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DigiPrint Technologies Miraclon Distributor for Pakistan, signed KODAK FLEXCEL NX deal with Raqam International

Raqam International Labels & Packages PVT. Ltd invests on KODAK FLEXCEL NX system in Pakistan. The company has started its new setup in Hattar Special Economic Zone, KPK. Raqam International is one of the leading designer and manufacturers of labels and packaging company in Canada, KSA and now in Pakistan. ‘We are welcoming KODAK FLEXCEL NX System to our new setup in Hattar, ‘said Khalid Aziz Shah CEO founder of Raqam International. We have full confidence on FLEXCEL NX System and my team is enjoying the benefits of the technology with capabilities beyond those of traditional high definition plate systems. It is enhancing our quality, productivity and is taking the flexo printing to next level! ‘KODAK FLEXCEL NX System has transformed flexo printing and galvanized the industry since the day it was launched.’, said Managing Director of DigiPrint Technologies Muhammad Irfan Siddique. ‘After becoming Miraclon partner in Pakistan in June 2020, this is our first Installation. We are confident, this is the first of many that will come.’

Kodak Launch New CTP VERISET T400/T800 PLATESETTER

The KODAK VERISET T400/T800 Platesetter delivers the stability and reliability of Kodak’s thermal CTP technology at exceptional value, An open CTP system, the VERISET Platesetter is compatible with a wide range of thermal plates. This robust external-drum thermal CTP device has been specifically designed for the demanding needs of general commercial and publication printers. With a small footprint that minimizes space requirements, the VERISET Platesetter offers reliable plate making of up to 22 8-page plates per hour. The optional KODAK Mobile CTP Control App lets you monitor your VERISET T400/T800 Platesetter remotely with your Android or IOS device. Know instantly if one of your CTP devices needs attention, even if you are out of the room or off site, so you can get back to making plates quickly. The VERISET Platesetter has a cooling system that reduces power consumption to only 380 watts while imaging, a savings of up to 95% compared to some competitor CTP devices. Also, because the unique LCA technology protects the lens of the imaging laser from debris, there’s no need to add a debris removal system, which consumes additional power. Best Power Service now offering first Kodak Veriset T800 in Pakistan the optional KODAK Mobile CTP Control App lets you monitor your VERISET T800 Platesetter remotely with your Android or IOS device Said by Mr. Khushal Ahmed Butt ‘After becoming KODAK partner in Pakistan in March 2020, this is latest CTP technology from KODAK. We are confident, this is the first of many that will come.’

Voith to support Domtar’s Kingsport mill conversion to containerboard

Global technology company Voith has been contracted by fibrebased products supplier Domtar to support its Kingsport mill conversion to containerboard. Under the agreement, Voith will deliver equipment and technical services for converting the paper machine at Kingsport mill in Tennessee, US. Expected to be complete in 2022, the mill will produce recycled containerboard and high-performance lightweight packaging and industry-standard grades. The Kingsport Mill will be capable of producing 600,000 tonnes of high-quality recycled linerboard and corrugated medium a year, thereby becoming North America’s premier lightweight containerboard facility. Voith paper division projects president Dr Michael Trefz said: “The Voith team is excited to work with Domtar on this state-ofthe- art conversion.

Konica Minolta adds hybrid power to AccurioLabel presses

Konica Minolta has launched a new optional flexo printing unit, enabling in-line production of white and other colors, which can be retrofitted to AccurioLabel 190 and 230. This technology, first unveiled as an overprinting unit at Labelexpo Europe last year, has been developed for label converters who are looking for a complete hybrid technology to com plement digital printi ng systems and advance their production capabilities. Developed with Konica Minolta’s manufacturing partner in Europe, Danish company Grafisk Maskinfabrik, the flexo printing unit can be retrofitted to the Konica Minolta original AccurioLabel 190 or AccurioLabel 230 toner label presses. It uses standard flexo inks and in combination with an overprint sensor kit, it provides perfectly registered in-line overprinting of white or any other color, which will open doors to a wider range of print applications such as printing on clear substrates. The flexo printing unit comprises an unwinder, web guide, a complete flexo printing station, UV curing system, an output NIP and a touch control panel.

InterFlex Group switches to Techkon technologies

US-ba s ed flexible packaging converter InterFlex G roup (I FG) has signed a m ulti-y ear pur ch ase agr eeme nt to implement Tec hkon's co lo r measur emen t tech nology a t its p roducti on plants in Wisconsin and North Carolina. The com pan y is imp l ementing Te chk on’s g l oba l co l or q uality control tec hnology in both its North Americ an manufac tu ring facili ties in Wilkesbor o, North Car ol in a and Merril l, Wisc onsi n. It includes inclu des the SpectroD ens premium han dheld and scan ni ng spec trophomet er as well as the C hroma QA color quality assurance software p latform. InterFlex will use th e Techkon ’s soft ware and har dwa re will allow in k r oom technicians to perf orm color ch ecks on all of the man ufactur ed inks, thus ena bl in g stric t adherence to brand customer requirements and s tandards. Th e t echnology wi ll be also utilized in the pressroom where it is an essential system for checking print, maintaining color on all of th e presses, managing print and color stan dards, and improved color match times. ‘Tra nsi tioning from on e color program to another can be a daunting task. Howe ver, Techkon has made th e process ve ry smooth for us. The ChromaQA sof tware is very user friendly and it seems t o be de s ig ned for the printer,’ said Bart Wrigh t, director of North Ameri can graphics at IFG.

CHINA PRINT 2021 exhibitors gather with new measures to ensure the quality of visitors

The 10th Beijing International Printing Technology Exhibition co-sponsored by China Printing and Equipment Industry Association and China International Exhibition Center Group Corporation, Beijing China India Association Huagang International Exhibition Co., Ltd. and Dongguan China India Association International Exhibition Co., Ltd. The meeting (CHINA PRINT 2021) will be held in the new hall of China International Exhibition Center from June 23-27, 2021. At present, the booth sales of CHINA PRINT 2021 are very hot. It is expected that there will be more than 1,300 exhibitors, with an exhibition area of 160,000 square meters, and 200,000 professional visitors from China and all over the world. Since the launch of CHINA PRINT 2021, it has received extensive attention and strong support from the printing industry. On the afternoon of October 13, the Organizing Committee of CHINA PRINT 2021 held a press conference in the Confucian Hall on the second floor of Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai, and released the latest preparations for the exhibition to the industry. The conference was hosted by Wang Fengna, Deputy Secretary-General of China Printing and Equipment Industry Association. Mr. Lu Changan, the advisor to the chairman of the China Printing and Equipment Industry Association, and Mr. Zheng Shijun, the vice president of China International Exhibition Center Group Corporation, delivered speeches respectively. Zhao Hui, general manager of Beijing China- India Association Huagang International Exhibition Co., Ltd., introduced the latest preparations for CHINA PRINT 2021 in detail.

Xeikon launches 7-color label press

Xeikon has launched PX30000, a new UV inkjet label press driven by the X-800 digital front end, equipped with eight printing stations, two of which are used to achieve high opaque white layers at maximum speed. The Xeikon PX30000 UV inkjet has been introduced as a cost-effective and fast time-to-market technology for short to medium run flexo jobs, enabling production of a wide range of labels, including the glossy tactile look, featuring optimum durability and high levels of resistance against scuffing and scratching. The press is designed to appeal in particular to label printers working in the high-end markets of health and beauty, chemicals and premium beers. ‘The addition of this high-end, digital production label press is an important step in the Xeikon strategy,’ said Filip Weymans, VP of marketing at Xeikon. ‘Adding the PX30000 to our portfolio enhances the Xeikon offering that already was the most comprehensive in the market. Label printing companies can now opt for a dry toner press or an inkjet press, for an entry-level technology or a fully geared high-end production press, from a 5-color engine up to a 7-color engine.

Edale appoints new agent for Spain and Portugal

Edale, a UK-based manufacturer of printing presses has appointed OMC based in Spain as its agent for the Iberian Peninsula. OMC is a family business, with more than 30 years of experience in the market specializing in machinery distribution, supplies and equipment. The company will be promoting an Edale’s full portfolio of flexographic label and packaging presses throughout Spain and Portugal. ‘We are delighted to welcome OMC as our agent,’ commented Louise Bailey, business development manager at Edale. ‘Its long-standing reputation, technical expertise and customer knowledge will enable us to reach more customers direct.’ Enrique Rodriguez García, general manager of OMC added: ‘We are really excited about adding Edale's flexo technology to our labelling and packaging portfolio. We honestly believe it perfectly fits with our business vision which is a balance of reliable and efficient technology with a deep understanding of the market, experience and a close and strong technical and after-sales support.’

Labelexpo confirms Americas show dates

The organizer of Labelexpo Global Series has confirmed new dates for two of its shows in the Americas, revised as a result of the ongoing coronavirus situation. L a b e l e x p o Americas 2021, p r e v i o u s l y scheduled to take place from March 23-25, is moving back three months to June 8-10. The r e s c h e d u l e d show remains at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, US. The inaugural Labelexpo Mexico, scheduled to take place from June 23-25, 2021, will now take place between April 26- 28, 2023 at the World Trade Center in Mexico City. Moreover, the annual Label Summit Latin America will return in 2022. Further details will be confirmed in due course.

Siegwerk finishes construction of its Turkish site

Siegwerk has completed a significant investment project for the reconstruction of its site in Tuzla, Turkey, to increase local production and storage capacities while improving efficiency and safety. The company improved both efficiency and safety at its r e g i o n a l h e a d q u a r t e r s and increased its production and s t o r a g e capacities that will enable further grow and strengthen its market position in the region. Next to producing solventbased inks and varnishes the site in Tuzla also distributes the company’s sheetfed and narrow web products to customers in Turkey, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia as well as Egypt and serves Siegwerk’s entities in Nigeria and South Africa. The investment project, especially focused on safety requirements and storage expansion involving several architectural, mechanical, electrical, and fire safety work streams.

X-Rite i1Pro 3 wins Printing United Alliance award

X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone’s i1Pro 3 Plus with i1iO chart reader has received a Printing United Alliance 2020 Product of the Year Award for spectrophotometer devices. ‘Winning the Product of Year Award is further validation of X-Rite’s commitment to innovation and delivering color measurement technologies designed to meet the evolving needs of digital printers and the variety of materials they support,’ commented Ray Cheydleur, printing and imaging product portfolio manager at X-Rite. ‘With the i1Pro 3 Plus and i1iO, printers can create ICC profiles for almost any substrate and calibrate print production devices for the highest level of color accuracy.’ The i1Pro 3 Plus is a spectral color measurement technology designed for imaging professionals who need advanced calibration and color profiling capabilities. The i1Pro 3 Plus features a larger 8mm aperture to support new materials used in digital printing applications such as ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, wood, vinyl, plastics, thin films, cardboard, paper, and more. It simultaneously measures M0, M1, and M2 in a single pass and supports transmission scanning for backlit signage applications. With the addition of the i1iO chart reader, the i1Pro 3 Plus can be used in automated measurement workflows, resulting in an easier and faster process from manual readings.

Konica Minolta increases stake in MGI

Konica Minolta has acquired an additional stake in French MGI Digital Technology (MGI), a manufacturer of digital-based printing equipment. The two companies formed an equity and business alliance in January 2014. MGI’s digital decoration printing machines use inkjet heads manufactured by Konica Minolta and respond to the need for high-valueadded printing such as foil stamping and embossing. MGI is also expanding into electronic circuit and other industrial printing. Konica Minolta’s additional investment in MGI brings the stake to 42.3%. By adding partial varnishing, foil stamping, and other digital-output devices to its portfolio, Konica Minolta has significantly increased its presence in the industrial printing market. A statement from Konica Minolta said that, over the past four years, its industrial printing business has approximately doubled in size. Moreover, the company believes that demand for industrial printing over the medium to long term will shift from analog to digital printing with the digitization of post-processing becoming increasingly important.

Sticker Gizmo and School Stickers installs Xeikon press

Sticker Gizmo and School Stickers, based in Redditch UK has invested in a Xeikon 3030 REX, entry level, factory refurbished, digital label press. This young B2B brand is an online site for customized and ready-made labels and stickers ranging from laminated and foil effect labels to recyclable paper labels and magnetic vinyl stickers. ‘We launched our brand, Sticker Gizmo, about 18 months ago as we were keen to expand into new markets. We used our technical skills to develop our own online design tool, and pricing engine and we have been really pleased how this part of the business has grown,’ said Alistair Tillen, executive chairman of the Redditch-based business. ‘It quickly became apparent that Sticker Gizmo needed to expand its printing capabilities to compete on larger and quality creative orders. We embarked on a period of research where we looked at several different options including outsourcing. In the end, we decided it was important to own the whole customer experience and be solely responsible for quality and delivery times. We were keen to invest in a machine which would help us expand and keep pace with our aggressive growth plans.

Edale and Fujifilm partner to demo their technologies

Fujifilm and Edale have combined their expertise in ink and print technology to present high quality flexographic equipment for narrow and mid-web digital printing presses and converting machinery at newly open demo center in Whiteley, UK. The two companies have worked together for a number of years to deliver highly productive printing technologies that enhance the print quality and profitability of their customers. The new demo showroom planned for completion in 2021 will host virtual demonstrations featuring the combination of Edale’s flexo presses and Fujifilm’s Illumina LED UV curing system and inks. ‘We have a close relationship with Fujifilm where they keep us abreast of the developments and the latest products for the flexographic market,’ commented James Boughton, Edale’s managing director at. ‘Edale has a number of Illumina systems and ink sets installed on both its conventional flexo presses and the hybrid flexo and inkjet presses – the latest being on our UK demonstration machine, FL3, late in 2019 – and we’re delighted with how well received it has been.

Vinsak installs a Lombardi press at Al Hadiqa

Vinsak has completed installation of another Lombardi Synchroline 430 press at Al Hadiqa in Sharjah, UAE. Sayed Shamsuddin, managing director, Al Hadiqa said: ‘Our object is to deliver the world’s best labels that help our customers build and grow their brands and add value to our community. We bought an 8-color L o m b a r d i Synchroline- 430 to print on a wide range of substrates whether it is a 12-micron film extrusion or a 450gsm board for folding cartons. With the capability of printing up to 8 colors in one pass and additional 8 colors in repass, reverse printing, dual press passes, the possibilities are virtually endless. It offers a solution to all label and packaging needs.’ Al Hadiqa Self Adhesive Manufacturing was established in 2014 in UAE, and serves various industries including shipping, logistics, pharmaceutical, food and beverages, cosmetics, chemical, industries, cargo, perfumery amongst others.

Germark installs EcoLeaf metallization unit

Germark, one of Spain’s leading label printers, has installed an EcoLeaf metallization unit at its Barcelona facility to produce sustainable metalized decorative effect labels to diversify its business into new, and previously out-of-reach markets. Despite the pandemic, the EcoLeaf unit was safely and successfully installed on an existing Omet 410mm (16in) wide flexo press and is expected to deliver additional opportunities to bolster the company’s service offering. These include the ability to provide new silver metalized labels for the cosmetics market, as well as overprint capabilities that leverage an extensive range of metallic colors, including gold. ‘March and April saw us enjoy record months supporting supermarkets to meet demand, but the pandemic has since put a huge pressure on the local Spanish economy and our internal sales. However, thanks to its unique and cutting-edge capabilities, EcoLeaf will be a key tool in enabling us to meet this challenge and increase our export business in new and previously out-of-reach markets,’ said Iban Cid, president of Germark.

Creative Labels of Vermont invests in HP Indigo 6900s

Creative Labels of Vermont has chosen the HP Indigo 6900 digital press to expand production capacity to its customers in the food and beverage industries in the New England hotbed of artisan brands. Two new HP Indigo 6900 presses installed this summer are up and running in CLOV’s digital business, launched over five years ago and today delivers 60 percent of all label production at the family-owned converter. 'CLOV has always been a short run, ma and pa jam and jelly printer catering to entrepreneurial brands and small artisan food manufacturers. By partnering and pushing "all-in" with the HP Indigo solution during these unprecedented times to be in a position to better serve our customers,' said Dwane Wall, president of the printing company based in Winooski, Vermont. Vermont is home to a multitude of craft and microbrands. Many CLOV customers that started out in the state as small brands have grown into big businesses with dozens and hundreds of SKUs. These include Cabot Cheese, Magic Hat Beer, Four Quarters Brewery, Beth’s Farm Kitchen, Harney & Sons Teas, and Jasper Hill farms.

Herzog Etiketten installs Mark Andy Digital Pro 3

German specialist label converter Herzog Etiketten has installed a Mark Andy Digital Pro 3 press at its production facility in Rohrbach to diversify its production into the short run labels market. The company, which is close to celebrating its centenary, having been established in 1924, moved into label converting in the 1990s when the market for business forms declined with the advent of office computers. Today the company employs a team of 30 and supplies a large proportion of its label output to the local wine trade of the Rhineland as well as to the food, automotive, and other industrial sectors in Germany. From its first 2200 flexo press installed in 1993, Herzog Etiketten added four more Mark Andy machines up to 2016, the latest of which was an 8-color Performance Series P5 with a 340mm web width.

ModTek orders Dantex PicoColour digital press

US-based label manufacturer ModTek has ordered a Dantex PicoColour digital press following a virtual demonstration without having physically seen the press live prior to the sale due to pandemic restrictions, both in the US and the UK. Traditionally a flexo print house, ModTek has used digital print for a number of years, having upgraded an existing flexo press with a digital print module. Whilst this move helped to develop market penetration, the durability of the press, lightfastness and the lack of an opaque white created a number of issues. In addition, throughput of work on flexo presses is routinely hampered by amendments to graphics and regulatory information on the first few production rounds. These mid-production changes are costly and irritating to clients. ‘With the issues we currently have, the PicoColour ticks all the right boxes,’ Shawn R. Borman, ModTek’s owner. ‘Dantex has proven to be a true partner with us in other areas and has been very proactive. This excellent customer service, combined with a reasonably priced press that offers lightfast, durable inks and the ability to fully convert labels inline, proves to be a winning combination. Also, the PicoColour has a fantastic opaque white.

IMEC Media installs first Mark Andy Evolution in Ireland

IMEC Media has installed the first Mark Andy Evolution press in Ireland to increase its production capacity and diversify the production to new markets such as bottle wraps and sleeves for beverage sector. The new Evolution press installed in the company’s Rathcoole factory near Dublin is an 8-color flexo line with a 17in (431mm) web width. The servo control and automatic register allow for h i g h - a c c u r a c y second pass printing, if needed, with no loss of quality. ‘It’s wider, quicker to make ready and changeover, and runs faster across an extended range of substrates in perfect register,’ said James Williams, production manager at IMEC Media. ‘The unwind and rewind capability allows us to use larger rolls with less downtime and waste during changeovers and we decided to add chilled impression cylinders and a chiller to allow us to convert unsupported films. This opens up the bottle wrap and sleeve markets for us, which are growing fast right now.’

OEC Graphics installs two Kodal Flexcel NX systems

OEC Graphics, one of the largest pre-press service providers in North America, has added two Kodak Flexcel NX systems from Miraclon: one at its site in Vancouver, Canada, and the other in Chicago, Illinois. Complementing the existing two NX systems at the company’s sites in Wisconsin and California, the new equipment will enable OEC Graphics to continue expanding and keep up with growing customer demand. J e f f S c h l o e s s e r , president of OEC Graphics c omme n t e d : ‘The time came for us to make a s t r a t e g i c decision on what we needed to continue driving our business forward. Miraclon proved to be the best business decision for us. For our customers, Flexcel NX plates offer a big advantage when it comes to on-press performance and print quality, while the ease of use, consistency and improved platemaking efficiency is a huge bonus for us.’

Roberts Mart invests in second Comexi S1 DT slitter

British flexible packaging converter Roberts Mart & Co has installed the second, highly automated Comexi S1 DT slitter to increase production quality and productivity. Roberts Mart & Co, founded in 1852, is a sixth-generation family business that supplies a wide range of collation shrink wrap, laminated films, and high quality printed flexible packaging to customers in the food and b e v e r a g e , confectionery and pet food markets. ‘ F o l l o w i n g another record turnover year, Roberts Mart & Co has further strengthened its converting department with the purchase of a second Comexi S1 DT. It is a market leading slitter in terms of productivity, with a high level of automation, including automatic knife and core positioning, and automatic core taping systems,’ commented Tim Hilton, a Comexi agent for the UK and Ireland. ‘Roberts Mart remains at the forefront of the flexible packaging marketplace.’

What Makes The Novoflex II The Best Press For Printing Most Demanding Jobs

The NOVOFLEX II was specifically designed for the flexible packaging market to print the most challenging jobs at the highest quality and top speeds. Even at 800 m/min., there is no bouncing due to the "Center Force" deck configuration in combination with new printing decks, which ensure maximum stability. The NOVOFLEX II works with the VISION technology - W&H's latest web inspection and monitoring system - to ensure full production control, highest quality and minimum waste during production. However, the NOVOFLEX II is not only designed to set milestones in quality and speed: the level of automation is hard to beat, as is the ease of operation for the operator. With lifting devices for doctor blade chambers and ink pans, automated sleeve handling solutions and more job changes are safe and fast. The wash-up system, which is equipped with innovative electric pumps, is regarded as the fastest on the market and makes the press the ideal tool for efficient, cost-effective production. Have a look for yourself in the video of the NOVOFLEX II in operation.

Nemprint installs first GM DC350Nano in Denmark

Nemprint, a Danish label converter based in Aarhus has acquired Grafisk Maskinfabrik DC350Nano, an ultracompact converting unit adding production capacity to meet increasing customer demand. T h e DC350Nano is compact, c o s t - effective unit f o r lamination, die-cutting, and slitting. As digital label printing continues to grow, label companies often realize the need for all-inclusive digital print systems that provide value-adding features for producing fully finished labels. ‘Previously we produced on a cutting plotter roll-to-roll, which could run approximately 4.000 labels per hour, our new DC350NANO can produce 140.000 labels per hour. GM and the new DC350Nano is the ideal choice for us.

JH Bertrand installs Rotoflex booklet label machine

American printer JH Bertrand has invested in a highly customized booklet label machine developed and installed by Rotoflex. JH Bertrand focuses its production on booklet labels that expand copy space on consumer-packaged goods. Pharma, chemical, and consumer-industrial c o m p a n i e s commonly use extended-content labels to comply with g o v e r n m e n t regulations, translate information, detail product use directions, include promotional coupons and rebates, and to protect themselves from litigation. Dedicated to handling a full range of booklet label sizes, the newly installed Rotoflex machine can process booklet labels with up to 96 pages of text and graphics.

Jupiter Prestige Group invests in Hybrid Software

Jupiter Prestige Group (JPG), a UK-based global packaging graphics specialist has invested in Packz and Cloudflow from Hybrid Software to standardize workflows and enhance process automation across its global studios. Packz and Cloudflow were installed at three production hubs in the UK, Hong Kong and United States after extensive pilot projects and are currently in use by more than 250 staff members worldwide. ‘Hybrid’s Cloudflow system allowed us to retire multiple legacy production applications and implant a unified framework that provides the foundation to develop further innovative solutions that benefit us and ultimately our customers,’ said Mark White, JPG’s managing director. ‘The life cycle of each file has become more efficient at all stages through our production studios. We now control our internal approve cycles behind the scenes, removing the latency from production, the status of each file is fed back into our internal management information system automatically so everyone from management to the operators know exactly where and at what stage a task or project is at instantly,’ added White.

Flexolabels invests in Xeikon 3300

Flexolabels, one of the leading label printers based in Wroclaw, Poland, has taken delivery of a Xeikon 3300 digital label press to further drive business development and address customer demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Flexolabels, established in 2013, specializes in digital label printing for the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries. It has moved into digital production five years ago with the installation of its first Xeikon 3030 digital label press. ‘Today, Xeikon machinery is driving our business forward. The most significant benefit is the opportunity to extend our product range. Adopting Xeikon digital technology has enabled us to engage with several new industries and propose new solutions which were not possible before,’ said Izabela Harczuk, CEO of Flexolabels. ‘In 2015 we invested in a Xeikon 3030 full color digital press and since then our business has gone from strength to strength. Now we have upgraded to a Xeikon 3300 with even more advantages enabled by Xeikon’s amazing X-800 digital front end - increased speeds for faster delivery times, shorter runs and the ability to produce even more complex and creative labels. Our decision to work with Xeikon was definitely the right choice,’ added Harczuk.

Durban’s Advanced Labels installed DCM’s seaming and inspection-rewinding technology to meet burgeoning demand for shrink sleeves in South Africa

Imported from France through local representative, packwiseafrica, two new machines from DCM, a Sleeve 3 Classic seamer and a Babycat 4 inspection-rewinder are enhancing production efficiency and reducing waste levels at Advanced Labels, based in Durban, KwaZulu- Nata. From modest beginnings in 2010, Advanced Labels is firmly established as a top-class selfadhesive label converter and, increasingly, of other packaging formats, such as shrink sleeves, boasting a host of local and export customers in the consumer goods industry. This latest investment is boosting the company's market share for shrink sleeves. 'It has significantly improved our output and reduced our waste levels,' said Richard Jones, founder and managing director of Advanced Labels. 'In turn, these waste savings are minimizing payback time on this vital investment. We were impressed by the equipment’s undoubted market success, and its competitive pricing. Our purchasing decision was further facilitated when we learnt that DCM had machines in stock, allowing us to fast track this project.

Vista Labels opts for Focus Reflex 330 flexo pressBy STAFF WRITER

UK-based Vista Labels has invested in a new Reflex 330 flexo press from Focus Label Machinery to increase production capacity and improve print quality on PE materials. The newly installed press is a 13in wide, single color machine equipped with quick change print cassette system, die-cutting, slitting, rewinding and infra-red drying. It will be used mainly for high volume printing of polyethene pallet-wraps but is also capable of printing and converting single color and blank labels on a wide range of substrates at speeds up to 120m/min (390 ft/min). The Reflex 330 was purchased in order to increase production capacity and improve print quality on the PE materials, where heat sensitivity is a major consideration. The infra-red drying unit is combined with forced cold air, allowing faster drying speeds, whilst the print cassette can be removed from the press in just a few seconds, allowing fast job changes.

Bobst Italia opens renovated facility and celebrates its 60th anniversary with renewed commitment to the flexible packaging industry

Carried out in three successive stages, the project has completely overhauled the company’s buildings and organization, making it one of BOBST’s most modern manufacturing hubs. The renovation and extension of the production facility includes a state-of-the-art Competence Center for machine demonstrations and R&D trials, and an adjoining fully-equipped laboratory. Strictly adhering to current safety and social distancing directives for COVID-19, the event was attended by the management of Bobst Group and Bobst Italia, local and central authorities, members of the press and Bobst Italia’s personnel for the ribbon cutting ceremony and a tour of the facility. “The complete renovation and extension of the production facility are the most impressive and visible aspects, but the transformation goes much deeper than the refurbishment,” explained Davide Garavaglia, Managing Director of Bobst Italia. “It modernizes the organizational flow of the production, logistics and traffic inside and outside the company’s grounds, and it improves the layout of all the solutions on the shop floor. It is now a state-of-the-art site, which maximizes efficiencies with energy and water to reduce environmental impact, and optimizes the working environment in terms of health and safety.” The site in San Giorgio Monferrato has been operational as a manufacturing hub developing printing and converting machines for the flexible packaging industry since 1960, when it was established by Rotomec SpA. The Finnish Group Valmet Converting bought the site in 1987. Valmet Converting was then acquired by BOBST in 2004 as part of the company’s strategy to significantly extend and diversify its folding carton and corrugated board packaging operations into the flexible packaging market. Soon afterwards, the site became the Group’s Center of Excellence for gravure printing, coating and laminating technologies.

Nordvalls increases capacity with two Gallus Labelmaster presses

Swedish label converter Nordvalls Etikett has expanded its machine park with two more Gallus Labelmaster presses to meet the sharply increasing demand for highly processed labels in large volumes. The two new flexo printing presses will join the first Gallus Labelmaster installed a year and a half ago and will be installed in December 2020 and January 2021. Nordvalls has recently seen an increase in demand among both existing and new label customers. With the purchase of two more Labelmaster narrow web presses, the converter positions itself to meet the increasing demand and to increase the flexibility in the machine park. ‘We invest because we continue to grow and need to expand our capacity, but also to increase our flexibility and continue to meet customers' requirements for short delivery times,’ said Patrik Jenemark, Nordvalls’ managing director. ‘The reason Nordvalls chose Labelmaster is the quality Gallus stands for and the flexibility and cost-efficiency. Besides that, the modular machine system is easy to operate and offers minimal paper waste as well as production speeds of up to 200 m/min (656 ft/min),’ added Rickard Rafstedt from Heidelberg Sverige.

PaperWorks Industries Installs New Komori Lithrone GX40

Komori America announced that PaperWorks Industries, a leading full-service provider of 100% recycled paperboard and specialized folding cartons for packaging applications, has installed a fully-equipped, 41-inch, seven-color Lithrone GX40 (GLX740) offset press with multiple coaters at its Greensboro, NC facility to enhance capabilities and capacity. PaperWorks produces high-quality packaging for a North American customer base in the food, beverage, oral care, personal care, home care, nutraceuticals and medical device industries. Committed to sustainability, PaperWorks holds certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance (RPA100). PaperWorks was looking for additional print capacity, improved efficiencies in makereadies and higher production speeds, as well as up-to-the-minute process controls, such as inline color control, defect detection and automated changeover functions. The Komori GLX740 can accommodate the substrates used in paperboard packaging production and PaperWorks’ new press also includes two coaters to help the company achieve the eyecatching visual effects demanded by its customers. “We were looking to expand our capabilities for key enterprise customers, as well as to expand our business in multiple high-end market categories,” said Brandon Clairmont, SVP, sales and marketing at PaperWorks.

Köstlin Prepress Services installs Kodak Flexcel NX Ultra

German Köstlin Prepress Services has installed Miraclon’s Kodak Flexcel NX Ultra technology at its headquarters in Ditzingen, near Stuttgart to expands its range of flexo platemaking technologies for packaging printing. While Köstlin offers a broad portfolio of flexographic p r i n t i n g options and photopolymer sleeves, the production of K o d a k Flexcel NX plates accounts for 60 percent of all flexo plates produced. The company first began using a Flexcel NX Wide 4260 system in 2013 because, which now has been joined by the NX Ultra to introduce solvent-free, VOC-free, water-based processing of the flexo plates. ‘Flexcel NX Ultra will help us systematically reduce our solvent consumption and produce plates in a more environmentally friendly way,’ commented Talmon Gros, managing director at Köstlin. ‘Added to that, the new technology will give us even more flexibility and enable our printers to get the plates much faster, which is a big advantage in many situations.’

How W&H Lines Fit In Every Production Hall

To ensure that a new W&H line fits into a customer's production hall, the machines are replicated to scale in 3D on a computer or tablet. In the construction phase W&H therefore uses an innovative configuration tool, which simulates the real hall conditions of a customer by integrating 3d data. With just a few clicks, this tool can check the fit of a W&H machine in the existing production environment. This reduces travel costs and saves time during the project phase, especially as the project can be discussed remotely. A full-grown VAREX II blown film line with the working width 3200 mm, can reach a height of over 15 meters and become over 12 meters long and scarcely nine meters wide. So that a plant fits later also really into a production hall, measure must be taken exactly. To ensure this fit, W&H uses a new and innovative configuration tool that can reproduce extrusion lines and hall conditions true to scale in three dimensions. This innovative configuration tool is particularly flexible in the 3d environment: it directly checks for possible collisions between the machine and the hall. "In the event of collisions indicated by the computer configurations, we can react quickly and flexibly reschedule a machine and adapt it accordingly in the construction department", says Sascha Asenheimer, software developer at W&H.

X-Rite, Pantone Launch Payment Card Holder

X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC announced a new fixture that helps printers and manufacturers measure and control color on credit, gift, ID, loyalty, hotel key, and membership cards. The new Payment Card Holder works with the eXact Family and Ci60 Series of portable handheld devices to securely position and aligns the card for an accurate spectral reading. “Brands use eyecatching colors, logos, metallic foils, and artwork to make their gift, loyalty, promotional, and credit cards stand out,” said Michael Beering, product manager, X-Rite and Pantone. “Any mistake in production can be costly and force the entire job to be scrapped. Working directly with our customers, we created the Payment Card Holder to help press operators properly align a card and take multiple spot measurements. This makes for a repeatable process across shifts and facilities.

CTI Announces Water-Based Glow-in-Dark Ink Formulas for High-Speed Flexo, Gravure

With growing interest from the world’s largest consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands for customer-engaging glowin- the-dark (GID) inks on food and beverage packaging, Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI) introduces water-based GID formulas for paper and film substrates. CTI’s new water-based GID inks offer an alternative that’s as easy to print and that glows as strongly as UV or solvent ink systems. A single print station with a 10-13 (BCM) anilox allows print operators to deliver the same glow strength as CTI’s solvent-based GID ink. “It’s a real breakthrough that converters have desired for years,” said Lyle Small, CTI CTO and founder Lyle Small. “Conventional wisdom says that phosphorescent pigments and water-based vehicles don’t go together very well. We are pleased to offer a product that goes against conventional wisdom and performs so well.” CTI’s R&D team developed two formulas – one for paper substrates such as QSR cups and secondary packaging, and another for film substrates typically used in food package laminated structures. Both have great laydown and no “hard settling” in the container when handling guidelines are followed, the company noted. For a limited time, CTI will support press qualifications with free water-based GID ink for select customers.

Labo Print invests in Xeikon 3500

Labo Print, one of the leading European brand and label printers in Poland, has invested in Xeikon 3500 digital press to diversify its capabilities by adding paper cup production to its portfolio in response to the evolving consumer demand. The manufacture of digital labels at Labo Print is a dynamically expanding product category, mainly thanks to the substantial investments which, over a brief period of time has e x c e e d e d PLN 10 m i l l i o n (USD 2.53 million). Utilizing the operational performance of a Xeikon 3500 digital press with dry toner technology accredited for guaranteed food safety, the company can produce sustainable, personalized digitally printed paper cups that appeal to consumer preferences.

Aztec Label invests in GMG technology

B r i t i s h c o n v e r t e r , Aztec Label has invested in a combination of GMG p r o o f i n g technologies to ensure the m o s t consistent and highest quality color results for its customers. The specialist label company has introduced GMG ColorProof and GMG ProofControl software to the business to proof demanding color and material combinations and provide verification that proofs are accurate for CMYK and spot elements. In addition, GMG OpenColor, allows custom proofing profiles to be created with the utmost accuracy. Colin Le Gresley, managing director of Aztec Label said: ‘With GMG OpenColor and GMG ColorProof, we have created custom proof profiles for matching on press. We now just output a proof that can be easily matched, very quickly, on any of our four flexo presses ensuring we consistently deliver the outstanding accuracy and quality our customers have come to expect.’

3-Layer Optimex II Ffs For Non-Blocked Film Production Without Anti-Block Additive

The OPTIMEX II FFS blown film line was specialized for heavy duty FFS applications. With the latest development in die design, W&H managed to overcome pressure limitations for state-of-the-art film recipes, both in 3 and 5 layers. Thanks to intelligent cooling technology, which prevents the blocking of the collapsed tube, the machine runs unblocked at maximum output at >500 kg/h. "Using the adequate recipe in combination with the latest production technology of the OPTIMEX II FFS, even antiblock additives become obsolete. So although we have highest output, it is no longer necessary to add anti-block additives. In consequence the performance of the OPTIMEX II is hard to beat on the market," says Jonas Schmidt, Product Manager at W&H.

Screen Europe appoints Juan Cano to lead flexible packaging division

Inkjet manufacturer Screen Europe has appointed Juan Cano as Director Business Development Flexible Packaging, to lead and expand its new flexible packaging digital printing division. “Juan is an accomplished and highly experienced leader in the flexible packaging industry, with a proven track record in business development and sustainable sales growth of high-value, innovative packaging equipment. His experience and stature make him the right person to help expand our newly established flexible packaging digital printing platform”, says Bui Burke, Senior VP Sales Screen Europe. Earlier this year, Screen announced the launch next year of its Truepress PAC 830F, a new and innovative water-based inkjet digital printing press specifically designed for the flexible packaging industry. The Truepress PAC 830F will be the cornerstone of Screen’s ambitious flexible packaging printing division.

Dion Label sees step-change in production with KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution investment

Dion Label has seen a step-change in their printing process since they became a Miraclon customer and installed a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution in June. The Westfield, Massachusetts, based labels and flexible packaging printer is now able to produce products with much greater consistency while delivering higher print quality. Brent Berthiaume, Dion Label Prepress Manager, says: “Brands, especially pharmaceuticals, are introducing more complex designs that demand tighter registration and color tolerances. We were struggling to achieve these consistently and needed to upgrade our equipment. The quality achieved with the KODAK FLEXCEL NX plate solution had been on our radar for some time, but we wanted a non-solvent solution. As soon as the aqueous FLEXCEL NX Ultra solution became available, we quickly made the switch from our thermal system.”

BOBST launches oneINSPECTION – a comprehensive quality control offering for all packaging industries

BOBST has l a u n c h e d oneINSPECTION, an integrated and evolving set of quality control solutions to proactively meet the needs of brand owners and converters, making zero-fault packaging a reality in the labels, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated board industries. The new quality control will also provide significant value to packers, retailers and consumers as part of the packaging value chain. oneINSPECTION ensures an end-to-end data driven quality process specifically tailored for each industry, which can be deployed in both new and existing production lines. It is a core enabler of the BOBST vision to shape the future of the packaging world and a core component of BOBST CONNECT – an open architecture cloud-based platform delivering solutions for pre-press, production, process optimization, maintenance and market access.

W&H – Vutz to Join Supervisory Board Steinbeck Named New CEO

Dr. Jürgen Vutz, CEO and Managing Partner at m a c h i n e r y m a n u f a c t u r e r , Windmöller & Hölscher, in L e n g e r i c h , Germany since 2001, will join the company’s Supervisory Board beginning January 1, 2021. The position of CEO will be taken over by Peter Steinbeck, also a Managing Partner and currently CSO, responsible for Sales and Service. As of January 2021, the Management Board will be made up of Peter Steinbeck (CEO and Head of Sales & Service), Dr. Falco Paepenmüller (CTO) and Martin Schulteis (CFO). Both Dr. Jürgen Vutz and Peter Steinbeck were appointed to the Management Board of the family-owned company in 1999. Two years later, Vutz took over as CEO. In the course of his more than 22 years on the Board, Vutz has had a decisive influence on the company. During this time, W&H has grown significantly through its continuous focus on market demands and the development of the company. Sales grew from approx. €300 million in 1999 to over €900 million in 2019 and the number of employees has increased from roughly 2,100 to 3,100.

ALL IN PRINT CHINA 2020 Welcomes 69,000+, Organizers Report

The 8th staging of All in Print China recently concluded successfully at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). At the first and the largest comprehensive international trade fair for the printing and packaging industry after the COVID-19 epidemic in China, 687 exhibitors from 10 countries including Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.S. showcased their latest technologies. During the five-day exhibition, 69,668 domestics and overseas visitors attended the event. "All in Print China has always been the ideal platform for the exhibitors to launch their new products and technologies,” said Evian Gu, senior project director of All in Print China at Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. More than 20 companies, including Fuji Xerox, Kyocera and Charoen Pokhara debuted over 30 products at the trade fair. “We are pleased that the COVID-19 virus is very well contained in China and we were able to stage All in Print China 2020 as scheduled,” Gu said. Organizing an exhibition in these special times is a challenge for every trade fair organizer but we took all necessary epidemic prevention measures and acted in accordance with the requirements of the State Council and the Shanghai exhibition industry guide of COVID-19 control and prevention.

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