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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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New developments in UV/EB curing27.11.2018

Sartomer, a business unit of Arkema, will feature the latest advancements in UV/EB curing products at Chinacoat 2018. Sartomer Asia experts will share their deep understanding of the innovative solutions and technology needed to advance UV/EB curing performance for adhesives, specialty coatings, graphic arts and 3D printing at Arkema booth E37-42, Zone 7, Hall 2.1. In addition, Sartomer Asia will hold a technical seminar on newly developed polyester acrylates.

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FGS Spain Signs Bellissima DMS Contract26.11.2018

Aniken Graphics is pleased to announce that Flexographic Solutions S.L. has signed a contract for the multi-award-winning Bellissima DMS flexo software. Through this contract, FGS becomes the exclusive Bellissima DMS trade-shop partner for Spain and Portugal covering the wide web and corrugated markets.

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Flexotecnica: Successful Open House26.11.2018

Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica held an open house for customers at its plant in Tavazzano near Milan for the first time since the takeover by Koenig & Bauer in December 2013. On two days around 300 visitors were treated to live demonstrations of the Evo XD CI flexo press and received a raft of information about printing with water-based inks.

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Tarsus Group unveils new Brand Print portfolio23.11.2018

The organizer of the Labelexpo Global Series, Tarsus Group has unveiled a new portfolio of trade shows targeting the branded print market, which aim to connect the whole print supply chain. There are four Brand Print events planned: Brand Print Thailand – Bangkok; Brand Print Turkey – Istanbul; Brand Print China – Guangzhou; and Brand Print Mexico – Mexico City. The first of these will be Brand Print Thailand, scheduled to take place over 7-9 May 2020 in Bangkok.

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Esko opens new flexo platemaking facility23.11.2018

With the continued expansion of Esko’s flexo platemaking business, the company has moved its operations to a new, larger plant in Itzehoe, Germany. The new 4300 sqm facility is a center of innovation for Esko with all flexo operations.

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Koenig & Bauer: 11th Roadshow in Greater China22.11.2018

At the end of October/beginning of November Koenig & Bauer invited Chinese print users to specialist events in various regions of the country. These roadshows have taken place since 2007 without interruption – and now for the eleventh time. This year's motto was "Built for your Needs - High-Level Sheetfed configurations". Each event consists of a seminar section and practical print demonstrations at a Rapida user.

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Mediadruckwerk: Early investor in Jet Press 750S22.11.2018

Originally founded as a copy shop near Hamburg University in the early 1980s, Mediadruckwerk is now a major full service print business employing 60 people and producing a huge range of quality products, from postcards and greetings cards, to brochures, calendars, posters, stationery, packaging, annual reports and high quality short run books.

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Feldmuehle files for self-administrated insolvency21.11.2018

Feldmuehle GmbH, which in the spring of 2018, took over the business operations of Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH through acquisition of all substantial assets, has been adversely and unforeseeably affected this current year by unexpected increased energy costs and procurement prices for raw materials. During the current year, management has implemented extensive measures to increase operating profitability. Despite these efforts, the latently rising variable costs could not be offset by implemented price increases, partly due to the company's lower-than-expected revenues in September and October 2018.

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Digital print coating appeals21.11.2018

Everyone is talking about digital printing and digitalisation. Schmid Rhyner AG and their partner have the digital solution for print finishing. Unnoticed and hidden in a niche, digital coating and foiling has developed into a pearl. The possibilities that result far exceed those of the conventional methods (coating with flexo, gravure and screen printing as well as hot and cold foiling).

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MPS Systems appoints Atze Bosma as new CEO20.11.2018

To achieve further global growth of the company, the Dutch-based manufacturer of flexo, offset, and hybrid printing presses appointed Atze Bosma as their new CEO. Atze Bosma was introduced to MPS by their new shareholders, ABN AMRO Participaties, who became a shareholder in MPS together with management in May 2018. With the acquisition by ABN AMRO Parcitipaties (AAP), MPS entered a new growth phase to become a top-3 player in the market.

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Jura Security Printing Turns to Toray19.11.2018

Toray Graphics in the Czech Republic, a manufacturer of waterless offset plate technology, reported that Jura Security Printing, with headquarters in Budapest and Vienna, has successfully been using Toray Imprima waterless offset printing plates to help its customers achieve the extremely high quality requirements of the security printing market. Jura Security Printing, a family-owned business established in 1988, serves international markets with a talented staff of 60 people.

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FloriColor to invest in Jet Press 750S B219.11.2018

FloriColor, based in Porto, has become the first Portuguese printer to invest in Fujifilm’s flagship Jet Press B2 inkjet press, and one of the first printers anywhere in Europe to invest in the brand new, third generation Jet Press 750S. The press will be installed in January 2019.

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Dr. Dirk Berndt elected as EMVA representative16.11.2018

The European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) is pleased to announce that Dr.-Ing. Dirk Berndt in his role as member of the EMVA Board of Directors has been elected in the Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders (BoS). The Board of Stakeholders is the main decision-making body of the European Technology Platform (ETP) Photonics21. With currently more than 2.500 members Photonics21 unites the majority of the leading photonics industries and relevant R&D stakeholders along the whole economic value chain throughout Europe.

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Compacta 818 for French printer16.11.2018

SIB Imprimerie S.A. (Societe D´Impression du Boulonais) is investing in a Compacta 818 from Koenig & Bauer. It will be joining two existing Compacta 318 presses at the company in the north of France and is scheduled to enter production in spring 2019.

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Esko appoints Mattias Byström as President15.11.2018

Esko announced that Mattias Byström has been appointed President, effective January 1, 2019. Byström succeeds Udo Panenka, who is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities.

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Barthel Gruppe signs for another MPS EF 430 flexo press15.11.2018

German label printing specialist Barthel Gruppe signed for their 24st MPS investment: a six-colour, fully-automated EF 430 flexo printing press. This advanced machine will replace an older flexo press to produce labels for the food industry.

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Xeikon showcases Digital Label Advantage at busy Labelexpo Americas 2018 exhibition13.11.2018

Divisions of Flint Group, including its Digital Solutions division, Xeikon, hosted one of the most popular exhibits at Labelexpo Americas 2018. The largest event for the label printing industry in the Americas, it was the venue for Xeikon’s announcement of its new entry-level Label Discovery solution featuring the Xeikon 3030.

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Sartomer Europe to Launch New UV-Curable Engineered Resins for 3D Printing13.11.2018

Sartomer, a business line of Arkema, will introduce new products from the N3xtDimension® line of UV-curable engineered resins for 3D printing applications at Formnext 2018. These resins help additive manufacturers yield exceptional material’s tunability, high-definition, and fulfill performance and regulatory requirements for a wide range of industrial applications.

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Kodak Reaches Agreement with Montagu for Sale of its Flexographic Packaging Division13.11.2018

Eastman Kodak Company has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu Private Equity LLP, a leading private equity firm. After closing, the business will operate as a new standalone company which will develop, manufacture and sell flexographic products, including the flagship KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, to the packaging print segment.

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Esko takes “Packaging Connected” to All4Pack09.11.2018

Esko will showcase its innovative packaging software solutions for brand owners, trade shops and converters, as well as a Kongsberg C24 cutting table (1680x3200) at All4Pack, Paris, November 26 to 29, Hall 6 Stand L141.

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FINAT Launches the #LABELicious Competition09.11.2018

FINAT, the European association for the self-adhesive label and adjacent narrow-web converting industry, launches the #LABELicious talent competition on the occasion of its 60th anniversary.

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XJet names Beam-IT as first Italian customer09.11.2018

Additive manufacturing company XJet Ltd. has announces that Italy’s largest additive manufacturing bureau, Beam-IT, has purchased an XJet Carmel1400 AM System. The system, which uses XJet’s unique proprietary NanoParticle Jetting™ (NPJ) technology, is the first of its kind in Italy and will be installed before the end of 2018, bringing XJet’s rapidly growing install base to seven countries.

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Heidelberg Opens Future Workshop09.11.2018

The advancing digital transformation at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) also places high demands on vocational training at the company. To make it easier to shape technological and social change, Heidelberg has opened a Future Workshop for apprentices at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site with the aim of introducing them to its corporate digitization strategy from day one.

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Step by Step Makes It Complete09.11.2018

After putting a Pantera perfect binder into operation, German media company Plump expanded its softcover segment into a complete line and increased both its volume and quality.

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Sun Chemical makes SunLit Publish ink series available globally07.11.2018

After successfully introducing SunLit® Publish in a number of European countries, Sun Chemical is now extending the availability of its series of premium sheetfed offset process inks to commercial printers throughout the rest of Europe and the world.

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Second ‘Gipfelstürmer’ for WEISS Druck07.11.2018

After the overwhelming success by the first COLORMAN e:line newspaper printing system, commissioned in 2014 under the name “Gipfelstürmer” (Summiteer), WEISS Druck now order the second identical machine of this type. The highly modern newspaper printing machine series e:line of manroland Goss web systems successfully prevailed on a difficult market, for it provides immense benefits for users and is the answer for the modern, efficient and profitable newspaper printing – as proven by WEISS Druck.

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