Plastprintpack & agrofood turns positive

Plastprintpack & agrofood Nigeria 2017 closes on a very positive note. The event attracted over 1,958 visitors (+15%) from all over Nigeria discussed their business with 110 exhibitors from 20 countries.
This 3rd International Trade Show on Plastics, Printing & Packaging enabled thousands of business meetings between professionals from all over Nigeria and global technology leaders and solution providers.
It was the biggest show in the Landmark Centre and the first to fill both halls

Metsä Board wins award

Metsä Board has recently won the Luxe Pack Shanghai ’in green’ Award, in the best eco-friendly Packaging Solution category, with its skincare gift box.
The skincare packaging concept is designed to promote sustainability while providing a unique user experience. The concept represents a winning combination of Metsä Board’s pure, lightweight and stiff paperboards and the company’s innovative packaging design service for more ecological and convenient solutions. The brief was to look at ways to

Mimaki gets certification

Mimaki has announced  that its Sb54/310/410 and Sb320/420 sublimation inks have achieved the ECO PASSPORT certification from OEKO-TEX.
ECO PASSPORT is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in sustainable textile production. It authenticates the safety of chemicals used during the production of textile dyes, pigments and finishing agents. OEKO-TEX is the first system proving the safety of textiles in Europe, and Nissenken is the exclusive

Smurfit Kappa, Sun to unveil coding solution

Smurfit Kappa has collaborated with Sun Chemical to introduce a new digital laser-based coding solution that supports customer packaging and labelling requirements.
The new coding solution for secondary cartons combines Smurfit Kappa’s flexo printed corrugated boxes with Sun Chemical’s SunLase activated coating system resulting in late stage coding, which allows customers to laser mark packaging at the end of manufacturing operations.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Sun Chemical, experts

X-Rite buys ColorCert software assets

X-Rite has acquired ColorCert software assets from Nelissen Consulting, a privately held company in Germany.
Since 2013, X-Rite has been the exclusive distributor of ColorCert software, a real-time colour and print quality process control and reporting tool used by consumer packaged goods companies and packaging converters to simplify colour communication across all internal and external stakeholders.
As part of the agreement, X-Rite will acquire all ColorCert software assets and intellectual

Sun Chemical launches two new UV flexo inks

Sun Chemical launches two new UV flexo inks. The two products are having 'high' performance product ranges, SolarFlex Integra and SolarFlex FSP, to its global SolarFlex family of narrow web, UV flexo inks. The new SolarFlex Integra inks have been designed for label, sleeve and packaging markets that have no requirement for migration-compliant food packaging and replace the SolarFlex Nova SL range. Primarily for surface printing on flexible films and labels where migration-compliant food

Futec appoints Orion as distributors for MEA

Futec appoints Orion as distributors for MEA. Manufacturers of automatic flaw detection systems for print and surface inspection for commercial, packaging and label markets, Futec has  appointed Orion Co as partners for the Middle East region. Orion will serve UAE from 1st February 2017 and the rest of the Middle East from 1st May 2017. Mohannad Naqqasha, general manager of Orion  commented: “100% inspection systems not only deliver economic benefits such as waste reduction, they give users

International Paper has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute

International Paper has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a 2017 World's Most Ethical Company. "At International Paper, it is our vision to be among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world. Our 55,000 global employees are committed to improving people's lives, the planet and our company's performance by transforming renewable resources into products people depend on every day," said Sharon Ryan, senior vice president, general counsel & corporate

Mondi at Interpack

“Mondi, the international packaging and paper group, will show how its packaging solutions are addressing current trends at interpack. Consumers today are sophisticated and demanding.
They prefer packaging that is convenient and that helps them make a buying decision. According to a survey from the market intelligence agency Mintel on Packaging Trends 2017, today’s consumers are also attracted by packaging that stands out through unusual and pleasing design, texture or innovative features.

New Ricoh Pro C5200s supports flexible

Ricoh has launched the Ricoh Pro C5200s series of digital colour cut sheet presses,  the C5200s and Ricoh Pro C5210 to support print-for-pay businesses, commercial printers, in-house print centres and corporate reprographics.  
The new series runs at print speeds of 65 and 80 pages per minute at 1,200 x 4,800 dpi across a range of media up to 360 gsm, announced the manufacturer.
 The embedded paper library has an intuitive User Interface to support operators. Image quality is comparable to the

Flint Group has launched its patent-pending rotec Eco Bridge

Flint Group has  launched its patent-pending rotec Eco Bridge for use in flexographic printing presses and on plate-mounting equipment. The rotec Eco Bridge is an adapter with a breathable metal ring at the operator side which creates an air pillow to allow fast mounting of sleeves. The rotec Eco Bridge allows for reduced air volume requirement. A standard adapter normally needs about 720 l/min of compressed air at six bar of pressure to mount a sleeve; the rotec Eco Bridge can achieve the same

Printeriors 2017 exhibition to be held between 8th to 12th May 2017

Printeriors 2017 exhibition will be held between 8th to 12th May 2017 at Messe Hamburg, Germany.  The conference, for interior designers and architects, will explore the benefits of using print as a medium for interior design and how it can transform interiors, whether for hospitality, residential, retail or corporate purposes.  Roz McGuinness, divisional director of FESPA, commented: "We introduced the hotel concept at Printeriors 2016 and received fantastic feedback from visitors to the

Hybrid Software has launched PACKZ website

Hybrid Software has launched  PACKZ website.  Hybrid Software has created an extensive series of short videos to demonstrate the different features within Packz which is professional PDF editor for packaging and label workflows. The native PDF software, which runs on Mac OS X and Windows platforms and provides 64-bit multi-processing and multi-threading facilities, eliminates the need for file conversions or proprietary file formats. Today, there are more than 1,200 PACKZ licences in use around

Flint Group just published a new Raw Material Update

Flint Group just published a new Raw Material Update to explain raw material trends since January 2016 and the company’s expectations for the remainder of the year. It starts with the statement 'The world is not becoming easier'. Jan Paul van der Velde, senior vice president Procurement, IT and Regulatory of Flint Group explains: crude increases year over year of 50%,   currency and trade challenges, increased cost of sea freight due to supply reduction and reduction of available shipping

Sappi announces new expansion projects

Sappi has announced a range of projects in Europe and the United States to support its growth strategy & 2020 Vision to increase its global product offering to packaging and speciality papers customers.
Range of projects launched for period 2017 to 2019 include: expanded lightweight packaging and speciality paper capacity at Alfeld Mill; conversion of Maastricht Mill to produce high quality solid bleached board and transition of the Lanaken Mill PM8 over three years to support coated

J.Vilaseca ups paper prices

Spanish specialty papermaker J.Vilaseca announced that it will increase the price on all its paper lines by EUR 50 per metric ton. The price increase is effective from 1st March.
In a press release, Carles Torredemer, sales manager, said, "The continuous increase in the price of cellulose, energy and other raw materials, exacerbated by excess demand, continues to cause a continuous deterioration of profitability, so we are forced to announce an increase of [EUR 50 per ton] in all our ranges."

hubergroup develops sheet-fed printing ink for high-volume printing of food packaging

Printing ink manufacturer, hubergroup has announced that it has developed sheet-fed printing ink for high-volume printing of food packaging. NATURA GA series with its latest MGA NATURA series starting 1 February 2017.
MGA NATURA will be available as process inks, as spot inks in line with the classic colour guides and also as bespoke corporate design colours.
All components in the formulation are evaluated and the production process is subject to thorough checks and controls, which means MGA

Color-Logic, iC3D take software to new level

Color-Logic has announced the support of their process metallic colour system by iC3D from Creative Edge Software for prototyping labels and packaging.  
Discussing the certification, Color-Logic CTO Richard Ainge commented: "The Color-Logic Design Suite (plug-ins and palettes for Adobe) was developed to enable designers to create decorative effects at a fraction of the time required to do so manually.  Because time to market is a critical factor in the packaging and label market today, with

Coveris has invested £3m in its cartonboard division

Packaging giant Coveris has invested £3m in its cartonboard division. The international packaging manufacturer invested in a raft of new machinery, site refurbishment, upgrades to existing equipment and a new staff training programme for 2017.  The new machinery, which includes a six-colour Komori GLX-640 with coater, two Jagenberg Diana glue lines, a Heiber & Schröder window patcher and an Iberica cutter-creaser, should all be operational by summer 2017. A spokesman for Coveris said that

Xeikon is creating a dedicated sales, service and support operation in Australia and New Zealand

Xeikon is creating a dedicated sales, service and support operation in Australia and New Zealand. The new division will be fully operational in February 2017. The decision follows the acquisition of Xeikon by Flint Group following a thorough review of synergies between the companies.  Bent Serritslev, managing director Asia Pacific explains: “After assessing the opportunities for both companies we have decided the time is right to establish a direct sales and service organization in Australia

Mohawk announces a new minimum order quantity for non-stocked envelopes

Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, announces a new minimum order quantity for non-stocked envelopes. Beginning immediately, customers can order as little as 1,000 envelopes in standard sizes, even if that envelope is not in stock. “Now designers, printers and end users can improve a client’s image and enhance direct mail response rates while staying within budget with smaller

Stora Enso has divested

Stora Enso announced the divestment of its 100% shareholding in its Finnish subsidiary Formeca Oy, a provider of machines for automated packaging lines, to Amitec Oy, an engineering and machine construction company based in Finland.
Following this transaction, Stora Enso will become a reseller of Formeca machines and retain the ability to support and consult customers on packaging automation solutions.
“Supported by Amitec's dedicated competence in this field, Stora Enso will be able to serve

Corrugated packaging market to hit $269bn in 2021

One of the print industry’s fastest growing sectors is set to experience slower growth over the next five years but is nevertheless expected to be worth more than $269bn by 2021.
For 2009 to 2015, volume consumption of corrugated board grew on average by 4.3% annually but this is expected to decrease to 3.6% annually in 2016 to 2021, according to Smithers Pira, which said the sector will suffer from a combination of factors in the next five years.
The organisation’s latest report, The Future of

A Christmas card with 44,000 variations

Iggesund Paperboard’s tradition of producing sophisticated Christmas cards continues. This year Iggesund has created a snowflake that can be folded in many thousands of possible variations, from crystal white to winter blue colours.
The card consists of seven die-cut snowflakes with each side printed with a different pattern. These 14 variations can then be folded to create more than 44,000 different patterns. The design is the brainchild of German designer Peter Dahmen.   The snowflake created

Smithers Pira report out

Food packaging will grow at a faster rate than the overall packaging market from 2016 to 2021, at 3.0% CAGR in real value and print area. Food-safe inks will also grow at a fast rate in the coming years, as pressure from brand owners and regulators sees them adopted in larger amounts of food packaging, according to Smithers Pira.
Special food-grade inks are increasingly used in printing for food packaging to ensure there is no contamination of the product when they are used correctly, ensuring

Tetra Pack going closer to sustainability goal

Tetra Pack going closer to sustainability goal through new aseptic carton. Tetra Pak has a long tradition in providing sustainable products to the world. At the company’s site in Modena in Italy, Tetra Pak gave Packaging Europe an insight into its journey towards fully renewable packaging for aseptic cartons as exemplified by a recently launched new version of the Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with the bio-based LightCap 30. It is  the first aseptic carton package in the world to receive the

PPC recently released Trends: 2016

The Paperboard Packaging Council's (PPC) recently released Trends: 2016 Industry Outlook and Market Data Report predicts stable, long-term growth for the folding carton market. According to this comprehensive analysis of industry growth trends, carton shipments will increase at an average annual rate of 0.5% through 2019, and the market will climb to $8.9 billion over the same period. The Trends Report, prepared exclusively for PPC members by RISI, offers forecasts for the future as well as

World’s first 3D printed pop-up retail store

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies has announced that its customer, OMUS, a specialist 3D print provider in Australia, has constructed what is believed to be the world’s first 3D printed pop-up retail store on behalf of luxury fashion brand, Louis Vuitton. The eye-catching 9m-wide, 10m-long and 2.7m-high (29.5ft x 32.8ft x 8.85ft) structure was created using OMUS’ recently-installed Massivit 1800 3D Printer in just 18 days and is currently capturing the gaze of shoppers at Sydney’s Westfield

Flint Group has launched a new company website

Flint Group has launched a new company website -  The website will be updated with all of the latest news of product launches, business activity, corporate milestones, events, careers and other important information. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for the direct emails and newsletters on offer. Russell Taylor, responsible for leading HR and Communications in Flint Group said: " The new website is an important platform for our business and will

Hubergroup's new PU digital packaging ink

The printing-ink manufacturer hubergroup has launched a new ink series under the brand name "Gecko Platinum" that blends  into its existing family of "Gecko" flexo and gravure inks.
Whereas the classic Gecko series are based on nitrocellulose (NC), this new series uses a polyurethane (PU) binder system.
Lutz Frischmann,director technology management liquid inks at hubergroup, explains why the company chose to use PU, which has been optimised for this demanding application: "For standard