INDUSTRY NEWS

DG press to deliver high tech web offset press15.02.2019

DG press, a "highly regarded and well respected engineering, installation, servicing and maintenance company", based in the Netherlands, who manufacture a wide range of offset printing presses, is preparing to deliver a brand new Vision® web offset press to the Portuguese security printing specialist, Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda (INCM) in Lisbon in September of this year.

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Uteco Group and Kodak Extend Partnership15.02.2019

Uteco Converting S.p.A. has signed an agreement with Kodak to purchase Kodak’s latest inkjet printing systems featuring Ultrastream Technology. Kodak Ultrastream Technology first debuted as a conceptual demonstration at drupa 2016 with development plans for availability to OEM partners in 2019.

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A Shorter Workflow with the KM 610A14.02.2019

At AS Printon in Estonia, the new Muller Martini Kolbus-brand KM 610A perfect binder has made a substantial contribution toward reducing the number of production steps involved in the digital production of books from seven to three. A new digital printing press at the company, which is located in Tallinn, rang in a new printing era at the start of the year. The new perfect binder with endsheet feeder and HD 143.P three-knife trimmer has accelerated processes significantly and thus reduced costs.

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Hubergroup strengthens sales and support13.02.2019

Hubergroup is building on its long tradition and extensive expertise in web offset inks and coatings with a new sales and support infrastructure dedicated to helping web offset businesses in Europe operate more efficiently and profitably. The new organization includes talented professionals with long tenure in the industry and with a strong focus on quality and service.

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Feldmuehle appoints new Sales Director12.02.2019

Feldmuehle GmbH, manufacturer of label and flexible packaging papers, has appointed Mr. Martin Moenke to Sales Director with effect from February 1, 2019. Martin Moenke has been working in various positions in the company for more than 20 years and, through his sales successes, has a personally high share in the strong positioning of Feldmuehle GmbH in the field of wet strength labels.

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26th Commander CL goes to Münster12.02.2019

The Aschendorff Group is the "leading media supplier in Münster, Germany, and the surrounding region". With another investment in a Commander CL newspaper press from Koenig & Bauer, the company is continuing its successful growth course, having already fired up its first Commander CL two years ago.

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FESPA China returns to Guangzhou in 201910.02.2019

FESPA is returning to China this year, with the re-launch of FESPA China 2019. The new event will take place from 8 - 10 November 2019 at the Canton Fair Complex, Guangzhou, China, where it will be co-located with ISLE Autumn (International Signs & LED Exhibition).

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Avery Dennison: New vice president R&D EMEA09.02.2019

Avery Dennison Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam O’Keefe as vice president of research and development (R&D) for its Label and Graphic Materials group in Europe (LGM-EU), effective immediately. She will be based at Oegstgeest, reporting to Pascale Wautelet, vice president of global R&D. She will become part of the European leadership team of LGM and have a dotted reporting line to Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager of LGM-EU.

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Rapida 75 PRO soon on its way to IPC Mauritius08.02.2019

It is set to commence its journey at the end of March – the first Rapida 75 PRO for a printing company on the island of Mauritius. IPC Imprimerie & Papeterie in Cassis, a suburb of the capital Port Louis, has opted for a four-colour model. The production start is scheduled for the middle of the year.

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A Pantera Rounds out the Offering07.02.2019

Thanks to a Pantera, the company’s first perfect binder in its 15-year history, PieReg Druckcenter Berlin GmbH is optimally prepared for new challenges. Over the past 15 years, the company has been operating in the German capital with one drawback: The softcover production of books and brochures had to be outsourced to one of its partners. The acquisition of the perfect binder from Muller Martini closed this substantial gap at PieReg.

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Heaford: Fresh talent for the Americas06.02.2019

JM Heaford, supplier of mounting and proofing solutions for the tag and label industry, flexible packaging, corrugated and gravure markets, is launching 2019 with a new face for customers in the Americas. Nicholas (Nick) Myaard joins as service engineer for the US, Canada and Latin American markets.

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New Label Academy guide05.02.2019

Global on-the-job education resource for the label and package printing industry, the Label Academy has published a new guide covering all aspects of flexible packaging, in response to this sector’s huge predicted growth and the opportunities it will create for narrow- and mid-web converters.

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Klingele paper mill: production break in March04.02.2019

The Klingele Group, an independent manufacturer of corrugated base paper and corrugated board packaging, has announced a production break for its paper mill in Weener from March 10th 2019. This is due to construction and repair measures at the site; in addition, the annual revision of the company’s own power plant in Weener will take place during the same period.

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Gareth Newman to lead new Drytac Academy01.02.2019

Drytac®, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, is preparing to open a fully interactive training centre in Fishponds, Bristol: the Drytac Academy. Gareth Newman has been appointed Academy Manager and, supported by Drytac's Global Product Manager Shaun Holdom, is developing an extensive curriculum of training courses for display graphics professionals to begin later this month.

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Efficiency from automatic insert processing31.01.2019

Groupe EBRA publishes several large regional newspapers in the eastern half of France. One of those is L’Alsace, production of which moved from Mulhouse to the Strasbourg printing plant of Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace (DNA) in the summer of 2018, thus realizing major cost economies. Among the measures taken in Strasbourg was a reorganization of the mailroom for more efficient insert processing.

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Mimaki France celebrates 10 years in Lyon31.01.2019

With a literal interpretation of its show theme ‘Join the Experience’, Mimaki Europe invites Salon C!Print visitors to participate in its celebrations of Mimaki France’s 10th anniversary throughout the show. Fun activities – including a wind tunnel for the more adventurous – and prize giveaways will take place on the Mimaki stand (2L22) from 5-7 February 2019 at Salon C!Print in Lyon.

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Restart after restructuring30.01.2019

Feldmuehle GmbH announced on December 7, 2018 that it would concentrate on the production of Specialty Papers in the future, i.e. wet and alkali resistant Label Papers as well as Flexible Packaging Papers. In this context, the production of graphic papers was discontinued and the paper machine 2 was shut down at the end of 2018.

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Innovative customer assistance service29.01.2019

Bobst announced the launch of ‘Helpline Plus AR’, the "first ever remote assistance service in the packaging industry" to incorporate a smart headset with augmented reality (AR) glasses. Customers requiring technical assistance can wear the smart headset and connect with experts who can simultaneously see what the user sees and offer advice and support in real time.

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A service partnership with great potential29.01.2019

Badisches Druckhaus Baden-Baden is one of the first printing companies to benefit from the successful cooperation between S.E.M. and Koenig & Bauer. Within the framework of implementing the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) regulations, in particular regulation 3, the cooperation between the two companies went smoothly.

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Peak UK "blown away"29.01.2019

Roland DG is delighted to announce the winner of the inaugural Roland Hero Awards 2018. The Roland Hero Awards were designed to recognise the awesome users of Roland systems, to reflect the incredible diversity of our industry, and to demonstrate the importance of people in our exciting sector.

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Nilpeter Celebrates 100 Years of Innovation28.01.2019

May 1, 2019 will be a special day at Nilpeter Headquarters in Slagelse, Denmark, as the company celebrates its 100th anniversary. Founded by two old friends in 1919, Nilpeter started out servicing newspaper printing machines in central Copenhagen, before launching its first semi-rotary printing press, The Simplex, in 1924, which in various versions remained part of the company’s product range until the 70s. With the introduction of the self-adhesive substrate, Nilpeter targeted its business towards the label market, and the rest is history.

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UV is breaking new ground in tinplate production28.01.2019

Metal is a packaging material for the future. Branded companies often use metal packaging if a product is to be well protected with a high quality presentation. It is also sustainable, as it is 100 percent recyclable without any loss of quality. With a high quality finish, it ensures a high level of attention from consumers. Hoffmann Neopac AG in Thun, Switzerland, has already been using UV technology since 2002 to be able to achieve a wide range of individual models. Michael Wagner, COO of the company, and Production Manager Urs Mauerhofer explain the benefits achieved by using UV curing and the longstanding co-operation with UV provider, IST Metz.

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Rapida 106 for Frischmann Druck und Medien24.01.2019

"Enhanced performance and more stability in the printing process" were the reasons behind Jürgen Frischmann‘s, managing director of Frischmann Druck und Medien, decision to purchase a Rapida 106. At the beginning of January he visited Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul to learn more about the assembly status of his five-colour press with coater. It will be delivered to the family-run business in Amberg/Germany in March and will also be the company’s first Koenig & Bauer sheetfed offset press in its 50-year history.

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Kodak Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award24.01.2019

Kodak announced the 2018 Kodak Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award winners, which includes 13 printers from around the world. The program, now in its sixth year, celebrates printing industry partners who are leaders in adopting sustainable practices and in offering their customers eco-friendly options for their printing needs.

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Sun Chemical: Winter 2019 Regulatory Newsletter23.01.2019

Sun Chemical customers looking for the latest global regulations and updates regarding food contact materials will be able to download the new Winter 2019 Regulatory Newsletter at www.sunchemical.com/regulatory. The latest newsletter focuses strictly on regulatory updates of food contact materials in a variety of countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and the South Pacific.

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Heidelberg steps up activities in packaging market23.01.2019

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is looking to further improve its market position in the growing packaging printing segment by taking its long-standing sales partnership with Masterwork Group Co., Ltd. (Masterwork), China’s largest manufacturer of die-cutters and hot-foil embossing machines, to a whole new level.

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Asia Print Expo 2019 confirms event features22.01.2019

Asia Print Expo is taking place from 21 to 23 February 2019 at the BITEC exhibition centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Over the course of three days, Asia Print Expo 2019 will provide print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers a valuable opportunity to discover the latest products and technologies from leading players in the speciality print market with more than 50 companies exhibiting.

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Tetra Pak to offer new levels of customisation18.01.2019

A first for the beverage carton industry, this investment taps the power of digital on-package printing to offer new possibilities for beverage brands: Tetra Pak is to become the "first company in the food and beverage carton industry" to offer full-colour digital printing on its carton packages, working in collaboration with Koenig & Bauer AG.

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Durst strengthens Large Format Printing division18.01.2019

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is expanding its high-revenue Large Format Printing (LFP) segment with a new leadership. Previously, the segment was divided into the areas of web-fed printing in Brixen and flatbed printing at the Lienz production site.

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Color-Logic on Fuji Xerox Iridesse17.01.2019

Intertype, a printer in Australia, recently installed a Fuji Xerox Iridesse press and became the first printer worldwide to utilize the Color-Logic process on this press. Discussing the installation, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "Color-Logic is fast becoming the preferred process of Iridesse press users around the world. Intertype previously used Color-Logic on a Fuji Xerox Color 1000i press, so the transition to their new Fuji Xerox Iridesse was effortless. The company finds many customers for their metallic print offerings."

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U. Günther operates Flexcel NX System in tandem17.01.2019

Five years after Kodak Flexcel NX Plate technology made its debut at U. Günther GmbH with the acquisition of a Kodak Flexcel NX Wide 5080 System, a second line of the same type was commissioned in November 2018. U. Günther is now the first Kodak customer in Europe to use two of these large-format systems to make high-resolution, high-performance flexographic plates in 1270 x 2032 mm size.

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New Heidelberg Versafire successfully launched16.01.2019

The European launch of the new Versafire digital printing generation took place last past spring. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) launched two new models on the market: the Versafire EV is a flexible production system that is ideally tailored to the requirements of the graphics industry thanks to its creative applications, and enables extended business models, while the high-performance Versafire EP production system scores with stability and maximum performance at high volumes.

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Reed Exhibitions to acquire Mack Brooks15.01.2019

Reed Exhibitions, a division of RELX Group, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions in a move that will add an outstanding line-up of industry-leading brands to its global portfolio. It also promises access to innovation and new value in both face-to-face and digital formats for the more than 175,000 Mack Brooks customers around the world.

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Massivit 3D Opens European Demo Center15.01.2019

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, provider of large format 3D printing solutions for visual communication, is addressing a rise in sales driven by an EMEA-wide surge in interest in 3D printing, with the opening of a new demo center in Belgium.

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Heidelberg Assistant turns one14.01.2019

One year ago, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) entered a new era of digital customer communication by launching the Heidelberg Assistant digital platform in the pilot markets of Germany, Switzerland, the United States, and Canada. The digitization solution is now operating successfully at more than 400 print shops in these countries, with over 700 users – a number that is increasing rapidly. The rollout in Japan, Poland, and Austria has also started.

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Eight-colour Rapida 106 in Marktheidenfeld14.01.2019

A Rapida 106 with eight printing units and perfecting for 4-over-4 production has been in operation at Flyeralarm at Druckhaus Mainfranken in Marktheidenfeld, near Wurzburg, since April 2018. After extensive market evaluation, the high-speed press for printing speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour was ordered at the end of 2017. It is raised by 225mm and tailored exactly to the needs of the online printing service provider in terms of print spectrum and plate formats.

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Viscom: Over 30% more visitors11.01.2019

One visit, all the perks – a brilliant idea, well received. Featuring a total of 1,084 exhibiting companies, the new trade show network consisting of PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom underscored its ambition of becoming Europe’s largest combined event for advertising and selling. More than half of the exhibitors came from outside Germany, representing a total of 38 countries.

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Drytac ReTac helps turn Aquaman project around10.01.2019

A project promoting the latest superhero blockbuster Aquaman in Canada was turned around in just a few days, using specialist graphics media from Drytac®. Global Printing Enterprises created the 250ft (76m) movie poster hoarding at super-speed: five days from the site visit, to receiving files and creating colour proofs, to the print set-up and printing, to cutting down the panels, labelling and packing, to finally an overnight installation.

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New opportunities beyond newspaper printing10.01.2019

One of the most extensive investment projects in the European newspaper industry is currently heading into its final phase. Since 2017, Belgium’s biggest newspaper printing plant, Coldset Printing Partners (CPP), has been renovating the printing section at its Paal-Beringen site. In future, there will be five production lines instead of four. CPP, a customer of Ferag for many years, has invested in equipment such as the tried-and-tested MultiSertDrum, MultiStack and StreamFold components.

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"Open for Innovation"08.01.2019

The new Innovation Center (IVC) of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) for the graphic arts industry is now "Open for Innovation" at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site. A former production hall has been converted to create the industry’s most state-of-the-art development center. By opening the new Innovation Center, Heidelberg is looking to accelerate the digital transformation at print shops and its own company.

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Tessa Koops to demonstrate the power of Mimaki07.01.2019

Mimaki Europe announces its partnership with Dutch retail fashion designer, Tessa Koops, for Heimtextil 2019 (8-11 January 2019, Frankfurt, Germany – Stand J81, Hall 3.0). Completing its line-up of designer collaborations for the show, clothing specifically designed for Mimaki by Koops, will be used to demonstrate the power of art in fashion and the huge impact digital print can have on creativity and personalization within the fashion design and manufacturing process.

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Relocation of postpress processing machinery07.01.2019

The Swiss newspaper market has been in a continual state of flux for several years now. Following Ringier AG’s decision to close its newspaper printing plant in Adligenswil near Lucerne at the end of 2018, the print runs produced there will be transferred to other plants: Blick and Luzerner Zeitung, for example, are already coming out of the Zurich printing centre. That move meant relocating some Ferag machinery as well.

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SAi: New Vice President of Product Management04.01.2019

SA International (SAi), provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, has announced the promotion of Gudrun Bonte to VP Product Management. Having established a solid career with SAi spanning more than twelve years, Bonte draws upon a massive wealth of experience in product management and development as she undertakes her latest appointment.

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Postpress processing with RollStream technology03.01.2019

Zeitungsverlag Rubens GmbH & Co. KG is a newspaper publisher located in the city of Unna on the periphery of the Ruhr area of western Germany, from where it has been supplying the region with information for 173 years. The family-run, mid-sized company also owes its solid position to in-house production capacities. The possibilities available in the mailroom at the Zeitungsdruckerei Rubens GmbH & Co. KG newspaper printing plant were further improved at the start of 2018 using factory-overhauled Ferag equipment.

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Strategic Acquisition31.12.2018

AR Packaging Group AB has acquired all outstanding shares in Istragrafika, d.d., a producer of high quality folding carton products for the tobacco, food and consumer goods segments. Istragrafika, headquartered in Kanfanar, Croatia, has a workforce of approx. 160 employees.

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Relocation of the W+D envelope inserting division28.12.2018

W+D is continuing to invest in the future of envelopes and its Mail Solutions / Inserting division, relocating its Inserting division activities from Löhne to the neighboring town of Bad Oeynhausen. The new location will develop, build and deliver inserting systems and modules from W+D as of January 2, 2019.

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Mimaki at Heimtextil 201927.12.2018

Mimaki Europe announced its collaboration with over 10 inspirational world-leading designers for Heimtextil 2019 (8-11 January 2019, Frankfurt, Germany - Stand J81, Hall 3.0). Under the theme of "The Fusion of Innovation and Design" and celebrating digital print within all elements of art, interior design and fashion, Mimaki commissioned work from designers including Sigrid Calon and Claire Vos (Studio Roderick Vos), will be showcased throughout the Mimaki booth and used to demonstrate the power of digital print to increase the creative process.

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Manroland Goss acquires GWS Printing Systems21.12.2018

Printing solutions provider manroland Goss web systems Group (MGWS) and GWS Printing Systems (GWS) of the Netherlands announce the signing of a Share Purchase Agreement covering MGWS’s acquisition of the Dutch specialist in used web offset equipment. The transaction has been completed on Thursday. Current owners Eric van Kessel and Walter Donkers will continue as managers of the business.

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50/50 joint venture in digital printing21.12.2018

To further advance the development of future-oriented digital printing solutions with added value for customers in the folding carton and corrugated printing markets, Koenig & Bauer AG and Durst Phototechnik AG from Brixen/Italy have agreed to pool their know-how and strengths in a 50/50 joint venture. A corresponding letter of intent has been signed by both companies.

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Xeikon Café Europe announces 2019 program20.12.2018

Xeikon Café Europe, a multi-vendor educational & networking event scheduled for 26 to 28 March in Antwerp, Belgium, is shaping up to be the label and packaging industry event of the year. It will feature a Conference program during the mornings of each of the three days followed by an Academy program each afternoon. Visitors can also meet up with preeminent industry suppliers in the Exhibition area where live production of creative label and packaging applications are scheduled to run daily.

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"Highly topical and relevant"20.12.2018

At the first technology event of the W&H Academy in November 2018, 30 customers and partners informed themselves about current market developments and possibilities for optimizing production for package printing in flexo and gravure printing. Theoretical aspects were demonstrated practically live on the presses in the printing technology center. Further events are already planned.

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FESPA Global Print Expo returns to Munich19.12.2018

FESPA has launched its visitor campaign for the FESPA 2019 Global Print Expo and the co-located European Sign Expo 2019, which take place from 14 to 17 May 2019 at Messe Munich, Germany. The campaign strapline for both events is 'Explosion of Possibilities', celebrating the multitude of commercial and creative opportunities within the screen and digital wide format, textile printing and signage markets.

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Hubei Guangcai orders sixth Rapida19.12.2018

Hubei Guangcai Printing recently ordered a nine-colour Rapida 106 with coater and kit for UV mixed operation from Koenig & Bauer. It will be delivered to the company in Guangshui in the central Chinese province of Hubei in January and will go into operation in April. The press will mainly be used for the production of folding carton and cigarette packaging.

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Italian packaging machinery continues its growth18.12.2018

The growth of the Italian packaging machinery manufacturers shows no sign of stopping. According to the preliminary figures published by the Research Department of Ucima (Italian Automatic Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Association), the sector’s turnover is expected to see further 6.8% growth to 7.7 billion euros in 2018. Both the Italian and international markets have contributed to these results. In 2018, export sales surpassed a value of 6 billion euros, 6.6% up on the previous year.

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Datamanager 4.0 is equipped with open interfaces17.12.2018

As a producer of folding machines and web finishing solutions, MBO has always monitored changes in the market very closely and is a driving force behind technological developments. The printing industry is still changing dramatically. It is a known fact that the length of print runs in the commercial sector is sinking. At the same time, the number of different jobs is increasing. As a result, cutting set-up times and Industry 4.0 are gaining in importance.

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Most advanced printing industry research center14.12.2018

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is setting new competitive standards in the global printing industry. By opening its new Innovation Center (IVC) at the Wiesloch-Walldorf headquarters in Baden-Württemberg, the company is stepping up its efforts to maintain its technology leadership and shape the digital transformation process in the printing sector.

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All American Label Enters Packaging Market13.12.2018

Originally known as "All American Label", the Dublin, California company recently installed three Heidelberg machines to add packaging services to their list of product offerings – inspiring their new name: All American Label and Packaging. The new equipment includes a Suprasetter A 106 CtP, Speedmaster CD 102-6+L, and Easymatrix 106 CS (produced by MK Masterwork and distributed by Heidelberg).

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Asahi: 45 Years of Innovation in the Label Industry12.12.2018

"As we look back over the last 45 years, we at Asahi Photoproducts are proud of our contributions to the label industry and flexographic technology. Both AFP and AWP plates, introduced in 1982 and 2000 respectively, represented significant innovation to flexography, and we’re not stopping now! Forty-five years is a long time, and much has changed. In this post, we share a little of the history of flexography in the label market and what it means for the future."

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Mimaki participates in "ADAPT" Consortium11.12.2018

President, Kazuaki Ikeda, has announced Mimaki’s participation in the "ADAPT (Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies)" consortium launched by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (hereinafter called MIT) as one of the founding members. ADAPT is a consortium directed by MIT professor John Hart, who leads MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity. With the aim of supporting the advanced additive manufacturing industry, ADAPT will promote research and education for next-generation manufacturing technology based on AM processes, including 3D printing.

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Print shops expedite digital transformation11.12.2018

Görres-Druckerei und Verlag GmbH is based in the German town of Neuwied. The family business specializes in high-quality offset and digital commercial work, folding cartons, displays, and mailings. It deals with everything from very short, customized print runs to high six-figure runs. As Görres sees it, digitizing all the company’s processes and combining them with creative print solutions is the key factor in shaping its further growth.

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Feldmuehle strengthens its core competence10.12.2018

Feldmuehle GmbH will focus on the production of specialty papers in the future, i.e. wet- and alkali-resistant label papers as well as flexible packaging papers. On November 19, 2018, Feldmuehle GmbH filed for an application with the competent local court in Pinneberg to open insolvency proceedings under its own administration pursuant to Sections 270, 270 a para. 1 InsO (German Insolvency Act).

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XJet signs Russian distributor at formnext07.12.2018

Following a hugely successful formnext, the additive manufacturing company XJet Ltd. has announced that AB Universal has been appointed as a distributor of its metal and ceramic Carmel AM Systems in Russia following a deal signing at the exhibition. AB Universal, a distributor of AM solutions in Russia, brings prior experience and expertise of XJet technology to the partnership having installed a Carmel 1400 AM System at its Moscow-based demo center for Additive Technologies.

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First Gallus Labelfire in Canada07.12.2018

Data Communications Management (DCM) of Brampton, Ontario installed the first Labelfire 340 in Canada from Heidelberg-Gallus to enhance their performance in running short-run, on-demand labels. A market leader in Canada for print on-demand, DCM has spent the past 50 years focusing on traditional flexographic labels.

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Sun Chemical to Increase Prices of Liquid Inks06.12.2018

Sun Chemical will implement a new price increase affecting its solvent- and water-based liquid inks in Europe, effective 15 January 2019. Costs have risen annually on a variety of key raw materials used to manufacture inks, including solvents, acrylic derivatives, organic pigments and polyols and isocyanates, which are the basic building blocks for numerous resins. Additionally, the ongoing initiative in China to enforce tighter environmental regulations at chemical plants has resulted in ongoing supply disruptions.

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Ghent Workgroup: New Landing Page06.12.2018

The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) has created a new landing page and published a new White Paper focusing on Packaging and Label production. This follows the recent announcement of a new ISO Standard 19593-1. The paper reviews today's trends, while the landing page includes discussion with leading players regarding the growth of the packaging sector and the upsurge in specialist and unique applications. It also reviews the development of digitization for printing and packaging technologies and processes.

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Mondi completes successful trade fair season05.12.2018

No longer just a trend, sustainability is now a fixed criterion in the packaging choices of Mondi’s customers, according to insights from four major packaging trade fairs held this year. A second key topic for consumer goods and industrial companies attending the fairs was digitalisation, which affects business logistics and the packaging they require. Mondi’s focus on sustainable solutions and innovative packaging for e-commerce are just two examples of how the global packaging and paper Group is addressing this demand.

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Trinseo Appoints Lauren Pagano05.12.2018

Trinseo, a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, has appointed Lauren Pagano as Global Business Director Adhesives and Construction for Latex Binders. In this newly created position, Pagano will have a key role in driving the global latex binders strategy of growing the adhesives and construction business, while further developing our chemistry and technology portfolio to better meet customer needs.

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Flexo Best Practice Tool Box Project04.12.2018

The FTA Europe Technical Working Group is finalising the content of the Flexo Best Practice Tool Box. The toolbox is an eBook which gives practical details on the flexo process and how to fix problems the press operator may encounter. The current draft version is only accessible to supporting companies and technical experts from FTA Europe national associations. A short video is also available on the FTA Europe website, where the information about presentation, structure and objectives of the Tool Box are reported.

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Advanced industrial additive manufacturing03.12.2018

BASF Venture Capital is leading the Series A investment round in Essentium, Inc., an innovative developer of disruptive, industrial additive manufacturing solutions headquartered in College Station, Texas. Materialise is one of the co-investors in the Series A investment round in Essentium, Inc. BASF and Essentium have been working together on advanced fused filament fabrication (FFF) solutions using Essentium’s proprietary FlashFuseTM technology for high mechanical strength in the build direction for extrusion printed parts.

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New Director of Product Development02.12.2018

BW Integrated Systems, a Barry-Wehmiller packaging company, has announced the hiring of industry veteran Mike Girtman as Director of Product Development. In this newly created role, Girtman will focus on driving innovative product development throughout the BW Integrated Systems product portfolio, which includes industry-leading end-of-line solutions such as cartoning, case-packing, palletizing and robotic automation.

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SAi: New Director of Customer Experience30.11.2018

SA International (SAi), provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, has announced the appointment of Mikki Webb as Director of Customer Experience. The role will see Webb drive the development, continuous improvement and delivery of customer service as well as assume responsibility for inside sales, and technical support teams at the company’s Salt Lake City headquarters.

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Esko and Amtech join forces30.11.2018

Esko announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Amtech Software to bring increased efficiencies to its joint customers in the corrugated market. The companies are developing an integration between Esko’s ArtiosCAD, Automation Engine, WebCenter QuickStart for Corrugated solution, and Amtech’s Encore ERP solution to create bi-directional communication that eliminates double data entry and enables further downstream automation of the workflow for corrugated converters.

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Overcome RFID market entry obstacles29.11.2018

To accommodate easier market access for label converters, looking to offer RFID conversion solutions to their customers, Avery Dennison and French converting equipment manufacturer SMAG Graphique have joined forces.

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Production Back in Balance29.11.2018

Two high-performance Primera MC saddle stitchers from Muller Martini have helped Austria’s Sandler print&packaging regain the necessary production balance. The operation, which is located in Marbach an der Donau, is one of the world’s best-equipped companies in off-set printing. The technology mix enables every procedure to be optimally used on behalf of its customers. However, the company’s flexibility with respect to non-standard products results in more complex orders, whose success also depends on its strengths in print finishing and processing.

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Asia thinks digital28.11.2018

The print media industry in Asia is facing the same challenges as in other markets: print runs are getting shorter, the number of jobs is increasing, embellishment is becoming more and more complex, and all this with the shortest delivery times and lowest costs. Digitalization is progressing and these advantages are to be implemented internally in processes and externally in communication with print shop customers.

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Roland DG partners with duomedia28.11.2018

Roland DG, a global provider of printing, cutting, engraving and milling machines, has joined the duomedia family of clients with a goal of enhancing market awareness and visibility. With its broad product portfolio, the company was seeking a PR partner that already had expertise in the markets it serves, is up to date with the latest communication trends, has excellent media relationships, and a strong team that is well-positioned to bring immediate value.

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Holmen chooses Identity Works to develop its brand27.11.2018

As part of the Holmen Group’s communications and sustainability strategy, Holmen has entered into partnership with Identity Works in order to strengthen and further develop the Holmen brand. The first step will be to create a new brand platform and visual identity that will help to ensure consistent communication across every part of Holmen.

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Avery Dennison and French converting equipment manufacturer SMAG Graphique join forces.27.11.2018

As part of this partnership, Avery Dennison’s customers can visit SMAG Graphique’s showroom in Savigny sur Orge (France). Here the machine manufacturer showcases its dedicated RFID inserting machines for roll to roll RFID insertion and encoding.

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Manroland Goss further expands27.11.2018

After the successful merger between manroland and Goss, announced in August of this year, and as part of the ongoing strategy to establish industry partnerships that deliver value-added solutions for its customers, manroland Goss is happy to announce that a team of highly skilled engineers to support the existing Harland Simon install base has been created.

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BYK Team Wins Altana Innovation Award 201827.11.2018

The specialty chemicals company Altana presented the Altana Innovation Award for the seventh time. This year, the redevelopment of specific additives was awarded. As an international team of the BYK division, Byungdu Bae, Dr. Marc Eberhardt, Mark Heekeren and Dr. Guillaume Jaunky developed a new family of hydrophilic additives based on advanced technologies and, most notably, brought the flagship BYK®-3560 from the lab onto the market. The product series is highly innovative due to the fact that it offers completely new solutions for recoatability in multilayered systems.

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