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WorldStar Packaging Awards 2017

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WPO announces winners of 2017 WorldStar Packaging Awards during Interpack, in Germany.

Over 400 people attended the WorldStar Awards Presentations & Gala Dinner, on May 4th, the most important global packaging competition in the world, organized by WPO (World Packaging Organization – During the occasion, 140 winners were awarded from a total of 291 entries from 35 countries. Japan was the biggest winner of the night with a total of 20 trophies, followed by Germany with 18 awards. The ceremony was accomplished in the same week (May 4 - 6) of the WPO 98th Board Meeting, the first meeting of 2017, during Interpack, the major global packaging show, organized by Messe Düsseldorf, in Germany.

Besides the normal categories – Beverages, Electronics, Food, Health and Beauty, Household, Luxury, Medical and Pharmaceutical, Other, Point of Sale and Transit – there were awarded projects in special categories, those being the President´s Award, Sustainability, Marketing and the new special award, Packaging that Saves Food.

Another new category is Life Time Achievement. The judges, from all over the world, elected: Anne Emblem (UK), Dharma Ratnayake (Sri Lanka), Sergio Haberfeld (Brazil) and Soren Ostergaard (Denmark). “The Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award was established with the aim of acknowledging and rewarding excellence in all aspects of packaging science, technology, design and application across every country around the world”, explains Thomas Schneider, WPO President.

Mr. Schneider adds: “The discipline of packaging is one that is truly global. The World Packaging Organisation is in a unique position to identify leading practitioners from around the world who have consistently pushed the boundaries in advancing the art, science and application of packaging to serve the needs of an ever more demanding society. These prestigious awards will celebrate and preserve in perpetuity the collective achievements of these innovators.”

On the also new Save Food category, the Gold Star Award was given to Flexomed, from Spain for the Ethylene Absorber Bag, which reduces food loss by 3% - 9%. The process of absorbing the ethylene, delays the ripening of the fruits.

Picking up some awards during the evening were Camargo Embalagens, from Brazil, with the Capa Pack. The package was developed as part of an innovative marketing campaign of a local coffee brand. Camargo collected the Marketing category award, as well as the President’s Award.

Besides creating the new Save Food award at WorldStar, WPO also participated in the Save Food Initiative, from Messe Düsseldorf, during Interpack. According to WPO´s Sustainability & Food Safety Vice President, Johannes Bergmair, from Austria, “Save Food is a topic related to the whole supply chain that´s why 15 WPO members, from different parts of the world - Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, India, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, APO (African Packaging Organization) and APF (Asian Packaging Federation), presented packaging solutions and concepts to prevent food waste in WPO booth at the innovationparc.”

The winners of all categories of WorldStar 2017 can be viewed at and WPO webpage The entries to WorldStar Packaging Awards 2018 are open for entry on 1 June with a closing date of 6 October, 2017. The online registration can be done at


VDMA: German food processing and packaging machinery industry in good shape

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The German food processing and packaging machinery manufacturing companies focused to the interpack trade fair. “For years, our industry has shown a positive development and the German manufacturers can look back on a record year," said Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Packaging and Packaging Machinery Association, at interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf.

Last year, the companies generated machines and plants worth 13.3 billion euros, an increase of 2.4 percent compared to the previous year. "The current development of the industry is a good thing for us, so we expect a growth in sales of between 3 and 4 percent for the entire sector covered by the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association," Clemens added.

Demand from abroad is the driving force of the industry. A large proportion of German production is sold to more than 100 countries worldwide, last year’s exports amounted to 8.3 billion euros. This was an increase of almost 4 percent compared to the previous year.

Europe still remains the most important sales region. In 2016, the German manufacturers exported food processing and packaging machinery worth 4.1 billion euros, equivalent to half of the total exports.

After Europe, Asia is the most important sales region for German food processing and packaging machinery. In 2016, machinery and equipment worth 1.4 billion euros went to Asian countries: 17 percent of German exports.

North America was in 3rd place. Deliveries in 2016 rose by 8 percent to 1.14 billion euros. Latin America was the fourth largest player with deliveries of 587 million euros, followed by Africa with 501 million euros.

Increasingly it is the emerging and developing countries, whose industries need to be established, expanded or modernized, that give growth impulses. Here, production mechanization and the packaging of the products is often still at a low level. The potential of these markets is high due to population growth, a growing middle class with young people who are ready to consume and have increasing demands on the safety and quality of food and beverages.

"Smart Future" is the header under which the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association within VDMA gives partners from industry, research and development the opportunity to present their latest developments in packaging technology. The exhibits show ideas and solutions for tomorrow's machines.


Interpack alliance with new event in Iran

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Pacprocess Tehran to be held at the country’s most modern exhibition grounds; special rates for interpack 2017 exhibitors.

Messe Düsseldorf‘s interpack alliance will be extended to include a promising market in the Middle East: pacprocess Tehran will be held from 12 to 15 October at Iran’s most modern exhibition centre: Shahr-e-Aftab (Exhibiran International). Held in cooperation with the Iranian organiser BRP this trade fair targets companies from the packaging sector and related process industries across the entire value chain and addresses as target groups food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics, confectionary and pastry, consumer goods and industrial goods manufacturers as well as suppliers of packaging media, materials and the corresponding manufacturing technology.

Furthermore, it addresses suppliers of packaging solutions for logistics, packaging designers as well as related service suppliers. The exhibiting companies benefit from the global network as well as the market expertise of Düsseldorf’s No.1 international trade fair, interpack. On top of this, companies that exhibit at interpack 2017 can participate here in a joint pavilion at special rates. pacprocess Tehran is supported by the Italian Packaging Machinery Association UCIMA, the Spanish Packaging Machinery and Printing Press Association AMEC envasgraf as well as the Association Flexible Packaging Europe (fpe). Held concurrently will be “components – Special Trade Fair by interpack” that caters to the upstream suppliers to the packaging and process industries and has already proven its worth at interpack in Düsseldorf. Its exhibits range from drive and control technologies through to machinery parts and auxiliaries for packaging materials. Further concurrent events include the IPAP Printing & Packaging Expo as well as the iFood Expo.

Since international sanctions were eased in early 2016, Iran has been an extremely attractive market because the economy has a back-log of demand in all fields. A well-educated, relatively young population of over 80 million increasingly demands high-quality packaged goods, which cannot be produced in a competitive quality with the existing, outdated technical equipment of the local companies. This creates high investment pressure among local producers. There are big opportunities opening up especially for European investors and partners since these are highly appreciated by Iranians. In 2015 16.5 million tons of pre-packed food was sold in Iran – the annual growth rate stood at three percent. The pastry segment proved particularly dynamic: here the growth rate stood at 19%.

“The Iranian market holds many opportunities for the packaging sector and related process industries. We now accompany interested companies with our expertise as part of the interpack alliance while helping Iranian companies invest in modern equipment by means of a Financing and Leasing Lounge operated in cooperation with credit institutes at the same time,” says Bernd Jablonowski, Global Portfolio Director Processing & Packaging at Messe Düsseldorf.

Shahr-e-Aftab (Exhibiran International) is Iran’s latest and biggest exhibition centre. Situated very conveniently between Tehran city and the international airport with access to several motorways and also excellent connections to public transport, these fairgrounds fuse a capacity of 120,000 square metres in 16 exhibition halls boasting state-of-the-art technical equipment with traditional Persian landscaping and comprehensive service offerings including food service, hotels, banks and multi- level car parks.
Also involving Messe Düsseldorf and held in parallel with pacprocess Tehran and components Tehran the IPAP – Printing & Packaging Expo fair will be held with ranges for the print media branch. It forms part of the product family of Düsseldorf’s international trade fair drupa, the no.1 for printing technologies, and addresses experts from the printing and packaging industry, the publishing and media sector, marketing and IT experts, agencies, brand owners and other industry customers from vertical markets. In a nutshell: all those with an interest in innovations and trends in the print and packaging sector. With the know-how and international network of drupa Düsseldorf this gives rise to an optimised platform for a promising market.

Further information on pacprocess Tehran and components Tehran can be found under

About the interpack alliance

The interpack alliance covers Messe Düsseldorf events within the Processing & Packaging portfolio. Exhibitors and visitors can recognise the relevant trade fairs by the umbrella brand logo, which is based on the equivalent trade fair, interpack, the world’s most important event for the packaging industry and the related processing sector. The interpack alliance includes the flagship trade fair of the same name as well as upakovka (Moscow), food pex (Shanghai), bulk pex (Shanghai), pacpro Asia (Shanghai), pacprocess India/IndiaPack and food pex India (Mumbai, New Delhi), pacprocess Tehran (Tehran), components (Düsseldorf), the food processing & packaging exposyum Kenya (Nairobi), indopack (Jakarta) as well as process expo (Chicago). The Chinese events are held every two years and are combined under the Shanghai World of Packaging (swop). The interpack alliance addresses the target groups food and beverages, confectionery and pastry, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, non-food consumer goods as well as industrial goods in important growth markets – with varying focal themes depending on the event.


Industry 4.0 – From Vision to Reality

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Concrete Benefits for Industrial Value Chains.

The digital transformation towards networked production environments in terms of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) and/or the Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining momentum. Numerous applications from the areas of product and process monitoring, labelling technology, packaging, logistics as well as maintenance and repair show already today the optimisation potential that this transformation to the Internet of Things holds.

These “things” are sensors, RFID chips (Radio Frequency Identification), devices, machines and plants. In future, these “things” are not only expected to deliver information on all important process and system conditions independently and continuously but they are also expected to communicate with each other via the Internet and intervene in manufacturing processes to correct and optimise them without human intervention. The basis for this web-based communication is the Internet Protocol (IP) with its unique-identifier IP addresses. The old Internet Protocol IPv4, however, was only capable of delivering an address space of just under 4.3 billion IP-addresses – and these had already all been allocated as early as 2012 – to PCs, notebooks, tablet-PCs and mobile phones.

This is why the new standard IPv6 was developed which has an address space of 3.4 x 1038 IP addresses. So a lack of addresses is no longer a worry. The changeover to IPv6 is still in full swing. So the challenges are not so much the things as such and their addresses but rather the flood of data they cause when one fine day billions of sensors will be transmitting thousands of data per second to host computers. This data then has to be evaluated for visualisations and simulations and to be saved for documentation purposes (traceability).

So the Internet of Things is primarily about data; about the information retrieved from this data – to be precise. And this is the domain of software and algorithms. What can be achieved with this alone should be reason enough to actively drive this transformation. The following examples show applications that pay off in the short term.

Paradigm Change in Maintenance
Damaged bearings, transmissions, pumps or filling and dosing systems do not occur out of the blue but “give notice” long before the damage actually occurs by unusual vibration and temperature deviations or by changed power consumption, a loss of pressure and the like. These deviations detected by sensors as part of condition monitoring can today be evaluated and visualised in real time thanks to highly complex analysis and simulation programmes and therefore be seen in the process engineering context. On the basis of this information machine and plant operators can intervene in the system by remote control in a targeted manner and above all location-independently with a view to always running systems in the optimum mode, to introducing programme changes or to installing new applications and control software. Furthermore, simulation results permit precise forecasts regarding the remaining service life of critical machine parts, which opens up completely new perspectives for maintenance.

This means we are moving away from the reactive as well as preventive maintenance with its cycle-based component replacement intervals and towards predictable, precisely plannable maintenance measures – to so-called “predictive maintenance”. The benefits are a higher machine and plant availability, substantially reduced downtime risks, higher operational and production safety as well as considerably lower maintenance costs.
Beyond this, predictive maintenance is a key element in sustainability. It is true that operators always played it safe when replacing components at set intervals but they also wasted valuable remaining service life of expensive components because they lacked reliable part behaviour data. Today, the knowledge about material behaviour, continuous stress under
alternating loads and the like is far more advanced than 10 or even 20 years ago. Another aspect is the significantly higher computing performance available today as well as smarter analysis, FEM (Finite Element Method) and simulation software. They allow the remaining service life to be determined and predicted with a high degree of precision – and this knowledge benefits predictive maintenance.

Chatting with Machines

The increasing performance, flexibility and intelligence of machines and plants results in ever more complex systems posing the greatest of challenges for the developers of concepts for operating human-machine interfaces (HMI). By HMI hardware we mean terminal devices with touch-screen functionalities that most people know from their smartphones or tablet PCs. This means they can build on existing knowledge for learning to handle these machines and plants – this motivates and definitely shortens familiarisation time.

One central aspect in the development of graphical user interfaces is to ensure that these machines can also be safely operated by people without specific vocational training and often also without sufficient language skills. To avoid operating errors the developers of GUIs rely on intuitive graphical elements instead of language. Also up and coming are photo-realistic 3D CAD displays of machines, plants and components. Furthermore, HMIs have to live up to the needs of various users – in line with their skills and authorities. Therefore, machine operators see different graphical user interfaces to shift managers, maintenance staff or production managers. This means, every user only sees the data that corresponds to their area of responsibility and is of relevance to their specific situation. Furthermore, the data is limited to the essentials; this ensures an easy-to-grasp display and an instant presentation of the key machine parameters and production data.

Other characteristics of modern HMIs are mobility and consistency. There is a trend towards mobile devices with which the user can control machines and equipment remotely depending on their authority level. This saves time and travel expenses especially in the field of service and maintenance.

Working in Virtual Worlds

When it comes to the Internet of Things, there is hardly a topic that currently causes as much a stir as virtual, or rather digital twins. The technical basis for virtual twins are high-performance 3D CAD, simulation and analysis software programmes as well as virtual 1:1 copies of real machine and equipment control software. Based on such software tools digital twins map the complete manufacturing process including components, machines, plants and their controls as a virtual model – complete with all the physical data required for the simulation. In addition to this, digital twins permit offline programming. All of this makes virtual twins universal tools for developers, operators and maintenance staff.
Thanks to these near-reality simulations design errors and/or weak spots can already be detected and eliminated in the development stage without having manufactured a single real part beforehand. This also applies to the programming and optimising of controls.
One of the most important applications, however, is virtual commissioning or start-up. This is not only a virtual trial run but also serves to familiarise the operator in charge of the machine with the properties and possibilities of the system in a targeted manner. In other words: the digital twin is the “flight simulator” for industrial processes, machinery and equipment. The virtual pre-start up before the real commissioning pays off in more ways than one. Should there still be any bugs in the system or control concept, they can be remedied without causing damage to real system components. Offline programming, in turn, allows production planners to virtually test various operating modes. The most important aspect, however, is that the virtual twin brings together the expertise of many specialists, which can later also be used for other projects.

In a nutshell: thanks to the sophisticated simulations plant manufacturers and users can achieve significantly shorter project leadtimes, faster start-ups and marked efficiencies for the development of similar plants and processes. This saves time but above all resources, energy and manpower.

Standardised Interfaces a Must
Standardisation continues to be a major challenge because most machinery producers still rely on their own interfaces. However, integration is the decisive feature in the Internet of Things. This integration requires especially consistent data and information exchange between machines – both vertically and horizontally. And this makes open standard protocols necessary. Therefore, there is a trend towards Open Source solutions since these offer high security of investment and independence being non-proprietary systems. One example is the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA), a package of specifications for linking machines of various manufacturers. OPC UA ensures security through authentication and authorisation, encryption and data integrity.

This means OPC UA is ideally suited for a safe, reliable and non-proprietary transport of raw data and pre-processed information from the manufacturing level to superior production planning or ERP systems.

Even Old Systems can Handle 4.0
Many older machines, lines, motors and compressors are not equipped with the sensors and communication technology for Industry 4.0 – sometimes not even for operation as part of networked systems. This does not mean that these systems are obsolete in view of digital transformation. Here – as an entry-level solution for Industry 4.0 – smart sensors can be retrofitted. They regularly measure important condition parameters of the machines and systems and transmit the data via built-in communication interfaces wirelessly to the HMIs and/or employees’ smartphones or tablet PCs for evaluation. With these and other simple methods companies can enter the world of Industry 4.0 inexpensively and still benefit from reduced downtimes, longer machine uptimes as well as lower power consumption and the like.

At interpack 2017, the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association is organizing a special exhibition on the topic of Industry 4.0. It 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.

More informations:

Author: Hans Peter Fritsche, freelance trade journalist, Redaktionsbüro H. Fritsche


LOPEC Start-up Forum and OE-A Competition winners

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Special merits, innovative ideas as well as start-up companies were offered a platform at LOPEC 2017 to support the continuous development of the international market for organic and printed electronics.

New visions and creative concepts in the area of organic and printed electronics are what the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association), a working group within VDMA, aims to promote in its annual OE-A Competition. Once again this year, there were numerous submissions coming from all corners of the world. The four best submissions were awarded at LOPEC 2017 – the international trade fair and conference for printed electronics – in Munich, Germany.

“The OE-A competition was well-received by both companies and exhibition visitors”, says OE-A Chairman, CTO of CDT UK and Sumitomo Chemical Fellow, Dr. Jeremy Burroughes. “We are particularly pleased, that more products and prototypes from different sectors, ranging from packaging and consumer electronics to automotive and wearables, could be showcased. This reflects the development of this innovative industry”.

The twelve-member jury, consisting of representatives from international companies and institutes rated 28 submissions from 12 countries – a new record – in three categories.  LOPEC attendees also got a vote. At the OE-A booth, where all demonstrators were on display, they were encouraged to choose their favorite demonstrator. The awards were handed out during the LOPEC Dinner to the following winners:

Best Prototype / New Product
Sensor Platform
Schreiner Group (Germany)

Best Freestyle Demonstrator
Thin-Film Full Printed PAD
eurecat & NovaCentrix (Spain & North America)

Best Publicly Funded Project Demonstrator
Integrated X-Ray Sensor System
iFlexis Project (EU)

Public Choice Award
Thin-Film Full Printed PAD
eurecat & NovaCentrix (Spain & North America)

The OE-A Competition 2018 will be launched soon. More information about the OE-A Competition can be found at

OE-A Fellow awarded for the first time
For the first time the title of OE-A Fellow was awarded. With this the OE-A recognizes individuals who have made significant, sustained contributions to the field of organic and printed electronics and the OE-A itself. OE-A Fellow 2017 is:

Wolfgang Mildner
CEO & Founder MSWtech und General Chair LOPEC

When Dr Jeremy Burroughes presented the certificate to Wolfgang Mildner he said; “Wolfgang Mildner had played a significant role in the founding of the OE-A and was chairman of the OE-A board of directors for six years. As General Chair for LOPEC since 2009, he has also helped in forming LOPEC and bringing it to today’s leading position. He has made exceptional contributions to the OE-A and LOPEC and we are looking forward to continuing our cooperation”.

OE-A presents two LOPEC Start-up Forum Awards 2017
Young companies are promoted by the OE-A at the LOPEC Business Conference. Many innovative companies are looking for investors to bring their products and ideas to fruition. To continue the development of their technology and marketing strategies, they introduced their companies during the Start-up Forum. “The excellent quality of the presentations in this year's Start-up Forum clearly showed the progress of printed electronics," says Thibaud Le Séguillon, LOPEC Business Conference Chair, OE-A board member and CEO of Heliatek.  A jury consisting of international industry leaders and researchers determined the winners.

Two awards were presented:

Best Business Case
Pylux: Novel polysulphide substrates for flexible electronics
Dr. Apostolos Voutsas, Ares Materials, Inc. (North America)

Most Impactful Technology / Product
NIR photodetectors based on organic semiconductors
Dr. Ronny Timmreck, TU Dresden IAPP / Senorics (Germany)

Based on the great interest in the demonstrators and lectures - particularly by end-users - the OE-A will once again hand out awards in the various categories during the next LOPEC, scheduled to take place March 13-15, 2018.


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