Swop 2017 – China to be biggest chocolate market, new opportunities for printers and packagers beckon

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CHINA • At swop 2017, scheduled to run from 7-10, November at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), a large number of international processing and packaging products for the confectionary and bakery sectors will be showcased. Several European confectionery processing and packaging machinery manufacturers will be attending including the German exhibitors Theegarten-Pactec, Chocotech, Winkler+Dünnebier, Hänsel…

Dainichiseika – Invests in flexo technology from Koenig & Bauer

The EVO XD for Dainichiseika in Japan is prepared for the flexible use of water-based inks (Source, KBA-Flexotecnia)
JAPAN • To further advance the development of new inks for the printing of flexible packaging, the company recently decided to invest in an ultra-modern flexo press system from KBA-Flexotecnica, a subsidiary of Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA). Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals is one of Japan’s leading ink manufacturers and they believe the EVO XD is…

Uflex – Interview with R.K. Jain, president finance & accounts

R.K. Jain, Uflex's fiannce and accounts group president (Source, Uflex)
INDIA • As the nation’s economy continues to grow along with its population, Uflex is quickly solidifying its position as one of the largest integrated manufacturing and packaging firms in Asia. With global aspirations in sight, the editors of Flexo & Gravure Global sat down to discuss the company’s past, present and vision for the…
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ebeam, Uteco and INX Digital – Launching mass personalization digital solution at Label Expo 2017

Beginning in September and at the upcoming Label Expo 2017, ebeam will host alongside partners Uteco and INX Digital a series of seminars on electron beaming technology and its implications for printing, food safety and other topics (Source, G&K TechMedia)
SWITZERLAND • At the Brussels Expo, 25-28 September 2017, the partners plan to unveil what they claim is the first industrial end-to-end digital narrow-web solution for the safe mass-personalization of indirect food contact flexible packaging and labels.

Socipack – African printer acquires new Comexi F2 flexo press, other equipment

Ivory Coast printer Socipack has acquired another Comexi F2 MB press and other equipment (Source, Comexi)
IVORY COAST • Reflective of the growing packaging sector in emerging markets, through this acquisition, Socipack has reinforced its position in Ivory Coast and throughout the continent as one of the fastest growing companies in the flexible packaging and food packaging sector. Beyond the new F2 MB flexo press, the acquistion includes a top-of-the-range laminator Comexi…

Westpak Oy Ab – Awarded Europe’s first EGP partnership certificate

From L to R: Marko Valkamo, production and development director, Marvaco Oy; Ville Riitahaara, prepress manager, Westpak Oy Ab; Jonas Skuthälla, managing director, Westpak Oy Ab; Vesa Mäkilä, prepress specialist, Westpak Oy Ab; Tomi Havia, customer service manager, Marvaco Oy; Tapio Alanko, customer service manager, Marvaco Oy (Source, Marvaco)
FINLAND • The manufacturer of flexo-printed packaging received the certificate in recognition of the company’s successful implementation of a modern production process.
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AMB – Solventless printing, Multivac packaging catalysts for second plant

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AMB’s existing facilities are too small to keep up with demand, driving the company to expand (Source, AMB)
ITALY • Being constructed alongside the existing general headquarters, the new facility will be used for the manufacture of layered plastic films for the food sector as well as logistics and some administrative offices. Situated in San Daniele del Friuli, in northeastern Italy near Udine in a region famous for its Prosciutto ham and other fruits…

Vetaphone – Second corona unit installed by Worthen, will others follow?

The 1920 mm (76") VE1B corona treater is installed at Worthen’s plant in Nashua, NH (Source, Vetaphone)
USA • After a year of near continuous service, a second 1920 mm (76”) Vetaphone VE1B corona treater has been installed on another of Worthen Industries’ specially adapted coating lines. Requiring treatment performance with superior dyne levels that doesn’t create pinholes, the company prints across a range of substrates from foam run at 9 m/min (30…