The Propak Cape Exhibition

The Propak Cape exhibition takes place from 14-16 October at the world-class Cape Town International Convention Centre. Latest trends, innovations, products and business opportunities will be showcased at Propak Cape 2008, highlighting once again the show's stature as the ultimate showcase for the packaging, food processing, plastics, print and labelling industries.

Propak Cape will provide local and international visitors an opportunity to meet with exhibitors face to face within an environment created for trading, sourcing of products, education and awareness across the entire spectrum of the combined industries.

The South African packaging industry faces some complex challenges at present. Firstly, to provide safe and nutritious food to millions of South Africans spread out all over the country, while achieving world-class standards for the export market, as well as complying with stringent environmental demands.

Packaging is an essential part of modern life allowing us to consume fresh, uncontaminated food and beverages wherever we want in the quantities we desire. Modern living has driven the desire for convenience foods in ready to prepare and single serve formats and this pre-preparation ultimately reduces the possible amount of solid food waste generated by households.

The World Health Organisation estimates that, without effective packaging, developing countries would lose up to 50% of their produce before it reaches consumers, making packaging a vital sector in any economy. However, once it has performed its very important function, packaging becomes cumbersome waste. Packaging does not contribute to the national waste stream as much as you would assume. In fact, it makes up less than 0.1% of total waste generated in South Africa, including air and water waste, and accounts for some 12% of household waste by volume.

In response to the waste caused by packaging, sub-sectors of the local packaging industry have begun forming a variety of organisations dedicated to increasing the collection and recycling of their products, thereby creating a new resource out of this waste, which can be reused.

In addition to these collection, recycling and reusing initiatives, the local packaging industry, valued at R31-billion per annum, is also at the cutting edge of the development of new energy efficient and environmentally friendly products and equipment.

Many of these new cutting edge products and innovations will be on show at this years Propak Cape 2008 exhibition in Cape Town in October, highlighting once again the show's stature as the ultimate showcase for the packaging, food processing, plastics, print and labelling industries.

One such example of new innovative and energy efficient packaging products to be launched at the show is the Robatech fully insulated adhesive applicator head for hotmelts, with proven safety record and energy savings of up to 60%. The applicator head's full insulation protects the machine operator from injuries on touching of the head. It also helps save energy because the glue temperature remains constant over long periods of time.

Artec is another local company introducing new environmentally conscious products into the local packaging market. Showcasing the Artec 105 DV recycling line at the show, this new generation plant is equipped with the latest technology infrared heating, which gives an energy saving of approximately 7-8%, and is possibly the lowest Kilo/Watt per kilogram available on the market today.

Beswick Machinery's new affordable Titan ER 610 Slitter Rewinder is very simple to operate and maintain, yet it features all the main benefits normally associated with much more expensive Slitter Rewinders.

Packing solutions provider, Ishida Europe, will showcase its expertise in weighing, packing and quality control. Latest models on show include the Atlas snack food bagmaker, which works in conjunction with the company's market leading CCW-R multihead weigher, a new entry-level tray sealer, and an innovative X-ray inspection system alongside Ishida's top selling checkweigher range.

Plastics will also feature strongly with a range of plastics processing machinery, in addition to food processing equipment and related machinery and other specific equipment needs for the chemical, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries.

Examples include the launch of Pyrotecs new Markem-Imaje range of coders for primary secondary and tertiary coding and labelling equipment. The company's PackMedia division also provides an exciting concept-to-application service to its clients, providing innovative solutions to the problem of having too much information to get on a label and not enough space to put it all.

HG Molenaar will also be exhibiting the first machine of the new line of ink jet coding platforms the VJ1510 machine. First launched at the Interpak show in Germany, this will be the first time that the new machine will be available to the local market.

In addition, Kear Graphic Supplies will be launching the new Pantone uncoated colour matching system known as Goe. The company will also exhibit the new upgrade of the Pantone Q2.1 colour respectrametre at Propak Cape 2008.

Additional value-add will be the breakfast seminar organised by The Institute of Packaging in SA Western Cape branch co-locating with Propak Cape on 14 October, the Institute of Packaging Gold Pack Student Awards Banquet highlighting work of excellence completed by students, and also the World Packaging Organisation meeting, attracting industry professionals from around the world.

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