Contents of June 2009

4 Editor’s Letter: We’re on-line!
7 Company news and industry events
13 Marco Baglione unveils the shape of the new Astrapak
16 All that glitters . . . the Gold Pack Awards are imminent
19 After 42 years, Ian Vowles bids industry farewell

23 Lapack focuses on pack development
28 Clive spots pretzel innovations
32 Tubes that arouse the senses; more inspiration from Pyrotec
34 Palletisation goes ‘green’
37 Company profile: First impressions really do count!

47 Uhlmann’s PharmaVision helps drug makers meet legislation
49 Domino’s advances increase fl exibility and efficiency
51 Squid’s Pilot Pro features Xaar printheads
53 Mondipak’s in-mould labels enhance plastic tubes for OTCs
57 Call for polystyrene recycling
59 Custom Colour gets DosiXpress licence
60 Allfl ex Packaging celebrates ten years’ success
65 Conequipt gains Euromac agency
67 POP – an ever-more creative and expanding field
71 UPM Rafl atac invests to upgrade
72 Marmel Labels just keeps growing
74 Metallisation: AIMCAL presents ‘sustainability’ awards
76 R25-million investment for Nampak Cartons & Labels

77 IPSA News: A retail view of South Africa
82 PACSA News: Update on Waste Management Plan; Who will be Packaging Achiever 09?
84 Dates for your diary
85 Yours irreverently
86 Index of advertisers and their web addresses


Contents of March 2009

2 Editor’s Letter: Marketing In a recession? Don’t stop!
5 Company news and industry events
9 Polyoak Packaging snaps up Huhtamaki operation
11 At Coates Brothers, Stan Rogow passes the baton to John Bisset

14 Homsek, Woolies and Nampak change the face of dairy packaging
20 Clive’s Column: Clive’s picks the best on retail shelves
23 Cosmetics Packaging: perfume and cosmetics innovations
25 Pharma Packaging: Awards announced in Paris
27 Aerosols: Challenges face aluminium aerosols
30 Coding, Marking, Labelling: Domino unwraps innovations
33 Rheem’s state-of-the-art operation produces plastic pails for Africa
37 Freedom from tiebars and other news from Ferromatik’s world
39 Susi Moore visits Plastindia and fi nds that Indian technology shines
47 Along the Garden Route, Label Leaders in George lives up to is name
52 A joint venture results in the launch of a new company – Rototec
55 The Apex Group’s Genetic Transfer Technology explained
58 Gravure Cylinders invests in latest technology to produce anilox rolls

66 Printing Craftsmans Association news
67 IPSA News: Regions hold AGMs
71 Dates for your diary
71 Yours irreverently
72 Advertisers’ index and web addresses



SpurSOME years ago, what was once called ‘below-the-line’ advertising changed its name to ‘point-of-sale’, and then progressed to ‘point-of-purchase’. Today it’s increasingly referred to as ‘marketing at-retail’.

But whatever its name, the fierce battle being waged for coveted space in the retail trolley is causing brand owners to find ever-more creative ways to promote their products.
Increasingly, ad agencies, printers, retailers and brand owners are becoming partners in a collaborative process – to create product awareness, to draw consumers’ attention to product attributes, and to promote product trial.
While there are any number of printers already serving this market, there are growing opportunities for other printers to enter this dynamic business sector. The focus of this feature, therefore, falls on the latest materials and printing and finishing equipment to help printers gain a slice of this expanding pie.


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Allflex Packaging is a ten-year old company worth watching … having gained an exceptionally good name with customers and suppliers, this company is making a mark in the Western Cape’s flexible packaging market, reports GILL LOUBSER.

WHEN, in March 1999, Steven Samuels and Trevor Knipe decided to take the plunge and establish their own flexible packaging business, their production kit included a four-colour flexographic stack press and a slitter, both leased from Kohler Flexible Packaging. Two deck chairs constituted their office furniture, while a VW Golf and a Ford Escort were their ‘company cars’.  What a long way this dynamic duo has come in ten years!
Now, boasting Level 1 BEE status, the company has an impressive range of equipment and supplies top-quality flexo-printed and laminated flexible packaging, primarily supplied in reel form, for a wide range of form-fill-seal packaging applications, specifically for food, beverage and household products. To cite just one example, proudly displayed on a wall panel are impressive examples of packaging supplied to Woolworths and Spar, and it’s common cause that you don’t supply such top-end retailers unless you provide quality products.
Trevor’s packaging industry career started in 1979 when he joined Safepak. It wasn’t long before became a stereo mounter and then started a formal apprenticeship in 1980, qualifying as a flexographic machine minder in 1983. By 1994 he was shift leader at Kohler Flexible Packaging and, following a series of promotions, became manager of the flexo printing department in 1997.

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Marco TroopThe Astrapak group is reinventing itself to become stronger than ever. GILL LOUBSER gets the low-down from MARCO BAGLIONE and members of his management team.

IT’S exactly a year since Marco Baglione was named as Astrapak’s new CEO (in June 2008), following Ray Crewe-Brown’s retirement. When we talked to him nine months ago, he was happy to answer some questions about his plans for the group’s future but was, understandably, cautious about revealing too much at that stage (PPM Sept 08, p11).
Now, however, he’s pretty fired up by the group’s recent performance, and he’s happy to share some of the past year’s achievements and to start unveiling the ‘new-look’ Astrapak.
‘When I look back and take stock of the past year, I feel that we’ve accomplished a great deal,’ says Marco with a contented smile. ‘We have a new team in place, we have a new structure, we’ve chosen where (in which markets) we want to play, and we’ve ratified our plan of action – and we’ve achieved all of this, as well as significantly improved trading results, in a really tough economic climate.’
Yes, it seems he has good reason for that smile!
To unpack the various elements in Marco’s opening statement, the new team at the helm of the reconstituted Astrapak includes Marco Baglione as CEO, and three cohorts – Keith Watkins as COO, Manley Diedloff as CFO, and Charles Muller as group marketing director. This undoubtedly is a strong team with all the right credentials to take the group forward.
Clearly a significant move – having made a thorough assessment of the business as a whole – was the decision to dispose of parts of Astrapak’s flexible packaging operations, which are in the process of being acquired by Afripack (PPM April 09, p11), and to redirect Astrapak’s focus to rigid plastics and industrial films.


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