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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.

The

Gallus makes Smartfire available worldwide

Gallus has confirmed worldwide availability the Smartfire entry-level digital label press.

Introduced last year in Europe (Gallus Innovation Days) and the Americas (Labelexpo Americas 2018), Gallus Smartfire is a four-color inkjet label printing machine powered by Memjet. It prints with water-based inks and a native resolution of 1600 dpi. An integrated in-line converting module includes lamination, cutting plotter for individual die-cutting contours, and a semi rotary die-cutting

Lombardi to introduce ‘completely new project’ at Labelexpo Europe

At Labelexpo Europe 2019, Lombardi Converting Machinery is promising to introduce a completely new project that ‘people will talk about.’
While the show is still eight months away, Lombardi has made the declaration as it names Giovanni Perego as its new international sales manager.
Lombardi expects to make an additional appointment in Brussels to coincide with Labelexpo Europe 2019, which will run September 24-27.
Of the anticipated hardware development, Massimo Lombardi, director of international

DS Smith Europac deal set to complete

DS Smith’s proposed acquisition of Spanish corrugated packaging and paper manufacturer Europac is expected to be completed later this week.
The London-headquartered packaging giant announced its proposed purchase of the company, in a deal worth £1.45bn, in June 2018.
On 17th January, the board of the Spanish Securities Market Commission (CNMV) announced to Europac’s shareholders the result of the tender offer launched by DS Smith on 3 December.
Acceptances representing 98.8% of the total share

Tetra Pak to pioneer digital colour carton production

Tetra Pak has claimed it is to become the first carton manufacturer to introduce full-colour digital printing capabilities, in a collaboration with Koenig & Bauer (K&B).
The company said it will be the first in its sector to install a RotaJet 168 digital printer, currently being built by K&B, after monitoring digital print technology for the past 20 years.
It will be installed at Tetra Pak’s 6,830sqm converting plant in Denton, Texas, US, and is expected to begin field testing to

New alliance formed to tackle plastic waste

A global alliance of nearly 30 companies has been formed to advance products and technologies that reduce and eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) has committed over $1 billion USD with the goal of investing $1.5 billion USD over the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment. New technologies and products will be developed and brought to scale that will minimize and manage plastic waste. This also

OMET announces an open house for label market

The “OMET Hybrid Experience” open house will focus on the opportunities offered by hybrid digital printing technology in the label market and is expected to be a “must attend” event for the leading label printers of the world. It will be held in the new OMET Drome located in Molteno (Lecco – Italy) where guests will have the opportunity to see the hybrid printing performances of new OMET XJet powered by Durst and to attend special live demonstration on the iFLEX, set up in a hybrid curing

Cosmo Films launches sterilizable conduction sealing film

Cosmo Films, one of the global leader in speciality films for flexible packaging, lamination and labeling applications as well as synthetic paper recently launched sterilisable conduction sealing film for wad and lidding applications for PP and PE containers. This film can withstand high temperatures during sterilization process, which is used to increase the shelf-life of the product.
The newly developed sealing film is a clear, one side corona treated and other side heat sealable film. The

International Paper to acquire Envases Grau

International Paper recently announced that the company signed an agreement to acquire Envases Grau, a family-owned packaging business in Spain, for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition is part of company strategy to achieve advantageous positions in attractive markets. The price of the transaction will be released later this year.
Corrugated Packaging is a core business for International Paper and the acquisition of Envases Grau is aligned with the Company’s strategy to build advantaged

Xeikon Café Europe announces 2019 program

Xeikon Café Europe, a multi-vendor educational & networking event scheduled for 26 to 28 March in Antwerp, Belgium, is shaping up to be the label and packaging industry event of the year. It will feature a Conference program during the mornings of each of the three days followed by an Academy program each afternoon. Visitors can also meet up with preeminent industry suppliers in the Exhibition area where live production of creative label and packaging applications are scheduled to run

Flint increase prices across all packaging ink products

Flint Group Packaging Inks is implementing a price increase for all products sold within Europe.

Citing the ‘progressively challenging global trading environment’, Flint Group stated that it has had to implement difficult decisions for the security and sustainability of supply. Furthermore, significant cost headwinds have been witnessed in pigments, solvents, resins and freight, placing uninterrupted cost pressure on the Packaging Inks’ business. The price increase will vary depending on each