The importance of packaging and related industries will take centre stage at Africa’s largest packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling trade exhibition, which will afford hundreds of local and international exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their latest products, equipment, machinery and services.
Propak Africa, taking place at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg, from 15-18 March, will offer visitors the opportunity to see state-of-the-art equipment as well as a vast array of machinery, auxiliary products and services. Visitors can expect to see many leading-edge South African companies in the packed halls, as well as high-profile international exhibitors from countries such as India, China, Belgium, Austria, Portugal, France, Turkey, Greece, the UAE and the United Kingdom.
There will be many live demonstrations taking place daily at Propak Africa as well as informative interactive displays and the many technical experts that will be engaging with visitors.
ULMA Packaging Systems will be showcasing a range of packaging machinery ideal for the poultry, meat, cheese and produce sectors. A fully operational packing line including tray alignment and metal detection will be on display. Visitors will be able to see various ULMA packaging lines including the Superchik automatic stretch wrapper, TFS 200 Thermoformer, Florida E Flow Wrapper, Smart 300 Traysealer, Metal detector, Tray alignment system and Espera Price-weigh-labeller system.
Eptech will be running live demonstrations of two machines at 11am and 2.30pm daily. The FAM Centris 315 is a new centrifugal slicer and shredder with a high-quality execution and with the smallest footprint of any industrial centrifugal shredder in the market. It runs on an extremely precise centrifugal cutting principle with new and innovative patent pending cutting head technology. The Kronen GS 10-2 is an all-purpose belt cutting machine for leaf salad, vegetable, fruit, herbs, meat, fish, sausage, bread, cheese, nuts and many more. It has many innovative features and is equipped with a conveyor belt of 125 mm width with perfect down holder technique for correct and soft product guiding.
Nissei ASB will be running live demonstrations of the ASB 12M machine throughout the day and there will be a display room full of samples. The company’s focus will be on new machines in which productivity and special technologies have been significantly improved and also on the production of sample bottles which introduce ASB’s molding technology. ASB’s new generation container molding solutions are also on view.
MGSA consulting will introduce some exciting new suppliers and products. On show will be Pharma and cosmetic equipment that are able to enhance productivity and streamline operations. There will also be daily live demonstrations of Bio Oil Cartoner and Over Wrapper.
Geiger & Klotzbücher will showcase an exclusive range of packaging material and food processing and packaging equipment required for the packaging of perishable food products in the meat, poultry, cheese, fish, convenience food and ready meal industry. The company will be launching special packaging items that they now exclusively represent in Southern Africa which includes the ‘Italian Pack Srl’ and ‘Cato Processing Equipment’ from the Roser Group. All machines on their stand will be available for demonstration.
Many of the technologies that will be showcased by Courlanders Agencies are new to the African market. Baker Perkins is introducing process technologies for manufacturing products that have significant growth potential in Africa. These will include an innovative concept in confectionery moulds for 3-dimensional jellies and gums, complete lines for making high-quality baked granola and an extrusion sheeting system for cracker snacks which uses equipment that is much less costly and more versatile than alternative systems.
Karlville will be running a small shrink sleeving machine which will be producing sleeved samples for give-aways. It is a perfect machine for sample production and will be available for sale. A small handle applicator machine will also be demonstrated.
Savage Bros will be running their cream extruder each day and visitors can stop past and see the equipment in action at any time. The Savage Bros chocolate tempering unit, cream extruder and a number of kettles in both stainless steel and bronze will be available for purchase at Propak Africa at excellent prices.
There will be an interactive presentation of the Trefa aeration equipment which is more effective in aerating than traditional mixing methods and can also improve yields and production rates. Wymbs UK will be discussing the latest innovations of the Wymbs depositing manifolds.
iMAS will be bringing technical and marketing experts to Propak Africa from six leading European Packaging Machinery and Inspection System suppliers. They will present their latest innovations, machine-developments and technologies and will be available to discuss packaging and inspection needs with visitors.
At Propak Africa, COMAS (Italy) will be unveiling their RS1 filler for liquids and powders, capper and over-capper for small bottles, vials & tubes; which can also be used in sterile filling applications and for filling of dangerous products. iMAS will also showcase a wide range of attractive packaging options, packaging machines for successful pharmaceutical and cosmetic lines and the latest developments in inspection systems.
Two integrated lines from Pyrotec PackMark will be displayed at Propak Africa to highlight the power of Makem-Imaje’s CoLOS® software and the ease with which it networks on-pack product identification solutions and coding and labelling equipment.
Polyoak Packaging will unveil its new stand at Propak Africa. It has been carefully created with dedicated areas for each division to showcase its latest innovation and popular packaging solutions servicing diverse markets from the dairy, food and beverage, industrial, agricultural and lubricant industries. Visitors can wander freely from one zone to another to fully explore Polyoak’s complete packaging offering, whether they require bottles, closures, tubs, drums or buckets.
ACME will be showcasing their recently launched thin wall containers and blood test tube molds. These molds are meant for high production levels giving very low cost products.
Sareltech will be showcasing the newly introduced BST eltromat International patented TubeScan EagleView, with its 100% live image with implemented zoom image, with 2-Finger navigation and magnification on the 15” Touch monitor. The TubeScan has over 36 camera configurations which enable adaption to all common narrow web applications regarding cost, speed and resolution. Showcased at Propak Africa, visitors will be able to see its combination of Viewing and Inspection which helps to increase the productivity.
Cosmo Films will be showcasing its recently launched barrier films at Propak Africa including the high moisture barrier films which are metalized films used for sandwich lamination in shampoo sachets, dry milk powder, powdered drinks sachets/packs and snack foods, where loss of moisture is a concern. Aroma barrier films are transparent barrier films typically used for coffee, tea, spices, chewing gum and perfume boxes overwrapping. High oxygen barrier films have both excellent oxygen and gas barrier properties and are used for packaging of cream biscuits, chocolates, chips and snacks. The anti-fog films are transparent films that extend the shelf life of fresh cut vegetables, fruits and meat that need to be refrigerated in sub-zero temperatures by an additional 4 to 7 days.
These are just a few of the highlights that can be seen at Propak Africa. There will be over 600 exhibitors ready to engage with the thousands of visitors across the four days of the show.
“An exciting line-up of conferences and workshops are also taking place alongside Propak Africa,” says Joshua Low, Propak Africa Event Director. “The Propak Africa Packaging Conference, organised by VDS Media and endorsed by the Institute of Packaging South Africa, will highlight the latest industry thinking in a comprehensive packaging based agenda. Delegates will be able to gain an in depth understanding on how brand owners, retailers, converters and suppliers all work together to foster a dynamic and innovative solution-based approach addressing current market demand focused on expansion into the African region.”
IPSA will also be hosting various specialised workshops alongside Propak Africa, developed specifically for the IPSA Advanced Packaging Programme. The Plastics SA Conference will host Alex Erwin, the previous Minister of the DTI, as one of its guest speakers. Pavlo Phitidis, a regular co-host on the 702 Money show, writer for the Business Day and content producer for the growth engines TV channel, will be running events alongside the show. These will include: ‘Building an Asset of Value seminar’ which will provide businesses with practical advice on how to grow their businesses from small to medium sized organisations. Based on the popular TV programme ‘Dragon’s Den’, Pavlo will also be hosting a ‘Suppliers Den’ where 5 lucky exhibitors will be given the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their products or services to a panel of industry experts and top procurement directors. People are encouraged to visit the Propak Africa website for more information about these events.
“Top names such as Derek Watts, Justice Malala and Alex Hogg will be discussing current economic and political trends at The GAPP Conference,” continues Low. “Techniques will be shared to improve sales and marketing efforts, entrepreneurship and business strategy. Industry experts Linda Jackson on packaging, Laurel Brunner on print, and Mike Horsten on signage will be bringing delegates up to date with latest insights. Printing SA (PIFSA) will also be running a number of training courses.”
More information is available at www.propakafrica.co.za including conference updates and costs. Visitors can also pre-register for free access to the show.