New solution from the Polyoak Packaging Group


PHOTO: Contan’s new OctoGrip lid is a smart locking system from the Polyoak group company that prevents accidental spills.  To open, simply cut and tear off tamper band

CONTAN Buckets & Pails, a specialist division of Polyoak Packaging, launched its new OctoGrip™ lid for 20-litre PolyPails at the Coatings For Africa (CFA) Expo in May. The closure is specially designed for the paint and coatings sectors.

The OctoGrip™ lid has been developed through extensive testing, with eight sturdy locking tabs to prevent lids from accidentally dislodging. It features a robust tamper band, providing the additional strength to survive the roughest supply chain. When applied to the bucket, this packaging solution provides good top-load strength for efficient stacking and attractive display with outstanding quality decoration through in-mould labelling (IML) or offset print in six colours.

The new lid features simple opening instructions on the top surface. Simply cut and peel away the tamper band to expose its eight locking tabs, then unclip each one to release the grip and simply lift off the lid. To re-close, press the lid down firmly all round, which secures the lid firmly.

It also provides extra secure grip, especially after first opening. Its triple closure system includes plug, seal and grip which remain intact and fully effective, even after the tamper band has been removed.

“OctoGrip is the smart locking system that prevents accidental spills, yet is easy to open,” said Karl.

 “We are confident and excited about our innovative OctoGrip lid solution. We are currently trialling this with a number of our partners, with extremely positive results so far,” he added.

Contan’s extended range for paint and coatings includes smaller PolyPails down to one-litre as well as one and five-litre PolyCans. Contan also offers buckets made from recycled plastic and takes its obligation to Extended Producer Responsibility very seriously.  South Africa’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) principles require industries to become active in recycling the products they produce as per the National Environmental Waste Management Act (NEMWA, 2008).

Today, Contan remains the only plastic bucket producer that is a contributing member of POLYCO, the industry’s non-profit body, established to focus on reducing the amount of polyolefin waste going to landfill.  Contan voluntarily contributes raw material levies towards promoting and growing the collection and recycling of post-consumer polyolefins, including polypropylene buckets and pails used in the paint and coatings industry. The Polyoak group is also the first plastic packaging manufacturer in South Africa to pledge to the global Operation Clean Sweep initiative, demonstrating its commitment to Zero Plastic Pellet Loss into the environment.

“We are confident that our diverse range of lightweight, robust plastic paint containers brings manufacturers savings and reduces their carbon footprint. Contan is a sustainable supplier partner that assumes responsibility for the end life of our packaging through active participation with POLYCO,” added Lambrecht.

“By partnering with Contan, paint manufacturers and brand owners can actively contribute towards reducing packaging waste to landfill, and help drive recycling initiatives, which last year created 55,000 informal jobs, while at the same time profiling their brand values and building brand equity. We look forward to exploring how Contan can add value to customers’ business in an innovative and sustainable manner.”