For the past three years, we have been holding our annual event, which we share with our customers. This year we presented our Circular Economy Project at the III APS’ Open Days 2023.

We invite you to find out how it was!

We will talk about...

  1. APS’ Circular Economy Project: What is it about?
  2. Plasma Fluorinated Barrier Packaging: Key in the APS Circular Economy Project
  3. Plastic Packaging for Chemicals: Applications and Benefits
  4. Standards and regulations that are the basis of the APS Circular Economy Project


APS’ Circular Economy Project: What is it about?

During the III APS 2023 Open Days held in October, different presentations were made by leading professionals that support a Circular Economy Project in the world of plastic packaging.

This year, under the slogan INNOVATING TO BE SUSTAINABLE, we showed our APS’ Circular Economy Project that combines the areas of Innovation and Sustainability for the design and manufacture of our sustainable plastic packaging for the chemical products, often classified as "hazardous".

innovation and sustainability

Generally speaking, the concept of circular economy refers to the combination of Economy and Environment in order to optimise the use of resources and minimise the generation of waste. Unlike the traditional linear economic model based on extraction, manufacture, use and disposal, this new way of conceiving the economy is based on promoting the reuse, repair, recycling and renewal of products and materials.

In this way, it seeks to transform the way goods and services are produced and consumed, promoting a sustainable and environmentally conscious approach, reducing pressure on ecosystems, and mitigating negative impacts. But it can also generate economic opportunities and promote innovation in product and process design.


Solution Design

Many companies wonder how to apply the foundations of the circular economy to the manufacture of plastic packaging, a product that, at first glance, may seem insignificant and far from being complex.

As María Coronado, Head of Communication and Marketing at Alcion Packaging Solutions, explained in her presentation of the Open Days, from our point of view it implies a holistic approach that covers from design to the end of its life cycle.

For his part, José Antonio Lapuente, Head of Product Development at APS, showed the different tools that allow us to improve the design of packaging, shortening deadlines and saving resources.  Some of them are:

From the outset, the design must promote the circularity of plastic packaging, turning it into a practical, qualitative, aesthetic element that helps logistics and always complies with current legislation.



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In addition, it must be able to propose a reduction in the carbon footprint and be aligned with environmental circularity, that is: reducing weight but achieving more robustness, increasing the possibilities of recyclability, reducing manufacturing costs, etc. But, above all, it must allow the correct industrialization, that is, to be able to make it a reality, and provide more and more improvements in its characteristics and mechanical properties as well as in its behavior against the product it will contain.


Innovation and sustainability in APS

José Fernández, CEO of Alcion Packaging Solutions, made it very clear in his presentation that innovation and sustainability in APS are central to sustaining an efficient and possible circular economy project.

At Alcion Packaging Solution, we work hard to ensure sustainable and innovative packaging that is safely adapted to the products it contains. Safety is the basis on which all new developments revolve, and we do so by complying with new regulations, certifications and closely following national and international legislation.


Plasma Fluorinated Barrier Packaging: Key in the APS Circular Economy Project

The transformation of plastic, thanks to technology and processes that are more respectful of the environment, has continued to evolve, allowing the simplification of packaging and offering new alternatives.

This was explained to us by Steve Steenhoudt, Sales Engineer at Delta Engineering, emphasizing that plasma fluorination today makes it possible to provide barrier properties to a single-material plastic container (HDPE). In this way, the packaging can be used to pack chemicals in a safe and controlled way.

The barrier generated in plastic packaging by this technology gives greater resistance to the packaging when it is in contact with hazardous or corrosive products, adapting to changes in temperature and environmental pressure and preventing the permeation of water vapor and oxygen. In addition, it makes the packaging remain 100% recyclable to protect the environment.


Advantages of barrier packaging

Barrier containers, made either by coextrusion, with several layers of different plastic materials, or by plasma fluorination, provide the necessary resistance for the packaging of aggressive products that could otherwise deteriorate and deform the packaging.

The big advantages are the ability to preserve and transport chemicals in the safest way. They ensure excellent protection that would be unfeasible with other containers that do not have such barrier layer.


Plastic Packaging for Chemicals: Applications and Benefits

During his presentation, Harald Kröger, Independent Consultant at CKS Plastics Consulting, explained that the use of plastic materials is mainly linked to chemical products of all kinds as they need a robust, lightweight packaging, with an optimal market price, recyclable and resistant.

The benefits of using plastic materials in this field are manifold:


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Project “Envase x Envase”: Waste Prevention and Minimization

José Guaita, President of Heura Gestión Ambiental, gave the keys of the Project “Envase x Envase”. A project for the recovery and recycling of rigid plastic packaging used in the professional agricultural sector that seeks to minimise waste.

The objective of the project is to achieve the first management system that shows that the collected packaging is recycled, so that the material obtained from these collected bottles and jerrycans is used again to make new containers that are intended to pack again fertilizer products, agronutrients, etc.

It is a project to recover rigid plastic containers so that they can have a second life thanks to their efficient recycling, returning to the system of use to form a sustainability chain.


Standards and regulations that are the basis of the APS Circular Economy Project

The APS Circular Economy Project is based on the requirements of current standards and regulations that guarantee efficient products and environmental care. In addition to continuing to update our UN certifications as we incorporate new technologies and/or processes into our production system.

Our goal is Sustainability based on Innovation, without, of course, leaving aside our competitiveness, as Roberto Bello, Commercial and Marketing Director at Alcion Packaging Solutions, explained. To this end, we work on the incorporation of recycled, post-industrial and post-consumer materials into our packaging manufactured with the different technologies that we have in our plant, attentive to the results and always taking care that the behavior is optimal to be able to contain the chemical products manufactured by our customers.

Through the gradual modernization of our production plant, we apply increasingly sustainable processes, using plastic materials whose results we test until we achieve the expected optimum, as it is important to bear in mind that each context and each type of packaging may require specific approaches.

All the attendants to our III Open Days could see these contributions at our facilities, where our engineers answered all the questions and doubts raised by our customers in a day that served to strengthen ties and show our degree of commitment to the sector and the environment.

Thank you to all those who attended our Open Days and to those who didn't, we look forward to seeing you in a new edition.

We take care of your products while we work taking care of the environment. Contact us!

We are facing new trends and paradigms of environmental protection in which sustainable plastic storage of chemicals plays an important role.

Discover the impact they have on the world of packaging and see the packaging solutions that we can offer you at Alcion Packaging Solutions.

We will talk about…

  1. Plastic storage of chemicals: Their importance and use
  2. Sustainability in the development of plastic packaging for chemicals
  3. Safety of plastic storage of chemical products: Key to your success
  4. Alcion Packaging Solutions: Innovation in sustainable plastic packaging


Plastic storage of chemicals: Their importance and use

Plastic packaging for chemical products plays a decisive role when protecting these types of products, which are more than often classified as "hazardous". Chemicals such as pesticides, agrochemicals, lubricants, solvents, corrosive products, and others, need special packaging to be stored, transported, and handled safely.

Safety of the product inside is strictly complied with as long as packaging design and manufacturing strategies take into account the own characteristics and possible reactions of the products to be packaged, their needs and the requirements of current regulations.

Today, plastic has become one of the most widely used raw materials, by far, to successfully preserve this type of chemicals, due to its versatility, resistance, density and rigidity, in short, to fulfill the bunker function (containing, protecting, conserving and transporting) that we have talked about on several occasions.


Characteristics of storage containers for chemicals

Plastic packaging for chemical products has certain characteristics that make it a safe alternative for transporting dangerous products.

We must not forget that handling certain chemical substances can become a risky activity that we must prevent. Today, many types of plastic serve as a safeguard against possible leaks or escapes of the chemical contained.



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In general, HDPE (high-density polyethylene) is mainly used for such purposes, since its properties and molecular density are able to withstand high temperatures and keep corrosive products. But barrier packaging can also be chosen as it protects the product inside the packaging. The main characteristic of these plastic containers is their resistance, combined with the lightness that facilitates their transformation to adapt to any element.

But, in addition, resistance is key in this type of packaging and this is ensured by national and international certifications that we must comply with when manufacturing our packaging.


Sustainability in the development of plastic packaging for chemicals

Over the years, the way plastic packaging is designed, manufactured and used for chemicals and countless other items that need plastic packaging to be transported properly has been transformed. Besides the way in which we try to make this packaging recyclable has also evolved along the latest years.

A few years ago, the European Union laid the groundwork for a new plastics economy,  which aims to ensure that all plastics packaging can be recycled or reused by 2030.

Thanks to new sustainable manufacturing practices and the use of appropriate technology, packaging companies can count on plastic packaging that is more environmentally friendly.

Today it is possible to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics, even in the case of chemical products, thanks to the work of multidisciplinary teams that have been gradually implementing new processes in the way such containers are conceived and produced.

At Alcion Packaging Solutions we push development to offer a wide range of solutions that cover any plastic packaging need, even in the most demanding sectors of the market: agrochemical, industrial and cosmetic.

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We  provide our sustainable proposal to  give the ideal solution to each company with a packaging adapted to each need, with all the guarantees of an approved product and our productive response capacity with tight production deadlines.

At APS, sustainability cuts vertically through all design and manufacturing processes because we are convinced that the world needs less plastic and more environmentally beneficial alternatives.


Importance of the circular economy

The circular economy seeks to transform the way goods and services are produced and consumed, promoting a more sustainable and environmentally conscious approach.

In this way, it seeks to reduce pressure on ecosystems and mitigate the negative impacts associated with the extraction of natural resources and the generation of waste.

But, in addition to this great relevance in terms of environmental care and ethical awareness about reducing the negative impact of economic and commercial practices and processes, the circular economy has other advantages.

It is capable of generating economic opportunities and promoting innovation in  the design of products and processes, optimizing and producing substantial savings in economic and time terms.



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Safety of plastic storage of chemical products: Key to your success

Many companies have decided to embrace sustainability in their plastic packaging to pack chemical products, although it is true that it is hardly known in depth what is behind such an insignificant item like plastic packaging and certain keys to successful decision-making are sometimes overlooked. Even though being involved in sustainability when talking about packaging is a possible and a necessary change, we have seen many doubts on how to approach it.

To apply the bases of the circular economy to the manufacture of plastic packaging requires a holistic approach that covers from design to the end of its life cycle.

If we take into account the fundamental principles of the circular economy, some concrete strategies could be considered:


Alcion Packaging Solutions: Innovation in sustainable plastic packaging

At Alcion Packaging Solutions we work Innovation according to UNE166002 standard to seek and achieve the sustainability of our plastic packaging for chemical products.

Without deviating from our objective of competitiveness, we are constantly promoting the modernization of our production plant, which has been constantly evolving since its creation  in 1945, implementing sustainable processes and using materials adapted to each context and type of packaging.

Through a vision committed to the planet, making use of disruptive technologies, we apply the basic principles of the circular economy and are working in favor of strategies to produce plastic packaging for a sector that must ensure its transport in optimal conditions.

We invite you to learn about the sustainable plastic packaging alternatives  for chemical products that we design and produce.

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