April 2020


UPM Raflatac answers the need for a high performing adhesive in low-temperature food labeling in Southeast Asia

UPM Raflatac has expanded its range of adhesives for low-temperature food labeling (as low as -15°C) with the launch of its RP48 acrylic adhesive for the Southeast Asia market. With good adhesion as well as good clarity and smooth convertibility, RP48 is also an attractive option for labeling food packages stored in cold and frozen conditions (as low as -40°C).

Packaging & material cycles

Packaging & material cycles: APK invests over a million euros into analytic facility for plastics recyclates

APK is fully committed to closing material cycles for different types of packaging solutions with the help of innovative recycling technologies. Shortly before Easter on 12 April the company completed its new laboratory at its production site in Merseburg (Germany). Initially, the facility will focus on LDPE- and polyamide-recyclates, which are destined to be used in packaging applications. APK AG has invested over one million euro in the comprehensive equipment.


Closing the recycling loop: Sustainable cardboard-plastic packaging produced for Henkel by Greiner Packaging now contains 50 % PCR PP

Cardboard-plastic combinations as sustainable packaging choice are helping to reduce plastic consumption, while at the same time ensuring high-quality appearance and stability. Henkel’s Persil 4in1 DISCS detergent packaging, which is produced by Greiner Packaging, is a top example. And this is now even more sustainable, as it contains 50 % recycled polypropylene (r-PP) obtained from discarded household plastics, meaning that postconsumer waste is being reused.


UPM Raflatac and SABIC first to bring PP label material with recycled content to market

UPM Raflatac is taking a major step toward creating a circular economy by collaborating with SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, for the first polypropylene (PP) label film manufactured from post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic on the market (on a mass balance basis). Now available globally, this label material uses SABIC’s groundbreaking TRUCIRCLE™ solutions for certified circular PP products.

Plastic Waste Recycling

What is Plastic Waste Recycling?

In order to protect resources and our environment, high-quality recycling technologies for plastic waste are required, which allow the reuse of polymers without breaking up the polymer chains.

CreaCycle GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV) in Freising, Germany combined their competencies in a cooperation aimed at “Plastic/Raw-Material Recycling with a Solvent-based Purification Technology” (selective extraction) and developed the CreaSolv® Process that is based on physical changes and leaves the polymer composition intact.
Proprietary CreaSolv® Formulations from CreaCycle with the lowest risk potential possible for user and environment dissolve selectively a target polymer. This reduces besides the hazard also the cost for the equipment. After the separation of imbedded impurities or undesired polymers the recycled polymer can be reused in its original application.

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