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KYMC – Open house at Werthan Packaging (photo gallery)
USA • A joint open house was held by KYMC and Werthan Packaging in White House, Tennessee on 25-26 October. The event hosted more than 130 attendees between the two days, who saw the new generation of a KYMC 10-color Euroflex gearless press demonstrating machine automation for job changeover and set-up.
Uteco – 13 million in sales at K Show
ITALY • Uteco announced success at the K Show this year in terms of orders, with 10 contracts signed for a total of EUR 13 million for applications relating to flexo, rotogravure and coupling and digital.
ERA – Packaging & Decorative Conference 2016 (photo gallery)
UKRAINE • The European Rotogravure Association held its 2016 Packaging & Decorative Conference on 3-5 November in Kiev with the theme “Gravure printing in transformation — Ukraine in transformation”. More than 100 attendees listened to presentations from 15 experts in their field of expertise, from socio-economics topics to technical colour management.
BST eltromat – Interview at K 2016 (video)
GERMANY • Flexo & Gravure Global visited the BST eltromat stand at the K 2016 to speak with its managing director Kristian Jünke. We find our what’s new, what challenges the company sees and what innovations to expect from them in the future.
Atlas Converting – Titan ER610 demonstrated at AIMCAL Slitting School
USA • The AIMCAL Web Slitting Technology course was held in Charlotte, North Carolina with machine demonstrations at Atlas Converting’s office where attendees got to see the Titan ER610 in action.
Improved film lamination with flexo printing
Ninety percent of solvent-based lamination adhesives for film lamination are currently applied using gravure printing technology. Application systems using flexo printing technology have very interesting benefits for production, especially in the difficult area of laminating very thin aluminium foil.
The true environmental impact of ink systems
With increasing environmental awareness, ink systems play an important role for a more ecological film-based packaging product. Marketing campaigns praise water-based inks as the green solution for a more sustainable product, but they leave out some important facts. A comparison of different ink systems on the market presents an interesting result.
DuPont – New Cyrel Easy EPC for corrugated printing
USA • DuPont Advanced Printing announced the launch of the newest addition to the DuPont Cyrel Easy plate platform, DuPont Cyrel Easy EPC, a soft digital plate with a built-in flat top dot developed especially for the postprint corrugated printers.
Smithers Pira – Pouch packaging demand to grow 4.7% annually
UK • Smithers Pira released a report saying that global pouch packaging consumption is projected at just more than 324 billion units in 2016. It is forecast to grow during the period 2016–2021 at an annual rate of 4.7% to 407 billion units.
Bobst – Roadshow highlights flexible packaging trends and innovations
PHILLIPINES • Bobst announced that its roadshow in Manila on 24 August provided a good setting and opportunity for Bobst and its partners to present to the Philippines flexible packaging and label manufacturing industry the latest innovations and trends in printing and converting.
Siegwerk – New packaging ink centre opened
CHINA • Siegwerk announced it opened INKube, its new Packaging Ink Solution Center, in Shanghai. The new centre will help the company to expand its local capabilities, competencies and offerings for the Chinese market.
Surviving and thriving with lean gravure printing
Gravure printers are facing a multitude of challenges in package printing, mainly the need for shorter and shorter print runs. This article describes what one converter is doing to meet these challenges through the application of lean manufacturing.
Uteco – LED-UV flexo press to ship in November (photo gallery)
ITALY • The world’s first LED UV-enabled low migration VLF flexographic press has passed its print tests and is on schedule for commissioning next month (November) in the press hall of flexible packaging print specialist La Gerunda Merletti of Cremona.
More profit through colour reduction
Printing packaging generally requires the printing of eight colours, including several spot colours. This not only consumes a lot of time for make-ready, but also affects profitability. This article identifies a company which has developed a process to work to reduce or eliminate the use of spot colours for many flexo jobs.
New opportunities for the growing corrugated board market in Latin America
North American corrugated board printers especially face strong and growing competition from the emerging markets. However there appear to be some strong markets right on the doorstep. In this article, market expert Lucas Woodyatt gives an insight to these prospects and identifies trends and business opportunities on this market with a population of 589+ million.