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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 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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Ecobliss wins silver in ‘De Gouden Noot’

Ecobliss wins silver in ‘De Gouden Noot’ for its latest packaging innovation: Locked4Kids, the worlds’ first child resistant carton for medicines

On September 30th 2014 producer of blister and high visibility packaging solutions Ecobliss, received ‘silver’ in ‘De Gouden Noot’ 2014 Packaging Innovation Contest. 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 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.

On October 7th this year Locked4Kids will be officially launched during CPhI Worldwide, a pharmaceutical trade fair in Paris. Locked4Kids is also finalist in the CPhI Pharma Awards. The winner of this ambitious competition will be announced on October 7th.

About De Gouden Noot competition
The Gouden Noot is the worlds’ most competitive packaging innovation contest. It’s almost like the Olympics. Every second year the packaging industry gets the opportunity to win only one bronze, silver or gold award. There are no categories. The jury consists of 20 packaging experts covering all aspects of the packaging industry.

With the Gouden Noot, the Dutch 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.

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 Blister News, Blister Packaging, Business News No Comments

NEWS FROM INTERPACK: Hands off, kids

19 May 2014

The vast majority of all pharmaceutical drugs are put on the market in carton boxes containing blister strips. The only safeguard against children ingesting the contents has been to keep the packs out of sight and out of the reach of children.

Ecobliss, a producer of blister and high visibility packaging solutions, is the first to have successfully developed a simple, inexpensive and mass-producible carton box satisfying all stringent requirements that are imposed for child resistant packaging.
Its packaging concept, Locked4Kids, is one of the 10 finalists in the Gouden Noot 2014 Packaging Innovation Contest and was on show at interpack.

PKN stopped by the stand and spoke to Peter Bruggeman, senior business development manager at Ecobliss. He said that the 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.

Bruggeman explained how it works: The Locked4Kids packaging comprises 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.

Here Bruggeman demonstrates the way it’s opened.

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 a separate statement, Ron Linssen, managing director of Ecobliss, said,

“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.”

The pack is available in three sizes. The pack has yet to be commercialised and the company is currently inviting expressions of interest from licensees.

Source: www.packagingnews.com.au

 

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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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United packaging interests under one co-operative umbrella

The Asian Packaging Federation, a non-profit organization, established in Tokyo, Japan, in 1967, unites the packaging interests of all trade and industries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, under one co-operative umbrella.

The objective of the federation is to enhance cross country co-operation among all packaging-related bodies, covering a gamut of subjects like training & education, package development, environmental aspects, law and regulations. The APF Secretariat rotates among the member countries and is currently situated in India, with secretary general Prof.N.C.Saha of IIP.

During the 62nd gathering of APF Asian Packaging Federation, the AsiaStar Packaging Competition Jury Meeting, exhibition and Award Ceremony and the APF “Green Packaging” Conference were held in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia from 18 – 21 November 2013.

Ms. Ariana Susanti, who is the business development director of Indonesian Packaging Federation has been elected as President of Asian Packaging Federation in a recently held board meeting of APF at Indonesia.

Ariana Susanti graduated in Commercial Art from The Indonesian Art College in Yogyakarta. In 1992 she was trained in Packaging Engineering in Japan, sponsored by JICA/Japan’s International Cooperation Agency. In 1992 Ariana joined the Indonesian Packaging Federation (IPF) and since 2006 has been the Business Development Director. From 1994 to 2004 she was involved in the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as Head of the Promotion and Packaging Division, Compartment of Multifarious Industry. From 1997 to 1998 she was Manager of Packaging Design Studio, for the Ministry of Industry and was responsible for developing and upgrading a new package for SME’s. From 1995 to 2003 she was also the Head of the Promotion and Packaging Division at the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association (GAPMMI). Ariana has also served as a Member of Indonesia Good Design Selection (IGDS) and Ministry of Industry. In November 2007 she became an Honorary Member of the Asian Packaging Federation (APF) and in October 2010 became Vice President of the APF..

On 20 – 21 November 2013; in the two-day “Green Packaging Conference” where subjects of recycling, eco-friendly packaging and implementation examples were addressed, representatives of local packaging sector convened to make opinion exchange on environmental issues and packaging sector and discussed in detail the sustainable packaging solutions its cost benefits.

The two-day conference was attended by key stakeholders of the packaging industry, primarily from the food, beverage, home and personal care, electronics, pharmaceutical and beauty sectors.

Speakers from various Asian countries including Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and India touched upon the topics of waste reduction, challenges and opportunities, sustainability trends and developments in packaging.

The executive director of Indonesian Packaging Federation Henky Wibawa moderated the sessions

The speaker from India, Chakravarthi AVPS, managing director Ecobliss India, in his presentation, emphasised the role of innovation in green packaging to meet the rapidly changing consumer demands.

Chakravarthi said, “The formulation and initiatives of green design and green packaging can be described as the reassuring message of the field, should become a reality and the future direction of development of civilization. In addition, the aspects of packaging design accuracy and reasonableness of the selection of materials, combined with sound ideas, can also play a pivotal role in the development of green packaging.”

Other prominent speakers were Julianti from Unilever, Putut Pramono of Nestle, Indonesia and Marcel Cote from Avery Dennison, Australia.

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014 Business News No Comments

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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Introducing Mr. Stoppkotte

Recently Mr. Wim-Henk Stoppkotte has joined the new Ecobliss commercial team as Director Business Development. Prior to this role, Mr. Stoppkotte has been Director of Sales and Marketing for over 17 years and gained international sales and management experience with industrial packaging.
During this time Mr. Stoppkotte has accomplished a continuous growth of sales and development of new products for chemical, food and pharmaceutical applications. These were distributed across Europe.

 

When contacted by Mr. Ron Linssen, MD of the Ecobliss company in the Netherlands, about his interest in joining Ecobliss’ new sales team, it soon became clear to him that Ecobliss possessed all the ingredients to become increasingly successful.

“I have always been intrigued by growing companies who aim to serve internationally. It is only with these companies where you are most likely to find new and exciting challenges and opportunities. And at Ecobliss it is the innovativeness and enthusiasm of the people which drives Ecobliss. Another aspect which attracts me to the team is the “Smart Source” philosophy and the added value of their products”.

The aim of the new sales team will be to promote Ecobliss internationally at new customers while at the same maintaining existing customer relations.

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Thursday, December 19th, 2013 Business News No Comments

Verpackung 2014

VERPACKUNG will be newly packaged – and packed with even more content!

We are continually expanding the diversity and range of our exhibition: here, specifically to better represent the tight correlation between industrial and consumer goods packaging – and shed light on the entire value chain:

  • Consumer goods packaging will continue to be vitalised through our growing PACKAGING INNOVATIONS show, contributing to the creative-innovative area of packaging design and brand building.
  • Industrial packaging will be showcased in a large machinery park and throughspecific focus areas at the show.
  • Furthermore, LOGISTIK will be incorporated directly into VERPACKUNG, emphasising the relevance of logistics to the various packaging fields. Transport packaging,storage and security, as well as general intra-logistics processes, are integral parts of the packaging industry and remain part of the show portfolio.

For trade visitors like you the show offers a high-calibre and comprehensive overview of current trends and developments. Products, individualised solutions, and suppliers of materials and innovations will be on display. Additionally, new market directions and hot topics will be addressed and discussed in expert lectures.

Take the opportunity to meet with experts and get a first-hand view of the entire market – just round the corner in Hamburg!

We look forward to welcoming you to the established packaging show of the North!

SPEAKERS TO PERFORM IN HAMBURG!

  1. Reinhard Buchsdrücker, DEKRA Akademie GmbH/ Germany
  2. Wolfgang Hein, MAROTECH GmbH / Germany
  3. Dr. Monika Kaßmann, WGFV e.V. / Germany
  4. Martin Keller, TÜV NORD Mobilität GmbH & Co.KG/ Germany
  5. Johanna Lipski, HAW HH/BFSV Verpackungsinstitut Hamburg GmbH / Germany
  6. Peter Maierhofer, AGiONE GmbH/ Germany
  7. Paul Penner, SICCUS KG/ Germany
  8. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Sadlowsky, BFSV Verpackungsinstitut Hamburg GmbH / Germany

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‘The Smart Source’ expansion

Ecobliss, The Smart Source in Blister and High Visibility Packaging has expanded its sales force. The head office located in Echt in the Netherlands has taken on three senior sales representatives. Having different but complementary backgrounds and expertise the three new members of the team are expected to give synergy and positive energy on the commercial activities of Ecobliss.

(from left to right: Pierre Lee, Wim Henk Stoppkotte and Peter Bruggeman)

Mr. Lee’s attention will mostly be on market introduction and OEM, primarily on the german speaking market. Mr. Stoppkotte will be focussing on the Benelux area, whereas mr. Bruggeman will be looking after the pharmaceutical and healthcare branches.

For more information please visit: www.ecobliss.com

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Friday, November 8th, 2013 Business News No Comments

International packaging conclave 2013

Sustainable & Innovative Packaging Design

International Packaging Conclave 2013 will focus on the need for a holistic approach to packaging design.

 

Opening address:

 

Panel Discussion I:
Conception, Visualization, Mockup, Proofing, Print Ready Output
Packaging Design work flow will be discussed in the context of consumer feedback, business strategy, brand positioning & technology. Advanced design principles will be threaded into this work flow. Integration of multiple platforms and processes will be highlighted. Practices in India and the West will be compared.

 

Panel Discussion II:
Design Conversion
The raw material specifications, conversion technologies and process benchmarks, which allow the design to bloom and express brand values will be discussed.

 

Panel Discussion III:
Realization of Design as Retail Ready Packed Output
Distortions created in the Form-Fill-Seal process can mar the very ethos of the design. The panel will discuss way to prevent such distortion. Machine innovation to ensure ease of handling and enhanced retail visibility will be discussed.

 

Closing address:

 
 
See the full program at: http://www.packagingconclave.com/programme.htm 

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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 Blister Packaging, Business News No Comments

Accessible packaging for the elderly

Blister packs have traditionally been associated with the pharmaceutical industry due to their convenience, affordability and ease-of-usage. However, over the years, little innovation has been witnessed by this important segment for flexible packaging as packaging companies were convinced about the design and usability of such packages. Breaking this mold locally is Ecobliss India with its ‘Easy opening’ blister packs with special focus on aged customers.

Speaking to Packaging South Asia about this award winning packaging concept, AVPS Chakravarthi, managing director of Ecobliss India says, “Usually 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 plastic remains with the board or some paper remains with the plastic. In case of clamshell blisters it is very difficult to tear open with bare hands. One has to use scissors to cut away the pack. Imagine, the plight of an elderly person unable to access a special toothbrush from a nice blister pack and who may end up throwing away the product without using it. We have come across several such instances in our daily life. Also, 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 has to be sturdy enough to protect the product well, as well as being easy to open.” The company is confident that its innovative  ‘Easy opening’ packaging will address these challenges.

This innovation by Ecobliss bagged the coveted 2013 Worldstar International Packaging Excellence Award and has been regarded as one of the best inventions in the history of blister packaging. The unique features of this packaging innovation include:

  • Pack provides adequate presentation on the shelf.
  • Printing on both sides provides client more opportunities to market.
  • Can be given any surface finish UV, lamination and so on unlike regular face seal blister card.
  • Tamper evidence and easy opening — the key dual features.
  • Can be used in host of fields, automobile, electrical, electronics, hardware, FMCG and others.
  • Since the card and the blister are separated 100% there is no question of plastic remains on the paper.
  • The card is recyclable and biodegradable and the blister cup is 100% recyclable and is hence Eco friendly in nature.
  • Separation of the components allows proper disposal.
  • Pack provides high visibility, strong shelf impact.

The blister packaging segment has seen some serious competition in the recent years and Ecobliss, with its time-testified concepts, has kept itself on the wish-list of its customers who seek quality and affordability. Speaking about the latest innovative concepts adopted by the company, Chakravarthi explains, “We have constantly been updating our technology keeping in view the rising demands of customers. While Ecobliss has left an indelible mark in pharmaceutical packaging, it has been offering state of the art PET clamshell blisters for premium lighting and electrical products. It’s also offering quality food trays for sweets, snacks and bakery products.”

Retaining market share without product cannibalization is a challenge which packaging companies face on a regular operational basis. Keeping abreast of customer requirements, Ecobliss is positioned as a ‘Smart Source’ packaging solution provider which has speared ahead in the market and has gone beyond being a simple vendor supplying material or machines. “Ecobliss knows how to analyse customer requirements, design a packaging solution and do the testing to create confidence, eventually helping customers to gear up for production and solve all the logistical, quality control issues. This whole process is done in three structured steps; Development, Realisation and Implementation,” claims Chakravarthi. The company currently provides the exact packaging equipment to serve specific requirements of customers — from simple machines manually operated by a single individual to high-capacity fully automated equipment.

Ecobliss was present at the South edition of PackPlus and Chakravarthi was pleased with the overall response received by the event. “PackPlus South has become an important event for all the stake holders of packaging in South and Central India. It’s a wonderful platform of knowledge sharing for both converting and the user community. The standards of this show match the international shows.”

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Blister packaging supposedly ‘diabolical’

All too often it is stated that blister packaging is diabolical. People supposedly have a hard time opening it, cut themselves while trying to do so or develop so called ‘wrap rage’.

According to American studies, around six thousand people a year wind up in emergency rooms with lacerations and puncture wounds caused by clamshell/oyster packaging. Some injuries are caused by the jagged edges of half-opened, hard-plastic wrappers. Others occur when the frustrated consumers use tools such as knives, scissors or wire cutters. These implements, often take up in anger, have a tendency to glance off the nigh-impenetrable packaging and wound the hands that wield them.

“I’ve worked in the emergency department on Christmas day for six out of the last 10 years. We certainly see lacerations. That’s the most common thing. But we also see punctures,” said David Ross, DO, an emergency physician at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. He also is a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians. “That clamshell packaging is absolutely diabolical.” (From American Medical News)

The root of this problems simply lays within the way the package is designed. Normally a sturdy, almost impenetrable PET or PVC clamshell is used to fully encase and secure the product. And while these protect the product inside and give a nice presentation towards the customer, it is exactly this type of packaging that annoys and frustrates people.

So what are the alternatives, are there any customer friendly blister packages? Of course there are! As said before, it is all about the design. That having said, take a look at the following, an easy to open blister package.

 

The design here is fairly 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.

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Ecobliss finalizes the implementation of a contingency office

In order to ensure continuity of supply of materials to its customers, Ecobliss has implemented a full operational office for contingency purposes. This contingency office is in the proximity of the ‘normal’ office building of Ecobliss Headquarters in Echt in the Netherlands. Ron Linssen, founder and Managing Director of Ecobliss Holding is known for taking up challenges and for approaching matters unconventionally. His view on contingency is clear and straightforward: “I know from a fact, that contingency plans very often are well described plans of how to act, and where to go to if for instance fire hits a building, but this is all on paper. I will not make the useless joke in stating that probably the plan will go up in smoke as well, but these are plans, plans, plans. And when push comes to shove, you need the solution, not a plan. If you do not have a physical and tested  actual back-up facility, it will take a significant amount of time to be up and running again. In the meantime, your customers will certainly undergo the effects. And customers do find alternative sources. So by the time you are up and running again, you have installed your offices again with the insurance money, you will find yourself without customers. And studies have proven that over half of all companies that have a fire go bankrupt in the first six months after a fire, exactly because of this”.

The Ecobliss contingency office indeed is a fully furbished office. In the lobby there are framed articles of companies having suffered from fire damage and it does place the threat in perspective. “These are all companies we know, either because we have had a working relation, or this one (Ron Linssen points to a photo of a building in flames) is a few hundred meters from our main office. We saw the particles flying in front of our office like it was black snow”. Not anyone in that office could have imagined that the next day the building would be a pile of charred remains. And should it happen to us, we are be prepared”. The Ecobliss back-up facility also has a full back-up server configuration, which communicates real time with the other server in the regular Ecobliss office. Each few seconds they synchronize so no data can get lost. Ecobliss works via terminal server, all administration is done in SAP and the entire quality management system is done on a portal. “It is true that nowadays it is easier to have a full back-up, as it is not required to have a physical copy of each document and we work as digital as possible. This means that literally, while one office is going up in flames, the other office will host the personnel taking on their regular work by logging in from another working station”. The contingency office is tested on a regular base, so even the smallest details are taken care of; up to paper clips, pencil sharpeners and sticky tape is available. “Customers feel more comfortable when they know for a fact that there is a contingency, and obviously, it is for our own sake as well’.

Is there nothing that has no back up? Ron Linssen smiles. “Well, in fact there is. Years ago we were at a printing house in Durban in South Africa. In the middle of the printing house there was a small bar and it was a really special place. When moving to our new facility 6 years ago, we thought it would be nice to have such a bar of our own. So we built a complete bar, with anything in it you can imagine; a pool table, a pinball machine, a good sound system, souvenirs from our business trips, etcetera. We use it to have a drink with customers and often with the Ecobliss team we have a drink on Friday just before the weekend. But it is true, we do not have an in-house contingency bar. But so far, we have not had any comment from a customer who made a problem about the absence of a contingency bar!”.

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Friday, July 5th, 2013 Business News No Comments

Ecobliss successful in ISO 9001 & 14001 certification.

The ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications are international standards which oblige a process approach when developing, implementing and improving the effectiveness of a quality management system. Where ISO 9001 focuses on a management system for customer satisfaction, ISO 14001 focuses on management of continuous environmental improvement.

Ecobliss is known for doing things in depth, and also for taking a different approach rather than the trodden path. And so for ISO. The entire quality management system was developed using a secured portal so the entire system is not only accessible from any computer, but is also a significant improvement in ISO 14001 perspective, as the only printed document is the Management Review! Another example of how Ecobliss does things differently is the explicit choice of embedding the entire quality system throughout the company, rather than appointing a quality manager who is made responsible. Obviously the Board of Directors and the Management Team give full support to ensure that the system functions in practice and that it enhances the customer satisfaction. The same counts for Ecobliss’ continuous improvement tool, making part of the portal that can be filled by any employee who sees an opportunity for improvement, ensuring all employees take ownership of increasing the overall performance of the company.

Apart from taking a different approach than other, Ecobliss’ DNA is that when things are done, they are done thoroughly. The implementation of the various elements of the quality management system were not based on meeting ISO standards, but on meeting the point where it will have the best possible contribution for the company. And this was, in most cases, well beyond the standards themselves. Therefore it is not an absolute surprise that after the audits were finished, the auditor of the BSI group, having over 20 years of experience as an ISO auditor made the following comment in his official audit report.

- The BSI auditor has evaluated a well developed Quality and Environmental management system. The system is automated with backed up information in SAP and efficiently structured. The control over the various processes is of a very good level. Awareness of employees is good and the commitment of the management outstanding. The continuous improvement tool is best in its class. Overall one of the better companies the auditor has evaluated -

 

A well deserved certification to full satisfaction of all involved. Ecobliss, the Smart Source!

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Friday, June 21st, 2013 Business News 1 Comment

Worldstar Awards 2013 – We have done it again!

Ecobliss can proudly say…We have done it again!!

In 2012 Ecobliss entered the competition with three entries into the WorldStar completion in three different categories: ‘Electronics’, ‘Household’ and ’Other”.  All three entries (100% score!!) received an Award from the WPO jury. This year, Ecobliss has managed to convince the jury of the “Worldstar Competition” once more, this time with the ”Easy Opening” package.

 

The “Easy Opening” package may be one of Ecobliss’ most popular designs. A blister packaging of which a part of the card board is bent over, to enable the blister to slide out. The type of products that can be packed into the easy opening type of blister is almost unlimited. Batteries, tapes, automotive lamps, spark plugs, disposables, LED and energy saving lamps are typical products to be packed in an easy opening blister.

Many consumers look at blister packaging in a negative way because of the difficult and unpleasant method of opening. Easy opening packaging can therefore be an important part of your marketing strategy as it is recognized as ‘friendly’. It offers the customer convenience for which your brand will be appreciated.

 

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