It has been an incredibly busy month, culminating with the recent extravaganza that is Interpack. While the show is always large and dynamic, this year has yet again managed to break records in exhibitors, show visitors, and innovation. With regards to overall trends, the concentration for converting has been on innovation, replacing, reducing and re-engineering. With the ever increasing growth in the flexibles industry, and the consistent move from rigid products and metal and glass into paper and plastics, converters major and minor were demonstrating the benefits of this move, as well as the abilities of lightweighting without sacrificing product integrity.
This does not mean that the paper or board industries are suffering, quite the contrary.. with the growth in E-Commerce and the move towards thinner, better decorated and printed and more environmentally aware converting, this Interpack showed that growth is available in all markets.
In this edition of Converting Today we are concentrating on paper and board, inks and slitting and rewinding. In paper and board we will be speaking with Jori Ringman of CEPI about food contact legislation and ensuring the right grade is applied to ensure success.
One of the main issues being faced by the industry is that there is no harmonised legislation such as is found in material specific
regulations for cermamics, plastics and cellulose film. If each member nation sets their own protocols then there is little hope of
providing a uniform best in class standard.
For slitting and rewinding, we will investigate some of the new developments and launches such as ensuring that they fit in
increasingly limited space, without loss of output, that they can handle wider formats, and they can increasingly come on line and immediately handle large speeds.
Our viewpoint is a review of the recent AWA release liner conference, where a number of interesting debates and presentations took place. There was innovation to support this across Interpack, from E-commerce solutions to labeling innovation and sealing developments for convenience products.
The next few weeks will start to see a large influx of information as companies return from Interpack and the new products released begin to generate a response.
In the meantime I wish you all happy reading!