Michele Guala, CEO
Walk into any retail store today, and you’ll be greeted with the sight of myriads of products that come with the most attractive packaging ever designed. A huge variety of package types dot today’s ever-evolving industrial packaging landscape, and needless to say, companies as well as individuals seeking packaging solutions for their goods are spoilt for choices. While modern plastic-based packaging technologies have proved a blessing for safe storage, transportation, and consumption of packaged goods, the rising concern regarding their environmental impact simply cannot be ignored. As plastic becomes the single biggest contributor to enlarging the already massive carbon footprint that humans have gathered over the years, sustainable recyclability is the need of the hour. Consequently, the burgeoning industrial packaging industry that grows in tandem with the rising demand for consumer goods requires an innovative approach to packaging solutions that can rarely do away with plastic.
Bringing innovation to industrial packaging is Gualapack S.p.A., a world leader in the pre-made, spouted, stand-up pouch segment for food and non-food applications. The Italian packaging behemoth has built its market leadership over the years through cutting-edge innovation that blends utility with sustainability. Gualapack has developed a unique set of technologies for a wide range of packaging solutions that include flexible packaging and injection moulding, as well as the design and manufacture of filling lines. Gualapack offers turnkey technological packaging and stand-alone solutions such as laminates, caps, spouts, and filling machines. Giving a new spin to pouches and caps, Gualapack has grown by leaps and bounds over the years owing to its robust innovation skills.
With a plethora of novel packaging solutions, Gualapack’s products come with fully recyclable materials and parts that can be repurposed for diverse and endless usability. With an aim to reduce CO2 emissions and the environmental impact of packaging materials, Gualapack designs safe, tamper-proof, easy- to-recycle packaging that contributes to the circular economy of flexible packaging. Equipped with aluminum-free and compostable mono-material, multilayer, recyclable laminates and pouches, and bio-based collectible caps that can be reused as building blocks, spinning tops and playing dice, Gualapack is moving the needle on the sustainable packaging scene worldwide.
Moving the Needle on Sustainable Packaging of Tomorrow
As evidenced by its wide-ranging product portfolio, Gualapack is well set on the path to being the one-stop solution for all types of flexible packaging needs of today and tomorrow
In the food section, Gualapack offers high-quality, high-barrier pouches and laminates made for hot-fill, cold-fill and retortable uses. These come with shaped and transparent pouches and patented anti-choking caps and are used in packaging baby food, fruit purée, snacks, dairy, beverages, sauces, dressings, coffee, powders, soluble, ready meals and pet food. In the non-food section comprising pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, homecare and industrials, Gualapack offers high-performance laminates for sachets, stick packs, tubes, bag-on-valves, wet wipes, stand-up pouches and sachets, as well as refill pouches for personal care.
Gualapack’s wide range of laminates combines high performance with flexibility, offering film formulation and extrusion, rotogravure, flexo-printing and advanced lamination. Its bio-based, mixed polyolefins-made laminated pouches come with both hermetic sealing and zip closure with easy opening. Similar features permeate other laminates packaging products from Gualapack, like overwrapping and soft packs with high mechanical resistance; microwavable and compostable standard and coffee lids; and sachets and stick packs. Decorated tube laminates with an ultra-gloss finish and bounce-back effect come next on the list, made out of Gualapack’s new line of mono-material laminates InnowebMONOTM and InnowebBIO. Other laminate products include EasySnap packaging for easy tearing; primary and secondary bags and disposables with high hygienic standards; and bag-on-valve packaging with high mechanical and chemical resistance.
Gualapack’s 30 years of expertise in pre-made pouches is reflected in CheerpackTM, which is a safe and hygienic packaging solution that is easy to transport and store. CheerpackTM, Gualapack’s range of a unique and innovative form of flexible packaging, has led to the development of two categories in its product line: Cheerpack CP and Cheerpack DP (Spouted Stand-Up Pouch), both of which are ideal for any market need, and are designed for recyclability.
In the food section, Gualapack offers high-quality, highbarrier pouches and laminates made for hot-fill, cold-fill and retortable uses
Possessing both mono-material PP and PE layers, Gualapack’s compostable, paper-based and bio-based pouches come with both aluminum-free and aluminum-based packaging. The pouch product range consists of spout pouches, shaped pouches, transparent pouches, stand-up pouches, no-spill pouches and pep-up pouches. These pouches are microwavable, suitable for both hot and cold-fills, have glow-in-the-dark features, and can be recycled as pastry bags.
Innovation in caps and spouts is a hallmark of Gualapack’s eye for detail and product safety. Apart from standard caps, Gualapack’s world-class anti-choking BabyCap® sets a new benchmark in product innovation. With a 33 mm diameter, the baby-safe cap comes with holes that allow breathing in case of accidental ingestion, as does WavyCap, its evolved version. Further, keeping in mind the need for extra caution in baby food storage, Gualapack’s BabyCap+ ensures product integrity and hygiene through a novel tamper-evident solution that involves a red ring snapping out to indicate opened package. Gualapack’s Cereal Cap also comes with similar tamper-proof features.
As a unique approach to recyclability, Gualapack’s child-friendly caps are designed to be reused as collectible toys. BrickCap® allows the building of 3D building blocks, and spin caps can be played as spinning tops, thus giving a second life to used caps. Tethered Cap, which stays attached to the pouch spout thereby preventing littering, is Gualapack’s eco-friendly, sustainable cap solution that adheres to EU’s Single- Use Plastic Directive. Completing Gualapack’s list of caps is the Monopiece Cap, a cost-effective, easy-to-use cap with a breakable membrane that is designed for filling machines. Capping off the list is Gualapack’s range of spouts in both standard and customized colors. They fit the caps perfectly and undergo constant refinement for smooth welding into pouches. Additionally, Gualapack also offers personalized caps and spouts as per client requirements.
As evidenced by its wide-ranging product portfolio, Gualapack is well set on the path to being the one-stop solution for all types of flexible packaging needs of today and tomorrow. Drawing strength from technology crossovers and integrated technology solutions, Gualapack is committed to delivering sustainable packaging solutions across the globe.