Product Update: Easy-to-Decorate Easy-to-Use Tubes

Squeeze tubes can be printed in a range of colors with special effects, while others ease product use


Companion Tubes

A tube manufacturer introduces a series of coordinate pairs of similarly decorated tubes in corresponding colors and design themes. For instance, the Companion series tube can come in feminine and masculine designs. In one example, the feminine set has a rendering of a woman’s face in a rainbow silver foil against a lavender background. A multicolored floral pattern and starbursts are silk-screened onto the TP Design-R tube. The masculine variation set displays a nautical theme. A holographic gold-foil anchor and a ship’s wheel are silk-screened onto a corresponding colored background. Various dispensing caps and matte- or smooth-sided tubes are offered. Tubed Products LLC, Easthampton, MA; 413/527-1250;

Laminate Tubes

A manufacturer of laminate and plastic laminate tubes has introduced a 2-in.- diam plastic laminate tube. This tube is available in four-color process printing, spot-color printing, and hot-stamp foil. Tube materials are offered in a variety of colors. The manufacturer also supplies aluminum and tin tubes, coated metered-dose inhaler cans, and plastic jars, bottles, and closures. IntraPac, Swedesboro, NJ; 856/467-0485;

Ampule Swab

A company offers a polypropylene swab version of its plastic ampoule. A user activates the package with a gentle squeeze, rupturing the internal membrane. Another gentle squeeze then dispenses the contents onto the applicator tip. The user easily controls the rate and flow of the liquid as it is dispensed. The company also offers a variety of applicator tips for its swab product, including a cylindrical tip with a centered hole for enhanced product flow, tapered tips for precise topical applications, and a variety of brush applicator tips. James Alexander Corp., Blairstown, NJ; 908/362-9266;

Unit-of-Use Tubes

A contract filler offers unit-of-use tubes with a foil-laminate structure in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The tubes can be printed in full color. The laminate tubes also provide barrier protection against moisture transmission and UV light exposure. Unette Corp., Wharton, NJ; 973/328-6800;

Laminate Tubes

Laminate tubes offer the look of aluminum in a durable, consumer-friendly package. SilverLine tubes provide barrier protection properties using various laminations. Tubes are available in diameters of 1¼2 in. to 15¼8 in. with a wide range of head and closure styles. Alcan Packaging Cebal, Norwalk, CT; 203/845-6300;



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