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MX Display supports poetry drive to raise awareness of mental health issues

Print Solutions Large format graphic and signage specialist MX Display is supporting an event at London’s City Hall aimed at showcasing the creativity of people who have experienced mental health problems. It is lending its support to Healing Words, a poetry competition organised by London based charity The Advocacy Project in partnership with Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Westminster. The competition was open to people with mental health problems and their carers, who were encouraged to write and submit poems charting their journey from the darkest days of mental illness to the point of recovery, and all the stages in between. More than 300 submiss

Feldmuehle restructures portfolio

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Feldmuehle Uetersen is restructuring its product portfolio and sales organisation: the company’s six product segments are now bundled into the business areas of labelling applications, packaging solutions and graphical options. The restructuring, under new managing director Heiner Kayser, aims to enhance customer service and strengthen the market position of Feldmuehle in the three areas. With focus on high quality label papers, packaging papers, graphic papers and cardboard, Feldmuehle is dedicated to meet the requirements of the market. ‘We are concentrating on our greatest strengths,’ said Heiner. ‘Our aim is to be particularly close to the customer,

Needham inks uses in-house expertise to develop digital ink technology

Print Solutions Increasing demand for high volume, wide format printing has led Whitchurch based Needham Inks Limited to develop and manufacture a range of high performance digital inks, including aqueous inks, which are designed for all major printhead brands. The company estimates that these can help reduce printing costs by up to 50% for printing companies, when compared to OEM fluids. Needham Inks currently produces over 3000 ink formulations, all of which have been developed by its own in-house team of chemists. The new digital inks, which can be applied to a range of substrates, are suitable for a variety of wide format printing applications, including building and vehicle wraps, trade

BCF hosts ‘Printing Inks Pavilion’ at Ipex

Print Solutions The British Coatings Federation (BCF) is hosting a Printing Inks Pavilion for the first time at Ipex, with BCF members Flint Group, Sun Chemical and hubergroup UK. The exhibition’s focus this year is on innovation and technology in action, and the pavilion is set to showcase the latest products and services from the printing inks sector. Tom Bowtell, BCF’s chief executive, commented: ‘It is great to see BCF members represented at Ipex in such a high profile way this year to showcase their print products and services and the value of the sector. The printing inks industry is always changing and Ipex is a fantastic opportunity for BCF members to display the latest market trends

Antalis enhances delivery with latest investment

Print Solutions Antalis has invested £7 million in improving its logistics operation at its Coalville central distribution centre (CDC), with a seven year contract with Linde. The investment sees Antalis undertake a phased delivery of 200 forklift trucks, including very narrow aisle (VNA), K range combi trucks. In addition to the new fleet, the company is completing a warehouse redesign and introducing a new warehouse management system as part of a wider programme to future proof the logistics operation. Antalis’ new Linde VNA Trucks at the Coalville CDC with Richard Hunt, business development manager at Linde and Nick Thompson, logistics director at Antalis. The new Linde VNA trucks feature

Domino N610i – the first inkjet press to print onto shrink sleeves?

Packaging Solutions Domino Digital Printing Solutions has confirmed the initial positive results using its latest UV90 six colour UV curable ink set operating in the N610i inkjet label press, successfully printing on a number of industry standard shrink sleeve materials. Domino launched the UV90 ink set at Labelexpo. These inks have excellent physical properties for printing on self-adhesive labels, but shrink sleeve capability has long been a disadvantage for inkjet when compared to liquid toner solutions. With this latest technology breakthrough, this is no longer the case. For shrink sleeve applications, Domino is proposing that the N610i is supplied in a hybrid configuration using a flex

Springfield Solutions purchases world’s first Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM

Packaging Solutions Screen has announced the landmark first purchase of its Truepress Jet L350UV+LM press by Springfield Solutions. The sale, signed at Labelexpo, represents Springfield’s fourth Screen label press. An early adopter of technology since its inception in 1975, Springfield Solutions was among the first to use CTP, created some of the earliest digital assets for packaging, invested in one of the first Apple Macintosh computers, pioneered the use of ISDN to send artwork and installed the first of Screen’s label presses in Europe in 2014. Since then the Hull based company has purchased another two Truepress Jet J350UV presses. ‘When Screen announced a new press with low migration i

Cosmo Films offers a comprehensive range of overwrap films

Packaging Solutions Cosmo Films is now offering a comprehensive range of overwrap films which include high shrink tight wrap, medium shrink, general overwrap and cable overwrap films. The overwrap films offered are untreated both side heat sealable BOPP based films which not only offer protection to products packed inside due to their moisture barrier property but also enhance the pack optics because of their transparency, clarity and wrinkle free appearance. The high shrink tight wrap films offer shrinkage values in range of nine to 11% and are meant for individual cigarette packs. Medium shrink films offer shrinkage in range of four to six percent and are suitable for bundling individual c

Visitors inspired by first ever Zünd Experience Days 2017

Print Solutions More than 350 visitors from 36 countries heeded the invitation to take part in Zünd Experience Days 2017, a three day event held for the first time ever at the company’s headquarters in Altstätten, Switzerland. The recent event inspired both current and prospective customers to explore and discuss, with industry experts and other Zünd users, exciting new applications and business opportunities. The need for creative applications, highly versatile processing methods, and efficient workflows for short run and custom production is growing continually. At the same time, printers are looking for ways to expand and diversify existing business models and tap into new markets. Aiming

Adsorption Technology MB12 – the sustainable food packaging solution

Packaging Solutions Chapelton has announced that Smurfit Kappa’s Adsorption Technology MB12, for which it is the distributor in the UK, is proving to be a successful and effective choice for brand owners and food packaging providers who not only want a sustainable quality but also require a grade that has zero migration of oils whilst retaining the food aroma and taste qualities. This was particularly relevant when a solution was required for the packaging of cake slices containing alcohol as well as needing good protection against grease. The customer also requested a board of recycled quality, yet one that protected the packaging from organic migration whilst maintaining the taste and arom

Spectrum Printing to be first in Wales with latest Heidelberg B2 press

Print Solutions Spectrum Printing will be the first Welsh company to buy a Speedmaster CX 75. The launch of this new mid-range flexible B2 press deterred the Cardiff company from buying from a rival manufacturer or taking a second hand Heidelberg model. ‘We feel that the Speedmaster CX 75 features the best elements of the XL 75 but with a price tag that is more attractive,’ said Lawrence Corria, managing director. ‘In particular we like the double circumference impression cylinders, smaller machine footprint and affordable colour control. This is a machine that will allow us to continue to offer our customers very high print quality but with quicker turnarounds and competitive pricing.’ It h

Lots to see on the Focus Labels stand at Labelexpo

Packaging Solutions Focus Labels will be showcasing a wide range of its technologies at Labelexpo (stand 7D25). The show will see live demonstrations of the very latest models from the company with servo and digital solutions at the forefront. The company will show the dFlex, which incorporates the latest high speed full colour Konica Minolta inkjet technology into the existing Reflex servo press with in line UV flexo printhead, die cutting, slitting and rewinding. Visitors will be able to see high quality variable images, overprinted in perfect register with UV flexo ink, then converted and rewound – in a single pass with speeds up to 50 metres per minute. The Reflex S Servo provides a comp

Taylor Bloxham expands direct mail operation to double capacity

Print Solutions Taylor Bloxham Group has continued to expand by relocating the group’s direct mail operations to a separate dedicated site at the end of August. The move to a new site in Leicester comes after the company recently announced an investment of over £1 million in equipment to enhance its print finishing facilities. As part of a strategy to grow the group, its marketing communications subsidiary brand FastAnt Direct has moved to a dedicated site in Leicestershire. The relocation is a result of the rise in demand for FastAnt Direct's direct mail, fulfilment and e-commerce services. The marketing communications company previously shared a facility with Taylor Bloxham’s POS operatio

API’s latest foils say it with elegance at Labelexpo

Packaging Solutions Visitors to Labelexpo will not only see the latest foils from API on stand 6A23, but also the launch of its new custom designed labels and latest packaging insight. Providing a perfect example of the elegance that API’s foils deliver to brands, the new series of custom made label designs features cutting edge foil and print techniques in combination with the heritage of names from API’s history. Company names steeped in foil industry experience – including Henry Leigh Slaters, Astor and George M Wiley – have all been reimagined in the label designs, highlighting foil’s relevance today across a wide variety of label stocks and end use applications. In conjunction with the

Screen announces collaboration with Prati at Labelexpo

Packaging Solutions Screen and Prati have announced a collaboration to develop an interface between the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV series of digital label presses and the Digifast One modular digital converting line. Aimed at maximising end to end productivity, the interface delivers a near line connection, allowing label printers the flexibility to run integrated in line or standalone off line jobs, according to the needs of the production schedule. ‘As with all our technology, our main aim is to maximise productivity and accuracy whilst minimising downtime,’ stated Chiara Prati, sales and marketing director, Prati. ‘As a leading player in the label press market, Screen is a natural partne

UPM Specialty Papers launches new website

Print Solutions UPM Specialty Papers has strengthened its digital presence by launching www.upmspecialtypapers.com today The new website offers a quick and easy access to comprehensive information on UPM Specialty Papers' extensive range of specialty papers, service solutions and responsible operations. The online catalogue, where the company’s paper portfolio can easily be browsed, can also be accessed via the new website. ‘We invite visitors to explore the new website, which delivers improved functionality and navigation to enhance the user experience by allowing customers to easily access detailed product information,’ said Yuanyuan Ma, director, stakeholder relations, UPM Specialty Paper

Fujifilm to present the latest in flexo ink technology at Labelexpo

Packaging Solutions Fujifilm will use its stand (9A34) at Labelexpo Europe to showcase a new ink called Sericol Flexo JDR which has been designed to offer the best possible quality and performance to flexo printers. Fujifilm's award winning ink factory in Broadstairs in the UK is known around the globe for developing some of the world's leading inks. These include graphic and industrial screen inks and inks for textile printing, as well as an impressive range of UV narrow web and flexo inks – all designed to maximise quality and efficiency and minimise production costs. The Sericol Flexo JD ink range is one of the key ink ranges among Fujifilm's narrow web ink portfolio. This high gloss UV

How to get the best response from direct mail

Print Solutions Birmingham based bakergoodchild has revealed how designers, agencies and marketing brands can get the best results from printed direct mail, after the company reported seeing a revival in this market. The success and increase in spend in direct mail is being put down to it being more targeted at the customer in their home environment, so the more impact the piece has, and the more attractive it is, the more likely the customer is to read it. According to bakergoodchild, there are several ways of improving your return on investment and attracting and gaining customers attention via direct mail. The company found that there is a definite green or environmental advantage to be g

New Experience Centre provides digital textile innovation hub

IndPrint SPGPrints has strengthened its commitment to the adoption and development of digital textile printing technology, with the formal opening of the Experience Centre – the demonstration and training facility located at the company’s Boxmeer (Netherlands) headquarters. The facility contains SPGPrints’ two flagship digital textile printers in precisely maintained atmospheric conditions: an 1850 mm wide single pass Pike printer, designed for both large and short volumes with production speeds of up to 40 metres per minute; and a 3200 mm wide multi-pass Javelin printer, for home furnishing applications. The Centre also features a meeting room and presentation equipment. The Experience Cent

Campaign showcases vibrant colours of Cyclus Offset

Print Solutions Arjowiggins Graphic and Antalis have launched a new campaign to showcase the superb colour capabilities of recycled paper. The campaign will see 2500 brand books from Hakkasan Group’s Ling Ling bar and club concept distributed to customers highlighting the excellent print capabilities of Cyclus Offset and Antalis’ Digigreen Gloss. The books, designed by North, were originally created to support the global launch of the naughtier and more vivacious sister to Hakkasan restaurants, Ling Ling. Designed to represent the hedonistic atmosphere of Ling Ling, the design featured stand out bright and beautiful photography, ten different covers and five different spines with variable te

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