• Sonoco acquires can Packaging

    Founded by George Sireix in 1989, Can Packaging operates two paper can manufacturing facilities in France with a research and development center where it designs and patented packaging machines and sealing equipment. Can packaging is projected to produce sales of approximately 27million Dollars in 2020 and provides sustainable paperboard packaging to large consumer food brands distributed across Europe. The business has approximately 60 associates. “We are extremely pleased to have packaging joining Sonoco’s growing portfolio of sustainable packaging solutions,” said Howard Coker, president and chief executive officer. “This strategic acquisition provides us many new innovations, including patented technology to produce a recyclable, high performance all paper package, that can be made round, square, rectangular, oval, oblong or triangular. These innovations will complement our global rigid paperboard container franchise and add to our EnviroSense sustainable packaging portfolio” Sean Cairns, division vice president and general manager of Sonoco’s European consumer product division said “Adding can packaging’s innovation center, intellectual property and proprietary manufacturing capabilities will allow Sonoco to leverage and enhance our strong material science and engineering capabilities to develop more recyclable, mono-material paper packaging solutions that will have a wide range of food barrier properties for our customers in Europe. We also see using Can Packaging’s low-cost machine technology to expand our consumers products offering into growth market.” Cairns said Sireix will remain as a consultant to Sonoco and his son Guillaume, who leads technology and engineering for Can Packaging, will remain as an innovation leader of the company’s European consumers products division. Sonoco said there will be no change to operations or customer relationships.
  • Labelexpo India: International exhibition and conference for the labeling & converting industry

    Labelexpo India is the largest event for the label and package printing industry in South Asia. The event will showcases products like RFID, multi process ink systems, label materials, wraps and sleeves are some of the important products which will be at display in this show.
  • PackEx India: International Exhibition on Packaging Material and Technology

    PackEx India stands as the premier packaging event in Indian subcontinent. This event focuses on packaging materials and equipment's mainly for packaging cosmetics, food, toiletries, pharmaceuticals, industrial products, textiles as well as most advanced packaging machines will be displayed in front of the visitors and delegates. PackEx India perfectly complements the rapid growth of the packaging industry of India and its enormous business opportunities in the Packaging Materials industry. With over 50% international participation from countries like Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Korea, China and Turkey, this exhibition is expected to attract over n number of trade visitors not only from India but also from its neigh-boring SAARC countries, middle-east and other important regions.
  • Cosmetic Ingredients and Packaging India expo

    Cosmetic Ingredients and Packaging India expo is a focused trade show catering to the beauty, cosmetics and personal care ingredients industry, primarily manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials and personal care ingredients including packaging products, labeling companies and other related service providers. Highlights Acess to new companies venturing into cosmetic manufacturing Meet top raw material suppliers across essentials oils, packaging, chemicals Innovation zone showcasing newly launched products Pre-scheduled business meetings with exhibitors
  • Mondi Upgrades its Paper Bags Facility in Hungary

    Mondi, leading global packaging and paper group, has successfully completed the implementation of a new state-of-the-art paper sack converting machine at its Nyíregyháza site in Hungary. The machine – a Windmöller & Hölscher AD 8320 / AM 8115 – allows the plant to produce a new line of sophisticated paper sacks for food packaging. The site will be capable of producing more than 130 million sacks annually. The Mondi Nyíregyháza plant, which employs more than one hundred people, serves the Hungarian, Romanian, Austrian and Bulgarian market in many industries and sectors. It produces industrial paper sacks (open mouth and valve bags) for applications such as cement, building materials, food-feed-seed, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Our goal is to serve our customers’ needs with excellence, so we focused on increasing the plant’s quality and hygiene standard to be able to produce high-end and sophisticated paper sacks for food. This investment means we are able to enhance our operational efficiency, as well as offering shorter delivery times to our customers. Our ambition to open this line did not diminish despite the beginning of the health pandemic. Working with revised health and safety measures in place, I am very proud of my team's determination to execute this project and deliver this complex product portfolio. Péter Szabó, Managing Director, Mondi Bags Hungária Due to this €7 million investment, the entire layout and set-up of the Nyíregyháza plant was re-designed in four months, including the storage area, printer area, warehouse, and ink kitchen to increase operational efficiency and safety. The plant is now in the process of seeking the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification by the end of this year in order to serve the food, feed and seed industry with sacks that meet their high quality and hygiene standards.

  • Greiner Packaging joins Circular Plastics Alliance

    The vision of the Circular Plastics Alliance is to promote a circular economy for plastics and to significantly increase the use of recyclates in new products. The initiative aims at having at least 10 million tons per year available by 2025 and furthermore using them for products and packaging solutions. Greiner Packaging has recently become a member of the alliance and thus contributes its share to the implementation of the project. Together, it is possible to achieve this goal and to work on a functioning circular economy.
  • Cepac supports getting back to work safely

    All companies must consider increased health and hygiene measures upon return to work and the solutions we have developed represent quick, easy-to-use, low cost ways of operating safely under the latest government guidance. Our Hygiene Station enables items such as hand cleansers and wipes to be displayed and dispensed in working environments, where there may not have been a requirement previously. The stations are quick to set up, allowing for multiple items to be displayed. Potentially hazardous waste should of course be disposed of in accordance with local regulations. General Dividers, produced from corrugated sheet, have also been created to help with social distancing and to promote health and hygiene guidelines. These are delivered flat-packed and easily self-erected. The sturdy eye level dividers encourage social distancing and can also be quickly moved to new locations. As workers return to desks, the need to protect staff is crucial. Cepac’s Table-Top Screens are constructed using heavy-weight board and a transparent window, combining protection and visibility. The screen supports social distancing in the office environment and is suitable to fit to desks and computer terminals. All three items – the Hygiene Station, General Divider and Table-Top Screen - can be supplied plain and digitally or flexo printed depending on order volumes. They are delivered flat-packed and are easy to erect. They are available in their current standard design form and can be tailored to customers’ needs if required.
  • Why pay for a webinar: 5 top reasons

    During this Corona crisis, there had been number of webinars and that too free. Initially I was tempted and then I realised that most of them have been sucking my energy with no real take away. Later I invested into some paid webinars and then realised the marked difference. I analysed the reasons behind and some of the top 5 reasons that I could think are:

  • Automatic double line for blister packaging

    With a packaging machine programme featuring more than 50 different machines, Weighpack’s portfolio includes automated bin feed systems, vibratory feed hoppers, weighing and counting machines, case packers, palletisers, bag makers, transport conveyors, box formers and closers, and much more. Besides the standard machines, almost all packaging lines are ‘suit to fit’, custom build systems. Their purpose is to offer customers a wide range of high-quality products, with the best quality/price ratio in the market. This was recently true for a fastener supplier in the US, where Weighpack designed and built a blister packaging line to suit its high demands on packaging quality and performance. The US company realised that between the production of its components and the storage and transport, there is another important process – the process of dosing and packaging. It is a specialist field, which is why Weighpack was invited to work out a ‘suit to fit’ solution for the blister packing process of fasteners, from product infeed up to check weighing, sealing and printing, that would provide efficiency and accuracy. As a specialist in the development and production of complete packaging lines for bulk hardware, Weighpack proposed a tailor-made bag packing line. The original request for quotation cited: ‘The design, fabrication, installation and commission of a fully automated and integrated packaging line with a single point of control capable of portioning and placing customer’s product inside the preformed plastic clamshell blisters, resulting in retail ready sealed packaging’. Weighpack has a unique product speciality – processing products with a small volume and a heavy weight. The Weighpack strength is that it can manage the entire process from the initial advice up to and including service and maintenance. All components in the packaging line of Weighpack have been optimised and integrated. This means that all partial solutions ‘communicate’ with each other and the peripheral equipment. This has many advantages for a trouble-free operation and efficient maintenance. Weighpack was also able to supply the customer with know-how in the field of machine engineering, mechatronics and control technology, both PLC and PC. It resulted in a system that was built up and tested at the Weighpack company’s plant in The Hague, the Netherlands. Weighpack therefore proposed a packaging line configuration, which is capable of packing two products in one blister (duo-packs). It starts at the infeed of the products where the customer empties internal bins in one of the two main storage hoppers. The product flow from the two 1,200kg/2,600lb capacity vibratory hoppers are regulated by special vibratory pre-weigh trays that stream the products to the Z-shape inclined cleated belt conveyors with wave edge to feed the two 14-head combination weighers, which can generate an output of up to 50 blisters per minute. The stacked clamshell blisters are automatically destacked by a blister dispenser and fed into a servo drive pocket conveyor. The pocket conveyor is indexing 4 blisters every cycle, presenting 4 boxes simultaneously to the filling point under the two multi-head weighing systems. Before the first product filling station, a paper instruction card is placed on the bottom of the open and empty blisters. The first product filling point is also equipped with an orientation magnet to align longer steel fasteners in the narrow containers. The second weigher and filling point is used for the filling of the randomly placed, secondary products (wall plug, anchors, etc). In the following indexing sequence, the lids of the clamshell blisters are mechanically closed and check weighted. After the quantity check the closed lids receive a 3-dot tamper evident sealing from an ultrasonic sealing unit. The following laser printer completes the packaging cycle by branding the blisters with a production date coding. A formation pusher at the end of the line pushes 4 boxes at the same time to a packing table were the rest of the case packing and palletising is performed manually.


    Researchers at Andaltec are already working to synthesise biodegradable and compostable plastics, which will be employed as raw materials for food packaging. One of the project’s goals is for these materials to meet the high quality standards required for food preservation. At the same time, these products should be sustainable, something increasingly demanded by customers and companies. A series of final film demonstrators will be developed during the project, having barrier properties against oxygen, steam, fat and microorganisms. This will help to extend food lifespan and improve its preservation conditions. This project is intended to give use to the large amount of waste generated by the Spanish agrifood sector, which amounts to 22% of all industrial production. The development of more sustainable items and processes from agricultural waste is very appealing, as it can generate high-value products The head researcher for BioNanocel project, José Antonio Rodríguez, pinpoints that vegetal biomass is mostly made up by cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, which are three very interesting compounds. He states that “cellulose, which is one of the most abundant natural polymers, is the main component of agricultural waste. This biopolymer can become the base to synthesise a great variety of high added-value products, which can also be very valuable when applied on the food packaging industry”. Firstly, this project will develop an efficient cellulose extraction and purification system from agricultural waste, such as biomass originated in olive grove pruning, sunflower harvest waste or wood from cotton harvest. That cellulose will be used to create high added-value compounds, like nanocellulose and cellulose acetate, counting with singular properties that will allow to be employed in the thermoplastics transformation industry and later applied to the food packaging sector. “This initiative is also going to prove that plastic is the best material for food packaging. It not only implies low cost and advantages for product transport and preservation, but also sustainability and low environmental impact: it features a vegetal origin, it is compostable and benefits from a manufacturing process which is low in water consumption and greenhouse effect gases emissions”, as Rodríguez asserts. This effort is consistent with the new European Strategy for Plastics, which is launched to develop and discover new materials, products and process based on the principles of sustainability, industrial ecology, eco-efficiency and green chemistry, giving priority to circular economy and bioeconomy. BioNanocel project is funded by the R&D scheme directed to private entities of the department for Economy, Business and University of the Andalusian government.

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