Arkay Packaging Introduces liQuid Technology



 
Arkay Packaging, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, has introduced new in-line printing technology called liQuid. liQuid is an in-line-alternative, high-performance technology, which eliminates the need for a separate off-line embossing pass, while enhancing the look of the product. Packaging graphics make a splash on shelves, as cartons take on dimension with selected areas appearing wet and/or shiny.

More info: www.arkay.com



McKernan Now Stocks Black Pearl Minis by MWV



 
McKernan Packaging, an official distributor of MWV’s Pearl Minis now offers the airless components in stock, and in black as well as in white and natural—perfect for mixing and matching. They can be purchased in minimum or large order quantities, usually with no lead times. The black is available as a standard stock color in 15-, 30- and 50ml. These airless units are 100% metal-free, which allows for a broader range of compatibility with different chemical formulations and eases the recycling process. The Pearl Minis are ideal for skin care, makeup and treatment serums.
 
More info: www.mckernan.com


Lindal Group’s Powder Valve Technology Recharges Dry Shampoo Brands



 
Lindal Group’s advanced powder valve technology is helping dry shampoo brands recharge a market category geared toward the on-the-go, time-strapped consumer who wants a fast and satisfying hair fix. According to Philip Brand, global marketing director for Lindal Group, today’s dry shampoo products are positioned as styling aides and travel accessories, as well as handy waterless alternatives to more traditional in-shower shampoos. He says, “Lindal has mastered the ability to dispense solids via aerosol, with our powder valves, and that has helped a variety of brands—from…Psssssst, which has expanded its offerings, to the relative newcomer TreSemme, with its Fresh Start—become hair care industry supernovas.” Brand says the category is growing in Europe as well as in the U.S. and Pacific Rim, and will likely spread to the BRIC countries as well.

More info: www.lindalgroup.com



Luscious Cosmetics Looks to HCT HK



 
Luscious Cosmetics, a popular beauty brand in South Asia, collaborated with HCT HK to create the Glamour Eyes palette, a slimline compact featuring seven creamy eyeliners. HCT HK provided a full service for the mirrored palette, with the color cosmetics formulated especially for South Asian skin tones. Available in two versions, intense and metallic, the silky cream eyeliners can also be mixed together to custom create your own shade. A mini brush completes the kit for precise application.

More info: www.hctpackaging.com



Taiki Expands Mask Technology



 
Taiki Group, a leader in providing masks and patches in Asian markets continues to expand the category with innovative and effective delivery systems. According to Jim Perry, CEO/president of TaikiUSA, “We have seen market diversity in terms of material and uses for masks and patches. As U.S. and European brands have grown in Asia, they discovered that this technology also meets their customers’ needs.”
 
Consumers are looking for innovative solutions to improve the appearance of their skin. “Masks form a second skin which is a great delivery system for the product. Taiki has the unique ability to combine mask technologies with innovative formulas to meet varying skin care needs,” adds Perry.
 
More info: www.taikiusabeauty.com



Aptar Beauty + Home Brings ‘Magic’ to Dip Tubes



 
Now a dip tube can become a decorative accessory. Aptar Beauty + Home presents Magic Inside, a patented concept that takes fragrance packaging to a new level with a fully customizable object or charm directly fastened to the pump’s dip tube. By customizing the look of the bottle, Magic Inside is a simple yet unique approach to establishing and reinforcing brand image.  It also allows for endless design possibilities, while keeping the overall image of the brand consistent. Brands can emphasize their design with custom colors, shapes, and objects fused right inside the bottle. Magic Inside is compatible with Aptar’s complete range of fragrance pumps, from standard to prestige.  As a comprehensive solution, the design elements come assembled directly on the pump.
 
More info: www.aptar.com



Colt’s Plastics Adds to Jar Line



 
Colt’s Plastics has announced a new addition to its cosmetic jar line. The new line of jars features a rounded square, molded in clear, tinted or opaque PETG. The jars are available in four sizes—7-, 15-, 30- and 50ml—to accommodate  packaging requirements. The beautiful shape offers a degree of sophistication for customers who are looking for a luxurious design. Colt’s can decorate the new rounded square with silk-screening, hot-stamping or heat transfer label application to further promote your product.
 
More info: www.coltsplastics.com



World Wide Packaging LLC Produces Elegant Toothpaste Tube and Cap



 
World Wide Packaging LLC (WWP) has provided the tube and cap for what it says is the first chocolate toothpaste. The new Theodent, which successfully substitutes fluoride for a blend of minerals that includes cocoa bean extract, is offered in a sophisticated WWP tube whose angular shape and shallow depth afford a sleek yet professional appeal. The head of the one-piece tube is triangular in shape, with dramatic hard edges punctuated by what WWP calls “one of the most complex caps ever commercially produced.”  The cap includes a flexible plug that, when closed, squeezes into the tube’s orifice. Its pintle then expands slightly for an especially tight seal.
 
More info: www.wwpinc.com


AGI-Shorewood’s Process Applies Metallic Details In-line



 
AGI-Shorewood has revealed refleXions, which it calls its “proprietary next-generation technology that gives consumer product companies unprecedented freedom to apply highly reflective packaging design elements.” refleXions uses patent-pending technology in an in-line process to offer what AGI-Shorewood says is a cost-effective alternative to metallized polyester, metallized transfer or hot foil stamping. Reflective design elements can now be efficiently and selectively applied in a single process.

More info: www.agishorewood.com



Cosmogen Targets Precise Application



 
Cosmogen has perfected the application of ultra-specific care with the development of Mini Squeeze’N Pentaball. The five balls of the mini applicator combine the actions of stimulation, application and massage in addition to providing a cooling effect. Its 45° slanted applicator enhances the application of specific skin care.
 
As with the entire Squeeze’N range, its patented open/close rotary head prevents contamination and preserves formulae. It completes the Mini Squeeze’N range, which includes Mini Squeeze’N Tint (for glitter gel, concealer, and gloss); Mini Squeeze’N Ball (stainless steel or ceramic ball for lip care, eye contour gel); Mini Squeeze’N Spatula (for ultra located exfoliating formula). Technical specifications include 8- to 20ml capacity; PP cap; mono or multi-layers (PE/EVOH tube); stainless steel or ceramic ball; and decoration including offset-silk screening and hot stamping with UV lacquering.

 More info: www.cosmogen.fr



Mei Chin Plastics Offers a Variety of Tubes



 
Mei Chin Plastics Co., Ltd., a plastic tubes manufacturer located in South Taiwan, produces a variety of products, from small 2ml product samplers to 300ml skin care products. Eleven different diameters are available for regular round tubes, while eight different diameters can be supplied for ovals. Specially developed reducers make it possible to fill fluid substance from the tube orifice.
 
More info:  www.meichin.com.tw


Topline-Primapack Produces Swarovski Lipstick Collection



 
Topline-Primapack has created a sparkling jeweled case for Swarovski’s Aura line of lipsticks, which complements the Aura by Swarovski fragrance bottle. The lipstick cap is made of two parts—a long sheath in shiny silver anodized aluminum on which is placed an injected zamac piece, galvanized in the same shade, and whose setting calls for a manual adjustment. A Swarovski Elements crystal sparkles at its tip. Topline-Primapack also handled the finishing details, including the subtle silkscreen shade on the sheath, the audible “click” of the closure and the mechanism’s easy manipulation. The stick is decorated with a print evoking crystal facets, and unveils a floral powdery fragrance.

More info: www.topline-usa.com


Silgan Plastics Installs Avery Dennison Labeling System



 
Plastic container manufacturer Silgan Plastics has installed the first Avery Dennison Curve Appeal labeling system in North America at its Ligonier, IN manufacturing plant. The system combines Fasson Curvy pressure-sensitive label material with a new patent-pending Avery Dennison application process that will now enable Silgan to apply pressure-sensitive labels to complex curved package shapes, creating a more eye-catching billboard on each bottle. The Avery Dennison Curve Appeal technology allows package designers to expand the label footprint around the curves of a bottle, creating up to 100% more labeling area while still delivering the smooth look and feel of pressure sensitive labeling. It also creates larger back panels that can carry necessary product or multi-language information in easily readable type.
 
More info: www.silganplastics.com



SeaCliff Beauty Provides Compact for Hair Care



 
SeaCliff Beauty Packaging & Laboratories has produced what it terms “a unique packaging component” for Farouk Systems, Inc.’s Royal Treatment White Truffle Foundation. The elegant design of this compact matches the luxurious ingredients of the product, which is infused with white truffle and pearl. While compacts are typically used for makeup products, Farouk’s goal was to provide the consumer with easy access to this hair balm. SeaCliff Beauty provided a component with a mirror inside and a clear cover on the top of the product that can be lifted before usage and provides additional protection from contamination. SeaCliff Beauty can produce this 20g compact in a custom color, and silkscreen printing is available. In addition to balms, the compact can be used for foundation, pressed powder, blush, and bronzer.

More info: www.seacliffbeauty.com