Flexible packaging experts partner up to prepare for industry shift to bio-materials

Machinery manufacturer ULMA Packaging (ULMA) and compostable packaging supplier TIPA have partnered to improve efficiency for running compostable films on advanced packaging machinery.

The collaboration will optimise ULMA box motion and flow-wrapping machines to run with compostable films; matching conventional plastic’s performance and machinability.

The move comes as the companies gear up for an industry shift to sustainable films used for flexible packaging.

Growing market share for eco-friendly alternatives to conventional plastic, like compostable films, is projected to be a key factor contributing towards the growth of the global flexibles market. The market is expected to increase from $160.8billion to $200.5billion by 2025.

The collaboration will offer brands new sustainable options when looking for a high-performance alternative to conventional plastic films.

The companies benefit from a proven working relationship, having collaborated to match the output of packaging machinery when packaging for produce suppliers Natoora and R&R Smith.

ULMA provides packaging solutions for a range of industries, from protein to pharma, operating in 50 countries across the globe, with 50,000 machines on the market.

ULMA Packaging UK sales director Ed Williams said: “We’re delighted to collaborate with TIPA to create more compostable solutions and help give the packaging market a push towards a more sustainable future. We are constantly looking to drive innovation in the fields of sustainable packaging and plastic reduction through our #ULMAweCare sustainability initiative, and our work with TIPA is a rewarding part of this.

“Indeed, this is a crucial development in ensuring sustainable, compostable packaging, which will not leave a long-lasting impact on the planet, is made available to all companies without fear of its use costing them.”

TIPA CEO Daphna Nissenbaum said: “Consumer demand for compostable alternatives to polluting plastic films has ignited the industry to prepare for a global shift toward ecological materials. TIPA is scaling up to meet the demand with strategic partnerships along the packaging supply chain.

“We are incredibly excited about the future of compostable packaging, which is being achieved at scale and readily available for organisations across the world to adopt.”