BELGIUM • FTA Europe announce that the inaugural FTA Europe Diamond Awards ceremony will take place on 2 June during the drupa exhibition. The organization said it is looking for interested sponsors and attendees.
USA • PRIMIR, the Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization, the research unit of NPES, announced five new studies to be completed this year as well as a new strategy to provide members with research results faster in a variety of formats.
USA • A new study reported that US demand for food containers is projected to increase 2.8% per year to more than USD 31 billion in 2020.
USA • MacDermid announced it plans to preview its newest additions to its Lux In-the Plate (ITP) platform at Infoflex later this month in Fort Worth, Texas. What the company calls Flat-Top Dots out of the Box is adding two options, Lux ITP 50 and Lux ITP C.
SWEDEN • SCA announced it has developed a new technique for producing round corrugated board packaging that offers new design possibilities while reducing packaging weight by 30%, thereby also improving environmental performance. Arcwise can be deployed in standard corrugated board production facilities, the company said.
Arcwise is protected by international patents, and the company offers the technique to packaging manufacturers under license
SWITZERLAND • Bobst Group, a supplier of equipment and services to the packaging and label industries, announced its consolidated sales were EUR 1.2 billion in 2015, an increase of EUR 28.6 million, or +2.4%, compared to 2014. Adjusted for currency effects and acquisitions, organic sales were up 6.8% in 2015.
GERMANY • BASF has announced its researchers have succeeded in improving the composition of the individual semiconductor ink components to double the mobility of the charge carriers in the printed circuits. This can further reduce the size of the structures and produce high resolution LCD or OLED screens on plastic substrates.
INDONESIA • The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (NPES) and the International Color Consortium (ICC) announced the presenters and sessions for the Color Management Conference to be held on 17 March in Jakarta.
USA • Smithers Pira announced that the Digital Print for Packaging conference is heading to Chicago, IL from 7-8 September. The 2016 program will show brand owners, converters, printing equipment suppliers and packaging designers how they can capitalize on this quickly evolving technology.
USA • Pamarco appointed Tabatha McDonald to its technical service department, which is responsible for analysis of customer anilox conditions and providing suggestions to ensure each anilox operates efficiently and delivers a low cost of ownership, the company said.
Tabatha McDonald has been in the printing industry for 22 years, 17 of which were with Darby Printing Company in Atlanta as an image systems operator
USA • A new study reports that demand for pouches in the USA will grow 4.4% per year through 2020 to USD 10.1 billion, driven primarily by the introduction of pouch packaging into new markets and the integration of high value features, such as resealable closures and spouts, in more mature markets.
The report said stand-up pouch formats will continue to grow in popularity, since the greatest opportunities lie in previously popular rigid packaging applications
GERMANY • A new management team has taken charge of BST Procontrol’s business under the guidance of managing director Dr. rer. pol. Gunter Tautorus. Dipl.-Ing. Kay Kuhlmann is now responsible for sales and marketing issues while Dipl.-Ing. Geritt Block is head of the technological area.
From left to right: Dipl.-Ing. Geritt Block, Dipl.-Ing. Kay Kuhlmann
and Markus Babel of BST Procontrol
POLAND • Mondi Group has signed an agreement to acquire the SIMET S.A. corrugated plant located in Grabonóg, near Poznań. The plant produces a wide range of flexo printed packaging including American cases, die-cut and multipoint folder-glued boxes. The acquisition is subject to Polish competition clearance and other customary conditions.
USA • MacDermid Printing Solutions announced it launched a new brand image as well as created a new organizational structure within the company. MacDermid Printing Solutions now becomes part of MacDermid Performance Solutions and will be renamed MacDermid Graphics Solutions to more accurately reflect its core business.
SWITZERLAND • The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) announced a business development agreement with Nordmeccanica SpA to advance solutions for the flexible packaging industry by combining adhesive development with machine pioneering that target new technologies for faster commercialization to market. The companies plan to highlight the collaboration to accelerate packaging innovation at drupa 2016.
Diego Donoso, global business president Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics (2nd from left), seals the agreement with Antonio Cerciello (3rd from left), owner of Nordmeccanica Group