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IndustryNews Flow wrapping solutions can ease


labour shortage ‘Labour shortages already impacting on the fresh produce industry can be addressed in part by embracing automated packaging machinery’, said Tisomi, one of the UK’s leading specialists in horizontal flow wrapping solutions. Flow wrapping technology from


Tisomi can reduce growers’ labour requirements in the pack house and release staff for picking duties, thereby helping to fill the void caused by any shortfall of seasonal workers from overseas. A survey of growers, carried out by the BBC during May and June 2017 as


harvesting started to peak, found that over 50 per cent were not sure if they had enough seasonal workers or had fewer than they needed, with 78 per cent saying recruitment had been more difficult than last year. There seems to be a variety of factors, one of them being the uncertainty created by Brexit. However, while the overseas workforce seems to be shrinking in the UK’s


fields, demand for British produce is growing, making the need for cost- effective flexible packaging solutions to ensure speed to market even more essential once crops have been picked. The extensive choice of flow wrapping equipment for fruit and


vegetables is leading many supermarkets to prefer this type of packaging. Businesses cannot stand still. With Brexit looming over the horizon, fresh


produce companies’ ability to meet increasing demand with a potentially reduced workforce will be a test of the fittest – using machinery that facilitates less manual handling, better pack presentation and performance could have long-term value.


HP’s Paper with impact


The new design of HP Office Paper Pink Ream is at the centre of a social marketing campaign that International Paper, and its partner, HP Papers US, is bringing to Europe this October. The pink look is not just for fun. The colour


has come to symbolise the worldwide fight against breast cancer. Every 19 seconds the disease is diagnosed somewhere across the globe. Every 60 seconds a woman dies because of breast cancer, resulting in over 140,000 mortalities per year. In Europe, it is the most common cause of death among women above the age of 35 years. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, for every pack of HP


Office Pink Ream paper sold, International Paper Europe will donate €0.10 (10 pence in the UK) to the Komen European Network (KEN). It is part of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest non-governmental breast cancer organisation. For 35 years in more than 30 countries it has supported projects focused on education, research, treatment and therapies for fighting breast cancer. KEN operates in six European countries backing numerous initiatives with engagement, ideas, and financial support. In the US the cooperation between International Paper and Susan G. Komen dates to 2007. Since then, the company has donated more than $700,000 to the organisation.


Winners revealed at Label Industry Global Awards


Creative and commercially successful work from the label and package printing industry was rewarded at the Label Industry Global Awards 2017. The people behind innovations introduced over the past 12 months were


presented with trophies in front of over 500 industry peers at a gala dinner held on September 25, as part of this year’s Labelexpo Europe in Brussels. The R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Avery


Dennison, was given to Professor Tan, the founder and honorary chairman of the China Label Sub Association of the Printing Equipment Industries Association of China (PEIAC). The Award for Innovation (for companies with 300+ employees),


sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web, was presented to Herma for its superTack (63Vst). The award also went to Aim for its Ultracode that enables the automatic capture of data by any digital colour camera or smartphone. ebeam Technologies took the Award for Sustainability, sponsored by


Labels & Labelling Magazine, for its compact curing unit. The award was given for the company’s development of a compact electron beam curing system for narrow-web presses, which now makes low-energy, photo- initiator-free curing accessible for label and package printing production.


Flextrus enhances packaging offer with digital printing service


Flextrus, which creates flexible packaging for the food, health and personal care sectors, has begun to offer digital printing to customers to create products that stand out on the shelf. The company is able to offer high- quality digital printing and finishing on a wide range of materials for both wide and narrow web applications. Read more on the Converterwebsite


The number of IoT projects has doubled in the last year


Vodafone recently published its fifth annual IoT Barometer Report, a global survey of business sentiment regarding investment and innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT). The Barometer report found: – The percentage of companies with more than 50,000 active


connected devices has doubled in the last 12 months – 84 per cent of IoT adopters say use of IoT has grown – 51 per cent of IoT adopters say that the technology is


increasing revenues or opening up new revenue streams – 66 per cent of all companies agree that digital transformation


is impossible without IoT. Businesses in the Americas have led the way in embracing large


scale IoT projects, where 19 per cent of companies using IoT have more than 10,000 connected devices, compared to 13 per cent in Europe and seven per cent in Asia Pacific. The large scale users also report some of the biggest business gains with 67 per cent highlighting significant returns from the use of IoT. Energy and utility companies are at the forefront of the largest IoT projects worldwide, with applications such as smart meters and pipeline monitoring. Read more on the Converterwebsite


British Coatings Federation underscores the importance of behavioural safety


The British Coatings Federation (BCF) hosted a safety conference at the beginning of October at Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, focusing on behaviour-based safety and human factors. The coatings companies in membership of the BCF have demonstrated an on-going commitment to safety, which is illustrated in recent results from the BCF’s Coatings Care programme that show a 75 per cent reduction in the number of accidents per year. Wayne Smith, director of regulatory affairs manager, BCF, said, “The focus for health and safety management has changed over the years and


despite this there are still incidents which unfortunately occur. It is important to look at the human factors and the behaviour of employees to improve behavioural safety and safety culture.”


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