The two companies have combined Toppan’s strength in the development of NFC tag-based high-security technologies with Amcor’s manufacturing and supply capabilities to develop InTact, a capsule for wine and spirits with an integrated NFC tag that detects opening or tampering. Practical testing of InTact at a French winery commenced in late 2016 and the creation of a robust supply chain has now enabled the launch of full-scale sales. Toppan and Amcor will be offering InTact as a high-security solution to combat damage caused by counterfeiting in the market for alcoholic beverages.
The NFC tag is discretely integrated in the inside of the capsule, allowing alcoholic beverage producers to adopt it with minimal change to their existing filling and packaging process. Most capsules for premium alcoholic beverages are made from metal, but because metal tends to interfere with the RFID tag’s radio wave communication, Amcor has developed a new capsule with a unique structure combining metallic and non-metallic films. The capsule ultimately enables wine and spirits producers as well as final consumers to confirm each bottle's authenticity with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone.
“Our customers have an ever-increasing demand for functionalities such as product authentication, opening detection and consumer engagement and we have been working to develop a capsule construction that can incorporate an NFC tag with seamless communication,” said Nicolas Freynet, General Manager of Amcor Capsules.
“Toppan has been developing RFID tags for wine and spirits since 2014. A thorough understanding of the market and extensive insight regarding customers are required to enable propositions that ensure customers are able to make full use of RFID tags,” said Yoshiyuki Mizuguchi, General Manager of Global Business Development for Toppan’s security products business.
Toppan will be showcasing the InTact capsule developed with Amcor as well as other cutting-edge solutions at LUXE PACK MONACO (https://www.luxepack.com/en/), the premier show for creative packaging, at the Grimaldi Forum from September 30 to October 2.
About Amcor Capsules
Amcor Capsules is a market leader specializing in the design and manufacture of capsules and closures for wine, sparkling wine and spirits. Amcor Capsules has plants in France, Canada, USA and Chile.
Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home- and personal-care, and other products. Amcor works with leading companies around the world to protect their products and the people who rely on them, differentiate brands, and improve value chains through a range of flexible and rigid packaging, specialty cartons, closures, and services. The company is focused on making packaging that is increasingly light-weighted, recyclable and reusable, and made using a rising amount of recycled content. Around 50,000 Amcor people generate US$13 billion in sales from operations that span about 250 locations in 40-plus countries. NYSE: AMCR; ASX: ASC
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