Bosch Packaging Technology to appoint Dr. Stefan König

Bosch Packaging Technology will appoint Dr. Stefan König (51) as new president from January 1, 2017. Dr. König holds aPhD in data mining and has been a member of the executive management since 2011. He oversees Technology (comprising Engineering, Manufacturing and Quality), the Confectionery & Food and Liquid Food business units, as well as Assembly Systems and Special Machinery. He has held various positions, including a stint in the Bosch Mobility Solutions business sector. Dr. König has

Printpack launched their new polyethylene pouch

Printpack has announced the launch of its new, easy-tear polyethylene pouch designed for compliance with the How2Recycle store drop-off recycling stream. In addition to providing easy recyclability, the package can also be equipped with customizable options for moisture barriers, oxygen barriers and closures to better preserve contents and combat food waste.  The recyclability attribute of the pouch stems from its single-material structure. Films with multiple materials can contain a

CHILI publish announced that it has published a new educational white paper

CHILI publish announced that it has published a new educational white paper on the digital packaging opportunity. Titled “Digital Packaging: A Box Full of – ization Potential,” this document gives suppliers and print customers a comprehensive look at the trends that are driving packaging production today, and the technology needed to succeed in this new paradigm. The white paper is available now for download on the CHILI publish website.  CHILI publish is hosting a series of webinars that

Stora Enso has appointed Annica Bresky

Stora Enso has appointed Annica Bresky, the current president of Sweden-based manufacturer Iggesund Paperboard, as executive vice-president of its consumer board division.  She is a former Stora employee, having held engineering and superintendent positions at Stora's Kvarnsveden Mill from 2001 to 2010. Stora Enso chief executive Karl-Henrik Sundström said: "Annica Bresky is a perfect match for our opportunities in the consumer board division. Her extensive experience both in production and

API Group acquires AMP, Netherland

Foil and laminate manufacturer API Group has acquired Netherlands-based Amsterdam Metallized Products (AMP).
The deal completed on 1st December after talks started in the summer between API chief executive Dino Kiriakopoulos and AMP managing director Pim Honig. Financial details were undisclosed.
AMP will be absorbed into API’s branding and will be known as API Netherlands from January 2017. Kiriakopoulos said API has “committed to run in Amsterdam for the full year of 2017 and then will take a

SPGPrints ups features

SPGPrints has introduced to its direct laser engraver for digitally imaging narrow-web rotary screens. The new version of the rotaLEN features an 'improved laser that images to high-definition (HD) standards, and an extended engraving width that accommodates wider screens and - in some cases - two meshes simultaneously' announced the company.
The enhanced laser system was developed in response to demand from personal care brand owners and their suppliers seeking solutions for providing more

Gallus unveils new model

Gallus has taken inspiration from some of the design principles used in parent Heidelberg’s Speedmaster presses for its latest label printing press.
The firm, which became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heidelberg in 2014, unveiled the new model at an open house at its Swiss facility this week.
The new Labelmaster press uses a modular platform design, like the Speedmaster, and is targeted at label and packaging printers.
Stephan Plenz, Heidelberg board member for equipment, said the Gallus and

X-Rite unveils new file format (AxF)

X-Rite and its subsidiary Pantone announced the release of Appearance Exchange Format (AxF), a new file format that allows the full communication of visual appearance in a single, editable file in order to improve the virtualization process.
A vendor-neutral format, AxF provides a standard way to store and share all relevant appearance data – colour, texture, gloss, refraction, translucency, special effects (sparkles) and reflection properties – across Product Lifecycle Management (PLM),  and

IP awarded by FSC recently

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recently recognized International Paper with an FSC Leadership Award for forest certification commitment and program innovation.
International Paper was recognized for its U.S. FSC certification strategy to increase the amount of FSC certified fiber used in packaging, pulp, and paper products. One of the ways International Paper increased the amount of FSC certified fiber was the development of its own FSC forest management group - Certified Forest Management

Sistrade's new S9 of MIS|ERP is looking forward to capitalize

Sistrade's new S9 of MIS|ERP is looking forward to capitalize the market. In addition to all the new software features and optimization for label, flexible packaging and packaging industry sectors, from now on, the users are able to customize the interface according to their preferences and have shortcut tools similar to MS Office. "What is more, we have offered new Business intelligence and SmartStatistics tools, which greatly please all the managers. Forecasting the future, Sistrade

Printpack will debut an easy tear polyethylene pouch at Pack Expo

At this year’s PACK EXPO International, Printpack will debut an easy tear polyethylene pouch featuring customizable moisture barrier, oxygen barrier and closures options.  "By offering a full range of packaging solutions that slow the degradation of food content, we can help brands gain greater consumer preference and stronger loyalties. Ensuring freshness from the first serving to the last not only builds brand appeal, it also supports industry-wide efforts to fight food waste and achieve

The third edition of Xeikon Café educational conference

The third edition of Xeikon Café educational conference is scheduled for 28 to 31 March 2017 at Xeikon’s Lier facility near Antwerp, Belgium.  The event is designed to be an informal knowledge exchange platform around packaging and label innovations, demonstrating end-to-end digital production solutions with content presented by leading industry suppliers, including experts from Xeikon and its Aura partners. The 2017 edition will offer a conference program with a focus on key innovations

Bosch Packaging Technology has received the German Packaging Award

Bosch Packaging Technology has received the German Packaging Award (Deutscher Verpackungspreis) in the “packaging machines” category for its prototype Sipack VPF, the first freely scalable vertical form fill and seal machine for flat pouches. Granted by the German Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut – dvi), the award recognizes its technology that allows for maximum scalability and dosing accuracy due to the line flexibility and decentralized dosing system.

Atlantic Zeiser unveils serialisation system

Atlantic Zeiser has launched Digiline Label Offline, an offline roll-to-roll label serialisation system.
The device, which is available with immediate effect, will be shown at German packaging exhibition FachPack .
The machine enables abrasion-resistant, high-quality labels to be printed at speed, serialised and made available for a wide range of different packaging lines. It also allows the serialisation and dispensing processes to be separated both physically and in time.
The firm said the

Ultrachem revamps its flexo ink, coatings washes range

Coatings and pressroom consumables manufacturer Ultrachem has rebranded and extended its water-based flexo ink, coatings and washes range.
The new colour branded range of high-quality water-based flexo inks and coatings includes products for flexo and gravure printing on food and industrial packaging.
Ultrachem business development manager for water-based flexo Geoff Woodacre said: “The full water-based flexo ink product portfolio encompasses inks for corrugated and pre-print, wide-web flexo

Mondi acquires Uralplastic-N

Mondi Group has signed an agreement to acquire 100 % of the outstanding share capital of ZAO Uralplastic-N (Uralplastic) from Joint Stock Company Rusnano and a private investor. Uralplastic operates one plant near Ekaterinburg, in the Ural region of Russia and manufactures a range of consumer flexible packaging products for food, hygiene, homecare, and other applications. 
Commenting on the acquisition, David Hathorn, Chief executive of Mondi Group, said: “The acquisition of Uralplastic

Xeikon is staging a number of events in October

Xeikon is staging a number of events in October as part of its Xeikon Café initiative. The series of technology updates has been created to keep customers ahead of the print, label and packaging production curve. Catching up with the news and innovations demonstrated at Labelexpo Americas, the focus of Xeikon Café will be Labelexpo revisited on October 5. A conference program in the morning will touch on recent developments in the industry. In the afternoon, a range of workshops and

Flint Group has created a central business development unit

Flint Group has created a central business development unit for its Flexographic Products division, which is to be based in Stuttgart and headed up by Friedrich von Rechteren. The central business unit is a global operation, and includes business development managers with specific remits for key markets important to Flint Group Flexographic Products. Other members of the unit include: Mats Lind, responsible for the flexible packaging market segment; Philipp Eissner, responsible for the

Bobst expands presence in West Africa

Bobst expands presence in West Africa. Bobst has announced that it will open an office in Lagos, Nigeria to enhance the support provided to customers in West and Central Africa. The formal launch of the new office took place at an event during  Propak West Africa exhibition being held in the city. Samir Khoudja, Bobst’s managing director for the Middle East and Africa, said, “West Africa, and Nigeria in particular, is a very dynamic market. By opening an office in Lagos, the city with the

Tekra has introduced two new hard coated dry erase polyester films

Tekra, a division of EIS, has introduced two new hard coated dry erase polyester films to their stocks of hard coated films. Both coming in five millimeters thick, Tekra is now stocking a clear and white hard coated gloss dry erase polyester film. “Our gloss dry erase coating has exceptional write and erase characteristics,” stated Andy Danihel, director of marketing for Tekra. “The dry erase coating has been tested with a variety of colours of standard dry erase markers and can be easily

Spandex expands its ImagePerfect range

Signmaking and digital display supplier Spandex has added two new ImagePerfect films to its ETU (Easy to Use) range of digital self-adhesive films.

The IP2561PA and IP2562PA films incorporate Spandex’s PerfectApply technology. They incorporate a thick film (100μm) for easy handling and can be used          in environments including retail spaces, exhibition stands or offices.

Spandex  Europe marketing manager Gabi Parish said: “The new films offer ease of application, help ensure

Avery acquires Mactac European division

Avery Dennison has officially acquired the European business of graphic and label media manufacturer Mactac in a deal worth $200m  including assumed debt.

Avery senior business director of Graphics Solutions Shaun Hobson said: “For the past three months, a cross-business and cross-functional team has been busy ensuring a smooth transition. We are well placed to combine the best elements of both companies and working relationships have been excellent.

“It enhances our competitiveness in

Xeikon on 'What's Next'

Xeikon is preparing for its exhibit at Labelexpo Americas from Sept. 13-15. Xeikon’s parent company, Flint Group, will also be exhibiting narrow web inks, platemaking and flexo plates at the show. During the show, Xeikon customers will be on hand to share their stories with booth visitors.

“Labelexpo Americas is a very important show for Xeikon,” said Dave Wilkins, VP of sales and marketing for Xeikon North America. “It gives us a great opportunity to catch up with existing customers and meet

Scientists in the USA are developing an edible packaging film

Scientists in the USA are developing an edible packaging film for food made from milk proteins. This milk-based alternative to the edible packaging varieties already on the market, which mainly use starch, has smaller pores and can thus create a tighter network that keeps oxygen out. The researchers’ earlier attempt used pure casein and resulted in a strong and effective oxygen blocker. They said it was relatively hard to handle and would dissolve in water too quickly. Some improvements were

Smurfit Kappa has won the European Innovation Recognition award

Smurfit Kappa has won the European Innovation Recog-nition award from Nestlé Fibre Packaging Categories for the second consecutive year.  The award is given for innovation proposals across Europe and is judged by internal stakeholders at Nestlé on the basis of a series of solutions.  The winning concept voted by the Nestlé stakeholders as a successful concept was the Easy Erect Display, which is delivered flat and can be erected in store in less than three seconds without any training.  Mike

Stora Enso has recorded a decline in sales of 1.4% (€36m) in Q2

Stora Enso has recorded a decline in sales of 1.4% (€36m) in Q2 2016, compared to a year ago reports  The Finish paper giant said sales decreased mainly due to structural changes, including the conversion of paper production to kraftliner at Varkaus Mill in Finland, the Arapoti paper mill disposal in Brazil, and the Barcelona board mill divestment in Spain.  Operational EBIT was €226m, an increase of €19m, with an operational EBIT margin of 8.9% (8.1%). However, Moody’s

Avery Dennison has introduced the new Supreme Wrapping Film ColorFlow Series

Avery Dennison has introduced the new Supreme Wrapping Film ColorFlow Series. The ColorFlow Series includes five new colours: Rising Sun (Red/Gold), Urban Jungle (Silver/Green), Roaring Thunder (Blue/Red), Fresh Spring (Gold/Silver) and Rushing Riptide (Cyan/Purple).  “The new ColorFlow Series allows installers to create dynamic, colour shifting car wraps that are incredibly unique,” said Oliver Guenther, marketing director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Europe. “When the light hits any

Sappi to show enviro- friendly packaging

Sappi has announced that they will exhibit their environmentally sustainable carton and paper-based packaging solutions for containerboard, rigid packaging, flexible packaging, label papers and functional papers at FachPack in  Germany.

Sappi has recently restructured its containerboard product range adding new products for its corrugated cardboard market. This includes the bright white Fusion topliner as well as corrugating liner & fluting Ultraflute. 

Fusion topliner has an

Meech releases ionising bar

Meech International has launched the Hyperion 971IPS-30 extra long range pulsed DC ionising bar suitable for applications in a number of industries, including plastics and packaging. 

David Rogers, technical director at Meech International said: "The new 971IPS-30 is powered by a +/- 30kV 24V DC Integrated Power Supply (IPS), which effectively makes it the most powerful bar we have launched to date.”

With an operating working distance of 200 to 1500mm, the 971IPS-30 suits very long-range

Flint Group takes over AIC, Siegwerk offset

Flint Group has completed its take over of Siegwerk Druckfarben’s Heatset and Newsink production arm and acquired US-based American Inks and Coatings.

The company said the deal was part of a long-term strategy to grow in key packaging segments and would support "dynamic growth in the global packaging market" and better align the business with its packaging and converting customers in North America.

"The increased knowledge and expertise obtained as a result of this acquisition will only