Reproflex3 will be opening its Dubai office


Reproflex3 announced the opening of a new facility at a packaging forum in Dubai, after being invited to guest speak at the event.

The facility will serve both the UAE and wider Middle East print market with Reproflex3's pre-press printing plate and packaging services.

The firm's joint managing director, Andrew Hewitson, delivered a talk at the MEA Packaging Forum 2014, the first event of its kind, to an audience including the likes of Unilever and PepsiCo.

The event was an opportunity

Industry gears up for new packaging rules regulations

Packaging businesses are gearing up for next month's introduction of new EU regulations that require changes to the information that is displayed on food packaging.

The new EU regulation No1169/2011 comes into force on 13 December (with a second deadline of December 2016 for changes to nutritional information) and involves new requirements in terms of the amount of information and the minimum type size.

Major brands, such as Marks & Spencer, have been planning for the changes and the

Esko upgrades control software of Kongsberg

Esko has launched an integrated front end for its Kongsberg cutting tables i-cut Production Console.

The new software improves the stability of the software, provides JDF integration with workflows and MIS and provides a modular platform for future feature developments. It replaces XL-Guide and i-cut Vision Pro, integrating the functions of both.

“I-cut ran on top of XL-Guide, which is never a good thing for software and made upgrades difficult,” said Esko regional business manager

Gallus's new tactile metallic option

Gallus used its open house event as the world premiere for a new tactile label finish. As well as showing its new digital label production line in action for the first time, the group also unveiled a number of new features on its conventional products. An RCS 300 label production line was shown producing metallic doming inline, a brand new option for creating a raised, metallic effect.

After the printing units a heat-activated glue is applied in the shape required using a screen printing

Xeikon launches super black toner

Xeikon's latest development in toner technology is called the SuperBlack toner. Normal black toner produces a density of 1.8, while the new SuperBlack provides a density  of 2.2-2.4. SuperBlack is a spot colour that can be applied using the fifth colour station of a Xeikon digital press.

“A solid, dense black on the packaging of a product conveys a sense of quality and is very  appealing to companies selling luxury items,” says Jeroen Van Bauwel, director – product management at  Xeikon. “As

Flint launches EkoCure flexo adhesive range

Flint Group Narrow Web has launched a range of UV LED-curable adhesives under its EkoCure brand.

The EkoCure UV range includes pressure-sensitive adhesive, lamination adhesive and cold foil adhesive and complements Flint Group's existing EkoCure UV flexo and screen inks.

According to Flint, the new flexo adhesives are the first commercially available adhesive products to have been specifically designed for UV LED curing.

Flint Group said the benefits of UV LED curing were both economical

Esko, Highcon deal for folding cartons

Esko and Highcon, developer of digital cutting and creasing machines have entered an OEM agreement  where                                 Highcon will distribute, install and support the Esko CAD Digital Front End (DFE) software as a complement to Highcon Euclid, digital cutting and creasing machines. This combined solution is available immediately on a worldwide basis.

“We are proud of the opportunity to partner with Esko, incorporating their industry-leading technology into our

FFEI adds new features to its Graphium press

FFEI has unveiled a number of enhancements to its Graphium hybrid digital UV narrow-web label press, including a sixth inkjet channel to enable a digital over-white in addition to the existing digital under-white.

The sixth channel, which was always on the product roadmap, will give a configuration of white plus CMYK plus white, enabling converters to print both under-white and over-white.

This gives a variety of benefits, including boosting the opacity from 65% to 85% in pure white areas

Flint launches new plate for nyloflex NExT exposure technology

Flint Group and nyloflex NEF Digital has released a new high durometer plate that is especially designed for the nyloflex NExT exposure technology, for printing of flexible packaging and labels.

According to a statement released to the press by Flint, the new plate allows for a reduced bump-up, while reaching the first tonal values of e.g. 0.8 to 1.2% at 60 L/cm (152 lpi), hence increasing the image contrast. The ink lay-down can be improved and a high solid ink density achieved when surface

H'berg launches low migration products

Heidelberg is launching its own product line of consumables that meet the special requirements for the production of food packaging, Saphira Low Migration products for the production of food packaging in the press and post press stages.
The production of food packaging is subject to strict legislation. The aim is to prevent harmful substances in the consumables being transferred to the packaged foodstuffs and potentially altering their composition and/or taste and smell. Consequently, all

Gallus is now a wholly owned company

Heidelberg is taking 100% ownership of Gallus in a deal that will see Gallus owner Ferdinand Rüesch become Heidelberg’s largest single shareholder.
Heidelberg acquired a 30% stake in family-owned Gallus in 1999, and part of the deal included the option to eventually buy the rest of the label and packaging press specialist.
It has now agreed a deal with Gallus owner Ferdinand Rüesch AG, which will swap its 70% stake in Gallus for new shares in Heidelberg, taking a 9% stake in the press

HP targets corrugated market with Scitex

HP has announced the launch of the HP Scitex 15000 Corrugated Press alongside a raft of other product news all geared towards strengthening its position in the packaging sector.  The launch represents the latest action in HP's assault on the $11bn global packaging market, just 7% of which is currently printed digitally according to Infotrends.
HP senior vice-president, Graphics and Inkjet Solutions Business, Stephen Nigro said: "After leading the shift to digital in label printing, HP is again

Agfa Graphics unveils enhanced Anapurna

Agfa Graphics exhibited the mid- to high-end wide-format Anapurna M3200i RTR - Agfa Graphics’ enhanced Anapurna i-series at Fespa Digital in Munich.
The 6-colour, 3.2m wide roll-to-roll UV-curable RTR printer can operate at 116 m² per hour output.   The enhanced version has two additional features: The dual roll option makes it possible to simultaneously print jobs on two rolls of the same media type, each up to maximum 60 inch wide, while the mesh option makes it possible to print on mesh

Durst adds metallic effects to label press

Durst has added metallic effects to its Tau 330 label press and is in the process of doing the same for its Omega II wide-format printer, thanks to a partnership with Color-Logic.
This means users of Durst's Tau 330 will now be able to print metallic effects with Durst's white ink plus CMYK on a foil substrate using Color-Logic's process metallic colour system.
Durst Labels & Package Printing segment manager Helmuth Munter said: "Our partnership with Color-Logic ensures that Durst customers

EFI announces Rhapso acquisition, results

EFI has announced the acquisition of print and packaging software developer Group Rhapso, as it posted double-digit jumps in sales and profitability in its first quarter results.

The US-based firm announced that it had acquired French software developer Group Rhapso, whose two main products are the Graphisoft MIS and the PC-Topp scheduling and production control system for the corrugated industry.

Graphisoft is primarily marketed in French-speaking countries, while PC-Topp is sold worldwide

Bosch unveils products for hygienic packaging

Bosch Packaging Technology will launch several technological advancements at Interpack 2014, to meet global hygiene standards.

Bosch will introduce its high-speed Sigpack RN vertical sachet machine for liquid applications distinguished by its cleaning function to ensure thorough sanitation of product-contact parts.

Interpack will also serve as the European debut of the inverted horizontal flow wrapper Pack 301 ID. Developed for the packaging of soft, sticky, flexible or difficult-to-handle

Konica Minolta unveils its expansion mode

Konica Minolta at Ipex 2014 has announced new solutions for expansions in commercial printing sector.

The manufacturer will exploit the digital short-run packaging markets its KM-1 B2+ UV inkjet colour press for digital short-run production. It will enable commercial printers to expand their print applications with larger sheet sizes for 3-panel and 4-panel brochures, pocket folders, posters, point-of-purchase graphics, dust jackets, wrap-around book covers and even light packaging

Sun Chemical to launch new flexo solutions

Sun Chemical will be launching a new multi-purpose ink system, a water-based flexo dispenser program, specialty coatings, a laser marking solution for variable printing, and digital plate technology which provides sharper images than standard plates.  This raft of flexo solutions will be showcased at their booth at INFO*FLEX 2014. 

“Our customers want solutions that meet the high speed requirements of their press equipment, improve overall printing efficiency, and satisfy their customers’

Heidelberg launches Speedmaster CD 102 from

Heidelberg has announced that it will start offering the new Speedmaster CD 102 from April this year. Equipped with the Preset Plus Delivery and a comprehensive package of automation components, it boosts productivity by around ten percent on the previous series, says Heidelberg. 

The new Speedmaster CD 102 is aimed at customers that produce traditional advertising materials, packaging or labels. 

The target group is in both emerging markets and industrialized countries, with the first orders

Intec announces new products roll-out

Intec Printing Solutions has unveilded a raft of new product launches during Packaging Innovations and Ipex events.
At Packaging Innovations the firm provided a sneak peak of its new CS5000 printer, ahead of its official launch at Ipex. The      is a five-colour printer that offers users a choice of CMYK plus white or clear toner. The 50 ppm, SRA3 device can also print banner lengths of up to 1.3m, onto stock ranges up to 400gsm.
Head of PR and marketing Terri Winstanley said it was simple for

Global Vision unveils cloud based suite Packaging Inspection Suite

Global Vision has released Proofware, what it calls, the world's first all-in-one, cloud-based, packaging inspection suite.
Proofware allows users to secure their brand packaging end-to-end with a suite of advanced Quality Control (QC) tools to inspect text, artwork, spelling, Braille, barcodes and annotate.
“Proofware gives any enterprise instant access to everyone involved in the security of their brand copy and artwork throughout the enterprise,” explained Reuben Malz, president of Global

The L9 associations announced the results of the 2013

The L9 associations have announced the results of the 2013 L9 World Label Awards competition, with a total of 37 winners across 22 categories. The L9 is the alliance of global label associations and the  Label Awards competition was judged by an international jury during Labelexpo 2013, with FINAT (Europe), JFLP (Japan), LATMA (Australia), ABIEA (Brazil), SALMA (New Zealand) and TLMI (North America) taking part.  In addition to these awards, five new L9 global awards representing the Best of

Colorgate upgrades to APPE 3 with latest RIP

Colorgate has announced the launch of Colorgate 8 - the latest version of its RIP for the wide-format, commercial, packaging and industrial printing sectors.
All four Colorgate products - Productionserver, Filmgate, Plategate and Proofgate - now run on the latest version of Adobe's PDF Print Engine, which was launched in September last year and features Adobe's Mercury RIP architecture. This is capable of driving multiple devices concurrently including wide-format, CTP and digital presses, and

Kolbus unveils NM100 packaging machine

Post-press manufacturer Kolbus is hoping to extend its reach into the packaging sector with the development of a new board scoring machine, the NM100.
The NM100 cuts grooves into board blanks that can subsequently be folded into high-end boxes. The manufacturer said the new machine enables pack producers to create boxes with crisp corners and a solid finish. The scoring blades can be set to cut at angles of between 90˚and 130˚. It can produce up to 65 components a minute. The blades can be set

I-Sub Digital launches Digi-Foil system

I-Sub digital has launched what it claims is a unique new foiling system that combines a Mimaki UJF and a heated applicator.
Aimed at high-end packaging manufacturers, I-Sub Digital director Andy Spreag said the system could produce colour-accurate mock-ups, one-offs or short runs in around five minutes, saving prototyping and decision-making time for brand owners. The system needs no foil presses or dies and can apply foil on areas as small as 0.3mm, said Spreag.
Users can apply I-Sub Digital’s

Heidelberg & Fujifilm in pact for inkjet deal

Heidelberg and Fujifilm have teamed up in a fresh digital printing alliance focused on inkjet printing. In a surprise move the two companies announced a partnership deal, at the same time as Heidelberg announced its half-year results.

Described as “a broad alliance aimed at strengthening existing business,” the manufacturers highlighted the commercial and packaging print markets as key target areas. Heidelberg chief executive Gerold Linzbach said he envisaged Heidelberg’s digital business

Xaar hails 'next step' in the digital packaging

Xaar has highlighted the first "direct-to-shape" digital packaging printer launches, from its OEM partners, as having the potential to "accelerate the digitisation of packaging" over the next five years.
      In a progress update on the packaging sector, the  manufacturer highlighted the first public demonstrations of direct-to-shape digital print systems by four of its OEM partners at Drinktec exhibition in Munich.
   Ian Dinwoodie, chief executive of Xaar, pointed to the ability to print to

Delta Group, Dubai and Kumar Label join forces

India-based Kumar Labels and UAE-based Delta Group announced the formation of a joint venture, Delta & Kumar Labels.
On its first overseas joint-venture Anuj Bhargava, chief executive officer, Kumar Labels, says, “We have been eyeing middle east as a prospective market for a long time now. With all top brands and best product decoration techniques used, it is the dream market for a printer."
While the Indian market is witnessing a string of consolidation and mergers, both Kumar Labels and

Flat surface applicator announced by Primera

Manufacturers of speciality printers, Primera Technology, announced its new AP550e Flat-Surface Label Applicator.
AP550e is a semi-automatic label applicator that makes it  easy to apply product and identification labels onto a wide range of flat surfaces such as rectangular or tapered bottles, boxes, packages, bags, pouches, lids, tins and much more. Labels are applied straight, without wrinkles or folds, in exactly the location desired.
“The AP550e Label Applicator is an affordable

Xeikon launches ICE toner and eyes global

Xeikon has unveiled a new dry toner for use on its digital label presses. ICE is designed for heat-sensitive substrates such as polyethylene (PE) and thermal labels that are pliable and commonly used on flexible packaging.
   According to the manufacturer, the new toner, which will run on all new and installed Xeikon 3000 series digital presses, is highly lightfast with a "top opaque-white quality" and can be printed onto conventional substrates without the need for priming. ICE will be