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Pro Carton launches TICCIT at Home amid Covid-19 crisis

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print With most schools across Europe shut due to the Covid-19 crisis, Pro Carton, the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard Manufacturers, has adapted its successful TICCIT (Trees into Cartons, Cartons into Trees) programme to help parents across the continent teach their children about the environment in a fun way during this unprecedented time. The relaunched TICCIT at Home initiative is aimed primarily at children aged between seven and 11, educating them about sustainability and renewability, before showing them how to plant a tree sapling (or a cutting or seeds) inside a biodegradable carton and then into the ground. Online support materials

Transcend Packaging produces low cost face shield to fight spread of Covid-19

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Sustainable packaging expert Transcend Packaging is producing a lightweight, low cost, single use face protector for use in the fight against Covid-19. The Transcend Face Shield is intended for anyone wanting to take an extra safety precaution from airborne liquid particles associated with the virus including NHS and social care staff, retail employees, delivery drivers or food preparation workers. Made from widely recyclable materials and available in plain or printed versions, the CE Certified Covid-19 face shields are intended for use in conjunction with medical face masks. The face shields are being produced at Transcend Packaging’s BRC AA food s

Talking Print audio card giveaway

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Talking Print is giving away 2000 blank audio cards, perfect for family and friends to send to older relatives in isolation. The cards are blank – families can add their own graphics. They also offer 30 seconds of easy to record audio so that messages can be personalised. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Talking Print at david@talkingprint.com

Alexir designs free online packaging activities for children during lockdown

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Alexir Creative has launched daily packaging toolkits to teach children and parents about carton packaging design during lockdown. The company hopes to inspire a younger generation to get creative and consider design and cardboard engineering as a future career whilst spending time at home. Free daily downloadable packaging activities so far include an Easter Bunny, a grocery store worker, a pizza and a rocket. Packaging toolkits do not require any specialised equipment with most toolkits only calling for the basic handcraft tools such as scissors, colouring in pencils and glue. Launched on Monday 6 April, The Packaging Toolkit series created by Alex

Renz manufactures protective face shields

Print Solutions: Positive About Print After a downturn in order intake from mid March, Renz made the decision in early April to put its technical know-how, production expertise and spare manufacturing capacity to good use by producing protective face shields. Over the Easter weekend, a collaborative effort led to marketing collateral being developed and manufacturing commenced on Saturday 11 April. The company decided to produce a lightweight high quality protective face shield which on Friday 17April received official certification from ECS GmbH, the European Certification Service. Initially, the shields went almost exclusively to the health sector but during the course of week commencing M

Nutshell Creative and Vpress launch ‘Keep calm and communicate’ hub

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Buckinghamshire agency Nutshell Creative has risen to the United Nation’s open creative brief to help disseminate reliable public health messages about Covid-19. It has developed an easy to use online resource where businesses and organisations can access, share, personalise and print official World Health Organisation (WHO) messaging. The ‘Keep calm and communicate’ website offers a variety of professionally designed and official communications that can be used across digital platforms, or printed as floor stickers, posters or direct mail. The templates even allow for firms to incorporate their logo and contact details for greater impact. ‘With so much

Premier Paper and Semaphore: Millennium Centre NHS graphics

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Premier Paper has teamed up with Semaphore Display to help say a big thank you or ‘diolch’ to the NHS with a graphic installation at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. The Wales Millennium Centre, situated in the Cardiff Bay area of Cardiff, is the premier venue in South Wales for concerts, opera, ballet, contemporary dance, theatre, comedy and musical performances; a grand structure comprised of Welsh slate, metal, wood and glass – the perfect location for a big window graphic display, to thank the NHS for all that they do. Christian Williams, group operations director at Semaphore Display, wanted to show the company’s appreciation for the NHS and

The Printing Charity is here to support you

Print Solutions: Positive About Print The Printing Charity continues to support people during this unprecedented health emergency by helping existing beneficiaries and sheltered home residents as well as responding to new requests for help. Print Futures Awards 2020 The Printing Charity’s annual Print Futures Awards offers the chance for those aged 18 to 30 working in UK print related organisations to apply for grants of up to £1500 to help develop their careers. This is a great chance for people to invest in themselves and develop their practical and personal workplace skills, including softer skills that can often be overlooked such as presentation skills and leadership. Online courses are

Collaborative innovation to help Covid-19 relief efforts

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print The beauty packaging industry is coming together to offer aid to international Covid-19 relief efforts through local and national networks. Quadpack is working with its global supply partners and local charities to get protective visors, masks, gloves and hand sanitiser gel to the frontlines in Europe and the US. The Quadpack Plastics injection moulding facility in Catalonia, Spain, has adapted a mould to manufacture over 100,000 pieces for face shields. The company took part in a coordinated effort with other businesses in the area to produce the various parts of the visors, for easy assembly on-site by users. The first 15,000 visors have already be

Intamac Packaging Systems becomes distributor of automatic mask

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Intamac Packaging Systems traditionally supplies packaging equipment for the food, drink, pharma and cosmetics industries but realised that there was an urgent need for mask making equipment in the UK to keep key workers safe. The Hampshire based machine distributor is now able to import new mask making equipment from the Far East. The IPS-KZ-N95 and IPS-KZ-1-2 mask making machines were designed by its Chinese manufacturing partner when it was unable to source sufficient masks for the workforce during the coronavirus crisis. The machine, that was launched to the UK market in March, has received unprecedented interest from businesses looking to adapt

Tribute to the #paperpeople: making sure you have the essentials

Print Solutions: Positive About Print CEPI, the European paper industry association, and its members across Europe would like to pay tribute to their employees guaranteeing continued production of essential products and to all transport operators ensuring deliveries across Europe. ‘Thanks to our 180,000 direct employees, the great majority of paper mills are running in the EU: the paper industry is making sure that citizens have access to the hygiene, health and food supplies they need during this COVID-19 crisis. ‘Our industry leaders took all necessary measures to guarantee the safety and health of their people: we raised safety arrangements and adopted working shifts as well as social dis

Labels for ‘Salute the NHS’

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Baker Labels is producing around three million labels free of charge for the Salute the NHS campaign whose aim is to provide a million meals to NHS staff over the next three months. British businessman, Ron Dennis CBE, has launched Salute The NHS, a major not for profit initiative aiming to feed thousands of dedicated NHS workers with high quality meals and booster snacks. The nutritious boost pack meals for vital frontline NHS staff, working either in hospitals or sick and confined to isolation at home, started delivery on Monday 6 April at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. They will then expand across the country to government targeted locatio

Flexo industry buoyant despite Covid crisis

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print The board of The European Flexographic Industry (EFIA) has reported that the flexographic printing and converting industry has remained buoyant in the UK and Ireland despite the impact of the Covid crisis in recent weeks. Neil Jones, EFIA chairman, commented: ‘We have been talking regularly as a board about the situation and it is clear – with many of our members supplying the food, hygiene and pharmaceutical sectors, most companies are doing well and remaining buoyant. This is despite the many challenges of adhering to government guidelines on keeping employees safe and restricting the spread of the virus.’ Clearly the panic buying that ensued in Ma

Draw some inspiration…with free paper

Print Solutions: Positive About Print At times like these that we properly understand what is and isn’t important. Concern for that next order or desire to maximise profit are really put into context by the heroic actions, the sacrifices, the suffering and the inspirational stories we now witness on a daily basis – it truly is humbling. Whilst it is important we all have fully functioning businesses to return to when some sort of normality returns, equally we must also ensure the correct balance is struck in the interim period. Warren is trying to do its own little bit to support the community, its customers and their families. The NHS now has at its disposal one of the company’s five wareho

NiceLabel provides free label software to organisations fighting Covid-19

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print NiceLabel is offering free subscriptions of its cloud based labelling solution and technical consulting services to organisations that have joined the fight against Covid-19. NiceLabel has launched the non-commercial and non profit based initiative in order to help these organisations get much needed deliveries of medical equipment and supplies; respirators, disinfectants, masks or other critical supplies to those in need as quickly as possible. Having the cloud based labelling solution in place will enable these organisations to produce new labels quickly and rapidly add them to the packaging used on their new product lines to ensure that equipment

Antalis supports ‘Help NHS Heroes’

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print When Antalis Packaging received a call from ‘Help NHS Heroes’ asking for a donation of boxes, its packaging team went into immediate action and delivered 1000 boxes to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage by the same afternoon. In light of strains that NHS workers are facing, combined with shortages across the country for food and other essentials, Help NHS Heroes is setting up ‘pop-up’ shop/distribution points across the country at hospitals specifically for NHS staff. Holly Jackson, sales manager for Antalis Packaging not only coordinated the delivery, but went the extra mile by volunteering at the Lister hospital pop-up tent to make up the food parcel

Marabu donates disinfectant made in-house to regional hospitals

Print Solutions: Positive About Print As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, hospitals and other organisations urgently require disinfectant and personal protective equipment (PPE). Marabu, headquartered in Tamm, Germany, has therefore converted selected production assets to the manufacture of disinfectant – using equipment normally dedicated to digital printing inks. With the outstanding commitment of its employees, the company has formulated a hand and surface sanitiser that meets WHO standards. The enterprise is giving some of the products to its own staff, but donating the vast majority free of charge to the RKH hospital in the nearby city of Ludwigsburg. York Boeder, CEO of Marabu, sa

Smurfit Kappa launches corrugated solutions to help those affected by Covid-19

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Smurfit Kappa has launched a new ‘Design for Help’ portfolio of products to help alleviate some of the current challenges being experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic. A team of he company’s designers used equal measures of creativity and skill to quickly produce a practical set of products. The first products that made their debut in a Smurfit Kappa plant in France were corrugated workplace dividers. These were used to protect people who work closely alongside each other so they can maintain a safe distance while carrying out their jobs. The simplicity and effectiveness of the dividers has led to them being sought after for use in many other locat

Calling all aspiring cardboard engineers!

Packaging Solutions for parents and kids! The Alexir Partnership has created packaging toolkits to keep both parents and children entertained during these unusual times. Simple packaging templates will be uploaded daily onto its website to encourage the younger generation to get out their safety scissors and crayons, make their own cartons and learn about packaging along the way! Additionally, every week there will be a different theme. Click the image above to find out more. There will be Easter themed templates for parents to download and print at home in the run up to one of the kid’s favourite bank holidays of the year. You will be able to cut out and construct your Easter related carton

Premier and Lexon are doing their bit to help the NHS

Print Solutions Premier Paper has recently supplied South Wales printer Lexon with enough 470 micron gloss clear Viprint to produce 10,000 protective visors for the NHS. Viprint is easy to clean and is known for its impact resistance, good folding and fabricating capabilities, making it the ideal choice of material for the visors. Lexon is manufacturing the visors with material supplied by Premier and is providing them completely free of charge to NHS workers. Premier’s marketing director Dave Jones commented, ‘We are a key supply chain partner to the NHS, government departments, pharmaceutical companies, police forces, local authorities and the food packaging industry, where print media and

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