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SMAG to exhibit semi-rotary screen printer

SMAG Graphique will be presenting new screen-printing machines for conventional and digital label converters at Labelexpo Europe, to be held in September this year.

The manufacturer will highlight the new high-speed semi-rotary flatbed screen-printing station that operates at speeds up to 30m/min at the show. With a maximum print width of 340mm and a 340mm repeat length, the print station will be operating mono-colour on a Digital Galaxie, in conjunction with a semi-rotary flexo station and a

Nilpeter to exhibit flexo offset, inkjet machines

Nilpeter has introduced innovations for offset, flexo, and integrated inkjet printing to be demonstrated at LabelExpo Europe 2011.

Nilpeter will demonstrate its MO-4 offset platform press controlled by a Press Management Center (PMC)and designed to optimise the offset functions for faster setups. It also has three 17-inch touch screens that allows operators to control UV-curing, electronic registration and remote ink control, say the manufacturers.

Nilpeter will be exhibiting the UV-Flexo Press

Kodak announces 7% price rise on flexo plates

From 15th July this year, Kodak will be implementing a global price rise of 7% on all flexographic plates.

"It's never easy to pass these kinds of price increases along to our customers, and we are committed to working with them to ensure that their plate needs and business requirements are met as effectively as possible," said Mohan Garde, vice president and general manager, packaging business, prepress solutions, Kodak. "The value that our plates bring to the markethigh quality, efficiency

DuPont sets Q1 2012 start-up for new Cyrel manufacturing facility

The expansion of the firm's European manufacturing capability is needed to meet growing demand for flexographic print sleeves, according to global business director Matthias Heinzel.
"This investment extends our capability to supply the growing global demand for flexographic print sleeves and demonstrates our commitment to advancing flexography around the world," said Heinzel.

"Continuous flexo sleeves are lightweight, easy-to-handle print forms that enable quick

Heidelberg launches Linoprint inkjet press

Heidelberg has targeted the packaging industry with the launch of the Linoprint DriveLine F UV inkjet printing system at Interpack.

The inkjet digital press can be used for inline and nearline integration in packaging lines, and is especially suited to the pharmaceutical and medical engineering industries.

It has an extremely high level of flexibility and production reliability for individual and integrated printing of blister foils, according to the company.

Matthias Hartung, corporate

Greif starts building woven PP fabric plant

Emaar, The Economic City (EEC), the Tadawul-listed company developing King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Saudi Arabia, announced recently the start of construction of a new manufacturing facility for polypropylene woven fabric by Greif Inc, one of the largest manufacturers of industrial packaging products in the world.

During the inauguration ceremony Greif's President and COO Mr. David Fischer received the construction permit from the Economic CitiesAuthority and announced thatthe new

Kodak completes its acquisition of TOK

Eastman Kodak acquired all the assets of the relief plates business of Tokyo Ohka Kogyo company.The relief plate business includes flexography, letterpress, Braille and moulding plate products produced and marketed by TOK worldwide.

The relief plate business includes flexography, letterpress, Braille and molding plate products produced and marketed by TOK worldwide.

Included in the acquisition agreement is a manufacturing plant and development facility located in Yamanashi Prefecture, west of

Al Bayader shows new products at Gulfood '11

Al Bayader International will be participating in Gulfood 2011 with its new range of food packaging products produced at its US$20 million manufacturing facility in Jebel Ali.

Gulfood will be held between 27 February and 2 March at the Dubai International Exhibition & Convention Centre.

Nidal Haddad, CEO, Al Bayader International said, "The region is maturing and there is growing demand not only for innovative packaging products, but also for sustainable food packaging solutions. Al Bayader is

New web-fed system for colour inspection

QuadTech Inc., has unveiled the first web-fed, in-line inspection system that measures colour on both paper and unsupported packaging film, the manufacturer announced in a statement to the press. The new, enhanced version of the company's Inspection System with SpectralCam enables continuous, in-line monitoring of virtually all web-fed package materials, including transparent and translucent substrates.

John Cusack, product manager at QuadTech, explains why accurate in-line colour measurement of

Plastic packaging sees growth in GCC in 2010

Plastics packaging industry in the GCC saw a 15-20 % in first three quarters of 2010, according to Duplas Al Sharq L.L.C, a subsidiary of Emirates Investment & Development (Emivest), in which Dubai Government holds 30 per cent stake.

Duplas is engaged in the manufacture of high quality plastic PE, PET, PP and PC bottles and closures ranging from 200 ml up to 25 litres, catering to the increasing packaging demands for lubricant, detergent, shampoo, chemical, edible oil, dairy, juice and water

Al Ain launches hot fill packaging technology

One of the leading bottled water companies in UAE, Al Ain Mineral Water Company, a fully owned entity of Abu Dhabi-based food and beverage company Agthia Group, has announced that it has integrated a lightweight hot-fill technology, ThermoShape into its production lines.

The line was designed, commissioned and installed by Plastipak Packaging, Inc a wholly owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings Inc.

Al Ain Water General Manager Fasahat Beg said: "This investment will enable us to enter the

UAE and EU on collision course over duties

The UAE has decided to oppose European Union's decision to impose customs duties on the country's plastics exports local media reported.

"The UAE will work through official channels to halt the protectionist customs duties imposed by the EU on its plastics imports from the country under the excuse that such products receive direct subsidy from the government and hence they harm local (EU) plastics producers," the Ministry said in a statement.

"The Ministry will ask the EU Commission, in

Baalbaki has acquired Turkish Depur Kimya

Baalbaki Group, a system house providing polyurethane raw materials and speciality chemicals has acquired the assets of Turkish Depur Kimya.

"We have created a Turkish subsidiary, BCI Baalbaki Kimya Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., and started selling polyurethane systems as well as providing comprehensive technical service to our clients in Turkey," announced Hassan Baalbaki, the group's managing director. "This subsidiary will start up its own production facilities in 2011."

Baalbaki Group is already

Wells Plastics additive given approval in UAE

Wells Plastics is hoping for sales growth in the Middle East after becoming the first oxo-degradable additives company to gain the Emirates Quality Mark.

The product, which makes plastics biodegrade, has been certified under a newly-introduced standard that covers the oxo-biodegradation of plastic bags and other disposable plastic objects.

Both Wells Plastics and its distributor in the region, Excel International FZC, have been granted the certification.

Wells Plastics export manager John James

Masafi strenghtens its recycling programme

Suppliers of drinking water, Masafi has launched its corporate recycling programme to collect all plastic bottles irrespective of brand, from companies for free.

A total of 119 organisations have already signed up and Masafi has collected nearly 500 tonnes of plastic bottles reported local media.

Masafi recently also introduced Oxo biodegradable films in its shrink-wrap packaging for water bottles across the UAE and Kuwait.

According to company sources, the new packaging degrades within two

Increased presence at K2010 fair from UAE

The 18th edition of K 2010, the largest international trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry is taking place from October 27 to November 3, 2010 in Dusseldorf, Germany. UAE is to have a larger presence at the show, which is held once every three years.

The German trade fair organizer Messe Dusseldorf hosted a press conference in Dubai. Ludwig Koenig, director, Messe Duesseldorf said, "UAE exhibitors will present their products over an exhibition space of 549 sq. m. compared to 129 sq

Future Pack invests in postpress label system

UAE based label printers, Future Pack has invested in post-press label inspection system from Prati.

The Saturn TE 330 slitter inspection rewinder enables winding, inspection, rewinding, slitting on a range of pressure sensitive labels, unsupported paper, cardboard, as well as aluminium. The machine is beneficial for narrow web printers as it can process webs width up to 330 mm, say company officials. For paper and transparent substrates, the electronic web guide comes equipped with ultrasonic

Mark Andy announces upgrades to P5 series

Manufacturer of narrow web flexographic presses Mark Andy has announced an enhancement to its performance series product line - the P5 which can provide fast changeovers, simple operation and superior print quality it was claimed by company officials and reported in the local media.

Incorporating the print-head design common to all performance series presses, the P5 also features repeatable settings and limited operator steps to allow for quick set-up - a 4-colour job can be set up in just three

Sipes launches plastic packaging for paints

Jordan based company, Sipes Paints has introduced new plastic gallons as durable and strong as tin cans, for its range of water based paints. The new packaging looks exactly the same as the tin cans (cylindrical shape with coated tin ring & cover).

According to information received, the new plastic cans have some advantages, namely that they are rust proof and that they do not get bent due to the high flexibility of plastic.

The plastic cans will be sourced from Lebanon-based company

Gulfood records more participants, visitors

The fifteenth edition of Gulfood hosted 3,500 participants from 81 countries, in a successful show held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) between 21-24 February.

"Companies large and small from around the world are increasingly taking an interest in the Middle East. Whether they are food distributors looking for the latest products, or manufacturers looking for new markets, Gulfood is recognised as the number one platform to gain an insight, and a

Gulfood records more participants, visitors 2010-03-01 370

The fifteenth edition of Gulfood hosted 3,500 participants from 81 countries, in a successful show held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) between 21-24 February.

"Companies large and small from around the world are increasingly taking an interest in the Middle East. Whether they are food distributors looking for the latest products, or manufacturers looking for new markets, Gulfood is recognised as the number one platform to gain an insight, and a

Heidelberg to sell new flexo machines in Gulf

Heidelberg Middle East has entered into an agreement to sell and distribute flexographic printing and converting machines from Soma Engineering to countries in GCC, Lebanon and Syria.

The 20-year old Czech Republic based Soma Engineering has 190 employees and specialises in the flexible packaging industry.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, product manager of sheetfed and flexo-Heidelberg, Biju George said: "We see an increasing demand for flexo machines in the Middle East region with requirements

New solution can print on round, square pails

Italy based Moss and Xeikon (a division of Punch Graphix) have jointly developed a solution that will enable printers to decorate pre-printed images on round, conical, rectangular, square plastic pails and containers, even on short runs like 500.

“The solution lets printers decorate various-shaped pails and containers in two simple steps," said Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s business development manager-labels & packaging.

"First, one of the Xeikon web presses prints the

Tetra Pak planned bioplastic trials in 2011

Tetra Pak is to pilot the use of renewable polyethylene as a raw material in the manufacture of its plastic caps and closures within the next two years.

The carton manufacturer has signed an agreement with Brazilian company Braskem, a thermoplastic resin producer, to buy limited volumes of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) from a renewable feedstock.

Braskem plans to open the world's first commercial-scale 'green' polyethylene plant in late 2010 and aims to deliver its first batches to

Arab flexibles group tp buy European units

A Dubai-based flexible packaging group has said it is looking for acquisitions in Europe and is planning to acquire parts of the Amcor/Alcan business in Europe, according to reports.

John Hetherton, general manager of Arabian Flexible Packaging (AFP), told local reporters that his company expected the European Commission to force Amcor to sell off some parts of its business when it considers its US$2bn acquisition of much of Rio Tinto Alcan's packaging business.

He told business website

New halftone dot for flexo, letterpress out

The new Flexodot 4800 can create extremely small and precise halftone dots that are suitable for output at high resolutions up to 4,800 dpi and can produce natural-looking gradations, even in the extreme highlight areas. The dots are significantly smaller than those used in 2,400 dpi production.

Flexodot 4800 can be utilised by both the PlateRite FX870II and PlateRite FX1524 thermal CTP platesetters for the flexo and letterpress sectors. These models feature a newly developed, high power

Octal Holdings to build facilities in Europe, US

Oman PET resin and sheet supplier Octal Holdings has said it will build sheet production facilities in Western Europe and the US in the next two years.

Octal expects export sales to grow from $400m this year to $1.1bn by 2011. Around two thirds of the firm's exports currently go to Europe and 30% is sold to the US. China has also been targeted as an area for growth and Octal has a sales office in Shanghai.

Managing director Nicholas Barakat told Haymarket publication, Packaging News, that

Packager and Ugandan state to tie agreement

Clifton Packaging is set to tie up a landmark partnership agreement with the Ugandan government to supply water purification systems across the country.

The Leicester-based flexibles group, which is pioneering the ‘Buy African, Build Africa' project to build packaging centres across the continent, is due to finalise the deal in the coming weeks following a visit to the country's president Yoweri Museveni last week.

Under the deal, Clifton will work with the Ugandan Industrial Research

Unilever sees a fall of 39% year on year in Q1

Unilever has promised to step up innovation after reporting a 39% year-on-year drop in profit before tax to $1.5bn for the first quarter of 2009.

Sales for the first-quarter period remained relatively steady, despite the economic situation, dropping just 1% to $13.bn compared to the same period in 2008.

Unilever chief executive Paul Polman said: "First quarter results were solid given today’s trading environment, with growth of 4.8% and underlying margins maintained, before

Plastic producers in ME aim to grow overseas

Producers of plastics for packaging in the Middle East are targeting overseas growth, according to research firm Applied Market Information.

AMI said that domestic demand growth in the region was still strong and that several large investment projects showed that firms were now "investigating the potential" for international business.

Firms such as 3P, Taghleef Industries and Octal Holdings have invested heavily in the area and polymer capacity is expected to increase by 15