HP announced Digital Pack, the world’s first brand-focused digital print networking group for corrugated packaging and display, at the 2019 Digital Print for Packaging conference this week in Orlando. The Digital Pack community was formed to help develop stronger collaboration between HP converters and global and regional brands. The association brings together corrugated converters in North America and Western Europe that own and operate high-volume HP PageWide corrugated presses. In the future, the network will expand to other regions to extend its global reach. “Digital Pack’s objective is to make digital print easier and better for brands,” said Jim Beard, COO of Vanguard Packaging, a Digital Pack founding member company. “Our multi-regional association intends to meet brands’ high standards for corrugated graphics color, process management, and digital print quality. The goal of Digital Pack is to enable brand to succeed through digitally printed graphics packaging and displays, empowering them with speed, efficiency, and agility for successful marketing and supply chain outcomes. Click Read More below for additional information.
UPM is committed to creating value from sustainable bioinnovations. In addition to renewable diesel, the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces renewable naphtha – an excellent raw material for bioplastics. It can be transformed into renewable resins needed to create bioplastics, e.g. for the packaging industry.
Choosing the right packaging solution can make a big difference. Beverage cartons have the lowest CO2 footprint among liquid food packaging today. Now even the plastic coating of cartons can be wood-based – using renewable polyethylene reduces the footprint further.
Elopak, Norway-based company supplying 15 billion cartons around the world each year, joined forces with UPM Biofuels and Dow to offer 100% renewable cartons that are both recyclable and responsibly sourced.
“Every tonne of UPM’s wood-based naphtha that Dow converts into bioplastics reduces one tonne of fossil raw materials used. The sustainability of the entire value chain is verified with ISCC PLUS certification,” explains Sari Mannonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels.
Creating a 100% wood-based carton has been a great example of collaboration across the value chain to find sustainable solutions.
“In Elopak we are constantly looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our packages. Thanks to our partnership with Dow and UPM Biofuels, we can now substitute the fossil-based polyethylene with a 100% wood-based solution – and we are able make fully renewable cartons without compromising quality,” says Kristian Hall, Director of Corporate Environment at Elopak.
UPM Biofuels is one of the few renewable naphtha producers in the world. “We are very excited and proud of this collaboration and ability to offer a high quality wood-based raw material to replace fossil raw materials in packaging,” concludes Mannonen.