Packaging in the retail market has become a fascinating marketing tool that has an important role to play in promotion campaigns, in defining the character of new products, and in creating brand identity and shelf impact in all product groups. Packaging speaks to people on a multisensory level as they stand in front of the supermarket shelf, and influences their purchasing decisions. Packaging is also vital to ensure the protection of the product against contamination, deterioration or damage, and in allowing the product to be transported, distributed and handled safely before it reaches the customer. All the latest international packaging trends will be on show at this year’s Propak Cape exhibition, which takes place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from 24 – 26 October. Environmentally friendly packaging, that is biodegradable and sustainable, is not a trend but a packaging essential. This trend expands in 2017 to include natural looking labels that modern consumers love. This does not only apply to the food and drink industry, but clothing, beauty and other products as well. Resealable portion packs is another packaging trend which speaks to consumers concerns about product waste, making sure the product stays fresh until needed. Smaller pack sizes and packaging for on-the-go consumers will also continue to increase during 2017. Intelligent or smart packaging is also on the rise to help to extend shelf life, monitor freshness, display information on quality, improve safety and improve convenience. Propak Cape will be showcasing a broad range of products, from raw materials and processing to bottling, packaging, plastics, printing, labelling, logistics, warehousing, recycling and waste management. Bringing wine and olive oil into the spotlight will be the newly-launched Wine and Olive Oil Production Expo which will be held alongside Propak Cape. Providing a platform for the local printing industry at Propak Cape, visitors will see that printing goes far beyond newspapers, textbooks and novels. It informs, educates and entertains. Without printed labels on food stuffs, consumers could not identify ingredients to which they could be allergic and there would be no way of finding out the dosages of over the counter medicines. Without packaging, labelling and advertising, it would be impossible to tell different brands and products apart. With the global market for food and beverage processing equipment and packaging projected to grow significantly over the next five years, Propak Cape is also the place to see the latest technologies available to this sector. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the latest products being launched to market and to view machinery in action during live demonstrations. Leading industry players at Propak Cape Wherever packaging machines are required, you can be sure that SMC Pneumatics offers reliable, precise and clean pneumatic and industrial solutions to match your needs. SMC is a proud sponsor of Propak Cape and will have a team of experts on their stand for visitors to learn more about their hygienic-design, washable components, corrosion-resistant materials, special seals, non-toxic materials and niche solutions. SMC recently expanded its local production offering to include the design and build of electro/pneumatic control panels for many industrial applications, which will be showcased at Propak Cape. J-Pak will be showcasing its wide product range that includes packaging machinery, printing and marking equipment, and quality control and inspection systems. On display at Propak Cape will be their Linx Continuous Ink Jet 8900 Range and the Allen Coder Thermal Transfer Range. There will be an X-Ray demonstration and presentation on the J-Pak stand at 12h00 on each day of the show. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enter the two competitions that will be running on the J-Pak stand at Propak Cape and will have the opportunity to win an Apple iPad Mini and a Smart Watch. This year at Propak Cape, Ulma Packaging Systems will be exhibiting the ULMA TSA540 tray sealer (new in their traysealing range) capable of traysealing up to 30 packs per minute. Also on display will be the ULMA Superchik 60 – stretch wrapping at 60 packs per minute, as well as the ESPERA ES7001 price-weigh-labeller – thermal print and apply at 120 labels per minute, and the ULMA Florida E Flow Wrapper. Robatech will be displaying and explaining its wide range of powerful and innovative solutions for every gluing process in order to meet the demands of the packaging industry. Its efficient systems for hot melt adhesives meets the requirements for manufacturing and sealing of packaging. Its sustainable adhesive application technology is characterized by accurate dosing, precise application, reliability and outstanding price-performance ratio. Among an impressive line-up of equipment being demonstrated, Pyrotec PackMark is showcasing its newly-launched ultra-portable Anser U2 Mobile Hand-held Printer and the 9405 Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) coder from Markem-Imaje. Key executives from Markem-Imaje will be at the show to meet visitors and answer questions. The Anser U2 is a unique, versatile and lightweight printer, weighing in at a mere 1kg and proving to be super easy to handle and use on even the most tricky-to-print surfaces. This machine can be carried anywhere, for the purposes of printing at any angle on a variety of substrates and products. It also comes with a long-lasting battery offering seven hours of continuous printing with more than 200 000 characters. Technilamp has announced that it has now been appointed the official distributor of UV Ray Cassettes from Italy. These cassettes are available for narrow label and wide web UV curing with a full range of air-cooled and water-cooled units available. The range is suitable for most presses including Mark Andy, Nilpeter, Gallus, MPS, Gidue and Omet presses among others. Technilamp provides a full-spectrum service including full lamp replacement, cleaning and maintenance for all cassettes. Visit the stand at Propak Stand E60 Hall 1 to find the cassette for your requirements. An exciting line-up of products will be on display at the Ishida Europe stand. The Ishida FFW (Fresh Food Weigher) series makes economic sense for smaller-scale production or challenging applications that were previously thought difficult to automate. This product transfers the benefits of multihead weighing to sticky and fragile products such as fresh meat, poultry, seafood, dried fruits and coated fragile products. The Atlas iTP Total Snackfood Packing System is the industry’s fastest and most accurate snack food packing system with packing speeds of up to 220 bpm for extruded snacks and up to 150 bpm for potato chips. Also on display will be the new DACS-GN-SE economy checkweigher offering exceptional speeds and accuracies at an affordable price, the CHW-214 Economical and reliable multihead weigher of exceptional value and the IX-GN-2443-S: high-performance X-ray inspection system. As a provider of video jet coding and labelling equipment, HG Molenaar will be showcasing their newest range of Thermal Transfer and Small Character Inkjet Coders at Propak Cape as well as the newest software compatibilities of the product range. Polyoak Packaging will be welcoming Propak Cape visitors to its iconic open plan stand, home to its specialist divisions, including newly formed Dairypack Cartons, launched to push the boundaries of the standard ‘carton brick’ by offering aseptic packaging systems in innovative new shapes to customers across Southern Africa in an exclusive partnership with IPI, which has been providing fully integrated systems for asceptic packaging for 35 years. The broad range of aseptic pack sizes (from 100ml to 1000ml) and shapes constitute 28 exciting options for customers to select from. The full system service includes fully integrated filling machines, multilayer packaging and matching closures, as well as the necessary downstream equipment for secondary packaging, to produce a finished product at the highest quality. ‘Polyoak has a long-established presence in the liquid food packaging market and, along with our core focus on customer service, and on producing high-volume, high quality plastic packaging, we are confident that this partnership will drive innovation in the local carton market, said Garron Boshoff, Executive for Dairy Cartons. Tetra Pak will showcase its latest product and service offerings on its multimedia, multi-function stand at Propak Cape. This year’s ‘Future Ready’ theme represents Tetra Pak’s commitment to deliver industry-advancing technology and support customers’ growth by sharing market insights and innovative solutions. Some of the great features that will be showcased include a ‘Food Island’ and Customilksation, an interactive video game tool that promotes customisation using the latest technology and packaging options. Other top exhibitor names at Propak Cape include Filmatic, Golden Era Printers, Acepak, USS Pactech, Multivac, Pail Pac, B.T Enterprises, Baypac, Festo, Greif-South Africa & Sub Saharan Africa, Chiorino South Africa and Fanuc South Africa, amongst many others. Free-to-attend seminars Visitors to this year’s Propak Cape can also enjoy additional visitor attractions. Taking place daily in the Seminar Theatre at Propak Cape, the free to attend seminar programme includes an array of interesting topics covering plastics, packaging, processing, printing and wine and olive oil. Topics will include Digital Disruption and Innovation: The Future of Packaging presented by Tetrapak; Latest Trends in Integrated Treasury Management: Solutions for the SA Packaging, Printing, Plastics & Processing Industries by Nedbank; and industry leaders from Packaging SA, Printing SA and Plastics SA will be taking to the stage covering topics from Rethinking the Future of Plastics: SA Industry Insights to Emerging Trends in Sustainable Packaging: 2017 and Beyond. The South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA) will also have a dedicated afternoon of enlightening talks on Wednesday 25 October. A bottled water market review will be presented by BMI and PETCO will engage the audience on how they are driving the transition to a circular economy in South Africa. Packaging Indaba The Packaging Indaba will be running alongside Propak Cape on Tuesday 24 October. Industry insights from across the packaging value chain will be highlighted in a comprehensive one day agenda. The aim is to bring market players together to discuss hot topics, emerging trends, innovation and factors influencing the sector as a whole. For more information, cost and booking details, visit the conference organisers website: www.vdsmedia.co.za Sustainability Pavilion As a new visitor attraction for Propak Cape, the primary objective of the paper and packaging Sustainability Pavilion is to afford visitors the opportunity to better appreciate and understand the various industry initiatives that have been successfully implemented by the sector’s Producer Responsibility Organisations. The Pavilion will provide a platform to engage, debate and share opinions on sustainability, the environment, recycling and related issues with a variety of industry experts. Many of South Africa’s leading Associations will be amongst those exhibiting in the Sustainability Pavilion. The Western Cape is the perfect home for Propak Cape. As a major exporter of wine, fruit and other valuable commodities to international markets, it’s little wonder that the area is heavily reliant on the packaging and associated industries. Propak Cape is endorsed and supported by the Institute of Packaging South Africa (IPSA), Plastics SA, Printing SA, Packaging SA, the South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA), and the Italian SA Chamber of Trade and Industries (Italchamp). The show is organised by Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, a member of the prestigious Montgomery Group. To register for free entry to Propak Cape and for further information, go to www.propakcape.co.za
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