RAFESA launches its new range of packaging for hand hygiene

The crisis derived from Covid-19 has placed hygiene and disinfection as a key element for the health of society. Since the start of the pandemic, hand hygiene has structured the security measures recommended by the OMS, establishing itself as an essential piece in the strategy for containing the virus within the reach of the entire population.

In response to this growing need, RAFESA, a specialist in the supply of customized packaging for perfumery, cosmetics and home fragrance, has presented a range of packaging specially designed to contain gel solutions and hydro-alcoholic products for hand washing and disinfection.

It is a range specially designed and conceived to respond to the demand for all kinds of disinfecting solutions and which RAFESA launches on the market ready to be distributed very quickly.

As stated by the company, “it is the first great containment barrier. The place of the container is and will be key to normalize and extend the culture of hand hygiene ”. That is why they have worked for weeks in a range that meets specific usage needs: versatile, easy-to-use products, ideal for dosing hydro-alcoholic and soapy solutions, sanitary gel, disinfectant, etc. A new line of hygiene packaging made with a wide variety of materials that combine glass, recycled and recyclable plastic, etc.

Hi-Cone launches sustainable tips for recycling

Hi-Cone, a leading company in the production of plastic ring grouping systems for the beverage industry, has published a series of sustainable recommendations, aiming to help consumers better understand recycling processes and encourage them to recycle with more often.

Hi-Cone recently made a report on The State of Plastics Recycling 2020 to learn about the reality of the habits and beliefs around the recycling of plastic in consumers and thus contribute to greater sustainability. To do this, it was supported by a survey carried out by YouGov in four markets (Spain, USA, United Kingdom and Mexico).

Hi-Cone Tips Did you know…

1. If you don't know, ask. According to the Hi-Cone report, more than 50% of Spaniards consider recycling according to what type of plastics difficult to understand and recognize that, if they had more information, they would recycle more frequently.

2. You don't recycle as much as you thought. 82% of Spaniards admit not to recycle as much plastic as they should. Although the packaging industry is taking the first steps to develop and implement a plastic with less impact, that commitment needs to go all the way down the chain: consumers.

3. If you recycle outside, also do it inside. The analysis of The State of Plastics Recycling places Spaniards with 89% as those who recycle the most in public spaces, ahead of the British, the United States and the Mexicans. A figure that dropped to 73% when analyzing recycling in homes.

4. Plastic, made from recycled material, is less harmful to the environment than other materials, according to the Product Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) conducted by Franklin Associates, an environmental consultant based in Kansas (USA). ). The company has compared the impact of plastic and cardboard, showing that recycled plastic generates 89% less waste and 77% less CO2 emissions than cardboard.

5. The million dollar question: Which packaging is more sustainable? The Hi-Cone report also had the opinion of experts from the United Kingdom. There they were able to assess the true impact of plastic with the Grantham Center for the Sustainable Future of the University of Sheffield. As Sarah Greenwood explains, “If plastic containers were replaced by alternatives, the weight of the container would increase 3.6 times. Energy consumption would increase 2.2 times, and carbon dioxide emissions would increase by 2.7%. "

6. It is in your hand. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. According to Jennifer Perr, director of sustainability at Hi-Cone: "We have to stop seeing a plastic as waste and start seeing it as a resource." The key he explains is in “reducing the amount of virgin plastic, reusing as much material as possible both in the production process and in homes, and improving recycling practices for consumers, as well as advancing the existing infrastructure to manage a greater variety of plastics ”.

7. Plastic and circular economy. This health crisis is highlighting the importance of plastic in our lives. The same Hi-Cone report points out some of its advantages “it has allowed medical innovation. It has also saved energy by providing high-performance insulation, and has saved fuel and reduced emissions by lightening the weight of cars, trucks and planes. ” But this is not an excuse for an indiscriminate use of this material. The Ellen McArthur foundation, a pioneering ideologist of the concept of circular economy, does not propose the elimination of plastic as a solution, but rather its reuse. "Our vision is that 100% of plastic products must eventually be recycled and used as PCR to manufacture new products," they explain from the foundation.

8. Take advantage of time. Learn how to recycle. This period of confinement is perhaps the best time to adopt new practices and show, albeit little by little, a more authentic commitment to the environment by learning how to recycle correctly.

The status of plastics recycling report is available at

The Covid-19 crisis will drive changes in the retail sector

The current crisis of Covid-19 especially affects the retail sector. According to Moinsa, manufacturer of comprehensive solutions in the sectors of commercial and technical equipment, interior logistics and logistics engineering, new concepts and forms of business will emerge, since the social changes that are going to be experienced in this crisis will also lead to variations in the ways of consumption.

Moinsa explains in 7 points what are the most important changes that the retail sector will experience to adapt to this crisis and, in addition, to be reinforced:  

1. Change in the organization of spaces: This crisis will change the design of spaces, including their distribution. For example, from now on the spaces will be wider, taking into account that you have to keep a meter of distance between people. Another example is what was done at the beginning of the alarm state as an alternative for the catering sector, focusing on Zero Contact Delivery. For this reason, surely from now on, the concept of Delivery will have to be taken more into account in the design of commercial premises.

2. Re-design of stores: Fashion stores, for example, took the key with some collections that, when reopened, will belong to last season. For this reason, they will have to put sales, which will entail the distribution and new design of stores and an optimization of the warehouses so that everything works in a perfectly integrated way. In addition, they will increase the furniture of promotion of POS products, with holograms or moving displays to draw the attention of the consumer.

3. Prioritization of security and prevention measures in the feeding surfaces: Due to Covid-19, Moinsa recommends equipment solutions to the food sector so that food is kept in conditions fit for consumption. For example, stainless steel that, among other benefits, is easier to clean and more resistant to water; and wood, which have gained great prominence in stores by providing warmth. In addition, they help to recreate natural spaces, framing fresh products within a stage.

4. Change in the form of payment: Substituting “payment” for “self-payment” was already an upward trend before Covid-19, but what it has done is accelerate it. In the food sector, RFID can be included in cars and baskets, or in integrated computer elements, including apps through which to pay and thus eliminate contact with money or cards. Restauración, for example, has self-pay kiosks and for those who are uncomfortable selecting what they want, the trend is heading to develop the selection by voice or virtual assistants (which, in turn, will help people in reduced mobility). The important thing at this point is to be clear that it is not about changing people for technology, but an integration between the two. In addition, for those who have to improve existing solutions, they can use methacrylate partitions in the counter area, between staff and customers. These do not require installation and are cleaned with water and bleach.  

5. Fitting room, yes or no ?: Covid-19 is not responsible for changing fitting rooms; What was already happening is that the spaces dedicated to these are reduced. The trend is for there to be more waiting areas, with sofas, mobile chargers, etc. which are usually located in these areas; Click and Collect cabinets are also placed for online purchases. In short: this crisis will not eliminate testers, as customers need to live the shopping experience, see, touch and test, just a redesign will occur.

6. Redistribution of logistics: Currently and in the future, it is important to refer to how the supply chain should be optimized. For example, warehouses must be prepared to meet all future demands when the alarm state ends. For this reason, when the time comes, a redistribution of logistics will be carried out in all retail sectors.

7. Adaptation to online commerce: As this crisis unfolds, it is clear that many businesses in the retail sector are "saving" thanks to online sales. For this reason, it is clear that from now on any retail business must have e-commerce. Experts in the retail sector assure that at this moment the important thing is not “to sell a garment”, but to connect with the user.

The visual communication value chain asks the government to work together to revive the sector

The visual communication sector in Spain is being particularly affected by the Covid-19 crisis, with a high percentage of companies partially unemployed. In this situation, the industry value chain has come together to address the situation, seek common solutions and establish itself as a single interlocutor to request support from the Central Administration.

Thus, FESPA Spain, the Business Association of Visual Communication; Graphispack Association, the Association of suppliers of the printing, packaging and retail sectors; and eight other associations have sent a letter to the Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, and to the Minister of Industry, Reyes Maroto, in which they explain the essential role that companies in the visual communication sector play in the process of reactivating the economy and in which they make themselves available to channel any action that may count on the participation of these ten associations.

It is an industry composed mainly of SMEs and micro-SMEs, which is of great importance at the moment, in which signage is necessary to mark the movement and separation between people, the new layout of shelves in shops and large stores, the different protection elements in the restaurants and hotels, banking and small and large commerce and industry in general, as well as the adaptation and signaling of the capacity of events, fairs and sporting events.

The measures that the value chain claims are the following:
- That the public contracts already awarded be executed as soon as possible, within this exercise, given that in many cases there are personnel hired for their development. In the event that it cannot be executed, the value chain demands that the winning companies be compensated without the need to claim the complicated administrative route.
- Encourage the purchase of advertising space in the media as a whole with a tax relief of 30 percent for 2020 investments. This measure has already been approved by the Government of Italy.
- Maintain the commitment of investment in advertising of the whole of the State Administration in the media.
- That companies are allowed to benefit from exceptional economic measures regardless of their size. Specifically, those companies whose activity is concentrated in sectors highly impacted by government measures or prohibited activities, such as events, can avail themselves of the ERTE modality due to prolonged force majeure until the current restrictions are lifted and the activity at the level prior to the declaration of the alarm status. And that, in turn, the reinstatement of workers affected by ERTE can be progressive and flexible, so that workers can be incorporated as the turnover of companies is restored.
- That, once the health crisis is over, the different administrations allocate budgets to carry out campaigns that collaborate to relaunch the economic activity of the most affected sectors: trade, catering, culture, media, tourism, etc. And that these budgets are awarded with criteria not only economic, but also of quality and allowing SMEs to attend instead of establishing barriers to access to public tenders, insurmountable for many of them, regardless of their worth.
- The declaration of essential sector to visual communication as a whole, since its contribution in products and services to other critical and essential sectors such as health or food is essential.

* AFYDAD, the Spanish Association of Manufacturers and Distributors of Sporting Goods; AIMFAP, the Association of Importers, Wholesalers, Manufacturers of Promotional Items; ASERLUZ, the Spanish Association of Businessmen of Luminous Labels and Related Industries; Transformative Creativity Association, the Association of Spanish creative agencies and companies; FEPFI, the professional Federation of photography and image; AEVEA, associated Spanish event agencies; FYVAR, the Association of Manufacturers and Sellers of Promotional and Advertising Items; and FEDE, the Federation of Advertising and Communication Companies.

Hispack recognizes the essential work of the packaging industry during the health emergency

The Hispack show at Fira de Barcelona recognizes the work of the Spanish packaging industry which, during this health emergency, has proven to be an essential and essential sector. With the slogan #LaFuerzadelPackaging, Hispack starts a campaign on social networks to highlight the contributions of packaging, as well as the effort, work and solidarity of companies and professionals in this industry to deal with the pandemic. At the same time, Hispack claims and anticipates that packaging will also be strategic in relaunching economic activity in all productive and commercial sectors in the new normality that arises after this crisis.

As a speaker of the powerful Spanish packaging ecosystem, Hispack has added the voices of several companies and sector entities that highlight the benefits of packaging that have been key in this exceptional situation. They also underline the permanent innovation of this industry to continue guaranteeing maximum protection and safety in the manufacture and distribution of products, without forgetting the challenge of sustainability that marks new developments in machinery, materials, processes, logistics, labels, packaging and packaging.

For Hispack's president, Jordi Bernabeu, "issues such as security, information and traceability are more important today than ever and packaging is the common element capable of ensuring them in any product".

In this sense, the sectoral representatives coincide in pointing out that these days, packaging has recovered its true reason for being: protecting what matters and making it reach society, with packaging being the solution to bring services and products closer to people, guaranteeing safety and hygiene, aspects of relevance to face this crisis. Some of the entities that have contributed their vision on the strength demonstrated by packaging are: Graphispack Association, Amec-Envasgraf, AECOC, Spanish Plastics Center, Aimplas, Packaging Cluster, Innovation Cluster in Packaging and Packaging, PACKNET - Spanish Technological Platform of Packaging and Packaging and IQS Executive Education. Know all the opinions here.

At the same time, Hispack wants to visualize and publicize how the Spanish packaging industry has come together, also showing its commitment and solidarity with various initiatives to deal with this extraordinary situation: from donations of material to manufacturing of sanitary protection elements.

Hispack believes that the packaging industry - formed in Spain by more than more than 2,100 companies that employ 74,000 workers - will continue to be decisive and strategic in helping other sectors to create economic value.

The Hispack show plans to hold its next edition from May 18 to 21, 2021 at the Gran Via venue in Fira de Barcelona.

Heidelberg presents a report on the print media in the days of Covid-19

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) presents for the first time its report on the current climate in the print media industry. The company offers weekly updates on the development of print volumes for the packaging, label and commercial printing markets. The representative base of anonymous data is made up of around 5,000 globally selected offset printers of all formats, currently connected to the Heidelberg cloud.

The current data presented in this report shows around 50 countries per segment and has been distributed on a world map. The colors awarded to each country are the result of the comparison between the current estimated production and that of the previous year. The scale ranges from 1 (serious impact of COVID-19 on production) to 8 (production above last year's level), with 7 being production at the previous year's level.

"With this report on the climate of the printing and print industry we have been able to take the pulse of our customers," says Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberg. "This weekly initiative that we have launched has been developed to support printers during the Corona pandemic. It is important that all participants in the printing industry understand which market segments and countries are currently most affected. Thank you all. Those printers that have remained connected to the cloud and the data generated, we have been able to develop a comprehensive map of the situation, and we published this information without any access restriction to give an example to the industry. ”

The most relevant data from the last four weeks are:
• During the Corona pandemic, print production in China fell by 80% compared to the usual values, but the progressive fall of the curve has positively influenced its recovery and currently shows similar values to the previous year. , both in the commercial and packaging and label segments.
• The packaging and labels segment has remained stable during this period, mainly due to the increased demand for pharmaceutical and food packaging. However, problems in local supply, such as interrupted paper production in India, are having a negative impact on printers in some countries.
• While production in all countries remained stable until mid-March 2020 and was even above the levels of the previous year, the outbreak of the pandemic and the closure of the countries has significantly reduced the volume of production. globally, especially in the commercial market.

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