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MPS Expands International Sales Team 21.08.2018

To further support MPS distribution partners and area sales managers, MPS Systems has appointed Otto Muskee as Sales Director for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

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PrintReleaf Now Available in Six Languages20.08.2018

PrintReleaf software and collateral literature are now available in six languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Italian.

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manroland web systems and Goss International Complete Business Combination20.08.2018

manroland web systems and Goss International announce that they have completed the transaction to combine their businesses. The new company will operate under the brand name “manroland Goss web systems” and will be the strongest supplier to web printing companies worldwide.

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Labelexpo Americas 2018 unveils conference program17.08.2018

The organizers of Labelexpo Americas 2018 have confirmed the details of their topical conference and learning program for this year’s event - the region’s largest trade show for the label and package printing industry, now in its 16th edition.

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viscom 2019: More Live Experiences for Digital Printers and Signmakers15.08.2018

viscom 2019 turns signmaking and digital printing into an experience. Held with the slogan “viscom – go for it!” from 8 to 10 January, the hands-on trade show will offer far more to trade visitors than a chance to try out new technology live: they’ll also be able to experience skilled practitioners in action, get ideas for their businesses and engage in peer-to-peer discussions.

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Xeikon joins Labelexpo Americas’ first Automation Arena 15.08.2018

Xeikon announces their participation in the Automation Arena at Labelexpo Americas, the region’s largest conference for the label printing industry. This will be the American debut of the Automation Arena, which was first presented at Labelexpo Europe in 2017. Demonstrating the impact of end-to-end workflow, the Automation Arena will be open to visitors throughout the biennial conference, running from September 25 – 27at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois.

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Mimaki 3duj-553 Printer Shortlisted for Prestigious Tct Awards14.08.2018

Mimaki announces that its 3DUJ-553 3D printer has been shortlisted for the prestigious TCT Awards. The TCT Awards celebrate the innovators, technologies and collaborators behind the leading examples of additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering across the globe. The awards ceremony will take place at the TCT Awards 2018 on the evening of Wednesday, 26 September 2018 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

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Leonhard Kurz Exhibiting World Firsts at Fachpack14.08.2018

Leonhard Kurz will be presenting its Lumafin semi-transparent stamping foil for the first time ever at this year’s Fachpack. This novel translucent stamping foil delivers especially high-gloss color effects. It gives over-stamped printed motifs a distinct new coloring or depth of color and creates an unusual depth effect.

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MPS: New Commercial Product Manager09.08.2018

With the appointment of Rens Driessen as their new Commercial Product Manager, MPS Systems is boosting the commercial importance of communicating its product innovations. In addition to responsibility in structuring and sharing valuable information about MPS’ existing and new innovations, Driessen will also keep an eye on developments in the label and packaging printing market.

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Color-Logic Certifies MDV Ultra Silver Substrate08.08.2018

Color-Logic has certified MDV Ultra Silver substrate for use with the Color-Logic process on Ricoh Pro C7100 and Pro C7200 Series Digital Presses.

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Flint Group Heads to Labelexpo Americas with Innovative Solutions for the Label Industry07.08.2018

Flint Group is looking forward to exhibiting at Labelexpo Americas, scheduled for 25 to 27 September in Chicago. Flint Group will be located in Hall A, Stand 728 at the show.

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PCMC Names Adam Servais as Aftermarket Sales Representative07.08.2018

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC)—a division of Barry-Wehmiller and a leading supplier of high-performance converting machinery for the tissue, nonwovens and package-printing industries worldwide—is pleased to announce that Adam Servais has accepted the position of Aftermarket Upgrade and Rebuild Sales Representative, Printing, Coating and Laminating.

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IMI Europe announces Digital Printing Conference programme06.08.2018

IMI Europe’s flagship strategic industry conference event is the trusted primary source of high value information for senior executives and commercial managers. It is intended for those wishing to understand the direction of the industry over the coming years, from a business and technology perspective.

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Jowat SE showcases high-performance adhesives at the FachPack 2018 06.08.2018

Understand, Bond, Perform: Adhesives specialist Jowat will attend this year’s FachPack, one of Europe’s most important trade fairs for the packaging industry, to present its portfolio of innovative, high-performance PO hot melts for the bonding of cartons, trays and folding boxes. Offering a 360° service concept, Jowat caters to the entire value chain within the packaging industry.

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Color-Logic Certifies Kernow Substrate for Ricoh Pro C7200x Presses05.08.2018

Color-Logic has certified KernowPrint Metalik substrate for use with the Color-Logic process on Ricoh Pro C7200 presses.

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Toyo Ink Group to Highlight Packaging Technology at ProPak Myanmar05.08.2018

Toyo Ink Co., Ltd. and Toyochem Specialty Chemical Sdn. Bhd., both member companies of the Toyo Ink Group of Japan, will be jointly exhibiting at ProPak Myanmar 2018, the trade event for Myanmar's developing food & beverage, pharmaceutical processing and packaging industries. With this being the first time the Group participates in ProPak Myanmar, the two firms will be looking to spotlight a collective portfolio of inks, coatings, adhesives and specialty products tailored to meet the performance needs of international food producers and brand owners that have, in recent years, established a foothold in the country.

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DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE Invests02.08.2018

DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE is set to modernise the press section on its PM 5 with the installation of a shoe press. The objective is to streamline the press and improve the production of DREWSEN’s special papers in low base weights.

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Fachpack 2018: Optimise disposal of die cutting waste with Höcker Polytechnik02.08.2018

Höcker Polytechnik GmbH will present its latest developments for automated die cutting waste and gripper margin disposal at the Fachpack 2018 in Nuremberg. With the right products and well thought-out planning, the process waste from modern collapsible box or corrugated board plants can be transported to the recycling centre pneumatically or via conveyor belts without personnel effort.

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EFI CEO Informed Board He Intends to Step Down02.08.2018

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. announces that its longtime CEO, Guy Gecht, has informed the Company’s Board of Directors that he intends to step down from his operating role at the Company when his successor is named.

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Adobe PDF Print Engine 5 Delivers High-Impact Color Rendering31.07.2018

Adobe announces version 5 of Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE 5) the leading rendering technology at the heart of prepress workflows in the $900 billion print industry. The new version extends PDF Print Engine’s reliable color reproduction with new capabilities to harness the full potential of today’s digital and conventional presses.

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Ultimaker Expands Global Activities and Opens New APAC Office in Singapore30.07.2018

Leading 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker has opened new offices in Singapore in order to meet the growing demand for Ultimaker 3D printers in the APAC region. Benjamin Tan, former Channel Director at Dassault Systèmes, has been appointed as Vice President Asia Pacific at Ultimaker in Singapore.

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Circle Media Group acquires leading European book printing group CPI 30.07.2018

Circle Media Group (CMG) announces that it has acquired the shares and operational activities of leading European book printing group CPI from its shareholders in a cash transaction.

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Color-Logic Certifies Adcraft Labels28.07.2018

Color-Logic has certified Adcraft Labels for use of the Color-Logic process. The Anaheim, California, printer becomes the first to be Color-Logic certified using the the Mark Andy P7 digital press.

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Esko demonstrates a wide range of solutions at Labelexpo Americas 2018 28.07.2018

The challenges facing label converters today center around producing high volumes of short run jobs with quicker deadlines and better quality. This situation can easily be handled with optimized workflows that link all supply chain partners.

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Labelexpo Americas 2018 Announces Details of the Automation Arena26.07.2018

Labelexpo Global Series has confirmed the thirteen leading industry hardware, software and materials suppliers taking part in the ground-breaking Automation Arena at this year’s Labelexpo Americas – a brand new feature which has never been seen before at a trade show in the Americas. In addition, the automated shrink sleeve production element is a world first at a trade show.

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Graphic Village Installs the Scodix Ultra2 Pro with Foil26.07.2018

Scodix recently sold and installed the Scodix Ultra2 Pro with Foil to Graphic Village LLC, the largest independent print marketing company in Greater Cincinnati. The 90-plus-year-old company is built on a foundation of innovation, and the addition of the Scodix machine will enable the market leader to continue to push the limits of what it can offer its customers.

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Labelexpo India to Host Industry Forums Across South Asia25.07.2018

The organizers of Labelexpo India 2018 are hosting a series of evening forums across South Asia during late August to late October in conjunction with several industry trade bodies representing the package printing industry.

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ESMA members to showcase the best in functional and decorative glass printing at glasstec 201825.07.2018

The pavilion of ESMA, the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association, is the place-to-be for all interested in the latest solutions for glass decoration at glasstec, 23-26 October 2018 at Messe Düsseldorf. ESMA members present screen, digital and pad technologies for flat and hollow objects, in applications ranging from packaging, through to architectural, automotive and appliance glass.

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Drytac SpotOn SynPaper speeds into the future at Shell Eco-marathon24.07.2018

Drytac's SpotOn SynPaper felt the need for speed at Shell's Eco-marathon in London this month, where it was used for eye-catching vehicle graphics on innovative racing car designs.

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Spera receives FlexoExpert certification23.07.2018

Spera participated in Flint Group’s FlexoExpert programme and was certified in February 2018 and are currently in the process of certifying their Lurgan Plant in Northern Ireland. During a six-month process consisting of three main steps – evaluation, implementation and training, and auditing – FlexoExpert provides the means by which plate makers can further optimise their workflow to make more reliable and consistent plates, time and time again.

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DG press prepares to deliver a new high tech web offset press to the GPW in South Africa23.07.2018

DG press is preparing to deliver a brand new Vision® web offset press to the South African security printing specialist, the Government Printing Works (GPW) in Pretoria.

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See two future-ready MPS presses at Labelexpo Americas21.07.2018

At this year’s Labelexpo Americas in September, MPS Systems North America will return with a strong presence in demonstrating two future-ready presses for the narrow web industry: a fully-automated EF flexo press in the North American debut of Automation Arena, and the EF SYMJET digital/flexo hybrid solution on the MPS booth 911.

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Optimizing materials and software for 3D printing21.07.2018

BASF is expanding its cooperation with Materialise, a leading supplier of 3D printing technologies. At the same time, BASF has agreed to invest US$25 million in the Belgian company, which is headquartered in Leuven.

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Esko Acquires BLUE Software19.07.2018

Esko has announced its acquisition of BLUE Software, LLC, a label and artwork management software company based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from Diversis Capital and Schawk Digital Solutions. This acquisition joins two complementary teams to unlock product packaging development, management and execution efficiencies for brand owners in the consumer packaged goods, life sciences and retail industries and for a variety of suppliers in the packaging value chain.

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Asahi Photoproducts Teams with SOMA Engineering18.07.2018

Asahi Photoproducts reports it supported the grand opening of the brand-new SOMA Flexo Technology Center in Foshan, China.

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DG Press Services Shows New Vision Web Offset Press During Open House18.07.2018

During the Open House days on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September, DG press ServiceS demonstrates the possibilities of the new Vision web offset printing press.

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Tape Converter Alfast Chooses ROTOCONTROL RCF Finishing Machine18.07.2018

Alfast recently installed a customized ROTOCONTROL RCF 340 finishing machine designed for die cutting, rewinding, and laminating 3M tape, used in the protection of wind turbine blades. The machine was successfully installed at Alfast last month.

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Shortage of Key Raw Materials Impacts Costs16.07.2018

Printing ink manufacturer hubergroup states price increases for all energy curing inks and varnishes across Europe and the Americas with immediate effect. Depending on the individual product line, the raw material related price adjustments will range from 6 to 8 percent in specific areas.

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Codimag Celebrates 40 Years in Business16.07.2018

Toray Graphics in the Czech Republic congratulates Codimag on celebrating its 40th year in business, manufacturing a range of offset and letterpress presses for the narrow web market. Headquartered in France, the company has partnered with Toray for the past two decades, one of the first offset press manufacturers to adopt waterless offset printing technology.

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Classic Car Descends to La Scala’s Iconic Stage with Massivit 3D Printing13.07.2018

Italy-based print provider, Colorzenith, has 3D printed a life-size replica of the classic Italian car, Lancia B24 for the Don Pasquale opera, performed in Europe’s largest opera house, La Scala in Milan, Italy.

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HT Media, India, are equipping an obsolete Interbus Loop with a modern system13.07.2018

The ravages of time take their toll, even on the electronics of a 12-year-old COLORMAN press at HT Media in New Delhi, one of the largest newspaper printers in India. A necessary investment in contemporary technology is the basic precondition required to ensure at least 7-10 more years of secure production, at a fraction of the costs of a new acquisition.

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Archroma Celebrates Opening of Global Competence Center for Whiteness13.07.2018

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, has officially inaugurated its new Global Competence Center for Whiteness in Prat, near Barcelona, Spain.

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Sun Chemical to Showcase Packaging Solutions at EMPAQ 201813.07.2018

Sun Chemical will exhibit its wide range of inks, adhesives and coatings for packaging solutions during EMPAQ 2018 at the Hotel Crowne Plaza in San Salvador, El Salvador on July 19-20.

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Next Cortina comes on stream at ICP-Roto on La Réunion11.07.2018

ICP-Roto industrie graphique, a highly respected commercial and newspaper printing house on the island of La Réunion, celebrated its new Cortina from Koenig & Bauer with an official ceremony.

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Professionalism and the quest for excellence11.07.2018

Zhejiang Xinxiang Printing Co., Ltd strives to become the most competitive pharmaceutical packaging manufacturer in China.

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Ulrich Etiketten Broadens Multi-layer Label Production with a ROTOCONTROL BL-series10.07.2018

Austrian label printer and converter Ulrich Etiketten is broadening their offering in multi-layer label production with a ROTOCONTROL BL-series booklet label machine. Leading the sale was Printcon, the recently appointed local ROTOCONTROL representative in Southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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Sophisticated Substrates Lead the Charge in Label Sector Growth10.07.2018

Sophisticated label substrates have experienced exponential growth due to demand for high-end applications according FINAT’s latest findings.

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UK POS Printer Targets Increased Automation with Onset x3 and Fully Automated Robotic Arm 10.07.2018

The Simpson Group becomes the latest company to invest in Inca Digital's ultra-high productivity Onset X3 with full automation.

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Heidelberg Shows Packaging Solutions for the Digitized Future in China for Asian Market06.07.2018

On May 23rd and 24th, more than 250 visitors from Greater China as well as from Asia Pacific regions joined the Packaging Day at Heidelberg Print Media Center in Shanghai, China.

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Sun Chemical Acquires High-Purity Oxides Business of Cathay Industries06.07.2018

Sun Chemical and its parent company, DIC Corporation, have acquired the high-purity iron oxides business of Cathay Industries, located in Valparaiso, Indiana, U.S.A.

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Registration Officially Opens for Labelexpo India 201806.07.2018

Registration for the 6th edition of Labelexpo India, the largest label and package printing event in South Asia, is now open. The show is set to take place once again at state-of-the-art venue India Expo Centre & Mart in Greater Noida (Delhi NCR) from 22-25 November.

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BASF Acquires Two Manufacturers of 3D Printing Materials 04.07.2018

BASF New Business GmbH (BNB) has acquired all the shares of Advanc3D Materials GmbH in Hamburg and Setup Performance SAS in Lyon. Advanc3D Materials offers advanced, tailor-made plastic powders and formulations for selective laser sintering (SLS) together with process knowhow.

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Harnessing Tomorrow’s Label Converter Leaders Today: FINAT European Label Forum 04.07.2018

Developing ways to harness the skills of tomorrow’s label converter leaders, driving industry efficacy, and understanding the major changes across the print technology base were the overriding themes of this year’s international labelling association FINAT held its fourth European Label Forum in Dublin in June.

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Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials names Pascale Wautelet Global Vice President, R&D04.07.2018

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) announces the appointment of Pascale Wautelet as the Global Vice President of Research and Development (R&D) for its Label and Graphic Materials group, effective immediately. She succeeds Hassan H. Rmaile, who was promoted earlier in the year as Vice President and General Manager for Global Graphics and Reflective Solutions and vice president, Global Technology and Ventures for Avery Dennison.

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Speed to Market When AR Packaging Developed New Kitkat Senses Packaging for Nestlé04.07.2018

The trend to offer chocolate as small portion-packed flow-wraps continues. Using an eye-catching outer cartonboard or flexible packaging supports the high sales target in supermarkets.

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Bosch Plans to Sell Its Packaging Business03.07.2018

After intensively and thoroughly considering all its strategic options, Bosch has decided to look for a buyer for its packaging machinery business (PA), more specifically the pharmaceuticals and food units of the Packaging Technology division.

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Tetra Pak Index 2018 Says Smart Packaging Offers Exciting Opportunities03.07.2018

line grocery in exciting new directions during the next few years says the Tetra Pak Index 2018

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Sun Chemical Releases 2017 Sustainability Report29.06.2018

Sun Chemical has released its 2017 Corporate Sustainability Report, which details the work the company is doing to increase its use of bio-derived raw materials in its products and shows positive progress on its eco-efficiency goals.

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Agfa Graphics Releases InkTune and PressTune29.06.2018

Agfa Graphics announces the release of InkTune and PressTune software to reduce the production costs. These intelligent tools are part of Agfa Graphics’ ECO³ offering and give print houses complete control over all printing elements, from ink use to compliance with ISO, G7 and client-specific standards, while reducing production costs. Real-time data insights into print quality drive these capabilities, independent of printing technology and press manufacturer.

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Landa Digital Printing Opens Next Chapter in Company History29.06.2018

Successful completion of $300 million financing round provided by SKion, the private investment company of German entrepreneur Susanne Klatten, and ALTANA.

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Sawgrass Explains the Need for Colour Management with Sublimation Printing28.06.2018

As part of Digital Colour Management Month, Sawgrass explains the colour management process and why it is essential for product decorators to both understand and apply when printing.

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HP Singapore Demo Center Certified by Color-Logic28.06.2018

Color-Logic™develops color communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing applications. Color-Logic now has certified the HP Indigo demonstration center in Singapore.

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Manroland Web Systems Has Put a New Process to the Test28.06.2018

manroland web systems has been occupied with analysing and testing the benefits of alternative production methods, for quite some time. Results show that there is no getting around the topic of additive manufacturing processes.

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Smurfit Kappa and HP Continue Digital Printing Expansion Throughout Europe27.06.2018

Smurfit Kappa is continuing to use digital print with remarkable effect in the corrugated packaging industry. The packaging leader has ramped up its capabilities by installing eight HP Scitex corrugated presses across its European sites.

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Koenig & Bauer Develops New Cutter for Gravure Presses27.06.2018

Koenig & Bauer has developed a new cutter for gravure presses. As a result, print shops with gravure presses can now significantly expand their order portfolio.

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BASF Increases Prices for Bismuth Vanadate Pigments Worldwide25.06.2018

BASF will increase prices for bismuth vanadate pigments and preparations based on this chemistry by up to 15% percent worldwide.

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Asahi Photoproducts to Showcase Its Clean Transfer Technology at Gallus Innovation Days25.06.2018

Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, today announced it will be attending Gallus Innovation Days for the first time. The event takes place in St. Gallen, Switzerland, from 26 to 28 June 2018, the third Open House event hosted by the well-known Swiss manufacturer. Asahi Photoproducts will be showing its AWP™ DEF/DEW plate solutions featuring Clean Transfer Technology, exhibiting in Hall 1 as a Gallus partner.

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25 Years of PDF – Celebrating with GWG 22.06.2018

The Ghent Workgroup is inviting the global printing, packaging and publishing community to join them in celebrating 25 years of PDF – a quarter of a century of technical research, dedication and collaboration.

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Direct Mail Days 2018: Successful Event with 40 Percent More Visitors22.06.2018

From June 13-14, 2018, Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH (W+D) hosted the second Direct Mail Days in Neuwied, welcoming 40 percent more visitors than last year. 140 participants from 17 nations – many Eastern European and Asian countries, including Japan, among them for the first time – were excited with the event. W+D also announced the first sale of the new W+D Halm i-Jet digital printing machine for overprinting envelopes.

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BW Papersystems Acquires QUESTEC Technology22.06.2018

BW Papersystems has acquired the QUESTEC technology from Ph-QUESTEC based in Germany.

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Flint Group installed nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System in China20.06.2018

With a focus on innovation, Flint Group Flexographic installed its first nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System in China. At the end of April 2018, the first unit of nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processor was successfully installed at KECAI (Beijing) Technology Co. Ltd., China.

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3 x Gold! Koenig & Bauer wins BCM Award19.06.2018

Koenig & Bauer won gold at Europe’s largest awards ceremony for content marketing: The jubilee box, designed in collaboration with Hamburg-based design agency MUTABOR, celebrating the press manufacturer’s 200th anniversary was the only entry to win over the jury in three categories. The box’s content bridges the past to the present and consists of a book, a brochure and a poster set.

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This is what viscom 2019 has to offer to signmakers and digital printers19.06.2018

From 8 to 10 January viscom, Europe’s trade show for visual communication in Düsseldorf, will come up with fresh ideas for the sector right at the beginning of the year. Home to digital printers and signmakers, the trade show brings together manufacturers and end-users from large format digital printing, signmaking, textile finishing as well as out-of-home advertising.

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Novio Packaging Group B.V. to take over Haal Verpakkingen B.V. 18.06.2018

On June 14 2018, the Novio Packaging Group B.V. took over Haal Verpakkingen B.V. Haal director Eric Haal will remain with Novio Packaging for the coming period.

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Insolvent Paper Manufacturer Feldmuehle Uetersen Is Reorganized17.06.2018

The Schleswig-Holstein paper company Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH will be transferred to a subsidiary of the Berlin-based Beteiligungsgesellschaft Kairos Industries AG with effect from 15 June 2018 and will be continued in full. ‘Feldmuehle GmbH’ was founded specially for the transfer.

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Olympus Reaches a New High with Three Nilpeter Fa-4* Flexo Presses17.06.2018

Olympus Print Group has increased capacity and market share in wine and beverage and high-end labels, with the acquisition of three Nilpeter FA-4* flexo presses over the course of the last 18 months.

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Bosch Packaging Technology with Stable Sales Development in 201717.06.2018

Robert Bosch Packaging Technology GmbH reports a stable business development for the past fiscal year. With 1.3 billion euros and 6,300 associates, the most important corporate figures of 2017 were on a par with the previous year’s level, as Uwe Harbauer, Managing Director of the Bosch subsidiary, announced at Achema 2018, the leading global trade show for the processing industry.

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JM Heaford Presents Precision Mounting Alternatives at the Gallus Innovation Days 17.06.2018

JM Heaford is exhibiting as part of the Gallus Innovation Days later this month. Taking place at Gallus headquarters in St Gallen, Switzerland, June 26-28, the company is highlighting Heaford solutions that offer label producers the best-value quick and precise semi-automatic plate mounting.

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Sun Chemical to Increase Prices on Energy Curable Inks 15.06.2018

Sun Chemical will increase the prices of all ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) inks in Europe by 4-6 percent, effective 1 July 2018.

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BW Papersystems Acquires QUESTEC Technology14.06.2018

BW Papersystems has acquired the QUESTEC technology from Ph-QUESTEC, based in Germany. Adding this specialized, innovative rotary crosscutting technology—which serves the printing industry, and has special lightweight paper and film applications—will perfectly complement BW Papersystems’ already robust sheeting and paper-converting product and technology offerings. The transaction, Barry-Wehmiller’s 106th acquisition, became final June 1, 2018.

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