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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
Economic Zone, KPK.
Raqam International is
one of the leading
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
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
Expected to be complete in 2022, the mill will produce recycled
containerboard and high-performance lightweight packaging and
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
Voith paper division projects president Dr Michael Trefz said:
“The Voith team is excited to work with Domtar on this state-ofthe-
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
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
production of a wide
range of labels,
including the glossy
tactile look, featuring
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
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
OMC is a family business, with more than 30 years of
experience in the market specializing in machinery
and equipment. The
company will be
promoting an Edale’s
full portfolio of
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
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
p r e v i o u s l y
scheduled to take
March 23-25, is
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,
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
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
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
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
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
printing and imaging
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
manufactured by Konica
Minolta and respond to
the need for high-valueadded
printing such as
foil stamping and
embossing. MGI is also
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
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
‘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,
The two companies
have worked together
for a number of years
to deliver highly
enhance the print
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
‘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
build and grow
their brands and
add value to our
bought an 8-color
L o m b a r d i
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
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
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
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
'CLOV has always been a
short run, ma and pa jam
and jelly printer catering to
entrepreneurial brands and
small artisan food
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
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
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
printing, if needed,
with no loss of
‘It’s wider, quicker
to make ready 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 ,
c omme n t e d :
‘The time came
for us to make a
s t r a t e g i c
what we needed
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
to customers in the
b e v e r a g e ,
pet food markets.
‘ F o l l o w i n g
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
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
- to ensure full
highest quality and
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
c o s t -
f o r
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
JH Bertrand focuses its production on booklet labels that
expand copy space on consumer-packaged goods. Pharma,
c o m p a n i e s
labels to comply with
g o v e r n m e n t
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
projects and are
currently in use by
more than 250 staff
‘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
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
in 2013, specializes in
digital label printing for
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
‘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
Labels is firmly
established as a
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
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
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
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
web presses, the
itself to meet the
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.
offers a broad
p r i n t i n g
K o d a k
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
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
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
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
“Brands use eyecatching
metallic foils, and
artwork to make their
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
The manufacture of digital labels at Labo Print is a
dynamically expanding product category, mainly thanks
e x c e e d e d
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
Aztec Label invests in GMG technology
B r i t i s h
c o n v e r t e r ,
has invested in
p r o o f i n g
to ensure the
m o s t
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
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
and installed a
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
l a u n c h e d
an integrated and
evolving set of
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
m a c h i n e r y
m a n u f a c t u r e r ,
L e n g e r i c h ,
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
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
“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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