7th Annual Innopack Pharma Confex 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Xerox Partners with PrintReleaf to help customers reach sustainability goals

Xerox Managed Print Services (MPS) customers will have the opportunity to contribute to the reforestation of global forests through Xerox's new partnership with PrintReleaf. Based on a theme of "You print one, we'll plant one," PrintReleaf leverages paper usage reporting and equates the number of trees needed to reforest that usage on an equivalent basis into geographic areas of need.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Fujifilm to demonstrate the growing strength of its Acuity range at Fespa 2018

At Fespa 2018 Fujifilm will focus on two new high-end platforms, their Acuity B1 modular system and a ground-breaking new platform that will be announced in April 2018. Fujifilm will be exhibiting at the Global Print Expo 2018 where they will be presenting their new Acuity B1 modular system which was first previewed at Fespa 2017. The second will be a new platform that will be announced in April. As part of Fespa’s Digital Corrugated Experience and in combination with Inca Digital, Fujifilm will display the Onset X platform to produce corrugated displays and packaging in Hall 5.2, stand C30.

KBA-Asia Pacific expands sales team for flexo presses

The Koenig & Bauer Group is expanding its sales capacities further to meet increasing demand for flexo technology. Carina Shia has been appointed new sales manager for Southeast Asia. Together with the local KBA-Asia Pacific service team, she will support KBA-Flexotecnica with developing their market share in this region. Carina Shia has worked in the print industry for around 20 years and has collected a wealth of experience in pre-press gravure printing while working for a renowned gravure cylinder manufacturer.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Probo invests in Four Durst P5 Systems

Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has announced first sales successes for the recently launched P5 Series. Dutch print and fulfilment provider Probo is investing in four Durst P5 printing systems.

European Label Forum 2018 adds Young Managers’ Challenge to programme

A Young Managers Club (YMC) workshop has been added to the programme of this year’s Finat European Label Forum (ELF). The 4th edition of the annual ELF takes place in Dublin, from 6-8 June. The workshop comes 10 years after the YMC was established in 2008, at the occasion of Finat’s Golden Jubilee congress in Paris, to meet an increasing need for up-and-coming managers in small to medium-sized, and often family-run, enterprises. These young professionals wanted help in becoming tomorrow’s leaders and to expand their knowledge about self-adhesive labels. The club helps develop emerging management talent by providing needed educational and vocational opportunities. Taking place on Wednesday afternoon prior to the start of ELF, the workshop will include a competition that will see young versus old battle it out in a business simulation workshop, which should prove to be both educational and entertaining.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Esko WebCenter 18 brings packaging management closer to the one-day target

Esko announced a major new release of its packaging management solution, WebCenter. WebCenter 18 streamlines and speeds up the packaging development workflow by delivering extra features that give brand owners and converters more control and visibility of their packaging preproduction specification, approval and project life cycle.

Schawk Manchester receives FlexoExpert certification

Schawk Group, which is part of the Matthews International Corporation, is one of the biggest global brand deployment companies worldwide. With their many years of experience Schawk Manchester, one of the main plate making operations in the UK, support their customers with expertise in resourcing, workflow, imaging and color management and still finds their core strengths in the packaging market. At their annual print awards the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) titled Schawk Manchester as “Repro Company of the Year”.

LSS showcases reliable labellers for the pharmaceutical industry

LSS Labelling Systems Scandinavia offers user-friendly and efficient solutions to meet the challenging demands of the pharmaceutical industry. At this year’s Achema (Frankfurt, Germany - June, 11-15, Hall 1.1 / E42), the labelling expert presents its machines for tamper evident labelling and for vial and bottle labelling. A demonstration of the machines will be given to the press at the booth on Tuesday, June 12.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Fifth drupa Global Trends Report reflects positive mood in printing industry

The 5th drupa Global Trends Report will be released end of April 2018. Printers and suppliers from the majority of market sectors reported growing confidence in their companies’ economic performance. This year, performance patterns were tracked over the years. Packaging remains the most dynamic market and there has been a steady improvement in confidence over the five years among commercial printers. For functional printers it is a similar situation but this market showed an increased lack of confidence in 2017 for both printers and suppliers. Publishing printers probably face the most challenging strategic changes and there is a decline in confidence despite the reduced threat from E-books. The full report in English can be purchased online at www.drupa.com, with the executive summary available in German, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Chinese free of charge.

Unboxing: This year's theme for International Packaging Design Competition PIDA

For the fourteenth consecutive year, BillerudKorsnäs organizes the international packaging design competition Packaging Impact Design Award (PIDA). Together with approximately 200 students from leading design universities in Sweden, Germany, France and England, the packaging phenomenon unboxing will be challenged.

Cron-ECRM to feature HDI Flexo CTP at InfoFlex 2018

Cron, the world’s largest manufacturer of CTP devices, will be exhibiting at InfoFlex 2018, to be held May 7-8, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN, in booth #237. The show focuses on innovations in the package printing and converting market, and Cron -ECRM, the master distributor for Cron in the Americas, will be promoting their HDI Flexo CTP product line.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

United Caps acquires Spanish closure manufacturer Embalatap

United Caps, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, today announced it has acquired the Spanish closure manufacturer Embalatap. The acquisition acts to extend the United Caps product portfolio, especially as it relates to closures for edible oils typically used in the Southern European market. United Caps welcomes all Embalatap employees to the United Caps family and will maintain the existing manufacturing location.

Arets Graphics finds value for Czech market in waterless offset printing

Toray Graphics in the Czech Republic, a leading manufacturer of waterless offset plate technology, today reported that Arets Graphics a Czech-based supplier of high-quality, proven consumables for the printing industry, is distributing Toray IMPRIMA waterless offset plates in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The company was founded in 1993 and has been partnering with Toray for about seven years.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Baldwin to showcase FilmCylinderCleaning at NPE2018: The Plastics Show

Baldwin Technology Company Inc., a world leader in providing solutions for the plastic-sheet and film-production industry, is pleased to announce that it will exhibit its highly efficient Film Cylinder Cleaning system in booth W9410 at NPE2018: The Plastics Show, held from May 7 to 11, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. Ahlbrandt System GmbH, a Baldwin Technology company, also will be showcasing its versatile Corona surface treatment systems in the same booth at the show. Ahlbrandt was acquired by Baldwin in 2017.

The Baldwin Film Cylinder Cleaning system offers fully automatic chill cylinder cleaning that is performed during operation. This process maximizes productivity and safety by eliminating manual cleaning, while enhancing film quality, increasing machine equipment uptime and reducing waste.

GEW warns against potential patent infringements

GEW (EC) Limited, the manufacturer of UV curing systems for printing, coating and converting applications, today pronounced a stern warning against potential patent infringements.

“At GEW innovation has been the driving force ever since the company started over 25 years ago as a small enterprise in Surrey, England.” explains Malcolm Rae, GEW’s Managing Director, “We have invested significant resources in product design and our manufacturing facility, and the ability to create exciting new technologies has made GEW a front-runner in our industry.”

Bobst to highlight latest trends and innovations in film printing and converting at Chinaplas 2018

One of the world’s leading suppliers of equipment and services to packaging and label manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials industries, Bobst announced its participation at Chinaplas, in Shanghai, P.R. China, from 24 to 27 April 2018.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

First Mark Andy Digital One installed in Mumbai’s Barcom Industries

Mumbai based Barcom Industries has become the first label manufacturing company to opt for Mark Andy Digital One label printing press in Asia. Installed at their factory close to Mumbai, the installation was done by Flexo Image Graphics (FIG), the distributor of Mark Andy presses in the Indian sub-continent.

New Harlequin RIP introduces PDF 2.0 - The industry’s fastest print engine for labels and packaging

A major new release of the Harlequin RIP, the print engine that drives the industry’s highest performing digital presses, is launched today by developers Global Graphics Software. It is the first major PDF RIP for production printing to offer compatibility with the PDF 2.0 standard, which was published in 2017 by the International Standards Organization and is billed as the first “post-Adobe” standard. Harlequin Version 12 also contains a wealth of features for high-speed digital printing, including Advanced Inkjet Screens™ that improve output quality, further additions for labels and packaging applications, and new features for wide format and envelope printing.

The Harlequin RIP is used by HP Indigo in its newly launched HP Production Pro for Indigo Labels and Packaging, driving five times faster RIP power compared to the previous DFE version. It is also used in Durst’s Symphony and Roland’s VersaWorks Dual RIP.

Komori to sponsor Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) Conference

Komori America is sponsoring the Paperboard Packaging Council Spring Outlook and Strategies Conference held April 11-14 in Baltimore at the Baltimore Marriot Waterfront. The PPC is the leading trade association serving suppliers and converters of all forms of paperboard packaging. It provides its members with educational and information services on government regulations, statistics, safety, finance and technology.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Uflex launches new solvent based laminating adhesive for flexible packaging

Uflex has unveiled a general performance 2K solvent-based PU laminating adhesive under FlexBon Brand for food packaging and general applications. Reducing the use of solvents is the prime driver behind creating this product. Uflex's Chemicals Business launched this product commercially at its production unit, located in Noida (Uttar Pradesh, India).

Altrif Label speeds up production with Xeikon Cx500

Altrif Label, one of the leading companies in label printing in the Benelux and part of the St-Luc Labels & Packaging group, has increased its output with the Xeikon CX500. As the first beta-tester of the Xeikon CX500, Altrif Label aims to stay ahead at a technological level.

X-Rite and Flint Group announce global partnership

With increasing demands for colour equity across ever wider geographies and packaging substrates, it is essential that every provider from brand owner specifier, to print and packaging supplier, contribute to establish a consistent and robust colour communication workflow.

Idealliance launches revolutionary global packaging supply chain printer facility audit certification

Idealliance, a global thought leader in the graphic communications industry and a non-profit organization with 11 strategically located offices around the world, announces the release of the new global packaging supply chain printer facility audit certification called BrandQ Certified Supply Chain Facility.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Registration now open for Print & Packaging Legislative Summit 2018

Registration is now open for the Print & Packaging Legislative Summit 2018, coming June 19–20 to Washington, D.C. The Legislative Summit will bring printers, packaging converters, technology and consumable suppliers and allied interests together for public policy and political education, as well as direct interaction with members of Congress and the Administration to discuss hot-button policy issues.

Specialized formulation by Uflex renders barrier packaging for edible oil reprocessable

In a big boost to its commitment towards sustainability and circular economy, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company Uflex Limited has developed a customised formulation that renders barrier packaging for edible-oil re-processable.

Ovid Bell Press gets greener with PrintReleaf

Ovid Bell Press - a major producer of publications for the short- to mid-run market--is the latest printer to offer customers the PrintReleaf certified reforestation service.  PrintReleaf permits Ovid Bell Press customers to optionally plant trees equivalent to the paper used in their printing--thus decreasing the carbon footprint of their purchase.  Products printed with PrintReleaf Certification bear the PrintReleaf logo, which enables publishers and their readers to see details about the number and location of trees planted on their behalf. 

Color-Logic certifies HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press with Silver Ink

Color-Logic has certified the HP Indigo 6900 digital press with silver ink for label and packaging applications. Confirming the certification, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "Silver ink on the HP Indigo 6900 press, when used with the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System, yields great advantages for brands requiring labels or shrink film packaging. Combining the two technologies produces as many as 250 metallic colors and a virtually unlimited variety of decorative effects for enhancing and protecting products."

Friday, April 6, 2018

Paper-based packaging solution with integrated sealing functionality

In 2016, Sappi was the first manufacturer to launch an innovative packaging paper with integrated sealing functionality. This innovative and sustainable packaging solution generated a great deal of interest in the market and has gradually been developed further. Now Sappi is introducing Sappi Seal to the market, the second generation of this flexible packaging solution with improved sealing properties, which is also recyclable. It is designed to replace hot seal laminates made from plastic with materials containing a high proportion of renewable raw materials. Sappi Seal is single side coated and has been finished with a dispersion coating on the reverse side, which achieves good results with hot sealing.

Label Impressions, Inc. wins World Label Award and partners with Hybrid Software for innovative prepress tools

Label Impressions, Inc. a progressive label and packaging printer in Orange, California, has recently invested in a new prepress system with online customer collaboration and approval tools from Hybrid Software, reducing file preparation time and dramatically shortening the proofing cycle time for its customers.

Color-Logic certifies HP Indigo 6900 digital press with silver ink

Color-Logic has certified the HP Indigo 6900 digital press with silver ink for label and packaging applications.  Confirming the certification, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "Silver ink on the HP Indigo 6900 press, when used with the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System, yields great advantages for brands requiring labels or shrink film packaging.  Combining the two technologies produces as many as 250 metallic colors and a virtually unlimited variety of decorative effects for enhancing and protecting products."

Sanfaustino Label invests in Nilpeter MO-4 for production of superior, value-adding labels in Brescia

As part of the Italian Gruppo Sanfaustino, specialized in products and services related to the label and packaging sector. Sanfaustino Label has been providing solutions within the Wine & Spirits, Food Industry and Personal Care for over thirty years. The father of the five Frigoli brothers, who manage the company today, founded the company in 1957. Since 1999, Poligrafica San Faustino SPA is a Milan-listed company with an annual Group turnover of approx. 50M Euros.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Flex Films develops unique polyester film proving that "Soft is the New Strong"

Polymeric films with satin soft surface, yet strong and durable are a dichotomy. But not anymore! Flex Films - the global film manufacturing arm of Uflex has developed an innovative bi-axially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) film with a unique velvety and luxurious surface at its manufacturing plant in Elizabethtown Kentucky in the United States. The new soft touch film FlexPet F-STF exhibits exceptional scratch, heat and scuff resistance which has been a serious need-gap in the industry for flexible substrates. The surface is self-healing from most scuffing and is optimally durable.

BST eltromat South East Asia at the first Labelexpo in South East Asia

BST eltromat South East Asia, a subsidiary of BST eltromat International, is proud to be showing their wide product range for quality assurance systems for web processing industries at the first Labelexpo South East Asia 2018. The exhibition will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from May 10 to 12. Visitors are welcome to see a selection of products for the label market and can talk with specialists from BST eltromat South East Asia on booth F25.

The company will show the latest generation of web monitoring systems, the PowerScope 5000. This web monitoring system offers greatly improved image quality compared to previous solutions. It is a remarkably compact but powerful system, which provides the operator with clear, sharp images of the printed product. With multiple standard features and options such as a touch panel controller, dual-touch touchscreen and back flash lighting, the PowerScope 5000 offers true versatility and flexibility. The system is suitable for narrow or wide web applications and it is available in a manual or motorized camera versions.

Label Summit Latin America 2018 announces Mexico conference speakers

Well-known brands, key suppliers and top label and package industry stakeholders will gather for a comprehensive conference program hosted at Label Summit Latin America for its 2018 return to Guadalajara, Mexico. Hosted 24-25 April at Expo Guadalajara, the 2018 Label Summit is the region’s largest dedicated event for the label and package printing industry. The two-day conference program will arm visitors with the skills to improve productivity, create higher value products and retain a more robust workforce. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Gallus Group integrates with Heidelberg USA to provide full product portfolio from single source

As of April 1, 2018, Gallus will be fully integrated with the Heidelberg USA team in order to increase market coverage and efficiency in sales and service. With this transition, Gallus customers will have access to the entire product and service portfolios of both companies from a single source. Customers will be able to retain their existing sales and service contacts with Gallus and continue to benefit from the specialist industry expertise, but they will also now have the comprehensive know-how of Heidelberg and the industry’s largest service network at their fingertips.

7th Annual InnoPack Pharma Confex 2018

 7th Annual InnoPack Pharma Confex 2018

7th Annual InnoPack Pharma Confex 2018

 7th InnoPack Pharma Confex

7th Annual InnoPack Pharma Confex 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pidilite Industries and Germany's Jowat SE enter into collaboration

Pidilite Industries Ltd, a leading manufacturer of adhesives in India, has entered into collaboration with Jowat SE, a German family-owned enterprise and one of the leading suppliers of industrial adhesives worldwide. As part of the collaboration, Pidilite will now exclusively handle sales and distribution of the entire range of Jowat adhesives in India and other neighbouring countries including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. In addition to this, the two companies have also entered into a technical collaboration encompassing the high growth, specialised category of Hot Melt adhesives. This will provide a comprehensive range of Thermoplastic Hot Melt adhesives for use in several industrial, and modular and other wooden furniture segments.

Mr. Bharat Puri, Managing Director, Pidilite Industries Limited, said, “The collaboration is in line with Pidilite’s ambitions to continuously improve its already strong market position in all the segments where it is present, and especially in adhesives. Pidilite’s leading presence in several consumer product segments, with hugely popular brands, is complemented by a large range of industrial products, developed and marketed to meet specific requirements in the country. The synergies between Jowat and Pidilite in terms of product range, customer segments served and technologies deployed are clear and visible. Both companies together are uniquely placed to capitalise on the healthy prospects for growth in the segments targeted.”

Mr. Klaus Kullmann, Member of the Board of Directors of Jowat SE, said, “We see a strong platform for sustained growth through collaboration with Pidilite. Jowat has pioneered the development of several high end adhesive products, and has constantly undertaken development work at the cutting edge of adhesive technology. The company’s core competence lies in innovation in both technology and R&D, and in delivering outstanding technical service to customers. There is an excellent value match between Pidilite and Jowat to meet the future needs of customers for quality products in all high-growth segments such as furniture, packaging, automotive, and textile, among others, where specialised adhesives are used.”

The collaboration is for the long term, and leverages the well-known strengths and capabilities of the two companies. It aims to provide best-in-class technology and products to customers, comprising of manufacturers of furniture and varied industrial products with requirement of adhesives.

Pidilite Industries Limited is a leading manufacturer of adhesives and sealants, construction chemicals, craftsmen products, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) products and polymer emulsions in India. The company’s product range also includes paint chemicals, automotive chemicals, art materials and stationery, fabric care, maintenance chemicals, industrial adhesives, industrial, textile resins and organic pigments & preparations. Most of the company’s products have been developed through strong in-house R&D. The company’s principal brand Fevicol has become synonymous with adhesives to millions in India. The brand is ranked amongst the most trusted brands in the country. Some of the company’s other major brands are M-Seal, Fevikwik, Fevistik, Roff, Dr. Fixit, Fevicryl, Motomax and Hobby Ideas. The company’s strong presence in several consumer product segments is matched by a focused presence in several important categories of industrial products.

Jowat SE with headquarters in Detmold is one of the leading suppliers of industrial adhesives. These are mainly used in woodworking and furniture manufacture, in the paper and packaging industry, for graphic arts, in the textile, automotive as well as in the electrical industry. The company was founded in 1919 and has manufacturing sites in Germany in Detmold and Elsteraue, plus four other producing subsidiaries, Jowat Corporation in the USA, Jowat Swiss AG, Jowat Manufacturing in Malaysia, and the Jowat Universal Adhesives Australia Pty. Ltd. in Australia. The supplier of all adhesive groups is manufacturing over 90,000 tons of adhesives per year, with around 1.100 employees. A global sales structure with 22 subsidiaries plus partner companies is guaranteeing local service with close customer contact.

Mark Andy hosts successful digital preview event

Building on the excitement of the recent Digital Series HD debut, Mark Andy is proud to announce a successful preview event of the hybrid label press in San Diego, California. The product showcase was held on March 14th at the company’s Digital Technology Center. The facility is the press manufacturer’s “digital hub”, where engineers who specialize in inkjet, workflow, and programming have been based the past 7 years to support new product development on the digital side of the business.

The attendee pool of the true hybrid press preview consisted of label business owners from the California area, as well as industry-members attending the annual TLMI Converter Meeting earlier in the week. Attendees received an exclusive sneak peek of the press prior to this week’s global launch and enjoyed networking opportunities with other converters and Mark Andy specialists.

The highlight of the event was a print demonstration led by Mark Andy’s West Coast Digital Sales Manager, Ralph Boer. Seasoned Print Technician, Joel Panhorst, ran 17 SKUs on 3 unique substrates- clear PP, white BOPP, and an estate paper in under 14 minutes. All jobs were printed at full speed of 240 fpm and used Extended Gamut printing at Mark Andy’s UV inkjet quality standard of 1200 dpi. Additionally, a job made use of a flexo station directly following the digital print engine to apply a metallic flexographic spot that cannot be reproduced digitally. Proving hybrid versatility, this deck was then used to apply a varnish to a subsequent job with rapid changeover.

Building off the success of its’ predecessor’s 2017 FTA Award Win, Digital Series HD is Mark Andy’s commercial approach to label production. Able to profitability support short to mid run lengths, Digital Series HD is highly configurable and versatile. The press is modular- built to support 5 through 8 digital print head options, as well as integrated in-line or near-line finishing configurations. This is made possible by Mark Andy’s future-proof converting platform.

Those interested in experiencing the new press - can request demos at the OEM’s global headquarters in Saint Louis, MO or at the San Diego Digital Technology Center. In regards to global reach, the press will also be available for demonstrations in Mark Andy’s Polish demo center in June. The machine will accompany the Performance Series, Digital One, Rotoflex finishing technologies, and other new innovations on stand at Labelexpo Americas 2018.

Joe Calmese, Vice President, Digital, Mark Andy reflects on the event’s success, providing “Digital Series HD isn’t Mark Andy’s first pass at digital. It’s built on years of success and our Engineering group’s expertise in UV inkjet. A lot of work went into this launch and i’m incredibly proud of where our digital business is to date.”

“Our digital footing is stronger than ever. We have over 90 hybrid presses in production, and anticipate that number to grow significantly as more members of the print community see the undeniable productivity gains of the technology.” concludes Calmese.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Small Sachets by Uflex Pack a Big Punch at FPA and AIMCAL Awards 2018

One of the reasons why Uflex is at the Helm while its Founder, Chairman & Managing Director Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi revered as the Father of the Indian Flexible Packaging Industry is the fact that the concept of sachet packs in India was introduced by him back in the mid-eighties. It was for these sachet packs that the expensive FMCG brands for ketchups, shampoos, mouth fresheners etc. suddenly came within the reach of the masses changing the very way these products were marketed.

Sun Chemical to commemorate 200 years of packaging innovation and showcase latest offerings too

During FTA InfoFlex 2018, Sun Chemical will highlight a new ink with excellent smear resistance and its portfolio of eco-friendly inks, while showing how its full line of coatings, inks and adhesives can produce packaging that pops off the shelf and enhances pressroom efficiency.

Konica Minolta to deploy India's first AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press

Konica Minolta Business Solutions, a global leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies will be installing its first AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet press in India. The cutting-edge AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet press solution which comes with a B2 plus Sheet-fed was first unveiled at DRUPA 2012. The solution during its launch garnered significant admiration particularly for its unprecedented image production quality and capability to print on a host of media.

AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet press, Konica Minolta’s innovative inkjet press can efficiently cater to latest production demands and incorporates patented UV inkjet technology, traditional sheet feeding and effective media handling upto B2+ size. The solution also eliminates the use of special digital stocks or expensive coatings and can easily handle quality jobs on a wide range of substrates

Some of the salient features of the revolutionary AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press include:

Unprecedented image quality:
The trend setting print output is achieved with Konica Minolta’s high-resolution print heads, 1800IS, which produces true 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution. Konica Minolta’s proprietary UV ink furnishes high quality light fastness as well as scratch resistance print outputs. This eliminates the scenario of complaints from end consumers regarding scratches or rub offs without lamination or any post printing treatment. The company’s original print head design and patented UV ink technology produces outstanding print results. Printing business also gets benefited from image quality a wide colour gamut and quality that matches offset.

Versatile print applications:
The revolutionary AccurioJet KM-1 UV digital inkjet press is very well designed to print up to 3,000 oversized sheets per hour. It produces a wide variety of new jobs such as heavy textured stock and packaging. It also enables printing businesses to print both profitably and in fully personalized fashion for end users, leveraging larger sheet sizes for 3-panel and 4-panel brochures, pocket folders, posters, point-of-purchase graphics, dust jackets, wrap-around book covers, and many more.

Unparalleled media handling:
With enhanced media flexibility, AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press processes sizes of up to 585 x 750 mm (B2+ size). It produces an extensive selection of commercial print and packaging applications with a maximum sheet thickness of up to 0.6 mm. The solution also enables printing on a wider range of coated and uncoated substrates including heavily textured, metallic, non-tear able media, eradicating the need for special substrate qualities or special treatment before or after printing. With AccurioJet KM-1 Inkjet Press, small-lot, short-turnaround jobs can be offered immediately after printing to the next production step as the iconic UV ink gets cured instantly.

Enhanced productivity:
The AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press machine can print up to 3,000 sheets per hour in simplex or 1,500 sheets per hour in duplex mode leveraging hybrid production workflow. It also eliminates the requirements of plates enabling easy addition of jobs to the print queues via the web, hot folder or existing offset workflows.

Excellent image stability:
AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press also delivers 100 percent consistency in paper feeding, registration, image quality and repeatability. This absolute consistency comes from excellent front-to-back registration accuracy, enabled by a gripper-to-gripper offset technology. Also, with this solution eradicating the requirement of pre and post printing processes, printing business can save significantly on turnaround time and operating expenditures to soar profit margins.

‘’The industry-leading AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet press solution has set new standards in the global industrial printing segment with its unprecedented output quality, short turnaround time and extremely low operating costs. With a perfect blend of cutting-edge technology and compact design, AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet is set to revolutionize the Indian printing market,'' said Yoshinori Koide, Director - Business Strategy & Project Management Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd.

Other important advantages of the revolutionary UV ink include:
Environment friendly operations coupled with Colour Capacity, Natural Gloss, and Colour consistency and scratch resistance print outputs. The revolutionary ink also helps in immediate fabrication, less wastage and cleaning.

“We at Konica Minolta have always strived to enable printing business across the globe tap new revenue opportunities with our cutting edge solutions. The AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press solution will further pave the way for printing industry to harness new market opportunities as well as set new benchmarks for quality, consistency and turnaround time in the segment”, said Kuldeep Malhotra Vice President (Sales Planning and Communication) Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Reproflex Scandinavia brings added value and quality with Bellissima DMS to flexo printers

Aniken Graphics, a joint venture between Hamillroad Software, a UK based prepress software company, and Apex International, a global leader of anilox and metering products, has today announced that Reproflex Scandinavia is approved to supply flexographic printing plates, screened with Bellissima DMS, to the Scandinavian market.

Labelexpo Southeast Asia introduces education program

Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2018 has unveiled details of a series of educational events taking place during the show, held at BITEC in Bangkok on 10-12 May.

Nilpeter opens new Technology Center in Bangkok in time with Labelexpo Southeast Asia

Nilpeter has opened its Technology Center in Bangkok and has re-located its office to a more strategically located region, King Kaew close to Suvarnabhumi airport. The new Technology Center is open for visits and our dedicated team is standing by for press demonstrations. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Esko’s Equinox and Coflex helps converter ducplast produce plates for extended colour gamut printing

Spanish company Ducplast S.L. is the latest converter to switch plates for flexible packaging printing to extended colour gamut production with Equinox from Esko. The company implemented this new approach in partnership with repro house Coflex. Ducplast, located in Valencia, was founded in 1990 and has 50 employees. The company is a subsidiary of Grupo Dulcesol, leading brand in food products. Coflex, founded in 2004, provides flexographic plates to flexible packaging companies.

Mark Andy acquires Presstek: Offset customers to enjoy benefits, improved service and support

Mark Andy, the Total Solutions Partner to the label and packaging industry, today announced its acquisition of Presstek, a well-known global supplier of DI (direct imaging) offset plates and presses, CTP solutions and world-class service for commercial and in-plant customers.  With the Presstek acquisition, Mark Andy now serves as one of the only full-complement solutions providers to the global graphic arts and print industry.

MPS expands sales team to further support international growth

MPS has made three key appointments to its global sales team in response to successful international sales and preparation of forecasted future growth of its flexo, hybrid and offset printing presses.  Joining MPS in the role of Area Sales Manager are Niels van Groenendaal, Suwannee Tantisrisuk and Sebastiaan Rakhorst.

EKM Global Partners with PrintReleaf for Global Paper Reforestation

EKM Global, the international managed print service software supplier and consultancy, today announced it has entered a partnership with PrintReleaf to drive environmental sustainability in printer paper consumption. PrintReleaf is a rapidly growing organization dedicated to sustainability by monitoring printer paper consumption at companies and, by each paying a small fee for every piece of paper used, to fund reforestation programs to balance or grow our global forestry system.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Huhtamaki to acquire Ajanta Packaging for Rs 100.3 crore

The Indian unit of Finnish packaging company Huhtamaki will acquire Ajanta Packaging (India) for Rs 100.3 crore ($15.5 million) in an all-cash deal. The entire business of Ajanta Packaging is acquired as a going concern on a slump sale basis, Huhtamaki PPL Ltd, the local division of the Finnish firm, said in a stock-exchange disclosure. Meanwhile, Shares of Huhtamaki PPL advanced more than 4 percent intraday Monday on acquisition of the business of Ajanta Packaging. The acquisition will help Huhtamaki in consolidating its position in pressure sensitive label business, it said. The transaction is likely to be closed next month.

Esko XPS Crystal receives EFIA 2018 Gold Award for Technical Innovation

Esko is pleased to announce that its XPS Crystal flexo plate Exposure Unit has received the prestigious 2018 EFIA Gold Award for Technical Innovation. The EFIA Awards were held at The Vox Centre in Birmingham, UK on Wednesday 14th March. The Gold Award was presented to Robert Bruce of Esko by Paula Birch, Sales Director at Parkside Flexibles.

L9 announce the 2017 World Label Awards category and Honourable Mention winners

The L9 group of international label associations are pleased to announce the results of the 2017 L9 World Label Awards (WLA) competition judged by an international panel of judges representing each of the participating associations. The judging took place in Brussels the day before Labelexpo Europe at the exhibition venue. The L9 is an alliance of global label associations formed to jointly formulate policies and collecting strategic information of global interest to the worldwide label industry.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Cosmo Films bags prestigious SAP HANA Visionary Award

Cosmo Films Limited has recently bagged the prestigious SAP HANA Visionary Award for the year 2018 for embracing the leading cloud technology and harnessing and unlocking its true potential. Cosmo Films is a leading global brand, offering value added BOPP and CPP films for packaging, labelling, lamination and Industrial applications.

Heidelberg presents its new digital press - The New Versafire EV

The enhancement of the new Versafire digital printing generation is fully focused on customer benefit and the market requirements. With the Versafire EV, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) now offers a truly versatile digital production system, designed for use at entry level as well as by experienced digital printing providers. “The Versafire EV gives our customers a flexible production system that is specially designed to ideally meet the requirements in the graphic arts industry and that they can use to further enhance their digital business model as a result of diversification and optimization,” explains Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Digital Technology at Heidelberg.

Connect receives FlexoExpert certification with the highest marks

Connect a Schawk Group Company, which is part of the Matthews Corporation, is one of the leading providers of digital reprographics and photopolymer printing plates in Europe. Specialised in delivering service solutions in the pre-press industry the company’s roots are within flexographic print processes.

With a primary focus on flexible packaging, their customers get a full-service package that includes everything from design and repro to finished flexographic printing plate. As well as providing global coverage to marketers, Schawk also offers regional connections and local insight, which is key to achieving brand consistency, accuracy and workflow efficiency. Today’s aim is to be advisors in production, print services, pre-media, and workflows.

Durban’s Advanced Labels adds the all new FA to existing Nilpeter press line-up

With the all new FA, Advanced Labels’ fourth Nilpeter flexo press, the company aims to add capacity in the highly competitive self-adhesive market, and insource production of yoghurt lids and in-mould labels.

The Durban-based labelling company purchased their first Nilpeter FB-2500 seven years ago, and has since added another two of the same model. This is their first FA flexo press. “From the start, we’ve had a very good relationship with Nilpeter. We’re always given the best advice, and they are very good at keeping us up-to-speed with the latest technology. The Nilpeter presses and our team in South Africa is a great combination,” says Richard Jones, Managing Director of Advanced Labels.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Featured theme pavilions sticking to hotspots, leading the industry to discover the future of printing

On October 18-22, 2016, The 6th All in Print China will be held again in Shanghai New International Expo Centre. It is estimated that All in Print China 2016 will occupy an exhibition area of 82,000m2 and use five indoor halls and a dozen of outdoor halls, covering a total of six major themes, i.e., All in Digital, All in Packaging, All in Press, All in Label, 3D Printing & All in Creativity and Webprint Factory, the latter two of which are featured theme pavilions especially developed in view of the hottest technologies and the frontier fields of the industry....

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mark Andy launches Digital Series HD

Mark Andy, label press OEM pioneering the hybrid print landscape, has recently announced a suite of enhancements to its Digital Series platform. The production-class digital solution has been reimagined to bring greater levels of productivity and profitability to the modern converter. Building off the platform’s successes, the latest true hybrid offering will take on the name Digital Series HD and combines flexibility of inline converting, high-resolution digital print, and best in class production capability.

Xitron announces digital front end support for XAAR printheads

Xitron, the leading independent developer of RIP and workflow products for commercial, digital, and high-speed inkjet printing has announced the completion of a development project that results in Xitron support for the use of XAAR printheads in inkjet presses. Designed to work in conjunction with drive electronics by Meteor Inkjet Ltd., the digital front end includes the popular Navigator RIP and workflow based on the Harlequin Multi-RIP platform as well as the Harlequin Host Renderer.

New GMG ColorPlugin 1.3 provides RGB-to-Multicolor Separation

Color management experts GMG have further expanded their plugin for Adobe Photoshop in Version 1.3. Now color accurate separations from RGB into Multicolor color spaces are possible with up to seven colors. This is based on GMG OpenColor separation profiles. GMG product manager Peter Schöffler explains: "By using separation with the Channel Extender, image data can be flexibly adapted to the printing process used." The conversion can be switched on or off at any stage during image processing. This way the final result can be directly simulate at any stage of processing. A further innovation: The ColorBoost function makes images more saturated and vivid.

China’s Digital Packaging Future: EFI showcasing Nozomi Inkjet and Escada Corrugator Control at iCorrugated

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is showcasing the digital future of corrugated manufacturing at the iCorrugated Asia Expo, 21-23 March in Shanghai. An exhibit of corrugated packaging and display work highlights the outstanding print quality of the ultra-high-speed EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass, direct-to-corrugated LED inkjet corrugated packaging press, along with a virtual reality (VR) demonstration of the press offering visitors a unique way to experience this breakthrough solution. EFI’s exhibit also features the company’s industry-leading corrugator control and closed-loop process control technologies, EFI Escada software.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Anthem Worldwide honored for Packaging Design Excellence

Anthem, a global creative agency that actively connects brands with consumers by amplifying desirability from brand design to brand campaign to drive brand performance, has been awarded two packaging design Certificates of Excellence in the 2017 American Graphic Design Awards.

The American Graphic Design Awards competition reflects the increasingly expansive ways in which graphic design shapes business and society, products and services, commerce and culture. Winners are those select creative and marketing talents who best use the power of design to advance the brand promise and forge an emotional connection with the buyer at the moment of truth.

Beau Label increases capabilities and competitiveness with Fujifilm’s Illumina LED Retrofit System

Fujifilm’s Illumina, an LED-UV retrofit system for converting any traditional UV or waterbase flexo press to LED-UV curing, allows for increased productivity and cost savings at Beau Label LLC, a third generation family-owned New Jersey-based print services provider celebrating their 51st anniversary in 2018.

Illumina represents the most powerful new or retrofit LED-UV curing system on the market. The UV energy emitted at Illumina’s 20% power setting is the same as the 100% power setting of other LED-UV curing systems. Patented LED technology delivers up to 44% more energy toward the substrate, resulting in faster curing.

“We recently converted our nine-color conventional UV, and our eight-color water based ink press (now full LED-UV) to Fujifilm’s Illumina LED-UV retrofit system. Our install took only about a half day,” said Vincent ‘VJ’ Melapioni, president, Beau Label. “It was a very pleasant experience. We were up and running again very quickly.”

“We made the switch primarily due to the cost savings in electricity,” said Melapioni. “Prior to our conversion, we were running 110 or 120 amps of 480 volt service to a press to run the UV’s, and with Illumina, we are now running 10 amps of 480 volt service. That’s a significant savings.”

The Illumina LED-UV cure is an instant on/off process, dramatically lowering the energy usage and stress on lamp bulbs experienced in conventional “always-on” UV mercury lamp curing. LED-UV also eliminates the costs generated by cooling air blowers, ozone extraction and heat makeup systems. Illumina employs additional patented and patent-pending technology to achieve even greater savings, resulting in financial savings per retrofitted press per year. The patented design produces less heat than competitive LED technologies and heat-dissipation is also much more effective.

“With our previous system, we had a noise factor due to the powerful blower extracting the heat, which was also taking out the (HVAC) heating and air conditioning,” adds Melapioni. “Illumina has made a better working environment, which our operators appreciate. It’s quieter and more efficient to keep the temperature stable within our 30,000 square foot facility.”

Beau Label is also experiencing increased press speeds with Fujifilm’s Illumina system.

“Since installing the Illumina system we are seeing increased press running speeds upwards of 15 percent compared to conventional UV, and I know it’s capable of more,” adds Melapioni.

Beau Label is adapting to new output options since the Illumina install, catering to clients in the food, beverage, wine and spirits industry, as well as private label health and beauty segments, pet supplies, household, industrial and promotional products.

“Illumina will enable us to run shrink films without chilled drum rollers,” says Melapioni. “We are only a few months in, and that’s a possibility we are already entertaining.”

Beau Label converted to Fujifilm’s 300 Series inks when it converted existing UV presses to LED-UV. The more efficient design of Illumina is optimized with Fujifilm 300 Series flexo inks, and the inks are uniquely designed to perform equally well under LED-UV or conventional UV-arc curing.

“Fujifilm manufactures the (300 Series) ink, so in the unlikely event we have an ink issue, I’m not going to be told ‘it’s the lamps not the ink,’ and I know Fujifilm stands behind their high quality inks,” says Melapioni. “With the Illumina system, we’ve had no issues with curing or adhesion on any substrate, and the ink colors are more vibrant.”

Beau Label opened its doors in 1967, started by Melapioni’s father, who previously worked for his father’s offset business. Over the years, Beau Label has grown its business, making investments in capital, acquisitions, real estate, and people.

“My father and two of his partners started in the label business many years ago,” says Melapioni. “My father will soon be 78 years old, and he still comes in to work every day. I have a phenomenal team of over 30 full-time employees, with many of them being long-term, and dedicated to Beau Label, several with 30-plus years of service,” said Melapioni. 

With continuous investment and expansion of his business, Melapioni looks forward to adding Illumina to his others presses in the near future. “Beau Label is always looking for more business. If you’re not growing, you’re shrinking, you’re going backwards,” concludes Melapioni.