Friday, July 1, 2022

Cosmo Films appoints Justin Glass as President for North America operations

Cosmo Films Limited, a Global Leader in Films for Packaging, Labelling, Lamination and Synthetic Paper and an emerging player in Specialty Chemicals, Polymers & Pet care, appointed Mr. Justin Glass as President for their business operations across North America. In his new role, Justin will be responsible for devising growth strategies and expanding business in the North American region for the organisation. In this new role, Justin will report to Mr. Kulbhushan Malik, Sr. Vice President and Head of International Operations, Cosmo Films Limited. 

A seasoned business leader with over 25 years of experience, Justin comes to Cosmo Films with diverse experience and expertise in plastics and packaging industry. Justin started his career in plastic industry as a Process Engineer for Bi-axially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) tape films in the extrusion & coating functions and moved on to various technical functions across several primary polymer markets. A Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech University, and an MBA from Averett University, Justin will be responsible for devising strategy, market operations, and business growth at Cosmo. 

Justin holds 15 years of expertise in handling commercial & finance related business strategies and planned execution for large multinational packaging manufacturers serving the food, consumer packaging, pharmaceutical & medical packaging verticals. In his past tenures, he has been associated with DS Smith as Director Commercial Operations; Klöckner Pentaplast as Commercial Director Americas – Food & Consumer packaging; and other organizations. 

Welcoming him, Mr. Pankaj Poddar, Group CEO, Cosmo Films Limited said, “With more than two decades long career in films and packaging industry, Justin holds proficiency in leading teams across functions including engineering, sales, marketing, and operations. His expertise in leadership, strategy and business acumen will prove significant to Cosmo Films operations in North America. I am delighted to have him onboard and look forward to his contributions in achieving our strategic goals in thoughtful and innovative ways.” 

Commenting on his new role, Mr. Justin Glass, President, North America, Cosmo Films, “Cosmo’s market domination and growth in different film segments is testimony of the dedication of Cosmo team, vision of its leadership, and Cosmo’s Product Quality and Customer service. I am thankful that the leadership has entrusted me with the responsibility of leading and growing their business in North America. I look forward to leveraging the innovative teams at Cosmo Films to help unlock new market opportunities with our partner brands.”

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

EyeC announces distribution partnership with Total Packaging Solution for South Korea

EyeC, the global expert in print image inspection systems, is pleased to announce they have entered a strategic distribution partnership with Total Packaging Solution for the company's innovative artwork verification and print image inspection systems. The companies will now co-operate to leverage TP Solution strengths in each sales channel to extend EyeC’s unique portfolio and services in the South Korean market.

The distribution deal follows the announcement earlier this year when Total Packaging Solution was appointed as a distributor for EyeC. The partnership has already been hugely successful in promoting EyeC's range of quality control and vision inspection applications to pharmaceutical companies in South Korea. The cooperation aims to deliver sustainable value to EyeC’s global system and accelerate the opportunity to grow internationally. 

Ralph Beier, Sales Director at EyeC GmbH, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Total Packaging Solution to the global EyeC distribution Partner network. They are a strong and well-established company with many years of experience in print inspection solutions, especially in the pharmaceutical market for East Asian countries. Several new customer orders have already been generated, and we look forward to a very successful partnership." 

Total Packaging Solution is recognized for the reliability, durability, and high quality of its integrated packaging solutions to the pharmaceutical industry. Located in South Korea, the company has a headquarter in Seong-nam and a warehouse in Gwang-ju. 

Founded in 2002 in Hamburg, Germany, EyeC is the market’s only supplier to ensure the product quality throughout the entire printing process – from the first artwork file to the finished product. The product portfolio includes file-to-file comparison for artwork revision control and prepress applications, as well as print-to-file inspection systems for press sample testing and 100% print quality control of products such as folding cartons, labels, leaflets, or flexible packaging. The market’s most intelligent algorithms ensure that the systems show only relevant defects. With EyeC products, users avoid recalls, keep production costs and material waste in check and optimize their quality control. Worldwide, there are over 1,800 EyeC inspection systems in use by pharmaceutical companies, printers, and branded good manufacturers. The company currently has over 60 employees in Hamburg and has international sales partners in more than 20 countries.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Xeikon set for Australian premiere of Panther PX3300 UV inkjet label press at PacPrint 2022

Xeikon will be introducing the Panther PX3300 UV inkjet label press to visitors at PacPrint 2022 in Melbourne. The Australian show for the print, sign and graphics industries returns on Tuesday 28 June to Friday 1 July 2022 to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), where it will be co-located with Label & Packaging Expo and Visual Impact Expo. 

This will be the first showing of the Xeikon Panther 2.0 technology in Australia, where the high-end PX3300 UV inkjet press will form the focal point on Xeikon’s centrally located stand at the MCEC. Built for production of highly durable labels, the press was first unveiled towards the end of last year, as the next evolution of Xeikon’s high productivity inkjet portfolio. It offers full rotary printing at variable repeat length with CMYK or CMYK plus white UV inks, which are sunlight, water, chemical, temperature and mechanical resistant, allowing printers to address the industrial, chemical, and household markets, as well as the premium beer, spirits, beverages, and luxury health & beauty sectors. 

“We are very excited to bring the Xeikon PX3300 to Australia to show customers what our Panther UV inkjet technology can deliver in terms of high quality, speed, durability, and versatility. This press will enable printers to get into new markets where high durability is expected, and really change the game for them,” said Trevor Crowley, Sales General Manager. “In addition, we offer full color variable data capabilities with the Vari-One option, while the white UV ink can create embellishments and haptic effects inline for a luxury feel.” 

Under the motto ‘Review, Rebuild, Reconnect’, the four-day event will take over more than 8,000 square meters to show the latest technologies for the printing industry. Over 10,000 print professionals, mainly from Australia, New Zealand, China, and Japan, are expected to visit the show, which has not been held since 2017 due to the worldwide pandemic. 

“After the extreme challenges of the COVID pandemic, we can’t wait to get back to PacPrint and connect with our customers face-to-face. Our industry thrives on in-person networking and a hands-on approach. As much as we can extol the virtues of Xeikon technology during online presentations and virtual events, you really need to get up close and personal with the machinery to truly understand their power and the opportunities they can bring to your business,” concluded Crowley.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

EBM tastes grand success at its 5th Annual Pharma Project & Portfolio Management Summit 2022

Eminence Business Media organized a grand event of its 5th Annual Pharma Project & Portfolio Management Summit 2022. The three-day event that was held from on June 22nd - 24th was a uniquely planned event, where Day 1 was dedicated to Portfolio Management. Day 2 was dedicated for topics on Collaboration between Portfolio & Project Management and day 3 was dedicated to topics related to Project Management. The event was an outstanding success with a great line up of eminent leaders from the industry and more than 110 attendees. 

The event ensured continuous engagement of the audience and speakers through various discussions in the form of Case-Study solving, Panel Discussion and group discussions with regards to the emerging trends in Project and Portfolio Management. The event saw many sessions, case study solving followed by a panel discussion over the day, attended by CEO’s, MD’s, Sr. Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers from various top-notch various pharma companies. 

The day was inaugurated by lighting the ceremonial lamp Ms. Guneet Kaur Hayer-MD Eminence Business Media, Dr. P. Sri Rama Chandra Murthy – Director and Head– IPR, Neuland Labs; Mr. Anand Rishi, Associate Director – Janssen Pharma, Johnson & Johnson; Mr. Mike Teiler, Principal Portfolio Consultant and Mr. Krishnakumar S – Independent Corporate Consultant. Ms. Guneet Kaur Hayer, Managing Director, Eminence Business Media LLP kickstarted the day with her opening remarks in presence of various eminent leaders and over 110 delegates from different industry verticals and event partners. She thanked all the attendees, sponsors and the eminent speakers for their contributions in creating this successful event. 

Eminence Business Media has been at the forefront of creating events by exploring new ideas and creating a platform where participants are able to learn by discussing with their peers, learning from the experience of the leaders and share their knowledge on the main stage. The event witnessed a special rejuvenating session where the participants were involved in creating musical instruments using waste materials, promoting “Go Green” concept. It was a thrilling site to see the participants and the speakers taking time off and enjoy playing music with each other. 

The next edition of the Annual Pharma Project & Portfolio Management Summit will be announced soon. Keep checking their website for updates and information.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

5th Annual Pharma Project & Portfolio Management Summit, 2022 to be held in Mumbai

For the past four editions, Eminence Business Media have thrived on their unique event format and content. In the last couple of years, they have adopted innovative ways of working, learned from them, and realized their benefits. At Eminence Business Media, it is believed that learning should not stop. Hence, after deliberating with the experts with immense experience in the industry, EBM brings to you the 5th Annual Pharma Project & Portfolio Management Summit 2022, Mumbai, where they are focussing on the challenges and opportunities faced by the Project and the Portfolio teams in the new normal. This event has been planned in a unique way, with focus on Portfolio Management on June 22nd; Collaboration between Project & Portfolio Management on June 23rd; & Project Management on June 24th. 

This summit is bringing together the senior practitioners across the pharmaceutical industry to discuss the best strategies & approaches to adapt to the changes happening in the industry. Envisioning the change, discuss how the pharma companies are planning and adopting their strategies to the changing market dynamics. Realize the true potential of the teams by delegating responsibilities and empowering the teams. Treasure the learning from projects and leverage it for achieving continuous success. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Presidents
  • Vice Presidents
  • Associate Vice Presidents
  • Sr. GMs, GMs & AGMs
  • Mid-Level Management

from Project Management, Portfolio Management, Program Management, R & D Teams, and any teams handling project and portfolio-related responsibilities. 

To be held from June 22nd to June 24th at Radisson Blu, Mumbai, this is a great opportunity to network with your peers in the industry, discuss the challenges, understand how did they adapt, and take home the learning collectively. To register your interest today, email or call +91 9561 476 160 for further queries & registration or visit

Labels India with other leading publications in the trade are the Media Partners for this event. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Packaging and Labelling lead times slashed for brands with Esko Content Management Solution

Content Management in WebCenter from Esko is making significant time and cost savings for brands, with one multinational customer reducing its end-to-end labelling lead time from 14 weeks to just 14 days with structured content.

As a result of the global pandemic, consumers now place significantly more value on food safety and hygiene, according to McKinsey1. As brands adapt their packaging and labelling to meet changing regulations and legislation, it’s essential that speed to market must not come at the cost of accuracy to maintain consumer trust and confidence.

Matthew Haws, vice president global marketing at Esko Brand Solutions, said: “In reality, many businesses are still working with disconnected processes, which is a real minefield when it comes to approvals. In the case of heavily legislated industries, such as pharmaceuticals for example, it slows lead times down if multiple stakeholders are struggling to track various versions of both content and artwork for approval.”

The content management function of Esko workflow management software, WebCenter, which includes both packaging and structured elements, makes it simple for teams to specify, manage and reuse content to be used in artwork designs by connecting content and workflow directly in the artwork creation process.

Miraclon continues to expand the boundaries of flexo with PureFlexo printing launch

Miraclon, home of Kodak Flexcel Solutions, today hosted its first Miraclon Innovates virtual event to introduce PureFlexo Printing, which enables Kodak Flexcel NX System users to produce high-quality flexo print within a wider operating window on press by controlling unwanted ink spread in ways never seen before. Designed specifically for wide web solvent ink on film applications, PureFlexo Printing maximizes press efficiency, repeatability and overall performance while enabling printers and prepress providers to experience cleaner print, stable color and a better bottom line for their business.

Emma Schlotthauer, Chief Marketing Officer at Miraclon, comments: “For brands who rely more than ever on the power of packaging to connect with customers, brand consistency and eye-catching flexible packaging is increasingly important. Printers need solutions that help them meet the ever-expanding demands of graphic reproduction, without needing to operate at less than optimum production speeds or risking press downtime from continual adjustments and unscheduled stoppages. A wide print latitude is the key to profitable production. PureFlexo Printing addresses a core technical issue – unwanted ink spread – which helps to widen print latitude and reset the quality-efficiency balance.”

Print latitude, unwanted ink spread and why printers should address it
Printers get the best out of their press machinery when they have the flexibility to run uninterrupted. They need wide latitude (also referred to as the operating window) and a robust process to manage production efficiently as a narrow latitude means small changes can push a print run out of acceptable quality or tolerances. By resisting unwanted ink spread, PureFlexo Printing gives printers the power to keep the press running with a low risk of getting to unacceptable print.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Kodak Flexcel NX System Sets NS Digital Flexo on the Path to Flexo Pre-Press Success

“I think flexo is both the most challenging industry, and the most rewarding. The more you put in, the greater the benefits.”

For Shyam Sundar, partner at Hyderabad-based flexo prepress specialist NS Digital Flexo, meeting the challenges — and helping customers reap the benefits — started in March 2020, when the company opened for business with a new Kodak Flexcel NX System, supplied and supported by Miraclon.

Sundar describes NS Digital’s service offering as “all things flexo — wide web, labels, folding cartons, corrugated.” A notable feature of the company’s philosophy is the effort and time it puts into building relationships with customers and showing them the potential of the Flexcel NX System. Explains Sundar: “We really engage with each customer, so that we can see things from their perspective, and truly understand their current capabilities and practices. Then we show them how simple adjustments to their production practices — fingerprinting the press, for example — can improve efficiency without additional investments or press set-ups, because if we can work with the available resources, we save customers time and money.

“Next, we explain the further improvements and enhanced benefits achievable with Flexcel NX plates — how we can change anilox rollers and inks, reduce impression and generally introduce better control into the press environment.”

Efficiency made easy
With the Flexcel NX System it’s relatively easy for NS Digital to help customers become more efficient, Sundar continues. “The biggest benefit for us is the simplicity of making Flexcel NX plates. The flexo process can have many variables, but the Flexcel NX System either eliminates them or makes managing them really simple, which yields substantial savings throughout the whole packaging printing process. So as a service provider we can be totally confident we can provide customers with consistent, repeatable results. It also makes it easier to solve any print issues that arise, because we can eliminate the plates as a cause straightaway. With other solutions, the investigation is more complex — is it the file, or the software, or processing, or exposure, or the press?”

Sandy Alexander Installs “Flagship” Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 at Clifton Location

Sandy Alexander, a nationwide provider of integrated multi-channel graphic communication solutions, has installed a new Speedmaster XL 106-8P with Push-to-Stop technology from Heidelberg at its Clifton, NJ headquarters. The press, which is Heidelberg’s newest generation of Speedmaster machines, demonstrates Sandy Alexander’s continual commitment to providing the most technologically advanced solutions for its customers.

Despite the challenges that COVID-19 brought upon much of the printing industry, Sandy Alexander set a firm focus on its future when it began investigating new offset press options in 2020. “In good times and bad, we are committed to investing heavily in the company and in our customers,” said Mike Graff, CEO & President of Sandy Alexander. This commitment is in part why the fifty-five-year-old company was recently ranked #37 on Printing Impressions Top 350 list and why it has retained some clients for as many as thirty-five years.

Providing the best for its clients is also why Sandy Alexander selected the latest generation Speedmaster XL 106-8P for its newest investment. The new XL 106, which replaces an aging machine in the company’s Clifton facility, will be the “flagship” press for Sandy Alexander, who hopes to shift much of the offset work it produces for its high-end cosmetics, fashion, automotive, travel and entertainment, and restaurant clientele onto the machine. According to Graff, “Sandy Alexander has always ensured that it has the best equipment available. We look to Heidelberg as the leader in technology and high-quality print. We truly believe that this is the best machine out there.”

Having excellent rub resistance to water, oil, and solvents, the film has a high image density and optimum image quality

Cosmo Films Ltd., a global leader in specialty films for flexible packaging, labeling, and lamination applications as well as synthetic paper, re-launches BOPP based Direct Thermal Printable (DTP) Top Coated Film, with a proprietary coating which enables the formation of an image or impression on the film upon contact with the heated print head of a thermal printer.

A film specially designed for niche applications like information labelling (airport baggage tags etc.), inventory tracking, frozen food labeling, and parking ticket applications with a potential to grow in many new applications as well. This is part of the many specialty films offered by the company. A non-tearable, cost-effective, and extremely easy-to-use film offers a marvellous paper like matte finish producing a fine and sharp dark image on printing.

With no involvement of additional high equipment costs, the film is available in thickness varieties of 70, 75 and 95 microns. The film is designed in a way that it protects the privacy and primacy of sensitive information as the sensitive data is always imaged directly onto the BOPP DTP films.

On the product launch, Mr. Pankaj Poddar, CEO, Cosmo Films Ltd. said, “Being a global leader, we aim to keep growing exponentially and thrive to bring innovative products to our customers. The direct thermal printable film is extremely easy to use, and there are no additional high equipment costs. According to several reports, the global Direct Thermal market was valued at 491.2 Million USD in 2021 and will grow with a CAGR of 5.7% from 2021 to 2027. We look forward to being a big part with our innovation in the direct thermal printing market.”