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Gulfood records more participants, visitors 2010-03-01 370

The fifteenth edition of Gulfood hosted 3,500 participants from 81 countries, in a successful show held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) between 21-24 February.

"Companies large and small from around the world are increasingly taking an interest in the Middle East. Whether they are food distributors looking for the latest products, or manufacturers looking for new markets, Gulfood is recognised as the number one platform to gain an insight, and a

Heidelberg to sell new flexo machines in Gulf

Heidelberg Middle East has entered into an agreement to sell and distribute flexographic printing and converting machines from Soma Engineering to countries in GCC, Lebanon and Syria.

The 20-year old Czech Republic based Soma Engineering has 190 employees and specialises in the flexible packaging industry.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, product manager of sheetfed and flexo-Heidelberg, Biju George said: "We see an increasing demand for flexo machines in the Middle East region with requirements

New solution can print on round, square pails

Italy based Moss and Xeikon (a division of Punch Graphix) have jointly developed a solution that will enable printers to decorate pre-printed images on round, conical, rectangular, square plastic pails and containers, even on short runs like 500.

“The solution lets printers decorate various-shaped pails and containers in two simple steps," said Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s business development manager-labels & packaging.

"First, one of the Xeikon web presses prints the

Tetra Pak planned bioplastic trials in 2011

Tetra Pak is to pilot the use of renewable polyethylene as a raw material in the manufacture of its plastic caps and closures within the next two years.

The carton manufacturer has signed an agreement with Brazilian company Braskem, a thermoplastic resin producer, to buy limited volumes of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) from a renewable feedstock.

Braskem plans to open the world's first commercial-scale 'green' polyethylene plant in late 2010 and aims to deliver its first batches to

Arab flexibles group tp buy European units

A Dubai-based flexible packaging group has said it is looking for acquisitions in Europe and is planning to acquire parts of the Amcor/Alcan business in Europe, according to reports.

John Hetherton, general manager of Arabian Flexible Packaging (AFP), told local reporters that his company expected the European Commission to force Amcor to sell off some parts of its business when it considers its US$2bn acquisition of much of Rio Tinto Alcan's packaging business.

He told business website

New halftone dot for flexo, letterpress out

The new Flexodot 4800 can create extremely small and precise halftone dots that are suitable for output at high resolutions up to 4,800 dpi and can produce natural-looking gradations, even in the extreme highlight areas. The dots are significantly smaller than those used in 2,400 dpi production.

Flexodot 4800 can be utilised by both the PlateRite FX870II and PlateRite FX1524 thermal CTP platesetters for the flexo and letterpress sectors. These models feature a newly developed, high power

Octal Holdings to build facilities in Europe, US

Oman PET resin and sheet supplier Octal Holdings has said it will build sheet production facilities in Western Europe and the US in the next two years.

Octal expects export sales to grow from $400m this year to $1.1bn by 2011. Around two thirds of the firm's exports currently go to Europe and 30% is sold to the US. China has also been targeted as an area for growth and Octal has a sales office in Shanghai.

Managing director Nicholas Barakat told Haymarket publication, Packaging News, that

Packager and Ugandan state to tie agreement

Clifton Packaging is set to tie up a landmark partnership agreement with the Ugandan government to supply water purification systems across the country.

The Leicester-based flexibles group, which is pioneering the ‘Buy African, Build Africa' project to build packaging centres across the continent, is due to finalise the deal in the coming weeks following a visit to the country's president Yoweri Museveni last week.

Under the deal, Clifton will work with the Ugandan Industrial Research

Unilever sees a fall of 39% year on year in Q1

Unilever has promised to step up innovation after reporting a 39% year-on-year drop in profit before tax to $1.5bn for the first quarter of 2009.

Sales for the first-quarter period remained relatively steady, despite the economic situation, dropping just 1% to $13.bn compared to the same period in 2008.

Unilever chief executive Paul Polman said: "First quarter results were solid given today’s trading environment, with growth of 4.8% and underlying margins maintained, before

Plastic producers in ME aim to grow overseas

Producers of plastics for packaging in the Middle East are targeting overseas growth, according to research firm Applied Market Information.

AMI said that domestic demand growth in the region was still strong and that several large investment projects showed that firms were now "investigating the potential" for international business.

Firms such as 3P, Taghleef Industries and Octal Holdings have invested heavily in the area and polymer capacity is expected to increase by 15

Global launch of new printers for packaging

A new range of single pass printers aimed specifically at the packaging and labelling markets, among others, has now been launched globally.

These new OMEGA printers, which the company, Atlantic Zeiser claims comes with a wide range of applications suited to these markets, is also being targeted at industrial product marking, commercial printing and card markets.

Ernst Walbrodt, manager of Dentsply deTrey GmbH, a company which focuses on dental packaging said: “This inkjet printing

Food packaging could grow by 15% annually

The Middle East’s food packaging industry is expected to grow by 10% to 15 % annually. This according to Al Bayader International, distributor and manufacturer of food packaging products for retail and catering.

According to online media reports, the Middle East’s labelling sector is also growing.
It is said that the worldwide labelling business is growing at 6% to 7% annually with the Middle East expanding rapidly. This as European, Japanese and American markets slow down

Dubai plastics a multi-million dollar industry 2009-02-01 23

Dubai’s plastic sector recorded $270million in exports and $350m in re-exports in 2007.
This according to the Dubai Export Development Corporation (EDC).
It has been estimated that the value of plastic annual production in Dubai is around $350m.
 The total number of plastic industries in the UAE in 2007 was around 505 units with a 153 of these being in plastic bags and packaging.
This based on exports of around $265m in 2007 and the assumption that 75% of production is