Printer News - January 2013January 2013
Stand-Up Pouch for Motor Oil
LAS VEGAS—Officials with the 2012 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) awarded Universal Lubricants, a manufacturer and distributor of motor oils, the 2012 New Packaging Award for Innovation for its ECO ULTRA® FlexPak™. This is the first retail motor oil packaged in a sustainable, flexible stand-up pouch. Compared to conventional rigid plastic bottles, the new lightweight FlexPak is made with 25 percent less material, and offers consumers a faster, easier, and cleaner way to change their oil. It also gives retailers and installers a unique opportunity to offer their customers a high-performance product in an environmentally responsible package.
"Packaging our high performance motor oil, manufactured with re-refined base oil, in flexible pouches is what we call eco-innovation," said John Wesley, CEO of Universal Lubricants. "The FlexPak's ease of use and environmental benefits make it good news for service centers, retailers, and consumers. We're thrilled that the AAPEX New Packaging Showcase has recognized this significant step forward in motor oil packaging."
Universal Lubricants has partnered with Atlanta-based Star Packaging, which produces the tough, three-layer ECO ULTRA FlexPak, and the Innovative Packaging Network, which engineered the pour-spout that prevents the traditional "glugs" and bubbles from bottles that cause splatters and spills. The one-quart size ECO ULTRA FlexPak is constructed using a polyethylene barrier that provides superior burst and seal strengths required for the rigors of motor oil. A larger, 5.1-quart FlexPak will be available in 2013.
"Flexible plastic containers are today's hottest packaging trend," said Brian Votaw, business development manager at Star Packaging. "American consumers are most familiar with plastic packs in household cleaning products and in food and beverage containers. Initial research shows that mechanics and service technicians prefer the FlexPak to the bottle and we believe consumers will too."
Curtis Packaging's Coatography™
SANDY HOOK, Conn.—Curtis Packaging Corporation has launched its Curtis Coatography™ series of products. This new line uses advances in coating precision and versatility that allow Curtis to apply a proprietary UV polymer with pinpoint accuracy in varying thicknesses to a wide variety of substrates. It was made possible by Curtis' acquisition of a Scodix S Series digital coating press, said to be the first of its kind at a North American folding carton converter.
"We are extremely excited to launch Curtis Coatogoraphy," said Don Droppo, Jr., president and CEO. "I am awed by the truly three-dimensional enhancements we can achieve using Scodix technology. There is nothing more important to Curtis than continuing to innovate and the acquisition of this revolutionary new press allows us to do just that."