Just Add Water – The Drink is ON the Cup!22-01-2018
Smart Cups, an innovative drinks manufacturer, has introduced some proprietary technology with a new product line of energy drinks. The pioneer of an exclusive 3D-polycapsule printing delivery system, Smart Cups transforms a virtually empty vessel into a self-stirring energy drink with just the addition of water. The technology has applications across a variety of industries , including food, pharmaceuticals and beyond, says the company.
Smart Partnership for Smarter Packaging Solutions22-01-2018
AIPIA members Selinko, the Internet of Things (IoT) solution provider, and Henkel, the global adhesive and coatings specialist, have announced a collaboration agreement to expand and improve smart and interactive packaging solutions especially focussing on FMCG markets.
Smart Packaging Helps Smooth Out the Wrinkles22-01-2018
Technology and product design firm Cambridge Design Partnership (CDP) teamed up with global beauty brand Avon to use smart packaging to support consumer trials of a revolutionary new anti-ageing product. The companies were able to uncover the truth about how triallists were actually using ANEW Reversalist Infinite Effects Night Treatment Cream during a month-long trial in their own homes. The trial was featured at the recent AIPIA Congress.
RFID now Tracks Levi Clothing in Brazil22-01-2018
The Brazilian subsidiary of Levi's American brand of jeans and other apparel, is now using RFID for tracking and inventory control. The successful deployment, carried out by iTag Tecnologia, is showing positive results following its deployment during the second half of 2017.
New Antimicrobial Material Protects Cooked and Uncooked Foods22-01-2018
India’s largest flexible packaging company, Uflex has developed new packaging material with anti-microbial properties to improve shelf life of packed, cooked foods. The FDA approved packaging material will help to reduce microbial growth, enabling to keep the pouch active and enhance the shelf life of the cooked food, it claims.
Partnership Brings ‘Internet of Packaging’ to SmartLabel08-01-2018
A US provider of QR Code mobile technology services, Scanbuy, has teamed up with AIPIA member Kezzler to bring the internet of packaging (IOP) to consumer packaged goods companies and retailers. Kezzler provides business services for product serialisation, tracking and tracing.
Packaging That Can Power Itself08-01-2018
Two researchers are studying how to create smart packaging that converts the bumps and friction that packages encounter in the distribution environment into energy that can power sensors to monitor products in transit.
RFID Use in Apparel Sector: At the tipping Point?08-01-2018
Mark Roberti, editor of RFID Journal says it's been clear for the past few years that retail apparel will be the first market to adopt radio frequency identification technology on a large scale. Apparel is RF-friendly, and each item comes in a variety of colours and sizes, making it difficult to manage inventory effectively.
BRIC Economies Ramp Up Track & Trace for Pharma08-01-2018
Two of the major BRIC countries, Brazil and Russia, are increasing their efforts to ensure traceability and authentication of pharmaceutical products, according to Securing Industry.
New App Improves Pharma Security Feature08-01-2018
BitSecure is a copy detection pattern created by the Competence Center Schreiner ProSecure using printed digital security features based on a high-resolution, cloud-like random pattern which enables digital authentication of pharmaceutical packaging using a smartphone app. At Pharmapack 2018 (Paris Feb 7-8), Schreiner MediPharm will present a new app for BitSecure authentication with selected smartphones as well as the latest generation of handheld readers.
AIPIA Members Offered Free Coverage in American Markets05-01-2018
AIPIA’s partners in the upcoming AIPIA Americas Summit, Brand Experience Magazine (BXP), are making an exciting offer of free publicity to AIPIA members who would like to participate in a special issue...
IKEA Printed Electronics Open Innovation Challenges03-01-2018
IKEA is looking into the area of Printed Electronics (PE) for ideas that could transform its operations. As a first step, the company will run two Open Innovation Challenges. The challenges are in the areas of Digital Communication Carriers and E-Labels.
Drink Wine..Hear Voices? Its All about the Label!03-01-2018
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), based in Victoria, Australia and whose brands include Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Lindemans’, has partnered with a company called Tactic on an augmented reality (AR) campaign that sees labels tell stories via an app.
Three New Packs Can Help Patients Manage Their Medication03-01-2018
At Paris Pharmapack (7-8 Feb 2018) August Faller is presenting three prototypes of smart packaging. The company’s folding boxes are designed to improve compliance and make it easier for patients to manage their medication.
Microholograms Protect 10 Million Drug Packets03-01-2018
Optaglio, the research organisation based in the Czech Republic, which specializes in high resolution e-beam lithography security holograms, claims it has delivered anti-counterfeit protection for more than 10 million drug packets in Q4 2017, mostly technologies for covert or forensic protection to supplement visible elements.
WorldStar for the Cap that Talks to Your Customer03-01-2018
Kisico, based in Germany, has scooped a WorldStar for its innovative cap, which features a NFC-Chip that is fully integrated in the cap, so is tamper-free and invisible from the outside, it claims.
Photochromics Add Fun to Cheetos Promotion11-12-2017
Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI), based in Colorado Springs, expanded its photochromic ink capability throughout Mexico with a Cheetos-exclusive promotion: "Where is Chester?", in late summer and autumn. The brand hid Chester from its bags, making him visible only by exposing the package to sunlight, so grabbing consumers’ attention, and bringing awareness to the promotion, according to a recent article in PKN, Australia.
Musical Bottle Suits Your Mood!11-12-2017
Together with the biggest Russian manufacturer of microelectronics CCL Kontur has produced innovative promotional labels with integrated NFC-tags for Miller Alcohol Free. The NFC-tag functions as an active recording device that enables the use of consumers’ mobile phones for marketing communication with no need for additional applications.
Cross Border Cooperation Needed to Fight Illicit Trade11-12-2017
In a white paper ‘Implementing Digital Solutions to Address the Issue of Cross-border Illicit Trade’, the Coalition Against Illicit Trade (CAIT) says the complexity of supply chains means “carefully designed inter-connected systems, a well-planned approach to supply chain security and consumer safety” is required if counterfeiting and smuggling are to be defeated.
Printed 3D Nano-structures to Replace 2D Hologram Tags11-12-2017
German researchers have come up with an anti-counterfeit technology based on 3D micro-printed structures that, they say, could be used in place of conventional 2D features like holograms, according to a report appearing in Securing Industry.
Locking Cap Design Prevents Drug Pilfering10-12-2017
A new tamper evident and pilfer resistant pharmaceutical pack is not only effective but has a unique combination lock feature to give it a strong visual impact. Launched in August, Secure Medication Systems LLC’s Safe Rx® line of Locking Prescription Vials (LPVs™) recently won a US pharmacy industry's annual award for innovation in its product category. The company is raising capital to support the scaling of its operations.
Award Winning Marker Technology for Plastics Packaging05-12-2017
Sustainability is an important issue, particularly for A&IP which is helping to reduce waste. Here is a smart piece of technology which helps plastics packaging be more easily reclaimed. So, while coming at the issue from a slightly different angle it is certainly worthy of a mention.
Combination of Active and Passive Protects Nutraceuticals05-12-2017
Clariant, a leading specialty chemicals provider, with a Healthcare Packaging business unit, has announced a combination of packaging solutions that protect the potency and extend the shelf life of probiotics in nutraceutical products by inhibiting their exposure to certain elements.
Socially Responsible Packaging with a Purpose05-12-2017
Spectra Packaging Solutions has developed a range of products designed at giving brands packaging with a purpose as part of their social responsibility initiatives, it is reported by Packaging News. The UK based manufacturer has introduced Illuminate, a print finish that is aimed at brands seeking an anti-counterfeiting packaging solution.
Blockchain and RFID Combine to Fight Fake Chinese Milk Powder05-12-2017
A start-up firm is combining Blockchain with radio-frequency identification in a bid to fight fakes and improve trust in the supply chain of milk powder products in China, according to a recent article in Securing Industry (the article appeared originally in Business Insider).
How to Build Your Pack: the AR Way.05-12-2017
DS Smith has launched an Augmented Reality (AR) app, which enables automotive companies to communicate key information to suppliers globally. Historically, the company would send automotive customers traditional paper documents or weblinks to videos, which showed how to assemble packaging.
QR Concept Can Lead to Better Eating Habits29-11-2017
A digital platform aimed to inspire healthy breakfast habits became a winning concept when the students at Bergh's School of Communication competed to come up with a way Arla Foods could reach out and engage young consumers through digital interactivity based on packaging as a platform. Breakfast Stories stood out as an idea and design with potential to bring about true behavioral change.
New Partnership Offers ‘End to End’ Smart Labels29-11-2017
Skanem Group, a major European supplier of product decoration solutions, has joined forces with Magic Add and UPM Raflatac for its Smart Label range. Magic Add generates unique identifiers/ codes and manages them with a cloud based content and data management platform. With applications on manufacturing, logistics, and marketing, the technology can solve many issues from counterfeit goods to food waste. UPM Raflatac’s role in the cooperation is to act as a concept adviser and material expert.
AIPIA goes West!29-11-2017
Following on from the highly successful World Congress last month in Amsterdam , AIPIA executive director Eef de Ferrante has announced that the association is working with US partner Brand Experience Magazine to organise an AIPIA Summit in New Jersey on 4th & 5th June 2018.
Tune into Your Favourite Beer Can29-11-2017
The iconic record label Island Records has partnered with Crown Bevcan Europe and Middle East, a business unit of Crown Holdings, to launch the world’s first “Shazamable” can for its Session IPA Beer. The collaboration was recognized at the Annual World Beverage Innovation Awards, held in September at Drinktec in Munich, Germany, where the range won Best Can or Alubottle.
Standard Barcode Turns into a Smart Communicator29-11-2017
Multi Packaging Solutions, (MPS), a WestRock company and a leader in value-added print and packaging solutions for the healthcare, branded consumer and multi-media markets, is making packaging smarter through a partnership with Smartglyph, a UK technology business.
Bringing the Walking Dead to Life!17-11-2017
A recent partnership between Mountain Dew and TV channel AMC brought characters from the exceptionally popular show, The Walking Dead to life…so to speak. Through an augmented reality app, consumers were able to experience some of the show’s most iconic zombie walkers in their own real-world environments and then share the interaction via social media.
Digital Packaging Solution for Food and Pharma17-11-2017
Constantia Flexibles has launched Constantia Interactive, a digital packaging solution for the food and pharmaceutical industries which includes digitally readable packaging material, digital platform for data management and a smartphone app
Counterfeit Plain Packs of Cigarettes appear in UK17-11-2017
The Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance (CPMA) has expressed its concern over the discovery of counterfeit tobacco plain packs in the UK according to a recent report in Packaging News. Betterretailing.com reported that the first counterfeit standardised packs of tobacco in the UK were uncovered by Retail Express and trading standards departments.
Venture Capitalists Invest in Battery-Free Bluetooth ‘Smart Everything’17-11-2017
Wiliot, a fabless semiconductor start-up company, has closed an investment round with Qualcomm Ventures, the investment arm of Qualcomm Incorporated, and M Ventures, the strategic, corporate venture capital arm of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company. The announcement was made in conjunction with the opening of the AIPIA Congress in Amsterdam where the company made its first public presentation to leaders in the packaging industry.
‘Talkin’ Trillions’ as New Partnership Opens Up Smart Packaging Solutions17-11-2017
Talkin’ Things®and PragmatIC have announced a strategic partnership to make products talk, they claim. Talkin’ Things® will embed PragmatIC’s flexible integrated circuits into its smart packaging solution to bring consumer engagement and brand protection to trillions of products, as well as personalised marketing campaigns and the ability to measure return on investment, using a suite of user friendly tools.
‘Beyond the Seal’ the Future of Smart Caps29-10-2017
With lives becoming more connected via the internet, co-founder of Water.io, Yoav Hoshen figures now is the time to leverage web-enabled technology in the caps and closures business. He sees a relationship with containers that can go far beyond the utilitarian, according to a report in Plastics News. They will exhibit their technology during the Congress
Opportunities in Asia for Active & Intelligent Packaging29-10-2017
Two of our speakers this year will focus on the opportunities for A&IP technologies in Asia and offer some useful insights into how Western companies can exploit these in both the mature markets of Japan and the growing economies of China and Asia generally. Indeed all of the analysts are predicting that the A&IP sector will find its biggest growth in the Far East as the rapidly expanding middle classes demand more and better CPGs but have less time to shop – hence more complex supply chains and higher value products. But the biggest driver will be the smartphone...
‘All-in-One’ Solution for Product Protection29-10-2017
A newcomer to membership of AIPIA, Advanced Track & Trace has been a long-time partner of food, beverage and cosmetic brands for the protection of products. The company is exhibiting at the AIPIA Congress, presenting its all-in-one solution for product protection through packaging.
Hybrid Printing and Digital Tech to ‘Revolutionise’ Smart Packaging29-10-2017
The next generation of packaging tends to drive high added value and new revenues opportunities to conventional packaging and make it fun, exciting and now intelligent using innovative Printed Electronics says MGI and CERADROP. The companies are developing products and equipment for scalable smart 3D printing and printed electronics (PE).
Two time elapsed indicators, which one is right for you?21-10-2017
“The original, microfluidic time indicator tells you at a glance if a product is still safe to use. It reduces doubt, waste, risk, and saves money. New for 2017 is our refined electronic time indicator, which offers the best intelligent monitoring on the market: real time product status display with proactive communication,” explains Pete Higgins, founder and CEO of UWI Technology.
Partnering to Deliver Brand Protection Solutions in Asia21-10-2017
Systech International, a global technology leader in product safety and consumer and brand protection, and Toppan, a leading integrated printing company and innovator in product packaging and security solutions, has announced a strategic agreement. The accord allows Toppan to serve as a Systech preferred partner to market UniSecure™ in Japan and other Asian-Pacific markets.
Bringing Augmented Reality to Smart Products at Industrial Scale21-10-2017
EVRYTHNG, the Internet of Things Smart Products Platform, and Zappar, a global leader in augmented reality (AR), have announced a new partnership. Expanding its ability to web-enable physical products at scale, EVRYTHNG now allows brands to power AR applications—as well as a full suite of digital product lifecycle applications—via their products.
Smartix boosts Internet or Packaging with NFC concept21-10-2017
Smartix, a concept developed by Bunzl, has given its intelligent packaging solution a significant boost to the development of the Internet of Packaging, it says. Using Near Field Communication (NFC) communication technology, which is available with virtually any smartphone, the application brings the "Internet of Things" to packaging a lot closer, according to Bunzl.
QR Codes Coming of Age for Brand Owners?21-10-2017
Amazon’s ability to personalize consumer marketing is very powerful. Prompts on product pages offering items similar to those you’ve browsed and bought are just the start. The site also uses social info, shopping history and big data to determine products that would be “just right” for you. Brands trying to develop a nuanced marketing program need to be smart about reaching customers.
Dealing with the downside of date codes in a data age17-10-2017
The arguments regarding Sell By, Use By and Best Before dates on packs of perishable continue to excite the interest of Brand Owners, Retailers and Regulators, not to mention the poor, confused, or misled, consumer. The European Commission has had several forays into the subject and it is quite clear from several reports and studies that date codes on labels should be nearing the end of their own particular “shelf-life.”
Opening Doors in Innovation: the Avery Dennison I.Lab™17-10-2017
Our world is getting faster, smaller and more competitive. The line between the physical and digital is blurring. Consumers are now more informed, empowered and demanding than ever before and expect seamless experiences in all parts of their lives. The ‘internet of things’ (IoT) has become a reality and before we know it, everything we own will have a unique digital identity.
Five Million Reasons Why Holograms are Secure17-10-2017
OPTAGLIO, a research centre situated in Lochovice in the Czech Republic has announced it has exceeded 5 million dpi (dots per inch) resolution on holograms, according to an article in Packaging Europe. The advance enhances visual based protections against counterfeiters, as this level of resolution is beyond the reach of potential attackers, according to the developers.
Smart Shelves as well as Smart Packs help with ‘the Tap’17-10-2017
Thin Film Electronics has announced that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has commercially deployed its SpeedTap™ tags to create interactive ‘smart’ shelves for enhanced communication with consumers
Blockchain Technology to Halt Whisky Fraud17-10-2017
Advanced Research Cryptography , better known as, Arc-net, located in Belfast Northern Ireland, has developed a blockchain-based traceability solution to tackle food fraud. Arc-Net has announced that Dunfermline distillery Adelphi Ardnamurchan has placed its limited edition spirit on its blockchain platform in a move that secures the whisky from food fraud.
Scaling IoT with Battery-Free Bluetooth10-10-2017
Imagine a Bluetooth chip with an infinite lifetime, a small sticker about the size of a small coin with processing power and sensors, for a fraction of the price of traditional devices. Wiliot says it wants to liberate the Internet of Things (IoT) from battery powered beacons. So Stephen Statler, its SVP of marketing and business development will present some user cases around how they are achieving this ambition.
Real-time Parcel Tracking Gets Commercial Roll Out10-10-2017
Internet of Things innovator Hanhaa, today announced that its ParceLive service is now being commercially deployed by a ‘first wave’ of its logistics partners.These companies will use the system to track shipments, support customer service and analyze network efficiency. Further partnership announcements will follow shortly, says the company.
New Data Loggers Offer Improved Functions and Performance10-10-2017
Blulog, which specializes in cold chain optimization solutions, has launched a new version of its remote, real-time monitoring system. Its RF data loggers, used by more than 150 companies in 50 countries, enable remote and real-time monitoring of cold rooms, warehouses, refrigerated trucks and other storage areas of temperature-sensitive products.
Get Ready for Your Digital Congress Beer!10-10-2017
Soon, consumers will be able to buy, digital beer, as well as other consumables, capable of providing information about the product itself and its production stages with the aid of smart codes and the sensors embedded in the product. And it will happen sooner than you think! So VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland’s senior research scientist Maria Smolander will explain to Congress delegates all about TagitSmart and how its coming to a beer (and other things) near you, soon!
New RFID Tag Operates on Metallic Surfaces10-10-2017
RFID and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company Smartrac has launched the Midas FlagTag, designed for use on consumer goods and industrial components with metallic, plastic and cardboard surfaces. The design uses the metallic surface as part of the antenna structure which helps to improve performance in less demanding physical environments. It also provides cost advantages compared to foam-based inlays and hard tags typically designed for use on surfaces in tougher industrial environments, it claims.
Future Perspectives of Near Field Communication for Packaging09-10-2017
We talk about Near Field Communication, (NFC) in almost every issue of this newsletter. It is one of the fundamental technologies for implementation of Intelligent Packaging functionalities in a vast number of the products we discuss.
Activating consumers as part of value creation and capture with packaging09-10-2017
Strauss Group is an Israel-based international food and beverage company that is at the forefront of implementing Active & Intelligent packaging and helping to improve people’s lives. Its portfolio includes five businesses: Strauss Coffee, Strauss Israel, Strauss Water, PepsiCo – Strauss Fresh Dips & Spreads International and Max Brenner, aligned with two global consumer trends: Health & Wellness and Fun & Indulgence.
Everyday products join Internet of Packaging thanks to pre-serialization09-10-2017
The digitalization of products is happening at record pace, giving birth to the Internet of Packaging and opening an interactive highway of information connecting stakeholders across the value chain, from brands and consumers, to manufacturers and regulators. This new digital avenue is enabled by serialization at mass scale, where encrypted unique IDs carry and transmit information throughout every step of the product-cycle.
Eat Up Your Packaging! Its good for You...09-10-2017
The edible packaging trend fits right into the "reduce, reuse, recycle" formula by eliminating materials which require fossil fuels to produce them and usually wind up in a landfill somewhere. A recent report estimates that the edible packaging market will be valued at $1.1 billion by 2023, from $697 million in 2016. Whether edible packaging becomes commonly available for food items depends a lot on overcoming production issues as well as reducing the cost of manufacture.
New Resin Additive ‘Can Double Shelf-Life’ of Food09-10-2017
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America now offers an oxygen-absorbing technology for pouch packaging that can more than double the shelf life of some food products. The technology keeps food looking and tasting fresher for longer on store shelves and consumer pantries, resulting in less food wasted throughout the supply chain, says a report in Plastics Today.
Packaging Strategies for Food Shelf-life Extension22-09-2017
There are few areas of A&IP which are attracting more attention than the technologies to offer longer shelf life and, so reduce food waste. This is not just a business issue, but one of international importance to Governments and the United Nations as well as the global population who, depending where they are, want better food, safer food… or just food.
What We Need from Printed Electronics22-09-2017
Printed Electronics is one of the core products of the Active & Intelligent Packaging revolution. It has the potential to be the breakthrough technology for reducing costs and expanding functionality of intelligent packaging solutions, as well as providing both simple and highly sophisticated tracking and inspection systems (such as time, temperature indicators incorporating alerts and GPS).
Oxygen Barrier System for Bag-in-Box Wines22-09-2017
Rapak, part of DS Smith, Plastics Division, has developed an oxygen scavenger active packaging system that significantly decreases the oxygen levels on wine bags, increases product shelf-life and provides a premium customer experience, it claims.
New Heat-Activated, Tamper-Evident Ink Improves Detection22-09-2017
Chromatic Technologies Inc (CTI) announced the introduction of Tamper Alert, a new irreversible, heat-activated ink technology to identify tamper evidence in labels and packaging for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, electronics and other products targeted for theft and counterfeiting.
Disrupting the Way We Look at Packaging18-09-2017
A world of connected packaging sounds impressive but how can a FMCG/CPG brand benefit? The technology is impressive but how can brands use this to translate to tangible value in their terms. This, of course, is one of the big questions that many Brand Owners are asking about A&IP. Some, for sure, have found compelling answers. But if proof is needed….
Smart Packaging to Accelerate Value Creation18-09-2017
Consumer packaging has become increasingly important as a value-adding element, since packages shape the consumer's experience of the product during use, as well as accelerating the purchase decision. The strategic benefits of viewing packaging as a central value carrier are clear. To consumers, the product and its packaging are often regarded as closely integrated and consumers' initial impression of the quality and value of a product is sometimes determined by their judgment of the package. Adding digitized content to the package is seen as a major ‘next step’ in this value creation process.
New Traceability Kit for Perishable Goods Import/Export18-09-2017
DeltaTrak® has announced the release of its new ColdTrak Import/Export Traceability Kit at the recent Asia Fruit Logistica event in Hong Kong. This kit includes the new FlashLink Real-Time In-Transit (RTL) logger, the FlashLink PDF In-Transit Logger, and ThermoTrace TTI labels. With this solution, customers have real-time access to temperature history reports, import/export documents and inspection certificates upload into ColdTrak, says the company.
Confidence in Food Supply Chain Drops18-09-2017
UK consumer confidence in the global food supply chain is dwindling following a number of high profile food fraud scandals, a new survey has found, according to a Securing Industry article. The National Farmers Union (NFU) Mutual Food Fraud Report 2017, which surveyed 2027 people, found that one third of consumers were less trusting of products and retailers than they were five years ago, compared with only 9% whose trust has increased.
The Digital Future of Retail and Consumer Goods Companies18-09-2017
The first Keynote at this year’s AIPIA Congress takes us to the heart of one of the key drivers of active and intelligent packaging implementation. The retail and consumer goods industries will change more in the next 10 years than they have over the past 40. One primary force is responsible—digitalization—and it has already begun.
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Report Say RFID is Revolutionizing Pharma Industry06-09-2017
According to a recent report from TMR Research the market for RFID in the pharmaceuticals industry is currently at the developing stage, with enormous growth possibilities, says RFID Journal. The study, titled "RFID in Pharmaceuticals Market—Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2017 – 2025," sees the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has played a pivotal role in accelerating the adoption of RFID in the drug-delivery market, since the technology helps to strengthen anti-counterfeiting and track-and-trace efforts.
New NFC Chip Expands Use Possibilities06-09-2017
NFC Semicon™ has announced a 3rd generation NFC SystemOn-Chip Platform that comes with more interfaces and use possibilities than existing NFC transponder chips, it claims. It is a ‘single chip solution’ with integrated controller and real time clock that can connect to any type of sensor or other circuit and is fully functioning without battery or can be battery-assisted, for automatic data logging and time stamping, says the company.
The digital future of finishing: beyond digital printing.06-09-2017
Digital print for packaging is worth $13.2 billion in 2017, and will climb to $23.2 billion in 2022, according to research from Smithers Pira. As such it represents a key growth area for the print industry, plus new market opportunities for packaging converters and their brand customers.
Printed and Hybrid Manufacturing for Intelligent Packaging Applications06-09-2017
TagItSmart! TIS is an EU funded project which sets out to redefine the way we think of everyday mass-market objects not normally considered as part of an IoT ecosystem. These new smarter objects will dynamically change their status in response to a variety of factors and be seamlessly tracked during their lifecycle. This will change the way users-to-things interactions are viewed.
Interactive Coffee Cup Hots Up the Coffee Moment06-09-2017
Huhtamaki has launched an interactive cup featuring a heat sensitive label and a QR code that links to digital content. The Adtone cup has a thermosensitive label that reveals the unique code as the cup is filled with a hot beverage. The heat from the beverage activates the thermochromic printing on the label revealing the QR code.
Real Finger Lickin’ Freshness Just Got Smarter30-08-2017
FRESHCODE is a smart labelling system, which has been developed by packaging research institute, ITENE, based in Spain and Kao Chimigraf, also from Spain, as part of a European Commission funded SME programme. It is an advanced solution for fresh food trays, specifically for boneless chicken breast fillets in modified atmosphere packaging.
Is Blockchain Based Authentication the Future of Serialization?30-08-2017
What is Blockchain? In essence, it is a tool for maintaining transparent and distributed ledgers that can verify transactions (including financial ones) with minimal third party involvement. These ledgers are not held in a central location but rather spread across a network of computers. And it is transparent in the sense that every transaction is made public for all to see.
Paper Based Sensor Tracks Food Spoilage and Contamination30-08-2017
Scientists at Clarkson University based near New York have developed a low cost, portable, paper-based smart label that can detect spoilage and contamination of food and cosmetics, and provide easy to-read results, it claims.
Bio-Based Packaging Film with Oxygen Scavenging30-08-2017
The Fraunhofer Institute, an AIPIA member, working with the Technical University in Munich and others has engineered a multilayer bio-based packaging film which uses a mixture of gallic acid (GA) and sodium carbonate as an oxygen scavenger .
Bringing Products to Life Thru Packaging!30-08-2017
This Spring Shazam, already famous for its eponymous music recognition app, launched a new augmented reality (AR) platform. Founded in 2000, Shazam’s mobile app lets you identify songs playing in the background by tapping a button. But it has long since branched out into other verticals, such as packaging. The company recently announced its billionth app download overall.
Tracking Pharmaceuticals in Asia to’ Fight Flood of Fakes’23-08-2017
A pilot project intended to show how 2D datamatrix codes can help track medicines through the supply chain has been carried out in Malaysia, reports Securing Industry. The pilot is important "due to the many counterfeit pharmaceutical products currently flooding this market and the high instances of theft while products are in transit," said GS1 Malaysia, which was involved in the project.
Where next for Augmented Reality: CONGRESS TOPIC23-08-2017
A recent article in Food Navigator cast a quizzical eye at Augmented Reality (AR) and how it might gain more traction in the packaging sector. “In 2011 it looked like AR would become as ubiquitous as the barcode in food packaging as marketers sought new ways to entice customers with more immersive experiences,” says the author Elaine Watson.
Boom Box from Burger Barons23-08-2017
In celebration of the McFlurry’s 22nd anniversary — which was originally created in Canada — McDonald's Canada, the University of Waterloo's Audio Research Group along with the Toronto-based industrial design group Stacklab has created a limited time product, the McBoombox, which doubles as your drinks tray and an amplifier/speaker for your smartphone.
Focus on Top Trends for RFID in Global Retail: CONGRESS TOPIC23-08-2017
With bricks-and-mortar stores decline, NXP Semiconductors reports that omnichannel services continue to grow. Smart supply chain management with advanced tracking and monitoring capabilities, enabled by RAIN RFID, support both short- and extended-range communication, says NXP and are empowering retailers to address a multitude of new use cases.
Message in a Bottle? No, on the Can!23-08-2017
Ardagh Group has come up with a nice twist for a thermochromic ink application with a new solution for the beverage market. Printing on aluminium cans uses two different thermochromic inks, which both develop the same colour when cooled down. However, once the can warms up again, one colour disappears quicker than the other to reveal a hidden message for the consumer. The revealed message supports highly targeted marketing activities.
PART 2: HOW TO MANAGE CONNECTED PACKAGING AND PRINT11-08-2017
With the spreading of smartphones, QR codes became very popular in marketing and advertising about six years ago. But then it all seemed to come to a grinding halt, at least in the Western world. Why? One of the main reasons is that the experience people got when scanning a QR code was disappointing. The pay-offs were illegible (for example, a desktop site on a mobile screen), not relevant (for example, link to the company’s home page instead of detailed product information), out-of-date, hard-to-download (outdoor internet connection was poor in those days), etc. And marketers quickly decided that QR codes were ugly...
Water-Soluble Film for Single-Dose Packs Can Reach New Markets07-08-2017
Mondi’s technical films business has created and introduced a water soluble film for the smart and convenient packing and dosing of powders, tabs and granulates. Dissolving completely in water, the film is ideal for single doses of dry materials, such as dishwasher and laundry tabs or bath salts.
Combination label with QR code, RFID and NFC : CONGRESS TOPIC07-08-2017
SECURIKETT® Ulrich & Horn GmbH now offers a security label featuring a dual RFID/NFC chip in addition to a QR code. Its use in the CODIKETT® web application for product tracking and authentication was demonstrated for the first time at interpack..
CONGRESS TOPIC: Absolut-ly Fabulous Internet of Things07-08-2017
One of this year’s Key Note addresses is a user case. Markus Wulff, who is Digital Business Innovation Manager at the Absolut Company will offer insights in the Pernod-Ricard (Absolut’s parent company) ‘Connected Packaging’ pilot. With a changing role for brands Markus' focus is on the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it can be leveraged to deliver new products and services that drive positive business outcomes and end-user value.
‘Largest Ever’ Deployment of NFC Tags in Wines and Spirits07-08-2017
Thin Film Electronics the major NFC mobile marketing and smart product solutions provider, is partnering with Spanish winemaker, Barbadillo, with the launch of a consumer-focused marketing campaign using Thinfilm’s SpeedTap™ tags and CNECT Brand Analytics SaaS Platform.
CONGRESS TOPIC: Blockchain Gains Support in Food Supply Chain07-08-2017
The food industry is warming up to blockchain, according to Ambrosus, the Swiss startup which was founded last year, but officially launched late in July this year. An Initial Coin Offering (ICO) will begin in September. According to its website, the company aims to use cutting-edge technology to improve the food supply chain: “Combining high-tech sensors, blockchain protocol and smart contracts, to build the world’s first publicly verifiable, community-driven ecosystem to assure the quality, safety, and origins of food.”
RFID Puts You in Control of the Coffee Bean01-08-2017
While many people take their coffee drinking seriously, even those with a proper espresso machine at home do not roast their own beans. This is typically done on an industrial scale using specialist equipment, far away from the end user. Now Bonaverde intend to bring roasting into the kitchen with the first all-in-one machine that turns raw, green coffee beans into ‘proper coffee’ thanks largely to RFID technology.
Packaging a Podcast ‘Adds Tactility’ to Listening Experience01-08-2017
A student at the UK’s Royal College of Art (RCA), graduate Seungtae Oh, has created packaging designs for podcasts including Serial and 99% Invisible to add tactility to the listening experience. Oh's Making Podcast Physical project explores the ways podcasts could go beyond audio-only. It also asks how producers could exploit printed materials as a way of boosting their show's identity.
Mobile Sensor Platforms Now Include NFC Capabilities01-08-2017
Thinfilm Electronics, one of the leaders in NFC (near field communication) mobile marketing and smart product solutions, has announced a partnership with Cratus Technology, which will integrate Thin Films technology into mobile sensor platforms, enabling location sensing and tamper-evidence monitoring of high-value goods through a smartphone or commercial reader.
Fake Cosmetics Purchased by 25% of Online Consumers01-08-2017
A new report indicates that at least 25% of consumers surveyed have unknowingly bought fake cosmetics and personal care products. The MarkMonitor data suggests that ecommerce may be helping facilitate the sale of counterfeit beauty items.
The END of Counterfeiting with Quantum Technology19-07-2017
An article in Securing Industry claims new quantum technology from a British university will "make counterfeiting impossible". Developed by Lancaster University, the atomic-scale tech uses the two-dimensional material graphene to generate a unique identity tag that can be scanned by a smartphone.
Adhesive Film Will Be Antimicrobial19-07-2017
An EU project FLEXPOL brings together a consortium of research and industry partners from Italy, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom and Germany to develop a pilot line for cost-efficient antimicrobial adhesive film manufacturing.
New Pouch Keeps Produce Safe – It’s a Gas!19-07-2017
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Florida, led by plant pathologist Jinhe Bai, are helping a company develop a small plastic pouch designed to make produce safer. The pouch releases chlorine dioxide gas, which eliminates Escherichia coli bacteria and other pathogens from the surfaces of fruits and vegetables. The research focuses on finding ways to reduce pathogen contamination of produce.
New Agreement Will Speed Up NFC Adoption19-07-2017
AIPIA has joined forces with The NFC Forum by signing a liaison agreement. The Forum has also inked a similar agreement with the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). These alliances will allow for the adoption and usability of Near Field Communication (NFC) in packaging and wireless charging.
Interesting A&IP Related Events for your Diary19-07-2017
Dateline Wednesday, Oct 4, our friends at Packaging Management and Packaging will be organize their first Food Waste Congress 2017 in Bussum, near Amsterdam. The congress topics will look at the prevention of food waste and the role that packaging can play in this.
SURVEY: develop active and intelligent packaging in Asia11-07-2017
This survey is to do with the Chinese market and will help us measure the level of interest in developing links or running events. This is open to ALL members and, even if you already have contacts/establishments/ representatives in this country, or somewhere in Asia, which covers the China market, your views are still important. We are sending this survey in conjunction with PRIME Consulting, our representative office in China.
Why and how brands are making their packaging and print digitally connected11-07-2017
Article by AIPIA member LINKZ: It is no longer just millennials that tweet, pin, chat, snap and scan. People are using their smartphones to interact with the world around them. Therefore it is important for brands to be present and consistent across more media channels than ever. Connected packaging and print is a powerful new channel. It means that people can use their smartphone to scan a trigger and in return receive digital content, which adds value to the customer experience. Brands are discovering this exciting new channel, which can also help them gain detailed insight into customer behaviour and preferences...
SURVEY: Intelligent packaging sustainability11-07-2017
This survey can be filled in by every member who manufactures RFID/NFC tags, uses them as a component, or actually uses them/is considering using them as an ‘on pack’ device (so Brand owners or Retailers particularly). This is part of our work with the OE-A Sustainability Working Group and will help us enormously to contribute to its work on the issues of recycling of packaging containing RFID/NFC tags which is currently under discussion by the European Commission.
New Pharma Label: Seeing Stars is All about Security04-07-2017
Covectra, a serialization, authentication, and track and trace technology services provider, recently launched StellaGUARD, a new security solution for pharma products. The label is embedded with stars that are arranged in unique and random patterns and contain a serialized GS1 2D barcode, enabling real time authentication and serialized pedigree tracking through the use of a mobile app, also developed by Covectra.
Africa Looks to RFID for Improved Cool Chain Security04-07-2017
SGS, the Swiss-based inspection, verification, testing and certification services company, is currently in discussions with several businesses in Africa to track cold-chain goods as they are transported by truck, so identifying or preventing thefts.
Biodegradable AND Antimicrobial Food Packaging04-07-2017
Researchers at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Lithuania are creating biodegradable food packaging materials which, in addition, will keep food fresh for longer, they claim.
Integration of GSI Standards with IoT Technology04-07-2017
EVRYTHNG, the Internet of Things (IoT) smart products platform for consumer products, has launched the first ever integration of EVRYTHNG Active Digital Identities™ with GS1 Standards, it says. The integration enables brands to use the billions of existing GS1 identifiers deployed on consumer goods to web-enable their products and drive new digital applications across the product lifecycle. EVRYTHNG is a member of the GS1 US Solution Partner Program.
Electronic Pack Controls Dosing of Nasal Medication04-07-2017
Aptar Pharma, an international manufacturer of drug delivery systems, has announced the approval, by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), of the first integrated electronic nasal spray lockout device (e-Lockout). The device/package has been developed in partnership with Takeda Pharmaceuticals. EMA has granted marketing authorization for this multidose nasal spray treatment under the name Instanyl DoseGuard™.
RFID in Fashion at Top UK Retailer20-06-2017
One of the UK’s leading department store retailers, John Lewis, has deployed ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC RFID technology at 34 of its 46 stores to improve inventory management of key fashion products. The rollout took place in only three months at the end of 2016, with 25,000 stock-keeping units (SKUs) including lingerie, sleepwear, swimwear and men's formal wear now being tracked.
New Security Label Range Offers Supply Stability20-06-2017
UPM Raflatac has launched four new products for security labeling for the European market, all of which guarantee long-term supply stability, it claims. The new Raflasec range of security labeling materials promises a full 30-month window for any requalification requirements, with a two-year shelf life from the date of manufacture and six months' notice of any future change.
Real-Time Logger Offers Instant Data Access20-06-2017
AIPIA member DeltaTrak® announced the release of a new, single use, FlashLink Real-Time Monitoring Solution during the United Fresh Expo, in Chicago. This system combines the FlashLink Real-Time In-Transit Logger with a 24/7 cloud service.
EU Moves Towards Inclusion of QR Codes on Pharma Packs20-06-2017
Allowing QR codes on medicines packaging is being considered by European regulators, reflecting the shift towards digital communication between drug makers and patients, according to a recent article in Securing Industry. The move shows that EU regulators are in favor of using on-pack codes in a way that extends beyond compliance with the drug authentication principles – based on 2D datamatrix codes - enshrined within the Falsified Medicines Directive.
KFC Bucket Doubles as Sound & Light Box20-06-2017
KFC’s creative team has come up with a new pack for the South African market, designed to make suppertime a ‘theatre, while you eat’ experience. KFC South Africa has repurposed its buckets into light and sound displays thanks to the use of some smartphone technology.
What’s ON: AIPIA China Summit14-06-2017
Once again AIPIA is returning to the ProPak China exhibition in Shanghai to organize a summit on the latest developments in Active & Intelligent Packaging (A&IP). Specifically aimed at the Asian market, but with a global perspective, the association has lined up 6 top line speakers for the event, which takes place on 13th July in the exhibition.
Travelling Free Thanks to Smart Bottle14-06-2017
Lucozade, one of the UK’s biggest selling energy drinks, now part of the Lucozade Ribena Suntory stable, partnered with Transport for London, which operates London Underground, to offer a free ride to commuters through a ‘smart’ bottle of the Brand’s Energy Orange drink.
Total Control and Transparency from QR based System for Dairy14-06-2017
SIG Combibloc a leading makers of aseptic carton packaging systems for food and beverages has partnered with Languiru, of Brazil, to launch an innovative digital solution to ensure total transparency of quality and food safety, as well as control of the production process in the industry and personalized digital marketing, it says.
An Apple Day Puts NFC in World Play!14-06-2017
News broke at the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference where the company announced its expansion on NFC. The iOS 11 system, which is set to arrive in Q3 of 2017 will have features allowing the iPhone to read any NFC tag. The software update is dedicated for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (and presumably future models as well). Finally! The immediate reaction from many quarters of the tag world, which has been waiting for this moment for several years, was a very positive and enthusiastic.
European Parliament proposes to cut European food waste in half by 203006-06-2017
Environment MEPs recently put forward a number of possible measures to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste in half by 2030. MEPs called on the European Commission to lift existing restrictions on food donations and stressed a solution is needed for the confusion created for many consumers by the “best before” and “use by” labelling.
Building Customer Relationships is Key to Brand Success06-06-2017
Over a fifth of consumers have boycotted a brand following a scandal or negative press, according to a new study from YouGov. Inside the Mindset of a Brand Boycotter explores the nature of consumers that stop using a brand and how vital it is to placate their anger following adverse headlines. It shows that of those who stopped using a brand, almost three quarters still do not.
Counterfeit Cosmetics Haul is 70 Tons!06-06-2017
Nearly 70 tons of fake cosmetics have been seized by Cambodian authorities in the biggest haul of its kind in the country. The seized items, potentially worth millions of dollars, include skin-whitening cream, shampoo, conditioners, hair spray and hair colouring treatments, imitating brands including Sunsilk, Pantene, Head & Shoulders and Schwarzkopf. There were also products copying Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and German brands.
RFID Systems will Drive Innovation in e-commerce Packaging06-06-2017
The retail industry is in the middle of a digital transformation, according to a study sponsored by packaging company Jabil. Due to the growth of e-commerce, smart devices, digital wallets and an increasingly tech-savvy customer base, the retail experience is undergoing what seems like a permanent change.
Fake Food and Drink Seizures Hit New High but e-commerce Fraud Down06-06-2017
In an operation involving 61 countries more than 26 million litres of fake alcohol has been seized by INTERPOL – Europol. Operation Opson, the sixth one to take place, grabbed 9,800 tonnes of food from 50,000 retail outlets including shops, markets and airports. The value of the items is estimated at around $230 million.
New Thinfilm & Pragmatic Facilities to Ramp Up Mass Production of PE29-05-2017
Two important new production facilities will shortly come on stream that will significantly alter the landscape for mass production of Printed Electronics. In separate announcements both PragmatIC Printing and Thifilm Electronics announced major new investments enabling mass market rollout.
High-tech Nano Sticker can Offer Magical Possibilities29-05-2017
Open Monitor is a high-tech sticker, already being used in the lottery sector, which extends the advertising effectiveness of promotion campaigns through a time delayed release of information (e.g. win-codes, advertising messages etc), say the developers.
Connected Bottle Adds Sparkle to Danone Waters29-05-2017
MYPACK team has confirmed that Danone Waters has chosen the MYPACK® mobile-centric IoT solution for connected packaging with a scope of activation for up to 20 countries where Danone Waters currently operates. Part of the worldwide food company, it offers a well known range of waters and low-sugar drinks including the top brands Evian, Volvic and Badoit.
New Alliance for Global Serialization and Traceability29-05-2017
AIPIA members SGS, a leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, and Kezzler, prominent in serialization and tracking and tracing business services, have announced a strategic alliance agreement to jointly market a global serialization and tracking and tracing services solution.
You Heard it on the Snack Pack - not the Grapevine29-05-2017
Popular snack brand Doritos and Marvel Studios are getting together for the rollout of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack. The centerpiece of the companies’ Rock Out Loud campaign is a custom-designed, limited-edition series of Doritos bags featuring a built-in cassette tape deck-inspired player that plays the full soundtrack. The bags can also be recharged for repeat listening...
Are you too busy to innovate?24-05-2017
Innovation can be defined simply as a "new idea, device or method". However, innovation is often also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs.This is accomplished through more-effective products, processes, services, technologies, or business models that are readily available to markets, governments and society. The term "innovation" can be defined as something original and more effective and, as a consequence, new, that "breaks into" the market or society. It is related to, but not the same as, invention. Innovation is often manifested via the engineering process... (wikipedia)
Hot New Can for Cool Beer!19-05-2017
Carrying on the tradition of introducing exciting pack developments using Active & Intelligent Packaging – particularly thermochromic inks - Coors Light has introduced the ‘world’s first’ beer cans with sun activated ink technology – currently only available to the Canadian market...
Partnership Enables Security Marker Printed Direct on to Packs19-05-2017
AR Packaging, based in Lund Sweden, has developed a process it is calling FUTECO, to print copy resistant and random security markers combined with inline variable QR codes directly onto the packaging. It is forming a new partnership with Cypheme, based in Paris, France to develop the commercial potential of the technology...
Pharma Protection and Communication Platform Scoops Award19-05-2017
The SMART Packaging System delivered by Talkin‘ Things® and MCC Label has been given an award for The Best Innovation in Patient Safety at the Pharmapack exhibition held in Paris recently. The solution provides a complex protection and communication platform for patient and medicine...
Award Winning Temperature Tracker and Datalogger19-05-2017
Identiv’s next-generation uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker solution has won Best New Product in the 11th Annual RFID Journal Awards during the RFID Journal LIVE! event earlier this month. The end-to-end solution includes a low-cost, secure, portable smart sensor label that tracks and stores temperature readings...
New RFID Tag Aimed at Cosmetics Applications19-05-2017
Checkpoint Systems has announced the availability of its Windlight RFID label for cosmetics categories and other merchandise-visibility applications. The new label features Impinj's Monza R6-P RAIN RFID tag chip, which is designed for serializing apparel, electronics, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and jewelry...
USA SmartLabel™ Initiative Gaining Momentum02-05-2017
The new SmartLabel™ digital transparency initiative is growing rapidly, with more companies and brands using the digital platform to give consumers access to more information than could ever fit on a package label, according to one of the initiative’s promoters, the USA Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)...
AR and Digital Printing Combine to Create News Bottle02-05-2017
A case study which appeared in a book entitled Digital Print - A Bigger Spectrum (2016), according to PKN in Australia, illustrates the power of customized digitally printed packaging combined with Augmented Reality (AR) to create a very special water bottle for the Japanese market. The Mainichi water brand created a News Bottle targeting young people who have stopped engaging with printed news media...
New Nano Technology Enables Cheap Printed Transistors02-05-2017
AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science research centre based in Trinity College Dublin, have fabricated printed transistors consisting entirely of 2-dimensional nano-materials for the first time. The research findings have been published in the journal Science...
Condition Changing Colour Packs Debut at interpack02-05-2017
New technology for indicating the condition of products through a colour change on the pack, developed by Brazilian conglomerate Braskem, the biggest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas, in partnership with Clemson University in the USA and Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul Federal University, will be presented during interpack 2017...
Cannabis Packaging Gets Active AND Smart02-05-2017
Sugarmade Inc, based in California, has announced the completion of an agreement allowing it to introduce a new set of intelligent and active packaging systems for cannabis transport and storage. These products will allow cultivators and retailers to preserve THC levels, protect trichomes and save terpenes, while helping to mitigate pathogen levels, all of which are critical to the marketing and enjoyment of high-quality cannabis flowers...
The Milky Way: New Protein Based Active Bioplastic19-04-2017
France based company Lactips has developed thermoplastic pellets based on milk protein, which show an incredible variety of technological properties such as water solubility, edibility and biodegradability according to the company CEO Marie-Helene Gramatikoff...
New Liner for Rigid IBCs Offers Better Barrier Properties19-04-2017
MAUSER Group, a German based company specializing in industrial packaging, has developed skINliner™, a new barrier technology for IBCs which combines the advanced barrier performance of multilayer plastic film technology with the logistical and lifecycle benefits of rigid packaging, it claims...
New Generation Tamper Evident NFC Closure for Wines and Spirits19-04-2017
GCL Technologies the technological research centre of Guala Closures Group, in partnership with NXP Semiconductors, has announced, after one year of intensive research and development, they are able to present the industry’s first fully integrated and mass scalable NFC tamper evident closure solution dedicated to the wine and spirits industry...
Major US Retail Group Rolls Out Avery’s RFID Tags19-04-2017
AIPIA member Avery Dennison has announced a global Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) partnership agreement with major USA retail group Target. It is part of that company’s deployment of RFID technology to more than 1,600 stores to help maximize inventory availability and deliver an enhanced consumer experience. According to the companies this deployment is the largest of its kind to date...
Wine and Pouch Applications for Oxygen Barrier Solution19-04-2017
AIPIA Member ALBIS PLASTIC will showcase its active packaging solution for bag-in-box (BIB) wine, at this year’s interpack trade fair. “SHELFPLUS® O² oxygen scavenger has made the jump from thermoforming to flexible films,” says Roland Schultz, director marketing packaging. "The PE-based masterbatch is used in a laminable PE sealing film and helps improve product quality and shelf life. In many markets it makes it much easier to replace metallized films.”
Tread Label Track Tyres Better27-03-2017
Netherlands-based technology company Ferm RFID Solutions is releasing an upgraded version of an adhesive tread label for tyre producers. It serves as a universal ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tag with a read range of approximately 8m (26ft) that can be read in bulk, even in environments such as stacked tyres on metal racks...
Google Patent Points Way to new VR Packs27-03-2017
A recently published Google’s patent application describes an ‘Integrated mobile device packaging and virtual reality headset’. The concept is to provide a ‘relatively low cost’ VR headset solution by shipping the smartphone in packaging that doubles as a VR viewer, according to a recent article in Road to VR...
Celebrating St Patrick’s Day – the Jameson way27-03-2017
St. Patrick’s Day is a very special occasion for the Irish. For 2017, Jameson, one of the top Irish whiskey brands owned by Pernod Ricard, celebrated by commissioning local artist Steve McCarthy to create a piece of original label art for its Limited Edition Bottle. But this year Jameson took this creativity a step further by introducing the brand’s first ‘connected’ bottle...
Smart medical pack improves compliance and patient experience15-03-2017
Instruction leaflets are confusing at the best of times. But they could be a matter of life and death if you’ve just been diagnosed with a chronic disease and suddenly need to learn fast how to inject yourself with vital medication...
Light Blocking Label Film Extends Shelf Life15-03-2017
Klöckner Pentaplast has developed the Pentalabel® eklipse™, a shrink label film which offers maximum light blocking properties into the film process and satisfies a market need for films that are cost-effective, process efficient and improve light barrier characteristics, it claims...
Bags of Flavour!15-03-2017
An ovenable cooking bag, which uses herbs and spices to flavour the food while cooking, is the latest product from food packaging manufacturer Sirane. Bags of Ideas – a new campaign showcasing the company’s cooking bag solutions –features an addition to its BBQ/oven cooking bag using...
Debut for Printed Label with RFID Sensor Platform15-03-2017
Schreiner PrinTronics, Schreiner Group’s competence center for printed electronics will present a ‘world first’ printed RFID sensor platform, featuring a complex label with electrical functions at the upcoming LOPEC exhibition (29-30/3 Munich.)...
Orange Rolls out Connected Packaging for its Products15-03-2017
With 263 million customers in 29 countries, Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. It has chosen MYPACK to connect 25 of its home range products via the packaging. This versatile and cost-effective technology is seen by Orange to support customer experience and brand engagement, it claims. MYPACK also offers rapid deployment from any desktop or tablet...
Cosmetics Customers Can Get Connected08-03-2017
E Ink® Holdings (AIPIA Member), a leading innovator of electronic ink technology and TEXEN, a major provider of product solutions for the luxury and beauty market, have announced a collaboration to bring personalized packaging solutions to cosmetic customers.
Holograms Aim to Solve Nutty Problem08-03-2017
The world's largest and heaviest nut, the coco de mer, is getting an upgraded anti-counterfeiting system according to an article in Securing Industry. Found on just two islands of the Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean, the coco de mer palm has seeds or nuts that reach half a metre in diameter and can weigh as much as 25 kilograms...
New NFC Connected Box for Cold Chain Meds08-03-2017
AIPIA Member Blulog which specialises in securing the cold chain with temperature indicators, has announced the launch of its NFC-connected boxes – in partnership with Emballi’so, a French partner which designs, manufactures, tests and qualifies temperature controlled packaging for the protection of the thermo sensitive products in transit...
Sweet Potato and Thyme Make Bio Film with Nano Clay08-03-2017
Scientists at North Carolina A&T State University have fabricated and characterized a biodegradable nanocomposite film using sweet potato starch and thyme essential oil. They indicate that sweet potato starch may provide a viable solution to the waste disposal problem generated by plastic packaging materials...
Investment in Internet of Packaging to Track Deliveries08-03-2017
Swedish packaging company BillerudKorsnäs has taken a further step into the Internet of Packaging by investing in a minority holding in UK technology company Hanhaa. The company’s solution allows users to track not only the location but also the condition of their deliveries in real time and on a large scale no matter the country or carrier...
Food package's life cycle research23-02-2017
Consumers, food producers and retailers continuously search for new ways to offer and receive more information, transparency and guarantees about for example the quality, safety, origin, authenticity, or transport and storage conditions of (packaged) food products. The most obvious way to realize this is through the food package itself, but the underlying design, development and production processes and methods gradually fail to rapidly and efficiently respond to constantly changing demands, stricter regulations, new food products and emerging technologies...
Four New Developments Add to Thinfilms Market Presence22-02-2017
Thin Film Electronics the leading NFC (Near Field Communication) provider of smart-packaging solutions using printed electronics, has announced a raft of new partnerships and contracts to bring this smart technology to an even wider market...
Watch Out for MORE Augmented Reality Packaging Technology in 201722-02-2017
Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the most exciting technologies to emerge in the intelligent packaging space and one to watch in 2017, according to a recent article in Australian packaging journal PKN. AR is opening a world of possibilities to brand owners seeking to drive immersive consumer interaction with their products...
New Dutch Taskforce to Fight Food Waste and EU Urged to be More Holistic on Waste22-02-2017
In an attempt to ‘re-boot’ rather unsuccessful attempts at food waste reduction Wageningen University & Research, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Sustainable Food Alliance has initiated a new Taskforce aimed at connecting initiatives against food waste...
The Rise and Rise of SMART Labels, with new Development Funding Too22-02-2017
The global smart label market is expected to reach top $16bn in value by 2025, driven by anti-counterfeit and anti-theft applications, according to new market research from to Grand View Research (GVR). The rapid growth –around 15 percent every year – will propel the market from just $4.2bn in 2015, according in the report...
Hidden QR Makes This New Cup Hot Promotion Tool!13-02-2017
Huhtamaki has produced the Monaco Cup, a single-use paper cup featuring a label with a unique QR code that is now for sale at some Shell service stations, restaurants and cafes in Finland. The new digitalized content and marketing platform makes single-use paper cup a perfect media tool for smart device centered promotional campaigns, says the company. Unique and dynamic QR codes are hidden under heat-sensitive printing and controlled with special digital data and content management software.
Tostitos Bag Makes You Think When You Drink!13-02-2017
Frito-Lay created a limited-edition “Party Safe” bag for its Tostitos brand, which told imbibing Super Bowl fans to think twice before driving home from that big match party. The special bag, created by Goodby Silverstein & Partners, was equipped with a sensor connected to a microcontroller, calibrated to detect small traces of alcohol on a person’s breath. If any alcohol is detected, the sensor turns red and forms the image of a steering wheel, along with an Uber code and a ‘Don’t drink and drive’ message.
ActinPak launches Student Competition to Increase Collaboration13-02-2017
ActInPak the EU funded COST Action focused on active, smart and intelligent fibre-based packaging solutions, has launched a Student Competition (SC) aimed at increasing collaboration between European students, researchers and companies in the field of active & intelligent packaging...
Silver Nanowire Inks Open Up Substrate Possibilities13-02-2017
Printed electronics, which can be used on a wide scale in devices, including RFID tags, currently have one major drawback: for the circuits to work, they first have to be heated to melt all the nanoparticles together into a single conductive wire, making it impossible to print circuits on inexpensive plastics or paper...
Medicines Get Layers of Security with New Label13-02-2017
Regulations such as EU 2016/161, which has to be implemented by February 9, 2019, require innovative solutions to protect patients against falsified medicines . A newly developed label, from Schreiner MediPharm , demonstrates a combination of diverse digital security features on a Booklet-Label with an integrated first-opening seal...
Events for Your Diary01-02-2017
Here are details of some events which readers may be interested in exploring. We have secured some discounts for some of these. Go to the events section of the AIPIA website and follow the links for more information on some, or visit their websites: ...
New Antimicrobial Pad Adds 2 Days to Shelf Life01-02-2017
Anti-microbial absorbent packaging from Sirane has given diced beef two additional days’ shelf-life in recent trials with one major UK meat processing company. The independently-run trials showed a two-day increase from nine to 11 days on the shelf-life of the packs containing the company’s ABM pads, compared to existing packaging...
Member Cooperation Leads to New High Volume PE Device01-02-2017
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), based in the UK, has successfully completed a project to create a novel printed energy harvesting device, which will play an important role in the development of packaging with electronic functionality, it says. Powered by near-field communication (NFC) technology, the device will draw energy from the user’s mobile telephone, facilitating the wider adoption of NFC-enabled printed electronic components. This technology is essential for...
Three Way Member Partnership Develops Connected Packaging Solution01-02-2017
WestRock Company has unveiled a connected packaging solution for smart products that combines Digimarc’s enabled barcode technology, with EVRYTHNG’s IoT Smart Products Platform to bring embedded, real time, connected digital intelligence to billons of WestRock packages, in-store signs and displays it produces annually...
Recycled Prawn Shells can Save Egyptian Waste and Food01-02-2017
Bioengineers at The University of Nottingham in the UK are working on the use of shrimp shells (Chitosan) to make biodegradable shopping bags, as a ‘green’ alternative to oil-based plastic, and as a new food packaging material to extend product shelf life...
Same Town, but Different Place for AIPIA Congress 201724-01-2017
AIPIA, the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association, is pleased to announce the date and venue for its 2017 World Congress, which will be the 6th in the highly successful series of events. The Congress will remain in Amsterdam, as the location seemed to be very popular with delegates. But it will move to the Congress Centre Beurs van Berlage, which is an iconic building just opposite the Central Station. Dates are 2nd & 3rd November.
Antimicrobial Packaging Market worth $10 Billion by 202110-01-2017
According to a report issued in 2016 by MarketsandMarkets the antimicrobial packaging market will be worth just over $10 Billion by 2021, rising from $7.28 Billion in 2015, at a CAGR of 5.54%. The report is entitled Antimicrobial Packaging Market by Base Material, Antimicrobial Agents, Technology, Pack Type, Application, Region - Forecast to 2021...
Packaging the ‘dark horse’ of marketing says report10-01-2017
Packaging design is the ‘dark horse’ of the marketing world and is ‘vastly under-estimated’, according to a new report from research company Nielsen. The company analyzed 9,900 product launches across Europe in the past two years and found 11 that “truly broke through” according to the story which appeared in the UK’s Packaging News...
Anti-Counterfeiting Grows to Combat Fake Food10-01-2017
Brand protection is becoming increasingly important as food tops the list of the most valuable counterfeit markets, according to Sean Riley, a senior director at PMMI, the USA’s association for processing and packaging thechnologies. Globalization is creating an increasingly complex, continuously growing supply chain. With more suppliers and more products coming from different countries, it is critical to...
Positive Outlook for Printed Electronics10-01-2017
“The interest is increasingly high in adding electronics to everyday items including the wearables space, smart packaging and smart labels,” said Roy Bjorlin, commercial and strategic initiatives director, printed electronics at Sun Chemical, in an end-of-year interview with the editor of Printed Electronics Now...
AIPIA Part of NanoPack Project to Improve Food Safety10-01-2017
AIPIA HAS been formally accepted as a partner organization of the EU funded NanoPack project which will develop and introduce nanotechnology-based antimicrobial packaging to enhance food safety and reduce food waste. The project is funded with €7.7 Million under the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation...
Is your Christmas Tree FRESH?21-12-2016
Finally for 2016, lets finish with a Festive Flourish! Blulog, the Polish/French suppliers of temperature monitoring technologies for cold chain security, has been working with the Zawonia plantation to set up its monitoring solution on its Christmas trees...
Award for Smart Authentication Pharma Pack21-12-2016
Melasan, a food supplement provider and Authentic Vision, a provider of mobile authentication and engagement solutions, recently received an award for an innovative anti-counterfeiting smart-packaging solution for the pharma industry from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs in Austria...
Creating hidden images with commercial inkjet printers21-12-2016
Researchers have developed a way to use commercial inkjet printers and readily available ink to print hidden images that are only visible when illuminated with appropriately polarized waves in the terahertz region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The inexpensive method could be used as a type of invisible ink to hide information in otherwise normal-looking images, making it possible to distinguish between authentic and counterfeit items, for example...
Wine Bottles with Corks Authenticated by NFC Capsule21-12-2016
Amcor Capsules has worked with anti-counterfeiting technology company Selinko to bring to market an anti-counterfeit solution known as InTact, a Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled capsule that can be fitted over a corked bottle of wine or spirits...
Harnessing the Power of QR & AR21-12-2016
Two Finnish companies working in the Internet of Things (IoT) sector, Sovelto and Magic Add, have recently demonstrated that wearable augmented reality (AR) devices can scan optically readable unique codes from products in the wearer’s environment, which, they say, could simplify and speed up the shopping experience for consumers...