Acknowledging the Indian packaging fraternity

Indian Institute of Packaging confers the Indiastar and Pacmachine awards

NC Saha & Simone SinghOrganised by the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), Indiastar and Pacmachine Awards 2010, the national awards for packaging excellence were recently presented for winning entries in the award distribution ceremony held at Powai (Mumbai). Around 400 members from the industry, award winners, government bodies and overseas delegates graced the occasion with their presence. The awards were presented by the chief guest Ashok Sinha, secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt of India; guest of honour Keith Pearson, president, World Packaging Organization (WPO) and Dharmatilak Ratnayake, chairman, Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging. NC Saha, director, IIP read out the award report and congratulated the efforts of the award winning companies.

Sanjay Bhatia, Ashok Sinha and NC Saha.“Packaging is distinctive from mere packing, as it plays a visible and a catalytic role in a modern economy with the widespread adoption of branding of products and development of consumer preferences. To the extent that any consumer product packed in a manner that meets the criteria of safety, convenience and attractiveness, gains market share. In an aggregate, packaging as a sectoral activity boosts consumption and economic growth,” stated Keith Pearson, president, WPO, addressing the gathering.

Established in the year 1966 in Mumbai, the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) is an autonomous and apex body operational under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India for the promotion of packaging standards in the country through its diversified activities that encompass the entire spectrum of packaging. IIP introduced Indiastar and Pacmachine awards in 1992. Promoting and encouraging excellence in packaging design, innovation and sustainability once every two years, the Indiastar awards have become popular and firmly entrenched as the premier event for India’s packaging fraternity. The Pacmachine awards recognise the achievements and promote the efforts of the packaging machinery sector. The main objective has been to celebrate the excellence with innovative concepts in design and development in packaging machinery particularly for import substitution and promotion of exports.

Xeikon continues success in digital label printing

Xeikon announced recently that Brisbane-based MR Labels - the winner of multiple PICAs (Printing Industry Craftsmanship Awards), and one of Australia’s most prestigious label companies - invested in the Xeikon 3300, the award-winning digital label printing solution. The company decided to select Xeikon not only for its best-in-class technology, but also for the reliable round-the clock support from local distributor, Absolute Electronics.

The Xeikon 3300 features true 1200 dpi resolution and 1200 x 3600 dpi addressability with variable dot density which generates superior image quality with high definition and smooth tone transitions for photorealistic high impact labels.

The Xeikon 3300 is capable of handling an unrivalled range of substrates with pre-coat including various self-adhesive materials such as co-extruded films, BOPP, PVC and PET, paperboards, paper with weights ranging from 40 to 350 gsm.

DuPont announces North American production of Cyrel round

DuPont Packaging Graphics announced the start-up of the first dedicated DuPont Cyrel round manufacturing facility at Towanda in the US. Cyrel round sleeve production will be fully commercial early in the year 2011.

“This represents a major investment in the future of flexographic print sleeves in North America, and demonstrates our commitment to the continued advancement of flexography globally,” said Matthias Heinzel, global business director – DuPont Packaging Graphics, mentioning, “Continuous flexo sleeves are lightweight, easy-to-handle print forms that enable quick change-over on press; and their seamless design enables high press speeds and the capability to print difficult-to-register, high-quality designs.”

Multi-Color to be operational in China

One of the world’s largest label printers, Multi-Color Corporation (MCC) plans to invest in establishing label operations in China. Having received Chinese Government approvals, MCC will be located in the major southern city of Guangzhou, near many national and international consumer products brand owners. MCC is bringing modern label technology and know-how to support the rapidly growing consumer demand for high quality packaged products in China. The new business will be run by MCC’s Asia Pacific president of consumer products, Brenton Barrett. MCC is said to be the only global US publicly listed label company and specialises in the highly fragmented multi-billion dollar label industry.

Ensuring better packaging proofing

GMG and Mimaki announced that the GMG ColorProof proofing solution will be available shortly for the Mimaki UJF-706 inkjet printer. The strategic partnership of both companies provides highly innovative solutions for high value packaging applications. The latest combination of the Mimaki UV UJF-706 inkjet printers allow for best quality packaging proofing on original substrates, creation of color accurate mockups and label prototypes as well as personalised short run production.

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