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The introduction of new business models and greater vertical integration will help transform the packaging market according to the latest exclusive strategic research from Smithers Pira. Smithers Pira latest market report The Future of Business Models in Packaging to 2022 estimates the value for packaging services in 2017 is worth $33.7 billion, and by 2022 will be worth $50 billion, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 9.5%.

North American shipments of primary plastics machinery posted a strong year-over-year increase in Q3 of 2017 according to statistics compiled and reported by the Plastics Industry Association’s (PLASTICS) Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES). This marked the second consecutive quarterly Y/Y increase in this data.

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September 07, 2017 | Product handling all-in-one

Drinktec Gebo Cermex, Hall A6 - Stand 330 The packaging industry is increasingly facing sophisticated consumption trends that present various challenges to the production and distribution of goods. Gebo Cermex is responding to these ever-changing complex needs with the introduction of the product handling technology AQFlex. Packaging line performance of this new system is offered together with agility and contactless product conveying and accumulation, in a compact space.

Drinktec DS Smith, Hall A2 - Stand 324 There is a tendency in today’s circular economy to pack, transport, and dispense preforms and closures in a returnable packaging container that is fully hygienic, easy to fold down when empty and efficient to store in the warehouse. DS Smith has integrated all these elements in their Stackabox product range.

The upturn in domestic Italian packaging machinery sales has continued in the first quarter of 2017, on the heels of the two digit growth figures at the end of 2016. According to data collected by the Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association Ucima, domestic sales have grown by +6.5% in the first quarter of 2017 over the same period of 2016, following the excellent +10.4% growth at the end of 2016.

Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group and a leader in packaging line engineering solutions, is introducing its latest advanced performance systems and packaging line solutions at Interpack 2017 (4-10 May). On booth C47, hall 13, the company is demonstrating its portfolio for the beverage and food, home and personal care (FHPC) customers based on its Agility 4.0 program. ‘Smart’ equipment is the focus at this year’s exhibition, with a comprehensive packing solution.

The “House of Krones” will be built at interpack in Düsseldorf virtually at least. It will constitute the five core sections of Krones AG: digitisation as the roof and superstructure, process, filling and packaging technologies, plus intralogistics, as the functional premises, and Lifecycle Service as the base, the solid foundation.

With its integrated buffer system the newly developed KHS InnoDry Block permits accumulation-free, gentle pack conveying without the side guides otherwise required. The KHS InnoDry Block combines a packaging machine with a palletiser and has a handle dispenser integrated into the packer.

April 13, 2017 | And&Or S.A. at Chinaplas

And&Or counts with a wide range of bagging machines models, to adapt to all specific needs: bag sizes, line speeds and bottle shape. In exhibition one can see the flexible model that automatically make the bag from a roll of film.

DS Smith, a provider of corrugated and plastics packaging, supported by paper and recycling operations worldwide, is pleased to announce the proposed acquisition of Parish Manufacturing Inc. Parish is a USA manufacturer and supplier of bag-in-box systems, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Parish's focus is in bag-in-box and custom packaging for different liquids for the food, beverage, water, food service, and chemical industries.

During November, packaging company Retal successfully participated in the European exhibitions BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, Germany and All4Pack in Paris, France. Retal presented full portfolio of preforms, closures, containers and PET films. Of particular interest for many visitors at the Retal stand were the new closures 1881 Xlight SF as well as containers for the dairy industry.

Flexible and individual packaging - Both medium-sized and large breweries are increasingly relying on flexible secondary packaging systems. The partnership between KHS and Gerhard Schubert GmbH is now generating some particularly individual and flexible packaging options. At BrauBeviale both companies will be exhibiting a blocked system for the first time which already has a taker; Brauerei Schützengarten AG is now to take delivery of the new combination of a KHS packer blocked with a Schubert erecting and closing module.

The patent-pending R-Pro dense-phase vacuum-conveying system developed by Conair to minimise pellet fracturing, “angel hair” and equipment wear caused by conventional dilute-phase conveying, will make its first appearance at a European tradeshow when K 2016 begins. Other innovations on display will include a new FLX-128 Plus conveying control, which now can be set up to operate the R-PRO system, a new Mobile Drying/Conveying (MDC) system with standard colour touchscreen control interface, and several examples of equipment from Conair’s auxiliaries.

In the packaging sector, film manufacturers are demanding lines which are becoming ever wider, ever faster and ever more efficient, with high production capacity and low energy consumption. On the other hand the trend in this sector is also increasingly towards special films with added value. Here, Brückner Maschinenbau will be presenting relevant developments. The key words here include, for example, multi-layer technology and simultaneous stretching of films.

September 05, 2016 | Excellent residual emptying

"Active Pouch" is based on the principles and functions of origami and uses its specific structure to increase stability and flexibility at the same time. The PET container produced using stretch-blow moulding has been designed for highly viscous contents. With its geometric design, it is possible to compress the container so that it can be completely emptied.

Renovations encourage design creativity and collaboration for OEMs- Expertise in total packaging solutions including strategic structural brand development through production mould engineering and manufacturing puts R&D/Leverage as a full service provider for consumer products OEMs. To enhance the Company’s services in upfront research, design and brand development for fortune 100 and 500 customers, R&D/Leverage announces the renovation and upgrading of its new design innovation studio.

Sabic’s multilayer and polymer blend technologies may help manufacturers to reduce transport losses, optimise protection of goods, and maximise pallet stability by increasing the holding force of collation shrink and stretch films used to protect food packaging, while also making those films stronger.

SMI's new APS palletisers for tertiary packaging, dry packaging, up to 100 packs/minute are designed and manufactured according to the new Ergon platform, where ergonomics and advanced machines integration are said to enable to offer cost saving bottling lines, ensuring the reduction of production costs, higher energy savings and the efficiency of the whole system.

Data from Smithers Pira forecast steady growth across the packaging industry – pushing a market valued at $839 billion in 2015 to expand at 3.5% year-on-year and reach a total value of $997 billion in 2020. As this happens sustainability will become an increasingly important factor for decision makers at all stages of packaging value chains.