Viva IML Tubes - Eco-friendly cosmetic packaging: IML tubes that stand the test of time

Viva Packaging manufactures injection molded squeezable tubes with in-mold labels. Our main markets are the ones for personal care products, hair- and skin care but also some other markets like food or industrial products like car finishing products are showing keen interest.

Three production locations

Global brands are looking for synergies and having three global production locations is a key benefit to VIVA and its customers. Global brands can produce uniform products across different locations, close to their markets. With production facilities in Asia, North America and Europe, we can provide consistent packaging products across different territories.

We help brands differentiate themselves through their tubes. Competition is tough and better quality graphics is what brands are looking for. Better shelf impact and being at the forefront of innovation is what your brands need. Our R&D department is working hard to develop future solutions that brands will need such as dual chamber tubes, tubes made from recycled material and special applicator tubes. This is what Viva stands for: driving the innovation in the tube market at the speed of light. Our strong family ownership structure with very short decision-making processes is key to our ability to grow quickly.

Brands and portfolio

We supply to brands like John Frieda, REN Skincare, Clearasil, L'Oréal -- as well as strong creative and green brands like Pacifica and Desert Essence who have found the perfect fit with Viva's impacting graphics with a very sustainable tube packaging (up to 35% less energy to produce and 100% recyclable with closed loop initiatives initiated with retail).

As customers embrace our IML tubes, they discover the advantages of the more rigid and high end feel of PP IML tubes. Bouncing back to their original shape rather than wrinkling or deforming, gives them a higher perceived value and the packaging looks untouched during the entire tubes' life cycle.

How do IML tubes offer such clear artwork?

IML's are printed on a flat surface, enabling us to print almost any type of graphic on our state of the art printing press. It can print flexo, offset, silk screen, cold foil -- you name it! This is a hybrid printing press so you can combine these options and achieve the most striking graphics on the in-mold label. We go even further by ensuring the tube is resistant and graphics remain as new during its entire life cycle. When you print very elaborate graphics onto an IML it is important to protect this artwork, because your tube is going to be filled and then pass through a distribution process and may even end up in a purse or handbag.

Environmentally friendly tubes for the circular economy

Traditionally, tubes are manufactured with the tube sleeve and shoulder produced separately and then welded together and the cap is usually sourced externally.

With our IML technology sleeve, shoulder and the decoration are created in one manufacturing step (by injection molding with IML), and we manufacture all components in house. Every component is molded, printed and assembled in the same plant and we control the supply chain of the caps which has a big impact on our throughput times.

Life-cycle analysis (LCA) of the Viva Tube, taking into account resin sourcing, the amount of energy spent to produce a tube, all the way through to the finished tube shows that the Viva injection molded tube with in-mold label on average saves up to 35% energy in production compared to any other technology.

Retailers are asking suppliers what they can contribute in terms of sustainability and we can help them with our 100% PP IML Tubes.
The tube is made from one single resin -Polypropylene No 5- which means at the end of its life cycle it can be recycled without having to separate tube and cap. A traditional tube is made from different materials. The cap, tube, shoulder are made from different resins with the label from still another material, and it is often nearly impossible to separate from the tube for recycling.

One step further with PCR

We can go even one step further and use a high degree of PCR (post-consumer recycled) material for the tube sleeve and up to 100 % for the caps used on our tubes. The disadvantages of PCR material (discoloration, only available in darker colors) are neutralized by the use of IML labels covering the entire tube body with decoration.

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Contact Details

Viva IML Tubes
1663 Neilson Road, Scarborough
ON M1X 1T1, Canada
Tel: +32 3-201-9797 E-mail: frank.vandenkieboom@vivapackaging.be
Ontario
Canada

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