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Is your on-pack communication authentic enough?"In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable." Howard Schultz, owner of Starbucks 24 May 2016 Read more >>

Commoditisation versus innovationWhile creating and capturing value from existing business is a real challenge, it's also important for the growth of a brand or company. Without profitability from current business activities you cannot invest in innovation for future growth. 17 May 2016 Read more >>

Pyrotec PackMark gears up for fdt Africa 2016With food & drink technology Africa (fdt) just around the corner, Pyrotec PackMark is gearing up to showcase a selection of coding and marking machines specifically engineered for the food and beverage industries. 11 May 2016 Read more >>

Two years of non-stop productionEngineered to save customers time and improve efficiency, the 9028 inkjet printer from Markem-Imaje, locally represented by Pyrotec PackMark, features an M6' ink circuit that is designed to be changed by machine operators in less than six minutes. 26 Apr 2016 Read more >>

Marketing to MillennialsMillennials or Gen Yers - those born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s - are an important generation for marketers and brand owners to get to grips with. 25 Apr 2016 Read more >>

Fix-a-Form case study: Paramount Home EntertainmentWho doesn't love dinner and a movie, especially when you get to enjoy it on your own couch? 20 Apr 2016 Read more >>

Make your product retail readyPyrotec PackMedia offers a range of merchandising solutions that will help you make your product retail ready. PackMedia, the on-pack solutions brand from Pyrotec, offers a range of Do-It® Hang Tabs and Display Strips that will satisfy almost every merchandising need. 12 Apr 2016 Read more >>

Expand your branding options with ElastiTagHave you reached the point where your packaging needs a pick-me-up? Perhaps you're keen to draw shoppers' attention to a specific product benefit or highlight a key ingredient? Or you may be planning to introduce a new flavour variant or launch a seasonal promotion? There are many reasons why our clients choose ElastiTag® to meet their branding and on-pack communication requirements. 5 Apr 2016 Read more >>

Merchandising solutionsDo-It® hang tabs and merchandising display strips are plastic self-adhesive hangers that allow products to be displayed vertically and face-forward to increase your product's brand awareness and maximise your merchandising display options. This means that products can be cross-merchandised or displayed in several different locations within the same retail store. 14 Mar 2016 Read more >>

Pyrotec's 50 years of experience, trust and innovationThis year marks the 50th anniversary of Pyrotec, a privately owned and managed business that was established in 1966 and continues to offer products and services founded on a dedication to quality, operational reliability and service excellence. 10 Mar 2016 Read more >>

IP ratings explainedThe Ingress Protection (IP) rating system provides an international standard for classifying the degrees to which electronic equipment and enclosures are sealed against dust, water, impact and other foreign bodies. 3 Mar 2016 Read more >>

Case study: Lactel Romania offers peace of mind with Fix-a-FormMost parents prefer to make an informed decision when selecting nutrition for their children. One company that understands the needs of this target market very well is Lactel Romania, part of the global Lactalis network. 24 Feb 2016 Read more >>

Streamline your production line with customised CoLOS softwareThe packaging environment is evolving fast as technology takes even the leanest, most streamlined production lines to a new level of efficiency. 17 Feb 2016 Read more >>

Do-It Hang Tabs and Display Strips from Pyrotec PackMediaDoes your product packaging allow for different merchandising options? Is your product getting noticed in the busy retail environment? 10 Feb 2016 Read more >>

Meeting industry demandsRepresented in southern Africa by Pyrotec PackMark, Markem-Imaje - a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of product identification and traceability solutions - offers its 9450 continuous inkjet printer for all manufacturers, regardless of their industry sectors; and the 9540 S, an inkjet printer for the beverage industry that meets the demanding constraints for traceability, versatility and hygiene. 3 Feb 2016 Read more >>

Serving seniorsWhile many packaging design briefs are often targeted at the discretionary income of millennials, the senior demographic should not be forgotten or overlooked. As far as this demographic is concerned, if they can't open it or read it, they won't buy it. 26 Jan 2016 Read more >>

Enhance your packaging with Pyrotec PackMedia's range of Do-It Hang TabsPackaging has evolved from a purely functional means intended to convey vital information and protect the product to playing a key roleplayer in a consumer's buying decision as well as a manufacturer or retailer's chance of selling a product. 19 Jan 2016 Read more >>

Herbex runs successful competition with Pyrotec PackMedia and Fix-a-FormHerbex, a prominent health products manufacturer, recently ran a promotion offering customers a chance to win R75,000 cash as well as other instant prizes. 13 Jan 2016 Read more >>

Pharmaceutical labelling: multiple languages, one solutionThe pharmaceutical and healthcare industry faces a range of packaging and labelling challenges, from protecting sensitive biopharmaceuticals to preventing counterfeiting. One major hurdle is catering for multi-national markets and patients who speak a range of different languages. 1 Dec 2015 Read more >>

Get your product noticed in the busy festive season with Pyrotec PackMedia's Do-It Hang Tabs and Display StripsSight can be regarded as one of the most important forms of advertising when a consumer makes the decision to purchase a product. Often, consumers don't go for products lying flat on the bottom shelf, mainly because these are not seen; whilst other products that are located higher up on shelves and face-forward get purchased because this is the "eye-zone" of the consumer. 23 Nov 2015 Read more >>

Pyrotec PackMark launches in MpumalangaOn 12 November 2015 Pyrotec PackMark hosted the official launch of its branch in White River, north of Nelspruit, extending the company's reach to the greater Mpumalanga and Limpopo regions. 19 Nov 2015 Read more >>

Is your packaging ready for the holiday season?The festive season is a crucial time in most brands' marketing calendars. During this period, consumer spending spikes and there's an opportunity to emotionally engage shoppers who are revelling in the festive mood. 10 Nov 2015 Read more >>

Packaging withstands the test of timeThe marketing world is awash with new techniques for crowdsourcing, connecting and socially interacting with products, brands and people. However, while it seems that most things have gone digital, packaging has firmly withstood the test of time. 3 Nov 2015 Read more >>

Integration for end-of-line optimisationThe global FMCG sector is constantly under enormous pressure. Regulators and consumers demand full product traceability across the supply chain while retailers insist on quality stock on demand at profitable prices. For manufacturers, the focus is on ensuring that production environments are lean and highly efficient. 28 Oct 2015 Read more >>

Do-It Hang Tabs and Display Strips: A guide to retail sales emergenciesWhen facing an emergency, nothing is worse than being in the position of not knowing what to do and not being prepared. The same can be experienced in a retail environment where emergencies such as a decrease in sales of a product, or ineffective promotions, occur. Pyrotec PackMedia's Do-It® Hang Tabs and Display Strips provide just the right response to in-store emergencies. Here are three in-store emergencies you may face: 20 Oct 2015 Read more >>

Pyrotec PackMedia wins big at Fix-a-Form International Awards 2015Fix-a-Form International (UK), the originators of the booklet-label concept, recently held their biennial conference in Brussels with top managers and sales personnel in attendance from their global network of manufacturers. The prestigious 2015 Fix-a-Form® awards ceremony celebrated the globe's best-in-class with five independently judged categories. 13 Oct 2015 Read more >>

Take your luxury packaging to the next level with ElastiTagPackaging can be an incredibly powerful tool for making an impact at the point of purchase. This is especially true in the luxury brand space, where consumers are looking to treat themselves or a loved one to something out of the ordinary. 29 Sep 2015 Read more >>

Five tips for cracking codingIn today's manufacturing environment, the latest equipment with its cutting-edge features ensures seamless production and fast turnaround times. But what happens when these machines fail? For end-of-line packaging operations, efficient coding and labelling equipment is essential - no code means no product. 16 Sep 2015 Read more >>

Get your brand noticed with Do-It Hang Tabs and Display Strips from Pyrotec PackMediaThere are several factors to consider in ensuring that your products get noticed in stores. Combining the following four tips with the use of Do-It®'s Hang Tabs and Display Strips from Pyrotec PackMedia will assist you in giving your brand the best possible chance of attracting the attention of your customers. 8 Sep 2015 Read more >>

Coders that offer it allChoosing the right coding solution for your business is no small task. There are so many factors to take into consideration, from total cost of ownership to whether the machine's environmental credentials are in line with your company values. 2 Sep 2015 Read more >>

Three things we've learned about customer service"Your customer doesn't care how much you know until they know how much you care." ~ Damon Richards 31 Aug 2015 Read more >>

Keeping pace with industry trendsWhile stand-up pouches continue their march towards flexible packaging domination, and for good reason, they do pose a challenge for some coding and marking equipment. 25 Aug 2015 Read more >>

Smart marketing trends for savvy shoppersWomen are smart! This is not a feminist statement but a straightforward business argument when it comes to marketing products at retail. Considering most studies reveal that women make 80 to 85% of purchasing decisions, it's clear that they hold the key to a brand's success. 24 Aug 2015 Read more >>

Do-It Hang Tab Q&ADo-It® Hang Tabs are designed to hang products on peg fixtures in store where consumers can easily see them. Although Do-It® Hang Tabs go through durability testing; sometimes hang tabs can fail to hold the product in place and on the peg fixture. 20 Aug 2015 Read more >>

New PackMark hub in MpumalangaAt Pyrotec PackMark, we believe that the provision of world-class coding and labelling equipment should be backed by an exceptional standard of service and support. This is why we have the infrastructure in place to provide technical assistance for our clients in all of South Africa's major business centres. 12 Aug 2015 Read more >>

Labels that say it allFaced with more product choice and a plethora of information on health and environmental issues, most of today's consumers want to know how products are made and what they contain. They care about the safety, nutritional value and environmental impact of the food they eat - and product labelling that reflects this will enable them to make more informed choices at the point of purchase. 5 Aug 2015 Read more >>

Case study - Messaris BrothersMessaris Brothers, well known for their famous Bubbles, is a South African manufacturer of superior quality crisps and nuts. They select only the finest ingredients to deliver the best quality crisps and nuts to their customers. 29 Jul 2015 Read more >>

Protection through the value chainThe pharmaceutical industry is fraught with challenges, including the growth of generic medicine, a proposed National Health Insurance, and ever-increasing regulations and legislation that impact on the marketing, distribution and packaging of pharmaceuticals. 17 Jul 2015 Read more >>

Improved productivity, secured traceabilityTwo new products from Markem-Imaje, locally represented by Pyrotec PackMark, not only help customers to improve their total cost of ownership but also increase productivity and secure traceability from the factory floor to customers' doors. 16 Jul 2015 Read more >>

Lifting and carrying bulky packages made easy with Do-It Carry HandlesDo-It® Carry Handles are a great way to make it easy for customers to carry larger bagged or multi-packed items. Constructed from a heavyweight substrate and using ultra-strong HangTite™ 203 adhesive, these carry handles are strong, durable and easily bonded to most packaging surfaces. 15 Jul 2015 Read more >>

Labelling device for boutique manufacturersAt Pyrotec PackMark, we have affordable labelling solutions to suit a wide variety of manufacturers, including SMMEs with small production runs. 8 Jul 2015 Read more >>

Providing the answersIn the words of Andrew Grove, former CEO and chairman of Intel, "Not all problems have a technological answer, but when they do, that is the more lasting solution." 19 Jun 2015 Read more >>

Where the rubber meets the roadThere's no doubt that innovative technology is where the rubber meets the road in any manufacturing operation, and makes all the difference in relation to fast turnaround times, efficient workflows, minimised waste and production downtime. 18 Jun 2015 Read more >>

Tips to successfully apply your Do-It Hang Tabs, by handDo-It® Hang Tabs do not only get products lying flat on shelves up and noticed by consumers, but also ensure that products are securely hung up until purchased. To get maximum performance from your hand-applied hang tab, here are some simple tips to keep your product hanging for longer. 17 Jun 2015 Read more >>

Ready for a new coding solution?Like most good things, the lifespan of every coding machine comes to an end - even the best-in-class brands. We discussed this is detail recently, noting that most coders on the market today have an average lifespan of six to eight years before the risk of frequent breakdowns starts to significantly diminish the efficiency of your production line. 11 Jun 2015 Read more >>

On-pack promotions: From concept to applicationAn on-pack promotion can yield a great return on investment for your brand. If used strategically, a promotional device attached to your packaging will put your products in the spotlight and drive sales at the point of purchase - something few other advertising channels can do. 4 Jun 2015 Read more >>

The life of a coding machineIn today's competitive business environment, staying ahead of the game is, in fact, the name of the game. To do this, manufacturers need to ensure that their equipment remains effective and runs optimally at all times. 21 May 2015 Read more >>

Don't let the process put you offThere are many reasons to use Fix-a-Form® Extended Text Labels, just some of which include growing brand awareness through enhanced visual product appeal, increasing space for text and design, educating or providing essential product information, and for competitions and added-value information, such as recipes or cross-promotional marketing. 18 May 2015 Read more >>

Do-It Slot Hang Tabs - Vertical display, maximum visibilityDo-It® Slot Hang Tabs form part of Pyrotec PackMedia's range of merchandising solutions. 13 May 2015 Read more >>

Offline coding a solution to FMD complianceAs of January 2016, pharmaceutical manufacturers who sell their products on the European market will have to comply with the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD). This legislation aims to decrease the number of counterfeit medicines infiltrating the legal pharmaceutical supply chain in Europe. 4 May 2015 Read more >>

Innovation is key to staying on trendEvery business needs to start doing more with less in order to reach new clients and make the best of their resources. In today's fast-paced manufacturing environment, innovation is the key to avoid falling behind. 30 Apr 2015 Read more >>

Loss of sales is a thing of the past with Do-It Reinforcer Hang TabsHave you ever lost a sale due to torn headers or broken hang holes because your customers refuse to buy broken packaging? If you answered yes to this question, Pyrotec PackMedia can offer you the perfect solution. 28 Apr 2015 Read more >>

ElastiTag helps make powerful consumer connectionsThe South African cosmetic and personal care industry is a dynamic and vibrant one, on the one hand; however, on the other, it is a market that is cluttered and competitive with multiple product offerings. For this reason, brand owners are looking for ways to grab the attention of the consumer and spark engagement which, in turn, will boost sales for the brand. 22 Apr 2015 Read more >>

Innovative technology is a key trend in the manufacturing industryOver the past decade, packaging has evolved from a purely functional device intended to convey vital information and protect the product, to a key role-player in the purchasing and decision-making process. However, the equipment used to label, code and print on packaging has to be on trend and remain innovative and cost-effective in order to stay relevant and ahead of the competition. 8 Apr 2015 Read more >>

Do-It Hook Hang Tabs - Back-shopping made easyDo-It® Hook Hang Tabs make selecting the exact product you want quick and easy. Similarly to a clothes hanger, the Hook Hang Tab does not close at its hang hole which allows you to select any product off a peg fixture, whether the product is right in front or all the way at the back. 31 Mar 2015 Read more >>

Pyrotec maximises uptime with new 350kw generatorLoad shedding has become a constant reality in South Africa. In order to mitigate the effects of an unreliable power supply, Pyrotec has made the decision to purchase a standby generator which will be installed by approximately the end April 2015. 24 Mar 2015 Read more >>

The challenges faced by the agrochemical industryPackaging and labelling plays a vital role in communicating important information to consumers of the agrochemical industry. Whether the products are pesticides or garden-care, agrochemical labels come with a stringent set of legal requirements for product labelling. 23 Mar 2015 Read more >>

Unpacking Industry 4.0Have you been wondering what Industry 4.0 is and what it means for the manufacturing industry? If so, read on! 17 Mar 2015 Read more >>

Make your on-pack information countIn today's information-saturated FMCG environment, consumers are making better-educated purchase decisions than ever before. This is especially true when it comes to health- and wellness-related issues. 10 Mar 2015 Read more >>

Merchandise with Pyrotec PackMedia's Do-It Hang Tabs and Display StripsIn today's cluttered retail environment, more and more brand owners are looking for ways to make their product stand out. Pyrotec PackMedia's range of Do-It® Hang Tabs and Display Strips guarantees 'brand prominence' by offering innovative packaging solutions. 3 Mar 2015 Read more >>

Best practices when buying coding and labelling machineryWhen considering buying coding and labelling machinery for an efficient production line, it goes without saying that a 'penny wise and pound foolish' approach will simply not suffice. The fact of the matter is that, sometimes, these miscalculated decisions can lead to serious financial repercussions for the business. 2 Mar 2015 Read more >>

Merchandising made easy with Do-It Display StripsDo-It® Display Strips form part of Pyrotec PackMedia's merchandising solution, which includes the Do-It® Hang Tabs. 25 Feb 2015 Read more >>

The challenge of labelling medicine can be solved by an innovative on-pack solutionThe strict guidelines and legal requirements regulating information displayed on products impact the pharmaceutical industry more than many others; therefore, labelling of medicines while adhering to these guidelines can be challenging. 23 Feb 2015 Read more >>

Helping you to comply with hygiene standardsThis year, our clients in the beverage and agri-food industries will no doubt be focusing on optimising productivity and production line speeds while at the same time ensuring full compliance with hygiene standards. 11 Feb 2015 Read more >>

Trends in packaging for 2015Is your packaging 2015-ready? 4 Feb 2015 Read more >>

Pyrotec's end-of-line integration makes production lines more efficientIn today's highly competitive 'time is money' working environment, the ability to reduce costs in the production line, having efficient machinery, eliminating human error and seamless integration of software, provides companies with the competitive advantage. 22 Jan 2015 Read more >>

Makhro Home & GardenMakhro Home & Garden is a leading wholesaler of quality home and garden agrochemical products and fertilisers in South Africa. The company maintains its market position by continually updating current products while launching new offerings to meet the expectations and requirements of their local markets. 14 Jan 2015 Read more >>

Pyrotec PackMarkPyrotec is a privately owned South African company with more than 45 years of experience in providing innovative and top quality product identification solutions to a broad range of clients. 7 Jan 2015 Read more >>

Pyrotec PackMark ensures increased production uptime through their unique product offeringPyrotec PackMark, a leading privately owned South African product identification solutions provider, offers service contracts and hiring of equipment to their clients to assist with labelling, coding and printing needs for production lines. 26 Nov 2014 Read more >>

Are you thinking outside the box?Packaging and labelling forms part of the marketing mix of a product as it affects the buying decisions of consumers. In order for manufacturers to stay competitive in this environment, they need to look at more innovative ways to display and change up their look and feel of the presentation labelling of products. 19 Nov 2014 Read more >>

How to get noticed by impulse buyersThe packaging of a product is a virtuous representation of a brand that should offer consumers an experience and be attractive to impulse buyers. Packaging plays a vital role as impulse buyers don't make purchasing decisions based on brand loyalty, but on emotions. 5 Nov 2014 Read more >>

Primary, secondary and tertiary coding explainedPyrotec PackMark provides a range of world-class coding equipment for every category of packaging including primary, secondary and tertiary coding and labelling solutions. These three categories relate to the function of each packaging layer, as explained below. 4 Nov 2014 Read more >>

Another successful year at Propak 2014Propak Cape, the largest packaging, processing, printing, labelling and plastics exhibition in Africa, took place from 21-23 October 2014 and exhibitors from all over Africa were represented at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Pyrotec, leading privately owned product identification solution specialist, was amongst the many exhibitors. 3 Nov 2014 Read more >>

ElastiTote: sampling made simpleFree samples are a tried-and-tested marketing tool. In today's challenging economic environment, they are more relevant than ever, with an increasing number of shoppers on the lookout for bargains and freebies. 31 Oct 2014 Read more >>

Case study: Live life best with ProNutroHG-80 approached Pyrotec PackMedia to make use of the Fix-a-Form® to educate consumers on the benefits of Pioneer Foods' ProNutro, as well as to showcase the ProNutro product range. 21 Oct 2014 Read more >>

Case study: Sister Lillian - Fix-a-Form® to the "Rescue"Sister Lilian Remedies is a collection of homeopathic remedies for babies, children, and pregnant and breast-feeding women. Each product is created by Sister Lilian and manufactured by Vital Health Foods. Once Rescue Rest was formulated, Vital Health Foods needed to not only communicate the product information, but also showcase the other products within the Sister Lillian product range. 20 Oct 2014 Read more >>

Hang your curved products now, with the Do-It FlexiTabFor any product to be a success it needs to be seen in stores, so, having your products hanging can be a powerful tool in attracting your customers' attention. This may pose a challenge for uniquely shaped products such as your toothpastes, hand creams and bottles but with the Do-It® FlexiTab, it's as easy as 1-2-3. 30 Sep 2014 Read more >>

Leaflet-labels form part of the drug delivery solutionLabels on pharmaceutical products are known to have strict guidelines and legal compliances due to the importance and complexity of the information that is required to be readable on each product. One of the most frustrating challenges faced by the pharmaceutical industry is patients not reading labels and patient non-compliance with dosages. 29 Sep 2014 Read more >>

Pyrotec PackMark launching three new printers at Propak Cape 2014Pyrotec, a South African company that specialises in providing on-pack product identification solutions is excited to announce its involvement once again in Propak Cape 2014, the largest packaging, food processing and labelling exhibition in Africa. 25 Sep 2014 Read more >>

Case study: 54 flavours of MainstayMainstay appointed Pyrotec PackMedia to bring to life its new premium vodka product range that pays tribute to the 1954 heritage of Mainstay. Mainstay wanted a convenient way to get their new product range mixability across to its consumers. This resulted in an exclusive Mainstay booklet detailing some cocktail recipes that include the various products within the Mainstay vodka range: Mainstay 54, Island Fusion, Tropical Fusion, and Exotic Fusion. 17 Sep 2014 Read more >>

Packaging and coding equipment trends in the manufacturing industryPackaging plays an important role in consumer in-store purchasing decisions as it has the power to increase sales of any product. But a lot more goes into packaging than just the look and feel. The equipment used to label, code and print on packaging is just as vital. 11 Sep 2014 Read more >>

Expanding your reach with ElastiBandPromotional on-pack solutions are the easiest and most common form of brand awareness in the retail industry. With many different options available to choose from when it comes to on-pack devices, the idea is to choose one that best suits your brands' needs and grabs the most attention from consumers, which in turn boosts sales. 27 Aug 2014 Read more >>

Packaging and labelling challenges faced by the agrochemical industryPackaging and labelling plays an important role in communicating vital information to consumers of the agrochemical and crop-protection industry. Whether the products are pesticides or garden-care, agrochemical labels come with a set of legal requirements. 16 Jul 2014 Read more >>

On-pack labelling solutions unpackedConsumers are bombarded with information about different products and brands on a daily basis, which has an effect on product selection. Brands use labels and on-pack solutions to inform and communicate with consumers, which forms part of the overall packaging design of a product. Visual packaging elements such as colour, design, on-pack devices and interactive effects, all play a crucial role in the purchasing process. 4 Jun 2014 Read more >>

Pyrotec PackMark launches the Markem-Imaje 1050 Thermal Inkjet printerPyrotec PackMark, a leading privately owned South African product identification solutions provider, has introduced the Markem-Imaje 1050 Thermal Inkjet printer to their already wide range product offering. 27 May 2014 Read more >>

Pyrotec PackMark appoints first distributor in ZimbabweLeading privately-owned South African product identification solutions provider, Pyrotec PackMark, is proud to announce the appointment of an exclusive distributor in Zimbabwe, Super Technologies, for their coding and labelling solutions of specific brands. 22 May 2014 Read more >>

Coding solutions from Pyrotec PackMark withstands the chill of dairy freezersManufacturers in the dairy industry face a number of challenges during the production process to ensure the safety of the consumer. Foremost, the environment in which production takes place needs to be hygienic, sanitary and comply with regulatory prescriptions. 19 Mar 2014 Read more >>

No "best before" date on Pyrotec PackMark's coding solutionsSuppliers in the beverage industry are constantly looking for ways to improve the coding of "Best Before" dates and batch numbers on their products. With Pyrotec PackMark's wide range of coding solutions, the market can rest assured that the demand for high speed printing and robustness of promotional codes can be met, making it easier to print on anything from rigid plastic to metal, glass and liquid cartons. 27 Feb 2014 Read more >>

Do-It once, Do-It rightHanging a product at eye-level can do wonders for attracting a customer's attention; however, damage to the packaging might cost you sales as rigorous handling of products on the shop floor can take a toll on a product's shelf life. 19 Feb 2014 Read more >>

Laws change for complementary and alternative medicines in SAOur clients who manufacture, distribute, import or export complementary and alternative medicines are affected by new draft legislation which brings these products under the ambit of the Medicines and Related Substances Act No.101 of 1965. 10 Feb 2014 Read more >>

Complementary medicines come under scrutinyAs of 15 November 2013, new legislation has been passed which will bring complementary medicines under the same scrutiny as conventional medicines. Up until now, these medicines have - in terms of South African law - fallen beyond the scope of the Medicines and Related Substances Act 101 of 1965. The publication of the amended General Regulations relating to the Act has brought about fundamental changes in this regime and imposed more stringent conditions on manufacturers of these medicines. 29 Jan 2014 Read more >>

Markem-Imaje acquisition of German CSAT printing systems to boost Pyrotec's African footprintMarkem-Imaje Corporation, a global leader in product identification and traceability solutions, announced in early January the acquisition of Heidelberg's CSAT inkjet subsidiary from Heidelberg. CSAT, headquartered in Eggenstein, Germany, specialises in integrating digital printing and labelling systems into industrial production lines, and focuses on supplying the pharmaceutical and label conversion sectors. 29 Jan 2014 Read more >>

Life before leaflet-labels - as illustrated by an infographicIn recent years, South Africa has seen the popularity of leaflet-labels explode. So why the great demand? What makes this humble little device so special and how has it made our lives easier? Pyrotec - a leading provider of innovative product identification solutions - is the sole licensee of Fix-a-Form, a globally recognised brand and the original leaflet-label. The infographic, courtesy of Pyrotec PackMedia, unpacks exactly why this clever little device has been pounced on across numerous industries; from pharmaceutical to agrochemical - and used on products ranging from deodorant to detergent. 28 Nov 2013 Read more >>

Pyrotec celebrates 30 years with Fix-a-FormPyrotec PackMedia hosts Fix-a-Form Open Day for customers 20 Nov 2013 Read more >>

Unzipping the latest innovation from Fix-a-FormHere is a little useless trivia for you about the zip. Yes, you heard right - that small little device that you use to close your fly and the only thing that stands between you and public indecency. The zip was not always used for clothing; in the early 1900's, boots and tobacco pouches with a zippered closure were the two chief uses of the zipper. It took twenty more years to convince the fashion industry to seriously promote the novel closure on garments. 23 Oct 2013 Read more >>

ElastiTag - stretching budgets the classy wayThe cost of living is rising rapidly - no need for reams of stats to back up this claim. Just turn on the radio, open a newspaper or visit a news site online. Without delving into the gloomy details, let's focus rather on what this means for consumer behaviour. 12 Sep 2013 Read more >>

There's no crying over... incorrect batch codes?!How centralised production data management reduces the scope for human error 4 Sep 2013 Read more >>

Thermal inkjet technology allows Pyrotec to meet evolving traceability needsMarkem-Imaje Corporation, global manufacturer and distributor of product identification and traceability solutions, recently announced its acquisition of RSI Systems- a manufacturer of integrated thermal inkjet (TIJ) printing solutions. As a result of this acquisition, Pyrotec -exclusive South African distributor for this world-renowned manufacturer - can offer customers TIJ printing solutions for high resolution codes through its Markem-Imaje range of machinery. 15 Aug 2013 Read more >>

The rise of the leaflet-label: a great idea that stuckPyrotec's MD Rowan Beattie explains how the story behind Fix-a-Form® unfolds 8 Aug 2013 Read more >>

Pyrotec increases capacity for leaflet-label productionPyrotec, a leading provider of production identification solutions, has recently invested in state-of-the-art equipment and technology to increase capacity of its Fix-a-Form leaflet-label production and efficiently process large volume orders. 16 Jul 2013 Read more >>

Reduce your packaging footprint while increasing product visibilitySource reduction refers to activities that reduce the volume or toxicity of waste generated, including the design and manufacture of products with minimal toxic content, low volume of material or a longer useful life. It is becoming an increased focus for brands that need to be conscious of their environmental footprint, and as a result greater emphasis is placed on the reduction of packaging material within the retail environment. 10 Jul 2013 Read more >>

Leading shave brand uses brand enhancement tool to rapidly clear stockThe Lion Match Company, a uniquely South African company home to a number of well-known brands, needed to clear excess stock of its Loving Touch shave gel - and it needed to do it in a hurry. 1 Jul 2013 Read more >>

From paper to PET: Pyrotec PackMark has got it codedA major challenge faced by manufacturers is procuring a reliable, high-performance coder that keeps production ticking away like clockwork. Demanding production lines place immense strain on coders, resulting in the line grinding to a halt while worn parts are replaced. Ensuring optimal production up-time is a priority for manufacturers, as a disappointing bottom line can often largely be attributed to a slow production line that incurs a lot of hiccups along the way. Thus a smooth, seamless and efficient production line ultimately means lower operating and labour costs for the manufacturer. 26 Jun 2013 Read more >>

Key features of informational labellingPyrotec PackMedia, the leading provider of innovative on-pack solutions, recently conducted research to identify what was most important to their clients within the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. 19 Jun 2013 Read more >>

Johnson & Johnson uses ElastiTab to offer value-added incentives
Johnson & Johnson required an on-pack device that would allow for the easy application of samples, in order to offer a value-added incentive to purchase. The challenge was to identify a cost-effective device that allowed for easy application of these samples, as traditional value-added packs (VAP's) are costly and time-consuming to produce.
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Do-It Carry Handles: Buying in bulk made easierNew offering from Do-It allows brand owners to simplify bulk purchasing 20 May 2013 Read more >>

Patient compliance: The importance of pharmaceutical labellingOne of the top challenges faced by the pharmaceutical industry is patient compliance. Millions are spent each year on the research and development of pharmaceuticals that provide effective treatment, yet an estimated 31% of prescriptions that are issued do not get collected, and 40% of those prescriptions are not taken as directed. 15 May 2013 Read more >>

PackMark launches new high-definition coding solutionNew amendments to the food labelling laws, such as the FoodStuffs Act R146, means that manufacturers are subject to far more stringent regulations - specifically pertaining to the 'Date of Durability on Food Stuffs'. The legislation states that all food products must contain a clear and visible date mark, and manufacturers need to therefore be more conscientious and cautious about how clearly their goods are marked. 13 May 2013 Read more >>

Propak 2013 a success for SA's leading product identification solutions providerPropak, the largest packaging, food processing and labelling exhibition in Africa, was recently held at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Gauteng from 12-15 March 2013. The show was attended by thousands of delegates from the manufacturing, packaging and print sectors. Pyrotec, a leading, privately-owned product identification solutions provider headquartered in Cape Town, was one of the exhibitors that attended the show. 15 Apr 2013 Read more >>

ElastiBand: Make your two-for-one a whole-in-oneWith the tough competition between brands in today's retail environment, more and more brand owners are turning to promotional pricing strategies to boost sales and increase reach. The multiple products promotion is one of the most recognised strategies on the retail market, and entails a brand offering an additional product, free of charge, with the purchase of a specified item. This promotional pricing technique offers the same benefits as a volume promotion strategy (instead of paying R40 for one bottle of shampoo, buy two bottles for R70) and it has been proven that consumers respond well to this type of promotion. The challenge for brands lies in presenting these promotional offers attractively and conveniently, in an eye-catching manner. 3 Oct 2012 Read more >>

Pyrotec PackMark's 7031L Laser offers permanent date coding solutionWith the recent debacle in the media around product date codes being susceptible to removal by standard household solvents, manufacturers are seeking more durable options for coding their goods. Pyrotec PackMark, a leading privately-owned South African product identification solutions provider, has launched its state of the art Markem-Imaje 7031L Laser Coder - a permanent solution for applying date and batch codes to BOPP (bi-axially oriented polypropylene) foils. 28 Sep 2012 Read more >>

Astounding retail finding: messy is sexyA surprising finding has emerged from recent shopper research conducted in America: messy sells. 10 Sep 2012 Read more >>

Pyro inspiration awards - 4th roundPurina's Fancy Feast gourmet cat food was voted as the winner in the Promotional category at the 4th round of the Pyro Inspiration Awards, held in Cape Town on the 21st August 2012. Purina made use of Pyrotec PackMedia's Fix-a-Form leaflet-label to provide extended details for a promotional competition it was running. The judges commended Purina on its attractive design, user-friendly and interactive label. They were also impressed by the leaflet-label's inclusion of "9 Tips to Indulge your Cat", which they felt would be adored by cat-owners. The Ice Age promotional campaign came a close second for its unique, fun concept and the clear, concise information it provided. The winner in the Informational category was Caivil Hair Relaxant for its illustrated and informative Fix-a-Form leaflet-label. The Pyro Inspiration Awards are awarded five times a year for the best innovations on-pack. The finalists of the bi-monthly awards proceed into the final round which will be held at the Michaelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg on the 7th November 2012. Ravi Naidoo, founder of Interactive Africa (Design Indaba), will be attending this year's awards ceremony as keynote speaker, and will be chatting to guests about "Inspirational Packaging Design." 27 Aug 2012 Read more >>

Multi-lingual requirements: Bridging the language barrier with on-pack innovationWith the channels of trade all interconnected in our modern world, South African pharmaceutical companies are able to simply and speedily distribute their products all across the globe. While this is extremely advantageous in terms of sales, supplying goods to a number of different countries can become increasingly complicated as each country has different rules and requirements that manufacturers need to adhere to when exporting goods to that particular country. 10 Aug 2012 Read more >>

ElastiTote and ElastiPak: Pulling promotions up a notchIt's a fact of life: People love free stuff. 3 Aug 2012 Read more >>

Pyrotec implements Japanese training programme - the 6 Standards of star servicePyrotec, a leading South African provider of innovative on-pack solutions, has added a new Japanese training programme to its arsenal, which aims to create and sustain the environment necessary for it to achieve its business objectives. 19 Jul 2012 Read more >>

Building a promotional campaign from top to bottom: Pyrotec's total service offeringPyrotec PackMedia prides itself on its 360° below-the-line promotional campaign solutions which range from multi-functional on-pack devices to alluring SMS competitions. Esona, a boutique winery based in Robertson, is stretching the limits of this top-to-bottom approach through an interactive promotional campaign which takes advantage of Pyrotec's full service offering. 12 Jul 2012 Read more >>

ElastiTag, going beyond promotion to emotionOn-pack devices are often viewed as an essential part of planning a successful below-the-line marketing campaign. Brand owners look to these devices to amplify or convey a current promotion, discount or special offer. If we had to over-simplify the function of an on-pack device, one might say that it is a necessary if somewhat unexciting element of any promotional campaign. What is not considered is that on-pack can be an ideal vehicle to spark customer engagement through directly speaking to our emotions and thus acting as a brand enhancement tool. 29 Jun 2012 Read more >>

New features of Pyrotec's 9232 extend print capabilitiesIn order to remain relevant in today's fast-paced production environment, it is essential that companies continue to evolve and improve their product offerings. 31 May 2012 Read more >>

Are your products being seen in-store?Visual impact is a huge component of retail merchandising, as consumers are greatly influenced by the visual information they gather in the first split second. Product manufacturers and brand owners don't always have much to do with this visual merchandising process. Once the product is neatly packaged and has left the factory, the manufacturer usually expects that the utmost is being done by retailers to ensure the sale of the product. Unfortunately this is not always possible with many retailers being tied in to corporate deals with other brands or holding companies. 8 May 2012 Read more >>

Pyrotec's SmartDate X40 Thermal Transfer Coder leaves competitors behindIn today's fast paced production environment, clients have little patience for machinery that does not run efficiently or smoothly. Supplying a coder is not enough - clients expect a premium product with a comprehensive warrantee and a supportive after-sales service. And that saves them money, to boot. 20 Apr 2012 Read more >>

Second round of finalists for the 2012 Pyro Inspiration Awards announcedThe second round of finalists for the Pyro Inspiration Awards has been announced! 4 Apr 2012 Read more >>

Unique random numbering improves your sales figuresOn-pack promotions are one of the most frequently-used and effective methods of differentiating products in order to boost sales and win new customers. With the surge in social and mobile media, brand owners seek to drive promotional activity online. One of the key methods of achieving this is through the use of an effective on-pack campaign that specifically incorporates incentives to drive customer engagement. 2 Apr 2012 Read more >>

Pyrotec PackMark releases SmartDate X60 high-performance thermal coderPyrotec PackMark, a leading privately-owned South African product identification solutions provider, has once again 'upped the ante' with its latest product offering: the Markem-Imaje SmartDate X60 Thermal Transfer Coder. The SmartDate X60 combines a long life, high-speed printhead with blazing-fast performance, and is specifically designed to meet the demands of a challenging high-volume production environment. 22 Mar 2012 Read more >>

A change is as good as a holiday: Packaging trends for 2012Marshal Cohen, New York-based analyst and expert on consumer behaviour, once said, "Trends come and go very rapidly. The problem is that they're not catching on for a longer period of time." 7 Mar 2012 Read more >>

Pyrotec PackMark's fully equipped workshops ensure uptimeIn today's fast-paced production environment, companies cannot afford to add machinery downtime to the list of challenges which they face daily. Pyrotec PackMark, a brand of the company that supplies factory-level coding and labelling equipment, aims to ensure that its clients' production lines remain uninterrupted through its advanced product offering, superb service and fully equipped workshops. 2 Mar 2012 Read more >>

New regulations pertaining to labelling laws, and The Foodstuffs, Government Notice No 32975 No146, in particular, insists that all food brands need to adhere to legislation which specifically addresses how a product is represented on its label, and consequently brand owners are forced to re-evaluate how their products are packaged. 29 Feb 2012 Read more >>

Stretch your brand awareness with ElastiTagIn today's ultra-competitive retail industry, it is not enough for brand owners to simply promote their products. A clever multi-dimensional marketing strategy incorporating a solid on-pack campaign that integrates with new media platforms is essential for brand survival. As a key ingredient in the marketing mix, brand owners need to look at the on-pack devices they are using to promote their goods. Price is important, but value for money is fundamental to the consumer's positive perception of the brand. In tough economic times, value-added on-pack drivers such as competitions or coupons are important, but equally vital are devices that act as brand enhancement tools by improving the general perception of the brand. 28 Feb 2012 Read more >>

There is no denying the fact that the Industrial Revolution changed the way the world does business and similarly, the so-called 'Information Revolution' is also bringing about drastic change. The Information Revolution is based on the premise that the current age will be defined by the ability of individuals to transfer information freely and to have instant access to information that would have been challenging to find previously. The concept carries the ramifications of a shift from the traditional industry that the industrial revolution initiated, to an economy based on the transference of information. 3 Feb 2012 Read more >>

Pyrotec announces first round of finalists for the 2012 Pyro Inspiration AwardsPyrotec, the privately-owned South African company that specialises in providing innovative and top quality product identification solutions, recently announced the January finalists for the 2012 Pyro Inspiration Awards. Initiated by Pyrotec in 2008, the awards aim to establish on-pack as a stand-alone media category by recognising and rewarding outstanding on-pack innovations. 1 Feb 2012 Read more >>

Pyrotec's innovative new ad campaign draws attention to excellent client servicePackMark, the machinery brand of Pyrotec that specialises in an extensive range of labelling and coding equipment, has launched an innovative new advertising campaign that applies "out of the box" creativity to highlight the company's superior service offering. 8 Dec 2011 Read more >>

Pyrotec PackMedia recently received acclaim for the innovative use of its Fix-a-Form™ label range at the 17th annual Fix-a-Form™ Licensee Conference and Awards, held from the 26th to 27th September at the University of Cambridge in England. 25 Nov 2011 Read more >>

Pyro Inspirations Awards winners announced at The Mount NelsonPyrotec announced the winners of its annual Pyro Inspiration Awards at the Mount Nelson Hotel on the 9th of November. 14 Nov 2011 Read more >>

From informational through to experiential: The evolution of packaging"Over the last few years we have seen packaging gradually develop from primarily an informational tool, into the experiential instrument it has become in today's retail landscape. Packaging has evolved from a purely functional device intended to convey essential information and protect the product, to a key role-player in the purchasing decision-making process." 4 Nov 2011 Read more >>

Rolfe Laboratories increases uptime with Markem-Imaje 9232 inkjet printerPyrotec, a leading privately-owned South African product identification solutions provider, has endeavoured to increase its customers' uptime, reduce costs and minimise environmental impact through its latest product offering: the Markem-Imaje 9232 small character continuous inkjet printer (CIJ). 20 Oct 2011 Read more >>

Pyrotec launches all-in-one on-pack promo solutions productIn today's retail environment, the competition is fiercer than ever and brand owners need to be actively seeking out new marketing mediums if they wish to see an increase in sales. 3 Oct 2011 Read more >>

Pyrotec 2011 Pyro Inspiration AwardsPyrotec announces the fifth round of finalists for the 2011 Pyro Inspiration Awards. 28 Sep 2011 Read more >>

Markem-Imaje 7031HD laser coder picks up the paceIn today's fast-paced production environment, we constantly seek out solutions that allow us to save on hours while still retaining the highest levels of quality. Markem-Imaje's latest 7031HD CO2 laser coder does precisely that: it delivers permanent variable data product coding at an output rate of up to 800 products in the time it takes you to tie your shoelaces. 21 Sep 2011 Read more >>

Finalists selected for penultimate round of Pyro Inspirations AwardsPyrotec, the privately owned South African company that specialises in providing innovative and top quality product identification solutions, recently announced the July finalists of the 2010 Pyro Inspiration Awards. The chosen entries join a group of eight finalists already chosen earlier this year. Engineered by Pyrotec Packmedia, which offers innovative on-pack promotion and communication vehicles, the awards were created to recognise and reward exceptional on-pack activity and to establish on-pack as a standalone media category. The panel present for this penultimate judging session stemmed from the FMCG, Media, Marketing and Advertising industries. 10 Aug 2010 Read more >>

Strategic planning critical for successful on-pack campaignsStrategically planned on-pack campaigns have the power to boost sales during a promotional period and yield return on investment for brand owners. This is according to Stephen Beattie, Sales and Marketing Manager of Pyrotec, the privately-owned South African company that specialises in providing innovative and top quality product identification solutions. 2 Aug 2010 Read more >>

School teacher wins Tower home office promotion worth R20 000Tower, a South African-based company that offers a complete range of top quality easy-to-use stationery, labelling and associated home and office products, recently announced the winner of its online promotion as John Wertheim from Kenilworth, Cape Town. 8 Jul 2010 Read more >>

Finalists selected for third round of Pyro Inspirations AwardsPyrotec, the privately owned South African company that specialises in providing innovative and top quality product identification solutions, recently announced the May finalists of the 2010 Pyro Inspiration Awards. The selected entries join a pool of six finalists already chosen earlier this year. 1 Jun 2010 Read more >>

Pyrotec signs exclusive sales license agreement with CollotypePyrotec, the privately owned South African company that specialises in providing innovative and top quality product identification solutions through its PackMedia brand, has signed an exclusive sales license agreement with Collotype Labels RSA, part of the world's largest and most awarded premium label printer. 30 Mar 2010 Read more >>

New corporate identity for PyrotecPyrotec, the privately owned South African company that specialises in providing innovative and top quality product identification solutions, recently revamped its 42-year-old corporate identity. 16 Mar 2010 Read more >>

Advertising: horribly expensive, isn't it? Packaging, too. Done properly, however, your organisation can get more value from the expenses incurred on advertising and packaging, by making the latter an integral part of the advertising campaign. 25 Feb 2010 Read more >>