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Miller Genuine Draft gets new global identity from The Brand Union

Global brand agency The Brand Union is set to roll out a new international identity for SABMiller’s most established beer brand, Miller Genuine Draft.

Briefed to harmonise a brand across multiple markets, The Brand Union developed strong and consistent iconography. A contemporary take on a classic beer, the revitalised design retains the iconic Miller eagle but breathes new life into it with an uplifting treatment, also embossed on the neck. The long neck of the bottle will also feature the Miller Brewing Company crest and heritage story, applied here for quality cues. And a new colour palette sees richer blacks and reds and a fresher gold lift the primary and secondary packaging, while the overall label detailing has been simplified to deliver maximum impact and brand recognition.

First brewed in 1855 and launched to the American market in 1986, Miller Genuine Draft is produced through a pioneering filtration process that bypasses the heat treatment used by most brewers. Instead, the b…
New Solution From LangguthLangguth GmbH is proud to announce the new technology of the E600 series labeling machines. These innovative labelers will apply front and back labels with wet glue... WITHOUT the use of Glue Pallets and Gripper Cylinders used by conventional rotary labelling systems. The E600 series labellers will label containers up to 100 mm (4”) diameter with 1 full wraparound label. Larger diameters can be labelled as well,as long as the total length of the label is no more than 315 mm (12.375”). (read more...)


Radici Film Hungary is participating to the next edition of International Packaging Technology and Logistics exhibition TAROPACK in Poland.
Around 40,000 visitors from over 30 countries are expected to attend and approximately 750 exhibitors will showcase plastic, cardboard, glass, wooden and metal packaging and machines for the production of packaging.
The show will also offer a rich programme of seminars, conferences and workshops and be the excellent meeting plac…
The Canadian production site Sim’Label (Montreal) just set up a new 6 colour + acrylic coating offset line.

The investment in this second line strengthen our quality assurance policy which is based on a comprehensive range of machinery Read more...


With over 6,490 sq/feet (603 sq/meters) of space, Nilpeter will again mount one of the largest and most up to date displays at Labelexpo. Highlights of this year's label and packaging press lineup include the latest version of the FB UV flexo series, the world debut of the FG combination press, and the first showing in the USA of Caslon, a four-color inkjet module designed for industrial-strength reel-fed platforms.  Read more...
After its successful presence at the fairs in Brussels, POLAR will now be exhibiting at this year's Labelexpo Americas in Chicago for the first time. From 9 to 11 September POLAR will be presenting its products together with Heidelberg USA in Hall 7, Stand # 5721, close to the Gallus stand. read moreSappi Fine Paper Europe contemplates cessation of production at its Blackburn Mill and intends to cease production from Paper Machine PM5 at its Maastricht Mill in response to overcapacity and unrelenting input cost pressure read more

Summer Becomes Spicy!

RPC Verpackungen Kutenholz has developed a stylish barrier bottle for a new range of spicy ketchups from Heinz.


Heinz Curry Herbal Ketchup and Chilli Curry Herbal Ketchup will give every snack or meal – whether French fries, sausages, pasta or sandwiches – an additional `kick.` Even simple noodles can be transformed immediately into spicy `pasta á la curry` – and all without the need for additives, artificial colourings or preservatives.


For this piquant innovation RPC Kutenholz provided substantial assistance with the design of the 700 ml blow moulded bottle, whose design enables consumers to enjoy every last drop, including the option to store on its head if desired.


A winning appearance is ensured through the bottle`s slender curves and full sleeve decoration, but it has also been developed to maintain the great taste of the ketchup, thanks to an integrated oxygen barrier that protects the content through the entire shelf-life of the product.


Guus Lueb, packaging developer at Heinz, co…

Rollstar: The new labeller by Kosme

Wrap-around labels provide more space for advertising and consumer information on all containers.

Kosme's Rollstar automatically applies wrap-around labels on a variety of container materials (glass, plastic, or metal) and shapes (cylindrical, oval, rectangular, square, or polygons).

This rotary labeler is equipped with an extremely precise labeling station that cuts the labels and applies them on the containers using hot melt or cold glue.

Computerized control of the cutting unit and label roll advance guarantees clean and accurate cut of the labels.

Sappi Fine Paper Europe contemplates cessation of production

Sappi Fine Paper Europe contemplates cessation of production at its Blackburn Mill and intends to cease production from Paper Machine PM5 at its Maastricht Mill in response to overcapacity and unrelenting input cost pressure

As a result of continued overcapacity in the European Coated Fine Paper market, it has not proved possible to recover the sharply increased costs of raw material and energy over recent years. Sappi has therefore undertaken a review of its European production activities.
Despite our best efforts to curb costs, Blackburn Mill and paper machine no 5 at Maastricht Mill have been unable to generate acceptable returns. Consequently, Sappi has entered into a consultation process with employee representatives at both facilities with a view to cease production at Blackburn Mill and PM 5 at Maastricht Mill.
The sales office for Coated Fine Paper in the UK will continue operations as will the Specialities Sales and Marketing Organisation.
In the event that these production lin…

Label Industry Awards.

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Neil McDonoughFlexconNeil McDonough has been a force for innovation within the label industry for a quarter century. Since 1990, he has served as President of FLEXcon, a global polymeric coater and provider of pressure-sensitive films and adhesive products. In the previous nine years, he held a variety of manufacturing, sales, and management positions with FLEXcon, including Director of Marketing. Among the innovations he fostered as President was the "no-label-look" label for glass bottle labeling with Clearly Canadian in the 1990s - a concept that is now a staple of the labeling industry. Mr. McDonough's industry involvement includes participation in Labelexpo, TLMI (for which he chairs a committee), and other organizations. He continues to benefit the labeling industry by maintaining FLEXcon's distinctive focus, which is to work closely with customers to jointly develop custom pressure-sensitive solutions. This approach has helped inspire longstanding…

Robinsons introduces new lightweight bottle to cut packaging waste

Leading soft drinks company Britvic today announced it is reducing the amount of packaging in the UK's favourite squash brand, Robinsons, with the introduction of a new lighter bottle.

The new 1 litre bottle is 2 grams lighter which will save an estimated 330 tonnes of plastic a year, equivalent to over 9 million empty bottles, and reduce the energy needed to make the bottles at the Robinsons factory in Norwich by 5%.

Over the past two years Britvic has invested more than £5 million in making changes to its Robinsons brand to reduce the weight of packaging used, saving 1600 tonnes of plastic overall.

The new 1 litre plastic bottle, made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), is another step towards Britvic's target to remove a total of 5,000 tonnes of packaging by December 2010 as part of the government-backed Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Britvic was the first soft drinks company to sign up to WRAP which aims to design out packaging waste growth and deliver absolu…

Further expansion for Systems Labelling

Systems Labelling Limited continues to hit the headlines with yet another announcement as part of its rapid growth plan. The specialist label printer has acquired an additional site in Runcorn, North West England to house its new In-Mould (IML) and Wrap-round equipment. The dedicated facility will provide another 12,000 sq. ft. to fulfil the increasing demand from new and existing customers. The modern facility is currently undergoing some minor building alterations in preparation for the equipment installation. Managing Director Steve Pickford commented "The additional site is ideally placed with excellent communication links and will provide the business with additional capacity, flexibility and a centre of excellence for our new label options." He adds, "We aim to be fully operational for the end of August relocating some staff but also recruiting for new positions. It is an exciting time for everyone involved in our business."
With ongoing projects investigatin…

GRAHAM RF250 ADDS TEETH TO COLGATE TOOTHPASTE

Toothpaste manufacturer Colgate Palmolive (UK) Ltd in Manchester approached Graham Engineering to conduct shrink performance trials for their new '2 in 1' whitening and mouthwash product.  Their toothpaste container is rudder shaped, tapered and manufactured from PETE.  Various sleeve materials were tested and as the sleeve location and shrink was critical, Grahams' technical team recommended OPS (Orientated Polystyrene).  Other factors were taken into account, such as the accurate application of the sleeve so that the art work design did not bleed around the edges of the container.  Also, a clear 'busy-strip' had to be located accurately down one edge to indicate the amount of product in the container.The main challenge was to build a 150 bottle per minute line into a very limited space.  Working closely with Colgate, the Graham team came up with the solution of modulising the RF250 sleeving system to provide good production line performance without compromising t…

IT'S A 'BOOTIFUL' GRAHAMS LABELLER LINE

Bernard Matthews Foods and Grahams UK have successfully completed a project to replace 18 label applicators with newly designed Graham Top & Bottom labelling machines.  Once designed, the 18 were built and installed in just twelve weeks - without production being disrupted at all. The huge task involved utilising a small amount of the existing machinery for the new Triple Headed applicators.  The specification comprises 2 top applicators and a bottom applicator on a split conveyor.  The packs are labelled at the rate of 120 at 40 m/min.  Interactive Coding Equipment's 'Zodiac' Solid State Thermal Printers are fitted to both Top Heads.Nick Hart, Bernard Matthews Foods Departmental Engineering Manager says, "The main reason for the replacement was a product label re-launch to incorporate changes in legislation.  It also provided the opportunity to undertake a re-design of product labels".  Nick Hart adds, "This was a very difficult project and many changes…

New report available on the in-mold label market

AWA has published the first of its kind Global In-mold Label Market and Technology Review 2008.
Global In-mold Label Market and Technology Review 2008 presents an overview of the global and regional in-mold label markets. In addition, the report gives an overview of technology trends for materials, printing technologies, and molding. The report concludes with the company directory section which presents an overview of key players in the industry.Research for this study is based on our internal database of label market information, a review of available published literature, an analysis of trade and industry statistics, and interviews with companies across the value chain, together with inputs from AWA industry conferences and events specific to the label and specialist converting industries.

Sacmi Group, mission Latin America

An opportunity for customers and suppliers to get together, so that the former can gain a clearer understanding of the technological potential, services, sales set-up and assistance offered by the Group yet also so that suppliers can get a better understanding of a market of enormous potential with a fast-growing customer base that is ever-more attentive to product quality.
This, then, is the aim of a series of meetings organised by the Sacmi Group Beverage & Packaging Division in South America, the first of which was held on 30th June at the "A Figueira Rubaiyat" restaurant in Sao Paolo, Brazil. No casual choice, the suggestive location proved to be the ideal venue in which to present South American customers with the very best of European technology, not to mention a style and excellence that shows even in the approach to new markets – a significant competitive factor in Sacmi's view.
Sacmi took advantage of this first meeting to give an overview of the Group, its su…