Contents of May 2010

4 Editor’s Letter: Let’s all shine in 2010
6 Company news and industry events

12 SPAR’s Ice Tea now in 330ml Pure-Pak cartons
13 Wine in PET – now a reality
14 Clive juxtaposes chocolate and toothpaste for sensitive teeth!
17 Specpharm’s passion for quality
21 First fully metal ultrasonic sensor from Banner
22 Apex metal detectors gain extreme washdown rating
23 Domino scribing laser ‘best investment’ for generics
26 Signea offers specialised solutions and service
28 Fix-a-Form – where info meets promo
30 Packit now has national footprint
33 Plastics experts respond to ASA ‘biodegradable’ ruling
34 Cosmetics glass innovation from Lumson
36 Meadowsweet’s natural skin care is lovingly made
39 Glass Packaging: Glass and organics – good mates
40 Nampak makes glass work
45 Aluminium Packaging: 100 years of alufoil
48 Labelling & Narrow Web: Seminar helps optimise wine label impact
50 Flexo Forum: Inaugural column – The Flexo Factor ‘Ask the Expert’
51 Anniversary Feature: UPM Rafl atac clocks up first decade in South Africa
59 Flexible Packaging: Onward and upward for stand-up pouches
73 Paper & Board Packaging: Packed with brand identity from Nampak C&L
75 Kimberly Clark unveils latest technology
76 APL Cartons saves energy with Maxiflo
81 Papersmith extends range of recycled board
82 Let’s Get Legal: Don’t confuse retrenchment and discipline

84 Laminating: Jetseal keeps growing
87 Interview: Jimmy Joujou sets high standards at Heidelberg
90 Printer of the Month: Trident Press arises from the ashes
95 Prepress & Repro: Paarl Media upgrades with Screen

96 PIFSA’s PrinTalk
100 PCA members enjoy an evening with real craftsmen
101 IPSA News from the Regions
105 Dates for your diary
106 Index of advertisers and their web addresses



Despite competition from alternative packaging formats, glass offers distinct benefits.

GLASS, the oldest and simplest packaging material, has lost market share to other packaging formats. Its decline can be attributed to its weight, which adds to transportation costs, and to the fact that it’s breakable, causing wastage and safety hazards.

Despite these disadvantages, however, glass packaging retains some distinct benefits.

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Fix-a-Form International’s ANDREW DENNY recently visited South Africa to reinforce Pyrotec’s position as the South African licensee. He talks to GILL LOUBSER about on-pack information and promotions.

BACK in the mid-1970s, responding to the needs of an agrochemical company, the first multi-page leaflet-label combination was designed by UK company, Denny Bros. This marked the birth of Fix-a-Form, which quickly experienced rip-roaring growth in the UK packaging market.

As a result of this success, Fix-a-Form International was established in 1983, as an offshoot of Denny Bros (itself founded in 1945), to promote worldwide sales – effected via carefully selected licensees, the first of which was Pyrotec in South Africa.

Since then the Fix-a-Form concept has helped many of the world’s leading brand owners to enhance their packaging.

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After ten years in the local label industry, UPM Raflatac South Africa is fine-tuning its business strategy focusing on both customer and end-user requirements and top quality sustainable solutions for a new bio-economy.

IN April 2010, UPM Raflatac South Africa was ten years old and, as the company enters its 11th year, it introduces a fresh management team and starts a new stage of business strategy implementation.

UPM Raflatac is considered one of the world’s leading suppliers of labelstock and RFID products, and the South African company is an integral part of this global entity.

The origins of the domestic production operation, now boasting over 100 employees, started in April 2000, when UPM-Kymmene Corporation, one of the world’s leading forest industry companies, and its labelstock business Raflatac purchased Vynide, a manufacturer of specialised self-adhesive laminate, previously owned by Polifin. The acquisition included an acrylic adhesive laminating line, converting machinery and two trademark brands – Vynacal and Con-tact. (PPM Oct 08).

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Why are stand-up pouches an ever-more popular choice for brand owners looking for innovative ways to market their products? GILL LOUBSER takes a look at this continually burgeoning sector of the flexible packaging industry.

SINCE the introduction of cellulose film, we’ve seen countless innovations in terms of materials and processes for flexible packaging. From those early days, the industry moved first to polyethylene and then to polypropylene, and more recently to hi-tech coextrusions, coatings and laminations.

Today’s flexible packaging market includes all kinds of pouches, but the stand-up pouch is undoubtedly the most impressive driver, with constant gains in popularity, reflecting breakthroughs in material constructions, and the growing availability of reclosable zippers and various fitments to enhance consumer convenience allowing stand-up pouches to be used for an ever-wider variety of applications.

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