Materials

Two sustainable plastic solutions were among the innovations on display at K 2019, the world’s biggest trade show for the plastics industry.

Australian company Eden Innovations is developing a range of plastics applications for its carbon nanotube technology used in concrete.

Lightweight plastic containers account for around half of rigid industrial packaging sales worldwide, a report has found.

University of Sydney research fellow Dr Sina Naficy has been named on Australia's Most Innovative Engineers 2019 list, for his 3D-printed flexible food sensors. The new technology can detect gases generated by bacteria in packaged food and aims to reduce food waste.

In what is being hailed as a breakthrough solution Henkel is launching an innovative solution for fully recyclable black plastic packaging, in partnership with its supplier Ampacet, a global masterbatch producer.

More than 3000 exhibitors from 60 countries are set to descend on the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre for K 2019 this October.

Jet Technologies has partnered with Vinventions to create the world's first wine cork that is glue-free, TCA taint-free and biodegradable.

Form-fill-seal (FFS) films are increasing in popularity, with polyethylene (PE) likely to account for more than 40 per cent of the market share to 2029.

One of the world’s leading plastic closure manufacturers has teamed up with NFC supplier Thinfilm to embed chips into its caps worldwide.

Speciality films producer Innovia Films has launched the Propafilm Strata SL, a new recyclable glossy film that is food contact compliant and chlorine free.

An award-winning innovation by RMIT Industrial Design graduate Maddison Ryder sees scrap lettuce leaves repurposed to make a biodegradable rigid material suitable for packaging and tableware applications.

Australian polyethylene manufacturer Qenos is expanding its specialty polymer distribution group eXsource into New Zealand, which includes a new product range of local and international specialty polymers.

Jet Technologies has launched a new plastic film for food and beverage labels and laminates, which degrades quickly after disposal.

Amcor has launched its new Genesis laminate, which is made entirely of polyethylene (PE) and is fully recyclable in-store.

The rigid plastic packaging market is forecast to top $166 billion worldwide by 2022, thanks to a number of factors including urbanisation, rising plastic production, increased applications, and smart packaging technology.