Signature Pack from SIG has won another important industry award: the Gulfood Manufacturing Industry Excellence Awards which have now been announced at the Gulfood Manufacturing in Dubai. Signature Pack, the world’s first aseptic carton pack with a clear link to 100% plant-based renewable materials, was honoured with the ‘Environmental Award of the Year’. With this award the jury acknowledges the importance this exceptional packaging provides to the food and beverage industry.
The Gulfood Manufacturing Industry Excellence Awards rewards best practices and innovations within the value chain of the food manufacturing industry. The expert jury members are international representatives of the food processing and packaging industries, graphics experts, equipment suppliers, scientists, the trade press, the government as well as environmental and trade organizations.
The jury’s verdict states: “Signature Pack is an excellent innovation in reducing aluminum and plastics use in packaging – great for the environment!”
Value-added packaging solution
Signature Pack is a value-added solution that meets the demands of the industry and today’s consumer expectations for more environmentally responsible products. It is one of the latest innovations from SIG as it strives to offer customers the most sustainable food packaging solutions as part of its mission to go Way Beyond Good. The polymers used for laminating the paperboard and making the closure of the Signature Pack are 100% linked to plant-based material via a mass balance system, whereby plant-based raw materials are mixed in with conventional fossil raw materials to produce the polymers. This means that for the polymers used in the Signature Pack, an equivalent amount of bio-based feedstock went into the manufacturing of the polymers. The amount of plant-based material is certified by recognised and audited certification schemes to ensure strict traceability and accountability.
Sustainability and responsibility are becoming increasingly important in the MEA region. Signature Pack provides a consistent answer to reducing the use of fossil raw materials as well as reducing the carbon footprint. While most companies are still in the concept phase with their ideas, Signature Pack is a solution ready for the market.
IQ-Dose for micro-tablets dosage wins Award
Convinced that the micro-pill will be growing strongly in the near future Stiplastics Healthcaring – a subsidiary of SGH Healthcaring, a rapidly growing group and a key partner for the pharmaceutical industry – has developed IQ-dose (Intuitive & Quick-dose), an adjustable device for dosing medicines in this form. The micro-pill makes it possible to sub-divide doses and therefore administer a very accurate dose with a high concentration of active ingredients and few excipients, in response to the obligation placed on pharmaceutical firms to develop paediatric forms (EU Regulation no. 1901/2006).
The easy-to-use IQ-dose first version can be used to administer 1 to 24 micro-pills without having to count or touch them, for perfect hygiene and safety! The user simply:
- selects the correct dose,
- fits the device directly over the bottle of pills,
- tips the bottle upside down for IQ-dose to pick up the prescribed number of micro-pills, all at the same time.
The micro-pill offers several other advantages: it is easy to take, with less chance of choking and fewer risks of over/under-dosing. It also provides a solution for adults with swallowing difficulties.
Different development projects with pharmaceutical companies interested in the product are already underway.
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Used cartons for a good cause
SIG is showcasing how companies and communities can come together to turn waste into value through an innovative ‘eco-canteen’ made almost entirely from used beverage cartons at a school in Thailand.
Opened in September 2018, the canteen is a shining example to encourage more recycling by demonstrating the value it can bring to communities. The 170 children at the school can now drink their milk from cartons in a canteen made of cartons, taking a clear message on recycling home to their families.
“The eco-canteen is a great way to bring recycling to life by showing children – and their parents – what happens to the cartons after they drink their milk. Helping children understand how recycling can help the environment is really important because they are the consumers of tomorrow.”
Chatramol Intrasorn, School Director at Nikom Sang Ton Eang school
From cartons to canteen
SIG teamed up with Kasetsart University, the food manufacturer Ampol Foods and the Fiber Pattana recycling plant to design and rebuild the canteen at the Nikom Sang Ton Eang primary school near the company’s production site in Rayong, Thailand.
Together with Kasetsart University, one of the leading public universities in Thailand, the company ran a competition to design a fully functional school canteen built from used and recycled beverage cartons. The next challenge was to source the materials ready for construction.
More than 1.4 million cartons went into the canteen. Fiber Pattana supplied the tiles for the roof and panels for the walls, made out of aluminium and polymers from used carton packs collected mainly from schools. The chipboard tables and chairs were produced from cartons recycled by Ampol Foods, a SIG customer that runs its own recycling plant for beverage cartons.
Increasing recycling rates is part of SIG’s mission to go Way Beyond Good – to put more into the environment and society than it takes out – and awareness raising is a key focus for the company’s community engagement activities.
“The eco-canteen serves as a model for SIG’s cartons and collaborative approach to bring benefits to communities and raise awareness of how recycling can help the environment. This innovative approach offers exciting opportunities for similar projects to extend positive impacts in other regions.”
Navapol Chuensiri, Head of Cluster Asia-Pacific South at SIG