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Premier plants more trees at Heartwood Forest

Print Solutions Green Solutions The Premier Paper Group has teamed up with customers, the Woodland Trust and TV’s Julia Bradbury to plant 3000 trees at Heartwood Forest. On Thursday 27 November 2017, at 9:30 am, with a temperature just touching 3˚C and for most people it is ‘business as usual’. But 150 of Premier’s customers were ready and willing to plant trees in Heartwood Forest, Hertfordshire, as part of the company’s Carbon Capture programme. Located just north of St Albans lies Heartwood Forest. Initially mixed farm land, Heartwood Forest was acquired by the Woodland Trust in 2008 and its vast 347 hectare (860 acre) estate is now home to pockets of existing ancient woodland and new pl

New Adestor swatchbook

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions With a new format and a clean, elegant graphic line, the latest Adestor swatchbook is noteworthy for its functionality, including as a new feature at the end of each section an envelope for future product samples. The catalogue features all of Lecta's self-adhesive papers and films, including its most recent launches such as its new high gloss, wet strength Adestor Metal HG WS metalised facestock and the new Adestor Matt and Adestor Gloss Inkjet facestocks, specially designed for water based inkjet printing. From stickers to retail and signage applications to labels for specific sectors such as wine, logistics or home and personal care, an Adestor solut

KDX introduces a new thin gauge gloss laminating film

Print Solutions KDX has added a thin gauge BOPP gloss laminating film to its portfolio. The new thin film is aimed at printers and print trade finishers with high volume production laminating equipment. The new film is available in 18 micron gloss and 20 micron matt and is a cost effective solution for high volume requirements without a compromise on quality. This new gloss film is a good general purpose product and does exhibit excellent ‘burst’ properties which give an even distribution of adhesive making it ideal for folding, creasing and many other finishing applications. The film has excellent transparency, plus a good gloss level and excellent low static characteristics to further enha

Perspex Distribution sees attraction of Multishield steel composite panels

IndPrint Print Solutions Multishield has now extended its range to include both a digital coating and a new whiteboard coating available from Perspex Distribution. Its galvanised steel skin makes the panels magnetically receptive, which greatly increases the scope of possible applications for sign makers and printers using the material. The double sided product is available in either a digital/digital finish, or a digital/whiteboard coating meaning that whiteboard products can be produced without requiring additional processes and lamination. The digital coating also helps to produce vibrant colourfast prints. Available in a 3 mm and 6 mm thickness, the panels have a polyethylene core betwe

Skymark unveils new laser and slitting investment

Packaging Solutions Skymark is investing in new integrated slitting and laser technology to expand its capabilities within the hygiene, personal care and flexible packaging markets it supplies. The company has purchased a Universal X6lp with high powered Rofin laser and slitter rewinder by Universal Converting Equipment. The technology has the ability to scribe, laser perforate and slit at high speeds. Scheduled to be installed during April 2018, Skymark will use the laser to create new easy open features in films for food and personal care applications including toilet tissue and lamination packaging. Director Paul Neath said, ‘With an ageing population and more people living independently,

ProServ 360° Performance adds value for Evolution

Print Solutions Manroland's newly enhanced ProServ 360° Performance is an integrated, 24 month partnership programme to ensure maximum machine stability and productivity for owners of the Roland 700 Evolution. The ProServ maintenance package includes extended service for the first two years of operation, with two full inspections of motors, main drive, pumps, blowers, dryer and spray powder components. ProServ 360° incorporates Telepresence – with remote diagnostics for greater efficiency in troubleshooting, proactive Smart services and an in-built maintenance manager to relieve operators of routine maintenance tasks. The TeleSupport Centre (TSC) provides six routine remote check ups, free f

InPrint show a success

IndPrint The third edition of InPrint in Germany was held from 14 to 16 November 2017, at the Munich Trade Fair Centre. The exhibition was, once again, able to attract some 3000 high profile industry professionals, including inventors and integrators as well as printing and production specialists from various industry sectors. A comprehensive conference programme provided insight into the latest developments and market potential of this emerging industry sector. In an official awards ceremony, prizes for innovative product developments and outstanding partnerships were awarded to four exhibiting companies. The organisers, as well as the large majority of the 153 exhibitors, were highly satis

Heidelberg promises double debut at February open house

Print Solutions Two presses will have their UK debut at the Heidelberg open house on 21 and 22 February 2018. The Speedmaster CX75 and Speedmaster CS92 will both be on display, which will promote ‘Press4Value’ solutions. Gerard Heanue, managing director of Heidelberg UK, said: ‘All printers are looking to safeguard and build their profit margins by having effective technology that is productive, flexible and networkable. At Heidelberg we can offer front to back solutions and also exceptional support services, including a comprehensive range of well tested consumables available through our eShop. Heidelberg is constantly expanding its litho and digital press range and it is fantastic that we

Qualvis builds on-demand with Xerox-Tresu lines

Packaging Solutions In response to demand for dramatically shorter packaging run lengths in the food and personal healthcare sectors, folding carton converter Qualvis Print & Packaging, based in Leicester, has moved into digital production with major investments in printing, coating and finishing equipment. With two digital printing and integrated folding carton coating lines from Xerox and Tresu, Qualvis is offering an efficient on-demand service with lead times of between six and 10 days. Installed in early 2017 in a dedicated clean room, two printing and coating lines provide personalised packaging, multiple brand and language variations, as well as market testing samples. With minimal ma

BCF Awards celebrate best and brightest in the coatings industry

Print Solutions The winners of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) Awards 2017 were announced at the annual BCF Awards, across eight categories showcasing brilliance in the coatings industry. This year saw the addition of two new awards, the first of which for young leader of the year which was won by Alison Henshaw from Fine Décor Wallcoverings. The second was for corporate social responsibility and saw HMG Paints honoured as the SME winner for its ‘Paint the Town Green’ campaign and PPG Architectural Coatings in the multi-national category for its community engagement programme. HMG Paints picked up a second award, when apprentice Darren James won the Coatings Training Institute student

Innovation tops the agenda at European Paper Week

Print Solutions The 19th edition of European Paper Week will mark CEPI’s 25th anniversary and takes place in the background of industry’s transformation towards a low carbon, circular bio-economy. As part of this year’s theme, attendees are invited to look forward and ‘Sense the Future’ by experiencing through the five senses the innovative, bio based potential of the industry. ‘Industry transformation is gaining pace. This year’s European Paper Week provides an occasion to look forward at how we can, as the leading renewable and recyclable material industry, unleash the full potential of a circular bioeconomy,’ said Sylvain Lhôte, director general at the Confederation of European Paper Indu

Polar D56 Plus heads for Wales

Print Solutions Beacon Printers in Penarth is installing a new guillotine. A Polar D56 Plus model replaces a 30 year old guillotine which has done such good service that managing director Dave Stafford described it as ‘inevitable’ that the company would buy another Polar. This is not a company which is tied to one supplier. It has three makes of litho press and three digital suppliers, buying on a case by case basis. Its digital side is expanding fast and the cutting has to keep pace. ‘The new Polar features an airbed which we didn’t have before and it is more powerful with a large 18.5 inch colour screen. It uses barcode cutting programme recognition and has more memory than we had before.

Summa helps Antalis for charitable cause

Print Solutions Summa is collaborating with Antalis to support the Music For Life event. Music For Life is an initiative supported by the Belgian radio station, studio Brussels, and the Red Cross in Belgium. The campaign, ‘de Warmste Week – the Warmest Week’, is organised once a year, and fundraises for the benefit of a range of charities. This year Antalis decided to support the charity ‘Kom op tegen kanker’, an organisation that supports and helps people fighting against cancer. To help Antalis’ initiative, Summa cut out 100 deer heads
on its F Series flatbed cutting system, the F1612. The deer heads are to be be sold by Antalis to employees and customers with the intention of raising mone

Spandex to host Innovation Days with Zünd G3

Print Solutions Businesses interested in learning more about the latest innovations in signage and display, vehicle wrapping, interior and décor, textiles and other wide format applications are invited to two open days at Zünd supplier Spandex. The Spandex Innovation Days will take place on December 6 and 7 2017 at the company's Bristol headquarters. As a key member of Zünd UK Ltd’s technology distributor network, Spandex has a Zünd G3 digital cutting table on display in its showroom, where it will form part of the hands-on workflow demonstrations at the event. Interactive sessions will focus on textiles, wall and window graphics and vehicle wrapping, where attendees will be able to exp

Swanline produces Magic Cube For Boxmart

Packaging Solutions BoxMart has collaborated with Swanline Print to develop a novel Magic Cube pack for global beauty retailer, Lush. BoxMart is an expert in designing innovative packaging solutions and was the ideal supplier to deliver Lush’s challenging brief. The company was commissioned to develop a gift box that continuously folds and refolds to morph into new shapes, with every compartment housing a product. Starting life as an oversized cube, it transforms into a large rectangle before splitting in half and changing back into a cube again no matter how many times you fold, turn, open or close the design. Richard Towers, Swanline Print managing director, said: ‘Swanline worked closely

Xaar celebrates winning manufacturing site award for third time

IndPrint Print Solutions Xaar has been awarded ‘Manufacturing Site of the Year’ for a third time by TechWorks (formerly the National Microelectronics Institute), a national industry organisation aiming to strengthen the UK’s position as a global leader in future technologies. The TechWorks Awards ceremony celebrated this year’s key electronics innovations, people and companies from across the UK and Ireland. It has been running as an annual event since 2001. Xaar picked up its award from BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, who commended the company’s great performance in 2017, and also reserved special praise for its outstanding example of collaboration with other member sites.

Amcor inspires action in Asia to address plastics in the ocean

Green Solutions At a Responsible Business Forum (RBF) in Singapore, David Clark, vice president, sustainability at Amcor, shared a ne report on recycling initiatives in Asia. ‘Most marine plastic originates from countries where consumer economies developed faster than their ability to manage waste. And more than half comes from just countries in Asia,’ he said. ‘The report, ‘Toward Circularity of Post-consumer Flexible Packaging in Asia’, proposes how Amcor and others can further increase efforts to recover and recycle flexible plastic packaging,’ added David. Sumangali Krishnan, head of research and strategy from Gone Adventurin', who compiled the report, says that efforts must include

HSBC unboxes packaging company expansion

Packaging Solutions Chesterfield based packaging company Robinson is planning to expand in the UK and overseas with the help of a funding package from HSBC. An eight figure funding package from the bank will allow Robinson to invest in the latest manufacturing plant and machinery and to help stay at the forefront of packaging innovation. The ambitious growth plans are part of its wider strategy to build on its reputation and expand its market share in the UK and overseas. The business has been designing and manufacturing packaging for over 175 years across multiple sectors including food, drink, toiletries, cosmetics and household products. Robinson, which pioneered the classic Smarties tube

Papico becomes exclusive distributor of papers from Lahnpaper

Print Solutions Lahnpaper GmbH has announced that Papico Ltd will be its exclusive agent covering the UK and Ireland from 1 January 2018. This partnership will see Papico marketing and selling Lahnpaper's special papers and wet laid nonwovens in its target business sectors, durable print and industrial. Managing director of Papico Paul Johnston-Knight said, ‘We are very excited to begin this new venture with Lahnpaper as it will allow both of our companies to access a wider and more varied range of markets, many of which we have previously been unable to service.’ Lahnpaper is an expert in manufacturing bespoke, printable and technical materials, combining synthetic and cellulose fibres in t

Stora Enso announces intent to acquire forest assets in Bergvik Skog AB

Green Solutions Shareholders representing 98% of the owners in Bergvik Skog AB, a Swedish forest holding company, have agreed to initiate discussions, based on a non-binding letter of intent, aiming at structural changes in Bergvik Skog Group. These shareholders are Stora Enso, Länsförsäkringar, FAM, BillerudKorsnäs, Kåpan Pension, Tredje AP-fonden, Persson Invest, Karl Hedin AB and Tham Invest. ‘The wood supply agreement with Bergvik Skog, established 15 years ago, expires next year. Together with our partners, we have had a successful journey which now comes to an end. The planned transaction is a natural next step for us, as we strongly believe in the bio-economy and want to secure our co

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