Tetra Pak package wins WorldStar Gold Sustainability Award

Tetra Pak enjoyed further success at WorldStar awards in Milan as the Tetra Prisma Aseptic 1000 with bio-based plastic, first used by Coca Cola’s Del Valle Reserva, received a gold award for sustainability. The package, together with Tetra Top with Separable Top, had earlier picked up WorldStar awards in the beverage category.

Tetra Prisma Aseptic 1000 with bio-based plastic uses low density polyethylene derived from sugar cane as the laminate film in the packaging material. When combined with FSC certified paperboard, this boosts the renewable material content in the package to around 78%. The package is also 100% recyclable.

Asynt are leader of the pack at Lab Innovations

Asynt won this year’s Lions’ Lair competition, which took place at Lab Innovations.

The company fought off competition from three other exhibitors all pitching their most innovative products to an expert panel in order to be voted best in show.

The panel of Lions’ (judges) included Phillip Broadwith, Business Editor of Chemistry World, Kasia Wincoirek, Laboratory Manager at DNA Electronics, Phil Prime, Managing Editor at Laboratory News and Yahya Akudi, QC Lab Manager at Nuarfarm Ltd.

Asynt won with its pioneering product, PressureSyn, which is a high pressure reactor designed to work on any magnetic hotplate stirrer. The inbuilt safety features comprise of a double pressure relief system, including bursting disk and pressure relief valve. The 125 ml reactors are certificated and rated to a maximum pressure of 100bar and temperature of 200C. The innovative design allows for a higher level of safety than is often associated with pressure vessels used in laboratories.

Martyn Fordham, Managing Director at Asynt says: “It is always an honour to be recognised by your peers. We didn’t achieve this alone, our innovation was created in conjunction with the University of Nottingham, leading to a winning combination. Our PressureSyn is a simple product that helps ensure a safe environment for those working within chemistry research labs. We are certainly thrilled to have won. ”

The three other companies who took part in the competition included Cleaver Scientific, Spex Certiprep and Metrohm.

The Lions’ Lair formed part of the highly anticipated showfloor entertainment, which took place at this year’s Lab Innovations. The show once again boasted an expanded show floor, with major names such as Robin Ince and Andrea Sella headlining the conference programme.

The next Lab Innovations will be taking place at Birmingham’s NEC on 4 & 5 November 2015.

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Innovative packaging solutions from SEALPAC

SEALPAC, the leading supplier of modern tray-sealing and thermoforming technology, will be presenting a wide range of innovative packaging solutions and international trends at Anuga FoodTec.

Focus at the SEALPAC stand will be on the latest convenience solutions for ovenable and microwavable food products. The company have won an international award for their EasyLid system, which they will officially receive during the exhibition. EasyLid is an innovative seal & lid on one solution, which provides full lid functionality in just one single step. It requires less consumables and provides more efficiency in production. Supported by the German Agricultural Society, the award is handed out every three years to innovative projects within the international food industry.

Marcel Veenstra, Marketing and Communications Manager at Sealpac International, says, "We are especially proud to be one of the gold medallists for the International FoodTec Award 2015. This award is a valuable confirmation of our development work, especially in designing more sustainable packaging solutions whilst maintaining their functionality."

In its ’Smart Packaging Inspirations’ area, SEALPAC will also present the latest trends in ovenable and microwavable packaging. The demand for these convenience products, which save time and provide practical handling, continues to grow. Modern solutions, that allow you to place the product in its packaging directly in the oven or microwave, are on the rise. A variety of film and valve solutions, combined with our latest packaging technology, for example, allow for gentle steam cooking or grilling directly inside the pack. Modern technology and innovative materials have allowed the sector to develop packaging systems that meet highest standards with regard to the taste and appearance of convenience products. In the catering area at the SEALPAC stand, visitors can gain an impression of the many possibilities.

Marel ready for new EU labelling rules

Marel’s Innova Labelling software will enable fish processors to create labels that fulfill the new EU legislative requirements coming into force on 13th December.

All fish processors operating within the EU need to comply with the new EU Regulation 1169/2011, which affects labels accompanying all fishery and aquaculture products for EU consumers. The legislation includes changes to mandatory nutrition information on processed seafood, mandatory labelling of catch area or country of production, and allergens information requirements.

Marel developed Innova Labelling to meet the food industry’s need for control and automation of the labelling process from receiving to dispatch. The software module’s visual label designer lets processors create labels with texts, images, barcodes, and line graphics, using simple drag and drop options and real-time visualisation. Label contents are fully customisable, so it is easy to comply with new customer, production, or legislative requirements.

CMB Engineering apprentices win another gold medal

Three apprentices from CMB Engineering won first place for the second time at the National WorldSkills UK competition. Dominic Trees, Patrick Devanney and Chris Renwick were the three apprentices who put their knowledge and experience to the test to compete at this year’s Manufacturing Team Challenge against other industry apprentices.

Following last year’s success at the WorldSkills International tournament, where another group of CMB apprentices engineered their way to success, competing in the finals as the only team from the canmaking industry, this year’s contestants had to design, manufacture, assemble and test a complex piece of machinery to demonstrate their engineering expertise. The group’s winning design was an advanced remote controlled forklift engineered to lift up to 50kg of weight which adhered to the design specifications of being lightweight and sustainable as well as time and cost effective.

Now qualified for the UK squad, the team will compete again in May faced with even more complex challenges for a chance to compete in the WorldSkills finals which will be hosted in Brazil in 2015.

George Moffat, who previously competed and helped to win first place at last year’s WorldSkills competition, says, “It is a great honour to have the opportunity to mentor this year’s apprentices for the Manufacturing Team Challenge, especially as I was previously in their position competing in the same competition. I am sure that my participation in this process has also served as a good source of inspiration for this year’s apprentices, as my journey reflects that of many other CMB apprentices who progress to work in leading Engineering roles with exciting career prospects within the company.From starting as an apprentice, I have gained valuable knowledge and experience which I use in my current role as a Development Engineer, where I get to travel around the world to service various machines from CMB’s product range."

Dominic Trees, who also won a gold medal at last year’s Skills Show competition, Patrick Devanney and Chris Renwick are all currently doing an Engineering Apprenticeship Program at CMB Engineering, where their roles consist of varied and well-rounded tasks including the construction of canmaking machines, such as CMB’s Neckers and Bodymakers. Like other CMB Engineering apprentices, the aspiring engineers hope to progress to full time roles within the company whilst also completing their studies, working towards an engineering degree.

Andrew Truelove, General Manager at CMB Engineering, says, “We are very proud to witness yet another astonishing win from our apprentices at The WorldSkills Competition. Our participation in this yearly event forms part of our apprenticeship program, and we deem it vital to enrich the learning experience of our apprentices. We have always been dedicated to providing the best training possible to our aspiring engineers, ultimately aiming to help them achieve a successful career in the canmaking industry. For us, it is very important to retain talented individuals who want to progress and will be dedicated to the future progression and success of the company, providing our customers with the best service and support possible."

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