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
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
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
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.
GERMANY • What is innovation management and how does it work? What are the advantages for companies that use it and for its customers? Dr Michael Dattner, who is responsible for innovation management at BST eltromat writes about this concept in the drupa daily (in both German and English).
In the field of inline spectral colour measurement, collaboration with the University of Wuppertal led to the development of an algorithm for non-standard backings
VIETNAM • RKW announced it is investing several million Euros into technology, infrastructure and workplace safety, which include a new printing line for multipack films, expansion of the total building area and the optimization of building technology at its site in Vietnam. With the expansion, RKW Lotus is now operating as RKW Vietnam.
The RKW extrusion plant in Vietnam
GERMANY • BASF announced the launch of its Colors & Effects brand, which encompasses its colorants and effect pigments portfolio and serves customers across the coatings, plastics, printing, cosmetics, and agriculture industries.
GERMANY • In an application report, Rheintacho announced it has a solution for quality control for this task: On an 8-colour flexo printing press, there is a web-inspection system whereby several individual frames are automatically sent to a monitor every second over the entire width of the material using a mobile camera.
The strobe has 480 high-power LEDs and can illuminate up to a 100 cm (39”) area
RUSSIA • Mondi Group has announced it has acquired 100% of the outstanding share capital of ZAO Uralplastic-N (Uralplastic) from Joint Stock Company Rusnano and a private investor. Uralplastic operates one plant in the Ural region and manufactures a range of consumer flexible packaging products for food, hygiene, homecare and other applications.
THE NETHERLANDS • Tresu DigitalSolutions, provider of flexo coating systems for digital printing lines, and Apex International, manufacturer of anilox coating and ink technology for packaging and label converting, have formed a global research, development and training partnership.
THAILAND • When packaging producer Shrinkflex decided to invest in a new 10-colour gravure press from Worldly, it equipped it with a register control system and inspection technology from BST eltromat.
Regi_star 20's real-time, live production images displayed on the machine operator's monitor
TURKEY • Mondi Group announced the acquisition of Kalenobel, the Turkish flexible packaging manufacturer, for EUR 90 million on a debt-and-cash-free basis (consideration for 90% of the business).
The UK has a vibrant print history, starting with William Caxton bringing the printing press to England in 1476. Another William got into the printing industry a few hundred years later and started a company that would share a part of that history for more than 160 years.
From left to right: William and Ben Roberts took over day-to-day operations of Roberts Mart in 2009