UK • Bischof + Klein UK announced it’s expanding with its focus on consumer packaging. Over the past 15 years, the focus of production at its UK subsidiary has gradually shifted from industrial packaging to the production of packaging films for consumer goods.
B+K UK is equipped with four flexographic printing presses
CHINA • China has now adopted a new strict VOC emission control policy that will also have consequences for the printing industry, especially the huge volume of gravure printing.
Visitors could experience a 150 lpi print run with a printing speed of 400 m/min (1,312 fpm)
GERMANY • GMG announced it is planning to offer Opencolor colour separation technology within Hybrid Software’s Packz label and packaging editor and workflow. Visitors at drupa will see how the multichannel profiling software fits within Packz, an prepress editor that works entirely in the native PDF environment.
GERMANY • The packaging fair interpack is cooperating with the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) to extended its WorldStar Awards to include the category “Save Food Packaging Awards”.
GERMANY • Hell Gravure Systems announced its new High Performance Package that almost doubles its Cellaxy direct laser engraver performance when engraving gravure cylinders or lasering embossing forms. The package is now available and previously installed systems can be retrofitted, the company said.
Comparison of engraving times of a typical gravure cylinder: Cellaxy Standard and Cellaxy with High Performance Package option
UK • Flexible packaging group Uni Packaging announced it’s supplying coffee roaster Purssells London with pouches for its speciality blends. The company manufactures the pouches from a PE/aluminium laminate, incorporating a tear notch, re-close zipper and venting valve.
The pouches are digitally printed with its print offering, Digiflex
GERMANY • Esko announced it will be showcasing its innovations with sister company X-Rite Pantone and subsidiaries Enfocus and MediaBeacon in Hall 8b, Stand A23. The main part of the 900 sqm (9,688 sqft) stand will consist of six areas: brands, specification and briefing; design; artwork & repro; flexo platemaking; printing and ink management; and…
The 900-square-meter stand will consist of six areas that will take visitors through each step of a typical packaging production workflow
If you’re in the mood for a little entertainment to lighten up the middle of your week, check out the drupa song, performed by Bonita Niessen. Written by the Düsseldorf-based musician Dieter Falk, the track features horn licks and guitar and piano riffs. Interested in hearing more drupa songs?
Soul singer Bonita Niessen sings the drupa song for its 2016 debut
GERMANY • K. Walter announced its updated CuMax, the CuMax GII. Research and development of galvanic systems is one of the company’s priorities, and the CuMax procedure has exemplified this focus, the company said. Existing CuMax sytems can be upgraded.
CuMax GII - K. Walter's updated machine
GERMANY • Troika Systems (Hall 10, Stand C13-4) said it will unveil two new technologies at drupa: Corrucam, a tool that is able to measure aniloxes within corrugated presses, and the Advanced Inspection Microscope (AIM), a 2D microscope that can work with different applications.
The Advanced Inspection Microscope (AIM) is a 2D microscope that can be used with Advance Gravure Analysis and Advance Flexoplate Analysis applications
USA • Michelman announced it will display its line of primers for use with HP Indigo digital presses for labels and packaging at Dscoop North America Conference held April 14-16 in San Antonio, Texas (Booth 351).
GERMANY • Ohio Gravure Technologies announced it will complement its Spectrum engravers with a new Spectrum Compact model to be shown at drupa (Hall 16, Stand D10). The company offers a range of engraving machines, from its entry-level Prism engraver to the Spectrum Large Format for special large-format applications.
Ohio engraving machines Spectrum Compact, Packaging and Decorative
SWITZERLAND • Bobst Group and WIFAG-Polytype Group have entered into exclusive negotiations regarding a potential acquisition of WIFAG-Polytype’s coating technology business. The proposed transaction is subject to the parties reaching a definitive agreement, with the closing of the transaction expected to occur at the end of the second quarter of 2016.
SWEDEN • ÅR Packaging Group of Lund, and Egem Ambalaj Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş, Izmir Turkey, have signed a partnership agreement. The objective is to establish a cooperation in Turkey for the manufacture, purchasing, sale and marketing for packaging made out of cardboard or other materials.
USA • Harper Corporation of America announced that Ronald “Lee” Kluttz has assumed the position of president of Harper Corporation of America and Harper International Corporation. Kluttz is the grandson of founders Ron and Katherine Harper.
Ronald “Lee” Kluttz has risen through the ranks of the company during his many years of service