Anuga FoodTec: a record breaker

This year’s Anuga FoodTec continued its successful course with record numbers of exhibitors and visitors.

According to Katharina Hamma, COO of Koelnmesse, more than 45 000 experts from the food and beverage industry gathered information on innovations and developments during the fair’s six-day run. This is a 6% increase on the 2012 event.

Exhibitor numbers were equally impressive, with more than 1 500 exhibitors, a 14% increase.

Senior management from global food companies – such as Coca-Cola, Mondelez and Nestlé, to mention just three – attended Anuga FoodTec to talk to exhibitors about optimisation and expansion of their production plants.

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Global leadership, local support

With more than 19 years’ experience in the beverage and packaging industry under his belt, most recently as Sidel international key account manager for Nestlé and Nestlé Waters, Dominique Martin is an authority on global PET trends.

And, with a background in mechanical engineering, he’s a practitioner in the design and implementation of equipment and services that provide a competitive edge and profitable return.

‘Africa is an important market for us as it responds positively to innovative systems addressing evolving needs. Over the past few years, we’ve expanded our presence across the continent,’ comments Dominique.

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Profit-making packaging through automation

Folding carton and corrugated box manufacturers from India, South Asia and the Middle East attended Competence’15, a Bobst open house held in Pune, India, at the end of February. The event highlighted automation technologies from Bobst and its partners, with each technology designed to help packaging manufacturers reduce costs, maximise profits, and grow their businesses.

Competence’15 was about bringing together key players to look at available technology, particularly for minimising labour costs, reducing waste and improving operational efficiency.

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New-generation digital label printing

During the Gallus Innovation Days, held in Switzerland towards the end of last year, Gallus unveiled its future-generation digital label press. Designated DCS 340 (Digital Converting System), the inline system has been developed in cooperation with Heidelberg and Fujifilm and is slated to set new standards in digital label production.

‘With continuing growth in short-run label production and personalised, versioned labels, we’re seeing a steady shift towards digital printing,’ comments Stefan Heiniger, COO of Label Business at Gallus.

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UV LED … what’s it all about?

First let’s get the acronyms sorted! UV is simple – most will know that it’s short for ultraviolet. But LED (light-emitting diodes) may be less well-known. Marrying the two, UV LED curing is a fast-emerging technology used to treat surfaces with monochromatic UV radiation from LEDs.

UV curing has traditionally been accomplished using mercury-vapour lamps but with the advent of LEDs capable of producing UV radiation, curing devices using LEDs are increasingly found in printing applications.

One name that’s at the forefront of any discussion on UV LED curing technology is Phoseon Technology. The company has been developing UV LED technology since 2002.

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