Current topic: Trade fairs
A dynamic fair: interpack 2011
This year’s interpack (Düsseldorf, May 12–18) with its 19 fully booked halls was attended by 166,000 trade visitors, over 60 percent travelled from abroad. Sustainability, safety and convenience were the dominating themes in the exhibition halls. The Save Food campaign, which aims to fight international food loss, was premiered by Messe Düsseldorf in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. This October, the Save Food exhibition will be on view also at the FAO headquarters in Rome in the week of World Food Day. Innovationparc Packaging under the motto of “Quality of Life” brought together the themes of Health, Meaning, Aesthetics, Simplicity and Identity in its five different shops. Developed specifically for the special show, best practices were presented by these shops.
iF packaging award 2011
A total of 203 entries by 114 participants from 24 countries was submitted to the six categories of the iF packaging award 2011: 01. sales packaging, 02. display + transport packaging, 03. packaging graphics, 04. packaging materials, 05. packaging machines / equipment and 06. packaging concepts. 59 of those received an iF packaging award 2011, five were presented with an iF gold award: OptiLift® Pull Top by Ardagh Group, Ireland; Gize Glass Bottle by C.M.W. Canadian Mineral Water Development S.A., Luxemburg; Wild Bag® Box Product Packaging by winwood48 KG, Germany; holyfields Take-away Packaging by Holyfields Restaurant GmbH & Co. KG, Germany; redcube Printer Component for Packaging Machines by Hapa AG, Christoph Staub BU redcube, Switzerland.
Golden and bronze awards for Czech and Slovak packages
Czech and Slovak packaging manufacturers experienced a great success in the global packaging competition Worldstar for Packaging held by the World
Printexpo 2011 has gone digital
The first edition of the Printexpo trade fair took place in the hall V of the Brno Exhibition Centre from May 3 to 6. It is a sequel to the longstanding EmbaxPrint trade fair, which was divided and its packaging-focused part called Embax joined the Salima food fair last year. Digital printing, pre-press and post-press technologies dominated the Centre. The producers sought to offer complex modular solutions; small- to mid-size business solutions prevailed. The fair strongly declared its focus on advertisement and marketing print.
Main topic: Beverage packaging
Is the era of cardboard kegs coming?
In the consumer packaging category, even combined packages with a cardboard- based support element appear beside metal kegs for alcoholic beverages as well as soft drinks. The containers are not returnable, but they are lightweight and provide easy handling. In case of the BIBs, a protective cardboard box shelters a flexible film bag. The boxes are usually rectangular or square, often outfitted with a handle. Flexible bag’s fitments consist of a filling/ dispensing valve, preventing the air from reentering. The Key KEG type – one-way (non-returnable) cardboard kegs with an inner plastic bag – is used chiefly by breweries. The Petainer KEG – a disposable plastic keg of various volume, placed into a cardboard box for the sake of stability – could be another alternative.
Beverage labelling has changed
The Decree No. 115/2011 of April 2011 amending the Decree No. 335/1997 on soft drinks and concentrates, fruit wines, other wines and mead, beer, consumer spirits, other alcoholic beverages, fermented vinegar and yeast became effective (excluding some provisions) on May 1, 2011. This new version includes formal changes in references to the EU and Czech regulations especially. The words „low-energy beverage concentrate“ are deleted, beer is divided into new groups and subgroups. “Light” beer was renamed “table beer”; the expression of ethanol content in percent by volume has been refined. The same for the wines. Beer made usiung other grains than barley must specify the type of grain.
Industrial gases keep packages stable
Reducing the amount of plastics for making the bottles lightweight may lower their strength. There is no problem maintaining the original shape of thin- -wall bottles when filled with carbonated liquids. In case of still drinks, the problem cannot be solved with carbon dioxide addition due to its solubility in liquids. The solution can be found in the Cryogen Injektor equipment, dispensing small amounts of liquid nitrogen into the bottles before they are capped. Packaging Organisation. A folding carton for the „feel eco 1,33 kg“ eco-detergent by Fosfa was awarded with the Bronze Sustainable Packaging award in the new eco-friendly package category. A laminate tube with Braille script by the Slovak company TUBAPACK a. s., Žiar nad Hronom, manufactured from the stock pre-printed by the Czech company COLOGNIA PRESS a.s., Kolín, was awarded with the highest possible accolade: President’s Gold Award.
Focused on materials – Glass
Before glass becomes a container
Mass-produced glass containers are manufactured through the blow-and- -blow or press-and-blow processes above all. O-I Manufacturing Czech Republic, a. s. utilizes both echnologies for producing glass bottles and jars for the beverage and food industries. VETROPACK MORAVIA GLASS qualifies itself as a specialist on tailor-made glass containers. Sklárny Moravia, a. s., supplies laboratory glassware and perfume bottles beside liquor bottles and various food bottles. A similar assortment is imported by Euroglass Group, s. r. o. Packaging glass is offered also by Bricol- M, spol. s r. o., supplying from one piece onwards. Household, industrial, laboratory and technical glass, tubing and industrial apparatuses are made by Kavalierglass, a. s. The Sklostroj Turnov CZ company ranges among the well- -known mold suppliers.
Outstanding glass containers
Novel design of glass containers derives not only from their structure but also from their decoration. For example screenprinting, transparent no-label-look labels, glass relief and embossing, coating and shrink films (sleeves) range among trendy matters. The trend of packaging glass is the lightweight glass melt, but this does not apply to alcoholic bevereges, where the pursuit of individual design is manifested. Robust glass melt is used also by leading water brands. Glass manufacturers cooperate with fashion designers successfully. Very bold design can be seen among common alcoholic beverages, too. The embossing is another trendy matter, enabling to highlight the bottle neck as well as the label.
Design for all senses
For winemakers, investments into a high quality casing always pay off. Which labels do the Czech customers like? What’s the difference between the traditional and modern approaches? These and further questions were answered by Milo Miškay, French wine importer and founder of the LANGUEDOC company. In another interview, the role the label design plays in wine trading is revealed by Petr Meduna and Tomáš Pfeil, co- -owners of a Prague wine store “U sv. Valentýna”. They all agree on a typical Czech customer being relatively conservative and preferring “classical” labels, i. e. with historicizing features and gilded.
Young Package 2011
On Thursday May 26 at the NoD club in Prague, the results of the Young Package 2011 competition were officially announced. The Product package category focused on “Package for a national product” this year. More than 400 creatives submitted their works to the group of university students and designers under 30. The winner is designer Diana Winklerová, Czech Republic, with her glassware package „Flagwrapper-Czechwrapper“. In the high school student category, Tomáš Chludil, Secondary School of Applied Arts, Uherské Hradiště, was awarded for his „small suitcase Merkur“ containing a well- -known Czech metal building kit. The Different View category, with a topic “Book as a package for words”, brought together 85 entries. The winner is “Hidden Writing” by Nikola Kalinová from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology. The cash awards of CZK25,000 for each winner are funded by the Model Obaly company. Exhibitions at the CZECHDESIGN.CZ gallery in Prague and at Satelit, Slovak Design Center, in Bratislava to follow the competition.
A new line for smart labels
Gaben, spol. s r. o., Ostrava, inaugurated a new SMARTLABEL production line, a unique equipment in the Czech Republic so far. Its first part consists of a die-cutting machine, where a pair of lasers cuts labels of any size and shape from an endless roll of paper. Thanks to the laser die-cutting, even short runs of several pieces can be made for an unchanged price. Downstream in the line, an inlay (an RFID chip featuring an antenna) is inserted into the label. Maximal line speed is 60 meters per minute, resulting into 200 million labels a year. The combination of laser die- -cutting with inserting RFID tags into self-adhesive labels enable the customers to quickly find an optimal solution and minimize inventory. Designing the line, Gaben was assisted by VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava.
CeMAT 2011 – an indicator of trends
More than 1,000 new products from all over the world were introduced at this year’s CeMAT trade show (Hannover, May 2–6). 1,084 companies, roughly half of them being from abroad, displayed at the exhibition grounds. The STILL RX 70 forklift truck with hybrid drive belongs to interesting innovations. Toyota Material Handling introduced BT Optio order pickers and BT Vector very narrow isle models for the first time. Jungheinrich showcased the EJE 112i electric pedestrian truck with lithium- -ion technology and APM trucks (Auto-Pallet- Mover), which can provide handling from A to B without a driver continuously even in multi-shift operations. SSI SCHÄ- FER presented the ROBOPICK system, able to sort the articles into five totes at once at high speeds, the pick-by-light and pick-by- -voice order picking technologies and the AUTOCRUISER automated vehicle.
Positive mood of Transport Logistic
Over 1,800 exhibitors from all over the world presented their products, services and innovations at this year’s Transport Logistic exhibition. About 51,000 visitors and professionals (a 7% increase over the last year) from 134 countries representing various logistic sectors attended the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. Companies like DACHSER, DHL, Kühne + Nagel, Panalpina, SAP, Telekom, or TomTom exhibited here, as well as others, including Czech companies like AWT, BOHEMIAKOMBI, ČD Cargo, Jipocar Transport, L.C. Sokotrans, or Oltis Group.