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Contents of February 2013

UPFRONT
3 Editor’s Letter: International expos: quo vadis?
7 Company news and industry events
9 Environmental news: Transport of used packaging with chemical residues
10 Obituaries: Shri Doshi (Rajoo) and Jo Fitzell (Plastics|SA)

PRINT MATTERS
13 Printer of the Month: Fishwicks Printers unveils latest investments
17 Print Industry News: Kodak hosts summit in Cape Town
18 Newspaper Printing: Waterless wows at industry awards
21 Flexo Forum: Edale Gamma configured for scratch cards production

CONVERTING MATTERS
24 Labelling & Narrow Web: Omet celebrates 50th anniversary
29 JMB widens scope with new MPS press and RotoControl slitter-rewinder
32 Flexible Packaging: OCC|Plasto-Sac SA pushes design parameters
35 Comexi shows off its offset press to brand owners
37 Charl du Plessis, Polyfoil MD, unpacks the latest lamination technology
41 Trempak scales new packaging heights
46 Next-generation slitter-rewinders on show at ICE
48 Visitors impressed by Bobst’s display of gravure and lamination advances

FMCG PACK
54 Clive Glover – stories behind the packs
57 Interview: Ex SAB, Ken Gosnell’s now consulting to FMCG manufacturers
60 Aseptic Packaging: Bag in Box Consultants helps to minimise risk, maximise quality
63 Nampak Flexible and Aran Packaging offer healthy partnership
65 Food Packaging: Mars Africa spearheads soup packaging breakthrough
67 Packaging Machinery: Future Packaging takes on Autobag agency
68 Beverage Packaging: Pouches become mainstream for wines
70 Powder processing: Keys are lean processes, avoiding waste, using IBCs
73 Inspection systems: Banner’s sensors suit harsh wash-down environments
74 End of Line: Sipa helps to bridge the speed gap
76 At the Cutting Edge: International FMCG innovation

FINISHING TOUCHES
77 Printing SA: This issue of PrinTalk focuses on training issues
80 Association News: Snippets from IPSA, WPO and PCA
81 Yours irreverently
81 Diary 2013
82 Index of advertisers and their web addresses

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Lean powder processing – the key to survival

As world citizens, we want to enjoy any style of food wherever we are. As a result, supermarket shelves are filled with a variety of products, creating an ever increasing demand for frequent product changes for manufacturers.  

Most modern production plants employ a high degree of automation, but few have the ability to switch efficiently between product families. Conventionally, the way to achieve greater flexibility is to reduce automation and employ numerous operators for simple, repetitive tasks. This model, however, is not without its challenges.  

An expert on smart manufacturing and lean processing is Matcon – a UK-based company with worldwide operations and locally represented by PMD – that specialises in providing flexible and efficient solutions for handling powders, granules, tablets and other materials in IBCs (intermediate bulk containers).   

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Soup packaging breakthrough

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Mars Africa has spearheaded a packaging breakthrough effecting a 25% carbon footprint reduction from substantial energy savings in the packaging of its Royco instant and packet soup ranges.

The breakthrough, a first for dry soup powder packaging in South Africa, is the culmination of two years’ research and development to find non-foil flexible packaging for these products. A true demonstration of the Mutuality Principle, this innovation is a collaborative triumph for Mars Africa’s R&D and commercial departments, its engineering associates and their packaging partners, Afripack and Mondi Extrusion Coatings.

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Minimising risk, maximising quality

Established 17 years ago, Bag in Box Consultants specialises in wine dispensing, bag-in-box systems for liquid products and packaging for fruit concentrates, coffee and nuts. Emma Rowberry met with Cecco and Andrea Giovannini to discover what they offer locally, particularly in terms of aseptic packaging.  

Bag In Box Consultants is far more than just a distributor of imported products and machinery – it’s a packaging consultancy, offering expert advice, operational planning, equipment installation and maintenance. Being independent, the proprietors, Cecco and Andrea Giovannini, are able to source tailor-made packaging solutions for their customers and they’ve devised formats for local industry using products developed by international companies for bag-in-box packaging.  

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Achievement and adventure personified

In this interview with Ken Gosnell, Karen Stretch unearths a fascinating life story spanning four continents, and discovers a man with an impressive career history, a zest for life and real passion for adventure.  

With a food and beverage industry career spanning four decades, including the last 11 years in new product development at South African Breweries (SAB), it’s safe to say that Ken Gosnell knows a thing or two about consumer goods packaging.  

In cahoots with colleagues at SAB, Ken has pioneered any number of packaging formats and unusual ‘gimmicks’ that have kept beer lovers coming back for more of their favourite brands, such as Castle, Carling Black Label and Castle Lite. Many designs have been lauded for their innovation, some bagging Gold Pack awards and all gaining a national following.   

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