Environmental Protection Consciousness of Large Flexible Packaging Enterprises (I)

Judging from the general trend, the large-scale flexible packaging manufacturers with strong strength are gradually acquiring mid-sized companies and becoming exclusive regional suppliers. Don't know who will come next?

Below, let us look at how environmental trends, materials and packaging trends have continued to affect the flexible packaging industry.

I. Waste packaging regulations

In some countries, adjustment taxes or penalties imposed on waste packaging are decreasing. For example, the United Kingdom has dropped from 11% to 9%. Food manufacturers are investing most of their investment in packaging lines to use thinner films to avoid overpackaging. From an environmental perspective, the general trend is to shift from rigid packaging to flexible packaging. Compared with flexible packaging manufacturers, rigid packaging production plants tend to reduce investment. Despite this, some changes in the concept of the development market can occasionally be seen in other aspects. For example, British Vities biscuits and Jaffa cakes use a composite can package.

Second, the material trends

Materials are tending to use thinner, stronger films. Many small foods use 15 micron adhesive composite film. The engineering technology of polymers has also been improved, including metallization technologies, and further developments in this area can be expected. With the strong growth in investment in aluminum plating plants, the price of standard aluminized films will continue to fall. The development of aluminum plating technology has led to a large number of aluminum plating films with higher barrier properties, especially for small food packaging.

Low temperature heat seal (L.T.S.) films can be heat sealed at a temperature of 65°C. Compared with cold seal film, L. T. S. There is no limit on the service life of the membrane, and there is no registration or contamination during the use of the packaging. Despite the advantages of flexible film provided by flexible packaging manufacturers, manufacturers that use streamlined foods tend to prefer cold seals. Cold sealing film compared to L. T. S. The film has many advantages in terms of packaging speed, ease of use, and no damage to the chocolate product. At the same time, flexible packaging manufacturers can make the cold sealing film perfectly sealable at high speed, making it a very effective process. When chocolate is packaged using a latex-based cold-sealing coating, the odor often affects the taste of the chocolate. This problem can be fundamentally solved by using a synthetic cold sealant. Synthetic cold sealants have matured and Mars Foods has decided to use synthetic cold sealants to package foods in the future.

Third, the trend of packaging

In general, the flexible packaging market has maintained an annual growth rate of more than 5%. Previously, the growth rate forecast for fresh-keeping product packaging was 30%, but in the past two years, the growth rate of certain parts of the product has reached 50%. With the continuous improvement of breathable film technology, such packaging will become a growing market for packaging and processing industry. Changes in demographic data indicate that more and more families are mainly single-parent, single-parent or dual-employee, and we therefore foresee that polyester films used for microwave food packaging will continue to grow, especially in terms of alternative family meals.

Fourth, the uniform packaging specifications

The desire of a manufacturer to use a globally standardized unified packaging specification for similar products produced in different countries has not yet been realized. Fritolay is just a unique example of a global standardized packaging. For this phenomenon, we have a relatively unanimous view that there are too many differences in various markets around the world, it is difficult to conclude whether it is profitable to adopt standardized packaging, or whether the conditions of the local sales market should be given top priority. In any case, flexible packaging manufacturers must provide the highest product quality and the best service at a moderate price. In the fierce competition, only the world-class flexible packaging manufacturers can succeed.

V. Meeting the Challenge

The requirements of users for flexible packaging manufacturers are very clear:
1 The product should have the highest quality.
2 The management of the “supply chain” is a major requirement, and the management work and costs are likely to be borne by the flexible packaging supplier.
3 Another trend is the commissioning of storage. The flexible packaging manufacturer stores the packaged goods according to the customer's prior request, and does not charge the fee according to the specific amount until the customer decides to use it. Although this part of the "supply chain" management does not reduce costs, it links the "supply chain" with flexible packaging manufacturers to meet the market demand for short-run products.
4 Most users also require the packaging of goods to have more colors and lower prices.
5 Due to the low price of the products required by users, but the high quality and rapid delivery time, the burden on flexible packaging manufacturers rises, and profitability decreases. The profits of flexible packaging manufacturers are declining. Under certain circumstances, the profit margin is far below the reinvestment rate.

(to be continued)

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