Heliograph – 7 engraving systems installed at plant in Izmir

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
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.

Michelman – Digital primers comply with Nestlé inks guidance

Nestlé sets guidelines for food safety, toxicology and regulatory compliance for all components used to produce its food packaging
USA • Nestlé confirmed that Michelman’s Digiprime 4431, 050, 680, and Michem In-Line Primer 030 is compliant with its inks guidance document. The document refers to the Nestlé Packaging Safety and Compliance Program and specifically addresses printing inks, lacquers, coatings and varnishes used on Nestlé packaging materials and is designed to prevent packaging incidents and recalls.

Comexi – American Packaging Corporation orders gravure press

The Acom RG Platinum offers technological solutions in the field of rotogravure printing for flexible packaging
USA • The Comexi Group announced the sale of a nine station gravure press to American Packaging Corporation (APC) to be operational in February 2017. Comexi will custom-build its next Acom Platinum gravure press with advances in registration control, quick changeovers, 100% defect detection, increased production speeds and improved efficiencies.

Bemis Company – Flexible Packaging Association award for self-venting pouch

The microwave-friendly design includes cool touch zones, Bemis Magic Steam technology, and controlled venting to eliminate hot or cold spots
USA • The Flexible Packaging Association recognized Bemis Company during its 60th annual awards program with the “Highest Achievement Award” for the Campbell’s Ready Meals pouch. The Campbell’s Ready Meals self-venting pouch is designed for consumers seeking convenient, portable meals.

Asahi Photoproducts – EFIA Gold Award for improved OEE

Asahi Photoproducts earned the EFIA sustainability award with its proof of concept test that demonstrate a 26% OEE improvement
BELGIUM • The European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) awarded a 2016 “Gold Award” for sustainable manufacturing and product innovation to Asahi Photoproducts for its pinning technology for clean transfer. The technology can improve ink transfer, reduce dot gain by reducing ink filling at the mid-tone area and can improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

Allservices Aufer – New agreements with flexo partners

The company also said it’s able to perform upgrades and retrofitting of machinery, giving the chance to the customers to exchange obsolete equipment to ones present in the market
SPAIN • Allservices Aufer, a service, spare parts and consumables alternative in the rotogravure cylinder production market has made new agreements with partners in the flexo market, having the possibility to offer a wide range of doctor blades, cleaning products and measuring devices for anilox and flexo plates.

Siegwerk – Flexo printing ink manufacturer acquired

ACTEGA Colorchemie develops and manufactures water-based flexo printing inks, particularly for printing on corrugated board packaging
GERMANY • Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, a supplier of printing inks for packaging applications, labels and catalogues, has signed a contract to purchase the printing ink manufacturer Actega Colorchemie GmbH and its subsidiaries. The transaction is subject to approval by the competition authorities.

FFP Packaging – Meeting customer demands with Asahi

FFP, with its 140 employees, said Asahi helps it achieve higher quality than in the past, reduce costs and turnaround time.
UK • FFP Packaging, located in Northampton, says Asahi Photoproducts is helping it meet increased demands on its flexible packaging printing with its platinum print platform. The company specializes in high quality flexographic printed flexible packaging, heat seal lidding films and films for high temperature or oven use.