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Pharma Bottle Packaging: Important Aspects And Trends

Pharma Bottle Packaging: Important Aspects And Trends

We can define plastic bottles as plastic containers with a body bigger in diameter than the opening. This definition may sound limiting, however, there are many different types of plastic bottles used in the pharma industry, including cylinder bottles, foam pump bottles, spray bottles, industrial round bottles, modern bottles with a raised edge around the base and shoulder, Boston round bottles with squeezable sides and rounded base and shoulder, diamond bottles with squeezable sides, twin neck bottles, pharma packer bottles (usually used for vitamins or other pharmaceutical purposes), cosmo bottles with squeezable sides and with or without dispensing lids (usually used for cosmetics)…

Packaging is an ever-evolving area, an engineering discipline with a major contribution to the pharmaceutical industry. This packaging market alone has seen at least a five percent annual growth and is thought to be worth more than $20 billion a year.

Plastic pharmaceutical packaging is responsible for your drugs, medical treatments, and nutraceuticals, enabling you to deliver your tablets, supplements, liquids, powders, drops, and suspensions. When it is transparent to your customers, it is successful, but when issues occur, it receives negative attention.

In order to avoid this kind of negative attention, you want your pharmaceutical plastic bottles and other items to provide: product protection, tamper resistance, security, high quality, patient protection, freedom of design, anti-counterfeit measures, low costs, durability, and endurance.

In this blog post, we will discuss the most important aspects of pharmaceutical bottle packaging and some new trends.


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Plastics are being used for various types of bottles, due to their extreme resistance to breaking. Most pharma bottles are made out of the following major polymers:

  • high-density polyethylene
  • low-density polyethylene
  • polypropylene
  • polyvinylchloride
  • polystyrene
  • polyethylene terephthalate


Using one or more of these when mixed with an additive or barrier plastic can enhance the properties of the final container.

The bottles must not contain any additives (colors, stabilizers, antioxidants, and lubricants) which contents could potentially be extracted in significant amounts. The amount of the additive is dependent on the polymer, the process that is used to convert the specific plastic into the bottle, and what the container is expected to do.


High-density polyethylene

High-density polyethylene, or HDPE, is a cloudy, slightly translucent-colored polymer made from petroleum. It possesses good chemical resistance and does not absorb moisture. It also provides a good water vapor barrier. HDPE is one of the most popular plastics for molding your plastic bottles, containers, and caps. It maintains the purity of your products stored and packaged in it and will not leach harmful chemicals.


Low-density polyethylene

Low-density polyethylene, or LDPE, is translucent in color with a tough, wavy texture. It is also a very flexible plastic with good barrier properties. It is similar in composition to HDPE but less rigid and chemically resistant. It is also more translucent and significantly more expensive than HDPE.



Polypropylene, or PP, is best known for its versatility and flexibility. It can be molded into various applications, providing good chemical resistance and toughness. While it is usually translucent in appearance, it can be made into a variety of colors.

Plastic bottles made from PP are rigid with excellent moisture barriers. They are stable at high temperatures — up to 220 degrees Fahrenheit — and are also autoclavable and can handle steam sterilization.


Polyvinyl chloride

Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is usually clear when used in plastic bottles. It has excellent resistance to water, alcohols, alkalines, and concentrated acids and offers excellent flexibility and versatility along with predictable and long-term stability. PVC is also ideal for your vials, tablet strips, and blister packs for solid tablets.



Polystyrene, or PS, gives you excellent clarity and stiffness at an economical cost. You can use it for your vitamin and petroleum jelly product packaging due to its rigidity, clarity, and chemical-resistant properties.


Polyethylene terephthalate

Polyethylene terephthalate, also known as PET or PETE, is ideal for your pharmaceutical products due to its strength, clarity, impact resistance, and barrier resistance to things like oxygen, moisture, and many chemicals, alcohols, and oils. It is usually produced in clear but can be done in colors like amber and green. It is shatterproof, extremely lightweight, and easy and efficient to transport.

PET is completely recyclable, and is the most recycled plastic in the U.S. and worldwide. In fact, more than 1.5 billion pounds of used PET plastic bottles and containers are recycled in the U.S. each year. PET is also approved as safe by the FDA and health and safety agencies worldwide.




There are many popular types of plastic closures to choose from depending on the application. Continuous Thread closures consist of a finish that has one non-interrupted thread that spirals downward toward the shoulder of the container. Dispensing closures are also popular. These closures allow the user to dispense an exact amount of the contents through the closure.

Some medications, supplements, and cannabis packaging products require a closure that offers a child-resistant (CR) component to the packaging. CR closures often include text or pictorial opening instructions on the top of the closure. After all, what’s more, important than keeping medications, supplements, and cannabis products out of the hands of children? Child-resistant (CR) packaging not only increases safety, it instills consumer trust in your products and your brand.

Plastic closures can be child-resistant, and at the same time, be senior-friendly, helping individuals who may have problems opening traditional capping systems.

The good cap is safe for children and easy-to-open for those who have difficulty using their hands, offering multiple hands-free opening and closing options for adults with limited hand or finger mobility.



Bottle Packaging Automation


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new awareness of the need to package and distribute products efficiently. There will be expectations to manufacture and distribute products quicker, right down to the packaging and shipping. Packaging companies will be faced with new pressures to develop solutions that will get things moving quickly and rise to the demand. Since the entire packaging line must meet high levels of efficiency, these solutions also include secondary packaging solutions: bottle cartoners, bottle case packers, bundlers, and palletizers.

Various types of smart technology could transform areas of the pharma packaging industry by helping to manage stock and demand levels. Flexible packaging machinery that can handle different package formats, and perform a quick, on-demand changeover is becoming a new standard. Tishma Technology provides this type of smart packaging machinery as well. We design and build packaging solutions that can be connected directly to your production or e-commerce ordering software. So as a particular product is complete and ready to be packed, our packaging machines receive that specific package information, pick up and erect that particular carton or case, and load it.

If you are looking for ways to increase your bottle packaging efficiency, please take a look at some of our bottle packaging projects and don’t hesitate to ask for a quote.

The Future in a Glass Bottle: Packaging Machinery For Bottle Cartoning

The Future in a Glass Bottle: Packaging Machinery For Bottle Cartoning

The glass guarantees that the items inside a glass bottle keep their quality, smell, and flavor. Glass doesn’t react with the majority of the items stored in it, and besides that, it is nonporous and impermeable. If you want to maintain the taste, the health, and the environment, glass is a go-to packaging material.

As a crude material glass holds probably the most amazing attributes: glass is 100% recyclable, and it doesn’t lose its quality or virtue when reused. That is why glass bottles are overwhelmingly useful in the packaging business.  While the use of glass bottles in sustenance packaging is slowly decreasing, glass is still widely used for a wide range of pharmaceutical applications.

Liquor refreshments and nourishment are mainly packed in glass bottles. Glass bottles became the symbol of the liquor industry. With the lager industry expanding in European nations, we can expect the rise in the European glass bottle packaging production. When it comes to Center East, in the following years, we can expect development in pharmaceutical glass bottle packaging.

In developing nations, rising consumption of beer will influence the global glass packaging market development due to increasing pay levels, the impact of the western way of life, simplicity of accessibility, and diminished expenses of brews.

Although metal jars and plastic bottles have been picking up popularity lately, glass bottles are still likely to hold a massive share of the beer packaging industry, which will result in expanding the global glass bottle packaging market in the coming years.

As we can see, glass bottles, glass vials, and glass ampoules are here to stay, regardless of the industry. But, due to their fragility,  glass bottles more often than not require secondary packaging.

Pharmaceutical vials are usually transported in flat blank tri-seal carton boxes with dividers. Ideal cartoner for vials should be able to form the carton, place the divider in the carton, receive and collate vials in the required pattern, load them into the carton and then seal the carton. We recommend cartoners with robotic infeed for these kinds of applications, which allow for precise and reliable vial handling. For more details on how we solved a vial packaging challenge, make sure to check out the TT-50 Top-Load Vial Cartoner case study by clicking on this image:



Liquid pharmaceutical products like eye-drops, nose-drops, and CBD oil are often primarily packed in glass bottles with dosing droppers. These bottles, along with the leaflet, are usually packed in single cartons. One of the more economical solutions for this kind of application is a semi-automatic cartoner with manual bottle loading. This type of cartoner is also more compact, allowing businesses to make the most out of their available floor space. If you want to see an example of a semi-automatic vertical cartoner, check out our TT-50 Dosing Dropper Cartoner case study by clicking on the image below.


Bottles of luxurious liquor are usually sold in well-designed carton boxes, conveying the sense of opulence and communicating high quality and brand image. Cartoners for this kind of application should feature a timed screw bottle infeed, carton pockets that ensure the carton maintains its shape, and reliable bottle grippers that will load it in the carton. We faced and successfully solved this kind of challenge, as well. For more details, check out the TT-50 Whiskey Cartoner case study by clicking on the image below.


Glass bottles and glass jars have been with us for ages. The first glass bottles were produced in southeast Asia around 100 B.C., and in the Roman Empire, around 1 A.D. America’s glass bottle and glass jar industry was born in the early 1600s when settlers in Jamestown built the first glass-melting furnace.

Today, glass bottles are still used in a wide range of industries, and Tishma Technologies is here to provide those industries with the best bottle cartoning machinery!

Impacts of the Pandemic on the Packaging Industry

Impacts of the Pandemic on the Packaging Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruption in many industries, and the packaging sector is no exception. In this post, we will look into the critical short and long-term trends that may emerge from this disruption and how it might impact the future of the packaging sector.


  1. Companies are reconsidering sustainable options

In recent years, there has been a significant shift in consumer sentiment in favor of environmentally friendly packaging solutions. In the long run, COVID-19 is unlikely to put a halt to this. However, there may be some impact on the speed of this change in the short term.

For a long time, packaging has served the principles of maintaining the safety, hygiene, and integrity of goods, and these principles come to the fore during the current crisis. While this may be a temporary trend, it does mean that the current consumer demand is likely to be for more, rather than less packaging.


  1. The impact of a rise in eCommerce



Online orders are booming as retailers attempt to keep sales going due to the closure of most physical retail stores during the lockdown. Even retailers who did not have a strong online presence have also been forced to change their business model to eCommerce to ensure survival.

This results in a strong requirement for eCommerce specific packaging. The importance of packaging that offers the protection of goods through resistance technology has never been more crucial. Retailers want to minimize the risk of product loss or damage to reduce the potential of financial losses and returns.

Once normality resumes, some consumers will return to physical retail, while some will make a longer-term change in shopping habits.


  1. Logistics and manufacturing

Experts agree that this crisis will drive more investment in automating the supply chain. Many companies froze all their budgets, except budgets for automation. Manufacturers are wondering: How can packaging machinery and robots enable us to continue manufacturing while keeping social distancing? Instead of a person restocking the machine magazines, a robot could be tasked with this job to avoid potential cross-contamination. Automation also provides relief from employee headcount shortages due to COVID-19 safety restrictions or illness.

Coronavirus might even lead to an existential shift in the way products are manufactured and shipped around the world. The idea is to move the processes closer to home, but that will only be possible with increased automation.

Adding packaging automation to operations will not only make the manufacturers more resilient to disruption but can also cut costs.


  1. Will robots steal our jobs?



The COVID-19 pandemic prompts us to rethink what is considered high- or low-skill work. These questions are particularly pertinent in the context of artificial intelligence and automation.

We see AI technologies increasingly deployed in the packaging industry as well as across many parts of society. Governments around the globe are rushing to mobilize large amounts of capital to invest in AI innovation. The downside of this is that we see a narrative of AI built on vast and frankly overstated expectations of its capabilities. Movies and Sci-Fi books and shows fuel the looming fear of robots taking our jobs. The truth is that we are far from a movie-like scenario where this breakthrough technology is used for creating conscious or even sentient machines.

This scenario of AI and automation very often depicts “low-skill” or “blue-collar” workers as the most likely victims of automation. This framing is incorrect, but it shines the light on what we unjustly tend to see as “skillful” work and what kind of labor we value. If we had robots for all our essential “low-skill” services, then these services wouldn’t be on the edge of breaking down to the extent they are now, which shows us how vital these job roles are.


As a conclusion

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed the world into uncharted territory. In industries like the packaging industry, that’s leading to an automation boom.

Many people are out of work, and automation is filling some of the gaps. We cannot know for sure will robots have replaced those jobs for good when the dust settles, but we know one thing: Automation trends that were already on the horizon will happen faster now.


The crisis isn’t just accelerating the transition to automation: According to experts, it’ll also boost investments powering that change. There’s a lay view that automation might slow because the technology is expensive, and firms would be hesitant to make capital investments in a crisis. That’s wrong. Economic literature over the last decade shows that these investments are made especially during a crisis.

So, if you decided to expand your packaging capacities and invest in packaging automation, make sure you check out our cartoners, case packers, palletizers, and pouch machines.

Automated Vision Systems in Packaging Industry


In today’s globalized marketplace, automation plays a critical role in maintaining quality in emerging markets while allowing developed countries to manage rising labor costs. Originally, packaging machines were built to automate specific packaging tasks. However, for a long time, these machines couldn’t operate with complete autonomy. Humans still had to perform various inspection and verification tasks. Although these jobs weren’t dangerous or physically demanding, they took a specific toll on workers. The state of hyper-vigilance required for these tasks led to psychological fatigue. Studies have shown that subjects performing vigilance tasks exhibit elevated levels of epinephrine and norepinephrine, consistent with high-stress levels and indicative of a significant mental workload. Just imagine standing next to the packaging line and monitoring hundreds of products passing by in search of a defect. Even though most of the products are just fine, the worker needs to stay alert in order not to miss a flawed product. That is why vigilance tasks are considered to be stressful andtaxing mental work.

Luckily, automated vision systems changed everything.


Types of Automation Vision Systems


Automated vision systems, also known as machine vision systems, provide image-based inspection for a variety of industrial and manufacturing applications. Now, machines and robots can “see”!

There are more applications for vision systems than ever before. The type of vision system most appropriate for a particular application depends on several factors: what you’re trying to inspect, the specific properties of your process or products, the speed of inspection, and the budget.

2D and 3D cameras are now commonly used for automated inspection, robot guidance, quality control, product sorting, and much more. A smart camera that has been calibrated to perform specific inspections automatically examines products as they flow down or adjusts a process in real-time.

Here, at Tishma Technologies and Nortech Packaging, the use of machine vision systems has become a standard. We utilize high-quality vision systems from our trusted partners Cognex and Keyence, for a variety of applications, and in the following lines, we will describe the most common ones.


Inspection: detecting carton open flaps, dents and other irregularities

Defect inspection systems can catch and resolve product, packaging, or surface defects in real-time. These are just some of the examples:

  • Dent inspection
  • Label placement verification
  • Broken seals
  • Surface deformities
  • Open flaps

Custom Packaging Inspection allows you to limit the false reject rate and meet the exact quality and standards needed for your product. Examples include: Inspecting for dents, defects, damage, holes, and creases in cartons. You can also use the machine vision system to check labels for wrinkles, position, skew, or date codes.


Verification of barcode, code date, and other label data


Print & Code Inspection Systems can automatically identify incorrect or damaged labels on products before they are released. Examples include:

  • Detecting damaged, sparse quality text
  • Checking 1D barcodes and 2D date matrix codes for readability and product match
  • Inspecting pre-printed artwork, ink-jet quality, laser markings, chemical etchings, etc
  • Verifying correct labeling, nutritional information, exact ingredients, etc.


Integration of vision systems with databases and software systems


Process Control Vision Systems allow you to utilize process feedback to achieve an efficient process line with an industrial vision process controls. Examples include:

  • Precise control of robot positioning with imaging systems
  • Capturing and communicating measured values to various data logging systems
  • Historical data capture from your process
  • Data trends logging for process monitoring and proactive maintenance
  • Event monitoring and event capture systems, etc.


Robot Guidance


Machine vision has given robots the power to “see” and react to changing conditions. Now, vision-guided robots can “feed” themselves using a two-dimensional (2D) machine vision to locate and guide the robot arm to loosely positioned parts on a conveyor, for example. With a variety of 3D machine vision technologies at their disposal, vision-guided robots can manipulate and assemble products of virtually any size and shape on a conveyor, rack, or bin, and even work right alongside humans without posing a serious safety threat. Nortech Packaging’s Openstack Collaborative Palletizer is the best example of a well-implemented machine vision system that allows this palletizer to work together with humans. Tishma Technologies’ TT-400 Candy Cartoner, and TT-60TG Blister Tray Packer also feature machine vision: they have integrated open flaps detection and rejection systems


So, if you are in a search for a cartoning, tray packing, case packing or palletizing solution with integrated inspection and verification machine vision systems, don’t hesitate to contact us and get a free quote!

Intertape Polymer Group Announces Agreement to Acquire Nortech Packaging

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and SARASOTA, FLORIDA – February 10, 2020 – Intertape Polymer Group Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the operating assets of Nortech Packaging (“Nortech”) for cash consideration of approximately $36.5 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments and potential earn-out consideration. All amounts are in US dollars.



Nortech manufactures, assembles and services automated packaging machines under the Nortech Packaging and Tishma
Technologies brands. Its custom-infeed and robotic solutions for packaging applications are designed for cartoning, casepacking, case-erecting, pouch-packaging and palletizing. A privately-held company based in the greater Chicago, Illinois area, Nortech services customers worldwide across major industries including food, pharmaceutical, e-commerce, confections, personal care and cosmetics, and beverage.

The acquisition will expand IPG’s product bundle into technologies that are increasingly critical to automation in packaging. Automation system design and service are key capabilities in growing markets like e-commerce. With an installed fleet of more than 400 machines, the acquisition provides IPG with opportunities to supply consumables to the existing fleet, as well as deploy system-selling for new customers combining machines with ongoing consumables. The acquisition will add engineering automation and integrated robotic design talent to IPG’s existing engineering and design teams. Upon closing, IPG expects these new capabilities will allow it to service customers experiencing growth pressures that require a customized automation
solution. “Packaging automation and system design are playing an increasingly important role in our customer’s competitive positioning, especially in the e-commerce market. We believe this acquisition will provide us with the opportunity to move upstream in our target customer’s production process with an expanded product bundle and a continuous supply of consumables,” said Greg Yull, President and CEO of IPG. “We have laid out a clear strategy to further strengthen our product bundle and continue to grow with our e-commerce customers as they expand around the globe. This acquisition delivers on both fronts. We remain committed to paying down debt moving forward as our cash flows improve with contributions from our recent capex investments
and our earlier acquisitions. At the same time, we will continue to be disciplined in our approach to acquisitions that strengthen our product bundle or offer strategic benefit to IPG meeting our customer’s needs.” The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020.

Financial Highlights of the Acquisition

In the last twelve months, Nortech’s sales were approximately $20 million with Adjusted EBITDA (as determined consistent with IPG’s definition, as provided in its historical public filings) of $5.5 million. The upfront purchase price represents an Adjusted EBITDA multiple of 6.6x. The purchase price, when including the tax basis step-up value, represents an Adjusted EBITDA multiple of 5.7x without any consideration given to potential revenue synergies. In addition to the upfront purchase price, the sellers will be eligible to receive additional consideration contingent upon certain future performance measures of the acquired assets. This additional consideration is expected to be in line with the upfront Adjusted EBITDAmultiple announced today. IPG expects the acquisition will be accretive to net earnings in 2020 excluding deal costs, integration costs and noncash purchase accounting adjustments. In total, deal and integration costs are expected to be approximately $2.4 million, with the majority of these costs expected to be recognized by the end of 2020. No cash or debt is expected to be acquired in the transaction. IPG expects to finance the acquisition with funds available under its $600 million credit facility.

About Nortech

Nortech is a full-service Chicago-area company founded in 2003, which acquired Tishma Technologies in 2016. Nortech specializes in both delivering and providing after-market servicing of world-class packaging machines designed for cartoning, case-packing, case-erecting, pouch-packaging, palletizing and other custom-infeed and robotic solutions for various packaging applications. Nortech designs and manufactures high-quality, high-efficiency packaging machinery, and packaging systems that are used worldwide in most major industries including food, pharmaceutical, ecommerce, confections, personal care and cosmetics, beverage, and many others. Nortech employs approximately 70 employees at its sole location in Schaumburg, Illinois.
For more information about Nortech, visit www.NortechPackaging.com and www.tminn.com.

About Intertape Polymer Group Inc.

Intertape Polymer Group Inc. is a recognized leader in the development, manufacture and sale of a variety of paper- and filmbased pressure sensitive and water-activated tapes, polyethylene and specialized polyolefin films, protective packaging, woven coated fabrics and complementary packaging systems for industrial and retail use. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec and Sarasota, Florida, IPG employs approximately 3,600 employees with operations in 30 locations, including 21 manufacturing facilities in North America, four in Asia and one in Europe. For more information about IPG, visit www.itape.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (collectively, “forward-looking statements”), which are made in reliance upon the protections provided by such legislation for forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release, including statements regarding: the closing of the acquisition, including the expected timing; the purchase price for the acquisition and the funding of such purchase price; the benefits that the acquisition is expected to bring to IPG’s business, operations, and financial results; the expansion, enhancement and extension of IPG’s product offering and global presence and the opening of additional industry verticals; the strategic fit of Nortech with IPG’s existing product portfolio and operations; IPG’s reinforcement if its presence in existing product lines and customer channels, as well as access to new business segments; expected revenue, adjusted EBITDA, earnings and expense synergies; that the acquired operations will be accretive to net earnings in 2020; our paying down of debt; and the expected deal and integration costs and timing of such costs may constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs, assumptions, expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections made by IPG’s management. Words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “continue,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “foresee,” “believe” or “seek” or the
negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Although IPG believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements, by their nature, involve risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. Such statements are also subject to assumptions concerning, among other things: business conditions and growth or declines in IPG’s industry, IPG’s customers’ industries and the general economy; the post-closing performance of Nortech, including the expected Adjusted EBITDA, revenue and expense synergies; the anticipated benefits from IPG’s other restructuring efforts; the anticipated benefits from
IPG’s acquisitions; the anticipated benefits from IPG’s capital expenditures; the quality and market reception of IPG’s products; IPG’s anticipated business strategies; risks and costs inherent in litigation; IPG’s ability to maintain and improve quality and customer service with current and new customers; anticipated trends in IPG’s business; anticipated cash flows from IPG’s
operations; availability of funds under IPG’s credit facility; and IPG’s ability to continue to control costs. IPG can give no assurance that these estimates and expectations will prove to have been correct. Actual outcomes and results may, and often do, differ from what is expressed, implied or projected in such forward-looking statements, and such differences may be
material. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement. For additional information regarding important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements and other risks and uncertainties, and the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements, you are
encouraged to read “Item 3 Key Information – Risk Factors”, “Item 5 Operating and Financial Review and Prospects (Management’s Discussion & Analysis)” and statements located elsewhere in IPG’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2018 and the other statements and factors contained in IPG’s filings with the Canadian securities regulators and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Each of these forward-looking statements speaks only as of the date of this press release. IPG will not update these statements unless applicable securities laws require it to do so.

Ross Marshall
Investor Relations
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Packaging Industry Trends For 2020

The packaging industry is a huge economic generator on a global scale. Demand for the world packaging industry will reach $1.05 trillion by 2024, according to the statistics from the well-recognized Smithers Pira organization. This enormous growth rate is driven by consumer trends and industry trends, and we are going to examine those trends in the following lines.



The new decade will be dominated by digital technologies. Digital printing uses computer generation as the main mechanism behind product packaging design and creation of the images or graphics that will appear on the packaging. Today, digital printing influences every aspect of the packaging, and this trend will continue.

In comparison to mechanical processes like typesetting, digital printing allows packagers far more freedom in personalization and customizing options. 

During the past decade, most packaging companies switched from analog to digital printing. However, complete retooling of a factory takes time. In 2020, there are only a few companies that haven’t yet got on the digital train and made that progressive investment.

In this decade, the packaging industry reached a tipping point. The use of conventional presses declined, while the use of digital presses grew. A trend of “printing on-demand” emerged since digital printing technology allows all colors to be printed in a single pass. Studies say this demand will only grow. By 2024, it is estimated the global digital printing packaging market will reach $28 billion, which proves a significant trend change in the packaging industry.



Customization and personalization of products became much easier due to digital printing. This trend has been building for a few years, and it has a major industry impact in 2020. Many of the top product brands found a significant return of the investment with personalized packaging. One report cites that 70% of marketers believe personalization has a strong and powerful impact on their customers.

Personalization allows a company to stand out from competitors by promoting their name and brand in an impactful way. 

Here are three successful examples of the personalized packaging trend.

  • Coca-Cola printing people’s names on their soft drink containers
  • Frito-Lay printing faces on their potato chip packages
  • Bud Light printing football teams on their beer cans

More and more brands are even beginning to target extremely narrow markets with their packaging. For example, Anheuser-Busch designs their Busch and Busch light beer cans using the outdoor motives, to appeal to hunters, fishers, and other outdoorsmen. During hunting and fishing seasons, they have a “hunt” for a particular can, which can win you gear and even a hunting trip paid for by the company. 

Allowing individuals to identify with a brand’s product is what lies behind the success of this trend. Smart marketers know people relate to stories as much as they do to brand names. If you want your product to be irresistible, present its package in a story-like way that connects to consumers on an individual level. 



Another strong packaging industry trend for 2020 is presenting product information clearly and transparently. Consumers today have easy access to a lot of information, and they can educate themselves about product choices. A smart consumer wants to know what the product they buy contains and which packaging methods were used.

“Transparency” refers to manufacturers being completely open and honest about what the products contain. “Clean” means products are safe and don’t contain harmful ingredients. If you want to promote trust in the company’s brand name, pack your product in a way that makes content information clear, concise, and open. 

More and more U.S. consumers are scanning food packages with their smartphones to find out exactly what they contain. Brands answered the clean and transparent trend in 2020 with the implementation of Smart Label™. The label code immediately connects consumers to a landing page with transparent information about how clean this choice may be. Transparency will likely remain one of the demands in 2020 as consumers are more likely to purchase a newly launched food product that has clear product information.



Many companies recognize how well intense colors, designs, and dramatic effects stand out. They also see how well this trend results in increased sales volume. In 2020, this trend will remain stable. 

Humans respond well to packaging with unique designs and colors. Information from the Pantone Color Institute states people experience 80% of their awareness from sight. Loud colors like neon green and bright yellow quickly attract a person’s attention. So do effects like shining metallic sheens and reflective surfaces.

Good packaging design is supposed to grab hold of a consumer’s notice and retain the memory. According to studies, people make subconscious decisions about buying products within the first minute and a half after observing it, and color often plays a big role in this decision.

2020 will be marked by the continued dominance of bold packaging colors along with the rise of playful graphics on packaging. Brands targeting a youthful audience are advised to use unique typography and quirky design to convey a lightheartedness that suits their target group. The popularization of color gradients is another trend within unique package graphics. Gradients are incredibly dynamic because they provide complexity without adding busyness. This subtle yet striking visual effect is the main reason why brands are adopting gradients and applying them everywhere – from logo design to packaging design. 




One of the trends that continue to gain great popularity is flexible packaging. The products that were once restricted to rigid and hard materials today can be packed in flexible packaging, due to technological advancement in flexible packaging materials.

The United States accounts for approximately $170 billion in the global packaging market. The Flexible Packaging Association reports the flexible packaging segment accounts for 19% of the total U.S. packaging market.

Flexible packaging has many advantages over rigid packages due to the following factors:

  • It is easier to store.
  • It has an extended shelf life.
  • It is more convenient to open.
  • It is highly practical to close or reseal.
  • It has a more attractive shelf appeal.
  • It uses less material.
  • It has improved cost economics.
  • It weighs less.
  • It has better shipping characteristics.
  • It is better suited for e-commerce.

Material advancement is one of the reasons why flexible packaging is such a prominent trend. For years, most flexible packaging materials were polyvinyl chloride, which was environmentally hostile because this plastic wouldn’t break down or decompose. Today, most flexible packaging uses materials made of polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate, or polypropylene. These high-tech plastics deteriorate when discarded, but stay durable when in use. 

New end-of-life recycling programs are trending and propelling flexible packages even more. Smithers Pira reports the flexible packaging industry will grow by 3.3% each year to reach $269 billion in 2024.




The recycled packaging trend has never been so popular. The recycling movement started a generation ago, guided with the 3-R principle: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Today, the 3-R model creates a circular economy, and it became a standard for how proper product packaging performs. Recycling has now become firmly embedded in the American psyche.

Recycled packaging is part of the worldwide sustainability movement. For years, the vast majority of packaging waste found its way to landfills, while the mass of non-perishable plastics is currently floating in the oceans. 

That pollution cannot be ignored, and many consumers want to do what they can to prevent it. That is why they’re choosing products in recyclable packaging.

In 2020, businesses are also expected to join the recyclable packaging movement. For example, Amazon is taking action and requiring its vendors to meet waste-efficient packaging standards or pay a $1.99 fee per package. Also, over 400 organizations have signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, committing to increase their recycled packaging by 25% by 2025.

The packaging material industry is also influenced by technology. Advancements in plastic and paper chemistry now allow recycling to be more comfortable and more convenient than ever. Federal, state, and local authorities also promote and encourage packaging recycle programs. Consumer choice and company action are some of the main things driving the 2020 trend toward recycled packaging products. People avoid purchasing anything packaged in non-recyclable materials, and companies are switching materials to accommodate.



Stick-on shipping labels used to be the standard in product packaging. Before the product went out the door, the shipping labels were the last things to go on a packaged product. Back in the old days, this made sense, because most packages were complete before the shipper knew their destination.

2020 announces the end of this shipping label trend. Now, many sellers already know their recipients, so they package their products on demand. 

Digital printing has replaced stick-on shipping labels in many businesses. Label printing directly on packaging removes one step in the distribution process, thus lowering the costs. 




Online shopping grows rapidly, and e-commerce packaging has become more important within the packaging industry. Due to its stable structure and sustainable qualities, rigid packaging, such as corrugated packaging, will dominate the sector.

The focus on sustainability and plastic replacement is increasingly at the forefront of packaging strategy for leading brands, which is why most of them are replacing single-use plastic with widely recycled material – such as corrugated.

Innovations such as reusable printed sleeves that sit over multiple-use corrugated boxes will help ensure that brands can meet consumer demands for sustainable and more environmentally friendly packaging solutions.


Tishma Technologies and Nortech packaging will stay devoted to providing highly efficient packaging equipment that will allow manufacturers to keep the step with the time.

If you want to pack your products in some kind of corrugated packaging, make sure to check out our cartoners, tray packers, and case packers.

If you think flexible packaging is more appropriate for your product, make sure to learn more about our pouch packaging solutions, suitable for all kinds of recyclable and non-recyclable pre-made pouches.


Rising Challenges in Pharmaceutical Packaging Industry

Rising Challenges in Pharmaceutical Packaging Industry

One of the most widespread industries across the globe is the ever-evolving packaging industry. Once, the role of packaging was to simply ensure that the product was carried from one place to another. Packaging used to be a simple tool. As the industry grew, the function of packaging expanded. Packaging now serves many purposes such as branding, quality control, safety, and security of the product. Developing the right packaging that will serve all required purposes can be particularly tricky in the pharmaceutical industry.

Revenues that this industry is consistently generating witness about the rise of the industry itself.

In 2018, the pharmaceutical packaging market was valued at approximately $71.0 billion and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 6% during 2019-2029, leading to an estimated valuation of the market to be $149.3 billion by 2026. Popular report repository, Research, and Markets forecast the pharmaceutical packaging market growing at an impressive CAGR of 8.75% during the 2017-2026 period.

Emerging markets like India, China, Brazil, Russia, and Turkey are contributing to this growth. Growth is also facilitated by the fact that healthcare becomes more accessible amidst growing as well as the ageing population.

Due to the sensitive nature of products, the pharmaceutical packaging industry faces a lot of challenges. Inappropriate packaging can cause chemical alterations in the product affecting the product’s curative ability and effective performance. This is why the pharmaceutical industry is subjected to rigid packaging standards and often faces a variety of challenges we will further discuss.



  1. Safe Transportation of non-solid medication

Pills and tablets are simpler to handle due to their ability to be stacked. On the other hand, liquid medication and injections, especially with glass packing are much more difficult to handle because of their fragile nature. To try and counter this problem, the pharmaceutical packaging industry is integrating innovative solutions like foam packaging and rotomolded cases to prevent glass packaging from breaking down.


  1. Retaining medicinal quality of the products

Due to sustained exposure to heat as well as humidity, the pharmaceutical product may lose its healing capabilities which presents one of the major challenges that the industry faces. The pharmaceutical packaging materials must be chosen very carefully and should not let external factors affect the product, otherwise, the product may become completely useless.


  1. Accurate Dosage and Drug Information

Consummation according to the prescribed dose is crucial for any medicine. To avoid any confusion, the packaging must contain necessary dosage information, as well as information about the drug that it is composed with. Other valuable information like expiry date and the serial or batch number should also find a place on the packaging to simplify tracking and prevent misuse. Parameters like a minimum age for safe consumption of the drug should also be displayed on the packaging


  1. Newly developed drugs conflicting with packaging material

Many innovative and new-age drugs are in conflict with the materials being used to packaging them. For example, certain drug combinations lead to flaking of glass packaging. Another example is when silicone oil is being used in prefilled syringes to lubricate the plunger in. The lubricant often disturbs the composition of the protein complexes, compromising the quality of the product. The need for newer pharmaceutical packaging materials is rising.


  1. Averting Forged Products

Forged drugs are on the rise due to so many products from a variety of brands flooding the market. Potential side effects these drugs might have on the customer cannot be underestimated. Pharmaceutical packaging is an important aspect of the prevention of this major problem. Research and innovation in this domain have led to an increase in scannable codes, hologram stickers, UV prints that ensure that official products stand apart from the fake ones.


  1. Adhering to Regulatory Standards

A pharmaceutical company may be selling the same product under different names in different markets. As the companies produce those drugs on a single Process line, the task of printing, labeling, and packaging becomes complicated.


  1. Awareness and Education of Medical Practitioners and Consumers

Consumer needs to be aware of the contents of the packaging and proper usage of the product. Wrong medicine or improper dosage can have a severe, sometimes fatal effect on consumer’s health. Proper direction of use needs to be printed on the packaging in order to ensure the safe and secure use of the medicine.


In line with all current standards in the Pharmaceutical industry, we are offering high-speed, state-of-the-art secondary packaging machinery for most pharmaceutical products: pills and tablet blisters, vials, ampoules, syringes, stick packs, and sachets, etc. Tishma Technologies’ packaging equipment is custom made according to your specific needs offering precision, superior product handling, speed, and efficiency. Each cartoning and case packing machine is available with various printing and labeling add-ons which are pretty crucial in the pharma industry due to recent track-and-trace laws and demands for serialization.





Trends and Impressions from Pack Expo 2019

Pack Expo 2019 has ended, and it is about time we wrap up our impressions. We got the chance to showcase our latest achievements in the field of packaging machinery, and we also got familiar with the latest industry trends!

The packaging industry is evolving, new technologies emerge, and these are the most exciting trends we noticed.


Industry 4.0 is the next big thing

Industry 4.0 refers to the Internet of Things, block chain, artificial intelligence, and smart manufacturing. Last year it all seemed like just an idea, but today it is a reality. We believe that this trend of obtaining and utilizing data to improve processes will be on the constant rise, thanks to the continued development of sensor technology.


Robotic automation is the future

Each manufacturer dreams of an efficient, cost-effective, and accurate production line. Robotics automation is making this possible. Tishma Technologies regularly utilizes robots for case erecting, case loading, product collating, bundling, palletizing and depalletizing. Modern sensor systems allow for the expanded use of robotics for various applications, from safety solutions for collaborative robots to vision-based robot guidance systems.



Future-Proofing automatic print inspection

One more significant trend was improving quality control and print inspection for packaging labels. Packaging types are becoming increasingly complex, and the frequency of artwork changes and promotional offers is rising. Manufacturers are facing a challenge: reducing or eliminating any errors in the coding and packaging of products. Reducing errors is especially important in industries where these kinds of mistakes can cause a risk to consumer health. Tishma Technology will continue to respond to these kinds of challenges with our integrated code printing, serialization, labeling, and inspection solutions!


Our exhibits

This year at Pack Expo you got to chance to see FOUR of our latest packaging solutions built and designed to increase your efficiency: TT-50 Vertical Cartoner, TT-1200 Top Load Case Packer, TT-1300 Side-Load Case Packer, and ROO-100 Pre-Made Pouch Fill & Seal Machine. Watch the video below, and take a look at the small part of the Pack Expo atmosphere and learn more about our cartoning, case packing, and pouch filling solutions!


Our Latest Project: TT-60TG Tray Packer for Home Care Product Blisters

Shelf ready packaging can provide numerous advantages for product manufacturers and for product distributors, which is why the demand for shelf-ready packaging solutions continues to rise.

Recently, we had the chance to design and build a shelf-ready packaging machine for the product we are all familiar with: Glade Air Freshener plug-ins that are primarily packed in blister packs.

Our task was to design and build a tray packer that will respond to all packaging needs the client specified.

The packaging solution we built can form and load 35trays per minute and it responds to all packaging challenges our client is facing. In the following lines, we will go through the machine’s features and explain how each of these features is useful when it comes to tray packaging.



Accommodating Two Tray and Blister Sizes

One of our client’s requirements was a flexible packaging solution that can handle two tray and blister sizes with a quick changeover, thus eliminating costly downtime. We managed to respond to this request by building a TT-60TG Tray Packer that features a user-friendly interface and allows quick and easy changeover. In order to facilitate easy set-up, changeover adjustments are performed by servo motors.  The TISHMA calibrated scale reference helps to ensure quick and accurate change-over procedures and to eliminate trial and error techniques.


Reliable Blister Delivery with the 4-1 Lane Merge Conveyor

Blisters are received in a single lane, lying flat on a conveyor with the bottom side leading. A Servo Driven Race Track Collation System introduces blisters into race track pockets and re-orients them into the upright position. Groups of five or six blisters are placed into the formed trays.


Tray Forming and Filling

Flat blank trays are stored in two vertical carton magazines. A plunger style forming system is used to form the blank trays. Tray flaps are closed using a series of stationary and mechanical plows. Once in position, a Nordson Hot Melt glue system applies glue and the trays are sealed. The groups of five or six blisters are placed into the formed trays by the pick-and-place system.



Sensor Systems

TT-60TG Tray Packer features two sensor systems, one located at the tray forming station, and the other located at the tray filling station. The first sensor system is in charge of open flap detection and rejection, while the other group of sensors detects the correct amount of blisters in a tray or rejects the tray.


Safety Features

The TT-60TG Tray Packer is compliant with Cat-3 safety standards.

The machine is guarded by hinged door safety covers of polycarbonate panels on stainless steel frames secured by spring-loaded latches.  These full-length guards allow for convenient visual inspection by both operators and maintenance engineers. An Audible start-up signal indicates the beginning of operations.

The Machine also features two E-stop buttons that can immediately stop the machine and remove power from the main control in the case of an emergency.


Instead of Conclusion

With the rising environmental issues, it is important to note that good shelf-ready packaging can generate savings not only in dollars but in carbon as well. More products per pallet can be dispatched, which leads to fewer pallet movements. Easy transport leads to fewer delivery vehicles on the road. Easy stacking means less warehousing for empty packs and goods waiting to be dispatched. Since there are no extra collation packs inside shelf-ready trays, shelf placement requires less time and energy.

Our client recognized the advantages of shelf-ready packaging and decided to invest in a reliable tray packaging system.

Acknowledging his specific needs is what being a good packaging machine manufacturer is all about. Challenges help us grow.

So, if you are in search of a tray packaging solution, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Nortech Packaging and Tishma Technologies are coming back to Las Vegas

We are continuing our tradition of showcasing our latest accomplishments in the field of packaging equipment on one of the largest events in the packaging industry – Pack Expo. Pack Expo will take place from 23rd to 25th of September in Las Vegas Convention Center, and Tishma Technologies and Nortech Packaging will be there, featuring their most wanted packaging solutions.


These packaging machines are fully customizable, and they can be adapted to each client’s specific packaging needs. This year, you will get to chance to see FOUR of our latest packaging solutions built and designed to increase your efficiency!



Tishma Technologies’ cartoners are well known for their robust simplicity, user-friendliness, and compact footprint. This year you will get a chance to see one of our most compact vertical cartoners in action. The TT-50 Vertical cartoner can reach speeds up to 140 CPM, and it is perfect for continuous motion applications. The TT-50 Vertical Cartoning Machine is available with automatic bottle loading and count weigh scale interface. Carton pockets assure positive carton setup and carton squareness.

TT-50 features 36+’’ powered magazine with rotary carton feeder. It can handle tuck, glue, header, gable, flip-top and hex style carton styles. Carton loading is manual but automatic bottle loading or count/weigh scale interface are also an option. Manual models of TT-50 are available in 3 different lengths, so you can choose according to your floor space. Built from welded tubular stainless steel with hinged cover panels and safety electrical interlocks, TT-50 is small yet powerful cartoner, made according to highest standards.

Beside the TT-50, Tishma will also be presenting one of its most compact case packers; the TT-1200. This small case packer features flexible speeds, multiple pack orientations; low case loading height and it can reach speeds up to 16 cases per minute. Its compact overall footprint makes it an ideal solution for new and small businesses that want to automate their case packing process without sacrificing large amounts of floor space.


Another piece of packaging equipment you will get to see at Pack Expo is our TT-1300S side-load case packer which provides flexible collation systems and high-speed product handling. Models are available with pre-stacking case conveyors, tape and glue closing, user-friendly HMI operator interface and small overall footprints. TT-1300S case packer can feature manual, robotic or collation system case loading.


Last, but not the least, this year in Chicago you will get a chance to see the most popular innovation by Nortech Packaging: the ROO-100 Premade Pouch Fill and Seal machine. The ROO-100 decreases downtime and increases efficiency, but most importantly; it is very competitively priced and it utilizes a minimum of floor space. Custom recipe presets allow for fast 30-second push-button changeovers so you can handle a wide range of pouches and products with a single machine!


ROO-100 Pack Expo 2019


So, whether you are a big company representative or an aspiring entrepreneur, we look forward to meeting you and helping you to increase your efficiency! Visit us on booth #US7242 and let’s get the automation started!



Compact Portable Vertical Cartoner

For Hand Load Or Automatic Applications

The 50 series of top load cartoners feature compactness, portability, simple operation and quick changeover. The TT-50 Vertical Cartoning Machine is available with automatic bottle loading and count weigh scale interface.

TT-50 Compact Portable Vertical Cartoner Las Vegas 2019

Automatic Top Load Case Packer

For Casing Of Pouches, Boxes, Cans, And Bags

The TT-1200 is an ideal piece of case packing equipment for big players and new or small businesses that want to improve case packing automation in their production facility without compromising valuable floor space.

Automatic Side-Load Case Packer

Perfect Shipping and Stacking Solution

The TT-1300 Case Packing Machine provides flexible collation systems and high speed product handling.

Automatic Pre-made Pouch Fill & Seal Machine

One Touch Changeovers, A Compact Overall Footprint, And Decreased Downtime

The ROO-100 Pre-made pouch fill & seal machine can pack almost anything into a stand up doypack pouch. This automatic pouch packaging machine can handle a wide range of pre-made flexible bag sizes and it is available with all standard infeeds and filling systems.

ROO - 100 Pre-made Pouch Fill and Seal Machine Tishma Technology