What’s new on the Russian packaging market?

Discover the latest market updates from the world of packaging

Danaflex expands production in Europe

In March, Danaflex, one of Russia’s largest manufacturers of flexible packaging opened a new plant in Prostejov, Czech Republic, the company’s fourth overall and first in Europe. As Denis Manturov, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade noted at the opening ceremony, the launch of a new production will not only have a positive effect on the industrial potential of the Czech region, but will also increase the export of polyethylene pellets from Russia. Exports are expected to increase by $30-40 million a year. Raw materials for the new plant will be supplied from Tatarstan.

Russian scientists make breakthrough in creating sustainable film

Scientists from the G.V. Plekhanov Russian Economic University in collaboration with Italian researchers from the University of Catania have studied the possibility of creating eco-friendly film packaging using biodegradable polymer polyhydroxybutyrate.

The material is synthesised by microorganisms, mirroring a natural mechanism for its processing. This ensures high environmental safety as the packaging can completely decompose.

Scientists have tested two ways of producing polyhydroxybutyrate films: from solution and melt molding. Studies have shown that the production method affects the film’s final structure and selective gas permeability - the key parameters determining the effectiveness of its use.

The polyhydroxybutyrate films can be used to store food and drugs. After the expiration date, the packaging will be fully biodegradable from a month to a year, depending on production conditions.

Belarus proposes a EAEU-wide ban on non-recyclable disposable packaging

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection for Belarus, Alexander Korbut, recently announced that the country had put forward a proposal to ban non-recyclable disposable packaging throughout the Eurasian Economic Union.

According to Mr Korbut, new regulations and standards for using various recyclable raw materials for packaging are very much needed. It was also noted that Belarus’ pulp and paper industry is currently on the rise and is able to provide an alternative to the plastics widely used for packaging.

Replacing plastic containers with paper will largely reduce the environmental cost of packaging. The country has already introduced initiatives towards a gradual abandonment of plastic packaging in favour of safer materials such as paper and glass. Mr Korbut expressed the hope that other EEU countries such as Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia will join this initiative.

New food labelling regulations for the EAEU comes into force

In April, new changes to food labelling regulations came into force in the Eurasian Economic Union. The amendments are intended to provide clearer wording for some of the terms used in the document. The changes will increase the availability and understanding of the information on food packaging, which will give consumers the opportunity to make more informed choices.

The amendments clarified the criteria for “clarity” and “readability”, and defined requirements for the font size of the labelling and placement of the product name.

The new requirements imply the clarity and intelligibility of the text printed on the package, the possibility of reading without additional devices, as well as the unambiguity of information about the product, both in the form of text and of text and image.

The move to the new criteria has been planned for the next 24 months. During this period, the production and release of products in packaging that complies with the previous wording of the regulations is allowed.

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