Weekly Roundup: DS Smith launches Tower Rack, Mondi expands Czech corrugated packaging facility

Weekly Roundup: DS Smith launches Tower Rack, Mondi expands Czech corrugated packaging facility

30 Nov 2018 --- In packaging news this week, DS Smith launched Tower Rack, its latest internal logistics innovation for the automotive sector and industries with a high part turnover. Mondi plans to invest €30 million (US$34 million) in its Corrugated Packaging facility in Bupak, Czech Republic, and The Felix Schoeller Group and New (India) Imaging Industries are partnering on a newly formed Joint Venture in India. Avery Dennison has entered into a partnership with SMAG Graphique to offer easier RFID (Radio-frequency identification) conversion solutions for their customers. Lastly, Nestlé is introducing a new Professional Degree Apprenticeship that specializes in packaging.

In brief: Product launches and certifications
DS Smith has launched Tower Rack, its latest internal logistics innovation for the automotive sector and industries with a high part turnover. The company describes the project as covering the needs of several areas of the supply chain: packaging, storage and supply line. At nearly 4 meters high, the Tower Rack incorporates flexible packaging with a vertical movement system that makes it easy to fill and empty parts. It minimizes the space in the warehouse as it moves around the factory by supplying parts and can be moved in the supply chain manually, by Lean trains or in Autonomous Guiding Vehicles (AGV), which allows complete monitoring of its transit. In addition, Tower Rack aims to increase in-line productivity by allowing for the reduction of supply units.

In brief: Expansions, mergers and partnerships

Click to EnlargeDS Smith had launched Tower Rack, its latest internal logistics innovation for the automotive sector.Mondi plans to invest €30 million (US$34 million) in its Corrugated Packaging facility in Bupak, Czech Republic, which has already benefited from significant investments in recent years. Once completed,the Czech production facility is to serve as another flagship plant for Mondi Group’s corrugated board segment. The investment includes the installation of a state-of-the-art corrugator in response to customers’ calls for more innovative and efficient packaging solutions.

The Felix Schoeller Group, manufacturer of specialty papers, and the owners of New (India) Imaging Industries have entered into a newly formed Joint Venture in India. The partnership will seek to increase and further develop existing sales and marketing efforts, as well as invest in a new converting plant in Mumbai. The future product portfolio is to include a wide range of products from photo papers and sublimation papers to nonwoven wallpaper as well as solvent and latex papers. 

Label and adhesive manufacturer Avery Dennison and French converting equipment manufacturer SMAG Graphique have partnered to offer easier RFID conversion solutions to their customers. As part of this agreement, Avery Dennison’s customers can visit SMAG Graphique’s showroom in Savigny sur Orge (France). Here, the machine manufacturer showcases its dedicated RFID inserting machines for roll to roll RFID insertion and encoding. Label converters who are new to the conversion of RFID labels will receive full technical and operational training from SMAG Graphique to help achieve maximum efficiency and yield. SMAG Graphique can also support label converters with the production of their first order of RFID enabled labels based on Avery Dennison RFID inlays.

In brief: Miscellaneous
Nestlé is introducing a new Professional Degree Apprenticeship that specializes in packaging. The successful candidates are to help Nestlé achieve its ambition that all of its packaging will be reusable or recyclable by 2025, yet retaining all of the necessary packaging properties and having close to zero impact on the environment. “Our new Packaging Professional Degree Apprenticeship is a chance to work on one of the most pressing issues of our times. We must transform our packaging systems in the coming years, and with this degree, you will be part of an innovative team tasked with rising to the challenge,” says Bruce Fennel, Head of Packaging, Nestlé Confectionary, PTC.

By Laxmi Haigh

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