October 2, 2017
This past week Ben Urquhart, Production Manager and Shannon Mahoney, Designer travelled to Las Vegas to take part in the annual meeting of the Independent Packaging Association (AICC) at the Encore. http://www.aicc.org/ These events included presentations and training sessions conducted by other packaging companies and sponsor companies on the latest technology and new trends in packaging.
Parallel to the AICC Conference was the AICC Design Lab. Structural and graphic designers from around North America were organized into groups for a 3-day design competition for Sweet’s Salt Water Taffy. https://www.sweetcandy.com/ Each group had to design a quarter pallet display, counter top display, and folding carton to contain 7.5 ounces of taffy. After a very busy but rewarding few days (eating too much taffy), Shannon and her team received an Honorable Mention for creativity in their modular and strong design.
Shannon and Ben had an amazing time networking and reconnecting with other AICC members, and had the opportunity to attend PackExpo while in the area as well.
September 20, 2017
‘Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!’
– The Red Queen, Lewis Caroll’s Through the Looking Glass
NEWW Packaging and Display has always strived to operate on the cutting edge of this industry. Over the past thirty years our fleet of machines has expanded many times; sometimes in direct response to a customer’s needs and in other occasions where we have perceived a business opportunity.
A few months ago, NEWW installed a new five-color Bobst 1228 RS to replace our older S&S flexo folder gluer. A sheet of corrugated enters the machine and emerges as a fully printed, cut, folded, and glued package. Our new press is fully automated from prefeeder to robot stacker, and is equipped with a complete set of infrared dryers and carbon fiber ink chambers. It looks and sounds like a spaceship. Our talented crews have quickly learned to operate the 1228 and it is already clear that the speed and print capabilities of this machine are many times greater than where we were a year ago.
This new flexo-folder gluer is a sizeable investment for our company, but the potential sales and efficiencies that we expect to achieve with these new capabilities make for a solid return on investment.