Vidrala reaches an agreement for the acquisition of Santos Barosa

Vidrala, S.A. has announced that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire a controlling stake in the Portuguese company Santos Barosa Vidros, S.A.

The eventual acquisition is subject to the relevant legal and financial reviews as well as to the signature of transaction agreements. In addition, the closing of the deal will be conditional upon approval by the applicable competition authorities.

Santos Barosa Vidros, S.A. manufactures and sells glass containers, operating a large production facility in Marinha Grande in Portugal. It produces some 400,000 tonnes of glass per year, and anticipates a turnover of between 130 and 135 million euros for 2017 and an estimated operating result, EBITDA, of between 32 and 34 million euros.

The agreed transaction price would be equivalent to an enterprise value of approximately 250 million euros, a figure that could vary moderately depending on the debt effectively assumed upon closing the transaction.

Signing the definitive contracts and closing the transaction are expected to take place during the third quarter of 2017.



Qosmedix becomes authorized distributor of Ardell® Lashes

Qosmedix became an authorized distributor of Ardell® products. The first products to be offered include a pair of Ardell® Wispies False Eyelashes (Part # 513537) and a Deluxe Eyelash Pack which includes a pair of Ardell Wispies, 1 travel sized DUO® Eyelash Adhesive (2.5 grams) and a soft-touch lash applicator. Ardell lashes have been favorite of professional makeup artists for decades.

Qosmedix is an ISO 9001, ISO 14001 certified global supplier to the cosmetic, skin care, spa and salon industries. The company provides a vast inventory that includes brushes, swabs, applicators, disposable spa wear, jars, bottles and more.


Presentation of POS projects at Salesianos de Sarrià

A group of graphic design companies specialising in packaging and POS marketing gathered together at the start of June at the Salesian University School of Sarriá (Escola Universitària Salesianos de Sarriá - EUSS) for the purpose of evaluating POS projects developed by pupils studying Advanced Vocational Training in Design and Editing Print Publications and Multimedia. 

The projects undertaken use the Project-based Learning (PBL) methodology, which is being implemented at the school as part of its educational innovation programme. One of the key stages in the PBL process is the evaluation of presented projects.

Tutors set students a challenge or problem adapted to specific work requirements: to design and build a POS advertising element that would promote a city or district anywhere in the world, which would also work as a display for a local product related to the chosen city. In addition, the POS project had to contain a video screen and the materials to be used were limited to paper supports and adhesive vinyls.

The event kicked off with a welcome by director José Abascal, who stressed the importance of professional input from: Jordi Quera, President of the Graphispack Association; Pau Navarro, presidente ADIFA-PLV, Popai Spain, Miralles Cartonajes; José Luís Hernández, Zedis; Marc Xaudiera, Disme; Rafael González, Adaequo; Dani Muñoz, Logic-Design; Ferran Esturgó LOGIC-DESIGN; David Petit, ESKO; Amadeu Maurel, ESKO; David Santamaria, Lateral Branding; and Aleix Ravetllat, News Packaging.


Klöckner and Enplater develop PETFULL a 100% polyester packaging

Enplater, a company specialized in flexible packaging, has developed PETFULL© a lid 100% PET thinking about its recycling and the customer. The lid, has been created by the company’s R&D department, and is intended for use on PET trays. Being the same type of plastic facilitates the recycling. This lid is available with and without barrier to prolong the conservation of fresh products. In addition, it can incorporate an anti-fog treatment, which together with its high transparency and excellent pelability optimizes the perception of the product packaged by the consumer.

Klöckner Pentaplast has also developed the PET tray, and both have worked together to offer a more sustainable solution that protects food, while facilitating good usability for the final consumer.

The project, driven by the meat cluster Innovacc and the Packaging Cluster, has involved several companies, and has been funded by the Agencia de Residus de Catalunya. 


MeetingPack 2017

On 30 and 31 May, Valencia was the meeting point of the food plastic packaging sector with the celebration of the third edition of MeetingPack, organized by AIMPLAS and AINIA.This event brought together more than 30 speakers and 300 international experts, gathering the entire value chain of the food plastic packaging sector with a complete programme.

This edition was focused on the trends in convenience packaging, under the title Driving Barrier Packaging Innovation. The functionality of food packaging or its capability of adapting itself better to the needs of the new consumers or those with special needs were discussed at MeetingPack2017.

Dupont talked about the advantages of their new pouch packages with compartments, which features the transparency to see the content, as well as the flexibility for the creative packaging design.

Sensorial innovations were presented at MeetingPack2017 thanks to Ampacet and its incorporation of textures and fragrances by extrusion in the polymer.

In relation with industry 4.0, Ulma showed the advantages related to the packaging manufacturing process.

ITC presented a review on the evolution of barrier solutions in packages to reach the most recent developments, such as its IML label with aluminium sheet.

Hiperbaric talked about some innovations on preservation Plastics allow the incorporation of solutions for active and smart food packaging, what represents a step forward on the extension of shelf life by incorporating devices such as RFID labels to monitor temperature or moisture changes that may affect the integrity of the product, absorbents and gas emitters acting like preservatives and even in the future, biosensors detecting the presence of microorganisms.

Moreover, plastic packaging allows an important weight reduction in the packaging. In the present, more than 50 % of the products are packaged with plastic in Europe, but they only represent a 17 % of the weight of the packaging solutions used, what contributes to the saving of raw materials.

Another way towards which innovations on sustainable plastic packaging go, is the use of bioplastics. Plásticos Romero presented a new generation of biodegradable multilayer films that, thanks to their advanced properties, are able to replace conventional materials with advanced properties in medium-barrier food packaging applications with the added value of sustainability.

Finally, Danone talked about its programme Nature 2020, aligned with the principles of circular economy.


Barcelona Design Week transforms the city with a record programme of over 120 activities

The 12th edition of Barcelona Design Week is being held in the city from the 6th to the 14th June, complete with a programme filled with over 120 activities – a record number for the design week that sees a 50% growth compared to last year.

Organised by the Barcelona Centre of Design (BCD) with the support of Barcelona City Council, the annual event is expected to outstrip the 20,000 visitors who attended the last edition.

This year, 89 organisers were keen to join the initiative and have come up with a programme of over 100 activities, including 33 exhibitions, 21 workshops, 20 conferences and 22 presentations – all that in addition to tours, launches, networking events, performances and parties, amongst other happenings.

Taking a closer look at the Design Week programme by district, Sant Martí - Poblenou stands out as the creative nucleus of the city. This is the area that will be hosting up to 40 activities, most of which will be held on Saturday 10th June to celebrate Poblenou Design Day, one of the most notable innovations in this year's Barcelona Design Week.

During the presentation, Deputy Mayor Jaume Collboni explained that they have set in motion "a work line to promote the city in the field of design and fashion, in collaboration with the private sectors, to give the city a fresh impetus." "We want to boost our creative industries to make Barcelona a centre that is inextricably linked with innovation, technology and design," he added.

Transforming society
Entitled "Transforming Society", this year's BDW aims to promote and showcase design as a tool for transforming society and highlight it as a key factor in innovation, sustainability and improving people's quality of life. In this sense, the President of BCD, Pau Herrera, remarked that "design is a transformative element that is able to respond to current societal challenges."

Similarly, Jaume Collboni emphasises that this edition of Barcelona Design Week "highlights the value of design as a social transformation tool for a more inclusive and sustainable city."

BDW programme 2017
On 6th June in the auditorium of the Disseny Hub Barcelona, BDW 2017 opened its doors with the inaugural conference "Design For A Better World: Committing to the Future of Africa with Creativity", headed by Ravi Naidoo, founder of Design Indaba and CEO of Interactive Africa.

The Disseny Hub also saw the installation "Krea. Different Views in Creative Processes", curated by Curro Claret and Martín Azúa. This live exhibition gives the public the chance to step into a display that doesn't focus on generosity or charity, but explores a genuine interest in the value of creativity from individuals and groups at risk of social exclusion, arising from unique situations and experiences.

Other notable events on the programme this year include: the BDW Congress, on 12th and 13th June, entitled "Transforming Society"; the conference "Design and Research for Health", on 9th June, used by the Design Cluster to help promote how research in design can generate innovation in the health field; and the Talent Show, on 14th June, an event that aims to shine the spotlight on emerging talent in the next generation of designers, with participation from design schools BAU, ELISAVA, EINA, IED, LCI, Escuela Massana, IDEP, ESDAP and ESDI.




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