Printing ink systems for flexible packaging have undergone major developments over the past decades – now is the time for a review. What is the status quo and what can we expect in the future?
GERMANY • The corrugated pre-print company will convert its entire stock of flexo printing sleeves at its Ilsenburg facility to tesa Twinlock technology. This one-of-a-kind technology allows printing plates to be mounted to cylinders and sleeves without the use of plate mounting tapes.
The tesa Twinlock sleeves are available with different surface hardness (Source: tesa Twinlock)
GERMANY • Since 2011 Polywest equipped most of the linerboard printing machines worldwide with flexo sleeves up to nearly 3 metre (10 ft) width. More than 2000 of these XXL-Sleeves have been supplied in the last seven years.
GREECE • The trade shows Syskevasia (16th International Exhibition of Packaging, Machines, Printing and Logistics) and Plastica (10th International Exhibition of Plastics, Machines, Moulds and Recycling) will take place simultaneously at Athens Metropolitan Expo, 12-15 October 2018.
UK • The Government’s Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) has issued a 28 page booklet called “Packaging in Perspective”, which sets out the facts about packaging.
The editorial team of Flexo & Gravure took the chance to visit the booth of BST eltromat at the Print4All show in Milan. Watch our video below.
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At Print4All, different quality assurance systems including the CompactGuide have been shown on a running Prati rewinder. (Source: BST eltromat International)
USA • In Plymouth, the town that will soon commemorate the arrival of the Pilgrim Fathers 400 years ago, the company recently celebrated three decades of success as a global doctor blade manufacturer. Flexo Concepts treated its local business partners to a tour of its manufacturing facility followed by a sunset cruise on historic Plymouth Harbor…
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary, Flexo Concepts treated its local business partners to a cruise on historic Plymouth Harbor (Source: Flexo Concepts)
According to common belief, digital printing hasn’t been successfully used for flexible packaging until recently. The Irish printer Fox Packaging (formerly Foster Packaging) has successfully proved that for years package printing with flexible, film-based substrates has been possible with a digital press.
The newly created Italian Print4All (Milan) trade fair didn’t just gather the most important industry suppliers together but also attracted a surprisingly high number of visitors.
USA • Offering a metallic finish over fine or larger areas, foil blocking creates something special. You can select matt or gloss foils in gold, silver or other colours and, optionally, make the foiled area stand out with blind embossing.
A sample of a surface provided with foil blocking (Source: Baddeley Brothers)
USA • Against the background of plastic packaging waste particularly in the oceans, the issue of food waste is also a growing concern. Food waste is the largest single material in landfills across the US and is a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.
In a groundbreaking study, AMERIPEN has explored the value of packaging in preventing food waste (Source: AMERIPEN)
UK • The company regards its “remarkably successful” participation at the recent Latin Pack 2018 – Chile event as a confirmation that its strategic focus on building local service and support in Chile is on the right track.
Nick Vindel, Latin America Sales Manager at JM Heaford, was invited to present a keynote address on developments in mounting technology during the
Latin Pack event (Source: Heaford)
GERMANY • The presentation of the FTA “Europe Diamond Awards” took place during the recent Print4All trade fair in Milan/Italy and honours the best international results in flexo printing. More than 240 participants from the European flexographic printing community participated in this year’s awards in 14 categories.
With a total of 11 victories in various categories, Lohmann is involved in one third of all prizes at this year's FTA Diamond Award ceremony (Source: Lohmann)
USA • Baldwin Technology Company is celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer by hosting a series of activities and events designed to honour and inspire both its workforce and its customers.
SWITZERLAND • The company supplies a CL 850D laminator for cold-formed foil pharma packaging to Constantia Flexibles’ subsidiary Oai Hung of Vietnam.
The CL 850D laminator for cold-formed foil pharma packaging to be installed at Constantia Flexibles’ subsidiary Oai Hung of Vietnam (Source: Bobst)