As a producer of speciality biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films for the food packaging and labelling industries, Jindal Films Europe knows that its technology can play an important role in delivering sustainable solutions to end users, by protecting and promoting packaged products.
To encourage creative innovations that reduce the environmental footprint of packaging, two trade associations based in Belgium, Fost Plus and Val-I-Pac, initiated the ‘Greener Packaging Award’ in 2013. The aim is to reward companies that have delivered exceptional efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their household or industrial packaging.
Jindal Films Europe decided to enter the award with its new vertical packaging solutions for films reels. Packing reels in a vertical mode allows Jindal Films Europe to reduce the weight of packaging materials from 130kg to only 1kg, while offering other significant advantages including:
- Optimising the truck loads (saving 25 per cent truck needs, so one truck out of four)
- Reducing unpacking time from more than an hour, for a full truck, to only 15 minutes
The vertical packaging solution was well received by the Greener Packaging Award committee and it was nominated in the ‘packaging weight and volume reduction’ category.
“This nomination rewards the tremendous efforts that we have made to reduce the packaging environmental footprint for the market and our customers,” said Bernard Bresmal, packaging Engineer, Jindal Films Europe.
“It is a great achievement for our sales and marketing, supply chain and manufacturing teams who contributed to the development and implementation of this new method of packing our products. The Award is also for customers who greatly appreciated this initiative at their facilities, reducing the level of waste generated while allowing easier unpacking operations.”
This nomination further highlights the importance of innovation to Jindal Films Europe. “You could say it’s part of our DNA,” said Christophe Heintz, market development manager. “It is a core value and we will continue to optimise our packaging and provide new films to the market that allow our customers to pack and label their products in the most efficient way to meet future challenges.”
Jindal Films, developer of multilayer white opaque films, metalised films and coated films for flexible packaging and labelling applications, has affiliated production plants in Europe (Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy) and in the United States (Georgia and Oklahoma), as well as sales offices around the world, including North America, Europe and Asia.