• Designer’s Den

    Designer’s Den

    Steven Anderson discusses why the simple approach is often the most effective   Simplicity is certainly not an easy thing to achieve in a pack, but when done right it can be far more eye-catching than something complicated. I n the 1960s, the US military coined the famous KISS design principle: ‘Keep it simple, stupid’.



    Pro2Pac 2015 sees its highest number of international exhibitors Fresh Montgomery, which organised Pro2Pac 2015, has announced record breaking figures for the event. Pro2Pac 2015 took place alongside the UK’s largest food and drink event, the International Food and Drink Event (IFE) and the inaugural Waste-Works event, which focused on resource and waste in the

  • United approach to going ‘green’

    United approach to going ‘green’

    PRE exhibitors to share solutions on how the recycling of plastics can be made economically viable Companies exhibiting at the Plastics Recycling Expo (PRE) at the Telford International Centre on June 16 and 17 will showcase the latest technology developed to keep costs low, reduce material contamination and save energy during production. Meanwhile experts from

  • The Last Word

    The Last Word

    Simon Ellis discusses the challenges an ageing population creates for packaging design …   Longer lifespans and an ageing population mean there is a growing consumer group that needs particular consideration nowadays – and it’s no easy challenge meeting their needs. So are brands properly in touch with this section of their customer base and

  • Uncapping the trends

    Uncapping the trends

    Kevin Heap, packaging expert with Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, talks about the trends in caps and closures …   Global demand for caps and closures is continuing to rise, with market volume estimated to reach 2,312.0 billion by 2018, up from 1,826.0 billion in 2012. Screw caps for canisters and bottles, in addition to plastic caps

  • Packaging Notions

    Packaging Notions

    Keith Barnes, Chairman The Packaging Society, looks at how packaging has evolved over the past 30 years … The world of packaging is growing rapidly and, in turn, becoming more complex. In our expanding global market there is a thirst for new ideas and these are coming in thick and fast, from numerous sources and with

  • Neil says…

    Neil says…

    Neil Farmer believes the European packaging industry needs an economic stimulus … The European economy is going through a tough time at the moment, and the impacts on the packaging industry are being felt. The Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC) is tackling the issue head-on and Coca Cola is leading the way in the use of

  • Starpack Awards

    Starpack Awards

    The Starpack Industry Awards have opened for 2015 and nominations are being invited The UK’s premier annual awards scheme recognising innovation in packaging design and technology, the Starpack Industry Awards, is now open for entries from the packaging community, including brand owners, end users, designers, manufacturers, marketers and pack fillers. The 2015 awards feature numerous

  • An evolving industry

    An evolving industry

    Bryan Clayton details how packing has had to adapt in an industry demanding efficiency and eco-friendly processes … Bryan Clayton has been with Wessex Packaging for 14 years and has a wealth of experience in the cardboard & foam packaging industry. He has helped design packs for a huge variety of industries, from electronics to