Putokšnis adopts a new DOLOOP trademark

Putokšnis UAB adopts a new DOLOOP trademark as a sign of its focus on sustainability

Putokšnis UAB, a private company which is one of the leading manufacturers of PET packaging in Lithuania has adopted a new DOLOOP trademark. This reflects new orientation of the company toward sustainable production and zero-emission packaging solutions.  DOLOOP means operation based on the principles of circular economy, where the impact on the environment is reduced through efficient use of electricity and raw materials, development of renewable packaging, and solutions that enable all partners in the value chain to operate sustainably and responsibly.

‘Our company is very well aware that it operates in a global world where everything is interlinked. Today, the greatest challenge is the adverse effects of climate change that touch upon everyone without exclusion. As manufacturers of packaging that is among the most recyclable and popular types of packaging – PET, we assume responsibility and demonstrate leadership by developing and providing sustainable solutions that are not limited to production. These daily efforts are embodied in a new trademark, which also marks a strategic line of activities of the company,’ – says Dovydas Stulpinas, Managing Director of DOLOOP.

The company consistently works toward development of a zero-emission packaging: solutions based on energy and raw material efficiency are used in production processes, products of eco-innovative design are created and offered to customers.

100% of electricity used in production is generated from renewable energy sources. Implementation of energy saving measures enabled the company to cut its energy costs per product by more than one-fifth. A PET production waste recycling unit ensures manufacturing process without waste; packaging created according to the principle of regenerative design helps resolve issues of sustainability related to the entire product life cycle.

According to Dovydas Stulpinas, ‘in the era of circular economy, manufacturers of packaging are closely related to the manufacturers of the end product, and to processors as well, which means that our operations exceed the limits of usual commercial cooperation. We are all united by the same purpose of preserving this world for future generations. By operating according to the concept of open and fair business, we develop renewable packaging solutions that produce a global impact and reduce the negative impact of the product’s footprint. This is the only way into sustainable future for all of us.’

The new DOLOOP brand symbolises cyclical nature of production. The interlinked letters represent the symbol of infinity and the path of circular production chosen by the company. The green colour of the logo emphasises the aspect of sustainability of environmentally-friendly production and enhances the effect of the closed production circle.

The new corporate trademark and identity were created by  Brandity, a trademark and packaging identify agency; Impact Advisory, a business consultancy, was hired as the project‘s consultant.

About DOLOOP (formerly Putokšnis)

DOLOOP that operates in Šiauliai and Vilnius is one of the leading PET manufacturers in Lithuania. The company specialises in the production of PET blanks and PET bottles. Last year‘s production volumes amounted to almost 1.5 billion PET blanks and almost 35 million PET  bottles. This year the company added PET film to the range of its sustainable packaging products. Customers of the company include well known domestic and foreign producers of beverages. 90% of the products are exported to over 20 countries including Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden etc.

In 2020, the company‘s turnover totalled EUR 46.3 million and its net profit was EUR 2.09 million. The company employed 157 people as of October 2021.

How to recognise packaging that is truly recyclable?

Cluster members Gerovė share their knowledge and raise awareness on plastics recycling on Lithuanian media.

  • Company is convinced that the key is to produce recyclable packaging. Since 2012, the company has been looking for ways to use as much recycled material as possible in its products. Currently, Gerovė uses as much as 86 % recycled plastic in its products. The factory buys plastic packaging waste and uses it to make new products – plastic bags.
  • According to the company, sustainability should not be achieved by giving up plastic (which today would be a huge inconvenience), but by recycling it as many times as possible. This helps to reduce CO2 emissions and, at the same time, to stop climate change. A new plastic product can be made using 100 % recycled material.
  • In Lithuania, industrial waste is recycled quite easily, but the main aim is to recycle consumer and household waste, because recycling industrial waste alone does not solve the problem.
  • In order for recyclers to recycle plastics, they must be made of a homogeneous material, i.e. of one type. The number in the triangle on the packaging should ideally indicate 1, 2, 3 or 5. If the number is 7, the packaging is not recyclable because it is made of several different plastics or a mixture of plastic and paper.

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Bags from bioplastic are 100 % recyclable

The basis of JSC Gerovė business is circular economy. That means they use recycled materials in their manufacturing process, and the products can be reused and recycled.

Gerovė recycles and uses up to 2,000 tonnes of plastic materials per year to manufacture such products as waste bags, film in rolls, industrial packaging and packaging for retail companies.

In 30 years of the company’s existence, it has always operated in a socially responsible manner, encouraging customers and community to sort their waste, to reuse products and to recycle everything that can be recycled.

Company’s expert team keeps up with the global trends and innovations and applies new technologies to present products as well as create new products. One of these new recently developed products is biobased waste bags. These bags are made using plastic derived from sugarcane and are 100% recyclable.

Installation of new technological lines in 2022

The year 2021 has been very successful for Plasteksus UAB, a private company producing plastic bottles, canisters and tops, PE films and bags, and many other plastic products. Despite rising raw material prices globally, which has forced the company to increase prices for its products, CEO Egidijus Vitkevičius is satisfied with the growth in turnover.

In 2022, Plasteksus intends to install new process lines financed by funds received under a project, attract new customers and further consolidate its market position.

Lately the company has been giving much consideration to the processing of raw materials. Plasteksus also specialises in the use of bioplastic in the production process in line with the objective of promoting sustainability and circular economy.

Flexblow – expansion of R&D and manufacturing capabilities

FlexBlow, chosen as Lithuanian exporter of the year for 10 consecutive years, has started year 2021 stronger than ever before. The company managed not only to deal with the global challenges brought by 2020, but also to turn them into new opportunities and increase manufacturing capacity by almost 20 per cent.

FlexBlow manufactures the world’s most flexible PET stretch blow moulding machines, offers turn-key solutions for bottling and blow moulding industries, installs and services complete bottling lines, analyses and develops container and preform designs.

Tackling the issues in the global supply chains, the company expanded its service and distribution network to the USA, Europe, Saudi Arabia and Japan. In response to the world going online, FlexBlow also solidified its on-site and online services by offering 24/7 live video support, online monitoring, maintenance and system upgrades on top of its local services.

“Alongside our main business, last year we’ve responded to the global demand related to COVID-19 issues by cooperating with scientists in developing and manufacturing plastic face shields (visors). We are currently working on a new protective solution – engineering and prototyping innovative protective shields,” says Gintautas Maksvytis, the CEO of the company.

FlexBlow has already expanded R&D and manufacturing capacity during the peak of the pandemic. The company launched a new 3,200 square meter plant at the very end of 2020. It has around 1,000 sq m dedicated solely to engineering, prototyping and testing, and 3,000 sq m, to the manufacturing of blow moulding systems. “Thanks to our recent increase in capacity, we now have a large part of all manufacturing processes automated; we’ve also secured our positions in in-house mould production, in-house container and preform prototyping and real-life testing. This business decision definitely made us a strong player in bringing complete solutions for customers in the bottling and packaging industry,” stresses Mr Maksvytis.
The company is constantly seeking to attract competent employees. Engineers, CNC operators, programmers, service technicians and developers willing to join a growing highly-skilled team are always welcome at FlexBlow.

Innovative 3D printing services by 3D Creative

The year 2021 is abundant in orders for 3D Creative UAB, the largest plastic and sand 3D printing business in the Baltic States. CEO of the company Saulius Lileikis estimates that, by the end of the year, turnover will increase 40% to 50% as compared to previous year.

The company invests in digitalisation processes and purchases innovative industrial printers of various size, which enables it to broaden the range of its services. At present the company owns 50 industrial printers of various types and the latest one in addition is industrial SLS 3D printer Prodways. Next acquisition of 3D Creative of a new-generation 3D scanner enables for clients to get the digital models with very high accuracy, which performs accuracy of 9 microns.

3D Creative sells its products and services both in Lithuania and abroad, and expects a further increase in the number of clients and revenue.

HODA expecting to increase volumes of new orders

2021 marks an extraordinarily productive and significant year for cluster member UAB Hoda, one of the largest plastic injection moulders in the Baltics, with 3 new clients having joined the pool of its 137 regular customers. Subject to the projects being implemented on time as scheduled, the head of the company Raimundas Gražys estimates that “it is planning to reach over 20 million in turnover for the first time in the company’s history.”

Like other industries, UAB Hoda has been facing a shortage of raw materials used for manufacturing purposes during the pandemic period; however, the company’s technologies manager Egidijus Gražys claims that there is an ongoing search for alternatives so as to avoid disappointing customers and delayed deliveries of production. As it stands now, the company manages to fulfil its orders on time as it has put efforts to ensure the supply of necessary raw materials via its own channels. The second challenge faced by the company at this moment is a shortage of technical staff holding the necessary expertise. It is expected, nonetheless, to attract the staff in the foreseeable future from the major cities across Lithuania by offering them an appealing benefit package.

According to the head of the company Mr. Gražys, the company’s expansion through the introduction of new equipment has recently left no room for physical growth. Therefore, it is planned in the next 3 years to have a 5,000 sq m warehouse built for raw materials and a centralised raw material feeding system introduced to help ensure an even greater number of orders and a chance of securing a position in new markets.

Cooperation with AIMPLAS

This summer, LINPRA – Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania, the coordinator of Lithuanian Plastics Cluster, signed a cooperation agreement with AIMPLAS · Technological Institute of Plastics, the Spanish Innovation and Technology Center, with over 30 years of research and other experience in the plastics industry.

This cooperation will provide members of the Plastics Cluster with access to AIMPLAS knowledge, an international network of contacts and services: training, seminars, studies, consultations, calls to HORIZON projects.

AIMPLAS provides solutions, technical assistance, R&D, testing, analysis and training in a wide supply chain, from raw materials to plastic product manufacturers and end users. AIMPLAS specializes in packaging, construction, automotive, recycling, agriculture, electrical engineering, aeronautics and more. sectors.

👉 www.aimplas.net

The UPSKILL training material for plastics production line operators will be available soon

The international project UPSKILL, coordinated by LINPRA, has completed an important stage – the piloting of the training material for plastics production line operators has been completed and the final improvements of the material has started.

The UPSKILL project focuses on the profession of plastics production line operators. Assessing the current economic and demographic trends, the lack of specialist skills and the development of the necessary competencies is a relevant challenge in many Lithuanian and European plastics industry companies, and there is a severe shortage of these specialists in the European plastics sector. The UPSKILL project aims to link European vocational training systems to the needs of the labour market and to create and implement innovative curricula for these professionals. The project pays special attention to the development of digital, robotics and other advanced manufacturing technology skills, as well as the development of environmental and entrepreneurial competencies.

The training material of the project was prepared by an international team of experts from Finland, France and Lithuania: competent representatives of educational institutions, business and the European Plastics Sector Association EuPC. The adaptation (piloting) phase of the prepared material took place during the last four months of 2020 in Lithuanian (Visaginas Vocational School and Alytus Vocational Training Center), Finnish (TREDU) and French (ISPA) vocational training institutions. Teachers and students involved in the piloting of the material learned theories based on the Teacher’s Book and Student’s Handbook, developed in the project, and tested the practical tasks both at schools and in plastics moulding companies.

Vytautas Petkūnas, the director of Visaginas Vocational School and a member of the LINPRA Board, is hoping for effective results and tangible benefits for the sector: “The UPSKILL project aims to fill an existing gap by providing training materials that do not currently exist and developing skills of future employees in the sector, which are currently missing. The pilot phase of the project was successful, and the prepared material proved to be relevant – both teachers and students actively tested it and applied the theory in practice ”.

One of the project experts, UAB Intersurgical Extrusion Process Manager Laimonas Bačkys also agrees: “I am happy to participate in the UPSKILL project and share my accumulated knowledge in the development of the training program. Thanks to a competent team of experts and coherent cooperation, we have really succeeded in developing an excellent training program for the profession of plastics production line operators. By acquiring this knowledge, future employees will be able to integrate into the activities of Lithuanian or European plastic moulding companies significantly faster, and the companies themselves will reduce the costs of employee qualification training”.

In order to fully involve students in the piloting of the project, their international virtual meetings were organized, during which they presented and demonstrated how piloting works in schools. Teachers were pleased that the students particularly enjoyed the activity and were motivated by the opportunity to see how the UPSKILL material was adapted and how students from other countries were doing.

After testing the textbooks and the curriculum, the project participants prepared pilot reports and suggestions for improving the training material. Material corrections will take place in the next few months, and in May 2021, teaching material (program, teacher’s book and student’s textbook) for plastics production line operators will be available in Lithuania for the first time. The training material will be freely available to all and can be used both in vocational schools and in the factories of plastics production.

At the end of the project in April, a virtual international UPSKILL conference will be organized to present the final results. All representatives of the plastics sector are invited – European educational communities, plastics companies, future employers and employees.


A cluster strategy session was held on May 19th, 2017 in Šiauliai state college, where members of the cluster and its administration gathered to discuss future plans. During the session, members shared their achievements and discussed cluster initiatives planned for by the year 2020, as well as technological challenges and possibilities for cooperation.