Huhtamaki unveils ‘breakthrough’ paper-based tablet packaging

HUHTAMAKI has launched a new innovation for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry in the form of Push Tab paper, described as the first paper-based tablet packaging.

The product is made from renewable FSC-certified paper and designed to meet the safety requirements of regulated pharmaceutical packaging.

Huhtamaki said it provides customers with a more sustainable alternative to traditional push-through packaging made of thermoformed PVC and aluminium.

Push Tab paper tablet packaging has more than 75% paper-based material sourced from FSC-certified suppliers in Europe. Combining it with advanced barrier coating technology, Huhtamaki revealed it makes the paper packaging sealable without compromising on safety, functionality, or protective properties compared to traditional mono PVC blisters.

A mechanical treatment allows consumers to push the tablet through without damaging the product. The material is further processed and formed with Syntegon’s paper shaping technology and machinery.

“We are proud to introduce a new, more sustainable packaging solution for the tablet for the healthcare sector that has high growth potential,” said Fabio Daidone, sales manager, flexible packaging, at Huhtamaki. “European sales of flexible packaging in the pharmaceuticals category had an estimated value of €1.1 billion in 2020, of which approximately 80% are in blister packaging. We are happy to help our customers respond to opportunities with Push Tab paper, designed for circularity, which presents the first sustainable alternative for this packaging type.”