Greening South Africa

Chatting to John Fox from Natural Pack, Emma Rowberry was enthused to hear he’s not just spouting ‘going green’ – there’s real drive and determination behind his efforts to convert brand owners to the use of eco-friendly or compostable packaging.  

In November 2009, when Natural Pack began operating, John Fox’s initial plan was to import and distribute eco-friendly and compostable products. Since then, however, his vision for a greener South Africa has intensified and he now works tirelessly to grow local demand for these products sufficiently to be able to manufacture them locally, making them an affordable option for brand owners.   

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Sustainability meets convenience

SIG Combibloc claims that compared to a one-litre carton of the same format, combibloc EcoPlus generates 28% less CO2.    

COMBIBLOC EcoPlus, the carton pack that’s billed as ‘generating less CO2’, is now available with a lightweight and resource-efficient combiCap screw cap – a packaging solution that combines environmentally-friendly features with exceptional convenience. The manufacturer, SIG Combibloc, claims that compared to a one-litre carton of the same format, combibloc EcoPlus generates 28% less CO2.

The crucial factor behind this claim is its special material composition. At more than 80%, the main component is wood-based paperboard – a renewable and bio-based material that provides stability. Thanks to its properties, the paperboard ensures products filled in the carton are protected from light, while its FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label assures consumers that the wood fibres processed to make the paperboard come from FSC-certified forests or other controlled sources.

A razor-thin polyamide layer serves as an additional barrier to protect the product from flavour loss and external odours. Added to this are fine polyethylene layers inside and out. The inner polyethylene layer forms a liquid barrier, while the outer layer keeps out moisture. The result is 28% less CO2 generated compared to a conventional one-litre pack from SIG Combibloc of the same format (based on the life cycle of the carton from production of raw materials to finished pack). This plus for the environment has been proven in an independent, ISO-compliant life-cycle assessment.

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Impressive W&H open house

Windmöller & Hölscher impressed visitors at its recent open house with an array of top-class extrusion and printing technologies.  

‘Highlighting the end product’ was the welcome message to those attending the recent Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) in-house expo, hosted at its headquarters in Lengerich, Germany.    

The show’s motto ‘Competence in flexible packaging – your partner for customised solutions’, presented the company as an experienced and knowledgeable partner and supplier to flexible packaging manufacturers, capable of providing turnkey installations for the most intricate flexible packaging applications.    

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Lithotech Labels orders two RotoContol finishing machines

Lithotech Labels, a division of Bidvest Paperplus, has ordered two RotoControl RSD RSD 340mm web width die-cutting, slitting/rewinding finishing machines. They’re due for delivery in April or May.   

Lithotech Labels provides a range of functional and decorative labels, including
self-adhesive labels for a variety of applications. The company also supplies specialised equipment associated with label use, such as bar-code printers and scanners, and tagging systems for the manufacturing, industrial or retail sectors.  

‘Pre-sale discussions and product recommendation was a team effort involving myself, and Patrick and Pascal Aengenvoort of Rotocon,’ comments Michael Aengenvoort, RotoControl’s business development manager. ‘We’re honoured to be awarded this considerable order from Lithotech Labels, which is one of South Africa’s most prestigious label converters,’ he adds.   

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Innovation workshop

The label fraternity – suppliers, printers and brand owners – came together recently at the Rako Labels Innovation Workshop held at Cape Town’s Capricorn Park Conference Centre, reports Gill Loubser.  

The idea behind the Innovation Workshop, hosted by Rako Labels’ MD, Uwe Bögl, was to provide a forum where valuable information could be exchanged, where delegates would gain inspiration for their businesses, and be able to network with other industry participants.  

Undoubtedly the concept found fertile ground and the day was declared by delegates to be a ‘great success’.  

Following the official welcome message from Rako Labels’ Xolani Ben Mazwi, two substrate suppliers took to the podium to discuss innovative and sustainable substrate solutions.  

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