Sustainable packaging solutions at the CIFA…

Date: 29.02.2024Source: SÜDPACK

For SÜDPACK, the CFIA is all about ‘sustainability.’ The French food industry’s leading trade show, which will be held from March 12 to 14 in Rennes, is considered one of the key industry gatherings in France with more than 1,700 exhibitors. SÜDPACK will provide information about its resource-saving SPQ printing technology while also drawing trade visitors’ attention to the recyclable packaging concepts of its Pure-Line films. As another highlight, SÜDPACK’s new LCA tool will be a point of focus. It makes fact-based decisions possible for an optimal packaging solution in terms of its ecological impact.

With these three focal points at the CFIA, SÜDPACK will certainly strike a chord. Especially because the pressure is steadily increasing on both French companies and on international suppliers who put packaging and packaged products on the market.

With SPQ (= sustainable print quality), the company offers an innovative printing technology that sets standards in flexo and gravure printing. Most notably, SPQ significantly improves the carbon footprint of package printing. This is due in part to the standardisation of the colour space, which eliminates the need for spot colours. As a result, ink and solvent consumption are reduced as is ink waste. Nevertheless, it is still possible to realize virtually the entire colour spectrum – all while maintaining superior print quality and excellent colour brilliance. Moreover, the defined colour palette makes it possible for all print designs to be represented reliably and with a high degree of automation.

With smart colour management, in-house calculations have shown that ink and solvent waste can be reduced at best by more than 60 percent in the implementation of printed images.

Recyclable films and packaging are an important building block for fulfilling the current requirements regarding ambitious recycling rates. That is why SÜDPACK systematically expanded its portfolio years ago to include sustainable high-performance films and packaging concepts.

The leader in technology and innovation now offers its customers around the world an unparalleled product range for a wide variety of applications. The range includes not only PP-based materials, but also PE and PET concepts. The monomaterial film laminates impress with their low material consumption and recyclability. At the same time, they provide the same product protection as composite materials composed of different polymers and can be equipped with convenience features such as reclose systems or peel ability.

Thanks to the implementation of its life cycle analysis tool last year, SÜDPACK is now able to analyse the entire life cycle of packaging solutions in terms of their environmental impact and to evaluate it based on solid facts. In addition to greenhouse gases (CO2e), additional environmental impact categories are also taken into account. This includes the fossil energy use that a material involves as well as the ecotoxicity and human toxicity, meaning the toxic effect on animals, plants and people. For the calculation, SÜDPACK uses a cradle-to-grave approach that also takes different end-of-life options into account within defined system limits.

The tool is used consistently by the film specialists in the development process for their own products. SÜDPACK also offers the eco-balancing service to its customers who would like to review or optimize their existing packaging concepts and to those who would like to evaluate more sustainable packaging alternatives. For more visit CIFA, stand E1 in hall 10 or at suedpack.de/en

David Cox / IDM

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