AUSTRIA • Constantia Flexibles has opened its new “Competence Centre” for the research and development of polymer films and film laminates for flexible packaging. It is located at the company’s second largest production plant in Weiden, Germany.
From left to right: Axel Glade, Head of Plant Hueck Folien; Achim Grefenstein, Head of Group R&D; Gerold Riegler, COO Constantia Flexibles and Alexander Baumgartner, CEO Constantia Flexibles
UK • Universal Converting Equipment have supplied a new CL350 hot melt adhesive coater / laminator to its sister company, Universal Adhesive Systems. The machine is available for customer trials at Universal Adhesive Systems, Daventry facility.
Universal Converting Equipment’s new CL350 hot melt adhesive coater
GERMANY • Karla Grey and Hans-Peter Hormann founded the Flexofit GmbH, a consulting company for the international Flexo printing industry, this summer in Bad Vilbel, Germany. Flexofit is focused on submitting industry knowledge and tools for the flexo printing process to Africa and Asia.
From left to right: Hans-Peter Hormann, General Manager at Flexofit and Karla Grey, Managing Director at Flexofit
CHINA • After a series of tests, Kunshan Fuhua decided to install a “nyloflex NExT Exposure FV” unit from Flint Group. Furthermore, the Chinese flexo trade shop bought a “nyloflex Digital Washer FV”.
Kunshan Fuhua decided to install a “nyloflex NExT Exposure FV” and a “nyloflex Digital Washer FV”
USA • Pamarco participated in Correxpo 2015 that was held in the Hyatt Regency in Louisville, Kentucky, from 20 to 21 October. At the exhibit, the company displayed its EFlo cell technology and anilox roll cleaning solutions.
Packaging continues to be a growth market, and within the packaging market, flexible packaging is arguably the fastest growing segment. According to a Smithers Pira report (Future of Global Flexible Packaging to 2020), the global market for flexible packaging is projected to grow by 18% through 2020.
Single colour paper dust print voids on spot colour. Picture frame around spot colour square. 7C image is printed clean.
USA • SGK, a division of Matthews International announced that it has rebranded the Matthews Brand Solutions flexographic business in Europe, Asia and the Americas as Schawk.
AUSTRIA • Alexander Baumgartner has assumed his role as Chief Executive Officer of flexible packaging company Constantia Flexibles as of 1 October 2015. He succeeds Thomas Unger, who had led the Group as CEO since 2011.
Alexander Baumgartner has started as CEO of Constantia Flexibles as of 1 October 2015
FINLAND • Huhtamaki, announces personal changes in its “Group Executive Team”. Olli Koponen, Executive Vice President, Molded Fiber and a member of the Group Executive Team, has been appointed as Executive Vice President, Flexible Packaging. Petr Domin, Managing Director, Molded Fiber Europe, has been appointed as interim Executive Vice President.
Spain • Comexi Group has continued its collaboration with AVT (Advanced Vision Technology) to introduce the next generation of “Cingular Real”. According to the companies, the solution aims to ensure the best-possible automatic print pressure and register during makeready.
Comexi introduces the next generation of “Cingular Real”
USA • Flexo Concepts announced that Imaj Otomasyon Sanayi Ticaret Ltd. will receive the distribution rights to sell “TruPoint” doctor blades in all flexo and sheetfed offset markets in Turkey.
USA • Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. has executed a definitive agreement to acquire the operations of Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH, including POEM (W+D). The acquisition includes W+D’s operations in Neuwied and Löhne, Germany, along with the U.S. subsidiary, W+D North America, and the Malaysian subsidiary, W+D Asia Pacific.
In general, package printing jobs are becoming shorter and shorter. Hence many printers struggle to produce in an economic way. Sebastian Reisig, former editor of Flexo & Gravure Global, visited Drukerij Zwart to find out how a printer became a producer of economic short run rotogravure printing jobs.
Harry Sieljes, Managing Director for Drukkerij Zwart BV
GERMANY • Did you already know, how sensuous fragrant scented packaging can be? The cover of issue 3 of Flexo & Gravure Global may convince you of such opportunities. The German company Schubert International has been involved with well-known cosmetics companies and branded goods manufacturers for more than 30 years.
UK • Regardless of the intense economic growth and the subsequent demand Asia has experienced, North America still remains a major consumer of BOPET, BOPP and BOPA films. Hence, it remains a key market for all global suppliers.
World oriented film capacity by film type 2009, 2014 and 2019. Source: PCI Films Consulting Ltd./Industry Source