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    21.11.2017   Vetropack Group: Board of Directors appoints two new business division managers    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors of Vetropack Holding Ltd has appointed two new business division managers: with effect from 1 January 2018, Boris Sluka (1965) will take over as General Manager of the Business Division Czech Republic/Slovakia, which comprises the two companies Vetropack Moravia Glass, a.s. and Vetropack Nemšovà s.r.o. With effect from 1 March 2018, Johann Eggerth (1967) will take over as General Manager of the Business Division Switzerland/Austria, which comprises the Swiss company Vetropack Ltd and Vetropack Austria GmbH. He has also been appointed a member of Group Management.

    Photo: Boris Sluka (left) and Johann Eggerth (right)

    Boris Sluka graduated from the Technical University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and continued his education on a part-time basis while working in, among other places, France, Russia and Austria. In recent years he has worked mainly in the automotive industry. As a senior manager at various well-known automotive suppliers, including Matador a.s. and Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors Ltd., and also at companies making machine tools, he acquired not only international industry experience but also considerable expertise in focused management in a dynamic environment.

    The current General Manager of the Vetropack Business Division Czech Republic/Slovakia, Gregor Gábel, will be commencing his well-earned retirement after the handover period.

    Johann Eggerth, the newly appointed General Manager of the Business Division Switzerland/Austria, graduated from the Montanuniversität Leoben (in Metallurgy/Materials Engineering) and likewise has very broad international professional experience. For example, he worked as a project leader and product manager at Voest-Alpine Industrieanlagenbau and on international consultancy projects for McKinsey & Company before setting up and running the engineering and consultancy company Festool Engineering for the Festool Group. Since 2012, he has been CEO at the Tirolean family-owned paint company Adler. His main task there was to develop and implement a viable strategy for internationalisation and growth, a task which has now been completed.

    Johann Eggerth will take over as General Manager of the Business Division Switzerland/Austria from Johann Reiter who – as already announced in February 2017 – will assume full responsibility for the operational management of Vetropack Group with effect from 1 January 2018. Until his successor arrives on 1 March 2018, Johann Reiter will continue as General Manager of the Business Division Switzerland/Austria alongside his work as Group CEO.
    (Vetropack AG)
     
    20.11.2017   The Fakuma 2017 was a great success for ENGEL    ( Company news )

    Company news The Fakuma 2017 was a great success for ENGEL. The good investment climate continues, many orders for injection moulding machines, robots and integrated system solutions were closed at the fair, with others being announced. Almost all of the new projects have one thing in common: They include at least one product from ENGEL’s comprehensive inject 4.0 programme. The topics of digitalisation and networking have arrived in the industry – that became very clear at the Fakuma 2017.

    Photo: From the first day of the fair on, the ENGEL booth was consistently very well-visited.

    Trade fair visitors thrilled by new customer portal e-connect
    The conversations at Fakuma confirmed that Industry 4.0 has arrived in the majority of companies. "The inquiries are becoming more and more specific", reports Paul Kapeller, Product Manager of Digital Solutions at ENGEL. "By now, most of our customers have a distinct idea of the advantages brought to them by digitalisation and networking, and are inquiring about specific products and solutions."

    In several Expert Corners, ENGEL presented its entire inject 4.0 programme. Numerous products, such as the intelligent assistance systems of the iQ series, have by now proven themselves in practice over many years in several thousand installations throughout various sectors. They generated as much attention as the new products that were presented at a fair for the first time in Friedrichshafen. e-connect, the ENGEL customer portal which was launched in a completely revised version at the Fakuma, turned out to be a genuine visitor magnet. "In future, the customer portal will be an important linchpin in the cooperation with our customers", says Kapeller. "The new version supports our inject 4.0 products and accompanies our customers on the path to the smart factory." Trade fair visitors were especially impressed by the possibilities to clearly virtualise the machine park, including all machine conditions. "e-connect allows taking an easy first step towards a networked production", states Kapeller.

    Premiere for innovative applications, machines and technologies
    In addition to inject 4.0, the live demonstrations in five highly integrated production cells contributed to ENGEL's success at the Fakuma 2017. They included several world premieres. For example, in the automotive exhibition area ENGEL produced the first exterior component worldwide in clearmelt technology. This also represented an immense leap in development as compared to the previous presentation. With the new Colourline System by the ENGEL partner Hennecke from St. Augustin in Germany, PUR colour systems can now also be used in the clearmelt process. ENGEL demonstrated how quickly the colour change is performed in live operation. The components – both in high gloss – were alternately produced in black and in grey.

    Until now, the subject of clearmelt revolved around decorative elements and electronic functional components for the vehicle interior, however, with the technology developed by ENGEL with Hennecke and other partners, there is an increasing focus on the exterior. In addition to the high efficiency of the integrated process, the reason for this is the enormous scratch resistance and high surface quality of the resulting components. Not only the automotively inclined among the trade fair visitors stopped at the clearmelt exhibit. For example, the technology also opens up new possibilities for manufacturers of control elements in various industries. Decorative as well as capacitive foils can be efficiently overmoulded. Functional elements thus vanish beneath a continuous, closed surface.

    New e-mac 280 is the shortest machine on the market
    Also part of the ENGEL line-up at Fakuma was a new machine. With the e-mac 280, ENGEL has extended its machine series for all-electric applications in the teletronics and technical moulding areas at the top, taking into account the trend towards the increased use of multi-cavity moulds in the production of highly precise volume components. In addition, the new injection moulding machine provides an important contribution to an increase in area productivity. Thanks to optimised toggle-lever geometry, with its length of 6.20 metres the e-mac 280 is the shortest all-electric injection moulding machine in this clamping force class on the market, and that in spite of retaining its very large opening stroke of 600 mm.

    Ongoing good economy in the plastics industry
    In order to continue meeting the rising demand in future, at the Fakuma ENGEL announced comprehensive investments into its worldwide production sites, the continued expansion of its sales and service teams, and the reinforcement of local application-technical, automation and industry expertise. "The very positive mood in Friedrichshafen is an important indicator, both in Europe and worldwide, for the ongoing good economy in the plastics industry", says Steger.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    17.11.2017   CANPACK: CANS OF THE YEAR AWARDS    ( Company news )

    Company news We are happy to announce that CANPACK has been honored in this year’s CANS OF THE YEAR AWARDS competition organized by CANMAKER magazine in three categories:
    -Gold in ends, caps & closures category (photo) for Union Jack easy open end for Spitfire Amber Kentish Ale of Sheperd Neame Brewery
    -Silver in the decoration & print quality category for the Pilsner Urquell beverage can
    -Bronze in the beverage two-piece category for the Whitstable Bay beverage can for the Faversham Steam Brewery
    (Can-Pack S.A.)
     
    16.11.2017   ‘PERFORMANCE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING’ COMMITMENT STRENGTHENED ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... VIA GEBO CERMEX AND KUKA AGREEMENT

    Picture: Marc Aury (right), President and MD of Gebo Cermex, confirms the agreement with Joachim Melis, VP Division Consumer Industries & Handling of KUKA

    Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group and world leader in packaging line engineering and material handling solutions, has recently signed a supply agreement with KUKA AG. The contract was finalised in Munich at Drinktec 2017, the world's leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry. Putting pen to paper for the agreement, were signatories Mr. Marc Aury, President and Managing Director of Gebo Cermex and Mr. Joachim Melis, VP Division Consumer Industries & Handling of KUKA, representing the German manufacturer.

    Aury commented - “Gebo Cermex has been utilising the many capabilities of KUKA robotic machinery for palletising and depalletising functions within our solutions for the packaging manufacturing industry for well over 10 years now. In the past 12 months alone we have sold more than ten KUKA robots, with demand growing steadily. By signing this supply agreement, we are further extending the portfolio of robotic solutions available to our customers and ensuring the supply of unique capabilities, especially in terms of precision and compliance.” He continued: “Together with our existing supplier, FANUC, we can now cooperate with two reliable, supportive and complementary players in the field of robotic solutions. By partnering with both companies, we will be able to ensure the optimum performance of packaging lines for customers. It will enhance our flexibility, enabling us to tailor solutions to specific individual needs, with a greater agility in providing the performance levels that our customers are looking for over the lifetime of their production lines.”

    Like Gebo Cermex, KUKA is a pioneer in Industry 4.0. One of the world's leading suppliers of robotics, plant manufacturing and system technologies, it produces a comprehensive range of highly modular industrial robots with various reaches and payload capacities from 3kg to 1300kg. The company’s solutions allow manufacturers to integrate standardised systems and components into customised production processes. The automation components and function packages can be implemented in production systems either directly or with minor modifications but all are cost-effective, easy to integrate, tried-and-tested products.

    Jean-Luc Imhof, CEO of KUKA France, Benelux, Maghreb, comments - “This signing represents an important milestone in our collaboration. With our wide product portfolio and experience in the consumer goods market we can offer the complete solution for this sector: standard industrial and collaborative robots, digital services and other Industry 4.0 technologies. Additionally, as a leading global supplier, KUKA provides all the necessary support for customers all around the globe. Based on these values that we share with our partner Gebo Cermex, we wish to pursue and reinforce the common developments of the key technologies for the consumer goods market.”

    The agreement with KUKA further extends the Sidel Group’s capabilities in robotic solutions, with Gebo Cermex already working closely with FANUC, a global manufacturer of factory automation with almost 60 years of experience in the development of computer numerical control equipment and more than 19.5 million products installed worldwide.

    Beverage producers need performance across their supply chains. Delivering this performance requires understanding of global trends, consumer markets, beverage supply chains and production needs. By fully capturing customers’ markets, products, and value chains the Sidel Group - comprising Sidel and Gebo Cermex - can leverage the respective strengths and expertise of its business units and design solutions which embed future-proof technology, market-tailored innovations and performance-based services, ensuring long-term success. Part of this commitment is establishing working relationships with leading technology manufacturers and the signing of this agreement with KUKA is an excellent example.
    (Gebo Cermex)
     
    15.11.2017   New system for still water in single-serve formats: the KHS InnoPET TriBlock Aqua M    ( Company news )

    Company news -Tailor-made for growth market water
    -Space-saving blocksystem with many innovations
    -Neck handling and the InnoPET Silent TipTainer for added value

    With its InnoPET TriBlock Aqua M the KHS Group is presenting a compact, powerful block system for single-serve formats. The high-performance unit is specifically geared towards the growth segment of water in single portions – perfect for any handbag. It processes container sizes of between 250 and 800 ml at a rate of up to 50,000 bottles per hour. Thanks to the many innovations and compact size of the machine KHS customers can not only save on resources but also improve the quality of their products.

    “With this system we’re offering more than just the compact version of the single machines. With the KHS InnoPET TriBlock Aqua M our customers get real added value,” says Arne Andersen, global product account manager for the TriBlock at KHS. The new system blocks the further developed Blomax Series IV stretch blow molding module, a labeling module and the Innofill PET NV filler. Together they form a unit which is perfectly suited to the application on hand, manufacturing bottles from preforms and then labeling, filling and capping them. Further advantages of the machine according to Andersen are its exceptionally hygienic design and optimized housing. The machine is centrally controlled by the improved HMI (human machine interface) on a clear 21.5-inch monitor with full HD resolution for detailed visualization of the process graphics. Another aspect which is especially important for practical operation is the consistent drive and operator concept with which KHS boosts effectivity and the level of convenience.

    Optimized process steps
    The individual modules on the TriBlock give optimum performance at every stage in the process. Compared to the previous model, the further developed Blomax Series IV has blow stations on which small bottles with a maximum diameter of 75 millimeters can be blown. The low level of noise pollution also deserves a mention here, this ensured by the aforementioned InnoPET Silent TipTainer; with its closed system and lower PET preform drop height the latter are fed especially gently and thus less noisily to the sorting unit.

    The labeling module is distinguished by its robust design and thus a high degree of reliability and availability. A special vacuum system permits materials of a very low thickness to be used for the bottles and thus helps to cut costs. In addition, the top-drive technology, which consistently feeds the bottles through the TriBlock by their neck rings, also has many benefits: it is gentle on the PET bottles, minimizes downtimes and is advantageous when making lightweight containers as these are no longer exposed to any compression force in the labeler.

    Low maintenance effort cuts costs
    A new generation of valves in the filler shortens the filling time so that fewer valves can be used for the same total filling capacity. By focusing on smaller bottles and through the subsequent reduction in pitch, the diameters of both the filling wheel and ring bowl have been decreased. This makes both the filler and the TriBlock as a whole more compact. Users profit from a reduced maintenance effort and cuts in maintenance costs.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    14.11.2017   PureCircle Launches New Tool to Help Customers Formulate With Stevia for Optimum Taste    ( Company news )

    Company news PureCircle’s Sigma-Xcelerator(SM) Offers Best Tasting Stevia Solutions with Reduced Development Times

    PureCircle (PURE.LSE), the world’s leading producer and innovator of great-tasting stevia sweeteners for the global beverage and food industry, announces the launch of its new Sigma-Xcelerator(SM) product development tool. It enables PureCircle to provide custom stevia ingredient combinations which maximize product taste alongside other customer requirements, such as sugar reduction, speed to market, cost and solubility.

    The stevia leaf contains over 40+ steviol glycosides, each with different performance attributes. That can make identifying the right combination of stevia ingredients for a specific product, time-consuming for a beverage or food company. Our new Sigma-Xcelerator(SM) tool facilitates that process, thereby shortening the time to achieve taste optimization, saving the customer money and getting its product on retailers’ shelves faster.

    Using this new tool, PureCircle can now offer customers turnkey solutions which simplify their development work to achieve the most sugar-like taste in food and beverages. Powering this tool is PureCircle’s robust portfolio of stevia sweeteners and flavors, deep stevia expertise and strong analytics performed within an application matrix. All of that enables us to identify ideal combinations of steviol glycosides which best meet a product’s taste and sugar reduction challenges.

    This approach is what underlies the PureCircle Sigma Solutions, our successful combinations of key stevia glycosides designed to work with different categories. Sigma-Dairy, Sigma-Tea, and Sigma-Beverage have all been specifically tailored to achieve high performance in their respective categories. The Sigma-Xcelerator(SM) tool takes these Sigma Solutions one step further by developing a unique ingredient combination for a customer’s specific product and requirements.

    Commenting, Faith Son Head of Marketing and Innovation said:
    “The Sigma-Xcelerator(SM) tool provides individualized support for food and beverage companies by ultimately making stevia an easier ingredient to work with. This tool will simplify our clients’ product formulation work by reducing development time, allowing great-tasting products to come to market more quickly and efficiently. By combining the best-tasting stevia glycosides in varying amounts, we now understand how stevia sweeteners work best at achieving modest to deep sugar reduction levels, while enabling great taste in food and beverage products.”
    (PureCircle Corporate Headquarters)
     
    13.11.2017   Climate, Water and Forests: Symrise Again Among Global Leaders in CDP Ranking    ( Company news )

    Company news - Leadership Rating in all CDP programs
    - “Sustainable management is the key to success”
    - Symrise AG among the world’s 25 leading CDP reporting companies

    Symrise AG is one of the world’s leading companies in sustainability management. The renowned non-profit organization CDP has rated the Holzminden-based company as a global leader in the categories of climate, water and forests. The fragrance and flavor supplier is therefore among the top 25 sustainable companies worldwide.

    The Carbon Disclosure Project (or CDP) assesses how companies and governments reduce greenhouse gas emissions, use water responsibly and promote the protection of forests internationally with their own activities and along their supply chains. The CDP scores these results in four grades, with “A” being the highest and “D” the lowest. With the awarded “A grade”, Symrise received the highest rating for both its climate and water protection activities. The Group was awarded an “A-” for its responsible approach to forest conservation and thereby secured a leadership position in this category as well.

    Responsibility toward Nature and Society
    “Protecting our biosphere and preserving functioning ecosystems is a priority for Symrise. We are always looking to shape our business operations in a sustainable manner and constantly improve our performance. CDP is an important driving force and guide for us along this path,” says Hans Holger Gliewe, Chief Sustainability Officer at Symrise. “For a globally active processor of natural raw materials,
    the effective commitment to protecting our climate, water and forests is both a question of corporate social responsibility and a key strategic pillar for the successful economic development of Symrise. The CDP ratings clearly show that we at Symrise are on the right track with our sustainability program. They are an incentive for us to continue on this path in the long term,” adds Gliewe.

    In 2017, more than 6,300 companies accounting for 55 percent of the world’s market capitalization provided CDP with their environmental data. In addition, more than 100 countries and regions as well as 500 cities made this information available to the organization. This makes CDP one of the most important sources of information when it comes to how companies and governments are strategically and operationally responding to global environmental change.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    10.11.2017   The new WANGEN Twin Generation – form and technology in perfection    ( Company news )

    Company news Highest level of service friendliness, larger pressure range, extended possible applications, gentle conveyance and simple cleaning united in one pump: The WANGEN twin hygienic screw pump.

    The pump was developed especially for the hygienic conveyance of food & beverages and cosmetics, as well as chemical products, and supersedes precursor models. It has been presented for the first time at the drinktec 2017 in Munich/Germany and will be available in the 4th Quarter 2017.

    The new generation of the WANGEN Twin screw pump is part of the hygienic pumping solutions from WANGEN and was designed to reliably pump low to highly viscous, volatile or gaseous products and for applications where maximum hygiene and efficiency is required.
    -Spindle change without re-synchronisation of the spindle shafts, enabled by WANGEN PUMPEN's fast-X-change® technology.
    -Seal change simple and fast as a result of cartridge construction design.
    -Alignment of the coupling by a self-centring flange housing (lantern optionally available). As a result, no re-alignment of the coupling is needed, e.g. after service activities.

    Benefits and Characteristics
    -Excellent price/performance ratio
    -Low Life Cycle Costs
    -High suction lift (self-priming)
    -High operational reliability
    -Compact design
    -Compact design avoids dead space and stagnant zones
    -Rigorous modular principle for high flexibility, low stocking of spare parts, short downtimes for maintenance and repairs
    -Almost pulsation-free conveyance
    -Optional heating or cooling jackets
    -Optionally with base plate or mobile
    -Gentle pumping
    -Special versions available for adapting to existing plants
    -Maintenance-friendly
    -Quick and easy manual cleaning
    -Eliminates the need for a separate centrifugal pump for CIP cleaning
    -Large viscosity range
    -High priming capacity
    -Low servicing costs
    -Top results for SIP and CIP cleaning
    -Can run dry
    (Pumpenfabrik Wangen GmbH)
     
    09.11.2017   UNITED CAPS takes over the plastic closures division of Closures4you    ( Company news )

    Company news UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of high performance plastic caps and closures, announced that the company is taking over the plastic closures division of Closures4you. The takeover offer includes 28 mm caps for re-usable glass bottles and for disposable PET bottles.

    This latest acquisition is part of UNITED CAPS’ comprehensive growth strategy. In June 2017, the company announced the takeover of cap and closure manufacturer Dewit Plastics. In the case of Closures4you, the plan is to ensure future market supply from the UNITED CAPS plant in Schwerin (photo). The takeover will make available capacity for a new closure design to replace some previous closures.To ensure a smooth transition in terms of customer supply, Closures4you will make its closure capacities available through the end of March 2018.

    "With this strategic step, UNITED CAPS is driving forward the modernisation of its product portfolio," explains Benoît Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. "In accordance with the principle of ‘less is more’, we are working to restrict product complexity within our portfolio as much as possible while still offering first class closures for all PET and glass bottles.”

    Cups4you, the former parent company of Closures4you, headquartered in Oss in the Netherlands, is the European specialist for thin-wall injection moulded packaging with a capacity of 100 to 2500 ml for the food industry.
    (United Caps)
     
    08.11.2017   3rd European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging Summit, Amsterdam    ( Company news )

    Company news 3rd annual European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging Summit will take place on 14th & 15th March 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This edition will focus on the best strategies for sustainable packaging including recycling and packaging performance, with a stronger focus on the brands and retailers, who will share their thoughts and information on consumer experience and demands for next generation of packaging.

    Furthermore, the conference will also explore the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, and its impact in the entire supply chain dynamics. The event will look into the use of Bioplastics & Biodegradable & Compostable Plastics, as well as the latest innovations in the market for printing and labelling.

    Key Topics Include:
    • Market trends for sustainable packaging in 2018 and beyond
    • Latest innovations in design, manufacturing, additive and convertor technology
    • Case studies from retailers/brands on packaging and design needs in the food & beverage industry
    • What does the European Commission circular economy package mean for the plastics packaging supply chain
    • Expectations and targets of EU waste legislation on packaging and packaging waste
    • Analysis and comparison of performance materials in different applications
    • Advancing plastics converters and manufacturer's capabilities and technologies
    • Life cycle assessments and environmental impact
    (Active Communications International (ACI Europe))
     
    07.11.2017   drink technology India 2017 is a big hit with the industry    ( drinktechnology India 2017 )

    drinktechnology India 2017 - Trade fair quartet hosts 212 exhibitors across 11,000 square meters of floor space
    - In attendance: 9,699 visitors from across the industry
    - Huge potential for the Indian beverage and dairy industry

    The first ever drink technology India in New Delhi got off to a flying start: the regional spin-off of the leading trade fair for the Indian beverage, dairy and liquid-food industry, together with the partner events of Messe Düsseldorf, occupied 11,000 square meters of floor space at the Pragati Maidan exhibition center in New Delhi during its debut event. Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München, was impressed with the successful inaugural event: “We’re thrilled that the premiere here in New Delhi was so popular with our exhibitors and visitors. The results highlight the enormous potential of the Indian beverage industry. By alternating between different regions of India and introducing the new annual format we have created the perfect conditions to be able to serve the entire Indian beverage, dairy and liquid-food industry.”

    Expectations have been met entirely
    Axel Jany, Weyermann® International Customer Consultant, also had nothing but praise for the event: “We have been attending drink technology India for several years now and have always achieved great results in Mumbai. India is a huge market which we are able to serve well thanks to our Indian partner company OM Distributors. Our aim with the event in New Delhi was to meet new potential customers, and that’s exactly what we did. We had a huge number of high-caliber visitors at our stand.

    Sandeep Adhikari, Country Manager at HEUFT India, also had good things to say about the event: “We’re very happy with how drink technology India went. We showcased new products and had lots of interesting conversations with visitors from within the industry. The different locations mean that we can now reach our customers much better.”

    Status as technology platform and industry driving force solidified
    212 exhibitors unveiled their latest solutions and technological developments for the beverage, food and packaging industry to 9,699 visitors over a floor space measuring 11,000 square meters. This event helped dti to solidify its status as a technology platform and driving force for the beverage, dairy and liquid-food industry in India. “Our exhibitors showcased solutions and technological developments at dti designed to meet the current needs of the country’s beverage industry”, said Bhupinder Singh, CEO, Messe München India. Over the last 10 years, drink technology India has more than established itself on the Indian market and proven that it is the number one platform for fostering business relationships. The inaugural event in New Delhi also proved that this was the case. This assertion was also backed up by the exhibitors who rated the event as top class: Hari Menon, Director of ACE Technologies & Packaging System Pvt. Ltd. India, was very impressed: “dti has really evolved over the years and that is also evident here in New Delhi. There were crowds of people in the halls and the trade fair was exceptionally well organized.” Guo Shourang, CEO, Quinhuangdao Zhongde Industry CO. LTD., from China, was also of the same opinion: “The caliber of visitors that dti attracts is what sets it apart from other industry events in India.” The fact that pacprocess India, indiapack and food pex India also took place at the same time and in the same location was an additional plus for drink technology India attendees.

    “Evolved business platform”
    The move to make this an annual event and to host it in different locations is also a result of the fact that the Indian beverage, dairy and liquid-food market is growing. The goal of the event is to spread dti’s know-how throughout India and to be able to address and serve customers in the different regions of India better and with improved focus. “The high quality level achieved by the business platform that has evolved over the years in Mumbai is what we are aiming for with the regional spin-offs,” explains Petra Westphal, Cluster Director for drinktec and drinktec worldwide. “By continuing to develop our platform we are providing our customers with access to new, untapped potential and therefore ensuring real added value for the Indian beverage, dairy and liquid-food industry,” she continued. dti showcases solutions to the current challenges of the Indian beverage industry and brings the Indian market’s supply and demand partners together in one place.

    Important information and networking platform
    Alongside the exhibition, drink technology India visitors also got the opportunity to learn about current and future trends in the food, beverage and liquid-food industry as part of the supporting program. Buyer-Seller meetings, designed to allow exhibitors and top industry managers to hold detailed talks, were held for the second time. Globus Spirits Limited, Jayanti Beverages, Pepsico, Pernod Ricard India Pvt. Ltd and Superior Spirits Pvt. Ltd. were just a few of the names holding talks on site. The FSSAI seminar provided an interested audience with an overview of current Food Safety and Licensing & Registration rules and regulations. The seminar was organized by a new dti partner, the “Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI),” which is part of the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

    Added value on account of unique trade fair offering
    drink technology India will now take place annually in conjunction with the pacprocess India, indiapack and food pex India trade fairs of Messe Düsseldorf. This combination of four trade fairs covers the topics of drink technology, dairy and liquid food together with those of the related packaging industry (drink technology India), packaging and related processes (pacprocess India), packaging materials and aids as well as machines and technology for the production of packaging materials and aids (indiapack) as well as food and confectionery processing and packaging (food pex India) all under one roof and is unrivaled in the region. Following on from New Delhi in 2017, next year’s event location will be Mumbai. The metropolis on the Arabian Sea will host the trade fair quartet every two years, with a different location in other regions of India being chosen for each year in between.

    The next drink technology India will be held from October 24 to 26, 2018, at the Bombay Exhibition & Convention Centre in Mumbai.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    07.11.2017   Electronic pressure switch EDS 10     ( Company news )

    Company news Picure: The new AFRISO EDS 10 electronic pressure switch converts the pressure of liquid or gaseous media into an electrical signal. EDS 10 allows the user to define up to two selectable points for switching / switching back

    The new AFRISO EDS 10 electronic pressure switch converts the pressure of liquid or gaseous media into an electrical signal. EDS 10 allows the user to define up to two selectable points for switching / switching back. The unit is programmed by means of two keys and the menu. The pressure switch can be rotated by 330° and tilted by 300° so that it can be used under adverse mounting conditions. A 4-digit 7-segment LED display shows the system pressure (selectable pressure units bar, mbar, psi or MPa). The pressures switch features a piezo-resistive stainless steel measuring cell. Sensors are available for all standard measuring ranges from 0/100 mbar to 0/600 bar. Starting at a nominal pressure of greater than 1 bar, EDS 10 is vacuum-tight without limitations. At 0/400 mbar and higher, the accuracy amounts to ≤ ±0.35 %. The pressure switch is supplied with DC 18–30 V and provides, depending on the requirements, two PNP or NPN switching outputs, alternatively a 4 –20 mA output plus PNP or NPN output (all in SIO mode).

    EDS 10 was developed for 100 x 108 switching cycles with a switching frequency of up 200 Hz and delay times from 0 to 50 s. The new measuring instrument is suitable for temperatures of the medium of -40/125 °C. All standard ¼" or ½" connections are available for the process connection. A 4-pin M12 x 1 metal connector is used for standard electrical connection. The pressure switch is optionally available with other seal materials (EPDM) and other electrical connections. Main application areas comprise monitoring of gaseous or liquid media in plant engineering and mechanical engineering. EDS 10 is an ideal solution for hydraulic and pneumatic systems where high switching accuracy is required.
    (AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)
     
    06.11.2017   Record-breaking complete PET water lines from Sidel achieve 150,000 bph in Saudi Arabia    ( Company news )

    Company news Following the successful installation two years ago of what was Sidel’s fastest bottling line in the world at the time, the Health Water Bottling Company (HWB) of Saudi Arabia decided to invest in two further lines. The original solution still runs at a speed of 134,000 bottles per hour (bph), whereas the two new Sidel complete PET water lines are both now running even faster - at the new, record-breaking output rate of 150,000 bph each, making a total installed output of 300,000 bph.

    Leading a growing market
    Bottled water is a growing market in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and HWB leads the way with Nova water. In the country, a growing population with an increasing focus on health has resulted in a dramatically bigger demand for both still and carbonated water over recent years. In the Greater Middle East region, the top ten countries represent 92% of the total volume of the beverage market. Of these, Saudi Arabia is second only to Turkey and, according to forecasts, the market for PET-bottled water in the Kingdom is expected to grow by 7.3% CAGR over the current four-year period (2016 - 2020), outpaced only by CSD .

    The first company ever to be awarded the prestigious “Quality Mark” by the Saudi Arabian Standards Organisation, HWB has always endeavoured to differentiate itself from the competition by being innovative within the bottled water market. Since its inception in 1973, the company has also constantly sought the right opportunities to diversify into the marketing and distribution of beverages other than water and, consequently, now offers a comprehensive portfolio of drinks. As well as producing the market-leading, premium brand of bottled water in the region, Nova, which spearheads its water division, HWB also produces other highly reputable brands, as well as distributing Holsten, a malt drink and Power Horse, an energy drink, throughout the KSA. These brands strongly reinforce the company’s reputation for only supplying products of the highest quality.

    The new HWB plant is located at Al-Wase’e, 110 kilometres east of Riyadh, a strategic location with easy access to both the eastern and central provinces, as well as neighbouring Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Al Wase’e reserve is an area of outstanding beauty where the company’s wells tap the purest and richest water in the kingdom - a highly prized commodity thanks to the clean, unpolluted nature of the environment and the resulting quality of the water. At all stages of the bottling process, the highest standards of hygiene and quality controls are applied at the HWB factory, to guarantee a product quality which conforms to national and international standards. Nicola Barusi, Sales Manager for Sidel in Saudi Arabia, says: “We have worked with HWB for the past twenty years. The company originally purchased its first Sidel blow moulder in 1997 and currently has eighteen Sidel blowing machines up and running on its sites.”

    Reassurance even for a satisfied customer
    However, the long working relationship, the success and high efficiency (95-96%) of the first record-breaking water line, as well as the overall satisfaction of HWB with Sidel’s experienced Field Service Engineers, who have provided the customer with local support and fast reaction times for spare parts availability, was not enough. The company still had to convince its customer that it was the right partner to install two complete PET production lines running at a significantly high speed - an unprecedented speed “fuelled” by the local positive market trajectory recorded by Nova water.

    Discussions for the new project lasted around six months, which were spent with Sidel talking the customer through various options and explaining the technicalities involved. This close cooperation reassured HWB that the innovative yet reliable solution that Sidel was suggesting would mean the lines would be able to reach the speeds required. All of this was achieved without compromising on continuous production efficiency throughout the lifetime of the equipment, product integrity and hygiene. During the installation of the lines, communication between the companies was efficient and regular, with the HWB team receiving timely and expert advice from the proactive Sidel team.

    Pushing performance boundaries
    The two lines were designed comprising a total of four Sidel Matrix™ Combis, six Sidel F35 labellers, two wraparounds and two Sidel palletisers, with the design allowing the two lines to utilise the same end-of-line solution. This approach has allowed HWB to gain a significant reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO), further enhanced by a drastically reduced footprint. In fact, as well as achieving the record-breaking speeds requested, both lines also had to occupy a zone of the production floor formerly used by a single line. Sidel’s team came up with a solution that maximised the available space by including a mezzanine floor to house part of each line on the upper floor.

    HWB Plant Manager, Harry Nowers, comments: “Success in water beverage production requires a focus on maximum output and efficiency, with a commitment to hygiene, food safety and cost optimisation. With everything centred on Sidel as a single supplier, we continue to leverage the company’s knowledge of the entire water bottling process, from minimising waste of resources, to ensuring the bottle is durable and attractive to consumers. Through this additional investment in our high speed lines and our extensive understanding and experience of the market, we are looking to develop a Centre of Excellence for bottled water in the KSA.”
    The newly launched Sidel Matrix system is Sidel’s most powerful solution to date in terms of performance, flexibility, cost savings and sustainability, all of which are attained under the most stringent conditions of hygiene.

    The four Sidel Matrix Combis – the core of the installation - deliver outstanding hygiene performance while simultaneously cutting costs to package still water and carbonated beverages. Compared to standalone equipment, the Sidel Matrix Combi reduces operating costs by up to 12% depending on the product being packaged, the package itself and production output. Furthermore, it uses up to 30% less floor space, compared with traditional standalone equipment.

    Equipped with the Sidel Matrix Filler SF100 FM, it ensures high filling accuracy without product loss and its external tank that holds the beverage is easy to clean, saving time. A double-speed, filling valve is also available to reduce the headspace of the bottle in order to fill greater volumes. To ensure optimum hygiene, all parts of the SF100 FM that come into contact with the beverage are manufactured in stainless steel AISI 316L.

    The two recently purchased PET complete lines – in use since June 2017 to produce the company’s Nova brand of water in 330ml format - bring the number of Sidel complete PET production lines installed for the customer up to three.

    Overcoming the issues of a challenging supply chain
    As well as installing the two complete, new water lines, HWB decided that - with the existing design being more than 15 years old - it would also be an appropriate time to refresh the look and branding of its Nova water bottles. The challenge was to create a lightweight bottle that ensures complete product integrity across the supply chain where high speed is combined with complicated logistics, in a country where retailers are often based long distances from HWB’s distribution centres. As well as these very practical considerations, the new bottle needed to give the popular, premium brand a more modern image.

    Again the company expressed its confidence in Sidel’s capabilities. Having over 40 years of heritage in designing and implementing customised complete PET line solutions for water, strengthened by a world-leading PET packaging design expertise, it is true that Sidel has significantly reduced the weight of water bottles over the years, while retaining the bottles' durability and expanding the design possibilities for them.

    The new container design features the Sidel StarLite™ bottle base, which utilises a unique shape that significantly increases base resistance and stability. By featuring two Sidel proprietary design innovations for PET bottles, the StarLite base design improves bottle rigidity while enabling a lower package weight and reduced energy consumption during production. The end result is a PET bottle that can cost less to produce, yet offers better pallet stability and higher bottle integrity throughout the supply chain without compromising on the safety standards of the contained beverage.

    Vincent Le Guen, Vice President, Packaging & Tooling, who actively participated in discussions concerning the design of the new bottle and made several visits to HWB during the implementation phase of the new design, explains: "The Health Water Bottling Company was looking to refresh the look of their premium brand, while - like many other customers - looking to remain competitive by saving costs. One way for us to achieve this is to lightweight the bottle as much as is physically practical. However, in doing this, it is necessary to ensure the packaging remains attractive throughout the supply chain and the integrity of the finished product and its content is never affected. The StarLite base has enabled HWB to reduce package weight and blowing pressure, while increasing base resistance to deformation."
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    03.11.2017   Easy as this: Reduce cleaning time by 70% and operating cost by up to 80%!    ( Company news )

    Company news Efficient and cost-effective cleaning
    Effective cleaning is critical to product integrity, productivity and profitability in all hygienic industries. By choosing the right cleaning equipment, you can reduce water, chemicals and energy costs as well as decrease cleaning time between production cycles.

    Now also retrofitting through small tank openings
    As part of the market’s most consistent portfolio of rotary jet head tank cleaning machines, we recently added three Alfa Laval rotary jet heads, GJ A2, GJ A6 and GJ PF FT.

    This gives you the opportunity of easy installation of rotary jet head technology in small size tank openings like 3" or 4", where static spray ball and rotary spray heads are normally mounted in today. By retrofitting with one of the three small GJ jet heads, you avoid reworking the tank to accommodate upgrading tank cleaning equipment, meaning low installation cost.

    Easy to upgrade from static spray balls
    When higher cleaning efficiency is required, it is easy to upgrade your static spray balls to the Alfa Laval GJ Rotary Jet Head technology. Simply unclip the static spray ball and replace it with a new clip-on GJ rotary jet head, that uses a cleaning pattern ensuring dynamic and effective distribution of water to the inner tank surfaces. The high mechanical force generated by the strong jet impingement, efficiently removes remaining products and residues to provide the best conditions required for hygienic production.

    Rotary jet heads clean tanks 70% faster than the static spray ball technology. Because of faster cleaning, it uses less water and chemicals - and thereby reducing operating costs by up to 80%. Rotary jet heads provide exceptional cleanability, better and safer end-product quality and greater overall output for all hygienic applications.

    By using Alfa Laval tank cleaning machines, you get...
    • Faster cleaning = More production uptime
    • More efficient cleaning = Minimizing risk of product lost due to contamination
    • Impact cleaning = Reducing the use of water and chemicals
    • Automated cleaning = Validated process ensuring high product quality
    • Fast payback = Often less than 1 year, due to low operating cost
    (Alfa Laval Nordic A/S)
     
    03.11.2017   Karl Knauer KG has been awarded the German Design Award 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news Karl Knauer KG has been awarded the German Design Award 2018 for the category "Excellent Communications Design". The award-winning product is a label for the Coca-Cola brand that has been refined by means of the "HiLight - printed OLEDs" technology of Karl Knauer KG. The packaging specialist has designed the label together with Inuru GmbH.

    "HiLight – printed OLEDs" – The future of packaging
    Labels and packaging with printed OLEDs are ingredients the packaging of tomorrow needs to be endowed with. The printed, flexible and organic light-emitting diodes allow for an extraordinary brand staging at the POS and are thus the next technical revolution in smart packaging. Only a few nanometres thick, self-radiating and plane: printed OLEDs consist of organic semiconductors. They can be used even on extremely concave surfaces and can be manufactured at low cost. The energy self-sufficient OLEDS will radiate several weeks, for instance with integrated printed batteries or photovoltaic elements.

    In future, this new technology can be used to equip packaging, displays and POS materials with animated pictures, logos and texts. In future applications, the light effect will even be activated without touching: The customer approaches the shelf and the package begins to shine.

    OLED: A green revolution
    Despite their technical performance, the OLEDs are completely sustainable as they are recyclable and can easily be disposed of in accordance with legal requirements. The label for Coca-Cola is a prototype; its light effect is activated with the play button: The Coca-Cola logo will light up and unfold its effect even in bright daylight.

    Next step: Printed OLED displays
    The next revolution is already in planning: In a few years, it is to be possible to use OLED technology printed on thin paper as display that can even play back videos. This opens up a huge creative potential for brand staging at the POS.

    German Design Award
    For many years, the German Design Award has awarded prizes to innovative products and projects, their manufacturers and designers who are breaking new ground in the German and international design scene. This is guaranteed by the top-level international jury. The German Design Award discovers and presents unique design trends: a form of competition that advances the design-oriented economy.
    (Karl Knauer KG)
     
    02.11.2017   NIAGARA BOTTLING LLC INVESTS IN CONTINUED SUCCESS WITH SIDEL SUPER COMBI    ( Company news )

    Company news As the largest US bottler in water production by volume, delivering one in three of all water bottles sold, Niagara Bottling LLC has built its success on supplying high-quality, low-cost water to major retailers from 25 plants throughout the US and Mexico. To do this, they rely on cutting-edge bottling technology – not least the new Super Combi from Sidel.

    A demand for speed and efficiency
    With more than 50 years of business experience, Niagara Bottling LCC understands how to achieve success in the water market by offering a high value product, which has the right taste profile and which is safe and clean to drink. Based on the positive trajectory the PET bottled water segment is showing in the US - it is projected to grow by a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 3% year on year between 2016 and 2020 – the company decided to install a new high-speed PET line that could deliver both performance and cost-efficiency.

    Niagara Bottling has always been highly focused on LEAN production methods. With the Super Combi, the team recognised immediately how this new solution’s compact footprint and optimised raw material management could allow them to further reduce waste.

    “Our focus is always going to be on reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Our goal is to deliver a case of water to our customers, while removing any component and process which is not bringing added value to them. The Super Combi will let us take the next step in that evolution,” says Bill Hall, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing at Niagara Bottling LLC.

    Ready for the next chapter of success
    Niagara Bottling LLC has worked with Sidel for almost two decades and relies on Sidel’s equipment and expertise to maintain its leadership position in the low-cost bottled water market. “Sidel puts us in the most competitive position to produce a bottle and fill it with water. We believe that Sidel is one of the top players in the market place,” comments Bill Hall.

    “The Super Combi concept is going to allow us to enhance our performance in a very smart way. In the past, we’d need a blower, filler, buffer conveyors and then maybe a couple of bottle aligners and labellers. With the Super Combi, we can have a blower, labeller and filler in one compact machine. This reduces inefficiencies, meaning we have fewer machines to maintain and a smaller working space to be controlled by less skilled operators. In this way, we can clearly drive down costs,” he continues.

    Currently Niagara Bottling LLC has more than 15 complete PET lines from Sidel installed at its production sites. The two recently installed Super Combis - already producing bottled water for Niagara’s markets - will enable this ambitious bottler to increase efficiency through high-speed manufacturing and data management that can be used to guide information assessment and decision-making – from operator to management level. For their customers in the US, this means they can continue to enjoy the best value and highest quality bottled water on the shelves.

    The Sidel Super Combi won the ‘Best Manufacturing or Processing Innovation’ category in the 2017 World Beverage Innovation Awards presented at the Drinktec trade fair in September. Designed to showcase the best in new developments and products from the beverage industry, this year’s Awards saw some 227 entries received from over 33 countries.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    01.11.2017   Precision digital pressure gauge DIM 30     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The new AFRISO precision digital pressure gauge DIM 30 was developed for mobile electronic pressure measurement with high demands in terms of accuracy and long-term stability. The scope of delivery includes batteries, the evaluation software and a PC connection cable. Accessories include a hand-operated pump for calibration and a robust case with foam inlay for safe transport. (Photograph: AFRISO)

    The new battery-operated precision digital pressure gauge DIM 30 is a compact, stainless-steel electronic pressure measuring instrument consisting of a pressure transducer with a piezo-resistive stainless steel sensor and a digital, graphical LC display. DIM 30 provides information on pressure (bar, mbar, hPa, kPa, MPa, psi, inHg, cmHg, mmHg, inH2O, mmH2O, mH2O or kg/cm²), temperature and time. Due to the intuitive menu, the measuring instrument is easy to use. DIM 30 is specially designed for monitoring pressure and temperature behaviour as well as on-site calibration of pressure transducers. The measuring instrument can also be used without tools and calibration, for example, for other measuring tasks or measuring ranges.

    DIM 30 converts pressure in the pressure ranges from 0/100 mbar to 0/600 bar at pressures as low as 400 mbar and with a high accuracy of ≤±0.05 % BFSL. An integrated data logger allows for linear or cyclical recording of measured pressure and temperature values which can be analysed on the PC by mans of an evaluation software. DIM 30 features a G1/2B process connection and is suitable for temperatures of the medium and for ambient temperatures from –10 °C to 55 °C. The device is supplied by three 1.5 V Mignon batteries (AA LR6), which allow for approximately 2,000 hours of standard operation and a standby mode of approximately 5 years. Application areas of the digital pressure gauge include mobile electronic pressure measurement with high demands in terms of accuracy and long-term stability, for example, in process engineering as well as plant and mechanical engineering applications.
    (AFRISO-EURO-INDEX GmbH)
     
    01.11.2017   SIG to showcase ‘Good to go’ solutions and innovations at the CBST in Shanghai    ( Company news )

    Company news SIG, one of the world's leading solution providers for the food and beverage industry, will be the largest exhibitor at the China International Beverage Exhibition on Science and Technology (CBST 2017) in Shanghai from 22nd to 24th November. At the trade fair booth the company will be presenting innovative solutions along SIG’s three main value-adding thrusts of Product Innovation & Differentiation, Smart Factory and Connected Pack. The guiding theme "Good to go" sets the stage for market-ready innovations that are ideally suited to meet current consumer and industry trends – above all mobility, healthstyle and individualization.

    The CBST is the only professional exhibition in China that is themed at beverage industry technology. It is held by China Beverage Industry Association, an authorized organization in the industry. With rapid development of the 7 exhibitions in the last 14 years, it has received compliment and increased popularity globally.

    Visitors will be able to actually see and feel the decisive differences SIG offers customers with its versatile packaging and product innovations and a broad portfolio of advanced automation, processing, service, smart factory and connected pack solutions.

    Visit SIG at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, Hall N1, booth 1F01.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    30.10.2017   EPBP approval: Direct Print Powered by KHS™ certified and fully recyclable    ( Company news )

    Company news -Direct digital PET bottle printing process recertified
    -Sustainable, environmentally-friendly packaging system
    -Long-term cost benefits in materials and storage

    Innovative technology which is fully recyclable: the first digital Direct Print Powered by KHS™ printing process for PET bottles has now again been certified by the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP). This is the second sustainable and environmentally-friendly innovation from KHS and NMP Systems to be approved by the initiative within a very short time indeed.

    Until fairly recently it was impossible to imagine that printed bottles could find their way into the recycling process. However, the research carried out by KHS and its partners on development in this field has since paid off: Direct Print Powered by KHS™ has again been granted interim certification from an official body. The recyclability of the award-winning direct printing process was first certified by the EPBP in 2013 and has now been reconfirmed. This means that an independent organization has clearly attested that PET bottles processed by Direct Print Powered by KHS™ have no negative impact on the rPET and are thus officially approved for bottle-to-bottle PET recycling.

    During development the experts had to overcome one specific challenge before the printed containers could be certified for the recycling process. “The washing water must not be contaminated during the recycling process,” explains Martin Schach, head of the Printing Technology Department at KHS GmbH. “The ink must also not deposit itself on the crushed PET bottles.” KHS has managed to develop a digital printing process with low-migration, LED UV-curing inks for the food-safe decoration of PET bottles where the print reliably flakes off during the recycling process.

    More quality, greater performance
    Current laboratory tests for the Belgian market, where recycled PET bottles were examined for chemical residues in random checks, confirm the safeness of the process. Here, printed PET bottles from Martens Brouwerij had been fed into the recycling chain. In 2015 the Belgian brewery was the first beverage producer to launch PET bottles with Direct Print Powered by KHS™ to market and make use of the technology which has since been constantly further developed for the customer. These further developments include a higher print quality and new forms of decoration, resulting in a level of flexibility which enables the print on each separate bottle to be individualized through the use of different motifs. An additionally developed printed image inspection system is also to ensure the standard of quality at an even higher level of industrial performance.

    In addition to the attractive marketing options this offers the end customer Schach sees a number of other advantages for customers. “Costs for production will fall in the long term as there’s no longer any need for labels and the storage thereof and no more adhesive is needed. Direct Print Powered by KHS™ stands for revolutionary technological advance and is also a step forward when it comes to environmental issues.”

    KHS gives its customers sustainability
    As a global company KHS continues to do justice to its pioneering role regarding sustainability and with its innovations supports the beverage and food industries in the protection of the environment. Besides Direct Print Powered by KHS™ Nature MultiPack™ by KHS and NMP Systems was also recently granted interim approval. In this form of packaging PET bottles no longer require a secondary packing of film as they are joined and held together by dots of adhesive only. This specially developed adhesive has also been certified.
    (KHS GmbH)
     
    27.10.2017   Lecta launches a new Metalvac sample collection    ( Company news )

    Company news The most detailed information in the three main applications of the extensive Metalvac range.

    The new Metalvac metallized paper sample collection also debuts the slogan "Let it shine", which serves as the backbone for the entire communication campaign and is an invitation to get to know the versatility of the product range on the covers of the three catalogs that make up the collection.

    With a minimalist, elegant design, the new collection contains three catalogs, one for each of Metalvac's main applications:
    - Wet-glue Labels: labels for beer and beverages.
    - Pressure-sensitive Labels: papers designed for self-adhesive.
    - Tobacco & Packaging Range​: inner-liners for cigarette packets, gift-wrap paper, wrappers for chocolate and food products in general.

    The catalogs, available in English, Spanish, Italian and French, contain general information about the range, and technical specifications as well as samples of all the products.
    (LECTA)
     
    27.10.2017   Symrise presents Oriental-influenced taste concepts at the Arabian Gulf    ( Company news )

    Company news — Participation in Gulfood Manufacturing – leading trade show for food and beverages in the Arab region
    Symrise travels to Dubai with taste inspirations for the Middle East and North Africa
    — Natural raw materials from the region as a foundation for authentic food and beverage concepts

    Symrise will present taste solutions for the cuisine of the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on natural raw materials from the region at Gulfood Manufacturing. From October 31 through November 2, 2017, the company will be presenting at the trade show in Dubai. The event is the centerpiece of the culinary world in the Middle East and 1,600 companies from food processing and adjacent industries are expected to attend. Symrise will be greeting its visitors at stand S3-B6 in Sheik Saeed Hall 3.

    “The conscious use of regional taste tonalities in foods and beverages is a mark of quality that has a strong influence in the Middle East and North Africa. And just as in Europe, special attention to natural ingredients, specifically those sourced in the Middle East, is growing,” explained Alexander Lichter, Vice President Sales Flavor EAME at Symrise. “With our know-how, we extract the best of nature and create flavor concepts for customers in the Middle East, all the while supporting the growing trend for naturalness.”

    Symrise obtains sustainably produced raw materials – for example vanilla extracts and cinnamon oils from Madagascar – through partnerships with agricultural producer communities around the world. With modern science, the globally operating company from Holzminden in Germany obtains high-quality flavor and functional ingredients from these raw materials. “With our extensive knowledge of the diverse aspects of taste and consumer wishes in various regions of the world, we develop tasty product concepts that are customized for each individual market,” said Lichter. “Our goal is to develop the best for the customer from the best of nature and science.”

    At Gulfood Manufacturing, Symrise will present flavor concepts for cakes, snacks, dairy products and beverages. Among them are organic fruit nectars, reduced-sugar colas, spices for vegetarian burgers and a shisha-inspired chewing gum with citric and malic acids.

    Gulfood Manufacturing will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates and is the largest event in the region for the food processing industry. Symrise will be presenting at stand S3-B6 in Sheik Saeed Hall 3.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    26.10.2017   authentig – the MES-solution for the plastic industry    ( Company news )

    Company news Adherence to schedules, cost reduction and resource optimization are requirements that modern manufacturing companies have to face these days, in order to better survive a world of digital upheaval. Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) play a key role in the factory of the future.

    Incorporated more than 20 years ago as a specialist for the networking of production machines, T.I.G. – Technische Informationssysteme GmbH today is an industry leader when it comes to quality assurance and production optimization.

    Long-term success is no coincidence, but the result of making the right decisions in product and market development. With the newly developed MES solution “authentig” you will have your production under control and make trend-setting decisions!

    “authentig” is the modular MES-solution for the plastic processing industry. More than 300 customers from the automotive industry, medical technology, electrical and packaging industry rely on the innovative industry solution of T.I.G. with over 8.000 networked injection molding machines, rubber machines or recycling machines.

    Customized industry cockpits deliver productivity, adherence to delivery dates and production quality across the group at the touch of a button. As an optimal link between the ERP system and the machine “authentig” integrates all production-relevant information in one system and thus ensures a measurable increase in productivity, a decrease of substandard goods and well-documented processes.

    As a pioneer and development partner T.I.G. is the first MES-manufacturer to provide the free download of a test and validation software for the new EUROMAPP 77 interface for machine manufacturers.

    “authentig” can be used both “on premise” as well as cloud- and web-based. It meets all industry 4.0 requirements and supports optimal realization of modern production concepts, such as “Big Data”, “Internet of Things” and “Software as a Service“. Thanks to modularity, scalability and short set-up times “authentig” from T.I.G. facilitates a successful entry into the smart factory of the future.
    (T.I.G. - Technische Informationssysteme GmbH)
     
    25.10.2017   SIDEL GROUP'S UNIQUE APPROACH TO PACKAGING VALUE CHAIN REVOLUTIONISES ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... LINE AND FACTORY CONCEPTS

    Emerging consumption patterns are raising new production challenges for manufacturers of beverage, food, home and personal care products around the world. Product diversity, personalisation and e-commerce all demand increased responsiveness, flexibility and scalability from the production lines. With its breakthrough concept, the Sidel Group is paving the way to a new production model marked by unprecedented agility.

    This agility first involves a significant simplification of the processes, then the ability to process high variability and low volumes in these less predictable times and environments. Answering these new consumption trends and e-commerce requirements, it provides mass customisation at the cost of mass production and is based on the concept of the 'dematerialised layout'.

    An end to unsustainable repacking
    For many manufacturers today, the only way to answer the demand for more customised products and a variety of SKUs (stock keeping units) - such as rainbow packs, promotional packaging or smaller cases - quickly and at the right price is generally by a process of repacking finished products. These are unpacked and then repacked at a later date in another configuration. According to industry experts, this repacking process can sometimes account for 30 - 50% of total production volume and is completely contrary to the principles behind lean manufacturing and lowered carbon footprints. Figures like this clearly show that flexibility has reached its limit and that greater agility is required for markets where unpredictability is an increasing characteristic and where the challenge to produce a wide variety of different product types, often in limited numbers, is very real.

    No similar ‘out-of-the-box’ solution available
    As a consequence, order preparation integrated into production lines seems inevitable. This is the model the Sidel Group is proposing to its customers to help them be more flexible and reactive, as well as less wasteful.
    According to the company’s new “dematerialised layout” concept, packaging lines will likely be remodelled. Individual equipment will continue to be used, but will no longer be linked from one to another. Alongside high-capacity and often single-format lines, there will be the possibility to assemble autonomous smart production islands - ‘cyber physical systems’, as they are known in Industry 4.0 jargon. They will communicate with their surroundings and will be loaded and unloaded via mobile platforms. It will mark the end of crossover conveyors, and inflexibility in layout plans. By doing this, the ultimate goal is to offer total freedom of flows and allow containers and packs to be directed from any point to any other: total flexibility, and so fewer format changeovers on machines and lines. Another consequential benefit is that by sharing machines throughout different lines - i.e. dematerialising the layout and reducing the number of machines required - contributions can be made across multiple production lines, thereby reducing CAPEX (capital expenditure).

    Whilst the above principle can be used for unitary lots, another trend is disrupting production plans: packs containing different flavours (rainbow packs) or promotional packs (gift packs). Order preparation or zone picking stations will require access to all the products they need at any time to produce lots on demand. Given that changing format at the same rate as customised lots is not possible, the factory of the future will feature semi-finished product logistics on its production lines: routing, intermediary storage, availability on demand. This means no more re-packing, with the most variable groupings achieved using containers or product packs ahead of time which are then temporarily placed in reserve. Intra logistics will complete this architecture. This is what is known as the ‘Extended Factory’.

    By adopting this lean approach of handling semi-finished goods and considering intra-logistics, producers in the food, beverage, home and personal care markets will be able to achieve maximum flexibility, improve performance over time and customise mass production. All of which while increasing the types of SKUs they are able to handle, achieving shorter times to market, reducing waste and storage and eliminating repacking needs.

    Ludovic Tanchou, Vice President of Strategy, Products and Innovation, Gebo Cermex, comments: “With no comparable solution available on the market, the Sidel Group’s unique ‘dematerialised layout’ approach revolutionises traditional line and factory concepts for packaging producers by boosting flexibility, individualisation and late customisation opportunities. Using 3D modelling to design and assess customised line layouts and leveraging Gebo Cermex’s extensive expertise in advanced automation and line engineering, this approach to manufacturing makes future product portfolio extensions more easily implemented, with no compromises on equipment utilisation rates, better use of resources and, above all, optimised TCO (total cost of ownership). We had a very positive response at Drinktec 2017, which, as the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry, provided an excellent platform for the introduction of this breakthrough concept.”

    The “Extended Factory” represents one of the five pillars on which the Sidel Group’s Agility 4.0™ programme is built. This is an award-winning, proven and pragmatic approach to manufacturing, which complements the opportunities offered by Industry 4.0, while also boosting them. It brings Smart Factories to life, to create a world of greater choice and unique consumer experience driven by packaging mass customisation and product diversity. All of this while optimising initial investments, keeping running costs low and securing agile performance over time.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    24.10.2017   SIG to showcase ‘Good to go’ solutions and innovations at the CBST in Shanghai    ( Company news )

    Company news SIG, one of the world's leading solution providers for the food and beverage industry, will be the largest exhibitor at the China International Beverage Exhibition on Science and Technology (CBST 2017) in Shanghai from 22nd to 24th November. At the trade fair booth the company will be presenting innovative solutions along SIG’s three main value-adding thrusts of Product Innovation & Differentiation, Smart Factory and Connected Pack. The guiding theme "Good to go" sets the stage for market-ready innovations that are ideally suited to meet current consumer and industry trends – above all mobility, healthstyle and individualization.

    The CBST is the only professional exhibition in China that is themed at beverage industry technology. It is held by China Beverage Industry Association, an authorized organization in the industry. With rapid development of the 7 exhibitions in the last 14 years, it has received compliment and increased popularity globally.

    Visitors will be able to actually see and feel the decisive differences SIG offers customers with its versatile packaging and product innovations and a broad portfolio of advanced automation, processing, service, smart factory and connected pack solutions.

    Visit SIG at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, Hall N1, booth 1F01.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
     
    23.10.2017   Endress+Hauser at SPS IPC Drives 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news Innovative products and services for the process automation industry

    Endress+Hauser will introduce a new range of instruments for flow measurement as well as a new instrument portfolio for radar level measurement at SPS IPC Drives (28-30 November 2017) in Nuremberg, Germany. The company will present innovative services and solutions on the topics of digitalization and process automation, as well as the first self-calibrating thermometer, iTHERM TrustSens, developed for the food & beverage and life sciences industries.

    Measurement technology: simply clever and fit for the future
    The new Proline 300/500 range of instruments represents industry-optimized flow measurement technology with an expanded field of application and improved performance. The measuring point is set for the future with Wi-Fi and new device and process diagnosis parameters that ensure higher process and product safety. HistoROM data management and Heartbeat Technology also provide a valuable contribution.

    The Micropilot FMR60, FMR62 and FMR67 complete the portfolio of radar measurement devices. Endress+Hauser now has a combined radar competence of 113 GHz, and a device with the right radar frequency for every application, be it 1, 6, 26 or 80 GHz. The new Micropilots are the first 80 GHz radar devices developed in accordance with IEC 61508, therefore complying with the highest safety requirements.

    100% compliance, 0% effort
    Endress+Hauser is introducing its new thermometer with unique self-calibrating sensor technology at SPS IPC Drives. The hygienic iTHERM TrustSens thermometer is designed for users in the food & beverage and life sciences industries who require full compliance with FDA and/or GMP regulations. The thermometer, which will be available shortly, provides high process security and system availability through permanent inline self-calibration, eliminating the risk of inaccuracy during production.

    Discovering what’s behind digitalization and IIoT
    IIoT is more than just hype. Digitalization and the high-grade connection of production units increase system availability and the efficiency of production, guaranteeing the ability to compete in the future. Through comprehensive manufacturing and business processes in combination with intelligent and self-monitoring measurement devices, Endress+Hauser is realizing automation solutions together with its customers that revolutionize and simplify production processes.

    Discover the new products live in Hall 4A, Booth 135 – the People for Process Automation look forward to interesting conversations.
    (Endress+Hauser Messtechnik GmbH+Co. KG)
     
    20.10.2017   Bremen: ACTEGA DS Investing 18 Million Euros in Site Expansion    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Looking ahead: the expanded site of ACTEGA DS in Bremen (Germany). Copyright: ©IE Plast

    - Research and development capacities will triple
    - Manufacturing and storage space will be expanded by 8,000 square meters
    - Bremen is an important site for the closure and packaging specialist

    The specialist for closure and packaging technologies, ACTEGA DS, is investing around 18 million euros to expand its research and manufacturing site in Bremen. The site’s production and storage space will increase by 8,000 square meters, the manufacturing capacity will grow by 50 percent, and the research and development capacities will triple. As part of efforts to professionalize and digitize various production processes, ACTEGA DS consistently invests in technological progress. Construction work is slated to begin in the spring of 2018.

    “We are making extensive investments to extend our production, storage, research, and development capacities in order expand our site as an innovation center,” says Wilfried Lassek, CEO of ACTEGA DS. Lassek adds: “As a result, we are pushing ahead the introduction of new, patented technologies in order to continue to develop sophisticated and application-oriented solutions for closures and packaging for the food and beverage industry. In addition, we are enhancing our offer of materials and technologies for products in the medical technology and consumer good sectors. At the same time, this measure underscores the importance of the Bremen site for our company.”

    Future-oriented technology: PVC-free sealants
    It is necessary to expand the site to meet customers’ growing demand for special solutions.

    For example, thanks to a new PVC-free sealant thousands of tons of steel can be saved each year in crown cork manufacture. More and more beverage manufacturers are showing interest in the innovative closure technology from Bremen.

    With the first plasticizer-free sealing compound for metal vacuum closures, marketed under the brand name PROVALIN®, the Bremen-based closure expert has introduced a further, and so far unique, technology to the food and beverage market.

    For instance, the company Feinkost Dittmann, well known from supermarket shelves, relies on the PVC- and plasticizer-free sealants for its foods that contain oil, including olives and antipasti. Traditional closures can release plasticizers when they come into contact with products containing oil, which can be detrimental to consumers’ health. Moreover, there is the danger that environmentally harmful dioxins will arise when the packaging is incinerated at incineration plants. This is not the case with closures containing PROVALIN® from ACTEGA DS. The environment is protected and consumers are guaranteed maximum product safety.
    In the meantime, the Bremen-based experts have also developed a PVC-free sealant solution for wine and champagne closures under the brand name VinTellox®.

    Furthermore, ACTEGA DS built and expanded a Medicine, Pharmaceuticals, and Consumer business unit six years ago. Offering tailor-made plastic granulates for applications in medical technology, the nursing and healthcare sector, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and consumer goods, ACTEGA DS has asserted itself successfully in these markets.
    (ACTEGA DS GmbH)
     
    20.10.2017   ENGEL getting ready for continued growth    ( Company news )

    Company news At the Fakuma trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany, ENGEL AUSTRIA is presenting itself in a good mood. The injection moulding machine manufacturer and system solution provider based in Schwertberg, Austria, continues to be on course in the current financial year. Production capacities and the number of employees worldwide are being continuously increased.

    "We are very happy with the development of the business", states Dr Stefan Engleder, CEO of the ENGEL Group. "In the current financial year, we are expecting revenues of approximately 1.5 billion euros." This is a significant increase as compared to the previous year's revenue of 1.36 billion euros. The machine manufacturer is optimistic regarding the upcoming months.

    ENGEL has been disproportionately benefiting from the robust, uninterrupted growth of the plastics industry for almost ten years. "We have continued to achieve growth in all regions and all relevant industries", says Engleder. At 55 percent, Europe represents the lion's share of revenue. At this time, ENGEL is achieving 24 percent of its revenue in America and 20 percent in Asia.

    ENGEL in Germany strengthening application technology and inject 4.0 competence
    Germany continues to be one of the highest revenue markets of the ENGEL Group. Over the last five years, ENGEL was able to increase its sales here by 50 percent. As explained by ENGEL's Managing Directors, there are two factors that play a major role in this. "Germany continues to be the most technologically advanced market and the greatest driver of innovation", emphasises Dr Christoph Steger, CSO of the ENGEL Group. "In addition, German companies are continuing to advance their global expansion."

    ENGEL currently employs more than 300 people in Germany, and the trend is rising. The ENGEL Deutschland Technologieforum Stuttgart – the youngest of the four German subsidiaries – has more than doubled its amount of personnel since opening in April of 2013. Most recently, new employees have been added in the areas of service, project management, and application technology. Application technology plays an especially important role in the technology centre in Stuttgart, which is significantly larger than most other technology centres within the ENGEL group. Since September of this year, the location includes a MuCell competence centre. A large foam injection moulding cell is now permanently available in Stuttgart for customer tests, development work and training. In the competence centre, ENGEL in Stuttgart employs an in-house MuCell technology expert.

    In the current financial year, the main focus of investment in Germany is the Hannover location – with 80 employees, it is one of the largest ENGEL sales and service subsidiaries worldwide. The significantly expanded and modernised branch was opened in May. ENGEL has invested about 5 million euros into its northernmost German location. The customers in Hannover are benefiting from the doubling of the usable area, especially because of the significantly larger technology centre and the expanded event and seminar area. The new interactive technology centre also accommodates large machines with clamping forces up to 7000 kN. In addition to varying showpieces, the topics of lightweight construction and inject 4.0 are two permanent main exhibit areas.

    In parallel to Hannover, ENGEL has also opened an inject 4.0 hotspot in its technology and automation centre in Hagen, Germany. The goal is to very clearly communicate the new opportunities of digitalisation and networking, and to offer live demos of all ENGEL inject 4.0 products.

    ENGEL creating new jobs worldwide
    Industry 4.0 is one of the strongest growth drivers worldwide, which is clearly reflected in the presentations at Fakuma 2017. These are not only about changes in production processes, but rather new forms of collaboration, as Stefan Engleder clarifies: "More and more, we are accompanying our customers throughout the entire life cycle of injection moulding machines and production cells. Among other things, this involves even more intense consulting in planning production solutions, new possibilities in after-sales service such as predictive maintenance, continuous process optimisation and the flexible adaptation of production solutions to changing tasks. In order to fulfil these requirements to our customers' complete satisfaction, we will require even more highly qualified and committed employees in future than we do today."

    The direction in which ENGEL's collaboration with its customers is growing explains why in particular the areas of service and application technology are growing in terms of personnel. Furthermore, ENGEL is increasingly employing people in the area of information technology. Specifically, 120 additional positions are advertised for the three Austrian locations, with another 20 advertised for Germany. By the end of the financial year in March 2018, ENGEL expects to employ 6,400 people worldwide.

    Demand for integrated systems solutions continues to increase
    Other technological growth drivers are the advancing material substitution in high-tech applications such as automobile construction or medical technology, as well as lightweight construction in the automotive and teletronics industries.

    The technological trends go hand in hand with a continuously increasing degree of process integration and automation, which in turn leads to an increased demand for integrated solutions from a single source. "The increasing complexity of processes is one of the biggest challenges facing plastics processors. As the complexity increases, It is our job to provide more transparency and clarity and to ensure that even complex processes can be easily managed and controlled", clarifies Christoph Steger. "With its extremely advanced system solutions expertise and its own comprehensive automation, peripheral, technology and Industry 4.0 programme, ENGEL is optimally equipped for this trend. The share of integrated system solutions in the order book is continuing to grow, and this is clearly a worldwide trend." For example, the system solutions business is allowing ENGEL to grow in Asia, while many providers that are focused entirely on machines are seeing a decrease of sales in that region.

    Production capacities being expanded
    To meet the worldwide increase in demand, more than three years ago ENGEL began the most comprehensive investment programme in the history of the company. Altogether, over 375 million euros will be invested into the production facilities alone by 2020. "The first projects with a total volume of close to 120 million euros have been completed", says Engleder. "We are working at full speed to rapidly drive the expansion forward, and are continuously readjusting plans and priorities to the actual conditions."

    The largest ongoing construction project is the expansion of the large machine plant in St. Valentin, Austria. In the summer of this year, a milestone was achieved and an additional production hall was put into operation. This expands the production area by more than 4,000 square metres and also provides additional office space. In the next step, a new administrative building and a new customer technology centre will be built at the site, starting in spring 2018. In the source of this expansion step, the centre for lightweight composite technologies located in St. Valentin will also be expanded.

    In the ranking of the biggest construction projects in the ENGEL Group, the company headquarters are right behind St. Valentin. Since the summer, there has been a large construction site next to the main entrance. By autumn of 2018, the northern production hall there, which was constructed in 2013, will be expanded by 11,500 square metres. In addition a new, significantly larger customer technology centre is being built. ENGEL just completed the expansion of the technology centre at the southern end of the plant premises in the spring of this year. An additional area of 10,000 square metres for office space, the apprentice workshop and a daycare centre was added there. The in-house daycare centre for small children is a new offering by ENGEL, which has been met with such a huge positive response by employees that by now, a second daycare group has been started. In June, the editorial staff of Woman magazine named ENGEL as one of the most family-friendly companies in Austria.

    In parallel to the large machine factory in St. Valentin, capacities were also expanded in Shanghai. In time for the 10-year anniversary of the plant, this September ENGEL was able to open the new building complex with a grand festive ceremony. In Shanghai, the existing office building was lengthened to add another 1,000 square metres of usable space. In addition, a new production hall was constructed, expanding large machine production by 1,600 square metres. The apprentice workshop is also being newly constructed. It is considerably larger than the previous one, because since beginning the ENGEL apprenticeship programme in China four years ago, the amount of trainees has increased significantly. Currently in Shanghai, 45 young people are being trained in three technical professions.

    New round of Sales Trainee programme starting in 2018
    With in-house training and continuous investments into its apprentice workshops, ENGEL is securing its long-term demand for trained workers. At all locations, the hiring rate is over 98 percent. Besides Austria and China, ENGEL has training programmes for technical professions in Germany and the Czech Republic.

    Finding qualified and committed employees and binding them to the company does not only pose a challenge for production. "We also need to break new ground in sales", emphasises Christoph Steger. To that end, ENGEL started an international sales trainee programme in September 2016. Seven young men and one woman from the US, China, Korea and Austria, respectively, are the pioneers on this training track. By now, they have successfully completed the introductory phase and their first assignments abroad. By the end of the two year training, they will have become familiar with ENGEL plants and subsidiaries on three continents. "Especially in sales, our employees operate in internationally networked teams", says Steger. "A basic skill that this requires is thinking beyond the limits of one's own language and culture. That is exactly what we intend to train." ENGEL plans to offer new sales trainee positions for the coming year.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    19.10.2017   BUILD, MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE PERFORMANCE WITH SIDEL GROUP SERVICES    ( Company news )

    Company news Achieving and maintaining optimum performance over the lifetime of their assets is key for successful beverage producers. At Drinktec 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry, the Sidel Group showcased how its Services portfolio can help to reach this objective.

    Bottling complete lines as well as stand-alone equipment are critical asset investments for successful production. Optimising their performance is crucial for improved ROI (return on investment) and ROA (return on assets). While optimum performance is not static over time, it is essential at each stage of the production lifecycle: from the initial design phase, through the ramp-up of the equipment, throughout the production cycle and continuously.

    Central to maintaining optimum performance is effective maintenance and Sidel and Gebo Cermex – part of the Sidel Group - launched at Drinktec new modular maintenance agreements: ‘Time & Material’ - for tailored preventive maintenance and ‘Fixed Price’ - for condition-based maintenance at a fixed cost. These new additions are specifically designed to strengthen the Group’s Services portfolio through a holistic approach to preventive maintenance, which helps customers to maintain performance at optimum level throughout their production.

    Pavel Shevchuk, Sidel Executive Vice President of Services, comments – “Our solid expertise, based on over 400 pieces of equipment currently under maintenance agreements worldwide, allows us to propose to our customers advanced maintenance solutions. With the introduction of the new ‘Time & Material’ and ‘Fixed Price’ agreements, customers have even more flexibility in securing the right performance for their equipment. By choosing the agreement best suited to their needs, they can achieve control of maintenance costs over time and predictability in production output, for increased equipment availability, resulting in reduced TCO (total cost of ownership).”

    With training being a key contributor to continuously building operators’ performance, at Drinktec the Sidel Group also launched a new Skills matrix assessment, which identifies exact competence levels and provides a detailed overview of existing versus required skills, tailored to customers’ equipment and targets.

    Jean-François Tourrenc, Gebo Cermex Vice President Services, comments – “Production requirements and environment are growing more and more complex, with producers striving to protect their competitiveness. At Sidel Group we master the drivers to optimise productivity, such as line and machine design, operators’ competencies (training and assessment), raw material and consumables (bottle and packaging design), production organization and processes (tpm, lean manufacturing, line audits). All of this delivered by a full solution partner.”

    To continuously add value and stay competitive in a fast evolving market, among its Line Improvements & Audits solutions for improving line performance, the Sidel Group ialso showcased at Drinktec its 360°, Focus and ECO Audits. They feature a thorough line and equipment diagnosis, to identify both quick wins and longer term comprehensive actions to improve productivity. An extensive Options and Upgrades portfolio helps to implement new functionalities and to keep pace with the latest technologies.

    Spare parts, technical and field support are also central to customers’ maintenance requirements. Advanced technical skills and top quality original parts provide certainty in terms of continuous uptime. These parts are also available via a user-friendly e-shop – Sidel Services Online – to give producers fast and easy access to their installed base for orders and offers, with local support from dedicated parts administrators.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    18.10.2017   3rd European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging Summit    ( Company news )

    Company news Circular Economy and Latest Technologies Leading the Industry

    Following two successful editions of ACI’s European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging Summit, This 3rd edition will take place on the 14th & 15th March 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The event will bring together brand owners, retailers, leading sustainability experts, packaging converters and manufacturers, plastic collectors and reclaimers, policy makers and major global organisations involved in the Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging sector. This edition will create partnerships and cover the major concerns by debating with senior representative of the industry.

    This year, the conference focus will look at the best strategies for sustainable packaging including recycling and packaging performance, with a stronger focus on the brands and retailers, who will share their thoughts and information on consumer experience and demands for next generation of packaging.

    Furthermore, the conference will also explore the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, and its impact in the entire supply chain dynamics. The event will look into the use of Bioplastics & Biodegradable & Compostable Plastics, as well as the latest innovations in the market for printing and labelling.
    (ACI London, UK, The Whitmore Group)
     
    17.10.2017   New customer portal e-connect goes live at Fakuma    ( Company news )

    Company news e-connect, the new customer portal of ENGEL, is due to be launched at Fakuma 2017. The portal will simplify and speed up communication between processors and ENGEL while providing an overview of the machinery, the processing status of service and support orders and the prices and availability of spare parts – any time, anywhere. The new version of the customer portal will also meet the current and future requirements of Industry 4.0.

    Picture: The fastest link to the world of ENGEL: the new version of the e-connect customer portal is even clearer. The platform supports all service products in ENGEL's inject 4.0 programme.

    e-connect provides fast access to the world of ENGEL. Between 17th and 21st October in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the injection moulding machine manufacturer and system solutions provider will demonstrate the new possibilities at its stand in hall A5. “In developing the new software, the aim was to provide customers with more specific information, establish contact with them even faster and provide the best possible support to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0,” points out Verena Paradeis, product manager for e-connect. “The customer portal will be the lynchpin for our partnerships with customers.”

    From the first order onwards, all machines and system solutions supplied by ENGEL are stored in the system, with the current status also shown. For the best possible overview, users can reproduce the structure of their individual machinery in the system and even assign production lines to different halls or departments online.

    No time to waste in support and service cases
    Making support and service enquiries online is not only convenient for users, but also speeds up order processing significantly. As soon as a customer makes a request, it is automatically forwarded to the service team so that they can start looking for the cause immediately. Since customers and service technicians use the same database, they have the same level of knowledge at all times. In many cases, the system history this contains makes it easier to find a solution. This is also why all new service orders are fully documented in e-connect. With sites on three continents, ENGEL ensures qualified service technicians from its regular workforce are available around the clock.

    Condition-based, predictive maintenance included
    In addition to online support and remote maintenance, the new version of e-connect supports predictive, condition-based maintenance. Under the name e-connect.monitor, ENGEL offers solutions for monitoring the condition of plasticising screws and spindles. The aim is to utilise the full lifespan of machine components while avoiding unscheduled system downtimes. To ensure this, sensors monitor the condition of components and residual life is calculated on the basis of mathematical models. While the condition of plasticising screws is determined in the course of regular servicing, spindles are subject to automatic online monitoring; in both cases, the results of the evaluation are stored in e-connect; they can be called up and processed by the customer at any time. In the long term, continual condition monitoring serves to optimise the moulding process while making it easier to identify causes of wear.

    e-connect.monitor is part of the inject 4.0 programme, which ENGEL uses to help clients meet the challenges of Industry 4.0 head-on. ENGEL will also integrate future service products for the smart factory into the customer portal. “We have structured the platform so that we can quickly implement further demands of advancing digitalisation,” says Paradeis.

    More clarity, simpler navigation
    In addition to new functions, e-connect now offers greater clarity and transparency and even simpler navigation. It provides users with a wealth of information, from product descriptions and event news to latest reports from the world of ENGEL and the details of contact persons. A calendar contains the dates of trade fairs and booked seminars, while ENGEL’s e-learning platform is just one click away via e-connect.

    The new e-connect version will be available for all customers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom from Fakuma 2017 onwards; it will be then extended to other countries in Europe and the USA.

    ENGEL at Fakuma 2017: hall A5, stand 5204
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    16.10.2017   A retrofit solution for holistic system life-cycle management    ( Company news )

    Company news Valve specialist GEMÜ is expanding its CONEXO range to include a retrofit solution for existing systems, as well as a cloud connection.

    GEMÜ CONEXO is an innovative and holistic solution for life-cycle management of all types of systems. The system currently consists of valves that are equipped with RFID chips and a corresponding IT infrastructure.

    Thanks to serialization, every relevant valve component, such as the body, actuator or diaphragm, can be clearly traced and read at any time using the RFID reader – the CONEXO pen. The CONEXO app, which can be installed on mobile devices, not only facilitates and improves the "installation qualification" process, but also makes the maintenance process much more transparent and easier to document. The app actively guides the maintenance technician through the maintenance schedule and directly provides him with all the information assigned to the valve, such as test reports, testing documentation and maintenance histories. The CONEXO portal acts as a central element, helping to collect, manage and process data.

    Now the range is being expanded to include a retrofit solution. With CONEXO Retrofit, it is possible to retrofit GEMÜ valves in existing systems and to retrofit products from third-party providers with GEMÜ CONEXO, and to integrate these into the intended software environment. To identify the plant components, various options are available, depending on the requirements: Plastic shield with cable tie, adhesive labels for plastic components, and captive stainless steel seal.

    The product range is also supplemented by a cloud solution. This does not require local installation of the CONEXO portal. This type of connection facilitates network-independent access to data stored in the cloud from anywhere in the world.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    16.10.2017   ENGEL automation on show at Fakuma 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news At Fakuma 2017, which takes place in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from October 17th to 21st, ENGEL will showcase its expertise in automation at a special Expert Corner. On show, among others, will be the small e-pic B and e-pic Z robots – integrated and with expanded software functions –, the new viper 20 speed for high-speed medical and packaging applications and the new 10” hand-held touch terminal, which makes its exclusive world premiere at the Fakuma event.

    Picture: 30 percent faster than the conventional viper: the new viper 20 speed offers removal times of well under 1 second.

    Integrated e-pic robots
    At Fakuma 2017, ENGEL will present the integrated version of its e-pic robots for the first time, clearly illustrating how efficiency potential can be maximised by combining injection moulding machines and robots. Within the integrated solutions, the CC300 control unit for ENGEL injection moulding machines becomes the main operating panel of the whole manufacturing cell; this means uniform parts data and alarm management as well as a unified look and feel. Consistent operating logic significantly simplifies activation and programming as well as control of robots and the manufacturing cell as a whole.

    Integration is a key feature of ENGEL solutions. Since ENGEL supplies injection moulding machines and robots from a single source, the individual components of the manufacturing cell are seamless from a process control and mechanical viewpoint. Injection moulding machines, robots and other peripherals, such as conveyor belts, sprue chutes and protective covers, are coordinated in the design and arranged to be as space-saving as possible. Integrated manufacturing cells also ensure maximum security. A CE certificate will be obtained for the overall solution.

    Of course, all ENGEL robots can be integrated subsequently to injection moulding machines via the EUROMAP 67 interface, regardless of the machine brand. No modifications to the injection moulding machine are required to connect the e-pic robots.

    Efficiency control reduces energy consumption and wear
    e-pic robots, the latest products in ENGEL’s automation range, are offered in two versions: as linear pick-and-place robots (e-pic Z) and servo sprue pickers (e-pic B). The main feature of the e-pic series is the robots’ lightweight swivel arm in place of a conventional x-axis. This completely new kind of kinematic system – a USP of ENGEL – significantly increases the dynamism and energy efficiency, reduces maintenance effort and enables a highly space-saving installation on the injection moulding machine. The swivel arm requires less space than a linear axis when moving towards both the injection and clamping sides; it also works around obstacles, such as core pulls or slides, quickly and easily. Operating the e-pic robot is therefore no more complicated than operating a linear robot. The control unit converts rotary movements into linear movements.

    In a new development for Fakuma 2017, ENGEL will be equipping its e-pic robots with efficiency control. The robots use the software to adapt the speed of their movements to the injection moulding process, thereby reducing energy consumption and raising the lifespan of mechanical components. Efficiency control has been an established feature of viper linear robots for years.

    viper 20: now even faster
    There will also be a premiere for viper linear robots at Fakuma. The new viper 20 speed offers removal times of well under 1 second. The enhanced servo-electric drive technology and the reduced weight of the robot’s axes are responsible for the step up in performance. Developed for applications with total cycle times of around 4 seconds, the viper 20 speed is mainly used in the medical and packaging sectors, areas in which top-entry robots tend to offer very high flexibility.

    The new ENGEL viper 20 speed will demonstrate its impressive performance by handling cups at the Fakuma event. It will work in tandem with an ENGEL easix multi-axis robot that will take the cups from a moving conveyor belt and stack them.

    In this application, both robots – the viper linear and the easix multi-axis robot – are integrated into a CC300 control unit. It makes no difference whether the CC300 is controlling linear or rotary axes. The additional movement instructions for the multi-axis robot integrate seamlessly with the graphical interface, which simplifies operation significantly. To allow for simple and fast parameterisation despite the complexity of the overall system, the control unit provides different user levels, from a simple view to a fully object-oriented visualisation of the sequence.

    10” for easier operation
    Another highlight of ENGEL’s Automation Expert Corner will be the new 10” hand-held terminal C10 for robots in the ENGEL series; this will replace the 7” units in the C70 series in the year ahead. Visitors to Fakuma 2017 can look forward to an exclusive preview. The new hand-held terminal will provide a much clearer layout, simplifying operation considerably.

    ENGEL automation still growing strongly
    Injection moulding production is facing increasingly complex challenges owing to the pace of market development. Around the world, ENGEL is offering customers solutions that address the required degree of automation precisely, from standardised robot cells to made-to-measure system solutions. A consistent robot portfolio and the automation expertise of ENGEL specialists supply the basis for the high degree of flexibility. “In an ongoing project, we are integrating nine robots of different types,” says Walter Aumayr, head of the Automation and Peripherals division at ENGEL AUSTRIA. “Demand is rising for very complex automation cells to be used in highly integrated production processes.”

    To meet the individual requirements of processors and address the particular characteristics of its various national markets, ENGEL has its own automation centres in Austria and Germany as well as China, Korea and the USA. Of the 6,000 ENGEL employees around the world, more than 500 are devoted to automation technology – a number that will continue to rise. “We are hiring a lot of new employees for automation,” confirms Aumayr.

    Over the past five years ENGEL has doubled its turnover from automation projects; the area of special automation was developing especially strongly with growth rates of 30 percent on average. “The trend shows no sign of slowing down,” says Aumayr. “ENGEL automation will continue to achieve strong, double-digit growth rates.”
    ENGEL at Fakuma 2017: hall A5, stand 5204
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    13.10.2017   Change perceptions at Labelexpo Europe: Saying luxury in more ways than ever    ( Company news )

    Company news The face value of a label is just one part of a consumer’s impression of a bottle or package. Communicating brand values effectively means going further – how does a label feel? What sound does it emit when touched? Does it give off a scent? Packaging that stimulates multiple senses has a bigger impact on consumers’ perceptions – and helps determine their purchasing decisions.

    Photo: The Avery Dennison Sensorial Collection gives designers a broad toolset to create soft, textured or patterned papers that can give a premium, vintage or artisanal feel.
    (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR367)

    “At the past Labelexpo, we premiered exclusive labelling materials that help brands to stand out on the shelf, creating unique customer experiences, and changing consumer perceptions,” says Ralph Olthoff, segment director wine & spirits.

    Building on its show theme of “Pioneering Change,” Avery Dennison leveraged this platform for showcasing several exciting advances, including:
    • Clear Hotmelt adhesive for chilled food packaging
    • Sensorial Collection for wine, spirits and craft beer
    • Black Collection for wine, spirits and craft beer
    • Label’Glass technology for wine, spirits, premium food and cosmetics
    Avery Dennison’s patented Clear Hotmelt adhesive offers a new alternative for chilled food applications.

    As demand increases in Europe for healthy and convenient chilled foods, so does the need for attractive, transparent and informative packaging. Chilled food applications in the temperature range 0-8 °C require the tack of a hotmelt adhesive, but traditional hotmelt adhesives tend to yellow and UV-hotmelt adhesives carry a price premium. Avery Dennison’s S 2045C Clear Hotmelt adhesive now enables clear labelling for chilled food applications without yellowing. The excellent ink anchorage at increased printing speeds now unlocks a high-quality, cost-effective solution that creates exciting design possibilities for chilled food applications.

    The Avery Dennison Sensorial Collection gives designers a broad toolset to create soft, textured or patterned papers that can give a premium, vintage or artisanal feel. These diverse label surfaces can give consumers subtle messages about a bottle’s contents while contributing to an outstanding visual impact. This product portfolio offers various effects, from wood to velvet – allowing brands to create unique label designs that engage multiple consumer senses.

    New, exclusive Label’Glass technology allows brands and bottle producers to simulate a glass embossing effect with a label. Decorating the bottle with an embossed label that looks like glass and feels like glass, helps to create a distinctive and premium brand image, while differentiating the bottle to stand out on the shelf among hundreds of other wine, spirits, luxury food or cosmetic bottles. This technology offers a perfect alternative to glass embossing, particularly for small production batches, thanks to low order quantities, fast shipping, cost efficiency and lead times.

    The Avery Dennison Black Collection offers unique ways to create truly distinctive label designs for wine, spirits and craft beer brands. The materials provide excellent shelf appeal with black labels without white edges, ranging from smooth to textured in different shades. These products also deliver improved operational efficiency to converters, by saving on both ink and press time, as there is no need to dual pass printing.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    13.10.2017   Why has there been an increase in Craft Beer consumption across the UK?     ( Company news )

    Company news This article will look at the increase in craft beers over the last few years and the reasons why consumers are preferring craft beers over standard beers. Craft beers are produced by small, independent and traditional breweries. More than a third of craft beer consumers are millennials which show’s how important the 18-35-year-old market is to the industry.

    Over the last few years, there has been a large increase in the opening of UK breweries. Breweries opened within the UK have risen by 8% to around 1,700 breweries. This is due to the popularity of craft beers. In addition to this, the craft beer industry has grown into roughly 6,000 outlets since 2016.

    Craft beer manufacturers have seen a large increase in the consumption of craft beer drinkers. The reasons why there has been an increase in craft beers are as follow:
    ·Beer drinkers are experimenting by trying out different flavoured craft beers. This is because consumers are getting bored of the same old beer taste.

    ·Retailers are also getting more craft beers on the shelves. In the last couple of years, craft beer has grown into 6,000 outlets. Manufacturers are also placing their craft beer products into cans and bottles to be sold within the store.

    ·Craft beers are becoming portable - Lots of craft beer manufacturers are putting their beers into cans and bottles allowing consumers to enjoy their favourite craft beer while on the go.

    It has been reported by an accountancy group that craft beer breweries are becoming increasingly profitable. Craft beer is the leading way in the surging popularity of artisan products and has pushed aside other brands in the high street bars and pubs.

    Join us at this years, Alcohol Innovation Congress conference in London where we will explore ingredients, how to effectively tap into emerging social trends through innovation and how to mitigate decreasing consumer spending, yet still will a few sessions on packaging due to changing needs and social movements. Register today to learn more.
    (Arena International Events Group)
     
    12.10.2017   Vanilla: Symrise Is Leading in Authenticity Verification    ( Company news )

    Company news - Isotope ratio mass spectrometry and magnetic resonance spectrometer utilized
    - Proof of authenticity: Customer requirements are being fulfilled

    Vanilla is the best-known and most popular flavor in the world and the second most expensive spice after saffron. The prices for real vanilla are currently at an all-time high. Customers pay 550 to 600 US dollars for one kilogram of black vanilla beans. That makes the spice even more valuable than silver.

    Vanilla extracts and isolated vanillin are also used as important flavor components in addition to the pods of the vanilla orchid themselves. Therefore, comprehensive quality controls are needed for products made from this plant. By employing these controls Symrise not only meets the increasing demand of customers for certification of authenticity but moreover it complies with national regulations in
    individual countries.

    Depending on the product and its position in the supply and value chain, different methods are used for quality control and to provide proof of authenticity. If plant material is being examined, for example, this can be done by DNA analysis. On the other hand, commercially used vanillin can be differentiated in terms of its origin and production method using isotope ratio mass spectrometry and magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

    Complying With Customer Needs
    Symrise has been using isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) already for many years to verify authenticity. Recently an extended IRMS-method was established to further enhance the process of differentiating quality levels of vanillin. Details on the complete approach have been published by Symrise in the Flavour and Fragrance Journal: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ffj.3379/full

    After integration of all available spectroscopic data using a statistical approach the results enable a significantly improved differentiation of the vanillin based on critical provenances. This allows vanillin that was produced naturally from eugenol to be differentiated from synthetic vanillin derived from lignin or curcumin, for example. This approach highly improves the quality and authenticity verification for vanilla products and sets new standards, through which the needs of Symrise customers can be met in this discerning market segment both now and in the future.

    Symrise is focusing on sustainability with its vanilla production in Madagascar. The company works with roughly 7,000 small-scale farmers in the fertile SAVA region, sourcing the spice directly from these farmers. The result is a sustainable and fully integrated supply chain. Beyond that, the fragrance and flavoring manufacturer helps the farmers improve their cultivation methods and thereby also improve their living conditions.
    (Symrise AG)
     
    11.10.2017   Unique removable self-adhesive labels digitally produced by Label'Or on Xeikon presses for...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... Belgian abbey brewery Val-Dieu

    After thorough research and development, Belgian label specialist Label’Or, now digitally produces the high quality, wash off labels for all Val-Dieu beer bottles, a unique solution in the beer industry.

    Alain Pinckaers, Director of Val-Dieu Brewery, explains: “To keep up with the growing demand for our beers, we needed to change our production process. As part of this, we decided to change the labels on our bottles. Where before we used wet-glue labels, we now switched to self-adhesive labels. As the bottles are washed and re-used, it was vital that the labels are easily removed. We worked closed with Label’Or who helped us find a solution and choose a suitable machine removable label.”

    Jean-Marie Peters, owner of Label‘Or, continues: “For the improvement of the production process, we looked at enhancing the brand image and presentation of the bottles. It was also very important to have washable labels, because of the switch to self-adhesive labels. We did a lot of research and testing, also working closely with paper suppliers, and finally found the solution. The rest just comes down to proximity, service, availability and short-runs.”

    Next to the traditional production process, Label’Or also produces labels digitally on Xeikon presses. “After the necessary preparations, the files are sent to the Xeikon front-end, and then produced on the Xeikon CX3 which prints most of the Val-Dieu labels. Not only do we print four or five different colours, we also add a coating. Afterwards the large reels, which sometimes carry 2.000 metres of paper, are sent to the roll slitting and rewinding machine, where the labels are cut and wound on reels for the labelling machine,” Peters explains. “Xeikon’s digital presses allow us to respond adequately to market needs for several reasons. First, because of the outstanding printing quality and secondly because of the dry toner that allows for direct or indirect contact with food. With the short turn-around time and maximum use of the press in one shift, we can react swiftly and offer the client a fast service. And that is what’s expected today: quality and fast delivery.”

    Family-owned Label’Or started working with Xeikon in 2008 when the Xeikon 3300 5-color digital press was installed. The company quickly understood the potential offers by combining the efficiency of their traditional production with the flexibility of digital. Using the new technology, it could effectively meet the demand for small runs and variable output. The quick return-on-investment made it possible to invest in a second Xeikon 3300, followed by a third, the Xeikon CX3.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing and R&D Center)
     
    10.10.2017   HELPING MANUFACTURERS IMPROVE PERFORMANCE WHILE LOWERING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT    ( Company news )

    Company news To enable producers in today’s packaging industry to meet the needs of consumers and to cope with the challenges posed by value chains, equipment performance is critical. Successfully launched at Drinktec 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry, the OptiFeed® crown feeder and the EvoFilm™ shrink-wrapping system are two new solutions from Gebo Cermex that boost reliable and flexible production, at improved speeds, while reducing environmental footprint and lowering total cost of ownership (TCO).

    OptiFeed
    The first new solution is the durable OptiFeed crown feeder, delivering reliable, high-speed performance in a compact space. Developed for the glass market and building on the global success of Gebo Cermex cap-feeder solutions - currently totalling 1,400 installations worldwide – this new crown feeder platform ensures quality and compliance of crowns. Even at speeds as high as 81,000 crowns per hour, its integrated vision device allows unsuitable crowns to be spotted and seamlessly ejected, without stopping the flow.

    Throughout the development of the OptiFeed solution, sustainability was high on the agenda of the design team. As a result, the solution removes the need for air and thereby eliminates the risk of contamination that can sometimes occur when it is used. Instead, mechanical discharge moves the crowns, keeping electrical power consumption to under 1kW. This creates a smooth handling process as well as improving hygiene and reducing the environmental impact of the process.

    The OptiFeed crown feeder features a smart design with the option of right or left discharge at variable heights from 2.0 up to 6.2 metres to give manufacturers full flexibility. The solution’s small footprint and modular design allow for fast and easy integration, with optimum ergonomics ensured by a user-friendly Human Machine Interface (HMI) and full accessibility from ground level. In addition, to help meet health and safety at work requirements, the noise level is lower than the 80dB threshold at which hearing protection is required.

    EvoFilm
    Another world premiere at Drinktec 2017 is the Gebo Cermex EvoFilm, a robust, flexible, highly compact and energy-efficient shrink-wrapping system. Drawing on the company’s 50 years of experience with secondary packaging and end-of-line solutions, it delivers quality packs while meeting today’s challenges of customisation and sustainability. Developed for the very demanding high-speed production segment, this solution integrates a gentle product infeed and optimised transfer zones, key features when reaching impressive production speeds of up to 150 cycles per minute in three lanes. Its extensive primary and secondary packaging capability, precise film-handling process and fully automatic changeovers that only take five minutes, make it possible to produce multiple configurations of SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) while reducing downtime. Yet, high performance and flexibility are not achieved by sacrificing ease of use. For instance, in order to ensure fast access for cleaning and maintenance, the film vacuum table is fully extractible while the greasing system and the lubrication of chains are both automatic. To make them easy to replace without the need for reprogramming, all motion components are ‘plug & play’.

    To help producers minimise their environmental footprint, the compact EvoFilm is equipped with a new, lightweight version of the shrink-tunnel belt. Via its tunnel energy mode and infeed/outfeed tunnel flaps, it can significantly reduce energy consumption in cases of longer stoppages (a 15-minute stoppage can result in energy savings of up to 40%). In addition, because energy costs vary throughout the world, manufacturers from certain regions can enjoy further cost benefits when the shrink tunnel is powered by gas. This highly reliable and safe technology has a far shorter warm-up time than its electrical counterpart and the savings possible can be estimated in advance using the Gebo Cermex energy consumption simulation tool.

    EvoFilm offers a number of new technologies and smart tools to enable connectivity, data management and analysis. Via tutorials and interactive content, its brand-new, user-friendly and intuitive HMI makes trouble-shooting easy. For rapid and reliable recovery, it also features remote video access with augmented reality and, to optimise equipment performance over time, an Equipment Smart Monitoring (ESM) programme. This all results in better machine operability, minimal downtime and high levels of profitability.
    (Gebo Cermex)
     
    10.10.2017   Romania: Beer market up more than 2% in January-July this year    ( E-malt.com )

    The Romanian Beer Association reported a growth by over 2 percent in volume of the beer market in the first seven months of the year, compared with the same period of 2016, the Business Review reported on September 27.

    “The beer evolution during January-July was a positive one, but moderate,” said Julia Leferman, general director of the Romanian Beer Association.

    The beer sector has an important role in the development of the Romanian economy, with locally produced beer accounting for more than 97 percent of the total volume of beer consumed in the country, and the usage of ingredients from the local agriculture accounting for 70 percent.

    Leferman added: “To buy a litre of beer, a Romanian has to work 22 minutes, while a German needs to work only 8 minutes and a Dutch 9 minutes. The intervention of an unpredictable economic factor can increase this gap anytime, with negative consequences on the entire chain connected to the beer production: agriculture, HoReCa, retail, transports, packaging industry.”

    The beer sector creates 85,000 direct and indirect jobs in Romania, it is reported.
     
    09.10.2017   Elopak has launched a new robotic system for its aseptic filling platform E-PS120A    ( Company news )

    Company news Enhanced productivity and competitiveness

    Thanks to a fully autonomous robotic system, depalletization and opening of the outer packaging as well as transport into the filling machine are now all automatic. These operations until now had to be carried out manually, mostly by the machine operators.

    Just like the filling machine, the so called Blank Loader has been developed and manufactured in Elopak’s own manufacturing plant in Mönchengladbach. The robot unit’s design is highly flexible: on a maximum pallet size of 1,250 x 1,250mm, any palletizing scheme and various packing materials that can be processed by the filling machine can be handled.

    With a footprint of only 3,3 x 3,2 m, the space requirements are minimal. With this development, Elopak has followed its philosophy of compact and modular design utilized for the aseptic filling machine E-PS120A.

    “Based on our requirements, we decided in favour of robotic technology. With this technology, we have reached the highest level of flexibility so that we can offer suitable solutions for future requirements,” explains Wolfgang Buchkremer, Head of Research & Engineering at Elopak EQS GmbH.

    Quality optimization and automation of repetitive manual activities
    The packaging material is carried out by a robotic gripping device with vacuum technology. Every box is scanned via a barcode reader. By comparing the EAN number of the box to the programming, the correct assignment of pack material and fill content is ensured. Simultaneously, the minimum shelf-life of the pack material is verified. Damaged or incorrect boxes are automatically rejected and are therefore not forwarded to the filling process, enabling the number of defective fillings and waste to be minimized.

    Besides precision and automatic verification processes, the innovative opening mechanism contributes as well to quality optimization: instead of cutting the box open, as it is usually the case, it is opened by glue reactivation. Therefore, dust and fibers, which could easily end up in the filling machine and might negatively impact quality, are avoided.

    The pre-folded and side-sealed carton blanks are automatically extracted from the box, transported to the machine and inserted into the blank feeder.

    Pallet changes are due only every 90 minutes, which enables the operator to be available for other tasks within the up or downstream processes.

    Better use of existing employee potential
    The modern automation replaces several working steps which until now the operating staff had to carry out manually: removing the box from the pallet, opening with box cutter, loading of the filling machine as well as disposing of the emptied boxes.

    “The operator does not have to be present, and is released from routine work. Depending on local conditions, up to 2-3 machines can be simultaneously managed by one operator,” explains Buchkremer. “It also has a hygienic advantage as all human contact is avoided; from the depalletization of the packaging materials through to the loading of the pallets with filled packages.“

    Pallet changes are indicated by an adjustable countdown timer, accompanied by an acoustic signal. The countdown timer can be adjusted individually on the HMI operator screen of the filling machine.

    The disposal of empty boxes is also carried out fully automatically. Boxes are folded flat for compact storage and are stored in the waste bin until dispatched. Similar to the pallet change, the request to empty the waste bin is also indicated on the monitor. The capacity of the waste bin, which can be conveniently transported on castors, comprises 2 pallets: therefore, the waste bin needs emptying every 3 hours only.

    The first prototype of the Blank Loader has been successfully tested at the Arla dairy at their site in Pronsfeld. After the first E-PS120A, Arla is already planning further installations of the robot unit for their aseptic filling lines from Elopak.

    Fitted to production conditions – customized parameterization
    The module and filling machine are connected to each other but operate independently. Therefore, in the event of malfunctioning or breakdown, the filling machine does not have to be stopped and can be manually loaded and operated, independently from the robot unit and without any efficiency loss.

    The advantages at a glance:
    -Maximized flexibility
    -Applicable for any palletizing scheme
    -Reduced blanks loading time
    -Pallet change every 90 minutes
    -Less manpower – more convenience
    -Reduced manual work for the machine operator
    -Improved quality and hygiene
    -Automatic inspection by 2D barcode reader
    -Innovative opening mechanism: less fibers, no dust
    -No physical contact between human and packaging material
    (Elopak GmbH)
     
    09.10.2017   Japan: Asahi Breweries raising beer prices for the first time since 2008    ( E-malt.com )

    Asahi Breweries Ltd. will raise the price of beer delivered mainly to bars and restaurants by about 10 percent in March 2018, the company’s first price hike since 2008, Asahi Shimbun reported on October 4.

    The increase will apply to bottles and barrels of the flagship Asahi Super Dry and other labels sold to wholesalers. The price for beer in cans will remain unchanged.

    Changes to the liquor tax law that took effect on June 1 more strictly control sales of beer and other alcoholic beverages at prices below the cost involved in retailing them, unless there is a good reason for doing so.

    Asahi decided to raise the price of beer because of higher distribution costs caused by a labor shortage, company officials said.

    According to the officials, the commercial beer market has been struggling in recent years because of the shrinking population and younger Japanese shifting to other alcoholic beverages.

    In 2016, sales of bottled beer decreased by about 40 percent over the figure in 2008. Sales of beer barrels to commercial establishments also declined by 8 percent over the same period.
     
    09.10.2017   The Czech Republic: Brewers seeking to reclaim pub drinkers    ( E-malt.com )

    Czech beer has an international worldwide reputation but there are worries that on the home market at least it could be losing its appeal, especially in local pubs and among its most fervent fans. That’s one of the reasons for nationwide action being staged by brewers, pubs, and restaurants, Radio Prague reported on September 27.

    A five day celebration of Czech beer – hopefully without too much of a hangover – was launched across the country on September 27 with dozens of breweries and hundreds of pubs and restaurants taking part. It’s framed around St. Wenceslas’ day – the patron of Czech beer and malt as well as the patron saint of the nation – which is marked on the following day.

    But the Czech beer industry currently has its worries and could do with help from the saintly patron. For all their success in conquering foreign markets, big brewers and small are concerned that they might be becoming increasingly disconnected from their domestic drinkers, especially those in traditional pubs.

    The latest figures suggest that only around four out of 10 beers are now consumed in Czech pubs with the increasing trend now for beer to be bought in shops and supermarkets and downed somewhere else, often at home.

    Martina Ferencová is the operational director of the Association of Breweries and Maltsters which is behind the fifth annual celebration known as Czech Beer Days. She explained why the drop in pub drinkers should be of concern.

    "It’s clear that Czechs’ life styles have changed and that they have less time to go down the pub or restaurant. Instead they are buying beer and taking it home. From this point of view, it’s not good because we believe that the Czech pub is part of our national identity. It is part of our cultural heritage and belongs to us, like Czech beer.ʺ

    Some of the events being put as part of the celebrations include specially brewed Saint Wenceslas beers, special food offers and recipes, and brewery tours by both multinational brewers and small micro producers.

    But Ferencová is nevertheless still pessimistic about the overall state of the Czech beer sector in spite of the fact that export sales are still strong and holding up well. She says it appears the sector has been hit hard by the smoking ban which came into effect across the country from the end of May and covered pubs, cafes, and restaurants.

    Already in July, beer sales in restaurants were down by 9.0 percent compared with the same month a year earlier and the same disappointing trend held good for August as well. These summer months are traditionally strong for beer sales. And she doesn’t expect any turnaround in the figures soon.

    ʺWe fear that there will be a drop in production and sales for this year. The ban on smoking has really removed the true beer drinkers. Pubs already look empty now and the weather is still good."
     
    09.10.2017   UK: Kingfisher eyeing launch of an Indian pale ale in the UK    ( E-malt.com )

    The European boss of Kingfisher beer is eyeing the launch of an Indian pale ale to complement the growing range of global brews it sells in a bid to appeal to a younger audience, The Telegraph reported on September 25.

    Damon Swarbrick said the company’s big challenge had been the decline of popularity of curry - a dish its beer famously accompanies - as the millennial generation turned its back on the 1990s/early 2000s favourite in favour of other global cuisine, including Asian dishes from Vietnam.

    The company has responded to this by signing deals to distribute drinks made by other companies such as Indonesian lager Bintang in the UK, as well as China’s Pearl River beer, brewed by Guangzhou Zhujiang Brewery. It will also begin distributing Sri Lanka’s biggest beer brand Lion here next month.

    But Mr Swarbrick said his company was aiming to enter the craft market next year.

    “Nobody should be able to do an Indian pale ale better than us,” he said. “We are getting our final strategy together and I would have thought by January next year we will have an IPA in the market to complement Kingfisher and our other brands.”

    Mr Swarbrick’s comments come as the company managed a 1.8pc rise in volumes in 2016 helping sales stay broadly flat at £13.35 mln. But pre-tax profits jumped by more than half to £390,855 in 2016 thanks to a major investment the prior year in replacing glassware at outlets which sell its drinks not being repeated.

    The chief executive said the company was also exporting more beer which it expected to help sales in the coming years.

    Kingfisher is run by United Breweries, which in turn is owned by Mendocino Brewing Company in California. But United Breweries founder Vijay Mallya now owns roughly 75pc of the Mendocino stock having initially bought a stake in 1997.

    Mendocino’s beers include Red Tail Ale, Blue Heron Pale Ale, Eye of the Hawk Select Ale, and Black Hawk Stout.
     
    09.10.2017   USA: Boston Beer affirms it ‘has no plans to be part of larger beer company anytime soon’    ( E-malt.com )

    Despite speculation that financial headwinds could cause the country’s largest craft brand to look to be acquired, Boston Beer Co. Inc. executives say the company is proud to be an independent craft brewer, the Boston Business Journal reported on September 28.

    The stock price for Boston Beer rallied 4 percent on September 25 after one analyst speculated that Boston Beer could be acquired if financial problems persist.

    Credit Suisse analyst Laurent Grandet said in a report that he was more bullish on Boston Beer than in the past, given the recent success of hard-seltzer brand Truly. But he also said there was still a lot of uncertainty, given how the company’s chief marketing officer, Jonathan Potter, would change the brand and when the search for a new CEO — already six months running — would conclude.

    Though the company's second quarter had been positive, the long-term direction of the brand was up in the air, given increased competition from other craft brewers.

    “We remain cautious on the trajectory of the business in 2018 and beyond. Samuel Adams brand is declining in both retail and on-premise and we don't think this could improve before mid-2018,” Grandet said.

    If a financial turnaround doesn't occur within the next year, Grandet predicted a takeover would be more likely.

    “We think the likelihood of a takeout goes higher as the Samuel Adams brand struggles to regain its footing in the highly competitive craft segment," Grandet said. "Founder Jim Koch has been publicly vocal about his aversion to selling the company to a larger beer brewer, but we think eventually he could soften his stance on this if the relaunch (of the brand's marketing) is eventually unsuccessful."

    Grandet initially speculated in mid-September that Boston Beer could also be acquired by a Japanese beer company, or even be taken private in a leveraged buyout. According to the report on September 25, Molson Coors would be “the most agreeable candidate for Koch to consider buying his company.”

    Boston Beer said it wouldn’t comment on market speculation, however affirmed that it has no plans to be part of a larger beer company anytime soon.

    “As our founder and brewer Jim Koch has publicly shared, we’re proud to be an independent American company,” said Jessica Pear, a spokeswoman for Boston Beer. “As a matter of fact, we’re so proud of that, we’ve adopted the Brewers Association’s independent craft seal and are incorporating it onto every bottle and can of beer that we brew.”

    Sonia Vora, with Morning Star, said it was unlikely Boston Beer would be acquired.

    "The Chairman of the firm’s board, C. James Koch, is the company’s founder and controls 100% of its Class B (voting) shares, allowing him to maintain significant influence over its long-term strategy," Vora said. "We also think that the firm prides itself on its history and independence, as one of the first craft brands, and as such don’t view a sale as likely."

    Other analysts weren't available to comment on a potential acquisition, but said they are skeptical that Boston Beer will be able to overcome longer-term struggles in the beer category.

    In a report from July, Cowen analysts said they expect that once summer is over, sales of Truly Spiked & Sparkling would begin to abate. Truly has helped increase sales for Boston Beer in the company’s second quarter, along with alcoholic iced tea brand Twisted Tea.

    Cowen also said the brand’s beer business will still face difficulty in the near term, especially as Boston Lager “remains under pressure.”
     
    09.10.2017   USA: Constellation Brands to debut new Corona Premier beer in February    ( E-malt.com )

    The Corona family is growing.

    Riding a surge of interest in Mexican beer, Constellation Brands will debut Corona Premier nationwide in February. It will also release Corona Familiar in all major Hispanic markets, a key demographic for the brand, CNBC reported on October 5.

    Constellation conducted a "successful" test of Premier before deciding to make it available nationwide. The company said the brew is aimed at a mature, sophisticated consumer looking to trade up from light beer.

    Premier contains 90 calories. In comparison, Extra contains 149 calories and Light contains 99.

    "Corona Premier capitalizes on industry and consumer trends including declines of domestic light beers, growth of high end and interest in new light beers that are premium and have badge value," a spokeswoman said in an email.

    Corona and Modelo's popularity has helped Constellation's sales surge. In the second quarter, which includes the all-important summer months, Constellation's beer sales grew nearly 13 percent from the same time last year.

    The company beat Wall Street's profit expectations for the ninth straight quarter, thanks to higher margins. On October 5, it also boosted its full-year earnings forecast to between $8.25 and $8.40 per share from $7.90 and $8.10 per share.

    Constellation's stock has skyrocketed about 36 percent this year. It gained 4 percent on October 5.

    Constellation's growth comes as some big brewers' sales have struggled thanks to consumers' thirst turning toward craft beer. On a call with investors, CEO Rob Sands credited Constellation for driving growth in U.S. beer imports.

    "So it's a little bit of a misnomer to think that the growth in the beer category, to the extent that there is any, is coming from [total] imports. It is not. It is coming from Constellation's portfolio of Mexican beers. And then there is also growth coming from the craft segment, and that's about it," Sands said.

    During the quarter, Constellation boosted TV and digital advertising for Corona Extra, Sands said. Corona Extra was the official beer sponsor for the much-hyped Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight.

    Constellation also launched a limited-edition can packaging, which the CEO said helped grow Corona's can format more than 20 percent.

    Sands said the company's beer portfolio is well-positioned for the second half of the year. Aside from Corona, Constellation's beers include brands such as Modelo, Pacifico and Funky Buddha, a craft beer it acquired last month.

    The holidays present a big opportunity for the alcohol industry. Constellation's portfolio includes wine and spirits brands such as Black Box, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi and Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines, and SVEDKA.
    (Constellation Brands Inc.)
     
    09.10.2017   USA: Craft beer contribution to the US economy up more than 20% last year    ( E-malt.com )

    Craft beer’s economic contribution to the United States economy has grown by more than 20% in two years, according to numbers released by the Brewers Association (BA) on September 26.

    In announcing the results of its biennial economic impact study, the BA says small and independent American breweries added $67.8 billion to the economy in 2016, a 21.7% increase over 2014. This, despite growth of craft sales and production slowing dramatically over that same period.

    “As consumers continue to demand a wide range of high quality, full-flavored beers, small and independent craft brewers are meeting this growing demand with innovative offerings, creating high levels of economic value in the process,” BA Chief Economist Bart Watson said in a statement.

    The study covers the total impact of craft-brewed beer as it works its way through the three-tier distribution system, plus food and merchandise sold at brewpubs and brewery taprooms. This production and sales process created more than 456,000 full-time equivalent jobs – a 7.5% increase from 2014 - with breweries and brewpubs directly accounting for more than 128,000 of those jobs.

    With $7.3 billion worth of annual output, California leads the nation in economic impact, followed by Pennsylvania ($5.8 billion), Texas ($4.5 billion), New York ($3.4 billion) and Florida ($3.1 billion), which is believed to be the fastest-growing craft beer state in the country.

    The per-capita picture for 21+ adults looks quite different, with Colorado ($764 per person), Vermont ($667), Oregon ($659), Pennsylvania ($616) and Montana ($550), with its 1 million residents and 68 craft breweries, comprising the top five.

    The U.S. supported 5,301 craft breweries at the end of 2016, compared with 3,780 two years earlier. However, approximately a dozen larger craft breweries sold to global brewery conglomerates in that period, losing them the “craft brewery” designation and removing them from the BA’s statistics.

     
    06.10.2017   THE SMART SIDEL SUPER COMBI BRINGS EQUIPMENT INTELLIGENCE TO TODAY’S PRODUCTION    ( Company news )

    Company news Successfully launched at Drinktec 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry, the Super Combi is designed and engineered as a single smart solution. It makes life easier for producers of water and CSD beverages, via integrated data-driven intelligence, making optimum performance easily and continuously achievable across the entire production process.

    Sidel Super Combi is the next generation solution integrating five process steps: preform feeder, blower, labeller, filler/capper and cap feeder into an all-in-one smart system. To deliver this self-optimising performance and increased long-term value, it combines intelligent automation with innovative technologies of connected machines and data-analytics management, leading to optimised production and maintenance services.

    A smarter solution for today’s demands
    Consumer preferences are broadening and overall demand is increasing due to unprecedented population growth, increased consumer spending power and growing demand for personalisation of products in terms of design and taste. The ability of production solutions to satisfy output requirements for new products efficiently, while implementing technologies that improve long-term viability, has become vital to manufacturers’ success.

    Beverage producers simply want a solution that does the thinking for them and acts on their behalf. This is where Sidel Super Combi, with its data-driven intelligence and advanced automation, provides the answers. For instance, autonomous regulation is achieved via Sidel Intelli-adjust™ controlling the system’s performance and automatically applying adjustments wherever they are needed. Long-term enhancement without compromising on simplified operation, reduced maintenance time and minimal downtime are all also possible thanks to intuitive interfaces such as augmented reality guidance and GPS localisation.

    For instance, for improved reactivity of the operator, it has an automated alert system to provide advanced timely reports through the EIT™ (Efficiency Improvement Tool) audio and smart portables, on events such as changeovers, label or cap shortages and possible faults. Improved Root Cause Analysis (RCA) software enables intuitive intervention, making it easier for operators to solve problems quickly. Additionally, guided trouble-shooting reduces operator skill requirements and offers increased repeatability of changeover and maintenance procedures. By ‘learning from experience’, the Sidel InUse platform is able to predict potential failures and optimise maintenance plans. Accessible via smartphone or tablet with a dedicated mobile app - developed for both Android and iOS - the platform enables producers to share and interpret the data of connected equipment. This helps to speed up problem solving and offers the chance of timely detection of possible issues, as well as guidance for their successful resolution. The Super Combi also provides real-time access to the Sidel Big Data repository - where customer data is safely held under conditions of total cyber security - for refining its own prediction algorithms. This makes it possible to maintain, control and even improve the performance of main components and modules.

    The lowest production cost per square metre
    To ensure an even more sustainable production, the Super Combi has been entirely designed to minimise the use of resources. For example, the Super Combi blower - based on the Sidel Matrix™ platform - operates at high oven efficiency and minimal environmental footprint; yet pushing the boundaries of ultra-lightweight bottle production and handling, thanks to the labelling process now integrated in the solution. Consumption of electrical power is reduced by up to 45%, preform-heating time is lowered by up to 15% and, with the option of AirEco2 double air-recovery, a 35% reduction in the use of compressed air is also achieved. To further reduce the environmental footprint, the entire system is based on brushless motors. In addition, the new melter and glue control distribution on the labeller minimises the consumption. The OptiFeed® cap feeder system from Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group, combines storage, elevation, orientation and high-speed feeding with energy savings, as its individual cap-elevating technology eliminates the need for compressed air and electronic fan systems during extraction.

    Ergonomic, compact and easy to operate
    The solution is designed for ease of operation, with its intuitive interfaces, ergonomic design and clear guidance on operations and maintenance activities for ongoing high levels of performance and uptime. Super Combi has been engineered to ensure operator access is immediate and safe, examples being the location of the preform feeder at ground level, or the labeller and cap feeder which are both designed for easier access. With the new ergonomic, compact design - up to 30% smaller when compared to standalone equipment - and increased visibility of all blocks, the Sidel Super Combi makes single-operator control possible.

    Safer and more hygienic
    With a strict focus on hygiene, packaging quality and beverage integrity, Sidel Super Combi ensures maximum food safety, a critical requirement for producers. Gentle handling of the preforms by the preform feeder ensure their original quality is retained. Similarly, positive handling of the bottles by the neck throughout the whole system and across a safe environment - from blowing to capping - guarantees optimal care. This enables higher bottle quality overall and maximises lightweighting opportunities. The integrated vision/rejection systems from preform to caps always ensure the best product quality, saving both raw materials and resources consumption.

    Ultimate flexibility for improved uptime
    The integration of innovative new technologies minimises changeovers on the Sidel Super Combi, which can be guided for improved speed and efficiency to keep the line running smoothly with minimal downtime. The simplified settings of the preform feeder, the quick release blowing moulds and a reliable high-speed reel auto-splicer, along with the sector based vacuum drum of the labeller, are just some of the ways that Sidel Super Combi makes changeovers easier and faster than ever.

    Innovative labelling flexibility to minimise downtime
    High-output production of beverages at high and very high speeds requires equipment that overcomes traditional obstacles to ensure continuous uptime. The Sidel Super Combi is the result of extensive innovation and improvements to the company’s existing labelling technology. With different machine configurations possible based on the output required, the new labelling process is highly efficient and provides unmatched process flexibility, the integrated labeller being able to carry out different labelling processes, including the application of PSL (pressure sensitive labels) and roll-fed labels.

    The labelling process can be optimised to work with up to three stations running simultaneously or with a ‘master/slave’ setup, in which the one or two stations run while the designated ‘slave’ station remains idle - still achieving the nominal output. When a reel-change is required, the roles automatically switch. This creates a labelling process that delivers uncompromising continuous high-speed production with no product loss or reduction in speed of production resulting from reel-changes.

    By utilising integrated equipment intelligence and innovative technologies from Sidel, the new Super Combi enables continuous production-optimisation and enhanced performance for producers of PET bottled water and CSD. This makes it the ideal way to maximise production and increase line efficiency while reducing TCO. It is yet another smart solution from Sidel. The next generation of water and CSD production is available now.
    (Sidel International AG)
     
    05.10.2017   Feldmuehle is restructuring product portfolio as part of its long-term strategic orientation    ( Company news )

    Company news The new Managing Director Kayser is focusing on the expansion of customer proximity and product innovations

    Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH is restructuring its product portfolio and sales organisation: the company's six product segments are now bundled into the business areas of Labelling Applications, Packaging Solutions and Graphical Options. From the restructuring under the new Managing Director Heiner Kayser, customer proximity shall benefit. The aim is to strengthen the market position of Feldmuehle in the three areas.

    With clear focus on high-quality label papers, packaging papers, graphic papers and cardboard, Feldmuehle is firmly dedicated to meet the requirements of the market. At the same time, the special expertise and experience of the employees as well as the flexible possibilities of the machine fleet are to be used even better according to the customer requirements. "We are concentrating on our greatest strengths," says Heiner Kayser, who is the Managing Director of Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH since May this year. "Our aim is to be particularly close to the customer, to find innovative solutions for specific requirements and to constantly set standards in terms of quality and customer service." The objectives of Feldmuehle are clearly defined: the company's market shares are to be expanded in the three business areas and the position as supplier of high-quality white coated papers for the label, packaging and printing industries is to be strengthened.

    High service quality through customer-oriented sales
    As a result of the reorganisation of the product portfolio, the entire sales structure will be more stringently oriented to the customer. The sales support and field sales employees will specialise in one of the three business areas and be able to advise customers with in-depth product knowledge. "The name Feldmuehle stands for a particularly high service level", says Eckhard Kallies, Director Sales and Marketing. "The new structure allows us to address the requirements and needs even more intensively and to act as a true partner of our customers."

    Strengthening of the graphical area
    Within its graphic product range, the company is increasingly focusing on products with particularly high whiteness and premium character. Besides graphic papers, the high white cardboard VivaCard will be integrated. With another product in the pipeline, this business area is gaining additional importance. The objective is to be able to offer a broader graphic portfolio to the customers.

    Ambitions in the well-established labelling area
    With a long tradition and a high expertise in the production of label papers, Feldmuehle is one of the leading suppliers in this field. As a trendsetter, the company will expand its extensive and high-quality portfolio with innovative products and further expand its market position.

    Potentials in packaging
    In the area of flexible packaging papers and liners, the growth potential of the young, high-quality products will be fully utilised. Feldmuehle aims to further develop this business area through new product solutions, e.g. in the segment of barrier papers, and by offering innovative specialities to the customers.
    (Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH)
     
    05.10.2017   MuCell proficiency strengthened in the southwest    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The ENGEL Technology Centre in Stuttgart is one of the largest in the company. The new duo 350 injection moulding machine with MuCell technology package is permanently available for ENGEL customers

    Structural foam moulding is one of the most important lightweight technologies available today and continues strong growth worldwide. The injection moulding machine manufacturer and provider of system solutions ENGEL, headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria, is responding to this trend by strengthening its application technology globally. One area of focus is Germany. In September, ENGEL Deutschland Technologieforum Stuttgart opened a MuCell Competence Centre.

    “As a Competence Centre, we are even better able to support our customers to more fully exploit the potential offered by the physical foaming process,” says Claus Wilde, Managing Director at ENGEL Deutschland in Stuttgart. “We already have a number of major customers here in southwestern Germany who use the MuCell process in their factories worldwide.”

    Therefore, a large manufacturing cell has been installed in the ENGEL Technology Centre in Stuttgart for customer trials, development work, application-specific consulting, training and small-lot production – for example, for initial sampling. Equipped with an ENGEL duo 350 injection moulding machine with a clamping force of 3500 kN, an integrated ENGEL easix multi-axis robot and a T-200 MuCell unit from the company’s technology partner Trexel, the cell covers a broad spectrum of applications.

    Long before the Competence Centre was opened, ENGEL had appointed a MuCell Technology Expert for the site. Over the past months, Lukas Neunzig has successfully completed numerous MuCell projects with customers from around the world at ENGEL’s headquarters in Schwertberg and at the large-scale machine plant in St. Valentin, and he is bringing this experience to Stuttgart.

    To celebrate the inauguration of the Competence Centre, ENGEL hosted a MuCell technology event in mid-September, which was fully booked several weeks in advance with over 120 participants. “The great success of our event confirms the huge potential and strong demand here in the southwest,” Wilde emphasises. The technology event underlined a further trend: MuCell is not just for car manufacturers. “We are receiving a growing number of inquiries from other industries as well, such as technical injection moulding and medical technology,” says Wilde.

    Less weight, better component properties
    There are two main factors that are key to the great success of MuCell technology. First is the general lightweight trend and, second, the high quality of the components produced in the structural foam moulding process.

    Physical foaming involves the injection and homogeneous distribution of a blowing agent into the plastic melt during plastification. After injection into the mould, the gas separates from the melt and creates a fine-cell foam structure. In this way, significantly less material is needed to fill the cavities compared to standard injection moulding and the component weight decreases. At the same time, components produced by MuCell have proven to have high dimensional stability. Since foaming enhances the flow properties of the melt, even challenging geometries with undercuts are completely filled.

    MuCell is a brand owned by the company Trexel, located in Wilmington, MA, USA. As a system supplier, ENGEL imports the MuCell systems for its customers and manages the integration of the controls and safety aspects into the injection moulding machine, making it very easy to implement the technology.

    Apart from Stuttgart, ENGEL also offers customers its MuCell know-how and machine capabilities in Austria, the USA and China.
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
     
    04.10.2017   Johnnie Walker introduces latest limited edition Blenders' Batch Whiskies    ( Company news )

    Company news Johnnie Walker launches three new experimental whiskies from its Blenders’ Batch range for both whisky aficionados and cocktail lovers

    The three new blends in the collection are Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend, Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish and Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast. Each blend is designed to form the foundation of exceptional Scotch cocktails and yet, like all the brand’s classic whiskies, they can also be enjoyed straight up over ice.

    Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch whiskies are the result of bold experiments that push the boundaries in flavour. Like Johnnie Walker Black Label, which was first borne out of flavour experiments more than a century ago and has since gone on to become a true icon of Scotch, these new whiskies are crafted by a small team of 12 passionate and skilled blenders, under the expert guidance of two-time Master Blender of the Year Jim Beveridge.

    Johnnie Walker blender Aimée Gibson led the development of Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend. She believes the parallels between crafting great whisky and creating extraordinary cocktails make the World Class Final in Mexico City the perfect environment for the introduction of these new whiskies.

    Aimée commented: “An unforgettable drinks experience is always the end goal. It is what elite mixologists strive to achieve when perfecting cocktails and it is what we, as whisky makers, have at the forefront of our thinking when experimenting and creating exciting new blends”.

    Master Blender Jim Beveridge said: “At Johnnie Walker, we know how to make exceptional Scotch. That was true when we first created Johnnie Walker Black Label over a hundred years ago and it is still true today. Our philosophy and our commitment to creating exceptional Scotch Whiskies is central to everything we do.

    “Our blenders are given free rein to take inspiration from anything and everything around them when making whisky: experiences they’ve had, personal passions, sounds, and flavours. Their passion drives them to challenge the whisky-making status quo and to tap into other flavour cultures to create the best possible flavour combinations for all of our blends, every day.”
    (Diageo plc)
     
    02.10.2017   SWA welcomes EU-Canada trade deal    ( Company news )

    Company news The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is welcoming the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which came into force on 21 September.

    Canada is Scotch Whisky's fifteenth largest market by value, with exports worth more than £73 million a year. CETA delivers a range of market access improvements, paving the way for export growth to Canada, according to the SWA. And Scotch Whisky accounts for almost a fifth of all Scottish exports to Canada.

    Benefits of CETA for Scotch Whisky include:
    -Fewer internal trading restrictions;
    -A level playing field for intellectual property rights for EU products in Canada;
    -Removal of the market-distorting effects of the Canadian liquor boards.

    Another major breakthrough is the removal of the current requirement in Canada to blend local spirit with bulk imports of spirit drinks with a geographical indication (GI), such as Scotch Whisky. Under this requirement, a minimum of 1% Canadian content had to be added to imports if the product was bottled by anyone other than the Canadian liquor boards. This requirement had a negative impact on Scotch Whisky bottled in Canada, after being made and matured in Scotland, as it could not benefit from its GI status.

    Karen Betts, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "Open markets matter to Scotch Whisky and CETA delivers benefits that will help to promote fair competition and grow our exports to Canada. With the Scotch Whisky industry supporting 40,000 jobs and adding value of £5 billion annually, the boost to trade from CETA will be good for the entire UK economy and export success.

    "As we move towards Brexit, we are calling for the UK to pursue an ambitious global trade policy. A first priority will be to ensure the benefits of existing trade deals, such as CETA, will continue to be enjoyed by UK businesses. And we are calling on the UK Government then to pursue a series of new trade deals with markets around the world."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
     


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