SinoCorrugated South 2014: Ushering in a New Era of Green Packaging

Top Quote SinoCorrugated South 2014 is coming soon, bringing with it a fresh wave of green industrial innovation. A green era of packaging printing is slowly dawning in China, with the whole industry trying to adapt, some enterprises have taken the lead in carrying out green practices, setting an example for transformation. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 17, 2014 - In tandem, however, the market must become more accepting of green printing products. As the leading display platform of corrugated box equipment, consumables and technologies in Asia-Pacific, SinoCorrugated South 2014, to be held at the GD Modern International Exhibition Center in Dongguan from April 10 to April 12, 2014, will energetically publicize and promote green packaging.

    Keeping with changing times and adhering to green packaging are essential to the development of the recycling economy. This also helps to create a resource-saving society and promote harmonious development between man and nature. The corrugated box industry understands the significance and urgency of packaging and developing the recycling economy in an environment friendly way. The changes to be made will be based on a global vision.

    Right now, many companies have begun to develop environment friendly practices. Some large companies have adopted measures that include improving production technology, enhancing the level of equipment and reducing energy consumption of production. Industry pioneers have let the way with manufacturing green packaging. In recent interviews with company directors and other staff from carton factories and equipment suppliers, interesting insights into their own companies' development and that of green packaging were shared.

    Improving Technology, Innovating Ideas and Exploring Environment Friendly Energy-Saving Techniques

    Wang Jianjiang, General Manager, Shaoxing Jiahe Color Printing & Packing Garments

    Wang Jianjiang believes that his company fully grasped environment friendly concepts, as well as the idea of green packaging, long before the green trend became dominant across all industry. It is essential to keep up with the times and achieve green production as well as processing. Speaking frankly, Mr. Wang said that it was not enough for companies to simply follow environment friendly practices; the government should also encourage green packaging through the introduction of related policies. It is also up to the state to ensure the effective implementation of energy-saving policies.

    Recently, Jiahe Color Printing has taken major steps towards environment protection. The company has attached increased importance to enhancing production efficiency and actively improving technology and equipment. It has always imposed strict requirements upon itself, developing a bottom-up three-level quality management system that allows product quality issues to be quickly reported and resolved. It has further improved production efficiency, product quality, resource utilization and market competitiveness. Jiahe also attaches great importance to the practicality of printing and packaging. Mr. Wang believes that China has succumbed to the "over packaging" phenomenon, a key contributor to resource wastage. This causes serious harm to society, especially through pollution. As a socially responsible company, Jiahe must put an end to over packaging and actively promote resource-saving ideas.

    Jiahe will continue, with technical reform and innovation, to improve production efficiency and the utilization rate of raw materials so as to save more social resources and further the cause of environmental protection. At the same time, the company will lead the charge, and stick to the principles, of environment friendly ideas - integrating them with their production processes.

    Jiahe's staff believes that, through top products and outstanding services, they can continue to innovate and provide society with high quality, environment friendly packaging products.

    Promote Green Quality, Be Socially Responsible

    Sato Katsuya, Head of Business Operations, Sakata Inx (Shanghai)

    In a recent interview, Mr. Katsuya said that since the 1990's, China's printing industry has developed at an incredible rate. Since his first visit to China in 1991, the quality and efficiency of printing has drastically improved. Environment friendly printing is set to remain a key theme in future.

    Many misunderstand what water-based ink is. This type of ink is actually incredibly environment friendly. We know that both pigments and dyes are used in printing. The difference between them is that dye is easy to smudge and is seriously pollutant. It contains ingredients structurally similar to benzene, which is harmful to children's health. However, due to its lower cost, many small enterprises use dye to print.

    Pigment is relatively environment friendly, but also relatively costly. As such, many companies are reluctant to use it. But Sakata Inx has always insisted on green products and practices, starting right from the source. Mr. Sato told us, our products use water-soluble resin and water-soluble pigment as raw materials. They are environment friendly and nontoxic and it can reduce waste emissions during production and use of oil ink. Meanwhile, our factory is constantly improving the manufacturing process in aspects of wastewater management and waste emission. For example, we manually scrape the tank wall when cleaning the ink tank, to reduce cleaning times and generation of wastewater. Mr. Sato believes that price competition will not last long and will one day be eliminated. With the modernizing of laws, people are more attentive to environment friendly requirements, and competition between companies is finally based on a combination of quality and eco-friendliness.

    The ultimate goal of enterprise is profit. But corporate social responsibility cannot be sacrificed in pursuit of this goal. Oil ink contains a pollutant chemical. But this ink is also an integral part of daily production and life, so the only option is to minimize the pollution levels. Sakata Inx has striven daily towards this end. While producing high quality oil ink, it also gives customers waste disposal solutions and urges the industry to adopt greener manufacturing and processing practices. As a part of society, we have the futures of our children, the earth, and humanity as a common goal. We want to contribute to China's printing industry and to harmonious society.

    Green Production, Safety First

    Ji Yushu, General Manager, Runhai Packaging Material

    Ji Yushu thinks that to achieve environment friendly, energy-saving production, production efficiency must first improve, particularly that of equipment and technology. Runhai Packaging Material mainly produces A, B, C and E corrugated cardboard, carton and folding carton. For corrugated cardboard and carton manufacturers, production equipment is crucial. Therefore, the company has introduced the WJ-2500-II five-layer corrugated cardboard high speed production line (from Taiwan), fully automated four color printing/grooving machine made by Beijing Aerospace Machinery, a made-in-Taiwan fully automated three color printing grooving machine, a fully automated high-speed flatbed die cutting machine, a fully automated laminating machine, a stitching-gluing machine, a nailing machine and other carton packaging equipment with high-level automation, made by Shanghai Eternal Machinery. This equipment increases production and boosts efficiency, greatly reducing energy consumption.

    In order to improve competitiveness and meet national environmental standards, Runhai Packaging Material has established a quality management and production supervision system that eliminates resource waste and gives customers high quality, high performance products through manufacturing and processes. We put quality first and treat the customer as King. This is how we have won the trust and support of many of China's biggest companies.

    If you take Qingdao Runhai Packaging Material's paper cup as an example, you see that its quality can impact consumer health. Therefore, the production of paper cup must be non-pollutant and non-toxic. The company uses superior non-hazardous PE-coated paper. The coating machine melts the PE plastic and evenly applies it to the surface of the paper, creating a thin layer of film. The heat is on the surface of the paper, so the film is firm and fixed. No chemical solvent is used during the whole process. Moreover, there is no need to use adhesive during the secondary processing of packing materials, which can be sealed by melting PE film.

    The paper cup includes one-side PE-film-coated paper cups and two-side PE-film-coated paper cups; one-side PE-film-coated paper cups are made by one-side PE film paper; most of the market paper cups and advertising paper cups are one-side PE-film-coated paper cups. The side that comes into contact with water is made by smooth PE film. Two-side PE-film-coated paper cups are made by two-side PE film paper; both the inner and outer sides of the paper cups are made by PE film. Paper cups have become the 21st century's preferred green catering utensils. Internationally renowned fast food chains like McDonalds and KFC; soft drink brands like Coca-Cola and Pepsi, as well as instant noodle makers, all use disposable paper cups.

    Be a Green Company. Promote Sustainable Development.

    Qu Jianlin, General Manager, Shanghai Jinchang Carton Machinery Manufacture

    Fine feathers make fine birds. More than 20 years ago, companies came to the realization that good packaging makes for good products. Today, as traditional wooden boxes and bamboo boxes disappear from the packaging market, people have started to use paper instead of wood to recycle packaging materials and industrialize corrugated box packaging. In recent years, product packaging has gone from plain wrapping to gift type packaging. So much so, that in some cases the packaging has become superior to the product.

    Over packaging is not only a serious waste of resources, but it also causes pollution. It is a problem that China needs to end urgently. Promoting green packaging will also turn into policies inspired by strong public opinion. Environment friendly water-based printing will gradually replace oil printing, and flexographic printing will replace offset printing. These are the packaging industry development trends of the future.

    Shanghai Jinchang specializes in water-based post-print machine research and development. The company makes internationally advanced automation control technology. It started using servo control technology in 2004, launched the first domestic servo control front edge paper feeding printing machine in SinoCorrugated in 2005, produced the first independent drive double servo five color printing machine in 2007, and launched the independent drive double servo eight color printing machine in 2011.

    After years of research, development, manufacturing trials and cooperation with academic institutions, Jinchang's new Olight full servo drive eight-color water-based printing machine was unveiled at SinoCorrugated 2013. The machine uses the globally advanced multi-point (print roller, anilox roller and transfer roller) independent drive control system and non-heating automatic dry transfer mechanisms. In this way, after printing, the corrugated cardboard can be directly die cut and processed. Doing this guarantees printing precision of products and improves production efficiency. Its natural drying system is also good for environment protection and resource conservation.

    Jinchang creates favorable conditions for saving resources and protecting the environment. It also contributes to the efficient recycling of resources, promotes sustainable development of the enterprise and encourages social harmony. The company's GM, Mr. Wang, said Jinchang would continue to adhere to green production and promote sustainable development to create a green and happy world for future generations.

    Today, green printing is part of the strategic development of the printing industry. The national 12th Five-Year Plan identified green printing, together with printing packaging, as key to China's printing industry. The 18th National Congress of the CPC places ecological compliance on the same level of importance as well as economic, political, cultural and social development.

    Green packaging is a general trend that will continue well into the future. For that reason, we should firmly establish a sense of green printing and make development of green packaging and industry the cornerstones of our economic structural adjustment. By adopting new technologies, processes, materials and equipment, and by vigorously developing green technologies and products, we can drive sustainable industry development.

    As part of society, entrepreneurs should combine scientific development with energy conservation, emissions reduction, eco-friendly production and greater energy efficiency. To develop green packaging requires systems engineering. The forthcoming SinoCorrugated South 2014 will showcase current and upcoming trends in green packaging through an environment friendly, energy-saving and cost-reducing manufacturing equipment and consumables for corrugated cardboards and cartons on show. SinoCorrugated South 2014 will show how China's packaging industry is developing and provide a good chance for packaging companies to transform and upgrade.

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