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3D Neopac Makes Major Technology Investments

The company has recently implemented several technology upgrades in production and is bringing a variety of EcoDesign solutions for its signature SpringTubeâ„¢ and plastic tubes.

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Fresh off becoming an officially registered brand in India, 3D Neopac, a subsidiary of Hoffmann Neopac, has upgraded its on-site manufacturing technology with two additional flexo decoration stations and will be introducing a new tube line for capacity extension.

The infrastructure investment bolsters the company’s metallic, flexo, and digital decoration capabilities, including a wider range of custom decoration, including pearl effects, ornate finishes, and spot colors, plus a capacity extension with a new tube line of 50 mm tubes.

This year, India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change issued a new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) notification for plastic waste management that covers reuse, recycling, and use of recycled plastic content, as well as end-of-life disposal by producers, importers, and brand owners. For tubes, actionable items include reducing packaging weight (light-weighing), increasing recyclability (mono-material/PE), using recyclates, and replacing certain plastics with paper.

3D Neopac is going to market various eco-design adaptions of its tube portfolio. Examples include mono-material PE tubes and tubes with locally sourced, post-consumer recycled (PCR) content.

3D Neopac has reduced the wall thickness of its Coex and SpringTubeâ„¢ series by up to 23% in the sleeve (up to 35% in coextruded versions), while maintaining its barrier properties and esthetic aspects. Its varied decorative options offer almost unlimited design and customization possibilities, eliminating the need for labels through low-migration, eco-friendly direct printing on a mono-material structure.

Variable printing options allow products using SpringTubeâ„¢ to be customized down to the unit level. Its flat extruded design yields precise layer thickness. In the near-term, 3D Neopac will introduce additional SpringTubeâ„¢ components, including a new lightweight, HDPE slim flip-top cap.

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