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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

Goss acquires a product line

Goss International announced a new partnership with web offset and service specialists DG press Service.  Goss has acquired DG press’ Thallo product line, expanding the Goss web offset packaging portfolio. In the new partnership, DG press will continue to manufacture the Thallo press platform and service/sell the system in Europe, whilst Goss will utilize its global sales, service and distribution network to target customers in North and South America, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Launched in June

Quad Tech has introduced a new Inspection System

Quad Tech has introduced a new Inspection System for packaging and converting printers, setting a new standard for advanced defect detection. The modernized 100% Inspection System is built on QuadTech's ICON integrated platform.  The new inspection system utilizes a 64-bit software architecture and algorithms is used to analyze the printed substrate, detecting a variety of defect types such as ink spots, register/colour variation, content issues, and streaks.  "This is far from an incremental

Flint Group has launched a new certification programme

Flint Group has launched a new certification programme, FlexoExpert to support plate makers.  With this programme, the platemaking processes as well as the functionality of the processing equipment will be evaluated. A status report is provided, which includes strengths and divergences as well as recommendations for improvement. With the assistance of a Flint Group expert, this action plan is implemented within a defined period of time. Then, after six months, the Flint Group specialist

Esko reveals several Drupa launches

Esko is to launch two new additions to its Kongsberg cutting table range at Drupa alongside a new flexo platemaking system and a software update.

All the new products are designed to have as much automation as possible, so they can be used by a less skilled workforce.

The new 1.68x1.27m Kongsberg X20 cutter runs at up to 50m a minute while the 1.68mx3.22m C24 can operate twice as fast. They feature automatic tool adjustment for fast job changeover. The Kongsberg X can also be upgraded to

Mimaki to launch new stretchable ink LUS350

Mimaki has announced that it will be making a brand-new ink available in mid- 2016. 

   Mimaki LUS-350 is a stretchable ink suitable for a range of thermoforming applications, especially those requiring exceptional hardness and durability such as automotive parts. 

Mimaki LUS-350 ink is compatible with the Mimaki UJF-7151plus and JFX200-2513 printers and will be available in CMYK, white and clear ink.

“This new ink will change the way vacuum moulded – or thermoformed – applications are

Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) announces the official launch of its new website

Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) announces the official launch of its new website, www.flexpack.org. The FPA is committed to connecting, advancing, and leading the flexible packaging industry and the new website is a key communication tool in that quest. The Homepage offers a new slideshow feature which focuses on FPA “Hot Topics”; a “Spotlight” section that highlights current FPA activities; special call-out areas that focus on specific topics such as the Achievement Awards, the industry

Flint Group Narrow Web has officially opened the 12th annual Narrow Web Print Awards competition

Flint Group Narrow Web has officially opened the 12th annual Narrow Web Print Awards competition. Label converters from around the globe are encouraged to submit sample labels of their choosing for evaluation by a panel of industry judges. The winners of this award will be announced during a live event at the Flint Group stand at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago, USA, on Wednesday, September 14. In 2015, Flint Group presented awards in 13 different categories at Labelexpo Europe – all

Quad Tech has revealed that it will unveil 4 new products at drupa

Quad Tech has revealed that it will unveil 4 new products at  drupa 2016. The new products include defect detection product for packaging & converting that will facilitate fast detection and disposition of the tiniest defects to ensure that defective product do not go undetected; a new colour measurement product for packaging & converting that provides accurate inline L*a*b* measurements to reduce make-ready time and ensure all printed products are according to the customer’s colour

D.W. Renzmann will showcase its new FlexPlateCleaner

D.W. Renzmann, manufacturer of washing machines and distillation units for the graphic arts industry, will showcase its new FlexPlateCleaner for 'fast and efficient cleaning' of flexographic printing plates at drupa. In times of shorter print runs and frequent print job changes, finding efficient ways of cleaning ink-carrying press parts is becoming more important. The FlexPlateCleaner comes with a patented transport system that allows the speed of the plates to be regulated individually via

Fujifilm has launched Acuity Select 20 series

Fujifilm has launched the new Acuity Select 20 series at Fespa Digital in Amsterdam.

The manufacturer said the series has been introduced as a replacement to the existing Acuity Advance Select series - though the Acuity Advance Select HS high-speed model will remain available - and retains the advantages of the Acuity UV flatbed printer.

This includes near-photographic image quality, print speeds up to 33.6sqm/hr, versatility and ease of use to produce a wide variety of applications on a

SAi introduces new 3D design software

SA International (SAi) has launched a new three-dimensional design software for POP-display and box construction, powered by the company's Flexi software.

"For a fraction of the price of high-end packages that are typically tied to specific manufacturer's hardware, SAi DisplayGenie enables large format print providers to quickly and easily get started with POP-display and box creation", says Dean Derhak, product director, SAi. "By expanding their applications offering, print businesses can

Xeikon has unveiled its first liquid toner Trillium press

Xeikon has unveiled its first liquid toner Trillium press, developed with partner Miyakoshi and aimed at the commercial and DM print sectors, at its pre-Drupa press conference.  The Belgium-based manufacturer, now a division of Flint Group since its acquisition in November 2015, said the machine, called Trillium One, would be cheaper than inkjet on high coverage print. The 60m/min (800ppm) twin-CMYK duplex machine uses Xeikon’s existing LED imaging to create print at up to 1,200dpi

Azonprinter gave an international debut to its upgraded UV LED A3 machine

Azonprinter gave an international debut to its upgraded UV LED A3 machine, the Azon Razor Conti at Fespa Digital. The inline flatbed features a new Azon RIP and six new 500ml ink tanks, to replace cartridges, and was on display at the wide-format trade show held in the RAI in Amsterdam. The Razor Conti can print up to six layers on a bed size of 290x800mm to create raised or embossed print of up to 2mm high on PET, polycarbonate, TPU, wood, leathers and other soft materials at a resolution of

Lithuanian manufacturer Veika has launched three new textures

Lithuanian manufacturer Veika has launched three new textures in its Decojet Eco PVC-free digital wallcovering media range; Decoleather, Decosand and Decodrift.  The wallcoverings are available in rolls of either 50m or 70m long and 1.07m or 1.3m wide. The minimum order is 1,000m2.  Veika also launched its eco-solvent digital inks for wide-format print businesses printing on the Decojet digital wallpaper media. The inks, which are specially developed for Epson DX4, DX5, DX6 and DX7

Flint Group has received the 2016 FTA Technical Innovation Award

Flint Group has received the 2016 FTA Technical Innovation Award for its nyloflex FTF Digital flexo plate.  Winning the award in the pre-press – graphics category, P.J. Fronczkiewicz, product manager Flint said: " “By far, the biggest advantage of the nyloflex FTF plate for flexible packaging printers is its inherent, micro-textured surface that provides the perfect conduit for accepting and then transferring ink onto smooth substrates. This allows printers to achieve substantial increases in

Xaar expands product range with printhead

Xaar announced an expansion in its product range for UV applications with the launch of 1002 GS40 printhead.  According to Xaar, printhead delivers 'high ink build capability', and is suitable for printing UV spot varnish for labels, packaging and graphics, as well as adding textured effects to wood laminate.  The GS40  family of printheads jets drop volumes from 40 – 160pL and has greyscale capability (5 levels). It is suitable for printing UV spot varnish and for applications requiring a

According to IBISWorld, the price of wood pulp is forecast to rise

According to IBISWorld, the price of wood pulp is forecast to rise even further at an annualized rate of 5.1% in the three years to 2019. The rising price of wood pulp will also be reflected in the domestic price of paper, which is projected to grow at an annualized rate of 3.2% in the next three years.  In 2015, global wood pulp prices climbed past the previous peak from 2011, which was the highest price point in more than 30 years. Unfortunately for manufacturers that rely on the material