USA • Pamarco and Esterlam collaborated to host a sales and strategy meeting in January in Atlanta. The goal was to connect the management, sales and customer service teams from the companies regions and to provide an opportunity to review sales strategies and future business developments, according to the companies.
The two firms recently partnered to provide Esterlam’s doctor blades to the North American corrugated and coating markets
THE NETHERLANDS • Clondalkin Flexible Packaging has appointed Tom Kleinschmidt as sales director for confectionary packaging. He will be based at the company’s Rotterdam site and will be responsible for sales and product development of the organisation’s confectionary packaging portfolio.
Tom Kleinschmidt has worked in the packaging industry for sixteen years
LUXEMBOURG • Since the beginning of 2016, Flint Group Flexographic Products has equipped its flexographic and letterpress platemaking exposures with high-intensity UV-A lamps. The UV-A output of the high-definition lamps increases by up to 15% compared to standard UV-A 10R lamps, according to the company.
The new lamps have an initial UV-A intensity of more than 20 mW/cm2, the Flint Group said
Wipf AG is the first beta user of an HP 20000 digital press designed primarily for printing on flexible packaging materials. The first samples were revealed at Interpack 2014 in Düsseldorf.
Wipf AG is the first beta
user of the digital printing
press HP 20000
BELGIUM • FTA Europe, the European umbrella organisation for flexo is celebrating today its first anniversary. Founded on 9 February 2015 by the founding members ATEF (Spain), ATF (France), ATIF (Italy), EFIA (United Kingdom) and EFTA Benelux, the association can look back on several successful events in 2015.
CHINA • The sixth All in Print China will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 18-22 October. More than 400 companies have confirmed their participation. The exhibition area will be more than 80,000 sqm (861,113 sqft) with expected visitor totals reaching 100,000, according to the event organizer.
The list of exhibitors includes companies like Dupont, Daetwyler Graphics, Epson and Siemens
SWITZERLAND • Bobst announced its consolidated sales for last year will reach approximately EUR 1.2 billion, which is at the higher end of what was expected in December 2015.
UK • A new report published by Smithers Pira states transparent barrier films are supplanting materials like flexible foil because of end-user demand for packaging transparency, feasibility, and microwave oven and metal detector use.
UK • While flexography has always been a more efficient and cost-effective printing process, the challenge comes with trying to close the quality gap between offset and gravure printing.
TCL Packaging has been able to successfully transfer the production of gravure jobs to flexographic printing
GERMANY • Hybrid Software and Think Laboratory announced an OEM deal that allows the Japanese manufacturer to offer the full range of Hybrid’s native PDF workflow products, including Cloudflow and Packz.
USA • Kevin McLaughlin, president of Flexo Concepts, will present “What’s Next for Corrugated Printing” on 7 March at the FTA 2016 Annual Forum in Fort Worth, Texas. The presentation is part of a series of technical sessions.
GERMANY • Goebel Schneid- und Wickelsysteme GmbH, part of the Italian IMS Deltamatic Group, appointed three managing directors to lead the slitter rewinder and winding machine supplier. The former managing director Andreas Hollmann left the company consensually.
From left to right: Harald Knechtel, Roberta Ghilardi und Dr. Hans-Peter Bauer
FINLAND • Sung An Machinery Co., Ltd (SAM), a converting, extrusion and printing machinery manufacturer based in Seoul, Korea, has signed a contract for an exclusive partnership with Joniko Oy based in Masala, for sales in Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
From left to right: Pekka Tolvanen, Joniko Oy, and Bruno Dätwyler, SAM Europe, at the Interplastica exhibition in Moscow
NEW ZEALAND • The 2016 “Pride In Print Awards” has extended its deadline to 29 February, with the regular entries’ deadline having closed on 31 January.
The 2015 winner was printed by the Branston Street, Christchurch branch of Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific
CANADA • TC Transcontinental, Canada’s largest printer, added a new Titan SR800 slitter rewinder to its fleet of slitter rewinders operating within its TC Transcontinental Packaging division.
The Titan SR800 slitter rewinder