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Vision Food & packaging Ltd again goes for BOBST NOVACUT 106 E Autoplaten

Vision Food & Packaging Ltd, Lahore one of the leading printing and packaging company goes for new Bobst NOVACUT 106 through Bobst’s agent in Pakistan Sal-im International Company. The new NOVACUT 106 E gives you the BOBST ability to die-cut all types of products and materials, but in one productive, ergonomic, beautifully styled and surprisingly affordable package. With the new NOVACUT 106 E you're also just an Internet connection away from our worldwide team of engineers and process specialists who are ready to help and advise you on the production challenges you face.

Jilani Poly Industries Pvt Ltd, Lahore, invest in new Botheven CS-2012

Jilani Poly Industries invest in Botheven CS-2012 fully automatic woven bag conversation line through K Group of Companies their agent in Pakistan. Botheven machinery is specialized in manufacturing PP Woven Bag Whole Plant Machines. This machine offers equipped two servo motors, 90 bag transfer gripper, Display screen operation interface, high product output (32-45 Bag/min) and custom made designs are available.

International Graphic Suppliers Purchase Wenzhou Ruiding Machinery Sold Hot Stamping Creasing Machine

International Graphic Suppliers purchase wenzhou ruiding machinery T Y M C - 8 0 0 stamping and die cutting machine. Our company abides by the enterprise cultural adea of “Credit and Innovation” to build a first-class enterprice ,to produce first-class products and to offer first-class services. Paper Board Platen Hot Foil Stamping Die Cutting And Creasing Machine Hot Foil Stamping Die Cutting And Creasing Machine. It can use Card Printer, Paper Printer, book cover. The PLC controls,monitors and displays the whole machine.So it is free for the operator to control it and diagnose the trouble.

Pakistani textile unit acquires manufacturing facility in US

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood on Wednesday said that a Pakistani textile unit has acquired a manufacturing facility in the US. The commerce adviser shared the news on his official Twitter account and congratulated Artistic Milliners on the development. “It is with great interest that I read that Artistic Milliners has acquired a manufacturing facility in California,” he tweeted.

Bobst showcases future of flexible packaging

Bobst has hosted a virtual event from its Competence Centers in Bielefeld, Germany, and San Giorgio Monferrato, Italy, which enabled attendees to see demonstrations of flexible packaging production. The Innovation in Flexible Packaging event dedicated to CI flexo printing and laminating technologies featured keynote speakers including the CEO of Bobst, Jean-Pascal Bobst, and live demonstrations of three products that are helping to shape the future of the CI flexo industry.

Esko launches 2021 Packaging Trends e-book

Esko has released a free, downloadable e-book, 2021 Packaging Trends, in which leaders from Danaher Group companies, Esko, X-Rite Pantone, discuss this year’s packaging trends with insights into how business can leverage them for success. The e-book is designed to help brands grow their share of a market estimated by Smithers to be worth as much as USD 1.05 trillion by 2041. ‘The global pandemic has brought about an acceleration of many of the trends we’ve seen steady growth in over the previous decade,’ said Matthew Haws, VP of global brand marketing at Esko. ‘2021 will be an exciting year for packaging design, and brands must be on the cutting edge to distinguish their products from the competition.’

Techkon partners with Konica Minolta

Techkon USA has partnered with Konica Minolta to promote and distribute Myiro-1, a spectrophotometer designed for color management and ICC profiling applications in North America. Myiro-1 was designed as an accurate and repeatable, low-cost spectrophotometer to meet the high-end color profiling needs of the photography, commercial print, packaging, and signage industries. It promises to change the current market perception of budget-friendly spectrophotometers and profiling with its measurement accuracy, repeatability, build quality, and product reliability. It offers WLAN connectivity enabling sharing the measurements with a computer wirelessly.

Repro Poly Services installs Esko CDI Spark

Hyderabad-based Repro Poly Services has invested in Esko CDI technology at its headquarters in Hyderabad, Telangana. The flexographic plate making trade shop, that supplies to label and carton printers and wide web flexo customers, installed the Esko CDI Spark 4260 digital flexo imager. Despite restrictions due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the company was able to replace a smaller machine with the new Esko model during the recent lockdown.

Mark Andy teams up with Bulgarian distributor

Mark Andy has signed a distribution agreement with GraphTech, a Bulgaria-based company focusing on delivering equipment for narrow and mid-web applications, such as labels and packaging. ‘We were researching and investigating the local market needs and demand for quite some years and have a very clear view of it as of today. On the other hand, finding the best possible OEM to partner with is not an easy task. There are so many aspects influencing this decision,’ commented Ivan Ivanov, owner of GraphTech.

Huhtamaki to open new manufacturing unit in Malaysia

Huhtamaki is investing in a new manufacturing site in Malaysia. In order to better serve its customers and respond to future growth of the sector in Southeast Asia, the company is transferring its Malaysian manufacturing base from Penang to Port Klang, Selangor State, the capital region of Malaysia. The new site is expected to be fully operational by the end of the second quarter of 2021. ‘By investing in a world-class facility in Malaysia we are creating a platform for future growth in Southeast Asia. The new site is strategically located, it is close to our key customers and has easy access to neighboring countries. We will also use the relocation as an opportunity to modernize our equipment and increase automation to improve efficiency.

Actega removes harmful substances from ACTEbond adhesives

Actega has removed Bisphenol A (BPA) and Epoxysilane from its laminating adhesives product range, enabling customers of ACTEbond laminating adhesives to produce stand-up pouches for food, pet food, cosmetics, and household goods. Stephanie Dahmen, team lead of technical service adhesives at Actega, commented: ‘Safeguarding consumer health is always a top priority when developing our products. When it comes to applications that will have contact with foods, we painstakingly investigate the safety of the relevant raw materials and use only materials that verifiably comply with food regulations such as FDA and EU directives.

Davis-Standard to Promote Total Solutions at Chinaplas 2021

Davis-Standard, LLC will market total solutions encompassing product capabilities and support services at booth #R11, Hall 10 during Chinaplas 2021, April 13-16, in Shenzhen, China. After so many COVID-19 show cancellations, the team looks forward to reconnecting with customers and the greater plastics community. Global aftermarket services and equipment technology for sheet, foam, blown film, thermoforming, pipe, profile and tubing, cast film, extrusion coating and liquid coating will be promoted. Specific to Asia, Davis-Standard’s high-output systems for medical tubing, cast film, blown film and extrusion coating have been essential to medical and packaging applications.

AIPIA appoints Stéphane Piqué as its new chairman

The Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) has appointed Stéphane Piqué of Accenture as the new chair of its advisory board. He takes over from Dick de Koning of Packz, who has held the post since 2015. Based in Switzerland, Piqué has spent the last five years leading Accenture’s Industry X practice in Switzerland and overall Industry X sales in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. He is also leading the global smart packaging activities for Accenture. Piqué is also a guest lecturer in digital transformation at St Gallen University in Switzerland and is a member of Accenture’s Swiss Board of Management.

Inkmaker appoints Bart Wentges as general manager of Swesa

Inkmaker Group has named Bart Wentges as the new general manager of its recently acquired dispensing company, Swesa Dosiersysteme in Eltville, Germany, effective January 1, 2021. In addition to expanding Swesa into being Inkmaker Group’s premium dispensing brand, Wentges will continue to manage sales of Rexson Systems and Vale-Tech as per his previous role and all the group’s brands, from the Germany-based office. Wentges has been in the dispensing industry since 1995, previously with Vale-Tech, where he was one of the three shareholders. He later moved to Rexson Systems after they acquired Vale-Tech.

HP appoints new head of EMEA operations

HP Middle East, Turkey, and East Africa has appointed Vishnu Taimni as the new managing director for the region effective February 2021. In his new role, Taimni will be responsible for managing and growing HP’s Personal Systems, Printing, Industrial Graphics and 3D printing businesses in the Middle East, Turkey and East Africa. He will also overlook the educational activities by HP in the region. He replaces Mathew Thomas, who has made the personal decision to leave the company to focus on personal and professional pursuits.

Esko appoints Nordics territory sales manager

Esko has appointed Ishu Khurana as its new territory sales manager for its Nordics business. Khurana began his career in 2003 at gravure cylinder manufacturer UFlex in India as a pre-press intern, progressing to studio manager in 2005. In 2008, he moved to Europe to join brand management agency Cocoon Group in Prague, Czech Republic. He then transitioned to Esko in 2010 as an application sales manager for the EMEA region.

New EFI VUTEk Q3r and Q5r Roll-to-Roll Printers Help Customers Achieve Superior Print Quality with Higher Productivity and Efficiency

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is setting new levels of production and efficiency for customers at the higher-volume end of the superwide-format signage and display graphics market. The new EFI VUTEk Q series product line delivers superior quality and a complete system solution with advanced roll-to-roll LED technology.

Voith’s First MG Paper Machine PM 40 Started Up in China

The new capacity will further enrich Sun Paper’s product portfolio, and help in strengthening Sun Paper’s leading position with a diversified paper business. The first roll has achieved the market standard with stable quality. “Sun Paper’s investment in specialty paper aims to enrich and optimize our product structure”, says Mr. Wenchun Wu, Director of Graphic Paper Business at Sun Paper, who is responsible for the PM 40 project. “Voith as the partner is the leading company in the specialty paper segment with advanced technologies. We believe PM 40 will achieve production with higher efficiency, yield and best quality. The start-up of PM 40 is a great success achieved by the sincere cooperation between Sun Paper and Voith.”

Sun Paper starts up new packaging production line PM 2 in Laos

Sun Paper started up a new packaging production line PM 2 in Laos. As the 6th packaging paper machine that Voith supplied to Sun Paper, PM 2 started up 18 days ahead of schedule and is Sun Paper’s second paper machine outside of China. From stock on wire to paper on reel it took only 1 hour and 46 mins. The team has thus set up a new start-up record for this type of paper machine. Voith supported Sun Paper’s fast expansion in capacity and high-quality development with the start-ups of PM 1 and PM 2 just within one month. “Based on our experience of PM 1, our team from Voith and Sun Paper further optimized feather and parameters of the second machine,” says Aimin Zhang, Laos Project Director from Sun Paper.

Mondi set to revolutionise European paper-based shopping bag market with start-up of new speciality kraft paper machine

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has started up its new speciality kraft paper machine at its ateti mill in the Czech Republic. The €67 million investment in the machine makes it Europe’s first dedicated paper machine for speciality kraft paper grades made out of fresh and recycled fibre for retail and online shopping bags. The paper machine will produce up to 130,000 tonnes of speciality kraft paper per year, meaning Mondi will have the largest product portfolio for consumer shopping bags in Europe.

INX introduces GelFlex-EB inks for flexible packaging

INX International Ink has introduced GelFlex-EB gel-based inks for CI flexo printing, offering print quality similar to gravure and providing a cross-linked, durable ink film that eliminates the need for a lamination layer, therefore reducing costs and total package weight. ‘We understand there are specific expectations of brand owners, converters, and printers, ranging from maintaining the print quality of graphics to providing yearly cost reductions through improved efficiencies and package light-weighting. GelFlex-EB inks address these concerns and present several opportunities,’ said Renee Schouten, director of marketing at INX.

Avery Dennison launches recycled direct thermal paper labels

Avery Dennison has introduced rDT, said to be the first commercially available direct thermal paper labels to contain recycled post-consumer waste. Direct thermal paper is a popular material due to its ease of use, high print speed, high image resolution, and wide range of compatible printers. Avery Dennison’s new rDT is claimed to be the first recycled uncoated direct thermal paper label material available on the market.

APR and SpotOn! launch SpotOn Color

All Printing Resources (APR) and SpotOn! have introduced SpotOn Color, a new color management platform for the pressroom and other production areas. APR is the exclusive distributor of the latest software tool. SpotOn Color combines all features of SpotOn! flexo software with new job management, production setup, process control, and overall job and color assessments. ‘We’re thrilled to launch SpotOn Color after an extensive overhaul,’ commented Catherine Haynes, co-developer of SpotOn Color and director of digital solutions and training at APR. ‘The new capabilities of this software will help flexo printers produce more consistent results, match proofs better, reduce waste, and improve customer satisfaction.’

UPM Raflatac develops linerless OptiCut technology

UPM Raflatac has developed Linerless OptiCut with adhesive technology for each of the primary direct thermal linerless end-use environments – from retailing and logistics to quick service and takeaway restaurants. OptiCut is the latest example in UPM Raflatac’s portfolio of labeling innovations and product development. It prevents paper jamming and provides excellent adhesion with the minimal adhesive build-up in a wide variety of applications: from rough surfaces to sub-zero temperatures. It minimizes service time and offers customers a linerless product with maximum uptime of printer applicators, fewer reel changes, and a crisp barcode on the package.

Dippon invests in Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 230 label press

UK-based Dippon Limited has invested in a Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 230 digital label press to expand its offering and reduce running costs. Based in the heart of Birmingham city, Dippon Limited services a significant number of small artisan food manufacturers and textile producers. Despite having a solid customer base, the company was finding matching their demands a challenge using conventional letterpress machines alone and had been looking for the right digital press for its needs and budget for a considerable time before choosing Konica Minolta’s AccurioLabel 230.

Kodak launches with Pigment.inc B.V Europe KODACOLOR RDTG Series Direct to Garment (DTG) Inks

Eastman Kodak Company announces a partnership with Pigment.inc B.V Europe to distribute Kodak’s KODACOLOR RDTG Series Direct to Garment (DTG) inks. The KODACOLOR RDTG Series inks from Kodak were specifically developed for direct-to-fabric printing on cotton, cotton blends, and polyester fabrics. They are equally adept at printing direct to finished garments or to roll fabrics. This water-based ink system is designed to work in digital printers that employ piezo-electric printheads and operate at a very high level of nozzle performance among printheads requiring mid-to-high viscosity inks. Although designed for use in production printing, it is suitable for high quality sampling and strike offs.

Jet Technologies gets Screen Truepress

Jet Technologies has installed Screen Truepress Jet L350UV SAI S model at its demonstration centre. According to the company, the inkjet label printing press brings an advanced level of productivity to the market, delivering full color definition alongside high-opacity white printing. The L350UV delivers a 20 percent boost in throughput for color printing compared to the previous model, as well as a 67 percent productivity increase with its highest opacity white printing method.

Mondi’s sustainable packaging hits the right note for Orkla’s new climate-smart food launch

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has created three sustainable packaging products for a brand-new range of vegan products from food manufacturer Orkla. The branded consumer goods company worked closely with Mondi to create sustainable, high-performance packaging for the Swedish launch of its Frankful® plant-based Tex Mex range - soft tortilla wraps, tortilla crisps and taco spices. Each bespoke packaging solution has been designed to provide premium product freshness for consumers and ensure a standout appearance on the shelf for retailers.

Asahi Photoproducts demonstrates remote Smart Glass installation

An AWP 4835-P water-washable plate processor was recently installed at the Comexi Manel Xifra Boada Technology Center in Girona, Spain with a new installation approach; this was the first installation achieved with Smart Glass remote support. This approach was driven by pandemic-imposed travel restrictions, forcing a decision to either delay the project or utilize alternative technologies to start up the system. Comexi already had experience with Smart Glass technology as part of its service offering helped smooth the process between both companies. This process resulted in defining Asahi’s standard remote support operating procedures which can be used for future installations to save time, eliminate the need for travel, and provide an overall more effective experience for the operators at the installation site.

Comexi Installs A Second Comexi SL2 Laminator at the Yusung Pack Facilities in South Korea

Comexi, a specialist in solutions for the flexible packaging printing and converting industry, has successfully performed the installation of the second Comexi SL2 laminator at the facilities of Yusung Pack, a Korean manufacturer of plastic packaging for household goods, food, cosmetics, and facial masks. This operation strengthens the relationship between the two companies, which began in 2017 with the acquisition by Yusung Pack of the first Comexi SL2 laminator.

Valmet and Anhui Shanying in China extend service and condition monitoring agreement

Valmet and Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd., have signed an agreement for an additional three years of Valmet’s roll maintenance and condition monitoring services at the company's Anhui mill in China. The services cover roll grinding, recovering and reconditioning, roll condition monitoring and vibration analysis for five board machines together with on-site investigation and Valmet Industrial Internet remote analysis and diagnosis by Valmet’s roll experts. Roll condition monitoring with Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring systems has been operating at the site since 2017 when the first roll maintenance and condition monitoring service agreement started. As a result of the original agreement and long-term collaboration with Valmet, the mill has seen increased roll lifetimes with significant reductions in unplanned downtime and roll regrinding.

Successful start-up of cutting-edge paper machine Grupo Gondi PM 7 in Mexico

At the beginning of January, the PM 7 of Grupo Gondi, one of Mexico’s largest paper manufactures, was successfully commissioned at the new Papel y Empaques mill in Monterrey. The paper machine is set to produce 400,000 tons of high-performance light weight recycled containerboard annually with Voith’s leading technology. Eduardo Posada, CEO of Grupo Gondi, says: “The plant is one of the most modern recycling board mills in Latin America. The start-up of PM 7 is an important step for us. Together with Voith, we will continue our efforts to increase our market position for high-performance lightweight recycled containerboard in Mexico and Latin America with innovative production solutions.”

Amcor Uses Filmex 11-Layer Cast Extrusion Line For Medical Device Packaging

Amcor has invested in a FILMEX 11-layer cast extrusion line by W&H in 2019. Learn in this video by AMCOR how they think this technology is supporting medical device manufacturers with safe, durable and cost-efficient medical device packaging. “The new production line means we can continue to meet the growing quality demands of customers, resulting from ever-challenging regulatory requirements. Consistency is key for MDMs and through our precision processes, the new cast extrusion technology offers packaging films with repeatable and reliable thermoforming, sealing and mechanical properties to ensure device sterility and usability,” says Neil Hawkesford, Senior Product Manager Healthcare, Amcor Flexibles Europe, Middle East and Africa.

EFI Fiery Command WorkStation Upgrade Continues to Offer Users Increasingly Higher Levels of Productivity

The new version 6.6 of EFI™ Fiery® Command WorkStation – the print job management interface used across all EFI Fiery platforms connected to digital print devices – delivers a host of productivity and quality enhancements. With its ongoing development of Fiery Command WorkStation, Electronics For Imaging, Inc., is dedicated to continuous improvement, helping users do work faster and manage their digital print operations better across multiple printers and locations. The new Command WorkStation version, which is being demonstrated at the EFI Engage global online users event, gives customers the power to produce higher-quality print with fewer mistakes, while ensuring that their EFI Fiery investments continue to deliver exceptional value.

InterPrint digitizes production with Xeikon CX3

Spanish label converter InterPrint has added a Xeikon CX3 digital press with Cheetah technology to its production plant in Navatejera to boosts its production capacity and productivity with no need for pre-treatment. Specialized in labels with over 1200 customers in its portfolio, InterPrint produces adhesive and non-adhesive labels on paper, cardboard, PVC, polyester, heat-transfer labels, hot foil stamped labels, multi-layer labels, and security labels. The company has already digitalized 10 percent of its production as a result of this investment.

Koenig & Bauer Durst Delta SPC 130 press drives 30% annual digital sales growth for Rondo

Rondo Ganahl, one of the world’s foremost corrugated board and packaging manufacturers, has unveiled plans for a new dedicated digital production plant after a dramatic surge in sales driven by an investment in the Koenig & Bauer Durst Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic press. The Delta SPC 130 with its water-based ink technology is providing the solutions demanded by brands that are needed for the food packaging industry. With lead times reducing, Rondo says there is huge potential in the technology where the excellent print quality matches litho production.

Morancé Soudure France and Comexi Strengthen Their Relationship with a New Acquisition

Comexi, a specialist in solutions for the printing industry and the conversion of flexible packaging, and Morancé Soudure France, a company specialized in the production of plastic oxo-biodegradable packaging, have reached an agreement for the acquisition by the French company of an F2 MC 10-color flexo press. This is the second Comexi machine bought by Morancé Soudure France in 2020, after the Comexi S1 DT slitter. “We have decided to invest in a Comexi F2 MC 10-color press for various reasons. First, to renew our fleet of flexographic machines. We had two old machines from another company; the Comexi F2 MC 10-color will largely replace the production of both these machines. Second, we were looking for a flexo machine with extremely short set-up times, in order to reduce our costs due to the ability to change multiple SKUs.

Booming demand for electromobility - Heidelberg doubles production capacity for Wallboxes

Demand for charging solutions for electric vehicles in private use is growing rapidly. Current market analyses predict annual growth of over 20 percent. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is already one of the most successful wallbox suppliers on the German market. To serve the rising demand in this sector more effectively and thus strengthen its market position even further, Heidelberg has now taken into operation a second production line for the manufacture of its wallboxes at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site.

Huston Patterson Delivers Quality and Service With New Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 Eight-Color Press

When Huston Patterson chose to specifically invest in a new eight-color Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164, its management team, led by Tonya Kowa-Morelli, saw the potential of being of the only printer among its competitors with this specific large-format configuration. The Illinois-based packaging printer gave its sales staff the unique advantage to sell jobs designed for a 64-inch eight-color press with the option of UV or AQ coating. Since the installation at its 110,000 sq ft Decatur facility, the firm is producing top-notch color critical packaging that can be found up and down the aisles of any retailer such as a local grocery store, pharmacy, Walmart, and Amazon.

Xp Xtreme Performance Cooling Retrofit Yields Up To 23% Increased Output At Jakarta’s Pt Plasindo Lestari

PT Plasindo Lestari, a W&H customer based in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a producer of high-end films for food, beverage, home care and personal care packaging. The company recently had the new XP cooling ring retrofit installed on one of their newer 5-layer VAREX blown film lines and immediately yielded a significant increase in output. Timothy Cahyadi, COO PT Plasindo Lestari, said, “We have already used the expertise of the W&H Module Sales team and upgraded one of our non-W&H blown-film lines with a W&H P2K profile-controlled air ring. This turned out very well for our production.

BOBST demonstrates the future of flexible packaging production at groundbreaking virtual Open House event

BOBST hosted a unique virtual event from its state-of-the-art Competence Centers in Bielefeld, Germany and San Giorgio Monferrato, Italy, which enabled attendees to see the future of flexible packaging production from the comfort of their own homes. The ‘Innovation in Flexible Packaging’ event on 20th January dedicated to CI flexo printing and laminating technologies featured keynote speakers including the CEO of BOBST, Jean-Pascal Bobst, and live demonstrations of three innovative products that are helping to shape the future of the CI flexo industry. Valuable insights into the evolving requirements and outlook for the future in different segments of the flexible packaging industry were shared by three major converting companies with operations in Europe and the USA.

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