Global leading, focused supplier of cocoa beans and cocoa ingredients, Olam Cocoa, focuses on natural ingredients, new flavours and delivery formats as it rides the healthy snack trend
- FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal 2020-03
- Companies should be able to shield themselves from what they believe are potential risks to their businesses, and this is all part of risk management. But as it is, a crisis like the COVID-19 epidemic caught the world off guard, as threat of its spread from China toward the West, seemed remote at first. For many global companies, China is a very important trading partner, and along with them we felt the country’s pain throughout this first quarter. As China-based businesses begin to recover, we do so with them. However, the pandemic continues to impact Asia, Europe, the US, and the rest of the world. Lockdowns are limiting the production, supply, and shipment of goods. With an end to this challenge not within sight, it begs the question: how do we continue serving our global clients at the time of COVID-19, and how can we prepare for a similar risk in the future? This is a fitting time for introspection, to test the resilience of our business models, strategies, and how to protect our most valuable asset - our employees. Several trade shows and conferences are
- International Metalworking News for Asia 2020-02
- When the time rolls around to launch our first issue for the year, I wonder what new technology will hit the industrial manufacturing. Metalworking tools facilitate a long list of the everyday manufacturing activities in every factory, so much so that it’s hard to imagine there was a time when we didn’t have them. But they always come around. Because even so fully woven into the structure of every plant that we almost forget it’s there, metalworking tools are an ever more essential and more varied element of industrial manufacturing, particularly for companies pursuing a mission in a faster, more competitive world. Each year, we find new technology success stories to tell, along with fresh challenges to explore. However, the rapidly changing situation around the coronavirus spread is worrying global investors. Strong company culture and a defined sense of brand purpose can be invaluable in helping a brand navigate these types of decisions. Communications tactics should be shaped around the priorities of the business and its stakeholders. But, it’s essential to be
- International Plastics News for Asia - February 2020-2
- In this issue, the second part of the K 2019 post-show report contains some of the most interesting materials and production technologies in the packaging sector – considered one of the most vibrant industries where plastics play a key role. Companies interviewed provided a glimpse of how their innovations have been making a big impact on tomorrow’s packaging. An interesting aspect of this K 2019 special coverage is how companies are overcoming the barriers to enable the production of packaging materials that are recyclable, in support of the industry’s efforts towards a circular economy. As Industry 4.0 remains a hot topic in the plastics industry, an expert in this area provides an overview on how Asian companies can move further and embrace new technologies and processes becomes to transform into a smart manufacturing operation. High performance materials continue to bring new dimensions in the automotive sector, and in this issue, we cover one of the recent concepts in vehicle interior and exterior that aim to create a new travel experience.
- FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal - January 2020 2020-01
- Science fiction has fed us with so many ideas about what the future would be like. The movie, Soylent Green no matter how old, still comes to mind for its chilling present-day relevance. Based on a novel written in 1966, Soylent was set in the year 2022, and depicted an ugly world dying due to the effects of climate change, overpopulation, food scarcity, pollution, and issues similar to what we currently face. Meat was a luxury, so everyday food was, take note, plant-based, supposedly made from soy, lentil, even plankton (or so we thought until we reached the movie’s highpoint). The future of food is easier to predict compared to 50 years ago, and I’d like to think we are better equipped to manage crises in order to prevent food and water scarcity that futurists speak of when pertaining to rising populations. In advanced countries, we’re seeing industry’s efforts leaning toward sustainable sources of ingredients, food, packaging, and waste reduction in every step of production and consumption. Among them is protein derived from plants. In this issue, we’ve compil
- FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal 2019-12
- Our cover story on health and nutrition focuses on our responsibility -- individually, as a company, or community -- in solving global overnutrition and undernutrition. It's something that you in the food and beverage industry already know, and likely already engaged in. Based on statistics from the World Health Organization, about 1.9 billion adults are overweight or obese, while 462 million are underweight. There are now more obese than underweight people. It is not an easy task even on an personal level to watch one's weight, or to oversee a family's healthy well-being especially when stores are filled with snacks and convenience foods in very attractive packaging. The temptation is great - when choosing a snack, it's a mental wrestle between what's delicious and what's nutritious. Some brands claim their products are both. For others, we hope they keep working on reducing/eliminating ingredients that compromise the health over time. While product innovation/reformulation has its challenges, from cost to achieving the winning taste, it is simply a part of an o
- International Metalworking News for Asia- December 2019 2019-12
- This issue is chock full of great content, a large chunk of which focuses on new trends that are key to the metalworking industry. Boardroom Connection starts off with the story behind Vietnam’s first car maker, VinFast. The company has effectively managed to build their factory, car design, and start car production in record time – half the usual average time taken – by utilising Siemens’ portfolio of integrated software and hardware. Metal Cutting presents an interview with Breton S.p.A. during the recent EMO Hannover. Alessandro said customers in China are now requesting new special solutions, not only the machine itself, but support as well. They want to learn how to get the best of the technology Breton is offering them. Automation section shows the rise in automation and modern technology can take CNC machining to a new level. To demonstrate this, Omron Electronics Pte Ltd and Hurco (S.E. Asia) Pte Ltd worked together in presenting a live working demonstration of the digitisation of a precision parts manufacturing process - integrating advanced CNC machine,
- International Plastics News for Asia - December 2019-12
- K 2019 is over and the overwhelming support it received from the plastics and rubber industries is manifested in its huge success – 3,300+ exhibitors and more than 220,000 visitors. Majority of those who came to exhibit are optimistic of the future given the strong commitment of the industry players in attaining a circular economy. Never before has those in the industries unite as they try to discover solutions towards sustainable production. This issue features many of the highlights of K 2019 – the technologies and materials launched, the outlook of the plastics and rubber industries and the insights of industry professionals who participated at this year’s edition. The upcoming trends and developments point towards a brighter future for plastics. Ringier Events held another successful edition of the 2019 Plastic Applications in Food & Beverage Packaging Summit in Manila, Philippines. The two-day event gathered leading industry and technology experts and over 150 delegates in one venue to explore the latest manufacturing technologies that will benefit food and
- FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal - November 2019 2019-11
- Ringier’s Asia Manufacturing Summit: Food and Beverages, Plastic Packaging and Plastic Recycling Technology held in August, proved to be another successful event from the company. It was followed a month later by the Plastic Applications in Food and Beverage Packaging Summit in Manila. In these conferences, there was a show of interest in sustainable packaging, recycling, and the circular economy, thanks to the presentations of keynote speakers Mr Crispian Lao who is Commissioner of the National Solid Waste Management Commission and founding president of the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS), Mr Henky Wibawa of the Indonesia Packaging Federation, and other presentors at these events. They shared their passion to help effect change in the industry. Their sentiments in fact are echoed in how manufacturers are looking toward 2020 and beyond. In our outlook report for processing and packaging, equipment providers with their innovative and efficient machines can help manufacturers address waste reduction, better use of resources, an
Samai is the first rum distillery in Cambodia, and proudly the only one producing premium and industrial rums in the Kingdom, writes JEAN ALINGOD-GUITTAP.
The fight against obesity continues with multi-sectoral partnerships, commitment and strong food innovation.
The 2019 ASEAN Automotive & Motorcycle Parts Manufacturing Summit successfully ended following a two-day run, from 6-7 November at the Holiday Inn Cikarang Jababeka in Indonesia.