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Industry pledge to put plastic packaging back on the agenda

Pledge 4 Plastics, the new government backed cross industry partnership, aims to increase the collection of plastic packaging for recycling.

With recycling levels plateauing and challenging recycling targets for packaging waste for the period 2013-17, it means plastic packaging recycling levels need to double over this five year period. Increasing household plastic packaging recycling will be pivotal to achieving these targets. Without intervention, the UK will fall short and PRN prices and costs to businesses will rise.

With all UK local authorities providing service provision for recycling of plastic bottles, the Pledge 4 Plastics campaign is urging people to make a promise to recycle just one extra plastic bottle per household each week using their existing services. With the current household plastic bottle recycling rate of only 58%, there is vast potential for increased collections. By diverting more material to recycling, this campaign will deliver economic and environmental benefits for waste management companies, local authorities and reprocessors.

Irrespective of collection service provision, this campaign recognises the opportunity to improve the consistency of message which will be key to reduce the confusion that consumers face. It's important to remember that Pledge 4 Plastics is not just about recycling water and drinks bottles, it includes all types of plastic bottles from every room in the home, ranging from shampoo bottles and shower gels, to domestic bleach and cooking oil bottles. Not forgetting of course to recycle food pots, tubs and trays (like yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and lasagne trays) where services exist to collect them for recycling.

The campaign has full government support. Resources Management Minister Dan Rogerson says, “The UK has made tremendous progress on recycling over the last ten years, building a stronger circular economy and greener society, and this reflects a lot of hard work from industry and local authorities, alongside a desire from residents to do more. This is another great initiative to boost the recycling of plastic packaging which has our full and ongoing support – I’ve already made my pledge and encourage others to sign-up to do their bit.”

A comprehensive toolkit has been developed to provide a wide range of resources which can be used by all organisations with the aim to ensure consistency in any UK communications about plastic packaging recycling. As well as background information on the aim and objectives of the campaign, the toolkit will include consumer insight research. The toolkit has been sent to all local authorities in the UK and a large number of stakeholders including brand owners, retailers and environmental bodies. The toolkit can also be downloaded.

NiceLabel announces new VP and General Manager EMEA

NiceLabel, developer of barcode and RFID labeling software, has appointed Greg Tanner as VP and General Manager EMEA. His addition further builds on NiceLabel’s continuous growth globally and further enforces its customer and partner support in the region.

Matej Kosmrlj, Managing Director, NiceLabel Group, says, “NiceLabel has a superior technology platform which allows us deliver solutions offering greater value to both smaller businesses and true global enterprises. Greg Tanner joins NiceLabel with an outstanding record in establishing and growing the two most successful pan-European companies in their industry sectors. His knowledge, skills and attitude will verify Greg as the best choice to foster partner and customer relationships to support NiceLabel desktop and cloud based label management solutions’ growth on a global scale."

With over 25 years of experience as an international high-growth technology business leader, Greg started, structured and grew the European division of one of the largest industrial printer manufacturers from start-up to over $100 million in pan-EMEA sales, distribution and support in the AIDC industry. In addition, he started the EMEA operations of Vocollect, the industry leading provider of innovative voice-enabled workflow and data collection solutions and grew it to account for over 50% of the company’s systems worldwide within six years. In both cases the companies achieved dominant market share positions under his leadership.

reg says, “NiceLabel has consistently achieved impressive growth figures. However, our ‘next generation’ software, which moves the focus on printing productivity and away from designing and printing, sets us and our channel partners ahead of our competitors and is driving accelerated demand in all markets – from small businesses through to global enterprise customers. I am delighted to join the company and contribute to its enhanced global growth."

Fourpure craft beer choose Rexam to produce bespoke can designs

Rexam has partnered with Fourpure Brewing Co, an independent British craft brewer, to develop unique designs for their newly canned craft beer range.

In a move that sees the brand switch from glass bottle to aluminium can, the six new designs depict the skyline of each city from which the characteristics of the beer are inspired. The innovative designs reflect the speciality of the Fourpure beers and use Rexam’s value added matt overvarnish to create strong stand out on shelf.

Speaking about the partnership, Daniel Lowe, Co-founder of Fourpure says: “With craft beer on the rise in an overall declining British beer market, it was essential to produce an interesting and unique design in order to differentiate our products from the macro breweries.

"Furthermore, as the first craft brewer in the UK to can it’s full core range we had to lead the way in packaging design in the emerging craft canning market. The bespoke designs and special finishes offered by Rexam are perfect for the evolution of the Fourpure brand to cans.”

The 33cl cans, produced out of Rexam’s Milton Keynes plant, will be sold in the on-trade, restaurants and specialist craft beer retailers.

Elegant beverage cups reinforce brand and reduce environmental impact

Printed in one colour but with an embossed pattern and message, the Invercote cup is extremely elegant and has a far lower environmental impact than plastic cups.

Iggesund Paperboard wanted to test the limits of what is possible and decided to create a large cup with a double-walled construction that is fairly common on the market. The double-walled construction means it is possible to use one material inside the cup and another for the outer wall, which functions as both a heat shield and a brand carrier.

Anna Adler, who is in charge of the project for Market Communications at Iggesund Paperboard, says, “For the cup’s inside we chose Invercote coated with polyethylene and for the outside we used Aluvision, which is Invercote extrusion coated with a thin layer of aluminium foil plus PE on top of the foil. We wanted the metallic feature in order to achieve elegance and shine even though we only printed with one colour, vintage orange.”

The project used an ornamental pattern that framed Iggesund’s Invercote brand. The plan was to cover everything except the pattern with the orange colour and then get the pattern and product name to shine by giving them a raised embossing. The Swiss toolmaker SMR Stanztechnik AG supplied the high-precision embossing tool and the printing was then done by the Italian paper cup specialists SDG.

Iggesund’s Technical Service Manager Alex Guglielmi says, “We did a number of tests to find out how much we should emboss but finally decided to emboss the entire pattern and brand name. It was interesting to see how the embossing made the metallic tones that weren’t overprinted with orange really shine. A real eye catcher.”

Matching the printed and embossed areas was a real challenge. To be certain of avoiding any misregister, it was decided to reduce the number of cup blanks per printed sheet from 27 to 24.

Alex Guglielmi says, “Invercote has fantastic dimensional stability but sometimes it’s better to be on the safe side. Instead of going with 27 we decided to be cautious and only do 24. It’s still a fantastic result for anyone who wants elegance and a visual impression that can convey a brand."

The paperboard’s printability and ability to be finished to a high level of elegance are not the only reasons why Iggesund believes in a renaissance for paperboard-based beverage cups. Competing materials such as traditional plastic or polystyrene foam cups create a much higher carbon footprint than a cup made of paperboard with a thin PE coating.

Anna Adler says, “A cup made of PE-coated Invercote has a carbon footprint that is scarcely a quarter the size of the one left by the same cup made of plastic – just comparing the weight of the materials used. By that measure alone, the paperboard cup is the clear winner. If you add the existence of efficient recycling systems and the fact that the stored bioenergy can finally be recovered, paperboard is an outstanding choice of material.”

Iggesund perceives long-term business opportunities for such a product, not least in the US, where debates are currently raging over the environmental aspects of polystyrene foam cups. A number of American cities are trying to forbid the use of polystyrene foam materials in beverage cups and catering packs.

Benders’ Garda cup passes one million sales mark

Sales for Benders' Garda Embossed double wall cup have now passed the million mark.

The success of the Garda Embossed double walled cup is an unprecedented achievement for Benders so soon after product launch. The cup has provided a focal point at recent trade shows, playing a key part in attracting the crowds for the leading paper cup manufacturer, with sales rising steadily after each event.

Benders’ marketing manager, Adrian Pratt is delighted with the Garda Embossed cup’s success: “I think a large part of the cup’s popularity is down to the actual look and feel of it. We are ruled by our senses and the Embossed double walled cup stands out immediately thanks to its striking, unique, swirl emboss while its surface and structure allows for a superior print finish.

“Our customers are constantly looking for ways to distinguish themselves while maintaining a high level of quality and our Embossed double walled cup ticks both of these boxes.”

The striking Garda design of the Embossed cup is complemented by the use of strong contemporary colours that contrast to create the most eye-catching and attractive cup. The sensory experience is heightened by the feel of the cup which is smooth to the touch, making it easy to grip and ideal for handling on the move.

The Embossed cup is available in a range of 8/9oz, 12oz and 16oz sizes with matching lids for all coffee service needs. There is also a complimentary 4oz size cup. The design of the Embossed double wall cups have been developed to optimise stack height and reduce storage needs. The design of the emboss also means that each cup separates easily in a stack, making it perfect in busy retail or quick service environments.

The company’s full range of cups currently includes super insulated hot cups, barrier insulated cups, single wall bio-board cups, single wall vending cups and single wall ‘coffee to go’ cups.

DUO PLAST AG receives accreditation as lab for packaging tests

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Extrusion line at Paraná factory put into operation

An extrusion line has been put into operation at SIG Combibloc’s Brazilian packaging plant, which laminates unprocessed cardboard for the company’s carton packs on-site. This major milestone completes the modular investment and building project in Campo Largo, near the city of Curitiba in Brazil’s Paraná state. The first rolls of packaging material are already rolling off the belt fully laminated.

The starting signal for this ambitious building project in Brazil was given in 2010, when SIG Combibloc began construction of its first packaging plant in South America. In mid-2011, the packaging plant was put into operation. With the production line installed, the pre-laminated packaging material used to make the carton packs was printed, cut to size, stamped and sealed. In the second stage of construction, an extrusion line has now been added, which from now on will laminate the unprocessed cardboard with polymers and aluminium on-site in Brazil. The inner polymer layers of an aseptic carton pack form a liquid barrier for the products that will later be filled in it, the outer layer keeps moisture out. The razor-thin aluminium layer protects the food and beverages packaged in the carton packs from light, oxygen and external odours.

Ricardo Rodriguez, Director and General Manager South America at SIG Combibloc, says, “With this fresh major investment of around €40 million for the installation of the extrusion line, SIG Combibloc has laid the groundwork to be optimally prepared to meet the ever-increasing demand for aseptic carton packs. We can now produce the packaging material needed for our carton packs in South America, on-site in Brazil. The extrusion line will laminate around 250 million metres of packaging material each year."

Brazil is currently South America’s biggest market for long-life beverages and foods in aseptic carton packs and worldwide too, Brazil’s demand for carton packs puts it in second place, right behind China. According to estimates by the Canadean research institute, sales of aseptic carton packs totalled more than 14 billion units in Brazil in 2013. Forecasts suggest this will climb to 21 billion carton packs by 2019 – equivalent to a further increase of around 7% per annum.

Ricardo Rodriguez says, “We’ve captured this market by offering our customers a real alternative, unique added benefits and a tailor-made service. We managed to end the 2013 financial year with growth of 40% compared to the previous year – that’s an excellent result. We’ve been able to win new customers and to further consolidate our contacts with existing customers – on both a regional and a national level, and the prospects for 2014 are looking good as well."

Johnsons Coffee and Benders – It’s exclusive!

Benders Paper Cups has been supplying cups to Johnsons Coffee, Ireland’s oldest family owned coffee roaster and supplier, for almost a decade now.

This month, Johnsons has signed a two year exclusive contract with the leading paper cup manufacturer, which formalises Benders’ role as the company’s primary paper cup provider. The new contract coincides with Johnsons’ introduction of Benders’ new Embossed Cup, a unique design proposition that has wowed the market ever since its recent launch…

The longevity of Benders Paper Cups’ relationship with Johnsons Coffee is perhaps unsurprising given the coffee company’s pride in its heritage and its uncompromising commitment to quality which is inherent to the brand.

In recent years, Johnsons has regularly purchased Benders’ Super Premium hot cups, safeguarding the company’s reputation for only using the highest standard complimentary products when selling its drinks.

Johnsons has provided its popular, dark roasted Bellagio coffee in Benders’ Super Insulated cups to cross chanel ferry operator, DFDS Seaways, along with machinery, barrista training and brand support, for a number of years. Now, the ferry company will be one of the first travel companies to offer travellers coffee in Benders’ latest offering, the Embossed Cup.

With an elegant and unique ‘swirl’ emboss, the Embossed Cup has a stylish design which can be branded as effectively as the cup company’s smooth wall cups without compromise. The sensory element of the design is heightened by the feel of the cup which is smooth to the touch, making it easy to grip and ideal for handling on the move. The air pockets created by the unique swirl emboss also give an effective level of insulation.

It comes as no surprise then that Johnsons and DFDS have decided to make the Embossed cup the cup of choice for passengers on key routes from Dover to Dunkirk and Dover to Calais.

Philip Mills, group sales director for Johnson Brothers explains: “We wanted a commercially acceptable option that would have a consistency in quality while also bringing some extra flair to ensure that our brand stands out. The emboss on the cup is exactly what we were looking for as it encourages the customer to take further notice of the Bellagio name.

“We have used Benders’ cups for a long time now and appreciate the high standards that they manufacture to. We are confident that any new product supplied by them will be a product of good quality and design. The EmbossedCup raises the bar once more as it is such an individual design. Hopefully it will help to increase our brand recognition as the emboss design is a distinguishing mark that makes the cups stand out and heightens the overall purchase experience.”

Marketing manager for Benders Paper Cups, Adrian Pratt is delighted that the cups have effectively launched to the travel market with this significant contract: “Knowing that the Embossed Cup will be used exclusively on board these ferries is a source of great pride for us. If you’re a passenger on these ferries, from Dover to Dunkirk and Calais, you’ll be drinking from a Benders Embossed Cup.”

The UK based paper cup manufacturing arm of the largest cup group in Europe and the number one supplier of paper vending cups to the UK market, Benders’ range includes super premium hot cups, barrier insulated cups, embossed cups, single wall bio-board cups, and single wall vending cups and single wall ‘coffee to go’ cups.

With a full Chain of Custody accreditation and compliance with stringent EU regulations on food contact, all of its cups are manufactured in the UK to high safety and ethical standards, using paper board from PEFC and FSC accredited sustainable managed forests to ensure that they do not damage the environment. The company is committed to minimising its waste and advocates effective recycling of all of its cups including those used in vending.

CMB Engineering celebrates Queen’s Award victory

After winning The Queen’s Award for International Trade, senior members of CMB Engineering were honoured to be present at a royal reception held at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the company’s achievement. Andrew Truelove, General Manager at CMB Engineering and John Crabtree, Lead Engineer at CMB Engineering, were personally congratulated by Her Majesty The Queen.

The occasion marks the third time that the Shipley engineering company has won a Queen’s Award, being previously named a winner of The Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement in 1986, followed by The Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2010.

Andrew Truelove says, “We are delighted to once again be in the prestigious position of winning a Queen’s Award in recognition of CMB Engineering’s commitment to excellency in engineering and our contribution to International Trade. Having the opportunity to be personally congratulated by the Queen is truly magnificent and not only a huge seal of approval for all of us but also a great reminder of our achievement as a company.”

Since starting its operations in the thirties, CMB Engineering has been committed to developing superior canmaking machinery as well as providing support to can manufacturers by supplying spare parts and after-sales services. Through the years the company has continued to demonstrate outstanding growth as a result of its engineering excellence and its focus on overseas business, which now spans over seventy countries.

The majority of the company’s sales now derive from its international customer base with three established Regional Sales Managers covering the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. In addition, CMB Engineering also works with trading partners in Japan, China and Korea, reinforcing the support provided to overseas markets, with full time service engineers based in Hong Kong and Brazil as well as in the UK.

In addition to attending the royal ceremony, CMB Engineering recently hosted a celebration which took place at the company’s headquarters in Shipley to commemorate its fiftieth anniversary at the site.

Marc Hoche, Head of Sales at CMB Engineering, says, “It is events like this that reminds us all of the CMB Engineering company values and therefore the reason behind our success. Looking at everyone who was present on the day, it is refreshing to see an atmosphere filled with pride and happiness. We are very excited about the future and confident that we will continue to provide top quality products and services to our customers worldwide for many more years to come.”

Corrugated packaging allows the personal touch

Customised packaging is becoming increasingly popular and the corrugated industry is exploiting the latest digital printing technology to provide even more commercial opportunities for retailers and brand owners.

Corrugated already protects, is colour-printable, merchandisable and the most recycled packaging medium. The latest advances in digital printing from a number of suppliers allows corrugated to align with other personalised packaging formats, adding another string to its bow and enabling the industry to become even more effective at engaging consumers.

Confederation of Paper Industries says that innovative technology is already improving in-store performance through better print capability. High Quality Post Print has transformed corrugated packaging from protective transit packaging, into multi-functional, colourful, Shelf-ready Packaging, without compromising product integrity.

Its flat surface is ready-made for exploiting digital platforms such as Smartphone apps and Quick Response codes, meeting consumers’ growing appetite for instant access to product and dietary information.

Print customisation is already becoming established for labels and flexible packaging. High-speed digital, single pass, full colour corrugated printers will realise the same print-on-demand benefits for the orrugated sector, by allowing tailored print runs for seasonal, regional or event-based promotions.

Graphics will go to press in hours instead of days, for small or large production runs with exceptionally fast turnaround times, incorporating personalisation and graphic changes, data merge capabilities and mass customisation.

Wide-format, flatbed digital printing technology is not new to the corrugated sector. However, CPI says that embracing new print technology can help the industry to meet increasing demands from brand owners and retailers for shorter order run lengths, minimal waste and point of sale packaging, to differentiate a brand and attract consumers.

Andy Barnetson, CPI’s Director of Packaging Affairs, says, “Personalisation will allow the Corrugated Industry to become even more creative and bring an extra dimension to packaging. Print-on-demand offers retailers and brand owners cost-effective, customised marketing campaigns to boost sales in an increasingly dynamic retail market.”

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