Innovation and technology

The Group’s three broad objectives of reducing consumption of resources; minimising environmental impact; and increasing our product value, are supported by a number of additional long-standing objectives. By embracing the concept of “creating more value with less”, we are working with our suppliers and customers to reduce our impact elsewhere in the packaging value chain. RPC Astrapak put this commitment to action by holding a workshop with a major South African retailer, aimed at building capacity around product lifecycle management.

Gold Pack Awards

Over the past financial year, a number of the Group’s companies have introduced new products and new innovations in areas as diverse as fruit packing, personal care and the medical industry. The South African Packaging Industry holds its Gold Pack Awards competition every two years, with the objective of acknowledging innovative packaging designs, and recognising members of the industry for outstanding contributions in the packaging sector. The annual competition attracts entries from all over the country from manufacturers who are striving to put innovation into practice and offering customers product differentiation in the market.Astrapak entered five products in this year’s competition and was awarded four medals. The medals were awarded for the following products:


Raw material innovation

  • Green footprint and sustainability
  • Raw material prepared using “recipe” of materials: 60% virgin raw material, 40% regrind recycled material
  • Regrind comes from RPC-Af own internal recycling processes
  • Partnered with Extrupet, who create new raw material – PhoenixPET, a “food grade” recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET) resin and rHDPE recycled High Density Polyethylene