Ultrachem revamps its flexo ink, coatings washes range

Coatings and pressroom consumables manufacturer Ultrachem has rebranded and extended its water-based flexo ink, coatings and washes range.
The new colour branded range of high-quality water-based flexo inks and coatings includes products for flexo and gravure printing on food and industrial packaging.
Ultrachem business development manager for water-based flexo Geoff Woodacre said: “The full water-based flexo ink product portfolio encompasses inks for corrugated and pre-print, wide-web flexo

Mondi acquires Uralplastic-N

Mondi Group has signed an agreement to acquire 100 % of the outstanding share capital of ZAO Uralplastic-N (Uralplastic) from Joint Stock Company Rusnano and a private investor. Uralplastic operates one plant near Ekaterinburg, in the Ural region of Russia and manufactures a range of consumer flexible packaging products for food, hygiene, homecare, and other applications. 
Commenting on the acquisition, David Hathorn, Chief executive of Mondi Group, said: “The acquisition of Uralplastic

Xeikon is staging a number of events in October

Xeikon is staging a number of events in October as part of its Xeikon Café initiative. The series of technology updates has been created to keep customers ahead of the print, label and packaging production curve. Catching up with the news and innovations demonstrated at Labelexpo Americas, the focus of Xeikon Café will be Labelexpo revisited on October 5. A conference program in the morning will touch on recent developments in the industry. In the afternoon, a range of workshops and

Flint Group has created a central business development unit

Flint Group has created a central business development unit for its Flexographic Products division, which is to be based in Stuttgart and headed up by Friedrich von Rechteren. The central business unit is a global operation, and includes business development managers with specific remits for key markets important to Flint Group Flexographic Products. Other members of the unit include: Mats Lind, responsible for the flexible packaging market segment; Philipp Eissner, responsible for the

Bobst expands presence in West Africa

Bobst expands presence in West Africa. Bobst has announced that it will open an office in Lagos, Nigeria to enhance the support provided to customers in West and Central Africa. The formal launch of the new office took place at an event during  Propak West Africa exhibition being held in the city. Samir Khoudja, Bobst’s managing director for the Middle East and Africa, said, “West Africa, and Nigeria in particular, is a very dynamic market. By opening an office in Lagos, the city with the

Tekra has introduced two new hard coated dry erase polyester films

Tekra, a division of EIS, has introduced two new hard coated dry erase polyester films to their stocks of hard coated films. Both coming in five millimeters thick, Tekra is now stocking a clear and white hard coated gloss dry erase polyester film. “Our gloss dry erase coating has exceptional write and erase characteristics,” stated Andy Danihel, director of marketing for Tekra. “The dry erase coating has been tested with a variety of colours of standard dry erase markers and can be easily

Spandex expands its ImagePerfect range

Signmaking and digital display supplier Spandex has added two new ImagePerfect films to its ETU (Easy to Use) range of digital self-adhesive films.

The IP2561PA and IP2562PA films incorporate Spandex’s PerfectApply technology. They incorporate a thick film (100μm) for easy handling and can be used          in environments including retail spaces, exhibition stands or offices.

Spandex  Europe marketing manager Gabi Parish said: “The new films offer ease of application, help ensure

Avery acquires Mactac European division

Avery Dennison has officially acquired the European business of graphic and label media manufacturer Mactac in a deal worth $200m  including assumed debt.

Avery senior business director of Graphics Solutions Shaun Hobson said: “For the past three months, a cross-business and cross-functional team has been busy ensuring a smooth transition. We are well placed to combine the best elements of both companies and working relationships have been excellent.

“It enhances our competitiveness in

Xeikon on 'What's Next'

Xeikon is preparing for its exhibit at Labelexpo Americas from Sept. 13-15. Xeikon’s parent company, Flint Group, will also be exhibiting narrow web inks, platemaking and flexo plates at the show. During the show, Xeikon customers will be on hand to share their stories with booth visitors.

“Labelexpo Americas is a very important show for Xeikon,” said Dave Wilkins, VP of sales and marketing for Xeikon North America. “It gives us a great opportunity to catch up with existing customers and meet

Scientists in the USA are developing an edible packaging film

Scientists in the USA are developing an edible packaging film for food made from milk proteins. This milk-based alternative to the edible packaging varieties already on the market, which mainly use starch, has smaller pores and can thus create a tighter network that keeps oxygen out. The researchers’ earlier attempt used pure casein and resulted in a strong and effective oxygen blocker. They said it was relatively hard to handle and would dissolve in water too quickly. Some improvements were

Smurfit Kappa has won the European Innovation Recognition award

Smurfit Kappa has won the European Innovation Recog-nition award from Nestlé Fibre Packaging Categories for the second consecutive year.  The award is given for innovation proposals across Europe and is judged by internal stakeholders at Nestlé on the basis of a series of solutions.  The winning concept voted by the Nestlé stakeholders as a successful concept was the Easy Erect Display, which is delivered flat and can be erected in store in less than three seconds without any training.  Mike

Stora Enso has recorded a decline in sales of 1.4% (€36m) in Q2

Stora Enso has recorded a decline in sales of 1.4% (€36m) in Q2 2016, compared to a year ago reports  The Finish paper giant said sales decreased mainly due to structural changes, including the conversion of paper production to kraftliner at Varkaus Mill in Finland, the Arapoti paper mill disposal in Brazil, and the Barcelona board mill divestment in Spain.  Operational EBIT was €226m, an increase of €19m, with an operational EBIT margin of 8.9% (8.1%). However, Moody’s

Avery Dennison has introduced the new Supreme Wrapping Film ColorFlow Series

Avery Dennison has introduced the new Supreme Wrapping Film ColorFlow Series. The ColorFlow Series includes five new colours: Rising Sun (Red/Gold), Urban Jungle (Silver/Green), Roaring Thunder (Blue/Red), Fresh Spring (Gold/Silver) and Rushing Riptide (Cyan/Purple).  “The new ColorFlow Series allows installers to create dynamic, colour shifting car wraps that are incredibly unique,” said Oliver Guenther, marketing director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Europe. “When the light hits any

Sappi to show enviro- friendly packaging

Sappi has announced that they will exhibit their environmentally sustainable carton and paper-based packaging solutions for containerboard, rigid packaging, flexible packaging, label papers and functional papers at FachPack in  Germany.

Sappi has recently restructured its containerboard product range adding new products for its corrugated cardboard market. This includes the bright white Fusion topliner as well as corrugating liner & fluting Ultraflute. 

Fusion topliner has an

Meech releases ionising bar

Meech International has launched the Hyperion 971IPS-30 extra long range pulsed DC ionising bar suitable for applications in a number of industries, including plastics and packaging. 

David Rogers, technical director at Meech International said: "The new 971IPS-30 is powered by a +/- 30kV 24V DC Integrated Power Supply (IPS), which effectively makes it the most powerful bar we have launched to date.”

With an operating working distance of 200 to 1500mm, the 971IPS-30 suits very long-range

Flint Group takes over AIC, Siegwerk offset

Flint Group has completed its take over of Siegwerk Druckfarben’s Heatset and Newsink production arm and acquired US-based American Inks and Coatings.

The company said the deal was part of a long-term strategy to grow in key packaging segments and would support "dynamic growth in the global packaging market" and better align the business with its packaging and converting customers in North America.

"The increased knowledge and expertise obtained as a result of this acquisition will only

Smurfit Kappa has once more been recognised for its expertise in packaging design

Smurfit Kappa has once more been recognised for its expertise in packaging design, winning both the transport and consumer packaging categories at the national Pakstar Awards in Poland. An innovative system for transporting fresh soft fruit called the SoFruBox® won the award in the transport packaging category. The SoFruBox system consists of a stackable crate in which individual punnets containing 500g (SoFruMiniPak®) or 1 Kg (SoFruBox®) of fruit can be can tailored to meet the needs of both

Siegwerk puts focus on development of water-based inks

Siegwerk puts focus on development of water-based inks. As part of strategic investments and disinvestments to enhance its product and service offerings for packaging printers, Siegwerk has invested significantly in the expansion of its water-based ink business. “In line with our goal to offer solutions for all packaging applications – in other words to strengthen our portfolio as a full-range provider for packaging printers – we invested in the expansion of our position in the European

Mark Andy returns to the Digital Packaging Summit 2016

Mark Andy returns to the Digital Packaging Summit 2016 as a keynote sponsor for the second consecutive year. The Digital Packaging Summit 2016 will take place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2016 at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The second annual Digital Packaging Summit is an invitation-only, hosted summit designed for senior managers and business executives who want to understand how current and future digital production printing, finishing technology, software and

EFI has released the EFI Packaging Suite 4.0

EFI has released the EFI Packaging Suite 4.0, the company's latest ERP-based suite of software solutions providing packaging enterprises with end-to-end workflows.  The Suite includes an expanded offering of certified integrations that 'optimise' business and production operations for label and packaging converters. The new packaging ERP platform was shown for the first time at Drupa 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Each certified workflow combines the core EFI Radius ERP technology with modular

Bobst unveils rotary die-cutter DRO 1628 NT RS

Bobst held an open house in Germany to present its new fixed frame Rapidset rotary die-cutter the DRO 1628 NT RS, which according to Bobst, is the only product in the world market that offers fixed frame rotary die-cutting operated from shop-floor level for box printing and finishing.

Over 140 attendees representing 60 countries from Western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa participated at the event. 

"The evolution of the market demands more flexibility, along with the ability to

World premiere of Gallus's label printer

Gallus has announced that it will be presenting the first pre-series model of a new machine generation – a label printing machine that is designed for the label and packaging market at second Gallus Innovation Days event will be held from 20th to 22nd September this year.

Gallus will launch the first series machines with a width of 440 mm.  With its maximum speed of 200 m/min, these printing presses are the fastest narrow-web machines that Gallus has ever built.  

The sales launch for this

Katun corporation introduces new Katun Performance™ toner

Katun corporation introduces new Katun Performance™ toner for use in Canon Imagerunner Adv C 250/350/351 Mfps. Among the other  products being introduced in June are Katun® Business Colour Toners for use in Sharp MX C250/C300/C301-series MFPs, and Katun Performance™ monochrome toner for use in Konica Bizhub 654/654e/754/754e MFPs. The addition of these new products to Katun’s comprehensive product line represents another active month introducing new imaging supplies. These toners provide

HP took the first step toward digital combination printing

HP took the first step toward digital combination printing, demonstrating a fully integrated, single-pass solution for the labels market.  Bringing digital printing advantages to embellishment printing, the technology was shown as part of an HP Indigo WS6800 Digital Press at drupa 2016.  With this solution, customers will be able to print spot and tactile varnishes, cold foil, embossing and other effects as well as variable embellishments powered by HP SmartStream Mosaic in one end-to-end

Avery Dennison has announced that the fourth annual Challenge

Avery Dennison has annou-nced that the fourth annual “Wrap Like a King” Challenge will run through July 1st to September 30th, 2016. With the addition of Australia and New Zealand, wrap installers from 44 countries across the globe can submit commercial or colour change wrap projects to be judged to win prize packages worth $25,000. Over 170 installers entered the Challenge last year, and more are expected to compete in 2016.  Wrap installers from these regions will submit projects featuring

FINAT Label Competition has announced winners for its 36th edition

FINAT Label Competition has announced winners for its 36th edition of competition.  A total of 255 entries from 18 countries were judged and 81 winners announced. vely, creative, and increasingly technologically-diverse industry today.’ The awards were presented at a special ceremony during the FINAT European Label Forum in Amsterdam in June, attended by business leaders across the label industry supply chain. Additional judging will take place later in the year to select FINAT entries for

KBA in die-cutting buy with Iberica takeover

KBA aims to bolster its offering to packaging printers by entering the die-cutting market through the acquisition of Iberica.

Barcelona-based Iberica is currently owned by Italian group Cerutti. It marks another deal between the two companies as KBA also acquired Flexotecnica from Cerutti in 2013.

KBA president Claus Bolza-Schünemann said 70% of KBA’s presses were now being installed in the packaging market. “With this in mind, adding flatbed die-cutters to our portfolio for the same

matchmycolor unveils new packaging tools

matchmycolor has annou-nced the introduction of its new-generation, cloud-based Colibri  colour-mangement and colour-monitoring software for the graphic arts, print and ink industry.

Numerous new features enables thousands of color patches to be loaded, including ISO control strips and FOGRA media wedges, and prints to be checked for     suitability.  

The software, which can be used on Windows, OSX, Android, IOS and Linux, is compatible with all major browsers, touch-sensitive, and

X-Rite and Pantone announced that it has formed a partnership

X-Rite and its subsidiary Pantone announced that it has formed a partnership with Flexolahti Oy, a packaging production services company based in Finland, to bring the Pantone Certified Printer program to the Nordic region. Flexolahti Oy will provide commercial printers and packaging converters with the training, tools and technology printers needed to become a Pantone Certified Printer.  The certification program takes ink formulation into consideration to ensure that the production process

Primera has launched its new LX500e colour label printer

Primera has launched its new LX500e colour label printer and tag printer. Applications include product labels for coffee, wine, bakery, confectionary, meat, cheese, specialty and gourmet foods. LX500e also accepts tag stock that can be cut with the optional built-in cutter, making it suitable for producing visitor, convention and meeting badges. LX500e can also be used for private labelling, test marketing, pre-press proofing and retail shelf labelling.  Printer drivers are included for


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    The first ever 3D printing conference cum exhibition ‘3D Print UAE’ took place on 17th and 18th August 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE which attracted a number of like-minded 3D Printing professionals from over 40 nations.

    3D Print UAE exhibition cum conference is a concept aimed at providing a broad scale platform for the manufacturing sector and consumer world across the ME region. 

    3D Print UAE gave an opportunity for the additive manufacturing experts from across the globe to converge on this regional platform to showcase their solutions, analyze the benefits and discuss the opportunities in the Middle East. It also provided the opportunity for a listen- in to first-hand experience from industry leaders, connect solutions for overcoming challenges in the field, and enhance the brand and  business portfolio. 

     Steffan Ritt, VP-head of global marketing and communications, SLM Solutions Group commented:  “Since, this is the first kind of event in this region, it has attracted less number of visitors. However, the visitors and participants were more positive. Overall, the show went fairly well for us but we would have been happier if the organizers promoted the event well in advance.”  SLM Solutions were one among the gold sponsors of the event.

    Most of visitors commented that these kinds of exhibitions and conference should be encouraged to create more awareness about the 3D printing in this region.