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Partners will aim to innovate PET recycling

Unilever has formed a partnership with start-up company Ioniqa and Indorama Ventures, the largest global producer of PET resin, to pioneer a new technology that converts PET waste back into virgin grade material for use in food packaging.
Ioniqa has developed a proprietary technology that is able to convert any PET waste – including coloured packs – back into transparent virgin grade material. The technology has successfully passed its pilot stage and is now moving towards testing at an

Idealliance releases BrandQ Certified Supply Chain Facility

Idealliance announces the release of the new global packaging supply chain printer facility audit certification called BrandQ Certified Supply Chain Facility. BrandQ Certified Supply Chain assesses key aspects such as process capability, performance, process control, colour management, ISO Standards, proof and press alignment, spot color rendering, pre-media capabilities, G7 calibration, and includes detailed reports and analysis. In addition to enabling brand communication, BrandQ provides a

Baumer hhs unveils the MLT-STA

Baumer hhs unveils the MLT-STA as an entry-level solution for cost-efficiently controlling glue application on flexo folder gluers. The MLT-STA was engineered for manufacturers of corrugated box packaging who until now have gone without monitoring glue application. The MLT-STA works in combination with any existing glue extrusion system available on the market. “Worldwide, a lot of the older flexo folder gluers in particular are still equipped with capacitive sensors for glue or moisture 

Mark Andy buys Presstek from its private owners

Label and flexible packaging specialist Mark Andy has acquired Direct Imaging press and plates specialist Presstek from its private equity owners, in the latest consolidation play among industry manufacturers.
The two businesses have a prior connection as they have both been owned by American Industrial Partners (AIP), and they had an existing partnership whereby Mark Andy Print Products handled North American sales for Presstek’s DI and CTP products.
AIP sold Mark Andy to an investment group

Uflex launches Optika transparent flexitubes

Uflex has launched Optika, a range of flexitubes with advantages of multi-layered flexible laminates. Optika transparent flexitubes are said to offer aesthetical benefits to brands, such as 360-degree printing, utilization of the entire tube torso for branding from shoulder to crimp, high definition graphics, imparting metallic effects using advanced registered printing, registered lamination, superior surface finish using matte and gloss effects, and electron beam (EB) coating for ultra-high

BOBST to showcase process technology

As standard when going to the Labelexpo series of events BOBST will put on a show on its stand #D10 at the first edition of the Labelexpo Southeast Asia, occurring 10 – 12 May 2018 at BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand.
“The Southeast Asian market has been keeping us very busy of late. The label and packaging industry is booming and the interest in our range of solutions is high and continues to grow” comments Matteo Cardinotti, managing director of Bobst Firenze and head of BOBST narrow & mid-web

First SAGA seminar receives warm response in Nairobi

The first Sub Saharan Gutenberg Association (SAGA) Seminar was held at the Academy of Graphic Technology in Nairobi on 1st March. Organized by Flexofit, Chespa and KulChespa, operators and product managers of local printing companies and repro houses enjoyed a day full of educational information. The instructive seminar ran a basic flexo training and gave an overview about printing processes, flexo prepress, flexo plates and equipment, plate mounting, ink systems, anilox rollers, doctor blades

Price increase by Zanders

Due to continuing increases in costs for raw materials such as pulp and chemicals as well as for energy, Zanders is forced to announce a further price increase of 4-7% for all paper grades except Chromolux paper and board, the company informed in a press release. Zanders sales director John Tucker said, “Especially the pulp prices worldwide continue to increase and there are no signs that this will slow down.” The price increase will become effective for all orders that are being invoiced after

Kernow’s new certified synthetics and KernowPrint MetaliK

In response to the wide format market showing a growing interest in packaging, Kernow Coatings has developed KernowPrint MetaliK for fast production of shinny packaging in Gold, Silver and Rose Gold, now available in B2 sheets, the company stated.
KernowPrint MetaliK is a 345μ cardboard with a glossy front face, while the rear side has a white finish. The MetaliK side of the material - available in Silver, Gold or Rose Gold - offers unlimited print options and pattern effects especially with

Treofan launches new IML label film EWR50

BOPP specialist Treofan has launched the new version of the IML label film EWR. The company said that with a thickness of 50μm, it offers greater efficiency and larger surface yield. This benefits brand manufacturers and converters in the food and packaging industry. By comparison, the previous EWR57 film with 57μm thickness provided a surface yield of 18.3 m2/kg.
Treofan adds that just like the EWR57, the solid white EWR50 enables the efficient production of labels. The IML decoration with EWR

Zebra Technologies releases label printers

Zebra Technologies has launched super-secure direct thermal and thermal transfer desktop printers. The two machines print accurate prescriptions, lab and specimen labels, patient ID wristbands and equipment labels down to the smallest sizes.
The ZD420-HC and ZD620-HC boast ease of use, high print speeds and premium print quality, according to the company. The printers offered more secure patient data and could help prevent medical errors in areas such as patient and medicine identification, said

Siegwerk and Agfa Graphics enter into strategic alliance

Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co.KGaA and Agfa Graphics have entered into a vital strategic alliance for digital packaging inks. The contract signed between the two companies includes a business transfer from Agfa Graphics to Siegwerk of a selected OEM customer list, access to know-how, intellectual property and services in the domain of UV curable digital inkjet inks for the single pass packaging and labels industry.
‘’This strategic alliance is a perfect fit for both of us,’’ says Tom Cloots

Proco unveils robotic system

Proco, a supplier and integrator of automation technologies, has unveiled a new collaborative robotic system for the packaging industry.
Siva Krish, Proco’s vice president of sales, says: “Collaborative robotic systems are seeing strong growth in the blow molding industry due to the need for greater efficiency and automation. These systems are being designed in such a way that they complement the production line and provide simplified operation, a smaller footprint, and enhanced

Flint Group tunes in to clients’ needs with their new offering

Flint Group listens to customers’ needs, now offering new hardness level for rotec Compressible Sleeve.
Feedback from several customers indicated that the rotec Compressible Sleeve, with its consistent high-quality compressible surface, is an especially good fit for optimum print quality, combining screen and full tone printing within one colour station. Due to the round, closed-cell polyurethane structure, the sleeve never loses the level of, unlike compressible tape. However, a perfect

AGFA Graphics unveils Adamas

Debuting in spring 2018, the Adamas solution demonstrates Agfa Graphics’ continuing commitment to eco innovation.
“When we designed Adamas, we kept every need of the most advanced commercial printers in mind. The result sd durability, enhanced performance and responses to the biggest market trends, such as low-power curing inks,” asserts Iris Bogunovic, product manager for Thermal Plates. “Adamas is a testament to our ECO3 sustainable innovation drivers, which bring ecology, economy and extra

Mondi launches Orange Board customer service brand

Mondi has launched Orange Board, a new customer service brand covering a full range of technical sales services for containerboard customers. Taking into account the importance of customer service and the value of round-the-clock support, Mondi Containerboard has updated its offering and aligned its three service packages under a new umbrella brand.
Marek Motylewski, head of technical sales services Mondi Containerboard, explains: “We have always been committed to sharing knowledge with our

TRESU’s new SAVEink enhances efficiency

TRESU announces the introduction of its FlexiPrint Reservoir SAVEink chamber doctor blade, a light, fast-change inking system for narrow-web UV and water-based flexo applications that can be used without an ink pump.
Henrik Kristensen, VP, TRESU Ancillary, said: “With shorter runs and faster turnarounds, label converters are under increased competitive pressure to eliminate waste. TRESU’s single-component SAVEink system makes an attractive option for an efficient label printing workflow, with

Flex Film's new Polyester Film

The global film manufacturing arm of Uflex has developed an bi-axially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) film with a unique velvety and luxurious surface at its manufacturing plant. The new soft touch film FLEXPETTM F-STF exhibits scratch, heat and scuff resistance which has been a serious need-gap in the industry for flexible substrates.
Talking about the new soft-touch BOPET film, Dr. Steven J. Sargeant, GM, Technology at Flex Films (USA) Inc. said, “If we scratch the surface of

GMG have further expanded their plugin for Adobe Photoshop in Version 1.3

GMG have further expanded their plugin for Adobe Photoshop in Version 1.3. Now colour accurate separations from RGB into Multicolour colour spaces are possible with up to seven colours. This is based on GMG OpenColor separation profiles. GMG product manager Peter Schöffler explains: "By using separation with the ChannelExtender, image data can be flexibly adapted to the printing process used." The conversion can be switched on or off at any stage during image processing. This way the final

Sun Chemical has acquired the Metal Deco ink business of PPG

Sun Chemical has acquired the Metal Deco ink business of PPG, a US-based global supplier of paints, coatings and specialty materials. PPG, with a well consolidated portfolio, and Sun Chemical are both long standing players in the metal packaging industry. Felipe Mellado, chief marketing officer and board member at Sun Chemical, commented: “With changes in consumer tastes and lifestyles across the world driving increased demand for canned food and beverages, brands are constantly seeking new

Zünd to showcase more efficient, more versatile than ever at Fespa 2018

Zünd to showcase more efficient, more versatile than ever at Fespa 2018 at Berlin. From the 'Digital Corrugated Experience' and 'Print Make Wear', to 'Printeriors', soft signage and a full gamut of printed POP, the focus of Fespa 2018 is extremely broad. As the premiere show for wide-format printing, it sets the perfect stage for Zünd (Booth B50, Hall 1.2) to show off the countless applications of its digital cutting systems and workflow solutions. With the latest version of Zünd Cut Center ZCC

Berlin Packaging makes their eighth acquisition in as many years

Berlin Packaging makes their eighth acquisition in as many years. The deal marks Berlin’s second acquisition in Europe and eighth overall since 2010. Erben brings dedicated operations in South Africa, in California with its California Capsules business, and operated website TheBottleJarStore.co.uk. In 2016, Berlin acquired Bruni Glass, a leading supplier of premium and speciality glass containers and accessories. “Sasha Erben leads an extraordinary company that not only shares our focus on

Goss & manroland web systems to consolidate

Goss International’s printing press business (Goss) and manroland web systems, both manufacturers and service providers of web offset printing systems for newspapers, commercial products and packaging, are planning to combine their complementary businesses. The combined company will benefit from the companies’ complementary geographic footprints, create extensive synergies, ensure long-term viability, and provide value-oriented solutions, especially in the area of aftermarket services.
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Middle East Paper Co. declares the launch of new IR section

The Middle East Paper Co. (MEPCO) launches its new IR site to provide its shareholders and stakeholders insights into its performance and operations. MEPCO says that the site enables transparency and easy accessibility to retrieve information about MEPCO such as its previous announcements, share price, and other performance metrics.
Sami Safran, CEO of MEPCO, commented, “Euroland IR is known for providing the most technologically advanced and user-friendly solutions in the industry. As MEPCO

Feldmuehle launches new label paper

German paper mill Feldmuehle Uetersen, which has filed for insolvency, launched a new label paper named EmbaSet. It is a high-gloss non-wet strength paper for standard labels in weights of 80 and 90gsm.
Suitable for offset, flexo and gravure printing, Feldmuehle said it has been testing the product extensively with some of its customers since November.
“EmbaSet is suitable for standard labels for non-returnable containers in the food and non-food industry. The high white and high gloss surface

Intelligent Labelling Solutions initiative from Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison has introduced a programme focused on the opportunities presented by intelligent labelling. Its Intelligent Labelling Solutions initiative brings together the supplier’s portfolio of products for such applications.
It is intended to support label converters in developing the opportunities in ‘smart’ labelling and packaging. With a very broad range of options, Avery Dennison stated that the portfolio “helps to maximize not only well understood capabilities, but also evolving

HP expands labels portfolio with new Indigo digital press

HP has unveiled a new Indigo digital press and outlined a raft of other updates to its machinery and consumables portfolios. The manufacturer said the new Indigo 6900 increases the addressable label market while offering higher revenue per metre. Features include Pack Ready for Labels, for the production of high-resistance labels for food, household, chemical, and pharma labels, and integration with the Gem single-pass digital embellishment line for labels.
“The expansion follows the largest

Sappi declares price hike

Sappi Europe has announced price increases of 6% for all uncoated grades and 4% for all coated grades, effective 01 April 2018.
The price hikes will apply to all European and overseas markets.
Sappi said the price increases are due to increasing costs for pulp and other raw materials, and that “the measure is necessary to mitigate continuing margin erosion.”
Practical implementation discussions by Sappi’s sales team with individual customers are going on.
Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Sappi

Edelmann uses Sappi Algro Design for creative packaging

A Scandinavian feel has been reported at the finalist selections in this year’s ProCarton ECMA Awards, including Finnish skincare and cosmetics firm Lumene’s creation of a new logo called ‘Wheel of Light’. The packaging concept was developed by packaging manufacturer Edelmann and a British design team from JDO. The goal was to emphasise the brand story that highlights the pure nature and yearly light cycle of the Scandinavian landscape. They said it was clear right from the start that only a

Papierfabrik Scheufelen initiates insolvency proceedings

Papierfabrik Scheufelen, a producer of coated woodfree fine papers and packaging board based in Lenningen, Germany, has initiated insolvency proceedings at the local court of Esslingen.
The 340-staff company, which achieved sales of $96.3m in 2017 and produced 104,000 tonnes of paper, said it has been operating in a market “facing dramatic overcapacities and margin pressures”.
The company said it had reported major losses in the years preceding the acquisition but that its situation had “improved