Creative Edge Software adds real-time ray tracing for iC3D

Creative Edge Software adds real-time ray tracing for iC3D. Creative Edge Software was one of the first companies to deliver full ray tracing capabilities to all levels of packaging creatives with the launch of iC3D v4.0 in May 2016. By integrating ray tracing technology into the iC3D all-in-one package, creatives and brand owners were able to achieve photorealistic design mockups at any stage without the need for specialist programs or third-party services. With the development of the iC3D

Uflex transforms the Packaging for Rasna fruit powder concentrate

One of India’s largest manufacturers and exporters of beverages - Rasna International wanted an absolutely alluring packaging for its fruit powder concentrate. With this straight-forward brief, Rasna tasked Uflex – a company with whom it has had an association for over two decades, to come up with a unique packaging solution.

What Uflex in turn came up with is all set to take the brand to the next level of customer delight. An all new spouted profile stand-up pouch with side handle carrying

OMET to present the new XJet hybrid solution at Print4All

OMET will be among the protagonists at the Print4All exposition in Milan, with an innovative integrated hybrid press. This brand new event organized in Italy is dedicated to the world of printing and converting. It aims at becoming the point of reference of the entire industry on an international level. It will be held from May 29th to the June 1st, at the exposition center of Rho where OMET will count on a booth of 160 sqm (E16-F15, Hall 18).
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Tetra Pak unveils new packaging effects

Tetra Pak has launched a suite of new packaging material effects, known as Tetra Pak Artistry, to help food and beverage producers revitalise the look and feel of their products.
Charles Brand, executive VP, product management and commercial operations at Tetra Pak said, “In a world where almost everything needs to be ‘personalisable’, we want to provide customers with something unique to help their brands rise above the noise and reach the shopper. The new suite of effects and expressions will

Sappi unveils flexible packaging paper with sealing functionality

Sappi has developed Seal, its latest product featuring integrated sealing functionality.
It is well known that in 2016, Sappi launched the first packaging paper with integrated sealing functionality. Sappi Seal is the second generation of this flexible packaging product with improved sealing properties. It is also recyclable.
Sappi Seal is designed to replace hot seal laminates made from plastic with materials containing a high proportion of renewable raw materials. Sappi Seal is single-side

Futec’s new learning system

Futec has developed machine learning capabilities for fault detection, said to represent the next generation of quality control specifically for flexo printing. Futec software enables patterns to be identified in real-time, and the system is able to quickly and clearly distinguish between a printing defect and a machine defect.
Silvio Neumann, Futec general manager, EMEA, commented: “This exciting news comes at the same time as important breakthroughs we have made with machine learning in the

BOBST launches new 20SEVEN CI flexo press

BOBST has launched the new 20SEVEN CI flexo press to deliver extended colour gamut (ECG) solutions for a variety of printing technologies and applications.
BOBST Business Unit Web-fed strategic products marketing director Federico d’Annunzio said: “BOBST has been an advocate of the ECG concept since 2013 with the now well-established REVO 7-colour digital flexo technology developed with leading industry suppliers for narrow and mid-web inline flexo presses.
“In 2017, BOBST introduced the THQ

UPM Raflatac adds clear-on-clear and solid white label materials

UPM Raflatac has further expanded its PP Lite range of labeling options for the European market with the introduction of two new products, PP Clear FTC Lite and PP Solid White FTC Lite.
PP Solid White FTC Lite is a non-pearlescent, solid white PP film that offers a bright white base colour with ‘dependable performance’. PP Clear FTC Lite is a clear PP film that can be combined with R704 adhesive and PET Lite liner to offer a ‘no-label look’, as well as clean performance in converting and

HP unveils the new Latex Rigid Technology to enhance quality

HP is set to launch the HP Latex R Series, which will enable its water-based Latex technology to be used for rigid printing.
The announcement of the new technology was made in March this year at the ISA Sign Expo in Orlando, Florida. The manufacturer said the new product family will mark the first, true hybrid Latex technology that merges HP’s flexible printing capabilities into rigid printing.
HP said the series will bring “unparalleled speed and quality” to a wide range of rigid materials

Constantia’s new acquisition

Constantia Flexibles has completed its acquisition of Creative Polypack, elevating it to the third largest flexible packaging company in India.
Creative Polypack was founded in 1986 and currently has eight production sites in Baddi, Kanpur, Kolkata, Assam and Puducherry in northern, eastern and southern India. It manufactures film-based flexible packaging for the food, and home and personal care (HPC) industries, as well as paper-based soap wrappers.
Constantia Flexibles is the world’s fourth

Kodak appoints John O’Grady

John O’Grady has been named as the new president of the Print Systems division at Eastman Kodak, effective April 24, 2018. Previously, he was president of the Consumer and Film division and former general manager of worldwide sales for Print Systems. O’Grady has replaced Brad Kruchten who is retiring after 36 years with Kodak.
Jeff Clarke, CEO at Kodak, said: ‘Kruchten has been an important part of our company for many years, and I thank him for his tremendous commitment to Kodak and outstanding

Strong showing from K&B as specialist presses take off

Koenig & Bauer is working “intensively” on new products for the packaging, digital and industrial printing markets, after filing a strong set of results for its latest financial year.
The German manufacturer, who celebrated its 200th anniversary last year, reported sales which were up 4.3% to €1.218bn for the year to 31 December 2017.
The firm said it had met or exceeded its financial targets, as well as growing market share. EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) grew from €62.9m to

Uflex develops reprocessable barrier packaging for edible oil

Uflex Limited has developed a customised formulation that renders barrier packaging for edible-oil re-processable.
Talking about this major breakthrough in promoting flexible packaging sustainability, joint President, packaging and new product development at Uflex, Jeevaraj Pillai said, “Edible oil needs to be carefully protected from oxygen that makes it rancid. Barrier properties in a coextruded film for edible-oil packaging are imparted by Nylon and/or EVOH. However, it is the presence of

Xerox has partnered with PrintReleaf

Xerox has partnered with PrintReleaf, a project which tracks paper usage and plants trees to offset paper usage. Under the partnership, customers for Xerox managed print services, will be able to contribute to reforestation using PrintReleaf's technology platform and certification system. Based on a theme of "you print one, we'll plant one," PrintReleaf leverages paper usage reporting from MPS, and equates the number of trees needed to reforest that usage on an equivalent basis in identified

Awards for sustainability

Packaging waste, climate change and other environmental problems demand an urgent and coherent response from the CPG industry. The Sustainability Awards 2018, organised by Packaging Europe magazine and hosted at Scanpack, Gothenburg, sets out to connect the dots. The annual competition has returned for its fourth edition.
The Sustainability Awards categories spotlight each of the key areas of innovation where the environmental footprint of packaging and packaged goods can be reduced, from

Partners will aim to innovate PET recycling

Unilever has formed a partnership with start-up company Ioniqa and Indorama Ventures, the largest global producer of PET resin, to pioneer a new technology that converts PET waste back into virgin grade material for use in food packaging.
Ioniqa has developed a proprietary technology that is able to convert any PET waste – including coloured packs – back into transparent virgin grade material. The technology has successfully passed its pilot stage and is now moving towards testing at an

Idealliance releases BrandQ Certified Supply Chain Facility

Idealliance announces the release of the new global packaging supply chain printer facility audit certification called BrandQ Certified Supply Chain Facility. BrandQ Certified Supply Chain assesses key aspects such as process capability, performance, process control, colour management, ISO Standards, proof and press alignment, spot color rendering, pre-media capabilities, G7 calibration, and includes detailed reports and analysis. In addition to enabling brand communication, BrandQ provides a

Baumer hhs unveils the MLT-STA

Baumer hhs unveils the MLT-STA as an entry-level solution for cost-efficiently controlling glue application on flexo folder gluers. The MLT-STA was engineered for manufacturers of corrugated box packaging who until now have gone without monitoring glue application. The MLT-STA works in combination with any existing glue extrusion system available on the market. “Worldwide, a lot of the older flexo folder gluers in particular are still equipped with capacitive sensors for glue or moisture 

Mark Andy buys Presstek from its private owners

Label and flexible packaging specialist Mark Andy has acquired Direct Imaging press and plates specialist Presstek from its private equity owners, in the latest consolidation play among industry manufacturers.
The two businesses have a prior connection as they have both been owned by American Industrial Partners (AIP), and they had an existing partnership whereby Mark Andy Print Products handled North American sales for Presstek’s DI and CTP products.
AIP sold Mark Andy to an investment group

Uflex launches Optika transparent flexitubes

Uflex has launched Optika, a range of flexitubes with advantages of multi-layered flexible laminates. Optika transparent flexitubes are said to offer aesthetical benefits to brands, such as 360-degree printing, utilization of the entire tube torso for branding from shoulder to crimp, high definition graphics, imparting metallic effects using advanced registered printing, registered lamination, superior surface finish using matte and gloss effects, and electron beam (EB) coating for ultra-high

BOBST to showcase process technology

As standard when going to the Labelexpo series of events BOBST will put on a show on its stand #D10 at the first edition of the Labelexpo Southeast Asia, occurring 10 – 12 May 2018 at BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand.
“The Southeast Asian market has been keeping us very busy of late. The label and packaging industry is booming and the interest in our range of solutions is high and continues to grow” comments Matteo Cardinotti, managing director of Bobst Firenze and head of BOBST narrow & mid-web

First SAGA seminar receives warm response in Nairobi

The first Sub Saharan Gutenberg Association (SAGA) Seminar was held at the Academy of Graphic Technology in Nairobi on 1st March. Organized by Flexofit, Chespa and KulChespa, operators and product managers of local printing companies and repro houses enjoyed a day full of educational information. The instructive seminar ran a basic flexo training and gave an overview about printing processes, flexo prepress, flexo plates and equipment, plate mounting, ink systems, anilox rollers, doctor blades

Price increase by Zanders

Due to continuing increases in costs for raw materials such as pulp and chemicals as well as for energy, Zanders is forced to announce a further price increase of 4-7% for all paper grades except Chromolux paper and board, the company informed in a press release. Zanders sales director John Tucker said, “Especially the pulp prices worldwide continue to increase and there are no signs that this will slow down.” The price increase will become effective for all orders that are being invoiced after

Kernow’s new certified synthetics and KernowPrint MetaliK

In response to the wide format market showing a growing interest in packaging, Kernow Coatings has developed KernowPrint MetaliK for fast production of shinny packaging in Gold, Silver and Rose Gold, now available in B2 sheets, the company stated.
KernowPrint MetaliK is a 345μ cardboard with a glossy front face, while the rear side has a white finish. The MetaliK side of the material - available in Silver, Gold or Rose Gold - offers unlimited print options and pattern effects especially with

Treofan launches new IML label film EWR50

BOPP specialist Treofan has launched the new version of the IML label film EWR. The company said that with a thickness of 50μm, it offers greater efficiency and larger surface yield. This benefits brand manufacturers and converters in the food and packaging industry. By comparison, the previous EWR57 film with 57μm thickness provided a surface yield of 18.3 m2/kg.
Treofan adds that just like the EWR57, the solid white EWR50 enables the efficient production of labels. The IML decoration with EWR

Zebra Technologies releases label printers

Zebra Technologies has launched super-secure direct thermal and thermal transfer desktop printers. The two machines print accurate prescriptions, lab and specimen labels, patient ID wristbands and equipment labels down to the smallest sizes.
The ZD420-HC and ZD620-HC boast ease of use, high print speeds and premium print quality, according to the company. The printers offered more secure patient data and could help prevent medical errors in areas such as patient and medicine identification, said

Siegwerk and Agfa Graphics enter into strategic alliance

Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co.KGaA and Agfa Graphics have entered into a vital strategic alliance for digital packaging inks. The contract signed between the two companies includes a business transfer from Agfa Graphics to Siegwerk of a selected OEM customer list, access to know-how, intellectual property and services in the domain of UV curable digital inkjet inks for the single pass packaging and labels industry.
‘’This strategic alliance is a perfect fit for both of us,’’ says Tom Cloots

Proco unveils robotic system

Proco, a supplier and integrator of automation technologies, has unveiled a new collaborative robotic system for the packaging industry.
Siva Krish, Proco’s vice president of sales, says: “Collaborative robotic systems are seeing strong growth in the blow molding industry due to the need for greater efficiency and automation. These systems are being designed in such a way that they complement the production line and provide simplified operation, a smaller footprint, and enhanced

Flint Group tunes in to clients’ needs with their new offering

Flint Group listens to customers’ needs, now offering new hardness level for rotec Compressible Sleeve.
Feedback from several customers indicated that the rotec Compressible Sleeve, with its consistent high-quality compressible surface, is an especially good fit for optimum print quality, combining screen and full tone printing within one colour station. Due to the round, closed-cell polyurethane structure, the sleeve never loses the level of, unlike compressible tape. However, a perfect

AGFA Graphics unveils Adamas

Debuting in spring 2018, the Adamas solution demonstrates Agfa Graphics’ continuing commitment to eco innovation.
“When we designed Adamas, we kept every need of the most advanced commercial printers in mind. The result sd durability, enhanced performance and responses to the biggest market trends, such as low-power curing inks,” asserts Iris Bogunovic, product manager for Thermal Plates. “Adamas is a testament to our ECO3 sustainable innovation drivers, which bring ecology, economy and extra