• Traffic Sign Shops Say Good-bye to Screen Printing

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    Avery Dennison began the digital traffic sign revolution in 2014 with our introduction of the TrafficJet Print System. Quickly becoming one of the best-selling printers for specification compliant traffic signs with warranties exceeding industry standards, TrafficJet is in regular use in nearly 500 locations across 50 countries. This printer has been instrumental in the elimination of more than 1.5 million gallons of wastewater worldwide. “Our newest printer, TrafficJet Pro, truly challenges the need for toxic screen printing” says Aaron Means, senior product manager. “This affordable printer featuring UV LED instant cure and True Traffic Color spot inks, delivers print speeds comparable to high-volume screen printing, while eliminating the complexity and multiple waste streams associated with screen printing. In addition, the print production process can be housed in an area less than one-third required by screen printing, conserving valuable space and associated costs. For government agencies, longer-life TrafficJet Pro signs reduce their replacement cycles and maintenance costs, lessening the impact on the environment.

  • Indiapack pacprocess-2017

     

    Messe Düsseldorf India and the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) is jointly organizing 'indiapack pacprocess' where both organisers will join their expertise in the packaging, packaging materials and production sector and the related processing industry with a focus on the Indian market. The trade fair will take place from October 26-28, 2017 in Halls 8,9,10 & 11 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. With expected 20,000 trade visitors not only from India but also from neighboring SAARC regions, middle-east and other important region + 300 exhibitors from India and overseas.

     

    The fair is powered by Interpack - the largest trade fair for Processes and Packaging in Düsseldorf, Germany.

    USP of Indiapack Pacprocess 2017 -

    The fair spreads across 10,000 sqm

    Participation from over 300 exhibitors from India and overseas

    Strong conference

     

    Powered by "Interpack", Germany, the leading trade fair in packaging and processing, well known brand to the Indian market

     

    Unique platform for entrepreneurs, decision makers, senior govt. officials, investors, industry members, traders, equiment buyers and suppliers, academia, engineers and trade delegations to congregate, brainstorm, showcase and forge meaningful partnerships for business.

     

    More event details available at http://www.pacprocess-india.com/

    Contact person - Amit Sharma

    Contact Numbers:  +91-0-11-48550000 / +91-0-11-48550069 /

    Email: SharmaaM@md-india.com

     

  • SEE Launches Digital Packaging Brand prismiq™

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    “The future of digital packaging and graphics is here. prismiq™, powered by our state-of-the-art digital printing technology is creating game-changing value for customers, enabling touchless automation both in our facilities and our customers’ operations, and making sustainability for packaging real,” said Ted Doheny, President & CEO of SEE.

    Creating Value for Customers Through Digital Packaging

    The prismiq™ brand offers three solution categories:

    “With your smart phone, prismiq™ will allow you to see inside the package. Through the SEE™ Mark, multiple data signatures can be transmitted to your phone (QR, bar codes, RFID, recycling codes, date and time stamps, etc.) enhancing the human experience,” said Sergio Pupkin, Chief Growth & Strategy Officer at SEE.

    Smart Packaging: prismiq™ eliminates waste and excess packaging while enhancing products and customer engagement. SEE’s end-to-end cloud-based platform generates package-specific digital IDs that collect and manage data along the value chain.

    Design Services: SEE designs packaging made to be connected for brand owners. Our team of nearly 200 design specialists work with customers around the world to create custom graphics, design new concepts, and conduct performance testing.

    Digital Printing: SEE systems can run multiple designs on a single order, print serialized/digitized codes and images that are package-specific, and allow customers to have flexible order quantities as well as faster turnaround times.

    SEE’s Bold Approach to Digital Packaging: Powered by Possibility

    “prismiq™ offers a one-stop, integrated approach to make packaging brilliant. We are embedding digital printing capabilities within our manufacturing operations, our customers’ operations and bringing packaging to life in consumers’ homes,” said Carrie Giaimo, Executive Director of Smart Packaging and Design at SEE.

    SEE has invested approximately $100 million in digital transformation, including its most recent development: the prismiq™ 5540 (the world’s largest, fastest, flexible digital printing system). This system is first of its kind, capable of wide web, high speed, full-color (including metallics and invisible ink) and double-sided digital printing on flexible and shrinkable materials.

  • Say No to Plastics, Borrow a bag from Vikalp Store

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    Delhi based doctor Ruby Makhija along with her husband  who is also a Doctor and her daughter who is a student started a store from where anyone can borrow shopping bag whcih is retunable for those who always ask for the platsic bag from shopkeepers.

    To create a sense of responsibility and ownership towards Society and Environment with the aim to improve the overall living conditions. The name of the Foundation suggests that one should invest time on a regular basis towards the betterment of Society & Environment. The family came up with the idea to give shopping bags made of the leftover cloth pieces available with the local tailors.

    Vikalp means Alternative or Solution,
    Justifying its name, this project aims at reducing the use of single use plastic by providing alternatives to the same at source. This includes establishing of stalls to borrow cloth bags in markets of SDMC South Zone. Cloth bags are provided by the Foundation in all for these stalls. Consumers may pick up the cloth bag by making a payment of Rs 20. On returning the cloth bag (in good condition) at any of these Vikalp stalls, he/she can take back a refund of Rs 20. Stickers are placed at all shops in these markets mentioning the location of Vikalp stalls.
    This "Borrow a Bag" facility will not put a financial burden on the consumers and will encourage them to give up plastic bag and adopt a cloth bag thus reducing SUP consumption. Awareness events are held in these markets to engage the consumers/shopkeepers and create awareness on waste management and single-use plastic.
    Project Vikalp was launched on 29th November 2021 in Green Park Main Market. Subsequently more stalls were established. As on today, 80 stalls in 56 markets of SDMC, SZ and WZ are functional.

    The Foundation maintains the inventory and financials of the cloth bags. It also replenishes the bags on payment basis. Expansion and establishing new Vikalp stalls in more areas and addition of more alternatives to SUP is done in consultation with SDMC. The stall is set up in one of the existing shops in the market and the shopkeeper takes responsibility of the bags. The bags, board for the stall and stickers to be pasted at all shops in the market are arranged by Why Waste Wednesdays Foundation. Board and Stickers carry the logos of SDMC, Why Waste Wednesdays Foundation and the CSR partner/Donor.

    A QR code has been designed that is linked to App/Website that provides all information on Project Vikalp, location of Vikalp stalls Single-use plastic problems, simple solutions, plastic waste management rules, donors/partners etc

  • Pallet rather than Commodity now becomes Service

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    Pallet Pooling is like Car Pooling but instead of sharing a car with others, you share pallets with other companies.

    Pooling is a share and reuse model based on the principles of the circular economy. In short: you don't buy or exchange pallets, but you rent them and outsource the full pallet management. Pallets are no commodity anymore, but become a 'Pallet as a service.'
    It offers an efficient and sustainable alternative to traditional pallet exchange. Pallets are being shared and reused within a network of producers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and other receiving locations, transporters, LSP's and service centers. 

    Advantages of Pallet Pooling-

    Flexibility & Availability: 

    The circular system can only work when supported by a large and strong network. The more companies that join, the more efficient the process. And the stronger the guarantee of available pallets, because the scale and density of such a network make it possible to respond faster and better to changing needs. Whether it is seasonal peaks or unexpected demand.

    Smooth Automation: 

    When white pallets are exchanged, there is a big chance that the quality is inconsistent. This can cause platform and product damage and delivery refusals, meaning more repairs and replacements. In a pooling network, used pallets are collected and sent to a specialized service center. They are inspected and, if necessary, reconditioned to ensure that it meets the quality standard. This way, you can be sure of standard-sized pallets with consistent quality, that is also suitable for automated processes.

    Lower Impact on Environment: 

    Since pooling pallets are shared and reused, their lifespan is longer than the one of white wood exchange pallets. In addition, less wood and other natural resources are used, CO2 savings are made - both for the production and repair of pallets as for return transports - and waste production is actively reduced. Pallet pooling is inherently sustainable, thanks to its circular model. So you take a step towards achieving your sustainability goals and reducing your impact on the environment.

  • Railway introduces two-wheeler packaging service for passengers in Uttar Pradesh

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    Railways advises passengers to secure the vehicle with cushion material to avoid any damage during travel in parcel van, however since no packaging service was available at railway stations, passengers were forced to do the packing themselves. and then it was brought to the railways. Pay hefty sums to the station for parcel booking, or to brokers for packages and parcels.
    Now Agra Division of NCR Zone, Lucknow Division of NER and NR Zone have started this service. Agra CanttAgra Fort, Mathura Junction, Lucknow Junction, Charbagh, Varanasi Junction and Gorakhpur confluence.
    Speaking to TOI, Prashasti Srivastava, Divisional Commercial Manager, Agra Division, said, “On an average, a total of 25 two-wheelers are booked daily from three major stations in the division, as a large number of migrant professionals, students and other passengers shift or leave. on go. To the national capital or towards Mumbai and other cities. This also leads to booking of a large number of two wheelers for transportation. Keeping this in mind, we have outsourced the packaging of two wheelers to a private agency.
    Before a two-wheeler is booked for parcel van service, the fuel is removed from the vehicle.
    “Earlier, commuters had to deal with touts and bargaining to get proper packaging of vehicles. Also the lack of awareness about railway rules created difficulties for passengers to book parcels. But after outsourcing the service, railways is not only generating revenue but also charging the passengers standard rate with better quality service,” she said.
    Agra division is earning Rs 5 lakh annually from outsourcing, while Lucknow division of Northern Railway is earning Rs 3.67 lakh.
    In Agra Cantt, Agra Fort and Mathura the outsourced agency is charging a maximum GST of Rs 500 plus, while in Lucknow, Varanasi and Gorakhpur the charges for cycles are Rs 300 and Rs 100 excluding 18% GST.

     

  • Microplastics from food packaging and used bottles found deep in the lungs of living people for the first time

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    Bits of plastic dust have been floating around our environment for as long as humans have been using plastic, but scientists have only recently started investigating how these particles may affect our health. Microplastics are by definition smaller than a pencil eraser, so humans and animals may inhale or ingest them without knowing.

    Past studies have identified microplastics in human stool and autopsy samples, but this is the first time scientists have discovered plastic particles lodged in the lungs of living patients.

    A team of researchers at Hull York Medical School in the UK analyzed lung tissue taken from 13 patients undergoing surgeries — a relatively small sample, the authors noted. But of that select group, samples from 11 patients contained microplastics, according to findings described in the journal Science of The Total Environment.

    The researchers found microplastics in all levels of the lungs — upper, middle, and lower lung regions — but the level of pollution in the lower lungs was particularly surprising, one author noted.

  • Brookfield invest Rs. 2000 Cr in Jindals Packaging Business

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    Jindal Poly Films, a BC Jindal Group firm, has signed a definitive agreement with Canadian investor Brookfield to raise as much as Rs 2000 cr by selling a significant minority stake in its packaging films business. 
    As part of the transaction, Jindal Poly will carve out the packaging films business into a step-down subsidiary, in which Brookfield Asset Management, through its special investments program (BSI), will infuse the funds, both the companies said in a statement.The subsidiary generates around 85 percent of the firm’s total revenues. Jindal Poly will continue to own its non-woven business unit and other corporate assets. JPFL is the 8th largest global manufacturer of BOPET (Biaxially Oriented Polyethylene Terephthalate) films. BOPET is used in the packaging of products in various end-use industries such as food & beverages, cosmetic & personal care products, electrical & electronics, and pharmaceuticals. It also has a strong position in the high-value-added metallized films market.
    “The packaging industry has been clocking exponential growth in India on account of the booming e-commerce and logistics landscape. With this deal, Brookfield is looking to tap into this opportunity by partnering with an established business house in this sector,” said Shivam Bajaj, Founder & CEO at Avener Capital. 
    From being only a polyester yarn producer in 1985, JPFL diversified in 1996 into BOPET film production. In 2003, JPFL commenced production of BOPP film and metallized film. JPFL expanded its business by acquisition in November 2003 of Rexor S.A.S, in France, which produces metallised and coated films as well as tear tape, stamping foil, security thread and other high-value products. 
    Blackstone had done the largest buyouts in the Indian packaging industry where Piramal Glass, the glass packaging business of the diversified Piramal Group, for an enterprise value of $1 billion in December 2020 and bought Essel Propack for $470 million in 2019. Similarly, Advent International had acquired a controlling stake in Manjushree Technopack, valuing India's largest PET manufacturer at Rs.2300 crore ($330 million), in 2018. Last year, Warburg Pincus acquired India’s largest independent folding carton manufacturer, Parksons Packaging in April last year. 
     

     

     

     

  • Xeikon launches TITON technology for sustainable paper based packaging

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    To meet industry needs for sustainable printing methods and environmentally friendly packaging production, Xeikon, Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, and a leader in digital printing technology, has announced TITON technology, a new toner formulation offering all the benefits of UV inks without the disadvantages.

    Food-safe and odorless

    TITON builds on the core value of Xeikon dry toner technology which, due to the absence of any liquid (mobile) components, is the most food-safe technology in the digital landscape, even with only paper as the main functional barrier. As it is also completely odor- and tasteless, it will not affect the customer experience when the product is consumed. These key characteristics make TITON toner suitable for a broad range of applications with indirect and direct food contact.

    TITON toner also impresses by the excellent resistance to scuffing and scratching, water, sunlight, high temperatures and a large set of liquid chemicals, without any type of protective layers such as varnishing or lamination. A substantial feature is the ability to withstand heat sealing temperatures of up to 220-260°C (428-500°F), which is crucial to maintaining the pack’s integrity and protecting the product.

    As brand owners continue to convert film-based packaging to paper, TITON can be employed to print many types of flexible packaging for food products. It can be used for papers that are coated on one side for bags, pouches and sachets, or on both sides for wrappers such as baked goods, confectionery, sugar, flour, herbs and spices, and coffee and tea.

    Allowing brand owners to move to recyclable paper-based packaging puts TITON technology in a groundbreaking position in the digital printing landscape, and it gives printers the opportunity to expand their capabilities into applications that could not previously be addressed with digital, complementing their conventional flexo presses.

    Improving OEE

    Being able to print directly on paper substrates without varnishing or lamination, either inline or offline, has a significant impact on the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) of the digital printing operation.

    Varnishing and lamination require additional setup time and create more waste in the process. Furthermore, water-based varnishes used to achieve food safety require a significant amount of maintenance, which eats into productive uptime. Lamination can also negatively affect the recyclability of the packaging. TITON toner is the only digital solution that can address this market without the time and cost implications of further surface processes, thereby improving speed to market, profitability, and productivity.

    The first digital press model to run TITON technology will be the Xeikon CX500t, a new member of the CHEETAH series. Adding extra capabilities to the successful 508mm (20 inches) wide machine, with the new toner technology, allows converters to broaden their reach and enter new market segments.

  • Microplastics found in human blood for first time

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    Microplastic pollution has been detected in human blood for the first time, with scientists finding the tiny particles in almost 80% of the people tested.

    The discovery shows the particles can travel around the body and may lodge in organs. The impact on health is as yet unknown. But researchers are concerned as microplastics cause damage to human cells in the laboratory and air pollution particles are already known to enter the body and cause millions of early deaths a year.

    Huge amounts of plastic waste are dumped in the environment and microplastics now contaminate the entire planet, from the summit of Mount Everest to the deepest oceans. People were already known to consume the tiny particles via food and water as well as breathing them in, and they have been found in the faeces of babies and adults.

    The scientists analysed blood samples from 22 anonymous donors, all healthy adults and found plastic particles in 17. Half the samples contained PET plastic, which is commonly used in drinks bottles, while a third contained polystyrene, used for packaging food and other products. A quarter of the blood samples contained polyethylene, from which plastic carrier bags are made.

    “Our study is the first indication that we have polymer particles in our blood – ​it’s a breakthrough result,” said Prof Dick Vethaak, an ecotoxicologist at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. “But we have to extend the research and increase the sample sizes, the number of polymers assessed, etc.” Further studies by a number of groups are already under way, he said.

    “It is certainly reasonable to be concerned,” Vethaak told the Guardian. “The particles are there and are transported throughout the body.” He said previous work had shown that microplastics were 10 times higher in the faeces of babies compared with adults and that babies fed with plastic bottles are swallowing millions of microplastic particles a day.

    “We also know in general that babies and young children are more vulnerable to chemical and particle exposure,” he said. “That worries me a lot.”

    The new research is published in the journal Environment International and adapted existing techniques to detect and analyse particles as small as 0.0007mm. Some of the blood samples contained two or three types of plastic. The team used steel syringe needles and glass tubes to avoid contamination, and tested for background levels of microplastics using blank samples.

    Vethaak acknowledged that the amount and type of plastic varied considerably between the blood samples. “But this is a pioneering study,” he said, with more work now needed. He said the differences might reflect short-term exposure before the blood samples were taken, such as drinking from a plastic-lined coffee cup, or wearing a plastic face mask.

    “The big question is what is happening in our body?” Vethaak said. “Are the particles retained in the body? Are they transported to certain organs, such as getting past the blood-brain barrier?” And are these levels sufficiently high to trigger disease? We urgently need to fund further research so we can find out.”

    The new research was funded by the Dutch National Organisation for Health Research and Development and Common Seas, a social enterprise working to reduce plastic pollution.

    “Plastic production is set to double by 2040,” said Jo Royle, founder of the charity Common Seas. “We have a right to know what all this plastic is doing to our bodies.” Common Seas, along with more than 80 NGOs, scientists and MPs, are asking the UK government to allocate £15m to research on the human health impacts of plastic. The EU is already funding research on the impact of microplastic on foetuses and babies, and on the immune system.

    A recent study found that microplastics can latch on to the outer membranes of red blood cells and may limit their ability to transport oxygen. The particles have also been found in the placentas of pregnant women, and in pregnant rats they pass rapidly through the lungs into the hearts, brains and other organs of the foetuses.

    A new review paper published on Tuesday, co-authored by Vethaak, assessed cancer risk and concluded: “More detailed research on how micro- and nano-plastics affect the structures and processes of the human body, and whether and how they can transform cells and induce carcinogenesis, is urgently needed, particularly in light of the exponential increase in plastic production. The problem is becoming more urgent with each day.”

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