JAPAN • Toyobo announced its latest innovation is the Cosmolight Z range, available for analog and digital. The plates excel in the ease of handling, the washout process and transferring ink, according to the company. It offers more convenience in prepress and can be very effective in meeting the increasing print quality demands.
The plates are a good fit with AV Flexologics plate making machines, the company said
LUXEMBOURG • Doneck Network announced it will be taking part in Proflex for the fifth time in 2016. Its German-speaking sales team will inform trade visitors at the exhibition booth in Stuttgart about its latest products and innovations, including its certification to DIN EN ISO 22000 Hygiene.
TANZANIA • Flexofit GmbH of Germany is holding its Pre-drupa Flexofit Seminar in Dar Es Salaam on 17 March. International industry experts from Chespa, Du Pont de Nemours, Esko, Renzmann, Tesa and Windmöller & Hölscher will present insights and developments around the flexo printing process and products.
USA • A new company, Epac has been launched to focus on the growing short-run, multiple SKU, quick-turn flexible packaging market. A joint partnership between Arion Partners and Emerald Packaging, the company announced it would begin operations in Madison, Wisconsin in April.
POLAND • Lesko Engineering company announced its flexography industry solutions are available in all countries under the Lesko Engineering brand name. The company announced expansion of its global sales network based on authorized dealers operating in particular markets. It said that all contracts with present customers, as well as orders being already completed, remain in force.
ITALY • Omet plans to present its new Varyflex V2 Offset 850 with Electron Beam drying system at drupa this spring. A modular machine that combines flexo and offset printing, with the opportunity for further customisation, it’s designed and built for the packaging sector according to Omet.
Omet's Varyflex V2 Offset will be shown at drupa this spring
GERMANY • Erhardt+Leimer held its annual conference on 22 January at the Chamber of Commerce and Trade in Augsburg and announced it has experienced steady growth since 2009. The company reported a turnover of about EUR 160 million in 2015, representing growth of 10%.
Guest speaker Hansjörg Durz during his presentation at the annual E+L conference
UK • Xaar introduced its new Xaar 1002 GS40 for UV applications. The new printhead with five levels of greyscale capability can be used for printing UV spot varnish and for applications requiring a high laydown at higher print speeds, Xaar said.
High build, varnish and textured effects can be added to labels, packaging, graphics and wood laminate using this printhead, the company said
ITALY • Omet is accepting customer challenges, asking clients to come to it with new problems that it hopes its custom-made machines can solve. According to the company, each machine is unique, highly personalised, designed and conceived to respond to very specific needs.
Omet's XFlex X6
DENMARK • Vetaphone’s CSO Jan Eisby praised everyone involved in making 2015 a record sales year at the company’s annual agents’ seminar and rewarded its three best performing agents at a celebratory dinner in Koldinghus, the last remaining mediaeval castle on Jutland.
Jan Eisby presented awards to three of the company’s international agents for their different achievements
THE NETHERLANDS • As in all aspects of print and graphics, the use of pressure-sensitive films has been modulated by the effects of the digital revolution, and as a result, the market profile is changing. The AWA Pressure-sensitive Graphic Films Market 2016 study says sign makers and graphics converters are using their expertise to enter…
The global pressure-sensitive graphic films market by region (Click to enlarge)
GERMANY • Flint Group held its traditional customer event, Flexo Round Table, in November 2015 in Damme, Lower Saxony, and Fichtenau, Baden-Wuerttemberg. The company presented its new rotec Lightweight Sleeve to the conference members, a record 120 participants, before it was launched to the market.
Participants at the Flint Group Flexo Round Table in Damme, Lower Saxony
RUSSIA • Comexi exhibited its latest technology at the 24th Upakovka Trade Fair, held in Moscow from 26 – 29 January. Comexi said visitors showed great interest in the flexo and offset lines, as well as in the new Comexi Nexus L20000 laminating machine, developed in collaboration with HP.
The event also enabled the company to demonstrate its solutions in the North European market, where the flexible packaging industry has great potential
UK • Unilever announced it sends no non-hazardous waste to landfills across more than 600 sites, in 70 countries, including factories, warehouses, distribution centres and offices. Unilever said it aims to achieve zero waste across the value chain, which has provided a strong business case for sustainability.
SWEDEN • Primeblade Sweden AB released its new doctor blade, the 900 Nano+. Both the patented treatment process and particles have been changed, the company says, to create better durability and strength. The new treatment will give better blade life and performance than standard Primeblade 900 Nano blades, according to the company.
The blades also bend less to keep the optimum contact angle against the anilox or printing cylinder and create excellent wipe conditions