Labelexpo Asia 2017 will present the Digital Trail and Smart Zone features

Labelexpo Asia 2017 will present the Digital Trail and Smart Zone features for the first time at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 5 – 8 December.  Featuring HP, Domino, Fuji Xerox and Xeikon, the Digital Trail will demonstrate the benefits of adopting a digital printing operation. Visitors will see several new major presses launched for the Asian continent as part of the Trail including, HP Indigo’s WS6800 digital press, the Durst Tau 330E UV digital inkjet press from Fuji

Cron unveils new double-speed flexo platesetters

Cron launched a new range of high-speed flexo CTP devices at last week’s LabelExpo Europe.
The latest additions to its flexo line-up are intended for label and packaging applications.
The new platesetters feature precise laser technology, producing standard resolutions of 5,080dpi. The HDI Flexo H+ series has been developed with twice the laser power of comparable products, meaning that it is possible to achieve resolutions from 2,400dpi up to 9,600dpi as standard.
“With our products the quality

Bobst launches enhanced flexo press M8 for flexible packaging line

Bobst has premiered an upgraded flexo press, the M8 flexible packaging line, at LabelExpo.
The machine was unveiled at a press conference at  LabelExpo in Brussels, where the company also launched the first two label presses from its new digital subsidiary Mouvent. The press will cost between $2.61m and $3.92m, depending on specification, and can be configured inline with a range of finishing machines, with Bobst strategic products and marketing director Federico D’Annunzio saying pricing is

Vivid launches two new products modular feeder, printable foil

Vivid Laminating Technologies is launching two new products: a modular feeder and a printable white foil. Available to order now, the Omni-Flow modular deep-pile feeder and Aqua Aura Printable White Foil will both be commercially available thereafter.  Capable of feeding longsheet stocks of plus-1.1m, the feeder, available to run inline with Matrix digital laminating and foiling systems and for retrofitting with pre-existing systems, uses Swiss-made feed head technology exclusive to the

Avery creates labels for tyre industry

Avery Dennison has created a label  which is engineered to bond with the tyre during the vulcanisation process and maintain lifelong adhesion and readability.
“The Avery Dennison solution consists of specially designed barcode tracking labels engineered to bond with the tyre during the vulcanization process and maintain lifelong adhesion and readability. These pressure-sensitive labels offer excellent abrasion and heat resistance, allowing the tyre to remain traceable throughout a customer’s

Honaz’s new label printer

Honaz FZCo launched its new MapleJet ProDigit 70 printer, which incorporates Xaar 502 GS15 O printheads, on its stand at the GulFood Manufacturing event in Dubai.
The latest printer in the ProDigit range, the MapleJet ProDigit 70 raises the bar in terms of quality, reliability, and return on investment. It is the ideal choice for companies looking to replace their carton label printers as it can print high-resolution (180dpi) codes at up to 70mm height, directly onto cartons. Operating at line

Sun Chemical unveils UV LED ink for label, narrow web markets

Sun Chemical has launched its  range of new products for narrow web label, sleeve and flexible packaging covering all print processes at Labelexpo Europe 2017.
Sun Chemical is introducing SolarFlex LED, a range of migration-compliant, UV flexo 4-colour process inks, which thanks to its patented M-Cure® photoinitiators allow for rapid curing, ensuring full cure at high press speeds. The range is fully compliant with regulations for food, pharmaceutical, tobacco and cosmetics packaging.

Primera’s FX500e foil imprinting system

Manufacturer of specialty printers Primera Technology, announced the launch of its new FX500e Foil Imprinting System.
FX500e is Primera’s new  foil imprinter, adding  metallic highlights to pre-printed or blank labels serving as an accessory to Primera’s LX- and CX-Series colour label printers and other laser- or inkjet-based label printers.
 As the imprinting process is digital, virtually any design elements can be added to the label including borders, fonts, graphics and backgrounds. Metallic

Printable wall coverings out

Launched at Fespa this year, the full range of KernowJet Interiors printable wallcoverings have been certified for HP Latex Inks.  There are available in 2 thicknesses and 13 different embossed patterns which  are scratch and water resistant and have an anti-reflective front surface announced the manufacturers.
Kernow Coatings manufactures digital print substrates for many of the world’s leading brands in narrow and wide formats, as well as gel lighting solutions.  
KernowJet Opaline Gloss 201

Avery Dennison’s new tamper evident seal

Avery Dennison has launched its newly formulated adhesive S799P for its portfolio of Tamper-evident Seal Range. The new adhesive eases compliance with the EU Medicine Directive 2011/62/EU, which is designed to prevent “falsified medicines” from entering the legal prescription supply chain, and also applies to some over-the-counter products.
“Drug counterfeiting is a major global problem. Patient safety is compromised by product manipulation and substitution, and manufacturers can experience

Domino gets new award

Domino concluded a very successful three-day event as they were presented with the prestigious “Company to Watch” award at the Digital Packaging Summit 2017, in Ponte Vedra, FL October 23-25.
As David Pesko, Senior Vice President of nGage Events describes, “The winner of this award is a company that attendees feel people should keep an eye on moving forward. They feel their approach, products, technology and strategy make them standout in the marketplace and they feel more is coming.”
There were

MEPCO participates in 44th edition of Baghdad International Fair

The Middle East Paper Company (MEPCO) participated in the 44th session of the Baghdad International Fair on 21st – 30th October. The company was part of a delegation of around 60 Saudi Arabian companies in the Saudi Pavilion.
Sami Safran, CEO Mepco commented: “We are proud to join the Saudi Export Development Authority in building bridges of communication with Iraq, part of a broader KSA government and business effort to create a starting point for fruitful cooperation between both of our

Stora Enso's third quarter sales up on production volume increases

Stora Enso's CEO Says third quarter sales up on production volume increases.  He said: " “During the quarter, we have made a step change in our transformation towards a renewable materials growth company. I am very pleased to announce the third consecutive quarter of sales growth, with an increase of almost 5%. This is mainly driven by our steady progress in the transformation projects in China, Varkaus and Murów. Additionally, a favourable price development had a positive impact. If we look at

Neenah Paper is set to acquire Netherlands-based Coldenhove

Neenah Paper is set to acquire Netherlands-based Coldenhove for $45 million. "This acquisition adds to our technical products portfolio with products, technologies and a customer base that nicely complement our existing digital transfer business, further accelerating our participation in profitable growing markets," said John O'Donnell, chief executive officer. "From a financial perspective, the investment provides an attractive return on capital, is immediately accretive, and will deliver

Print Pack International 2017 hosted 300 exhibitors from 25 countries

Print Pack International 2017 hosted 300 exhibitors from 25 countries, recording 17,452 trade visitors from 59 countries.  National groups from Germany, Taiwan, China, Thailand, and for the first time, Singapore exhibited. According to the organisers, there was  a 20% increase in visitor attendance over the 2015 edition, with international visiting delegations from China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Taiwan, and Vietnam also participating at the show.

EFI acquires UK-based Escada Systems

EFI has acquired UK-based Escada Systems, a provider of Corrugator Control systems for the packaging market. provider of Corrugator Control systems for the packaging market. "We are thrilled to add the Escada team and technology to our leading portfolio for the Packaging industry," said Gabriel Matsliach, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Productivity Software. "The addition of Escada makes EFI a one stop shop for enabling packaging companies to improve the quality, efficiency and

Heidelberg launches first rotary die-cutter

Heidelberg has launched its Speedmaster XL 106-DD rotary die-cutter for the in-mould label (IML) market.
The new machine, which can die-cut IMLs for processing in a single pass, got its commercial launch at Heidelberg’s Wiesloch Walldorf site at the end of September.
The machine, which was first discussed at LabelExpo Europe but on show at Heidelberg’s Label Day event, can process foils and papers at up to 10,000sph, which Heidelberg says is double the speed of a flatbed die-cutter, and takes

HP unveils integrated luxury label line

HP has launched a new single-pass digital embellishment line for labels. Priced at around €400,000 dependent on configuration, the Gem embellishment unit was launched at this week’s LabelExpo Europe in Brussels and can work both inline with an Indigo WS6800, which would cost around €800,000 for both, or as a standalone machine. The line is running live on HP's stand at LabelExpo.
HP head of marketing Graphics Solutions Business EMEA Michael Smetana described the machine as “the first digital

Sun Chemical releases 5th edition of Designing Packaging guide

Sun Chemical has launched the fifth edition of Designing Packaging with Certainty, its best practice guide to printing food and sensitive goods packaging with conventional offset and UV/EB curing inks and coatings.
The 32 page guide, which is updated every three years, reflects the changing packaging market and legislation to support the development workflow in the production of safe packaging for food and other sensitive applications, such as tobacco and pharmaceuticals. The fifth edition of

FLEXcon expands its THERMLfilm HT product line

Coated and laminated films manufacturer FLEXcon has expanded its THERMLfilm HT product line with the introduction of four new high-temperature polyimide constructions.
The new THERMLfilm HT 9000 Series products have been tested and approved for leaded and lead-free reflow in the wave solder environment.
FLEXcon product identification business team market development specialist Ron Ducharme said: “Manufacturers understand that printability, chemical and heat resistance are the most critical

MGI unveils digital ‘all-in-one’ roll-to-roll label printer

MGI Digital Technology has unveiled its new roll-to-roll digital combination label press which integrates high-definition four-colour dry toner printing and embellishment.
The French digital printing and finishing equipment manufacturer claims the Jetvarnish 3D Web Color+ is the first roll-to-roll digital press on the label market to offer a complete inline system without any makeready or tools.
“Tools and dies are very expensive so the cost is reduced without the need for these,” said MGI

Kesko launches recyclable wood fibre-based EcoFishBox

Kesko has launched its new wood fibre-based EcoFishBox in a bid to reduce the use of plastics in its store. The new corrugated fish box produced by packaging company Stora Enso will be used to replace expanded polystyrene (EPS) containers.
EcoFishBox was developed in Finland in collaboration with grocery stores and the fishing industry.
In the last year, several Kesko stores have successfully tested the new wood fibre-based boxes.
Kesko grocery trade sustainability manager Timo Jäske said

New BOBST M8 flexible packaging line with digital flexo technology

High speed and automated print production and finishing system for flexible packaging and related work  - Bobst M8 will  be launched at Labelexpo Europe in Brussels.
The new BOBST M8 line is multi-process, multi-web inline printing and converting machine for digital flexo technology on a machine with web widths up to 1070 mm and speeds up to 400 m/min.
“These capabilities will have momentous effects on today’s market dynamics, with their golden rule of diversify to succeed,” says Matteo

Dalim, MGI to exhibit

Dalim Software and MGI exhibited new products for label creation to digital printing at Labelexpo Europe 2017.  
“Dalim Software is demonstrating packaging and marketing solutions managed together. We hope to help identify and anticipate the growing needs of brands, retailers, and other content developers, while integrating our solutions into their traditional label—and marketing—supply chains,” comments Billerey Rayel. “During Labelexpo Europe 2017, Dalim Software’s and MGI’s objective is to

Spandex enhances 18 coloured vinyls

Spandex has announced that it has added PerfectApply technology to 18 of its coloured vinyls in its ImagePerfect 5700 High Performance range, including black and white matt. Spandex is offering an introductory price until the end of September.
PerfectApply technology allows for greater levels of repositionability and air egress during application, resulting in faster, easier and bubble-free installation, without the need for bubble piercing tools and thereby eliminating potential damage to the

Ultrachem revamps flexo lineup with new additions

Coatings and pressroom consumables manufacturer Ultrachem has launched a new range of UV flexo inks and refreshed its other flexo product ranges.
The firm said its Ultraflex UV Intense flexo ink range is specifically formulated and manufactured to meet the challenges of modern day flexo printing.
These inks are suitable for use with a wide variety of substrates and recommended for self-adhesive labels, cartons, pouches and wraparounds. A lightfast version of the inks is also available.
Included in

SPGPrints launches RotaMesh Glitter Screen for reflective inks

SPGPrints has announced the launch of  RotaMesh Glitter Screen for reflective, colour-changing inks on premium labels and packaging.  RotaMesh Glitter Screen is a nickel rotary screen suitable for applying glitter, lustre, shimmer and optically variable inks.
Hank Guitjens, commercial manager label printing, SPGPrints, commented: “There has been tremendous innovation in reflective inks that create a range of exclusive effects, providing an effective way to differentiate brands and enhance

HP unveils new solutions

HP  announced a new portfolio for digital printing and embellishment of labels in any quantity for any application1, in another move to transform labels and packaging printing from analog to digital.  
HP also announced the HP Indigo GEM, the digital one-pass printing press for embellishing with foil, screen, tactile, varnish and other special effects, using one workflow, one operator, and one design file without the need for tooling; is now available for pre-ordering at Labelexpo. Integrated

Global market for aseptic packaging is projected to grow

The global market for aseptic packaging, in terms of value, is projected to grow from USD 39.62 billion in 2017 and to reach USD 66.45 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 10.89%. The aseptic packaging market is growing rapidly in accordance with the growth in the packaging market, globally. The rise in demand for convenience products and ready-to-eat food product has largely contributed to the growth of the aseptic packaging market. The aseptic packaging market is classified on the basis of type

Uteco and QuadTech announced an agreement to join forces

Uteco and QuadTech announced an agreement to join forces demonstrate the benefits on colour management technology.  QuadTech’s ColorTrack, a new color management software for flexo and gravure packaging applications, is an  adaptive “colour expert in a box” solution for packaging printers. With a variety of options for hand-held and inline configurations, the software facilitates fast, press-side correction of ink formulations. Without any hardware modifications to the press, ColorTrack