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    12.01.2017   Beverage Cans Market Analysis By Product (Aluminum, Steel), By Application (Carbonated Soft Drinks,.    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Alcoholic Beverages, Fruit & Vegetable Juices), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, MEA) And Segment Forecasts, 2013 - 2024

    The global beverage cans market size is expected to reach USD 60.92 billion by 2024. owing to increasing demand for compact beverage packaging solutions.

    Increasing demand for energy drinks and canned cold coffee and iced tea in Europe and Latin America is expected to drive growth over the forecast period. Increasing consumption of canned beverages in major sports tournaments such as Major League Baseball, Barclays Premier League and La Liga owing to increased convenience in handling the beverage is expected to propel the demand for beverage cans over the forecast period.

    Increasing demand for carbonated soft drinks and other flavored soda drinks in North America is expected to positively influence the demand for metal cans over the forecast period. In addition, the growth is expected to be driven by extensive promotional programs undertaken by soft drink manufacturers such as Coca-Cola is expected to have a positive impact on market growth.

    Further key findings from the report suggest
    Carbonated soft drinks application segment is expected to witness the highest growth of over 5% from 2016 to 2024 owing to growing demand for the aerated drinks in developing economies such as India, Mexico, and Thailand

    High demand for beverage cans in the distribution of fruits & vegetable juices is expected to have a positive impact on growth. Rise in consumption of packaged fruit juices owing to consumers leading a healthier lifestyle is expected to propel demand.

    Europe beverage cans market, was valued at more than USD 9 billion in 2015 which is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% from 2016 to 2024 owing to increased recycling activities undertaken by the regulatory bodies including European Commission and national governments of France, Germany, and UK

    Asia Pacific is expected to register a CAGR growth of over 5% from 2016 to 2024 owing to increased demand for carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks and sports drinks owing to increasing disposable income in the developing economies such as China, India, and Indonesia

    The major players in the industry adopt mergers and acquisitions as a key strategy for increasing the market presence. Crown Holdings Inc. acquired EMPAQUE; a leading aluminum can manufacturer in Mexico to expand its market share in the region.
    (Research and Markets)
    12.01.2017   China: Craft beer likely to continue gaining market share and enjoying remarkable performance ...    ( ) China - report

    Riding on a trend towards premiumisation, craft beer, though still a very small market in China, is likely to continue gaining considerable share and should enjoy remarkable performance.

    That is according to a new report by Rabobank into China’s craft beer market at a time when the traditional beer market has matured considerably and is now much more developed than in countries in Southeast Asia.

    With annual consumption above the global average at 36 litres per capita, the beer market has witnessed a significant increase in both value and profitability, though much depends on regional differences. The well-developed eastern provinces consume much more beer than the emerging west, though it has reached a ceiling with stagnant volume growth.

    Today, beer production in Beijing is lower than it was in 2006, whereas in Qinghai it is still growing and has risen by 180% over the last ten years, the Dutch agricultural bank found.

    Following a global trend towards premiumisation, mainstream beer in China has gone through a difficult time over the past five years, while super-premium beer volumes have grown by 160% and now account for 4% of the volume and 18% of the profit pool.

    As one of the segments in the super-premium category, craft beer volume is generally assumed to be considerably less than 1% of overall Chinese consumption. Yet now it is showing strong growth momentum.

    Craft is performing exceptionally well in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, Rabobank found, noting that Chinese millennial consumers have similar purchase considerations as their peers in other countries, leading to strong potential.

    “That will be great opportunities for imported craft beer, domestic craft beer that uses foreign ingredients and domestic craft beer from local ingredients,” said Francois Sonneville, a Rabobank senior food analyst.

    “Yet challenges always go with opportunities. There are a few negative factors restraining the further development of craft beer in China, including consumers’ unfamiliarity towards the product, relatively high costs of transportation, distribution and imported ingredients, logistic issues of cold chain and brewing capacity shortage.”

    Nonetheless, Rabobank expects that imported craft will benefit from improvements in logistics. For Chinese craft brands, the outlook might be even better as contract brewers solve quality issues and invest in more modern local capacity.
    12.01.2017   Malaysia: Hard liquor excise duty hike could possibly bring benefits to brewers    ( )

    The 150% excise duty hike on Malaysia-produced hard liquor effective Dec 15 could possibly perk up the performance of brewers producing beer and stout as consumers shift to these options since it’s cheaper, The Star Online reported on December 19.

    This excise duty does not impact imported hard liquor and malt liquor products (beers).

    Two brewers that stand to gain from the shift are Heineken Malaysia Bhd and Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd.

    On December 16, Carlsberg shares closed unchanged at RM13.90, with a market capitalisation of RM4.28bil, while Heineken ended 20 sen higher at RM16.90, arriving at a market value of RM5.11bil.

    CIMB Research said in its report that the increase was expected to drive prices of locally-produced hard liquor up by about 75%.

    Since it is known that consumers prefer locally produced liquor as it’s cheaper than other alcohol beverages, CIMB believed that this may result in people switching to beer and stout as cheaper options from liquor produced locally.

    “And Malaysian brewers are likely to benefit from this,” said CIMB Research, adding that this could also cause contraband alcohol to persist.

    On Dec 9, the Finance Ministry announced a 150% increase in excise duty for locally produced hard liquor from RM24/litre to RM60/litre.

    The price hike effective four days ago caused a stir among local producers, who cried foul over the matter as this increased the cost of locally made alcohol products by almost 75%.

    The recent hike could raise concerns of possibly another excise duty hike for beers.

    Recall, local brewers have witnessed excise duty hikes usually after the national budget. The last hike took place during Budget 2006, according to reports. Brewers faced a March 1 duty hike, which saw a structure of RM175 per 100% volume/litre from RM7.40/litre. The 15% ad valorem (according to value) tax was removed.

    Heineken Malaysia Bhd, meanwhile, declined to comment on its prospects next year with the recent excise duty hike on local hard liquor.

    “If another hike takes place, it would be a lose-lose situation for Malaysia’s beer industry and the government.

    “Another unprecedented excise duty hike will dampen brewers’ sales volume, leading to lower excise duty collection for the government, according to CIMB Research.

    For now, the research house was not inputting any hikes in the near term as the previous hike in March was the first in 11 years.

    CIMB liked the brewer sector due to its defensive nature and inelastic demand for malt liquor market products.

    It said the sector’s attractive dividend yield of 5.2% to 6.1% was a rerating catalyst as it offered investors a safe haven in volatile times.

    Heineken Malaysia remained CIMB Research’s top pick.

    “The downside risk is an unprecedented hike in excise duty for malt liquor products,” it added.

    While brewers have adopted different marketing strategies to target further growth in the Malaysian market amid an extremely tough operating landscape surrounding the industry, what is obvious is the sector’s earnings have been rather subdued.

    Maybank Investment Bank Research (Maybank IB) kept a “hold” call and lower target price of RM14.60, from RM14.70 previously on Carlsberg, as it forecast lower sales and higher operating expenses for the brewer.

    Carlsberg’s third quarter 2016 results came in weaker-than-expected on lower sales growth and possibly timing of advertising and promotions (A&P).

    On the back of 8% drop in revenue year-on-year (y-o-y), mainly on the divestment of its 70% stake in Luen Heng F&B Sdn Bhd, weaker sentiment and higher A&P expenses, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell 16%.

    It said higher A&P costs and price discounts to clear old inventory had caused EBITDA to fall 27% y-o-y. Pre-tax profit was weak in the third quarter due to losses from its associate Lion Brewery, which was impacted by a major flood.

    “We expect the fourth quarter to come in stronger driven by the festive period.

    “Carlsberg could also see some pre-Chinese New year stocking activities given that it falls in January,” said Maybank IB, adding that its Singapore operations could also see better margins post stock clearing exercise in the quarter.

    Maybank IB rated Heineken with a “hold” and a lower target price of RM17.40 from RM18.10 previously.

    It said the last quarter’s results fell short of expectations on weaker consumption, higher A&P costs, lower pre-tax profit and lower volume.

    “We believe the recent price hikes in July might have impacted Heineken’s malt liquor volumes.

    “Nonetheless, its coming quarter FY16 (fourth quarter calendar year 2016) should see growth quarter-on-quarter driven by the festive period,” said MaybankIB.

    Recall, Heineken had also increased prices in March after the excise duty hike.
    12.01.2017   South Korea: Discount chains and convenience stores to raise beer prices in response to ...    ( )

    ... government decision to raise empty bottles subsidy

    South Korea's discount chains and convenience stores said on January 5 they will raise prices of beer and soju, a popular Korean distilled beverage, beginning next week, the Korea Times reported.

    CU, a major South Korean convenience store chain, is set to raise prices of two brands of 360 milliliter soju bottles - Hite Jinro's Chamisul and Lotte Chilsung Beverage's Chum-Churum - to 1,700 won ($1.4) from 1,600 won.

    The convenience store also plans to raise prices of Oriental Brewery's Cass and its rival Hite Jinro's Hite to 1,900 won each from 1,850 won and 1,800 won, respectively.

    GS25 and Seven Eleven, two other major convenience store chains, also plan to follow suit.

    E-Mart, the No. 1 discount store chain in South Korea, is also set to sell a 500 ml beer bottle for 1,410 won, up from 1,330 won. It will also raise soju prices to 1,220 won from 1,140 won.

    Lotte Mart, a discount store chain operated by South Korea's retail giant Lotte Group, said it will raise prices of a 640 ml beer bottle to 1,830 won from 1,750 won.

    The planned price hike came in response to a recent government decision to raise a subsidy for empty bottles of beer and soju.

    Consumers can now receive 100 won from retailers in return for handing over an empty soju bottle, compared with 40 won in the past. In case of beer, consumers can receive 130 won, up from 50 won when they return an empty bottle of beer.

    The price hike came just months after Oriental Brewery Co. and Hite Jinro raised their beer prices by an average 6 percent and 6.33 percent, respectively.
    12.01.2017   UK: AB InBev extends partnership with C&C Group    ( )

    Magners producer C&C is outsourcing the distribution of its cider portfolio through an expansion of a deal with AB InBev, The Drinks Business reported on December 12.

    The global beer giant will take on distribution of C&C’s cider brands, which includes its flagship Irish cider brand, as well as Blackthorne, its ‘craft’ cider line Chaplin & Cork’s among others.

    As part of the reciprocal agreement, C&C Group will continue brewing, kegging, bottling some of AB InBev products at the C&C Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow, including Stella Artois and Beck’s, which it will distribute across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

    The two companies have worked together since 2009 and Jason Warner, President of AB InBev UK & Ireland, said he was happy to see the strengthening of business ties in what had proved to be a “close, strategic partnership”.

    “The new and extended contracts will utilise AB InBev’s world class distribution network to bring people in England, Wales, Channel Island and the Isle of Man more choice in the cider category. This partnership will provide our customers in both the on and off-trade with a renowned, complementary portfolio including Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Goose, Camden, Magners, Chaplin & Cork’s, Blackthorn and K from AB InBev,” he said.

    C&C Group CEO Stephen Glancey the renewal and expansion of the agreement was “testament to the strength of our distribution networks and our leading positions and brands in these territories”.

    “This marks a new phase in our long term partnership with AB InBev, leveraging the manufacturing, distribution and portfolio strengths of our two businesses in the UK and Ireland,” he said, adding that he was confident the agreement would drive volumes for both companies over the longer-term.

    “We are also excited about the increased opportunities we now have for our cider brands in England, Wales, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, where AB InBev’s distribution capabilities are strong,” he added.

    The cider company is looking to deliver €15 mln of cost savings and efficiency gains, and caused outrage in January when it announced it was to ceasing cider production in the Somerset town of Shepton Mallet – whose cider-making tradition stretches back to 1770 – and moving production to Ireland. The firm’s bottling line was sold to local firm Brothers Cider in April for €9m, and in October the family firm confirmed it was also taking over production at the cider mill, continuing to make kegged Blackthorne cider and Olde English for C&C, who retained ownership of the brands, the orchards producing the apples and the Kilver Street mill itself, according to Unite the Union, with production of the canned drinks moving to Ireland.

    In the six months to 31st August, Magners grew 11%, the company’s half year results reported, with growth also coming from its premium cider portfolio. However operating profit before exceptional items in the first half were down 7.9% to of €55.1 mln, down 7.9%, which the company attributed partly to a boost to marketing invesment (+€3.6 mln in core brands) and price support, but also due to the falling value of sterling in the wake of the Brexit vote, which had hit operating profits by €2.8 mln and revenues by €24.4 mln.
    12.01.2017   UK: Guinness becomes the biggest selling ale and stout brand in the UK    ( )

    Guinness has overtaken John Smith’s to become the biggest selling ale and stout brand across the UK, The Sun reported on December 19.

    With demand soaring, sales of Diageo’s traditional Irish ‘Black Stuff’ have grown by £3.3 million in the past year, taking its value to around £69.1 million, figures by Nielsen reveal.

    With Guinness taking the top spot, sales of Heineken’s John Smith’s dwindled by 2.1 per cent to £68.5 million in the year to October, Nielsen’s report shows.

    Diageo said Guinness had succeeded in tapping into the country’s growing taste for craft alcohol by emphasising the Irish brew’s “story, provenance and ingredients.”

    Guy Dowdell, off-trade sales director at Guinness-owner Diageo, said: “Consumer excitement for products created with craftmanship and character has brought a new energy into the world of beer.”

    Hitting back, a spokesman for John Smith’s told The Sun Online: “Any beer lover will know that stouts and classic ales are very different drinks.

    “John Smiths’ is still the UK’s biggest selling ale by a mile, loved by millions of drinkers across the country.”

    In 2015, John Smith’s suffered a 5.7 per cent drop in UK sales, wiping £4.3 million off its value, Nielsen’s data reveals.

    Craig Clarkson, Heineken’s off-trade marketing director, said the clawback in sales was the result of “increased investment, an updated look, new ads and a digital campaign.”

    In the ale and stout market as a whole, while Guinness and John Smith’s took the top and second spot in the sales stakes, Old Speckled Hen came third, with sales topping £46 million.

    Hobgoblin took fourth spot in the sales stakes, with total sales of £22 million. With £1 million fewer sales than Hobgoblin, Sharp’s Doom Bar took fifth place.

    In the spirits sector, recent data from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association revealed that UK gin sales reached the £1 billion mark for the first time this year.

    With its popularity surging, sales of gin in pubs, bars and restaurants increased by 19 per cent in the past year, the WSTA said.

    In supermarkets, shops and off-licences, gin sales rose by 13 per cent to around £437 million.

    Earlier this month, a report revealed that the cost of Champagne has gone down by 7 per cent since June.

    Embroiled in a price war, some of the country’s biggest supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and Morrison’s, have been applying deep discounts to their Champagne in the run up to Christmas.
    12.01.2017   USA: AB InBev invests in growing its craft beer brands domestically and abroad    ( )

    Anheuser-Busch InBev is making a number of sizable investments to grow its acquired craft beer brands both domestically and abroad, according to recent reports.

    The world’s largest beer company is planning a large-scale international expansion for its biggest craft offering, Goose Island, and making significant investments to scale production capabilities for its Blue Point and Karbach Brewing brands in their respective home markets of New York and Texas.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, Goose Island’s global strategy will begin to materialize in 2017, as it begins operating outposts in six countries, including:
    •Sao Paulo, Brazil,
    •Seoul South Korea,
    •Shanghai, China
    •Monterrey, Mexico
    •Toronto, Canada
    •London, England

    “It’s plain and simple — if we don’t do it, somebody else is going to,” Goose Island President Ken Stout told the Tribune.

    In addition to increased product availability and the potential to brew large-scale batches of Goose Island beer at AB InBev breweries abroad, physical expansion takes three forms: Goose Island Brewhouses, Vintage Ale Houses and branded Goose Island pubs.

    According to the Tribune, brewhouses in Sao Paolo, Seoul and Shanghai were set to open this month. The company’s Vintage Ale House concept also opened this month in London and a branded pub serving Goose Island beer opened in Mexico. Brewhouse openings in Toronto and Philadelphia are planned for early-to-mid 2017.

    Meanwhile, AB InBev is also making considerable investments to expand distribution and production capabilities at two of its other U.S. craft breweries: Blue Point and Karbach.

    Since purchasing Long Island’s Blue Point Brewing in 2014, AB InBev has expanded distribution of that company’s products from 15 to 46 states, and the final four are slated to come online in 2017, according to Newsday.

    Production of Blue Point products has increased 75 percent, Newsday noted, and Blue Point president Todd Ahsmann said the company plans to grow volumes by 20 percent in 2017.

    Blue Point is currently in the midst of relocating to downtown Patchogue, where it was founded, as part of a $35 million expansion effort. The company is taking over a 53,000 sq. ft. building previously occupied by Briarcliffe College. Plans call for increased production capabilities, a restaurant and at least 20 new hires, according to Newsday.

    A similar expansion at recently acquired Karbach Brewing is also on tap in Texas, the Houston Business Journal reported Monday.

    Karbach will expand into more than 43,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space and 8,200 sq. ft. of office space as part of a planned $4.5 million project that is expected to be completed next summer.

    The new location, adjacent to its current facility, will expand Karbach’s canning operations and feature additional space for storage and barrel-aging.

    Karbach expects to produce upwards of 150,000 barrels by 2019, according to the outlet.
    11.01.2017   Smurfit Kappa's Pouch Up wins Oscar de L'Emballage award     ( Company news )

    Company news The Pressade “La Fabrique à jus” has won an Oscar de L'Emballage award for its convenience and ability to keep the product fresher for longer.

    Smurfit Kappa developed a new Pouch-Up® packaging solution for Pressade to help with their goal of making juice a more integral part of the family breakfast routine.

    With a brand new 3 litre size, the eye-catching La Fabrique à jus is easy to store and the handy tap means that children can easily use it without spilling.

    The juice keeps fresh for three weeks versus four or five days for more traditional packaging for ambient juices.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    10.01.2017   EUROTECH SOLID BREWERY    ( Company news )

    Company news The new Eurotech Solid offers a unique and modern design that is based on the characteristic design elements of PSS SVIDNÍK, a.s.

    The brewhouse can be made out according to customer requirements in a stainless steel, copper or combined, stainless steel-copper execution. This unique and sophisticated mechanism is characterized by space-saving design that is maximally adjusted to the current needs and meets the highest quality production criteria of different beer types.

    All hygienic, safety and technical regulations are met when working on this system. Individual technological elements of the brewhouse are built-in into a base, where they are protected against any external damage. The device fits well into restaurants and pubs because of its pleasant design and easy operation.
    (PSS Svidnik a.s.)
    09.01.2017   2nd European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging Summit    ( Company news )

    Company news Following a successful inaugural event of ACI’s European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging Summit in 2016, we are returning to Berlin, Germany, on 8th – 9th February 2017, aiming to will bring together brand owners, retailers, leading sustainability experts, packaging converters and manufacturers, plastic collectors and reclaimers and major global organisations involved in the Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging sector.

    This year, the event focus will look at the various best strategies for sustainable packaging including recycling, including a stronger focus on the brands and retailers, who will share their thoughts and information on consumer demands for next generation packaging whilst considering sustainability goals.

    Furthermore, we will also focus more on the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, and what this means for the entire supply chain dynamics. Furthermore, we will discuss the properties and use of Bioplastics & Biodegradable & Compostable Plastics, as well as the use of cartonboard and plastic in F&B products to achieve the latest design demands. Finally, we will take a look at the technology & process management throughout the entire supply chain to examine best business practices and capabilities are being achieved.
    (ACI Poznan)
    06.01.2017   drink technology India, PackTech India, FoodPex India surpass all expectations    ( Company news )

    Company news • Approximately 40-percent increase in exhibition space
    • More than 25-percent increase in number of exhibitors
    • Number of visitors up by more than 18 percent

    The fourth and so far the largest event consisting of drink technology India (dti), PackTech India and FoodPex India closed its doors at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, having seen nearly 12,100 visitors, an increase of more than 18 percent. A total of 298 exhibitors (2014: 231 exhibitors) presented the latest technologies and solutions for the Indian market on more than 40 percent more exhibition space. Exhibitors included international and domestic companies. As a result, the exhibition trio set new records with regard to space, exhibitors and visitors in 2016.

    Markus Kosak, Exhibition Director of drink technology India, is pleased about the event's success: “These results take this event to an entirely new level. dti has developed into the number one event for the beverage and liquid food industry in India.” Kosak continues: “The success of this event will also benefit drinktec in Munich, where we now expect an increase in the number of exhibitors and visitors from India.”

    “Our objective is to establish interpack alliance exhibitions as number one events on their respective markets. Fortunately, we have managed to significantly improve our leading position in India. Above all, the new FoodPex India and the PDIT conference, in which our SAVE FOOD initiative played a significant role, have helped us to achieve that objective,” commented Malte Seifert, Senior Project Manager at Messe Düsseldorf.

    Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Processing Machinery and Packaging Machinery Association, drew a positive conclusion about the event: “The increases in the amount of exhibition space and the number of exhibitors and visitors underscores how important this event is for India. It showcases solutions to the challenges currently facing the country and brings together supply and demand on the Indian market. It also demonstrates that this event is now an indispensible part of the Indian food, packaging and beverage market.”

    This is the fourth time that drink technology India and PackTech India were held within the scope of a combined event. However, an additional element was added to the partnership in 2016: FoodPex India is a new exhibition that focuses on processing and packaging solid foods of all kinds. As a result, the three Indian exhibitions depict sectors that revolve around three main themes, i.e. packaging and related processes, beverage technology and liquid food, and food processing and packing—all under a single roof. The combination is a unique exhibition program for India and makes this event more attractive than ever. A fact verified by the numbers: A total of 298 exhibitors participated in the three-day event—146 in drink technology India, and 152 in International PackTech India/FoodPex India.

    Economic growth in India also effects exhibition
    The 2016 exhibition was larger than ever, occupying 14,000 square meters of space, a 40-percent increase over 2014. Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe München India, explains: “The driving force behind this growth is societal change and significant economic growth.” Thomas Schlitt, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf India, elaborates: “The growing middle class is increasing demand for hygienically processed foods, dairy products and packaged beverages. Producing these products calls for suitable plants and machinery that are on display here.

    First-rate supporting program
    The Packaging Design, Innovation and Technology (PDIT) Conference that was organized together with partner IPPStar and held in conjunction with International PackTech India and FoodPex India for the first time ever, was very well received among visitors. The central theme of the conference, which was booked to capacity, was SAVE FOOD. Launched in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations during interpack 2011, the conference addresses the problem of food losses and food waste. Among other things, it focuses on ways that the packaging industry can use its know-how to improve the situation. For the first time ever, the results of a field study on food losses in India were presented at the conference. The objective of the scientific study was to find ways to avoid food losses in India and, in doing so, to allow companies with corresponding solutions to make sustainable investments to benefit everyone involved. The conference program was rounded out by topics such as improving efficiency, sustainability, traceability and intelligent packaging.

    The first-rate program of events that accompanied the exhibition also allowed visitors attending drink technology India to gathering information about current and future trends in the food, beverage and liquid-food industry and about packaging and related processing technology in general. The roundtable talks, which were booked to capacity on both days, were extremely well received. Notable representatives of the beverage and liquid-food industry made presentations on the topic “Beverage manufacturing, food processing and product packaging in India: Lifestyle, trends, challenges and future concepts.” Dr. Keshab Nandy from Tilaknagar Industries Ltd. summed up the results on behalf of the other participants: “The roundtable talks at dti 2016 were extremely well organized. The experts' professional presentations also verified that fact. I was particularly impressed by the quality of the audience members. They discussed important challenges and issues facing the food and beverage industry in India with great intensity and presented solutions.” Attendance at the drink technology India Exhibitor Forum was very high. Exhibitors presented their product solutions for the beverage and food market in India. Heidelberg publisher hbmedia and the trade journal PETplanet are responsible for organizing the Exhibitor Forum and the roundtable talks.

    Other new items on the agenda included buyer-seller meetings that drink technology India organized for the first time to promote the exchange between exhibitors and the industry's leading executives, which were also very well received. That also applies to the MicroBrew Symposium India, which is organized by the Research and Teaching Institute for Brewing in Berlin. The MicroBrew Symposium India revolved around technological and quality-related aspects of brewing beer.

    drink technology India is organized by Messe München India, a subsidiary of Messe München. International PackTech India and FoodPex India are organized by Messe Düsseldorf and its subsidiary Messe Düsseldorf India. Thanks to the VDMA Food Processing Machinery and Packaging Machinery Association, a proven partner to drinktec in Munich and to interpack in Düsseldorf was also involved in the three shows.

    The next edition of the three Indian exhibitions will take place at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center in Mumbai from October 24 to 26, 2018—as a quartette together with IndiaPack, the leading trade fair for packaging materials and packaging-material production in India, which was previously organized by the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP). In that quartette, International PackTech India will be replaced by its successor exhibition pacprocess India. In the future, IndiaPack and pacprocess will be developed, marketed and organized by Messe Düsseldorf and its Indian subsidiary. They will be held for the first time in New Delhi in October 2017.
    (Messe München GmbH)

    Company news - Vitrine Industrie du Futur awarded by the Alliance Industrie Du Futur (AIF)
    - Company’s award-winning project is presented at key Franco-German conference
    - Audience included industrial and political leaders including François Hollande and Angela Merkel

    Gebo Cermex, a world leader in innovative packaging line solutions, has received the official mark “Vitrine Industrie du Futur", awarded by the Alliance Industrie Du Futur (AIF) in recognition of its efforts to introduce, develop and implement Industry 4.0 initiatives at its plant in Saint Laurent sur Sèvre, France.

    Following the announcement of the award in early December by French Secretary of State in charge of Industry, Christophe Sirugue, the company was invited to present its award-winning Virtual Commissioning Project at the 2nd Franco-German Conference on Digitalization (Deutsch-Französische Digitalkonferenz) held on 13 December 2016 in Berlin. The conference was attended by 300 high-ranking representatives of start-ups, international companies and public institutions, including top ministers and the leaders from both countries.

    Vitrine Industrie du Futur
    This mark is awarded by AIF to companies that implement new tools such as digital data exchange and advanced robotics to drive the transformation of business models and organisations as well as design and marketing methods.

    Gebo Cermex has been actively working along these lines and this award recognises the significant contribution made by its Virtual Commissioning project – which was led by the team based in Saint Laurent sur Sèvre. Key achievements – which helped the company to meet in full the requirements listed by AIF – included a 20-30% decrease in lead times and production costs; a long-term approach towards zero defects, dramatically improving quality and accuracy; and increased reliability, due to the ability to show customers, in advance, details about the performance of their equipment.

    Gebo Cermex was selected by AIF as the only award-winning French SME to be championed at the meeting in Berlin: this initiative is part of a long-standing and close partnership between France and Germany, to drive forward the digital transformation of their economies. In all only 3 companies were invited to showcase their projects to the exclusive audience attending the 2nd Franco-German Conference on Digitalization.

    Laurent Filliaudeau, St Laurent Site Director, said: “To be able to present our project to both François Hollande and Angela Merkel was an honour for me and for the entire team which has been working on this project with dedication and commitment.”

    Highlighting the importance of investing in Industry 4.0 possibilities to build long term competitive advantage, Marc Aury, President and Managing Director at Gebo Cermex, added: “Industry 4.0 is currently a much-discussed topic in manufacturing. With people now showing different consumer behaviours that influence their purchasing decisions, and distribution looking for more customised delivery methods and increased responsiveness, the packaging industry needs to find new ways to improve line operations in terms of speed, efficiency, flexibility and versatility, to protect its competitiveness in a global, fast-changing market and to help secure the future of European businesses. We see this award as a clear recognition of our efforts, as the first SME (Small Medium Enterprise) to offer Virtual Commissioning to its customers.”

    Virtual Commissioning Project
    Earlier this year, Gebo Cermex unveiled its Agility 4.0™ programme, designed to enable producers to manufacture small production batches at cost levels typically associated with mass production, without compromising on key performance criteria such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and sustainability, to name but a few. It represents a proven, pragmatic approach to make the benefits of Industry 4.0 possible: from initial virtual design to total mastery of the extended factory. The Agility 4.0 programme encompasses smart machines, system and data intelligence, digital connectivity and powerful simulation tools, all within a philosophy of sustainable production.

    One of the key aspects of the Agility 4.0 programme is the ability to use high-precision simulation and modelling tools to allow customers both visualise and forecast, so that they can make all the right decisions and thus keep their Operating Expenditure (OPEX) to an absolute minimum. This is particularly true in the commissioning phase, when new equipment has to be physically assembled and tested in a workshop, taking approx. 200 hours - with 46% spent in problem solving activities, and 54% covering testing and tuning. The real innovation of the Gebo Cermex Virtual Commissioning project is that it makes it possible to dramatically decrease the time and costs involved, while anticipating the challenges the equipment might face when installed in the actual production environment. In fact, the Gebo Cermex engineers use advanced tools to virtually build the full machine, checking, in parallel, even the smallest details. This allows them to export the virtual model in the simulation tool and to visualise how the equipment behaves. The virtual 3D model can be viewed, operated and animated via a Human Machine Interface (HMI). Moreover, the virtual commissioning allows for a 3D model to perform a big part of the de-bugging process ahead of installation and it is possible to simulate many scenarios in which the equipment might be working when integrated in the customer’s plant, without using the actual machine.
    (Gebo Cermex)
    05.01.2017   Voith installs intelligent air supply system at König Ludwig Schloßbrauerei Kaltenberg    ( Company news )

    Company news In February 2016, the brewery König Ludwig GmbH & Co. KG Schloßbrauerei Kaltenberg in Fürstenfeldbruck started up a completely new returnable glass bottle filling line with a capacity of 45,000 bottles/hour in its existing bottling hall.

    The reasons for replacing the system included seeking more energy-saving production higher efficiencies and hygiene requirements, says Technical Director, Helmut Guggeis. The same demands were also made on the hall air system. According to Guggeis, all expectations in respect of planning and execution were exceeded, from the launch of the project in May 2015 until handover of the system in February 2016. The execution, functionality and impact of the new air system have completely fulfilled the company's objective. Voith planned, supplied and installed the air system including a displacement air flow system. This is done by installing air displacement outlets near the floor for supply air intake. Thanks to close cooperation with König Ludwig brewery, the location of the air displacement outlets could be adapted on a system-specific basis. In order to meet the hygiene requirements, the supply air, for instance, is brought into the hall with low turbulence as 100% treated fresh air all year round. Even in winter there is no recirculating air operation. In consideration of the external air volumes to be exhausted at the air cleaning machine, the return air is exhausted system-oriented underneath the hall roof. The ventilation and air exhaust system is designed in accordance with VDI 6022 guidelines. A plate heat exchanger is used for heat recovery. The ventilation unit is equipped with high-quality pocket filter stages - two for the supply air and one for the return air. The filter for the return air is installed on the exhaust air side to protect the heat recovery. As the brewery is located in a residential area, particular emphasis was placed on soundproofing the outside air and outgoing exhaust air openings. The automation technology was planned and installed by Voith in accordance with the brewery's guidelines.
    (Voith GmbH)
    04.01.2017   Commitment to young professionals: KHS cooperates with TU Berlin    ( Company news )

    Company news The Technical University in Berlin is supplementing its laboratory facilities with the latest kegging technology from KHS.

    -KHS kegging system for research and education
    -Data analysis for further development at KHS
    -Keg processing system in operation from February 2017

    Photo: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, chairman of the KHS Executive Management Board (left), presented the keg system to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank-Jürgen Methner, head of the Department of Brewing Science at the TU Berlin (right).

    The Technical University in Berlin is supplementing its laboratory facilities with the latest kegging technology from KHS. The new Innokeg AF1C1 for the semi-automatic processing of kegs (smaller barrels for the hospitality trade and industry), which was presented for the first time at this year’s BrauBeviale trade show, will give the university plenty of scope for application. At BrauBeviale Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, chairman of the KHS Executive Management Board, presented the system to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank-Jürgen Methner, head of the Department of Brewing Science at the TU Berlin. The Innokeg prototype goes into operation on site next February.

    “Universities and graduate schools train our up-and-coming young professionals. We’re thus very pleased to be cooperating more closely with the TU in Berlin,” says Thomas Matheyka, head of the KHS Keg Product Center. Jürgen Methner, who himself worked in the industry for over 17 years, has enjoyed close contacts with the filling specialists in Dortmund, Germany for many years. He recently appealed for help in equipping the new technology facilities at the Institute of Food Technology and Food Chemistry. KHS subsequently presented the institute with the modular Innokeg AF1C1 with one filling and washing element respectively and a cleaning tank. KHS also took care of the delivery, installation, commissioning and suitable training on the new system.

    With the further developed version of the Innokeg KegBoy C2 for semi-automatic kegging, kegs made of both plastic and steel can be processed. Extra modules can also be added to the system. With the assistance of a new keg processor the TU can also precisely stipulate, record and analyze data from the filling and cleaning processes per remote control using a smartphone, tablet or PC. The Innokeg AF1C1 will be commissioned at the TU Berlin in the middle of February next year. The system will also be available on the market from this point forward.
    For both education and research

    The university is extremely pleased with the cooperation with KHS. “On the one hand our students will be trained on an ultramodern system and learn precisely how keg filling and washing function. On the other, with the help of this technology we can continue to push ahead with our research projects,” explains Methner. During their brewery and beverage technology course students will carry out filling and washing procedures on the system and test various quantities, media and cleaning cycles.

    “Applying the experience gleaned on the academic side of things we can further develop the system for our customers,” says Matheyka. This interplay of education, research and industrial application is therefore something which benefits all those involved. As a potential future employer KHS is also helping students to make initial contact with the industry. “Students are very welcome to gain experience at our plants at the start of their practical module and write their bachelor’s or master’s thesis at our company,” states Matheyka. At the moment several dozen students are working on their theses with the help of KHS.
    (KHS GmbH)
    03.01.2017   ENGEL at Interplastica 2017 in Moscow    ( Company news )

    Company news Many different factors have an influence on unit costs, from the energy requirement and repeatability to space productivity. At Interplastica 2017, which takes place from January 24th to 27th in Moscow, ENGEL will be demonstrating how solutions precisely tailored to individual requirements can combine cost-efficiency with top quality. At its stand, the Austrian injection moulding machine manufacturer will also show how the new opportunities presented by digitalisation and networking can be utilised simply for practical situations through inject 4.0.

    Photo: Free access to the mould area enables efficient automation solutions.

    For everything from single injection moulding machines to integrated and fully automated manufacturing cells, ENGEL ranks as a preferred partner to the injection moulding industry in Russia. At Interplastica 2017, ENGEL will present a tie-bar-less ENGEL e-motion 170/80 TL, an injection moulding machine which guarantees very high overall efficiency, especially in the manufacture of precision parts. Design features and innovative products in ENGEL’s inject 4.0 range both serve to achieve this.

    Efficient integration of handling robots
    Large mould mounting surfaces and free access to the mould area enable fast set-up processes, efficient automation solutions and compact manufacturing cells. The e-motion TL draws together these advantages of ENGEL tie-bar-less technology with all-electric drive technology. The machine on the ENGEL stand at Interplastica will produce sample parts. An integrated ENGEL e-pic robot will remove the parts from the mould and place them on a conveyor belt. The innovative kinematic system of the pick-and-place robot combines linear movements with a jib arm, and thus requires minimal space. The jib arm comprises a composite material which additionally raises energy efficiency and dynamism.

    Intelligent assistants for enhanced efficiency and quality
    inject 4.0 is ENGEL's answer to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The aim is to bring about the smart factory, in which production processes continually self-optimise through the networking of production systems, the systematic usage of machine, process and production data and the deployment of decentralised, intelligent assistance systems. In this way processing firms can increase the productivity and quality of their production operations while responding to demands – which are changing ever more quickly – with maximum flexibility.

    To identify and automatically compensate for fluctuations in environmental conditions and raw materials, for example, ENGEL will utilise three assistance systems at the Interplastica event: iQ weight control, iQ clamp control and iQ flow control. Visitors to the trade show will be able to track how rejects are thereby actively avoided on the live display of the CC300 control unit of the injection moulding machine.

    While iQ weight control keeps the injected melt volume consistent throughout the injection moulding process, iQ clamp control determines mould breathing in order to readjust clamping force continually.

    The new iQ flow control is based on e-flomo, the electronic temperature-control water distribution system from ENGEL which monitors and documents all cooling and temperature control circuits linked to injection moulds and autonomously regulates either flow volumes or the temperature difference as required. iQ flow control connects e-flomo to the temperature control unit so that the rotational speed of the pump in the temperature control unit is automatically adjusted to the actual requirement. This results in greater energy efficiency. ENGEL developed the integrated temperature control solution in partnership with HB-Therm of St. Gallen, Switzerland; ENGEL has boosted its level of systems expertise with the new e-temp temperature control units.

    Secure monitoring of complex processes
    The use of intelligent assistance systems is a key feature of the smart factory. As processes become more complex in the face of increasing integration and networking, the means of controlling and monitoring those processes must be simplified. This is precisely where assistance systems can be used to raise process capability and quality without the machine operator needing to acquire additional specialist knowledge.

    With its inject 4.0 range, ENGEL already offers numerous sophisticated products and solutions for all three areas of the smart factory – smart machine, smart production and smart service. These generate considerable benefits both in isolation and as part of a digitalisation strategy encompassing the entire production operation.

    Customer proximity ensures high system availability
    ENGEL opened its own sales and service subsidiary in Russia in 2006. “We have managed to expand our market share in the last few years,” says Olaf Kassek, Managing Director at OOO ENGEL in Moscow. “The field of technical injection moulding is attracting the most investment, followed by the packaging industry.” With 29 employees, ENGEL continues to play to its strengths in Russia under the prevailing economic conditions in the country. “It is very important to our customers that we reach their premises quickly when something needs servicing,” says Kassek. “That is only possible if we have the necessary manpower.” ENGEL maintains its own spare parts warehouse and runs a special service hotline in Russia. Alongside the sales and service subsidiary in Moscow, there are two service and training centres in St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod bringing ENGEL close to users.

    ENGEL at Interplastica 2017: Hall 2.1, stand A 25
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    03.01.2017   New BERICAP Sports Closure Thumb'Up Crystal    ( Company news )

    Company news Bericap has developed a new 2-piece sports closure, allowing a 2-colour look with a transparent PP shell and a coloured HDPE pourer section.

    The new sports closure is designed with a tear strip, offering tamper evidence functionality for the over-cap, but it will also be available as bridge-only - just break the bridges by moving the over-cap upward with the thumb.

    The reactive Double Galileo hinge allows an opening angle of 180° - the over-cap no longer comes into contact with the cheeks. The hinge is compliant with BSDA standards.

    Thumb’Up Crystal is available for the PCO 1881 and the 29/25 neck.
    (Bericap GmbH & Co. KG)
    02.01.2017   Sipsmith & Beam Suntory Join Forces To Deliver Global Growth In The Super-Premium Gin Category    ( Company news )

    Company news Sipsmith Gin announced that they have partnered with Beam Suntory to accelerate the global growth of Sipsmith and its authentic super-premium London Dry Gin.

    Sipsmith will continue to be operated by its founders, Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall, and the operations will remain in London, where the business opened the city’s first gin distillery in nearly 200 years. Sipsmith’s award winning London Dry Gin will continue to be made in the traditional way, hand-crafted in small batches. Beam Suntory has a long track record of sustaining the heritage, culture and craftsmanship of businesses in which it invests.

    The Companies aim to pursue ambitious export plans for Sipsmith by leveraging Beam Suntory’s strong global routes to market. Super-premium gin is the fastest growing segment of the attractive and growing global gin category.

    “This is a momentous occasion for Sipsmith,” said Sam Galsworthy, Sipsmith Co-Founder. “As leaders of the gin renaissance in the UK, we have worked tirelessly to share our gin of the highest quality with discerning sippers. In this new chapter, we have found the perfect partners to take Sipsmith to all four corners of the globe, and do so whilst retaining our quality gin, astonishing team and Chiswick distillery in London. The team at Beam Suntory shares our values and pursuit of excellence. Fairfax and I will remain fully involved in the business, working harder than ever to achieve our vision of a gin that will stand the test of time and be sipped around the world.”

    “With incredible skill and passion, Sam and Fairfax have built an extraordinary super-premium gin that is synonymous with London and the utmost craftsmanship,” said Matt Shattock, chairman and CEO of Beam Suntory. “We’re thrilled that Sam and Fairfax will continue to lead the business and make their gin true to their brand vision. We really admire what they’ve accomplished, and we’re very excited to team up with them to maximize the global potential of Sipsmith. Sipsmith’s pioneering spirit and Beam Suntory’s strong routes to market around the world are a winning combination.”

    Sipsmith has generated strong growth since its founding in 2009, and more than two-thirds of its current sales are in the United Kingdom. Sipsmith employs traditional copper pot distillation to make its authentic, award-winning flagship London Dry Gin, as well as innovations such as V.J.O.P. (Very Junipery Over Proof Gin) and Sloe Gin.

    The transaction, which is structured to give Beam Suntory a controlling interest in the business, is expected to be completed in January. Specific terms were not disclosed.
    (Beam Suntory Inc.)
    30.12.2016   Chopfab craft beer: a Swiss success story    ( Company news )

    Company news The number one on the Swiss craft beer scene has been on the market for less than four years. With their instantly memorable name of Chopfab or “Heads off” (Swiss-German for “Bottoms up!”) Doppelleu Brewery’s top-fermented beer styles captured the mood of the moment so well that the next logical step in their career was to invest in a powerful and flexible keg racking system from KHS.

    “Chopfab” or “Heads off” may sound rather violent but is in fact quite an innocent Swiss-German expression inviting you to flip the ‘head’ or lid off a bottle of beer before enjoying it. This friendly indigenous command inspired Philipp Bucher and Jörg Schönberg to name their new beer label Chopfab in 2012. The two young founders from Winterthur in Switzerland had little brewing experience when they started out yet were passionate beer drinkers with a background in business economics who were able to read the signs of the times. They noticed that the worldwide trend for craft beer had hit Switzerland a little late and thus set up Doppelleu Brewery, positioning themselves in the Swiss craft beer niche with Chopfab.

    Their top-fermented specialty beers are aimed at a young target group geared towards enjoyment and lifestyle. “We now offer eight beers which are not too mad but easily drinkable and perfect for those new to craft beer,” says Bucher. Seasoned craft beer aficionados can try the six more creative brews. “Here, we also use more unusual ingredients, such as orange peel, coriander or ginger, to create very special flavors."

    Philip Bucher is a sales and marketing professional with many years of experience under his belt. His concept of mouth-to-mouth propaganda and frequent visits to trade shows and events has paid off. After less than four years Doppelleu is the unchallenged number one on the craft beer scene in Switzerland. The brewery has thus had to increase its capacity an impressive three times from an initial 5,000 hectoliters to 100,000 hectoliters at the time of writing. Space therefore quickly became tight in the production shop; what the brewery needed was a powerful and flexible keg racking system – for after chiefly filling its beers into bottles and cans Doppelleu now wanted to gain a stronger foothold in the hospitality trade by selling its beer in kegs.

    The KHS Innokeg CombiKeg fitted in perfectly with Doppelleu’s business concept. The machine’s compact and modular design combined with a high level of efficiency had the young businessmen immediately convinced. The infeed and discharge conveyors for the kegs are placed next to one another to save space; not just the interior washing and racking stations but also the exterior washing stations and media tanks are integrated into the system. Another enormous plus for the Swiss in their cooperation with KHS was that the Dortmund systems supplier pulled forward production at their plant in Bad Kreuznach in Germany for the brewery’s urgent order, readying the system for operation in Winterthur within a very short time indeed. Nothing thus stands in the way of many, many more cheerful cries of “Chopfab!” – without anybody losing their head in the process!
    (KHS GmbH)
    29.12.2016   Efficient motorized actuator for globe and diaphragm valves    ( Company news )

    Company news The new GEMÜ eSyDrive motorized actuator sets new standards in the areas of compact design, speed and accuracy.

    GEMÜ has designed this new actuator as a response to increasing requirements in the area of motorized valves, while recognising the current trend in the area of process automation. Pneumatically operated valves are increasingly being replaced with electrical versions.

    The development of this new actuator has been based on decades of experience in the area of motorized actuators. GEMÜ already boasts a long-established selection of corresponding products in the areas of linear and quarter turn actuators for globe and diaphragm valves, butterfly valves and ball valves.

    Functional principle of the new actuator
    Designed on the basis of the hollow shaft principle in conjunction with technology that does not use brushes or sensors, the GEMÜ eSyDrive sets new standards in terms of compact design, reliability and accuracy. The self-locking actuator also offers a high level of reproducibility for positioning and is therefore particularly suitable for use in precise control applications. The Ethernet-based eSy-web interface, in conjunction with an integrated web server, enables the exchange of parametrization and diagnostics data and the networking of several devices.

    GEMÜ eSyDrive specifications
    After starting initialisation, the actuator automatically adjusts itself to the current process valve, enabling the user to carry out commissioning quickly and easily. If necessary, the user can also make adjustments to the integrated stroke limiter as well as the respective end positions. The power supply for the GEMÜ eSyDrive is ensured via a 24 V DC connection.

    Depending on the size, the actuator has an actuating speed of between 2 mm/s and 6 mm/s. A mechanical position indicator and an electrical status and position indicator are integrated as standard. The GEMÜ eSyDrive also features a manual override as standard. A suitable emergency power supply module is optionally available. Customers who wish to use the actuator as a control actuator can rely on a design with an integrated positioner or process controller.

    Key applications and availability
    Motorized valves are primarily used in areas where the use of compressed air is not desired or possible. Large-scale production plants are cited as examples of such areas, as distribution of compressed air is uneconomical in such facilities. Another example of the areas of use of these valves is mobile or decentralized facilities for drinking water treatment.

    The GEMÜ eSyDrive is a linear actuator suitable for open/close and control applications. It can be used both in sterile applications in the pharmaceutical and foodstuff industries and in industrial processes. With its hygienic design and robust construction, featuring a protection class of IP 65, this new actuator is highly versatile.
    At launch, the actuator size 2 for diaphragm valves with nominal sizes of between DN 40 and DN 65 and for globe valves with nominal sizes of between DN 32 and DN 100 will be available. The new diaphragm valve will be available under the type GEMÜ 649. The globe valve will be available under the type GEMÜ 549. The product range will be developed successively to cover use in globe and diaphragm valves with a nominal size of between DN 6 and DN 150.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    28.12.2016   AMARO DI ANGOSTURA NAMED BEST NEW ALCOHOL DRINK 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news Amaro di ANGOSTURA®, an herbal liqueur created by the House of Angostura, was awarded the title of “The best new alcohol drink 2016” at the first annual BarProof awards ceremony, held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. “The novelty from the acknowledged rum and bitters producer from Trinidad and Tobago, has won the jury’s hearts and minds through the new interpretation of the classic old-world Amaro liqueur” says Dimitri Balyavsky of Artisan Spirits.

    Ilya Bubashvili, Angostura’s local brand ambassador in Russia, received the award on behalf of the company. The BarProof Awards, was founded by the leading Russian bartender community “Bartender Brothers” incl. led by prominent Russian mixologists such as Vladimir Zhuravlev, Vyasheslav Lankin and Dmitry Sokolov. These awards recognise excellence in the beverage industry in Russia.

    “We are very proud that our Amaro di ANGOSTURA® has won yet another award. It is an exceptional blend, which adds value to our portfolio, by tapping into a rapidly growing segment of the industry. Its unique flavour profile, and its versatility as a cocktail ingredient will continue to make it a bartending favourite.” says Genevieve Jodhan, acting CEO of Angostura Limited. Since it entered the market in 2015, Amaro di ANGOSTURA® has won gold medals at the World Spirits Awards and the San Francisco World Spirits competition, both in 2016. It was also the winner of the Spirited Awards featured at the prominent spirits event held in New Orleans - Tales of the Cocktail.
    (Angostura Limited)
    27.12.2016   KHS line design in 3D and virtual reality: efficient conception and on-site installation    ( Company news )

    Company news KHS GmbH is consistently further developing its virtual line design program to include 3D visualization and a virtual reality (VR) environment.

    -Mobile VR systems for customer line visualization on site
    -Planners and design engineers linked up for fast changes
    -Training scenarios for site personnel prior to installation

    Photo: The 3D laser scan creates a seamless image of the environment from up to 200 scanned positions

    KHS GmbH is consistently further developing its virtual line design program to include 3D visualization and a virtual reality (VR) environment. By linking up 3D programs and offer software all designs for orders and select customer offers can be created and displayed in 3D. A product data management or PDM system also networks planners and design engineers. Changes to the design become visible in the planning model and errors are ruled out. Customers benefit from a much shorter planning phase and more efficient on-site installation compared to standard 2D line design.

    "On our 3D projection screens or Powerwalls the optimum line sequence and setup of machines are jointly planned with the customer. For example, we can recognize together in advance where there might be any collisions with third-party machinery in the production shop," says Thomas Riedel, head of Simulation and Virtual Reality at KHS. Since its launch in 2009 KHS has consistently developed its 3D line design program further and now offers mobile systems for visualization on customer premises. In the intercompany development of lines and machines international KHS design teams profit from that fact that the VR systems communicate with one another.

    Behind the recording of the local situation at a customer site lie a number of complex processes. 3D laser scanning of 20 to 200 positions is required to gain a seamless image of the customer's environment, also in order that all shadow areas are logged – those areas which may be hidden by the existing plant infrastructure or suchlike. What is also crucial is that the 3D planning models of machines and conveying systems are managed and made available for virtual line design. "We have to make sure that we have the right 3D planning model on hand for every single 3D design model in the entire KHS machine program," says Riedel. This represents the machine in every possible formation for all variants and ordering options including the development history.

    Plan and design models intelligently linked
    KHS uses design engineering methods it has developed itself which ensure that the design model is semiautomatically linked up to the planning model through the PDM system. Changes to the design are made visible in the planning model and can then be updated in the 3D plan by a click of the mouse. "The system planner is thus directly linked to the designer through the PDM system – and planning errors are ruled out," says Riedel.

    Customers benefit from this holistic planning, as the planning phase is considerably shortened. Unanswered questions can be clarified more quickly thanks to the 3D environment and on-site installation is much more efficient. KHS is currently working on virtual training scenarios for site personnel prior to assembly. This enables them to go through the individual work processes virtually so that they are better prepared for installation on site. VR simulation helps to provide simple access to and clearly visualize complex topics.
    (KHS GmbH)
    23.12.2016   combibloc RS: Robust Structure provides even greater systemstability and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...improved environmental performance

    New carton structure gradually replaces previous standard composite structure used by SIG

    combibloc RS is a new composite structure for carton packs developed by SIG Combibloc that further improves system stability during processing, while contributing to even better environmental performance. In the medium term, this new laminate will become the standard composite structure for all combibloc and combifit formats used to fill liquid dairy products (LD) and non-carbonated soft drinks (NCSD) on SIG Combibloc filling machines.

    Layer Graphics: The combibloc RS structure is characterised by a new material composition that optimises the properties of the carton pack. A different polymer is used for the inner layers of the laminate compared to the standard structure that has been used to date. This makes the new standard structure particularly robust for processing.

    Norbert Garitz, Head of Product Management Technology at SIG Combibloc: “For customers, the use of the new combibloc RS structure will mean a further improvement in our system robustness. The fact that less material is required also reduces the overall weight of the package, which in turn has a positive effect on environmental performance. The carbon footprint of each package will be reduced by up to six percent with the use of combibloc RS – compared to the previous structure.

    And of course, the proven quality and product safety will still be ensured”.
    Another benefit with the ‘robust structure’ that gives the new structure its name: “It enables greater tolerances in machine settings during processing, particularly when sealing the top and bottom of the packages. The most important advantages of the new structure are fewer downtimes and even lower waste rates”, adds Dr Jannis Ochsmann, Technical Project Leader Global Technology at SIG Combibloc.

    The combibloc RS structure is characterised by a new material composition that optimises the properties of the carton. A different polymer is used for the inner layers of the laminate compared to the standard structure that has been used to date. This makes the new standard structure particularly robust for processing. The outer layer, which is printed, and the innermost layer, which comes into direct contact with the product, were already optimised during the process of developing the current standard structure. These are characterised by particularly good printing properties and outstanding sealing and opening performance. “For SIG Combibloc, combibloc RS represents the next key stage of development in ensuring that customers receive exactly the products that the market needs, while being economical for our customers,” says Norbert Garitz.
    (SIG Combibloc GmbH)
    23.12.2016   This is it! Don't let poor tank cleaning performance waste your time, water and energy     ( Company news )

    Company news When the water jet, coming from a rotary jet head cleaning device, hits the tank wall, it generates a force of impact (N). After impact, the jet spreads out and creates a cleaning footprint with high wall sheer stress force (Pa). As the cleaning machine is rotating in a 3D motion, the footprint is "moving" around inside the tank in a predefined pattern and cleans the entire tank surface with high wall shear stress. The further away from the impact point the less wall shear stress (mechanical action) is achieved.

    Traditional spray balls are static. This means the majority of the tank cleaning energy comes from water cascading down over the tank wall at low wall shear stress. This way of cleaning requires large amounts of time, water and energy in order to compensate for the poor cleaning performance.

    One cleaning cycle might be sufficient
    Because of the unique design of Alfa Laval Rotary Jet Head, the first - out of eight - cleaning cycles is hitting the tank wall at an evenly dense cleaning pattern throughout the entire tank surface. The distance between the footprint tracks is relatively wide, but if the product is easy to clean off (e.g. milk or syrup) it only requires little wall shear stress to be removed. This means the pre-rinse cleaning of the tank is done using only one cleaning cycle and you are saving time, water and energy.

    One cleaning cycle typically takes 1-3 min. and now that the product is effectively removed from the tank wall, the jet will offset the second cleaning cycle and thereby minimizing the distances between the jets. More cleaning cycles are needed for products that are harder to clean.

    Payback time
    Compared to a static spray ball, the Alfa Laval Rotary Jet Head is a higher initial investment, but its low operating cost gives a short payback time - often less than one year.
    (Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)
    22.12.2016   Scotch and packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news On a recent cold and frosty morning in Edinburgh, packaging experts arrived from across Europe to attend the first Packaging News Live: Spirits Summit. My colleague Pam and I were probably one of few participants who actually hailed from this city and only needed to hop onto a Lothian Bus to take us to the venue at the Assembly Rooms on George Street.

    As well as a full programme of speakers, the Summit also had an exhibitors' room which included our SWA stand. Although, in contrast to other exhibitors, we didn't have an array of luxury spirits packaging to display, we attracted a constant stream of visitors to our stand wanting to hear more about our Association and how we help our members. People were interested in browsing through our publications, such as our insightful economic report showing that Scotch Whisky contributes about £5 billion annually to the British economy, or our skills report on employment in the industry and our Scotch at a Glance factsheet.

    It was also pleasing that fellow exhibitors were keen to tell us about the 'sustainability journeys' their packaging companies are undertaking and how their products and services can assist the Scotch Whisky industry in delivering its Environmental Strategy.

    By the end of the day we had handed out lots of publications, debated and informed many attendees about Scotch Whisky.

    The presentation programme for the summit didn't disappoint and was full of great speakers and interesting topics. The speakers ranged from company representatives, including Diageo and Edrington, through to design agencies and packaging companies. I had a slot in the programme to speak about the Scotch Whisky Industry Environmental Strategy and its recent refresh.

    The speakers gave a great insight into their areas of expertise and the future of luxury packaging more broadly. Two of my key takeaways from the day were the forgotten power of beauty in brand design and the seven steps to a great packaging design, including the power of storytelling.

    A number of themes were common across the presentations, including the importance of millennials, rise of craft, consumers trading-up, reducing packaging sizes to encourage people to try new options and selling products at a more accessible price point.

    The audience was active on Twitter throughout the event and a number of phrases were focused on and retweeted, including mine: 'in France more Scotch Whisky is drunk in a month than Cognac in a year'!
    Morag Garden is head of environment and sustainability at the SWA
    (SWA The Scotch Whisky Association)
    22.12.2016   Tetra Pak gets closer to fully renewable packaging goal with new aseptic carton     ( Company news )

    Company news Tetra Pak announces the launch of a new version of Tetra Brik® Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap™ 30. This is the first aseptic carton package in the world to receive the highest class of Vinçotte certification for its use of renewable materials.

    The new package is manufactured using a bio-based plastic film and cap, made from polymers derived from sugar cane. Combined with the paperboard, this lifts the share of materials from renewable sources in the package to above 80%, the threshold for four-star certification from Vinçotte, the Belgium-based accreditation agency that is world-recognised for assessing the renewable content of packaging products.

    The new package also boasts up to 17% lower carbon footprint than a standard package, according to an independent lifecycle analysis conducted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

    “Increasing the use of renewable materials, defined as natural resources that can be replenished over time, plays an increasingly important role in mitigating resource scarcity and climate change,” said Philippe Dewolfs, President of the Certification Committee from Vinçotte “This is the only aseptic carton package we have certified so far and it has qualified for four-star certification.”

    Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management and Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak said: “There is a growing trend that consumers want to do more for the planet, and they want brand owners to help. With the authentic certification from Vinçotte, our new package gives customers credible information to communicate with consumers, and helps them differentiate their products.

    “Our ultimate goal is to produce all of our packages using only sustainably-managed renewable materials. Launching the new Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap 30 package is a significant milestone for us on that journey.”

    The new version of Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap 30 package is available to customers globally. Switching to the new version requires no additional capital equipment investment.
    (Tetra Pak Schweiz AG)
    21.12.2016   drinktec as catalyst for PET solutions    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 PET: Energy and Resource Efficiency in the Foreground

    When drinktec 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry, opens its doors for trade visitors from all over the world from September 11 to 15, 2017, then a packaging type will be almost omnipresent in the limelight: PET. The task of beverage manufacturers to make PET greener and more environmentally compatible is reflected on all levels: in the choice of raw material, i.e., also in preform design and fabrication, in the container blowing process and filling as well as in recycling and re-using PET containers.

    PET is the preferred form of packaging worldwide particularly for bottling of water and non-alcoholic beverages (CSD). While the demand for CSD is rather stagnating from a global perspective, bottling water in PET continues to boom. Many new developments of PET containers are also used in the dairy industry now. Consequently, drinktec has created a separate exhibition area with PETpoint in line with its importance for bottlers, which is dedicated exclusively to PET technology and presents all innovations with relevance for PET. As probably the only trade fair worldwide, drinktec shows the entire value chain of PET in this area. The exhibitor group on the subject of PET includes manufacturers of injection molding machines to produce preforms and stretch blowing systems for plastic containers, among others, but also filling machines for plastic bottles. Representatives are also suppliers of raw materials and auxiliary materials for the manufacture of plastic containers as well as the producers of plastic bottles made from PET, PEN, PP, PE, HDPE or other plastics. Machines and systems for recycling PET bottles and closures are on the other end of the life cycle of PET containers. “Beverage closures have reached their lightweight minimum geometrically, and they thus make higher demands on the precision and repeatability of injection molding machines than ever before. With the new high-strength HD-PE materials, the requirements for plasticizing performance have also increased sharply. A third trend is the increasing sensitivity of injector molders in matters of energy efficiency. At drinktec, we will show how to combine these challenges economically,” Michael Feltes, Head of the Packaging Business Unit at Engel Austria in Schwertberg, Austria, stated. “drinktec is the exhibition in the area of beverage/closures where all our customers really obtain information about trends and innovations. As one of the market leaders in this industry, we have to be there.”

    Achieve more output with fewer resources

    In advance of the trade fair, drinktec is starting “Go with the flow. Southeast Asia Roadshow” in collaboration with the trade journal PETplanet. Starting from January 2017, the editorial team will tour with the Editour Mobile through Laos, Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia for more than half a year and thereby promote drinktec. The team will be back in time for the trade fair start of drinktec in September 2017 and present the results of the tour at drinktec with detailed analyses of the PET markets in the individual countries.

    What are the technological focal points in the use of PET? Recent developments such as preferential heating, i.e., the targeted heating of special bottle areas, make it possible for the bottlers to achieve perfect quality in an energy-efficient process, including with strongly oval bottle shapes. The coating of PET containers, for example, with a very thin layer of glass, is also being developed further. It reduces in material costs on the one hand and ensures a longer shelf life of sensitive beverages on the other hand.

    Energy and resource efficiency are especially important for the bottlers in manufacturing PET containers. Visitors can obtain information concerning this in the context of the focus topic water and energy management at drinktec. The industry is dealing with topics such as reduced water consumption, use of process heat, recycling and the use of more efficient components. Achieving more and more output with fewer resources: this is a goal of the future, which also includes reducing PET container weights and using recycled materials.

    Numerous brewery and soft drink companies have formulated ambitious goals with regard to their footprints. Especially large corporations can make a big difference. For example, when Coca-Cola promotes the goal of making packaging plastic from renewable natural resources in the future, then that has a lot of weight. The share of recycled PET in the disposable bottles of Coca-Cola Germany is already 29.23 percent now. Goal by 2020: 40% recycled PET in plastic disposable bottles.

    Machine manufacturers are increasingly employing the economic use of energy and resources as a selling point, both in their own companies and above all with customers. “Every gram less of PET that we need for our bottle is an extraordinary resource saving calculated globally,” Prof. Matthias Niemeyer, Chief Executive Officer of KHS GmbH, stated. The mold-blowing machine manufacturer Sidel calculated that a 0.5-liter PET bottle weighed 28 grams in 1985, but today it has been able to reduce this to fewer than eight grams in an extreme case today.

    Use of recycled materials still too low
    In addition to the lightweighting, the use of recycled PET is a challenge of the future. The trend to the bottle-to-bottle recycling is continuing unabated according to market insiders. Reason: market coverage is still very low. The use of recycled materials in PET containers is still negligible worldwide and is estimated to be around five percent. However, major PET bottlers want to achieve an approx. 25 percent share of recycled material. “That's why the demand for bottle-to-bottle recycling is continuing unabated,” Dr. Thomas Friedlaender, PET recycling specialist at Krones AG, Neutraubling, explained. But the recycling expert considers the greatest challenge to be the diminishing quality of collected PET containers. “Advanced sorting technology and continuous improvement of recycling technology are indispensable conditions to be able to produce usable recycled materials from them.” For Christoph Wöss, Business Development Manager of the Bottle Division at EREMA, the trend to PET recycling is also continuing undiminished. “In this context, we are pursuing the zero-waste approach. By this, we mean that the cleaning and recycling process of PET needs to become more efficient, totally in the spirit of economic and ecological sustainability. We also detect increasing demand for the direct interconnection of the recycling process and further processing into a final product, most recently directly into food-grade preforms. drinktec is the precisely the right platform for discussing such trends.”

    According to Petcore, approx. 57 percent of marketed PET bottles were recycled In Europe in 2014, 6.8 percent more than in the previous year. This corresponds to a collection of approx. 66 billion 1.5-liter bottles.

    Alternatives in demand
    Consequently, drinktec will also highlight the latest possibilities for PET recycling and the use of alternative materials. In the meantime, PET bottles can be made from almost 100 percent recycled materials, such as Coca-Cola has demonstrated in Germany with the introduction of a one-way deposit bottle for the product Coca-Cola Life. The research for alternatives to PET is also continuing. In a development project, containers made of PEF (polyethylene furanoate) are to be produced, which can be produced from 100 percent vegetable raw materials according to a consortium of Avantium and Alpla with participation of Coca-Cola and Danone. Scientists at the University of Hohenheim want to use the root of chicory as a basis for this. PEF bottles could be drawn thinner than PET bottles, reducing transportation costs as a result.

    All in all, developments in the market for beverage containers remain very exciting. However, it is clear that they are moving in the direction of sustainability. The next drinktec will certainly contribute its part as a catalyst for ideas in the discussion about the optimum solution.
    (Messe München GmbH)
    20.12.2016   Glass Pack 2017 - 1st Business Meeting on Design and Production Management of Glass Bottles ....    ( Company news )

    Company news ...and Containers

    GLASS PACK 2017 is the fair-conference dedicated to manufacturers and dealers of glass packaging, as well as all aspects relating to this sector: from design to decoration, from the creation of samples to closures, from labels to packaging in cardboard and wood, etc..

    The event will take place 8 June 2017 at the Congress Centre of Pordenone Fiere.

    GLASS PACK 2017, the first event dedicated exclusively to bringing together those who supply glass with those who use it, provides the opportunity of participating in conferences on topics regarding the entire glass packaging industry, such as:
    • Guarantees and issues in the use of glass used for packaging in the wine industry;
    • Meetings with the main players of the Italian glass packaging industry;
    • Opportunities and issues for dealers of glass containers;
    • From ideas to final packaging: food & beverage glass packaging design; ;
    • Challenges concerning marketing issues aspects: labelling, presentation and advertising
    with regards to food stuffs packed in glass containers;
    • Closures and storage of products;
    • Guidelines for the use of glass packagin;
    • Glass containers an added value in Mass Retail.

    Exhibiting companies will also have the chance to discuss a 15 minute case study or make a company presentation at the conference, which will take place during the fair.
    (Smartenergy Srl)


    Production lines for still beverages utilising nitrogen dosing can now also take advantage of the Sidel StarLite™ PET bottle base with the launch of the Sidel StarLite Nitro version. The new base ensures bottle resistance and stability, even under extremely high temperature conditions, while also providing benefits in terms of both lightweighting and energy saving.

    The new non-petaloid StarLite Nitro base utilises a unique shape that significantly increases base resistance and stability. This means the new base design can simultaneously increase PET bottle rigidity by enhancing resistance to the internal pressure created by nitrogen dosing, even in harsh conditions, while lowering package weight and energy consumption. It also offers packaging design differentiation and optimised aesthetics, importantly without compromising product safety. The StarLite Nitro base takes all the benefits of the StarLite base, introduced in 2013 for the production of still and carbonated beverages bottled in PET, which has been recognised as the 'Best Environmental Sustainability Initiative' at the 2013 Global Bottled Water Awards.

    No compromise between bottle quality and strength
    The Sidel StarLite Nitro base ensures improved PET bottle quality without compromising strength and increases stability throughout the entire supply chain. It enables producers to increase bottle resistance to deformation in any production environment. “The large and stable surface upon which the bottle stands, combined with other structural elements within the bottle design, enables the formed PET bottle to better withstand the internal pressure caused by the addition of nitrogen and improves bottle stability during conveying, depending on the wall thickness of the base,” says Vincent Le Guen, Vice President, Packaging & Tooling at Sidel. This is a particular benefit, for example, in production at high altitude with distribution then at sea level or applications subject to very high temperatures. Developed and tested by Sidel’s packaging experts with numerous computer simulations, this new base has also been subjected to real-world, physical testing to ensure optimal performance through the supply chain.

    Reduced bottle weight and blowing pressure
    Just like its predecessors in the Sidel StarLite range, the new ‘Nitro’ version decreases the amount of raw material needed to create the finished PET bottles. The optimum strength-to-weight ratio is achieved by reducing the thickness of the bottle’s wall. The resulting bottles require less energy within the blowing process, are lighter in weight and therefore can cost less to produce. "This solution addresses beverage producers’ needs, who are looking for ways to lower their total cost of ownership (TCO) to stay ahead in a competitive market yet still achieve even greater sustainability. The new Sidel StarLite Nitro base also ensures packaging integrity and creates an end-product which is packaged in a way that grabs consumers’ attention”, continues Le Guen. For instance, a 0.5 litre PET bottle with a StarLite Nitro base weighing 1.8 grams can resist an internal pressure of up to 1 bar depending on the design of both the preform and the bottle, and the grade of the PET resin used.

    Attractive and flexible PET bottle
    The new StarLite Nitro base is an attractive, flexible solution from Sidel that enables the same PET bottle design to be used for beverages produced with or even without nitrogen dosing. It works with regular, ultra clean and aseptic filling. With a design similar to the base of bottles usually used for still beverage production, it avoids confusion with bottles with a mini-petaloid base on the supermarket shelves, traditionally associated with carbonated soft drinks by consumers. The new base is available for bottles ranging in size from 0.2 litre to 2.0 litres. It can be adapted for all generations of Sidel blowing machines, whatever the production output, including the latest Sidel Matrix™ blowers. The StarLite Nitro base can easily be incorporated into most existing bottle designs by Sidel’s packaging engineering team and retrofitted onto existing production lines and moulds, using Sidel's enhanced StarLite mould bases and the company portfolio of line conversion services.

    Improved supply chain performance
    With this increased stability and resistance, bottles featuring the StarLite Nitro base perform better throughout the whole supply chain, even in harsh conditions. They are ideal for conveying - from filling to the labelling and packing stages - optimising production uptime and keeping stoppages to an absolute minimum. Additionally, bottles produced with the new base will be more resistant to extreme temperatures. In conditions of up to 50°C storage, bottles can withstand up to 25 days without deformation and have the potential to last even longer. They can also demonstrate a 50% decrease in base rollout under frozen conditions.

    Tangible cost reductions and sustainable production
    The potential for lightweighting of the new Sidel StarLite Nitro base offers substantial cost savings too. For instance, a reduction of just 1 gram in a 0.5 litre PET bottle produced at 2,200 bottles per hour can result in savings of Euros 396,000 per year, based on 5,000 hours of annual production. Following the same calculation process, a reduction of just 1.8 grams in a 1.5 litre bottle can lead to savings of Euros 713,000 per year. Having a wider range of parameter settings - or ‘process window’ - yet still achieving the desired blown result, the new base is also easier to blow than existing bases. Introduction of the base can mean a reduction in the need for air pressure of up to 25%. For a 0.5 or 1.0 litre bottle for example, only 18 to 20 bars of air pressure are needed for blowing, compared to the 25 bars needed for traditional bases. This in itself can lead to additional energy savings of up to Euros 90,000 every year.
    (Sidel International AG)


    Gebo Cermex, a world leader in innovative packaging line solutions, has received the official mark “Vitrine Industrie du Future", awarded by the Alliance Industrie Du Futur (AIF) in recognition of its efforts to introduce, develop and implement Industry 4.0 initiatives at its plant in Saint Laurent sur Sèvre, France. On receiving the award, the company has highlighted the importance of investing in Industry 4.0 possibilities to build long term competitive advantage.

    This mark is awarded by AIF to companies that implement new tools such as digital data exchange and advanced robotics to drive the transformation of business models and organisations as well as design and marketing methods.
    Gebo Cermex has been actively working along these lines and this award recognises the significant contribution made by its Virtual Commissioning project – which was led by the team based in Saint Laurent sur Sèvre. Key achievements – which helped the company to meet in full the requirements listed by AIF – included a 20-30% decrease in lead times and production costs; a long-term approach towards zero defects, dramatically improving quality and accuracy; and increased reliability, due to the ability to show customers, in advance, details about the performance of their equipment.

    Commenting on the recognition, Christian Bock, Vice President Operations at Gebo Cermex, said: “A typical commissioning phase, when new equipment has to be physically assembled and tested in a workshop, takes approx. 200 hours - with 46% spent in problem solving activities, and 54% covering testing and tuning. The real innovation of our Virtual Commissioning project is that we are able to dramatically decrease the time and costs involved, while anticipating the challenges the equipment might face when installed in the actual production environment. In fact, the Gebo Cermex engineers use advanced tools to virtually build the full machine, checking, in parallel, even the smallest details. This allows them to export the virtual model in the simulation tool and to visualise how the equipment behaves. The virtual 3D model can be viewed, operated and animated via a Human Machine Interface (HMI). Moreover, the virtual commissioning allows for a 3D model to perform a big part of the de-bugging process ahead of installation and it is possible to simulate many scenarios in which the equipment might be working when integrated in the customer’s plant, without using the actual machine.”

    Earlier this year, Gebo Cermex unveiled its Agility 4.0™ programme, designed to enable producers to manufacture small production batches at cost levels typically associated with mass production, without compromising on key performance criteria such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and sustainability, to name but a few. It represents a proven, pragmatic approach to make the benefits of Industry 4.0 possible: from initial virtual design to total mastery of the extended factory, the Agility 4.0 programme encompasses smart machines, system and data intelligence, digital connectivity and powerful simulation tools, all within a philosophy of sustainable production.

    On receiving the official mark “Vitrine Industrie du Future", Marc Aury, President and Managing Director at Gebo Cermex, said: “Industry 4.0 is currently a much-discussed topic in manufacturing. With people now showing different consumer behaviours that influence their purchasing decisions, and distribution looking for more customised delivery methods and increased responsiveness, the packaging industry needs to find new ways to improve line operations in terms of speed, efficiency, flexibility and versatility, to protect its competitiveness in a global, fast-changing market and help to secure the future of European businesses. We see this award as a clear recognition of our efforts, as the first SME (Small Medium Enterprise) to offer Virtual Commissioning to its customers.”
    (Gebo Cermex)
    15.12.2016   OPTIBAR LC 1010: new submersible level probe with ceramic diaphragm    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: New OPTIBAR LC 1010 submersible level probe with ceramic diaphragm

    - Continuous hydrostatic level measurement in water wells, rainwater basins, or tanks
    - Robust stainless steel housing and high overload-proof ceramic diaphragm for long operating life
    - Measuring ranges from 100 mbar / 10 kPa / 1.5 psi to up 10 bar / 1 MPa / 150 psi
    - Corrosion-resistant TPE cable for versatile use from water to wastewater applications

    KROHNE introduces the OPTIBAR LC 1010 submersible level probe with ceramic diaphragm. Aimed at water and wastewater, environmental engineering and OEM applications, it provides a simple and continuous hydrostatic level measurement solution for water wells, rainwater retaining / overflow basins, or tanks.

    OPTIBAR LC 1010 features a robust 316L stainless steel housing and a high overload-proof ceramic diaphragm for long operating life. For safe and easy cleaning on site, the diaphragm is flush mounted. With a diameter of 22 mm / 1", OPTIBAR LC 1010 can be used also in small vessels. It comes with pre-configured measuring ranges from 100 mbar / 10 kPa / 1.5 psi to up 10 bar / 1 MPa / 150 psi, customer-specific ranges are available on request.

    For versatile use from water to wastewater applications, OPTIBAR LC 1010 features ATEX and IECEx certification and a corrosion-resistant TPE cable that is also approved for use with potable water. Next to the electrical lines for the 4…20mA output, the TPE cable houses an air hose to be used for differential pressure level measurement with closed vessels. With open vessels, the air hose can be capped for absolute pressure measurement. As options, OPTIBAR LC 1010 can be provided with an integrated 3-wire Pt100 temperature sensor, alternatively with HART 7 communication for convenient configuration.
    (Krohne Messtechnik GmbH)
    14.12.2016   Proline 300/500 – Flow measuring technology for the future    ( Company news )

    Company news For lasting higher levels of safety, product quality, and availability in your process system

    For 40 years, Endress+Hauser has been offering one of the most comprehensive product ranges worldwide for flow measurement of liquids, gases and steam. The Proline device family has contributed significantly to this success and is now once again wowing users with unique innovations to ensure highest process and product quality. The Proline 300/500 generation combines Proline sensors, which have proved themselves hundreds of thousands of times, with state-of-the-art transmitter technology.

    Proline 300/500 allows universal flow metering in all applications in the process industry – from quantity measurement and process monitoring right up to custody transfer applications. Proline also provides a view into the process, ensuring that plant operators receive a wealth of important diagnostic and process data. Users benefit from this in many different ways: through optimal process monitoring, fewer periods of downtime, and therefore a more efficient process control.

    Multivariable and high-quality sensors
    Proline 300/500 transmitters can be freely combined with any of the Promass and Promag sensors. Several process variables can therefore be measured simultaneously using only one device – for example mass flow, volume flow, density, concentration, viscosity and temperature (Coriolis); or volume flow, temperature and conductivity (electromagnetic). Each device is checked using accredited and traceable calibration facilities (ISO/IEC 17025). This is unparalleled around the globe.

    Added value thanks to information from the field
    Proline 300/500 supplies the customer with a maximum amount of process information. It is not only possible to retrieve device, diagnostics, service or process data via the control room, but now also on site thanks to an integrated web server that allows for direct connection to a laptop. Comprehensive remote data retrieval is also possible via the installed wireless WLAN – a global innovation that will simplify future service and maintenance.

    Heartbeat Technology – always on the pulse of the process
    A further highlight is Heartbeat Technology. Integrated into all Proline devices, this checking function enables permanent self-diagnosis, along with a certified and metrologically traceable verification during operation. The operator does not need to be present in the field: Verification can be started at any time via all available interfaces. This makes it possible, for example, to extend application-specific calibration intervals, thus saving time and money.

    Prepared for Industry 4.0
    Proline 300/500 has a unique range of signal outputs and protocols: HART, PROFIBUS, FOUNDATION fieldbus, Modbus RS485, EtherNet/IP and PROFINET. This ensures that all Endress+Hauser flowmeters can be seamlessly integrated into existing automation systems. Thanks to the transparent flow of diagnostics and measurement data – from the sensor to the process control system – unimagined possibilities are now becoming reality, ensuring safe and comprehensive process control.
    (Endress+Hauser Messtechnik GmbH+Co. KG)
    13.12.2016   Belgium: AB InBev to cut investments in Hoegaarden beer    ( )

    Leuven, Belgium-based brewer AB InBev will not invest as much anymore in its wheat beer Hoegaarden, because the beer is no longer a European priority. The money will go to other beers, like Hoegaarden's radler varieties, Retail Detail Europe reported on November 21.

    For a long time, AB InBev invested a lot in Hoegaarden, a very well-known beer in Belgium, the Netherlands and France. It is also available in other European countries like the United Kingdom, but nevertheless, the brewery feels it only has a limited growth potential.

    Sales in Belgium and the Netherlands have been stable for a while and the brand has even slumped slightly in France. Other brands have also noticed wheat beer's waning popularity, both locally and abroad. "We mainly sell our Vedett White wheat beer abroad, in countries like Japan and China", brewery Duvel Moortgat said. "The local demand is small, because Belgium has an abundance of craft beers."

    AB InBev's decision does not mean it will no longer invest in the brand. "Hoegaarden is still an international brand, just like Leffe for example," AB InBev's Zone President for Europe, Stuart MacFarlane, said. Hoegaarden will keep its position as a focus brand in Asia and we will keep investing in the brand there to help it grow. Over the past few years, Hoegaarden's popularity rose in Russia, China and South Korea." The company will also invest in Hoegaarden's factory, where 80 % of the production goes abroad.
    13.12.2016   drinktec 2017 shows trends of labeling and equipment technology    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 Direct printing on the verge of a breakthrough?

    Labeling and equipment technology is a subject area in the field of tension between marketing experts, designers, paper and foil manufacturers as well as technicians in bottling plants. Their not always congruent demands must be brought together if the desired result is to be achieved. Without one of them, the others cannot succeed, and vice versa. The reason is that a label is the “brand ambassador” at the point of sales. Everyone involved in the process of creating a container design, exhibitors as well as visitors, gather at drinktec 2017, the world's leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry, in Munich from September 11 to 15. Trends are made there that affect the market over the next few years.

    The beer bottle or the soft drink container is on the shelf and waiting for its buyer. In addition to the price and type of container or the sales package, the label is the only selection criterion. It serves to produce a direct sales approach at the point of sale and creates the recognition effect of a brand. Packaging and labeling technology will occupy considerable space at drinktec. Approx. 50 percent of exhibitors will present packaging solutions, which is unique in this range. In addition, drinktec has created a dedicated area (Hall A2) with the World of Labels specifically for manufacturers of labeling technology and labels.

    Stefan Richter, Head of Inspection and Labeling Technology at Krones AG, Neutraubling, considers drinktec to be an “essential trade fair, also thanks to holding it once every four years. It is completely international and attracts a global audience almost magnetically. For Mr. Krones, it is also a platform to capture the mood of the market and to obtain valuable feedback from the customers around the world.”

    The supporting program is also addressing this issue. The top issues of the future in the packaging area are dealt with in the Innovation Flow Lounge and in the field of packaging technology at the drinktec forum.

    “We see both old friends and new customers from around the world at drinktec as the world's largest industry gathering. This an opportunity that we gladly want to take advantage of!” stated Prof. Matthias Niemeyer, CEO of KHS AG, Dortmund.

    Module machines and self-adhesive labels
    “The marketing departments in the beverage world want maximum flexibility,” Stefan Richter stated. “Bottle design is advertising, and that is highly individual. Consumers like to rely on the first appearance of a product when they make purchases, and manufacturers can support this with the appropriate design. As a producer of labeling machines, we experience first-hand that the quantity of ordered module equipment is increasing steadily from year to year.” Bottlers have all options open with module machines. Different labeling units of almost any kind can be docked, regardless of whether for cold glue, hot glue or self-adhesive labels. As a result, beverage manufacturers remain flexible in their choice of designs even years after a large investment decision. The trend in labeling plastic containers is toward increasingly thinner foil in the PET segment. Another interesting development is represented by pre-glued sleeve labels. Special self-adhesive labels offer many customization options. They are now no longer limited to nonreturnable packaging, but instead have also become successfully established on returnable bottles in the beer, water and soft drink area as wash-off labels. The self-adhesive label is removed in the bottle washer, and then the container can be refilled and labeled anew. “Higher product diversity, short changeover times and smaller batches,” Mr. Richter explained summarizing trends in bottle design.

    Highly individual solutions thanks to direct printing
    This trend is also in line with direct printing. Regardless of whether PET, HDPE, metal (can) or glass, round container or shaped bottles, digital printing can be applied almost anywhere and provides highly customized solutions. It is all a matter of chemistry between ink and container material. “The print quality of direct printing is getting better all the time, and the speed is increasingly faster,” according to Mr. Richter.

    In addition to the general trend to reduce packaging material and toward increased sustainability, the market is also changing in the area of labeling and design technology. “The trend toward individual bottle design is continuing and will grow even more,” Prof. Niemeyer stated and emphasized direct printing specifically in this context: “The industrial implementation of a digital printing process with low migration and UV-curing inks, which provide a food-safe solution for PET bottles, is very interesting in this area. Bottlers save material with the direct printing method and can flexibly implement a new look for a container at short notice.”

    A new trend: serialization
    Another trend in the beverage industry supports labeling technology, i.e., serialization. Strictly speaking, this is the transformation of an object into a byte stream. This term from computer science combines two requests from the industry: the customization of products on one hand and the traceability of product paths on the other hand. “For example, labeling technology makes it possible with the application of a QR code on a container to individualize it and trace the product path via use of the code by a consumer,” Mr. Richter explained. The customer in turn has the option of checking the originality and authenticity of the product using a smartphone to scan the QR code. At the same time, his action is forwarded to the manufacturer who can then enter into the desired interaction with the consumer. What Google, Amazon and Co. can do today can become a reality for the beverage industry tomorrow. In other words, the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, is becoming a topic for beverage manufacturers.

    RFID technology, the “identification with the aid of electromagnetic waves”, has already been introduced in the beverage industry. It serves for authenticity protection on one hand and anti-theft protection on the other hand. In a southern European country, for example, a well-known whiskey distiller consistently employs RFID technology in its high-quality products. An RFID transponder is hidden in the back label, which can trigger an alarm at an attempted theft, for example. “Using RFID technology is very easy with modern labeling technology. However, transponder costs remain an issue,” Mr. Richter added.

    Despite all the new developments, there is continuity to see at drinktec 2017. The good old paper label definitely still has a future. It can be processed at high speeds, looks good and will remain in the market for the foreseeable future.
    (Messe München GmbH)
    13.12.2016   World: World's largest brewers expanding their nonalcoholic beer offerings    ( )

    After years of trying and failing to jump-start sales of alcohol-free beer, the world’s largest brewers are expanding their nonalcoholic offerings with renewed zeal, the Wall Street Journal reported on November 22.

    Each of the new global Big Three in brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, Heineken NV and Carlsberg A/S — is investing in new technology, marketing and distribution for nonalcoholic beers like Budweiser Prohibition Brew, 0.0% MAXX and Nordic. They are betting stricter alcohol regulations and a shift toward healthier consumption will lift sales.

    None of the companies breaks out its investments on alcohol-free beer. But Carlsberg recently outlined plans to, at minimum, double craft and nonalcoholic beer volumes from 6% to 12% by 2022. And AB InBev has said at least a fifth of its beer volume world-wide will be no or low alcohol by the end of 2025, up from 6% currently.

    “Nonalcoholic beer is growing three times faster than the overall beer market and offers some excellent margin opportunities,” Carlsberg Chief Executive Cees ’t Hart said earlier this year.

    Brewers earn fatter profit margins from nonalcoholic beer given the absence of excise tax and the fact that such beers often sell at a premium to regular beer. Carlsberg figures show an average gross profit per 100 liters of nonalcoholic beer in Western Europe that is close to double that of regular beer.

    But despite brewers’ efforts, the volume of nonalcoholic brews as a proportion of global beer has stayed roughly flat at around 0.7% for the past decade, according to beverage-industry research firm Canadean.

    Nonalcoholic beer, which is 0.5% alcohol or less, has a fan following in Muslim-majority markets such as Iran and Indonesia. It has also gained ground in Spain, where it is commonly drunk with tapas, and Germany, where it is often consumed after sports activities, according to market researcher Euromonitor. But in many large beer markets, including North America and the U.K., nonalcoholic beer has failed to gain traction.

    Part of the problem is that many everyday drinkers aren’t convinced nonalcoholic beer makes sense.

    “It’s kind of like nonbeneficial exercise—why would people use this if the main benefit doesn’t exist?” said Matt Voda, a New York-based virtual-reality developer who in 2013 did market research on nonalcoholic beer for Heineken as part of an internship with the brewer.

    Mr. Voda’s research during his three months at Heineken showed nonalcoholic beer was primarily drunk by older people whose doctors had advised them to cut back on alcohol.

    Brewers are working to change this.

    At an analyst event Carlsberg hosted last month in Stockholm, Carlsberg Chief Commercial Officer Jessica Spence said the company wanted to shift alcohol-free beer from being associated with words such as “compromise,” “bad taste,” responsible” and “social stigma,” to being associated with “core beer,” “heritage,” “craft” and “innovation.”

    Carlsberg’s advertising shows people drinking its alcohol-free offerings while hiking, swimming and playing football. The brewer’s nonalcoholic Nordic brand sponsored a run to raise money for cancer in Denmark last month and said it has similar fitness-focused activities planned for next year.

    Heineken has taken a similar tack, spending on ad campaigns linking alcohol-free beers to an active lifestyle, a shift from its previous strategy that mainly touted the functional benefits of nonalcoholic beer for drivers, pregnant women and the like. It now has 63 variants of nonalcoholic beer, up from 15 in 2011.

    Alcohol-free beer—which is made either by halting the conversion of sugars to alcohol early or removing the alcohol after brewing is complete—has yet to shrug off a longstanding reputation for being watery and flavorless.

    “The problem for nonalcoholic beer is, if you take the alcohol out, you’re taking some of the flavors out, and if you stop fermentation you end up with a very sweet product,” according to David Ryder, former head brewmaster for MillerCoors.

    Now, brewers say technological advancements are helping them overcome this. AB InBev Brewmaster Charles Nouwen said the company has come up with specific brewing recipes that help yeast produce intense beer flavors. It then distills the liquid at a low temperature to remove the alcohol without losing the beer character and flavor.

    “Our ambition is to close the gap with regular beer, so we can have both propositions without anyone noticing the difference,” Mr. Nouwen said.

    Carlsberg—which claims to have the world’s largest collection of yeasts, at more than 2,500 varieties—has begun using new yeasts and bacteria to remove alcohol, as well as new technology to make cereal- and fruit-based nonalcoholic beer. It has gone beyond making lagers, launching several alcohol-free wheat beers.

    “Until recently there was only a couple of nonalcoholic beers and they weren’t very tasty—it was almost like water or just not the right taste—but with Nordic they’ve come very close,” said 30-year-old Anna Stegger Gemzoe, who drank Carlsberg’s Nordic brand of nonalcoholic beer during her pregnancy last year. In Denmark, where Ms. Gemzoe lives, Carlsberg Nordic has a 43% share of the nonalcoholic beer market.

    But Carlsberg still has work to do on many of its other alcohol-free brands, according to Liberum analyst Alicia Forry, who sampled several of the nonalcoholic beers on offer in Stockholm last month. “They’re better than ones I’ve had in the past,” she says, “but still not something I would pay for.”
    12.12.2016   AptarGroup Announces CEO Succession Plan    ( Company news )

    Company news AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR), a global leader in innovative dispensing and sealing solutions, announced that Stephan B. Tanda has been appointed by the Board of Directors to succeed Stephen J. Hagge as President and CEO. Mr. Tanda will join Aptar on February 1, 2017 and become a member of its Board of Directors. Aptar previously announced Mr. Hagge’s decision to retire after 35 years of distinguished service to the Company. Mr. Hagge will remain employed with the Company until his retirement on March 31, 2017 and he intends to remain on its Board of Directors.

    Board Chairman, King Harris, stated, “We are delighted that Stephan will join and lead our strong management team. He has had an impressive career at Royal DSM NV and has played a key role in expanding its nutrition cluster.”

    Mr. Tanda currently serves as an Executive Managing Board Director at DSM and oversees its approximately $5.5 billion global Nutrition business as well as its Pharma joint ventures and business interests in the Americas. DSM is a leading global supplier of ingredients and material solutions for the food, dietary supplement, personal care, medical device, automotive, paint, electronic and bio-material markets. A native of Austria, Mr. Tanda has a degree in plastics engineering from the University of Leoben (Austria) and has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Prior to joining DSM, he served for three years as President and CEO of Freudenberg Nonwovens Group after spending over twelve years with DuPont where he lived in multiple locations in Europe and the U.S. as he assumed increasing responsibilities that included operations, P&L management, strategic planning, business development and leadership of a joint venture.
    (AptarGroup Inc.)
    12.12.2016   Belgium: Belgium's unique beer culture inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the ...    ( )

    ... Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

    Belgium's unique beer culture has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN agency announced on November 30.

    "Making and appreciating beer is part of the living heritage of a range of communities throughout Belgium. It plays a role in daily life, as well as festive occasions," UNESCO said in a press release.

    Almost 1,500 types of beer are produced in the country using different fermentation methods, while some Trappist communities have also been involved in beer production giving profits to charity, it noted.

    UNESCO also praised Belgium's efforts to pass down the traditional skills and knowledge in the beer industry.

    "Besides being transmitted in the home and social circles, knowledge and skills are also passed down by master brewers who run classes in breweries, specialised university courses that target those involved in the field and hospitality in general, public training programs for entrepreneurs, and small test breweries for amateur brewers," it said.

    Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel posted the news on his Twitter account, and invited people to "come on to Belgium and taste it."

    Meanwhile, culture ministers of Belgium's three linguistic communities (Dutch, French and German) issued a joint statement in celebration of the inscription.

    "The recognition by UNESCO is the culmination of the work of countless brewers, beer lovers, beer promoters and beer scholars. This recognition will make the beer culture in Belgium more renowned worldwide," said Isabelle Weykmans, culture minister of the German-speaking community in Belgium.

    The beer culture is Belgium's 11th item inscribed on the UNESCO list. The others include the Holy Blood Procession in Bruges, the Carnivals in Binche and Aalst and the "shrimp fishing on horseback" tradition of Oostduinkerke.
    12.12.2016   The Czech Republic: Pub beer prices may rise as government launches online sales-reporting system    ( )

    The Czech government launched an online sales-reporting system on December 1 for around 40,000 bars, restaurants and hotels in a bid to cut tax avoidance, but raising concern that prices will jump and many pubs at the centre of village life around the country will close, Reuters reported.

    The "EET" system requires outlets to report every transaction online and print out a receipt that can be matched against its transaction database.

    The Finance Ministry is hoping to bring in up to 660 million euros in extra tax revenue a year once the system is extended to all retail outlets over the next two years. The value-added tax on meals has been cut to 15 percent from 21 percent to help pubs bear the cost.

    The chamber of commerce has been supportive of the law as it will help honest businesses. But small-business representatives say the costs of getting cash registers, Internet connections and running the system will be too high in an already stretched sector.

    Plzensky Prazdroj, the largest brewery group and maker of Pilsner Urqell, said hundreds of pub customers have stopped ordering kegs, indicating that at least some were closing.

    "It has been mostly smaller and countryside pubs, which do not serve hot meals," said Tomas Mraz, head of restaurant sales at the brewery. "We expect the main impact from EET will come at year-end."

    The Czech Republic, home to the original pilsner lager, has the highest beer consumption per capita in the world at around 140 litres annually. A world-topping 40 percent of that is draught beer in pubs, which are often the centre of social life.

    Supporters of the system say that those closing down probably include many that failed to declare income for value-added tax and used unreported revenue to pay staff under the table, avoiding payroll taxes.

    "The project is a success if only because it levels the business environment," Babis told Lidove Noviny newspaper on Thursday. "EET will instantly straighten wages in the restaurant business."

    Pubs, which often supplement their income with slot machines, have already been under pressure from tougher gambling regulations, and some fear a planned smoking ban would be another blow.

    "(EET) is just another hit. Nobody in the business, perhaps apart from large hotels, has been declaring full revenue," one restaurant owner from the east of the country told Reuters on condition of anonymity. He is closing his business.

    An owner of several mid-range Prague restaurants said prices were going up to make up for the extra costs. "People I know are raising prices by about 10 percent," he said.
    12.12.2016   UK: Heineken launches new H41 lager made with wild yeast from Patagonia    ( )

    Heineken has announced the launch of H41, a new lager made with 'wild' yeast from Patagonia, into the UK on-trade, the Morning Advertiser reported on December 8.

    The 5.3% ABV limited-edition beer has been launched exclusively across Laine Pub Company sites in London and Brighton with an eye to expanding its availability in the future.

    It will be available on draught and in 330ml bottles.

    Heineken master brewer Willem van Waesberghe said: “When we had brewed the first two litres of the beer from this yeast and we started to smell it and taste it, I thought wow, we have immediately found something which fits what we wanted to do – play with yeast, brew a Heineken and show that when you change the yeast, everything changes in the beer.”

    The Patagonian 'wild' yeast used in the beer’s production – reportedly the 'mother' yeast of Heineken’s A Strain, which has been used to create its beers since inception – is a rare variety discovered in the remote Argentinian region.

    The name H41 is a nod to the latitude co-ordinate of the mountain range where it was found.

    Heineken brand director David Lette said: “Heineken has more than 150 years of passion for beer and brewing mastery which we've previously never spoken about.

    “This means we are in perfect position to explore different tastes and flavours whilst remaining true to our iconic product.”

    Heineken’s eponymous lager was this week named among the Morning Advertiser’s Top 100 Drinks brands, coming in in 33rd place.

    The beer saw 13% volume and 15% value growth over the past year, with a number of sports sponsorships reinforcing its strong position in the on-trade.
    12.12.2016   USA: Access to legal marijuana has negative impact on beer sales - study    ( )

    A new industry study says access to legal marijuana is having a negative impact on beer sales.

    According to Brewbound, the research firm Cowen & Company analyzed the beer industries in Colorado, Oregon and Washington, three states that have recreational pot shops, and found that their beer markets have "collectively underperformed" in the past two years.

    The "magnitude of the underperformance has increased notably" as beer volumes have dropped more than 2% year-to-date in the trio of pot states, with big mainstream brewers seeing the biggest declines, with volumes down 4.4%. Craft beers have done a little better, but are down too, seeing a 2.2% drop.

    "While [marijuana] retail sales opened up in these markets at different points of time, with all three of these states now having fully implemented a retail infrastructure, the underperformance of beer in these markets has worsened over the course of 2016," wrote Vivien Azer, Cowen and Company’s managing director and senior research analyst.

    That's not exactly a shock, Azer wrote, since government survey data has shown "consistent growth in cannabis incidence among 18-25 year olds" in those three states at the same time that age group has seen declines "in alcohol incidence (in terms of past month use)." The change is most evident in Denver, one of the centers of the legal pot culture, where beer volumes have dropped 6.4%.
    12.12.2016   USA: US brewery count now exceeds 5,000    ( )

    Reflecting on the significant impact of small and independent craft breweries in 2016, the Brewers Association — the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers — looked back on the defining beer moments of 2016.

    “In the face of numerous opportunities and challenges in 2016, small and independent craft brewers continue to thrive,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “This community should be very proud of what it has accomplished and how far it has come.”

    Of note in 2016:
    ● Brewery Count: Five thousand strong and growing, there are now 5,005 breweries in the U.S. compared to 10,000 wineries. Almost all (99%) are small and independent craft brewers.

    ● Continued Growth for the Segment: By mid-year, small and independent breweries grew by eight percent, reflecting dynamism and a bright spot for the domestic beer market.

    ● Never Go Out of Styles: IPAs continue to hop up, now accounting for roughly one-quarter of craft volume. More sessionable styles, including golden ales, pilseners and pale lagers, are up 33 percent, totaling nearly five percent of craft.

    ● Freedom of Choice: As the world’s two largest brewers merged into a multinational conglomerate two and a half times the size of the U.S. beer market, the BA was at the center of the discussion, advocating for fair competition for the nation’s small and independent craft brewers and access to market ensuring beer enthusiasts get to continue to choose from a vast variety of options. Approximately 65 percent of craft beer lovers said they are drinking more craft specifically because it offers more variety.

    ● Homebrewing Impact: The National Homebrew Competition continues to be the world's largest beer competition with 7,962 entries. A recent measurement of homebrewing found that its 1.2 million participants created over 11,000 jobs, resulting in more than $1 billion in spending and over $700 million in revenues.

    ● American Craft Beer Abounds Abroad: Craft beer export volume increased by 16.3 percent, totaling 446,151 barrels and worth $116 million. More than 100 small and independent craft brewers export their beer internationally, spreading the culture and community of craft beer and a growing recognition and respect for American brewers.

    ● Bipartisan Beer Support: With a craft brewery in nearly every congressional district in the country, more than half of the U.S. Congress now supports the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. The BA has been a key player in moving forward this bipartisan legislation that seeks to recalibrate the current federal excise tax structure for the nation’s brewers and reform burdensome laws regulating America’s brewing industry.

    “This has been an exponentially exciting year as the beer community continues to grow and evolve. It is incredible to watch local brewers innovate and validate the new way the world views the U.S. beer scene,” said Julia Herz, craft beer program director, Brewers Association. “Much of the dialogue in 2016 centered around the craft brewer definition, who qualifies as a small and independent brewer, what independence means to beer lovers, beer quality and beer appreciation. We will renew our efforts in 2017 on behalf of our members and the beer drinkers around the world and continue to advance the amazing beverage of beer.”

    Note: Figures are a compilation of data provided by the Brewers Association, IRI Group and Nielsen and do not represent all craft beer sales. The Brewers Association will release a comprehensive annual analysis of craft brewer production in March of 2017.
    09.12.2016   ENGEL at Arabplast 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news Top efficiency and extremely low unit costs for the packaging industry – this is the theme of the ENGEL presentation at Arabplast 2017 from January 8th to 10th in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Austrian injection moulding machine manufacturer exhibits product examples, technology presentations and videos at their stand that clearly demonstrate how integrated system solutions from a single source help leverage an even greater extent of the potential for better quality and efficiency.

    Photo: The caps and closures market in the Middle East is extremely dynamic.

    "Our first goal is to provide our customers with a competitive edge," says Andreas Leitner, Middle East Sales Director at ENGEL. "A particularly important key for this is our extensive system solution and automation expertise. Only when we coordinate all components of a production cell with each other from the very beginning can we guarantee a very high overall efficiency." As the general contractor, ENGEL has the overall responsibility for the system, and this includes components that are implemented in collaboration with partners. This also simplifies communication between project partners, and in many cases this can speed up project planning and commissioning for new production solutions.

    ENGEL has built up a strong worldwide network of partners for its system solution business. Two of these partners are presenting themselves together with ENGEL in Dubai: the Swiss mould manufacturer Otto Hofstetter, and the inspection and testing system specialist IMDvista, which is also headquartered in Switzerland. In the Middle East, the three partner companies can already point to many very successful joint projects.

    Energy-efficient, precise and powerful, all rolled into one
    The caps and closures market in the Middle East is extremely dynamic. The all-electric injection moulding machines of the ENGEL e-cap series have established themselves very well here. "In the United Arab Emirates, for example, all the well-known bottlers and bottle cap producers now use ENGEL technology," says Leitner. Besides the machine and mould, most projects also include further peripheral equipment and integrated quality inspection systems.

    "In the field of caps and closures with very short cycle times and very high material throughput, the trend is clearly going towards all-electric," emphasises Leitner. "The issue of energy efficiency is continuing to grow in importance." In addition, there are very high requirements for machine precision and performance. In terms of geometry, caps have reached the limits of lightweighting and therefore require greater repetition accuracy than ever. In addition, the demands on plasticizing performance have also increased enormously due to the new, high-strength HD-PE materials with MFI values significantly lower than 2 or even 1 g/10 min.

    Ready for filling in a single step
    The production of cartridges for the do-it-yourself sector also requires efficient thin-wall technology to be combined with high output. In order to produce ready-to-fill cartridges in just one step, ENGEL integrates IML automation from Beck Automation in an ENGEL e-speed injection moulding machine that operates with a 16-cavity mould from Otto Hofstetter.

    The cartridge production makes optimal use of the advantages of the hybrid machine, which has an electric clamping unit and a servo-hydraulic injection unit. Moulding the long hollow bodies with a wall thickness of only 1.2 mm requires very high dynamics and injection performance. Very short cycle times are achieved despite the relatively high total shot weight of 800 grams. A basic requirement for the high efficiency of the IML process is very precise movements of the mould mounting platen, which the ENGEL e-speed ensures with its all-electric clamping unit.

    A plastic solution for greater sustainability
    The third application example at the ENGEL stand at Arabplast presents the production of pallets on ENGEL duo dual-platen large-size machines. Plastic pallets are the more environmentally-friendly and robust alternative to wooden pallets in the Gulf region. As there are no forests, all the raw material for the production of wooden pallets has to be imported, whereas plastic granulate is produced in the region. In addition, plastic pallets do not have to be treated with pesticides and fungicides, which means environmentally harmful chemicals do not have to be used. Plastic pallets are also neither hygroscopic nor combustible, have no sharp edges and cannot splinter. This reduces the risk of injury and simplifies customs clearance procedures in many countries.

    In order to make the pallets lighter while keeping them very stable and stiff at the same time, ENGEL and its system partners and raw material producers take advantage of a broad spectrum of technologies and materials. "Some companies are already using plastic pallets to reinforce their image," as Andreas Leitner reports. "A high-quality product calls for high-quality packaging."

    ENGEL at Arabplast 2017: hall 6, stand D122
    (Engel Austria GmbH)
    08.12.2016   The DCR 200i camera-based code reader from Leuze electronic is on the winners' rostrum of the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...inspect award 2017

    The DCR 200i camera-based code reader for quick and easy code reading of 1D- and 2D-codes wins the third place of the inspect award 2017 in the Automation category.

    Photo: Thanks to its compact housing design, the DCR 200i has low installation space requirements.

    The new DCR 200i camera-based code reader from Leuze electronic has been nominated for the inspect award 2017 in the Automation category, which is presented for the first time this year, by an independent jury of industry experts and specialist journalists of the Wiley-VCH publishing house. In the subsequent readers' poll, the DCR 200i won the third place. The DCR 200i code reader was developed for the fast reading of 1D- and 2D-codes specifically for systems in the packaging and electronics industries to ensure gapless product traceability. Due to its high reading performance with a speed of up to 6 m/s and a comfortable configuration directly at the device via a smartphone app, the DCR 200i combines easy handling with reliable decoding even during demanding reading tasks. The compact DCR 200i can be put into service in just three minutes with the help of the configuration wizard. Reading distances from 40 to 360 millimeters are covered thanks to three selectable optics. Depending on requirements, the glass protective screen can simply be replaced with a plastic protective screen, and matching polarization filters and diffusor foils reduce interfering reflections. The product variant with stainless steel housing is a complete solution for the industrial and hygiene-sensitive environment which does not require any separate housing. Integrated in the code reader are the RS 232, RS 422 and Ethernet process interfaces. PROFIBUS, PROFINET and EtherCAT can be connected via the MA 2xxi modular connection unit.
    (Leuze electronic GmbH + Co. KG)
    07.12.2016   Hopper for dry hopping    ( Company news )

    Company news Dry hopping, or otherwise known as the cold hopping, is the addition of hop to a finished cold beer into a fermentation tank. It is a part of the brewing process, which is mainly used in the US, Canada, Australia, Great Britain and already in Scandinavia.

    Cold hopping could be divided into three ways:
    -hop can be added to the beer during fermentation (fermentation tank)
    -hop can be added in the fulfillment in kegs
    -hop can be added directly at beer drawing, where the beer flows through the chilled beer hoses with hop and so the beer gets a specific aroma and flavour

    We are offering you the first option of cold hopping, adding hop to the fermentation tank. For this we have the Hopper for dry hopping.

    How does it work?
    Hopper for dry hopping has a capacity of 15 l and can be disassembled. On the bottom of the hopper is the flap, which is closed. After opening the top of the hopper it is metered with the necessary amount of hops. The filled and closed hopper we put on the fermentation tank and on the pressure gauge we determine the current pressure in that fermentation tank. On the ball valve we have to connect the inert gas intake (CO2, biogon...), then we open the ball valve and watch the pressure rise in the hopper. After reaching an identical pressure in the hopper and also in the fermentation tank we have to close the ball valve and then open two manual flaps under the hopper and hops begin to strew into the fermentation tank. After emptying the hopper we have to close the manual flaps and hopper can be detached. If it is necessary, the hopper can be cleaned and used for the next fermentation tank.
    (PSS Svidnik a.s.)
    06.12.2016   PureCircle Announces Newest Custom Ingredient for Drinks: Sigma-Beverage    ( Company news )

    Company news PureCircle introduces Sigma-Beverage, its latest breakthrough stevia ingredient that is specifically optimized for beverage formulations and delivers unmatched taste results when compared to other stevia ingredients on the market. Sigma-Beverage performs similarly to sugar at deep calorie reductions so formulators can create beverage solutions consumers will love while reducing development time by 30 – 50 percent.

    “Sigma-Beverage was formulated with a carefully tailored, proprietary combination of steviol glycosides designed to address the unique needs for beverage formulations,” said Faith Son, PureCircle’s Vice President of Marketing and Innovation. “We have seen success with this approach for our customers and are excited to help them further unlock the beverage category and reduce overall calories while meeting the taste desires consumers demand.”

    Designed as the perfect stevia sweetener for beverage formulations, Sigma-Beverage has a crucial upfront sweetness needed for most beverage applications and provides a reduction in linger when formulating low-to-zero calorie solutions.

    “Beverages have provided a challenge for formulators because of the high sweetness max,” said John Martin, PureCircle’s Senior Director of Global Technical Innovation. “To achieve that high level of sweetness with stevia can often result in linger and a strong, sweetness aftertaste. However, by selecting the steviol glycosides that provide a very clean, sugar-like taste with a reduced linger, we have been able formulate a stevia ingredient that really works well for the challenges of beverage applications. We are extremely pleased with the results we are seeing.”

    Sigma-Beverage is the third, category specific ingredient in PureCircle’s portfolio. It joins Sigma-Tea and Sigma-Dairy, all of which are outperforming first generation Reb A solutions on taste and have been developed through PureCircle’s predictive modeling technology.

    Sigma-Beverage is available for customers to order samples and it will be showcased this week at Food Matters Live in London.
    (PureCircle Sales & Marketing Head Office)
    05.12.2016   Tetra Pak launches new water-free lubrication    ( Company news )

    Company news New dry lubrication kit saves time, cuts costs and improves occupational health & safety

    Tetra Pak has expanded its Technical Services portfolio with the launch of a dry lubrication kit for packaging line conveyor belts and distribution equipment. The new solution helps customers cut water and electricity consumption, and reduce the man-hours required for machine maintenance.

    Photo: Dry lubrication refill

    ​Traditional conveyor lubrication, known as wet lubrication, uses high quantities of water mixed with oil, leaving both the equipment and factory floor wet. With the new solution, the process is nearly dry. It does not require the use of water but just very small quantities of oil. A drop of food grade oil roughly the size of a pea (80mm3) is directly added to the conveyor belt to reduce its friction with the package.

    ​Unlike wet lubrication, which uses tens of thousands of litres of water, dry lubrication offers producers a number of advantages, including:
    -An improved environmental footprint, saving an average of 35,000 litres of water per filling line each year and reduced electricity costs;
    -A fully automated system that ensures precision;
    -A 75% reduction in man-hours requested in maintenance; and
    -Improved health and safety for staff on the operation floor.

    ​Klara Svedberg, Director of Parts, Consumables and Upgrades at Tetra Pak said: “We are pleased to offer a much more efficient lubrication solution to our customers, helping them to improve operational performance and reduce costs. With an estimated 50% reduction in running costs compared to wet lubrication, the benefits of switching to dry lubrication systems speak for themselves.”

    ​The Tetra Pak Dry Lubrication kit includes the application systems, lubricant and installation. It takes approximately five minutes to install, thereby ensuring minimal disruption to operations.
    (Tetra Pak AB)
    02.12.2016   Elopak launches new Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton     ( Company news )

    Company news Elopak has launched a new package for aseptic products, the Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton, with unique design and functional features. Eckes-Granini Finland is the first juice company in Europe to introduce the new Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton, with the re-launch this October of its popular Marli Natur juice range.

    The Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton brings a combination of form and functionality through a number of standout features. Easy-to-fold lines enable the squeezing out of significantly more product helping to combat food waste, and the convenient flattening of cartons to reduce volume in waste and recycling facilities.

    Designed with an asymmetric top allowing different sizes of closures, the carton has an arched top fin, creating an elegant and appealing shape enhancing brand image on shelf. The top fin can also be printed for better range navigation and communication of product benefits or promotional messages.

    The Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton both looks and feels different with an embossed ‘first touch’ zone on the top sides of the pack giving consumers a new tactile experience when gripping and pouring.

    The new Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton is the latest innovation from Elopak’s continuous research and development to improve and add value to paper based packaging.

    Following the installation in Summer 2016 of a new aseptic filling line E-PS120A in its production site in Turku, Finland, Eckes-Granini has relaunched its Marli Natur juices in 1 litre Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic cartons.

    Torsti Hurmerinta, Commercial Director at Eckes-Granini Finland, adds: “Elopak´s Pure-Pak® cartons are familiar to Finnish customers and used since 2009 for our fresh juice range.

    “Our latest consumer tests have proven the Pure-Pak® carton as the preferred packaging for long life products also. The new Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic System ensures product quality until the end of the 12-month shelf-life, and the elegant shape of the carton underlines the overall premium image of Eckes-Granini. It is the best match for the superior natural image and high quality of the Marli juices with its novel features including the top fin-print and the easy-to-fold lines, providing additional benefits with handling and disposal of the packaging.”

    “We are delighted to extend Elopak’s presence at Eckes-Granini in Finland with our new filling technology and innovative carton format,” explains Juha Oksanen, Market Area Director for Finland and Baltics at Elopak. “We are confident that the outstanding design of the Pure-Pak® Sense Aseptic carton will be beneficial for product display on-shelf. In addition, the enhanced functionality will satisfy consumer needs for convenience and sustainability and provide Eckes-Granini further growth impulse for their strategic brands.”

    “The new filling line provides very flexible and efficient production, with fast changeover of designs. Installation was a smooth process thanks to very professional co-operation with Elopak from planning to commercial filling. We are looking forward to extending the filling line in 2017,” adds Sakari Sainio, Supply Chain Director, Eckes-Granini Finland.

    The Marli Natur relaunch is supported by media campaign with ads and TV commercials and through social media channels.
    (Elopak AS)
    01.12.2016   Customized KEGs by Smartphone    ( Company news )

    Company news SCHÄFER Container Systems presents new KEG App at BrauBeviale

    SCHÄFER Container Systems has now launched its own KEG App, giving users an initial impression of the company’s KEG diversity as well as the opportunity to customize their brand presentation, configure their own KEG and even send an inquiry directly to sales at SCHÄFER Container Systems. So, the manufacturer of container systems for beverages (KEGs), IBCs and special containers is now underlining its motto “More KEG – More Diversity” by also going mobile. The App was presented for the first time at the BrauBeviale in Nuremberg.

    Colour design, branding, accessories: breweries are now increasingly displaying their brands on their reusable KEGs. With the new App, SCHÄFER Container Systems are now also digitally showing the potential of customized KEG design. Once volume and diameter type has been selected, the first step is to show the user the available KEG types for their choice. For volumes of five to 50 litres, or 1/6 to 1/2 barrel for the US market, users can choose from three types: the SUDEX KEG, ECO KEG and PLUS KEG, which can then be adapted both optically and technically to specific needs. For this, the App offers countless colour design possibilities in the form of stripes, polyurethane foam (PU) or top and bottom rings. A diverse range of logos can also be applied to the KEG. The next step covers engraving, fitting types or other technical accessories and the App only shows the specific branding possibilities available for the chosen KEG type.

    The chosen design can then be saved or sent to colleagues by e-mail to get their view. If desired, the App will also send an inquiry directly to the SCHÄFER Container Systems sales team. “In the age of Industry 4.0, service has an immensely high priority. Our customers should be able to experience just what is possible and control it themselves. And for anyone who doesn’t want to call us to inquire about a KEG type in a particular size, we can provide the answer on their smartphone. With this App, KEGs can be configured whenever and wherever users want to; in the brewery or sitting on the couch in the evening”, says Guido Klinkhammer, Sales Director at SCHÄFER Container Systems.

    A tablet version of the App will also be available by the end of the year.
    01.12.2016   New KHS Innofill Glass DRS filler boosts hygiene and efficiency     ( Company news )

    Company news -Flexible filling system in the high capacity range
    -Additional diagnostics option for quality assurance
    -Optimized high-pressure injection results in less beverage loss

    KHS GmbH expands its proven Innofill Glass DRS filler. The flexible inline machine for up to 75,000 bottles per hour provides very hygienic filling with low CO2 and product consumption. At BrauBeviale KHS is presenting a filler which with 132 filling stations will output up to 50,000 bottles of beer per hour for Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG. This is the second machine KHS has supplied to Rothaus. KHS has improved the popular filler by including many new features and options, such as the new pressure sensor or optimized high-pressure injection.

    "The KHS Innofill DRS is the first machine to use pressure sensors in every single filling valve to ensure full monitoring of the filling process," says Manfred Härtel, filling product manager at KHS.

    The sensor data is displayed as a pressure graph on the monitor. "This gives operators the chance to detect errors as quickly as possible," states Härtel. In practice this not only makes repairs easier and relieves operator workloads but also provides a basis for preventive maintenance. This data enables results to be statistically evaluated, with the help of which future sources of error can be pinpointed in advance. This in turn ensures consistent quality and the continuation of ongoing operation.

    High-pressure injection optimized
    In order to minimize the beer's oxygen pickup, in modern filling systems air is forced out of the bottle prior to closure by a jet of water being briefly injected to foam the beer. This foam displaces the oxygen in the bottle but also causes beer loss. Thanks to foam measurement via a camera and thanks to the central fill level adjustment unit the Innofill Glass DRS now reliably permits extremely precise filling volumes, thus minimizing beverage loss during this process. The operator no longer has to visually monitor the proceedings as the camera on the crowner checks and records the foam formation. Here, too, the data collected is statistically assessed. Operators are informed by the system if there is either too much or too little foam and badly foamed bottles are automatically channeled out. An intelligent post-regulation unit is also available as an option. Optimized high-pressure injection can be retrofitted – not just on all KHS systems but also on fillers made by third-party manufacturers.

    Cleaning and filling optimized
    Another new feature on the KHS Innofill Glass DRS is the hygienically optimized crowner which is now even easier and quicker to clean. For instance, the contact area on the head piece to the capping ring has been considerably reduced. This allows more forceful rinsing and reduces the amount of residual beer on the components. In order to decrease the contact area between the cork shoe and head piece, KHS has enlarged the distance between the two. In addition, a special sealing ring prevents beer entering the thread of the crowner.

    Improvements right down the line
    The shorter conversion times enabled by the new quick-lock system for format parts allow a considerable amount of time to be saved, resulting in higher machine availability. A new valve manifold also makes a separate control cabinet superfluous. All process valves and the entire sensor technology are now perfectly monitored. The operator can directly recognize the status of the process valves through local status indicators. Systems supplier KHS has improved hygiene in the surrounding area by doing away with active grease distribution in the filler carousel. The machine is now height adjusted without lubricants; grease distribution is thus no longer required. The redesigned media distributor means that the media storage and lubricant-free process seals in the media feed are physically separated from one another.

    As a systems provider KHS has at its command a wealth of expertise that goes far beyond optimized filling processes. For example, the manufacturer of filling and packaging systems provides brilliant results prior to filling with the Innoclean bottle washer; downstream of the filler the module-based Innoket Neo system solution flexibly masters all kinds of labeling tasks.

    The Innofill Glass DRS is just one of many machines KHS has at its disposal for the competent and sustainable installation of turnkey glass, canning or PET lines.
    (KHS GmbH)
    30.11.2016   Filling technology at drinktec - The rise and rise of aseptic    ( drinktec 2017 )

    drinktec 2017 How do you get your carefully produced beverage into its transport packaging, in precisely the right quantity, in a safe and hygienic way, as gently as possible and above all efficiently? This, in essence, is what it´s all about in the discussion about the right filling technology. All the technological developments and filling innovations of the engineering companies and packaging producers—for glass, PET, cans and cartons—focus on these issues. And at drinktec 2017, the World´s Leading Trade Fair for the Beverage and Liquid Food Industry, all these players will be coming together and presenting their latest ideas and technological achievements. drinktec is the perfect place for fillers wanting to review the status quo in technology.

    On around 80,000 square meters of exhibition space—that´s about two-thirds of the total available hall space—drinktec will be presenting product-specific process technology for producing and processing beverages, milk and liquid foods. One important and ever larger area within processing technology is packaging technology. This includes of course filling technology, in which drinktec has for many years been a pioneer. Sustainability, resource consumption and of course hygiene are the important themes here. SIMEI, a wine technology trade fair which in 2017 will for the first time be an integrated part of drinktec, will showcase solutions specifically designed for bottling and packaging wine.

    drinktec gathers together a ‘Who’s Who’ of the sector
    For Thomas Ricker, Executive Board Director in charge of bottling and packaging equipment at Krones AG, Neutraubling, drinktec is a kind of “status update for the sector. Which supplier is developing what, where is the sector headed? In Munich you can ask these questions and get answers. drinktec is the number one fair for us, it´s where we present our innovations to the international trade audience. Here we have a chance to meet in person the customers that you are not in daily contact with. Because drinktec is a veritable ‘Who´s Who’ of the international beverage and liquid food sector.”

    Three major trends
    What will be happening in the area of filling beverages and liquid foods in 2017? Three major trends are emerging in filling technology:

    - 100 percent product safety through consequent hygienic design
    - Maximizing the filling performance
    - Strengthening sustainability and reducing consumption of media.

    “This is being made possible through continuous improvements along the entire product route, for example, by increasing the degree of automation of filling valves or by using intelligent filling valve components,” explained Thomas Ricker, Director at Krones.

    A block configuration, mechanically and electronically combining individual machines into a single unit, has also proved to be an excellent tool in further optimizing filling processes. The inline production of PET containers and immediate filling without intermediate conveyors also facilitates the use of lightweight bottles.

    Qualities of glass with the weight advantages of PET
    “In filling, PET bottles are becoming increasingly important. With suitable coating processes the optimum qualities of glass can be combined with the weight advantages of the PET bottle,” says Chairman of the Executive Board of KHS AG, Dortmund, Professor Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer. Innovations like a lightweight 1-liter PET bottle for milk and milk-based beverages underlines this drive. It can be filled aseptically, it protects the product, reduces production costs and is fully recyclable. Niemeyer also sees efficiency and flexibility benefits for the user through direct connection of the blower, labeller and filler. These benefits are especially clear in the case of the high-performance requirements of the global players.

    Availability is key with aseptic filling
    At least for the filling of sensitive, weakly acid beverages in PET containers, aseptic seems to be emerging as the favored option. Already a wide variety of choices are being offered by the manufacturers and used by the fillers, always carefully targeted to the specific application. Whether cold-aseptic filling with paracetic acid or dry-aseptic filling with hydrogen peroxide, whether sterilization of the finished container or already of the preform, whether an individual machine or blocking of units—the best solution for the application depends on the requirement criteria of the operator.

    In aseptic filling in particular developments can be expected which go in the direction of flexibilization of the system concept, in expanding the performance levels and using sterilization technologies that help reduce the overall consumption of a system. Given the rising number of products, the availability of a system is a key theme, especially in aseptic filling. Availability is expressed in the total cost of ownership (TCO), a parameter that fillers are having to pay more close attention to.

    In dry-aseptic filling, preform sterilization is state of the art; in wet sterilization it´s about further reducing media consumption. At drinktec 2017 visitors can explore together with the exhibitors, the advantages and disadvantages of the different sterilization technologies.

    Practical solutions
    But the power of drinktec is to be found not only conversation with the exhibitors. The supporting program and the discussions with experts from the sector are also a valuable attraction. In the drinktec Forum, for example, experts from research and development will be giving their considered assessment of what the future holds for the sector. They will be presenting usable, practical solutions that point the way forward. Hygiene will also be a main focus in the drinktec Forum. Highly interesting of course for the all important filling technology and in particular for aseptic filling.

    drinktec as a barometer of trends
    “At drinktec in Munich, the future of our industry becomes visible,” says Professor Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer. “For this fair it not only a meeting place for customers and manufacturers, it is also a barometer of trends.” drinktec is very definitely a key event when it comes to filling technology—the visitors are sure of that. At the last drinkect 97 percent of the visitors gave top marks to the areas on containers, packaging and closures, and to filling and packaging technology.
    (Messe München GmbH)

    Company news Sidel has announced that its Actis™ (Amorphous Carbon Treatment on Internal Surface) plasma coating solution for extending the shelf life of PET bottles is now available for the company’s latest generation of modular Sidel Matrix™ Combi equipment. The barrier technology was among the major focuses from Sidel at Brau Beviale 2016 in Hall 7a, booth 223.

    Carbonated soft drinks (CSD) were very much the focus for Sidel at a show which is one of Europe’s main platforms for innovations in beverage production. CSD category presents its own challenges in terms of packaging: one such challenge is the need to reduce the loss of carbon dioxide, particularly given the trend towards smaller and lighter bottles. The smaller and lighter the container, the greater the challenge of reduced shelf life. The single-serve format in PET packaging represents 75% of the growth in the CSD market so barrier technologies, such as Actis, are expected to be increasingly employed in CSD bottling.

    Sidel Actis is a thin layer of hydrogen rich carbon deposited inside a PET bottle – a plasma coating solution to extend beverage shelf life while offering potential for packaging lightweighting. At Brau Beviale, Sidel highlighted how Actis equipment is now offered on the Sidel Matrix platform, Sidel’s latest modular format which delivers a high level of safety and consistency down the complete line. This includes the Sidel Matrix Combi, meaning that this barrier technology is now available in an integrated configuration, which can include blowing and coating, or blowing, coating and filling, in one unique and safe environment. The Combi Actis solution can be integrated in bottling lines or converter lines. By avoiding intermediary conveyors, it provides customers with all the benefits that Sidel has been able to consolidate over the years of development including production reliability, bottle integrity, handling of lightweight containers, compact footprint and easy operation.

    Through Sidel Matrix, Actis technology can increase shelf life by a factor of 3 depending on bottle lightweighting improvements, while offering process reliability and increased uptime along the production line. With excellent accessibility, treatment modules benefit from enhanced flexibility with easy changeovers and the capability to undertake maintenance off-line. The Sidel Actis solution has been optimised for bottle diameters of up to 78 mm, with a typical output of up to 40,000 bottles per hour.

    Damien Fournier is Category Marketing Director CSD at Sidel and an expert of the Actis solution. He comments – “In terms of the barrier technologies available, the Actis coating clearly stands out from other processes like co-injection (multilayer) or plastic blends (chemical additives to improve the properties of PET), when material cost, lightweighting and recyclability are considered. Actis process is also simpler and less expensive than other coating technologies, because it is based on acetylene gas – widely available on the market – rather than requiring complex concentrates and settings. The maintenance frequency and time involved to keep the line up to speed are similar to that required for a standard bottling line.”

    Pawel Warszawski, Sales Director DACH, Central & Eastern Europe and Russia & CIS at Sidel, continues – “In terms of general market trends, there is a move towards an increased use of barrier solutions to match new markets and new ways of consuming beverages. In developed countries, protecting the beverage - and therefore the brand - is a particular focus. Additionally, barrier PET solutions are applied in beverages supplied for music festivals, sporting events and other outdoor occasions, for example. Here large numbers are enjoying themselves and drinking, so glass and other containers are seen as safety hazards. PET bottles are the preferred packaging format because they do not readily break and even when crushed there are no harmful shards or sharp edges. On the other hand, in developing countries, affordable packaging with extended shelf life enables producers to reach new consumers, coping with distribution challenges under difficult conditions and in remote locations. To date, 28 Actis systems have been introduced globally, from Europe to the Americas and Asia, accounting for around 5 billion bottles produced across all the main beverage categories requiring barrier protection, including beer, tea and coffee and CSD - an area where there is particular growth in demand.”

    Damien further comments: “With Actis technology now available for the Sidel Matrix platform, we are already seeing growing interest in an offer which combines the broad, proven and upgradeable system that is Sidel Matrix with a solution which provides significant opportunities for extending shelf life and bottle lightweighting.”

    Continuing the CSD theme, Sidel used Brau Beviale to discuss its latest developments in complete line solutions for CSD applications. Variety, flexibility and cost-efficiency are essential to the success in this sector of the market. With the Sidel Matrix system, Sidel challenges the limits of what one system is capable of, providing more possibilities in the four key areas of line flexibility, product integrity, production efficiency and consumption reduction.

    In addition to innovations in equipment and technologies, the company also highlighted to visitors the importance of Sidel Services™, a complete portfolio helping producers increase the value of their beverage production, lower energy consumption and optimise production efficiency and sustainability.
    (Sidel International AG)

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