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GLOBAL COLLABORATIONS SHARED AT BRAUBEVIALE

BrauBeviale has proved the perfect platform for RETAL to share its latest developments, with the multi-lingual team enjoying useful conversations with customers and potential partners.

RETAL presented the company's unique High Grip closure which is now in mass production for a world leading beverage brand and various local brands. High Grip uses the new lighter 1881 PCO standard, saving about 1.3g per bottle, yet retains the convenient overall bottle height of the 1810 PCO because of the taller cap. The new closure is easy to open, not only because of the distinctive grooves, but also because it retains its rigidity due to the height. Co-packers can also continue to use existing stacking trays designed for 1810 specifications.  The High Grip eliminates the height difference of bottles and clocks in at a nominal weight of 2.45g – with production volume expected to reach 140 million units by the end of 2018.

Jean-Noel Boursiez, RETAL Closures Sales Director explained, “We worked closely with the market-leader bottle filling company to create a functional solution that delivers high market acceptance thanks to its consumer-friendly attributes such as being easy to open and grip.”

RETAL also presented its latest container development for Danone. RETAL created a new 160ml PET thermostatic jar that is crucial to the marketing strategy of this dairy giant's new yoghurt product – with RETAL's 250ml version already winning the Danone 'Best Innovative Partner' supplier award in Moscow in 2016.

Beverage packaging expert, RETAL Group R&D Anton Sugoniaev said, “We work with Danone across all our factories in Russia, providing them with preforms and closures; we are their largest supplier, so it’s a very important customer for us and an important relationship for us both. Our packaging solution is for a heritage yoghurt product that is a true embodiment of Russian family traditions, so we were excited for the challenge to work together on this important innovation.”

Congratulations on a successful BrauBeviale from everyone at RETAL.

COME SEE US AT ALL4PACK

Global packaging solutions company RETAL will be at Hall 7 Stand 7E-184 at All4Pack, presenting its complete range of PET preforms, closures, containers and films, including its market-leading multilayer technology.

RETAL's multilingual team is looking forward to meeting customers and industry experts to discuss the ever-changing trends and the all-important demands of consumers, including the need for more sustainable solutions.

Protect with multilayer

Emilie Chassagnard-Perreau, Commercial Manager at RETAL France, says, “one example where we have been meeting consumer demands and leading is in the multilayer preforms market across our active European markets since 2003. We have considerable experience in what is a relatively new technology. Multilayer is the technology to protect; protect the product and the environment. The objective is to compete with the performance of glass bottles while keeping the advantages of plastic: lighter weight and reduced carbon footprint.”

RETAL understands that the beverage industry is in an exciting yet challenging phase, with the environmental concerns of brands and consumers needing to be balanced with the performance and practicalities of packaging. Its cost-effective multilayer preforms excel across all categories, with all RETAL solutions carefully considered for market appeal.

Chassagnard-Perreau concludes, “We offer a broad range of complete solutions that allow us to develop, create and supply packaging that meet the strict demands of our global food and beverage brand customers. We look forward to sharing our offer at All4Pack.”

Meet RETAL experts at All4Pack Hall 7 Stand 7E-184.

RETAL BALKAN GENERAL MANAGER WINS BUSINESS AWARD

RETAL is delighted to announce that our General Manager Rosen Ruschev has won a prestigious Bulgarian Business Initiative award.

Ruschev is General Manager of RETAL Balkan, based in Sliven, Bulgaria, where the announcement of the Dobri Zhelyazkov Prize for Business Initiative 2018 was made, with the presentation ceremony held on October 25th, 2018.

Named after the renowned first Bulgarian factory owner, Sliven-born industrialist Dobri Zhelyazkov, the award celebrates 'economic initiative' and was announced by the Municipality of Sliven.

Rosen Ruschev is proud of this award, noting that it was gained thanks to the hard work and commitment of his team. Ruschev says, “This award represents a seal of approval for our concientous approach to innovation across our RETAL activities. For me, it also shows that we have strong teamwork and reliable efficiency, as the award celebrates initiative, which is imperative for our continued success.”

RETAL Balkan is a leading player in the Balkan region, producing standard and customized preforms and closures for local, national and multinational customers across the food and beverage sector.

RETAL's President Anatoly Martynov,  on behalf of the Board of Directors, congratulated the General Manager and his team on winning this recognised award.

100% RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY FOR RETAL PRODUCTION IN USA

Global packaging solutions provider RETAL is taking its  sustainability ambitions one step further by committing to purchasing even more renewable energy, helping its global customers to meet their ambitious GHG (Green House Gas) reduction targets. 

RETAL PA in the US is the latest RETAL factory to join its carbon footprint reduction activities, with general manager Admir Dobraca saying it has reached an agreement with power supplier IGS Energy to provide RETAL PA with 100% renewable electricity.  

IGS Energy presented RETAL PA with a certificate to confirm that all the energy supplied to RETAL PA is guaranteed to come from renewable sources.  

RETAL's President Anatoly Martynov is encouraging the company's sustainability push to continuously reduce its carbon footprint by taking real steps to protect the environment.

Martynov explains, “RETAL has already been investing in more environmentally friendly energy solutions; our two Lithuanian facilities – which supply packaging solutions to customers across Europe and beyond -  have been buying 100% renewable energy since 2016, bringing their GHG emissions very close to zero. Globally 20% of RETAL’s electricity consumption will now come from renewable sources, and RETAL is committed to increasing its purchasing of renewable energy in the future.”

RETAL's sustainability director Emmanuel Duffaut is vocal in the commercial advantages of renewable energy, “Most of our main customers have pledged to fight climate change by reducing their products’ carbon footprint. Packaging represents, on average, 20%-40% of the carbon footprint of our customers' products and so they expect us to help them reach their goals by reducing our own products’ carbon footprint. Purchasing renewable electricity produced from wind, hydraulic, solar and biomass sources allows us to achieve this. Plus, by increasing the demand of renewable energy, we will contribute to the transition to a low carbon economy. By aligning both our and our customers' CSR goals, we can all do the right thing.”

METALLIZED APET FILMS HELP CLOSE LOOP

Confirmed investment will allow RETAL to use up to 100% recycled material starting mid 2019, decreasing waste and increasing overall production efficiency at its APET film factory in Lithuania. The new line in Lithuania will add a further 40% capacity to the global packaging company's extensive APET film capability to ensure a high-quality product and excellent consistent service for its customers throughout Europe and beyond. 

With the growing market demand environmentally-friendly packaging, RETAL Baltic's APET film is aligned with the trend. Viktorija Jureviciute, General Manager RETAL Baltic, says, “APET film can create a closed loop for raw materials. We can take up to 100% secondary material to produce our films, so that's a lot of industrial and post industrial waste being utilized in a sustainable and effective manner. APET films from RETAL bring environmental and economical value for our customers.” 

Post consumer- and post industrial waste is taken from the market, alongside its own PET waste, to create the rPET used in its films, bringing RETAL Baltic as close as possible to the closed loop strategy it aims to achieve.  

Jureviciute says, “We also support our customers' own closed loop; we take back waste material to recycle, and not just our own waste. Every year we use less energy and recycle more. We work together with our customers to deliver better value – not just a better price - throughout the production process.” 

Total Film 

RETAL's film business has been consistently growing as its customers' demand has increased. Jureviciute notes, “We have many long-standing customer relationships; our investment and development runs alongside their changing needs. We have a significant share of the thermoforming and FFS (Form, Fill, Seal) markets in Europe, not just for monolayer PET but also with multilayer solutions, which is growing considerably.” 

“In the growing niche market of metallized films, we are also developing a strong reputation as preferred supplier,” adds Jureviciute. “They're particularly popular in confectionery packaging – we have ten different shades of gold metallized film for chocolate packaging! We supply the leading chocolate brands.” 

RETAL has been producing high quality films for over a decade, including a range of BOPET and LDPE heat shrink films, made in its factories outside of Lithuania, to meet the exacting demands of its customers.

SMART FORECASTING AWARDED BY GLOBAL BEER CUSTOMER

RETAL has been awarded by a global beverage giant for its smart forecasting and responsiveness as a trusted supplier.

In August RETAL Russia was given the coveted award to acknowledge the positive contribution in supporting its world-leading customer's reliable packaging production throughout fluctuating seasonal demands.

RETAL Russia key account director Alexander Kalinin says, “We are delighted to receive this award. It celebrates the hard work of our team, our commitment to working together with our customers and getting the best mutual outcome for our efforts.”

The well-deserved award celebrates the continually-improving and developing cooperation between RETAL and its global partners. Kalinin explains, “We put forward a way of working in 2017 that reflected the year's focus of our valued customer and utilized our particular skills in guaranteeing security and quality of supply. By implementing a regularly-updated forecast that integrated any stock changes or manufacturing changes required, we can ensure that our supply chain is secure, reliable and flexible.”

Kalinin explained how strong market demand impacted on the supply chain for this particular beverage brand in Russia during summer 2018, with the fruitful cooperation of producer and supplier proving positive. “Beer sales increased a lot. RETAL was constantly in touch with our customer and made all shipments in time in accordance with growing demands. By keeping ahead of the curve, we were able to guarantee that they could maximize the potential of these trends. Deeply understanding our customer's business is at the heart of this award.”

RETAL INVESTS €4M IN KLAIPEDA EXPANSION

Global packaging manufacturer RETAL will invest a further €4 million in its Lithuanian operations, this time for a new 4000 square metre warehouse and administration building for a state of the art laboratory in the Klaipeda Free Economic Zone (FEZ).

To meet the growing product demand from its customers throughout Europe and beyond, RETAL (Baltic) recently signed the contract with Klaipeda FEZ to expand its existing premises.  RETAL Baltic is already located in the Zone, manufacturing APET film that is used for food and other products, as well as HDPE bottle closures (caps), used for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles.

RETAL Baltic, a part of Retal Industries Ltd, has been growing by 20% year on year over the last five years, with 2018 set to post a record turnover of €44 million.

In 2017 RETAL Baltic produced and sold 12,000 tons of APET film and 2.5 billion caps to customers throughout the EU as well as in Africa.

With nearly 400 people working in Klaipeda at RETAL Baltic and the NEO Group, and over 200 people in Lentvaris and Vilnius, about 600 people work for RETAL companies in Lithuania.

The headquarters of Retal Industries is located in Limassol, Cyprus.

Employing more than 2,800 people in 23 production sites in 12 countries, RETAL delivers high-quality products certified by ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000 to customers in 60 countries.

Anatoly Martynov, the owner of Retal Industries, speaks from over 25 years' experience in the industry. Martynov explains: "For over 10 years, we have continuously invested funds, know-how and experience in developing our dynamic enterprises in Lithuania. Lithuania is a strategically important region for RETAL in Europe. We plan to continue to grow our business and invest for the future to ensure stable market positions, partnership relations with customers and attract the cooperation with leading industry experts.”

Viktorija Jureviciute, General Manager of RETAL Baltic, says, "Klaipeda FEZ is an excellent location for RETAL for a number of reasons: the stability of Lithuania makes it favorable for investment; the Free Economic Zone aids business development; we have good relations with local governmental authorities; and we achieve superior results through the quality of our people.

RETAL FILMS AT FACHPACK 2018

RETAL is proud to present our proven portfolio of films at this year’s FachPack, from 25-27 September at Nuremberg Exhibition Centre, Germany.  

Viktorija Jureviciute, RETAL Baltic General Manager, “RETAL is one of the strongest producers of metallized APET films in the European market and we are actively growing our already solid portfolio of PET and PET/PE films. We will be presenting a number of designs and samples at our stand and welcome the chance to meet customers.   

FachPack is considered the packaging producers’ trade exhibition, with 2018 the first year that RETAL has its own stand, having attended for over ten years. Offering ‘an outstanding spectrum of products for packaging, packing machines and packaging processes...’, FachPack is well-suited to RETAL and its customers.  

Jureviciute adds, “As a dedicated European packaging show, FachPack is the ideal place for us to present our packaging film solutions to a targeted audience. RETAL is already well known in the film market - we have been producing PET film for over ten years.”  

With German-speaking countries represented, as well as visitors from neighbouring countries including France, Belgium and the Netherlands, RETAL's multilingual sales team will be on hand to discuss the company’s range of reliable PET and PET/PE films at this event.  

RETAL will be delighted to welcome visitors to Stand 138, Hall 9, with free tickets available for our customers who register at www.fachpack.de/voucher using the code B394260. 

RETAL LAUNCHES HOTFILL GAME-CHANGER AT NPE

At NPE2018: The Plastics Show, RETAL launches hotfill packaging solution that brings producers huge cost savings. 

Offering substantial ecological advantages, RETAL's hotfill solution delivers reduced weight and allows for lower shipping costs with designs that meet the requirements of top global brands and look fantastic.  

Vlad Gaskarov, RETAL R&D Specialist, says, “We have created a hotfill packaging solution that makes the current design obsolete. It’s a true disruptor in the sector and we’re excited to launch it at this year’s NPE. Not only is it substantially lighter than the current packaging on the market, but it also allows producers to blow the bottles in their own facilities. Brands no longer need to buy empty plastic bottles and have them shipped hundreds of miles. With the new RETAL hotfill  packaging solution, there’s no more shipping air - they blow their own bottles. That’s good for brands and good for the environment.” 

For the North American market RETAL has developed a single-serve design that shaves between 10 to15% off the current weight, with the maximum weight saving when combined with a RETAL neck - a true complete packaging solution. A full range of bottle sizes is planned - with all these valuable innovations IP free. Gaskarov adds, “We have optimized the panel design thanks to better material distribution and the use of an even wall thickness throughout the bottle. This fulfils the requirements of some of the world’s leading beverage brands, which are amongst the strictest in the market.” 

RETAL CONVERTS RPET FOR NESTLE

RETAL’s major investment in state-of-the-art equipment at its facility near Pittsburg has enabled this leading packaging manufacturer to deliver preforms to make the ‘glass-like look’ of PET using recycled PET - commonly known as rPET.

It is with pride that RETAL can confirm that its rPET preforms have been chosen by Nestle North America for its Pure Life Purified Water 700ml bottles.

Admir Dobraca, General Manager RETAL PA, said: “Every aspect of RETAL’s rPET converting is under strict control - that is how we can be sure that our preforms offer that glass-like look of PET but with the environmental advantages of using 100% recycled PET. We process using superior injection and drying equipment, making RETAL rPET preforms perfect for mineral water applications like Nestle Pure Life.”

Nestle Waters North America said in a statement, “We work with a number of strategic suppliers, including producers of food-grade, post-consumer recycled PET. We are expanding our roster of suppliers to purchase even more recycled plastic, which we plan to use in our other bottled water brands across the country.”

The confirmation that Nestle Pure Life Purified Water 700ml bottles are made from RETAL rPET preforms is a great illustration of RETAL’s ongoing dedication to developing and delivering sustainable packaging solutions and highlights the flexibility in its production processes as an added value to customers.