Larry Logan (left) and Fernando Gomez (right)

New Appointments to AIPIA Board Help Association to Explore Fresh Opportunities

 

AIPIA, the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association has announced two new appointments to its Advisory Board which, says Executive Director Eef de Ferrante, will help the Association to explore fresh opportunities in the USA as well as cementing the close links with Brand Owners.

Larry Logan, Senior Marketing & Brand Executive at US-based  Digimarc, a leading innovator and provider of enabling technologies that create digital identities for all forms of media and many everyday objects, including Packaging. At the recent AIPIA Congress he gave one of the keynote addresses on Winning Customer Loyalty Through Digitally Empowered Packaging. Larry joins the board , in particular, to help the Association develop more presence in the USA.

Matthew Daniels from Unilever will be replaced by Fernando Gomez, who works in the field of Strategic Materials Capability. Commenting on the change Eef de Ferrante said, “ Matthew has been a strong supporter of the Association and given us many useful insights into the Brand Owners’ perspective on A&IP. We look forward to continuing and developing that strong relationship with Fernando.”

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AIPIA President Dick de Koning

AIPIA CONGRESS 2016: Elevating Packaging to the Next Level

At the close of this year’s AIPIA Congress the 300+ attendees were left in no doubt that a new age of packaging has dawned.

Speaker after speaker demonstrated ideas which have already found traction in the marketplace. 2016, it seems, has been something of a breakthrough year for active and intelligent packaging (A&IP) technologies, with companies such as Stora Enso, NXP, Thinfilm , Digimarc and Zappar all showing products already providing security and supply chain solutions, as well as major marketing opportunities, to Brand Owners.

The centrepiece of the two day event, which took place in Amsterdam, was an ‘elevator pitch’ by nine companies, to the Heineken Design & Packaging Team, bidding to work with them on the next version of a smart beer bottle for the iconic brand. Each company had just three minutes to pitch its idea, which made for a very dynamic session to end the first day. The Heineken team will invite one of the companies to continue the discussion about their idea in the coming weeks.

Elsewhere several keynote speakers covered topics of sector –wide significance. Andy Hobsbawm of Internet of Things software platform developers EVRYTHING asked the question: Who owns your packaging, your data and your customers? His view is that digitisation of assets and harnessing of data creates a direct route to the consumer for companies using smart packaging. Larry Logan of Digimarc demonstrated that the connected package is the most salient touch point between a brand and its customers.

More than 30 speakers covered topics ranging from food safe antimicrobial agents to pharmaceutical compliance and traceability. “The Congress is the only event which covers the entire A&IP spectrum to give a broad view of the sector, as well as in depth presentations about some of the latest developments,“ commented AIPIA President Dick de Koning.

“There is a real energy about event, which is showing no signs of going away after 5 years,”according to  AIPIA’s executive director Eef de Ferrante. “If anything it is growing stronger,” he added. “The number of delegates and the participation of Brand Owners is getting bigger every year. And we were pleased to see a record number of demonstrator booths, double the number we had last time,” he said.

“The industry is developing very rapidly,” continued de Koning. “AIPIA is uniquely placed to be a hub for information and networking and we only see that getting stronger in the future,” he added.

“Of course the challenge is always to follow a highly successful event with something even better next time,” explained de Ferrante. “But there were several clear themes coming out of this Congress, including the continuing demand from Brand Owners for complete solutions which we heard in 2015 too. So we are already making plans for 2017,” concluded De Ferrante.

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Digimarc CMO to Speak on Why Product Packaging is the New Brand Gateway for Consumers

Beaverton, Ore. and Amsterdam. – AIPIA World Congress 2016 – November 11, 2016

 

WHO:               Digimarc Chief Marketing Officer Larry Logan will speak about The Connected Package, and why interactive product packaging is now capable of serving as a brand narrator, communicating an endless stream of valuable content to consumers. Logan has more than 30 years’ experience as a marketing and brand executive. The World Brand Congress recently named him among the 100 Most Influential Global Marketing Leaders. His wide-ranging background includes roles such as Vice President and Creative Director at PLAYBOY and CMO of the technology company that developed Street View for Google.

WHAT:              A recent study revealed 85 percent of shoppers use their smartphones in retail settings. In Logan’s keynote session, “How To Get Consumers To Scan Product Packaging,” he explains why a product’s packaging is the most salient touch point between a brand and its customers; and how brands and package designers can deliver useful information from product packages directly to shoppers’ smartphones quickly and easily to increase the chances of completing the sale.

Attendees will come away from the presentation with an understanding of these new package design innovations, and how they are altering the way consumers shop and engage with brands.

WHEN:             Monday, November 14, 2016, 10:30 AM CET

WHERE:           Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

About Digimarc

Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC), based in Beaverton, Oregon, is the inventor of Digimarc Discover® software and the imperceptible Digimarc Barcode for automatically identifying and interacting with virtually any media. Digimarc Discover software enables industrial scanners, smartphones, tablets and other computer interfaces to reliably, efficiently and economically identify traditional barcoded items, along with many other media objects. Digimarc Barcodes are imperceptible to people and do all that visible barcodes do, but perform better. They can be applied to virtually all forms of media. These remarkable capabilities have allowed Digimarc and its business partners to supply a wide range of patented consumer engagement, media management and security solutions across multiple consumer and government industry sectors. Digimarc owns an extensive intellectual property portfolio, with patents in digital watermarking, content identification and management, media object discovery, and intuitive computing more generally. For more information and the latest news, please visit www.digimarc.com and follow on Twitter at @Digimarc.




AIPIA Congress 2016: How Smart is your Packaging?

The AIPIA Congress 2016, (Amsterdam 14/15 November 2016) has attracted some of the leading exponents of active and intelligent packaging (A&IP) innovations and ideas to reveal the next phase of development in this dynamic sector of the industry.

Leading the line-up this year is major international brewer Heineken who is partnering with AIPIA to present a unique opportunity for A&IP providers. During the Congress companies will be able to ‘pitch’ their technology to be used in the next generation of bottles for the company. Mark van Iterson, Director Global Heineken Design will be on hand to assess the different concepts and announce a winner, who will then go on to discuss their proposals with the company.

If that isn’t exciting enough, the rest of the program is packed with speakers who are addressing the issues which matter: how to integrate A&IP into existing packaging designs; harnessing the power of data generated from Internet of Things; getting consumers to use the new technologies; digital sensing; pharmaceutical compliance and traceability; shelf-life extension; and ideal mobile technology for Millennials. Plus a whole lot more.

In addition the demonstration area, Seeing is Believing is double the size of the 2015 event. So there will be a lot more to see and learn. Leading A&IP providers such as NXP, Infratab, Agfa-Gevaert, EVRYTHNG , Thinfilm and UWI Technologies are joined by first time exhibitors such as Digimarc, Thermal Instruments and Selinko.

“This is by far our most dynamic program to date,” said Eef de Ferrante, executive director of AIPIA. “The range of topics and speakers shows just how far Active and Intelligent packaging has come in the last five years and the bright future ahead for the next five,” he added.

AIPIA’s President Dick de Koning, also commented, “We are seeing a real acceleration in the number of products reaching the market and the amount of investment in product development and research. This is clearly demonstrated by the wide ranging speaker program and increase in the number of companies wanting to exhibit their products and services.”

For full details of the current Speaker program and exhibitors in the Demonstration area visit the AIPIA website: http://www.aipia.info/congress-exhibition-program.php

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Press contact: Andrew Manly, AIPIA communications director: Andrew@aipia.info

About AIPIA: The Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association is a community of 800 companies including major Brand Owners, major packaging manufacturers, logistics and transport companies, research institutes and A&IP product and service providers. AIPIA is committed to be the hub for information exchange and networking for the A&IP sector, to aid the rapid implementation of these technologies and to decimate supply chain costs and reduce waste for everyone.

 

 

 

AIPIA 2016: Setting the Agenda for Active & Intelligent Packaging Trends

To date, the speaker line-up for the AIPIA Congress 2016 (14/15 November in Amsterdam) is “a real reflection of the current issues which are high on the agenda for Active and Intelligent Packaging (A&IP) users” according to executive director of the Association Eef de Ferrante. Food safety and security, anti-counterfeiting, smart packs and consumer engagement all feature prominently in the program.

The Congress will cover every aspect of the technology and its ability to integrate with both new and existing packaging designs, as well as the benefits it offers. With over 20 speakers confirmed already de Ferrante predicts the event will be “the biggest and best so far”.

One of the keynotes already in place will be delivered by Larry Logan, chief marketing officer at Digimarc Corporation, who will explain how to get consumers to scan product packaging. He believes the pack is “the most salient touchpoint between a brand and its customers”. The latest innovations in A&IP are “redefining the way consumers shop and engage with brands.”

The line-up of speakers already includes some of the leading exponents of A&IP technologies and those developers at the forefront of innovation in the sector. For example Acreo, the leading Swedish research institute will discuss ‘How to integrate printed hybrid electronics in novel packaging’, while Agfa Graphics will explain how to ‘Secure, customize and connect your package design’.

“We are pleased to see many new technologies and fresh ideas,” said Mr. de Ferrante. “But, of course, we are talking to a lot of people, including many Brand Owners who are keen to tell us about their latest products and expectations of this industry. So there is plenty more to come. Indeed so many A&IP packs are coming into the market at the moment it is a very exciting period for the industry,” he added.

One of the features of the last AIPIA Congress was the number of Brand Owners who both spoke and attended the event. “They continue to be interested in sharing knowledge and views and to be part of the AIPIA community,” said de Ferrante. “It is important that the technology suppliers, many of whom are new to packaging, understand what Brand Owners need to integrate their products and implement A&IP successfully. The association has been highly successful at bring them together,” he explained.

The full congress program, when complete, will include some 40 speakers, reflecting the views and ideas of every stakeholder, around the theme ‘Active & Intelligent Packaging by Design’. A demonstration area will enable A&IP service and technology providers to show the very latest ideas in action.

Details of the Congress program, to date, are available on the AIPIA website http://www.aipia.info/congress-exhibition-program.php

As more speakers are confirmed details are posted on the site, which is up dated regularly.

For more information on the Association, Congress or Membership contact Andrew Manly at Andrew@aipia.info 

 

 

 

AIPIA Congress 2016: Active & Intelligent Packaging by Design

AIPIA, the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association has announced dates and central theme for its next World Congress. ‘Active & Intelligent Packaging by Design’ will take place 14/15 November 2016, at the Mövenpick Hotel in Amsterdam.

Commenting on the announcement AIPIA President Dick de Koning said, “As we left Utrecht last November we were already thinking hard about the next Congress and the clear message from Brand Owners that they want complete solutions which last and add real value over time to their products. This means not only Active & Intelligent Packaging providers designing the right products, but also integrating them into packaging which works and is cost effective. Systems Integrators and Packaging Designers and Manufacturers are an important part of that process. So our next ‘step’ for the Congress was very clear to us.”

“The next Congress will not only discuss the latest developments in Active & Intelligent Packaging products and services, but also investigate how these can and are being integrated into successful packaging designs and products which consumers want to use,” he added.

AIPIA managing director Eef de Ferrante said, “Following on from the huge success of AIPIA Congress 2015 we undertook consultations with our advisory board, Brand Owners, as well as suppliers of Active & Intelligent Packaging technology. They all had the same view.

Integrating Active and Intelligent solutions into the packaging is key to its success. It’s already happening, but making it happen better and faster will speed the implementation of Active & Intelligent Packaging, which is the core mission of our Association.”

Mr. de Ferrante also commented on the decision to stay in Holland for the next Congress, "We decided on the short move to Amsterdam because of its reputation as a global hub for creativity and design" Our venue is the Movenpick Hotel, in the heart of the city centre. In addition everyone seemed to like a November date we have stuck with that too. We appreciate this year it is a busy month for packaging events, but we have selected dates which make it easy to attend the Congress and visit other events, such as Emballage, on the same trip,” he explained.

The new venue has enabled the Association to extend the amount of space available for companies to demonstrate their products and ideas. It will also continue with the successful combination of keynote presentations and a choice of ‘breakout’ lectures on specific themes

For more information about AIPIA and the AIPIA World Congress 2016 visit www.aipia.info or contact Andrew Manly, communications director on Andrew@aipia.info 

 

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Dick de Koning

Action Packed AIPIA Congress Confirms Brand Owners are Adopting Active & Intelligent Packaging

With delegate numbers exceeding 200 and a record number of Brand Owners attending and presenting, the AIPIA Congress proved beyond doubt that Active and Intelligent Packaging (A&IP) is about to make a big impact and has enormous potential for every stakeholder. The event took place in Utrecht Holland on 18/19 November.

“The buzz was almost palpable from the first moment,” said AIPIA President Dick de Koning. “Everyone was totally focused on the topic from the moment Robert Witik of Nestle Research stood up to talk about his company’s perspectives on the opportunities and challenges for A&IP, until NXP gave the last presentation to a full room at 16.30 the next evening.”

“One of the real achievements of this Congress was the engagement that was possible with a large number of Brand Owners. They were very forthcoming with what they are expecting from A&IP. We were particularly grateful to Robert and our other two Brand Owner presenters, Doug Hutt of SABMiller and Matthew Daniels of Unilever who all gave delegates a very clear picture of the future for A&IP in their companies. It was very exciting to hear their views,” added de Koning.

A highlight of the Congress was a completely interactive session called Moving Forward with A&IP from Matthew Daniels of Unilever. This was led by a moderator and involved the entire audience in a lively discussion which brainstormed the views, expectations and challenges for active and intelligent packaging technologies. This will be an on-going project through a Task Force set up during this event.

AIPIA’s managing director Eef de Ferrante added his comments on the success of the congress, “Every session was well attended and in some there was standing room only. The theme of A&IP in Action was at the forefront of almost every presentation. Several companies showed products and services which have now reached the market, as well as many new ideas which have been developed in cooperation with other A&IP suppliers and customers.”

The message from the Brand Owners was very clear. They told us they want a usable product, not just a technology. It also has to add real value to their Brand, and not be just a short term gimmick. Importantly they want to see different A&IP developers working together, and also with design houses and packaging manufacturers, to provide a finished solution – not one with bugs to iron out,” explained de Ferrante.

The Congress featured over 35 speakers covering every aspect of A&IP as well as a demonstration area where companies showed working examples of their products. It is the only event to cover the entire spectrum of Active & Intellligent Packaging. The next Congress is scheduled for autumn 2016 with venue and dates to be released shortly.

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Pharmaceuticals Need “One Stop” Solutions Offered by Active & Intelligent Packaging

With the deadlines for compliance with two major pieces of legislation fundamentally affecting the pharmaceutical sector, a leading industry analyst has made a strong plea for the industry to adopt more Active and Intelligent Packaging (A&IP) solutions ‘to deal with the traceability requirements of today and the authentication and compliance issues just around the corner’.

Commenting in advance of the AIPIA Congress on A&IP In Action, Dick de Koning,  a leading independent packaging analyst, said “Both the Drug Supply Chain Security Act  (DSCSA) in the USA and the EU’s Falsified Medicines Directive become fully operational in 2017 and 2016 respectively. I would like to see a more proactive approach from the drug companies, looking beyond traceability issues, to fully embrace A&IP technologies which can address all the problems they face in one go. Currently their piecemeal approach will end up costing more money than if they bite the bullet now.”

Several topics at the AIPIA will cover solutions for the pharmaceutical sector and look at other aspects of A&IP technologies as well as offering a more holistic approach to the industry’s ‘headaches’.

For the last 8 years Confrérie Clinique has been working on its MEDICCINE™ technology, an integrated mHealth system to measure therapy adherence of patients. This has been based upon various packaging media such as blisters, bottles and syringes. It is smart packaging, that is able to monitor storage conditions and intake of solid & liquid medication by using a specially designed microchip. Co-founder Jos Geboers will explain how it works.

The integration of printed electronics into packaging opens up a wide range of market opportunities to create added value for the packaging industry. Sandy Gunn from the Centre for Process Innovation will explain how printed electronics can be incorporated within packaging to improve patient outcomes and compliance by providing information and validation around anti-counterfeiting, product tampering and also whether the contents are fit for consumption. CPI is working  alongside commercial partners in order to develop intelligent packaging for a number of market sectors including the pharmaceutical industry.

According to Jeremy Laurens, co-founder of Blulog, five  out of 10 of the most sold pharmaceutical products need to be kept between 2 and 8°C from the producer to the dispensary. Currently isothermal packaging and temperature dataloggers are sold separately. What if they could be combined ? The use of NFC technology makes it possible to have very thin temperature dataloggers directly integrated into the isothermal packaging, these can not only track temperature, but also logistical information, from tracking numbers to GPS coordinates, accessed through a smartphone.

Here are just a few examples of how multiple solutions can be combined into one packaging device to aid pharmaceutical authenticity, security and compliance,” added de Koning. “I hope plenty of the sector’s packaging experts see this Congress as a vital opportunity to gather information and get into the A&IP network,” he said.

To see the full AIPIA Congress program visit:

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Further Information:
Starting in November, 2017, prescription drug products can no longer be shipped without a DSCSA-required unique serial identification code. The new regulations go far beyond printing a few more attributes and modification of the template on the manufacturers’ vision system. The core concept is to develop and maintain a tracking system from manufacturing through to sales with 100% accuracy.
In Europe the FMD will affect manufacturers, generics producers, contract packers, re-packers, importers and any producer intending to supply pharmaceutical product or active pharmaceutical ingredients into any of the EU 27 countries.
Broadly it requires obligatory features on the outer packaging of medicines to demonstrate identification and enable product verification, also to demonstrate that they have not been tampered with, as well as several other obligations. From 2016 onwards manufacturers failing to comply with any aspect of the directive will have to withdraw their products from the European market.
 
 
 

Internet is the New Packaging Frontier

With so many companies offering ‘packaging with connectivity’ there is little doubt that the new frontier for packaging manufacturers will reach out to the Cloud and Internet of Things, according to the head of the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA),  Eef de Ferrante. He says proof of this is clearly demonstrated at the up-coming AIPIA Congress (18-19 November, Utrecht, Holland), where several speakers will be talking about the power of internet in the packaging area.

“There are a growing number of ways to access information, receive and store data, check authenticity or product condition, as well as deliver messages to consumers, shippers and Brand Owners, using A&IP technologies incorporated or embedded in the pack” claims de Ferrante.

Several Congress speakers are showing that, far from being a concept, this form of packaging is already a reality. Identiv, for example,  is presenting how one of its customers is using their own Cloud based tracking, monitoring and reporting platform in combination with Identiv’s state of the art NFC uTrust Sense Temperature Tag,  to record and collect temperature data within the chilled food supply chain.

In another presentation Juha Maijala  of StoraEnso and Sylvia Kaiser of NXP, will explain how RFID and NFC enabled packaging can fully support a product’s life cycle from factory floor to high street to living room.  Smart packages as a portal to the Internet of Things, turning products smart, interactive and trackable from source to sale and beyond! The companies say their combined expertise allows brand owners to go the extra mile – with the competence and understanding of volume scalability, cost efficiency and fast time to market.

But, of course, consumers and retailers need to feel that these new connected packs are safe. In his talk Secure Engagement: Building Trust via Packaging in a Connected World, Nathan Anderson of ScanTrust says the Internet of Things will lead to hundreds, thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of physical devices, products and "THINGS" being connected to the Internet. And every single one of those devices will be a potential point of vulnerability. What implications does this have to the packaging industry and what steps can be taken to mitigate this risk? He tells us what they are.

Explaining why Brand Owners are adopting and will increasingly adopt, intelligent packaging Andy Hobsbawm of EVRYTHNG, a keynote speaker at the Congress, said,” The inventor of the web browser, and now leading venture capitalist, Marc Andreessen famously said that “software is eating the world” and, consequently, that every business will become a software business. Software increasingly makes the world go around. It powers most industry sectors, indeed our modern, globalized economy itself literally would not exist without it, and it affects how we work, play, learn, consume, transact and communicate.”

 “In business terms, the Internet and associated software technologies has already re-imagined many of the technologies and systems we use for information and trade,” continued Hobsbawn. “LinkedIn has become our CV, Rolodex, Amazon AWS our computing platform, Square and Apple Pay our payment systems, and so on. Inevitably, Internet of Things software is now making our everyday consumer products smart via the packaging.”

“Exciting, even revolutionary, new packaging ‘hardware’ innovations can connect through smartphones to smart ‘software’ in the cloud to become truly intelligent. It’s this IoT software that unlocks the flow of real-time data to and from these packages, connecting brands directly with consumers, and delivering real-time operational insights in the supply chain to protect brands and revenues,” he explained.

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AIPIA CONNECT: New On-Line Service Helps Brand Owners

 

 

The Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association, AIPIA, is launching a new, on-line service, called AIPIA CONNECT.

It allows Brand Owners with projects involving active and intelligent packaging to post these anonymously on the association website. AIPIA members who join CONNECT can then offer potential solutions which are forwarded to these companies for assessment and further action.

Eef de Ferrante, managing director of AIPIA explained the reasoning behind the new service, “We get many, many enquiries seeking solutions which need to involve A&IP. But most brand owners do not want a deluge of sales calls if they need solutions involving these technologies, so they rarely go public with them.”

“This way they can freely post their project anonymously on the CONNECT area of the AIPIA website and we can then inform members who are part of this service about the potential lead. We will forward information from members who offer a solution – securely - to the brand owner, who can make contact if he or she wants to take it further,” he added.

“We know that many Brand Owners are looking at active and intelligent packaging solutions for all sorts of reasons, but particularly marketing and consumer engagement at the present time. This will help them direct their enquiries in a very secure and targeted way to those companies with the right products or levels of expertise to help them develop their A&I packaging,“ said De Ferrante.

Members can join AIPIA CONNECT for a small annual fee. Full details for both Brand Owners and members are available on the AIPIA website GO TO
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AIPIA Re-makes its Board to Provide Vision for Future Growth of A&IP

The Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) and its new President Dick de Koning of PACKZ, have made several changes to its Advisory Board in order to provide ‘strategic vision’ for the future growth of Active and Intelligent Packaging.

“The first Board had a very strong line-up and served the Association well, helping it to expand membership beyond 650 companies,” explained de Koning.

 “Now we need a blend of suppliers and end users of A&IP to offer vision and ideas on the next phase of implementation and development. I am delighted to say the response has been fantastic,” he added.

New faces from the supply sector include Craig Voellmicke from CSP Technologies, Pavel Korolik of Eastman Kodak and Sylvia Kaiser-Kershaw  of NXP. From the end user side Robert Witik from the Nestlé Research Center will join existing Board member Guido Schmitz  of Bayer Health Care. Blue Chip Packaging suppliers will be represented by Marko  Hakovirta of  Stora Enso, Consumer Board Division.

“We are delighted too,” said AIPIA managing director Eef de Ferrante, ” to have attracted the services of visionary people such as Andy Hobsbawm of EVRYTHNG, Randy Lane of American Thermal Instruments, Fabrice Digonnet of Dow Europe, Mikko Nikkanen from Smartrac, Kai Leppänen  of Thinfilm Electronics and Neil Darin of HAVI Global Solutions.”

“ Not only do they bring particular product expertise to the table, they are all part of companies which are on the cutting edge of A&IP implementation, which has seen a dramatic increase this year already,” added de Ferrante.

The world of R&D is also well represented as Mika Vähä-Nissi  of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland joins Blanca Mentrida from ITENE and immediate past President Bruno Ponsard from ITEGA.

“We are still waiting on a couple of invitations,” explained Dick de Koning. “But we already believe this Board has great balance and a deep understanding of the issues confronting the Active and Intelligent Packaging sector and how we need to meet both the challenges and opportunities. We will start work straight away!” he confirmed.

Mr. Dick de Koning. AIPIA Chairman

The AIPIA’s New Chairman Introduced

The Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association is proud to announce its New Chairman Mr. Dick de Koning, succeeding Mr. Bruno Ponsard who was the Association's Chairman from 2013 - 2015.

The Man

Dick de Koning studied Mechanical Engineering at Avans University in Breda, his post graduate study was in Quality Management and he graduated as a Strategic Packaging Professional at the Dutch Packaging Centre.

In 2012 Dick started PACKZ B.V. as Founding Partner together with Johan Glaser. In this role they are both responsible for managing the PACKZ business with all stakeholders involved.

Before PACKZ, he worked at Unilever Vlaardingen, Bongrain, Schut Flexible Packaging the Heinz Innovation Centre and Budelpack in various R&D, Packaging and Quality Management roles.

During his career he was: Chairman of the Dutch Packaging Professionals for 10 years, member of the examination board for the Strategic Packaging Professionals exams, has been active as a member of the jury for the Dutch Packaging Awards.

PACKZ has been supporting AIPIA since the first congress in Tokyo and is very active in promoting and developing A&IP technologies around the world.

Dick is married, has a daughter of 21 and a son of 18.

The Company

Packz, says Dick, offers practical insights to deliver clear packaging choices and added value for the supply chain. With an office in Breda, The Netherlands, he and his Partner travel the world for insights, new technologies and innovative packaging formats, to create intelligence and networks for clients.

The company has, and is, working for many global brand owners such as Cadburys, Unilever, Agio, Perfetti van Melle, Heinz, Friesland Campina, Nolet and DE Masterblenders, engaged in Packaging Innovation Projects and Technology Scouting.

Image courtesy of Dr. Gail Barnes' Smart packaging - From the shelf & dairy case to the Internet of Things

Pathway to Profits and Savings: Active and Intelligent Packaging

The clear message from the 3rd AIPIA Congress, which took place this November in Chicago – alongside Pack Expo International and PharmaEXPO – is that Active and Intelligent packaging technologies are already seen by many brand owners and retailers as a route to increasing profits or improving the bottom line through savings in the supply chain.

A keynote presentation by Dr. Lee Nicholson of PepsiCo, which attracted the largest audience of the Congress, highlighted the company’s commitment to exploring how interactive packaging can enhance the consumer experience as well as providing useful insights into customer behavior. As a Director at PepsiCo’s corporate R&D he made a highly positive assessment of the trends towards uptake of these technologies by a number of major brand owners.

Commenting on the success of the event Eef de Ferrante, Executive Director of AIPIA said, “As we predicted, many companies have, or are about to implement Active and Intelligent packaging solutions. Several products discussed at the Congress are at pilot or trial with major brand owners and expect a full market roll out in 2015.”

“In addition we are seeing more and more investment in Active and Intelligent Packaging solutions right across the board. Smart money follows smart ideas and venture capital inflows into A&IP seem to be accelerating rapidly. Also companies such as Sealed Air, Avery Dennison and Eastman Kodak all demonstrated their commitment to the development of these technologies. So they are expecting it to be a profitable part of their business very soon,” he added.

More than 150 attendees were able to learn about a range of applications as diverse as patient compliance for medications, anti-counterfeiting, inventory management, shelf-life extension and condition monitoring from the 27 different presenters. The forum session enabled delegates to learn about some of the latest R&D ideas from a number of academic and research organizations.

Strategic developments in areas such as printed electronics and fighting food waste were topics addressed by the Organic and Electronic Printing Association O-EA, FlexTech Alliance and Spanish research institute ITENE. In particular growth of orders for printed electronic products is expected to grow by as much as 20 per cent in 2015, with 78 per cent of O-EA members increasing their investment in production capacity and taking on new staff.

“With such positive forecasts and outcomes for the Active and Intelligent Packaging sector going into 2015 we are already planning our fourth Congress, which will be Europe-based next autumn, with great confidence,” confirmed Mr de Ferrante.

SOME PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTS:

Themes of reducing food waste and extending shelf life featured strongly, with a number of presenters highlighting the many different approaches to achieving these goals. One of the more novel solutions was offered by Will Wood of Cellresin who talked about SmartFresh™ which binds to plant ethylene receptors blocking the ethylene effect, thus delay ripening and extending storage life.

He explained that the active ethylene inhibitor can be introduced into a number of packaging formats at no extra cost in to the process, including multi-layer materials where it is placed in the middle ‘print’ layer,. It is released as a gas via the natural respiration of water vapour from the produce. With an estimated 30% of broccoli lost due to spoilage along the supply chain Wood estimates that, using the most recent figures available, the inhibitor technology could save as much as $240 million each year.

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Another area highlighted in a number of presentations was the rapid development of Printed Electronics. Several products are ready for full market roll out, including Thin Film’s Smart Label, which can combine a temperature indicator, product authentication and expiration date trigger. An example is the MedTracker™ from TempTime, under joint development with Thin Film. While AdherTech is currently testing its Smart Pill Bottle, which can track and improve patient compliance, with three of the major pharmaceutical companies, as well as on-line pharmacies.

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What if a products packaging could enable “Safe Heat Anytime, Anywhere™” without wires, batteries or a flame? That is the capability that RBC Technologies demonstrated,  having developed and recently commercialized it for use in the DJO Global thermo-formable Rapid Splint™ with Exothermix® product line.  Many other functional packaging enabled products are in the development pipeline for use in medical device, military and consumer packaged goods applications.  The uses for the technolgy range from heat-assisted drug delivery and customizable medical devices to self-heated meals and personal care products like wipes and lotions. 

The RBC self-heating technology is based on a derivative of hearing aid battery chemistry, which scavenges oxygen from the air to power the heating reaction.  As opposed to other ‘self-heating’ technologies, the reaction is air activated, making it inherently safe, but also very powerful.

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SMARTRAC challenged delegates to look at RFID technology for use in a highly topical sector: The Games industry. Mikko Nikkanen pointed out a compelling range of opportunities for Games to interact with physical merchandise, based on Game characters, or add value to ordinary packaged products, such as cereals to include games or a range of downloadable features.

Opportunities for distribution charges to increase Game participation through the on pack promotions and access, measurable promotion campaigns, Freemium-to-Premium games, cross-licencing between brands and Game merchandise business are just the start.

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Daniel Forte, Quantum Technology Group explained how quantum dots are chemically engineered nanoparticles that possess 20+ unique corresponding properties and characteristics. Their signatures may be detected in the field by the use of hand held devices and forensically with sophisticated laboratory equipment.

Quantum dots may be used as an overt or covert protection system and combined with other security technologies such as synthetic DNA, phosphors, holograms, security ink and more. They are suited for use on a wide variety of substrates including polymers, paper, metals and glass. He says the use of quantum dots as the next generation security technology represents overwhelming  challenges to counterfeiters.

About AIPIA: (www.aipia.info)

The Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) is a worldwide association, with 650+ members, promoting high tech packaging solutions. AIPIA’s mission is to decimate supply chain costs, reduce waste and increase profitability by the implementation of high tech solutions in packaging. Each year it runs the AIPIA Congress, the world’s only event for ALL A&IP technologies.

Infratab to unwrap smartphone sensor tags at AIPIA Congress

Company Director will speak at AIPIA World Congress and host booths at Pack Expo and PharmaExpo Ensuring freshness of food, pharmaceuticals, and all perishables

Oxnard, CA--Infratab, the award-winning innovator behind Freshtime™--a line of freshness sensors and software for all things perishable—will unwrap their latest additions at Pack Expo, November 2-5, 2014, in Chicago. Infratab Director of Strategy and Business Development, Prashanth Vanchy, will also speak on “The Art of the Possible: Intelligent Packaging Solutions for Freshness” at the Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) Congress coinciding with Pack Expo.

Infratab is the creator of a system of smart sensors and software whose purpose is monitor, track, and communicate a perishable’s condition—simply and securely—throughout the supply chain, from farm to warehouse to grocery aisle to dinner table.

Conventional methods of monitoring perishables—such as use-by dates and temperature loggers—fail to report a perishable’s actual condition. According to the Institute of Food Technologists, as much as 31 percent of the U.S. food supply is wasted—thrown out because an expiration date has passed, or a critical temperature threshold has been breached—although the perishable is still in perfectly good condition. Conversely, perishables that have been improperly handled are sometimes sold as fresh, only for consumers to discover that they are not—thus tarnishing the brand.

The power is in the points

At the core of Infratab’s Freshtime™ technology are Freshtime Points™, a system of quantifying and measuring the freshness of a perishable using metrics that can be authenticated, validated and audited.  A perishable starts out with 100 Freshtime Points™ and ends its useful life at zero—the quality use-by date set by the brand owner.  

Using Freshtime Points™, a perishable’s condition can be assessed and budgeted by anyone who handles it—the brand, its transporter, retailer, or consumer. The result is greater consumer confidence and trust, longer use and reduced spoilage.

Freshtime™ tags, which are RFID EPC Gen2 tags, come in various sizes and can be used repeatedly.  A 4” x 4” general-use tag, for manufacturing, storage or transport, is often used as a micro-climate temperature monitor for storage rooms, containers or perishables display cases.  The Freshtime clip tag (4” x 8”) is used with RPCs (reusable plastic containers) and other cases that have either a handle or a lid. The Freshtime long tag (4” x 20” in length) is used to monitor metal-lined containers or containers of frozen perishables.

These previous tags have required an RFID EPC reader to set up the tag and retrieve the data stored in it. EPC (Electronic Product Code) is an RFID standard set by GS1 (the issuer of UCC barcodes) for products sold worldwide in the supply chain.  An on-tag button enables the tag to be started and the status checked without the use of a reader.

Two new Freshtime tags

The newest members of the Freshtime™ family are even more mobile. Freshtime NFC is a tag that can be read by anyone with a smart phone app—farmers, small growers, businesses, or restaurateurs.  Like other Freshtime™ tags, it can be used and reused.

Freshtime Dual is a tag that can be attached and started in the field—again, using only a smartphone—then used by packing houses, consumer brands, and retailers who are part of the GS1 global supply chain. The system not only helps ensure the freshness of products, it can also help suppliers plan the most appropriate packaging and transport, as well.

In addition to adding value to the supply chain, the Freshtime system also helps document compliance with regulatory requirements such as those set by the federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA and the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act.

Infratab has other tags in the works—one for oyster sacks, which is capable of withstanding both the oyster and the ocean; and one for frozen goods, letting handlers know whether a product has thawed and been refrozen. Although the company has focused on food applications since its founding, the technology is applicable to a wide range of industries—pharmaceuticals and vaccines, supplements, cosmetics, industrial adhesives and sealants, biologics, and blood; indeed, any product for which potency matters.

Infratab will occupy a booth in the demonstration area of AIPIA, at Pack Expo, and Booth 581 at PharmaExpo, which coincides with Pack Expo in Chicago.

Infratab Director Prashanth Vanchy’s talk on “The Art of the Possible: Intelligent Packaging Solutions for Freshness,” will take place at 15:50 on November 3, in Room 3 at the AIPIA World Congress.

For more information, contact Terry Myers, Infratab CEO at tmyers@Infratab.com, 805-340-9020

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Headquartered in Oxnard, California, with offices in Bangalore, India. Infratab, Inc. is a privately held company that makes and sells smart sensors and software, collectively known as Infratab Freshtime™.  The Freshtime™ technology platform monitors, tracks and traces a perishable’s condition—simply and securely—throughout the supply chain. A recognized leader in perishable condition-monitoring solutions, Infratab technology is backed by a growing portfolio of issued and pending U.S. and international patents. These cover RFID sensor tags and their use with PCs or mobile devices for the purpose of monitoring the condition of a product.

Active and Intelligent Packaging a Top Priority in Fight to Save Food Waste

AIPIA/ITENE road-mapping event at Interpack confirms importance of Active & Intelligent Packaging technologies

(To download the complete documents of the Roadmap sessions, see below)

Results now published from a major road-mapping exercise, held during the recent Interpack exhibition in Dusseldorf, Germany, clearly show broad support for the development and implementation of Active and Intelligent Packaging technologies as a major tool to fight food waste, according to event co-hosts , AIPIA and Packaging, Transport and Logistics Research  Center, ITENE.

With more than 60 attendees from all parts of the packaging sector, the two hour event used interactive sessions to help identify both the challenges facing all parts of the supply chain to reduce food waste and identify key drivers to ensure implementation of ‘ready to market’ Active & Intelligent Packaging solutions.

“As 2014 is the European Year Against Food Waste it was a very good time to bring industry experts together to discuss the topic in this way,” said Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association director Eef de Ferrante. “We have a clearly defined timescale of 2 -5 years, and a clear map of which Active and Intelligent Packaging technologies are regarded as necessary to achieve a significant reduction in food waste.”

The EU points to inadequate packaging, confusion about “best before” and “use by” labels, the lack of awareness, stock management inefficiencies, overproduction and inadequate storage, among others, as the main causes of food waste.

According to EU published data, about 90 million tonnes of food is wasted annually in Europe and about a third of the food for human consumption is wasted globally, what means around 1.3 billion tonnes per year. Moreover, 40% of these food losses in industrialized countries occurs at retail and consumer level. If no actions are taken, food waste generation is expected to climb to 126 million tonnes per year by 2020 according to the European Commission.

Jorge García, Business Director of ITENE, speaking during the event, stressed the importance of raising consumer and industry awareness, as well as the retail and the consumer understanding of how packaging can play a key role to avoid food losses; and also how the packaging industry can offer different safe, cost-effective and environmental compatible packaging solutions for reducing food losses.

“The findings clearly show that active technologies such as oxygen and ethylene scavenging, antimicrobial and anti-fungal, humidity control and anti-oxidants, for example; and smart solutions such as freshness indicators, time/temperature indicators and all types of traceability products have benefits for the whole supply chain, not just individual elements of it. In particular consumer behaviour- such as weekly rather than daily shopping, aging populations and more single person units - fits exactly with the kind of requirements Active and Intelligent Packaging offers,” explained Jorge Garcia

He continued,, “Active packaging can double the effective shelf life of many perishable products compared to conventional packaging, while smart packs offer clear signals about the condition of the product, without the use of arbitrary ‘best before’ labels. For instance, in the active packaging field ITENE has developed a new active technology that extends the shelf life of red meat from 7 to 14 days by adding natural active substances to the packaging material. In the smart packaging area an innovative colorimetric indicator has been created to detect poultry products spoilage which informs the consumer by an easy and intuitive label colour change”

Eef de Ferrante of AIPIA added, “These and many new developments in, for example, nano barrier technologies and materials, will be  major topics of conversation and presentation at the up-coming AIPIA World Congress this autumn in Chicago (November 2-4), taking place during Pack Expo International and PharmaExpo. It is a very dynamic sector with fresh ideas coming constantly.”

Download the results of the roadmapping sessions here:

RESULTS ROADMAP GROUP I

RESULTS ROADMAP GROUP II

ITENE (www.itene.com)

The Packaging, Transport & Logistics Research Centre ITENE provides business solutions from an overall perspective of the supply chain, from raw materials to the design and development of packing and packaging systems, the optimization of transport and distribution of goods, delivery to the end consumer.

ITENE is member of the SAVE FOOD initiative created to fight against global food losses and works in the research and development of packaging technologies that extend food shelf life (active packaging), give valuable information to the consumer (smart packaging) and food products distribution control (transport simulation) to avoid unnecessary food waste and food losses along the whole supply chain.

AIPIA (www.aipia.info)

The Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) is a worldwide association promoting high tech packaging solutions. AIPIA’s mission is to decimate supply chain costs, reduce waste and increase profitability by the implementation of high tech solutions in packaging.

AIPIA believes that active and intelligent technologies in packaging are a ‘once in a generation’ change in the sector. Not only will they alter the role of packaging in the marketplace, but also facilitate better business through premium pricing, supply chain management, improved security/brand protection and waste reduction.

The third AIPIA World Congress will take place November 2-4 during PackExpo in Chicago to show how to profit from these exciting packaging technologies.

For more information:

ITENE
Ana García Hidalgo
Agarciahidalgo@itene.com

AIPIA
Andrew Manly
Andrew@aipia.info
0031-6-57520386