Gallus is now a wholly owned company

Heidelberg is taking 100% ownership of Gallus in a deal that will see Gallus owner Ferdinand Rüesch become Heidelberg’s largest single shareholder.
Heidelberg acquired a 30% stake in family-owned Gallus in 1999, and part of the deal included the option to eventually buy the rest of the label and packaging press specialist.
It has now agreed a deal with Gallus owner Ferdinand Rüesch AG, which will swap its 70% stake in Gallus for new shares in Heidelberg, taking a 9% stake in the press

HP targets corrugated market with Scitex

HP has announced the launch of the HP Scitex 15000 Corrugated Press alongside a raft of other product news all geared towards strengthening its position in the packaging sector.  The launch represents the latest action in HP's assault on the $11bn global packaging market, just 7% of which is currently printed digitally according to Infotrends.
HP senior vice-president, Graphics and Inkjet Solutions Business, Stephen Nigro said: "After leading the shift to digital in label printing, HP is again

Agfa Graphics unveils enhanced Anapurna

Agfa Graphics exhibited the mid- to high-end wide-format Anapurna M3200i RTR - Agfa Graphics’ enhanced Anapurna i-series at Fespa Digital in Munich.
The 6-colour, 3.2m wide roll-to-roll UV-curable RTR printer can operate at 116 m² per hour output.   The enhanced version has two additional features: The dual roll option makes it possible to simultaneously print jobs on two rolls of the same media type, each up to maximum 60 inch wide, while the mesh option makes it possible to print on mesh

Durst adds metallic effects to label press

Durst has added metallic effects to its Tau 330 label press and is in the process of doing the same for its Omega II wide-format printer, thanks to a partnership with Color-Logic.
This means users of Durst's Tau 330 will now be able to print metallic effects with Durst's white ink plus CMYK on a foil substrate using Color-Logic's process metallic colour system.
Durst Labels & Package Printing segment manager Helmuth Munter said: "Our partnership with Color-Logic ensures that Durst customers

EFI announces Rhapso acquisition, results

EFI has announced the acquisition of print and packaging software developer Group Rhapso, as it posted double-digit jumps in sales and profitability in its first quarter results.

The US-based firm announced that it had acquired French software developer Group Rhapso, whose two main products are the Graphisoft MIS and the PC-Topp scheduling and production control system for the corrugated industry.

Graphisoft is primarily marketed in French-speaking countries, while PC-Topp is sold worldwide

Bosch unveils products for hygienic packaging

Bosch Packaging Technology will launch several technological advancements at Interpack 2014, to meet global hygiene standards.

Bosch will introduce its high-speed Sigpack RN vertical sachet machine for liquid applications distinguished by its cleaning function to ensure thorough sanitation of product-contact parts.

Interpack will also serve as the European debut of the inverted horizontal flow wrapper Pack 301 ID. Developed for the packaging of soft, sticky, flexible or difficult-to-handle

Konica Minolta unveils its expansion mode

Konica Minolta at Ipex 2014 has announced new solutions for expansions in commercial printing sector.

The manufacturer will exploit the digital short-run packaging markets its KM-1 B2+ UV inkjet colour press for digital short-run production. It will enable commercial printers to expand their print applications with larger sheet sizes for 3-panel and 4-panel brochures, pocket folders, posters, point-of-purchase graphics, dust jackets, wrap-around book covers and even light packaging

Sun Chemical to launch new flexo solutions

Sun Chemical will be launching a new multi-purpose ink system, a water-based flexo dispenser program, specialty coatings, a laser marking solution for variable printing, and digital plate technology which provides sharper images than standard plates.  This raft of flexo solutions will be showcased at their booth at INFO*FLEX 2014. 

“Our customers want solutions that meet the high speed requirements of their press equipment, improve overall printing efficiency, and satisfy their customers’

Heidelberg launches Speedmaster CD 102 from

Heidelberg has announced that it will start offering the new Speedmaster CD 102 from April this year. Equipped with the Preset Plus Delivery and a comprehensive package of automation components, it boosts productivity by around ten percent on the previous series, says Heidelberg. 

The new Speedmaster CD 102 is aimed at customers that produce traditional advertising materials, packaging or labels. 

The target group is in both emerging markets and industrialized countries, with the first orders

Intec announces new products roll-out

Intec Printing Solutions has unveilded a raft of new product launches during Packaging Innovations and Ipex events.
At Packaging Innovations the firm provided a sneak peak of its new CS5000 printer, ahead of its official launch at Ipex. The      is a five-colour printer that offers users a choice of CMYK plus white or clear toner. The 50 ppm, SRA3 device can also print banner lengths of up to 1.3m, onto stock ranges up to 400gsm.
Head of PR and marketing Terri Winstanley said it was simple for

Global Vision unveils cloud based suite Packaging Inspection Suite

Global Vision has released Proofware, what it calls, the world's first all-in-one, cloud-based, packaging inspection suite.
Proofware allows users to secure their brand packaging end-to-end with a suite of advanced Quality Control (QC) tools to inspect text, artwork, spelling, Braille, barcodes and annotate.
“Proofware gives any enterprise instant access to everyone involved in the security of their brand copy and artwork throughout the enterprise,” explained Reuben Malz, president of Global

The L9 associations announced the results of the 2013

The L9 associations have announced the results of the 2013 L9 World Label Awards competition, with a total of 37 winners across 22 categories. The L9 is the alliance of global label associations and the  Label Awards competition was judged by an international jury during Labelexpo 2013, with FINAT (Europe), JFLP (Japan), LATMA (Australia), ABIEA (Brazil), SALMA (New Zealand) and TLMI (North America) taking part.  In addition to these awards, five new L9 global awards representing the Best of

Colorgate upgrades to APPE 3 with latest RIP

Colorgate has announced the launch of Colorgate 8 - the latest version of its RIP for the wide-format, commercial, packaging and industrial printing sectors.
All four Colorgate products - Productionserver, Filmgate, Plategate and Proofgate - now run on the latest version of Adobe's PDF Print Engine, which was launched in September last year and features Adobe's Mercury RIP architecture. This is capable of driving multiple devices concurrently including wide-format, CTP and digital presses, and

Kolbus unveils NM100 packaging machine

Post-press manufacturer Kolbus is hoping to extend its reach into the packaging sector with the development of a new board scoring machine, the NM100.
The NM100 cuts grooves into board blanks that can subsequently be folded into high-end boxes. The manufacturer said the new machine enables pack producers to create boxes with crisp corners and a solid finish. The scoring blades can be set to cut at angles of between 90˚and 130˚. It can produce up to 65 components a minute. The blades can be set

I-Sub Digital launches Digi-Foil system

I-Sub digital has launched what it claims is a unique new foiling system that combines a Mimaki UJF and a heated applicator.
Aimed at high-end packaging manufacturers, I-Sub Digital director Andy Spreag said the system could produce colour-accurate mock-ups, one-offs or short runs in around five minutes, saving prototyping and decision-making time for brand owners. The system needs no foil presses or dies and can apply foil on areas as small as 0.3mm, said Spreag.
Users can apply I-Sub Digital’s

Heidelberg & Fujifilm in pact for inkjet deal

Heidelberg and Fujifilm have teamed up in a fresh digital printing alliance focused on inkjet printing. In a surprise move the two companies announced a partnership deal, at the same time as Heidelberg announced its half-year results.

Described as “a broad alliance aimed at strengthening existing business,” the manufacturers highlighted the commercial and packaging print markets as key target areas. Heidelberg chief executive Gerold Linzbach said he envisaged Heidelberg’s digital business

Xaar hails 'next step' in the digital packaging

Xaar has highlighted the first "direct-to-shape" digital packaging printer launches, from its OEM partners, as having the potential to "accelerate the digitisation of packaging" over the next five years.
      In a progress update on the packaging sector, the  manufacturer highlighted the first public demonstrations of direct-to-shape digital print systems by four of its OEM partners at Drinktec exhibition in Munich.
   Ian Dinwoodie, chief executive of Xaar, pointed to the ability to print to

Delta Group, Dubai and Kumar Label join forces

India-based Kumar Labels and UAE-based Delta Group announced the formation of a joint venture, Delta & Kumar Labels.
On its first overseas joint-venture Anuj Bhargava, chief executive officer, Kumar Labels, says, “We have been eyeing middle east as a prospective market for a long time now. With all top brands and best product decoration techniques used, it is the dream market for a printer."
While the Indian market is witnessing a string of consolidation and mergers, both Kumar Labels and

Flat surface applicator announced by Primera

Manufacturers of speciality printers, Primera Technology, announced its new AP550e Flat-Surface Label Applicator.
AP550e is a semi-automatic label applicator that makes it  easy to apply product and identification labels onto a wide range of flat surfaces such as rectangular or tapered bottles, boxes, packages, bags, pouches, lids, tins and much more. Labels are applied straight, without wrinkles or folds, in exactly the location desired.
“The AP550e Label Applicator is an affordable

Xeikon launches ICE toner and eyes global

Xeikon has unveiled a new dry toner for use on its digital label presses. ICE is designed for heat-sensitive substrates such as polyethylene (PE) and thermal labels that are pliable and commonly used on flexible packaging.
   According to the manufacturer, the new toner, which will run on all new and installed Xeikon 3000 series digital presses, is highly lightfast with a "top opaque-white quality" and can be printed onto conventional substrates without the need for priming. ICE will be

Al Nisr backs 'reliable' technology from Ferag

Dubai based Al Nisr Publishing has invested in Ferag's post press processing technology configured with 45,000-generation MultiSertDrum technology and six PolyStream packaging lines that deliver the capacity for more than 60,000 individual foil-wrapped packs per hour, with content that can reach up to two kilograms weight and 35 mm thickness.
According to the manufacturers, on the two MSD-M series inserting drums, it is possible to add up to five preprints and inserts to the main jacket and

Printech sells five label finishing machines

Distributors of printing and packaging machinery in the MENA region, Printech Middle East sold five new label finishing machines manufactured by Italy based Prati SrL.
The machines were sold to  Dubai based Kimoha Entrepreneurs, Raqam International Labels & Ribbons Factory-KSA, Natural Fragrances, Sticker Products Company (Lawaseq),
Says Archana Patel, director - organisational development & quality - Printech: "Visitors from the Middle Eastern countries at our booth showed a lot of

Future Pack acquires two XFlex X6 by OMET

Future Pack, a division of ENPI Group (Emirates National Factory for Plastic Industries), has purchase two XFlex X6 by OMET (one 17" and one 20").
"The investment is driven by the demanding customer, with XFlex it is  possible to reduce set-up times and waste and handle any kind of order, from just-in-time deliveries to long print runs, with no major impact on the machine operation, which is quickly set up and ready to print." said Chinna Durai, managing director of Future Pack.
The First

Tetra Pak unveils new products at Gulfood

Packaging giant Tetra Pak, has won the 'Best Stand' Award at Gulfood 2013 held at Dubai World Trade Center.
      Khaled Ismail, Global Brand Director of Tetra Pak  received the award at the ceremony.  He said, "Receiving the Best Stand Award is a testament to the team's effort in highlighting the world-class competencies of Tetra Pak."
    Tetra Pak participated at the expo with a range of products including the Tetra Evero Aseptic, the 'world’s first aseptic carton bottle for ambient white

Avery Dennison to sell 2 businesses for $500 m

Avery Dennison recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Office and Consumer Products (OCP) and Designed and Engineered Solutions (DES) businesses to CCL Industries for $500 million in cash.
“This sale is consistent with our goal of maximizing the value of our businesses for Avery Dennison’s shareholders, and focusing on our industry-leading Pressure-sensitive Materials and Retail Branding and Information Solutions businesses,” said Dean A. Scarborough, Avery

Leading flexo vendors host seminar in E Africa


DuPont Packaging Graphics conducted the second in a series of flexographic printing seminars in Eastern Africa in conjunction with major flexo industry associates, including Tesa, Esko, Chespa, and Windmöller & Hölscher


Held in Nairobi, Kenya, the seminar was attended by almost 50 printing experts from 20 East African countries representing pre-press to press segments. The seminar was titled “Quality at its Best – Advancing Flexography in Africa,” and featured the use of DuPont Cyrel

BASF opens production facility in Bahrain

BASF has established a production site for customer specific antioxidant blends (CSB) in the Kingdom of Bahrain, which, they claim, will be the largest facility of its kind worldwide. The production has become fully operational in December, 2012.
BASF has established a production site for customer specific antioxidant blends (CSB) in the Kingdom of Bahrain, which, they claim, will be the largest facility of its kind worldwide. The production has become fully operational in December, 2012.
CSB are

Kodak hosts seminar on packaging in Dubai

Kodak's packaging event featuring the regional trends in the contemporary market, the technological progress from Kodak's front with the new Flexcel  technology and the success stories followed by a Q&A session was held at Dubai.

Kodak's packaging event featuring the regional trends in the contemporary market, the technological progress from Kodak's front with the new Flexcel  technology and the success stories followed by a Q&A session was held at Dubai.

Addressing the event Komal

Atlantic Zeiser unveils variable packaging

Atlantic Zeiser unveiled  Digiline Versa, a variable packaging printing solution at FachPack this yea

According to the company, the new Digiline Versa is ideal for complex yet secure printing of folding cartons and 3D products tackling fast job changes and minimal makeready times. It enables small batches to be labelled cost-effectively with variable data and in various formats – while providing verification and a waste gate for zero-error production.
The new Digiline Versa is  suitable for print

Sun Primera announces CX1000e digital colour label printer

Primera Technology has announced the addition of the CX1000e colour label printer to its range of industrial label printers.
Designed for in-house production of product labels, CX1000e is suitable for producing short to medium run jobs in various sizes. The printer has speed of 5 meters per minute, with 2400 dpi print resolution.
"CX1000e prints onto many different laser-qualified label materials including pressure-sensitive plain papers, white and clear polyesters and more. A wide range of