Dow and PumpArt take ground-breaking tube design to the next level

The Dow Chemical Company’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business (P&SP) has teamed up with the innovative French packaging designer PumpArt System to drive further market development of a high efficiency tube, designed to minimize waste and help protect the product formula and the environment.

Bridging the gap between plastic tubes, soft pouches and airless pump bottles, the patented Tubairless® system was created by the packaging engineering company PumpArt System to dramatically reduce product waste by up to 80%. Whereas traditional tubes only dispense around 75-80% of contents – leaving frustrated consumers cutting off the ends to reach any remaining product – the ground-breaking Tubairless® design has a much higher evacuation rate of almost 100%, without resorting to a pump.

The design has already proved popular with cosmetics companies in Europe. Now, thanks to a co-marketing agreement signed in Dow’s Pack Studios Centre in Horgen, Switzerland, plans are to bring the technology to the next level, enabling further international outreach as well as extension to the food and beverage sectors.

“Pack Studios is a Dow-led international centre for collaboration, designed to help operators throughout the value chain increase efficiency of distribution and reduce waste through well-designed packaging,” said Fabrice Digonnet, Dow’s EMEA Lead for New Business Development. “PumpArt’s Tubairless® system is exactly the kind of packaging initiative we want to support – it’s driven by environmental responsibility and also delivers more consumer convenience, excellent ergonomics and enhanced preservation of ingredients, all combining to create a packaging system fit for the 21st century.”

The Tubairless® design is the first airless squeezable tube that does not require a dispensing pump and retains its shape. Not only does this mean safe packaging for formulations sensitive to air contact, it reduces use of plastic parts by up to 65%, which is better for the environment. With less raw materials required for manufacture, the tubes are also lighter weight than pump-driven alternatives, reducing the CO2 footprint from transport.

Keeping consumer convenience front of mind, the tube’s innovative venthole design enables accurate flow control, efficient dispensing even of thick formulas, and ease of use in any 360⁰ position. In addition, by retaining its shape until the last drop, the forward-thinking design enables brand owners’ messaging to remain intact.

“We designed the Tubairless® system to combine incredibly high functionality and supreme quality with utmost consideration for the environment,” explained Xavier Sutty, CEO of PumpArt System. “It’s already proved to be very popular with mid-size European cosmetics producers thanks to enhanced preservation of ingredients and its ability to deliver every last drop of product as smoothly as the first. Thanks to this agreement with Dow, Pumpart System will be able to play on a much bigger scale.

“We designed the Tubairless® system to combine incredibly high functionality and supreme quality with utmost consideration for the environment,” explained Xavier Sutty, CEO of PumpArt System. “It’s already proved to be very popular with mid-size European cosmetics producers thanks to enhanced preservation of ingredients and its ability to deliver every last drop of product as smoothly as the first. Thanks to this agreement with Dow, Pumpart System will be able to play on a much bigger scale.

“We are looking forward to working with Dow’s experts in order to optimize Tubairless® for food applications” said Jérôme Boumnso, CTO of Pumpart System.

Stephanie Savel, CEO of Wiseed, the crowdfunding company working with Pumpart System, commented, “The investors in Pumpart System via Wiseed, are pleased with this very promising agreement for the development of the company. Something rare enough to be highlighted: it is part of an industrial strategy of Dow, marking a real desire to integrate Pumpart System’s technology in its commercial approach.”

About PumpArt Systems
PumpArt System is a French based packaging engineering company with sales and manufacturing capabilities. Pumpart System developed, industrialized and distributes an innovative packaging technology, Tubairless® (aka Tubeasy®) based on the principle of a soft bag in a squeezable tube. The company only proposes packaging integrating its patented technology, in various sizes and shapes. Pumpart System was founded by Xavier Sutty and Jérôme Boumnso.

About PumpArt Systems
PumpArt System is a French based packaging engineering company with sales and manufacturing capabilities. Pumpart System developed, industrialized and distributes an innovative packaging technology, Tubairless® (aka Tubeasy®) based on the principle of a soft bag in a squeezable tube. The company only proposes packaging integrating its patented technology, in various sizes and shapes. Pumpart System was founded by Xavier Sutty and Jérôme Boumnso.

About Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics
Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of DowDuPont’s Materials Science division, combines core strengths of R&D, worldwide reach, broad product lines and industry expertise to deliver high performing technologies for end use markets in food packaging, personal hygiene, infrastructure, consumer goods and transportation. Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics is one of the world’s largest producers of polyethylene resins, specialty resins and adhesives, and is a leading innovator and collaborator across the value chain on sustainable application development and circular economy life-cycle design for plastics.

About Dow
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. Dow’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors. More information can be found at www.dow.com.

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