GERMANY • The Packaging Forum within the VDMA, a German association for machinery and plant manufacturing, announced it is promoting investments in high-quality machines and equipment for the production of sophisticated packages for brand manufacturers.
GERMANY • The Thimm Group in Lower Saxony announced it is expanding its packaging print technology mix with an HP Pagewide Web Press T1100S. The machine has an operating width of 2,800 mm (110”) and will be installed at Christiansen Print in Saxony Anhalt.
HP Pagewide Web Press T1100S
LUXEMBOURG • Flint Group Flexographic Products announced the appointment of Yunuén Sánchez as global marketing director of flexographic products and as a member of the senior leadership team for flexographic products. The company also appointed Rico Hagedorn as a senior manager for technical services plates.
Left to right: Yunuén Sánchez was appointed global marketing director of flexographic products, and Rico Hagedorn is now senior manager for technical services plates
UK • DS Smith announced its annual report, which focused on its performance for the year 2015-16, and described how each division performed. The company said it has significantly grown its corrugated business and market share across Europe through the acquisition of operations in South Eastern Europe, Iberia, Greece, Turkey and the UK.
ITALY • Uteco announced two sales in the Ukraine; one Diamond HP 812 mod. 130 was sold to Pamibro Ltd., a paper sack manufacturer for the construction, chemical and food industries established in 1996 in the Ivano-Frankivs’k region.
The company sold a Diamond flexo press to Pamibro Ltd.
INDIA • Huhtamaki, a Finnish food and drink packaging manufacturer, announced it has acquired 51% of Val Pack Solutions Private Limited, a privately held paper cup manufacturer based in Mumbai. With the acquisition, the company enters the growing foodservice packaging market in India, where many of its key customers are present, it said.
BELGIUM • Asahi Photoproducts congratulated its customer, DS Smith in Fulda, for its two prestigious awards from the FTA Europe Diamond Awards.
Left to right: Dieter Niederstadt of Asahi Photoproducts, Thomas Mueller of DS Smith and Dr David Galton of Asahi Photoproducts
POLAND • Flint Group announced its new Global Colour Centre with solution-based competencies, including a demo centre, customer academy, 24/7 colour matching, and digital colour management solutions supporting all four of Flint Group’s packaging business segments — Paper & Board, Flexible Packaging, Sheetfed and Narrow Web.
The centre was officially opened on 29 June with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Lodz
GERMANY • The European Rotogravure Association (ERA) invites rotogravure publication printers in Europe and overseas, together with their suppliers and customers, to its Annual Conference on 26-27 September in Dusseldorf.
USA • Unilux, a designer and manufacturer of strobe lights for surface inspection in the metals, printing/converting and papermaking industries, announced Tom Herold as the company’s vice president of sales for the Americas.
Tom Herold brings more than 30 years of experience in technical sales to Unilux
GERMANY • Flexo & Gravure Global editor and representatives from the flexible packaging community were shown some of the most recent market trends, challenges and issues that are driving packaging development at “Packaging for a more sustainable world.”
Dr Benjamin Punchard, global packaging insights director at Mintel, highlighted the need for more innovative packaging solutions
ITALY • The reprohouse Inci.Flex has announced it has become the first operation to purchase Esko’s automated flexo platemaking solution, the new CDI Crystal 5080 XPS.
Left to right: Biagio Derosa, sales manager Esko, and Enzo Consalvo, CEO and owner of Inci.Flex stand in front of the purchase at drupa
INDIA • One of India’s largest global flexible packaging company Uflex Limited announced it has partnered with Japanese manufacturer Think Lab to set up a fully automatic robotic laser engraving line for manufacturing rotogravure cylinders at the Noida facility.
Robotic arm feeding the steel base shell for nickle/ copper electroplating Uflex Noida plant
UK • Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury, formerly Chadwicks of Bury, announced that it is celebrating 70 years in flexible packaging. In 1935 Ronald Chadwick began work as a general supplier to the farming community around Bury.
Left to right: John Chadwick, managing director at CFP Bury, stands with Martin Hardman, sales director
In the first part of this article, our editor examined the overarching market data for the packaging printing industry, the numbers from major press manufacturers and touched on the first of three major trends, emerging markets.
PCI Films Consulting
PCI’s study profiled more than 150 converters. In general, all emerging markets illustrated strong growth over the past five years, with only three of the thirteen posting overall growth of less than 30% between 2006 and 2011