New CEO for Palsgaard Innovation Arm

    Claus Hviid Christensen

    Nexus A/S, the independent research and innovation center whose discoveries inspire the emulsifiers and stabilizers of Palsgaard A/S, will welcome a new CEO. Danish-based ingredients manufacturer owes its highly successful portfolio of vegetable-based emulsifiers and stabilizers to sister company Nexus A/S, comprising a range of laboratories and functions with a common purpose: to continuously create new and innovative solutions to serve end-users worldwide – and to continuously refine existing emulsifier formulations to meet client-specific needs. Nexus CEO Viggo Norn, a highly respected scientist and entrepreneurial innovator who has led the company for over 25 years, will officially be replaced by Claus Hviid Christensen at a ceremony at the company’s headquarters. Viggo was instrumental in helping the company to grow during his time, providing innovation after innovation to meet market needs. Claus joins Palsgaard just as the company celebrates 100 years since its founder, Einar Schou, invented the modern commercial emulsifier, and the new CEO for Nexus will also have growth on his agenda. That’s because the company is growing at a rate that will see revenues double over the next five years. And the current product range is only part of the growth surge. “We will compete in more areas, not just food, and will start to compete more and more with larger companies,” he says. “We are going to cover a lot of new ground with our emulsifiers, beginning with our most recent move into polymers and developing this along with other entirely new business segments. In fact, given that our products, their derivatives and our competencies can be expanded into so many new potential applications and services, we need to choose the next steps with care,” he added. Educated as a chemist, Claus has experience both as a senior executive in large and small technology enterprises, and as a full professor in a lengthy and award-winning international academic career. It’s a remarkable combination that brings a broad palette of new skills to both companies, with innovation in the driving seat.  “In my first job, I learned that chemistry can actually change the world,” he explains. “Over the years, this interest has more become a passion for developing innovative products and solutions than for chemistry itself.” Already, Claus Hviid Christensen has spent the first three months of 2017 getting to know Nexus and its staff before taking over the reins, and he is clearly impressed by his new team.

    First Investor Group Purchases Carlton Downtown Hotel

    Hosni Abdelhadi - CEO of Carlton Hotel Management

    Expanding its footprint in the hospitality sector, Dubai-based The First Investor group, a subsidiary of Al Fardan Group, announced the purchase of the Carlton Downtown hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. Formerly the Warwick Hotel, it is the third hotel to be operated by Carlton Hotel Management - a brand owned by The First Investor, and the ninth in the group’s collection of hotels. Commenting on the strategic investment, Hosni Abdelhadi, CEO of Carlton Hotel Management company stated, “The Carlton Downtown hotel is an exciting addition to our portfolio of hotels as we continue to expand our presence in the region. Our strategy is to invest in high-growth markets such as Dubai and this fantastic acquisition will reinforce our market position. We are confident that the Carlton Downtown hotel will prove to be a valuable asset for us and will generate superb financial returns for the company.” Brilliantly located in close proximity to the World Trade Center, DIFC and Downtown Dubai, the 47-storey spectacular tower features 357 rooms (275 suites and 82 spacious rooms). Included in the hotel’s fabulous facilities are 7 restaurants and bars, 10 meeting rooms, a health club and spa. Carlton Downtown hotel is also home to Dubai’s highest open-air rooftop pool and bar with spectacular 360º views over the city. With a strong presence in real estate, hospitality, shipping, finance, retail, security, IT, food and beverage industries, The First Investor has a diverse portfolio. Over the last few years the company has emerged as a major player in the hospitality sector with a total investment of over AED2.2 billion in various hotel projects. Hotels owned by the company include Carlton Downtown – Dubai, Carlton Palace Hotel – Dubai, Carlton Tower Hotel – Dubai, Marriott Executive Apartments – Dubai, Villa Rotana – Dubai, Four Points by Sheraton - Dubai, Imperial Palace – Jordan, Sun Hotel - Czech Republic and Belvedere Hotel, Czech Republic.

    Baumeister Sees a Clear Trend Towards Integrated Systems

    The BEUMER Group is an international specialist in the manufacture of intralogistics systems for conveying, loading, palletizing, packaging, sortation and distribution. Gregor Baumeister, Manager of the Palletizing and Packaging Systems Division, is discussing in this interview the intralogistics systems in filling, palletizing and packaging equipment.


    Gregor Baumeister, Manager of the Palletizing & Packaging Systems Division, Beumer Group

    Q. You have been Manager of the Palletizing and Packaging Systems Division at the BEUMER Group in Beckum since October 2015. In this function, you control and coordinate the global competence center in this sector. What are your tasks and which goals do you want to achieve?
    Gregor Baumeister: With the management of the Palletizing and Packaging Systems Division, I have taken on a highly exciting and varied task. In this position, I control and am responsible for all global sales activities via the competence center. Together with my team, I am also responsible for developing and expanding the comprehensive solutions portfolio. I can formulate my goal very simply: I want to continuously promote the worldwide growth of this business sector. To achieve this, we must establish ourselves in a regionally balanced manner to enable us to support our customers throughout the world in the best possible way. We concentrate on industries with potential but with different economic cycles. And with our intelligent solutions, we will continue to address sectors in which we are firmly established, such as construction materials, chemicals and consumer goods. 

    Q. Can you explain the procedure within the competence center in more detail? And how do customers throughout the world benefit from this?
    Baumeister: In our target sectors, we integrate packaging and intralogistics solutions for industry-specific applications. A good example is integrated packaging lines for the chemical industry. The bulk material passes from the silo along a conveyor section to our innovative Form-Fill-Seal system (FFS system). The bagging machine is fitted with an integreted, high-precision weigher. This ensures that the weight of the bags is accurately reproduced. Our reliable high-performance palletizers from the BEUMER paletpac range then stack the bags efficiently on pallets. Our customers use the innovative high-performance packaging systems in the BEUMER stretch hood series to secure the load. All machines in this line used the same Human Machine Interface (HMI). This makes it easier for the user to operate, and considerably reduces familiarization time. But there is more to come at the end of this packaging line. With our system solutions, we ensure that the palletized and packaged product is forwarded to a connected store – or directly to dispatch. At the same time, our systems ensure continuous material and data tracking. We have combined the appropriate solutions and expertise required to realize this material flow in our intralogistics team. The customer is therefore provided with complete solutions from a single source. The team also develops special solutions for very demanding tasks. For example, we have installed a highly redundant application for the rubber industry, which enables an efficient material flow, and complex packaging systems, which are used by wood-processing companies throughout the world. 

    Q. How have the requirements for intralogistics and in particular in filling, palletizing and packaging equipment changed over the years?
    Baumeister: I also see a clear trend towards integrated systems in this sector. Customers also want a complete solution from a single source and therefore only one – reliable and competent – point of contact for the whole job. Demand is more for solutions providers and less for product suppliers. However, this does not mean that we will no longer be selling individual machines. We have only established, particularly with very large organizations such as building material or chemical concerns, which they prefer to combine the responsibility and have only one point of contact for their whole line. 

    Q. What do these intralogistics systems consist of and what are the specific benefits for the user? In which industries are they used?
    Baumeister: As far as the users are concerned, we are problem solvers, and this is also how we want to be seen by the industry. This is what we will be showing with these systems. We are not bringing so-called “me too” solutions to the market, but extremely efficient and specific systems which overcome quite individual challenges. I have already mentioned a highly redundant application for the rubber industry. This is a very good example. With this application, after cutting, the rubber bales must be film-wrapped and packed in large containers. The special challenge here is that they must not stop on the conveyor as otherwise the rubber would flow and it would no longer be possible to transport them. We have developed a system for the customer which ensures a continuous material flow in all operating states. We have implemented this with components from our proven portfolio. At the same time, we are also using technologies from other sectors – for example, we transfer solutions from the Airport sector to the tire industry. As we work across different sectors, we are able to offer our customers quite different perspectives.

    Man’oushe Street Upbeat on Continued Growth

    Jihad El Eit, Founder and CEO, Man’oushe Street

    Man’oushe Street, a popular Middle Eastern eatery that serves traditional, home-styled street food, has revealed the opening of its 17th new branch in the UAE—bringing its total number of outlets to 27 branches. The opening of the new branch, which will be in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) inside SouqExtra Shopping Centre, demonstrates the company’s continuing move to expand its presence in the Arab Region. In fact, Man’oushe Street has expressed optimism in achieving a sales growth of USD27 million by 2018—twice the USD13.6 million sales figure it posted in 2016. The new outlet complements the company's strategic expansion initiative, which aims at opening two new branches every year to reach 20 outlets in 2018. The additional new outlets will also translate to an increase in the company’s employees, which employed 269 in 2015 and 350 in 2016. To date, it has managed to position itself as one of the most highly preferred street food options in the UAE and the region. The new outlet will be featuring the Man'oushe Street 'Kids Chef' initiative, which gives children the opportunity to be a Man’oushe Street chef by creating and baking their own man’oushe. The program aims at giving kids an idea of how it feels to be a chef and to also teach them the responsibility of properly preparing their meals. “We are very proud to announce the coming opening of our 17th new branch, which will be located in Dubai Silicon Oasis. This new outlet reflects our continuing efforts to expand our presence across the UAE,” concluded Jihad El Eit, Founder and CEO, Man’oushe Street.

    DUKES Dubai Now Open to the Public

    DUKES Dubai lobby

    Dubai has been furnished with a quintessentially British offering with the opening of the new five star DUKES Dubai hotel on the west trunk of Palm Jumeirah. This is the first international property for DUKES, which has proven a hugely popular destination with GCC visitors in London. The hotel, which soft-opened for training in December, consists of 279 guestrooms including 64 suites, with a ladies-only Liberty Duchess floor featuring 20 rooms, as well as 227 fully furnished hotel apartments. “DUKES Dubai brings the very best of British hospitality to the emirate. The soft opening of the hotel in December was a great success and we have already received rave reviews. We look forward to welcoming visitors and treating them to this unique experience,” said Abdulla Bin Sulayem, CEO, Seven Tides. Serving modern British brasserie-style cuisine, the hotel’s signature outlet Great British Restaurant (GBR) will serve quality British produce in a dramatic setting overlooking the Gulf. “I currently divide my time between London and Dubai and it has given me great insight into the pent-up demand, expectations and trends of British travelers, essentially it helps me to take the pulse of the British outbound market. I am confident that our offering will not only match, it will exceed their expectations – brand loyalty is the key to success for DUKES Dubai,” said Debrah Dhugga, Managing Director of DUKES Dubai and DUKES London.

    Heat and Control Will Once Again Be at interpack 2017

    E-FLO™ Electroporation system

    This year will see the launch of the newly released FastBack 260E G3 cartridge system and the integrated Spray Dynamics ‘Slurry On Demand’ Continuous mixing system and WeighBack. To further enhance these actual equipment systems, visitors will be able to experience a working HeatWave® fryer by Heat and Control via Augmented Reality. They can experience how the company’s unique HeatWave Fryer operates by visualizing animated 3D models of the equipment via the new Heat and Control Augmented Reality (AR) app. Augmented reality uses technology to superimpose information on the world the company sees by overlaying digital content on top of real life images, using a camera phone or tablet. The app uses a drawing of the HeatWave Fryer that acts as a trigger point to view the animation. Visitors need to download the app and point their device at this image of the HeatWave Fryer and a 3D model of the fryer appears. They can see how the HeatWave Fryer cooks product from 360 degrees as they move around the image, allowing them to see all sides and angles of the fryer. The app allows the user to open and close the fryer by tapping on the screen prompts, and be able to run product through the fryer. This will involve an animation of food product (nuts) moving along the conveyor belt and oil flowing in curtains over the product. The development of the app will allow the company to interact with their customers on a new and exciting level, by providing technology that will give food manufacturers a different avenue to view and experience equipment in an animated 3D environment. “Given the size and sophisticated nature of a lot of our equipment, like the HeatWave Fryer, it can be a logistical nightmare to have large pieces of equipment of tradeshow booths for our customers to see”, says Heat and Control Sales Manager, Bobby Kane. “The Heat and Control AR app now allows customers to accurately view and see how equipment such as the HeatWave Fryer operates, simply by using their phone or any mobile device anywhere in the world”, adds Kane. The HeatWave snack frying system efficiently fry nuts, pellets, Namkeen and other snacks using less oil than conventional fryers by a proven breakthrough design that cooks snacks using curtains of clean filtered oil instead of submersion. The company will have product experts from across the globe coming to the exhibition, where they will be able to show the IN’s and OUT’s of its extensive product range. E-FLO Electroporation system is new at the exhibition this year – making potato chips and French fries healthier. The company’s product experts will be able to explain what Electroporation is, how it works, and why all snack processors should invest in this equipment. The company will also launch new control systems. This control system is bigger, brighter and so much easier for the processor to use. The newly developed screen, with clearer and more specific icons will show users immediately if something needs their attention, or for example, product changeover is required. Customers can test their products too. If they want to do so, then the company can arrange this in any one of its 9 technical facilities across the globe. Customers are invited to try a selection of the latest processing, seasoning, coating, product handling, packaging and inspection technologies in one of the company’s demonstration centers.

    Golden Extracts Demanded from the King of Fruit

    Mango Totapuri

    Mango has been one of the most successfully grown and commercially cultivated fruits in India over many generations. It is widely considered to be the ‘King of Fruits’ due to its exotic aroma and flavor, vibrant color, delicious taste and high nutrient value. Currently, India is the major exporter of mango pulp across the world, and it is classified as a healthy, nutritious NON-GMO (genetically modified organism). The process of extracting mango pulp begins with harvested fully matured mangoes, which are then transported to a fruit processing plant, where it is segregated and washed. The highest quality fruits are then selected to enter the artificial, or natural, ripening chambers. Fully Ripened Mango fruits are washed, blanched, pulped, deseeded, centrifuged, homogenized and more until finally, the pulp is sterilized and packaged. This process ensures the natural flavor and aroma to be retained in the pulp. The main varieties of mango pulp originating from India are: Alphonso Mango Pulp, Totapuri Mango Pulp, Kesar Mango Pulp, and Rashpuri. Emerging market demand is influencing Indian pulp processors to invest in machinery that can improve overall productivity whilst maintaining high quality in product. IPS-Ingredis is a trusted partner for the sourcing and supply of the highest quality of Mango Pulp from India, to fulfill the global demand in multiple industries.

    Integrated Packaging Solutions from a Single Source

    R 235 Thermoformer

    MULTIVAC presents itself at interpack as an experienced manufacturer of automation solutions. The solution portfolio covers all types of automation tasks and levels of integration. With a holistic understanding of customers' products and requirements, the processes for infeed, marking, quality inspection as well as cartoning and palletizing are also integrated in fully-automated solutions, in addition to packaging. The R 235 thermoforming packaging machine is specially designed for producing flat packs of sliced products. A quick-change system for the forming and sealing dies makes it easy to convert the machine to other pack formats. Various labelling and marking systems can also be integrated easily. The R 235 can also be equipped with a jumbo film unwind for lower webs to reduce machine downtime. Furthermore, the R 235 has an interface for linking a slicer. Thanks to a space-saving infeed construction, the loading conveyor of the slicer can be placed horizontally at the height of the film level. Thus no additional transport conveyors are necessary – this saves valuable space and reduces the investment expense. For the loading of packs with sliced goods, two different loading systems are showcased on the line, the Horizontal Loader as well as a Pick-and-Place system. Both systems are designed to insert sliced products into packs safely and hygienically with a high cycle output. Packs of sliced products are labelled by the L 330 conveyor belt labeler; the line is equipped with the H 130 handling module for cartoning.

    tna & Nid to Introduce the Latest Confectionery Solutions

    NID M3000

    tna, together with the newest member of its family of brands NID, a developer of starch molding technology, will display the latest cutting-edge solutions for the confectionery industry at this year’s interpack show. Highlights at the booth will include the latest version of NID’s flagship starch mogul, the NID M3000, tna’s innovative intelli-flav® OMS 5 system, which is now also available for the oiling and polishing of gummy applications, and robag® FX 3ci vertical form fill and seal system for the high-speed bagging of a wide range of confectionery products. A fully integrated and automated solution, comprising feeder, starch buck, depositor and stacker, the M3000 processes a multitude of single and multilayer starch-molded products such as gums, jellies, marshmallows, fondant creams, liquorice and crusted liqueur, including striped and center-in-shell products. The latest version of this starch molding equipment now comes with a range of new innovative features, enabling it to achieve faster production speeds, while offering customers some of the highest levels of product versatility and operational reliability. “We’re really excited to return to this year’s interpack with the latest generation of our M3000 mogul,” comments Mark Mueller, CEO at NID. “Our engineers have been extremely busy over the last few months to equip our flagship mogul with some exciting new features, including an automatic starch gate, a modular depositor frame and high speed turntable demolding, offering manufacturers some of the highest levels of speed and flexibility on the market.”

    Sacmi ECF Tastes Success in Morocco

    Filling system

    Belonging to the latest generation of isobaric electronic fillers, the supplied monobloc can process up to 24,000 cans/hour in the most popular formats, with maximum flexibility, low maintenance and fully guaranteed product integrity. The highest-performing, most flexible filling solution for both carbonated and still canned drinks. This is the Sacmi ECF, the ‘star’ of a key order for Morocco, a market currently one of the most dynamic and promising in all North Africa. The Group, which operates in the country through a dedicated branch – Sacmi North Africa – established as part of a joint venture with the leading local bottler, thus continues to develop and grow in Africa: this ongoing success also stems from a solution designed to handle, thanks to the special architecture of the filling valve, both still products (juices, etc.) and fruit-based CSDs (in this case, orange-based) that also contain pulp and fibre. The supplied monobloc– which includes the seamer that seals the can after filling – has a center-to-center of 167 mm and operates with 27 filling valves, downstream from which there are four seaming stations. Extremely flexible, this solution can handle “regular” or “slim” cans in the most popular 250 and 330 ml formats. Thanks to the container handling system, which operates by supporting containers from underneath, and advanced electronic-volumetric filling technology, the system provides maximum precision and high speed, which in the supplied configuration can reach 24,000 cans/hour.