The new label “interpack alliance” will in future span all international events staged by Messe Düsseldorf under its Processing & Packaging portfolio. Exhibitors and visitors will recognize these trade fairs by the umbrella logo which has been designed to echo that of interpack. Plans are also underway to align the visual appearance of the individual events to the style and colours of interpack.
Besides interpack itself – the flagship trade fair that gives this family its name – the interpack alliance includes upakovka (Moscow), food pex (Shanghai), china pharm (Shanghai), bulk pex (Shanghai), pacpro Asia (Shanghai), packtech India/food pex India (Mumbai), components (Düsseldorf), food processing & packaging exposyum Kenya (Nairobi), indopack (Jakarta), and process expo (Chicago). The four Chinese trade fairs take place every two years in a combined event known as Shanghai World of Packaging (swop). The fppe Kenya in December 2016 and the upakovka in January 2017 will be the first two trade fairs displaying the new visual identity.
Western technology for the production of packaging and related processes, as well as for the manufacturing of plastic and rubber goods is still highly valued by Russian companies. However, the political framework conditions, the fall of the oil price, and a continually weak rouble, having an inflation rate of approx. 15.8 percent last year, as well as hesitant lending as a result thereof are making it difficult to make investments, especially for small businesses.
On the other hand, there is still considerable investment needed inRussia and neighbouring countries. Above all, the demand has been placed on the domestic consumer goods industry, the food industry, and the packaging industry to optimise production processes and product quality in order to be able to substitute imports. Therefore staying informed concerning innovative technologies, maintaining business relationships with suppliers, or establishing new ones represented the main focus of visitors to the interplastica and the UPAKOVKA/UPAK ITALIA 2016. From 26 to 29 January, 20.900 specialist visitors from Russia and its neighbouring countries came to the Moscow Expocentre in Krasnaya Presnya – around 1.900 more than in 2015. The atmosphere within the halls was remarkably great. The exhibitors reported there being extremely interested business people, who were also, in part, ready to make orders. A total of 828 companies from 38 countries presented their range of offers at both trade fairs.
Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products, a leading manufacturer of semi-finished engineering plastic materials, will present its complete polymer portfolio to the Russian plastics market at Interplastica 2016.
The event takes place on January 26th-29th 2015 in Moscow, Russia. The company will co-exhibit with its local partner Plastmassy SPB. Quadrant’s experts will be on stand to demonstrate how its high-quality engineering solutions can best serve local as well global customers’ needs across a number of industries, including food, medical, automation and heavy manufacturing.
During the exhibition, Quadrant will showcase its full range of thermoplastic polymer shapes, from polyamide-based engineering polymers, to ultra-high performance polymers, including polyaryletherketone (PAEK), polyamide-imide (PAI) and polybenzimidazole (PBI). In addition, to address the increasing demand of the Russian market for materials with higher temperature resistance and enhanced wear and strength properties, the business will also present the polyetheretherketone Ketron PEEK range at Interplastica.
At the Interplastica, to be held in Moscow from 26 to 29 January 2016, Arburg will be presenting a practical example of production-efficient, cost-effective automated production. Visitors to exhibition stand C11 in Hall 3 will see a Golden Edition series hydraulic Allrounder and an integrated Multilift Select robotic system produce a toy buggy and assemble it ready for use in a single process step.
This system is an excellent example of how injection moulding companies can increase their efficiency in a targeted way, competitively producing plastic parts at minimal unit costs. The technical features of the exhibit are precisely tailored to the market needs of Russian plastics processing companies.
Arburg will demonstrate the high quality, automated and cost-efficient manufacturing of standard products based on the example of a toy buggy. In addition, the exhibit will provide proof of the performance capability of the proven Golden Edition series. An Allrounder 420 C Golden Edition with a clamping force of 1,000 kN and a size 290 injection unit will use a 1+1+2-cavity family mould to produce all parts in a single step. The cycle time is around 30 seconds. Following the injection moulding process, a Multilift Select robotic system removes the sprue and the four individual parts - the roof, chassis and two axles with overmoulded wheels - and assembles these on an assembly table to produce the finished buggy.
Depot WPF branding agency and the Russian Branding Consultancies Association (RBCA) organize the seminar program for marketing, branding and packaging design — UPAKOVKA / UPAK ITALIA 2016. The managing partner Depot WPF Anna Lukanina is the keynote speaker and the moderator of the session.
The topic of Anna Lukanina speech is "At Home Among Strangers: Why do we need to create a brand and why the consumer and the retailer should believe in your product?"
"Do we need a brand in crisis? Can we do without the investment in the creation and promotion of the brand, if your product is already on sale?" — the most pressing issues today. But do not forget that any retailer is interested in the fact that the product left the shelves. In this case it is more important to concentrate on what consumer likes than the retailer. Branding solves the problem of presenting the quality of the product to consumers. To ensure that the customer has identified your product as the best of the bunch, it is important to take care of the shape of the packaging and being an emotional experience for your intending purchaser", — sais the managing partner Depot WPF Anna Lukanina.
At Interplastica 2016 in Moscow (Booth FOB46) Brückner Servtec shows how film producers can improve the productivity of their existing film stretching lines with upgrades and services. Among the topics are energy saving technologies for “green” film production or concepts for the relocation of film stretching lines.
DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company today announced that their boards of directors unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals. The combined company will be named DowDuPont. The parties intend to subsequently pursue a separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies through tax-free spin-offs. This would occur as soon as feasible, which is expected to be 18-24 months following the closing of the merger, subject to regulatory and board approval.
The companies will include a leading global pure-play Agriculture company; a leading global pure-play Material Science company; and a leading technology and innovation-driven Specialty Products company. Each of the businesses will have clear focus, an appropriate capital structure, a distinct and compelling investment thesis, scale advantages, and focused investments in innovation to better deliver superior solutions and choices for customers.
“This transaction is a game-changer for our industry and reflects the culmination of a vision we have had for more than a decade to bring together these two powerful innovation and material science leaders,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Over the last decade our entire industry has experienced tectonic shifts as an evolving world presented complex challenges and opportunities – requiring each company to exercise foresight, agility and focus on execution. This transaction is a major accelerator in Dow’s ongoing transformation, and through this we are creating significant value and three powerful new companies. This merger of equals significantly enhances the growth profile for both companies, while driving value for all of our shareholders and our customers.”
Following years of continuous growth during which the production figures for the aerosol can industry raced from one record to the next, the market has now finally taken a pause for breath. AEROBAL, the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers, reported a small decline in production worldwide of one per cent year-on-year for the first half of 2015.
AEROBAL’s secretary general Gregor Spengler does not find the figures particularly disturbing: “After years of unabated growth it is only natural that there is consolidation in the market that can then simply lead for once to a slight decline in demand and production. If one considers the extremely difficult economic situation worldwide and the general political situation and takes the record level from last year into account at the same time, this small halt in growth is not a disaster for goodness sake.”
Despite experiencing difficult economic conditions, European tube production remained stable in the first half of 2015. The member companies of etma, the European tube manufacturers association, reported almost the same total production in the first six months of the current year as was reported for the first half of 2014.
“Overall, demand can be seen as positive,” says etma Secretary General Gregor Spengler. “Production remained at the previous year’s level despite the ongoing financial crisis in Greece, some economies in the eurozone continuing to flag and the uncertain situation in Russia and the Ukraine with its associated economic sanctions. Overall, this result is therefore satisfactory and it fills me with confidence regarding the future development of the European tube market. I also interpret the expectations of most member companies as being cautiously optimistic.”
The lower-than-expected economic growth in the so-called BRIC countries will hardly have any effect on demand because the lion’s share of etma members’ tube production remains in Europe.
While Russia’s weak rouble, the dramatically declining oil prices and the challenging political situation are affecting the Russian market for packaging and process technology and for plastics and rubber, business has by no means come to a grinding halt. Russia and its neighbours still have a substantial demand for investment and an unbroken interest in advanced machinery, production and process technology and high-tech materials. The domestic food processing and packaging industry is under pressure to improve its competitive edge so as to substitute the decline in imports. Hence, business owners and industrialists are keen to find out more about innovative technologies and maintain or establish business contacts with suppliers, even if business projects cannot be rolled-out immediately.
Accordingly, there was a keen interest in the two major trade fairs for processing, packaging and printing, plastics and rubber, UPAKOVKA/UPAK ITALIA and interplastica 2015. While many of them were regular visitors, there were also numerous company representatives, who attended the fairs because they expected the current market changes to improve their sales opportunities. Between 27 January and 30 January 2015, some 19,000 visitors from Russia, CIS and neighbouring countries attended both events. About 950 exhibitors from 35 countries presented their products at Moscow’s EXPOCENTRE in Krasnaya Presnya.