Zip-Pak® ‘Blended’ Zipper Innovations Will Be Featured at Global Pouch Forum 2016

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Zip-Pak®, a global leader in zipper technology for flexible packaging and an event sponsor, will present an array of unique ‘blended’ resealable closures at Global Pouch Forum 2016, June 15-17, InterContinental Miami, exhibit location A-12, Miami, FL.

Blending two entities into one to create an exciting new result has been a highly successful formula used by the entertainment and technology industries in recent years. Today, that same principle is yielding similarly dynamic results in the promotion and delivery of brands, and in packaging as well. Generally, the driver for blending is to enrich or enhance the consumer experience. At Global Pouch Forum this year, Zip-Pak will be featuring several unique solutions that blend two or more of its proprietary flexible packaging reclosure technologies.

POUR & LOKTM WITH VECTOR™:
Easy-Reseal Convenience Meets Pour Spout Functionality
Pour & Lok™ delivers a unique combination of consumer-friendly dispensing with secure reclosability. Applying Zip-Pak’s VectorTM easy-align, matrix reclosure to a portion of the flexible pouch opening forms a convenient resealable pour spout, which can be easily integrated into new or existing packaging designs. Combined, these two features provide consumers with reliable product delivery and secure storage, and represent an ideal package solution for a variety of dry foods and consumer goods; in both large and small pouch formats.

ZIP360® WITH VECTOR™:
Maximum Product Access in an Easy-to-Reseal Pouch
ZIP360® takes brand owners and their products “beyond the box” with a stand-up format for shelf-ready display and space on all sides for full-panel graphics that create maximum shelf impact. The flexible pouch’s innovative wide-mouth opening provides consumers with easy product access, while the large base provides convenient storage in the home. The VectorTM closure technology complements the ZIP360 format, enabling convenient “first time/every time” reclosure for maximum product life. This “dynamic duo” is ideal for consumables like cereals, frozen foods, candy, salty snacks, and pet food and treats, as well as products for the home, lawn, garden, and more.

BLENDED INNOVATION THAT BENEFITS CONVERTERS AND CONSUMERS ALIKE
Resealability as a flexible packaging feature is moving from the exception to expectation, and Zip-Pak is at the forefront, addressing the challenges facing converters, and the demands of the global marketplace. “Global Pouch Forum presents the perfect venue to showcase blended closure technologies that meet the needs of the ever-evolving and dynamic flexible packaging market,” remarks Carrie Strieter, Zip-Pak Director of Strategic Marketing & Innovation. “Having an extensive portfolio of resealable technology allows us to solve our customers’ packaging challenges by blending our best innovations for unique solutions that make sense for brand owners, and build brand preference among consumers.” Other Zip-Pak blended innovations include:

Zipbox®: The Benefits of Box Packaging with Secure Resealability
Zipbox® combines a paperboard carton body with an easy-to-use zip pouch top. The liner-free package can hold up to 40% more content than traditional bag-in-box packaging, which reduces fill time, maximizes storage efficiency, and lowers transportation costs. Zipbox combines traditional paper box characteristics with a simple zipper closure that customers prefer for ease of use, and maximum product freshness.

Sensus™: Combining Secure Resealability with Audible and Tactile Cues
Zip-Pak Sensus™ is a revolutionary closure technology that’s part of Zip-Pak’s family of Sensory Feedback Fasteners. This innovative closure type informs the user through tactile and audible cues when the zipper is securely fastened, assuring that food products achieve maximum shelf life. The audible opening and reclose feature also enhances pet feeding and reward activities, introducing fun into pet-owner bonding activities. Sensus™ technology is perfect for secure packaging of a variety of other foods, such as cheeses, granolas, snacks, and more.

Fragrance-Zip™: Resealable Convenience with Customizable Aromas
Fragrance-Zip™, a recent addition to the Sensory Feedback Fastener category, emits a customized aroma whenever a flexible package is opened or closed. This cutting edge technology harnesses the “power of smell” in a scent-embedded closure by releasing a pleasing, memory-evoking aroma every time the package is opened. Products with unpleasant odors can also effectively be masked with scents that create a more pleasant aromatic experience.

ZIP-PAK TO PRESENT AT TAPPI PLACE STAND-UP POUCH MAKING WORKSHOP
The 2016 TAPPI PLACE Stand-up Pouch Making Workshop will run concurrently with the Global Pouch Forum on Wednesday, June 15. The half-day workshop will be held from 1:00-5:30 PM in the Biscayne Ballroom. In attendance to discuss important industry-related topics and closure technologies will be David Anzini, Manager of R&D for Zip-Pak, who will also be giving a presentation on Pouch Forming & Closures at 4:30 PM.

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ABOUT ZIP-PAK
Zip-Pak, a division of Illinois Tool Works, Inc. (ITW) and the global leader in resealable packaging innovation, works closely with original equipment manufacturers, converters, packagers and brands. The company holds over 400 closure and related patents worldwide, and offers the most comprehensive portfolio of resealable zipper solutions. The Zip-Pak culture is one of continuous innovation and close collaboration with customers and packaging partners. Zip-Pak helps build brand preference with a range of quality resealable zipper solutions that deliver an enriched interactive experience, ease of use, and greater convenience to consumers. Headquartered in Manteno, Illinois, Zip-Pak operates seven world-class production facilities strategically located around the globe. This worldwide presence provides Zip-Pak a unique viewpoint from which to readily identity emerging opportunities for resealable flexible packaging. For more information about Zip-Pak’s zipper innovations, please visit http://www.zippak.com.

MEDIA APPOINTMENTS
Zip-Pak cordially welcomes inquiries for press appointments or visits from the global packaging press at Global Pouch Forum 2016. To schedule a meeting with attending Zip-Pak executives and technical personnel to learn more about resealable innovations and global trends impacting flexible packaging, please contact Ilena Della Ventura at idellaventura(at)delianet.com or call 908-534-9044.

For press information from Zip-Pak, please contact:
Ilena Della Ventura
Delia Associates
T: 908.534.9044
E: idellaventura(at)delianet.com

For more information about Illinois Tool Works (ITW), please contact:
Alison S. Donnelly
Director of Communications, Investor Relations
ITW
155 Harlem Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025
T: 224-661-7427
E: adonnelly(at)itw.com
W: http://www.itw.com

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