Labelexpo India 2018 reports highest ever visitor number

The organizer of Labelexpo India reported that its 6th edition of Labelexpo India, which took place at India Expo Centre & Mart in Greater Noida from 22 to 25 November 2018, was its largest show to date in the region. A total of 9,851 visitors from 55 countries passed through its doors over the four days of the show, 22.7% more than in its last edition in 2016 and the biggest visitor increase to date.

Lisa Milburn, managing director for Labelexpo Global Series, said, “We are absolutely

Esko and Amtech join forces to bring increased efficiencies to corrugated converters

Esko announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Amtech Software to bring increased efficiencies to its joint customers in the corrugated market. The companies are developing an integration between Esko’s ArtiosCAD, Automation Engine, WebCenter QuickStart for Corrugated solution, and Amtech’s Encore ERP solution to create bi-directional communication that eliminates double data entry and enables further downstream automation of the workflow for corrugated converters.

In an

Duran Machinery to become Koenig & Bauer Duran in Istanbul

Koenig & Bauer has agreed with Duran Machinery in Istanbul to take over 80% of its folder/gluer business and integrate it into the Group under the name Koenig & Bauer Duran.
With this latest acquisition, the world’s oldest printing press manufacturer is once again strengthening its activities in the growth segment of machines and systems for packaging production. Together with the Rapida sheetfed presses from Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, flatbed diecutters from Koenig & Bauer Iberica

Domino and Multitec seal hybrid press partnership

Inkjet integration specialist Domino and Indian flexo press manufacturer Multitec have announced the joint development of a hybrid UV inkjet-flexo press.

Commented Ajay RaoRane, assistant vice president, Digital Printing Solutions, Domino, "We chose to work with Multitec because they have a good technology know-how, a good penetration in the Indian market with excellent relationships with customers, and a hunger to do more. We complement each other."

Amit Ahuja, director of Multitec, added

Avery Dennison and Smag partners to drive RFID adoption

Avery Dennison and French converting equipment manufacturer Smag Graphique have partnered to facilitate easier market access for label converters looking to offer RFID conversion options.
As part of this partnership, Avery Dennison’s customers can visit Smag Graphique’s showroom in Savigny sur Orge, France, where the machine manufacturer showcases its dedicated RFID inserting machines for roll-to-roll RFID insertion and encoding.
Label converters who are new to conversion of RFID labels can

Labelexpo India opens sixth edition

The sixth edition of Labelexpo India opened its doors today at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Delhi-NCR.

Of the current edition, Lisa Milburn, managing director, Labels Group, said, "I am delighted to be back at India Expo Centre in Greater Noida to open our sixth edition of Labelexpo India. This is our second time here, and our biggest event yet in the region. With 250 exhibitors, this year's show is 28 percent bigger than our last edition in 2016."

"This increase is in part down to the

Lombardi announces two press sales at Labelexpo India

Vinsak, the exclusive distributor of Lombardi Synchroline presses in the Indian sub-continent, has announced the sale of two presses on the first day of Labelexpo India 2018.

While Delhi-based Polylam Printers has opted for an 8-color Lombardi Synchroline 430 flexo label printing press, Ahmedabad-based Prakash Printers has invested in an 8-color Lombardi Synchroline 530 press. Both presses are on display at the show floor from November 22-25.

The Lombardi Synchroline 430 press is equipped

India hosts L9 meeting

In the lead-up to Labelexpo India 2018, Label Manufacturers’ Association of India (LMAI) hosted the L9 meeting attended by label associations from across the world, including Finat, Ametiq, JFLP, PEIAC, Salma and TLMI.

The heads of the various associations spent three days together, hosting discussion meetings, conference presentations and networking events.

Sandeep Zaveri, past president of LMAI, welcomed L9 association presidents to the meeting, followed by an address by Thomas Hagmaier, L9

Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica doubles market share as flexible packaging printing continues to grow

The market for flexible package printing continues to grow, according to Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica, which has reported a full order book.

Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica recently hosted an open house for customers at its plant in Tavazzano near Milan for the first time since the takeover by Koenig & Bauer in December 2013. Over two days, around 300 visitors from 20 countries were treated to live demonstrations of the Evo XD CI flexo press and received information about printing with

Esko opens new flexo platemaking facility

Esko has opened a brand-new facility in Itzehoe, Germany, to consolidate its flexo platemaking business under one roof, including research, engineering, product development, testing and production.

The facility features a customer experience center where customers and industry partners can immerse themselves in the technical and business details of flexography. The new center is set up to demonstrate and teach how Esko masters the entire flexo platemaking eco-system, from design and prepress

Lintec offers tamper evident labelstock

Lintec Europe is launching Securafol, a non-PVC, destructible labelstock designed to counter product tampering, warranty fraud and asset theft.
Securafol can be used for multiple applications, such as asset labels, security seals, product warranty labels and pharmaceutical box seal labels.
Securafol has a 50% higher tensile strength than conventional destructible vinyl and has low internal strength once the labelstock is applied to the surface. This unique balance makes Securafol easy to convert

Kodak reaches agreement with Montagu for sale of its Flexographic Packaging Division

Eastman Kodak Company has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu Private Equity LLP, a leading private equity firm. After closing, the business will operate as a new standalone company which will develop, manufacture and sell flexographic products, including the flagship KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, to the packaging print segment.

Under its new ownership, the business will have the same organizational structure, management team and growth culture

Industry joins together for Global commitment

Suppliers from across the labels and packaging supply chain have signed up to a new global initiative to combat plastic waste and pollution.
The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment has been established to combat plastic waste and pollution by uniting over 250 businesses, governments and other organisations from around the world behind a common vision and a set of 2025 targets to address the problem at its source. It is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN

Koenig & Bauer to help printers

Koenig & Bauer has introduced ‘Gold Star Roller Service’, a roller service initiative to help printers improve press performance and maintain print quality.
The company identified that a press with rollers in poor condition or incorrectly set can cause major production and quality problems for printers. Resolving these problems can be time consuming and requires an identical skill level across all press crews.
To overcome these issues and assist its customers, the ‘Gold Star Roller Service’

Constantia Flexibles adds new portfolio

Constantia Flexibles has developed Ecolutions, a new line intended to combat the volume of waste produced every year through packaging.
Quoting figures from World Bank and the UN, Constantia Flexibles noted 2.12 billion tons of waste is produced every year. In 2050, it is anticipated 3.40 billion tons of waste will be generated in cities alone. The supplier’s own research, conducted by marketagent, found that 80 percent of end consumers prefer eco-friendlier packaging over a regular one and

Rotoflex introduces DF3 digital finishing unit at Labelexpo 2018

Rotoflex has launched DF3, a configurable off-line digital finishing and converting machine.
Debuting at Labelexpo Americas 2018, the Rotoflex DF3 is servo-driven from unwind to rewind with print and die cut units in between. It has been designed to deliver efficient operation and a full spectrum of off-line decoration and finishing in the fast-growing digital and hybrid world.
“The DF3 is ideal for a business that currently operates roll-to-roll digital label presses and is ready to its optimise

RadTech adds new free course

RadTech has added a new email-delivered training course on UV LED to provide an introduction to the technology.
This is the second course in a series of free, email-based courses from RadTech, an association for UV and EB technology, to deliver educational lessons on various aspects of UV and EB technology. Each course features several lessons sent in a weekly email that should take roughly 10 minutes to read or see.
The new course on UV LED technology will cover the following topics: Ultraviolet

Tetra Pak introduces plant management service to boost customer profitability

The Swiss-based food manufacturing company, Tetra Pak, has unveiled Tetra Pak Plant Secure which is a new plant management service aimed at providing profitability improvements for customers.
Tetra Pak’s service will allow for an extended audit of the equipment and systems utilised across the entirety of the customer’s value chain.
The findings, along with Tetra Pak’s in-depth knowledge of the industry and data on food manufacturing, will enable its specialists to accelerate improvements across

Mondelez commits for recyclable packaging

Mondelez International recently announced a new commitment to make all packaging recyclable and provide recycling information by 2025. The company will work in partnerships so that packaging can be collected and recycled in markets around the world. This new commitment is part of the company’s strategy for a circular packaging economy and will help deliver its long-term vision for zero-net waste packaging.
The announcement reflects the company’s new purpose to empower people to snack right by

MPS customers celebrate awards

MPS congratulates various international customers for winning awards for labels printed on an MPS press. At the recently held FlexoTech Awards, Label Industry Global Awards and the South African GAPP Awards, MPS customers celebrated award-winning labels.
At the Label Industry Global Awards, held during Labelexpo Chicago 2018, Japanese customer Takara (parent company of Takara Pac) won the ‘Best of the Best’ Award for their Merry Christmas wine label, printed on their MPS EC flexo press. At the

Carlsberg chose hubergroup as main supplier for their beer labels

Carlsberg chose the global ink manufacturer hubergroup as main supplier for their beer labels. As part of Carlsberg’s ambitious sustainability programme “TogetherTowardsZERO”, the company is making its products more sustainable and ensuring that consumers can live more sustainable lives. To that end, Carlsberg looked at the entire value chain to improve every part of its packaging, and that also included the ink for their beer labels. To help with that, the company chose hubergroup as the main

Trelleborg has signed agency agreements with Pamarco and Bingham Flexo Services (BFS)

Trelleborg has signed agency agreements with Pamarco and Bingham Flexo Services (BFS) for the distribution of its Axcyl flexographic product line in the US and Canada. The three companies will be working together to promote Trelleborg’s Axcyl plate mounting sleeves, bridges and adapters for flexographic press applications. Thanks to the very close connection between Pamarco and BFS, the whole US and Canadian territory is to be ‘very well covered’. This will provide strong support to the North

Neenah has launched Kimdura Universal HC Synthetic Label Facestock

Neenah has launched Kimdura Universal HC Synthetic Label Facestock, the newest addition to the Kimdura Synthetic Paper portfolio for durable labels. Kimdura Universal HC enables end-users to print highly durable labels, using compact desktop printing technologies, without any additional lamination or overcoat. Kimdura Universal HC Synthetic Label Facestock is optimised for full-colour print-on-demand applications with demanding durability requirements, such as laboratory, anaesthesia (OR)

Stora Enso introduces sustainable RFID tag technology

Stora Enso has launched, sustainable RFID tag technology designed for intelligent packaging functionalities in supply chain, retail and e-commerce applications.

Eco by Stora Enso is said to enable paper-based RFID tags, providing a plastic-free and recyclable option for packaging authentication. Eco RFID tags can be produced on a 100% fibre-based paper label, unlike traditional plastic tags, resulting in a lower carbon footprint for sustainability conscious B2B and B2C companies, said the

RadTech adds 10-minute UV LED training course

RadTech has added a new email-delivered training course on UV LED to provide an introduction to the technology.
This is the second course in a series of free, email-based courses from RadTech, an association for UV and EB technology, to deliver educational lessons on various aspects of UV and EB technology. Each course features several lessons sent in a weekly email that should take roughly 10 minutes to read or see.
The new course on UV LED technology will cover the following topics:Ultraviolet

Domino and MPS host hybrid open house

MPS and Domino have hosted the first edition of Hybrid Demo Days at MPS’ Technology & Expertise Centre in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

The event welcomed visitors from Belgium, France, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain and the UK, and featured live demonstrations of the MPS EF Symjet with its integrated Domino N610i inkjet engine.

This hybrid combination of MPS’s flexo capabilities and Domino’s inkjet technology enables label converters to print cold foil, spot colors, multiple

Comexi CTec adds flexo pre-press training to 2019 schedule

Comexi is expanding its training schedule in 2019 with the addition of a new course focused on the flexographic pre-press process.
Delivered through the Manel Xifra Boada Technology Center (Comexi CTec), the program of this new course is currently being finalized and the date of the first edition will be published shortly.
As well as the new flexo pre-press training program, Comexi Ctec is to improve the training program for slitting and rewinding, including machine operation. Other training

Label Impressions develops world’s smallest ‘Micro ECL’ label for cosmetic industry

Label Impressions, a supplier of folded booklet and expanded content label (ECL label) production was awarded a prestigious Gold Ink Award for its Micro ECL, the world’s smallest multi-panel label.
Designed to meet the needs of cosmetic lipstick, lip and eye pencil products the MicroECL is sized at a mere ¼ inch, or just over 6mm with clear three-point type in both reverse and positive print. The label was developed at the request of a prestige cosmetics brand struggling to balance

BOBST develops new ACCUCHECK 2 in-line solution integrated into folding-gluing system for quality control

BOBST has developed a new quality control system, offering manufacturers the possibility to produce zero default boxes. ACCUCHECK 2 is a new in-line solution to inspect carton blanks for defects as they enter the BOBST folder-gluer. It is compatible with the latest generation of MASTERFOLD 75 / 110 or EXPERTFOLD 50 / 80 / 110 machines.
According to spokesperson, "It carefully checks carton blanks for defects and guarantees complete quality consistency at speeds up to 350 m/min. Based on the

ISO/IEC update packaging guide 41

ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have updated Guide 41, an international document intended to help organizations ensure their packaging meets growing consumer needs.
‘ISO/IEC Guide 41, Packaging – Recommendations for addressing consumer needs’ provides guidance to product designers, manufacturers, regulators and others involved in decision making regarding packaging – including standards developers. The guide was