From the joint venture between Koenig & Bauer and Durst, operational since 1 August 2019 in Würzburg, Bavaria , there are important upgrades and innovations dedicated to Delta SPC 130 Flexline Automatic , the printing system for the paper converting sector that ensures industrial performance for large runs .
Among the most significant innovations, the new water-based inks in orange and purple colors that expand the gamut ensuring full compliance with food safety standards for primary packaging . New features also in the field of automation that further increase the productivity of Delta SPC 130 Flexline Automatic. The upgrade of the new features can also be performed on systems already in operation, thus integrating into the workflow of already active customers. Another improvement included, the new primerdeveloped by the R&D department of Koenig & Bauer Du which ensures better image quality, while ensuring a reduction in production costs and the introduction of new special effects for corrugated cardboard prints.
Delta SPC 130 Flexline Automatic combines careful engineering of mechanical design with the ability to integrate selected components to ensure lasting quality, high performance and reliability. This agile system can print with food safe water-based inks from the small format ( 500 x 600 mm) up to the large format (1,300 x 2,800 mm) with a maximum thickness of 12 mm. Delta SPC 130 Flexline Automatic, equipped with a non-stop feeding system, allows single pass four-color printing and includes a drying system and an automatic unloading system.
“ The innovations we developed for the Delta SPC 130 Flexline Automatic were designed to anticipate market needs ,” commented Robert Stabler, Managing Director of Koenig & Bauer Durst (pictured right) . " The safety of food packaging is now a hot topic and our new water-based inks meet this need for primary packaging. A new reliable and cost-effective production method that offers brands the opportunity to focus on mass customization without compromising on quality. ".
The Koenig & Bauer Durst range also includes the new CorruJET digital post printer for direct printing on corrugated cardboard up to 1.7 m wide with speeds up to 135m / min and the VariJET 106 digital sheet printer dedicated to the folding carton market.
Also, total sales of certain veterinary antimicrobial agents belonging to antibiotic classes that are considered critically important in human medicine noticeably decreased between 2011 and 2018. These classes include antibiotics used to treat serious infections in humans caused by bacteria resistant to most other antibiotic treatments. Sales of third- and fourth- generation cephalosporins dropped by 24%, polymyxins dropped by 70%, fluoroquinolones decreased by 4% and sales of other quinolones dropped by 74%. The use of these antibiotics in animals should be restricted to mitigate the risk to public health, according to the Antimicrobial Advice ad hoc Expert Group (AMEG) categorisation.
“The steady decrease in sales of veterinary antibiotics over ten years shows that Europe is on the right track to fight antimicrobial resistance,” said Ivo Claassen, Head of EMA’s Veterinary Medicines Division. “EU guidance and national campaigns promoting prudent use of antibiotics in animals are having a positive effect.”
The ESVAC report presents data from 30 countries from the European Economic Area and Switzerland. All participating countries voluntarily provided information on sales of veterinary antibiotics for 2018. Contribution to the ESVAC project has grown substantially, from nine countries in 2010 to 31 countries in 2020. Of these, 25 countries presented data for the full 2011-2018 period.
Since its inception, the ESVAC project has coordinated and supported European countries in establishing the collection of standardised and harmonised sales data of veterinary antibiotics and has contributed to improve the quality of these data. Data on veterinary antibiotics sales have been used to inform multiple risk assessments and scientific opinions on antimicrobial resistance. These data have provided valuable information on the magnitude and trends in sales of antibiotics considered of high importance to public and animal health.
As of this year, each of the 31 countries have a separate section to better highlight changes in sales by antibiotic class and provide data interpretation by country. Some countries have described their main activities to combat antimicrobial resistance and how these activities have contributed to the observed changes in sales in their country. These measures include national action plans to reduce the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance, national campaigns for prudent use of antibiotics in animals, sales targets, restrictions on use of certain antimicrobials in food-producing animals, or measures to control prescription of antibiotics in animals.
The ESVAC project was launched by EMA in April 2010 following a request from the European Commission to develop a harmonised approach to the collection and reporting of data from EU Member States on the use of antimicrobials in animals. The ESVAC report is published annually and is used as a reference and guidance by scientists, veterinarians and other health professionals, risk assessors and policy makers in the EU Member States.
Toppan’s PET-Based Mono-Material Flexible Packaging Adopted for Unilever’s New Lux Luminique Sachet SetNews:
With the problem of plastic waste receiving significant attention, demand for more eco-friendly packaging continues to increase, and companies around the world are taking various measures focused on targets for better circulation of plastic resources used for packaging and containers. Unilever has announced global commitments for a waste-free world, aiming to halve its use of virgin plastic; help collect and process more plastic than it sells; and ensure that 100% of plastic packaging is designed to be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable. Unilever is transforming its approach to plastic packing through its ‘Less plastic. Better plastic. No plastic.’ framework and making progress around the world.
Toppan provides solutions to global companies addressing environmental issues such as global warming and plastic waste. “SUSTAINABLE-VALUE™ Packaging” was recently launched as part of the “TOPPAN S-VALUE™ Packaging” brand, which targets added value for society and fulfilling living. The SUSTAINABLE-VALUE™ Packaging range includes more readily recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) mono-material flexible packaging for individual packages. By fully leveraging vapor deposition and coating technologies accumulated over 30 years as a global leader in the manufacture of transparent barrier films, Toppan has now worked with Unilever Japan to achieve a switch to mono-material composition for individual packages for liquid toiletry products.
Conventional individual packages combine a PET substrate with materials such as aluminum and polyethylene. Toppan’s mono-material packaging uses a PET-based grade of GL FILM, a market-leading vapor-deposited transparent barrier film from the GL BARRIER range, and combines it with PET sealant. The manufacturing method and material composition ensure outstanding oxygen and water vapor barrier performance, provide low adsorption to prevent loss of aroma and quality, and make it possible to prevent reduction of product weight during storage over long periods. The use of a single material improves recyclability, and the absence of aluminum film enables a reduction of roughly 25% in CO2 emissions during packaging manufacture.
We’re delighted that Unilever Japan has chosen Toppan’s mono-material flexible packaging for these new products,” said Yoshimitsu Anamizu, Managing Executive Officer of Toppan’s Living & Industry Division. “We continue to work on developing more readily recyclable and eco-friendly solutions for diverse packaging contents and aim to contribute to the growth of our customers’ businesses and a sustainable society by expanding the TOPPAN S-VALUE™ Packaging range.”
The emergence of Digitally Native Vertical Brands (DNVBs)
The first Digitally Native Vertical Brands (DNVBs) appeared in 2007-2008, when the second generation of e-commerce sites emerged. From 2008 to 2012, social media began to take hold and brands began to appeal to consumers by creating “digital tribes” based on their products. This was a true revolution on the fashion and cosmetics markets, which had begun to struggle.
The very first DNVB, Bonobos, was founded by Andy Dunn in the United States in 2007. It is a men’s apparel brand that offers a much greater variety of sizes and cuts than its traditional competitors. The power of DNVBs is therefore in their capacity to quickly develop a “customer-centric” brand while using technology (it all happens online) to form a vertical chain of value: direct sales to clients with no middle-man who could compromise the brand image.
DNVB, Indie brands, influencer brands… How can you tell them apart?
A DNVB is a digital start-up that generates growth through its capacity to recuperate data and place the client at the center of its decision-making process. It conducts sales principally online. An Indie brand is also digitally based, through social networks, but it does not use the development tools of an Internet start-up, and particularly data technology. Its growth is generated by physical sales. As for production modes, DNVBs often employ their own tools and develop their own patents, which is rarer for Indie brands whose financial means are more limited. The Indie strategy is more focused on packaging and the use of influencers and paid marketing to gain recognition, while DNVBs develop through natural referencing by massively developing high-quality content and relying on user-generated content (UGC).
As for influencer brands, these are also known as “Instabrands”. An industrial develops a brand and calls on an influencer – or vice-versa – who relies on his or her community of Instagram followers to generate sales quickly and massively. The whole marketing campaign is designed for digital media, since the great majority of purchases are made online. The example of reference: Kylie Cosmetics, created by Kylie Jenner, an influencer with 180 million followers and as many potential clients. DNVB, Indie brands and Instabrands all rely on social networks and word-of-mouth to develop quickly.
Portrait of an Indie brand: Alexis Robillard’s ALL TIGERS
Throughout her life, a woman swallows an average of two kilos of lipstick. Based on this observation, Alexis Robillard decided to found a natural, vegan lipstick brand, ALL TIGERS, in 2017. The project was co-constructed with the products’ future users. The community – today 15,000 people strong – approves each of the brand’s decisions, from lipstick shades to formulas to packaging. ALL TIGERS addresses a true consumer need for trendy, high-quality makeup that is not harmful for health.
The ALL TIGERS brand, which has been active for a year and a half, is already present in 300 points of sale in ten countries, and its sales are continually rising. It has made a place for itself by asserting strong values such as transparency, respect for the environment, and feminism. From formulation to packaging, everything is conceived in an eco-friendly way, and 1% of turnover goes to an association protecting tigers in the wild. This is also what could be called a “mission brand”, a positive brand that brings a true change to the market.
Have traditional brands become has-beens?
Consumers overall reproach traditional brands (particularly luxury brands) for their lack of inclusiveness and absence of transparency on product composition. What works to their disadvantage is that they really don’t know their clients because of the way their distribution system is organized. Meanwhile, DNVBs such as Nidé.co shape their offers to correspond with consumer demands, even entrusting one of them with the creation of her own product in cooperation with the brand (which entitles her to collect 10% on sales).
By playing on transparency, these dynamic little brands are challenging the codes of the cosmetics industry, positioning themselves as true “game changers.” At a time when consumers are seeking brands aligned with their values above all else, they expect a brand to assume a position and practically embody the role of a political leader. For example, the DNVB Glossier made a million-dollar donation to the Black Lives Matter cause. Changing the world before selling products: a new order, and one that is unsettling for traditional brands.
From the beginning of 2021 ADMV will again be run as a separate sub-brand within FlexLink. This serves the sustainable diversification in the product range and a clear positioning of the solution offer. It is also intended to strengthen customer relationships and simplify communication in the market. In the future, ADMV will act as an expert brand with a focus on beginning-of-line and in-line applications.
Extensive industry knowledge and high modularity
The ADMV team, based in Crémieu near Lyon in France, designs and manufactures feeding machines such as bulk material feeders and step conveyors, handling and assembly machines as well as collaborative robot applications. The machines ensure gentle product handling, avoid efficiency losses due to congestion and enable seamless speed changes. A high degree of modularity and flexibility enables line modifications for quick adaptation to production changes and thus shortens the time to market.
Here are some things to look for:
1. Different laws and requirements are defined in the market of each country, exactly what should be included in your product (it also depends on the industry). For example, in the cosmetics industry, ingredients, manufacturer information, and many other mandatory frills don’t even fit in a tiny bottle or jar of a few milliliters, so we’ll definitely need some extra surface to meet all the requirements. For example, a practical box is perfect for this, but it also increases the cost of our product.
2. Design is one of the most important aspects, as the packaging of our product also functions as a marketing communication tool. At first glance, the customer draws atmosphere, quality and many other conclusions without tasting or trying our product. The success of your product depends a lot on the design, so it is worth choosing a partner who has the right experience and knowledge.
3. The customer experience factor is also closely related to the previous point. Today's technological development is already at such a level, and thus such opportunities have opened up, which is unknown to the customer, the owner of the product, although it has many advantages. According to current trends, it is very important for customers to have a unique “customer experience” in order to feel addressed, which is brand awareness (especially very effective for a new entrant / product) and later an attachment, not to mention sales volume, which increases . Everyone remembers the cloaks named Coca-Cola on their products. This campaign was so popular and so successful that the idea is still used by different brands in different industries today, and it no longer requires such a huge company size and liquidity as it is available to small and medium-sized businesses. only more advanced technology , such as Central and Eastern Europe for the first time, with us.
4. It depends on your product whether your packaging should perform other functions. Such as aroma and texture preservation, impact protection, practicality, etc. These can affect what material it is made of, possibly the type of closures. And if it is packaged by automatic systems, can the packaging machines be able to handle the raw material (e.g. dimensions, plastic welding temperatures, etc.).
5. Environmental awareness is most related to you and the philosophy of your brand or company. Today, it is essential to pay attention to, and even pay a lot of attention to, this point, as it encourages more people to buy every day if the product does not leave such an ecological footprint, or it can be easily recycled., or perhaps made of a completely degradable material. If there is a lot of competition, it is also worth considering the use of environmentally friendly packaging as a marketing tool (eg carbon-neutral printing, made from 100% recyclable raw materials, etc.)
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GSK Consumer Healthcare commits to make over a billion toothpaste tubes recyclable by 2025 as part of its ongoing sustainability journeyNews:
The first partnership, with strategic packaging supplier, Albea, which is one of the world’s largest tube manufacturers, will see GSKCH switch its toothpaste tubes from aluminium barrier laminates to the patented Greenleaf laminate. The switch-over will begin with Sensodyne Pronamel tubes, which will be available in fully recyclable alternatives in Europe this July. This will be bolstered by a second partnership with EPL Global to produce tubes in Platina laminate. Both laminates have passed recycling-readiness tests set by the US-based Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and by Europe’s RecyClass, meaning that the tubes will be recyclable and compatible with existing recycling processes. It is anticipated that the combined moves will see over a billion toothpaste tubes per year become recyclable by 2025.
Sarah McDonald, VP Sustainability, GSK Consumer Healthcare said “We are fighting every day to help eradicate preventable oral health problems and to provide people with better, more sustainable oral care solutions that don’t compromise on quality. We have made the commitment that 100% of our product packaging will be recyclable or reusable, where quality and safety permits, by 2025.This is just one part of our ongoing sustainability journey, in which we are working to address the environmental and societal barriers to everyday health.”
GSKCH has been instrumental in the growth of the oral care category globally, applying its trusted science to build awareness of preventable oral care conditions and drive better oral care habits. It is now collaborating with retailers and dental healthcare professionals to drive the growth of more sustainable options in oral care products across the world.
Earlier this year, it launched its first sustainable toothbrush ‘Dr. Best’ in Germany. Made from sustainably cultivated bamboo, with a biodegradable handle, the Dr. Best brush features plastic-free packaging made from recycled cardboard. For Sensodyne and Aquafresh, it has launched plastic-free toothbrush packaging featuring a cellulose gum window which enables shoppers to see the brush inside.The business is now working to help reduce the environmental impact of dentistry and the dental industry as a founding partner of the World Dental Federation (FDI) Sustainability in Dentistry Initiative.
GSKCH’s sustainability initiatives support GSK’s new company wide commitment to achieve a net zero impact on climate and a positive impact on nature by 2030, announced by CEO Emma Walmsley in November 2020.
Karl Graves, Business Director at Albéa Tubes, said “We are extremely proud to roll out our responsible Greenleaf tube packaging solution with an inspiring market leader such as GSK. Our commitment is to make 100% of our tubes recyclable by 2025 while offering innovative solutions with PCR, paper and bio-based resins. Responsible packaging is now a must-have – and it requires close collaboration between a committed brand and a daring supplier.”
EPL’s Platina Tube with HDPE closure, is the world’s first fully sustainable and completely recyclable tube accredited by APR. This partnership will help Unilever's oral care brands like Signal, Pepsodent and Closeup to be 100% recyclable by 2025.
Speaking on the partnership, Ram Ramasamy, Chief Operating Officer, EPL Limited said, “EPL is proud to be associated with Unilever to further their sustainability initiatives in the oral care range. We are committed to enabling and inspiring responsible consumption through innovation in packaging. EPL’s Platina, ecofriendly laminated tube, produced with less than 5% barrier resin, is designed to deliver source reduction and recyclability without the loss of any barrier properties. Platina tube is especially suited for oral and beauty & cosmetics products brands.”
Deepak Ganjoo, Regional Vice President, Africa, Middle East and South Asia, EPL Limited, said, “EPL is proud to be a partner to one of the world’s most prestigious brands in their quest to have a positive impact on the environment. Sustainability has been a key focus area at EPL and today we find all responsible brands moving in a similar direction. As market leaders EPL has a significant role to play in contributing towards sustainable development, helping brands along this journey.”
Unilever will be launching fully recyclable tubes later this year in two of their biggest oral care markets, France and India.
Mondi’s new recycled containerboard machine in Slovakia delivers a win-win solution for environmentally-conscious customers
Mondi’s PM19 paper machine at Ružomberok in Slovakia has begun delivering Kraft Top White, an innovative and sustainable new containerboard grade, to customers in Europe.
Kraft Top White offers a win-win solution with the strength, printability and on-shelf appeal of a white fresh fibre top layer, and a recycled fibre bottom layer.
The new machine, with a production capacity of 300,000 tonnes per annum, is part of Mondi’s €370 million investment to upgrade the mill and further reduce its environmental footprint.