Lightweighting Across the Packaging Supply Chain

eBook looking at strategies companies are using to reduce packaging for a range of key end-use applications, such as food, beverage, and personal care.

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Product type: Books
Date of publication: 10 Nov 2010
Product format: Online
Number of pages: 49

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This e-book addresses how the packaging supply chain is responding to these strategies, from in-mould labelling innovations to adoption of lightweight packaging for private-label products. The e-book details material trends for polymers, paper and board, metal, and glass and illustrates how creative, lightweight packaging designs are being implemented by retailers and brand owners.

This e-book provides an outlook for flexible and rigid plastic packaging, looks at where glass packaging is headed, and how nanotechnology will be used in lightweighting packaging in the future. It also details seven case studies and points to how lightweighting was successfully implemented by major companies who use a array of material sets and target different end-use applications.


Executive summary

Drivers and barriers for lightweighting

  • Costs and commodity prices
  • Environmental awareness
  • Regulation
  • Initiatives
  • Waste and resources action plan
  • Courtauld commitment
  • Glassrite
  • Envirowise
  • Internet retailing
  • Alternative distribution channels
  • Conspicuous consumption
  • Private label

Supply chain perspectives

  • Overview
  • Materials and machinery suppliers
  • Packaging converters
  • Packer fillers and brand owners
  • Logistics and distribution

Material trends

  • Rigid plastic packaging
  • Flexible packaging
  • Paper and board
  • Metal packaging
  • Glass packaging
  • Shrink and stretch film packaging

End-use trends

  • Primary packaging
  • Beverages packaging
  • food packaging
  • Personal care product packaging
  • Health care product packaging
  • Secondary packaging
  • Corrugated
  • Retail-ready packaging
  • Tertiary packaging


  • Flexible plastic packaging
  • Rigid plastic packaging
  • Paper and board
  • Metal packaging
  • Glass packaging
  • Stretch and shrink film packaging
  • Nanotechnology


  • Keys to success

Tables and Figures

  • Lightweighting significance rankings - drivers, materials and end use
  • Indices of primary commodity prices, 2005-10
  • MEPs affiliated to European Federation of Green Parties (EFGP) 2010
  • Supply chain perspectives when lightweighting
  • Lightweight dessert cups made from Adstif HA740J
  • Graham Packaging's hot fill PET Escape Bottles
  • Sainsbury's JUGIT by RPC Market Rasen
  • Krones AG's 6.6gr PET Nitropouch bottle
  • Curvy and Skyward lightweight PET bottles by Sidel
  • Amcor PushPop - cereal packaging
  • Ecolean Air aseptic bags
  • Bird's Eye frozen food packaged in lightweight Simcote paperboard
  • Replacement of plastic tubs by cartons for Jacob's biscuits
  • CDL+ Can End by Ball Packaging Europe
  • Fusion aluminium bottle by Rexam
  • Lighter weight bottles produced for Coca-Cola
  • Sidel's lightweight NoBottle
  • Lightweight carton bags by Chesapeake for Green & Black's
  • Burton's Food's lightweight packaging for Maryland Minis Biscuits
  • Replacement of trays by Skin Packs for meat packaging
  • Boot's Botanics Essential Gift Set before and after lightweighting
  • Lightweight retail-ready packaging for Cadbury's Eggheads
  • Lighterweight corrugated pallets by DSSmith
  • Implementation case study - Sainsbury's
  • Implementation case study - Boots Group
  • Implementation case study - CCL Custom Manufacturing
  • Implementation case study - Herman Miller
  • Implementation case study - IBM
  • Implementation case study - Nestlé Rowntree
  • Implementation case study - Pentos Office Furniture