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Printers and packaging businesses are constantly looking to streamline production, improve workflows, make operations more efficient and ultimately, improve their bottom line. In this interview, John Cusack, Business Development Manager for Inspection Systems at Baldwin Vision Systems looks at the current market demands for improving workflow through data-connected solutions, and how the latest Baldwin Defender solution aims to strengthen business’ output and waste through defect tracking.

Spanish food manufacturer, AMC Natural Drinks, is taking steps to embrace environmental responsibility by launching its first ever plastic-free bottle made with citrus peels. This novel technology can help to avoid food waste, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions and capitalizes on growing consumer demand for more socially responsible products, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Esko, the global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the label, packaging and wide format print industries, has launched a new whitepaper – Cloud Freedom – delivering operational efficiency, data security and flexibility for print and packaging suppliers. This latest tool follows the successful launch of the company's Digital Maturity Model program in 2020 designed to help management teams meet the growing need to strategically address business digitization, automation and connection.

If sustainability is important to you as a company and/or to your customers, you certainly also pay attention to sustainable solutions for the packaging and distribution of your products. But how do you communicate this? Do you assume that everyone automatically knows that your packaging is sustainable? -

"Green gluing" or "sustainable bonding" are current buzzwords in the packaging industry. But what does sustainability mean? Within the UN sustainability criteria and the Product Environmental Footprint criteria (PEF), not all goals are equally achievable. The best possible compromise must be found. In the public discussion, however, individual criteria are emphasised and weighted differently depending on the interests at stake. This leads to uncertainties and sometimes contradictory statements. Baumer hhs Managing Director Percy Dengler and Thomas Walther, Head of Business Development at the company, take a critical look at the issue.

After a long-awaited testing period, the launch of prototype ‘Absolut Paper’ is set to reset traditional perceptions around paper and board (P&B) packaging for spirits in the UK, writes GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. This will be a plus for environmentally conscious consumers and the launch is likely to be successful due to the alignment with green trends. However, the production process will need to be made clear to show that the pack’s sustainability credentials are actually being met.

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