Siegwerk adds 'revolutionary' anti-bac coating to range

Ink manufacturer Siegwerk has signed an exclusive deal to supply a “revolutionary” water-based, light-activated anti-microbial flood coating that is fully recyclable and remains active for up to three years.

The German headquartered group recently signed the deal to exclusively supply Varcotec’s Lock 3 coating across EMEA.

The product is available in Germany and the UK with immediate effect, other countries will come on stream in the coming months.

According to the two firms, water-based Lock 3 is the first anti-microbial coating based on photodynamics.

“Until now, it has not been possible to apply a reliable coating onto absorbent substances, such as paper and cardboard, which would continuously and permanently destroy those germs,”

Easy Cut Studio adds multi-language support

A provider of sign-making software solutions, Easy Cut Studio, recently announced the availability of the Easy Cut Studio 5 family in multiple languages, including English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish and simplified Chinese. This new release is a ground-up rebuild of the software, and is available for both Windows and Mac systems, including Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP and macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 10.14 Mojave, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.12 Sierra, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9

GMG launches digital colour card for efficacy

A reliable approval process in packaging production requires the use of physical reference proofs, so-called ink drawdowns. Only with physical colour cards can the printshops or customers visualize with certainty what the final printed result will look like.

GMG has launched a digital colour card as the proofs of choice for the approval process of packaging projects, which it claims combines digital efficiency and spectro-photometry precision with the reassuring tangibility of a proof you can

Agfa plans virtual event

Agfa is the latest manufacturer to announce plans for a ‘virtual Drupa’ during the show’s original timeframe.

The manufacturer will run a six-day virtual event called Studio 4D48 from 18-26 June, targeting offset printing companies.

“4D48 would have been our booth number at Drupa,” explained Guy Desmet, head of marketing at Agfa’s Offset Solutions division.

“Drupa and other trade shows may have been postponed or even cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but our commitment to the printing

Sun Chemical addresses supply chain concerns amid outbreak

Sun Chemical has spoken of its preparations for handling potential supply chain issues amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The printing ink giant said it will continue to monitor its supply chain, including raw material and intermediate suppliers and logistics providers.

“Proactively managing our customer orders, inventory levels, in-transit shipments and open order levels is a critical path for us,” said Sun Chemical chief supply chain officer Jeffrey Shaw.

“We have established control teams to