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Interpack 2017 – post show report

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More than two months ago this year’s Interpack fair closed it’s gates. We've asked some exhibitors, how they appreciates the results of the exhibition and the relationships that were born there?

Gebo Cermex
The Gebo Cermex is formed from the union of two strong brands: Gebo & Cermex, gathering packaging line engineering experience across a range of market segments from beverages and food to pharmaceuticals, via home and personal care. They had been show their innovations, special conveying systems, Virtual Reality solutions in operators’ education, and so on.

Mr. Marc Aury, President & Managing Director of Gebo Cermex said: - “We were delighted with the visitor response to our innovative packing solutions that we showed at Interpack. The role of smart equipment based on our Agility 4.0 programme, including the global launches of AQFlex® - our all-in-one conveying solution, and CareSelect™ - our patented universal and modular shaped-bottle infeed and collating system for robotic or traditional case packers -  proved of great interest, particularly with those companies who are looking to realise the potential that Industry 4.0 offers.  The level of interest at the exhibition was certainly helped by the CareSelect system winning the ‘Modular Machines’ category of the ‘Best Future Machine Award’ sponsored by Rockwell Automation.”

Mondi had been shows their innovative packaging solutions respond to industry and end-user trends at interpack 2017 fair, according to a survey from the market intelligence agency Mintel on Packaging Trends 2017. Visitors had a chance to experience on their booth the following five industry trends linked with its innovative packaging solutions:

  1.  Convenience: Mondi’s ‘easy-open initiative’ has produced several innovations, to meet the needs of all customer ages, e.g. StripePack, FlexziBox, ZipperPouch, water-soluble film etc.
  2. Packaging with a natural look and feel: as their paper touch solutions, e.g. ArtPack, a special matte lacquer applied to flexible film that looks and feels like real paper. ArtPack won a 2016 German Packaging Award for Krosse Kerle potato crisp packaging.
  3. Packaging that builds trust with consumers: their innovation offers different cut out window solutions for a wide number of packaging applications. SKOG is made of Mondi’s FSC®-certified sack kraft paper combined with extrusion coating technology. The unique and environmentally friendly solution has been developed in cooperation with Silbo, a packaging converting company. It keeps food fresh and allows the package to be thermo-sealed – while still offering the consumer a view of what is inside.
  4.  Packaging that boosts brand recognition: e.g. Stand-up pouches are growing in popularity with their vivid printing, clear designs and convenient use. According to 2014 research by Schönwald Consulting, total global sales of stand-up pouches are expected to increase from $6.6 billion in 2013 to around $10.5 billion by 2018 as demand increases.
  5.  Eye-catching corrugated solutions trending in the cold chain: The food, medical and flower industries all face the same challenge of transporting products that need to be kept chilled at up to five different temperature zones. At the same time, these industries want packaging solutions that are sustainable and space-efficient. Mondi's latest innovation, which is currently in patent registration, pays tribute to the need for high strength paired with the utmost material efficiency.

Mr. Albert Klinkhammer, Group Marketing Director of Mondi said: “As the global No.1 trade fair, interpack is a very good platform to enter into dialogue with international customers and also with potential new customers as well as other stakeholders – such as the media or suppliers, for example. What went down very well this year was our new stand design with solutions for our customers but also for end users. Needless to say, we are delighted. We are satisfied with the footfall; it is roughly the same as at the previous interpack. Some of the discussions we had this year were characterised by a very high quality. A key theme at this trade fair is definitely brand perception: this means viewing packaging not only as part of the solution for safe transport but also as part of display solutions for the Point of Sale. Furthermore, the sustainability theme, which has always been taken for granted by Mondi, seems to have become mainstream in the industry.”

Pro Mach
Pro Mach is a leading provider of integrated packaging and processing products and solutions for food, beverage, consumer goods, pharmaceutical, and other diverse companies. Through multiple brands, Pro Mach provides product packaging and processing equipments, parts, and service in Bottling & Capping, Primary Packaging, Pharmaceutical Packaging, Flexible Packaging, Material Handling, Labeling & Coding, and End of Line, as well as Integrated Solutions for complete packaging lines. The company had been show on teir booth the new Zalkin one-stop-shop for capping machines, a Beltorque model inline capper for the pharmaceutical industry, - this models feature high quality, precise cap tightening. With the use of synchronized belts, these versatile and innovative machines reach specified torque without cap scuffing. Pro Mach also launched in Europe the revolutionary 180-Bag-Per-Minute Matrix Morpheus Vertical Form, Fill, and Seal Machine.

Mr. John Eklund - Vice President Marketing of Pro Mach said: „Interpack was a great experience for Pro Mach. We were able to hit all of our goals in terms of quality visits and prospects that we had established going into the trade fair. We were very impressed with the quality of visitors and the international reach of Interpack. We are looking forward to coming back in 2020."


Digital print solution for pharmaceutical packaging production

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Digitization supports the trend towards smaller runs resulting from specialized medicinal products
Primefire guarantees the high safety standards of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry
Development of new service offerings sustainable production through environmentally friendly materials and less paper waste

The pharmaceutical and healthcare market is increasingly moving towards specialized medicinal products. As a result, the packaging runs for these specially developed medicines are becoming ever shorter, along with the delivery times. August Faller GmbH & Co. KG based in Waldkirch near Freiburg has decided to counter this trend by placing an advance order for the Primefire 106 digital printing system from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in order to obtain one of the first machines worldwide in 2018. “We specialize in the production of secondary packaging for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, and see ourselves as a supply chain partner to our customers,” explains Managing Partner Dr. Michael Faller. “The diversity of the Primefire technology will create new opportunities in packaging production, which is increasingly moving towards customization, serialization, and digitization.”

Primefire guarantees high safety standards and sustainability
The products produced by the August Faller Group – folding cartons, package inserts, and adhesive labels as well as combination products and packaging services – call for high availability and flexibility as well as top quality and zero defect production. “With the Primefire, we can guarantee the very high safety standards of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, even for short runs and variable data,” says Peter Ganter, Director of the PharmaServiceCenter Folding Cartons in Waldkirch, with confidence. “As a specialist in offset printing, high print image quality is also crucial for us. Our print tests on the Primefire showed coverage of 95% of the Pantone color space. Furthermore the result achieved with the substrates we used was identical to that of offset printing. End customers will not be able to notice any difference compared with conventional offset printing results at first glance.”
The technology of the Primefire has further important benefits for Faller as a sustainable company: the water-based inkjet ink is recyclable, making the cardboard folding cartons even more environmentally friendly. Material is also saved since very little paper waste is produced, which is one of the goals of sustainability when it comes to resource efficiency.
Digitization has benefits for customers

“Heidelberg is the ideal partner for us because of its process knowledge along the value chain. The partnership plays an important role in us being able to offer our customers new options for producing competitive and attractive packagings,” confirms Dr. Michael Faller. “What’s more, our employees are already looking forward to tapping the attractive opportunities offered by digital printing and upgrading their skills.”

August Faller GmbH & Co. KG has enjoyed a decades-long partnership with Heidelberg, further strengthened by numerous joint field tests and product developments. It currently uses ten Heidelberg sheetfed presses in 50 x 70 cm format at its sites in Waldkirch and Lodz in Poland, all delivering high productivity through digital processes. It also has two die-cutting machines and nine folder gluers from Heidelberg for its postpress needs.

The August Faller Group is constantly working on its digitization strategy. “Digital printing is an important link in the digitization of our administrative and productive processes. By networking digital printing with our preprint processes and the digital ordering and job system, we will increase the profitability and flexibility of our processes in the long term and, by doing so, also generate benefits for customers,” explains Jörg Frischkorn, Head of European Operations for Faller.

The Primefire 106 was presented at drupa 2016 and is the first industrial digital printing system in B1 format. The first field test was recently started, and a further one is due to start at the end of the year. Heidelberg is on schedule with the market launch, with demand from customers already outstripping production capacity.


Mouvent introduces 7-color UV inkjet label presses

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Mouvent, a new company founded by Bobst and Radex focused on digital print, will introduce its first label printing systems at Labelexpo Europe 2017.

This includes two 7-color UV inkjet printers, LB701-UV and LB702-UV, which are web presses that print on substrates such as paper, self-adhesive labels and flexible materials, in widths of 170mm and 340mm respectively. Production speeds can reach up to 100m/min with a native resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 DPI and an optical resolution of 2,000 DPI. Water-based products are in development, and will also be presented at Labelexpo Europe 2017.

Mouvent, a joint venture from Bobst and Radex, develops, engineers, tests, and industrializes digital printers, using technology developed by Radex that uses a ‘cluster’ design as the base building block for all systems, current and in development.

Martin van Waeyenberge, marketing and sales manager for label machines at Mouvent, explained: „The Mouvent Cluster represents a completely new approach – using a base cluster arranged in a modular, scalable matrix, instead of having different print bars for different applications and different print widths. This simple yet completely innovative approach is the key technology that differentiates the Mouvent machines. The innovation ultimately translates into high optical resolution for a crisp, colorful, very high printing quality as well as a never-seen-before flexibility and possibilities in terms of machine development.”

LB701-UV uses a single cluster configuration for each color, giving a claimed throughput of 1.8 million sqm a year, while LB702-UV uses two clusters integrated for each color, resulting in throughput of over 3.7 million sqm a year, according to van Waeyenberge.

Mouvent is exhibiting at Labelexpo Europe 2017 alongside Bobst, and van Waeyenberge added: „We have some genuinely ground-breaking technology to present, which we believe will bring substantial benefit to companies. Digital printing will have an ever-increasing role to play – particularly in label-printing – as the industry fulfills demand for expedited delivery, improved time to market, as well as versioning and personalization, and we want to be at the forefront of that.”

„Labelexpo Europe 2017 is a fantastic opportunity for Mouvent to introduce ourselves to people who can benefit from the new range of innovative digital printing solutions we have to offer and we are looking forward to four productive days of discussion.”

(Source: Labels & Labelling)


New Profile for Barbeque Sausages

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The decisive step out of anonymity
Many packaging solutions look alike and are often not able to stand out on the shelf. This also goes for barbeque sausages, which are commonly marketed in a flow packs. However, the Lithells brand, deservedly known as Sweden’s primary sausage expert, is now introducing a line of barbeque sausages in a new packaging solution from Schur®Star Systems. With this introduction the brand takes the decisive step out of anonymity. The new design ensures the attention that quality products deserve and makes the products stand out from the competition.

The packaging solution supports brand loyalty
The new solution comprises four products marketed in Schur®Star Stand-up Bags. They are flexo-printed with a special paper-feel varnish giving a rustic paper bag effect; the print design communicates fire, charcoal and rich tasty products. The stand-up bags have a window allowing a glimpse of its fresh contents. This new exciting format exposes the products on the supermarket shelf and attracts customers in the crucial moment of purchase. With the carrier handle the consumer conveniently carries the products home or directly to the garden for a barbecue. A reclosable zipper is included to enhance freshness, increase shelf life and reduce waste - All are key elements that support brand loyalty.


WPO at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2017, in USA

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The show is organized by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, a traditional partner of WPO.

Chicago (USA), As part of its strategy of acting globally, WPO (World Packaging Organization – will have an institutional booth at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Las Vegas, USA – September 25-27). “Due to the long term partnership with the show organizer, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, WPO will also support and help promote it,” states Thomas Schneider, President of WPO. He adds: “Supporting such an important show also gives WPO the visibility we need to spread our message to the packaging community worldwide:  ‘Better quality of life through better packaging for more people’.”

Mr. Schneider also explains that PACK EXPO is always a perfect platform for WPO to promote its projects, especially the educational ones, and now the most recent one, the Save Food Initiative. “With PACK EXPO’s support we´ve been very successful in showing packaging professionals and companies the number of programs WPO has been carrying on in different parts of the world. This year we will also present in our booth some packaging projects, from WPO members around the world, related to Save Food. Basically these packages prevent food waste and spoilage, protecting it in a better way and/or extending its shelf life”.

Institutionally, WPO also aims to educate packaging professionals and society, through its members (packaging associations and institutes), about the important and invaluable aspects of packaging. “We are advocates for packaging: good packaging, cost-effective packaging, packaging that contributes to creating a more sustainable society. The world cannot do without packaging, so we must educate people everywhere to respect the purpose of packaging and teach them how to incorporate this tool into the process of building an ever more sustainable society.”

Associations participating in the PACK EXPO Las Vegas, and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO, Partner Programs understand the significance of supporting North America’s largest packaging event in 2017, for their members and the packaging industry as a whole. Partner associations are an important link between attendees and exhibitors before, during and after the show,” says Jim Pittas, PMMI COO.

At PACK EXPO Las Vegas, WPO will also promote the entries for WorldStar Packaging Awards which closing date is 6 October, 2017. “We encourage every WPO member and packaging professional/company in the world to help us promote the largest and most important global packaging award,” explains Mr. Schneider.

Packages eligible for WorldStar are those that have already received a national award recognized by WPO. “In its 50th year, WorldStar is one of the major events of WPO and last year attracted 291 entries from 35 countries around the world. As always, our aim for our next competition is to increase the number of entries and countries participating”, adds WPO President.

For more information about PACKEXPO Las Vegas visit


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