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Packaging, Labelling and Barcoding

Horizontal flow wrapper available for Southern African countries

     1st July 2016 Processing and packaging equipment supplier Bosch Packaging Technology is focusing on entry-level and mid-range automation solutions for its customers in the Southern African countries, which will enable producers with small to medium production volumes to tap into automation or increase their... 

Optimised packaging solution introduced to the packaging industry

     1st July 2016 With the combined range of proficiency in design, mechanisation, performance packaging and shopper marketing, paper-based packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappa launched the SKMF 146 in an effort to provide customers with the most optimised packaging machine solution. According to Smurfit Kappa the... 

Optimised packaging  solution introduced to  the packaging industry
OPTIMISED SOLUTION The SKMF 146 designed with the flexibility to pack multiple design formats

Plant-based packaging gains popularity

By: Sascha Solomons     1st July 2016 Food processing and packaging solutions provider Tetra Pak produced the world’s first package made entirely from plant materials, the Tetra Rex Bio-based, using a combination of Forest Stewardship Council-certified paperboard and certified bio-plastics materials. The company is expected to... 

Technology redefines warehousing

By: Sascha Solomons     1st July 2016 With labelling and barcoding being critical elements of the packaging process, companies are increasingly exploring innovative technology to unlock economies of scale and the potential of space, says beverage manufacturer and distributor ABI Bottling. “The process of getting one’s product to... 

Technology redefines warehousing
Photo by Duane Daws
A SYSTEMS APPROACH Allows accurate real-time reporting on various activities, increasing the workflow capacity of warehouses while reducing costs

Atmospheric water provides bottled water alternative

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd July 2015 Sustainable drinking water solutions provider Cirrus Water Management (CWM) installs atmospheric water generators as a healthier alternative to bottled water, which is also more cost effective and features a much-reduced carbon footprint. A gas and mining exploration project, in Mozambique,... 

Atmospheric water  provides bottled  water alternative
BOTTLED WATER ALTERNATIVE An external view of the CWM 1000 Plant

New customised packaging system launched

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd July 2015 Technology company Pitney Bowes SA released the latest version of the CMC CartonWrap ‘Dynamic box on demand’ solution in South Africa this year. CMC CartonWrap is an automatic carton packaging system capable of creating dynamic cardboard boxes from a continuous corrugated carton material reel. 

New customised packaging  system launched
DYNAMIC PACKING SOLUTION Technology company Pitney Bowes SA released the latest version of the CMC CartonWrap 'Dynamic box on demand' solution in South Africa this year

New tag platform added to product range

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd July 2015 Technology company Pitney Bowes SA released the latest version of the CMC CartonWrap ‘Dynamic box on demand’ solution in South Africa this year. CMC CartonWrap is an automatic carton packaging system capable of creating dynamic cardboard boxes from a continuous corrugated carton material reel. 

New tag platform added to product range
PANASONIC NFC The Panasonic Near Field Communication tag platform comprises a versatile set of NFC integrated circuits and easy-to-use development tools

Overall equipment effectiveness reduces production downtime

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd July 2015 In the current competitive business environment, manufacturers need to ensure that their equipment remains effective and runs optimally at all times, says labelling, coding and print equipment supplier Pyrotec PackMark GM Brandon Pearce. He highlights that the performance of manufacturing... 

Overall equipment  effectiveness reduces  production downtime
CODING EQUIPMENT Pyrotec PackMark provides coding equipment for primary, secondary and tertiary packaging requirements

Bag enables efficient product transportation

By: Bruce Montiea     4th July 2014 The need for a safe, reliable and cost-efficient packaging and transportation system is a pertinent issue, particularly for specialist manufacturing sectors such as the chemical and petrochemical industries. “What is critical in the handling of chemicals, such as intermediates, carbon powder,... 

Bag enables efficient product transportation
PALLET-FREE BAG The Tellap bag makes storage and transportation of goods easy

Council encourages schools to recycle

By: Bruce Montiea     4th July 2014 Polystyrene recycling association the Polystyrene Packaging Council of South Africa (PSPC) is running a school recycling project to educate schoolchildren on the importance of recycling. The PSPC started the schools campaign to ensure that schools, teachers and parents taking part in recycling... 

Council encourages schools to recycle
TUTUDESK CAMPAIGN The Polystyrene Packaging Council of South Africa uses recycled materials to manufacture lap desks

Meat-labelling regulations need more clarity

By: Bruce Montiea     4th July 2014 There is concern among suppliers and retailers that they might be open to possible charges of noncompliance, as a result of uncertainty over the interpretation of the new meat-labelling regulations. South Africa’s meat-labelling regulations came into effect in May and specify what information... 

Meat-labelling regulations need more clarity
HERMAN BLIGNAUT Noncompliance with meat labelling regulations can be costly for companies

Packaging exhibition to showcase trends

By: Bruce Montiea     4th July 2014 The packaging industry in South Africa, which is valued at about R43-billion, is a significant employer, contributing about 1.5% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The importance of this industry will be highlighted at this year’s Propak Cape exhibition, which will take place in Cape... 

Packaging exhibition to showcase trends
PACKAGING ASSEMBLY LINE Propak Cape showcases packaging trends

Packaging promotes simplified product description

By: Bruce Montiea     4th July 2014 Although packaging plays an important role in companies’ branding, packaging must also add to the convenience of consumers’ shopping experience and ease of use after they have bought the product. Specialised construction products supplier a.b.e Construction Chemicals implemented a system of... 

Packaging promotes simplified product description
Photo by abe
EASY IDENTIFICATION a.b.e uses QR Codes for easy product identification

Paint industry must practise responsible packaging

By: Bruce Montiea     4th July 2014 Since its inception 75 years ago, a primary challenge that paint industry watchdog South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) has faced, is enticing larger paint packaging companies to join as members, says Sapma executive director Deryck Spence. He tells Engineering News that Sapma... 

Plastic packaging demand expected to increase, despite environmental concerns

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th July 2013 Plastic represents one of the fastest-growing categories of materials used and disposed of in South Africa and is defined as a priority sector by government, but environmental concerns about the packaging solution remain, Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom tells Engineering News. 

Plastic packaging demand expected to increase, despite environmental concerns
Photo by Reuters
PLASTIC RECYCLINGAlthough the recycling of plastic has come under scrutiny in recent times owing to its impact on the environment, Plastic SA says it recognises its responsibility regarding waste management, especially litter, and intends to solve the problem with government and other stakeholders

Portable printer reduces maintenance costs

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th July 2013 There has been increasing interest from the steel industry in Taiwan-based company Anser’s portable thermal inkjet (TIJ) printer since the marketing of the product in April by identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions. 

Regional show promises to be success

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th July 2013 The positive turnout at the three-yearly Propak Africa exhibition at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, in March, has created hype for next year’s regional show, Propak Cape, as stands are already selling fast, states Propak Africa exhibition organiser specialised exhibitions company... 

Strong demand for agricultural packaging

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th July 2013 The expected fall in demand for agricultural packaging, following strikes by farm workers in the Western Cape, in January this year, has not materialised. 

Consumer expectations develop along with technology

By: Yolandi Booyens     13th July 2012 Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of environment-friendly packaging, says branding and design company Switch creative director Adam Botha. 

SA-linked innovation earns dairy packaging acclaim

By: Yolandi Booyens     13th July 2012 The improved convenience and lower weight of packaging manufacturer Nampak Plastics’ United Kingdom Infini milk-bottle range resulted in the company winning the Best Dairy Packaging Innovation award at the 2012 Dairy Innovation Awards. 

Extended adhesive range made available

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th July 2012 A range of adhesives that is suitable for high and low performance temperatures and offers reduced energy consumption in application and a more efficient manufacturing process, is available to the packaging industry who are avid consumers of hot-melt adhesives, says Nortec GM David Widegger. 

GM food labelling poses many questions 

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th July 2012 While the new Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs Regulations (GN R146), which came into effect in March is offering consumers greater awareness, more information and better protection against false advertising on food and beverage products, the labelling of genetically modified (GM) food... 

Packaging industry holds many opportunities

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th July 2012 While the South African packaging industry is facing challenges like many other sectors, it is capable of successfully competing in global markets and packaging companies should aim to turn challenges into opportunities, advises paper and plastic packaging manufacturer Mpact CEO Bruce Strong. 

PET water bottles do not pose health risk – industry body 

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th July 2012 Consumers are not in any danger of suffering from chemical exposure from using or reusing plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles, plastic representative body Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom stresses. 

Trolley tracking breakthrough in retail science

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th July 2012 Barcode, radio frequency identification (RFID) and related systems specialist Harmonic Group received its first corporate order in May for asset protection, using its three-dimensional (3D) Intelligent Tracking and Control System (ITCS) technology, from a large cell phone retailer in South... 

Carton recycling creates local jobs

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2011 The local recycling of juice and milk cartons, produced by packaging company Tetra Pak South Africa, has created 18 jobs and removed the need to ship the recovered cartons to India for recycling, says Tetra Pak South Africa environmental manager Rodney Reynders. 

In-house verification and labelling assist in meeting quality requirements

     1st July 2011 Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturers in South Africa run the risk of being heavily fined for inconsistent and unreadable product packaging barcodes, warns labelling solutions company Labelpak director Mark Sherriff. 

Label manufacturer sees greater potential in commercial sector

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2011 While the majority of its products in South Africa are sold to the government sector, asset tracking label manufacturer Hue-Tone Manufacturing manager Bruce Pringle believes there is also greater potential for these products to be used in the private sector. 

Lasers enable high-speed marking for high-volume manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2011 Two new US-based traceability company Telesis lasers, a CO2 laser to mark organic material and a vanadate solid-state laser to mark metals and plastics, have been introduced to the local market by tracking and tracing equipment company Traceability Solutions for the high-speed on-the-fly laser... 

Legislation and technology driving changes in mailing industry

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2011 The National Credit Act, other legislative and commercial regulations, accountability and best practices linked to proven technologies are changing the print, mail and packaging industries in South Africa, says mailstream technology company Pitney Bowes South Africa MD Michael Springer. 

Marking solutions company introduces touch-screen printer

     1st July 2011 The latest Matthews I-Mark C84e continuous inkjet printer, featuring touch-screen control, is designed for fast and effortless operation in a multitude of applications, says labelling, coding and marking solutions company ProScan Media Products (PMP). 

New pharmaceuticals dosing packaging system

     1st July 2011 Pharmaceutical packaging and dosage company Medisize Corporation has developed a new dosing packaging system for pharmaceutical liquids, which is easy to use, safe, precise, reliable and cost effective. 

New reusable security bag for valuables launched

     1st July 2011 The new version of US-based tamper-evident packaging company ITW Envopak’s reusable security bag has improved security and offers greater seal printing options for high-value item tamper protection, says security seal manufacturing company Vikela Aluvin MD Kevin Norwitz. 

Sustainable packaging masterclass to be held at expo

     1st July 2011 The Sustainable and Innovative Packaging Masterclass, which takes place at Africa’s Big Seven Food and Beverage trade expo at Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, later this month, will show delegates how sustainable materials and innovative packaging design can transform their product... 

Association aims to tackle environmental issues

By: Karishma Thakurdin     2nd July 2010 Industry body Packaging Council of South Africa, Pacsa, is involved in a variety of initiatives to actively promote the benefits of packaging, with a primary focus on environmental issues. 

Labelling company 
assists in new agricultural 
invention roll-out

By: Karishma Thakurdin     2nd July 2010 Labelling solutions company Labelpak has taken a local gardening innovation to new heights by creating a practical packaging solution to roll out the product. 

Labelling machine, 
ink jet coder 
launched

     2nd July 2010 Labelling and filling specialists Unique Filling & Labelling Machines, has launched the MiniJet coder, which is a new replacement filling and labelling machine, and an ink jet coder. 

New environment-friendly packaging solutions   

By: Karishma Thakurdin     2nd July 2010 South African pulp and paper producer Sappi has introduced, innovative, custom-designed and environment-friendly paper packaging solutions through its ‘I choose paper' campaign. 

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