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

Metsä Tissue announced that it will rebuild paper machine 5

Metsä Tissue announced that it will rebuild paper machine 5 at its Düren mill in Germany. The total investment is approximately EUR 15 million and the rebuild starts immediatel. “We expect the demand for baking and cooking papers to continue to grow during the coming years,” said Mariusz Jedrzejewski, SVP Baking & Cooking, Metsä Tissue. “This investment will increase Düren mill's paper production capacity by 10.000 tonnes. We have production in Düren, Germany, and Mänttä, Finland, where we

VINSAK & ABG International took part in LMAI 4th Conference

Agra hosted the 4th biennial conference of LMAI at the Jaypee Palace Hotel & Convention Centre from 20th to 23rd July 2017. The conference is mainly known for bringing Label printers and converters under one roof, where entrepreneurs can do networking, share their vast knowledge and get updated about latest technologies in printing and packaging industries to grow their business.
Ranesh Bajaj, director-Vinsak and Keith Montgomery, BDM-ABG International shared many information about latest

Zünd unveils added features to software

Zünd has launched the upgraded version of its Illustrator-Plug-In software with the unveiling of ZDC Vers.3.1.
ZDC lets the user create packaging and displays with  a few clicks. The program is built around a library of parametric design templates that can be changed and scaled as needed. Until this latest release, templates were available for folding carton and corrugated, PVC, PP, and foam board. Version 3.1 now also offers templates for MDF. Another addition is the ability to import an

BST to exhibit at Labelexpo

BST eltromat will showcase solutions for web guiding, web monitoring, 100% inspection, color measurement and register control at LABELEXPO EUROPE 2017.
“Many of our customers in the label sector see BST eltromat as providing a comprehensive, practice-oriented portfolio of solutions for quality assurance that is perfectly aligned with their applications. Their experience with our systems is that they are reliable and convenient to operate, and they know that they benefit from fast machine setup

Avery Dennison launches new adhesives for food packaging

Avery Dennison has announced the launching of four new adhesive choices - including a clear non-yellowing hotmelt adhesive for chilled food applications; a reclosure adhesive with high solvent resistance for household wipes; a compostable adhesive for fruit and vegetable packaging; and a heat-activated adhesive for automotive textile labelling.
Rene van der Graaff, principal scientist at Avery Dennison, said that the crucial role of adhesives is sometimes underestimated when finding the right

Stora Enso divests business, sells Swedish subsidiary Re-board

Finnish paper manufacturing group Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest the business and assets of its Swedish subsidiary Stora Enso Re-board to Culas, for an undisclosed sum.
“Stora Enso’s focus within packaging is on developing and delivering fibre-based solutions throughout the value chain,” said Peter Torstensson, senior vice-president and head of corrugated at Stora Enso’s Nordics Packaging Solutions division.
“Re-board delivers a niche product and we believe that a new owner can

SPGPrints expands inkjet ink production

SPGPrints has doubling the size of its digital ink production facility in Netherlands for the second time in two years.
Scheduled to open in the final quarter of 2017, the expanded 1000m2 production facility is part of an €8 million capital investment programme. This will also include the building of the new Experience Center, dedicated to driving innovation in digital textile printing.
The company manufactures reactive, acid, disperse and sublimation inks for use with digital inkjet printers

Esko launches new ArtPro+

Esko has announced the enhanced version of PDF editor for packaging prepress ArtPro+, which is available in two editions.
ArtPro+ Essentials comes with new functionalities to simplify the structure of artworks, for better selections and to trap soft-masked images.
 The new PDF Preflight capabilities allow users to detect issues in the file in an “efficient and controlled manner so they can deliver error-free work faster” says Esko.
ArtPro+ Advanced offers all ArtPro+ Essentials functionality and

Hubergroup sets sheetfed offset printing inks to cobalt free mode

Ink manufacturer hubergroup has developed a cobalt-free siccative system for oxidatively drying sheetfed inks. These cobalt-free inks have been supplied as an alternative, with characteristics, colour distances and printability remaining unchanged announced the manufacturer.
Due to less increase in pile-temperature during the oxidative drying phase, the drying performance has improved with the new siccative system, showing an optimization with regard to drying kinetics. Rub and carboning

GSE to introduce ink manager software

At Labelexpo this year, GSE will be introducing its ink management software, dispensing equipment and proofing solutions that enable label and packaging printers to reduce costs throughout the workflow and achieve repeatable colour on-demand.  
The new software solution offers optimised ink yields through recycling press returns announced GSE in a statement.  
Features include a user interface and search functionalities, a job list separating work preparation and ink production and a web

Seigwerk joins with owners

Siegwerk joins forces with brand owners and converters on new packaging solutions. The company is also offering its packaging expertise and creativity skills to brand owners and converters who are searching for outstanding packaging designs enhancing their impact at the point of sale (PoS).
“Our Brand Owner Business offers brand owners the possibility to directly discuss packaging trends, regulatory efforts and new ink developments with one of the leading ink manufacturers. Based on exchanges

Pack Expo Las Vegas will be hosted between 25–27th September

Pack Expo Las Vegas will be hosted between 25–27th September this year.  The show produced by PMMI, The Association of Packaging and Processing Technologies, is expected to host 30,000 attendees, including 5,000 international visitors from more than 125 countries, and 2,000-plus exhibiting companies that will span nearly 900,000 net-square-feet of an almost sold-out exhibition floor.  Sustainability, efficiency and product safety are among the top issues to be addressed with the latest

UK paper merchants have increased the prices of uncoated paper

UK paper merchants have increased the prices of uncoated paper by between 5% and 7%. The merchants blame a perfect storm of strong global demand, rising input prices and the weak pound for the move.  Demand in the Far East has resulted in Asian mills selling locally, where prices are strong, and they do not incur the transportation costs of shipping to Europe. The continued weakness of the pound against the euro and the dollar following last year’s Brexit vote is also adding to price pressure

Mirri has rebranded

POS metallic board supplier Mirri has rebranded and is heading in a bespoke direction, along with launching a new finishing board. Mirri business development manager Mark Askham said: “The main purpose of rebranding Mirri is that traditionally we’ve been known within the industry as Mirri card or Mirri board, both printers and brands would ask for Mirri, so what we wanted to show with rebranding was that Mirri could be used on a whole wide range of substrates. The outfit has also released a new

PDF pre-flight project launched by GWG

Ghent Work Group (GWG), the global graphic arts best practice organisation, is canvassing industry opinion regarding the development of a standardised PDF pre-flight profile for wide-format printing. “PDF is becoming more common beyond commercial print in wide-format and packaging,” said GWG technical officer Andrew Bailes-Collins. “As a result we decided to develop a standard for wide-format.”
Bailes-Collins added that it is the first time the organisation has gone to the market to seek input

Kodak upbeat on inkjet prospects

Kodak is making a multi-pronged attack on the packaging market with its existing high-speed inkjet technology, and has reported that development of its next-generation Ultrastream product is on track.  
Kodak already has 150 of its Prosper printheads deployed in a variety of packaging applications worldwide, including ‘perfecting at the folder’ applications for printing offers and promotions on the reverse side of cartons, which streamlines the perfecting process.
In flexible packaging, the Uteco

Esko CDI digital flexo imagers win awards

Esko has announced that five of the six Best of Show winners at this year’s 2017 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards used Esko CDI digital flexo imagers.
 In addition, more than 70% of all awards were submitted by companies who are customers of Esko CDIs and/or software.
The Excellence in Flexo-graphy Awards recognize exemplary package printing. Awards are judged over a three-day period by a group of flexographic industry experts. Categories in the Excellence in Flexography Awards include wide

Mondi reveals visual book

Mondi has published a new  228-page visual book for its IQ colour range of uncoated tinted papers.  The IQ color range encompasses 36 standard colours, from pastels to bright neons and black.
The tinted papers are produced exclusively at the Mondi Neusiedler mill in Austria from FSC-certified virgin fiber. As part of Mondi’s Green Range of products, IQ color is fully biodegradable and recyclable and carries the EU’s Ecolabel. In addition, the dyes are compliant with EN 71-3, the European

Stora Enso develops Prima Press profile

Stora Enso has created a specific ICC profile for its PrimaPress uncoated paper range aimed at allowing publishers to achieve the best possible results using the grade, while delivering ink savings at the same time.
PrimaPress is a lightweight uncoated mechanical paper for heatset web offset printing, typically used for magazines, catalogues and inserts. It is manufactured at Stora Enso’s Kvarnsveden mill in Sweden using “an advanced super calendaring method” on the mill’s PM12 machine.
“We were

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