Friday, April 17, 2015

Finat launches call for candidates for 2015 Recycling Awards

Finat Recycling Awards competition organized for the second time to recognize efforts of the industry in paper and film release liner recycling
Finat, the European association for the self-adhesive label industry, announced today the launch of the second Finat Recycling Awards Competition. Within two award categories, self-adhesive label end-users and self-adhesive label converters, companies that have their paper and/or film release liners recycled are invited to apply, and get recognized for taking steps to lower the environmental impact. The deadline for submitting entries is May 22nd and the competition will culminate in the announcement of the winners at the European Label Forum in Amsterdam, held from 11 to 13 June 2015.

The goal of the Finat Recycling Awards Competition is to raise awareness for the growing number of sustainable and economically-viable recycling programmes. These offer companies site-specific solutions for the collection and recycling of used release liners, allowing them to reduce both their carbon footprint and landfilling costs. “We were delighted by the large number of good entries to our first Recycling Awards Competition last year. We are looking forward to continue this success and see new examples of how the industry is rising to the challenge and embracing the available recycling solutions,” says Jacques van Leeuwen, Chairman of the FINAT Recycling Awards Competition.

It pays to recycle
Release line recycling is important, not only for the environment but also for label converters and printers. It contributes to the reduction of the ‘footprint’ of a label company, FMCG brand or private label which is becoming ever more essential because of the growing emphasis on corporation’s responsibility towards society and the planet. In addition, release line recycling also offers economic advantages as it can reduce the costs associated with the management of secondary release liner materials, compared to alternative disposal methods. It also provides a potential answer to legal or market requirements in the context of government or corporate environmental sustainability programmes, now and in the future.

“As an independent association for the self-adhesive label industry, Finat has set itself the target to support companies in exploring and exploiting common recycling solutions and provide the gateway to identify recycling opportunities. Release liner recycling is picking up pace. More and more, recycling initiatives are offering turn-key solutions to recover a valuable secondary material that no longer needs to go to waste. The FINAT Recycling Awards Competition is an excellent opportunity to highlight the advances recycling programs are making in our industry,” adds Mr. van Leeuwen

Award criteria
All entries will be judged by an independent jury comprised of expert representatives from NGOs in the field of recycling of both paper and plastic. Eligible projects will be evaluated based on a comprehensive set of criteria, divided in three categories:
1. Achievements (volume and percentage recycled): How much liner (in volume and percentage) does the company recycle? Is this traceable? Does the company recycle other secondary label materials?

2. Communication and promotion: Is the company actively involved in the promotion of release liner recycling? Is the company making efforts to encourage partners/customers to engage in recycling?

3. Innovation / opening of new markets: Is the company using a new/innovative approach to logistics or recycling? Is the company representing a new end-user market for liner recycling?

All entries must be submitted by Friday 22nd of May, 17:00 hrs CET to the Finat Secretariat. To apply, please complete the application form at http://alturl.com/i3tyt

For more information, please contact the FINAT’s recycling manager, Mark Macaré, at +31703123910 or mmacare@lejeune.nl  or visit the FINAT recycling portal at Finat.com/en/Sustainability/Recycling-Portal

MPS set for growth in the Middle East

Anoop Plastic Products Trd. Est. is now representing MPS in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar
MPS announced the appointment of Anoop Plastic Products Trading Establishments as agent of MPS flexo and offset printing presses in the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar. This partnership provides immediate local support and positions MPS for future growth in the Middle East.

Based in Sharjah, UAE Anoop is a leading, well-established printing materials supplier and the first specialized supplier of flexo printing materials and pre-press equipment in this region. Anoop’s product portfolio includes printing presses, pre-press and post-press equipment, accessories and consumables from industry-leading suppliers such as Stork, Flint Group, Lohmann, Cheshire Anilox Technology, Zeller+Gmelin and many more. Built with a team of electronics and software engineers, Anoop provides local and prompt technical service in addition to pre and post-sales consultation. With their broad range of supplier representation, Anoop is well-connected to label printers throughout the Middle East.

Anoop representd MPS at the upcoming Gulf Print & Pack show
Anoop has quickly become active representing MPS in the Middle East, after initial in-depth product training to a team of 11 Anoop employees. Anoop is set to promote MPS flexo and offset printing presses in stand J18 at the upcoming Gulf Print & Pack show in Dubai. At Gulf Print & Pack, Erik Blomjous, Regional Director East and former Area Sales Manager in the Middle East, introduced Matthijs Stevens as the new MPS Area Sales Manager for the Middle East.

Established in 1993, family-owned Anoop is based in Sharjah, UAE and active in Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar. Part of Suresh Babu Group of Companies, Anoop is a well-established printing materials supplier and the first specialized supplier of flexo printing materials and pre-press equipment in the United Arab Emirates.

Anoop represents many industry-leading suppliers including MPS, Stork, Flint Group, Lohmann, Cheshire Anilox Technology, Zeller+Gmelin for printing presses, pre-press and post-press equipment, accessories, and consumables.

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 recommended 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.

Enfocus premieres subscription license option

Pitstop pro 13 is the first Enfocus product to offer customers the choice of a subscription or perpetual license
Enfocus has established a new subscription option that gives users a low-cost way to license software, while providing more flexibility and control over where and how the software is used. The first product to be available with this subscription option is PitStop Pro 13, which will be released mid-April, 2015. The PitStop customer base strongly validated the company’s research regarding need, requirements, and viability of a subscripton option to be available along with the traditional PitStop Pro license.

Bjorn Willems, Director of Product Management at Enfocus, says: “The lower cost barrier and greater flexibility of the subscription model brings the benefits of PitStop Pro to users who were previously unable to access this powerful solution. With the subscription model of PitStop Pro, we can improve the quality and efficiency of many more organizations than before.”

Benefits of the Subscription Option
A subscription license is a cost-effective way for users to access applications. The model lowers upfront fees, and the monthly subscription option allows users to control their operating expenses more efficiently. For example, customers can increase subscriptions during peak times, and reduce them during slow periods. Additionally, the new model gives users access to PitStop Pro wherever they are, and whenever they need it.

While the subscription and traditional licenses afford access to the same application, subscribers always have immediate access to the latest version of the technology, eliminating the need, in some cases, to obtain approvals for updates or upgrades.

Fabian Prudhomme, Vice President of Enfocus, says, “The cloud has changed how many companies access technology, but it’s not the right solution for everyone. So before making any changes to our license options, we went to the source – our customers – to confirm exactly what they needed. The result of that survey greatly influenced the licensing options for PitStop Pro. We thank our customers for the strong role they had in helping to create it.”

Enfocus will continue to offer the PitStop Pro license key option to customers who prefer capital expenditure over operational expenditure.

The Enfocus Subscription Model at Work
The subscription license is tied to a new system that utilizes customers’ account identification, called Enfocus ID. To access their PitStop Pro subscription, users sign into their accounts using their Enfocus ID. Once authorized, the subscription to PitStop Pro is enabled on that computer. The users remain signed in and do not need to re-enter their credentials every time they are online.

To access their subscription from another computer, users simply log out and use their Enfocus ID to log in from the new computer - such as a different computer at their company or a laptop at home.

Companies can purchase multiple subscriptions with one Enfocus ID, and assign them to staff. These subscriptions can be easily managed and updated as the needs of the company and the staff change.

Customer Input is always decisive
A survey of more than 2,000 Enfocus customers confirmed the positive response to this subscription license model and helped to guide its development.

Many of these customers are also contributors to Enfocus’ research and development on a regular basis - a hallmark of the company’s success.

Support and Price Plan
Subscribers to PitStop Pro have full access to email technical support. Users can easily manage all aspects of their subscriptions in the account section on the Enfocus website.

In addition, users who opt for a subscription license will always have access to the latest version of PitStop Pro, as all upgrades are included in the subscription pricing model. A PitStop Pro subscription is available through a local Enfocus reseller or through the Enfocus website.

The option for subscription licensing will be available when PitStop Pro 13 is released in April 2015. A single monthly subscription for PitStop Pro will cost €30 per month, or €25 per month with an annual prepaid contract at €300, while a perpetual license costs €699. 
Pitstop pro 13 is the first Enfocus product to offer customers the choice of a subscription or perpetual license

Enfocus has established a new subscription option that gives users a low-cost way to license software, while providing more flexibility and control over where and how the software is used. The first product to be available with this subscription option is PitStop Pro 13, which will be released mid-April, 2015. The PitStop customer base strongly validated the company’s research regarding need, requirements, and viability of a subscripton option to be available along with the traditional PitStop Pro license.

Bjorn Willems, Director of Product Management at Enfocus, says: “The lower cost barrier and greater flexibility of the subscription model brings the benefits of PitStop Pro to users who were previously unable to access this powerful solution. With the subscription model of PitStop Pro, we can improve the quality and efficiency of many more organizations than before.”

Benefits of the Subscription Option
A subscription license is a cost-effective way for users to access applications. The model lowers upfront fees, and the monthly subscription option allows users to control their operating expenses more efficiently. For example, customers can increase subscriptions during peak times, and reduce them during slow periods. Additionally, the new model gives users access to PitStop Pro wherever they are, and whenever they need it.

While the subscription and traditional licenses afford access to the same application, subscribers always have immediate access to the latest version of the technology, eliminating the need, in some cases, to obtain approvals for updates or upgrades.

Fabian Prudhomme, Vice President of Enfocus, says, “The cloud has changed how many companies access technology, but it’s not the right solution for everyone. So before making any changes to our license options, we went to the source – our customers – to confirm exactly what they needed. The result of that survey greatly influenced the licensing options for PitStop Pro. We thank our customers for the strong role they had in helping to create it.”

Enfocus will continue to offer the PitStop Pro license key option to customers who prefer capital expenditure over operational expenditure.

The Enfocus Subscription Model at Work
The subscription license is tied to a new system that utilizes customers’ account identification, called Enfocus ID. To access their PitStop Pro subscription, users sign into their accounts using their Enfocus ID. Once authorized, the subscription to PitStop Pro is enabled on that computer. The users remain signed in and do not need to re-enter their credentials every time they are online.

To access their subscription from another computer, users simply log out and use their Enfocus ID to log in from the new computer - such as a different computer at their company or a laptop at home.

Companies can purchase multiple subscriptions with one Enfocus ID, and assign them to staff. These subscriptions can be easily managed and updated as the needs of the company and the staff change.

Customer Input is always decisive
A survey of more than 2,000 Enfocus customers confirmed the positive response to this subscription license model and helped to guide its development.

Many of these customers are also contributors to Enfocus’ research and development on a regular basis - a hallmark of the company’s success.

Support and Price Plan
Subscribers to PitStop Pro have full access to email technical support. Users can easily manage all aspects of their subscriptions in the account section on the Enfocus website.

In addition, users who opt for a subscription license will always have access to the latest version of PitStop Pro, as all upgrades are included in the subscription pricing model. A PitStop Pro subscription is available through a local Enfocus reseller or through the Enfocus website.

The option for subscription licensing will be available when PitStop Pro 13 is released in April 2015. A single monthly subscription for PitStop Pro will cost €30 per month, or €25 per month with an annual prepaid contract at €300, while a perpetual license costs €699.