Gidue launches new entry-level label press

Italian flexo press manufacturer Gidue has officially launched its MX entry-level label printing press.

The MX, which was previewed at an open house at the company's factory in Florence, Italy during Drupa, is a cut-down version of Gidue's proven S-Combat series.

In addition to featuring the full belt drive system from the S-Combat, the eight-colour MX uses Gidue's Flower flexo print head; it has a 370mm web width.

The MX is available in two versions. The MX Naked ships with eight print cylinders

Kimoha invests € 800,000 for Xeikon's digital label press

Dubai-based label printers Kimoha Entrepreneurs purchased Xeikon's 3300 with an inline DCoat330 finishing unit digital label press at Drupa this year.

Vinesh Bhimani, managing director of Kimoha said: "In recent years we have noticed a clear trend for jobs with faster turnaround, in some cases combined with shorter run lengths. To remain competitive and address the market demand we felt it was time to move into digital printing. Going by this new trend, we felt Xeikon was best placed to partner

Luscher to debut UV CtP system at Drupa

Luscher will use Drupa to launch its new 8-page UV CtP system, the XDrum! that has been designed for commercial print and packaging providers.

The Swiss manufacturer is exhibiting the machine, as well as its large-format MultiDX! 240 system and Accent coating plate for offset applications.

The company's XDrum! UV system is being positioned as an 'economical' platesetter for printers producing mid-format offset plates.

Capable of outputting plates up to 930x1050mm in size the new model can produce

Printech launches Macsa laser systems to replace inkjet

Dubai based specialist packaging machines distributor, Printech ME has launched laser marking and coding equipments from Spanish company Macsa id which can replace traditional inkjet systems.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, CEO, Pankaj Patel said: "We are introducing low entry cost laser coding systems for printing and packaging segment. This is a CO2 laser system which does not need any consumable like inkjet. So it does not need any maintenance cleaning and it works with most substrates from labels

DuPont to show flexo screening upgrade

DuPont will show a "simple and relatively inexpensive" workflow enhancement for its Cyrel DigiFlow flexo CTP system at Drupa that gives the ability to select the ideal dot structure depending on application.

The launch follows Esko's announcement last week of Pixel+, "an optical, electronic and screening enhancement for HD Flexo imaging to support flat-top dot creation", which the manufacturer said was aimed at partners including DuPont DigiCorr and DigiFlow, MacDermid Lux and Flint NExT.


New Vpak by Goss gets 'unofficial' Drupa debut

Goss International's Sunday Vpak flexible packaging, label and folding carton press will be shown for the first time outside North America at Drupa, where it will have its "unofficial worldwide launch".

Jochen Meissner, president and chief executive of Goss, said that Drupa remained "the one place where suppliers can showcase new technology for a worldwide audience".

"Regional shows and events remain important, but having this truly international show is vital for our industry," he added.

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Luscher and MacDermid show Accent flexo plate

Luscher has partnered with MacDermid to launch Accent, a new flexo coating plate for packaging and commercial print applications that can be imaged like a normal litho plate on Luscher's XPose! UV platesetter.

The two companies intend to make it possible for printers and packaging companies to produce high quality flexo coating plates in-house on the same UV CTP equipment they use to image their offset printing plates.

The Swiss pre-press manufacturer said that the plate would allow litho

Bobst's new packaging machine adds efficiency

Manufacturers of packaging machinery, Bobst announced the worldwide launch of Gyrobox, the first device for the corrugated board industry, which can turn a blank 90 degrees to fold and glue on all four sides in one pass.

Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of Bobst Group comments: "For many years, the folding carton industry has benefited from our Gyrobox solution on folder-gluers - around 25 million boxes are produced every day on our Gyrobox-enabled machines. With over ten years' expertise in this area

Sun Chemical increases product prices by 6%

In manufacturer Sun Chemical has announced an average 6% price increase across its products, due to continued increases in the costs of raw materials and volatility in the supply chain.

The increases, which come just a few days after rival ink company Flint announced a 5% increase across solvent- and water-based and UV inks, will be implemented on 1 December.

According to Sun Chemical, increases will vary due to the different chemical compositions of the products.

White inks, nitrocellulose

EFI unveils Jetrion for digital labels at expo

EFI has launched the Jetrion 4900, a UV inkjet digital label press with inline laser finishing unit from SEI Laser Converting, at Labelexpo.

The five-colour (CMYK plus white) press, which is driven by a Fiery XF RIP and uses EFI's high-quality UV inkjet inks, features a robust flexo-style web with an industrial grade transport.

An inline corona station in front of the print unit ensures ink adhesion on filmic substrates, providing greater substrate compatibility, while the inline laser-finishing

QuadTech to supply inspection systems

QuadTech has signed an agreement with Mondi, an international paper and packaging Group, to include its inspection technology on the group's sheet-fed corrugated presses that feature in-line die-cutting capability. Central to the agreement will be the installation of QuadTech's Inspection System, which inspects the entire substrate width throughout the production run. The system detects common defects such as hickies, hazing, streaks, misregistrations and color variations. Thanks to

SMAG to exhibit semi-rotary screen printer

SMAG Graphique will be presenting new screen-printing machines for conventional and digital label converters at Labelexpo Europe, to be held in September this year.

The manufacturer will highlight the new high-speed semi-rotary flatbed screen-printing station that operates at speeds up to 30m/min at the show. With a maximum print width of 340mm and a 340mm repeat length, the print station will be operating mono-colour on a Digital Galaxie, in conjunction with a semi-rotary flexo station and a

Nilpeter to exhibit flexo offset, inkjet machines

Nilpeter has introduced innovations for offset, flexo, and integrated inkjet printing to be demonstrated at LabelExpo Europe 2011.

Nilpeter will demonstrate its MO-4 offset platform press controlled by a Press Management Center (PMC)and designed to optimise the offset functions for faster setups. It also has three 17-inch touch screens that allows operators to control UV-curing, electronic registration and remote ink control, say the manufacturers.

Nilpeter will be exhibiting the UV-Flexo Press

Kodak announces 7% price rise on flexo plates

From 15th July this year, Kodak will be implementing a global price rise of 7% on all flexographic plates.

"It's never easy to pass these kinds of price increases along to our customers, and we are committed to working with them to ensure that their plate needs and business requirements are met as effectively as possible," said Mohan Garde, vice president and general manager, packaging business, prepress solutions, Kodak. "The value that our plates bring to the markethigh quality, efficiency

DuPont sets Q1 2012 start-up for new Cyrel manufacturing facility

The expansion of the firm's European manufacturing capability is needed to meet growing demand for flexographic print sleeves, according to global business director Matthias Heinzel.
"This investment extends our capability to supply the growing global demand for flexographic print sleeves and demonstrates our commitment to advancing flexography around the world," said Heinzel.

"Continuous flexo sleeves are lightweight, easy-to-handle print forms that enable quick

Heidelberg launches Linoprint inkjet press

Heidelberg has targeted the packaging industry with the launch of the Linoprint DriveLine F UV inkjet printing system at Interpack.

The inkjet digital press can be used for inline and nearline integration in packaging lines, and is especially suited to the pharmaceutical and medical engineering industries.

It has an extremely high level of flexibility and production reliability for individual and integrated printing of blister foils, according to the company.

Matthias Hartung, corporate

Greif starts building woven PP fabric plant

Emaar, The Economic City (EEC), the Tadawul-listed company developing King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Saudi Arabia, announced recently the start of construction of a new manufacturing facility for polypropylene woven fabric by Greif Inc, one of the largest manufacturers of industrial packaging products in the world.

During the inauguration ceremony Greif's President and COO Mr. David Fischer received the construction permit from the Economic CitiesAuthority and announced thatthe new

Kodak completes its acquisition of TOK

Eastman Kodak acquired all the assets of the relief plates business of Tokyo Ohka Kogyo company.The relief plate business includes flexography, letterpress, Braille and moulding plate products produced and marketed by TOK worldwide.

The relief plate business includes flexography, letterpress, Braille and molding plate products produced and marketed by TOK worldwide.

Included in the acquisition agreement is a manufacturing plant and development facility located in Yamanashi Prefecture, west of

Al Bayader shows new products at Gulfood '11

Al Bayader International will be participating in Gulfood 2011 with its new range of food packaging products produced at its US$20 million manufacturing facility in Jebel Ali.

Gulfood will be held between 27 February and 2 March at the Dubai International Exhibition & Convention Centre.

Nidal Haddad, CEO, Al Bayader International said, "The region is maturing and there is growing demand not only for innovative packaging products, but also for sustainable food packaging solutions. Al Bayader is

New web-fed system for colour inspection

QuadTech Inc., has unveiled the first web-fed, in-line inspection system that measures colour on both paper and unsupported packaging film, the manufacturer announced in a statement to the press. The new, enhanced version of the company's Inspection System with SpectralCam enables continuous, in-line monitoring of virtually all web-fed package materials, including transparent and translucent substrates.

John Cusack, product manager at QuadTech, explains why accurate in-line colour measurement of

Plastic packaging sees growth in GCC in 2010

Plastics packaging industry in the GCC saw a 15-20 % in first three quarters of 2010, according to Duplas Al Sharq L.L.C, a subsidiary of Emirates Investment & Development (Emivest), in which Dubai Government holds 30 per cent stake.

Duplas is engaged in the manufacture of high quality plastic PE, PET, PP and PC bottles and closures ranging from 200 ml up to 25 litres, catering to the increasing packaging demands for lubricant, detergent, shampoo, chemical, edible oil, dairy, juice and water

Al Ain launches hot fill packaging technology

One of the leading bottled water companies in UAE, Al Ain Mineral Water Company, a fully owned entity of Abu Dhabi-based food and beverage company Agthia Group, has announced that it has integrated a lightweight hot-fill technology, ThermoShape into its production lines.

The line was designed, commissioned and installed by Plastipak Packaging, Inc a wholly owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings Inc.

Al Ain Water General Manager Fasahat Beg said: "This investment will enable us to enter the

UAE and EU on collision course over duties

The UAE has decided to oppose European Union's decision to impose customs duties on the country's plastics exports local media reported.

"The UAE will work through official channels to halt the protectionist customs duties imposed by the EU on its plastics imports from the country under the excuse that such products receive direct subsidy from the government and hence they harm local (EU) plastics producers," the Ministry said in a statement.

"The Ministry will ask the EU Commission, in

Baalbaki has acquired Turkish Depur Kimya

Baalbaki Group, a system house providing polyurethane raw materials and speciality chemicals has acquired the assets of Turkish Depur Kimya.

"We have created a Turkish subsidiary, BCI Baalbaki Kimya Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., and started selling polyurethane systems as well as providing comprehensive technical service to our clients in Turkey," announced Hassan Baalbaki, the group's managing director. "This subsidiary will start up its own production facilities in 2011."

Baalbaki Group is already

Wells Plastics additive given approval in UAE

Wells Plastics is hoping for sales growth in the Middle East after becoming the first oxo-degradable additives company to gain the Emirates Quality Mark.

The product, which makes plastics biodegrade, has been certified under a newly-introduced standard that covers the oxo-biodegradation of plastic bags and other disposable plastic objects.

Both Wells Plastics and its distributor in the region, Excel International FZC, have been granted the certification.

Wells Plastics export manager John James

Masafi strenghtens its recycling programme

Suppliers of drinking water, Masafi has launched its corporate recycling programme to collect all plastic bottles irrespective of brand, from companies for free.

A total of 119 organisations have already signed up and Masafi has collected nearly 500 tonnes of plastic bottles reported local media.

Masafi recently also introduced Oxo biodegradable films in its shrink-wrap packaging for water bottles across the UAE and Kuwait.

According to company sources, the new packaging degrades within two

Increased presence at K2010 fair from UAE

The 18th edition of K 2010, the largest international trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry is taking place from October 27 to November 3, 2010 in Dusseldorf, Germany. UAE is to have a larger presence at the show, which is held once every three years.

The German trade fair organizer Messe Dusseldorf hosted a press conference in Dubai. Ludwig Koenig, director, Messe Duesseldorf said, "UAE exhibitors will present their products over an exhibition space of 549 sq. m. compared to 129 sq

Future Pack invests in postpress label system

UAE based label printers, Future Pack has invested in post-press label inspection system from Prati.

The Saturn TE 330 slitter inspection rewinder enables winding, inspection, rewinding, slitting on a range of pressure sensitive labels, unsupported paper, cardboard, as well as aluminium. The machine is beneficial for narrow web printers as it can process webs width up to 330 mm, say company officials. For paper and transparent substrates, the electronic web guide comes equipped with ultrasonic

Mark Andy announces upgrades to P5 series

Manufacturer of narrow web flexographic presses Mark Andy has announced an enhancement to its performance series product line - the P5 which can provide fast changeovers, simple operation and superior print quality it was claimed by company officials and reported in the local media.

Incorporating the print-head design common to all performance series presses, the P5 also features repeatable settings and limited operator steps to allow for quick set-up - a 4-colour job can be set up in just three

Sipes launches plastic packaging for paints

Jordan based company, Sipes Paints has introduced new plastic gallons as durable and strong as tin cans, for its range of water based paints. The new packaging looks exactly the same as the tin cans (cylindrical shape with coated tin ring & cover).

According to information received, the new plastic cans have some advantages, namely that they are rust proof and that they do not get bent due to the high flexibility of plastic.

The plastic cans will be sourced from Lebanon-based company