Contents of July 2011

3 Editor’s Letter: New venue for Ipex 2014
7 Company news and industry events
17 Cover story: Relationship building at Express Hauliers

21 Print Industry News: drupacube 2012 to focus on print buyers and communications sector
23 Heidelberg’s winning truck wrap design
24 Mail Room Update: Pitney Bowes raises the bar for plastic wrapping
26 Anniversary Feature: Printech Engineering’s 30th anniversary
33 Offset Litho: Slashing makeready time
35 Flexo Forum: Apex launches new sleeve material
39 Plate perfection from Kemtek
41 SA Rotary Dies cements relationship with Kocher & Beck
42 Efficient logistics for flexo sleeves
43 Print Finishing: Perfect finish at Print In Time

46 Labelling & Narrow Web: DecTec sees launch of Label Association
50 Müller Martini’s Alprinta suits IML printing
51 Special Profile: Uniprint – a leading light in labels and cartons
67 Anniversary Feature: Spec Tool & Die celebrates first 20 years
73 Plastics in Packaging: Unitemp’s DN nozzle for finest moulds
75 SB block copolymers for packaging flexibility
78 KraussMaffei forum offers innovation and competence
79 DemaPlasTech offers 3D multi-material printing
81 Flexible Packaging: Technovaa Packaging’s African footprint
83 African Flexographic Solutions’ print-perfect prototypes
85 Print perfection at Tropic Plastics
86 Fima’s expansion plans on track
87 Rotomec’s sustainable biodegradable packaging technologies
90 Ti’s new BOPP line in Egypt

92 Trends in Wine Labelling: A little label with a big job
96 Beverage Packaging: Sig Combibloc’s enviro-friendly wine packaging
98 Thirsty thoughts from BMI
100 Packaging design – to capture and convert
101 Food Safety: Is paper and board safe for food packaging?
104 Necks & Closures: Converting to the new 1881 standard
110 Clive’s Column: Clive searches for packs of the month
112 interpack: More highlights from interpack 2011
118 Beauty Packaging: How do we determine green packaging?
121 Coding, Marking & Labelling: Zetes Industries acquires ProScan
123 Inspection Systems: X-ray inspection from Thermo Fisher

124 PIFSA’s PrinTalk
128 IPSA News: Graphic design in packaging
129 Yours irreverently
129 Diary
130 Index of advertisers and their web addresses


Cibapac brings nine-layer EVOH shrink bags to SA


WHEN the team from Cibapac visited interpack, one of their prime purposes was to spend time with their colleagues on the Vacufol stand.

This family-owned company located in Allgäu in southern Germany (in an area known as ‘plastics valley’) specialises in packaging for food and pharmaceutical products, producing EVOH-based shrink films and shrink bags (known as VACUshrink), lidding and thermoforming films (called VACUflex), and vacuum pouches (branded as VACUpouch).

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The long and the short of it


It’s an international trend with which the South African closures market is rapidly catching up – the move from the current 28mm (1810) closure, and neck (typically for CSD bottles), to the new 1881-standard short-neck, short-cap closure. EMMA ROWBERRY lifts the lid on South Africa’s conversion to this new bottle and closure format.


WITH continuous development and rapid changes in the mineral water and soft drinks market, best price in one-way PET is the benchmark for the adaptation of cost structures. Within this, the weight of the bottle and its closure play an important role and the local market is making a move towards this conversion.

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Is your food packaging really safe?

THE global trend towards paper packaging for use in a wide range of applications is already well established. As more retailers and food suppliers look to this as an alternative to other forms of packaging, an important question that arises is whether paper is safe to use for packaging food?

New health and food safety issues have arisen regarding the use of paper packaging. As these have not yet been comprehensively investigated by the FDA and other regulatory agencies, users need to inform themselves of the issues and the risks involved.

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Thirsty thoughts

BMI RESEARCH has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry across a wide range of methodologies and markets. From consumer to industrial research, both quantitative and qualitative, BMI answers research questions and provides insights to growing businesses. In this report, BMI provides its research results for the beverage market.

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