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Prestigious WPO WorldStar President’s Award Gold for Locked4Kids

Locked4Kids/Ecobliss can proudly say… We’re the best of the best! During the World Packaging Organization in Milan on 19 May 2015 Locked4Kids received the prestigious Gold President’s Award. There are not many packages that truly make a difference , but the packaging of Locked4Kids is certainly one.

The highlight of the evening for Ecobliss was the announcement of the President’s Award Gold which is chosen from all the WorldStar winners and is considered to be “the best of the best”! For 2015 the award went to Locked4Kids. The complete Ecobliss Group Board of Directors (Ron Linssen, Marijn van Utteren and Iwan Heynen) are very proud on this big achievement. Besides the prestigious President’s Award Ecobliss also won the Worldstar Award in the category ‘Medical & Pharmaceutical’.

About the WorldStar Competition

The pre-eminent international award in packaging, WorldStar illustrates the continual advancement of the state of our packaging art and creates a living standard of international packaging excellence from which others may learn.

WorldStars are presented only to those packages which, having already won recognition in a national competition, are compared by an expert panel of judges to similar packages from around the world. Awards are based on the judges’ consensus that a package is superior in its own right, and better in its class in execution or innovation by comparison.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 Blister News, Business News No Comments

Locked4Kids wins Worldstar Award

Locked4Kids received on 19 May 2015 the Worldstar Award from the World Packaging Organization in the category ‘Medical & Pharmaceutical’. In total the WorldStar Awards 2015, received 265 entries from 37 countries.

“The Locked4Kids concept is ideal as child resistant packaging for a broad array of pharmaceutical, chemical and toxic products in solid, powder or liquid form”, says Ron Linssen, founder and Managing Director of Ecobliss Group. “Locked4Kids has been designed to prevent young children from gaining access to the content. Adults however can easily open the packaging easily. Locked4Kids consists of a carton and a tray in which blisters with medicine or other products, dangerous for young kids, can be packaged.”
Locked4Kids is the World’s first Child Resistant Carton certified with the ISO/EN 8317 and US 16 CRF 1700.20 standard.

About World Packaging Organisation

The WorldStar Competition is one of the major events of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and is the pre-eminent international award in packaging, WorldStar illustrates the continual advancement of the state of packaging design and technology and creates a living standard of international packaging excellence from which others may learn.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 Blister News, Business News No Comments

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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Worldstar Award for Locked4Kids

Locked4Kids earns Worldstar Award from the World Packaging Organization in the category ‘Medical & Pharmaceutical’.

The WorldStar Competition is one of the major events of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and is the pre-eminent international award in packaging, WorldStar illustrates the continual advancement of the state of packaging design and technology and creates a living standard of international packaging excellence from which others may learn.

WorldStars are presented only to those packs which, having already won recognition in a national or regional competitions, are compared by an expert panel of judges to similar packs from around the world. The judges only hand out a Worldstar when a pack is superior in its category and market, and better in its class in execution or innovation by comparison to others.

As the worlds first reclosable child resistant carton and already having won two prestigious awards, ‘De Gouden Noot’ and CPhI winner for best innovation in packaging, Locked4Kids stood a good chance of winning a Worldstar.

2014 Press release post judging Sri Lanka final

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Monday, December 8th, 2014 Business News No Comments

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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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

WorldStar Packaging Awards 2015

The World Packaging Organisation’s WorldStar Packaging Awards 2015 are open for entries until 10 October 2014.

What are the judges looking for?
WorldStar judges consider protection and preservation of contents, ease of handling, filling, opening and closing; adequacy of information; sales appeal, graphic design, quality of production, economy of material and cost reduction; environment, ingenuity of construction, and adaption to local conditions (production, materials, market).

What are the categories?
There are eight categories: Beverages, Food, Electronics, Health & Beauty, Pharmaceutical & Medical, Household, Point of Sale and Other

Point of Sale?
The new Point of Sale Category recognises the best packaging in the end of aisle display in store units/counter display.

There are three special awards:
Winners of a WorldStar are also eligible to participate in the Sustainable Packaging Award, Marketing Award and President’s Award.

Are you eligible?
WorldStar Awards are presented only for packages that have already won recognition in either a regional or national competition in 2013–2014, normally organised by an Association, a member of WPO, including the Starpack Awards.

How much does it cost to enter?
The entry fee is €650 for the first entry, the fee for any additional packs is €500 each.

Dates to remember:

  • Entries close 10 October 2014
  • Judging begins during the week commencing 17November, 2014, in Sri Lanka
  • The 2015 WorldStar Awards ceremony will be held in May 2015, during Ipack-Ima, in Milan.

The WorldStar Packaging competition is in its 46th year. Last year, it attracted 249 entries from 35 countries around the world.

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014 Trade shows No Comments

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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Clear packaging for Sainsbury’s chocolate

A bespoke solution for Sainsbury’s Free From dark chocolate egg & chocolate discs

Speciality chocolatier Celtic Chocolates, who supplies Sainsbury, tasked their contract packager to create a solution that shows the egg to its best, which is easy to store, assemble & fill and to stay within current packaging costs.

The solution consists of a clear plastic carton made form food grade Recycled PET (RPET), a litho printed folding box board plinth that contains the chocolate discs and outer carton.

The clear Plastic carton is designed with a crash-lock base that clips into the board outer carton offering full visibility of the Egg which the previous packaging did not offer.

All elements of the pack are supplied flat to the manufacturer to save on delivery and storage costs. But most importantly this solution reduced the amount of packaging involved and reduced the overall cost by over 50%.

Source: www.packagingnews.co.uk

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 Blister News, PET, Plastics No Comments

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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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 Blister cards, Blister News, Blister Packs No Comments

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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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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Sensational Atmosphere at interpack 2014

Visitor number “cracks” the 175,000 mark

Interpack 2014 was characterised by an outstanding atmosphere prevailing amongst the approx. 2,700 exhibitors and 175,000 visitors in the 19 halls of the completely booked Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre. The signs for this were already apparent at a very early stage of the world’s most important trade fair for the packaging sector and its associated process industries.

The exhibitors at interpack 2014 met with numerous high-ranking visitors from all over the world already from the start of the trade fair. Many companies experienced such a rush that their stands reached their capacity limits several times. Visitor interest and qualification as well as their willingness to invest is said to have been clearly higher yet again than at the already excellent previous event. A great many exhibitors rated the concrete business deals and sales concluded – part of which were absolutely spontaneous – as particularly positive.

Commenting on this, Friedbert Klefenz, President of the interpack Exhibitors’ Advisory Board 2014 and President of Bosch Packaging Technology, said: “We are very satisfied with the quantity and quality of visitors at our stand. The interest taken in our technologies that make a vital contribution to global health and nutrition was enormous. We are pleased with the high number of leads produced, including many top executives and potential new customers. Similar comments came from other exhibitors. We were equally thrilled by the high number of international visitors and exhibitors – some 75% of the exhibiting enterprises were headquartered outside Germany. With this interpack has confirmed its reputation as the world’s leading trade fair for the packaging sector.”

“interpack has provided impressive proof of its leading international role yet again this year. This success confirms our fundamental philosophy of addressing the international industries in their respective markets in a very targeted manner – already in the run-up to the event thereby bringing them to their most important event in Düsseldorf every three years”, explained Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf.

Boasting a percentage of foreign visitors of as much as 66%, interpack 2014 has not only set a new record for itself but also a top rating across all Messe Düsseldorf events. Visitors from 120 nations in total travelled to Düsseldorf.

The dominating themes at interpack 2014 were resource efficiency for plant and machinery as well as for packaging material usage, quality and safety to guarantee perfect and counterfeit-proof finished products – especially in such touchy segments as Food/Beverage and Pharmaceuticals – as well as diversity and flexibility for an ever wider range and shorter product cycles. These themes were addressed by a particularly high number of innovations in the halls. However, interpack underscores its importance not only with the sheer multitude of innovations and breadth of its exhibitor ranges but also with especially innovative themes, adds Bernd Jablonowski, Director of interpack & SAVE FOOD:

“For a leading international trade fair it is not enough just to rent out exhibition space and offer perfect organisation. Trend themes must be identified, anchored in the concept and finally also driven in a consistent manner. This is the only way to secure thematic leadership in an industry. We have succeeded in doing this very well once again this year. The concepts of both Innovationparc Packaging and the METAL PACKAGING PLAZA were right on target with the target groups.”

Successful second SAVE FOOD Congress 

SAVE FOOD proved a particularly attention-grabbing theme at interpack. The initiative of the same name combats food losses and waste and involves such partners as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) as well as over 110 members from the industry. The SAVE FOOD Congress already started the day before the trade fair. On the first of its two themed days it addressed non-profit organisations, which shed some light on the problems from political and social angles. The second half of the event dealt with solutions and Best Practice presented by enterprises. Even more impressively than at the kick-off event three years ago the Congress showed how the problem of global food losses and waste can be fought across the entire value chain.

Contributions came from prominent guests and participants such as FAO and UNEP representatives, the Senegalese Minister and musician Youssou N’Dour and the former German Federal Minister Renate Künast in addition to the numerous lectures and panel discussions that identified practical approaches. In excess of a total of 450 delegates participated in the Congress. When the event drew to a close all parties involved agreed that the objectives of SAVE FOOD can only be achieved with concerted action and pooled expertise as well as the competence of all stakeholders – a fundamental intention of the Initiative. For the entire duration of interpack 2014 Innovationparc Packaging presented solutions and ideas for fighting food losses and waste.

In spring 2017 the motto for experts from throughout the world will once again read “Welcome Home” to Düsseldorf. The exact dates will be announced at a later stage.

 

Source: www.interpack.com

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014 Business News, Trade shows No Comments

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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Gold Fever at NVC stand, North Entrance packaging exhibition interpack 2014

Visitors to and exhibitors at the upcoming interpack are warned: there is an outbreak of gold fever at the north entrance. Visitors to the NVC-stand (ENB/03) immediately see why; the ten finalists of the packaging innovation contest De Gouden Noot are exhibited there. De Gouden Noot is the world’s most competitive packaging innovation contest. The ten finalists are chosen after the first jury round, existing of two days. Only one of the finalists will win the trophy with the massive golden walnut inside, after the second jury round later this year. You can contact Ger Standhardt (g.standhardt@nvc.nl) for more information.

This information was shared by Michael Nieuwesteeg, NVC managing director, at the official press conference of the world’s number 1 packaging exhibition interpack in Hotel New York Rotterdam. The interpack will take place from 8 till 14 May 2014 in Dusseldorf.

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