Archive for the ‘Packaging’ Category

  • HP & KBA ‘reinvent’ corrugated packaging

    The HP PageWide Web Press T1100S

    HP launched the widest inkjet web press yet developed that it says will reinvent corrugated packaging printing for high-volume, digital pre-print applications.

    'The world's most productive press': Eric Weisner, GM, PWP, HP Inc.

    “Converters and brands alike need to create more targeted, effective packaging while reducing costs,” said Eric Wiesner, general manager, PageWide Web Press (PWP) division, HP Inc. “HP Inc. and KBA have combined forces to bring the first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S, the world’s most productive press, to market, offering more value to high-end converters with the efficiencies of pre-print and digital in one press.”

    Digital printing is the fastest growing segment in packaging with a projected annual growth rate of 17 percent in a market expected to be worth $19 billion by 2019. Digital packaging solutions enable cost-effective short-runs and unlock the ability to make every box different.

    Brussels-based DS Smith Packaging is the first customer to install the 2.8 meter width (110-inch) press, which can deliver significantly higher productivity and production flexibility than traditional analog technology.

    “We selected the new HP PageWide Web Press T1100S as the next step in our ground-breaking digital PrePrint programme,” said Stefano Rossi, CEO, DS Smith Packaging Division. “Our co-development with HP has resulted in the first digital machine able to print at the speed and width we need for high-volume corrugated production. It will provide our customers with unprecedented short-run flexibility and quality consistency.”

    While current analog printing technology is limited to printing multiple copies of one box design – all boxes look the same and are the same size – the HP PageWide Web Press T1100S, with Multi-lane Print Architecture (MLPA), creates an immense paradigm shift in the production of corrugated board, according to an HP press release.

    HP MLPA splits the web into multiple print lanes, so different jobs, with different box sizes and run lengths, can be printed in the individual lanes. Multiple ultra-short or short runs can be queued and printed together, with no make-ready in between jobs, while a long run is printed in another lane.

    HP MLPA, coupled with all the advantages of digital printing, allows cost-effective customization and personalization of corrugated packaging, meeting the demands for shorter print runs without having to create inventory. Corrugated converters can now print only what is needed, when it is needed.

    As more brands pursue customized and personalized packaging, converters must accommodate faster turnarounds and shorter run lengths, while producing high-quality printed solutions at lower costs. Printing at speeds up to 183 linear meters (600 linear feet) per minute and 30,600 square meters (330,000 square feet) per hour, the HP PageWide Web Press T1100S helps corrugated converters quickly take on new, complex jobs at speed.

     

     

  • End of an era: Hexagon acquires Hally Group

    Panprint, Auckland, NZ.

    Auckland-based Hexagon Holdings has acquired family-owned trans-Tasman label converter Hally Group in a deal expected to be completed mid-December.

    ‘It’s the end of an era,” said Grant Hally, chairman of the Hally Group, which was established in Auckland in 1965 by his parents Ian and Pam Hally. “It has been a wonderful 50-year chapter for our family and we’re pleased to see the businesses joining a group of established and successful industry participants.”

    Hexagon, owned by Mercury Capital and Tom Sturgess, currently owns three New Zealand label converting businesses – Rapid Labels, Panprint & Kiwi Labels, with key markets including wine, thermal, FMCG, laser & pharmacy.  The company currently employs 145 staff across three sites and will have combined annual sales of NZ$120 million when the deal is concluded.

    Hally Group operates subsidiaries Hally Labels (Brisbane, Christchurch, Auckland), AC Labels (Sydney) and MarkIt Labels (Christchurch), and has built significant market positions in fresh food, beverage, manufacturing, shelf stable food, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals & horticulture. Hally businesses operate from five sites, employing 235 staff.

    “Hexagon and Hally are highly complementary, and we are excited about the growth prospects of the expanded group,” said Clark Perkins, director of Hexagon. “Hally, AC & Mark-It are impressive and professional businesses with a deep understanding of the label sector.”

    There are no plans to merge any Hally and Hexagon subsidiaries and the businesses will continue to trade independently.

  • Flint Group adds digital pioneer Xeikon

    'An excellent opportunity': Flint Group CEO Antoine Fady

    Global printing and packaging giant Flint has acquired digital innovator Xeikon, a leading digital solutions provider to the packaging and commercial markets, for an undisclosed sum.

    Flint Group said it had entered into an agreement to purchase XBC B.V., a company that holds more than 95% of the shares in Xeikon.

    Xeikon’s products and services will be the foundation of a newly created division called Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions that will broaden the group’s conventional and digital printing solutions.

    “This acquisition represents an excellent opportunity for Flint Group,” said Antoine Fady, Flint Group CEO. “Xeikon has a proven history of delivering exceptional value through high-quality, high-productivity, innovative and sustainable solutions for their customers.  [This deal] will propel the organisation further into the digital solutions market, where we will continue to deliver on our long term strategy of driving growth through product innovation, focus on developing markets and portfolio expansion.”

    Xeikon CEO Wim Maes will become president of Flint Group’s Digital Printing Solutions division, reporting to Fady.

    'Next chapter': Xeikon CEO Wim Maes

    “We are very pleased to be joining Flint Group and excited by the opportunities this acquisition presents to accelerate business growth,” said Maes. “Xeikon has shown that dedication to the digital label, folding carton, commercial and document printing market segments has paid off in terms of market share, customer satisfaction and financial contribution. This next chapter in our more than 20-year existence opens many opportunities for Xeikon as a company, as well as for our customers, employees, partners and stakeholders.”

    The deal will have little impact on the operations of Xeikon’s Australian distributor Absolute Electronics, according to Absolute MD Grish Rewal.  “We’re looking forward to the future because Flint is an integral industry player and brings extensive experience in areas like inks and adhesives.  But we understand that operationally it will remain the same,” he said.

    Flint Group, headquartered in Luxembourg, employs 6800 people around the world, with revenue of € 2.1 billion in 2014. Flint develops, manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for most offset, flexographic and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, plate-making equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colourant applications.

    Xeikon, based in Eede, the Netherlands, is an innovator in digital printing technology and designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital colour presses for labels and packaging applications, document printing, as well as commercial printing. It’s estimated that Xeikon currently has around 20% global market share of the digital print equipment market, second to digital giant HP.

    The transaction remains subject to closing conditions, including approval by competition authorities, and should be completed by the end of 2015.

  • Heidleberg stretches eco boundaries

    Auto Paper Stretch Compensation might not sound desperately exciting, but it can save a lot of waste and cost, especially for packaging production. This new technology from Heidelberg will be shown at drupa next year and although Auto Paper Stretch Compensation isn’t positioned in ecological terms it should be. It cuts paper waste, plates, makereadies and emissions.

    Laurel Brunner

    Based on an analysis of a paper’s stretch characteristics, this software works out what needs to be done to the imaging data to take the paper’s tendencies into account. This means that the imaged plates are accurate first time around and there is no need to remake plates once the effects of the paper’s stretch are apparent on press. Not only does this save the hassle of having to make a new set of plates, it also saves the associated energy and consumables.

    A common way to deal with this problem is to make mechanical adjustments of the plates on press. But this is a solution that only works through trial and error, so it can be costly and time consuming. Another approach is to manually adjust the data once it is clear what needs to be done to fix it. This too is expensive and slow. In both cases the press waits idle while the compensation for paper stretch is done and new plates made.

    Heidelberg’s solution is a software module that compensates for stretch. The module is ready now and will be available as an integrated module within Prinect next year. Heidelberg are still mulling over how to charge for this software. It makes no sense to charge a high price for companies who will only need to use it from time to time, say for papers they use only occasionally. However the software has a much higher value if it gets used on a regular basis and yields massive savings.

    Ten, even five years ago the effort involved to modify page image data before plate imaging would not have seemed worthwhile. It was easier to ignore the waste and emissions associated with inaccurate data processing. But today such a cavalier attitude simply won’t do, if a printer wants to stay in the game. Even little things must be considered and acted on if they can make a difference to productivity and efficiency.

    Throughout industry, companies are using software to improve the capacity and performance of manufacturing systems. Printing and publishing are not immune to this trend, however it will take vision and imagination to work out how to exploit software to create new and profitable business models. The newspaper industry is already struggling with this quite visibly, but we expect the creative need to infect all areas of the graphics industry. The good news is that waste rates for materials and energy are coming down all the time.

    – Laurel Brunner

     

    Verdigris supporters who make the Verdigris blog possible include: Agfa GraphicsDigital Dots,  EFI,  Fespa,  Heidelberg,  HPKodakMondiPragati OffsetRicohShimizu PrintingSplash PRUnity Publishing and Xeikon.

    Verdigris is a industry research initiative that examines the environmental impact of print media.


  • Global labels giant Constantia grabs Pemara

    The Pemara plant at Notting Hill, Melbourne

    Labels giant Constantia has acquired leading Melbourne label manufacturer Pemara as it continues to strengthen its position in the South-East Asia market.

    The deal, for an undisclosed amount, is expected to be completed in the next few months.

    Pemara, founded in 1966 and based at Notting Hill in Melbourne’s south-east, is a 100 percent privately-owned manufacturer of self-adhesive labels (pressure-sensitive labels), in-mould labels and Fix-a-Form leaflet-labels.  It also specialises in digital print solutions and installed the first HP Indigo 30000 digital press in the Asia-Pacific region.

    The company posted sales of about $45 million (€30m) for the year ending June 2015, with clients including leading national and multinational FMCG companies, pharmaceutical firms and the food and beverage sector. Pemara employs more than 300 staff at four printing plants in Melbourne, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, with sales offices in Sydney and Manila (Philippines).

    “We have been searching for a strong global partner, and believe we have found a great match with Constantia Flexibles’ Labels division,” said Andrew McNamara, group managing director of Pemara. “We see a stronger future, when considering the many synergies we will realize with Constantia Flexibles’ Labels division. We are particularly pleased that the staff and management are continuing with the business to become part of this global packaging group.”

    Constantia Flexibles Labels Division is the world’s fourth largest label manufacturer, supplying the food, beverage and personal care industries, with annual revenues of  $750 million (€500m).  The company has more than 2,000 employees focused on providing innovative labeling solutions to over 1,000 global customers, including multinational corporations and local market leaders. It operates 19 production facilities on four continents.

    'We can expand our regional footprint': Mike Henry, head of the Constantia Flexibles’ Labels division

    ‘With its excellent managerial experience, leading technology and more than 20 years of experience in Asia, Pemara is a great addition to Constantia Flexibles,’ said Mike Henry, executive VP and head of the Constantia Flexibles’ Labels division. ‘We can expand our regional footprint and thus support our multinational customers with their global expansion. In addition, we increase our position in the home and personal care market.’

    Pemara is Constantia Flexibles’ second acquisition in 2015 following the purchase of Afripack in South Africa, which is expected to close in the coming weeks.

  • HP Indigo signs historic mega-deal

    (l to r) Rako dealmakers Andreas Böhm, Roger Gehrke, Matthias Kurtz, Jacob Steeger.

    HP has signed the biggest labels and packaging press deal in HP Indigo history with Rako-Group, a Europe-based label company with 13 production sites worldwide.

    Rako has purchased two HP Indigo 20000 digital presses and nine HP Indigo WS6800 digital presses to build on Rako’s existing fleet of HP Indigo Digital Presses and expand its multi-press, multi-site labels and packaging digital offerings.

    “For more than a decade we have used HP Indigo digital printing technology to bring value to our customers, which include many of the world’s leading brands,” said Adrian Tippenhauer, MD, Rako. “HP Indigo remains at the core of our digital strategy and we trust that these digital press additions will help us continue innovating and growing together in the future.”

    Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and GM, HP Indigo., said the announcement marks a “monumental investment that further positions RAKO for growth and demonstrates the limitless possibilities with HP Indigo digital printing technology. Rako is one of the largest HP Indigo users in labels and packaging and we have worked closely together to help accelerate and expand its digital printing business.”

    The HP Indigo WS6800 is the flagship model of the best-selling HP Indigo WS6000 series and features the new Color Automation Package, with an advanced color matching solution leveraging an inline spectrophotometer to quickly and easily match brand spot colors. Other recently unveiled HP Indigo WS6800 Digital Press features include a Fade Resistant ink set, the Michelman DP680 Primer for enhanced media versatility and lower cost of operation as well as new workflow and finishing integrations.

    The HP Indigo 20000 won the 2014 InterTech Technology Award for Innovation and produces labels and flexible packaging. HP recently announced a new upgrade package for the HP Indigo 20000 that includes a new slitter, reinsertion capabilities and HP Indigo ElectroInk White formulated specifically for shrink sleeves.

    The HP Indigo WS6800 Digital Press (above) is the newest flagship model of the best-selling HP Indigo WS6000 series.

  • Finalists for 2015 Packaging Design Awards

    Packaging suppliers including Spicers, Jet Technologies, Colorpak and Orora have picked up early accolades in the 2015 Australian Packaging Design Awards that will be presented in Melbourne next month.

    The Packaging Council of Australia identified the Highly Commended winners and announced the finalists for the major awards in categories that include food, beverage, health and beauty, household and office, industrial and supply chain, seasonal and promotional, accessibility, design, innovation, sustainability, consumer experience and emerging technology.

    Winners will be announced at an awards cocktail party on November 12, 2015.

    Here’s the full list of finalists and Highly Commended winners:

    •            CATEGORY: FOOD

    Finalists:

    Package Title: Wag Wholesome Dog Treats

    Entered by: Foster Packaging Pty Ltd

    Brand Owner: Watch and Grow Pet Food Co

    Packaging Supplier: Foster Packaging

    Designer – Functional: Foster Packaging

    Designer – Graphic: Asprey Creative

     

    Package Title: Chris’ Heritage Dips

    Entered by: Chris’ Dips Pty Ltd

    Brand Owner: Cantire Foods Pty Ltd

    Packaging Suppliers: Litho SuperPak; Alucap Printing

    Designer – Functional: Chris’ Dips Pty Ltd

    Designer – Graphic: Liz Cagorski – Chris’ Dips

     

    Package Title: Jimbo’s Pet Food Range

    Entered by: QDesign Enterprises Pty Ltd

    Brand Owner: Bombay Petfoods Ltd

    Packaging Suppliers: Moulded Pack – Bonson Industrial Company Limited; IML and Printing – Logan Print Limited

    Designer – Functional: QDesign Enterprises Pty Ltd

    Designer – Graphic: Kemsitry

     

    Package Title: Carnation Lite Cooking Cream

    Entered by: Nestlé Australia

    Brand Owner: Nestlé Australia

    Packaging Suppliers: Cup – Silgan; End – Mivisa;

    Lid – Cryovac Australia; Sleeve – Labelmakers

    Designer – Functional: QDesign Enterprises Pty Ltd

     

    Highly Commended

    Package Title: Wedderburn Stick n Sleeve

    Entered by: Wedderburn

    Brand Owner: Coles

    Packaging Suppliers: Wedderburn Labels & Labelling Equipment; Spicers; Dimension One; Jet Technologies; Somerville Retail Services

    Designer – Functional: Wedderburn

    Designer – Graphic: Coles; Prestige

     

    Package Title: Annabel Karmel Frozen Toddler Meals

    Entered by: Dessein

    Brand Owner: Vesco Foods

    Packaging Suppliers: Colorpak; Metalprint

    Designers – Graphic: Leanne Balen, Geoff Bickford and Tracy Kenworthy – Dessein

     

    •            CATEGORY: BEVERAGE

    Finalists:

    Bundaberg Mutiny Spiced Rum

    Package Title: Bundaberg Mutiny Spiced Rum

    Entered by: The Le Mac Australia Group

    Brand Owner: Diageo Australia

    Packaging Supplier: Shrink Sleeve – The Le Mac Australia Group

    Designer – Graphic: Leo Burnett Australia

     

    Package Title: Boss 38mm Bore Seal Secure

    Entered by: Boss Closures Pty Ltd

    Brand Owner: Boss Closures

    Packaging Suppliers: Camperdown Dairy

    Designers – Functional: Brian Lovrek – Boss Closures

     

    Package Title: Cotton Teabags

    Entered by: T2 Tea

    Brand Owner: T2 Tea

    Designer – Functional: Christopher Stanko – T2 Tea

    Designer – Graphic: Christopher Stanko – T2 Tea

     

    Package Title: Devondale Milk Shakes

    Entered by: Cryovac Australia

    Brand Owner: Murray Goulburn

    Packaging Supplier: Cryovac Australia

    Designer – Functional: QDesign Enterprises Pty Ltd

    Designer – Graphic: Cowan Design

     

    Highly Commended:

    Package Title: Gentleman’s Agreement

    Entered by: The Spice Agency

    Brand Owner: Pinnacle Drinks

    Packaging Suppliers: Label Printer: Collotype Labels; Screw cap: Guala; Bottle Screen Printer: Cutler Brands; Bottle Manufacturer: Amcor

    Designer – Functional: Pinnacle Drinks

    Designers – Graphic: Design – Chris Travers, Creative Director, The Spice Agency; Artwork – Pinnacle Creative

     

    •            CATEGORY: HEALTH AND BEAUTY

    Finalists:

    Qiara Infant

    Package Title: Qiara Infant

    Entered by: Colour Andre

    Brand Owner: Pure Medic

    Packaging Suppliers: Printing of Box – RB Print; Sachets – CCL Healthcare Label; Component Collation – Finishing Services

    Designer – Functional: Andre Ash

    Designer – Graphic: Andre Ash

     

    Package Title: Anthogenol France 100s

    Entered by: Hannapak

    Brand Owner: Phytologic

    Packaging Supplier: Hannapak

    Designer – Functional: Hannapak

    Designer – Graphic: Carolina Kazzi – Phytologic

     

    Package Title: IsoWhey Wholefoods

    Entered by: Glenys Carey Marketing & Consulting

    Brand Owner: FIT-BioCeuticals

    Packaging Suppliers: Wests Packaging; Newborne; Pemara; Essence Group

    Designers – Graphic: Frankie & Boyd; Glenys Carey Marketing & Consulting

     

    •            CATEGORY: HOUSEHOLD AND OFFICE

    Finalists:

    Package Title: Clever Little Dish Co.

    Entered by: Confoil

    Brand Owner: Confoil

    Packaging Supplier: Stora Enso Board, manufactured in Australia by Confoil;

    Sleeve – Better Pak;  Shelf Friendly

    Packaging – Visy

    Designer – Functional: Studio Ramp

    Designer – Graphic: Studio Ramp

     

    Package Title: Hart&Co

    Entered by: Boxpack

    Brand Owner: Jenny Powell

    Packaging Suppliers: Boxpack; ASAP Labels

    Designer – Functional: Boxpack

    Designer – Graphic: Keets Creative

     

    Highly Commended:

    Package Title: Easy Open & Close Lid

    Entered by: Dulux Australia

    Brand Owner: Dulux Australia

    Packaging Suppliers: Emballator Metal Group;

    NCI Packaging

    Designer – Functional: Emballator Metal Group

    Designer – Graphic: Collier Creative

     

    Package Title: Maximum Security Padlocks Range

    Entered by: ASSA ABLOY Australia Pty

    Brand Owner: Lockwood Australia Pty

    Packaging Supplier: Multitrade Co Limited

    Designers – Functional: Jefferson Diniz and Bruce Chisholm – ASSA ABLOY Australia Pty

    Designers – Graphic: Sanat Dickson, Janark Gray, Tiffany Betoulis and Kerry Dawes – ASSA ABLOY Australia Pty

     

    •            CATEGORY: INDUSTRIAL AND SUPPLY CHAIN

    Finalists:

    Package Title: Minelab GPZ 7000 Metal Detector Packaging

    Entered by: Outerspace Design Group

    Brand Owner: Minelab

    Packaging Suppliers: Box and Printing – Preco, Malaysia; Formed Pulp Tray – Awan, Malaysia

    Designer – Functional: Outerspace Design Group

    Designer – Graphic: Minelab – In house Design Team

     

    Package Title: Mondelez Easter Display Shipper

    Entered by: Orora Fibre Packaging

    Brand Owner: Mondelez International

    Packaging Supplier: Orora Fibre Packaging

    Designer – Functional: Orora Fibre Packaging

    Designer – Graphic: Tag

     

    Package Title: Enviro Barrier™

    Entered by: Pope Packaging

    Brand Owner: River Sands Pty Ltd (Easy Mix sack); Manildra Group (Gluten sack)

    Packaging Supplier: Pope Packaging

    Designer – Functional: Pope Packaging

    Designers – Graphic: River Sands Pty Ltd (Easy Mix sack); Manildra Group (Gluten sack)

     

    Highly Commended:

    Package Title: High Performance Cartridge

    Entered by: Ramset Australia Pty Ltd

    Brand Owner: Ramset

    Packaging Supplier: Ramset Internal; Poly Industries; BP Tooling; Nylastex; Lincoln Plastics

    Designer – Functional: Tom Murdoch – Ramset International

    Designer – Graphic: Tom Murdoch – Ramset International

     

    Package Title: Arnott’s Shapes Extreme

    Entered by: Orora Fibre Packaging

    Brand Owner: Campbell Arnott’s

    Packaging Supplier: Boxes – Orora Fibre Packaging

    Designer – Functional: Orora Fibre Packaging

    Designers – Graphic: Campbell Arnott’s; Orora Fibre Packaging

     

    •            CATEGORY: SEASONAL AND PROMOTIONAL

    Finalists:

    Package Title: Lindt Gold Bunny Farm Range

    Entered by: Hannapak

    Brand Owner: Lindt & Sprungli

    Packaging Supplier: Hannapak

    Designer – Functional:  Hannapak

    Designer – Graphic: David Brown Graphics

     

    Package Title: AFL Footy

    Entered by: Pact Group

    Brand Owner: AFL; The Promotions Factory

    Packaging Suppliers: Brickwood; VIP Closures

    Designer – Functional:  Brickwood

     

    Package Title: Coopers Artisan Reserve

    Entered by: Pandoras Boxes

    Brand Owner: Coopers

    Packaging Supplier: Pandoras Boxes

    Designer – Functional:  Topline Promotions

    Designer – Graphic: KWP Advertising

     

    Highly Commended:

    Package Title: Hungry Jacks Grillmaster Carton

    Entered by: Detmold Group

    Brand Owner: Hungry Jacks

    Packaging Supplier: Detmold Packaging

    Designer – Functional: Detmold LaunchPad

    Designer – Graphic: Detmold LaunchPad

     

    •            OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: ACCESSIBILITY

    Sponsored by: Arthritis Australia

    Finalists

    Package Title: Boss 38mm Bore Seal Secure

    Entered by: Boss Closures Pty Ltd

    Brand Owner: Boss Closures

    Packaging Suppliers: Camperdown Dairy

    Designers – Functional: Brian Lovrek – Boss Closures

     

    Package Title: Maggi Wet Recipe Bases

    Entered by: Nestlé Australia

    Brand Owner: Nestlé Australia

    Packaging Supplier: Cryovac

    Designer – Graphic: Blue Marlin Brand Design Australia

     

    Package Title: Mondelez Easter Display Shipper

    Entered by: Orora Fibre Packaging

    Brand Owner: Mondelez International

    Packaging Supplier: Orora Fibre Packaging

    Designer – Functional: Orora Fibre Packaging

    Designer – Graphic: Tag

     

    Highly Commended:

    Package Title: Nescafé Compact Pouch

    Entered by: Nestlé Australia

    Brand Owner: Nestlé Australia

    Packaging Supplier: Dai Nippon

    Designer – Graphic: AKA Sydney

     

    Package Title: Jimbo’s Pet Food Range

    Entered by: QDesign Enterprises Pty Ltd

    Brand Owner: Bombay Petfoods Ltd

    Packaging Suppliers: Moulded Pack – Bonson Industrial Company Limited; IML and Printing – Logan Print Limited

    Designer – Functional: QDesign Enterprises Pty Ltd

    Designers – Graphic: Kemsitry

     

    •            OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: DESIGN

    Finalists:

    Package Title: Annabel Karmel Frozen Toddler Meals

    Entered by: Dessein

    Brand Owner: Vesco Foods

    Packaging Suppliers: Colorpak; Metalprint

    Designers – Graphic: Leanne Balen, Geoff Bickford and Tracy Kenworthy – Dessein

     

    Package Title: Wag Wholesome Dog Treats

    Entered by: Foster Packaging Pty Ltd

    Brand Owner: Watch and Grow Pet Food Co

    Packaging Supplier: Foster Packaging

    Designer – Functional: Foster Packaging

    Designer – Graphic: Asprey Creative

     

    Package Title: Bundaberg Mutiny Spiced Rum

    Entered by: The Le Mac Australia Group

    Brand Owner: Diageo Australia

    Packaging Supplier: Shrink Sleeve – The Le Mac Australia Group

    Designer – Graphic: Leo Burnett Australia

     

    Package Title: Hunsa Heat & Eat Bangers

    Entered by: Dessein

    Brand Owner: Hunsa Smallgoods

    Packaging Supplier: Percival Print

    Designers – Graphic: Leanne Balen and Geoff Bickford – Dessein

     

    Highly Commended:

    Package Title: IsoWhey Wholefoods

    Entered by: Glenys Carey Marketing & Consulting

    Brand Owner: FIT-BioCeuticals

    Packaging Suppliers: Wests Packaging; Newborne; Pemara; Essence Group

    Designers – Graphic: Frankie & Boyd; Glenys Carey Marketing & Consulting

     

    Package Title: Seven Sundays

    Entered by: The Spice Agency

    Brand Owner: Green’s Food

    Packaging Suppliers: Thriving; IMS

    Designer – Functional: The Spice Agency

    Designers – Graphic: Chris Travers, Creative Director and Eva Hough-Van Emde Boas, Senior Designer – The Spice Agency

     

    Package Title: Brownes Natural Yoghurt

    Entered by: Boxer & Co.

    Packaging Suppliers: Alto Manufacturing Pty Ltd; Micropak; AMR Hewitt’s

    Designer – Functional: 9 Yards

    Designer – Graphic: Boxer & Co.

     

    •            OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: INNOVATION

    Sponsored by: Currie Group & HP

    Finalists:

    Package Title: Wedderburn Stick n Sleeve

    Entered by: Wedderburn

    Brand Owner: Coles

    Packaging Suppliers: Wedderburn Labels & Labelling Equipment; Spicers; Dimension One; Jet Technologies; Somerville Retail Services

    Designer – Functional: Wedderburn

    Designer – Graphic: Coles; Prestige

     

    Package Title: Enviro Barrier™

    Entered by: Pope Packaging

    Brand Owner: River Sands Pty Ltd (Easy Mix sack); Manildra Group (Gluten sack)

    Packaging Supplier: Pope Packaging

    Designer – Functional: Pope Packaging

    Designers – Graphic: River Sands Pty Ltd (Easy Mix sack); Manildra Group (Gluten sack)

     

    Package Title: Boss 38mm Bore Seal Secure

    Entered by: Boss Closures Pty Ltd

    Brand Owner: Boss Closures

    Packaging Suppliers: Camperdown Dairy

    Designers – Functional: Brian Lovrek – Boss Closures

     

    Package Title: Devondale Milk Shakes

    Entered by: Cryovac Australia

    Brand Owner: Murray Goulburn

    Packaging Supplier: Cryovac Australia

    Designer – Functional: QDesign Enterprises Pty Ltd

    Designer – Graphic: Cowan Design

     

    Highly Commended:

    Package Title: High Performance Cartridge

    Entered by: Ramset Australia Pty Ltd

    Brand Owner: Ramset

    Packaging Suppliers: Ramset Internal; Poly Industries; BP Tooling; Nylastex; Lincoln Plastics

    Designer – Functional: Tom Murdoch – Ramset International

    Designer – Graphic: Tom Murdoch – Ramset International

     

    Package Title: Devondale Cream – Flip Top Cream Cap

    Entered by: Pact Group

    Brand Owner: Murray Goulburn

    Packaging Supplier: Closure and Bottle – VIP Packaging

    Designer – Functional: VIP Packaging

     

    •            OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: SUSTAINABILITY

    Sponsored by: Australian Packaging Covenant

    Finalists:

     Package Title: Enviro Barrier™

    Entered by: Pope Packaging

    Brand Owner: River Sands Pty Ltd (Easy Mix sack); Manildra Group (Gluten sack)

    Packaging Supplier: Pope Packaging

    Designer – Functional: Pope Packaging

    Designers – Graphic: River Sands Pty Ltd (Easy Mix sack); Manildra Group (Gluten sack)

     

    Package Title: Boss 38mm Bore Seal Secure

    Entered by: Boss Closures Pty Ltd

    Brand Owner: Boss Closures

    Packaging Suppliers: Camperdown Dairy

    Designers – Functional: Brian Lovrek – Boss Closures

     

    Package Title: Nescafé Compact Pouch

    Entered by: Nestlé Australia

    Brand Owner: Nestlé Australia

    Packaging Supplier: Dai Nippon

    Designer – Graphic: AKA Sydney

     

    Highly Commended:

    Package Title: Jimbo’s Pet Food Range

    Entered by: QDesign Enterprises Pty Ltd

    Brand Owner: Bombay Petfoods Ltd

    Packaging Suppliers: Moulded Pack – Bonson Industrial Company Limited; IML and Printing – Logan Print Limited

    Designer – Functional: QDesign Enterprises Pty Ltd

    Designer – Graphic: Kemsitry

     

    •            CONSUMER EXPERIENCE AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGY AWARD

    Finalists:

    Package Title: Clever Little Dish Co.

    Entered by: Confoil

    Brand Owner: Confoil

    Packaging Suppliers: Stora Enso Board, manufactured in Australia by Confoil;

    Sleeve – Better Pak;  Shelf Friendly

    Packaging – Visy

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  • China deal threatens Australian packaging industry

    'Such an unbalanced deal': Innes Willox, CEO, Ai Group

    A leading employer group has warned that the China Australia Free Trade Agreement could ruin Australia’s fibre packaging industry, which makes cardboard packaging and corrugated boxes.

    Innes Willox, CEO of Australian Industry Group (Ai), the main employer body for the manufacturing sector, told the federal Joint Standing Committee on Treaties that the trade deal could see the local industry facing almost $1 billion of Chinese imports over the next four years.

    Australian companies could start to make the strategic decision to move manufacturing to China, as this is the business model currently being rewarded under ChAFTA, he said.

    In a written submission, Willox told the federal committee he had ‘significant concerns’ with the imbalance of tariff reductions under ChAFTA:

    One entire industry, the Australian Fibre Packaging Industry, expects to face a significant increase in competition from Chinese competitors selling to Australia at zero tariffs from day one, while it has no scheduled tariff rate reduction for selling its product into China under the current terms of ChAFTA.  Australia has a globally competitive packaging industry that currently exports to the world, including China, and it is already facing significant pressure from imports.

    According to a report released by IndustryEdge, Australian imports of pre-converted corrugated boxes have grown at an average rate of 10.6 per cent per annum for the past ten years. Chinese imports have dominated the market for more than a decade, in both volume and market share, according to the same report.  In 2014-15, annual imports from China were 20.9kt, making up 69 per cent of total imports. China/Hong Kong has been the source of 82 per cent of the increase in total imports in the last decade. Using the lost tariff revenue data provided by the Parliamentary Budget Office, we estimate that the local industry can expect to face almost $1billion of Chinese imports over the next four years.

    Given these statistics it is difficult to understand why our negotiators accepted such an unbalanced deal. With the anticipated lost tariff revenue we are effectively providing the Chinese Packaging industry with a $58 million subsidy over the next four years. The Pulp, Paper and Converted Paper Product Manufacturing industry employs 14,900 Australians, and supports many more jobs in its supply chain. Based on the ChAFTA outcome, Australian companies could start to make the strategic decision to move manufacturing to China, as this is the business model currently being rewarded under ChAFTA. 

    ChAFTA is now before parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties for review.

     

  • Pact Group appoints Malcolm Bundey as new CEO

    'A very strong leader': retiring PACT Group CEO Brian Cridland

    Australia’s biggest plastics packaging manufacturer Pact Group has appointed Malcolm Bundey to replace long-serving managing director and CEO Brian Cridland, who will retire next year. Bundey is currently president and CEO of US-based Graham Packaging, a US$3 billion global rigid packaging company owned by The Rank Group.

    New Pact CEO Malcolm Bundey

    Bundey held several senior executive leadership positions for The Rank Group in both Australia and the US since joining the group as CFO of Goodman Fielder in 2003 and transferring to the US in 2007 to undertake M&A activity. In a statement, Pact Group said the appointment was effective 1 December 2015, following the relocation of Mr Bundey and his family from the US. Incumbent MD and CEO Brian Cridland will continue in those roles until 1 December 2015.

    Group chairman Raphael Geminder said he was delighted with the appointment.

    “We look forward to an exciting new chapter, as Pact Group continues its journey growing the business domestically and abroad,” he said. “Brian and I have had a great relationship over a long period of time, he is incredibly loyal and a very strong leader, with a tenacious focus on detail. I am thrilled with Mal’s appointment and very proud of our ability to bring home such a highly qualified and successful Australian executive. Mal has a unique and very diverse global packaging skill set, combined with an international overlay that will compliment and enable him to continue Brian’s legacy and lead Pact Group’s global aspiration and transformation.”

    Cridland managed the Pact Group business from the initial acquisition of the Industrial Products Division of Southcorp Packaging in 2002, through its successful $649 million listing on the ASX in December 2013 to now. Cridland will be retained by the organisation until April 2016, to ensure an orderly transition of leadership, before commencing his retirement.

    Bundey will be paid a $1.2 million base salary and will be able to double that amount if he meets incentive targets.

    Pact reported a profit of $67.63 million for the year to June 30, up more than 17% on the previous year. Revenue grew by 9.3% to $1,249 million, underpinned by new sales from acquisitions and favourable currency movements.

  • Amcor unveils metal-free lightweight packaging

    Australian packaging company Amcor will showcase AmLite – its latest metal-free packaging technology that creates a lightweight, transparent material – at PackExpo in Las Vegas this month.

    The technology produces lightweight material with barrier levels that are similar to aluminium. However, it is 21% lighter when compared to standard aluminium based material and also provides a 40% carbon footprint reduction.

    “AmLite can offer a significant environmental benefit by reducing material use,” said Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas marketing director, Wojciech Skalbani. “Additionally, it can help our customers ensure product safety by allowing the use of metal detectors after packs are filled and sealed.”

    AmLite can be used for wet and dry food products, and for medical and personal care including powders and lotions. It allows users to create different pack formats, including regular, stand up and spouted pouches, flow packs, and sachets.

    “Brand owners can now easily choose transparent packaging, even for sensitive products,” said Marco Hilty, VP Strategy and R&D for Amcor Flexibles Europe and Americas. “Packaging that shows the product inside increases consumer trust and the likelihood of purchase. For sensitive products however, this was typically not a practical option, and they were hidden behind aluminium-based or metallised packaging.  AmLite gives packaging designers and marketing teams a cost competitive alternative.”

    PackExpo runs from September 28-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Paintings by Canon

    Print samples created using material appearance image-processing.

    Technology that can reproduce oil paintings and other works of art, allowing viewers to experience the reproduced work while the original art remains in optimal storage conditions, has been unveiled by Canon.

    Canon Australia said its parent, Canon Inc., had developed material appearance image-processing technology.  Through the acquisition of information using digital cameras, the technology digitises material appearance information qualities such as gloss, plasticity, transparency and three-dimensional surface contour characteristics to enable printing reproduction.

    The system makes use of multiple Canon digital cameras, which are used to capture images of the target object. The digitised material appearance information is then used to faithfully reproduce the properties of the original object using a UV-curable* printing technology that is controlled in accordance with its print characteristics.

    “Capitalising on Canon’s expertise in image input and output devices, material appearance image-processing technology makes possible not only the high-definition representation of colour characteristics, but also the printing of various material appearance qualities, such as those of metal, cloth and other materials,” said a Canon press release.

    “Additionally, as the technology is capable of recreating the material appearance characteristics of the original target object, it can be used to reproduce historically significant oil paintings and other valuable cultural properties, which would allow viewers to experience new ways of art appreciation, while enabling the original artwork to be preserved under optimal storage conditions.

    “Canon will further strengthen the development of this technology with the aim of expanding its application into such areas as wallpaper and other interior-use materials, advertising signage and product packaging.”

    Canon also announced a world-first CMOS sensor incorporating approximately 250 million pixels and a new range of next-generation 8K motion imaging technologies.

    *An inkjet printing technology that uses UV-curable inks, which instantly dry and adhere to surfaces when exposed to ultraviolet light. UV-curable inks have a hard finish and are highly resistant to water and direct sunlight.

     

  • Winds of change – Interim CEO for NPCIA

    David Carter (above) has been appointed interim CEO of the National Packaging Covenant Industry Association (NPCIA) following last month’s departure of Stan Moore.

    NPCIA, the legal entity contracted to deliver the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC), a sustainable packaging initiative, said Carter would step into the position as recruitment commences to fill the role on an ongoing basis.

    Carter remains the CEO and president of the Packaging Council of Australia and offered to assist the NPCIA until a new CEO was found. As an existing member of the NPCIA committee, Carter’s appointment allows the NPCIA to continue negotiations with state and federal government bodies on future Covenant arrangements, and oversee the covenant’s activities in the transitional period.

    The NPCIA is currently finalising a new APC for approval by environment ministers in December 2015, with implementation scheduled from July 2016.

    In a statement announcing the move, the NPCIA said it was seeking to make the future Covenant ‘more strategic, targeted and with improved governance and accountability’:

    The NPCIA Committee is also working to ensure that a future Covenant, which while it remains a co-regulatory arrangement, delivers strengthened member services and capacity building to assist signatories reduce the environmental impact of their packaging waste. The NPCIA is in the early stages of a member survey to gather views on future activities that would help signatories reduce the environmental impact of their packaging and how to make the action plan/ reporting framework more effective and streamlined; the future fee structure; and the future arrangements for the product stewardship organisation (to replace the NPCIA) to deliver the services under the Covenant agreement.

    Stan Moore, who had been critical of the federal government’s commitment to the APC, left the organization last month after four years in the job.

     

     

  • New Goss packaging technology at Labelexpo

    Goss International will present its latest offset technology developments and opportunities for converters at Labelexpo Europe from September 29 – October 2, on booth #7D18, at Brussels Expo, Place de Belgique.

    First-hand information about Alwan’s Color Expertise Technology, a recent addition to the Goss Sunday Vpak press series, will be a highlight for visitors to the Goss stand. This latest suite of software is now commercially available following months of testing at Goss’s Packaging Technology Centre, Durham, New Hampshire (USA).

    Alwan’s technology suite features an extended color gamut, which adds two or three inks to conventional process inks, enabling exact brand color reproduction without the need for spot inks. Facilitating a substantial reduction in the costs usually associated with ink changeovers, the update is expected to bring customers a 30 to 50 percent cost reduction compared to the use of spot inks through a combination of eliminating ink changeovers and reduced ink inventories.

    “We are extremely committed to pushing the boundaries in printing and packaging, and consistently delivering best-in-class products,” said David Muncaster, director of EMEA business development for packaging at Goss International. “We are delighted to have partnered with Alwan, who share our passion for innovative print solutions. Our Vpak range already combines cost-effective hybrid solutions with superior print quality and the addition of Alwan’s extended color gamut further strengthens our offering in the labels and packaging market. We are confident that our combined expertise will enable not only reduced time and material waste but will also allow us to continue delivering market-leading quality, flexibility and control.”

    The extended color gamut is just one feature on the four-part technology suite from Alwan which is now available on the full Goss product range. The suite also includes color management and quality control software which helps to increase print quality and consistency; reduce cost and ultimately maximize productivity across the production cycle. Goss have also made a number of highly anticipated changes to its Vpak presses in order to further reduce waste and optimize the printing process for flexible packaging customers in particular.

    According to Goss, the partnership and technology updates reflect the company’s commitment to driving ongoing development across their portfolio, and follow a number of recent ‘kaizen’ events held specifically to improve equipment design and streamline processes.

    “With the growing trend towards shorter run lengths, printers and converters are increasingly having to find solutions to balance customer expectations and profitability,” said Muncaster. “Our most recent ‘kaizen’ event focused on job changeover process which is now increasingly critical in order to make customers’ working lives easier and more profitable. We are excited to share our latest developments at Labelexpo this year and demonstrate how our people, products and partners are together delivering the flexibility, high quality and cost effectiveness that is so essential in today’s packaging market.”

  • Masterwork boost for Heidelberg

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    Heidelberg is using its sales network to sell die-cutters and folder gluers produced by Masterwork for packaging production.

    In just six months, over ten machines have been shipped to customers, primarily in Europe, reflecting the partnership’s success. The aim is to continuously increase the volume of business by progressively expanding the product portfolio, according to a Heidelberg press release.

    “By using MK products, we can meet the specific demands of our customers on the packaging market,” said Harald Weimer, global sales, Heidelberg Management Board. “They need the best machines for their individual requirements so as to ensure efficient and cost-effective folding carton production.We offer customers what they need, whether from Heidelberg or a partner. In MK, we’ve found a partner that has impressed us with the quality of its production and innovative research and development. It is a partnership that more than meets our high expectations.’

    More than ten Promatrix 106 CS and Easymatrix 106 CS die-cutters have already been sold, said the press statement.

    Both die-cutters offer an excellent price-performance ratio and are aimed at customers with small and medium production volumes. These machines are also highly attractive to customers in the commercial sector. The Promatrix 106 CS has a speed of 8,000 sheets per hour, while the Easymatrix 106 CS runs at 7,700 sheets per hour.

    The first purchaser of the Promatrix 106 CS was Polish print shop Arka-Druk. It has a workforce of 80 employees, who supply customers throughout the country with commercial jobs but also increasingly offer them packaging for foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals.

    The partnership between MK and Heidelberg aims to satisfy the growing demand for innovative machines for postpress in the packaging sector. The right products and technologies, comprehensive service, and a rapid supply of spare parts are key. As well as the Promatrix and Easymatrix, the future will also see MK machines that feature special modules such as offline inspection, hot foil embossing, and blanking. Some of these new machines will be introduced to a wider audience at the upcoming Packaging Days at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site in November. The MK Diana X, MK Diana Smart 55, and MK Diana Smart 80 folder-gluers will also be on show.

  • Falling $A hits Amcor profit

    The strong US dollar cut into the profits of Australian packaging giant Amcor for the 12 months to June 30, with the company posting a small 0.4% rise in net profit to $A947 million ($US680.3 million).

    The company added that net profit had actually jumped 7.2% – when currency swings from a strengthening US dollar were excluded. Revenue was down 3.5% at $US9.61 billion.

    Ron Delia, CEO Amcor

    “The full year results represent another year of higher profits and returns despite a depreciating Australian dollar,” said Amcor CEO Ron Delia. “Earnings per share, on a constant currency basis, increased by 7.5 per cent, and dividend, in Australian dollar terms, increased by 23 per cent to 53 cents. Though growth is lower, change is happening more quickly and we are adapting to our environment and accelerating to meet new opportunities. The key drivers of our increased earnings were the benefits from recent acquisitions and continued improvement in operating performance.”

    Over the past year Amcor announced acquisitions in South Africa, Brazil, China and India, as well as new plants in the Philippines and Indonesia.

    Delia emphasised the importance of the Australian market, which makes up five per cent of its business.

    “We have the market-leading flexible packaging business in Australia and New Zealand and the presence we have here is important. Australia holds an important part of our operating business, which will continue to prosper, and it is also our listing location and a great source of equity capital. We don’t see any reason to shift the listing of our company anywhere else.

    “The rigid plastics business had a strong year, with earnings up 8% and returns at a record 20%. There was continued growth in Latin America and the North American operations had a solid result, with higher volumes in all the main product segments,” he said. Amcor’s flexible packaging segment saw record returns of 25.5% and its operating sales margin increased to 12.5%.

    “The outlook for the 2015/16 year is for higher earnings, expressed in constant currency terms,” said Delia.

    The final dividend was 28.6 Australian cents per share, unfranked, up from 23.5 cents.

  • Profit jump for Amcor spinoff Orora

    Packaging company Orora increased annual net profit by 25.9% despite ‘subdued’ conditions in major markets including North America and Australasia.

    The company, which was spun off from packaging giant Amcor in December 2013, reported a net profit of $131.4 million, up from last year’s $104.4 million. Earnings before interest and tax rose 17 per cent to $225.1 million.

    'Strong earnings': Chief executive Nigel Garrard

    “Operationally the Group delivered strong earnings before interest and tax growth of approximately 17% despite subdued market conditions in both Australasia and North America,” said chief executive Nigel Garrard. “This was driven primarily by benefits from business improvement programs, which are slightly ahead of target, and increased market share in the glass and North American businesses.”

    “Orora’s customer focus and innovation will continue to underpin future growth,” said Gerrard, who added that 2015/16 earnings were expected to be higher. “Orora continues to actively pursue acquisition opportunities in preferred markets to enhance geographic footprint, extend the value proposition and achieve greater economies of scale.”

    The company declared a final dividend of 4 cents a share, bringing the total payout for the year to 7.5 cents a share.

    Orora also announced it’s signed a $17 million deal to acquire Jakait, a Canadian-based supplier of packaging, logistics services and label products to the greenhouse produce sector.

    Melbourne-based Orora employs about 5,500 people in 39 manufacturing plants and 83 distribution sites across seven countries, producing packaging products ranging from corrugated boxes and folding cartons to glass bottles and jars.

  • Pact posts strong result, flags more acquisitions

    'Committed to growth': Brian Cridland, CEO Pact

    Australia’s biggest plastic packaging manufacturer Pact reported a profit of $67.63 million for the year to June 30, up more than 17% on the previous year. Revenue grew by 9.3% to $1,249 million, underpinned by new sales from acquisitions and favourable currency movements in Pact International.

    Pact Australia reported sales revenue of $890 million, up 8.2% on FY14, and EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) of $86 million, up 5.0%, driven by the contribution from the Sulo business and ongoing efficiency improvements, which were negated by the higher post IPO costs. The company listed on the ASX in December 2013.

    Pact International also reported both growth in sales revenue and growth in EBIT. Sales revenue increased 12.1% to $359 million, assisted by an increased contribution from Sulo New Zealand, the Asian businesses acquired at the time of IPO and favourable currency movements.

    In an ASX statement, Pact said the establishment of a joint venture in Thailand (with Weener Plastics) and construction of the new facility in Indonesia to support multinational customers businesses in Asia, were both expected to deliver benefits next year:

    Through the year Pact acquired Sulo and four smaller bolt-on businesses, providing access to new markets and greater diversity within its customer base. The Sulo business, acquired in August 2014, has been performing above expectations. The remaining acquisitions were mostly completed towards the end of the financial year, with benefits to be delivered in FY2016.

    In June, Pact announced the $80 million acquisition of Jalco, a contract manufacturing business with operations in New South Wales. The deal is expected to be completed on 1 September 2015.

    “Pact continues to build on its very long history of successfully acquiring and integrating businesses to deliver growth in earnings,” said Brian Cridland, Pact MD and CEO. “These acquisitions have and will broaden our business into new markets, increasing the scale and diversity of our business and opening up growth opportunities for the future. We remain committed to our strategy which is to focus on resilience, innovation and growth. The Board and management continue to assess a range of M&A opportunities focussing on adjacencies, geographical expansion, and acquisitions that will bring about transformational change and deliver long-term shareholder value and returns.”

    Pact will pay a final dividend of 10c per share, 6.5c of which will be franked. Combined with an interim unfranked dividend of 9.5c, Pact’s total dividend comes to 19.5c per share.