keyboard_arrow_upSouth Africa’s glass recycling success story
keyboard_arrow_downSouth Africa’s glass recycling success story

Most consumers understand their purchase decisions affect the environment. This is what makes buying and reusing glass packaging a smart option. Locally produced, this type of packaging contains at least 40 per cent of recycled glass. Recycling resources are in development countrywide thanks to significant growth in glass recycling.

keyboard_arrow_upAnti-counterfeiting quantum dot technology now available in SA
keyboard_arrow_downAnti-counterfeiting quantum dot technology now available in SA

An innovative anti-counterfeiting technology for the food and beverage labelling industry was released this month (September) at Label Expo 2018 in Chicago and concurrently in South Africa. This technology is quantum dots. Upon order, it will be available for distribution throughout Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upTrace your products every move
keyboard_arrow_downTrace your products every move

Inspection machines and markings on packs are beneficial in a number of ways. They help meet traceability requirements, assure consumers of product authenticity and help manufacturers save time and money. Packaging Review looks at the new technologies to be released this year. The 3-CI Case Inspector Filtec recently introduced new inspection systems for the food […]

keyboard_arrow_upSouth Africa’s first certified packaging professional
keyboard_arrow_downSouth Africa’s first certified packaging professional

Kishan Singh, CEO of MetPac-SA has become the first packaging expert in South Africa to be awarded the Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) designation. It was presented to him by the international Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).

keyboard_arrow_upSacmi’s packaging solutions on show in Dubai
keyboard_arrow_downSacmi’s packaging solutions on show in Dubai

The group will highlight its new ultra-high speed filling solutions at Gulfood Manufacturing’s annual fair in Dubai from 6 to 9 November. These solutions will be displayed alongside a complete, integrated closure making range.

keyboard_arrow_upA special focus on Sacmi’s closures
keyboard_arrow_downA special focus on Sacmi’s closures

The Sacmi group showcased its complete range of solutions for the closures and beverage industries at Food & Drink Technology (FDT) Africa 2018. The biennial event took place from 4 to 6 September at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.

keyboard_arrow_upNo better way to accuracy
keyboard_arrow_downNo better way to accuracy

A Mark & Read automated Cognex camera and Markem-Imaje printer verification solution together have helped companies confirm the right code is correctly printed on packs. This system reduces unnecessary waste and helps ensure non-coding related recalls run smoothly.

keyboard_arrow_upAlphapax’ local twist in the production tail
keyboard_arrow_downAlphapax’ local twist in the production tail

Designer and manufacturing supplier of shrink-wrapping and product handling end-of-line systems, Alphapax is now in its sixth year of operation. Packaging Review reports on its progress since inception.

keyboard_arrow_upISW’s new beginning
keyboard_arrow_downISW’s new beginning

Printer and converter of shrink sleeves and flexible packaging, Innovation Shrink and Wrap (ISW) can now provide clients with the latest and more efficient services as well as cost-effective offerings. PACKAGING REVIEW looks at how this has been made possible.

keyboard_arrow_upExperience label trends first hand
keyboard_arrow_downExperience label trends first hand

In the world of packaging everyone is talking about sustainability and digital capabilities. For years now those two subjects are the focus for brand owners and packaging suppliers alike – fuelling research and development.

keyboard_arrow_upNipping food bacteria in the bud
keyboard_arrow_downNipping food bacteria in the bud

Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) is well established in the food industry and continues to gain in importance. PACKAGING REVIEW provides insight into what’s happening in the MAP and vacuum packaging sectors.

keyboard_arrow_upTetra Pak’s evolution in straws
keyboard_arrow_downTetra Pak’s evolution in straws

The multinational food packaging and processing company aims to launch a paper straw for its portion-sized carton packs by the end of this year. This is part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste.

keyboard_arrow_upAntalis South Africa now a majority black-owned company
keyboard_arrow_downAntalis South Africa now a majority black-owned company

Paper, packaging and graphic solutions provider, Antalis South Africa recently announced it will become a black empowered company in the industry. This is as a result of the 100 percent local buyout of shares currently owned by Antalis International.

keyboard_arrow_upRubik’s signs international QSR promotion with McDonald’s
keyboard_arrow_downRubik’s signs international QSR promotion with McDonald’s

The Smiley Company, master licensee for the Rubik’s Cube, is pleased to announce a deal for Rubik’s to feature in a McDonald’s Happy Meal promotion, which will encourage kids to play smart while enjoying everyone’s favourite food.

keyboard_arrow_up‘En-label’ your success
keyboard_arrow_down‘En-label’ your success

They say don’t judge a book by its cover – but 65 per cent of consumers purchase a product for the first time simply because of its packaging. Every other consumer has chosen a product more frequently because of the packaging.

keyboard_arrow_upAre you as smart as retailers?
keyboard_arrow_downAre you as smart as retailers?

A recent American survey indicates 90 per cent of retailers will implement buy online, pickup in store by 2021. In addition, South Africa’s ‘click and collect’ capability is growing. Over the last few years, packaging industry professionals have been curious about the future of smart packaging. Whilst barcodes and quick-response (QR) codes were once considered […]

keyboard_arrow_upBosch aims to sell its packaging business
keyboard_arrow_downBosch aims to sell its packaging business

The company recently announced a decision to sell its pharmaceuticals and food unit’s Packaging Technology division (PA). This follows intensive and thorough considerations by the group. It has decided packaging technology is not part of its core business. PA is involved in project business relating to specialised areas of the packaging industry. The company also […]

keyboard_arrow_upForty years of bag closing excellence
keyboard_arrow_downForty years of bag closing excellence

When Buckle Packaging started in 1979, it was with the aim of supplying the agricultural sector with quality end of line packaging machinery. As sole agents for Fischbein – Saxon from the USA and UK, this family run packaging company was able to supply a solution to the bag closing needs of the agricultural industry.

keyboard_arrow_upRPC Astrapak acquires the Spec Group
keyboard_arrow_downRPC Astrapak acquires the Spec Group

The specialised manufacturer of rigid moulded and thermoformed plastic packaging recently announced its purchase of the Spec Group. This is subject to the finalisation of certain conditions, which will soon be completed.

keyboard_arrow_upTalking to … Tim Stewart of ITB Manufacturing
keyboard_arrow_downTalking to … Tim Stewart of ITB Manufacturing

Recently acquired by printing giant Novus Holdings, ITB Manufacturing has grown into a formidable company supplying flexible packaging products. Packaging Review takes a closer look at the person behind ITB Manufacturing’s success, MD Tim Stewart.

keyboard_arrow_upSouth Africa ranks in top 20 trash per capita producers worldwide
keyboard_arrow_downSouth Africa ranks in top 20 trash per capita producers worldwide

Since the nurdle shipping disaster struck the KwaZulu-Natal coastline in October 2017, many South Africans have worked round the clock to clean our beaches getting them ready for the lucrative festive season.

keyboard_arrow_upMondi commits to limiting greenhouse gas emissions
keyboard_arrow_downMondi commits to limiting greenhouse gas emissions

The group has joined the ranks of global climate leaders by signing up to Climate Savers, which is the independent conservation organisation, WWF’s climate leadership programme for businesses. The packaging and paper group commits to reducing its specific production-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 0.25 tonnes CO2e per tonne production by 2050. This commitment and […]

keyboard_arrow_upConvenient coding with Anser U2 hand-held printer
keyboard_arrow_downConvenient coding with Anser U2 hand-held printer

Coding and marking have come a long way since the concept of a machine-readable barcode was first patented in America in 1949. Innovation in this field has been fuelled by a growing demand for solutions that enable traceability through the entire value chain. It’s also been driven by a demand for coding technology that produces […]

keyboard_arrow_upGrowth in leaps and bounds
keyboard_arrow_downGrowth in leaps and bounds

A number of representatives of the Global Plastics Alliance (GPA) gathered in Penang, Malaysia from 13 to 15 December 2017 as guests of the Malaysian Plastic Manufacturers Association. The congregation was met with a view on how to accelerate and advance The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, which is […]

keyboard_arrow_upCraft beer makes headway in France
keyboard_arrow_downCraft beer makes headway in France

A recent Euromonitor report indicates that craft beer was the most dynamic category in France in 2016. This is set to continue as French consumers increasingly seek a wider selection of beers from around the world.

keyboard_arrow_upCollaboration aids promotion of wines
keyboard_arrow_downCollaboration aids promotion of wines

Along with its beauty, culture and charm, Stellenbosch is best known for its wines and has long been promoting itself as a premium wine growing area, especially for Cabernet.

keyboard_arrow_upNovus Holdings acquires ITB Manufacturing
keyboard_arrow_downNovus Holdings acquires ITB Manufacturing

In June, the Competition Commission South Africa approved the proposed merger between the two companies, which has recently come into effect. Novus Holdings operates in the commercial print and manufacturing industries while ITB Manufacturing manufactures and supplies flexible plastic packaging solutions.

keyboard_arrow_upNew innovative thermoforming technology bags a gold international award
keyboard_arrow_downNew innovative thermoforming technology bags a gold international award

A new generation of thermoforming packaging machines, the X-line, has been awarded the Gold International FoodTec Award 2018. The machine sets a new benchmark in the market thanks to its range of innovative technology. As a result of its seamless digitalisation, comprehensive sensor system and networking with the Multivac Cloud, the X-line creates a new […]

keyboard_arrow_upCelebrate responsibly, don’t forget to recycle
keyboard_arrow_downCelebrate responsibly, don’t forget to recycle

Festive season celebrations bring many opportunities to recycle. There’s no excuse for not making an effort to be green. If there are any doubts on why and how you should recycle, The Glass Recycling Company provides tips listed below.

keyboard_arrow_upSappi to expand capacity by acquiring Cham Paper Group Holding
keyboard_arrow_downSappi to expand capacity by acquiring Cham Paper Group Holding

The global producer of dissolving wood pulp, speciality and packaging recently announced that it had signed an agreement to acquire the speciality paper business of Cham Paper Group Holding (CPG) for approximately US$149 million. The transaction includes CPG’s Carmignano and Condino mills in Italy, its digital imaging business located in Cham, Switzerland and all the […]