25 February 2018 Events

Plastic cloud hangs over packaging show

Packaging Innovations at the NEC takes place against the increasingly raucous debate about the role of plastic in packaging.

The debate about the use of plastics in packaging will dominate Packaging Innovations in Birmingham this week. There will be two debates on the subject, one involving retailers and brands, the other with recycling businesses and converters on the panel.

The show, on 28 February and 1 March, will include product launches to show the benefits of plastics and films in reducing the weight of packaging and thus the environmental impact of shipping, in providing on shelf impact and with reuse and recycling always to the fore.

But with retailers and brands across the spectrum promising to eliminate its use or reduce it well ahead of government’s polite suggestions that its use is not a good thing and should be discontinued by 2042, converters are feeling the pressure. Ultimate Packaging, one of the UK’s leading independent flexible packaging producers has issued a statement calling for an increase in kerbside collections and for brands to design packaging from the outset for reuse or ease of recycling.

“At Ultimate we are committed to developing new innovative packaging, focusing on sustainability, extending shelf life and reducing waste.

Ultimate Packaging is committed to playing our part in addressing the major challenge of plastics in the environment and protecting our planet for the future. We commit to work closely with our customers, specifiers and suppliers to meet the targets set out in the 25-year Environment plan and to develop all our packaging to be recyclable or reusable within the next five years.”

Other options will be discussed at the expanding event. It has attracted exhibitors from both sides of the fence: flexible and packaging converters wanting to talk to brands and equipment suppliers wanting to meet the converters and those that influence their purchases.

Among these will be label press providers Xeikon, Domino, Epson, Focus, Durst, Dantex and Mark Andy, which has announced the first UK sale of its Mark Andy One digital press to CV Labels. Denmaur will be promoting its Delipac material, a barrier board for food and drinks packaging that uses a water based coating to create the impermeable barrier instead of a film that prevents recycling. It won the Ecopack Challenge at last year’s event.

The Ecopack area of the event has become increasingly important, while the Labels & Print section, housing the equipment suppliers continues to grow. Combined, organiser Easyfairs anticipates 6,000 visitors for the two day show.

Gareth Ward

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The debate about the use of plastics in packaging will dominate thePackaging Innovations show in Birmingham. Two debates will be undertaken, one involving recycling businesses and converters on the panel, the other with retailers and brands.

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