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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Acucote Inc. celebrates 25 years in adhesive industry: Launches new interactive website

Acucote Inc. is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month and would like to thank its customers for their support over the years. To demonstrate Acucote’s appreciation to its customers and the flexographic industry, Acucote is making a donation to Appalachian State University. The donation will be awarded to the Graphic Arts and Imaging program, focusing in flexographic education, to the Department of Technology and Environmental Design.

The donation will provide the university with the ability to retain up-to-date flexographic equipment and provide students with real-world, hands-on experience. Acucote is donating to the program in honor of its customers to provide quality education and preparation for students with a future in our industry.  

Reflecting on the growth of Acucote, what started as a humble beginning with four employees has grown to a customized and commodity adhesive coating supplier with more than 135 employees. James, a shift manager who joined Acucote in 1989, stated, “We started with a handful of employees, and we all grew really close, it’s a family here, and it has become my home.” Brian, also a shift manager who joined Acucote 23 years ago, stated, “It is an honest environment, the employees here are good to work with, and they have made this business what it is today, we are a team here.”

Over the last 25 years, Acucote has filled a need in the marketplace with its customized products. Acucote built its business by helping its customers grow and differentiate themselves from their competitors.  The business development team currently advises customers on an individual case-by-case basis to develop specialty products, as well as service standard orders. Acucote has transformed itself from a general purpose supplier to a customer-driven, vertically integrated supplier. When established, Acucote produced a handful of commodity products. Now, it produces hundreds of custom and commodity products annually.

Acucote remains dedicated to working toward product solutions by delivering insight toward products in a timely manner and offering solutions at a competitive price. Acucote is looking forward to the next 25 years, and thanks all of its customers for the valuable relationships that have been built and the opportunities that have made Acucote a leading supplier in the adhesive coating industry.  

Launches New Interactive Website
Commemorating this occasion, Acucote Inc. launched a new revised website that provides customers with a resource to keep them connected to the organization and to the adhesive coating industry. Updated daily, the website provides insight into Acucote’s capabilities and the services it provides to customers.

Newly added features include downloadable face stock, liner and adhesive selection guidelines. Customers can also complete purchase order forms and submit new opportunity forms to disclose information regarding a new application directly to Acucote’s business development team. Gene Lauffer, vice president of sales stated “when we made the decision to update our website we had two goals in mind:  usefulness to our customer base and ease of navigation.  Based on customer feedback so far, I believe we have accomplished both.”  By providing visitors to the website with the most current Acucote product information, Acucote continues to build and maintain relationships with its customers.  

A significant benefit for the customer is the 24-hour access to Acucote’s products and services. Customers no longer have to wait to speak directly with a regional sales representative to be informed about products and services, and are able to receive immediate assistance from the markets and products section of the website. Customers can also review the latest product offerings by visiting the AcuChoice section of the website. Updated immediately upon any product change, Acucote customers are encouraged to review this section to identify commonly purchased items.

In addition to the extensive lists of standard products displayed on the website, Acucote promotes its customization abilities. “The new website highlights Acucote’s products that are common, but we have the ability to produce custom orders which are not on the website” said Earl Curran, vice president of business development at Acucote Inc.

Be on the lookout for phase two of the website. Launching later this year, an interactive customer information center will be available to provide customers secure access to view and manage orders. Features will include customer order status, access to invoices, credit memos and payment history. 

Acucote Inc, located in Graham, NC is a manufacturer of custom adhesive coated products.  The company focuses in the areas of brand protection, security, coupon, and graphic arts as well as a variety of specialty products used in the roll and sheet label industry. Do take time to visit and experience Acucote’s new website : visit www.acucote.com   

Thermo Fisher Scientific launches smaller, more efficient twin-screw extruder

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today launched its new Thermo Scientific Process 11 parallel co-rotating twin-screw extruder for polymer and food industry research applications. The 11 mm extruder is designed to minimize material costs, be easier to use and optimize laboratory space. To achieve this, the benchtop Process 11 uses a minimal amount of sample material (20 g) and features a user-friendly touchscreen with integrated feeder control. Thermo Fisher will showcase Process 11 in Thermo Scientific booth 5555 during The International Plastics Showcase, April 2-5, in Orlando.

“To our customers, laboratory space is at a premium and cost control is critical, so we’ve designed Process 11 to address both issues,” said Karl Gerhard Hoppmann, vice president and general manager of Thermo Fisher’s material characterization business. “Our compact, standalone design is perfect for small-scale experiments yet robust enough to deliver results that are relevant to production conditions. The results are easily obtained due to the full scalability of the Thermo Scientific standalone compounding systems.”

The new Process 11 features a throughput of 20 g/h to 2.5 kg/h and a segmented screw design with removable top half barrel. The machine’s compact monocoque design makes its footprint four to five times smaller than competing twin-screw extruders, and enables easy transport and fume hood applications. The screw elements and barrel design scale geometrically across the whole suite of Thermo Scientific extruders and allow easy process scale-up. The instrument is available immediately.

Thermo Fisher, one of the pioneers in rheology, successfully supports a wide range of industries with its comprehensive Thermo Scientific material characterization solutions. Material characterization solutions analyze and measure viscosity, elasticity, processability and temperature-related mechanical changes of plastics, food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and coatings, chemical or petrochemical products, plus a wide variety of liquids or solids. For more information, please visit www.thermoscientific.com/mc.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With revenues of $12 billion, we have approximately 39,000 employees and serve customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as in environmental and process control industries. We create value for our key stakeholders through three premier brands, Thermo Scientific, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services, which offer a unique combination of innovative technologies, convenient purchasing options and a single solution for laboratory operations management. Our products and services help our customers solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. 

Honeywell introduces new line of industrial-grade barrier films for moisture-sensitive products

Honeywell recently announced that it has introduced a new line of industrial-grade barrier films for use with products and applications that require a high level of moisture protection. The new fluoropolymer materials, called HydroBlock films, offer class-leading moisture barrier performance at a lower cost than traditional industrial barrier films. The high clarity and strength of the film makes it practical for a wide variety of applications, from covering laboratory benches and sensor casings to protecting objects from graffiti. In addition to moisture barrier, the material also offers excellent resistance to chemicals, low temperatures, odors and ultraviolet light, making it suitable for outdoor uses such as signage. 

“HydroBlock is an economical film solution for manufacturers that need their products to withstand harsh environments,” said Perry Fan, global business manager for Honeywell’s flexible packaging business. “The same quality and dependability that has made Honeywell a leader in pharmaceutical and food packaging films are now available in an industrial-grade product.” 

HydroBlock benefits from many decades of Honeywell innovation in barrier films technology, which includes the Aclar line of moisture barrier films for pharmaceutical packaging and Capran nylon films for food packaging. The new polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) film is a more cost-effective alternative to fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) and polyvinyldene fluoride (PVDF) films, and provides a higher moisture barrier and equal chemical resistance. It is not intended for use in food or medical applications. 

Honeywell barrier films are used in a wide variety of high-performance applications where materials with durability and excellent chemical properties are critical, including blister packs for medicines, food packaging, medical devices and aerospace components. For more information, visit www.hydroblockfilms.com.

Taghleef Industries to acquire AET Films

Dubai, UAE-based Taghleef Industries will acquire Applied Extrusion Technologies, Inc. (AET Films) of Wilmington, DE. The transaction, which was approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by the end of the second quarter 2012. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Dubai, Taghleef Industries currently has six production sites across the globe with a nominal capacity of 260,000 tons/yr. Taghleef Industries develops, manufactures and markets BOPP (biaxially-oriented polypropylene), BOPLA (NATIVIA) and CPP (cast polypropylene) films for snacks, confectionery, bakery/biscuits, fresh produce packaging as well as for labeling and adhesive tapes. The company offers a portfolio of high quality transparent, white voided, metallized and high-barrier films (Extendo) to its customers in more than 100 countries.

AET Films is a leading supplier in North America of specialized oriented polypropylene (OPP) films used primarily in flexible packaging for food, product labeling, and non-food applications. Headquartered in Wilmington, DE, the company provides supply chain value by applying advanced polymer technology, world-class manufacturing capabilities, and unmatched service organizations to offer solutions to the packaged food, beverage, and other consumer product markets. As a market leader with 100,000 tons of annual capacity, AET supplies many of the world’s largest consumer products companies, and continues to develop advanced performing, innovative products to meet the future demands customers have come to expect from AET.

Quantifying the Process is the theme for the 2012 Harper Roadshow

The Roadshow is an annual tour of events that allows global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation to connect with flexographic professionals throughout North America. The 2012 Harper Roadshow will present information and innovation pertaining to the flexographic printing industry. 

The theme for the 2012 Harper Roadshow is "Quantifying the Process." Experts who specialize in all aspects of the flexographic industry, including industry leaders from Harper Corporation, will present this complimentary seminar in six locations, including: Montreal, Canada, on June 12; Mississauga, Canada, on June 14; Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 1; Clemson, South Carolina, on August 23; San Francisco Bay, California, on October 3; and Rochester, New York, on October 24.

At each stop on the tour, attendees will enjoy presentations and discussions about substrate, ink, plate mounting tape, optimization, prepress, color proofing, preparation, diecutting, and more. All members of the flexographic industry are encouraged to attend, including print managers and supervisors, prepress managers and graphic designers, plate and prepress suppliers, purchasing managers, general managers, and operators.

Registration is open to all flexographic professionals and there is no limit on how many attendees a company can send; however, seating is limited so interested individuals are encouraged to register quickly.

Weber Packaging Solutions purchases Six AVT Helios II Systems

Weber Packaging Solutions Inc., a leading worldwide manufacturer and supplier of labels and labeling systems since 1932, has purchased six PrintVision/Helios II 100% Inspection Systems from Advanced Vision Technology (AVT), the world leader in print process control, quality assurance and color control for the packaging, labels, folding cartons and commercial print markets.

Weber Packaging Solutions, which conducts business globally in fifteen countries, will place the six Helios II Inspection Systems in their worldwide headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago near O’Hare airport. Weber has done business with AVT before when they purchased Proofit Systems. When looking for 100% Inspection Systems they naturally went with the worldwide leader in Automatic Inspection Systems – AVT.  Weber’s sophisticated label manufacturing equipment includes the latest flexographic and digital high-speed label presses. Four of the Helios II 100% Inspection Systems will be placed on presses, one on a rewinder and one on a finishing unit of a digital label press.

John O’Leary, VP of Manufacturing, commented: “We have been looking to upgrade our vision defect detection systems for a few years. We have several pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and medical device manufacturers as customers and it is becoming almost a requirement to utilize this technology to guarantee the quality of the labels their products demand. After several discussions with AVT over the years, we were intrigued by the features of the AVT Helios II system. During Label Expo 2010 we decided to take a closer look at the system and we were very impressed by the user interface as well as how easy it was to isolate several different areas on a label with various degrees of scrutiny. We determined that we could benefit from not only upgrading our systems on our rewind inspection equipment, but could also add systems to our ten-color flexo presses to help reduce scrap by alerting the operator sooner to correct a defect. Since we also print labels on digital presses and convert those labels on a digital finishing machine, we decided it would make sense to add one to the digital finisher to ensure defect free product coming off of that equipment as well. To help us make the decision, our AVT sales representative took us to another customer site where we were able to see the system setup and operating in live production. We were able to discuss the ease of use with the other customer’s operator and manager. From that point we were sold and now we are anticipating the installation of our first two units of a total of six scheduled to be deployed this year.”

Commenting on the sale, Amir Dekel, Corporate VP Marketing of AVT said: ” For AVT to be recognized by one of the leading label manufacturing companies in the world is important for our company. It is confirmation that our state-of-the-art technology is meeting the highest standards of the industry and it is working reliably in any production environment.  These inspection systems will guarantee that Weber will deliver labels that are 100% inspected, 100% of the time.  This is adding real value to customer care.”

PrintVision/Helios II is the most advanced 100% Automatic Inspection solution for label and narrow web printing. It is an innovative solution that delivers process control and 100% quality assurance capabilities throughout the entire print production workflow, from setup through printing to finishing. PrintVision/Helios II can be installed on any press or rewinder and identifies defects on labels as soon as they occur. The system detects every type of printing and finishing fault including color misregister, color variations, hazing, misprints, defects to the text, spots, splashes, die-cut problems, missing labels and many other print problems.

FachPack 2012: Solutions for a complex market

What innovations will the some 1,400 exhibitors at FachPack 2012 - from 25–27 September in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg - come up with to surprise its good 35,000 visitors from all over Europe? What exactly are the highlights in the packaging, technology, processing and logistics segments? Clicking www.ask-FachPack.de will certainly help, because all the exhibitors post their current product information here.

Saving space, energy and material – these are the issues that currently concern the packaging industry. The driving forces for constant innovations are complex: general economic conditions, political regulations and technological progress. The packaging industry is facing these challenges for the further development of its products. Ultimately, the sparing use of resources also ensures more efficiency in the value chain.

Packaging: smart films for fast food
Meat places special demands on industrial packaging, because the juice runs out. A soft film vacuum package with two chambers ensures dry storage in the package. Here the separate active vacuum chamber absorbs the meat juice and oxygen in the air from the edges of the product. The meat keeps the red colour appreciated by consumers. The second chamber in the package avoids contact with the escaped meat juice on opening the package – the system prevents this flowing back into the meat. The new concept also saves production costs: The vacuum system of the second chamber eliminates the need for absorbent pads. A special composition is not necessary for the film. The standard film solutions are suitable for a broad spectrum of products.

Promising packaging solutions help to keep food containing fat, food coated in breadcrumbs or bread products crispy and tasty when prepared in the microwave. Moisture and fat run off through a perforated sealing film during cooking and are absorbed by an intermediate layer. Food not coated with breadcrumbs, such as bacon, can also be prepared much crispier in the microwave. The package has thermal insulation properties too. These reduce the outside temperature of the package after cooking in the microwave, so it is possible to touch the bag without problems. This combined with easily integrated, convenient opening mechanisms makes it easy to remove the cooked food quickly. An additional steam valve label permits particularly gentle steaming, which preserves the natural taste and vitamins. The flexible package can be pressed completely flat and has an attractive design with a window for seeing the product. It is processed on conventional form-fill-and-seal systems and can replace a bag-in-box susceptor package. Susceptors consist of a vapour-deposited metal layer on a film. They radiate heat to brown the food. The new microwave package saves these materials and is made partly from renewable raw materials.

Technology: flexible machines package at top speed
Sealed tray packages are popular as industrial packages for fresh products or frozen meals. Products packaged in this way offer a high degree of convenience, can be kept for longer thanks to the modified atmosphere and are quickly prepared. The machine manufacturers offer space-saving machines with a dual-track arrangement for the tray sealer for fully automatic packaging of large and medium-size batches. A tray sealer with two independent sealing tracks can simultaneously process different products with different sizes and filling weights at different speeds – with a protective atmosphere adapted to each of these products. Down times are reduced, because each track can be stopped independently for changing the product, while production continues on the other track. Film rolls with a diameter of up to 450 mm guarantee longer production cycles. All tray sizes and types of film can be processed. Modern servo technology ensures controlled tray transport and film feed at high speed. The integrated checkweigher eliminates trays with the wrong weight before the sealing stage. The sealing heads switch off automatically in the event of faults. So the tray sealer can carry on running and automatically control the tray feed. Tool changes are completed quickly and simply. The open design provides good accessibility for cleaning. Other dual-track tray sealer concepts automatically optimize speed and movements for the desired output and set new standards for process safety, efficiency and hygiene design. The packaging line is equipped with a 4-axis robot for cartoning the finished tray packages. The handling module has three degrees of freedom of movement and an optional rotation axis. 

Processing: smart and safe – low-migration printing inks
Since 2011, EU Regulation no. 10/2011 has applied to plastic packages that come into contact with food. Companies processing or using such plastics have to check whether their products also conform to the new regulation. The new standard also limits the use of various materials after functional barriers. Whereas this regulation applies European-wide, the so-called Printing Inks Regulation is currently being drawn up in Germany. This covers materials that can be contained unintentionally in the intermediates from which food packaging is manufactured or in the aids used in the production process, which includes migration of printing inks and coatings. The range of low-migration coatings that meet the legislative requirements is growing all the time. These coatings offer safety in printing and processing packages. A whole series of UV and dispersion coatings are available covering the widely varying requirements for manufacturing packages that conform to food package standards. These give the manufacturers of packaging supplies new possibilities in terms of the functionality and design of their products. The manufacture of coatings always uses the highest quality raw materials, which are carefully selected, combined and produced using the most modern manufacturing technology. The new coatings stand out in production for their good printability and foam-free processing. Excellent wetting minimizes the build-up on coating blankets and reduces the washing stops. Other important functional properties are fast drying and high abrasion and wet block resistance. 

Logistics: mobile racking systems, robots, reliable data transfer
Almost every product finishes up in the warehouse after production. The important aspects of warehouse logistics are safe transport packaging and clear identification. Full-range suppliers of warehouse logistics manufacture racking systems as well as containers. Heavy-duty plastic containers for loads up to 500 kilograms are robust, flexible in use and appreciably lighter than wire mesh crates or sheet steel containers. This means they meet all the requirements of lean production and the lean logistics principle. Heavy-duty racking with shuttle systems, i.e. battery-powered, remote-controlled shuttle vehicles, and mobile racking systems enable efficient use of space. In this way, pressure-sensitive products and unevenly loaded pallets can be stacked safely and without damage. Even widely differing types of pallets can be placed in storage without problems. Also suitable for narrow spaces are new linear robots. A low-cost starter model can take care of palleting film containers, cartons, sacks, standard containers and packages. The robots are equipped with clamp, suction or fork grippers. They can handle all kinds of intermediate layers, empty and full pallets up to a height of 2,800 mm. The design reduces the installation time to a minimum and enables the robot’s location in the plant to be changed without complication. For homogeneous pallet loads like reusable containers or individual containers and boxes, strapping remains the most economic method of securing for transport in terms of material saved. A new product is a strapping machine that uses ultrasonic welding and dispenses with the hot wedge. Ultrasonic units are faster, more cost-effective and produce less emission, with a distinctly longer life. The ultrasonic unit welds the ends of the strap using ultrasonic energy and no longer thermal energy. It operates exclusively with brushless, wear-free DC direct drives. The necessary control electronics is already integrated into the motors.

Labelling data must normally be transferred to new printing solutions manually. A new solution that harmonizes with any user’s database transfers all data to be printed quickly, reliably and automatically to a laser printer, which processes these immediately without further settings. No manual inputs are needed, which makes data transfer more reliable. Basis des Systems sind laseraktivierbare Etiketten mit einer speziellen Veredelung. The system is based on laser-activated labels with a special finish that enables the CO2 laser to “write” in black in the intended places. The characters are clearly focused, whether plain text, graphics or codes. Because the laser does not remove any material, no blurring particles occur and the label is not damaged in any way. Extraction of foreign particles is not required. As this printing system operates without wear, neither expendable materials nor readjustment are necessary and there are no production interruptions. The efficiency improves.

PackBox attracts with inspiration – innovation – information
… and offers the unique opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the products seen on the stands. Seven partners present exceptional ideas on packaging, technology, processing and logistics in an unusual ambience. The short presentations of maximum 30 minutes invite discussion and exchange of views in the cafe and lounge area of the PackBox. Law and order for packages, future materials, tomorrow’s packaging machinery, bioplastics, social media and packaging, load security and theft prevention, RFID, tops and flops in packaging design, design trends, what do the trade and brands expect from package printing?, and the package speaks to me … are just a few of the PackBox topics on the three days of the exhibition. 

With around 1,400 exhibitors and a good 35,000 visitors, FachPack is one of the most noted packaging exhibitions in Europe. FachPack in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 25–27 September 2012 presents a comprehensive range of products and services in the segments of packaging (about one-third packaging materials, supplies and ancillaries), technology (another one-third packaging machinery, labelling and marking equipment, packaging recycling and package testing), processing (package and label printing, design, packaging supplies production), and logistics (conveying, loading, storage and order-picking systems, including the associated software and transport logistics). The visitors come mainly from industries like food/beverages, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemicals, printing,  paper, cardboard, packaging- and logistics-related services, plastics, automotive engineering and components, and electrical equipment/components. FachPack impresses again in 2012 with its creative working atmosphere, in which information and cultivation of contacts are just as important as answering specific technical questions.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Flexo Image Graphics at drupa 2012 at Xeikon and Kluge stands

Come drupa and all from the printing and converting industry world wide converge at the world's largest trade fair for the printing and media industry. Flexo Image Graphics will also be present at their international partner stands at this trade fair. One of the biggest distributor and service providers of flexo presses and associated equipment to the market, FIG is the exclusive sales and service partner for Mark Andy, Comco, Rotoflex, Xeikon, Brandjten & Kluge, Stanford, Tool & Production and CTC International in the Indian and its sub-continent.

Gourav Roy, Managing Director of Flexo Image Graphics will be present in the exhibition along with I M Shelvam, Customer Support Director and Mr. S. Venkatesh, Vice President (Digital Business Unit) at their supplier companies Kluge and Xeikon who are participating in the Drupa 2012.

Drupa 2012, the world's largest trade fair for the printing and media industry will be held from 3rd May 2012 to 16th May 2012 at Fair Ground, Düsseldorf, Germany. It's a source of individual help for everyone involved in the industry.

Kluge International Limited, a world leader in print finishing equipment will be at Booth No: 11D22. During the show, Kluge will be exhibiting the Kluge EHG large format foil stamping, embossing and die cutting press and the Kluge ComFold folding and gluing system, which is the perfect solution for applications such as Pocket Folders, CD/DVD Wallets, Direct Mail Application and various types of specialty packaging.

Xeikon will exhibit its latest customer-driven innovations in Hall 8A, Booth B44. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience live demonstrations of the company's new 8000 series of digital presses, driven by Xeikon's latest workflow that utilizes a new user interface, MyPress. They will also experience the new range of application-focused Suites for the label and packaging markets. In addition, they will see its new line-up of reliable, high quality Imagers for flexographic and letterpress markets. Users of conventional presses can see the next generation of basysPrint's 4-Up, 8-Up and VLF UV-Setters for the digital exposure of UV-sensitive offset printing plates. Furthermore, Xeikon will launch a new, breakthrough printing technology that avoids today's compromise between quality and speed & combines high quality for the Document Printing market, called Quantum.

6th meeting of Global Association L9 takes place in Tokyo

The 6th meeting of the so-called L9 - The Global Association of labels industry recently took place in Tokyo. The L9 is the informal global platform that brings together nine leading regional trade associations for the self-adhesive label and narrow web converting industry. The platform was founded in December 2009 at the occasion of Labelexpo Asia in Shanghai. Subsequent meetings were held at the FINAT Technical Seminar in Barcelona, Labelexpo North Americas in Chicago, the TLMI Converter Meeting in Florida and Labelexpo Europe in Brussels. The meeting in Tokyo enjoyed the attendance of the leaders of seven associations. Besides the hosting association JFLP, delegations from FINAT (Europe), TLMI (North America), LATMA (Australia), LMAI (India), PEIAC (China) and Ametiq (Mexico) travelled to Japan. The L9 further consists of the associations from Brazil (ABIEA) and New Zealand (SALMA). 

The L9 was established with the objectives to offer a global association’s network for information and knowledge exchange, joint industry promotion and collaboration on issues of common global importance. The meeting in Tokyo (co-hosted by local manufacturer Lintec), especially focused on the industry’s response to the challenge of environmental sustainability. For this purpose, the top management of two leading global players (Avery Dennison and UPM Raflatac) shared their companies’ perspective on this subject. Suntory, a major local beverage company, completed the scope from an end-users’ perspective. The subsequent dialogue between label converters and their trade associations at this meeting produced recommendations to align efforts as an industry to stimulate environmental sustainability. Special focus will be on recycling in the label sector worldwide through collaboration on regional waste management strategies. 

Other topics on the agenda included the World Label Awards framework, benchmarking standards and a survey of regional trends and developments. During this trip to Japan, delegates were also offered the opportunity to visit Toyota as well as Osaka Seal Printing and to discover best practice in Kaizen, the continuous improvement in manufacturing philosophy that originated here.

Finat, founded in Paris in 1958 with headquarters in The Hague (The Netherlands), is the world-wide association for manufacturers of self-adhesive labels and related products and services. With 600 members in over 50 countries around the world, Finat has much to offer to label converters and all suppliers to the labeling industry in terms of information exchange and the opportunity to network internationally. 

Bube Concept opts for Rotocontrol RSC Slitter/Rewinder

Rotocontrol has announced another order received in Germany from Bube Concept GmbH, who opted for an RSC Slitter/Rewinder 340mm web width including the SVS (Sensing and Verification System) option.
The Rotocontrol SVS (Sensing and Verification System) option features powerful algorithms to detect repeated printed images on most material types including clear on clear, IML and butt-cut labels to provide missing label and matrix detection feedback to the machine. Secure sensing technology is key in providing customers with accurate counting. The sensors self-teach and provide feedback that they have established the label repeat length, automatically enabling the machine to begin normal operation. The system has the ability to accept different label sizes and repeat lengths in each lane.   

Earlier this year Ingo Bube, Managing Director of Bube Concept met with Marco Aengenvoort, Managing Director of Rotocontrol to evaluate the Rotocontrol finishing machine technology. "I was impressed with the overall product offering of Rotocontrol" commented Ingo Bube. "Marco Aengenvoort took the time to understand our business and production process before recommending a finishing machine with specifications, including the SVS option that will best meet our requirements. We look forward to receiving our German-designed and manufactured finishing machine." 

Bube Concept is a DIN ISO 9001 und DIN ISO 14001 certified company and celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2011. With dedicated teams at two locations in Pulheim (near Cologne) and Wuppertal, Bube Concept offers customers 1000 m² of production space. The company provides label production, Prepress, and offset printing resulting in the production of high quality labels for direct product marking, blank or printed, in small volumes or millions of copies.  

A highly secure production area provides labels with security features to protect against piracy. A special operations organization, through annual contracts, enables us to supply our customers with "just in time delivery" for their production processes with no additional charge. Bube Concept is highly flexible and responsive to our customer's urgent needs.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

UPM Raflatac receives FSC and PEFC certifications for Oceania labelstock products

UPM Raflatac has been granted FSC and PEFC chain of custody certificates for its labelstock operations in Australia and New Zealand. The chain of custody certifications guarantee that the wood used in UPM Raflatac’s label materials originates from sustainably managed forests.

"Achieving chain of custody certification for our Oceania operation demonstrates our ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility," says Jouni Komulainen, General Manager of UPM Raflatac Oceania. "Our customers can purchase paper labelstock knowing that their materials are sourced from sustainably managed forests, and certified paper labels give retailers the opportunity to demonstrate their sustainability credentials to consumers, who in turn can make responsible buying decisions."

FSC and PEFC are currently the main global forest management certifications. The Australia and New Zealand facilities will be annually audited to verify its continued compliance with the certification requirements.

"The certification involves implementing documented procedures to ensure that certified materials are tracked through all stages of our operation from goods receiving, to lamination, converting and quality assurance, through to customer’s premises. This achievement is a significant milestone towards increasing our range of eco-labelled products as we aim to embed environmental considerations for all our products," says Carol Lawrence, Environmental & Sustainability Specialist of UPM Raflatac Oceania.

UPM supports and uses reliable forest certification schemes and has built a global chain-of-custody model to monitor and report the proportion of certified fibre in its products. The system meets both FSC and PEFC requirements.

Muller Martini to attend International Sleeve Conference

For more than a decade, sleeve label formats have been a boon to the label sector, providing everyone from package label designers to printers with a number of innovative opportunities.  Sleeve labels provide high-quality, 360-degree, head-to-toe graphics on a wide spectrum of container shapes and sizes.

Sleeve labels have required revolutionary developments in printing technologies, of which Muller Martini has played a significant role. Its product specialists will be available at the exhibition to discuss new developments in packaging and commercial presses, including:
  • Alprinta: This web offset press produces packaging materials and labels, as well as high-quality commercial work and direct mail. Key benefits include superior print quality, simple operation and high productivity.
  • VSOP: This Variable Sleeve Offset Printing press represents a complete printing solution for all packaging requirements. It features a revolutionary sleeve technology which ensures fast and simple changeovers. Ideal for label, flexible packaging and folding carton printing, the VSOP is exceptionally cost-effective for print lengths that change frequently.

The exhibition will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati on April 18-19. Visitors can meet with Muller Martini representatives at Table #16

Gidue stages permanent open house to coincide with drupa

For Drupa, Nuova Gidue S.r.l., the Italian manufacturer of printing and converting machines for the Labels and Packaging industry, has organized an exclusive “Permanent Open House” in Florence from the 3rd to the 18th of May 2012.  Federico d’Annunzio, MD, comments: “As usual, Drupa will attract a lot of people from our industry as most specialists in the graphic market will be in Europe to see all the newest trends in our sector. 

Gidue is excited to welcome visitors to its own event showcasing some interesting solutions specially designed for the label and flexible packaging markets. Dedicated demos can be organized on the Master M5 630 Digital Flexo press, in line with GIDUE’s totally new development - the Master SL 630 Solvent-Less Laminator. The combination of UV Flexo and in-line solvent-less lamination is potentially revolutionary for the flexible packaging market. The solution virtually eliminates the risk of ink migration as it avoids any contact of UV inks with the reel (and with the food), by ‘protecting‘ the UV printed surface with a laminated film before winding. Label converters, well aware of UV flexo technology, could easily enter the lucrative short-run flexible packaging market, with a limited ‘learning curve’, and provide excellent UV flexo print quality.

During the Open House other flexo lines will be available for demo including the ten-colour Master M5 for unlimited substrates, Master M5 dedicated to aluminum pharma blister packs, Combat M3 for labels and sleeves and the new entry level M1x for labels.

Nuova Gidue is a manufacturer of printing and converting machines, providing exclusive technology for the Label and Packaging industry. Most technologies are developed by Nuova Gidue in cooperation with the end-users to manufacture original solutions for long term profitability and innovation. Since 1999 Gidue has provided the Label and Packaging industry with innovative solutions which have set new standards in productivity.

Nuova Gidue ‘s product range includes solutions for the label industry such as combination presses and finishing solutions for Offset, Flexo, Gravure, Screen, Digital, Hot Stamping, Cold Foil, Embossing, Label and Carton Die-Cutting, Sheeting, Perforation and others. Most of the processes are interchangeable.

For the flexible packaging industry Nuova Gidue offers substrate solutions such as aluminum foil for yoghurt lids, laminated tubes for tooth paste and shampoo, sausage skins, shrinkable sleeves, ROSO, wrap-around, stand-up pouches, IML, PE 20 M PET 12 M, PA, PVC, BOPP, aluminum foil 12 m etc. Lamination solutions complete the product range with in-line solventless, hot-melt, pre-adhesive lamination.

Nuova Gidue is represented in India by Reifenhauser India Marketing Ltd.

Heineken unveils Facebook competition bottle

Heineken has unveiled a limited edition bottle, designed by the winners of a global Facebook competition to mark its 140th anniversary. Heineken launched its global mission through its Facebook page, which invited budding designers to create a bottle for its limited edition anniversary gift pack. The "connections" themed brief asked people to submit a design that symbolised how people will connect in the next 140 years and then pair it with another design from the online gallery.

The competition, which attracted more than 30,000 entries from more than 100 countries, was won by design student Rodolfo Kusulas from Monterrey, Mexico and freelance designer Lee Dunford from Sydney, Australia. Heineken has also produced a YouTube video that explains how the winning design was chosen.

The winning pair, who connected across a distance of 9,000 miles, was among six finalists who were given the chance to perfect their design and present it to the judging panel, made up of: Evan Orensten, co-founder and executive editor of Cool Hunting; Mark Dytham, co-founder of global creative network, PechaKucha; and Heineken's global head of design Mark van Iterson.

Van Iterson said: "Social connectivity was the inspiration behind Heineken's brief to create a design that will mark our 140th year. Through a pioneering design process using digital space to unite creative talent from all around the world, Lee and Rodolfo have created a premium visual concept that summarises how our world communicates through time. The way the design shifts the continents to create one world, in combination with the Heineken star as a planet in the centre of a galaxy unites two strong perspectives on a similar idea – the collaboration through the visual language of the design was obvious."

Stars are a prominent part of the design and feature on both sides of the bottle. The winning pair's creation, together with their names, will appear on a Heineken bottle that will be sold in an exclusive limited edition gift pack around the world from December 2012, when the next limited edition challenge will launch.

The AWA 2012 Global Release Liner Industry Conference and Exhibition

The Global Release Liner Industry Conference and Exhibition, organized by AWA Conferences and Events, is annually the meeting point for participants in this specialist industry, at all levels of the value chain. Siliconized release liner’s major market is in pressure-sensitive labeling, but it supports and protects materials in a surprisingly diverse range of applications, from building and construction to electronics, photovoltaics, medical disposables, and pressure-sensitive vehicle ‘wraps’. The conference alternates between Europe and the USA, and this year was held in Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City. The exhibition proved to be an excellent focus for the whole event, which has networking at its heart, and featured leading suppliers across the value chain.

Keynote presentations
Opening the formal conference proceedings on the first day, Corey M Reardon, President and CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates, introduced an afternoon of keynote presentations which addressed the industry status quo in the context of the global economy.

Carsten Lange, Managing Director, Release Liner, Coatings and Consumer Packaging, for Mondi, discussed the macro-economic outlook for the release liner industry.   In the longer term, he observed,it will be countries to the east of Europe and in Latin America which will evidence the greatest growth.   In the current financial climate, Austria, Belgium and Germany are faring best in Europe – but consumer confidence is declining, and in this ‘second recession’, neither governments nor banks are in as good shape as they were in 2008. The Eurozone, he observed, may represent only 25% of the global economy – but China exports 25% of its GDP to Europe.

In terms of release liner itself, there is, he said, very little official data available in an industry which is dominated by private companies or large groups where release liner data are not reported in detail;  and, equally, there is very little comparative data on raw materials. ‘On the silicone side’, he said, ‘our industry represents only a minor part of the whole’.

With European manufacturing capacity in the merchant release liner business increasing between 2010 and 2013 by 15-16% (not all of it aimed at the European market), Mr Lange observed:  ‘We have to understand and manage capacity very carefully.’ Currently, Mondi’s estimated CAGR in Europe is 2-3%, depending on segment.   To maintain a healthy future for the business, he said, companies need to invest; to set aside a sufficient percentage of turnover for capital expenditure; and be ready to make allowances for expansion and other developments.

The global economy
John Graham, Partner in Amsterdam-based Graham, Smith & Partners International Tax Counsel, in a refreshingly clear and direct examination of the different financial markets around the world, discussed the subject in three ways - namely via the traditional, philosophical, and media-influenced approaches. He highlighted the stagnant Japanese market; the United States, which, he said, has not dealt with any of its financial issues yet (and will not do so before the elections); the BRIC countries - which still have their own problems; and, of course, Europe and the euro - hailed in 2008 by the EU commissioner for economic and monetary affairs as a ‘major success’ and a ‘pool of stability for the global economy’.

Release liner industry survey
Corey Reardon returned to the rostrum to present the brand new findings of the 2012 AWA release liner industry survey, peopled with around 100 responses from industry participants around the world. Sentiment has changed in the last year:  more companies consider themselves to be regional rather than global, though most expect to see true globalization within five years, and most, he said, believe that ‘being global provides opportunities for growth’. Mergers and acquisitions within the value chain will also continue. Costs have increased dramatically - even over prior year, which itself experienced tremendous cost pressures. ‘Looking forward,’he said, ‘costs are still expected to rise, but at a slightly lower rate.’   Inventory pressures remained an issue in 2011, as they had in 2010. 

The day’s proceedings concluded with time at the exhibition and a cocktail reception.

Market data
Next day’s full program began with a market overview of the global release liner market from Corey Reardon, who shared AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ current research data.   In terms of materials and markets, glassine/calenderedkraft papers still represent a solid 41% of the overall market, with film currently taking 12%. Pressure-sensitive labelstock remains the largest segment, at 51%.   Mr Reardon predicted that ‘in this market, 40-60% of liner usage for primary product labeling will migrate to film in the next five years.’   He added that variable information print (itself representing 50% of the label market for release liner) will, however, always remain paper-based.  

Geographically, North America retains the largest share of the 35,254 mlnsq m global market for release liner, though Europe and Asia Pacific are nearly equal. North America is more optimistic about its growth opportunities in 2012 – predicting 5%+ growth, as does Asia Pacific – than South America, which anticipates 2-5% growth, and Europe, which expects 0-2% growth.   Overall, growth has slowed, but Asia Pacific remains the growth leader and will, said Mr Reardon, ‘take over as the main region in the near future’. 

Packaging and labeling law
Changing packaging and labeling laws are today a major concern in the broad packaging industry, and therefore for pressure-sensitive labels.   Solicitor and law lecturer Charles James has just published the second edition of his ‘Guide to Packaging and Labelling Law’, and introduced delegates to some of the ‘headlines’ that are current.   BPA and food contact concerns around film liners; migration issues;  new food labeling regulations – where origin labeling of meats is a particular challenge are all issues – but legislation like the Plastics Directive are delivering real opportunities for packaging companies to innovate and demonstrate their proven skills and integrity.

Tailor-made products for labels
Dr Peter Sandkuehler, Group Leader, TS&D, Performance Plastics, for Dow Chemical Company, went on to discuss the many aspects of developing tailor-made products for the label industry in which Dow Chemical Company is involved – including hot melt and acrylic adhesive formulations and films for facestock and release liner.   Trends and drivers today include, of course, sustainability and health and safety legislation, which must partner maintaining and developing the aesthetics of labels for enhanced branding.   These are areas where Dow’s global presence and broad science and technology capabilities can contribute at all levels of the label value chain. 

Composites – and yacht building
Packaging is not the only arena in which release liners have a part to play.   The AWA release liner survey highlighted the fact that the second-largest market segment, at just over 12% of the total, is specialty tapes.   Prefaced by an introduction to the pre-impregnated composites market and its value chain from Corey Reardon, professional yacht builder Steffen Hak gave a practical demonstration of the different ways in which release liners are used in the luxury yachting industry.   They feature both in pressure-sensitive tape and sealant applications and in non-adhesive ‘pre-preg’ substrate protection for such items as the rails around the ship and flagpoles and hatches.  

Heineken’s perspective
The beer market has been one of the success stories for pressure-sensitive labels in recent years, and delegates were able to share Heineken’s perspective on the release liner industry, as presented by the company’s Global Category Buyer for Packaging Materials:  Dennis Bakx.   ‘The consumer is changing his consumption pattern:  people spend money in a different way today’, said MrBakx. The beer market is no exception. Demand is moving away from dispensed drinks in bars to home consumption, both using bottles and cans – and this has had a positive effect on Heineken’s use of pressure-sensitive labels. Heineken choose pressure-sensitive labels because, MrBakx said, they support the company’s international brand (‘communicate by packaging’) by adding value for both the retailer and consumer, and also deliver a practical advantage -- high packaging line speeds. But Heineken also has a ‘wish list’, and delegates were challenged to contribute to further improving release liners on pressure-sensitive labelstock. ‘What will be the next generation?’, he asked. Reduced liner thickness/downgauging and linerlesslabels are possible future options, and innovation and sustainability are of course key factors.  ‘About 40% of the pressure-sensitive product we buy is waste!   My job is to reduce or optimize!’ he said.

Recycling initiatives
Release liner recycling initiatives from the label industry were the subject of the presentation from Mark Macaré, Public Affairs Manager of the European pressure-sensitive label association, FINAT. Outlining the political and corporate drivers of action in this arena, he went on to detail the use of secondary materials in the label chain, recycling ‘bottlenecks’, and FINAT’s role in supporting and promoting industry initiatives.   Mr Macaré said that ‘70% of brand owners identify sustainability as a competitive advantage’, and ‘green’ initiatives by both brand owners and retailers are having a significant impact on overall awareness of the key sustainability issues. In the past year, FINAT has established a recycling project group, and is actively promoting and raising the awareness of the importance of recycling for the label industry, as well as positively demonstrating the suitability ofsiliconized paper liner for paper recycling. FINAT is a signatory to the European Declaration on Paper Recovery. The association’s sustainability action agenda is wide-ranging.   Mr Macaré indicated that release liner – the highest priority – and pressure-sensitive label matrix and set-up waste are key areas where the association is concerned to identify and promote secondary materials/recycling solutions.  He said that establishing an active industry network and developing and maintaining a database/catalogue, as well as setting up effective communications across the value chain and the media (including success stories) are also prime objectives. FINAT awaits the finalization of the latest revision to the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, to learn whether label release liner will be defined as process waste or packaging waste.
Silicone and release coating panel discussion

Following lunch, a session addressing silicone and release coating technologies opened with a panel discussion involving three industry experts:  Christian Velasquez, Global Market Director, Pressure-sensitive Industry, for Dow Corning;  MikkoMeyder, Global Marketing Manager, RC Silicones, for Evonik Goldschmidt;  and Sean Duffy, Global Business Manager, Bluestar Silicones. The discussion, moderated by Corey Reardon, was wide-ranging.   Panelists agreed with MikkoMeyder that ‘thinner, lighter, more stable substrates for release liner’ are needed, but that, as Christian Velasquez remarked ‘We have to be able to sell ourselves on the total value of the self-adhesive label, not just the release liner.’   On the topic of film liner, Sean Duffy observed that ‘in cost terms, the option of choosing a film liner versus a paper liner now makes economic sense.’ Substrate-identical label constructions – a PP liner on a PP facestock, he said, offer huge advantages in terms of recyclability. The limited success of non-traditional substrates such as PLA films;  the future role of solvent siliconization;  increasing in-line siliconization  by pressure-sensitive laminators, as well as siliconization/ lamination at the converter stage;  and the high cost of raw materials were among other topics addressed.

Automatic inspection and measurement
Innovative optical inspection and measurement systems for in-line quality and process control for film release liner production were the topic of the paper presented by Dr Schenk GmbH Industriemesstechnik’s Senior Business Development Manager, Hans Oerley. The advantages of automatic inspection over human inspectors, he showed, are considerable. Defects and irregularities are often invisible to the human eye, especially at high web speeds; human inspection cannot continue consistently for 24-hour periods; and automatic inspection can not only deliver process optimization through fast feedback of data, but also provide archival information on defects.   The company’s EasyInspect and EasyMeasure systems offer flexible, leading-edge solutions for release liner production, at all stages of the process.

Linerless labels?
Disruptive technologies and innovations that are impacting release liner were the topic of the final conference session.   The renewed challenge of linerless pressure-sensitive labels was explored by Jackie Marolda, Vice President and Senior Consultant, AWA Alexander Watson Associates. The drivers for a move to linerless labels are the desire to reduce/eliminate waste; legislation;the cost of release liner; and the economics of liner waste. The AWA release liner survey 2012, she showed, identified interesting current sentiment. Involvement in recycling/re-use programs has hardly grown at all. ‘We’re all talking about it,’ Ms Marolda said, ‘but it’s all very future orientated.’ Conversely, survey respondents identified linerless labels as an area where they expect to see innovation – and market substitution -- in the near term. Linerless labels today have their limitations – label shape (though clear film labels can bear a printed shape), material supply, application machinery (here, Europe is ahead of North America), and application speeds. But they have clearly already ‘found a niche’ in today’s market. Ms Marolda said that, additionally, there are developments in facestocks, activatable adhesives, and printable silicone coatings. There are also developments in application equipment -- hybrid machines capable of applying both traditional and linerless pressure-sensitive labels --  and in converting equipment, allowing for radius-cornered labels and shaped perforations.

Direct-to-product print
Digital inkjet printing, direct to the product, is now a reality – and potentially a major disrupter for the traditional label industry. Clayton Sampson, Managing Director of Cyan Tec, demonstrated how his company’s inkjet printers, laser systems, and robot automation can deliver single-pass printing for a variety of markets, which currently include aerospace, automotive, consumer products, electronics, food packaging, medical devices, and textiles.   The technology offers short run and variable data capabilities, prints on uneven surfaces and complex shapes, and requires no make-ready time.   It has far-reaching strategic implications for traceability and anti-counterfeiting, particularly in pharmaceutical packaging, and for mass customization of consumer products.

Innovative drying system
Another challenge to traditional, established thinking in the release liner industry was posited by Gene Plavnik, President, Heat Technologies Inc. His company’s US-patented, proven Spectra HE ultra drying system employs advanced convective heat and mass transfer technology - drying, curing, cooling, and heating – enhanced by strong acoustic oscillations.   In projects involving coating, converting, and other in-line processes, MrPlavnik showed, a 50” long drying unit using Spectra HE technology can replace a traditional 56ft long dryer, and will use only 13% of the energy consumed by its predecessor. Heat Technologies Inc offer complete design and manufacturing for a variety of projects, large and small. A brief supplier innovation forum featuring Billerud, Dow Corning, Dow Chemical, Dr Schenk, and Loparex,rounded off the conference agenda prior to cocktails around the exhibition area.

The Global Release Liner Conference & Exhibition 2012 was truly representative of the industry it served in terms of sponsorship, featuring platinum sponsors UPM; gold sponsors Billerud, Blue Star Silicones, Dow Corning, Evonik, Loparex, Mondi, and Toray; and silver sponsors Boise, CVG Paper, Dow Chemical, Dr Schenk, Felix Schoeller, and Mitsubishi Polyester Film; as well as many of the world’s leading converting media.   

AWA Conferences & Events will hold the annual Label Release Liner Seminar at the Hyatt Rosemont, Chicago, USA, just prior to this year’s Labelexpo, on September 10 2012. 

Toray to highlight new print on demand quality and performance standards set by its waterless offset technology

Toray will demonstrate its value added technologies for offset print on demand at drupa 2012, from 3 to 16 May, in Düsseldorf. Increased flexibility and efficiency, with fast processing on different materials, have been the focus of the Japanese manufacturer’s most recent developments to meet the increasing challenges presented by a changing print market. In the difficult business environment caused by decreasing demand for commercial printing on paper, it is Toray’s aim to show solutions that will help printers expand their product range.

“Waterless’ ability to produce superior quality on a wide variety of substrates beyond paper and board, with the same ink, will make it easier for printers to diversify,” explains Junichi Ishii, Sales Manager for graphics and chemical products at Toray International Europe. “The quick make ready and in-line finishing that are possible with waterless UV printing, make production highly efficient and shortens delivery times to customers.”

Toray will show visitors the benefits of waterless UV printing in B1 and B3 formats, including highly automated in-line finishing, in live demonstrations on stand D32 in hall 16.

Added value by waterless offset printing
Waterless technology delivers stable reproduction of high-resolution images ensuring exceptional print quality on a wide range of substrates from paper, cardboard, plastic, film or metal foil. It also offers environmental benefits as it eliminates water use on press and reduces chemical effluent and VOC emissions.  Since there is no ink/water balance to control, make ready times and waste are minimized making it possible to print more jobs per day. The benefits are particularly effective when using UV curing printing inks, which in conventional offset printing may become unstable in combination with water. As print jobs get smaller and product diversification requires more expensive substrates, the reduced waste made possible by the waterless process presents a significant economic and environmental argument.  Owing to the uniqueness of waterless printing, i.e. the combination of higher quality and the proof of sustainability, printing firms can provide added value.

New markets opened up
Waterless offset printing is particularly successful in applications where conventional offset printing is pushed to its limits with regard to spoilage rate, printability and quality such as premium packaging, plastic cards, advertising posters, self adhesive labels, 3D and lenticular applications, CD/DVD, wood laminates, metal decor as well as commercial print runs including brochures, magazine titles and flyers. 

Conversion to waterless printing is possible on all standard offset presses and simpler than many people think. There are only a few key requirements: the printer must have temperature control for the inking units on press, a special developing machine for waterless plates and use waterless printing inks, which are available from several suppliers. 

Ishii concludes: “If these requirements are met, all options are open to the waterless offset printer wanting to add value to their services.“  

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

RosUpack, the main packaging exhibition in Russia, to take place from 18–22 June

The Russian packaging industry is the tenth-largest packaging market in the world, with a value of US$17.4 billion in 2011. It was also the eighth-fastest-growing packaging market in the world during the last 10 years period. The main reasons for this rapid growth were the substantial investments into the industry from both domestic and foreign packaging manufacturers and the country’s huge domestic raw material reserves. The key end users which generated demand for the Russian packaging industry during the review period were the food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, personal care and pharmaceutical markets. Russian paper and board packaging exports accounted for 40% of the total domestic production in 2010. The industry is now focusing on developing new capabilities to meet the export demand for specialty papers. There are currently no waste management laws in place to govern the Russian packaging industry. As such, the adherence to new waste management laws and subsequent establishment of systems to minimize packaging waste will provide new challenges for packaging manufacturers over the forecast period.

RosUpack, the main packaging exhibition in Russia, will take place on 18–22 of June in Pavilion 75 at All-Russian Exhibition Centre (VVC), Moscow. The exhibition has been holding since 1996 and annually brings together main domestic and international leaders of the packaging industry. RosUpack has gained the right to be called the largest packaging exhibition in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe.

During the years of its activity RosUpack has gained high international prestige: this is the most titled packaging event in Russia (it has awards from RUEF, UFI, COPE, PAC, FEFCO and ULADE). RosUpack is supported by the Moscow City Government, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, PACKMASH Association and National Packaging Confederation (NCPack).

For the convenience of visitors and participants the exposition is grouped according to the following themes: Equipment, Packaging, Containers, Raw and expendable materials, Labeling, Logistics and warehousing. For specialists annual business program of the exhibition includes conferences, seminars, roundtables and presentations.

Landa to unveil ground breaking nanographic printing process and digital press portfolio for mainstream commercial, packaging and publishing markets

Landa Corporation today announced the unveiling of Nanography, a new digital printing category. The Landa Nanographic Printing process is a game-changing technology for mainstream commercial, packaging and publishing markets. At drupa 2012, the Company will unveil its new line-up of Nanographic sheetfed and web presses.

Led by the father of digital commercial printing, Benny Landa, who started the digital printing revolution in 1993 with the launch of the iconic Indigo digital press, Landa is now set to ignite the second digital revolution in print. Landa Nanographic Printing Presses offer the versatility of digital with the qualities and speed of offset printing — at unmatched cost-per-page.

“It's good to be back", says Benny Landa, Chairman and CEO. “The Landa Nanographic Printing process is the result of ten years of nanotechnology research. It is a true breakthrough that enables our presses to achieve amazing results".

Landa NanoInk
At the heart of the Nanographic Printing process is Landa NanoInk. Comprised of pigment particles only tens of nanometres in size (a human hair is about 100,000 nanometres wide), these nano-pigments are extremely powerful absorbers of light and enable unprecedented image qualities. Landa Nanographic Printing is characterized by ultra-sharp dots of extremely high uniformity, high gloss fidelity and the broadest CMYK colour gamut of any printing process. 

Nanography - The Printing Process
The Landa Nanographic Printing process creates images of remarkable abrasion and scratch resistance.  Most notably, it can print on any off-the-shelf substrate, from coated and uncoated paper stocks to recycled carton; from newsprint to plastic packaging films - all without requiring any kind of pre-treatment or special coating - and no post-drying. Adding to this cost benefit is the fact that Nanographic images are only 500 nanometres thick - about half the thickness of offset images - enabling Landa NanoInk to produce the lowest cost-per-page digital images in the industry. All of this from a water-based, energy-efficient and eco-friendly process.

Landa Nanographic Printing Presses
Landa Nanographic Printing Presses employ ink ejectors to create the digital ink images which get applied to the printing stock in a process that can operate at extremely high speeds. Each Landa press, which has an exceptionally small footprint, even when compared to other digital presses, can print in up to eight colours and can operate at 600 dpi or 1200 dpi resolution. 

“Nanography is a truly ground-breaking development" Landa stated. "At drupa, we will be unveiling a complete family of sheetfed and web presses. These include B3, B2 and B1 sheetfed perfecting presses which operate at up to 11,000 sheets per hour for commercial and packaging printing as well as web presses for publishing and flexible packaging that range in width from 52 cm to 104 cm and operate at up to 200 metres per minute. Such performance places Landa Nanographic Printing presses squarely in the heart of mainstream commercial printing. For the first time, commercial printers don't have to choose between the versatility and short-run economics of digital printing and the low cost-per-page and high productivity of offset printing. Now they can have both".

The Landa family of six Nanographic Printing presses will be of interest to commercial printers and packaging converters for applications that include general commercial printing, books, magazines, direct mail, labels, folding carton and flexible packaging for food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and more. 

Landa to Host Theatre Presentations
Benny Landa will personally be hosting each of the Company’s five daily theatre presentations in its 300-seat auditorium at the heart of Landa’s 1,400 square metre stand, the largest ever for a first time exhibitor at drupa. The theatre presentation, entitled Nano. Bigger Than You Think., will provide the audience with an inside tour of Nanography — the technology, the products and the opportunity — as well as insights into the future of our industry. 

Landa Corporation was founded by Benny Landa in 2002 following the acquisition by Hewlett-Packard Company of Indigo, which Landa had founded 25 years earlier. Landa Corporation has four operating units: Landa Digital Printing, which develops Nanographic PrintingTM systems for the commercial, packaging and publishing markets; Landa Labs, which develops alternative energy technology as well as nano-materials for applications ranging from  pigments and drug delivery to hair colorants and composite materials;  Landa Ventures, which invests in promising technology companies in fields related to nanotechnology, imaging, printing and energy; and Landa Fund, a philanthropic entity dedicated to the narrowing of socioeconomic gaps in society by enabling youth of “privileged minds and underprivileged means” to achieve higher education. To date, the Landa Fund has enabled thousands of underprivileged youth to acquire university degrees.