POLAND • Flint Group announced its new Global Colour Centre with solution-based competencies, including a demo centre, customer academy, 24/7 colour matching, and digital colour management solutions supporting all four of Flint Group’s packaging business segments — Paper & Board, Flexible Packaging, Sheetfed and Narrow Web.
The centre was officially opened on 29 June with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Lodz
GERMANY • The European Rotogravure Association (ERA) invites rotogravure publication printers in Europe and overseas, together with their suppliers and customers, to its Annual Conference on 26-27 September in Dusseldorf.
USA • Unilux, a designer and manufacturer of strobe lights for surface inspection in the metals, printing/converting and papermaking industries, announced Tom Herold as the company’s vice president of sales for the Americas.
Tom Herold brings more than 30 years of experience in technical sales to Unilux
GERMANY • Flexo & Gravure Global editor and representatives from the flexible packaging community were shown some of the most recent market trends, challenges and issues that are driving packaging development at “Packaging for a more sustainable world.”
Dr Benjamin Punchard, global packaging insights director at Mintel, highlighted the need for more innovative packaging solutions
ITALY • The reprohouse Inci.Flex has announced it has become the first operation to purchase Esko’s automated flexo platemaking solution, the new CDI Crystal 5080 XPS.
Left to right: Biagio Derosa, sales manager Esko, and Enzo Consalvo, CEO and owner of Inci.Flex stand in front of the purchase at drupa
INDIA • One of India’s largest global flexible packaging company Uflex Limited announced it has partnered with Japanese manufacturer Think Lab to set up a fully automatic robotic laser engraving line for manufacturing rotogravure cylinders at the Noida facility.
Robotic arm feeding the steel base shell for nickle/ copper electroplating Uflex Noida plant
UK • Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury, formerly Chadwicks of Bury, announced that it is celebrating 70 years in flexible packaging. In 1935 Ronald Chadwick began work as a general supplier to the farming community around Bury.
Left to right: John Chadwick, managing director at CFP Bury, stands with Martin Hardman, sales director
In the first part of this article, our editor examined the overarching market data for the packaging printing industry, the numbers from major press manufacturers and touched on the first of three major trends, emerging markets.
PCI Films Consulting
PCI’s study profiled more than 150 converters. In general, all emerging markets illustrated strong growth over the past five years, with only three of the thirteen posting overall growth of less than 30% between 2006 and 2011
CZECH REPUBLIC • Soma reported on a very successful drupa 2016 with more than 1,500 visitors coming to see demonstrations of the new Optima 2 flexographic printing press. It was officially launched at the show, and the demos showed wide-web production running the Arun plate mounting system developed in cooperation with the press maker, Allstein.
The company hosted several customers at its technology centre after a successful drupa
USA • Harper Corporation of America announced it will be supporting the Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) Impact 2016 event. This one-day event will feature some of the latest technology and advancements in the flexographic industry.
AUSTRALIA • After much research to find the best solution for improving productivity on its wide web flexo presses, one of South Australia’s suppliers of printed packaging, Poly Products, has announced it has installed Flexo Wash technology at its plant in Regency Park, Adelaide.
Left to right: Steve Renfrey and Andy Lee are impressed with Poly Products’ new Flexo Wash machine
What is the current situation of the printing processes and their potential in regard to the future of packaging manufacturing? How will the machinery for package printing shops be designed in the future? Will everything remain as it is, or will packaging substrates be printed with very different processes than those currently used?
THE NETHERLANDS • Simco-Ion announced its IQ Easy platform is prepared to fit in and function in the environment of Industry 4.0. A buzzword in many sectors of the print industry, the trends point to further automation, networking, cloud and data collection and analyzing.
A typical converting value chain for films shows the possibility for static levels to get too high
UK • Thepackhub and EFIA announced a seminar looking at the world of packaging print opportunities called Printing for Brand Success on 8 September in Berkshire. Participants will see a number of presentations tackling issues and opportunities in the world of print for packaging.
USA• Amcor Flexibles announced the addition of a new MP4 press in its Milwaukee facility that allows flexographic printing, gravure coating and slitting to occur in a single pass. The additional capacity from the press and slitter will support demand for coated healthcare grade paper and film.