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MONDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY Packaging: Protecঞon and Sustainability in a Single Pack For e-commerce applicaঞons, packaging must have superior abuse resistance compared with tradiঞonal packaging. By Maria Natalia Ortega Leyva Plascs Technology México Kyra Douglas, senior director of global regu- latory affairs at PLASTICS, emphasizes that the efficient use of packaging to protect the product while it is delivered is a mega-trend in the industry that has gained more rele- vance for two main reasons. One is the food sector, where there is a focus on healthy, locally produced food and delivery of fresh products. The other aspect is e-commerce packaging, now that a lot of shopping is done online. According to Mark Kay, performance films market group leader of Nova Chemical (Booth W207AB), e-commerce packaging has up to five ঞmes more "touches" between the product manufacturing and when it reaches the consumer's home. "E-commerce packaging must have superior abuse resis- tance than tradiঞonal packaging, and seal integrity is criঞcal, parঞcularly for food and liquid packaging," he says. Consumer awareness is driving packaging developments to soluঞons to extend food freshness in terms of extending shelf life, reducing addiঞves in the food formulaঞons, preserving healthy ingredients and ensuring safe delivery. "Nowadays, people believe that the right packaging helps to reduce food waste," says Miguel Ramirez, head of RBL Masterbatches from Clariant in Laঞn America (Booth S18155). Dr. Maria del Pilar Noriega, director of the Insঞtute for the Plasঞc and Rubber Research and Training in Colombia (IC- IPC), remarks that a lot of innovaঞons are intended to save the food. "Throughout the world, one third of the food is lost in different stages. In developed countries, this loss happens more o[en at the end of the chain, in the supermarkets, while in developing countries this loss occurs at the begin- ning in plantaঞons and transportaঞon to the farmers' markets," she says. The intent to protect goods has driven the growth of using complex structures for pack- aging soluঞons. Dr. Noriega predicts an in- crease in so-called hybrid packaging that combines paper, cardboard and plasঞc in an effort to improve lifecycle analysis and pro- vide beer indicators of sustainability. Adam Gendell, associate director of the Sustainable Packaging Coaliton (SPC), says that innovaঞons from converters are bring- ing structures that have the performance benefits of mulঞ-material substrates—but without the unfavorable hit to recyclability that usually accompanies them. "Today we have an unfathomable breadth of material combinaঞons to achieve the diverse range of product needs, and recyclers are phobic of material complexity. In the future, mulঞ-ma- terial packaging might be less inঞmidaঞng to recyclers," he adds. Adds Douglas of PLASTICS, "Mulঞlayer film is gaining a lot of aenঞon with novel technologies in the bioplasঞcs space to recy- cle or recover it for energy. The lifecycle analyses are clear that the environmental footprint of flexible packaging is very good, so there are a lot of possibiliঞes with the mulঞmaterial and mulঞlayer film." Lightweighঞng and downgaging are also a megatrend that allows a packaging soluঞon to keep up the desired perfor- mance, produce savings and also address sustainability issues. In this regard, Claudia Hernandez, senior development specialist at Dow (Rooms S310, S311and S312), men- ঞons stretch film as an example. Using precision packaging resins from Dow, it is possible to reach higher levels of elongaঞon. "The film is thinner but is able to maintain properঞes with less amount of product," she says. The intent to protect goods has driven the growth of using complex structures for packaging soluons including an increase in so-called hybrid packaging that combines paper, cardboard and plasc. Share Your Company on the Plasঞcs Technology Soluঞons Network By Tony Deligio Plascs Technology In celebraঞon of the plasঞcs industry's pre- mier problem-solving event, NPE2018: The Plasঞcs Show, Gardner Business Media is hosঞng the Plascs Technology (PT) Problem Solvers contest. With the contest, the me- dia company is asking to hear from aend- ees: "We want to hear about you, your problems and your problems solved. In ex- change we have some great giveaways, some great prizes and perhaps a few sur- prises," says Dave Necessary, director of digital for Gardner. There are three easy ways to enter and three quick prompts you can answer. How to enter? • Mobile: Text an image or video to 513-780-5590 • Online: Visit registraঞon • In person: Stop by Booth W-2513, West Hall What to enter? • Show Your Face—Share a picture of you or your team with Plascs Technology media or preparing for NPE 2018. • Tell Your Story—Upload or share a video describing you, your company or an idea for a story PT should tell. • What's Your Problem?—Talk about a problem you're trying to solve or what you're looking for at NPE. What's in it for You? • PT Gear: All submissions will receive a limited-ediঞon Plascs Technology giveaway • PT Prizes: We're giving away one prize for each day of NPE2018. Prizes include a Drone, voice-assistant speaker, digital camera and video camera • Refreshments: Visit Booth W-2513, West Hall at NPE2018 for refreshments and networking The PT Problem Solvers contest will remain open through NPE2018—The Plasঞcs Show. Submissions will be shared on and @plastechmag / #PTProblemSolver. 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