Esko aims to increase packaging value chain

Esko has acquired artwork management specialist Blue Software to augment its suite of software tools.
Blue Software is based in Chicago in the USA. The firm’s collaborative tools are available via a SAAS (software as a service) model. It has more than 5,000 customers and in excess of 100,000 users worldwide, and its software is used by over 2,000 brands including Revlon, Unilever, and Coca-Cola.
The firm’s label and artwork management systems are targeted at the retail, consumer brands, life

Automated shrink sleeve to debut at Labelexpo 2018

In a world first, automated shrink sleeve production is to feature as part of the Automation Arena at Labelexpo Americas 2018.
Automation Arena debuted at Labelexpo Europe 2017, but this year will mark its first appearance at a trade show in the Americas. More importantly, automated shrink sleeve production will be shown for the first time at a trade show anywhere in the world.
This will see slit rolls of flexo-printed shrink sleeves transferred to an Accraply ASFC fully continuous forming and

UPM Raflatac expands service

UPM Raflatac has expanded its Small Roll Service to include standard and welded wine stocks as well as 13in digital rolls, suitable for durable and industrial chemical labeling.
The Small Roll Service is available across North America with quick turnaround times and the flexibility to purchase one roll or many rolls with each order. This enables printers and converters to effectively and economically meet the needs of their customers without over-ordering label materials to meet minimums

Arjowiggins to sell its graphic and creative papers division

Arjowiggins plans to sell Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers to Fineska BV, the parent company of Eska Group, the renowned Dutch-based graphic cardboard business controlled by Andlinger & Company, a private investment group which also owns Crown Van Gelder (CVG), a Dutch specialty papers manufacturer. The transaction is expected to complete by the end of October 2018.
According to the announcement, information and consultation procedures have been initiated with the relevant

Hubergroup announces price hikes due to raw material issues

Printing ink manufacturer hubergroup announced price increases for all energy curing inks and varnishes across Europe and the Americas with immediate effect. Depending on the individual product line, the raw material related price adjustments will range from 6% to 8% in specific areas.
“Due to severe shortage of key raw materials for these products, which have a significant impact on our raw material costs, this price increase is inevitable,” says Carsten Zölzer, director product management

AGM of Heidelberg approves the agenda

AGM of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG for financial year 2017/2018 approves all items on the agenda with a clear majority.
Around 1,300 shareholders attended the Annual General Meeting of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) for financial year 2017/2018, which was held at the Congress Center Rosengarten in Mannheim. Just under 38 percent of the company’s share capital was represented at the event.
The Management Board presented the company’s strategy and the figures for the past financial

UPM Kymi mill’s achievement

UPM Kymi mill in Kouvola, Finland achieved a new record production capacity of 2,452 tons per day on May 31, 2018.
According to the announcement, in terms of specific drying capacity, this equals 389.2 tons per day and meter of working width on the 6.3 meter wide sheet drying machine, which is a new world record for drying of bleached birch and pine kraft.
The Andritz high-capacity pulp drying line enables efficient and very quick switches between birch and pine pulp production within less than

BST eltromat has launched two new products

BST eltromat has launched two new products: the FVG POS 100 sensor positioner and the ekr 500 digital unit touch controller, which feature a completely new commander for web guiding. Both are based on existing BST eltromat products. At Print4All, BST eltromat presented an extensive range of products for quality assurance in web processing. The company focused on web guiding, 100 percent inspection, register control, web monitoring, color measurement and management, workflow, as well as

UPM published the EMAS statements of its pulp and paper mills

UPM has recently published the EMAS (EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) statements of its pulp and paper mills. The statements are more extensive than ever. Over the years, the company has reported on environmental impacts at its pulp and paper mills in Europe, China and Uruguay. Now the reports also provide a thorough analysis of the company's societal impact at a local level. According to Gabriele Wende, Director, Reporting and Product Stewardship, UPM, people are interested in companies'

APP has started up two tissue machines at its OKI site in Indonesia

APP has started up two tissue machines at its OKI site in Indonesia.  Four more machine will be ramped up in the coming months. Indonesian pulp and paper manufacturer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has put two of the six tissue machines ordered into operation at its OKI site in Indonesia. According to Italian engineering company Toscotec, who is supplier of the machines, the 5.6 m wide lines have been running at a speed of 2,000 m/min since commissioning in April and have a capacity of up to 100,000

Suzano’s BOD approves execution of merger agreement with Fibria

Suzano’s BOD approves execution of merger agreement with Fibria. The Management of Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A. ("Suzano" or "Company") (B3 | SUZB3), in compliance with article 157 informs its shareholders and the market that  the board of directors of Suzano, among other matters, approved the execution of the Merger Agreement.

Esko hosts the flexible packaging class

Esko has shared its know-how for flexible packaging with an international group of young graphic arts graduates during the fourth annual Flexible Packaging Honours Class.
The two-week initiative, developed by the university’s Graphical and Digital Media department, is designed for students at the top of their university class. It focuses on the production of flexible packaging, including design, prepress, file handling and plate making operations. The course was held at Esko’s headquarter

Color-Logic certifies Labels

Color-Logic has certified Adcraft Labels for use of the Color-Logic process, making the Anaheim, California printer the first to be certified using a Mark Andy hybrid press configuration.
Color-Logic director of sales and marketing Mark Geeves said: "The certification test forms supplied by Adcraft and printed on its Mark Andy P7 hybrid press had a dramatic metallic color range and correctly demonstrated all Color-Logic decorative effects. The combination of white ink on metallic stock, together

Bosch to sell US$1.5bn packaging machine

German engineering group Bosch has announced that it is exiting packaging. Bosch is now looking for a buyer for its packaging machinery business (PA), more specifically, the pharmaceuticals and food units of the Packaging Technology division. The group plans to refocus its energies on the digitalization market, including the internet of things, for example. The aim is for all of the divisions of roughly 6,100 associates in 15 countries to be retained by the new owner and the units will remain a

Uflex’s arm develops Satellite Thermal Radiation Insulation Film for ISRO

Uflex’s Indian Film Manufacturing Arm - Flex Films has developed Satellite Thermal Radiation Insulation Film for Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
Earlier, ISRO had approached the company in September 2017 with a requirement of specialized film for passive thermal control of spacecraft components. Taking this requirement in its stride, Flex Films developed a solution for ISRO in a record time period of 6 months.
Talking more about this specialized film, Anand Prakash Gupta from

Mondi to premiere sustainable new packaging innovations

Mondi will showcase its portfolio including global and local premieres of new sustainable packaging innovations at RosUpack 2018.
At this year’s RosUpack, Mondi will exhibit products and solutions that respond to sophisticated consumer demands and industry trends. This includes the global pre-launch of a new premium design paper in the PERGRAPHICA portfolio: PERGRAPHICA Infinite Black. Mondi will also showcase the corrugated e-commerce solution ‘(Re)use’, before its upcoming market launch in

New pharma workflow from EyeC offers secure auditing processes

The EyeC Proofiler offline inspection system from EyeC now offers improved workflows for pharmaceutical companies. The new software version, 3.4, meets the newest requirements for data integrity, data security, and audit trail during inspection of pharmaceutical packaging. Pharmaceutical companies can not only perform fast and automated print sample testing, but also increase the security of their data and processes. All data can be simply and securely retrieved and presented during later

Baldwin Technology celebrates 100 years

Baldwin Technology Company is celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer by hosting a series of activities and events, designed to honor and inspire both its workforce and its customers.
Began in June, the manufacturer of process automation equipment and consumables for printing, packaging, converting and other industries, started its ‘100 Days of Unlocking Potential’ initiative, highlighting a series of key company values ranging from sustainability to innovation.
According to Baldwin CEO

DS Smith unveils new solutions

DS Smith has announced a solution which is set to be the first ever 3D-adaptable packaging, minimising size and cut associated costs by up to 60 per cent.
This customisable packaging solution enables e-tailers to reduce packaging size and associated costs, including void fill, storage, shipping and administration.
Isabel Rocher, head of e-commerce solutions at DS Smith, said: “Made2fit has been developed to make a large difference to our small and medium-sized business customers.  We’ve taken our

Comexi hosts seminar

Comexi recently held its second technical seminar of 2018 dedicated to trends in flexible packaging. Following a successful event in Peru in April, the company hosted its second such event in Mexico City.
“We are very satisfied with the result of the seminar and even more with the volume of attendance. The degree of technology, knowledge and value propositions shared by the entire Comexi team, Ctec, Interpack solutions and Sun Chemical have been interesting and enriching. We were congratulated

Tetra Pak rejuvenates yoghurt drinks with new solution

Tetra Top 200ml packaging has enabled Yili, a leading Chinese dairy manufacturer, to launch what is claimed to be the world’s first ambient drinking yogurt with large fruit and cereal pieces. Tetra Top 200ml is a bottle with large re-sealable screw caps, ideal for the growing on-the-go consumer market.
In light of increased consumer demand for on-the-go packaging options, the industry has witnessed an increase in resealable and reclosable packaging.
According to Innova Market Insights, between

Esko introduces their new flexo platemaking systems

Esko has introduced the CDI Crystal 4835 and Print Control Wizard flexo platemaking systems.
These new launches mark the first and only automated flexo platemaking line in the industry. To streamline the entire process, Esko has made it more automated and easier to use. This not only improves the productivity of platemaking, it also ensures quality and consistency throughout, and simplifies flexo platemaking.
Esko follows the launch of its CDI Crystal 5080 flexo imager with the release of the CDI

Smurfit Kappa wins awards

Grupo Gondi was recognized by the Mexican Packaging Assn for three projects related to “Secondary Packaging” developed in Mexico. One was the six-pack developed for Malapinta beer. The second was a paper soccer ball packaging for the LA Moderna food group, and the third involved a Colgate tooth paste packaging.
Smurfit Kappa’s first award was for ‘Best Supplier – Large Company’, the most prestigious award of the ceremony. The second was the ‘Outstanding Supplier of Packaging’ award. This year’s

Lecta commits to solar energy at French mill

In keeping with its commitment to the environment and increased energy efficiency, Lecta is participating in a renewable energy project to harness solar radiation for thermal power to be used in manufacturing processes at its Condat Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare mill.
With the help of an expert specialized in the installation of thermal power plants for the paper industry, starting this fall, material manufacturer Lecta will have thermal solar power from the plant with a capacity of 3.4 MWth.
Its total

Huhtamaki trials fiber based ready meal pack

A trial version of a renewable fiber based ready meal packaging was tested with consumers in the UK starting end May. Huhtamaki is part of a three-party consortium developing an alternative to existing plastic ready meal trays.
The concept is tested with two Italian style ready meals at a major UK retail chain in May-June. The trial is part of a project aiming at developing a bio-based ready meal package for the UK market. The new tray offers a viable alternative to black plastic packaging

Smurfit's new Bag-in-Box

Smurfit Kappa has expanded its range of Bag-in-Box packaging solutions by launching a Thermo Bag. Bag-in-Box is a disposable packaging solution suitable for liquid, semi-liquid food and non-food products.
The Thermo Bag has been designed to adhere to the specifications of a hot filling processing method involving pressing, filtering, pasteurising, heating and filling the product at a high temperature to enable sterilisation. The product is then immediately cooled for preservation and taste.

UPM Raflatac has set up a new slitting facility in Korea

UPM Raflatac has set up a new slitting facility in Korea that will supply label materials to local customers in the country. This is a part of UPM Raflatac's expansion program in Asia Pacific, targeting to increase production capacity and expand the service network in the market. The facility was opened on June 22, 2018. Sean Heng, vice president for UPM Raflatac Asia Pacific, said, "UPM Raflatac is labeling a smarter future with sustainable and innovative products combined with world-class

Comexi has opened a new office in Moscow

Comexi has opened a new office in Moscow, Russia, to enhance the support provided to customers in this region and in all CIS countries. Company has also appointed new business director in this region, Alexander Rabassa, who will work next to Ramon Xifra, Comexi’s vice president. "By opening an office in this country, we will be closer to our customers and able to provide them with an even higher standard of service," said Xifra. The new office in Russia will cover all CIS markets, Lithuania and

Sun Chemical has increased the prices of all UV and EB inks

Sun Chemical has increased the prices of all ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) inks in Europe by 4-6 percent, effective July 1. As announced previously, governmental initiatives and regulations geared toward environmental protection have caused many suppliers of photoinitiators to either cease or reduce production for limited periods of time. Additionally, as outlined by the European Printing Ink Association, photoinitiator supply has also been impacted by major incidents, including a

Toyo Ink SC Holdings plans to enter the market in Myanmar

Toyo Ink SC Holdings plans to enter the market in Myanmar with the establishment of a production base in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Yangon. The company plans to set up a wholly-owned manufacturing subsidiary, Toyo Ink Myanmar, in July 2018, with an initial paid-in capital of US$6.5 million. The new factory is scheduled to break ground in November 2018 with commercial operation expected to begin in November 2019. Initially, the new subsidiary will be engaged in the production of liquid