Gunze launches eco-friendly heat shrinkable GEOPLAS HCT3 film to scale operations

JAPAN – Japanese plastic films producer Gunze has announced plans to launch an eco-friendly heat-shrinkable film, with recycled resin early next year. GEOPLAS HCT3 is said to be a mass balance approach-based polystyrene/polyethylene terephthalate multi-layered product that uses 30% of chemically recycled raw materials. As per the firm, the latest film is the first of a series of recycled heat-shrinkable…

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Toppan expands its range of products with launch of PE packaging for liquids

JAPAN – Japanese global printing company, Toppan has expanded its GL BARRIER1 transparent barrier film range with a mono-material PE barrier designed to package liquid products in a durable, sterile, and easy-to-recycle material. The new packaging, said to be suitable for boiling sterilization, delivers a barrier performance that is superior to that of existing PE mono-material packaging. According to Toppan,…

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Toyo-Morton introduces solvent-free laminating adhesives for metalized multilayer packaging designs

JAPAN – Japan’s leading manufacturer of laminating adhesives, Toyo-Morton has launched a new ECOAD series of polyurethane solvent-free laminating adhesive systems. Designed for the food packaging and industrial markets primarily in Asia, the solvent-free adhesives contain no volatile organic compound (VOC) to deliver more sustainability to end-users. ECOAD adhesive solutions have made it possible to continuously laminate metalized packaging structures…

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DIC partners FPCO to drive closed-loop recycling of plastic food trays

JAPAN – Japanese chemical company DIC has inked a strategic partnership deal with FP Corporation (FPCO) for closed-loop recycling of plastic food trays. The recycling process will use the world’s first dissolution and separation recycling technology for polystyrene, the raw material used in plastic trays for food products. With the help of chemical recycling technology, the program intends to make…

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DIC partners SAP to build waste plastics traceability system

JAPAN – Japanese chemical company DIC has collaborated with software company SAP to build a waste plastics traceability system using blockchain technology to boost sustainable outcomes and increase circularity in the chemicals industry. DIC, one of Japan’s leading fine chemical manufacturers, produces and sells polystyrene, a synthetic resin used in a wide range of applications including plastic food containers. As…

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Catalent upgrades primary packaging capabilities in its Japan facility

JAPAN – US-based pharmaceutical company, Catalent has installed a high-speed blister packaging line at its clinical supply facility in Shiga, Japan to expand the plant’s primary packaging capabilities. The line is similar to those installed at other Catalent clinical supply facilities and will complement the Shiga plant’s existing automated bottling line. Catalent said that the blister packaging equipment will offer…

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Toyo-Morton launches epoxy silane-free laminating adhesives for flexible packaging

JAPAN – Japan’s leading manufacturer of laminating adhesives, Toyo-Morton has launched a new series of laminating adhesives that are free of epoxy silanes and organic tin compounds. The new lineup includes the solvent-based TOMOFLEX and the solvent-free ECOAD series of laminating adhesives. According to the Toyo-Morton, a member of the Toyo Ink Group, both materials are suited for a wide…

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Japan’s Fujifilm launches Activ Hybrid LED UV retrofit system

JAPAN – Japanese photography company, Fujifilm has launched Activ Hybrid LED UV curing system, which can be installed on new presses or retrofit to existing equipment by label and packaging converters. The system combines the latest LED UV curing technologies with Fujifilm’s ink expertise to improve label production on narrow web presses. It enables traditional UV or water-based flexo presses…

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