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Compostable cucumber shrink wrap adapted for magazines


A compostable shrink-wrap developed in South Australia for cucumbers has been adapted to magazine film opening up a potentially huge market for its Adelaide manufacturer.cled sheet compatible with heatset web presses that is manufactured in the US. The alternative


plastic wrapping was invented by Adelaide-based compostable bag producer BioBag World Australia last year with a number of supermarket chains now using the product for fruit and veg. The bio-wrap was first used on cucumbers sold at South Australian independent grocer Drakes Supermarkets following a partnership with produce and packaging business IG Fresh Produce. Company managing director Scott Morton said the development of the plastic


alternative mailing film was the result of a partnership with South Australian-based Direct Mail Centre of Australia. “It took us about a month to develop the first film wrap, which was an industrial compost version,” Morton said. “We then tried to take it one step further and we created a new version which was suitable for home compost … so that even outside of South Australia, where industrial compost isn’t necessarily available, we would have a solution.” The cucumber wrap was launched in September as an environmentally friendly


alternative to the traditional polyethylene plastic wrap and has since been adapted for a range of uses – most recently as a magazine film. BioBag World Australia’s bioplastic film is made from a compostable resin called Mater-Bi that uses substances obtained from plants including non-genetically modified corn starch.


Frugalpac secures grade A in BRCGS audit


The makers of the Frugal Cup, the world’s first coffee cup made from 96 per cent recycled paper, have secured the BRCGS Global Standard for Packaging Materials. British sustainable packaging firm Frugalpac, who recently launched the Frugal Bottle made from 94 per cent recycled paper, has been awarded an A grade for its Frugal Cup production in the BRCGS audit, which helps packaging organizations deliver products that help support the delivery of safe, hygienic food and drink. Frugalpac’s Frugal Cup has a carbon footprint up to 60 per cent lower than conventional cups when sent to landfill and is easier to recycle again. The Frugal Cup is manufactured in Wrexham with its manufacturing partner the Cup Folk and has just been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2020 Sustainability Awards. BRCGS is one of the most highly regarded certification programs recognized by the


Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). To get certification, the Frugal Cup factory in Wrexham underwent a third-party audit of everything from quality management and risk analysis to building standards. BRCGS certification is an internationally recognized distinction awarded to companies in the food storage and distribution industries that meet BRC Standards of best practices for quality, hygiene, and product safety.


Neopac wins “Tube of the Year” awards


Neopac, a global provider of packaging for a broad array of industries and applications, earned two “Tube of the Year” awards from the European Tube Manufacturers Association (ETMA). The recognition came in two of the competitions most coveted categories: Plastic Tubes and Laminate Tubes. In the Plastic Tubes category, Neopac’s RECYCLED PLASTIC TUBE, which is utilised by Farfalla for several of its 100 per cent natural vegan haircare products, took top honors. Part of Neopac’s EcoDesign family of sustainable solutions and suitable for use with cosmetic products, the RECYCLED PLASTIC TUBES comprise 64 per cent PCR material from post-consumer recycled material (PCR) derived from household waste such as milk, water and juice bottles, and post-industrial recycled material (PIR) from laminate production waste. In the Laminate Tubes category, Neopac won for its Stylo Polyfoil Tube with Spatula Applicator for Canesten, a cream for treating athlete's foot from Bayer Consumer Health. Features included a special applicator comprised of soft TPE material, allowing patients to apply the cream hands-free – an important benefit as athlete’s foot is a highly contagious fungal infection.


8 July/ August 2020 convertermag.com


Arden Software has completed the acquisition of American software company Cimex Corporation. Global software provider Arden specialises in CAD and CAM


software for the packaging sector, with its Impact packaging design software being used all over the world. Cimex develops CimPACK Software, which, like Impact, is a leading name in the print, packaging and die-making sectors. Jim Silianoff, president of Arden Software North America, said:


“Much like Arden, Cimex is a global supplier of CAD and CAM software in the packaging sector, so we’re delighted to bring their skills and expertise into the Arden Group. “This partnership will bring together some of the best minds in the industry to develop a new era of software tools and innovative solutions for our customers. The breadth of knowledge and experience within Cimex, combined with the development power of Arden, will ensure we’re uniquely positioned to deliver highly automated, efficient and innovative solutions to our existing and new customers. “Our industry remains a highly collaborative and increasingly


technical environment. Whether it’s new technologies for die- making and manufacturing, workflow automation, ecommerce, packaging design or collaboration, this acquisition will solidify our position as a technology innovator in the packaging industry, building on the strong relationships that both companies have with their customers.” Andrew Carey, president at Cimex Corporation, added: “Many of our


customers use both Cimex and Arden Software products, and as companies, we share many of the same traits. We have both worked with and for our customers for many years developing our expertise in our fields, so the joining of our two companies is very complementary. Martin Poynter, managing director at the Arden Group, said: “We


are delighted to complete this acquisition which will enable us to expand our operations and further accelerate our growth strategy. Arden Software and Cimex share a common background of strong technology development and esteemed customer relationships in the packaging and printing industries, so we’re confident this acquisition will deliver real benefits to our customers.”


Arden Software acquires US software supplier


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