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Friday, August 10, 2012

Global aseptic packaging to grow 24% in next 5 years

The world market for aseptically packed products amounted to 123 billion litres in 269 billion packs during 2011, according to the new Global Aseptic Packaging report from leading food and drinks consultancy Zenith International and packaging experts Warrick Research. Volumes have grown by just over 5% a year since 2008, with South/South East Asia achieving the fastest rise at 22% a year.

White drinking milk accounts for 39% of aseptically packed products, with beverages responsible for 37% and other dairy or food products making up the remainder. Aseptic filling has yet to make a significant impact in food markets, but there are some established niche applications - sauces, tomato products and baby food are important new areas of development.

“The market for aseptic packaging developed in Europe and the industry supplying it has been centred on Europe. This report shows the market shift to Asia in the past four years and raises the prospect of this continuing in the next few years,” commented David Warrick, Director of Warrick Research Ltd. “At a time of economic recession in much of the world, the aseptic packaging market has grown at over 5% a year in the past four years as the technology is well positioned to supply the needs of new markets and applications,” added Esther Renfrew, Market Intelligence Director at Zenith International Ltd.

Other findings of the 2012 Global Aseptic Packaging report include insights that:
  • There are over 13,000 operational aseptic filling systems worldwide and more than 40 companies supply aseptic filling systems.
  • The largest regional markets for aseptic packaging are set to be China and South/South East Asia both overtaking West Europe as the former largest region.
  • World use of aseptic packaging has reflected global economic trends. Usage has been static in much of Europe, while there has been rapid growth in many countries across Asia.
  • Value added dairy products will be a fast growing area of demand for aseptic filling systems. In some regions, fillers are used for both ambient and chilled products.

By 2016, Zenith and Warrick estimate that the world market for aseptic packaging will reach 153 billion litres using 333 billion packs. The majority of additional demand will come from South/South East Asia and China, where growth is forecast at 11% a year and 3.5% a year respectively.

The 2012 Zenith & Warrick Report on Global Aseptic Packaging contains 668 pages including a detailed study of aseptic packaging use in 35 countries for milk, beverages and other products (with 2008 & 2011 data and 2012 & 2016 forecasts) and a technical report on aseptic processing and packaging (including technical developments and profiles of over 40 aseptic filling equipment suppliers). 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Leo Luxe at Packaging Innovations 2012

Leo Luxe, part of the leading global printing communications company, Leo Paper Group, will present its new packaging concepts and launch its new brand identity to the UK market at Packaging Innovations 2012 (Business Design Centre, London, 4-5 October 2012, stand no GB38). The new high-end designs on display include those created for customers in the premium drinks and gift markets, and employ innovative secondary processes that transform the look and feel of paper.

With expert, in-house design and production capabilities, Leo Luxe offers brands the flexibility to create unique, high-quality packaging that adds value and increases product marketability. Demonstrating its pioneering approach to functional yet creative packaging solutions, the company will present a range of retail packaging, luxury presentation boxes and gift items at the show under the new Leo Luxe brand name.

Cuan O'Callaghan, Leo Luxe said, "Today, brands are looking for ways to ensure their packaging stands out against the competition and communicates the right message to its target consumer group. Leo Luxe specialises in producing packaging solutions that add-value to the product itself through a combination of quality, high-tech printing techniques, secondary processes, and inspiring designs. The new branding better reflects our luxury product and service offering and the designs on our stand include some of our creative team's most inventive concepts. They also demonstrate the effective new finishing processes, developed to transform paper into looking and feeling like other materials, such as wood, metal and leather."

Leo Paper Group is renowned worldwide as being committed to providing a superior customer experience.  Now Leo Luxe, with a comprehensive production facility equipped with the latest pre-press and printing technologies, provides the same fast, reliable end-to-end service.

"Since the company was established in 1982, Leo Paper Group has been committed to providing a high-quality, full service that ensures even the most imaginative customer requirements are met,"  Cuan O'Callaghan continues, "We aim to exceed our customers' expectations every time. Our commitment to meeting this objective, coupled with our state-of-the-art production and logistics facilities, lean management processes and our strong financial background, makes us the partner of choice for luxury brands all over the world."

First Impression selects Rotocontrol RSC Slitter/Rewinder

Rotocontrol has recently announced the receipt of another purchase order in South Africa from First Impression for a Rotocontrol RSC 440mm web width slitting/rewinding machine. The machine installation and operator training was completed in one day.

The Rotocontrol RSC series offers a full suite of features in an economical, compact machine designed to maximize operator efficiency. Features such as cartridge slitting system, vertical inspection zone, automatic tension control, S-Drive servo driven operation, job save, and simple, functional controls means more time producing labels and less time in set up.

Rotocontrol RSC Slitter/Rewinder Inspection
The order was negotiated with Vaughan Cumming, Operations Director of First Impression and Pascal Aengenvoort, Director of Rotocon, the local Agent for Rotocontrol throughout South Africa. “We opted for the Rotocontrol RSC slitter/rewinder machine as it is designed with an exceptional servo drive system, and we can count on Pascal and the Rotocon team to provide ongoing local service and support,” comments Vaughan Cumming. “The installation was uncomplicated and after only one day of training our operator could run the machine independently.” 

First Impression specialises in high quality, flexographic printing for the shrink-sleeve, wraparound, roll fed and self-adhesive label market. The company produces labels for well established and key brands in variety of industries including toiletries, cosmetics, chemical and detergents, pharmaceutical, home and personal care, food, beverage and motor oils.

Flint Group awards German Scholarship

The German Scholarship Programme started in summer semester 2011. The Programme was established by the German government under the patronage of Prof .Dr. Annette Schavan, German Minister for Education and Research. The objective of the Programme is to support talented and capable apprentices, to honour excellent performance and to encourage a new culture of foundation in Germany into action. In addition to particular success at school or university special value is placed on high social commitment.

Now two scholarships have been awarded by the Stuttgart Media University (HdM), which are financially supported by the government and selected companies. There were more than 30 applicants for the two scholarships, and one of the two awardees was Yvonne Lechner from the German-Chinese double degree program for printing and media technology. This globally unique course leads to a double degree as an engineer-bachelor of the HdM and of the Xi’an Technological University. Advanced knowledge of media technology as well as the Chinese language are taught as core subjects of the degree program.

On June 28, 2012 Ms Lechner received her certificate from Dr. Erich Frank, Head of Technology Management/Regulatory Affairs at Flint Group. “Since I was a little girl I’ve been fascinated by the Chinese language and culture. The fact that I also show interest in sciences and in painting in my spare time are the optimum conditions to combine all my interests”, explains Ms Lechner.

Flint Group is particularly interested in promoting a competent next generation in the subject of printing and collaborates on joint projects with the HdM in Stuttgart  as well as other Universi ties around the world. For example, the K+E-Award has been presented for almost 60 years, twice per year, for the best master thesis in printing technology.

ExxonMobil Chemical introduces new lighter weight Label-Lyte OPP film

ExxonMobil Chemical has introduced the new Label-Lyte 40LL539 OPP film, a clear, two-side-coated film that allows down gauging opportunities for lighter weight labels with a glossy “no label” look.

It has been designed for demanding pressure sensitive label (PSL) applications which require outstanding ink adhesion and adhesive anchorage.  These include beverages (alcoholic, carbonated, mineral waters), health and beauty products, pharmaceuticals, general consumer goods, household products, pet food and other diverse markets.

The coated print surface of this new film is compatible with UV, flexo, letterpress, screen and offset systems.  The film is also compatible with solvent- and water-based flexo and solvent-based gravure, and hot and cold foil stamping.

Microscan’s C-Mount QX Hawk Imager Wins 2012 Ringier Technology Innovation Award for Packaging

Microscan, a global leader in technology for precision data acquisition and control solutions, announced that its C-mount design QX Hawk barcode imager has won a 2012 Ringier Technology Innovation Award in the Packaging Industry category. Microscan’s Weijiang Song accepted the award during a ceremony in Shanghai. This event was co-organized by Ringier Trade Media and its magazine International Packaging News for China, together with ProPak China 2012. Following a strict selection process by an independent judge panel, with reference to online voting results, 21 winning companies were selected for their innovative products and technologies across 5 categories, including Package Converting, Packaging Application, Packaging Materials, Package Printing and Green Packaging. The overall aim of the award is to commend the contributions of companies promoting the development of packaging industry.

At the beginning of this year, Microscan introduced a new C-mount lens configuration for two of its products: the popular QX Hawk imager and the Vision HAWK smart camera. The QX Hawk imager is ideal for industrial track and trace applications, with powerful algorithms for reading virtually all linear and 2D barcodes. The rugged Vision HAWK smart camera combines the same decode capability with a complete vision toolset to enable a broad range of inspection and identification tasks. Both products can now be used with interchangeable lenses to address more application needs, such as high magnification and wide fields of view.

“This new right angle C-mount lens design is an important addition to our Auto ID and Machine Vision product portfolio,” states Microscan Product Champion, Machine Vision, Dr. Jonathan Ludlow. “We can successfully address a wider variety of today’s industrial barcode and vision applications. These are ideal cameras for applications requiring external lighting, right angle mounting in tight spaces, or fields of view that the integrated lens models don’t address.”

Microscan is a global leader in technology for precision data acquisition and control solutions serving a wide range of automation and OEM applications. With a strong history of technology innovation that includes the invention of the first laser diode barcode scanner and the 2D symbology, Data Matrix; Microscan remains a technology leader in automatic identification and machine vision with extensive solutions for ID tracking, traceability and inspection ranging from basic barcode reading up to complex machine vision inspection, identification, and measurement.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Xeikon's X-800 VariLane receives an InterTech Award

Xeikon NV, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced today that the company has received the esteemed 2012 InterTech Technology Award for its X-800 VariLane, a software add-on to the Xeikon X-800 Digital Front-End. The X-800 VariLane has been specifically designed to provide label printers greater flexibility in the production of labels, and greater profit opportunities.

The InterTech Technology Awards, which are sponsored by the Printing Industries of America, recognize the development of technologies that are predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. More than 80 percent of the technologies that have received this award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace, according to the Printing Industries.

"Label printers face an enormous challenge to remain competitive in today's world of increasing consumer choice, and they require technologies that will enable them to maximize productivity and efficiency," said Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon NV. "What makes the X-800 VariLane such a compelling technology for label printers is the fact that it allows them to combine labels of different sizes and different SKUs within the same print job, reducing setup times and lowering costs. It's a great honor to see the value of this technology recognized with an InterTech Technology Award."

The X-800 VariLane technology, which is the culmination of several years of research and development, is specifically designed for the Xeikon 3000 Series of digital label presses. It represents a major leap forward in optimizing the post-RIP (raster image processing) phase of the prepress operation, taking full advantage of the flexibility and speed offered by the Xeikon 3000 Series.

With traditional technologies, more complex label orders mean more challenges with imposition, which refers to the prepress process where labels are arranged on the web roll when it's prepared for production. Prior to the VariLane technology being introduced, labels had to be equal in size, which also meant that the print lanes needed to be equal in size. The X-800 VariLane technology greatly simplifies this process with digital imposition templates. Labels with different SKUs and different sizes can be printed within the same print run.

The X-800 VariLane is one of twelve innovative technologies recognized with a 2012 InterTech Technology Award by the Printing Industries of America. The InterTech stars, recognized as a symbol of technological innovation and excellence, will be presented in person during the Premiere Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Gala on October 7 during Graph Expo in Chicago.