Contents of August 2012

3 Editor’s Letter: Biofuel for paper production
6 Company news and industry events
9 Obituaries
10 Environmental news and events

13 Print Industry News: what’s the latest buzz?
14 Flexo Forum: Expand gamut, improve profit with Opaltone
17 Senegalese printer grows with Comexi
18 The future is sleeves
20 Print Media: Iggesund invests in biofuel
22 Newspaper Printing: Cost, time savings with Veripress soft proofing
24 Rising Sun selects five-tower Goss press
25 The full spectrum from Ferag
26 Quality reaches new heights with QuadTech AccuCam
27 Finishing Matters: ‘PUR’fect binding at Paarl Media
30 Don’t let finishing spoil the job – Trisave has the answer

32 Flexible Packaging: Technovaa’s on track
34 Gravure Cylinders invests in Heaford proofing
36 OCC|Plasto-Sac SA’s pillars of strength
39 M-Tech steps up service with new Titan slitter
40 Plastics in Packaging: ColorMatrix opens CapeTown facility
42 Extrupet rebrands rPET resin as PhoenixPET
43 Maritime Marketing offers world-class recycling repertoire
49 Polystyrene recycling takes off in Zim
51 Labelling & Narrow Web: Clomark’s investment plan pays dividends
53 A RotoControl for First Impression Labels
54 Apple Die SA celebrates sale of 10 000th flexible die
59 What’s on show at Labelexpo Americas?

66 Clive Glover clocks clever packs
69 Meat Packaging: Mpact’s ultra-absorbent meat trays
70 Cibapac adds zip to work-a-day ‘foamo’ trays
72 Meaty offerings from Astrapak
74 Reducing meat packaging’s environmental impact
75 Fresh produce packaging: Automation comes to Fowler Farms
77 Confectionery Packaging: SA leads with resealable chocolate pack
81 Afripack raises the bar for Beacon’s chocolates
85 Beverage Packaging: DairyBelle leads with FSC-certified cartons
87 The enviro answer for out-of-date beverages
89 Beauty Packaging: The sector takes a hit; positive action is required
90 Impressive designs, real innovation in tubes sector
92 Coding, Marking & Labelling: Videojet suits industrial coding
93 Pyrotec’s ElastiTag pulls promotions up a notch
95 Inspection Systems: Sensors for liquid detection
97 End of Line: Mosca’s 40 years’ strapping experertise
98 Mexan’s automatic bottle bagger

100 IPSA News: Advancing packaging education in Africa
103 PCA News: drupa feedback draws the crowds
104 At the Cutting Edge: International FMCG innovation
105 Yours irreverently
105 Diary of events
106 Index of advertisers and their web addresses


Checking in on chocolate

Chocolate is a US$83-billion-a-year business, making the industry’s value larger than the Gross Domestic Product of more than 130 nations. Not surprising then that considerable budget is spent on packaging and marketing this tasty treat. Emma Rowberry and Debbie Sinclair discover the latest news in the chocolate sector.  

Whether you’re a bar, box, slab, Swiss or Belgian chocolate fan or if luxuriously packed handmade organic choccies are your vice, the confectionery aisle is usually bumper to bumper with trolleys while packs ‘shout’ to consumers from their shelves. Everyone has their ‘old faithful’ store cupboard stash, but it’s amazing how another one or two cheeky bars also make it home.

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Steak-ing out meat packaging

As the undisputed braai (BBQ) capital of the world, carnivorous South Africans are faced with an enticing array of meat – from filet mignon to the braai-staple boerewors – at cold counters around the country. To keep the ‘meat and two veg’ folk happy, packaging manufacturers are constantly innovating to produce packs that prolong shelf life, protect products and offer the ultimate in consumer convenience. PPM’s editors take a look at the trends and technology shaping this sector.

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What’s on show at Labelexpo Americas?

More than 400 exhibitors are taking part in this year’s Labelexpo Americas making it the ideal place for label converters and brand owners to visit.  

Underlining the show’s importance, over 100 product launches are scheduled during the show’s three-day run from September 11 to 13. The venue is the Donald E Stephens Convention Centre in Chicago.

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Full service package for South Africa

With its focus to deliver quick, efficient product distribution and colour development, as well as improved customer support and technical back-up, ColorMatrix, a subsidiary of the PolyOne Corporation, has opened a facility in Cape Town to serve the African market. Emma Rowberry attended the launch and reports.  

It was a grand launch on all accounts, which began with guests meeting at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront to be bussed to ColorMatrix’s new facility in Montague Gardens for the event’s opening address by Alan Winde, Western Cape’s provincial minister of finance & economic development.

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