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Moriyama first to run commercial production using SIG filling technology in Japan

Tokyo-based 50-50 joint venture DNP • SIG Combibloc Co., Ltd has announced that pioneering dairy manufacturer Moriyama is the first customer in Japan to run commercial production using SIG filling technology and the first to offer premium ready-to-drink (RTD) products in SIG carton packs locally filled in Japan.

Japan is one of the most competitive and highly developed markets for food and beverages in the world, with innovation being the key to success. Food safety and quality is of paramount importance with extremely high requirements on both aseptic and industrial standards. SIG’s market entry in Japan with Moriyama clearly demonstrates such high-quality standards, for both filling technology and packaging.

Moriyama’s new premium RTD products, in combifitMidi and combiblocMidi 1000 ml aseptic carton packs from SIG, will be filled at the company’s production plant in Kanagawa Prefecture on a CFA 812 filling machine from SIG. The new products, including cocoa, organic tea and organic coffee, and packaging fit perfectly within Moriyama’s extensive and diverse product portfolio, offering a high level of differentiation in such a mature and challenging environment.

Moriyama is also an important co-packer within the Japanese market and the new filling technology from SIG will benefit this side of its business, helping to expand its market position in the longer term.

DNP • SIG Combibloc Co., Ltd and Moriyama work together on product innovation and differentiation as part of SIG’s Value Proposition, which aims to deliver innovative product and packaging solutions that enable businesses to satisfy ever-changing needs.

Krones, the world’s leading manufacturer of filling and packaging technology, released its annual report for the financial year 2017 today. The company continued its stable, profitable growth and intends to give shareholders an appropriate share in its success.

Krones’ revenue grew 8.8 %

Krones’ revenue increased 8.8 % year-on-year to €3,691.4 million. Adjusted for acquisitions, revenue was up 7.2 %. Krones’ broad international diversification and comprehensive portfolio of products and services served the company well in 2017. The highest percentage revenue growth came in the South America/Mexico, Asia-Pacific, and Western Europe sales regions.

Order intake improved by 10.0 % year-on-year to €3,786.8 million in 2017. Adjusted for acquisitions, the increase was 7.1 %. While order intake in the Asia-Pacific and North America regions rose more than that, ordering activity was somewhat slower in China and the Middle East/Africa. At the end of 2017, Krones had orders on hand totalling €1,240.1 million, which is up 8.3 % year-on-year. The comfortable orders backlog provides a good basis for continued revenue growth.

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SIG outlines three new ways to add value to food and beverage producers

To help food and beverage producers meet increasing industry demands, SIG has created three value-adding segments as part of its Value Proposition.

Built around SIG’s new company promise of ‘Excellence – Engineered. Solutions – Delivered’, this dedicated framework allows the company to demonstrate the value it brings to customers and consumers by outlining its core capabilities and solution-driven approach to solving current and future challenges.

With three clearly-defined segments that represent distinct themes within the food and beverage industry, SIG is well placed to help its customers realise opportunities for performing better and growing faster in an ever-changing global and local market.

“Global changes are reinventing the way we live and work,” said Rolf Stangl, CEO of SIG. “Digitalisation, urbanisation, a growing middle class and more on-the-go lifestyles are just some of the megatrends dramatically impacting the food and beverage industry. But these new trends and demands are also creating new opportunities. And together with SIG, our customers can be ready for the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead.”

SIG’s three main value-adding segments include Product Innovation & Differentiation, Smart Factory and Connected Pack. Product Innovation & Differentiation means SIG is delivering innovative product and packaging solutions that go beyond standard packaging and enable customers to satisfy ever-changing needs and capitalise on current and future market trends.

Smart Factory, meanwhile, demonstrates how SIG is continually innovating its systems to fully integrate into IoT landscapes and deliver technical services that transform filling plants into connected factories securing the highest efficiency, flexibility and quality for customers.

Finally, Connected Pack outlines how SIG is using new digital coding technologies and unique track-and-trace solutions to ensure 100% connectivity and transparency, as well as greater digital interaction and engagement, within every single pack.

Within these three value-adding segments, SIG has outlined eight key solution areas that cover a range of customer challenges and ambitions as part of a fully customised approach.

“This is an exciting time for SIG as we look to fulfil our new company promise of ‘Excellence – Engineered. Solutions – Delivered’,” added Rolf Stangl. “With our Promise and Value Proposition, SIG is the perfect partner for our customers. We can turn their challenges into opportunities, while translating their ambitions into actionable work packages and solutions. We do this through an intelligent, holistic approach to their business needs. So, with our three ways to add value, we can always be sure of meeting customer needs and helping them realise new opportunities.”