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Cotton paper for digital and letterpress launched by Mohawk

US fine paper specialist Mohawk has launched Strathmore Impress, a “super-premium” uncoated paper made from 100% cotton fibre that can be used for digital, letterpress, engraving and foiling.
Strathmore Impress has a tactile, luxurious finish and uses the i-Tone surface treatment for HP Indigo presses to enable the combination of digital and processes such as letterpress on the same sheet.
“Since 1892, the Strathmore name has been synonymous with the finest American-made papers,” said Mohawk

UPM highlights effect in its EMAS reporting

UPM has taken the first steps to renew its reporting under The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Four of the company’s mills (in China, Germany, Finland & Uruguay)  have this year completed their EMAS Environmental Performance reports with locally relevant information on societal aspects and impacts.
“By EMAS registration an organisation shows both its willingness and capability to commit to environmental responsibility”, says Merja Saarnilehto, Ministerial Adviser, Finnish

Mill to invest in food packaging

Ahlstrom-Munksjö announced that it will be investing EUR 6.7 million in their new production capacity at its Saint Severin plant which is located in France to meet the growing demand for Genuine Vegetable Parchment (GVP) products used mainly in baking and cooking papers as well as in other food packaging solutions.
The project will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s GVP noted that its papers are produced from 100 percentage cellulose fibers with no chemical additives

Polar invests in training center

Polar has invested in a new training center which can exclusively accommodate up to 24 trainees who can receive instruction in two different trades.
Polar offers traineeships in three recognized professions: first is Industrial Management Assistant, second is Industrial Mechanic and the final one is Mechatronics Engineer. The three and a half year traineeships are a combination of practical work and theoretical training at vocational schools.
“The trainees and we as their instructors are very

GMG launches GMG ColorServer 5.0 with improved automation

Color expert GMG  has announced an update of their colour management tool with new features to help  increase productivity and processing safety. The new GMG ColorServer 5.0 comes with an improved hotfolder-based automation designed for maximum productivity.
“Retouching multiple files manually can be complex, and does not guarantee repeatable results. With GMG ColorServer 5.0 and the GMG MX technology, press-ready files can be created automatically in reproducible quality,” explains Thomas Kunz

HP ‘reinvents’ its Latex range at Fespa,unveils flexible media kit

HP has launched two mid-range Latex printers at Fespa as well as a series of enhancements to its PageWide printers and an automated feeder for its flagship HP Scitex 17000.
The new 180sqm/hr 3.2m-wide HP Latex 3600 and 3200 have the same list price and offer the headline speeds and image quality as the 3500 and 3100 machines they replace, but due to a significant number of enhancements they offer a 30% productivity boost on the old machines.
“A lot of the focus was based on improvements requested

Contra Vision previews new films

Printable window film manufacturer Contra Vision  is previewing new films at Fespa, as it looks to expand its range bbbof see-through substrates.
The two films are still technically in testing phase and will be officially launched at the SGIA Expo, New Orleans, in October, with commercial launch likely to be a month beforehand.
The HD performance film is an addition to Contra Vision’s range of PVC perforated window films, which come in a range of transparencies, but this new 40% transparent

Sun Chemical introduces pouch system, upgraged ink range

Sun Chemical presented its new pouch system for its aftermarket range of inks, as well as the upgraded Streamline ESL 3 ink at Fespa.
The new ECO PRO pouch feed system combines the original ‘closed’ cartridge ink feed system with the higher ink volumes offered from the external pouches. The sealed ink pouches fit into a cradle above the printer which is plumbed to lower cartridges, which slot in as normal. This offers print shops a cleaner working environment avoiding spillages from manually

Metsä Board starts up extrusion coating line

Metsä Board the startup of its new extrusion coating line at its Husum mill in Sweden. The new state-of the-art coating line has an annual capacity of about 100,000 tonnes and represented an investment of EUR 38 million. At the same site Metsä Board operates a 270,000 tonnes efficient linerboard machine and Europe’s most modern folding boxboard machine, which started production at the beginning of 2016 with yearly capacity of 400,000 tonnes.
The new extrusion coating line is now producing first

First sight of Fujifilm’s new B1 inkjet unveiled at Fespa 2017

Fujifilm believes its new B1 inkjet platform making its world debut at Fespa will “open up a space that didn’t exist before”.
The device, which has not been officially named yet but is known internally as the B1PE7 (B1 print engine, seven picolitre printhead), forms the centrepiece of Fujifilm’s stand at the show.
The 200sph, 960dpi modular printer is manufactured by Inca, and uses established print technology from the manufacturer’s Onset and Spyder models, married with Fujifilm printheads and

Durst launches new, upgraded kit during Fespa in Hamburg

Durst is presenting a raft of new and upgraded machines at Fespa. Four presses are being shown on the manufacturer’s stand – the UV-based Rho P10 250 HS Plus and Rho 512R Plus printers and the water-based Rho WT 250 and Rhotex 325. All four machines are commercially available with immediate effect.
The upgraded Rho 512R Plus and Rho P10 250 HS Plus printers are being presented under the slogan of ‘Investment Security and Reliability’. These two machines supersede the original Rho 512R and Rho

Esko introduces new platform for brands

Esko and MediaBeacon are releasing a fully integrated packaging and marketing process and digital asset management solution. It enables brands and marketers to deliver ‘consistent’ content across digital, social and packaging consumer touchpoints.
The new platform helps brand owners streamline complex creation, approval and deployment processes across multiple teams and locations.
Esko acquired MediaBeacon two years ago, with the intention of developing this new solution for industries such as

Kernow unveils solutions at Fespa

KernowJet MetaliK Cut&Print and MetaliK Inkjet, the latest innovations from Kernow were launched at Fespa, Hamburg. The team was swamped with enquiries from dealers, specialist printers, sign makers and brand designers for applications including  high-end packaging, luxury boutiques and ‘next winter season campaigns’. The MetaliK range offers versatility of the products, widths up to 1524mm and different adhesives according to the use.
Garry Hume, product manager at Kernow commented, “We

Canon towards innovations and applications at Fespa

Canon Middle East showcased its range of print solutions at FESPA 2017. Visitors to the Canon stand witnessed the launch of the new 64-inch roll-to-roll Océ Colorado 1640 printer, built on Canon’s ground-breaking UVgel technology. FESPA 2017 also coincides with the tenth anniversary of the launch of the Océ Arizona series.
Shadi Bakhour, B2B Business Unit Director, Canon Middle East comments: “Truly inventive technology innovation such as Canon UVgel, driven by deep insights from real customer

Mimaki moves into 3D inkjet space

Mimaki has announced the first details of its new 3D inkjet machine, due to be commercially available by the end of this year.  The machine, which is currently being shown on its digital stand, is still in prototype stage and is being called the 3DUJ-P for the moment.
Price point is likely to be at around €200,000 and first machines will have shipped by the end of 2017, with a number of machines due to be sent out for beta testing from this summer.
Mimaki describes the 3DUJ-P as the “world’s

Double Fespa LED UV launch for SwissQprint

SwissQprint has launched two new flatbed printers, the Impala LED and the Nyala LED, at Fespa.
The manufacturer said the LED UV curing on these machines, as well as other structural improvements, gives greater precision, increases their versatility and makes them more environmentally friendly than comparable machines.
The Impala LED has a bed size of 2.5x2m and can print at a maximum speed of 180sqm/hr while the Nyala LED has a 3.2x2m bed and the machine can print at a maximum speed of 206sqm/hr.

Zünd unveils cutting system

Zünd presented, for the first time, its laser module designed for cutting polyester textiles.at Fespa in Hamburg.  Zünd’s latest routing solution, 3.6 kW RM-L won the EDP prize for Best digital cutting system“.
In conjunction with Fespa 2017, the European Digital Press Association, EDP, honored the best technological developments of the year with its 2017 EDP awards.
“Fespa has once again proven its outstanding value as graphics industry tradeshow and has more than met our expectations. More than

Bobst demonstrates enhanced flexo process for corrugated

Bobst has unveiled THQ FlexoCloud Technology, a four-colour flexo process, which it said offers a “quantum shift” in post-print flexo that will enable the process to challenge litho laminated secondary packaging. THQ FlexoCloud, where THQ stand for Tres High Quality, is claimed by the firm to offer improved print quality and lower production  costs using a combination of pre-press, anilox roller and ink technology.
“A comparison of litho lam to post-print flexo shows that there is a huge

Avery Dennison announced an expansion of its Supreme Wrapping film portfolio

Avery Dennison announced an expansion of its Supreme Wrapping film portfolio, with 18 new colours. Additions include eight colours in a satin metallic finish, new single colours in gloss metallic, diamond and matt, and a new gloss finish option for the existing ColorFlow series. A new green-to-purple colour shifting material, Lightning Ridge, has also been added to the ColorFlow Series both in satin and gloss finishes. Oliver Guenther, marketing director, Avery Dennison Europe, said that

Senfa has launched its new Sublimis range of fabrics

Fabric manufacturer Senfa has launched its new Sublimis range of fabrics for transfer and direct sublimation printing, which it said eliminates the issue of ink migration.  The fabric is available commerically from Fespa onwards, although pricing has yet to be revealed. It will initially be launched in two different 3.1m-wide versions, one for direct-disperse printing, and one for dye-sub transfer printing. The product line will then be expanded to widths of up to 5m. Senfa business unit

Fespa announced the details of Fespa 2018 global print expo

Fespa announced that its FESPA 2018 global print expo, will take place over four days from 15th to 18th May 2018 at Messe Berlin, Germany. The next global print expo is expected to cover nine halls of the Berlin Messe showcasing screen, digital and textile printing solutions. FESPA 2018 will again be co-located with European Sign Expo for non-printed visual communication solutions. Roz Guarnori, (née McGuinness) divisional director - Fespa commented: "We always consult with our exhibitors on

Century Labels installs the new six colour Lombardi Flexoline Press

Century Labels LLC installs the Lombardi Flexoline press at their premises from Vinsak. Earlier, Vinsak has sold the same model to a leading press in UAE. The fully loaded six colours Lombardi Flexoline press comes equipped with options of De-lam/Re-lam, moveable cold foil, full servo indeed and out feed as well as corona and web cleaning.
Prahalad, operations manager at Century Labels, added, “We spent considerable time in researching the market for a press that will offer the flexibility as

Tresu to exhibit iCoat coater at Interpack '17

At Interpack 2017 on the HP stand, TRESU Group will demonstrate the productivity of its iCoat flexo coater for applying added-value varnishes to digitally printed folding cartons and synthetic materials, seamlessly inline with an HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press.
TRESU iCoat applies TRESU’s private label iVarnish range of UV-curable or aqueous varnishes, adhesion properties on both plastic as well as board substrates. Like the HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press, TRESU iCoat has a maximum speed of up to

Spandex launches fast wrap film option

Spandex has launched a fast wrap film option following launch of  its new SLX cast wrap from Arlon.
Suitable for use by wrappers of varying levels of experience, the film can be  handled by a single installer, removing the need for two people and offers a faster vehicle and fleet wrapping option which prolongs the life of printed image's.
SLX Cast Wrap is a gloss white repositionable cast film with FLITE Technology - a lite contact system allowing graphics to float over a surface until firm

UPM Paper ENA will be expanding its presence into Austria

UPM Paper ENA will be expanding its presence into Austria. "We already have wide geographical coverage in Germany, France and Finland, but the latest product development initiatives enable us to increase and strengthen our local presence in Central Europe and to improve our service promises to customers nearby," says Matthias Reh, product portfolio director at UPM Paper ENA. UPM Brite papers are available in up to 80 brightness levels. "Extended print runs at various coldset customers have

Spandex has announced the availability of the new 3M Wrap Overlaminate Series 8900

Spandex has announced the availability of the new 3M Wrap Overlaminate Series 8900. The Series 8900 brings texture and striking finishes such as carbon fibre, brushstroke and sparkle, in a range of colours, to wraps and other signage applications. The new range of overlaminates includes brushed metal appearance, carbon fibre appearance, red sparkle, Sunburst Gold: Gold sparkle, Mystic Silver: Medium silver sparkle, Starry Silver: Intense silver sparkle, Frosty Silver: Satin silver sparkle.  

EyeC has launched the Proofiler 1200 DT and Proofiler 1700 DT

Manufacturer of print inspection systems, EyeC has developed inspection systems for secure medium to large format print sample testing - the Proofiler 1200 DT and Proofiler 1700 DT.  The inspection systems identify all relevant defects in a combo job on a typical press sheet (1060 x 750 mm or 42‘‘ x 30‘‘) with multiple die positions can be inspected in less than two minutes. The system verifies the complete sample content against a signed-off PDF file or printed proof and checks all texts

Kiian Digital to launch system

Kiian Digital will introduce Digistar Bravo; the disperse digital ink for direct printing on machines fitted with Kyocera printheads at Fespa in Hamburg.
Digistar Bravo has been developed with Industrial textile printing requirements in mind.  The range consists of 11 vivid colours among which, the 2 blacks stand out for their deep intensity; high rubbing and light-fastness. “We are very excited; Digistar Bravo has been subjected to the stricter testing enable superior performance in Industrial

Kodak breaks new ground for Flexo growth in Weatherford

Kodak hosted customers and community leaders at an April 20th groundbreaking ceremony in Weatherford, Oklahoma to celebrate the expansion of its manufacturing facility in the region to accommodate a new flexo plate line for the production of KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates. The ceremony and associated celebrations featured a ribbon cutting by Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, and remarks by Flexographic Packaging Division President Chris Payne and Kodak customers.
The theme of the

hubergroup launches new UV ink system

hubergroup  has announced the launch of new UV ink system, under the brand name “NewV poly MGA” at this year’s UV DAYS event complies with the “EuPIA Guideline on Printing Inks applied to the Non-Food-Contact Surface of Food Packaging Materials and Articles”. The cured ink film contains only components that do not migrate or migration-capable constituents that have been evaluated for contact with foodstuffs.
“More and more printing houses and packers are now taking advantage of the benefits