lines, and creates an audible warning click to alert parents and caregivers. 

 The new Clic-Loc 4 will provide enhanced functionality and aesthetics, for industry-leading protection, production efficiency and product differentiation. For example, it is designed with a wider application torque window and offers enhanced decoration.

Importantly, the Clic-Loc 4’s senior-friendly, deeper and coarser outer knurling pattern improves grip and offers easier operation for adults, based upon market research. V-rings allow for a liner-less option and versatile 38mm stock options include printed word, printed pictogram, or raised and highlighted word versions.  Custom graphics, printed with up to three colors, are available for superior visual appeal.  Overall weight and height are reduced. With a positive on-drive, no push-down is required.

Like the current Clic-Loc, the new edition is shrink wrap friendly, and offers unsurpassed capper flexibility and variety.  Importantly – with the aging of the worldwide population – the Clic-Loc is designed for secure and frustration-free usage by seniors and those with disabilities.

“The design of our Clic-Loc 4 underscores our commitment to putting patients first,” said Russ Bryant, global marketing – containers & closures, Rexam Healthcare.  “There is worldwide awareness of, and concern about, the tragic increase in young children who are accidentally exposed to medicine.  Organizations such as Safe Kids Worldwide report chilling statistics and, as global industry leaders, we have preemptively developed the CRC we believe is the answer – for children, parents and our customers,” Bryant said.

The Rexam Clic-Loc design was first introduced in 1972 and has earned over four decades of trust, respect and confidence from the world’s most innovative, respected and demanding healthcare product manufacturers, thanks to its performance, features and production line compatibility.

Rexam Healthcare is the global leader in healthcare rigid plastic packaging and devices, and provides solutions to protect and deliver pharmaceuticals. Building on its core expertise in plastic injection, injection blow-molding and high-speed automated assembly, the company designs, develops and manufactures innovative packaging, including containers and closures, drug delivery devices, metering pumps and valves and medical components to improve patients’ health.

The company employs more than 3,000 in 14 factories across three continents. It is built upon four Business Units: Devices, Containers & Closures, Prescription Retail and International & Emerging Markets to meet the unique needs of each customer.  Totally focused on healthcare, the firm relies upon its regulatory knowledge to support our customers and manufactures in strict compliance with GMPs to meet the highest standards of quality, safety and consistency.

Rexam is a global consumer packaging company. The company is one of the leading global beverage can makers as well as a major global player in rigid plastic packaging for healthcare applications.

Rexam is a business partner to some of the world’s most famous and successful consumer brands. The company’s vision is to be the best global consumer packaging company.

Rexam has 67 manufacturing plants in 24 countries and employs on average 11,000 people. Sales from ongoing operations in 2012 were approximately £4.3 billion.  Rexam is a member of the FTSE 100 and its ordinary shares are listed with the UK Listing Authority and trade on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol REX.

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Project reclaims plastic packaging from oceans






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Reclaiming ocean plasticThis week sees the official launch of a highly innovative initiative supported by Ecover and Closed Loop Recycling, which sees waste plastic being collected from the seas around the UK by EU fishermen and sent to the UK for recycling at Closed Loop’s Dagenham facility and re-used in new packaging.

 

This initiative has led to Closed Loop Recycling undertaking trials with Ecover for a new type of plastic using rHDPE, plantastic and the waste marine plastic that is collected as part of the project.

 

Ecover is working with Closed Loop Recycling to develop the material because it is the only factory to recycle both PET and HDPE, so has an excellent understanding of the challenges involved in developing new types of packaging using recycled content.

 

Says Closed Loop Recycling CEO, Chris Dow: “It’s great that a large producer such as Ecover is taking such a futuristic view on packaging, showing true commitment to designing on shelf product with recycling in mind.”

 

Both Closed Loop Recycling and Ecover are supporting the Waste Free Oceans initiative which aims to reduce floating marine debris on Europe’s coastlines, as well as sending an important anti-litter message to consumers, highlighting the importance of recycling and the value of used plastic as a resource. The scheme is already backed by several MEPs including Danish MEP Anna Rosbach who is chairwoman of the WFO Foundation.

Using existing fishing trawls and new technology, WFO will engage Europe’s fishing community in cleaning up floating marine debris and bring it back to land for recycling and sorting. Boats outfitted with a special trawl will be able to collect between 2-8 tonnes of waste (per trawl) for cleaning & recycling. Using the knowledge of fishermen and home-grown technology, the project aims to educate all stakeholders in tackling debris on Europe’s coastlines and waters by 2020. Similar initiatives with a range of corporate sponsors, NGOs, and local and European politicians have already been launched in Belgium, Spain, Germany, Greece and Austria.

 

Chris Dow, CEO of Closed Loop Recycling says: “The Waste Free Oceans initiative is not simply about cleaning up our oceans of unwanted litter, which is of course important in itself environmentally. It’s about the industry taking responsibility for plastic litter and educating people to take responsibility for their own waste and recycle as much of it as possible, in the knowledge that recyclers like us can maximise this resource and enable it to re-used in new food and drink packaging, thus reducing our reliance on oil-rich virgin materials.”

 

Ecover’s involvement in the initiative is part its ‘Message in our Bottle’ campaign, also launched today, which will see the ecological innovator using an entirely new form of fully sustainable and recyclable plastic in 2014 made from 100% sugarcane and plastic fished from the sea which has been processed at Closed Loop Recycling’s facility in Dagenham. Ecover’s campaign includes a sustainability pledge to deliver continual innovation in tackling the multiple issues linked to plastic packaging.

 

Ecover’s Chief Executive, Philip Malmberg comments: “As manufacturers we’ve got to take responsibility for sustainability very seriously – to take real action on climate change and the damage done by our over-reliance on fossil fuels, creating ‘green’ products that deliver more than a nod to sustainability.”

 

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Recycling plastic packaging too costly: public official






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Bale of plastic packagingThe solid waste supervisor at the Asotin County Regional Landfill says recycling plastics is costing the county about $8,000 a year and is not worth the effort.

 

Stephen L. Becker, who oversees the program, has asked the Asotin County commissioners to discontinue plastics recycling, saying it’s an economic drain and doesn’t provide a substantial environmental benefit. The commissioners plan to discuss the issue Monday.

 

“You get to the point where you have to decide how much you want to spend to recycle a commodity,” Becker said. “You have to get it to a clean enough state that it can be recycled, and there is a cost to get the product to a recycling facility in Seattle or Portland. It takes fuel and manpower, and sometimes there’s a larger environmental impact than if you just throw it away.”

 

Some commodities, such as newspapers, catalogs, phone books, cardboard, aluminum and tin cans are ideal products for the recycling process, Becker said. But he said plastic milk jugs and water bottles are not cost-effective.

 

The Asotin County Regional Landfill recycles approximately 30 tons of plastics every year. It costs $77 a ton to sort and separate the plastics that are placed in bins at four unmanned sites in the county, and the landfill is paid just more than $20 a ton for the cleaned plastics, Becker said.

It costs the landfill about $4,000 a year for labor and equipment to haul the plastics to the recycling site. The charge for garbage that is left at the sites averages $2,160 a year.

 

“Our biggest problem is people bringing non-recyclable trash to the drop-off sites,” Becker said. “We get garbage on the ground and in the container itself. We have to sort everything, and we don’t have the workforce for that.”

 

The No. 1 rule for plastics is the container’s lid must be smaller than the actual container, such as milk jugs, water bottles and soda pop containers. Egg cartons, plastic bags and foam products are not acceptable.

 

Asotin County has four drop-off recycling sites for residents to use. Rinsed milk jugs and water bottles also are accepted at Lewis Clark Recyclers and Pacific Steel and Recycling, both located in Lewiston. Plastics are not accepted in the bins operated by the city of Clarkston inside city limits.

“Some people use our recycling sites for trash disposal,” Becker said. “People who abuse the system are ruining it for the people who are doing an excellent job. They try to sneak stuff in all the time.”

 

Becker figures if the county ends plastics recycling and it winds up in the landfill, it will use less than 22 cubic yards, which is roughly one-quarter of 1 percent of available space. Solid waste at the landfill is entombed, he said, so it won’t become an environmental issue.

 

“I’d rather spend the county’s time, manpower and efforts on recycling the products I believe are most economically feasible,” Becker said.

When the proposal surfaced at this week’s Asotin County commission meeting, the commissioners voiced concerns about ending the plastics recycling program in the county. They want more information before they make a decision.

 

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4 Musts of a Good CD Packaging Design?

4 Musts of a Good CD Packaging Design?

CD Packaging design is one of the reasons why the hard format is still alive. When everyone is going digital, it is wise to offer your fans something that cannot be downloaded. As they say, music alone will not sell. Do not just give them forgettable artwork and packaging like the ones we see every day in record stores- give them something that’s so awesome that they simply have to purchase your album. And not just purchase your album, but tell everyone about it.

So what comprises a good CD packaging design?

Your CD packaging design should protect the CDs. I see a lot of those flimsy cases that are just too cool to be functional. Some CD packaging designs are creative but they do not fulfill their #1 function, which is to enclose and protect the discs. It is cool to come up with fun CD packaging designs but you should never forget that it’s supposed to protect the disc from spills, from dust, from slipping. Creativity s

Your CD packaging design should instantly get people’s attention. This is a must especially now that downloads are preferred by most people. People now are so demanding and frugal because there are so many bands nowadays and especially because they have the choice not to buy music.

Your CD packaging design should be friendly to the environment. This is not a must but you would certainly give Mother Nature a big favor by using soy-based inks instead of petroleum, eco-friendly cases, recycled materials, and by not using too much plastic.

Your CD packaging design should start a conversation. CD packaging may not matter much to popular acts like Madonna or lady Gaga because their fans would buy their album no matter what’s on the cover anyway. CD packaging has higher value to indie bands and new acts since it could be the key for them to get noticed. Create a CD packaging design that would let people talk.

I hope you will follow these simple tips when designing your CD packaging. Always remember to keep the balance between functionality and creativity and think “viral” when brainstorming for an idea. With thousands of new artists releasing albums these days, you will surely have an edge if you put some thought (and lots of creativity) to your CD packaging design. Good luck!

 

 

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Foreign garbage to China re-exports of manufactured toys – plastic toys, toy exports, foreign waste – toy industry

Foreign garbage to China re-exports of manufactured toys – plastic toys, toy exports, foreign waste – toy industry

Recently, in the South East of Felixstowe port, the world’s largest cargo shipped from China, like the tens of thousands of containers of consumer goods Mt.

  The shore, one 30 years ago, visited the British Hong Kong and Guangzhou, said David, meet friends and family when the thought of food, with many of the “Made in China”, Chinese people feel suddenly change and economic forces of globalization. But such a large number of the other side from the Earth to the delivery of consumer goods in Europe, at least from an environmental perspective, there is not much of our planet’s benefit, after all, the transport process can also cause air pollution.

Dialogue was not mentioned, these giant sea from Europe to be driven across the border in China Shique loaded with waste recycling and recovery of waste materials, including the removal from the UK’s main waste plastic. The recycling of waste will be processed in China, toy, plastic packaging products such as computer casings, and then shipped to Europe.

British rubbish coming out Guangdong In less than two months after the dialogue that the shore, the sky influential British television reporter in the pungent smoke of Williams witnessed the British refuse a village in Guangdong “amazing scene” .

Williams made 8 years in the Chinese press, thought that his post-mine had been to China to witness the most terrible pollution, but Guangdong South China Sea where the call even after the discovery of pit, where it worthy of said China’s most polluted places.

Williams back to the UK’s TV reports that waste from the UK, he found a letter from a plastic jacket, and the address on the envelope the letter to find the owner?? A far thousands of miles away in Britain.

The Englishman’s letter to him in distant China was surprised. The waste classification advocates claim to the British, said: “I am speechless, we just do our classification, Who would have thought the end of these waste by those who do not wear gloves, but also those who directly deal with toxic gas inhalation. ”

Reported that the waste plastics is the UK’s main exports to China is one, even the reprocessing of waste pits residents subsistence, can only earn about £ 50 a month, about 750 yuan, the average income of the United Kingdom level of 8%. Children as young as 14-year-old pile of cans in the waste bottle, plastic bags and food bags, and then melted for reuse.

Smelting process appears sharp yellow smoke unbearable. Direct dumping of waste processing plant waste into streams, rivers, causing water to become a pool of Ukrainian town water. Shooting in the town an hour later, reporters and camera crews were feeling the eyes, throat irritation.

40-year-old Xiao-Mei Chen (phonetic) to connect to pit for several months. She said: “You are rich in the United Kingdom, would not do such work,. Us poor, hard to find work, only picking over waste.” Lens, in a waste site, the workers may lead to cancer and in the processing Birth Defects of PVC.

British journalist was found in the waste heap of British Asda, Tesco shopping bags and food packaging, Sainsbury supermarket plastic milk bottle, Cadbury Chocolate packaging and Hang-style pasta bags … …

In even the pits, waste disposal sites and a French and a German household plastic waste disposal sites.

Waste storage pit boss even see the British journalist is not happy, they go all the way H, and even asked to call the police. They fear that if the news spread, waste plastics are loaded ship may elect his office would cut off their source of wealth.

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A Few Facts on Medical Device Packaging

A Few Facts on Medical Device Packaging

As the technology in medicine and medical devices has progressed over time, so too has the technology in medical device packaging. Most people don’t know it, but almost every medical device that is used in a hospital must be sterilized and packaged prior to it being used in any medical procedure.

Sterility is Crucial

The are several types and methods that are incorporated in medical device packaging and each one has its own specific purposes, but they all have one basic feature in common and that is to maintain the sterility of the device after it has been properly cleaned and processed.

Most Common Type

Possibly the most common type of sterile medical device packaging that most people will encounter during their life time, is the packages of pills and medication that are contained in individual use packages. These are the the pill packages that a person might buy with a prescription, or over the counter at their local drug store.

Basic Commercial Packaging

Plastic packaging in general, such as the type that is used to contain basic commercial items can be difficult to open. Perhaps you have found yourself from time to time having to break out a razor knife to  remove the packaging from something that you have purchased in the past. This is because with basic commercial packaging, ease of removal is basically not an issue.

Easy Open Medical Device Packaging

Medical device packaging is different however. Ease of removal is crucial with medical device packaging and is taken into account. Medical devices, while being tightly contained in their packaging, must be able to be quickly and easily removed for ease of use and also so the device isn’t damaged while it is being removed from the packaging it is contained in.

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Pet Beverage Bottles Are One Of The Trends For Future Development

Pet Beverage Bottles Are One Of The Trends For Future Development

PET beverage packaging as the packaging aspect of food production enterprises, more than 30 years people have been exploring ways to replace Glass bottle And tin cans in the packaging materials and containers, and plastic is the best material currently available. It has the characteristics of light weight, can reduce transportation costs. But not every plastic are suitable for Food Packaging . Polyester (PET) food packaging material appears to be a rapid development. The first use of PET bottles soft drinks business in the United States Coca-Cola Company, they used to replace 1.5-liter PET bottles 1 liter glass bottles, resulting in increased sales by 27%. PET containers after the food and beverage packaging gradually become a popular “hot demand.” PET containers light weight and strong firm attracted customers by the market. There is also a big advantage of PET material that can form any shape (the applicability of good), but also can be processed into line with people’s habit of color, text and images can be Print .

PET beverage bottles are one of the trends for future development

Domestic PET bottle of mainstream products, initially limited to colas, mineral water, distilled water used in drinks like packaging container, the application of its excellent performance and reasonable price widely welcomed by users in these drinks packaging Based on the successful application of recent years has been in the heat-resistant PET bottle bottled drinks black tea, green tea, Juice And edible oil, cosmetics, medicine, pesticide and other industries to expand its applications. It is reported that in 1996 China’s production of PET bottle 3 billion in 1998 rose to 5 billion in 2000 to reach 8 billion, 9 billion in 2001, 2002, to reach 10 billion, 13 billion in 2004 to become Plastic packaging materials Largest increase variety. Particularly since 2001 with the sudden emergence of the domestic market of tea drink (tea production in 2001 reached 3,000,000 t), tea beverages 85 ~ 90 hot filling PET bottle PET bottle has become the fastest growing in recent years species. At the same time, PET aseptic cold filling bottle the trend of the rise in Japan and other countries, cause for concern. Aseptic cold filling PET bottle technology will reduce the number of applications the importance of hot-fill PET bottles, PET bottles to increase non-heat-resistant PET bottle production in the whole of GDP. Mentioned earlier non- Carbonated beverages Fruit juice, vegetable juice, various flavors of tea drinks, dairy products, coffee, etc., the traditional hot filling perfusion techniques are used, but this technology PET bottles require a higher (must use high-temperature hot-fill PET bottles ), it was reported that Japan already has one-third of non-carbonated beverages using aseptic cold filling technology, therefore, that the future development of PET beverage bottles are one of the trends. A report said the new nutrient-based drinks and flavors added products can help revitalize the stagnant special drink bottled water market, and PET resin and PET bottle suppliers to bring new opportunities.

Recession in the global economy environment, the 2009 pairs of plastic food and beverage packaging industry in China will no doubt be a cold winter, but the ability of PET bottle industry is expected to warm more than other plastic packaging industry stronger. This is mainly the Chinese beverage market in recent years, especially fruit juice and tea drinks market growing rapidly. As the most mainstream of the current beverage packaging materials will also benefit from this PET bottle, so, PET bottles will have greater market opportunities.

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Current Trend of Additives and Barrier Coatings in Plastic Packaging

Current Trend of Additives and Barrier Coatings in Plastic Packaging

Growing global demand for plastic packaging has been prompting the plastic packaging manufacturers to use more and more additives and barrier coatings for such packaging. Industry forecast is 23% growth of their use by the end of 2015.

Plastic packaging has always been one of the most important parts of retail and daily market. People all over the world have been using such packages for storage and transport of numerous articles. More than others, they have been used extensively for packaging in domestic use. Slowly but steadily, they have also been occupying a significant portion of the commercial world.

Global demands for the plastic packaging are constantly on the growth. Such trends in the market have prompted the plastic packaging manufacturers to extensively use items like additives and barriers for such packaging. Immense popularity of these items is evident from the fact that the industry foresees   that there would be an annual growth over 4% in the packaging industry. Some of the surveyors assess the growth to reach 2 million by 2015.

Growth in the barrier and additives would vary a bit. It is expected that growth in the barrier coating sector could be 4.6%, annually while such growth in the additive sector would be a little lower at around 3.9%. However, the combined average predicted growth of 4.3% annually would be still higher for the plastic packaging market.

Some of the segments in the packaging industry that are likely to dominate the future and the procurements made by the plastic packaging manufacturers are things like epoxy, carbon, PVOH, and Silicon Oxide (SiOx) that would account for no less than 62% of the packaging sector in the market.  And the major part of the sector is the food packaging industry. It can also be termed as the largest group of end users.

An important part of the packaging industry is the packaging technologies controlling the permeation of gases. Carbon dioxide and oxygen, water vapors, flavors as well as aromas help to prepare high quality plastic packaging covering multiple consumer commodities. Health and hygiene is also important.  Of late, there has been great deal of discussions and debates on the evil impacts of the plastic packages and packets on the environment all over the world.

Trends that are influencing the growth of the packaging industry include the global recession that was affecting the entire industry for the last 18 months or more. Some of the sophisticated packaging such as the snacks, confectionaries as well as ready meals has all suffered drop in the sales. Natural consequences of all these were a negative impact on the demands for all types of functional additives as well as barrier coatings.

Hopefully, these trends would be history soon! Greater demands for barrier coated PET bottles are likely to come up in the near future with the demands for quality plastic packaging on the growth. One of the reasons is that, there is hardly an equally inexpensive or quality substitute for the packaging.  In fact, the requirements for need enhanced barrier coatings and additives will result in the plastic packaging manufacturers getting a boost with advancement of new technologies and relative ease of recycling of packaging materials.

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Small Caps, Large Opportunities: New Study on European Plastic Closures Market

Small Caps, Large Opportunities: New Study on European Plastic Closures Market

Push-Pull, Twist-Top, Snip-Tip, or rather Toggle-Swing? The selection of caps and closures is not usually straightforward, and new varieties are constantly being developed. “Although inexpensive and standard products are being applied in many sectors, the trend towards more complex closure systems remains unbroken”, explains Oliver Kutsch, owner of the market research institution Ceresana: “Above all, more functionality, better technical characteristics, and convenience are in demand, in addition to weight reduction, energy saving during production, and recycling.” Ceresana has taken the European plastic closure market under the magnifying glass.

 

Market Worth Billions

 

Synthetic wine corks, spray pumps, caps for deodorant rollers, caps for tubes, and other closures are typically only small parts, but are altogether a noticeable growth market: More than 200 billion plastic closures were sold throughout Europe in the past year, 60 billion more than at the start of the decade. Ceresana Research expects to see continuous growth at an average rate of 2.3 percent per year until 2017. Revenue from plastic closures in Europe will consequently increase from 1.7 billion Euro to more than 2 billion Euro per year. Manufacturers of caps and closures, as well as producers of the corresponding machines and suppliers of plastics and additives will primarily profit from an increased use of plastic packaging for foods and drinks. Polypropylene and polyethylene are being used increasingly for closures. Significant growth can especially be seen in certain sub-segments of the beverage sector, such as beer, yogurt, milk products, and sports drinks.

 

Regional Differences

 

Production and consumption of plastic caps and closures is seeing the strongest growth in Russia, Poland, and Turkey. Manufacturers in Eastern Europe are investing above all in mass production of standardized products, such as screw-caps for PET bottles. In contrast, producers in Western Europe are concentrating, for example, on complex closures systems with seals and built-in dosing devices for medications. Optical characteristics, such as transparency and gloss, especially play an important role in packaging for cosmetics.

 

Detailed Overview

 

The multi-client Market Study: Plastic Caps and Closures analyzes on 1,100 pages the plastic closure market in 31 European countries – and gives prognoses until 2017. Production, consumption, imports, exports, and revenue are investigated in detail. In addition to a producer directory with 379 profiles of closure manufacturers, the report offers a comprehensive insight into market dynamics, innovations, and trends. The study also presents concise information on the most important varieties of closure types: advantages, application possibilities, legal situations, disposal, and recycling. The market report on plastic closures is available in English or German from Ceresana Research: www.ceresana.com/en/market-studies/industry/plastic-caps/

 

Ceresana Research is one of the world’s leading industrial market research institutions.  Companies, institutions, and organizations from more than 45 countries have already benefited from our global market data and well-founded prognoses.  Our core competencies include: chemicals + plastics + additives + commodities + materials + industrial components + packaging + construction materials + pipes + stabilizers + paints + varnishes + cosmetics + detergents.

Visit us at www.ceresana.com/en

 

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