• Following its responsibility approach entitled Way Beyond Good, SIG is committed to sourcing 100% of its direct materials from only certified sources. A razor-thin aluminium layer is used in most of SIG’s carton packs to protect the food from light, oxygen and external odours.

ASI has recently launched a new Certification programme for the aluminium value chain, which focuses on responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of this important industrial metal. The new program aims at addressing and reducing the impacts of aluminiumproduction: from mines, smelters and casting to semi-fabrication and manufacture of products containing aluminium.

Such initiatives often take considerable time to be adopted throughout the industry, however, so to start this important work as early as possible SIG and Amcor engaged the trusted third party verification body DNV GL to conduct pilot assessments.

Dr Christian Bauer, Manager Environmental Affairs and Product related Sustainability, of SIG said: “The pilot looks at the value chain of aluminium foil all the way to the bauxite mines and is intended to provide a snapshot of performance against the ASI Performance Standard.

In 2017, collaborative assessments with value chain partners were completed in Europe and Asia for the manufacturing of aluminium foil and foil stock. The pilots provided a readiness check to close gaps against ASI standard requirements, and acknowledged any existing certifications the sites already have – ensuring a streamlined approach and value creation for everyone.

In 2018, SIG and Amcor will go further down the value chain. With this ongoing program and the subsequent planned ASI certification, both SIG and Amcor are confident that they will be well prepared to be at the forefront of offering packaging with responsibly sourced aluminium foil.

SIG has already been at the forefront of sourcing from responsibly managed forests with 100% of its liquid packaging board from paper mills with the FSCTM Chain of Custody certification and 89% made with wood from FSCTM certified forests (FSCTM trademark licence code: FSCTM C020428). Since 2017 SIG is also certified according to ISCC PLUS in view of sourcing of renewable feedstock for polymers.

• DNP and SIG create joint venture in Japan. The 50-50 joint venture will be established as of April 1, 2018, under the name of DNP SIG Combibloc Co., Ltd., located in Tokyo.

The main focus of the partnership is to provide greater differentiation and added value in the field of carton packaging, technology and services for the food and beverages industry in Japan.The aim of our joint venture is to be Japan’s number 2 in aseptic carton packs by 2022.

Throughout its history DNP, one of the world’s largest printing industry manufacturers, has successfully established a multitude of business operations. For example, DNP has been developing and marketing carton packs and filling systems for alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in Japan since 1978. Many food and beverage manufacturers are also using DNP’s aseptic PET filling system.

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