GERMANY • Saueressig and Schawk announced they will jointly exhibit at drupa under the new brand SGK. The rotogravure and special machinery solutions manufacturer and the data handling services and flexographic printing specialist will present the companies’ latest developments and advancements, including RGB printing, Digimarc, printed electronics and holography printing.
How the two brands fit into SGK's structure
BELGIUM • FTA Europe announce that the inaugural FTA Europe Diamond Awards ceremony will take place on 2 June during the drupa exhibition. The organization said it is looking for interested sponsors and attendees.
SWEDEN • SCA announced it has developed a new technique for producing round corrugated board packaging that offers new design possibilities while reducing packaging weight by 30%, thereby also improving environmental performance. Arcwise can be deployed in standard corrugated board production facilities, the company said.
Arcwise is protected by international patents, and the company offers the technique to packaging manufacturers under license
GERMANY • BASF has announced its researchers have succeeded in improving the composition of the individual semiconductor ink components to double the mobility of the charge carriers in the printed circuits. This can further reduce the size of the structures and produce high resolution LCD or OLED screens on plastic substrates.
SWITZERLAND • The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) announced a business development agreement with Nordmeccanica SpA to advance solutions for the flexible packaging industry by combining adhesive development with machine pioneering that target new technologies for faster commercialization to market. The companies plan to highlight the collaboration to accelerate packaging innovation at drupa 2016.
Diego Donoso, global business president Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics (2nd from left), seals the agreement with Antonio Cerciello (3rd from left), owner of Nordmeccanica Group
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
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
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
ITALY • Grafikontrol is updating its services based on the Total Quality Control 360° (TQC-360°) system. The TQC-360°, which is currently awaiting its patent, is a modular platform developed to provide printers with a solution to guarantee quality.
GERMANY • Lohmann will present its products and new innovations at drupa this May and June in Dusseldorf. In addition, TRESU and Lohmann plan to show the first results of their partnership.
Under the theme Smart Bonding for Flexo, Lohmann will show adhesive solutions specifically for the flexographic printing industry
ITALY • Uteco Group announced the new model of its Onyx line, the Onyx XS 4.0 Evolution will be demonstrated at drupa. The flexographic press is a compact, eight-colour press for printing repeats up to 650 mm (26”), according to the company.
USA • Harper Corporation of America announced its roadshow across the US and into Canada beginning 29 March to demonstrate technology and advancements in the flexographic industry.
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.
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