GERMANY • Most recently, the Model Group installed a FW 3000 anilox cleaning device by Flexo Wash at its Berka plant in Germany.
(Left to right:) Flexo Wash’s International sales manager, Mette Laursen, with Christian Gross and Thorsten Fuest of Model, and the 200th anilox roll cleaner (Source: Nick Coombes)
GERMANY n The company signed a contract to purchase UK-based Hi-Tech Products Ltd. The specialist supplier of water-based inks and coatings develops and manufactures water-based flexo inks, mainly for printing on corrugated board packaging.
Siegwerk continues to grow by acquiring the UK-based ink producer Hi-Tech Products (Source: Siegwerk)
USA • Electronics For Imaging (EFI), announced that the Xátiva, Spain-based Rafael Hinojosa – an integrated packaging product development and converter – has signed an agreement to install the first unit of the new EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet corrugated board press.
EFI's Nozomi press is a wider, faster technology that, according to EFI, will enable Hinojosa to move its digital inkjet packaging printing operations into full-scale production runs
MEXICO • Grupo Gondi announced it signed a very large deal with Bobst and BHS Corrugated for the supply of eleven new production lines at drupa. The order will see equipment installed at existing Grupo Gondi facilities as well as at green field sites over the next two years.
If there is one industry that has seen its fair share of changes over the past few centuries, it’s the printing industry. And while there are some types of printing that have become less common, there has been significant growth in other parts of the industry, for instance packaging printing.
Flexible and rigid plastic packaging will increase market share as the world market approaches USD 1 trillion at the end of the decade
USA • Flint Group announced the acquisition of American Inks and Coatings (AIC) based in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. This acquisition combines two suppliers of inks and coatings to the North American packaging industry, creating a strategic position in the paper and board packaging segment and in the flexible packaging segment, the Flint Group said.
UK • Smithers Pira forecast that world demand for corrugated board packaging will increase steadily over the next five years according to its market data. Globally growth in demand for corrugated board packaging is showing signs of a slowdown.
GERMANY • Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, a supplier of printing inks for packaging applications, labels and catalogues, has signed a contract to purchase the printing ink manufacturer Actega Colorchemie GmbH and its subsidiaries. The transaction is subject to approval by the competition authorities.
ACTEGA Colorchemie develops and manufactures water-based flexo printing inks, particularly for printing on corrugated board packaging
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
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.