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The Glossary of the International Trade Centre (ITC) on the technical terms used in the packaging sector is a database designed to provide updated information on the specific terminology used in the packaging industry. This Glossary is a tool placed at the disposal of users for information only. It is not designed to replace the appropriate professional advice in any way. Users are invited to submit their comments and observations by email to Mr. Frederic Couty, Senior Adviser, Export Packaging at the following email address: fcouty[at]intracen.org
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instructions used to describe location or position of nails used on exterior
Acontainer mouth having an opening roughly
one half the diameter of the container or less.
narrow upper part of a container between the shoulder and the opening. The
nozzle containing the dispensing orifice of a collapsible tube.
the body of which is abruptly reduced in diameter at top or bottom end to
provide for stacking and to economise on the size/cost of end components.
the mold assembly which forms the neck and finish. Also called the neck ring.
fitted into each other for storage or shipment. The sides are often tapered
to permit the empty containers to fit inside one another.
extruded netting of plastic material, usually polyethylene, which can be
converted into bags, sleeves or wraps.
of nitric acid and cellulose used in the manufacture of celluloid, and
container designed for one-trip use, to be discarded or recycled after its first
lettering consisting only of straight lines and curves with no embellishment.
Also referred to as ‘sans-serif’ lettering.
treatment of cases or bags to increase surface tension or friction to reduce slippage
in stacking or palletizing operations.
A round fitting or device, forming part of a container and closure to
facilitate filling, dispensing or pouring.
on a food product’s package concerning its nutritional composition, the
format and content of the statement often defined by regulation.
thermoplastic film made from polyamide resins; highly transparent, good water
vapour transmission rate (WVTR), good resistance to grease and oil and wide temperature
range. Can be deep-drawn by thermoforming.