MeetingPack 2019, sustainability of barrier packaging
The MeetingPack 2019 Congress was held in Valencia on May 29 and 30, with
the title “Trends in sustainable
barrier packaging: towards the H2030 objective”.
The PLASTIC SENSE Foundation had the opportunity to collaborate with AINIA
and AIMPLAS in the preparation of the event, as well as to participate as a
speaker in the fourth session, dedicated to Eco-design, recyclability and
A summary of the event is outlined below, which is consolidated as an
important meeting point of the main agents of the value chain of plastic
packaging to discuss current solutions and future challenges of the sector in
the framework of the circular economy:
1st Session. Innovative materials for
the production of sustainable packaging.
After the introduction dedicated to the Circular Economy Strategy carried
out by ANAIP, the first session was opened by NOVAMONT and KURARAY, talking
about biodegradable and compostable materials for applications in packaging and
barrier coatings respectively. It continued with the intervention on paper
coating by PLA and Compostable barrier solutions by TOTAL CORBION and NIPPON
GOSHEI. QUIMOVIL, dedicated its intervention to water-based inks for flexible
laminable packaging. Finally, DOW CHEMICAL explained its strategy on plastics
as part of the Circular Economy.
2nd Session. Films, sheets and
The second session included interventions by UBE, PLASTICOS ROMERO, COMEXI,
ARTIBAL, FAERCH PLAST and GRUPALIA PACK, among others. We would like to
highlight the presentations of two companies
certified with ECOSENSE. On the
one hand, the new experiences in the development and manufacture of recycled
and recyclable packaging from KLÖCKNER
PENTAPLAST, who since 2007 has managed to reduce its carbon footprint by
more than 65% thanks to measures such as the incorporation of recycled PET in
its containers, and on the other SP
GROUP, who since 2005 has achieved more than a 30% decrease in thicknesses
and grammages of its products with the consequent savings in the consumption of
3rd Session. Injected packaging, ISBM
and EBM with lower environmental impact.
Innovations and novelties related to Injected packaging, ISBM (injection
molding, stretch and blow molding) and EBM (extrusion blow molding) came from
PLASMA ELECTRONIC, KRONES and RESILUX. The first one introduced a transparent
silicon oxide coating improved with plasma for use as a barrier to gas, aroma
and migration; KRONES explained the latest developments in solutions for
recycling PET and RESILUX talked about technological perspectives and different
possibilities of combining recycled PET.
4th Session. Eco-design,
recyclability and certification.
The PLASTIC SENSE Foundation was in charge to open the fourth session
presenting the RETRAY Project, which
main objective is to promote the recycling and recyclability of the
post-consumer PET tray. ECOEMBES introduced PackCD, a tool that will allow
packaging design teams to include sustainability as one of the decision
criteria in the design / re-design phase of a container while TUV AUSTRIA
IBERIA explained its bioplastics certification. On the other hand, CADEL
DEINKING, FILIGRADE and APK introduced, respectively, their solutions on de-inking
of films, the use of watermarks in the recovery of packaging and the recycling
of multilayer films and mixed plastics. AIMPLAS presented REFUCOAT, a 100%
bio-based container (50% barrier and 50% active) resulting from a project
financed by the European Commission.
5th Session. Key aspects and
successful cases of sustainable packaging.
The closing of the congress was in charge of AINIA, UNILEVER and AMC JUICES.
They introduces some development projects in sustainable packaging manufactured
from food waste, initiatives to reduce
the plastic in their packaging and measures to increase efficiency and reduce
emissions in the manufacture of its products through eco-design criteria.
Finally, DANONE talked about the integration of circular economy into its
strategies and operations, explaining two pioneering projects of its brands Lanjarón and Renueva.
All the information about the conference can be found here:
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