7th Annual Innopack Pharma Confex 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Impressive installation of 10-Colour Taiyo UV Flexo at Regal Creative Products for various challenging label jobs

Standard Printers Providers based in Mumbai has announced the installation and commissioning of a 10-Colour Taiyo UV Flexo servo- driven press at Regal Creative Products, New Delhi. The company’s fast-paced growth, along with its need to deliver high quality labels efficiently and consistently to its most demanding customers, led them to add this high end flexo press.The press has recently gone on full production stream at Regal’s fully air conditioned plant with 16000 sq. feet of dust free production area.

Catering to a wide range of customers in the cosmetics, personal care, pharmaceuticals, food, veterinary, chemicals, lubricant, beverages and liquor industry, Regal Creative Products has been set up by Mr. K. K. Bajaj an entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the Printing and Packaging Industry. A pioneer in tin printing since 1994, Mr Bajaj established Regal Creative for manufacture of high quality self adhesive Labels in 2003. Beginning with a single 6 Color Printing Machine, Regal Creative Products is now a unit having four printing lines capable of producing 10000 sq. meters of printed labels per day that are printed on state-of-the-art machinery capable of delivering  and matching exacting standards of esteemed clients.

“To meet the exacting needs of our varied customer base spread across different market segments, we chose to go for the 10-Colour Taiyo UV Flexo press after a detailed evaluation. The Taiyo UV Flexo press can print on a wide range of substrates with perfect register that absolutely expands our business chances,” said Mr. Bajaj. “Designed to enable the production of labels for diverse applications, the press is extremely sturdy and will be used to print the company’s full range of label products. From the chemicals to lubricant, health and beauty, personal care, pharma to wine and spirits, food and beverage to the general consumer market, the Taiyo can produce labels according to the requirements of the different markets,” added Mr. Bajaj.

Producing a vast range of high quality self adhesive labels of any kind be it on paper, PVC, PE, PP, BOPP, polyester and other filmic label stock and laminates in both sheet and roll forms, the company also converts composite laminates in lami-tube printing.

Wishing them huge success, Gaurav Sachdeva of Standard Printers Providers describes Regal Creative Products as a converter competing at a ‘world class level’ between various challenging label jobs. He adds, “Regal Creative Products has made steep inroads serving various industries in a short span because of their strong quality commitments. This new addition of 10-Colour Taiyo UV Flexo press gives them the absolute flexibility in the market they serve and is expected to considerably increase the company’s capacity for high quality self-adhesive labels.”

Catering directly or indirectly to well known names and brands in the industry from a wide range of sectors, the brands include names such as Godrej Consumer Products, Emami, Ayur, Avon, Godrej Sara Lee, Pidilite, VLCC, Hamdard, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea etc. Regal caters to the large market with its network of offices at Kochi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. The customer service group based across India in these offices ensure personal interaction and prompt personalized service to its customers.

Jatinder Sachdeva of Standard Printers Providers concluded: “We are delighted to be working with Regal Creative Products on this project. This has been a great installation and with a bespoke set of customer requirements, this has been another great opportunity to show off Taiyo’s engineering capabilities. We wish Regal Creative Products all success.”

IndustriALL, UNI Global and the Building and Wood Workers’ International sign global framework agreement with Stora Enso

The three global unions signed a global framework agreement (GFA) with the renewable materials company Stora Enso at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, in the presence of ILO Director General Guy Ryder. Observer signatures were made by the presidents of the Swedish Paper Workers’ Union, the Swedish Union of Forestry, Wood and Graphical Workers’, and the Finnish Paper Workers’ Union.

In the GFA, Stora Enso commits to working with the three global unions in order to uphold fundamental labour rights throughout its global operation and subsidiaries. The company will strive to implement the principles of the GFA throughout its supply chain. The GFA specifically focuses on:
  • Freedom of association
  • Non-discrimination
  • No child labour or forced labour
  • Work with unions to improve health and safety
  • Migrant rights
  • Decent pay
  • Gender equality
IndustriALL Global Union General Secretary, Valter Sanches, stated at the signing: “I congratulate Stora Enso and welcome our new formal relationship that gives us the means to uphold workers’ rights throughout the company’s global operation. I call upon other pulp and paper manufacturers to follow this example.”

“We strive for a working environment where all our employees are treated with respect and in a fair manner. We are continuously working to make sure that all our units comply with the requirements. By signing the Global Framework agreement, we show our commitment and take the next step in this important area,” said Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström.

There is a dispute resolution mechanism established by the GFA. Under the mechanism, issues will be addressed at the local level, but where necessary will be brought to national and global level and ultimately to mediation.

The GFA formalizes an on-going dialogue between the partners and all signatories will meet every two years to assess the implementation of the GFA. However, the spirit of the global agreement establishes open dialogue through which the partners will work jointly to pre-emptively solve problems as early as possible.

UNI Global Union General Secretary, Philip Jennings said: “The agreement is an excellent way to begin the year in which we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Stora Enso is taking a significant step in the right direction for workers' right along their supply chain by signing up to this agreement.

“This agreement is further recognition that workers' rights are human rights. The importance of global framework agreements has not only been acknowledged by companies like Stora Enso, but also by the G20 and international organisations around the world."

BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson stated: “In signing this agreement, Stora Enso commits to ensure fundamental labour rights for workers in their global operations and subsidiaries.  We now look forward to actively working with Stora Enso to effectively implement this agreement on the ground to improve the lives of workers.”

Omet X6.0 improves perfection

Enhanced automation and technology 4.0 to reach a fully automatic independent process and meet any customers’ need. The Omet X6.0 launched at Labelexpo 2017 raises the bar of technology and innovation set by the Omet X6, the most valuable and appreciated narrow-web printing press for labels and packaging in the international market.

The latest innovations introduced by this new line are meant to increase the efficiency and productivity of the whole process, by simplifying the operator’s job through user-friendly approach and special units.

The Omet X6.0 integrates two new main innovative features: first, renewed flexo groups with automatic pressure adjustment and Cruise Control, providing the possibility to automatically adapt the printing pressures at each change of repeat, material or production speed. Second, the Multivision system for faster printing register adjustment and control thanks to a set of smart micro-cameras, one on each printing unit, that enable the independent tuning of the register in real time, drastically reducing machine downtime and set-up waste.

Exclusive special modules made by Omet can make even more difference in terms of efficiency and productivity: the Twist die-cutting station, with “Easy-Change Die” system, a smart unit with double sliding cassette, which enables the preparation and of the die-cutting job off-line during production and effortless changeover operations in less than 1 minute. The Double Unwinder, a semi-automatic system that helps save time in the reel changeover operation, increasing the profitability of the press no matter the length of the run.

Thanks to the Transparent Factory system, all Omet machines are prepared for the constant monitoring of the working conditions and parameters. However, the Omet X6.0 can also count on new devices driven by the concept of Industry 4.0. A concrete example is the use of the Smart Glasses: through the augmented reality, they can improve the overall performance of the operator with real benefits in terms of cost reduction, maintenance and productivity. The use of the Smart Glasses is mainly valuable in customer service support, since they allow for faster and more effective assistance operations.

The outstanding performance in terms of flexibility, output quality and final applications, as well as the possibility to personalize the machine configuration, managed to impress those who had the chance to see it with their own eyes during the Labelexpo. The high number of requests for personal demonstrations proves the huge success of the Omet X6.0. 

Weldon Celloplast Limited, New Delhi is Omet’s exclusive agent in India.

At CHFA West Show, Jet Label to hold presentation on cost-effective labelling applications

Jet Label & Packaging Ltd., Western Canada’s largest producer of labels and printed tape for a broad range of industries, will deliver a presentation exploring cost-effectiveness in label manufacturing at Canada Health Foods Association’s CHFA West trade show in Vancouver. Titled Print Methods of Labels in Terms of Your Cost, the educational “lunch & learn” session will take place on February 23, headlined by industry veteran Steve Smith, Jet Label’s Vice President of Marketing & Sales.

Those attending the presentation will enjoy a look at several printing methods designed to minimize labelling costs while maintaining exemplary quality and shelf appeal. Mr. Smith will explore the four largest cost drivers in label manufacturing, and discuss decisions made through the design and production phase that impact the overall price of labels. The program agenda also includes scalability as a cost-control strategy.

Jet Label also will be highly visible during the subsequent open floor portion of the show, February 24-25. At Booth #1148, the company will feature a variety of samples from its portfolio of labels for a broad range of industries, as well as experts to field questions from attendees on all labelling-related topics. Meanwhile, Jet Label’s sister company, Jet Marking Systems, will provide live demos of its label applicators, thermal printers and other speciality equipment at Booth #1727.

2017 was a banner year for Jet Label. Last summer, the company acquired United Label Company of Coquitlam, BC. The additional space and production capacity will allow Jet Label to double in size over the next two years, during which time additional infrastructure investments will be made to the newly-acquired facility.

Mr. Smith’s presentation at CHFA West also is in line with Jet Label’s continued commitment to industry thought leadership – an effort that, most recently, has included an uptick in customer-friendly explanatory articles on the “Knowledge Base” section of the company’s website, www.jet-label.com.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Hybrid Software helps Norwegian Printer revamp pre-press department

The Norwegian family-run business Skipnes Etikett has completely revamped its pre-press department and the way in which customers receive and approve jobs, following the installation of industry-leading products from Hybrid Software alongside a Cerm MIS system. The company trades as Skipnes Labels & Flexibles from its Trondheim premises, where Geir Hagen is managing director.

“We’ve taken a huge leap forward in terms of efficiency and our ability to better serve customers following the implementation of a range of products from Hybrid Software, which we have interfaced with a new Cerm MIS system,” says Mr Hagen. “Although we did already operate an MIS system this was a stand-alone package while the majority of our pre-press functions were handled manually. The speed with which jobs were checked and approved no longer met our needs.

“We examined carefully what was available on the market and Hybrid Software came out ahead with what we considered to be the most modern platform and which also provided easy integration with the Cerm software. Our aim was to create a pre-press environment that would provide work effectively and quickly for our narrow web flexo presses and our HP Indigo 6800 digital press plus the in-line finishing facilities.”

The technical team at Skipnes Labels & Flexibles decided on Hybrid Software’s Packz PDF label/packaging editing software plus CloudFlow workflow and the ProofScope proofing facility. Hybrid Software has recently integrated ProofScope with Cerm’s portal software Web4Labels to create a highly efficient end-to- end order approval system.

“We have been very satisfied with the results,” says Geir Hagen. “The high level of automation means that jobs flow through the pre-press department about 30 per cent faster than before, which obviously means that we can produce more work, while the potential for errors has been reduced significantly. Customers can easily view and approve files and this simplifies the whole process for them. Having our MIS system as an integral part of the pre-press environment also has great advantages in regards to cost effectiveness.”

Skipnes Labels & Flexibles operates its factory on a two shift basis during the week and specialises in providing high-quality printed self-adhesive labels to the beverage and food sectors throughout Norway. The company intends to expand its flexo press capacity in 2018 as well as the finishing equipment for its digital output facilities.

“With the Hybrid Software and Cerm products now in place, the pre-press department will be able to efficiently handle the extra demands of the press room,” says Mr Hagen.

With offices in Belgium, Germany, Italy and the US plus a global partner network, Hybrid Software is a software development company focused on innovative productivity tools for the graphic arts industry. Hybrid Software’s CloudFlow workflow, Packz editor and integration products offer a unique set of advantages that include native PDF workflows, vendor-independent solutions based on industry standards, scalable technology and low cost of ownership. These products are used by hundreds of customers worldwide in all areas of pre-press and print, including labels and packaging, folding cartons, corrugated, wide format and digital printing. 

Mark Andy installs Flexo Wash parts washer at European demo center

Narrow web press manufacturer Mark Andy has installed a Flexo Wash PK Eco Maxi WR parts washer in its new high-tech showroom and demonstration facility in Poland. The Warsaw center is set up to demonstrate top quality printing on Mark Andy’s extensive range of flexo and digital printing systems, and the Flexo Wash installation coincided with an open house that attracted more than 300 converters and secured seven press sales.

Tom Cavalco, Mark Andy managing director, Europe, said: ‘In today’s highly competitive market nothing but top quality is accepted by the brand owners, so we have to supply the very best technology to allow our customers to meet those standards. We chose Flexo Wash because we believe its equipment matches the quality of our own in terms of consistent performance and reliability.’

Flexo Wash international sales manager Mette Laursen commented: ‘We are delighted to have secured a prime position with the market leader in one of Europe’s top demo showrooms, and are confident that our machine will deliver on its promise.’

Fujifilm named "Vendor of the Year" by Flexo Label Advantage Group Llc

Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division has recently been named Vendor Partner of the Year by Flexo Label Advantage Group LLC (FLAG).

Since 2010, independent label converters have looked to FLAG for support in becoming more competitive in the marketplace by leveraging their purchasing potential for group savings; allowing them to uncover new growth opportunities and become more competitive. Each year, FLAG assesses all the products and support provided by its Vendor Partners to their Membership and recognizes one with outstanding deliverables.

“FLAG was very pleased to present Fujifilm our 2017 Vendor Partner of the Year Award at our recent 7th Annual Members Meeting,” said John McKay, president and founder, FLAG. “The award is based on exceptional support, communication and commitment throughout the year to FLAG and our Membership.”

“Fujifilm is proud to support FLAG,” said Todd Zimmerman, division president, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. “Independent label converters receive tremendous benefits and opportunities from FLAG, enabling them to be successful.”

Adds McKay, “Working together with Fujifilm furthers our goal of making our Members and Vendor Partners stronger companies. Moreover, Fujifilm also supports our FLAG Strategic Partner Independent Printers Worldwide (IPW), a community similar to FLAG in the offset printing segment.”

In addition to offering a buying group savings to its label converter members, FLAG is dedicated to introducing new market potentials, highlighting new and valuable resources, and collaborating on catastrophic emergencies and recovery.

Final Call for Entries for the FESPA Awards 2018

Print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers looking to showcase their best projects in the FESPA Awards 2018 have just under two weeks left to enter. The FESPA Awards celebrates innovative and exceptional work from PSPs and sign-makers worldwide, recognising the creative potential of the global speciality print community.

Whether PSPs specialise in point of purchase, fine art, special effects, printing on 3D products or non-printed signage, there are 14 categories to be entered directly to showcase their skills and to be in with a chance of winning and therefore gaining global recognition. Each category is open to four production processes: digital printing only, screen printing only, mixed techniques and non-printed.

The final deadline for the FESPA Awards is Friday 26 January 2018. The entries will then be shortlisted by the FESPA Awards Judges, all of whom are renowned print industry experts. The shortlisted entries will be showcased at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 in Berlin, Germany, from 15 to 18 May 2018, where they will be viewed by the global speciality print community, including potential new business prospects.

Award winners will be announced at the FESPA 2018 Gala Night which will take place on Wednesday 16 May 2018, during FESPA 2018. For more information on the FESPA 2018 Awards and information on how to enter visit: www.fespaawards.com

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Trelleborg brings its printing solutions brands together at Saudi Print & Pack

The forthcoming Saudi Print & Pack exhibition will be the first ever event at which Trelleborg’s printing solutions operation shows all four of its offset blanket brands on a single booth – Vulcan, Rollin, Printec and Sava. The event provides an important strategic venue to demonstrate the company’s plans to integrate Sava products into the Trelleborg portfolio.

Tomaž Perčič, Director within Trelleborg in Slovenia, says: “Saudi Print & Pack gives us an excellent launch pad for 2018, a transition year during which we will begin to take advantage of the wide range of synergies and opportunities that exist between our industry-leading brands. The potential for enhancing efficiencies in sales, R&D and production are significant and extremely exciting. We will offer customers an even greater product range, with an unrivalled choice of solutions for their specific offset requirements.

“In addition, Trelleborg will be able to provide this enhanced portfolio across a larger geographic area. Cross training of sales and technical personnel has already been extensive and will continue over the coming months to ensure that printers everywhere can benefit from a first class network of highly experienced subsidiaries and distributors.”

Visitors to the Trelleborg stand at Saudi Print & Pack will be able to learn about the latest developments in offset blankets for sectors such as packaging, commercial print and metal decorative printing. Experts will be on hand to discuss offset-related technical issues, for example, the impact of low-energy UV systems and how blankets can best be utilized to improve the profitability of the press.

Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way. Trelleborg’s printing solutions operations, part of Trelleborg Coated Systems, offers first class solutions for the printing industry with worldwide recognized brands, such as Vulcan, Rollin, Printec, Sava and Axcyl. Its solutions are leading edge in the offset and flexo printing markets for a variety of applications including newspapers, magazines, catalogs, business forms, labels, metal decorating and packaging. 

Printcon now representing RotoControl in Southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland

RotoControl has appointed Printcon as the local representative in Southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland for its extensive line-up of finishing machines for label inspection, slitting, rewinding, die cutting, overprinting, digital and booklet printed labels. The partnership agreement was finalized during the 2017 edition of Labelexpo Europe on the RotoControl stand.

“The DACH regions are a large and important market for RotoControl, as we have built a number of long-standing relationships with customers from these countries over many years," said Marco Aengenvoort, managing director of RotoControl International GmbH. "Printcon's years of experience in the printing industry and synergy through its representation of highly reputable MPS presses also in these regions will provide a strong local presence of RotoControl.”

Printcon, led by Markus Pieper and Martin Vogel, exclusively represent MPS, Matho Konstruktion & Maschinenbau GmbH and RotoControl for Southern Germany (South Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria), Austria and Switzerland. Their strengths are in consulting printers with diverse production and processing methods to provide optimum solutions and service of narrow web equipment.

“RotoControl has established a strong reputation of providing advanced print and finishing machines with advanced customization capabilities, and bring the advantage of manufacturing in Germany," said Markus Pieper, managing director of Printcon. "We look forward to a successful co-operation and further building the RotoControl brand throughout the DACH regions."

Pyroll Packages becomes first flexographic printer to achieve Pantone certified printer status

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today reported that Finnish company Pyroll Packages is the first flexographic printer worldwide to achieve Pantone Certified Printer status. The initial certification audit was conducted at the company’s location at Joensuu, one of ten locations across the country. Pyroll plans to continue this program in 2018. The certification was carried out by X-Rite Solutions Architect Mark Gundlach and International Technical Support and Application Expert Maxim Siniak together with Certified Pantone Partner and packaging repro house Flexolahti Oy and X-Rite dealer KTA Oy.

The Pantone Certified Printer Program reviews and analyzes every aspect of a printer’s color operations – from preflight, to file preparation and proofing, to ink formulation and mixing, and to process control in the pressroom. Pyroll’s certification confirms the company’s ability to consistently achieve the most stringent customer color requirements, efficiently and cost effectively. Pantone Certified Printer Program requires annual recertification to ensure continued performance at peak levels.

“Our goal was to establish a more stringent color management program, expanding beyond visual evaluation to using instruments and digital standards,” said Mikael Svennas, Pyroll Packages’ CEO. “The Pantone Certified Printer process was very thorough, and we learned a great deal. In addition to the process improvements we will achieve as a result of the audit, we will also be able to leverage Pantone’s brand recognition adding even more credibility to our market position.”

Flexolahti Oy, an active member of the Finnish Flexographic Association, has raised awareness in Finland about the value of X-Rite solutions as a solid foundation for color management standardization. “We’ve seen X-Rite and Pantone solutions become the de facto standard in Finland with great results,” commented Kai Tornikoski, Managing Director. “We were pleased to work with X-Rite color experts to help Pyroll achieve this prestigious status and to further elevate awareness of the importance of a formalized color management program. In an environment where supply chains are complex, deadlines are tight, and errors and rework are not acceptable, Pantone Certified Printer status gives Pyroll’s customers peace of mind that their packages will be produced as expected, giving them faster time to market and improved shelf appeal.”

Graphics Universal chooses Domino N610i Digital UV Label Printer

Graphics Universal, a Mid-Atlantic based label printer converter of pressure sensitive and cut & stack labels purchased the Domino N610i 7-color digital UV inkjet label press due to its proven and reliable platform.

“We continue to experience solid year-over-year growth in our label business”, remarked Garon Gembe, Owner and President of Graphics Universal Inc. “We chose the Domino solution due to its impressive track record for up-time and consistent high-quality output. We’ve set a high bar in our region for quality and service, it’s imperative that the new print technology we add can support our high demands.”

For more than 50 years, businesses of all sizes have trusted Graphics Universal with their most important printing projects. Known for its client focus and commitment to excellence, Graphics Universal has grown significantly in size and scope of services over these many years. Located in Greencastle PA, Graphics Universal provides innovative label solutions to businesses of all sizes, from small farm markets to large retailers and manufacturers throughout the midAtlantic region and North America. Its capabilities are well diversified and include complete design and prepress services, digital, offset, and flexographic printing services. And now Domino is part of that arsenal.

The Domino N610i combines its high-quality output with the flexibility offered by rapid job change digital technology.With printing speeds of up to 246 ft. per minute, the N610i print engine delivers over 7,300 linear feet or 64,400 fourinch labels running 3-up in only 30 minutes. “The N610i not only delivers high production speeds to meet tight deadlines but it does so while producing superior quality and in the most cost-effective manner.” Gembe continued, “Industry leading value … it’s what our clientpartners have come to expect from us and what we enjoy delivering.”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

UniNet to demonstrate Label & Packaging Solutions at West Pack 2018

UniNet, worldwide Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of on-demand digital print technology, will be demonstrating label printing, finishing and packaging solutions at West Pack 2018. During the three-day event, the team will highlight various product solutions for commercial printers, as well as small to medium sized business owners looking to reduce their outsourcing costs by creating their own labels, packaging and transfer products in-house.

“The print market is continually changing and customers are requiring faster turnaround times, smaller quantities, lower costs and the ability for customization. iColor Printing Solutions strives to meet those demands by offering complete workflow solutions - whether creating food labels, prototypes of packaging, promotional brochures or shirts for a little league team,” said Joe Dovi, COO of UniNet.

Taking place Feb. 6-8th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA., you can visit UniNet in booth #5485 to see demonstrations of iColor Printing Solutions, including digital label and transfer printers, label finishing systems for rolls and sheets, specialty toners, substrates and more. 

Noor Carton & Packaging adds Two Rapida 106 presses

It is not often that printing and packaging companies build a completely new production facility. But Noor Carton, a packaging producer from Dammam in Saudi Arabia, is one of those rare cases. The company erected its new plant in 2015 and has since been producing on two high-performance Rapida 106 coater presses, one with five colours, the other with six colours.

Noor Carton is a member of the Salman Group, which operates not only printing plants serving the commercial and flexo segments, but also companies for medical and IT products. In each of its fields of activity, the group views itself as a solution provider and organises its competencies and capacities accordingly. To this end, the individual business units are committed to continuous process improvement and the integration of cutting-edge technologies.

In packaging printing, many of the leading global print buyers are represented on the list of Noor Carton customers. When looking for the ideal partner with regard to offset technology, the Noor Carton management formulated clear demands to be met by press manufacturers: The best available technology paired with the best advice and service. Baker Al Nasser, general manager of the Salman Group: “There are many presses which deliver good and saleable quality. And we ourselves grew with other presses until 2014. But the reality on the market is today unfortunately different to a few years ago. Today, it is imperative for us to use only the most productive presses with the highest levels of technical availability. That is the only way to grow further. In this connection, the Rapida series leaves no technical wishes unanswered. Furthermore, Koenig & Bauer and Kharafi convinced us with the best advice and service concept.”

Noureddine Amalou, MENA sales manager at Koenig & Bauer: “It is an exciting challenge to plan a printing plant from scratch. For the Saudi Arabian market and for the target group of Noor Carton, productivity and integration were essential aspects. Many very long repeat jobs are printed, which is why all the presses are configured with automatic non-stop pile changing and extended logistics. The vision is to automate board transport from the stores, via the printing press and die-cutting machine, through to shipping to the customer. This is an innovative solution which is unique in the MENA region, based on the models of existing Koenig & Bauer partners in Europe. After all, labour costs are also increasing dramatically in the Middle East and must thus be taken into account in major investment projects.”

The printers at Noor Carton are today full of praise for the ease of operation of their two Rapidas: “The new TouchTronic console, in particular, is an outstandingly intuitive system and made familiarisation so much easier for the operators. Further tools such as automated colour measurement and control based on optical densities and Lab values contribute to ultra-short makeready and stable, reproducible production.”

The overall project comprises several phases and will soon be continuing with a further increase in the company’s capacities – enabling even more brand owners to rely on the specialists at Noor Carton.

Avery Dennison’s Intelligent Label Technology is changing the Retail Game at NRF Expo

Avery Dennison Corporation, a global leader in materials science and manufacturing specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials, will showcase how its RFID applications play an integral role in enabling a fully omnichannel experience at the 2018 National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Annual Convention and Expo. Building on its expertise in digital solutions for the retail industry, the company will also launch its Dynamic Window Display Advertising System at the event.

Avery Dennison will host an Exhibitor Insights discussion with performance brand adidas and multi-brand retailer Sonae about how RFID is changing the game in retail, and will present some of its latest innovations in RFID solutions, designer partnerships, and more.

“As innovators in intelligent labeling technology, we are leveraging our key learnings in the apparel industry to make advancements in other categories, such as food and beauty retail, where we see great opportunities for RFID,” said Francisco Melo, vice president and general manager, Global RFID, Avery Dennison. “Implementing RFID contributes to better inventory accuracy, more transparency in the supply chain and greater loss visibility, all of which ultimately leads to an enhanced consumer experience.”

Panel Discussion: Changing the Game with RFID
Avery Dennison hosted the Exhibitor Big Ideas panel discussion at the Javits Convention Center. The panel, “Changing the Game with RFID,” explored the increasingly critical role of RFID in retailers’ digital strategies in this rapidly changing marketplace. Francisco Melo, vice president and general manager, Global RFID, Avery Dennison, moderated the panel.

Through its intelligent labeling solutions, Avery Dennison connects the physical and digital worlds, providing tangible benefits for retailers in supply chain management and improving the consumer experience. The company will present its latest solutions at NRF’s EXPO through “Changing the Game with Intelligent Labeling Solutions,” which provides a compelling view of how RFID is used across retail verticals, as well as the company’s vision for the future, including:

Consumer Engagement
Avery Dennison’s new FLOW campaign supports omnichannel retailers in their quest to meet consumer expectations for a frictionless experience. By using intelligent label technology within a digital emotional intelligence (DEQ) framework, retailers can create “bridges” between touchpoints, platforms, devices, and apps to predict and seek to nurture consumer shopping behavior, increase consumer loyalty, and improve the consumer experience. A collaboration with Mishi Pay will demonstrate how products with a unique digital identity can enable mobile checkout in-store to create a truly frictionless shopping experience.

Designer Partnerships
Avery Dennison’s latest designer partnership for its Janela Smart Products Platform, the #AlwaysOn handbags from Rebecca Minkoff, will be demonstrated at the booth. With this technology, the designer’s customers are able to interactively engage with their handbags through a QR code to access personalized content, special offers, recommendations and other loyalty rewards, creating conversations at levels that encourage repeated interaction.

Dynamic Display Window Advertising System
Avery Dennison will launch its Dynamic Display Window Advertising System, the turnkey digital advertising solution based on technology developed by Gauzy, a leading provider of liquid-crystal-based materials, films, applications and solutions, with software provided by YCD Multimedia, a leading global provider of advanced digital signage software solutions.This innovative window film technology enables retailers to turn display windows into digital advertising screens by projecting campaigns, promotional offers and brand content to engage and enhance the consumer experience.

Food Safety
RFID has been proven to increase inventory accuracy to 99%+ and reduce waste by around 20% across the food industry, improving safety due to increased visibility of use-by dates. To deliver a true end-to-end solution for the food industry, Avery Dennison will launch its first microwave safe UHF RFID inlay. Designed specifically for the food industry, the UHF RFID inlay avoids arcing or excessive heating when used as recommended if subjected to a microwave environment, ensuring food safety and compliance. In addition, the company’s Freshmarx solutions offer a complete food safety and intelligent labeling solution for the food industry through temperature-tracking, RFID inventory visibility and automated food labeling for ingredient prep and prepared foods.

SGK teams up with Hybrid Software for strategic native PDF project

SGK, the leading global brand development, activation and brand deployment company, has signed an agreement with Hybrid Software to license its Packz Native PDF editor for use in all SGK facilities worldwide. This agreement was reached after an extensive pilot program in multiple facilities in the US, Europe, and Asia that demonstrated improved production efficiencies, reduced licensing costs, and a more modern graphic production infrastructure.

Packz is a powerful object-based Native PDF artwork editor for packaging, with sophisticated color handling, intelligent objects, trapping, warping, and stepping capabilities. It can also import and export native Adobe Illustrator files for SGK to exchange with designers, brand customers, and print providers.

In the coming year, SGK plans to install 425 Packz licenses at their production facilities in North and South America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Gary R. Kohl, President, SGK Brand Solutions, stated, “The relationship with Hybrid Software gives us the opportunity to fundamentally reimagine how we manage our workflows, and will allow us to drive efficiency across our platform so that we can continue to be the most competitive graphics provider in our industry.”

“Hybrid Software is honored to be an instrumental part in SGK’s quest for generating the technology of the future in Order Lifecycle Management,” states Guido Van der Schueren, Chairman of the Board of Hybrid Software. “This partnership is natural since Hybrid is targeting the production side of the Label and Packaging premedia market, and SGK is strongly focused on the brand owners which form a large part of their customer base.

Together, SGK and Hybrid Software can provide better productivity tools resulting in superior service towards the brand owner community. The goal is seamless connectivity across product management, marketing, and advertising to be able to take action across the different platforms.”

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Package Central for Adobe InDesign now supports IDML File Processing

Zevrix Solutions announced Package Central 1.11, a maintenance update to its document packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Originally developed for a major publisher in the United States, the software automates InDesign packaging by processing files from watched hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the document collection process.

The new version lets users process InDesign Markup Language (IDML) files which enable backwards compatibility with older InDesign versions. IDML files provide an interchangeable format for InDesign documents, as well as a way for third-party tools to modify and assemble InDesign files. Users now can submit IDML files to Package Central hot folders just like the regular InDesign documents.

Under Package Central workflow, production artists, prepress operators and designers simply submit files to watched hot folders that reside on a network. The software automatically collects InDesign files along with their fonts and links freeing user's time for important tasks such as design and layout. Operator workstations will never again be tied up by the packaging process.

Package Central runs on a dedicated Mac station and watches hot folders for incoming InDesign files. The software performs all its tasks automatically and can run absolutely unattended. It offers the following key features and benefits:
  • Automatically collect InDesign files from hot folders
  • Update modified links automatically
  • Create PDF and IDML files on the fly
  • Automatic email notifications of process stages and errors
  • Compose variable folder names
  • Serves unlimited users on a network
  • Detailed processing history
Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 (USD) from Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for registered users. Package Central requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2018.

Arjobex celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Arjobex is proud to announce the 50th anniversary of Polyart, the unique synthetic paper that combines the durability of plastic, with the feel and easy printability of paper.  In the late 1960’s, with the simple idea of substituting pulp made paper with one derived from oil,  then cheap, BXL (Bakelite Xylonite Limited) built a prototype production line and registered Polyart as a trademark in February 1968.

The oil crisis of the 1970’s spurred innovation with an attempt to reduce material usage and cost.  The result was an even more paper-like substrate with improved foldability and opacity.  The final step was better printability, which was achieved through a joint venture with Arjomari Prioux, a French paper manufacturer that developed a coated Polyart in the early 1980’s. The coating also allows embedding of security features, making Polyart one of the rare synthetics used for security printing.  In the 1990’s, Polyart was the first synthetic used for in-mold labelling of blow-molded bottles.

Since its early beginnings, Polyart has accompanied thousands of printers through the changes in printing, from letterpress to offset, flexo and thermal transfer to the latest in digital technology. Polyart applications cover the widest scope, from tamper evident labels, to heavy duty industrial tags and manuals, and from folded maps, high-end menus or photo albums, to high quality iridescent and textured wine label face-stocks.

Label Printers worldwide use the flexibility and productivity of new Gallus Labelmaster

At the beginning of December last year, Heidelberg China and Gallus Shanghai jointly organized in the Print Media Center in Shanghai a launch event for the Gallus Labelmaster in China. Around 160 guests from label print shops in China and Region Asia as well as media journalists attended the event. They were able to watch live demos of the Gallus Labelmaster in label production and experienced a new height in leading label printing.

“We are extremely optimistic about the future development of packaging and label printing in China”, explains Benny Huang, CEO of Heidelberg China. “In recent years, with an increasing middle class and accelerating urbanization processes, there are more and more specific requirements on packaging and label. It is our duty to continue providing high quality products and services for packaging and label print shops in China.” Asia has become the fastest growing label market in the world. It is expected that by 2019, the Asian label market will have increased by 5.5%, in which the growth rate of self-adhesive labels will reach 6.3%.

“Owing to the higher cost of raw materials and labor today, print shops are paying more attention to productivity”, describes Teddy Jiang, General Manager of Gallus Shanghai. “At the same time, influenced by consumers and branding goods manufacturers, packaging and label printing is moving towards short run, multiple orders and product diversification.”

Since entering the Chinese market nearly ten years ago, Gallus has sold over 100 machines. Together with Heidelberg China Gallus will introduce their machines to more Chinese customers.

After the full integration of the Gallus Holding AG into Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in 2014, the Gallus Innovation Days were held at the Gallus headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland in September 2016. Customers from all over the world saw for themselves the world premiere of the Gallus Labelmaster, the latest flexographic printing press designed for the label market. A year after that, in September 2017, visitors of Labelexpo Brussels were totally convinced of the high efficiency as well as high flexibility presented by the new Gallus Labelmaster. The machine has set a new benchmark in 17 inch label printing. Already now, only three months after the market launch, there are more than 20 presses installed in foreign countries and customers’ feedbacks are positive.

Pentawards Gala Ceremony to be held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Pentawards, the most prestigious worldwide competition exclusively devoted to packaging design, has announced that it’s hotly anticipated Gala Ceremony will be held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York on 6th September 2018.

Returning to New York for the first time since 2011, The Pentawards Gala Ceremony will see winners pick up their awards at the iconic venue. Previous cities which have hosted the Gala include Monaco, Shanghai, Paris, Barcelona, Tokyo and London, highlighting the truly global reach of the competition.

Adam Ryan, Project Manager at The Pentawards, comments: “We are delighted that our 12th Gala ceremony will be held at the world-renowned Guggenheim Museum in New York. We have been to some phenomenal places with the awards, but none more so than this. Selecting the Guggenheim Museum as our venue signifies the growth we have experienced over the last few years, the sheer scale of the ambition we have for the Pentawards and, of course, their prestige. The Guggenheim Museum will provide the perfect stage to crown the very best designers in the world, and to put the global spotlight on packaging design.”

The 2017 Gala Ceremony welcomed over 300 attendees from the worldwide packaging design community, with 27 different countries represented on the night. Guests travelled from the USA, UK, Peru, Netherlands, South Korea, Belarus, Armenia, Sweden, Japan, Canada and Argentina to attend the event.

Each year, The Pentawards attracts packaging from around the world. This is then judged by an international jury of 12 highly respected designers, packaging design directors and marketing chiefs. Jury members this year include: Mark van Iterson, Global Head of Design at Heineken and Clem Halpin, Creative Director at Turner Duckworth. Entries are divided into five main award categories: Food, Beverages, Body, Luxury and Other Markets, which are then split into 55 sub-categories.

2017 was a ground-breaking year for The Pentawards seeing more entries than ever before, over 2,000, from five continents and 54 countries. The predictions are that this number will increase for 2018.

Winners receive bronze, silver, gold and platinum Pentawards, whilst the ‘Best of the Show’ receives the unique Diamond Pentaward. Entry for The Pentawards 2018 opens on 5th February to 23rd March, with design agencies, brands, students and packaging producers already preparing their submissions, in a bid to be honoured at the Gala Ceremony in September.

Monday, January 15, 2018

ASPA announce The Authentication Forum 2018: International Leadership Summit on Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Protection

Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA) is the world’s first and only self-regulated non-profit organization that represents the entire authentication solutions industry globally today announce unveiling of new logo and announce The Authentication Forum 2018, Leadership Summit on Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Protection. The two-day leadership summit will be held on March 15-16, 2018 at Hotel Taj Mahal, Man Singh, New Delhi.

At the occasion, Mr. U.K. Gupta, President, ASPA said, “At a time, when counterfeiting costs the global economy $1.77 trillion and the Indian economy Rs. 324 billion every year and increasing rapidly, it is high time for stakeholders to come together in fighting this issue. The new consumer protection bill passed by the Government of India is the very big initiative and positive step towards consumer empowerment in our country. We are enthusiastic with the response & willingness getting from Government and industry in fight against fakes. After the huge success of the first edition, we are pleased to announce the 2nd Authentication Forum 2018. It is part of our 20-year celebration. We are also working on developing a Counterfeit News Repository (CNR). Further, in this year, we will expand our Make Sure India & Brand Awareness Campaign across the India which will be extension to our 20-year celebration,” he further added.

Mr. Luv D Shriram, General Secretary, ASPA, said “20 year celebration mark our commitments and presence for our industry and hence make us the world’s one of the oldest and leading association in Anti-counterfeiting industry. Today, our members companies are protecting more than 15000 brands across the globe and the 20th anniversary celebration belongs to the Authentication Industry commitment towards its ethics, innovation and the commitment towards providing new generation anti-counterfeiting solutions which are important for Government, Industry, Brand Owners & Consumers in their fight against fakes.”

The Authentication Forum 2018 promises to be bigger and better with over 200 delegates and eminent speakers from across the globe discussing key topics such as;
• Understand the regulatory perspective – role of Government roles to protect the interests of consumers.
• Understand the 5Ws of Counterfeiting: What, Who, When, Where, Why?
• Hear Global perspectives on the fight against counterfeiting
• Educate yourself on The future of anti-counterfeiting technologies – Can Blockchain and NFC play a part?
• Understand how to select the right Anti-counterfeiting technologies and solutions
• Learn from the practical examples of brand owners through their case studies
• Learn to devise your Enforcement Efforts and Raids
• Network and interact with the Best Minds of Industry
• Be a part of THE BIG DEBATE: An Interactive Townhall Session (Who is going to take the lead against fighting Fakes) and much more!

The Authentication Forum is the flagship event of ASPA (Authentication Solution Providers Association). It enables key decision makers at Government, Industry, Consumer level to gain first-hand knowledge of anti-counterfeiting technologies and solutions to fight against fakes. After the huge success of the first edition, the Authentication Forum 2018 promises to be bigger and better with over 200 delegates and eminent speakers from across the globe covering various topics such as the 5W's of Counterfeiting, Consumer experience, role of Government, overview of current authentication technologies to evolution of new generation technologies such as Blockchain and NFC in fighting counterfeiting.

For more information, log on to www.authenticationforum2018.com

Xeikon Café 2018 introduces Academy: New format focused on Inspiration, Education and Networking

The Xeikon Café Exhibition and Conference scheduled to take place 20-23 March 2018 in Belgium, will feature a range of newly introduced components that will make the event even more relevant, informative and interactive for participants. The 2018 edition will mark the introduction of an educational Academy with technology-driven presentations and practical workshop sessions, and an informal social gathering to increase networking opportunities.

“Our goal with the Xeikon Café is to provide an industry educational venue that is as agnostic and neutral as possible as it explores the future of digital production. We want it to benefit the industry at large, helping people understand the new opportunities digital production can bring to their businesses, and inspiring them to achieve new heights,” explains Danny Mertens of Xeikon Café. “This year’s focus is again on packaging innovations, and we hope to attract even more visitors than the 1.000 who attended last year. We have also moved this event to an annual schedule. This is in an effort to provide ongoing education, information about industry trends, and inspiration to packaging converters, printers, brands and designers alike.”

The newly introduced Academy will provide a technical, educational forum centred around innovative end-use applications and packaging decoration techniques. “By introducing the Xeikon Café Academy, we are taking the technical element of the event to the next level. The goal is to guide visitors towards transforming their businesses for a successful future,” comments Mertens. “We are driven by the desire to help participants make the most of the fantastic technology that is available in the market and to discover ways in which they can use it to their best advantage.”

The Academy will be a mix of workshops and presentations. The interactive workshops will be designed to help attendees acquire knowledge and make the right decisions for their businesses. Going beyond product specifications, the workshops will cover topics related to Food Safety, Automation, Exploring the Creativity of Digital, Saving on Cost and Print Technologies. The presentations in the Academy will focus on the main packaging decoration techniques available today, while covering all aspects of digital production – from workflow, print media and print engines to consumables and finishing equipment. Attendees can choose from a range of topics, including self-adhesive, heat transfer, wet-glue, flexible packaging, among others, and attend the sessions most relevant for their business. Each presentation is concluded with a technology demonstration in the exhibition area of the Xeikon Café, making it highly practical and hands-on.

Next to the Academy, Xeikon Café 2018 will again feature general Conference sessions with strategic keynotes speakers that will provide inspiration and education designed to help attendees move their business forward. In many cases, these presentations will involve brand owners who will speak at a high level about how they are implementing some of the 40 end-use applications demonstrated in the exhibition area. Lastly, this year’s event will include a social event on the second evening, March 21st. This informal get-together will give attendees the opportunity to meet the speakers and fellow visitors, review the day’s activities and discuss ideas and issues in a more relaxed setting. In short, an ideal opportunity to meet new industry colleagues, and reconnect with old ones.

“We strive to make Xeikon Café 2018 a top-class networking and educational industry event. We want attendees to learn, discover new applications that can benefit their businesses and their customers, and network with peers. By combining the technology-focused sessions in the Academy, the strategic presentations in the Conference and the more than 40 end-use applications being produced live at the exhibition area, visitors can be assured of gaining a holistic view of the particular packaging innovations they are most interested in”, concludes Mertens.

The Xeikon Café Conference & Exhibition is a unique industry event to understand, evaluate and experience digitalizing print manufacturing, and enabling printers and converters to consciously make a business decision. Through demonstrations, presentations, workshops and discussions, visitors receive first-hand actionable information and advice on industry innovations and trends, and how these can help improve their bottom line. How to profitably produce in a digital way is showcased by worldwide industry leaders in software, workflow, consumables, media, digital printing and finishing solutions dedicated to digital manufacturing. Xeikon Café 2018 takes place March 20-23 in Belgium.

For more information, practical details and programs of Xeikon Café 2018, visit www.xeikoncafe.com. Tickets are available as of now and can be reserved directly on the event’s website.

Uncoated fresh fibre liner expands the Sappi line for corrugated board applications

Sappi expands its container board product range and with Fusion Uncoated, offers an uncoated fresh fibre liner in the corrugated board market. With the development of Sappi’s Fusion Uncoated, a fully bleached fresh fibre liner, the specialist paper manufacturer is continuing to expand its product offering for the high-volume corrugated board market. Fusion Uncoated is based on the paper concept for the already very successful Fusion Topliner. In contrast to the double-coated Fusion Topliner, Fusion Uncoated has a natural, uncoated surface. Ideal applications include corrugated board and carton packaging, requiring a high white appearance for the topliner, inner liner and fluting.

"Sappi's core expertise lies in the production of fresh fibre papers,” says Bernd Gelder, Product Group Manager for Containerboard at Sappi. “This makes the development of Fusion Uncoated a logical next step in our ambition to create an ever more appealing container board portfolio. We can now offer an uncoated surface with a natural look for the premium corrugated board sector. Fusion Uncoated is wood-free and impresses with its high whiteness and strength values."

Fusion Uncoated is approved for direct food contact and is recommended for use when branded product manufacturers, designers and corrugated board processors are seeking an alternative to brown liner papers. These applications include inner packaging such as white corrugated board inserts for high-end perfume boxes as well as food packaging. These often-unprinted cartons present a luxury surface finish thanks to their high level of whiteness. Other applications include display and shelf-ready packaging, for which uncoated paper finishes are often the preferred option.

Fusion Uncoated is produced at the Sappi plant in Stockstadt, which has many years of experience in the manufacture of uncoated papers. Currently there are seven weights available, from 70 to 130 g/m2, in sheet and roll formats. As with Fusion Topliner, the low weights meet the rising demand for weight savings with corrugated board packaging. Also, as a special requirement for food packaging, another version of this liner has recently been developed, without the addition of optical brighteners and is offered under the name Fusion Uncoated OF. Both Fusion Uncoated and Uncoated OF feature excellent printability with offset, flexo, screen and digital printing.