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The Parcel Shipping Index has predicted that 13 of the most active parcel shipping nations alone, including Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the USA, China and Japan1, will be generating an annual volume of 100 billion parcels in 2020. Practically all of these parcels will be carrying a fairly large shipping label. Eliminating the siliconised liner associated with these labels would yield an enormous environmental benefit. The waste produced by the thousands of tons of single-use material is currently either disposed of, which is a costly exercise, or recycled.
By generating its own electricity, cooling energy and heat in the process, saving as much energy as would normally be used by around 150 homes, the self-adhesive solutions specialist HERMA will be opening a new chapter in energy terms too when it commissions its new coating plant for adhesive materials in Filderstadt this autumn.
This new PE label, manufactured exclusively from recycled polyethylene, is thought to be the first of its kind worldwide. It was jointly developed to market readiness in Germany by the printer schäfer-etiketten and the self-adhesive materials specialist HERMA, with the aid of the PE film experts of POLIFILM. It made its public debut in Munich at the CosmeticBusiness fair, which run from 5 to 6 June.
Introducing the new removable, UV acrylic-based adhesive HERMA 42X, HERMA offers a valuable addition to printers and label users.
While everyone seems to be talking about Industry 4.0 – the future of manufacturing, HERMA has already put theory into practice in self-adhesive materials production. At headquarters in Filderstadt in southwest Germany, it is implementing a largely self-organising production regime that intelligently interconnects machines, lines, products and logistics.
How can labels help optimize the environmental track record of packaging materials and labelling processes? What should labels be made of in order to foster better recycling or even upcycling of plastic packaging? Following an invitation by renowned German Packaging Institute DVI, many packaging experts from leading brand manufacturers visited self-adhesive technology expert HERMA in Filderstadt.
The HERMA group has grown by 5.6 percent in the past fiscal year, increasing sales to 361.3 million euros. “Despite a noticeable economic slowdown”, the company aims at an ambitious plus of four percent. The group now has more than 1,000 employees and is planning on recruiting more staff.
The UK subsidiary of self-adhesive materials specialist HERMA has completed a change in its management: as of January 1st, 2019, Paul Eggbeer has taken over from long-standing Divisional Director, Colin Phillips.
Because it contains silicone, paper release liner was regarded as unsuitable for recycling for a long time. But for many years now, it has been establishing itself as a sought-after raw material. Despite being mostly discarded as waste, this material is ideally suited for recycling, which is not only climate-friendly but also counteracts the continuing shortage of certain resources.
Introducing a new, lightweight label stock featuring thinner label paper (70 g/m2) and an especially adapted adhesive, HERMA now offers label printers the opportunity to save costs, space, and resources.Introducing a new, lightweight label stock featuring thinner label paper (70 g/m2) and an especially adapted adhesive, HERMA now offers label printers the opportunity to save costs, space, and resources. The first label stock from HERMA’s new Thin Range is HERMAcoat light (238), a white, semi-gloss coated label paper. Despite “slimmed-down” materials, users do not have to make any compromises. Instead, they receive a special added value thanks to the multi-layer technology developed by HERMA in which two different layers of adhesive – each with special characteristics – are applied at the same time. Thereby, both the adhesive and the converting parameters can be controlled independently, resulting in, for instance, excellent adhesion as well as easy processing. With single-layer adhesives, on the other hand, users often have to make concessions. Adhesive with proven properties For the new Thin Range, the proven HERMAperfectStick (62Dps) adhesive was further developed and adapted for use with thinner paper grades. Now named 61Dps, this new multi-layer adhesive ensures high initial tack while effectively reducing adhesive migration. Certified by German test institute ISEGA, the 61Dps has received the approval for direct contact with dry, moist, and fatty foodstuffs (reduction factor 3). Marcus Gablowski, head of adhesive and special coating development at HERMA, comments: “With HERMAcoat light (238) and the new 61Dps adhesive, we have created an attractive alternative for label printers who are often facing price pressure – and this alternative requires no compromises regarding adhesive and converting characteristics. We will examine other material combinations with regard to their economic efficiency and application safety in order to expand this product range, adding thermal papers, for example.”
Two renowned wine label experts show how self-adhesive materials from the HERMAexquisite range can be used to create inspiring results.
In its new adhesive materials plant, HERMA will be relying on an automated heavy-load transport system whose credentials owe a lot to the aviation industry.
44 tons of steel saved • After use, HERMA reconditions and reuses Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) instead of disposing of them. • This is made possible by a comprehensive return service offered by container manufacturer Schütz.
Very good colour print quality with outstanding efficiency: those were the results of comprehensive tests with HERMA standard self-adhesive materials on the Epson label printers ColorWorks C7500 and C7500G. “Our product HERMAwhite (grade 601) was given very good marks, even though the white, machine-finished label paper is considered an absolute standard.
Ralf Ottilie has joined HERMA’s Self-adhesive Materials Division in early 2018, taking over responsibility for the sales areas UK, Middle East, and parts of Eastern Europe. He brings extensive experience in the paper and printing industry to his new job.
460 piles, 300 concrete mixers, and three 60 metre cranes • The new coating plant, which is taking shape now, presents special challenges for civil engineers and building technology
Perfect opacity with maximum migration safety • The polypropylene film HERMA PP white extra tc (grade 880) is now available combined with the HERMAperfectOpaque adhesive as a standard product.
Siliconized release liner can be found wherever there are labels: large amounts are generated, for instance, in the consumer goods and food industry and in logistics. Despite being mostly discarded as waste, this material is ideally suited for recycling, which is not only climate-friendly but also counteracts current shortages of certain resources.
Self-adhesive materials expert HERMA and Belgian label printer Conti-Label have opened a new chapter in the automated dispatching of self-adhesive materials. By means of the ERP software CERM, all steps that are part of an order are handled via EDI-processable messages for the first time: order placement, order confirmation, delivery note, and invoice.
HERMA’s Self-adhesive Materials Division has conducted extensive tests with the PicoColour, a digital UV inkjet label press from Dantex.
In response to growing demand for pure white labels with a clear design, the HERMAexquisite product range has been extended by two new products.
A trophy for the global innovation in low-migration label adhesives: at this year’s Label Industry Global Awards, HERMAsuperTack (63Vst) won the Innovation Award for companies with more than 300 employees, honouring the innovative power and creativity of the family-owned business from Filderstadt, Germany.
• HERMA introduces a coloured adhesive that provides perfect opacity as well as unchanged adhesive qualities – moreover, it is suitable for direct contact with foodstuffs. • On show at the upcoming Labelexpo 2017 trade fair, the new HERMAperfectOpaque range can thereby cover even critical applications with ease. • Label materials and adhesives can now be flexibly combined to achieve optimal opacity for various applications. • Thanks to the multi-layer technology, it is now possible to produce opaque Eco thermal adhesive materials without any compromises regarding tack and final adhesion.
. The HERMAsuperPerm (63S) adhesive is especially suited for long-term labelling in the field of product identification. . Additionally, it is used where authenticity, security, and inspection seals are required. . Sealing labels equipped with this adhesive cannot be removed, even from lacquered cardboard, plastics, or steel, without destruction of the label or the packaging surface.
In long-term labelling for product identification, the longevity of the labelling material is just one factor. Another key characteristic is the permanent final adhesion of the adhesive.
Rough or difficult-to-label surfaces are a challenge for product identification in production processes. It is crucial for the adhesive to ensure immediate tack despite the very high labelling speed, preventing the label from slipping out of place and its corners from protruding.
New laser die cutting system delivers sharp outlines • Using HERMA self-adhesive materials and HP printing technology, AB Graphic International has produced a new sample catalogue containing abstract and highly complex label shapes. • Catalogue prompted by market launch of redesigned laser die cutting system Digilase S3. • Uniform adhesive application predestines HERMA label stock for conversion by laser die cutting.
Until now, label printers and users had to make compromises in cases where nothing must show through the label material: either the choice of suitable coloured label materials was very small, or they had to rely on a material with a coloured adhesive.
Unrivalled transparency in wet conditions • The new adhesive 62F delivers the no-label look even in challenging conditions, including extreme moisture. • Endowed with excellent durability and transparency, it is especially well suited to critical applications in the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical segments. • For the food industry, the adhesive has been granted unconditional approval by ISEGA.
Excellent printability with no need for pre-treatment • HERMA PP white gloss was developed primarily for use on HP Indigo digital presses. • A special surface coating permits excellent printing results and supreme ink adhesion of HP ElectroInks. • The film (grade 877) is suitable for both standard applications and demanding conditions.