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Ecobliss present at Pharmapack Europe

On 11 & 12 february 2015 Ecobliss will be presenting their solutions in Pharmaceutical packaging

In the Pharmaceutical world there are many different packaging designs and functions. Patient compliance and child resistant packaging are two of the main focus areas. In these areas Ecobliss offers various packaging solutions like ‘blister wallets’ or reclosable child resistant packaging (Locked4Kids). All of these solutions will be presented at Pharmapack Europein Paris Expo Porte De Versailles (Hall 5), stand 122.

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Trends in Pharma Packaging

A recent report from a leading U.S. global market research and consultancy company “MarketsandMarkets” has predicted that the worldwide pharmaceutical packaging market will be worth…

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Locked4Kids demonstration at Emballage 2014

 

The highlight of this year’s Emballage exhibition will be a demonstration of Locked4Kids; the Child Resistant Recolsable Carton box which is manufactured by Ecobliss. The newly patented “Locked4kids” carton box will be handled on one of Romaco’s machines during the exhibition.

Both companies work on a continuous improvement basis, largely investing their resources in innovation as a key factor for supporting quality of life as well as keeping the pace with market evolution.

Locked4Kids is a simple, inexpensive and mass-producible packaging solution consisting of a carton box and a PET tray, which can contain blisters or other pharmaceutical products and leaflet. The Locked4Kids packaging is composed of a carton box containing a PET tray. The box has openings on the sides in which the blister tray is automatically locked when it is pushed all the way into the box. For this, hooks are attached to the edge of the blister tray. In order to be able to open the packaging, both hooks have to be pushed simultaneously and held. Only then the tray can be pulled out of the box. This is very difficult for small children. The hooks are placed diagonally to one another at a distance that cannot be spanned by the hand of a small child, but which is no problem for adults. The carton box is coated with a tear resistant laminate so as to prevent children from ripping it apart. Ecobliss manufactured two variants of Locked4kids Cartons: The US Locked4Kids Carton has been tested against F=1 on multiple sizes by the ISO 17025 certified testing institute BVI, according the US CPSC regulation 16 C.F.R. § 1700.20. Approved by the US Product Safety Commission CPSC. When opened, all the components of the packaging stay connected (carton – tray – blisterstrips). The EU Locked4Kids Carton has been tested on multiple sizes by the ISO 17025 certified testing institute BVI, and certified against the ISO/EN 8317 standard. When opened, the tray can be pulled out of the carton and the blisters can be removed from the tray.

Mass production of the Locked4Kids Carton is easily realized on standard pharmaceutical packaging equipment with only minor adjustments. Blisterstrips are loaded from top down into the tray and the tray is inserted into the carton. This design ensures the same packaging process speeds as for regular (non CR) cartons and is a very cost effective solution. Furthermore the carton and blister offers protection to the product such as tamper evidence and environmental protection. One final important benefit of blister packaging in patient compliance is that pharmacists have a greater opportunity to communicate with and advise their patients because less time is necessary to fill the prescription.

October 2014, the packaging concept won the Dutch “Zilveren Noot” award and the CPhI Pharma Award for Innovation in Packaging.

Ecobliss is focused to make Locked4Kids cartons available on a global scale, by licensing pharmaceutical carton manufacturers for production and marketing. If you are interested Locked4Kids or you want to get licenced, please contact Ron Linssen, Managing Director, Locked4Kids BV.

Emballage 2014 will be held in France, Paris, on November 17-20th 2014. The Locked4Kids demonstration will be given at stand 5A H 002.

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Locked4Kids: ’s werelds eerste kindveilige kartonnen doosje voor medicijnen

Ecobliss introduceert dé innovatie die kleine kinderen beschermd tegen vergiftigingsongelukken. Locked4kids! Locked4Kids is een hersluitbaar kartonnen doosje dat medicijnfabrikanten de mogelijkheid biedt om hun producten op een kindveilige manier te verpakken.

Naast het kindveilige aspect beschermd Locked4Kids het product. Elke tablet is separaat verpakt in een blister waardoor de kwaliteit van de medicatie gegarandeerd blijft tegen invloeden van buiten af. Van Eerd, producent van verpakkingen voor de farmaceutische – en aanverwante industrie, is de eerste licentiehouder en heeft de uiteindelijke testverpakkingen geproduceerd. Locked4Kids voldoet aan de strenge Europese (EN 8317) en Amerikaanse (UN16 CRF 1700.20) normen voor hersluitbare kindveilige verpakkingen. De verpakking is uitvoerig getest en gecertificeerd door het Belgisch Verpakkingsinstituut (BVI).

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Bron: Persbericht Van Eerd bv

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Ecobliss presents the innovation which protects small children from accidental poisoning

Locked4Kids is a simple, inexpensive and mass-producible packaging solution consisting of a carton box and a tray, which can contain blisters or other pharmaceutical products (or any kind of products) and leaflet.

It is portable, easy to use and can be opened and closed endlessly, without losing its protective function. This reclosable carton enables drug manufacturers to package their products in a Child Resistant Carton. Discover Locked4Kids! Van Eerd (Tilburg NL) producer of pharmaceutical packaging and related industries is the first license holder for Locked4Kids. Van Eerd has produced the final test packs. Locked4Kids meets the strict European (EN 8317) and American (UN16 CRF 1700.20) standards for reclosable child resistant packaging. The system was extensively tested and certified by the Belgian Packaging Institute.

October 7th Ecobliss launched Locked4Kids. And they are proud to say; Ecobliss won The CPhI Pharma Award in the category ‘Innovation in Packaging’. Ecobliss has received this prestigious prize for its new packaging concept Locked4Kids.On September 30th 2014 Ecobliss, received ‘silver’ in ‘De Gouden Noot’ 2014 Packaging Innovation Contest. The producer of blister and high visibility packaging solutions has received these prestigious awards for its new packaging concept Locked4Kids.

This proves, Locked4Kids has the innovation power to produce certified child-resistant cartons.

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Source: Press release Van Eerd bv

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Locked4Kids launch at Pharma Expo and Emballage

Launch at Pharma Expo and Emballage 
Ecobliss will present the newest innovation in child resistant packaging during the Pharma Expo. This launch will take place at the Pharma Expo in Chicago Illinois USA on 2-5 November 2014 West hall stand 906.

 

For the pharmaceutical and customer, automation is possible to produce cartons at the same speed and efficiency as non CR cartons with blisters. In fact, Romaco is going to demonstrate this automation process with their machine and the Locked4Kids cartons. This demonstration will take place during the Emballage Packaging Exhibition in Paris, on 17-20 November 2014 stand 5a H 002.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014 Business News, Trade shows No Comments

Ecobliss receives the CPhI Pharma Award 2014

Ecobliss wins the CPhI Pharma Award for its latest packaging innovation: Locked4Kids, the Worlds’ First Child Resistant Carton for medicines.

During the official launch, on October 7th 2014, producer of blister and high visibility packaging solutions Ecobliss, won The CPhI Pharma Award in the category ‘Innovation in Packaging’. Ecobliss has received this prestigious prize for its new packaging concept Locked4Kids. This reclosable carton enables drug manufacturers to package their products in a Child Resistant Carton. Locked4Kids meets the strict European (EN 8317) and American (UN16 CRF 1700.20) standards for reclosable child resistant packaging. The system was extensively tested and certified by the Belgian Packaging Institute

About CPhI Pharma Award
For over ten years the CPhI Pharma Awards have recognised thought leadership on a global scale, unveiling top pharma innovators to global trade press during the leading pharmaceutical event. The CPhI Pharma Awards honour companies who turn inspiration into innovation. Celebrate thinkers and creators breaking new ground in formulation, process development and packaging. Entries in the Innovation in Packaging category should pertain to the following topics: Primary Packaging, Devices & Technology, Patient Compliance, Dispensers, Materials or Counterfeit Technologies.

Launch at Pharma Expo and Emballage
Ecobliss will present their newest innovation during the official launch of their US variant of Locked4Kids. This launch will take place at the Pharma Expo in Chicago Illinois USA on 2-5 November 2014. For the pharmaceutical end customer, automation is possible at the same speed and efficiency as non CR cartons with blisters (Romaco). In fact, Ecobliss will join Romaco to present this automation process during the Emballage Packaging Exhibition in Paris, on 17-20 November 2014stand 5a H 002.

 

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Child resistant packaging – by Chakravarthi AVPS

Child resistant packs that offer ease of acces to the patients while keeping the little children out will be successful in the market place.

Imagine this: a little three-year-old is all on her own at home at the minute. Do you have any idea how many products could actually poison her? Too many to list unfortunately! Medicines are the main culprits. It doesn’t take more than a few ‘harmless’ paracetamol tablets to make a child pretty sick. Of course one wouldn’t leave his or her little girls at home all by herself. And it goes without saying that (surely?) one would store all medication away safely out of her reach. But like any parent, one too would experience many a heart-stopping moment where the child manages to escape the parent’s  watchful eye. It is in moments like those that one suddenly realize what a lifesaver child-resistant packaging can be. And not just for medicines. Also for all those other everyday household products that are dangerous to children. Child-resistant packaging has been invented to protect your child. Food for thought, wouldn’t you agree?

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Visibility the key to Bonus Pack

For this special promo package sold exclusively through PetSmart stores, it was essential that the primary packs inside be clearly visible to the consumer in the store.

United Pet Group’s FURminator deShedding tool has legions of fans among pet owners who would rather proactively remove hair from their dogs and cats rather than having to vacuum it up once its fallen where it will of its own accord. But this spring the Cincinnati-based firm launched a new product called Shed Control Cloths that are designed for daily use as opposed to the recommended weekly use of the deShedding tool. To boost interest in the launch, UPG needed a special promo bonus pack to be displayed exclusively at PetSmart stores, and their search led them pretty quickly to a folding carton with a window.

“We do a number of promotions that gain customer and consumer interest as a way of driving sales,” says John Herzig, Associate Packaging Engineer at UPG. “In this case we looked for a way for the consumer to see everything that’s in the box while still keeping a premium look. It called for either a die-cut window or a see-through carton, but one thing we knew pretty early on is that without visibility through some kind of window, we probably wouldn’t do the promotion. An all-plastic carton was considered too costly, and it’s not the best solution from a sustainability standpoint, either.”

The folding carton is a fold lock bottom and tuck top with a generously sized clear PVC window. What makes the window unusual is that it not only extends across most of the front panel, it also extends about an inch around the right front corner and a full three inches around the left front corner. This innovative combination of paperboard and plastic delivers

  • all the visibility that UPG was looking for
  • a cost structure that makes the Bonus Pack promo possible
  • attractive graphics, including important messaging about the newly launched cloths

“In addition to the messaging on the Bonus Pack carton there is some wording on the Shed Control Cloths carton that we want the consumer to be able to read,” says Herzig. “The Transparent Container design makes this possible.”

 

Source: www.packworld.com

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SafeSkin Kids sports wrap brand repositioned

Kimberly-Clark refreshes its SafeSkin Kids sports wrap line, with new products and with packaging that uses kid-friendly graphics while communicating efficacy to moms.

To assist with its SafeSkin Kids sport wraps product, Kimberly-Clark approached Goodwin Design Group to consider next-stage products and the brand platform to ensure future success, primarily through product innovation opportunities. Goodwin shared consumer insights, demonstrated trends, determined strategies, and implemented solutions for SafeSkin to remain a category leader.

While Kimberly-Clark planned to focus on product solutions, Goodwin’s recommendation was to also work on the brand packaging. Together with consumers, Goodwin created a new strategy and brand platform for an entire line of products that moms, parents, and coaches truly want. Goodwin designed the products together, tested the range to select those that were most appealing, and refreshed the brand packaging to speak to kids of all ages, and those who care for them, in a visual language they understood and preferred.

Kimberly-Clark launched SafeSkin Kids Sports Wraps in 2011, creating the kids’ wrap category and capitalizing on a new retail market opportunity. Yet there was little brand equity in the original SafeSkin Kids packaging, and it visually projected that it was for “little kids.” By late 2012 the brand’s leadership was being challenged by a new competitor, which marketed a wrap featuring a popular licensed property with strong kid and mom appeal. The pack features a blister card backing board of SBS, believed to be 8 or 9-pt in thickness. It’s printed offset in four-color process.

 

Source: www.healthcarepackaging.com

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Spout attachment trapped in a blister

A trapped blister is the packaging format selected by Park City, UT-based Choomee Inc. for its Sip’n Soft Top product.

Introduced late last year, this innovative product is a soft, chewy silicone that fits over the hard plastic spout found on many pouched products aimed at children who are transitioning from liquids to solid foods. It greatly improves mouth feel and also provides a convenient reclosure feature.

Choomee has the Sip’n products injection molded in China and calls on contract packagers to assemble the product. The products is sealed by a heat sealing machine which traps a blister thermoformed of RPET between two pieces of 20-pt SBS. The die-cut facing card goes into the cavities of the machine first. When the blister is placed into this facing card, it already has two Sip’n Soft Top products in it. Operators then put the back card into the cavity, and after the cavity runs through a heat and compression station, out comes the two products trapped in their RPET blister between facing and backing paperboard cards.

Source: www.packworld.com

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WORLDSTAR – The International Packaging Excellence awards

Ecobliss done it again!
Yes, Ecobliss won this coveted award for the third time in succession. In fact it kept its record of 100% success at the Worldstar awards which is a unique feet!

This time it has won this award for its entry Innovative Blister Carton, which is actually a blister pack but mimics a carton in its final shape. In a glittering ceremony at Interpack venue at Dusseldorf, Ecobliss team received the award from World Packaging Organisation President, Mr.Thomas Schneider.

Salient features of the pack:

  • The pack is a unique, Box shaped Blister packaging without any glued flaps.
  • At an outset it looks like a normal folding carton. Yet, when it is opened it provides all features of a blister pack.
  • Its possible to have customised blisters exclusively for pre filled syringes or in a combination pack we can have multiple blisters for all products like the syringe,needles,injection water,bottled injection suspension and so on.
  • Provision  of a pocket inside to keep product information insert and an alcohol swab.
  • Anti counterfeit features in side and easy open provision for the products.
  • Visual appeal thro’ quality printing, high gloss coating, micro embossing features.
  • Pack made of 100% recyclable materials.

Speaking on the occasion Marijn Van Utteren, Commercial Director of Ecobliss Blister products felt, there has been surge in the requirements of customised packaging for medical devices. And he was happy that Ecobliss always stands first in finding out suitable solutions.

Usually the set of products (bottles,syringe and needles) that are used by physicians come in normal cartons. Though some sort of cushioning was provided in the carton that never used to be adequate, further the product information given was either lost or it could not be given in a presentable form. Hence there was a need for UNIQUE pack that fulfils all the functions. And Ecobliss designed and produced this pack keeping the above needs in mind.

Mr.Ron Linssen, Managing Director of Ecobliss group of companies congratulated team Ecobliss India led by Chakravarthi AVPS for this achievement!

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Child-resistant Locked4Kids packaging from Ecobliss nominated for Gouden Noot 2014

Ecobliss, a producer of blister and high visibility packaging solutions, is one of the 10 finalists in the Gouden Noot 2014 Packaging Innovation Contest. Ecobliss was nominated for its new packaging concept Locked4Kids. This reclosable carton box in combination with a PET blister tray enables drug manufacturers to package their products in a child resistant manner. Locked4Kids meets the strict European (EN 8317) and American (UN16 CRF 1700.20) standards for reclosable child resistant packaging. The system was extensively tested and certified by the Belgian Packaging Institute. Locked4Kids will be officially launched in October of this year during the CPhI pharmaceutical trade fair in Paris. The winner of the Gouden Noot 2014 will be announced in September 30th.

In Europe and America, the vast majority of all drugs are put on the market in carton boxes containing blister strips. There is a substantial chance that, in an unguarded moment, small children might open such a box and swallow its contents. In Europe alone, 3,000 young children die each year from the consequences of drug poisoning or poisoning due to the ingestion of household chemicals (source: www.childsafetyeurope.org). Ecobliss is the first producer to have successfully developed a simple, inexpensive and mass-producible carton box satisfying all stringent requirements that are imposed for child resistant packaging.

Ron Linssen, Managing Director of Ecobliss: “We designed Locked4Kids with just one objective in mind: protecting small children from accidental poisoning. The laboratory of the Belgian Packaging Institute, an ISO 17025 accredited testing institute for materials and packaging, has certified Locked4Kids. The standards for such certification are very strict. Less than 15% of the test group of children between three and a half and four years and three months in age are able to open the packaging in under 5 minutes. And even after seeing a demonstration of how to open it, fewer than 20% of the same test group are able to open the packaging within another period of 5 minutes. At the same time, of course, opening and closing has to be easy for adults and seniors. We hope that Locked4Kids becomes the new standard for packaging drugs and other products that are potentially dangerous for small children.”

Innovative design
The Locked4Kids packaging is composed of a carton box containing a PET blister tray. The box has openings on the sides in which the blister tray is automatically locked when it is pushed all the way into the box. For this, hooks are attached to the edge of the blister tray. In order to be able to open the packaging, both hooks have to be pushed simultaneously, while pulling the blister tray out of the box. This is very difficult for small children. The hooks are placed diagonally to one another at a distance that cannot be spanned by the hand of a small child, but which is no problem for adults. The carton box is coated with a tear resistant laminate so as to prevent children from ripping it apart.

About the Gouden Noot
The Gouden Noot is the world´s most competitive packaging innovation contest. With the Gouden Noot, the Netherlands Packaging Centre (NVC) stimulates innovations in the field of packaged products and packaging. The Gouden Noot owes its name to the unique trophy that contains a solid gold walnut (noot in Dutch), which symbolises a sustainable, effective and innovative packaging.

About Ecobliss
As far back as 1995, Ecobliss founder Ron Linssen, together with Professor G. Wouters, developed a new and innovative cold seal technology for blister packaging. Over the years the cold seal technology successfully grew and Ecobliss continued to expand its expertise with new technologies, products and services. Slowly but surely the name Ecobliss has become synonymous with know-how and innovation in the specialised field of blister and high visibility packaging solutions. Locked4Kids is the most recent innovative achievement of Ecobliss.

Note for editors
If you need more information about the child resistant Locked4Kids packaging, don’t hesitate to contact the Ecobliss Sales department. You´ll also find more information on our website www.locked4kids.com.

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Interpack 2014 is coming

No show has more substance

Interpack is far more than just a packaging show. As the world’s leading trade fair, it is the major inspiration for the packaging industry and all related process technologies.

2,700 exhibitors from more than 60 countries will present their latest ideas, innovate concepts and technological visions at interpack – not only in equipment and machinery for packaging and processing, but also in production tools for packaging materials, materials themselves, and services for the entire industry.

Ecobliss Blisterpackaging is one of the companies attending this leading trade fair. Presenting itself as ‘The Smart Source’ for blister and high visibility packaging solutions at booth H18 in hall 9. The combination of industrial design and delivery, of blister and transparent packaging, as well as a range of blister packaging machines. For more information on their innovative packaging solutions, please check their website www.ecobliss.com.

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Ecobliss: a smart source for pharmaceutical innovations

Speaking to Printweek, a leading print and packaging magazine Chakravarthi AVPS felt “Today, secondary packaging is being treated as an avoidable burden at all levels, right from the manufacturer to the retailer. Yet the carded blisters and dose pack wallets, apart from the regulated dispenser packs, play a major role in the patients’ convenience and sometimes save the user from potential dangers like consumption of excessive or less dosage, using an expired medicine and so on. Ecobliss continues to drive the necessity of having proper secondary packaging for all the dosage drugs”.

Ramu Ramanathan | Jan 19, 2014

Hyderabad-based Ecobliss highlighted smart innovations in blister packaging at its stall at Indpack. This included a host of packaging options offered by Ecobliss like carded blister packs, dose packs, clinical wallets, promotional packs, drug combination packs, pre-filled syringe packs, innovative vial packs, standy blister packs, etc.

 

AVPS Chakravarthi, managing director of Ecobliss India, said, “Blister packs have been associated with the pharmaceutical segment due to their convenience, affordability and ease-of-use.” Having said that, one has however, seen little innovation. Ecobliss has disrupted this mould with its ‘Easy opening’ blister packs with special focus on elderly customers.” Chakravarthi added, “The pharmaceutical field is highly demanding when compared with other sectors. One needs to be literally on his toes to constantly serve satisfaction to the customer. We need to update the technologies on real-time basis. In addition, we need to supply packaging for a highly complex US and regulatory market sales at affordable prices, not compromising on quality.”

Products for the elderly
During a product demo to Rushikesh Aravakar and Ramu Ramanathan of PrintWeek India, Chakravarthi explained, “Blister packs are either face heat seal carded packs or clamshell packs. In case of face seal packs, when the customer tries to remove the blister, either part of the plastic remains with the board or some paper remains with the plastic. In case of clamshell blisters it is difficult to tear open; especially for the elderly and infirm. One has to use scissors to cut the pack. Imagine the plight of an elderly person unable to access a special toothbrush from a nice blister pack and who may discard the product without using it.”

He added, “Many customers look at blister packaging in a negative way because of the difficult and unpleasant method of opening. There is a strong need for a blister pack which is sturdy enough to protect the product, as well as be easy to open.” He felt Ecobliss packaging has resolved these issues.

Customer-friendly blister packages
Chakravarthi laid great stress on customer-friendly blister packages. Once again, he demonstrated a new design for a toothbrush with an easy-to-open blister package. The design is simple, a blister presenting the product, encased by a printed cardboard card. After folding back the cardboard card, the customer can simply slide out the blister and access the product. Finally, no more cuts and puncture wounds due to jagged edges, it’s really as simple as 1 2 3.

Chakravarthi explained, “Let us take an example of the complete packaging you need to meet certain requirements. Say that it must protect the contents from tampering, and that the packaging must be tear-resistant and have a metallic finish. Say it needs to be produced in high volumes, preferably in-house, where you will be able to tightly control production scheduling. At Ecobliss, we understand all the component options, all the process possibilities and all the ways to optimise production cost factors to deliver what you need.

A solution for the wallet
In this sense, the wallet solution for the pharma industry is a very innovative concept. Herein, Ecobliss provides blister wallets in many different types and sizes, with one, two, three or more panels designed to match the customer’s requirements. These extra panels can be used to accommodate extra strips with tablets or to print additional information about the content of the wallet. It is even possible to apply a booklet with multiple pages of information onto one of the panels of a blister wallet so that crucial information never gets lost and stays with the medication.

Chakravarthi showed the PrintWeek India duo, a couple of samples and pointed out, “Blister wallets offer many possibilities to accommodate your requirements and the possibilities are endless. Electronics for instance, can be integrated into a wallet for measuring patient compliance, or a wallet can be made child-resistant by design or by applying a child resistant label.”

He explained, “Today, secondary packaging is being treated as an avoidable burden at all levels, right from the manufacturer to the retailer. Yet the carded blisters and dose pack wallets, apart from the regulated dispenser packs, play a major role in the patients’ convenience and sometimes save the user from potential dangers like consumption of excessive or less dosage, using an expired medicine and so on. Ecobliss continues to drive the necessity of having proper secondary packaging for all the dosage drugs in domestic markets as well.”

About Ecobliss
Ecobliss, a global leader in blister and high-visibility packaging, is a privately held company with some 300 staff, and a growing international network of business partners. Ecobliss in India is based in Hyderabad with a sheetfed operation that is backed by finishing solutions. Slowly, but surely, Ecobliss India has become synonymous with know-how and innovation in the specialised field of blister and high-visibility packaging.

It all began in 1995, when Ron Linssen, the founder of Ecobliss, (along with Professor G. Wouters), developed the cold sealing technology for blister packaging, which is the USP of the company’s success. Since the introduction of this eco-friendly sealing technology, customers from many industries have changed their packaging to this method of packaging.

Through the success of cold seal packaging, Ecobliss has become a known name in the market. With many years of experience in development, design, production and logistics, Ecobliss is recognised to be the ‘smart source’ for blister and high-visibility packaging.

Chakravarthi said, “Whether we use blister packaging, plastic boxes or combination of these, regardless of the equipment needed, the intention is always the same: a complete packaging product that meets the highest standards of performance for the lowest cost. At Ecobliss, we design from scratch so that all components are in harmony with each other and any potential logistical challenges are pre-solved.”

 

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Indpack exhibtion taps into packaging requirements

The 16th edition of Indpack, a national packaging exhibition, was inaugurated by Anita Agnihotri, IAS (Indian Administrative Services), special secretary and financial advisor, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India on 16 January 2014.

The three days packaging exhibition – from 16 to 18 January has been organised by IIP (Indian Institute of Packaging) an autonomous body under the Ministry of Commerce at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. It is the first when the exhibition is taking place in New Delhi.

NC Saha, director, Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), said, “We are living in a packaging essential era. Packaging helps in distribution of food and other essentials to the user. Hence demand for better and innovative packaging is increasing. The main objective behind the exhibition is to promote the export business since India is the sixth largest country worldwide when it comes to packaging.”

The theme of this edition of the exhibition is ‘Consumer Packaging Challenges and Opportunities’. Along the exhibition, two days conference is also happening at Hotel Shangri-La’s Eros on 17 and 18 January 2014. This conference attended by more than 200 delegates from the flexible packaging segment was inaugurated by the chief guest, Dr E M S  Natchiappan, the Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

There were around 100 exhibitors in this three-day exhibition with a total covered area of around 4500sq meters. Various packaging converters ranging from paper, foil, film, glass, metal and other packaging material have displayed their technologies during the show. Also different packaging machinery, automation and other auxiliary equipment was on display.

Like in the past the booth set up by Ecobliss india was STAR attraction of all the stalls. The presentation of the stall itself was like a feast to the eyes of the visitors. Talking on the sidelines, the CEO and MD, Chakravarthi AVPS said, with the rapidly growing retail market in the country, there has been a significant surge in the demand of blister and high visible packaging. And Ecobliss exactly fits the bill by offering customised packaging solutions for different segments pharmaceutical,healthcare, beauty and cosmetics, computer peripherals, food, Agri, electrical, electronics among others. Looking at the feedback the company CFO, Mr.Ramakrishna felt that there is a good potential for transparent food grade containers in the market. And the Ecobliss with its proven capabilities can offer to cater various needs, he added.

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Record success as Packaging Innovations attracts 6,000 visitors

Packaging Innovations, the UK’s biggest packaging show, attracted 6004 unique visitors over the two days, an 18% increase on last year, with 77% of exhibitors rebooking onsite for next year’s show

The show, which took place at Birmingham’s NEC, 26 & 27 February 2014, was co-located with six other events: Ecopack, Contract Pack, Packtech, Print Innovations, Labelling Innovations, and Converting.

It included packaging buyers from major names such as GlaxoSmithKline, Lush Cosmetics, Heineken, Britvic Soft Drinks, Danone, Asda and Proctor & Gamble.

Alison Church, Event Director at easyFairs UK, said she was delighted with the turnout.

“The show was lively from start to finish, with both visitor and exhibitor numbers up, we are in a great position to take the show to new heights next year. 2015 will be an even bigger year for us, as the show will be celebrating its 10th edition, so it’s an exciting time for those who are involved with the show.”

Amongst the highlights of the show were Bag Re:Born which launched a new eco-innovation for the carrier bag market; i-Sub Digital successfully rolled out its exclusive Digi-Foil system, which creates colour-accurate mock-ups in under ten minutes; plus Folding carton manufacturer, Benson Group, unveiled its new range of food-to-go products under the Benson Delilicious brand name.

Hayley Mustad, key account manager, at IBIS Packaging Solutions, exhibiting at the show, said:

“The footfall this year has been great, with key decision makers from blue chip companies coming onto the stand. Great show, so much so we have booked for 2015, and gone for a bigger stand!”

Also exhibiting at the show was Mark Baker-Homes, director of business development at Intec Printing Solutions, who said there was considerable interest and demand for the packaging and labelling market.

“We had blue chip companies coming onto the stand, but also start-ups looking to get into packaging with genuine enthusiasm, which is great to see. We could not have asked for a better show and the easyFairs team is great – they provide fantastic show support, and realise the true value of business. We’ll certainly be here next year.”

The event included a two-day comprehensive free-to-attend learnShops seminar programme, with speakers from DHL Supply Chain, Iceland Foods, The Barts Ingredients TM Co Ltd, Recoup, Marks and Spencer, Wilkinson, Tesco, and Oloves.

On the second day, Julia Cole, UK and Ireland marketing manager at HP, and Trevor Smith from Amberley Adhesive Labels, demonstrated how digital can help brands create a more personal relationship with consumers. Cole said:

“As brands learn of the capabilities of digital printing for packaging, they will begin to leverage those techniques that differentiate their products and drive sales by extending their marketing campaigns in to the packaging itself. Shorter runs, just in time delivery and minimal inventory are all key factors in reducing costs and reducing the time to market and digital can help make this possible.”

The BIG Packaging Debate attracted over 100 visitors to hear a panel of packaging experts discuss: ‘Packaging – designed for the consumer or the supply chain?’.

This year’s panel, chaired by Kevin Vyse, included Echo Brand Design, DHL Packaging Services Europe, Alliance Boots and The Consumer Voice held the general opinion that the supply chain may well be increasing in complexity, but so are consumers’ lives and the way we market to them. The opinion was that flexibility and agility was key to future retail and concluded that perhaps there is a general need for packaging to reflect in-store and online demands more simply, with the real opportunity to reduce secondary packaging. Continuing to educate the consumer about the possibilities of reusing or refilling a product, rather than recycling was also an underlying theme.

Chris Blackwell, marketing manager at Delipca, said of the show: “Great speaker line-up from major brand owners to packaging converters and logistics. This year’s seminars have been really high quality and very informative, providing the latest thinking and developments within the packaging and print industry.”

The next UK packaging event in 2014 takes place at the Business Design Centre in London on 30 September and 1 October 2014 focusing on its two strong concepts – Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging.

Source: http://www.packagingnews.co.uk

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Ecobliss attends Packaging Innovations 2014 in Birmingham UK

Packaging Innovations 2014 and its co-located shows, Contract PackEcopackPacktechPrint InnovationsLabelling Innovations, and Converting Innovations will involve over 350 leading suppliers specialising in all aspects of packaging from materials to design. This is the one UK event where you can be certain to find the latest innovations in packaging to support your business objectives.

One of the companies attending this fair is Ecobliss Blisterpackaging BV in the Netherlands. Ecobliss supplies products and services related to blister and high visibility packaging, i.e. industrial design of blister packaging, produces and supplies the components (carton, plastic) parts as well as packaging machines for blister packaging. Visit them at stand L52 for a personal introduction to their ‘Smart Source’.

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Two-count blister packs for ‘smart pills’

Tucson-based Brainiac Supplements LLC wanted to market its Study Buddy nutrient-based study aid capsules in high-impact packaging. The company concluded that two-count carded blister packs offered a more attractive option than the flexible pouches it had been using.

First a flanged two-cavity blister is thermoformed from PVC sheet, filled with one study aid capsule per cavity, and heat-seal lidded with aluminum foil. The filled and lidded blister packs are then trapped between two blister cards in a second operation. A glossy UV finish on the card stock helps create the optimal in-store impact that Braniac was looking for.

The cards are 0.21-pt SBS and are printed via a four-color process that also incorporates a UV varnish to provide a high-gloss finish. The packs stand upright in shelf display cartons, delivering high visibility at retail venues such as college book stores and convenience stores.

Brainiac has enjoyed sales increases since the new packaging was introduced. Tyler Johansen, CEO of Brainiac Supplements, says,

“We chose to partner with a contract packaging specialist, because of their ability to create custom packaging that would more accurately reflect our brand. We couldn’t be more pleased in terms of meeting design deadlines and rendering the packaging we wanted.”

Source: www.packworld.com

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In conversation with…

“There were days people were dying for want of life saving drugs, Cancer was considered to be a disease that only leads to death in few days. Today, thanks to medical revolution and drug discoveries, we could find cure to so many diseases that were once thought incurable. And the innovations in packaging technology contributed significantly to these medical discoveries” – felt Chakravarthi AVPS, Managing Director, Ecobliss India in an exclusive cover page interview to a leading pharmaceutical magazine.

Article AVPS Chakravarthi in Modern-Pharma

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