All articles by Alexander Love

Alexander Love

Electric vehicles: Why thorough testing of battery components is vital

Across the globe, governments are implementing strategies to get more electric vehicles on the roads. Yet a major reservation many motorists have about EVs is their efficiency and safety. We explore how the effective testing of battery components can help resolve these concerns and ensure the successful roll-out of EVs.

Resolving the health issues from mineral oil inks in packaging

Amid the greater understanding of the health risks posed by mineral oil inks, alternatives are being sought for packaging. Mineral oil-free inks are not only safer for human health but also better for the environment and recycling. We learn about these new products and the increasing drive behind recycling in Asia.

Sustainable barrier coatings: Reducing waste in food packaging material

With increasing demand for more sustainable packaging, brands and manufacturers are seeking to reduce the amount of material used for food packaging and lessen the environmental impact. Yet, especially in food packaging applications, there is a need to preserve the food by protecting it against elements such as light or oxygen that may degrade it. Traditionally film layers such as EVOH have been utilised to provide this barrier. However, these films may negatively impact the recyclability of the packaging. To solve this issue, coatings specialists Siegwerk and Henkel have partnered to develop a sustainable oxygen barrier coating for food packaging. We learn more about the project.

Digitalization: increasing transparency at automotive production plants

A major trend in the automotive industry is digitalization. But with plans of production facilities, digitalization can be as limited as scanned versions of the 2D documents that haven’t been updated in years. Automotive businesses embracing digital inspection technologies are increasing their transparency with stakeholders and enhancing global collaboration.

Closing the loop: How shrink sleeves can boost recycling of plastic bottles

Shrink sleeves are increasingly appearing on more plastic bottles, offering many benefits for branding and improving recyclability. We take a look at the advantages of the shrink sleeve and how using the correct materials is vital for recycling and reusing packaging waste.