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Kodak recognizes 52 printers from around the world

Kodak awarded 52 printers from around the world, a record number, the 2019 Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award. The program, now in its seventh year, celebrates printers who are leaders in adopting sustainable practices that benefit the environment, their business and their customers.

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Elle Media Group to take delivery of the first serial drupa specification Speedmaster XL 106-5+L in the world

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) recently announced its new Speedmaster drupa 2020 generation. Elle Media Group have concluded the purchase the very first serial 2020 drupa specification XL106-5+L in the world from Heidelberg UK. This will replace a three-year-old machine which has produced an incredible 210 million impressions since its installation in March 2017.

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Baldwin Technology appoints Joe Kline as new President and CEO

The leadership team of Baldwin Technology Company Inc. has appointed Joe Kline as its new President and CEO, effective January 17, 2020. Baldwin is a leading global manufacturer of innovative process-automation technology for the printing, packaging and converting industries. Acting CEO Kyle Chapman will continue as Baldwin’s Chairman, and devote greater focus to BW Forsyth Partners’ rapidly expanding portfolio. In 2012, Forsyth acquired then-public Baldwin and took it private.

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LOPEC

From Mobility to Smart Living – Printed electronics makes everyday life easy and flexible

This year there's an anniversary: For the tenth time OE-A organizes the OE-A Competition for its members from all sectors of organic and printed electronics. Numerous international companies, research institutes and universities participate in the annual competition to present their new products, prototypes and concepts. Prizes will be awarded for the best submission in each of the three categories – "Prototypes & New Products"; "Freestyle Demonstrator"; and "Publicly Funded Project Demonstrator" at LOPEC 2020 in Munich, Germany the leading trade show and conference for printed electronics.

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Ink design and integration

Which factors play a major roll in ink development and is it that difficult? How do you design or choose an inkjet ink? Which device to use for ink validation? When is an ink bad and how is it determined? The ESMA Inkjet Essentials training provides answers to all these questions. After the successful launch last year the course on implementation of inkjet inks in industrial applications returns on 21-24 April 2020 to Edegem/Antwerp, Belgium.

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Great interest in Gallus Open Day in February 2020

More than 130 visitors came to Gallus Open Day event, which took place on 6th February 2020 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The two printing systems Gallus Labelmaster and Labelfire were demonstrated live at the Print Media Center Label. In the Knowledge Forum printing experts talked about the latest developments regarding low migration as well as digital white applications.

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New Commander CL for Druckhaus Delmenhorst

New Commander CL for Druckhaus Delmenhorst. The floor-mounted Commander CL comprises three four-high towers, two KF 5 jaw folders and three Pastomat reelstands with a stripping station and Patras A paper-reel transport system. It is scheduled to come on stream in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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SIG wins Sustainability Leaders Award for reporting

SIG has won the prestigious edie Sustainability Leaders Award for Sustainability Reporting and Communications in recognition of its transparent reporting on social and environmental issues. Now in their 13th year, the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards recognise excellence in key aspects of business sustainability, including reporting and communication which is cited by expert stakeholders as one of the key drivers for leadership in sustainability.

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FESPA

Revamped World Wrap Masters feature to return to FESPA Global Print Expo 2020

World Wrap Masters, FESPA’s popular vehicle wrapping competition, will return with reinvigorated displays and a new scoring system to FESPA Global Print Expo 2020, taking place from 24 – 27 March 2020 at IFEMA in Madrid. The competition will take place in Hall 2 for the full duration of the event, where visitors will see a host of talented wrappers showcasing their wrapping skills whilst competing for the title of World Wrap Master 2020 champion.

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Avery Dennison joins Sabic in its Trucircle initiative

Avery Dennison has taken an important step towards supplying a recycled polypropylene (rPP) label material, collaborating with Sabic in the Trucircle initiative, which encompasses circular materials and technologies to enable product manufacturers to reach their sustainability goals.

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Skanem Stavanger Acquires New FA-22 from Nilpeter

Skanem Stavanger, producer of self-adhesive labels in Norway, has acquired a new 9-colour FA-22 from Nilpeter. In addition to providing maximum levels of stability and excellent printing results on multiple substrates, the FA-22 is a perfect fit for Skanem's commitment to sustainability, renewable products, and reusable materials.

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drupa

Connect to a Smart Factory

With Finishing 4.0 and the Connex workflow system, Muller Martini is making smart factories a reality for customers around the world. The company will be presenting concrete business cases and inspiring examples at drupa in Düsseldorf.

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AR Packaging strengthens its operational footprint in Switzerland

AR Packaging is in a period of sustained expansion, with some latest acquisitions being rlc packaging group and K+D. As part of its strategy to hold leading market positions in  selected segments and continuously improve the operational excellence and cost-efficiency, the group now investigates actions to optimise its operational footprint in Switzerland.

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MPS Systems opens new Technology & Expertise Center in Philadelphia

MPS Systems North America Inc. is now officially operational in Philadelphia, PA. The North American subsidiary of the Dutch-based press builder celebrated the move with a packed Grand Opening event. On January 22 and 23, over 200 visitors attended the Grand Opening of MPS’ new North American Technology & Expertise Center. The two-day event included an official ribbon cutting ceremony, MPS customer testimonials, a tabletop exhibition and live demonstrations featuring connectivity and hybrid printing on the MPS EF SYMJET with an integrated Domino digital inkjet unit.

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Packaging Technologies praises Heaford for helping scoop multiple print awards

With steadily rising sales figures and an increasingly cramped trophy cabinet, Packaging Technologies Inc., a division of The Central Group from Concord, ON, Canada, has tipped 2020 to be one of its best years yet and has cited JM Heaford a key player in its success to date. Heaford, supplier of mounting and proofing solutions for the tag and label, flexible packaging, corrugated and gravure markets, has been a trusted technology partner of Packaging Technologies since the 1990s.

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The Felix Schoeller Group is celebrating its 125th anniversary

The Felix Schoeller Group was founded 125 years ago this year. Founded in 1895 in Osnabrück, Germany, by Felix Hermann Maria Schoeller, the Felix Schoeller Group now has worldwide operations with around 3,600 employees at 12 sites producing specialty papers, including digital printing papers, decor papers and release liners. The company has a clear vision of its future and is resolute in its intent to turn that vision into reality.

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Ghent Workgroup announces new webinar

The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) is happy to announce the new webinar about PDF transparency on Thursday March 26 at 4pm. This webinar will be presented by Andrew Bailes-Collins (Enfocus) and is intended to help designers better understand native transparency – the benefits and challenges – and the use of best practices to avoid common print problems associated with transparencies.

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Brixen Water Light Festival

Once again, the Brixen Water Light Festival shines even bigger and brighter in May. The success of last year's edition as to the number of visitors, the wide coverage from the international press and the number of light events has led to a new, even more spectacular Brixen Water Light Festival this year. Many novelties this year start from the important partnership with Durst, which thanks to its philosophy is in ideal symbiosis with the festival. Durst Group is a manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies with its headquarters in Brixen.

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GWG specification for Sign & Display market

The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) today releases an innovative specification to address the Sign & Display segment. Given the diversity within this segment, the new specification incorporates the notion of viewing distance and scaling factor. This allows having one specification, but still to address the big differences in printing techniques within typical sign & display jobs.

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FlexoControl 3D Plus for controlling plate quality

A. Hatzopoulos S.A. of Thessaloniki, Greece, develops and manufactures innovative flexible packaging solutions for a wide range of industries: food & beverages, cosmetics, baby food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and agrochemicals. The company employs 380 people and, with exports accounting for more than 70 percent of total sales, is one of the fastest growing packaging producers in Europe. Hatzopoulos uses flexo and rotogravure processes and maintains business relationships with customers in more than 35 countries.

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