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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Investcorp announces agreement to acquire SPGPrints Group B.V.

Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products, today announces its agreement to acquire SPGPrints Group B.V. from funds managed by Bencis Capital Partners for an enterprise value of EUR 240m. Closing of the transaction is expected following clearance from the relevant competition authorities.

Established in 1947, SPGPrints is the leading global provider of integrated solutions for rotary screen and digital printing for textiles and graphic applications, and the leading manufacturer of precision metal components for a broad range of applications. Headquartered in Boxmeer, The Netherlands, the Company is represented in more than 100 countries worldwide and in 2013 generated revenue of EUR 214m, a large share of which was from emerging markets.

Carsten Hagenbucher, a Principal in Investcorp's corporate investment team in London, said: "We have followed SPGPrints for a long time and were attracted by its differentiated, global rotary screen business, its innovative digital inks activities, attractive precision metals offering and entrepreneurial management team. We're excited to now have the opportunity to partner with management as we seek to help accelerate the Company's growth, both organically and through appropriate add-on acquisitions, and to drive continued international expansion. There are many parallels to other portfolio companies in which we have invested and we look forward to applying such knowledge to SPGPrints, particularly with respect to digital inks."

Mr. D.W. Joustra, Chief Executive Officer of SPGPrints, added: "We were impressed by Investcorp's long track record of working with the management teams of its portfolio companies to help them expand into new markets on an international scale. With a truly global presence, we believe that Investcorp is a complementary partner for SPGPrints and one that will provide us with the solid capital base required to help us realize the full growth potential of the business, including through add-on acquisitions."

Two Esko innovations to receive prestigious Printing Industries of America 2014 InterTech Technology Awards

Esko announces that Esko Full HD Flexo platemaking system and Esko Equinox, Esko´s solution for the implementation of extended gamut – or fixed inkset – printing, are both recipients of 2014 Printing Industries of America InterTech Technology Awards. Since 1978 the InterTech Technology Awards, sponsored by Printing Industries of America, have honored the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. More than 80% of technologies that receive an award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace.

These are the sixth and seventh InterTech awards Esko solutions have received over the past ten years. Other recipients include Esko WebCenter (2006), Esko DeskPack 3-dX (2007), Esko Neo (2008), Esko Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves (2011) and i-cut Suite (2012).

“We are very honored to receive two awards from Printing Industries of America this year. Esko has a legacy of listening to our customers and using our ingenuity to develop products – very often new product concepts or categories – that offer our customers tremendous added value,” explains Carsten Knudsen, Esko President and CEO. “Esko’s insistence in investing a much higher portion of our budget than the industry average into R&D every year helps to support our continuous innovation helps to fuel these products that result in competitive advantages for our customers.”

Esko Full HD Flexo: superior flexo printing plates
Esko Full HD Flexo is a platemaking system for superior flexo printing for all packaging applications. It utilizes a patented, fully digitally controlled platemaking system combining high-resolution 4000ppi imaging with a unique inline UV main exposure unit. An LED-array delivers UV power density strong enough to fully control the plate polymerization process during main exposure. For the first time, flexo plates are imaged, exposed and delivered directly to the plate processor, without need for light table exposure.

With Full HD Flexo, flexo platemaking has become a true “Computer to Plate” process: no lamination, no films, and no extra steps with light tables. No special consumables are needed, and it is not proprietary: it works with all popular digital flexo plates and sleeves. Everything is done in the CDI imager. Plates are ready for processing after unloading. Full HD Flexo has had a positive impact on efficiency and cost. Press changeovers are faster and downtimes are reduced. Substrate selection is less critical.

Full HD Flexo also offers consistency, because Inline UV technology maintains consistent, digitally controlled UV light output throughout the entire plate, while lamps in a bank exposure frame continuously age and need frequent replacement every few hundred hours. Bank exposure frames also deliver different UV output over the entire frame area. “The judges noted that the inline UV technology is more controllable,” notes Mark Bohan, Vice President, Technology and Research, Printing Industries of America.

“The judges also considered Full HD Flexo plate imaging a much more flexible process, with the ability to digitally control the generation of a dot shape, combining highlight capabilities of round dots with the solid ink lay down and print stability of ‘flat top’ flexo plates – which the judges agreed is not a trivial process. HD Flexo plates can produce images with complete, 0-100% dot coverage delivering a wider color gamut. It was also significant that the technology is upgradeable, already has a sizeable installed base, and is not plate specific,” adds Bohan. “The very strong customer letters demonstrated that HD Flexo is allowing flexo to challenge gravure and offset.” This is occurring among a wide array of flexible packaging, labels and corrugated printers worldwide.

Esko Equinox: Proving the viability of extended gamut printing
“While people tried to promote extended gamut printing in the past, it had been dedicated to offset, where printers might not have ample press units to take advantage of the technology. However, flexo presses have seven, eight or more units already – and it is significant for companies that are working to match brand colors,” states Bohan. “While this technology is used with other print methods, it was developed specifically for flexo. The industry is ready to embrace this technology. It beats managing specially-mixed inks.”

Equinox Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) Technology is Esko’s patented technology for converting packaging graphics from CMYK and spot color to seven-color process. It is applied in the prepress department when preparing jobs for press. Converting entire files results in extremely close matches to spot colors, improved pictorial images, and the ability to print more colors than available ink stations on the press, resulting in improved image quality and brand impact. The major benefit, however, is realized in the pressroom as jobs print more economically and more consistently. The ability to create an infinite number of colors from 7 process colors promotes “gang” press runs – and the economic savings can surpass a million dollars per press per year. Customers using Equinox ECG technology report that they use 7-color process profitably in a production environment for flexible packaging as well as labels. This has enabled many of the world’s largest consumer product companies to convert entire product lines to expanded gamut.

“The judges liked the smart filters, the math and color algorithms associated with Esko Equinox,” says Bohan. By quantifying only subsets of four-color combinations, Equinox 7-color profiles contain hundreds of times the amount of color data as a 7-color ICC color profile. These profiles are used to convert industry standard ink books into tint build books for a specific flexo press. Equinox also benefits from Esko HD and Full HD Flexo platemaking, which is able to extend the gamut by producing plates that can print dots from 0-100% while delivering consistent and reliable printing results from job to job.

Esko Equinox is a major achievement because it moves flexographic printing a giant step closer to being the economical manufacturing process that the major CPCs of the world are demanding. “The fact that the judges had a lengthy discussion about a specific PowerPoint presentation shows both the interest and dedication. Everyone got involved with all the materials,” observes Bohan. “They also noted that all the Equinox print sample images were cleaner than 4-color images. But the benefit that was not lost with the judges was the economic advantages of extended gamut printing.”

What is significant is that, while Full HD Flexo and Equinox are strong products successfully used separately, both offer a unique synergy when used together: the exceptional quality and reliable printing offered by Full HD Flexo, and the economics delivered by extended gamut printing that is significantly assured with Full HD Flexo plates.

“Esko takes our role in the industry very seriously. We spend a good deal of time understanding the direction of the industry – and try to help to drive it – before we strategize products that truly are innovative but also have merit in the industry. It takes a lot of work to create a viable vision that drives the development of products like Full HD Flexo and Equinox. However, while we are flattered that these products have received acclaim this year, it is even more gratifying that many converters throughout the world are using Full HD Flexo plates and Equinox to produce exceptional packaging that offers a very powerful economic incentive,” concludes Knudsen.

Bright new formulation for UV Flexo Fluorescent Inks from Pulse Roll Label Products

Pulse Roll Label Products has launched a series of UV curable fluorescent inks aimed at the flexo label printing market. The range has been developed and formulated by the company’s in-house research and development team based in Bristol, UK – where the company manufactures the new fluorescent RDF Series.

The UV curing fluorescent ink range is suitable for use in general label printing and has recently undergone full beta testing. Print trials to date are said to have shown increased color strength, allowing lighter aniloxes to be used whilst achieving the same density, as well as showing a smoother lay, resulting in a higher quality label.

Whether for fun, to ensure a brand stands out on the shelf or to highlight warning information, Pulse Roll Label Products said the use of florescent inks as part of the overall label or package design can grab attention and create more impact.

Sarah Harriman, marketing and communications manager at Pulse Roll Label Products, said: ‘Branded goods have never had to fight so hard for attention on the shelf with so many products now available to consumers. Brand owners must also adhere to increasing packaging and labeling regulations to ensure that important product information is visually highlighted.

'This new range of inks offers bright and clean fluorescent effects, providing a solid eye-catching color which will enhance the label and draw attention to the product.’ 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Edale and AB Graphics International install Digicon 3000 into Rako Group Germany

Edale and AB Graphics International have just completed the install of the first Digicon 3000 into Germany in one of the largest manufactures of self-adhesive labels and flexible packaging in Europe, Asia and South Africa, Rako Group.

Rako Group have over 80 printing machines at 13 different sites worldwide and manufacture self-adhesive labels, flexible packaging, security technologies (RFID & Holograms)  and software. They offer a wide range of printing processes and in addition a variety of finishing possibilities.

The Digicon 3000 installed at Rako Group will be used mainly for converting labels at their headquarters in Witzhave, Germany. Roger Gehrke, Rako Group’s digital print manager, comments “The array of options including laminating, foiling, vanishing and printing with different technologies (water, solvent and UV), bring a huge amount of value to our narrow web equipment.” he continues, “The whole concept of the machine is well designed so we can expect a lot in terms of availability, accuracy and productivity.

The Digicon 3000 is a 30” finishing solution for digitally pre-printed labels and flexible packaging to run in-line with the HP Indigo 20000 digital press, or as an offline converting solution.

This machine is a joint venture by Edale and AB Graphic’s International which was initiated by the growing demand for digital print solutions as the requirements for shorter run lengths, reduced lead times and growing SKU diversity in labels and flexible packaging has increased.

“The Digicon 3000 has been developed using both Edale’s and AB Graphic’s years of expertise and knowledge in their respective fields. It is the open approach to partnerships and innovative engineering from both companies which has made the Digicon 3000 a successful solution”, comments James Boughton, Edale’s Managing Director.

Roger Gehrke, Rako Group, concludes “All parties involved did a great job with the install and we are looking forward to further strengthening the relationship between companies“.

The Label Academy to provide education and training for the future: A new e-learning initiative for the label community

In today’s knowledge based economy, education and competence management are key to the future success of any business, and the label industry is no exception. This applies to all levels and functions in the company, from management to operations. At the end of 2012, the Finat Board endorsed a new initiative designed to align education and training programmes for operators in the label industry. Two years later, the Label Academy is ready for take-off.

Historically, the printing industry was regarded as having one of the best education and training schemes of any industry within the developed world, with a good apprenticeship system, excellent printing colleges, experienced trainers, and a wide range of printing textbooks on a whole variety of printing processes, typesetting, pre-press, bookbinding and finishing operations. Printing was regarded as a highly skilled industry with some of the highest industrial-skill wages.

Growing pressure on education
The more printing has moved away from a craft-based to a technology, service and communications-based industry, the more high-end sectors such as self-adhesive have developed and grown and the higher the pressures on costs and margins, the less high quality and knowledge-based education and training we seem to do.

Dedicated printing colleges in many parts of the world have all but disappeared, or they are not seen to be relevant to training for the self-adhesive sector.

Knowledge challenges and opportunities
Indeed, the self-adhesive label sector seems to have suffered perhaps more than many other sectors of printing, and it is perhaps not too difficult to see why. It has some of the widest ranges of materials to print on, it has the widest range of printing processes being used (often in combination on one press line) and it has the widest range of in-line finishing operations. There has been an increasingly sophisticated origination and pre-press processes and significant more challenges in terms of sustainability (adhesives and silicones, matrix and liner waste, etc.). Not to forget about the greater diverse selection of bar code types, QR codes, augmented reality and other interactive labels.

Each week seems to bring new industry knowledge challenges, and opportunities. And the demands are increasing all the time, from new digital technologies, interactive labels, brand protection solutions, to new developments in intelligent and active labels.

Enhanced education and training: transferring knowledge to the new generation
This enhanced level of education and training needs to be done sooner rather than later, as many of the existing skilled and knowledgeable people that have grown with the industry over the past 20 or so years come towards retirement. We need to utilise their knowledge before it is too late. We need to bring in new skills and abilities to tell employees about the new demands on labels. We need to re-build a new and dedicated education and training base for the industry’s future.

The Label Academy
This is why the publishing, internet and marketing team at Tarsus, supported by a small group of knowledgeable and skilled industry specialists, are planning the launch of The Label Academy. Over the coming months the team will be working on finishing the first six or more (out of the first 20 proposed) education and training e-learning and support modules that aim to provide the basic knowledge requirements of the label industry employees of today and tomorrow.

Initial e-learning modules will cover topics as diverse as Label Substrates, Label Printing processes, Die-cutting and Tooling, Origination and Pre-press, Digital Label Printing, Environment and Sustainability, the History of the Label Industry. The first of these Modules are scheduled to be available later this year for purchase or downloading through a new Label Academy website that is currently being developed.

Over the coming months, a dedicated Advisory Panel will additionally be working on how best to establish an internet-based industry testing scheme and moving towards an industry-wide on-line certification process.

The Label Academy: a supporting resource for existing education schemes
It is also planned that existing industry suppliers, associations, colleges, training and employer schemes and programmes will be able to apply to become accredited training organisations using the new learning modules. The Label Academy is not looking to take over or interfere with existing label industry training, but rather to become a resource provider and support body for the global label industry – with global resource material written for training providers to use in any country or market.

Finat Board endorsement
At the present time the proposed education and training resource being developed under the banner of The Label Academy has already been endorsed by the Finat Board and is currently being studied by other label industry associations around the world.

Who are involved in The Label Academy?
In planning for a number of years, the new label industry education and training scheme has been developed and pioneered to-date by Mike Fairley, widely known as the label industry ‘Guru’. Perhaps not so widely known is that before founding Labels & Labelling he spent several years as a further education lecturer before joining PIRA, the Paper, Printing and Packaging Industry Research Association as Deputy Head of Training. In this capacity he acquired extensive experience in lecturing and writing training manuals and materials on many areas of printing, papermaking, labels and packaging. He further developed his educational credentials at the UK Government sponsored Paper and Paper Products Industry Training Board as Head of Information, and as a consultant to the International Labour Office, the Economist Intelligence Unit and to the EU. 

Complementing Mike’s undoubted training and industry knowledge in writing the new e-learning Modules are a team from 4impression (author of the FINAT Educational Handbook) under Paul Jarvis and Netherlands-based Converting Technology International of Sietze de Kievit, who have been piloting training material and courses on label substrates and tooling. They are also members of the Academy’s Advisory Panel. Other global specialists are likely to be co-opted as required for specific subjects or markets.

Official Launch: Labelexpo Americas 2014
From now onwards the first results of the work that has been undertaken to-date and the first e-learning modules to be produced will start to be announced and initial training and testing materials become available. The aim is to then have the official launch of The Label Academy at Labelexpo Americas in September. 

It is certainly hoped that the global label industry will support this exciting new initiative and strive to produce the better-educated and trained employees who will be needed for the successful and long-term future of the industry.

The past brings future perspective
Another way of learning is to have insight and an understanding of past accomplishments. A good way of gaining that knowledge is reading 'The Evolution of Labels and the Label Industry in Europe.' This book is the result of several years of research and writing by Michael Fairley and Tony White. Over 240 pages of text and historical illustrations they trace the history of labels and label production from early wooden presses printing on hand-made paper, through all the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th centuries – including continuous papermaking, cylinder presses, ink-making and inking rollers, early colour printing, the first cutting punches and dies – right through to the 21st century innovations of self-adhesive label materials, printing and converting, computerised origination and digital printing. The prestige limited hard cover edition book should be a must-read title for all those who have an interest in how the world of labels and label production has grown from its early origins to the present time. 

Avery Dennison to showcase more than 15 innovations to the Americas at Labelexpo

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials will highlight numerous innovations that will expand business opportunities for converters at Labelexpo Americas 2014. The labeling industry’s premier trade show in America will run from Sept. 9-11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

“Our booth’s theme of ‘Inspiring Innovations. Sustainable Growth.’ reflects our dedication to providing the best products for our customers and the environment,” said Darrell Hughes, vice president and general manager, Avery Dennison Materials Group North America. “Labelexpo is a showcase event that we use to introduce products and services that expand the use of pressure-sensitive materials and help our customers grow their business.”

Avery Dennison will showcase more than 15 innovations to the Americas, including:

Tire Labeling Portfolio, which improves shelf appeal and tracking in challenging tire applications. The materials feature production-friendly gum patterns designed to eliminate oozing and increase conversion speed. The materials are already qualified at several large global end users, enabling converters to gain business quickly.

CleanFlake Portfolio, an expansion in the range of Avery Dennison’s award-winner material designed to advance the recycling of PET containers — which addresses supply imbalances of recycled PET (rPET) and improves cost. CleanFlake now includes Roll-Fed Sleeve constructions that provide excellent clarity, on-bottle coverage and better yields of PET materials at recyclers. Using a pound of rPET instead of new PET uses 84% less energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 71%. By using CleanFlake, brand owners can promote recognition of their efforts to recover and recycle these materials.

Select Solutions Collection, a comprehensive offering of 17 application-specific portfolios offering 300 possible Mix & Match constructions, all suited to meet the most unique labeling needs. This collection includes 427 products and counting, with lead times of 4 days or less and low minimum order quantities - from 0.5 to 1.8 million square inches. In addition, Technical Solutions Leaders are available to help converters understand and solve their customers’ unique needs, from concept to commercialization, with the quick and easy Engineered Solutions process.

ClearCut S7450 Adhesive, a premium adhesive for labels of wine and spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. S7450’s wet-out performance allows for effective bonding between the film and the bottle’s surface, even with a high degree of surface imperfections. Pairing S7450 with MDO film allows for enhanced conformability when labeling unique, curved bottle designs. ClearCut technology significantly reduces adhesive ooze and increases productivity.

These innovations and the others that Avery Dennison will feature are designed to drive growth for label converters in new market segments and new product areas. “As competition expands, our innovations will deliver new business opportunities and a healthy bottom line for customers,” Hughes said. “We are committed to providing innovations that enhance efficiency and reduce environmental impact while also supporting growth. That’s what ‘Inspiring Innovations. Sustainable Growth.’ is about.”

A global leader in labeling and packaging materials and solutions, Avery Dennison serves customers with insights and innovations that help make brands more inspiring and the world more intelligent. Avery Dennison representatives will be available to discuss the innovations at the Avery Dennison Booth #119 in the exhibition hall.

GMG ProofControl 2.1 supports latest ISO standards and measurement conditions

GMG, a leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, announces the immediate availability of an updated version of its GMG ProofControl quality assurance tool.

GMG ProofControl is an easy-to-use quality control application that ensures digital color proofs meet a predefined standard. Used as part of a color-managed production workflow, ProofControl is an integral component to help print service providers provide the most accurate simulation against a vast range of international output standards such as ISO, ECI, SWOP and 3DAP, or any user-defined quality standard.

When paired with a third-party spectrophotometer (either an external device or the integrated spectrophotometer increasingly found in professional-grade print engines) GMG ProofControl measures the color output, comparing the result to target values stored within its database. If the measurement readings are within a predefined tolerance, a small adhesive label is printed and fixed (typically) on the back of each calibrated proof, providing a quick visual assurance to all project stakeholders that it has been produced to within acceptance standards.

Enhanced measurement and standards support for GMG ProofControl 2.1
GMG ProofControl v2.1 now includes support for the more tightly-defined, D50-based, ISO 13655:2009 standard. Using a measurement device that supports M0 (no UV cut), M1 (No UV cut, D50) and M2 (UV Cut) filter settings, such as the X-Rite EyeOne Pro2, users can select the appropriate measurement parameters when creating either profiles adhering to international standards such as ISO 13655, or to the user’s own unique print standard.

GMG ProofControl v2.1 also includes presets for the new SWOP and GRACoL standards SWOP2013C3 (CRPC5), SWOP2013C5, GRACoL2013 coated (CRPC6) and GRACoL2013 uncoated (CRPC3). These new standards profiles are based on ISO/DIS 15339-2 with its specification of a limited number of Characterized Reference Printing Conditions (CRPC), which are device-and-process-agnostic color space references requiring M1 measurement conditions (ISO 13655:2009).

“GMG ProofControl allows print service providers to provide guaranteed and quality-checked output standard for their digital color proof production, regardless of device, standards criteria or print process,” says Birgit Plautz, Manager Technical Services, GMG. “Continuing technological advances allow the industry to continue to refine and develop ever more accurate and definable output standards. GMG ProofControl v2.1 embraces these new standards and measurement conditions, allowing our customers to offer best-in-class digital output to the end user, supported with a quality assurance certificate that confirms the expected output tolerances.”

GMG is a leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions and the brand is synonymous with a guarantee for high-quality solutions for everything to do with color. GMG’s goal is to provide complete solutions for standardizing and simplifying the color management workflow in order to achieve consistent colors on all media types and with any printing technology. Today, more than 11,000 systems are in use among customers around the globe. These span a wide range of industries and application areas including prepress houses; flexo, packaging, offset, digital, wide format and gravure printers.

GMG ProofControl is available worldwide through GMG’s network of authorized dealers.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Labelexpo India 2014 on course for record results

Registration is now open for the seventh edition of Labelexpo India. South Asia’s premier label and package printing exhibition, it returns to Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 29 October - 1 November and will be bigger than ever before.

Covering 5,800sq meters, Labelexpo India 2014 will feature around 250 exhibiting companies including over 50 first time exhibitors. Underlining the growing importance of the Indian market, many of the industry’s leading suppliers have taken larger stands including Dupont, Esko, Nilpeter, Technova Imaging Systems, UPM Raflatac and Xeikon. Other leading press and material suppliers showing their latest solutions include Avery Dennison, Dragon Foils, Epson, Flint Group, Multitec Aids, Nuova Gidue, Omet, Webtech and Weigang Machinery.

Aimed at label and package printers, brand owners and label designers, many new product and service launches are scheduled to take place. Visitors to the show will be able to see the next generation of printing machinery coming onto the market as well as learn about global market trends and see live demonstrations of the most advanced technologies available, compare the latest materials and find out about the newest developments in flexible packaging and intelligent labels. In addition, Labelexpo India will once again play host to the LMAI Avery Dennison Label Awards at New Delhi’s Le Méridien Grand Ballroom.

Jade Grace, event director said: “Labelexpo India is an important professional platform as it serves the needs of label and packaging printers across Indian and South Asia. Reflecting growth in the marketplace, the size of the show has grown steadily with each new edition, as has the number of products and solutions being displayed. With the increased number of exhibitors, Labelexpo India 2014 is no exception as it confirms the strong commercial opportunities that exist across FMCG.”

The show is free to attend and visitors can pre-register by visiting http://www.labelexpo-india.com.

SPGPrints demonstrates DSI UV-inkjet technology, low-migration inks and HD-digital imaging at Labelexpo Americas 2014

SPGPrints (booth 560) showcases its DSI digital UV-inkjet technology, new low-migration inks, computer-to-plate and computer-to-screen imaging, and rotary screen printing technology for labels and packaging at Labelexpo Americas, 9-11 September in Chicago. 

High spec and low-ownership cost with the DSI UV-inkjet label press
The SPGPrints’ modular DSI digital UV inkjet printer offers a productive solution for short-run, variable data and personalised labels thanks to its high specification, low ownership cost and high-definition reproduction.

Offering production speeds of up to 700m²/hour and available in widths from 135mm to 530mm, the system is a competitive alternative to flexo for production runs of up to 5,000 linear metres and, sometimes, beyond.

The printing platform, with CMYK as standard, can be built or latterly extended with up to six more print heads. Options are orange and violet to make 90% of the colour gamut achievable, digital white with ‘screen-look’ opacity and digital primer to maximise substrate compatibility, while minimising waste.

Photo-quality is a given thanks to proprietary scratch / chemical-resistant UV inks, optimized specially for the DSI press. They offer BWS-7 light fastness, high gloss and 1% tonal values. An ink innovation highlight is a new range of low-migration inks, about which more will be revealed in the run-up to the show.

Intermediate in-line LED pinning stations ensure crisp text, fine lines and maximise colour definition. A water-cooled chill drum enables processing of heat-sensitive substrates.  The system can be specified as a stand-alone printer or a custom-built single-pass printing, finishing and converting line.

Bas Hoijtink, commercial manager (graphics) at SPGPrints, comments: “The future-proof specification of the DSI press together with optimised ink technology and SPGPrints’ technical expertise is proving to be a strong basis for success in high-end short-run decorative and industrial label markets. We are working closely to help customers enter a diverse range of added-value services, such as prototyping, variable data printing and web-to-print.”

variLEX CTP / CTS imager: a simple, single digital workflow for HD flexo, dry-offset and screen
SPGPrints’ variLEX hybrid CTP (computer-to-plate) and CTS (computer-to-screen) imager gives the label and packaging industry a single, digital imaging solution for high-definition flexo, dry-offset, screen and letterpress printing formes. Maximum resolution is 4000dpi.

variLEX can be equipped with a multibeam diode laser system for ablating the black mask and/or a multibeam diode laser system to directly expose UV-sensitive materials like screens. Its integrated inline exposure system, unique to the variLEX, facilitates ablation and exposure in one step. This eliminates the need for offline exposure and ensures sharp printing results.

The machine accommodates different mounting cylinders to handle all common plate and screen material available on the market. These include a black anodized vacuum cylinder for flexo plates, a magnetic cylinder for screens and letterpress plates, and a hybrid cylinder (vacuum and magnetic) to handle all materials.

variLEX comes with SPGPrints’ unique software solutions, including the company’s database-driven on-the-fly RIP system. This allows use of all common graphics industry file systems.

Arno Bouwmeester, managing director, SPGPrints Austria, comments: “With its single-step operation, open software platform and high-definition capability, the variLEX provides a fast, lean and flexible solution for high-end label and flexible packaging pre-press workflows.”
RSI rotary screen technology
SPGPrints’ range of retrofittable RSI (Rotary Screen Integration) units give a productive, economical means creating a host of visually striking, tactile and functional effects, of up to 300 micron thickness, in a single printing pass. Printing effects include the 'no-label look', metallic and opaque colours, glitters, tactile warning symbols, texture varnishes, scratch-off inks, holograms, conductive inks and Braille. Electroformed nickel RotaMesh screens offer stability at speeds in excess of 100m/min, can be re-imaged several times and have life-spans of up to 500,000 web metres. Screen widths range from 12” to 36” (307.7mm to 923mm).

Daily demonstrations will give visitors first-hand appreciation of SPGPrints’ total system solutions for personal care, food and industrial markets.

Kyoorius announces the launch of Kyoorius Designyatra 2014

Great ideas begin by asking ‘What if?’ This year, Kyoorius Designyatra, to be held form 11th to 13th September, 2014, will explore what it takes to create something new and unprecedented.

Now in its ninth year, Kyoorius Designyatra is among the biggest annual conferences on creativity and has been voted as the best curated conference in the world on creativity by Creative Review magazine. The theme, ‘What if?’, brings together speakers from around the world who redefine conventions and use radical approaches that push people to think beyond clichés. Where others see risks and obstacles, they see opportunities.

Attended by 1300 delegates over three days at the Grand Hyatt in Goa, Kyoorius Designyatra brings radical and divergent ideas into focus through formats ranging from talks and workshops, breakout sessions to portfolio reviews, allowing the audience multiple levels of interaction.

Speakers are carefully selected and talks are curated keeping the Indian context in mind. While there is no dearth of serious content, delegates can exchange insights and share the experiences of those who have successfully converted ideas to results, hear their stories and learn from their struggles.

IAA Kyoorius Digiyatra, to be held on 11th September, looks at the latest in digital – discovering new ways to realise its potential as a marketing and communication tool for India’s mobile audiences. An entire day will be dedicated to deconstructing the newest technological innovations, decoding online marketing, exploring content strategy for consumer engagement and ways to humanise digital.

Kyoorius Designyatra creates a pool of diverse creative minds from India and around the world, engaging in stimulating discussions, creative collaborations and interactions. Designyatra offers the opportunity to expand professional networks, meet the most innovative entrepreneurs and mingle with industry professionals. For those looking for new ideas and partnerships.

Digiyatra & Designyatra open new channels for meaningful conversations. These interactions are also a chance to scope out new talent and meet the future stars of Indian creativity.

Rajesh Kejriwal, Founder CEO, Kyoorius said, “If you are looking to discuss the latest trends in digital, design and brand strategy or simply expose yourself to the most radical thinkers today, Designyatra is the platform to do just that. Here the barriers between young and old, senior and junior are dissolved, and interaction between designers, marketers, brands as well as young professionals and students, is welcomed and encouraged.”

Since 2006, Kyoorius has galvanized the design community in India. A not for profit initiative by Transasia Fine Papers, Kyoorius has created and curated one of the world’s biggest and best annual conferences – Kyoorius Designyatra. Alongside, Kyoorius Magazine is now the most celebrated publication on visual communication. Distributed to over 3000 corporates, the biennial Kyoorius Showcase Book is the only and most comprehensive directory, bringing together over 150 design studios from across the nation. After 15 years of distributing and marketing premium fine papers, Papers by Kyoorius is Transasia's foray into launching definitive fine paper collections under the Kyoorius brand.

Harper Corporation of America Travels to California for August 2014 Harper Roadshow Event

Global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America will host its next Harper Roadshow Event on Thursday, August 7, in Fullerton, California. This free one-day seminar will feature presentations from leaders throughout the industry on a wide range of topics aimed at helping flexographic businesses to run as efficiently and competitively as possible.

The event touches on many facets of the flexographic industry, making it a valuable learning experience for everyone from pre-press and print managers and supervisors to graphic designers, ink and plate suppliers, operators, and purchasing personnel. Some of the topics include: “Aniloxs - Details Matter,” “Print Sleeves & Bridge Mandrels,” “Advancements in UV Flexography,” “Dr Blades for High Quality Definition Flexo,” and “Effectively Identifying Worn Plates.” Attendees will learn how to incorporate the latest flexographic technology and principles into their businesses and enhance success in the short run.

There is no charge to attend the event, but seating is limited so interested individuals are urged to sign up as soon as possible to secure their spot. The August 2014 Harper Roadshow will be held at Fullerton College Printing Technologies in Fullerton, California. Online registration is encouraged and is available at http://www.harperimage.com/roadshows/Fullerton-CA/311. This is the second-to-last stop in this year’s roadshow with the final event being held in October in Springdale, Arkansas.

Siemens sets up its first Technology & Application Center for machine tool industry

Siemens announced the launch of operations at the Technology & Application Center (TAC) at Peenya, the industrial area of Bangalore, Karnataka. This facility, the first in India by Siemens, will enable machine tool manufacturers and end users to improve productivity through testing machining techniques in real-world conditions.  Spread across 6,500 square feet, TAC will allow Indian machine tool manufacturers and users to get a hands-on experience of the latest CNC technologies and solutions from Siemens and its partners. TAC will also organize knowledge sharing programs, provide application support and training to customers and educational institutes among many other initiatives.

In addition to demonstrations of Siemens SINUMERIK CNC controllers and CAD/CAM Solutions, the center will also use SinuTrain, a simulation tool, for training users to gain higher productivity using technology-specific functions and features from Siemens.

The new TAC will also showcase how Siemens solutions and services for machine tools, drives and automation work together to optimize operational costs, maximize ROI, enable higher productivity and precision in key industries like automotive, automotive supply, aerospace, power and medical. The center also houses Siemens Financial Services, an international provider of business-to-business financial solutions.

“The modernization of Indian industries is creating growth opportunities for the machine tool industry. Bringing a differentiated product to the market in a cost effective manner is imperative for the success of our customers in today's competitive market. Siemens TAC, like other six Siemens TACs across the world, will function as a knowledge hub for cutting edge technology, as our customers and partners embrace newer machine processes and equipments,” says Joachim Zoll, Global Head of Machine Tools business segment, Siemens.

According to Indian Machine Tool Manufacturer’s Association (IMTMA), the current market size of the machine tool industry stands at $ 2,050 million (around Rs. 12,300 crore) of which the domestic production makes for only around 33% of the total consumption. Driven by demand from key end user segments, such as automobiles and consumer durables, the industry is fast moving towards increasingly sophisticated CNC machines. Indian machine tool manufacturers can easily tap into this growing demand by leveraging on innovative technologies for their production. This would help them achieve higher productivity and quality and also gain a competitive edge on a global scale.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chandigarh based Red Packaging Solutions adds a Mark Andy 2200 for fast-paced growth

Chandigarh based Red Packaging Solutions Pvt. Ltd. has recently gone into a diversification mode keeping in view the company’s fast-paced growth in the packaging sector. The need to also deliver high quality labels along with packaging requirements to its most demanding customers, led them to add a high end flexo press to finally specialize in pressure-sensitive label printing.

Mr. Ishu Goel, Director - Red Packaging Solutions Pvt. Ltd. have all along been studying the high end flexo press market to meet his demand. When the time for selection came, Mr. Goel could think of none other than Mark Andy – a leading design & manufacturer in the printing & converting industry and chose to buy the most versatile, highly economical and user-friendly Mark Andy 2200 press from Flexo Image Graphics.

“At Red Packaging Solutions, our sole objective is to ensure complete customer satisfaction of our customers through high print quality. Having gained success in the packaging sector, our customer’s demand levels are steadily increasing. To intensify our effort in consistently producing high quality packaging and labels and also open up avenues for great opportunities in new premium labels markets, we opted for the Mark Andy 2200 press,” says Mr. Goel.

"Looking to specialize in the production of self-adhesive labels for a wide range of industries, the new press will enable Red Packaging to offer a "premium-quality" range of labels to customers and will help ensure consistency and efficiency. Describing the new press as a "productivity platform" Mr. Goel added, “I’m very satisfied with the Mark Andy 2200 press and its exemplary printing capabilities. The purpose of our investment in the new Mark Andy press is two-fold. One, we wanted to invest in the latest technology for high quality production of labels and second is providing Value Added Services to our customers at every stage."

With latest technology, innovative techniques and modern infrastructure, the Chandigarh-based company enjoys a lasting patronage of highly demanding and quality-conscious clients. “The press is designed to enable the production of labels for diverse applications. The potential of the MA 2200 is almost immeasurable and the new press is sure to fulfill the extremely high demands and complex requirements of our greatly changing market. One of the most flexible and productive presses on the market today Mark Andy 2200 press is going to provide us maximum versatility and flexibility and is sure to extend our reach into "increasingly discerning" markets“ adds Mr. Goel.

“The Mark Andy 2200 is the converting system of preference at a price that makes sense for those especially who are new entrants in the market,” says Mr. Gourav Roy, MD, Flexo Image Graphics. “The Mark Andy 2200 was the first narrow-web press to incorporate the revolutionary "QC" quick change inking system. Today, our 2200 is still the high demand press with a versatility that allows it to be used for a wide variety of converting applications employing pressure sensitive stock, paper, foil, gummed stock, heat seal material, light weight tag and data processing stock, plus print both sides of the web in a single pass,” added Mr. Roy.

“I’ve known Mark Andy for a long time and always judged it a serious and modern company with a special dedication to innovation in presses. But this is the first time we have gone for it,” affirms Mr. Goel. “This is just the start of a close co-operation with FIG & Mark Andy and we might as well look forward to add some new installations as the demands for the label and packaging markets in our fold increases,” concluded Mr. Goel.

Flint Group publishes 2014 Sustainability Report

Flint Group has announced publication of its 2014 Sustainability Report - providing comprehensive economic, social and environmental data, detailing the group’s strong sustainability performance over the last several years.

“I take great pride in the progress we made last year on our sustainability journey,” said Antoine Fady, CEO Flint Group. “Flint Group has a long tradition of developing no-nonsense approaches to the things we do. This, combined with our passion for continuous improvement, makes us the company we are today. The hard work and spirit our employees have demonstrated over the last year has again provided some outstanding results in the field of sustainability. Perhaps more importantly though - is the fact that, this work will also provide us with a solid base that will enable us to make even greater strides in the coming years to meet our sustainable goals.”

Jan Paul van der Velde, SVP Procurement, Sustainability, IT and Regulatory commented, “In publishing the 2014 report, Flint Group has again continued its drive to continually improve on the way in which we report back on our sustainable activities. Building on last year’s first report, you will find more comprehensive data on water usage and waste, and we have also taken further steps in detailing our carbon footprint relating to travel. There is also detailed information on Flint Group’s community involvement and fundraising programmes which continue to improve the communities we live and work in. What hasn’t changed is our approach and commitment to the sustainability agenda. At Flint Group we firmly believe that: ‘We say what we do and we do what we say’.”

Since its formation in 2005, Flint Group has strived to deliver market-leading sustainable solutions and has adopted a unique approach to sustainability—based on the organisations own Mission and Guiding and Principles. This approach not only ensures alignment to business strategy but also to its organisational goal of operating in a manner that maximises product performance while minimising any negative impact of its operations on the environment.

As one of the leading suppliers to the Printing and Packaging industries, Flint Group remains committed to implementing initiatives that support continual improvement in all areas – including sustainability.
Flint Group’s 2014 Sustainability Report is now available to download via the following link: 

Paarl Labels Orders Third MPS Press with Rotocon

Rotocon, a provider of consulting and service to South Africa label converters in the narrow web industry today announced the receipt of an order from Paarl Labels for their third UV flexo MPS press. Paarl Labels is one of 12 specialised printing operations of the Paarl Media Group. As one of South Africa's leading and most technologically advanced professional printing groups, Paarl Media services the country through its printing of all medium to long run requirements of magazines, retail inserts, catalogues, books, newspapers, commercial work, labels and educational materials.

The EF multi-substrate 8-colour UV flexo press ordered by Paarl Labels features MPS iControl technology, a management and service operator/machine interface to minimize operator errors; a UV air-cooled curing system to cure at the highest possible production speeds without compromise to the finished product; a multi-laminating unit providing self-adhesive, UV, self-wound and cold-foil lamination; mark to mark registration system, and die-cutting, all in-line.

Based in the Western Cape, the Paarl Labels team provides printing of award-winning UV flexo self-adhesive labels for every packaging requirement including food, beverages, wine and other commercial products. Paarl Labels focuses on building strong one-on-one relationships with clients throughout South Africa.

Luke Papadopoulos, Managing Director of Paarl Labels comments: "Our two UV flexo MPS presses have proven extremely effective and Rotocon has provided reliable service and support. We are pleased to invest in a third high-quality MPS press line to drive innovation and further expand our capacity and ability to offer fast turnaround times of high quality self-adhesive labels."

Constantia Patz Ges.M.B.H. installs Tresu sealed chamber doctor blade system

Kolding, Denmark - Constantia Patz, the Austrian converter of pharmaceutical packaging, has reduced maintenance time and consumable costs after installing Tresu’s FlexiPrint IMW E-Line sealed chamber doctor blade systems on two inline-flexo printing presses at its Loipersbach (Austria) plant.

The plant, which exclusively produces aluminium foil for blister packs, sachets and container seals, installed the Tresu system on all stations of the nine-colour and eight-colour 800mm-wide BHS presses during two retrofitting operations, in August 2013 and January 2014.

The new Tresu doctor blade systems eliminate the problem of leakage that occurred on the original chambers, which were installed when the presses were built 14 and 17 years ago.

The FlexiPrint IMW E-Line features rubber seals that form an airtight closure, preventing ink and solvent fumes escaping. Thanks to precise positioning, the Tresu doctor blades offer longer working life, and, with the ‘E-Line’ clamp system, fast blade-changeover.

Wolfgang Elian, head of printing department at Constantia Patz, comments: “We are achieving blade production lifespans of 24 production hours - three times longer than those used by the original system. We are exchanging blades in just two minutes, compared with 15 minutes needed to replace each of the previous system's screw-fastened blades. Because we have 17 printing stations in total, this quick exchange substantially reduces downtime and enables our operators to focus on higher-value quality control processes in a cleaner, solvent-free environment.”

Furthermore, the closure created by the chamber and the blades prevents contamination of the ink with the atmosphere, allowing long-term storage of leftover ink.  “We are able to interrupt production of a job over the weekend, for example, and continue at the beginning of the next week, without needing to drain and refill the chambers. And we can do this with the reassurance of high quality print results,” says Mr. Elian.

The precise positioning of the doctor blade and the constant pressure within the closed chamber eliminates foaming. This ensures a direct, controlledtransfer of the ink and coating agent to the anilox roll cells without bubbles. This results in a uniform printed layer that dries more efficiently, with higher reflective and gloss values on paper and film.  The chamber system ensures controlled ink flow when the BHS presses reach their top speeds of 200m/min (656ft/min).

Setup time reduction is of great importance to Constantia Patz because of a growing demand for shorter runs. Typical printing runs at the plant vary from about 700 linear metres to 150,000 linear metres.  Pharmaceutical customers, like the suppliers to the retail sectors, are saving stockholding costs by placing regular orders at shorter notice, instead of bulk-buying. For many packaging suppliers, retrofitting existing presses with modern ancillary products is the key to maintaining productivity when faced with the resulting increase in jobs.

Mr. Elian comments:  "From the professionalism of the first sales presentation, it was clear that in Tresu we had a team we could trust. The Tresu Ancillary technology has demonstrably improved production efficiencies, strengthened our ability to offer a flexible service and contributed to a cleaner, safer, and more productive operation.”

Herma's No-Label effect : Clearly the best even in challenging situations

The no-label effect is very popular – Herma's multi-layer adhesive 62Gpt enables transparent film to cover a broad range of applications.

The no-label look is now easy to achieve even if the label has to offer fast and strong tack, and whenever food regulations need to be considered. With immediate effect, Herma is applying the innovative multi-layer adhesive 62Gpt to a transparent film. Forming part of the HermaPerfectTack range, the adhesive offers outstanding initial tack even in difficult conditions. It is being applied to the Herma PP 50 transparent film (grade 885) which, thanks to its special surface treatment, delivers good print quality with all the conventional printing techniques. In combination, the two constituents produce visually very appealing, glossy labels. The release liner is a 30 µm PET film. Using this new transparent stock, label printers can now cover a very broad range of applications and reduce their inventories of special materials.

Excellent clarity
In view of the film's outstanding transparent quality, it is especially suitable for toiletries and personal hygiene product containers. In addition, the new adhesive makes fresh opportunities available for exploiting the popular no-label effect across more product categories. In particular, this includes applications in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic segments. In this context, the 62Gpt adhesive is suitable for direct contact with dry, moist and fatty foodstuffs (correction factor 2) according to trials conducted by the German test institute ISEGA. At the same time, it offers users compelling processing properties.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Flint Group hosts 10th Annual Narrow Web Print Awards

There is still time to submit the best in print! It’s not too late to submit your company’s very best in print to Flint Group! Narrow web label and packaging converters from around the world are encouraged to submit sample labels for evaluation by a panel of industry judges. 

Join Flint Group at Stand 840 on Wednesday, September 10 at 4:00 p.m. to celebrate the very best in print!  The winners of this prestigious award will be announced during a live event on the Flint Group stand at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago.

The criteria for judging follows the standard guidelines set by the industry associations FINAT and TLMI and include: registration, smoothness of dot/vignette, overall print quality, and degree of difficulty. The judges also review each label for creative use of inks and colour – rewarding prints that exhibit extra-ordinary use of ink. Participate and join the industry in celebrating excellence and the art of printing in a narrow web platform.

Flint Group will highlight a special category introduced for web packaging applications, and encourages printers to demonstrate the enriched pallet of applications possible using narrow/mid web presses.

“Flint Group has paid tribute to more than 55 companies around the world with this award. Year after year, we are amazed by the excellence, quality, and depth of design.  Narrow web printing is truly an art and we’re proud to play a part in these masterpiece designs,” comments Deanna Whelan, Global Marketing Manager, Flint Group Packaging and Narrow Web. Ms. Whelan continues: “We also acknowledge all winners in selected media after the exhibition, honouring our clients’ hard efforts and creating a win-win for all involved.”

Commenting on the awards, Mr. Niklas Olsson, Global Brand Manager, Flint Group Narrow Web, said; “This is our 10th year hosting these awards, and we are tremendously pleased and honoured to have such a keen response each year.  Every year we see new entrants from all over the world, with stunning quality achievements. We urge all printers to use this opportunity to benchmark their own quality standards in this format of friendly competition.

Entry Guidelines are as follows: 
  • Each entry must be printed using inks from Flint Group
  • Entries can be a commercial label, or a promotional label
  • Entries can be sent in roll or sheet form with no less than 20 of each label – converters should specify if labels cannot be displayed on the Flint Group stand.
  • Entries should be received no later than August 15, 2014
  • Entries should be submitted directly to Flint Group Packaging and Narrow Web.
For more information, please contact Niklas Olsson in Europe at niklas.olsson@flintgrp.com, or Deanna Whelan in the United States at deanna.whelan@flintgrp.com