Clever Caps – like Lego!

image_thumbWhat to do with plastic caps? There are innitiatives to colect those caps from CSD and water bottles and send it to the recycling facilities. Clever Pack, a company from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, established in 2007, invented a new plastic cap thar can ne reused as a building block, preventing the reuse instead of the discard. image_thumb[1][1]

The Clever Caps fit as Lego blocks. In fact, Clever Caps are compatible with Lego blocks!









With those caps and blocks, there’s a lot of ideas to build: toys, decorative sets or even furniture pieces!















SIMEI is back

The 25th edition of SIMEI, biennial international exhibition event dedicated to the wine, olive oil and beverage supply chains, will be held at the Fiera Milano Fairground at Rho (Milan) from next 12 to 16 November.

SIMEI offers a comprehensive overview of the high technological level achieved by the enological and beverages industries, showing a very wide range of different technical solutions compatible with specific needs, from the manufacturer to the bottling cycle. At SIMEI it is possible to find all types of equipment, material or accessory related to the beverage production cycle in general – wine and beer production, juice processing, preparation of carbonated drinks. The exhibition panorama also includes all kinds of equipment for beverage packaging for the steps after bottling.

Much more than the glass makers, the cork suppliers (with the usual strong presence of Portuguese companies) will be exhibiting again in Milan. After all, the wine-cork-glass troika is still ruling.


After a 2009 year of strong fall-off, the export of cellar processing machines and equipment highlighted a steady recovery trend in the following years and 2012 also shows strong signs of recovery marking a performance of /1,956 million euro, corresponding to a + 9% in comparison to the previous year. To lead export, also for 2012, is the sector of bottle filling, closing, encapsulating, labelling machines and of beverage carbonation equipment, with an export value of over one billion euro, which alone represents more than 63% of the whole trade flow.

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Innovations and ideas for the beverage and liquid food industry

The "World’s Leading Trade Fair for the Beverage and Liquid Food Industry" – drinktec 2013 – takes place in Munich from September 16 to 20, 2013. Here, around 1,500 exhibitors from approximately 70 countries will be showcasing products and solutions across the entire spectrum of beverage and liquid food technology – packaging and marketing ideas included. Around 60 percent of the exhibiting companies come from outside Germany and the exhibition is expected to attract around 60,000 trade visitors from all over the globe.image

"Processing + Filling + Packaging + Marketing" – the new subtitle for drinktec says it all. More than just a technology showcase, this event covers everything of importance to the beverage and liquid food sector worldwide. As well as its function as a technology and innovations platform, drinktec is also a gigantic ideas and information forum, a meeting place for exchanging views and for communication. It is this mix which attracts trade visitors from all areas of the companies. Global beverages, food and retailing groups are represented here as well as smaller, regionally focused breweries, for example.

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Plastic Caps and Closures in Europe

image_thumbBeverage closures account for 40% of European closure industry polymer demand but nearly 60% of the market by units. While carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) are no longer a dynamic category, the sheer size of this market will result in significant additional demand by 2015.

Non-beverage applications account for 60% of total caps and closure industry polymer demand in Europe. In the last report on this industry (Plastic Caps and Closures in Europe), AMI Consulting points that the toiletries and cosmetics sectors are the largest consumers of polymer caps and clusures. The report predicted personal care closures and customised product delivery solutions will be the main contributors to overall closure industry growth over the next five years, followed by closures for the homecare sector.  

The key market driver for closures in non-beverage applications is innovation, with brand owners seeking greater on-shelf differentiation through superior aesthetics and functionality.  Supermarket shelves are cluttered with brand imitations, and the lead brand must stand out from the rest. Consequently, the role of packaging continues to grow in importance within the FMCG industry.

CAPS conference in April

The  conference Plastic Closures Innovations 2013 will take place on 23-25 April in Cologne.  Brand owners, fillers, closures producers, packaging manufacturers, designers and suppliers will debate the latest developments in the plastics caps and closures industry, with a particular focus on adding value and optimising results across the supply chain. The conference is organised by AMI, sponsored by HRS Multitech and ColorMatrix, and supported by numerous table-top exhibitors.
Plastic Closure Innovations will serve as a platform for the leading closures suppliers to present their innovations. GCS will discuss intuitive tamper evidence solutions designed for Nestlé Waters products. Menshen will introduce new dosing solutions, while Weener Plastik will pinpoint the importance of precise dosing through valve closures. Fluid dispensing innovations for homecare products will be announced by MWV, while Rexam Healthcare’s presentation will focus on multidose dispensing for pharmaceuticals.
The conference will stress the significance of the cooperation in the supply chain. Reckitt Benckiser will talk about their requirements in delivering innovation in the hygiene segments. The machinery suppliers will come forward and explain their processing technology advancements. Engel, Schoettli and Husky will discuss innovative concept changes in closure moulding. Sacmi and Arburg will focus on increasing production efficiency and achieving synergies to reduce production cost. Furthermore, Hofmann will explain how to reduce cycle times with conformal cooling though laser cusing tool inserts, while Intravis will talk about the merits of visual quality inspection with image processing software.   
Improvements in production efficiency are also achieved with material innovations. Milliken will explain the advantages of polyolefin nucleation, while Total will discuss how to increase margins with innovative PP grades selection.  
The packaging market insights will be presented by AMI Consulting (based on its authoritative multi-client study), Futureau Consulting and Euromonitor. Regulatory framework will be summarised by Steptore&Johnson and IVM.

For more information, contact Ms. Rocio Martinez.

Sniff the Cork

A clever and funny way to promote cork, the packaging material of which Portugal is the world leader.

More about this campaign HERE.

Sacmi technology for "3D crown caps"

image At Brau Beviale (Nuremburg, 9-11 November 2011) visitors will be able to check out the ‘3D’ caps produced by the new SACMI-built CCD 300, previewed at PETnology Europe (7-8 November), which will focus on compression technology
With regard to the beverage field Sacmi has, for some time now, employed a joint, integrated industrial policy that combines the best of Sacmi Imola, Sacmi Filling, Sacmi Labelling and Sacmi Packaging in a single Beverage Division, providing customers with turnkey solutions that range from the raw material to the final consumer.
At Brau Beviale, visitors to Sacmi’s 144 m2 stand (hall 5, stand 5-343) will be able to discover more about the performance and advantages of Sacmi beverage technology, from new plant engineering solutions that make the most of compression technology to cutting edge stretch blow moulders with smoothly efficient, economic operation and output rates of up to 80,000 bottles per hour. Each solution has been designed to ensure easy integration with other Sacmi machines, from the vision systems that can be installed downstream from the bottling line to the PAM machines for the compression production of pre-forms, installable upstream from the SBF blow moulders.
image Just one of many new features from SACMI is the production of ‘3D’ crown caps. Thanks to the new CCD 300, specifically designed to emboss the cap (bas-relief deformation of the central section), the cap is given an enhanced look that highlights the manufacturer’s logo while significantly reducing the risk of fakes. The CCD 300 also excels in performance, being able to process a good 3,000 pieces per minute; it can also synchronise embossing deformation with the lithographic design already on the cap exterior. In other words, a true 3D cap from a machine that, in addition to high output rates, also stands out on account of its minimal impact on existing production line layouts and its extremely contained investment outlay. Further benefits stem from synergies with other Made-in-Sacmi technological solutions, such as the CVS vision system (with which the CCD 300 is equipped, allowing recognition of the lithographic print), the automated cap orientation system and the mechanism that allows recognition and ejection of faulty caps. Simplicity, practicality, low cost: these are the strong points of the crown cap, an essential accessory in the drinks world since 1891 and one that, even today, remains inimitable in many ways
Also on show will be the Opera Combinato labeller, combining different application technologies (i.e. cold glue and self-adhesive).