Heidelberg launches first rotary die-cutter

Heidelberg has launched its Speedmaster XL 106-DD rotary die-cutter for the in-mould label (IML) market.
The new machine, which can die-cut IMLs for processing in a single pass, got its commercial launch at Heidelberg’s Wiesloch Walldorf site at the end of September.
The machine, which was first discussed at LabelExpo Europe but on show at Heidelberg’s Label Day event, can process foils and papers at up to 10,000sph, which Heidelberg says is double the speed of a flatbed die-cutter, and takes

HP unveils integrated luxury label line

HP has launched a new single-pass digital embellishment line for labels. Priced at around €400,000 dependent on configuration, the Gem embellishment unit was launched at this week’s LabelExpo Europe in Brussels and can work both inline with an Indigo WS6800, which would cost around €800,000 for both, or as a standalone machine. The line is running live on HP's stand at LabelExpo.
HP head of marketing Graphics Solutions Business EMEA Michael Smetana described the machine as “the first digital

Sun Chemical releases 5th edition of Designing Packaging guide

Sun Chemical has launched the fifth edition of Designing Packaging with Certainty, its best practice guide to printing food and sensitive goods packaging with conventional offset and UV/EB curing inks and coatings.
The 32 page guide, which is updated every three years, reflects the changing packaging market and legislation to support the development workflow in the production of safe packaging for food and other sensitive applications, such as tobacco and pharmaceuticals. The fifth edition of

FLEXcon expands its THERMLfilm HT product line

Coated and laminated films manufacturer FLEXcon has expanded its THERMLfilm HT product line with the introduction of four new high-temperature polyimide constructions.
The new THERMLfilm HT 9000 Series products have been tested and approved for leaded and lead-free reflow in the wave solder environment.
FLEXcon product identification business team market development specialist Ron Ducharme said: “Manufacturers understand that printability, chemical and heat resistance are the most critical

MGI unveils digital ‘all-in-one’ roll-to-roll label printer

MGI Digital Technology has unveiled its new roll-to-roll digital combination label press which integrates high-definition four-colour dry toner printing and embellishment.
The French digital printing and finishing equipment manufacturer claims the Jetvarnish 3D Web Color+ is the first roll-to-roll digital press on the label market to offer a complete inline system without any makeready or tools.
“Tools and dies are very expensive so the cost is reduced without the need for these,” said MGI

Kesko launches recyclable wood fibre-based EcoFishBox

Kesko has launched its new wood fibre-based EcoFishBox in a bid to reduce the use of plastics in its store. The new corrugated fish box produced by packaging company Stora Enso will be used to replace expanded polystyrene (EPS) containers.
EcoFishBox was developed in Finland in collaboration with grocery stores and the fishing industry.
In the last year, several Kesko stores have successfully tested the new wood fibre-based boxes.
Kesko grocery trade sustainability manager Timo Jäske said

New BOBST M8 flexible packaging line with digital flexo technology

High speed and automated print production and finishing system for flexible packaging and related work  - Bobst M8 will  be launched at Labelexpo Europe in Brussels.
The new BOBST M8 line is multi-process, multi-web inline printing and converting machine for digital flexo technology on a machine with web widths up to 1070 mm and speeds up to 400 m/min.
“These capabilities will have momentous effects on today’s market dynamics, with their golden rule of diversify to succeed,” says Matteo

Dalim, MGI to exhibit

Dalim Software and MGI exhibited new products for label creation to digital printing at Labelexpo Europe 2017.  
“Dalim Software is demonstrating packaging and marketing solutions managed together. We hope to help identify and anticipate the growing needs of brands, retailers, and other content developers, while integrating our solutions into their traditional label—and marketing—supply chains,” comments Billerey Rayel. “During Labelexpo Europe 2017, Dalim Software’s and MGI’s objective is to

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