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    28.04.2015   Britvic's CEO Simon Litherland appointed as ISBA's new President    ( Company news )

    Company news Simon Litherland (photo), CEO of Britvic plc has been appointed the President of ISBA, the Voice of British Advertisers.

    He succeeds Jon Woods, General Manager of Coca-Cola GB and Ireland, from February 2015. In his new role, Simon will chair the ISBA Council, the senior governance body of ISBA.

    Simon Litherland, CEO of Britvic plc and ISBA President said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of President of ISBA, the only body focused solely on championing the interests of advertisers in the UK, and at a time when the organisation is enjoying unprecedented growth.

    As a significant advertiser, I appreciate only too well the value that ISBA brings to our business, on the regulatory, media and capability fronts, enabling us to extract maximum value from our marcoms spend.

    This election year doubtless holds a few surprises and I look forward to working with the ISBA team to ensure that the interests of advertisers are safeguarded.”

    Simon was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Britvic Plc in February 2013 and is responsible for delivery of the company’s business strategy. He joined the company in 2011 as Managing Director of Britvic GB.
    (Britvic Plc)
    28.04.2015   Festo continues on its course of worldwide growth    ( Company news )

    Company news -Pneumatic and electric automation on a broader basis
    -With an increase in turnover of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in the 2014 financial year, Festo Group consolidated its market position.

    Photo: Dr. Eberhard Veit, Chairman of the Management Board of Festo AG

    With an increase in turnover of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in the 2014 financial year (2013: 2.28 billion euros), the Festo Group consolidated its global market position and continued its successful growth of the past few years. The regions of Asia, the Americas and Europe were also marked by growth. The German market grew the most strongly in a year-on-year comparison. Significant impulse for growth was given by the Customer Solutions, Process Automation and Electric Automation divisions. The Didactic division further extended its presence on the market and registered a very good year. Over the coming years, the company intends to extend its leading market position even further with its new LEAD strategy (Leadership in Automation and Didactic) in pneumatic and electric actuation for industrial automation and in vocational education.

    The financial year 2014 in summary
    With growth of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in 2014, Festo surpassed its predicted increase in turnover of 6 to 7 %. Broken down by region, the year-on-year increase amounted to 8 % in Asia, 5 % in the Americas and 8 % in Europe. Sales on the German domestic market grew by 9 %.
    In addition to the strategic business fields, the growth generators in Germany were development in the field of Electronic Light Assembly (electronics and assembly of small components) and new projects in the automotive industry. Cooperation with major customers was also extended.
    Customer Solutions (CS), Process Automation (PA) and Electric Automation (EA) number among the important pillars of growth for Festo. The CS division grew by 8 %, and PA by under 4 %. The EA division grew the most strongly, with a rate of 18 %. Didactic, the world market leader in vocational education and training, consolidated its position and rounded off a very positive year with a growth rate of more than 17 %.
    “Festo has grown rapidly and successfully over the past few years. From this position of strength, we shall now invest in the future with our new LEAD strategy and further extend our leading position in the market for pneumatic and electric actuation in industrial automation and in vocational education,” said Dr. Eberhard Veit, Chairman of the Management Board of Festo AG.

    Customer Solutions in high demand
    The demand for custom-designed systems solutions expedited growth in the Customer Solutions division. “In view of the high demand for Customer Solutions, we are constantly extending our global network of Technical Engineering Centres and Application Centres. This enables us to realise customer projects rapidly and in an agile manner on location in all regions,” said Dr. Veit.
    Positive growth was also recorded by the MedLab unit with its automation solutions for medical and laboratory technology: its annual increase in turnover registered over the past ten years amounts to almost 13 %.

    Growth in Process Automation
    The special solutions competence of Festo is reflected not only in Factory Automation, but also in Process Automation; this has led to an increase in turnover in the fields of water/wastewater and biotech/pharmaceuticals.

    Electric automation acquires increasing significance
    In addition to pneumatic automation technology, increasing significance is also being acquired by its electric counterpart. “With 18 %, Electric Automation was the division with the highest growth rate,” explained Dr. Veit.
    “Electric automation and pneumatics are important technological keys to the production of the future. Production processes must become even more flexible, while system functions are frequently becoming increasingly complex with more stringent requirements placed on networked communication. Festo has the right solution here: we offer our customers technology-neutral automation – both pneumatic and electric,” said Dr. Veit in clarifying the target.

    Festo Didactic strengthens its market position
    The networked flexible production of the future also places new practical demands on the qualification of students and specialist employees. In this regard, Festo Didactic consolidated its leading position on the market last year with new education concepts and learning systems in the context of Industry 4.0.
    With the takeover of the Canadian-US company Lab-Volt in June 2014, the company extended its portfolio in the field of technical learning systems for electronics, electrical engineering and energy management. The new “LabVolt Series” learning systems for the sectors of electronics, electrical engineering and energy management are produced in Canada and the USA and represent an invaluable supplement to the product range of Festo Didactic.

    Technological leadership extended
    “Our innovation pipeline is completely full for the next few years,” emphasised Dr. Veit. To further enhance its position as the technological market leader, the company is also investing in the development of electric automation engineering in addition to pneumatics. Dr. Eberhard Veit: “Customers want integral solutions – from the product, to systems, up to custom-designed solutions and the appropriate software. We are therefore investing more than 7 % of our global annual turnover in research and development, and thus in new smart, intuitive product innovations along with more than 10,000 individual solutions that help boost our customers’ productivity even further,” Dr. Veit added.
    Festo has important topics on its agenda: “Current megatrends such as energy efficiency, globalisation, digitalisation, Industry 4.0 and the life sciences open up interesting opportunities. For this reason, our company will be extending its range of products and solutions in the fields of medical engineering and laboratory automation over the coming years. Likewise, we are increasing our range of offers in process automation to include Industrial Water, Chemical (fine chemicals) and Food Processing. In view of recent developments and trends such as big data, smart services and electromobility, we are expecting short- and long-term impulses for products and markets that support the technology portfolio of Festo and reinforce its current market position, while at the same time helping to open up new markets,” explained the Chairman of the Management Board.

    The focus of research is on Industry 4.0
    The research and development activities in the context of Industry 4.0 are being given special emphasis. “We at Festo see Industry 4.0 as a highly interdisciplinary future project, on which we are constantly working in cooperation with partners from science and industry. Festo is involved for example in a number of joint research projects that deal with various aspects of future production. However, not only the latest technical developments are important here, but also the question of what status the human operator will have in the overall context of future production, and how a company can prepare its employees for this development. We are addressing this matter with our Didactic unit,” said Dr. Veit.
    “Practical examples of this are our Cyber Physical Factory, a modular production facility for vocational education and training in Industry 4.0 at our Didactic unit; and the Multi-Carrier System in Electric Automation, an innovative transport system for greater flexibility in production processes,” Dr. Veit added. “The Multi-Carrier System incorporates important options relevant to Industry 4.0. Our flagship product, the CPX automation platform, will also be capable of integration into Industry 4.0 environments via OPC-UA.” Festo has initiated many further customer projects in the field of digitalisation of industrial automation. Our customers set store by the competence of Festo in technology and innovation, and in vocational education.
    “We are also providing fresh impulse in the areas of our Bionic Learning Network and our Future Concepts again this year," said Dr. Veit. At the Hannover Messe 2015 trade fair, this is particularly relevant in the light of the motto “Join the Network!” The projects illustrate how networked communication between individual systems can be combined into an intelligent overall system and provide interesting approaches to future production.

    Investments in Germany as a production location
    In 2015, it is readily apparent that Festo is also investing in Germany to an increasing extent and is setting store by this country as an industrial location. No less than three new buildings are being occupied and officially opened this year: the Automation Center at the corporate headquarters in Esslingen, the Technology Factory in Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and the Global Production Centre Hassel in Rohrbach (Saarland) with its emphasis on new materials and polymers. At this site alone, the company has invested a total of around 150 million euros in the development of know-how and competence and in state-of-the-art working environments.
    The Technology Factory currently under construction represents a significant step towards the production of the future. New concepts from Industry 4.0 are also being applied and tested here. On completion of this complex, control elements, valves, valve manifolds and electronic components will be manufactured here. The Ostfildern-Scharnhausen location is designed as a future-proof adaptable factory: approaches from Industry 4.0 are being realised at this facility, and the CPX platform and the Multi-Carrier System will be in operation in many production units there. In addition, the insights gained in various research projects will be implemented and tested in a pilot area. All components for the AS interface – a data and energy supplier for actuators and sensors – will also be manufactured in this factory.

    Global investments in know-how and technology
    The focus on growth and on customer requirements calls for investments. “Customers in Asia and America now expect the same service, excellent delivery reliability and consultation that our customers enjoy in Europe,” explains Dr. Eberhard Veit. Festo is making investments worldwide to meet these demands on a global basis. Altogether, around 300 million euros have been invested in the development of the global development, production and logistics network as well as in new buildings. These investments are focused on the USA, Hungary, Bulgaria, Switzerland and China along with Korea, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
    More than 40 million US dollars are being invested in America alone. On a site in Mason, Ohio measuring more than 15,000 m², a new production and logistics centre is being built that will commence operations this year and be officially opened in 2016. The new Regional Service Centre (RSC) caters to additional growth in the USA, Canada and Mexico. With its centrally located new RSC, Festo offers its customers in North America innovative tailor-made solutions and even better service. “This will further consolidate our position in the American automation market,” said Dr. Veit.
    Festo is thus continuing with its successful two-pronged strategy. In Germany, Festo is pursuing the development of know-how, research and development, new technologies and technology factories; and at its locations in the global growth markets, production is carried out in the region for the region. The modules are adapted on location to suit specific regions or customers, and tailor-made individual solutions are devised. With the national companies and production centres outside Germany, Festo has been making a major contribution toward improving the innovative power and production quality of the new markets. "This has boosted the technological standards and demands in the local markets; for us, this in turn increases the demand for competitive automation solutions,” explains Dr. Veit.

    Global growth markets open up new opportunities: focus on the USA and China
    To assert itself on the future growth markets and remain competitive on a global scale, Festo already underwent a restructuring process last year. “In future, growth will take place not only in Germany and Europe, but above all in Asia and America. We shall therefore greatly increase our presence in the high-focus countries of the USA and China; we have already been making preparations for this over the past few years. We shall also establish a broader basis for our activities and invest in new growth sectors such as electric light assembly (ELA). Nevertheless, we shall not lose sight of our core business: in pneumatics, we intend to open up additional market segments with a focused, competitive product range. In our Electric Automation, Process Automation, Customer Solutions and Didactic divisions, too, we shall extend our range of activities and enhance our position on the market,” said Dr. Veit.
    In future, Festo will be concentrating to a greater extent on its traditional fields of expertise: excellent consultation for its customers, a high level of solutions competence for individual requirements, a first-class product range, excellent logistics performance, technology and innovations competence in many areas, a global market presence and competent service.

    Festo as a top employer: a professional future with career opportunities
    Over the past few years, Festo has constantly grown not only in terms of turnover. The workforce grew in 2014 to 17,800 worldwide (previous year: 16,700), including 8,100 employees in Germany (previous year: 7,700) and 9,700 abroad (previous year: 9,000).
    In 2014, Festo once again numbered among the top 100 employers for engineers in Germany and the top 500 in Europe. The company provides ideal working conditions, career opportunities and the possibility of lifelong learning and internal or external further education for trainees, first-time employees and young professionals, but also for employees with long professional experience. Junior employees are strategically supported with a talent management programme. Added to this are specific offers for on-the-job studies. Young aspirants are also given support in the form of a stipend or as part of the Stay Inspired student development programme.
    Last year, a total of around 120 trainees and bachelor students in Germany and 25 in China embarked on a course of education with Festo. Two of them can look forward to a very special year ahead: as the winners of the preliminary round of national professional competitions, they will represent Germany in the mechatronics section of the WorldSkills vocational championship in Brazil later this year.
    Software will play an increasingly significant role in future production. After all, there can be no intelligent products without the appropriate software. For the automation specialist Festo, it is therefore increasingly important for interdisciplinary teams to develop uniform solutions with a consistent architecture at the interface of hardware and software. “We offer exciting career prospects in the environment of Industry 4.0, also for software developers,” emphasised Dr. Veit.
    (Festo AG & Co. KG)
    27.04.2015   Rexam chosen by Sagres beer to launch 10 new can designs showcasing Portugal's diverse culture    ( Company news )

    Company news Rexam, a leading global can maker, has been chosen by Sagres, the Portuguese beer brand, to create packaging for their range of new, limited edition can designs that promote the cultural diversity of ten regions in Portugal.

    The unique cans use Rexam’s innovative HD printing techniques and matt-over-varnish finish to bring to life the illustrated designs. Designed by renowned Portuguese artist, Joana Vasconcelos, the limited edition range celebrates Portuguese passion for the arts and home grown talent.

    Speaking about the partnership, Sagres Marketing Manager, Raul Simão says, “We are thrilled with how Rexam was able to provide a packaging format to display our ten fantastic eye-catching designs that illustrate our patriotism and pride in our culture. The cans have great stand-out on shelf and we know our customers will love them. Working alongside a like-minded brand that shares our values of innovation and commitment to sustainability was key in helping us to choose the right partner.”

    The 33cl cans were produced out of Rexam’s La Selva plant in Spain, which recently underwent an extensive engineering project to now operate with aluminium-only production lines. The cans were available to consumers in the Portuguese market from October to December 2014.
    (Rexam Beverage Can Ibérica SL)
    24.04.2015   BERICAP's DoubleSeal Closure for Smoothies    ( Company news )

    Company news Proven closure technology for Austrian brand

    BERICAP has been producing one-piece closures for aseptic application for many years.
    One of these closures is the 38mm 2-start closure equipped with the typical BERICAP DoubleSeal System. Featuring an inner boreseal and outer sealing lip, it delivers excellent tightness for an aseptically filled product. The slit tamper evidence band ensures the integrity of the product and breaks conveniently on first opening.
    The 38mm one-piece DoubleSeal closure suits all common sterilization methods and fits onto the standard 2-start PET neck used in the market.
    It was with these proven quality arguments in mind that persuaded the Austrian owner of the ‘Jucyou’ smoothie brand to opt for the DS 38/16 SDS LC closure from BERICAP.
    Recognizing the trends in the market BERICAP, has a varied range of closures available for aseptic application suitable for all known sterilization methods and fitting 33mm to 38mm neck sizes.
    BERICAP’s closures for aseptic fillings are used in many countries and offer a distinctive combination of strong, reliable sealing and protection of the integrity of the filled products.
    (Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)
    23.04.2015   KHS: much greater demand for PET consultancy    ( Company news )

    Company news -Customer demand for new bottle designs noticeably higher in 2014
    -Lightweight and special bottle designs at the forefront
    -Holistic consultancy program

    Photo: Packaging designer Claudia Schulte combines the specific properties of a PET bottle with high-quality design.

    The demand for packaging solutions in plastic is huge the world over. The market wants sustainable, energy-efficient products for ever more sophisticated designs and applications. It requires packaging which is gentle on materials, energy and the product yet can be individually tailored to the specific content and brand. Whether water or beer, milk or fruit juice, shampoo or detergent, every content makes specific demands of the packaging.

    Sophisticated solutions
    KHS provides optimum solutions which meet these complex specifications with its innovative Bottles & Shapes™ program. This all-round service covers the entire development process from the initial suggested designs through laboratory testing to the ready-to-produce bottle, optimizing both the material and energy consumption and the balance between product quality and economy for the PET bottle. All of the relevant aspects for the smooth application of the new bottle in the filling and packaging line are also taken into account from the beginning. This holistic service was particularly popular with customers in 2014, this mirrored in the record growth in blow mold production of 25% compared to 2013.
    From a marketing point of view new bottle designs with special shapes are an important distinguishing feature and a selling point for consumers. Optimized bottle designs also help companies to save on materials and thus costs and resources.
    "We always start with the desired end product. This means that we ask our customers which demands they make of their plastic bottles. We take these parameters and design the ideal solution as a sample. We then develop the blow mold, carry out intensive laboratory testing and finally manufacture on state-of-the-art production lines," explains Johannes Köstlin, director of Service at KHS Corpoplast.
    With its successful Bottles & Shapes™ program KHS can react to individual customer requirements quickly and flexibly to produce a newly developed, tested bottle in a short space of time.

    Benchmark in PET lightweighting
    Particular proof that the Bottles and Shapes™ program has potential is manifested in KHS' lightweight record for 2014, held by the lightest 0.5-liter PET bottle worldwide for highly carbonated beverages with a screw cap and a weight of just 10.9 grams. The required quality properties such as stability and top load have of course been retained. In mass production a reduction in weight and material of this magnitude soon yields a financial saving that goes into six figures (in €).

    KHS is expecting further growth through its Bottles & Shapes™ program in 2015. Not only new customers will be a determinative factor here, estimates Johannes Köstlin. "We're also optimizing the production processes at our existing customer sites to boost the efficiency of lines already in operation. We see great potential here, as our customers can make considerable material and energy savings with new technologies and mold designs and thus significantly lower their production costs."
    22.04.2015   Africa: Guinness Nigeria Plc’s CEO promoted President, Diageo Africa    ( )

    Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, announced on April 16 a change in the leadership of the company. Mr. John O’Keeffe, current Managing Director/CEO has been promoted President, Diageo Africa, joining the Diageo Executive Committee and reporting into Dr. Nick Blazquez, President Africa and Asia.

    Mr. O’Keeffe’s new appointment will take effect from 1st July 2015.

    Guinness Nigeria has also announced the appointment of Mr. Soren Lauridsen as Mr. O’Keeffe’s successor. Mr. Lauridsen joins Diageo from Carlsberg and brings with considerable experience in the beer category and knowledge of emerging markets.

    Mr. Lauridsen will resume his role in May 2015 and will work alongside Mr. O’Keeffe until the end of the financial year in June 2015 to ensure a smooth transition.
    22.04.2015   ENGEL Symposium 2015: more than 3000 guests expected    ( Company news )

    Company news Experience. Innovation. Passion – that is the motto at the ENGEL Symposium 2015 in St. Valentin and Linz, Austria, 16th – 18th June. Every three years, the injection moulding machine manufacturer and system expert invites its customers and partners to Austria for its in-house exhibition. The innovative strength of the ENGEL Symposium 2015 will once again surpass its previous editions with several world premiers, numerous challenging applications and pioneering solutions. More than 3000 visitors from all regions of the world are expected.
    For three days, everything at ENGEL in St. Valentin and in the Design Center in Linz will revolve around the current and future challenges of the injection moulding industry. The ENGEL large-size machine production plant will practically be transformed into an injection moulding production facility for this event. Sophisticated components for the automotive, technical moulding, teletronics, packaging and medical industries will be produced at new levels of product quality and with previously unseen efficiency in a total of 15 highly integrated and automated production cells. In numerous Expert Corners, the focus will be on topics like new developments for intelligent process optimisation, controlled plastification and the broad spectrum of ENGEL service products, among other things. Beyond that, a top-class lecture programme, a partner exhibition, and the 2015 ENGEL HL-Awards ceremony make the ENGEL Symposium an important international event for the industry.

    Machine innovations: presenting a triple pack
    Liquidmetal: efficient injection moulding of metal alloys
    With Liquidmetal (photo), ENGEL opens the door to completely new classes of material and product characteristics; metal alloys can now be efficiently injection moulded. As the exclusive machine manufacturing partner of Liquidmetal Technologies from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA, ENGEL is the only provider worldwide to offer system solutions for the injection moulding of Liquidmetal materials. For the first time, showcased in the production of medical instruments at its 2015 symposium, ENGEL will be presenting the technological and market possibilities that its collaboration with Liquidmetal Technologies opens up for plastics processors and metal goods manufacturers.
    Liquidmetal alloys – also called metallic glass – represent a completely new class of material with outstanding mechanical characteristics. The alloys are significantly stronger and at the same time significantly more elastic than the alloys and steels conventionally used, which makes it possible to produce components with a completely new profile of characteristics. Together with Liquidmetal Technologies Inc., ENGEL has developed an innovative solution for the processing of the Liquidmetal alloys on the basis of its all-electric ENGEL e-motion series of injection moulding machines. This solution prepares the way for economical large-scale production of high-precision metal components that previously could only be fabricated with MIM processing or machined individually with CNC systems.
    ENGEL sees great potential for the new technique in the area of medical technology. Beyond that, possibilities present themselves in a number of other areas, such as in the sporting goods or the aviation and aerospace industries. The first Liquidmetal applications have already been realised in the electronics industry.

    New O-ring machine: producing mass products competitively
    O-rings and flat gaskets are central to the reliability and safety of many different applications. Moreover, standard mass-market products in particular are subject to exceptionally high pressure on pricing. These products can only be built competitively with highly precise, reliable and efficient manufacturing technology. In order to provide even better support for its customers in this area, ENGEL has developed a new hydraulic machine for all common rubber compounds. The horizontal machine with screw injection unit ensures very high precision for production with small and mid-sized shot volumes. It makes fully automatic processing possible with conventional brush modules. Additional features include the compact footprint and high energy efficiency thanks to the standard ecodrive drive unit. Because of the long heating phases, the ENGEL servo-hydraulics achieve particularly large savings in the production of O-rings and flat gaskets.

    ENGEL e-speed: new machine size reduces cycle times with large shot volumes
    ENGEL e-speed – that is the latest machine innovation from the ENGEL packaging business unit. ENGEL presented the 650-tonne hybrid machine with electrical clamping unit and hydraulic injection unit for the first time at the K 2013. At its 2015 symposium, ENGEL will be presenting a second variation of the large high-speed machine with a larger injection unit. The machine size 6 with a screw diameter of 120 mm has added a larger dimension to what the system can offer. Until now, the ENGEL e-speed 650 was available with a 90 mm screw.
    The new machine size guarantees short cycle times even with large shot volumes. The ENGEL e-speed will provide an impressive demonstration of this during the symposium with the production of cartridges for the do-it-yourself market. The cartridges have a wall thickness of 1.4 mm and a weight of 50 g each. In a 16-fold mould from Otto Hofstetter (Uznach, Switzerland), this results in a total shot capacity of 800 g. A cycle time of under 10 seconds is achieved for this process.
    The cartridge production makes optimal use of the benefits of the hybrid machine. The long hollow forms require a high injection force while the mould must also be able to be opened and closed very quickly. For such requirements, ENGEL has a particularly energy-efficient – with ecodrive as a standard – and also IML-capable solution in its programme: the ENGEL e‑speed. The ENGEL e-speed 650 in machine size 6 achieves the highest hydraulic force that ENGEL has realised in the area of packaging thus far, and with that it sets new standards in the industry.

    Large-size machines: sensitivity for flexible integration
    Dimensionally stable components with little material
    Together with Georg Kaufmann Formenbau (Busslingen, Switzerland), Daimler has developed a production process for the production of boot coverings based on the ENGEL coinmelt injection compression moulding technology. Before this process will go into series production after the ENGEL Symposium, the visitors at the Symposium can convince themselves of its high efficiency. An ENGEL duo 11050/1700 injection moulding machine with an integrated ENGEL viper 60 linear robot will be demonstrating the production of ready-to-install components.
    What is special about this application is the three-dimensional very complex part geometry which is strongly ribbed and has several undercuts. Here, the injection compression process allows an excellent fine structure reproduction without warpage. Compared with compact injection moulding smaller wall thicknesses can be realized. This reduces the weight and saves raw material costs. In the injection compression moulding process, the polymer melt is injected into the gap for the compression stroke which requires less injection pressure compared to conventional injection moulding processes. Just before the polymer melt flow stops, the clamping unit starts to close – with controlled parallelism and defined clamping force. The sealing pressure, which replaces the post-injection pressure of the conventional injection moulding process, is distributed homogeneously along the entire length of the part, therefore reducing material shrinkage, also when small wall thicknesses are produced. An important prerequisite for this is a very precise opening stroke of the moving mould mounting platen, which is assured by the individually controlled short stroke pressure pads of the ENGEL duo machine.
    ENGEL coinmelt is a low-pressure injection moulding method. This means that machines with lower clamping forces can be used compared to standard injection moulding processes. Under the name of ENGEL coinmelt ENGEL offers system solutions for the different variations of the injection compression moulding.

    Set targeted component properties
    To control specific component properties with the injection moulding process and boost cost efficiency at the same time – this challenge is at the focus of the production of seat shells for office chairs. The Allgaier Kunststoffverarbeitung company in Nesselwang, Germany, specialises among others in 2K sandwich processes for this purpose. A current project employs a co-injection head, a new development from their machine construction partner ENGEL, that will be presented at the ENGEL Symposium. There an ENGEL duo 4400/700 injection moulding machine with an integrated ENGEL viper 40 robot will be producing seat shells for the new IN office chair from Wilkhahn (Bad Münder, Germany). Because the backrest and the seat constitute one unit, diverse properties must be combined in the component. The backrest must achieve high rigidity, while the seat must be flexible in some areas. In addition, there are high demands placed on the quality of the surface finishing, because the visible areas are not processed any further after the injection moulding. Allgaier masters these challenges with the help of co-injection technology. Glass-fibre reinforced polyamide is processed for the core, and unreinforced polyamide for the outer layer.

    Compact integration: an ENGEL easix multi-axis robot does a headstand
    The Teletronics business unit also presents itself with a large-scale machine application, the most impressive aspect of which is its extremely space-saving robot integration. The ENGEL easix multi-axis robot hangs head-down into the production cell and therefore needs no separate floor space. An ENGEL duo 1800/400 is employed for the production of operating consoles. The ENGEL easix places two capacitive films in the mould per cycle, and removes a finished part at the same time.
    One film provides a single-touch and the other a multi-touch functionality. They are situated at the back of the component, while the front side is decorated via IMD. The decoration film has blank areas that will later be backlit in the completely assembled console. Transparent ABS is injected between the decoration film and the functional films. In so doing, the ENGEL duo machine demonstrates its sensitivity. In order to avoid displacing the films or damaging the capacitive electronics, the flow of the melt must be controlled very precisely.
    Together with Leonhard Kurz and the functional film manufacturer PolyIC (both located in Fürth, Germany), ENGEL presents the immediate future of functional surfaces with ready-for-connection capacitive film technology with this application. The exhibit shows a complete process chain for the production of sensitive functional components in a clean-room environment. After take-out, the multi-axis robot transfers the component to a cleaning station provided by the Kist Maschinenbau company (Dresden, Germany) for the ENGEL Symposium. The laminar flow unit is provided by Max Petek Reinraumtechnik of Radolfzell, Germany.

    Technology Centre for Lightweight Composites
    Composite technologies from a single source
    Lightweight design in automobile construction is currently one of the strongest motors for innovation. Aircraft construction leads the way, although the processes for producing lightweight components that have become established there cannot be transferred to the automobile industry that is characterised by large batch numbers. It is therefore necessary to develop new processes as well as new materials that achieve the productivity and cost-efficiency required for automobile manufacturing. Important keys for this include injection moulding, which offers much potential for process integration and automation, and also thermoplastic matrix systems that allow for short cycle times. As an injection moulding machine manufacturer with a great amount of expertise and experience in automation, ENGEL makes significant contributions in this area. At its Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies in St. Valentin, ENGEL promotes the intensive interdisciplinary development of fibre composite technology together with partner companies and universities. During its symposium, ENGEL provides visitors insights into the work being done at the technology centre and calls attention to the opportunities that collaborative research make possible.
    Together with its partners Fill (Gurten, Austria) and Hennecke (St. Augustin, Germany), ENGEL will be giving a step by step demonstration of an HP-RTM process with a generic test component on an ENGEL v-duo 3550/1100 machine during the symposium. Hennecke is its partner for polyurethane processing; Fill specialises in the production and processing of fibre-reinforced composite preform elements. Thanks to the close cooperation with its partners, ENGEL can also provide highly integrated system solutions – including the production of preforms – for the production of FRP components from a single source.

    ENGEL v-duo keeps production cells compact
    The ENGEL v-duo was developed specifically for fibre-reinforced composite applications, but is also flexible enough to be used for processes involving high cavity pressures such as those employed in conventional injection moulding. The large-size vertical machine is characterised by a very high degree of rigidity and excellent platen parallelism, and platen-parallelism control for injection compression moulding is included in the standard version of the machine.
    The ENGEL v-duo enables very compact production cells to be used at low costs. In comparison with conventional presses, the ENGEL v-duo machine has only about half the height and is about 60 percent lighter. This reduces the work and costs involved in laying a base for the machine. In many cases, existing hall structures can be used. The clamping unit can be accessed from all four sides instead of just two, which speeds up maintenance work and also simplifies automation. In addition, handling devices can be integrated to save space, and move straight into the mould area. Using sliding tables, insertion tasks, for example, can be carried out outside the clamping unit, which slashes the cycle time even further for many applications. The standard version of the ENGEL v-duo also comes with the ecodrive servo-hydraulic system. The usual hydraulic accumulator has been done away with completely here, allowing the ENGEL v-duo to set new standards in energy efficiency as well.
    Visitors at the ENGEL Symposium will also be given exciting insights into the assembly of the ENGEL v-duo machines during the tour of the exhibits. Among the things that can be seen will be an ENGEL v-duo 3600 – the largest model in the series.

    All-electric: efficient implementation of high performance
    LSR: take advantage of the full potential
    High-precision, burr-free, no reworking required, automated – these are the demands placed on elastomer processing. ENGEL demonstrates just how the full potential can be optimally exploited in this area with the production of earplugs made of liquid silicone rubber on an all-electric ENGEL e-mac 170/50 injection moulding machine. For this, a four-cavity mould is used provided by ENGEL partner awetis engineering+manufacturing from Laudenbach, Germany.
    The earplugs are removed by an ENGEL e-pic robot. The new pick-and-place robot from ENGEL convinces with a completely new kind of kinematics that combines linear movements with a swiveling arm making it particularly compact and energy-efficient. The ENGEL e-pic fits in the space within the extended safety perimeter of the ENGEL e-mac injection moulding machine.

    Maximum performance up into the largest clamping force classes
    High performance is the theme of the packaging exhibit. Disposable cutlery will be produced on an all-electric ENGEL e-motion injection moulding machine. Knives and forks, sorted and packaged respectively, leave the manufacturing cell to 24 pieces each per shot. The manufacturing of mass-market products in the packaging industry is subject to particularly strong pressure on pricing. One trend is therefore moving towards multiple-cavity moulds that require correspondingly larger injection moulding machines. ENGEL responded very early to this trend, and today it is the only injection moulding machine manufacturer to offer all-electric machines with a clamping force of up to 6,500 kN.
    Because the mould for producing the cutlery does not include any hydraulic components, the efficiency potential of the all-electric machine can be exploited optimally. The machine's rapid acceleration, short opening stroke and simultaneous movements reduce cycle time. About 4.5 seconds are required for the injection moulding of the forks and knives. The production process is fully automated. The cutlery is removed from the side, separated, stacked and packaged. The automation technology partner is Campetella from Montecassiano, Italy. Since absolutely no oil is required, the production cell fulfills the high hygienic demands placed on applications for the food sector.

    Expert Corners: intelligent add-ons for machines
    Increase the homogeneity of the melt without intervening in the process
    One prerequisite for the production of high-quality injection-moulded parts is the thermal homogeneity of the plastificated plastic mass. However, the mass transported by the screw into the screw antechamber exhibits radial and axial gradients in temperature. For a long time, the precise measurement of these differences in temperature during the injection moulding process was impossible due to the difficult conditions. Together with the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, ENGEL has developed an innovative method for measuring the radial and axial temperature gradients in the melt in the screw antechamber based on fact that the speed of ultrasonic waves varies depending on temperature. During its symposium, ENGEL will be presenting the potential this method has for applications.
    Measuring systems based on ultrasound are of interest for the monitoring of injection moulding processes because it is a non-invasive method that can be carried out without interfering with the process. The applications for the ultrasonic methods range from the efficient verification of numeric simulations to the optimisation of components in the mix.

    New iQ software automatically determines the required clamping force
    The iQ product family for intelligent process control and optimisation is growing. A new software will celebrate its world premier at the 2015 symposium. The software automatically determines the clamping force required for the respective mould – without any specifications being set by the technicians. The clamping force is ascertained quickly and objectively on the basis of mould breathing.
    Since mould breathing is caused by the expanding pressure in the cavity, it can therefore be used – like the cavity pressure – to optimise the process. In contrast to the cavity pressure, this significant signal can be utilised without additional sensors. By monitoring mould breathing, the risk of flaws such as burr formation can be reduced significantly, and the mould can be reliably protected against overfilling. Even when the process conditions change, the software ensures that mould breathing remains constant by automatically adjusting the clamping force accordingly.
    The software and the functions it includes is the first of its kind worldwide and represents yet another unique product that distinguishes ENGEL on the market. The innovation is already the second product in the iQ family. The iQ weight control software, which automatically detects fluctuations in the ambient conditions and raw materials and compensates for them within the same shot, has already been very successful in establishing itself on the market.

    ENGEL plus – More than a machine
    Smart solutions are also the topic in the ENGEL plus exhibit area of the ENGEL customer service division. There it becomes clear that industry 4.0 is not just a buzzword for ENGEL, but has already long become daily practice in many areas. The latest product is the new ENGEL e-connect customer portal that makes processing service requests and ordering spare parts even easier and quicker while also adding even more transparency. The customer app which carries the same name makes it possible to send service requests directly from a smart phone from any location.
    Further smart solutions in the Expert Corner are ENGEL e-factory, the MES solution from ENGEL for the far-sighted control of production processes on a real-time basis, and ENGEL e-flomo, the intelligent cooling water monitoring and control system which is integrated into the machine control unit.
    In addition to ENGEL e-connect, two more apps are being presented: ENGEL e-calc for the configuration of injection moulding machines according to material and component being produced, and ENGEL plastyfine, the comprehensive image database that not only helps operators identify faults, but at the same time also describes the physical causes and possible technical processing solutions.
    Industrie 4.0 – for ENGEL, that means supporting the people in the production department. The goal is not just to boost the productivity, efficiency and availability of the machines and system solutions, but also to increase the stability and safety of the processes.

    Anniversary: 25 years of tie-bar-less technology
    Special exhibit showcasing the success story
    Compact manufacturing cells, efficient automation and fast set-up processes: With their large platens and free access to the mould area, tie-bar-less injection moulding machines fulfil the need for high efficiency and cost-effectiveness in production in the best possible way. 25 years ago, ENGEL became the first injection moulding machine manufacturer worldwide to present a tie-bar-less machine that still today remains a unique product distinguishing ENGEL on the market. The tie-bar-less injection moulding machines have long become one of ENGEL's biggest revenue sources. More than 60,000 tie-bar-less machines have been delivered worldwide and are successfully adapting to constantly changing requirements. The ecodrive servo-hydraulics and the new ENGEL e-motion TL all-electric tie-bar-less compact series show that ENGEL also has tie-bar-less answers to the trends of the 21st century. "25 years of tie-bar-less technology" – ENGEL is dedicating a special exhibit to this success story at its 2015 symposium.
    The 2015 ENGEL HL-Awards ceremony on the evening of June 16th represent another highlight of the anniversary celebrations. ENGEL will be honouring outstanding tie-bar-less applications for the eighth time. New this year is that the prizes will be awarded in three categories: efficient use of the mould area, innovative process integration and economical automation concept.

    Learning from a master of the trade: Karim Rashid is coming to Linz
    It is already a long-standing tradition for ENGEL to not only present numerous innovations in the areas of products and technology at its symposium, but also to organize top-quality presentations and speakers for the accompanying conference at the Design Centre Linz. Industry 4.0 is only one of the many interesting topics that will be discussed this year in the context of the current challenges and trends in injection moulding.
    A special highlight will be the topic presented by Karim Rashid, who will be coming to Linz from New York for the ENGEL Symposium. Karim Rashid is considered to be the pop star in the world of design. Over the past 30 years, his product designs, which are unusual, but always suitable for everyday life, have significantly influenced the way we see products. Rashid will take the guests at the ENGEL Symposium into his world of "blobism" and will reveal new aspects of functionality and design.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    22.04.2015   Indonesia: Ban on sales of drinks in convenience and other small stores to ...    ( )

    ... hit global brewers Heineken and Diageo

    Heineken and Diageo are braced for sales of beer in Indonesia to go flat when a government clampdown comes into force on April 16 that could affect half the country’s beer sales, The Financial Times reported on April 13.

    Diageo, the world’s biggest spirits company, has called on the government of the world’s fourth-most populous country to postpone the controversial ban on sales of drinks with less than 5 per cent alcohol volume — mainly beer — in convenience and other small stores.

    The decision, announced in January, is another setback in the markets on which global drinks companies are increasingly pinning their growth hopes.

    Several emerging markets have shifted from promising to problematic lately, notably China, where sales of expensive cognac and whisky have fallen sharply following president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive.

    This has hit profits at drinks groups, including France’s Pernod Ricard and Rémy Cointreau. China’s clampdown on extravagant spending has also led to a drop in beer sales because fewer people are eating out.

    The Indonesian government says its measure is aimed at reducing under-age drinking and loutish behaviour outside minimarkets. But the decree is also seen as another sign of the rising influence of Islamic groups in a country that is home to the world’s largest Muslim population.

    Amsterdam-based Heineken has a roughly 70 per cent market share of beer sales in the former Dutch colony through its majority-stake in Multi Bintang, producer of Bintang local beer. It also brews Diageo’s Guinness under licence.

    Heineken called the ban — which will affect an estimated 55,000 small retail outlets that sell about half the country’s beer — “an extreme measure” that was unlikely to solve the problem of underage drinking.

    The hit to sales for Heineken and Diageo in Indonesia is likely to be “significant, but small in the context of group sales”, said Sanjeet Aujla, analyst at Credit Suisse. Indonesia is estimated to account for less than 2 per cent of each company’s total sales, but the domestic beer market has been growing at 5-6 per cent a year, according to the International Wine and Spirits Record, the London-based drinks research group.

    Indonesia’s Brewers Association decried the lack of dialogue with the industry, saying the regulation “threatens to undermine Indonesia’s attractiveness for investors” and would be bad for tourism, especially in Bali, Jakarta and other visitor hotspots.

    Diageo, which has highlighted Indonesia as a growth market, urged the government to delay the measure “for at least another 12 months, so that workable solutions can be reached with multiple parties to achieve the government’s objectives, such as tackling underage drinking”.

    The London-based producer of Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka said the ban could increase the risk of illicit alcohol consumption, responsible for hundreds of deaths a year, because large tracts of Indonesia are not served by the larger supermarkets that are allowed to sell beer.

    The Southeast Asian drinks market has proved rough going at times for multinationals confronted with varied and changing regulations, anti-alcohol religious sentiment and entrenched local rivals.
    Advertising restrictions in Southeast Asian countries have hampered the international drinks groups that want to challenge popular local products.

    In Thailand, where protests by Buddhist monks and anti-alcohol campaigners forced ThaiBev to suspend an attempt to list on the stock exchange in 2008, drinks-makers are not allowed to depict their products in their publicity.
    22.04.2015   Japan: Kirin Brewery says restoration of tsunami-hit brewery took about one year    ( )

    Four years after the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people, caused billions of dollars in damage and displaced 230,000 people, many of the companies in the path of the 25-foot waves are back in business, USA Today reported on April 11.

    At Kirin Brewery, a leading Japanese brand and one of the country's oldest makers, 400 staff scrambled out of the factory in Sendai to escape as 70 million beer cans floated away in a series of massive waves that followed the magnitude-9 quake on March 11, 2011. But the brewery and several other businesses in the area had a plan in place to deal with such a disaster.

    "It took us about one year to complete the restoration of the brewery," Noriya Yokota, a Kirin executive, told delegates at the recent World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Yokota said the total cost to resume operations was $50 million.

    As bad as things were, Kirin had taken steps to prepare for large temblor. Emergency kits and meals were available, and the brewery had been outfitted to lessen injuries and damage.

    Disasters such as the 2011 Japanese tsunami are hard lessons in the need to prepare for the worst nature has to offer — and not just for individuals but businesses, too. That's why the Sendai framework on disaster risk reduction is so important.
    22.04.2015   Spain & India: Mahou-San Miguel to invest nearly Rs 120 crore in Indian business    ( )

    Spain's largest brewer Mahou-San Miguel plans to invest nearly Rs 120 crore in India to market its eponymous brand along with local beer Dare Devil in an effort to make the country one of its largest markets globally, The Economic Times reported on April 17.

    The company, which controls more than a third of Spanish beer market, entered India three years ago by acquiring 50 per cent stake in Arian Breweries. Last year, it acquired the remaining stake to set up its first subsidiary and distillery outside Spain.

    "Once we started looking at our global expansion plans, India became an important factor," said Erik D'Auchamp, chief executive officer at Mahou India.

    For Mahou-San Miguel, international markets contribute nearly 13 per cent to its annual revenues of 1.2 billion, or about Rs 7,950 crore. D'Auchamp said the company aims to scale that up to 20 per cent in the next five years. "India is a really an important part of that plan," he said. After a heady double-digit growth last decade, beer sales in India grew less than 3 per cent last fiscal, similar to several other consumer goods segments as shoppers cut back on discretionary spending.

    Yet, several companies are investing on aggressive product launches and packaging innovations. For instance, SABMiller launched Miller Ace and UB launched Heineken beer in cans.

    Since strong beer comprises 80 per cent of the Indian beer market, companies are taking super premium strong beer to more consumers.

    Both the existing brands of Mahou-San Miguel are in the strong segment. "We are also looking at launching lighter brand Mahou Clasica, super premium beer brand Alhambra and even spring water from our global portfolio over time," D'Auchamp said.

    Most global brewers are looking to boost their presence in fast-growing emerging markets such as India. Asia, which accounts for 35 per cent of global beer consumption, is the largest regional beer market.

    "In the next five years, it is estimated that Indian beer market will be 35 million cases, bigger than the Spanish market by then. So there is room for existing players and also for newcomers," D'Auchamp said.
    22.04.2015   Tetra Pak reports growth despite a 'challenging year'    ( Company news )

    Company news A further softening of global GDP and rising competition within the liquid food packaging sector made 2014 a challenging year for Tetra Pak. Despite this, the company achieved net sales of €10.9 billion, up 1.7 per cent from 2013, with strong growth in Capital Equipment and Technical Sales helping to offset a disappointing year for packaging material. ​

    “Against the backdrop of a tough year, with slower packaging material growth than originally expected, we saw clear evidence that our business strategy is working. Capital Equipment sales reached almost €2 billion and Technical Sales topped €1 billion for the first time in the company’s history. Our processing business closed the year with a record high order backlog, up 20 per cent compared with the end of 2013. And we saw a significant increase in sales of our advanced packing formats: 7.1 billion more packs reached the shelves in 2014 than in 2013, offering customers optimal functionality and differentiation,” Tetra Pak President and CEO Dennis Jönsson (photo) commented.

    Packaging Solutions
    The company’s Packaging Solutions business reported net sales of €9.4 billion, 0.9 per cent higher than in 2013. Packaging material volumes touched 180 billion packs, slightly ahead of the 178 billion packs sold in 2013, while Capital Equipment saw revenues rise 6.4 per cent year on year and Technical Sales climbed nearly 11 per cent. Almost 30 per cent of Technical Sales now comes from service contracts, as more and more customers recognise the value of proactive maintenance, stable performance and predictable costs.​
    Rising demand for products within the company’s advanced format came mainly from within the family pack segment, where Tetra Brik® Aseptic​ (TBA) Slim and Tetra Brik® Aseptic Edge, each with new generation openings, saw annual sales climb 42 per cent and 55 per cent respectively. In portion packs, Tetra Prisma® Aseptic ​continued to set the pace, with year-on-year growth of more than 38 per cent, or 2.1 billion packages.​

    Processing Solutions
    In contrast to the company’s Packaging Solutions business, Processing Solutions had another year of good growth, with particularly strong demand in the milk powder and cheese processing sectors. Net sales increased by almost 7 per cent year-on-year, driven by double digit improvements in South Asia, East Asia & Oceania and in Greater China, and buoyed by Tetra Pak’s first quarter acquisition of Switzerland-based Miteco, the world leader in production solutions for carbonated soft drinks.
    The company also reaped benefit from the 2013 acquisition of Danish filtration technology specialist, DSS Silkesborg, whose expertise and reputation played a key role in securing the largest Processing order in Tetra Pak’s history, a dairy and whey powder plant in Germany. ​

    Innovation delivering value
    2014 saw the launch of a range of new processing and packaging products, designed to support customers’ sustainable growth ambitions.
    One of the highlights in this regard was the introduction of Tetra Rex® Bio-based, the world’s first carton package​ made entirely from plant-based materials, combining paperboard with plastics derived from sugar cane, rather than oil or gas.
    More broadly, the innovation pipeline continued to deliver processing and packaging solutions to meet customers’ needs in ways that minimise environmental impact, and lower costs, by optimising energy use, reducing water consumption and cutting waste.

    “2015 will undoubtedly be another demanding year, but we are confident that our strategic direction will continue to strengthen our market position and bring us further success in both Packaging and Processing. Our focus, as always, will be on creating customer value, through continuous innovation and by helping to ensure customers are well-placed to capitalise on the many opportunities we see on their horizons,” concluded Jönsson.​
    (Tetra Pak AB)
    21.04.2015   Say hello to our newest brew: India Paw Ale     ( Company news )

    Company news Beer — it's a social beverage best enjoyed with friends. Sometimes, though, our human friends kind of suck; they aren't the best listeners, like to talk about themselves and make weird faces when you ask them to sit on your lap. That, my pals, is a problem.

    Here at New Belgium we like to solve problems, and we decided to face this one with the might of our brewing department. The result? A beer that you can FINALLY share with your best friend. That's right, we're talking about India Paw Ale.

    Specially designed for the four-legged friend in your life, India Paw Ale features 47 different hop varieties including Catscade, Pantcifica, Alpha Dog, Fetch Gold, Mount Woofier, Goldings Retriever and Sorachi Chase. The 197 IBUs are balanced by a full-bodied, (dog) biscuity malt backbone and jazzed with just a hint of chicken broth.

    Still, you might be asking, "Why would anyone release a beer for dogs?" Answer: BECAUSE WE LEAD THE PACK.

    Find it now wherever it's sold, which is absolutely nowhere.
    (New Belgium Brewing Co)
    21.04.2015   The Better Bottle Company and Aptar Food+Beverage partner to launch a new water enhancer solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Liquid water enhancers are a quickly growing trend worldwide. Primarily driven by an increasing attention to health concerns related to soft drink consumption, it is naturally leading to water as the beverage of choice.
    The Better Bottle Company, a Dutch manufacturer of innovative Soft Drinks and Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in supplying flow control dispensing closures to the water enhancer market, announce a cooperation in the launch of a water enhancer turn-key solution in mainland Europe.
    Using Micro, Aptar’s exclusive dispensing closure solution, it provides a spill-proof package and a straight directional dispense thanks to the flip-top closure and its flow control SimpliSqueeze® silicone valve system inside.
    Micro’s unique design provides an intuitive side opening process whether left or right handed. With each squeeze, consumers are able to customize their beverage to their exact flavor preference.
    The Better Bottle turn-key solution with the Aptar closure and the Alpla bottle can provide added value for distributors’ shelves and consumer’s satisfaction.
    If you would like more information or samples, visit us at PLMA at stand 4917.
    (Aptar Food + Beverage)
    20.04.2015   Beverage Can Makers Europe has appointed Ellen Wauters as General Manager    ( Company news )

    Company news Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME), the trade body representing Europe's leading drinks can manufacturers, has appointed Ellen Wauters (photo) as General Manager, effective from April 1st 2015.

    In her new role, Ellen will be responsible for BCME's overall direction and management. She will oversee BCME's mission to maximise market opportunities for the beverage can and to proactively position and support the positive attributes and image of the can relative to other beverage packaging alternatives through coordinated marketing, environmental and technical initiatives.

    "I am delighted to have overseen Ellen's appointment. She will bring new insights to our industry and will contribute significantly to our ambitious goals," says Iain Percival, Chairman of BCME.

    "I am pleased to be joining BCME and look forward to use my communications experience to ensure that the beverage can remains a top choice for fillers, retailers and consumers across Europe," added Ellen Wauters.

    Ellen will divide her time between the new BCME appointment and her overall responsibility for the Empac (European Metal Packaging) communications programme, where she has been active as Communications Manager and National Associations Coordinator for almost 6 years. Ellen is a translator by qualification, specialised in business communication, and speaks Dutch, English, French and Italian, a key asset in the polyglot world of European business.
    (BCME EEIG Beverage Can Makers Europe)
    20.04.2015   Distribute, mix and collect - The GEMÜ 553 distribution valve with modular body concept    ( Company news )

    Company news Modern and compact valve solutions are much in demand in plant engineering, for use in a wide range of applications. In addition to demanding requirements in terms of pressure and temperature, modular-style and expandable valve solutions are becoming increasingly popular. Through their adaptability to individual situations, a high level of flexibility can be achieved for a range of different applications with the modular GEMÜ 553 distribution valve.
    The GEMÜ 553 series consists of high-quality, stainless steel investment cast bodies that can be very easily connected together in series using a tried-and-tested seal system. In terms of actuator unit, pneumatically operated actuators made of stainless steel or plastic are available from the GEMÜ modular system. These can, depending on requirements, be used in combination with a widely varied range of accessories, such as electrical position indicators, combi switchboxes and/or pilot valves.

    Versatile application possibilities
    Thanks to the diversity of combination options, as well as the technical properties it possesses, the valve can be deployed for a variety of different processes. In this regard, it can be used in applications where an extremely wide variety of different media are distributed, mixed or collected. In particular, the GEMÜ 553 is ideally suitable for the distribution of cooling and lubricating fluids on machine tools. In the mixing function, media with different properties can be mixed together, such as hot and cold water. In the collection application, a same medium is guided in the back flow to a common outlet. In the distribution function, a medium is guided to a variety of different consumers. With the aid of a universal module, it is possible to integrate temperature and pressure measuring directly into the process. Furthermore, media can be separated along the pipe train. As a result, it is possible to control the flow of two media or types of media (e.g. liquid or gaseous) independently of one another via the same valve configuration.
    Thanks to the possibility of locking the individual connections in place in 90° increments, the valve arrangement can be ideally adapted to the most different of process and mounting conditions. Female threads in G1/2 and G3/4 are available for the connections. The module can be terminated at a desired point through separate connection and blanking flanges. The valve bodies are designed in pressure rating PN 25 and can be quickly and straightforwardly connected together via a threaded connection. When connected, the valve bodies are mutually sealed using O-rings.

    Visit us at the Achema:
    Hall 8, booth F4
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    17.04.2015   Diageo to acquire control of United National Breweries    ( Company news )

    Company news Diageo to acquire control of United National Breweries' traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa by acquiring the remaining 50% interest which it did not already own.

    Photo: Ivan Menezes, chief executive officer (CEO) of Diageo

    On 28 January 2013, Diageo announced it had entered into an agreement to acquire a 50% interest in the company which owns United National Breweries' traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa with the remaining 50% being held by Pestello Investments Inc., a company affiliated to Dr Vijay Mallya.

    Diageo announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the remaining 50% interest in the company, thereby making it a wholly owned subsidiary of Diageo. Diageo will acquire this further interest from Pestello Investments Inc. for an initial payment of $22 million (approximately £14.8 million) and a potential earn-out payment of up to $14 million (approximately £9.4 million). The transaction is conditional on (among other things) consent from the South African competition authority and is expected to complete in this fiscal year.

    Once completed, this transaction will give Diageo control of the leading traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa, including the ability to make investment decisions to support the continued growth of United National Breweries' brands in the sorghum beer category.
    (Diageo plc)
    17.04.2015   ENERGY EFFICIENT POWDER MIXING     ( Company news )

    Company news Boost your productivity and energy savings
    Increased productivity and energy savings are both important targets in most industries. Together with our partners throughout the world, Alfa Laval is committed to help you reach these targets and beyond.

    High rate of dynamic shear mixing
    Mixing and pumping both wet and dry ingredients into a homogenous blend can - depending on viscosity - require up to four separate electric motors, consuming a lot of energy.
    The Alfa Laval Hybrid Powder Mixer can accomplish the same using only a single motor drive, including efficient mixing in the associated production vessel, when used in combination with the Alfa Laval Rotary Jet Mixer.

    The Hybrid Powder Mixer combines pump and powder dissolving technologies in a single versatile unit. It is the only hygienic powder mixer capable of drawing powder into the unit while simultaneously pumping the resulting process liquid at pressures up to 4 bar, making the need for a separate discharge pump obsolete. It effectively pre-blends the powder and liquid before the mixture enters the high-shear stage, which contributes to faster and more effective dissolution.

    While other inline powder mixers create mechanical shear in a small area, the Hybrid Powder Mixer creates high dynamic shear in several different steps, which require less energy to ensure complete dissolution of the powder. The Hybrid Powder Mixer can also be used as part of an efficient Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) system.

    • Installation costs: A unit with only one electric motor for powder mixing, pumping and CIP.
    • Operating costs: Low power consumption, providing up to 50% energy savings.
    • Maintenance costs: Service is simplified due to fewer components.
    • Processing time: Fast and homogenous powder mixing at high dry matter concentration.
    (Alfa Laval Nordic AB)
    16.04.2015   Scotch Whisky exports down in 2014 - Long-term outlook remains strong    ( Company news )

    Company news Weaker economic conditions and political volatility in some markets saw the value of Scotch Whisky exports decline 7% to £3.95 billion in 2014 from £4.26bn the previous year, according to new figures published on 1 April.

    The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) called on the European Union and the future UK government, no matter the political complexion, to continue to press the case for more open markets, and to pursue ambitious Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) to promote exports. The SWA pointed to existing FTAs, such as the EU agreement with South Korea, which have boosted growth and to the huge potential of agreements with countries including India, the USA and Vietnam.

    Scotch Whisky has enjoyed strong global growth over the last decade, with total value of exports up 74% since 2004 and Single Malt up 159%. But the SWA reported challenges in several markets last year, with the volume of exports also down slightly by 3% to 1.19bn 70cl bottles.

    The overall picture, following several years of record-breaking growth, was consolidation in many developed markets and underlying strong growth in most emerging markets. Political volatility affected this picture in places and some fluctuations were driven by changes in stock levels rather than by underlying consumer demand.

    Growth was seen in a range of important markets, such as Taiwan where exports jumped 36% to £197 million, partly on the back of the growing popularity of Single Malt Scotch. Exports to India were up 29% to £89m, despite the 150% import tariff.

    Exports to the USA, the biggest market for Scotch, fell 9% by value to £748m. However, customs export figures did not tell the whole story, as consumption figures released earlier this year by the US Distilled Spirits Council show the market shrank by only just over 1%. Single Malt sales volumes were up 6.3%. This suggests the fall in exports in 2014 was due partly to stock adjustments - as high inventory levels of Scotch are drawn down to meet consumer demand, rather than buying new stock - as well as to an increasingly competitive spirits market.

    Global exports also performed better in the second half of last year - down 4% - than in the first six months when they fell 11% in value compared to the same period in 2013, suggesting longer-term fundamentals are sound.

    The picture was encouraging in Europe last year:
    -Exports to France, the biggest market by volume and second biggest by value, were up 2% to £445 million and 3% to 183m bottles. The French market is stabilising after Scotch, and other imported drinks, were hit by a tax increase in 2012.
    -Exports to Spain were up 1% by volume for the first time in several years.

    There was a mixed picture in emerging markets, partly as a result of political and economic volatility. Exports by volume to Mexico grew 5% to 42.8m bottles, while value fell by 10% in that market. There was a similar trend in Brazil, with volumes flat but value down 20%. The important hub market of the United Arab Emirates continues to boom, with exports up 27% by value.

    Alongside Taiwan and India, there were other positive developments in Asia:
    -Exports to Thailand were up 16% to 27m bottles.
    -Japan was up 8% in value to £64m, the first increase since 2011.
    -South Korea was up in value to £117m, the first increase since 2010. South Korea was given a boost by a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU in 2011 which phased out the import tariff.
    -However, exports to the major regional hub of Singapore fell by 39% in value to £200m. This was partly down to the ongoing austerity campaign in China, the final destination for a lot of Scotch shipped from the UK to Singapore. Direct exports to China, the 26th largest market by value, fell 23% to £39m

    The Association stressed the importance of pursuing ambitious FTAs to open markets and support export growth. There are a number of on-going negotiations which should benefit Scotch Whisky, including the EU-Vietnam FTA expected to be signed this year, an agreement with Colombia and Peru due to come into force and an agreement with Canada. The SWA urged the early re-opening of negotiations between the EU and India and progress on other important negotiations, such as the EU-US Trade & Investment Partnership.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "Economic and political factors in some important markets held back Scotch Whisky exports in 2014 after a decade of strong growth. It shows that the industry's success cannot be taken for granted and that we must continue to argue for more open markets and ambitious trade deals that tackle barriers to market access.

    "The long-term fundamentals remain strong, with consumers in emerging markets wanting to buy Scotch Whisky as a high-quality and authentic product with a strong reputation and clear provenance. This drives the strong investment in Scotch Whisky production in Scotland and the significant interest in entering the sector."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
    15.04.2015   Craft Brewers Conference 2015 Commences in Portland, Ore.    ( Company news )

    Company news The 2015 Craft Brewers Conference, hosted by the Brewers Association (BA), kicked off on Tuesday with the Welcome Reception, held at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The event brought together over 8,000 beer professionals with a theme of “Keep Portland Weird.” Attendees enjoyed their choice of beers from 59 different Oregon breweries, as well as over 138 dozen (roughly 1,656) Voodoo doughnuts and 21,000 oysters.

    Wednesday morning’s General Session began with a welcome and other thoughts from BA President Charlie Papazian. Following the State of the Craft Beer Industry address by Director Paul Gatza and Chief Economist Bart Watson, BA Event Committee Chair Steve Bradt announced this years Brewers Association Award winners.

    Author Simon Sinek, renowned leadership expert and anthropologist, delivered the keynote address and memorable words on cooperation and leadership to a packed house. Sinek focused on themes from his most recent publication, Leaders Eat Last: authenticity and being genuine in the workplace; work being a place where people can be creative and take chances.

    The conference continues through Friday, with 79 educational seminars, diverse sponsored demonstrations and the largest BrewExpo America ® trade show to date.
    (Brewers Association (BA))
    15.04.2015   European Parliament's Public Health committee calls for better drinks labeling as part of a new ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Alcohol Strategy to reduce harm

    The European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety supported a resolution calling for a new EU strategy to tackle health harm from alcohol to be put into action for 2016-2022. The Resolution also emphasizes the importance of better labeling of alcoholic drinks including ingredients and nutritional information.
    A coalition of public health organisations (1) working on alcohol policy welcomes the committee’s position as moderate steps towards reducing harm from alcohol.
    Glenis Willmott MEP, a sponsor of the resolution, noted “Many people have no idea just how many calories are in alcoholic drinks, unless they are determined enough to search on the company’s website. This is unacceptable and the vote today paved the way to recognise the need of consumers to take informed decisions when it comes to alcohol consumption”.
    The Resolution will now be tabled for approval by the full European Parliament Plenary. “All MEPs should now support this call for new action on alcohol, what should be considered as an investment in health to ensure a stable, robust long-term economic growth,” said Mariann Skar, Secretary General of Eurocare. “Alcohol-related harm costs at least Europe 2-3% of GDP, mostly from lost productivity. Real costs to society are likely double that, as that figure does not include costs to anyone other than the drinker" went on to say Mrs Skar.

    Alcohol harm in Europe
    As Europe is the world’s heaviest drinking region, alcohol abuse constitutes a major public health problem that inflicts large-scale socio-economic damage - the social costs attributable to the misuse of alcohol were estimated at €155.8 billion in Europe in 2010, of which a majority (€82.9 billion) lies outside the healthcare system (2). Alcohol costs societies some 2–3% of GDP, mostly from lost productivity. This figure likely only reflects half of the real costs, as it does not include costs to people other than the drinker (3). The magnitude of the costs shows that not only does alcohol use pose a serious problem to the sustainability of health systems, the scale of the problem also entails a serious impact for the economy as a whole.
    A new EU Alcohol Strategy should strengthen the current regulatory framework on alcohol and help national governments to significantly reduce alcohol related harm and the related costs. A new strategy should encourage prevention, health promotion and education. An Alcohol Minimum Unit Price (MUP), such as that proposed by the Scottish Government, is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways for society to minimise the damage from alcohol consumption (4).
    Addressing alcohol-related harm is crucial to reduce health inequalities. There is a clear body of evidence to suggest that the burden of disease and deaths related to alcohol are found to disproportionately affect the most deprived in Europe (5). Reducing alcohol-induced harm is an active investment in Europe’s economies that cuts long-term healthcare expenditures on severe diseases and raises workforce productivity.
    (European Commission, Directorate for Health and Food Safety)
    15.04.2015   Oatmeal IPA on tap near you     ( Company news )

    Company news A cushion, buffer, or a pillow—however you describe it, a spoonful of oats helps the hops go down. For newest Hop Kitchen Series release, we’ve brewed the silky-smooth, ultra-tropical Oatmeal IPA, a collaboration with our Chicago friends at Half Acre Beer Co.

    Over the last two years, our Hop Kitchen Series has been a springboard for launching new adventures in hops. We’ve introduced the delicate French Aramis hop variety to our fans, traveled down the road of hybrids with a Hoppy Bock, and trekked around the world with last year’s globally flavored Hop the Pond.

    Oatmeal IPA began roughly four years ago, when our brewmaster Peter Bouckaert visited Half Acre during a trip to the Windy City. Bouckaert hit it off with Half Acre owners Gabriel Magliaro and Matt Gallagher—who actually lived in Colorado during New Belgium’s early days—and the seeds for a collaboration beer were planted.

    “[We] used to live in Colorado when New Belgium was about the same size as we are today,” says Magliaro. “To go back and make beer with Peter, Lauren [Salazar] and everyone is personally and professionally badass for us.”

    This two-part collaboration first appeared as Avoine IPA, an oat-spiked IPA brewed at New Belgium and released in late 2013 throughout Chicago (Avoine means “oats” in French, by the way). The second installment became Hop Kitchen Oatmeal IPA, which clocks in at 6% ABV and 60 IBUs. Like the name suggests, Oatmeal IPA’s brewed with a healthy dose of oats, which lends a silky texture to the swallow. Pair that with hefty additions of Citra and Centennial hops, and the result is a fruity, tropical hop-bomb with a creamier sip than the average IPA.

    “Having Avoine IPA only available in Chicago was just too much of a tease,” says specialty brand manager and blender Lauren Salazar. “I couldn’t resist bringing it back and sharing it with everyone. You just can’t get better than the Half Acre guys—we’ll always have a soft spot for them.”
    (New Belgium Brewing Co)
    15.04.2015   The Czech Republic: Plzeňský Prazdroj sold 6.5 mln hl of beer at home and ...    ( )

    ... increased sales abroad by 6% last year

    Plzeňský Prazdroj sold a total of 6.5 million hectolitres of beer on the Czech market in the year 2014, The Prague Daily Monitor reported on April 10.

    The total sales abroad including licenced production reached 3.5 million hectolitres (35 % of the production) and increased by more than 6 % year on year.

    Plzeňský Prazdroj spokesperson Kateřina Krásová said the brewery has strengthened its position for example in the Baltic countries, Norway, Finland, on Asian markets, in the Great Britain, Canada and Ireland. In the year 2014, Plzeňský Prazdroj gained new markets such as New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia or Serbia.
    15.04.2015   UK: Bottled beer taking increased share of SIBA members’ sales    ( )

    A report from the Society of Independent Brewers shows bottled beer taking an increasing share of its members’ sales, Off-Licence News reported on April 7.

    The report, based on a survey of members, showed that more small brewers are producing beer in bottles and cans, with cask ale as a proportion of total SIBA production falling from 84% in 2013 to 71% last year.

    The figure is forecast to drop again, to 68%, by the end of 2015.

    But there is still plenty of room for take-home growth with less than 10% of SIBA members’ total production going into bottles. Only one in 10 makes bottle-conditioned beers.

    The report came as SIBA launched its first strategic plan, which outlines the further development of the organisation’s Direct Delivery Scheme in the off-trade as part of aims to assist the commercial performance of members.

    The scheme currently buys beer from more than 500 breweries and sells it on to 18 pubcos and off-trade retailers. The SIBA strategic plan also includes a scheme to provide a canning service for members as part of the body’s vision to “deliver the future of British beer and become the voice of British brewing”, through campaigning, providing commercial opportunities for members and expanding its membership reach.

    Managing director Mike Benner said: “The independent brewing sector is in excellent shape, with volume growth, investment and job creation.

    “SIBA is uniquely placed to represent this thriving industry, and this feels like the right time to be launching our first ever strategic plan to take our organisation forward over the next three years.”

    According to the SIBA report, its members increased production by 15.8% in 2014, with more than 80% of volume sold within 40 miles of the brewery.

    SIBA said the feedback from the survey led it to estimate that 1,600 jobs were created at member breweries in 2013 and 2014, with an additional 840 more expected to be added this year.

    One in five members plan to double current levels of production and turnover by 2018. The survey is based on responses from 270 SIBA companies, representing 35% of its membership.
    15.04.2015   USA: Strong dollar does not reduce global thirst for US craft beer    ( )

    A strong dollar may be harming the competitiveness of US exports but it has failed to damp the world’s thirst for US-brewed craft beer, The Financial Times reported on April 5.

    Led by increased consumption in Europe and emerging markets, total exports of US craft beer surged 36 per cent in 2014, topping $100 mln for the first time ever.

    “The growth is being driven by the beer drinker,” said Bob Pease, president of the Brewers Association, which represents small, independently owned brewers in the US. “The American craft beer revolution is not restricted to the US. It’s a global phenomenon.”

    Though trade in the product hardly existed just a decade ago as US brewers struggled to satisfy domestic demand, exports have posted double-digit growth in recent years as brewers have expanded their production capacity.

    Backed by a US Department of Agriculture grant and, in some cases, the Export-Import Bank, more than 80 US craft brewers exported in 2014, increasing their sales to Brazil by 64 per cent over the previous year and to the Asia-Pacific region by 38 per cent. Sales to Western Europe and Canada were also up 37 per cent and 32 per cent, respectively.

    Mr Pease pointed out that brewing tastes have now come full circle, as many US craft brewers initially began by trying to emulate what they felt were the superior beer styles they encountered in European countries.

    “Thirty years ago, US beer in terms of flavour was pretty much considered a joke – an industrial lager. [European] countries did not take American beer seriously. American craft brewers have changed that,” he added.

    The surging demand for craft comes as exports of more traditional US beers, including those mass produced by AB InBev and MillerCoors, have tapered off, growing just 4 per cent from 2013-14 after experiencing double-digit growth in the previous two years.

    The trend is indicative of changing consumer tastes around the world as well as a shift toward “premiumisation” in consumer goods sectors.

    In 2014, total sales of US craft beer increased to $19.6 bln, a 37 per cent increase from 2013. Craft beer now comprises nearly 20 per cent of the domestic beer market, a jump from 14.3 per cent the previous year.

    Still, US beer exports on the whole topped $542 mln in 2014 — about tripling in size since 2004, according to data from the US International Trade Commission. The majority of these sales have gone to the Nafta countries as well as emerging market economies in Latin America and Asia. In 2011, developing nations overtook western ones as the primary export markets for US beer.
    14.04.2015   Angola: Beer imports soar ahead of entry into force of import quota    ( )

    Import of beer to Angola increased by 37% in the last quarter of 2014 anticipating the entry into force of the import quota which will reduce drastically the volumes brought in from abroad, Diario Digital reported on April 8.

    In October – December, total imported volume of beer amounted to 93.708 tonnes, CNC data showed.

    The government’s decision limits the import quota for beer to 400 000 litres.
    14.04.2015   Diageo Brands Lead Impact Databank's 2015 'Top 100 Spirits' Rankings    ( Company news )

    Company news Diageo brands claim the top spot for both retail value and volume lists: Johnnie Walker (photo) remains the world's number one spirit by value while Smirnoff continues to be the world's number one premium spirit by volume

    Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, has again increased its leadership of Impact Databank's Top 100 Spirit Brands lists. Brands owned by Diageo, which for the first time includes United Spirits' brands, now account for nearly a quarter of all volume in the top 100.

    With 14 brands in the top 100 by volume - including five in the top 20 - sales volume in litres for Diageo brands is now more than double that of its nearest competitor.

    Retail value also increased with the USL acquisition, with Diageo's spirits now accounting for over 28% of the value of all the top 100 brands, up from 23% last year. Overall Diageo owns 20 brands in the top 100 by value and seven in the top 20, more than any other company.

    For the eighth consecutive year, Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker have topped the rankings, as the number one brands by volume and value respectively. Smirnoff remains the number two brand by value while Johnnie Walker is in the top three for volume.

    Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer, Diageo, commented:
    "We are the custodians of some of the world's most iconic brands. Many of these brands were created by visionary entrepreneurs such as Arthur Guinness and Alexander Walker hundreds of years ago and it's wonderful to see them continue to thrive today.
    "These rankings truly demonstrate the impressive strength and depth of our portfolio. This coupled with our leading innovation credentials and focus on delivering amazing consumer experiences mean we are well placed to continue to drive growth for many more years to come."

    A number of Diageo brands have risen up the rankings, including J&B up to 33rd from 36th and Tanqueray up from 74th to 70th, both in the value list. Cîroc is up from 31st last year to 27th this year and was the fourth largest vodka by retail sales, with the brand's retail value increasing by 8.6% to $945 million.

    As with previous years, Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff lead the Scotch whisky and vodka categories, with the two brands combined accounting for just over 10% of the total retail value of the top 100 brands. Johnnie Walker accounted for a 34.5% share of the retail value of the 15 Scotch brands on the top 100 list. Baileys is the number one liqueur by volume (10th of the top 100) and value (16th of the top 100) while Crown Royal is also the number one Canadian whisky in both rankings (12th by value and 14th by volume).
    (Diageo plc)
    13.04.2015   Tetra Pak reports good progress towards environmental goals    ( Company news )

    Company news Higher recycling rates, lower CO2 emissions and commercialisation of the world’s first 100% bio-based carton mark a successful year on several fronts​

    Photo: Tetra Rex® bio-base production line at Valio

    Tetra Pak made further progress towards its 2020 environmental goals during 2014, passing several important milestones in its journey to develop sustainable products, reduce the environmental footprint of the value chain and increase recycling.

    Sustainable products
    The year saw the launch of the world’s first fully renewable carton package, the Tetra Rex® Bio-based. Made solely from paperboard and plant-based plastics, including the TwistCapTM OSO 34 bio-based opening, the package is currently being trialled by Finnish dairy producer Valio in retail outlets across the country.
    Tetra Pak secured Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) Chain of Custody certification for the last seven of its 92 facilities and legal entities worldwide. This means that the company can deliver FSC labelled packages from anywhere in the world, marking an important step towards its goal of using only FSC certified paperboard in all of its products.
    During 2014, the company delivered almost 44 billion FSC labelled packages to customers worldwide, 38 per cent higher than in 2013. Furthermore, Tetra Pak has produced more than 130 billion packages bearing the FSC logo since unveiling its first one in 2007.

    Environmental footprint
    Data validated mid-way through 2014 showed CO2 emissions across all parts of the Tetra Pak value chain down 8 per cent from a 2010 baseline, despite a 7 per cent increase in production over the same time-frame.
    The business remains well on track towards its 2020 goal of capping climate impact across the value chain at 2010 levels, while growing the business.
    Within Tetra Pak’s own operations, the company continued to keep CO2e emissions below its 2010 target threshold. In 2014, emissions were 1.5 per cent lower than in 2010, while production levels were up 13 per cent.
    Tetra Pak’s ratings from the Carbon Disclosure Project climbed significantly during 2014. The company’s Carbon Disclosure score increased from 91 to 97, against an industry average of 53, while its Carbon Performance rating was A–, up from a B rating in 2013 and compared with an industry average of C.

    Tetra Pak introduced a number of new food processing and packaging solutions to help customers reduce their own environmental impact, while also improving their operational efficiency. These included:
    -The Tetra Therm® Aseptic Flex, a continuous aseptic processing unit​ that offers dairy producers the highest levels of UHT performance at the lowest environmental impact and total cost of ownership
    -A new high-acid juice pasteurization process that can save manufacturers up to 20 per cent on energy consumption, by reducing the temperature of the second pasteurizati​on process from 95°C to 80°C, without compromising the safety or quality of the finished product
    -An Environmental Benchmarking Service​ to help food and beverage companies assess the environmental performance of their production operations, and to identify opportunities for improvement
    -A broader range of bio-based caps and closures. Depending on type, a bio-based cap reduces CO2 emissions by between 14 and 19 per cent compared with its fossil-fuel derived equivalent

    Tetra Pak’s recycling efforts continued to progress. In 2014, 651,000 tonnes of used beverage cartons were recycled globally, up from 623,000 tonnes in the previous year. This represents 26% of the company’s annual delivery, which is relatively low comparing to the 2020 target of 40%. However, the company remains committed, and is working with its partners to address the challenges such as the lack of infrastructure in emerging markets.
    To support the recycling process, the company introduced Tetra Top® with Separable Top for both chilled and ambient products. The package, with its familiar plastic top and carton sleeve, is now designed in a way that allows consumers to simply and quickly detach the top from the sleeve once empty, allowing them to be recycled separately.
    “We set ourselves some aggressive environmental targets and, by and large, we remain nicely on track to achieve them,” says Mario Abreu, the newly-appointed Vice President, Environment for Tetra Pak. “We well recognise the absolute imperative of keeping a sharp focus on this ever-more important dimension of our business; securing growth while acting and operating in ways that best protect the future of our planet, and delivering the products, services and support that help our customers to do the same.”​
    (Tetra Pak Schweiz AG)
    10.04.2015   Scotch Whisky industry toasts historic spirits duty cut of 2%    ( Company news )

    Company news Budget boost for consumers and a vital UK industry

    The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has hailed the Coalition Government's decision to cut excise duty on spirits by 2% in today's Budget as historic. It said it is a move that is both fair to consumers and a significant boost to a home-grown industry.

    George Osborne's announcement marks the first cut in spirits duty in almost twenty years and is only the fourth time that excise on whisky has fallen in a century.

    The Chancellor's landmark decision to reduce duty by 2% a bottle was widely welcomed across the whisky industry and would, the SWA added, be cheered by consumers. The Chancellor's recognition of Scotch Whisky as one of the UK's biggest exports has also been welcomed.

    Building on last year's duty freeze, the announcement was described as a show of support for a major UK industry and its supply chain, which is responsible for more than 40,000 jobs. It will benefit the wider hospitality industry and help underpin investment across the sector which, in turn, will boost public finances.

    As a result of the 2% cut in excise, the duty burden on a 70cl bottle of Scotch at the average price of £12.90 has been reduced by 16 pence from £7.90 to £7.74. The total tax burden, including VAT, now stands at £9.89, or 77% of the average price of a bottle of Scotch, down from 78%.

    David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "This is a historic decision and only the fourth time whisky duty has been cut in a century.

    "The Chancellor's announcement will be toasted across the whisky industry and by consumers who are getting a fairer deal on tax when they have a drink of Scotch. The move is a major boost to our industry as we look to grow again in the UK, and equally sends out an important signal on fair taxation to our export markets.

    "The industry is raising a glass to George Osborne and his Treasury team, as well as to all those who have supported our campaign over the last two decades."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
    09.04.2015   Vetropack in 2014 – Sales and revenue up in local currencies    ( Company news )

    Company news In spite of the challenging economic environment, Vetropack Group increased its sales by 4.5%, while revenue in local currencies was 4.2% up on the previous year. However, consolidated gross revenue was significantly lower (-2.8%) due to negative currency effects. Net liquidity reached an all-time high and all Vetropack plants operated at essentially full capacity.

    Key financial figures for 2014:
    • Gross revenue: CHF 603.7 million (2013: CHF 621.0 million)
    • EBIT: CHF 49.1 million (2013: CHF 60.0 million)
    • EBIT margin: 8.1% (2013: 9.7%)
    • Annual profit: CHF 49.2 million (2013: CHF 56.4 million)
    • Net liquidity: CHF 54.5 million (2013: CHF 23.8 million)
    • Cash flow: CHF 107.2 million (2013: CHF 110.4 million)
    • Cash flow margin: 17.8% (2013: 17.8%)
    • Equity ratio: 79.9% (2013: 80.9%)

    Vetropack Group generated consolidated gross revenue of CHF 603.7 million in the 2014 fiscal year (2013: CHF 621.0 million). After adjustment for currency effects, this equates to a 4.2% increase in revenue. In nominal terms, however, revenue fell by 2.8% due to negative currency effects.

    Overall, Vetropack Group sold 4.55 billion units of glass packaging (2013: 4.36 billion units), 4.5% more than in the previous year. The domestic markets accounted for 56.5% of unit sales (2013: 61.9%). The Group produced a total of 1,236,000 tons of glass packaging, 3.5% less than in the previous year (2013: 1,281,000 tons). This decrease was due to planned stoppages in production for repair work and strategic destocking. At the Czech Vetropack plant, a furnace was replaced as scheduled with a more energy-efficient regenerative model and the supporting infrastructure was upgraded. Meanwhile, the regenerative chambers at the Swiss Vetropack plant in St-Prex underwent repairs earlier than planned. In addition, the political and economic crisis in Ukraine prompted JSC Vetropack Gostomel to take the decision to cut down on production in favour of selling off existing stock instead.

    Consolidated EBIT decreased to CHF 49.1 million (2013: CHF 60.0 million). Aside from currency effects, value adjustments for equipment, finished goods, spare parts and stock had a significant impact on EBIT. The EBIT margin came to 8.1% (2013: 9.7%).

    Consolidated annual profit amounted to CHF 49.2 million (2013: CHF 56.4 million). At CHF 107.2 million, cash flow was 2.9% down on the previous year’s figure of CHF 110.4 million, but the cash flow margin remained unchanged at 17.8% (2013: 17.8%). Net liquidity more than doubled compared to the previous year, reaching an all-time high of CHF 54.5 million (2013: CHF 23.8 million).

    Vetropack Group invested a total of CHF 74.3 million in 2014 (2013: CHF 56.3 million). The focus of these investments was on refurbishments and upgrading production infrastructure, as a result of which all Vetropack Group furnaces now meet the latest technological standard.
    (Vetropack AG)
    08.04.2015   Australia: Beer marketed as being 100% Australian owned fined after found ...    ( )

    ... out to be actually produced in China

    A beer marketed as being 100% Australian owned has been fined after it emerged the brew was actually made in China, The Drinks Business reported on March 30.

    Aussie Beer was sold by Australia’s Independent Liquor Group (ILG) between March and August 2014 and was packaged with a map of Australia and the words “100% owned” and “made from Australia’s finest malt” on the label. It also featured green and gold colours, which are closely associated with Australian sporting teams.

    When the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) discovered the beer was actually brewed in China, it ruled that the label could mislead consumers and ordered the ILG, an Australian owned co-operative set up to increase the buying power of small independent liquor retailers, to pay fines of AUS$10,200.

    “Country of origin representations, particularly those designed to grab the eye of the consumer by using well known symbols, colours, or slogans, must be truthful,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said. “Consumers will often place a premium on the provenance of a product, but are unable to check the accuracy of those claims.

    “This is particularly the case with Australian made products which encourage consumers to support local industries. Consumers are entitled to expect that prominent representations made on packaging are accurate without having to check for disclosures in the fine print.”
    08.04.2015   EU: European companies under pressure to display nutritional labels on alcoholic drinks    ( )

    Nutritional labelling on alcoholic drinks could become the norm after four of the world’s biggest brewers backed plans to add calorie counts to their products in Europe, reported Wall Street Journal, March 26.

    The Brewers of Europe, a trade body representing beer makers across the continent, said members soon would begin listing nutritional information on their brands. Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, SABMiller PLC, Heineken NV and Carlsberg A/S were among those to endorse the proposal. Some of them planned to start of 26th of March.

    Alcohol producers are coming under pressure to follow the food industry by providing more detail on nutrition, especially in developed markets where consumers increasingly make health-based decisions.

    In 2014, 71% of Americans said "healthfulness" was a consideration when buying foods and beverages, up from 58% in 2010, says the International Food Information Council Foundation.

    Diageo, the world’s biggest alcoholic beverages company, said it would begin offering per-serving calorie counts on products including Smirnoff vodka and Guinness.

    Labels could hit stores in the US within two months, it said. Some beer companies already list nutritional information on their websites — SABMiller has done so since 2008 — but the new plans commit the companies to providing uniform breakdowns for all products sold in the European Union (EU), including calorie, fat, carbohydrate and salt content per 100ml of liquid.

    Brewers say their intention is to provide drinkers with more information. Some 6% of European consumers knew the number of calories in 100ml of regular-strength beer, according to a new survey by German market-research firm GfK.

    But industry analysts say the move is an attempt to get ahead of European regulators after recent crackdowns on high-sugar drinks and fatty foods. Current EU law exempts alcoholic beverages above 1.2% alcohol content from having to provide a list of ingredients, or any nutritional information.

    "If you’re not open about it, it might come back to haunt you," said François Sonneville, a senior beverage analyst at Rabobank.

    Under the European proposals, the companies will decide how much detail to provide on labels and how much to give online.

    The minimum will be an on-pack link to a website for a full breakdown, but many brands will display labels with full nutritional information on their packaging, according to Pierre-Olivier Bergeron, secretary-general of the Brewers of Europe.

    "There has to be a means to clearly connect with the consumer from the label," Mr Bergeron said.

    Carlsberg, the world’s fifth-largest brewer by volume, said its namesake brand would include a nutritional label on products sold in Western Europe by the end of the year.

    "We’re proud of the beers we brew and the ingredients we use to produce them, and this will help consumers understand beer better."

    Not all drinks companies support using nutritional labels.

    A spokeswoman for Pernod Ricard SA, the world’s second-biggest distiller by sales, said the company wasn’t opposed to displaying calorie content online or through mobile apps, but "labelling wasn’t the most suitable platform."
    08.04.2015   Greece & China & Italy: Heineken’s Greek subsidiary starts exporting to China and Italy    ( )

    Athenian Brewery announced on April 2 it was launching Heineken beer exports to the Chinese and Italian markets, as the first batch set off on its long trip to the Far East, Kathimerini reported.

    The beer for export will be produced at the brewery’s Patra plant, in an investment project amounting to 2 million euros. The decision was made in association with the parent company in Amsterdam and will boost employment in local communities as it involves the use of Greek raw materials.

    “At first the new production line will be covered by existing employees, but this summer will see the gradual hiring of some seasonal workers,” Athenian Brewery’s managing director Zooullis Mina promised.

    Plans provide for the production of 16 million litres of Heineken per year for the Chinese and Italian markets, which will require an extra 5,000 tons of barley.

    08.04.2015   Greece: The Macedonian Thrace Brewery criticizes approval of Carlsberg’s ...    ( )

    ... Mythos Brewery and Olympic Brewery merger

    A deal that will see Carlsberg’s local unit pick up a major Greek brewer has come under attack from another local group, Namnews reported on March 31.

    The Macedonian Thrace Brewery has criticized the Hellenic Competition Commission’s decision to approve the merger of Mythos Brewery (Carlsberg) and Olympic Brewery (Fix). MTB claims the unconditional approval means that at least 85% of the Greek beer market is controlled by Carlsberg and Heineken, both of whom are foreign-owned groups.

    In criticising the decision, MTB said the move is to “the detriment of locally owned breweries or new entrants”, adding that “the HCC has saddled the Greek consumer with the prospect of continuing high prices and less choice.”
    08.04.2015   Hungary: Beer sales up 2% last year owing to increase in demand for premium brands    ( )

    Domestic sales of Hungarian breweries increased by 2% reaching 5.8 million hectolitres last year, Attila Schillinger, head of professional association MSSz, was quoted as saying by Budapest Business Journal on April 2.

    Sales of premium beer climbed almost 23% and sales of the cheapest beer rose close to 6%, while sales of mid-range product dropped 4%.

    The data are based on sales of Hungaryʼs top four breweries: Borsodi, Dreher, Heineken, and Pécsi. Including exports, their combined output reached 6.2 million hectolitres last year.
    08.04.2015   Indonesia: New regulation to prohibit sale of beer at convenience stores ...    ( )

    ... and small shops as from this month

    Alcohol can be a hard sell in Indonesia, which has more Muslims than any other country. It is about to get a whole lot tougher, Today Online reported on March 28.

    A regulation supported by Islamic groups that is scheduled to come into effect in April will prohibit the sale of beer at convenience stores and other small shops in the world’s fourth-most-populous country.

    The ban adds to a growing list of measures by President Joko Widodo’s administration that run counter to the pro-business messages he presented while campaigning for office last year. At stake are beer sales in South-east Asia’s largest economy, where domestic consumption makes up more than half of gross domestic product and the government is trying to spur growth, foreign investment and tourism.

    “Losing this channel will mean a big decline in sales for leading beer manufacturers,” said Ms Yulia Fransisca, a senior analyst at Euromonitor International. “The government will continue to be pressurised to create more restrictions on alcoholic drinks by Islamic groups in the country.”

    Beer sales climbed 11 per cent last year, Euromonitor research showed. Beer producers in the country include PT Multi Bintang Indonesia and Diageo, which brews and distributes Guinness through a third-party arrangement with Multi Bintang.

    “Our concerns with the current announced policies is that they will impact some of the smaller retail businesses and tourism,” Diageo chief executive officer Ivan Menezes said in an interview in Singapore last week. “There is also the risk of illicit alcohol growing again, and that is in nobody’s interest.”

    The regulation, a revision to an earlier Bill tightening restriction on alcohol sales, states that beer can only be sold at supermarkets and hypermarkets, where wines and spirits are currently also available. Those who violate the law risk having their trading licence revoked. Alcohol sales in restaurants and bars are unaffected.

    Ms Neneng Sri Mulyati, a spokeswoman for 7-Eleven mini marts, a franchise run locally by PT Modern Internasional, said it would comply with the law at its 190 shops in and around the capital when it comes into effect in mid-April. Multi Bintang declined to comment.

    The regulation was issued without consultation with producers or retailers, said Mr Charles Poluan, the executive director of Indonesia’s malt beverage producers association.

    “Traditional shops are the backbone of the beer distribution channels across a vast area of Indonesia,” said Mr Poluan, who says he has been unable to meet with Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel to discuss the ban. “We can’t yet determine how badly it will affect us economically. The picture is too astounding.”

    Mr Widodo governs in a coalition including the Islamic National Awakening Party, or PKB, in a country with a secular constitution.

    Islamic practice and belief are less rigid than in most parts of the Middle East and South Asia, with Indonesia’s western-most Aceh province the only one that adheres to a version of Islamic Sharia law.

    In recent years conservative voices have become louder, providing opportunities for populist politicians of Islamist leaning or from secular parties to boost legitimacy by pandering to them, said Mr Muhamad Ali, an Indonesian professor of Islamic studies at the University of California.

    “This is creeping Sharia, slow but steady, using legal and constitutional means,” said Mr Ali. “Nationally, it was a success for the Islamists and secular politicians who are using Islam as a way of attracting votes.”
    08.04.2015   New Zealand: A 3 per cent beer price increase to be passed to customers    ( )

    The price of beer will increase by nearly 3 per cent as New Zealand's biggest brewers try to recoup costs in a flagging market, reported businessday, March 27.

    Overseas-owned breweries Lion, DB and Independent Breweries are all hiking beer prices by the end of April.

    DB spokesman Simon Smith said it would increase tap and packaged beer prices by 2.8 per cent from April 13.

    "We have kept this price rise to a minimum, despite tough market conditions and increased operating costs," Smith said.

    Lion national sales director Danny Phillips said that from March 30, Lion was increasing its price for all pack beer by 2.8 per cent.

    However, Pak 'n' Save supermarket owner Foodstuffs marketing manager Katherine Klouwens said the three breweries were putting some prices up.

    Countdown spokeswoman Kate Porter said it would pass price increases on to customers.

    In March 2012, DB bumped up its tap-beer price by 1 per cent. Lion increased its prices by 1.5 per cent a week later.

    Lion, owned by Japanese beverage giant Kirin, produces beers including Stella Artois, Steinlager, Speights and the Mac's range.

    DB, owned by Dutch brewer Heineken, produces Heineken, Double Brown, Tui and Export Gold while Independent Brewery, owned by Japanese brewer Asahi, produces Haagen, NZ Pure and the Boundary Road range.

    A 2.8 per cent increase would mean a 12 pack of Heineken sold at Countdown increases from NZ$26.49 to NZ$27.23 while a pint, which costs about NZ$10.90 at a bar, would increase to NZ$11.20.

    For the last three months of December, 2013, Statistics New Zealand figures showed a dozen bottles of beer was priced at an average of NZ$20.45.

    Phillips said the price hike was due to operating costs to produce pack beer increasing significantly over the past few years.

    Lion's income for the year to September 30 was down 8 per cent from NZ$611 million in 2013 to NZ$564 mln. Net profit for the year was down $11m to $44 mln.

    Lion New Zealand spokeswoman Sara Tucker said a continuing downwards trend of the alcohol market in New Zealand had impacted Lion's income last year.

    The price and volume of the total beer market declined last year, she said.

    Moa chief executive Geoff Ross said the craft brewer had no plans to increase beer prices.

    "We are in the craft segment of beer which is where consumers understand the value of quality and are happy to pay for it - so we haven't had to be in discount mode over previous years like the mainstream foreign owned beers," Ross said.

    Statistics New Zealand figures show last year the total volume of alcoholic beverage available for consumption fell 2 per cent, to 457 million litres and the volume of beer available fell 2.3 per cent or 6.5 million litres, to 282 million litres compared with 2013.

    In 1996, beer made up 81 per cent of total alcoholic beverage available for consumption.

    Last year beer made up just 62 per cent, unchanged from 2013.

    Hospitality New Zealand chief executive Bruce Robertson said he would expect most bars and pubs to pass the price increases onto consumers.
    08.04.2015   Reliable, flexible and precise - GEMÜ pressure control valves    ( Company news )

    Company news GEMÜ pressure control valves are manufactured from plastic, require little maintenance and allow flexibility of use, while providing optimal pressures in the most varied of process plants.

    Pressure control valves control the upper pressure limits, lower the pressure or balance out pressure fluctuations. Three versions are available depending on the operation required. The valves can be obtained in the nominal sizes of DN 10 to DN 100.
    The desired pressures can be conveniently adjusted according to requirements using a set screw. Excellent flow rate values are guaranteed by the flow-efficient design of the valve bodies, which have minimal deadleg. The pressure control valves can be installed regardless of position and no auxiliary power is required for operating the equipment. Hermetic separation of the actuator from the medium ensures long service life and operational safety.
    All media wetted parts are manufactured from high-grade plastic and can withstand even corrosive media. Depending on the area of application, the customer can choose from a range of different materials for the body and seal material. A range of different connection types is also available.

    Visit us at the Achema: Hall 8, booth F4
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    08.04.2015   Russia: Dangerous under the counter alternatives to beer and vodka rise in popularity    ( )

    As the economic crisis sweeps through Russia, a dangerous trend is emerging: the rise in consumption of potentially lethal moonshine, medical alcohol or even cleaning products, reported UsNews, March 25.

    Layoffs, wage cuts and price increases are combining to worsen the problem, by increasing the mix of dangerous products in the market. Those who can no longer afford store-bought drinks are turning to "under the counter" alternatives that can cause serious damage, even death.

    "A number of patients who previously could afford expensive spirits are now forced to reorient in the sense that they use cheaper and lower-quality spirits," Alexander Polikarpov, the head doctor of the Alcospas chain of alcohol rehab clinics in Moscow, says in his consulting room.

    Sales of legal beer and vodka have fallen sharply as prices rise, buoyed in part by the rising cost of imported ingredients after the ruble's value tumbled last year. Analysts say falling sales likely don't mean that demand is falling, simply that it is being pushed into an illegal and dangerous black market.

    The alternatives to increasingly costly legal alcohol are many and varied. At the safer end of the scale is vodka production diverted and sold on the side by workers at legitimate distilleries, but some products, such as industrial spirits or moonshine made by inexperienced or unscrupulous distillers, can be lethal. Some of the most harmful yet popular alternatives to legal alcohol are liquids designed "for hair growth or for cleaning the bath," says market analyst Vadim Drobiz.

    Sales of beer, were down 10.5 percent year-on-year by volume in January, according to figures from Nielsen Russia. The beer market remained stable by value because prices rose to a new high, Nielsen spokesperson Ekaterina Lukina told The Associated Press.

    Vodka, which is more popular among older drinkers, continued a long-term decline in sales, which fell 17.6 percent by volume and two percent by value. That drop is mainly due to government instituting a legal minimum price for vodka. While that minimum of 185 rubles ($2.96) for a half-litre bottle is low by European standards, it is costly for low-earning Russians in the poverty-stricken provincial towns where moonshine is most popular.

    Earlier this year, President Vladimir Putin ordered the minimum price cut by 16 percent. While the move was celebrated in Russian media, it did not fully reverse last year's 29 percent rise, never mind similar hikes in previous years.

    That has swelled the black market, Nielsen analyst Marina Lapenkova says.

    "Today the share of illegal vodka market adds up to half of the total market," she said in e-mailed comments, adding that recession will just exacerbate the problem.
    08.04.2015   Singapore & USA: Tiger Beer plans to pounce on the US market    ( )

    Singapore’s Tiger Beer is a roaring success in the region, and it is set to pounce on the US market next, Today Online reported on March 21.

    Heineken - which owns Tiger following its S$7.9 billion acquisition of Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) in 2012 - hopes to triple sales volume in the US in five years. Analysts have said the US beer market is somewhat stagnant at the moment, and Tiger will have to position itself creatively to win market share.

    The global beer market is a fragmented one, with a growing preference for craft beers amid a wide variety of offerings from macro-breweries like Heineken and Carlsberg. The US, in particular, is a key market for many brewers and Tiger Beer wants to make further inroads there.

    Since being launched in 1932, Tiger Beer has grown its international footprint to more than 60 countries.

    Mr Kenneth Choo, regional director of Singapore, Indochina & Exports at Heineken Asia Pacific, said: “The US is an important market, with the Asian community growing highly affluent. For example, San Francisco is an important city for us.

    “We have not totally fused up our Heineken network, so the volume is small. Certainly we hope to triple our current US volume within the next five years. For China, we are looking at doubling that volume.”

    Heineken said Tiger has seen strong volume growth in Asia Pacific - boasting a compound annual growth rate of 33 per cent between 2011 and 2013. Tiger’s volume was 5.1 million hectolitres in 2013, up from 4 mln hl in 2012 and 2.9 mln hl in 2011.

    Last year, Vietnam was one of its top performing markets with a 21.8 per cent volume growth. Market research firm Euromonitor International said Tiger’s plan to expand in the US “opens up a path to make it more of a global brand”.

    But it will be up against not just the American beers, Budweiser and Miller, but Mexican ones like Corona as well.

    Said Mr Amin Alkhatib, an alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor International: “We are talking about one of the biggest markets. Volume-wise, it is the second-biggest market in the world, value-wise it is the biggest market in the world.

    “US is also a high margin market. So something like Tiger Beer, if it is positioned as a premium product, Heineken will be getting quite significant margin out of this product. In the US, there has been a trend towards ‘premiumisation’ - the more premium your beer, the more interesting your beer, then you can charge a higher price and US consumers are willing to pay for it. With that, they will be able to expand on that margin.”
    08.04.2015   Sprite Brings Back Popular Flavor Created With LeBron James    ( Company news )

    Company news The first flavor developed by Sprite in collaboration with a cultural influencer returns as Sprite LeBron's Mix

    NBA superstar and cultural icon LeBron James has proven himself one of the most transcendent figures in sports and entertainment by constantly transforming on and off the court. Introduced in 2014, Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James, the superstar's limited-edition Sprite flavor also has evolved to feature a new look and name: Sprite LeBron’s Mix.

    Sprite is a well-established innovator within basketball culture and the lifestyle surrounding it. And, the brand continues to hold this position through its longstanding partnership with James and the return of his fan-favorite flavor. Sprite LeBron's Mix, formulated in collaboration with James, combines the refreshing taste of traditional Sprite with a splash of natural cherry and orange flavors. Eye-catching packaging features a bold red color base with James' initials in the background. Crown iconography and dashes of gold symbolize the superstar's most popular nickname — "King James."

    “Since Sprite began its relationship with LeBron in 2003, we have worked together with the goal of creating fan experiences no other brand can offer,” said Kimberly Paige, Vice President, Sprite Brands and Flavors, Coca-Cola North America. “Sprite LeBron's Mix is a true reflection of our mutual desire to constantly innovate and connect with fans in authentic and original ways."

    Sprite LeBron’s Mix is now available in 20-ounce and 2-liter bottles, as well as 16-ounce cans, in convenience retail, value and mass retail locations nationwide.

    "This collaboration with Sprite was all about showing gratitude to my fans by sharing one of my personal favorites — Sprite with cherry and orange,” said James. "I’m excited to continue my partnership with Sprite and bring it back this year, because sometimes things are even better the second time around."
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
    08.04.2015   World: Heineken announces organisational changes to better focus on growth opportunities    ( )

    Heineken N.V. on March 31 announced that in order to accelerate the delivery of its global strategy it will make changes to its operating model and ways of working. The changes will allow the business to better focus on growth opportunities, to be more agile in responding to consumer needs in the marketplace and be more cost effective in doing so.

    The key changes are:

    The business will be regrouped around 4 geographic regions. The existing regions of Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe will be united to form a single Europe region, focused primarily on the European Union markets. Stefan Orlowski, President Americas, will lead this region. The existing Africa Middle East region will be combined with Russia and Belarus to form a new region, Africa Middle East and Eastern Europe. Roland Pirmez, President Asia Pacific, will lead this new region. Marc Busain, Managing Director CM/HEINEKEN Mexico, becomes President of the existing Americas region and Frans Eusman, Chief Business Services Officer, becomes President of the existing Asia Pacific region.

    The Head Office organisation, both functional and regional will be streamlined. The roles of Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Sales Officer will be combined at a global level in one Chief Commercial Officer role. Jan Derck van Karnebeek, President Central and Eastern Europe and Global Chief Sales Officer, will assume this position. Strategy development will be embedded in the organisation and the role of Chief Strategy Officer will be phased out. The key functions currently within Global Business Services are now successfully established and so will transfer to the CFO. As a result the new management group will be leaner and renamed Executive Team.

    Furthermore, the composition and structure of the management reporting directly to the Executive Team has been redesigned, subject to consultation with the relevant Works Councils. In the coming three months, further work will be undertaken in order to eliminate duplication, streamline processes and simplify decision-making.

    Taken together, these changes will underpin delivery of the company's medium term target of improving consolidated operating margin (beia) by around 40 basis points per annum.

    Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of HEINEKEN said, "The changes announced today will make us a more agile organisation. Our management structure will be flatter, our operating companies more empowered and our cost of doing business lower. The new Executive Team consists of proven leaders who will build on the outstanding work done by the HEINEKEN Executive Committee over the last few years."

    The new structure will be operational from 1 July 2015 with HEINEKEN's first half performance for 2015 reported under the existing regional structure on 3 August. Restated figures for the prior year and 2015 first half performance based on the new regional structure will be provided at a later stage. "Head Office" will remain as a separate reporting entity.

    HEINEKEN also announced a number of departures at Executive Committee level:

    Alexis Nasard, currently Regional President, Western Europe and Global Chief Marketing Officer, has at an earlier stage indicated his intention to leave HEINEKEN to meet his ambitions outside of the Company. He will leave HEINEKEN on 30 June 2015. Alexis joined HEINEKEN in 2010 as Chief Commercial Officer and assumed his current role in March 2013. Commenting, Jean-François van Boxmeer said, "Alexis has been a very strong leader. As Chief Marketing Officer he step-changed the marketing agenda, with significant progress in innovation and global brands, particularly Heineken®. This culminated in HEINEKEN being awarded Cannes Lions 'Marketer of the Year 2015'. As President of Western Europe, his highly focused strategy based on commercial assertiveness and cost discipline delivered top and bottom line growth and broad market share gains. He leaves HEINEKEN with our genuine thanks and best wishes for his future."

    Siep Hiemstra, currently President Africa Middle East, will retire as planned in August 2015, once he has reached the age of 60. Siep joined HEINEKEN in 1978 and has worked in a variety of international management roles including Deputy Director Africa, Regional Director South East Asia/Oceania, Head of HEINEKEN Technical Services and Regional President Asia Pacific. He assumed his current role in 2011. Jean-François van Boxmeer said, "I want to commend Siep's more than 37 years of service around the world and in particular thank him for his contribution to the development of our Asian and African regions. He leaves an important legacy that will play a major part in our company's future growth. I am pleased to say that Siep will remain involved with HEINEKEN as a Board member of Nigerian Breweries and United Breweries in India."

    Chris Barrow, currently Chief Strategy Officer, has decided to leave HEINEKEN in July 2015. Chris joined HEINEKEN in 2004 working on a variety of business development projects in Asia and Latin America before becoming Managing Director HEINEKEN Latin America in 2005. In 2007 Chris was appointed President of HEINEKEN's Polish operations, Grupa Žywiec and in 2010 became President HEINEKEN Brazil. Chris was appointed to the Executive Committee as Chief Strategy Officer in 2013. Jean-François van Boxmeer commented, "In the last 10 years, Chris has made an important contribution to our company via his business development and management roles in our emerging markets. His work as Chief Strategy Officer has been of significant value. In particular, we have benefited from his leadership and insight during the strategy development process and from his stewardship of the changes that we are announcing today. He has my thanks and best wishes for the future."
    07.04.2015   food and drink technology Africa presents 'Breakfast Presentation Meetings'    ( Company news )

    Company news Knowledge-transfer and networking for the African market

    Ahead of food and drink technology 2016 a series of "Breakfast Presentation
    Meetings" is being organised across South Africa, in cooperation with the VDMA (Germany ́s engineering federation) Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association. These have been prompted by the current situation in the market and rising demand from industry.
    The aim of these events is therefore to inform the South African beverage and food industry about the latest developments in the sector and at the same time to draw attention to fdt Africa taking place in September 2016, where these developments can be viewed at the trade fair.

    Top-ranking speakers from industry will be presenting case studies relevant to the South African market. The first of these presentations takes place on May 11, 2015 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Cape Town. Further stages on this tour are on May 12 and 13, in Durban and Johannesburg.
    "The South African food and beverages market is not only growing significantly, it is also increasingly approaching Western standards in terms of safety and hygiene," explained Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Managing Director at Messe München International and responsible for food and drink technology Africa. "The Breakfast Presentation Meetings with high-quality lectures offer a platform, outside the trade fair itself, at which professionals in the industry in South Africa can gather information and exchange experience," continued Pfeiffer.
    In the opinion of Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, the food and beverages industry in sub-Saharan Africa has favourable growth potential. "With sales of 7.2 million tonnes of packaged foods and 10 billion liters of bottled and packaged beverages (2014) South Africa is the largest market in sub-Saharan Africa. Demand is continuing to rise and the demands placed on the quality of the processed and packaged or bottled products are also increasing. Hygiene and quality control in production and packaging of food and beverages are therefore playing an ever more important role.
    During the Breakfast Presentation Meetings we want to inform the end-customer segments, via case studies, how modern technology and equipment can help them meet these rising demands in terms of legislation, trade and their own customers."

    "Hygienic production and packaging of beverages and food products"
    The higher income potential in large parts of South African society is leading to increased demand for high-quality and fresh products. To ensure this it is extremely important for the food and beverage industry to produce safe and hygienic products in order not to endanger consumer health. Recall actions caused by food-borne infections mean not only a damaged public image but also costly legal battles and high sales losses. The pressure from the South African government, retailers and consumers for food products and beverages that are safe for consumption and of the highest quality is increasing rapidly. Companies exporting their products must furthermore comply with the legal requirements and regulatory standards of the country trading partner.
    "With the first Breakfast Presentation Meetings tour in May, we want to identify ways of ensuring hygienically safe and efficient production of food and beverages through the use of improved cleaning procedures, cleaner filling and auxiliary components," explained Elaine Crewe, CEO of MMI South Africa (Pty.) Ltd. "For this reason top speakers from industry will be taking part in these events," she continued.
    (Messe München International)
    07.04.2015   Organizer cancelled BARZONE 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news This is to inform you that BARZONE will no longer take place.

    The fair, which was scheduled for May 18 & 19, 2015 has been cancelled primarily due to the absence of the major companies from the beer and spirits sector. The remarkable growth in small-sized and specialist exhibitors was not enough to compensate for the lack of big companies, unfortunately. As a organizer we want to express their deep regret at the cancellation. Despite our best efforts, it wasn’t possible to realise BARZONE as a trade fair of the highest standard with a reduced budget.
    06.04.2015   James D. Robinson III, Peter Ueberroth to Retire from The Coca-Cola Company Board of Directors    ( Company news )

    Company news Both Will Remain Directors through the Company’s Annual Meeting in April

    The Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company announced James D. Robinson, III, and Peter V. Ueberroth will not stand for re-election to the Board at the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareowners in April.

    Photo: Shareowners honored Don Keough (second from left), who is retiring from Coke's board of directors. ‘Today, I can think of no one who better embodies the wonderful brand attributes of Coca-Cola,' Muhtar Kent said.

    Robinson, 79, is a longtime director of The Coca-Cola Company, having served on the Board since 1975. Robinson is a highly respected businessman, best known for his leadership as the Chief Executive Officer of American Express Company from 1977 to 1994. He also served as the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company from 2005 to 2008. Currently, Robinson is the Co-Founder and General Partner of RRE Ventures, an early stage technology-focused venture capital firm and serves as President of J.D. Robinson, Inc., a strategic advisory firm.

    Robinson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves as Honorary Chairman of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, an Honorary Trustee of the Brookings Institution, and Chairman Emeritus of the Partnership for New York City and the World Travel and Tourism Council. He is a Director of On Deck Capital, Inc. and a member of the Board of the National Academy Foundation.

    Peter V. Ueberroth, 77, is a highly respected executive who has served as a Director of The Coca-Cola Company since 1986. Currently, he is an investor and Chairman of the Contrarian Group, Inc., a business management company, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Aircastle Limited. He is also Co-Chairman of Pebble Beach Company.

    Ueberroth is most well-known for his role as President of the Organizing Committee for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, for which he was named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. Ueberroth is also recognized for his work as Commissioner of Baseball from 1984 to 1989, then later as the co-owner of Pebble Beach golf course. More recently, he served as Chairman of the United States Olympic Committee until 2008.

    “We are deeply indebted to Jimmy and Peter for their 40 and 29 years, respectively, of tireless dedication to our Company,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company. “In addition to their successful careers as leading executives, they have spent countless hours working for our Board and on behalf of our Company and the Coca-Cola system around the world. Jimmy served with distinction as the Chair of our Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance and Presiding Director. Peter chaired our Audit Committee and provided invaluable guidance to many of our finance leaders throughout the years. I am grateful to both of them for their extraordinary contributions and guidance to our Board and our Company, and to me personally.”

    As announced in December, Marc Bolland, CEO of retailer Marks & Spencer Group PLC, and David Weinberg, Chairman and CEO of Judd Enterprises, Inc., joined the Company’s Board of Directors, effective Feb.18, 2015. With Robinson and Ueberroth’s retirement, the Company’s Board of Directors will include 15 directors.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
    03.04.2015   Find us at Hispack 2015: Hall 2, Stand A 127    ( Company news )

    Company news Every three years global leaders in the packaging industry converge in Barcelona to attend the Hispack International Packaging Exhibition.

    This event is taking place from April 21-24 and Aptar Food + Beverage will have a booth displaying our latest innovations in dispensing solutions at Hall 2, Stand A 127.

    We look forward to seeing you at this important exhibition and please contact us if you have any questions or would like to set up a meeting with one of our representatives.
    (Aptar Food + Beverage)
    03.04.2015   William Fricks Assumes Helm of Barry-Wehmiller International    ( Company news )

    Company news Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, is pleased to announce the appointment of William Fricks to Managing Partner of Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI), its global consulting division that provides engineering and information technology solutions to mid-market manufacturing companies.

    Fricks has more than thirty years of experience selling, designing and delivering manufacturing automation and business management solutions. After joining Barry-Wehmiller’s Design Group in 2003, Fricks distinguished himself with his strong technical aptitude and exceptional organizational, project management and client development skills and was promoted to Design Group Partner in 2012.

    “William has demonstrated outstanding leadership and business development skills which will serve Barry-Wehmiller International well as they enter a new chapter in the company’s history,” Chapman said. “His experience will help to strengthen B-WI’s capabilities and services and ensure they deliver forward thinking industry solutions while keeping Barry-Wehmiller’s people-centric values in focus.”

    In his new role, Fricks will report to Carol O’Neill, VP of Strategy, Technology and Key Initiatives and will be responsible for all aspects of the business, including global practice direction, business development, client relationship management, financial management, project management and organizational development. “I am thrilled that BW-I will have an opportunity to benefit from William’s exceptional track record of developing meaningful customer relationships by building the team and practices needed to deliver solutions that consistently meet or exceed customer expectations,” O’Neill said.

    “I am honored to lead this tremendous group of professionals who are clearly dedicated to providing the highest standard of business and manufacturing solutions with unparalleled client support,” remarked Fricks. “The opportunities that lie ahead are very exciting.”

    Fricks has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He plans to remain in the Atlanta area. He replaces Vasant Bennett, former Managing Partner, who left to pursue other interests.
    (Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI))
    02.04.2015   Diageo announces global commitment to provide nutrition and alcohol content information per ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... beverage alcohol serving

    Voluntary move will support consumers in making informed choices

    Diageo announced its commitment to provide consumers around the world with alcohol content and nutrition information per typical serve - a first for any alcohol company. The intention is to provide this information through Diageo's responsible drinking website ( and/or on-pack in a majority of Diageo's markets subject to local regulatory approval, as soon as practicable.

    Ivan Menezes (photo), Chief Executive, Diageo said:
    "Diageo puts the consumer at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to ensuring our consumers have the best possible information from which to make informed choices about our products: this includes alcohol content and nutrition information per typical serve. Currently, there is no obligation to provide such information in markets worldwide, but we know that consumers are increasingly discerning about what’s in their glass. We want to provide alcohol and nutrition information that consumers can quickly understand, instead of expecting them to do the maths."

    Providing information on the amount of alcohol per serve helps consumers understand how much they are drinking. This could help reduce the misuse of alcohol - a goal shared by regulators, consumer organisations, health professionals and alcohol companies alike.

    Diageo will work with regulators around the world to agree the format of voluntary labels which provide information on alcohol content and nutrition per typical serve. In the United States, Diageo has gained regulatory approval for a voluntary "serving facts" panel for alcohol drinks that includes this nutrition and alcohol per serve information (see below for illustration).

    In the European Union, alcohol drinks are currently exempt from providing nutrition information on labels, but other foodstuffs are required to do so per 100ml. The 100ml basis on its own does not reflect the reality of the way drinkers consume alcohol, and is therefore misleading. Diageo believes that consumer information for alcohol is best provided per typical serve, so that consumers can understand the alcohol and nutrition content of serves of different drinks, which vary in size across beer, wine and spirits. To this end, Diageo will work with the EU to establish a standard alcohol unit across the 28 Member States to provide an effective way of communicating alcohol content to consumers.

    Ian Duncan, MEP for Scotland and Member of the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, commented:
    "Today's announcement from Diageo is a fine example of their commitment to giving consumers the information that they need to make sensible decisions about alcohol. Providing both the nutrition and alcohol content of alcohol drinks, in an easy to understand 'per serving' format, is a major improvement on the confusing current system, where there are different measurements of alcohol units across the EU.
    "This is a hugely positive step and one that the European Commission should reflect on, as it considers how to tackle harmful drinking".
    (Diageo plc)
    01.04.2015   Alufoil Statistics 2014: A year of ups and downs for aluminium foil ends on optimistic note    ( Company news )

    Company news Despite 2014 providing a very mixed set of results in the aluminium foil sector, overall, it was a satisfactory performance, in the face of continued economic difficulties and competitive influences, according to EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association. Total production in Europe reached 852,685 tonnes, just 0.3% below the previous year’s total of 855,510t.

    Photo: Manfred Mertens, EAFA vice-president

    Once again exports put in a strong performance, ending 2014 with a rise of 17.2%, from 84,126 tonnes (2013) to 98,668t (2014), helped by currency factors. In the EAFA region deliveries retreated by 2.2%, recording sales of 754,018 tonnes (2014) compared with 771,385t (2013). As anticipated, end of year de-stocking saw Q4 deliveries dip by 2.9% compared with 2013, to reach 200,420 tonnes (206,449t). But the rally in demand for thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, seems to be continuing, as year on year totals improved marginally by 1.8%, thanks to a slow recovery of technical markets.

    Demand for thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, has been weak throughout the period. This was reflected in the small decrease in deliveries, by 1.3. More competition from non-European suppliers and continuing down gauging are mainly responsible for this outcome.

    “After a very strong start to the year we experienced a gradual slowdown for the remaining nine months,” said EAFA vice-president and Roller Group chairman, Manfred Mertens. “But the falls for the following three quarters were small or seasonal and deliveries ended only very marginally down for the full 12 month period. In particular the export performance was most encouraging, probably benefiting from the weaker Euro. The more mature European markets are still not seeing strong growth and are affected by increasing competition from outside the area,” he added.
    “Optimism remains, however, amongst EAFA foil rollers, that growth in 2015 will accelerate across most markets. The outlook still remains uncertain and it is no easier to predict the next months than it was the last,” concluded Mr Mertens.

    Aluminium foil characteristics are strength, formability and barrier properties which have made it an essential part of many flexible packaging and container applications. Other uses of aluminium foil include automotive and heat exchange components, insulation material and many industrial applications.
    (EAFA European Aluminium Foil Association)
    01.04.2015   Cavitus defoaming technology draws a crowd in Mexico    ( Company news )

    Company news Attendance numbers at this year’s Expo Pack Guadalajara held from 10-12 March, 2015 reflected the quality and diversity of industries taking an interest in this developing major manufacturing and export event.
    Over 11,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors from over 20 countries attended during the three days, making it a truly international event.

    Photo: Cavitus BLE demonstration unit at Expopack Guadalajara 2015

    Vision Trade International, Cavitus’ local distributor in Mexico, welcomed a large number of packaging and processing professionals to view the Cavitus Beverage Line Efficiency (BLE) defoaming unit in action. The demonstration of this efficient and cost-effective ultrasonic unit which treats the problem of excess foam on beverage filling lines impressed many of the attendees who visited the VTI stand, some of whom were seeing the technology for the first time.

    Director General of VTI, Mr Miguel Hernandez was pleased with the level and quality of enquiries received at the show. “We were delighted with the interest shown in the Cavitus Beverage Line Efficiency (BLE) demonstration unit and the resulting leads.
    Beverage companies here are looking for methods which improve productivity but they also want to save on costs and are continually looking for environmentally friendly ways to achieve this. Cavitus equipment can increase throughput on foaming products by 10%+, increases syrup yields by 0.3% - 0.7% and allows for 6°C higher temperature filling at current throughput levels.
    There is enormous growth opportunity for manufacturers in Mexico which currently has the highest consumption of soft drink per capita in the world” he stated.

    Doug Dichting, President of Cavitus, Inc. agreed. “Cavitus understands the importance of this region when it comes to the beverage industry and we are working closely with our customers throughout Central America & South America to help them deliver the results they want. By working closely with established beverage industry professionals, in particular VTI in Mexico and MCPack in Brazil, we can provide a high level of service in these markets.”
    (Cavitus Inc.)
    31.03.2015   New flavours for lager beer – successful generation of hybrid yeasts    ( Company news )

    Company news VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has been the first to publish a scientific study on the successful generation of hybrid lager yeasts. For centuries the same few yeast strains have been used in the production of lager beer, in contrast to ale, whisky, wine and cider, for which there is a wide range of yeast strains available to produce different nuances of flavour. VTT has been developing hybrid lager yeasts so as to impart new flavour to the beer and accelerate the production process.

    Traditionally, even very different tasting lagers have been produced using the reliable and cold-hardy Saccharomyces pastorianus yeast species. Studies have shown that this trustworthy brewmaster's helper is actually a hybrid composed of two different yeast species. One of them is the Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast commonly used in the production of ale, while the other, only recently discovered in the wild, has been named Saccharomyces eubayanus.

    These findings have opened up possibilities for researchers to create new, customised lager yeasts through selective mating of strains of different yeast species. This enables the production of new flavours for beer or the acceleration of the fermentation phase in beer production, for example.

    VTT has screened its own microbial strain collection and the ale yeast strains of commercial collections in order to identify the properties that affect the beer fermentation process. We succeeded in finding suitable yeast strains and mating them with Saccharomyces eubayanus yeast.

    The hybrid yeasts generated by VTT's researchers have inherited useful properties from their "parents". The new yeasts accelerate the wort fermentation process and improve the production of ethanol. They are also more tolerant to cold than their Saccharomyces cerevisiae parent strain, and settle better after fermentation than their predecessors.

    The study was published in the online version of the Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology publication series on 15 February 2015.

    The study shows that VTT's method is suitable for the generation of new lager yeast strains and the creation of new properties affecting the flavour of beer, as well as improving the beer production process. New lager yeast strains can now be generated entirely without genetic modification technology.

    The following organizations have funded the research: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, PBL Brewing Laboratory, Academy of Finland and EU's Marie Curie ITN Yeastcell-project.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)

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