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The Future of the Label Industry

Label the future? That is a challenge for the label industry, in the face of the exceptional change that is happening on many fronts. A developing palette of label technologies and alternative options; the ‘cloud’ business environment; the urgent need for succession change in SMEs; making the decision to stay local, serve a specialty market segment, or go international; maturing geographical markets versus the emerging economies… these are all topics which, within FINAT and its member companies, the label industry is actively engaged in addressing. The prime task of FINAT, as the industry’s European association, is to help its members, who span the entire supply chain (from raw materials and label stock coating and lamination, to pressroom consumables and label converting) to define, and then activate, their future routes to success.

Technology innovation
Technology innovation is changing the face of the entire print industry; and as commercial print dwindles in the face of downloadable reading matter, packaging print is growing exponentially. It is the key area where the consumer relies on a product’s physical brand image to confirm its quality, reliability, and desirability. Narrow-web label converters, more

PS Foam Labels Keep the Chill In

Technology to target canned, craft beer and contract labeling companies to start.
Commodore Plastics, Bloomfield, N.Y., is offering a new type of coextruded PS foam shrink label that insulates aluminum, glass, and PET beverage containers to keep liquids colder longer. The labeling system, called Labec, is produced by Commodore under a licensing agreement with foam giant Sekisui of Japan. Commodore produces the sheet on a 2.5/3.5-in……….

Conference program revealed for Label Summit Indonesia 2013

The conference program has been revealed as registration opens for the inaugural Label Summit Indonesia which is being held at the Westin Resort Nusa Dua in Bali between 29-30 May. Focusing on the label and package printing industry, the Summit will comprise a mix of technical presentations, real life business case studies and the latest industry insight and business intelligence into market trends, conditions and challenges.

The Summit commences with a roundup of market trends with presentations by Multi-Color Corporation’s Brenton Barrett who will look at global trends and Ariana Susanti of the Indonesian Packaging Federation who will explore the latest developments in South East Asia. In a printer panel discussion, converters from Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines will look at printing as part of the economy and future growth opportunities.

The afternoon’s sessions will address the latest available technologies, capabilities and applications. The keynote being delivered by HP Indigo’s Christian Menegon, will focus on making the move from a conventional to digital workflow and examine how the converter needs to adapt to cater for short run jobs. Other topics include creating value with 3D technologies and a guide to flexo technology, materials and performance.

Day two’s content has been developed to help identify new opportunities for business growth. Sri Yulianti, research and development packaging manager – home personal care from Unilever will consider how to implement a sustainable strategy for environmentally friendly packaging practices. Supa Stik Label’s Pete Holywell will share secrets on how to transform your business using online marketing and social media platforms, while other subjects include effective anti-counterfeiting solutions for brand protection.

Aimed at label and package printing converters, brand owners and designers, the Summit is complemented by a table-top exhibition with exhibitors including Esko, Flint Group, Gallus, Mark Andy, Nilpeter, Omet, RotoMetrics and Stork Prints. In addition delegates will also enjoy an evening reception and afternoon networking function.

Jade Grace, event director commented: “Label Summit Indonesia is designed to provide an insight into the South East Asian market place and focus on learning and developing best practice from the latest available technologies and trends. Delegates will find out how to maximize business growth opportunities and also how emerging technologies such as digital offer them new possibilities today, not just in the future.”

She concludes: “The consumption of labels and packaging in the region is set to escalate because lifestyle habits are changing. As already seen in other emerging markets such as China and India, this Westernized lifestyle quickly drives change across the supply chain and manufacturing process. The label and package printing industry here is in its infancy, but advances in using more sophisticated technologies, materials and marketing techniques will be fast tracked to keep up with demand. For those fortunate enough to be involved in this cycle, the commercial opportunities and benefits are immense as the Indonesia market matures.”

An early bird rate applies to registrations made before 26 April with two day passes costing from Rp2,887,500 ($300USD), while one day passes cost Rp2,310,000 ($240 USD). Delegates can register online by visiting the website.

Avery Dennison unveils new North American collection of label constructions

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials today introduced a new collection of North American Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper label materials. The new products’ prices are comparable with those of non-certified alternatives to drive the use of FSC-certified materials throughout the value chain.

The new collection of FSC-certified products contains 22 specifications featuring three paper facestocks—Fasson® 54# Semi-Gloss FSC, Fasson Lightweight Dairy FSC and Fasson Estate Label® No. 8 FSC—commonly used in wine, spirits, dairy and food applications. The new offering is a result of the company’s commitment to develop and offer sustainable label and packaging solutions to converters and brand owners.

“We have heard clearly from members of our value chain about the need for innovations that focus on improving sustainability,” said Darrell Hughes, vice president and general manager, Materials Group North America. “As a market leader, it’s our responsibility to produce and promote items that contribute to the environmental health of our planet. This price-neutral collection of select FSC-certified constructions is the next step in our effort to make our industry more sustainable.”

Avery Dennison is one of more than 3,500 FSC chain of custody (COC)-certified U.S. companies. FSC, whose mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests, has earned a reputation as the most rigorous, credible forest certification system available. FSC’s COC certification process traces the path of products from forests through the supply chain, verifying that FSC-certified material is identified or separated from non-certified material throughout the supply chain.

In addition to FSC-certified products, Avery Dennison manufactures and markets a variety of items that provide sustainable advantages, including:

  • Post-Consumer Waste (PCW) Paper label portfolio – Selection of products containing levels of PCW ranging from 10 – 100 percent.
  • Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers-approved label portfolio – Collection of pressure-sensitive solutions specifically designed to comply with the Canadian Thermoform Recycling Initiative.
  • Bottle-to-Bottle film label portfolio – Constructions that cleanly separate from the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flake during recycling resulting in pure flakes, the conservation of virgin PET resources and less landfill waste.
  • Fasson® Wash-Off label portfolio – Labels which can be removed from bottles with no adhesive residue. The labels are washed off in conventional bottle washers, utilizing the existing infrastructure and washing process.
  • MultiCycle™– Two-layer label construction which allows a label to last for more than 30 wash cycles, resulting in a 95 percent reduction in the amount of label material going to landfill over the life of the bottle.
  • TurnLock™Laminating System – One-roll durable, protected graphics labeling solution that reduces material costs by 30 percent. Currently, protected graphics are produced with two rolls of material.


Sacmi, the perfect partner for wine makers

The most competitive solution currently on the market, providing an always-fresh, top-quality ready-to-drink, easily transported, low cost product: that’s the Bag in Box, the integrated filling-packaging unit that Sacmi will showcasing soon.

Already marketed extensively overseas, this Sacmi brand solution is now steadily increasing its market share in the “old world” thanks to design specifications that ensure both maximum economy and absolute product integrity. Designed and built at Sacmi Pakim – the Sacmi Group company that specializes in designing, producing and marketing packaging solutions – Bag in Box lies at the core of a comprehensive turnkey range that includes the entire packaging line, from the filling-packaging combi unit, made entirely of stainless steel, to the handle application and pick and place units.

The key strength of this integrated filling-packaging unit, which combines all the functions needed to create the characteristic Bag in Box packages – from carton forming with hot melt closure to filling, which includes in-box bag insertion and box closure – is the high degree of automation, which allows efficient control of 1.5, 2, 5 and 10-litre bags. The unit is user-friendly, requires no supervising worker and stands out on account of a design that, thanks to vacuum technology, allows evacuation of air prior to filling: moreover, the special pouring tap, through which the wine is drawn from the bag, ensures the product never comes into contact with air or any other oxidant or contaminant. The same tap – and the as-standard software for automatic machine steam-cleaning – thus ensures complete “ultra-clean” management of the entire process.

Hygiene, precision filling, a total absence of oxygen in contact with the product at both the filling and pouring stages: just perfect, then, for a product such as wine, which, once opened – simply on account of contact with the atmosphere – risks seeing its organoleptic and taste qualities altered. And since the market demands both painstaking attention to quality and constant cost control, the Bag in Box solution is highly attractive because the pack is made of low cost materials such as plastic film and cardboard. Wine makers have already shown widespread appreciation of Sacmi Pakim solutions, as the numerous complete filling/packaging plants installed by all the major Italian wine producers – Caviro, Zonin, Moncaro, Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Barone Ricasoli and Enoitalia to name but a few – clearly demonstrate.

Yet the Bag in Box solution is also aimed at, in addition to producers and final consumers, restaurant owners: they can continue the Italian tradition of pouring directly to the customer without compromising on product quality while enjoying bulk buying. There are also evident advantages in terms of transport and storage thanks to the shape of the packaging and the materials used to make it, less fragile and lighter than glass.

‘Made in Sacmi’ packaging, then, that meets the demands of today’s wine makers, yet also designed to respond to the growing need – in Europe as in the rest of the world – to minimize environmental impact. Bag in Box packs can, in fact, be fully recycled and at lower cost compared to Tetrapaks.