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Thursday, 11. October 2007
From Filling Mineral Water to Beer in PET
By packaging, 09:26


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There has always been plenty of movement in the beverage trade. But the change this branch of the industry has been currently experiencing worldwide – from mineral water, beer-in-PET, and mixed beverages through opening of markets up to and including boundless joint ventures and mergers – is nearly nothing short of reorientation of a genre. Similar to changing from pleasant go-cart to Formula 1 racing.

The driving components of success in both instances are technology and teamwork – an inseparable alliance. As outstanding as it may be, it is therefore long since no longer sufficient to achieve just technical perfection alone.

Today’s and tomorrow’s customers need – and demand – all-round competence from their plant equipment supply partners. Similar to a panorama, these partners must also focus on their customer’s customers, their requirements, market-forming trends, distribution, logistics, and marketing aspects.

With all due modesty: KHS is fully committed to meeting these demands with unexcelled technology. Frequently as early as the budgeting phase but in any case, with exceedingly flexible project management in which the requirements of each individual customer represent the guiding principles on which the team bases its actions.

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Friday, 05. October 2007
FOCUS ON THE FOOD INDUSTRY
By packaging, 13:15

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In contrast to the large companies of other industrial sectors, Russian food and beverage producers benefit from development dynamics and person-hour productivity.

This branch of the trade has proven to be a stable promoter of economical  growth and, with a plus of approximately five percent in the first ten months of 2006 versus the results of the previous year, offers and encouraging picture despite a slight decline in growth dynamics last year.

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Tuesday, 02. October 2007
Synergies within Packaging Machine Supplies
By packaging, 09:25

You can't stand hearing the all-from-a-sole-source and synergies-to-the-benefit-of-whomever slogans anymore? I understand your sentiments. In the past few years, these phrases in particular have been too frequently and too garishly downgraded to cliches, they have become lost in the jungle of big international concern mergers – customers have come to know them as empty promises.

But don't lose heart. These joint ventures and company mergers offering customers genuine and measurable added value still exist in practice. Because the professionals, yes highly trained experts, comprising the team realize one thing above all: If we don't put ourselves in our customers' position with regard to existing as well as future challenges and offer them the right,

individual, technically perfect, and future-oriented solutions for their companies, we won't stand a chance. And these professionals of course know that as a rule customers do favor “everything from a one source” for good reason. But perfectly.

In this issue, you will find a special section on the subject of dry area equipment / packing and palletizing technology. And in this special section, you will notice that “all from one source” and “synergies” to the benefit of the customer do exist after all. For now that KHS and Kisters have joined forces, the know-how and the willingness to provide top performance of the technological leader of the packaging technology market (keyword: PC-based machine control) have been combined with that of the worldwide leader of the multi-packaging machine market.

The customer is thus provided not only top engineering and around-the-clock service but also flexible suggestions and solutions on all issues regarding design, cost reduction, supplemental products, service interfaces, through personnel, computers, and on and on.

KHS plus Kisters: We bring together the outstanding packing and palletizing technology from KHS with the leading multi-packaging expertise from Kisters and thus technologically as well as economically complement frontend and backend solutions from Kisters. Synergies to the advantage of the customer. It really is all from a one source.

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Thursday, 27. September 2007
New Amcor PET bottle has the class of glass
By packaging, 12:22

A new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle for wine offers a lower weight form of packaging without sacrificing product quality or the environmental benefits associated with glass, its manufacturer claims.

Amcor says that the 750ml bottle, a first for the UK market, represents it latest line in PET-based products designed to shake up the wine market in Europe by offering a fully recyclable and lightweight alternative to existing products.

The bottle will cater to an industry coming under increasing pressure to ensure its packaging is environmentally sustainable, while at the same time meeting consumer demand for convenience and safety.

The PET packaging weighs 54g compared to glass alternatives, which typically range from between 300g to 700g, allowing for reduced transportation costs, according to the packager.

Amcor PET Packaging Europe claims that the design intentionally matches that of traditional glass bottles to allow the product to be used on the same filling lines without any loss of productivity in changeover.

The product uses a stipple base to prevent leakage as a result of conveyor friction, and also comes with a screw top closure.

Group marketing manager Grant Lloyd said the bottle, though innovative in design, still ensured that the quality and image associated with wine is retained.

"Our bottle has maintained the traditional values of wine packaging - particularly in terms of a premium image - and combines this with additional practical and environmental benefits," he stated.

International brewer Fosters has already signed up the product for its premium wine brand, Wolf Blass.  Following what it called a successful trial in Canada, with sales unaffected by the switch, the bottle is now going to be rolled out by Foster's in the UK, to be produced at Amcor PET Packaging Europe's Wrexham plant.

Though Foster's Wolf Blass Green Label wine will be bottled in the UK, it will be shipped in bulk from outside the country in a move Amcor claims further reduces the environmental impact of the bottle.

Amcor added that with more than one billion litres of wine being imported into the UK annually, Foster's switch to PET is an important step for the wine industry in the country.

As part of its continued focus on reducing environmental impact, the packager said it has entered into a partnership with the UK's Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) on investigating the environmental impact of PET packaging.

Focusing on all aspects of packing from bottle manufacture to filling and recyclables, the findings are expected to be an invaluable resource for both the wine and packaging industries alike, Amcor says.

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Tuesday, 03. October 2006
Contact Management Systems - What To Look For
By packaging, 21:00


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Contact management systems are an excellent way to track the success of your various marketing techniques. You can put together a quick spreadsheet to track your contact data but why? It is time consuming and with the excellent contact management systems available commercially, there is no need to reinvent the wheel.

Your primary role is business development not software development. Rather than spending your time creating a custom contact management system, you should be out there drumming up more contacts to put into a system.

There are many different contact management systems out there. You can spend more than $25,000 on a system if you choose. What you spend though, is less important than the amount of time you spend and discipline you follow actually using the contact management system.

When buying a contact management system, the off-the-shelf packages are, for the most part, pretty good. There are two contact management systems that get a lot of attention: ACT and Goldmine.

Act sells for a little over $230, provides links to PDAs and has an online version.

Goldmine is the second most popular contact management system with many of the same features at a price point of approximately $200.

Other notable contact management systems are Maximizer, which is similar to Goldmine, and Sales Force, which has a free online service that is very limited or you can upgrade to the Team Edition for $1000 per year.

Key features to look for in most of the modern contact management systems are:

Import and export capability from all the popular Microsoft formats - Word, Excel, Outlook Links to PDAs Links to accounting software More robust client server online solutions

Bottom Line on Contact Management Systems Contact management systems are great - but they are only great if you actually use them. Do some research before purchasing a contact management system and make sure you are committed to using it. You do need to start using a contact management system so you might as well get into the habit early on - better to know what marketing techniques work right from the start rather than spending a lot of time and money on things that are not producing results.

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Saturday, 19. August 2006
The Krones Smart Line - The future of bottling lines starts here
By packaging, 16:48



 

The Krones Smart Line - The future of bottling lines starts here

The Smart Line premiered by Krones at drinktec 2005, with its dynamic mechanical BLOC-synchronisation of blow-moulder and labeller by the Acculink, marks the beginning of an evolution designed to revolutionise bottling as such.

Beverage bottling lines of the future will have little in common structurally with the lines we know today. The decades-old vision of constructing a bottling line as a complete BLOC-synchronised whole, has come one step closer, and quite a significant one at that. Anyone looking at the Smart Line Krones AG, Neutraubling, has now developed will immediately realise that this marks the beginning of a revolutionary new concept for bottling and packaging. The crucial innovation, the “smart” thing about it, is the mechanical synchronisation of individual machines, like the blow-moulder and the labeller, or the filler and the packer, by means of a dynamic buffer.

This is made possible by a completely consistent, positive bottle handling, with the spacing being maintained throughout, thus providing the user with all the advantages of a BLOC, such as simple operator control. At the same time, the dynamic buffer eliminates the disadvantages entailed by mutual negative feedback between individual machines inside a BLOC. A bottling line thus becomes a system fitted with dynamic storage modules, able to compensate for malfunctions at individual machines.

Positive bottle handling in the dynamic buffer

Positive bottle handling extends first from the linear oven of the blow-moulding machine via the labeller to the filler. The technical efficiency of this BLOC-synchronisation is optimised by a dynamic, mechanical buffering system, the Acculink. Perfect positioning and dimensioning of the buffer zones, plus an additional line speed control, mean the distances involved can be downsized. At the same time, air conveyors can be eliminated from the line The Acculink operates entirely independently of the bottle’s contour and size, and even of the preform’s quality, which air conveyors have to take into account.

Acculink keeps containers spaced

The Acculink functions as follows: an endless chain is provided inside a channel between the discharge of one machine (the blow-moulder, for example) and the infeed of another downstream machine (the labeller, for instance). This chain winds in a spiral configuration around a vertical axis. A shuttle system end-turns the chain as needed, thus defining the length of the storage zone.

This Acculink storage unit is constructed so as to ensure that it requires only a small footprint in the line. The containers are conveyed by their neck rings. This means the bottles remain separated by the same distance with which they were collected from the blow-moulding machine by Acculink via a transfer starwheel. And they are fed into the labeller with the same spacing by another transfer starwheel. There is no contact between bottle and bottle, just as there is no contact between bottles and guides in a conventional air conveyor. Scuffing is entirely avoided by this gentle form of bottle handling.

10 m² of footprint for two minutes’ bufffering time

The Acculink also scores in terms of low energy consumption. The chain is driven by only two motors, one in the discharge of the blow-moulding machine, and one in the infeed of the labeller. The chain is at least 140 m long, operates on the basis of rolling friction, and manages with just two servodrives. By comparison: an air conveyor needs about 15 to 20 drives for accommodating a similar storage volume. The buffer’s chain is absolutely maintenance-free, and cippable as well. Another major advantage is that on a footprint of only 10 m² a buffering time of two minutes can be achieved.

This enormous reduction in buffering areas enables a Smart Line’s space requirement to total around 45 % less than for a conventional line. In the example of a 60,000-bph line for 0.5-l non-returnable PET bottles, the Smart Line needs about 960 m² instead of around 1,750 m².

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Sunday, 18. June 2006
Shelf Ready Packaging - A Bigger Cake?
By packaging, 11:37


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'Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP) is a reality today', 'SRP is not a goal in itself' - these were just two of the messages from the SRP breakout session at the ECR Europe conference in Stockholm.

In a packed auditorium, speakers from IGD, Tesco, Carrefour, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and Smurfit Kappa Group discussed the role of SRP in helping combat the challenges of the last 50 metres.

The session was chaired by Jonathan Pearce, Head of Supply Chain - Europe, Nestlé and Joe Dybell, Food Supply Director, Tesco, who took the audience through some of the challenges of replenishing shelves with and without SRP by stocking shelves in white coats at the entrance to the auditorium.

KEY AREAS FOR SRP SOLUTIONS

Philip Clarke, International and IT Director, Tesco, opened the session and outlined three key areas for successful SRP solutions which should help improve sales and drive availability:

  • Quality of packaging (fit for purpose)
  • Design with the whole category in mind (aesthetics on shelf)
  • Dimensions (fill the shelf, not under- or over-fill)

Jacques Vincent, Vice-Chairman and COO, Danone, talked of the need to 'make the cake bigger, not more expensive'. Faster replenishment should benefit the shopper, and a well sign-posted promotion should help sell more, but SRP is not necessarily the solution for all products and all categories.

Starting with the shopper, international food and grocery expert IGD showcased new research from across France, Germany, Spain and GB into how shoppers react to products being hard to find, out of stocks, and their views on packaging in-store. Over 50% of shoppers in France and GB buy the product from another store when faced with an out-of-stock.

SRP AESTHETICS

The aesthetic aspects of SRP are also important, where shoppers recognise the advantages of using SRP for merchandising. Recognising the issues, as well as the positive features identified by shoppers, should help the industry to improve design and implementation, said Tarun Patel, Head of Supply Chain & ECR UK. This means that the shopper will ultimately decide the success of SRP. Successful implementation in-store is key to ensuring SRP is not just a technical solution, but a shopper-friendly one too.

The retailer view of SRP was given by Xavier Hua, Director of Supplier Logistics Relations, Carrefour, which wants 100% of Carrefour own label products to be in SRP (Prêt-à-Vendre - PAV), and more than 50% of product volumes to be in SRP solutions, including merchandisable units, half or quarter pallet solutions.

Xavier announced recent implementation results: 12% of food SKUs in France are in SRP (equalling 20% of grocery value), and 50% of grocery value is in SRP solutions in Poland, where the local team has driven fast implementation. Carrefour stated that SRP is not a goal in itself, but has to provide value for the shopper as well as taking cost out of the supply chain.

WHERE AND HOW TO PLAY

Procter & Gamble's Graeme Carter, Customer Logistics Director (Global Tesco Team) talked of how important it is for manufacturers to know "where to play", and particularly how critical it is that an SRP solution meets the needs of the retailer, the manufacturer and the shopper. The risk of not delivering SRP solutions can lead to lost listings, lost share of shelf, and lost sales.

Graeme said that while standards will help consistency and are particularly important for large-scale manufacturers working across many markets and retail customers, it is equally important to "deliver the basics". These are solutions that are easy to identify, easy to open, present the right brand image, and manufacturers must realise that SRP is no longer a point of differentiation, but a cost of entry.

Pelin Karakas shared Colgate-Palmolive's approach of "how to play". She talked of the importance of the Colgate road-map to define "good SRP", incorporate it in new project design (promotions, new products) and leverage existing examples. Colgate-Palmolive also uses a scorecard approach, which Pelin likened to a school report: "you don't need to get 100% everywhere, but you need to pass the class".

In the final panel Q&A session, Chris Lewis from Smurfit Kappa Group explained how packaging suppliers are working with manufacturers to find innovative SRP solutions. These recognise the need to integrate new SRP into existing production facilities.

Recognising the need for retailer differentiation, Xavier from Carrefour added that harmonisation is more relevant than standardisation, where it is striving to get solutions across all its formats and markets. P&G said that collaboration is key to finding the right solutions, but it does take time: "It is important that manufacturers don’t move too quickly to the wrong solution."

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Wednesday, 14. June 2006
Blow molding machines target different production speeds
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Two models of plastic blow molding equipment target processors with different production needs.

At the upcoming NPE 2006 trade show in Chicago, June 19-23, Sidel plans to introduce in North America its new SBO 4 Compact, designed for rates below 7,000 bottles per hour, and its new SBO 34 HighSpeed, a machine that has broken the 60,000 PET bottle per hour barrier.

Sidel said it has incorporated customer feedback into its third generation platform for blow molding equipment, designed to reduce operating costs, the company claimed in a press release.

The SBO 4 Compactis a linear blow molding machine. It is designed to produce at rates of up to 6,400 bottles per hour. The company claims the changes to the design reduce bottle blowing costs by 20 per cent compared to its previous models. The machine has an efficiency rate of 95 per cent and production rates of 1,600 bottles per hour per mold for sizes up  to three liters. 

The SBO 4 Compact being exhibited at the show is the first to be sold to a US customer.

The SBO 34 HighSpeed is for small bottles. It can run at 61,200 bottles per hour for bottles under 24 oz. It is equipped with 28 heating modules and 34 blowing stations.

The company says it has brought operating costs down by 30 per cent compared to previous models. 

"These impressive gains in performance are due to improvements in many cost factors including overall dimensions, air and electricity consumption, maintenance, and quick production changeovers," the company stated.

The machine operates at 25 bars and an output rate of 1,800 bottles per hour when producing 12 oz. bottles weighing 16.5 grams for the carbonated soft drink market. In addition, Sidel claimed its innovation can give the bottles a shelf life of 20 weeks when used with its Actis barrier treatment.

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Monday, 12. June 2006
New food or beverage Carton allows sterilisation of chunky products after filling and packaging
By packaging, 10:20


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New food or beverage Carton allows sterilisation of chunky products after filling and packaging

A new carton for chunky products allows foods or beverages to be sterilised in an autoclave, thus extending shelf life.

The process allows products packed in combisafe to be stored for up to two years without quality losses, without refrigeration and without the use of preservatives, SIG Combibloc said in announcing the carton system yesterday at Anuga FoodTech.

The UK company is marketing the carton as an alternative to the glass and tin cans normally used to package vegetables and fruit products. It's a new market for the company, whose main targets has been the dairy and drinks sectors.

The ready made food market is one of the growing segments in the food processing industry, which is targeting consumers who are generally spending less time on meal preparation and are on the lookout for products they can prepare at home quickly and easily.

A more recent trend is the growing markets for minimally processed foods and drinks, ones with fewer additives and preservatives but that still meet demands for safer products.

The Combisafe packs makes it possible to fill chunky products such as vegetables, fruit, ready-cooked meals, stews into carton packs and subsequently sterilise them in an autoclave, the company said.

The combisafe carton pack is made of cardboard, polypropylene and aluminium. The combination creates the prerequisite for thermal treatment in an autoclave.

Each layer functions to protecte the product during the heat treatment. The inner polypropylene layer is the liquid barrier. The outer polypropylene layer protects it from external contamination and ensures that the composite material can withstand the high temperature and moisture during autoclaving.

The cardboard and aluminium protects the contents from light, external aromas and oxygen.

The opened-up Combisafe carton sleeves are sealed ultrasonically after the filling process.

The printed and coated sleeves for Combisafe have a complete top perforation and are sealed with longitudinally before being stacked on pallets for delivery to the filling company.

There the cartons are filled in a high-speed filling machine from SIG Combibloc. During filling the carton packs are lifted with a suction device. Then they are opened up to form a rectangle and pushed on to a mandrel.

After this the base of the carton pack is activated with hot air, pre-folded and sealed with specially shaped pressing elements.

The pressing process gives the carton pack a curved-in base for stability.

Then the top is folded along the grooves to guarantee exact formation of the top after filling. Then the product is filled into the carton pack in several steps. First the pumpable products are filled in, followed by the pourable foods. Finally liquids can be added to the carton pack if required.

The line is modular, allowing manufacturers to run up to four lanes of the filling machine and control the output, which can reach up to 12,000 packages per hour. Additional filling machines can be added to the line to increase output.

Changing the volume and product can be completed in a few minutes as long as the base crosssection is the same, SGI said. Labelling and design changes can be carried out without any interruption of the production process.

All sides of the rectangular carton pack can be used to present product information and decorative features.

Up to 2,160 cartons packs with a volume of 400 ml can be stacked on one Euro pallet.

Jütro Konservenfabrik, a subsidiary of Hamburg-based I. Schroeder, is SIG's first customer for the new packaging system.

The company intends to launch a chunky sauce range later this year.

"It allows us to fill different products on one and the same machine," Jütro stated in a press release. "The size and quantity of chunky ingredients can be varied. Furthermore, the décor can be changed without any break in the production process."

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Sunday, 11. June 2006
Shelf Ready Packaging - A Bigger Cake?
By packaging, 13:29


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Shelf Ready Packaging - A Bigger Cake?

'Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP) is a reality today', 'SRP is not a goal in itself' - these were just two of the messages from the SRP breakout session at the ECR Europe conference in Stockholm.

In a packed auditorium, speakers from IGD, Tesco, Carrefour, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and Smurfit Kappa Group discussed the role of SRP in helping combat the challenges of the last 50 metres.

The session was chaired by Jonathan Pearce, Head of Supply Chain - Europe, Nestlé and Joe Dybell, Food Supply Director, Tesco, who took the audience through some of the challenges of replenishing shelves with and without SRP by stocking shelves in white coats at the entrance to the auditorium.

KEY AREAS FOR SRP SOLUTIONS

Philip Clarke, International and IT Director, Tesco, opened the session and outlined three key areas for successful SRP solutions which should help improve sales and drive availability:

  • Quality of packaging (fit for purpose)
  • Design with the whole category in mind (aesthetics on shelf)
  • Dimensions (fill the shelf, not under- or over-fill)

Jacques Vincent, Vice-Chairman and COO, Danone, talked of the need to 'make the cake bigger, not more expensive'. Faster replenishment should benefit the shopper, and a well sign-posted promotion should help sell more, but SRP is not necessarily the solution for all products and all categories.

Starting with the shopper, international food and grocery expert IGD showcased new research from across France, Germany, Spain and GB into how shoppers react to products being hard to find, out of stocks, and their views on packaging in-store. Over 50% of shoppers in France and GB buy the product from another store when faced with an out-of-stock.

SRP AESTHETICS

The aesthetic aspects of SRP are also important, where shoppers recognise the advantages of using SRP for merchandising. Recognising the issues, as well as the positive features identified by shoppers, should help the industry to improve design and implementation, said Tarun Patel, Head of Supply Chain & ECR UK. This means that the shopper will ultimately decide the success of SRP. Successful implementation in-store is key to ensuring SRP is not just a technical solution, but a shopper-friendly one too.

The retailer view of SRP was given by Xavier Hua, Director of Supplier Logistics Relations, Carrefour, which wants 100% of Carrefour own label products to be in SRP (Prêt-à-Vendre - PAV), and more than 50% of product volumes to be in SRP solutions, including merchandisable units, half or quarter pallet solutions.

Xavier announced recent implementation results: 12% of food SKUs in France are in SRP (equalling 20% of grocery value), and 50% of grocery value is in SRP solutions in Poland, where the local team has driven fast implementation. Carrefour stated that SRP is not a goal in itself, but has to provide value for the shopper as well as taking cost out of the supply chain.

WHERE AND HOW TO PLAY

Procter & Gamble's Graeme Carter, Customer Logistics Director (Global Tesco Team) talked of how important it is for manufacturers to know "where to play", and particularly how critical it is that an SRP solution meets the needs of the retailer, the manufacturer and the shopper. The risk of not delivering SRP solutions can lead to lost listings, lost share of shelf, and lost sales.

Graeme said that while standards will help consistency and are particularly important for large-scale manufacturers working across many markets and retail customers, it is equally important to "deliver the basics". These are solutions that are easy to identify, easy to open, present the right brand image, and manufacturers must realise that SRP is no longer a point of differentiation, but a cost of entry.

Pelin Karakas shared Colgate-Palmolive's approach of "how to play". She talked of the importance of the Colgate road-map to define "good SRP", incorporate it in new project design (promotions, new products) and leverage existing examples. Colgate-Palmolive also uses a scorecard approach, which Pelin likened to a school report: "you don't need to get 100% everywhere, but you need to pass the class".

In the final panel Q&A session, Chris Lewis from Smurfit Kappa Group explained how packaging suppliers are working with manufacturers to find innovative SRP solutions. These recognise the need to integrate new SRP into existing production facilities.

Recognising the need for retailer differentiation, Xavier from Carrefour added that harmonisation is more relevant than standardisation, where it is striving to get solutions across all its formats and markets. P&G said that collaboration is key to finding the right solutions, but it does take time: "It is important that manufacturers don’t move too quickly to the wrong solution."

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Friday, 09. June 2006
Brewer uses nanotech coating on heat interchanger
By packaging, 23:35


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Nanotechnology, the science of the very small, has been employed as a microscopic coating on a heat interchanger used by a Corona brewing plant in Mexico.

Nanotechnology is the ability to measure, see, manipulate and manufacture things usually between 1 and 100 nanometers. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter; a human hair is roughly 100,000 nanometers wide.

Nanotechnology has been touted as the next revolution in many industries, including food manufacturing. Since materials behave in a different manner at a microscopic level, manufacturing suppliers are examining the technology to see whether it can make plant operations more efficient.

Industrial Nanotech, a company that specializes in nanotechnology innovation and product development, this week announced that Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewery, has successfully used the company's Nansulate High Heat product for thermal insulation and corrosion protection on an interchanger.

Grupo Modelo's best known brand is Corona, the fourth most popular brand worldwide.

The installation was made by A.R.H.I. (Administracion de Recursos Humanos e Ingenieria S.C) based in Jalisco, Mexico. Grupo Modelo plans to install the technology in two additional areas of the plant during the coming weeks as part of the company's ongoing facility maintenance programme.

Francesca Crolley, Industrial Nanotech's vice president of operations and marketing, said the results of the Nansulate High Heat applied on an interchanger within a beer processing plant were very positive.

"This is an ideal opportunity for our coatings to show their performance characteristics in a food and beverage processing plant," she said.

The interchanger, a common piece of industrial equipment used by brewers, showed a 20 degrees Centigrade (36 degrees Fahrenheit) difference after a three coat application of Nansulate, at a thickness of approximately seven mils (seven one thousands of an inch).

"This is an important market sector for the company and we are pleased to see that the product impressed the customer," she stated. "The revenue potential for our products in the food and beverage industry is substantial and we are preparing to achieve the proper registrations necessary to enter this industry segment internationally."

Nansulate is a water-based translucent insulation coating containing a nanotechnology based material. The coating has the ability to resist mold, prevent corrosion and provide thermal insulation, the company claims.

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New Package Coding ideas for the Packaging Industry: Service offers laser etching advice to food packagers
By packaging, 10:49

New Package Coding ideas for the Packaging Industry:
Service offers laser etching advice to food packagers

A masterbatch provider is offering a service to help packaging companies create clear, consistent laser marks on film, blow molded, and injection molded packaging.

Ampacet said it is responding to the increasing call for more secure personal care, cosmetic, food and beverage, medical and pharmaceutical packaging. Laser etching can be used to create indelible expiration dates, serial numbers, bar codes and other marks. Processors can use laser etching to help prevent counterfeiting and possible liability in case such information switched.

The company's "LaserMark Solutions" service goes through the entire marking process from formulation to testing to production. Ampacet will select the best laser mark masterbatch for an application. The company will often creates the masterbatch containing the other needed additives and pigments.

"This step factors in all variables ranging from the properties of the laser, such as its type, speed and power, to the nature of the mark, the base resin and regulatory issues," Ampacet stated.

The service then tests various formulations to find the best one by laser etching samples. As production starts, Ampacet works with the manufacturer to oversee mark quality and consistency.

"In doing this, we define what our customer wants to achieve and formulate to get the optimum bar code, alpha-numeric code or graphic," stated Tom Mickey, who heads the new service.

"We often tailor a masterbatch that brings a mica-based laser-marking additive together with the other components called for in a resin system. This new service rests on our longstanding experience in laser etching, strong knowledge of how pigments and additives should be combined, and our understanding of the packaging industry."

"Converters and packagers who want to use laser etching to make their packaging more secure often need guidance in how to make it work," stated Tom Mickey, who heads the new service. "We created LaserMark Solutions to help them in this process. Our overall goal is to enable end users to add laser marking additives to the plastics they use without compromising the physical or aesthetic integrity of their packaging."

Manufacturers use laser marking to label products with more secure and tamperproof marks. They also use the method because of certain advantages compared to traditional ink jet and pad printing. For instance, laser marking greatly reduces environmental concerns and energy use by eliminating solvents and drying, Ampacet stated.

It also forms consistent and repeatable marks having greater resolution, which means it can provide more data in less space than other forms of printing. In addition, it allows marks to be changed easily because it is computer controlled.

Ampacet offers custom colour, special effect, black, white and specialty additive masterbatches for extrusion and molding plastic packaging.

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Wednesday, 07. June 2006
New Intralox Conveying Systems for Packaging and Filling Lines: Conveyor Design can cut Cleaning Costs
By packaging, 22:25

New Intralox Conveying Systems for Packaging and Filling Lines: Conveyor Design can cut Cleaning Costs!

A seam free conveyor belt reduces the places where food can stick to while being processed, helping cut the costs and labour needed for cleaning and sanitation, claims its manufacturer. 

The well reputated Packaging Conveyor Systems Company Intralox said its 850 SeamFree Minimum Hinge Flat Top is drive bar driven to prevent debris from being pressed into hinge area. It suited for conveyor and conveying applications where sanitation is critical, the company stated.

Increased food safety requirements has led to more frequent washdowns at processing plants.

The conveyor is constructed with the minimum amount of hinges possible. It also has flume design on belt underside that channels debris away from belt edge. 

"The minimum hinge feature assists in overall cleaning efforts, providing greater rod exposure with 66 per cent fewer hinges than other belts," the company claimed.

It is molded from a non-porous, non-absorbent plastic. It has a 914mm (36 in.) wide seamless plastic module and no pockets or recessed areas on the underside that can harbour debris.

Intralox said its wet lab tests show savings in labour costs and water usage when the 850 SeamFree belt is used with Intralox's EZ Clean in Place system and angled sprockets.

Food processors can expect to clean belts as consistently as manual methods in up to 65 per cent less time and with up to 65 per cent less water, the company claimed. By heating less water, processors can also save on energy costs.

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Tuesday, 06. June 2006
U.S. PACKAGING MACHINERY GROWTH PREDICTED FOR 2006
By packaging, 10:45

U.S. PACKAGING MACHINERY GROWTH PREDICTED FOR 2006

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) predicts a 3% growth in packaging machinery sales in the United States to an estimated $5.854 billion. PMMI's U.S. Purchasing Plans Study represents the collective voice of 446 decision makers responsible for 8,339 packaging lines in 1,123 plants throughout eight key segments of the U.S. market.

This will be the fifth consecutive year following the economic downturn experienced in 2001 in which domestic demand will increase.

Much of the continued strength can be attributed to sustained growth of the U.S. economy, strong cash positions held by corporations and improved rates of capacity utilization. Another significant factor for growth is the ongoing effort by manufacturing organizations to reduce costs and improve productivity by expanding packaging line automation and installing the latest in high technology equipment.

“Machinery purchasers recognize the inherent benefit of incorporating the latest packaging technology into their lines in order to strengthen their existing operations,” noted Charles D. Yuska, president, PMMI. “Whether the reason is reducing maintenance costs, increasing line speeds or raising productivity, packaging machinery end users are looking for innovation from PMMI member companies.”

Five of the eight market segments defined in the study are expected to increase expenditures for packaging machinery this year. The largest increase in spending is predicted to come from the personal care products segment (10-12%) followed by beverages (6-8%) and converters, printers and all other (6-8%). The other segments looking to increase spending are food (2-3%) and pharmaceutical/medical (1-3%). The study indicates that 62% of the respondents plan to either increase their spending or keep expenditures at their 2005 level.

Macroeconomic Assumptions
The assessment of prospects for the U.S. economy and capital spending in 2006 are based largely on analyses of several groups of economic data in combination with the current consensus of economic forecasts. To that end, the purchasing plans forecasts reflect the following macroeconomic assumptions:

U.S. 2006 gross domestic product (GDP) real growth of +2.9 to +3.4 percent
Capacity utilization by U.S. manufacturers to edge slightly higher in 2006 – As of February 2006, capacity utilization for non-durable manufacturing stood at 81.5%, including 84.1% for the food industry
U.S. capital spending to grow this year – All indications point to a meaningful increase in aggregate capital spending for 2006.


Interest rates to continue rising from current (February, March 2006) levels through the year, with the prime exceeding 8.2% and the 10-year Treasury 5.5% Consumer spending to taper off in the second half as the effects of higher interest rates, higher oil prices, negative savings and a weekend real estate market take their toll Corporate profits to continue higher, but at a slightly slower pace than in 2005.

Key Market Drivers
In addition to the macro economic assumptions that are driving an increase in capital equipment spending in 2006, the end users surveyed also indicated several market specific factors, trends and expected developments seen as contributing to growth in packaging machinery sales this year.

These include:

End-users’ optimism about the economy likely to spur investment in machinery

Strong cash positions among U.S. corporations suggest improved buying power

Growing end-user recognition of benefits inherent in new machinery technology expected to encourage further replacement of older machinery

Predicted strength of consumer spending during first half of 2006 likely to create need for additional packaging capacity

End-users’ collective sense of urgency in reducing labor costs and improving productivity through expanded packaging automation to continue stimulating demand for new units

Undiminished stream of new product and SKU additions expected to remain a reliable foundation for added machinery business in 2006

Consumer-product packagers’ continuing focus on packaging innovation (i.e. design, configuration, material) likely to yield further dividends in new machine demand

Strong influence of super stores and retail chains on packaging requirements to remain an important positive factor

Further attention to worker ergonomics, product security and safety issues as related to packaging machinery expected as part of ongoing trend

Favorable influence of underlying consumer trends on machinery demand to evolve further in 2006, including shifting demographics, competition among diet and nutritional theories, consumer expectation for alternative package sizes and shapes, consumer demand for convenience products and the growing home ownership trend and resulting “do it yourself” market.

The complete 2006 Purchasing Plans study is available for $1500 by contacting Paula Feldman, director of statistics, at 1-888-ASK-PMMI (275-7664). The study reports detailed findings for each of the eight segments and goes into depth on the market trends and factors affecting machinery purchasing.


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Monday, 05. June 2006
HI-CONE MULTI-PACK Retains Pepsi's On-Shelf Image and Achieves the Consumer's Practical Needs
By packaging, 11:53

HI-CONE MULTI-PACK Retains Pepsi's On-Shelf Image and Achieves the Consumer's Practical Needs

Leading multi-packaging specialists ITW Hi-Cone has installed a new packaging system at Pepsi-Cola Spain to create six bottle multi-packs for Pepsi's recently introduced new shaped 33 cl PET bottle for the Spanish market.

For maximum end-user convenience, the pack features a side lift carrier and Hi-Cone's unique zipper system, which enables bottles to be removed individually while the rest of the pack remains intact.

The Hi-Cone multi-pack also ensures that the new bottle design remains fully visible to help maintain and enhance Pepsi's established brand image.

This new packaging answers consumer's needs of more handy products easy to carry and at the same time facilitates its storage.

Hi-Cone has been supplying Pepsi-Cola Spain with multi-pack systems for cans since the 1980s. The company says the installation of the PET multi-pack machine is indicative of growing interest from the PET bottle market.

"Our systems provide drink manufacturers with the benefits of increasing unit sales without hindering the appearance of the primary container, a vital factor for PET bottles whose design and decoration is very much a part of brand identity," says Jordi Avellaneda Sales & Marketing Manager of ITW Hi-Cone.

"Bulk purchases are becoming increasingly popular among consumers," confirms Paloma Aguado, Marketing Manager, Pepsi-Cola Spain. "The Hi-Cone multi-pack answers this need while retaining the convenience of smaller individual bottle sizes. At the same time the visual impact of our bottle and our brand image are maintained".

"We are delighted with Hi-Cone's contribution to this important project."

The Hi-Cone multi-pack is also being used for other Pepsi brands including 7Up and Kas.

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Thursday, 01. June 2006
UK Packaging Associations Proposed Merger
By packaging, 21:13

UK Packaging Associations Proposed Merger

The Flexible Packaging Association and the Packaging and Industrial Films Association, the UK's two leading packaging trade organisations have put forward details of a proposed merger.

In a joint statement, the associations said the move reflects the changing shape of the UK and world packaging marketplace. This has meant the two groups’ historical differences in market focus being overtaken by new and common business challenges that can be better represented through a single larger body.

PIFA chief executive David Tyson said: "Our associations have very different skills and strengths which, when combined, will result in a far more powerful and focused organisation with stronger representation of our members’ interests."

The associations claim a new combined organisation will represent more than 80% of the UK flexible and rigid packaging and industrial films market and a combined turnover of £2bn.

According to the statement, the merger comes at a time when UK industry faces an increasing burden of legislative and regulatory measures, as well as rapidly rising raw material and energy costs.

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Monday, 29. May 2006
Alcan to Sell Selected North American Plastic Bottle Assets to Ball Corporation
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Alcan Inc. has announced that it has reached an agreement to sell selected assets of its North American Packaging Plastic Bottle business to Ball Corporation for US$180 million. The sale, which is subject to compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act of 1976, is part of Alcan Packaging's ongoing refocusing of its global activities on selected growth segments.

"With this sale, Alcan Packaging takes another significant step in our continued strategy of focusing resources on markets where we enjoy scale and leadership positions," said Christel Bories, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alcan Packaging.

"We are confident that the bottle business assets to be sold will benefit from new opportunities and realize their full growth potential with Ball, a company recognized for its commitment to the segment," said Ilene Gordon, President, Alcan Packaging Food Americas.

The assets to be sold include operations in Batavia, Illinois; Bellevue, Ohio; Newark, California; and Brampton, Ontario. These operations employ approximately 470 people. The sale does not include Alcan Packaging's pharmaceutical plastic bottle operations.

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Sunday, 28. May 2006
Filling Beer in PET Bottles - Alternative Beverage Packaging
By packaging, 20:57


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In October 2005, San Miguel - the Philippines based beer company - launched its beer in 1L PET bottles, in addition to its existing glass bottle and aluminium can formats. In 2004, a major nightclub in Glasgow, UK, started selling plastic beer bottles to reduce the number of injuries caused by glass bottles. The early 2000s have seen an increase in the popularity of plastic beer bottles at venues for sports, parties, concerts, etc. across the US, Australia and UK for safety and security reasons.

The plastic bottle is slowly emerging as alternative packaging format for beer. Plastic beer bottles are light in weight, unbreakable and easier to handle than glass when cold. Customers prefer plastic bottles to cups as they eliminate foam and are easier to carry outdoors. Plastic bottles can be moulded into complex designs, giving various options for improving marketability. PET bottles are also completely recyclable.

EMERGENCE OF PET BEER BOTTLES

Carlton & United Breweries first introduced PET beer bottles in 1996. They were followed by Miller Brewing Company in 1998 with 20oz and 1L packs of plastic beer. During the period from the late 1990s to the early 2000s, around 20 beer brands were introduced in plastic bottles, including Heineken which used creative packaging to differentiate its Cruzcampo brand.

In 2003, PET packaging for beer gained momentum in Germany with the German Packaging Law which requires a deposit of 25-50 cents to be levied on beer, mineral water and carbonated soft drinks packaged in single-use containers. As a result, retailers accepted only PET packaging for these beverages which increased consumption of these beer containers from 150 million to 1 billion annually.

To cash in on the trend, Holsten-Brauerei installed a PET line in 2003 to fill 0.5L bottles and had installed a further two lines by 2005, increasing its annual capacity to 2 million hectoliters of beer.

During 2002 and 2003, sales of PET beer bottles increased by 20% to 30% in Europe. Growth in Russia was around 39%.

IMPROVING BARRIER PROPERTIES AND SHELF LIFE

Beer in PET bottles has had limited acceptance due to a number of factors including shelf life, barrier properties and customer acceptance. However, these issues have been mitigated to some extent by technological advances.

Beer is an oxygen sensitive beverage that requires a high level of carbonation. With an increase in access to oxygen, the flavour reduces, affecting the shelf life of beer. It is therefore critical that PET bottles offer a sufficient barrier to oxidation.

Recently, two main kinds of barrier solutions have emerged: barrier coatings and multilayered bottles. PPG developed an external barrier coating using epoxyamine, employed by Carlton & United Breweries in 1996, that gives a shelf life of nine months. Sidel's Actis technology, as used by Brouwerij Martens in Belgium, offers carbon coatings as a thin inner layer giving a potential shelf life of nine months. These coatings give the bottle a yellow-brown appearance, ruiningthe visual appeal of a clear PET beer bottle.

Multi layer plastic beer bottles produced by Owens-Illinois were introduced by Heiniken in Europe and Miller Brewing company in the United States in 1998. They comprise five layers of polyethylene teraphlate and two middle layers of Shurshield, O-I's patented material. Heiniken introduced 0.5L, 660ml and 1L sizes and Miller offered 20oz and 1L PET bottles.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN PET

Amcor has developed Bind-Ox™, an active oxygen scavenging material that blocks oxygen from reaching the beer and offers a shelf life of 6 to 15 months. The strength of the Bind-Ox material can be adjusted in Amcor's AmGuard™ multilayer PET bottles depending on the brewery'sshelf life requirements. In August 2005, InBev launched its Beck's Gold brand using Bind-Ox technology.

Hite Brewer Co., South Korea, uses Honeywell's Aegis OXCE nylon-based nano composite in its three-layer, 1.6L beer bottle, giving a shelf life of more than 6 months. Oriental Brewer, also from South Korea, bottles its beer using M&G Group's ActiTuf monolayer PET technology, which combines an oxygen scavenger and MXD6 nylon as a passive barrier, in 0.6L and 1.2L sizes.

Rexam has developed PEN, similar to PET but with better barrier properties, which can be used for refillable bottles. The material is presently being used by Foroya Bjor in Danish Faroe Islands.

HAS CUSTOMER PERCEPTION CHANGED?

Beer has long been associated with the traditional glass bottle and the customary clinking sound accompanied by a "cheers" . Beer drinkers perceive glass as a better retainer of flavour than plastic or PET. Lightweight beer bottles also tend to puzzle regular beer drinkers who are used to heavy glass bottles.

Holsten conducted a survey which revealed that beer customers aged between 15 and 25 years were receptive to PET beer bottles owing to their comfort with using plastic for a long time. Customers aged 50 years and above found plastic beer bottles convenient to carry.

Profakt GmbH conducted blind consumer taste tests in which glass and PET bottles were shown to offer similar quality in taste.

Although customers favour the convenience of PET bottles at stadiums and concerts, it was found that they preferred cans or bottles in stores. One reason put forward by Kevin Baker, director of alcoholic beverages at Canadean, a global market research agency, was that large packs (1L) are associated with cheap products for the lower classes. Changes in customers' attitudes will determine the future use of plastic beer bottles.

FUTURE OF PET BEER BOTTLES

In Germany, the one-way deposit law provided brewers with an opportunity to increase the supply of PET beer bottles. However, the law stipulated that retailers could only accept returned beer containers which they stocked. This restricted customer access when returning containers and reduced the import of beer from neighbouring states. However, in the third amendment to the law, announced in May 2005, there will be a mandatory deposit on all environment unfriendly packaging from May 2006 - including imported beverages - and customers will be able to return containers at any retail outlet.

The cost of manufacture is the main obstacle to the widespread adoption of PET beer bottles. Companies like Holsten are only able to offer PET bottles at a comparative cost due to large-scale production. PET's recycling advantages, though, are becoming increasingly important as part of the drive towards greater sustainability in packaging across the world.

Challengingthe customer's positive perception of beer in cans and glass bottles will also be important in increasing the uptake of PET bottles. Breweries can use PET to develop novel shaped bottles to target the young population. PET bottles also offer reclosable caps that give the customer the option to enjoy the drink at leisure.

PET beer bottles are however gaining visibility on retail shelves as a convenient package with greater visual appeal. For example, Coors Brewing Company has developed a cooler box that can hold 18 plastic beer bottles including a plastic film lining to hold ice.

While the plastic beer bottle continues to exist alongside traditional cans and glass bottles, it has so far enjoyed limited success. Every brewer needs to have a promotional presence in special venues necessitating PET beer bottles as part of their product basket.

In the words of Wolfgang Burgard, CEO, Carlsberg Company, "PET is one of three attractive package offers we currently have for the market. The others are returnable glass bottles and cans. The customers choose which option depending on market needs."

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Sunday, 21. May 2006
The Difference a Holistic Business Approach Makes
By packaging, 20:05

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A holistic business approach is a relatively new concept that is increasingly being accepted by the business world. To be a business that uses holistic techniques, it means that the entire organization is considered in its processes and policies, as opposed to focusing only on its specific components. By using the holistic approach to running a business, you will make certain that your business is running at its full potential, as opposed to simply having strong areas and weak areas.

Holistic approaches to business, such as the increasingly popular Six Sigma business strategy developed by Motorola, involve the consideration of the entire business situation instead of only a single time or portion of it.

In order to implement such a process, many businesses choose to reach out to professionals for help, with consultants such as the Six Sigma Champions and Black Belts who will help different team members to see the organization in an entirely new light.

This thinking isn't simply "out of the box", but instead it believes that it removes the box altogether. In this sense, holistic business strategies allow business people to develop entirely new mindsets and beliefs about their companies and their roles within them. Dramatic improvements are made to help to maximize the potential of the business, and then take full advantage of that potential.

This type of business strategy is considered by many experts to be fundamental to achieving the successes that are desired. To reach the right goals, a proper foundation must be laid, and according to many, this foundation is a strong holistic business strategy.

The training for a holistic business strategy doesn't involve only a handful of an organization's team members, but will instead involve the entire team. After all, since the entire basis of a holistic business strategy is that the entire company and its situation must be considered in order to achieve success, this is only possible if the entire staff of the business is functioning on this same level.

If you are curious about implementing a holistic business strategy in your company in order to bring about its full potential, your first step is likely the internet. Have a look at the different holistic options available. Six Sigma is among the most accepted at the moment, but there are many options out there that will allow you to get the most out of your business and have it perform at its highest ability.

Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.

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Sunday, 07. May 2006
Production Management: Lean Manufacturing and Kaizen
By packaging, 20:45

Production Management: Lean manufacturing and Kaizen
By Aza Badurdeen

Kaizen is one of the most important concepts in lean manufacturing. The meaning of the Japanese word “Kaizen” continuous improvement. When it comes to Just In Time systems or lean manufacturing, the system must change continuously in order to deliver the value to customers. For an example lean manufacturing always wants to eliminate wastes from the system. Finding and eliminating wastes from the system continuously is a Kaizen activity.

Kaizen concepts are different to the traditional management concepts. For an example one of the most important theories of traditional management principle is the Management by exception. The simple meaning of this is that if everything is going OK then there is no need to change the way the system operate. But when it comes to lean manufacturing and kaizen, it challenges the existing systems and find out ways in which the system can be improved.

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Another very important aspect of kaizen is trust on organizational employees to come up with the improvements. This helps the system in many ways. People who carryout the work knows about the work they do best. Therefore they can come up with the ideas to improve it. Less resistance in change is another factor which will help in implementing and maintaining the system.

In a workplace where kaizen is practiced small improvements to the system is made continuously. This makes the system dynamic. Changes bring high value to the system and are less costly. Employees are generally motivated. Importantly these organizations can win the competition.
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Wednesday, 22. March 2006
EU Commission clears divestiture of Simonazzi and Alfa to Tetra Laval
By packaging, 23:05

EU Commission clears divestiture of Simonazzi and Alfa to Tetra Laval

The European Commission in Brussels approved the divestiture of SIG Simonazzi (beverage filling and packaging equipment) and SIG Alfa (labeling machines) to the Tetra Laval Group.

The clearance by the European Commission enables SIG to finalize the pending tasks required to close the transaction.

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Saturday, 18. March 2006
It's All About Performance - Or Is It?
By packaging, 11:07

It's All About Performance - Or Is It?  
by Paul Phillips

Donald was the best sales executive they had. He consistently met or beat targets but in the end they restructured and made him redundant. Why? No one really liked him. He upset his peers, staff and customers. He did not "fit". Sound familiar?

Someone wise once said "we seem to hire people for what they know and fire them for how they do it." Performance management is all about improving performance and the satisfaction of employees. Delivering the results the organization requires and the needs of the individuals.

Performance without satisfaction, often the mistake made, is going to be short term. Using this as our basis for an effective performance management system, it becomes evident that all the other supporting people management systems have to be in place as well. The planning, development and rewards aspects of managing people are necessary to ensure they know what is expected of them and that they will be recognised, rewarded and provided with the development necessary to do their job and prepare for future roles.

The two major aspects to performance are what people do and how they do it. We have covered these in previous articles. We have talked about defining and measuring what people are hired to do and discussed certain competencies and behaviours which set standards as to how they are to perform.

If these are in place, documented and understood, then you have the basics of an effective performance management system. Now all that is needed is a process where manager and employee sit down regularly set goals and discuss performance and satisfaction - looking back to review and looking forward to set further goals and plan for development needs, job changes and any other issues that need to be addressed to improve the future performance and satisfaction.

Why do performance management systems fail so often? For a management tool that has been around for a long time, performance management systems are often quite ineffective and do not deliver the results needed. Our experience has been that the major cause is lack of commitment from the top. The CEO needs to embrace it and it should be seen as part of every manager's job - not an extra. Training may be needed for this for both managers and employees.

What does a good performance management system deliver? In simple business terms a good system delivers improved results for the organization. These results are sustained over time by people who enjoy improved satisfaction and achievement from their work.

What does an effective system look like? It looks simple. It provides an ongoing process for people to perform well by: * Agreeing goals and behaviours * Agreeing measures - how will we know we have achieved? * Providing regular feedback * Evaluating any gaps * Taking action to close gaps * Celebrating successes * Agreeing new goals

But on its own this is not enough. It needs to be supported by providing: * Worthwhile work - people have to believe their work makes a contribution * Clearly defined and demonstrated company values * Appropriate rewards

People want to know how to deliver results, why they should deliver them and gain satisfaction and recognition for doing so.

Steps for implementation To implement a successful performance management system: * Clarify and communicate your values and required behaviours * Clarify jobs, where they fit and what they should deliver * Introduce the system and train all users - managers and employees * Implement and use the system * Measure your improved results and satisfaction

Providing consistent follow through, recognition and rewards for good performance along with appropriate corrective actions where standards are not met should help consolidate the process into the organization.

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Friday, 17. March 2006
Workplace Environment and Its Impact on Employee Performance
By packaging, 19:28

Workplace Environment and its Impact on Employee Performance 
by Vicki Heath

The Importance of the Workplace Environment

Many managers and supervisors labor under the mistaken impression that the level of employee performance on the job is proportional to the size of the employee's pay packet. Although this may be true in a minority of cases, numerous employee surveys have shown by and large this to be untrue. In fact, salary increases and bonuses for performance, in many instances, have a very limited short-term effect. The extra money soon comes to be regarded not as an incentive but as an "entitlement".

There are other factors that when combined provide a more powerful determinant of employee performance. When these other factors are missing or diluted, the employee does come to work only for a paycheck. In this case, the employee is present at work in body only, leaving their mind outside the gate.

It is the quality of the employee's workplace environment that most impacts on their level of motivation and subsequent performance. How well they engage with the organization, especially with their immediate environment, influences to a great extent their error rate, level of innovation and collaboration with other employees, absenteeism and, ultimately, how long they stay in the job. Many studies have revealed that most employees leave their organization because of the relationship with their immediate supervisor or manager.

So, what are the workplace environment factors that need to be taken into consideration by any serious manager? Described below are the key factors and how each can be utilized by supervisors and managers to boost performance.

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Workplace Performance Factors

Goal-setting

Involve employees in setting meaningful goals and performance measures for their work. This can be done informally between the employee and their immediate supervisor or as part of an organization's formal performance management process. The key here is that each employee is actively engaged in the goal-setting process and takes ownership of the final agreed goals and measures.

Performance feedback

Regularly feed back to employees information on how they are performing. This should consist of both positive feedback on what the employee is doing right as well as feedback on what requires improvement. The feedback needs to be as objective as possible and delivered with the appropriate interpersonal and conflict resolution skills. It can be a mix of both informal feedback and feedback delivered as part of a formal performance management cycle.

Role congruity

Work to ensure that the role that the employee is required to perform is consistent with their expectations on joining the organization and any subsequent training. The organization's role expectations are typically reflected in formal documents, such as Job Descriptions and Role Specifications. These expectations should be consistent with tasks allocated by the employee's immediate supervisor.

Defined processes

Many errors, defects and customer complaints are the result of poor process management. Constrain the variability of how work is actually performed through documenting processes and communicating such expectations to employees. Verify on a regular or random basis that the work is actually performed in the way required. Along with goal setting, getting employees to help define and improve processes is a powerful opportunity for engagement.

Workplace incentives

Determine what motivates your employees in particular and set up formal and informal structures for rewarding employees that behave in the way required. Rewards may consist of a mix of internal rewards, such as challenging assignments, and external rewards, such as higher compensation and peer recognition.

Supervisor support

Act as advocates for employees, gathering and distributing the resources needed by them in order for them to be able to do a good job. Immediate supervisors and managers need to display the interpersonal skills required to engage employees and enhance their self-confidence. This includes providing positive encouragement for a job well done.

Mentoring / coaching

Make available to employees skilled and respected people to help them perform better in their current role and to assist them develop further into a future role. Mentors and coaches may be internal to an organization or external. Either way, they will need to possess the necessary facilitation skills to assist employees apply existing sills and develop new skills.

Resource availability

The vast majority of employees take pride in their work and try hard to do a good job. Make sure that individual workloads and organizational systems and processes do not hinder employees from applying established skills or from practicing newly learned skills. Adequate time and material resources need to be available to enable them to perform to the best of their ability. Make their work easier and help minimize error rates and customer dissatisfaction by supplying job aids. These can include templates, guides, models and checklists.

Money is not a sufficient motivator in encouraging the superior workplace performance required in today's competitive business environment. Managers and supervisors will need to be comfortable with working with the whole gamut of workplace factors that influence employee motivation. Skills required include the ability to engage employees in mutual goal setting, clarify role expectations and provide regular performance back. Time and energy will also need to be given to providing relevant performance incentives, managing processes, providing adequate resources and workplace coaching. Last but not least, to drive their organizations to peak performance managers and supervisors must put out front the human face of their organization. Paramount here is the human-to-human interaction through providing individualized support and encouragement to each and every employee.

2006 © Business Performance Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. 
Vicki Heath is the Director of Business Performance Pty Ltd, a company providing practical online information and resources. Her company's guides, tools and templates assist organizations engage and develop people, manage organizational change and improve project delivery. Download her Change Management Guide and the free Change Role Skills Gap Worksheet a
www.businessperform.com .

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Monday, 13. March 2006
Management Training Options That Can Show Results and Save Money
By packaging, 07:59

Management Training Options That Can Show Results and Save Money  
by Paul Phillips

It seems that some people never want to go on a training course and others are constantly away at conferences, seminars and workshops. Having a rational approach to training and development can change a culture, retain staff and save money.

If you start by being proactive and systematically identifying training and development needs rather than reacting to requests, it puts you in control. Once we have clearly identified what we want people to do after the training, we need to look at the most effective ways of achieving it.

Maybe an external training course run by a training organization is the right answer, but there are many other options that should be considered first.

Self development The first option with many training needs is "Can they learn by themselves?" Some motivated employees will buy a book, a CD or log onto the Internet to do research. There are many self-instruction methods that can be utilised and it is often a good test of whether they really do want to learn. By purchasing the material it can usually be passed on to others as it is required. In time, a very useful library can be built up.

Projects Working on a project to learn certain skills is often useful - especially if working alongside someone who can pass on their expertise. Taking a calculated risk and pushing someone into a demanding role on a project team can be very rewarding. Working on a project by themselves in a new area can be useful but make sure some support is available otherwise it may become an unpleasant experience they don't want to repeat.

Coaching If you have someone with the expertise that is required, and they can communicate it, ask them to do some coaching. Don't accept the "no time" excuse. It can help both parties and the company by using this method.

Formal internal training Using an internal expert to run training sessions can be very effective and provide benefits for the trainer as well. Consider a Train the Trainer course for in house experts to increase the chances of their success. Even lunch time workshops to impart some cross functional knowledge can be very useful and soon shows you who is keen to learn.

Job enlargement or rotation Increasing the size of someone's job or moving them to another position for development purposes can be a very visible way of showing you are serious about development.

Planning It is vital that any development moves should be well planned and documented with objectives clearly stated and commitments by both employee and manager spelled out and signed off as they are met. A good way to identify the desired learning outcome is to ask the question "What do we want the employee to do differently as a result of this action?" With such a plan in place it is easy to review the learning and assess how effective the development has been for both the employee and the organization.

By being systematic and creative with development it is possible to build a culture of being a supportive organization that provides effective career development. With this reputation you can attract and keep the quality people you need and continually improve their performance and satisfaction.

Paul Phillips is a Director of Horizon Management Group; a specialist human resource management consulting firm. He has over 30 years experience in HR and, while based in Australia, has worked in a number of overseas locations. www.horizonmg.com

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Monday, 06. March 2006
IT Metrics & The Path to Successful Measurement
By packaging, 23:02

IT Metrics & The Path to Successful Measurement  
by Matt Evans

One of the primary reasons measurement programs fail is because measurement is often done for the sake of measurement itself, and not tied to critical business drivers. In order to successfully measure service efficiency and effectiveness, IT organizations must ensure measurement activities are value-based. Therefore, from the perspective of value, here are some key attributes that should be considered during the plan-do-check-act lifecycle of IT metrics management.

One of the primary reasons measurement programs fail is because measurement is often done for the sake of measurement itself, and not tied to critical business drivers. In order to successfully measure service efficiency and effectiveness, IT organizations must ensure measurement activities are value-based.

Achieving value-based measurement and continuous improvement of technology services requires an IT organization to implement activities based on what they want to accomplish, not on what they want to measure. As understood and promoted by the ITIL framework and ITSM in general, the primary accomplishment of IT should be the effective alignment of services with the current and future needs of the business and its customers.

Therefore, from the standpoint of value and accomplishment, following are some key attributes that should be considered during the plan-do-check-act lifecycle of IT metrics management:

Vision: The future state of any measurement program should be clearly outlined, specifically identifying the people, processes and technologies that are required to support the future state vision.

Assess: Evaluate the current state of any existing measurement system and understand how best-in-class organizations implement these systems. Activities that are not value-based should be stopped immediately.

Staffing: IT measurement is primarily built around people with clear roles and responsibilities to ensure accountability and efficiency. Obtaining formal commitment from senior management on support staff is critical to the success of any measurement program.

Documentation: Measurement goals, objectives, milestones and underlying activities should be formalized to ensure sponsorship and continuity. Just like the core IT service support and delivery processes, the IT measurement process should also be captured and documented.

Communication: Communication is required for measurement sustainability and ensures the entire organization understands and supports the program. More specifically, it is important to identify and maintain communication with those individuals that create value through use of the resultant performance measures.

Consistency: The core building blocks of measurement should be established with consistency in order to minimize measurement costs. Specific metrics should be developed, captured, measured, reported and reviewed in a consistent fashion, supported by standard procedures, processes and policies.

Control: With the advent of IT governance, Sarbanes-Oxley and other legislative requirements, metrics and measurement should be monitored for completeness, accuracy, validity and appropriate authorization prior to commencement of any related activities.

Prototype: A prototype or "proof-of-concept" measurement project may be a key activity in demonstrating value to the business. In turn, measurement activities can be bootstrapped and evolve with the maturing knowledge and support provided by the stakeholders.

Prioritize: Any measurement results should be used as an input for prioritizing the service improvement program portfolio. Just as individual metrics themselves need to be evaluated for value, improvement projects based on measurement findings need to be cost-justified and prioritized based their inherent value to the business.

Reporting: The true audience of a measurement program is the business leadership. Measurement results need to be rationalized, rolled-up and reported in a non-technical format, on a consistent basis and to the appropriate business audience in order to add real business value.

Keep in mind that mapping a specific metric back to a business objective does not necessarily validate its value or the effort involved in establishing and maintaining measurement activities. Investment in IT measurement is justified only when IT metrics are established collectively, based on value and drive accomplishment.

Bottom Line: In the end, IT measures must have context to have meaning; the appropriate context is derived by deciding which investments in measurement will actually provide business value. Adding value requires taking action and establishing clear goals and expectations, based on value-based measurement attributes. The success of any measurement program will be dictated by how effectively management aligns and leverages the people, processes and technologies that enable the vision.

Matt Evans is the Managing Director for ProcessWorx LLC ( http://www.processworx.com/ ). Mr. Evans holds a Master's degree in MIS and has extensive experience as an Information Technology professional specializing in IT service management, process improvement and legislative compliance. Mr. Evans can be reached at mjevans@processworx.com.

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Monday, 20. February 2006
MEXICO MANUFACTURING > Mexican Manufacturers .. Products Made in Mexico .. Discover the Low Cost Source
By packaging, 16:05

MEXICO MANUFACTURING > Mexican Manufacturers .. Products Made in Mexico .. Discover the Low Cost Source  
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Mexican products have become big sellers in every country of the world. The total value of Mexican products that are imported into the US alone exceeds the billion dollar mark by far.

Thanks to their low cost, quality and uniqueness, most Mexican products can be resold for high profits.

It's not uncommon for American and European traders dealing in Mexican art, paintings, silver or exotic leather to harvest handsome profit margins that in many cases exceed a 100% markup when they buy from the right suppliers.

With out a question there is a lot of money to be made by reselling Mexican products. And the cheaper you buy, the better. Just don't expect to get the best possible prices from those Mexican products "providers" that you can find on the web for free.

Most of the guys and companies that are ranking at the top of the internet search engines are basically American companies that are reselling Mexican products. So don't think you will get the best possible prices from them. Marketers and other middlemen exist to make a profit. Everybody knows it. It's impossible for an intermediary to sell you at a manufacturer's low price. It's against their business model.

The only way you are going to make BIG cash is by dealing direct with the Mexican sources. Visit http://www.Mexico-Store.com today and discover how you can access beautiful Mexican products at incredibly low wholesale prices that you can easily resell twice as much or translate into GREATER profit margins for your self.

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Wednesday, 25. January 2006
Printed Customized Labels
By packaging, 23:24

Printed Customized Labels - What You Need to Know And What You Should Ask For!  
by Steven Schneidman

Look around today, labels are everywhere. With tighter regulatory rules, better labeling is becoming compulsory. Labels should provide the end user with useful information to them. A great label can also make your company or product stand out. Walk down any isle in a grocery store or pharmacy, and you can see many brands for every product. How does the consumer choose? One way is the packaging. A sharp, professionally designed label can increase the chances that your product will be the one selected. Study after study shows that the packaging can increase the likelihood of selection from 20 to 65% among undecided shoppers.

Do your labels save you time, effort, and money? Do they make your company look good and help you sell more? Do they adhere well, look beautiful, and last as long you need them? Or do they just stick? Discover everything your labels can do for you. You invest a lot in your labels--shouldn't they do a lot for you?

Nearly every industry uses labels. They perform a broad range of functions, including identification, merchandising, marketing and transferring information. But not all labels are the same, nor will just any label meet your company's unique needs. Find a label supplier with expert knowledge of label materials, adhesives, protective coatings, printers and more. By understanding your needs and wants, this will lead to a more successful label. Use employees who are specially trained in label design, including the finer elements of selecting the right face stock and adhesive for your stickiest label applications.

If you buy labels, you should know that many factors affect the success of these products. Next time you order labels, be prepared to answer questions about the surface the label will be adhered to (wood, glass, painted), the texture of the surface (rough, cylindrical, flat), the expected usage period (days, months, years), the temperature at application and the method of imprinting (ink jet, ion deposition, laser printer, handwritten). In addition, talk to others in your company to determine if the label will be exposed to any harsh conditions, such as direct sunlight or abrasives.

Why should I buy custom labels?

Stock labels may be adequate for internal usage, such as inventory tracking, but you'll probably want to order a custom label for any applications that your customers will see. Consider a label, such as a shipping label, an extension of your company's image and an important advertising vehicle. Incorporate your logo, corporate colors and your company's Internet address. Labels in custom sizes or with custom die cuts will make vital information stand out. Ask for design ideas (such as custom perfs or bar codes) that will help your operation run more efficiently.

Distinguish Your Company with Unique Labels. If your company is using plain shipping labels, warning and instruction labels, information labels, and price labels, you're missing out on viable marketing opportunities. Shouldn't your company have more of a presence than just a name on a UPS label? The use of 4-color product labels, shipping labels and more, featuring your company's name, logo, slogan and contact information. Personalized labels will improve your company's image and reach. Once you put thought into the whole process of designing and usage of your labels, the returns spent on this label will certainly outweigh any of the costs. It's not what you put in that's important but rather what you get out.

Good luck with your next label!

Steven Schneidman Solutions Ink www.solutionsink4u.com

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Saturday, 07. January 2006
Think "Business Processes" Not "Departments" - 5 Compelling Reasons
By packaging, 13:30

Think "Business Processes" Not "Departments" - 5 Compelling Reasons 
by Samuel Okoro

1. Process Thinking follows the natural flow of the business

A business process is a collection of interrelated work tasks triggered by an event and geared towards providing results or outcomes valued by the "customer". The adoption of process thinking causes an organisation to align its activities and systems with the natural flow of materials and information from the start to the end of the value chain.

Functional thinking creates silos with boundaries across which information and other resource flows are not seamless, leading to the absence of a shared understanding of what the business is about, what factors are critical to the achievement of objectives and how efforts can be coordinated to best attain those objectives.

Carry out an experiment in your organisation. Take any core process: ask five managers in different departments involved in the process the following questions.

* Describe this process
* Who are the customers to the process?
* What valued outcomes do they expect?
* Who are the suppliers to the process?
* What inputs do they provide?
* What is the cycle time for this process?

If yours is a functionally oriented organisation, their answers, where they understand your questions at all, are likely to be all different. Some processes you might consider are order processing, product development, recruitment etc.

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2. Business Process Thinking focuses the organisation on customer needs

Because of the insistence on definite identifiable outcomes valued by the customer, process thinking helps the organisation focus on correctly identifying and satisfactorily meeting and exceeding their expectations. Measures of performance are tied to current customer satisfaction levels as well as the enhancement of capacity to satisfy the customer in the future.

Departmental or functional thinking is, on the other hand, focused on internal measures of no value to the customer. Examples of the different kinds of measures are input measures (e.g. items delivered by suppliers), process measures (e.g. cost, time, involvement, efficiency) and output (e.g. timeliness, quality, ease of use, returns on investment) measures. Decisions on appropriate measures must meet the dual requirements of value to the customer and improvability.

3. Business Process Thinking Encourages Focus on Value Addition

Organisations that have adopted a business process mentality constantly strive to ensure that certainly all their processes, and as much as possible, all activities within those processes contribute towards the final outcome paid for by the customer. All non-value adding processes and activities are eliminated or minimised.

Many functionally oriented organisations for example have lengthy approval requirements that serve no purpose. A company drastically collapsed its approval chain after an experiment in which unsuspecting approvers failed to detect that the documents they had just endorsed only had the usual cover sheet followed by a sheaf of blank sheets. This meant they were approving requests without reading the contents! Talk about non-value addition!

Consider also that in many processes the actual contact time between a process document or work piece and the workers or process operators is usually a ridiculously small fraction of the process cycle time. The balance of the time is wasted on such non-value activities as waiting, unnecessary movement, locating misplaced items or documents etc.

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4. Business Process Thinking Encourages a Focus on Quality

The bane of good quality products or services in majority of organisations is the variation or inconsistency of process outcomes. Organisations with a process mentality continuously ferret out and eliminate sources of variation to achieve consistent results. This is almost impossible to achieve within functionally oriented organisations as their narrow focus prevents awareness of the causes of problems that span functional boundaries.

While a functional organisation might call for an arbitrary amount of improvement in quality (e.g. 10% reduction in defects) process oriented organisations apply a fact-based understanding of the relationship between results and the processes that drive them. Statistical tools are used to study what factors have the most significant impact and effort is focused on influencing these factors.

5. Business Process Thinking Institutionalises High Performance and Guarantees Execution of Organisational Priorities

A focus on business processes institutionalises high performance in the following ways.

* Uses measures of performance that are meaningful to the customer and other stakeholders. This is very important in view of the axiom that what gets measured gets done. Rewards are aligned to measures, which in turn support valued customer and organisational outcomes.
* Standardises processes by minimising waste and variation, drastically reducing defects and improving speed of delivery.

Samuel Okoro is the CEO of Leapfrog Alliance Ltd, a management training and consulting firm that helps organisations located in the African region to improve quality and reduce costs through better business processes. His personal passion is to help move African business to world-class levels. For further details please visit http://leapfrogalliance.com.

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Wednesday, 21. December 2005
Are You A Negotiating Nightmare?
By packaging, 23:44

Are You A Negotiating Nightmare?
by Kim Duke

Years ago I read this quote:

The definition of PAIN:

"The difference between what you HAVE and what you WANT."

Over the many years of being in sales I see 2 kinds of people when it comes to negotiating.

1) The person who doesn't budge an inch.

2) The person who gives away everything to get the deal.

I would much rather you believe in your product/service as compared to giving away discounts/freebies etc. with no regard to your own value.

As we all know... reality usually lies somewhere in the middle.

But what controls the negotiation process?

Well - back to economics school everyone!

1) The Law of Supply and Demand

2) The Law of Perceived Value

If you have what someone else wants or needs - then you are in a stronger negotiating position.

If they can't get it anywhere else - you are in an even stronger negotiating position.

If they know your product/service has absolutely the VALUE that they are looking for - you are in the best position of all.

So When Do You Negotiate Yoda?

Well...remember that negotiation is part of life. You are doing it right now!

You are negotiating on which movie to go to, where you are going to spend your holidays, who gets to drive the kids to school today..you know what I am talking about.

The Diva Rule of Negotiation?

If you know your pricing is solid, your perceived value is high, the law of supply and demand is on your side - then you don't move an INCH!

If there is a deal that has long-term benefits to you, reasonable volume, leverage and spin-off - is the only time you consider negotiating.

DO NOT - I REPEAT DO NOT - EVER GIVE AWAY THE FARM.

WHY? Because there is no going back.

AND NEVER NEGOTIATE ON ONE-HIT WONDER DEALS unless there is something reaaaaaaaaaaally amazing in it for you. Like dinner with the Queen...or Brad Pitt!

Remember - in an active negotiation process- you give something and the other party gives something.

It isn't when you give everything and the other party doesn't provide any concessions. Unless of course...the Law of Supply and Demand and Perceived Value are not in your favor.

So take a minute today...where does your product/service stand? What are YOU doing to create Perceived Value? The only pain this Diva wants you to experience are GROWING PAINS!

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Monday, 19. December 2005
Management - Developmental Delegation: How To Kindle The Inner Spirit
By packaging, 22:15

Developmental Delegation: How To Kindle The Inner Spirit  
by Eric Garner

If  you manage others, one of your most important roles will be to develop the resources that you have under you and that includes the people themselves. Here is a 6-step guide to how to develop people through delegation.

1. Kindle The Inner Spirit. The first step in developing others is the belief that everyone in the team is capable of growth and development. We demonstrate that belief by being genuinely interested in what they are doing and helping them discover ways in which they can build on their strengths. In this way, developmental opportunities open up almost by themselves. "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flames by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who re-kindle the inner spirit." (Albert Schweitzer)

2. Get To Know Your Team's Strengths. The biggest disasters in people management arise when we fail to recognize the natural abilities of our team. It's what happened to Rabbit when he went to school.

When Rabbit first went to school, he was delighted with what the instructor told him. "Rabbit, you have fine legs. You hop well, spring well and jump well. With some guidance, you can be an excellent jumper." Rabbit loved every minute of the Hopping class and excelled. Then the Head Teacher said: "But Rabbit, you don't swim well or climb trees at all well. You must stop the Jumping class and concentrate on swimming and tree climbing." So, Rabbit left the Jumping class that he loved and went to the Swimming class and Tree climbing class that he hated. After a while, miserable and dispirited, he begged his parents to take him out of school. "If only I'd been allowed to stay in Jumping," he thought. (Donald Clifton and Paula Nelson)

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3. Find Jobs That Match Your Needs and People's Needs. The art of delegating lies in finding a match between the potential of the individual and the needs of the business. When you find that match, you hit on a win-win situation: you gain and the individual gains. By contrast, when you delegate jobs that don't need to be done, or to people who don't have any real interest in them, or can't do them, or don't want to do them, you simply de-motivate and frustrate. As a result, people become convinced they're inadequate and lacking in any real talent. "Don't try and teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig." (Donald Clifton and Paula Nelson)

4. Agree A Delegation Plan. When you decide to delegate a job to someone in order to develop their strengths, it is important to create a delegation contract so that you both know what is expected of each other. This contract can include anything you want but useful areas for agreement include: time scales; levels of freedom; levels of authority; constraints; methods of working; worries; how others are affected. You are unlikely to be able to do this without sitting down with the delegatee to agree the contract and then having regular chats as things progress.

5. Let Them Go. Unless your delegation contract stipulates a very tight amount of control by you, you must let the person get on with things without unnecessary interference. OK, that may sound risky. And it is. After all, the delegatee may foul up. Well, that's a risk you have to be prepared to take, since this may be the only way they're going to learn. But unless you let them go, they won't be able to stretch their wings and fly. Delegation is an act of faith on the part of both you and your delegatee. "Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing I can do. Because then they will act." (Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric)

6. Keep Your Eyes On. Working out how near or far you need to be in a delegating relationship is the true art of managing others. Too close and you don't give people enough freedom to take risks and learn; too far and they lose hope. One rule is to take your hands off but keep your eyes on. This relationship is similar to parents teaching their children to swim. At the start, they stand right next to them with their hands under their tummies. They never let go. Then gradually as the children begin to gain in confidence and skill, they move back. First they let one hand go. Imperceptibly. Then the other hand. Then they take a step back. Then another. And eventually they move out of reach to the side of the pool. In the end they leave the children alone and get out of the pool. But all the time and even now, they never take their eyes off them.

Developmental delegation is by far the most important of all the acts of delegation. It is delegation with a purpose. It grows the one resource that is free and unlimited, your own staff. When it works, you increase all your assets at a stroke and both you and your delegatee are the richer for it.

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