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Key trends in the packaging sector put many demands on converters and brand owners alike. New customer preferences and shopping behaviors, along with a surge of regulatory sustainability targets, are changing the market. The need for shorter time to market and faster delivery are additional factors putting increasing pressure on costs. In order to respond to and survive these challenges, the corrugated sector must produce high-quality packaging with short lead times.

INX International Ink Co. is now accepting entries for the second annual Colored by INX Can Design Contest through April 30. The event is open to brand owners, design agencies, marketers and others who utilized the INX Color Catalog to produce a single commercial can design between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, received eight awards in three categories at this year's WorldStar Packaging awards. In this annual competition of the World Packaging Organisation, judges from 55 countries recognised achievements in packaging innovation and technologies worldwide, with a focus on sustainability, product protection and end-user convenience.

KHS provides quality made in Germany and local service teams on the African continent and in the Middle East. In doing so, the Dortmund systems supplier scores both with global key accounts and small and medium-sized companies and startups. We talk to Markus Auinger, executive vice-president for Market Zone Middle East/Africa, and Jörg Thomas, managing director of KHS South Africa.

Simply appealing – Leonhard Kurz will be presenting all digital design concepts in addition to innovations in plastic decoration at this year's CES innovation show, which will take place online due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company focuses on nature, presents new techniques and looks under the name of Gravity Forces, inspired by shapes and patterns from the environment, thus developing a special appeal. All surface designs are created using Kurz decoration methods.

To meet the increasing needs of packaging tailored for take away and home delivery, AR Packaging is developing a full range of sustainable solutions. Two different snack boxes are good examples of patented carton-based packaging which are ideal for these applications and can help reducing the use of plastic packaging.

Launched today, the advanced online virtual assistant is aimed at users of Markem-Imaje coders. Powered by artificial intelligence based on an adaptive learning process, it ensures that operators can quickly restore coding systems following downtime or usage problems.

The use of face masks during the recent pandemic has justifiably grown to hundreds of millions worldwide. However, masks can easily end up littering public places or natural sites. Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, partnered up with a packaging design agency Futupack and corrugated board converter Capertum to manufacture a corrugated mask bin for the specific disposal of face masks. The design of the bins paid special attention to the materials used to produce the bin and the usability and disposability of the bin.

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