SWITZERLAND • Bobst Group recorded a good first half-year 2015 despite the weak Euro. Sales amounted to CHF 524.7 million for the half-year, compared to CHF 560.5 million in the same period last year. Adjusted for negative currency effects, sales remained stable.
GERMANY • Flint Group has introduced Pluritech SLU, a shrink sleeve ink system. This technology has been developed to be used in conjunction with Flint Group’s standard NitroBase WZ61 concentrates suitable for rotogravure applications. Many converters producing shrink sleeves are printing on a variety of different substrates which currently require multiple ink systems of different chemistry….
Flint Group has introduced Pluritech SLU, a shrink sleeve ink system
ITALY • Centrexpo transfers Ipack-Ima to Fiera Milano and strengthens its presence in graphics, package printing and converting. With Ipack-Ima’s acquisition by Fiera Milano and the strengthening of trade shows Converflex and Grafitalia, Acimga continues its reorganization process.
The European domestic market for aluminium foil made a welcome return to growth in Q2. It improved by 0.3% compared with the same period in 2014.
Demand for thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, fell by 3.2%, again affected by a drop in exports (Source: European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA))
CHINA • Xiamen Ying Shen Technology, which was established in 2012 by gravure flexible packaging producer Xiamen Hanbang Packaging Products, specialises in flexo printed aseptic packaging for beverages, and together, the companies have more than ten years of production experience providing complementary packaging materials and services for the food and beverage markets.
The Gallus press at Xiamen Ying Shen Technology is fitted with a Martin MCBWW automatic butt splicing unwinder for non-stop roll-to-roll production of aseptic packaging
BELGIUM • The newly establisched FTA Europe is planning to launch a European Flexo award in 2016 at the occasion of drupa. The idea is that winners from national flexo awards competitions will be submitted for a European “best of the best”’ selection.
USA • Flint Group’s PremoLam F system is a water-based lamination system formulated without migratory plasticizers. It is designed to perform on a wide variety of films by adhesive lamination. The system performs well in snack food packaging, stand-up pouches, food packaging, and many other laminated packages.
VIETNAM • More than 130 participants attended the Bobst & Partners Roadshow held in HTMC, Vietnam in June to hear about the latest innovations and trends in flexible packaging. The roadshow formula brings together equipment manufacturers and management of packaging companies.
Bobst & Partner Roadshow in Vietnam
ITALY • During a 4 days open house at the corporate location of Nordmeccanica in Italy a new family of vacuum metallisers was presented. The event was organised through a demonstration of vacuum metallisation of a 2.9 m wide PP.
Demonstration at the Open House event at Nordmeccanica
ITALY • One of Italy’s leading pre-press houses, Nu-Maber, has successfully completed a commercial test with the new Vianord Evo ‘Easy to Plate’ LED exposure unit at its production facility in Roncade, near Venice.
Matteo Pecar (Vianord) on the left with Nu-Maber’s Livio Simionato and Diego di Muro who have ordered the first Evo LED exposure unit following successful trials
GERMANY • The Enulec inline static measurement system offers new possibilities for process optimization and an increase in safety during production. Substrates of all types are analysed for electrostatic charge in an inline process and the results measured are recorded.
The inline static measurement
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SOUTH AFRICA • As part of its strategy to grow in emerging markets, Flint Group launches a new joint venture with Continental Printing Inks and Eagle Ink Systems in South Africa.
USA • Flint Group is delighted to announce VarioLam RT, a retort lamination ink system for the North American flexographic and rotogravure packaging market.
VarioLam RT, a retort lamination ink system for the North American flexographic and rotogravure packaging market
Foto: Wipf AG, Switzerland
VIETNAM • Due to the recent growth in flexo market and expectation of higher print quality, Hoang Hac has invested in direct laser engraving (DLE) technology. In early 2015, the company has installed the Hell Premium Setter from Hell Gravure and has used elastomer materials from Contitech.
Hell Premium Setter S1300 and S1700 from Hell Gravure
ITALY • During the ACIMGA annual assembly held on July 2, 2015 the current economic data regarding the Italian graphic, converting and paper industry was disclosed. Graphic and converting machinery stands at EUR 2.1 billion and exports at 74.8%.