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.
USA • The Flexographic Technology Association (FTA) awarded Mac Papers Envelope Converters (MPEC), a Florida-based sister company of Mac Papers, Inc., with five 2016 FTA Awards in recognition of envelope print excellence. The awards were issued during the organization’s 2016 FTA Award Show, held in Texas.
The FTA awarded MPEC its best in show award for its Business is Blooming envelope developed for Domtar
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.
Nestlé sets guidelines for food safety, toxicology and regulatory compliance for all components used to produce its food 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.
The Acom RG Platinum offers technological solutions in the field of rotogravure printing for flexible packaging
ITALY • The Italian Manufacturers’ Association of Machinery for the Graphic, Converting and Paper Industry (ACIMGA ) reports that the sector of printing, converting and package manufacturing machines for any kind of industrial use had an excellent 2015.
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.
The microwave-friendly design includes cool touch zones, Bemis Magic Steam technology, and controlled venting to eliminate hot or cold spots
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).
Asahi Photoproducts earned the EFIA sustainability award with its proof of concept test that demonstrate a 26% OEE improvement
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.
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
UK • DS Smith Plc, a recycled corrugated packaging provider in Europe, announced the acquisition of TRM Packaging Ltd (TRM). TRM is a producer of specialist corrugated packaging and retail-ready packaging, located in the North West of England and employs about 270 people.
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.
ACTEGA Colorchemie develops and manufactures water-based flexo printing inks, particularly for printing on corrugated board packaging
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.
FFP, with its 140 employees, said Asahi helps it achieve higher quality than in the past, reduce costs and turnaround time.
USA • Comex announced it will install an ML1 laminator in the Coveris facilities in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Coveris develops products that protect food, medical supplies and touchscreen devices, among other things.
From left to right: Xavier Molina, Service Manager Comexi North America; Morris Brown and John Boarman from Coveris and Miquel Salvà
USA • Pamarco launched a new LinkedIn discussion group for the flexo industry called Pamarco’s FlexoPedia. The purpose of the group, according to the company is facilitating discussion regarding any issues facing flexo printers. David Parr, technical sales manager at Pamarco Europe kicked off the group’s first discussion.
ITALY • Digital Flex announced it has purchased the Nyloflex Automated Plate Processor Iris Inliner from Flint Group Flexographic Products. The contract finalizing the machine’s purchase was signed after about six months of beta testing.
USA • PRIMIR, the Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization, the research unit of NPES, announced five new studies to be completed this year as well as a new strategy to provide members with research results faster in a variety of formats.