• ITC’s Paperboards Unit at Bhadrachalam conferred with GreenCo Platinum+ rating by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Green Business Centre for its Environmental Stewardship

    First Pulp & Paper Plant and overall, Second in the Country to achieve this feat The rating awarded by GreenCo recognised the exemplary work spearheaded by ITC’s Paperboards and Specialty Papers Business in Bhadrachalam to become an icon of environmental stewardship with graded green features. ITC is the only company in the world to be Carbon Positive for 15 years and its large-scale afforestation programme has greened over 8,00,000 acres and created 147 million person days of livelihoods for farmers
  • The agreement will help companies to gain competitiveness and flexibility in production

    Limitronic has extensive experience, of more than 30 years, in the design, development and manufacture of ink printing equipment directly on the packaging. Printing technology in both monochrome and color, and a single pass (single-pass), practically on any type of substrate. Mins Industrial , young company although technologically expert in the coding and traceability market. With this collaboration, Limitronic as a global company and Mins Industrial as a local company in a highly industrialized area, makes this union the perfect combination to be close to the market and to identify and understand trends and thus act quickly to benefit our clients. “Do a fabulous job and be known for innovative ability. Attract passionate, committed people. Create an attractive, effervescent environment. Integration and closeness with customers, improve with them. And, grow thanks to the quality of our clients and our products / services. ” These words of Jesús Sanmartín (Limitronic) define the essence of the agreement reached between both firms. Íñigo Muguía (Mins Industrial), points out: "With this union we help companies to gain competitiveness and flexibility in production by being able to bring personalized packaging to the market with the highest quality provided by high resolution printing. From now on with Mins Industrial and, better than ever, the change to print without traditional labels is within the reach of our companies. " Roberto, head of Mins Industrial, clarifies that: "Limitronic's printing equipment is easy to handle and its installation and operation are simple. Likewise, with the commitment to achieve the maximum return on your investment, we ensure that they achieve the quality of impression your brand needs. " The Limitronic equipment is so reliable that it does not require a lot of attention, even so, continuous training is an important part of our service offer. Contact us by mail, phone or through social networks, talk to our team, tell us what you are thinking, what is your proposal. And for our part, we promise to work, collaborate with you and discover how we can help you become more competitive in your production processes, while being close to you.

  • Sustainability Without Sacrificing Excellence in Finishing

    Finishing Using Environmentally-friendly Hot Stamping Technology Anyone who takes sustainability seriously must take the entire value added chain into account – from manufacture to processing, right through to the end product and its disposal. For each of these four areas, KURZ provides services which are unique within the sector. The end product: Hot stamping does not create any composite materials and uses an extremely thin decorative coating which contains no hazardous substances and is easy to recycle The application process: No wet lacquer, emission-free and with minimal energy consumption The manufacturing process: Waste water free, solvent-free recovery, exemplary CO2 footprint Production waste: Free from hazardous waste, PET 'return back' initiative, innovative recycling concepts

  • SACMI takes over IPREL and continues to expand its Digital Innovation Services

    Group now enjoys 100% ownership of company specialising in the design and development of digital services for industrial supervision and automation. President of SACMI Imola S.C., Paolo Mongardi: “SACMI continues to invest in services for digital innovation, the keystone of the future”
  • 5 Top Robotics Startups Impacting The Packaging Industry

    Heat Map: 5 Top Robotics Startups For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 214 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different. PackIt Systems – Robotic Bagging Manual bagging requires a lot of labor and is prone to human error which increases the inconsistencies in product quality. It is also time-consuming and difficult to set standards for. Robotic bagging systems offer solutions to these issues. Besides, automated bagging also improves worker safety in hazardous industries like chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Indian startup PackIt Systems offers automated bagging solutions that can be applied to many diverse industries. Their system is compact and designed for ergonomic loading. In addition, it can automatically label the bagged items. It offers bag sizes from 200mm to 500mm in width and 350mm to 700mm in length. Unisorting – Robotic Packing Traditional packing methods currently use a mix of manual and semi-automatic solutions to pack the items. Packers simply do not invest in machinery as they are able to find labor, which works well for them in the short-term. However, packing has slowly begun using robotic arms and automated systems to efficiently pack items. This reduces the labor headcount required and improves the productivity of packing. Italian startup Unisorting, a recent merger between three Italian food and technology companies, develops a complete suite of solutions for processing fruits and vegetables aiming to reduce packing costs. Their automatic packing system can group, pick, and pack the items into the necessary packages. They also offer semi-automatic packing solutions. IAMRobotics – Robotic Picking The entire packaging process requires items to be moved around the floor. Items are being moved from before packaging can begin up to the final loading area. While large companies can employ labor or invest in technology, smaller companies are usually left to rely on limited labor for their operations. Robotic picking can greatly improve the productivity of picking and moving items while cutting on high labor costs. The US-based startup IAMRobotics develops the Swift Robot, an autonomous mobile manipulation robot designed for material handling. It navigates multiple aisles to move using machine vision technology for the robots to see and locate objects in 3D and in real-time. Swift is capable of picking and transporting products at human-level speeds, which enables packers to scale operations more cost-effectively. Robot Systems – Robotic Palletizing / Depalletizing Packaging usually depends on the standards for logistics and transportation. Shipping containers come in standard sizes, which are designed based on truck capacities. All these logistic issues mean packaging companies have to arrange their products, by palletizing, so that it becomes easy to load them onto trucks, and subsequently onto planes or ships. Moreover, manually palletizing items can be labor-intensive with a risk of stress and injury. The US-based startup Robot Systems develop robotic palletizing and depalletizing systems. Utilizing articulating robot arms allows for flexibility and versatility. Using automatic tool changers, the robot can switch between palletizing bags, cartons, pouches, kegs, barrels, and drums. Depending on the throughput rates, the robot can also perform other tasks such as sheet placement, pallet placement, or even labeling of containers. Kindred AI – Robotic Sorting Companies dealing with small items or quantities may sometimes produce them and later sort them for packaging. This process becomes tedious to do manually and could result in poor end consumer experiences. Robotic sorting systems will help keep the packages moving to the correct piles for secondary packaging. Such systems can easily be scaled without really increasing the headcount. The US-based startup Kindred AI develops SORT, a robotic sorting and piling system. Equipped with reinforcement learning and proprietary grasping technology, the robot can identify items, differentiate between end piles, and move the items there. Their systems automate repetitive tasks, thus improving the conditions for workers. What About The Other 209 Solutions? While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 214 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.

  • Aptar Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

    Second Quarter 2020 Summary Reported sales and core sales decreased 6% primarily due to the negative effects of COVID-19 on the beauty and beverage markets as well as passing on lower resin costs; negative currency effects were offset by contributions coming from acquisitions Reported sales growth of 7% and core sales growth of 6% in our Pharma segment was offset by decreases in reported sales and core sales in our Beauty + Home and Food + Beverage segments “Thank You Award” costs of $3.6 million (pretax) were included in second quarter reported and adjusted earnings; this one-time Award was granted to employees who made it possible for Aptar to continue to supply critical infrastructure industries during the initial phases of the COVID-19 crisis Reported earnings per share totaled $0.63 (a decrease of 44% compared to the prior year) Adjusted earnings per share totaled $0.80 (a decrease of 30% compared to the prior year) Reported net income totaled $42 million (a decrease of 43% compared to the prior year) Adjusted EBITDA totaled $137 million (a decrease of 15% compared to the prior year) Cash flow from operations was $228 million in the first half of 2020 (an increase of 3% compared to the prior year) Free cash flow was $105 million in the first half of 2020 (an increase of 9% compared to the prior year) Declared quarterly dividend of $0.36 per share Subsequent to the end of the quarter, Kimberly Y. Chainey joined Aptar as EVP General Counsel and is a member of the Executive Committee

  • SK Chemicals’ sustainability solutions for cosmetic packaging

    ECOTRIA is a transparent food-contact copolyester that is independently certified as being compatible with the RIC 1 PET recycling stream. At this moment, the product is available in two grades, ECOTRIA R100, recommended for injection stretch blow moulding, and ECOZEN R200 for injection moulding or injection stretch blow moulding. Both grades are supplied as crystallised granules which require drying at conditions similar to PET before being processed. The two ECOTRIA grades have been formulated to crystallise sufficiently quickly to be compatible with the PET recycling process, but sufficiently slowly to be used in most injection and blow moulding processes that traditionally used PETG or PCTG. Even though ECOTRIA contains 30% of post-consumer recycled material, the transparency and colour tone are surprisingly clear, while its slow crystallisation permits thick-wall containers to be made without any loss in transparency. Initial tests at European customers have demonstrated the excellent processability of the material and several end-users are now planning to launch a range of products using ECOTRIA. Mr Steve Kim, Head of the SK Chemicals Copolyester Division said, “ECOTRIA is a demonstration of the ability of SK Chemicals to act quickly to the ever-changing demands of the European packaging industry. "For the first time, products made in amorphous materials, which are more difficult to recycle, can be easily replaced by a product that contains both a high level of recycled material and which can be recycled in the existing PET recycling process”. One of SK Chemicals’ customers in France, said “ECOTRIA is a big step forward by SK Chemicals towards meeting the current and future European Regulations concerning plastic packaging and the Circular Economy. "ECOTRIA has already been tested to replace conventional non-recyclable packaging for several high-profile cosmetic products, and we see this being repeated for other products in the future”. ECOTRIA is the first of a series of new copolyester product innovations by SK Chemicals that will be introduced over the coming months. The ECOTRIA product range is now available in Europe from SK Chemicals GmbH and distributors.
  • Burgopak and Duallok packaging studios team up to create Kolluda, luxury packaging for CBD

    Burgopak, the company behind the unforgettable packaging slider have joined forces with Duallok, the most awarded child-resistant packaging design of 2019 to blend expertise in a new and innovative packaging range for the rapidly growing CBD and luxury wellness market. Taking advantage of the Duallok team’s invaluable insights into the legalised cannabis industry, Kolluda presents a contemporary and luxury packaging solution for new and existing companies moving into the CBD sector and beyond.
  • Cementing the deal: Mondi acquires two paper bag lines and signs exclusive supplier agreements with leading cement producers in Egypt

    Mondi Paper Bags has acquired two paper bag lines from Helwan Cement Company and InterCement Sacs1. With these acquisitions, Mondi’s paper bag production volume in the country will increase by approximately 60-80 million bags annually. As part of the agreement, Mondi will become exclusive supplier of paper bags to Helwan Cement Company and InterCement Sacs.
  • Mondi launches gaming app about workplace safety

    App uses state-of-the-art communication and gamification to explain the businesses nine different safety rules HEADS UP! app is free to download on any smartphone 29 July 2020 – Mondi, a global leader in #packaging and #paper, has launched a health and safety app as a new way to communicate to its colleagues on wellbeing in the workplace. #Mondi #Corrugated Solutions has launched the app to raise awareness of workplace safety rules in an accessible and entertaining way. The app entitled HEADS UP! is free to download for all Mondi employees and the general public.
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