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1st online automotive programme launched

The Packaging School has introduced the first online automotive packaging programme for their latest online packaging curriculum in this month.

Called the Automotive Packaging Certificate (APC), it was released on March 2, 2020, and is geared toward professionals looking to expand their knowledge of industry specifics related to automotive packaging. This new certificate is the first of its kind, and it provides a comprehensive understanding of the packaging supply chain through an in-depth

Flint Group brand launches washer, dryer/light finisher

Xeikon Prepress, part of Flint Group, which represents the brand name ‘ThermoFlexX’, has launched  a new washer and dryer/light finisher as part of its Catena system offering. 

According to the manufacturers, the Catena-W is designed to deliver high productivity through plate alignment which avoids plate skew during transport as well as an advanced plate queuing system. This limits the distance between plates being processed and maximizes the throughput. An integrated plate shuttle will enable

Bixolon launches its XD5-40d, direct thermal label printer

Global mobile, label and POS printer manufacturer, Bixolon announced the launch of the XD5-40d, its 4-inch (118mm) mid-level direct thermal desktop barcode and label printer from its NEW XD5 labelling range.

Available as XD5-40d (203dpi) and XD5-43d (300dpi) resolution options, the XD5-40d’s standard model (XD5-40d) offers quick data processing and print speeds of up to 7 ips (178mm/sec), with enhanced memory space of up to 256MB SDRAM and 256MB Flash. 

Accompanied with a field installable

Agfa and TFL join forces for inkjet printing project on real leather

Agfa and TFL entered into a partnership, focusing on the development of Alussa, a dedicated inkjet printing solution to decorate high-quality genuine leathers used by the fashion, upholstery, automotive, aviation and nautical industries.

Agfa develops the inkjet printer and dedicated inkjet inks, as well as the software to manage and monitor the printing process, while TFL provides custom-developed coating chemistry. Alussa enables the leather industry to decorate high-quality leather in such

Report says bid to swap plastic packaging confusing consumers

Swapping out plastic packaging for alternatives is confusing consumers and even having detrimental environmental effects, according to a new report on the grocery sector.

‘Plastic promises: What the grocery sector is really doing about packaging’, was published recently by Green Alliance as part of its work for the Circular Economy Task Force.

It said that over two years on from the release of documentary series Blue Planet II, “relatively little has changed”, with supermarkets still putting

Smurfit Kappa set to pack for disaster relief

Smurfit Kappa recently announced new packaging for disaster relief. Developed in partnership with the Wings for Aid Foundation, the packaging accommodates the delivery of emergency supplies into hard-to-reach areas.

The pack can be dropped from a plane without any damage to the contents. This was proven in prototype tests during which a pack of 30 eggs, a notoriously fragile product, remained intact following a drop from 100m.

Wings for Aid was attracted by Smurfit Kappa’s sustainability

Printed label market, trends to reach $67 billion by 2026

According to Market Growth Analysis, the Global Printed Label Market is accounted for $38.02 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $67.02 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period.

Increasing demand for manufactured goods and an upsurge in the disposable income of people worldwide are the key driving factors for the market growth. However, rise in raw material cost such as plastics in various forms increases overall cost of the labels is some of the factors

UPM Raflatac launches RP670 for tough surfaces

In the home and personal care market, the packaging landscape is quite varied. Containers come in many different shapes, sizes and materials, posing labelling challenges.

In addition, the need to design sustainable packaging solutions is leading to lighter weight containers and increasing amounts of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content – both of which create specific needs for labelling. For example, containers having PCR as raw material may pose uneven surfaces to label, making it harder to

Herma unveils 62Rpw wash-off adhesive

Herma recently launched 62Rpw, a wash-off adhesive for labels that will allow recycling operators to produce high-purity PET pellets that don’t contain detrimental residues – no remains of paper or film labels, and residual adhesive.

Unlike downcycling or cascading, the resulting continuous cycle ranks among the most important requirements of a sustainable economy. The focus has long since been not only on PET beverage bottles, but also on detergent bottles, soap dispensers and cans for food

Coveris launches new version of its CPP film: Coveris Print Layer

Coveris recently launched new version of its CPP Film. With its improved structure, Coveris’ new cast polypropylene film (CPP) Coveris Print Layer (PP CPL), that offers stiffness protecting the product from external damage.

Designed for flexible packaging of a wide range of food, pet food and non-food products, the key factor behind CPP’s performance is the ability to withstand re-shrinking at high temperatures (0% at 150°C). In addition, the mono-material is retortable and provides strong

Kodak introduces packaging solution with inkjet technology

Kodak and Uteco introduced Ultrastream Inkjet Technology in the new Uteco Sapphire EVO W, the first flexible packaging press to enter the market using Kodak’s latest continuous inkjet technology.

The first Ultrastream System with a print width of 1.25 metres has been sold into the market in advance of its expected debut at drupa 2020 with a healthy pipeline of active prospects. The wide format of the new Sapphire EVO W allows brands to leverage digital printing in their traditional

Drytac expands ReTac range with new gloss finish product

Drytac has increased its ReTac range with a new gloss finish on ReTac Smooth 75 and ReTac Smooth 150, giving users a high-shine alternative to the established matte product.

ReTac Smooth 150 Gloss (150μ/6 mil thick) and ReTac Smooth 75 Gloss (75μ/3 mil) are printable phthalate-free polymeric PVC films that are coated on one side with Drytac’s innovative ReTac ultra-removable adhesive. The composition of this adhesive allows exceptionally easy installation and repositioning on smooth flat

K&B Flexotecnica introduces Evo XC compact CI flexo press

Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica recently launched Evo XC CI flexo press to join its line of Evo models. The 8-colour press offers one of the smallest footprints in the industry and is available in two versions with a maximum repeat length of up to 850mm and printing speeds up to 400m/min.

“This press represents state-of-the-art technology for newcomers as well as experienced printers (e.g. from the rotogravure industry) who want to enter the CI flexo market in a budget-friendly way,” says

New toolkit for paper industry, customers

The Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB) recently launched Sales Channel Toolkit, an online resource for current information on productivity, safety, e-commerce, innovation, consumer preference and sustainability as they relate to consumer and customer desire for paper and paper-packaging.

The toolkit is an opt-in feature offering access to data-driven, third-party endorsed facts and success stories available in customizable assets. It includes turn-key pieces designed for sales people in the

Konica Minolta Wins Good Design & Good Packaging Award 2019

Konica Minolta's bizhub i-Series recently won the Good Design Award – an international design award for products such as industrial goods, architecture, software, systems, services no matter tangible or intangible, as long as it is created to fulfill certain ideals or purposes. The winning products are given a 'G' mark as a proof of the award.

According to the screening committee, the entire range of Konica Minolta's multi-functional printers has adhered to the design identity and succeeded in

SPGPrints to present its RSI III at Labelexpo

SPGPrints will present solutions for rotary screen printing workflow for label and packaging applications with its new RSI III rotary screen integration unit taking centre stage on its stand at Labelexpo Europe from 24 September in Brussels.

According to a press statement, the RSI III unit is a fast, cost-effective way of applying value-adding functional and visual effects in a single pass at speeds up to 150m/min (492fpm). The unit is particularly suited for adding white ink of the highest

Industrial packaging market in MENA to witness 5.2% CAGR

Future Market Insights (FMI) in its latest report revealed that the industrial packaging market in the MENA region stood at $3,372.5m in 2016 and is estimated to reach a valuation of $5,053m by the end of 2024. Revenue from the sale of industrial packaging products in the region is expected to increase at a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period (2016–2024).

According to the report, the demand for industrial packaging in the Middle East and Africa is likely to remain robust owing to the

Polar unveils new software to make automated cutting posible

Polar Mohr, a high-speed cutting machine manufacturer from Hofheim in Germany, launched its Compucut soft-ware which makes automated cutting possible.

“Nowadays, companies have multiple jobs daily and combination sheets often require complicated cutting runs that involve numerous programming steps. The software ensures that the increased set-up times caused by manual creation of cutting programmes for low-volume print runs are eliminated,” stated a press statement from Polar.

Compucut uses

New overlaminates for product packaging applications by Mactac

Mactac recently announced the launch of three new overlaminates for product packaging applications. “Designed to give product-packaging labels added protection, dramatic appearances and superior shelf appeal, the new overlaminates are ideal for packaging applications in markets such as health and beauty, household goods and food packaging,” stated Mactac.

The new products include: LTC01275 – a 0.7-mil matte clear soft touch overlaminate. Features a high clarity acrylic adhesive, a 50# white

Lecta reveals its new range of Diva Art Duo

Lecta recently launched its new Diva Art Duo range of two-side coated paperboard with silk finish. “It is designed for creative graphic arts projects and luxury packaging,” stated the press release from Lecta.

The press statement added: “Diva Art Duo is Lecta’s new two-side coated paperboard with an outstanding silk finish noteworthy for its printability and rich colour reproduction in offset and digital printing, in addition to its perfect folding characteristics and exceptional resistance to

‘Smart labels market is expected to deliver dynamic progression’

According to a report titled ‘Smart labels Market published by 2026’ by Mindaspire Market Research (MAMR), the global smart labels segment is expected to create incremental opportunity of more than $10,000 million from 2016 to 2026. In terms of volume, the RFID segment is expected to register a CAGR of 17.1% over the projected period, owing to many factors.

The market is segmented based on technology type, end use, printing technology type and region. Based on technology type, the market is

Miraclon hosts forums to push flexo package printing sector

Miraclon, the new independent home of Kodak Flexcel, recently hosted a series of Flexo Forums in the Americas, Europe and Asia bringing together customers, industry influencers, channel partners and Miraclon team members from around the world.

Kodak announced earlier this year the formation of its flexographic division called Miraclon. It is now seeking to forward its strategy to drive innovation in the flexo package printing sector.

The Forums’ agenda covered topics ranging from sustainability

When selecting products, it is the label that counts, says Dr Guy Boxall

OKI Europe’s Dr Guy Boxall, senior manager for industry print propositions, explores how brands and creative identities heavily rely on the colour white on their products for instant impact and recognition.

From neo-minimalism to geometric patterns, eye-catching serifs and the creative use of negative space, current design trends are having a far-reaching impact and brands are adapting with timeless, sophisticated designs.

You’ll notice a common thread particularly when it comes to brands and

Smurfit Kappa makes multiple upgrades at its flagship mill

Smurfit Kappa continues to extend its paper portfolio production capabilities by investing in its flagship paper mill in the Netherlands.

The Roermond Paper Mill has made a series of upgrades to its Paper Machine 1 (PM1) during the last two years including rebuilding the winder, the press section, the drying section and the film press.

The final enhancement, which was completed earlier this year, was to install a state-of-the-art shoe blade gap former, a rebuild of the approach flow system and an

Stora Enso to recycle paper cups for magazine paper production

Stora Enso aims to start recycling used paper cups at its Langerbrugge Mill in Belgium. Based on production trials, Stora Enso possesses the technical feasibility to recycle paper cups for use in other paper applications. The firm is now looking into partnerships for the collection and sorting of used paper cups to ensure that this high-quality fibre material is captured and given a second life.

Recycled fibre is a vital raw material for Stora Enso as it is aligned with the company’s commitment

Xerox unveils Nuvera kit for stock handling

Xerox has launched a new lightweight kit for its Nuvera series of digital production printers to extend its stock weight range down to “ultra-lightweight”.

Nuvera users with models which were manufactured in the last three years can order the retrofittable kits for their machines, which adjust both the hardware and software of a device’s print engine to allow it to print stock as light as 44gsm, down from the previous minimum of 52gsm.

While the modification is not standard on newly purchased

Asahi Photoproducts will unveil CleanPrint at Labelexpo 2019

Asahi Photoproducts will be exhibiting its full array of flexographic plates at Labelexpo 2019 at Brussels.

Featured at the show will be Asahi’s CleanPrint, a technology for clean flexographic printing.

“Since Asahi first brought to market its innovative flexographic plate technology, which enabled complete release of ink onto the substrate for a cleaner image and fewer press stops for plate cleaning, our thoughts about the value of the technology have evolved,” said Dr. Dieter Niederstadt

Lintec labelstock for challenging surfaces

Lintec has introduced a new labelstock, UH5070, which includes a “highly aggressive” adhesive enabling placement on challenging surfaces. The polyester labelstock is targeted at professionals that require labels for high-end applications and industrial components.

UH5070 provides superior adhesion to rough and textured surfaces, and is used for information and identification labels used on consumer devices and industrial components. It also offers high adhesive-to-adhesive strength, allowing

Ronald Britton introduces the world’s first plastic-free glitter

Metal powders and glitters manufacturer Ronald Britton has launched what it claims is the world’s first plastic-free and certified biodegradable glitter.
Based on natural materials rather than plastic, Cosmetic Bioglitter pure is designed to decompose completely, like a leaf in the natural environment.

The product is the first glitter to be verified microplastic-free by the EU and officially certified OK Biodegradable Water by TÜV, meaning it is guaranteed to biodegrade in natural freshwater

Tetra Pak introduces connected platform ​

Tetra Pak has announced the launch of its connected packaging platform, which will transform milk and juice cartons into interactive information channels, full-scale data carriers and digital tools.​

Driven by the trends behind Industry 4.0, and with code generation, digital printing and data management at its core, the connected packaging platform will bring new benefits to food producers, retailers and shoppers.​ For producers, the new packaging platform will offer end-to-end traceability to