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RPC & AkzoNobel to Market Dulux Matt & Silk Colors with 25% Recycled Content

Published on 2011-08-30. Author : SpecialChem

RPC Oakham's expertise will allow Dulux Matt and Silk Colors to be the first to market with a paint range in cans boasting 25 per cent recycled post-consumer waste content. Injection molded polypropylene cans are being introduced in 2.5 liter and 5 liter sizes for the water-based emulsion range, produced by AkzoNobel Decorative Paints. The lightweight containers come in a striking charcoal-black color, which replaces the previous white can and creates a vivid contrast between the container and the paint.

RPC's injection molding technical manager Brian Edwards says: "We've worked very closely with AkzoNobel on an exceptionally technically-demanding project. Our challenge was to balance the level of recycled content with the technical and performance requirements of the packaging. Though 25% is currently the maximum we can use without compromising the integrity of the container we are confident we will develop material blends that will enable us to increase this proportion over the next few years," explains Brian.

The post-consumer waste used in the cans is supplied by the UK's leading polymer recycler, Regain, and is sourced from domestic and overseas consumer markets. Stuart Beecher, Technical Packaging Manager from AkzoNobel adds: "The use of recycled material in our packaging is a key part of the AkzoNobel Sustainability Strategy and after working closely with RPC and Regain we have been successful in achieving the required technical performance to be able to bring the inclusion of 25 per cent PCR in a number of our containers to the marketplace."

The new product underlines RPC Oakham's commitment to offering customers unrivalled functionality with unmatched opportunities for eye catching design. A recent investment at the Oakham factory brought in new equipment developed specifically to handle self adhesive labels like those used by Dulux Silk and Matt Colours, as well as high-quality in-mould labeling. Dulux Silk paint offers a wipe-clean delicate shine finish. Dulux Matt is a wipe able, smooth and creamy emulsion paint with excellent coverage that minimizes imperfections, creating the most contemporary look for walls and ceilings.

About RPC Group

RPC Group is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of rigid plastic packaging and supplies products made by all three conversion processes, blow moulding, injection moulding and thermoforming. It has 57 operations in 18 countries and employs over 7,200 people. RPC services a comprehensive range of customers, from the largest European manufacturers of consumer products to the smallest national businesses. It has particularly strong positions in the beauty and personal care sector, the vending and drinking cup market, the margarine industry, and in multi-layer sheet and packs for oxygen sensitive food products.

Source: RPC Group

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