USA • In the run up to Infoflex 2017, the Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) largest exhibition of the year, organizers have announced the expansion of their Solutions Theater symposium. The two-day production of intensive networking and learning activities and side-by-side comparisons of the latest technologies is designed to enhance exhibit goers’ learning experiences.
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ITALY • “Extending the scope, new technology for gravure”, is the slogan for the technology forum and open house event that will take place at Bobst Italia in San Giorgio Monferrato on 11 – 12 May 2017. Held in the company’s centre of excellence for web-fed gravure, lamination and coating technologies, the event will be the…
Bobst Italia will demonstrate new gravure printing platforms at an open house (Source, Bobst)
GERMANY • During the Proflex 2017 event in Stuttgart, the meeting point of the German flexo industry, the company ESWE FLEX Walzen organised a competition at their stand. This was met with huge interest among the event participants but to gain a winning position required a sharp eye and substantial expert knowledge. The challenge was…
Andre Büning, Rossini, (middle) was visibly moved by the magnum bottle of champagne. Michael Steggemann, responsible for marketing and sales (left) and Levent Uyar, sales manager (both ESWE Walzen)
USA • Live demonstrations of the Colortrack colour management software will be held at Infoflex 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona (May 1-2, Stand 716). Launched at drupa 2016, Quadtech claims that the Colortrack management software facilitates fast, accurate press-side correction of ink formulations. Without any hardware modifications to the press, the software integrates with ink recipe software…
Quadtech’s Deltacam provides inline spectral measurements (Source, Quadtech)
INDIA • Flex Films is part of the India-based Uflex group, one of the world’s leading producers of flexible packaging materials and systems. The company’s pavilion (hall 10 stand D-44) at the Interpack trade show, which will be held in Dusseldorf from 4 to 10 May, will have six distinct zones showcasing various films, substrates and…
[Image Caption] Uflex’s Flex Films will have a wide variety of films, substrates and other products on display at Interpack (Source, Uflex)
UK • According to Smithers Pira’s new report “The Future of Bioplastics for Packing to 2022” the global share of bioplastics for packaging applications is forecast to grow from 2017–2022 at an annual average rate of 17% to a market value of almost USD 7.2 billion.
Smithers Pira’s new report on the future of bioplastics for packaging forecasts a dramatic rise in consumption through 2022 (Source, Smithers Pira)
SWITZERLAND • A new UV flexo press will be installed at Amcor Flexibles Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, and a new digital press will come on-line at Amcor Flexibles Cramlington, UK.
Amcor Flexibles is investing heavily in digital printing technology (Source, Amcor)
POLAND • Already operating a Polymount plate cleaner, the new one ordered by Constantia Teich Poland also automatically flushes, brushes and dries the dirty printing plates creating a clean plate surface.
The Polymount plate cleaning divide as installed at Constantia Teich Poland (Source, Polymount)
USA • A new corona pre-treatement unit was installed for the five coating lines at the company’s headquarters in Oak Harbor, OH. The facility houses 50 slitters in addition to the five coaters and has a staff of over 250.
The new corona pre-treatement unit installed at a coating line at acpo’s headquarters at Oak Harbor, OH (Source: Vetaphone)
UK • Organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions will bring ICE to South East Asia from the 5-7 September 2018. The first exhibition of its kind for the region will be held at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) and will co locate with the CCE South East Asia exhibition.
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Harnessing the changing power of today’s technologies One of the recurring topics of this issue concerns the future of flexo and gravure printing in the face of ever improving digital printing advances. Indeed, history tells us that technologies are forever competing against each other, and that this inherent conflict drives both improvements and efficiencies.
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USA • The flexible packaging material converter installed two new Astraflex flexo presses by Windmöller & Hölscher to join the existing wide-web converting capabilities at Web’s Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Web Industries has taken delivery of two W&H Astraflex presses (Source: Web Industries)
BELGIUM • Since UV exposure is a crucial step in stable and consistent flexo plate making, the Austrian prepress service provider installed Esko’s new XPS Crystal 5080. Glatz’s management determined that UV plate exposure was a weak link in the process and that traditional light tube exposure units have reached their limits.
Glatz Klischee has installed an Esko XPS Crystal 5080 to help ensure print quality (Source, Glatz)
USA • Following the private deal, Hubergroup expects to retain virtually all the merged employees and management team in order to continue operations in the Midwest and Northeast without interruption.
USA • The anilox roll supplier will exhibit at the upcoming International Convertors Exhibition (ICE) USA 2017 event held April 25-27, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida (Stand 924). ICE will showcase a wide range of machinery, technology, and manufacturing solutions for the conversion of paper, film, foil, nonwovens, and other flexible…