Tetra Pak won two WorldStar Awards

image_thumb[2]​​Tetra Top® with Separable Top and Tetra Prisma® Aseptic​ 1000 with plant based plastics each picked up an WordStar Award, from World Packaging Organisation (WPO), in the Beverage category.

The Tetra Top with Separable Top was recognised for providing consumers with a balance between functionality and sustainability. It combines the image_thumb[5]convenience of a bottle with the contemporary look and feel of a carton package, and its design enables consumers to detach the plastic top from the carton sleeve, allowing them to be recycled separately. The new embalagem has been inrtoduzida in Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Estonia, Finland and  Japan.

Tetra Prisma Aseptic 1000 is made from paperboard and plastic (polyethilen) derived from sugar cane. It is used in Brazil by Coca Cola’s Del Valle Reserva nectars.


Flexo goes Green to be continued in China

imagePrinting on corrugated boxes was quite simple just to meet the needs of a transportation container. To push the development of corrugated post printing in China, Bobst started together with Flint Group, Esko and other partners the initiative “Flexo goes Green”, which stands for sustainability, productivity and quality. This project was presented during the Sino-Corrugated 2013 fair in Shanghai, gaining a lot of attention. Meanwhile, there is a trend to more sophisticated packaging, and the new role of corrugated can be described as “from the brown box to branding”. By this means, packaging is becoming part of marketing and sales activities to more and more attract the consumer’s attention.

To further develop this important market segment, the partners decided to proceed with the “Flexo goes Green” initiative and to present two new corrugated boxes at the Sino-Corrugated 2015 fair. The boxes have been printed in a joint cooperation of the project partners with Flint Group’s environmental friendly water-based ink, FLEXOPAK C, and photopolymer printing plate, nyloflex® ART 284 Digital. This plate is ideally suited for printing on all kinds of fibre surfaces, e.g. high quality post print on corrugated board with very good reproduction of highlight dots and excellent and consistent ink transfer. The job with screen ruling of 133lpi ran on a Bobst 160 Vision VI press, with die-cutting on a Bobst SPO 160 Vision. In this specific segment of premium post printing with a thin flexo plate (thickness 2.84 mm), Bobst is in a leading position in China. The artwork was delivered by the local tradeshop, Kunshan Fuhua, with an Esko system.

Packaging can reduce global food waste

The United Nations estimate that over a billion tons of food is wasted globally every year, a figure that could be significantly reduced with the right packaging, according to the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO).

In the industrialised world 40% of food at retail and consumer level is thrown away, while a similar figure is wasted in developing countries during post-harvest handling and processing (source UN). FEFCO is convinced that appropriate food packaging can help tackle the problem and reduce the huge impact this is having in environmental and financial terms.

Some may see packaging as contributing to waste, but FEFCO is resolute that this is misleading: far more resources are used in creating the product than the packaging. Therefore product and packaging should be viewed together and appropriate levels of packaging, not less, should be used to protect food.

FEFCO’s Secretary General, Angelika Christ, said: “Downsizing packaging makes no sense if product loss occurs as a consequence. Packaging should be optimised according to the requirements of each and every product. Sometimes increasing packaging significantly reduces impact on the environment.”

Vitacress (Portugal), one of Europe’s leading growers of watercress, asked for a corrugated packaging solution that would increase shelf life and reduce product loss in distribution. The result included a drain tray of crushed ice that sits on the top rim of the pack and trickles melting water over the watercress to keep it fresh for up to 48 hours.

Corrugated packaging can also be tailored to fit each product precisely and hold it securely during transport. It can be designed to ensure easy opening and handling without product damage. The flexibility exists to introduce bespoke solutions quickly, and cost-effectively.

A vital role is played by corrugated packaging throughout the supply chain: It protects 75% of European goods in transit and ensures that more food reaches the consumer’s table as safely and efficiently as possible.

In Germany ethylene absorbing corrugated board is being developed for fresh produce to slow down unwanted ripening. Ethylene triggers the ripening process in certain fruits and vegetables.

Food packaging ensures food security and safety, enhances both logistics management and product identification. Corrugated’s versatility, 100% recyclability and protective qualities makes it an integral part of the range of measures needed to solve the problem of food waste.

Smart Packaging

image_thumb[2]A study by IDTechEX comes to the conclusion that the market for Smart Packaging – that is packaging enhanced with imprinted electronics – will grow from 75 million to 1.45 billion US dollars over the next ten years. The reason: imprinted electronics are to become 99 per cent cheaper soon, and cartons are of course the ideal media for all things printed.         

Electronics on packaging already exists, from flashing bottles of rum to talking pizza cartons, to sprays which dispel insects with electrically charged aerosols. There is even pharmaceutical packaging which registers how much medication was consumed and when, and also reminds patients. By using E-packaging, the brands will position their products new and prevent them from drowning in a flood of copied products. This also applies to trade brands. A third of consumers already experience difficulties in reading the ever smaller instructions for use – this is where Smart Packaging can certainly help.

Flavoured milk on the rise

image Flavoured milk consumption will grow at more than double the rate of white milk globally between 2012 and 2015. This forecast is the main topic of the sixth edition of the "Dairy Index", a research paper regulary published by Tetra Pak. The surge in demand for ready-to-drink flavoured milk will drive the dairy industry growth. Consumers are increasingly turning to tasty, nutritious and conveniently packaged flavoured milk as an alternative to other beverages, creating opportunities for dairies to improve profitability.
Flavoured milk, the second most widely consumed Liquid Dairy Product (LDP) after white milk, is forecast to increase by a compound annual rate (CAGR) of 4.1% between 2012 and 2015, rising from 17.0 billion litres to 19.2 billion litres. Developing countries will drive demand amidst a growing number of new flavours and products focused on health. White milk is forecast to grow by 1.7% (CAGR) during the same period – from 208.5 billion litres in 2012 to 219.5 billion litres in 2015. Total LDP demand is set to grow by 2.4% from 280.3 billion litres to 301.3 billion litres during this period, according to Tetra Pak research.


Hexacomb board in Portugal

Torraspapel Distribución (Aoiz, Spain) signed an exclusive distributor agreement with Hexacomb  to represent its Falconboard™ family of products in Spain and Portugal.
Falconboard, 100% paper-based with up to 53% of recycled content and 100% recyclabe, is an alternative to traditional signage media.
image The family of products includes Falconboard Print for high-quality graphic imaging, Falconboard Build for eye-catching POP displays and Falconboard Mount for demanding roll media requirements.  Falconboard Print is ideally suited for digital and screen printing applications such as signage, point-of-purchase and trade show displays.  Hexacomb Corporation is part of Boise Group (Boise, Idaho, EUA) and has nine production sites in North America e three in Europe.

Nanographic printing – a commercial hit

image_thumbThe launch of the new nanographic printing technology based on the NanoInks developed by Landa Corporation hits an immediate sucess during DRUPA. Landa reported unprecedented levels of interest and orders (Letters of Intent with deposit) for its B1 format commercial digital press, the Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press, the only B1 size digital press on the market. The machine is able to print at normal offset speeds (13 000 sheets/hr), with papers from 60 to 400 g/m2) without requiring plate changes or lengthy set-up times. It is intended to mainstream commercial print markets but there is packaging version to print folding cartons up to 1mm thickness.

The Nanographic Printing™ process is unique – using Landa NanoInk™ colorants, the process can create ultra-sharp dots of extremely high uniformity, high gloss fidelity and the broadest colour gamut of any four-colour printing process. The NanoInk film image instantaneously bonds to the surface of any off-the-shelf stock, forming a tough, abrasion-resistant laminated layer without leaving any residual ink on the blanket. Since images are already dry, there is no need for post drying. Two-sided printing becomes simple and printed goods can be immediately handled, right off the press, even in the most aggressive finishing equipment.

Big screen – less operators

All Landa presses, including the Landa S10, employ the stunning Landa Touchscreen, an oversize user interface that enables even an untrained operator to quickly master the press. The machine controls appear both on the left and right sides of the screen to enable convenient operation from either the feeder or delivery end of the press. Graphic displays include job management information and real-time status of every function on the press.

Due to the high degree of automation on Landa Nanographic Printing™ Presses, a single operator can manage two, three or even four presses at a time. When the operator leaves the press, the display switches to Vital Signs Mode, in which key indicators are presented in large fonts that can be easily read from 50 metres away. In addition, the entire user interface is duplicated on a portable touchscreen tablet that lets the operator remotely manage the presses.