Contents of May 2013

3  Editor’s Letter: Who will police the AQA regulations?
7   Company news and industry events
11 Propak Africa 2013: More show news from PPM’s editors

30 Print Industry News: T&R Services ‘raises the bar’
32 Ways to beat the AQA
35 Digital Digest: Digital roadshow heads to Bloemfontein
37 HP Indigo unveils first b2 digital press at VIP lunches
39 Sun Chemical meets growing inkjet demand
41 Heidelberg’s Linoprint digital pressesgain ground
43 Colour Management: The importance of clever colour management
44 Flexo Forum: Grafikontrol’s 100% defect inspection system
47 Sandon Global Engraving scoops EFIA Award
49 Show Report: Hunkeler Innovationdays a smash hit


52 Flexible Packaging: Fima firmly focused on growth
54 Nampak Flexible invests in Windmöller & Hölscher seven-layer coex line
57 Advanced Packaging sells South Africa’s first Comexi F2
59 AIMCAL Product of the Year revealed
60 Labelling & Narrow Web: Entries open for annual Flint Group Awards
61 Twenty-fifth RotoControl sale in South Africa
62 UAE’s Future Pack chooses Omet
64 Corrugated Packaging: Mpact completes Epping upgrade


67 Lapack pioneers PET for pharma
72 Cover Story: Britepak’s boxing clever
74 Clive Glover picks his best packs
77 Food Packaging: Perfect packs for on-the-go foods
83 Beverage Packaging: Sacmi’s open house success
84 Nampak’s whopping R1,6-billion beverage investment
85 Inspection Systems: Horne Technologies’ high-speed photography
87 Turck launches Q80 wash-down sensor
88 At the Cutting Edge: Liquid packaging developments

89 Propak Conference Highlights: Education and interaction galore!
90 Printalk: Printing SA backs Two Sides campaign
91 PCA News: PCA visits USS Graphics; elects ‘madam president’ at AGM
93 Diary
93 Yours irreverently
94 Index of advertisers and their web addresses


Sacmi’s open house success

Sacmi’s open house, attracting visitors from 21 countries, was dedicated to the launch of the innovative Formsleeve+ machine.

Guests were welcomed by Vezio Bernardi, GM of the company’s Beverage Division. ‘Sacmi has significantly contributed to the development of avant-garde solutions for the beverage industry, offering competitive stand-alone solutions as well as integrated lines – from raw material to bottles, filling, labelling and quality control.

Sacmi believes the Formsleeve+ is revolutionising sleeve labelling operations. It offers reduced costs and increased productivity – reaching 20 000 labels/roll and speeds up to 50 000 botttles/hour. Additionally, its modular design enables sleeves to be produced and applied from machine-direction oriented rolls.

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Food on the go

Commercially prepared food, designed for convenience and on-the-go consumption, is an overriding trend in the packaged food industry. Emma Rowberry considers some of South Africa’s options.  

Grab-and-go soups, seasoned tuna in pouches, vacuum-packed and portioned meat, ready-to-brew and ready-to-drink coffee, liquid dairy products, and nutritional bars and snacks all play to the needs of busy consumers and change the way South African’s eat and cook.

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Innovation and excellence

Lapack, an award-winning packaging company with a nationwide reputation for quality, innovation and personal service, continues to focus on product development to meet brand owners’ challenging requirements for effective packaging of fast moving consumer goods.  

Lapack, a technology-driven packaging company that operates as a hands-on family business, started life when brothers Eric and Bob Smith, plus their partner Sigi Marks, started producing plastic bottles in a disused butcher’s shop in Malvern, Johannesburg, but soon moved to their first small factory in nearby Cleveland. And that was the beginning of a noteworthy success story that culminated in Lapack’s now enviable reputation for outstanding packaging.  

It really is a family business in every sense. By the time Lapack was two years old, Eric and Bob’s sons were involved – Eric’s son Mark started life in the toolroom, while Bob’s sons Grant and Gary started in production and logistics respectively.  

Within its purpose-built premises in Germiston, Gauteng, where the company moved in 1994, there’s immense activity, with some 380 employees working three shifts a day, seven days a week to manufacture quality products from 20ml to 2,5-litres. ‘Our 156 converting machines and presses are operated by qualified personnel who have a broad understanding of our industry,’ states Mark Smith.

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Further upgrade for Mpact

At Mpact’s Epping plant, further additions to the BHS corrugator and the commissioning of Martin casemaker are enhancing capacity and board quality, writes Gill Loubser.  

It was barely six months ago that we reported the completion of a major upgrade at Mpact’s corrugated plant in Epping (Cape Town) (PPM Oct12, p87), the first of a two-phase modernisation of the corrugating line.  

Last year’s phase saw the replacement of two single facers with two BHS MF-P module facers at the wet end (added to five existing BHS splicers) plus an all-new dry end – from the rotary shear to the duplex stackers, including a new slitter-scorer and duplex knife.

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