Summer brings a sunny outlook

1 July 2014

The converting industry continues to develop in the face of legislation, most recent of which has been in food contact and ink migration. With less space available in factories to produce more products, machine suppliers who can reduce the size of their systems without productivity decrease should continue to see growth.

Recent trade shows such as IPEX, Packaging Innovations and Interpack have seen a wealth of innovation designed to convert higher volumes, more efficiently and on demand for customers. As we enter into the summer and the world cup kicks off there is both an increase in supplies for picnics and barbeque and the associated drinks to accompany them. Beer packaging in particular has seen an enormous uptick in improved labeling, printing and improved consistency and graphics all of which are putting pressure on converters and their suppliers to achieve higher volume orders at a sped up turnaround. There is steady progress in advancing sustainability and meeting environmental goals, complemented by technological developments such as the growth of digital printing and the increasing activity in the renewable , compostable and recyclable materials space.

In this edition of Converting Today, we are taking a closer look at the film and foil industry, to investigate some of the trends involved in delivering hi barrier, improved performance and highly technical films in an increasingly competitive market. In the feature on coating and laminating there is lots of new developments and launches being promoted, George Kellie of kellie solutions provides insight into the Nonwovens market and the opportunities that are available. Converting Today has also taken a closer look at static control and spoke with Simco to discover new developments.

At the end of the publication we have two thought pieces; one which is from Confederation of Paper Industries on health and safety improvements to reduce accidents in the sector and the other article is from APEAL the steel packaging association whose secretary general, Alexander Mohr , discusses recycling and resource efficiency,

The next edition of the publication will be a double edition, combining July and August. I hope you all have a wonderful summer and as always if you have any questions about the publication or its contents please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Happy reading!

Matthew Rogerson,

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