Flint Group just published a new Raw Material Update

Flint Group just published a new Raw Material Update to explain raw material trends since January 2016 and the company’s expectations for the remainder of the year. It starts with the statement 'The world is not becoming easier'. Jan Paul van der Velde, senior vice president Procurement, IT and Regulatory of Flint Group explains: crude increases year over year of 50%,   currency and trade challenges, increased cost of sea freight due to supply reduction and reduction of available shipping routes, environmental actions by the Chinese government to reduce air pollution has caused many suppliers to either cease or reduce production and major incidents like the fire at the Huntsman TiO2 factory due to which the ink industry is confronted with

Sappi announces new expansion projects

Sappi has announced a range of projects in Europe and the United States to support its growth strategy & 2020 Vision to increase its global product offering to packaging and speciality papers customers.
Range of projects launched for period 2017 to 2019 include: expanded lightweight packaging and speciality paper capacity at Alfeld Mill; conversion of Maastricht Mill to produce high quality solid bleached board and transition of the Lanaken Mill PM8 over three years to support coated

hubergroup develops sheet-fed printing ink for high-volume printing of food packaging

Printing ink manufacturer, hubergroup has announced that it has developed sheet-fed printing ink for high-volume printing of food packaging. NATURA GA series with its latest MGA NATURA series starting 1 February 2017.
MGA NATURA will be available as process inks, as spot inks in line with the classic colour guides and also as bespoke corporate design colours.
All components in the formulation are evaluated and the production process is subject to thorough checks and controls, which means MGA

J.Vilaseca ups paper prices

Spanish specialty papermaker J.Vilaseca announced that it will increase the price on all its paper lines by EUR 50 per metric ton. The price increase is effective from 1st March.
In a press release, Carles Torredemer, sales manager, said, "The continuous increase in the price of cellulose, energy and other raw materials, exacerbated by excess demand, continues to cause a continuous deterioration of profitability, so we are forced to announce an increase of [EUR 50 per ton] in all our ranges."

Color-Logic, iC3D take software to new level

Color-Logic has announced the support of their process metallic colour system by iC3D from Creative Edge Software for prototyping labels and packaging.  
Discussing the certification, Color-Logic CTO Richard Ainge commented: "The Color-Logic Design Suite (plug-ins and palettes for Adobe) was developed to enable designers to create decorative effects at a fraction of the time required to do so manually.  Because time to market is a critical factor in the packaging and label market today, with


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    The first ever 3D printing conference cum exhibition ‘3D Print UAE’ took place on 17th and 18th August 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE which attracted a number of like-minded 3D Printing professionals from over 40 nations.

    3D Print UAE exhibition cum conference is a concept aimed at providing a broad scale platform for the manufacturing sector and consumer world across the ME region. 

    3D Print UAE gave an opportunity for the additive manufacturing experts from across the globe to converge on this regional platform to showcase their solutions, analyze the benefits and discuss the opportunities in the Middle East. It also provided the opportunity for a listen- in to first-hand experience from industry leaders, connect solutions for overcoming challenges in the field, and enhance the brand and  business portfolio. 

     Steffan Ritt, VP-head of global marketing and communications, SLM Solutions Group commented:  “Since, this is the first kind of event in this region, it has attracted less number of visitors. However, the visitors and participants were more positive. Overall, the show went fairly well for us but we would have been happier if the organizers promoted the event well in advance.”  SLM Solutions were one among the gold sponsors of the event.

    Most of visitors commented that these kinds of exhibitions and conference should be encouraged to create more awareness about the 3D printing in this region.