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The CleariIntent portfolio enables sustainability improvements

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OEGSTGEEST, the Netherlands - January 19, 2017 - As part of its ambitious 2025 sustainability goals, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials has created a new portfolio designed to enable customers choose products that can help to make a positive environmental impact.
Xander van der Vlies, director sustainability, Avery Dennison Europe, said that the ClearIntent™ portfolio is about working with converters and brand owners - supporting them in meeting their sustainable packaging goals: "Avery Dennison has been creating more and more materials designed to empower sustainable choices, and it makes perfect sense to assemble all of them under one umbrella. Label converters can now offer materials with confidence to their customers, knowing that anything within the ClearIntent range provides the sustainability credentials they seek. The available materials cover a wide range of applications, so ClearIntent gives converters more ways to say 'yes' to sustainability."

"The materials that help converters 'pick responsibly' have to meet at least one of three main sustainability standards to qualify for the new portfolio", adds Luuk Zonneveld, product manager sustainability. The first is responsible sourcing, where it has been verified by third party companies that a significant amount of the product's content comes from sustainably sourced materials. The second is reduction of material - a product must offer comparable or superior performance to a conventional alternative, while using less material. The third criterion focuses on recycling, requiring a label material to be recyclable itself, to be made of recycled content, or to enable or improve the recyclability of the container or packaging the label is on.

Zonneveld said that some of the most recent product innovations from Avery Dennison are included in the ClearIntent range: "All of our development work takes place with a central focus on sustainability, which is why so many of these products deliver not only sustainability improvements but also differentiation for converters who are seeking new business opportunities. For example, ClearCut™ adhesive technology combined with an FSC-liner offers improved sustainability with no compromise on performance or productivity. We have more than 1100 FSC-certified label constructions offered at price and performance parity. Our Bio-based PE film is made from a plant-based feedstock which avoids the use of scarce petroleum resources and prevents pollution caused by fossil fuel extraction. Recycling-friendly options include facestocks made from 100% recycled paper, which offer improved GreenPrint™ performance vs similar paper facestocks made from virgin fibers.* There is a choice here for almost any application you can think of."


Innovative color separation technology

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New GMG OpenColor provides innovative GMG color separation technology for Adobe Photoshop and PACKZ. Users benefit from GMG OpenColor ability to predict overprints for reliable spot color results.

Tuebingen, January 18, 2017 - GMG, the leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, announces a new release of GMG OpenColor, its award-winning multichannel profiling software. The highlight of GMG OpenColor 2.0.6 is the ability to dynamically create and deliver best-quality separation and preview profiles to Adobe Photoshop and PACKZ from HYBRID Software. For existing customers of OpenColor, the latest version offers a new function to calculate separations in a very flexible and convenient way via rules that can be applied to whole spot color libraries for calculating the best matches for the separation.
GMG OpenColor is a powerful profiling system that is easy and quick to use. It can characterize offset, flexo and gravure printing processes with 10+ colors of overprinting inks. It does so by applying mathematical models that predict the ink interplay for specific processes and substrates without requiring extensive fingerprint data. In fact, even without any data, based on pure math, GMG OpenColor has the capability to predict process-specific ink overprints. "With GMG OpenColor we are now able to create GMG DotProof profiles with spot colors for special substrates like foil or metal fast, achieving reliable color matching results," notes Michael Guggemos, Head of Color Management at MCM Nägele GmbH & Co. Digital Repro KG.
GMG OpenColor's rapid adoption by most of the major suppliers and brands worldwide is unprecedented and a strong endorsement of this exciting new technology. With GMG OpenColor 2.0.6, GMG is now taking the next step to open up new possibilities for third-party applications, including:

  • Adobe Photoshop: With a direct connection to the GMG ColorPlugin integrated in Photoshop, GMG OpenColor 2.0.6 offers a new predictive, on-the-fly profiling for layers and/or selections, from CMYK to any combination of process colors and spot colors. The new OpenColor Preview function in Photoshop provides a color-accurate preview with OpenColor prediction technology, so that all changes are immediately visualized. Profiling any channel change with a mouse click, GMG OpenColor turns difficult color separation and re-separation tasks into simple ones that anyone can master.
  • PACKZ: PACKZ is a PDF-based prepress tool suite for professional package and label production. GMG OpenColor can connect to PACKZ in order to bring dynamically created GMG profiles to another solution. PACKZ, with GMG OpenColor profiles, can easily re-separate jobs to reduce or optimize number of plates on press (replacing magenta with a spot color or separate spot colors and overprints to a 7color extended color gamut printing process). These complex re-separation tasks, very difficult in the past, can now be achieved on the fly.

METPACK Innovation Award 2017

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Now Put Yourself Forward as a Candidate for the Oscar in the Metal Packaging Sector. Honouring Solutions for Raising Quality and Reducing Costs.

At the global METPACK fair, international companies will provide evidence of how innovative the metal packaging sector is. At Messe Essen from May 2 to 6, 2017, they will present to the trade public from all over the world their new solutions for the manufacture, refinement, painting and recycling of metal packaging. Now, the exhibitors can already put themselves forward as candidates for the Oscar in the sector, the METPACK Innovation Award. It will offer the winners an outstanding mark of distinction with worldwide renown which can be utilised as a valuable instrument and seal of quality in customer communication.

The METPACK Innovation Award distinguishes products which, to a particular extent, contribute to raising quality and reducing costs during the production of metal packaging. Messe Essen will award the prize for the eighth time already. A jury consisting of international experts will check the submissions and will gain personal impressions of the products during the period of the fair. The winners will be distinguished in Gold, Silver and Bronze on the second day of the fair.

Gernot Geldner, Chairman of the Expert Jury: "The METPACK Innovation Award is impressive evidence of the innovative force in the sector. Time and time again, we are enthusiastic about what new developments and improvements the metal packaging industry shows at METPACK every three years and the entire sector will profit from these." Exhibitors can pass on their submissions from now on. The closing date for entries will be March 31, 2017. Further information is available at

In 2014, the Spanish company Matriruiz S.L. convinced the expert world and won the METPACK Innovation Award for the Spider Head Liner, a delta robot for the production of can ends. The technology permits quick and easy adjustment to different end shapes; conversion times and production costs are reduced in this way. At METPACK 2011, the Award in Gold went to the US manufacturer Sensory Analytics for its SpecMetrix measurement system for the coating thickness and the film weight. Amongst other reasons, the innovation was selected because of the innovative, versatile and contactless application and the great savings potential for coating material in nearly every coating application which is used in the manufacture of metal packaging.


Interpack 2017 - Düsseldorf

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Held in Vienna, on 11 January 2017, the press conference of the Interpack fair, where the exhibition's director, Mr. Bernd Jablonowski unveiled the new developments of the exhibition, it's presentations and also shared useful informations to the journalists from several countries.

interpack 2017 is recording the highest demand among exhibitors in its history of over 55 years. By the official closing date of this outstanding international event for the packaging industry and related processing industries, exhibitors had booked about 20 per cent more space than was available at the exhibition centre with its 262,400 square metres in 19 halls. Around 2,700 exhibitors can therefore be expected again from 4 to 10 May 2017, coming from about 60 different countries. As before, another trade fair will be running in parallel, entitled components, special trade fair by interpack. It will feature products from supplier industries of the packaging sector. This event, too, is now fully booked, yet it will occupy more than twice as much space as in 2014, at its premiere.

Special topic: Industry 4.0 - in partnership with VDMA
Where size and internationalism are concerned, interpack is a unique platform for businesses offering products and solutions in packaging technology and related processes as well as packaging media and materials for the various segments of this industry: food, beverages, confectionery and baked goods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, non-food consumer goods and industrial goods. The products and services presented here will be supplemented by several innovative specialist areas. Working together with the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Interpack 2017 will put the focus on Industry 4.0, in particular. The special show will take the form of a Technology Lounge at the VDMA stand, featuring examples of solutions in packaging machinery and process engineering and opening up new opportunities for applications in security, traceability, copying and counterfeit protection as well as in customised packaging.

SAVE FOOD innovationparc
As before, SAVE FOOD will play a role at interpack 2017. A special show called innovationparc (Innovation Park) will be held, with packaging ideas and solutions designed to reduce food losses and waste. They will include the winners of the international competitions for the SAVE FOOD Packaging Awards, held by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). The prizes were awarded prior to interpack, and the winners are now set to compete with one other for the WorldStar Awards at the trade fair. The innovationparc will include a presentation forum which can be used by companies to showcase their ideas and solutions. As before, the innovationparc will be held in a high-quality marquee, situated between Halls 2 and 3.

The first day of the trade fair will also feature the third international SAVE FOOD convention, held in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

components trade fair now entirely in tandem with interpack
Following the premiere of components, special trade fair by interpack, in 2014, the general idea of this trade fair has been substantially revised for 2017. Visitors will now find it at a central location within the exhibition centre, in Hall 18, a temporary lightweight hall, approximately 5,000 square metres in size. It is situated between Halls 10 and 16, complementing interpack for its entire duration.

Hundreds of companies from the supplier industries will each have their own stands, offering products in drive, control and censor technology, industrial image processing, material handling technology and other (machine) components. components will be freely accessible to all interpack visitors and exhibitors. Further details are available at

Online services for trade fair visitors contains useful resources to help visitors prepare and plan each day at the trade fair efficiently. These resources include an exhibitors' database with the option of compiling a personalised hall plan as well as a "matchmaking" function to contact exhibitors and to receive news of companies represented at the trade fair. The site has a responsive interface which also adjusts itself to a small display on a mobile device.

In addition, a visitors' app is available for iPhone and Android users. Its functions include the exhibitors' and event database, updated on a daily basis, graphically optimised hall plans and exhibitors' details, including contact details and product information, an appointment form and the option of adding customised notes to exhibitors' entries. The user's settings and notes are available on all platforms, regardless of the device where they were originally created. The interpack website also has a hotel booking function and numerous tips on Düsseldorf's cultural highlights, so that visitors can plan their stay. A full list of event preparation services can be found at

However, offers more than direct preparation for the trade fair. The interpack magazine, which is issued at regular intervals, has numerous interesting articles on trends in the industry. It also has some worthwhile infographics and interviews with industry experts.

Opening hours and prices
interpack is open daily, from 4 to 10 May 2017, 10:00 to 18:00 hrs. E-tickets are already available. A day ticket can be purchased online in advance at or following direct link and costs EUR 52.00 (EUR 65.00 at the box office). The box office price for students and trainees is EUR 15.00. A three-day ticket can be bought online, in advance, for EUR 105.00 (box office: EUR 130.00). Any tickets that have been obtained online can be printed out directly from a computer. An interpack 2017 entrance ticket or exhibitor's pass entitles the holder to travel to and from the exhibition centre for free, using the local transport company VRR. This covers all the towns and cities within the catchment area of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre.

We will also share useful information to the fair visitors, soon, pay attention to our Portal, please.


WPO announces finalist of four special awards within the WorldStar Awards 2017

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Chicago, January 2017  WPO (World Packaging Organization) has just announced the list of candidates for four special awards within the WorldStar Awards 2017 programme.

In no particular order, as follows: 

President's Award Finalists

  • Capa Pack (Camargo Cia Embalagens, Brazil)
  • Capsules with individual, unique QR codes (PITKIT L.T.D., Israel)
  • 4-in-1 Packaging for SKODA (Škoda Auto a.s., Czech Republic)
  • Ecodraft (Cardiff Group nv, Belgium)

Sustainability Award Finalists

  • Purity (Tubex GmbH, Germany)
  • Freshdy™ - Fresher for Longer (Grupo Sinekis SA de CV, Mexico)
  • EcoFishBox (Stora Enso Packaging Oy, Finland)

Marketing Award Finalists

  • Fromin - Water from the Ice Age - Glass (David Rybář  - Dr. Design)
  • Capa Pack (Camargo Cia Embalagens, Brazil)
  • Tigi Bed Head For Men Crate by BoxMart (BoxMart)

Packaging that Saves Food Award Finalists

  • Freshdy™ - Fresher for Longer (Grupo Sinekis SA de CV, Mexico)
  • Ethylene Absorber Bag (Flexomed, Spain)
  • BeeMagic Tray (Dampack International BV, Netherlands)

Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for each category will be announced on 4 May 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany, during Interpack (May 4-10).  To register for the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner go to or access the direct link, (Each winning company will receive one  complimentary place. Additional guest cost is €70.) A complete list of 2017 WorldStar winners can be found at

Entries for the 2018 edition of WorldStar Awards will be open in June 2017 and the judging will take place in November, in Brazil. 


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