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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Packaging specialist underlines market leadership with no less than three product launches within one year

 At Pharmapack 2015 in Paris (booth 903), Sanner GmbH, a manufacturer of high-quality plastic packaging for pharmaceutical, medical and healthcare products, showcases all three product launches from 2014 at one booth. The novelties include the Brilliance Tube for effervescent tablets and solid pharmaceuticals with IML technology, as well as two drop-in solutions for pharmaceutical packaging. With the AdCap capsules and the AdPack pillow packs, the company underscores its position as market leader for desiccant packaging.

Sanner has launched no less than three product novelties in 2014. “After our very positive trading results from the preceding year, we have invested a considerable amount of energy into product development and have expanded our portfolio, especially in the categories of Effervescent Packaging and Pharma Desiccant Packaging,” says Sanner CEO Holger Frank. “Pharmapack is the ideal platform to present our clients and prospects all three launches at a glance.”

Brilliance Tube – entering the market of decorated packaging
The new Brilliance Tube, manufactured with IML technology, is especially suited for effervescent tablets, but can also be used for solid pharmaceuticals. With photorealistic printing results, up to eight colors, metallic effects and different surface structures, customers receive a premium quality packaging solution, which generates more attention at point of sale. The unique bottom geometry makes it possible to smoothly pack the tubes into customary sales trays. Sanner customers receive everything from a single source: from printed labels and the manufacturing of decorated tubes through to the combination with proven desiccant closures from Sanner and the delivery as system packaging.

AdPack – product and moisture protection combined
The new AdPack desiccant pillow packs are an efficient, safe and economic solution for the protection of moisture-sensitive pharmaceuticals such as tablets and capsules inside the packaging. The pillow packs are available as single strips or on reel, and are made of extremely durable, tear-resistant and non-dusting Tyvek material. AdPack is highly permeable and ensures long-term adsorption of moisture and odors. Due to the flexible Tyvek material, the packaged drugs remain intact at all times. The distinct shape of the sachets eliminates potential confusion with pharmaceuticals, and prevents accidental ingestion.

AdCap - 360 degree solution for the highest moisture protection
With the AdCap desiccant capsules, Sanner offers a 360 degree moisture protection for solid pharmaceuticals such as tablets and capsules, as well as food supplements. Without losing effectiveness, the desiccant capsules absorb moisture through a cardboard disc on the top, as well as through a unique grid structure on the side of the capsule. The grid structure ensures the highest patient safety, as it eliminates potential confusion with the drugs. AdCap is delivered in easy-to-handle quantities in aluminum bags. This entails a lower weight and fewer residues per packaging unit. Both desiccant solutions are suited for global application. They comply with all relevant European and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulations for contact with food and drugs, and are listed in a Type III Drug Master File (DMF). To offer customers high flexibility, both the desiccant pillow packs and sachets from Sanner can be processed on all standard dispensing equipment and filling lines.

Sanner’s products are on show at Pharmapack 2015 in Paris (Paris Expo Porte De Versailles, hall 5) from 11 to 12 February 2015 at booth 903. 

EFI Connect keynote to feature RR Donnelley President and CEO Thomas Quinlan

EFI has expanded the program for its annual Connect Users’ Conference (January 20-23, 2015) with a “fireside chat” keynote featuring Thomas J. Quinlan III, president and CEO of global integrated communication services provider RR Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD). Quinlan’s EFI Connect conference general session will take place January 21, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. at The Wynn Las Vegas.

“It will be a privilege to hear from the chief executive of a legendary organization that has thrived over its 150-year history and continues to lead as the largest company in our industry,” said Guy Gecht, EFI’s CEO. “Connect attendees will be inspired to hear Tom’s personal and professional story and learn how both he and RR Donnelley have been able to adapt as the industry goes through significant changes.”

Appearing at number 268 on the Fortune 500 listing of the country’s largest corporations, Quinlan’s company, RR Donnelley, is the leading global graphic communications firm, with approximately 65,000 employees, annual revenues of nearly $11.5 billion, and more than 500 locations around the world. The company also is one of the largest users of EFI’s products, with hundreds of EFI MIS/ERP and web-to-print software, EFI Fiery print server, and EFI VUTEk superwide-format printer installations across its global locations.

Quinlan, a veteran print executive, joined RR Donnelley in February 2004 as an executive vice president after serving in a succession of senior executive management roles at Moore Wallace.

Quinlan has an MBA in finance from St. John’s University, and received St. John’s Alumni Achievement Medal in 2010. Pace University, where Quinlan received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, conferred an honorary doctorate to him in 2009. The Advisory Board of New York University's Graphic Communications Management and Technology Program chose Quinlan to receive its 2011 Prism Award, which recognizes distinguished leadership in the graphic communications media industry. In 2011 he also received AJC's National Human Relations Award, which honors professional and philanthropic leadership.

At EFI Connect 2015, Quinlan will join Gecht for a fireside chat conversation, providing attendees with his unique leadership perspective on the printing industry, the future of print, and RR Donnelley’s strategic positioning for short- and long-term success. The discussion will also cover consolidation in the industry, offering Quinlan’s valuable insight as an executive who has participated in some of the largest printing company acquisitions ever completed.

Discover, innovate and integrate with Connect’s comprehensive sessions
The January 21st fireside chat expands an already packed agenda for hundreds of global graphic arts executives attending EFI Connect to learn the best methods for profitable growth and higher productivity in commercial printing, publishing, packaging or digital print and related marketing services. Additional EFI Connect activities include:
  • More than 200 educational sessions on business management, sales, marketing and production technology for users of EFI products
  • A January 21 keynote address from Andrew Paparozzi, chief economist of printing association AMSP/NAPL/NAQP
  • A January 23 closing keynote fireside chat with Avi Reichental, president and CEO of 3D Systems
  • EFI executive and product portfolio sessions.
  • The users’ conference will also have a solutions center featuring new EFI technologies and exhibits from EFI partners, including: 3M Commercial Graphics; AccuZIP; BCC Software; Canon; Esko; ESP/SurgeX; Honle UV America; Heytex Corp.; Kodak; Konica Minolta; MBM Corp.; the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation; Ricoh Production Print; Xerox; and Z√ľnd.

EFI Connect will be the printing industry's best venue for open dialogue and idea exchange in 2015. Every year, global business leaders gather at Connect to participate in educational sessions, receive hands-on experience, discuss industry trends, network with peers, voice their opinions, and learn from others. For more information and to register, visit www.efi.com/connect.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Finat Young Managers Club announces Global Congress programme

Finat’s Young Managers Club (YMC) – a lively part of the European self-adhesive labelling association -- announces it will hold its second global congress at the Sheraton Hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia on April 16-18, 2015. In recent years, YMC has selected locations in Central and Eastern Europe for its gatherings as part of its strategy to connect more with members from that region.

Congress Theme: ‘Climb to the top’
Based on the positive experience gained from previous YMC meetings, this year’s programme once takes again a very hands-on approach, combining a company site visit, workshops, and panel discussion sessions.

‘YMC represents some 80 young managers from companies active in the self-adhesive labelling supply chain across Europe and beyond,’ says Young Managers Club President, Dana Kilarska. ‘The 2015 summit will bring us inspiring management practice and valuable networking opportunities. With the help of professionals and experts we can improve our business performance and learn about changing our behaviour to become more successful. We are young and eager to learn.’

‘The concept of managing a ‘thin company’ is about identifying the bottlenecks within one’s company to find and employ better solutions, and run the business more smoothly -- both at a production and administrative level,’ says Dana Kilarska.

‘The workshop on the 7 habits of highly-effective people can guide any company towards success and inspire our young leaders,’ she continues. ‘Twenty five years after the book on “7 habits of highly- effective people” appeared, the principles are timeless and remain more relevant than ever. On an individual level, people are experiencing burn-outs, while on a collective level we are burning up the planet. Participants will learn how to deal with setting individual goals while respectfully collaborating as a team.’

‘When the Finat Young Managers Club was founded in 2008 on the occasion of Finat’s 50th anniversary, the aim was to create a platform where incoming business leaders could connect Finat’s successful past with a dynamic future. Now, six year later, the YMC itself has become an established feature of our association’s structure. Nevertheless it is still refreshing to experience the continuing stream of the YMC’s high-quality, interactive, and business-oriented programmes, which are setting new standards in Finat,’ concludes Jules Lejeune, Managing Director, Finat.

TruPoint Orange Doctor Blades shipping with all new packaging plast carbon fiber doctor blade systems

Flexo Concepts announced that Packaging Plast is shipping all of its carbon fiber doctor blade systems with the TruPoint Orange doctor blade.

The Italian OEM manufactures its chambers from a light carbon fiber material that offers printers better print quality and considerable savings on the inking systems of their presses. Among the advantages are better fluid movement, easy removal without safety concern, less water and wash-up solution usage, no corrosion, and extended doctor blade and end seal life.

Technoflex, located in Hiram, Georgia, was awarded exclusive distributorship of Packaging Plast's doctor blade systems and accessories in June of this year. The company's territory includes the U.S., Canada and Latin America with the exception of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. All other global geographies will be serviced directly by Packaging Plast.

Visit Flexo Concepts and Packaging Plast at CCE International in Munich, Germany, March 10-12, 2015 at Stand #386.

Labelexpo South China attracts over 5,000 to Guangzhou

Guangzhou’s Pazhou Exhibition Center played host to the biggest Labelexpo South China yet with 2014’s edition reporting a 4% increase in footfall. Held 3-5 December 2014, the three day trade exhibition welcomed 5,297 visitors (up from 5,098 in 2012).

Around 150 exhibitors showcased their latest products and services. New product launches included presses from Nuova Gidue, Venture Electronics and WeiFang DongHang Precision Machine Co.

The exhibition was also supported by a two day conference. Well-attended and received, conference program highlights included the keynote presentation given by Jari Haavisto and Heini Lehti of UPM Raflatac along with John Li, senior packaging development manager at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group Asia-Pacific. Both companies have collaborated to find sustainable labeling solutions and gave their practical insight into how sustainability must go together with profitability in everyday business practises. Another big draw was an overview of the latest smart products being used to encourage consumer interaction and spending with presentations by Top Print Labels, Peng Cheng Li Cultural Technology and Sun Chemical.

The interactive Live Technology Clinic which made its debut at this year’s show also proved popular as two hour-long sessions gave show visitors access to one to one discussions with a panel of label and package printing experts. At the clinic, experts from companies including Kinglabel Adhesives, YUPO and the Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Association of China (PEIAC) amongst others, were on hand to advise on all aspects of label and package printing technology as well as help printers realize their potential, solve challenges and increase their opportunities.

John Davy, divisional director of Labelexpo South China said: “The team has again worked incredibly hard to build, improve and ultimately deliver the show. Labelexpo South China 2014 has been an even more valuable event for Chinese printers with the addition of the Live Technology Clinic, while the conference program’s content once again appeared to resonate with the audience. Achieving our highest ever onsite rebook rate in South China to date with 31% of the space signed up for 2016, Labelexpo South China continues to go from strength to strength in what is a formidably competitive marketplace.”

Exhibitor speak:
John Mitchell, international sales manager, KTI: “I was very pleased with the quality of visitors from China at Labelexpo South China and also surprised about the number of guests from outside the country. We will certainly return in two years.”

Fu Qiang Consultant, Label Branch Association - Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Association of China (PEIAC): “I like Labelexpo because it give us the latest global advances in technology. I hope that Labelexpo will hold more activities and promote the Chinese label industry. Labelexpo South China is the number one label show in Southern China and I'll work with Labelexpo to further develop the Chinese label market.”

Bent Serritslev, managing director, Xeikon Asia Pacific (ASPAC): “Diversification’ is a word that you often hear nowadays wherever you go and Asia is no exception. The Chinese market is experiencing a tremendous boom in the production of all types of short-run labels, but specifically those that require variable data information, such as barcoding, QR coding or other product and brand security features like microprint. We were extremely happy to engage with visitors to Labelexpo South China and show them exactly how the Xeikon digital label presses and solutions are able to meet their digital manufacturing needs.”

Beyond QR: What’s Next for On-Package Mobile Marketing

Today’s consumer wants to be engaged, informed, and entertained by the brands with which they do business. Paperboard packaging has been able to facilitate these important marketing functions with its flat, printed surfaces that are well suited to deliver cutting-edge interactive product information, in-store sales, and entertaining games, and more.

The most ubiquitous of these technologies is the QR code (“Quick Response Code”). Seen today on packaging, commercial publications, billboards, and even on T-shirts, these codes send consumers to a product or company’s website or social media page once scanned via a mobile app.

Even though the 2013 holiday season saw a 33% increase in QR code triggers over the previous year, as of late, there has been much debate as to whether consumers actually glean value from QR codes. In fact, many pundits suggest that QR codes are a dying technology as they are cumbersome and inconvenient to use. Today, consumers simply aren’t willing to take the time to pull out their phone, open the app, steady the screen over the product, take a photo, and wait for a website to load. Furthermore, many QR codes bring consumers to sites that are not mobile optimized or do not have a direct connection to the scanned product. Nor do brand owners want to eat up valuable brand real estate with both a UPC and QR code.

Although the fate of the QR code remains unclear, several new mobile technologies are poised to overtake the interactive packaging market by streamlining the consumer experience. They include:

Image Recognition
New apps such as Ricoh’s Clickable Paper and Google Goggles allow for direct mobile interaction with a package, thereby eliminating the need for a separate scanable code that eats up precious branding space and distracts from a package’s aesthetics. After scanning a package enabled with Clickable Paper technology, the consumer can access links to websites, video, charts, maps, blogs, shopping carts, product reviews, and other important data. Thus, unlike a QR code that only brings the consumer to a single website, these image recognition apps connect consumers to a wider variety of content.

Smart Inks
Touchcode has developed an invisible electronic code that is printed directly onto a package. By simply touching the encoded package with one’s smart device, the consumer’s screen comes alive with engaging product content. Again, this technology provides mobile interactivity without affecting package design. Furthermore, it is also currently marketed as a way for consumers to verify the brand authenticity of the products they purchase.

Augmented Reality
Augmented reality apps allow consumers to train their smartphone or tablet on a package and then view superimposed computer-generated images that provide additional information about the product. For more detailed information, check out our blog that discusses this fascinating new technology.

Near-Field Communication (NFC)
Not as widely used in packaging, NFC is a term for an exchange of information between two devices. With this technology, an NFC chip is embedded into a package so when a consumer with a NFC-enabled smart device approaches, product information is automatically transmitted from the chip to the consumer’s phone. Although large amounts of data cannot be stored in the chip, it can provide simple information such as discount vouchers, website URLs, or email addresses. Most likely, this technology will be used in the future as an easy way to purchase products or to turn on or off TVs, lights, etc.

Although marginal today, the above technologies clearly reveal the direction in which interactive packaging is heading. As QR codes represent a promising yet poorly executed idea, these new technologies aim to simplify and optimize the consumer’s experience. Luckily for our industry, no matter where these technologies move, paperboard will continue to be the packaging medium best suited to engage and delight potential customers with its ability to easily interact with our ubiquitous mobile devices.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Flexo Image Graphics to represent Troika Systems in India

In a new development, Flexo Image Graphics has announced that it will be representing Troika Systems Ld. in India and the sub-continent. A UK based company, Troika Systems is clearly identified with Quality Management through its Quality Control tools for the security, flexible packaging, label and corrugated markets. Troika Systems has developed and manufactured several innovative products in its 18 years of existence

Speaking on this new association, Jon Jordan (Sales Director) Troika Systems says, “India is a growing market and we are very happy with this partnership with Flexo Image Graphics as it comes at the right time. We are looking forward to working with our new partner and to introduce our products and solutions to the fast growing label industry in India and especially to FIG’s existing and new customers. We will endeavor to contribute to the growth of the label and packaging industry in India by offering technically advanced equipment and excellent local support through FIG.”

With the AniCam 3D Scanning Microscope and its associated QC applications, Troika Systems has set new standards in measuring anilox rolls, gravure cylinders and flexo plates. While the AniCam Anilox QC allows to take single or multiple readings across a roll, the AniCam Gravure QC allows to take single or multiple readings across a cylinder.

“The technical excellence and engineering capabilities of Troika products are well recognized world over and also by printers in India. A leading brand associated with Quality Control programs that allow users to make considerable cost and time saving when checking and managing their Flexo printing plates, their anilox inventories or gravure cylinders, we are happy to now provide the Indian labels, flexible packaging, and corrugated markets with Troika measuring equipments AniCAM and Plate-II-Print. This association will enable us in adding value to the list of our offerings for the label printers.” says Gourav Roy of Flexo Image Graphics.

With almost 600 units sold to label, wide web, corrugated and security printers globally, and to over 75% of all known anilox manufacturers worldwide, the AniCAM and its applications are really proving to be a remarkably successful product for Troika and its customers.