June 14, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff
Ropak Packaging of Fountain Valley, CA and the largest producer of rigid, plastic shipping containers in North America, has won the 2010 AmeriStar Award in two categories for its breakthrough Diamond Weave Technology containers.
The AmeriStar awards are presented each year by the IOPP (the Institute of Packaging Professionals) and are known in the trade as the ‘Oscars of Packaging’.
Ropak, a member of the international packaging company the LINPAC Group, picked up awards this year for its one-gallon rigid plastic container in both the ‘Beverage’ category – for Truco Enterprises’ On the Border Margarita Mix product – and the ‘Other Retail’ category – for National Gypsum’s DustTech Professional Formula Lite Joint Compound product.
Ropak’s patent-pending Diamond Weave Technology involves using an innovative diamond lattice pattern on the internal surface of the container to add structural strength to its wall. Coupled with polypropylene resin, this allows for significant reductions in both the amount of source material used and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced, while retaining the same stack strength, functionality and billboard area as a non-diamond container.
The new one-gallon container contains 33 per cent less source material and cuts GHG emissions by 38 per cent compared with the old container, as well as offering significantly improved Walmart Scorecard results.
With regards to the Margarita Mix container, it also features a lid with a channel for dipping the edge of margarita glasses in salt, as well as improved IML (in-mold labeling) decoration for enhanced retail shelf appeal, and better access to the cover for consumer convenience.
Ropak offers Diamond Weave containers in a variety of shapes – round, square and rectangular – and in sizes from 0.6-gallons to 5.3-gallons and can be used in both food and non-food applications. For more information, please visit Ropak Packaging online at www.ropakcorp.com.