Apex appoints new Technical Sales Representative for Southeastern U.S.

Jim Wirth - Apex’s New Technical Sales Representative for Southeastern U.S.
THE NETHERLANDS • According to Apex International, Jim Wirth has been hired as new Technical Sales Representative assigned to the Southeastern United States. Wirth comes to the manufacturer of anilox and metering roll solutions from Toyo Ink America where he served as Senior Business Development Manager in their packaging ink division.

X-Rite – first “Opaltone recertification project” in Russia

Opaltone Digital Proof
SWITZERLAND • X-Rite completed the first “Opaltone Recertification project” in Russia. The recertification project for Gotek was organized by one of its partners, ColorLab Ltd. Opaltone is a patented imaging technology that digitally mixes CMY+RGB process inks, and optionally, black. According to X-Rite, it eliminates the need for special inks and facilitates fixed colour palette printing.
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Merger of Ampac and Prolamina

Ampac has 13 locations worldwide, Prolamina has three facilities, such as in Neenah, Wisconsin, USA (Source: Prolamina)
USA • Wellspring Capital Management, a US-american private equity firm, announced the creation of a large flexible packaging company through the merger of Prolamina Corporation and  Ampac Holdings. The newly acquired Ampac brings 13 locations while Prolamina adds three. The combined company will be headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Digital print for packaging sector is growing

Global digital packaging and label markets by process, 2010-2020 (A4 billion prints or equivalent) (Source: Smithers Pira)
A strong growth across the digital packaging sector over the next five years is forecast by a new report from Smithers Pira. Overall packaging markets are growing, with economic upturns in most regions pushing consumer expenditure as the population grows and demographic changes see more single-person households.