USA • Hybrid Software announced the installation of the 400th seat of Packz, its PDF editor for packaging and label workflows. The milestone order for Hybrid has come from an Italian player in the flexographic market, Z Due.
Joint owners Lorenzo and Andrea Mingozzi at Z Due
GERMANY • Janoschka announced that following the merger of the Kippenheim and Ismaning sites, the 60% of shares held in Repro-Form have been transferred to Bernhard Volmer, the company’s founder and a long-standing shareholder.
UK • Innovia Group announced an agreement to sell its Cellophane business and assets to Futamura Chemicals. The deal is expected to complete on or before 30 June. Based in Nagoya, Japan, Futamura is a manufacturer of plastic and cellulose films, principally servicing the food packaging industry.
The company said that packs of paper wrapped in Propafilm T710P no longer require excessive force to open
AUSTRALIA • Amcor announced an agreement to acquire Alusa, the largest flexible packaging business in South America for the purchase price of USD 435 million. Alusa, which includes Alusa (Chile), Peruplast (Peru), Aluflex (Argentina) and Flexa (Colombia), is owned by Techpack and Nexus Private Equity.
BELGIUM • FTA Europe has announced it has selected the winners for its first ever FTA Diamond awards ceremony. The judges from Benelux (Alain de Blander), France (Emmanuel Chaud), Italy (Stefano d’Andrea), Spain (Xavier Boadas), and the UK (David Galton) met at the FTA Europe head office in Brussels.
USA • Hammer Packaging installed a Mark Andy Performance Series P7 press along with a Rotoflex VLI 440 finishing system. The new 17-inch, 10-color P7 press includes combination hot air drying/UV curing, a Mark Andy Quick Change Die Cut unit, web turnbar, cold foil and lamination capabilities.
Mark Andy Performance Series P7 at Hammer Packaging
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 • 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”.
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
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.
GERMANY • Hell Gravure Systems said its XtremeEngraving system has opened up a new field of application – engraving coarse screens on transfer rollers to enable white background printing. Under certain conditions, one white cylinder is all that’s necessary with the system. Conventional engraving, however, usually requires two printing cylinders.
The back-cover white deposit below leads to a significantly more memorable print image, above (click to enlarge)
TURKEY • Heliograph’s competence in rotogravure cylinder production is prized globally, the company said, and it cites Turkish Bakioglu Holding as an example, which has seven installed HelioKlischograph K500 engraving output devices. With 11 locations, it’s Turkey’s leading corporate group of companies for the production of flexible packaging.
Gravure International in Izmir, (from left to right): Managing director Ender Özmergen, production engineer Didem Gül, process engineer Ilkin Soylu, production and maintenance manager Kadir Camci
SWEDEN • Marvaco Oy announced it acquiried the operations of Kostym Designindustries AB, which specialise in packaging artwork design and operate in Central Sweden. Kostym, operating in Karlstad, has consumer goods experience and high-level technological knowledge, the company said.
The staff at Kostym, Olle, Ludwig, Bea, Frans, Madelene and Helén, are now working with Marvaco
SWITZERLAND • Dutch clothing manufacturer Vlisco had a demanding task for Daetwyler developers. Its famous Africa Print fabrics – produced and printed using a complex wax procedure – presented the CFM P1610 with great challenges. A creative solution was needed.