7th Annual Innopack Pharma Confex 2018

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Colordyne Technologies adds an entry-level in-line production solution with the 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro

Colordyne Technologies, a manufacturer and distributor of innovative, high resolution digital color label and tag printers, has released the 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro. The newest addition to Colordyne's suite of solutions provides end users, private brands and in-plant printers on-demand digital label and tag production with in-line lamination and laser die cutting capabilities.

The 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro is a turnkey solution designed for mid-volume label production. Print, laminate and laser die cut your labels all in a single-pass on one affordable, compact piece of equipment. With the 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro's in-line finishing capabilities, users can protect the high resolution aqueous inks with lamination and create custom label shapes and sizes with laser die cutting. Users experience greater flexibility and can produce a broader range of applications in today's continuously changing and fast-paced production environment.

"Our customers are looking for a turnkey digital production solution at an affordable price point," said Andy Matter, GM of Colordyne Technologies. "So, we saw the opportunity to build a mid-range printing platform with flexible in-line finishing that complements our existing 3600 Series Laser Pro. The 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro allows users of any size to improve their flexibility and incorporate variable data into a just-in-time business model, all while reducing costs incurred with traditional label production."

The 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro is engineered for fast production speeds and high-quality images. The print module uses a single Memjet printhead producing full color, CMYK graphics up to 8.77 inches (222.8 millimeters) wide. It runs up to 60 feet (18 meters) per minute and produces a premium resolution up to 1600 by 1600 dpi. The user-friendly interface and job library allow users of all skill levels to produce even the most complex images and shapes with ease. The 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro can run in three separate modes: print and cut, print only and cut only. This innovative solution eliminates waste and lead times for label orders, improves flexibility to support private branding and personalization strategies and supports highly variable applications with just-in-time delivery.

"We engineered the 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro with entry-level and mid-level users in mind," said Matter. "It's a production-grade solution allowing users to maintain the professional quality of their labels in-house and incorporate just-in-time label printing into their business. Users can print what they need, when they need it, all while eliminating the delays and waste associated with outsourcing. In-house digital print production is the best way for brands to build an affordable, flexible and responsive label production environment without needing to be a label manufacturer."

Latest iC3D v5 release heralds new levels of creative control for digital prototyping

Creative Edge Software, developer of the award-winning iC3D packaging design software, announces its exhibition at the first ever Luxe Pack Los Angeles (Booth A10). The event takes place February 7 – 8 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA and promises to be dedicated to global brand, packaging and design creativity. Luxe Pack visitors are invited to test the new, easy-to-use iC3D v5.0 features and to submit their own label and package design challenges.

The development of the version 5.0 comes in response to customer requests since the launch of iC3D v4.0 photorealism at drupa last year, particularly relating to shape modelling and realism.

“Whereas our last major release was all about improving photorealism, the advances made with version 5.0 allow design professionals to achieve an unprecedented level of control over the shape and form of their packaging design,” explains Nick Gilmore, CEO of Creative Edge Software. “The new features allow creatives to interpret and manipulate their designs, whether that is to improve naturalism, for example, or to emphasize a specific aspect of the product or even a particular brand value.”

The six key features of the new iC3D versions 5.0 are:
Point Editor – advanced shape editing tool providing enhanced photorealism through the ability to add curves, creases, crumples and dents to models selectively
UVW Editor – enables selective manipulation of artwork placed on 3D models to correct artwork distortion, improve naturalism and allow artistic interpretation
Physics Simulator – automatically calculates appropriate curves, creases and distortions to create photorealistic 3D flexible packages, such as bags and pouches, at a mouse-click
Sealed Shrink – for visualizing shrink-filled packages using completely sealed bags. Complements the existing iC3D Shrink Sleeve feature.
Advanced Shape Modeller – additional tools for the creation of highly complex 3D shapes and combinations of shapes
Spritzing – allows users to create realistic condensation and water droplet effects on any object, such as cans, bottles, shrink film, etc.                  

Using features such as Point Editor and UVW Editor, iC3D v5.0 provides the ability to select points on a 3D model, edit shapes, distortions and surface effects, visually adjusting artwork to improve the real-life appearance of a label or package design. This could involve adding aspects of randomization or imperfection, such as creases, crinkles and indentations.

As well as these features for selective editing, version 5.0 includes automatic processes. Physics Simulator automatically recreates the behavior of a flexible package in an array of situations, including sag, bulge and drape dynamics. Sealed Shrink has been developed to mock-up shrink-filled bags such as those commonly used for pre-packed perishables – cheese, fish and meat portions, for example. Spritzing delivers realistic surface condensation effects in real-time to eliminate time-consuming and costly photo studio sessions. As with all previous versions of iC3D, the results can be shared via iC3D Opsis and output as final print ready files.

“Spritzing in ‘real-time’ is the most recent development and is based on feedback from leading CPG Brands and agencies who wanted to visualize appealing chilled drinks without spending days locked in photo studios,” adds Gilmore. “With version 5.0 even the most hard-bitten cynics have to admit that this can replace physical mockups and studio photography, opening up a whole new world of opportunity. The ability to create any shape, simulate the physical behavior of packages and visually enhance their aesthetics to suit different environments is the fine-tuning that might be the difference between success and failure of a brand proposal.”

Friday, December 8, 2017

MPS appoints Intercom Trade Services (K-Group) as representative in Pakistan


MPS has broadened its reach in South Asia with the appointment of Intercom Trade Services (a K-Group company) as its new local representative for Pakistan, effective December 1st. Located in Karachi, K-Group began operations in 1997 and provides services in the field of chemicals, machinery, office automation and archiving. Intercom Trade Services is a division of the group specializing in machinery, including extrusion, printing and converting machines and represents some of the world's most renowned machine manufacturers.

“We are very pleased to be MPS’ new sales partner in Pakistan,” commented Kafil Shaikh, CEO and owner of the K-Group and representing Intercom Trade Services. “Their innovative range of high-calibre printing presses are an advantageous addition in the K-Group family for flexo label printing.”

MPS co-founder and Commercial Director Eric Hoendervangers explained the choice for Intercom Trade Services: “We know that Pakistan is a market with a lot of potential. With highly populated cities like Karachi with over 21 million inhabitants, there is naturally a higher demand for consumer goods which require labels. We see K-Group offering a well-suited network to increase our market share in Pakistan.”

Intercom Trade Services, a part of K-Group, represents many European brands, particularly in the field of extrusion, printing and converting. With operations out of Karachi, Intercom has a team of highly-skilled professionals in sales and service.

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. 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 share and apply our expertise every day, and can offer a specific solution for every customer.

Monotech Systems to display Scodix Ultra Pro with Foil at Pamex 2017, Mumbai

India’s leading manufacturer, products and solutions provider for printing and packaging industry Monotech Systems announced to display Scodix Ultra Pro with Foil at Pamex scheduled December 18 – 21, 2017 in Mumbai. The Scodix Ultra Pro is the industry’s most versatile digital enhancement solution, capable of delivering Scodix foil, Scodix SENSE, Scodix Spot, Scodix VDP, and Scodix Braille digital enhancements, all in one system.

The Scodix Ultra Digital Presses are the most productive in the series and enable commercial PSPs and folding-carton converters to produce tangible enhancements for a wide variety of applications; marketing literature, stationery items, book covers, boxes and premium packages, greeting cards, photo albums with VDP capabilities based on a barcode system, and more – the opportunities are endless. Place your stamp on almost any printed media.

Scodix Foil Station is an optional module that runs in-line with the Scodix Ultra Pro Digital Press, delivering unmatched foil enhancement capabilities, including high gloss, embossed, variety of densities for short to medium runs, using a highly advanced, highly-efficient digital process. Scodix Foil is ideal for commercial printers, coping with short to medium runs, who today have to outsource the foil application or to use a long and expensive make ready process including molds and dies, as well as for converters doing high-end short up to medium runs.

Scodix Foil deploys a wide range of hot and cold industry standard foil films, coupled with a variety of substrates, including offset, digital, plastics, laminated/non-laminated, and coated/ Without coating Applications include business/greeting cards, folders, book covers, brochures, labels, packaging and more.

Ajeet Pareek, Product Head – Scodix, Monotech Systems says, “Indian Printing and Packaging market appreciates quality and precision, making the Scodix Ultra Pro an ideal match for both their production needs and their business acumen. The continuing need for digital service providers to further differentiate themselves is apparent in every industry market, and Scodix serves this need via digital enhancement solutions that have earned a worldwide reputation for delivering pinnacle and unmatched quality. Scodix Ultra Pro with Foil is a worldwide proven product with over 250 installations worldwide, over 30 installations in India and also have received InterTech Technology Award 2017. Pamex provides us with another opportunity to showcase the product and shine more.”

Visitors can experience the product performing live at booth# D01 in Hall# 01.

Chemence Alford receives FlexoExpert certification

Chemence Graphics Group is a pan European leader in pre-press, flexographic and printing plate technology, with fast, easy-to- use and cost-effective processes while giving outstanding print quality. Chemence’s innovative technologies incorporate the newest ideas and the most up-to- date features in the world of Graphics. The drive to continuously examine every aspect from pre-press to product has helped Chemence to solve problems and improve print standards for their clients.

Increasing performance and sustainability has been the motivation to participate in Flint Group’s FlexoExpert Certification Programme and the UK business has recently became the first official FlexoExpert within the Group.

During a six-month process consisting of three main steps – evaluation, implementation and training, then auditing – the FlexoExpert Certification Programme provides the means by which plate makers can further optimise their workflow to make more reliable and consistent plates, time and time again. With the guidance of a Flint Group expert, Chemence UK implemented the programme and passed the final audit to earn the honour of the FlexoExpert. In so doing they became the first site within the Chemence Group, to receive FlexoExpert certification. All of Chemence pan European sites will follow the UK lead by participating in the FlexoExpert Certification Programme.

We are very pleased and proud to achieve the FlexoExpert Certification. We engaged in the programme that has helped us drive and maintain consistency in the workflow, ensuring the process is kept at a sustainable high level. This is offered by monitoring equipment regularly, ensuring that we produce printing plates at a constant quality level that’s repeatable. (Mark Collingwood – Plate / Mounting Team Leader – Chemence Graphics UK) With its plate-making expertise and focus on service, Flint Group first introduced the programme in April 2016, and offers it to customers around the globe who are interested in broadening their knowledge on the standardisation of the flexo plate-making process.

Comexi and QuadTech collaborate on closed-loop color control for flexible packaging

Since 2016, Comexi and QuadTech, Inc. have joined forces in the investigation and development of new color control management technologies for the flexible packaging industry. After years of research, this close collaboration between the two companies has pursued the adaptation of QuadTech’s Color Control with SpectralCam, and its extension from paper and label printing to the printing of flexible packaging.

The Color Control with SpectralCam system brings significant advantages for standard applications on various flexible films. The two global enterprises have made progress on increasing brand owners’ awareness about the benefits of this technology.

Early on, Comexi and its Offset Business Unit team recognized the clear advantages that the closed-loop Color Control system brings to press operators and converters in the flexible packaging printing industry. As flexible packaging printing typically runs reel-to-reel, it is not possible for press operators to take a printed sample for exact color check. That was one of the main requirements that the two companies recognized, and this drove the implementation of Color Control with SpectralCam for flexible packaging printing.

QuadTech’s system brings automated precision for achieving color targets. Spectral-based, closed-loop color control means faster, easier color OKs, reduced makeready time and enhanced productivity. The innovative SpectralCam is a 31-channel spectrophotometer that accurately measures spectral response over micro color bars, then calculates L*a*b*, ΔE, Density and ΔDensity…all at full press speeds. The patented web stabilizer uses ISO-conforming black and white reference tiles—a constant, known backing—that moves with the camera to provide consistent spectral response. Short bursts of pressurized air are used to bring the substrate into close proximity with the ceramic backing tiles for precise color measurement.

Patented adaptive control methodology adjusts the press to maintain accurate control over four-color process, extended gamut and spot colors throughout the run. On Comexi’s Offset CI8 running seven-color process, also known as “extended gamut’ printing, a spectral system that measures color is preferred over a density measurement. SpectralCam is QuadTech’s third-generation spectrophotometer.

Broadening flexible packaging market
“It is a pleasure to collaborate with one of the most technologically innovative companies in the flexographic, offset and gravure printing industries”, says QuadTech President Karl Fritchen. “Comexi’s reputation and commitment to innovation is perfectly aligned with QuadTech’s vision and expertise. Both companies continually invest in the development of pioneering technologies and solutions for the market”.

“We are continuously investing in development, research, knowledge and innovation”, affirms Comexi CEO, Mr. Jeroen van der Meer. “We have become a market-reference in this field and we are really glad that the strategic collaboration with QuadTech has resulted in the development of new technologies that broaden the sector, its possibilities, and facilitates customers’ day-to-day production”.

Manager of R&D for Comexi’s Offset Technology, Mr. Adelbert Schoonman, explains the main challenges that the closed-loop Color Control system addresses: “All printing processes have their deviations during a print run. It is of great help for each printer when they can monitor, automatically correct, and regulate the quality of the colors during the process”. In today’s flexible packaging industry, there are various systems on the market that simply measure color or density inline, and then show the color variations in a graphical or numerical way to the printer. These systems do not then “close the loop” by also automatically making color adjustments. Also, when required, the printer can react on the provided information during the run, for example by making adjustments to viscosity, temperature or pressure”. In comparison to flexographic and gravure technologies, offset printing technology offers an additional parameter that can be used in order to control color consistency automatically, without operator intervention.

Automatic adjustments
Ink fountains of offset presses have a range of narrow ink keys across their entire width. The opening of each individual ink key can be remotely controlled by the operator, in this way the operator can react on local or general color variations, as they are indicated by the color measuring systems. The “closed-loop“ Color Control system can make the press operator’s corrections by automatically adjusting the ink keys based on data provided by the SpectralCam. As Mr. Schoonman explains: “In the paper printing industry, closed-loop control systems are standard equipment with a long history of proven performance and, nowadays, are standard equipment on many heat-set and cold-set web presses. However, the characteristics required in the flexible packaging printing, such as measuring through a transparent film, and the different characteristics of packaging films—like clarity, gloss or matte finishes, background or spot colors—makes closed-loop color control for flexible packaging much more challenging”.

With SpectralCam in combination with the advanced web stabilizer system that assures a stable and calibrated background for each measurement, QuadTech and Comexi deliver an important part of the required solution. “Thanks to the collaboration between QuadTech and Comexi, we are working together to introduce a closed-loop color control system that benefits operators and converters and will be of added value for flexible packaging printers using Comexi’s CI8 Offset technology and the whole flexible packaging industry”, states Mr. Schoonman.

Comexi and QuadTech will continue efforts focused on creating new developments that bring advantages for standard applications on various flexible films, and are working with brand owners to combine the use of color patches in flexible packaging designs to increase their understanding and awareness and, at the same time, to create a broader acceptance of this innovative technology in the flexible packaging market.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Color Label expands digital label business with Mark Andy Digital Series

Mark Andy is proud to announce the recent sale of a Mark Andy Digital Series to Color Label. The family-run business has been a long time player in the industry, beginning as a commercial print shop in 1865 and later adding a label division in 1998. The digital hybrid press was installed early November in the operation’s Saint Louis, Missouri facility and is proving value, versatility and ability to drive profit early on.

Color Label, subsidiary of Mulligan Printing, investigated web-driven digital label technology for 3 years prior to the Digital Series acquisition. Digital Series is a full-production hybrid press from Mark Andy which recently won the 2017 FTA Technical Innovation Award. The flagship digital solution combines CMYK plus white digital print with inline converting and finishing in a single pass. In contrast to the OEM’s entry-level Digital One platform, the unit is a commercial approach to digital label production with at-quality speeds of 240 fpm.

During an initial discovery phase, Color Label explored different equipment options: strictly digital devices with offline finishers, near-line production systems, as well as the inline Mark Andy Digital Series solution. Previously, the converter relied on a sheet-fed device to print digital labels, but eventually recognized a substantial opportunity to bring production inline with a roll-fed machine. Jerry Kiske, President of Color Label, reflects that “Going inline really was a no-brainer for the bulk of applications we are running, and ultimately sold us on the machine.”

True production speed of Digital Series was also a key decision point for leadership at Color Label. “The speed of digital hybrid is a game changer for our business.” provided Kiske when hitting on the impact of the machine. Color Label maintains a commitment to premium customer service, and efficiency of the Mark Andy press enables rapid turnaround for clients in the pet care, food & beverage, industrial, and governmental market segments.

Beyond capability of the technology, what pushed Color Label to continue their relationship with Mark Andy into the realm of digital label printing was the true degree of partnership. The narrow-web press manufacturer provided Color Label with sales tools and rallied to give support for the converter above conventional means, proving the longevity of post-sale product support with the OEM.  “Mark Andy didn’t just sell us equipment and walk away. They have provided us with key training for our sales team, marketing support, and application expertise to help us succeed with this press.”

Looking to the future, Color Label anticipates gaining market share in the craft beer scene as well as expanding their portfolio of durable label work with the UL 969 Certification of the hybrid’s inkset. Additionally, production teams are exploring new applications such as reverse printing in a single pass with the new press.

Color Label promotes a corporate motto of “Flexibility Redefined” and their Digital Series press does just that- providing flexibility to offer high decoration, quicker turnaround, VDP and elements of flexography in a single pass. Multiple print processes, consisting of litho, flexo, digital and now digital hybrid make Color Label a full-complement printer, giving them an edge to profitably support diverse customer needs. Leading into 2018, Color Label is well-positioned for success with additional digital capacity and 80 years of pressure sensitive expertise.

Pamex receives enormous response at Guwahati, Assam!!

The Indian printing industry is increasingly being driven by growth in packaging and labels. The print media also continues to grow at a healthy pace. As its growth trends continue to be well over the world averages, in print volume terms, India is set to become the fifth largest market by 2018 moving up five notches from its present tenth slot. Therein lays a great opportunity for the Indian and international print suppliers.

For the first time  a  Pamex  Roadshow  was held at Guwahati, Assam on 5 December, 2017, under the Regional Contact Programme, hosted by All Assam Printers’ Association. Pamex Chairman Mr.  Tushar Dhote addressed the gathering of printers and packagers giving key highlights of the show. Mr Anand Dixit conducted a Corel Draw session, enlightening the participants about its grand features and advantages of using the application. Mr. Abhijit Sarkar, AIFMP - VP East, Mr. Dibyajyoti Kalita, AIFMP Past President, Mr. Jayant Choudhary- President of All Assam Printers' Association and Satish Venugopal, Corel India, Country Head graced the dais.

Meantime, the Grassroot Contact Programme continued unhindered in Maharashtra with a roadshow at Phalton happening on the same day in the morning. The next Road show is scheduled at Palakkad, Kerala on 7th December and at Dindigul, Tamil Nadu on 10th December.

BST eltromat International Shanghai at Labelexpo Asia 2017

BST eltromat International Shanghai is presenting its wide product range at this year’s Labelexpo Asia in Shanghai (December 5 – 8). In hall E1, booth B33 the company is showcasing quality assurance systems for the label and packaging industry e.g. for web guiding, web monitoring, 100% inspection, color measurement and register control. Moreover, visitors can learn more about products and solutions for surface inspection, color management, automation, workflow and measurement of thickness + basis weight.

Highlights in the Web Guiding Sector
In the field of web guiding, BST eltromat Shanghai is showcasing the CLS Pro 600 digital line and contrast sensor. The color sensors of the high-performance CLSPro 600 sensor provide precise, non-contact scanning of lines, and also of print or web edges. This enables them to cover a wide range of different possibilities.The combination of high scan rate and high-resolution CCD color line chip guarantees precise guiding of the webs, even when dealing with broken lines orcontrasts. Moreover, the company is also showcasing the web guiding product CompactGuide, which can be configured flexibly. EcoGuide is another web guiding product, that lives up to its name: it is particularly economical to operate. This web guiding system can also be individually configured to meet a variety of requirements.

Web Monitoring and 100 % Inspection
BST eltromat Shanghai is also presenting the POWERScope 5000. Launched last year at drupa, the POWERScope 5000 features an extremely high level of operating convenience. It can be operated via the hotkeys of the external keyboard or using the intuitive gesture control of a multitouch monitor. In both cases, operation is reduced to the essential functions, providing maximum user-friendliness. The web monitoring system also features a wear-free electronic zoom and outstanding image quality thanks to the high-resolution digital camera and LED flash. Moreover, this new system offers greatly improved image quality compared to the previous solutions. As a result, machine operators can detect irregularities on the press far better and faster. Besides the POWERScope 5000, customers can see the TubeScan eagle view, which was developed by BST eltromat technology partner Nyquist Systems. TubeScan eagle view combines multiple inspection cameras, which provide a detailed zoom image and simultaneously guarantee 100% inspection. Through the touchscreen control panel, the set-up of the job is intuitively easy and taken care of in a matter of seconds.

Major Brands set to launch innovative new solutions at UK’s largest packaging show

Packaging Innovations returns to the NEC on 28 February-1 March 2018, and is set to be the most innovative show to date. With over 290 exhibitors already signed up, the UK’s largest annual event for the whole packaging supply chain will feature the latest industry trends and technology, with many product launches planned for the show.

Cambrian Packaging have expanded their extensive range of mist sprays, lotions pumps and triggers with several new product launches planned for the show. They will also be demonstrating how their unique Flairosol sprays perform when mounted on cylindrical bottles and their ability to supply HDPE bottles in post-consumer recycled material.

British designer and manufacturer of innovative food packaging solutions, Colpac Ltd, have chosen Packaging Innovations to launch their new Cookpack Hot Boxes and Compostable Ovenable Trays.

Schur Flexibles will be using the show to launch Primapack, a new packaging format which allows users to form a box shape pack from a reel of film. They will also present their super-thin laminate films, tactile lacquers and resealable laminate films.

Graphic Packaging International are debuting new developments for the luxury food and beverage markets on their ‘Cocina Graphica' themed stand.

Leading producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, Walki, will present their range of biopolymer solutions which have excellent barrier properties, including protection from light, moisture, mineral oil, gases and aromas. The biopolymer coating can also impair the spread of bacteria and fungi while ensuring that the packaging material is water repellent and breathable.

NMC (UK) Ltd Packaging will be showcasing their range of packaging which provides protection against scratching, breakage and impact whilst products are transported. As part of this range the company has developed NomaPack U, which offers effective edge protection profiles for every type of corner or curve.

Following the successful launch of a variety pack for organic tea company Clipper, Qualvis will be exhibiting their high-end print and packaging for the food, cosmetic, multimedia and household markets.

Greenearth Food Packaging Ltd will introduce a new range of biodegradable wooden food trays that can be used with a paper liner for ready meals or for the storage and presentation of soft fruits and vegetables. The range, which is 100% biodegradable and compostable, comes in various sizes is and approved for food contact by the European Commission.

James Drake-Brockman, Divisional Director of Easyfairs’ Packaging Portfolio, concludes: “Our research shows that one of the key reasons visitors attend the show year-on-year is to discover all the latest innovations within the marketplace, so it is fantastic to see so many of our suppliers using Packaging Innovations 2018 as the launchpad for their new products and solutions.

“We are also delighted to launch a new Innovation Showcase for 2018. Entries will be shortlisted from the many inspiring technologies and solutions onsite, with visitors given the opportunity to cast their vote for the most innovative packaging. With so many to choose from already, we can’t wait to see which exhibitor comes out on top, and what product is crowned champion by our visitors.”

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sappi to acquire the speciality paper business of Cham Paper Group Holding AG

Sappi Limited, a leading global producer of dissolving wood pulp, speciality and packaging papers, graphic (printing and writing) paper and biomaterials, today announced that it had signed an agreement to acquire the speciality paper business of Cham Paper Group Holding AG (CPG) for CHF146.5 million (approximately $149 million).

The transaction includes the acquisition of CPG’s Carmignano and Condino Mills in Italy, its digital imaging business located in Cham, Switzerland as well as all brands and know-how. It will be funded through internal cash resources. The transaction is conditional on the approval from certain competition authorities. We expect the acquisition to be completed during the first calendar quarter of 2018.

The main benefits of the acquisition include:
  • Supports Sappi’s diversification strategy and 2020vision to grow in higher margin growth segments
  • Strengthens Sappi Europe’s speciality and packaging papers footprint and skills; adds 160,000 tons of speciality paper to our capacity
  • Increases Sappi’s relevance in speciality papers, opening up new customers and markets to Sappi’s existing products and generating economies of scale and synergies
  • Gaining greater share-of-wallet with valued brand owners; accelerating innovation and new product development
  • Improved near-term profitability and serve as platform for organic growth and further acquisitions. Will add €183 million of sales and approximately €20 million of EBITDA before taking into account synergies
  • Builds on the investments currently underway to increase speciality paper capacity at our Somerset, Maastricht and Alfeld Mills
  • Unlocks the growth potential of the CPG speciality paper business
Commenting on the transaction Steve Binnie, Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Limited, said: “This acquisition further strengthens Sappi’s speciality paper business both in Europe and globally by combining Cham’s strong brands and assets with Sappi’s global reach. This transaction will increase profitability and unlock the significant growth and innovation potential inherent within the speciality paper market. I am very pleased that we have taken another signification step towards realizing our Vision2020 goal.”

Berry Wiersum, CEO Sappi Europe stated: “We are very excited about the possibilities this transaction opens up for Sappi as well as for Cham’s highly respected business. The products and brands which have been acquired are an excellent complement to our market offering, enabling us to offer our existing, as well as new customers in Europe, North America and globally, a broader range of products coupled with excellent customer service.”

The speciality paper business of CPG will continue to operate separately and independently from Sappi until clearances from the authorities are obtained.

One day to go until Fespa Eurasia 2017

With just a day to go until FESPA Eurasia 2017, which takes place from 7 to 10 December at the CNR Expo in Istanbul, Turkey, exhibitors are getting ready to showcase their latest technology, equipment and applications to the region’s print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers. Visitors to FESPA Eurasia 2017 will have access to over 150 exhibitors showcasing products and solutions across screen, digital and textile printing and signage that can help them take their business further.

Filling two halls at CNR Expo, print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers will be able to network and learn from both international and local suppliers and manufacturers about many diverse applications, including garment and apparel, interior décor, POS, OOH, window and floor graphics as well as vehicle wrapping.

Product highlights revealed by exhibitors so far include:

  • Mimaki (stand D20 + D30i) will highlight its UCJV Series for print and cut and its 3DUJ-553 3D printer
  • HP distributor Mat Kağıt (stand A65 - B65) will present the HP Latex 3200 Printer for visitors to realise high-quality applications
  • Roland (stand B30) will demonstrare its VersaUV S-Series, which offers versatility for UV printing
  • Brother distributor Uğur Tekstil Makinaları (stand E10) will present its GTX series for direct-to-garment printing
  • Optimum Digital Planet (stand C10) will highlight its Maximo Inno S, Turkey's first and only eco solvent digital printing machine
  • Turan Kimya (stand J10) will highlight its textile screen printing range of Turaplast PVC Plastisol Inks
  • gen (stand H10) will demonstrate its new Papyrus 740k digital sublimation printer for the digital textile market

PSPs and sign-makers inspired by the World Wrap Masters competition and looking at how they can reap the benefits of this specialist application area can attend the daily workshops from 10am – 12 pm, on stand C80, hosted by Wrap expert and Wrap Masters Judge, Ole Solskin.

Fespa Print Census
Visitors to Fespa Eurasia will also have the opportunity to take part in Fespa’s second edition of its Print Census. The survey aims to gather insight into key industry trends to understand the challenges and opportunities the market faces. Fespa Eurasia will be the last chance for PSPs to participate before the findings are collated, analysed and announced at Fespa 2018 Global Print Expo in May 2018. To take part in this global research visit the Fespa Stand located in Hall 8, Stand F60.

Michael Ryan, Fespa Group Exhibition Manager at FESPA, comments: “We’re delighted to welcome the Eurasian speciality print community back to the CNR Expo in Istanbul next week. Fespa Eurasia has firmly established itself as the premier exhibition for the local wide format print market. It is an ideal platform for exhibitors to showcase their latest products and to guide PSPs and sign-makers to grow their businesses through diverse and creative opportunities. We also want to encourage visitors to the exhibition to take part in the Fespa Print Census, as the valuable insight from this survey will help us develop our future events to the needs of the print community. We wish all of our visitors and exhibitors a successful show.”

Esko Automation Engine QuickStart for Labels reduces prepress workload by more than 30%, while eliminating errors

Installing an effective workflow does not have to be complicated. Within a week, Denver-based Blair Labeling, Inc., installed Esko Automation Engine QuickStart for Labels, and was able to reduce its manual prepress workload by more than 30%, feeding its five flexo presses and new digital press.

Blair Labeling, Inc. (Blair), a 100% woman-owned and minority-owned business, has been providing multicolored, prime, promotional and industrial pressure sensitive labels—as well as decals, tamper evident constructions, thermals, patterns, tags, hangers and card products—since 1986. In addition to working on the presses, their staff of twenty performs die cutting, perforating, punching, lamination/UV coating and graduated screens—all in-line. Blair also has a full service art department capable of providing excellent graphic design and prepress services.

Deciding on an easy path to automation
A few years ago, Blair was using a workflow system that was very difficult to operate. “When we were doing custom trapping, for example, we were manually creating pull-backs on the white undercoat. It was a nightmare,” remembers Marco De La Vega, CFO, Blair. There was a slow transition to Esko tools. “We liked working with Esko because their tools were built into Adobe Illustrator; not as separate software. Once we had some experience, we looked at automating prepress, and decided to invest in Automation Engine QuickStart. The pre-configured, easy-to-use workflow solution addresses the key challenges that constrict throughput and cause inefficiencies in label manufacturing. It includes tasks such as packaging preflighting, checking barcodes including full quality report on the barcodes, trapping, step-and-repeat, Smartmarks and control strips as well as automated job reports.

“The integration was seamless; probably one of the easiest I’ve ever been involved with—and I have worked on many,” remembers De La Vega. “I thought we would need months to set this up and I even called an outside company alerting them that we may need their help for emergencies. However, we never used them. It was all installed and in full production within a week.”

“I spoke with Esko a week before our installation. I told them what we do, our process. They did not challenge it. They did not change naming conventions. They visited and configured Automation Engine QuickStart to how we run our shop,” notes De La Vega. Esko installed the workflow, configured it to specific parameters, database queries and smartmarks Blair required and trained De La Vega and his artist on how to operate the pre-configured workflows. Within just one workday, De La Vega was very comfortable with the system.

More capacity, better management, and fewer errors
Blair has been working with Automation Engine QuickStart for about three months. “One of the primary problems we had was managing products. I particularly love that now I can search our product database and use it as reference—not necessarily just for art. I can easily search for a product, based on a key word on the label. It’s incredible. The system pulls up everything. We can find the job ticket of the last time we ran a job, which shows us if there were any changes—the most up-to-date version of the product. For example, we have a customer that has the same flavored product, but different nutritional copy. It was previously error prone because it was tough to know what copy to use. This system now shows me the correct proof and approved changes made to the copy across the entire board.”

De La Vega was also looking for a system that was foolproof. “It’s nice that 98% of all our jobs can be done automatically. We manually work on 2% of our jobs that involve difficult tasks, but this is the work we would want to do, anyway,” adds De La Vega. “Our prepress artist is very capable and can figure out most issues without help. It’s nice that we do not require a workflow expert.”

Automation Engine QuickStart has effectively eliminated an artist. “I was working on art for all of my accounts; 30% of our business. Our artist completed 70% of our workload,” says De La Vega. “I am now removed from the system and she does it all—and still asks if there is anything else she can do.”

On average, Blair processes about 20-25 individual jobs per day—and each job has 3-4 pieces of artwork on it. Since they added their digital press—around the same time they installed their Esko workflow—the number of jobs has not increased: they have just moved more accounts over to digital to help accommodate the demand on the flexo presses. “The number of copies has increased per job. Per die size, we run anywhere between 20-35 pieces of artwork on digital,” considers De La Vega. ”However, overall we anticipate 6% growth over last year, while platemaking has decreased 10% because of our digital press. As a result, we expect to grow while also realizing cost savings. We select multiple pieces of artwork and the system steps them out. It used to take a long time in prepress. I would absolutely attribute this to the efficiency measures taken in prepress as well as moving a lot of work over to the digital press.”

Blair prints private label water bottle labels on their digital press for a company that, in two months, has required 86 different products. Blair likes to gang the products and run different labels concurrently. “It has saved us so much time. We print five different labels across—whatever five products require the same quantities—and two around,” comments De La Vega. “Before, we could only print labels of the same product. Even with only fifteen minutes development work per file, the time adds up. It has allowed us to remain competitive, assuring us that art time is covered in the cost.

Blair has eliminated many operator errors. “The system does exactly what you tell it to do. It will knock out work and show it to you. Before, working on step & repeat, I would sometimes pull the wrong copy. Now the system shows us the correct artwork—and, of course, with the correct parameters, it will print correctly,” says De La Vega.

“Automation has helped us become very productive—and it has been easy to do. And, as we grow familiar with Automation Engine QuickStart, we continue to grow and implement new capabilities,” concludes De La Vega. “Without a doubt, if I were doing this again, I would install Automation Engine QuickStart, and would be willing to risk my job on its reliability. I am confident that there is nothing the system can’t do.”

Italian label printer invests in fujifilm flenex plates to boost production and reduce environmental impact

Based across four locations in and around Milan, La Prensa is a major label manufacturer expecting to produce more than 18 billion labels in 2017 and targeting turnover of €25 million. Operating in the food and beverage sector, La Prensa uses solvent and UV printing to produce many different types of labels: paper labels for bottled water, chocolate and canned goods; adhesive and thermal transfer labels; plastic labels and packaging; and shrink sleeve and adhesive film – all for some of the biggest brands in Italy and around the world.

Always looking for an edge and determined to increase production speeds and reduce its environmental impact, La Prensa made the decision in late 2016 to invest in Fujifilm’s Flenex FW water-washable plate solution. Installed earlier in 2017, the advantages have been immediately evident.


“We had a long wish list of things that we wanted to see in a new plate system,” says La Prensa Group CEO Emanuele Delfino. “Optimal colour transfer and high-quality print were non-negotiable and we wanted a plate that combined those benefits with a fast processing system and reduced chemical use. Fujifilm Flenex plates wash clean in water and a simple detergent, which means we have dramatically reduced chemical consumption and waste, and have reduced the unpleasant fumes in our factory to near zero, which has greatly improved the working environment for our staff.


“Our Flenex investment also means we can look forward to substantially less downtime on our presses, as the plates are faster to produce and last longer on press than the solvent-wash plates we were using previously. This will be especially valuable when we have a customer on site to approve a new job. It’s still relatively early days, but we have already noted that the quality of print from the Flenex plates holds up extremely well over long runs, our target is to get up to 600,000m2 per plate set.”


But it wasn’t just the attributes of the plate that convinced Delfino to make the company’s first investment in water-washable plate technology: “The name Fujifilm has long been synonymous with excellence and its track record of innovation is unrivalled,” he continues. “Partnering with Fujifilm gives us the confidence that we’re investing in the very best technology and Fujifilm’s continuous drive to innovate means that we can be sure we’re keeping pace with a rapidly changing market and offering our customers the very best.


“Already the feedback we’re receiving from customers, including some of the biggest bottled water companies in the market, is excellent. They have been very happy with the quality of work the Flenex plates have delivered and we’re now going to be able to deliver that level of quality to them, and to all our customers, more quickly and more reliably than we ever could in the past.”


Says Peter Verryt, Packaging Segment Manager, Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe: “We’re delighted that a company of La Prensa’s standing and reputation has invested in our innovative Flenex water-washable plate solution. They are already seeing the significant benefits of Fujifilm’s latest flexo plate technology and we look forward to helping them to continue to develop this service for their customers in the coming years.”

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

IPAMA Delegation to Explore Opportunities in Srilanka

The Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) will be sending a delegation to ‘Sri Lanka Print 2018” (Collate 2018) exhibition which is scheduled to be held from March 16 – 18, 2018 at Colombo Exhibition & Convention Centre, Colombo, Srilanka.  The delegation under the leadership of President, IPAMA, around 28 exhibitors  will participate in the exhibition under the banner of IPAMA which is responsible for promoting the Indian Graphic Arts Industry as a whole and different types of machinery and allied products in particular of  its registered members. The participation of exhibitors from India will increase the bilateral trade relations between the two countries.

IPAMA has already approached the Ministry of MSME for providing financial assistance to the eligible participants under the International Cooperation Scheme of MSME. Apart from the government assistance, the association is also extending some additional benefits for its members. The benefits are as under:
1) To and fro Air ticker up to Rs. 25,000/- or actual whichever is less.
2) Financial assistance against shipment of Machine up to Rs. 50,000/- or actual whichever is less.
(Note: The participants/exhibitors can avail benefits either from MSME or from IPAMA.)

IPAMA is closely working on this project so that maximum number of companies may participate with full enthusiasm.

As far as Sri Lanka Association of Printers (SLAP) is concerned which is organizing ‘Sri Lanka Print’ exhibition, it was established in the year 1956 for developing the printing industry in Sri Lanka.  SLAP is also a member of the Asia Print Association along with India, China etc.  IPAMA President, who is leading the delegation, is also President of Asia Print Association. Presently the headquarter of Asia Printing Association is at IPAMA building No.54, Sector 62, Institutional Area, Noida.

Sri Lanka market is an ideal and suitable market for the products and the services that Indian Companies can offer and also a great way to network with other industry members for growing customer base.

During the visit to Sri Lanka, the delegation will meet the manufacturers, industrialists, importers and exporters of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s economic performance remained broadly satisfactory in 2016 and early 2017 although recent floods and droughts had affected macroeconomic performance.  

Neenah reveals the magic of combinations in The Alchemy of Design

Alchemy is an ancient practice that blends science with spiritual belief. Practitioners of early Greek alchemy believed that nature’s four basic elements, air, fire, water and earth were the basis of all matter. The practice later became more scientific, often used in attempts to magically transform lesser-valued metals into precious gold. Today’s idea of alchemy has evolved into the broader philosophy of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Neenah embraces this concept of combining and transforming in its newest promotion The Alchemy of Design.

“This is an inspiration book that reinterprets the meaning of alchemy within the realm of print design, where the four essential elements are audience, message, paper and print. The Alchemy of Design demonstrates ways to creatively combine those elements to amplify everyday design projects. Even those projects that have lower design budgets are still expected to have high impact. Throughout the book, the designs explore mixing and mingling of paper colors and textures, inspiring designers to think outside of that one swatchbook,” says Auburne Gahlman, Marketing Manager, Neenah.

Designed by Willoughby Design, The Alchemy of Design blends three very different brands — Royal Sundance, Astrobrights, and Environment Papers — in unexpected ways. Presented in a beautiful die-cut slipcase, the 9 x 11 double-sided accordion fold book takes deep dives into four different branding projects (for a total of 20+ printed pull-out samples) each using the three different Neenah grades to add layers of color and texture and impact.

For example, Earth | Worth is a handcrafted ceramic home goods brand featured in Alchemy. Knowing that a brochure is the single printed piece most handled by its loyal and potential customers, the brand uses the toothy texture of Royal Sundance to evoke the weighty and natural essence of its products. The brand package extends to the smooth touch and natural shades of Environment, coupled with an accent of Astrobrights, Terra Green, to create a hangtag system. Using three complimentary papers for a hangtag system, and printing them all in one print run with one color, is a low-cost/high ROI idea for expressing the brand personality at the point of sale.

This is a promotion that has to be explored page by page to fully appreciate the idea-generating combinations of print and paper. Get your free copy of The Alchemy of Design, valued at $10.99, through your Neenah representative.

Koenig & Bauer and Esko strengthen partnership

Koenig & Bauer and Esko, both global leaders in the field of packaging printing, recently agreed to further strengthen their partnership. To this end, colour management and workflow solutions from Esko were installed at the Koenig & Bauer demo centre in Radebeul and are available with immediate effect for live presentations to interested customers.

As a solution provider to the packaging industry, Koenig & Bauer sees Esko as a strong partner when it comes to process-integrated workflow solutions. Accordingly, it is pleased to be able to show users the Equinox colour management technology, which enables printing with an extended colour gamut, with the necessary RIP architecture being provided by Esko’s Imaging Engine. One of the benefits of an extended colour gamut is that printers are spared the constant wash-ups which accompany the use of spot colours. Job changeover processes are accelerated and extra production time is gained.

This is an especially interesting option for packaging printers. A growing number of brand owners are today accepting the use of an extended colour gamut as an alternative to company- or product-specific spot colours. It is thus all the more important for both companies to present practically integrated pre-press and print solutions which meet the highest quality standards. After all, a wider gamut alone is not sufficient; for the overall process, the absolute stability of all relevant parameters in print is also imperative. With its advanced measuring and control systems, Koenig & Bauer here offers ideal prerequisites for a stable process even over long runs and for repeat jobs.

Packaging printers who come to the Koenig & Bauer customer centre can in future not only become acquainted with the latest print and finishing technologies, but also obtain a more comprehensive overview of the integrated process and the range of workflow solutions for packaging production. Esko will likewise be using the new presentation opportunities in Radebeul to inform its own customer base. The first joint activities of the two companies are already planned within the framework of the Print & Postpress Innovation Days which are to be held at KBA-Sheetfed in Radebeul from 29th November to 1st December.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Only 14 days to go for Pamex'17, Mumbai- Pre Register NOW!!

 Only 14 days to go for Pamex'17, Mumbai- Pre Register NOW!!

Uflex Engineers first Indian retortable spouted stand-up pouch for cold beverages

Some three months ago Jo’s- a leading snacks brand in North India that also happens to be an existing client of Uflex approached the company for developing flexible packaging solution for its new range of cold beverages.

The brief from the client was crystal clear. They wanted an optimized packaging solution with a shelf life of 6 months for the cold beverages at room temperature doing away with the cold chain. Taking this up as a challenge the team at Uflex engineered first Indian retortable spouted bottom gusseted stand-up pouch.

Explaining about the new packaging solution Mr. Arun Anand, Executive Vice President Marketing at Uflex Packaging said, “We engineered a bespoke foil based 4 tier bottom gusset stand up pouch with a specialized retort sealant layer to withstand sterilization at elevated temperatures. This pouch offers a shelf life of 6 months at room temperature and actually does away with the cold chain be it during transit (using reefers), at the point of sale or at the consumers’ end for that matter. Coming to think of it, this packaging solution is quite a sustainable option because cold chain/ refrigeration is absolutely not required in this case resulting in much lesser emission of GHGs (Green House Gases).”

“We have fitted the pouch with a Tamper Locked special grade PP spout to withstand the retort application without any degeneration and leakage at the seams. This is the first time that a PP spout has been used in a retortable pouch in India. The cap is inter-locked with the shoulder of the spout and this lock is broken when the cap is opened for the first time, ensuring an absolutely tamper-proof pouch. Spout fixing is done on high-end imported machines to ensure leak-proof seal integrity. We have imparted a profile shape to bring about the much needed product differentiation at the point of sale. This is indeed a flexi-bottle if one would like to term it for convenience. You can well imagine the reduction at source that this packaging paves way for when compared to rigid PET bottles for similar usage and application. Upholding the ethos of flexible packaging this packaging solution clearly uses much less energy throughout its life-cycle i.e. manufacturing; transportation and disposal,” explained Mr. Arun Anand.

Talking about the newly launched packaging solution, Mr. Mohit Bajpai, Senior General Manager, Marketing at Uflex Packaging said, “It took us nearly three months to design this packaging for cold beverages which happens to be an altogether new category in our portfolio. The product has been well received by the market and getting good response from other brands as well. Given our end-to-end expertise in the field of flexible packaging we can bring out very many variants of these retortable spout pouches that are aesthetically unique; functionally more agile; counterfeiting proof (with the help of myriad holographic solutions) and have optimized barrier properties.”

Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited expressing his joy over the newly launched packaging solution said, “The retortable spouted stand-up pouch for cold beverages perfectly exemplifies our commitment towards bringing real value-addition to the products of our clients owing to its superior aesthetics, deft functionality and non-dependence on cold chain. I am particularly happy about the sustainability aspect of this packaging solution and would like to assure our clients about many more of such innovations in the times to come.”

Uflex is India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company and an emerging global player. Since its inception back in 1985, Uflex has grown from strength to strength to evolve as a truly Indian Multinational with consumers spread across the world. Uflex today has state-of-the-art packaging facilities at multiple locations in India with installed capacity of around 100,000 TPA and has packaging film manufacturing facilities in India, UAE, Mexico Egypt, Poland and USA with cumulative installed capacity in excess of 337,000 TPA.