USA • Five of the six “Best of Show” winners at this year’s 2017 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards used Esko CDI digital flexo imagers. Additionally, more than 70% of all awards were submitted by companies who are customers of Esko CDIs and/or software.
In March, editors from Flexo & Gravure Global visted the vast ICE Europe 2017 convention in Munich. Below are several videos from our interviews there.
COLOMBIA • Increased print quality gained from using nyloflex FTF Digital flexographic plates supplied by the Flint Group has enabled Agraf Industrial to win an award from Andigraf. According to Flint, Agraf has worked for years with the tradeshop V&V Interflexo, who introduced the technology to progress Agraf from using high definition with standard digital plates…
Participants in the competition are shown above with their awards. From left to right: Gustavo Ruiz of Agraf Industrial, Erik Oliveros of V&V Interflexo, Vagn Knudsen of Agraf Industrial, and Mauricio Perez from V&V Interflexo, Source: Flint Group
GERMANY • The acquisition sees the Klöckner Pentaplast Group, a global producer of rigid plastic film and packaging solutions, combining with the UK-based Linpac Senior Holdings and its subsidiaries, a film producer and converter for food packaging in Europe. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Combined the two companies will have annual revenues of…
Klöckner Pentaplast logo
SWEDEN • In the spring of 2017, the Flint Group, Packaging & Narrow Web Division, Segment Paper & Board opened its new Global Innovation Centre (GIC) in Malmö, Sweden. In October 2016, Lohmann‘s “Bonding Engineers” opened their Technology Centre (TEC) at the company headquarters in Neuwied, Germany.
Left to right: Thomas Holzer und Silvia Casellato, Market Manager Graphics at Lohmann und Lars Keldebäk, Print Shop Manager Flint Group Sweden (Slource: Lohmann)
USA/GERMANY • NPES The Association for suppliers of printing, publishing and converting technologies and VDMA, the mechanical engineering industry association of Germany (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau) announce the availability for purchase of the joint comprehensive study, “Worldwide Market for Print 2.0: Global Opportunities in Packaging (WWMP).” The study examined global print packaging markets within 26…
The joint comprehensive study of NPES and VDMA, “Worldwide Market for Print 2.0: Global Opportunities in Packaging (WWMP)” (Source: VDMA)
Italy n Held on the 11 and 12 May at the company headquarters in San Giorgio Monferrato, the “Extending the scope, new technologies for gravure” forum and open house was attended by 180 guests, including 150 worldwide convertors.
Demonstration of the RS 6003C HS gravure press in front of the large audience of participants, Source: Bobst
NEW ZEALAND • As the company has grown its printing business while still maintaining quality, Wedderburn’s management focused on increasing production in other ways while still maintaining a safe operating environment. This caused the company to re-evaluate how they clean their printing plates and other press parts. Though Wedderburn looked at many options, they kept returning…
Wedderburn Operations Manager, Gary Gibbon, with Flexo Wash International Sales Manager, Mette Laursen, and the new PK 160 Parts Washer, Source: Flexo Wash
UK • According to the latest research from Smithers Pira, digital print for packaging is worth USD 13.2 billion in 2017, and will climb to USD 23.2 billion in 2022. As such it represents a key growth area for the print industry, as well as opening new market opportunities for packaging converters and their brand customers.
Ultraviolet (UV) printing has been in mainstream use in labels and packaging for many years. It was adopted because of the many benefits it offered: fast curing for enhanced productivity, high colour strength for improved graphic reproduction, applicability with a wide range of substrates, absence of solvents and VOCs, high gloss and durable finishes.
Comexi has recently announced a partnership with HP to produce a new line of laminators particularly suited to digital printing. The new line is designed to make short print runs easier and more profitable while greatly reducing the processes overall environmental footprint.
Comexi L20000 laminator (Source: Comexi)
INDIA – The Indian army unit Counter Insurgency Force (CIF) Kilo has collaborated with packaging and processing solutions company Tetra Pak India to undertake an environment project to recycle used cartons.
SWITZERLAND • The holding has acquired an 80% shareholding in the Rotoflex Group. The management, which holds the remaining 20% of shares in the company, remains unchanged. Rotoflex will continue to act independently within the group with its brand.
The headquaarters of Rotoflex in Grechen/Switzerland (Source: Daetwyler SwissTec)
USA • The anilox roll manufacture has developed Ultrawash Green, a new wash concentrate for use in water-based ink systems. According to Pamarco, extensive tests in the packaging industry have demonstrated its cleaning performance.
Ultrawash Green is a new wash concentrate for use in water-based ink systems (Source: Pamarco)
ISRAEL • The provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, has appointed Mauro Luini in a newly created role as regional manager for Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. He Luini has twenty years’ experience in the digital printing industry, which includes tenures at fellow market leaders HP Indigo and Heidelberg.
Mauro Luini, joins Scodix in a new role as regional manager (Source: Scodix)