Luxembourg’s United Caps is exhibiting for the second time at Propak Asia, which is taking place this year 13-16 June 2018 at the Bangkok International Trade Exhibition Centre.
The international caps and closures manufacturer is showing a range of closure solutions, from the use of ‘green’ materials to anti-counterfeiting technologies.
On display is, among others, the company’s new Nescafé Gold coffee closure, which Benoît Henckes, CEO of United Caps refers to as ‘our Golden Moment’ development: “We faced significant challenges, and many would have given up. But we persevered, and the result was rewarding for us and for Nestlé. At the show, we will be sharing with visitors how we were able to achieve the classy brushed metal look for the new Nescafé closure. It required a 100% metallic material to be wrapped around the skirt of a closure, something that had never been done before.”
United Caps is also showing a new line of bio-sourced plastic caps and closures made from sugarcane-based PE, developed in collaboration with Braskem; as well as smarter closures that feature new security technologies, which make it easy to identify whether a product is genuine or not.
“This includes QR+ technology, a combination of a QR code and secure fingerprint that help brands enhance consumer confidence,” said Henkes. This is especially effective when these technologies are printed onto a non-removable in-mould label. United Caps has partnered with Verstraete In Mould Labels in the development of this unique approach to anti-counterfeiting.
At the Propak show, the company is also demonstrating how holographic engraving integrated into a closure forms an intrinsic and irremovable security feature, providing immediate verification with no need for additional scanners or other equipment. Counterfeiting, said Henkes, is a significant problem in Asia.
“The added value of these easily-integrated solutions delivers increased consumer confidence and peace of mind for brands,” he added.