EU plans to make all packaging recyclable

The European Commission has adopted a new strategy on plastics as part of its plan to advance towards a more circular economy.
The new strategy aims to make all plastic packaging in the EU market recyclable by 2030, as well as reduce the consumption of single-use plastics and restrict the intentional usage of microplastics.
The moves are expected to decrease plastic pollution in Europe, as well as encourage growth and innovation.
European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans said: “If

VINSAK receives repeat order from Manipal International

VINSAK secured a repeat order from Manipal International Printing Press to install Lombardi Flexo Press along with VINSAK USAR Slitter Inspection rewinder at their plant in Nigeria after the installation of similar machines at their Kenya Plant.
VINSAK had installed a 10-color Synchroline full servo UV Flexo press equipped with movable cold foil, chiller, two die-cutting stations with easy waste, slitter, turn-bar, re-lam, de-lam, sheeter, conveyer, and lamination. VINSAK have also installed

Sun Chemical unveils new UV offset ink for luxury folding carton applications

Sun Chemical has introduced a new UV offset ink for luxury folding carton applications. The new ink system, SunCure Aspire UV, has been developed to make graphics look vibrant on high-end luxury folding cartons and offer the longer-term shelf appeal for brand owners.
In addition to exhibiting immense colour transparency, the new ink system will help in the creation of vivid color graphic effects on metalized, lenticular and holographic board stocks which are frequently used for pharmaceutical

Huhtamaki to launch paper cup recycling scheme

Finnish company Huhtamaki has confirmed its plans to launch a new recycling initiative for used paper coffee cups in Gosport. Slated to launch early 2018, the new scheme will be the first of its kind in the country.
In collaboration with the Gosport Borough Council, Huhtamaki will trial an easily accessible and cost-effective collection and recycling service for paper cups, similar to the ones produced by the company in the town. The scheme will remove cups from the general waste stream and

Nilpeter premiered new FA flexo press at LabelExpo Europe

Nilpeter showcased their all new FA flexo press at the LabelExpo Europe at thier booth.
According to the Shyam Babu, director of Nilpeter ME, “The new FA is the most versatile flexo press on the market – designed to accommodate the printer’s ever-growing needs, and built around the modern press operator, with an intuitive user interface and fully mobile print controls.”
He further added about the features, “The FA provides a maximum level of stability, the tightest register tolerance, and

Magic Touch takes on Duraluxe to expand into outdoor signage

The Magic Touch has taken on US-headquartered Decoral’s Duraluxe aluminium product for distribution, which it says is an outdoor signage first.
Magic Touch MD Jim Nicol said that Duraluxe is the first product of its kind to be printed on using sublimation inks and be suitable for outdoor use. Signing the agreement last week, the garment and textile specialist will have the material in stock from next week at its Bedfordshire site, having initially announced the partnership earlier this month at

Asepto debuts at expo with packaging liquid

Making its debut at the recently concluded GulFood Manufacturing 2017 in Dubai, Asepto exhibited its range of liquid packaging solutions in front of the global audiences.
Notably Asepto is the liquid packaging material brand from the House of Uflex – flexible packaging materials and Solution Company. The product portfolio offers pack sizes ranging from portion to family packs with volumes 100ml Base, 125ml Slim, 160ml Slim, 200ml Slim, 250ml Base, 1000ml Slim and 1000ml Base.
Explaining about the

Fedrigoni’s new design

Paper merchant Fedrigoni has launched a new design compendium, Fedrigoni 365, with contributions from numerous leading creatives. Using Sirio Ultra Black 115gsm for the text pages, the cover uses Sirio Color Nero E20 290gsm and also has 680gsm Sirio Ultra Black boards tipped onto the front and back.
Fedrigoni head of marketing and promotions Pari Blackbeard said the compendium had been the culmination of a lengthy period of hard work but that she was over the moon with the finished product.

Esko launches largest cutting table for non-stop production

Supplier of integrated solutions for the packaging, labels, sign and display industries Esko has launched Kongsberg C66, a digital finishing table designed for short run production of corrugated applications.
Kongsberg C66 can run at 100 m/min and can handle either manual multi-zone production of large 2.2m x 3.2m (87in x 126in) sheets or single-zone production of large 2.5m x 4.8m (98in x 189in) corrugated sheets.
This makes it suited for the production of protective packaging with a maximum

Bosch Packaging Technology wins German Design Award 2018

The Sigpack VPF (Vertical Platform for Flat Pouches), the first freely scalable flat pouch machine from Bosch, has been honoured with the German Design Award 2018 in the Excellent Product Design category. The German Design Council presents the prestigious award on an annual basis.
The Sigpack VPF from Bosch represents a revolutionary concept for the filling of flat pouches with powder products such as sugar: The equipment stands out because it breaks new ground in terms of flexibility

Flint Group acquires Eston Chimica

Flint Group has acquired Italy based Eston Chimica combining two suppliers of inks and coatings in the packaging industry. Eston Chimica manufactures and sells water-based inks for flexo and gravure applications to printers predominantly located in Southern Europe.  The company supports paper & board applications, such as corrugated, shopping bags, paper bags, and various other water-based print jobs.
Kim Melander, vice president & general manager EMEA and Global Strategy, Paper &

Memjet latest technology

Memjet has announced the release of an inkjet technology platform called DuraLink. This groundbreaking digital printing platform combines long-life printheads, pigment ink and flexible modules to give OEM partners a fast, easy way to develop solutions for high-volume commercial, packaging and industrial printing markets.
Eric Owen, GM of commercial printing at Memjet, says, “Memjet set out to develop an additional inkjet technology that would bring quality, speed and affordability to high-volume

Graphic Packaging, International Paper to collaborate

Graphic Packaging will create a $6 billion paper-based packaging company by forming a new partnership  with International Paper.  Graphic Packaging Holding Company will own 79.5 percent of the partnership and will be the sole operator. International Paper will own 20.5 percent of the partnership, equivalent to a $1.14 billion value. The partnership will assume $660 million of International Paper debt.
“We are excited about the platform for future growth created by this combination,” said

Flint Group launches new IML ink

Flint Group has expanded its range of inks for metallised paper and non-absorbent substrates with the launch of its Novastar D 2000 IML BIO process ink.
The new low-migration sheetfed ink was launched on 1 October and is intended for label printing without direct food contact. It is derived from vegetable oil rather than mineral oil. Flint has identified North America, South America, China and India as markets with potential for growth for in-mould labelling (IML) applications, while Europe

Flint Group increases price

Flint Group announces a global price increase for all Packaging Inks products. Increased, incremental cost escalation forces Flint Group to raise the prices of its Packaging Inks products.
Further to announcements made in March 2017, it has become clear that the raw material markets for many components within Flint Group’s Packaging Inks products have experienced price escalation. Many raw material markets remain highly volatile as 2017 comes to a close.
Q3 2017 saw significant increases and

Academy publishes industry textbook

The Label Academy has extended its book series with the publication of two new reference books, ‘Shrink Sleeve Technology’ and ‘Label Markets and Applications’. Complementing the Academy’s ten other textbooks and study modules, they are designed to help develop the working knowledge of print industry professionals.
Compiled by Mike Fairley, founder of the Label Academy, ‘Shrink Sleeve Technology’ is an introduction to shrink sleeve labels and gives information to help troubleshoot problems

Comexi expands again

Comexi and QuadTech, Inc. have joined forces in the investigation and development of new colour control management technologies for the flexible packaging industry. After years of research, this close collaboration between the two companies has pursued the adaptation of QuadTech’s Colour Control with SpectralCam, and its extension from paper and label printing to the printing of flexible packaging.
“It is a pleasure to collaborate with one of the most technologically innovative companies in the

Aslan launches new self-adhesive glass decoration film

Aslan launches new self-adhesive glass decoration film with whiteboard function. The German manufacturer of self-adhesive films for special applications has introduced its EtchedBoard Dryapply ASLAN EBL 300, a glass decoration film that is unique in the market. The new PVC-film with an etched glass look offers two-in-one functionality: In addition to creating decorative privacy screen solutions, it can be used for presentation and communication purposes, thanks to its dry wipe finish. The

KBA, Sappi and ACTEGA Terra continues their project

KBA, Sappi and ACTEGA Terra have continued their joint calendar project over the last few years with the launch of a new 2018 calendar, that depicts athletes who push themselves to their limits, whether in speed skating, white water kayaking or motocross. Previous themes have included exotic landscapes, distant cities, underwater worlds, animals and textures. For the 2018 edition, the team was once again on the lookout for images that express activity and inspire emotion. The images also needed

Labelexpo Asia 2017 will present the Digital Trail and Smart Zone features

Labelexpo Asia 2017 will present the Digital Trail and Smart Zone features for the first time at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 5 – 8 December.  Featuring HP, Domino, Fuji Xerox and Xeikon, the Digital Trail will demonstrate the benefits of adopting a digital printing operation. Visitors will see several new major presses launched for the Asian continent as part of the Trail including, HP Indigo’s WS6800 digital press, the Durst Tau 330E UV digital inkjet press from Fuji

Cron unveils new double-speed flexo platesetters

Cron launched a new range of high-speed flexo CTP devices at last week’s LabelExpo Europe.
The latest additions to its flexo line-up are intended for label and packaging applications.
The new platesetters feature precise laser technology, producing standard resolutions of 5,080dpi. The HDI Flexo H+ series has been developed with twice the laser power of comparable products, meaning that it is possible to achieve resolutions from 2,400dpi up to 9,600dpi as standard.
“With our products the quality

Bobst launches enhanced flexo press M8 for flexible packaging line

Bobst has premiered an upgraded flexo press, the M8 flexible packaging line, at LabelExpo.
The machine was unveiled at a press conference at  LabelExpo in Brussels, where the company also launched the first two label presses from its new digital subsidiary Mouvent. The press will cost between $2.61m and $3.92m, depending on specification, and can be configured inline with a range of finishing machines, with Bobst strategic products and marketing director Federico D’Annunzio saying pricing is

Vivid launches two new products modular feeder, printable foil

Vivid Laminating Technologies is launching two new products: a modular feeder and a printable white foil. Available to order now, the Omni-Flow modular deep-pile feeder and Aqua Aura Printable White Foil will both be commercially available thereafter.  Capable of feeding longsheet stocks of plus-1.1m, the feeder, available to run inline with Matrix digital laminating and foiling systems and for retrofitting with pre-existing systems, uses Swiss-made feed head technology exclusive to the

Avery creates labels for tyre industry

Avery Dennison has created a label  which is engineered to bond with the tyre during the vulcanisation process and maintain lifelong adhesion and readability.
“The Avery Dennison solution consists of specially designed barcode tracking labels engineered to bond with the tyre during the vulcanization process and maintain lifelong adhesion and readability. These pressure-sensitive labels offer excellent abrasion and heat resistance, allowing the tyre to remain traceable throughout a customer’s

Honaz’s new label printer

Honaz FZCo launched its new MapleJet ProDigit 70 printer, which incorporates Xaar 502 GS15 O printheads, on its stand at the GulFood Manufacturing event in Dubai.
The latest printer in the ProDigit range, the MapleJet ProDigit 70 raises the bar in terms of quality, reliability, and return on investment. It is the ideal choice for companies looking to replace their carton label printers as it can print high-resolution (180dpi) codes at up to 70mm height, directly onto cartons. Operating at line

Sun Chemical unveils UV LED ink for label, narrow web markets

Sun Chemical has launched its  range of new products for narrow web label, sleeve and flexible packaging covering all print processes at Labelexpo Europe 2017.
Sun Chemical is introducing SolarFlex LED, a range of migration-compliant, UV flexo 4-colour process inks, which thanks to its patented M-Cure® photoinitiators allow for rapid curing, ensuring full cure at high press speeds. The range is fully compliant with regulations for food, pharmaceutical, tobacco and cosmetics packaging.

Primera’s FX500e foil imprinting system

Manufacturer of specialty printers Primera Technology, announced the launch of its new FX500e Foil Imprinting System.
FX500e is Primera’s new  foil imprinter, adding  metallic highlights to pre-printed or blank labels serving as an accessory to Primera’s LX- and CX-Series colour label printers and other laser- or inkjet-based label printers.
 As the imprinting process is digital, virtually any design elements can be added to the label including borders, fonts, graphics and backgrounds. Metallic

Printable wall coverings out

Launched at Fespa this year, the full range of KernowJet Interiors printable wallcoverings have been certified for HP Latex Inks.  There are available in 2 thicknesses and 13 different embossed patterns which  are scratch and water resistant and have an anti-reflective front surface announced the manufacturers.
Kernow Coatings manufactures digital print substrates for many of the world’s leading brands in narrow and wide formats, as well as gel lighting solutions.  
KernowJet Opaline Gloss 201

Avery Dennison’s new tamper evident seal

Avery Dennison has launched its newly formulated adhesive S799P for its portfolio of Tamper-evident Seal Range. The new adhesive eases compliance with the EU Medicine Directive 2011/62/EU, which is designed to prevent “falsified medicines” from entering the legal prescription supply chain, and also applies to some over-the-counter products.
“Drug counterfeiting is a major global problem. Patient safety is compromised by product manipulation and substitution, and manufacturers can experience

Domino gets new award

Domino concluded a very successful three-day event as they were presented with the prestigious “Company to Watch” award at the Digital Packaging Summit 2017, in Ponte Vedra, FL October 23-25.
As David Pesko, Senior Vice President of nGage Events describes, “The winner of this award is a company that attendees feel people should keep an eye on moving forward. They feel their approach, products, technology and strategy make them standout in the marketplace and they feel more is coming.”
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