GERMANY • The Koenig & Bauer subsidiaries KBA-Flexotecnica S.p.A. from Italy and KBA-Kammann GmbH from Germany will be showcasing their portfolios of print and finishing solutions for flexible packaging and hollow containers from 19 to 26 October at K 2016 in Düsseldorf.
KBA-Flexotecnica is presenting its latest offering for producers of flexible packaging at K with the new Evolam coating and laminating machine
ITALY • The European technical flexo assocation, FTA Europe, announced its first best practice workshop will be in Milan on 13-14 September, with the help of the Italian Flexographic Technical Association (ATIF).
USA • The FTA announced it would offer a training course at its fall conference in Kentucky 10-12 October. Training can be challenging and the FTA’s session will tackle this topic in a 75-minute “Developing Productive, Profitable Talent—A Trainer’s Guide to Success” session will take place on 11 October from 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
CZECH REPUBLIC • Soma announced a planned multi-million Euro investment, which will include a reconstruction project to increase the assembly hall floor space, which will cost EUR 8 million. It also plans to launch a 10-colour version of the Optima2 as well as a version with extra long repeat length of 1,200 mm (47.2”).
The company plans to launch its 10-colour version of the Optima2
USA • Pamarco has been spending much of this year celebrating its 70th anniversary, which started with its rebranding transition, in which it dropped the global graphics element of its name to be known just as Pamarco. It also debuted a new logo, incorporating the CMYK colours.
Pamarco headquarters in New Jersey in the 1950s
SOUTH KOREA n Asian manufacturer of wide web converting technology Sung An Machinery (SAM) has specified Vetaphone corona technology for the solution coating line at its newly opened test lab facility in Seoul.
SAM chose a Vetaphone VE1-F corona treater unit for its test lab facility in Seoul
GERMANY • Buergofol, a manufacturer and converter of flexible films, rigid films, other food packaging films and other applications, announced it has invested EUR 6 million in both its printing and extrusion sectors.
AUSTRALIA • Amcor Rigid Plastics has announced the appointment of Ashish Saxena as vice president and general manager of LiquiForm Group LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amcor. He will be based at Amcor’s Saline, Michigan facility in the United States and will report directly to Amcor Rigid Plastics president Michael Schmitt.
Ashish Saxena joined Amcor in 2014 and holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the London Business School
USA • Overwraps Packaging announced today that it will change its name to Overwraps Flexibles as it also changes its logo and will commission a new, 10-colour flexographic Comexi press. The company also recently installed a new solventless adhesive laminator and three new high-speed duplex slitters.
The updated company logo
DENMARK • Vetaphone has appointed Theodore Wolski as area sales manager for North America. He will take over responsibility for managing Vetaphone’s agents. Wolksi, who holds a Masters in International Business Management, brings a wealth of domestic and international sales experience working with OEMs and end users.
Ted Wolski has joined Vetaphone as area sales manager for North America
FINLAND • Amerplast, a bag converter and flexible packaging manufacturer, purchased a Bobst 20SIX CS flexographic printing machine, the company announced, and plans to install the machine at the company’s factory in Tampere. The investment follows the 2015 installation of a Miraflex printing machine at the company’s Polish factory in Grodzisk Mazowiecki.
USA • Schawk announced that it has named Randall Peek, vice president, operations and Troy Johnson, vice president, client relationships for its flexographic platemaking team. Effective immediately, both Peek and Johnson will be reporting to Tim Kiel, group managing director, Americas Region at SGK.
USA • Sun Chemical announced it has entered into a partnership with ACPO, Ltd., a coater of flexible films, to meet the demand of brand owners and flexible packaging converters for high barrier transparent packaging. Two different ACPO coated films, polyester and biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), are available with the oxygen barrier coatings.
USA • Maxcess announced the release of its Tidland Cyclone high-speed centering shaft, which enables faster production through its ability to center and grip cores concentrically about the shaft. The new shaft increases throughput by minimizing roll loping and machine vibration, the company said.
With its single-circuit air system and bladders that can be replaced in less than five minutes, it is designed to minimize downtime both during roll changes and scheduled maintenance
USA • GMG Americas, the US-based office of Germany-based GMG announced that Joe Varone has been promoted to president and Paulo Monteiro to VP sales at GMG Americas.
From left to right: Both Paulo Monteiro new VP sales, and Joe Varone, new president, were promoted from within at GMG Americas