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MONTE CARLO, Monaco — Luxe Pack Monaco held its busiest session to date during the annual event that ran from Oct. 27 to 29 here.

The high-end packaging trade show logged 8,525 visitors, a 15 percent rise versus the same prior-year period. It added a formulation component in an additional 5,555-square-foot hall housing 18 exhibitors, also within the Grimaldi Forum, and exceptionally took place a few days earlier than usual.

Nathalie Grosdidier, deputy managing director of Idice, Luxe Pack’s organizer, deems the packaging-content correlation is increasingly strong and strategic in view of changes in legislation and consumer needs.

“Formulation companies and packaging manufacturers have to work together to be innovative, more in advance,” she said.

Sébastien Bardon, chief executive officer of Capsum — a company in the formulation area — lauded the fair, saying: “The quality of visitors is very high.”

The French firm creates beads filled with serum made using microfluidics, a technology involving the manipulation of liquids generally on a sub-millimeter scale.

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 “They allow you to see your active ingredient,” said Bardon of the beads, adding they provide a new sensation and beauty gesture plus protect active ingredients.

HCT was showing its full-service capability, including concept creation, design, development and distribution, said Milena Casiraghi, the company’s strategic sourcing and procurement manager. Among the novelties being displayed was a double-barreled container for skin care and/or makeup, whose parts can be refilled separately and used either individually or together to mix formulas.

On the purely packaging front, Pochet du Courval highlighted two recent technologies.

“This year is the first time we can open the internal dimension of the bottle,” said Lucie Ray-Lalanne, the firm’s industrial marketing director. One invention allows for glass sculpting inside a flacon, as already seen in Cartier’s La Panthère fragrance bottle. It involves a flacon with no shoulder and interior mechanical parts to staunch leakage.

“We used it before for jars,” said Ray-Lalanne, of the process.

Pochet spotlighted, too, its new glass-blowing method enabling shapes, such as waves, to be made at the bottom inside of bottles.

DuPont, meanwhile, keeps evolving the usage of Surlyn, its packaging resin. Philippe Milazzo, global market manager for cosmetic and perfumes packaging at the company, pointed to Lancôme’s Grandiôse, which has the material overmolded on a plastic flower, as a first for a mascara cap.

He added DuPont continues promoting overmolding on bottles, too. The company has also expanded the types of fabrics it can overmold for Surlyn bottle caps. Another novelty for the show was a bracelet prototype, called Armida, made of the material with an integrated fragrance component.

Among Aptar’s innovations, it dressed up bulb atomizers with polyester fabric.

“The main benefit for a brand is now it can really apply a logo or pattern,” said Patrick Bousquel, director of Europe market development for beauty at the firm.

Aptar displayed fragrance pumps and collars decorated using processes such as stamping or laser. The idea here was that in-store testers are fragrance bottles with no caps.

“Maybe we can help the brands to push [their] story a little bit further,” said Bousquel.

Albéa’s recent creations included a traction compact using a plastic hinge pin rather than a magnet.

“It’s environmental and less costly,” said Pauline Uhlen, marketing product manager for cosmetic rigid packaging at the company.

There was also a compact with a transparent section so product shade can be seen and a mirror inside. Launching here officially, as well, was the Lash Mania plastic brush family comprising Dolly, for volume and definition, and Sensual, for extra curl and length.

Luxe Pack Monaco devoted a corner to 3-D printing.

“The demand is increasing in every industry,” said Quentin Kiener, president of 3D Prod, adding today the technology is used mostly for prototypes or small parts and series.

The 2014 Luxe Pack in Green Monaco award went to Euro Cosmetic Asia and Sanyo Chemical’s T-eco jar, made with a low plastic content and entirely recyclable, refillable and reusable. A special award went to Heinz-Glas, which takes heat generated during glass production to warm a greenhouse in Germany housing tropical fruits and fish.

“It was not marketing,” said Grosdidier. “It was about a dream.”

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