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Leading packaging show returns with more first-time exhibitors


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ackaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print is returning to Birmingham’s


NEC on March 1-2, 2017, for its twelſth edition. The UK’s leading packaging and print show will feature more content than ever before, a who’s who of international speakers and a showfloor packed with first-time exhibitors. Gerry Sherwood, event director for the Easyfairs’


Packaging Portfolio, said: “The packaging industry is constantly evolving, with buyers and key decision makers needing to stay ahead of the latest trends, issues and solutions. This is where we come in, providing our visitors with the perfect platform to meet and do business. “We work very hard to create a dedicated show


that meets all of our visitors’ needs. That means delivering a rich mix of all of the established players, plus new niche packaging suppliers they perhaps wouldn’t otherwise see. That’s why we’re so pleased to have a show of this size that still has so many first time exhibitors. This allows us to bring something fresh to the thousands of retailers and


brand managers who attend the show.” New features for 2017 will be The Ideas Factory,


which will see leading experts from non- packaging based companies form a cross-sector information sharing portal. This will allow cutting- edge techniques and knowledge from other industries to be applied to the packaging sector. Campden BRI, a UK independent food and drink


research body, will be at the show for the first time, running a number of sessions focusing on openability and hosting interactive ‘spot the defect’ and ‘identify the foreign body’ workshops. A third new show feature, focusing on


inclusivity, has also been developed. Details of this will be announced later in the year. As well as these, the show also welcomes established favourites, including The Pharmaceutical and Drinks Symposia, The Great Innovation Debate, The Ecopack Challenge, The Packaging Clinic and The BIG Print Debate. There will also be free-to-attend Learnshops seminars, spanning the entire packaging market,


Ritrama to invest $85 million to open new production centre in USA


delivered by a host of international industry experts, including GSK, Jaguar Land Rover and Co-Op. Top suppliers, such as HP, Pollard Boxes, Curtis


Packaging, Alexir Packaging, Leonhard Kurz UK, De Jong Verpakking, Durst Phototechnik AG and Fischbein Saxon, have been quick to book stands, showing their support for the show. Returning exhibitor Brian Tyndall, UK sales


manager at Enercon Industries, commented: “Packaging Innovations in Birmingham is the only UK show we exhibit at every year. It not only draws in new customers, but it is also a great place to meet with existing customers who visit to find the latest innovations in the packaging industry. We are looking forward to 2017!”


All in Print China 2016 sees over 76,000 visitors T


he sixth edition of the All in Print China exhibition in


Shanghai closed its doors at the end of October. Embracing the theme, ‘Discover the Future of Printing’, it showcased the advancements in printing technology in recent years, including the importance of innovation and development. This year’s grand scale featured an exhibition area of 80,000 square


investing $85 million in a new facility and is creating 150 new jobs in South Carolina, USA. Designed to be the company’s


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most modern and productive plant worldwide, this new 30,000sqm facility will utilise the latest coating technologies and advanced robotics for internal logistics and packaging, as well as a fully automated storage and retrieval system for all its warehousing requirements. The facility will be a logistic platform to service North America, as well as export to Central American and South American markets. It will also serve as the company’s North American headquarters. Work at the site began in mid- December 2015, and it is expected


talian manufacturer of self- adhesive materials, Ritrama, is


that the facility will be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2017. The decision to locate this facility in Spartanburg County involves the most important stakeholders in South Carolina’s economy; it also highlights the area’s expanding international manufacturing community, creating a competitive business environment that is open for companies of all kinds. Ricardo Rink, Ritrama Group


CEO, said: “We at Ritrama are excited about expanding our North American manufacturing footprint in Moore, S.C. Both Spartanburg County and the State of South Carolina have been very supportive, and we are looking forward to being part of the community and bringing new jobs to our state-of-the-art factory.”


metres to host 724 exhibitors - the largest number in the show’s history - coming from countries and regions from across the world. During the five- day exhibition, All in Print China 2016 was attended by domestic and international visitors, totalling as many as 76,818, an increase of 24.2 per cent on 2014. The fair embraced more than 100 domestic associations and enterprise groups and received buyer groups from more than 20 countries. More than 60 printing forums, technical seminars and news


conferences were held during the show and provided numerous opportunities of information and idea exchange for visitors.


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Tetra Pak’s carton for JUST Water has been recognised at the 2016 Environmental Media Awards. Back in April the first Tetra Top


carton bottle with bio-based plastic hit the market with JUST water. On October 22, young film star


Jaden Smith accepted an EMA Futures Award, recognising his work in co-founding JUST Water and the importance of this package towards using plant-based solutions. Today, more than 80 per cent of the JUST Water Tetra Top carton bottle comes from plant-based materials.


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