Luxury Packaging returns to the capital

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Luxury Packaging, the UK’s only event for luxury brands to source the latest in products, ideas and inspiration returns to the Business Design Centre, London, on 30th September and 1st October. The two day show, co-located with Packaging Innovations, is set to showcase the world’s most creative packaging solutions.

Major names from Italy, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Poland have flocked to sign up for 2014, including Eckart, Favini, Papeteries de Montsegur and Etiq’Etains. The show’s international reach extends far beyond Europe. For instance, Direct Source Packaging Company from the USA and Ascent Group from Hong Kong have both confirmed they will be showcasing their latest products and services.

Another leading international exhibitor confirmed is Dapy Paris, whose extensive packaging ranges have been used by many of the world’s most prestigious brands, such as Belvedere Vodka, Moet & Chandon, Johnnie Walker, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, GH Mumm and Verve Clicquot.

Marc Bruneau, Project Sales Manager at Dapy, says, “Luxury Packaging is the perfect show for us to expand our activity in the UK. There are lots of show features that make the event really valuable, including The Luxury Packaging Conference related to our target market, the Lion’s Lair, and the networking we get to do with all the attendees. Luxury Packaging is not about today, it showcases what will happen tomorrow. We cannot wait to attend again this year.”

Show organisers easyFairs are thrilled to introduce its Luxury Packaging Conference, boasting senior representatives from Karl Lagerfeld, Diageo, Harrods, Procter & Gamble (Prestige Brands) and Hotel Chocolat. They will be exploring the vital role packaging has to play in positioning and promoting luxury and prestige brands.

Luxury Packaging and Packaging Innovations will also host an array of show features including inspirational learnShops seminars, Lions’ Lair, show favourite, The BIG Packaging Debate, where panellists debate a controversial hot topic and The Beauty Symposium. Stirling Murray, CEO and Founder of The Red Tree, says, “Last year’s Beauty Symposium at Packaging Innovations London was brilliant success and it was great to see how popular all the sessions were. We are delighted to be hosting another Beauty Symposium at the exhibition and very much looking forward to September.”

For further information visit www.easyFairs.com/PI-LONDON.

Nylacast shortlisted as finalists for Made in the UK Awards

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UK-based engineering solution provider Nylacast are proud to have been shortlisted as Finalists for the 2014 “Made in the UK” awards for best Apprenticeship & Training Scheme.

Having won the “Made in the Midlands” award in May, up against Siemens and Caparo Industries, Nylacast were automatically nominated as finalists for the national awards which took place at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool on the 21st of July.

The Made in the UK event which featured an exhibition and conference program alongside the awards evening showcased and celebrated the best of the world renowned UK manufacturing industry and its future. It also welcomed a range of UK manufacturers selected as winners from across 10 regional award dinners in recent months, with a total of over 700 guests.

The manufacturing Apprenticeship and Training Scheme Award held 9 contenders, all of whom provided firm competition, including globally recognised manufactures including Jaguar Land Rover and TATA Steel and FSG Tool & Die who won the award on the night.

Junaid Makda, Marketing Manager of Nylacast says, “Nylacast are elated to have been shortlisted as finalists for this award, having won the regional midlands award and getting to the finals for the UK exemplifies the dedicated focus on continually developing our core assets; People, Polymers and Passion.

“Being shortlisted alongside a high calibre of finalists illustrates the fact that not only does UK Manufacturing continue to excel in global industries, by means of developing and implementing outstanding Apprenticeship & Training Schemes we are all collectively on the frontline of combating the skills shortage, paving a strong path and foundation for future generations.”

With a dedicated Apprenticeship scheme for young engineering students, coupled with bespoke training programs for their current workforce, Nylacast recently invested in an onsite Engineering Training Academy which houses the wide range of practical and theoretical training programs delivered.

Nylacast Group HR & Training Manager, Ian Mallabone, says: “With our most valuable asset being our people, we took the decision to invest in and create our own dedicated engineering training academy in 2014. In addition to facilitating our apprenticeship program the academy also allows us to nurture talent and realise potential within our own workforce and company by tailoring and delivering specific training programs across all areas of Nylacast”.

Nylacast recently won three others for their dedication to helping local charities and communities, and look forward to continuing their development of people.

NaturaLINE trial wins innovation award

Motor Transport honoured Carrier Transicold with its prestigious Innovation Award for a joint project with Sainsbury’s to trial the world’s first temperature-controlled trailer using CO₂.

Labelled as “a potential game changer” by the Motor Transport judging panel, the two-year project launched in August 2013 uses a modified version of Carrier Transicold’s NaturaLINE refrigeration system, which was initially developed for ocean container shipping. The 10.8 metre, insulated, urban distribution trailer delivers frozen produce to stores using NaturaLINE’s non-ozone depleting CO₂ refrigerant, which has a Global Warming Potential of one.

In contrast, most temperature-controlled systems on commercial vehicles use conventional refrigerants such as R-404A (a fluorinated gas) with a GWP of 3920. GWP is the measurement used to show the equivalent kilograms of CO₂. The GWP of CO₂ is lower than other natural refrigerants, such as propane, so even in the event of a leak, the use of CO₂ adds no new environmental risk.

David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems, says, “Congratulations to Sainsbury’s for taking a bold step forward to reduce its carbon footprint by successfully demonstrating the application of the NaturaLINE CO₂ refrigeration system for road use. The trial’s success is great news for Sainsbury’s and the environment.”

The award was received at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London by Victor Calvo, managing director, Carrier Transicold EMEA, Justin Grace, managing director, Carrier Transicold northern Europe, and Nick Davies, head of transport operations, Sainsbury’s. Justin Grace says, “We’re delighted Carrier’s natural leadership in environmental technologies has been recognised with this award. The NaturaLINE unit trial marks one of the most significant innovations in temperature-controlled road transport for more than a decade.”

New domain name ‘.bar’ launched for the bar and club industry

.BAR recently launched to provide the Bar & Club industry with a bespoke digital platform, as part of the recent roll-out of new internet domain names, otherwise known as Top-Level Domains.

The international industry, worth $24 billion in the US (Bars and Nightclubs in the US, IBISWorld, 2014), continues to expand, with the global spirits alone seeing a rise of 10% in sales last year (Ipsos Market Research, 2014). This development now allows public houses, bars, nightclubs, manufacturers, and consumers within the industry to engage, and celebrate everything that nightlife has to offer in a secure online environment.

Now, alcohol-related corporates, businesses, SMEs, communities and consumers will have the ability to differentiate themselves through improved internet marketing capabilities, boosted Search Engine Optimization, and recognition from elite peers. Global Corporates seeking to guard against cyber-squatting will also benefit from buying into .BAR; the .BAR URL ending serves as stamp of integrity for Bar & Alcohol businesses.

The Internet address has already attracted world renowned players on the bar and nightlife scene such Wynn Resorts and Harry’s Bar.

The domain, which launched to the general public yesterday and celebrated in style at London’s Sanderson Hotel, sponsored by luxury vodka brand, Beluga.

“.BAR will connect the bar and club industry with customers online,” says Aaron Grego, CEO of Punto 2012.

“This is a perfect opportunity for businesses to grab a simple and easy-to-use domain name that describes their bar or club with a descriptive name. Our industry needs to stand out online and be found — with .BAR they can.”

Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic and domains.bar, says: “After meetings with our partner Punto 2012 in bars in New York City, Mexico City, Denver, Las Vegas, Munich, Singapore and the Bar municipality in Montenegro, it is a long-awaited pleasure to launch the .bar domain name in London’s Long Bar in the company of many leading lights of the adult beverage profession as well as renowned bar flies from the domain name industry.”

Powerstar launches in Ireland

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Powerstar, the global market leading voltage optimisation system, is now available in Ireland following a distributor agreement with leading Irish energy solutions company Powerstar Voltage Limited.

Powerstar is developing a market presence in a number of new international territories – the company also recently signed agreements with distributors on the East Coast of America.

Headed by Gerry Corrigan, Powerstar Voltage Ltd. is identifying strategic energy efficiency opportunities across Ireland, by capitalising on the Irish Government’s policy to reduce energy consumption by 20%, with the implementation of energy efficiency measures, by 2020.

Recognising that Government must lead by example, it is, at the same time, challenging public sector procurement departments to achieve a 33% reduction in energy usage in the same time frame.

Gerry Corrigan says: “With these targets at the forefront of many strategic energy plans, the demand from companies and public sector organisation alike for the Powerstar range of products has never been greater. The reaction from customers, when they are presented with the potential savings they can achieve is extremely positive.”

Voltage in Ireland is on average supplied at 242V by the National Grid, however only 230V is required by modern equipment and appliances. Powerstar’s innovative products reduce the voltage coming into a building or site to the optimum level. Average electricity consumption savings of 12% to 15% can be achieved by installing Powerstar solutions.

At the same time, Powerstar products reduce harmonics and maintenance requirements, extending the life span of appliances.

Dr. Alex Mardapittas, managing director of Powerstar says: “Currently 15% of our business is from international markets, we plan to grow this by developing our presence in new markets across the world including Ireland. Gerry holds the same values of customer care, product excellence and entrepreneurial drive that have been at the centre of Powerstar’s success in the UK, and we are looking forward to developing what promises to be an exciting market for our products in Ireland together.”

Powerstar voltage optimisation systems, have been designed and manufactured in the UK for over 13 years and are the only systems in the world to be granted a patent on their design. Powerstar boasts 100% reliability with no recorded failures across thousands of installations globally, offering a secure, proven and reliable solution for businesses in Ireland.

New regulations come in for sampling and analysis of PBCs and Dioxins

A new regulation has recently been implemented, laying down the methods of sampling and analysis for the control of levels of dioxins, dioxin-like PCBs and non-dioxin-like PCBs in certain foodstuffs. This new regulation replaces the Commission Regulation (EU) No. 252/2012. Analysis of PCBs and Dioxins in Food The Commission Regulation (EU) No. 252/20122 described in detail the methods for sampling and methods of analysis for the official control of dioxins, dioxin-like and non-dioxin-like PCB’s in certain foodstuffs. It allowed screening methods of analysis with widely acceptable validation and high throughput to be used to identify samples with significant levels of PCDD/Fs and dioxin-like PCBs (preferably selecting samples exceeding action levels and ensuring the selection of samples exceeding maximum levels). The only limitation was that the levels of PCDD/Fs and dioxin-like PCBs in these samples needed to be determined by a confirmatory method of analysis such as High Resolution gas chromatography coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry (GC-HRMS). This regulation has now been withdrawn and replaced by the Regulation (EU) No. 589/20141 whereby in addition to the gas chromatography/high resolution mass spectrometry (GC-HRMS), due to technical progress and developments, also gas chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) can be used as a confirmatory method for checking compliance with the maximum level. Regulation (EU) No 252/2012 has therefore been replaced by the new Regulation No. 589/2014 which allows for the use of GC-MS/MS as an appropriate confirmatory method for checking compliance with the maximum level. The ML for certain contaminants in foodstuffs are set out in the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/20063 of 19 December 2006.