Matthews International – Gary Kohl appointed president of SGK Brand Solutions

Gary Kohl has been named president of SGK Brand Solutions (Source, SGK Brand Solutions)
USA • Currently serving as executive vice president, global business development at SGK and a member of the executive leadership team, as of late June Gary Kohl has been named president of SGK Brand Solutions business effective immediately. With experience in the digital and print communications industry, Kohl joined SGK in 2016 from RR Donnelley, where…

Windmöller & Hölscher – 70% lower energy consumption for cast film production

Windmöller & Hölscher claims the Filmex II cast film extrusion line can reduce energy costs for cooling by up to 70% (Source, W&H)
GERMANY • During the production of cast film, the melting process consumes the largest portion of energy during cast film production and cooling is a close second. A new cooling process for cast film production with the Filmex II cast film extrusion line is said to  significantly lower energy consumption by up to 70%. The new…

Reproflex Scandinavia – Flint Group’s FlexoExpert certification earned

(Left to right): Steen Madsen, CEO Reproflex Scandinavia and Soren Lund, technical manager Reproflex Scandinavia (Source: Flint Group)
Germany • Producing data, design and digital printing plates for the packaging industry with business in almost all areas of the graphic process, including prepress for flexo, offset and gravure, Reproflex Scandinavia, as of June 2017, can now also call themselves official FlexoExperts. Throughout a six month process consisting of three main steps – evaluation and…

Maxcess – Tension control solutions launched from Magpowr brand

Maxcess has launched a new CSR cantilevered tension sensing roller, an ISR integrated sensing roller and an TLCB larger-sized thin load cell (Source: Maxcess)
USA • Specializing in products and services for web handling applications, the new Magpowr products include the CSR cantilevered tension sensing roller, the ISR integrated sensing roller and the TLCB larger-sized thin load cell. “For the TLCB thin load cell, we took a popular European-style load cell that allows for minimal machine space requirements and created…

Reprographic Systems – First in UK to adopt Esko’s Crystal technology

Paul Vaughan, managing director, overseeing Esko's XPS Crystal exposure unit at Reprographic Systems (Source: Esko)
BELGIUM • The new XPS Crystal 5080 is a digitally controlled exposure unit providing nearly simultaneous exposures supporting all major photopolymer flexo manufacturers. As part of an automated platemaking system linked to a CDI imaging unit, the system is said to offer plates capable of printing at the highest quality levels on diverse substrates. One of…

ERA – Forum over the status of industrial digital printing

The conference was moderated by ERA Secretary General James Siever, with (left to right) Jürgen Freier of HP and Dr Andreas Kraushaar of Fogra (Source, ERA)
GERMANY • Taking place in Munich, Germany on 19-20 June, the European Rotogravure Association (ERA) brought together representatives from the gravure printing and supply industry to discuss the current status of digital printing and give their perspectives about its impact on markets.

Comexi – Successful Interpack and award winner

(Left to right): David Centelles (Comexi), Thomas Schneider (WPO President), Jeroen van der Meer, Gemma Bessa (both Comexi), and Comexi’s president, Manel Xifra receiving the WorldStar Award 2017 (Source: Comexi)
SPAIN • The provider of solutions for the flexible packaging industry closed its participation at the Interpack 2017 trade fair with 170,500 visitors from 168 countries and with more than 2760 exhibitors from the packaging process industry.

FTA Europe – “Flexo Best Practice Tool Box”

The “Flexo Best Practice Tool Box” will eventually cover all aspects of the flexo printing process (Source: FTA Europe)
ITALY • On May 2017, the first “Flexo Best Practice Tool Box Technical Meeting” took place in Milan at the ATIF offices. The technical meeting started the coordination of the works, aiming to prepare and finalise the project over the course of the next months. Representatives of supporting companies, experts from the icm.Print team, and the…