PACKAGE PRINTING NEWS

Durst: Tau 330 RSC E launch21.01.2019

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has launched the Tau 330 RSC E UV inkjet single-pass press that will bring affordable digital production to increasing numbers of converters.

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Sustainable barrier and composite materials21.01.2019

Focus is not just placed on sustainability and innovation at this year’s Packaging Innovations in Birmingham – these are also key issues at Walki, a producer of laminates and packaging solutions. The company is presenting paper- and board-based composite materials for food and non-food packaging right through to the luxury segment. Manufacturers and branded companies in the food and non-food sectors, packaging manufacturers and designers can get information at booth D46 and seek advice about individual solutions.

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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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W&H: Spare Parts in Record Time11.01.2019

In the event of (imminent) machine downtime, machine spare parts are often required in record time. Windmöller & Hölscher has 90 percent of all required original spare parts directly available from stock. But there are also rare consumables or old machine parts that are not stored. The W&H express production closes this gap: Simple to medium complex machine components that have been manufactured to customer specifications (drawing parts), can be rebuilt and delivered in less than 24 hours.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Apex International Appoints Anton Lesscher Corrugated Market Director07.11.2018

In order to maintain Apex’s existence as an indispensable partner for printing and packaging, Apex management has made the decision to build a business units structure per vertical market for its headquarters. This structure ensures that full emphasize/focus can be given to the different and special needs in the individual markets. This next to the approach on geographical level, brings Apex even closer to the customers and their requirements and demands.

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DMK Relaunches Baby Nutrition in New Sealio® Packaging from Ar Packaging07.11.2018

The DMK Group is Germany’s largest dairy company and targets the growing infant milk formula (IMF) with its Humana brand. When investing in the conversion of its Strückhausen plant into a dedicated infant milk formula site, DMK chose to go for the Sealio packaging and a long term partnership with A&R Carton, a member of AR Packaging. The composite can’s superior product safety and ease of use for consumers are the key decisive factors for this strategic move.

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Flint Group Packaging Inks announces North American Price Increase 04.11.2018

Regretfully, as of 15th November 2018, the price increase will be active for all Flint Group Packaging Inks products sold in the United States of America and Canada. The progressively challenging trading environment is forcing Flint Group to look carefully at its cost base, ensuring the sustainability of supply for all our valued customers.

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Esko demonstrates ‘Labels Connected’ solutions01.11.2018

At Labelexpo India 2018, visitors to the Esko E10B booth will see how Esko’s seamless ‘Labels Connected’ vision brings together integrated and automated solutions and links brand owners, designers, premedia and the pressroom together in a highly productive and efficient workflow. They will learn how it drives faster throughput, higher quality, and ‘Right First Time’ production.

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Creative students compete in unboxing31.10.2018

On November 8, this year’s German winners of the Packaging Impact Design Award (PIDA) will be selected. In this prestigious competition, students construct innovative and creative packaging concepts. BillerudKorsnäs is behind the initiative in order to push development of packaging design forward while highlighting new young talent.

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E-Commerce Shoppers Return Health and Beauty Products Because of the Packaging31.10.2018

Esko released a new study, “Packaging and the Digital Shopper: Meeting Expectations in Health & Beauty,” along with sister companies Pantone, X-Rite and AVT. This new study reveals what 3,000 shoppers in North America, Western Europe, and Asia want from health, beauty and personal care packaging, and follows the study “Packaging and the Digital Shopper: Meeting Expectations in Food & Beverage” that was released in June 2018.

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FESPA Awards 2019 open for entries31.10.2018

The 28th edition of the FESPA Awards is now open to print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers looking to highlight their outstanding examples of print.

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Mayr-Melnhof Group acquires TANN Group29.10.2018

Mayr-Melnhof Packaging has come to an agreement with the owners of TANN Group on the 100% acquisition of the group headquartered in Traun, Austria.

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Two industry awards for Durst at SGIA Expo 201825.10.2018

Dursthas won two Product of the Year awards at SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. The accolades for the Delta WT 250 and Rhotex 325 have been announced after Durst successfully demonstrated large-format and software capabilities, including the P5 Series with the flagship P5 250 HS machine.

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Vetter Further Expands Secondary Packaging25.10.2018

Vetter is a leading solution provider of prefilled drug-delivery systems and a specialist for a wide range of packaging solutions. In addition to labelling, blister packing, cartoning as well as serialization, the company offers its customers further technically sophisticated packaging solutions such as the assembly of pens, auto-injectors and safety devices.

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Get “Packaging Connected” with Esko at Scanpack20.10.2018

In Gothenburg, October 23-26, at its G06:17 booth, Esko will be detailing how integrated and automated solutions, such as color specification, 3D pack shots and design reviews, can link brand owners, designers, premedia and the pressroom into a highly productive and efficient workflow.

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KODAK FLEXCEL NX System donated to Stuttgart Media University in Germany20.10.2018

Kodak has donated a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Mid System to Stuttgart Media University (HdM). Kodak's solution for high-performing flexo plate production upgrades the prepress equipment for packaging printing at the internationally renowned higher education institution to the highest technological standard.

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Labelexpo Americas 2018 records largest show to date18.10.2018

The organizer of Labelexpo Americas is pleased to report that the 16th edition of the biennial trade show was the largest in its history. A total of 487 exhibitors were spread across the biggest floorspace yet, at 203,642 sqft, with almost 30% of exhibitors new to this year’s show.

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Rotoflex DF3 Launches at Labelexpo12.10.2018

Rotoflex has debuted a new technology to its suite of solutions- the Rotoflex DF3. The machine was formally introduced at Labelexpo Americas 2018.

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Ucima heads to Pack Expo in Chicago12.10.2018

The Italian Automatic Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Association will be present at Pack Expo, the most important event for the industry in North America.

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