Contents of October 2009

4 Editor’s Letter: The silly season approaches
6 Company news and industry events
11 Silver anniversary for Dennes Engineering

17 CCL Label Cape – moves into gravure to offer complete package
19 Michelangelo Wine Awards now sponsored by CCL Label
20 Strong drinktec boosts confi dence and investment
21 Beverage awards showcase at drinktec
23 Strength in new PET hot-fi ll technology from Mondipak Plastics
26 SPAR and Elopak take dry foods out of the bag, into the box
28 Clive loves a touch of decadence
31 Labels lead the launch of new TRESemmé range
33 Gifting delights through glittering festive packs
37 EasySnap is a winner for BioEarth’s Hennie du Plessis
41 Coding: Domino’s new inspection system; GS1’s partnership programme
42 Largest-ever Labelexpo signals economic revival – a ten-page report
52 Expansion for Label Engineering
55 Mamata gets the balance between bag-making flexibility and productivity
57 Flexo Concepts offers dry anilox cleaning system
57 AkzoNobel introduces polyurethane laminating system
59 Spengler’s latest maintenance-free impression roll loading
61 Perfect chilling with Hi-Tech’s latest ink technology
62 Coates moves further into narrow-web with CCL Label
64 Multiprint moves to Sericol’s UV curing system

70 IPSA News: Students reach for the stars
72 Dates for your diary
73 Yours irreverently
74 Index of advertisers and their web addresses



With increasing consumer pressure for preservative-free beverages, Mondipak Plastics answers the call for change with its latest SIPA linear blow-moulding technology. KAREN STRETCH visits the Wadeville plant to discover how the company is building its strength as a leading player in PET beverage packaging.

AFTER months of speculation, Mondipak Plastics Wadeville is happy to report that its brand new blow-moulding machine from SIPA in Italy has arrived and is now firmly ensconced alongside the company’s other world-class machinery. The company kept everyone guessing with its ‘tantalising empty space’ (PPM, Festive 08, p21), but, following months of investigation and trials, is thrilled with its latest acquisition.

Caption: This HyPET 300 is among the line-up of Husky Injection moulding systems for preform production.

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Hi-Tech Inks, part of the Speed Bird Group and a leading South African manufacturer of flexographic and gravure inks, has launched its Thermotech product, an ink which changes colour with the temperature.

THE most important thing to any discerning South African lager drinker is a cold beer. Nothing quite dulls the spirit as much as a warm dop, unless of course it is accompanied by a Springbok loss. The good news is that the Boks are on a winning streak and Hi-Tech Inks is ready to ensure a chill with the thrill, thanks to its latest brand – Thermotech.

In conjunction with Powermark International, Thuthuka Packaging and SA Breweries, Hi-Tech Inks has devised a method by which the consumer can now enjoy his Castle Lite in the full knowledge that it’s at optimum drinking temperature.

The new-look metallised Castle Lite label incorporates a thermochromic temperature indicator in a bold white circle. When chilled, the circle displays the generic symbol of a snowflake as well as the recognisable castle image, synonymous with the Castle Lite and Castle Lager brands. The symbol is invisible until it reaches optimum drinking temperature; and once chilled to perfection, it displays as a clear blue image easily distinguishable to the drinker.

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HENNIE DU PLESSIS is an enigmatic chemist and inventor who has combined his expertise and talents to build a successful cosmetic and pharma business and, more latterly, devise a packaging format that has the potential to permanently change the global face of the sample-sachet. BRENDA NEALL paid a visit to his factory in Somerset West.

OUR last report (May 2008) on Hennie du Plessis ended with the words: ‘Watch this space!’ in anticipation of interesting future developments that were likely for his ingenious new sachet format, Easysnap. Eighteen months after our initial article, we can indeed report good progress on its road to commercialisation.

Caption: Hennie du Plessis and one of his Easysnap fillers in his Somerset West factory. The fillers are the perfect workers, producing large volumes with minimal man management.

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Since its inception in Cape Town in 1984, Dennes Engineering has blossomed. Today the company offers full engineering services to South Africa’s printing and packaging sectors as well as representing a number of blue-chip international companies.

DENNES ENGINEERING has its roots in a family-owned business of general engineers, started in the mid-1950s by the Oldridge family in Bulawayo in the former Rhodesia. During the 1970s, additional family members became involved in the enterprise,  including Don Nash who married Lynn Oldridge and joined the business in 1973, starting his career as a fitter and turner. Then, in 1984, the decision was made to leave Zimbabwe and Don Nash moved to Cape Town to start Dennes Engineering.

Caption: Celebrating 25 years in business in Cape Town are some members of the Dennes Engineering team – JC van Schoor, Martin Willemse, Howard Armour, Harley Nash and Don Nash; and in front Fazlin Bohardien.

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