UK • Troika Systems launched its Surface Cam Calibration Program (SCP), a calibration system for its two applications used by coating and embossing converters.
The calibration system ensures users of low screen material that the depth and volume of the embossing or coating cylinders are correctly measured, Troika said.
USA • Flint Group announced the acquisition of Advanced Color Systems, Inc. (ACS) located in Tualatin, Oregon. ACS manufactures and distributes water-based inks within the US and also exports to some countries outside of North America.
USA • Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) will host a forum on 8 March co-located with the Infoflex Exhibition at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas. It will seek to answer several questions, including how rapid advances in digital printing technologies are driving the flexographic industry into a new frontier.
AUSTRIA • The International Label Conference, scheduled for 16 March in Zell am See, announced one of its speakers will introduce Actinpak, a European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) programme to identify and focus on key technical, social, economic and legislative factors to successfully deploy renewable fibre-based packaging solutions.
USA • During FTA’s Infoflex event in March in Texas, Sun Chemical plans to show how several of its inks, coatings and HD plates increase pressroom efficiency by coming to colour faster at higher press speeds as well as produce attractive packaging.
RUSSIA • Italian printing and packaging companies participated in the Upakovka-Upak Italia on 26-29 January. Difficulties in the Russian market did not discourage the participation, which was organized by CPA SPA.
USA • ITW Pillar Technologies, a surface treatment and induction cap sealing systems manufacturer, announced the launch of the industry’s first onboard maintenance indicator for its corona treatment systems.
AUSTRALIA • Amcor announced the appointment of Roelof Westerbeek as president of Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific. Westerbeek will begin his new role on 15 March and will be based in Singapore.
Roelof Westerbeek has worked and lived in Asia for 15 years
CHINA • Amcor announced an agreement to acquire BPI China, a subsidiary of UK-based British Polythene Industries PLC for USD 13 million. BPI China has one plant in Xinhui, South China, with blown film and flexographic printing lines, that produces flexible packaging products.
USA • Pamarco announced the appointment of James Chesley as technical sales engineer for the Pacific Northwest. Pamarco hopes his 22 years of experience in flexo printing and package printing related industries, previously with Econo Products and Anderson & Vreeland, will help continue the company’s expansion in the region.
James Chesley will work with Pamarco's customer service staff out of the company's California office
MEXICO • Less than one year after agreeing upon a seven-machine deal for its new greenfield site in Nava, Grupo Gondi has placed another large order for Bobst printing and conversion equipment as well as for upgrades to existing equipment.
A Grupo Gondi project team preparing the new greenfield facility at Nava
UK • TCL Packaging Limited of Telford, a printer and converter of packaging films, in partnership with Creation Reprographics, credits Asahi Photoproducts AWP flexo plates in part with its progress towards its goal of migrating gravure production to flexography for flexible packaging.
Because of AWP flexo plates improved quality, the company said customers like TCL have been able to transfer production to flexographic printing.
DENMARK • Danish suppliers of surface treatment, Vetaphone, and Danish press manufacturer, Tresu, have combined to show the first example of a corona treater working on a sheet-fed press line.
Tresu predicts double-digit sales of the iCoat 30000 units with Vetaphone Corona Treaters to carton houses around the world.
The words “printed electronics” tend to mean different things to different people. Some may say that printed electronics refers to a process in which a conventional technology, like gravure, inkjet, screen, offset-litho or (increasingly) flexography, is used to produce electronic items and components like electronic circuits or sensors.
According to RK Print Coat Instruments, the FlexiProof 100 is being used for a variety of purposes connected with optimising the flexo printing of electronics.
UK • A new study has identified thirteen emerging flexible packaging markets: Poland, Russia, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Nigeria, and South Africa. Collectively these markets, valued at USD 14 billion, have grown by almost 70% since 2006 and now account for 20% of total world demand.
PCI’s new study includes statistics on national production, trade and consumption; profiles of more than 150 converters, and extensive information on end-use markets.