SIG plans early launch of tethered caps ahead of EU regulations

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SIG is aiming to boost its market share by launching its tethered caps for beverage cartons in Europe in the second half of 2021, ahead of the July 2024 deadline set by the EU.

The tethered DomeTwist will be available for SIG’s carton bottle Combidome, as well as tethered CombiMaxx and tethered CombiSwift options for SIG’s core family-size carton portfolio. Together, these account for around 90% of SIG’s European closures by volume.

The new tethered caps are designed to be used with existing SIG filling lines and closure applicators, with no major capital expenditure required by customers.

When the pack is opened for pouring, the cap can be firmly fixed at the desired position by pressing it down until it clicks – consumers can pour from the pack without the cap getting in the way and without needing to hold down the cap with their fingers.

The European Union’s Single-Use Plastics Directive includes a requirement for all single-use beverage containers to come with their caps attached by July 2024 to help ensure the caps are disposed of and recycled together with the rest of the pack.

SIG’s tethered caps will be launched initially for the closures used with its most popular packs in Europe.

Ali Kaylan, SVP Innovation and VP Global Marketing at SIG, said: “By announcing the launch three years ahead of regulatory requirements, we are providing reassurance for customers as they prepare to comply with forthcoming EU regulations. Thanks to SIG’s flexible and adaptable systems, our tethered caps can be used with existing SIG filling lines and closure applicators, making our solutions a secure investment for the long-term.”

SIG plans early launch of tethered caps ahead of EU regulations