Central Package and Display Wins Top Industry Awards at AICC

Central Package and Display, a leading provider of customized packaging and point-of-purchase display solutions, took home awards for its corrugated and rigid set-up boxes at the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) 2013 Independent Packaging Design Competition this fall. The awards demonstrate the breadth of the company’s capabilities.

 

First Place Winner

Central Package and Display’s big win was in the category for set-up boxes, a style of rigid packaging where the box is often covered with colored paper, foils or finishes and where design and functionality are primary. The company entered a sales kit that Central Package and Display created for Allianz as a training aid for the financial services company’s insurance salespeople.

The client wanted simple organization of its promotional materials. Central Package and Display responded with a clean design that features a flip top and an interior with rigid dividers for the literature. The efficient design also meant ease of manufacturing.

“With the many pieces of the Allianz sales kit, assembly time was an imperative consideration,” says James Haglund, Central Package and Display CEO. “Although complex in nature, the pack ultimately presents itself as an eloquent and simple solution in terms of assembling the angled slipcase and dividers.”

The sales kit’s container is hand-wrapped .050 Tuffy Board. The company assembled and delivered 5,000 pieces in record time, and then went on to win first place in AICC’s design competition.

Winner in Self-Promotion

To demonstrate its design capabilities in protective packaging, Central Package and Display created a self-promotion piece, “Bright Idea in Sustainable Packaging,” that contains three compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. Each of the bulbs is cushioned in a different way, using all recyclable media. The outside of the package is basic kraft paper. Inside the box, simple graphics describe three protective packaging options, all of them green. Implying a constant push for thinking inside and outside the box, the company chose to tap the power of simple corrugated cardboard to convey the message of sustainability.

When the company mailed out the promotion, it produced immediate results, gaining high-level access to a company that had been on the prospect list for two years. Moreover, the “Bright Idea in Sustainable Packaging” entry in the AICC competition won third place.

Applications Abound

Central Package and Display is an independently owned and operated manufacturer specializing in three areas and serving multiple industries. The first is unique corrugated design. Protective packaging for medical devices, electronics, foods, and other delicate or breakable products emerges from its design studios. Direct printing, label laminating, plastic films, and specialty gluing are all available, as are cushioning made from foam, fluted plastics, and a variety of green substitutes.

The second area, point-of-purchase displays, form a growing part of the company’s business, making use of its large-format, multi-color presses. Die cutting is another in-demand capability for these applications.

Folding carton and set-up boxes, such as the sales kit that won an award, are the third of the company’s core competencies. The uses are many: gift boxes with sliding covers, jewelry boxes, candy boxes, software packaging, strong and elegant boxes to contain candles or glassware, and more. Produced from solid fiber rather than corrugated materials, these are designed and manufactured by Central Packaging and Display’s innovative team to meet customer requirements and to exceed expectations for a creative and attractive design.

In its 50-year history, Central Package and Display has received numerous design challenges. Among those it faces today are to use sustainable materials for packaging and to create protective structural nests that will involve less material, and therefore, less waste.

 

About Central Package and Display

Experienced packaging specialists and designers of point-of-purchase displays, Central Package and Display’s capabilities run from innovative custom concepts to structural prototypes, production through distribution. We are proud to have received numerous quality and service awards, including Medtronic Supplier of the Year, AICC Innovator of the Year Award Lean/Green, Enterprise Minnesota Lean and Green Manufacturer, and ASI Certificate of Excellence in Food Packaging Safety. For more information, please visit www.centralpackage.com. For inquiries, please call 763-425-7444.

 

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Brand protection takes center stage at Kodak-sponsored IQPC Conference

As one of the sponsors of the 11th Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection East Coast Summit, Kodak met with attendees, presented its broad portfolio of brand protection solutions, and participated in interactive workshops. Keith Cutri, Kodak’s Director of Business Development, Brand Protection Solutions, served as the chair for the second day of the conference.
“The goal of every brand today is to become more global, but with that expansion come a variety of risks and a tremendous set of challenges,” noted Cutri. “Billions of dollars and years of customer loyalty and goodwill are at stake for counterfeiters and diverters looking to exploit demand. Unfortunately, Customs officials and law enforcement cannot provide full protection, so brand owners must take steps to deploy a robust brand protection program to track and protect their products.”

The three-day conference featured workshops, panel discussions, and presentations for the brand owners, security professionals, and law enforcement officials in attendance. Some of the topics included best practices for building a holistic anti-counterfeiting strategy, understanding how to allocate your resources efficiently, and learning about the international perspective and how global brand owners are taking the fight back to counterfeiters.

Cutri led a pre-conference workshop entitled “How Solid is Your Brand Protection Program?” In this session, he helped attendees assess the strength of their programs, understand the risks of gray market product diversion and illicit trade, and learn how to bolster the effectiveness of authentication and track & trace programs.

On day two of the main conference, Cutri led a panel discussion with John DiPalo, COO of Acsis Inc. The topic was “Track & Trace and the Movement of Goods,” covering implications of doing business in a truly global marketplace. Discussion points included best practices for serialization and the importance of item-level traceability. Kodak recently named Acsis as a serialization partner of choice for dual serialization track & trace systems on the packaging line.

“Kodak has a strong history of working with companies around the world to develop, implement, and refine brand protection strategies,” concluded Cutri. “Being part of these events allows us to share our expertise while learning more about the issues that our customers face every day. It’s a very complex problem—one that needs a partner with the right solutions and a deep understanding of the market. Kodak is that partner.”

To learn more about Kodak’s full line of brand protection solutions, please visit www.kodak.com/go/brandprotection.

About Kodak
Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.

About Acsis Inc.
Acsis is the market leader for Enterprise Serialization in the Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage and Industrial markets. With 30 years of proven experience and industry expertise, Acsis offers the only serialization solution that gives customers complete control to track and trace products throughout the supply chain to meet mandates, gain visibility and improve productivity, while reducing chargebacks and counterfeiting. For more information, visit www.acsisinc.com.
 

 

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Derprosa enters the USA, consolidating its international expansion

The East Coast of the United States has been chosen by Derprosa to set up Derprosa Speciality Films, the company’s first USA warehouse.

Derprosa, a leader in special coated films, opened its first warehouse, Derprosa Speciality Films, in Newark, New Jersey, last February. This joins the ones already present in France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and Mexico. The opening is part of the international expansion strategy that Derprosa is currently implementing.

For the last few months, the Derprosa Speciality Films warehouse has allowed the company to serve customers in the USA market directly, allowing them to acquire small quantities of film in the country without the need to import material they might need from Derprosa’s headquarters in Spain, as was previously the case. This location allows the company to offer a faster service to customers in the United States.

The need for this new facility arose from the great demand for material that exists in the USA among the different markets that Derprosa serves. Derprosa Speciality Films currently serves different sectors that have experienced a growing demand for products: the luxury packaging sector (specifically luxury folding cartons), book publishing, digital printing, large-format printing and the labelling sector.

The success of Derprosa’s films, both in its domestic market and internationally, across the range of industries in which it operates has been the result of the quality and innovation the company offers with its films.

This is possible thanks to the endeavour of Derprosa’s R&D Department, with its focus on innovation and the creation of new films. As a result of this section’s research, Derprosa is the pioneer and creator of the Soft Touch Matt technology, as well as latest generation films like the Matt Anti-scuff, a ‘finishable’ film, meaning one that can be glued, printed on and given a finish.

Within the range of products created by Derprosa, it is possible to find films with anti-bacterial properties and special metallized films, perfect for digital printing, as well as the products from its Elegance line, films with different colours and special top coatings that can be printed on and finished with different technologies depending on the different applications desired, such as boxes and cartons, catalogues, labels, POS display, book covers, etc.

You can get a better idea about these films at the following websites:

www.derprosadeluxe.com, www.elegancederprosa.com and www.softtouchderprosa.com.

The company’s commitment to innovation means that Derprosa Speciality Films can offer a wide range of special films, and makes it the ideal partner for developing new films for specific projects thanks to the flexibility and skills of its R&D Department.

In this way the company has put itself at the forefront of the graphic arts industry and the lamination sector as well as at the cutting edge of varied finishing solutions for packaging.

 

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Eagle Systems installs Eco-Eagle Cold Foil System at Cartamundi USA Headquarters

Graphic Art Systems, Inc., a U.S. based developer and manufacturer of foil enhancement equipment, today announced the completed installation of its Eco-Eagle Cold Foil system at the US headquarters of Cartamundi and Elite Packaging. Cartamundi is established as the worldwide leader in the production of playing, trading, collectible and game card products for casinos, home entertainment houses, software developers, and of course both trading and collectible card manufacturers. With the installation completed just weeks ago, the impact of the Eagle System is already telling. For the card leader, in-house cold foil translates to faster turnaround and very competitive pricing for an ever-expanding customer base. For more information about Cartamundi USA, go to: www.cartamundiusa.com/.
 
Eagle offers us an All-American made machine that’s extremely user-friendly, operates as a stand-alone unit, and comes with the renowned hands-on guidance of Mike King and his crew,” notes Bob Nickel, VP, Specialty Packaging Innovative Technology/R&D for Cartamundi USA. “Whenever you’re driving into new territory, a little hand-holding is critical. Eagle has made the investigation, installation and implementation of cold foil into Cartamundi easy.
 
We’ve spent over nine months researching how we could best inject cold foil into our workflows. And we analyzed every available option. After visiting current Eagle users to see the system in action, the last step was to visit Mike and his team at PRINT in September. We received the system right out of their booth, but by then we were already sold.
 
After a two-day install [they expected 3 to 4], we’ve already run three jobs through the Eagle System and our KBA 106 Press. Our customers are overwhelmed by the results and accelerated turnaround time.”
 
The Eco-Eagle Cold Foil System
 
The Eco-Eagle Cold Foil system is a value-added finishing technique for cold foil applications. The add-on system can retrofit to new or existing 28-inch up to 80-inch sheet-fed offset presses from most major press manufacturers. It offers users the flexibility to apply a single 40-inch width of foil or multiple widths of foil, in any combination, as narrow as 2- inches. This ability greatly reduces foil cost and consumption. In addition, the cold foil system operates on about the same amount of electricity as a 1,500 watt hair dryer, reducing energy demands in production environments.
 
The Eco-Eagle system provides the benefits of high-quality performance and reliability, as well as efficient machine-ability and cost effectiveness. Spot or overall foil coverage is printed inline and then overprinted at standard press speeds. The process uses standard printing plates and features setup times of less than 10 minutes. Eco-Eagle is completely automated thereby eliminating the human interface and operator/machine intervention.
 
About Graphic Art Systems
 
For more than 20 years, Graphic Arts Systems has been the industry leader in the design and manufacture of foil application and print enhancement equipment with their “Eagle Systems” ™ brand. With hundreds of installations around the world, the Eagle Systems brand has become synonymous with quality, reliability and state of the art innovation. Since founding Graphic Art Systems Mike King, CEO/President and inventor of all Eagle Systems products, has specialized in the use of foil in printing. Once again Mike has demonstrated his dominance in this arena when Graphic Art Systems rolled out a new line of foil systems – the Eco-Eagle Cold Foil and the Eco-Eagle Cast and Cure systems.
 
These systems are in a class of their own. Completely manufactured, assembled and tested at their plant in Ocean New Jersey, the Eco-Eagle systems are installed and in production within five days. Using advanced technology and the power of the internet, the highly automated Eco-Eagle Systems reduce foil costs, run smoothly and foil dust free without operator intervention. For more information about Graphic Art Systems and all the Eagle Systems products, go to www.thefoilexperts.com.

 

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Kodak addresses brand protection solutions for pharmaceutical industry

Brand protection is a major issue for companies around the globe, but in the pharmaceutical realm, the issue takes on increased importance because of the extreme health risks involved. Experts in the field gathered last month in London for the 2nd Annual Pharma Anti-Counterfeiting Congregation 2013 to talk about everything from brand protection technologies and government strategies to international partnerships and best practices. Kodak exhibited its broad range of brand protection solutions and presented in the conference program.

Experts estimate that up to 10 percent of all drugs worldwide are counterfeit, meaning that consumers may be taking drugs that have been manufactured incorrectly or with inferior ingredients. The drug industry loses billions of dollars each year to drug counterfeiting, and consumers need to be better protected. Attendees spent two days discussing these issues and the innovative solutions that are available today.

“Advancements in track and trace technology and serialization are helping brand owners and manufacturers better control the supply chain while providing a way for retailers and consumers to verify the authenticity of products,” explained Thaddeus Bowen, Kodak’s Director of Business Development for Brand Protection Solutions. “This problem is massive in scope. We have a very knowledgeable team with backgrounds in imaging, supply chain, law enforcement, and more. The solutions we bring to market are helping customers save money and protect the integrity of their brands.”

During the conference, Bowen presented a session entitled “Detecting Diversion & Counterfeiting: Dual Serialization and Ubiquitous Monitoring.” In it, he explained Kodak’s approach to the problem and shared some examples of successful prevention strategies.

With increasing activity in black market, gray market, product tampering and patent and trademark infringement, brands are in a constant battle. New technologies make it easier for others to replicate products or packaging, or alter serial numbers. Kodak offers solutions that make it easier to tell a genuine product from a counterfeit, or to track products through a distribution system. To learn more about Kodak’s Brand Protection Solutions, visit www.kodak.com/go/brandprotection.

 

About Kodak
Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.

 

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Mexican Packaging Machinery Market Remains Strong and Getting Stronger, According to PMMI Research

After a slow recovery period, Mexico’s packaging machinery marketplace is coming back strong, according to PMMI’s 2013 “Mexico Packaging Machinery Market Study,” published in April 2013. The study reviews current market data and interviews with companies to analyze packaging machinery demand and supply trends in the Mexican market.

“Current conditions in Mexico are favorable for capital investment projects,” notes Enrique Guzman, director, PMMI Latin America office, “Our researchers confirmed this through the interviews they conducted for the study, ambitious investment projects were identified, especially in the food, pharmaceutical and personal care industries.”

Firms in Mexico spent $535 million on packaging machinery imports in 2012 — about 85% of their total packaging machinery expenditure — making their nation the world’s seventh-largest importer of packaging machinery.

“Industry experts predict 6%to 8% overall growth in Mexico’s packaging machinery market this year. But the specific companies interviewed for PMMI’s study anticipate spending an average 17% more on packaging machinery investments this year,” Guzman says.

The majority of the packaging equipment imports in Mexico are purchased for the food market (29%), beverage (24%), personal care (20%) and pharmaceutical (11%). Food is also the largest sector of Mexican manufacturing, generating 22% of the manufacturing gross domestic product.

The largest packaging machinery importers within this industry include a mix of large international food manufacturers and large Mexican food companies that are investing in new technology and expanding their product offerings to meet increasing demand and serve the growing Hispanic market in the United States. The U.S. Hispanic market has greater purchasing power than any other Hispanic market in the world, and manufacturers are expanding their reach further by reaching out to non-Hispanic American consumers as well.

The pharmaceutical market is also a key player in the packaging machinery market. Mexico and Brazil are the largest pharmaceutical producers in Latin America, and the Mexican pharmaceutical industry is growing significantly, averaging annual growth rates above 6% growth over the past three years.

The demand for packaging machinery is clear, and the companies who took part in the survey made it clear their first source for the machines is to go to a trade show. EXPO PACK México came up first as a source for learning about packaging trends and meeting new potential suppliers for machinery or materials. After EXPO PACK México, they turn to trade publications and direct visits by suppliers make decisions for sourcing new technology and material, Guzman says.

“The interviews we conducted for the PMMI Mexico Packaging Machinery Market Study underscored the importance of EXPO PACK México,” Guzman adds. “Latin American companies are investing in machinery, equipment, components and materials to compete in the global marketplace, and to find what they need, they come to EXPO PACK México.”

EXPO PACK México 2013 reflected the market demand: More than 29,000 buyers attended the four-day show last June. The next edition of EXPO PACK México, June 17–20, 2014, will feature more than 1,000 packaging and processing industry suppliers at Centro Banamex in Mexico City.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing over 600 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through programs and events such as The PACK EXPO family of trade shows, packexpo.com, PMT Magazine, PACK EXPO Show Daily, networking events and educational programs.

PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International and presented jointly with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE); PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: EXPO PACK México 2014, June 17-20 (Mexico City, Mexico); PACK EXPO International 2014, Nov. 2-5 (McCormick Place, Chicago); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International 2014; PACK EXPO East, debuting Feb. 2–4, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia); EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015, March 18-20, 2015 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico).

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