Tecnocap and BASF collaborate on metal closures for food packaging

The collaboration between Tecnocap and BASF will see the first metal closures for food packaging made with BASF’s Hexamoll DINCH BMB, a balanced phthalate- and biomass-free plasticizer which he says is based on renewable raw materials.

Tecnocap adds that it will use BASF’s plasticizer to seal the joints inside its metal closures, which ensures the containers are airtight, protects the product from contaminants and preserves the quality of the product throughout its service life. conservation.

Currently, Tecnocap closures are used by consumer brands in food, baby food and beverage packaging around the world. He says the transition to BASF’s plasticizer will not compromise the sealing performance of its products in its food-sensitive applications.

According to Tecnocap, its partnership with BASF is part of its commitment to innovative packaging solutions and customer expectations for sustainability.

Michelangelo Morlicchio, CEO and President of Tecnocap Group, comments: “Working with customers and suppliers like BASF to improve the benchmarks in packaging sustainability is a strategic goal for us.

“With the introduction of the life cycle analysis approach and obtaining an environmental product declaration (EPD), we can measure the environmental impacts of metal closures and reduce their impact in accordance with our plan. action for sustainable development, which aims to significantly reduce CO2 emissions by 2030.. “

Tecnocap claims that using Hexamoll DINCH BMB plasticizer will contribute to this sustainability goal as it has a lower carbon footprint than regular plasticizers. BASF’s plasticizer production uses bio-naphtha or biogas, which are derived from organic waste or vegetable oils, instead of fossil fuels.

In addition, the company claims that because the renewable raw materials are processed with conventional raw materials in BASF’s existing efficient production network, the renewable materials are allocated to the final product according to the biomass balance approach ( BMB).

Wolfgang Bien, Vice President Industrial Petrochemical Europe at BASF, adds: “As BASF we share Tecnocap’s commitment to sustainability and are currently implementing many measures to achieve our goal of becoming climate neutral. by 2050.

“The biomass balance approach is a pillar of our carbon management program, which has a major impact on CO2 emissions and the economy of fossil resources. These two aspects are crucial in meeting today’s climate challenges.

The award process and the product itself are certified by independent auditors using the RedCert standard, according to the company.

At the same time, the product’s specifications and technical properties are identical to those of the conventional plasticizer – which, Tenocap adds, maintains the sealing performance of its metal caps.

The collaboration between Tecnocap and BASF demonstrates the continued commitment to both circularity and sustainability goals for the plastics industry.

Last month, BASF showcased its IrgaCycle additive solutions for recyclers, mixers and converters, which aim to increase the amount of recycled content in end-use applications like packaging.

Meanwhile, last year Tecnocap launched a range of aerosol cans and aluminum bottles made from 100% recycled aluminum, as well as a wide range of metal caps.

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