UK packaging company acquired by Swiss thermoformer

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The UK's Clear Packaging Ltd has been bought by Stager, a Swiss thermoforming expert. The acquisition aims to bring together Clear's recycled PET technology with Stager's thermoforming tools for unusually-shaped packaging.

Reusable thermal management shipping system

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A reusable thermal shipping system has been developed by Entropy Solutions to transport pharmaceuticals, biological supplies and food for longer periods of time and within tighter temperature ranges than water-based gel packs or dry ice methods.

Direct-to-sheet extrusion for APET and PET

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A new direct-to-sheet extrusion technique could eliminate drying and melting processes during resin preparation for manufacturing APET and PET, reducing the cost of production, energy consumption and environmental impact.
TerraSkin tree-free paper

Tree-free paper

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TerraSkin tree-free paper for bags, wrapping and luxury boxes is making waves. The material is made from 75% calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and 25% non-toxic high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin. Ninety per cent of its content diverts construction, plastic bottle and carrier bag waste from landfill. The material is water resistant, does not require laminating, and has a tensile and tearing strength ratio similar to regular paper – 1:1 and 2:1, respectively.

A new fold design for cardboard boxes

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A rigid cardboard box that can be unfolded with its bottom in place, much like a paper bag, has been designed by Dr Zhong You, a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, UK. The box's folding pattern does not require two open ends, so one side will not need to be sealed after unfolding before it can be used.