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
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