GERMANY • Uteco Group announced its drupa booth (Stand A18/B03 in Hall 10) will be focused on the new concept of Onyx XS for very short runs with four different processes integrated inline.
The new 4-EcoOne solution will be on display with two demos every day, showing eco-friendly EB flexo printing with an EB lamination inline
BELGIUM • With drupa less than 70 days away, every aspect of the print industry is starting to buzz with activity. Last week’s pre-drupa press event was no exception as more than 60 journalists from more than 26 countries gathered to learn the latest innovations and inventions of eight different companies.
UK • A new report, The Future of Smart Packaging to 2021, predicts the global smart packaging market value will grow during the five year period to 2021 at an annual rate of 7.5% to EUR 6.9 billion.
BELGIUM • The European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) awarded a 2016 “Gold Award” for sustainable manufacturing and product innovation to Asahi Photoproducts for its pinning technology for clean transfer. The technology can improve ink transfer, reduce dot gain by reducing ink filling at the mid-tone area and can improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).
Asahi Photoproducts earned the EFIA sustainability award with its proof of concept test that demonstrate a 26% OEE improvement
GERMANY • With the motto “We colour the future”, the printing ink manufacturer Siegwerk will be demonstrating its products and services portfolio at drupa to address current and future industry trends. Visitors can get in touch with the ink manufacturers for packaging printing at Booth A58 in Hall 3.
GERMANY n GMG will showcase its latest software, a Photoshop plug-in, new proofing media, and its extended range of services at drupa (Stand B10, Hall 8A). GMG is also expanding its proof media portfolio into two lines: GMG Proofmedia Premium and GMG Proofmedia Studio.
SPAIN • Allservices Aufer, a service, spare parts and consumables alternative in the rotogravure cylinder production market has made new agreements with partners in the flexo market, having the possibility to offer a wide range of doctor blades, cleaning products and measuring devices for anilox and flexo plates.
The company also said it’s able to perform upgrades and retrofitting of machinery, giving the chance to the customers to exchange obsolete equipment to ones present in the market
UK • DS Smith Plc, a recycled corrugated packaging provider in Europe, announced the acquisition of TRM Packaging Ltd (TRM). TRM is a producer of specialist corrugated packaging and retail-ready packaging, located in the North West of England and employs about 270 people.
THE NETHERLANDS • Stefan Kraft joined Polymount International as its new global sales director at the beginning of 2016. Kraft will support the company’s sales team to secure growth and to expand its presence globally. He is also directly responsible for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Kraft studied prepress in the Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart and has a Master in Packaging Technology from the International Packaging Institute in Switzerland
GERMANY • Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, a supplier of printing inks for packaging applications, labels and catalogues, has signed a contract to purchase the printing ink manufacturer Actega Colorchemie GmbH and its subsidiaries. The transaction is subject to approval by the competition authorities.
ACTEGA Colorchemie develops and manufactures water-based flexo printing inks, particularly for printing on corrugated board packaging
GERMANY • Hell Gravure Systems will be unveiling two engravers and one direct laser system for gravure and flexographic printing under the motto “High performance and high quality” at drupa 2016.
The S3000 4S: According to the Hell, the world’s fastest direct laser for flexographic printing
USA • Anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America announced Brad Windsor and Shawn Scheel have joined the Harper team. Scheel is accountable for anilox roll sales to wide web customers throughout the Central Plains and Southwestern states.
Both have more than 20 years of experience in the flexographic printing industry
One of the restrictions for the digital printing of flexible substrates has been the feasibility of lamination. Recently, some suppliers developed laminating machines, adhesives and primers which they consider a solution. But have they really solved all the issues?
SPAIN • The supplier will show a new flexography printing press at drupa 2016 at its stand in Hall10/B20. The machine is a further development of the previous FI. According to Comexi Group, it will allow improved automation in the printing process.
Comexi will reveal its novelties at the next edition of the drupa fair, which will be held from 31 May to 11 June in Düsseldorf, Germany
DENMARK • Vetaphone has announced it’s appointed Karsten Koch as area sales manager for Europe. Koch has a degree in international sales and marketing and 24 years of international sales experience in the packaging industry, having formerly worked for Danapak Flexibles (Constantia Packaging), Bemis and Smurfit Kappa.
Vetaphone’s new sales manager, Karsten Koch, has 24 years of packaging experience