Dynamic in name, dynamic in nature

On every available surface in the boardroom at Pouch Dynamics are impressive collections of stand-up pouches of all descriptions, and MD Heinz Pospech is happy to pick them up one by one to explain the latest innovations to his visitors.

Taking part in the parade across the boardroom table are spouted pouches, any number of shaped pouches, perforated tandem pouches, pouches with easy-peel closures, and even a pouch with a Velcro-type closure! Yet another development is a bulk bag that achieves lower cost and added strength thanks to a novel construction.

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All about PET

If you’re planning to hold a conference, there can be few more enticing venues than the Arabella Hotel & Spa, close to Hermanus on the Western Cape’s southern coast. This was the Hosaf team’s inspired choice for their inaugural three-day PET Conference.

Although the August late-winter weather was typically unpredictable (for which read wind and rain!), the sun did shine through and delegates were able to enjoy whale watching, quad-biking or a game of golf during the afternoon’s free time, or even take advantage of the hotel’s impressive spa facilities.

But to earn these relaxation treats, delegates listened intently to – and learnt a great deal from – an impressive parade of stimulating presentations.

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Latest-generation blown film line – Africa’s first

Looking back five years, it’s difficult to believe that today’s CTP flexibles is the same company as the Plasticwrap of yesteryear. Indeed, several reports in PPM have highlighted the ‘rags to riches’ story that has evolved since Gary Seale took charge of the company and set about its transformation.

Thanks to unstinting investment by the shareholders, it’s now a slick operation featuring leading-edge technology – not least two Fischer & Krecke presses and a battery of Titan slitters – and revamped, modernised premises (now expanded to some 15 000m2).

While admitting that times are tough in the flexible packaging sector, Gary is convinced that his operation is leading the race. ‘We’re doing much better than many of our competitors,’ he avers. ‘We’re continuing to buck the trend among flexible packaging converters, and we’re well on our way to becoming Cape Town’s mega flexible packaging plant.’

And to do this, of course, requires ongoing investment in the latest technology; and leads us to the news of the day.

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Bordic sets the benchmark

Renowned for pioneering the use of heat-shrinkable polyester (PET) films in the local label market some 15 years ago, Bordic now claims to be South Africa’s largest importer of PET and PVC shrink films, purchased from South Korea-based SKC and Wedus Chemical respectively.

‘We’re proud to represent SKC, with whom we’ve enjoyed a sterling 20-year relationship,’ comments Bordic sales manager, Craig Lloyd. ‘With 24 polyester lines spread across five plants in three countries, and a total annual capacity in excess of 250 000 tons, SKC is undoubtedly the largest producer of heat-shrinkable PET films today.’

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