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Smurfit Kappa cleared to acquire Bulgarian packaging maker. Smurfit Kappa has obtained the regulatory approval of Bulgaria’s competition watchdog Commission of Protection of Competition (CPC) to take over local company Vitavel, manufacturer of corrugated board, paper bags, and various packaging products, among others. The value of the planned takeover was not disclosed. The Bulgarian firm operates a production facility in Lukovit, in the country’s southern part. The factory is ISO 9001

Epson confirms new regulations

Epson has confirmed that ink used in its SurePress digital inkjet label presses and ColorWorks on-demand colour label printers are compliant with EU Regulation framework (EC) No. 1935/2004, Good Manufacturing Practices Regulation (GMP) (EC) No. 2023/2006, Plastics Implementation Measure Regulation (EU) 10/2011 and included in Swiss Ordinance (RS 817.023.21) on Food Contact Materials for food packaging printing inks.

"Epson’s SurePress and ColorWorks printers are used worldwide by converters and

Flexofit GmbH celebrates “Silver Jubilee” in the capital of Egypt

The Flexofit GmbH celebrated their 25th successful seminar in Cairo, Egypt on the 12th March. This first of a kind event in the Mashrek region drew a highly interested expert audience from all over Egypt to the capital.
International company representatives from Chespa, Renzmann/TCS and Esko presented latest industry news and developments in printing and packaging. The plate supplier Lucky regaled the local top convertors and trade shops representatives with a lecture on printing plates.
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AR Packaging’s new board

AR Packaging has presented a gas tight pressed board tray packaging for chilled foods as a replacement of plastic trays, which the company says is the first on the market and offers an efficient solution well suited for giving a shelf life of at least 18 days.
The increasing demand for sustainable packaging has led to work on a gas tight carton-based trays. The solution now launched is based on technologies and materials from CC Pack and Flextrus, both plants situated in Sweden.
“We have invested

KODAK FLEXCEL enables time-saving workflow

KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution at W&H Printing Technology Center enables time-saving flexo workflow.
Kodak partnered in the “Experience the Future of Flexo” Open House event held by Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) on March 27 and 28, 2019 in Lengerich, Germany. At this event, it attracted customers and prospects from the global flexo printing industry, Kodak showcased its new, innovative KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution for the first time outside the United States. The W&H Printing

Stora scales back Oulu conversion plan

Stora Enso is consulting with employees over revised plans to convert Oulu Mill to packaging board. The latest proposal would involve shutting one of the site’s paper machines with the potential loss of 400 jobs.
Last summer the biomaterials group announced a feasibility study into converting its entire production of more than a million tonnes of Lumi coated woodfree paper into brown-based cartonboard and kraftliner on the two paper machines at the Oulu site in Finland, involving an investment

Turkish packaging company becomes new member of GPA

The Turkish packaging manufacturer PrintPark is a new member of the Global Packaging Alliance (GPA). The global alliance now unites nine independent packaging companies under its roof with the aim of enabling uniform brand presences for FMCG market leaders worldwide. The latest expansion is not only an opening towards the Bosporus, but also offers the GPA a presence with a view to the strategically important markets in the MENA region.
“With PrintPark, we are pleased to expand GPA’s position in

Edelmann demos smart packaging

Schreiner MediPharm has partnered with Edelmann Group to demonstrate the capability of smart packaging in pharmaceutical applications.
The result is a smart medicine packaging option featuring digital features such as BitSecure copy detection technology, as well as a closure seal with integrated NFC chip and void effect for tamper evidence. Schreiner MediPharm noted smart packaging builds a digital bridge between manufacturers, distributors and patients by opening new platforms of communication

Eckhard Kallies heads Koehler's packaging paper division

Eckhard Kallies heads Koehler's packaging paper division. "Our challenge is to establish sustainable business models in the flexible packaging industry," says Eckhard Kallies, director of Flexible Packaging at the Koehler Paper Group. A native of northern Germany, Kallies took up his new position in the Black Forest on March 1. Koehler's CEO Kai Furler sees Eckhard Kallies' commitment as an important part of his future success. "Kallies brings to our team a great deal of experience in the area

Teklynx launched an enterprise labelling software

Teklynx International,  a barcode and RFID labelling software developer launched an enterprise labelling software Teklynx Central CFR 5.0 and Teklynx Central GHS 5.0. These enterprise label management products offer companies of all sizes in medical device, pharmaceutical, life sciences and chemical manufacturing a centralized product for label design, security and traceability, print automation and regulatory compliance to support next-generation digital labelling transformation.  The releases

Sappi announces Proto and Spectro paperboard

Sappi North America, a subsidiary of South African pulp and paper firm Sappi, has said that its Proto and Spectro paperboard products are now available for commercial orders in all callipers.
Proto C1S is a single-ply, solid-bleached sulphate (SBS) designed for premium packaging applications across various industries, including cosmetics, health and beauty, confectionery, consumer electronics, and other consumer packaging.
The solution is suitable for magazine and book covers, shopping bags

Bobst names Apex as preferred partner

Bobst North America has named Apex North America as the preferred partner for its web-fed division in the US and Canada.
The agreement relates to Apex being the preferred anilox manufacturer for Bobst North America’s web-fed division, including flexible packaging, narrow web and pre-print presses.
Further, the agreement allows Bobst and Apex to work together to promote the Revo program in North America and the key added value around a solution-based offering to the market.
Apex noted that it

Heidelberg and MK Masterwork unveils Diana Go folder gluer for packaging market

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen (Heidelberg) and MK Masterwork have unveiled the new Diana Go folder gluer, which is claimed to offer both commercial and packaging printers a cost-effective, flexible, and productive entry-level machine with a small footprint.

Based on Heidelberg’s market requirements, the Diana Go has been designed by the MK development team in Neuss, Germany.

The new folder gluer holds capacity to run a range of carton formats such as straightline and lockbottom, in addition to

Unilux to focus on cross light inspection strobe at Gulf Print and Pack

Unilux will be showing off its new cross light inspection LED strobe at Gulf Print and Pack 2019. For more than 55 years, Unilux has been developing and producing industrial surface inspection lighting for the printing, converting, packaging, metals, paper manufacturing and textile industries.

The company’s product range extends from battery-operated handheld devices for spot checking, maintenance/inspection and narrow webs, to fixed-mounted devices to illuminate widths of up to 12m. Unilux

Swedev to participate at GPP 2019 through Printech

Swedev is a Swedish company with many years of experience in product development, manufacturing and marketing of our high quality printing doctor blades for flexographic and gravure printing machines. The company offers special/own composed steel and knowledge in achieving highest possible quality, that fits your demands and expectations.

The company’s SWED/CUT doctor blades are made of genuine Swedish steel and the company claims it is “the best there is to get, worldwide.” The

OMET to highlight solutions at Gulf Print and Pack 2019

OMET will be at the Gulf Print & Pack, the Middle East’s leading trade show for the commercial and package printing sector, to be held at the Zabeel Halls of the Dubai World Trade Center. At the booth 2G14 – shared with Printech Middle East, the OMET agent for the area.

OMET will present the widest range of machines for the narrow- and mid-web label and packaging printing. From iFLEX, the small high quality label machine, to the XFlex lines (X2, X4, X5, X6), OMET offers several

UPM Raflatac fights against counterfeit drugs with new pharma security label material

UPM Raflatac is expanding its range of labelling solutions to support pharmaceutical companies in improving patient safety through secure and tamper-evident packaging. These solutions offer an easy route to achieving full compliance with the EU Falsified Medicines Directive on packaging for prescription drugs and high-risk, over-the-counter medicines.
With tamper-evident labelling patients can be sure that their pharmaceutical products are authentic and have not been tampered with. UPM

Conference program and speakers confirmed for Label Summit Latin America 2019

The conference program and speakers have been revealed for the forthcoming Label Summit Latin America 2019, with leading brands Colgate-Palmolive and Nutresa to speak at the end of the first day.

Taking place May 14-15 at Plaza Mayor Medellín in Medellín, Colombia, the summit is aimed at senior decision makers working within the label and package printing industry. The educational event aims to equip delegates with in-depth knowledge as well as strategic insights into how they can help move

Sartomer Invests in in-house EB labs

Sartomer, a business line of Arkema, has launched in-house electron beam (EB) labs with equipment to enable customers to develop and test innovative EB curing formulations on a small scale using Sartomer’s advanced liquid resins.

The company has recently installed EB lab units – standalone, compact, simple-to-use electron accelerators – at its France and US R&D centers. A third installation is planned for in Asia.

Sartomer noted EB curing is a green technology with very low VOC emissions

Multi-Color Corporation to be acquired

Multi-Color Corporation has announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Platinum Equity, a leading private equity firm.

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by Multi-Color Corporation’s board of directors, Multi-Color Corporation shareholders will receive $50 in cash for each share of common stock they own, in a transaction valued at $2.5 billion USD including the assumption of $1.5 billion USD of debt. The

Aztec Label picks AccuStrike

One of the leading narrow web trade houses, Aztec Label, is installing AccuStrike anvils for each of the three Nilpeter FB presses at its production facility in Kidderminster, as part of an ongoing program of investment in production efficiency.
The new equipment is Rotometrics’ answer to die wear and the problems posed by some of today’s tricky filmic substrates. Founded in 1993 by Colin Le Gresley and now employing 25 staff, the company offers label printing in up to 10 colours on its dual

Screen to launch large-format CTP engines

Screen is poised to launch its latest series of thermal platesetters for the packaging market, the PlateRite Ultima 24000N.

The machines will begin shipping next month at a similar price point to the manufacturer’s current PlateRite Ultima 24000 series, which the new series is set to replace.

Designed for plates up to 24-up, the series features grating light valve (GLV) imaging heads and comes in two configurations: the Z, which runs an output up to 35 plates/hr using 1,024 channel heads, and

hubergroup launches globally compliant folding carton food packaging printing ink

Hubergroup has reinvented its MGA Natura series with a single ink that complies with all FDA standards and EC regulations for folding carton food packaging in one formula.

This results in reduced approval cycles and increasing production flexibility for brand owners, while printers and converters no longer need to maintain large stocks of a variety of ink types and undertake costly, time-consuming press wash-ups when packaging is destined for different global regions.

With increasingly strict

Kodak and Uteco sell second Sapphire Evo

Kodak and technology partner Uteco Group have sold a second Sapphire Evo hybrid press, this time to a Japanese printing business, Kinyosha.

The deal was agreed recently, according to Uteco president and chief executive Aldo Peretti, and installation is scheduled for dispatch in autumn and is expected to be up and running in October. The Kinyosha site will become a technology centre for Asia.

The first commercial customer is Italian packaging printer and convertor Nuova Erreplast (NE), based

Xerox unveils new packaging and 3D print tech

Xerox has revealed a new digital printing technology and plans to aggressively enter the 3D printing market, including the acquisition of start-up Vader Systems.

Chief technology officer Steve Hoover made the announcement on Friday 8 February at an investor day when the firm provided more details on Project Own It, its plans to improve efficiency and return to growth.

The new digital printing technology, which is aimed at the packaging market, is claimed to dramatically cut costs and widen

Huhtamaki launches sustainable paper straws

Straws are used by millions of people every day when enjoying drinks on-the-go. Huhtamaki now offers customers the opportunity to switch to paper straws for consuming cold drinks. Paper straws are a sustainable choice and an excellent alternative to plastic straws. 
Huhtamaki is a pioneer in the use of sustainable materials for making food packaging products. Our new paper straws are made of fiber coming from sustainably managed forests and 100% of the paper used in the straws and in their

Smurfit Kappa opens new carton factory

Paper and packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappa has opened a new plant in Mexico, strengthening its presence in the region.

The plant, based in Tijuana, produces flat and pre-glued boxes, trays and other packaging solutions. It is the third plant of this type in Mexico, where Smurfit Kappa has been operating for more than 40 years.

“The inauguration of this important operation reflects the Smurfit Kappa Group’s long-term commitment to Mexico and its confidence in the growth of the country’s

Kodak introduces KODAK PROSPER Plus imprinting solutions for packaging industry

Kodak announced the introduction of the new KODAK PROSPER Plus Imprinting Solutions for the packaging industry. 
These solutions include four new imprinting components as well as food safe packaging inks and pre-coatings for folding cartons, food wraps, paper cups and plates, and ream wraps.  
 
The new PROSPER Plus models will expand the capabilities for printers to leverage continuous inkjet as a complementary capability to the KODAK PROSPER 6000S Simplex Press and the UTECO SAPPHIRE EVO

Avery Dennison launches three collections, five facestocks

Avery Dennison is adding three new collections and five new facestocks to its wine and spirits portfolio. The company will launch these as the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento, California, later this month.

"Labeling technology today needs to work harder than ever for the winemaker and retailer, and these new Avery Dennison collections go beyond helping a bottle stand out on the shelf," said Vanita Marzette, senior product manager - wine and spirits, Avery Dennison. "Whether

FPE develops toolkit to advocate sustainability of flexible packaging

Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE) has introduced an online toolkit looking at the sustainability of flexible packaging.

FPE has put together and created visual formats to explain flexible packaging and sustainability. The toolkit is available free of charge to anyone interested in the subject, from the association’s website. The main target group for the toolkit is people working in the fields of flexible packaging and products packed in flexible packaging, as well as the general public.

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