Saturday 2 May 2020

7 scariest COVID impacts on packaging

Everything was rushing up to speed in the world pretty much in normalcy when the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic arrived and took the world by storm in 2020. This is very much different from the great depression or the 2008 recession - it is a one of a kind catastrophe humanity has had to face since a long time - predicted well in advance by Bill Gates.


Whereas on a national level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown forcing all industries to shut shop and over 1.3 billion people to stay put in their homes - there are bound to be larger and perhaps, unseen, impacts that we need to be aware of.
If we talk about the packaging sector, here are 7 impacts on the industry that we need to be aware of.

Saturday 28 March 2020

An introduction to Lamitubes - Laminated Tubes

Used in FMCG packaging for over 50 years now, Lamitubes are quite popular because of the soft squeeze characteristics it possesses, enabling the almost the entire product to be released from the container with application of pressure.

Timeline of trends in lamitube structures
1970s : Paper, Aluminium foil, and thermoplastic film
1980s : Phasing out of paper based structures.
1990s : Multilayer polymer based barriers
2000s: Sustainability focus: foil thickness reduced to 9 to 12 microns from earlier 30-40 microns
2010s: 40 to 75% PCR HDPE | 50% organic sugarcane based polymer

Printing technologies
Elite Fusion
One click
3D printing
Digital printing

Uses across sectors

With diameters ranging from 12 MM to 50 MM, there are multiple tube sizes in the market with different shapes like oval and round - the basic idea is always to have synergy between carton, print media, and tube packaging.