International Paper sells Carolina brand

International Paper (IP) said it has finalized the previously announced sale of the Carolina coated bristols brand to MeadWestvaco. IP is a global leader in packaging and paper with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa.

As part of the sale agreement and to ensure a smooth transition for customers, International Paper will manufacture Carolina branded products for MWV until the end of year. Financial terms of the sale were not

Sappi will raise paper prices from 1st July "unsustainable" margins

One of the biggest paper producers in Europe has announced an 8% price rise on its coated fine and coated mechanical papers, from 1st July. Sappi has said its European business is “unsustainable at current price levels” and is set to raise prices to combat a long period of low prices, tight margins and the high cost of wood pulp.

Like other non-integrated suppliers, who do not produce their own pulp, Sappi Europe has been suffering from the weak euro, as it has to buy wood pulp on the open

Sappi launches Atelier, new multi-ply board

Sappi Speciality Papers announces the introduction of atelier, a  new concept in folding box board (FBB) for the packaging market.

Atelier, a hybrid FBB product that 'exceeds current market standards', is available in weights from 220 gsm to 350 gsm and is being produced at the company’s Maastricht mill. Atelier is a multi-ply board produced on a single-wire board machine, a feature that no other paper manufacturer has ever achieved says Sappi.

“Ten years ago, we entered the carton board

Smurfit Kappa tests its corrugated cardboard

Smurfit Kappa has built a lifesize, corrugated cardboard igloo in Pitea, Sweden to test the durability and resistance of its Kraftliner in extreme conditions of low temperatures and contact with water.

Measuring 4 metres wide and 2 metres high, the igloo is constructed using a combination of Kraftliner White Top, Recycled High Performance, and Kraftliner papers, Paper Age reported.

Igloos are usually made from cubes of ice with a slight angle, so achieving the dome shape from perfectly

'Print My Cup' goes live in Dubai from April

Dubai based ‘Print My Cup’ Co. have started in fullfledge to make their passion come true. Speaking about their company, NC Kumar, MD, commented “It is always and was passion for me to create something new, something different. After establishing Printex Printing Press in Dubai I was always in the look out for another venture complimenting to my existing Print business and same time it should also serve the community and environment.

He further commented, "Looking into the increase of

Tresu launches iCoat 30000 TWIN coater

Tresu Group has launched the iCoat 30000 TWIN    that applies two coats of varnish to digitally printed folding cartons, inline in a single pass, the company announced.

Søren Maarssø, chief operating officer, TRESU Group, comments: “The iCoat 30000 TWIN’s double flexo stations provide an effective way of enhancing functionality and aesthetic impact, with multiple combinations of UV-curable and water-based coating, in a single process.”

Designed for inline integration with the HP 30000

Primera label printer adds pigment ink

Manufacturer of speciality printers Primera announced the availability of pigment inks for its LX900e colour label printer. Previously, only traditional photo-quality dye-based inks were available.

“With LX900e, we offer our customers the best of both worlds: traditional dye-based inks when you want perfect, photo-quality labels with the best print resolution available and pigment inks when you need the ultimate in durability without the need for lamination,” said Mark D. Strobel, Primera’s

Color-Logic expands in to flexible packaging

Color-Logic metallic special effects are now available for flexible packaging, the company announced.

Color-Logic's process metallic colour system is already used to produce metallic effects on offset printed packaging and flexographic printed labels.

It has now added the ability to print on metallic films or on conventional films using metallic inks.

Director of sales and marketing from Color Logic, Mark Geeves commented about the expansion: "Brand managers and their graphic designers

Fujifilm to showcase the ‘power of inkjet’

Fujifilm will be showcasing the ‘power of inkjet’ for label & packaging applications at Packaging Innovations 2015 (NEC Birmingham, 25th – 26th February).

The company will be showcasing its roll-fed printer, the Acuity LED 1600 with a productivity of up to 20m2 per hour and supporting substrates up to 1,610mm in width and rigid sheet materials up to 13mm thick (including PET, acrylic, polycarbonate substrates and lightweight boards including mirror and fluted).

Fujifilm will be

Bin Omair invests for their packaging unit

Ajman-based Bin Omair Printing Press has installed Petrato Metro Folding & Gluing machine and Champion CAD 1060 Automatic Die Cutting & Creasing machine from Afra International JLT to establish packaging unit along with other printing services.

Speaking about the features of the machines, Mohammed Abdul Rahman, managing director of Bin Omair, “In this folding and gluing machine, it is possible to customize a machine to suit individual needs and requirements."

"This is achieved by

Durst demonstrates 1300 series at event packaging event

Durst used a two-day open house at its production facility in Austria to demonstrate its new Rho 1300 series wide-format printers, which were launched at Fespa 2014.

The 2.5m Durst Rho 1312 and 1330 are enhance versions of the Rho 1000 series printers, the Rho 1012 and 1030 respectively, featuring a productivity boost and an advanced media transport with a higher vacuum. Both printers are approximately 25% faster than their 1000 series counterparts, with the Rho 1312 capable of 620sqm/hr and

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