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_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_upA new facility for ULMA
keyboard_arrow_downA new facility for ULMA

The Guipuzcoan cooperative, which belongs to the ULMA group, has moved the manufacturing activity of its traysealing machines to a recently opened plant in the Goribar neighbourhood in Oñati (Gipuzkoa). The facility comprises a 5000m2 spread over two floors. It can be expanded in future to incorporate an adjoining 4000 m2.

keyboard_arrow_upNew closures division launched in response to market growth
keyboard_arrow_downNew closures division launched in response to market growth

Diversified global chemicals manufacturer, SABIC introduced its caps and closures segment, launched earlier this year, at the Plastic Closures Innovations Conference. The event was held from 22 to 24 May in Berlin.

keyboard_arrow_upPolystyrene recycling on the rise
keyboard_arrow_downPolystyrene recycling on the rise

South Africa’s success with the collection and recycling of post-consumer polystyrene continues to grow. This is owing to combined efforts by collectors and recyclers around the country. In spite of the difficulty in recycling plastic, polystyrene figures have increased over the past eight years.

keyboard_arrow_upReduce waste with new skin packs
keyboard_arrow_downReduce waste with new skin packs

On 16 May, Sealed Air hosted an event at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, to address sustainability issues for primary packaging. The event included a number of discussions by company representatives. The Sealed Air team show the latest skin packs launched with Stockdale alongside Valentino Branchi, sales director for the Middle East and Africa, and Marteau […]

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_upNine remarkable facts about returnable glass bottles
keyboard_arrow_downNine remarkable facts about returnable glass bottles

The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) encourages both the recycling of glass bottles and jars as well as the return of reusable glass bottles to retailers and traders.

keyboard_arrow_upR150 million investment for fruit sector growth
keyboard_arrow_downR150 million investment for fruit sector growth

Mpact recently announced the official opening of its new corrugated factory in Port Elizabeth. The company held an on-site ribbon-cutting ceremony with customers, Mpact directors and employees in attendance.

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_upBreadtags for Wheelchairs Project welcomes new project coordinator
keyboard_arrow_downBreadtags for Wheelchairs Project welcomes new project coordinator

The Polystyrene Association of South Africa announced the appointment of Patricia February as its new project coordinator for its rapidly growing Breadtags for Wheelchairs Project.

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_upA serious problem facing food and beverage manufacturers
keyboard_arrow_downA serious problem facing food and beverage manufacturers

Manufacturers cannot afford to compromise on food safety standards. An integral part of this system is not only maintaining ISO certifications, but also preserving reputation and brand integrity. This is a critical factor in meeting the demanding requirements of major supermarket chains and auditors, locally and abroad. These factors are easily compromised through mistakes, often […]

keyboard_arrow_upNew campaign takes a stand against marine plastic pollution
keyboard_arrow_downNew campaign takes a stand against marine plastic pollution

Plastics|SA has released a series of new radio and television adverts addressing the issue of plastic litter in marine environments.

keyboard_arrow_upA record-breaking amount of plastic bottles recycled in SA
keyboard_arrow_downA record-breaking amount of plastic bottles recycled in SA

About 2.15 billion plastic bottles, weighing in at 93 235t, were recycled by the South African PET plastic industry in 2017. This resulted in saving 578 000m3  of landfill space. It also created 64 000 income-generating opportunities in the process.

keyboard_arrow_upThe Coca-Cola Company sets new standards in waste reduction
keyboard_arrow_downThe Coca-Cola Company sets new standards in waste reduction

The Coca-Cola Company recently announced it will be reshaping its approach to packaging. The beverage giant set a global goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100 per cent of its packaging by 2030.

keyboard_arrow_upEye-popping innovations on display
keyboard_arrow_downEye-popping innovations on display

Milliken Chemical will be showcasing its containers of NX UltraClear polypropylene developed using its Millad NX 8000 clarifier at the upcoming international packaging exhibition, Hispack 2018, in Spain. The event takes place from 8 to 11 May.

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_upRotocon shows support in Absa Cape Epic Race 2018
keyboard_arrow_downRotocon shows support in Absa Cape Epic Race 2018

Rotocon, a provider of consulting and service to South Africa label converters in the narrow web industry joined Rotolabel as a co-sponsor of Team Woolworths Rotolabel in the 15 edition of the Absa Cape Epic Race 2018.

keyboard_arrow_upMultivac takes home the Gold International FoodTec Award
keyboard_arrow_downMultivac takes home the Gold International FoodTec Award

The X-line, a new generation of thermoforming packaging machines bagged the Gold International FoodTec Award 2018.

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 […]