FlexPackCon 2023: Gateway to Flexible Packaging Insights

Sustainability and new applied sciences headline this system for FlexPackCon 2023, a convention that investigates and addresses new developments in supplies, traits, challenges, and alternatives within the double-digit progress market of versatile packaging.

Scheduled for October 10-12, 2023, at Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Lodge, in Montréal, Canada, FlexPackCon options audio system from main model proprietor firms like PepsiCo and Mars, together with main producers like Dow and Nova Chemical substances, in addition to market consultants from organizations like Consortium for Waste Circularity and Polytechnique Montréal. Packaging Digest is a media companion for this occasion.

The convention is organized by the Versatile Packaging Division of SPE, the affiliation that unites plastics professionals worldwide. This community of plastics professionals spans the whole provide chain, from supplies and tools suppliers to converters and model homeowners. This system for FlexPackCon is designed to enchantment to versatile packaging professionals in all these areas.

From a sustainability perspective, convention attendees will study new end-of-life choices, together with mechanical, superior, and nano recycling. Classes will deal with key points just like the mass-balance idea, life-cycle evaluation (LCA), and compostability. One among my favourite titles is the Thursday keynote: “In Single-Use Plastics, the Concern is Single-Use, Not Plastic.”

Amongst new applied sciences to be proven are cavitation (creating small voids in movie for sustainable functions), and nanofibers as a nucleating agent. And this session caught my eye due to its intelligent title: “Botox for Blown Movie Producers – Find out how to Get Rid of Wrinkles.”

Scan the agenda under to see all of the subjects. All tutorials on Tuesday, October 10, are included with a convention registration.

Tracks embrace:
• Barrier through Components and Coatings;
• Bio-based Plastics and Compostables;
• Extrusion and Processing Improvements;
• Movie Construction Design;
• PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances); and
• Recycling and Regulatory.

To study extra and to register, go to the FlexPackCon 2023 web site.


Tuesday, October 10

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: ISO Requirements Overview and LCA Replace – Outlook for the SPE Versatile Packaging Division

This tutorial will deal with the basics of Life Cycle Evaluation (LCA), which has grow to be a cornerstone of the trade for driving sustainability and design. The tutorial will deal with the basics of circularity and the round financial system exercise within the international enviornment, together with how LCA will probably be used within the improvement of the ISO round financial system requirements presently underneath improvement.

Presenter: Mike Levy, First Setting


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: How Versatile Packaging will probably be Affected by Present and Future Rules

The tutorial will cowl international traits on chemical restrictions (equivalent to PFAS), product bans, and prolonged producer duty (EPR) approaches within the European Union, the US, and different fashions.

Presenter: Nhat Nguyen, Chemical Watch by enhesa


4:00 – 4:30 p.m.: ISCC PLUS for the Round Economic system and Bioeconomy

This tutorial will clarify the whole lot that you must know to know ISCC Plus certification. The significance of a mass-balance idea within the ISCC system will probably be mentioned, whereas offering direct functions of the ISCC PLUS system to the plastics/packaging industries all through the presentation.

Presenter: Maxwell Pfotenhauer, SCS International Providers


4:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Sustainable Packaging and Find out how to Meet Your Targets

This tutorial will inform the viewers concerning the present and future challenges in sustainable packaging that will help you keep aggressive on this altering market. It is going to present a evaluate of the market traits (equivalent to shorter runs, a greater diversity of supplies, and the round financial system) and penalties for equipment wants (extra flexibility of runs utilizing a wider vary of supplies together with bio resins). Lastly, the tutorial will deal with the expertise getting used as we speak to orient movie for functions of sustainability, recyclability, price financial savings, and efficiency enhancements.

Presenter: Steve Despain, Reifenhauser Inc.


5:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Break

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Welcome Mixer / Scholar Posters / Reveals Open


Wednesday, October 11

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.: Welcome Remarks


8:10 – 8:50 a.m.: Keynote: Compostable Versatile Movie for Snack Meals – Growth and Commercialization

PepsiCo has launched a brand new Industrial Compostable Licensed compostable package deal for its snack merchandise portfolio within the US and another international locations. This presentation will share a number of the technical challenges and experiences throughout improvement and commercialization, in addition to what the long run would appear like.

Presenter: Pak Meng Cham, PepsiCo


8:50 – 9:30 a.m.: Keynote: Bioplastics from a US Coverage Perspective, and the Function of LCA In This Course of

This presentation will give attention to key points relating to bioplastics and biodegradable plastics, life-cycle evaluation (LCA), and what the important thing coverage drivers are as we speak for plastics basically.

Presenter: Mike Levy, First Setting


9:30 – 9:35 a.m.: Break


9:35 – 10:00 a.m.: The Utilization and Practicalities of Twin Screw Extruders as A part of Movie Extrusion Programs

Study concerning the utilization and practicalities of twin-screw extruders as a part of movie extrusion techniques. Twin-screw extruders (TSEs) are used to combine polymers, components, fillers, and lively substances to impart focused and distinctive properties into polymers for all sorts of movies. Advantages of twin-screw extruders for processing reclaim, bioplastics, and specialty and shear delicate formulations for mono and coextruded movies will defined.

Presenter: Steve Put up, Leistritz Extrusion


9:35 – 10:00 a.m.: How a Efficiency-Based mostly Pure Polymer is Remodeling Conventional Versatile Packaging Codecs

Based mostly on excessive amylose starch, Kuraray’s Plantic providing is a pure, plant-based polymer that gives gasoline barrier — a novel versatile packaging innovation. A best-in-class LCA shares lowered carbon emissions with a product that gives shelf-life extension and food-waste discount. With end-of-life situations of compostability and recyclability, Plantic providing could be reclaimed within the restoration of versatile and semi-rigid plastics, or repulped and recycled within the paper stream when used with paper.

Presenter: David Chacon, Kuraray America


10:00 – 10:25 a.m.: Botox for Blown Movie Producers – Find out how to Get Rid of Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a symptom of extreme manufacturing issues with blown movie strains. This presentation describes a strategy to establish the basis causes of wrinkles and consists of examples of methods to reduce the impression of these causes.

Presenter: Paul Waller, Plastics Touchpoint Group Inc.


10:00 – 10:25 a.m.: Novel Compostable Plastic Movies for Meals and Healthcare Packaging Functions

Compostable versatile movies are an progressive method towards reservations about plastic packaging; they’ll break down naturally in the best surroundings. Compostable movies can be utilized in varied functions, equivalent to lamination sealant layer for multilayer movies for pouch/sachet packaging functions for meals, pharma/nutraceutical, and medical packaging functions or standalone movies for plastic luggage for meals, contemporary produce, and garment packaging. They can be used as lidding movies for varied cups, pods and containers for espresso, contemporary produce, or ready meals packaging.

On this work, varied versatile packaging movies produced through blown movie extrusion strains have been studied to show their efficiency for the above-mentioned functions. The recommended compostable resolution has the identical efficiency options as typical versatile packaging supplies. It has nice optical and mechanical properties, will bond effectively to the print internet, and has glorious heat-seal properties. These supplies could be processed on normal pouch/sachet packaging machines or bag-making strains with excessive throughput.

Presenter: Mehdi Pakravan, Polykar Co.


10:25 – 10:45 a.m. Break


10:45 – 11:10 a.m.: Boosting Sustainability with Triple Bubble Expertise

Triple Bubble expertise helps advance sustainability efforts within the versatile packaging trade in two methods: (1) It helps recyclability by offering alternative choices of conventional multi-material movie constructions, that are expensive or not possible to recycle, with new mono-material ones which are simply recyclable. (2) It helps scale back EPR charges by offering the choices talked about within the level above and by providing important weight discount choices of these conventional multi-material movie constructions.

Presenter: Adolfo Edgar, KUHNE Anlagenbau GmbH


10:45 – 11:10 a.m.: A Compostable Unstable Corrosion Inhibiting Packaging for Safety of Metals

Polyethylene luggage containing risky corrosion inhibitors shield ferrous steel elements throughout transit and storage. With rising urgency in decreasing the quantity of polyolefin-based packaging materials that find yourself in landfills, there may be an curiosity in biodegradable/compostable packaging materials able to offering risky corrosion inhibition (VCI) for short-term storage and transportation of ferrous metals. A brand new risky corrosion inhibitor was developed that meets the Nationwide Affiliation of Corrosion Engineering normal, NACE TM0208, “Laboratory Check to Consider the Vapor-Inhibiting Capacity of Unstable Corrosion Inhibitor Supplies for Non permanent Safety of Ferrous Metallic Surfaces.” The chemical compounds used for this movie had been rigorously chosen to not intrude with composability of the ultimate movie and is licensed 100% compostable by TUV Austria (OK Compost) for the EN 13432 normal.

Presenters: Mahin Shahlari and Mitchell Fillbach, NTIC


11:10 – 11:35 a.m.: Recyclable Mono Materials Packaging Choices with Electron Beam Expertise

Using electron beam expertise to crosslink polyethylene and different polymeric movies just isn’t new. Nevertheless, latest curiosity in the usage of EB expertise to facilitate recylability for mono supplies is rising. This session particulars low-voltage EB expertise in versatile packaging functions, particularly how EB crosslinking expertise helps the performance of mono supplies for downstream processing. The presentation will talk about how these mono materials crosslinked movies are recyclable.

Presenter: Im Rangwalla, Vitality Sciences Inc.


11:10 – 11:35 a.m.: Growth of Excessive Gasoline Barrier Shrinkable Movie Utilizing Polyglycolic Acid (PGA) for Mono-material

Polyglycolic acid (PGA) is well-known as the only polyester and biodegradable polymer, and PGA reveals superior gasoline barrier property by orienting the amorphous sheet. This session will present that PE/PVDC/PE shrinkable movie could be changed by PGA-ML, and PGA-ML could be handled as mono-material PE for the round financial system. Outcomes present that 1micron of PGA is sufficient for safeguarding meals packaging of contemporary purple meats, cheeses, and such. A mechanical recycling check for PGA-ML is now being carried out in Germany.

Presenter: Ito Daisuke, Kureha Corp.


11:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Cavitation as a Device for Sustainable Packaging Design

Cavitation includes the creation of small voids in a movie by incorporating incompatible particles adopted by orientation (usually machine course orientation or biaxial orientation). Voids diffract mild, rising the opacity of the movie, which is essential for decreasing ink utilization and offering a light-weight barrier. Cavitation additionally reduces movie density, rising movie yield, decreasing materials consumption, and enabling floatability of conventionally dense polymers in recycle separation techniques. Cavitation maintains improved mechanical properties of thinner gauge blown movies. This session will describe new polymeric cavitation agent (PCA) expertise that’s engineered to beat limitations of different strategies (chemical and bodily foaming) for producing voids.

Presenter: Ryan McEneany, VOID Applied sciences


11:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Using Spray Dried Lignocellulosic Nanofibers as a Nucleating Agent in PLA to Improve Tensile and Barrier Efficiency of a Bio-Based mostly and Biodegradable Composite

Regardless of its guarantees as a bio-based and biodegradable various to conventional petroleum-based polymers, polylactic acid (PLA) suffers from being fairly brittle whereas additionally having worse barrier properties than non-degrading alternate options equivalent to polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene. On this session, we’ll present lignocellulosic nanofibers (LCNF), which have been spray dried to permit for facile soften compounding into PLA, as a nucleating agent to not directly enhance oxygen and water-vapor barrier properties and tensile properties. This demonstrates that spray dried LCNF is an enough drop-in filler that requires no change to present PLA extrusion processes.

Presenter: Troy Su, College of Toronto


12:00 – 1:35 p.m.: Lunch


1:35 – 2:15 p.m.: Keynote: The Way forward for Sustainable Versatile Packaging-Lengthy-Time period Strategic Forecasts To 2032

Outcomes of a Smithers report consists of an examination of sustainable versatile packaging developments for consumer-packaged items (CPG), meals and non-food, over the following 10 years, and the way customers and producers will regulate, in mild of technological developments, rules, shopper expectations, regulatory proposals, and main plans by CPG firms which are already shaping the 2032 market.

Presenter: Thomas Dunn, Flexpacknology LLC


2:15 – 2:20 p.m.: Break


2:20 – 2:45 p.m.: Use of Graphene Oxide Nanoparticles as a Barrier Coating for Meals Grade Packaging

This session explores the event and analysis of graphene oxide coating as a alternative for the aluminum foil layer in retort grade pouches, which is a crucial space of curiosity as we glance to ship people to Mars. In comparison with aluminum foil, used for airtight barrier properties of retort grade pouches, a graphene oxide coating might examine favorably to the barrier properties of foil, however is lighter, extra versatile, and permits for ash-free incineration.

Presenter: Michaela Gibson, Clemson College


2:20 – 2:45 p.m.: Closing the Loop Whereas Closing Efficiency Gaps in Movie Machinability: Developments in Mono-material, Multilayer Movie Options

Closing the Loop consists of re-designing multi-material movies into mechanically recyclable all-PE or principally PE constructions. Understanding packaging tools variables and choices for modification to run all-PE constructions might help to additional shut gaps in packaging productiveness relative to incumbent non-recyclable packaging. Right here we offer a case examine on how materials choice in multi-layer PE movies Designed for Recyclability impression the packaging productiveness on a horizontal form-fill-seal standup pouch line.

Presenter: Michelle Tsui, The Dow Chemical Co.


2:45 – 3:10 p.m.: Efficiency PE Options Enabling Extra Recyclable Barrier Coex Thermoformed Movies

New applied sciences equivalent to ExxonMobil high-performance polyethylene (PE) and ExxonMobil’s ExxtendTM expertise for Superior Recycling might help contribute to the circularity of plastic packaging. How can doubtlessly recyclable movies be designed with out compromising the technical necessities which are wanted all through the worth chain? A evaluate of the versatile barrier packaging market together with challenges and traits will present the premise for why this is likely one of the most essential challenges going through the trade as we speak. Examples in forged and blown thermoformed movie functions will show how ExxonMobil excessive efficiency polyethylene and the incorporation of small quantities of EVOH (to assist retain oxygen barrier properties) can be utilized to assist displace the necessity for nylon.

Presenters: Martin Antensteiner, ExxonMobil Expertise and Engineering Co., and Camille Duvalle, ExxonMobil Product Options Co.


2:45 – 3:10 p.m.: Excessive Gasoline Barrier PVA/LDH Coatings for Versatile Packaging

In our examine, we synthesized layered double hydroxides (LDHs) with a excessive side ratio utilizing the calcination-reconstruction methodology to organize a gasoline barrier coating for versatile packaging functions. The synthesized LDHs had been blended with completely different grades of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and coated onto a polyethylene terephthalate substrate utilizing a easy bar coating method. The coating weight and LDHs focus inside PVA had been diversified to optimize the coating properties. We used a number of strategies, together with transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, wide-angle X-ray diffraction, atomic pressure microscopy, and rheological measurements, to research the microstructure of the LDH nanoparticles and PVA/LDH coatings. Lastly, we measured the oxygen transmission charges of the coatings utilizing permeability assessments and analyzed the outcomes utilizing completely different permeability fashions.

Presenter: Emre Vatansever, Polytechnique Montreal


3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Break


3:30 – 3:55 p.m.: Enhanced Oxygen Barrier Layers based mostly on Cellulose Nanomaterials

Functions of cellulose nanomaterials (cellulose nanofibrils and cellulose nanocrystals) have obtained rising consideration lately. This presentation will cowl latest developments in enhancing the usage of cellulose nanomaterials as the first element of the oxygen barrier layer inside a versatile packaging system for meals. The developments had been achieved via the event of the understanding of the method of blade coating cellulose nanomaterials onto substrates.

Moreover, progress in the direction of the discount within the brittle nature of cellulose nanomaterial movies has been achieved via the purposeful design of the layers utilizing the focused incorporation of plasticizers and water-soluble polymers.

Presenter: Daniel Franke, USDA Forest Merchandise Laboratory


3:30 – 3:55 p.m.: Borstar Polyethylene because the Enabler for Designing Recyclable PE Packaging

On this presentation, we’ll talk about how challenges to revamp polyolefins to enhance their recyclability are addressed utilizing the superior polyethylene polymers produced within the Borstar@ PE course of. Not like many polyethylene grades meant for packaging functions, Borstar@ PE grades are designed with a really excessive bimodality, which permits us to realize a novel mixture of properties; such distinctive mixture could be significantly helpful for the event of recyclable PE versatile packaging.

We’ll talk about few particular examples the place the excessive bimodality of Borstar@ PE grades permits to both design recyclable PE movies or permits to maximise the incorporation of post-consumer recyclate (PCR) into the movie construction with minimal impression on the ensuing movie properties.

Presenter: Andrey Buryak, Borealis Polyolefine GmbH


3:55 – 4:20 p.m.: Manufacturing of Translucent Movies from Nanofibrillated Cellulose for Packaging Functions

Efficiency BioFilaments makes use of northern bleached softwood kraft pulp and a number of passes via high-consistency refiners to supply nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC). On account of the manufacturing course of, the nanofibrils are comparatively lengthy and skinny. This facilitates good retention of the nanofibrils on a forming cloth, making it potential to fabricate rolls of the fabric on typical paper machines. The fibrils are identified to have many fascinating properties; considered one of which is being to extend the dry energy properties of paper when used as an additive within the manufacturing thereof.

Non-porous, translucent movies can be produced from furnishes comprising principally of NFC, with potential functions in areas equivalent to packaging. The diploma of transparency of the movie, in addition to its mechanical and barrier properties decide which functions could be focused. The work introduced right here describes outcomes from intensive laboratory and pilot scale trials aimed toward optimizing these traits.

The presentation will give attention to methods for bettering (1) the optical properties (opacity, transparency, haze) and barrier properties of CF movies by calendering and/or through the use of index matching polymers and (2) the uniformity and mechanical properties of NFC movies by addition of refined fibers, and/or through the use of varied components and drainage aids.

The impression of the morphology of nanofibrillated cellulose on movie properties was additionally investigated and will probably be mentioned.

Presenter: Gurminder Minhas, Efficiency BioFilaments Inc.


3:55 – 4:20 p.m.: Placing the Client on the Heart of Sustainable Packaging Innovation

Within the backdrop of bold sustainability targets set throughout the packaging provide chain, customers are more and more conscious of various packaging choices that meet their life-style wants and their want to take care of the surroundings. Monitoring the buyer pulse on packaging will probably be a vital element to driving the adoption of significant packaging options from the trade that meet as we speak’s shopper wants with a give attention to a sustainable future. We’ll share highlights of our intensive analysis over 5 years on the buyer notion of plastics and packaging, in addition to the work that NOVA Chemical substances is doing to innovate in packaging by placing the buyer on the middle of the innovation course of.

Presenter: Brant Wunderlich, Nova Chemical substances


4:20 – 4:45 p.m.: Subsequent GEN Cling Expertise — PIB Free Blown Stretch Cling Movie

Polyisobutylene (PIB) is the most well-liked additive to ship cling for blown stretch cling movie. PIB is a viscous liquid at room temperature and must be injected into the extruder to combine with polyethylene (PE). As a result of partial incompatibility between PIB and PE, PIB migrates to the movie floor and brings the cling property to the movie. Nevertheless, PIB creates many hassles for movie converters. We have now developed a PIB-free co-extruded blown stretch movie, with optimum formulations through Dow’s distinctive resins within the cling and launch layers, to ship desired cling efficiency. This resolution eliminates hassles of PIB and creates a high-performance one-sided cling movie that delivers excessive cling pressure and low unwind pressure.

Presenter: Rajen Patel, The Dow Chemical Co.


4:20 – 4:45 p.m.: Partnership for Sustainable Resolution for Barrier Properties

Presenter: Guenther Hering, Henkel Corp.


4:45 – 5:25 p.m.: Keynote: Versatile Packaging Previous, Current and Future: Reflections on a Century of Expertise Development

Versatile packaging is the quickest rising packaging format on account of its potential to satisfy packaging wants on the lowest price and with the least quantity of fabric utilization. The presenter will hint the historical past of versatile packaging, describing main developments in expertise and the science behind them. Learnings from the previous, guided by improved scientific perception and engineering rules, could be leveraged to adapt versatile packaging to altering market, societal, and regulatory calls for. The presenter will interject private observations from his profession within the trade spanning 5 many years, spotlight present challenges, and venture into the long run.

Presenter: Barry Morris, Dow


6:10 – 8:40 p.m.: SPE FlexPackCon Reception, sponsored by Nova Chemical substances (offsite: 463 Sainte-Catherine Avenue West, Leisure District, Metro Place-des-Arts)

Le Balcon is Montreal’s most enjoyable leisure venue — the perfect place to expertise gifted artists in an intimate but festive setting. The distinctive dinner-show format combines excellent market delicacies with top-notch performances, leading to a really magical night.


Thursday, October 12

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.: Welcome / Acknowledgements


8:15 – 8:55 a.m.: Keynote: In Single-Use Plastics, the Concern is Single-Use, Not Plastic

Though plastic appears to have grow to be the icon for “environmental evil,” a complete and scientific view on the problem and the alternate options is seldom offered. Life Cycle Evaluation has traditionally offered such holistic view by encompassing the whole lifecycle of a product and a complete set of environmental indicators. Nevertheless, the more moderen consideration on plastic litter within the surroundings, significantly the marine ecosystems, had not but been built-in into the LCA methodology. Choices have thus been made based mostly on a plastic-reduction focus, with out contemplating the potential impacts of the alternate options that will fill the perform left unfilled by the plastic discount.

The complicated and inter-related problems with plastic sustainability can now begin to be disentangled and put into perspective — with one another and with the alternate options — with an goal and scientific foundation utilizing life-cycle evaluation.

Presenter: Anne-Marie Boulay, CIRAIG


8:55 – 9:00 a.m.: Break


9:00 – 9:25 a.m.: Recyclable Oxygen Barrier Packaging: A Sustainable Resolution for Versatile Meals Packaging

Oxygen barrier versatile packaging is a substantial sector within the meals packaging market as they permit for rising the shelf lifetime of delicate meals merchandise like meat and poultry. Nevertheless, barrier plastic movies are often manufactured from multilayer constructions with low sealing temperature skins (often PE or PP), and an oxygen barrier layer (often nylon or EVOH) as the center layer. The multi-material nature of the oxygen barrier movies makes their recycling a problem. Discovering options for sustainable oxygen barrier movies is crucial in decreasing their environmental impression.

On this presentation, we examine two sustainable oxygen barrier options: utilizing particular compatibilizers to enhance the compatibility of various parts throughout recycling and utilizing barrier adhesives. Benefits and disadvantages of every expertise will probably be mentioned intimately.

Presenter: Ebrahim Jalali Dil, PolyExpert


9:00 – 9:25 a.m.: Sustainable Versatile Packaging Pointers for the Meals Trade

To assist the meals trade via their quest in the direction of sustainable packaging alternate options with out going into greenwashing, the Meals Packaging and Engineering Institute (Institut de Technologie en Emballages et Génie Alimentaire – ITEGA) has developed a sensible information of what to contemplate for sustainable meals packaging. It consists of fundamentals function of meals packaging, actors concerned in sustainable packaging design and their roles, precise sustainable traits, shopper perceptions as to packaging, and an eco-design method for the trade. Since versatile packaging is tremendously utilized by the meals trade, an emphasis on this class will probably be introduced.

Presenter: Anne Maltais, ITEGA


9:25 – 9:50 a.m.: Taking on the Problem to Mix Excessive High quality and Recyclability of Polyolefin Movies Because of a Excessive-Efficiency Additive Resolution

Round use of plastics is a necessity. How? Solely 10% to fifteen% of all plastic packaging materials is collected for recycling. From that, solely 10% is successfully recycled, leaving round 80 million tons of waste materials unexploited. This might change through the use of the best expertise and turning the waste into “renewed” invaluable uncooked materials. Nevertheless, repeated publicity to warmth and shears will trigger exponential degradation of the plastic materials particularly if it goes via a number of recycling levels. We’ll current industrial case research that present the worth of a correct stabilization package deal that permits the retention of move and polymer integrity, even with elevated recycled content material, inducing a discount of gels and black specks formation, in blown PE movies and even in BOPP movies.

Presenter: Emilie Meddah, Clariant Corp.


9:25 – 9:50 a.m.: Plastics Recycling: State of the Trade

Targets set by brand-owners and rules have been contributing to a rising demand for recyclates globally. Nevertheless, provide to fulfil these targets continues to be restricted, particularly for high-quality food-grade recycled resins for use in meals and beverage packaging. This session will cowl:
• Latest developments in regulation associated to plastics sustainability globally and their impression on the recycling trade.
• Targets and progress of fast-moving shopper items (FMCGs) on plastic packaging from recycled materials.
• Perception into the capabilities and challenges within the recycled polymer trade.
• Deep dive on the worldwide and North America recycling provide by nation, polymer, and feedstock supply.
• Outlook on the required recycle volumes to realize trade targets.
• Professionals and cons of chemical recycling and its function in contributing to the recycling trade within the mid and lengthy phrases.
• Chemical recycling footprint globally and in North America, together with provide by nation, expertise, feedstock supply, and recycled product.
• Recycled plastics pricing drivers and mechanisms, globally and in North America.
• What’s subsequent for recycled plastics when it comes to sorting and assortment, trade improvement, end-markets, and provide chain.

Presenter: Paula Leardini, ICIS


9:50 – 10:15 a.m.: Additive Options to Enhance the Recyclability of Polyolefins

With the rising consciousness of plastic air pollution points, there’s a clear and current must recycle plastic versatile packaging to assist the purpose of the round financial system. On this work, options to stabilizing polyolefins for recycling and recycling multi-materials plastic movies are introduced, together with synergistic blends of liquid phosphite masterbatches with excessive solubility, and excessive exercise phosphites with different stabilizers. Our novel compatibilizer gives the potential for recycle-ready multi-material movie construction design and improves the sustainability of the multi-material movies.

Presenter: MiaoMiao Xiao, Ingenia Polymers


9:50 – 10:15 a.m.: Tackling the Decontamination Problem: Nanorecycling Plastic Waste

Whereas plastic air pollution is an more and more regarding concern, entry to high-quality feedstock is a significant impediment to establishing dependable, large-scale recycling streams. Even in closed-loop recycling techniques, firms face the problem of fabric contamination. Pyrowave has developed an progressive expertise of nano-recycling that purifies these supplies on the molecular stage, eradicating all undesirable contaminants and returning the resin to its virgin state. The patented expertise makes it potential to course of blended plastics, equivalent to plastic movies and versatile packaging, regardless of the contaminants which may be current. The expertise is low-carbon, electrified and gives 100% traceable resins with makes use of an identical to these of virgin resins.

Presenter: Virginie Bussieres, Pyrowave


10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.: Break


10:35 – 11:00 a.m.: Synergistic Impact between EVOH and Polyethylene with UltraGuard for Oxygen and Moisture Safety in Versatile Packaging

EVOH and polyethylene are sometimes coextruded in versatile packaging to allow high-barrier recyclable constructions. Whereas EVOH is used as a wonderful oxygen barrier, it’s usually reported as having a poor moisture barrier. Polyethylene is utilized in versatile packaging for its broad recyclability, sealing properties, and, in some circumstances, its use additionally helps enhance the moisture barrier however lacks an oxygen barrier. The excessive permeation ranges of oxygen or moisture in a versatile package deal may end up in spoilage or physicochemical modifications in a product evidenced in modifications in taste oxidation (rancidity), and texture, amongst different traits that straight have an effect on the product’s shelf life. Subsequently, the packaging usually requires the usage of nonrecyclable supplies to achieve the minimal ranges of barrier efficiency.

In a collaborative effort, Kuraray and Milliken explored a coextruded EVOH and PE movie construction that has glorious oxygen- and moisture-barrier efficiency, along with being doubtlessly recyclable.

Presenters: Didier Houssier, Kuraray America Inc., and David Caro, Milliken


10:35 – 11:00 a.m.: Advances in Finish-of-Life Applied sciences and Sustainability of Versatile Movie Packaging, Multilayers, Barrier Buildings, and Pouches

Versatile packaging is extra environment friendly and economical than different bodily codecs due to decrease materials and power consumption, manufacturing and transport prices, lowered meals and packaging waste, and favorable LCAs and carbon footprint. Regardless of this, it continues to come across opposition from environmental and anti-plastics teams and authorities laws on account of challenges with waste administration worldwide, difficulties in end-of-life assortment, sorting and mechanical recycling of movie constructions, and considerations about “single-use” packaging, sustainability, and the round financial system.

To fight this, and to eradicate disposal by landfilling and incineration, a variety of initiatives is underneath intensive improvement to permit reclamation of versatile packaging waste. These developments and improvements are surveyed to show the scope and depth of present actions, areas of development and future developments.

Presenter: Terence Cooper, ARGO Group Worldwide


11:00 – 11:25 a.m.: Accelerating the Package deal Growth Course of with Predictive Modeling

At the moment’s versatile packaging faces an ever-changing surroundings of latest sustainability calls for, regulatory necessities, and materials choices. Creating multilayer movies that meet these more and more complicated calls for with out sacrificing efficiency or rising prices is extraordinarily tough.

The quick tempo of change also can make it impractical or too expensive to guage and examine completely different options on business movie and changing strains. Mathematical fashions and on-line instruments that precisely predict multilayer movie properties might help handle these complexities and speed up innovation with fewer trials. This presentation will show how Nova Chemical’s BONFIRE Movie Growth Platform can speed up the movie improvement course of by predicting properties of multilayer movies and laminates, figuring out the most effective supplies for particular functions, and educating rising movie improvement professionals. BONFIRE 6.0 enhancements together with new predictions and mannequin enhancements will probably be introduced utilizing case research.

Presenter: Dan Ward, Nova Chemical substances


11:00 – 11:25 a.m.: PRFLEX: Enhance the Recycling Charge of Versatile Plastic Packaging

Versatile plastic packaging represents a good portion of plastic packaging utilized in Canada, however its restoration charges stay low. Within the context of the evolution of prolonged producer duty (EPR) throughout the nation, a consortium made up of the Canadian Plastics Pact (CPP), the Chemistry Trade Affiliation of Canada (CIAC), Round Supplies, the Round Plastic Taskforce (CPT), Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) and the Recycling Partnership have set themselves the last word goal of accelerating the recycled content material of packaging by bettering sorting and recycling capacities all through the nation. This presentation will evaluate the outcomes obtained and element the following steps that might have an effect on the versatile plastic packaging manufacturing trade.

Presenter: Charles David Mathieu-Poulin, TC Transcontinental


11:25 – 11:50 a.m.: Revolutionizing Packaging: Reaching Sustainability and Efficiency With PE/PA Multilayer Movies

The recyclability of single-use packaging has pushed our industries sustainability analysis efforts over latest years, and “designed-for-recycling” pointers have been probably the most used methodologies to handle the problem. First variations of those pointers targeted on monomaterial PE movie constructions because the evident resolution. Nevertheless, this method introduced a number of drawbacks when it comes to movie efficiency and safety of the packed items.

We’ll talk about the evolution of nylon’s function in multilayer versatile PE packaging, together with the acceptance of PE/PA movies by a lot of the present recycling organizations globally. Moreover, we’ll spotlight how this enables packaging designers to create sustainable movies with out compromising efficiency and present examples of functions utilizing recycled resins containing PE/PA.

Presenter: Brad Celmer, UBE America


11:25 – 11:50 a.m.: Session To Be Introduced Quickly


11:50 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch / Break


1:30 – 2:10 p.m.: Keynote: In the direction of Recyclable Versatile Packaging: Boosting Demand, Provide, and Every little thing In Between

To package deal its merchandise, like sweet, pet meals, and grains, Mars primarily makes use of versatile plastic. Whereas versatile plastic packaging affords many benefits, North America’s recycling charge is presently very low. This presentation will cowl Mars’s work to discover various options, design for recyclability, and improve restoration.

Presenter: Eadaoin Quinn, Mars Inc.


2:10 – 2:35 p.m.: The Way forward for Packaging Is Round!

Waste processing wants a strong recycling eco-system to repair the restricted choices for multilayer versatile packaging at its finish of life. Regenerative Strong Gasification (RRG) is the “keystone” strong expertise to be positioned at landfills and incineration amenities. RRG is suitable with all different recycling strategies as a result of it accepts 100% of plastics and all different waste that finally ends up at landfills or incineration with out sorting, exception, or limitation. This presentation will give attention to three points: (1) the basics of the science; (2) the enterprise mannequin; and (3) scalability. We’ll make clear the issue, share an answer, and suggest what the versatile print and packaging trade can do.

Presenter: Michael Ferrari, Consortium for Waste Circularity


2:10 – 2:35 p.m.: Biaxially Oriented PLA Movies with Excessive Energy, Readability, and Puncture Resistance

Poly(lactide) (PLA) has obtained great consideration from each academia and trade on account of its potential to handle environmental issues associated to plastic air pollution and persistence. Nevertheless, PLA’s inherent brittleness, poor thermal stability, low elongation at break, and poor soften processing forestall its use in a spectrum of functions with out modification or specialised processing.

One such method to extend the energy and readability of PLA is biaxial orientation, which permits for stress induced crystallization. Movies equivalent to these have been utilized in multilayer laminates as a printing layer. Present industrial requirements embrace cellophane and Biax PLA, which perform in compostable functions. Movies of modified PLA resins had been created utilizing biaxial orientation, and supply a biobased and compostable alternative to that of biaxially oriented polyolefins equivalent to PE and PET.

Presenter: Anthony Keyes, Natur-Tec


2:35 – 3:00 p.m.: Protected Meals Delicate Colorimetric Indicator for Detection of Unstable Gases (Ammonia) Throughout Fish Spoilage

Security of meals merchandise is of prime significance for customers and producers. This examine is concerning the preparation, characterization, and analysis of an FDA-approved delicate colorimetric sensor to guage pH variation of fish packaged merchandise via the detection of risky gases (TVB-N) throughout their spoilage.

Presenter: Maryam Ameri, Polytechnique Montreal


2:35 – 3:00 p.m.: Growth of the First FDA Cleared Aseptically Produced Medical Intravenous Resolution Container

Presenter: Len Czuba, Czuba Enterprises Inc.


3:00 – 3:15 p.m.: Break


3:15 – 3:35 p.m.: Concerns within the Growth of Non-Fluorinated Processing Aids

Alongside the fast transition of the polyethylene trade away from fluoropolymer-based processing aids, the event and commercialization of non-fluorinated expertise has been important over the previous couple of years. This presentation will cowl essential concerns and screening strategies used at Nova Chemical substances for the event and commercialization of non-fluorinated processing aids. Along with soften fracture clearing efficacy, mechanistic insights, interactions of PPAs with antagonistic components, screening strategies for die-lip build-up, and product efficiency will probably be mentioned.

Presenter: Joshua Heidebrecht, Nova Chemical substances


3:35 – 3:45 p.m.: Non-PFAS PPAs for Polyolefins

With the polyethylene trade transitioning away from fluoropolymer-based processing aids, converters and movie producers are counting on the event and commercialization of non-PFAS PPAs to keep up present charges and product efficiency. This panel dialogue will cowl the efficacy of Nova Chemical substances non-fluorinated PPA expertise, showcasing that various chemistries could be applied in downstream functions as a drop-in alternative to the incumbent PFAS PPAs.

Presenter: Zach Charlton, Ingenia Polymers


3:45 – 3:55 p.m.: Overview of Analysis of PFAS Free Components

Fast overview of the completely different applied sciences for PFAS free components. Talk about the strategies for evaluating the PFAS-free components. Talk about the problems of changing the present PFAS additive with one PFAS-free additive.

Presenter: Dan Moldovan, Shell


3:55 – 4:05 p.m.: Eliminating PFAS: The Nice Packaging Race

The EPA’s proposal to designate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances created an trade race to commercialize various options. What’s the present standing? What work nonetheless must be carried out? What have we realized alongside the best way? How can we anticipate and plan for future challenges?

Presenter: Rodney Weaver, Techmer p.m.


4:05 – 4:15 p.m.: Non-Fluorinated PPAs

With the polyethylene trade transitioning away from fluoropolymer-based processing aids, converters and movie producers are counting on the event and commercialization of non-PFAS PPAs to keep up present charges and product efficiency. This panel dialogue will cowl the efficacy of Nova Chemical substances non-fluorinated PPA expertise, showcasing that various chemistries could be applied in downstream functions as a drop-in alternative to the incumbent PFAS PPAs.

Presenter: Joshua Heidebrecht, Nova Chemical substances


4:15 – 4:25 p.m.: PFAS-Free Rules in US

Presenter: Nhat Nguyen, Chemical Watch by enhesa


4:25 – 5:05 p.m.: PFAS Panel Dialogue

Panelists: Joshua Heidebrecht, NOVA Chemical substances; Rodney Weaver, Techmer p.m.; Zach Charlton, Ingenia Polymers; Nhat Nguyen, Chemical Watch by enhesa; Dan Moldovan, Shell


Lisa McTigue Pierce is Govt Editor of Packaging Digest. She’s been a packaging media journalist since 1982 and tracks rising traits, new applied sciences, and finest practices throughout a spectrum of markets for the publication’s international group. Attain her at [email protected] or 630-272-1774.

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