A&F Flat tethered cap for Coca Cola’s FuzeTea
Coca-Cola introduces on the Italian market our “Tethered Caps”, the caps joined to the bottle, starting with the FuzeTea. This is an important innovation that anticipates by two years the provisions contained in the EU directive on the closures of plastic packaging for beverages, with the aim that each cap is recycled together with the bottle, in order to reduce the dispersion and the impact of plastic on the ‘environment.
The new caps have an innovative design, the result of intense research and development work to guarantee an optimal experience for the consumer while maintaining the usual opening system: the cap is connected to the tamper evident ring by a tab that ensures a perfect position opening and, at the same time, ensures that it cannot be separated from the bottle.
As you well know, Affaba & Ferrari undertakes to supply products that meet the quality standards required by the major certification entities.
We have the pleasure to inform you that we renewed the BRC certification and, even this year, we have achieved the AA grade!
What it is. New “tethered” flip top closure for still water, soft drinks and juices : 2-pc closure, suitable to the next generation, lightweight 26/22mm neck finish. The weight of the cap/neck finish assembly is 36% reduced, compared to the previous solution. The closure has an easy and intuitive opening system, and visible tamper evidence. Once the closure is screwed on the neck finish, the force required to remove it from the bottle is more than 12 Kg. The indications given by the EU direction are 2,5 – 3 kg.
Technology. The two components are produced by injection moulding technology. The shell is made of PP, the internal spout is made of HDPE. Assembly is made automatically, and quality is controlled by a camera control system.
Sustainability. The closure complies to art.6 of EU direction 2019/904 (the cap must stay attached to the bottle throughout its life cycle). The project allows for a dramatic reduction of the use of plastics. 36% reduction of cap/neck finish weight in comparison with the previous solution.
Affaba & Ferrari has achieved the Gold Rating by EcoVadis, a leading independent provider of business sustainability ratings. Less than 10% of evaluated companies meet the qualifications for a Gold Rating by EcoVadis’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ranking.
Corporate social responsibility is an important starting point to deliver competitive advantages in our industry. Affaba & Ferrari, part of the TriMas Packaging group, focuses on not only delivering superior customer and consumer satisfaction, but also on committing to sustainable best practices. Responsible actions and sustainable solutions play an essential role at Affaba & Ferrari and TriMas Packaging.
“The sustainability journey is a collaborative process, involving all stakeholders of our organization, from employees to communities to customers to suppliers,” said Fabio Salik, President of TriMas Packaging. “We are extremely proud of our efforts and results to date and look forward to furthering our progress and continuous improvement.”read more
We obtained the first FDA certification in 2018.
Due to the inability to travel, last November we carried out an online audit to extend the validity of the certificate. The current certificate is valid until May 2022, other extensions will certainly follow until it will be possible for the auditor to visit us in the coming months.
We obtained the first ISO certification in 2010 and from that moment we have continued to renew it.
It is the third generation of closures that we realize on the neck finish Affaba Ferrari 38 mm 3 start.
We have collected previous experiences and realized this capsule that combines the traditional ease of packaging with high performance seal, as well as an improved venting that gives ample guarantees of inviolability and a device in the internal profile of the thread that allows the degassing of the product in case of deterioration, necessary for the safety of users.
There is an extraordinary common thread on this product line that we are pleased to share with you.
The first productions of these capsules were made in 1998 for Parmalat who wanted to replicate in plastic the old traditional glass bottle after many years of exclusive use of containers in paper/PE.
Well, most of the same customers that Affaba Ferrari supplied with aluminum seals for glass bottles in the early 50’s are now our important customers with a bottle very similar in shape and aesthetics to those of the past, but functional to the modern distribution organized, today in plastic, still with AF closures.
This new closure has been designed with characteristics determined by the type of beverage and the existing packaging facilities of this important company.
The drink, intended for children, has required our attention to safety and aesthetics particularly appealing, as well as functional use.
In addition, the packaging plant already in use, required a closure that could be sterilized in line with acetic acid, while ensuring treatment residues close to zero.
This project aims to respond to those drinks that by their characteristics must be associated only at the time of administration to ensure their effectiveness and preservation.
This project allows to mix a powder part with a liquid part through a simple operation of the opening of the closure.
The closure, aesthetically pleasing and customizable, has tamper evident both on the powder container and on the base to ensure the inviolability of the content and a special induction liner ensures the separation of the liquid from the powder with excellent results considering the hygroscopicity of these products.
In the patron saint’s day in 2018, the municipality of Borgo San Giovanni – where Affaba & Ferrari is located – rewarded us for the interest, social and civil commitment and involvement in the community.
This important recognition, “Il Gelso d’Oro”, has stimulated us to continue to commit ourselves to a bigger project, the one we have believed in for many years: Sustainability.
In fact, from our experience, sustainable development in terms of Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability is undoubtedly a key element for continuous growth.
In May 2004, the award ceremony of the forty-seventh edition of the Packaging Oscar was held – organized by the Italian Packaging Institute with the participation of Conai.
We were awarded for the “Packaging for chemical products section” for the study and development of the first bottle for lubricating oil entirely in PET, therefore easily recyclable.
After the success achieved with the aseptic sports cap line which allowed the elimination of aluminum foil ensuring comparable sealing performance, Affaba and Ferrari has realized a new range of closures called aseptic 2 with the aim to emphasize a continuity with the important experiences gained in this field.
The industrialization of these new closures has been realized simplifying our production process and this guarantees us a better qualitative constancy, an important detail if we consider that these closures are normally used in complicated aseptic plants with very high productivity.
This new series of closures, moreover, guarantees better sealing performance both at internal pressure and in depression.
Finally, we improved the flow of the conditioned product by about 15%. This was required by customers to make more pleasant the intake of products equipped with these closing devices.
The closure line is available on the neck finish 28 mm 1810, 28 mm 1881 and 38 mm 3 start.
We released the second version of our 38mm sport cap, developed in collaboration with and according to the requiments of Britvic UK, for the launch of a new drink for children.
The new closure has excellent pressure tighness characteristics, a higher flow rate in respect to the previous one and it as also equipped with an anti-choking overcap for child safety
December 2009It is an important award that we received for the program we have started a few years ago, where we tried to combine sustainability with the working environment.
These interventions have led to significant energy savings thanks to the use of innovative production lines and materials, heated spaces through the use of heat from the moulding lines that would otherwise be lost.
The choice of large windows in the production departments also allows us to take advantage of natural light for a longer time, this also resulting in energy savings.
The first beneficiaries of these changes are our employees who have the opportunity to work daily in a comfortable environment for the wide light and temperatures in the factory, which, in addition to being obviously heated in colder periods, are conditioned in the summer in the departments generally warmer for the presence of machines working at high temperatures.
The company celebrated its 60th anniversary.
It was in fact June 1949 when Rosanna Affaba, just twenty years old, founded the company and began to produce aluminum closures.
There was a big party with all the employees and their families to celebrate this anniversary, in addition to the 80th birthday of Rosanna and the stay in the company of some historic employees with 20 and 30 years of service.