Standup-pouch demand in Europe to rise 50% by 2014
Nearly 19 billion standup pouches (SUPs) were supplied on the continent last year, accounting for 5% of the total value of converted flexible packaging used in Europe, says a new PCI Films Consulting study. Around 975 million sq metres of laminate were used to make pouches, of which 65% were pre-made and the balance supplied as rollstock for form-fill-seal machines. As the European economy recovers, PCI Films forecasts that present unit volume will grow by at least 50% by 2014.
First Inca Digital Excellence Awards honor creativity, print quality
Ieper, Belgium-based converter Dael Screen & Digital Printing won the Point-of-Sale/Point-of-Purchase Graphics category in the first Inca Digital Excellence Awards (IDEAs) competition. Winners were announced June 24 in Munich, Germany, during the FESPA trade fair. Dael Printing’s design and production of a 3D cargo bike for Kraft Foods’ Lu Brand is comprised of 50 pieces of Re-Board that could be easily transported, constructed without screws or tools, and re-used many times. It was printed on an Inca Onset S20 digital-inkjet system. Winners in display graphics, décor, product decoration and specialty products, and an off-the-wall category were also honored.
Mondi’s Terra Bag wins EUROSAC Grand Prix Sack of the Year 2010
The European Federation of Multiwall Paper Sack Manufacturers chose the Mondi Terra Bag for its approach to sustainable waste management of industrial bags. The yearly EUROSAC Grand Prix focused this year on the topic “Naturally Sustainable.” The Terra Bag multiwall sack uses a biodegradable, partially-bioplastic film for humidity protection, is entirely biodegradable and optimized for industrial composting, being EN 13432-certified as “packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation.” It completely degrades in 12 weeks, the converter says. More info
Four paperboard converters join PPC
The Paperboard Packaging Council names four firms as new principal members: Carton Service, Inc. (Shelby, OH), a folding-carton manufacturer with sites in Ohio and Tennessee; Keystone Paper and Box Co., Inc. (S. Windsor, CT), specializing in the healthcare, consumer, food and beverage, and specialty printing sectors; Mason Box Co. (North Attleboro, MA), the largest rigid mailing-box manufacturer in the US; and Superior Lithographics, Inc. (Los Angeles), a G7-certified printer/converter of litho-laminated corrugated containers and folding cartons. More info