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    19.12.2014   Safety combined    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The new AFRISO KSG boiler safety group assembly is part of the safety equipment of heating systems; it can be used in sealed heating systems as per EN 12828 for heating capacities of up to 50 kW or 100 kW, depending on the version. Mounting time and effort are low. (Photograph: AFRISO)

    In sealed heating systems according to EN 12828, each heat generator must be equipped with at least one safety valve to ensure that the maximum operating pressure is not exceeded; the last safety device used is a diaphragm safety valve. In the case of an emergency, the entire boiler power is released in the form of vapour by the diaphragm safety valve. Quick air vents and pressure gauges are also part of the safety equipment of heating systems. A boiler safety group assembly provides a compact combination of these three components.

    The new AFRISO KSG boiler safety group assembly combines three components which are part of the safety equipment of heating system on a single cast brass carrier. KSG consists of a diaphragm safety valve, a pressure gauge and a quick air vent. The safety valve discharges water and water/glycol mixtures at a pressure of 3 bar and more. The pressure gauge indicates the system pressure of the heating system from 0-4 bar, the quick air vent with a nominal pressure of 12 bar continuously and automatically vents the system. The pressure gauge and the quick air vent feature self-sealing mounting valves so the pressure gauge and the quick air vent can be easily replaced if need be. KSG is suitable for temperatures of the medium of up to 120 °C.
    The assembly is connected to the boiler by means of a G1 female thread. The pre-assembled and tightness-tested boiler safety group assembly KSG comes with two form-fit insulation shells for standards-compliant insulation. Mounting time and effort are low. The boiler safety group assembly KSG is suitable for use in sealed heating systems as per EN 12828; version KSG 3 bar for heat generation with a heating capacity of up to 50 kW and version KSG Maxi 3 bar for a heating capacity of up to 100 kW.
    (AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)
     
    18.12.2014   Elopak launches beverage cartons featuring renewable polyethylene     ( Company news )

    Company news Elopak has announced the launch of beverage cartons featuring certified renewable polyethylene (PE). A wide range of Elopak cartons featuring renewable PE will be commercially available in the coming months, making Elopak the first company to offer beverage cartons with renewable coating to the European market. As an industry first, Elopak uses second generation renewable PE, made of European-sourced biomass not in competition with food supply.

    Elopak aims to replace all fossil-based raw materials with renewable alternatives as part of its ambitious Future Proofed Packaging Strategy. “This is a key milestone in Elopak’s efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of our products. We have a vision to deliver products with zero net impact on the environment, and this is an important step towards that goal”, says Elopak’s CEO Niels Petter Wright.

    With this move, Elopak is working in partnership with key customers wanting to boost the environmental merits of their packaging. An increased use of bio-based PE helps reduce the use of fossil-based materials. In addition, this reduces one of the largest sources of CO2 emissions in the beverage carton value chain.

    “The beverage carton is the environmentally superior packaging choice, consisting of at least 75% renewable paperboard derived from responsibly managed forests. The remaining materials are mostly made of polyethylene, a polymer usually produced from fossil-based raw materials. Renewable PE brings us much closer to our vision of a 100% renewable carton. At the same time, we are further reducing the carbon footprint of the carton; a footprint which was already best in class within beverage packaging”, says Kristian Hall, Director Corporate Environment at Elopak.

    Bio-based plastics are generally made from crops; however in this case the renewable or bio-based PE is produced from biomass from second generation feedstock. This is locally sourced within Europe and is not in competition with human food supply. In addition, the bio-based PE is certified through the entire value chain, by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification system (ISCC PLUS). ISCC PLUS sets strict requirements for sustainability and traceability through the entire value chain, with chain of custody certification based on a mass balance system.
    (Elopak AS)
     
    17.12.2014   The first cold press technology that meets European hygiene standards    ( Company news )

    Company news The Dutch companies JFPT/foodlife and Cool Wave Processing have joined forces and developed a new cold press technology. “The Cold Press No. 1” fully complies with the latest European legislation for hygiene (EHEDG) and safety (CE). With cold pressing both nutrients and flavour of fresh fruit and vegetables juice will remain best preserved.

    In the United States, the cold press technology has been used for decades and has become the standard in juice production. The demand for healthy, fresh and natural juices is also on the rise in Europe, and therefore the demand for cold pressing too. JFPT/foodlife and Cool Wave Processing have designed the new press to exactly meet the European standards.

    The Cold Press No. 1 is built mainly from stainless steel, even the electrical cabinet that is normally made of plastic. It has round pipes instead of pipes with straight angles and all the plastics are blue instead of white. This makes it the first cold press that completely complies with the strict EHEDGE guidelines. Current presses demand for high maintenance and are difficult to clean; these two aspects are especially taken into account in the design of the new press.

    Combined with the mild preservation technology PurePulse from Cool Wave Processing, the two companies offer a complete package for producers of fresh fruit and vegetable juice. Interested producers can discover the new press in the test center of JFPT/foodlife in Zwolle. The first series of The Cold Press No. 1, with a capacity of 100 liters per hour, will be delivered in December. From the beginning of January the next 10 presses are available. Cold presses with larger capacities will be available in the course of 2015.
    (CoolWave Processing B.V.)
     
    16.12.2014   Leak detector + Smart Home = Maximum safety    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The new AFRISO Eurovac HV leak detector is approved for suitable double-walled steel tank tanks and for all tanks with a leak protection lining as per EN 13160-7 and can be integrated into Smart Home systems by means of an optional EnOcean wireless module. (Photograph: AFRISO)

    As a measuring and control specialist, AFRISO has been offering a comprehensive range of building technology products for monitoring liquid storage facilities, levels, leaks, gases and smoke for many years with its range of WATCHDOG alarm units. Recently, AFRISO launched its own Smart Building and Smart Home system "AFRISOLab", based on EnOcean wireless technology. Because safety and minimisation of damage are part of the core business of AFRISO, all suitable WATCHDOG units will be EnOcean-ready from now on.

    The latest generation of AFRISO Eurovac HV leak detectors can now be integrated into Smart Home applications by means of an EnOcean wireless module that can be retrofitted. The optional TCM 320 wireless module is plugged into a slot in the leak detector and connected to an EnOcean centre by means of a "Learn" telegram. In the case of an alarm, a message is sent to the smartphone or tablet of the operator so that appropriate action can be taken immediately.

    The new high vacuum AFRISO Eurovac HV leak detector is a vacuum type leak detector as per EN 13160, class I. The leak detector is suitable for safe monitoring of double-walled tanks and single-walled tanks with an inner lining for the storage of non-flammable liquids and flammable liquids with a flash point > 55 °C. The leak detector maintains a vacuum in the interstitial space of the tank via an economical DC motor (energy efficiency class A++) and triggers visual and audible alarms in the case of a leak. The audible alarm can be switched off with the Acknowledge button. The device features a test button for performing function tests and indicating the pump running time, an integrated service indicator for annual maintenance and a switching output for integration into building control systems or connection of additional alarm equipment. The hose connections (red, white, green) are used for the pneumatic connection to the interstitial space of the tank; the connection pieces can be used for 4 mm or 6 mm hoses. Eurovac HV is supplied with AC 100-240 V and suitable for ambient temperatures of –5/+50 °C. For outdoor applications, the device is available in a protective housing or in a protective housing with heating (IP 55).

    The leak detector Eurovac HV is approved for suitable double-walled steel tanks and for all tanks with a leak protection lining as per EN 13160-7. More than 50 liquids such as fuel oil, diesel, AdBlue as per DIN 70070, used oils, engine oils, gearbox oils, hydraulic oils, drilling oils, cutting oils, cooling agents and brake fluid can be monitored. Eurovac HV complies with the German Water Act, the German Directive on Handling Water-polluting Substances (AwSV) and the EC Construction Products Directive, the German Directive on Occupational Safety (BetrSichV), EN 13160-1 and has the Technical Approval of the German Institute for Civil Engineering (DIBt) Z-65.22-4.
    (AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)
     
    15.12.2014   Changes in Carlsberg Group's Executive Committee     ( Company news )

    Company news Jacek Pastuszka (left) takes over responsibility as SVP for the Eastern Europe region and CEO of Baltika – Andraea Dawson-Shepherd (right) as SVP for Group Corporate Affairs.

    Carlsberg announces that Dr. Isaac Sheps, Senior Vice President for the Carlsberg Group’s Eastern Europe region and CEO of Baltika since December 2011, and Anne-Marie Skov, Senior Vice President for Group Corporate Affairs since 2004, have decided to step down from Carlsberg’s Executive Committee. Both are at a stage in their lives where they want more flexibility and free time. However, they will both continue to contribute to Carlsberg in new roles.

    Isaac Sheps is succeeded by Jacek Pastuszka, currently CEO of Ringnes in Norway. The new CEO for Ringnes will be Søren Brinck, currently Vice President for Business Development in the Western Europe region. Anne-Marie Skov is succeeded by Andraea Dawson-Shepherd, who joins Carlsberg from a global position as Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications & Affairs at RB plc (formerly Reckitt Benckiser Group plc).

    The changes in the Executive Committee will take effect as of 1 January 2015.

    New Executive Committee members

    Jacek Pastuszka has been with Carlsberg since 2009, and previously held senior commercial positions at AIG, Danone and P&G. As CEO of Carlsberg Polska, he made the company into one of the best-performing in Carlsberg’s Western Europe region, including an excellent execution of activities around the Euro 2012 football championship, of which Carlsberg was a sponsor. He took over as CEO of Ringnes in 2011, and under his leadership the company has grown earnings significantly, increased its market share and successfully implemented the Business Standardisation Programme, BSP1.

    Andraea Dawson-Shepherd brings to Carlsberg strong international communications and CSR competencies from fast moving consumer goods companies, such as RB plc. Prior to RB, she led communications at Cadbury Schweppes plc.

    Commenting on the new appointments, Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen, President & CEO of the Carlsberg Group, says, “I am very pleased to welcome two new members to our Executive Committee, and greatly look forward to their contributions to our team."

    Departing Executive Committee members

    During his 16-year career with Carlsberg, Isaac Sheps has demonstrated his leadership capabilities and the ability to impact businesses. Most recently, in a very tough macro environment with declining markets, he and his management team have grown market share and protected profitability at Baltika Breweries, as well as further developing other Eastern European markets, all while establishing strong relationships with key stakeholders in Russia.

    During Anne-Marie Skov’s 10 years with Carlsberg, she has professionalised and focused the approach to both external and internal communication at Carlsberg. She has also led CSR initiatives across the organisation and, as a trusted leader, she has also played an important role as a mentor and advisor for many people within Carlsberg.

    Neither Isaac Sheps nor Anne-Marie Skov will leave Carlsberg entirely. During 2015 Isaac will continue working in the Carlsberg Group as Senior Executive Advisor to Carlsberg Group’s CEO and the ExCom. From 1 January 2015, Anne-Marie will take over responsibility for the Tuborg Foundation and The Carlsberg Bequest to the memory of Brewer J.C. Jacobsen.

    Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen concludes, “I understand and respect the decision that Anne-Marie and Isaac have made but will miss the impact they have had in our senior management team as well as the important contributions they have made in their respective roles.”
    (Carlsberg Danmark A/S)
     
    15.12.2014   South Korea: Chinese beer Qingdao outsells Budweiser in H2 2014    ( E-Malt.com )

    The Chinese beer Qingdao outsold longtime bestseller Budweiser to become the best-selling imported beer in the second half of the year in South Korea, according to Lotte Mart, the nation’s largest retailer.

    Qingdao accounted for 43.8 percent of sales of imported beer at the firm’s outlets between July 1 and Dec. 4, while Budweiser stood at 28.6 percent, Lotte Mart said on December 8. Another American beer, Miller, came in third with 21.5 percent, according to Lotte.

    The Chinese brewer’s greater market share came as a result of a growing number of Chinese tourists in South Korea, officials said.

    This was the first time Qingdao has had the best-selling position at a domestic retailer.

    It was the third best-selling imported beer, with a 22.9 percent market share, during the first half of last year, with Budweiser at 49.3 percent and Miller second with 27.8 percent.

    Yet Qingdao’s sales skyrocketed during the first half of this year, outselling Miller and getting within one percentage point of Budweiser in market share.

    “Such a sudden and steep hike can be largely attributable to a rapid increase of inbound Chinese tourists, as well as Chinese people living in Korea,” said Lee Young-eun, a Lotte Mart sales manager. “They have a strong attachment to products imported from their country. I assume that this was one of the main reasons for the sales hike.”

    He added Qingdao consumption by Koreans has also increased in the wake of the growing popularity of Chinese dishes such as skewered barbecued lamb.

    “Chinese restaurants selling these dishes are flourishing in Seoul’s major entertainment districts,” Lee said.

    Nearly 5.8 million Chinese people have visited Korea this year, the biggest tourist group by nation, spending an estimated 14.2 trillion won ($12.7 billion).

    The number is expected to continue increasing since Korea is one of the favorite travel destinations among Chinese, according to the World Tourism Cities Federation.

    The number of Chinese living in Korea is also on the rise amid brisk bilateral trade and investment.

    Many of them live in groups in industrial towns near Seoul, according to data from the Ministry of Justice that handles immigration affairs.

    Lotte plans to import other Chinese beers and alcoholic beverages to meet growing domestic demand.
     
    15.12.2014   Stora Enso to divest its Uetersen Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its Uetersen specialty and coated fine paper mill in Germany to a company mainly owned by the private equity fund Perusa Partners Fund 2. The cash consideration for the divestment of the shares is approximately EUR 7 million subject to customary closing day adjustments. The loss on disposal amounts to approximately EUR 30 million and will be recorded as a non-recurring item in Stora Enso’s fourth quarter 2014 results. The transaction is in line with Stora Enso’s strategic transformation to a customer focused renewable materials company. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015 and is subject to regulatory approvals.

    The transaction will enhance Stora Enso’s operational EBIT and cash flow from the second quarter of 2015. Based on 2013 annual figures, the divestment is expected to reduce Stora Enso’s annual sales by EUR 155 million. It will also reduce Stora Enso’s annual paper production capacity by around 240 000 tonnes. Uetersen Mill employs approximately 400 people.

    Stora Enso’s previous attempt to divest the mill was unsuccessful due to the German Federal Cartel Office’s (FCO) indicated intentions to prohibit the proposed transaction.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    15.12.2014   UK: Molson Coors closing brewery in Hampshire with more than 100 jobs at risk    ( E-Malt.com )

    Jobs losses have been announced at a 50-year-old Manor Park brewery in Alton, Hampshire which is to close next year, BBC reported on December 8.

    Molson Coors Brewing Company said it had not been able to replace the work lost when Heineken moved its production back in-house.

    A spokesman for the firm said it was working with employees at its site in Alton to "mitigate job losses".

    East Hampshire District Council said more than 100 jobs were at risk and added it would support those affected.

    The Molson Coors spokesman said the firm was trying to "identify alternative proposals for the site" and added its priority was to support impacted employees.

    District councillor Julie Butler said the authority would hold "an immediate high level meeting" with Molson Coors, Hampshire County Council and others to respond to the closure and plan for the regeneration of the brewery site.

    The brewery is expected to close at the end of May.

    According to a company spokesperson, for the past seven years production on behalf of Heineken has equated to 75% of Manor Park’s production. The balance has been comprised of Molson Coors’ brands – namely Carling, Grolsch and Coors Light.

    Manor Park has an annual capacity of 2.6 million hectolitres and has been running close to maximum capacity in recent years. It has been a keg beer only brewery.

    Molson Coors has been aware of a looming overcapacity issue across its three industrial scale breweries, in Burton-on-Trent and in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, following notification from Heineken that it intended to terminate its contract brewing arrangement with the expiration of the current agreement in April 2015.

    Total volumes that have been brewed on behalf of Heineken are estimated at between two and three million barrels annually. In advance of the end of the contract brewing agreement, the Dutch brewer has been investing to modernise and expand Royal, its brewery in south Manchester.

    Molson Coors is currently completing a five-year, £75 million redevelopment of the Burton Brewery. The last year’s work concerns modernisation of the fermentation and filtration functions in the north brewery. These projects follow on from a £21 million investment in a high-speed bottling line.

    In contrast, recent investment at both Alton and Tadcaster has been minimal. Asked if Tadcaster was to begin a similar consultation process, the Molson Coors spokesperson commented, “Tadcaster continues to operate as business as usual.”
     
    15.12.2014   USA: The Brewers Association sums up craft beer industry’s preliminary annual results    ( E-Malt.com )

    As the year draws to a close, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—looked back on how craft brewers fared in 2014.

    “It’s remarkable to see how beer has evolved in the past century. Year over year we’re seeing tremendous growth in the craft beer sector and 2014 proved that craft beer is moving into the mainstream,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “Consumers are making a conscious choice to buy and try the plethora of options produced by small and independent craft brewers.”

    Of note in 2014:

    •U.S. brewery count returns to historic levels. In November, the United States passed the mark of 3,200 brewers in the country and the number of brewery licenses reached the highest ever, topping 4,500 in the first sixth months of the year. Thirteen states (CA, CO, WA, OR, MI, NY, PA, TX, FL, WI, IL, NC, OH) now have more than 100 breweries each.

    •Breweries are opening at a rate of 1.5 per day. In addition, there are more than 2,000 breweries in planning.

    •Craft brewers were the growth point in the overall beer industry. Through June of 2014, craft brewers enjoyed 18 percent growth by volume. Numerous data channels are showing continuing double-digit growth for craft in the second half of the year.

    •India Pale Ales (IPAs) remained the most favored craft beer style. According to retail scan data, IPA is up 47 percent by volume and 49 percent by dollar sales, accounting for 21 percent volume share of craft and 23 percent dollar share of off-premise beer sales. Additionally, the style was the number one entered category at the Great American Beer Festival®.

    •Variety packs had a strong year with craft beer lovers. Retail data also indicates that variety packs are up 21 percent by volume and 24 percent by dollar sales, equating to nine percent volume share of craft and seven percent dollar share.

    •Craft beer appreciators are becoming as diverse as craft beer itself. Data indicates that 38 percent of households bought a craft beer in the last year versus 29 percent in 2010. Additionally, women consume almost 32 percent of craft beer volume, almost half of which comes from women ages 21-34. Hispanic populations are demonstrating increased craft engagement as well.

    “More and more breweries will spur innovation, meaning there will be even more offerings on hand for beer geeks and beginners to enjoy,” Watson added. “Not to mention more opportunities to explore and support local breweries, which has a profound impact on the economy at the regional, state and national level.”

    Note: Figures are a compilation of data provided by the Brewers Association, Symphony IRI and Nielsen. The Brewers Association will release a comprehensive annual analysis of craft brewer production in March of 2015.

    The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S.
     
    12.12.2014   Cutting-Edge Can Solutions Offer Practical Convenience     ( Company news )

    Company news Integrated straw and spin-clip closure meet consumer demands via unprecedented “WOW” effect

    Convenience is king and in today’s marketplace – expected. Consumers lead busy lives and seek products and services that meet the demands of their on-the-go lifestyles. Innovative, convenient solutions can often be a key driver in the final decision-making process. During this year’s BrauBeviale, beverage can producer Ball presented two added-value opportunities designed to simplify the life of the active consumer, while enhancing the overall engagement experience associated with the beverage can.

    Modernizing the Can via Integrated Straw
    Ball’s Magic Straw offers smart engineering with modern convenience. Unique to the marketplace, Magic Straw features a can outfitted with a self-activating straw once opened. This fun, modern and inventive new gadget provides a ‘surprise element’ to the can, engaging buzz and chatter amongst its end-users. In addition, the very nature of the straw allows brand adopters to further optimize their experience by adding logos, messages and promotional sayings to the straw. From a practical perspective, this gadget also adds a safety element to its usage, as the small opening of the straw effectively controls the amount of liquid consumed thereby impeding potential choking situations.
    “The Magic Straw provides brands with many exciting opportunities to engage consumers,” said Antti Laakkonen, Business Manager (Product) at Ball Packaging Europe. “The ‘WOW’ effect that comes with its self-activation is an unprecedented feature in the canned beverage market and the promotional opportunities of printing directly on the straw only heighten the overall opportunity for engagement.”

    Re-sealability and the Can…Consumers On-the-Go!
    Visitors to stand 111, hall 4 will notice yet another of Ball’s value-added extras in our new ‘closure category.’ Ball’s Spin Clip allows purchasers of this optimized can to securely reseal its contents following opening with one simple rotation. New to the can market, re-sealability is a practical way to open up new opportunities for growth not previously seen in this sector. With Spin Clip - the beverage stays fresh and its contents remain exactly where intended – in the can!
    (Ball Packaging Europe GmbH)
     
    12.12.2014   TricorBraun Wins International Award     ( Company news )

    Company news Twenty molds completed in six months for winning product line

    TricorBraun, one of North America’s largest suppliers of jars, bottles and other rigid packaging components, won an award in the WorldStar packaging competition’s Health and Beauty category for hello TM, a new oral care product line.
    WorldStar is an international contest open only to packages that previously have won a national or international competition. More than 250 packages were submitted from 37 countries. Judging took place November 19, 2014 at the World Packaging Organisation’s annual meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
    TricorBraun Design and Innovation, the firm’s creative section, coordinated the production of 20 completed molds in six months. It evaluated more than 40 vendors before selecting 11 strategic suppliers who provided tooling, manufacturing, decorating, components, assembly and transportation. Through the rigorous development process, TricorBraun’s 18 member “Team hello” directed the efforts of more than 100 individuals throughout North America and Europe who were working on the project.
    hello is marketed as Seriously FriendlyTM, promoting a welcoming greeting rather than the traditional hostile messages –killing, battling and fighting germs—that are embraced by the oral care industry’s established leaders.
    hello toothpaste is sold in a unique “tottle,” an upside-down, squeezable bottle, that doesn’t crumple with use like many traditional toothpaste tubes. A novel pastry bag tip in the opening dispenses toothpaste in a unique pattern resembling cake icing. Additionally, the filled tottle does not require a box as with traditional toothpaste packaging.
    hello mouthwash is packaged in clear 473ml and 985ml PET bottles that feature a unique curved shape and a “swig-friendly” flavor ring. The base of the bottle is embossed with hello’s trademark slogan: seriously friendly.
    The hello breath spray’s portable 7ml package uniformly dispenses the right amount of spray. The container’s collar twists 30 degrees to lock in place with an audible click for leak-proof portability, and it’s unmistakably embossed with the hello logo, making it easy to feel in a purse or pocket.
    (TricorBraun Design and Innovation)
     
    11.12.2014   Five Star Industry Competence    ( Company news )

    Company news “It’s your choice to be a winner!” is the motto for ENGEL at NPE2015 from March 23 to 27 in Orlando, Florida. Presenting eight innovative applications, the injection moulding machine manufacturer and system supplier will demon-strate how the specific requirements of five industrial branches—automotive, packaging, medical, teletronics and technical moulding—can be realised with efficient and economical injection molding solutions. They will show that the key to increased competitiveness can be found in both customised, highly-integrated system solutions and flexible standard machines.

    Picture: The new ENGEL e-flomo supports fully-automated adjustment of flow rates.

    The highlights at the ENGEL booth in the West building, hall A will include the first composite brake pedal manufactured in a one-shot process, the new high-performance ENGEL e-speed machine, the particularly dynamic ENGEL e pic pick-and-place robot, as well as innovative service tools for an even higher level of process security and machine availability.
    The plastics industry in North America continues on a course of growth. In particular, there is an increasing demand for innovative techniques and economic solutions for high-performance applications. Both trends are reflected in the exhibits at the ENGEL booth at NPE2015.
    One main emphasis will be on lightweight construction, which is currently one of the areas with the strongest growth. "In the next few years we can look forward to strong growth in the injection molding industry, particularly in the field of fiber composite engineering," points out Mark Sankovitch, President and CEO of ENGEL North America with headquarters in York, Pennsylvania. Directed fiber systems have long since established themselves in high-performance products—for example in the aircraft industry. For composite materials to find even wider use in high volume applications, such as in the automotive sector, the biggest challenge at present is to develop manufacturing processes that provide low unit costs despite high volumes. "ENGEL is providing ground-breaking offerings in thermoplastics solutions to provide production breakthroughs across all industries," emphasises Sankovitch. Injection moulding technologies offer great potential for this. ENGEL already fulfils another crucial success factor with its high levels of system solution and automation expertise. To promote even faster development of new processes, ENGEL established its own technology center for lightweight composites in 2012 at the site of its large-scale machine production facility in St. Valentin, Austria. The technology center was created primarily as a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration with international partner enterprises and universities. In collaboration with its system partners, ENGEL has been able to set several milestones in recent years.

    ENGEL automotive: Cost efficiency for high-volume lightweight construction
    ENGEL and its partner ZF-Friedrichshafen will present one of these milestones in Orlando—a geometrically optimised and stress-resistant plastic brake pedal. The concept for manufacturing a hybrid, brake pedal from thermoplastic fabric received the Composite Innovations Award in 2011, and has been consistently enhanced by ZF since then. ENGEL will be offering a glimpse into the efficiency of the new manufacturing process at its stand at the exhibition. Using a vertical ENGEL insert 1050H/230 single US injection moulding machine with an ENGEL easix multi-axis industrial robot and infrared oven, a continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic semi-finished product (known as thermoplastic fabric) will be heated, preformed in a mould and immediately over moulded with polyamide. The system produces ready-to-fit components; no cutting is necessary.
    Thermoplastic fabric offers offer high strength and rigidity. In addition, the product developers at ZF have adapted the layer structure to the component load when designing the brake pedal. This enabled the component weight to be reduced by around 30 percent compared to conventional steel brake pedals—without impairing load-bearing capacity. In addition, the lightweight construction method makes many conventional manufacturing process steps unnecessary, thereby increasing productivity and cutting unit costs.
    The control unit of the ENGEL easix multi-axis robot is fully integrated into the control unit of the injection molding machine. As a result, besides making it easy to operate and program the robot, the movements of the machine and robot are precisely coordinated with each other. Since the robot has access to the machine parameters, the gripper can enter the mold area during the opening movement, which in turn significantly reduces cycle times. Synchronous movements are particularly important when it comes to handling pre-heated semi-finished products, because semi-finished products must not be allowed to cool too rapidly in advance of the forming process. Another factor that determines quality in this application is the high positional accuracy of the multi-axis robot.

    Dual technology integration opens new horizons for quality
    Process integration leads to greater efficiency, safety and quality. Using an ENGEL duo 2550/610 US injection moulding machine with an integrated ENGEL viper 20 robot, ENGEL will demonstrate the fact that not only can process steps upstream or downstream of the injection moulding machine be combined, but also different process technologies. To produce center console components of PC-ABS, ENGEL will combine two technologies: ENGEL foammelt, the MuCell® foam injection molding process developed by Trexel of Wilmington, Massachusets, USA, and the variothermal injection molding process from Roctool (Le Bourget du Lac, France). The goal is to produce thin-walled parts with very high surface quality along with the excellent reproduction of fine structure using just a single injection moulding step.
    To demonstrate the versatility of this combination of processes, the part being moulded will have varying wall thicknesses and surface structures. Thanks to ENGEL foammelt, the cavity is completely filled, including the undercuts, and the component has no sink marks after cooling. At the same time, the Roctool technology provides a high-gloss finish in piano black. Apart from applications aimed at car interiors, this dual technology integration opens up new horizons for efficiency and quality in white goods and household products.
    On exhibit for the first time in North America, this system solution introduces the new design of the ENGEL duo injection moulding machine. Users will benefit in particular from improved ergonomics thanks to a lower operating height providing easier access to the mould and nozzle area. Other features of the new machine generation include roller rail systems for the moving platen, energy-efficient mould movement and a much cleaner mould area thanks to the removal of central lubrication.

    ENGEL medical: Higher productivity with a smaller plant footprint
    In the Medical section of its display at NPE2015, ENGEL will be producing drip chambers with an integrated filter for blood transfusions. An ENGEL e-victory 310H/80W/50V/180 combi US three-component injection molding machine with ecodrive and a cleanroom design will be used in this highly integrated production process. The drip chambers will include one ABS and one PP component; in a single work step they will be injection moulded, fitted with the filter, and joined by means of over moulding with additional polypropylene. This unprecedented level of integration significantly boosts efficiency in the manufacturing of multi-component hollow bodies with inlays. Conventionally, the two hollow body components are individually injection moulded, with the inlay fitted and bonded in subsequent process steps. However, this leads to longer cycles, a greater logistical effort including a greater risk of contamination, and markedly lower productivity per square foot as production usually requires several independent manufacturing cells. “Drip chambers are mass-market products that need to be manufactured economically while maintaining the stringent demands on product safety and cleanliness,” says Mark Sankovitch, underlining the great significance of the one-shot process. Other industries could also profit from this leap in efficiency. For example, fuel filters are also hollow bodies with an integrated inlay.
    For this exhibit, the mold manufacturing partner Hack Formenbau (Kirchheim, Germany), provides a key prerequisite for the high level of integration with the use of servo-electric drive technology for all movements of the index plate mould. This allows the synchronous control of commonly independent movements.
    An ENGEL easix multi-axis robot is also integrated into the manufacturing cell for handling both the filter and finished parts. The robot presents the drop chambers to a 100 percent quality control check before they are discharged.

    High performance with maximum safety
    In order to increase productivity, the field of medical technology is moving more and more to the use of multi-cavity molds along with the larger injection moulding machines they require. As a result, ENGEL has designed the ENGEL e-motion all-electric machine series to meet the requirements of high-performance applications, with no compromise to process stability and part quality, even when used with high clamping forces. Together with automation specialist HEKUMA (Eching, Germany) and mold manufacturer Braunform (Bahlingen, Germany); ENGEL will be presenting the highly automated cleanroom production of needle holders for insulin pens at the NPE.
    The cores of the 96-cavity mold have a diameter of just 0.3 mm. To counter deformation of cores effectively, the electric injection unit of the ENGEL e-motion 440/240 T US is equipped with a direct drive, which provides highly dynamic injection movements and injection speeds of up to 500 mm/s. If, however, there is a problem with a manufactured part, the camera-based monitoring system registers it immediately. Thanks to cavity specific handling, reject parts are automatically separated and the injection moulding can carry on producing without deactivating the cavity. Despite the delicate mold cores, the all-electric machine achieves exceptionally short cycle times of around 3.5 seconds.

    ENGEL packaging: the best of two worlds
    High-performance applications have traditionally been the domain of the packaging industry, and the trend in that sector is energy efficiency. The new ENGEL e-speed 720 US injection moulding machine, presented in North America for the first time at NPE2015, brings together the best of two worlds. The new ENGEL high-speed machine relies on the all-electric technology of the high-performance ENGEL e-motion and ENGEL e-cap series while possessing the benefits of the ENGEL speed series; uniting highest injection speeds with maximum energy efficiency.
    The electric clamping unit of the 720-ton hybrid machine utilizes a completely new drive solution. In order to avoid the power peaks when short cycle times are combined with high clamping forces, a flywheel acts as an electrical power reserve. It stores the braking energy from the platen movements and transfers this energy back to the motor when it is required for processes such as the reacceleration of the clamping movements. When the storage capacity is reached, excess energy from the generator is fed back into the grid—not just converted into heat by the braking resistance, which has been the case until now. This allows the ENGEL e-speed 720 US to run with a relatively low and above all constant connected load.
    On the injection unit side, the time-tested ENGEL inline injection unit is used. Its particularly high injection dynamics and an electric plasticizing drive enable injection speeds of up to 800 mm per second to be reached.
    In addition, its particularly long opening stroke allows the new high-speed machine to work with large stack molds. An ENGEL e-speed 720/90 US with a 4+4-cavity mould from StackTeck (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) will be producing 1.5-liter containers. Thanks to the high-speed automation from CBW automation (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA), the machine only needs a very short 0.5 seconds to remove the containers from the mold.

    ENGEL technical moulding: efficient multiple component injection moulding using standard technology
    While process integration offers advantages for many multiple component applications, it is not necessarily the most efficient solution. In addition to the requirements of the part being produced, the planned lot size, conditions on site and the existing machinery are also important when choosing the best fabrication process. One alternative to production with a multi-component mold and an integrated manufacturing cell would be to utilizing a transfer process to link two, or more, injection moulding machines with a linear robot. The transfer process is advantageous when standard technology satisfies the production requirements, as opposed to making customised specialty machines necessary. ENGEL demonstrates what this can look like in practice with the production of double-ended wrenches on a system using two ENGEL e-mac 170/55 US machines with four-cavity moulds from Roembke (Ossian, Indiana, USA). The wrenches are made of carbon-fiber-reinforced polyamide which is over-moulded with silicone between the two ends for better grip. The part is injection moulded on the first machine in the cell, removed by an ENGEL viper 12 linear robot and immediately placed in the mould of the second injection moulding machine which is situated opposite. During the processing of the liquid silicone, the first machine has begun production of the next wrench.
    The compact size of the all-electric ENGEL e-mac machines provides a space-saving solution for the production of technical parts with high demands on precision. As a result, the productivity per square foot of production space increases, which has become a key figure for efficiency in an increasing number of businesses.
    The ENGEL e-mac injection moulding machines provide extremely high repeatability, and reduced cycle times with parallel movement of the different drive axes. From injecting and metering to mould and ejector movements, all drives in the ENGEL e-mac are servo-electric. This guarantees the best possible precision and process stability while maximizing the effectiveness of the machine as a whole. The drives are operated by a modern axis system solution involving a stabilised intermediate circuit in which the braking energy is recovered and fed back into the grid, thereby achieving very high energy efficiency. The ENGEL e-mac achieves a very high acceleration of up to 20 m/s² on the injection axis, setting new standards around the world.

    ENGEL teletronics: maximum precision for plastic/metal composites
    It is often useful to make use of gravity for insertion applications. During the trade show, ENGEL will be producing connector housings on a vertical ENGEL insert 500H/110 rotary US injection moulding machine. In order to overmould the metal pins directly, an ENGEL easix robot will take four sets of metal pins from the feeding unit and place them in the bottom half of the four-cavity mould, which has been provided for demonstration at the exhibition by Capsonic (Elgin, Illinois, USA). Once again, with this application the multi-axis robot demonstrates its high positioning accuracy. The precision of the robots movements is crucial for final product quality in many insertion applications.
    The injection moulding machine operates with a rotary table equipped with two work stations. The metal pins are put in place parallel to the injection process, which not only makes for short cycle times, but also ensures high energy efficiency. Since all part handling takes place outside of the clamping unit, the mold only remains open for a very short time during rotation of the table, eliminating unnecessary heat loss.
    The complete automation of the manufacturing cell was designed and built by the ENGEL automation team in York. In order to pose a challenge to the flexibility of the ENGEL easix robot, two different and independent feeding systems have been integrated, and will be in operation on an alternating basis at the exhibition. The robot must repeatedly adapt itself to the changing demands of the process and yet still fulfill all its tasks with consistently high precision.

    25 tie-bar-less years—a success story with future potential
    "25 tie-bar-less years"—ENGEL will be celebrating this anniversary at the NPE with an ENGEL victory 330/85 tech US machine, which will be producing fittings for drain systems.
    Since the first single-screw injection moulding machine was developed in 1956, it was regarded as an unshakable design principle that an injection moulding machine had to have four tie bars. When ENGEL unveiled a tie-bar-less machine at the K 1989 international plastics trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, the innovation made by the Upper Austrian Company was greeted with astonishment by some, but with ridicule by others, and many arguments were raised against it. Today—25 years later—tie-bar-less injection molding machines are one of ENGEL's biggest sources of revenue. So far, more than 60,000 tie-bar-less machines have been delivered worldwide, underlining the outstanding success of this design principle. With their large platen faces and free access to the mold area, the machines meet the need for high efficiency and cost-effectiveness in injection moulding production better than any other design today, and will continue to do so in the future.
    The production of fittings makes optimal use of the tie-bar-less technology. Although the mold provided by ifw-Kunststofftechnik (Micheldorf, Austria) for the production of the fittings at the NPE is of substantial size, it can still be mounted on the 85-ton machine quickly and easily. “If we were using a traditional machine with tie-bars, we would need a much larger machine with a clamping force of at least 150 tons in order to fit the bulky mould. We would also have to remove a tie bar or disassemble core-pulls to set up the mould," says Mark Sankovitch. With no tie bars to interfere with the mould in the ENGEL victory, the mould mounting platens can be used right to their edges. Therefore, very large molds can be mounted on relatively small injection moulding machines. At the same time, overall efficiency is enhanced. The costs for a smaller machine are lower both for purchase and operation, and it also requires less floor space.

    Automation: From a simple pick-and-place to a turn-key solution
    From the dependable standard machine to the highly integrated and automated manufacturing cell developed under one roof, ENGEL provides solutions with maximum economical efficiency for its customers around the world. In the turn-key business, the processor has only one contact partner for the entire system right from the start, which can markedly reduce the time needed for project planning and commissioning. Even when individual components are provided in collaboration with partners, ENGEL bears the overall responsibility.
    "The segment of system solutions is steadily increasing in our business," says Mark Sankovitch. "ENGEL is delivering more and more injection moulding machines with handling included." Automation is increasingly becoming an integrative process component which not only makes production processes more efficient and economical, but also makes it possible to realise totally new manufacturing methods, component characteristics, design solutions and product qualities.
    In order to also be able to offer a very economical, dynamic and compact solution for simple pick-and-place applications, ENGEL has developed a new compact robot for horizontal and vertical part removal with a load-bearing capacity of up to 2 kg.
    At NPE2015, the ENGEL e-pic will be presented to the American audience for the first time. Thanks to its completely new kinematics, combining linear movements with a swivel arm, the ENGEL e-pic unites maximum performance with maximum economic efficiency. In order to keep the moving mass as low as possible, the robot arm was designed using weight-optimised parts. This ensures the shortest possible take-out cycles and low energy consumption. In comparison with linear robots of the same size, the ENGEL e-pic requires less than half the amount of energy.
    The compact design also contributes to its excellent economical efficiency. When utilised on injection moulding machines with an integrated conveyor belt, the robot works inside the machine's safety gate without requiring additional space.
    Equipped with its own control unit, the ENGEL e-pic robot can be used not only on ENGEL injection moulding machines, but also on third-party machines. In combination with an ENGEL injection moulding machine, the robot can be easily integrated into the CC300 machine control unit. The robot and machine then access a shared database, thereby enhancing process security and operator convenience while achieving optimal efficiency in production sequences. The control unit converts the rotary motion of the robot swivel arm into a linear movement. Therefore, those who have experience working with linear robots have no need to learn new skills.
    With this new development in handling, ENGEL can now cover the complete spectrum of requirements in this area even better, from simple part removal, depositing, and sprue separation, to sophisticated insert-placement and take-out, and to the combination of various process steps in a highly-integrated production cell.
    A new generation of the ENGEL viper linear robot will also be presented in Orlando. Thanks to the update, the speed, flexibility, compactness, energy efficiency and ease of use of the robots have all been improved. Also new is the C70 seven-inch hand-held touch terminal, one of the lightest on the market weighing in at only 950 grams. Additionally, to ensure a consistent operating system, the layout of the robot control pages has been adapted to the new design of the CC300 control unit for ENGEL injection moulding machines.

    ENGEL plus: a new service portal for even greater customer benefit
    Training and service are integral features of the ENGEL system philosophy. Under the ENGEL plus brand name, ENGEL offers not only fast hotline and on-site support worldwide, but also a wide range of optimisation tools that ensure greater efficiency and process stability, increase machine and production cell availability, and help optimise processes. ENGEL plus is being presented at the NPE in several expert corners, featuring ENGEL e-flomo, the ENGEL oil maintenance system, and the new customer portal, among other things.
    Mould temperature control has a significant influence on the productivity of the manufacturing process and on the quality of the moulded parts, but despite this, it is usually not given enough attention. ENGEL prompted a change in thinking when it developed ENGEL flomo in 2010. The compact temperature control water manifold with electronic flow monitoring, which can be adjusted manually and integrated into a machine, increased process reliability and simplified process optimisation—in more than a thousand new machines to date. ENGEL is now completing the step from process monitoring to process control. The newly developed ENGEL e-flomo features electrical control valves, which allow the flow rates to be adjusted and controlled in a fully-automated process. “ENGEL e-flomo keeps the temperature in the mould constant throughout the production period, even when water pressure varies,” says Mark Sankovitch. “This results in greater efficiency, process reliability and consistently high product quality.”
    The ENGEL oil maintenance system ensures lower costs for upkeep and increased machine availability. Impurities cause 80% of all hydraulic system failures. The ENGEL oil maintenance system tackles this problem at its roots. A cellulose cartridge with a 3 μm fine filter removes solid particles, condensed water, and oil degradation products in one single step. The result is up to 55 % less downtime and a reduction in maintenance costs of 60 %.
    A special highlight is the new customer portal that ENGEL will be presenting for the first time worldwide, at NPE2015. Now customers can make service requests and order spare parts even more easily and quickly than before. Another positive aspect is the high level of transparency. The customer can for example track the status of a service request, which makes it possible to plan more reliably. The new customer app opens the doors to the world of ENGEL, as well as one's own manufacturing facility, anywhere and anytime. A concise overview of the current status as well as the availability of all machines can be displayed in the app. "Our innovative strength at ENGEL is demonstrated not only in products and technologies," says Mark Sankovitch. "It is also our goal to continuously increase the benefit customers have from our service."

    ENGEL at NPE2015: West Building, hall A, booth W1303
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    11.12.2014   Optimised fuel oil de-aerator FloCo-TOP-2     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The AFRISO FloCo-TOP-2 fuel oil de-aerator, whose new version is even more compact and suitable for use even if space is extremely limited. It can be installed in flood risk area it a vent hose is installed. The fuel oil de-aerator also remains operative after a flood.
    (Photograph: AFRISO)

    The new automatic AFRISO FloCo-TOP-2 fuel oil de-aerator was designed for continuous de-aeration and filtration of fuel oil, diesel, biofuel and biodiesel with 0-20 % FAME in oil fired heating systems (single-line systems with return supply). The FloCo-TOP-2 series fuel oil de-aerator is extremely popular with installers and features a number of technical innovations: The height of the de-aerator hood has been reduced and the connection for the vent hose is now located at the side so that the unit can be used even if space is very limited. The pressure gauge (service indicator) is now rotatable to facilitate readings.

    The de-aerator is equipped with a plastic de-aerator hood, a zinc die cast housing and a compact plastic filter cup. The de-aerator hood features a dual float safety system which keeps oil foam from escaping. If a vent hose is installed, the de-aerator is odour-tight (PROOFED BARRIER). The die-cast housing contains a changeover valve for single/multiple filtration, a shut-off valve for closing the suction line (for checking the suction capacity of the burner pump), a backflow preventer with pressure relief in the direction of the tank, a bypass valve (to drain the oil when the burner hose is replaced) and a drain system for clean filter change. The pressure gauge (-0.7/0.9 bar) serves as a service indicator since increasing pollution causes the vacuum to rise; as a result, it is easy to see when the filter needs to be changed. FloCo-TOP-2 is suitable for a return flow of up to 120 l/h. The following connections are available: tank side G 3/8 female thread and burner side G 3/8 male thread with 60° cone. The fuel oil de-aerator is TÜV tested and complies with EN 12514-2. The unit is available in five versions and, due to the standard screw connections and the click system, fast and easy to install and can be used with any heating system. The outstanding feature is innovative multiple filtration: the fuel oil returning from the burner is fed either directly to the supply or subjected to additional filtration passes by setting a valve. This continuously increases the fuel oil quality - it surpasses the oil purity levels recommended for state-of-the-art heating systems.
    (AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)
     
    10.12.2014   Successful all-rounder with new outfit    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The AFRISO MULTILYZER STe flue gas analyser allows for a great variety of measurements: CO undiluted (air-free), Lambda, CO2, eta efficiency, flue gas loss, dew point and temperature difference. The measuring instrument is approved as per the German Federal Immission Act BImSchV and KÜO and certified according to EN 50379-2. (Photograph: AFRISO)

    The new AFRISO MULTILYZER STe flue gas analyser is suitable for flue gas analysis, (differential) pressure measurements and (differential) temperature measurements at small and medium-sized oil, gas and pellets fired systems according to the German Federal Immission Act and for CO concentration checks at gas fired systems and for all measurements and adjustments of solid-fuel systems, in particular for pellets, as well as bivalent, modulating CHP systems. MULTILYZER STe is an ergonomically designed, lightweight handheld measuring instrument with a robust protective sleeve and integrated magnets. A high-resolution TFT display, coloured representation of menus and measured values (green/flue gas, blue/temperature, yellow/pressure) as well as an intuitive "step by step" measurement program ensure maximum ease of use. The device is operated via a touch pad with a special recess for easy scrolling. The measuring instrument uses lead-free O2 sensors (ECO sensor) which excel with an extremely short calibration and response time and a long service life. The compact design allows the device to be equipped with practically any combination of up to six measuring cells (O2, CO, CO/H2, NO, NO2, SO2).

    Automatic sensor test and limit value monitoring ensure maximum protection of the device. The measuring instrument allows for a great variety of measurements: CO undiluted (air-free), Lambda, CO2, eta efficiency, flue gas loss, dew point and temperature difference. The primary, standard CO measuring cell is H2-compensated for official measurements. MULTILYZER STe is approved as per the German Federal Immission Act BImSchV and KÜO and certified according to EN 50379-2. The measuring instrument features an XXL data memory (including CSV database structure for up to 1,000 customer records), an optional data logger function which allows for long-term measurements at definable intervals, a "multi memory" function for subsequent acquisition of different measurement results in one measurement log, an optional Pitot measuring program for air speed measurements and determination of the flow as well as numerous additional measuring program options. Since the data is output in XML format, it can be readily processed in many software applications (such as MS Excel). All measurement logs can be archived as HTML files without any additional software and opened with any Web browser. It is also possible to convert the measurement logs to QR codes so that they can be scanned by smartphones or tablets or transferred to management software.

    A microSD/SDHC card allows for system-independent storage of measurement logs and fast software updates. In addition to interfaces such as USB and infrared, the device also features Bluetooth Smart technology. This allows for easy transfer of measurement data to external devices; pairing of and communication with additional pressure and temperature probes or other peripheral equipment is highly energy-saving. The new MULTILYZER STe flue gas analyser can also be used as a central controller for the AFRISO STM 225 dust measuring instrument.
    (AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)
     
    09.12.2014   Cavitus leads the way back to brewing purity    ( Company news )

    Company news In mid November, Cavitus attended its first Brau Beviale exhibition in Nurnburg, Germany, a trade show showcasing all that is new in the brewing industry and related fields.
    Innovation in brewing is not a big sector. After all, the Germans still brew to their Beer Purity Law of 1516.In fact other than new microbrewery systems which are reducing in size to meet the hobby brewer at increasingly professional standards, there was not much real innovation on show. Therefore Cavitus’ presentation of its new BLE-Fobber attracted much attention, both from brewers and equipment manufacturers.
    Darren Bates Chief Technology Officer of Cavitus commented on the new technology, “Until now, beer bottle fobbing has relied on introducing water into the bottle to create sufficient foam at the right moment, to push all of the air out of the bottle ensuring shelf life and a bacteria free capping. Injecting another water source after brewing can cause spillage and introduce micro-bacterial matter, potentially spoiling the beer.
    When canning beer, CO2 has been used to evacuate the air as water fobbing is not an option for cans. CO2 produces inferior results to fobbing with 90-120ppb compared to 30-60 ppb in bottle fobbing, again resulting in potential beer spoilage. Now there is an alternative - contactless fobbing with the Cavitus BLE-Fobber, an innovation that eliminates both water injection fobbing and reduces CO2 utilisation in the beer packaging process, delivering a cleaner, purer beer.
    Our technology uses sound waves to create the required head, at just the right level for every type of beer. Contactless fobbing is 100% non-invasive and is compliant with the Deutsche Reinheitsgebot from 1516. We will be launching the BLE-Fobber with selected customers in January 2015 with a broader launched planned for Q2 2015.”
    Nigel Hall, CEO of Cavitus was also happy with the outcome of attending the show. “As well as generating interest from the brewing industry we also received much interest in our BLE- Defoaming technology both from brewers and producers of carbonated drinks. This high level of interest reinforced the importance of our decision to exhibit in Nurnburg and validated our rapid growth plans which have already seen us expand into Europe and the USA this year. After the response at Brau Beviale we are more convinced than ever that Cavitus is offering extremely relevant solutions to our target customers. We were also pleased that the show attracted so many international attendees with over 70% of our visitors coming from outside Germany.”
    During 2014, Cavitus has also attended successful trade shows in Brazil, Japan, China, South Africa and the USA.
    (Cavitus Pty Ltd)
     
    09.12.2014   Health for body and mind - Ubiquinol and Glavonoid™ offer natural efficacy and safety    ( Company news )

    Company news Kaneka Pharma Europe highlighted on HiE Amsterdam functional ingredients well backed by science. The focus was on the naturally produced ingredients Ubiquinol and Glavonoid™. Ubiquinol, the active form of coenzyme Q10 with higher bioavailability, is essential for the body’s energy production and furthermore protects cells from oxidative damage. The licorice extract Glavonoid™ helps to reduce visceral fat. Both substances can be used in single ingredient supplement applications as well as in functional food combinations.

    Ubiquinol is found in every human cell and is an essential part of the respiratory chain, which produces more than 95 percent of the energy the body needs to sustain its vital functions. It is also a naturally occurring lipid soluble antioxidant that counteracts the aging process and protects cells from free radical damage. Ubiquinol is therefore crucial for a healthy body and high level performance – mentally as well as physically. Due to its high bioavailability and its ready-to-use form, Ubiquinol has a more rapid and better effect than coenzyme Q10, which has to be converted by the body before it can be used. Filip Van hulle, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kaneka Pharma Europe, commented: “In our opinion, the market potential for products containing functional ingredients such as Ubiquinol and Glavonoid™ is huge, as they are backed by numerous scientific studies and offer a variety of health benefits.” One example is Ubiquinol Omega-3 Aktiv-Formula capsules from the German company Biogenial. These have been inspired by findings that Inuit, whose natural diet is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids as well as coenzyme Q10, have a low prevalence of heart disease. By combining omega-3 fatty acids of marine origin and Ubiquinol, the capsules can contribute to the normal function of the heart. Kaneka QH™ Ubiquinol is suitable for use in soft gel capsules, pellets and sticks, as well as in foodstuffs.

    Kaneka was also presenting its Novel Food-approved licorice extract Glavonoid™. Because of its patented manufacturing process, the extract is free from glycyrrhizinic acid and therefore free from any associated cortisone-like side effects. Glavonoid™ offers a unique dual action in fighting visceral fat, thanks to its ability to activate the body’s fat metabolism and suppress fat synthesis. Studies have demonstrated that an intake of 100 mg Glavonoid™ per day burns 130 kcal of body fat. The extract can be processed in food supplements and beverages. Suitable for all kinds of weight management products, it can also be included in products aimed at the sports and fitness market, as well as healthy aging.
    (Kaneka Pharma Europe N.V.)
     
    08.12.2014   Australia: Coopers sees surge in sales of its alcohol-free beer    ( E-Malt.com )

    Australian brewer Coopers has seen a surge in sales of its alcohol-free beer, which is brewed according to the German purity law, and then the alcohol is extracted using a centrifuge, Foodmagazine reported on December 4.

    Coopers has seen sales of the international premium quality beer Holsten 0.0% surge more than 20% in the past 12 months.

    “The product’s brewed according to the German purity law, so all we’re allowed to put in it is malt, water, hops and yeast,” says Scott Harris, the marketing manager of brewing products, Coopers.

    “It’s brewed like a normal beer, like a normal Pilsner and then they remove the alcohol with a centrifuge, and because alcohol stems from the water, they can pull the alcohol out.”

    “The rest of the process is pretty much done like a normal beer…so we don’t actually do anything specific that you wouldn’t do to a normal beer, apart from remove the alcohol from the beer with a centrifuge.”

    The process does change the taste of the beer, but only “slightly”, due to the process used.

    “Alcohol does add flavour to a beer but I think what’s interesting about this particular beer, is that due to the way they take it out, you still get the full sort of flavour that you would get from a beer.

    “There’s other ways of making lower alcohol beers, like stopping the fermentation early and things like that, they tend to result in a heavier beer, because you’ve got a lot of unfermented products in there still. I think the way this one’s done; it’s quite crisp and dry and has good drinkability.”

    Harris says the product caters to a market of people that either can’t, or don’t want to drink alcohol in certain situations.

    “There’s a general growth in non-alcoholic products out there in general…people are generally more health conscious, so we’re tending to find that some people for social reasons want to be able to go to the pub, or a party and still fit in with everyone and have a beer, rather than a coke.

    “We’ve also got that some people that for health reasons can’t drink it, or people saying to us that they have a couple of beers every day and what they’re doing now is, every second day they’ll have a couple of non-alcoholic beers.

    “There’s all these people coming into it but I think as an over-arching comment, we can say that people are looking at more healthy alternatives.”

    Harris said recent decisions by major liquor retailers around Australia to position Holsten 0.0% in the beer section of the store instead of the no-alcohol section is also having a significant impact.
     
    08.12.2014   Brazil: Beer sales slowing down with the economy    ( E-Malt.com )

    At Porto Alegre’s Lagom Brewery & Pub, a beautiful, dark-wood room with tall ceilings and long tables, brewmaster Maurício Chaulet looks nervously around the mostly empty bar. Beer sales are down 10-15 percent at his pub, which has 35 craft beers on tap. With pints costing about $6 — three times as much as a mainstream beer — fewer Brazilians are ordering expensive beers in a slumping economy, Fusion.net reported on November 30.

    “Beer sales are slowing down with the economy,” said Chaulet, who has already been forced to lay off staff. “We spoke with other bar owners and they say the same. It’s becoming an expensive luxury.”

    Chaulet says he’s continuing with plans to start bottling and distributing his craft beer next year, but he’s less confident that other small brewers will survive; he predicts that upwards of 100 smaller craft brewers will be forced to close in the months ahead.

    Drinking beer has never been a problem for Brazilians. The country leads Latin America in per capita consumption of beer. But the idea of spending more for a craft beer is a novel idea in a nation where about 98 percent of beer-drinkers swill watery mass-market lagers such as Brahma, Antarctica, Bohemia, and Skol — all of which are owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Until recently, Stella Artois and Heineken were considered high-end suds in Brazil.

    That started to change over the past decade as the country’s emerging middle class developed a taste for finer beers. Inspired by the artisanal beer movements in the U.S. and Europe, thousands of homebrewers popped up in the more affluent southern cities of Porto Alegre, Blumenau, and Curitiba, which already had a strong beer culture from the influence of German immigrants. But brewpubs have also appeared in poorer northeastern cities such as Belém and Fortaleza, turning out creative new beers like an açaí-infused stout.

    But when the economy entered into recession this year, craft brewers felt the pinch. Brazilian beer production fell 11 percent in the third quarter of 2014, while the price of beer rose 6 percent with inflation, according to the Brazilian beer industry association Cervbrasil. In an attempt to stay afloat, some microbreweries say they are underreporting sales to avoid paying taxes, while others are smuggling products such as yeast to avoid import costs.

    “Nobody pays taxes, except for us,” said Eduardo Bier, the founder of the nation’s oldest craft brewery, Dado Bier, which opened in 1994 in Porto Alegre. “People from the government have been asking me about this, they’re starting to crack down.”

    Where the government sees tax-dodgers, proprietors see an unfair and unruly tax regime. The average Brazilian company invests about 2,600 hours calculating how to pay nine different taxes that suck up 69 percent of their profit, according to the World Bank. Craft brewers say that for every beer they sell, nearly two-thirds of the price is consumed by the government. The remainder is split between producer, distributor, and seller. That makes the math of craft beer hard to swallow.

    Larger commercial breweries reduce costs through economies of scale and tax breaks. But the little guy is left with a bitter aftertaste.

    “We’ve been complaining for a while about how all the big brewers are given lower taxes,” said Murilo Foltran, founder of DUM Cervejaria in Curitiba Foltran. “It’s why we make beer at home— if you want to afford good beer, you have to make it yourself.”

    Other small brewers hope the quality of their beer will help them ride out the economic downturn.

    “Now it’s like a fashion movement — people are really discovering the taste of different beers,” said Leo Sassen, a national beer judge and homebrewer in Porto Alegre. Sassen thinks quality beer is only now coming into more consideration, and the economic downturn may actually help weed out the lesser brews. “People working in craft beer can barely pay their bills. They all think they’ll make money in the next year.”

    While some brewers are hoping for relief in the form of tax cuts, others are banking on innovation to save the industry.

    And they might not have to look much further than the biology laboratory of Dr. Glauco Caon at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, home to the country’s first 100 percent Brazilian-sourced homebrew — the first made with Brazilian yeast, barley and hops. The new formula could potentially reduce costs for craft brewers struggling under a burden of high taxes on expensive imports, which push up the price tag for a single 12-ounce bottle of craft beer to $5 – $10 in grocery stores and restaurants.

    “We always take things from North America and Europe and try to replicate it. But this is Brazilian,” said Dr. Caon, 46, who discovered the new strain of yeast in the Serra Gaúcha highlands of Rio Grande do Sul.

    It will be years before Dr. Caon’s new variety of yeast might be commercially available, but the development can’t come soon enough for Brazilian brewers.

    “The volume of beer consumption is not enough to support all the breweries,” said Dr. Caon. “It’s a dangerous market situation.”
     
    08.12.2014   Norway: Budějovický Budvar wins right to continue selling its beer ...    ( E-Malt.com )

    ... in Norway under the Budweiser trademark

    Czech brewery Budějovický Budvar has won a 21-year long dispute with Anheuser-Bush InBev over the registration of the Budweiser trademark in Norway, the brewery’s spokesman Petr Samec told the Czech News Agency on December 4.

    Budvar applied for the trademark in December 1993, but the world biggest brewer filed an objection. The final ruling allows Budvar to continue selling its beer in Norway under the Budweiser trademark.

    Legal disputes over the famous trademark have been going on since 1907.
     
    08.12.2014   Professional gas analysis    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: A heated gas treatment system from AFRISO: It is used if higher and constant operating temperatures are required to keep the temperature from falling below the dew point. (Photograph: AFRISO)

    As a result of increasing environmental awareness and more stringent national and international emission protection, a growing number of plants and facilities must be equipped with emission measurement systems. As a leading gas analysis specialist with renowned solution competency, AFRISO offers a comprehensive range of products and services for professional gas measurement technology - from individual components and gas analysers all the way to turnkey customised solutions.

    Numerous national and international regulations and directives require certain plants and components to be equipped with emission measurement systems: for example, bio facilities, large combustion systems, industrial gas filling plants, crematoria, refrigeration plants, waste incineration plants, fruit and vegetable storehouses, tunnel and turbo generator monitoring, etc. The diversity of measurement tasks involved in emission measurement necessitates the selection of the appropriate measuring principle (for example, absorption of infrared radiation, ion conductivity, paramagnetism) as well as consideration of the operating conditions (such as pressure, humidity, temperature, pollution) and the environmental conditions (such as atmosphere, vibration, dust concentration, ambient temperature). In most cases, the gas sampled for analysis cannot be directly processed by the gas analyser. Since accuracy and reliability of gas analysis fundamentally depend on the design of the gas analysis system (gas sampling and gas treatment systems, among other things) and since the demands on the analysis values are high, each gas concentration measurement system must be exactly tailored to the task at hand. Depending on the process (for example, combustion processes) and on customer requirements, controllers, monitoring systems, balancing systems and trend analysis systems are also integrated. As a leading manufacturer of measuring and control technology, AFRISO is a renowned provider of complete system solutions - the company offers the entire engineering of turnkey gas analysis systems from initial consulting to implementation. After commissioning, the system operator also benefits from a comprehensive range of services including annual inspections, adjustment and repair, spare parts management and remote maintenance.

    AFRISO delivers complete analysis systems on mounting plates, completely pre-assembled with all wiring and hosing, in vehicles, in measuring cabinets or as measuring stations in containers. The system components are also available as individual products (for example, gas sampling probes, heated analysis lines and frost protection lines, gas coolers, gas pumps, gas treatment systems, gas analysers, infrared gas analysers, NOX converters, zero air generators, oxygen analysers, oxygen probes, oxygen trace analysers, emission computers, measuring station selectors, etc.).
    A comprehensive range of accessories (for example, absorption filters, adsorption filters, room air suction filters, acid filters, universal filters and pre-filters, water traps, humidifier bottles, sampling pipes, gas purifiers, flame arrestors, condensate collectors, plug valves, solenoid valves, temperature controllers, T pieces, screw connections, etc.) round off the stationary gas analysis portfolio.
    (AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)
     
    08.12.2014   South Korea: Sales of imported beer outpace soju for the first time    ( E-Malt.com )

    Sales of imported beer outpaced soju sales at large discount stores for the first time in the second half of this year. The shift is attributed to a developing preference for a wider variety of beer, especially among young drinkers, The Chosunilbo reported on December 2.

    E-Mart said on December 1 that imported beer has sold 8.5 percent more since July than over the same period last year. Its sales stood at W28.8 billion (US$1=W1,112), compared to W28 billion for soju.

    This is a reverse from the first half of the year, when the supermarket chain posted W27.6 billion in imported beer sales, much lower than soju's W31.7 billion.

    Foreign beer is also increasing in popularity over its domestic counterpart. Imports accounted for 35.1 percent of all beer sales since July, up from 26.4 percent in the first half of 2012.

    "Given that beer sales generally increase around this time of year when many year-end parties are being thrown, the sales gap between imported beer and soju will likely widen further," an E-Mart staffer said.
     
    08.12.2014   Spain: 60% of buyers now opt for alcohol-free beer    ( E-Malt.com )

    Beer-loving Spaniards appear to be abandoning their thirst for traditional lagers as they develop a taste for a more sober lifestyle, The Olive Press reported on December 2.

    A new study reveals that 60% of Spain’s beer buyers now opt for alcohol-free choices, making them Europe’s largest consumer of non-alcoholic beer.

    And the trend appears to be spreading in Europe. In Germany 47% of beer purchased is non-alcoholic while in Italy it’s 29%, according to the new figures from Mintel.

    However, the Brits continue to live up to their ‘lager lout’ reputation, as non-alcoholic purchases make up just 14% of the market.

    Global drinks analyst at Mintel, Jonny Forsyth, said: “Non-alcoholic beer has huge sales potential, both in Muslim dominated regions and health conscious but beer loving Western markets.

    “This is an area of innovation which all major brewers should be focusing on, as consumers want reassurance on product quality, something trusted brands can provide.”
     
    08.12.2014   The Czech Republic: Budvar launches super strong beer    ( E-Malt.com )

    One of the Czech Republic’s biggest beer producers has just started distributing a new strong brew. Indeed, Budějovický Budvar’s B:Cryo is around four times stronger than normal beers. However, some wonder if the drink, meant to be sipped rather than consumed in large quantities, is not just a marketing gimmick, Radio.cz reported on November 13.

    Budějovický Budvar’s new drink B:Cryo has an alcohol by volume level of 21 percent. While most Czech beers are 10, 11 or 12 degree, B:Cryo is a remarkable 40 degree. The new brew is served frozen, yet it can allegedly warm you up, just like a liquor. The producers say that it matures in cellars for 200 days before being poured into special bottles and shipped to restaurants, where it is subsequently frozen.

    Petr Samec is the spokesman for the state-owned brewery:

    “The beer is frozen at a temperature of -18 degrees Celsius for up to 48 hours. It is stored in a special bottle which doesn’t burst when frozen. The ice is not homogenous and it creates a porous structure with microscopic channels that contain a cryoconcentrate of beer, which is very strong.”

    B:Cryo is served in 1.5 litre bottles with a special tap, from which consumers draw the liquid themselves. One bottle produces around 3.2 decilitres. However, Budvar recommends that people consume no more than 0.8 decilitres at a time.

    As to how it came about, Petr Samec says the brewery had not actually planned to produce such an unusual beverage.

    “It was basically a coincidence. Since we export our beers all over the world, we have to test what happens to the beer in different climactic conditions, such as in Canada or Norway. My colleague, who works in the lab, got the idea to taste the liquid that stays in the bottle after it freezes and discovered that the taste was very interesting.”

    Due to its specific serving process, B.Cryo will only be available in restaurants. Altogether 60 across the Czech Republic are planning to serve the drink, which Budvar says is aimed mainly at connoisseurs.

    But not everybody is enthusiastic about the venture. Evan Rail, the Prague-based author of Why Beer Matters and Good Beer Guide: Prague and the Czech Republic, says the super-strong brew is nothing more than a marketing gimmick.

    “The only innovation is the way it is presented to the consumer. The beer itself is nothing new. Budvar seems to be about ten years behind the time in terms of its marketing and its understanding of the beer market.”

    So do other breweries produce similar kind of beers?

    “Many of them. This is a historic type of beer, made for many, many years, if not centuries. The most famous comes from Germany and it is called Eisbock. As far as I can tell the only innovation here is the in the presentation to the consumer. It’s a marketing innovation but the beer itself is an old hat.”
     
    08.12.2014   UK: Pub closure figures now lower than previously thought, report shows    ( E-Malt.com )

    As the pub code legislation reached a critical stage in Parliament last week, new research shows that recent pub closure figures in the leased/tenanted sector are five per week, much lower than previously thought, and show that statutory intervention that would damage the pub trade and risk a return to far higher closure rates is not needed, says the BBPA.

    The figures, which cover the year to September 2014, were prepared from a survey of BBPA members operating nearly one-third of all pubs and analysed by leading economic analysts, Oxford economics.

    Whilst no analysis of the independent pub sector was undertaken, as noted in the report, the figures also correspond with analysis of the Valuation Office Agency ratings database which suggests a closure rate of around 13 per week for the whole sector based on the number of outlets classified as pubs in the database compared to a year ago.

    Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments:

    “These figures reflect the increasing confidence we are now seeing in the pub sector, very much supported by Government action on beer duty, business rates and other measures introduced.

    “However, we are now facing very important legislation which could affect Britain’s pubs for decades to come, and it is vital this recovery is not put at risk.

    “MPs who are being urged to take action that will slow the rate of pub closures need to be aware of these figures, and consider that the Government’s own research shows that up to 1,400 pubs would close, with 7,000 job losses if proposals being supported by some MPs to end the beer tie are passed into law via the Small Business Bill.”


    Summary of BBPA analysis of the ratings database:

    Outlets classified as pubs in England and Wales
    April 2010 - September 2013, E&W
    Total at start of period - 49,217
    Total at end of period - 46,236
    Net closures, number - -2,981
    Net closures per week -17

    September 2013 – August 2014, E&W
    Total at start of period - 46,236
    Total at end of period - 45,637
    Net closures, number - -599
    Net closures per week -13

    The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. The Association’s members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.
     
    08.12.2014   Venezuela: Beer tax to remain unchanged at 15%    ( E-Malt.com )

    Pursuant to the amended Law on Alcohol Tax, the tax imposed on beer in Venezuela will remain at 15%, El Universal reported on November 25.

    The tax rate on wine increased from 15% to 35% and that on the other alcoholic beverages grew from 20% to 50%. The new tax rates will become effective as of February 2015, as announced in the Extraordinary Gazette number 6,151.

    Such higher rates are expected to provide 0.17% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the Venezuelan tax authorities, the Executive Office estimated.
     
    05.12.2014   Rest of Africa operations drive earnings growth    ( Company news )

    Company news Nampak Limited, Africa’s leading diversified packaging manufacturer, announces its results for the financial year to 30 September 2014.

    Highlights:
    • Revenue up 10%*
    • Trading profit up 8%*
    • Headline earnings per share up 14%*
    • Final dividend up 9% to 107.0 cents per share
    • Trading profit from the rest of Africa up 25%, now accounts for 30% of group total
    • R3.3 billion invested in acquiring a beverage can facility in Nigeria
    • Capital expenditure of R2.6 billion
    • B-BBEE rating improved to Level 3
    • Agreement after year end on sale of Corrugated, Sacks and Tissue for R1.6 billion
    * From continuing operations

    CEO André de Ruyter (photo) says:
    “Nampak had a strong 2014, marked by continued delivery on our ambitious strategy to unlock further value from our base business and accelerate growth in the rest of Africa. The contribution to trading profit of operations in the rest of Africa increased to 30% from 26% in 2013.
    Notable achievements in South Africa in the year were the commissioning of the third glass furnace, the sale of the Cartons and Labels division and the conversion of our beverage can lines in Springs to aluminium. Throughout our operations, the launch of the ‘buy better, make better, sell better’ business improvement initiatives as well as the concerted efforts to improve our safety record continued to drive performance. The group achieved a Level 3 B-BBEE rating, an improvement on the Level 4 rating in 2013.
    During the year we took a critical look at our business and put in place various overhead cost management and business improvement programmes. Active portfolio management continues to be a theme, with an agreement reached shortly after year end on the disposal of the South African Corrugated, Sacks and Tissue divisions for an amount of R1.6 billion. We also continue to pursue a number of growth opportunities in east and west Africa.
    Total capital expenditure for the year amounted to R2.6 billion (2013: R1.4 billion). We spent R1.9 billion in South Africa and R702 million in the rest of Africa. In South Africa, our investments benefited from the government's Section 12I Tax Allowance Incentive for a brownfields investment.
    With the outlook for South African economic growth modest at best, Nampak is putting a strong emphasis on rigorous management of factors under its control. Already established as the packaging leader in Africa, with operations in 11 African countries beyond South Africa’s borders, we continue to focus on taking advantage of Africa’s upward growth trajectory.”

    Results overview:
    In 2014, Nampak’s overall group performance was in line with expectations. Headline earnings per share from continuing operations rose by 14% to 237.1 cents from 207.7 cents, supported by a 10% increase in revenue and an 8% increase in trading profit. Charges attributable to the impairment of the South African Corrugated, Sacks and Tissue divisions arising from their proposed disposal reduced group operating profit which fell 16%. Trading profit from the rest of Africa increased by 25% to R616 million due mainly to the contribution of the newly acquired Bevcan Nigeria and the continued good performance of the Angola beverage can operation.
    In South Africa, operating conditions continued to be challenging with trading profit declining by 15% due to margin pressure experienced in the Paper, Flexibles and Plastics divisions. Nampak Glass posted an operating loss because of capacity constraints in the final quarter resulting from the late commissioning of the third furnace and production inefficiencies on the two other furnaces. Following management intervention, the outlook for our Glass division for the current year is significantly improved.
    In line with the group’s strategic initiative to actively manage its portfolio, subsequent to year end Nampak agreed the disposal of the South African Corrugated, Sacks and Tissue divisions for R1.6 billion. The transaction will be finalised once all conditions precedent to the disposal are met, which is expected to be in the first half of the 2015 financial year.
    The final dividend was increased by 9% to 107.0 cents per share, resulting in a total dividend of 153.0 cents for the year (2013: 140.0 cents).

    Outlook:
    The South African business environment is expected to remain challenging in 2015, however, Nampak will continue to focus on unlocking value from its base business. Efficiency gains from the conversion of many of its beverage can lines to aluminium from tinplate, as well as from the new glass furnace, are expected to contribute to earnings in the year ahead.
    In the rest of Africa, Nampak is strategically well placed with strong market positions and a growing presence. The group is pursuing its strategic objective to accelerate growth in the rest of Africa to ensure that this contributes to sustainable earnings growth in the longer term.
    (Nampak-Bevcan)
     
    04.12.2014   Carlsberg Group: Creating a stronger market position in Greece     ( Company news )

    Company news The Carlsberg Group will strengthen its position in Greece significantly through a merger of Mythos Brewery with Olympic Brewery, the third largest brewer in the country.

    The combined company will be a strong number two in the Greek beer market with a market share of around 29%. The combination of Olympic Brewery’s strong local brand, Fix, and the Carlsberg Group’s local power brand Mythos and our international premium portfolio will create a very strong product portfolio, making the combined company a very attractive partner for Greek retailers and wholesalers. In addition, the combination of the companies will generate synergies within areas such as procurement, production and distribution.

    Carlsberg will own 51% of the combined company and the current shareholders of Olympic Brewery will own the remaining 49%. The future relationship between the Carlsberg Group and the current shareholders of Olympic Brewery will be regulated through a shareholder agreement. The Chairman of the New Olympic Brewery will be Lars Lehmann from the Carlsberg Group and CEO will be Alexandros Karafillides, also from the Carlsberg Group.

    The transaction is conditional upon the necessary regulatory approvals from the Hellenic Competition Commission.

    CEO Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen says: “The Greek market offers interesting opportunities. We have been very pleased with the performance of Mythos Brewery since we took over the business as part of the Scottish & Newcastle acquisition. The merger with Olympic Brewery and the creation of a strong number two player in the Greek market represents a step-change for our local business and we are very excited about the prospects for the merged company.”
    (Carlsberg Danmark A/S)
     
    03.12.2014   Contactless flow measurement for critical media    ( Company news )

    Company news Reliability and precision are key characteristics of the C38 SonicLine® flowmeter from GEMÜ. The device, which was originally developed for the semiconductor market, is perfectly suited to applications in other sectors of industry, thanks to the high standard of quality and versatile basic functions.
    The ultrasonic sensors integrated in the SonicLine® log up to 250 measured values per second. This means that heavily fluctuating flow rates can also be precisely detected. All medium wetted components are manufactured from ultra-pure PFA. The electronic measuring equipment comprises a housing made of PP material and is encapsulated during production. This means that all electronic components are hermetically sealed to the outside. This type of manufacturing ensures that the device is especially insensitive to corrosive ambient conditions.
    The GEMÜ C38 SonicLine® flowmeter is especially suitable for use in conjunction with ultra-pure media, such as DI water, for example. However, corrosive chemicals, such as sulphuric acid, caustic potash solution or hydrofluoric acid, can also be conducted without any problems. The device can also be used in processes which need to be completely metal-free. In addition to pure flow measurement, SonicLine® is also used for dosing applications. The valve actuation required for this can be carried out by the integrated electronic system. This also offers additional functions, such as an empty pipe signal or limit value alarm. Users can make use of an additional interface package, allowing connection to a PC, which can also serve as a power supply. Multilingual software is available to enable individual adaptations by the customer. In addition to an integrated totalizer, the current flow can also be displayed, and all of the basic settings that are required for the operation can be checked and changed.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    03.12.2014   The Art of Customization in Mass Production     ( Company news )

    Company news State-of-the-art customizing technologies enhance the beverage can in an engaging and interactive way

    The mass production of products with an individualized appeal? In today’s market, packaging is so much more than just a protective outer layer - it can actively deliver targeted messaging in an engaging way. As consumers increasingly demand that brands speak to their individualized desires, smart and efficient can manufacturing now combines mass production with a unique character. Interactive elements can involve consumers with brands even further by creating personalized experiences that can be shared with others. At this year’s BrauBeviale, Ball will showcase intelligent solutions that can turn consumers into brand ambassadors.

    Beverage cans that sell…to each and every one
    Dynamark Effect™ is a new print technology that addresses the megatrend of individualization. This finishing solution easily integrates into existing printing processes for all sizes of steel and aluminum cans, allowing customers to develop and deliver special promotions with greater ease. “Beverage producers can add up to 24 different monochromatic graphic elements to a defined or supplementary area of their basic can designs,” says Antti Laakkonen, Business Manager (Product) at Ball Packaging Europe. “In this way, a single production run could generate 24 different can designs efficiently and at a commercially viable cost.” From logos and portraits to graphics or messages, all elements can be adjusted to appeal directly to a targeted audience.

    It’s all about the details
    Customers looking for high-definition “on-can” printing that was once considered impossible, has been introduced to Eyeris® Print at this year’s BrauBeviale. Eyeris® is a print solution that brings images to life. Sharp contrasts and increased design visibility allows even the smallest of details, like a human hair, to be amplified. Redefining the limits of photo technology, Eyeris® guarantees an optimized print experience every time.

    Augmented Reality – Entry into another world
    Ball took visitors into a virtual world at BrauBeviale. Pioneering the use of augmented reality (AR) in metal packaging, Ball developed a unique solution to customize packaging without making visible design changes. Any logo or other ‘on can’ object can trigger the virtual world. With the help of AR, virtual objects, premises or effects can be inserted into the consumer’s live environment - extending reality into another dimension. This effect creates a unique emotional consumer experience while helping to enhance brand loyalty. “Fantasy and reality merge in such a way that the consumer is no longer merely a passive recipient. Instead, he or she becomes an active part of the augmented environment created around the can,” Laakkonen explains. “AR applications engage consumers by letting them become part of a truly individualized campaign. If they like what they experience, they are more likely to become a brand ambassador, generating and distributing branded content of their own initiative.”
    (Ball Packaging Europe GmbH)
     
    02.12.2014   India: Beer makers to intensify lobbying for tax structure rationalisation    ( E-malt.com )

    India beer makers have decided to intensify their lobbying for rationalisation of tax structure with the governments of major states across the country. To begin with, they have approached the Andhra Pradesh (AP) excise minister and apprised him of the need to tax the beverage based on the alcohol content and not to club it with spirits (hard liquor), Business Standard reported on November 16.

    "We have started with AP as we came to know that the state government is on the verge of framing a new excise policy. We will take up this issue from now onwards with all the major states in the country by March 2015, before the commencement of the next financial year," All India Breweries Association (AIBA) director general, Shobhan Roy, said.

    Besides tax rationalisation, the AIBA is also seeking issue of separate licences for sale of beer so that exclusive beer retail shops and consumption outlets can be established.

    Roy said beer in India was taxed more than the spirits due to lack of understanding of the negative consequences of excessive consumption hard liquor. Policies in this regard were "fueled by greed not understanding".

    According to Roy, most of the countries outside India recognise the benefits in taxing high alcohol content and lower alcohol content drinks like beer differently. In France, taxation on spirits is five time higher and in Germany six times higher than beer. The reason for this is that hard liquor has greater negative consequences for public health than beer.

    He said the tax differential was also due to beer being more socially acceptable beverage and more expensive to produce compared with spirits. Beer has alcohol content ranging from 5-8 per cent while Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) has an alcohol content of 42.5 per cent

    On the alcohol content basis, Roy said, beer is more expensive than spirits in India. Except in Kerala, the price of a 180 ml IMFL is lower than the price of a bottle of beer. Since taxation is a state subject, the tax rates differ from state to state ranging from 25 per cent to 65 per cent. Thus, "driving new and existing drinkers to hard liquor".

    The AIBA, which represents the interests of the brewing industry in the country, stated the beer industry in India was valued at Rs 24,000 crore in 2013 and had contributed more than Rs 15,000 crore to the exchequer of states. The industry has 89 breweries across the country.

    The industry's annual growth rate, which stood at 12 per cent between 2004 and 2013, declined to 3.3 per cent in 2013-14 and to 3 per cent so far this year.

    "Poor policy" has resulted in shrinking of beer volumes and increase of hard liquor consumption, Roy said.
     
    02.12.2014   Ireland: Report shows craft beer industry is booming in Ireland    ( E-malt.com )

    Minister Coveney has launched the first official development and economic impact report on microbreweries in Ireland. The report was commissioned by the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland (ICBI), an association set up earlier this year in response to the dramatic growth within the micro brewing market in Ireland, ftt.ie reported on November 21.

    Although significant growth and development within this market was noted in recent years, there was no numerical or growth research carried out prior to this to quantify the market growth and the resultant economic impact of such.

    Seamus O’Hara, spokesperson for the ICBI said: “A natural first step of an association is to establish an official piece of research on what impact its industry is having on both the national economy and on its operational market.”

    The report was researched and written by Bernard Feeney, a respected economic consultant. Some of the key findings within the report include:

    A significant increase in the number microbreweries occurred in the last two years. It is estimated that there are 33 microbreweries operating in Ireland, the majority of which are microbreweries engaged in own production. At least 17 other microbreweries are at development stage, with the majority expected to be in operation by end 2014, when the total number could rise to some 50 microbreweries.

    The output of craft beer by microbreweries amounted to some 49,000 hl in 2013. Based on trends to date, this will rise to 71,000hl in 2014, or .9% of the market. This contrasts with an equivalent figure of 26,000 in 2011 and 37,000 hl in 2012.These figures indicate that production of beer by microbreweries grew by 32% by volume in 2013 and is set to grow by at least 45% in 2014.
     
    02.12.2014   Nestlé's Fiona Kendrick Elected FDF President for 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news At the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)'s recent Council meeting Fiona Kendrick (photo), CEO and Chairman of Nestlé UK and Ireland, was elected FDF President for 2015 in succession to Richard Evans, President of PepsiCo West Europe & South Africa Region. A formal handover of responsibilities will take place at the FDF President's Reception on 15 December.

    Outgoing FDF President Richard Evans said:
    “It has been a pleasure to lead FDF's work, first as Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Steering Group and then as President. I have enjoyed the support of a committed membership and a high performing executive team and would like to thank all of them. Fiona Kendrick has already made a substantial contribution to FDF's work as Chair of its Competitiveness Steering Group and I am delighted that she has been elected to the role of President for 2015. I wish her every success in the role.“

    FDF President-elect Fiona Kendrick said:
    “The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. Together we play a vital role in the UK economy as a major employer, as a partner to British agriculture, and as a supplier to British retailers. Most importantly we provide a fantastic range of great food and drink products for UK consumers.

    “I am delighted to be elected as President of the Food and Drink Federation. I will look forward to working with our membership to build on the great progress we have made under Richard's Presidency, and to ensure that our industry remains competitive and continues to grow in the future.
    (FDF Food and Drink Federation)
     
    01.12.2014   TOP develops natural sports drink based on fresh whey for better sports performance    ( Company news )

    Company news The team of TOP bv has developed a natural sports drink based on fresh whey. This sports drink is part of the Dutch IPC project ‘Food, Sports and Health”. Literature study of TOP on the functioning of proteins shows that minimally processed and unheated proteins, potentially have a better contribution to muscle recovery after exercise, which leads to better sports performance. Therefore the sports drink is based on fresh whey, which is only mildly treated with pascalization, to ensure food safety and an extended shelf life.

    Sports nutrition is a growing category within health products. The current offer of protein-rich sports drinks mainly consists of powders that need to be rehydrated before usage. A chilled, natural and ready-to-use sports drink, taking into account performance, taste and health is not yet on the market. And yet natural and healthy products are becoming increasingly popular.

    Convenience, natural and minimally processed are the main features of this sports drink. Besides fresh whey, it also includes fresh black currant and beet juice. Therefore it is not only rich in protein (10%) but it also contains fiber and micronutrients, including potassium and magnesium, which are relevant for muscle recovery after exercise. The sports drink is named RE:Balance, because healthy exercise suits good sports nutrition for a healthy balance.

    In cooperation with InnoSportNL, the organization that initiates and realizes the development of innovative products and services for athletes, top athletes at the Dutch Sportcentrum Papendal will test the sports drink soon. The athletes are hereby prompted for the taste, the usage and the overall impression of the new sports drink. Based on this feedback TOP will finalize the drink for production and market launch. TOP hopes to find production and sales partners to introduce this product to the market.
    (TOP BV)
     
    28.11.2014   ENGEL at Interplastica 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news At Interplastica 2015 from January 27 to 30 in Moscow, everything will revolve around tie-bar-less technology at the ENGEL stand. More than 25 years ago, ENGEL became the first injection moulding machine manufacturer worldwide to develop a series of machines with a barrier-free clamping unit. Still today, this construction principle remains the key to maximum efficiency and minimum unit cost in many applications.

    Photo: ENGEL has delivered more than 60,000 tie-bar-less machines around the world.

    "The potential for increased efficiency is particularly great for applications that require a bulky mould, but only need a comparatively low clamping force," emphasises Olaf Kassek, Director of OOO ENGEL in Moscow. This category includes for example the production of three-dimensional, complex parts or multiple-component processes that require core-pulls and sliders. As the tie-bar-less ENGEL victory and ENGEL e-victory machines allow for the platen surface to be used up to the edge or even beyond, much larger moulds can be mounted than on machines of the same clamping force with tie bars. "If the decision is made for a tie-bar-less machine, we can realise many projects with a considerably smaller injection moulding machine than what the customer had originally calculated with on the basis of a machine with tie bars," says Kassek. "Sometimes the machine size can be reduced by 50 percent." The benefits for the customer include lower investment and maintenance costs. Beyond that, the smaller machine requires less floor space, which is an important factor for efficiency for an increasing number of companies.

    Control LIM-processes securely
    During the trade show, ENGEL will be presenting the full potential of the tie-bar-less injection moulding machines live at their stand. An ENGEL e-victory 120 combi will be producing housings for flow-measurement sensors with an integrated silicon seal. Because of its extremely low viscosity, the processing of liquid silicone poses high demands on the parallelism of the mould mounting platens, and in this respect, the tie-bar-less machines also play out their advantages. "The construction of the tie-bar-less machines achieves a greater platen parallelism than injection moulding machines with tie bars," says Olaf Kassek. "We can securely control LIM applications with the ENGEL victory and ENGEL e‑victory machines, producing with few burrs and no reworking required." Above all two factors are responsible for this. First, thanks to three-point guidance, the moving mould mounting platen retains its orientation even while the mould is being opened and closed. And second, the stationary mould mounting platen is not connected to the machine at its bottom, but at the back side, in order to absorb the vibrations symmetrically and remain parallel to the moving platen during acceleration and deceleration. In addition, the patented Force Divider flexlink applies the force to the mould evenly across the entire platen face. Cavities lying at the outside edge of the platen are kept closed with precisely the same force as the cavities in the middle. This significantly reduces mould wear and increases product quality.

    Standard instead of special solutions
    On the injection unit side, the servo drive units provide for maximum precision. When very small injection volumes are involved in the area of LSR, special solutions are normally required. The ENGEL machine, however, can accomplish this with a standard drive unit.
    The ENGEL e-victory hybrid machine with electrical injection units is equipped with a servo-hydraulic clamping unit in the standard version. The servo-hydraulic ENGEL ecodrive ensures very efficient production even with a hydraulic drive unit. Depending on machine type and application, ecodrive reduces energy consumption by 30 to 70 percent. This is possible because energy loss is consistently avoided. When the machine is idle – during a cooling phase for example – the drive unit stops running and therefore does not consume any energy. As a positive side effect, significantly less heat is absorbed by the hydraulic oil, and the oil no longer needs to be cooled in many applications. At the trade show, an ENGEL viper 20 linear robot will be removing the sensor housings from the mould and placing them on a conveyor belt. Because there are no tie bars to get in the way, the robot can access the mould area directly from the side, which allows automation of the injection moulding process even in production halls with low ceilings.

    Controlled Conditions
    At the Interplastica, ENGEL will be dedicating an Expert Corner exclusively to its service products and optimisation tools. The main theme of the display will be intelligent mould temperature control. Mould temperature control has a significant influence on the productivity of the manufacturing process and on the quality of the moulded parts, but despite this, it is usually not given enough attention. ENGEL prompted a rethink when it developed ENGEL flomo in 2010. The compact temperature-control water distribution system has manual settings and can be integrated into a machine; electronic monitoring has increased process reliability and simplified process optimisation in more than a thousand new machines to date. ENGEL is now completing the step from process monitoring to process control. In the future, the newly developed ENGEL e-flomo will allow the flow rates to be adjusted and controlled in a fully-automated process. This will result in greater efficiency, process reliability and consistently high product quality.
    ENGEL at Interplastica 2015: hall 3, stand B09
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    28.11.2014   Statistics Q3 2014: Aluminium foil demand remains stable    ( Company news )

    Company news Results issued by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association, for the first nine months of 2014 reflect continued sluggish demand in European markets of aluminium foil. But these have been more than offset by the continued strong recovery in export deliveries, resulting in overall sales of 643,000 tonnes, ahead by 1.5% compared with the same period in 2013 (633,000t).

    Photo: Stefan Glimm, EAFA’s Executive Director

    The figures also show an underlying trend of recovery for thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, which have shown a welcome increase in volumes of 6% in the year to date. While demand for thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, was flat, recording a small decline of 0.4%.
    Total deliveries have stayed in positive territory due entirely to a growth of 24% in exports for the first nine months of 2014. Continuing problems with the recovery of European markets are reflected in a modest fall in sales of 0.8% for the same period.
    In the third quarter of 2014 deliveries with 209,000 tonnes remained at almost the same level as 2013 (210,000t). However, once again exports boosted this figure with an increase of 15%, while European demand fell by 2%.
    Stefan Glimm, EAFA’s Executive Director commented, “We hope for steady development in the remaining months of 2014, so that overall the year will end with a slight surplus. Despite the increase in exports the competition outside Europe is increasing, so it may not be possible to sustain these levels of growth.”
    “In addition the fourth quarter is often the most challenging for aluminium foil producers as our customers de-stock. However, given we are still above 2013 in overall terms, we remain cautiously optimistic about the full year results,” he added.
    (EAFA - European Aluminium Foil Association e.V.)
     
    27.11.2014   Elopak launches the Pure-Pak® Sense carton    ( Company news )

    Company news The Pure-Pak® Sense carton is the latest innovation from Elopak’s continuous research and development. It is a result of thorough market research and analysis, internal workshops across Elopak’s technical, design and development departments.
    Reflecting the global trend to combat food waste, the Pure-Pak® Sense carton features new easy-to-fold lines. The feature enables consumers to fold the carton and squeeze out more of the product from the pack which is ideal for high viscosity products. The easy-to-fold lines also enable convenient flattening of the empty carton reducing volume in waste or recycling facilities.
    The carton features an arched top fin with a print option that provides a tool for better range navigation and enhanced communication of promotional messages.
    The rounded smooth front of the carton provides a seamless print area and a new form and shape. This carton both looks and feels different with an embossed ‘first touch’ zone on the top sides of the pack giving consumers a new tactile experience with better handling.

    “Today a carton has to be more than just a generic package for liquid food,” explains Dr. Christoph Schönig, Elopak’s Director Global Marketing. “Packaging is an important element of the marketing mix for our customers and as such it must enable business growth. Therefore, Elopak’s goal is to consistently improve its packaging solutions to meet current needs in terms of appearance and functionality, as well as cost and flexibility.”

    Elopak has developed its latest carton to be a cost-efficient and flexible option running on existing filling lines with a minimal investment in a retrofit kit. Products can currently be filled in one litre Pure-Pak Sense® cartons with a 500ml carton size available from early 2015.
    (Elopak AS)
     
    26.11.2014   EU & Japan: EU planning to talk to Japan to open its beer market to European countries within ...    ( E-malt.com )

    ... free trade agreement

    The European Union (EU) is planning to talk to Japan on opening the latter's beer market to the European countries prior to the signing of a free trade deal in 2015, Drinks Business Review reported on November 20.
    The EU countries including France and Germany will ask Japan to alter rules controlling alcoholic beverage imports, as well as product specifications, Reuters reported.
    The news agency quoted an EU document as saying: "For beer, the impact on trade is rather significant.
    "Many of the European beers cannot be marketed as beers in Japan because of insufficient - according to the Japanese legislation - malt content or because they have some ingredients such as coriander."

    The EU-Japan trade agreement is anticipated to increase economic output of both the countries by around 1%.
    Said to be the world's third largest beer market in terms of profit generation, Japan is dominated by domestic producers.
    Europeans have a negligible presence with joint ventures allowing local production of beers.
     
    26.11.2014   Smurfit Kappa expands operations with opening of new Bag-in-Box® plant     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa celebrated on November 19 the opening of a new Bag-in-Box® plant in Ibi, Spain, meeting a growing demand in the Mediterranean region.
    The ultra-modern facility, which has seen an investment of €28m by the company, boasts itself as one of the world’s leading Bag-in-Box® plants, integrating the production of taps and bags under one roof.
    In addition, it offers a showcase of the world’s newest and some of the best performing features in Bag-in-Box® production, while meeting the highest standards of hygiene, safety and quality.
    The plant’s strongly automated production lines and dedicated team produce millions of taps and bags every month in order to meet growing demand in the region.
    The needs of Smurfit Kappa’s customers have been at the centre of the creation of this new facility, and today’s official inauguration will allow those customers to gain a more in-depth understanding of the process, with the chance to discover the company’s solutions in a showroom, and to upskill in the training centre.
    “The opening of this new plant shows how Smurfit Kappa continuously strives to work with our customers to meet their needs. By investing in such an ultra-modern and high-performing facility, we can ensure a promising future for our customers in this growing market,” said Tony Smurfit, Group President and COO. “Congratulations to everyone involved in getting this state-of-the-art facility off the ground.”
    “This new plant is a big step up for Bag-in-Box® activities both within our company and within the Mediterranean region. It couldn’t have come at a better time, when the demand for top-class Bag-in-Box® packaging products from a reliable partner is bigger,” said Pascual Martinez, General Manager.
    (Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® Mediterranean Plásticos Vicent)
     
    26.11.2014   USA: AB InBev preparing a line extension for Bud Light    ( E-malt )

    Anheuser Busch InBev is prepping a line extension for Bud Light called Mixx Tail that appears to continue the brewer's recent innovation strategy of blurring the lines between cocktails and beer, Ad Age reported on November 14.

    AB InBev filed a recent trademark application for the product which lists it as a flavored beer. The company on November 14 confirmed the launch to Ad Age but did not provide other details, only saying that it would debut this spring.

    One of the brewer's distributors recently tweeted about the launch, saying the product would come in flavors such as Hurricane, Firewalker and Long Island Ice Tea.

    AB InBev, the world's largest brewer, already sells a version of the product in Argentina where the product is sold under the Quilmes brand name.

    The brewer did not share marketing details on the U.S. launch. But typically AB InBev puts significant money behind products that carry the Bud Light name. For instance, the launch of higher-alcohol line extension Bud Light Platinum in early 2012 was accompanied with a Super Bowl ad. And the brewer continues to invest behind its Bud Light Ritas franchise, which is a line of fruity, margarita-inspired flavored malt beverages.

    Brewers have been tinkering with flavorful drinks as a way to appeal to fickle millennial drinkers, who tend to like intense flavors and constant variety.

    In a separate move, AB InBev is also planning to launch a new tequila-flavored beer called Oculto that was first reported by the Wall Street Journal earlier this month. The brand will debut in the spring targeting drinkers ages 21 to 27. The brewer describes it as a lager "infused with blue agave and blended with beer aged on Mexican tequila barrel staves."
     
    25.11.2014   Beer enjoys year-on-year sales growth for third consecutive quarter - BBPA Q3 'Beer Barometer'    ( Company news )

    Company news -Total beer sales up 1.4 per cent, year-on-year
    -Third quarter of year-on-year growth
    -Recovery needs further cuts in beer duty, says BBPA’s Brigid Simmonds

    UK beer sales have risen, year-on-year, for the third quarter in a row, according to the latest UK Quarterly Beer Barometer from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).
    Annual beer sales for the year ending 30th September were 1.4 per cent up on the previous year, the third quarter to have reported an increase in sales, after 29 consecutive quarters of decline, from quarter three 2006.
    When comparing Q3 directly with last year, sales were down, but this was after a strong summer and third quarter last year, and will have been affected this year, by off-trade retailers running down unused stocks of beer from the World Cup, says the BBPA. Q3 sales this year were still higher than in 2012.

    Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive, comments:
    “We are seeing a very encouraging recovery in UK beer sales, but there is certainly a way to go, after a long period of declining volumes. We’ve seen a boost in investment and jobs as a result of the last two Budgets with their one pence duty cuts, and major industry campaigns, such as ‘There’s a Beer for That’ show that the UK beer category is increasingly on the front foot. Another beer duty cut in March would really help the industry to continue this recovery.”
    (BBPA British Beer & Pub Association)
     
    24.11.2014   Bowmore® Single Malt Scotch Whisky Introduces Bowmore® Small Batch    ( Company news )

    Company news Bowmore, the first distillery on Islay established in 1779, is proud to introduce its latest expression – Bowmore® Small Batch Single Malt Scotch Whisky – a perfect and accessible embodiment of the Taste of Islay. The distillery has used its centuries-long experience to create a perfect combination of flavors that encapsulate Scotch from Islay, known as the Queen of the Hebrides.

    Exclusively matured in first and second-fill ex-bourbon casks, Small Batch evokes the Islay house character of gentle peat smoke, salt, citrus and vanilla. Considered by many to be among the most well-balanced whiskies, Bowmore Small Batch makes for a wonderful dram for those wanting to experience an Islay single malt.

    Rachel Barrie, Morrison Bowmore Distillers Master Blender, says, “If I could select only one dram to transport an enthusiast to Islay, it would be Small Batch. No one liquid better showcases the tranquility and elegance of the Island.”

    Crafted from two different types of bourbon cask which are married together, Small Batch exhibits the best qualities of both: First-fill ex-bourbon casks imparts a delicious vanilla sweetness, subtle spices and a bourbon-style oak smoke, created by charring of the barrel in the bourbon production process. The second-fill ex-bourbon casks impart fruit and salty flavors which enhance Bowmore Scotch Whisky’s fresh fruity complexity and its trademark honey and creamy malt character. The result is a single malt that is exceptionally balanced between salt and sweetness. Visit here to watch a short animation about the making of Bowmore Small Batch.

    Bowmore Small Batch is available nationwide in the US now and will be released globally as well. It will be a permanent addition to the Bowmore core range of Scotch whiskies and will retail for a suggested $39.99/750ml.

    Tasting Notes – Bowmore Small Batch Scotch Whisky, 40% ABV
    On the eye: warm gold
    Breathe in: vanilla fudge, sea air and peat smoke, balanced beautifully by honeycomb and cinnamon spice
    Sip: mouth-watering citrus, gentle saltiness and vanilla with flakes of coconut
    Savor: the wispy smoke, bourbon vanilla and lime finish
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
     
    24.11.2014   ENGEL at PLAST EURASIA 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news With highly integrated and automated system solutions from a single source ENGEL increases product quality, manufacturing efficiency and thus its cus-tomers' competitiveness. The injection moulding machine manufacturer and system supplier will demonstrate how this can be translated to practice with three innovative applications at PLAST EURASIA 2014 in Istanbul from 4th to 7th December.

    Photo: An ENGEL e-motion 160 with integrated IML will produce food containers.

    Efficient use of LIM multi-component processes
    The main demands as regards the processing of liquid silicone (LSR) are that it must be fully automatic, waste-free, low in burrs and require no reworking. An ENGEL e-victory 200H/80W/120 combi injection moulding machine – automated with an ENGEL viper 20 linear robot – will impressively show that ENGEL system solutions not only meet these requirements fully, but also handle LIM multi-component processes securely and efficiently. A mould provided by ACH solution (Fischlham, Austria) will be used to produce sensor housings for flow measurement with integrated seals. ENGEL can guarantee maximum precision by using servo-powered injection units. Normally the LSR field requires special solutions where very small injection unit volumes are involved. In this case ENGEL meet that need with a standard unit. Developed and patented by ENGEL, iQ weight control software applied in the system recognises and automatically compensates for fluctuations in melt quantity during the actual injection process.
    The tie-bar-less technology of the ENGEL e-victory machine also makes a decisive contribution to high process stability in this application, while the patented force divider evenly introduces force to the mould across the platen face. Both outer and inner cavities are thereby kept closed with precisely identical force, significantly reducing mould wear and raising product quality. On top of this, free access to the tie-bar-less machine's mould area facilitates the most effective automation concepts.

    All-electric for maximum performance
    500 ml food containers will be produced on an all-electric ENGEL e-motion 440/160 featuring a 2-cavity mould by Glaroform (Näfels, Switzerland). In-mould labelling (IML) will be used to decorate the packaging; to do this, ENGEL will collaborate with partner company BECK automation (Oberengstringen, Switzerland).
    The steady enhancement of the ENGEL e-motion series is serving to establish the machines in the field of high performance applications for the packaging industry. The newest machine generation is able to achieve cycle times of well under three seconds and injection speeds of more than 500 mm per second, thereby combining maximum performance with maximum energy efficiency. The closed system for toggle lever and spindle always guarantees optimal, clean lubrication of all moving machine components. This makes the ENGEL e-motion the preferred machine type even in regulated areas such as food packaging production.

    Maximum reliability with excellent efficiency
    Using the example of a medical technology application ENGEL demonstrates how maximum efficiency can be reconciled with maximum process reliability. An all-electric ENGEL e‑mac 440/100 injection moulding machine will be manufacturing polystyrene needle holders for safety hypodermics using a 16-cavity precision mould by Fostag, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland.
    In order to transfer the specific requirements of the medical technology industry, such as maximum product safety, absolute cleanliness and precision as well as full documentation, to efficient injection moulding processes, ENGEL dedicates an entire business line to this industry. On the basis of its in-house clean room and a series of resulting machine concepts for clean room use, the injection moulding machine manufacturer has acquired extensive experience in the medical field and competence with clean rooms.

    ENGEL at PLAST EURASIA 2014: Hall 12, Stand 1217
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    21.11.2014   Capacity increases at Brigl & Bergmeister    ( Company news )

    Company news At their Niklasdorf mill, Brigl & Bergmeister are investing in a 5,000 ton capacity increase and higher energy efficiency.
    B&B have ordered a new film press (SpeedSizer) from VOITH for their paper machine at the Niklasdorf mill, replacing the conventional size press. In addition, a non-contact energy-efficient compact infrared and air-drying combination (qDryPro) will be installed, and the steam and condensate systems as well as the air-handling system will be modified.
    These investments will increase annual capacity in Niklasdorf by 5,000 tons, at reduced energy consumption. In addition to improvements in the quality of the existing product range, this will make it possible to develop innovative speciality papers. Installation is scheduled for September 2015, as an addition to the new headbox already installed in April 2014.
    At the Vevče mill in Slovenia, too, modernisation and extension measures are being implemented, initiated in 2013 by installation of a film press. Here, development focuses, among other things, on improvement of the barrier properties of flexible packaging papers.
    Already today, wet-strength label papers in B&B quality can also be produced in Vevče. By expanding this segment at both mills, B&B seek to further expand their position as global market leaders in label papers for the beverage industry.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    21.11.2014   Green Sheep Water Separates from Flock with Ball Corporation's Alumi-Tek® Bottle    ( Company news )

    Company news Aluminum water bottles are infinitely recyclable, chill faster and are reclosable

    Being different isn't always a bad thing – especially when that difference is something you believe in. That's why Green Sheep Water – "the bottled water with a green conscience" – is launching in infinitely recyclable, 16-ounce aluminum bottles made by Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL), instead of the usual plastic, glass or carton packaging.

    "Studies show that Americans use about 1,500 plastic water bottles every second, and only about 30 percent of those bottles are recycled - the rest end up in landfills and oceans," explained Jess Page, co-founder of Green Sheep Water. "While reusable water bottles are optimal for the environment, they are not always practical in our consumers' busy lives. We chose Ball's Alumi-Tek® bottle because it is a high quality package that is reclosable, portable and part of the most recycled beverage packaging in the world – beverage cans."

    "After nearly three years of working together to create the right package, we are excited that Green Sheep is launching its water in Alumi-Tek® bottles, which are 100 percent recyclable, chill faster and are reclosable," said Bruce Doelling, vice president, sales, for Ball's metal beverage packaging division, Americas. "With sustainability at the core of the Green Sheep brand, the new bottles also have a premium look without the need for a wraparound label."

    Green Sheep Water is adding new distribution daily in the Chicagoland area, so visit www.greensheepwater.com/locations to find a retailer near you. If there isn't a retailer nearby, customers can also purchase a 12-pack through Green Sheep's online store.

    Green Sheep Water was started by cofounders Jess Page and Nicole Doucet as a bottled water company with an environmental focus. Inspired by a documentary that highlighted environmental challenges posed by plastic bottles, they found that aluminum bottles are a more environmentally friendly option.
    (Ball Corporation)
     
    20.11.2014   Diageo strengthens its global position in tequila and its leading position in Mexico through ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... transaction facilitated by the sale of Bushmills

    Diageo has agreed with Casa Cuervo the acquisition of full global ownership and control of Tequila Don Julio and the early termination of Casa Cuervo's production and distribution agreement for Smirnoff in Mexico. In return, Diageo has reached an agreement to sell Bushmills to Jose Cuervo Overseas. The transaction will result in a net payment of $408 million to Diageo upon completion, which is expected in early 2015 subject to certain approvals.
    The transaction is expected to be economic profit break-even in year 3 assuming a WACC rate of 9%. Assuming completion of the transaction in early calendar 2015 and the use of the net proceeds to reduce debt at Diageo's average rate of interest, the transaction will dilute eps by 0.6% in the year ending 30 June 2015.

    Ivan Menezes (photo), Chief Executive, commented:
    'This transaction delivers two key objectives for us. We have secured our position in the growing super and ultra-premium segments of the tequila category and further strengthened our global footprint by expanding our leading position in Mexico where the growth of spirits has great potential.
    Diageo has realised this opportunity through the breadth and depth of our portfolio. It delivers our strategy: to build our presence in the world’s fastest growing markets and lead the industry in the biggest growth opportunities. I am delighted we have reached this agreement.'

    Details of the component parts of the transaction are confidential. Smirnoff volume and net sales in Mexico in the year ended 30 June 2014 were 285,000 cases and £9 million respectively. Bushmills volume and net sales in the same period were 800,000 cases and £57 million. Tequila Don Julio had volume and net sales of 590,000 cases and £105 million, of which Diageo accounted for 345,000 cases and £75 million net sales, in the year ended 30 June 2014.
    (Diageo plc)
     
    19.11.2014   Barry-Wehmiller Taps Packaging Veteran to Lead Strategy Initiatives    ( Company news )

    Company news Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO, is pleased to announce that Carol O’Neill (photo), a respected veteran of the packaging and manufacturing industries, has been named Barry-Wehmiller’s Vice President of Strategy, Technology and Key Initiatives. In the new position for the rapidly-expanding $2+ billion global organization, O’Neill will lead the effort to examine Barry-Wehmiller’s long-term vision and the organizational and technical infrastructure needed to ensure its success.
    “We’re considering a significant number of new acquisitions which, along with anticipated organic growth, will help grow Barry-Wehmiller into a $5 billion organization in the near future,” offered CEO Bob Chapman. “This plan for targeted robust growth of both our business and our cultural initiatives calls us to make sure we remain steadfast in our commitment to our highest purpose: meaningful work and a secure future for the team members who devote their lives every day to our success. Being able to bring on someone of the caliber—both in experience and character—of Carol places the review of our long-term strategy and its impact on our people-centric culture into extremely capable hands.”
    O’Neill has extensive background in leadership, packaging and manufacturing as well as consulting and information technology. She began her career with a management consulting firm in Boston and led productivity improvement efforts at the New York City Transit Authority before entering the packaging world as Director of Performance Improvement at Sealed Air. There she played many roles including Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development. O’Neill left Sealed Air to run a $300 million private food company in Chicago until enticed back into the packaging industry to run Spartech’s (now PolyOne) Packaging business. O’Neill left PolyOne to join Barry-Wehmiller as a consultant to support the acquisition and integration of Arcil, the Paris-based fresh dairy packaging firm acquired by Barry-Wehmiller in December of 2013.
    “I have been tied to the Barry-Wehmiller organization for almost a decade now and have always felt a powerful affinity for its culture and values,” O’Neill said. “Over the years I have challenged Bob and his team to do everything possible to ensure that those values and the culture they’ve carefully nurtured pervade this organization for generations to come. I am thrilled to be in a position to directly contribute to that effort as a part of the Barry-Wehmiller team.”
    O’Neill has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and master’s degrees in business administration and food research from Stanford University.
    (Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI))
     
    19.11.2014   Directly printed PET bottles in Nature MultiPacksTM win German Packaging Award 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Each year under the patronage of the German Ministry for Economy and Energy the German Packaging Award is presented to only the very best ideas and innovations in the packaging industry. This year a specialist jury of 16 selected nominees from a total of 230 submitted entries. One of the prizewinners for 2014 is NMP Systems GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of KHS GmbH, which convinced the expert team with its new Direct Print and Nature MultiPackTMdevelopments – both currently at the prototype stage and which won the award as an overall concept. In combination they produce a multipack where information is printed directly onto individual PET bottles bonded together by dots of adhesive, thus producing a packaging system which is not only completely new but also extremely sustainable.

    Brilliant print quality
    In the direct digital printing process PET bottles are decorated with non-migrating UV inks, thus doing away with the need to apply labels. The containers are printed with CMYK process inks, white and – if required – special colors with an optical resolution of 1,080 x 1,080 dpi. The result is a brilliant color image. The UV inks dry within milliseconds and have an outstanding adhesion, therefore perfectly retaining the quality of the decoration during further processing of the bottles on the line, shipping to the retail outlet and handling by the consumer. Extensive research has confirmed that KHS' direct digital printing process is completely safe for the printing of food packaging. The printed PET bottles are of course also bottle-to-bottle recyclable.

    Focus on flexibility, sustainability and cost reduction
    Companies which utilize the Direct Print process profit from a very high level of flexibility indeed, as the required print images can be transfered straight to the bottle. Compared to the classic labeling system the time to market intervals are much shorter. The system is also especially sustainable and cuts costs. Labeling materials and adhesive are now completely superfluous. At the same time no more logistics are needed for label procurement, thus reducing costs for logistics and also CO2 emissions. If we assume, for example, that a classic labeling machine applies 36,000 labels per hour on 220 days of the year in two-shift operation, around 60 metric tons of labeling materials plus the necessary adhesive can be saved when the Direct Print system is used.

    The two buzzwords "sustainability" and "cost reduction" are equally applicable to the newly developed Nature MultiPackTM. Here, PET bottles are simply bonded together by dots of specially developed adhesive which ensures very good pack stability. Consumers simply twist the individual bottles off from the rest of the pack. Compared to conventional multipacks, where containers are wrapped in film, it has been proved that the Nature MultiPackTM requires up to 85% less packaging material and saves up to 67% energy during production. The new packaging system can be applied not only to PET bottles but also to glass bottles and cans.

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, CEO of KHS GmbH, says, "We've taken new paths with Direct Print and Nature MultiPackTM, giving our customers the chance to be innovative leaders on their markets. The German Packaging Award 2014 once again underlines the viability of these two systems for the future. We're very pleased that a team as highly qualified as the expert jury for the German Packaging Award has specifically voted for this new and sustainable packaging system."
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    18.11.2014   Coca-Cola Life Arrives On Shelves Nationwide    ( Company news )

    Company news Following initial summer roll out, The Coca-Cola Company’s first reduced-calorie sparkling beverage sweetened with cane sugar and stevia leaf extract now available across U.S.

    Life is genuinely sweet with the cold, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Life. The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Company’s first reduced calorie cola (35 percent fewer calories than leading colas: 8 fl oz. glass bottle – 60 Calories; 12 fl oz. – 90 calories; 20 fl oz. – 160 calories. ) to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract. Coca-Cola Life joins other trademark brands Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero.

    Coca-Cola Life underscores The Coca-Cola Company’s global commitment to provide an expanded selection of reduced, low- and no-calorie beverage options. With 35 percent fewer calories than leading colas, Coca-Cola Life fits any occasion with just the right amount of sweet celebration and refreshment.

    “People that love our brands want more choices in flavors, package sizes and sweetener options. With Coca-Cola Life we’re meeting those needs while serving up a delicious beverage that complements our broader portfolio,” said Andrew McMillin, Vice President, Coca-Cola Brands, Coca-Cola North America. “As we continue to follow our consumers, we are working ultimately to become a leader in this interesting and emerging category.”

    Coca-Cola Life will be available in 6-packs of the iconic 8 fl oz. glass contour bottle, 6-packs of 12 fl oz. cans, Fridge Pack 12-packs of 12 fl oz. cans, individual 20 fl oz. bottles, and 2-liter bottles. Packaging and availability will vary by location.

    Coca-Cola Life further extends a varied portfolio in North America, which includes more than 750 beverages including more than 200 low- or no- calorie options. It is one of more than 45 beverages in The Coca-Cola Company’s global portfolio currently sweetened in whole or in part with stevia leaf extract.
    (The Coca-Cola Company)
     
    18.11.2014   High performance with a small footprint    ( Company news )

    Company news Sustainable, clean and powerful: at the Arabplast 2015 trade show from January 10 to 13 in Dubai, ENGEL, together with Uni-Cap and other partners, will be presenting its high competence in system solutions. One area of focus will be the packaging industry. An all-electric ENGEL e-cap injection moulding machine will be producing 1881-type caps live at their exhibit.

    “Sustainability is very important when it comes to investment decisions in the Arab countries, and the significance of environmentally friendly technology will continue to increase," says Andreas Leitner, Sales Director Middle East at ENGEL AUSTRIA. "All-electric injection moulding machines are becoming increasingly popular for the production of beverage caps." Uni-Cap in Dubai is also a pioneer in this area. The largest cap manufacturer in the Gulf States has been producing on ENGEL e-cap machines since 2009. In addition to the high energy efficiency of the machines, Bassam Hajjar, the CEO of Uni-Cap, is particularly interested in cleanliness. "The bottlers expect to receive absolutely hygienic products from us. With all-electric machines, we can definitely rule out any contamination with hydraulic oil. Thus, the usage of hydraulic oil is superfluous and cooling capacity is saved at the same time, the carbon footprint can be decreased significantly.”
    While the one-piece 1881 cap for carbonated soft drinks has already become established in most parts of the world, the GCC countries has long remained the exception. Only the newest, state-of-the-art processing technology has allowed one-piece caps to also be used in regions with extreme temperatures of more than 50 °C. Uni-Cap will be the first manufacturer in the region to produce this type of cap. They plan to achieve an annual capacity of 300 million caps with the ENGEL e-cap machine presented at the Arabplast. Currently, Uni-Cap produces altogether 4.5 billion caps per year.

    50 percent less overhead for cooling
    It is above all the melt flow rate of as low as 1.5 g/10 min of the poor-flow types of HDPE required to achieve the specified cap characteristics that define the high demands put on the injection moulding machine. Thanks to its direct drive unit, the ENGEL e-cap achieves the precision and performance needed for this application. Beyond that, its increased ejection and clamping force help it attain very short cycle times.
    Outstanding process stability and precision maximise the number of good parts. This is due to the servo drive units, among other things. "With the ENGEL e-cap, we were able to markedly reduce the overhead for mould maintenance," says Bassam Hajjar. During the trade show, a system from IMDvista (Brügg, Switzerland) for the fully automatic 100 percent quality control will be employed for cap inspection.
    Even with such impressively high performance values, the ENGEL e-cap achieves considerable savings on energy and cooling water, thereby cutting unit costs significantly. "In comparison to hydraulic machines, we need 50 percent less resources for cooling," says Hajjar.
    Finally, a third decisive criteria – after sustainability and performance – for the Uni-Cap CEO is the after-sales service. "We achieve a high degree of machine availability. Spare parts are also made available on site very quickly."

    System partnerships are cornerstones of success
    Service and training are integral elements of the ENGEL system philosophy. ENGEL delivers turnkey system solutions worldwide that are individually tailored to the specific needs of their customers and combine highest performance with maximum efficiency and sustainability. System partnerships with leading international companies and local suppliers are cornerstones for joint success. A point that will be underlined at Arabplast. In the area of packaging, one of the companies who will be presenting themselves at the ENGEL stand in Dubai is Corvaglia. The supplier for the international beverage industry with headquarters in Eschlikon, Switzerland, fabricated the 48-cavity mould for Uni-Cap, which together with the ENGEL e-cap will inaugurate new era in caps and closures technology in the Gulf States at Arabplast 2015.

    ENGEL at Arabplast 2015, hall 4, stand G110
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    17.11.2014   Australia: Coopers Brewery reports first profit drop in three years    ( E-malt.com )

    South Australian brewer Coopers Brewery has seen its first profit drop in three years as costs associated with a new bottling line and beer sales shifting from kegs to less profitable packaged beer formats squeezed earnings, The Australian reported on November 6.

    However, the family-owned Coopers said it continued to enjoy ongoing growth during the 2013-14 financial year with record sales and turnover figures.

    Coopers, which is the largest Australian-owned brewer following the foreign takeovers of Lion and Foster’s, said on November 6 that full-year net profit dipped 9.1 per cent to A$28 million for fiscal 2014 from A$30.8 million recorded in 2013.

    Coopers managing director, Tim Cooper, said total bulk or kegged beer sales fell 1.5 per cent during the year, while packaged beer sales were up 10.3 per cent.

    “Total beer sales in 2013-14 grew 8.1 per cent to 75.3 million litres, continuing the steady growth Coopers has enjoyed since 1994,” Dr Cooper said.

    Turnover for the year reached a record A$231 million, 6.9 per cent better than the A$216 million in 2012-13.

    Dr Cooper said sales in South Australia — its home market — fell 0.8 per cent during the year, but it remained Coopers’ largest market, accounting for 26.8 per cent of total beer sales.

    Sales in NSW grew 8.2 per cent in the same period and now accounts for 26 per cent of Coopers’ volume.

    In the other states, Victoria sales were up 15.3 per cent for the year, Queensland sales rose 14.4 per cent and sales in Western Australia were up 12 per cent.

    The brewer said sales of the international beers distributed by Coopers — Sapporo, Carlsberg, Kronenbourg 1664, Kronenbourg Blanc and Mythos — rose 44 per cent in volume and now represented 9.8 per cent of Coopers total beer volume.

    The profit retreat is unusual for the tightly controlled brewer which has managed to build year-on-year profit growth despite the downturn in the Australian beer market as drinkers turn to other beverages such as cider or wine.

    Dr Cooper said Australian sales for 2013-14 fell about 1 per cent, the fifth year in a row total volume has fallen. He said a substantial factor in this decline has been the twice yearly indexation of beer excise, which put downward pressure on sales.

    “It is now reaching the stage that the excise rises are counter-productive with the additional tax raised being offset by a drop in overall sales.”

     


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