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.
GERMANY • Flint Group launched its new Rotec Lightweight Sleeve for conventional plate mounting with adhesive tapes. The plate mounting sleeve offers weight savings of up to 40% compared to standard sleeves on the market, according to the company.
Flint Group launches new lightweight sleeve
GERMANY • During the first half of the year, Fentsch Packaging Solutions GmbH will merge with Janoschka Kippenheim GmbH and operate under the name Janoschka Deutschland GmbH. Both sites will continue with their existing portfolio of products and services.
Janoschka Kippenheim's production site
USA • Blue Software, developers of brand lifecycle management software, announced the acquisition of Viki Solutions, a Canadian company that provides online proofing and real-time collaboration software technology. All current Blue and Viki Solutions customers and partners will continue to receive support from their current contacts. All current customer, partner and OEM agreements are expected to…
UK • Smithers Pira released a new report forecasting the global packaging industry to grow at an annual rate of 3.5% over the period 2015–20. It’s expected to reach USD 998 billion at today’s prices. Flexible plastic packaging is predicted to continue as the fastest growing packaging category.
THE NETHERLANDS • AV Flexologic announced the new semi-automatic mounting machine, Samm Postprint. The machine mounts flexographic printing plates onto plastic film using a patented image recognition software that measures the position of the mounting materials in real time.
AV Flexologic’s Semi Automatic Mounting Machine will be demonstrated
BRAZIL • Smurfit Kappa, a paper-based packaging supplier, has acquired Brazilian companies Industria de Embalagens Santana (INPA) and Paema Embalagens for approximately USD 199 million in December 2015.
USA • Montalvo, a web tension control specialist, announced the launch of its latest web tension controller for rewind applications. The controller, called Z4-RL, is designed for rewind tension zones using load cell feedback for tension measurement.
Pictured above are the Montalvo Z4-RL web tension controller HMI and circuit board
USA • Barry-Wehmiller announced in December its fourth acquisition of the year: the operations of Winkler+Dünnebier, including POEM (W+D). W+D will operate as an independent business unit alongside Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC).
LATIN AMERICA • The Flint Group Flexographic Products’ sales team wound down its Latin American roadshow to promote its new flexo printing plate, nyloflex FTF Digital, in December 2015.
Visitors are introduced to the new printing plate nyloflex FTF
BELGIUM • AR Metallizing, a producer of coated metallized paper for flexible packaging and labels, acquired Málaga Produtos Metalizados, a manufacturer of labeling products in Brazil.
Above are some of the end products made of AR Metallizing's paper. The company acquired a Brazilian label manufacturer
UK • Clifton Packaging purchased a Comexi Proslit S1DT Slitter Rewinder to continue its expansion plans. The machine is already in production at Clifton’s production facility in Leicester, England.
Shahid Sheikh OBE, managing director of Clifton Packaging, and Mr Ramon Xifra, vice president of the Comexi Group stand in front of the newly purchased Comexi Proslit S1DT Slitter Rewinder