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Lithuanian manufacturer Veika has launched three new textures

Lithuanian manufacturer Veika has launched three new textures in its Decojet Eco PVC-free digital wallcovering media range; Decoleather, Decosand and Decodrift.  The wallcoverings are available in rolls of either 50m or 70m long and 1.07m or 1.3m wide. The minimum order is 1,000m2.  Veika also launched its eco-solvent digital inks for wide-format print businesses printing on the Decojet digital wallpaper media. The inks, which are specially developed for Epson DX4, DX5, DX6 and DX7

Flint Group has received the 2016 FTA Technical Innovation Award

Flint Group has received the 2016 FTA Technical Innovation Award for its nyloflex FTF Digital flexo plate.  Winning the award in the pre-press – graphics category, P.J. Fronczkiewicz, product manager Flint said: " “By far, the biggest advantage of the nyloflex FTF plate for flexible packaging printers is its inherent, micro-textured surface that provides the perfect conduit for accepting and then transferring ink onto smooth substrates. This allows printers to achieve substantial increases in

Xaar expands product range with printhead

Xaar announced an expansion in its product range for UV applications with the launch of 1002 GS40 printhead.  According to Xaar, printhead delivers 'high ink build capability', and is suitable for printing UV spot varnish for labels, packaging and graphics, as well as adding textured effects to wood laminate.  The GS40  family of printheads jets drop volumes from 40 – 160pL and has greyscale capability (5 levels). It is suitable for printing UV spot varnish and for applications requiring a

According to IBISWorld, the price of wood pulp is forecast to rise

According to IBISWorld, the price of wood pulp is forecast to rise even further at an annualized rate of 5.1% in the three years to 2019. The rising price of wood pulp will also be reflected in the domestic price of paper, which is projected to grow at an annualized rate of 3.2% in the next three years.  In 2015, global wood pulp prices climbed past the previous peak from 2011, which was the highest price point in more than 30 years. Unfortunately for manufacturers that rely on the material

Antalis Packaging has unveiled a new information-packed website

Antalis Packaging has unveiled a new information-packed website to support customers in the fast-paced packaging and logistics markets a host of online tools like reference guides to improve packaging processes; insights into best practice, tips and ideas to stay ahead of the competition; educational white papers, customer case studies, infographics and blogs; latest industry news and market trends and free business audits for warehouse management, packaging and production. The new

Onyx Graphics will be exhibiting its latest production and colour management solutions

Onyx Graphics will be exhibiting its latest production and colour management solutions for a wide variety of graphics, textile, décor and industrial print applications. ONYX Thrive is a full featured, scalable workflow which is based on the Adobe PDF Print Engine, the Onyx Textile Edition is developed specifically for the large-format textile printing market and includes additional functionality; and the Onyx Connect JDF (Job Definition Format) technology that enables business owners and

Stora Enzo introduces carrier board grade

Stora Enso hass introduced a new board grade at the Packaging Innovations trade show. 

The CKB Carrier 380 g/m2 grade is a multilayer kraft back board suitable for beverage multipacks and other packaging applications that require durability combined with 'superior' printability and food safety. 

“CKB Carrier boasts incr-eased tear resistance, bending stiffness and highly impressive tensile and burst strength. These features provide protection in the most challenging conditions. The new

Smurfit Kappa invests in two packaging firms

Smurfit Kappa Group has acquired two paper-based packaging firms in Brazil, Industria de Embalagens Santana and Paema Embalagens, for $206m.

The two companies have three recycling containerboard mills, with a total capacity of 210,000 tonnes, and four corrugated packaging facilities between them.

The combined business employs over 1,700 people and the Group currently expects to generate synergies of approximately $6.6 million to be delivered by the end of 2017, primarily through operational

BOBST has announced that its SelectMet system has been upgraded

BOBST has announced that its SelectMet system has been upgraded to implement its F&K heritage flexo printing technology into the vacuum metalliser. The integration eliminates the complexity of special lacquers and chemical baths used in the traditional demetallisation processes, making this system a simple and economic alternative. The BOBST SelectMet process operates at speeds of up to 400m/min on the BOBST General K4000 platform. "The integration eliminates the complexity of special

Fespa has revealed details about this year’s World Wrap Masters Series Final

Fespa has revealed details about this year’s World Wrap Masters Series Final, held in partnership with Avery Dennison and Mimaki.  The World Wrap Masters will run across the four days of this year's Fespa Digital show, which will take place in Amsterdam from 8 to 11 March. The winner of the World Wrap Masters Series Final on 11 March will receive €2,500  while second and third place will receive €1,250 and €750 respectively. Fespa has announced that Fespa Digital, European Sign Expo and Fespa

FDA is banning three grease-resistant chemical substances

The US Food and Drug Admini-stration, FDA is banning three grease-resistant chemical substances from food packaging, reported Packaging News.  The chemicals, which are linked to cancer and birth defects, are used in pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, sandwich wrappers and other food packaging.  The packaging substances banned by FDA, in an order that takes effect 1 Feb, are perfluorinated compounds or PFCs, a class that includes the chemicals used to make DuPont’s Teflon and 3M’s Scotchgard.

Avery to show new films

Avery Dennison is launching 6 new digital products at the 2016 Fespa Digital exhibition. The stand will feature new MPI 1104 cast films, a new digital wall film portfolio, and their latest application trainings and workshops.

Avery Dennison is also  a sponsor of the ‘World Wrap Masters’ competition, where  regional and national Fespa Wrap Masters – those who have won titles in approved competitions – compete for the title of World Wrap Master 2016 in a two-day final on March 10-11.

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Flint Group announces Dundee plant closure

Flint Group is planning to close its Dundee plant and move all manufacturing to the US in response to the "irreversible decline" in printed publications.

It said consolidation was “vital in light of the rapidly declining market" and excess capacity. The site saw an operating loss in 2015 of more than £1m.

The company said the site was experiencing significant and worsening financial losses as a result of the irreversible decline in demand for printed newspapers, magazines and other

Flint Group launches new letterpress plate with soft layer

Flint Group Flexographic Products has launched a new water-washable film-based letterpress plate.

The nyloprint WF-S (Water-washable Film based - Soft) plate replaces the nyloprint WF-M printing plate type and is available with immediate effect. The product has a softer plate surface for more flexible applications compared with its predecessor.

The softer relief layer is said to provide improved ink transfer, resulting in optimal ink lay-down, especially on rough surfaces. The manufacturer

European beverage cartons recycling rates reached 43%

European beverage cartons recycling rates reached 43% in 2014, according to ACE. Around 420,000 tonnes of beverage cartons were recycled in paper mills in 2014, which represents a continuing upward trend in recycling performance over the last two decades. Around 420,000 tonnes of beverage cartons were recycled in paper mills in 2014, which represents a continuing upward trend in recycling performance over the last two decades. Bertil Heerink, director general of ACE, said "the beverage carton

Amazon is facing criticism on social media

Amazon is facing criticism on social media with stories of excessive packaging, reported Packaging News. One Twitter user showed a huge cardboard box packaging a packet of small camera lens protector rings. She tweeted: “What an incredibly wasteful way of packaging a tiny unbreakable item.”  Amazon did not avoid the topic, with a customer service advisor tweeting back: “I’ll be happy to pass this picture along to our Shipping Department for you.” Another picture showed a toy the size of a

Antalis Packaging is offering a customisation service on Jiffy Superlite

Antalis Packaging is offering a customisation service on Jiffy Superlite protective envelopes to help customers take their marketing collateral to the next level.  The packaging solutions supplier is now producing full colour overprinting on envelopes to include brand logos, graphics and other marketing messaging. Rebecca Staniforth, marketing manager, Antalis Packaging, says: “The personalisation proposition takes a quality product and makes it stronger and more effective. We can now offer

24 countries to exhibit in Saudi Print & Pack

Saudi Print & Pack, the 13th international trade exhibition for printing and packaging technologies, is being held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center from Jan. 18-21.

The show, which gathers key local and international industry figures and major companies, has played an important role throughout the years in supporting the print industry by creating the ideal platform for showcasing new formats and cross-media concepts through a display of the latest equipment

Fujifilm's Jet Press 720S for folding cartons applications

Fujifilm has announced that its B2 inkjet digital press, the Jet Press 720S, can now be configured to handle folding carton applications. 

The Jet Press 720S configured for folding carton applications has the ability to increase the vacuum pressure around the drum, together with a redesigned vacuum jacket, allowing the press to accommodate a more diverse range of heavier carton boards commonly used in packaging applications, said Fujifilm.

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Flint buys Xeikon, new digital division

Flint Group has agreed to acquire the majority shareholder of Xeikon, XBC BV, and use the press and consumables manufacturer as the basis of a new digital division.

   The new venture will be called Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions and be led by Xeikon chief executive Wim Maes, as president. Flint Group said the new division will broaden its conventional and digital printing offering, giving it “a unique proposition of equipment, consumables and services across global markets”.

    

Smurfit Kappa has received a Red Dot Award 2015

Smurfit Kappa has received a Red Dot Award 2015 for its innovative ‘Protective Wings’ packaging designed in partnership with Acer.  With over 7,000 entries, Smurfit Kappa’s packaging to ship Acer devices beat competition to win the Communication Design category of the 2015 competition. The new Protective Wings pack is constructed from a single piece of FSC certified corrugated board, using specially folding wings as a buffer zone to lift and protect the device from free-floating during

Enfocus upgrades PitStop 13 update 1

Enfocus upgrades PitStop 13 update 1, to allow sign & display, packaging & label and digital & commercial printers better control their PDF workflow.  New features in PitStop 13 update 1 include improved processing speed, support for adding grommets, preflight restrictions within a shape such as a cutter guide, and a new preflight profile for fixing PDFs created from Microsoft Office documents. When Enfocus released PitStop 13, it included a major change to the Restrictions

Agfa Graphics going to show case Jeti Mira in SGI 2016

Agfa Graphics going to show case Jeti Mira in SGI 2016 where it has bagged Product of the Year awards at SGIA Expo. Speaking about the product, Walter Nackaerts, managing director Direct Export, Agfa Graphics: “As the industry here is still growing in print volumes and SGI Dubai is the longest running show for the region, we wanted to demonstrate the Asanti workflow driving both the 3.2 meter-wide roll-to-roll Anapurna M3200i and the Jeti Mira. It underlines our focus on a matched component

Xeikon unveils its new Fusion concept

Xeikon has eschewed the trend for hybrid conventional/digital label lines, in favour of a new Fusion concept that pulls together different digital modules.

It showed Fusion as a technical concept on its booth at Labelexpo, featuring a ‘screen white’ equivalent printed using an inkjet module prior to a Xeikon print engine.

“Fusion is one platform, but with everything digital,” explained marketing director Filip Weymans. “Is hybrid really a match for what the market requires? We think

Konica Minolta shows its simplified labels

Konica Minolta has brought its toner-based roll-to-roll label printer to market under a new name, the bizhub Press C71cf.

The system uses Miyakoshi unwind and rewinding technology. It was shown as a prototype at the previous Labelexpo and then at Ipex 2014 as the C70RLC.

Olaf Lorenz, general manager of Konica Minolta’s international marketing division, said the Japanese manufacturer had opted to simplify the press by not including a laser die-cutting system.

The C71cf has a maximum 330mm

Mimaki will showcase its Original Goods Packaging System

Mimaki will showcase its Original Goods Packaging System (OGPS) solution for  producing in-house samples within an hour.  “Bespoke packaging has become a leading trend as customers increasingly seek product personalisation,” explains Mike Horsten, general manager marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “Digital innovation is moving fast and production challenges which previously took several days can now be delivered within the hour.”  The OGPS combines Esko’s ArtiosCAD software with Mimaki’s

Xaar has announced the global launch of the Xaar Print Bar System

Xaar has announced the global launch of the Xaar Print Bar System for personalised, variable data, special effects and short-run printing for a range of applications, including labels and packaging. By using Xaar 1002 printheads with TF Technology the new system can handle a range of inks and fluids, including spot colours (K or CMY), protective lacquers, high-build spot varnish, heavily pigmented high-opacity under-surface whites, cold foil adhesives and metallics, giving print providers the

HP Inc talks graphics growth potential

HP Inc has packaging in its sights as a key growth market for its digital printing presses.

At a special briefing ahead of HP’s upcoming split into two businesses, Enrique Lores, the new head of HP Inc’s printing division said: “The same thing we saw in digital labels, we are going to see now in digital packaging. We are bringing the same value proposition to folded cartons and flexible packaging as we have in labels.

“More than 60% of the printers printing digital labels are HP, and in the

Avery Dennison offers new labelling option

Avery Dennison has launched a new option for can labelling, designed for low-volume production runs and allows both late-stage differentiation and the relabelling of obsolete printed cans.

Suitable for both aluminium and tinplate cans, the AeroDress technology is a self-adhesive labelling solution that is compatible with a range of printing techniques including letterpress, flexo, gravure, silk screen and foils. 

   A newly designed white filmic facestock shrinks to fit curves at the ends

Atlas's new CPP film line set up

Atlas recently commissioned a 4.8m wide Atlas CW5400 slitter rewinder for the start-up of a new CPP (cast polypropylene) film production line at Poligal S.A., located in Portugal.  The new line has enabled Poligal to complement its expanding BOPP film production with high-quality, competitive CPP film for both food and non-food applications. 

The new Atlas CW5400 slitter rewinder at Poligal  is a 4.800mm wide primary film slitter processing CPP film up to 4.8m wide with automatic knife and