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ROTOCONTROL signs Distribution Agreements in Finland and United Kingdom

AP&P Graphic Industrial Services will distribute ROTOCONTROL leading edge inspection, slitting, rewinding and die cutting finishing machines for the narrow web industry in Finland, and PGM Graphics Solutions throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland and Scandinavia Ahrensburg, Germany (May 29, 2009) ­­ - Ralph Beier, ROTOCONTROL International Sales Manager, today announced the signed exclusive distribution agreements with AP&P Graphic Industrial Services in Finland and PGM Graphics Solutions in the United Kingdom who will provide ROTOCONTROL leading edge inspection, slitting, rewinding and die cutting finishing machines for the narrow web industry. Established in 1999, AP&P serves the graphic, paper processing, packaging, wood and narrow web industry providing sales consultation, installation, and maintenance support. “AP&P is very well connected and respected by narrow web clients throughout Finland. We are very pleased to list AP&P as our partner there.” states R

Inland Label Announces Temperature Activated Color Change Technology for Injection In-Mold Labels

Inland will be featuring temperature activated color change labels for injection in-mold products at the upcoming NPE show in Chicago, June 22nd – 26th in booth #S-39102. Using temperature activated inks supplied by LCR Hallcrest, Inland is able to produce injection in-mold labels that change color when activated by hot, cold or “touch” through body heat. These labels have been proven to effectively withstand the high temperatures of the in-mold process. Thermochromic ink, used in place of standard ink on press, changes from white to a designated color once activated. This technology can be used for both novelty/marketing purposes and practical/safety purposes. Custom colors are available, however, the standard color change options are; Black, Blue, Red, Orange, Green, Magenta, Purple, and Turquoise. Inland Label, a division of Inland Label & Marketing Services, is a third generation, family owned and operated company. They have been printing product labels for over 65 years and c

New-look buckets for bulk peanut butter

Foodcorp's Nola division has upgraded the packaging of its Yum Yum Smooth peanut butter bulk packaging containers. The new 1kg, 2.75 kg and 20kg buckets of peanut butter, destined for the retail and wholesale markets, will be upgraded to in-mould labeling. The new packaging will retain the same design and theme as the recently re-launched Yum Yum 400g range with its bright colours, revamped logo and peanut characters - each with their own catchy phrase to describe the product. The new look will give the product a more professional image and ensure that the packaging always looks clean as the buckets can easily be wiped down without damaging the label. Additionally, as there is no need for label application, production is maximised as buckets are delivered already labeled and there is no likelihood of distorted labeling, the new containers all have handles for easier transportation and handling. The move from removable labels to in-mould labeling provides an effective brand reminde

Krones acquires packaging machinery maker Kosme

Krones of Germany has acquired Kosme, an Italian supplier of blow moulding and filling machinery for the food and beverage industry, for an undisclosed sum. The move sees Krones taking complete control of Roverbella-based Kosme, which it bought a controlling stake in six years ago. Krones said that Kosme will continue trading as a separate entity. Going forward, it will target independent, private bottlers and small to medium manufacturers, while Krones will focus on global groups and larger food conglomerates. However, the two firms will share technological expertise. “When we bought into Kosme we knew they produced excellent labellers and they had started producing some end of line and blow moulding,” said Hans-Jurgen Thaus, Krones ceo. Thaus added that over the past six years Kosme has become more competitive in the packaging market as a result of developing machines using Krones technology. Kosme operates five manufacturing plants at Roverbella, where it produces stretch blow mould

Netstal at the Plastpol in Kielce

At this year's plastics exhibition Plastpol in Kielce, Netstal, the Swiss manufacturer of injection moulding machines, exhibits its well-known and perfectly established ELION machine on the stand of its Polish representative MUEHSAM Jan Krzysztof Muehsam. The application on show is from the area of thin-walled injection moulding and convinces once more by the output capability of this range of entirely electrically driven equipment. Fast-cycling thin-walled product on the energy-saving ELION The application from the thin-wall sector on an ELION 1200-530 enables Netstal to demonstrate the high efficiency of this all-electric range of machines. The moulded article produced at the fair is a drinking cup made at an impressive cycle of less than 3 seconds using a 2-cavity mould of the French company Caulonque. By means of IML (In-Mould-Labelling) the packaging product of a polypropylene of Messrs Lyondellbasel is also provided with a label during the moulding process. Inserting of the l

Optimal for Optiwell

Brand new are the pudding cups of our customers FrieslandCampina, sold under the brand "Optiwell" which are now in trade. The cup with its wave-shaped contour matching to the brand name was developed by GIZEH packaging for FrieslandCampina. It replaces a variety of other, previously printed and labelled cups. The thermoformed 150g container with zestful stepped foot is decorated with the shrink-sleevíng process at GIZEH. The glossy sleeve label completely encircles the container down to the bottom. The wavy windows in the sleeve matching to the brand name “Optiwell” allow a view of the following contents: puddings in the flavours chocolate and vanilla, with or without sauce, or semolina. SOURCE

Husky to feature products and services at NPE 2009 to help customers succeed in a challenging market

Husky Injection Molding Systems today announced that at NPE 2009 (Chicago, June 22 – 26) it will be demonstrating technologies and services that will help customers succeed in the current economy. These initiatives will be presented at Husky’s booth (16,000 sq ft) at NPE, to be located in South Hall at S36009. “Husky is committed to helping both new and existing customers compete in today’s market by lowering their part costs, improving quality and maximizing operational efficiency,” said John Galt, Husky’s President and CEO. “We are looking forward to NPE, which will give us the opportunity to demonstrate our latest technologies and communicate how we can help customers grow and prosper over the long-term.” Husky ended 2008 in a strong financial position. Last year marked the company’s third consecutive year of record performance, with revenues of US$1.2 billion. The company continues to invest in research and development that will enhance customer service and introduce new products.

Fasson® Labelstocks Added to Xeikon Preferred Media

eikon, a division of Punch Graphix, today announced that it has entered into a preferred media partnership agreement with Avery Dennison, certifying Fasson-brand self-adhesive labelstocks for use on Xeikon reel-to-reel digital label presses. The two companies will collaborate closely to deliver efficient and cost-effective labeling solutions that will further expand the scope of self-adhesive applications using Xeikon technology. Initially, 14 Fasson self-adhesive labelstocks certified for use with the new Xeikon 3300 and Xeikon 3000 label presses will be offered. As well as the most popular Fasson white paper labelstock, Fasson MC Primecoat, with a choice of adhesives to meet different application requirements, the certified Fasson range includes the new low-caliper film stock Fasson PP Light Top Clear; a specialty wine labelstock, Fasson Matt Wine; and Innovia Films' compostable NatureFlex™ film in a Fasson self-adhesive laminate. “The quality of the print media contributes sign

No agreement on food labelling system

The information that should be given on packaging is feeding divisions of opinion. What to put on the front of a packet has become one of the most controversial issues for food regulators. n one corner is the food industry, which has put its weight behind a system based on guideline daily amounts (GDA) – labels that show the percentages of fat, salt, sugar and calories per serving. In the other corner are health campaigners, who prefer a traffic-light scheme – colour-coded warnings that tell consumers to go easy on ‘red' foods (high in fat and sugar) and eat lots of healthy ‘green' foods. Supporters of colour-coding say their system is easier for consumers to understand, while GDA promoters argue that colour-coding unfairly penalises some foods as ‘bad'. Regulation The European Commission became involved in 2008, when it published a draft regulation on food labelling. The Commission managed to avoid taking sides by leaving decisions on specific schemes to member states – a

KHS Focuses on Value Added Bottling and Expert Holistic Systems

Expert systems in every respect - this is what KHS AG will be demonstrating during NPE 2009 in Chicago The focus here will be on a comprehensive range of services in packaging systems for plastic bottles. KHS Corpoplast and KHS Plasmax, as well as KHS Asbofill, which has been integrated into the company group, emphasize that, as a 100%-owned subsidiary of Klöckner-Werke AG, KHS AG now operates holistically in the field of PET packaging systems with the companies that have recently joined the group. A key catchword during NPE 2009 will be the concept of Value Added Bottling. By Value Added Bottling, KHS means offering a concept of machinery and service developed from a holistic perspective for manufacturing, filling, and packaging PET containers. Complete PET packaging systems with the Bottles & ShapesTM program, leading Blomax stretch blow molding technology, and the unique Plasmax barrier coating - all available from one source and complemented by the KHS range of filling, labelin

Nutrex Research, Inc. Launches “Pro-Gram,” with a Printpack Shrink Sleeve

Printpack, Inc. has developed a new combination shrink sleeve label including tamper-evidence for Nutrex Research, Inc, a sports nutrition company. Three unique flavors for the Pro-Gram product were launched with the shrink label. The glossy film labels made of PVC are printed gravure in 7 colors, covering a proprietary silver HDPE bottle. The clear sections of each of the labels, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Mousse and Strawberry Cream allow the silver color to show though, providing an eye-catching metallic look. The label covers the bottle from the top of the cap to the bottom of the bottle. It offers a 360-degree image area for graphics, ingredients, bar codes and other pertinent information. Seth Reese, Operations Manager at Nutrex, said, “Security is critical to the product, the inclusion of the tamper-evident band as part of the sleeve made this a perfect component for Nutrex.” In addition, the tamper-evident band also allowed for critical point of purchase information to attract con


he Coca-Cola Company unveiled today a new plastic bottle made partially from plants. The "PlantBottle™" is fully recyclable, has a lower reliance on a non-renewable resource, and reduces carbon emissions, compared with petroleum-based PET plastic bottles. "The 'PlantBottle™' is a significant development in sustainable packaging innovation," said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. "It builds on our legacy of environmental ingenuity and sets the course for us to realize our vision to eventually introduce bottles made with materials that are 100 percent recyclable and renewable." Traditional PET bottles are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. The new bottle is made from a blend of petroleum-based materials and up to 30 percent plant-based materials. "The Coca-Cola Company is a company with the power to transform the marketplace, and the introduction of the "PlantBottle™" is yet another great example

Barr’s Originals range launched in Rexam cans

A.G. Barr, the Scottish soft drinks manufacturer, famous for brands such as Irn Bru and Strathmore has launched its Barr's Originals range of traditional soft drinks in Rexam's 330ml aluminium cans. The traditional range of carbonated drinks, including flavours such as Dandelion and Burdock and Ginger Beer, are now available nationwide in single serve aluminium cans produced at Rexam's Wakefield plant. Through developing the right combination of size, shape, and design, Rexam, the world's leading beverage can manufacturer, works with its customers to create truly unique packaging to support the brand. A.G. Barr recognised Rexam's dedication to meeting its customer's needs combined with its tradition of quality, when deciding to introduce the Originals range in cans. Ann Bonner, Marketing Manager, Rexam Beverage Can Europe & Asia, said: "A.G. Barr has a long tradition of quality beverages and sold its first soft drink more than a century ago. With cans h

The Brazilian Bioplastics Revolution

The production of plastics from renewable sources constitutes the next frontier in the search for ways to mitigate our dependency on oil and reduce our environmental footprint. The country at the forefront of these tantalizing developments, however, is not commonly perceived as being a technology powerhouse. Brazil is leading the way in this industry after decades of research and commitment to a technology based on sugarcane ethanol. The technology has proven to be environmentally sustainable and potentially capable of changing the way we manufacture everything, from personal care products to automobiles. Since plastics are a fundamental material in modern life, making their production more sustainable can have an important positive impact on the environment. Annual plastics consumption worldwide has increased twentyfold since the 1950s, reaching around 150 million tons. It has been estimated that producing 1 kg of the most common plastics requires the equivalent of 2 kg of petroleum f

BACARDI BREEZER® line captures consumer appeal with Amcor PET

BACARDI Canada’s full line of BREEZER® rum beverages are now on store shelves in new PET bottles from Amcor PET Packaging. Converting from glass to PET for the carbonated alcohol drink not only improves the Canadian marketer’s environmental position, but its market position with consumers as well. Eleven flavors for 2009 are being offered and with all BREEZER production for Canada now in PET, it ends a glass tradition that began in 1988. “Our customers prefer PET for this type of ready to drink (RTD) beverage. It is more consumer friendly,” says Dale Harrison, materials sourcing manager for BACARDI Canada, Inc. “We like it because it’s lighter than glass and it is ideal for many outdoor venues where BREEZER is consumed. The new package also comes with a resealable screw cap the glass bottle did not offer. Some of our competitors in this RTD category have been in PET, but we are the first major Canadian brand to convert our entire line." While consumer preference is the prim

Amstel work with Rexam to produce ‘contemporary’ on a can

Rexam and Amstel have been working closely to bring a new can design to the market. The new can uses two of Rexam's added value techniques to give a contemporary and innovative feel, whilst not compromising on convenience for Amstel's loyal beer consumers. The 500ml aluminium cans, produced at Rexam's Naro Fominsk plant in Russia will be available from the end of April. The cans, using illustration impact print technology together with a matt varnish for real consumer appeal, are the first Amstel cans to use such techniques. The premium lager, targets male and female drinkers between the ages of 18 and 24, looking to try something different that fits conveniently with their on-the-go lifestyles. Natalia Agafonova, Brand Manager at Amstel says "We believe that introducing the new Amstel can reinforces our image of contemporary and innovative as well as providing our loyal customers with a convenient package to meet their needs." When asked about the use of Rexam

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Provenance Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Through its distinctive labeling, the Provenance collection highlights the particular distillation of the seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each aged from 10 to 12 years, these whiskeys contain sweet and spicy scents with a smoked finish. They are presented in 750 mL glass bottles. SOURCE

drinktec 2009 presents the alternatives: Cold-aseptics beats hot fill

The process of aseptic cold filling was of great interest to the non-alcoholic drinks sector in particular,” according to a renowned exhibitor summing up the last drinktec in 2005. Since then interest has continued to grow, with cold-aseptic processes proving more popular than hot fill and filling using cold sterilisation agents. drinktec 2009, which is taking place in Munich from 14 to 19 September 2009, brings together all relevant producers of cold-aseptic beverage filling technology at one exhibition site, giving visitors a fantastic opportunity to compare the two processes. Consumer demand is growing for more natural beverages, i.e. those with no preservatives, and for products with additional benefits. As far as possible beverages with little or no carbonation, and often with a high pH-level that makes them very easily digestible, should be offered to consumers. This calls for aseptic cold filling, which allows the implementation of consumer-oriented product concepts, providing

100 million Lurpak tubs a year

Good quality feel, better appearance, and environmental considerations are some of the reasons why Arla Foods has chosen Superfos to produce the new packaging solution for their popular Lurpak® Spreadable and Lurpak® Lighter Spreadable. Europe’s leading dairy producer Arla Foods has chosen Superfos to supply the new packaging solution for the popular Lurpak® Spreadable and Lurpak® Lighter Spreadable. Each year, more than 100 million tubs will leave the factory in Randers to the delight of consumers all over the world. Until now the Lurpak® Spreadable products have been packed in a thermoformed packaging, but now a PP solution with paper labeling will be used instead. The new tub will provide a much better silvery look than the thermoformed packaging. There are several reasons why Arla Foods has chosen paper labeling. International packaging development manager Klaus Nybro from Arla Foods says: “The new solution with paper labeling makes it more difficult for light to shine through the

BERICAP Strengthens Position in the Sports Closure Segment

BERICAP offers two basic types of sport closures to the market, the well known Push Pull closure, consisting of 3 different parts and the 2-piece THUMB’UP® sport closure, offering the unique advantage of one hand opening and re-closing. It is an ideal closure for any beverage being used during sports such as cycling, when the user has only one hand available to open a bottle. The hinge closure offers an easy and safe opening/re-closing, is equipped with an ergonomic pourer shape and fulfils modern aesthetics needs. The good flow rate supports a good taste of the product for the consumer. In 2008, JAMNICA, a leading Croatian mineral water bottler, has acknowledged the advantage of the BERICAP THUMB’UP® sport closure and decided to replace all its Push-Pull closures used for flavoured water by THUMB’UP®. As well as the marketing advantages environmental reasons also supported the change to 30/25 THUMB’UP®. Originally the 30/25 Push Pull with IHS foil, suitable for the aseptic process fil

CCS-310 – The ICMA award winner becomes even more flexible.

Blumer, the innovative manufacturer of the ICMA Award winning CCS-310 has announced a dramatic increase in production versatility. The CCS-310 has already gained worldwide acceptance from renowned card manufactures for producing the highest edge quality in demanding card materials such as polycarbonate (PC). With the introduction of a new male-female cutting tool, the Blumer CCS-310 combines two punching technologies to provide the highest level of quality and versatility in the market today. The use of PC and other complex mixed materials is increasing dramatically as the requirements for identity and security cards, including passports, becomes more stringent. As manufacturers use the CCS-310 to establish the bench mark for edge quality and cutting accuracy, they also increase their lead over the competition. In this demanding market, there is no substitute for the Swiss engineering and quality that is the trademark of Blumer products. The CCS-310 incorporates advanced t

BERICAP’s “Transatlantique” - New dispensing closure solution

Despite its glamour name referring to its smokestack shape, “Transatlantique” dispensing closure (ref 4355) designed by BERICAP for MONIN, French Premium Syrups company, offering more 100 flavors in more than 100 countries, is a real plus for bar staff always looking for time savings and product integrity for intensive use. BERICAP “Transatlantique” dispensing closure has been developed and designed to launch a brand new premium product ”Le Fruit de Monin” on the smoothie market sold in cafes, hotels and restaurants. This closure is offering: • innovation and easy recognition to seduce the user but also the final consumer • very ergonomic and comfortable design allowing one hand opening • fast serving bottle with constant flow, easy to control • automatic closing to ensure continuing product integrity SOURCE

Food producers increasingly prefer plastic packaging

PET packaging convinces through its unbreakability, high transparency and low weight. An increasing number of renowned companies are deciding to change over from glass to plastics. Factors, such as higher product safety combined with innovative design, the availability of raw materials and logistical aspects are causing this development to catch on fast. Günter Ausserwöger, Head of Division Kavo at Greiner Packaging, underlines: “Greiner Packaging has long-lasting know-how with the processing of versatile plastics for food packaging and is best prepared to face this trend. Using a variety of technology, we can offer a wide array of solutions and bring to life individual customer requests.” With a wide spectrum of high-quality packaging solutions, Greiner Packaging has established its reputation as a competent partner in a variety of branches With a wide spectrum of high-quality packaging solutions, Greiner Packaging has established its reputation as a competent partner in a variety o

Lightweight Thor Reflects Market Demands

RPC Containers Blackburn has begun a major programme to further lightweight its market-leading Thor Pot range in order to meet continuing demands from the retail trade for reductions in packaging wherever possible. This latest initiative is focusing on minimising weight without compromising on performance, by reducing material in areas of the pack where it will have the least impact. This will ensure that the containers retain all the major convenience benefits that have made them so popular with consumers. RPC Blackburn says the aim is to make the Thor Pot range the lightest of its type in the market. 600g and 300g sizes have already been introduced and the rest of the range will follow in the coming months. The new lightweight sizes will retain the required strength for microwaveability as well as practical and user-friendly features such as tamper-evidence. The packs continue to offer an attractive design, contact clarity and large decoration area to allow effective branding and str

ROTOCONTROL signs Distribution Agreements in France and South Africa

TMT Labels will distribute ROTOCONTROL leading edge inspection, slitting, rewinding and die cutting finishing machines for the narrow web industry in France, and ROTOTEC throughout South Africa Ahrensburg, Germany (May 6, 2009) ­­ - Ralph Beier, ROTOCONTROL International Sales Manager, today announced the signed exclusive distribution agreements with TMT Labels in France and ROTOTEC in South Africa who will provide ROTOCONTROL leading edge inspection, slitting, rewinding and die cutting finishing machines for the narrow web industry. For more than 30 years TMT Labels has been a successful distributor of Gallus group products and services in France, and provides extensive technical pre-sale consultation and post-sale service and support. “The team at TMT have a reputation for understanding customer needs and technical savvy making them a natural choice for our partners in France” states Ralph Beier. Patrick Salhofer, Managing Director of TMT Labels commented:

Food package with barrier label

This 200g package is named Diana and can be molded with a barrier label on the lid and tub.This package is a 1-Seal package - the lid seals like a membrane. SOURCE