Gaez grows and invests to increase capacity

Gaez, which belongs to Corporación Empresarial Valls and specialises in high-end folding cartons and labels for the perfumery and cosmetics market (more than 95% of its turnover), takes a major technological leap forward and increases its production capacity with the incorporation of a new offset printing press: a 'Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106'.
The investment, made after an exhaustive selection process among the main firms at global level, exceeds 3 M€ and responds to the sustained growth of the company in its packaging division, as well as the growing level of demand of its natural market in terms of innovation, differentiation and quality.
The new press, which has just arrived from Germany in nine trailers, has begun to be installed at the beginning of September at the Gaez plant in Arganda del Rey, 11,600 m2 built on an area of 21,000 m2, and is expected to be operational by mid-October.
The 'Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106' stands out for offering the shortest makeready times and being one of the most powerful presses in its category. It is specially configured for Gaez in order with the current and highest standards of demand in the world of 'premium' packaging. It can work with a wide range of substrates and offer a wide range of finishing options: gloss and matt effects, surface and supplementary coatings, single and multiple coatings with aqueous and/or UV varnish. All this in a single pass thanks to its nine printing units and its varnishing module, which integrates the exclusive 'AniloxLoader' system. The latest automation modules, such as the DriveTronic concept or the VariDry LED-UV drying system, complete the Rapida 106.
This investment represents a decisive step in Gaez's growth strategy, which this year aims to close at over €11m in turnover, and its positioning as one of the reference firms in the field of selective packaging.

GED Capital sells its stake in Nekicesa to Essentra

GED, a private equity group specialized in the middle-market segment in Spain, today announced the sale of its stake in Nekicesa Packaging S.L. (Nekicesa) to Essentra, a company that is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is part of the FTSE 250 index.
With two facilities in Madrid, Nekicesa is the leading Spanish company in the pharmaceutical packaging sector. The acquisition of Nekicesa, free of cash and debt, adds production capacity and value-added services to Essentra's presence in Barcelona.
With this operation, GED Capital completes the divestment of its GED Iberian B fund, established in 2012. GED Capital is lifting its new private equity vehicle GED VI Spain, which made a first closing of 100 million euros in March this year . The fund, which has a target size of 175 million euros, follows the same strategy as its predecessor.

UPM Raflatac unveils a wood-based film material

UPM Raflatac, a label material producer, launches a new wood-based polypropylene film material. The UPM Raflatac Forest Film™ label material has been developed in collaboration with UPM Biofuels using UPM BioVerno naphtha, a 100 percent wood-based solution originating from sustainably managed forests.
This innovative film will answer brand owners’ needs to replace traditional fossil-based virgin materials with renewable ones.
“At UPM Raflatac, we support the circular economy by innovating circular labeling solutions, but that is not enough. We are aiming higher by making sure that the raw materials we use are as sustainable as possible. By replacing fossil-based raw materials with renewable ones we can ensure a truly sustainable packaging solution,” says Antti Jääskeläinen, Executive Vice President, UPM Raflatac. “Our Forest Film is a natural step on our journey towards labeling a smarter future beyond fossils.”

Technology and sustainability, main challenges for the future of packaging

IQS Executive Education, the IQS division dedicated to specialized professional training, the Hispack fair and the Packaging Cluster held a conference yesterday in Barcelona on the future and the possibilities for professional development in the packaging sector in Spain.
The event brought together representatives of some of the largest companies and entities in the world of packaging and other related sectors, such as food or ecology, to discuss the challenges it faces and the effects they will have both socially and economically. The speakers at the round table agreed that the future of packaging goes through two main axes: technological advances and sustainability.
"The packaging does not have to be seen as a cost, but as an opportunity to improve projects and sales," said Santiago Olivares, Packaging Manager Iberian Region of Nestlé. Olivares also stressed that «the lowest environmental impact is achieved by properly conserving products. The best investment we can make is what we offer for its entire useful life. Otherwise, we would be losing all the resources used from the primary, secondary and transportation transformation to the final sale, ”said Olivares.
As Toni Renart, director of operations of the Vichy Catalan Group declared, «the person in charge of packaging is a totally necessary figure, since it is a very technical and complex profile that has to be in coordination with the rest of the company's production areas».
However, the constant transformations of a sector as transversal as that of packaging also entail an evolution of its professionals. A multidisciplinary and flexible profile will be indispensable requirements for packaging engineers in the near future. In the words of Dr. Montse Castillo, academic coordinator of the area of Packaging Management and IQS Executive Education, the future goes through «thinking of packaging not only as a technical function, but also strategic. The new packaging engineer has to know the market needs, technological innovations and obviously all legal requirements ».
Jordi Bel, Regional Director of Saica, added that this new professional «must be trained in the areas we sell to clients. The question now is not about knowing the product, but the processes ». One of the main problems pointed out by the participants in the debate is the lack of specific training. In this sense, María Pérez, Ecoembes business and eco-design coordinator, lamented that in Spain there is no degree exclusively dedicated to packaging unlike other countries, such as the United States, but recognized that the tendency to offer specific programs to improve Preparation of professionals in the sector is showing very beneficial results.
IQS Executive Education has a Master's Degree and a Postgraduate Degree in Packaging Management, as well as Postgraduate degrees in Design and Development and Industrialization of Packaging designed for people already working in the sector. Lluís Miravitlles, director of IQS Executive Education, recalled that “the objective of IQS Executive Education is to train professionals so that they are ready to join the industry directly. We want to prepare our students to be more competent and capable of taking on new responsibilities».

Tetra Pak exceeds 500 billion FSC® certified containers

Tetra Pak has sold more than 500 billion containers certified by Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) worldwide.
After launching the first FSC certified container in the world in 2007 with J Sainsbury, the increase in these packages has grown steadily and accelerated in the last three years. Tetra Pak's latest environmental research shows that there is a growing trend of consumers interested in environmental issues: one in two consumers is looking for environmental certification stamps on the products they buy.
In Spain, where all the packages that Tetra Pak sells are already manufactured with FSC paper and other controlled sources, the level of presence of the FSC seal in the packaging design is very high, currently reaching 86% of everything sold. “We are working to incorporate the FSC seal in 100% of our packaging, making our clients aware of the importance of incorporating this seal in their packaging to give visibility to the consumer of the origin responsible for the cardboard used in manufacturing. Sometimes it is complicated due to lack of space in the design, but we are on the right track, and we hope to finish this year with 90% of the packages sold in Spain including the FSC seal ”, says Ingrid Falcão, Customer Sustainability Expert of Tetra Pak Iberia

Verallia's New Virtual Glass

Virtual Glass by Verallia allows you to create and visualize glass containers (bottles and jars) filled, labeled and capped with great realism. It is able to quickly generate hyperrealistic representations with a very high image definition. These virtual designs include up to six models and can also be used as a marketing tool (online catalogs, promotional renders, etc.).
With Virtual Glass, accessible only from MyVerallia - Verallia's customer portal - only a few clicks are needed to generate a realistic appearance of a complete packaging. After choosing a bottle from the catalog, the customer can import their own labels to visualize the ‘prototype’ of their product. In addition, you can try to place it in a neutral or realistic scene (such as the linear one of a supermarket) and even compare it with another project or an existing product in the market, as well as share your creation with the team.
Launched already in Spain, France, Italy and Portugal, Virtual Glass will be available shortly in all the countries in which the company operates.




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