UK • According to the latest research from Smithers Pira, digital print for packaging is worth USD 13.2 billion in 2017, and will climb to USD 23.2 billion in 2022. As such it represents a key growth area for the print industry, as well as opening new market opportunities for packaging converters and their brand customers.
Ultraviolet (UV) printing has been in mainstream use in labels and packaging for many years. It was adopted because of the many benefits it offered: fast curing for enhanced productivity, high colour strength for improved graphic reproduction, applicability with a wide range of substrates, absence of solvents and VOCs, high gloss and durable finishes.
Comexi has recently announced a partnership with HP to produce a new line of laminators particularly suited to digital printing. The new line is designed to make short print runs easier and more profitable while greatly reducing the processes overall environmental footprint.
Comexi L20000 laminator (Source: Comexi)
INDIA – The Indian army unit Counter Insurgency Force (CIF) Kilo has collaborated with packaging and processing solutions company Tetra Pak India to undertake an environment project to recycle used cartons.
SWITZERLAND • The holding has acquired an 80% shareholding in the Rotoflex Group. The management, which holds the remaining 20% of shares in the company, remains unchanged. Rotoflex will continue to act independently within the group with its brand.
The headquaarters of Rotoflex in Grechen/Switzerland (Source: Daetwyler SwissTec)
USA • The anilox roll manufacture has developed Ultrawash Green, a new wash concentrate for use in water-based ink systems. According to Pamarco, extensive tests in the packaging industry have demonstrated its cleaning performance.
Ultrawash Green is a new wash concentrate for use in water-based ink systems (Source: Pamarco)
ISRAEL • The provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, has appointed Mauro Luini in a newly created role as regional manager for Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. He Luini has twenty years’ experience in the digital printing industry, which includes tenures at fellow market leaders HP Indigo and Heidelberg.
Mauro Luini, joins Scodix in a new role as regional manager (Source: Scodix)
The EcoFishBox won the World Packaging Organization’s WPO sustainability award and was also granted with the WorldStar sustainability award. The fibre-based box made of renewable material is is completely recyclable, and it saves on packaging waste handling. EcoFishBox can replace previously used polystyrene boxes for the same purpose.
The EcoFishBox won the WPO sustainability award as it can replace plastics and is recyclable (Source: Stora Enso)
One of the most important functions of packaging in the decade to 2020 will be increased sustainability. This push towards sustainable practices for packaging and a circular economy will be a key influencer, focal point and primary benchmark for the packaging supply chain. To address these future sustainability requirements, Smithers Pira has created Sustainability in…
Scheme of a circular package parinting economy (Source: Smithers Pira)
Responding to an ever-increasing demand from the convertors’ sector, Uflex launched the EL-1300 extrusion lamination machine in India 2016. In the meantime the machine received great feedback from Indian convertors and turned out to be a huge success. Innovation to create value added differentiation being the guiding vector at Uflex, the quest for re-engineering to…
The EL-1300 extrusion lamination machine is now available in different variants (Source: Uflex)
USA • After 10 months of prepping, designing and reconfiguring, the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) has launched it’s completely renovated website.
SCOTLAND • The completion of a recent EUR 573,200 investment at its Livingston facility in Scotland followed the sale of the company’s security holographic business in 2016. This was part of a larger investment that has seen the Livingston site gain new capabilities in holographics and embossing while adding new jobs.
API has increased its holographic foil and film manufacturing capabilities at its Livingston facility in Scotland (Source, API)
The MosquitoPaQ outdoor zone no-bite spatial repellent by PPI Technologies Group has earned a gold award in the DuPont “Awards for Packaging Innovation”. The package demonstrated a clever use of a frangible sealed pouch for this new application of mosquito repellent.
The package for the MosquitoPaQ outdoor zone no-bite spatial repellent earned a DuPont gold award (Source: DuPont)
According to the report “The Future of Digital Print for Packaging to 2022” published by Smithers Pira, in 2017 the digital packaging market will amount to some USD 12.8 billion sales, which is 3.25% of all printed packaging. By 2022 this will grow by almost 13% CAGR to USD 22.4 billion, while print volume and…
The cover of the report “The Future of Digital Print for Packaging to 2022” (Source: Smithers Pira)
GERMANY • After finally closing the doors of the UV Days 2017, IST Metz now reports official numbers: 45 exhibitors and 920 guests from 33 countries took part in the event, thereby breaking its own records. From 15 to 18 May, the company area in Nürtingen near Stuttgart, Germany was dedicated for the eighth time to…
As a special, the PACKbag was printed and refined live during the UV Days 2017 event (Source: IST Metz)