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The acquisition of Peterson Packaging by Klingele Papierwerke and VPK Packaging Group happened fairly recently – and now Peterson is continuing on the offensive with the construction of a new production facility in Norway. The company is one of the market-leading packaging manufacturers in Scandinavia with six production sites.
The new plant in Halden (Norway) is part of an investment programme for the whole of the Nordic region that Peterson already announced in 2017 shortly after the acquisition by Klingele and VPK. Peterson is able to set up production facilities in line with the latest standards as this will be situated in a completely new building. The storage and distribution of the finished products will be handled through a new high-bay warehouse that will be fully integrated into all digital production systems. Peterson will therefore be able to further improve its delivery reliability and delivery times; Peterson also expects a significant increase in the total production capacity as a result of the investment in the new site. The final completion is planned for autumn 2019. The current factory in Sarpsborg, a neighbouring town of Halden, will be relocated to the new site.
The investment by Peterson is based not only on its market leadership in Scandinavia but ultimately also on the position of the Blue Box Partners alliance in Europe. It also conforms to the strategy of the two owners VPK and Klingele, which focuses on further growth in Scandinavia.
“The relocation from Sarpsborg to Halden means that we can offer our customers innovative products and efficient logistics that are geared towards the requirements of Industry 4.0” confirms Dan Johannessen, Managing Director of Peterson.
Peterson employs more than 600 employees in Scandinavia and generates a total turnover of approximately 160 million euros. The company produces, amongst other things, corrugated board packaging and display solutions that are used by consumer goods manufacturers, in the food and beverage sector, in industry and in e-commerce.
“Peterson has been active in the Østfold region for a long time. We are therefore very pleased to be building a brand new plant in the same region in close proximity to our customers. This will be able to offer our customers better quality products and a better service. The new building will be a solid and long-term investment in the future for Peterson and its customers”, says Dan Johannessen.
Cart-One is taking an active part of the university project by opening the doors of its factories and laboratories – giving access to technicians and professionals who will contribute to the training of highly skilled professional figures in packaging.
It is the first master degree in paper and cardboard Packaging in Italy at the University of Salerno directed by Prof. Loredana Incarnato who will give specific knowledge and skills on the following aspects:
The purpose of the master degree is to provide an integrated view of the structure of polymeric and cellulosic materials, to illustrate industrial transformation technologies, packaging applications and regulatory and sustainability aspects. Moreover, it will impart skills for a complete and in-depth approach on industrial issues, combining theoretical and practical knowledge through project work and inspections in companies, in order to stimulate innovation capacity.
The degree includes lectures as well as theoretical and laboratory exercises, held by University professors, professionals and by some of the major Italian and foreign experts from national and international organisations and companies.
Transport logistics for fruit and vegetables is a sensitive business – and when it comes to packaging, the tiniest detail can make all the difference to which product consumers go for in supermarkets. So how should such packaging look? The best people to ask are those who regularly peer over the shoulders of their customers ... and even better if they sit right next to them!
Requirements for fresh goods packaging are complex. For this sector the package needs to reliably protect its contents from drying out and losing flavour and pressure, prevent moisture from affecting product stability and be available for delivery at almost any time. After all, uncertain harvest times and fluctuating consumer demand makes the fruit and vegetable business extremely volatile.
As a leading manufacturer of corrugated cardboard packaging for fruit and vegetables, Klingele is aware of the requirements of farmers, retailers and consumers – all the way from northern Europe to Africa.
Whether trays, punnets or boxes, baskets or crates, our product portfolio offers packaging that meets every demand. In particular, our subsidiaries Klingele Embalajes in Tenerife and Klingele Golfkarton in Elst (Netherlands) specialise in the agricultural sector – hardly surprising given their locations at the heart of cultivation regions.
Klingele Embalajes is renowned in the market for its Agriplat banana box. It provides an unobstructed view of the contents and uniform ventilation of the fruit at the same time; it is also easier to lift because of its characteristic openings. The fruit box without a lid has a load capacity of 18 kg and with measurements of 588 x 393 x 241 mm, it is a perfect fit for the dimensions of the Euro pallets used for the export of bananas from the Canary Islands. It is also extremely resistant – a pallet stacked with the boxes was even able to withstand the weight of a three-tonne roll of paper! The double-coated box is produced in Tenerife in a brown and white colour.
Hinojosa doesn’t take shortcuts on their employees’ safety and encourages them to do the same. That’s why they’ve launched the “Don’t take shortcuts on safety” campaign, aimed at raising awareness across the whole workforce of the importance of good workplace practice on the factory floor. This initiative forms part of a wider programme of awareness-raising activities including training, communication and research work to avoid accidents in the workplace.
Under the slogan “Don’t take shortcuts on safety” (Con tu seguridad no te cortes), this campaign plays on the double meaning of the word corte in Spanish, saying both “don’t cut yourself” and “don’t take shortcuts” on safety. This phrase is supported by the complementary message of “The final responsibility is yours” to remind everyone that safety begins with themselves.
This initiative is aimed at employees, therefore plant workers acted as models for the posters that were specifically designed for the campaign.
Similarly, among the range of activities that Hinojosa initiates on an ongoing basis to improve employee safety are training programmes. In fact, in 2017, 27% of the group’s training hours were devoted to safety.
The communication of safe practices is another of the tools used by the group in this regard. Hinojosa has internal communication channels for distributing messages, challenges and information regarding the activity in the plants in terms of safety. Moreover, safety is at the top of the agenda of any group strategic meeting.
Finally, the group has a model for investigating incidents and accidents that is available to all employees. This means, the main conclusions of these cases can be obtained and the necessary preventive measures taken. Where appropriate, these measures can be extended across all the group’s facilities.
Switching from plastic crates to corrugated packaging has a considerable impact on the logistical chain. However, the adjustment is in reality a game changer for producers, offering both logistical and environmental benefits.
When Peterson first approached Nortura to show how changing from plastic crate packaging to corrugated boxes could result in significant savings in logistics, the required changes and investments were too extensive to implement. However, two major retailers started constructing new, automated warehouses shortly after. The plastic crates would not work well in these new warehouses, so there was all the more reason for Nortura to change their packaging. With our proposal from previous years in mind, Nortura asked us to work with them to make the change to corrugated boxes.
It has been a big project, with approximately 200 articles that have gone from plastic to corrugated. The new boxes include shelf-ready packaging, boxes made for refrigerated display counters and transport boxes. In addition, new packing lines were installed with help from PackTech, Peterson's division for packaging machinery.
"In the process, Nortura has been able to realise the logistics savings that we initially proposed to them. Fewer truckloads are now necessary to distribute the goods and the need for return transport and washing of crates is eliminated. And the logistics savings are closely correlated to the environmental benefits," says Einar Foss, Sales Manager. Nortura saw an increase of 44% of packs per transport since the switch.
Rigid Containers is pleased to announce that it has been shortlisted for the UK Packaging Awards 2018 Investment Category of the Year category.
At the ceremony last year Rigid won two awards – one was for the Corporate Social Responsibility category and the other for the Investment Category of the Year award for its extensive investment at all four of its UK & Ireland sites.
This year the Bobst DRO, installed at Rigid’s Wellington site in Somerset, UK is up for the award for transforming the service offered to a growing customer base in the region.
The nomination for the award marks Rigid Wellington’s transition from distribution hub, to a fully integrated plant. The site now boasts state-of-the-art equipment following the installation of a 1.8m BP Agnati Quantum corrugator in 2016. The Bobst DRO 1628 NT RS is designed to handle a wide range of corrugated board types, installed as part of a complete converting line including an Alliance pre-feeder and Bobst palletiser.
The awards will be announced at a ceremony in London at the end of the month.
In July 2018 Cart-One expanded its fleet of machines by completing the installation of the new Sipack Royal VB DD 310 case-maker at the Catania plant in Sicily. The introduction of this latest generation case-maker to replace an old existing line has enabled the production capacity of the Catania plant to be upgraded and has raised the quality standards of the product.
The Royal VB DD is one of the biggest case-makers in Southern Italy and has a number of advantages: direct engines, high precision and speed, quality of cut and print, constant performance over time, low-noise and an excellent accuracy in cutting and printing register.
The most important competitive advantage is its production versatility. Royal VD DD 310 will be able to produce from the smallest packaging in the food and pharmaceutical sector typical of the Sicilian territory, to the large format of the metalworking and furniture sector.
Thanks to this investment Cart-One will be able to acquire a target of customers that until recently was the exclusive prerogative of extra-regional producers and at the same time to retain an already acquired clientele proposing a higher quality product.
Specifically, Royal can transform corrugated cardboard sheets up to 3,100 mm x 1,278 mm and print up to 4 colours in a single pass.
The installation of the new machinery was also a success story for the staff who made up the work team. A contagious enthusiasm was created through sharing and exchange of know-how among the resources involved in the various Cart-One plants.
Hinojosa, in cooperation with IBM and Bbooster Ventures, has started up INTRALAB, its first open innovation programme for entrepreneurs within the company. Through this disruptive initiative, the group is investing in the encouragement of internal creativity and innovation.
Much of the success of the most innovative companies in the world, such as Amazon or Google, is down to the fact that they have been supporting and encouraging their employees’ creativity for years. Through INTRALAB, Hinojosa intend to systematise and give greater visibility to entrepreneurs within the group but also to link their contributions to those of external partners, experts in new technology and even the employees of Hinojosa customers or suppliers.
INTRALAB encourages participants to think about what aspects of the day-to-day operations in their workplace could be improved and how. It also aims to help them to identify possible business opportunities for Hinojosa, as well as to familiarise them with technological tools such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence or Big Data that will enable them to push ahead with change and innovation within the company.
The scheme has three stages and uses the Design Sprint methodology to generate ideas, select the most interesting ones, develop proposals and validate them. The first stage was aimed at awaking the interest of Hinojosa employees in thinking about possible ideas for improvement or new business models and products. It also helped to identify the best matching partners, particularly technological experts, from outside the organisation.
The second stage entailed the formation of the best mixed teams of employees and outside partners in order to develop possible projects. It finished with the selection of the projects that would go on to the next stage.
In this stage, the participants learned first-hand about technological tools such as IBM Whatson or Blockchain and their potential for innovation in areas such as production management, design, logistics and the reduction of customer response times. In the final stage, after working for several weeks on the selected ideas (two or three), the projects were submitted to Hinojosa management and collaborating customers for assessment. This enabled the real interest of the project to be checked as well as identifying any possible flaws or aspects that needed to be improved.
With this scheme the group is seeking to engage the whole organisation in the development of innovative and creative packing solutions, the improvement of the production process management or the reduction of response times, for instance. In this way the company can continue towards its ultimate goal of becoming a unique partner for its customers. The development of internal talent, as well as attracting the best experts, are the keys to achieving this aim.
The Cirk festival is traditionally held in the last weekend of August in Aalst, which is also home to VPK's head office. For the tenth edition, the organisation opted for a special main attraction in the form of a cardboard reconstruction of the Aalst belfry tower.
VPK Packaging Group was happy to provide the 1,300 boxes needed for the artwork. Preparations for the construction started a week in advance. Hundreds of volunteers, including VPK colleagues and their family members, participated in workshops to prepare the various components. During the festival itself, all pieces were assembled to create an impressive cardboard replica of 25 metres high.
And VPK did not stop there. During discussions with the organisation, it soon became clear that corrugated offered other opportunities too. The display division set to work to design a striking column for clever distribution of programme booklets. The result? Colourful small belfry towers at 18 central squares.
In addition to the displays, we also produced more than 1,000 cardboard mobiles. The hanging, printed figures were used to decorate shop windows one week in advance. Together with the displays, they provided optimal visibility and promotion for the festival. This was also an environmentally friendly approach, as all designs are perfectly recyclable.