Ind Editor’s Note
Welcome to the September issue of Converter. This last month has been full of uplifting news of sporting achievements beginning with the paralympians, all of whom have pushed
themselves to the limit and beyond despite what others might see as insurmountable challenges. More recently, tennis superstar Emma Raducanu came from virtually nowhere to win the US Open. These examples and more only prove that no matter what the challenges are that face all of us, with drive and determination, anything is achievable.
The Converting industry has had a much better couple of years than many other sectors thanks to the online shopping boom and champions of industry who have applied drive and determination to keep the industry evolving throughout.
The magazine ethos has always been to exemplify these people and companies and as such, we’ve got specialist features on Film & Foil and Flexible Packaging, new articles from the Machine Vision & Web Inspection as well as the Slitting & Rewinding spheres and we take a look at Web Tension & Guiding. I hope that you find it informative and interesting.
Lynn Sencicle Editor email@example.com
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With the increased legalisation of the drug around the world, including in many US states, the IHMA believes it is critically important that regulated li f l
cannabis products used for pain relief, relaxation and sleeping disorders,i di d are protected fully and secure from the threat of criminal counterfeiters. This will become even more important in the next few years it says, as the race to improve production and bring down costs in the face of growing demand for legalised cannabis-derived treatments opens new opportunities for consumer goods and pharmaceuticals. Cannabis packaging must comply with stringent regulatory
s of counterfeit cannabis have reinfo e products and packaging, says the I cturers Association (IHMA). of synthetic cannabinoids being mis he UK, presenting a significant health WEDINOS, a harm reduction project ed by the public and other participatin the increased legalisation of the drug y US states, the IHMA believes it is crit i d t d f i
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requirements while retaining eye-catching consumer appeal. So the IHMA is urging
such as readily available holograms, which can effectively protect people ernational distribution channels.
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consumer appeal. So the IHMA view how they tackle the threat authentication technologies can effectively protect people
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