PACKAGE PRINTING NEWS

Koenig & Bauer spreads the word21.05.2019

Digital innovation for printers all over the world: Between 16th and 21st May, Koenig & Bauer presents a raft of new customer-centric offers based on digital transformation, as well as new and further developed data-driven services, during a series of four open house events at its facility in Radebeul. While the first two days were devoted specifically to the needs and wishes of commercial printers, their counterparts in the packaging sector becomes the centre of attention after the weekend.

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First Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-8+L20.05.2019

Ultimate Paperbox, located in City of Industry, California, will expand market share with their Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-8+L , which will give them the ability to consistently produce high-end products at 18,000 sheets an hour. After picking up several high-end cosmetic accounts, Ultimate Paperbox looked to the eight-color Speedmaster XL 106 with coater, Prinect Inpress Control 2 and integrated Drystar UV to satisfy their clients’ needs for high quality packaging with a gloss-matte finish.

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Flint Group introduces HexaCode ink range15.05.2019

Flint Group Paper & Board introduces HexaCode – a full range of water-based inks designed for best in class performance on corrugated board, paper bags and sacks, paper shopping bags and gift wraps. The HexaCode ink range has been designed to reduce converters’ overall total cost to print exhibiting critical key features such as optimised resolubility, excellent pH and viscosity stability, high colour strength and ease of use.

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Stora Enso launches wood-fibre-based biocomposite solutions for cosmetics, food and luxury packaging14.05.2019

Stora Enso introduces DuraSense™ by Stora Enso – wood-based biocomposites for premium cosmetics, food and luxury brands seeking alternatives to plastic packaging. With the help of DuraSense, customers who place very high demands on aesthetics and tactile values can make their packaging more eco-friendly.

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Print quality monitored down to the finest detail13.05.2019

A new eight-colour Rapida 106 with twin coaters has been in production at Bernholz Packaging in the North German town of Bad Salzuflen since November. It is the second press in this configuration at the company.

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Ohtomi purchases first MPS flexo press13.05.2019

A ten-colour EF 430 multi-substrate flexo press with the APC (Automated Print Control) package was purchased and installed by Indonesian printer Ohtomi, and marks their first MPS investment and fourth flexo press. Previously as an exclusive user of letterpress technology, Ohtomi made the initial switch to flexo ten years ago.

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Printing with process free plates08.05.2019

Kodak will be among the exhibitors at this year’s IST UV Days from May 13 to 16 in Nürtingen, Germany. The company will take advantage of this prestigious industry event to cast a spotlight on the options for UV offset printing that are opened up by the new Kodak Sonora X Process Free Plate.

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Autumn Graphics signs as Bellissima DMS partner07.05.2019

Aniken Graphics, a joint venture between Hamillroad Software, a UK based prepress software company, and Apex International, announces Autumn Graphics as a contracted trade shop partner for Bellissima DMS in the Canadian and United States flexographic printing market.

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Flint Group: Thermal Flat Top Dot Plate07.05.2019

At a time when flexible packaging print quality is advancing rapidly with plate technologies such as flat top dots, specialized surfaces and screening techniques, Flint Group is proud to introduce a new thermal, flat top dot plate, nyloflex® XFH Digital. The plate was developed specifically for the wide web flexible packaging printer and is the latest addition to the portfolio of thermal plates designed to perform optimally in the nyloflex® Xpress thermal processor.

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Meech wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise06.05.2019

For the third time in ten years, Meech International has been awarded the UK’s "most prestigious award for business achievement": the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. As the company states, "this reaffirms Meech’s position as one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of static control, web cleaning, compressed air technology and surface cleaning products".

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New paperboard – brilliance meets function06.05.2019

In mid-April, Sappi launched its new Atelier paperboard, developed under the motto "brilliance meets function". The special feature of the new GC1 board lies in its unrivalled combination of visual and physical features. Atelier combines a large specific volume with a high stiffness, as well as a high surface quality with a unique 100-percent brightness. The folding boxboard GC1 is offered in grammages ranging from 240 to 350 g/m2.

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Grand Master produces with five Rapida 10603.05.2019

The print company Grand Master in Masis in Armenia’s Ararat region has modernised its entire machinery base since 2010. Four Rapida 106 presses are already in use at the company – and a fifth is set to join them in May. Production start-up is scheduled for early summer. At that point, the print centre will have been switched fully to sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer.

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New Gallus ECS 340 for Arvanitis03.05.2019

Flexo, screen and cold foil printing processes in one line: The Greek label printing company Arvanitis invests in a new Gallus ECS 340, a 8-colour UV flexo label printing press, in order to achieve a consistent high print quality and to increase the overall productivity.

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Koenig & Bauer road show on market trends25.04.2019

Following a very successful year in 2018, with several installations of sheetfed offset and flexo presses in Malaysia, Koenig & Bauer (SEA) organised a special road show and seminar for the region’s users and prospective customers last month.

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Digital printing papers for highest demands24.04.2019

Printing textiles and hard substrates with impressive results: this is what Transjet dye sublimation papers from Sappi stand for. The new Transjet Drive is a sublimation paper optimised for industrial printers with a glue-belt system and will be showcased for the first time at FESPA trade fair in Munich. Sappi will also be presenting its inkjet papers for large-format applications, the Fusion Topliner containerboard and various silicone base papers at Stand B6-B30.

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Xiamen invests in another Heidelberg Intro23.04.2019

To take advantage of the growing market for Aseptic Liquid Packaging, in 2012 Xiamen Yingsheng made a strategic decision to open a green field production facility. With a total investment of almost 40 Mio. Euro and a workshop-area of more than 100.000 sqm., they were able to produce 6 billion packs per year in the first phase.

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Bobst announced as Bellissima DMS Partner 23.04.2019

Bobst has been chosen as the first Bellissima DMS Press Manufacturer Partner (PMP). Bobst will demonstrate the incredible results which are possible when using Bellissima on their presses. They will also support the Bellissima Technology and Trade Shop Partners by engaging in collaborative marketing activities to increase awareness of this multi-award-winning technology.

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Heaford Sleeve Productivity Station16.04.2019

JM Heaford, supplier of mounting and proofing solutions for the tag and label, flexible packaging, corrugated and gravure markets, says its recently introduced multi-tasking Sleeve Productivity Station (SPS) has received a response beyond expectation from world markets. Following a soft launch in 2018, the solution is already installed on four continents and reflects the global drive towards improving efficiencies among companies of every size.

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Flint launches nyloflex® FTH Digital Plate15.04.2019

The newest member of Flint Group’s family of flat top dot plates, nyloflex® FTH Digital Plate, provides greater versatility for meeting the highest standards in flexible packaging printing. A solvent-processed plate with a smooth surface designed for use with surface screening, the new flexo plate provides high solid ink density and superb highlight performance for ultimate overall print results.

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MPS: Another EF Symjet hybrid press sale12.04.2019

The award-winning Canadian printer ASL Print FX has invested in an MPS EF Symjet hybrid flexo-inkjet press for their manufacturing plant located in California’s famous Napa Valley wine region. Ordered was a hybrid combination of an MPS EF flexo press with an integrated 7-colour Domino N610i digital inkjet unit. The sale marks their first hybrid press investment for fast turnaround printing of wine labels.

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Durst / Koenig & Bauer: Joint venture signed12.04.2019

Durst and Koenig & Bauer signed a 50/50 joint venture agreement in Munich on Wednesday, April 10. The signing of the agreement paves the way for the joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industry. The antitrust clearance that is still required from the relevant antitrust authorities before "Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH" can be officially established is expected to be granted in the next few weeks.

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Xeikon Café Europe: Almost 1.000 attendees11.04.2019

Xeikon Café Europe 2019 once again proves to be a leading event in the packaging industry’s calendar. With a creatively crafted conference programme providing a 360° view of the trends, challenges and solutions for today’s packaging industry and an application-driven technical Academy, this multi-vendor, educational and networking event attracted close to 1.000 visitors over the 3 days – this included over 500 label and packaging converters attending from over 55 countries.

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The new home of Kodak Flexcel Solutions10.04.2019

Miraclon is the new company where Kodak Flexcel Solutions are brought to life for the package printing segment. Formed by the sale of Kodak’s Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu, a private equity firm, Miraclon is a global company with over 300 employees, an innovative R&D team, manufacturing operations in the US and Japan, and a passion for flexo.

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Koenig & Bauer sells a further RotaJet 22509.04.2019

Yet another company is investing in a RotaJet 225 for 4/0 production from Koenig & Bauer. Following the purchase of a second press by Interprint GmbH in Arnsberg, a further user has now opted for digital print.

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Dutch printer gaining success with Heidelberg05.04.2019

"We tailor our services to our customers’ requirements and expectations, regardless of the industry," explains Hermen Nassette, Managing Director of the company Van de Steeg in the Dutch city of Enschede. This is very clear from the company’s history: established in 1931, Van de Steeg started as a service provider for the textile industry. After its decline, the company focused on media printing. Together with the record label Polydor, the printing of album covers became a core business.

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Tetra Pak and ABB pioneer digital energy assessment programme to help food producers reduce their environmental impact and cut costs02.04.2019

Tetra Pak has today announced it is developing an energy assessment programme in collaboration with ABB to help food and beverage producers lower their environmental impact and cut costs. These solutions are being showcased in the Swedish Pavilion at Hannover Messe 2019 between April 1st and 5th.

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Preferred partner for web-fed division in US/C01.04.2019

Bobst North America confirms Apex North America as the preferred partner for web-fed division in United States and Canada. The agreement relates to Apex being the preferred anilox manufacturer for the web-fed division (flexible packaging, pre-print and narrow-web presses).

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Agfa inspires European printers22.03.2019

On March 19, Agfa welcomed representatives from printing companies across Europe as well as printing industry opinion leaders to an exclusive Value Conference to get inspirational ideas to grow their businesses and improve their profitability. C-level executives from large commercial, packaging and newspaper printing companies from all over Europe gathered for the event centered on how printing companies can benefit from key industry and technology innovations.

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Steinhauser purchases first MPS flexo press19.03.2019

American printing company Steinhauser purchased and installed an MPS EF 530 flexo press. The new press marks the first MPS press for the fourth generation Kentucky-based woman-owned business.

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New webinar series from the Ghent Workgroup14.03.2019

Following up on the success of last year’s webinar series, the Ghent Workgroup is organizing seven new webinars. The series kicks off on April 11th, with an introduction to PDF and the PDF/X standards and will cover both introductory and more advanced topics. All webinars are presented by industry experts connected to the GWG with many years of experience in their respective fields.

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From pixel to output11.03.2019

Durst will be using the Corrugated and Carton Exhibition (CCE) at the Munich Trade Center Fair, Germany, from 12-14 March, to showcase latest developments in corrugated packaging and display printing. Software, sustainability and award-winning Durst Water Technology will all come under the microscope on its stand, Hall B6, Stand 570, where senior team members will be inviting printers and converters to discuss key pain points with conventional processes.

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Jowat SE at Empack 201911.03.2019

The adhesives specialist from Detmold will showcase a portfolio of bio-based and recycling-friendly hot melt adhesives at this year’s Empack trade fair in Dortmund (booth A23). The adhesives manufacturer’s established service concept is rounded off by sustainability and efficiency in the entire packaging process: Individual solutions for numerous bonding applications – for the last 100 years.

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Saxoprint investing in new large-format press08.03.2019

The online print shop Saxoprint based in Dresden has recorded double-digit sales growth in recent years, and last year generated sales of over EUR 100 million in the area of commercial online printing as part of the CEWE Group. Its product range has undergone a significant change in this time. Standard commercial printed matter such as flyers, posters, catalogs, and brochures are still the main focus and account for 80 percent of its business, however packaging and finishing represent a large growth market.

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7th Rapida 106 at TCPL Packaging08.03.2019

In January, TCPL Packaging threw the switch on a new Rapida 106 at its plant in Goa in Western India. The seven-colour press with coater and extended delivery is already the seventh Rapida 106 sheetfed offset press from Koenig & Bauer to be installed at the company’s various production locations since 2011. Like all the other Rapidas operated by the packaging specialist, it is configured to enable both conventional and UV printing.

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New Pack 403 for medium to high speed07.03.2019

Bosch Packaging Technology has launched the first machine of its next generation of flow wrappers on the European and Asian markets – the Pack 403. As the successor of the Pack 401, the Pack 403 is a fully-automated horizontal flow wrapper for medium to high speed wrapping. The narrow machine is ideal for wrapping bars and biscuits, as well as chocolate, cookies and crackers.

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First CorruJET installed at Kolb06.03.2019

Its focus on growth markets such as digital packaging printing is part of the successful Koenig & Bauer strategy. With the installation of the first CorruJET press at the Kolb company group in Memmingen, it has now taken the next step along this fruitful path.

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Werosys announces company name change05.03.2019

Denmark based machine manufacturer, Werosys ApS, is changing course and announcing the company name change to Refine Finishing. The new brand name will be rolled out across all platforms from March 1, 2019.

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Tresu exhibits at ICE Europe 201904.03.2019

At ICE Europe 2019, Tresu will exhibit custom-designed retrofittable flexographic units, for integrated coating, printing and gluing on manufacturing and converting lines (Hall A5, Stand 1014, Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany, 12-14 March).

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Smurfit Kappa supports wine contest04.03.2019

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® and Vitop, the experts in comprehensive Bag-in-Box® packaging solutions, are official partners of the International Wine in Box Competition once again this year. Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® has had a strategic partnership with this wine contest since it began five years ago. It has become a benchmark for consumers from all over the world, bringing together over 100 producers from different countries.

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The first Barberán Jetmaster to Germany28.02.2019

Company Brohl Wellpappe, based out of Mayen, will become the first company in Germany to add a Barberán Jetmaster single pass high speed digital press to their existing print technologies. Brohl Wellpappe, a family owned business with 4 production sites in western Germany and having a long history in the industry, confirmed the purchase at the beginning of 2019. Brohl is a manufacturer of high-quality packaging and displays using flexography, pre- and post-print, offset and litho laminating.

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