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    20.09.2017   European customers to benefit from American Glass Research's new Testing Laboratory in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Delft, Netherlands

    Agr International has announced plans to establish a new testing laboratory in Delft, Netherlands. This lab will be part of Agr’s American Glass Research division. The laboratory is slated to open and be fully operational in October, 2017.

    The creation of this facility is part of Agr International’s global expansion and commitment to its customers, and particularly intended to provide European glass manufacturers and fillers with better access to American Glass Research services. The new location will offer flexibility and reduced turnaround times on projects, lower shipping cost with relation to samples and the availability of American Glass Research expertise within the local time zones.

    The new lab will provide many of the same services currently offered by American Glass Research in their Butler, PA, USA facility that are geared toward solving breakage issues, evaluating container designs and improving both the manufacturing and filling processes. Some of the services to be available initially at the Delft site include:
    -Performance testing of glass packaging
    -Proof-of-design testing
    -Fracture diagnosis
    -Dimensional evaluation
    -Analysis of label, decoration and closure issues
    -Evaluation of coating performance and analysis of coating issues
    -Audit of glass plant operations
    -Filling line audits
    -Glass technical consultancy

    In addition to providing European glass manufacturers and fillers with a range of testing and evaluation services, the new office will also offer a complete schedule of training seminars taught by the American Glass Research staff.

    The new Delft facility will encompass 5500 square feet of laboratory and office space. Nearly 70% of the facility will be dedicated to the fracture analysis, measurement and testing laboratory. The lab will house new, modern testing equipment, microscopes and measurement equipment.

    The Delft testing laboratory will be headed by Peter de Haan, AGR Senior Scientist, and a Dutch national, who is returning to the Netherlands following several years at the American Glass Research Butler, PA, USA facility. De Haan and his team of technicians have well over 40 years of experience in the glass industry, and they will have full access to American Glass Research resources worldwide.
    (AGR International Inc.)
    20.09.2017   New shareholder: Silverfleet Capital invests in Pumpenfabrik Wangen GmbH    ( Company news )

    Company news On 7 September 2017, PWangen Beteiligungs GmbH sold its shares in Pumpenfabrik Wangen to Silverfleet Capital, a pan-European private equity firm that specialises in buy-to-build strategies.

    Silverfleet Capital intends to support Pumpenfabrik Wangen to grow internationally and extend its reach into the company’s key target markets with its product portfolio. It also aims to establish Pumpenfabrik Wangen’s leading technologies and product innovations in other industries.

    The contract of sale is likely to be completed by mid-October 2017. At that time, Mr Halhuber and Dr Brunner will resign their roles as Managing Directors of Pumpenfabrik Wangen GmbH. Jürgen Demke will stay on as a Managing Director and will be joined by an experienced executive management team that will be responsible for implementing Pumpenfabrik Wangen’s international growth strategy.

    “Pumpenfabrik Wangen is a clear market leader with a strong product portfolio and R&D focus and is operating in an attractive market”, says Klaus Maurer, responsible partner at Silverfleet Capital. “We are excited by the prospect of working closely with the management team and using our experience in the manufacturing sector to help grow the company internationally and enable Wangen to achieve its full potential.”
    (Pumpenfabrik Wangen GmbH)
    19.09.2017   Bringing process monitoring to the next level    ( Company news )

    Company news Cyclically determined performance indicators are used to monitor and optimise injection moulding processes. In the past, the focus was on axle movements and the forces and times that these required. Today, iQ weight monitor goes one big step further. ENGEL's monitoring software generates performance indicators that provide direct information on the component quality to be expected. As of Fakuma 2017, iQ weight monitor will be one of the standard features on all ENGEL injection moulding machines.

    Photo: The respectively current performance indicators are clearly presented on the display of the CC300 control of the injection moulding machine. Traffic light colours indicate which values are within and which are outside of tolerance.

    In the development of iQ weight monitor, ENGEL's particular focus was on the filling of cavities. For the screw movement in the speed-regulated filling phase, the machine operator enters a starting position, a speed profile and a switchover point as target values. The machine control uses these to calculate a target value specification, which the injection regulator then fulfils as best as possible. In addition to the speed, the resulting injection pressure curve depends on the amount of melt in the screw vestibule, the flow properties of the material and the flow resistance along the jet, hot runner and cavity. Due to the many influencing factors, the injection pressure curve is characteristic to the respective application – and therefore unique. Fluctuations in one or several influencing factors that occur in practice affect the part quality as well as the pressure curve. Therefore, the pressure-time curve is suitable as an indirect quality monitor.

    Meaningful performance indicators

    iQ weight monitor provides three performance indicators for each shot: the injection volume, the change in viscosity of the melt and the congruence between the pressure curve and the reference curve.

    Since it is directly connected to the actual shot weight, injection volume is the key performance indicator. It takes into account that differences in the closing behaviour of the non-return valve result in more or less material being conveyed into the cavity.

    Change in viscosity, the second performance indicator, is meaningful because the viscosity determines the flow capacity of the melt, which in turn determines the injection volume. Viscosity changes can result from, for example, fluctuations in the batches of material, the percentage of recycled material content, the moisture content or changes in temperature.

    Thirdly, the congruence of the pressure curve provides valuable indications of the existence of other disrupting factors during injection moulding. For example, an extremely fluctuating value may indicate that the process is poorly adjusted or that a cold plug has formed in the nozzle.

    Small effort, huge benefit

    At the Fakuma 2017, from October 17 to 21 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, ENGEL will demonstrate how easy it is to fully utilise the potential of iQ weight monitor. At first, the operator optimises the process to the desired component quality as usual, and then starts the reference measurement with the push of a button. During the running process, the continuously calculated performance indicators can be monitored directly on the display of the CC300 control of the injection moulding, or, independent of location, through an MES.

    As iQ weight monitor already calculates the performance indicators in the course of injection, in case of deviation from the target values the system provides the opportunity to make corrections within the same cycle, thus proactively preventing rejects. ENGEL has also developed a software for this in-line regulation. iQ weight control adjusts the switchover point and the holding pressure profile to the respective state in each cycle, thus maintaining a consistent injection volume.

    How well iQ weight control can improve reproducibility depends on several factors. Naturally, processes that are already very stable in and of themselves can only be optimised to a lesser extent. In order to evaluate the additional effect that iQ weight control may have, iQ weight monitor provides the injection moulder with a very smart feature: it calculates the improvement potential achievable through iQ weight control.

    ENGEL at Fakuma 2017 Hall A5, booth 5204
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    18.09.2017   7th GERMAN RUM FESTIVAL IN BERLIN    ( Company news )

    Company news It’s happening! On October 14 and 15, the wonderful world of rum is gathering again at the 7th GERMAN RUM FESTIVAL at STATION-Berlin, presenting the incredible and exciting variety of rum, rhum and Cachaça.

    Rum is no longer just some pirate swill! In the last few years, the spirit distilled from sugar cane juice or molasses has proven to be a formidable competitor with any other spirit, and with regard to variety even superior. With more than 400 different rums to taste we’re presenting the entire range, among them many novelties. Lovers of luxury as well as those seeking the exclusive and rare will surely find what they’re looking for.

    Extensive tasting choices in three newly designed areas, a cigar lounge, and the food court top off the experience.

    Additionally, trade visitors have the opportunity to experience a special highlight as early as Friday before the festival: the first ever GERMAN RUM SYMPOSIUM! Seven producers will share their combined knowledge with us and offer us in-depth insight into the rum production.

    On Sunday we’ll hold the first live cocktail competition, the GERMAN RUM AWARDS. Ten finalists will compete with each other; may the best one win.
    18.09.2017   More than 76,000 visitors—drinktec 2017 smashes all the records!    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 - Record number of exhibitors as well
    - Internationality expands again
    - The world’s most important innovation and investment platform

    With over 76,000 visitors from more than 170 countries, drinktec has chalked up the best-ever result in its 66-year history and surpassed all expectations. The number of visitors rose by 10,000 over the previous event in 2013. In particular at the international level, where drinktec is already very strong as it is, the trade fair was able to grow attendance again, this time by 12 percent. The ratio of visitors from outside Germany thus rose to 67 percent. The number of exhibitors increased to 1,749 from 80 countries—likewise a new record. That is mainly attributable to the wine technology trade fair SIMEI, which was held as part of drinktec for the first time, as well as further growth in the number of exhibitors at drinktec itself.

    “World’s most important innovation platform”
    In view of these record figures, Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München, spoke of an “outstanding result. drinktec has proven itself to be not only the world’s most important innovation platform in the industry, but also the most important investment platform. The cooperation with the wine technology trade fair SIMEI is a tremendous gain. I’m especially delighted that exhibitors here at SIMEI obviously encountered the international audience they expected.”

    “The best drinktec ever”
    The verdict of Volker Kronseder, President of drinktec’s Advisory Board and Chairman of the VDMA’s Beverage Machinery and Dairy Technology Association, after the five-day fair was also extremely positive: “For me, it was the best drinktec ever. Particularly interesting aspects were that SIMEI was integrated in drinktec for the first time and a new record for the number of exhibitors was set. We were able to achieve a high degree of internationality again, with many high-ranking visitors. This trade fair will give the global beverage and food industry a major boost for the next four years.”

    “Expectations surpassed”
    Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA’s Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, was also enthusiastic: “drinktec once again surpassed our high expectations. We’re over the moon at the international spread and expertise of the visitors! drinktec is a trend-setter: Visitors’ focus was on innovative solutions for tomorrow’s applications.”

    Ernesto Abbona, President of Unione Italiana Vini (UIV), drew the following conclusion for his association: “We’re very proud that SIMEI has transcended its national boundaries and, together with drinktec, has opened the door to internationalization for our companies. I’ve spoken with a number of our exhibitors over the past days and they all agreed that the trade fair was a success. We were able to address new target groups from the southern hemisphere who we would otherwise probably not have been able to reach. As expected, the grape harvest reduced the number of winemakers who attended from some European and North American countries.”

    drinktec exhibitors: “The trade fair to beat them all”
    Exhibitors gave a first-class verdict of drinktec 2017, stressing the outstanding importance of the trade fair for the entire industry (see also “Exhibitor testimonials on drinktec 2017”). KHS Chairman, Prof. Dr. Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, regards drinktec as a platform “for the whole industry and experts worldwide. drinktec offers exhibitors perfect conditions for showcasing products and innovations.” Christoph Klenk, CEO of KRONES, spoke for many of his colleagues when he said: “All in all, drinktec is for KRONES the trade fair to beat them all. We’re very satisfied.” In the view of Gianfranco Zoppas, Chairman of SIPA, drinktec is the “benchmark for our industry. We’re extremely satisfied, not only with the number, but also with the quality of our visitors.” Dr. Rainer Brambach from EnviroChemie stated: “drinktec manages to bring together movers and shakers from all over the world—this concentration is unique for us.”

    “SIMEI in Munich is a gain”
    The fact that interest among visitors for wine, sparkling wine and spirits doubled (the number of mentions rose to 17,480) was mainly due to the exhibition area for SIMEI. This first-ever cooperation between drinktec and SIMEI was also rated positively by exhibitors at SIMEI. Marzio Dal Cin, President of Anformape (National Association of Machinery Suppliers and Products for Winemaking), summed up the feedback from his members who exhibited there as follows: “The impression among SIMEI’s exhibitors is very good for the most part. The presence of many international visitors, in particular from the southern hemisphere, is a very positive aspect and the reason why the companies believe in this project.” Cristina Bertolaso from the company of the same name expressed a similar opinion: “SIMEI in Munich is a gain because it has brought us a lot of new potential customers. We’re ready to conquer new markets.” Carlo Gai, the head of GAI, noted: “Italian wine technology is respected worldwide and we should definitely seize the opportunity to present it to such a large international audience.”

    Success for oils+fats—higher attendance from the liquid food segment
    The decision to integrate oils+fats, Europe’s only trade fair for the production and further processing of vegetable and animal oils and fats, in drinktec was a resounding success. 49 exhibitors from 16 countries presented themselves in Hall C1. The synergies with drinktec were primarily in the area of liquid food, where often similar machinery and components are used. The combination of drinktec and oils+fats met with a positive response from trade visitors, as also evidenced by the number of visitors from the liquid food segment: an increase from 8,700 to 10,700 or 22 percent.

    PRO FachHANDEL, the leading trade fair for the entire German convenience and specialized beverage industry, was also held as part of drinktec 2017 for the first time. As a result, drinktec forged links with the specialized beverage sector.

    The top event for visitors from all over the world
    In particular the number of visitors from overseas is testimony to the fact that drinktec is a worldwide event and is rightly regarded as the industry’s global economic summit. The number of visitors from China was more than 2,000, an increase of 65 percent. That means China already occupies second spot in the rankings of the top 10 countries of origin for visitors—behind Italy, which likewise recorded a sharp increase thanks to SIMEI: by around 45 percent to 5,240 visitors. There was also a striking rise in attendance from South America. SIMEI apparently helped boost the number of visitors from Argentina to 545 (an increase of 165 percent). 1,100 visitors came from Brazil, a rise of 40 percent. France, likewise a wine country, came fourth this year with 1,800 visitors. Apart from Italy, China and France, other countries in the top ten were Russia (1,857 visitors), the UK (1,619), the U.S. (1,570), Austria (1,567), Spain (1,254) and the Netherlands (1,221).

    Top marks for the supporting program
    As in previous years, drinktec again earned outstanding plaudits from visitors. Almost all of them (97 percent) rated the trade fair as “excellent to good” and 96 percent intend to return in 2021. The new exhibition areas also went down well. 88 percent of visitors voiced a positive opinion about SIMEI@drinktec and 93 percent praised the Home&Craft area. The numerous events in the supporting program—the networking platforms, awards, and the conferences and forums—also met with overwhelming approval. Brewers from all over the world were drawn, for example, to Place2beer, an attractive port of call for craft brewers in particular. One-in-five of all brewers who visited drinktec came from that segment. The Innovation Flow Lounge, which was created in 2013 especially for visitors from the fields of sales and marketing, attracted around 1,000 interested attendees from all over the world. The drinktec Forum in Hall A2 was also well-attended, recording around 1,300 visitors.
    (Messe München GmbH)
    15.09.2017   ENGEL at T-Plas 2017 in Bangkok    ( Company news )

    Company news Low costs per unit and high quality – the packaging industry has particularly high demands and must also adapt flexibly to the various requirements of the individual national markets. With the help of tailored system solutions, ENGEL supports its customers in mastering these challenges and securing competitive advantages. At the T-Plas 2017, September 20 to 23 in Bangkok, Thailand, the Austria-based injection moulding machine builder and systems solution provider will demonstrate what this can look like in practice. One important building block in achieving high efficiency is the digitalisation and networking of production processes, for which ENGEL already has several mature solutions to offer.

    Photo: Thanks to in-mould-labelling technology, food containers come out of the ENGEL e-mac 180 injection moulding machine ready-to-fill.

    "The packaging industry is one of the especially fast-growing sectors in South East Asia, and is one of the innovation drivers at the same time", states Romain Reyre, President South East Asia for ENGEL. "There is hardly another sector in which the per unit cost is under higher pressure than in the packaging industry." Competitive production is only possible when the highest throughputs, a stable process and a high degree of process integration come together. To allow, for example, ready-to-fill food containers to come directly out of the injection moulding machine, an increasing number of processors are turning to in-mould labelling technology (IML). IML makes high-quality decoration economical and also allows for the efficient production of smaller batch sizes. In order to take full advantage of the efficiency potential of IML integration, the injection moulding machine, the mould and the handling of the labels and finished products must be perfectly coordinated with each other. To this end, ENGEL has developed a worldwide network of partner companies.

    For the production of oval bowls – used, for example, for convenience meals –, the e-mac 440/180 injection moulding machine presented at the T-Plas works with Asian partners who are also well familiar with the requirements of local producers and translate these into optimally tailored solutions. The 4-cavity mould comes from CNN Plastic System, based in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The IML-automation is implemented by JET Engine Automation – also based in New Taipei City. "The collaboration with local partners makes it possible for us to guarantee high cost-efficiency for our customers, even for very sophisticated, innovative technologies, and to also keep the delivery times for the complete production cell short," emphasises Reyre.

    High productivity requires a reliable and high-performing injection moulding machine. The all-electric e-mac is exclusively equipped with especially powerful servo drives. Ejection and pressing is also handled servo-electrically. This guarantees the best possible precision and process stability while maximising the effectiveness of the machine as a whole. The highly energy-efficient machine ensures a stable production, even at continuous, round-the-clock operation.

    Self-optimising injection moulding machine
    With the CC300 control, the e-mac provides full flexibility for the integration of robots and other peripherals, as well as the use of intelligent assistance systems from the inject 4.0 programme of ENGEL.

    inject 4.0 – this is the response of ENGEL to the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution, for which the name Industry 4.0 has become established. The goal is a smart factory in which production processes continuously self-optimise through the networking of production systems, the systematic use of machine, process and production data, and the utilisation of intelligent assistance systems. Producers can thus increase the productivity and quality of their production and respond very flexibly to ever more rapidly changing requirements.

    ENGEL already offers an entire range of mature products for digitalisation and networking that have been proven in practice again and again, and is continuously expanding its line-up. The modularity of the inject 4.0 approach makes it especially easy for plastics processors to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Industry 4.0. Even small isolated solutions provide huge benefits.

    In Bangkok, the e-mac injection moulding machine makes this impressively clear. Equipped with the iQ weight control system, it detects fluctuations in the environmental conditions and in the raw material, and automatically compensates for these shot by shot. Throughout the entire process, it maintains a consistent melt volume, thereby preventing the production of rejects.

    ENGEL is presenting two more assistance systems in Bangkok: iQ clamp control and iQ flow control. While iQ clamp control calculates the mould breathing in order to determine the optimal clamping force and automatically adjust it, iQ flow control optimises the mould temperature control. To achieve this, the software connects the electronic temperature control water manifold e-flomo with the temperature control unit, and is thereby able to continuously adjust the pump speed to the actual requirement. This results in even higher energy efficiency.

    Minimising downtime
    In order to increase the availability of machines and productions cells, inject 4.0 relies on online support, remote maintenance, and predictive, condition-based maintenance. e connect.24 is the online support and remote maintenance tool through which ENGEL customers can send an emergency call for help to their machine builder partner at any time of the day or night. Via a remote connection, the ENGEL specialists immediately begin to look for the cause. In many cases, they can help directly over the internet, saving the processor a time-intensive and possibly expensive on-site visit by a service-technician. In this way, down times are minimised.

    With e-connect.monitor, ENGEL even makes it possible to inspect the condition of process-critical components such as plasticising screws during operation and to establish a reliable prognosis of their remaining useful life. With this condition-based, predictive maintenance, the useful life of machine components can be fully utilised without entailing the risk of unplanned system downtime.

    Capacity increased for South East Asia
    In order to be able to fulfil the specific requirements of plastics processors in the extremely dynamic developing markets of South East Asia in an even more targeted fashion, in the autumn of last year ENGEL further developed its sales structure in South East Asia. The responsibility for the individual subsidiaries and representative offices was combined, and Romain Reyre was appointed as President South East Asia. At the same time, the service team was reinforced and a regional hub for the supply of spare parts was opened. For the first time, ENGEL South East Asia now has its own service manager with cross-national responsibility, who is based in Bangkok. "The new structure is showing results", reports Reyre. "Over the past months, we were able to further strengthen our position in South East Asia."

    On the whole, ENGEL's growth in Asia is especially robust. Among other factors, the machine builder has the consistent investments into its regional sales and service subsidiaries and production plants to thank for this continued success. ENGEL is the only European injection moulding machine builder producing injection moulding machines at three locations in Asia – in China and Korea – and can therefore guarantee its customers short delivery times, fast service, and the flexible adjustment of products and system solutions to regional requirements. The e-mac injection moulding machine presented at the T-Plas was also produced in Asia, at the plant for small and medium-sized machines in Pyungtaek City, Korea.

    Since it was founded in 1945, ENGEL has been 100 percent family-owned and independent of external investors, thus guaranteeing both customers and employees stability and a long-term perspective. In the 2016/2017 financial year, ENGEL achieved sales of more than 1.36 bn Euros. ENGEL employs more than 6,000 people worldwide.

    ENGEL at T-Plas 2017: Hall 102, booth T01
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    14.09.2017   Salla Estate: Heraldic label with a modern twist    ( Company news )

    Company news ​Salla Estate is a Bulgarian winery located close to the medieval Muhaliysko Kale fortress which is full of artifacts dating all the way back to the Stone and Middle Ages. Labelmaker Jordan Jelev, designer of the Salla Estate wine label, was inspired by the history and tradition of the area and wanted to create a heraldic label with a modern twist.

    “Salla Estate is a winery where tradition meets modernity in every aspect. I decided to create a modern heraldic label that would represent the past, present and future,” Jelev says.

    For the label, Jelev chose UPM Raflatac’s Velmart White WSA-FSC material because he wanted a thick classic paper with elegant random texture to strengthen the traditional feel he was aiming for. He also used saturated gold hot-foil to stamp the Salla Estate logo.

    “Influenced and inspired by heraldic tradition and modern design, I created a pattern with diagonal lines printed directly and raised varnish against the paper background. I did some research for the lines’ thickness and spacing and the result was amazing. These lines made the whole label shine and they were the perfect addition to the paper background creating the best environment for the logo. The label is very elegant and contains only the most important information,” Jelev says.
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
    13.09.2017   For Secure, Hygienic Connections     ( Company news )

    Company news Clamp seals guarantee fast and extremely secure tube connections in machines that are operated continuously. They are especially easy to install and re-separate. At drinktec 2017, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is presenting its newly developed clamp seals, which not only reliably seal tube connections in production facilities – they also eliminate the costly conversion of connections to a “hygiene flange,” in accordance with DIN 11864. Unwanted over-compression into the interior space is prevented, guaranteeing secure, hygienic tube connections.

    Conventional clamp seals have no predefined compression. The result is that a portion of the clamp seal protrudes into the interior of the tube connection when a flange connection is sealed. With the lack of guidelines for tightening torque and depending on the amount of force used during mounting, the sealing element is more or less highly compressed. The part of the seal protruding into the product space not only reduces the internal diameter of the tube. It also prevents complete cleaning, a critical factor in the food and process industries. If part of the seal protrudes into the interior space, difficult-to-clean dead spaces are formed, and bacteria can accumulate there. In the worst case, this leads to product contamination. The flow of media can also lead to seal damage. There is also the danger that protruding parts of the seal could be torn off and enter the product.

    The new clamp seal from Freudenberg Sealing Technologies was developed for tube connections in accordance with DIN 32676, ASME BPE or ISO 2852. Its structure has clear differences from those of conventional seals: Thanks to a plastic part incorporated inside it, it has a defined stop, preventing unwanted extrusion into the line’s interior due to the impact of the excessive force. The seal closes almost flush with tube, so the internal diameter of the seal remains precisely the dimension of the tube’s internal diameter. Mounting errors are precluded as a result. The costly conversion of all connections to the “hygiene flange” in accordance with DIN 11864 can be avoided with the use of the clamp seal with stop. An additional binding agent – which is necessary with metal, for instance – is not required with the use of plastic as the stop. When it comes to hygiene, this new development is a major advance: the risk of contamination of an entire product batch is reduced thanks to the flush closure.

    Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is presenting these and other innovations, along with its established, tried-and-tested products, for the food and process industries in Hall A3, Stand 239, at drinktec 2017 in Munich (Germany). The company's experts are looking forward to strong attendance at the stand.
    (Freudenberg Process Seals GmbH & Co. KG)


    Spendrups Brewery, among Sweden’s leading beverage companies, is recognising the benefits of sourcing and purchasing spare parts through the Sidel Services Online platform. Since the launch of the web interface in September 2016, Spendrups has been using it to optimise its preventive maintenance plans.

    Founded in 1897, Spendrups Bryggeri AB is today the biggest, family-owned, independent brewery in Sweden - and the most prominent, with some 98% of its business conducted in its home market. The company is the second largest supplier to Sweden’s Systembolaget - the government-owned chain of liquor stores - and supplies many of the country’s restaurants, catering businesses and grocery retailers with a large portfolio consisting of beer, wine, spirits, bottled water, cider and soft drinks. With three breweries in Sweden, it is the leading distributor of beer in the country and, through its subsidiary Spring Wine & Spirits, supplies wines and spirits to restaurants and Systembolaget. Spendrups is also a market leading wine importer, offering 350 references from 75 different producers based in 13 countries. Over the years, the Group has built up successful beer brands such as Norrlands Guld Melleruds and Mariestads, as well as the sparkling water brand Loka. The company currently employs approximately 900 people and produces around 4 million hectolitres of beverages every year.

    Shorter lead times for spare parts ordering
    Sidel is an important contributor to Spendrups’ installed base of beverage production lines operating at two of the company’s facilities: a water production site in Hällefors and, more recently, an ultra-clean line in Grängesberg. The company orders spare parts on a weekly basis and undertakes a major maintenance overhaul of its lines every year, stopping production for one week. Before they started using Sidel Services Online, Spendrups had to search for spare parts from traditional hard copy drawings of Sidel equipment through Sidel’s experts via telephone or email, to then place the spare parts’ orders manually. Consequently, the whole process took from 3 to 4 days. Today using Sidel Services Online has significantly reduced lead times on original spare parts’ orders, squeezing it to a couple of hours. Martin Öling, Maintenance Manager at Spendrups, comments - “Working with the State monopoly involves higher constraints, therefore gaining internally in lead times and agility gives us a nice advantage. Today we can check spare parts’ availability in real time and get quicker answers on delivery times. Overall it is a very good system because of the immediate access to equipment technical drawings, spare parts’ lists, availability and prices. So, compiling your order and sourcing exactly the right spare parts is definitely easy. With just a couple of clicks, you can put your original spare parts in your basket.” Ease of use was a fundamental requirement for Sidel in developing the system, a point recognised by Öling who continues: “Some 10 people within Spendrups can today place orders through Sidel Services Online. We received training on it from Sidel experts, although the platform is so user friendly that it allows us to self-learn.”

    Optimised planning and budgeting for increased line availability
    Today, besides ease of spare parts ordering, Spendrups - an early adopter of the Sidel Services Online web interface - can also better plan its line overhauls from a budgeting perspective. Real time information on parts’ prices and availability allows for a more effective planning of critical spare parts ordering, thereby optimising line availability. With intelligent management of spare parts, it is now possible for Spendrups to significantly reduce costs arising from unexpected stoppages and unplanned downtime, thus contributing to extending the lifecycle of Sidel equipment. Öling comments – “We are very satisfied with Sidel Services Online and happy to continue using it, as it fulfils all the company’s needs, allowing us to plan more accurately over the equipment lifecycle.”
    (Sidel International AG)
    12.09.2017   At Pack Expo 2017, Agr will feature its 3-step approach to simplified blowmolder managment ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...for PET bottles

    At the 2017 Pack Expo show, Agr International, Inc. will be in booth 6727 featuring its Process Pilot blowmolder management system for managing the production and quality of PET beverage containers as well as its latest developments for shelf-life control and container testing.

    Innovative blowmolder management
    The Process Pilot® automated blowmolder management system was designed to simplify the production of PET bottles is ideal for PET bottle converters and beverage producers that self-manufacture PET bottles yet have limited manpower to oversee blowmolder operations on a continuous basis. The Process Pilot product group offers precise material thickness distribution management on PET bottles, while offering hands-off blowmolder control. With the trend towards ever lighter bottles, the Process Pilot system offers producers the ability to aggressively light weight bottles to the absolute minimum while providing the confidence that material is distributed, with the proper thickness in all critical areas, on every bottle produced.

    The Process Pilot system offers a simple three-step approach towards PET blowmolder management:
    -Step 1 – Measure material distribution and pearlescence on every bottle
    -Step 2 – Control the blowmolder to overcome process variation and maintain on-target material distribution
    -Step 3 – Optimize the process to suit the product, application or business objective of the production facility

    Not only does this product simplify and stabilize the production of PET bottles, but it also provides the versatility to manage bottle production in a manner most suitable to the product and application. Whether the goal is to make the lightest bottle possible, process preforms of mixed lineage or material quality, improve bottle shelf-life and performance characteristics, save energy or just run a stable process 24/7, the Process Pilot product group offers a means to realize this goal profitably and with confidence.

    Agr International offers a number of products designed to assist container producers, converters and fillers stay competitive while meeting the increased quality demands of today’s changing world. Agr staff will be on hand at Pack Expo 2017, Booth 6727, to discuss their latest developments in the line of blowmolder management products as well as the complete line quality management products that include pressure testing, shelf-life, thickness measurement and dimensional gauging systems for plastic and glass containers.
    (AGR International Inc.)
    12.09.2017   Australia: Carlton & United Breweries to reduce alcohol content in some of its ...    ( )

    ... mid- and low-strength beers

    Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) has said it is aiming to meet the growing demands of consumers who want to moderate their drinking, by reducing the ABV in some of its mid and low-strength beers, The Shout reported on September 1.

    Carlton Mid, Cascade Premium Light and VB Gold, will all see their ABV reduced, although the brewer has said it has no plans to alter the strength of its mid-strength juggernaut Great Northern.

    A CUB spokesperson said the decision was made to go ahead with the lower ABV beers when the brewers said they could make the change without impacting flavour.

    “We have heard from consumers that for many low and mid-strength beer drinkers the alcohol content is less important than the flavour of the beer and its value. Our brewers are now able to reduce the alcohol by volume of these beers without compromising flavour, while continuing to offer consumers good value for money.”

    The reduction of the ABV will mean the brewer can negate the impact of the CPI increase on beer and keep offering these popular products at a value price-point.

    The changes will see Carlton Mid go from 3.5 per cent to 3.0 per cent, Cascade Premium Light will reduce from 2.6 per cent to 2.4 per cent and VB Gold will go from 3.5 per cent to 3.0 per cent.

    According to the Australian Liquor Stores Association and IRI 2017 State of the Industry Report, mid-strength beer has been a key contributor to the growth of the overall beer category. Mid-strength beer accounted for 16 per cent of dollar growth for the beer category and is also a primary driver of the volume in the category.

    The CUB spokesperson added: “Consumer trends have been shifting towards accessing products with lower alcohol by volume, which are provided by the low and mid-strength beer range.”

    CUB has previously had some issues with lowering the ABV of its beers, most famously when it reduced the strength of its iconic Victoria Bitter, but with the brewer saying mid-strength consumers are more focused on flavour rather than strength, it will be hopeful of avoiding a similar consumer backlash that it experienced with VB, where it back-tracked and reverted to the old recipe.
    12.09.2017   Belgium: AB InBev to double efforts to market its American beers in Belgium    ( )

    Belgian-Brazilian brewer AB InBev will double down on its efforts to market its American Goose Island beers in Belgium. They were launched about a year ago, but need to gain more visibility in bars now, Retail Detail Europe reported on August 25.

    It will not yet launch major ad campaigns on television or on other media, but AB InBev will organize multiple events revolving around its beers. For instance, it will have “hoppy hours”, tasting in bars. Customers can also win prizes when they order these beers.

    AB InBev has owned Goose Island since 2011 and it also introduced these beers in Belgium last year, mainly in bars with a large beer product range. It also sells these craft beers at Delhaize, Carrefour and Albert Heijn. The craft beer focus is AB InBev’s way to deal with the altered Belgian beer market, because Belgian beer consumption is dwindling, especially for pints.

    American beers are hardly popular in Belgium right now. Only 5,876 hectolitres were imported last year, which is roughly brewery Westvleteren’s annual production.
    12.09.2017   Japan: Leading craft brewer Yo-ho Brewing revamps its mainstay ale for the first time in 20 years    ( )

    With consumers across the world developing a taste for craft beers, Japan's leading player, Yo-ho Brewing, has revamped its mainstay ale for the first time in 20 years as it treads a delicate line between competing with the big brands that dominate the Japanese market and maintaining its distinct identity, Nikkei Asian Review reported on September 8.

    "We were after the more classic flavor that is popular in the U.S.," President Naoyuki Ide said at a launch event on September 7. This is the first change in Yona Yona Ale since it hit the shelves in 1997.

    Yo-ho spent a decade trying to replicate the stronger hoppy aroma and other flavors commonly found in American craft beers. The new Yona Yona Ale is priced at 248 yen ($2.28) plus tax, slightly above the big-brand products.

    Many consumers are attracted to the variety of flavors and branding that often characterize craft beers. Even beverage titan Kirin Holdings is making serious inroads in the field.

    Craft beers are said to account for only around 1% of the Japanese beer market now, but are expected to hit 3% in 2021. "The market share will definitely reach 10% over the medium to long term," Ide said.

    Beer makers around the world are facing an increasingly tough environment. Global production dipped 0.6% in 2016 to 190 million kilolitres, according to Kirin. Even the mega-brands such as Budweiser have suffered a decline in sales for three straight years. Meanwhile, craft beers are gaining ground in major markets like the U.S., Germany and China. They are now said to account for more than 20% of all beer sales in the U.S.

    More than 200 breweries have jumped on the trend in Japan. But about 90% of them are small or midsize regional companies that do not have the necessary production and distribution system to go national, even if they have a distinctive and appealing product.

    Yo-ho, which began as subsidiary of Hoshino Resorts, entered a capital partnership with Kirin in 2014, because it could no longer keep up with demand on its own. Some say that such partnerships undermine the independence of craft beer breweries.

    As it becomes a more established name, Yo-ho could turn into another run-of-the-mill beer maker. Its relaunch of Yona Yona Ale will be a test of its identity.
    12.09.2017   Proven Seal Design, Made of New Materials    ( Company news )

    Company news The Freudenberg Simmerring has been a successful product for about 85 years. It seals rotating shafts reliably, and is used in millions of applications and machines in many industries. The Simmerring is flexible, highly loadable, and very dependable. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has now further developed Simmerrings for use in the process industry – and they are made of food-grade materials.

    At high rotational speeds and pressures, traditional PTFE shaft seal rings quickly reach their limits. Seal malfunctions and leaks are the result. Moreover, it has not been possible to use Simmerrings in the food industry to this point because their PTFE materials have not been approved for food-related applications. That’s why experts at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies have developed two new materials – from which tried-and-tested Simmerrings are manufactured – especially to meet the process industry’s requirements.

    Maximum Performance even under Extreme Pressure: B2PT
    Simmerrings with the B2PT design can be stressed with pressures of up to 10 bar. The B2PT consists of a newly developed material, Quantum® PTFE F18245, and a housing made of 1.4571 (V4a) stainless steel. The PTFE used here has been conceived especially for direct contact with foods. The still-required approvals under FDA 21 CFR §177.1550 und EC 10/2011 are in preparation. This Simmerring design is thus superbly suited for the food and pharmaceutical industries. The design of the B2PT can also be adapted for customer-specific, individualized applications.

    First Dead-Space-Free Simmerring: the Hygienic Blue Seal
    The Hygienic BlueSeal, the first dead-space-free version of the Simmerring, is another newly developed design. It meets the standards of hygienic design and is thus ideal for use in the food and beverage industry. This hygienic shaft seal ring has a forward-mounted lip whose geometry permits no hard-to-clean areas. This prevents the accumulation of bacteria that can lead to process contamination. The Hygienic BlueSeal can be used in applications that develop only low levels of friction. Thanks to targeted adjustments in geometry, applications with pressures under 1 bar are possible. The new Quantum® PTFE F1824 is also used in the Hygienic BlueSeal.

    High-Performance Material with High Performance Design: Simmerrings Made of 75 Fluoroprene® XP 45
    With the 75 Fluoroprene® XP 45, experts at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies have succeeded in developing a material from the Fluoroprene® family especially for secure attachment to metal. The highly fluorinated material has all the required approvals and certificates under EC 1935/2004, EC 2023/2006 and FDA 21 CFR §177.2600 that are prescribed for contact with foods.

    In general, seals made of Fluoroprene® XP stand out for their outstanding, broad resistance. It combines the very good qualities of EPDM materials in polar media (water, acids, lye) with the outstanding performance characteristics of FKM and VMQ in all nonpolar media (greases, oils and hydrocarbons). Thanks to the complete encasement of the Simmerring with 75 Fluoroprene® XP 45, supplemented by a stainless steel spring, it is superbly suited for use in the food and beverage industries.

    Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is presenting these and other innovations along with tried-and-tested products for the food and process industry at drinktec 2017, Hall A3, Stand 239 in Munich (Germany). The company’s experts are looking forward to strong attendance at their booth.
    (Freudenberg Process Seals GmbH & Co. KG)
    12.09.2017   Thailand: New excise tax structure could lead to increase in beer prices    ( )

    The Thai Health Promotion Foundation expressed concern on September 2 that the new alcohol excise-tax structure would drive drinkers to consume more cheap white liquor at the expense of their health.

    Foundation manager Supreeda Adulyanon said the number of estimated drinkers in the country has remained constant recently. Many people have turned to drinking beer instead of liquor, he said, but the new excise tax structure would cause beer to become more expensive in terms of its level of alcohol in comparison to that of white liquor.

    Supreeda worries that drinkers may turn to white liquor, with a resulting increase in health problems.

    The Finance Ministry is scheduled to enact a directive enforcing the new tax structure as of September 16. The new tax would be calculated based on retail prices rather than on producer prices as is now done. The new tax would create a level playing field for producers. Some critics have claimed that the current approach works to the benefit of some producers over others.

    Those in favour of the new approach argue that market forces should decide retail prices and tax authorities should enforce the law accordingly.
    12.09.2017   UK: Carlsberg launching San Miguel gluten free this September    ( )

    Carlsberg UK is expanding its premium world beers portfolio with new San Miguel gluten free this September, reported on August 29.

    Aiming to tap into the growing gluten-free lager market, the new beverage will launch exclusively in the grocery channel with Tesco and will also be available to all on-trade customers.

    Emulating the same taste as San Miguel Especial, Carlsberg said San Miguel gluten free offers a full-bodied taste with fruit and bread aromas which has already proved popular in Spain.

    Carlsberg UK vice president of marketing Liam Newton said: “The demand for premium world beers with heritage and authenticity is showing no sign of abating, so we’re proud that we’re able to make the San Miguel experience inclusive for everyone.

    “Gluten free is the major driver in the free-from market and following previous success in Spain, we’re confident that San Miguel gluten free will be a hit with UK consumers.”

    The beer will be available in 330ml multipacks of six at Tesco and the on-trade in a single 330ml bottle from 19 September.
    12.09.2017   UK: Molson Coors denies misleading customers over the strength of its Carling beer    ( )

    Molson Coors has hit back at claims it has misled customers over the strength of its flagship lager brand, Carling, The Morning Advertiser reported on August 30.

    The brewing giant issued a statement calling out recent media reports that Carling had been reduced from 4% ABV to 3.7% in 2012 to save on duty as “inaccurate”.

    Last week, The Morning Advertiser's sister title The Grocer reported that Molson Coors had won an appeal against an HMRC claim that it owed more than £50 mln in unpaid duty in February and March of this year.

    The company won the appeal by arguing it did not need to pay the tax due to a reformulation switch to manufacture Carling at a lower ABV of 3.7%, according to the publication.

    However, the beer continued to be advertised at an ABV of 4% to prevent customers “demanding a slice” according to the tribunal document.

    A Molson Coors spokesperson said mass media coverage of the appeal “oversimplified what is a complex and technical topic” and contained “factual inaccuracies”. However, the brewer would not specify what those inaccuracies were.

    “A specialist tribunal took place to provide definitive legal opinion on the correct interpretation of complex and technical UK and EU legislation,” the spokeperson continued. “The tribunal found in favour of Molson Coors on every legal point that was in dispute. In June, HMRC elected not to appeal.

    “Brewing is a natural process and as such there is the potential for small variances in actual ABV, on a brew-by-brew basis. The law recognises this, as it does for many consumables, by permitting all brewers a small and tightly defined tolerance range. It is common for consumable products to be allowed a slight variation. For example, the allowed ABV variation for wine is 1%.

    “Individual brews of Carling may vary fractionally in alcohol content. We abide by all legal requirements in the brewing and labelling of Carling. Recent media reports that Carling has been brewed at 3.7% ABV since 2012 are inaccurate.”

    Legislation in the UK dictates that beer can have a +/- 0.5% ABV labelling tolerance.

    Molson Coors installed new equipment between March and April 2013 at its breweries to allow it to blend its beer more accurately, while new meters were also brought in to check ABV levels,
    The Grocer reported.

    The brewing company confirmed to The Morning Advertiser that any variations in ABV would have affected both the kegged and canned variants of Carling.
    12.09.2017   USA: MillerCoors trying new Two Hats light beer to lure young adult drinkers    ( )

    Up against tough competition from liquor and craft brews, MillerCoors is trying yet another new brand in hopes of luring young adult drinkers. A new fruity light beer brand called Two Hats will hit the market early next year in 16-ounce cans, reported on September 7.

    The brewer, which announced the launch on September 7 on its corporate blog, describes Two Hats as "line of clean-finishing light beers brewed with a hint of natural fruit flavor" that is aimed at 21-to 24-year olds. The first varieties will come in lime and pineapple. The brand contains 4.2% alcohol-by-volume, which matches the content found in most light beers.

    While big brewers once could rely on a core lineup of regular light beers - like Miller Lite, Coors Light and Bud Light - to lure younger drinkers, the approach has become less effective in recent years. As a result, they have flooded the market with a variety of new brands with mixed results. Fruit-flavored beers and malt beverages are now commonplace.

    MillerCoors, for instance, last year debuted Henry's Hard Soda in flavors such as ginger ale and orange. Four years earlier the brewer debuted its Redd's Apple Ale line of apple-flavored beer. AB InBev's fruity line-up includes its Best Damn brand of flavored malt beverages, and its Lime-A-Rita malt beverages meant to mimic fruity margarita drinks. But chasing millennial tastes is often like playing a game of whack-a-mole with today's hot brand turning into tomorrow's loser as drinkers chase the next new thing.

    The name Two Hats is meant to reference the two hats that young adults wear to balance work and play, while also serving as a nod to the two main product attributes, light beer and fruit, according to a MillerCoors spokesman. The labels appear to borrow imagery from playing cards.

    The brand will be sold at an affordable price, according to the brewer.

    "We know that people who choose beer when they become of legal drinking age are two times more likely to continue drinking beer throughout their lifetime, and as an organization, we have an opportunity to regain ground with this group," MIllerCoors Chief Marketing Officer David Kroll stated on the MillerCoors blog. Two Hats "is meant to serve as an easy entry point into beer and an introduction to the rest of our portfolio."
    12.09.2017   World: Craft movement was a huge gift for big brewers – Carlsberg marketing manager    ( )

    The world’s major brewing companies have been falling over themselves to snap up hip craft breweries, and changing consumer tastes do not, on the surface, seem to bode well for mass-market lager brands.

    But Rasmus Bendtsen, international marketing manager at Carlsberg, sees the situation differently. "The craft movement that came was a huge gift for big brewers," he tells Campaign.

    "It seems like the big international breweries have been competing on who can be the most superficial. Superficial values – Formula One, fast cars, even fast women – rich guys, product in their hand, smiling. It’s a portrait that a rich life is also a happy life.

    "And I think when the craft movement came in, it forced the big brewers to justify why the world needs them. The small brewers are so passionate, they talk with pride, they don’t have money to do big sponsorships, so they have to be sincere, they have to make real stories.

    "So in a way I think it was a huge gift right, because if you look at the history of Carlsberg, it’s basically been democratising beer."

    This isn’t just marketing spiel – it refers to the decision by Carlsberg founder JC Jacobsen in the late 19th century to make the new strain of yeast he had developed available to rival brewers for free.

    Jacobsen was last week brought to the stage in Copenhagen as part of the brand’s 170th anniversary celebrations in an event created by Brussels agency Happiness. Geoffrey Hantson, chief creative officer at the agency, described Jacobsen as the first business leader to "open-source" his ideas.

    The yeast developed by Jacobsen is still the basis for that used by almost all brewers today "Every single brewer around the world is using Carlsberg-invented brewing technology," Bendtsen says. "What we want is respect, and recognition of our contribution to beer."

    The challenge for large brewers, Bendtsen recognises, is that small, local brands have successfully associated themselves with not only authenticity, but quality: there is a perception among many consumers that beer made by big companies is poor quality by definition.

    One of the routes to overturning this state of affairs is through marketing such as the campaign starring Mads Mikkelsen, "The Danish way", which was created by Fold7 for the UK market but proved so popular that is has been taken up in a number of other countries.

    Mikkelsen has just finished filming a new ad for the brand that will debut in Denmark in September, followed by the UK later this year. In Denmark the ad will promote Carlsberg 1883, a new product made using Jacobsen’s original strain of yeast, which was discovered in bottles in the brewery’s cellars last year.

    But making the case that big can be good also means demonstrating the contribution that only a company with Carlsberg’s scale and resources can make.

    The brand’s laboratory has recently completed mapping the genome of barley, a process that has allowed it to finely tune the production of the crop. This has sustainability benefits, by potentially reducing water usage, for example.

    But it also creates innovation opportunities, such as the creation of an experimental beer using, for example, unripe, unmalted green barley.

    "The science they’re doing is also making beer interesting," Bendtsen says. There have been no major innovations in beer production for more than a century, he claims, meaning that craft brewers are "basically just mixing the stuff that’s already available".

    "We will never be the most artistic ones – the ones that put the most hops into a beer," he says. "But the way that Carlsberg can play a bigger role is by offering new beers that only can come from science."
    11.09.2017   Douglas Laing Announces Rock Oyster Sherry Edition    ( Company news )

    Company news Douglas Laing & Co, leading independent Scotch Whisky firm, unveils Rock Oyster Sherry, a limited edition partner to the original Rock Oyster Island Malt Scotch Whisky.

    The new release from the family business is the first Rock Oyster bottling to carry a Sherry influence, having spent the final spell of its maturation in Spanish Sherry butts. The resulting liquid is said to “capture the spirit of Island Whisky in all its salty, citrus, sweetly peated and peppery glory, with a rich, sherried warmth at its core”. Bottled at 46.8% alcohol strength, the limited edition maritime Malt is proudly offered without colouring or chill-filtration, such is the philosophy of the family firm.

    The timely launch of Rock Oyster Sherry Edition coincides with National Oyster Day, a global celebration of the delicacy that is held annually on 5th August. Douglas Laing & Co. has lined up a series of National Rock Oyster Day dinners across the UK, where Scotch and seafood lovers will unite and sample the Rock Oyster range. The recently-launched Rock Oyster 18 Years Old will join the core product and the new Sherry edition as part of seafood-pairing experience at various venues including Galley London on 5th August 2017. Rock Oyster also features as “Malt of the Month” across multiple key accounts in the UK including Gandolfi Fish, Piper Bar and the world-famous Ben Nevis whisky bar in Glasgow's west end. A suite of branded point of sale resources is available to support the activation, including atomisers, designed to add a spritz of Rock Oyster smoke to seafood dishes, and branded tea towels for oyster-shucking.

    Fred Laing, Managing Director and second generation in the family business, comments: “Rock Oyster Sherry Edition is a lip-smacking success story of the magic that can happen when sweet meets peat. Little more than two years since we launched the Rock Oyster brand, we’re thrilled to now be presenting an entire range to a thirsty audience of maritime-Malt lovers on National Rock Oyster Day. Shuck it!”

    Rock Oyster and the Sherry and 18 Years Old Editions are available to purchase at specialist Whisky retailers globally.
    (Douglas Laing & Co.)
    08.09.2017   Bauer and Warner to display new solutions at Drinktec 2017     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Bauer’s focus will centre on the HiflexDRIVE bevel geared motor, an efficient and compact drive

    Bauer Gear Motor and Warner Electric, both part of the Altra Industrial Motion Corporation, will be present at Drinktec 2017 this September to showcase engineered solutions for the food and beverage industry. Taking place at the Messe München from September 11th – 15th, Drinktec offers industry players the chance to engage with the latest innovations regarding processing, filling, packaging and mixing in the industry. Visitors will be able to meet with representatives of both Bauer and Warner on stand A3.347 to discuss their requirements.

    Bauer’s focus will centre on the HiflexDRIVE bevel geared motor, an efficient and compact drive that offers constant operational speed independent of load - making it ideal for conveying operations. Of particular interest are the Aseptic and Stainless-steel variants, which are specialised for use in areas of cleanliness.

    The HiflexDRIVE Aseptic is designed to withstand wash downs and display an excellent chemical resistance, with its smooth casing eliminating dirt traps. Bauer will be highlighting the new BK04 Aseptic variant rated at 80Nm, which extends the range to accommodate lower gear sizes. It joins the BK08 (200Nm) and BK17 (330Nm) models, which will also be on display.

    Featuring a high impact resistance, the stainless steel HiflexDRIVE also provides resistance to intense cleaning thanks to an IP69K rating. Like the Aseptic design, the Stainless Steel HiflexDRIVE has been extended to incorporate a BK04 model for lower gear sizes, with BK08 and BK17 variants also available.

    The Aseptic HiflexDRIVE range is currently undergoing EHEDG Certification for approval under the latest and most stringent guidelines, which once complete, will single out the product as one of the most hygienically proficient on the market.

    Keen to demonstrate operational capabilities, Bauer will also be displaying its IP67 and IP69K solutions in a water jet tank throughout the show. A running aseptic geared motor will be jetted to actively show its wash down resistance and ingress protection. To complete Bauer’s offering, there will also be a IEC version of the stainless-steel motor range, which is present on the HiflexDRIVE, built onto a Boston Gear Stainless Helical Gearbox, illustrating Bauer’s capability to integrate with other products within the Altra Industrial Motion portfolio.

    Warner Electric has long been a key supplier of capping headsets to the beverage industry, so naturally the electromagnetic solutions provider has some new developments on this front for visitors to engage with.

    Enter the Precision Tork Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Headset, featuring a smooth body and a design specialised to minimise downtime and protect associated equipment. This is achieved thanks to smooth hysteresis torque and a torque lock feature, both of which provide increased consistency of control. In addition, a fixed top load ring locks out top load force to a predetermined value, ensuring reduced variation in load during operation.

    A non-metallic sliding joint eliminates the potential contamination issues associated with external grease, while simultaneously reducing the likelihood of bacteria growth. A stainless-steel bearing with double row angular contact delivers an extended service life, with lubrication provided by food grade grease. Life time sealed magnets ensure reduced maintenance costs, as they never require replacement. Finally, a smaller three-inch diameter delivers a reduced overall weight and inertia. Ultimately, the TPM Headset is the low maintenance capping solution that end users require for seamless operations.

    The TPM will be joined by the rest of the Warner Electric magnetic capping headset range, which again features Smooth Torque Technology to eliminate over tightened caps. The technology eradicates pulsating torque, which enables increased control and energy efficiency in application. Interchangeable with most OEM headsets for speedy installation, the range offers lower operating costs for an expedited return on investment.

    Drinktec 2017 takes place from September 11th – 15th at Messe München, Munich, Germany.
    (Bauer Gear Motor GmbH)
    08.09.2017   corvaglia at drinktec 2017 in Munich    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 drinktec – the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage industry – will open its doors from 11 to 15 September 2017. For corvaglia, drinktec is one of the highlights of the year because it gives the company the opportunity to have many interesting conversations about closure solutions.

    The expert team of corvaglia would be delighted to discuss any topic around beverage closures with their visitors on Stand 302 in Hall A4.
    Potential topics for discussion are the latest information about efficient closure solutions from Corvaglia Closures plants in Switzerland and Mexico or Corvaglia Mould & Technology's sophisticated closure design and durable, highly precise moulding technology.

    For example a corvaglia ‘Aqua 2522’ (photo) injection mould can be witnessed in
    live action. Together with partners Engel (Stand 324, Hall A4) and HRSflow corvaglia will have an injection mould in use at the fair, which is operated in
    exactly the same way at the Corvaglia Closures plant in Switzerland.

    corvaglia is aware that it is not the only company to produce four million closures a day out of one mould. However, there are not many other closure companies who produce such four million closures using less than 3.5 tons of resin and still meet the most stringent requirements of bottlers.
    Some of the caps are printed during the exhibition using a digital printer from
    IMDvista (Stand 115, Hall B5).

    corvaglia is glad to be the first beverage closure manufacturer that uses a digital printing solution which is able to match the high speed of its own mould technology.
    This will enable limitless, yet economic options for printing caps in the future.
    corvaglia's ‘Aqua 2522’ mould is operated at the Engel stand (Stand 324, Hall A4).

    Printed cap samples are available on corvaglia’s stand.
    At drinktec sales managers for all regions of the world will be present at
    corvaglia’s booth. Among them corvaglia representatives that are able to provide
    visitors with first-hand information about the upcoming market launch of Corvaglia Closures USA, Inc. with a closure manufacturing facility in the
    Southeastern USA.
    (Corvaglia Closures Eschlikon AG)
    08.09.2017   UK Government bids to unlock new markets for Scotch Whisky    ( Company news )

    Company news The UK Government is working to reduce export tariffs on Scotch Whisky and other landmark Scottish produce as we leave the EU.

    Scottish Secretary David Mundell met with representatives of the Scotch Whisky Association and Diageo at the iconic Caol Ila distillery on Islay on 3 August, to discuss how the UK Government is laying the groundwork to reduce export tariffs on Scottish produce.

    Whisky is worth around £5 billion to the UK economy, and accounts for three quarters of Scotland's total food and drink exports. The UK Government is ensuring that, as we leave the EU, the industry is able to tackle tariffs and boost overseas sales.

    The Department for International Trade has already established 11 working groups to strengthen trade and commercial ties with key trading partners around the world, including the United States, Australia, China, India, Mexico, South Korea and the Gulf Cooperation Council. Ministerial trade dialogues have also been established with Taiwan, Vietnam, India, Kazakhstan and Brazil.

    Speaking ahead of his visit, Mr Mundell said:
    "Scotch Whisky is a world-class product, globally recognised for its quality and heritage, and the industry employs thousands of people in Scotland and around the rest of the UK.

    "We are determined to open up new markets around the world for the very best whisky our distillers have to offer - and to drive down any tariffs they face.

    "By strengthening ties with key partners, identifying new markets and tackling tariffs, the UK Government is paving the way towards an even brighter future for Scotland's whisky industry."

    International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said:
    "With the recent uplift in trade, we should raise a glass to our exporting success and further help UK businesses make the most of an ever-growing demand for top-selling British products such as Scotch whisky as part of a Global Britain.

    "Reducing the costs for companies to sell overseas will become one way of further opening up free trade routes and boosting sales, and that's why I've tasked my international economic department to look at how we can support more businesses to build their brands abroad."

    For Scotch whisky, export tariffs currently range from zero to over 150 per cent. The UK Government is looking at how future trade agreements could reduce export tariffs for iconic Scottish goods such as Scotch, smoked salmon and gin.

    Mr Mundell will also visit the building site of the Ardnahoe distillery, set to be the ninth distillery operating on Islay when it opens in 2018. Overlooking the Sound of Islay and Paps of Jura, it is set to bring even more jobs to Scotland's third biggest industry, which already employs more than 7000 people in Scotland's rural communities.

    Karen Betts, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said:
    "The Scotch Whisky industry is delighted that the Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, is visiting Islay. He'll see the fascinating Islay distilleries, famous for their smoky malts. He'll see too the importance of the Scotch Whisky industry to Islay's local communities, and how whisky production there contributes more broadly to the Scottish and British economies."
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
    07.09.2017   Bud Light Kicks Off the 2017 NFL Season with All-New Team Cans    ( Company news )

    Company news With the 2017-2018 NFL season set to kickoff on Thursday, September 7, Bud Light — the official beer of the NFL — is excited to announce its continuing partnership with all-new team-themed packaging.

    America’s favorite light lager will celebrate the new season with 28 new designs that feature the official logo and catchphrase or rallying cry for each NFL franchise. Available in both cans and aluminum bottles, fans can be the MVP of their Sunday kickoff party by picking up a specially marked 36-pack containing all 32 NFL teams represented.

    This year’s NFL cans are currently on shelves in select markets, and will be available nationwide later this month.

    "NFL team packaging has become something fans look for from Bud Light year after year," said Anna Rogers, Director of Marketing, NFL, Bud Light. "We are proud to continue that tradition and give fans another way to support their favorite teams while enjoying NFL football with their friends. We are also very excited to roll out NFL packaging on aluminum bottles for the first time in addition to cans.”

    Along with new team cans and bottles, Bud Light will debut new television commercials throughout the NFL season, highlighting its ongoing “Famous Among Friends” campaign that celebrates the fun times made while building friendships over football and beer. The first commercial spot is slated to debut during the aforementioned season-opening match-up between the Kansas City Chiefs and the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.
    (Anheuser Busch InBev)
    06.09.2017   drinktec 2017: Krones and Erema are joining forces to progress PET recycling    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Bottle-to-Bottle-Recycling – Recycling of PET to be reused as food-grade packaging materials is flourishing around the globe

    Krones AG, Neutraubling, Germany, and Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH, Ansfelden, Austria, have agreed to collaborate in the field of PET plastic recycling. The aim of this alliance is to incorporate the technical expertise of both companies into the planning and design of PET recycling lines and indeed complete factories, so as to be able to offer clients from both the beverage and PET recycling industries an optimal line or an entire factory. Anyone interested can obtain more detailed information on the cooperation between the two companies during this year’s drinktec from 11 to 15 September at Krones in Hall B6 and at Erema’s stand in Hall A4.346.

    The accumulated corporate experience and the product portfolios of Erema and Krones complement each other to optimum effect: Erema, as the world’s market leader in the manufacture of plastic recycling systems, contributes the expertise required for PET processing, and Krones is the world’s leading manufacturer and turnkey vendor of filling and packaging technology. Krones’ product portfolio, however, comprises not only machines and lines for filling and packaging beverages and liquid foods, but also machines for producing PET bottles, plus modules and lines for the recycling process. The collaborative arrangement will also focus significantly on planning entire factories, which Krones is already offering to beverage bottlers and PET recyclers from the feasibility study stage all the way through to the finished factory.

    Krones’ comprehensive product range, particularly the MetaPure W hot-wash technology developed specifically for PET and validated by performance in the field, combined with Erema’s Vacurema technology developed for PET, will enable the two companies in future to offer responsively customised job sections - for washing and/or decontamination technology all the way through to complete factories for PET plastics recycling, and handle them as a turnkey vendor.

    This means that Krones’ clients will soon be able to close the entire PET cycle, from manufacture of the PET plastic products all the way through to their recovery, and thus make a sustainable contribution towards the “circular economy”, with concomitantly reduced resource consumption and environmental impact.
    (Krones AG)
    06.09.2017   Symrise again with industry-leading organic growth in the first half of the year 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news — Organic Group sales up by a substantial 5.2 %
    — EBITDA margin at 21.3 % continues to be on a very healthy level
    — Cash flow from operating activities up 75 %
    — Target for 2017: guidance increase for EBITDA margin to now over 20 %

    Symrise AG remained on track for strong growth in the first half of the current fiscal year. The Group increased sales in all segments and regions and was once again among the fastestgrowing companies in the industry. Sales were up 3.6 % in the first half of the year to € 1,515.3 million (H1 2016: € 1,462.5 million). After adjustment for portfolio and exchange rate effects, the organic growth in sales actually amounted to 5.2 %. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), at € 322.9 million, was at the same level as in the first half of 2016. With an EBITDA margin of 21.3 %, Symrise remains highly profitable. Against the backdrop of the very satisfactory business performance, Symrise is raising its full-year EBITDA margin guidance, and now expects the EBITDA margin in 2017 to exceed 20 %.

    "The strong growth results from our unique positioning," said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG. “The targeted and continuous investments in our competencies and capacity are paying off. We see this as a confirmation of our strategy. With the recent acquisition of Cobell, we are strengthening our position in the lucrative UK beverage market, which promises additional sales
    potential for our innovative applications. We are in an excellent position to meet the rising demand for our products and to stay on track for growth in the second half of this year. Our goals are unchanged: We want to remain one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry and to operate highly profitable."

    Demand remains strong
    For the first half of the year, Symrise increased its sales by 3.6 % to € 1,515.3 million (H1 2016: € 1,462.5 million). Adjusted for portfolio and exchange rate effects, the Group achieved organic growth of 5.2 %, which again placed Symrise among the fastest-growing companies in the industry. This strong performance was carried by all segments and regions.

    At the regional level, strong contributions to sales growth came from Latin America and EAME, with increases of 12 % and 4 % (at reporting currency), followed by North America with 2 % and Asia/Pacific with 1 %. Sales in Emerging Markets were 5 % higher in the period under review and accounted for 43 % of overall sales.

    Symrise yet again with high earnings power
    Symrise continued to deliver strong earnings in the first six months. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to € 322.9 million (EBITDAN for H1 2016: € 323.3 million). In particular due to a somewhat weaker demand in the Scent & Care segment, the EBITDA margin was slightly lower but still strong at 21.3 % (normalized H1 2016: 22.1 %). Net income for the period under review was € 141.8 million (normalized H1 2016: € 142.0 million). Earnings per share, at € 1.09, matched the previous year's normalized figure.

    Solid financial position reinforced
    Operating cash flow in the reporting period showed a 75 % increase to € 175.0 million (H1 2016: € 100.0 million). Along with the high capacity utilization, an improved working capital management supported the cash flow. The ratio of net debt (including pension provisions) to EBITDAN at 30 June 2017 stood at 3.1 (31 December 2016: 3.1). The medium term target for the ratio is the 2.0-2.5 range. With an equity ratio of 35 %, Symrise holds a strong capital position.

    Symrise used the strong market environment in the first half of the year to issue a seven-year € 400 million convertible bond in June 2017. The aim of the transaction was to secure long-term funding through the capital market on favorable terms and to further diversify the investor base. The net proceeds will be used to pay down existing loans and capital market liabilities and for general business purposes of the Group.

    Scent & Care segment
    Scent & Care recorded sales of € 638.2 million in the first half of the year (H1 2016: € 667.8 million). The slight decrease was due to the strong sales in the previous year and the sale of Pinova's industrial activities at the end of 2016. Adjusted for the Pinova portfolio effect, the segment achieved an organic growth of 1.1 %, with good dynamics in Fine Fragrances and Cosmetic Ingredients.

    The loss of the sales from the Pinova industrial activities and weaker demand for Beauty Care applications also impacted the EBITDA in the first half. EBITDA during the reporting period amounted to € 128.4 million, as compared to a normalized figure of € 140.1 million in the first half of 2016. The EBITDA margin stood at a level of 20.1 % (EBITDAN margin H1 2016: 21.0 %).

    Flavor segment
    The Flavor segment delivered a very satisfactory sales increase of 7.2 % in the period under review to € 554.8 million (H1 2016: € 517.8 million) in reporting currency. The organic growth, to which all application areas contributed, actually amounted to 8.6 %. The growth was driven mainly by strong demand for sweets and new businesses in beverages. There was also an increase in order intake for savory applications, especially in Western Europe and North Africa.

    Due to increased demand, EBITDA in the segment was up 2.6 % to € 123.0 million (H1 2016: € 119.9 million), and the EBITDA margin was a very healthy 22.2 % (H1 2016: 23.1 %).

    Within the scope of its strategy of continued portfolio expansion, Symrise signed a purchase agreement with the shareholders of the British company Cobell Limited in May 2017. Cobell, which was established in 1999, is a supplier of natural raw materials and juice bases for the beverage industry in the UK. The company generated in 2016 annual sales of around € 58 million. The acquisition reaffirms Symrise's goal of reinforcing its strong position in the British beverage market. Cobell complements the Group's current business activities in the UK, expands its local presence and creates closer proximity to key customers.

    Nutrition segment
    Nutrition was also a fast growing segment in the first half of the year. The segment seamlessly continued its dynamic growth course from the previous quarter, with sales up by 16.3 % to € 322.2 million (H1 2016: € 277.0 million). Adjusted for currency and acquisition effects (acquisition of Nutra Canada and Nutraceutix), organic growth amounted to a high growth of 8.6 %. This result was
    bolstered by pet food applications which showed double-digit growth in almost all core markets. Substantial gains were also posted in food ingredients, especially in North and South America.

    Due to the dynamic business performance, the segment achieved very pleasing results on the earnings side as well. EBITDA showed a 13.1 % increase in the reporting period to € 71.6 million (H1 2016: € 63.3 million). The EBITDA margin was an outstanding 22.2 % (H1 2016: 22.8 %).

    Symrise raises profitability guidance
    After the strong first half and a good start in the third quarter, Symrise is looking ahead to the remaining months of the year with confidence. Despite the political unrest and economic uncertainties in some countries, the Group expects demand and growth to be generally strong. Against this backdrop, and in view of the recent investment projects, Symrise is increasing its guidance for the EBITDA margin for the fiscal year 2017, and now expects to achieve a margin of over 20 %. In addition, the Company is confirming its goal of once again exceeding the growth rate of the global flavor and fragrances market. According to estimates, the global market is growing at an average annual rate of around 3 %. The medium-term targets remain in effect, including a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the 5-7% range and an EBITDA margin of 19-22%.
    (Symrise AG)
    05.09.2017   Experts calculated the carbon footprint of rPET: savings of 79 per cent    ( Company news )

    Company news Study confirms the excellent carbon footprint of recycled PET

    Recycled PET (rPET) from PET Recycling Team GmbH – a wholly owned subsidiary of ALPLA based in Wöllersdorf/Lower Austria – results in 79 per cent lower CO2 emissions compared to new material. This is a significantly higher saving than previously assumed. A study conducted by denkstatt GmbH on behalf of ALPLA came to this conclusion.

    ALPLA, a leading international producer of plastic packaging solutions, has been working on PET recycling for over 20 years. Although the economic conditions for the recycling of plastic are currently difficult due to the low price of oil, ALPLA continues to follow this cornerstone of its sustainability strategy. To highlight the value of recycling PET plastic, ALPLA commissioned denkstatt GmbH to calculate the carbon footprint for rPET.

    rPET reduces CO2 emissions and conserves fossil fuels
    The result of the study exceeds previous assumptions. The rPET produced by PET Recycling Team GmbH in Wöllersdorf has a carbon footprint of 0.45 kg CO2 equivalent per kilogram of rPET. Virgin PET, or new material, accounts for a CO2 equivalent of 2.15 kg per kilogram. This corresponds to a CO2 equivalent of 1.7 kg or 79 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions for rPET. Plant manager Peter Fröschel explains: ‘The savings for a single kilogram of rPET are enough to power a 13-watt bulb continuously for twenty days in the Austrian power mix.’

    Entire recycling process examined in detail
    The carbon footprint was calculated in accordance with ISO 14044, starting with the collection and sorting of used PET bottles, covering transportation to the recycling plant in Wöllersdorf, through to washing, processing and granulating. The analysis is based on the mass and energy balance (electricity and gas consumption) for 2016 at the Wöllersdorf recycling plant in Austria.

    ALPLA invests in recycling
    ALPLA has decades of experience in the recycling of PET, as well as in the processing of recycled plastics. ALPLA operates recycling enterprises at three sites – a joint venture in Mexico, the wholly owned subsidiary PET Recycling Team in Wöllersdorf and a new recycling plant built in southern Poland in 2013. The annual capacity of these plants is around 65,000 tonnes of food-grade rPET.

    ‘We are witnessing a clear trend towards PET packaging. And not just in summer, when the beverage industry enjoys a boom due to hot weather,’ says Fröschel. This makes it all the more important to collect used packaging and return recyclable materials to the production process. ‘Our recycling plants play a key role in this regard,’ the plant manager concludes.
    (Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG)
    05.09.2017   Interplas 2017: Smart solutions for more productivity, quality and flexibility    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The assistance systems from ENGEL's inject 4.0 programme that are integrated into the CC300 of the injection moulding machine ensure that process fluctuations are adjusted before rejects occur

    Experience the smart factory – this is ENGEL's focus at the Interplas 2017, from September 26 to September 28 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. At its trade-fair booth, the injection moulding machine builder and system expert, headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria, will demonstrate the opportunities created by digitalisation and networking, and how inject 4.0 can help to take advantage of these in a simple fashion. From the perspective of technologies, the focus of ENGEL will be on the highly precise processing of LSR and extremely economic process integration.

    inject 4.0 is ENGEL's answer to the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution. The goal is the smart factory in which production processes continuously self-optimise through the networking of production systems, the systematic use of machine, process and production data, and the utilization of decentralised, intelligent assistance systems. During the three days of the trade fair, ENGEL will demonstrate how plastics processors can increase the productivity and quality of their production and respond flexibly to ever more rapidly changing requirements with the production of inject 4.0 logos on an all-electric and tie-bar-less ENGEL e motion 170/80 TL injection moulding machine.

    Self-optimising injection moulding process
    The CC300 control is capable of simulating process fluctuations; the automatic readjustments by the intelligent assistance systems can then be tracked on the display of the machine. Three assistance systems from the inject 4.0 programme of ENGEL will be used. While iQ weight control maintains consistent injected melt volume throughout the entire injection moulding process, iQ clamp control monitors the mould breathing in order to calculate and automatically adjust the optimal clamping force. Thirdly, iQ flow control will connect the injection moulding machine, which is equipped with the e-flomo electronic temperature control water distributor, to the temperature control unit, enabling the pump speed to automatically adjust to the actual requirement. This results in higher energy efficiency. ENGEL, together with its partner HB-Therm, has developed a new line of temperature control units called e-temp. The machine is connected via OPC UA, thus pointing the way for further applications. Together with its market partners, ENGEL is actively committed to establishing OPC UA as the standard for communication models in injection moulding applications. OPC UA enables platform-independent, high-performance, and above all secures communication, both within the shop-floor level and with higher level control systems such as MES and ERP.

    Hydraulic precision for sophisticated LSR
    Burr-free, zero-waste, rework-free, and fully automated – these are the key elements in the economic manufacturing of high-tech products from liquid silicone. At the Interplas, ENGEL will demonstrate how this can be put into practice with the production of venting valves for beverage bottles on a hydraulic ENGEL victory 860/160 injection moulding machine. This application optimally utilises the efficiency potential of the tie-bar-less machine. For example, the patented Force-Divider allows the moving mould mounting platen to follow the mould precisely while clamping force is building up, and ensures that the clamping force is evenly distributed across the platen face. This allows both the outer and inner cavities to be kept closed with exactly the same force, ensuring consistent compression of the mould and a consistently high product quality. iQ weight control provides a further contribution to high process consistency and reproducibility. Initially, the software was only available for injection moulding machines with electrical injection units; ENGEL has expanded the area of application with a version for hydraulic machines.

    ENGEL is presenting the processing of LSR together with its partner Elmet Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs GmbH (Oftering, Austria). In this application, Elmet is providing a model TOP 5000 P LSR dosage system, a 16-cavity mould with a cold runner and a demoulding unit. Parts are handled by a viper 40 robot from ENGEL's linear robot programme. The conveyor belt is integrated into the safety gate of the injection moulding machine, keeping the entire system compact.

    One-shot process reduces costs per unit
    The healthcare application presented at Interplas also impresses with an extremely high degree of integration. Interdental brushes of the type "scrub!" will be produced on a clean-room version of the all-electric ENGEL e-motion 170/110 T injection moulding machine. Together with the grip surface and core, up to 500 bristles can be formed in a single-component injection mould. Extremely delicate in the bristle area, the high-performance precision 8-cavity mould comes from Hack Formenbau (Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany), with Hekuma from Eching, Germany, providing the automation. A highly integrated, automated production cell, built in the modularised HEKUflex design, will be presented by Hekuma. Immediately after injection moulding, the parts will be inspected by camera and the usable parts will be automatically packed in retail bags, 16 parts to each. A bag leaves the production cell every four seconds.

    The high degree of process integration and the single-component design of the interdental brush, developed by pheneo in Bremen, Germany, significantly increases production efficiency in comparison to the products and processes established on the market. Interdental brushes are generally made up of three components, which are usually produced in separate processes: The grip surface, a wire-mesh, and the filaments. However, the technology of the system partners ENGEL, Hack and Hekuma has made single-component injection moulding production possible.

    With a total shot weight of only 1.93 grammes, completely filling eight cavities with up to 500 bristles places extremely high demands on the mould as well as the injection moulding machine. The all-electric drive technology ensures the highest precision in machine movements. In addition, iQ weight control and iQ clamp control help to prevent rejects.

    The application potential of the integrated process is huge. It ranges from medical applications to cosmetics. For example, besides interdental brushes, mascara brushes are needed in very large quantities and at low unit costs.

    All-electric for maximum performance
    At the Interplas, the booth next to ENGEL (Booth H71) is also dedicated to the very highest performance. Campetella from Montecassiano in Italy is presenting a highly integrated production cell for the manufacturing of thin-walled containers, including in-mould labelling. The cups will be injected in a 2-cavity mould on an all-electric ENGEL e-motion 440/160 T injection moulding machine. On the basis of this application, Campetella presents a side-entry automation of the MINI MODULA series. The entire system operates with a cycle time of 2.8 seconds and accordingly produces 2,571 cups per hour.
    ENGEL at Interplas 2017: Hall 4, stands F70 and G70
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    04.09.2017   Big technology on a small scale: KHS builds compact can filler for craft brewers    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Manfred Härtel, filling product manager for KHS in Bad Kreuznach, Germany

    - For low to medium outputs of 10,000 to 48,000 cph
    - Fast product and format changeovers possible
    - Filler and seamer in compact plug-and-play design

    Craft beers have long established themselves on the world market. The KHS Group is thus now offering a new can filler to meet the requirements of small to medium-sized brewing companies. The Innofill CAN Compact is designed for low to medium outputs of 10,000 to 48,000 cans per hour. This compact combination of filler and seamer is shipped to the customer as a complete machine in a single container and commissioned on site on a plug-and-produce basis without any need for complicated installation processes. KHS is thus making the technical innovations of its big machines available to the craft brewing segment in this area, too.

    “Three years ago we launched a completely new filling system with our Innofill Can DVD series. Developed for larger capacities, we’ve now scaled this technology to meet the demands of craft brewers,” says Manfred Härtel, filling product manager for KHS at its production site in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. With its efficient CO2 purging system the machine enables extremely low oxygen pickup. Thanks to its patented purging process it also consumes about 30% less carbon dioxide than conventional systems. Craft brewers can now also profit from this feature with the compact version. The demand for an adapted model for smaller filling quantities is rising in particular among the producers of high-quality, individual beers in the USA where the craft brewing scene has been well established for many years now. Unlike its big brother, which can produce up to 132,000 cans per hour, the filler, seamer, control cabinet, valve manifold and paneling of the Innofill CAN Compact form a closed unit. All that needs to be done to install the new system is to connect up the piping, sources of energy and conveyors.

    No flavor carryover during product changeovers
    One of the innovative features of the Innofill CAN Compact is its extremely hygienic design. In particular, this includes a gapless bell guide with PTFE expansion joints (Teflon) and bells which are lifted and positioned fully electropneumatically to seal the cans – without any mechanical action from cams and rollers. This does away with the need for water lubrication, simplifies cleaning and promises a service life which is up to twice as long as before. KHS also uses PTFE materials in the filling valve, for example to seal the filling valve piston and in the gas membranes. Flavor carryover when changing the product to be filled is thus as good as eliminated. This is of especial interest to craft brewers who often brew a large number of different beers and also make mixed beer beverages. The bell enables can necks from 200 to 206 to be processed. “We’ve managed to develop an uncomplicated piece of standard equipment which keeps procurement costs as low as possible,” says Härtel.

    Product tank holds 200 instead of 500 liters
    The new central product tank, which is installed at the top of the filler carousel and has a working volume of 50 to 200 liters, holds 300 liters less than the product tank on the big machines. Unlike in the latter plant technology, the tank does not rotate with the filler carousel on the Innofill CAN Compact. The beverage to be canned is supplied to the filling stations by a rotary distributor.

    Electromagnetic inductive flow meters upstream of each filling valve permit exact filling volumes in the cans. The entire machine is very clearly structured and thus hygienic and easy to maintain.
    (KHS GmbH)
    04.09.2017   Elopak launches Pure-Pak® cartons with the new paperboard Natura Life™ by Stora Enso     ( Company news )

    Company news The collaboration between Elopak and Stora Enso has resulted in the launch of the first gable top carton made from natural brown unbleached paperboard, creating the Naturally Pure-Pak® carton with a highly distinctive, natural look and feel.

    The new paperboard, Natura Life by Stora Enso, retains the natural brown colour of the wood fibres and has a visible fibre structure. This creates a naturally different, sustainable and authentic package that meets demands from growing trends in ethical, ecological and organic products. The natural look and feel of the new Pure-Pak® carton supports the values of organic products and brings outstanding presence on shelf.

    This week Arla Foods in Sweden announced the launch of several products in its organic EKO brand range using Pure-Pak® cartons made of natural brown paperboard (see photo).

    “We believe that the new Pure-Pak® carton will grab attention as it communicates organic values and is totally different to anything else in the increasingly complex chilled dairy segment,” says Anna-Karin Modin Edman, Sustainability Manager at Arla.

    The Pure-Pak® carton with the new natural brown paperboard is available in 1 litre and 500 ml sizes. It runs on existing filling lines for both fresh and ESL products without modifications or changes in machine settings. The new Pure-Pak® cartons are 100% recyclable and can be recycled through existing channels.

    Ivar Jevne, Elopak’s Executive Vice President Board and Blanks Supply says: “All liquid packaging board sourced from well-managed forests is environmentally friendly, however this paperboard reaches new levels in climate responsible packaging. The innovation is the result of bringing together the best of expertise, competence and experience from our collaboration with Stora Enso. This is not just another paperboard for our Pure-Pak® cartons, but a totally new concept."

    The new paperboard is produced by Stora Enso, with the majority of fibres sourced from Swedish and Norwegian forests.

    “We are happy about the cooperation with Elopak and excited to introduce the new unbleached liquid packaging board Natura Life by Stora Enso. What makes this paperboard unique is that it is brown on the inside as well as on the outside. This will enhance the organic appearance of carton packaging and make it stand out on the shelves,” says Annica Bresky EVP Stora Enso Consumer Board division.
    (Elopak AS)
    04.09.2017   Industry Competence in Action    ( Company news )

    Company news At the Fakuma 2017 from October 17 - October 21 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, ENGEL will be opening up new horizons for the injection moulding industry. The highly integrated manufacturing solutions at the ENGEL exhibition booth in Hall A5 achieve an even higher degree of quality, efficiency and profitability – respectively tailored to the specific requirements of the various application industries. Also there: the all-electric e-mac injection moulding machine in a new clamping force class, the first clearmelt exterior component, the new compact pipe distributor for the cleanroom, and an even higher degree of precision for LSR processing.

    Photo: On an ENGEL victory 860/160, ENGEL will produce venting valves for beverage bottles during the Fakuma.

    Automotive: Extremely scratch-proof in a single step
    At the Fakuma, ENGEL and its clearmelt technology will be opening the door to a new application area. The focus so far has been on decorative elements and electronic functional components for the interior of the vehicle; at this time, automobile manufacturers are also becoming interested in using the technology to produce exterior components. At its exhibition booth, ENGEL will present a first applications in this regard.

    High gloss exterior panels will be produced on an ENGEL duo 2460/500 injection moulding machine. In addition to the extremely high quality appearance of the components and the outstanding efficiency of the highly integrated process, extremely scratch-proof surfaces are another advantage that clearmelt technology provides for the exterior area. Testing in a car wash has shown the initial sample parts to be very robust.

    In the clearmelt process, at first a thermoplastic base carrier is produced in the injection moulding machine, then coated with polyurethane in a second cavity. The process can be easily combined with IML, allowing for the use of decorative and capacitive foils as well as wood veneers. In a single step, clearmelt technology thus provides pre-finished vehicle components that do not need to be varnished or post-processed in any way. The polyurethane coating provides the high-gloss, scratch-proof surface.

    ENGEL developed the clearmelt technology in collaboration with partner companies. The exclusive partner for polyurethane processing is Hennecke in St. Augustin, Germany.

    Teletronics: Economic precision for even larger moulds
    ENGEL will be going all-electric at the Fakuma in the teletronics exhibition area. Sophisticated connector housings for vehicle doors will be produced on an ENGEL e-mac 940/280. Until now, the e-mac series has been available with clamping forces of up to 1800 kN. In time for the Fakuma, ENGEL has expanded the line with a 2800 kN version.

    e-mac machines are distinguished by their speed and precision, extremely energy efficient operation and a high degree of flexibility. They have proven themselves to be extremely reliable in continuous operation, and guarantee stable production around the clock. They are also less expensive to purchase than all-electric high-performance machines. This spectrum of characteristics predestines the series for the production of technical parts and electronic components. In both application areas, the trend is moving towards larger moulds with higher cavitation. With the expansion of the series, ENGEL has taken this trend into account.

    With the production of 40-pole connector housings made of glass-fibre reinforced PBT, during the exhibition ENGEL will demonstrate how highest demands on precision can be combined with economic efficiency. In this market segment, due to the very filigree structure inside the connector housing, the competitiveness of the producer is defined by the precision of the injection moulding process. In several sequential process steps, the connector housings are equipped with stabiliser inserts, gaskets and contacts, then laser inscribed. Imprecisely injected areas or warping will impede the automated assembly and may lead to a halt in production. Since injection errors often are not detected until the end of the process chain, rejects also become more costly. To prevent this, the e-mac machine makes sure that very thin-walled areas are filled, even across long flow paths.

    With the intelligent assistance systems from ENGEL's inject 4.0 programme, the already very reliable e-mac machines are also perfectly equipped for process fluctuations through external influences. Three iQ products are installed on the exhibition machine: iQ weight control, which maintains constant melt volume and adjusts fluctuations in the environmental conditions and the raw material, iQ clamp control, which continuously adjusts clamping force based on the mould breathing, and the new iQ flow control for the needs-based regulation of the temperature control units. iQ weight control was the first of the iQ systems, and was introduced to the market five years ago. It has already become very well-established in the production of connectors, because in this segment with its especially filigree component structures, process fluctuations are one of the main causes of rejects. iQ weight control is a reliable aid in preventing production-related rejects.

    Medical: Maximum integration with a minimal footprint
    Highly integrated, compact production cells minimise the system footprint and increase area productivity. These aspects really pay off in the cleanroom. For this reason, ENGEL redeveloped the stainless steel pipe distributor for the cavity specific handling of small injection moulding parts, which it introduced two years ago, so that the handling system now fits completely into the expanded safety gate of the injection moulding machine. This new, extremely compact solution will be presented for the first time at the Fakuma.

    During the five days of the fair, an ENGEL e-victory170/80 injection moulding machine will be producing needle holders for 1-ml safety syringes in a 16-cavity mould by Fostag Formenbau (Stein am Rhein, Switzerland). An ENGEL viper 12 linear robot will remove the filigree polystyrene parts from the mould and transfer them to the distribution system. In order to ensure batch traceability down to the level of individual cavities, the injection moulded parts will be packed in cavity-specific bags. For this purpose, 16 bags are hung in a cart located directly beneath the pipe distributor. Individual shots can be extracted for quality control purposes.

    For unmanned cleanroom operation – during the night-shift, for example – two carts can be alternated in sequence, with a buffering system enabling the fully automated switch. The entire periphery for this is integrated into the CC300 control unit of the injection moulding machine. Thanks to shared data storage, the CC300 can precisely coordinate the movements of the machine and the robot with each other, thus optimising overall efficiency. In addition to this, there are also especially short robot paths due to the tie-bar-less clamping unit of the e-victory machine. In this application, both of these factors contribute to the short cycle times of six seconds.

    So that the machine can also be flexibly used for other products, ENGEL designed the pipe distributor and the bag-packing cart as a fixed unit. This can be easily moved back and forth, ensuring full accessibility of the mould area.

    With a shot weight of only 0.08 g and varying wall thicknesses, the filigree needle holders require extremely precise process control. Since fluctuations in the melt volume would immediately lead to rejects, ENGEL uses the iQ weight control software.

    At the Fakuma, the highly integrated production solution is presented in its cleanroom version. In contrast to many other systems in the market, all components in contact with the product in ENGEL's pipe distributor are made of stainless steel, which helps to maintain low particle load. As a system provider, ENGEL is continually expanding its portfolio of GMP-compliant peripherals. In addition to the pipe distributors, conveyor belts and robot gripper housings from ENGEL's own development and production are offered.

    Technical Moulding: Hydraulic precision for sophisticated LSR
    The processing of liquid silicone (LSR) in injection moulding fully utilises the efficiency potential of the tie-bar-less ENGEL victory machines. The process consistency resulting from the design plays an important part in this. The patented force divider enables the moving mould mounting platen to follow the mould exactly while clamping force is building up, and ensures that the clamping force is evenly distributed across the platen face. Both the outer and inner cavities are therefore kept closed with exactly the same force, ensuring consistent compression of the mould and a consistently high product quality. This almost burr-free, zero-waste, rework-free, and fully automatic processing is the key element in the economic manufacturing of high-tech products from liquid silicone. At the Fakuma, with the production of venting valves for beverage bottles on an ENGEL victory 860/160 injection moulding machine, ENGEL will demonstrate how this can look in practice. With a diameter of approx. 50 mm, the venting valves have a geometrically complex structure with varying wall thicknesses. The iQ weight control software, which ENGEL is now offering also for injection moulding machines with hydraulic injection units, ensures that cavities are filled reliably even when there are fluctuations in the raw material.

    It will be the first time that ENGEL presents a victory machine with a next generation injection unit at a trade fair. Last autumn, based on its long years of experience in the various application areas of its injection moulding machines, ENGEL reorganised the sizes of the hydraulic injection units and further optimised the performance specifications such as injection pressure, injection speed, and plasticising capacity.

    ENGEL is presenting the processing of LSR together with its partner Elmet Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs GmbH (Oftering, Austria). In this application, Elmet is providing the model OP 5000P LSR dosage system, a 16-cavity mould with a cold runner and demoulding unit. Parts are handled by a viper 40 robot from ENGEL's linear robot programme. The conveyor belt is integrated into the safety gate of the injection moulding machine, keeping the entire system at a compact size.

    Focused 100 percent on the requirements of the industry
    From the individual injection moulding machine to the highly integrated production cell, ENGEL delivers tailored solutions for the injection moulding industry. Developing customer-specific solutions takes more than technological know-how. This is why at ENGEL, business units are completely focused on a single industry. ENGEL employees are therefore on the same level with customers when discussing projects, able to understand and implement individual requests in detail. Many industry specific developments, such as the GMP-capable periphery devices being presented at Fakuma, are based on the bundled experience of the ENGEL business units.

    ENGEL at Fakuma 2017 Hall: A5, stand 5204
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    04.09.2017   SCHÄFER Container Systems at the very first Craft Beer Italy 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news From 22 to 23 November, SCHÄFER Container Systems will be presenting its products and solutions regarding stainless steel reusable KEGs for craft brewers and independent breweries at the Craft Beer Italy fair in Milan’s Talent Garden Milano Calabiana. Visitors will find the manufacturer of reusable container systems (KEGs) for beverages, IBCs and special containers at stand B22 in the exhibition hall. This year, the Craft Beer Italy is being held for the very first time.

    NürnbergMesse Italia along with their partners Doemens & VLB Berlin are the organisers of Craft Beer Italy, which was brought into being to create a B2B event for the craft beer scene, based on the BrauBeviale. The visitor profile covers traders, restaurant and hotel owners, craft brewers, home brewers, beer testers and, of course, beer lovers. So, naturally, in a so-called “Taste-IT Area”, a range of rare brews can be sampled and enjoyed.

    “Italy has been more than just a wine drinking country for a long time now. In particular, the Italian demand for craft beers, the birra artigianale, has grown significantly. Our participation here is a clear signal for the importance of this market segment. At the fair, we will be demonstrating that our branded container systems support the spirit behind craft brewed beer, as well as the passion and love for higher product quality and individuality that goes with it. We are also consolidating the strategic expansion of our sales operations in Italy through our recent cooperation with a partner in the country itself”, says Guido Klinkhammer, Business Unit Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems.
    (SCHÄFER Werke GmbH)
    01.09.2017   Secure performance: Prevent problems before they occur    ( Company news )

    Company news Wear and tear is natural, but servicing your equipment regulary can ensure operational reliability and helps maintain performance. Preventive Maintenance reduces unplanned stops, increases equipment lifetime and reduces workplace accidents.

    For your valves, make regular service and maintenance on your valves for them to be able to perform optimally. The most cost-effective approach is following a simple preventive maintenance program which will prolong the lifespan of your valves.

    For your rotary lobe pumps check the oil level in the gearbox should be checked regularly and re-filled when necessary. Check the manual for re-lubrication schedule.

    Regularly maintain your tank equipment following scheduled service intervals. This will always keep your tank equipment in good condition.

    For your centrifugal pumps, check to make sure water has been connected so that the shaft seal does not run dry. Dry running will damage the shaft seal and could lead to a damaged pump.

    Remember if you have Alfa Laval equipment installed, using Alfa Laval genuine spare parts will protect your Alfa Laval equipment because they are designed and manufactured for durability, productivity, and Less environmental impact.
    (Alfa Laval Nordic A/S)
    31.08.2017   Drinktec 2017: Production efficiency at its peak    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 At Drinktec 2017, the world's leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry, ENGEL will set a new standard of efficiency in the highly integrated production of beverage caps from September 11 to 15 in Munich, Germany. In collaboration with partner companies, the injection moulding machine manufacturer and systems provider based in Schwertberg, Austria, will present a complete system solution.

    Photo: Maximum output with minimal energy consumption: During Drinktec 2017, a fully automated e-cap injection moulding machine, equipped with a 96-cavity mould, will be producing 26-mm caps including tamper-proof bands at a cycle time of under 2.5 seconds.

    During the five days of the fair, under actual production conditions and at a cycle time of under 2.5 seconds, the production cell will deliver 26-mm caps made of HDPE and including tamper-proof bands. The system scores with outstanding energy efficiency and highest degree of process consistency. At the core of the highly integrated solution is an ENGEL e-cap 2440/380 injection moulding machine with a clamping force of 3800 kN. A 96-cavity mould by Corvaglia from Eschlikon in Switzerland will be used. ENGEL has integrated additional peripherals into the system including a DMS dry-air system by Blue Air Systems (Kundl, Austria), a TWIN model cap inspection system by IMDvista (Brügg, Switzerland), and material handling units by Piovan (S. Maria di Sala VE, Italy). The hot-runner temperature control is made by S.i.S.e. (Oyonnax, France), and partners for the raw materials are Borealis, (Vienna, Austria) and Gabriel Chemicals (Gumpoldskirchen, Austria).

    All-electric e-cap for the highest precision and process consistency
    "In terms of geometry, beverage caps have reached their lightweighting minimum. This means that the demands on the precision and repeatability of injection moulding machines are higher than ever before", says Frank Schuster, Sales Director of ENGEL packaging, describing a trend that is often decisive in the design of injection moulding machines and production cells for cap production. In addition, the sensitivity of producers to energy efficiency continues to increase. In order to meet both challenges, ENGEL is focusing on all-electric high performance machines for cap production. With clamping forces of 1,100 to 4,200 kN, the ENGEL e-cap series was developed specifically for this market segment.

    Among other things, the high-performance servo direct drives are responsible for the outstanding process stability and precision of the e-cap injection moulding machines. They ensure the required plasticising capacity and a maximum of usable parts even when using the new high-strength HDPE materials with a MFI significantly lower than 2 or even 1 g/10 min. In addition, the increased ejection and clamping forces help to achieve very short cycle times. In spite of its impressive performance, the e-cap requires very little energy and cooling water, even at constant high-speed.

    Everything from a single source for faster project planning
    As a complete system, the production cell represents the state-of-the-art in highly efficient cap production. Both Blue Air Systems and IMDvista will be presenting their latest innovations at the ENGEL booth. The DMS series devices by Blue Air Systems allow for higher product quality and energy savings of up to 85 percent as compared to conventional mould dehumidifiers. What makes this series special is that it works without water. Without pre-cooling, it guarantees condensation-free production conditions regardless of the weather and the climate zone.

    With its TWIN flying closure system, IMDvista has solved one of the biggest challenges in the inline-inspection of beverage caps. Usually, the freshly produced caps undergo camera inspection while lying on a conveyor belt. This means that the top side of the caps cannot be viewed by the cameras. With the new technology, caps are lifted by a stream of air, and can thus be inspected from above and below without extending processing time.

    From a single source, ENGEL delivers highly integrated and automated system solutions for the production of bottle caps worldwide. This results in several advantages for the producer. For one thing, efficiency and quality potentials can only be fully utilised when the individual components of the production cell have been precisely synchronised from the start. Apart from that, the systems solution accelerates project planning and commissioning due to the fact that the producer does not need to coordinate various suppliers.

    inject 4.0 for even higher efficiency and quality
    In addition to the injection moulding machine, automation, peripherals, and mould, software products for digitalisation and networking are more and more often part of the package. "Industry 4.0 is opening up huge opportunities for even higher efficiency and quality", clarifies Schuster. "We support our customers in realising this potential."

    Under the inject 4.0 name, ENGEL offers a comprehensive range of products and solutions for the three areas of the smart factory. The first products entered the market many years ago and have become well-established worldwide. ENGEL is consistently developing the inject 4.0 programme and will clearly demonstrate its new opportunities and possibilities at the Drinktec 2017. Among other things, the focus will be on MES authentig.

    In order to be able to monitor and analyse the current condition of individual machines from a central computer, including their utilisation and output, all the production units are interconnected through the Manufacturing Execution System. Transferred in real-time, their data can be correlated to both quality and business performance indicators, and analysed in various ways. Tailored to the specific requirements of the injection moulding industry, authentig achieves particularly deep vertical data integration, down to the level of individual cavities.

    authentig was developed by T.I.G. Gesellschaft für Informationssysteme GmbH, which has now been part of the ENGEL Group for a year. With the integration of T.I.G. into the ENGEL Group, the companies have combined their MES know-how and their many years of experience with MES projects worldwide, thereby achieving innovation at an even higher pace.

    ENGEL at Drinktec 2017: Hall A4, booth 324
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    30.08.2017   Endress+Hauser at drinktec 2017 - Numerous product innovations at the world's leading trade fair for    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 ...the beverage and liquid food industry

    At drinktec 2017, Endress+Hauser will be demonstrating measurement technology and automation concepts from a single source for all process control areas using the examples of mixing & blending and CIP. As a global partner, the company helps customers address the issue of food safety with accredited calibration services, as well as self-calibrating and self-monitoring measurement technology. Device innovations illustrate among others how plant operators can measure density with a high level of accuracy or how measurement technology can support the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

    100% compliance, 0% effort
    At drinktec 2017, Endress+Hauser will present its new thermometer featuring one-of-a-kind, self-calibrating sensor technology. The hygienic iTHERM TrustSens thermometer (photo) is designed for customers in the life sciences and food & beverage industries who require 100% compliance with FDA and GMP regulations. The new thermometer offers a high level of process reliability and system availability through permanent inline self-calibration, thus eliminating the risk of non-compliance during production.

    Picomag – intelligent and robust flow measurements
    In addition to the new Proline 300/500 flow measurement device range featuring wireless connectivity for IIoT applications, Heartbeat Technology, a food safety concept and HistoROM data management, Endress+Hauser will introduce an additional instrument highlight.

    The new Picomag is an electromagnetic flow measurement system with intuitive operation thanks to an IO-link and Bluetooth technology. The multivariable flow and temperature monitoring make it particularly suitable for production processes in the food & beverage industry.

    Heartbeat Technology – taking the pulse of your measurement
    To ensure safe and reproducible end products around the clock, there is a need for faster and easier monitoring of measurement devices, particularly in the food & beverage industry. HACCP concepts and the IFS Food standard version 6 both stipulate the requirement to verify and document measurement points in defined intervals.

    Heartbeat is the first technology to make it possible to fully comply with these requirements for flow, level and temperature measurement points at a high level of quality - in situ and without system downtime.

    Visit the People for Process Automation at drinktec 2017 (11-15 September in Munich, Germany) in hall A3, booth 322, and experience these innovations first hand. We look forward to some interesting discussions!
    (Endress+Hauser AG)
    29.08.2017   GEA provides inspiration for beverage industry at drinktec 2017    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 GEA invites beverage industry representatives to visit Hall A3, Booth 313, at drinktec, the leading global trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry in Munich from September 11-15, 2017. This year the technology company will present innovations and developments under the motto "Inspiring Beverage Solutions": Covering everything from fruit juice, milk, wine and beer production, GEA uses project-based and standard solutions to help customers prepare for the future. GEA focuses on customer needs, including high quality products providing absolutely reliable and safe production, flexibility in the face of demand fluctuations, improvements to internal productivity with ever lower operating costs and a sustainable ecological balance. Tailoring its engineering know-how to the service of its customers, technology leader GEA develops solutions beyond mere components, accompanying the whole line life cycle. These three GEA innovations premiere at the fair:

    Continuous brewing, just-in-time production technology and digitalization: “Brewery 4.0”
    GEA puts strong focus on the future of beer production with the release of its “Brewery 4.0”: This concept is a vision of continuous brewing and fermentation, placing strong demands on tomorrow's technology and IT infrastructure. Another pioneering feature is the linking of beer production – the continuous mash separation in double decanters, fermentation and maturation processes as well as quality assurance – with just-in-time production technology and flexible processing of digital data. Large quantities of data are processed as these production steps are digitalized and allow for analysis of mid- and long-term trends, increasing the system availability. Customers can thus use Brewery 4.0 to prepare for competition in the coming years and generate the greatest possible flexibility throughout the supply chain. Simultaneously GEA takes into account sustainability with regard to yields, energy consumption and space usage of the plants. At drinktec 2017, GEA will meet with industry representatives to discuss the elements of a semi-continuous process variant and the advantages and challenges facing beer production.

    Launch of the highest performance high-pressure homogenizer in the world
    Drinktec 2017 keyvisual
    A new chapter in high-pressure homogenization systems from GEA is being opened with the market launch of the GEA Ariete Homogenizer 5400: It provides throughput of 80,000 liters an hour with 120 bar of pressure creating the largest capacity a five-piston homogenizer has ever provided, setting new standards in terms of reliability, product safety and operating costs.

    GEA ABF Technology (Aseptic Blow Fill) for sustainable beverage bottling
    At the drinktec GEA will also present GEA ABF, composed of an aseptic rotary blow molding machine with an integrated aseptic filling and aseptic capping systems featuring maximum efficiency for processing sensitive beverages into PET bottles. The aseptic blow molding process reduces the use of chemicals and energy consumptions for sterilizing operations. Innovation GEA Sterilfoil VHP L is a new flexible solution for foil sterilization available for a wide range of applications from ESL to aseptic beverages. Both technologies use a very effective vapor H2O2 based treatment, able to reach over 6 log reductions on both preform or foil decontamination and suitable for High Acid or Low Acid products. Further GEA exhibits at the drinktec shall also include:

    Flexibility, efficiency and quality for craft-beer brewers
    GEA shows two solutions for the medium-sized specialty breweries such as those on the craft-beer market: The three-vessel GEA CRAFT-STAR™ brewhouse has excellent extract efficiency of 98 percent and helps the customer consistently create prize-winning beers. The GEA ‘Plug & Win’ separator for craft brewers is a multifunctional compact system, performing five processes in a single machine – a benefit in terms of profitability and efficiency. The separator skid reduces the production time by 30 percent while generating up to ten percent higher yields.

    Combined GEA innovations improve predictability of beer production
    GEA experts have conceived, designed and installed individual components and entire systems for breweries around the world. Their field experience, intense development work within the Group and close cooperation with customers allow them to question the status quo, move forward and set standards for the industry. GEA is also formulating their understanding of today's state-of-the-art technology under the title "Brewery Advanced". The concept is based on GEA's sophisticated technology and a process design, creating significant advantages when it comes to customer capacity and energy consumption. GEA is thus able to increase the number of brews in the lauter tun from 12 to 14 a day, while the evaporation rate has been reduced from the standard four percent to merely one percent. The GEA stand will also display their efficient evaporation technology, the waste-free GEA clearamic BeerFiltration as well the ECO-MATRIX™ piping concept and ECO-FERM™, a technology for homogenizing fermentation tank contents.

    Golden sealing avoids ingress of micro-organisms into the product
    At drinktec GEA TEFASEP® gold debuts as part of the GEA D-tec® valve line. The hard and inert material compound together with the valve seat seal design allows for a minimized contact area between housing and seal and therewith increases cleanability and process safety. TEFASEP® gold belongs to the D-tec® stem diaphragm valves which are characterized by a high safety protection against contamination.

    Energy-saving ceramic cross-flow filters
    The GEA rotoramic is an energy-saving filter for beer recovery from surplus yeast, helping brewers achieve maximum yields. The ceramic cross-flow filter uses about 75 percent less energy than standard cross-flow processes.

    Modular batch mixing system for non-alcoholic beverages
    For non-alcoholic beverage applications the GEA DI-BATCH™ allows for complete control and high flexibility of the production process, featuring accurate dosing, material traceability and parallel operations. As partial amounts can be taken from the containers by means of a suction lance, manufacturers are more flexible in their production volumes and can purchase their base materials in varying container sizes – all of these are strengths that make DIBATCH™ also attractive for smaller test batches for product launches or research and development.

    Live demonstrations of GEA service products for the beverage industry
    With GEA Service, beverage manufacturers can improve the life cycle costs of their production plant. Especially for the brewery and beverage industry, GEA Audits are offered, for example, that recognize the hidden potential of components, systems and processes; Optimization proposals are being developed. GEA will also be demonstrating the PerformancePlus concept live: Based on the data from an online condition monitoring system, GEA experts carry out analyzes and recommend measures for the best possible plant operation. Moreover, visitors can test GEA Remote Eye Wear live, a groundbreaking service innovation that enables virtual experts to support machine operators and service technicians in-real time. GEA’s service staff at drinktec will inform customers about all further options of the service concept "GEA Service - For your continuous success" on the stand.

    GEA at the drinktec: Hall A3, booth 313
    (GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)
    29.08.2017   Graphic Packaging International to Demonstrate a World of Possibilities in Beverage Packaging ...    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 ... at drinktec 2017

    At drinktec 2017, Graphic Packaging International (GPI) will demonstrate a world of possibilities in machinery and packaging solutions that address both current and evolving consumer buying habits that are shaping the global beverage industry.

    Photo: AutoMAXX® machinery runs wrap-style packaging for cans, bottles, PET, aseptic containers and joined cups

    "Today, the global beverage industry is experiencing unprecedented dynamism, evolving with consumer preferences and buying habits," said Allen Ennis, Vice President and General Manager of Global Beverage at GPI. "Brands need to stay ahead of the curve, and GPI provides integrated, unique machinery and carton solutions to help them do just that."

    During the drinktec show, GPI will demonstrate machinery systems that address the needs of brands for both today and tomorrow. The technology is apparent to the user which makes it easy to operate and maintain. Attendees will be able to view the company's IQ Tablet, which is provided across all machinery offerings and delivers a portable, on-demand technical resource to aid in ongoing operations and maintenance.

    From robotics and multi-packing systems to systems that allow for greater flexibility in a smaller manufacturing footprint, attendees will experience first-hand how GPI's machinery and cartons open up a world of possibilities for brands to continuously evolve with consumer purchasing habits in the beverage space.

    At the exhibit (#325 in hall A5), leaders from GPI will be available to discuss the company's unique approach to innovation, and will provide thought leadership via a series of seminars covering emerging trends in the global beverage marketplace.
    (Graphic Packaging International Inc.)
    28.08.2017   Format diversity combined with a small footprint - Schubert and KHS present block solution for ...    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 ... beverage manufacturers

    At the drinktec 2017, Schubert will be presenting the Innopack-TLM block packaging system which was developed with the company’s collaboration partner KHS. The block system seamlessly combines a Schubert TLM packaging machine with a KHS packer. Customers in the beverage industry stand to greatly benefit from this self-contained total solution which delivers significant increases in packaging quality and flexibility. The Innopack-TLM can be used to pack several different bottle and end-packaging formats – very efficiently and in the tightest of spaces.

    At the drinktec trade fair from 11 to 15 September 2017, Gerhard Schubert GmbH will be presenting all the benefits of the Innopack-TLM block solution at the KHS booth (Hall B4, Stand 328). The inline packaging system connects the Schubert and KHS machines by linking individual modules into a compact, space-saving unit. The system exhibited at the fair consists of five TLM sub-machines from Schubert and a machine section from KHS. The block solution, commissioned by an Israeli brewery, packs baskets of 6 0.33 l bottles in a wrap-around carton, or baskets with 6 0.5 l bottles in crates.

    The seamless connection between the KHS packer and the TLM packing system from Schubert is achieved by the use of the Transmodul. This patented robot takes on the transport of the erected cartons into the KHS system and then conveys the cartons filled with bottles to the appropriate module for gluing and sealing. The multifunctional machine is clearly laid out, ideally accessible and compact. The entire block system is operated centrally via a single control terminal. Despite the versatility of this solution, personnel requirements are low. In fact, one person can operate the compact system.

    The system can pack beverage crates as well as baskets, clusters and other cardboard packaging. The block system presented at the fair achieves an output of up to 48,200 bottles per hour, and therefore up to 134 6-unit baskets, or 45 crates or cartons per minute.

    Thanks to its modular design, the space-saving solution can be extended flexibly as production increases or to adapt to different formats and product mixes. This allows customers to react quickly to changing requirements, while enabling forward-looking competitiveness.

    Drinktec – Hall B4/ Stand 328
    (Gerhard Schubert GmbH)
    28.08.2017   Sapporo Holdings Limited Acquires Anchor Brewing Company     ( Company news )

    Company news Anchor Brewing Company announces that Sapporo Holdings Limited will be acquiring the company with plans to continue Anchor’s traditions and legacy in San Francisco while growing the brand globally.

    Anchor Brewing Company’s flagship beer, Anchor Steam® Beer, has been brewed in San Francisco since 1896. Sapporo has a long-standing history in Japan dating back to 1876 and an appreciation for tradition, craftsmanship and provenance which are all fundamental tenets of Anchor.

    “Sapporo shares our values and appreciates our unique, time-honored approach to brewing,” said Keith Greggor, Anchor Brewing Co-Owner. “With both a long-term vision and the resources to realize it, Sapporo will keep brewing Anchor’s beers in San Francisco while expanding to new markets worldwide.”

    “Anchor Steam Beer is a San Francisco original, inspiring a new generation of brewers and beer lovers around the world,” said Masaki Oga, President and Representative Director, Sapporo Holdings LTD. “Both companies share a brewing philosophy backed by long histories and this transaction enables both Sapporo Group’s US business and Anchor Brewing Company’s global business to make a further leap forward.”

    More than 50 years ago, Anchor started the modern craft beer movement with a series of innovations. Anchor brewed the first post-prohibition Porter, ignited todays IPA boom when it introduced dry-hopping and the cascade hop and created the industry’s first seasonal beers. Since then, the emergence of thousands of craft breweries within the United States and around the world has created the need for scale and synergies to compete in a growing global market for craft beer.

    Anchor’s experienced management team will continue to run the business but now benefit from superior financing and additional resources. Sapporo is committed to preserving and maintaining Anchor’s operations in San Francisco, including the historic Potrero Hill brewery. Sapporo will invest in the brewery to improve production efficiencies and will strengthen all aspects of management and production to ensure the highest quality of beer is consistently delivered. In addition, Sapporo is fully supportive of Anchor’s new public taproom concept that will be opening soon. Sapporo will also export Anchor to new international markets using its global distribution resources.

    The transaction is expected to close on August 31st; subject to customary closing conditions. Terms are not disclosed. Anchor Distilling Company is not part of this transaction and will now become a fully independent company in its own right.

    Sapporo first made its way to America in 1964. In 1984, SAPPORO U.S.A., INC. was founded to help preserve our high standard of quality throughout the country. Today, Sapporo stands alone as the best-selling Asian Beer in the United States for more than 30 years.
    (Anchor Brewing Company)
    25.08.2017   Fresh ideas for marking and coding beverages - Paul LEIBINGER showcases its smart solutions     ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 drinktec 2017

    The German marking specialist Paul LEIBINGER is presenting its marking solutions for the beverage industry at the drinktec trade show in Munich from September 11 to 15, 2017. At Booth 506 in Hall B4, trade show visitors will be able to see for themselves the quality and reliability of the German-made industrial inkjet printers. They will get the chance to watch as samples they have brought with them are marked and coded live at the booth.

    A reliable and flexible marking system is of central importance to the filling process, because bottles, cans and beverage cartons cannot be sold without an expiration or best before date. If a marking device fails, then the whole production line stops—a scenario that can be avoided. The continuous inkjet printers from the German company Paul LEIBINGER provide the reliability and flexibility that the beverage industry needs.

    To ensure high reliability of the marking technology and prevent downtimes, all LEIBINGER inkjet printers are equipped with the automated Sealtronic nozzle seal. This keeps the ink from drying in the printhead, even during long pauses in production. Therefore, the printer is ready for use at any time, within a few seconds and without the need for rinsing before starting the printing process.

    At the same time, the digital printing technology offers a variety of application options. For example, it is possible not only to print expiration dates and LOT numbers, but also to implement advertising campaigns with lottery codes and QR codes for customer loyalty. Thanks to the non-contact marking with fast-drying inks during ongoing production, it is possible to label all kinds of materials (glass, PET, metal, etc.) and surfaces (concave, convex, etc.) with individual dates in a matter of seconds.

    LEIBINGER meets the stringent requirements for raw and wet production environments in the beverage industry with its JET3up PRO inkjet printer. This printer has a particularly rugged stainless steel housing with protection class IP65, which protects it against dust and spray water. With special inks for coding glass bottles and industry-specific software for printing promotion codes from a database, LEIBINGER provides a variety of solutions for specific needs of the beverage industry.

    In addition to the inkjet printers, Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG offers a vision system for quality control of printed data. V-check automatically compares the marking applied to the product using a LEIBINGER inkjet printer against a reference sample and detects incorrect or incomplete data. The system is based on an image sensor and enables complete monitoring of elements that have been defined in advance, such as letters, numbers or logos. For customers who need a high-end solution in the area of verification, LEIBINGER's LKS 5 camera system is the right choice.
    (Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG)
    24.08.2017   Michel Giannuzzi will take over from Jean-Pierre Floris at the head of Verallia Packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news Verallia Packaging S.A.S. has announced the appointment of Michel Giannuzzi as Chairman and Chief Executive officer (“CEO”) of the Group starting from September 1, 2017. He will take over from Jean-Pierre Floris, who is appointed as Honorary Chairman and will continue to serve the company as Independent Board Member.

    Aged 52 years old, Michel Giannuzzi served as CEO of Tarkett, a worldwide leader of innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, from 2007 to 2017. During his tenure at Tarkett, Michel Giannuzzi pursued a profitable and sustainable growth strategy, which led to a successful IPO in 2013. Prior to that, Michel Giannuzzi held several leading positions within the Michelin Group and Valeo Group. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique.

    Jean-Pierre Floris declared: “I am honoured to have led the team that established the independence of Verallia and that implemented the business plan developed in partnership with Apollo and Bpifrance. Today marks the beginning of a new phase for Verallia. I am delighted with the choice of Michel Giannuzzi, which I supported. He has all the qualities and the experience necessary to guarantee the deployment of our company’s business strategy. I wish Verallia and Michel Giannuzzi every success and I want them to know that they have my full support. I would like to thank our shareholders, our 10,000 customers, and the 10,000 employees of Verallia, with whom I had a great pleasure to work.”

    “I am very excited to join Verallia and partner with both Apollo and Bpifrance. Verallia is a leader in its industry and Jean-Pierre Floris has built an exceptional team with years of experience in glass packaging manufacturing, which will lay the foundation for a successful future”, said Michel Giannuzzi.

    “We would like to thank Jean-Pierre Floris for his service to the company and his efforts to successfully transition Verallia to a standalone entity. We look forward to continuing to serve Verallia alongside him in his new capacity as Honorary Chairman and Independent Board Member”, stated Robert Seminara, Senior Partner of Apollo and Sébastien Moynot, Board Member of Verallia representing Bpifrance. “We are delighted to welcome Michel Giannuzzi to Verallia, who brings the unique combination of entrepreneurial spirit and proven leadership that will be instrumental to continue the successful development that the company enjoyed under Jean-Pierre Floris’ leadership.”
    (Verallia Packaging SAS)
    24.08.2017   Perfect Motion for Liquid Products     ( Company news )

    Company news At drinktec 2017, Baumüller will introduce complete solution packages and industry-specific components

    Picture: The direct drive DST2 80 is thermally tightly encapsulated in a stainless steel pipe and impresses with very low self-heating and easy cleaning

    From September 11-15, 2017, Baumüller will participate in drinktec 2017, the world's leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry in Munich. In hall B3 at stand 321, the Nuremberg-based drive and automatization specialist will present its specific industry solutions for the beverage industry: From a drive with an aseptic surface for transport tasks in the food sector to compact local drive technology for minimum wiring effort. In addition, a compact high-torque motor with extremely low self-heating as well as a stainless steel flange for easy cleaning will be presented.

    Increased productivity due to the intelligent overall solution
    The drive system ETAŋ drive will be the highlight at the Baumüller stand. The motor-gear combination achieves degrees of efficiency of up to 90 percent and is also ideally suited for aseptic applications, like in the beverage industry, duet o its surface properties. The ETAŋ drive will be in use on a transport and conveyor belt for beverage bottles at drinktec. Minimal overall installed size and high system efficiency characterize the gear motor ETAŋ drive, which was specially developed for the food and beverage industry. The drive system is equipped with an aseptic, completely enclosed housing and is therefore particularly suitable for transport tasks in the food sector.

    Service 4.0: Digitization Increases Availability
    An innovation in the field of service is BAUDIS IoT, a system for the process optimization and for the predictive maintenance system of existing and new machines. BAUDIS IoT is the consistent enhancement of the BAUDIS diagnostic system developed by Baumüller, which has successfully been in use for more than 20 years. BAUDIS increases the process reliability and availability of production and is successfully used worldwide in machines and plants.

    BAUDIS IoT, the latest version, is an IoT-capable diagnostic and communication system that allows for a simple networking of machines and systems via the Internet and the intelligent analysis of data. The networked version benefits from the long-standing expertise of a successful system. The system can be used independently of the manufacturer of the automation components and the sensors and therefore can easily be retrofitted and upgraded. It is therefore equally suitable for greenfield and brownfield plants, i.e. for the digitization of new and existing production facilities.

    BAUDIS IoT allows for the continuous monitoring of automation components and machine states, data recording and analysis and the generation and output of a recommendation for action. The evaluation always occurs with the latest available algorithms. The system is thus continuously made more intelligent and uses algorithms to develop independent solutions (machine learning). By avoiding production errors, productivity increases and does so automatically through a self-regulating process.

    Product Highlights
    The b maXX 2500 decentralized drive, which combines the converters from the b maXX 3300 series with robust DSD, DSC and DSP servomotors, is especially suitable for filling systems with many individual drives. This compact drive with integrated electronics is suitable for a power range up to about 6.5 kW and includes integrated safety technology with the degree of protection IP 65. Thanks to a variety of supported fieldbus systems and flexibility in terms of its installation location, the b maXX 2500 offers mechanical engineers with a high degree of design freedom and allows for the realization of optimally adapted machine solutions.

    A new feature in drive technology is the extremely compact high-torque motor DST2 80, which among other things is used as a drive of starwheel columns for container transport in filling machines in the beverage industry. The direct drive is thermally tightly encapsulated in a stainless steel pipe and impresses with very low self-heating and easy cleaning.

    The networking of man, machine or sensors is increasing in the industrial sector. To protect industrial security, Baumüller offers a secure solution for the remote maintenance of machines and systems with Ubiquity: The state of machines can thus be monitored worldwide and quickly responded to in a targeted manner if necessary. This capability of quick and accurate diagnostics and troubleshooting saves time and money. Ubiquity thus increases the productivity and efficiency of machines. The Ubiquity runtime environment is pre-installed in all Windows-based HMIs from Baumüller and can be used without separate hardware.

    Lifecycle management 4.0 worldwide
    In addition to developing and manufacturing automation components, Baumüller as a corporate group also covers numerous services for machine and systems construction as well as for machine operators. Starting with the project planning, design and commissioning all the way to maintenance, retrofitting and relocation, Baumüller offers support throughout the entire life cycle of machines and systems.

    Mechanical engineers and machine operators at drinktec will have the opportunity to be consulted by service experts from the Baumüller subsidiaries Nürmont and the Baumüller repair facility on such topics as manufacturer-independent repair, servicing, relocation and installation. With over 40 branches worldwide, Baumüller is a globally reliable service partner with decades of local worldwide experience.
    (Baumüller Nürnberg GmbH)
    23.08.2017   Agr International Inc. to feature the latest container quality management products at drinktec 2017    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 At the 2017 drinktec show, Agr International, Inc. will be exhibiting an array of products for managing the production and quality of beverage containers. Featured at this year’s show will be Agr’s latest developments for advanced blowmolder management, shelf-life control, and pressurized container testing.

    Photo: The Agr PPT3000 offers a versatile solution for measuring volume expansion and pressure performance of containers manufactured from PET

    Blowmolder management
    The Process Pilot® with CrystalView® automated blowmolder management system is ideal for beverage producers that self-manufacture PET bottles. The Process Pilot product group offers precise material thickness distribution management on PET bottles, while offering hands-off blowmolder control. With the trend towards ever lighter bottles, the Process Pilot system offers producers the ability to aggressively light weight bottles to the absolute minimum while providing the confidence that material is distributed appropriately, with proper thickness in all critical areas, on every bottle produced. Not only does this product simplify and stabilize the production of PET bottles, but it also provides the versatility to manage bottle production in a manner most suitable to the product and application. Whether the goal is to make the lightest bottle possible, process preforms of mixed lineage, improve bottle shelf-life and performance characteristics, save energy or just run a stable process 24/7, the Process Pilot product group offers a means to realize this goal profitably and with confidence.

    Shelf-life management is an important but tedious measurement. Agr will feature several products that provide immediate determination of the permeability and shelf-life performance of newly produced PET bottles. These products make it possible to effectively manage (in real-time) a bottle’s shelf-life performance for oxygen ingress, CO2 or water loss.

    Pressure and volume
    Whether your final product is packaged in a PET bottle, PET keg, aluminum bottle or glass bottle, accurate volume and proper pressure performance is paramount to the efficacy of the finished beverage container. Agr offers several testing products designed to aid bottle makers and beverage producers manage pressure and volume. The Agr PPT3000 offers a versatile solution for measuring volume expansion and pressure performance of containers manufactured from PET. Unlike other pressure testers, The PPT3000 actually simulates the rapid rise pressure profile that a container experiences during the filling cycle, providing valuable data that can be used to prevent filling line downtime due to premature pressure breaks. The SPT2, Agr’s latest addition to its product group, is an automated glass bottle testing system that performs precision volume measurement as well as pressure testing up to 1000 psi. Configurations are available for automated laboratory applications or along the production line as part of an automated sampling station.

    Visit Agr in Hall A4, stand 336.
    (AGR International Inc.)
    23.08.2017   Belgium & UK: Belgian brewers entering the UK market despite Brexit uncertainties    ( )

    The U.K.’s impending departure from the European Union has been blamed for weakening the pound, putting London banking jobs in danger and curtailing economic growth. Now it’s putting at risk a fledgling attempt to bring the complexities of Belgian beer to British drinkers, Bloomberg reported on August 16.

    Twenty beer makers from Belgium, which is home to six of the world’s 11 Trappist breweries, descended on London last month to showcase their brands at the inaugural Ales Tales Belgian Beer Festival, where they are seeking to strengthen their foothold in the U.K. market.

    About a thousand people lined up to taste the hops and barley concoctions just four months after the U.K. announced its intention to leave the bloc, which precipitated a 5 percent drop in the pound and the longest fall in consumer spending in more than four years. And since negotiations still haven’t started on Britain’s future relationship with the EU, businesses are left guessing what a trade partnership would look like, raising the spectre of new tariffs and questioning the reliability of international supply chains. But some brewers are still willing to take the risk.

    “I have no clue about what will happen, but it makes no sense to wait,” said Yvan De Baets, co-owner of Brasserie de la Senne, which was an exhibitor at the festival. “The U.K. and the EU are not that stupid and I’m sure they will negotiate something that both parties will be happy with and exports both ways will still be easy.”

    In beer-crazy Belgium, a country of about 11 million people and 1,500 different beers produced by some 224 breweries, craft production has a special status like wine-making in France or the distillation of whiskey in Scotland. UNESCO even added Belgian beer to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. As such, these niche producers in a founding member of the EU may prove a gauge for the post-Brexit appeal of the continental consumer products.

    While these producers operate in the shadow of industrial giants Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and Duvel Moortgat NV, the challenges they face highlight the economic uncertainties arising from the U.K.’s plan to quit the EU in 2019.

    “It may not be the best time to try and start exporting to England, as nobody knows what is going to happen, and the pound is going down making our beers for the British people more and more expensive,” said Jef Van Den Steen, who turned from beer journalism to brewing 15 years ago. “But it will not stop me from trying.”
    He is already exporting 80 percent of the 15,000 hectolitres of unfiltered beer he makes at De Glazen Toren in the town of Erpe-Mere, halfway between Brussels and Ghent, mostly to the U.S. and Italy.

    “I was a bit scared when I started organizing the festival with a shadow of Brexit and thought brewers would be reluctant, saying ‘let’s wait for two years before we start looking at the U.K.’,” Nicolas Tondeur, the organizer of the Belgian Beer Festival and a banker at BNP Paribas in London, said in an interview. “None of them mentioned it when we met.”

    With the fall in sterling, U.K. consumers cut back on spending for a third month in July, with food being among the worst hit, according to a report from IHS Markit and Visa. This comes as the Bank of England downgraded its economic outlook and Governor Mark Carney warned that Brexit uncertainty is weighing on business and households.

    Belgium’s 3 billion-euro-a-year ($3.5 billion) beer industry is keeping a close eye on the U.K. market even though it’s only the eighth biggest export destination globally after France, the Netherlands, U.S., Germany, China, Italy and Canada, according to the Belgian Brewers’ Association. Its share of U.K. imports rose to 6.5 percent in 2015 from 4.4 percent in 2010, according to the British Beer & Pub Association.

    Earlier this year, the Belgian Brewers Association submitted their views on Brexit to the Belgian Cabinet of Ministers, according to its president Jean-Louis Van de Perre, an InBev and KPMG veteran.

    “Will the U.K. increase import tariffs, will it change something with respect to product specification, have a system favoring local beers to protect domestic production?” Van de Perre said, speaking from his office in a centuries-old Brewers’ House in Brussels’ Grand Place. “I hope it doesn’t happen as if the U.K. wants to export their own beers to the EU, they will get a similar reaction.”

    Jonny Garrett, a spokesman for Cave Direct beer merchants, which imports beers to the U.K., remains sanguine.

    Brexit “was a real blow to our business and has really squeezed our margins,” Garrett said. “We hope in the long run that a good deal will be struck for trade with the EU and will campaign for it if necessary. In the meantime we have adjusted our pricing and continue to grow our Belgian and German brands really well.”
    23.08.2017   Inspirational New Closures from UNITED CAPS at drinktec 2017 in Munich    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 Beverage manufacturers are increasingly focused on developing Differentiated Total Packaging Solutions that allow their brand to stand out on crowded shelves.

    UNITED CAPS are known for their ability to enable those solutions with breakthrough closures that provide not only a first class gateway to the product experience but also enhance brand storytelling.

    At Drinktec, UNITED CAPS will be present in Hall A4, Stand 535, and will demonstrate how their market-driven approach, supported by the strategic pillars of RELATE, PERFORM & SUSTAIN, fosters the development of outstanding closures that perform as well in the plant as they do in the hand.

    With a healthy 50/50 split between customised and non-bespoke solutions, UNITED CAPS will also showcase the latest in customised solutions like the innovative Wattwiller closure, which features a petal-flower design that is not only eye-catching but allows end users to open bottles with very little effort.

    The complete beverage and dairy standard portfolio has recently been enhanced by significant acquisitions and growth. True to the principle that “Less is More” - UNITED CAPS outstanding design capability has reduced the need for product line complexity. It encompasses solutions for the entire industry, everything from PET to glass bottles across an impressive range of neck sizes. The optimised product lines on display constitute a comprehensive collection wide enough to meet industry needs but simple enough to avoid overwhelming with unnecessary choice.

    New closures developed to answer the requirements of the latest industry trends will be also available to experience at the show.

    Enhancing this portfolio are differentiated finishing processes such as the cutting edge UNITED CAPS Bi-Injection process which yield exciting design possibilities and inspiration for brand owners.

    Experts from R&D, production and technical service will be on hand to explain how UNITED CAPS helps customers to deliver Differentiated Total Packaging Solutions.
    (United Caps)
    23.08.2017   Russia: Craft brewing expanding in Russia    ( )

    Pint by frothy pint, a hoppy revolution is brewing in Russia, the Associated Press reported on August 14.

    This new generation of craft brewers began sprouting in the vodka capital of the world as foreign beers became too expensive and beer fans sought alternatives to mass-produced lagers. From juicy IPAs to velvety stouts and lip-smacking sours, beers served at breweries that opened in recent years in cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg offer visitors and locals alike the styles popularized in the last two decades by the craft beer boom in the U.S. and Europe.

    Many breweries started after the currency collapse of 2014, when imported beer prices skyrocketed and supply fell.

    “There was almost nothing being brought from outside,” said Alex Korobkov, co-owner of the Zagovor brewery and the RULE Taproom in central Moscow. “So people decided to brew something they had tried outside of Russia.”

    Korobkov and a group of friends started Zagovor — which translates to “Conspiracy” in Russian — in 2014.

    Today, there are over 100 craft breweries in Russia, said Nikita Filippov, co-founder of AF Brew in St. Petersburg, founded in 2012 and one of the craft beer pioneers in Russia. But Filippov said only around two dozen breweries have their own production capacities or long-term contractual base.

    “If nothing dramatic happens in the Russian economics, hops and malt import policies, or beer restriction legislation, the future for craft beer in Russia is promising,” said Filippov.

    All ingredients have to be imported — hops from the U.S. or Germany, grains from several European countries — and there are only a few facilities with the necessary equipment that serve as contract brewers.

    Craft beer still represents a tiny segment of the beer market in Russia — around 1 percent, according to Dmitry Drobyshevsky, who runs the Russian beer trade news site Profibeer and analyzes the market.

    Drobyshevsky said the market for Russian craft beers is expanding beyond its borders, to Europe and China.

    “The Russian brewery Jaws (from Yekaterinburg) started selling beer in China in May,” he said. “Russian bars are starting to appear there, too.”

    The surge in Russian craft beer is perfectly timed for the expected tourism bonanza when the country hosts the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Hundreds of thousands of foreign fans, many of them from the U.S. and Western Europe, will visit the 11 host cities.

    And few things pair better with beer than soccer.

    “They will find a country which is million miles away from old stereotypes about Russia. They will find people who don’t have vodka with caviar every meal but have the offer and knowledge in fine foods, fine spirits and craft beers,” said Filippov. “They will be greatly welcome to our country by a community of craft beer brewers and drinkers.”
    22.08.2017   India: United Breweries introducing five imported beer brands from parent Heineken in India    ( )

    United Breweries Ltd, the maker of Kingfisher beer, is in the process of introducing five imported beer brands from its Dutch parent Heineken NV in India, challenging Anheuser-Busch InBev—currently the market leader for imported beers, Livemint reported on August 10.

    UB has introduced these brands—Sol, Edelweiss, Affligem, Dos Equis and Desperados—in select markets a month ago and is now expanding to other markets, marketing head Samar Singh Sheikhawat said.

    “We are very hopeful that with these five brands, we will have a solution for a consumer set who is looking for these offerings and did not find an answer in the UB portfolio. There is a growing market for this, a profitable market,” Sheikhawat.

    UB—India’s largest beer maker—aims to capture a fourth of India’s imported beer market with these five brands, Sheikhawat said. Before these brands were launched, UB had no presence in that segment.

    The new brands are expected to help UB expand its portfolio, enter a fast-growing segment, and partially offset the slowdown in the wider beer market. Of the five beers, Sol will take on Corona from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

    Apart from Corona, which has a market share of around 49% in imported beers, Anheuser-Busch InBev also sells Hoegaarden (about 27%) and Stella Artois (5%) imported beers in India.

    UB’s new beer brands will be priced between Rs240 and Rs290 a bottle. Alcohol by volume content in these brands ranges from 4.5% to 6.9%. They will all be imported and not manufactured or bottled in India.

    Heineken owns a 43% stake in UB. Anheuser-Busch InBev operates as Crown Beers India Ltd.

    According to UB, the market for imported beers is a tiny one, with almost a million cases selling every year.

    However, it is growing in double digits while the overall beer market is stagnant. It has expanded from 650,000 cases to 950,000 cases between 2013 and 2016, according to a combination of the company’s internal estimates and customs data.

    Imported lager was a three-million litre market by volume in 2016, according to data from Euromonitor International, which provides numbers only for imported lagers and not other kinds of imported beers. The total beer market clocked volume of 2.92 billion litres in 2016.

    UB’s new beer brands will be priced between Rs 240 and Rs 290 a bottle. Alcohol by volume content in these brands ranges from 4.5% to 6.9%. They will all be imported and not manufactured or bottled in India.

    “Price is not the chief determinant for this segment – provenance, story, heritage, beer experience etc is. Europe is associated with the best quality beers in the world, especially Belgian beers. Affligem is Belgian, Desperados is French and Edelweiss is Austrian,” Sheikhawat said.

    Sol and Dos Equis are both beers from Mexico and the former is UB’s answer to Corona, which also originates in Mexico. The new brands will be available in markets like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Goa, Chennai and Hyderabad and are targeted at the young and affluent urban population.

    “These are people who hang out, the affluent, for whom drinking is a casual, social pastime and they are heavily influenced by beers and in trying out new labels. That category is not too fussed about the price point and it is a growing market,” said Sreedhar Prasad, partner at KPMG in India.
    22.08.2017   Latvia: Aldaris brewery's turnover down 1.5% due to market contraction last year    ( )

    Latvian brewery Aldaris closed 2016 with EUR 25.857 million in turnover, down 1.5% from a year before, while its losses expanded by 21.6% year-on-year to EUR 3.178 million, writes LETA, according to information available at

    The company’s management put down the turnover decrease to the 6.2% contraction of the Latvian beer market. The growth of the company’s losses was also blamed on the reduced market and the decision to give up the rights to distribute products of the Baltika brand.

    In 2016, Aldaris commanded 26.1% of the Latvian beer market, according to the management’s report. Last year, Aldaris sold 42.6 million litres of beer, down 1.4% from 2015.

    At the same time, Aldaris has been strengthening its position in other beverage segments like beer cocktails, cider, alcoholic cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. “One of the main non-beer brands is Somersby cider, which has been showing great success across the world,” the Aldaris management said.

    In 2015, Aldaris reported a turnover of EUR 26.244 million, down 8.3% from 2014, and cut its loss by 23.3% to EUR 2.614 million.

    In 2013 Aldaris decided to focus on premium class and craft beer production, and moving production of cheaper or PET-bottled beers to other Carlsberg group breweries in Lithuania and Estonia.

    Aldaris, founded in 1865, is the largest brewery in Latvia and one of the biggest in the Baltics. It is part of the Carlsberg group, one of the world's largest beer makers.
    22.08.2017   Vietnam: Analysts believe now is the right time for government to sell its stake in Sabeco    ( )

    Analysts believe that now is the right time for the state to divest Sabeco shares because the shares are going for a good price, VietNamNet Bridge reported on August 10.

    Sabeco will step up selling the State capital in this firm in 2017 as requested by the Government.

    A representative of Sabeco, the largest brewer in Vietnam, said Sabeco has chosen a consultancy firm for the process.

    Nguyen Hoang Hai, deputy chair of the Vietnam Association of Financial Investors (VAFI), commented that the state’s divestment would only partially depend on the consultant, as it is the sales method that will determine the success of the transaction.

    Sabeco should implement equitization quickly to grab the opportunity to sell at high prices, he said. If the State remains undecided, it will lose billions of dollars.

    "It is necessary to organize auctions and sell its stake soon,” Hai added.

    “If the State wants to sell its stake at high prices, it should sell all the 90 percent stake once. The sale must be done in a transparent and open way which will attract the highest possible number of buyers,” he said.

    Hai stressed the principle of transparency in selling the state’s stake, i.e. shares will be sold to those who pay the highest prices.

    To ensure transparency, it would be better to make public the share auctions and allow investors interview the enterprise before they make decisions.

    Hai repeatedly stressed that the state should sell the stake once to avoid loss of the state’s property.

    In general, state agencies don’t want to sell immediately because Sabeco is so valuable. However, an analyst said if the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) sells in dribs and drabs, 10 percent each time, Sabeco won’t be able to attract strategic shareholders.

    “Strategic investors always want an ownership ratio high enough for them to join the board of directors of enterprises. The small lots of shares won’t attract them,” he explained.

    “They won’t inject money into enterprises if the state still holds the controlling stake,” he said.

    Hai from VAFI estimated that the state would get several billion dollars if all of its stake was sold at one time. The amount of money will be useful, because the state lacks sufficient money for development and investment.

    Institutional investors from Australia, Japan and the US have shown great interest in Sabeco.
    22.08.2017   Łomża Beer Presents a Premium New Glass Bottle    ( Company news )

    Company news As part of a new communication strategy, Łomża Brewery, has launched the Łomża Jasne beer in a premium new bottle design, introducing modern features to the sleek bottle that consumers love. The new design emphasises the slim shape, and the neck of the bottle has been embossed with the brewery’s logo, reflecting Łomża brand’s history.

    The design brief was to create glass packaging that captured Łomża’s historic identity while retaining key brand icons and features. Working in collaboration with Ardagh Group in Poland, in-house designers used their creativity and technical expertise to develop a range of different bottle designs to meet the brief, from which the final shape was selected.

    "The bottle’s fresh look is achieved using two design techniques: traditional embossing and debossing. It has a 500ml capacity and is tall and imposing, giving it real shelf stand-out", explains Roman Sobecki from the design department of Ardagh OEG Design, Gostyń glassworks.

    “Łomża beer has been on the market for 49 years. During that time, we have gained a well-established position in the beer market and have captured the hearts of successive generations of beer lovers. The new communication strategy shows that we listen to our consumers and are responding with a stunning, premiumised new bottle "says Maciej Dymalski, Brand Marketing Manager of Van Pur – Łomża’s brand owner.

    Łomża beer is an alternative to both mass market and craft beers. “We embrace the authenticity of traditional beer brewing, which we know guarantees a quality product. We don’t mass-produce, nor do we over-complicate the process as some craft beers do. We want to make Łomża the best regional beer in Poland, hence the rebranded image that responds to consumer interest in authentic products" explains Maciej Dymalski.
    (Ardagh Glass Gostyn S.A.)

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