Global blister pack industry on the rise: It’s no longer just film and cardboard anymore

The ever so popular blister pack, also called bubble pack, has been gaining momentum since the 1950s. It is one of the most used pharmaceutical packaging solutions globally because of its many business and consumer advantages. Broadly defined, it is a transparent molded piece of plastic often sealed to a sheet of cardboard and used to display an item. The seemingly simple marrying of forming film on one side and lidding on the other with a medicament protected within results a plethora of advantages including: product integrity, product protection, tamper evidence, and patient compliance.

Product integrity, product protection, tamper, evidence and patient compliance.

Because of the versatility of blister packs, within the global pharmaceutical packaging industry recent studies report them representing around 17% of the market, that is 8.1 billion USD in revenue. It’s not a bad place to be, considering that worldwide pharmaceutical packaging is expected to account for more than 73.04 billion USD by 2018, growing by 5.6% from 2012 – 2018.

Like virtually all pharmaceutical offerings, blister packs vary from one region to the next. Historically, blister packs have been much more widespread in Europe compared to the United States…Read the full article

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Ecobliss attends Packaging Innovations 2014 in Birmingham UK

Packaging Innovations 2014 and its co-located shows, Contract PackEcopackPacktechPrint InnovationsLabelling Innovations, and Converting Innovations will involve over 350 leading suppliers specialising in all aspects of packaging from materials to design. This is the one UK event where you can be certain to find the latest innovations in packaging to support your business objectives.

One of the companies attending this fair is Ecobliss Blisterpackaging BV in the Netherlands. Ecobliss supplies products and services related to blister and high visibility packaging, i.e. industrial design of blister packaging, produces and supplies the components (carton, plastic) parts as well as packaging machines for blister packaging. Visit them at stand L52 for a personal introduction to their ‘Smart Source’.

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Medical device pack earns WorldStar Award

When patients are hemorrhaging, seconds count. A thermoformed medical device package that helps physicians cut time needed to deliver life-saving procedures wins a 2013 WorldStar Award.

A package that helps medical staff treat life-threatening hemorrhaging earned a Worldstar award for Prent Corp., a designer and producer of custom thermoformed packages for the medical industry.

The annual WorldStar Awards—given out by the World Packaging Organization (WPO)—honor outstanding package design innovations worldwide. In this instance, Prent’s thermoformed package is utilized by Cook Urological, a Spencer-IN-based Cook Group medical manufacturing company.

According to WPO’s Web site, “The [Cook Urological] Bakri thermoformed package organizes two sets of product for two separate procedures, thus reducing preparation time when seconds are valuable in life-saving situations. The thermoformed solution of a tray and retainer combination will hold various product lengths, provides ease of use, and protection for a pouch application. The retainers’ tip cavity retains the tubing end, various tubing lengths are coiled, then die-cut flaps are folded and snapped together to hold the tubing in place.”

Prent’s package involves an easy-to-understand tray and retainer. This allows medical staff to simultaneously begin using different parts of the device, thus cutting the time needed to get the device ready and saving valuable seconds needed to stop hemorrhages. While one assistant is starting IV prep using the retainer components, a physician is able to start another procedure using the tray components.

The workhorse of the package is the retainer whose multiple forms and features provids cost savings and enhanced product usability. The new design allows it to be used as a universal retainer for devices of various length, reducing the per-package costs associated with designing, tool milling, thermoforming, material, warehousing, and shipping multiple retainers.

Because the retainer and tray are stacked, the footprint uses less shelf space, which offers healthcare providers costs savings as well as product protection and stability.

The key features of the retainer when combined as a whole are that it allows fast loading of the product, prevents tangling of lengthy tubing, enables fast and easy access to the tray, and it ensures excellent sterilization penetration.


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Survey: Convenience named biggest packaging breakthrough of the last 25 years

Results of survey of breakthrough packaging technologies from the last 25 years, name reclosable and microwavable packaging as the innovations that have had the greatest impact.

Reclosable packaging and microwavable plastic trays were named the top packaging breakthroughs that most impacted peoples’ lives over the last 25 years, in an online survey hosted by DuPont in conjunction with its 25th Annual Awards for Packaging Innovation competition. Together, the two categories of invention captured 48% of the votes. The online survey was available to industry professionals from April 9 through May 10, 2013.

Reclosable packaging, which includes food-storage zipper locks and stand-up pouches, earned 28% of the votes. Microwavable meals, enabled by “ovenable” packaging materials, captured 21% of the votes.  Recycled content in consumer, industrial, and community programs that support social goals earned 18% of the votes.

DuPont created the voting project after reviewing hundreds of past winners and identifying six breakthrough groups that impacted our lives.

DuPont announced the breakthroughs that most transformed our lives during the company’s celebration of the winners of the 25th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation in Wilmington, DE. Nearly 300 people voted on the breakthrough choices.


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Friday, September 13th, 2013 Blister News, Blister Packaging, Blisters, Plastics No Comments

Blister packaging supposedly ‘diabolical’

All too often it is stated that blister packaging is diabolical. People supposedly have a hard time opening it, cut themselves while trying to do so or develop so called ‘wrap rage’.

According to American studies, around six thousand people a year wind up in emergency rooms with lacerations and puncture wounds caused by clamshell/oyster packaging. Some injuries are caused by the jagged edges of half-opened, hard-plastic wrappers. Others occur when the frustrated consumers use tools such as knives, scissors or wire cutters. These implements, often take up in anger, have a tendency to glance off the nigh-impenetrable packaging and wound the hands that wield them.

“I’ve worked in the emergency department on Christmas day for six out of the last 10 years. We certainly see lacerations. That’s the most common thing. But we also see punctures,” said David Ross, DO, an emergency physician at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. He also is a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians. “That clamshell packaging is absolutely diabolical.” (From American Medical News)

The root of this problems simply lays within the way the package is designed. Normally a sturdy, almost impenetrable PET or PVC clamshell is used to fully encase and secure the product. And while these protect the product inside and give a nice presentation towards the customer, it is exactly this type of packaging that annoys and frustrates people.

So what are the alternatives, are there any customer friendly blister packages? Of course there are! As said before, it is all about the design. That having said, take a look at the following, an easy to open blister package.


The design here is fairly simple, a blister presenting the product, encased by a printed cardboard card. After folding back the cardboard card, the customer can simply slide out the blister and access the product. Finally no more cuts and puncture wounds due to jagged edges, it’s really as simple as 1 2 3.

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Worldstar Awards 2013 – We have done it again!

Ecobliss can proudly say…We have done it again!!

In 2012 Ecobliss entered the competition with three entries into the WorldStar completion in three different categories: ‘Electronics’, ‘Household’ and ’Other”.  All three entries (100% score!!) received an Award from the WPO jury. This year, Ecobliss has managed to convince the jury of the “Worldstar Competition” once more, this time with the ”Easy Opening” package.


The “Easy Opening” package may be one of Ecobliss’ most popular designs. A blister packaging of which a part of the card board is bent over, to enable the blister to slide out. The type of products that can be packed into the easy opening type of blister is almost unlimited. Batteries, tapes, automotive lamps, spark plugs, disposables, LED and energy saving lamps are typical products to be packed in an easy opening blister.

Many consumers look at blister packaging in a negative way because of the difficult and unpleasant method of opening. Easy opening packaging can therefore be an important part of your marketing strategy as it is recognized as ‘friendly’. It offers the customer convenience for which your brand will be appreciated.


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Tamper-evident food containers

By Gretchen Edelbrock, Products Editor

A saladWith no removable byproducts or tear-away pieces, minimizing potential choking hazards, the food containers’ double-hinged tamper-evident design eliminates the need for shrink bands or tamper-evident labels. The plastic packaging’s offset, recessed cavity instructional tabs ensure easy gripping and opening while the leak-resistant design ensures no messes or spills either in store aisles or while on the go.

The tamper-evident containers are produced from EcoStar RPET-F food-grade sheet manufactured with post-consumer recycled content from bottles and thermoforms.

Strong and stackable, the food packaging containers are easy to separate by hand or via automation with minimal ribbing on sidewalls to provide great product visibility. Designed for retailers, brand owners, and food processors looking for safe packaging that is environmentally responsible, the new recyclable plastic containers safely and attractively display deli and to-go foods from sandwiches and salads, deli pasta salads, salsas, single serve desserts, and dry packed foods.


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PCR PET is central to OtterBox redesign

The outer carton boasts a ‘beautiful opaque yellow’ while the inner tray that holds the cell phone protector is made of up to 100% post-consumer recycled PET.



By Pat Reynolds, VP/Editor

As sales of cell phones and other mobile devices have blossomed in recent years, so too have sales of the protective cases used to keep such devices free from damage. Among the leading suppliers in this product category is Otter Products LLC. Based in Fort Collins, CO, Otter Products recently redesigned the packaging it uses for its OtterBox series of protective cases. Gone is a paperboard solution that tended to get a little shopworn over time and in its place is a two-part PET solution that has brought not only a dramatic improvement in on-shelf merchandising but also an immediate uptick in sales. It’s a classic example of a manufacturer willing to invest significantly in better packaging because it was clear that the payback was there to be had.


I would say at this point that the new packaging is probably 80% more costly than the two-part paperboard package—folding carton and molded-pulp insert—that we used before,” says packaging engineer Josh Caldecourt. “In my opinion, the packaging used previously was not a good reflection of our brand. I think now we have adjusted that in the right direction and by the right amount. It’s easy enough to justify when you look at the results. We did changeovers at Best Buy and Walmart that amounted to a complete planogram wipe, a fresh new look executed overnight. The data showed a 10% lift in sales almost immediately.”


It should be noted that these are not inexpensive products. The suggested retail price is anywhere from $20 to $100, which means that having to pay another 20 cents or so per package is not as significant as it would be if the product had a price point significantly lower. Even so, this new and improved packaging represents a significant investment. It was a huge decision to move ahead with the change, and Caldecourt and company should be commended for their willingness to invest in packaging the way they did.




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Blisters, the 100% way to make your products visible to the world!

Ecobliss presents its new promotional video for blisters on Youtube

Blisters are the 100% way to make your products visible to the world!

Ecobliss, The Smart Source for Blister and High Visibility Packaging.


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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 Blister News, Blisters, Thermoforming No Comments


Blisters are used for many purposes and in many different markets. Think of any market such as DYI, automotive, lighting, stationary, pharmaceutical, any consumer market and you’ll find blisters matching any product you can imagine. That’s no surprise, because blisters are a unique, self selling concept. There’s no better way to present your product 100% visible in the shelf while being fully protected by the transparent plastic blister. Blisters can be produced in any style, size or shape.

Blisters are typically used for consumer goods, food products, pharmaceutical and medical purposes, transport packaging, box interiors etc.

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Saturday, January 17th, 2009 Blister Packaging, Blisters No Comments

Production of blisters

Blisters are produced using a process named vacuum forming or thermoforming.

A plastic film or sheet is unwound from the reel and guided though a pre-heating station on the thermoforming machine. The temperature of the pre-heating plates (upper and lower plates) is such that the plastic will soften and become formable. The warm plastic will then arrive in a forming station where a large pressure or vacuum (4 to 8 bar) will form the blister cavity into a negative or onto a positive mould. The mould is cooled such that the plastic becomes rigid again and maintains its shape when removed from the mould. In case of difficult shapes, the warm film will be physically pushed down partially into the cavity by a “plug-assist” feature.

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Saturday, January 17th, 2009 Blister Packaging, Blisters No Comments

Materials used to produce blisters


Typical materials for the production of blisters are thermoplastics such as: A-PET, G-PET, PVC, Polypropylene, PLA

Saturday, January 17th, 2009 Blister Packaging, Blisters No Comments

New building Ecobliss Headquarters

Ecobliss New Headquarters

After years of continuous growth the location of Ecobliss Headquarters had become too small. Therefore we are happy to tell you that the Ecobliss office has moved to a new location. Within a few months a fully equipped prepress area will become available as well as the showroom to show to our visitors our high visibility packaging solutions and related equipment. The brand new building is located in the Industrial Area “de Berk” in Echt. The distance to the highway A2 (Maastricht-Amsterdam) as well as to the new highway A73 (Echt-Venlo-Nijmegen) is only 2,5 km. Please see the Contacts page for updated direct telephone numbers.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 Blisters, Business News, PET No Comments