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Kodak New Distributor for Pakistan sold the Second Kodak CTP Trendsetter Quantum to Awais Packages (pvt) Ltd Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Awais Packages (Pvt) Ltd, is an offset packaging printer specializing in the production of folding and offset printed corrugated carton packaging. Kodak Trendsetter Quantum with Kodak Prinergy EVO Option with preps imposition software – Screening – Staccato 25, Squrespot Technology Mr. Khushal Ahmed Butt, (Marketing Director) has confirmed that Awais Packages has signed the 1st Kodak CTP and in production now which has a through-put of 22 (8-up) plates per hour and it is capable to support high resolution Conventional AM Screening and FM/Staccato screening. This CTP is bundled with Kodak Prinergy EVO Workflow and Preps Imposition Software. Kodak is the market leader in providing powerful and innovation CTP solution and has The largest installed base in the world and as well as in Pakistan.

FPCCI calls for continued institutional reforms

President of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Mian Anjum Nisar, has emphasized the need for continued process of institutional reforms, ensuring financial discipline with a view to consolidate the process of stabilizing economy. Structural transformations are required in all sectors, including agriculture, industry and services, to improve productivity and export competitiveness. Hailing the government's efforts to control Pakistan's current account deficit, leading to a surplus of $424 million in July 2020, the fourth monthly surplus since Oct 2019, warning the economic managers that "surplus account balance" must not be at the cost of negative economic growth, said that country's current account balance has swung into a surplus of $424 million in July 2020 after posting a deficit of $100 million in June.

CCI Pakistan, PHA Lahore sign agreement

Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Ltd (CCI Pakistan), which is part of CCI-a leading bottler within the Coca-Cola System, signed an agreement with Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) Lahore to provide treated waste water. CCI Pakistan being a responsible corporate citizen will provide treated waste water to PHA for a period of five years for carrying out routine watering of green belts, parks and cleaning of roads in Lahore. This initiative will help conserve millions of litres of precious drinking water which is currently being extracted from the ground for the purpose of horticulture watering. CCI Pakistan's Lahore plant has a capacity to provide up to 40,000 litres of treated waste water per hour to PHA which indicates the massive volume of fresh drinking water that will be conserved through this strategic partnership.

18th Int’l plastics, packaging industry virtual exhibition

China’s Zhejiang Province will organize a virtual exhibition of plastics and packing industry and online business to business meetings of the Chinese manufacturers and suppliers with Pakistani buyers from October 26 to 29. The exhibition will be co-organized by Zhejiang Times International Exhibition Service Co., Ltd. and CMEC International Exhibition Co., Ltd, according to China Economic Net (CEN). Supported by Obortunity Consulting in Pakistan, the expo will see top manufacturers from Zhejiang province showcasing their latest range of products to buyers from Pakistan. There will be more than 50 exhibitors from multiple segments of plastics and packaging industry. The expo targets the plastics and packaging industry of Pakistan.

Xeikon launches digital embellishment unit

Xeikon has launched of Fusion Embellishment Unit (FEU) developed to offer label printers and converters new digital finishing and embellishment capabilities, including UV spot varnish, tactile varnish, foiling, 3D textures and holograms. With complete digital finishing and embellishment capabilities, Xeikon’s new FEU is based on MGI technology and provides UV spot varnish, tactile varnish, foiling, 3D textures and holograms across a wide range of substrates including clear on clear, common BOPP and paper facestock up to natural structured papers. ‘In a world of ever-evolving consumerism, we are seeing significant and ongoing changes in behavioral patterns,’ commented Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s VP of marketing. ‘Consumers are more discerning and brand owners are demanding more from their designers and printers. In packaging and retail, there is increasing pressure for creative innovation and higher levels of productivity.

Rotoflex launches VTI and DF1 digital finishers

Rotoflex, the finishing company under the Mark Andy corporate umbrella, has launched two off-line digital finishers, DF1 and VTI Series offering high-speed operation at low cost. The DF1 is a semi-rotary off-line finishing and converting machine designed to meet the rising demand for short run labels in a simple and affordable way, allowing converters to accelerate production and profits. It is built on a robust platform with finishing speed up to 750 ft/min (228.6 m/min) for full-rotary and 250 ft/min (76.2 m/min) for semi-rotary, with accurate semi-rotary die-cutting functionality. The quick set-up and dynamic operation allows converters to decorate, die-cut, slit, and strip labels in a single step.

Flexcon launches non-vinyl Nexgen polypropylene film

Flexcon Company has introduced Nexgen polypropylene films, sustainable and more eco-friendly, non-vinyl alternatives for durable labeling applications. ‘As many segments of this industry are trending away from vinyl, converters have been hard-pressed to find an alternative robust enough to meet the demands of durable labeling at a comparable price,’ said Ross Hodnett, product manager at Flexcon. ‘We worked with one of our supplier-partners to develop a unique polypropylene film, which is a true alternative to flexible vinyl for durable labels.’ The films were subjected to rigorous durability testing side by side with vinyl materials that and performed just as well. Nexgen offers an equivalent performance with dimensional stability and exterior durability of five years based on 2000 hours Xenon Arc, and physical qualities with surface smoothness and conformability similar to vinyl.

Domino unveils N730i digital label press

Domino Printing Sciences has launched a N730i press, the ‘most significant’ product the company has launched since it started in the digital label press business. It is also the first press to use new Generation 7 ink jet platform. ‘This is the most significant new product we have launched since we started in the di gital label pr ess business,’ commented Philip Easton, director of the Domino Digital Printing Solutions. ‘It has been a huge collaborative team effort, spread over five years, involving our colleagues at Brother Industries, supplier partners, our development team and our existing customers. Today, we are so proud of what the N730i delivers, as we truly believe it is setting new standards in high performance inkjet label printing.’ The N730i incorporates new features including the Brother Bitstartm 1200dpi piezo print head, the SunLight graphical user interface, and the latest automated Domino i-Tech intelligent technology featuring i-Tech SetAlign and i-Tech CleanCap2.

Çiftsan Etiket installs Bobst Master M5X

Turkish label printer Çiftsan Etiket & Ambalaj has invested in Bobst Master M5X in-line flexo press to increase its production capabilities and meet customer demand. Çiftsan Etiket & Ambalaj has been trading since 2007, and its 4,000 sqm facility, in Avcilar, Istanbul, is capable of producing 6 million sqm of labels each year, from food and drink labels to cosmetics, pharmaceutical, household and cleaning labels. The converter is also a regular winner of Finat’s annual label competition with 16 awards received just last year and is well-known for its expertise in screen, letterpress, flexo, digital, and foil printing.

Siegwerk launches deinkable products

Siegwerk has developed a series of UV offset inks and UV flexo varnishes with deinking properties to improve the recyclability of UV-coated paper and board packaging. Newly launched products increase the recyclability of UV-coated paper and board packaging and support the material-specific recycling targets, according to the EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) and the Packaging and Packaging Waste D i r e c t i v e (94/62/EC). It is important that ink and varnish films are fragmented into small hydrophobic (water repellent) particles during the recycling process in order to become detached and more easily separated from the substrate fiber. However, standard UV inks still often show an extremely poor deinkability as they form a solid, chemically, and mechanically resistant layer that is strongly attached to the cellulose fiber. They are difficult to remove during the recycling process resulting in big color spots in the recycled paper.

Cosmo Films launches BOPP-fragranced film

Indian manufacturer of speciality films, Cosmo Films, has introduced a new bi-axially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) based coated film which is designed to slowly release a fragrance that lasts for a long time. The film is m a t t e finished on one side while other side is extrusion coated for thermal lamination applications. Through initial tests, these newly designed films have proven to remain fragrant for more than two months, and it is expected that the film would continue to release a soothing fragrance for almost six months. The film is available in 24 microns thickness and is aptly suited for thermal or wet lamination.

Konica Minolta Earns Recognition from IDSA

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is proud to announce both its enterprise IT platform Workplace Hub and bizhub C360i, a new-generation MFP, were selected as finalists for the globally authoritative design prize, International Design Excellence Award 2020 (IDEA 2020). This prestigious prize in product design is sponsored by the American Institute of Industrial Designers (IDSA). Workplace Hub is a DX (digital transf ormati on) serv ice t hat combines a variety of applications required by customers , with IT infra s t ructure serv ice s, MFP capabilities, and maintenance and operations supp ort. This al l ows customers to free themselves from paper documents, places where they work, and complicated IT man agemen t operations; simplifying their IT.

BOBST brings gravure printing for flexible packaging into the digital world with oneECG Extended Color Gamut gravure technology

Gravure is a printing process that has been spoken of relatively little of late, compared with other printing methods that have undergone a very fast transformation. However, the demands of the f a s t -mo v i n g c o n s u m e r s good industry have been pressing on g r a v u r e printing just as m u c h : i n c r e a s i n g l y short run production and time-to-market, packaging customization, ready to recycle packaging substrates and the need for global brand color consistency. “Gravure is still the most highly regarded printing process for packaging due to its unique capability to create fine print and incredibly sharp definition graphics with an unmatched eyecatching shelf appeal – all at very high speeds and low costs” says Jonathan Giubilato, Gravure Product Line Manager at Bobst Italia, BOBST’s Center of Excellence for gravure printing, laminating and coating technologies.

Esko appoints Evolve Solutions as UK agent

Esko has appointed Evolve Solutions International as a UK agent for its range of integrated hardware and software technologies for the print, packaging and label industries. International Evolve is a supply chain consultancy business, working across the UK packaging and labels sectors, led by Shaun Stevens. ‘The Evolve team has worked with Esko technology for years and we know it always offers a best in class solution for any tradeshop or printer. We are delighted that we can represent Esko in the UK to push forward its latest portfolio of hardware and software solutions,’ commented Stevens.

Cosmo Films launches antimicrobial lamination film

India-based specialty films specialist Cosmo Films has developed a novel BOPP based clear thermal lamination antimicrobial film effective against a broad range of bacteria. The antimicrobial technology used in the new film tackles the problem of bacterial infections on packaged items, by providing a completely new approach of preventing microbial colonization on the surface. It is effective against a broad range of bacteria, inhibits germ growth and supports optimum hygiene. It also shows a positive effect against Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538 and Escherichia coli ATCC 8739 as per JIS Z 2801 certification.

Comexi names Convert its service agent for Italy and Balkans

Comexi has signed an agreement with Italy-based Convert Service to act as a local service agent for its customers in Italy and the Balkans. In the past two years Comexi has tripled its sales in Italy and the Balkans, thus significantly strengthening its presence in the area. ‘This is a strategic decision for Comexi, as our objective is to grow in the market and offer our services to local clients, which is very important to us. Due to the situation generated by the Covid-19, currently it is imperative to have a regional alliance in the territory who can offer technical services and assemble machines,’ said Alessandro D'Agostino, area manager for Italy and the Balkan countries at Comexi.

Lintec Europe opens office in Spain

Lintec Europe has opened a representative office in Barcelona, Spain headed by Andrés Blanco Flores, to provide local support to its customers in the country. The newly appointed office manager, Andrés Blanco Flores will support the activity of Lintec Europe and manage operations across the region. ‘The introduction of Andrés and the Spanish office presents an opportunity for Lintec Europe to continue to support existing customers more closely within this region, and develop new partnerships,’ commented Kazuhiro Kusakari, director of Lintec Europe. ‘In particular, we hope to enhance sales within the specialty markets, as this is where much of our expertise and most innovative technology lies.

Digital watermarks for smart packaging recycling

Under the patronage of AIM, the European Brands Association, over 85 companies and organizations from the packaging value chain have joined forces with the ambitious goal to assess whether a pioneering digital watermarks technology can enable better sorting and higher-quality recycling rates for packaging in the EU, to drive a truly circular economy. One of the most pressing challenges in achieving a circular economy for packaging is to better sort post-consumer waste by accurately identifying packaging, resulting in more efficient and higher-quality recycling. Digital watermarks may have the potential to improve the way packaging is sorted in the waste management system, as it opens new possibilities that are currently not feasible with existing technologies.

Xaar introduces sustainable packaging for its products

Xaar, an inkjet printing technology specialist, has introduced new packaging across the entire printhead portfolio, reducing its plastic consumption by 1.2 tones per year. In an initiative to remove packaging complexity and improve sustainability, all Xaar’s printheads will be shipped in fully recyclable and biodegradable cardboard packs by the end of the year. This will help the company deliver on its sustainability commitments and support customers’ environmental initiatives. The new corrugated cardboard packaging is made largely from recycled materials. In addition, product details, essential for identification purposes, are printed using only black, single color, water-based ink - making the printhead packaging fully recyclable. Inside each box, the Xaar printhead is secured within a small anti-static bag to avoid contamination and protect it from any potential damage by electrical charges.

Omet names Wifac as its new agent in Benelux

Omet has signed a partnership agreement with Wifac, which will act as its exclusive agent for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg. Wifac, headquartered in the Netherlands, has been operating on the narrow-web market for over 100 years, offering a wide range of established brands and products, including printing presses, finishing machines, consumables, spare parts, consultancy and technical support. ‘We serve our c u s t o m e r s thinking about and achieving improvements in their production, efficiency and competitiveness p r o c e s s , ’ c o m m e n t e d Marcel Otto, CEO of Wifac. ‘We do that with the constant effort of all our employees, the know-how and the numerous services dedicated to our customers.’

Mark Andy sees strong business boost

Mark Andy has reported business uptick in the second half of 2020 as the entire label and packaging industry has adapted to meet the unique challenges presented by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. ‘The first half of 2020 was extremely challenging due to the impact of the pandemic, and none of our businesses were untouched by it,’ said P.J. Desai, chief executive officer at Mark Andy. ‘Our business and industry continued to adapt, however, and business activity in many segments has returned to pre- Covid levels.’ Tom Schelmbauer, chief business officer at Mark Andy added: ‘The bulk of Mark Andy’s install base is running strong despite the pandemic. Many of our customers tell us they are at capacity and now need more production assets. New press orders have accelerated for flexographic platforms, and across all segments, entry-level and up’.

MPS appoints new agent for Scandinavia

Dutch printing presses manufacturer MPS has appointed Nortech Solutions as its local agent in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark to distribute and support the entire portfolio of flexo, hybrid and offset presses. ‘Nortech Solutions is a proactive, customer-oriented company with high focus on a u t o m a t e d solutions,’ said Anton Zhukov, area sales manager at MPS. ‘MPS offers high-quality p r e s s configurations and l o n g - t e r m performance programs to our customers. Nortech Solutions has an extensive track record of working with print shops, understanding their needs, and providing tailor-made solutions. Delivery of equipment is just a first step in developing long-term relationships with customers and their productivity – this is where mindsets of MPS and Nortech Solutions come together.’

CEFLEX issues first position paper

The Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging (CEFLEX), a collaboration of over 160 European companies representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging, has released its first position paper recommending the use of recyclable mono-materials. As part of its Issue Alignment process CEFLEX stakeholders are working with Swiss University ETH to collect and assess topics which are essential to realizing a circular economy for flexible packaging. These issues are being addressed individually to create considered and aligned positions on each topic. The result has been its first position paper on ways to achieve this goal.

Iggesund’s paper mills receive EcoVadis Platinum medal

Iggesund Paperboard’s mill in Workington, UK, where the paperboard brand Incada is made, has been awarded the Platinum sustainability medal by the international assessment company, EcoVadis. EcoVadis assesses companies' sustainability achievements and has performed more than 65,000 assessments in over 200 sectors in 160 countries. In 2020, EcoVadis introduced the Platinum medal designed specifically to reward the highest scoring companies. The Platinum level, which the Workington Mill has reached, includes the top one percent of all rated companies. Earlier this summer, the company’s other mill in Iggesund is Sweden, was also awarded the Platinum level.

Flint Group reinforces its commitment to sustainability

Flint Group Packaging Inks has released a new white paper detailing the company’s supplier selection process, helping to achieve transparent and sustainable supply chain for the print and packaging industry. The white paper explores four key initiatives that have been developed as part of the company’s sustainable supply model, including a supplier selection process, which sees potential new suppliers undergo checks and financial assessment to ensure the appropriate trading capability is in place. Flint Group also performs a sustainability assessment to compare supplier performance against 10 UN Global Compact principles and some of its sustainable development goals on top of a health, safety and environmental review assessing delivery processes and compliance with local and international packaging and labelling legislation.

Miyakoshi introduces digital inkjet presses in India

Miyakoshi has introduced the MJP series of digital inkjet presses in India. The company is the OEM partner for many big players in the digital printing world. However, it introduced the MJP series under its own brand name in the year 2004, which is now being introduced in the Indian market through its exclusive representative, Provin Technos. Miyakoshi has four press models to cater to different market segments ranging from short-run label printing to short-run flexible packaging. The MJP 13LXV is a full color LED-UV inkjet press specialised for label printing. The MJP 20E/EX is a full color duplex water-based inkjet press specialised for transactional printing. The MJP 20/30 IXS is a full color duplex waterbased inkjet press specialised for commercial printing, and the MJP 30 AXF is a water-based inkjet press for flexible packaging. The MJP 30 AXF press for flexible packaging is represented exclusively by KYMC India, for the Indian market.

MBO at DataLase

DataLase, a coding and marking specialist, has acquired full independence for the company through a management buyout (MBO) from Sato, one of the leading global providers of auto- ID technologies. Based in Cheshire, UK, DataLase was originally acquired by Sato in December 2016. The change in direction is centered on Sato’s strategic aim of concentrating resources on its auto- ID business to build sustainable growth and enhance its corporate value, while DataLase looks to push forward with increased technological advancement and to further develop its photonic printing offering. Recognizing these differing objectives, the two sides were able to come to an agreement on the transfer of shares. Commenting on the MBO, Clare Lewis, now CEO of Datalase said: ‘With an excellent understanding of the business and an appreciation of its future direction, the management team can now continue on the path of new product commercialization and growing the legacy business. ‘This new era of independence will allow us to become more dynamic and agile in our approach and, with some exciting new developments on the horizon, we look forward to unlocking further commercial success for DataLase. My thanks to Mazars and Shoosmiths for their contributions throughout the process.’

Virtual Label Summit program confirmed

Tarsus Group, the organizer of Labelexpo Global Series has confirmed the full program of its first ever Virtual Label Summit. The online event designed around five key themes and featuring a host of high-profile speakers is taking place between September 28 and October 2, 2020. The opening day of the five-day event focuses on the global landscape, starting with a look inside pressrooms around the world. Providing vital insight into how the industry is adapting in these changing times, speakers include: Anuj Bhargava, founder, Kumar Labels in India; Christie Wong Barrett, CEO, and Thomas Barrett, president, both of MacArthur Corporation in the US. This is followed by an editorial panel led by Labels & Labeling magazine, whose global team of journalists will share their knowledge of label market trends around the world.

Virtual Label Summit program confirmed

Tarsus Group, the organizer of Labelexpo Global Series has confirmed the full program of its first ever Virtual Label Summit. The online event designed around five key themes and featuring a host of high-profile speakers is taking place between September 28 and October 2, 2020. The opening day of the five-day event focuses on the global landscape, starting with a look inside pressrooms around the world. Providing vital insight into how the industry is adapting in these changing times, speakers include: Anuj Bhargava, founder, Kumar Labels in India; Christie Wong Barrett, CEO, and Thomas Barrett, president, both of MacArthur Corporation in the US. This is followed by an editorial panel led by Labels & Labeling magazine, whose global team of journalists will share their knowledge of label market trends around the world.

Bonifatius looking forward to a Rapida 106 X

The printing and publishing house Bonifatius in Paderborn/Germany recently ordered a new Rapida 106 X. Its installation is scheduled for early 2021. By investing in this highly automated e i g h t - c o l o u r perfector press for 4- over-4 production with additional inline coating, the company has doubled down on its commitment to the medium of print, even in these currently troubled times. Moreover, it is one of the first printing houses in Germany to opt for the new Rapida generation, which was only recently unveiled at the virtual trade fair “Koenig & Bauer Live”.

Esko scoops up award for Share & Approve tool

Esko’s Share & Approve tool has been recognized by the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) with a 2020 Bronze Award in the technical innovation category for suppliers. Share & Approve, the approval tool launched worldwide in 2019 runs as a service on Esko cloud architecture and enables users to upload, share, annotate and approve packaging and labels jobs in 2D and hyper realistic 3D. It reduces the amount of approval iterations and shortens the time required to get the job completed, enabling brands and their supply chains to operate more efficiently and drive down time-to-market. ‘We’re thrilled to have been recognized by the judges in this hugely competitive category,’ said Paul Land, product manager at Esko. ‘The EFIA awards are renowned for acknowledging outstanding commitment to the flexographic print process and we’re delighted that Share & Approve has been praised for its ability to simplify and significantly boost approval speeds.

GMG ColorCard receives prestigious technology awards

GMG ColorCard has received the prestigious 2020 InterTech Technology Award, by the Printing United Alliance, recognizing technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic communications and related industries. GMG ColorCard, also a recent winner of the 2020 Label Industry Global Award for Innovation for companies with up to 300 employees, is a c l o u d - b a s e d s o f t w a r e developed to quickly and easily create and print color cards as visual ink color references based on advanced spectral technology. It ensures that print results meet print buyer expectations. Until now, the process of creating drawdowns, the physical color samples produced to test customized inks for brand color matches, has been created with manual, outdated, conventional processes. The future of color references is digital, and GMG ColorCard helps to drive digitalization and eliminate analog processes in the ink kitchen.

ProMach acquires Panther Industries

ProMach has acquired Panther Industries, an automated labeling equipment specialist, to further expand into key strategic areas including e-commerce, distribution, manufacturing, warehouse, fulfillment, third party logistics, and many other fast-moving industries. Founded in 2000, Panther manufactures print and apply labeling systems as well as pre-printed label applicators developed for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical device, industrial, and consumer packaged goods. Panther’s portfolio ranges from economical entry level systems for low-volume operations to flexible and adaptive high-speed technologies. ‘I’m pleased to welcome the Panther team to ProMach,’ said Mark Anderson, president and CEO of ProMach. ‘With the addition of Panther, ProMach brings a very comprehensive print and apply capability to customers across North America. This includes a broad range of labeling systems optimized for specific market applications along with a network of regional label converting locations to bring customers local support on a large scale.

Frankston acquires Paco Label Systems

Frankston Packaging Company has completed the acquisition of Paco Label Systems and further develop its pressure sensitive labels and flexible packaging capabilities. Based in Tyler, TX, Paco is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive labels serving customers in the food and b e v e r a g e , commercial packaging, and industrial products industries across the southwestern region of the US. ‘We are excited to welcome the Paco team to the Frankston family,’ said Kyle Eldred, CEO of Frankston Packaging. ‘Like us, Paco has been in the packaging business for decades and will significantly enhance Frankston’s pressure sensitive labels and flexible packaging capabilities, allowing us to better serve the packaging needs of current and future customers alike.’

Nuvae Healthcare opts for Constantia’s packaging

Constantia Flexibles has partnered with its newest customer, Nuvae Healthcare, located in Ahmedabad, India, to bring the recyclable flexible packaging technology EcoLamPlus to its consumers. Nuvae Healthcare handcrafts one of its most important products, the Gosan hand sanitizer in small batches. It is an easy-to-use 70 percent alcohol-based liquid for water-free cleansing. The company opted for a complete recyclable packaging made of EcoLamPlus. EcoLamPlus laminate is one of Constantia Flexibles’ products in the monopolymer EcoLam packaging family based on PE. It has been developed to replace non-recyclable multipolymer structures where water vapor and oxygen barrier are needed. It also helps to sustain highly volatile products like alcohol.

IFCO recommends Herma self-adhesive materials

IFCO, one of the largest providers of transport packaging for fresh products, has placed two Herma self-adhesive label materials on its recommendation list as they can be washed off without leaving any residue eliminating the need for costly cleaning processes. IFCO offers sustainable, reusable packaging in the form of plastic reusable containers (RPC), for the safe and hygienic transport of its products, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, bananas, meat, fish, seafood, eggs and bakery products. The RPCs are loaned out to customers who still load their food into crates in the field and transport it to the c u s t o m e r . A f t e r p r o c e s s i n g the products, the RPCs are returned to IFCO, where they are thoroughly cleaned in the washing facility and then reused.

Avery Dennison launches matrix recycling program

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials has launched a scalable matrix recycling program with RoadRunner Recycling to help label converters achieve their zero waste-to-landfill goals. Through a venture investment in RoadRunner Recycling’s Series C round, Avery Dennison is expanding the accessibility of matrix recycling and leveraging R o a d R u n n e r ’ s technology to optimize matrix collection and recycling processes. The pilot program focuses on the economics and logistics associated with collecting matrix waste, while identifying recycling opportunities to enable efficient future matrix circularity. The pilot is available in the Maryland, Chicago, New Jersey and Southern Pennsylvania markets.

MacDermid launches virtual assistance platform

MacDermid Graphics Solutions has launched a visual assistance program using SightCall, an interactive tool for virtual communication between customers and technicians. SightCall integrates with the company’s Salesforce platform and enables live audio and video transmitted from a mobile device to a MacDermid technician during remote maintenance. The technician can see and assess the situation via live video, allowing for rapid and complete evaluation of the issue. MacDermid technicians can now see and share information, improving communication, reducing misunderstandings, and accelerating problem resolution.

HP and Dscoop announce Inkspiration 2020 winners

HP and Dscoop have announced the winners of 2020 HP Inkspiration Americas Awards, recognizing outstanding works produced with HP digital printing technology. Four print service providers were named winners in the annual contest showcasing the latest trends in print, highlighting how converters push boundaries of what is possible with HP digital printing. ‘It’s exciting for Dscoop to support and share these amazing projects from our community members,’ said Keith Wilmot, CEO of Dscoop. ‘It’s part of our mission to provide awareness, education, connection and inspiration among HP Graphic Arts users worldwide. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. Your innovation and creativity continue to be an inspiration to your fellow print service providers and an edge for your clients.’

Kenmore Envelope’s New Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 LED-UV Six-Color Press Delivers High-End Direct Mail

Direct mail is an incredible marketing tool especially in this extremely competitive environment, says Kenmore Envelope Company, and they have the statistics, personnel, and equipment to back it up. As the premier leader in highend direct mail that specializes in high-quality printing and converting envelopes, Kenmore’s team creates envelopes of all sizes from a variety of paper s u b s t r a t e s decorated with s p e c i a l t y c o a t i n g s , windows and other unique d e s i g n elements. To deliver these products on time and at the highest quality possible Kenmore depends on its new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 LED-UV six-color press, which it has been operating since early this year at its Richmond, VA facility.

Heidelberg launches customer campaign – expert knowledge at the push of a button during “Innovation Week”

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is launching a global customer campaign this fall. Worth knowing, digital, personal – with the “Innovation Week” from October 19 to 23, 2020, the company is holding a digital event with product presentations of its current highlights, innovation talks, and one-on-one conversations via video chat. Under the motto “Unfold your potential”, Heidelberg will showcase the potential offered by the digitization of processes for the commercial, label, and packaging printing segments. The aim is to increase the productivity and competitiveness of print shops. The company will present answers to the challenges in the print media industry and how to make the industry fit for the future: with innovative technologies, new business models, and end-to-end solutions to boost performance.

BOBST launches a new gravure printing press for flexible materials the EXPERT RS 6003

The packaging market is in a profound transformation. Brand Owners expect faster time-to-market and more sustainable solutions. To address these needs, BOBST announces the launch of t h e E X P E R T RS 6003 a n e w generation g r a v u r e p r i n t i n g press, which will enable g r a v u r e converters to tackle today’s market challenges. “Technology directed to bringing equipment and process performance always a step forward to the market current and future requirements is always on the move at BOBST” explains Jonathan Giubilato, Gravure Product Line Manager at Bobst Italia. Gravure technology is of course no exception”.

Esko’s Trapper tool receives InterTech award

Esko has scooped a 2020 InterTech Technology Award from Printing United Alliance, after developing a new pre-press tool to make trapping jobs up to 70 percent faster. The InterTech Technology Awards program has been operating since 1978 and honors the development of innovative technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic communications and related industries. ‘We are deeply honored to receive this recognition for the Esko Trapper, which has been received so well by our customers and the industry,’ said Frank Woltering, product manager, graphic editing at Esko. ‘Printing United Alliance is committed to advancing the graphic arts industry so to be recognized for our efforts in improving trapping to boost accuracy, productivity and efficiency, makes our job worthwhile.

Jujo Thermal completes new production facility

A Finnish supplier of durable direct thermal papers for labels Jujo Thermal has finalized the construction works of the new facility which will be focusing on a production of ShieldPlus, its new environmentally friendly paper-based barrier material. ShieldPlus products are paper-based materials with excellent barrier properties against oxygen, water vapor and aromas. The material consists of wood-based fibers and is protected with a water-based barrier coating. ‘ShieldPlus paper material is a new product group for Jujo Thermal,’ said Juha-Pekka Kaivola, project manager at Jujo Thermal. ‘To start industrial production of this new range, the existing production facility has to be renewed.

Amberley Labels unveils new branding

Amberley Labels has unveiled a new branding across its two UK sites, following the acquisition by Coveris Group in July 2020 and multi-million investment in its decorative labeling division. The Dorset-based Amberley Labels was acquired by the Coveris Group in August 2019 to support growth plans in the beverage, personal care and fragrance label sectors. Over the last 18 months, the Coveris Group has invested in capacity, capability and now identity, to strengthen Amberley’s position in the premium label market. Most recently investing over GBP 3.5 million (USD 4.479 million) in print and finishing equipment at Coveris’ existing Tenens Way Labels facility in Boston (Lincolnshire, UK). Amongst the list of new machines are two MPS presses: one featuring the UK’s first Pantec unit installation to support in-line embellishment and another, which utilizes new hybrid inkjet technology.

Comexi joins CEFLEX

Comexi has joined CEFLEX, a European consortium of companies representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging, to further reaffirm its commitment to sustainability and the circular economy. This initiative is a collaboration of over 160 European companies, associations and organizations which represent the entire flexible packaging value chain. As an objective, the consortium will towards ensuring that all f l e x i b l e packaging in Europe is based on a circular economy before 2025. This will i m p r o v e , through innovative design technologies, benefits which are identified by the collaboration of participating companies. ‘We fully identify with the principles that CEFLEX defends,’ said Diego Hervás, CEO of Comexi. ‘The company has unfailingly been committed to seeking solutions which respond to more sustainable solutions in the flexible packaging market.’

LexJet Announces a New Partnership with EFI, Bringing Customers New pportunities

LexJet, an S-One company headquartered in Sarasota, Fla., is proud to announce a new sales and distribution partnership with Electronics for Imaging, Inc. (EFI) to sell EFI wide-format printers and specialty printers to its North American customers. Under this new agreement, which launches on Oct. 1, LexJet will sell EFI's wide-format product line of LED inkjet technologies that include the EFI Pro 24f and Pro 30f dedicated flatbed printers, the EFI Pro 32r+ roll-to-roll printer and the EFI Pro 16h hybrid printer, which features flatbed and roll-to-roll capabilities.

Edale appoints agent to support growing Vietnamese market

British engineering company Edale Limited has appointed a new agent in Vietnam, Minh Duc Solutions (MDS), to further expand its global reach and the ongoing vision to leverage local knowledge and expertise. Minh Duc Solutions, a joint stock company based in the Hoang Mai district of Hanoi City, has been providing printing technologies to many sectors in Vietnam. The company has an excellent reputation and boast engineering expertise spanning over 30 years. According to Edale, Vietnam is a thriving market, with growing demand in the region for high for quality, robust presses featuring the latest t e c h n o l o g y , providing high print quality. ‘We have a number of customers in Vietnam and are excited to partner with an experienced and highly regarded agent, MDS to help us grow awareness of the Edale brand and FL range of products,’ commented Louise Bailey, business development manager at Edale.

Essentra Packaging acquires 3C! Packaging

Essentra Packaging has acquired of a 3C!, one of the leading designers and manufacturers of cartons, literature, labels and packaging based in North Carolina, US. The acquisition of 3C! builds on our manufacturing capacity and service capability to E s s e n t r a ’ s e x i s t i n g p a c k a g i n g footprint in the Americas, as well as access to p r o p r i e t a r y s t e r i l i z a t i o n technology. Based in Clayton, North Carolina, 3C! is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of cartons, literature, labels and packaging primarily for the pharmaceutical industry. The company has over 40 years of experience in the US market and is recognized by its blue-chip customers for superior quality, reliability, and service.

Konica Minolta Expands bizhub i-Series Line with New Monochrome Devices

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leader in world-class printing technology, has expanded its bizhub® i-Series with the launch of six new black and white A3 multifunctional printers (MFPs). The new bizhub 750i, 650i, 550i, 450i, 360i and 300i multifunctional devices offer functionality with b e n e f i c i a l features for workplaces with printing needs ranging from lowvolume to high-volume, not requiring color output. The launch expands Konica Minolta’s offering with the addition of the 75ppm 750i, a speed not available in its previous monochrome MFP lineup. Like all models in the bizhub i-Series product line, the new units meet a wide range of needs for businesses by offering a simple, convenient and secure smart technology hub to augment office connectivity.

Three generations of POWER REGISTER showcase 20 years of BOBST innovation mastery

It’s 20 years since BOBST launched its POWER REGISTER system to the packaging market. The ‘no contact’ sheet feeding system was an industry-first and remains unique in its c a p a b i l i t i e s today. Designed to enable a c c u r a t e positioning of printed sheets before being die-cut, it was an integral part of the SPRINTERA 106 PER that delivered the ultimate cut-to-print register for supreme product quality. By reducing setting times and eliminating feed related stops, POWER REGISTER was developed to significantly boost productivity and throughput for customers. Its original features, including lateral correction of the pile, lateral and longitudinal correction of processed sheets for registration, double sheet sensing and automatic synchronisation of the sheet arrival , have been continually innovated and new technologies incorporated into the POWER REGISTER system over the past two decades.

Zumbiel Packaging Addresses Soaring Demand With New Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 Seven-Color Press

If you ask any of Zumbiel Packaging’s many well-known name-brand customers in the food and beverage industry, they’ll tell you that the Cincinnati-based firm has always been essential to producing their impressive high-graphic packaging. But as the pandemic grew this past spring, Zumbiel’s legion of 350 skilled associates became even more essential as front-line workers putting in extra hours to increase the firm’s production and match the soaring demand. Even its pressroom got a boost as Zumbiel’s management team had the foresight to invest in a new highly-automated large format press from Koenig & Bauer, which will be delivered this fall to maintain and expand its production. “Historically, as our customers have grown, so have we,” says Tom Zumbiel Jr., its marketing director, and fourth-generation of the 177-year-old family-owned business. “But now the market has boosted consumer demand for our products. Our customer base has seen the need for additional food and beverage packaging for a vast majority who are eating at home. As one of the largest independent converter of paperboard packaging in the U.S., we pride ourselves on offering more choices, better innovations and customized solutions, outstanding service, and colorful branded cartons that set us apart from the competition. Our goal is to proactively design innovative packaging solutions to help our customers sell more, reduce costs and protect their brands.”

US printer DynaGraphics invests in Versafire digital printing systems from Heidelberg

Reno-based DynaGraphics is the largest commercial printer in Northern Nevada, USA. The company has now switched from the competition in the field of digital printing technology and invested for the first time in the Heidelberg Versafire EV & EP digital printing systems from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). Both machines are equipped with the latest generation of H e i d e l b e r g Prinect Digital Front End ( D F E ) . DynaGraphics serves a variety of industries and companies, including casinos, healthcare and real estate. Although all customers have high quality standards, printing for casino companies is particularly demanding, as every job produced must be absolutely perfect.

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