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UV Flexo Ink System is Full HD Flexo Certified

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Bristol, United Kingdom - Narrow web ink specialist Pulse Roll Label Products Ltd is pleased to announce it has received Full HD Flexo certification for its flagship UV flexo ink system, PureTone.

ESKO’s HD Flexo Certification Program follows a rigorous testing process and recognises companies that are among the best in their field and who are constantly innovating to offer the very best in flexo quality.

Gary Seward said, “We are delighted that our PureTone ink system has been recognised by ESKO with Full HD Flexo certification, the new quality standard for flexo printing. PureTone’s formulation uses high strength, mono-pigmented ink technology which results in cleaner, brighter colours and therefore consistent colour matching. Combined with HD flexo plate technology, outstanding results can be achieved providing label printers with the highest level of print quality. Pulse Roll Label Products is committed to offering the global narrow web industry a total colour management solution and this includes working with other leading industry suppliers to help our customers achieve optimal print quality and performance as well as achieving long term cost savings through increased pre-press efficiencies.”

HD Flexo is the next step in high quality flexo printing and is the process for making digital flexo plates. The improved plates are higher quality and print more consistently than standard digital flexo plates. Full HD Flexo goes even further in terms of quality, adding perfect ink laydown with the right solid density, vibrant brand colours, supreme platemaking consistency and the only fully digitally controlled platemaking workflow available in industry.

Pulse Roll Label Products is exhibiting at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Hall 3, stand C60, where visitors can see live PureTone ink mixing and colour matching demonstrations.

 

Food processing and packaging machinery – VDMA report

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VDMA: The demand for food processing and packaging machinery continues to rise  4 percent growth expected for 2017.

Munich, 11 September 2017 – The German mechanical engineering industry is expected to grow significantly again in 2017. The signs for this are getting more clear: machinery production rose by 2.4 percent in the first half of 2017. Order intake in July was 10 percent higher than in the previous year.

"We could be at the turning point for the next economic upswing. In view of the positive signals, we expect the production to grow by actual 3 percent in 2017," says Richard Clemens, VDMA Managing Director of the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association at the VDMA press conference on Monday in Munich on occasion of "drinktec", the world's leading fair for this industry.

In 2016, the mechanical engineering industry reached a production value of 203 billion euros. Employment rose to the record level of 1.02 million people in the companies' headquarters in Germany.

In the first half of this year, mechanical engineering companies exported goods worth 82.4 billion euros. This was an increase of 6 percent compared to the previous year. "After a stagnation of German exports in the year 2016, the demand is currently rising again," says Clemens.

Special development of food processing and packaging machinery

The food processing and packaging machinery industry is the fifth-strongest industry in the mechanical engineering sector and in 2017 is likely to grow at an above-average rate. In 2016, machinery production rose by 2.4 percent to 13.3 billion euros. The industry thus grew by 15 percent between 2012 and 2016, while – during the same period – the entire mechanical engineering industry recorded a 5 percent increase in machine production.

Compared with the previous year, the order intake in the food processing and packaging machinery sector rose by 12 percent in real terms in July 2017. In the period from January to July, orders were 5 percent above the previous year's level. For 2017, the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association expects a production growth of 4 percent.

"It is the market itself that carries us on to new horizons," comment Volker Kronseder, Chairman of the VDMA Beverage and Dairy Technology Group, explaining the exceptional boom of the food processing and packaging machinery sector. "Each year, the world population is increasing by a figure larger than that of the entire population of the Federal Republic of Germany. The growth of a consumer-friendly middle class, especially in the Asia / Pacific region, is the starting point for a dynamically growing world market," explains Kronseder.

Germany – the strongest exporting country in international foreign trade

In 2016, the international foreign trade for food processing and packaging machinery rose to over 38 billion euros, an increase of 6 percent over the previous year. With 22 percent, Germany held the largest share of the worldwide exports right before Italy (21 percent). The USA and China followed at some distance with 7 percent each.

In some specific areas, German manufacturers even did a lot better. In 2016, every third internationally traded beverage packaging machine and every second brewery machine was of German make.

German exports of food processing and packaging machines grew by 4 percent and reached 8.3 billion euros in 2016. The average export rate was 84 percent last year. In the first half of 2017, exports could not beat the level of the previous year, but they are expected to pick up significantly in the second half of the year.

"The US and China are the most important markets for food processing and packaging machinery manufacturers. However, individual countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa are gaining in importance," says Kronseder, naming India, Nigeria, Mexico and Iran. The demand for machinery in these countries has risen sharply in recent years.

Growing consumption worldwide promises positive prospects
Kronseder sees the main reason for the strong demand for machines in the growing consumption of beverages in these countries and also worldwide. In 2016, 1.1 trillion litres of packaged beverages were sold. According to forecasts made by the British market research institute Euromonitor, sales will continue to grow by about 3 percent per year. Euromonitor continues to announce above-average growth in the regions of Africa / Middle East and Asia / Pacific, while sales of beverages in the mature markets will only increase slightly.

"For us, industrialized countries remain strong buyers. Competitive pressure forces the beverage industry to bring innovations and more individual products to the market, which in turn necessitates investments in the machine park," says Kronseder. He also sees the increasing popularity of craft beers boosting the demand – especially for machines for smaller production quantities.

The future prospects for suppliers of the beverage industry remain positive: In the emerging countries, there is a lot of catching up to do. Production is being established and expanded there. The mature markets of Western Europe and North America are characterized by qualitative growth. Product innovations coupled with ever-shorter product life cycles determine the demand for investment.

Quantitative growth, increasing demands on product diversity, and the efforts of the beverage and food industry to have their production run in a safe, economical and efficient manner ensure investment in machinery and equipment worldwide. This still leaves considerable potential for the supplier industry.
 

 

New Barrier Coatings at LabelExpo Europe 2017

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Cincinnati, OH, USA (September 2017) – Michelman will introduce two new barrier coatings at LabelExpo Europe 2017. Visitors to the show will get a first look at the company’s water-based Michem® Flex Barrier coatings formulated to create an oxygen and mineral oil migration barrier on flexible packaging film and paper.

Michem® Flex Barrier 3510 is a transparent, high oxygen barrier coating that can extend the shelf life of oxygen sensitive products. After being applied to either polymer or preferably polyester substrates in packaging laminate structures used in food packaging applications, it can reduce oxygen transmission rates up to < 5 cc/m2/day. Not only can Michem® Flex Barrier 3510 improve shelf life, it preserves product appearance and flavor, and potentially minimizes preservative use. It also allows for increased shelf appeal, because its transparency enhances visibility of the product through the packaging.

Michelman’s new oxygen barrier coating eliminates the need to use alternatives containing chlorine, or nanoparticles, while maintaining effectiveness through processing and distribution functions. It shows excellent printability and lamination bond strength, and is compliant for use in food packaging in the USA and Europe.

Formulated as a single component, ready to use coating, Michem® Flex Barrier 3510 is easy to apply in-line or off-line, and without a primer. Because it requires no mixing, it exhibits excellent shelf life.

Michem® Flex Barrier 1000 offers brand owners the latest in food safety innovation. This new coating acts as both an oxygen and mineral oil migration barrier, making it ideal for numerous food packaging applications. It is formulated for use on paper substrates, where it reduces mineral oil migration to less than 0.6 mg per 1 kg of food.

Michelman will exhibit in Labelexpo Europe 2017, which is being held September 25-28 at the Brussels Expo.

 

Expanding Sustainable Food Market Bringing Fraud Risks

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London – The growing market for sustainable & premium foods is bringing greater risks of food fraud. Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor) believes the way forward is greater transparency in supply chains, with new technologies and global alliances playing an important role.

The recent beef scandal in Brazil highlighted the economic impacts of food fraud. The trade ban is estimated to have cost the Brazilian meat industry over US $4 billion in lost revenues. As will be shown at upcoming editions of the Sustainable Foods Summit (www.sustainablefoodssummit.com), there are also health (food safety) and environmental impacts of food fraud. According to the World Health Organisation, almost 1 in 10 people get ill from eating contaminated food each year.

Organic and eco-labelled food products are at high risk from food fraud because they command a premium. Although relatively low, a number of incidents of mislabelled organic foods are coming to light. In May 2017, it was reported that a shipment of 36 million pounds of corn and soya beans into the US was falsely labelled as organic. Starting off from Ukraine, the conventional ingredients shipment increased in value by about $4 million (by obtaining organic status) when it arrived in California via Turkey.
Ecovia Intelligence sees Asia most at risk from food fraud. Rising consumer spending power and growing demand for sustainable & premium foods has made Asia the fastest growing market for such products. China has the largest organic products market in Asia; it is also the epicenter of food fraud. In the last decade, food scandals have involved mislabelled organic pork, rotten meat, and sewage oil. In 2008, the adulteration of dairy products and milk powder with the industrial chemical melamime led to six baby deaths and 300,000 sick.

Mislabelling of sustainable & premium products is rife in Asia. Some operators are making false organic claims on food products because of the lack of regulations and / or enforcement. India, the country with largest number of organic farms (0.6 million), has no laws preventing such fraudulent claims. According to a recent report by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, the absence of such regulations is eroding consumer trust.

The Brazilian beef and horsemeat scandals highlighted the vulnerabilities in supply chains of food products. In general, the longer and more complex the supply network, the greater the risks of food fraud. Transparency is coming to the fore, partly because consumers are keen to know about product origins, production methods, and sustainability credentials. Technology is playing an important role, with smart labels and mobile apps meeting the informational needs of consumers. In the UK, the Soil Association has partnered with the technology firm Provenance to provide smart labels on organic foods. QR codes, Barcodes, and NFC tags, are enabling consumers to track organic food products from farm to fork.

Technology is already being deployed for food authenticity and to detect fraud. Analytical tools, such as mass spectrometry and gas chromatography, are being used to authenticate premium products, such as Manuka honey, basmati rice, and extra virgin olive oil. Forensic techniques, such as DNA fingerprinting, are now making their way to food labs to check product samples.

International alliances are being formed to tackle food fraud. Announced recently, the EU-China-Safe project has European and Chinese organisations partnering to improve food safety and tackle food fraud. As well as providing safer, authentic food, the initiative aims to boost consumer confidence and facilitate food trade between the EU and China.

The Global Alliance on Food Crime is another new initiative. Co-chaired by Andy Morling, Head of National Food Crime Unit UK, the coalition of international thought leaders focuses on the prevention, detection and disruption of food crime.

Such alliances are necessary to combat food fraud. A concern however is that as more fraud cases come to light, a casualty may be consumer trust in sustainable foods. In this respect, prevention – rather than cure – maybe the best course of action for the sustainable food industry.

 

Linerless labelling system live in action at Labelexpo

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A demonstration of Linerless label printing will be given on the new Logopak labelling system Series 500+. At this year’s Labelexpo, visitors can watch the new labelling machine in use at the Evonik booth (Brussels, 2017, September 25-28, Hall 4, Booth B60). Evonik will launch its new product, TEGO® RC 1717, at the show, including Print&Apply processes of the Logopak Series 500+.

Featuring direct thermal printing and a TB applicator for real-time labelling, the labelling machine with integrated cutter will provide visitors with a personalised labelled surprise. The visitor’s name can be entered manually via a graphic touch-screen display and the personalized label, 100x100mm in size, will be applied onto the give-away.

New Series 500+ Linerless labelling system: Flexible and easily customized
The Logopak Series 500+ labelling system can be easily customized with over 30 types of applicators. It also flexibly supports all standard application methods (top-, front- and side-application). For labels up to A5 size, the Series 500+ Linerless labelling system provides direct thermal printing outside wound labels with widths up to 165 mm. It also features a unique material running length of up to 1.400m.

Depending on the cyclic output, the labeller displays the remaining running length and time. In addition, the 12 mm thick labeller base plate, made of anodised aluminium, ensures stability. A significant benefit in terms of industrial hygiene is the fact that the entire design is completely devoid of corners and sharp edges. The accessible structure of the main drive roller and Print Engine means that media insertion is very straightforward.

About Logopak
Logopak Systeme GmbH & Co. KG is a leading manufacturer of logistically integrated labelling systems, labelling software and industrial barcode / RFID printers. The company headquarters is located in Hartenholm near Hamburg, Germany, where it was founded in 1978.

 

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