Friday, February 13, 2015

LMI Packaging Solutions selects Mark Andy Performance Series for lidding applications

LMI Packaging Solutions, a leading provider of heat sealable lidding for the beverage, snack, dairy, and dressings & sauces markets, has invested in a Mark Andy Performance Series P7 in-line flexographic press for its Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, facility.

A Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) certified business, LMI has been in the flexible packaging market nearly 50 years, focusing on the manufacture of superior heat sealable lidding products since 1967. The company has been recognized as a Green Professional by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and since 2010 has been a member of the US EPA’s Green Power Partnership, committed to purchasing renewable energy to offset 100% of the electricity used in their manufacturing operations.

The investment in the 20 inch (508mm) Performance Series P7 supports these sustainability initiatives with its quick job setup and changeover, and its drastic waste savings over traditional flexo solutions. In addition the Performance Series’ approach to web temperature management and tension control makes it an ideal press to effectively manage and run the 3-4 mil plastic and foil lamination materials at full production speeds.

Kevin Meyer, LMI’s Vice President of Operations states, “We are excited to have partnered with Mark Andy to drive our Triple Bottom Line (3BL) approach to our business. The 3BL, our People, our Planet, and our Profitability, is the foundation of LMI Packaging Solutions. The P7 makes our operators more efficient, reduces our environmental footprint, and allows us to become even more competitive in the markets we serve.”

The Mark Andy P7 was installed in January 2015 and will run three shifts, 5 days per week.

After 2016, drupa will switch to a three-year cycle

drupa, the world's leading trade fair for print and cross-media solutions, will switch to a three-year cycle after 2016, when it runs from 31 May to 10 June. This decision was taken by the drupa committee at today's meeting in Duesseldorf. "The entire print process chain has changed radically because of the Internet and digital technologies. New applications and solutions are developing and opening up new fields of business. At the same time, there is more focus on innovative technologies, such as 3D printing, printed electronics and func-tional printing," explains Claus Bolza-Schuenemann, Chairman of the drupa Advisory Board and President Koenig & Bauer Group. "It's more important than ever before that our customers have an overview of the latest technology and are also inspired to use new business models and solutions. drupa is the only specialist trade fair in the world to offer this- and will do so every three years in the future."

One positive side-effect of this change is that drupa will no longer run in 2020, the same year as interpack, the world's most important trade fair for the packaging industry and the closely related process industry. "The drupa exhibitors who specialise in packaging printing would have found 2020 an incredibly stressful year so the change will clearly benefit customers," emphasises Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO Messe Dusseldorf. The precise dates haven't yet been finalised, but it's clear that drupa will take place in the traditional drupa month of May in 2019, 2022 and 2025 in Duesseldorf.

Roland DGA announces launch of new Roland Profile Center

Roland DGA has announced the launch of its new Roland Profile Center, a free, one-stop site that makes it easier than ever for end users to obtain media profiles for Roland printers.  By visiting this central online location, Roland users can access and download Roland-branded media profiles, as well as VersaWorks profiles offered by other major media manufacturers, with a few clicks of a mouse.

“The Roland Profile Center is a great new resource for our users,” said Julie Gederos, Roland DGA’s marketing product manager. “It makes it incredibly easy for our customers to take advantage of a huge selection of media profiles and achieve optimum printing results.”  In addition to significantly improving the user experience, the creation of the Roland Profile Center opens up new collaborative and co-promotional opportunities between Roland and the industry’s top media manufacturers.

The newly-launched Roland Profile Center is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to providing world-class customer support and supplying a total solution for Roland users, including state-of-the-art digital printing equipment, software, ink, media, profiles and accessories.

Locating, downloading and importing a profile from the Roland Profile Center requires only a few simple steps. The process is documented through a PDF and video available at the “Support” section of the Roland Profile Center website.

For more information on the new Roland Profile Center, or to register as a user, visit www.rolandprofilecenter.com. To learn more about the complete Roland product lineup, visit www.rolanddga.com.

MacDermid Printing Solutions introduces new printing plate package for enhanced white ink laydown

MacDermid Printing Solutions announced today the commercial introduction of a new digital flexo printing plate designed specifically for optimized white ink laydown in flexible packaging.  Digital MWW, MacDermid’s new “Whiter White Plate”, has been proven to dramatically reduce mottle, increase opacity, and produce brighter overprint colors. When used in combination with MacDermid’s LUX process and advanced prepress screening, the Digital MWW Printing Plate Package delivers a true step change in white ink laydown.   

MacDermid began development of the Digital MWW plate in late 2012 in conjunction with City Stamp Works, Inc. (CSW) as the two companies sought to determine the optimum combination of plate, screening, and tape for the best possible white ink laydown. After testing more than 270 different combinations, a technique for producing a “Whiter White” was developed. 

“Recent print testing showed an optimal result with a mottle of .35, an opacity of 65.2, and a lightness of 82, which compares favorably to that of 1.5 mil white poly, which has a mottle of .12, opacity at 82 and a lightness of 90,” said Ryan Vest, MacDermid’s Global Director of Innovation. He continued, “While there have been some novel combinations of plate materials and screening technologies before, none of these efforts rival the level of performance achieved with this combination of technologies.” 

Digital MWW is commercially available in thicknesses of 0.045 (1.14mm), 0.067 (1.70mm), 0.107 (2.72mm), and in format sizes up to 50 x 80 inches (1,270mm x 2,032mm).

Founded in 1922, MacDermid, Inc. is a global specialty chemicals company serving the diversified needs of the Electronics, Industrial, Offshore and Printing industries. The Printing Solutions segment manufactures flexo printing plates and equipment for the package printing industry. MacDermid is a wholly owned subsidiary of Platform Specialty Products Corporation.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ghana’s label converter and packaging specialist praises quality, service, and automation

Mark Andy's authorized agent in India, Flexo Image Graphics, is proud to announce that Type Company Ltd., a leading label converter and packaging specialist has installed a Mark Andy Performance Series P3. Type Company’s new press is designed with the latest advancements in ink technologies, colour, register, and impression controls.

Type Company Ltd. is the first company in Ghana to procure a Performance Series P3. They recently had the Performance Series P3 installed at their facility and it has already started production at full throttle. Firmly entrenched in the labels and packaging sector, this new investment at Type’s facility is sure to establish a new benchmark for performance in the narrow web industry.

With the local demand levels steadily increasing and to help support its growth plans, Type Company Ltd. has selected the P3 Mark Andy Performance Series. “We looked at every press on the market, and in the end chose the Mark Andy P3 Performance Series flexo machine based on their outstanding performance for fast make-readies, low waste, and print quality. Because of its innovative print platform, the P3 machine delivers consistently high print quality and we are sure our customers will be more than happy to benefit from this investment. This will help us to meet our customers' expectations and perhaps give them more than they can ask for." stated Mr. Coby Asmah CEO of Type Company Ltd.

“At our end, we were always searching for ways to improve our productivity, reduce waste and streamline the workflow. Mr. Gourav Roy from Flexo Image Graphics introduced us to the Performance series and we took an instant liking for it. Also we are fully convinced that this industry-changing technology is the new benchmark in narrow-web flexo presses,” added Mr. Coby Asmah.

“We studied Type’s requirements and suggested they go for the P3 which is a wonderful start-up machine in the performance series segment. This press is the right fit for their current and future goals and is a risk well worth taking. Paying great attention to our customer’s needs, providing efficient and qualified professional assistance, as well as assuring reliable and prompt service at every stage - from installation to machine commissioning are part of FIG and Mark Andy’s policies,” added Mr. Gourav Roy, Managing Director for Flexo Image Graphics.

For more than 20 years, Type Company Ltd has stayed true to its mission – to maintain “consistent quality, timely delivery, and satisfied customers. “We use a winning combination of staff expertise and cutting-edge technology to keep our existing customers happy, and attract new ones,” summed up Mr. Coby Asmah.

Xeikon to highlight digital production in every aspect to converters and brand owners at Label&Print 2015

Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology is pleased to announce its presence at Label&Print 2015, which is co-located with the well-known EasyFairs Packaging Innovations show and taking place in Birmingham on 25 and 26 February. On stand H15, Xeikon experts will be showing how the digital production of labels and folding cartons can transform the business of packaging printers, converters and brand owners alike.

“We look forward to discuss and share experiences on the game-changing innovations in digital production. Packaging, especially folding carton, has become a powerful tool to maximize the product’s selling power, build a brand image and protect it. This has posed certain challenges for packaging printers and converters, of which the biggest challenges are ever-shorter runs and increasingly faster turnaround times. Our Xeikon Folding Carton Suite is helping them to meet these challenges by delivering top quality packaging applications with a unique look and feel,” says Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging.

At the show, Xeikon will also be working with Aura partners CHILI Publish and Zünd to demonstrate an actual short-run folding carton application. On display will be the very popular Clics Boxes from Belgian toy manufacturer Clics. Visitors that register in advance atwww.chili-publish.com/packaginginnovations will be able to customize these folding carton toy boxes with photos and text, making an original gift for kids. They will then be produced by a Folding Carton Suite based solution powered by a Xeikon Digital Press and finished by digital cutting specialist Zünd.

Experience a close encounter with the Xeikon Cheetah at Mercian Labels
During the show opening days, Xeikon is also organizing an exclusive preview of its new Xeikon Cheetah digital press together with its customer Mercian Labels. Mercian Labels is the world’s first pilot site of the Xeikon Cheetah press and the company chose this innovative, high-speed press to help it continue its double-digit growth path.

The press will be on preview on 24 and 25 February. The 3-hour tour starting at 13:00 will include a presentation on the evolution of the label market and the reasons behind the purchase of the Xeikon Cheetah press by Mercian Labels Managing Director Dr. Adrian Steele. Mr. Steele will also give a short overview on the success story behind Mercian Labels, followed by a tour of the factory where the Xeikon Cheetah will be on display.

“We have experienced seven consecutive years of double-digit growth and see our future growth coming from various combinations of product innovation, market share and acquisitions,” states Mr. Steele. “The Xeikon Cheetah will solve a number of headaches for us and it can count on a very warm welcome to the Mercian family by both our production and sales teams. We are delighted to welcome visitors to our premises for this exclusive preview of our new acquisition.”

The Bramwell Label Company launches new digital printing services

The Bramwell Label Company is a successful producer of wet glue paper labels in the UK and has been printing labels in Trafford Park for 20 years. The company produces over 80 million labels every month for leading food and drink manufacturers and prides itself on delivering a high-quality end-to-end service.

Despite this successful business model, an increasing demand for self-adhesive labels and plastic sleeves has meant that the company faced some challenges over the last few years.

"We were seeing a steady decline in the wet glue label market. This was having a significant impact on our business, despite our efforts to remain competitive,” said Peter Bramwell, Sales Manager, The Bramwell Label Company. “We determined that introducing digital printing services could give us the edge we needed and decided to explore the viability of adding digital to our offering. As soon as we started looking into the market we recognised the scope of opportunities and realised that it could help us win back the business we had lost in previous years.”

Bramwell Label Company began researching and testing the latest digital presses from all the leading manufacturers.

“We wanted a press which could handle everything from very low micron, unsupported film for our short-run, reel-fed bottling customers, to heavier self-adhesive papers for wine and spirit customers,” continued Bramwell. “HP was the only company which could provide this level of support and offer the high standard of print quality we required. It was a no brainer for us! HP was the way forward and the manufacturer we were happy to build a business relationship with.”

The HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press was installed in November 2014, alongside an A B Graphic Digicon Series 2 machine. A seven-colour narrow web digital press, it is the most flexible, productive digital press in the label market today.

“We have already seen the benefits of the HP Indigo WS6600. It’s a truly versatile solution that has opened up many new markets and revenue opportunities for our company," concluded Bramwell.

Print-Leeds boosts its inkjet firepower with new Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV

Leading label, plastics and digital printing specialist Print-Leeds has cemented its position as one of the UK’s most technologically-advanced printing houses with the arrival of a Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV ST wide-format flat-bed printer. The new machine replaces the Screen Truepress Jet 1600UV printer that Print-Leeds installed in 2010 to meet increasing demand for high-quality short-run and one-off work.

“Since then not only have runs got shorter and deadlines tighter,” says Print-Leeds managing director Rod Fisher, “but clients are much more aware of the potential of digital for POS applications.  So it’s time to upgrade.”

Print-Leeds’s Truepress Jet W3200UV prints CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta for photo-quality reproduction of wide-format graphics.  The company also specified a white ink capability to ensure colour saturation whatever the substrate being printed, including coloured and transparent media.  Like its Truepress Jet 1600UV predecessor, the Truepress Jet W3200UV outputs a wide variety of backlit graphics, wide-format posters, POP displays and signage and can handle media up to 50mm thick.

Productivity is significantly greater, thanks to advanced UV curing and high-precision flat printhead transfer systems that give the Truepress Jet 3200UV ST the ability to print at 85 sqm/hr – ten times faster than the Truepress Jet 1600UV (the Truepress Jet 3200UV HS model prints at up to 150sqm/hr).  Says Rod: “Because we also wanted to up our productivity, the faster output speed was a big factor, plus other features that improve throughput - for example, the retractable lay pins, which guarantee accurate, repeatable substrate registration, and the zoned vacuum bed, which reduces masking.”

The new printer also incorporates Screen’s versatile multilayer print capability, which enables printing of up to eight superimposed layers to create high-impact products.  For example, lower layers can be built up in high-speed mode before printing the top layer in high-quality mode to produce embossed products with striking 3D effects.

Rod founded Print-Leeds in 2002 and quickly developed a reputation for high-quality litho and digital printing on plastics.  The 2012 acquisition of S&C Labels, Huddersfield, added wet-glue label printing.  Today Print-Leeds employs over 30 people at its 19,000 square-foot site in Stanningley and is on target to turn over £4 million this year, a 10% year-on-year rise.  The company also prints labels for most of the UK’s drinks companies.

Print-Leeds has a tradition of staying abreast, and often ahead, of technology;  its Truepress Jet 1600UV-F was the UK’s first, and in 2013 it installed the first Heidelberg Speedmaster CD102-7+L in the UK label industry.  “We’ve worked hard to build our reputation for producing high-quality work consistently and on time, and we assess any investment on those criteria,” says Rod. “The first Truepress has been excellent, and we had no hesitation in choosing Screen again for the latest printer.”

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mimaki launches the CFL-605RT compact flatbed cutting plotter for small lot and prototype packaging

Mimaki, a global industry leader and manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters, today launches the CFL-605RT Compact Flatbed Cutting Plotter that offers both creasing and cutting and will enable operations to create and deliver high quality, cost-effective, designs, smoothly and quickly. The CFL-605RT is designed with Mimaki’s well-established technology to support immediate finishing of packaging and prototypes with multiple functions.

“There is growing demand for on-demand production of prototypes and small lots, both for products and their packaging,” explains Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “This includes fast, efficient prototyping and production of samples as well as small lots of products and packaging that may be modified to reflect different seasonal and regional requirements. There are promotional and special event opportunities, too. In particular, we believe markets such as cosmetics and luxury items will benefit from the ability to produce highly responsive eye-catching packaging with short lead times. Our solutions are specifically designed to meet that need, and we are excited to witness the impact we believe they will have on the market as brand owners and converters alike learn about their many benefits.”

New to the Market
The newest addition to Mimaki’s family of cutting plotters, the CFL-605RT, is a multifunction flatbed plotter that accommodates material sizes up to A2 extra and features a variety of functions including creasing and eccentric, tangential and reciprocating cutting. Used in combination with the UJF-6042, the new compact flatbed cutting plotter can achieve on-demand production of the original goods by providing the whole production process, including printing onto goods and packages, and cutting of cushioning materials. 
  • The eccentric cutter has a maximum cutting thickness of 1 mm with an optimal downforce setting between 30 and 1,000 g.
  • The tangential cutter features a maximum cutting thickness of 2 mm with high downforce pressure, including materials such as reflective vinyl and rubber sheets.
  • The reciprocating cutter has a maximum 10 mm cutting thickness for materials such as foam or cardboard and uses a vertical reciprocating motion.
  • The creasing roller creases materials for a perfect package. Downforce pressures are adjustable from 500 to 1,000 g. 


Horsten adds, “We are also developing a complete end-to-end solution that will not only reduce the time required for prototyping and small lot production, but will also significantly reduce costs and enable a faster time to market. In many cases, these functions can be performed in-house, eliminating outsourcing and further reducing cycle time. These latest portfolio additions are an outstanding example of our mantra of ‘Let’s Create… Together!’ coming to life.”

New Sales Director at Pryor marks out global expansion

Alastair Morris has been promoted to Sales Director at Pryor Marking Technology, one of the world leaders in providing traceability solutions for supply chains, particularly in the automotive and aerospace sectors.

Alastair has worked as Business Development Manager at the company for the past 16 months, successfully achieving growth for the business in new and existing markets.

His new role as Sales Director will see him heading up the sales and marketing functions at the group, which sells to over 60 countries and has a UK head office, a subsidiary in France and a joint-venture operation in India.

He will manage a sales force of 10, which has expanded recently with two new staff, due to the continued success of the business. Alastair will be focusing on upgrading marking technology in the company’s mature UK and USA markets and increasing sales from growing markets in the Far East.  He will also be developing technologies to exploit new opportunities in nuclear and oil and gas.

Pryor Marking Technology’s Managing Director Neil Andrew said: “Alastair has demonstrated that he has the vision and the ability to lead the sales and marketing function in what is a very exciting time for our business.   He will be working to grow sales of our engraving and machinery business in our home and export markets and also to create and exploit new market opportunities.”

Before joining Pryor Marking Technology, Alastair worked in a Technical Sales role within the automotive division of Bosch, where he was based for nine years, most recently as Sales Manager.

An Engineering Graduate, Alastair has the technical understanding of engineering applications, combined with the experience in sales and business development.

Pryor Marking Technology is renowned for its expertise in developing bespoke solutions to ensure complete traceability of components. Recent innovation in developing fully robotic laser marking technology has seen the company increase turnover by 20%, with major new contracts won in the automotive sector.

Alastair Morris, Sales Director at Pryor Marking Technology, said: “Traceability of component parts is essential in so many different sectors and Pryor Marking Technology is much more than just a manufacturer of product marking equipment. Being able to offer a complete solution, from bespoke design of software to production and installation of equipment, plus servicing and after-care, is what sets us apart from the competition.   I am very excited to take up my new role as Sales Director to extend our global presence and to focus on further extending the business within key UK and European market sectors.”


Pryor Marking Technology, which was established back in 1849, started life as a manufacturer of hand tools, becoming the partner of choice for developing traceability solutions for a wide range of market sectors.  

QuadTech’s advanced color and inspection technology to be featured at PrintPack India 2015

At PrintPack India 2015 (11-15 February, India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR), QuadTech, Inc. will present a broad range of press technology solutions for packaging converters, newspaper printers, and commercial printers at Hall 10, Stand F-1A.

"Printers are facing increasing demands to improve print quality," says Hemant Desai, QuadTech General Manager for India. "At the same time, tightening profit margins are a concern for all commercial, newspaper, and package printers. The good news is that all indications suggest significant growth and opportunity for the Indian print market. Our portfolio of market-leading color and inspection technology enables printers to meet these market demands and achieve reliable, high quality output with faster turnaround times, and reduced ink and substrate waste."

Solutions for packaging
The QuadTech Color Quality Solution combines inline spectral color measurement, ink formulation data and ink dispensing technology to ensure accurate color matching. For the first time, color data is automatically shared and processed between QuadTech's inline spectral color measurement technology, X-Rite's offline Ink Formulation software, and ink dispensing systems. Color quality stays within targets and consistently high while downtime and waste are reduced dramatically.

The color targets are loaded into the QuadTech Color Measurement System with SpectralCam, which collects and maintains live spectral data inline, at full press speeds.

Quality assurance is also guaranteed with the QuadTech Inspection System, which inspects 100% of the web 100% of the time. The system can be used with opaque, translucent and transparent substrates as well as on reflective materials, detects process faults (streaks, hazing, color variation and mis-register) as well as random defects (spots, mis-prints, hickies).

The QuadTech Web Viewing System can be used as a stand-alone system, or in conjunction with the Inspection System, for real-time viewing of the moving web and optimum defect viewing.

QuadTech PDF Verification software is an option that enables printers to catch errors before they go into production, by comparing approved artwork to a printed sample, ensuring correct press setup, print accuracy and quality.

QuadTech will also highlight other products including the QuadTech Autotron 2600 with ClearLogic Register Guidance System, for minimizing waste and improving print quality for packaging and decorative printing applications. QuadTech DataCentral for Inspection, a powerful database that stores job and defect information from one or more presses and facilitates quality control decisions. QuadTech's Waste Management System takes quality control information from QuadTech DataCentral, and enables automatic control of the slitter/rewinder/sheeter to ensure that defective material is removed efficiently.

Color-Logic-JetComp collaboration produces metallic flexible packaging prototypes

Proofing Technologies, manufacturer of JetComp films used for producing flexible packaging mock-ups or proofs, has collaborated with Color-Logic to streamline prototyping or proofing of metallic flexible packaging.  Color-Logic has certified JetComp 2 mil Silver Metallized Polypropylene film for use with its Process Metallic Color System.  By utilizing the Color-Logic process and printing with an Epson, Mimaki, or Roland solvent wide-format printer, package designers can immediately see the effects of the Color-Logic system on their packages.

Discussing the process, Color-Logic Chief Technical Officer Richard Ainge commented: "Prototyping metallic flexible packages was difficult and unpredictable until Color-Logic and JetComp collaborated to simplify and standardize the process.  Color-Logic files may now be printed on JetComp metallized film using widely available wide-format printers to proof and produce short runs of new flexible packages."

Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves added: "Designs for printing on metallized films require complex white ink masks.  The complex masks can be generated with just a click of the mouse using Color-Logic software, rather than the hours often required when creating the masks manually within Adobe Creative Suite.  Our user-friendly Illustrator and Photoshop plugins enable graphic designers to produce dramatic effects and achieve greater shelf impact by utilizing the metallic substrate with white, cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks within the design.  Our collaboration with JetComp and their metallized films enables prototyping to be done in a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional methods being used today."

With the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System, brand managers, product managers, corporations, and advertising agencies can differentiate themselves and their clients from the competition.  Color-Logic tools simplify design and print production, creating eye-catching decorative effects for use on branded product packaging and associated collateral.  The Color-Logic system is compatible with offset, inkjet, flexography, digital presses, screen printing, and gravure.  It is ideal for packaging, pouches, labels, shrink sleeves, and other commercial printing and much more.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Meech to exhibit static control and web cleaning solutions at ICE Europe 2015

Meech CyClean
Meech International is pleased to announce that it will exhibit at ICE Europe 2015, (10-12 March, Munich Trade Fair Hall A6, Stand 233), where its range of static control and web cleaning solutions will be showcased, including two recently introduced enhancements to its static range.

As a well-established supplier to the international converting community, Meech understands the challenges that converters of flexible web materials such as paper, film, foil and nonwovens face, helping them to maintain efficient, safe and productive manufacturing environments.

This will be the first opportunity for this specialist audience to view Meech’s new distance sensor and feedback system, introduced at the end of last year. The 971IPS and 929IPS static control bars, the latest enhancements to the company’s successful Hyperion range, are designed to help monitor and control static with greater precision in a variety of applications, including packaging and labelling.

David Rogers, Technical Director, Meech International says, “Customer feedback is important to us and this is reflected in the enhancements to our static control range. The converting sector has seen a strong increase in global demand for flexible packaging solutions and, as a result, plastics is being used more often, increasing the risks of operator shock and contamination. Our systems can reduce or eliminate these risks, leading to much greater operational efficiencies.”

In addition, contact and non-contact web-cleaning solutions, to minimise wastage and achieve higher levels of productivity will also be on show, including the CyClean™ non-contact web cleaner. A compact, double-sided blow and vacuum-based web cleaning system which flows contaminants into an inline filter unit, the CyClean™ can clean webs up to 2m in width, is capable of removing 0.5 micron contaminants.

Adam Battrick, Sales Director, Meech International comments, “What makes Meech stand out from the competition is that we are the only web cleaning system manufacturer that uses four different technologies for our products. As a result, we have a variety of options that can help answer the converting sector’s needs.”

Meech’s alternative non-contact web-cleaning solution is the ShearClean, available for web widths of up to 2.1 metres and web speeds up to 450 metres/min. The company also has two choices of contact web-cleaning systems: the TakClean™, with continuous single or double sided cleaning capabilities and capable of removing particles as small as 0.5 microns; the VacClean is available in two versions - the F4 and F5 - featuring compact extraction or vacuum fan extraction respectively.

Monika Olbricht joins Xeikon as Sales Director Document Printing Europe

Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is pleased to announce that Monika Olbricht has joined the company as Sales Director, Document Printing, Europe. Olbricht will take responsibility for sales and business development for Document Printing in Europe as well as the commercial launch of Xeikon’s Trillium technology, planned for later in 2015.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have an executive of the caliber of Monika Olbricht join our team,” comments Wim Maes, Xeikon’s CEO. “Monika has an impressive background, having held several international management positions in sales and marketing over the past 17 years. She will be instrumental in developing the commercial strategy to jumpstart our next growth phase in Europe. And the energy and knowledge she will bring to the Trillium program, which we believe is a critical advancement in the digital printing market, make her a welcome addition to the Xeikon team.”

Olbricht has studied, lived and worked in a number of European countries and is fluent in five languages. Prior to Xeikon, she served as Executive Director of Business Development for Commercial Print at Océ. During her 17-year career across a variety of management roles, she gained significant expertise in commercial and transactional printing, direct mail, book and newspaper printing. She brings with her well-established relationships with key industry players, including both printing operations and suppliers to the industry.

“I am excited to be joining Xeikon,” states Olbricht. “As innovators in digital print, Xeikon is committed to bringing best-in-class solutions to customers, helping them develop and grow their businesses. It’s particularly thrilling to be bringing Xeikon´s game-changing Trillium liquid toner technology to market. I believe this platform will open up many valuable new business opportunities for our customers in Document Printing across a variety of applications. I’m very much looking forward to helping our customers leverage this innovative platform for business growth.”

Omron Automation underlines its prowess in industrial automation at SPS Automation India - 2015

Sameer Gandhi, MD, Omron Industrial Automation
Omron Automation India displayed its prowess in the industrial automation technology domain at the exhibition - SPS Automation India - 2015 at Gandhinagar. The exhibition, in its 1st edition, focused on all key innovative technologies across the realm of industry automation solutions that have the ability to reshape the manufacturing sector envisioned on the basis of the government's "Make in India campaign".

Commenting on the participation, Mr. Sameer Gandhi, MD, Omron Automation India, said, "Shows like SPS Automation India 2015 allow us to portray our strengths as complete automation partners and help in strengthening our reach and connect with key audiences - both industry and region specific. This participation is also a part of our efforts to accentuate Omron's presence in the Gujarat market."

Omron, being a pioneer in various industrial automation products, is well positioned in assisting the Indian manufacturing sector with its ‘total solutions' approach. Themed "We Automate!", the Omron booth exhibited the utility of all of its key offerings such as automation solutions for bottling machines , Vision & Safety solutions and the Sysmac integrated automation solutions that help crucial operations in manufacturing organisations especially in the packaging domain.

Fespa launches Global Conference Programme for 2015 : To host four regional Congresses

Fespa is staging four regional congresses in collaboration with its associations during the first half of 2015, as part of its educational commitment to its global print community. The four congresses will take place in Barcelona, Spain; Copenhagen, Denmark; Mexico City, Mexico and Johannesburg, South Africa.

The events are funded through Fespa's Profit for Purpose initiative, which aims to reinvest profits from Fespa's global exhibition portfolio for the benefit of printers.

The first Congress scheduled for 2015 will be the Southern European Print Congress in Barcelona, Spain, from 10-11 March 2015. Entitled, "The WOW Effect of Printing", the two-day event will be hosted in partnership with Fespa's Southern European member associations; Fespa España Association (Spain), Fespa France Association and Siotec (Italy).

The second congress will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark from 24-25 March 2015. The two-day congress is being produced by Fespa's four Nordic associations; Graphic Association Denmark, Fespa Finland Association, Fespa Norway Association and FESPA Sweden Association.

In addition to these new European congresses, Fespa will introduce two separate educational events in Mexico and Africa in 2015. The Mexico Congress will take place on16 April 2015 at Camino Real, Polanco Mexico City, ahead of the eighth Fespa Mexico exhibition, to extend Fespa's presence in the region and respond to regional demand for educational content.

The African Conference will be organised in partnership with Fespa's African associate member, Printing SA. The one-day conference will take place on 21 July 2015 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, one day ahead of Fespa Africa 2015 (22-24 July 2015). The standalone event will provide tailored insights and networking opportunities for printers from across Africa, adding value for senior decision makers attending the exhibition.

Sean Holt, General Secretary, Fespa comments: "As a not-for-profit umbrella organisation of 37 national trade associations, we have a clear responsibility to support global printers to help them grow their businesses in a challenging and ever-changing environment. Each of these events will provide high-quality content from industry experts across diverse areas of the speciality print industry, tailored to these specific regions and based on the insight of our association members.

"Fespa was founded to promote knowledge-sharing and best practice among printers and these regional congresses will ensure that printers can access Fespa's premium content through a local event among their regional peers. Our Profit for Purpose proposition differentiates Fespa fundamentally from other exhibition organisers while our global network of associations enables us to organise events to suit the needs of individual regions and target audiences. Working in collaboration with the local associations on these events really helps us to understand and reflect the requirements of local printers and the regional market trends."

The four congresses reinforce Fespa's commitment to education, reflected in initiatives such as the Planet Friendly Guides and in the emphasis on free educational content at all Fespa exhibitions worldwide.