“With 127 SAFE-TE, we have taken our popular PROTECSCOOP infant nutrition closure family to a new level,” says Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. “127 SAFE-TE was engineered specifically for Asia, where there are elevated concerns about product purity, a need for effective anti-counterfeiting solutions and a demand for a more premium look. It continues the popular PROTECSCOOP features – ease of preparation, scoop hygiene and more – while adding a truly unique tamper-evident feature. At the same time, it only requires very minor changes to existing capping/filling lines, important for infant nutrition manufacturers, for whom extensive changes can be very expensive and time consuming.”
127 SAFE-TE will be featured in the UNITED CAPS exhibit, along with a broad range of caps and closures for other product types.
SAFE-TE: The Details
As the market reference for snap caps and scoops for tins of infant milk powder over the past 80 years, UNITED CAPS continues to develop and improve its line of infant nutrition closures. The new 127 SAFE-TE line takes UNITED CAPS offerings for infant nutrition products to the next level, addressing the need in the Asian market for increased tamper evidence (TE) indicators and a more premium look. Like the popular PROTECSCOOP, 127 SAFE-TE is a flip-top hinged closure whose innovative design allows easy preparation of infant feeding bottles, for left- or right-handed individuals. 127 SAFE-TE’s tamper-evident band presents highly visible evidence of any tampering with its unique DropDown lock technology that makes it incredibly obvious if the product has been opened. Thanks to the new FLEXBAND technology, it is literally impossible for a malevolent actor to remove the closure, tamper with the contents, and return the closure to its original condition. UNITED CAPS’ award-winning anti-counterfeiting solutions add even greater levels of reassurance. 127 SAFE-TE’s contamination-free foil-sealed chamber protects the included scoop until use, and an integrated hook keeps the scoop handy for further use. 127 SAFE-TE is offered in the standard blue, green and white UNITED CAPS colours plus a premium gold, which offers the overall look of higher quality and standout shelf appearance that is a growing requirement in Asian markets. Advanced in-mould labelling options further enhance opportunities for brands to differentiate themselves with a large area for IML or engraving.
For brands implementing 127 SAFE-TE, there are minor or no changes required to existing capping/filling lines. 127 SAFE-TE is available in 127 mm, with a 99 mm solution in the pipeline.
“In addition to the Dairy Summit, an important event for us,” adds Henckes, “we will be showing this innovative closure, as well as a broad range of other caps and closures, at the Shanghai World of Packaging (SWOP), taking place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), Pudong New Area of Shanghai, November 25 to November 28, in Booth N2A44 in the German Pavilion. We are looking forward to hearing feedback from attendees at both shows about our latest innovation.”
Production of 127 SAFE-TE for the Asian market will begin in the company’s brand-new factory in Kulim, Malaysia, in September 2020.
80 Years Young
Reaching its 80th anniversary is a significant milestone that UNITED CAPS is celebrating throughout 2019. “Our long heritage in continued success in this business is a powerful endorsement of the level of knowledge and expertise we have been able to accumulate over the years,” Henckes remarks. “Our legacy is one of progress, but we are certainly not resting on our laurels. We are looking ahead to continued and significant innovation during our next 80 years, with a platform designed to continue our growth and progression. We are excited about what comes next!”
For more information about products and services from UNITED CAPS, please visit www.unitedcaps.com. To download the UNITED CAPS company backgrounder, visit [80 Years backgrounder].
ABOUT UNITED CAPS
UNITED CAPS is a global industry reference for the design and production of high performance plastic caps and closures. Extensive innovative capabilities and a broad portfolio of advanced standard and bespoke solutions make UNITED CAPS a preferred partner for the world’s leading companies. We support our customers’ value chain by safeguarding product integrity, assuring safety and consumer health, and ultimately protecting brand reputation. As a highly dynamic and flexible family-based group, UNITED CAPS offers end-to-end solutions to serve a wide range of applications and markets around the world. The company is headquartered in Luxembourg and has manufacturing facilities in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Spain. Employing almost 600 people, UNITED CAPS’s turnover amounts to 149 million Euros (as at end 2018).
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