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Packaging, Labelling and Barcoding

Wild West mentality in SA packaging sector

By: System Author     16th July 1999 There are generally no laws or regulations that apply to the South African packaging industry, with the exception of the transportation and warehousing of packaged goods. “One must bear in mind that packaging, by definition, ranges from envelopes to large containers, and from sterilised... 

SA packaging sector is at the cutting edge

By: System Author     16th July 1999 What environmental trends have affected the local packaging industry of late? Packaging in South Africa is at the cutting edge of world technology. Being a highly competitive business in which many products end up in international markets, we are conscious of our environmental responsibilities,... 

Local packaging machine beats imported version

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The first locally-made packaging machine for handling water-soluble film is now available from National Packaging Systems (NPS) of Kwazulu-Natal at a fraction of the cost of the imported version. Business partners Geoff Thomason and John Pelucci developed the machine using the latest packaging... 

R700 000 packaging-system contracts are awarded

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Two contracts together worth more than R700 000 have been awarded to packaging-systems specialist WestWeigh Systems, of Midrand by TSB for its plant in Malelane, Swaziland. The contracts, for the automatic filling of 500 kg to 1 000 kg big bags, were signed in March and April for installation... 

Novel crate-inspection system packs a punch

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Midrand quality-control system specialist Intelligent Quality Control (IQC) Systems has conducted a final round of tests on its trial crate-inspection system installed at South African Breweries’ (SAB) Rosslyn plant in Pretoria. “The system was installed as a test installation in this... 

Growing trend towards automation in SA

By: System Author     16th July 1999 A growing trend towards automation in the South African packaging industry can be expected within the next few years, says Weighing & Packaging Systems regional manager Nick Oliver. Based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, the company is a leading local designer and manufacturer of packaging... 

Hard-goods packing plant commissioned

By: System Author     16th July 1999 In line with the Pac-Creative group’s aim of providing creative outsourcing solutions in the manufacturing field, it has commissioned a new hard-goods packing plant at its Industria, Gauteng, site trading under the name Serv-Quest. The plant’s establishment was driven by the need of a... 

Vote for corrugated board

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The recent South African general election revealed an innovative use for corrugated board. Leading corrugated-packaging manufacturer Nampak Corrugated designed and manufactured the voting booths for the country’s 14 500 polling stations, and the tables and chairs used in more remote areas.... 

New aseptic packaging products launched

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Voted the most significant food-science innovation in the last 50 years by the Institute for Food Technology in the US, aseptic packaging technology is pioneered in South Africa by Tetra Pak, of Pinetown, Kwazulu-Natal, reportedly a world leader in the development and marketing of such systems... 

National packaging-industry awards

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Over the past 20 years, the Gold Pack Awards have developed a credible relationship with the South African packaging industry through recognising good design and innovation in those companies and individuals unwilling to accept the ordinary. Early in the history of the Institute of Packaging of... 

Simulation ink for metallised labels

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Brewers are increasingly enhancing the appeal of their beer packaging with bottle labels printed with inks that simulate metallised labels. Spearheading the trend, Printpak Gravure, of Industria, Gauteng, is using such ‘simulation inks’ to create glossy, eye-catching labels for... 

Five systems ordered

By: System Author     16th July 1999 chamber-blade system that reportedly offers greater print quality and consistency than two-roll systems, conventional chamber blades and single or reverse-angle blade machines is offered by Dennes Engineering, of Gauteng. The first Beolna Flexo unit installed has proved so successful that the... 

Year 2000 upgrade is finally in the can

By: System Author     16th July 1999 One of the largest manufacturers of tin-plate cans for the South African food-canning industry, Foodcan, of Bryanston, Gauteng, a subsidiary of the Nampak group, has taken steps to streamline and upgrade its production facilities nationwide as part of a multimillion-rand Year 2000 initiative. As... 

Alu-cans strike gold

By: System Author     25th June 1999 In just five years since the introduction of the aluminium beverage can to South Africa, the recycling of these cans has grown into a multimillion-rand industry. Aluminium Can Recycling Association (Acra) GM Henning Viljoen indicates that the yearly recovery rate of aluminium beverage cans in... 

Child-proof plastic vial newly launched

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A novel child-resistant Screw-Loc plastic vial for the dispensing of prescription tablets and capsules is being launched by Consol Plastics. Child resistance is provided by the specially-designed Screw-Loc closure, which requires a ‘push down and turn’ action to open. The vials will... 

R1-million-worth of export orders secured

By: System Author     28th May 1999 PROCESS and packaging specialist Accutech Weighing Services has secured export orders worth about R1-million over the last six months for its products to Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya Swaziland and Britain. “These orders, along with increasing local demand for Accutech... 

R1,2m dust-control contracts

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THREE orders totalling about R1,2-million for supply of dust-control filters for packaging equipment have been placed with Air Cleaning Equipment (Ace), of Springs, Gauteng, by leading packaging-equipment specialist BMW Packaging of Sandton, Gauteng. The filters are for packaging equipment for... 

SA assistance with UAE-card making plant

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) first plastic card manufacturing plant has been created with the assistance of a Johannesburg firm. BN Card Technologies, a subsidiary of Nampak’s BDM Technologies, is involved in providing technology know-how and staff training to the US$7-million... 

Step-by-step guide to world markets

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The first edition of a long-awaited exporter’s manual has been launched by the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). The JCCI exporter’s manual was compiled to encourage new and existing businesses to realise the advantages of trading wisely into world markets, and to... 

Division measures SA industry shortfalls

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The trade metrology division of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is measuring up the shortfalls of industry to ensure fairness and consumer protection. SABS trade metrology manager Brian Beard explains to Engineering News that the department is busy with several projects on packaging... 

Packaging firm wraps up orders

By: System Author     12th March 1999 With an ever-expanding food industry in South Africa, packaging specialist Pakmatic, of Bryanston, Gauteng, is experiencing a period of growth, and undertook various packaging-equipment installations for the food industry during the past six months. This includes a cooking-oil filling machine... 

Onion-curing plant boosts exports

By: System Author     12th March 1999 An onion-curing plant has been installed at a Western Cape farm to ensure that onions produced for the export market have the specified firm skin. “The Perishable Products Export Control Board’s (PPECB) standards specify that onions must have a firm skin when considered for... 

Returnable packaging units

By: System Author     12th February 1999 As the world moves towards global sour- cing and returnable packaging it is vital that companies retain control over their distribution equipment and returnable packaging, and this can be achieved with a system from Johannesburg company Rent-A-Tainer, CEO Len Whittal tells Engineering News. The... 

Cosmetics packaging exports

By: System Author     5th February 1999 LEADING technoplastics injection moulder ExactoCraft, which exports 50% of its turnover at present, has secured another substantial contract with a large cosmetics distributor in the US for the manufacture of its cosmetics packaging. This innovative Cape Town manufacturer is already a market... 

‘Green’ plastic from UK for home and heavy industry is a wrap

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE environment-unfriendly method of manufacturing the kind of plastic used in things such as buckets and rubbish bins could soon be as dated as horse-drawn streetcars. Scientists have discovered a new way of producing the plastic, which has thousands of uses from around the home to heavy... 

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