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Uflex Unveils ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine for Packaging Milk

Uflex Limited, the flexible packaging materials and solution company, has launched ESL aseptic flexi-pouch machine for packaging milk that can extend the shelf life of the product upto 90 days. Uflex claims to be the only company in India to manufacture this kind of sophisticated machines.

ESL-Aseptic-Flexi-Pouch-MachineMilk is a perishable product and extremely susceptible to infestation by bacteria and other micro-organisms. Milk brands sold in pouches across India have for long been fretting about the restricted shelf life; time elapsed during the supply and distribution; optimum pasteurization; necessity of cold chain to be integrated within the overall supply chain and so on so forth.

To alleviate all these problems in one go, Uflex has manufactured and launched ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine for packaging milk. Milk sterilised and packed in this machine can be kept in normal ambient conditions at the point of sale for as long as 90 days.

This machine packs milk in a pouch that is formed of a five to seven layer extruded/blown polyethylene film with strong barrier properties including a black layer for U.V. protection. As a fully integrated packaging solution provider, Uflex offers the especially extruded/blown film too.

The machine has an inbuilt automatic CIP and SIP system and can pack milk in SKUs ranging from 70ml to 1500ml volumetrically. The filling speed for these variants ranges between 5000 to 2500 packs per head per hour. On a specially programmed B&R and Siemens PLC fitted to this machine, altering the desired volumes to be filled can be actuated at the press of a button spelling utmost convenience for the milk companies.

The machine has been manufactured with a special Isolation Valve (Sterile Interlock) that does not allow the milk to flow from the UHT to the filling machine in case sterilisation of milk in UHT is incomplete or does not conform to the set specifications. This spares unnecessary invocation of intermediate CIP and SIP of the filling machine avoiding wastage of time. Gravity Filling System with Precise Tank Level Regulation has been provided in this machine.

Gravity filling system with precise tank level regulation has been provided in this machine. ESL flexi-pouch machine can be customised with single, two or three head filling arrangement as per the requirement of the client. This versatile machine is also capable of simultaneously packaging differential volumes on various heads.

Ajay Tandon, President and CEO, Engineering Business, Uflex Limited said, “It was a challenge to design and manufacture a machine for extending shelf life of a product as perishable as milk. After meticulous R&D of about 18 months, the Engineering Business at Uflex has designed and brought out this machine which has been put under commercial run and validation at one of the largest milk packers in India. We are the only company in India to manufacture this machine which easily competes in quality with any European machine of this kind. The end-to-end system comprising extruded/blown multi-layered specialty film and the ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine offers an optimised packaging solution for milk in flexible pouches. This machine can also be customised for packaging other beverages too.”

Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex, said, “ Roughly 145-150 million tons of milk is produced by India every year, out of which several million tons get spoiled owing to inefficient packaging. In such a scenario, an overall system to extend the shelf life of milk without disturbing the retail coordinates and further to be able to ensure availability even in the remotest of the areas without having to spend towards cold chain is a real shot in the arm for milk brands and retailers. This will go a long way in reducing spoilage and wastage of milk. Uflex’s ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine is a promising product manufactured in our great country and I dedicate it to Government’s flagship scheme of ‘Make in India’ that my organisation supports and contributes to wholeheartedly.”

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HP to Acquire Samsung Print for US$.05 Billion

HP Inc has locked its eyes on Samsung’s printer business after it agreed to purchase the division for US$1.05 billion.

The deal may see HP enter the cutsheet A3 production print market in commercial print currently dominated by Konica Minolta, Canon, Fuji Xerox and Ricoh.

The acquisition remains subject to regulatory approval, and is expected to close within a year. According to reports, as part of the deal Samsung has also agreed buy between US$100m and $300m in HP shares through open-market purchases.

Shortly after inking the deal, HP revealed a suite of 16 multifunction printers believed to target the market for larger A3 printers from printing giants such as Konica Minolta, Canon, Fuji Xerox and Ricoh.

HP has previously attempted to break into A3 printing; a market the supplier estimates at some US$55bn annually. The new A3 laser printers rely on Samsung’s print engine technology.

“The acquisition of Samsung’s printer business allows us to deliver print innovation and create entirely new business opportunities with far better efficiency, security, and economics for customers,” says HP CEO Dion Weisler.

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Fujifilm Launches Vybrant 1800 Inkjet Printer

Fujifilm India Private Limited launched its first ever ’Made in India’ Eco Solvent Printer – Fujifilm Inkjet Technology – Vybrant 1800 at its state-of-the-art Demo Centre for Wide Format Inkjet Printers in Mumbai. Fujifilm Inkjet Technology – Vybrant 1800, the Wide format Eco Solvent Printer is driven by patent FujiFilm technology and has been specifically designed to provide High Quality with affordable costs, a more value for money proposition which Indian Customers always wanted. With this launch, the new Vybrant 1800 joins Fujifilm’s Graphic Arts family at its Mumbai Demo Centre.

The unique Made in India, Made for India printer has been designed keeping in mind the requirements of the Indian market. This highly productive wide format printer provides unparalleled cost per print and excellent productivity with up to 20m2 per hour. The printer is equipped with highly efficient Fujifilm Dimatix Q-class Industrial Quality print head and runs on Peizo DOD technology.

Mr. Yasunobu Nishiyama, Managing Director, Fujifilm India Pvt. Ltd. Said, “The launch of Vybrant 1800 is Fujifilm’s first step towards developing our products in India. With this launch, we aim to strengthen our presence in the Indian Graphic Arts segment. The Graphics Arts business is one of the most important drivers for Fujifilm’s growth in the Indian market. The company is looking at achieving a 15% overall growth by the end of FY 2016. With our world-class printing technology, we are focused on delivering high quality, technically advanced print solutions that help printers develop competitive advantage and grow their businesses.”

The Vybrant 1800 printer targets Indoor and outdoor signage and branding applications market.

Aligning his company’s future growth to the current scenario, Mr. Nishiyama further added, “The push given by the Government’s Make in India initiative gives us great scope for our business. Since the market outlook looks positive, we want to utilize this opportunity to our best and so we offer our new Fujifilm Inkjet Technology – Vybrant 1800, manufactured in Pune, India.”

The FujiFilm Vybrant 1800 printers have been exclusively developed & manufactured by Macart Equipment Private Limited, the leading manufacturers of inkjet printers in the country, with their manufacturing units in Pune, India.

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PackPlus Is A Part Of The Global Packaging Network

ALL4PACK Paris launches “THE NETWORK”, a worldwide grouping of 11 partner trade shows in the Packaging and Intralogistics industry across 7 countries.

With the packaging industry alone boasting 300 trade shows around the world, ALL4PACK Paris, organised by the COMEXPOSIUM Group, announces the launch of “THE NETWORK”, an international network federating several packaging shows, granting their community access to the market information of its members.

Through this initiative, ALL4PACK Paris, the international benchmark trade show for the EMEA region in the packaging and intralogistics markets, intends to create a high-quality network, facilitate relationships and encourage the sharing of experience among major international events.

Véronique Sestrières, director of ALL4PACK Paris and of the Manufacturing & Transport division of COMEXPOSIUM Group, comments: “We are proud to be behind this initiative which has met with an enthusiastic response from our partners. In the space of a few months, THE NETWORK has already brought together 11 shows in 7 countries and more exhibitions are due to follow! The creation of this packaging-process-printing-handling network underlines the desire of the COMEXPOSIUM Group to contribute added value to its events in terms of content for participants, and to federate the packaging community in its international dimension.”

PACKAGING, A KEY GLOBAL ECONOMIC SECTOR
Valued at USD 839 billion in 2015, the worldwide packaging market could account for USD 998 billion in 2020 with compound average growth of 5% per year, rising to USD 1,100 billion by 20242. With a growing world population, demand has never been so high and the industry is more than ever correlated to countries’ economic development, in particular that of emerging markets, which see packaging as an opportunity to gain a position or emerge on the world industrial marke

With buyers present all around the world and specificities and requirements varying by individual market, international trade shows are showcases for trends and needs on a local level and represent an extremely valuable source of information for trade professionals and manufacturers. To capitalise on this data and promote the internationalisation of the sector, ALL4PACK Paris has decided to bring together several of these events to encourage the sharing of information and experiences.

THE NETWORK was started up in April 2016 and to date has already attracted 11 partner trade shows, representing 7 countries and 7 markets!

 

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Monotech Systems to represent Labelmen Machinery in India

Monotech Systems has tied up with Taiwan-based Labelmen Machinery to market a wide range of products that includes letterpress, rotary letterpress, intermittent offset press and die-cutting equipment in India.

Labelmen specializes in manufacturing rotary letterpress, offset press, die-cutting and letterpress machines. The company designs its presses with technologies such as CNC one touch make-ready design, anti-print inking system and remote monitoring.
Chin-Shiung, chairman of Labelmen Machinery said: ‘We are delighted to be associated with a promising company such as Monotech Systems which is representing us in India. It is a huge market and its extensive expertise and reach in the labels and packaging segment will give us a way ahead to have a strong presence.’
monotech-labelmen-300x172Monotech Systems offers a range of products for labels and packaging market that includes industrial inkjet systems for variable data printing, label converting, brand protection, track and trace machines from its made in India brand Jetsci. The company also has a range of conventional and hybrid flexo presses from its partner Focus Label Machinery.
T P Jain, managing director of Monotech Systems, described Labelmen Machinery as ‘the right partner’.
‘Having a strong presence in the inkjet, and labels and packaging segments, Labelmen is the right partner in the fastest growing segment,’ said Jain. ‘With constant development efforts to make better and faster products for the industry, Labelmen’s products will be a privilege for us to have in our product portfolio and offer to the Indian customers.’
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PackPlus 2016 flooded with 17136 visitors at New Delhi

30 percent bigger show attracts 30 percent more visitors
It was not only pouring rain at Delhi but also pouring visitors at PackPlus’ ninth edition that recorded a footfall of 17136. The event happened at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 27 – 30 July, 2016.

packPlus long fotorOver 325 exhibitors including International and foreign companies rubbing shoulders with domestic giants and start-ups had an element of interest for every visitor.  The more than 200 running machines of different applications and several innovations and product launches had the veteran attendees also riveted.

Leading players in all the traditional segments reported strong inquiries and the unprecedented deals. Ishida India (P) Ltd., Nichrome, Bosch, Hayssen Flexible Systems, Uflex Limited, Hilda Automation, Parle Global and many others confirmed response. Pelican, Uflex, SP Ultraflex, Expert, Sudha and others were flush with enquiries. Kody and C Trivedi and company reported closing several on venue sales.

Other leading companies those showcased latest innovations in the industry included AKR Machinery, Autoprint Machinery Manufacturers Pvt Ltd., Decorative Sleeves, EATON Global Link Impex, Kalpvrux Convert

Visitors got an opportunity to experience the running machines and have one-on-one interaction with the representatives from international companies like Beijing Weiermake Electronic Technology Co. Ltd. – China, BOIX MAQUINARIA S.L., CKD Corporation – Singapore, eWon S.A., Honey Shield Emballeurs, Jung Won Machinery Co. – Korea, Labthink Instruments Co., Ltd.  – China, Mainpack Industrial Co. Ltd. – Taiwan, Ningbo Zhongda Leader Intelligent Transmission Co. Ltd. – China, Pack-Smart Inc. and Sharjah Airport International – Free Zone Authority.ing Products (P) Ltd., Intralox India (P) Ltd., Janatics India (P) Ltd.,MGM-VARVEL Power Transmission (P) Ltd., Multilayer Industries, Packraft Container India (P) Ltd., Shrink Packaging Systems (P) Ltd., Clearpack India (P) Ltd., Domino Printech India (P) Ltd and Zhongke India (P) Ltd

The Automation Industry Association (AIA) knowledge pavilion focusing on Packaging 4.0 was a special attraction. Packaging machines being a vital part of the production process in the consumer goods industry are being automated smartly and are capable of resolving break downs accurately and faster. It represented the shift towards new wave automation technologies that provided clear diagnostic and remedial strategies, highlighting the Next Generation Automation, Flexible Packaging, Open & Smart HMI, Integrated & Vision Guided Robotics and Vision System for Quality.

In the background of the booming Carton Converting business, the debut of CaronTech was greeted with enthusiasm by the visitors. As a result, Zhongke India, Autoprint, APL Machinery, Sodhisons, Ample Graphics and Xhuai India were among the busiest stands and also generated serious inquiries and business. HP had unique presentations for the Brand Owners on setting new standards for their brands with the use of Digital Printing.

SupplyPlus featured distribution, warehousing, bulk pack, logistics & AIDC and was visited by supply chain, logistics and distribution professionals from the processed food, agro-produce, pharmaceuticals, personal care, FMCG, household durables, modern retail and other industries. Companies like Star Flex International, Shiv Engineering, Ferreterro India (P) Ltd., Leap India, NilkamalBito Storage Systems (P) Ltd., Nilkamal Ltd. Nitta Corporation India (P) Ltd. and Toshi Automatic Systems (P) Ltd. presented their products at the Show.

The Packaging Product Pavilion occupied the entire Hall no12 and was expectedly looking the most vibrant with arrays of packages ranging from labels, decorative sleeves, tin containers, cartons and other specialised products. Ajanta Print Arts, A & A Labels, Anil Agencies (P) Ltd., Any Graphics, Flexituff International Limited, Glisten Tins, Pragati Pack, Pearl Polymers et al. were pleased with the large presence of the brand owners. The Flexible Packaging Converting machinery suppliers, without exception, were busy attending to the steady flow of converters.

“We have been exhibiting from past nine years and thought the show was at its peak last year when we saw humongous number of visitors inquiring but this year it had been even better as we got more active queries which we are sure we would turn into deals. We look forward to PackPlus’17 and believe that it will bring even more opportunities to us,” said Sofiya Sheikh from Hilda Automation.

“PackPlus is a platform where one not only gets to see the latest technology from across the world but also gets to network with people from the packaging industry. We never miss a single edition as the show has always been very beneficial for us,” said Rajesh Lalwani, a visitor from Pioneer Packers, New Delhi.

On the third day of the Show, International Packaging Conclave took place with the theme-Print Optimisation & Colour Management for Flexible Packaging.  20+ experts from the industry came together for a daylong session where more than 200 delegates including Brand Owners, Package Converters, Packaging Technologists, Procurement Professionals, Print Specialists, QA, Managers, Pre‐Press & Media Professionals, Designers, Material &Equipment Suppliers and Consultants attended. The programme was produced in partnership with leading industry players including Windmoller  & Holscher, Dupont, Kodak, Siegwerks, Esko Graphics and Xrite.

“It was a good insight on print optimisation and colour management. Many new technologies which are yet to come to India and we aren’t aware about were discussed on this platform. If in future we want to set up these technologies, we have an insight about it and hence it also becomes a roadmap for us,” said Shweta Uppal, delegate from Jindal Poly Films.

“The show has been growing over 30 percent year-on-year, since our return to Pragati Maidan in 2014. We expect the trend to continue next year and will have the coming edition spread over Hall 8 to 12 A in a gross area of over 16000 Sqm” revealed Neetu Arora, Director, Print-Packaging.com (P) Ltd., the organisers of the Show.

PackPlus 2017 will be held from 3-6 August, 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

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“It was raining visitors at PackPlus 2016″

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30 percent bigger show attracts 30 percent more visitors.
Despite the incessant rains, visitors kept pouring through the four days. At the end of the last day when the curtains came down on the ninth edition of the event, 17136 unique visitors had been issued their visitor badge.

“We have been exhibiting from past nine years and thought the show was at its peak last year when we saw humongous number of visitors inquiring but this year it had been even better as we got more active queries which we are sure we would turn into deals. We look forward to PackPlus’17 and believe that it will bring more opportunities to us,” said Sofiya Sheikh from Hilda Automation.

Over 325 exhibitors including international and foreign companies rubbing shoulders with domestic giants and startups had an element of interest for every visitor.  The more than 200 running machines of different applications and several innovations and product launches had the veteran attendees also riveted.  The Automation Industry Association (AIA) knowledge pavilion focusing on Package 4.0 was a special attraction.

“PackPlus is a platform where one not only gets to see the latest technology from across the world but also gets to network with people from the packaging industry. We never miss a single edition as the show been very beneficial for us,” said Rajesh Lalwani, a visitor from Pioneer Packers, New Delhi.

Leading players in all the traditional segments reported strong enquiries and deals. Ishida India, Nichrome, Bosch, Hayssen Flexible Systems, Uflex Limited, Hilda Automation, Parle Agro and many others confirmed unprecedented response. The Packaging Product Pavilion occupied the entire Hall no12 was expectedly looking the most vibrant with arrays of packages ranging from labels, decorative sleeves, tin containers, cartons and other specialised products. Ajanta Print Arts, A & A Labels, Any Graphics, Decorative Sleeves, Pragati Pack, Pearl Polymers et al. were pleased with the large presence of the brand owners. The Flexible Packaging Converting machinery suppliers, without exception, were busy attending to the steady flow of converterrs. Pelican, Uflex, SP Ultraflex, Expert, Sudha and others were flush with enquiries. Kody and C Trivedi and company reported closing several on venue sales.

In the background of the booming Carton Converting business, the debut of CaronTech was greeted with enthusiasm by the visitors. As a result, Zhongke India, Autoprint, APL Machinery, Sodhisons, Ample Graphics and Xhuai India were among the busiest stands and also generated serious enquiries and business. HP had unique presentations for the Brand Owners on setting new standards for their brands with the use of Digital Printing.

On the third day of the Show, International Packaging Conclave took place with the theme-Print Optimisation & Colour Management for Flexible Packaging.  20+ experts from the industry came togetherfor a daylong session where more than 200 delegates including Brand Owners, Package Converters, Packaging Technologists, Procurement Professionals, Print Specialists, QA, Managers, Pre‐Press & Media Professionals, Designers, Material &Equipment Suppliers and Consultants attended. The programme was produced in partnership with leading industry players including Windmoller & Holscher, Dupont, Kodak, Siegwerks, Esko Graphics and Xrite.

“The show has been growing over 30 percent year-on-year, since our return to Pragati Maidan in 2014. We expect the trend to continue next year and will have the coming edition spread over Hall 8 to 12 A in a gross area of over 16000 Sqm” revealed Neetu Arora, Director, Print-Packaging.com (P) Ltd., the organisers of the Show.

PackPlus 2017 will be held from 3-6 August, 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

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ISHIDA India Presents Upgraded Checkweigher

DAC-GN Series checkweighers from Japanese company ISHIDA are the systems that utilise unique and proprietary technology to deliver unbeatable accuracy and speed in checkweighing process. ISHIDA India at the ongoing expo announces the upgraded DAC-GN with improved performance for any production line in any manufacturing environment. “This newly upgraded checkweigher is designed for accurate data management via computer and easy operating controls boosting productivity and line efficiency,” mentions Nidhi Purohit, assistant manager-marketing, ISHIDA India Pvt Ltd.

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Complete Packaging Solution From Ample Graphics

Right from automatic water soluble laminaters, UV varnishers, die-cutters and up to rigid box maker, stripping machines, Ample Graphics demonstrates a complete range of packaging solutions at its stall in PackPlus 2016. Rajeev Jagga of Ample Graphics says the showcase is all about the existing products of the company as well as a range of box making systems from Dongguan Longxingsheng Machinery, which they solely distribute in India.

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SAIF ZONE Welcomes All To Freedom Of Doing Business

Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF ZONE) is the centrepiece of the Government of Sharjah’s commitment to free trade—one of the oldest, largest and fastest growing free-trade zones in the Middle East—which has been ranked as a premier business destination in the UAE. “This zone is designed as an ideal business platform to launch local and global operations for a number of international companies,” says Thomas Joseph, business development manager, SAIF ZONE, Government of Sharjah, UAE. He adds that out of 8000 companies now present in the zone, 50 percent are from India; and UAE is the third largest trading partner for Indian companies, next to the US and China. He further mentions that they expect some good leads from PackPlus 2016.