Hubergroup’s new changes

Hubergroup has made a lot of management changes to their technology division, chairman, and many more.
Heiner Klokkers took over as chairman of the Management Board on January. His core task will be the strategic development of the company into new markets or new segments within and outside the printing ink industry.
Ursula Borgmann, who chaired the hubergroup management  board and headed the technology division, handed over her responsibilities to her successors at the beginning of 2018 after

Smurfit Kappa opens new paper recycling facility in Málaga

Paper-based packager Smurfit Kappa has opened a new recycling plant in Málaga, Spain, which is expected to strengthen its recovered paper service in the south of Spain.
The company said the plant, which is expected to process over 30,000 tonnes of recovered paper annually, is perfectly positioned to meet the city’s growing recycling needs. In the city, a fleet of eco-friendly hybrid vehicles collect paper and board from households and businesses. This is then sorted at the plant and sent to the

The Navigator hosted multiple competitions

In the 3rd edition of the Global Writing Contest “Around the World in 80 Pages”, The Navigator, challenged travel enthusiasts to share their best adventures through an original story. On this 2017 edition, the contest registered 2,161 participant, from 77 different countries around the globe. Representing a 59% increase of submied stories and 18% more represented countries, in comparison with its 2nd edn.
According to the company spokesperson, “Until December 31st, participants gave use to their

Fedrigoni acquired by Bain Capital

Specialty papers and labels maker Fedrigoni has been acquired by private equity firm Bain Capital. Italy-based Fedrigoni was established in 1888 and has 13 manufacturing facilities in Italy, Spain and Brazil, more than 2,700 employees, and a distribution network covering more than 110 countries. The company is expected to generate sales of around $1.3 billion for FY2017.
Bain Capital Private Equity managing director, Ivano Sessa said: “We believe Fedrigoni has the potential to grow

Rewritable paper goes technicolor

Rewritable paper goes technicolor. Metal-ligand complexes display a range of long-lasting colors that can be erased on demand, allowing paper to be reused. The paper industry has a significant environmental impact, from cutting down trees for raw material to consuming large amounts of energy and water to process that material. To curb that impact, chemists have been working on rewritable paper technologies that would allow people to print on a sheet of paper with special inks and then erase

Coca-Cola outlines mission to reduce plastic waste

Coca-Cola outlines mission to reduce plastic waste. Coca-Cola has pledged to recycle a used bottle or can for every one the company sells by 2030 as well as working towards making all its packaging recyclable, as the soft drinks giant joins a global movement to reduce waste. The company has a huge responsibility to tackle the problem of plastic and waste and, as a marketer of 500 brands of soft drinks, Coca-Cola has vowed to step up its actions by announcing its global plan to “help create a

Omet has named Paolo Grasso as head of sales for its newly-introduced Labels business unit

Omet has named Paolo Grasso as head of sales for its newly-introduced Labels business unit. In his new role, Grasso will lead the global sales team, agents and distributor network of the Labels business unit, supporting them closely to further enhance the sales and market response. Omet sales director Marco Calcagni said: "It’s the right time to organize our sales activities to be able to complete our global expansion with a closer attention to each customer, as for Omet every customer is

Finat tackles industry challenges at seminar

Industry association Finat will use its forthcoming Technical Seminar 2018 to address the many common challenges facing printers and converters today, and look at how to overcome them and achieve ‘real results’.
Topics such as digitization, automation, decoration and finishing are recurring themes for the industry, with the 1.5-day seminar designed to help companies understand the technical challenges, and improve their organizational efficiency, service and profitability by implementing new

Brookfield to acquire Schoeller

Brookfield Business Partners has agreed to acquire a 75% stake in returnable plastic packaging systems firm Schoeller Allibert for €205m.
The founding Schoeller family will continue to hold the remaining 25% stake in Schoeller Allibert through Schoeller Group.
Brookfield Business Partners CEO Cyrus Madon said: “An increased global focus on sustainability, waste reduction, e-commerce and logistics automation positions the returnable packaging sector for meaningful growth, so we are pleased to

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 &amp

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