Spandex enhances 18 coloured vinyls

Spandex has announced that it has added PerfectApply technology to 18 of its coloured vinyls in its ImagePerfect 5700 High Performance range, including black and white matt. Spandex is offering an introductory price until the end of September.
PerfectApply technology allows for greater levels of repositionability and air egress during application, resulting in faster, easier and bubble-free installation, without the need for bubble piercing tools and thereby eliminating potential damage to the

Ultrachem revamps flexo lineup with new additions

Coatings and pressroom consumables manufacturer Ultrachem has launched a new range of UV flexo inks and refreshed its other flexo product ranges.
The firm said its Ultraflex UV Intense flexo ink range is specifically formulated and manufactured to meet the challenges of modern day flexo printing.
These inks are suitable for use with a wide variety of substrates and recommended for self-adhesive labels, cartons, pouches and wraparounds. A lightfast version of the inks is also available.
Included in

SPGPrints launches RotaMesh Glitter Screen for reflective inks

SPGPrints has announced the launch of  RotaMesh Glitter Screen for reflective, colour-changing inks on premium labels and packaging.  RotaMesh Glitter Screen is a nickel rotary screen suitable for applying glitter, lustre, shimmer and optically variable inks.
Hank Guitjens, commercial manager label printing, SPGPrints, commented: “There has been tremendous innovation in reflective inks that create a range of exclusive effects, providing an effective way to differentiate brands and enhance

HP unveils new solutions

HP  announced a new portfolio for digital printing and embellishment of labels in any quantity for any application1, in another move to transform labels and packaging printing from analog to digital.  
HP also announced the HP Indigo GEM, the digital one-pass printing press for embellishing with foil, screen, tactile, varnish and other special effects, using one workflow, one operator, and one design file without the need for tooling; is now available for pre-ordering at Labelexpo. Integrated

Global market for aseptic packaging is projected to grow

The global market for aseptic packaging, in terms of value, is projected to grow from USD 39.62 billion in 2017 and to reach USD 66.45 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 10.89%. The aseptic packaging market is growing rapidly in accordance with the growth in the packaging market, globally. The rise in demand for convenience products and ready-to-eat food product has largely contributed to the growth of the aseptic packaging market. The aseptic packaging market is classified on the basis of type

Uteco and QuadTech announced an agreement to join forces

Uteco and QuadTech announced an agreement to join forces demonstrate the benefits on colour management technology.  QuadTech’s ColorTrack, a new color management software for flexo and gravure packaging applications, is an  adaptive “colour expert in a box” solution for packaging printers. With a variety of options for hand-held and inline configurations, the software facilitates fast, press-side correction of ink formulations. Without any hardware modifications to the press, ColorTrack

VTT, 33 organisations join forces

Together with an industrial consortium, VTT Technical Research of Finland has launched a EUR 4.5 million project to speed up the development of fibre-based products as alternatives to oil-based materials like plastics. The project, funded partly by the European Regional Development Fund ERD, has brought together 33 companies, ranging from small to large, global companies, reported PaperAge.
The Future Fibre Products project coordinated by VTT will transform laboratory-scale results into

PMMI winners announced

At the 8th annual Amazing Packaging Race At Pack Expo, three students from Team 17 outplayed 19 other teams to win new iPads, courtesy of Emerson’s ASCO, the event sponsor. PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the Pack Expo portfolio of trade shows, hosted the event.
“Pack Expo is the largest classroom for packaging technologies, and thanks to the participating exhibitors, we were able to provide students studying packaging and other related

Kush Bottles creates new programme for child-resistant packaging systems

Kush Bottles creates new programme for child-resistant packaging systems. As part of the new programme, the company will now deliver a complete range of packaging solutions that include certified child-resistant pop-tops, exit bags and other proprietary products. The company’s decision to expand its service offering is aimed to develop new packaging solutions for their products.

Elopak and Stora Enso collaborate

The collaboration between Elopak and Stora Enso has resulted in the launch of the first gable top cartons made from natural brown unbleached paperboard, creating the Naturally Pure-Pak carton with a natural look and feel.
The Pure-Pak carton with the new natural brown paperboard is available in 1 litre and 500 ml sizes. It runs on existing filling lines for both fresh and ESL products without modifications or changes in machine settings. The new Pure-Pak cartons are 100% recyclable and can be

Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress gets Fogra Certification

Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C2070 series has  been awarded with FograCert Validation Printing System (VPS) certificate.
“The Fogra certification mirrors the feedback we get from customers on the fantastic features and productivity we have in the AccurioPress C2070 series,” said André Statkus, product manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH. “It highlights that our latest portfolio addition meets the highest industry standards offering our customers further quality assurance

Veitsiluoto : repairs will take year-end

The damaged PM2 machine at Stora Enso’s Veitsiluoto mill will not be fully up and running again until the end of the year at the earliest, PrintWeek has learned.
The biomaterials group said that it now had updated information as a result of investigations into the incident at the Finnish mill, which resulted in significant damage to the line’s drying cylinders and electrical systems.
A Stora Enso spokeswoman told PrintWeek that the company was working on a stop-gap solution in order to restore

Mondi to showcase consumer trends

Mondi will show how its packaging solutions are addressing industry and consumer trends at the 2017 PACK EXPO trade fair in Las Vegas.
“Industrial customers and consumers today are sophisticated and demanding,” says Georg Kasperkovitz, CEO Mondi Consumer Packaging. “Whether for their own customers or themselves as end-users, brand managers prefer packaging that is convenient and that helps with the buying decision. Producers of consumer goods, food, animal feed and seed are asking the packaging

Paper machine crash results in supply issues of uncoated paper

A further squeeze on uncoated paper supplies appears likely following a ‘major incident’ that has put one of Stora Enso’s paper machines out of action for at least six weeks.
The incident involving PM2 at Stora Enso’s Veitsiluoto mill in Finland happened earlier this month.
PrintWeek understands that one of the drying cylinders on the paper machine came off its axle.
In a letter to customers, Mikko Antsalo, senior vice-president and head of sales Stora Enso Paper said: “The paper machine had

Labelexpo to drive more

The flag bearers of the European label industry - the international label association FINAT and Labelexpo Europe founders Tarsus Ltd - are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their partnership this year at the Labelexpo.
At the heart of their present co-operation is the establishment of the Labelexpo Advisory Board (‘LAB’), composed of representatives from Labelexpo organisers Tarsus, FINAT board members, and show exhibitors. In an industry that is continually growing and changing, the LAB’s key

Smurfit Kappa acquires the Soyuz, based in Moscow

Smurfit Kappa has announced that it has acquired the Russian corrugated packaging company, Soyuz, based in Moscow. Smurfit Kappa already has three plants in Saint Petersburg, Russia producing paper-based and Bag-in-Box® products for customers across Europe. Saverio Mayer, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Europe, added, “This acquisition supports our continued drive to increase our customer offering, and our unique packaging business applications will help further develop the Soyuz operations. Our wide

Sun Chemical and Skymark complete 30th year of partnership

Sun Chemical and Skymark complete 30th year of partnership. Sun Chemical has been the main inks supplier to packaging manufacturer Skymark since the company was established in 1987, supplying 95% of Skymark’s wet material including inks, lacquers and coatings for the flexible packaging market for food, hygiene, personal care and medical products. As Skymark’s business has grown over the years, so has its requirements for inks. Today Skymark has four printing presses, which are capable of

Mark Andy Digital One receives a BS 5609 certification on Avery Dennison substrate

Mark Andy Digital One, a CMYK dry-toner device with inline decorating and converting, has received a BS 5609 certification on Avery Dennison substrate. BS5609 is a certification that guarantees label durability in harsh marine and weather conditions. Labels printed with technology on material that retains the BS5609 certification will hold integrity, staying intact after up to 3 months of saltwater exposure. This is a common mandatory prerequisite for transporting oil and chemical drums

Zecher will showcase the latest anilox technologies at LabelExpo

Zecher will showcase the latest anilox technologies along with SteppedHex engraving and laser cleaning service with the help of a team of experts at its stand at Labelexpo. The SteppedHex technology is based on an application of the parameters of 60° engraving, is suitable for all inking systems.  Mr. Jörg Rohde, head of applications technology at Zecher said: “After the cleaning process, the pick-up volume of the anilox roller can once again be used to its full extent, and printers benefit

Epson launches short-run label press L-4533 series

Epson has launched its SurePress L-4533 series of short-run label presses.
The series, which is slated to replace the existing L-4033 series, will be shown for the first time at Labelexpo, Brussels in Sept, and it will become commercially available straight after the show. It is comprised of two models, the seven-colour L-4533AW, which comes with white ink capability, and the L-4533A, which comes without.
Frank Maeder, Epson product manager for its labels division, said he estimates around 80%

Vinsak to give live demo

VINSAK will show a live demonstration of VINSAK USAR at Label Expo.
There are going to be some further key attraction from their strategic associates.
ABG International will demonstrate Digicon Series 3-Short run converting press, Digilase-Laser converting press, OMEGA SRI-Slitter & Rewinder, Vectra ECTR-Turret Rewinder and Omega Booklet Machines. Lombardi will be displaying Synchroline 430 eight colour UV Flexo press having Toro and Bravo units,  Invicta 630 six colour. Apart from this

Tokyo Pack to hit the road

Tokyo Pack 2018 is nurturing new global audiences for Asia's premier international packaging technology and design show, to sow the seeds of creative, cross-cultural collaborations and fresh approaches to big packaging challenges. The booking applications for booths invited from September 11, 2017.
Explaining Japanese packaging priorities, Shigeo Koshino, general managing director of JPI, organizer of TOKYO PACK 2018, says: “In Japan we love and respect the natural environment, and we want to

Fujifilm will increase prices of plates

Fujifilm Europe has announced it will be increasing the price of its offset printing plates as raw aluminium costs continue to rise.
From 1st September, the Japanese-headquartered manufacturer will be increasing the price of offset printing plates by up to 10%, with the actual increase being passed on to printers dependent on the local market situation.
In a statement, Fujifilm said that the last 12 months had seen an increase of more than 20% in the euro-based cost of raw aluminium, the primary

Gallus to show new Labelmaster at expo Labelexpo

Gallus will be showing its new Labelmaster Advanced, an extension of its flagship Labelmaster press, at Labelexpo Europe in September.
Gallus said that the press offers label printers “an unrivalled variety of processes, as the various finishing and printing units can be changed quickly and easily at any machine position”.
The Labelmaster Plus line, which can be equipped with features such as cross register control and alternative UV curing, will also become available in the autumn.

Screen launches 2 digital label presses for high end packaging

Brand owners have sought to create label designs on a greater variety of substrates to differentiate their products from the competition. In response, printers have increasingly been calling for digital label presses that can accommodate a wider range of substrates while maintaining the high safety levels required for food products.
In response, Screen has launched two new digital label presses for high-end labels and food packaging.  The commercial release of the Truepress Jet L350UV+ and the

Stora Enso sees growth from the investments

Stora Enso said its latest packaging board plant investments would help to boost earnings in the third quarter after the paper maker reported lower than expected second-quarter earnings.
Stora is one of the world’s largest makers of graphic papers - such as newsprint and magazine paper - which have faced falling demand as publishing moves online.
The company has shifted focus towards pulp and packaging board and is in the process of bringing a new paperboard plant in China into full production

Esko organizes packaging class

Esko hosted a Flexible Packaging Honours Class, an initiative of the Graphical and Digital Media department of the Artevelde University College Ghent. Intended for ambitious and talented students at the top of their university class, this two-week program focuses on the production of flexible packaging, including design, prepress, file handling and plate making operations. The 3rd edition of this course took place from June 19th until June 30th, at Esko’s headquarter offices in Ghent

MPS Systems and Green Bay to do a joint Demo

MPS Systems North America and Green Bay Packaging Coated Products Operations open a joint Demo & Applications Technology Center in Green Bay Wisconsin. The Technology Center is a separate building on the Green Bay Packaging campus and opens September 1 of this year. MPS is displaying a 10 colour 17 inch EF multi-substrate flexo press that is equipped with UV/LED, hot air dryers and a large number of different converting options. The new Demo & Applications Technology Center is part of

HP to demonstrate new technology at LabelExpo

At Labelexpo 2017, HP will demonstrate new technology for labels and packaging printing from analog to digital for virtually any application. HP Indigo will showcase GEM technology, enabling the application of fully digital graphic embellishments in one pass. Developed with JetFX, GEM will enable streamlined production of digital spot and tactile varnishes, special effects and digital foils.  The HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, with its mid-web format for digital flexible packaging, labels and

Papierfabrik to increase its prices for carbonless paper by up to 12%

Papierfabrik August Koehler SE said that it will increase its prices for carbonless paper by up to 12%, effective worldwide for all deliveries from September 15 onwards. In a press release, the independent German paper producer said the price hike is due to "insufficient returns combined with further increasing costs for pulp, special chemicals, additives and logistics."  Koehler Paper Group is a producer of  special papers including: thermal paper, carbonless paper, fine papers and technical