Huhtamaki will set up a greenfield paper cup manufacturing unit in Kiev, Ukraine. With local manufacturing Huhtamaki will be able to better serve both its local and global customers, and help them grow. Huhtamaki has been present in Ukraine since 2002 and is currently serving the market by importing products mainly from its manufacturing units in Poland. The new unit will manufacture a full range of paper cups for cold and hot drinks. Manufacturing operations are expected to begin during 2018 and the unit is expected to employ app. 50 employees. The unit will become part of the Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business segment. click Read More below for additional detail
Sun Chemical’s SunJet division has won the Stationers’ Company overall Innovator of the Year Award for its low-migration inkjet ink, which is safe to use for food packaging.
The firm beat off competition from 32 other finalists in the Innovation Excellence Awards, held at the Stationers’ Hall yesterday, to win the top accolade.
Its SunJet EtiJet UV inks for narrow-web and labels, and Amphora range for packaging, only contain materials that are on approved lists and comply with the Swiss Ordinance standard.
The Stationers’ judges praised the formulation for “making food packaging more safe in the digital arena” and for its “novel chemistry to prevent the ingredients in packaging ink migrating into food”.
Peter Saunders, SunJet business director for digital, said: “The breakthrough is we have come up with a way to complete the cure so all the monomers cure together to create a complete plastic.”
The ink is already commercially available and is used by Durst in its Tau inkjet label press. “This is a huge area of potential growth as there is not a lot of digital printing in packaging yet,” Saunders added.
BBC global business correspondent Peter Day, who has presented Radio 4’s In Business programme since 1988, said: “In the disruptive 21st century innovation defines business success. Thinking up new ideas and products is the easy bit. Putting them into practice – the execution – is difficult.”