Contents of April 2012

3 Editor’s Letter: The little ‘nano’ word goes big in printing
7 Company news and industry events
12 Environmental news

14 Cover Story: Our cover is fl exo printed!
17 Flexo Forum: CAE launches eCell
18 Antalis hosts Esko and DuPont
20 Ink Matters: Getting it all from Select
21 Low-migration inks – a ‘must have’ for big brands
22 Are you fi t for PSO? Hostmann-Steinberg shows the way
23 Gold for magazine cover using Siegwerk inks
24 Global technology, local expertise from Millian
25 Offset printing for fl exible packaging
27 Colour Management & Proofing: Turnkey proofi ng from ORIS
28 Wide Format: Midcomp workshop a winner
29 Digital Digest: Nanography – second digital print revolution
31 Konica Minolta digital print – 100% food safe
32 Printing Blankets: Not just a blanket response

35 Labelling & Narrow Web: Reaching the Summit
40 A thriving future for Flexodiecutters
41 Plastics in Packaging: Krones Contiform 3 is ready!
43 Energy-saving blow-moulding systems
45 Sacmi injection débuts at Plast
47 Flexible Packaging: Zibo Plastics has it in the bag
49 Transpaco Flexibles broadens its scope
53 Paper & Board: Mpact takes retail-ready to new heights
55 Nortec expands its hot-melt line-up
56 Metallising, Coating, Laminating: Cigarette carton is winner
58 Taghleef acquires AET Films

60 Clive Glover picks his packs
62 Aluminium Packaging: Alufoil winners announced
65 Packaging Machinery: Continuing success for WH Rosenmeyer
67 Inspection Systems: Small part detection solutions
69 Banner’s barcode readers
70 New home for Thermo Fisher Scientific
71 Anuga FoodTec Review: Entry-level palletising robot launched
72 Filling with particles – Sidel has the answer
73 Coding, Marking & Labelling: Pyro Inspiration’s second round fi nalists
75 End-of-Line: Strapping machine hooks the fi sh industry

76 PIFSA’s PrinTalk
78 PCA News: New leadership at PCA
79 IPSA News: National AGM reveals positive results
80 Social Media’s business value
81 Yours irreverently
81 Diary
82 Index of advertisers and their web addresses


Second round finalists announced

The second round of finalists for the Pyro Inspiration Awards has been announced, with four finalists selected from two categories.

In the Informational Category, criteria taken into account include the originality of the on-pack device (its readability, layout and creativity) and the clever use of space (amount of information, relevance of information to product and functionality).

In this category Bob Martin’s Vetcare and In Our Green House Olive Fix-a-Form Leaflet Labels were selected for their creative and innovative designs.

Entries in the Promotional category are judged according to their originality (innovation, freshness and design), impact (wow factor and selling power) and clever use of space.

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Originality and technical innovation take centre stage

Contenders for the Alufoil Trophy 2012 showed great originality in developing advanced forms of familiar products and some ground-breaking new ideas.

The competition, organised by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), attracted 52 entries across five categories and ranged from household goods and packaging to automotive applications and a remarkable survival product.

‘The diversity of applications and multiple functionality of alufoil were clearly demonstrated by the entries for this year’s Trophy,’ observes Antoinette Devine, global packaging consultant for SABMiller, who headed the judging panel. ‘We were particularly impressed by the original thinking that went in to some traditional items, taking them to a new level of performance and technical innovation,’ she explains.

Ultimately the judges awarded 13 entries with Alufoil Trophies. The competition is open to products that are either made from alufoil or contain alufoil as part of a laminate or structure. Categories cover almost every market for packaging, as well as many other technical uses, encompassing Consumer Convenience, Marketing & Design, Product Preservation, Resource Efficiency and Technical Innovation.

The product awarded an Alufoil Trophy for its Overall Excellence scored highly in various categories.

The judges were also impressed with entries that improved the appeal, openability, stability or security of the products through design or the innovative use of alufoil.

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Cigarette carton is winner

The US-based Association of International Metallizers, Coaters & Laminators (AIMCAL) bestowed its Product of the Year Award on Unifoil (US) for a series of cartons for Camel cigarettes from RJR Tobacco.

Unifoil relies on its Unilustre technology to transfer-metallise the solid bleached sulphate (SBS) stock supplied by International Paper. The barrel-corner cartons are produced on a litho web press. Compared to non-metallised predecessors, the metallised designs attract greater attention on-shelf. The non-laminated SBS provides a bondable surface and excellent embossability and also die-cuts and scores precisely – essential features for high-speed cigarette packaging lines. The transfer-metallised paperboard not only delivers acceptable performance for taste and odour, but is also recyclable and repulpable. Alternatives such as metallised film/board laminates are said to be more likely to warp and harder to emboss, while metallic inks yield a less reflective surface.

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Reaching the summit

The first-ever Label Summit Africa was highly acclaimed by 300-plus delegates and an impressive number of exhibitors. The PPM team was gratified to be associated with this successful event, writes Gill Loubser.

Label Summit Africa, held in Cape Town in mid-March, was a text-book exercise in how to compile a tantalising conference programme, how to attract an impressive number of delegates (more than 300) and an enviable number of top exhibitors, how to bring together the entire label industry supply chain, and how to organise an event that ran on well-oiled wheels. But then, of course, the Tarsus group has had plenty of practice!

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