Clear Lam Debuts PrimaPak System at Interpack

 ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL |  Following a successful launch in North America, Clear Lam Packaging Inc. debuted the PrimaPak Packaging System—reportedly the industry’s first flexible, stackable and reclosable packaging solution—in Europe at the Ilapak booth during the 2014 Interpack Trade Fair May 8-14 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Clear Lam first developed the proprietary PrimaPak Vertical Form-Fill-Seal (VFFS) technology using an Ilapak machine platform. The Clear Lam patented technology produces a cubed package with a reclosable feature from proprietary rollstock. No preforms or fitments are used. In the first commercial applications in North America, the packaging was produced on Ilapak’s Vegatronic 2000 platform after being modified with Clear Lam’s PrimaPak equipment interface.

The first-of-its-kind packaging is designed as a replacement for rigid cans, bottles, jars, trays, and select flexible packaging. It is lightweight, stackable, and merchandises on six sides. PrimaPak technology improves cube by 30% or more. It uses up to 70% less plastic compared to polyethylene terephthlate (PET) jars and maximizes manufacturing efficiencies. The enhanced cube reduces the need for truck shipments, which reduces fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Our collaboration with llapak brings together two leaders in the packaging industry. Ilapak is the first authorized vertical form-fill-seal machinery company to work with PrimaPak applications. We’re excited to be delivering tangible, sustainable packaging solutions that are cost effective and simple to execute. The PrimaPak packaging minimizes impact on the environment throughout the supply chain,” said James Sanfilippo, president and CEO, Clear Lam Packaging.

To create a flexible package capable of being stacked and to better protect products inside, Clear Lam developed a new method of enhancing the package rigidity. The end result is a pop-up box shape that merchandises much better than stand-up pouches for greater brand visibility and consumer appeal. The finished package retains its shape, performs well during transport, and stacks well on retail shelves and in consumer pantries. This makes it well suited for a variety of products including cereals, salty snacks, candy, meat, cheese, coffee, infant formula, detergent pods, pet foods, wet naps and more.

Commercial applications for the PrimaPak technology were launched in North America last fall.

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