PrintReleaf plants trees for print clients

PrintReleaf Exchange (PRX) has declared an option to help graphic designers be environmentally responsible.  The company press release said that,  graphic designers planning print projects for environmentally conscious clients now have significantly more options available to them. Now by producing their designs at a PrintReleaf-certified printer, graphic designers can use any type or grade of paper they desire.
PrintReleaf printers verify the amount of paper used and PrintReleaf certifies that

Siegwerk opts price increase

Siegwerk, a global supplier of inks for packaging applications and labels, is increasing prices for all packaging inks and varnishes in North America, Latin America and Asia. This follows earlier announced price increases by Siegwerk in EMEA and the publication gravure division.
“Siegwerk continues to devote a large number of resources to identify efficiency mechanisms and alternate raw material sources and works closely with the overall supply chain to leverage our buying power and minimize

Durst and Omet unveil XJet hybrid printing solution at Durst event

Durst, manufacturer of digital production technologies, and Omet, manufacturer of printing and converting machines, unveiled the new “Omet XJet”, a new integrated hybrid line for labels and package printing. The printing platform is integrating Durst’s Tau 330 digital inkjet system with Omet X6 flexo stations and converting units and was introduced at the Durst Digital Days.
Helmuth Munter, segment manager labels and package printing at Durst, commented: “We are very pleased to partner Omet in

Zanders expands its Zanpack portfolio

Zanders has declared the expansion of its Zanpack portfolio: high basis weights of 450 gsm in Zanpack silk (one-side, double-coated) and Zanpack silk2 (double-side, double-coated) as well as 490 and 550 gsm in Zanpack silk2 are now available. These are particularly suitable for cosmetics and pharmaceutical packaging as well as for premium quality confectionery, food and beverages and non-food items. Zanders said.
The Zanpack portfolio comprises a total of five qualities. In addition to Zanpack

BST eltromat inks new deal

The German firm BST eltromat International has acquired a stake in Nyquist Systems GmbH.  The inspection systems in Nyquist Systems’ TubeScan family will support BST eltromat’s product portfolio.  “Our strategic partnership, which has a long term orientation, is pursuing the aim of promoting the continued success of the TubeScan family developed and produced by Nyquist, and thus to assure our joint market leadership,” said Kristian Jünke, managing director of BST eltromat.
“The close

Sun Chemical & Flint increase ink prices

Sun Chemical and Flint Group have declared an increase in prices of various inks and coatings, effective from 1st of  March 2018.
Flint Group’s CPS Inks division will implement a global price increase of up to 9% on offset and publication gravure inks, coatings and pressroom consumables while Sun Chemical will increase prices on all offset inks and coatings for its customers across all regions.
Flint Group said larger price increases will be required on some specialty products, such as silicones

Innovative packaging solutions in action

Packaging expert Constantia Flexibles has come up with their innovative packaging solutions against counterfeit pharmaceutical and food products.  
In regions such as Africa and Asia, up to 30% of all pharmaceutical products are counterfeit. Product piracy affects even food producers. These pharmaceutical and food products put consumers’ health and the identity of brands at risk, the company stated.
 “Counterfeit products of every description can be detrimental to health,” explains Alexander

Buckman alters product prices

Specialty chemical producer Buckman has announced a global price adjustment on select pulp and paper product lines effective 01 March, 2018, or as contracts allow.
The price increase will be 10 to 25 percent, dependent on geographic location and products and services sold. In some areas increases may be higher where exchange-rate-based adjustments are necessary, Buckman said.
In a press release, Buckman explained, "These price adjustments are being driven by the rising cost of raw materials

BASF SE to increase prices for wet-end paper chemicals

BASF SE said that it will increase prices for wet-end paper chemicals in Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA) by 4 to 12 percent. The company clarified that the price increase is driven by continued increases in cost of raw materials, transportation, and energy. The increase is effective on 1 February 2018, BASF informed. The company's paper chemicals portfolio includes dry strength agents, fixing agents, retention and drainage aids, deaerators, flocculants and coagulants for water

Södra to increase its purchase price for pulpwood and pine logs

Södra has announced increase in its purchase price for pulpwood and pine logs. To ensure continued high levels of supply, Södra is raising its purchase price for pine logs by USD 3.71/cubic metre of solid volume underbark (m3 sub) and introducing a contracting premium of USD 3.09/m3 sub for softwood and hardwood pulp. The price changes are in effect from 1 February 2018. “The strategic investments in Södra's pulp mills in recent years have led to a steady increase in softwood pulpwood

FESPA published the framework programme for the Trends Theatre

FESPA has published the framework programme for the Trends Theatre at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018, which takes place from 15 – 18 May 2018 at Messe Berlin, Germany. The Trends Theatre seminar programme addresses the themes of a series of white papers produced by FESPA together with research organisation Smithers Pira, which explore five key areas of growth for the speciality print community: Décor; Digital Textile; Signage; Industrial; and Digital Print for Packaging. Many of these trends are

Sappi launches its white liner board - Fusion Uncoated

Sappi announced an addition to its containerboard product lines with Fusion Uncoated, a fully bleached fresh fibre liner. In contrast to Sappi’s double-coated Fusion Topliner, Fusion Uncoated has a natural, uncoated surface that is ideal for applications such as corrugated board and carton packaging that require 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

Koehler Paper to increase price

Koehler Paper Group is increasing prices for its thermal paper product range by 12-15 % for shipments from April 1st, 2018 onwards.
This increase is essential in order to offset the extreme rise of specialty chemical costs, mainly color former as well as historically high pulp prices, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
It is also known that due to insufficient results and the significant cost increases for pulp and other raw materials, chemicals and logistics

Pantone picks Ultra Violet as colour for 2018

Pantone chose Ultra Violet as the colour of the year for 2018. And the shade of purple is expected to hit stores, manifesting itself in cosmetic and fashion products.
VDL Cosmetics will introduce items featuring the color.
VDL Cosmetics posted a promotion video of “VDL + Pantone” on Facebook. It is taking preorders for the limited edition lineup, which includes products such as eye shadow, tint, makeup primer and cushion compact foundation.
Other cosmetics brands, such as Innisfree, RMK, Maxclinic

Bakery & confectionery packing on growth path: Bosch

A new article issued by Bosch Technologies states that the global bakery products and confectionery markets see fast growth. Products such as wrapped sweets, bagged toffees, Easter eggs, liqueurs and boxes of chocolates are popular items, as are doughnuts, baked snacks, biscuits, cereal bars, cakes, pastries and crackers.
The producers in bakery and confectionery sectors are looking for flexibility and variety where packaging is concerned. Both bakery and confectionery items are often placed in

UPM Raflatac unveils resistant film and opens new facility

UPM Raflatac has introduced its Synlite Xtra outdoor-resistant film face material and opens new label stock slitting and distribution terminal in Santiago, Chile. The new terminal is expected to be used by the company to expand its customer reach and improve its service capabilities by offering a wide range of sustainable paper, film and special products.
“We’re very pleased to be able to add this new film to our ever-expanding range of solutions for highly demanding applications. Synlite Xtra

Packaging services market to reach $50bn

The value of the global packaging services market is forecast to grow from $33.7bn in 2017 to $50bn in 2022, according to new research from Smithers Pira.
The print and packaging consultancy’s latest market report, The Future of Business Models and Services in Packaging to 2022, said the market will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 9.5% due to factors including the introduction of new business models and greater vertical integration.
The packaging services analysed and quantified in

Hubergroup’s new changes

Hubergroup has made a lot of management changes to their technology division, chairman, and many more.
Heiner Klokkers took over as chairman of the Management Board on January. His core task will be the strategic development of the company into new markets or new segments within and outside the printing ink industry.
Ursula Borgmann, who chaired the hubergroup management  board and headed the technology division, handed over her responsibilities to her successors at the beginning of 2018 after

Smurfit Kappa opens new paper recycling facility in Málaga

Paper-based packager Smurfit Kappa has opened a new recycling plant in Málaga, Spain, which is expected to strengthen its recovered paper service in the south of Spain.
The company said the plant, which is expected to process over 30,000 tonnes of recovered paper annually, is perfectly positioned to meet the city’s growing recycling needs. In the city, a fleet of eco-friendly hybrid vehicles collect paper and board from households and businesses. This is then sorted at the plant and sent to the

The Navigator hosted multiple competitions

In the 3rd edition of the Global Writing Contest “Around the World in 80 Pages”, The Navigator, challenged travel enthusiasts to share their best adventures through an original story. On this 2017 edition, the contest registered 2,161 participant, from 77 different countries around the globe. Representing a 59% increase of submied stories and 18% more represented countries, in comparison with its 2nd edn.
According to the company spokesperson, “Until December 31st, participants gave use to their

Fedrigoni acquired by Bain Capital

Specialty papers and labels maker Fedrigoni has been acquired by private equity firm Bain Capital. Italy-based Fedrigoni was established in 1888 and has 13 manufacturing facilities in Italy, Spain and Brazil, more than 2,700 employees, and a distribution network covering more than 110 countries. The company is expected to generate sales of around $1.3 billion for FY2017.
Bain Capital Private Equity managing director, Ivano Sessa said: “We believe Fedrigoni has the potential to grow

Rewritable paper goes technicolor

Rewritable paper goes technicolor. Metal-ligand complexes display a range of long-lasting colors that can be erased on demand, allowing paper to be reused. The paper industry has a significant environmental impact, from cutting down trees for raw material to consuming large amounts of energy and water to process that material. To curb that impact, chemists have been working on rewritable paper technologies that would allow people to print on a sheet of paper with special inks and then erase

Coca-Cola outlines mission to reduce plastic waste

Coca-Cola outlines mission to reduce plastic waste. Coca-Cola has pledged to recycle a used bottle or can for every one the company sells by 2030 as well as working towards making all its packaging recyclable, as the soft drinks giant joins a global movement to reduce waste. The company has a huge responsibility to tackle the problem of plastic and waste and, as a marketer of 500 brands of soft drinks, Coca-Cola has vowed to step up its actions by announcing its global plan to “help create a

Omet has named Paolo Grasso as head of sales for its newly-introduced Labels business unit

Omet has named Paolo Grasso as head of sales for its newly-introduced Labels business unit. In his new role, Grasso will lead the global sales team, agents and distributor network of the Labels business unit, supporting them closely to further enhance the sales and market response. Omet sales director Marco Calcagni said: "It’s the right time to organize our sales activities to be able to complete our global expansion with a closer attention to each customer, as for Omet every customer is

Finat tackles industry challenges at seminar

Industry association Finat will use its forthcoming Technical Seminar 2018 to address the many common challenges facing printers and converters today, and look at how to overcome them and achieve ‘real results’.
Topics such as digitization, automation, decoration and finishing are recurring themes for the industry, with the 1.5-day seminar designed to help companies understand the technical challenges, and improve their organizational efficiency, service and profitability by implementing new

Brookfield to acquire Schoeller

Brookfield Business Partners has agreed to acquire a 75% stake in returnable plastic packaging systems firm Schoeller Allibert for €205m.
The founding Schoeller family will continue to hold the remaining 25% stake in Schoeller Allibert through Schoeller Group.
Brookfield Business Partners CEO Cyrus Madon said: “An increased global focus on sustainability, waste reduction, e-commerce and logistics automation positions the returnable packaging sector for meaningful growth, so we are pleased to

EU plans to make all packaging recyclable

The European Commission has adopted a new strategy on plastics as part of its plan to advance towards a more circular economy.
The new strategy aims to make all plastic packaging in the EU market recyclable by 2030, as well as reduce the consumption of single-use plastics and restrict the intentional usage of microplastics.
The moves are expected to decrease plastic pollution in Europe, as well as encourage growth and innovation.
European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans said: “If

VINSAK receives repeat order from Manipal International

VINSAK secured a repeat order from Manipal International Printing Press to install Lombardi Flexo Press along with VINSAK USAR Slitter Inspection rewinder at their plant in Nigeria after the installation of similar machines at their Kenya Plant.
VINSAK had installed a 10-color Synchroline full servo UV Flexo press equipped with movable cold foil, chiller, two die-cutting stations with easy waste, slitter, turn-bar, re-lam, de-lam, sheeter, conveyer, and lamination. VINSAK have also installed

Sun Chemical unveils new UV offset ink for luxury folding carton applications

Sun Chemical has introduced a new UV offset ink for luxury folding carton applications. The new ink system, SunCure Aspire UV, has been developed to make graphics look vibrant on high-end luxury folding cartons and offer the longer-term shelf appeal for brand owners.
In addition to exhibiting immense colour transparency, the new ink system will help in the creation of vivid color graphic effects on metalized, lenticular and holographic board stocks which are frequently used for pharmaceutical

Huhtamaki to launch paper cup recycling scheme

Finnish company Huhtamaki has confirmed its plans to launch a new recycling initiative for used paper coffee cups in Gosport. Slated to launch early 2018, the new scheme will be the first of its kind in the country.
In collaboration with the Gosport Borough Council, Huhtamaki will trial an easily accessible and cost-effective collection and recycling service for paper cups, similar to the ones produced by the company in the town. The scheme will remove cups from the general waste stream and