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Grafičar: Competitive edge with Rapida 105 PRO

In July 2019, a new six-colour Rapida 105 PRO with coating and UV capabilities went into production at Graficar d.d. Ludbreg in Croatia. This installation has secured an important competitive edge for the company on the packaging market, and at the same time opens the door to a whole new realm of quality, facilitating expansion into further market segments and offering interesting export opportunities.

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Alkor – sustainable printing

Sustainability has been an important concern for printers and converters for years and will have a huge impact on printing in the near future. The packaging requirements are constantly changing due to stricter marketing regulations for food safety and environmentally friendly production. Printing on bio based and eco-friendly materials and less waste during production are also challenges that printers and converters have to deal with.

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New European Headquarters for Rotocontrol

Rotocontrol is moving its European headquarters to a new facility in Siek, Germany (near Hamburg). The 1000 sqm building will provide a showroom for product demonstrations, factory acceptance testing, operator training and final machine assembly for Rotocontrol's range of label finishing machines. The move is scheduled for this March.

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Smurfit Kappa supports international wine contest

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box and Vitop, experts in comprehensive Bag-in-Box® packaging solutions, are official sponsors of the Concours International ‘Best Wine in Box’ contest once again this year. Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box has supported the prestigious wine contest since it began in 2015 when a strategic partnership was born. The innovative concept of this contest has proved to be a real success as it has become a benchmark for consumers from all over the world, bringing together over 100 producers from different countries.

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Durst restructures textile printing segment

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has restructured its segment for industrial textile printing. The new segment manager, Dr. Stefan Kappaun, has responsibility for the strategic direction in home textiles, clothing and accessories. Dr. Kappaun also will be the connecting link to the Large Format Segment, which takes over soft signage and fabrics in the portfolio.

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First Sapphire EVO with Stream Inkjet Technology

Japanese packaging printer Kinyosha Printing Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, has started production on their newly installed Uteco Sapphire EVO Press, following a successful on-site acceptance test. This high production digital inkjet press expands the company’s packaging print capabilities with a cost-effective and highly flexible digital solution for high-speed, high-quality applications. The Sapphire EVO Press was developed by the Uteco Group in partnership with Kodak and is installed at the Kinyosha plant in Oguchi, a short distance from the Nagoya urban area.

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3D-Printing for Pressure Vessels

For the first time, an additive-manufactured autoclave has been certified by the Technical Plant Inspection of BASF SE as pressure equipment conforming to the European Pressure Equipment Directive (2014/68/EU). Within this guideline, the autoclave made of austenitic stainless steel (operating pressure = 225 bar) meets the requirements of category III, making BASF the first company to have carried out a certification process including a process inspection for 3D-printed pressure equipment. In the future, safety-relevant components for BASF will be designed, manufactured and quickly put into operation that cannot usually be produced by conventional manufacturing methods.

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New Customer Care business unit from Tresu

Printing equipment and machine manufacturer Tresu has created a new business unit in order to provide its customers with lifetime support and help customers drive down excess waste, cost and down time. Tresu Customer Care helps customers increase their overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), which impacts the costs of production – and yields a lower cost to print. Tresu Customer Care has two primary goals: maximising uptime and driving down the cost to print.

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Felix Schoeller: New organisational structure

The Felix Schoeller Group’s new organisational structure took effect on 1 January 2020. The reorganisation follows the steps towards increasing internationalisation the company has taken in recent years. With production facilities around the world – in Germany, North America, China, Russia and India – the German Osnabrück-based specialty paper manufacturer is with immediate effect delegating more responsibility to the regions. There has been a reshuffle at management level of the Felix Schoeller Group.

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Bosch Packaging Technology is now Syntegon

Known as Bosch Packaging Technology until late 2019, the former Bosch division presented itself as an independent enterprise at the company headquarters in Waiblingen (Germany) on January 16th. Syntegon Technology’s business focus is on intelligent and sustainable technologies for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Extending the service range is a priority for the company.

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Thimm installs unique technology across Europe

Thimm is once again assuming the role of pioneer and has invested in a machine for the digital laser cutting of corrugated cardboard. The new Highcon Beam 2C machine is, according to Thimm, unique in Europe as regards its design and opens up unusually creative opportunities for packaging designers. Lasers can cut delicate designs out of corrugated cardboard which previously could only be produced with difficulty, or not at all.

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Lecta’s new Adestor Inkjet Matt LR FSC

Lecta increases its extensive offer of Adestor self-adhesive materials for digital printing with the launch of Adestor Inkjet Matt LR FSC (C011032) SP123 White Glassine 62. This new product, specially indicated for logistics and retail labels, provides good absorption and uptake of inks, resulting in excellent drying times both for UV and waterbased inks.

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