New pharma workflow from EyeC offers secure auditing processes

The EyeC Proofiler offline inspection system from EyeC now offers improved workflows for pharmaceutical companies. The new software version, 3.4, meets the newest requirements for data integrity, data security, and audit trail during inspection of pharmaceutical packaging. Pharmaceutical companies can not only perform fast and automated print sample testing, but also increase the security of their data and processes. All data can be simply and securely retrieved and presented during later

Baldwin Technology celebrates 100 years

Baldwin Technology Company is celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer by hosting a series of activities and events, designed to honor and inspire both its workforce and its customers.
Began in June, the manufacturer of process automation equipment and consumables for printing, packaging, converting and other industries, started its ‘100 Days of Unlocking Potential’ initiative, highlighting a series of key company values ranging from sustainability to innovation.
According to Baldwin CEO

DS Smith unveils new solutions

DS Smith has announced a solution which is set to be the first ever 3D-adaptable packaging, minimising size and cut associated costs by up to 60 per cent.
This customisable packaging solution enables e-tailers to reduce packaging size and associated costs, including void fill, storage, shipping and administration.
Isabel Rocher, head of e-commerce solutions at DS Smith, said: “Made2fit has been developed to make a large difference to our small and medium-sized business customers.  We’ve taken our

Comexi hosts seminar

Comexi recently held its second technical seminar of 2018 dedicated to trends in flexible packaging. Following a successful event in Peru in April, the company hosted its second such event in Mexico City.
“We are very satisfied with the result of the seminar and even more with the volume of attendance. The degree of technology, knowledge and value propositions shared by the entire Comexi team, Ctec, Interpack solutions and Sun Chemical have been interesting and enriching. We were congratulated

Tetra Pak rejuvenates yoghurt drinks with new solution

Tetra Top 200ml packaging has enabled Yili, a leading Chinese dairy manufacturer, to launch what is claimed to be the world’s first ambient drinking yogurt with large fruit and cereal pieces. Tetra Top 200ml is a bottle with large re-sealable screw caps, ideal for the growing on-the-go consumer market.
In light of increased consumer demand for on-the-go packaging options, the industry has witnessed an increase in resealable and reclosable packaging.
According to Innova Market Insights, between

Esko introduces their new flexo platemaking systems

Esko has introduced the CDI Crystal 4835 and Print Control Wizard flexo platemaking systems.
These new launches mark the first and only automated flexo platemaking line in the industry. To streamline the entire process, Esko has made it more automated and easier to use. This not only improves the productivity of platemaking, it also ensures quality and consistency throughout, and simplifies flexo platemaking.
Esko follows the launch of its CDI Crystal 5080 flexo imager with the release of the CDI

Smurfit Kappa wins awards

Grupo Gondi was recognized by the Mexican Packaging Assn for three projects related to “Secondary Packaging” developed in Mexico. One was the six-pack developed for Malapinta beer. The second was a paper soccer ball packaging for the LA Moderna food group, and the third involved a Colgate tooth paste packaging.
Smurfit Kappa’s first award was for ‘Best Supplier – Large Company’, the most prestigious award of the ceremony. The second was the ‘Outstanding Supplier of Packaging’ award. This year’s

Lecta commits to solar energy at French mill

In keeping with its commitment to the environment and increased energy efficiency, Lecta is participating in a renewable energy project to harness solar radiation for thermal power to be used in manufacturing processes at its Condat Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare mill.
With the help of an expert specialized in the installation of thermal power plants for the paper industry, starting this fall, material manufacturer Lecta will have thermal solar power from the plant with a capacity of 3.4 MWth.
Its total

Huhtamaki trials fiber based ready meal pack

A trial version of a renewable fiber based ready meal packaging was tested with consumers in the UK starting end May. Huhtamaki is part of a three-party consortium developing an alternative to existing plastic ready meal trays.
The concept is tested with two Italian style ready meals at a major UK retail chain in May-June. The trial is part of a project aiming at developing a bio-based ready meal package for the UK market. The new tray offers a viable alternative to black plastic packaging

Smurfit's new Bag-in-Box

Smurfit Kappa has expanded its range of Bag-in-Box packaging solutions by launching a Thermo Bag. Bag-in-Box is a disposable packaging solution suitable for liquid, semi-liquid food and non-food products.
The Thermo Bag has been designed to adhere to the specifications of a hot filling processing method involving pressing, filtering, pasteurising, heating and filling the product at a high temperature to enable sterilisation. The product is then immediately cooled for preservation and taste.

UPM Raflatac has set up a new slitting facility in Korea

UPM Raflatac has set up a new slitting facility in Korea that will supply label materials to local customers in the country. This is a part of UPM Raflatac's expansion program in Asia Pacific, targeting to increase production capacity and expand the service network in the market. The facility was opened on June 22, 2018. Sean Heng, vice president for UPM Raflatac Asia Pacific, said, "UPM Raflatac is labeling a smarter future with sustainable and innovative products combined with world-class

Comexi has opened a new office in Moscow

Comexi has opened a new office in Moscow, Russia, to enhance the support provided to customers in this region and in all CIS countries. Company has also appointed new business director in this region, Alexander Rabassa, who will work next to Ramon Xifra, Comexi’s vice president. "By opening an office in this country, we will be closer to our customers and able to provide them with an even higher standard of service," said Xifra. The new office in Russia will cover all CIS markets, Lithuania and

Sun Chemical has increased the prices of all UV and EB inks

Sun Chemical has increased the prices of all ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) inks in Europe by 4-6 percent, effective July 1. As announced previously, governmental initiatives and regulations geared toward environmental protection have caused many suppliers of photoinitiators to either cease or reduce production for limited periods of time. Additionally, as outlined by the European Printing Ink Association, photoinitiator supply has also been impacted by major incidents, including a

Toyo Ink SC Holdings plans to enter the market in Myanmar

Toyo Ink SC Holdings plans to enter the market in Myanmar with the establishment of a production base in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Yangon. The company plans to set up a wholly-owned manufacturing subsidiary, Toyo Ink Myanmar, in July 2018, with an initial paid-in capital of US$6.5 million. The new factory is scheduled to break ground in November 2018 with commercial operation expected to begin in November 2019. Initially, the new subsidiary will be engaged in the production of liquid

Canon enters digital label printing with LabelStream

Canon has entered the digital label printing market with the launch of the Océ LabelStream 4000.
Océ LabelStream 4000 is a roll-to-roll industrial-scale UV inkjet press, offering CMYK+W printing and available in a number of configurations to suit different needs in self-adhesive labels and flexible packaging. The white printing station is positioned ahead of the CMYK units, with two types of white ink available, providing opacity from 67% (True white) to 80% (Alpine white), depending on

Fujifilm unveils food-safe ink for Jet Press 720S

Fujifilm Europe has revealed it is to launch a new food-safe ink for its Jet Press 720S that it claims will make the machine the first B2 digital printer approved for primary food packaging production.
The low-migration aqueous ink, which will go into mass production later this year, complies with stringent primary food contact regulations, including Swiss Ordinance 817.023.21 and European Commission Regulation 1935/2004.
The ink has been specially formulated to work with inline (via a bridge)

Think Out of the Box solutions by Heidelberg

In the middle of May, more than 400 guests from all over the world attended the Packaging Day hosted by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site.
Under the slogan “Think out of the Box”, they witnessed the premiere of the Primefire 106 – what up until then was only available to see in customers’ print shops and in the laboratory environment is now also installed in the Print Media Center Packaging, and thus completes the extensive demo range in the world’s

H.B. Fuller gives green light to UV light fluorescing adhesives

H.B. Fuller confirms it is helping converters achieve zero-defects production with its expanded range of UV light fluorescing adhesives. Designed to perform with some of the most challenging packaging substrates, these innovative adhesive solutions offer the additional reassurance of fulfilling food safety requirements.
Recent expansion of H.B. Fuller’s range of water-based adhesives is set to significantly strengthen its role in helping deliver production line efficiencies for customers. The

Memjet’s new solution

Memjet has announced that its OEM partner, Rigoli s.r.l., has launched the Rigoli MVZ: the first roll-to-roll, wide format, inkjet printer powered by Memjet and designed for flexible packaging applications.
According to the company spokesperson, “This new, low-cost solution enables users to produce the colourful, low- to middle-run lengths of customized flexible packaging that are in demand in today’s market. Rigoli was demonstrated at the IPACK-IMA 2018, Milan, Italy.
“As brands bring an

Siegwerk gets EGP certificate

Marvaco has awarded Siegwerk Group an expanded gamut printing (EGP) partnership certificate in recognition of introducing new ways to use offset and flexo inks on packaging cartons, fiber and plastic materials, among others.
EGP is a colour separation method where prints are implemented with digitally assisted ink blending in a more predictable, precise and cleaner manner. The CMYK colour gamut is enriched with OGV (orange, green, violet) process inks, which more than doubles the number of

Converter challenges slated to be addressed at FINAT Label Forum

The challenges being faced by converters and the emerging technical trends that are impacting their businesses are among the key topics that will be addressed at the 4th FINAT European Label Forum, Dublin, from 6-8 June. This important event will provide attendees with insight and guidance, as they think about the future of their businesses in a rapidly evolving environment.
The forum has been developed as a platform for owners, CEOs, and sales and marketing managers to help them better address

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