Amelco Industries Ltd is one of the leading suppliers of raw materials and machinery for the manufacture of innerspring mattresses in the south-eastern Mediterranean and Middle East area. The company works hard to ensure that its products are the best they possibly can be – and with Mondi`s support it has now optimised the packaging for its mattress innersprings. With Mondi’s Advantage MF SpringPack Plus speciality kraft paper, the company exceeded customer and logistics expectations, while in addition it has set a new world record in innerspring packing together with Mondi`s Speciality Kraft Paper team. In order to enhance the loading capacity of the containers used during transportation, innerspring units are roll packed. Amelco made its first roll-packing machine more than 25 years ago, while by endorsing new customer needs and expectations, as well as its customers’ feedback, the machine has progressively been evolved to the version that is now been offered on the open market. Costas Georgallis, owner of Amelco Industries Ltd, explains: “We test our machine prototypes in real working conditions – e.g. with technical support from Mondi – and improve them before we release them to our customers who asked us to maximize the number of spring units packed in each roll. Together with Mondi`s speciality kraft paper experts we realised that controlling the paper tension was a major factor in achieving a successful result. We therefore had to use the best and strongest spring pack paper on the market – which is Advantage MF SpringPack Plus from Mondi. To us, there is no other packaging material that can match Mondi`s SpringPack Plus grade for roll-packing as it is the best suitable material to compress and roll-pack the springs in a safe way and without putting them at risk to be damaged.” Click Read More below for additional detail.
Huhtamaki, a key global provider of sustainable packaging solutions, introduces Smilepack, a 100% plastic free molded fiber egg carton, in the United States and Brazil.
Smilepack cartons are Huhtamaki’s first product designed especially for the U.S. egg industry, providing a sustainable and functional alternative to traditional polystyrene foam or plastic packaging for eggs. In the United States, the egg packaging market is expected to reach $405 MN at a CAGR of 4.38% by 2025*.
The Smilepack egg cartons are made with fiber recovered from recycled paper, which can be reused up to seven times. The cartons can be recycled in regular paper stream and they are home and industrially compostable. Smilepack is already in use in the U.S. by a prominent producer and distributor of free-range eggs, whose products are sold in retail stores across the country. It is estimated that by switching to fiber packaging, this company will eliminate around 4.6 million plastic egg cartons, or around 200 metric tons of plastic annually.
The design of the egg cartons has been crafted to fit perfectly in commonly used outer crates and is tailored for existing retail shelves in the U.S. market. Additionally, Smilepack cartons provide up to 10% more space on the label to showcase the benefits of the eggs.
“We are proud to be able to offer this sustainable and functional solution to customers across the U.S. and Brazil,” said Gala Mansurova, Head of Eggs, Produce and Fruits Category, Fiber Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania at Huhtamaki. “We are committed to design for circularity to ensure that our products are recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030 and as part of that we are focused on developing innovative sustainable packaging solutions for our customers where innovation and sustainability go hand in hand. In the case of Smilepack cartons, we provide a sustainable alternative to plastic packaging and have also optimized the design for easy handling and increased on-shelf visibility for our customers.”
Smilepack is designed to optimize logistics of packing, stacking, loading and retrieving of eggs and is now available in a variety of colors.