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Fujifilm’s new Superia LH-S2 low-chemistry plate out

Fujifilm has launched a new low-chemistry plate that only requires a one-stage gum clean out, rather than traditional processing chemistry.
The Superia LH-S2 plate, which is additional to the company’s existing plate portfolio, is commercially available with immediate effect.
It uses the advanced multi-layer technologies also used in Fujifilm’s existing processless plates to develop a new plate that provides a step to processless.
Said to deliver “outstanding performance, less waste, and easier

Smurfit Kappa’s MB12 Carton

Smurfit Kappa’s MB12 carton is now available for primary packaging. The food-safe MB12 packaging helps customers to eliminate mineral oil migration with a sustainable solution.
According to the company spokesperson, “The Smurfit Kappa MB12 technology is designed to prevent the migration of mineral oil into packaged food. MB12’s efficiency has been verified by Eurofins to give customers full confidence that the primary packaging acts as a barrier to provide robust protection against outside

Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for carton

Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw, which is suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste.
Straws play an integral functional role on portion packages, but if not properly disposed of, they then become part of the plastics waste problem. The company has been working to encourage consumers to push straws “back in the pack” once empty, so they can be collected along with the rest of

Huhtamaki acquires packaging distributor

Huhtamaki has acquired the majority of Tailored Packaging, an Australian foodservice packaging distribution and wholesale group. With the acquisition, Huhtamaki gains access to a national network of distribution centers across Australia, allowing it to serve its customers even better and with more agility.
Tailored Packaging is a national foodservice packaging distribution and wholesale group, founded in Sydney in 2001 and having sales offices and distribution centers in each state of Australia

Primera unveils LX910 printer

Primera Technology has launched LX910, its desktop colour label printer.
According to the company, “LX910 can handle labels as wide as 8in and as small as 0.75in. It can print a 4 x 3in label with 50 percent coverage in less than six seconds. In addition, ink costs are the lowest ever from Primera. This is due to a new, ultra-high capacity ink cartridge. On the same 4 x 3in label, cost per label is around $0.03.”
Typical applications include product labels for coffee, wine, water, bakery

Sun Chemical warns of potential photoinitiator shortage

Sun Chemical warns of potential photoinitiator shortage. Due to a potential shortage of photoinitiators as reported recently by the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA), Sun Chemical customers that receive energy curable inks could experience product delivery delays in the future. "Sun Chemical is working hard to safeguard supply and mitigate the potential shortage of photoinitiators by qualifying new grades and developing new sources," said Felipe Mellado, chief marketing officer and

MacTac partners with Armor

MacTac is partnering with Armor, a manufacturer of thermal transfer ribbons, to enhance Mactac’s existing portfolio of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved durable films with thermal transfer ribbons. The partnership includes the addition of Armor’s AXR 7+ thermal transfer ribbon to Mactac’s MH26726 UL file for printing materials in the United States (PGJI2) and Canada (PGJI8). "We are excited to partner with ARMOR to deliver our customers an extensive portfolio of recognized film/thermal

Ricoh's eco packaging for copier products

Ricoh announced that the new returnable eco packaging designed for copier products developed by Ricoh Technologies Co., Ltd. received the 2018 WorldStar Award from the World Packaging Organization. The awards ceremony was held in Queensland, Australia, on 2nd May, 2018. This international contest aims to promote selected products to the packaging industry that have already received recognition from packaging organizations all over the world. This year, 200 winners were awarded the WorldStar

Creative Edge Software adds real-time ray tracing for iC3D

Creative Edge Software adds real-time ray tracing for iC3D. Creative Edge Software was one of the first companies to deliver full ray tracing capabilities to all levels of packaging creatives with the launch of iC3D v4.0 in May 2016. By integrating ray tracing technology into the iC3D all-in-one package, creatives and brand owners were able to achieve photorealistic design mockups at any stage without the need for specialist programs or third-party services. With the development of the iC3D

Uflex transforms the Packaging for Rasna fruit powder concentrate

One of India’s largest manufacturers and exporters of beverages - Rasna International wanted an absolutely alluring packaging for its fruit powder concentrate. With this straight-forward brief, Rasna tasked Uflex – a company with whom it has had an association for over two decades, to come up with a unique packaging solution.

What Uflex in turn came up with is all set to take the brand to the next level of customer delight. An all new spouted profile stand-up pouch with side handle carrying

OMET to present the new XJet hybrid solution at Print4All

OMET will be among the protagonists at the Print4All exposition in Milan, with an innovative integrated hybrid press. This brand new event organized in Italy is dedicated to the world of printing and converting. It aims at becoming the point of reference of the entire industry on an international level. It will be held from May 29th to the June 1st, at the exposition center of Rho where OMET will count on a booth of 160 sqm (E16-F15, Hall 18).
Talking about Middle East availability and features

Tetra Pak unveils new packaging effects

Tetra Pak has launched a suite of new packaging material effects, known as Tetra Pak Artistry, to help food and beverage producers revitalise the look and feel of their products.
Charles Brand, executive VP, product management and commercial operations at Tetra Pak said, “In a world where almost everything needs to be ‘personalisable’, we want to provide customers with something unique to help their brands rise above the noise and reach the shopper. The new suite of effects and expressions will

Sappi unveils flexible packaging paper with sealing functionality

Sappi has developed Seal, its latest product featuring integrated sealing functionality.
It is well known that in 2016, Sappi launched the first packaging paper with integrated sealing functionality. Sappi Seal is the second generation of this flexible packaging product with improved sealing properties. It is also recyclable.
Sappi Seal is designed to replace hot seal laminates made from plastic with materials containing a high proportion of renewable raw materials. Sappi Seal is single-side

Futec’s new learning system

Futec has developed machine learning capabilities for fault detection, said to represent the next generation of quality control specifically for flexo printing. Futec software enables patterns to be identified in real-time, and the system is able to quickly and clearly distinguish between a printing defect and a machine defect.
Silvio Neumann, Futec general manager, EMEA, commented: “This exciting news comes at the same time as important breakthroughs we have made with machine learning in the

BOBST launches new 20SEVEN CI flexo press

BOBST has launched the new 20SEVEN CI flexo press to deliver extended colour gamut (ECG) solutions for a variety of printing technologies and applications.
BOBST Business Unit Web-fed strategic products marketing director Federico d’Annunzio said: “BOBST has been an advocate of the ECG concept since 2013 with the now well-established REVO 7-colour digital flexo technology developed with leading industry suppliers for narrow and mid-web inline flexo presses.
“In 2017, BOBST introduced the THQ

UPM Raflatac adds clear-on-clear and solid white label materials

UPM Raflatac has further expanded its PP Lite range of labeling options for the European market with the introduction of two new products, PP Clear FTC Lite and PP Solid White FTC Lite.
PP Solid White FTC Lite is a non-pearlescent, solid white PP film that offers a bright white base colour with ‘dependable performance’. PP Clear FTC Lite is a clear PP film that can be combined with R704 adhesive and PET Lite liner to offer a ‘no-label look’, as well as clean performance in converting and

HP unveils the new Latex Rigid Technology to enhance quality

HP is set to launch the HP Latex R Series, which will enable its water-based Latex technology to be used for rigid printing.
The announcement of the new technology was made in March this year at the ISA Sign Expo in Orlando, Florida. The manufacturer said the new product family will mark the first, true hybrid Latex technology that merges HP’s flexible printing capabilities into rigid printing.
HP said the series will bring “unparalleled speed and quality” to a wide range of rigid materials

Constantia’s new acquisition

Constantia Flexibles has completed its acquisition of Creative Polypack, elevating it to the third largest flexible packaging company in India.
Creative Polypack was founded in 1986 and currently has eight production sites in Baddi, Kanpur, Kolkata, Assam and Puducherry in northern, eastern and southern India. It manufactures film-based flexible packaging for the food, and home and personal care (HPC) industries, as well as paper-based soap wrappers.
Constantia Flexibles is the world’s fourth

Kodak appoints John O’Grady

John O’Grady has been named as the new president of the Print Systems division at Eastman Kodak, effective April 24, 2018. Previously, he was president of the Consumer and Film division and former general manager of worldwide sales for Print Systems. O’Grady has replaced Brad Kruchten who is retiring after 36 years with Kodak.
Jeff Clarke, CEO at Kodak, said: ‘Kruchten has been an important part of our company for many years, and I thank him for his tremendous commitment to Kodak and outstanding

Strong showing from K&B as specialist presses take off

Koenig & Bauer is working “intensively” on new products for the packaging, digital and industrial printing markets, after filing a strong set of results for its latest financial year.
The German manufacturer, who celebrated its 200th anniversary last year, reported sales which were up 4.3% to €1.218bn for the year to 31 December 2017.
The firm said it had met or exceeded its financial targets, as well as growing market share. EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) grew from €62.9m to

Uflex develops reprocessable barrier packaging for edible oil

Uflex Limited has developed a customised formulation that renders barrier packaging for edible-oil re-processable.
Talking about this major breakthrough in promoting flexible packaging sustainability, joint President, packaging and new product development at Uflex, Jeevaraj Pillai said, “Edible oil needs to be carefully protected from oxygen that makes it rancid. Barrier properties in a coextruded film for edible-oil packaging are imparted by Nylon and/or EVOH. However, it is the presence of

Xerox has partnered with PrintReleaf

Xerox has partnered with PrintReleaf, a project which tracks paper usage and plants trees to offset paper usage. Under the partnership, customers for Xerox managed print services, will be able to contribute to reforestation using PrintReleaf's technology platform and certification system. Based on a theme of "you print one, we'll plant one," PrintReleaf leverages paper usage reporting from MPS, and equates the number of trees needed to reforest that usage on an equivalent basis in identified

Awards for sustainability

Packaging waste, climate change and other environmental problems demand an urgent and coherent response from the CPG industry. The Sustainability Awards 2018, organised by Packaging Europe magazine and hosted at Scanpack, Gothenburg, sets out to connect the dots. The annual competition has returned for its fourth edition.
The Sustainability Awards categories spotlight each of the key areas of innovation where the environmental footprint of packaging and packaged goods can be reduced, from

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