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.
Jim Wirth - Apex’s New Technical Sales Representative for Southeastern U.S.
SWITZERLAND • H.B. Fuller has officially opened its “Lüneburg Adhesive Academy” in Germany. According to the adhesive provider, the new technical centre shall help its customers to respond more quickly and effectively to market trends, industry challenges and opportunities.
The “Lüneburg Adhesive Academy” of H.B. Fuller
ITALY • Due to the recent acquisition by Bobst of a majority share in Nuova Gidue S.r.l., the company’s name is changing to Bobst Firenze S.r.l. However, at Labelexpo Europe the management team, plant location and its award winning design, production & service activities will continue as before.
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.
Opaltone Digital Proof
GERMANY • The DFTA Technology Center offers a 5 day course “Advanced Flexography”, held in English. With this training course in Advanced Flexography the participants may gain expert level in Flexo in the shortest possible amount of time.
BELGIUM • On 28 September 2015, Asahi will organise an open house event in Brussels in the forefront of the Labelexpo Europe. In cooperation with its partners, the company will be conducting live demonstrations and sharing details about the latest developments in flexographic printing technologies.
SPAIN • The Flexographic Packaging Company will install a Comexi Nexus SL2 solvent-less laminator in their newly expanded printing and laminating facility.
Comexi Nexus SL2 – installed by the Flexographic Packaging Company
GERMANY • Since 2013, TLS has used the “polybase “of Polywest for their anilox production. Hence, Polywest has established a new product used worldwide in flexographic presses. The TLS Anilox GmbH officially ordered the polybase after a test phase that had taken place in 2012.
The anilox sleeve from TLS
BELGIUM • EFTA Benelux, the flexo technical association for the Netherlands and Belgium, and FTA Europe, the newly established European umbrella organization for Flexo, are pleased to invite visitors of Labelexpo Europe (29 September – 2 October, Brussels Expo) for a mini-symposium to be held on Wednesday, 30 September 2015.
GERMANY • Smithers Pira and the PrintPromotion invite to a symposium, “Digital Print for Packaging” in Berlin on December 8th and 9th, 2015. The symposium will bring together companies from the food, pharma, and consumer goods sectors, experts from retailing, stakeholders of the packaging industry, and manufacturers of printing and paper technology.
Digital printing press for the packaging production
GERMANY • Prepress specialist Janoschka announced the establishment of its new graphic and brand deployment services hub in South East Asia. The new site in Singapore will be the third site after the existing production sites in Malaysia and Vietnam.
Janoschka ist eines der weltweit größten Tiefdruckformhersteller
GERMANY • Siegwerk presents its latest products and solutions at the Brussels show . This includes the printing ink series in the Sicura ‘Nutri’ family for safe UV printing on food packaging and labels, UV and LED process, the Sicura series for non-food packaging and labels and the tool for mixed colors FastMatch.
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.
Ampac has 13 locations worldwide, Prolamina has three facilities, such as in Neenah, Wisconsin, USA (Source: Prolamina)
Techkon has brought a new SpectroJet with LED technology on the market. The spectrophotometer is able to scan up to a length of two meters with a speed of up to 40 cm/sec applying the new measuring conditions M0 to M3 according to ISO 13655.
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.
Global digital packaging and label markets by process, 2010-2020 (A4 billion prints or equivalent) (Source: Smithers Pira)