• Traffic Sign Shops Say Good-bye to Screen Printing

    Avery Dennison began the digital traffic sign revolution in 2014 with our introduction of the TrafficJet Print System. Quickly becoming one of the best-selling printers for specification compliant traffic signs with warranties exceeding industry standards, TrafficJet is in regular use in nearly 500 locations across 50 countries. This printer has been instrumental in the elimination of more than 1.5 million gallons of wastewater worldwide. “Our newest printer, TrafficJet Pro, truly challenges the need for toxic screen printing” says Aaron Means, senior product manager. “This affordable printer featuring UV LED instant cure and True Traffic Color spot inks, delivers print speeds comparable to high-volume screen printing, while eliminating the complexity and multiple waste streams associated with screen printing. In addition, the print production process can be housed in an area less than one-third required by screen printing, conserving valuable space and associated costs. For government agencies, longer-life TrafficJet Pro signs reduce their replacement cycles and maintenance costs, lessening the impact on the environment.

  • Indiapack pacprocess-2017

     

    Messe Düsseldorf India and the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) is jointly organizing 'indiapack pacprocess' where both organisers will join their expertise in the packaging, packaging materials and production sector and the related processing industry with a focus on the Indian market. The trade fair will take place from October 26-28, 2017 in Halls 8,9,10 & 11 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. With expected 20,000 trade visitors not only from India but also from neighboring SAARC regions, middle-east and other important region + 300 exhibitors from India and overseas.

     

    The fair is powered by Interpack - the largest trade fair for Processes and Packaging in Düsseldorf, Germany.

    USP of Indiapack Pacprocess 2017 -

    The fair spreads across 10,000 sqm

    Participation from over 300 exhibitors from India and overseas

    Strong conference

     

    Powered by "Interpack", Germany, the leading trade fair in packaging and processing, well known brand to the Indian market

     

    Unique platform for entrepreneurs, decision makers, senior govt. officials, investors, industry members, traders, equiment buyers and suppliers, academia, engineers and trade delegations to congregate, brainstorm, showcase and forge meaningful partnerships for business.

     

    More event details available at http://www.pacprocess-india.com/

    Contact person - Amit Sharma

    Contact Numbers:  +91-0-11-48550000 / +91-0-11-48550069 /

    Email: SharmaaM@md-india.com

     

  • LANXESS launches bio-based prepolymer line Adiprene Green

    Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has developed a new range of MDI polyether prepolymers containing renewable, bio-based raw materials. Marketed under the brand name Adiprene Green, the products are suitable as replacement for existing fossil based polyether prepolymers to manufacture highly durable polyurethane (PU) elastomers. The overall objective to develop Adiprene Green was to create a range of bio-based prepolymers which allow the PU processor to produce components with a reduced CO2 footprint. Depending on the system, a reduction of CO2 between 20 to 30 percent is possible compared to fossil-based prepolymers due to the use of polyether polyols based on starch. The share of bio-based raw materials varies between 30 to 90 percent dependent on the targeted system hardness. At the same time the existing PU processing capabilities would remain applicable and the properties of the final polyurethane elastomer would be similar to established elastomers based on fossil based polyether or even better. Dr. Markus Eckert, head of the LANXESS Urethane Systems business unit, says: “At LANXESS, we have a clear sustainability strategy. With the goal to be climate neutral until 2040, we are building on our established and successful commitment to climate protection. The first major projects have already been launched. By using our new Adiprene Green products, customers can benefit from our journey to climate neutrality.” Adiprene Green prepolymers are easy to handle – they are processed in an identical manner to conventional prepolymers. No modifications to material handling, process temperatures or mixing ratios are necessary. In addition, the reactivity profile and demolding times are similar to fossil based polyether prepolymers. When reacted with 1,4 butanediol, a range of PU elastomers with a hardness from 40 Shore A to 60 Shore D can be achieved. As the PU system is versatile, Adiprene Green can be hand-mixed or machine mixed. Moreover, the prepolymers can be processed with Vibracat catalysts from LANXESS. Products of the Adiprene Green line are well suited for demanding applications such as roll covers, wheels, press sleeves or non-pneumatic tires.

  • KKR Invests in CMC Machinery to Drive Innovation in Sustainable Packaging

    Leading global investment firm KKR today announced an investment in CMC Machinery, a manufacturer of automated packaging solutions in Italy. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

    Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Città di Castello, CMC Machinery is a premium provider of innovative e-commerce 3D on-demand packaging, using advanced end-of-line technology to improve environmental impact by reducing the consumption of packaging materials. The company is led by the Ponti family and employs a team of approximately 200 based in the Umbria region, specializing in the design and manufacturing of advanced automated packaging solutions for some of the world's largest retail and logistics companies.

    Following KKR's investment, CMC Machinery will continue to be led by the Ponti family and headquartered in Città di Castello, with Founder Giuseppe Ponti's sons, Francesco and Lorenzo Ponti, serving as CEO and COO respectively.

    The on-demand packaging market has seen strong growth over the past few years in response to the surge in the e-commerce sector as more people around the world shift to purchasing items online, a trend accelerated by the impact of COVID-19. With volumes expected to grow even further, the environmental sustainability of the related activities is a critical area of focus. CMC Machinery's innovative 3D technology is market-leading, offering sustainability benefits by producing on-demand custom made boxes that fit the product size, resulting in significant reduction of raw material and void filler used.

    Giuseppe Ponti, Founder, President and Strategic Business Development Director of CMC Machinery, said: "We are very pleased to have KKR on board as an investor with a shared vision to inspire the future of packaging and e-commerce. With KKR's support, we are excited to continue on our journey, expanding our operations which will remain firmly rooted in the Umbria region to address an increasingly global market with sustainable packaging solutions."

    Stanislas de Joussineau, Director at KKR and Head of Global Impact in EMEA, said: "CMC Machinery's market-leading innovation in sustainable packaging aligns well with the objectives of KKR's mission to invest in companies that are providing solutions to critical challenges. We are excited to have the opportunity to work closely with the Ponti family on this important endeavor to drive innovation and promote sustainability across the global retail sector, particularly at this critical time for the industry as retailers increasingly seek to minimize their impact on the environment.”

    Pedro Ramos, Principal at KKR's Global Impact team in EMEA, said: "CMC Machinery is recognized as a leader in the sector, a testament to the passion and commitment of the Ponti family and their team, who have seen their factories in Città di Castello grow to supply customers around the world. We look forward to supporting them in scaling even further using KKR’s global platform and resources."

    The investment in CMC Machinery is the fourth in Europe by the KKR Global Impact Fund, following investments in MasterD, the leading vocational training company in Spain, The Citation Group, a leading provider of subscription-based HR and Employment law and Health & Safety services to SMEs in the UK, and Viridor, the UK’s leading recycling and responsible waste management company.

    KKR Global Impact is focused on identifying and investing behind opportunities where financial performance and societal impact are intrinsically aligned. Specifically, the Fund is focused on generating risk-adjusted returns by investing in companies that contribute measurable progress toward one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”). CMC Machinery's business directly contributes toward SDG #12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) as their innovative packaging solution fits boxes to product size, enabling their e-commerce clients to use less material inputs, reducing waste.

    In Italy, KKR has invested over €2.5bn across private equity, infrastructure and other asset classes, with investments including Selecta, MM and Sirti, employing 17,000 people across its portfolio companies. The firm has a long track record of working with entrepreneurial owners and founder-backed businesses across Europe, supporting these companies with the next stage of their growth ambitions by providing financial and operational expertise as well as access to KKR’s global network and resources.

  • Ardagh Group launches online, interactive 3D glass packaging catalog

    In a time when technological advances have made it possible for companies to continue to share critical information in virtual settings, Ardagh has launched its 3D glass packaging catalog to showcase digital, interactive representations of its award-winning glass packaging designs.

    While online visual representations of products enhance the decision-making process, interacting with the products truly transforms the experience.

    "As a leader in glass packaging, Ardagh's online stock container catalog gives customers the ability to interact with nearly 300 distinctive glass bottle and jar designs in a variety of colors and finishes, and sizes ranging from 4oz to 4L," said Gina Behrman, Vice President of Marketing, Communications & New Product Development for Ardagh's North American Glass business unit.

    Ardagh is using the latest 3D rendering system to engage and interact with customers. The new, interactive experience has a life-like 360° 3D feature allowing users to flip, turn and even look inside each glass container.

    Consumers are more committed than ever to environmental sustainability and prefer products and packaging that complement this lifestyle. Glass bottles are 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality.

    "Ardagh takes great pride in providing sustainable glass packaging for brands across America," said Behrman. "Glass packaging is increasingly being recognized as the clear choice for brands to strengthen their business and their own sustainability platform, while delivering consumers the best in product integrity, safety and environmental excellence." 

  • Spectra are gearing up for another busy show at Packaging Innovations at the end of this month

    Spectra’s Sales Director, Jonathan Powell said, “Packaging Innovations provides an ideal stage for us to showcase our creativity whilst connecting with visitors face to face. Innovation continues to play a key role for Spectra as we strive to continually challenge ourselves to develop new ways to help brands stay ahead. This show gives us the ideal shop window opportunity to do that”.

    Spectra’s 9th consecutive appearance will yet again see the UK converter premiere a range of radical new innovative prototype designs.

  • Fairdale Packaging Group announces the launch of new concept perfume bottles at Cosmoprof Asia Digital Week

    The new packaging design solution will feature a new range of concept perfume bottles, revealing new technology and design that will shape the packaging industry in the future. The new concept perfume bottles are made from glass with a design concept that abandoned the traditional decorating style based on life. These special and novel designs include a capsule bottle, pocket perfume set, and an EGG bottle.

    The new concept perfume bottles are created by eco-friendly materials that helps to sustain the environment. The use of these materials not only will beautify the users but also the world.

    Established in 2003, the Fairdale Packaging Group specializes in perfume and cosmetic packaging. The company provides a complete packaging solution, from design drawings to mold opening, from sample order to bulk production. Its products include glass bottles for perfume, nail polish, and roll-on as well as glass cream jar, plastic cream jar, perfume atomizer, aluminum bottle, and sprayer pump. Fairdale has always insisted on providing customers with the best cost-effective high-quality packaging materials.

  • Neopac wins sustainability award from Hungarian Association of Packaging & Materials Handling

    Hoffmann Neopac, a global provider of high-quality packaging for a broad array of industries and applications, has been recognized by the Hungarian Association of Packaging & Materials Handling for a novel sustainable tube solution.

    The tube was developed by Neopac for a plant-based facial scrub from Hungarian beauty company Manna, which emphasizes eco-consciousness in a variety of its products.

    The co-extruded tube is comprised of 50% recycled household waste (PCR), particularly materials from former milk bottles. A nod to the growing problem of ocean pollution, its cap is made of 100% plastic waste reused from items such as fishing ropes.

    Certified through sustainable products designator Ecocert, the tubes can be recycled in the same streams as conventional polyethylene (PE) tubes.

    The tube for Manna Facial Scrub showcases comittment to circularity. Produced with a specialized offset printing technique, the 75ml tube’s decoration suggests the naturalness of the facial scrub, which is unscented and dervived primarily from olive seeds.

    And despite the perceveid challenges of protecting products with sustainably-sourced packaging, the tubes offer exemplary product protection and user-friendliness.

    Neopac has consistently been at the forefront of the packaging sustainability movement; notably, the company recently released a Tube Design Guide for Recyclability.

    The company also offers an EcoDesign portfolio, primarily for cosmetics and personal care applications, that includes Recycled Tube featuring up to 64% post-consumer recycled material; Sugarcane Tube, made from renewable raw materials and offering the same characteristics and processability as fossil-based polyethylene; and PICEA Tube, comprised of 95% renewable material in the tube body and shoulder – including 10% of spruce wood from wood waste in sawmills.

  • Tarsus Group confirms new Labelexpo India show dates

    Tarsus Group, organizer of Labelexpo India, has today confirmed that the upcoming edition of the show will now take place from 16 – 19 November 2021, at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR.

    Lisa Milburn, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series, said:

  • Super Titanium by Essel Propack

    A key challenge with material source reduction is that it at times can lead to compromises with respect to packaging functionality. Developed with Essel’s family of next-generation polymers, the Super Titanium range of tubes addresses this by keeping input materials at a bare minimum without losing any of the key characteristic functional properties needed by clients. As such, Super Titanium tubes help in reducing the product’s carbon footprint, making it an eco-friendly choice when it comes to sustainable packaging. Super Titanium tubes also provide greater product stability, exhibit extended shelf-life properties and possess a rich exterior look and feel. It is especially well-suited for oral care, toiletries, and food products.

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