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Packaging, Labelling and Barcoding

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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). 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Report calls for stricter labelling of food products 

By: Karishma Thakurdin     2nd July 2010 Research organisation, the African Centre for Biosaftey (ACB), has compiled a report on the significance of mandatory labelling of genetically modified (GM) food products in South Africa. 

Labelling machine, 
ink jet coder 

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. 

Automated packaging process enters the local market

By: Beth Shirley     3rd July 2009 Mailstream technology company Pitney Bowes South Africa has developed an automated packaging process, which it reports is less time-consuming, labour-intensive and costly. 

Retailer aims to reduce packaging by 2012

By: Beth Shirley     3rd July 2009 Retail giant Woolworths aims to reduce packaging by 2012, says Woolworths good business journey manager Justin Smith. 

Plastic pallet developed for food and wine industry

By: Beth Shirley     3rd July 2009 Manufacturer of returnable transit packaging Mondi Plastic Containers South Africa (MPCSA) has created a nestable pallet, which is a lightweight, robust, two-piece plastic pallet designed especially for the wine and food industry. 

Recycled packaging 
transformed into 
fashion bags

By: Beth Shirley     3rd July 2009 Bag company, Give it Bag, is transforming empty bags, once used as packaging for goods such as rice, beans, tea and sugar, or salt and construction materials, into fashion items. 

Labels gain traction in new industries

By: Beth Shirley     3rd July 2009 High security labels, which are largely used in the automotive industry, are applicable in any industry, owing to their durability, says permanent marking solutions provider Traceability Solutions sales manager Kyle Parker. 

South Africa’s plastic bags dubbed ‘national flowers’

By: Beth Shirley     3rd July 2009 Internet-based facts and figures organisation Reusable Bags reports on countries adapting to plastic bag legislation, and focuses on facts and figures associated with worldwide trends in reducing and recycling plastic bags. 

Quality inspections 
critical to manufacturing  

3rd July 2009 Supplier of coding and control systems for packaging Nampak I&CS reports that quality inspections is an integral part of any manufacturing process. 

Solutions company introduces new labelling systems

By: Jacqueline Holman     4th July 2008 Business and industry solutions company Square One Solutions Group has been the sole distributor of international Domino coding, marking and labelling equipment in South Africa for more than a decade.  

Sustainable packaging the way of the future

By: Jacqueline Holman     4th July 2008 The development of sustainable packaging is one of the main challenges facing the packaging industry in the future, Woolworths Foods Group manager for the environment, Tom McLaughlin told audiences at the 2008 PlastPack Africa Plastics in Packaging seminar last month. 

Bottled water industry growth leads to expansion 

4th July 2008 Local bottled water supplier and contract packer Inhle Beverages has begun a campaign to increase its capacity with the installation of a new carbonated product filling line that includes a counter pressure filling machine, a carbonator, a pre-mixer, conveyors and an automatic shrink-wrapper. 

Local packaging equipment incorporates European design

By: Jacqueline Holman     4th July 2008 Packaging machinery supplier USS Pactech technical director Mike Bouter says there is currently a trend within some local machinery manufacturers to integrate technologies from Europe in locally manufactured products in order to improve South African manufacturing capabilities. 

New series to make its mark

6th July 2007 The coding and marking division of the JSE-listed Square One Solutions Group (Square One) has introduced to South Africa new ink jet and laser industrial printing solutions for the packaging industry. 

Reduces wet-end wear

6th July 2007 Belting Solutions, Bearing Man’s specialist belting division, distributes a range of belting which includes Ammeraal Beltech belts for corrugated board production in the packaging industry. 

Rugged new addition

6th July 2007 Specialists in barcode labelling products and printing solutions ProScan Media Products (PMP) - a member of the ProScan Group - announced that it has extended its product range of receipt and barcode label printers to include the complete line of O’Neil rugged portable printers. 

Market size, protectionism to determine future of South African

By: Neal Goldwyer     6th July 2007 Supply-and-demand dynamics remain the primary driver in the plastics industry worldwide and in South Africa. But other trends shaping the local industry include the country�s unique demographics, a growing environmental consciousness, peculiar trading realities, including the vexed issued of... 

Acquisition consolidates areas of expertise, widens market exposure

By: Neal Goldwyer     6th July 2007 Senior executives at labelling and flexible packaging manufacturers Alex White and Company have elected not to renew one-year contracts signed July 1, 2006, when the company merged with the flexibles division of Astrapak. 

Paper, packaging group set for independent future

By: Neal Goldwyer     6th July 2007 Despite rising corporate costs ahead of the anticipated demerger with parent company Anglo American, the directors of integrated paper and packaging group Mondi forecast improved performance on the company’s strong 2006 finish into 2007. 

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