PACKAGE PRINTING NEWS

Xeikon at Labelexpo Asia 201922.11.2019

Xeikon, a global innovator of digital printing technology, will present its latest innovations at Labelexpo Asia 2019. After a highly successful Labelexpo Europe in September of this year and an equally successful attendance at Printing United in Dallas in the US in October, Xeikon is committed to reaching out to the printers and converters in Asia Pacific and therefore attending this key event in Shanghai.

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AR Packaging: Further acquisitions15.11.2019

In line with its set strategy to become a global leader in selected segments, ÅR Packaging Group AB has acquired all outstanding shares in K+D AG and entered into agreement to acquire all outstanding shares in rlc Packaging GmbH as well as indirectly a significant share in BSC Drukarnia Opakowan S.A. The companies are well-reputed packaging producers with substantial market presence in the central European market for healthcare and beauty products. This strategic move will elevate AR Packaging to a leading market position also in the healthcare, pharma and beauty segment.

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The road to achieving truly sustainable packaging14.11.2019

While the sustainability of packaging has been an important topic for Brand Owners for several years, the need to implement meaningful solutions has significantly gathered pace in the last year or two. Consumers are rapidly becoming more environmentally conscious, and packaging recyclability is now a major decision factor in their purchasing. Indeed, 48% of consumers in the US said they would definitely or probably change their consumption habits to reduce their impact on the environment, while among millennial consumers, the figure reaches 75%.1

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New possibilities for the packaging market13.11.2019

Successful commissioning of the first HP PageWide T1190 Press to be installed in Asia. Rengo Co., Ltd, a Japanese packaging supplier, celebrated the start of production with a grand ceremony in August. This was also the first time that the “widest digital printing press in the world” had been supplied in a six-colour version. “We are very satisfied with our press. The cooperation with HP and Koenig & Bauer was absolutely flawless. And since the commissioning, the press has been fulfilling all our prior expectations in terms of performance,” says Junjiro Watanabe, general manager for technical development at Rengo.

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Geostick Group adds two Nilpeter FA-1708.11.2019

Long-standing Nilpeter partner, Geostick Group, has added two additional Nilpeter 17’’ FA presses to an already impressive line-up of seven Nilpeter presses in the company’s three production plants in Utihoorn, Heumen, and The Hague, Holland. The two new presses have been installed in The Hague plant. The addition of two new presses marks another big step for Geostick, adding standardization across group locations, as well as more flexibility and opportunities for the company's label, flexible packaging, and tag customers.

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New Rapida 106 at Siepmann in Hamburg07.11.2019

Last year, the Hamburg printing company founded and run by the Siepmann family implemented a generation change in more than one sense. Firstly, Mark Siepmann took over responsibility for day-to-day management from his father Thomas. And at the same time, the company replaced a Rapida 106 dating from 2008 with a similarly configured press of the current series. Thanks to its higher automation, the new press promises even greater productivity and is contributing to an expansion of the company’s capacities.

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Gallus celebrates sold Labelmaster No. 10006.11.2019

Gallus, a subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), celebrated a milestone at Labelexpo Europe 2019 : the Gallus Labelmaster No. 100 is being installed at the printing company Interfas, based in Louviers, France. The conventional press with a printing width of 440 mm is equipped with eight flexographic printing units and three die-cutting units. Cold foil finishing is integrated, too. It is the first Gallus Labelmaster and the first flexo press for Interfas, which has previously relied exclusively on label production with offset printing.

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Xeikon CX500 launched at Printing United 201906.11.2019

It was hard to miss Xeikon at its prime location during the first Printing United trade show, held from October 23 to 25 in Dallas. The event marked the North American debut of the company’s CX500 product, and its Wall Deco Discovery solution.

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Prinergy VME with Managed Services04.11.2019

For 20 years, Kodak Prinergy Workflow has formed a solid backbone for commercial, publishing and packaging printers’ production activities with its high automation, efficiency, integration capacity and flexible connectivity. The launch of Prinergy VME with Managed Services represents a decisive step into the future by Kodak.

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Innovation for sustainable packaging solutions01.11.2019

With the increased global push for environmentally friendly and sustainable paper-based packaging solutions, Sappi has made great strides in developing breakthrough proprietary barrier technology to offer new opportunities to satisfy this need. These unique solutions enabled Sappi to closely collaborate with the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé, to support the launch of the YES! snack bar wrapped in recyclable paper. Sappi worked in partnership with Nestlé and packaging supplier, Constantia Flexibles to develop solutions suitable for recyclable paper production processes.

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Labelexpo exceeds expectations for Heaford31.10.2019

JM Heaford, supplier of mounting and proofing solutions for the tag and label, flexible packaging, corrugated and gravure markets, has exceeded its expectations for sales at Labelexpo Europe with a record number of orders taken at a show and more expected. Discussions at Labelexpo have already led to the sale of nine Heaford flexographic plate mounters, with the Heaford FTS once again proving to be the popular ‘best in show’.

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Making history: The PM 8's first production run30.10.2019

Everyone had one goal in mind and then it happened: The paper machine at the Kehl plant produced its first paper role on October 22, 2019. A historic day for the traditional company Koehler on its way into the future. “We are proud of everyone who worked together with us to reach this moment,” says Kai Furler, CEO of the Koehler Group. The new Paper Machine 8 has just produced the first tambour. This brings a long construction and planning phase to a close, which began with in-house pilot studies back in February 2017. Furler is looking forward to energetically cornering the flexible packaging paper market.

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SIG launches combistyle29.10.2019

SIG continues to innovate and address consumers’ ever-changing needs with the launch of its unique combistyle carton pack. Featuring a distinctively shaped corner to ensure on-shelf differentiation, combistyle offers instant consumer appeal, added functionality and more convenience.

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Arkay Packaging invests in Primefire 10628.10.2019

Folding carton printing company Arkay Packaging in Roanoke, Virginia, recently signed a contract for a Drupa model Heidelberg Primefire 106. This means that Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has already sold two of these industrial digital printing systems in the USA. By installing the Primefire 106, Arkay Packaging wants to protect and further expand its position as a “technological leader in the market for luxury packaging”.

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Agfa to showcase industrial printing applications28.10.2019

At InPrint 2019 (Munich, November 12-14), ink expert Agfa will show how inkjet printing lends itself perfectly to integration in a wide variety of highly demanding industrial production environments, as it delivers the speed and flexibility that brands are looking for to meet their customers’ challenging and varying requirements.

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Paramount Labels installs first MPS flexo press24.10.2019

Paramount Labels & Tags Ltd., based in Cannock, Staffordshire, UK, purchased and installed their first MPS flexo press. The UK-based label printing manufacturer plans to invest in two more MPS presses in 2020. Purchased was an 8 colour MPS EB 370 flexo press.

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Toray and Codimag collaboration22.10.2019

For more than two decades, waterless offset printing pioneer Toray and narrow web press manufacturer Codimag have sustained a deep partnership that has helped extend the environmental, quality and productivity advantages of waterless offset printing to a growing number of narrow web applications, including labels, cardboard, film, in-mould labeling, shrink sleeves, security printing and more. At Labelexpo Europe 2019, the two companies displayed the latest results of this collaboration, providing label printers/converters with proof that by migrating all or some of their production from flexography to waterless offset printing, they can substantially improve both quality and bottom line.

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Heidelberg: Packaging Day at Shanghai plant18.10.2019

Packagings account for around 25 percent of all printed products. At the same time, the packaging market is the strongest growing market segment with around 3 percent on average. The most important region is Asia/Pacific with an annual growth rate of 4.6 percent. It’s the same picture the world over: brand owners have extremely demanding quality standards for folding cartons. The trends are ever declining runs, faster innovation cycles, shorter delivery times, increasing cost pressures, falling margins, more embellishments, zero defect production, and customized packagings.

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Koenig & Bauer at K 201914.10.2019

Koenig & Bauer will again be presenting a multitude of new tailored and future-oriented solutions for its customers at this year’s K fair in Düsseldorf. A joint stand measuring 350 m² has been reserved in Hall 4 (B11) as the platform for Koenig & Bauer Kammann and Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica to showcase a broad portfolio of products for the decoration of hollow containers made of glass, metal and plastic and for the printing of flexible packaging. There will be several live demonstrations of the new Evo XC from Flexotecnica and the K15 M18 from Kammann during the course of each day.

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MPS breaks sales records at Labelexpo11.10.2019

MPS reports a rewarding Labelexpo Europe 2019 held September 24-27 in Brussels with surpassing the number of press orders received on show, the successful introduction of the ‘Beyond the Machine’ concept showcasing four key processes that extend beyond the printing press, and debut of a wider EF SYMJET hybrid press that drew crowds during live demonstrations.

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Most international edition to date09.10.2019

The landmark 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe 2019 has closed on a high note, with its largest, most international show held to date. A total of 693 exhibitors took part in the show, which took place between 24-27 September, at Brussels Expo in Belgium.

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Smurfit Kappa provides innovative triple head filling line for SkanVin07.10.2019

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box, the global expert in comprehensive Bag-in-Box® and Pouch-Up® packaging solutions, has installed a new triple head automatic filling line for bulk wine supply chain specialist SkanVin in Denmark.

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Koenig & Bauer expands partnership07.10.2019

Following the successful start to cooperation with Rieckermann in the markets Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, the partnership is being expanded to include also Korea with immediate effect. Rieckermann will similarly be taking over exclusive sales responsibility for the Vietnamese market from 1st November.

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FoilStar Cure and new Performance Package02.10.2019

Labels give products their unique identity and boost the impulse to buy at the point of sale. The label market combines a share of some five percent of the worldwide print volume of around EUR 400 billion with great growth potential. This is why Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) decided to present its extensive portfolio around label production at not one, but two events in September.

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Variable design solution for brand protection30.09.2019

HP Indigo and Agfa announced at Labelexpo 2019 a unique variable design security solution for brand protection and security printing. HP Indigo Secure Studio Powered by Agfa creates unique graphic designs with endless variations. The solution makes its debut at the HP Indigo Secure area on the HP Stand in the Patio.

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Domino launches new after-sales solutions30.09.2019

To complement 41 years’ heritage of developing proven and reliable digital ink jet printing solutions, and in their “continuous quest to provide their customers with added value services that help to grow their businesses”, Domino Digital Printing Solutions has launched two new after-sales solutions at Labelexpo Europe in Brussels last week.

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Domino announces sale to Label-Pak26.09.2019

Domino was delighted to welcome Tony de Vos, Managing Director, and Xavier de Vos, Chief Operating Officer, from Label-Pak International onto booth No 9A60 on the first day of Labelexpo 2019, when they came to view their latest investment - the 7 colour Domino N610i ink jet label press which is being demonstrated at the show. The press will be delivered directly to the Belgian-based label converter immediately after the show. Although Label-Pak are not newcomers to digital technology, this represents their first step into digital ink jet printing.

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Quick-change plastic doctor blade system26.09.2019

Tresu, manufacturer of chamber doctor blade systems, and Flexo Concepts® have collaborated to introduce a programme of plastic doctor blades with specially designed clamping systems that enable fast, safe exchange and easy integration with chamber doctor blades.

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A colorful future for biodegradable plastics25.09.2019

A colorful future is in reach for biodegradable plastics. Clariant brings it even closer with the launch of a range of 25 organic pigments for biodegradable and compostable polymers which are compliant with the European Norm 13432 opening up color options and the appeal of organically recyclable packaging.

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Xeikon: New ‘smart label’ solution at Labelexpo24.09.2019

Showcasing at Labelexpo 2019, Xeikon will present its latest advancements in labeling technology, a new ‘smart label’ solution developed and created in partnership with UPM Raflatac and Magic Add. Demonstrations will be held on both Xeikon and UPM Raflatac’s stands at the show. The cloud-based application enables track and trace capability for labels; it is designed to help brand owners wanting to bring labels and packaging online, they are now better able to measure the success of their campaigns or to control the supply chain.

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“Environmentally friendly packaging” at FachPack24.09.2019

Today FachPack, the European trade fair for packaging, processes and technologies, will open its doors for three days at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg. The 1,590 exhibitors (39 percent from outside Germany) will then present their products and innovations to some 45,000 trade visitors. For 40 years, FachPack has been where packaging specialists from far and wide come to find out about the latest trends in the industry. In this anniversary year, FachPack has for the first time announced a key theme for the event: “environmentally compliant packaging”. As an issue that is currently of greater concern to the packaging sector than any other, it will be reflected in all aspects of the FachPack programme.

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New Xeikon fleXflow at Labelexpo20.09.2019

With an omnipresence throughout the show and in all zones, Xeikon is pleased to participate in the Flexible Packaging Arena and present its new fleXflow for pouch production. Designed to create new business opportunities for label converters, fleXflow is one of four of Xeikon’s full production lines at the show. Xeikon’s powerful X-800 Digital Front End printing will drive the pouch production line on a Xeikon CX500 dry toner, an industrial digital press with inline thermal lamination on a Xeikon LCoat500 and inline packaging construction.

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Tresu: D3P carbon fibre chamber doctor blade20.09.2019

Flexo equipment and machine manufacturer Tresu introduces the D3P carbon fibre chamber doctor blade, enabling quality-assured, high-speed printing with reduced manual intervention for mid-web applications such as paperboard and flexible packaging.

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Transforming the world of labels19.09.2019

With new applications, new partnerships and the new advisory tool ‘Transform’, Xeikon is sure to create a great deal of interest at this year’s Labelexpo. Showcasing on the company’s largest booth yet at this show and demonstrating four different automated production lines, this leading innovator of digital printing technology is set to bring the company’s unique expertise and a broad and considered portfolio of digital printing solutions to the worldwide label community.

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Clariant introduces innovative halogen- and cobalt dichloride-free Type 2 Non-reversible Humidity Indicator Cards17.09.2019

Advanced technology is an integral part of society, with electronic and digital devices becoming ubiquitous. To ensure the integrity of devices ranging from personal electronics, including computers and cell phones, to industrial automation solutions, it is critical that these moisture-sensitive components such as printed circuit boards (PCBs) and surface mount devices (SMDs) are carefully transported and stored. SMDs for instance, are comprised of many powerful and essential processors, chipsets, diodes, transistors and integrated circuits that power today’s digital devices and products. These components are very sensitive and can easily fail when exposed to moisture, due to cracking, delamination and “popcorning”.

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Flint Group Narrow Web at Labelexpo 201916.09.2019

During Labelexpo 2019, Flint Group Narrow Web will demonstrate the latest advances to the VIVO Colour Solutions, showcase the newest inks and coatings for food packaging applications, and unveil recent developments in the UV LED cured portfolio, including our Dual-Cure technology. Also on display at stand 28 in hall 5C will be several examples of flexible packaging constructions as well as prints made from our full portfolio of UV curable inks.

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Prices increase for wet strength label paper13.09.2019

Feldmuehle GmbH, manufacturer of label and flexible packaging papers, will increase prices for wet strength label paper qualities by 5% as of Jan 2020. The move is driven by a continued reduction of stock levels in conjunction with rising demand. The ecological measures on recycling have decreased the common uses of plastic based products in order to be substituted by paper-based options, less harmful for the environment.

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New Prinect version 2020 from Heidelberg12.09.2019

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is making it even easier for Prinect users to run their print shop with the new and partially cloud-based functions in the Prinect production workflow. “A growing number of Prinect functions are gradually migrating to the cloud. By taking out a subscription contract, customers can gain access to them as and when required and based on the benefits they offer,” says Jürgen Grimm, head of software solutions at Heidelberg. “The Prinect workflow thus forms the backbone of digitization in print shops.”

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Heaford at Labelexpo Europe10.09.2019

Following its clean sweep at Labelexpo Americas last year, JM Heaford, supplier of mounting and proofing solutions for the tag and label, flexible packaging, corrugated and gravure markets, is planning for another successful Labelexpo show in Brussels (September 24-27). Having sold all three mounters off the stand in Chicago last September, the company anticipates similar interest for its scalable range of productivity boosters in Europe.

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Durst brings Software Ecosystem to FachPack04.09.2019

Durst, manufacturer of digital printing and production technologies, will be in Hall 8, Stand 300, at FachPack 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany, from 24 to 26 September. The Corrugated Packaging & Display Printing segment in conjunction with Durst Professional Services (DPS) will present the comprehensive Software Ecosystem with the Workflow and Smart Shop Solutions. At the Durst booth, visitors have opportunities to learn about the integrated "Pixel to Output" concept, from data input to the final product, and to have demonstrations of the processes.

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