• Burgopak Awarded a Triple Win at GDUSA Health & Wellness Awards for Tactile Designs Fighting Mental Health and Stigma.

    Awards include works with well-known brands Hims, Headspace and an internal COVID-19 campaign. Together they tell a powerful story of self-care and community.

    LONDON, ENGLAND, November 5, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Burgopak awarded a triple win at the GDUSA Health and Wellness awards for tactile designs supporting brands pushing the conversation around mental health and fighting social stigma.

  • Inex Belgium chooses Sidel’s aseptic solutions to package UHT milk in PET bottles

    Belgian milk producer Inex has selected Sidel’s aseptic PET packaging line to help meet a growing demand for locally produced milk, prompted by the COVID-19 restrictions in March. Thanks to Sidel’s new and sustainable packaging line, Inex plans to boost production capacity by supplying ultra-high-temperature (UHT) milk products in PET bottles. 

  • How Robotics Are Being Used in the Packaging Industry

    Keeping Employees Safe
    The most pressing concern for any workplace during a pandemic is protecting its employees' health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that factories space workers 6 feet apart, but enforcing this isn't always straightforward. Placing robots in every other position can help ensure employees maintain an adequate distance, reducing their risk of spreading COVID-19.

    Costco's highly automated chicken packing plant in Nebraska reported just one COVID case among its 800 employees. While robots were likely not the only factor contributing to that figure, they undoubtedly helped. This instance isn't the only use case of robotics helping reduce COVID infections, either.

    Denmark's Danish Crown employs 8,000 workers across eight meatpacking facilities. They also operate a considerable number of robots, which helped them keep COVID infections below 10. Since workers don't have to be in close contact with one another, it's harder for the virus to spread.


    Maintaining Efficiency
    Protecting worker health hasn't been the only use for robotics amid COVID in the packaging industry. Packaging facilities may not be able to have the same number of people in the building as before. Robots have helped them maintain efficiency with this reduced human workforce.

    A frozen food packing facility found it needed additional packaging for a new box style. These boxes account for 30% of their production volume, so adding the new layer efficiently is crucial. With limited human workers, they turned to robotics, which enabled them to maintain their output goals.

    As lockdowns began, packaged goods sales skyrocketed, leaving packaging facilities with increased demand. At the same time, many couldn't hire new workers due to COVID safety measures. By turning to robots, companies met this demand without putting lives at risk.


    The Changing Role of Robotics
    The packaging industry has had to adapt to several new challenges amid the pandemic. In addition to shifting demand and new safety standards, they've faced disruptions in the supply chain. Many of these changes have been unexpected and inconsistent, too, highlighting the need for flexibility.

    Robotics in COVID have had to serve different roles and meet new needs, so the industry is shifting. The aforementioned frozen food packing facility had to employ slower, more delicate robots since they'd be working close to humans. As robot-human collaboration is becoming more common, robot design has to account for the safety of human workers.

    The need for flexibility leads to a need for more general-purpose bots instead of highly specialized ones. Robots, like the factories they inhabit, need to adapt to new scenarios should they arise. As the packaging industry is becoming more flexible, so are its machines.


    Robots Are Helping Sustain the Packaging Sector
    The packaging industry is facing unprecedented challenges, but robots are helping sustain it. Given the efficacy of these robotics use cases, it's clear why the packaging robot industry could reach $7.6 billion by 2027. Packaging facilities must automate to survive.

    This shift toward automation was inevitable, but the pandemic accelerated it. Robotics in COVID have proved their worth and will undoubtedly see record adoption rates in the years to follow.

  • Bittor Gil Arruti – Nice to meet you!

    Tell us a little bit about your background, and about your initial impression of the world of reusable plastic packaging solutions.
    Before I came to Plasgad, I worked for a year and a half as a sales assistant at Massimo Dutti, and before that, I served four years as a sales manager in my family’s construction business. This experience has given me a pretty good idea of the rules of the game, the dos, and don’ts… of the sales world.
    Regarding the knowledge I’ve gained on the plastic packaging solutions industry, it is a tremendously important knowledge which enables me to tailor the solution to the customer. Today, I am familiar with all product families and with the advantages of each product, so I can meet every need accurately and effectively.

    What are the main challenges imposed on your daily work by Covid-19, and how have your work patterns changed as a result?
    Due to Covid-19, many of the activities that previously involved travel and face-to-face meetings have become online activities. We’ve boosted our online marketing using newsletters, designated emails, and extensive use of digital media, in order to market our solutions. We did so by creating accurate segmentation of our products, broken down by sectors. Since the beginning of the pandemic, my daily work has been affected in such a way that I’ve been forced to adapt to an ever-changing situation, to recognize which sectors I should focus on and respond quickly and accurately to their needs, for example, the fields of pharma, food, and retail have grown significantly during this period.

    We are living in challenging and unexpected times, but still – what are your challenges for the coming year?
    Setting up partnerships with external distributors in areas where we identify potential, as well as supporting our current customers and distributors.

    What are the significant tools/elements that you believe will ensure growth in the areas under your responsibility?
    I would like to stress that growth in the areas we are responsible for is a result of the high quality and efficiency of our products, and of our ability to offer the best service. As for my role, it is important for me to ensure that my customers feel that I’m always available, whenever they need me and that I do my best for them.

    And aside from your work and future challenges, how do you prefer to spend your free time?
    My main hobbies include traveling in my free time. I enjoy meeting new people, and I like experiencing unfamiliar extreme sports. I particularly enjoy overcoming challenges in these areas. In the context of Plasgad, the most satisfying thing for me is the teamwork with people from different countries, the constant learning, and the many opportunities that come with the role.

  • Use Ohlson Packaging’s CAPEX Budget Planning Tools

    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on food manufacturers – which in most cases never shut down due to their role as essential businesses – and made automated packaging machinery an even more crucial part of their processes moving forward.

    Historically, many companies have used manual packaging systems in which multiple people are working in close proximity to one another. With social distancing guidelines unlikely to go away anytime soon, that type of a system isn’t really feasible.

    Quite simply – it’s time to look at labor costs and processes in a new way.

    With that in mind, the Ohlson team is ready to support our customers during their budget planning in a number of ways.

    First, we have a downloadable ROI calculator to help you take a more granular look at the labor costs associated with packaging your products.

    But our expert team of packaging consultants can also put together a more detailed analysis for your company, showing changes in labor costs, reductions in product giveaway, and more. We can even provide a fully built slideshow presentation for you to share and discuss with the rest of your team as the fourth quarter of 2020 continues.

    Get in touch with our team here, and we’ll start getting you the resources you need to start looking at your labor situation with a fresh set of eyes.

  • Metal packaging market to see increased demand from Covid-19 new Smithers data reveals

    LEATHERHEAD, Surrey, UK and AKRON, Ohio, USA – November 10, 2020 – The global metal packaging and coatings market will reach $112.4 billion in 2020. This represents a fall of $4.8 billion compared to 2019; as the industry, and especially industrial segments, reacts to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Critically it will return to positive growth in 2021, and stronger than before Covid-19.

    This insight is drawn from the new Smithers study – The Future of Metal Packaging and Coatings to 2025 – its most detailed ever examination of this sector.

  • Aluminum packaging is way ahead in product protection and sustainability

    Material properties as part of the solution for more resource efficiency 

    Düsseldorf, 10th November 2020 - In addition to the overarching COVID-19 discussions, the topics of resource efficiency, sustainability and recycling remain high on the agenda of packaging manufacturers, brand owners and consumers. 

    Efficient product protection ensures supply to the population 

  • Smithers identifies 30 trends to define future of packaging across the 2020s

    LEATHERHEAD, Surrey, UK and AKRON, Ohio, USA – November 9, 2020 – Worth $859.9 billion in 2020; long-term trends will support future growth in demand for packaging over the next 10 years 2030, yielding a total market value of $1.13 trillion in 2030.

    Smithers’ new in-depth market and technology analysis in The Future of Packaging: Long-term Strategic Forecasts to 2030 rates the impact of 30 trends on the packaging industry across the new decade; including their individual outlooks across different packaging materials, end-use segments, geographic regions and national markets.

  • Aptar Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

    Crystal Lake, Illinois, October 29, 2020 — AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR) today reported third quarter results for 2020 and provided an update related to COVID-19 including the Company’s continued supply of essential products for critical industries.

    Third Quarter 2020 Summary

  • LaunchWorks CDMO Approved to Provide Viral Transport Media

    Launchworks CDMO added to FDA list of approved vendors for validating and distributing VTM, in accordance with COVID-19 EUA Transport Media Policy.


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