• Master of the millimeter



    Many people think of a hammer and screwdriver first. The apprenticeship has little to do with the workbench at home. Hendrik Schulte, apprentice at Röchling in Haren, and Egzon Berishaj, who successfully completed his apprenticeship at the beginning of 2020, share experiences from the apprenticeship at their workplace and explain what makes the tool mechanic a future-oriented profession and for whom it is not at all suitable .

    When it comes to training as a “tool mechanic”, you first have to dispel a prejudice that is in your name. While toolmakers used to make common tools such as hammers, saws and files to equip handicraft businesses, there is now something completely different behind the apprenticeship in modern industrial companies.

    Today the tool mechanic manufactures complex and technically sophisticated tools of all kinds for industrial series production. Hendrik Schulte knows that too. He has been completing his apprenticeship at Röchling since 2018. The plastics processor from Haren uses various processes to produce sheets, profiles and machined components made of plastic. The company uses modern precision tools for industrial processing, such as drawing, pressure, stamping and forming tools as well as compression molds.

    “As a tool mechanic, I am learning to manufacture the tools that are used in our production exactly according to the required specifications,” explains Hendrik. It is very important that the components function reliably. Because: without tools there is no production, without production no products!

    Demanding profession
    The tasks of the tool mechanic are therefore varied and technically demanding. In his apprenticeship, Hendrik learns everything about the professional planning, manufacture and repair of tools. “To do this, I read technical drawings, learn how to operate processing machines such as drilling, turning and milling machines, and how to program CNC systems. I really enjoy it. I have always wanted to work practically, ”says the 21-year-old.

    Above all, accuracy plays an important role. In order for tools to function reliably, they have to meet high precision requirements. Tool mechanics check the dimensional accuracy of workpieces down to a hundredth of a millimeter. If you are interested in the training, you should bring a lot of care along with technical understanding and manual skills. “An important part of our work is working precisely according to drawings and tolerances,” emphasizes Egzon Berishaj, who has already completed his training at Röchling. “Only those who work precisely are able to manufacture tools precisely.” Thumbs up? This is out of the question for tool mechanics!

    At Röchling, you start this training after graduating from the metal technology vocational school. However, high school graduates have also opted for this training in recent years due to the good professional prospects. In any case, it is particularly important to be interested in scientific subjects such as mathematics and physics.

    After successful training, the career prospects are very good. With their technical know-how, tool mechanics are important specialists in industrial series production. At Röchling, they are therefore used in many areas in which plastics are further processed by machining, and they are therefore very easy to take over and use. With some professional experience, there is also the option of further training to become a master craftsman or technician.

  • ACG Acquires Significant Stake in Mumbai-based IQGEN-X

    The investment is aimed at augmenting R&D and IP in drug development
    The funds infusion will enable IQGEN-X to fast-track research on existing ANDAs and also setup a cGMP pilot facility in addition to the already existing R&D facility.

  • Australia’s first pet food packaging recycling program launched


    Australians spend more than $12 billion annually on their pets. With limited recycling options available for pet owners, many of the pet products purchased will end up in landfill. 

     “Open Farm is committed to raising the bar on the way we feed our pets,” Open Farm co-founder and CBO Jacqueline Prehogan said.

    “From our ethically sourced ingredients to our strict quality standards, our goal is to provide a product pet parents can trust to give their pets the premium nutrition they need to keep them happy and healthy. 

    “Part of this commitment also means giving pet parents better choices when it comes to their impact on farm animals and the environment.”

    “Every year, Australians produce 130,000 tonnes of plastic that will eventually find its way into our land, oceans and waterways,” added Jean Bailliard, general manager of TerraCycle Australia and New Zealand.

    “For the responsible pet owners out there, participating in the Open Farm Recycling Program is a great way to minimise your pet’s impact on the planet.”

    Pet owners wishing to join the program are encouraged to sign up through the TerraCycle website where they can also download a free shipping label.

    As an added incentive, for every kilogram of Open Farm packaging sent to TerraCycle, collectors will earn a small donation toward the Australian charity of their choice. 



    The Leuphana University of Lüneburg and the Nordakademie, University of Applied Sciences, have investigated consumer decision-making within their research work on consumer behaviour. In fact, consumers can be manipulated by having the “Nutri-Score” food traffic light on the packaging. The research tested in detail the role of different packaging features. According to Prof. Dr. Stefan Schaltegger, chairman for sustainability management at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, the experiment was used to find out which representations on food packaging help to implement personal preferences for healthier and more sustainable eating.

    “Nudges” as “boosters The researchers have concluded that even small “nudges” – such as the Nutri Score – work and people who are very concerned about sustainability already react to them and decide to choose the healthier variety more often. By contrast, people who like to eat unheatlhier disregard this information. In research round about 500 test candidates were tested. The nudging concept, which originates from the economist Richard H. Thaler and the lawyer Cass Sunstein, was the starting point for this study. The main question is how to consolidate behaviour without prohibition or economic incentives. Despite the statement by Dr. Holger Petersen, Professor of Business Administration with a focus on sustainability management, that only little has changed, sustainability- and health-oriented consumers can be supported with a revised design of food packaging. Currently, the Nutri Score can already be found on individual foods in France and Germany. The Nutri Score is only yet a recommendation from the government and is not a mandatory statement.

    No food manufacturer is obliged to label their products with the Nutri-Score. NOVEXX Solutions offers a wide range of labelling systems for the precise and reliable placement of self-adhesive labels of any productshape or surface. Especially our XLS labelers are particularly suitable for use in the food industry. A wide range of applicator variants for all requirements and surfaces, extremely robust and designed for continuous use. For more information on labelers please click here or contact us via the contact formular.

    NOVEXX Solutions offers a wide range of labelling systems for the precise and reliable placement of self-adhesive labels of any productshape or surface. Especially our XLS labelers are particularly suitable for use in the food industry. A wide range of applicator variants for all requirements and surfaces, extremely robust and designed for continuous use.

    For more information on labelers please click here or contact us via the contact formular.

  • Vinyl Institute of Canada launches Hospital Medical Recycling Pilot - PVC123Su


    The partnership welcomes St. Joseph's Health Centre and Humber River hospital in Toronto as the leads for the pilot. Collection begins September 15th, 2020, through to March 31st, 2021. Additional hospitals are expected to join the program this year. "Life saving devices are made from PVC. Our industry has been recycling since the1980's, and we are excited to add hospitals to our growing list of recyclers in Canada" said Vinyl Institute of Canada's President & CEO, Aiñe Curran. "As healthcare providers, it is our duty to mitigate environmental impacts of health care provision" said St. Joseph's Anesthesiologist Dr. Ali Abbass who has been recycling PVC devices for several years. Norwich Plastics, a leader in PVC recycling, will oversee the logistics of the collected materials and their conversion into new products -- such as hoses, tubing, automotive supplies, and sound-dampening products as a few examples. Tribu Persaud, of Norwich Plastics, explains that "Vinyl's straightforward recyclability is important to this project, and we expect to divert at least 80,000 pounds of recyclable PVC from landfills from this pilot. Vinyl is a multi-tasking material -- it's valuable, functional, and durable which makes it a perfect resource for recycling." "We are pleased to support the Vinyl Institute of Canada's PVC 123 Program, which aims to safely recycle used medical plastics. Innovative Canadian projects like this one are crucial in keeping plastic waste in the economy and out of the environment," said the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Laurie Thomas, Director of the Perioperative and Endoscopy programs at Humber River in Toronto, one of Canada's most technologically advanced hospitals, will outfit 20 operating rooms and 5 Endoscopy suites, as well as the Post Anesthetic Care Unit, and Surgical Day Care with PVC collection receptacles. Ms. Thomas explains that "It's vital for all institutions to recycle where possible, and if we can show people that a fast paced and complex hospital environment can recycle, then we all can…it's a great message for Humber River Hospital to cultivate." Vinyl Institute of Canada Chairman, Veso Sobot notes the "PVC123" recycling pilot is a true innovation not only for the vinyl industry and hospitals, but a great leadership model for the entire plastics industry in Canada".

  • Nexen Announces New Engineered Solutions Brochure

    Vadnais Heights, MN – October 26, 2020 – Nexen Group, Inc., a leading manufacturer of precision motion control components, power transmission, and web tension control products, is pleased to announce its new brochure: Engineered Solutions. The brochure highlights Nexen’s capabilities and products, which are presented by motion control application:

    Holding a load during production and power-off applications: servo brakes, ball screw brakes, guide rail brakes, and rod locks

    Linear positioning: rack and pinion system

  • The new VARODRY HD/O2 version from Leybold – for heavy duty or O2 industrial vacuum processes

    Cologne, November 2020 – In 2018, vacuum specialist Leybold designed the  100 % dry screw pump VARODRY for demanding industrial applications. This compact all-rounder is easy to install and, thanks to its compact design, easy to integrate into systems. Now Leybold has extended its VARODRY platform by the robust "Heavy Duty" and Oxygen VD HD/O2 version. 

  • Arjowiggins replaces single-use plastic packaging with ‘revolutionary’ barrier paper


    As heat turns up on beauty brands to create better eco-friendly packaging alternatives, Anglo-French manufacturer Arjowiggins has unveiled a new barrier paper alternative.

    Named Sylvicta, the paper is translucent and acts as a barrier to keep cosmetics and food products fresh.

    The product uses a high barrier to oxygen and fragrance in order to reduce the degradation of beauty products, prolonging shelf life.

    Arjowiggins said its R&D team had been able to make the paper by using natural bonding without the need for any harmful chemicals.

    Unlike much flexible packaging, the paper is fully recyclable, compostable, aquatic degradable and made from renewable raw materials.

    “Despite the ongoing movement towards more sustainable packaging, in the cosmetics sector plastics still remain a popular choice, largely for practical reasons,” said Christophe Jordan, Managing Director of the translucent papers division at Arjowiggins.

    “Until now, most of the existing offers, mainly in single-use packaging, use unrecyclable, mulit-layed laminates incorporating plastics or aluminum foil.”

    Sylvicta also boasts a number of creative opportunities; it can be foil stamped, glued, embossed, printed in offset, laminated to cards or coated with heat or cold-sealable materials.

    “The good news is cosmetics brands looking for a fully recyclable, compostable and biodegradable paper packaging need look no further than Sylvicta – the product is simply Revolutionary,” added Jordan.

    “It can help to create the circular economy society we all desire.”

  • Strong Partner for Your Success



    Large, redundant production capacities and state-of-the-art machines
    Comprehensive expertise in material and adhesion technologies, dispensing, printing and die cutting techniques
    In-depth knowledge of the complex processes and requirements in the pharmaceutical industry
    In-house research and development to accelerate product time to market
    Reliable execution of complex tasks
    Consistent process optimization in line with Pharma Excellence
    Global risk management
    Comprehensive services and individual consulting support

  • The Countdown to 2020’s Most Comprehensive Virtual Packaging Event is On

    In three weeks, PACK EXPO Connects (Nov. 9-13), produced by PMMI Media Group, presents this year’s most comprehensive virtual packaging event. Live chats, live product demos and engaging educational opportunities will provide attendees a direct connection with top suppliers to find the solutions they need.

  • Pages