PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MPS Systems Asia expands local support with new agents in Malaysia and China


Newly appointed MPS agents in Asia are Voraustechnik and Arisen, both established companies providing expertise in label and flexible packaging print solutions. The global agent network for MPS grew again with another two appointments in Asia. Locally representing MPS flexo, offset, and digital-hybrid printing presses are Voraustechnik in Malaysia and Arisen in China. Leading both appointments was George Tan, Area Sales Manager for MPS Systems Asia.

Increased MPS presence in Malaysia
Established in 2008 by experienced printing industry entrepreneurs and technical experts, Voraustechnik represents numerous well-recognized global brands for print, converting, finishing, graphic accessories and consumables including Kama, Apex International, OneVision, BST eltromat and Techkon.

Duggal Upgrades to HD Technology on the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press


Duggal Visual Solutions, a leading New York City print service provider, has upgraded digital print capabilities on its HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press with a new HD Imaging System, the new benchmark in high-quality for the commercial printing market.

“Pioneering with new technology is a Duggal hallmark. Clients from leading fashion, hospitality and retail houses are already impressed by the enhanced HP Indigo HD print quality,” said Mike Duggal, CEO, Duggal Visual Solutions. “This new technology will enable us to bring fine-art quality printing to high-volume commercial production including for point-of-sale graphics, brochures, books, and catalogs.”

The HP Indigo HD Imaging System doubles print resolution, supports high screen sets up to 290 LPI, and powers FM screening for smoother, sharper, highly detailed print that far surpasses other commercial digital presses and even offset for quality.

Waterless offset plates demand a flawless aluminum surface and Hydro delivers!


Toray Graphics in the Czech Republic, a leading manufacturer of waterless offset plate technology, today reported that its partnership with Hydro Aluminum Rolled Products GmbH, a global producer of aluminum products, has resulted in exceptional quality aluminum coil rolls for manufacture of Toray waterless offset plates in its Czech Republic facility. The two companies connected at drupa 2012 when Toray was seeking a second source of aluminum, and after a due diligence process, Hydro was selected. The result is a long-term relationship dedicated to delivering superior quality.

“When we first connected with Toray, we didn’t have much experience with waterless offset plates,” said Kai Huse, Technical Manager, Product Area Lithography, at Hydro. “We had been producing rolled aluminum coils for almost everyone in the traditional offset plate business. We realized that Toray’s requirements for high quality aluminum with a flawless surface were very high. And when we visited the plant in Prostějov, we were extremely impressed with how clean and structured their manufacturing operation was.”

Labels Unlimited goes digital with Domino N610i Digital UV inkjet label press


Labels Unlimited has installed and is running production into month five on their very first digital label press, the Domino N610i digital UV inkjet. In a short span of time, they could not be more thrilled with the immediate, positive impact and results they are achieving.

“Going digital allows us to reduce setup, waste, and production time. We’re running the Domino N610i eight hours a day, getting a better finished product with digital, and meeting short turn times,” says Jeff McMahon, President of Labels Unlimited.

Labels Unlimited, is a Nashville, TN-based label printer converter, established in 1973 by Jeff’s father, Joseph McMahon. While prompt, efficient service and providing the highest quality product in the printing industry have always been a family mantra, Labels Unlimited is now taking their business to the next level with digital.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Finat Label Awards 2019 – Recognition for innovation and quality


Recognition, publicity and the chance to hold a prestigious award in their hands – these are only a few of the benefits for participants of the Finat Label Competition 2019. The 39th international label competition will once again highlight the best of the label print and narrow web flexible packaging markets. From self-adhesive labels, shrink sleeves, RFID labels, non-adhesive labels, innovative logistics tag to specially printed narrow web flexible packaging - there is almost no limit to the ideas of printing companies. 

There are five groups for entries and more than one possibility to be honoured. In addition to the ‘Best in Show’ Award winner and Group Awards winner, the jury selects winning companies for individual Category Awards and will assign Highly Commended Certificates.

Maritime Labels of Canada invests in HP Indigo 6900 to innovate in digital shrink sleeves


Maritime Labels and Packaging of Nova Scotia has chosen the HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press to deliver innovation to its markets for high-volume printing of digital shrink sleeves with unlimited flexibility for variation. The addition of the HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press at the Bedford site will enable the converter to become the first supplier of digitally printed shrink sleeves in the region to its clientele, including craft beer, wine, spirits, cider, spices, juices, and nutraceutical brands.

“We believe in thinking outside the box as we develop our product offerings, aiming to add the highest quality products. After considering the available technologies, we concluded the print quality and flexibility the new HP Indigo 6900 shines,” said Paul Sproule, operations manager, Maritime Labels and Packaging. Maritime will also use the new HP Indigo 6900 to print on premium label substrates, while adding embellishments such as foiling, embossing, and screen printing.

Kodak announces winners of Global Flexo Innovation Awards, Celebrating Transformation of Flexo


12 of the best! Kodak announced the winners of the Global Flexo Innovation Awards, which recognize and honor companies that, through innovation, are driving the industry transformation of flexographic standards worldwide. The winners showcase innovation in creative use of graphic design, conversion from other printing processes, print production workflow improvement and commitment to sustainable printing.

Almost 100 companies from 26 countries submitted over 200 entries to the Awards, which were introduced to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Kodak Flexcel NX System and conceived as the first flexo printing awards to “look beyond the package” and evaluate the impact of submissions on the entire value chain. Pier Luigi Sassanelli, chairman of the independent judging panel, assembled an expert international team of flexo experts and global brands such as Procter & Gamble, Nestlé and Kimberly-Clark.