Experts from adhesives manufacturer Henkel supported Greenland Seafood by planning and managing the conversion of their packaging lines to the high-performance hotmelt adhesive Technomelt Supra 100 and the Nordson ProBlue Liberty System. The sustainable line conversion was accomplished as a running change within two weeks, with no loss of production and with full target achievement.
To address issues of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, scientists are now developing a packaging film made of milk proteins — and it is even edible. The researchers presented their work at the 252nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently refurbished the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) effluent treatment plant that processes effluent generated by Ceres’ Fruit Processors and Fruit Juices facilities in the Western Cape.
Bosch Packaging Technology (Bosch) and BillerudKorsnäs developed one of the world´s first sealed paper packaging technologies. Instead of using polymer film, a new solution enables production of dust-tight packaging for dry products such as sugar, grains, flour or powders. This is achieved with the use of sustainable mono-material paper, which contains no additional polymer fractions.
DuPont has announced its 2016 Awards for Packaging Innovation, recognising companies that have responded to worldwide demand for improvements in customer product experiences and sustainability. It also honoured those that incorporated simpler messaging and cost-efficient production technologies.
In cooperation with Dresden University of Technology (TUD), the packaging specialist Teepack developed a highly dynamic cup dosing system over the past three years. The innovative solution dramatically increases the filling speed of products like rice, couscous, linseeds or coffee beans.
Nanomaterials, incorporated into disposable paper-based sensors, plastics and other composite materials, represent an enabling technology for industries in South Africa and the world. This is according to Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray, director of the DST-CSIR National Centre for Nanostructured Materials. The centre has garnered international acclaim for its work on naturally-occurring nanoclay minerals that are mined in the country.
A leading supplier of a natural calcium supplement used to fortify baby foods, cereals and baked goods arrives in Africa next month. Swiss-based Omya will exhibit at Africa’s Big 7 (AB7), the continent’s biggest food and beverage expo. AB7 takes place from 19 to 21 June at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, South Africa.
Standing on the bridge of a vessel more than ten years ago, Vivian Lackay dreamed of becoming a skipper. The member of Sea Harvest’s sea-going crew, who grew up in Robertson in the Western Cape, joined the company in 2004. Lackay has worked and studied his way up the ranks, becoming a leading deck hand and then first mate before qualifying as a skipper in January this year. ‘The biggest task of a skipper is accepting responsibility for important decisions that need to be made on a vessel, decisions that often impact the entire crew. Sea Harvest has provided me training and development opportunities that have made it possible for me to advance my career,’ says Lackay.
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