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Made For Generations

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The Russell Family Cask is a Glengoyne Single Cask, a remarkable 36 Year Old whisky, personally selected by the 3 generations of Russells – Peter, Leonard and Tom, with secondary packaging produced by IPL Packaging in collaboration with Taxi Design and D8.

Following a Sunday lunch at Peter Russell’s house, Tom Russell produced several Glengoyne Single Cask samples for the family to try. The specific cask number 1549 stood out as being of absolute remarkable quality – the only cask three generations of Russell’s then unanimously chose to bottle in celebration of their working together in the business.

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And so, the extremely rare 36 Year Old Single Cask whisky was born, requiring a packaging solution that would continue a series of packaging solutions that actively promote reuse. “Previously produced by IPL, these were awarded a coveted ‘Green Packaging’ award, and symbolise Glengoyne’s commitment to excellent craftsmanship, along with the brand’s duty-of-care and sense of responsibility towards the environment - values with which we are proud to be associated!” says Este van der Merwe, Senior Designer at IPL Packaging. “The 36 Year Old was required to reflect the similarities of the previous packs, for brand continuity purposes and, of course, incorporate the all-important second use function,” explains Esté.

“The pack is therefore constructed of oak with a dark wood stained oak veneer and matte finish and features a die-cut, gold-coloured aluminium hour hand inlaid into the side of the box,” she explains. “Time, of course, plays a vital role in the distilling process and so this is reflected through a swivel-and-pin closure mechanism designed to resemble a clock’s minute hand.”

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“A branded aluminium plaque, complete with gold finish, is located on the door of the box. This is removable and able to be replaced with a separate, unbranded plaque, situated in a side pocket located on the inner door. To remove and secure the plaques a unique thumb screw (shaped like a watch crown) has been employed, which further emphasises the reference to time,” explains Esté.

“The recognisable Glengoyne goose feather pattern is, once again, subtly introduced through a textured emboss in the velvet fabric to further represent the rich and delightful brand heritage. Laser-engraved brand detailing also features on the top of the pack,” she says.

“Inside, the EVA bottle fitment is covered in more of the velvet fabric. A paper-label appliqué on the inner fitment tells of the Glengoyne brand ethos and story,” comments Esté. “The consumer has the ability to remove these inner fitments, engrave their own design on the blank front plaque provided, and then to reuse the pack as they see fit.”

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IPL Packaging is a global luxury packaging supplier with offices in the USA, Europe, Mexico, Asia and Africa. Approved manufacturing is available in several Asian countries, as well as sites in Eastern Europe. We create bespoke, tailored and exclusive packaging for any premium or luxury brand and lead the entire process, from conceptualisation and design to production and delivery.

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Pulp Fact not Fiction

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Traditionally associated with egg boxes and cup-holders, the emergence of molded pulp as a suitable medium for luxury packaging can be attributed to improved molding technologies and processes, as well as the increased need for high-end, sustainable packaging.

“Nowadays, with the technological improvements of molded fibre and pulp manufacturing, pulp can be viewed as a strong, durable and highly customisable solution able to be adapted to a variety of sophisticated packaging formats,” says Skye King, Senior Industrial Designer at IPL Packaging.

“Constructed from renewable and biodegradable resources such as recycled paper and cardboard, pulp is economical, has excellent cushioning properties, remains unaffected by extreme temperatures and can be moisture-resistant,” she says. “With recent advancements in technology we also now have a multitude of options when it comes to colour, texture and finish.”

“Thermoforming ‘wet press’ technology, for example, offers a refined ‘plastic smooth’ type finish – a style well-suited to secondary packaging for the likes of cosmetics, confectionery and fragrances, amongst others. It provides strength and rigidity.”

“With these benefits in mind we embarked on an NPD project that explored various packaging solutions, utilising pulp as a primary medium and primarily looking to test various design and printing options.”

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“For several chocolate and confectionery options we're continuing to test foiling details, believing that foiling is particularly effective on monochromatic packaging – lending a metallic, sophisticated feel to the overall aesthetic.”

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“For yet other packaging options we continue to test options such as spot UV varnish, juxtapositioned with bright, vivid colours. Whilst for other solutions, such as the pen packaging design (pictured below), we're able now able to bring colour through to a product with a curved, or molded shape rather than simply a flat surface,” says King.

“We also utliising embossing and deboss processes in order to determine how to maximise and make our packaging designs 'pop' in every way.“

Pen Packaging Design (Open)“Ultimately, our investigations have, and continue to provide great insight into pulp’s versatility,” she says. “Molded pulp is a superbly formable material providing endless design possibilities."

“Because molded pulp is made by blending water with recycled paper or natural fibres, the different stages of pressing and drying can create different (rougher or smoother) finishes. Molded pulp can be colour-matched to any Pantone shade, ensuring your packaging aligns perfectly with your branding and product.”

“What’s more, we are able to add a variety of embellishments and design finishes to your molded pulp product, including emboss/deboss and various colour and shape options” explains King. “The final finish can range from natural – unbleached grey or brown – through to a thermo-pressed coating that looks and feels smooth and luxurious. The options and opportunities are infinite.”

IPL Packaging is a global luxury packaging supplier with offices in the USA, Europe, Mexico, Asia and Africa. Approved manufacturing is available in several Asian countries, as well as sites in Eastern Europe. We create bespoke, tailored and exclusive packaging for any premium or luxury brand and lead the entire process, from conceptualisation and design to production and delivery.

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Popping the Cork on Planet-Friendly Packaging

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In developing and designing new packaging solutions geared to help companies take meaningful action towards product sustainability, the NPD team at IPL Packaging created an eco-friendly and sustainable champagne pack using BioFoam as the chief substrate.

“BioFoam, or stash injection moulded paper foam, is a biopolymer based on industrial starch derived from potatoes or sugar cane and/or bamboo cellulose fibres, produced via an injection molding process,” says LB Odendaal, Head of Design at IPL Packaging.  “By making use of an infinite natural resource, the key features of this packaging material are that it is compostable, paperstream recyclable and 100% biodegradable.”

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“As a patented product, BioFoam is the first foam to have an organic base, with the consequence that it can then be reused,” he states. “In this particular application, we designed the body or ‘shell’ of the pack to be shaped to the bottle and constructed entirely of BioFoam. Interiors feature channels or ribs to assist in keeping the bottle securely in place.”

“Cut-outs in the pack were created in order to reduce reliance on material and also provide a sense of intrigue by enabling the consumer to glimpse the product within,” says Odendaal. “Removable silicone bands around the base and neck of the pack then help to keep it closed, whilst branding is achieved though a subtle debossing technique.”

“We’re working hard to ensure we’re able to provide packaging products with minimal impact on the environment which is why BioFoam, amongst the many other materials we test and trial, offers a perfect solution,” he explains. “BioFoam is durable and suitable for long-term use in virtually all technical and packaging applications, thereby making it perfect in so many ways,” states Odendaal.

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BioFoam is a packaging material well suited to both molded parts and cut products. This opens the door to technical products and packaging solutions with an unprecedented freedom of design, owing to its many attractive properties:

  • Lightweight
  • Retains its shape
  • Excellent insulation
  • High shock absorption
  • Hygienic
  • Complete three-dimensional freedom of design
  • Resistant to UV radiation
  • Not hazardous to health

IPL Packaging is a global luxury packaging supplier with offices in the USA, Europe, Mexico, Asia and Africa. Approved manufacturing is available in several Asian countries, as well as sites in Eastern Europe. We create bespoke, tailored and exclusive packaging for any premium or luxury brand and lead the entire process, from conceptualisation and design to production and delivery.

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Supply Chain Crisis

AN IPL PERSPECTIVE - Supply Chain Resilience in a post-pandemic world

Supply Chain Resilience in a post-pandemic world

Amongst a host of revelations, the pandemic and ensuing shipping crisis of 2021 have revealed that a fundamental galvanization and growth of global supply chains (GSCs) is all but imminent. This key macro trend was already in the making pre-COVID-19 says Faizal Kassim, Director of Operations at IPL Packaging.

Risks, Rebalancing & Resilience

“The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the pace of change in world trade,” states Kassim. “However, whilst the ongoing shipping crisis and disruption of supply chains has cruelly exposed the vulnerabilities of relying on ‘just-in-time’ supply deliveries, this is a trend that has been coming for some time.”

Covid impacting the supply chain“Globalisation fervour has eased over the last decade,” he explains. “For one, China has faced increased cost competitiveness from other nations. The rising frequency of natural catastrophes has also resulted in costly disruptions to production, whilst new digital technologies (that simplify and shorten supply chains) have prompted global manufacturers to rethink their production and sourcing strategies. “

“The ramping-up of US-China trade tensions since 2018, and now the radical uncertainties posed by the pandemic, have instilled greater urgency for GSC restructuring,” says Kassim. “Driving this restructuring, and prompting a retreat from globalisation, are the 3 big forces of COVID, climate change and geopolitics,” he says. “It’s these same factors that also contributed to Britain’s energy crisis, reducing the number of truck drivers able to deliver fuel, whilst a lack of wind led to a lack of renewable power – and all at a time when natural gas reserves were critically low.”

Meeting the Challenges

”A resilient supply chain is one that recovers quickly from an unexpected event. The following therefore seems clear; supply chains will need to become more flexible and more digital - and we can expect to see parallel supply chains develop as businesses seek to strengthen their operational resilience and react to the geopolitical forces at play. ” he says.

Global Supply Chain“However, it’s important to note that globalisation will not disappear. It still offers massive economic benefit. In fact, another lesson from this crisis is how deeply absorbed globalisation really is,” he continues. “Scientists co-operated across borders to invent treatments and vaccines at a pace unprecedented in world history. International Internet traffic soared and global trade continued. And, whilst we’ve experienced serious manufacturing and shipping disruptions, we should indeed pause to reflect on how surprisingly well global trade still works.”

“China’s production output may have been the first to be hit by strict virus containment measures, but the country has also seen an early return to economic activity. The country’s swift and strong recovery seems to indicate that Chinese firms are more resilient to global shocks than most others. In fact, the value chains that Chinese firms are deeply involved in seem to be more resilient,” states Kassim. “One reason for this might be China’s success in quickly containing the local spread of COVID-19. Another reason could be that the country has more regionalized value chains compared to other countries. “

Some Things Change, Some Stay the Same

“Despite our strong and continued partnerships with Chinese manufacturers, it will, however, be a very different and more adversarial game for many suppliers when it comes to supply chain management,” cautions Kassim. “Global economic competition will intensify and companies and brands will need to navigate this new world, using logistical and technological innovation to retain advantage whilst minimising risks. Facilitating innovation and investing in skills and infrastructure will be crucial”.

“Markets in Southeast Asia will likely be some of the preferred alternatives for duplicate production activities, particularly given their strong growth potential and competitive labour costs,” he states. “Countries with similar industry composition to China's export sector, and/or free trade agreements with the US, the EU and Japan, also stand to benefit. Vietnam and Mexico are prominent among these.”

Eastern Europe“Countries with robust educational systems, including the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, have invested in artificial intelligence, robotics and other advanced technologies that will help create new jobs with high productivity potential,” says Christiana Delahaye, IPL’s Senior Purchasing Manager for Europe. “That makes these countries attractive as onshoring destinations for wealthier countries that have not yet invested in these technological advancements. It also addresses the issue of transport and carbon footprint reduction. Notwithstanding, we do expect China, for the foreseeable future to remain the preeminent supplier to the luxury packaging sector.”

Galvanisation & Growth

“As a global packaging supplier, growing and galvanising our supply chain is a strategic imperative,” she explains. “But it’s also complex process that involves communication and cultural challenges that can lead to technical issues,” she explains. “We’re fortunate to have already been through these processes in our pursuit to achieve strong relationships with our suppliers in China,” she says. “We will continue to grow and cement these relationships with them and we look to do the same in Eastern Europe – to forge strong partnerships through our experience and our learnings up to this point. It’s where we can add value.”

New Partnerships“Forging partnerships with new factories in these difficult times, whilst strengthening our existing and established partnerships, can only bolster our relations and future team work with both our customers and suppliers. The ability to access manufacturing platforms, shorten supply chains and move closer to customers has the ability to create important savings and efficiency gains that can potentially steer companies towards more flexible, distributed modes of production,” states Delahaye.

Gearing up for a Game Change

“The global economic game will be very different. We’re guaranteed to see a diversification of supply bases amongst many producers, though not a dramatic disruption, particularly as building new supplier bases necessitates considerable time, money and logistics.” says Kassim.

“It’s time to adopt a new vision suitable to the realities of the new era- one that doesn’t engage reflex action - that still leverages the capabilities that reside around the world, and our relationships forged over many years, but that improves resilience and reduces the risks from future disruptions that are certain to occur.”

IPL Packaging is a global luxury packaging supplier with offices in the USA, Europe, Mexico, Asia and Africa. Approved manufacturing is available in several Asian countries, as well as sites in Eastern Europe. We create bespoke, tailored and exclusive packaging for any premium or luxury brand and lead the entire process, from conceptualisation and design to production and delivery.

For more information on packaging solutions or to gain insight into our latest packaging trends, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube or Pinterest. Keep an eye on our news section for insightful articles and innovative ideas around packaging materials, product development and design.