Developments in packaging sustainability and efficiency secure Amcor two 2018 Alufoil Trophies at the European Aluminium Foil Association awards.
May 8, 2018
by Canadian Packaging staff
Two sustainable packaging innovations from Amcor that boost efficiency and improve consumer convenience have won 2018 Alufoil Trophies at the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) awards.
The company’s PolyInert laminates, which enable sensitive pharmaceuticals to be packaged in stick-pack form, won the Resource Efficiency category, and AluFix Retort Xtra (see image above), the newest addition to the successful AluFix range, won the Technical Innovation award.
This material helps keep pharmaceutical patients safe because its stable and inert high barrier doesn’t interact with or absorb active pharmaceutical ingredients and keeps medication effective longer.
The panel also praised the sustainability of the PolyInert stick-pack format, noting that “it delivers a huge saving in material use and energy consumed in making.” The smaller size of the stick pack requires 40 percent less material than four-side-seal sachets commonly used for pharmaceutical powders, liquids and gels. The package has carbon footprint that is up to 30 percent smaller and consumes 39 percent less water in the manufacturing process.
AluFix Retort Extra
The aluminum foil membrane makes more convenient peelable lidding practical on metal cans for a wider range of food products. For the first time, that includes on cans containing foods with low pH values of 2-4, or those containing salts, spices and oils that can corrode or damage packaging materials.
The judging panel recognized the excellent sealing and brand differentiation properties of AluFix Retort Xtra offers – that it is printable, puncture resistant, and sealable onto both plain and PP (Polypropylene)-lacquered tinplates, and lacquered aluminum rings.
The judges commended the easy-to-peel can-end for its low environmental impact too. Recyclable in the aluminum stream, with at least 50 percent lighter weight* and up to a 30-percent smaller carbon footprint*, AluFix Retort Xtra is more sustainable than traditional ring-pull openings.
A Better Environment Through Innovation
Amcor said that improvements to both the PolyInert Laminates and AluFix Retort Xtra typify the company’s commitment to partnering with customers on sustainable packaging.
“We are constantly innovating and improving our products and services, and these latest Alufoil awards are further evidence of what we’re achieving,” says Andrea Della Torre, senior R&D director at the company. “We are giving customers best-in-class technical solutions that also help them differentiate their products in the market.”
Find out more about AluFix Retort Xtra and the entire award winning AluFix can-end range on the Amcor website, which also contains information about stick packs and other pharmaceutical pack formats that PolyInert laminates can be applied to. Alternatively e-mail John Forsyth, Amcor’s healthcare senior product manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or inquire via www.amcor.com.
*Estimates based on an ASSET lifecycle assessment comparison of easy-open ring-pull end (diameter 99 mm, weight 1,97 kg/m2) and AluFix peel-off-end (diameter 99 mm, weight 0,67 kg/m2); assuming full waste recycling
Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing high-quality, responsible packaging for a variety of food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical-device, home- and personal-care and other products. Amcor works with leading companies around the world to protect their products and the people who rely on them, differentiate brands, and improve supply chains, through a broad range of flexible packaging, containers, cartons, closures and services. The company’s 35,000 people generate more than US$9 billion in sales from operations that span 200-plus locations in more than 40 countries. More at www.amcor.com.
The Alufoil Trophy
The Alufoil Trophy is organized by the European Aluminium Foil Association. There are five categories: Consumer Convenience, Marketing and Design, Product Protection, Resource Efficiency and Technical Innovation. Judges also gave an award for Application Innovation. For 2018 there were 10 winners.