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Volume 2 l Issue 3 l November-December 2019

Yansefu continuously uplifting its manufacturing process

Heidelberg seizes upon the dynamism of Asian market

Bobst launches new CI flexo press Vision CI

Alutech Packaging aims at Rs. 300 crore turnover

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From the editor’s desk!


he upcoming edition of Shanghai World of Packaging (swop) from 25 to 28 November 2019 will cover end-use industries such as food, beverage, confectionery, baked goods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and daily care products, nonfood consumer goods and industrial goods, providing an excellent trading platform for manufacturers of processing and packaging machinery and materials. In this edition, swop will focus on artificial intelligence, printing and labeling, e-commerce and logistics packaging, personalized packaging, packaging design, etc., with the aim to provide innovative packaging solutions and showcase intelligent processing and packaging production lines for the entire industry chain. Five special exhibition areas are designed to cover all hot spots of the packaging industry. Our team will be covering this exhibition during all four days at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China. On three out of five days, the world’s leading fair MetPack for metal packaging will once again take place parallel to the interpack packaging fair in Düsseldorf which is scheduled for 7 to 13 May 2020. The global metal packaging industry will be convening at the Essen exhibition center between 5-9 May 2020. MetPack will be bringing together highranking, international industry professionals from along the entire value-added chain in the Ruhr metropolis of Essen. There is a consistently high level of bookings for this world-leading trade fair. All of the market leaders will be participating in the event. In addition to giving visitors and exhibitors an overview of the latest metal packaging trends and technical innovations, the trade fair will offer them added value with the new job fair. At this point in time, MetPack is consistently witnessing a high level of reservations for stands. The approximately 300 exhibitors include well-known big names in the industry, such as Mall + Herlan, Koenig & Bauer, Soudronic, CanMan, Gebr. Leonhardt, Thyssen Krupp Ras-

selstein, Lanico, Metlac and Scami Imola. Moreover, the world-leading trade fair will be welcoming new exhibitors, such as Cepeda Cerlei & Mictool from Spain and ASC Machine Tools from the USA. Can Ends FZE from the United Arab Emirates will be present as a main exhibitor with its own stand for the first time. Our cover story highlights Yansefu Inks and Coatings, a leading ink manufacturing company in Bawal, Haryana, which offers a wide portfolio of high performance printing inks, coatings, polyurethanes and adhesives for gravure and flexo applications. At present, Yansefu has more than seven patented products, which stands testimony to the dedication and time Yansefu devotes in research work to design innovative products. During our visit to Yansefu, we spoke to JK Sharma – CEO, Yansefu, India; and Neelakamal Mohapatra – vice president, R&D and innovation at Yansefu, India, who gave us insights about the upcoming challenges of the supply chain as well as talked about their business strategy. Consumer expectations are becoming increasingly high, and industries across the spectrum are upgrading their products and systems to become smarter, and provide exceptional customer experience. Recent years have seen a boom in the e-commerce and the organized retail sectors in India, with the manifold increase of packaged food consumption, awareness and a demand for quality products. This, in turn, has seen a tremendous growth in packaging innovations across the country. Brands are catching up to the trend by using innovative packaging solutions to enhance consumers’ experience and increase the shelf appeal of their products. In this issue we also try to take a closer look at the various trends, technologies and developments taking place in the Indian food and snack packaging market. – Mahan Hazarika, Editor,




Contents Design and Marketing

PAGE 08 EDITORIAL From the editor’s desk!--------------------------- 3

DESIGN AND MARKETING Absolut Vodka works with Ardagh to release recycled version of ‘iconic’ bottle--------------- 6 Unilever reveals naturally inspired packaging for its AXE ‘Wild’ range--------------------------- 6

PREPRESS AND SOFTWARE DuPont installs 1500th Cyrel FAST thermal flexographic processing system---------------- 8 Miraclon opens second flexo plate line------- 8

MONOCARTON Heidelberg seizes upon the dynamism of the Asian market for packing offensive-----------10 BP Lipeds installs Bobst Ambition 106 A2 folder-gluer----------------------------------------- 11

LABELS Hora Arts Centre installs Xeikon 3500 label press------------------------12 Domino to install its first digital label press in India--------------------------------------------------13 Labelexpo reports largest, most international edition to date-------------14 Domino launches UV95 food packaging compliant UV ink----------------------------------15 Zircon doubles down on Mark Andy and Rotoflex partnership------------------------------16 Weldon Celloplast inks multiple deals-------17




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PAGE 12 GSE records four dispenser sales at Labelexpo Europe 2019-------------------------18 Konica Minolta showcases industrial printing technology------------------18 NFC tag-enabled anti-counterfeiting solution for wine-----------------------------------20

FLEXIBLES Yansefu continuously uplifting its manufacturing process to develop worldclass products-------------------------------------22 Bobst launches new CI flexo press Vision CI-------------------------28 Huhtamaki to expand to flexible packaging manufacturing in South Africa---28 Stand-up pouch from chemically recycled plastic for safe food contact--------------------30 Sustainable, functional and attractively designed--------------------------------------------32 Uflex launches Asepto Eye for beverages industry at GulFood Manufacturing 2019---34 Tresu’s new D3P carbon fibre chamber doctor blade----------------------------------------35 Smarter packaging in India---------------------36 Schepers installs the next Digilas 7000 in China----------------------------38 Essel Propack unveils recyclable tube packaging----------------------40 BST eltromat India’s solution to enhance converting machine efficiency-----------------40 Are your product recalls draining your profits?-----------------------------------------------42

PAGE 52 CODING AND MARKING Cracking the code!-------------------------------44

PHARMA PACKAGING Pharma packaging company Alutech implements FlexiBiz ERP-----------------------46 Schott Kaisha sets up new plant in Himachal Pradesh---------------47 Meeting global standards and barcode compliance for pharma serialization---------48

SUSTAINABILITY Uflex unveils its new global initiative ‘Project Plastic Fix’-------------------------------52 IFCA seminar on plastic waste management and EPR-----------------53

EVENTS MetPack 2020 records promising registration numbers and new exhibitors-------------------54 ProPak India 2019 shows momentous growth and drives innovation------------------54 Paperex in New Delhi----------------------------55

INDUSTRY NEWS IPAMA’s new governing council members announced------------------------------------------56 Omet opens office in India----------------------56 Xerox considers takeover offer for HP-------57 Kodak’s call for entries – Sixth Annual Kodak Sonora PlateGreen Leaf Awards-------------57

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z Highlighting the need to recycle and reuse Absolut Vodka works with Ardagh to release recycled version of ‘iconic’ bottle


he Absolut Company, together with communication and design agency Drama Queen Communications, first briefed Ardagh Group’s Design Team to create a bottle design based on recycled glass, to promote and visualize the benefits of recycling. They collaborated to develop the ‘Absolut Comeback’ design – a bottle using actual pieces of broken, recycled glass, reflecting the recycled glass that goes into every Absolut Vodka bottle. Ardagh’s designers used reverse engineering to create the ‘recycled’ bottle design. Product designer, John Oczabruk explains, “Because

this is a completely original bottle design, we first needed to create a sculpture by attaching pieces of recycled Absolut bottle glass to a 3D print of an Absolut bottle, to maintain the bottle’s iconic look and shape. The reverse engineering began by digitally scanning the sculpture into our modeling system, then reconstructing the design to work smoothly in Production.” The detailed process required a panEuropean approach – UK, Swedish and German design teams were all involved, using 3D prints, digital scanning and virtual sculpting techniques to create the final 3D shape. The result looks to symbolize the bottle’s recycled

Ardagh’s designers used reverse engineering to create the ‘recycled’ bottle design

content and aims to celebrate recycling and inspire others to recycle too, for more sustainable, circular living. z

z Bodyspray and bodywash products Unilever reveals naturally inspired packaging for its AXE ‘Wild’ range


apping into the growing trend of naturally inspired products, Unilever’s AXE brand team has collaborated with global strategic design partner PB, to create ‘WILD,’ an ‘on trend’ range comprising new bodyspray and bodywash products. With unusual fragrance ingredients such as Green Mojito & Cedar Wood and Fresh Bergamot & Pink Pepper, AXE seeks to challenge category norms whilst staying relevant both to the AXE brand and its target consumer group (16-23 year-old men). The packaging itself has been designed to reflect the brand’s personality with contrasting yellows and pinks against a bold green to pick out the different fragrance variants. Rodri Ruiz-Iribarren, global senior




brand manager at AXE added, “PB Creative has smashed the category codes of muted colourways and a minimal, stripped back aesthetic to unveil a new range that feels dynamic and energetic. This impactful design celebrates the distinctive fragrance variants whilst chiming with AXE Masterbrand principles and always remaining relevant and appropriate to the core consumer.” Ben Lambert, creative partner at PB Creative said, “It was important that the ‘wild’ fragrance pairings and the AXE attitude were communicated authentically. We wanted to push AXE into the forefront of this area of the market, but with an unexpected and abundant design that reflected the fresh fragrance profiles and AXE’s unique positioning.” z

Unilever’s AXE brand team has collaborated with PB to create a new range of bodyspray and bodywash products

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z Twenty years of continuous thermal processing improvements DuPont installs 1500th Cyrel FAST thermal flexographic processing system


early 20 years ago, DuPont revolutionized flexible packaging with the introduction of the first thermal flexographic plate and processing system, named FAST because of how quickly a plate could be processed and ready for press,” said Sam Ponzo, global business director, DuPont Advanced Printing. “Since that time, DuPont has been at the forefront of developing successive generations of equipment that provide better plate processing, higher reliability and even lower emissions. This 1500th installation is testament to the quality and value our systems bring to printers and trade shops worldwide.”

The current generation of Cyrel FAST systems now have one of the most advanced emissions systems available, reducing VOCs by more than 98% versus solvent-based systems and providing emissions far below even the most

stringent environmental regulations. “We have been users of DuPont Cyrel FAST thermal processors for more than 15 years,” said Edward Bernier, president of EXPAC Prepress Service Group in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. “DuPont’s quality has always been impressive, but our newest generation of Cyrel FAST processors take performance to the next level.” In addition to lower VOC emissions, the latest generation of DuPont Cyrel FAST thermal processors enable greater up-time, thanks to lower maintenance requirements and remote diagnostic capabilities not available on previous generations. z

z US$ 15 million investment in Oklahoma Miraclon opens second flexo plate line


iraclon, home of Kodak Flexcel Solutions, has opened its new flexo plate manufacturing line in Weatherford, Oklahoma, two and a half years after breaking ground on the project. Initially manufacturing flexographic plates for customers in the United States, Canada and Latin America, the new manufacturing line will enable the company to keep up with demand after seeing double digit Flexcel NX plate volume growth for the past five years.

Chris Payne, Miraclon CEO, says, “This is a momentous occasion for Miraclon. Just six months after our spin-out from Kodak, we mark one of our first major milestones with the completion of this project. While it demonstrates Miraclon’s ongoing commitment to invest in and expand the market for flexographic printing, the second manufacturing facility also brings




plate manufacturing facility in Yamanashi, Japan, was designed to meet increasing industry demand for high quality flexographic printed packaging with more cost effective and efficient production processes. The US$ 15 million investment underscores the ongoing industry growth and adoption of Kodak Just six months after its spin-out from Kodak, Miraclon Flexcel NX Plates. The new marks one of its first major milestones line produced its first Kodak Flexcel NX plate in October 2018, after which source of supply closer to a large portion of our rigorous testing and alignment with the Yamacustomer base and expands the manufacturing nashi facility began to ensure the state-of-the-art footprint of Flexcel NX Plates to two sites.” manufacturing technology delivers the same The Weatherford plate manufacturing line, high performance and quality Miraclon customa sister operation to the company’s existing ers have come to trust and expect. z

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z Packaging market in Asia-Pacific registers 4.6% annual growth

Heidelberg seizes upon the dynamism of the Asian market for packing offensive


ackaging account for around 25% of all printed products. At the same time, the packaging market is the strongest growing market segment with around 3% on average. The most important region is Asia-Pacific with an annual growth rate of 4.6%. It’s the same picture the world over: brand owners have extremely demanding quality standards for folding cartons. The trends are ever declining runs, faster innovation cycles, shorter delivery times, increasing cost pressures, falling margins, more embellishments, zero defect production, and customized packaging. Heidelberg has the appropriate products for all of these requirements, and showcased its comprehensive range of solutions for packaging printers at three events in Asia. The kickoff came at the beginning of September in the Heidelberg plant in Shanghai with the Packaging Day, which showcased the Smart Print Shop, followed by the subsequent Open House at Masterwork (MK) in Tianjin, where the current MK portfolio for finishing was presented. Embellished packaging the star of Packaging Day in Shanghai The Packaging Day in the Print Media Center in the Shanghai plant welcomed nearly 100 visitors from the Asian region. The Heidelberg experts showcased the integrated Smart Print Shop for packaging consisting of the Prinect workflow, the Speedmaster CD 102-8+L Multicolor with navigated printing, and finishing with the Promatrix 106 CS die-cutting machine, the new Diana Go folder-gluer, and quality assurance with the Diana




The Open House at Masterwork showcased the comprehensive range of finishing machines for the packaging market

Eye inspection system. The focus here was on the variety of finishing options such as inline embossing and drip-off special-effect coating. Application diversity is important in Asia in particular, so that there is a clear difference between the packaging at the point of sale. The interaction between digital and offset was demonstrated with a Versafire EV and the Speedmaster CX 75-5+L. Saphira consumables optimally tailored to the machines were used, such as the food-safe inks and coatings which are so important for packaging. The visitors were also shown how efficient Heidelberg’s service is, namely how non-productive times can be minimized and productivity maximized with Remote Service and Predictive Service. “The solutions for integrated carton production with high productivity combined with options for differentiation have inspired me, and shown me ways of achieving successful production in packaging,” said one participant by ways of summarizing his impressions. A factory tour through the Qingpu plant gave the visitors the

opportunity to see the high production quality for themselves.

Successful partnership with Masterwork A number of visitors to the Packaging Day as well as other guests from around the world including France, Mexico and Russia attended the MK Open House in Tianjin. The partnership between MK and Heidelberg for finishing machines in the packaging market goes back to 2014. MK develops and produces the machines, while Heidelberg handles sales and service. This partnership was further strengthened in spring of this year, with MK becoming an anchor shareholder in Heidelberg with a holding of 8.5%. The portfolio is constantly being expanded and adapted to customer requirements. For example, the Open House showcased the Promatrix 106 FC, which die-cuts and can apply hot foil, for the print embellishment sector. The Powermatrix 106 CSB, which die-cuts and

Monocarton embosses, is now also compatible with EU pallets. The Promatrix 145 CSB for bigger formats and high throughput is new. The Digimatrix 60 FC, the economical solution for short runs in the hot-foil embossing and die-cutting sector, was also shown for the first time. The visitors got to see the high quality standards during a factory tour. MK attaches great importance to high added value, currently around 60%, as a means to the best possible control over quality.

Successful presentation of new Speedmaster CX 75 at Pack Print International Bangkok Since September of this year, Heidelberg has been shipping the Speedmaster XL 75 and CX 75 with a modern and ergonomic design for greater user-friendliness. The visitors to Pack Print International Bangkok got to witness the new design of the Speedmaster CX 75 for the first time. Together with the Easymatrix 106 CS die-cutter and the Diana Easy 115

folder-gluer, it produced high quality folding cartons. The machine on display was purchased by a Thailand-based printing company, and another Thai customer signed a contract for a Speedmaster CX 75. The other equipment on the stand was also successfully sold. The visitors to the trade fair also showed great interest in information about Lifecycle Solutions and Heidelberg’s digital printing range. z – Dev Kumar Dutta

z Converts 8 to 10 lac cartons per day BP Lipeds installs Bobst Ambition 106 A2 folder-gluer


addi-based BP Lipeds has installed a Bobst Ambition 106 A2 folder-gluer. This is BP Lipeds’ second folder-gluer from Bobst – the first one, an Ambition 76A-1, being installed in 2009. This also takes the total number of Bobst postpress equipment at the plant to four. The other Bobst machines at the plant are two pre-owned die-cutters. The installation marks Bobst’s first Ambition A2

folder gluer in India. Speaking about his decision for choosing the Bobst Ambition 106 A2 folder-gluer, Deepanshu Bhambari of BP Lipeds said, “We have been using Bobst machines since last 15 years. We already have a Bobst Ambition folder-gluer running at our plant. We were quite happy with the performance and durability of the existing folder-gluer and hence when we thought of investing in another folder-gluer, Bobst was our first preference.” A family-owned business, BP Lipeds was established by Harish Bhambari, Hament Bhambari and Sunil Bhambari in 1980s. The main business of the company is offset packaging such as monocartons, E-flute cartons, metpet cartons/metalized cartons/shimmer cartons. In addition, BP Lipeds’ sister concern company – Chandigarh-based Bhambari Printers – prints product catalogs, brochures, leaflets, danglers, streamers and books. The company converts around 50-tonnes of paper in its Chandigarh plant and around 300-tonnes of board per month in Baddi to

Team BP Lipeds with the newly installed Bobst Ambition 106 A2 folder-gluer. Photo: The Packman

produce mono cartons, metalized cartons and fluted cartons. The corrugation facility consumes around 50 to 80-tonnes of kraft paper per month. Corrugation contributes to around 30% of BP Lipeds’ total business, shared Bhambari. Bhambari added that although BP Lipeds is currently converting 4 lac lock bottom cartons each day using the new folder-gluer, the volume will rise significantly once the company starts running the folder-gluer in its full capacity. At present, the company converts around 8 to 10 lac cartons per day. Recently, BP Lipeds also added a pre-owned 6-color Heidelberg CD 102 press with online coater and an interdeck LED UV for metal-

ized printing. “While increasing our printing capacity, strengthening our post-press has also become equally necessary to convert at the same speed,” said Bhambari. The company also added a semi-automatic rigid box manufacturing machine recently. Some of the main clients of BP Lipeds are Walmart India, Flipkart, Luminous, VVF, Bajaj Corp, Emami, VLCC, Vanesa Cosmetics, Kelyn Cosmetics, Weikfield, Bagarys, Bosch, Mahle, Elofic, Johnson & Johnson Medicals, Fresenius Kabi Oncology, Emcure, and Baidhyanath. z – Dev Kumar Dutta





z Xeikon’s first 20-inch wide digital label press in Western India

Hora Arts Centre installs Xeikon 3500 label press


oida-headquartered Hora Arts Centre recently installed a Xeikon 3500 digital label press at its Western India plant in Ranjangaon near Pune. The investment was made to ensure just-in-time production in the region. Hora Arts is a shortrun packaging and label supplier to leading global manufacturers of white goods and electronics such as Panasonic, LG, Samsung, and a large number of original equipment manufacturers. Hora Arts benefits from its location being in the same industrial park as its major customers. The rational behind the investment is to ensure that the company meets tight deadlines and offers a 24/7 service in addition to exploring new opportunities in the market. “Because of its technical capabilities and its 20-inch width, the Xeikon 3500 digital label press is exactly what we needed. It will help our assembly lines run 24/7 without a hitch and cater to each client’s specific type of label. We have done our homework, and while we are not keen to say too much before we have worked with the machine in production for a reasonable length of time, we are confident about its reliability,” says Sanjay Hora.

L to R: Shailendar Kapoor, manager of Hora Arts; Shivam Hora and Ramneek Hora; Vikram Saxena, general manager sales of Xeikon India; Pradeep Hora, managing director Hora Arts Centre; and Sanjay Hora, director Hora Arts Centre

Short run and just-in-time The key to the company’s continued success and growth is the immense trust of its customers, who rely on Hora Arts to deliver specialized pressure sensitive labels several times a day. To deliver short runs of high-value labels on time and with numerous variants, Hora Arts optimized its processes with many value-added and security features. These allow the production of labels with variable print features such as bar-codes and security marks that uniquely identify each product and collateral throughout the manufacturing process, the supply chain




and on to the consumer. At both the Noida and Ranjangaon plants, Hora Arts uses offset, flexo, screen and digital presses to deliver high volumes of labels sev-

eral times each day and night to its customers. Maximizing its digital capabilities in the region, the first digital press installed at Ranjangaon is the Xeikon 3500 label press, capable of print-

“The Xeikon 3500’s capability of printing with invisible inks for brand protection and anti-counterfeiting requirements are important features for our customers. For us, the new press also opens up an opportunity for learning, discovering and being creative” – Ramneek Hora

Labels ing at 1200 dpi with variable dot density on pressure sensitive film and paper label stock up to 250 gsm at 19.2 meters a minute. With heavier stock such as 350 gsm paperboard for mono-cartons, the speed remains at 9.6 meters a minute. Apart from CMYK inks, the fifth print unit of the Xeikon 3500 can be used for coating applications or for special colors, including a flat white. The Xeikon 3500 press is capable of printing heat transfer, water transfer, in-mould labels, and continuous length wallpaper materials. All of these are of interest to Hora Arts, who is looking to explore the capabilities of the new press to diversify its business, especially in the production of continuous lengths of roll-to-roll wallpaper designs. Shailender Kapoor, plant head at Noida, is very clear about why the company purchased the Xeikon press after evaluating it carefully. “Frankly, this decision is based on our customers’ demand, and this was also the reason why we set up the plant in Ranjangaon years ago.

We needed to replicate our digital capabilities in that region to help us supply special labels at very short notice, even on a Saturday morning or a Sunday or at any time, and to keep the customers’ assembly lines running.”

New capabilities can bring innovation and creativity Hora Arts is a structured and professionally run company managed by the second generation of the Hora family, Pradeep and Sanjay Hora. In the past year, the third generation also joined the business. Ramneek and Shivam Hora, who recently joined the family business, are equally enthusiastic. They see the new Xeikon installation as an adventure with many opportunities. “The Xeikon 3500’s capability of printing with invisible inks for brand protection and anticounterfeiting requirements are important features for our customers. For us, the new press also opens up an opportunity for learning, discovering and being creative. We can see

innovations and new products for our existing customers and the possibility of diversification into new areas as well – for instance wallpapers. As the press is capable of printing with food safety compliant inks, it can be used for short runs, personalized paper cups and other new products too,” explains Ramneek Hora. Vikram Saxena, general manager sales at Xeikon in India, is naturally pleased with the installation of the fourth Xeikon digital press in recent years, and of the first 20-inch wide digital label press in Western India. Saxena says, “We consider Hora Arts an important player in India and we are delighted to partner with their ambitious growth plans. At Xeikon, we are pleased to have a customer who is keen to bring new applications to market and use some of the unique features and capabilities that the 3500 digital press offers.” z – Dev Kumar Dutta

z 7-color press powered by Esko digital front-end Domino to install its first digital label press in India


omino is set to install its first digital label press in India. The press which has been shipped to a customer in West India, is a 7-color press which will be powered by Esko digital front-end with color management and variable printing suite.

Ajay Raorane, assistant vice president – digital printing solutions at Domino Printech India, while speaking at the Labelexpo Europe show, did not disclose the name of the company where the N610i will be installed, but he did say that it will be installed in the next two months. The N610i can print at a speed of up to 70 m/min and has the capability of achieving up to 92% of the Pantone gamut, said Raorane. “We have taken our time, because for Domino it is important to bring value to the customer by hand-holding their digital journey, making them successful. We believe that if our customers are successful, we will be successful.” The advantage Domino brings to the table is the productivity and quality. Raorane said, the

The N610i can print at a speed of up to 70 m/min and has the capability of achieving up to 92% of the Pantone gamut

speed and print quality are achieved because there are less moving parts in the machine. “When you put the two together, the throughput of the Domino N610i and the process improve-

ments, you start to crease a revenue capacity. That’s our goal, and will remain with every Domino installation.” z





z 37,903 visitors attended the 4-day show Labelexpo reports largest, most international edition to date


he landmark 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe 2019 has closed on a high note, with its largest, most international show held to date. A total of 693 exhibitors took part in the show, which took place between 24-27 September, at Brussels Expo in Belgium.

Spread over nine halls and covering almost 40,000 sqm of floor-space, up from 37,600 sqm in 2017, the show presented the largest offering of label and package printing technologies and live demonstrations seen to date. This included the fast growing areas of hybrid printing, flexible packaging and automation. Poor weather didn’t deter 37,903 visitors from 140 countries flocking to the four-day show – a substantial increase on 125 in 2017. India, China and Japan were especially well represented with large visitor delegations. Eastern Europe also showed a stronger representation compared to 2017, in particular Croatia, with a 51% increase, Lithuania (36%), Romania (25%), and Russia (14%). Brazil also saw a 14% increase on visitors compared to 2017. Major press manufacturers announced multiple sales on a daily basis, including: HP’s 200th HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, sold to a Slovenian converter; Domino’s 7-color N610i inkjet press sold to a Belgian converter on day one; Lombardi’s sale of five Synchroline 430 presses during the first two days of the show; Gallus’ sale of three presses into India; Konica Minolta’s AccurioLabel 230 toner label press, sold on day one and which also debuted at the show; Grafisk Maskinfabrik’s DC350 digital converting line and a SR350 inspection slitter rewinder sold to a UK converter; Grafotronic’s laser die-cutting system sold to an American label converter after launching the machine at the show; and Screen’s first Trupress sold into Germany. Indian machine manufacturers did particularly well, with UV Graphic Technologies selling seven Ultraflex UFO presses, Multitec selling its full servo S1 press to a Russian converter, and Monotech Systems selling three Colornovo




The landmark 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe 2019 closed on a high note

presses, one each in China, Europe and Asia. Chinese manufacturers also fared well, with sales highlights including label press manufacturer Wanjie’s sale of a printer to a converter in Spain. Rhyguan sold three finishing systems on day one – one to an Italian converter and two to companies in Germany. Demonstrating that the show has evolved from a labels show into a wider package printing show, flexible packaging innovations were much in evidence on the show floor, with press launches including Omet’s new X7 flexo printing machine for labels and flexible packaging with 670 mm (26-inch) web width. Lombardi unveiled its Invicta i2 line, designed for flexible packaging in the mid web sector, while Nilpeter launched its 17-inch wide FA-Line press featuring cold foil, lamination and their new high-speed semi-rotary die-cutting unit. Hybrid machinery was another key trend much in evidence, with launches including Bobst, which unveiled its new Master DM5 hybrid label press, and MPS, which launched a new 430 mm edition of the hybrid EF Symjet press. Mark Andy unveiled a new entry- to mid-level digital hybrid press, which was demonstrated live at the show with advanced in-line converting.

Other machinery launches included Gallus’ Digital Printbar digital embellishing unit designed specifically for opaque white and using inkjet-based digital print technology. Konica Minolta premiered its recently launched AccurioLabel 230, a new version of its digital toner press, while Grafotronic showcased seven new models out of a total eleven machines presented at the show. The show’s hugely popular main feature, the Flexible Packaging Arena, drew in large crowds at every one of its eleven live demonstrations. Visitors witnessed a Xeikon CX500 (digital) and a Bobst M6 (UV flexo) producing indirect food contact flexible packaging to the latest GMP standards. In addition, HP Indigo offered live demonstrations of digital pouch making showcasing the HP Indigo 20000 digital press, Pack Ready Lamination, and the Karlville pouch-making machine making its show debut on their stand. Other HP innovations at the show included HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press, which ran in line with the ABG Fast Track die, and the best-selling HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press, which visitors could see in action with an integrated Kurz DM-Jetliner finishing module. z

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z Labelexpo Europe 2019 z LABELEXPO EUROPE 2019 Domino launches UV95 food packaging compliant UV ink GMG presents latest color management solutions


omino Digital Printing Solutions has ith the newest release of GMG launched UV95, their new 7-color ColorServer and GMG Openfood packaging compliant UV digital ink Color, GMG presents a direct connection set at Labelexpo Europe 2019. This will be a between both solutions. The connection new ink set option available for use within enables the user to publish profiles cretheir market leading N610i digital label press. ated in GMG OpenColor directly into “UV95 sets a new standard for UV digital GMG ColorServer. The adjustment of inks and their use within non-direct food conpaper tints, custom printing conditions tact applications. I am delighted to be launching or the change of printing parameters is this new non-CMR ink set at Labelexpo,” said now considerably more efficient and auLouise Adcock – N-Series product manager. tomated.

UV95 has been formulated for many nonGMG will also demonstrate their soludirect food packaging applications and, under tions for proofing in packaging printing. the right conditions, is migration compliant. Complex packaging designs and layouts UV95 is compliant with EuPIA Good Manuincluding spot colors can now be simulated with color accurate proofs on media close to

facturing Practices (GMP), with all materials used listed on the Swiss Ordinance for Food Packaging Inks. UV95 has been developed in line with Nestle’s guidance on food packaging inks and is fully compliant with the EuPIA exclusion policy. Most importantly, it is a non-CMR ink set and therefore, subject to migration status, can comply with the European Union plastic materials and articles intended to be in contact with food regulation. In addition to compliance, UV95 does not compromise reliability or other mechanical properties also providing excellent adhesion properties and abrasion resistance. packaging production substrates, including Louise added, “Domino is one of the few transparent or metallic film using the Epson SC-S80600. Driven by GMG ColorProof

and GMG OpenColor this solution improves the color appearance of mock-ups and brings proofs to a closer look and feel of real production samples. GMG also introduces GMG ColorCards, its latest innovation for digitally printed ink references. The customized software allows users to easily create digital color references for a fast and professional color communication in less than digital ink jet printer manufacturers with the 3 minutes. Based on spectral color values, capabilities to design, develop and manufacture the digital color cards can be printed in their own range of inks. The release of UV95 various layouts. Simulation of different demonstrates our ability to provide customers substrates, remote printing and easy rewith a reliable, robust and compliant ink set.” z production of the color cards are clear benefits. z




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z Huge India deal announced at Labelexpo Brussels

Zircon doubles down on Mark Andy and Rotoflex partnership


ircon Technologies continues to add premiere flexographic, converting and finishing equipment to its existing portfolio of state-of-the-art presses and facilities. The company’s most recent acquisition includes two 17-inch Performance Series P7E presses, one configured with 10 colors and the other with 12. Additionally, the company expanded its offline converting and finishing equipment portfolio with the addition of one Rotoflex DLI, two Rotoflex VLIs and two Rotoflex VSIs. This agreement also includes an additional highly configured Performance Series P7E and three additional Rotoflex machines to follow shortly. These endeavors aide the expansion of not only its facilities’ footprint in India as it prepares to open the fifth manufacturing site, but also Zircon’s presence in the global label market. The newest facility will be located in Dehradun, approximately 250 km north of New Delhi, and is estimated to add approximately 100-120 new jobs to the company’s existing 480 person staff. The addition of new equipment is expected to propel the company into verticals outside of its current specialties, which include wine and spirits, home and personal care and security. Zircon will also be entering the market of cardboard tube and aluminum foil lidding, where large growth is projected. Zircon expects to reach 80-100 million dollars in revenue in the next four years. Sanjeev Sondhi, director of operations at Zircon Technologies says, “This grow includes plans to invest an additional six million dollars in capital equipment over the next 12 months to help achieve those projections.” Sondhi further elaborates integrating the major investment with the company’s aggressive growth strategy: “We are continuing to do what we have




L to R: Manohar Dhugga, VP of Operations, Rotoflex; Arun, Zircon Technologies, Sanjeev Sondhi, director of operations, Zircon Technologies; Jason Desai, CEO, Mark Andy; and Gourav Roy, managing director, Flexo Image Graphics at Labelexpo Europe 2019

done since the beginning and that is reinvest in Zircon Technologies. To maintain our target growth rate, it was necessary to further diversify our business and that is what led us, again, to the Mark Andy Performance Series and Rotoflex’s customized finishing solutions. The acquisition of new equipment enables us to extend our reach in the Indian and international label and packaging market.” Gourav Roy, Rotoflex and Mark Andy representative in India and managing director at Flexo Image Graphics, believes that the future of Zircon is limitless and is looking forward to

contributing to the continued success of the company as a trusted industry contact. On Zircon’s continued expansion, Roy said, “Zircon started with focus on self-adhesive labels in 2006 with a Mark Andy 2200 13-inch wide 8 color press. Since then, they’ve experienced exponential growth. The vision and appetite of Sanjeev to take calculated risks and to have the best infrastructure helped Zircon to grow to a level what it is today. FIG, and by extension Rotoflex Mark Andy, is prepared to extend the best services and be part of Zircon’s growth.” z


z Labelexpo Europe 2019 Weldon Celloplast inks multiple deals


ew Delhi-based Weldon Celloplast has announced multiple sales at Labelexpo Europe 2019. The deals include two Brotech finishing machines by Vasai-based Sonic Labels; two Luster inspection systems by Gujarat-based Prakash Printers and Lundberg waste management system by Haryana-based Wonderpac.

For Sonic Labels, led by Kapil Vaidya and Aditya Ojha, the number of Brotech label finishing machine will now go up to three with the installation of the two new machines. Both Vaidya and Ojha cited that they were highly satisfied with the performance of their existing Brotech label finishing machine and hence ordered two more machines at Labexexpo Europe. Sonic Labels was started by Vaidya and his partner Ojha, both family friends about nine years ago. The two families ran manufacturing units,

hence the two young men wanted to venture into a business which was low on manpower requirement but high on automation. Harveer Sahni of Weldon Celloplast said that the management at Wonderpac is highly committed to safety, health and environment (SHE). The new investment will allow Wonderpac to have an all-in-one waste management system in place that increases clean-room production while lowering costs significantly. Established in 2000, Wonderpac is one of the prominent manufacturers and exporters of a range of labels and holograms. Sahni added, “Lundberg waste management systems are highly equipped in capturing, cutting, conveying and compacting of self-adhesive matrix and trim waste from printing, finishing and converting machines. Its innovative systems are designed to process all kind of label stock

Pawandeep Sahni, Harveer Sahni and KD Sahni of Weldon Celloplast at Labelexpo Europe 2019

materials such as paper, foil and laminates with open glue or just release liner waste.� z





z Successful debut for ink manager 5.1 software GSE records four dispenser sales at Labelexpo Europe 2019


t Labelexpo Europe 2019, GSE recorded four ink dispensing machine sales and reached several agreements to supply its newly enhanced management software, reflecting the growing importance of comprehensive ink logistics solutions to the label and packaging value chains.

The company sold four of its Colorsat Switch ink dispensers, to label converters in Belarus, India and the Netherlands, as well as to a major European ink distributor. Additionally, it introduced an enhanced version 5.1 of its GSE ink manager software, which enables packaging and label printers to reduce the costs of handling ink, simplify ink-related processes through the workflow and improve response times. Launched in 2017, GSE ink manager automates tasks such as formula preparation, production scheduling, reusing of return inks, management reports and tracking of ink batches through the supply chain – reducing human input and risk of error. The software is standard with all GSE’s ink dispensing systems and comes with optional modules so it may be tailored to the customer’s business needs. The new version 5.1 of ink manager includes improvements to the software’s record-keeping capability. A new report-generation package provides extra detail about ink stocks, such as booking-in dates after purchasing or returning from press, expiry date, supplier, batch codes and quantities used in production. “The additional features of GSE ink manager help converters conform to pharmaceutical and food safety standards, for tracing ingredients, raw materials and packaging components through the supply chain without excessive administrative burdens. They also allow more accurate job-costings,” says Maarten Hummelen, GSE’s marketing director. The new software version also provides greater machine-connectivity in the ink kitchen, with options for controlling automatic conveyors, blenders and agitators, and scheduling ink blending times. The company claims that the ink




Maarten Hummelen, marketing director GSE, with the Colorsat Switch ink dispensing system at Labelexpo Europe 2019

manager provides diverse ways of reusing inks returned from the press: they can be ‘clustered’ into a barrel as a new base color that is dispensed with new jobs, or reserved for specific jobs. Additionally, new recipes may be imported

from color formulation software packages, providing swift recall or easy adjustment when preparing new jobs. Management reporting capabilities include real-time stock level and consumption levels, updated with every dispensing cycle, for improved forecasting. Compatible with mobile phones, tablets and desktops, ink manager offers WiFi connection to the dispenser for remote data entry and cloud connectivity. “Our success at this year’s Labelexpo Europe reflects the growing importance of ink logistics for an efficient, responsive label and packaging value chain. This is being recognized by ink suppliers as well as users. The introduction of GSE ink manager version 5.1 takes the remit of ink logistics beyond simply cost-cutting, and brings the concept of ‘Smart Manufacturing’ to the printing house. It provides a new level of control and information, bringing faster decision making, greater safety and quality assurance and reduced human input in the workflow,” says Hummelen. z

z ProPak India 2019 in Mumbai Konica Minolta showcases industrial printing technology


nderlining its strong technological and market leadership in the country’s print and printing industry, Konica Minolta India has participated at the recentlyconcluded ProPak India 2019. The second edition of the flagship event, which took place at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai between 22 and 24 October, saw Konica Minolta showcase innovative packaging and label samples created with its advanced industrial printers. At the event, the company once again highlighted its clear technological leadership and

the differentiation that it delivers to all industry stakeholders. Konica Minolta also demonstrated how its industrial printers can help customers cater to new-age print jobs to optimize their profitability, productivity, and business output. ProPak India is a premier international processing and packaging event that provides the perfect platform to connect international suppliers and OEM brands with regional buyers. Through this, the event aims to accelerate the demand for innovative printing solutions across industries such as food and beverages, personal care and hygiene, industrial goods, e-commerce,

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Labels cosmetic and pharma in the Indian market. Speaking at the event, Vijay Kamat, national product manager – industrial print, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, said, “Changing customer sensibilities and the growing shift towards personalization are driving the demand for new-age print jobs in India. Konica Minolta’s range of industrial printers is aimed at addressing this lucrative market opportunity and industry events such as ProPak India provide us with the perfect platform to showcase the differentiation that our products can deliver. The response that we have received is extremely encouraging and motivates us to continue highlighting how our innovative of-

ferings can help businesses across industries fulfill their evolving print requirements for better business outcomes.” z – Anwesh Koley

The Konica Minolta stand at Propak 2019

z Toppan and Amcor collaborate NFC tag-enabled anti-counterfeiting solution for wine


oppan Printing and Amcor have announced an agreement to collaborate on providing an anti-counterfeiting solution for the wine and spirits markets. The two companies have combined Toppan’s strength in the development of NFC tag-based high-security technologies with Amcor’s manufacturing and supply capabilities to develop InTact, a capsule for wine and spirits with an integrated NFC tag that detects opening or tampering. Practical testing of InTact at a French winery commenced in late 2016 and the creation of a robust supply chain has now enabled the launch of full-scale sales. Toppan and Amcor will be offering InTact as a high-security solution to combat damage caused by counterfeiting in the market for alcoholic beverages. The NFC-enabled capsule represents a high-security closing solution to help prevent fraudulent refilling and grey market diversion of original bottles, which has been a growing problem in the wine and spirits industry. The combination of Toppan’s original antenna structure and an IC (integrated circuit) chip with a break detection circuit enables breakage or tampering with the capsule to be detected. As the capsule stores a unique digital certificate to authenticate the bottle, it can also be used for targeted sales promotions and various consumer




engagement campaigns. The NFC tag is discretely integrated in the inside of the capsule, allowing alcoholic beverage producers to adopt it with minimal change to their existing filling and packaging process. Most capsules for premium alcoholic beverages are made from metal, but because metal tends to interfere with the RFID tag’s radio wave communication, Amcor has developed a new capsule with a unique structure combining metallic and non-metallic films. The capsule ultimately enables wine and spirits producers as well as final consumers to confirm each bottle’s authenticity with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone. “Our customers have an ever-increasing

demand for functionalities such as product authentication, opening detection and consumer engagement and we have been working to develop a capsule construction that can incorporate an NFC tag with seamless communication,” said Nicolas Freynet, general manager of Amcor Capsules. “Toppan has been developing RFID tags for wine and spirits since 2014. A thorough understanding of the market and extensive insight regarding customers are required to enable propositions that ensure customers are able to make full use of RFID tags,” said Yoshiyuki Mizuguchi, general manager of global business development for Toppan’s security products business. z






z Inks, coatings and adhesives

Yansefu continuously uplifting its manufacturing process to develop world-class products Yansefu Inks and Coatings, a leading ink manufacturing company in Bawal, Haryana, offers a wide portfolio of high performance printing inks, coatings, polyurethanes and adhesives for gravure and flexo applications. The company exports its printing inks and adhesives to customers across the globe including Nepal, Nigeria, Bangladesh and UAE. Yansefu is consistently maintaining a CAGR of over 80-100% every year. Currently, the company produces about 12,000 MT material annually including printing inks, coatings and adhesives. For its high-end research and analysis work, the company owns a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory with all the necessary analytical instruments and equipment including Pyrolyzer – GC-MS, GC, GPC, FTIR and Centrifuge. At present, Yansefu has more than seven patented products, which stands testimony to the dedication and time Yansefu devotes in research work to design innovative products. During our visit to Yansefu Inks and Coatings, we spoke to JK Sharma – CEO, Yansefu, India; and Neelakamal Mohapatra – vice president, R&D and innovation at Yansefu, India, who gave us insights about the upcoming challenges of the supply chain as well as talked about their business strategy. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

Mahan Hazarika: What is Yansefu’s strategy for growth in India? JK Sharma: Yansefu has been focusing on three aspects for its growth in India – compliant inks system, barrier coatings and water-based technology. Compliant inks system: As a responsible ink manufacturer, we welcome the new norms of food safety regulations for food packaging implemented by FSSAI. Consequently, we are not just ready with our wide range of compliant ink systems designed in accordance with various food packaging regulation and new packaging regulation of the country but also educating our




customers, brand owners and consumers by organizing seminars to increase the awareness about food safety as well as providing technical assistance to them. Barrier coatings: To reduce the plastic pollution and increase the recycling rate, India government has been taking steps to reduce plastic wastes. The government is also creating awareness at various forums to develop such laminated structures which can be easily recycled. To support the government, many packaging manufacturers and brand owners are taking several independent initiatives, and also looking to find the alternatives of plastics used in multi-

JK Sharma – CEO, Yansefu, India. Photo: The Packman

Flexibles layer packaging structures which can protect the food articles from external contaminants as plastic materials do, but can also be easily recycled. Therefore, Yansefu has developed such barrier coatings which provides excellent protection to the food articles from environmental contamination without reducing the quality and shelf lives of products. Moreover, Yansefu has been devotedly working to formulate such innovative and high performance products for new packaging materials that could be used in place of single-use plastic. We have recently procured high end WVTR and OTR equipment to facilitate research in development in this area. Water based technology: Currently, various converters raise their concerns over the use of solvent-based inks since the production costs increases due to the use of costly solvents which are used in place of aromatic hydrocarbon-based solvents such as toluene. Additionally, they are concerned about fire hazards while using solvent-based inks. In such cases, water-based inks are considered to be more eco-friendly and economically better than solvent-based inks.

case, Yansefu proactively supports customers with its innovative water-based products and technical guidance. Our established water-based ink series – Sarjoaqua and Sarjoflex – are now running with more than 300 meter per minute in both gravure and flexo machines.

Neelakamal Mohapatra –vice president, R&D and innovation at Yansefu, India. Photo: The Packman

Unfortunately, this field has not been explored much till now. However, the stakeholders in supply chain has begun to find safer alternatives in place of solvent-based inks but they hold back in making a shift towards water-based technology due to the lack of machinery and technical support required to make the desired shift. In this

Mahan Hazarika: How does Yansefu ensure that their products are safe for enduser applications? Neelakamal Mohapatra: Together with providing innovative and cost-effective solutions to our customers, product safety is the major goal of our organization. Yansefu proactively analyses its raw materials such as resins, pigments, additives, photo-initiators prior to the usage in any formulations using complex analytical techniques to ensure whether the raw materials which are being used to formulate the inks are compliant. Not only that, before launching our products in the market, we also conduct the complex migration analysis such as worst case calculation, migration study with simulant and food as well, to ensure that our products are safe to use for end-user applications.

The state-of-the-art analytical laboratory at Yansefu with all the necessary analytical instruments and equipment including Pyrolyzer – GCMS, GC, GPC, FTIR and Centrifuge. Photo: The Packman





The production floor at Yansefu. Photo: The Packman

Yansefu ensures that its products comply with the national legislation for food packaging such as standard IS 15495:2004: First revision (revised draft in 2019) and other various applicable regulatory requirements. We have a wide range of premium and compliant products including printing inks and adhesives. We also provide the Declaration of Conformity post performing complete evaluation of our products. Mahan Hazarika: What challenges are you facing in India and what are you doing to tackle them? JK Sharma: The major challenge is to convince small and medium-sized stakeholders to make transitional shift from toluene-based to toluene-free inks and solvent-based inks to water-based inks. Currently, stakeholders of small and medium enterprises (SME) have limited knowledge about food safety laws and regulations. As a result, they misinterpret the concept of food safety and go wrong in making required changes as per the new regulations.




We are making constant efforts to help our customers and brand owners to comply with the new food safety legislation by organizing seminars on product safety and regulations for food packaging to increase the awareness about food safety among them. We also provide technical assistance and support to our customers in order to manage their manpower and machinery to achieve optimum results while converting from toluene-based ink to toluene-free ink and other technologies with ease. Mahan Hazarika: What impacts or challenges are you facing after China government has shut down chemical industries in China? Neelakamal Mohapatra: The prohibitions implemented on China’s chemical industry by China government to strengthen the pollution norms, has resulted in the shortage in supply of chemicals in the market which led to a significant increase in raw material prices. Undoubtedly, it is challenging to fulfill custom-

ers’ requirement on time without compromising the quality of our products. But, we are looking forward and working to turn these challenges into opportunities. For instance, raw materials like chlorinated polypropylene (CPP) used for extrusion lamination inks are either not available, or available at a high price. Therefore, we have designed a patented CPP and toluene-free polyurethane-based inks for extrusion lamination with excellent properties. Similarly, Yansefu has a wide range of high performance innovative products. We are constantly working to develop innovative products to support our customers to deal with the varying norms and laws by government and regulatory bodies without hampering their business growth. Mahan Hazarika: What steps have you taken to strengthen your production facilities? JK Sharma: Yansefu makes continuous efforts to uplift its manufacturing process to develop world-class products. To cater to the


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Team members of Yansefu Inks and Coatings, Bawal, Haryana. Photo: The Packman

increasing requirements of the customers, Yansefu has expanded its production facilities a few months ago. To prevent any cross contamination, several storage tanks have been installed to store raw materials and intermediates distinctively. These steps also accelerate the rapid manufacturing process of the products. Yansefu has designated areas and equipment to manufacture different shades and varieties of printing inks. Likewise, designated reactors to produce high performance polyurethanes.

Ink testing lab at Yansefu. Photo: The Packman




Additionally, a couple of multipurpose pilot reactors have been installed to execute complex scale-up procedures in order to develop stateof-the art resins or binders and adhesives of newer chemistry. Recently, we have advanced the grinding process of pigments and conducted a study in collaboration with a Japanese group. The company not only reduces the pigments size to nano-meter range but also stabilizes the grinding process. The purpose to elevate the

grinding process is to serve the premium quality ink solutions. Mahan Hazarika: Can you give us a brief about your readiness to the new food packaging regulations of the country? Neelakamal Mohapatra: We are absolutely ready for the new food packaging regulations with our wide portfolio of safe and compliant printing inks, varnishes, coatings and adhesives which are formulated in accordance with national printing inks standard IS 15495: First revision (revised draft in 2019) and various other regulations. We have been proactively participating in the meetings of joint committee of BIS which are organized to either draft new or modify the existing standards and regulations and strongly propose our suggestions regarding the food and product safety in a manner that would be beneficial for the entire supply chain and consumers as well. Mahan Hazarika: What is the USP of your company? JK Sharma: We manufacture in-house high-end polyester-polyols in accordance to the applicable compliance which is further used for designing safe products such as tailor-made polyurethane binders, inks and adhesives such as water-based, solvent-based and solvent-free adhesives. This aids us to cater to customers’ requirements with great dexterity. z






z High-quality and cost-effective print production Bobst launches new CI flexo press Vision CI


obst has announced the launch of a brand-new CI flexo press. The Vision CI is designed to deliver the most efficient performance for all production lengths on a wide range of substrates. Fast to setup and change over, it features technical innovations and automation that ensure repeatable process consistency, minimum waste and easy manufacturing. The new CI flexo press is suitable for converters looking to add a powerful and reliable production tool to their operation. “With the Vision CI, Bobst has truly delivered on its Vision for the future of CI flexo press printing,” said Mark McInulty, managing director CI flexo printing. “It combines the very latest cutting-edge technology with the highest manufacturing standards at the best price/performance ratio, putting premium print quality, reliability and highest standards of efficiency at the fingertips of converters everywhere.” The Vision CI is available as an initially 8-color press and provides consistent and repeatable printing quality with solvent-based and water-based ink printing, on a wide range of substrates types and thicknesses. What’s more, it has a compact and ergonomic, modular design, making installation and set-up very easy.

The Vision CI is available as an initially 8-color press and also brings sustainability benefits

“From the moment the machine arrives, it can be installed and ready to print at the site in a matter of four weeks,” said McInulty. “Its compact dimensions will save valuable space, and its smart ergonomic design will ensure the operator a convenient, intuitive and fast operation. The Vision CI will bring outstanding accuracy and repeatability of performance in terms of output quality and waste-saving operation to a wider number of flexible packaging

printing operations.” The Vision CI also brings sustainability benefits. It contains ‘smartHEAT’ technology, which enables the machine to use its own heat as an internal and useful energy source, while its ‘smartCLEAN’ technology saves on ink and solvents. Furthermore ‘smartKEY’ and ‘smartSET’ will maximize machine productivity through minimizing job set-up time and material waste. z

z Acquisition in India to speed up growth Huhtamaki to expand to flexible packaging manufacturing in South Africa


uhtamaki has entered into an agreement to acquire the majority of Everest Flexibles, a privately-owned flexible packaging manufacturer in South Africa. With the acquisition, Huhtamaki will expand its flexible packaging manufacturing footprint into




South Africa, thereby further strengthening its emerging market position. The product range and customer portfolio of Everest are complementary to those of Huhtamaki. “With Everest we will be able to serve our current and new customers in South Africa and

the surrounding region even better, offering them a full range of flexible packaging solutions with faster lead times. We will have two flexible packaging manufacturing units in Africa, Everest and the recently opened facility in Egypt. With these two sites we will be in an excellent


in South Africa. The transaction is expected to be finalized within a few months, subject to the approval of competition authorities.

Acquires Mohan Mutha Polytech in India Huhtamaki has agreed to acquire the assets and operations of Mohan Mutha Polytech, a privately-owned flexible packaging manufacturer located in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, India. The acquisition will allow Huhtamaki to speed up its growth in India by improving its capability to serve the customers in South India.

Expanding its footprint into South Africa will further strengthen the emerging market position of Huhtamaki

Mohan Mutha Polytech has approximately 160 employees and its net sales in 2018 was approximately EUR 9 million. The business will be consolidated into the group’s flexible packaging business in India. The debt-free purchase price is approximately EUR 10 million. The transaction is expected to be closed by the end of 2019. z – Dev Kumar Dutta


position to tap into the growth opportunities of this exciting region.” says Olli Koponen, executive vice president, flexible packaging. Everest’s manufacturing unit and an adjacent cylinder making facility are strategically located in Durban close to a seaport and major freeways. The annual net sales of the business to be acquired is approximately EUR 40 million and it employs altogether approximately 420 people. The business will be merged with Huhtamaki’s current flexible packaging sales organization in South Africa and it will become part of the Flexible Packaging business segment. The business will be acquired for an enterprise value of EUR 58 million. The consideration for 70% ownership of Everest will be paid partly in cash and partly in shares, as the sellers of Everest will enter into a joint venture also with Huhtamaki’s Foodservice and Fiber Packaging operations in South Africa. As a result, the sellers of Everest will own 30% of all Huhtamaki’s activities in South Africa. The joint venture structure allows Huhtamaki to improve its BBBEE (Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment) rating and subsequently competitiveness


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z Virgin grade material derived from plastic waste

Stand-up pouch from chemically recycled plastic for safe food contact


eading global packaging and paper group Mondi, in cooperation with chemical producer BASF and COROOS, one of the biggest European companies in the preservation of fruits, vegetables and pulses for premium A-brands and private label products, have cooperated on a state-of-the-art pilot project. Together they produced a stand-up pouch that is safe for food contact partly made with raw material which was derived from chemically recycled plastic. Until now, recycling plastic has chiefly been mechanical, limiting the scope of plastics that can be recycled and limiting the number of products that can be created with recycled material, in particular for the strict legal European regulations in place for food packaging.

Mondi believes that packaging should be sustainable by design, using paper where possible, and plastic when useful. For food protection and extending shelf life, plastic is often the best choice because of its barrier properties. These requirements make it difficult to use mechanically recycled plastic due to potential impurities and plastic flaws that can occur in the layers, limiting the applicability for food contact. “BASF is working on advancing the chemical recycling of plastic waste, because this will make it possible to process and reuse plastics that are currently difficult to recycle such as mixed plastics. This prototype packaging which is based on pyrolysis oil derived from waste plastic shows that the life cycle of consumer plastics, including multilayer packaging, could become a closed loop,” explained Christoph Gahn, who is responsible for the polyamide business at BASF. As a leader in the flexible packaging market, Mondi partnered with BASF to produce this virgin grade material into a multi-layer laminate for food packaging for COROOS private label




products and their own A-brand Servero. In the manufacturing, 100% of the fossil feedstock was replaced by pyrolysis oil derived from mixed recycled material for one of the inner layers (oriented polyamide, OPA-12 mm). In total 12% of the packaging weight is made of ChemCycled material. The recycled material was allocated via a certified mass balance approach. Graeme Smith – sustainability manager for Mondi consumer packaging, explained, “It is important to show proof of concept when establishing breakthrough developments, and for chemical recycling it is an essential part of the roadmap to commercializing this process in the future.” Sustainable solutions are not just a priority for Mondi, but across the entire value chain. “COROOS is partnering in this project because we care about sustainability and are looking into different options to improve our footprint, e.g. by using packaging from recycled materials, packaging materials being recyclable and/or by being re-usable,” shared Elke Schroevers, marketing manager of COROOS. With this development, the way is paved for plastic waste to become a new resource for flexible packaging while replacing fossil fuels.

“It is important to show proof of concept when establishing breakthrough developments, and for chemical recycling it is an essential part of the roadmap to commercializing this process in the future” – Graeme Smith

BASF’s ChemCycling ChemCycling is the name of the project with which BASF is further developing the chemical recycling of plastic waste: Plastic waste that is difficult to recycle, such as mixed or contaminated plastics, is converted into a pyrolysis oil through thermochemical processes by partners. This secondary raw material can be used as input in BASF’s production process, thereby partly replacing fossil resources, to manufacture numerous chemical products. Using a certified mass balance approach, the share of recycled raw material can be mathematically allocated to the final certified product. To move from the pilot phase to market readiness, various technological, regulatory and economic issues still need to be resolved. z






z Requirements of modern packaging solutions

Sustainable, functional and attractively designed


ackaging solutions must fulfill several conditions. First of all it must preserve products (from bacteria and contaminants) and protect in particular delicate products. But – no less important – the solutions also have to promote and present the packaged product.

“At Constantia Flexibles, we are aware of this four important characteristics a packaging solution must have – Preservation, Protection, Promotion and Presentation – this is what we call the ‘4 Ps’ of flexible packaging. But now it is also expected that packaging materials have to fulfill another requirement – they have to be as environmentally friendly as possible,” said Alexander Baumgartner, CEO of Constantia Flexibles. Every year a massive 2.12 billion tons of waste is produced (World Bank 2018) – and it seems like waste production will continue to rise if we have a look at the rapidly growing world population which concentrates mainly on cities, but also the growing environmental consciousness among people. This is why the packaging industry is constantly looking for more sustainable options. The vast majority of the players in the industry, including Constantia Flexibles, is willing and need to adapt to the ongoing changes and challenges. “We understand our responsibility towards the environment, and we welcome political efforts to prevent waste. For example, the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy which stipulates all plastic to be reusable or recyclable in a cost-effective manner by 2030 (European Commission),” Baumgartner said. “End consumers also demand recyclable packaging materials in most cases. In 2018 we commissioned a survey, the results include the following: 80% of end consumers prefer a eco-friendly packaging over a regular one.




Consumers would even pay up to 15% more for recyclable and compostable packaging (market agent 2018). The task for packaging companies today is therefore to develop packaging that meets the requirements for the protection(of the packaged product) and for an attractive design, while also reducing the burden on the environment. That’s also what we did at Constantia Flexibles,” he added.

The development of a modern more sustainable packaging solution “Our R&D department has invested many years in the development of a new, more sustainable packaging solution, which also meets modern needs. We launched Ecolutions, our flagship sustainable product line in the year 2018. The packaging solutions Ecolutions are 100% recyclable. These meet sustainability requirements and significantly reduce the carbon footprint of packaging versus the current materials used. The product line focuses on recyclable solutions and decreases the impact on the environment, while losing none of the required features like high barrier quality and varied possibilities for an appealing design,” Baumgartner said.

Different packaging solutions for different products Because of its different forms and qualities Ecolutions can be used for packaging a wide range of

products. Among others food product applications, personal and beauty care products as well as coffee beans and cocoa powder, which require the highest protection. Part of the innovative Ecolutions solutions is the packaging family called EcoLam, and has numerous properties that make it more sustainable. The Mono PE laminate EcoLam is lightweight, and its OPE/PE structure is fully recycleready due to the mono-material structure. In addition, its carbon footprint is approximately 32% smaller than that of comparable products. Another advantage of the EcoLam packaging line are the great barrier properties. From Eco Lam, to EcoLamPlus to EcoLamHighPlus, the level of moisture, oxygen and even aroma as well as mineral oil is getting higher and higher. For common high barrier packaging solutions, usually multi-material laminates are used to achieve high barrier properties. But the lamination of different material groups can hamper the recycling process. EcoLamPlus and EcoLamHighPlus combine excellent barrier properties with the environmental benefits of a mono-material, which can be fully recycled. EcoLam is currently used by Asian Paints. India’s largest ‘Do it Yourself ’ manufacturer has switched all their DIY products from PET/PE

Flexibles to EcoLam. In addition, dry pet food, laundry products including powders, tabs and capsules can be packed in EcoLam. Because of the quality oxygen and moisture barrier, EcoLamPlus is among others suitable for meat, cheese and dairy products in pouches. As EcoLamHighPlus provides an additional high barrier against both moisture and oxygen, it is the ideal packaging for salad dressings as well as coffee beans. In addition, the uniqueness of EcoLam also lies in the fact, that the reverse print outer layer can be run on gravure or flexo at a thickness of 20 microns, the film has an excellent transparency and the outer surface is inherently heat resistant. Because the material can be processed with any type of printing, there are no limits to contemporary designs. Thus, EcoLam is also the ideal packaging solution to promote and present a product. With the launch of this line, Constantia Ecolutions, Constantia Flexibles has made a huge leap towards sustainable packaging.

First plant worldwide producing 100% recyclable flexible packaging “Long before launching the Ecolutions product line, we started to think about building a modern plant focusing exclusively on only fully recyclable flexible packaging. This unique plant – Constantia Ecoflex – was built in Ahmedabad, India and is currently testing with clients. The official inauguration ceremony of the plant will take place in November this year. We chose India as suitable location for this plant, because we believe that the Indian government could exert pressure on the recycling economy,” Baumgartner said. “The government in India has recognized the problem of plastic waste worldwide and especially in their country and have created the appropriate conditions to counteract this. In some Indian states there is mandated government obligations that the equivalent amount of packaging material that any industry puts out in the market, must be recovered through collection companies.” The EcoLam packaging solutions produced in Ahmedabad will support not only the In-


dian but also the global consumer industry to meet legal requirements for recyclable plastic. Because Constantia Ecoflex is designed after a Plug & Play concept, the plant can also be easily and quickly reproduced in any part of the world.

A glimpse into the future “Constantia Ecolutions packaging solutions and the unique plant Ecoflex in Ahmedabad, are only the beginning of our measures for more sustainable packaging solutions. We have established collaborations with holistic partners from NGOS, to regulatory companies and waste companies to make our mission reality. The actions include the development of film and foil based packaging for the circular economy and we are focusing on recyclable and compostable products. The next big milestone will be the enhancing of EcoLam with the use of Post-Consumer-Recyclate which is already in the making. We are excited to be part of this world-changing journey and motivated to develop packaging solutions which preserve, protect, promote and present products – and make a contribution to a more sustainable future,” Baumgartner said. z

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Uflex launches Asepto Eye for beverages industry at GulFood Manufacturing 2019


flex launched a cutting-edge packaging solution Asepto Eye for the beverages segment at the GulFood Manufacturing 2019 being held in Dubai from 29-31 October 2019. As the curtains rose on Asepto Eye, the newest offering from Asepto that gives a stylish revival to aseptic packaging, it made a strong impact on the visitors at the global exhibition acknowledged for its packaging excellence, taking forward the innovative trail that the brand Asepto professes.

Asepto Eye is a ripple concave lens and single lens technology that gives 3-D effects on the aseptic packs. These lenses come in various sizes and shapes and offers bespoke artwork, as per the clients’ requirements. Speaking about the launch, Ashwani Sharma, CEO and president of Aseptic Liquid Packaging Business at Uflex, said, “Asepto Eye is truly revolutionary in all respect and will change the concept of beverage packaging for years to come. The cutting-edge Asepto Eye technology having lens effect in packaging is unprecedented and offers myriad choices to manufacturers to be distinct on the shelves, and also add a premium value to their brand through our packaging.” The shape of the lenses has many varieties to address diverse packaging innovations. Aseptic Brick Packs are the most popular format among the ranges available in the market. Sharing his insights, Sharma added, “There was a demand for something radically distinctive in aseptic packaging. There were no other value-additions for aseptic packs to stand out on shelves, which made brands confined to




exploring designing different packaging shapes and sizes or consider color options to seek customer attention. Therefore, our newest concept of aesthetic rejuvenation brings to the table a variety of option like foil-stamping, holography and 3D effects to communicate with end-consumers better, when the packs are on shelves. These options were never explored in aseptic packs since the packaging process is complex and everyAshwani Sharma, CEO and president of Aseptic Liquid Packaging Business one played safe. This launch at Uflex, at GulFood Manufacturing 2019 will not only enhance the look of aseptic packs, it will also of packaging Asepto Eye, but also announced help them communicate well with purchasers.” our engineering prowess with our new maSharma continued, “Significant in-house chine AseptoFlexpress 10000, servo-based investments were made in backward engineering to offer the complete packaging solution drive mechanism new filling line, offering adin aseptic packaging. Through Asepto Eye, we vanced integration with PLC. It also comes are offering a packaging USP of aesthetics and with operator-friendly HMI. Uflex is pitching unique identity to product packaging. I am this unique machine for optimum packaging pleased to note that at the GulFood Manuin the dairy, dairy products, juices and alcohol facturing 2019, Asepto Eye has been quite a segments.” revelation and has received appreciation from The advantage of ‘AseptoFlexpress different quarters.” 10000’machine is that it offers high flexibility The GulFood Manufacturing 2019 also for all-in-one portion packs from 90 to 200 ml. witnessed the launch of AseptoFlexpress 10000 Having operator-friendly HMI, this machine filling machine, which augurs the outcome of works on servo-based drive mechanism and is aseptic packaging. On its debut,Ashok Chatura highly flexible machine with low changeover vedi, chairman and managing director, Uflex times and has a low total cost of ownership said, “Uflex has always been a forward-looking (TCO). It offers high output with minimal company. We have not only focussed on cusmachine downtime. z tomer solutions through innovative next-gen


z Easier handling, clean printing at high speed for mid-web flexo Tresu’s new D3P carbon fibre chamber doctor blade


lexo equipment and machine manufacturer Tresu introduces the D3P carbon fiber chamber doctor blade, enabling quality-assured, high-speed printing with reduced manual intervention for mid-web applications such as paperboard and flexible packaging. Available for printing widths between 1200 mm and 3000 mm, the D3P chamber has a corrosion-resistant carbon fiber composition that is significantly lighter weight than aluminum alternatives, making handling easier and shortening setup times. The D3P’s design provides an enclosed environment for ink flow, to enable clean, consistent printing at speeds of up to 800 m/min. The chamber comes with Tresu’s rubber seal system that automatically maintains ink at constant pressure levels. It is optimally posi-

tioned for doctoring on anilox roll diameters that are common with mid-web applications. These features eliminate the risk of leakage and air contamination during production, providing perfect, blister-free print with fast drying characteristics and improved gloss values, at faster speeds. Ink flow is further optimized thanks to the chamber’s ink-repellent surface, which also facilitates easier cleaning during ink changes. Additionally, its ‘P-Line’ pneumatic clamping system allows fast, safe blade changes. As with Tresu’s MaxiPrint Concept, the D3P chamber can be fitted with an integrated water nozzle for fast and efficient self-cleaning. Alternatively, it may be connected with Tresu’s F10 iCon ink supply system that assists in controlling flow, pressure level, color density and washing. Constructed as a single piece by resin

Tresu D3P chamber doctor blade

transfer moulding, the D3P also offers durability to withstand high printing speeds and highpressure ink flows. Henrik Kristensen, vice-president, Tresu ancillary and customer care, says, “The D3P chamber makes an important contribution to mid-web flexo print quality and production efficiency. With its light-weight form, the chamber may be easily retrofitted with existing presses or integrated, as an added-value feature, in the latest designs of OEM presses.” z

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z Food and snack packaging trends

Smarter packaging in India Consumer expectations are becoming increasingly high, and industries across the spectrum are upgrading their products and systems to become smarter, and provide exceptional customer experience. Recent years have seen a boom in the e-commerce and the organized retail sectors in India, with the manifold increase of packaged food consumption, awareness and a demand for quality products. This, in turn, has seen a tremendous growth in packaging innovations across the country. Brands are catching up to the trend by using innovative packaging solutions to enhance consumers’ experience and increase the shelf appeal of their products. Pyus Tatiya – manager, research and development at Cosmo Films, takes a closer look at the various trends, technologies and developments taking place in the Indian food and snack packaging market.


atest technologies in the packaging space like nanotechnology is gaining popularity in several areas of food sciences such as food safety, packaging, processing, bio-availability, fortification, encapsulation among others. With packaging, sustainability is another driver which plays a huge role in influencing companies and consumers to find innovative technologies for greener, more environmental friendly solutions. The global consensus to reduce negative environmental effects of packaging in conjunction with technological innovations have driven brands to reduce material usage, use recyclable material in packaging and develop the use of other sustainable materials. Let’s examine some key trends in the Indian food and snack packaging market:

Shift to flexible packaging The packaging industry seems to be gravitating towards flexible packaging owing to its multi-fold energy and environment benefits. Flexible packaging uses the best characteristics of plastic, paper and aluminum foil, without compromising on the products freshness, barrier protection, durability, printability and ease of use. With its versatile nature, light weight, reduced cost and improved shelf life due to




barrier films (HMB), which are metalized and corona-treated on both sides for duplexes well as a sandwich layer for lamination in snack foods, where loss of moisture is a concern. Other options are aroma and oxygen barrier films that have strong moisture and gas barrier properties and are used for packaging of cream biscuits, chocolates, chips and snacks.

Enhanced shelf appeal

barrier properties, flexible packaging films have become the preferred choice over traditional packaging materials.

Enhanced shelf-life With the continuous increase in the availability of packaged food products in the market, it is extremely important for brands to use innovative packaging techniques which allows the inside product to remain fresh till the time it reaches the end consumer. Packaging materials which have excellent barrier properties (both moisture and oxygen) for example, have become an essential in product packaging, with examples like high moisture

When looking through retail shelves, consumers often run into a wide variety of similar products, which makes it really important for brands to make their products stand out from their competitors. Shelf appeal of the product is as important as its quality, and has become a key component for successful marketing. No matter how great the packaging type is, if it doesn’t appeal the consumers, it will fail. Flexible packaging for example, provides better aesthetics and also offers a better visibility of the product, allowing brand owners and product designers to think out-of-the-box. Eye catching packaging designs gives a brand and the product its desired escalation in the minds of the consumer. Packaging textures like matte, velvet, scuff-free and linen give a premium texture and look to the products’ packaging, thus creating a feeling of luxury in the minds of the customer.


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Use of nanotechnology

In the last few years, sustainable products have become a priority for consumers and for brands. The staggering growth in consumer awareness about sustainability, and frequent dialogues on social responsibility has pushed brand owners to do away with traditional, non-environmental friendly packaging methods, focusing more on homogeneous (same family of polymers) film structures. BOPP, CPP and PE come from the same poly-olefin family of polymers which can be used individually or in combination to form mono-material (homogeneous) laminate structures without compromising on the aesthetics and performance of the pack. BOPP and CPP films also offer benefit of better yield and in turn less consumption of plastics and overall lesser laminate cost.

Nanotechnology is gaining a lot of popularity in several areas of food sciences such as food safety, packaging, processing, bio-availability, fortification, encapsulation, and pathogen detection among others. In the food packaging industry, research shows that nanotechnology-based food packaging offers numerous advantages over conventional food packaging materials. The nano materials used in the packaging are ‘smart materials’; they respond to the external environment, repair themselves or alert the consumers about contamination. Apart from the obvious advantage of smart packaging, the application of nanotechnology also comes with other advantages such as improvement in temperature resistance, enhanced durability, flame resistance, barrier, recycling and optical properties. z

Intelligent packaging Consumer expectations are becoming increasingly high, and industries across the spectrum

are upgrading their products and systems to become smarter, and provide exceptional customer experience. Intelligent packaging uses its unique features such as sensing, detecting, tracing, and recording and communicating to facilitate extension of shelf life, enhance quality and safety, provide information, and warn about potential problems. The technology of intelligent packaging can be applied to identify counterfeit products, boost consumer engagement with the help of smartphones, and avoid wastage through clear indication of freshness levels or expiry of the product.

– Pyus Tatiya – manager, research and development at Cosmo Films

z Direct laser machine for engraving screen rollers Schepers installs the next Digilas 7000 in China


fter extensive further developments, Vreden-based Schepers has now finished this new machine for the direct structuring in ceramics for the production of anilox rollers. Many years of experience in gravure printing and in embossing could be successfully incorporated into this machine.

The Digilas 7000 has been approved and accepted by a customer and was shipped to China. After the arrival of the machine at the customer’s site, it will be installed and tested by a Schepers technician. The Digilas 7000 has an engraving width of up to 5.450 mm, a cylinder diameter of up to 800 mm and is equipped with the proven 4-beam technology. On customer request, this type of machine can also be manufactured in different sizes and can be equipped with either CW, pulse and CO2 lasers with different power. The use of one beam or multi-beam technique is possible. The stateof-the-art Digilas technology aims at reaching especially manufacturers of anilox cylinders.




The Digilas 7000 has an engraving width of up to 5.450 mm and a cylinder diameter of up to 800 mm

“The convincing production precision and the high-quality standard is decisive for our customers and enable them to be better than the rest in any competitive market. With this machine, a quantum leap in a field which is very interesting for us could be made and our whole team is glad about the successful completion. Last but not least, we do not want to miss the opportunity to thank our customer for the good and trustful cooperation,” said a company spokesperson. z






z Eco-friendly tube packaging Essel Propack unveils recyclable tube packaging


ssel Propack, an Indian multi-national company in the business of manufacturing laminated plastic tubes, has announced the availability of its innovative recyclable HDPE barrier tubes. Essel Propack’s Platina 250 and Green GML 300 Lamitubes have been recognized by Association of Plastic Recyclers(APR), USA as meeting or exceeding the strict APR HDPE critical guidance criteria. This achievement is a major step forward in delivering on Essel’ssustainability commitments. On the occasion, Essel Propack’s Business Leadership team said, “We are extremely delighted, as this will open the doors for many such innovations in the near future and we will proactively reach out to every customer to convert to this packaging format and increase the economy of scale to make this an easy adapting solution for every brand. This will enable Essel Propack to globally participate with customers and help them to achieve their sustainability commitments.”

The R&D team based in Essel’s innovation facility in Maharashtra worked on several designs and formulation options in developing recyclable HDPE barrier tubes. After use, the Platina and GML tubes can be recycled in the dominant plastic stream used across the globe for recycling milk cans, juice bottles, etc. The use of HDPE in Platina and GML tubes increases the stiffness of the tubes, enabling down gauging/ reducing polymer content. Following this development, Essel will be working closely with partners to streamline the value chain of the tube usages and disposal of the

z Solution for flawless performance BST eltromat India’s solution to enhance converting machine efficiency


ST eltromat India, an automation solutions provider for quality assurance systems in the printing and packaging industry, is presenting an innovative solution to enhance overall efficiency and productivity of converting machines like MLS gravure press, slitting machine or lamination machine, etc.

“Many converters face the challenge of maintaining accurate tension measurement along with the flawless performance of converting machine. If you are also experiencing the same issues, then we are inviting you to share your automation-related issues with




same along with the reusability of its contents in different product streams. The company will promote this to partners and work with different municipalities, local agencies and raw material users where the tube recycled resin qualifies to be out into different product raw material streams. One such initiative is the project Liberty & Etain (PCR) tubes. Another notable initiative includes Project Liberty. With the vision to make every tube made by Essel recyclable, it is an attempt by the company to recycle multilayer aluminum-based lamitubes. Using proprietary technology, Project Liberty allows for the separation of the aluminum and polymers into two distinct and reusable streams, without the use of any chemicals or heat. Once separated, both the aluminum and polymer fractions recovered from ABL tubes can be recycled safely. Etain (PCR tubes) are made with up to 25% post-consumer recycled resin content, promoting the use of PCR resins and reducing the demand for virgin raw materials. z



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Flexibles our automation division who can provide you proper resolution,” said Khushal Patel of BST eltromat India. He added, “If your automation panel has Siemens S7-1200 PLC and G120 drives, then the automation division of BST eltromat India can change the existing HMI and install new software that will vastly improve the tension measurement.” Benefits at a glance: • Tension will be accurate and stable during ramp-up, ramp-down and during constant speeds.

• If load cells are not used, there will not be any breakdown issue due to it. • You don’t have to measure and set the unwind roll diameter. The system will calculate it for you. Hence there is no need for any additional dia-sensor. • The HMI will be equipped with the remote access. This will facilitate the remote service at any time. • The HMI will be IoT compliant. It will send an email or SMS to a designated mail-id or mobile number respectively if there is any problem with the machine. An internet connection is

required for this facility. • Roll report will be generated and emailed to a designated mail-id with all-important production information. “BST eltromat is committed to perfecting your performance. Our automation division will take care of all services, from the planning, conceptualization and consulting, to the development and implementation of all system components (including the operating concept), to the start-up procedure, function and safety tests, and optimization,” concluded Patel. z

z Quality control and assurance Are your product recalls draining your profits?


uality control and quality assurance are two highly significant parameters of manufacturing and packaging. Though the cornerstone of both activities remains delivery of quality, there is a vast difference in their orientations. Quality control focuses on the product with an aim of detection of defects in finished product. Quality assurance focuses on the process with an aim of preventing defects.

For packaging, quality control checks are performed during the process and after an entire batch of product is ready. QC checks sometimes involve random sampling method as it may not be feasible to check every product container. Quality check of packaging is usually done by a visual inspection process where QC team checks a pre-determined number of sample containers from a batch. The companies apply stringent QC acceptance rate and the batch is passed only if there are a small percentage of defective products. However even if the batch passes it cannot guarantee that 100% of the containers are free from any packaging defect. Companies are now incorporating quality assurance techniques to reduce the number of defective packaged products during the packaging process itself. This ensures higher rate of acceptance during the quality control check. As quality assurance reduces the rejection rate of




products, the biggest advantage it offers is cost reduction. Vision inspection system is a valuable tool for quality assurance of induction cap sealing packaging process. It inspects bottles, caps, wads and labels. The system checks for defects on surface of caps, wad, body of the bottles, lip area of the bottle and label positioning. The vision inspection is accompanied by an auto-rejection system that rejects the defective bottles before and after the sealing process. The result is reduction of rejected bottles after the final packaging and hence improves the quality control pass percentage. The reports generated helps to identify the root cause of the problem and take required steps. Similarly, a seal integrity testing machine is another beneficial tool that contributes to the quality assurance process. A thermal camera is

employed to detect and reject defective seals. The seal detection capabilities detect presence of wad, flipped of wad, tilted wad and quality of seal including weak seal, leaky seal, burnt seal, etc. These tools and designs work effectively without slowing down the speed of the packaging line and contributes to cost and time efficiency. Induction cap sealing is widely used for packaging of bottles and jars for various applications including food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, personal care, cosmetics, chemicals, etc. A cap sealed container guarantees that the product ensures freshness retention, no leakage, no contamination, and tamper evidence. A sealed container ascertains a mark of trust for the consumer. z – Vivek Chinoy, marketing director at Sigma CapSeal, Electronics Devices Worldwide





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Coding and Marking

z How brands can add value and get closer to customers

Cracking the code! “Get closer than ever to your customers. So close, in fact, that you tell them what they need well before they realise it themselves” – Steve Jobs

– enhancing the brand experience and building stronger connections with customers. This key development has been assisted by the emergence of advanced coding and marking systems that are helping brands include more information on every product, allowing them to personalize customer experiences at speed and scale. With customer intimacy considered a key driver of commercial success, personalized coding and marking can help brands achieve the Holy Grail of getting closer to their customers. What’s more, it provides a platform for valueadded innovation that builds engagement, trust, and long-term brand loyalty. The potential applications are exciting and wide-ranging.


very brand aspires to get close to its customers to understand what makes them tick. Those that succeed invariably deliver better experiences that inspire long-term loyalty. Today, the world’s biggest brands know us so well they’re able to personalize their marketing to match our individual tastes and behaviors. When Netflix recommends you try Better Call Saul, it’s because it knows you binge-watched Breaking Bad. The personal approach works; whether it’s a Netflix notification or a ‘programmatic playlist’ from Spotify, targeted recommendations – informed by deep learning and vast data – hugely influence the content we stream. Steve Jobs was right: successful brands get so close to their customers, they can tell them what they need long before they know they need it. And we all keep coming back.

However, not all brands are as fortunate as the digital disruptors. How do you get close to your customer when your brand isn’t an online service that’s routinely capturing user data? If you’re marketing a physical entity – a food, a toy, a designer handbag or a male grooming kit – how do you even know who your customers are (let alone what they need) when complex supply chains inevitably separate you from your end-user?How can you add brand value when you can’t build a direct relationship with your customer or lay the foundation for long-term engagement? The answer is: you can. In fact, as Lee Metters, group business development director, Domino, examines, with the advent of simple, affordable technology, you can do it quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.




Internet of Products

New opportunities A convergence of factors is creating new opportunities for marketers to transform the way they manage their brands through the consumer lifecycle. The availability of personalized barcodes combined with the ability of smartphones to read them,has reinvented consumer behaviors, with shoppers increasingly scanning product barcodes to discover more about the brands they buy. However, until recently, the absence of standardized coding meant that brands needed to create proprietary apps to deliver their valueadded features, relying on customers’ willingness to download ‘yet another app’ in a world of app fatigue. The introduction of GS1 Digital Link barcodes, which provide a standards-based structure for barcoding data, has removed this need for product-specific apps. It’s opened up the potential for marketing innovation – such as digitally activated campaigns that can transform a product into an owned media channel

Digital innovation is not limited to online brands – practically every product can form part of a connected and accessible online ecosystem. An internet of products. In its simplest form, personalized barcoding can provide a gateway to online content – user manuals, product details, blogs, communities, and customer support – that enhances the brand experience. However, beyond the basics, the opportunities for compelling customer engagement go much further. Leading brands are using QR codes to trigger anything from loyalty schemes and competitions to gamification and immersive brand experiences. Progressive brands are using barcodes to create innovative gifting solutions – allowing customers to record personal video messages to accompany their presents, giving their loved ones a more memorable experience. The potential for innovation is significant – and the rewards are too. For example, in Germany, Coca-Cola used barcoding on cans and bottles to engage directly with consumers, with a simple scan connecting customers with ‘in the moment’ mobile experiences. The digitally activated campaign allowed Coca-Cola to transform its products into an owned media

Coding and Marking and communications. This data can provide a powerful marketing platform – an organic and automated CRM – to target customers and personalise communications based on identifiable preferences and behaviors. Marketers can understand customers’ buying cycles to trigger timely and relevant alerts. They can upsell products and accessories, nudge customers when warranties expire, or past purchases are getting old and tired. And just like Netflix, they can recommend new products that customers will love – long before they know they need them.

channel, captivating customers with personalized content, incentives, and competitions that generated unprecedented brand engagement. The campaign has subsequently been rolled out across 28 markets in Europe and North America.

Provenance and authenticity Serialization, first introduced to safeguard the medicines supply chain against the plague of counterfeit drugs, is now being widely applied across many industries – allowing brand owners and customers to track and trace products and determine their authenticity. This is a significant value-add in sectors like food, where discerning consumers are increasingly interested in the provenance of produce, and the journey foods make from farm to fork. With carbon footprint and other environmental issues now a key influence on consumer purchases, traceability is a major value-add across most commercial industries.

The value of data Barcode innovation undoubtedly provides considerable value for consumers. With research showing that customer experience is the most competitive battleground in consumer markets,

Cracking the code qualities such as transparency, social responsibility, and open engagement are all crucial ingredients in a trusted brand experience where personalized barcoding can help. But the value exchange isn’t all one way: marketers benefit too. Direct link barcodes provide a mechanism to capture a rich seam of real-time data that can help brands understand – and respond to – customers’ needs. Simple information such as user profiles, geo-location, purchase history, dates, and times can be leveraged to build a dynamic picture of individual customers, helping to inform a wide range of services


The emergence of GS1 Direct Link barcodes – and the smart technologies that support them – is transforming the retail experience, helping consumers find out more about the products they buy and bringing brands much closer to customers. As the High Street battles tough economic conditions and the rise of digital disruptors, the successful brands of tomorrow will be those that exploit the creative opportunity of personalized barcoding and deploy advanced coding and marking systems that make the magic happen. It’s time to crack the code. z

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Pharma Packaging

z “Our aim is to cross Rs. 300 crore turnover in next two years” – AniL K Mittal

Pharma packaging company Alutech implements FlexiBiz ERP Mahan Hazarika


elhi-headquartered Alutech Packaging is a leading pharma packaging company in North India with its plant at Bahadurgarh and seven marketing offices across the country. Started by Anil K Mittal and Rakesh Goel in 2010 on a small manufacturing area of 10,000 square feet has now grown to a full-fledged production plant with an area of 110,000 square feet. Alutech claims to be the first successful manufacturer of alu-alu foil (cold form blister foil) in India. The current production capacity of the plant is 7,000 metric tonnes per annum at 80-85% capacity utilization. Mittal shared that the plan is to increase the annual production capacity to 15,000 metric tonnes very soon. The present facility allows up to 8-color printing At its plant in Bahadurgarh, Alutech manufactures alu-alu foil (CFB), blister pack, strip foil, sachet, vistapack (multi-layer PVC), child resistant foil and suture packaging among others. “We offer aluminum blister foil with various coatings for ceiling with PVC, PVDC, PP and aluminum. One of our new products is desiccant foil (primexcel arid foil in CFB and strip pack),” shared Mittal. “Desiccant foil packaging is suitable for highly RH-sensitive pharmaceutical products such as tablet, capsule, powder form etc.”

R&D and new product development Alutech spends 10% of its revenue in R&D. Investing in R&D is a part of Alutech’s strategy and business plan to enhance its competitive advantage over competitors. Along with adding value to old ones, the company creates new




Rakesh Goel and Anil K Mittal, directors at Alutech Packaging. Photo: The Packman

products for the market. “Because of our strong R&D team, we are able to create highly effective and more targeted products. For example, we provide desiccant foil of international standard at a very competitive price in India. The main function of desiccant is to protect the medicine from moisture by absorbing it at the time of packaging as well as after packaging – according to various reports, almost 5-8% medicines get spoiled due to moisture. Though quite popular in international markets, desiccant foil is yet to gain prominence in India due to its high price and long lead time. However, we are providing desiccant packaging solutions at a very reasonable price and very low lead time,” says Mittal. “In addition, our R&D team helps us to produce customized as well as anti-counterfeiting packaging.”

State-of-the-art plant The production floor of Alutech is powered by a German rolling mill, 8-color rotogravure printing machine from Expert, two 4-color rotogravure printing machines from Precision, a 6-color flexographic printing machine, two dry lamination and VMCH machines, and one wet lamination machine. In addition, the plant has one heat and press machine, extrusion coating machine and slitting machines. The company registered INR 150 crore revenue in FY18-19 and aims at INR 200 crore in FY19-20. “Our aim is to cross INR 300 crore turnover in the next two years,” says Mittal.

Pharma Packaging FlexiBiz ERP

Gaurav Bansal of Kiran Consultants with Pawan Mehra, general manager at Alutech Packaging. Photo: The Packman

Alutech Packaging recently implemented Kiran Consultants’ FlexiBiz ERP at its plant to manage material traceability, wastage control and seamless flow of information across various departments. In addition, the ERP also helps Alutech to comply with various norms and regulations specific to the pharma industry. “We being a pharmaceutical packaging provider have to adhere to various norms to meet the challenges posed by new regulations and stronger packaging guidelines. FlexiBiz being a fully customized ERP solution has helped us to look beyond the constantly changing compliance needs and focus more on client servicing,” says Mittal. Noida-based Kiran Consultants also recently completed its FlexiBiz ERP implementation at India’s major lamitube manufacturer Printotech Global which produces ABL tubes, PBL tubes and seamless tubes for various sectors including pharma and FMCG. z

z Production capacity of 360 million ampules and 70 million vials Schott Kaisha sets up new plant in Himachal Pradesh


n an endeavor to make India a global leader in the pharma sphere and Himachal Pradesh country’s next industrial hub, Schott Kaisha, a manufacturer of glass pharma packaging products, has set up its first manufacturing facility in Himachal Pradesh. To cater to the demands of growing northern market, the Indo-German joint venture recently signed an MoU with the Himachal Pradesh government for setting up its most advanced facility. During the Domestic Roadshow under the ‘Rising Himachal Global Investors Meet’ in Chandigarh, the MoU was signed between Schott Kaisha and Jayram Thakur, chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh is ranked third among global pharmaceutical hubs, manufacturing more than 150 bulk drugs and exporting to over 200 countries. Schott Kaisha recognizing the state’s contribution to pharma sector, plans to invest over Rs. 50 crore on the plant to set up production capacity of 360 million ampules and 70 million vials. The plant

Rishad Dadachanji, director of Schott Kaisha

is expected to be operational by April 2020. Medicine spending in India is projected to grow 9-12% over the next five years, enabling India to become one of the top 10 countries in terms of medicine spending. Schott Kaisha, with its existing plants in Daman and Gujarat,

is a preferred partner for most of the leading pharmaceutical companies in India, due to its ‘best quality for users all over the world’ ethos. The new plant in Baddi would further add to Schott Kaisha’s overall production capacity of three billion pieces of primary pharmaceutical packaging products. The plant would also lead to job creation in the industrial area as Schott Kaisha plans to employ around 100 people within the first few months. Discussing about his current investment in the state, Rishad Dadachanji, director, Schott Kaisha, said, “Pharmaceutical packaging is a growth area in India and Baddi is home to many pharmaceutical companies, including some of our key clients. In fact, the state meets 35% of demand for pharma products in Asia. In the past few years, Himachal Pradesh has done exceptionally well in attracting investments to build a concrete industrial base for the pharma sector. Being a pioneer in the field of pharmaceutical glass packaging, Schott Kaisha looks THE PACKMAN | NOV-DEC 2019



Pharma Packaging forward to set up its gold standard manufacturing processes in the region, and strengthen the state’s efforts but not only setting up a plant but also by producing products which meet the global standards.” Indian healthcare sector, one of the fastest growing sectors, is expected to cross US$ 372 billion by 2022. In fact, India’s pharmaceutical exports stood at US$ 17.27 billion in 2017-18

and are expected to reach US$ 20 billion by 2020. This move also comes at a time when the domestic market is increasingly facing a threat posed by low quality pharma packaging products. Schott Kaisha recognizes the need for quality products in a price sensitive market, and thus, has always been a front-runner in introducing new and innovative solutions. This year, the company hosted over 500 customers,

partners and prospects through a 5-city roadshow across India to discuss latest technological innovations and trends. Schott Kaisha’s current and upcoming investment strategy for India is based on growing together with the industry and involving the entire supply-chain in its pursuit to bring top notch innovation in the domestic market. z – Dev Kumar Dutta

z ISO/IEC barcode verification for pharma as per serialization

Meeting global standards and barcode compliance for pharma serialization


ajor pharma companies have been working on the needs for marking their products and labeling them with appropriately selected barcode symbols over different packaging levels. This is to be of course done with high data integrity and traceability. Any incorrect data or non-readable barcode symbols would lead to problems for the product movement along the supply chain. The challenge here is to provide the right and readable information to all stake holders handling and of course finally consuming the product. Often there has been a common misconception to use a reader or a scanner for checking that the barcode is alright and that the information encoded is accurate. Often followed by many manufacturers to report the barcode data, this rather inadequate and rudimentary ‘check’ in many instances is also done by the packaging suppliers included. It is needless to say that a scanner would be required at the point of sale or warehouse to merely read the barcode symbol. This is limited to data capture alone, and needed as a source of input of the barcode information into the




ERP, WMS, Retail POS and so on. Hence called a barcode reader. Reading of the barcode, as evident provides no authentication or check on the accuracy of the symbol itself in all its aspects. Errors can also occur in reading the right barcode information as per the reflectivity of the optics which can vary by the scanner types and even as per the algorithms used in reading. This really begs the question, how would one know if the barcode is encoded, designed and printed properly apart from being fit for use ?

Increased importance of barcodes, moving along the supply-chain The increased level of dependency on barcode symbols for automatic identification has transformed it from a tool of mere identification to that of product traceability. Therefore data accuracy, and readability have assumed far greater importance along the products movement on the supply chain. Aspects such as the defined ISO/IEC standards relevant to linear and the 2D matrix codes assume criticality in ensuring

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readable codes on packaging. The ISO/IEC verification process also defines angle of illumination, the aperture of reading that lends the most critical aspect of repeatability on quality inspection of the matrix codes. Through a true ISO verification process all defined parameters are analyzed and reported comprehensively. Importantly the clarity of the barcode grading process and quality of the symbol as assessed by the verifier is really what the manufacturer and any packaging printing company should ever work to comply with. Meeting the standards ensures that the product packaging would be far better placed to be read without hassles along its journey, be it shipper, secondary or primary packaging levels. What goes unsaid is also the fact that the quality,




production and engineering teams would be well benefited in understanding the results from the barcode verifier. This really is a vital diagnostic tool to correct any mistakes in any aspect of the final printed symbol. With the verifier delivering comprehensive and repeatable analysis, the information provides an invaluable insight into the usage of the GS/FNC1, the right symbology, the dimension, data encoding and of course the region-specific compliance reporting too. This report becomes therefore the valid and globally compliant record of barcode quality for the manufacturer and the printing companies involved in generating barcode symbols. The regulations defined by the recent US HDA and European standards for the pharma manufacturers also include the CMO or contract manufacturing organizations. The key to sustain these challenges faced by the pharma manufacturers in the global supply chain is to deliver the right level of data traceability with compliance reporting. These guidelines applicable as per country-specific applications is growing multi-fold as we speak, and importance felt by countries like Russia as per their pharmacy guidelines implemented recently. The aim remains traceability and the tools need to work right each time.

The GS1Datamatrix symbology has been almost the universal choice of symbology within the pharma industry (apart from GS1-128 linear codes) to define the traceability within the supply chain. It has well defined structures, and starting from the smallest size around 8 mm to a maximum size of data capacity which can encode alpha and numeric characters up to 3116 characters in the largest 144 modules square symbol, the ECC 200 Datamatrix is now integral to the process. The reliability of the reading methods used in online scanners can be often misleading and questionable. Inline validation systems are intrinsically not ISO compliant, although many of them can produce some basic reports based on select ISO parameters for barcode quality. The report is not what makes a reader into a verifier: the testing instrument itself is what makes the verifier. To be an ISO compliant verifier, the device must demonstrate that it measures and grades to the defined international standard within published tolerances, under specific, controlled lighting conditions, analyzing the barcode at a fixed, known distance and angle. Compliant barcode verifiers eliminate the influence of ambient light; ten-scan averaging of 1D barcodes is recommended. All of the ISO parameters must be tested and graded; so-called ‘partial ISO grading’ is simply not compliant. Further, the data validation too is imperative apart from quality assessment. So this makes reporting on GS1 compliance, and regional compliance including DAVA guidelines, CIP, Russian, European guidelines, Turkish healthcare or Brazil guidelines, important. The successful scan of a barcode is not meaningful if ‘successful’ means that data – some kind of data – was captured. Only an ISO compliant verifier can authoritatively decode and grade a barcode and predict future scanning success with virtually any type of scanner. To meet the health care guidelines it is important for the pharma manufacturers to check quality of the product packaging barcode symbols. The importance of a standalone ‘judge’ performing the task of verification irrespective of the printing process, is indeed a very vital cog in the wheel of data traceability, along the journey of the product, ever so critical to all stake holders of the health industry. z – AS Arun Kumar, Sandilyam Automation Systems

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z Keeping plastic in the economy but out of the environment

Uflex unveils its new global initiative ‘Project Plastic Fix’


mong an exclusive gathering held at New York’s Core:Club, Uflex launched its big plans designed to make the company part of a solution to keep plastic in the economy and out of the environment. Aptly named ‘Project Plastic Fix’, Uflex’s pioneering sustainability initiative aims to clean up plastic waste and convert it into products that have an economic value, thereby creating a circular economy. In essence, ‘waste becomes wealth’.

Uflex will eradicate plastic waste in four distinct ways through a mix of various methodologies it already practices, such as, recycling plastic waste into granules further used to make over 10,000 household and industrial products like road dividers, outdoor furniture, dustbins and many more useful articles; Reprocessing plastic waste into fuel through a process called pyrolysis that emits zero greenhouse emission; collecting and converting plastic bottle waste into green up to 100% PCR grade packaging film Asclepius; and converting plastic waste into 100% biodegradable biomass. According to Uflex, Project Plastic Fix is the only project in the world that shall have the technology to make plastic recyclable as well as biodegradable. “We are trying to achieve a world where you don’t see plastic where it isn’t supposed to be. As a plastics manufacturer, we are trying to get to that goal. We believe that plastic is a problem that can be solved – it’s a global catastrophic risk that we can put behind us, but we have to engineer ourselves out of the problem. Although it’s a challenge, there are avenues, but technology alone isn’t enough. It will take a combination of technology, plastic and people to solve this problem. Corporate choices and citizen behavior are part of the solution,” said Anantshree Chaturvedi, vice chairman and CEO, FlexFilms International,




Anantshree Chaturvedi of Uflex unveils Project PlasticFix

the global manufacturing arm of Uflex. Also making Project Plastic Fix unique and different is that waste collection will be done by individuals directly engaged by Uflex, thus eliminating the middleman that typically would see the largest benefit from these transactions. Importantly, Project Plastic Fix contributes to poverty alleviation as the person responsible for collecting and depositing the waste, receives the maximum return. To this, Chaturvedi said, “Waste collection is more about economic value. When we think of waste management as an unimportant thing, it becomes a burden on all those who have to deal with it.” The initiative is being piloted in India, Poland and Mexico, to begin with. Uflex will be looking at additional locations along the US East Coast and in the United Kingdom later. “I believe that while plastic cannot be removed from everyday living, it can be used responsibly. We can have a solution to use the

plastic that the world has already manufactured and ensure that it gets recycled and reused in the economy, in a variety of ways, without affecting the ecology. Project Plastic Fix advocates the message that the problem of plastic is fixable, achievable and there will come a time when we will look back and not believe that this problem ever existed,” Chaturvedi added. Emphasizing on the issue of human behavior that adds to plastic waste menace, Chaturvedi concluded, “A change in the way the consumer thinks and behaves will make a lot of difference. With Project Plastic Fix, the only requirement from the consumer will be of waste sorting, while the rest can still be addressed with Uflex’ four different approaches. Just by making a small little effort of segregating our waste before disposing it, makes it a lot simpler for companies like ours to make sure all the plastic waste falls into the right place. But these changes by consumers need to be made today.” z


z Brilliant Polymers at IFCA seminar

IFCA seminar on plastic waste management and EPR


FCA seminar – Packaging strategies for future: Challenges & opportunities, plastic waste manageme nt & EPR’ took place on 22 October 2019 at Bombay Exhibition Center Mumbai, India. Brilliant Polymers was the platinum sponsor for the IFCA seminar. The seminar started with the felicitation of the event sponsors followed by a session with Suresh Gupta, president, IFCA, who gave insights on the packaging industry. Next, keynote speaker CK Ranganathan, founder of CMD Cavinkare, spoke about EPR, the need to invest in R&D, the process innovation and focus on quality to make a product better. Brilliant Polymers sponsored a talk on the latest trends in plastic waste management by Kelvin Davies, Australasian projects manager at Nextek, UK. Davies spoke on the need for collecting and sorting of the plastic waste, and recovering of the same. Davies also showed the technology of segregation of plastic waste through videos. He also gave a brief on film recycling development plant in Pune and how Nextek will design and build a multi-function, state-of-the-art recycling plant, specific to the needs of Pune. There were also interesting sessions held at the seminar. Pravin Nadgoundi, manager – quality and regulatory, Brilliant Polymers spoke on food safety in terms of lamination adhesive perspective and how packaging provides required protection to food contents and how it is critical to food safety. He also emphasized that Brilliant adhesives are compliant with all statutory norms with respect to packaging which indirectly provides protection to food contents. Sunil Kumar from Henkel spoke on adhesives and coatings as enablers of circular economy; Ajith Kumar from Starbucks spoke on sustainability at Starbucks; Rahul Poddar

Kelvin Davies, Australasian projects manager at Nextek, UK

spoke on EPR – plastic waste management; Jatin Takkar from Siegwerk spoke on safety and regulatory in inks; and Meenakshi Sapru from HPPL spoke on new trends in packaging through digital printing. The seminar served as a great platform for

attendees to meet flexible packaging converters, raw material suppliers, inks and adhesive manufacturers and film suppliers. It also gave them an opportunity to connect with their customers and gain insights about current market trends and recent developments. z

Pravin Nadgoundi, manager – quality and regulatory, Brilliant Polymers spoke on food safety in terms of lamination adhesive perspective and how packaging provides required protection to food contents and how it is critical to food safety.





z Essen exhibition center: 5 to 9 May 2020 MetPack 2020 records promising registration numbers and new exhibitors


he global metal packaging industry will be convening at the Essen exhibition center between 5-9 May 2020. MetPack will be bringing together highranking, international industry professionals from along the entire value-added chain in the Ruhr metropolis of Essen. There is a consistently high level of bookings for this world-leading trade fair. All of the market leaders will be participating in the event. In addition to giving visitors and exhibitors an overview of the latest metal packaging trends and technical innovations, the trade fair will offer them added value with the new job fair. Every three years, MetPack puts on display the full range of the state-of-the-art metal packaging technology currently available – from production to finishing. At this point in time, there is a consistently high level of reservations for stands. The approximately 300 exhibitors include well-known big names in the industry, such as Mall + Herlan, Koenig & Bauer, Soudronic, CanMan, Gebr. Leonhardt, Thyssen Krupp Rasselstein, Lanico, Metlac and Scami Imola. Moreover, the world-leading trade fair will be welcoming new exhibitors, such as Cepeda Cerlei & Mictool from Spain and ASC Machine Tools from the USA. Can Ends FZE from the United Arab Emirates will be present as a main exhibitor with its own stand for the first time. The MetPack 2020 trade fair will take place in Halls 1, 2 and 3 of the exhibition center; the south entrance located at Hall 1 and the west entrance at Hall 3 will be open. These entrances ensure that the layout planning will have an optimal circular path and that visitor traffic will be continual and consistent.

Trade fair program with added value Current findings from science and research are the focus of the MetPack Conference. On




6 May 2020 experts will inform attendees about the latest findings and discuss how they can be used in practice. The call for papers is already underway. One focus of the

conference will be on digitalization. An exhibition of historical packaging machines in Hall 2 will demonstrate just how quickly production technology has developed in the metal packaging industry. In a poster show in Hall 1, exhibitors will also be presenting the development of their companies with a comparison of their companies back then to today. The shortage of skilled workers is also noticeable in the metal packaging industry. For this reason, organizers have added a new job fair to MetPack 2020, which will be held in Hall 3. Both job advertisements and situations wanted will have their place there. z

z 150 exhibitors from 15 countries ProPak India 2019 shows momentous growth and drives innovation


roPak India closed the 2019 edition with remarkable results, reflecting the consistent industry growth of processing, packaging industry in India. 5,519 visitors attended the event and over 150 companies from 15 countries took part in the 2019 edition. With 20+ technical seminars, live demos, show features – Packaging Theatre & Meet the Expert Zone – were few highlights that enabled the event to achieve its goal of providing a comprehensive platform offering processing, and packaging technologies for food and beverages, pharma, cosmetic, personal care, and industrial goods. In her opening remarks, Dr. Pallavi Darade, IRS, commissioner FDA, Maharashtra, said, “The food business is growing exponentially and I believe that exhibitions like this would

be of great help especially where people from entire industry are connecting one-to-one, be it food ingredients, health ingredients, processing or packaging all under one roof.” The show floor witnessed an array of machinery – GW-806N vegetable cutter by Eco Cosmo; Pactech Machinery’s front back wraparound sticker labeling machine PM 150 FBWR 15; VT Corp’s launch of auto-weighing machine and packaging VTC-VGFP-1.1; Bossar’s HFFS machine BMK 2600; Mahisa Packaging’s Speedpack 02 powered by Nordson; Ishida’s weighing and X-Ray inspection machines; Serac’s focus on Combox and Neo filling machine; rigid, paper, flexible packaging material solutions, samples displayed by Huhtamaki PPL, Samkin Industries, Sanjeev Flexi Pack, and Arihnat Packaging. Besides, the show also saw display

Events of labeling systems, industrial sieves, separators, filters and automated solutions, coating solutions, palletizing systems, pneumatics, and much more. In the current scenario of de-globalization, Sagar Kurade, an industry veteran and MD, Suman Project Consultants moderated an interesting session on the impact of de-globalization phenomena on the food processing industry. The session had 2-level discussions – market impact and technological consequences of de-globalization. Hemant Naik (Kamaths Ourtimes Ice Creams), Samana Tejani (GITS Food Products), Jayesh Gosrani (Goma Process Technology) and Manoj Paul (Heat & Control) were the esteemed panelists. Making its debut, Packaging Theatre received an impressive response from the visitors. GlobalData ensured the display gave a comprehensive view of the packaging industry globally and highlighting the future trends of the different materials (rigid plastics, metal, flexible, paper, board and glass). Multiple samples were displayed from food, beverage, personal care, health care, and consumer goods industries driving the current trends of convenience, sustainability, personalization and many more. Expert Zone provided a rare opportunity for professionals to seek information and interact directly with the domain experts. With stalwarts on the panel, the interactions were around color management, quality assurance in packaging, developments in flexography, pre-media’s role, regulations, anti-counterfeiting measures, advancements in packaging across various industries. De-coding the noise around plastic, ERP, circular economy, IFCA’s conference bought the majority of the stakeholders on one platform to present different perspectives to the audience. Attendees got a chance to hear from leading companies like Cavinkare, Henkel Adhesive Technologies, Tata Starbucks, Uflex, Huhtamaki PPL, Constantia Flexibles, Shatki Industries, Brilliant Polymers, Siegwerk India. The second day of the show saw Dr. Deepa Bhajekar (d Technology), leading an initiative aimed at acknowledging and celebrating the significant contribution of women to the processing and packaging industry. Coming from diverse background, Asha Sridhar (TUV India), Deepa Naik (Hershey India), Mrunal Joshi (Nichrome India), Meenakshi Sapru (Huhtamaki PPL), Bhavna Shah (MPOC)

ProPak India closed the 2019 edition with remarkable results, reflecting the consistent industry growth of processing,packaging industry in India

narrated their journeys, shared their opinions, acknowledged conscious changes taking place at companies for gender balance, and a need to support each other to raise the bar and redefine leadership. Co-located with Fi India & Hi, the event

proved to be of immense value-addition to the food industry as this bought the ingredient manufacturers, processing and packaging companies on a single platform. The next edition of ProPak India will be from 8-10 October 2020 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. z

z Pragati Maidan: 3 to 6 December 2019 Paperex in New Delhi


eld biennially in India, Paperex is a series of international exhibitions focusing on the paper and allied industry. Scheduled between 3-6 December 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India, the show is expected to attract professionals, suppliers and manufacturers showcasing their latest innovations and developments. A comprehensive forum serving the paper industry, the organizer claims that the event has always received an overwhelming response from the world over, and it is ready to repeat the success story this year also with expected presence of 700 + exhibitors from 35 countries.

Paperex is a platform for everyone in the paper technology business, to meet and explore opportunities to source information, discuss and negotiate business with the manufacturers of paper and allied products, tissue, raw material and machinery for the manufacture of paper and board, mills owners, converting, paper machinery, corrugated production line suppliers and professionals and view their products on display, first hand at the exhibition. To serve all verticals of paper industry in a

Paperex 2019 will be co-located with three events to cater the entire gamut of paper and all allied industries

better way, Paperex will be co-located with three events to cater the entire gamut of paper and all allied industries at one business platform: World of Paper – a concurrent show for paper, printing, packaging and publishing industries. Corrugex, a concurrent show on corrugated box machinery, technology and allied industries. Tissueex, a concurrent show highlighting the participation of tissue products, machinery and technology. z THE PACKMAN | NOV-DEC 2019



Industry News

IPAMA’s new governing council members announced


he elections for the governing council of Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA), for the term 2019-21, were concluded on 16th October 2019. RK Verma, election officer, declared the names of the winning candidates. The house unanimously proposed and approved the names of Dayaker Reddy as president, Iqbal Singh as honorary general secretary and Dharam Pal Rawat as treasurer – all holding their respective posts presently. The new governing council members of IPAMA include:

Vinay Kumar Gupta (vice president – North), PK Bhalla (vice president – West), Jaiveer Singh (vice president – East), R Suresh Kumar (vice president – South), Rakesh K Sodhi (joint secretary – East), Satish Kaushik (joint secretary – West), Dharmesh Arora (joint secretary – North), Harish Bansal (joint secretary – South), Adithya Gupta, DH Deshpande, DK Garg, Mahesh Tanwar, Manish A Panchal, Nitin Garg, Ravinder Singh, S Rajaram, TD Raghani,

The elections for the governing council of IPAMA for the term 2019-21 were concluded in October 2019

TR Mahajan, Ashok Kumar Seth – co-opted, Gagan Singh – co-opted and BS Rawat – co-opted. The new office bearers expressed their commitment to work as a team for the betterment

of the Indian Graphic Arts Industry so that it can complete with the best machinery and equipment available in the global market. They also expressed their commitment to work. z

Omet opens office in India


met has announced the opening of its new subsidiary Omet India Private Limited based in Gurugram, Delhi-NCR. “Omet is already an established brand in the Indian subcontinent where we cater to leading label printers such as Huhtamaki PPL, Zircon, Renault, Pragati Pack, Any Graphics, Unique Photo Offset and others. With opening of Omet India, we look forward to increase our ever growing list of customers and also provide highly customized technical solutions to printers, as Omet is a global leader in providing such solutions,” said Paolo Grasso, global sales head for Omet.

According to Omet, India as one of it’s important strategic markets to focus on. Additionally rise in the middle class income, expansion of large scale organized retail trade, increasing presence of e-commerce companies and increasing demand of packaged food in India are all indicators of an assured double digit growth of packaging sector of the country.




Since 2010, Omet has been exclusively sold and serviced in India through Weldon Celloplast, who will continue to represent Omet in India along with other partners. “The vision of establishing Omet India is to strengthen our existing relationships with our partners and provide a great service experience to our customers all over the region,” said Pawandeep Sahni, who has been appointed to lead Omet in India and the subcontinent. Indian customers of Omet too reacted positively to this expansion. Sanjeev Sondhi of Zircon Technologies who runs multiple Omet presses said, “It is a very positive initiative for Omet to invest in an office in India. This will be a great support in terms of response and service to Indian customers. We at Zircon congratulate the Omet team led by Pawandeep Sahni and reiterate our commitment to increase our business and cooperation with Omet in coming days.” “A closer relationship with the industry and our customers will help Omet to develop

Pawandeep Sahni and Andrea Calcagni of Omet

innovative projects as well as improve business processes for our customers hence continuing our philosophy of innovation with passion, globally,” said Marco Calcagni, sales and marketing director, Omet. “In the coming years we expect Omet India to become yet another center of excellence for Omet, in addition to our subsidiaries in USA, China and Spain.” z

Industry News

Xerox considers takeover offer for HP


erox Holdings Corp. is looking to takeover personal-computer and printer maker HP Inc., according to a report in the Wall Street Journal published on 5 November 2019. Xerox is considering making a cashand-stock offer for HP, which has a market value of about US$ 27 billion, people familiar with the matter told the newspaper.

HP is more than three times the size of Xerox, and any bid would be at a premium to its current stock price, sources close to the development told the Wall Street Journal. Xerox, on 5 November, announced a deal to sell a 25% stake in Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. to a subsidiary of Fujifilm. Total after-tax proceeds to Xerox from the transactions will include accrued but unpaid dividends through the date of the closings and are expected to be approximately US$ 2.3 billion. Xerox expects to use the proceeds opportunistically to pursue accretive mergers and acquisitions in core and adjacent industries. At the same time, it reportedly plans to return capital to shareholders and pay down its US$

550 million December 2019 maturity debt. According to the Wall Street Journal, Xerox has also received an informal funding commitment from a major bank, known as a ‘highly confident letter.’ Both companies are in cost-cutting mode, and a union could afford new opportunities to shed expenses—to the tune of more than US$ 2 billion, according to industry sources. In the statement made on 5 November, Xerox also announced the dismissal of a US$ 1 billion-plus lawsuit filed against Xerox by the Japanese company. As our readers will recall, Fujifilm sued Xerox in June 2018 for breach of contract and estimated damages of more than

US$ 1 billion. Fujifilm’s lawsuit alleged Xerox unlawfully terminated the merger due to pressure from major shareholders, who argued the deal undervalued Xerox. Xerox’s agreement with Fujifilm to sell its joint-venture stakes and end the lawsuit allows Fujifilm to continue to be a significant supplier to Xerox, the Wall Street Journal reported. In terms of share prices, HP and Xerox have diverged recently. Xerox shares are up 84% so far this year after the company launched a costcutting program. The company reported betterthan-expected third-quarter earnings last week. It raised its 2019 outlook, again as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The stock rose by about 5% on 5 November on news of the agreement with Fujifilm. Xerox CEO John Visentin said on its earnings call that the company’s improved cash flow makes it well-positioned to pursue deals big and small. HP shares, meanwhile, are down 10% so far this year. The company is expected to report its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings on 26 November. z

Kodak’s call for entries – Sixth Annual Kodak Sonora PlateGreen Leaf Awards


odak has announced the 2019 Kodak Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award call for entries. The program, now in its sixth year, celebrates print service providers that are leading the way in adopting sustainable printing practices.

Since the Green Leaf Award Program launched in 2013, the selection of awardees was limited to one company per region.As increasing numbers of printers have embraced greener printing practices, Kodak has made changes to the program for 2019 and going forward. To recognize a wider group of printers achieving impressive results, Kodak will now select winning printers who score above a set threshold. “Printer’s across the world continue to embrace sustainable printing practices. They understand it’s good for business and their

customers. Kodak is proud to recognize the great work printers are doing to in this area. Through the Sonora Plates Green Leaf Award, we hope to encourage more printers to explore the benefits of integrating sustainable printing practices into their businesses,” said Evandro Matteucci, worldwide director of product management, offset print vice president, print systems division, Eastman Kodak Company. Kodak encourages printers who are committed to sustainable printing, including past applicants, to submit their entries by the 30 November deadline by requesting an application at Print Service Providers currently using Kodak Sonora Plates and practicing any of the following activities – recycling, using vegetable-based inks and eco-friendly paper, monitoring and reducing

energy and water usage, using energy-efficient equipment, setting environmental performance goals, regularly measuring environmental performance – are eligible to apply for the Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award. The application is streamlined to quickly collect essential data for the program judges, requiring less than ten minutes to complete. The winning printers will be selected in January 2020 and will receive a Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award plaque to display at their facilities and a digital badge for use on digital marketing assets, including websites and social media accounts. Kodak will feature all the winners in an official awards press release and prominently on the Kodak global website. z





Events Calendar


Dates Event Name


11 to 13 July 2019

Compack Chennai

Chennai, India

25 to 28 July 2019

LMAI Conference

Kochi, Kerala

22 to 23 August 2019

8th Speciality Films & Flexible Packaging Global Summit

Mumbai, India

28 to 31 August 2019

PackPlus Delhi 2019

Delhi, India

28 to 31 August 2019

India Packaging Show

Delhi, India

28 to 31 August 2019


Delhi, India

5 to 7 September 2019

IndiaCorr Expo

Greater Noida, India

13 to15 September 2019

PackEx India

Delhi, India

26 to 28 September 2019


Mumbai, India

16 to 23 October 2019

K Show

DĂźsseldorf, Germany

21 to 23 October 2019

ProPak India 2019

Mumbai, India

25 to 28 November 2019

Shanghai World of Packaging

Shanghai, China

26 to 28 November 2019

CPhI India (P’Mec)

Greater Noida, India

3 to 6 December 2019



6 to 8 December 2019

Print & Packtech


12 to 14 December 2019

Pacprocess Food Pex

Greater Noida, India

6 to 9 January 2020

Pamex 2020

Mumbai, India

16 to 20 January 2020

Plastivision 2020

Mumbai, India

28 Feb to 1 March 2020



19 to 21 March 2020

Asia Packaging & Printing Industry Expo

Shenzhen, China

21 to 23 April 2020

Label & Flexible Packaging & Film Expo 2020

Shanghai, China

5 to 9 May 2020

Metpack 2020

Messe Essen, Germany

7 to 13 May 2020

interpack 2020

Dusseldorf, Germany

16 to 26 June 2020

drupa 2020

Dusseldorf, Germany

19 to 22 June 2020

Plastasia 2020


28 to 31 October 2020

Labelexpo India 2020

Greater Noida, India

3 to 8 February 2021

Printpack India 2021

Greater Noida



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The Packman | November-December 2019  

The Packman is a leading packaging magazine in India. Cutting across web, e-magazine and print, newsletter and social media platforms, The P...

The Packman | November-December 2019  

The Packman is a leading packaging magazine in India. Cutting across web, e-magazine and print, newsletter and social media platforms, The P...