New plastic products manufactured from textile industry waste

The project 'New plastic products manufactured from textile industry waste' has the objective to bring to market new plastic products manufactured with polypropylene pellets recovered from wastes from the textile industry and it has started in January.
The project is being performed by Liasa and NGPlastics, members of AEI Tèxtils and Packaging Cluster, respectively. Both clusters collaborate in the project which is co-financed by the Waste Agency of Catalonia.
On January 23, both companies and clusters met at Liasa headquarters in La Selva del Camp, Tarragona, to define the project work plan which will have a timeframe of one year.
Main activities that will take place are:
• selection: separation and selection of waste (polypropylene yarn)
• transformation: conversion of the waste into a resource
• manufacturing: use of the transformed waste into new injection molded plastic products
• commercialization: launch to market the new product
• communication: dissemination of the project results.
The project originated from the results of a previous project, Pactex, led by both clusters and also co-funded by the Waste Agency of Catalonia, whose objectives were to establish synergies between companies’ members of both clusters and to promote the efficient use of material resources focused on the origin reduction of waste, reuse of products, increase of recyclability and the valorization of waste.

 General managers of Liasa and NGPlastics with representatives from both clusters during the project kick-off meeting.

Coverpla extends its offer of eco-friendly products

Coverpla is bringing its expertise to the new eco-designed collection from its partner Luigi Bormioli with a dual solution in terms of compatibility and capping.
A specific “CV15” neck makes the jars in the Ecoline range compatible with a standard screw pump solution. This specificity allows brands to perform their own filling operations and offer products that are rechargeable and 100% recyclable (due to the fact that each individual part can be separated for recycling). Coverpla has also designed a specific trim for the standard pump that can be matched with any of the caps in its catalog. In order to extend its offer, Coverpla has also added its own design to the line with the flask-shaped Verdi model.
Made up of two bottles (50 and 100ml) and two jars dubbed Ecojars (30 and 50ml), the Ecoline range allows a 40% reduction in weight compared with the 100g of glass used for a classic 100ml bottle, for example. This sustainable approach allows an average 60% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions across the supply chain.

Codimag appoints agents Lapeyra y Taltavull to promote Aniflo label printing technology in Spain and Portugal

Label press manufacturer Codimag announces the appointment of Lapeyra y Taltavull, S.L.. of Barcelona, to represent its Aniflo printing technology in Spain and Portugal.
Lapeyra y Taltavull was established more than 80 years ago to supply packaging materials to the region’s pharmaceutical industry. Forty years later, it began representing international suppliers in the printing and packaging markets, building long associations with major European press and auxiliary equipment manufacturers.
“We are very enthusiastic to start collaboration with such a renowned company as Lapeyra & Taltavull,” said Pierre Panel, export sales engineer at Codimag. “We have had a very natural contact with Lapeyra as we share the same company values and approach to customer service, and long term vision of business.”
At the heart of Codimag’s presses is Aniflo technology that, using waterless offset, offers the quality of offset, the simplicity of flexo and the flexibility of digital. By using an anilox inking system, problems usually associated with offset are eliminated: no ink/water balance issues; no ink key settings; no ghosting.

40 Spanish city councils receive the 'Pajaritas Azules' from recycling

Forty local entities (municipalities and groupings of municipalities) of thirteen autonomous communities received recognition last Thursday for the excellence of their management of selective collection of paper and cardboard, in the 2019 edition of 'Pajaritas Azules' (Blue Bowers). Internationally recognized with the European Paper Recycling Prize, the ASPAPEL program continues to grow, with more local entities awarded and increasing by almost 50% the number of those that obtain the highest recognition.
The delivery of 'Pajaritas Azules' 2019 took place in Madrid, in an act chaired by Teresa Ribera, minister for the Ecological Transition, and Jordi Mercader, president of ASPAPEL. Teresa Ribera said that the Government is implementing the regulatory changes that facilitate the fulfillment of the objectives set by the European Community. In this regard, the minister announced that she will shortly present a draft Circular Economy Strategy, which will place Spain in the "green belt" in terms of waste collection and recycling.
The president of ASPAPEL, Jordi Mercader, emphasized that "the management of the municipal selective collection of paper and cardboard for recycling in our country is immersed in a powerful dynamic of continuous improvement, of which the winners today are a clear example ... / ... from the paper industry, we contribute our great recycling capacity, only surpassed in Europe by Germany and France ». Finally, Jordi Mercader put the focus on "a current issue such as incorporating the Circular Economy package into national legislation, allowing flows (such as commercial paper and cardboard packaging) that work well with private management. keep doing. "

The city councils Pajaritas Azules 2019
In 'Pajaritas Azules' 2019, the recycling elite is made up of nineteen local entities that have obtained the maximum recognition with three 'Pajaritas' Azules, fourteen that have obtained two 'Pajaritas' and seven that have received one. By autonomous communities, Andalusia and Catalonia lead the ranking with eight entities awarded each, followed by Castilla y León with six, the Community of Madrid with five and the Basque Country with three; Castilla-La Mancha and Balearic Islands with two and Principality of Asturias, Aragon, Canary Islands, Galicia, La Rioja and Comunidad Foral de Navarra with one each.
Andrea Orallo, director of the 'Pajaritas Azules' program of ASPAPEL, thanked the local entities, the true protagonists of the program, for their commitment to excellence and continuous improvement. "For a recycling of quality - affirmed Andrea Orallo-, it is necessary to reduce the level of impropios in the blue containers (plastics, organic matter and textile in his majority), that has environingingmental and economic consequences and complicates the final recycling of the collected material" .
'Pajaritas Azules' is an annual program of assessment, evaluation and recognition of the quality of municipal management in selective collection for the recycling of paper and cardboard, focused on continuous improvement.

Graphispag bets on design and image with Grada & CongrésGràfic

Graphispag, which takes place from March 26 to 29 in Barcelona, ​​is allied with Grada & CongrésGràfic, a new event that brings together knowledge about disciplines that have in the image their form of expression, and in which more than twenty experts in design participate, infographics, illustration, concept art or typography, among others.
During four days will take place in Grada & CongrésGràfic, organized by the Official Col·legi of Disseny Gràfic de Catalunya and Fira de Barcelona, ​​conferences, workshops, master classes and networking sessions in a program of activities that will have as main axes the image and society, the editing and visual communication, and the relationship between art, culture and technology, as well as emerging talent. It will also have its own exhibition area in which some 30 companies will participate.
Grada & CongrésGràfic joins the Graphispag 2019 activities program this year with the aim of offering tailored content for designers and other groups that use the image in their creative processes. «Graphispag has always been the reference hall of graphic design in this country ... / ... The graphic industrial sector needs to get in touch with the prescriber and this is facilitated by Graphispag," said Jordi Magre, Graphispag director, during the presentation to the press.
Organized by Fira de Barcelona in collaboration with Graphispack Association, Graphispag will bring together the latest technology, printing and finishing equipment, materials, supports and inks. It foresees the participation of more than 200 direct exhibitors and occupy 9,000m2 in Pavilion 2 of the Gran Via exhibition center. "We have 90% of the contracted area, with a fidelity ratio of 75%," added Jordi Magre.
In addition to Grada, Graphispag has more news, such as the Graphispag Experience space, the customization areas and the Graphispag Process, with two production trains working, one with a large format and the other with packaging. Jordi Magre also highlighted the Graphispag Talks and Graphispag PrintInnovation program, an area coordinated by the 3Neo Platform in which there will be demonstrations of functional printing, printed electronics, bioprinting and 3D printing.
The dean of the Official Col·legi de Disseny Gràfic de Catalunya, Jesús Del Hoyo, spoke of the importance of graphic design as the "guiding axis that prescribes how products should be produced" and explained that the Col·legi is the first in Spain, born in Catalonia but with associates from all over the country. The program of lectures, masterclasses and workshops of Grada & CongrésGràfic will be taught by more than 20 national experts to internationals from visual artists to graphic designers, including specialists in geoinformation tools, sketch up, image technologies, urban sketching, scientific illustration and calligraphy.
The speakers include names such as the graphic editor of National Geographic and one of the world's best infographics, Fernando Baptista, who will speak about the art of telling stories in a visual way. The presence of Félix Beltrán, considered the father of the Cuban cartel and a reference of graphic design in Latin America, also stands out; the Mexican Teresa Camacho, graphic designer expert in new technologies; and the influential Slovenian illustrator Martina Paukova who collaborates with Google, Converse or The New York Times.
Other disciplines that use and reproduce the image in their creative processes will also be represented in Grada & CongrésGràfic through experts such as the architect Benedetta Tagliabue; the chief editor of Taschen, Julius Wiedermann; the illustrator and urban sketcher (live cartoonist of urban life), Gabriel Campanario; or the multidisciplinary artist, Judas Arrieta. The design status will also be analyzed with the founder of the Vasava communication studio, Toni Sellés, and the Amsterdam-based Catalan designer, Marta Cerdá. The packaging will have its representation with Carlos Anadón of the SeriesNemo studio.
On the other hand, the psychological focus on the persuasive power of the image will be provided by the neurolinguist Víctor Amat, while the designer Joan Anchon will give a workshop on graphic graphics in motion (Motion graphics). There will also be space for typography and calligraphy with the designers Ricardo Rousselot, Octavio Pardo and Pablo Mariné; the journalistic infographic with the head of this area in La Vanguardia, Jaime Sierra; the scientific illustration with Carles Puche and Blanca Martí; or the decorative arts with the designer specialized in corporate visual identity, Javier González Solas, among other specialties and speakers.
Grada & CongrésGràfic will also dedicate a space to the future professionals of design with the exhibition of selected works and the award ceremony of the second edition of the GaudeamusProjecta Awards, with a global economic endowment close to 50,000 euros, to which projects of end of degree in graphic design made by students of centers of artistic education and Spanish faculties that impart this degree.

Smurfit Kappa announces the 'Better Planet Packaging Design Challenge'

Smurfit Kappa, leader in the packaging sector of paper and corrugated cardboard, has launched the 'Better Planet Packaging Design Challenge' within the framework of its sustainability strategy. Through its call it offers the possibility of presenting packaging solutions to reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste generated daily.
The challenge of sustainability posed by Smurfit Kappa through this contest - in which engineers, designers, inventors and creative professionals of any sector and entity can participate - is double. On the one hand, the company invites you to develop an alternative solution to the stretch plastic film that is currently used to wrap pallets and ensure their stability during transport and storage. On the other hand, he encourages them to create a packaging solution based on paper for chocolates that is capable of keeping them at a suitable temperature and allows their distribution in the e-commerce channel.
People wishing to participate in the 'Better Planet Packaging Design Challenge' can present their solutions here to solve one or both packaging design challenges until March 29, 2019. The winner of each of the challenges posed by the The contest will receive 8,000 euros and its solution will be exhibited at the Innovation Event that Smurfit Kappa will hold in Amsterdam in May 2019.



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