Friday, January 9, 2015

Siemens Ltd. reinforces commitment to India’s sustainable future at Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015

Gujarat as a base for manufacturing and business operations has witnessed unparalleled success in the past decade, and Vibrant Gujarat has been making crucial contributions to the state’s economic progress. With increasing globalization and urbanization, it is essential that India develops Sustainable and Smart cities as envisaged by the Government of India. This makes the theme ‘Sustainable Cities – Smart Future’ highly relevant, along with Make in India and 24/7 Power.

Sunil Mathur, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Ltd., said, “Cities drive economic growth, increased investment and job creation for millions of people who are increasingly converging on them with the hope of security and a better standard of living. For Cities to be able to deliver true value, they need to be able to provide their inhabitants with the highest standard of living while ensuring sustained protection of the environment. Only Cities which are able to reach this equilibrium will be capable of meeting today’s challenges and can look forward to a more sustainable future. Siemens has the portfolio, the know-how, and the expertise to help Cities become more liveable, more competitive and more sustainable.”

Globally, Siemens is a leader in providing technology solutions for setting up intelligent (smart), sustainable cities. With solutions for Smart Grid, Building Technologies, Mobility and Power Distribution, Siemens has successfully set up smart cities in Vienna and New York, and is already involved in the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) Program of the Government of India for installing Smart Grid solutions in multiple cities in India. It has also been a preferred technology solution provider for the Indian Railways for close to six decades. Over the years, it has further built capabilities in the areas of Metros, Integrated Mobility Platforms, Airport Links, Passenger Coaches, Rail Services and Maintenance, Urban Traffic Control, Rail Signaling and other state-of-the-art Transportation Solutions.

Siemens has been present in Gujarat through its two factories in Vadodara – for Steam Turbines and Laboratory Diagnostics – as well as the Memoranda of Understanding signed with the Government of Gujarat to set up Centres of Competence. Through its Corporate Citizenship program, Siemens is also in the process of upgrading and Faculty development of Industrial Training Institutes of the Commissionerate of Employment and Training (CET), Gujarat.

Packaging Plast shipping all of its carbon fiber doctor blade systems with TruPoint Orange doctor blades

Flexo Concepts announced that Packaging Plast is shipping all of its carbon fiber doctor blade systems with the TruPoint Orange doctor blade. The Italian OEM manufactures its chambers from a light carbon fiber material that offers printers better print quality and considerable savings on the inking systems of their presses. Among the advantages are better fluid movement, easy removal without safety concern, less water and wash-up solution usage, no corrosion, and extended doctor blade and end seal life.

Technoflex, located in Hiram, Georgia, was awarded exclusive distributorship of Packaging Plast's doctor blade systems and accessories in June of this year. The company's territory includes the U.S., Canada and Latin America with the exception of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. All other global geographies will be serviced directly by Packaging Plast.

Visit Flexo Concepts and Packaging Plast at CCE International in Munich, Germany, March 10-12, 2015 at Stand #386.

Association for UV + EB Technologies announces new board members

The non profit trade Association for UV + EB Technologies, announces its Board of Directors for 2015.  Peter Weissman of Quaker Chemical Corp., assumes the RadTech Presidency, with Lisa Fine of Joules Angstrom UV Printing Inks the new president-elect and Don Duncan of Wikoff Color, immediate past president.  Eileen Weber, RedSpot, is the group’s Secretary; and Paul Elias, Miwon North America, the Treasurer.  “With the continued strong growth of UV and EB, we welcome new Board members to help lead and guide our efforts to support the advancement of the technology,” said Weissman.  “UV+EB are enabling technologies that additionally offer manufacturers higher productivity, energy savings and favorable sustainability profiles when compared to conventional coatings technologies. These advantages are driving use in areas as varied as industrial pipe and tube, 3d printing, consumer packaging, automotive, and aerospace.”

Newly elected RadTech Board members include JoAnn Arceneaux, Allnex USA Inc.; Mark Gordon, INX International Ink Co.; Nikola Juhasz, Sartomer Division, Arkema Group; George McGill, Zeller+Gmelin Corporation; Alexander Polykarpov, AkzoNobel; Jeremy Teachman, Sun Chemical Corporation; and Xiasong Wu, DSM Functional Materials.  Returning Board members include:  Jennifer Heathcote, Phoseon; Beth Rundlett, Katcheco Inc.; Rick Baird, The Boeing Company; Joshua Lensbouer, Mannington Mills; and Aaron Smith, Kimball.

RadTech is chartered to advance the use of energy saving and environmentally responsible ultraviolet and electron beam curing technologies.   With over 700 members worldwide, the group’s next gathering is the uv.eb WEST Conference and Exhibition, March 10-11, Redondo Beach, CA.

Heidelberg introduces Four New Digital Print Engines

Building on its strategic relationship with Ricoh, Heidelberg is poised to launch a new generation of digital printing systems, as well as a new digital front end. Following the success of its Linoprint C751 and C901 models, Heidelberg will market their replacements: the new Linoprint CV and Linoprint CP digital color printing systems.

A New Generation Ups the Ante on Performance
The new Linoprint CV and Linoprint CP models deliver improved flexibility and productivity in the cost-effective production of short, personalized, and hybrid print runs. Heidelberg’s new Prinect Digital Frontend (DFE) supports the seamless integration of both of these digital printing systems into a shop’s overall production workflow.  It also sets a new standard in digital printing quality, thanks to Heidelberg’s proven RIP and color management technologies. Heidelberg is the only conventional manufacturer active in the digital printing sector to successfully offer integrated digital and offset applications.  The new Heidelberg Prinect DFE will be offered in addition to EFI’s new Fiery FS150 digital front end.

“Both the Linoprint CV and Linoprint CP offer greater productivity, near-offset quality, and tremendous substrate flexibility to complex graphics work and commercial printing,” said Dan Maurer, Vice President Digital Print and Postpress Product Management for Heidelberg USA. “The new Prinect DFE builds on the success of our previous Prinect Digital Print Manager by enabling either of these new digital presses to integrate more elegantly into commercial offset print environments,” Maurer said. “Heidelberg’s unique color management, along with improved print quality stability and tight registration, enables these new engines to achieve true hybrid job production matching a shop’s offset presses.  The engines’ expanded substrate range, ability to accommodate format sizes up to 13x27.5”, together with the Linoprint CV’s 5-color capability, offer commercial printers marketable applications not previously available in this price class.”  

Flexible All-Rounder
With a printing speed of 90 ppm across its substrate range, the Linoprint CV sets new standards in its performance class. The system is targeted to customers that already have digital capacity and want to grow both volume and application flexibility. In addition to printing with the four primary colors, the system also offers either a high-opacity white or high-gloss coating as an exchangeable fifth color. Superior registration accuracy enables multi-pass applications featuring raised printing and unique white effects for short-run labels or packaging. Users can choose from a huge variety of substrates ranging from structured papers and coated media to colored paper and synthetic films up to 14-point board.

Because the Linoprint CV is designed for paper formats up to 13x27.5”, users can produce three-page folding brochures or posters up to 27.5” in a single operation. Multiple paper magazines can be refilled on the fly, keeping makeready times short.

With its innovative laser technology, the Linoprint CV delivers razor-sharp, high-resolution images, thanks in part to the color toner comprised of ultra-fine particles. Added features include a generous color scale as well as toner with a low melting point. The combination of these features make it possible to print on a variety of materials - including heat-sensitive plastics - with image and color quality close to that achieved in offset.

Productive High-Achiever
The Linoprint CP produces advertising and presentation materials at a printing speed of 130 pages per minute, as well as high-quality personalized print products, bound books and brochures. The heavy-duty modular design of the system, which incorporates separate imaging and fusing units, further enhances the robustness of the system, which can yield monthly print volumes exceeding one million images.  

The Linoprint CP sets new standards in productivity, quality, and availability. Its flexibility, scalability, and user-friendly operation make it the ideal solution for high- or low-print volume. Excellent register and color accuracy ensure the best possible results. The standard configuration includes a vacuum/suction-tape feeder that ensures even difficult printing materials such as heavy coated media are reliably fed through the press. Assorted inline finishing solutions include bookletmaking and inline UV coating, as well as high-capacity stacking, perforating, folding, and adhesive binding. Like the Linoprint CV, the Linoprint CP also has a low toner melting point, which enables it to process a range of materials, including structured papers and plastics. The system can accommodate up to 18-point board stock, a capability useful in the production of short-run packaging and packaging proofs.

Both the Linoprint CV and Linoprint CV will be available with Heidelberg’s Prinect Digital Front End, or with EFI’s Fiery front end, depending on the production workflow already in place.

Intuitive User Interface
Replete with intelligent functions from design to postpress, Heidelberg’s Prinect Digital Frontend (DFE) ensures that all print jobs can be centrally managed in one workflow system, regardless of the selected printing process. Additional benefits include highly flexible digital printing, and reliable quality and color management.

To ensure repeat jobs can be carried out with greater certainty and reliability, all work processes such as job creation, preflight checking, color management, and impositioning can be saved as linked sequences. This certainty in production also extends to the printing of personalized data. Prinect Digital Frontend supports the finishing options of the new Linoprint systems, enabling several print jobs to be produced and ready for sale in a single operation.

“Heidelberg is excited to bring the new Prinect Digital Front End to the market for both our traditional customers and those that already have a substantial digital footprint,” Maurer said. “We have received great customer feedback from our installs of Prinect Digital Print Manager workflow with our Linoprint C901+ and C751 systems, based on its ease of use, features, and integration to Prinect prepress and press software. Our new DFE takes all this up another notch.”

The Linoprint CV will launch in January 2015, with the Linoprint CP and DFE to follow in March and July, respectively.

Something for the Smaller Shop
Over time, Heidelberg has forged many strong relationships with the community of small commercial, quick, and in-plant printers. Beginning this month, in response to customer demand, Heidelberg USA will begin marketing the new, entry-level Linoprint CM high-volume, black-and-white digital production machine to supplement color production in smaller shops. Also new is the Linoprint CE, which will enable smaller commercial shops, quick printers, and in-plant operations to transition to an upgraded platform at lower volumes and lower cost with no loss of quality.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Henkel’s new ideas for new markets

The technical center in Seoul, South Korea
Henkel has been moving innovation closer to its customers in emerging markets. One focus of Henkel’s strategy is business expansion in the growth regions through the introduction of high-performing innovations. New research and development sites in the growth regions help Henkel develop innovations that meet the specific needs of customers in these countries. The company has already opened four R&D centers in the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, India and South Africa.

At the innovation center in Dubai, Henkel develops innovative laundry and home-care products that are specifically tailored to the requirements of consumers in the Africa/Middle East region. Dubai’s excellent infrastructure and the good business conditions in the country have attracted international, highly-qualified personnel to the state-of-the-art laboratory.

With new innovation centers in Seoul and in Pune, India, Henkel Adhesive Technologies is also closer to its customers in these important markets – thereby creating a platform for further profitable growth. Leading manufacturers from the consumer electronics industry are among the customers who profit from the new technical center in the South Korean capital of Seoul. The center mainly develops adhesives needed for the production of displays, for example for smartphones and tablet PCs. Pune – which is the hub of the Indian automotive industry – focuses on product development and application solutions for the automotive and general industrial markets. The laboratories develop new adhesives, sealants and functional coatings. The center combines global and local expertise by working with more than 800 automotive suppliers.

In 2012, Henkel Beauty Care opened a Schwarzkopf test salon inJohannesburg. With new formulas tested on more than 1,500 models each year, the test salon plays an important role in developing products since it provides detailed information on customers’ needs.

With four new innovation centers and a significant expansion of its R&D center in Russia, Henkel has already taken a big step toward its goal to open or expand seven R&D centers in emerging markets by 2016. 

Can Your Packaging Solution Earn an Award? DuPont Packaging announces 2015 judges for DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation

DuPont sets the foundation for the 2015 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation with the selection of judges who choose which packaging solutions demonstrate excellence in technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience from the pool of global nominations.

“This panel is instrumental in keeping the industry’s longest running, independently judged awards program competitive and relevant,” said Yasmin Siddiqi, global packaging relationship manager, DuPont.  “The judges represent different parts of the value chain and different geographies so they can bring a broad and diverse perspective that enables them to thoroughly assess which ones are game-changing packaging innovations.”

For innovators looking to nominate their packaging solutions, the competition remains open until Feb. 2.  Entry forms and guidelines are available at packagingawards.dupont.com.

Members of the 2015 judging panel include:
  • Roza Altin - packaging development director, Yildiz Holding, Turkey
  • Hung Le - vice president, global innovation engagement, MeadWestvaco (MWV), USA
  • David Luttenberger, CPP, global packaging director, Mintel Group, Ltd., USA and lead judge
  • Paul Pezzoli, vice president, global packaging innovation & technology, Kellogg Company, USA
  • Pat Reynolds, vice president and editor, Packaging World, USA
  • Jane Skelton, head of print and packaging, Sainsbury, UK
  • Nandlal Tiwari, head of packaging development, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Singapore
  • George Wofford, vice president, core R&D, Sealed Air, USA
  • Romulo Zamberlan, head of packaging development, Natura, Brazil

“One of the unique things about the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is that judges represent such a variety of industry knowledge and expertise and perspective,” said David Luttenberger, this year’s lead judge.  “A great judging panel helps build credibility for the award, and year over year, DuPont manages to build a fresh panel who deliberate on what is truly innovative.  As a result, you earn a DuPont Award, you don’t just win it.”

Judges will spend three days together in March reviewing and debating entries from around the world.  In advance of this session, each judge prepares and presents an in-depth review of a group of entries based on excellence in one or all of these areas: technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience.

“The judging process is robust and the face-to-face opportunity gives us a chance to not only interact, but to touch, feel and experience the packaging as the consumer would,” Luttenberger said. “That’s imperative to the process.”

DuPont will videotape portions of the proceedings and capture juror’s insights on industry trends and post on packagingawards.dupont.com.                      

Brand owners, retailers, packaging designers, converters and technology providers from around the world are encouraged to enter new packaging that has been commercialized since Jan. 1, 2013.  There is no fee for entry and DuPont materials do not need to be in the packaging structure. Winners will be honored at a ceremony on May 14, 2015.  Information on the program and past winners is posted on www.packagingawards.dupont.com.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Harper Corporation of America welcomes Mark Snyder as Southeast Technical Graphics Advisor

Global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America is excited to welcome Mark Snyder to its dedicated team of technical representatives. He will be representing Harper in the Southeastern states and ensuring that customers have continued access to Harper’s high-quality anilox products and services.

Snyder brings with him more than 23 years of experience in the flexographic industry. He began his career as a press operator and worked his way through the ink department and eventually up to print management supervision. His wealth of knowledge will be a great asset to the Harper GraphicSolutions (HGS) Technical Team.

Harper Corporation of America is thrilled to have Snyder join our HGS Technical Team as the Southeast Technical Graphics Advisor and is confident that he will prove to be an asset to our Harper customers and in supporting the flexographic industry.

FESPA China 2014 achieves record-breaking attendance: Attracts 32% more visitors

FESPA China 2014, which took place from 19 - 21 November 2014 at the Guangzhou Pazhou Poly World Trade Centre, Guangzhou, China, attracted 11,667 individual visitors, making it the best-attended FESPA China and CSGIA event to date.

This represents an increase of 32% compared to the last CSGIA event held in Guangzhou in 2012 and a 23% increase on the first FESPA China exhibition which took place in 2013 in Shanghai.

Over the three days, attendance reached 15,166, with visitors returning to the event over multiple days to see a wide range of international manufacturers and local suppliers showcasing technology and applications for screen, digital and textile print. With over 500 exhibitors, this year's event was 30% larger than the 2013 edition, providing more screen and digital wide format solutions than ever.

This year's event was also the most international FESPA China & CSGIA event to date, with visitors travelling from 91 countries, compared to 62 countries for the 2012 event and 76 countries for the 2013 event.

Nigel Steffens, Board Advisor, FESPA, comments: "It is great to see such growing interest in the FESPA China event and we're thrilled to have expanded the event and its audience to make it the biggest FESPA China and CSGIA event to date. Feedback from exhibitors was that they met with more overseas visitors than previous years, and that the decision making calibre of visitors was high. With every FESPA event we build on past shows to ensure that we meet the requirements of today's printers. With the number of visitors in attendance in Guangzhou, it's clear to see that Asian printers value FESPA events as an environment to see technological developments and access educational content that will support their business growth."

Rosaria Pozzoni, Business Operation Manager, J-Teck3 srl comments: "FESPA China 2014 was a very successful show for J-Teck3. China is a major market for us, we have a distribution centre in Shanghai as well as a sales office and warehouse. We collected over a hundred leads during the show. The majority of visitors to our stand were Chinese, however, there were also visitors from Thailand, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Egypt. Visitors appreciate J-Teck3's constant commitment to develop new innovative digital inks in line with market requests and expectations."

William Barker, Sales Manager at Watts Urethane Products Ltd, comments: "FESPA China 2014 was a very successful show. FESPA has begun to make an impact on the appearance and way the show is run, which is great. This is the key yearly show for us and I met with distributors from 30 countries, as well as generated a lot of new opportunities, so it was a productive few days."

Elisa Beretti, Marketing & Communication Department, Kiian Digital, notes: "Out of all the FESPA shows we have attended this year, FESPA China 2014 has been the most interesting in terms of new and fruitful contacts. We're expecting new business opportunities on the horizon."

Federica Beretta, Operative Marketing Manager, Reggiani Macchine SPA, explains: "Visitor numbers at the Reggiani booth were encouraging and staff welcomed numerous customers to the stand who were sincerely impressed with the performance and superiority of Reggiani machines.  Throughout the event the Group had the opportunity to introduce new products, meet potential customers and create awareness about our brand. All in all, FESPA China 2014 was a success for us."

The next FESPA China exhibition, will take place from 21-23 October 2015 at the Shanghai New Int'l Expo Centre, in Shanghai, China.

Print quality and workflow solutions provider AVT Rebrands, including launch of revamped website

AVT (Advanced Vision Technology Ltd) – the world leader in print automatic inspection, process control, quality assurance and color control for the packaging, label, folding carton, metal decoration and commercial print markets – has launched a top-down company rebrand, including a completely revamped website, www.AVT-inc.com.  

AVT’s pioneering leadership in inspection solutions has led to broad industry recognition. Over half of the worldwide installations of high-end inspection and quality assurance solutions are AVT solutions.  The rebrand utilizes this notoriety by emphasizing the company’s well-established name recognition over the titles of its dozens of individual product offerings. The rebrand also addresses the extensive array of benefits with which AVT is associated.  In recent years, a combination of innovation, technological advances and market share growth have led to the company’s leadership in far more than traditional inspection and quality control roles.  AVT’s systems have evolved into end-to-end print production workflow control solutions that enhance overall printing quality and positively impact customers’ bottom lines by reducing waste and improving both productivity and efficiency. 

AVT also is emerging as a leading strategic partner and provider of next-generation solutions for digital printing.  For example, only AVT offers a solution that provides full automated inspection and verification throughout the entire digital printing process.  Most recently, an AVT solution was installed on the new Gallus DCS 340 digital label printing press that offers full quality assurance entirely integrated into the press control system.  AVT also was chosen by Landa for its new Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press.

AVT’s rebrand emphasizes its three core pillars of competitive differentiation:
  • Best-in-Class Technology & Solutions, encompassing a full suite of leading products and solutions through end-to-end workflow, the latest industry innovations, and a position as the only company with proven solutions in the digital printing sector.
  • Unmatched Field Expertise & Experience, including AVT’s sole focus on print quality assurance and its 7,000+ installations around the globe.
  • Outstanding Results for Leading Print Houses, emphasizing customer testimonials regarding real waste savings figures, revenue growth, differentiation, cost reduction and quality levels.

“AVT offers a broad range of solutions that address far-ranging customer needs, and the rebrand showcases this through unique-to-audience messaging bound by the company’s overall brand strength,” said Jaron Lotan, CEO of AVT.  “Aside from obvious benefits such as quality control, various AVT print inspection solutions address ancillary specialized needs such as color management, overall print quality including resolution, and production line efficiency.  The fresh look keeps new and potential customers engaged while showing that AVT is evolving along with its customers’ needs.”

Headquartered in Hod-Hasharon, Israel with sales, marketing, and support offices in the United States, Europe and China, AVT Ltd. is the world leader in print process control, quality assurance and color control for the packaging, labels, folding cartons, metal decoration and commercial print markets. AVT's products are sold to leading printing press suppliers, packaging, labels, commercial, semi-commercial, newspaper and specialty printers in the web printing markets. More than 3,500 of AVT’s platforms for automatic inspection of packaging and labels converting are installed worldwide.  In addition, more than 900 of AVT’s Clarios closed loop color control systems are installed around the globe, showcasing the company's commercial sector prominence.  AVT's global presence also includes 3,300 installations of Mercury color management and reporting software, and remote digital ink control systems.

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Headquarters and Corporate Brand for MPS

In March 2015, MPS will relocate to a new state-of-the-art facility in Arnhem, The Netherlands and roll-out its new corporate brand in the coming months. The launch of a new corporate brand strategy which will be rolled out in stages leading up towards a company move to new headquarters in March to modern facilities in Arnhem, the Netherlands and comprehensive rebranding campaign solidifies MPS’s strategic international growth plan. 

New Headquarters with Lean Manufacturing
Located near MPS’s current headquarters in Didam, the building in Arnhem with modern facilities will centralize MPS manufacturing and operations, and offers a spacious demonstration, test and customer experience center to run ongoing demos of MPS press solutions. The assembly of the production hall will incorporate lean manufacturing principles of eliminating waste, focus on empowering workers; minimize inventory, and increased productivity, to meet customer expectations and requirements. The efficiencies of the lean production process and resulting lead time reduction will make it possible to build an increased number of presses simultaneously in multiple assembly lines.  Environment-friendly and energy saving measures such as LED lightning and heat-recovery are also incorporated in the new space design. For example, hot air produced from the cooling installations will be re-used as heating, and the exhaust will be frequency controlled to prevent unnecessary exhaust ventilation.

New Corporate Brand
The underlying philosophy of the rebranding strategy is MPS’s commitment to help customers excel by providing extensive knowledge, world-class service and product innovation to enhance the printing process. The MPS corporate rebranding strategy, which will unfold in the coming months, communicates a clear and uniform message of what MPS has evolved to be and its commitment to the future, with the integration of the following key elements:

Printing Productivity: Customers will achieve productivity in the printing process and in the final printed product when using MPS flexo and offset press solutions. Productivity is the ultimate result of the MPS operator-friendly press technology and service.

Core values: Solution-oriented, courage, high-quality, passion, and attentiveness are core values of MPS.

Operator focused, results driven: MPS designs presses to enhance the talents of operators and enable them to maximize their efficiencies and print jobs that not only meet, but surpass, the performance expected in today’s label and flexible packaging market.

“The next few months will be an exciting milestone in the history of MPS,” comments Wim van de Bosch, CEO of MPS. “With years of proven success, the combination of new headquarters and corporate identity communicates MPS’s commitment to our customers, the narrow web print industry, and future growth goals, at an international level.”

With a tagline “MPS. Operator Focused, Results Driven.”, MPS is a worldwide, well-known and high-quality brand of flexo and offset press solutions for label and flexible packaging printers. By providing extensive knowledge and world-class service to enhance the printing process, MPS helps customers excel. We improve the printing process and customer experience through product innovation. Through use of our know-how and capabilities, we can recommend press solutions that best serve our customer’s requirements. MPS has a team of experts when it comes to knowledge of the printing process and desired results in label and flexible packaging print runs. We continuously expand our knowledge through regular contact with customers and suppliers, in addition to retail specialists in the area of label and packaging design. We share and apply our expertise every day, and can offer a specific solution for every customer.