The most digital and sustainable packaging is presented in Pick & Pack

The innovation event for leaders and industrial SMEs seeking the latest solutions in packaging and intralogistics will bring together more than 7,000 professionals from February 12 to 14 in Barcelona

E-commerce will double its turnover annually over the next four years. A fact that represents a new challenge for the packaging and intralogistics industry, which must adapt to the moment of constant change in which we currently live. The fourth industrial revolution has caused both sectors to face new challenges for the coming years, such as digital transformation and sustainability. Given this situation, Pick & Pack is configured as the innovation event for both professionals and companies to exchange experiences, products and knowledge about these challenges in order to transform the sector and its businesses.
From February 12 to 14, Barcelona will bring together more than 7,000 professionals from industries such as food and beverages, cosmetics and beauty, retail, chemistry and pharmacy, Non Food, automotive, electronics, industrial goods and logistics services interested in learning about the latest innovations and trends in packaging and intralogistics. “We are in a moment of change that makes companies have to adapt their production processes to welcome digitalization, automation and new, more sustainable and ecological materials with open arms,” says Marina Uceda, Pick & Pack Event Manager.

With the aim of bringing digitalization closer to all companies and facilitating technology transfer to industry, Pick & Pack will host the National Packaging Congress 4.0 and the European Intralogistics Summit 2020, two congresses in which, for three days and in parallel, they will sit the foundations and future challenges of the sector with more than 180 international experts.
Amaya Prat, director of R&D of Grup Ametller Origen, Patricia Navarro, technician of industrialization of new developments of ITENE packaging, Ricardo Ribes, COO of Ulabox, or Eva Fité, Business Development Manager of Eurecat, are some of the speakers who will participate in the National Packaging Congress 4.0. A congress that will address some of the main challenges and trends in packaging such as eco-design, Smart Printing or connected and intelligent packaging, among many others. Always without forgetting sustainability as a fundamental premise in the sector. “The eco trend has ceased to be a fad, to become a mandatory responsibility for any organization because of the growing consumer demand. Therefore, companies in the packaging sector are adapting their industry to offer the market safe, healthy, recyclable and reusable containers that also maintain their creative and design character, ”adds Uceda.
Two high quality congresses with international experts join an exhibition area where more than 200 firms such as Control Pack, Enplater, J2 Servid, Jungheinrich, Kuka, Murrelektronik, NC Solutions, Clover Group, United Barcode Systems and Viastore will present their Innovation success cases applied to different industries. All this, together with different networking activities to find partners and create alliances, make Pick & Pack an essential master for all those managers and production managers who want to learn and discover new innovative solutions to grow their businesses.

Unión Papelera enters the luxury sector

For several years, Unión Papelera maintains a close relationship with the Finnish company Stora Enso. With the launch of the Performa Brilliance, the distributor has decided to bet on this new cardboard, which is characterized by having more whiteness and greater brightness, replacing the previous Performa White.
Performa Brilliance is distinguished by having a high whiteness on both sides, which is completed with a very high brightness and volume, being perfect for the packaging of premium products. Customers can choose from a wide variety of weight ranging from 180 grams to 395 grams.
Performa Brilliance was developed thanks to customers who demanded a folding cardboard with improved images, printing capacity and execution capacity. It is also distinguished by its softness and visual appearance, which also makes it suitable for other uses in graphic applications, such as book covers, greeting cards, folders and labels. It is a product that meets the FSC®, PEFC (TM) certificates and the EU ecolabel, which guarantees that it meets all the European Commission's ecological criteria for paper and cardboard used for graphic uses.

The International Seminar of Biopolymers and Sustainable Composites of AIMPLAS celebrates its seventh edition

AIMPLAS has organized for the 4th and 5th of March 2020 the seventh edition of its International Seminar on Biopolymers and Sustainable Composites, aimed at manufacturers of raw materials, transformation companies, machinery manufacturers, end users, companies dedicated to management and plastic waste treatment, public administrations with competences in environmental policies and research centers, universities and public research organizations.
In this meeting, trends in biodegradable plastics and / or from renewable sources, innovations in biotechnology and the most sustainable options for the recovery of waste will be presented; developments in the field of standardization, certification and life cycle analysis (LCA) as well as success stories of some reference companies.
To promote the debate on the challenges and opportunities of bioplastics and sustainable biocomposites, twenty speakers will participate in seven blocks during the two days.

More than 20 presentations
The meeting will start with a first block on Bioplastics and Bioeconomics in which the European Commission, European Bioplastics, ASOBIOCOM and AIMPLAS will explain what the current scenario is with market data and trends and review national and European policies.
In the second session, the Catalan Waste Agency will address the role of bioplastics in waste management and DTU optimization of bio products with life cycle analysis, while OWS and TÜV Austria Iberia will address the issue of certification and ecolabelling as an opportunity for companies to communicate the quality of their biodegradable products.
After the coffee break, a workshop will be held on the PERCAL project that presents a solution to the organic remains of domestic waste making them a source of new chemicals of great interest to the industry.
In the following block, companies that manufacture raw materials such as Fkur, Neste or Kuraray will present their latest developments. The sessions of day 4 will conclude with a table of success stories in sectors such as the container or the automotive industry by Ecoplas, Total Corbion and Covestro.
The March 5 sessions will begin with a panel of experts from Carbiolice, CSIC and AIMPLAS who will talk about biotechnology, and more specifically the role of enzymes in biodegradation processes. Next, it will be the turn of biorefineries, in which Biotrend, Novamont and Biópolis will address the sustainable production of biopolymers through microorganisms.
After the lunch break, a workshop on the DAFIA project will take place, in which research is being carried out to valorise urban solid waste and organic waste from the fishing industry to obtain new products.
The end of the seminar will be a table of success stories by TIPA-CORP, Romero and Leistritz Plastics.
As in previous editions, the seminar will feature an exhibition area. This edition has the support of the sponsoring companies: Leistritz, Total Corbion, BIO-FED, NESTE and Kompuestos.

Macsa ID wins the innovation award at the European Business Awards 2019

The Spanish company of global coding, marking and traceability solutions, Macsa ID, has won the Innovation Award of the European Business Awards 2019, in the billing category between 26 and 150 million euros. Macsa ID has been chosen as the most innovative company in its category among more than 150,000 businesses in 33 different countries and after a final face-to-face evaluation session.
With this award, Macsa ID has been recognized for its laser marking and coding technologies and for driving innovation in the sector. The company invests more than 8% of its turnover in R&D every year. It was the first company in the world to develop a dynamic coding laser and has registered more than 30 international patents that have driven important technological developments in its industry. This provides the necessary resources to provide clean traceability solutions and replace more traditional technologies that are harmful to the environment.
The sustainable laser coding approach, “e-coding,” establishes Macsa ID as one of the leading suppliers of green solutions, allowing its customers to reduce their carbon footprint.
Macsa ID offers customers solutions related to their coding, identification and traceability needs. Its headquarters are located in Manresa (Barcelona) and it has offices in Portugal, China, United Kingdom and, more recently, in Malaysia and India.

Boxes with social value

Alemany presents the Art and Nougat collection boxes with social value illustrated by artists with disabilities from Ilersis Shalom, Fundació Aspros, L’Estel and La Torxa.
This year 4 models are presented with illustrations inspired by bees made by people with disabilities from the four Lleida entities that work for the brand.

Alemany has promoted the Art Cru Alemany contest in which the artists of these entities have presented a work. Among all, one of each center has been chosen, which has been stamped on the art box that this year, as a novelty, in addition to containing nougat also introduces honey. The box is designed, in fact, to be "a sweet gift with social value that can be acquired year-round" as explained by Alemany's manager, Ferran Alemany. It contains the products awarded with the Great Taste Award, the Oscars of delicatessen food.
This year's artistic project has been based on the concept of 'Raw Art', understood as unprocessed art, in which the important one is expression, beyond formality. The authors who have won the four illustrations are: Silvia Tribulietx (Ilersis Shalom), David Padilla (Fundació Aspros), Jèssica Vidal (L’Estel) and Josep Giralt (La Torxa).

Quadpack and Sulapac join forces for sustainable cosmetics packaging

International beauty packaging manufacturer and provider Quadpack and Sulapac, a pioneer in development and manufacturing of sustainable microplastic-free materials, have entered into a preferred partnership agreement to provide microplastic-free packaging for cosmetics customers worldwide.
The partnership adds capabilities to Quadpack’s bi-injection blow moulding technology, which allows using two materials in one step, in a perfect synergy with Sulapac’s microplastic-free material and barrier. As a result of the partnership, Quadpack will launch the new Sulapac Nordic Collection in Spring 2020, which includes 15ml, 30ml and 50ml jars. New packaging types are also expected to be introduced to complement the portfolio soon.
“We’ve got thousands of enquiries from cosmetics customers all over the world about our Nordic Collection and it has been sold out already in August 2019. The partnership with Quadpack, one of the top 10 European providers of cosmetics packaging, ensures we can more effectively serve a wider customer base,” says Sulapac’s Head of Sales Ami Rubinstein.
The Sulapac material is organically recyclable and made primarily from renewable raw materials. With its patented material innovation that combines premium look and feel with sustainability, Sulapac has won numerous awards in the beauty industry. Becoming Sulapac’s Preferred Partner for Cosmetics is a step further in Quadpack’s sustainable product development strategy.




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