Color-Logic has certified swissQprint UV inkjet printers with white for use with the Color-Logic metallic process. Discussing the printer certification, Color-Logic director of sales and marketing Mark Geeves, said: “The certification samples submitted by swissQprint accurately demonstrated all of the Color-Logic decorative effects and embellishments. swissQprint printers also have the ability to add a varnish to prints, thus greatly increasing the value to clients. The Color-Logic colour system for metallics takes the varnish capability into account, providing swissQprint clients an accurate metallic colour system that virtually guarantees that desired colours are correctly produced on the initial print run. swissQprint customers can confidently accentuate the Color-Logic decorative effects and embellishments by using the varnish feature.”

In response to the ever-increasing demand for flexible packaging in Asia, Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica has further expanded its sales capacities. Industrial solution provider, Rieckermann, will in future be assuming responsibility for sales activities in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. “Through the cooperation with Rieckermann, we now have an experienced partner at our side on the Asian market,” says Dr. Peter Lechner, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica. “I am certain that the very good local network will help us to be even more successful in Southeast Asia.” The two companies finalised their cooperation agreement at this year’s Chinaplas trade fair in Guangzhou. “Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica offers precisely what more and more Asian customers are demanding – high quality, a broad product portfolio and environment-friendly technologies,” says Kristian Rieck, Rieckermann’s director of plastic and converting. Flexible packaging is the fastest growing sector of the consumer and industrial packaging market.

German antitrust authorities have stymied Heidelberg’s planned takeover of MBO, and the deal will not go ahead. Heidelberg inked a deal to buy the Germany-headquartered finished equipment specialist, best known for folding machines, last October. The buy was expected to complete by the end of last year, subject to approval by the competition authorities. After a lengthy investigation the German Federal Cartel Office has announced its decision to block the planned takeover because it would have given Heidelberg a dominant market position. The two companies will continue as independent entities as a result. Cartel office president Andreas Mundt said: “By acquiring the MBO Group the market leader Heidelberg would take over its main competitor. There are already only four companies active on the relevant market throughout the whole of Europe.”