Asian Packaging Conference 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Fujifilm named "Vendor of the Year" by Flexo Label Advantage Group Llc

Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division has recently been named Vendor Partner of the Year by Flexo Label Advantage Group LLC (FLAG).

Since 2010, independent label converters have looked to FLAG for support in becoming more competitive in the marketplace by leveraging their purchasing potential for group savings; allowing them to uncover new growth opportunities and become more competitive. Each year, FLAG assesses all the products and support provided by its Vendor Partners to their Membership and recognizes one with outstanding deliverables.

“FLAG was very pleased to present Fujifilm our 2017 Vendor Partner of the Year Award at our recent 7th Annual Members Meeting,” said John McKay, president and founder, FLAG. “The award is based on exceptional support, communication and commitment throughout the year to FLAG and our Membership.”

“Fujifilm is proud to support FLAG,” said Todd Zimmerman, division president, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. “Independent label converters receive tremendous benefits and opportunities from FLAG, enabling them to be successful.”

Adds McKay, “Working together with Fujifilm furthers our goal of making our Members and Vendor Partners stronger companies. Moreover, Fujifilm also supports our FLAG Strategic Partner Independent Printers Worldwide (IPW), a community similar to FLAG in the offset printing segment.”

In addition to offering a buying group savings to its label converter members, FLAG is dedicated to introducing new market potentials, highlighting new and valuable resources, and collaborating on catastrophic emergencies and recovery.

Final Call for Entries for the FESPA Awards 2018

Print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers looking to showcase their best projects in the FESPA Awards 2018 have just under two weeks left to enter. The FESPA Awards celebrates innovative and exceptional work from PSPs and sign-makers worldwide, recognising the creative potential of the global speciality print community.

Whether PSPs specialise in point of purchase, fine art, special effects, printing on 3D products or non-printed signage, there are 14 categories to be entered directly to showcase their skills and to be in with a chance of winning and therefore gaining global recognition. Each category is open to four production processes: digital printing only, screen printing only, mixed techniques and non-printed.

The final deadline for the FESPA Awards is Friday 26 January 2018. The entries will then be shortlisted by the FESPA Awards Judges, all of whom are renowned print industry experts. The shortlisted entries will be showcased at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 in Berlin, Germany, from 15 to 18 May 2018, where they will be viewed by the global speciality print community, including potential new business prospects.

Award winners will be announced at the FESPA 2018 Gala Night which will take place on Wednesday 16 May 2018, during FESPA 2018. For more information on the FESPA 2018 Awards and information on how to enter visit:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Trelleborg brings its printing solutions brands together at Saudi Print & Pack

The forthcoming Saudi Print & Pack exhibition will be the first ever event at which Trelleborg’s printing solutions operation shows all four of its offset blanket brands on a single booth – Vulcan, Rollin, Printec and Sava. The event provides an important strategic venue to demonstrate the company’s plans to integrate Sava products into the Trelleborg portfolio.

Tomaž Perčič, Director within Trelleborg in Slovenia, says: “Saudi Print & Pack gives us an excellent launch pad for 2018, a transition year during which we will begin to take advantage of the wide range of synergies and opportunities that exist between our industry-leading brands. The potential for enhancing efficiencies in sales, R&D and production are significant and extremely exciting. We will offer customers an even greater product range, with an unrivalled choice of solutions for their specific offset requirements.

“In addition, Trelleborg will be able to provide this enhanced portfolio across a larger geographic area. Cross training of sales and technical personnel has already been extensive and will continue over the coming months to ensure that printers everywhere can benefit from a first class network of highly experienced subsidiaries and distributors.”

Visitors to the Trelleborg stand at Saudi Print & Pack will be able to learn about the latest developments in offset blankets for sectors such as packaging, commercial print and metal decorative printing. Experts will be on hand to discuss offset-related technical issues, for example, the impact of low-energy UV systems and how blankets can best be utilized to improve the profitability of the press.

Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way. Trelleborg’s printing solutions operations, part of Trelleborg Coated Systems, offers first class solutions for the printing industry with worldwide recognized brands, such as Vulcan, Rollin, Printec, Sava and Axcyl. Its solutions are leading edge in the offset and flexo printing markets for a variety of applications including newspapers, magazines, catalogs, business forms, labels, metal decorating and packaging. 

Printcon now representing RotoControl in Southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland

RotoControl has appointed Printcon as the local representative in Southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland for its extensive line-up of finishing machines for label inspection, slitting, rewinding, die cutting, overprinting, digital and booklet printed labels. The partnership agreement was finalized during the 2017 edition of Labelexpo Europe on the RotoControl stand.

“The DACH regions are a large and important market for RotoControl, as we have built a number of long-standing relationships with customers from these countries over many years," said Marco Aengenvoort, managing director of RotoControl International GmbH. "Printcon's years of experience in the printing industry and synergy through its representation of highly reputable MPS presses also in these regions will provide a strong local presence of RotoControl.”

Printcon, led by Markus Pieper and Martin Vogel, exclusively represent MPS, Matho Konstruktion & Maschinenbau GmbH and RotoControl for Southern Germany (South Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria), Austria and Switzerland. Their strengths are in consulting printers with diverse production and processing methods to provide optimum solutions and service of narrow web equipment.

“RotoControl has established a strong reputation of providing advanced print and finishing machines with advanced customization capabilities, and bring the advantage of manufacturing in Germany," said Markus Pieper, managing director of Printcon. "We look forward to a successful co-operation and further building the RotoControl brand throughout the DACH regions."

Pyroll Packages becomes first flexographic printer to achieve Pantone certified printer status

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today reported that Finnish company Pyroll Packages is the first flexographic printer worldwide to achieve Pantone Certified Printer status. The initial certification audit was conducted at the company’s location at Joensuu, one of ten locations across the country. Pyroll plans to continue this program in 2018. The certification was carried out by X-Rite Solutions Architect Mark Gundlach and International Technical Support and Application Expert Maxim Siniak together with Certified Pantone Partner and packaging repro house Flexolahti Oy and X-Rite dealer KTA Oy.

The Pantone Certified Printer Program reviews and analyzes every aspect of a printer’s color operations – from preflight, to file preparation and proofing, to ink formulation and mixing, and to process control in the pressroom. Pyroll’s certification confirms the company’s ability to consistently achieve the most stringent customer color requirements, efficiently and cost effectively. Pantone Certified Printer Program requires annual recertification to ensure continued performance at peak levels.

“Our goal was to establish a more stringent color management program, expanding beyond visual evaluation to using instruments and digital standards,” said Mikael Svennas, Pyroll Packages’ CEO. “The Pantone Certified Printer process was very thorough, and we learned a great deal. In addition to the process improvements we will achieve as a result of the audit, we will also be able to leverage Pantone’s brand recognition adding even more credibility to our market position.”

Flexolahti Oy, an active member of the Finnish Flexographic Association, has raised awareness in Finland about the value of X-Rite solutions as a solid foundation for color management standardization. “We’ve seen X-Rite and Pantone solutions become the de facto standard in Finland with great results,” commented Kai Tornikoski, Managing Director. “We were pleased to work with X-Rite color experts to help Pyroll achieve this prestigious status and to further elevate awareness of the importance of a formalized color management program. In an environment where supply chains are complex, deadlines are tight, and errors and rework are not acceptable, Pantone Certified Printer status gives Pyroll’s customers peace of mind that their packages will be produced as expected, giving them faster time to market and improved shelf appeal.”

Graphics Universal chooses Domino N610i Digital UV Label Printer

Graphics Universal, a Mid-Atlantic based label printer converter of pressure sensitive and cut & stack labels purchased the Domino N610i 7-color digital UV inkjet label press due to its proven and reliable platform.

“We continue to experience solid year-over-year growth in our label business”, remarked Garon Gembe, Owner and President of Graphics Universal Inc. “We chose the Domino solution due to its impressive track record for up-time and consistent high-quality output. We’ve set a high bar in our region for quality and service, it’s imperative that the new print technology we add can support our high demands.”

For more than 50 years, businesses of all sizes have trusted Graphics Universal with their most important printing projects. Known for its client focus and commitment to excellence, Graphics Universal has grown significantly in size and scope of services over these many years. Located in Greencastle PA, Graphics Universal provides innovative label solutions to businesses of all sizes, from small farm markets to large retailers and manufacturers throughout the midAtlantic region and North America. Its capabilities are well diversified and include complete design and prepress services, digital, offset, and flexographic printing services. And now Domino is part of that arsenal.

The Domino N610i combines its high-quality output with the flexibility offered by rapid job change digital technology.With printing speeds of up to 246 ft. per minute, the N610i print engine delivers over 7,300 linear feet or 64,400 fourinch labels running 3-up in only 30 minutes. “The N610i not only delivers high production speeds to meet tight deadlines but it does so while producing superior quality and in the most cost-effective manner.” Gembe continued, “Industry leading value … it’s what our clientpartners have come to expect from us and what we enjoy delivering.”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

UniNet to demonstrate Label & Packaging Solutions at West Pack 2018

UniNet, worldwide Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of on-demand digital print technology, will be demonstrating label printing, finishing and packaging solutions at West Pack 2018. During the three-day event, the team will highlight various product solutions for commercial printers, as well as small to medium sized business owners looking to reduce their outsourcing costs by creating their own labels, packaging and transfer products in-house.

“The print market is continually changing and customers are requiring faster turnaround times, smaller quantities, lower costs and the ability for customization. iColor Printing Solutions strives to meet those demands by offering complete workflow solutions - whether creating food labels, prototypes of packaging, promotional brochures or shirts for a little league team,” said Joe Dovi, COO of UniNet.

Taking place Feb. 6-8th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA., you can visit UniNet in booth #5485 to see demonstrations of iColor Printing Solutions, including digital label and transfer printers, label finishing systems for rolls and sheets, specialty toners, substrates and more.