Oct 7, 2020

Recyclable Packaging Breakthrough for Nestlé

Oliver Freeman
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Eco-friendly plastic pouch in nature.
Amcor and Nestlé’s recent collaboration has led to the successful creation and launch of a new, more carbon-friendly packaging...

The majority of households across the world have pets; cats and dogs are the standard choices, with smaller and more diverse animals bringing up the rear. And, just like humans, our pets need to eat too ─ which means we go through a ridiculous amount of food and its subsequent packaging each year. Unfortunately, the environment suffers from it. 

Fortunately, though, Amcor, a global leader in packaging, recently teamed up with food-giant, Nestlé, to work on finding flexible alternatives to current product-packaging methods. The collaboration shows the commitment of both companies to meet the reduction of carbon emissions initiatives set by governments around the world. 

The pairing, to date, has been an extremely fruitful one, with Amcor recently announcing the launch of the world’s first recyclable flexible retort pouch ─ “a technical breakthrough which underscores both companies’ long-term commitment to more sustainable packaging solutions.” Together, teams of experts from both sides of the aisle worked tirelessly during the development process, “testing for heat resistance, machine performance, shelf-life and recyclability in the real world.” 

The result? A new “high barrier” pouch that uses Amcor’s industry-leading AmLite HeatFlex Recyclable solution dubbed the “modern alternative to metal cans.” It will be rolled out, initially, in select Dutch stores in October 2020. The product should be an attractive one to consumers, with the promise of improving individual carbon footprints by up to 60 percent*, courtesy of a lightweight and resource-efficient material that can be recycled at home.

“Amcor and Nestlé together have been able to create a unique solution that for years was thought impossible,” says Michael Zacka, President Amcor Flexibles EMEA. “This high-barrier, high-heat resistant, packaging can be easily recycled within plastic recycling streams already existing in several European countries.” 

All-in-all, the new packaging is a breakthrough in the innovation of recycling, and it should continue to disrupt the ever-changing industry of plastic sustainability in a positive way. Hopefully, after a successful October, we’ll see this new a wider-spread implementation of the product, as Europe and the wider world starts to knuckle down on ambitious projects to lessen our environmental impact.

* “Carbon footprint comparison based on Amcor’s ASSET lifecycle assessment system, certified by the Carbon Trust. Maximum carbon footprint reduction of 60% assumes 100% recycling. Comparison based on standard retort packaging using a PET/Aluminium foil/PP pouch, versus the new AmLite HeatFlex Recyclable OPP/AmLite barrier/PP pouch.” 

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Jun 17, 2021

Canoo Awards Manufacturing Contract to VDL Nedcar

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Canoo, a trailblazing company in the electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing industry, has officially announced owned and contract manufacturing plans

Canoo, a trailblazing company in the electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing industry, has officially announced owned and contract manufacturing plans that will ensure the company manages to deliver on its promise to consumers of production and delivery of vehicles in Q4, 2022. 


During the company’s first Investor Relations Day, Chairman & CEO of Canoo, Tony Aquila, named VDL Nedcar as its contract manufacturing partner. VDL Nedcar, which I’m sure many of you will already have heard of, is the only independent Vehicle Contract Manufacturer in the Netherlands and has enjoyed fifty years of growth under owners, including Mitsubishi Motors and Volvo cars. According to the report, Nedcar will manufacture the Lifestyle Vehicle for the United States and European Union markets, while Canoo builds a US-based mega micro-factory. 



"We conducted an exhaustive search, invested significant amounts of time and resources that span the globe, in our search for our Phase 1 contract manufacturer. VDL Nedcar is the right partner," said Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman and CEO of Canoo, Inc. "They are the top trusted European manufacturer building high-quality products for leading OEMs, and they significantly outcompeted the other contenders. VDL is also independently owned by the van der Leegte family of entrepreneurs - which aligns with our commitment to support businesses that form the backbone of communities. This strategic partnership will enable us to deliver vehicles to market while we build our Phase 2 factory in Oklahoma. It also strongly positions us for geographic expansion in Europe and builds a lasting relationship with VDL Groep of companies. Our investment will help us scale quickly and fulfil our mission to bring affordable, purpose-built EVs to Everyone."


Canoo and VDL have already gotten to work on vehicle manufacturability and production planning so that Canoo can successfully lay the groundwork for its upcoming US manufacturing operations expansion, which will be completed in Oklahoma in 2022. The Nedcar facility currently expected to produce around 1000 units for both the US and European markets in 2022, with an additional 15000 targeted for the following year. 


"Canoo's bold approach to designing and building electric vehicles makes them an ideal partner as we work together to shape the future of mobility," said John van Soerland, CEO of VDL Nedcar. "This partnership advances our strategic vision to provide a contract manufacturing solution and expand our expertise in the EV arena."

Currently, Canoo is entering its GAMMA phase of development and is on track to start production soon. The company intends and expects to launch its Lifestyle Vehicle in Q4 2022, closely followed by the Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle and Pickup Truck.

Watch this space.

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