Hoffmann Neopac has launched its new LowPro Flip-Top Caps, reported to reduce material use and apply to the company’s renewable, biobased, and recyclable EcoDesign tubes in pharmaceutical, beauty, and oral care applications.

Available in glossy and matte finishes, the food-grade caps come in polypropylene, polyethylene, and up to 40% recycled polyethylene versions. The range of options hopes to cater to a range of needs among Hoffmann Neopac’s customers, as well as variations in design ethos.

The caps are compatible with various Neopac tubes, including its 35-50mm-diameter extruded tubes crafted from sugarcane, recycled resins, and PICEA spruce wood materials. Furthermore, it can be applied to Polyfoil EcoPro tubes of the same size, which contain 60% post-consumer recycled content.

Other compatible tubes include the 35-50mm Polyfoil MMB tubes; these are mono-material and feature food contact layers, which gives them applications in the pharmaceutical and food industries. Additionally, the 40-50mm-diameter PaperX fibre-based tubes and SpringTube – designed for oral care and cosmetic applications with a design geared towards aesthetic appeal and sustainability – are also listed as potential applications.

Hoffmann Neopac tubes manufactured in the EU offer tamper evident stickers and sleeves to ensure product protection and maintain consumer trust. In India, the LowPro cap portfolio comes with sleeves.

The cap range made its debut at Paris Packaging Week on 17–18 January 2024.

“Neopac is committed to materials reduction and incorporating high quality recycled resins in all of its offerings – including caps, which have been historically challenging from a stress corrosion cracking standpoint,” said Catherine Bismuth, head of Cosmetics for Hoffmann Neopac AG. “By pairing an extensive range of LowPro Caps with our diverse EcoDesign tubes series, we continue to broaden the functionality and versatility of our lightweight packaging solutions.”

In other news, a paperboard tube with a fibre-based closure – reportedly the first of its kind – was unveiled by Blue Ocean Closures, Stora Enso, and AISA last year. It is said to contain over 85% fibre and was launched at interpack 2023.

Blue Ocean Closures would go on to work with Coca-Cola’s EMEA R&D Center in Brussels in hopes of driving the development of its fibre-based screw cap.

Meanwhile, Breitsamer Honig applied a flip-top closure to the screw cap of its honey jars with the intention of preventing the lid from getting stuck in honey residue between uses; and Neopac received a Hungaropack Award from the Hungarian Association of Packaging and Materials Handling (CSAOSZ) for applying direct digital print to herbal products company Herbária’s balm tube.

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