Xavier Armengou, CEO of Roland DG Iberia, appointed president of Graphispag

The Board of Directors of Fira de Barcelona has appointed the general director of Roland DG Iberia, Xavier Armengou, president of Graphispag, International Exhibition of the Graphic Industry and Visual Communication, whose next edition will take place from March 26 to 29, 2019 in the Gran Via site. Armengou relieved Lluís Giralt, who held the presidency of the room in 2017.

In his new responsibility as sectoral spokesperson of the Barcelona graphic fair, Xavier Armengou will contribute his experience and knowledge of the graphic and visual communication market to achieve an innovative, experiential and representative Graphispag of the current moment that the sector lives, also open to new groups users of printing products and solutions in their businesses.

Barcelona releases the 'Hula Hoop - The Experience in Circular Design'

The week of September 17 to 21, Barcelona will host international events of the Cradle to Cradle community. On September 19, BCD Barcelona Design Center launches the initiative Hula Hoop Experience - The Experience in Circular Design, which brings together various actions around the circular economy and design. Coinciding with this, Eco Intelligent Growth (EIG) with the collaboration of Cradle to Cradle® Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII) and BCD, joins the initiative and organizes for the first time in Barcelona, ​​a day focused on the circular economy.

The 'Hula Hoop Experience' will begin with 3 workshops open to professionals in the industry and design. The workshops will work on the application of the criteria of the Cradle to Cradle Certified ™ program for the design of products and systems in circular economy. They will be developed on 3 axes: Fashion, Construction and Packaging, and will work on real cases of application of the C2C® criteria. And in the afternoon, and organized by BCD, the Hula Hoop Space will start, a meeting space for projects and circular initiatives.

BCD Barcelona Design Center joins the Service Design Days 2018

BCD has reached an agreement with the organizers of the Service Design Days event, in which it joins the organization of the 2018 edition to be held on October 5 and 6 at the Disseny Hub Barcelona, ​​headquarters of BCD. The objectives and themes of the event coincide fully with the BCD strategy and reinforce the capital of Barcelona in the field of design. In recent years we have seen how design thinking has been gaining followers in the business sector, and something that seemed only reserved to the design sector is now a shared strategy between marketing, design and innovation departments, and the theme of various seminars and conferences business

Only three weeks for Cosmetorium!

There are less than three weeks to open Cosmetorium 2018 and the cosmetics industry is preparing for one of the main annual events in the sector. From September 26 to 27, the Palau de Congressos de Barcelona will combine 1,326 m2 of exhibition space along with scientific and commercial conferences and other parallel activities that will offer visitors the opportunity to discover the latest innovations and trends in design, creation, development , marketing and production of cosmetics.

One of the main novelties of this edition of Cosmetorium is the increase in the space of the exhibition area, which grows 35% compared to last year. It will have a total of 128 exhibiting companies, highlighting an increase in the participation of companies from outside our country (England, France, Portugal, Germany, Korea ...) and a greater presence of the packaging sector within the fair. Thus, networking and offering new business opportunities remain a strong point of this event.

Another key objective is to promote the advancement of cosmetic science. Within the framework of Cosmetorium there is an extensive program of scientific conferences that will address four areas of industry: marketing and market trends, production and industrialization, legislation, and science and technology. In parallel, a series of Techfocus conferences, workshops with live demonstrations, the scientific program on innovation in Portuguese, organized by the Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências Cosmetológicas (SPCC), and the exhibition of the finalist products of the Cosmetorium Awards will be held.

Winners of the 12th edition of Pentawards

The international jury of Pentawards has announced the 2018 winners. This year, the 12th edition of the Pentawards was held at the iconic Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. On Thursday 6th September 2018, the gala ceremony played host to over 280 of the most creative, innovative and disruptive members of the global packaging design community, all winners of the 2018 competition.

DIAMOND WINNER - BEST OF THE SHOW Mutti Limited Edition. Auge Design

When choosing the Best of The Show - Diamond Pentaward winner, the jury and its president have a transparent ability to reach a unanimous decision with little or no effort every year. Mutti Limited Edition, the 2018 Best of the Show - Diamond Pentaward winner, designed by the Italian studio Auge Design, presented no challenge to this year’s jury, by giving them no alternative but to award it with nothing less than the highest level of recognition for packaging design accredited by Pentawards. A partir del formato original, la gama ha sido adornada con una nueva sensación glamorosa y lujosa, con un acabado en láminas de oro de alta gama que contrasta con las superficies de serigrafía de marfil. Este es un diseño que ahora se unirá a un club exclusivo de Pentawards, siendo el 13º ganador de la corona Best of The Show - Diamond Pentaward desde que comenzaron los Pentawards.

PLATINUM WINNER - BEST OF BEVERAGES GUOCUI WUDU Shenzhen Lingyun Creative Packaging Design

In a highly competitive category, the GUOUCI WUDU bottle, designed by the Chinese agency Shenzhen Lingyun Creative Packaging Design , stood out as a design that delivers its message with the absence of an actual description. The overall finish is bold, clean, detailed and rich, all of which are features that elude to the liquors’ high quality and premium contents. From the Henan Province in China, this white spirit is made from five traditional Chinese medicinal materials that are soaked and brewed over time. Liquors of a similar nature in China often contain dregs, left over from the brewing process. By contrast, the biggest selling point of this product is that through multiple processes, the purity of the liquor approximates to a zero-impurity state, giving consumers a stronger sense of security. To translate this, a striking blue transparent glass bottle has been designed as the container and its unique form presents distinctive oriental aesthetics corresponding with the idea of traditional Chinese medicinal brewing behind the product.

PLATINUM WINNER - BEST OF FOOD Shirokuma no Okome. Frame inc.

A design that is as cute as it is curious, Shirokuma no Okome created by the Japanese agency Frame inc. is fantastically simple, yet it leaves everything to the imagination. The concept was to bridge the gap between the rice company Shirokuma no Okome and the brand image 'Polar Bear'. This led to the creation of the charming and warm illustrations, which reflect the true gentleness of the product. The design is beyond the physical product itself (rice), however it is used to elevate the brand into a new space, away from its competition by appealing to the emotive senses of the consumer.

PLATINUM WINNER - BEST OF BODY Bloomdale Eyewear. Studio Kluif

Bloomdale Eyewear is a brand that doesn't follow the typical brand codes created by Studio Kluif. Instead of using photography, like most brands do to promote their new eyewear models, we advised them to communicate in another way. A series of iconic portraits were developed to underline the brand’s tagline, A Bloomdale for every face. These portraits play an important role in all communications. In order to create a more extensive brand experience, we created a packaging range with which the optician makes a more personal statement towards the client. Each box can be fitted with a different portrait depending the client is male, female or even a child.


This new design of the Diptyque Hourglass 2.0 range by SERVAIRE & Co renews the poetic promise of setting a dialogue between home, scent and time with an hourglass-shaped diffusing scent, with an ever-more exclusive design. A unique silhouette and a unique glass coating now differentiate each of the 6 fragrances, which asserts the house's decorative universe and pays tribute to its eclectic inspirations. Its cold-diffusing technology delivers perfume notes through ingenious wicks, which have been developed to widen the diffusion area, through a new patent developed by Techniplast.


In a crowded market, it is essential to stand out. GATUNA, from the Spanish agency The Bold Studio, is a brand that executes this with class. The cat litter market is full of standard products with no apparent differentiation. The challenge was to leave behind the product's technical details, in favour of developing a relationship with the consumer to become their first option. The product is sold in specialised pet shops in Spain. Inteligentemente practica (smartly practical), is a concept that highlights how easy to clean the litter is, also telling the customer that it will save them time to spend it where it matters most: with their cat. The design, based on the illustration, breaks with the visual codes of the sector (cold and technologic) to express simplicity and a sense understanding between the brand, the physical product itself and the consumer.

NXT-GEN WINNER - BEST OF STUDENT CONCEPTS Panda Cigarette. Yu Chen - Hubei University of Technology

Panda cigarette package is designed for warning people about the harms of smoking. Before unwrapped, it showcases a complete image of a panda head printed on transparent film, while the cigarettes are pulled out one by one, seen through the panda pattern, the interior skull image emerges. A transformation from a black panda head to a skull against a white background, it throws into sharp contrast. Sub-health has become a normal state in today’s hectic life. Children are instinctively attracted to pandas, so this before-and-after contrast between a cute panda head and a horrible deathly skull is a much stronger message for them than conventional health warnings. If they learn to avoid cigarettes at a young age, they are less likely to grow up to be smokers.

LONDON CALLING The 2019 Gala Ceremony will be held in London, UK

The 2019 competition will be open for entries from 25 February - 12 April. It has been revealed that the 2019 edition of the Pentawards will see its Gala Ceremony return to London, for the first time since 2015. Additional events will be built around the main Gala Ceremony again, including a Conference, a Design Brunch and a new format of event. The official venue for the Gala Ceremony is yet to be revealed, however it has been confirmed that the 2019 Gala Ceremony will be the largest one (by capacity) since it’s inception. This is in response to a surge in demand from the community to attend the prestigious event in line with the global growth of the Pentawards competition.

Borealis strengthens its commitment to plastics recycling and further develops mechanical recycling capabilities

Borealis, a provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, announces today that it has fully acquired the Austrian plastics recycler Ecoplast Kunststoffrecycling GmbH (“Ecoplast”).

The expectation of Borealis is that the recycled PO market will grow substantially by 2021, which is the strategic rationale behind the acquisition. The company has made PO recycling a key element of its overall PO strategy because of its potential to support both growth and sustainability. Borealis has been an industry frontrunner in making polyolefins more circular. In 2014, it began offering high-end compound solutions to the automotive industry, consisting of 25% and 50% post-consumer recycled content. Borealis was also the first virgin PO producer to explore the possibilities of mechanical recycling, by acquiring one of Europe's largest producers of post-consumer polyolefin recyclates - mtm plastics GmbH and mtm compact GmbH – in July 2016. Since then it has continued to invest into the development of technology and new products in the area of circular polyolefins.

Aptar Completes Acquisition of CSP Technologies

AptarGroup has acquired CSP Technologies, a specialist in materials science that offers innovative and highly engineered active packaging solutions that protect products. As previously reported, this strategic transaction meets Aptar's disciplined criteria for acquiring companies with strong positions in attractive markets, proprietary technologies, solid margins and robust growth fundamentals. Aptar looks forward to growing CSP Technologies' existing business in the Pharma and Food Safety markets, and leveraging their active packaging and material science know- how in other end markets. There will be a conference call on Friday, October 26, 2018 to discuss Aptar's third quarter results for 2018. The call will last approximately one hour. Interested parties are invited to listen to a live webcast by visiting the Investor Relations page at



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