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Label Industry Global Awards 2018

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The Label Industry Global Awards 2018 are open for entries.

The awards celebrate and reward the global label and package printing industry’s greatest achievements. Complete your submissions with your examples of industry excellence and business-winning innovations. 

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The Awards

R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award - Sponsored by Avery Dennison
This prestigious award is given to a nominated individual who has had a significant innovation idea, or supported the growth of an innovative idea that has transformed and progressed the label industry. Nominate a deserving colleague today.

Award for Innovation - Sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web
Show your developments in technology and business practices in the last year. Enter your company's innovation today to become eligible for this respected award.

Award for Sustainability
This award is for a specific sustainable product or process. Demonstrate your company's commitment to sustainable working practices by entering this coveted award.

How to enter?
Entry is free. Simply download the form(s) for the award you wish to enter, complete your entry and submit it (along with any supporting material) by Friday, 18 May. Late entries cannot be accepted.

Judging will take place during the FINAT European Label Forum in Dublin in June and the shortlists (along with the winner of the R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award) will be published shortly afterwards.

Awards ceremony
Celebrate with your industry colleagues at the Label Awards 2018 presentation ceremony and be there when the winners are announced. The ceremony takes place during Labelexpo Americas 2018 in Chicago during the evening of 25 September, it’s a time for recognition, networking and fun – more details to follow.


Cobotic Palletising Solution

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Gebo Cermex launches COBOACCESS_PAL, an industrial, safe and easy-to-use cobotic palletising solution.

Collaborative robotics advance production line efficiency and reliability by improving working conditions and allowing operators to handle tasks with higher added value in a safe working environment. It also minimises mistake rates due to high automation. Leveraging the advantages offered by cobotic solutions in terms of compactness and flexibility, Gebo Cermex is introducing CoboAccess™_Pal. This robust cobotic palletiser is particularly suited for low-speed applications and underlines the company’s commitment to help producers embrace Industry 4.0 opportunities.

Today, collaborative robotics, or cobotics in short, is a popular topic in the automation and manufacturing world because of its obvious advantages: these new solutions are easy-to-install and -operate in tight production environments, since the collaborative mode is safe for human interactions and lets manufacturers build cells without physical fences around the machines.

Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group, is an expert in palletising/depalletising solutions with more than 5000 machines installed around the world and more than ten years of experience in driving the implementation of collaborative robotics in end-of-line solutions. Designed to handle Regular Slotted Container (RSC) and wrap-around blanks and to complement low speed production lines, CoboAccess_Pal embeds Gebo Cermex’s high safety and industrial standards. This ultra-compact, fenceless palletising cell is designed to perfectly match the needs of very demanding production environments, where reliability is absolute key.

An extremely safe industrial solution

Giorgio Rocca, Palletising/Depalletising Product Manager at Gebo Cermex, comments on the launch: “CoboAccess_Pal is a reliable and robust solution thanks to an industrial automation platform based on the combination of PC and PLC. These two interfaces ensure precise, better-controlled cobot trajectories, leading to greater pallet quality and stability, instrumental for smooth pallet transportation through the supply chain. Additionally, they allow for immediate restarting of the machine in case of potential problems or emergency stops, and as such, minimise downtime.”

This automation platform contributes to maximum operator protection and total care of products, as case handling is always performed above the conveyor or the pallet station, which ensures that cases never fall on the floor or on working staff. To minimise risks for operators, CoboAccess_Pal’s gripping tool is composed of foam to soften its surfaces when in contact with workers and to prevent injuries during maintenance interventions.

Giorgio Rocca continues, “As the world becomes more automated and the number of companies working towards zero accidents standards rapidly increases, we are pleased to see that the extreme safety of our CoboAccess_Pal has also been objectively certified; all of that in addition to the equipment’s full compliance with European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.”

Connected and user-friendly technology for maximum uptime
In addition to its high safety standards, CoboAccess_Pal maximises uptime through connectivity and a high level of intelligence. The cobotic palletising cell includes the new Gebo Cermex user-friendly HMI based on an intuitive tablet approach navigation. Available via the HMI, the Pal Designer® configuration and simulation tool allows full pallet management with the possibility to modify, simulate and create pallet patterns autonomously, in less than two minutes. For enhanced maintainability, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and One Point Lesson (OPL) functionalities are all accessible via the HMI to facilitate assistance for operators, trouble shooting and root cause analysis.

Compact and mobile for greater production efficiency

Thanks to its ultra-compact, fenceless cell and the flexible layout that can be customised according to specific site constraints, the solution features an optimised footprint. Designed with ease-of-use, ease-of-installation, and ease-of-configuration in mind, CoboAccess_Pal can be quickly implemented by the operator onto another line due to its unique Plug & Play features. The entire palletising cell is easily adaptable and portable, so that it can be moved from one line to another effortlessly  with a manual pallet jack, making the whole production installation even more automatic, flexible and – in the end – efficient.


Trends in food and beverage processing and packaging

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Trends in food and beverage processing and packaging discussed at Anuga FoodTec 2018

Consumer desire is a fundamental driver for change in the food sector as this has a direct influence on production processes and subsequent packaging, according to Carola K. Herbst from the DLG’s (German Agricultural Society) Food Competence Center. Speaking at Anuga FoodTec 2018, which took place in Cologne in Germany, she said the lifestyle of consumers dictated what and how people want to eat.
“Experience from the German market shows that consumers are getting older; eating more flexibly outside the home; eating ideologically or in line with religious beliefs; and their diets reflect individual values as they attempt to optimize their physical and mental performance,” added Herbst.

As a result, packaging has to address all these factor and is a direct interface with the consumer and has to be designed in a way that communicates messages clearly. It needs to reach the consumer on an emotional level, and meet the growing desire for natural packaging materials, as well as conveying other ideals such as beauty, well-being, health and fitness.
Visitors to Anuga FoodTec have had the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in food and beverage processing and packaging. A formal conference and forum program – co-organized by the DLG – and the opportunity to meet leading trade exhibitors and network with other visitors from around the world, all allowed those involved in the food sector to get up-to-date with the hot topics in the industry. These included the opportunity to exploit mobile and digital technology in modern packaging, said Herbst.

“Smart packaging offers an additional function with integrated technologies,” she added. “These are chemically or electronically based and are used in a market-driven or consumer-oriented manner. Data carriers can inform consumers about the origin or ingredients of a product, while special indicator substances can indicate the degree of freshness or the temperature of the product.”
To meet consumers’ desires, investment in new technologies and processes would be required, but product quality and manufacturing costs also had to be optimized. In addition, the food sector had to address concerns about sustainability and resource efficiency.

“With the world's population rising dramatically, increasing demand for processed food, especially in emerging economies, bottlenecks in water and energy supply, and the incalculable consequences of global climate change, resource efficiency is increasingly becoming the focus of attention,” said Herbst. “The DLG’s ‘Trend Monitor 2018 – Investments and Trends in the Food and Beverage Industry’ report says investments in new technologies for the reduction of water, cold, heat and electricity loads and in energy management are particularly in demand in the next three years.”

Another important theme this year is the use of plastics in food packaging, particularly as the European Commission was currently focusing on the issue of waste polyethylene terephthalate (PET) because of China’s import ban on plastic waste put into force earlier this year.

“The trend towards recycling PET has already reached a high level in Germany,” said Herbst. “More than 97 percent of bottle PET was already recycled in 2015 thanks to a deposit scheme. Both recycling and upcycling lead to a reuse of the PET, with the difference being that upcycling produces a higher-quality secondary product. Newly developed processes enable the high-quality recirculation of PET, thus reducing the consumption of new plastics.”


PulPaper - the top international event for the forest industry takes place in Helsinki

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PulPaper is the leading international event in the forest industry’s calendar. It will be held in Helsinki on 29–31 May 2018.

The event is a global meeting place where forest industry professionals from around the world will find out about innovations, learn new things and network. PulPaper includes an exhibition, a high-quality conference programme, an evening programme and the opportunity to visit a Finnish mill.

PulPaper uniquely brings together different fields in the forest industry, as two other events will also be held at the same time: PacTec, a packaging industry event, and the new Wood & Bioenergy event for the energy and chemical industries. The combined events provide a great opportunity to meet many operators from different industries. No comparable event is held anywhere else in the world.

The event was last held in 2014, when it attracted visitors from 70 countries. Now, PulPaper will bring the world’s best experts together to explore digitalisation, biorefinery development and breakthrough innovations. The theme of the event is “Visit tomorrow today.” This refers to new innovations and technologies that the forest industry can harness to evolve in the digitalising world, while respecting the environment.

Approximately 400 companies will participate in the exhibition and around 10,000 visitors are expected. PulPaper stand sales are proceeding briskly and the industry’s market leaders have confirmed their participation along with the major equipment and service providers in the business and the leading forestry companies. Digitalisation and innovations will be showcased at seminars and stands presenting the latest practical applications to customers. In addition, the new products and services of tomorrow will be showcased in a themed area for start-ups.

PulPaper looks to the future of the forest industry through innovations

PulPaper will feature a varied seminar programme on three days. The Business Forum and 3D Printing of Biomaterials seminars will be held on Tuesday, 29 May. Business Forum is a new seminar for company management, focusing on themes ranging from consumer habits to sustainable development and from innovations to changes in management.

The two-day PulPaper Conference will be held from 30 to 31 May. More than 40 experts, researchers and company representatives from the Nordic countries, Japan, North America, and other parts of the world will speak at the seminar. The conference will consist of keynote speeches for all participants and a selection of themed conference programmes.

The PulPaper Conference keynote speaker will be Maria Strömme, Professor of Nanotechnology at Uppsala University, Sweden, who will envision innovative products of the future. The second keynote speech will be given by Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO of Metsä Group, Finland. He will describe how the new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski integrates the traditional pulp industry with the manufacture of new bioproducts.

The other themes of the conference include breakthrough innovations in the industry, biorefinery development, changes in consumer behaviour and the opportunities ushered in by digitalisation. Researchers will present current research results and envision future business opportunities. Practical examples of new operating methods from companies bring a concrete aspect to the conference.

At the end of PulPaper, visitors can acquaint themselves with pioneering companies in the business. Visits to Metsä Group’s new Äänekoski bioproduct mill and Kotkamills’ board mill will be organised on 31 May and 1 June.

Facts and figures

Forest industry products account for about 20 per cent of Finnish exports, and the industry is important to the country’s success. The forest industry is a major employer, particularly in rural regions  – it employs about 41,000 people directly and around 140,000 indirectly. Finland has 49 paper and pulp mills, and more than 200 industrial sawmills, panel factories and other companies manufacturing wood products. The current products will serve as the basis of business in the years ahead, too, as next-generation paper, packaging and wood products are developed continuously. In addition, new bioeconomy products and business functions are being developed alongside the current products. The bioeconomy will create new companies, jobs and prosperity.

PulPaper, PacTec and Wood & Bioenergy are events with a wide-ranging focus on the forest industry. They will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki on 29–31 May 2018.


WorldStar Awards ceremony 2018 and 2019

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PMMI, from USA, sponsors WPO.

April 2018 - Due to the prestige of the WorldStar Awards, the unique and exclusive global packaging competition organized by WPO (World Packaging Organisation –, U.S. WPO member PMMI (The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies), organizer and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, has renewed its sponsorship of the WorldStar Awards Ceremony for the next two years (2018 and 2019). This year the gala ceremony and dinner will take place on May 2nd, on Gold Coast, Australia.

The Ceremony is scheduled for the same week of the 1st WPO Board Meeting of 2018 and will be hosted by local member, AIP (Australian Institute of Packaging). On the same night, winners of the ANZ PIDA Awards, the Australian/New Zealand packaging competition, will be announced.

According to Pierre Pienaar, President of WPO, “for several years the partnership between PMMI and WPO for the WorldStar Awards ceremony has been very successful. We have no doubt the gala evening is the perfect environment for PMMI to promote their packaging shows´ brand, PACK EXPO”. WPO is a long term partner of PMMI at those shows; the Organisation participates in PACK EXPO International and PACK EXPO Las Vegas with an institutional booth as part of the Partner´s Program.

At those occasions, WPO has the chance to promote its projects, especially the education. The next edition of PACK EXPO International will take place in Chicago (USA), from 14 to 17 October 2018. “Winning a WorldStar is among the highest award a package can receive, making PMMI’s sponsorship an easy decision,” said Jim Pittas, President and CEO of PMMI. “We are truly honored to have an international organization, on the caliber as the WPO, associated with PMMI and our PACK EXPO portfolio of tradeshows.”

A record number of 200 winners will be awarded during the WorldStar Awards ceremony in Australia this May. The number of winners, by category: Beverages 40 (from 64 entries); Electronics 7 (9 entries);  Food 42 (69 entries); Health & Personal Care 12 (17 entries); Household 9 (14 entries); Labelling & Decoration 3 ( 7 entries); Luxury 6 (out of 11), Medical & Pharmaceutical 20 (out of 26 entries); Other 13 (25 entries), Packaging Materials & Components 21 (35 entries); Point of Sale 6 (out of 12) and Transit 21 (out of 29).

Japan received the highest number of awards – 26, closely followed by India, with 24. The full list of winners, by countries and categories, can be viewed at – worldstars - awards, including the winners of the Special Award categories - President’s Award, Sustainability Award, Marketing Award and Packaging that Saves Food.


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