Huhtamaki launches Push Tab blister lid

It is a sustainable alternative to traditional blister packaging

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Huhtamaki has launched Push Tab blister lid to provide the healthcare packaging industry with a more sustainable alternative to traditional blister packaging Photo: Huhtamaki
Huhtamaki has launched Push Tab blister lid to provide the healthcare packaging industry with a more sustainable alternative to traditional blister packaging Photo: Huhtamaki

Huhtamaki, a key global provider of sustainable packaging solutions, announced a first-to-market sustainable innovation for the global pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Huhtamaki’s Push Tab blister lid is mono-material PET and free from aluminum. It is designed to meet the stringent safety requirements of highly regulated pharmaceutical and healthcare packaging. In addition, it provides the industry with a more sustainable alternative to traditional push-through blister packaging. 

This game-changing innovation will help deliver sustainable packaging solutions for the growing global healthcare industry while maintaining functionality and efficiency, as the Push Tab blister lid runs on existing blister packaging lines without compromising speed.

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The Huhtamaki Push Tab blister lid is made of mono-material PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which significantly improves the recyclability of the packaging, whilst remaining compatible with existing high-performance blister packaging lines, without needing modifications or extra investment. Huhtamaki and its partner,  Klöckner Pentaplast, bring this first-to-market innovation to help the global healthcare and pharmaceutical sector meet its sustainability targets and achieve market growth at the same time. In 2021, European packaging sales in the healthcare category had an estimated value of Euro 1.4 billion, of which approximately 50% were in blister packaging.

Marco Hilty, President, Flexible Packaging at Huhtamaki Photo: Huhtamaki
Marco Hilty, President, Flexible Packaging at Huhtamaki      Photo: Huhtamaki

“We are proud to partner with Klöckner Pentaplast to bring Push Tab blister lid to market and continue to shape the sustainable future of pharmaceutical and flexible packaging. This innovation is designed as part of our blueloop platform, enabling us to speed up innovation and improve circularity in high-performance flexible packaging solutions. We are working hard to turn all our products into mono-material, fully recyclable structures. In addition, we are collaborating with partners across the value chain to deliver innovation that helps ensure that ambitious sustainability targets around the globe can be met,” says Marco Hilty, President of Flexible Packaging at the company. 

Tobias Fackler, senior manager of the Healthcare Business Unit at Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging
Tobias Fackler, senior manager of the Healthcare Business Unit at Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging      Photo: Huhtamaki

“The pharmaceutical industry is proactively searching for sustainable packaging solutions that enable recyclability. Since blister packaging traditionally contains multiple materials, recycling them in a single recycling stream is difficult. Push Tab blister lid solves this problem because it is made of mono PET. Push Tab runs on existing blister packaging lines and is a plug-and-play solution, which means no additional investment is needed for our customers. This newly developed unique technology makes PET-based lid film pushable and secures easy access to the tablet for the consumer,” says Tobias Fackler, senior manager of the Healthcare Business Unit at the company’s Flexible Packaging. 

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