Jokey and Bockatech cooperate on new reusable and recyclable food-service packaging
Jokey, a leading international provider of plastic packaging, and Bockatech, developer of EcoCore® foamtech for lightweight reusable and recyclable packaging, today announced a new agreement, through which Jokey will start by manufacturing reusable and recyclable polypropylene packaging for food service providers using Bockatech's technology. In the future, both parties to the collaboration plan for Jokey to launch additional products similar to those first manufactured.
Commenting on why Jokey chose to use Bockatech EcoCore Christof Kölschbach, CSO at Jokey, said: “With using the EcoCore Technology, we have chosen a process that fits well with our existing injection moulding machines. Besides that, the technology also works with the plastics we deploy for our mouldings.”
Optimised for use with polypropylene (PP), Bockatech EcoCore creates packaging with skin-foam-skin walls in seconds that reduce plastic. These reductions in material use and cycle time both cut costs and improve sustainability.
"We create more sustainable packaging using the Jokey Eco Concept and EcoCore helps us with every part of this from light weighting and recyclability to reuse and even more recycled as well as renewable plastic use. The new service packaging will cut environmental impact and give packaging suppliers as well as service providers what they need to take new reuse opportunities. Through the cooperation with Bockatech, Jokey follows the path recognising the ongoing legislation to reduce the amount of service packaging placed on the market to increase sustainable approaches.” said Ramona Lob, Key Account Manager at Jokey.
Talking about Jokey and new opportunities for more sustainable packaging, Henri Gaskjenn, CEO at Bockatech said: “The EU has already, and is continuing, to put in place legislation to reduce the amount of food-service packaging placed on the market and increase sustainability. Jokey has recognised that lightweight recyclable reusables are needed to help food-service providers meet new rules and has seized the opportunity to provide these. EcoCore creates reusables that give businesses more freedom to determine how reuse will best work for them”
Initially, Jokey will produce several cup sizes that can be supplied with and without PP In-Mould Labels (IML) for full-colour branding. The first products from the cooperation between Jokey and Bockatech will be available in Q2/2023, while planning has already started with the next product types launching in the future.
About Bockatech and EcoCore
Bockatech is a growth company that provides its patented EcoCore technology for foam plastic injection moulding under license. EcoCore is helping some of the world’s leading food service and FMCG brands to create more sustainable high-performance thin-wall and reusable packaging that is cost-effective.
The innovative manufacturing technology produces mouldings with skin-foam-skin walls in seconds. Cycle times for mouldings using EcoCore are typically 5 – 7 seconds — up to 80% less than other foam core products.
EcoCore mouldings have a very high strength-to-weight ratio. Packaging produced with EcoCore is up to 5.5 times stiffer than solid mouldings of the same weight. The amount of plastic required can be reduced by up to 50%.
The skin-foam-skin walls also provide thermal insulation, offering up to 2.2 times more protection than solid wall mouldings of the same weight.
The technology uses well-established polypropylene plastics and injection moulding processes — making safe, reliable mouldings with the minimum investment in new equipment.
EcoCore is used for food service reusables in cities around Europe and was trusted for the cups used by world leaders at the COP 26 United Nations climate change conference. The multi-award winning technology has also attained the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label for its potential to help businesses and governments meet their environmental commitments. And, it was recognised by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a pioneering solution for reuse.
EcoCore and the EcoCore logo are registered trademarks of Bockatech Limited