7th Annual Innopack Pharma Confex 2018

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Allied Pressroom Products announces new dedicated flexographic website

Allied Pressroom Products has launched www.flexochems.com specifically for dealers and consumers to quickly access a comprehensive range of Flexo consumables, Info Sheets, Safety Data Sheets and Resource videos in an instant. www.flexochems.com is user friendly and formatted for easy access & navigation via computer or on mobile devices.

Since introducing our Flexo Series over 3 years ago, Allied has experienced excellent customer receptiveness & growth related to product performance. Now we’ve made accessing the necessary information readily available online at www.flexochems.com

Allied continues serving our traditional offset & web printing customers while continuing to expand our high-performance product offering within the growing packaging segment which encompasses flexographic and digital technologies.

Sustainability and Uflex win it BIG at AIMA’s Innovation Practitioners Summit

In a Big Win for Sustainability, Waterless Internet Flower Packaging from Uflex Limited has been conferred with the first prize as a breakthrough process innovation in manufacturing and services. The award presented by All India Management Association (AIMA) during the 7th Innovation Practitioners Summit further fortifies Flexfresh’s position as an agile shelf life extending packaging solution for fresh produce.

Notably Flexfresh is a special patented polymeric film engineered by Uflex which works on the principle of Active Modified Atmospheric Packaging (AMAP). Flexfresh is a Holy Grail of oxygen and water barrier for packaging fresh produce like Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables. Flexfresh while maintaining the humidity inside the bag at around 95%, keeps the product absolutely dry without allowing condensation. This results in very low weight loss of the produce as it continues to breathe in hydrated oxygen available inside the bag. The ratio of oxygen and carbon dioxide inside the bag remains at equilibrium. The film provides good release characteristics of CO2 emitted by the produce. This ensures that the produce can be protected naturally from diseases such as Botrytis, Gray Mold etc. using high CO2 content. Flexfresh Film is biodegradable by composting which is first of its kind in the world. Thus it complies with all international regulations for overall migration (EC 1935/2004), reach compliance (EC 1907/2006) and qualifies for biodegradation under DIN EN 13432 (2000-12).

The Jury comprising Business Heads and CEOs of reputed organizations across industries while evaluating the case studies particularly noted that Flexfresh has tremendous potential for the exporters of fresh produce to switch from expensive air freight to cost effective sea freight thereby resulting in enormous savings for the importers. The Jury also noted that, in the day and age we live where almost one-third of the food produced for human consumption is lost due to spoilage, Flexfresh is a sustainable packaging solution to save food. This becomes all the more important for fresh produce which is extremely perishable. The Jury applauded the fact that Flexfresh Film is biodegradable by composting thereby having a further high sustainability quotient.

Companies/ Organizations like Maruti Suzuki, Taj Group, Sure Waves, Titan Company Limited, Tata Steel, Mahindra Group, SOS Children’s Villages, BHEL, Berkeley Health Edu, Godrej Consumer Products, Indian Oil, HPCL and JUSCO among others had submitted their case studies for various categories of awards.

Accepting the award on behalf of Uflex, Mr. N. Siva Shankaran, Vice President, Flexfresh said, “Flexfresh is promoting the use of flexible packaging by saving fresh produce from spoilage over an extended period of time. Shelf-life extension reduces wastage of fresh produce which otherwise is a rampant phenomenon in the supply chain. It has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that flexible packaging entails only 10% of the total energy consumed for producing food. Therefore the trade-off benefits that are derived in terms of savings by the virtue of preventing wastage of fresh produce (which is a nuisance) make the overall proposition quite lucrative.”

During the acceptance presentation Mr. Siva Shankaran further emphasized, “For every percentage reduction in fruit and vegetable wastage, India could save INR 290 Crore i.e. USD 44 Million which in turn would add to the farmers’ income and help grow the GDP.”

Congratulating his team, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “I am happy that my engineers have been able to develop a packaging solution that extends the shelf life of fresh produce which is otherwise extremely susceptible to spoilage. This is a tangible and definitive step to fight hunger and achieve food security thereby contributing to the 2nd Sustainable Development Goal.”                

HP delivers first HP PageWide C500 Press for direct digital corrugated printing

HP Inc. recently announced the first delivery of an HP PageWide C500 Press for digital mainstream corrugated direct-to-board printing to a customer site, as HP continues to expand its portfolio of innovative package printing solutions.

Carmel Frenkel will serve as the customer testing site for the HP PageWide C500 Press, now moving a step closer toward commercialization. The Caesarea, Israel-based converter supplies packaging solutions for leading brands, including in the food and beverage industry.

“The installation marks a significant milestone in the launch of the HP PageWide C500 Press. This groundbreaking technology can address the broadest range of digitally post-printed corrugated packaging applications, including the growing segment of food packaging,” said Eric Wiesner, general manager, HP PageWide Industrial Division, HP Inc. 

Announced at drupa 2016, the first HP PageWide C500 commercial units are due to be installed in 2018 at launch customers in Europe and the United States.

An ideal digital solution to address the dynamic packaging market
The HP PageWide C500 provides a cost-effective digital alternative for offset lamination and flexo production. The press delivers offset quality direct-to-board with mainstream productivity on both coated and uncoated papers, delivering packaging with vibrant graphics that preserves even the finest details.

With its special water-based ink1 formulation, the HP PageWide C500 will enable converters to print food applications that can help comply with global food safety regulations and industry guidelines.

“Unlike some other digital printing alternatives, HP PageWide water-based Inks are 100% free of UV-reactive chemistries. Thus, these inks enable robust and trusted food-safe printing for both primary and secondary corrugated packaging,” Wiesner added.

The HP PageWide C500 press joins HP’s portfolio of solutions for corrugated applications, providing converters with new opportunities to satisfy dynamic market requirements, including speed to market, high customization and short runs, and supply chain efficiency.

HP also offers a comprehensive solution for converters to go digital, including digital workflow, business development tools, financing, and ramp-up support, as it continues to lead digital printing adoption by converters worldwide.

The HP PageWide C500 press offers the following features:

  • Prints on 1.3 (W) x 2.5 (L) sized boards maximum
  • Speed of 75 linear m/min (246 linear ft/min)
  • Innovative HP Virtual Belt technology for accurate corrugated board handling, delivering offset quality directly on the board
  • Supports a wide range of media, including industrial grade corrugated boards, from the lightest micro-flute to the heaviest double-wall board thanks to HP Corrugated Grip Technology

HP CV150 water based inks intended for printing on external side of corrugated packaging, including primary packaging (sometimes referred to as ‘Food Contact Packaging’ in US). 3rd party (Intertek) World-Wide Statement of Regulatory Listing available for HP CV150 water based inks, based on Tenax migration testing on E-flute corrugated packaging. Contact HP for additional information.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The New World of Labels: Finat event tackles the technical challenges

“The world is changing: growing geographically smaller through globalisation, and universally bigger via the clouds. In this complex value chain, the challenges that face participants at all levels today are massive. Our time-honoured print technologies have new young digital partners; new label decoration and finishing technologies; new substrates; new inks and curing methods and much more. On top of that, brand owners want just-in-time delivery, personalisation, and price restraint. How can we win in this multi-faceted arena?” asks Jules Lejeune, Managing Director of Finat, the international label industry association.

The biennial Finat Technical Seminar, taking place 7-9 March 2018 in Barcelona, is always an excellent source of news of technical innovation; this year’s wide-ranging agenda – opened by Finat President Chris Ellison – promises to deliver practical advice on how the industry, and label converters in particular, can achieve real results.

Andy Hobsbawm to deliver keynote
It is particularly appropriate, in this day and age, that the programme will be launched by internationally-acclaimed keynote speaker Andy Hobsbawm, a pioneer in internet marketing, and co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of IoT smart products platform EVRYTHNG, which can connect any consumer product to the web, as well as manage real-time data to drive applications. He will helpfully look at the technical side of the way in which smart products can transform brand relationships, business operations, and service experiences. Labels and packaging are just beginning to explore the available technologies – among them augmented reality, sensors, printed electronics, batch/SKU QR codes – that can make packaging and labels smart. With live solutions, Andy will show the audience how to answer the call and transform their labels into smart, digital assets.

Optimising workflow
Next, Alex Knott, Chairman of the Finat Seminar Subcommittee, will chair a session dedicated to workflow optimisation – a key topic for label converters today. Chris Ellison will share his personal experiences as MD of the growing OPM Group with the audience to provide a practical users’ guide to the challenges and pitfalls of choosing an MIS supplier. Then Jeroen van Bauwel, Director of Product Management for Xeikon, will explore digitalisation of the production processes – in other words, ‘doing things differently’; and Geert de Proost, Director Solutions Marketing for Esko, will look at the principles of workflow automation, and the many helpful improvements to productivity that it can deliver.

Daragh Whelan, Process Manager of Bobst Firenze, will discuss the technicalities of three different levels of digital automation for flexo print, and give insight into the economic values behind investment in each technology. His economic analysis will include several case studies simulating various production environments and job schedules; and he will cover colour matching using Extended Color Gamut ECG technology. The session will close with MPS’ Global Marketing Manager Marjolein Ekkelboom discussing the different factors that influence a business connectivity platform, through which companies can combine and connect all their processes.

Troubleshooting workshops
After lunch, De Ruyter Strategy will moderate lively and insightful troubleshooting workshops, extending their in-depth research with Finat members that the company first introduced at Finat’s European Label Forum. Two specific scenarios will this time be explored in parallel sessions: self-adhesive multi-layer peel-and-reveal labels, led by John Hammond, Sales Director of Nilpeter UK, and flexible packaging and sleeve labels, led by Nanette Thomas, CEO and founder of Synthogra. The session will be rounded off by a plenary follow-up and workshop outcomes by Paul de Ruyter after which participants will adjourn to Barcelona’s Maritim Restaurant for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Inks and decoration
Next day, Martin Stierle – Finat Technical Committee member – chairs a session on inks and decoration, opened by Bo Meyer (UK), European Business Development Manager of UEI Falcontec. He will detail value-added options for labels through the use of hot and cold foiling, embossing, and adding texture.

Effective UV ink cure with a reduced photo initiator platform is indeed practically achievable, and a useful added-value feature for food labels, as Heinz Schweiger, Group Research Director of Printing Inks, for Zeller+Gmelin, will show. Sun Chemicals’ Marketing Manager, Energy Curing and Narrow-web, Jonathan Sexton, will detail developments in ink drying and curing, which are proving to be the key to faster speeds, web handling, and finishing.

Gary Seward, Managing Director of narrow-web ink and varnish specialists Pulse Roll Label Products, will discuss varnishes – their manufacture and constitution, the different types available, and appropriate applications.

Facestocks and finishing
The programme then moves on to its final session, on facestocks and finishing, chaired by Mikko Risanen, Finat Technical Committee member. Dr Axel Niemöller, head of R&D for Sihl, will address coated facestock media for water-based inkjet inks for demanding applications, with a special focus on problems and solutions.

Recent advances in PSA label films will be explored by Dr Anil Gaikwad, Head of R&D for Cosmo Film Pvt. Ltd. His paper will cover the growing range of today’s BOPP labelling films, as well as cavitated core layer splitting resistance for different cavitating agents and skin and tie layer composition. It will also show the variation in standard tests for core anchorage and end-use application challenges.

Stamping foil manufacturer Dragon Foils’ General Manager Raymond Lu will be presenting his company’s extended research into cold foil application techniques; influential factors for cold foil applications; and the means to solving printing problems.

Smart labels
Closing the seminar will be a timely exploration of traceability, food safety, authentication and branding with smart labels from Günther Dieroff, Sales and Marketing Manager for Beneli, who develop and produce printed, diecut, and smart self-adhesive label solutions. He will demystify IoT technologies and show how smart labels – embedded with electronics, software, sensors, or actuators – are used to increase consumer engagement as well as to provide traceability and product security.

The Finat Technical Seminar 2018 will be ‘a particularly appropriate and insightful event’, promises session chairman Alex Knott, who will close the programme, thanking the speakers, the event sponsors and the participants. Full details of the Finat Technical Seminar 2018 can be found on the Finat website, www.finat.com, where it is also possible to register online.                      

Dantex sells digital press to label start-up at Labelexpo

Newly formed label company, Sudbury-based WM Labels, has invested in a PicoColour UV inkjet digital press from the Dantex Group. The sale was brokered at the recent Labelexpo event held in Brussels on 25-28 September. The installation of the press is taking place in December.

Using the very latest in print head technology to provide exceptional results, PicoColour is one of the most innovative printing press to be developed by the Dantex team. Being versatile and with a small footprint, the label printing system offers superb printed results and is suitable for short and long run jobs. Providing all the benefits of digital printing for today’s demanding production environment, including no minimum quantity, no waste and a super-fast turnaround, the press is built to last and simple to operate and maintain.

The Dantex Group, renowned worldwide for offering outstanding, high quality products and service, has consistently applied its technical expertise to meet the ever-changing and specific demands of the market. The company is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Konica Minolta to showcase its latest Bizhub and Accurio press series solutions at Pamex 2017

Konica Minolta Business Solutions, a global leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies is all set to showcase the new editions in its industry leading Bizhub and Accurio Press series at PAMEX 2017 exhibition, which will be held at Bombay Exhibition Centre in the city of Mumbai from18 December to 21 December2017.

Pamex comes as a four-day exhibition which will witness the presence of printing solution vendors from across the globe, demonstrating cutting edge technologies and new innovations in the printing industry.

“Our solutions come as a testament to Konica Minolta's commitment of propelling innovation and driving productivity in the printing segment. We are confident that events like Pamex will further expand our penetration in untapped regions and will also help printing businesses soar their productivity, leveraging state of the art technologies”, said Yoshinori Koide, Director - Business Strategy & Project Management.

The solutions which will be demonstrated by Konica Minolta include:
Accurio Press C6100/C6085 -The Accurio Press Series C6100/C6085 is an extensive and fully modular line of digital printing technologies & solutions, digital press suites, software and cloud based tool for integrating, managing and executing a seamless production colour workflow. The Accurio Press series supports business growth by expanding its printing services, automating efficiency, raising output quality and lowering costs.
The machine also furnishes support for paper sizes of minimum 100 mm × 139.7 mm and upto a maximum size of 330.2 mm × 487.7 mm (with optional banner kit: max. 1,300 mm long) and sports impressive printing speeds of upto 100 ppm and 85 ppm for A4 sized  sheets on all medias upto 400 GSM.

The machine is also blessed with the cutting edge Simitri HD E toner for enhanced offset-like natural appearance. The low fusing temperature also ensures least damage to paper and results in high quality finishes and performance.

Konica Minolta has also introduced ICCU unit which helps in the Auto Calibration and Auto Registration of the sheets in production. The new features of Banner printing on media upto 1300 mm and 750 mm from the tray.

Accurio Press C2070/ C2060 -The Accurio Press C2070/C2060 by Konica Minolta offer trend setting features and technology including a high speed dual scanning at speeds up to 240 ipm for hard-copy originals; 1200 x 1200 DPI resolution with 8-bit processing for smoother, more realistic images.

The AccurioPressC2070/ C2060 digital printing machine also offers an output of upto 61A4 ppm print copy output, real time image density, colour density control sensors as well as digital colour imaging to offer multiple options of colour management.  It is compatible with paper sizes of upto 13 inch × 19.2 inch with weights upto 350 gsm. The digital printing solution also fetches dual scanning speeds of upto 240 inches per minute for hard copy documents.

The proprietary Simitri HDE toner embedded in the machine also offers excellent halftone as well as skin tone reproduction, while the biomass plant based material utilized in the solution results in minimal environmental impact.

Bizhub Press c71HC - The 3rd generation machine bizhub PRESS C71hc packs in immense benefits over its predecessor. This model incorporates advanced colour reproduction capabilities of the manufacturer’s proprietary high-chroma toner that produces enhanced printing outputs. Bizhub PRESS C71hc also comes with an optional banner tray to support the printing on media up to 13 × 47.

The machine fetches printing speeds of upto 71 pages per minute for A4 sheets and 38 pages per minute for A3 sheets. It is also capable of automatic duplex printing utilizing paper of the maximum thickness.

Another key USP of the bizhub PRESS C71hc solution is its ability to reproduce colours which are difficult for a naked eye to realize like the colour of flowers, the shades of sunset etc. Harnessing the state of the art CMYK printer, the machine displays the objectives of designers and photographers in absolute detail. It is also capable to furnish printing outputs for apparel catalogues and fashion photographs in exactly similar details.

Bizhub Pro 1100 -The bizhub PRO 1100 delivers real value to any print production environment – with high-speed 100 ppm B&W output, high paper and toner capacity, standard built-in print controller and compact footprint to save space on your production floor.

KIP 770 -The KIP 770 does it all: a monochrome printer offering full-color wide-format scanning of documents with fast throughput, high resolution and touch screen convenience, accepts input from mobile sources and USB drives, handles multiple page sizes and paper rolls — all in compact design, with next-to-wall installation and innovative top stacking system.

The solution prints B&W documents up to 36 inch wide, with speeds upto 1,080 sq. ft. per hour to cater to high volume jobs with significant efficiency. It also offers speeds of upto 1.6 A0 size pages per minute with a first print output time of 41 seconds for a single A1 size page. The machine offers a resolution of 600 x 1800 dpi.
Industrial Printer (MGI Jet Varnish 3DS with iFoil-S) -The solution is a revolutionary piece of technology which disrupts the dimensions of printing with its astounding spot UV and 3D tactile varnishing capabilities. The machine can transform a standard printed output into a high-quality spot UV printed sheet or further into a high margin 3D embossed output with a varnish of up-to 100 microns, making the colours look more vibrant.

The MGI iFOIL- S enhances MGI JETvarnish 3DS via inline embossing as well as hot foil stamping in a pure digital process. You can now add foils at high speeds and empower yourself with the ability to offer an unprecedented finish as well as personalized embossed hot file stamping.

Exhibition attendees can procure an in-depth demonstration of the solutions from Konica Minolta's top officials by visiting Stall number-E30, F02 and C11. The company will be demonstrating the samples of Accurio Jet KM1and Accurio Label 190 at the stalls.

Meteor collaboration sees Xaar 1201 become a star in graphics

Xaar plc has announced a collaboration with leading industrial printhead solution provider Meteor Inkjet Ltd to produce an inkjet development kit and commercial drive electronics set for the Xaar 1201 printhead. The specially developed ecosystem from Meteor enables OEMs who use the Xaar 1201 to develop printers for the graphics and textiles market to maximise the printhead performance.

In addition, the collaboration means that OEMs can rely on a best-in- class solution from initial printhead development right through to full commercialisation of their printer. This shortens OEMs’ time-to- market as well as ensuring the best printhead performance possible for their own customers.

“We chose to work with Meteor Inkjet because its electronics – which are designed to be power-efficient, compact and flexible – are the perfect way to get the maximum performance from the Xaar 1201,” says Simon Kirk, Senior Product Manager at Xaar.

“Whilst the printhead is a key part of any print system, there are a number of components that make up the printhead ecosystem, and these play a critical part in the overall printhead performance. It’s therefore essential that we are able to provide our customers not just with a superb printhead, but also with a high quality suite of electronics and software which can be used in printhead evaluation and commercial printer production. Meteor has delivered this, and together we now offer our customers the complete printhead package.”

“We’re delighted to have developed a printhead driver solution that will get the best out of the Xaar 1201 for graphics and textiles,” comments Clive Ayling, Managing Director at Meteor Inkjet Ltd. “We have worked on several Xaar printheads before, and once again, by working closely with the Xaar team, we have produced a drive electronics solution that will truly enhance the performance of the printhead for OEMs.”

The Xaar 1201 printhead, a rising star in the textiles and graphics printing markets in Asia and Europe, is a versatile and compact greyscale printhead. It prints one, two or four colours, delivers a high level of quality and performance, and is capable of handling aqueous, UV, hard-solvent and eco-solvent inks. Designed for easy integration by printer manufacturers, the Xaar 1201 features 1280 nozzles that jet variable drop sizes; these produce high quality graphics and textiles on a wide range of substrates at an apparent resolution of up to 1440 dpi. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Screen’s label printing technology prowess engages converters at Digital Packaging Summit

The 3rd annual Digital Packaging Summit, held in Ponte Vedra, Florida, and presented by Package Printing magazine, was host to scores of influential, successful label converters and other packaging practitioners looking to learn more about new technology and developments in the packaging arena.

Screen Americas is proud to have been a part of the event as a major sponsor and presenter of its inkjet label technology featuring the new Truepress Jet L350UV+ label printer and its sibling, the L350UV+ LM machine.

Sean Cummins, Joe Falcone and Mark Schlimme, represented Screen in group presentations and “one-on-one” conversations with converters and other market makers in the packaging space. “The L350UV+ technology turned a lot of heads during the 3-day event,” said Joe Falcone, regional sales manager for Screen digital label solutions. “Label producers are recognizing that with technology like Screen’s Truepress Jet L350UV+, digital inkjet can be either an effective complement or successor to conventional label printing for many applications.”

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Folding Carton Market to enjoy measured growth through 2021

According to the Paperboard Packaging Council’s (PPC) recent Trends: 2017 Industry Outlook and Market Data Report, U.S. folding carton shipments will grow at a 0.4 percent annual rate over the next five years, reaching a value of $9.6 billion. A break in rising boxboard prices should also aid folding carton manufacturers’ success in the coming years.

Prepared for PPC members by RISI, a provider of pulp and paper industry intelligence, the Trends Report describes how overall economic trends will affect the folding carton market in the near and far terms. With unemployment at its lowest in years, real wages rising modestly and consumer net worth at the highest level in decades, consumer spending is expected to accelerate above three percent by 2021. The state of the U.S. economy is far from perfect, but conditions for the consumer—those that translate most directly to demand for goods packaged in folding cartons—are clearly on the mend.

This positive business environment is a key factor in Trends’ positive growth forecast for the next five years. Shipment growth will be healthiest in the middle of the five-year forecast, as the current business cycle is predicted to peak in 2020. An economic slowdown in 2021 will lead to flat shipment growth in the final year. The total value of U.S. carton shipments is predicted to grow from an estimated $8.6 billion in 2016 to just over $9.6 billion in 2021, while average annual values per ton will increase 1.9 percent per year.

The folding carton industry is not without near-term challenges. Carton shipments are forecast to drop by 0.7 percent in 2017, likely due to ongoing shifts in consumer spending toward fresh food and continued substitution pressure from plastics. Overseas competition will continue to challenge domestic producers during the next five years, thanks to the anticipated strength of the U.S. dollar relative to most global currencies.

On the flip side, a recent break in board prices is welcome news to the industry. From 2011 to 2016, paperboard costs rose at an annual average rate of 2.2 percent, cutting into converters’ profitability as the average value of folding cartons increased by just 1.3 percent over the same period. The recent drop in U.S. boxboard prices was likely caused by substantial new boxboard capacity in Europe combined with an oversupply of cartonboard in China.

“Trends equips leaders in the folding carton industry with the knowledge they need to prosper in the changing marketplace,” said Ben Markens, PPC president. “Should they make an offensive move? Should they ramp up their defense? Trends helps them figure it all out.”

In addition to forecasts for the overall folding carton market, Trends also analyzes 17 end-use segments including confectionery, dairy, dry foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and recreational products. This year, four categories were classified as growing markets, six as mature and seven as declining.

PPC members can download the Trends Report at paperbox.org/publications. A free summary is also available for non-members.

Kompac Partners with Xeikon; Installs UV Coating System at Demonstration Facility

Kompac is pleased to announce they have recently partnered with Xeikon, and installed an EZ Koat 20 Plus at their new Itasca, IL., demonstration facility to show UV/aqueous coating capabilities when paired with Xeikon technology. Following the placement was the North American edition of Xeikon Café, where the team was invited to speak with both Xeikon owners and those considering acquiring a Xeikon press, about how the two technologies can be paired to create more efficient workflows and provide opportunities they may not have previously known about.

“Taking part in the North American edition of the Xeikon Café allowed Kompac to work directly with printers, converters and suppliers who own Xeikon technology, and show them how our coating systems can work directly for them to. These solutions can be for both cut-sheet and web applications, and provides a host of opportunities for Xeikon users looking to increase their offering with UV/aqueous spot and flood coating,” said Chris DuFour, Director of Sales and Marketing. "Since the event, we’ve seen a great deal of interest from people who attended, with installs to take place before the New Year."

“We value the partnership with Kompac in meeting the needs of our mutual customers. Our label, packaging, and direct mail customers are looking for high quality UV and Aqueous systems, just like those offered by Kompac. We appreciated their presence at the inaugural Xeikon Café serving the North American market and look forward to their participation in future events and at our new Innovation Center,” said Donna Covannon, Director of Marketing NA at Xeikon.

Kompac is the leading manufacturer and supplier of an extensive line of coating machinery and products to satisfy the needs of the print and graphic industry, worldwide! Proudly made in the USA, Kompac products are manufactured & distributed from our headquarters in Somerville, NJ. Our extensive line of coating products includes: offline UV/aqueous coating equipment, IR dryers, stackers, feeders, solution vacuum, UV/aqueous coatings & environmentally friendly cleaners. In addition, Kompac offers a complete line of coating blankets, packing, mylar plates, UV/IR replacement bulbs and more.             

Xeikon Café North America is a learning event offered by Xeikon and its Aura partners, offering the opportunity to understand, evaluate and experience digital production. It provides the tools for commercial & in-plant printers and label & packaging converters in the U.S. and Canada to make informed business decisions. Through demonstrations, presentations, workshops and discussions, participants receive first-hand actionable information and advice on industry innovations and trends.
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AWA to conduct Release Liner & Converting Industry Seminar on May 9, 2018 in Bangkok

The AWA is once again all set to conduct its Release Liner & Converting Industry Seminar in the South East Asian region. To be held on May 9, 2018 in Bangkok, the South East Asian release liner & converting industry seminar will give you and your colleagues the chance to update your knowledge on the release liner and application markets, both globally as well as locally. This seminar creates a platform for national and international organizations to inform, educate and network with their partners and customers on subject matter of release liners and its application areas.

These seminar supporters will share developments, innovations and trends in their respective area of expertise: paper and filmic release liner, silicones and release liner production. In addition they will provide insight on the products and services they deliver within the industry.

To be held at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok, in addition to the program the seminar allows you the opportunity to network with other executive and management level decision makers from organizations throughout the value chain, from supplier to user, representing departments such as: Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Research & Development, Sustainability and Business Development.

Confirmed participants from within the release liner and associated industries including Tape, Labelstock, Hygiene, PSA Label and others are expected to attend the seminar. These participants are anywhere from material producers of paper, film, silicones, resin, chemicals and adhesive, release liner producers, commercial and in-house siliconizers, label converters /printers, machine manufactures, associations, users and others.

Seminar registration includes confirmed seminar attendance, lunch, coffee & light refreshments, cocktail reception and digital seminar proceedings. To register for the seminar log on to www.awa-bv.com or email: conferences@awa-bv.com

Women in Packaging UK launch new website

Women in Packaging UK, a group connecting, supporting and recognising female employees in the UK packaging industry, has launched a brand new website to act as a central point for those wanting to find out more information about the initiative. The new website offers quick and easy access to essential information and features, thanks to its clean and uncluttered design.

Launched in November 2017, the website offers a comprehensive understanding of the group’s mission of ensuring female employees in the packaging industry are equipped with the right tools to ensure their future success in the vibrant industry.

Joanna Stephenson, said: “We’re continually developing new and more effective ways to engage with women so we’re delighted to announce the launch of our new website. We have designed it to be easy to use ensuring it reflects Women in Packaging’s importance in the industry in providing the right level of support, training and recognition.”

The industry group supports and encourages female employees in roles across all material substrates, process and packaging applications, and across the supply chain from designer to retailer within the packaging industry. The website provides useful content to help visitors learn more about Women in Packaging UK, including an area for mentoring.

Further content is divided into convenient sections enabling employees to find exactly what they are looking for, while the website’s responsive design provides an optimal viewing experience across all touchpoints.

The new website launch coincides with the announcement of two new networking events in 2018. The first event takes place at the Doubletree, Hilton Hotel in Leeds on Tuesday, January 23, starting at 6pm. The following event is scheduled to take place in Birmingham to coincide with Packaging Innovations 2018. Women in Packaging UK will meet at the Skybar, Resorts World Birmingham, NEC, on Wednesday, February 28, starting at 6.30 pm.

Those wishing to find out more about the Women in Packaging initiative or are interested in attending 2018 events can contact the team via womeninpackaging@gmail.com or visit www.womeninpackaging.co.uk to explore the new website, which will be updated on a regular basis.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Labels and Packaging Innovation Asia Conference returns May 2nd-3rd to Bangkok, Thailand

Packaging is the fastest growing industry in Asia and has been tipped to lead the packaging industry growth until 2020. As the Packaging Industry continues to grow, it’s more important than ever that you keep ahead of trends, technology and more than ever your competition. To keep abreast of the latest trends, technology and more, the 16th Annual Labels and Packaging Innovation Asia Conference returns in May 2nd-3rd to Bangkok, Thailand.

With the best line up of speakers from around the world, this year’s conference will show you over two days all that you need to be one step ahead. This year’s conference speakers are from Europe, USA, Australia and Asia, and will present topics that cover every area of Packaging Production where experienced and talented industry professionals are invited to engage participants in highly interactive discussions to see where our markets in Flexo – Gravure and Labels will take us in the future. The Labels and Packaging Innovation Asia Conference also provides a unique forum for participants to interact with industry peers and practitioners, exchange ideas, discuss strategies, and explore or build business relationships.

The conference spread over two days are full of topics and excitement, Exciting new conference format, Exhibition table top display area, International world class speakers, Gala Dinner and Awards Presentations and are more affordable than ever! From packaging design to production to management issues, from flexo printing, to gravure printing, to digital printing, offset printing, pre-press and design, consumables, inks and substrates, Labels and adhesives, slitting and rewindering, cleaning solutions, folding cartons and in fact everything to help your business grow - the conference has it all covered in one event. One also has the opportunity to network at the table-top display area, and talk face-to-face with industry leaders about all the issues one need answers for.

The conference finally culminates into a grand finale with the Annual Asian Print Awards combined with the Asian Packaging Excellence Awards, which was founded to recognise outstanding achievement in the print and packaging industries across Asia. The Labels and Packaging Innovation Asia conference will be held at Marriott Marquis Hotel, Bangkok on May 2nd-3rd, 2018 and the Annual Awards Gala Dinner will be held on the 3rd May, 2018 at the same venue. You cannot afford to miss this event. To make sure you are up to date on the latest trends, register for the conference immediately. For more details, log on to www.printinnovationasia.com/asianpackagingconference or email: elizabeth@printinnovationasia.com

Ovimex expands business with HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press

Ovimex B.V. will boost the digital production of folding carton and synthetics as the first user of an HP Indigo 30000 in the Netherlands. Ovimex, who is already a familiar player in the digital commercial and publishing printing market, is set to launch smart business-to-business and business-to-consumer solutions for a broad range of short run or personalized products made from carton and synthetics. Located in Deventer, this move will support the company’s strategy to further merge its roles as a digital printer and a cross-media specialist.

The new HP Indigo 30000 will be installed in February 2018 to further develop the company’s folding carton and synthetics production. In addition to the HP Indigo 30000 press, Ovimex B.V. has an HP Indigo 5500, an HP Indigo 7600, and an HP PageWide Inkjet Web Press T 240.

“HP continues to meet our customers’ demands and has provided us with the capabilities to expand our client services,” says Frank Dijkman, CEO of Ovimex B.V. “We believe that using different HP technologies all under one roof offers us a unique position for the future, especially with the addition of the HP30000 and finishing equipment.”

Additionally, Ovimex will install a Tresu twin coater. The printed sheets will be finished in line with 100 percent water-based varnish and optional spot UV varnish. An offline dye-cutting press and folding and glue machine from KAMA will deliver a complete and perfect box or sleeve.

Ovimex BV was founded in 1922, and introduced its first digital printer in 2002. It is now steadily growing to multiple presses, including the latest upgrade from a Web Inkjet press to HDNA (Litho) mode. Ovimex is at the forefront of embracing and applying digital print, and provides the best quality in digital print including Inkjet, commercial print and packaging or synthetics.

The HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press is a market-proven, 75 cm format offset-matching sheet-fed solution empowering folding carton converters to capture high-margin opportunities and move to more efficient production. Adopted by leading folding carton converters worldwide, the press offers a competitive edge with zero setup, minimal waste, and easy versioning capabilities to deliver shorter runs and faster turnaround time.