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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

Antalis Packaging has unveiled a new information-packed website

Antalis Packaging has unveiled a new information-packed website to support customers in the fast-paced packaging and logistics markets a host of online tools like reference guides to improve packaging processes; insights into best practice, tips and ideas to stay ahead of the competition; educational white papers, customer case studies, infographics and blogs; latest industry news and market trends and free business audits for warehouse management, packaging and production. The new

Onyx Graphics will be exhibiting its latest production and colour management solutions

Onyx Graphics will be exhibiting its latest production and colour management solutions for a wide variety of graphics, textile, décor and industrial print applications. ONYX Thrive is a full featured, scalable workflow which is based on the Adobe PDF Print Engine, the Onyx Textile Edition is developed specifically for the large-format textile printing market and includes additional functionality; and the Onyx Connect JDF (Job Definition Format) technology that enables business owners and

Stora Enzo introduces carrier board grade

Stora Enso hass introduced a new board grade at the Packaging Innovations trade show. 

The CKB Carrier 380 g/m2 grade is a multilayer kraft back board suitable for beverage multipacks and other packaging applications that require durability combined with 'superior' printability and food safety. 

“CKB Carrier boasts incr-eased tear resistance, bending stiffness and highly impressive tensile and burst strength. These features provide protection in the most challenging conditions. The new

Smurfit Kappa invests in two packaging firms

Smurfit Kappa Group has acquired two paper-based packaging firms in Brazil, Industria de Embalagens Santana and Paema Embalagens, for $206m.

The two companies have three recycling containerboard mills, with a total capacity of 210,000 tonnes, and four corrugated packaging facilities between them.

The combined business employs over 1,700 people and the Group currently expects to generate synergies of approximately $6.6 million to be delivered by the end of 2017, primarily through operational

BOBST has announced that its SelectMet system has been upgraded

BOBST has announced that its SelectMet system has been upgraded to implement its F&K heritage flexo printing technology into the vacuum metalliser. The integration eliminates the complexity of special lacquers and chemical baths used in the traditional demetallisation processes, making this system a simple and economic alternative. The BOBST SelectMet process operates at speeds of up to 400m/min on the BOBST General K4000 platform. "The integration eliminates the complexity of special

Fespa has revealed details about this year’s World Wrap Masters Series Final

Fespa has revealed details about this year’s World Wrap Masters Series Final, held in partnership with Avery Dennison and Mimaki.  The World Wrap Masters will run across the four days of this year's Fespa Digital show, which will take place in Amsterdam from 8 to 11 March. The winner of the World Wrap Masters Series Final on 11 March will receive €2,500  while second and third place will receive €1,250 and €750 respectively. Fespa has announced that Fespa Digital, European Sign Expo and Fespa

FDA is banning three grease-resistant chemical substances

The US Food and Drug Admini-stration, FDA is banning three grease-resistant chemical substances from food packaging, reported Packaging News.  The chemicals, which are linked to cancer and birth defects, are used in pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, sandwich wrappers and other food packaging.  The packaging substances banned by FDA, in an order that takes effect 1 Feb, are perfluorinated compounds or PFCs, a class that includes the chemicals used to make DuPont’s Teflon and 3M’s Scotchgard.

Avery to show new films

Avery Dennison is launching 6 new digital products at the 2016 Fespa Digital exhibition. The stand will feature new MPI 1104 cast films, a new digital wall film portfolio, and their latest application trainings and workshops.

Avery Dennison is also  a sponsor of the ‘World Wrap Masters’ competition, where  regional and national Fespa Wrap Masters – those who have won titles in approved competitions – compete for the title of World Wrap Master 2016 in a two-day final on March 10-11.

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Flint Group announces Dundee plant closure

Flint Group is planning to close its Dundee plant and move all manufacturing to the US in response to the "irreversible decline" in printed publications.

It said consolidation was “vital in light of the rapidly declining market" and excess capacity. The site saw an operating loss in 2015 of more than £1m.

The company said the site was experiencing significant and worsening financial losses as a result of the irreversible decline in demand for printed newspapers, magazines and other

Flint Group launches new letterpress plate with soft layer

Flint Group Flexographic Products has launched a new water-washable film-based letterpress plate.

The nyloprint WF-S (Water-washable Film based - Soft) plate replaces the nyloprint WF-M printing plate type and is available with immediate effect. The product has a softer plate surface for more flexible applications compared with its predecessor.

The softer relief layer is said to provide improved ink transfer, resulting in optimal ink lay-down, especially on rough surfaces. The manufacturer