Here you will find a selection of frequently asked questions regarding Neopac tubes, and, of course, their answers. Can't find your question? Please send us an email.

What is the minimum order quantity of tubes?

We can provide tube orders from 25,000 units.

How long does it take to deliver the tubes?

Approximately between 8 to 10 weeks. Sometimes we can deliver them quicker.

What is the difference between Polyfoil® tubes, aluminum tubes, laminate tubes, COEX tubes, PE tubes and IML tubes?

Packaging tubes differ fundamentally in the material they are made from, the manufacturing process, its ability to protect and its appearance:

Polyfoil® tubes are the best laminate tubes. They are produced in a clean room and are coated with an original patented technology containing plastic. All materials are food or pharma certified and are processed with low-migration colors and varnishes. The tubes therefore combine protection and beauty for the product in a unique way, as well as convenience for the consumer. This brand is protected by Neopac worldwide.

Aluminum tubes are made exclusively of aluminum, which includes the hull, the shoulder and the head. As a result, they provide the great protection to your product.

Laminate tubes consist of various layers and have strong barrier properties. We distinguish these as aluminum-barrier laminate (ABL tubes) and plastic barrier laminate (PBL tubes). Each pre-printed laminate is welded to a tube.

COEX tubes are co-extruded tubes made of polyethylene with an EVOH barrier layer, which is printed all over. The have a high restoring force and look brilliant when in use.

PE tubes are extruded tubes made of polyethylene, which is printed all around. The barrier properties are low, on the other hand they are suitable for recycling since they are made from mono-material.

IML tubes are usually made of polypropylene and are produced through the injection molding process (in-mold labelling). Printed foil is placed into the machine and molded.

How is a Polyfoil® tube produced?

It would be best if you came to visit us and we could show you onsite. As we must manufacture in a clean environment and maintain high hygiene standards for the quality of our tubes, we only allow our customers and partners to do this. Private tours for companies (and for schools) are not possible.

How long can I store the tubes?

From production to filling/sealing, Neopac tubes have a shelf life of 12 months.

Can I sterilize the tubes?

Yes, depending on the material, you can sterilize our tubes with radiation (gamma), superheated steam, or gas (ETO).

Does Neopac also fill the tubes?

We manufacture the tubes, but do not fill them. For the (sterile) filling of tubes, we would be delighted to recommend specialized pharmaceutical or cosmetics contract manufacturing organizations(CMO’s).

Who invented the tube?

The painter John Rand was annoyed about his paints drying out so he developed a lead tube. On 11 September 1841, he got a U.S. patent for the tube. Later, the tin-based tin foil tube was produced, followed by the first aluminum tube. The plastic and laminate tubes that are commonly used today have been developed in the mid-20th century.

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