Sign & Seal Labels’ début in these pages occurred some 18 months ago (PPM Festive 2013) with news of the purchase of an Italian-built Cartes finishing machine, an investment destined to take the seven-year-old business to a fresh level – stepping out of the highly-competitive commodity market and into the realm of sophisticated, added-value labels (notably for upmarket wine labels).
According to plastics industry experts, the global masterbatch market is turning a corner.
Growth may not be stellar, but the business environment for 2015 and beyond is looking more positive than it has for years. This presents opportunities for companies that have been carefully managing costs, judiciously investing in fresh developments and tapping into their customers’ needs to grow their businesses.
In a presentation entitled ‘Developments in UV – Innovative Solutions’, delivered to the African Innovations Conference, Amanda Jones, Paragon Inks’ sales director, and Amit Rothschild Phoseon Technology’s account manager, announced a recently-concluded co-operation agreement between their two companies.
Products that grab attention on crowded retail shelves are invariably those with eye-popping graphics – often incorporating hot or cold foil. Such designs require highly-specialised equipment that only a handful of suppliers can offer. One such company is US-based Eagle Systems, whose CEO Mike King is known to many as ‘The Foil Expert’. He answers Gill Loubser’s questions about the relative merits of hot and cold foiling.
The African continent will become a high-growth region for the packaging industry, with demand driven by increased markets for consumer products, burgeoning individual incomes, an expanding population of youthful consumers and growing domestic economies – particularly those in East and West Africa.