Redefining brand packaging

By thinking ‘outside the box’ Shave & Gibson creates original packaging for FMCG brands, writes Karen Stretch.

Just like Meryl Streep, whose incomparable acting skills earn her one gold statuette after another, Shave & Gibson is still one to beat at South Africa’s packaging industry Oscar equivalent, the biennial Gold Pack Awards.

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Düsseldorf beckons

Gill Loubser reviews highlights of the forthcoming interpack exhibition, taking place in Düsseldorf from May 8 to 14.

Innovative packaging is fundamental to the fight against food loss and wastage. More effective barrier layers, anti-microbial films and freshness indicators are just three of the many packaging developments that can help preserve food and halt today’s throwaway mentality.

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Drums for Africa

Just three weeks before its official opening, Gill Loubser gets a sneak preview of the new steel drum line at Rheem’s Prospecton site.

Rheem South Africa – 100% black-owned manufacturer of industrial packaging – is implementing a growth strategy to increase its presence throughout the African continent. One manifestation of this strategy is the establishment of a new steel drum line – representing a cool R50-million investment.

A visit to see the new steel drum line at Rheem’s Prospecton (KwaZulu-Natal) operation – just three weeks ahead of its official opening at the end of February – uncovers intense activity as commissioning reaches its final stages.

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Seven decades of innovation

Bobst has been part of the folder-gluer landscape for more than 70 years.

Having the right equipment is vital in any industry, but is particularly important for packaging converters. ‘Those supplying equipment to this demanding industry need to have a keen sense of the problems faced by packaging converters, now and in the future,’ explains Jacques Reymond, head of product marketing for Bobst’s sheet-fed products. ‘We have to understand the issues so that we can carry out the necessary R&D to keep our customers ahead of the game.’

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Gravure responds to 21st century pressure

What’s happening in today’s market for gravure printing? Nick Coombes reports from Novara in Northern Italy, where the European Rotogravure Association held its latest Packaging & Decorating Conference.

Welcoming more than 100 delegates to the biennial Packaging & Decorative Conference, European Rotogravure Association (ERA) secretary James Siever announced that the global gravure industry is growing, with more plants and presses in use in 2013 than in 2011.

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