The logistics chain is committed to flexibility and digitization

74 companies responsible for about 80% of the movement of goods in the mass consumption sector in Spain have participated in the Aecoc report 'Perspectives for logistics in mass consumption in the new post-Covid environment', presented by the Association of Manufacturers and Distributors , which collects the evaluations of the different actors in the logistics chain on what the keys to their action have been during the confinement and what operational challenges the new normal poses.

One of the issues on which both distributors, manufacturers and logistics operators agree is to envision a near future in which e-commerce and home services will gain prominence, while 70% of those surveyed believe that shopping in establishments physical will decrease in the new normal.

A new context that has consequences for the operations of the value chain itself. The companies foresee that, in the coming months, proximity logistics will be set up and the digitization of documents will be consolidated. In fact, 70% of operators consider that this new normal offers opportunities when it comes to building a more digital, agile and flexible logistics chain, in order to gain efficiency in operations.

In the analysis of the environment that is being configured, 70% of the companies believe that the cessation of activity of small companies and the self-employed will be the main problem that the transport of goods by road will face in the coming months, especially to from the third quarter of the year.

An aspect related to the closure of companies, such as lack of liquidity, is the second most referred to by the companies surveyed, especially as the financing lines promoted by the administration run out, while the third most recurring concern It is the impact that the crisis will have on business investments and its result in issues such as fleet renewals or innovation projects, both key aspects in the objective of reducing emissions in logistics operations.

Packaging companies test their innovations through tests carried out by ITENE

Companies that produce or use packaging put their innovations to the test through horizontal acceleration tests carried out by ITENE in accordance with the EUMOS standard. Among them are the companies Safe Pallet, which has developed anti-slip interposers for pallets that improve the stability and protection of loads, and Dow Chemical, which has identified the necessary technical specifications for both film used in the beverage sector and for sleeves. destined to the load of heavy merchandise. For its part, among the companies that use packaging in their operations is the food company GBfoods, which has used these tests to obtain an improved wrapping of its stretch film.

Industrial companies, both those manufacturers of packaging and those that use it in their operations, resort to horizontal acceleration tests, in which the conditions in which goods are transported are simulated, in order to identify improvements in their packaging system and palletized or to demonstrate, in the case of packaging manufacturing companies, that their new developments contribute to improving the stability and compactness of the load and therefore to compliance with Royal Decree 563/2017.

These tests have been carried out in the transport simulation center of the Technological Institute of Packaging, Transport and Logistics (ITENE) following the EUMOS 40509 standard, now in its new improved version corresponding to 2020. ITENE is the only entity in Spain that performs this type of rehearsal. The EUMOS 40509 standard is included in the provisions on cargo securing of the European Union Directive 2014/47 / EU on roadside technical inspections as a standard applicable to packaging for transport.

In the case of Safe Pallet, in the tests carried out by ITENE it has been verified that the non-slip interposers for pallets developed by this company have improved the stability and protection of the loads, even reducing the amount of stretch film by 20% and increasing the levels palletizing.

For its part, Dow Chemical has compared, with the support of ITENE, the behavior of a new stretch film with a 14 micron rating compared to that currently used by the beverage sector (23 micron), in turn combining different micron ratings of the grouping shrink film of the cans (50 and 60 microns). The multinational company used the EUMOS 40509 horizontal acceleration test to determine the influence on the stability and safety of the loads of the optimizations carried out both in the shrink film for grouping the cans and in the stretch film of the load. Along with this, Dow Chemical also compared, in this same project, the influence on load stability of two possible technical specifications of an elastic sleeve intended for the heavy goods sector, in particular for bag loads. The results of the project were satisfactory, since they made it possible to identify the optimal technical specifications for each of the two case studies, the beverage sector and the heavy load sector.

Packaging user companies also carry out this test in order to characterize and measure the level of acceleration that their load is capable of supporting with a given packaging. Among them is the GBfoods company, which has resorted to these horizontal acceleration tests following the EUMOS 40509 standard in order to know the capacity of its packaging to withstand a certain level of acceleration and thus be able to obtain an improved wrapping of its stretch film .

Metsä Board launches a state-of-the-art Excellence Centre

Metsä Board has started up operations in its new Excellence Centre at the unique bioeconomy site in Äänekoski, Finland.

The centre, with its cutting-edge technology for R&D, packaging design and paperboard and packaging performance, aims to accelerate material and packaging innovation and provide a collaboration platform for customers and technology partners globally.

“As the amount of packaging continues to grow, new, sustainable solutions are needed to replace fossil-based materials and ensure circularity. The Excellence Centre concept enables paperboard and packaging solutions that look at the entire value chain, and not just at its separate parts. With the material knowhow, competence and tools now available, we can optimise performance throughout the packaging lifecycle”, says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.

The Excellence Centre, which covers a total of 1,500 square meters, includes R&D facilities, a packaging design studio, a customer feedback centre and a state-of-the art laboratory providing more than 100 different measurement methods and analytics. The centre also features a virtual store and a computer-aided engineering (CAE) tool to allow sophisticated simulation and analysis of packaging performance.

“Renewable and recyclable fresh fibre paperboard can be utilised for packaging in many ways. Fibre-based packaging has a lot to offer, and together with our partners and the new Excellence Centre, we are able to explore the possibilities even more comprehensively. I am excited about the opportunities this will bring for today and the future,” says Metsä Board’s CEO Mika Joukio. Äänekoski’s world-unique bioeconomy ecosystem includes a next-generation bioproduct mill, a paperboard mill, plywood mill, the Pro Nemus visitor centre, and a textile fibre demo plant.

New call for the Anuaria Awards

The XXVII edition of the Anuaria, National Graphic Design Awards, present 25 categories that collect all the specialties that exist today in the field of the graphic design profession in Spain.

The Anuaria 2020 jury is made up of the country's graphic designer associations, who recognize and reward the excellence of the best professionals from any corner of Spain. The candidatures presented to the Anuaria 2020 in the 25 categories correspond to works produced in the years 2019 and 2020.

The registration period begins on September 15 and ends on November 30, 2020. With an extra period from December 1 to 15.

The Anuaria Awards are an organization of Veredictas International together with the Graphispag show and Fira de Barcelona. The award ceremony will be held in 2021 with a place and dates to be confirmed.

Interested professionals who wish to participate can do so through the Anuaria registration platform where the participation bases are:

The Anuaria awards have the support of the specialized press and the following media partners: Alabrent, el Publicista, Impremprés, Interempresasmedia, IPMark, News Packaging and Viscomup. News Packaging readers have a 15% discount during the call, with the code: ANUA2020.

ALL4PACK has been rescheduled to November 2022

In view of the current public health trend and more broadly the development of the coronavirus crisis and its consequences, and given that many companies have begun to reintroduce travel restrictions, ALL4PACK has been rescheduled to November 2022.

“Remaining true to our mission, our intention is to remain in contact with the profession and support the business recovery and transformation of packaging and intralogistics market players. At each edition, we decipher the market and the trends in the packaging sector, and we have continually reinvented ourselves throughout the 70 years of the show’s existence. During these quite exceptional times, agility is essential. We are keen to keep our promise to support economic recovery in the industry. As such, we will offer new meetings and events from November 2020 onwards, based on the major challenges of the current and future regulatory environment, trends and innovations that are shaping the future of the packaging industry ,” explains Olivia Milan, Director of ALL4PACK Paris.

In parallel, the team is beginning to make preparations for a renewed and effective ALL4PACK 2022.

Comexi announces projects for a new Technology Center in Miami

Comexi, a specialist in solutions for the flexible packaging printing and converting industry, announced projects for a new Technology Center (CTec) at the company's new headquarters in the United States, in Miami (Florida). With the new sales and customer service offices completed, the 1,400-square-meter CTec facility, with a large centralized stock of spare parts, is scheduled to be completed in November 2020.

Comexi customers and partners can undergo specialized training in flexography, laminating, cutting, equipment maintenance, color management and prepress processes at CTec USA. The center will also allow customers to test and test materials using on-site machinery. Miami is the company's third Technology Center in the world.

“The Manel Xifra Boada Technology Center, Comexi CTec, is fully integrated with our facilities in Riudellots de la Selva. Today, we believe it is time to move forward with the creation of our third technology center, in order to offer our training services, advice and technical support of the process for the flexible packaging printing and converting industry. Thanks to CTec USA, Comexi will be able to give a more effective response to the needs of our American customers ”, explains Albert López, head of Comexi CTec.

When completed, CTec USA will have a fully operational SL2 solventless laminator, S2 DT wide web slitter, and F2 MP hybrid flexo press. The Comexi SL laminator is designed for all types of solvent-free laminations, which makes this machine a perfect sustainable solution. The Comexi S2 DT slitter features a double turret rewinding system that provides excellent quality and productivity. The Comexi F2 MP 60 ”is a highly versatile 10-color flexographic printer designed for a wide range of quality print production.

The first technical training at the new center will take place in the fourth quarter of 2020, for a 3-day course on color management. The course will cover practical and theoretical sessions on measurement-based process control, extended color gamut implementation, color management, and quality control. Training will be offered in the second quarter of 2021 on high-value printing, lamination and improved cutting production. Registration will be available online.




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