Precision Printing Plates announced as latest Bellissima DMS trade shop for the UK

Packaging Solutions Aniken Graphics, a joint venture between Hamillroad Software and Apex International, has announced that Precision Printing Plates (PPP), is one of two approved trade shops for Bellissima DMS in the UK market. Nick Harvey, managing director of Aniken Graphics International, said, ‘We are very pleased to have Precision Printing Plates on-board. We have aligned ourselves with trade shops who are committed to providing their customers, brands, and converters with the very best flexo technologies.’ PPP is one of Europe’s leading providers of pre-press solutions, photopolymer plates and ITR sleeves. As a family owned and run business for nearly 60 years, where the third gene

Ten reasons to attend Packaging Innovations

Packaging Solutions Packaging Innovations, Label&Print and Empack 2018, opened its doors today at Birmingham’s NEC. With this in mind, James Drake-Brockman, show director, has unveiled 10 reasons why packaging professionals should attend. 1. Sustainable packaging is the hot topic of the moment, with the government, media and consumers all calling for packaging to be more recyclable and renewable. With this in mind, the show is hosting a panel discussion, as part of its Big Plastics Debate, featuring experts from Iceland, Coca Cola European Partners, Co-op, ASDA, and Marks & Spencer. This will focus on two key areas – ‘the road ahead for packaging professionals’ and ‘developing new approaches

Mercian Labels brings manufacturing under one roof

Packaging Solutions Mercian Labels has completed its plans for consolidation having successfully transferred its Derby based operations into its Burntwood (UK) site, thereby bringing all of its manufacturing processes under one roof. ‘The transition to a single site operation has multiple benefits,’ said Dr Adrian Steele, managing director of Mercian Labels. ‘Cost savings and economies of scale are obvious, but with sales and admin now all under one roof, our communications and cross training benefits will improve considerably. IT issues have been dramatically simplified, in fact we are already seeing advantages throughout the business.’ Mercian Labels employs a broad range of print technolo

See Color-Logic effects in new videos

Print Solutions New videos on the Color-Logic website – www.color-logic.com – let brand managers and graphic designers see how print can differentiate their brands. Examples of how the process can benefit brands in different printing processes including offset, digital, inkjet, flexo, gravure, and cold foil have been provided by licensed Color-Logic printers around the world. The videos show files printed using a variety of digital presses/printers, as well as conventional presses. Director of sales and marketing Mark Geeves said, ‘All print begins with design. We have found, however, that often brand managers and graphic designers are unaware what print really can do – particularly with reg

Southborough Primary School supports good forestry – and so do we

Green Solutions UPDATE: We were delighted to hear that Chloe has won an 'Excellence in Enterprise' achievement award from her school for raising money in the Smarties Enterprise Challenge – with a little help from her friends here at Earth Island. Well done Chloe! The school raised an impressive £2978.13! Children from Southborough Primary School in Tunbridge Wells have been busy raising money for a very good cause. Taking part in the Smarties Enterprise Challenge, the children were asked to develop a money making idea by using a tube of Smarties as the basis to raise funds for a local charity. The money raised is to be donated to Kent conservation and environmental initiative, Kent High Wea

Lecta presents latest environmental report

Green Solutions In keeping with its commitment to the environment and a strong focus on sustainability, Lecta allocates a significant portion of its budget to this issue. Over the past ten years, nearly 135 million euros have been invested in projects to minimise environmental impact. These have been allocated to many ambitious projects at the company’s manufacturing sites. The primary goals have been to increase energy efficiency, decrease air emissions and optimise the use of natural resources in the manufacture of our distinct multiproduct portfolio, based on paper as a natural, renewable raw material. The company’s environmental parameters, verified by an independent third party and pre

Cambrian Printers enjoys enhanced efficiency with Horizon

Print Solutions Cambrian Printers, the Aberystwyth specialist in short run colour printing, has improved production efficiency with a Horizon HT-30 three side trimmer from Intelligent Finishing Systems. The operation, recently acquired by Pensord, produces periodicals, catalogues, thread sewn hard and soft cover books on Heidelberg and KBA B1 presses and an HP Indigo press. Karl Gater, Cambrian Printers director, explained the investment: ‘We wanted to improve efficiency in our short run book production. The Horizon HT-30 joins our Muller Martini binding line that was managing a mix of short and medium volume book binding. Some 80% of our work goes through the binder and time was lost when

i-Sub delivers wide format machines to Digital Wordcrafts

Print Solutions Digital Wordcrafts, has purchased an Anapurna H3200i LED UV printer and a Zünd G3 XL3200 digital flatbed cutter from i-Sub. Digital Wordcrafts was founded in 1988 and provides a complete range of printing and signage solutions to companies across the UK. The company specialises in building long term relationships with customers that encompass all their printing and display requirements. Managing director Adrian Bingley said: ‘As an example, one of our major customers is health food retail chain, Holland & Barrett. We provide all the internal graphics for its stores throughout the country as well as its external fascias and illuminated and projected signage. Our business is fu

Showcasing cartons at Packaging Innovations

Packaging Solutions BPIF Cartons’ members – both converters and suppliers – will be out in force at this week’s Packaging Innovations exhibition at the NEC. In total, nearly 20 different companies offering a complete range of cartons or equipment, for all market sectors, will be present at the show. Jon Clark, BPIF Carton’s general manager, explained: ‘We have 14 different carton companies, which are all members, attending the event. These range from some of the leading multi-national companies to smaller specialist niche suppliers. It is a great representation of what our members offer especially when the environmental credentials of cartons are at the forefront of so many brand owners’ min

Nutritious snacks that stand out in the aisles

Packaging Solutions Snack manufacturer creates an impact in store and saves almost 50% in warehouse space with clever new corrugated Healthier snacking brand, Eat Real, wanted to make waves with the launch of its range of pulse and grain based snacks, so approached packaging strategists at DS Smith to consider how the product could stand out in the crowded supermarket aisles and grab the attention of busy shoppers in a cost effective way. Eat Real products are made from all natural ingredients with no added artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives and the team really wanted the packaging to reflect these brand values. This means that as well as being visually arresting in store,

Richard Quinn receives inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design

Print Solutions Many congratulations to Richard Quinn who received the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design from Her Majesty The Queen at the end of his spectacular London Fashion Week catwalk. It was the first time Her Majesty The Queen had attended London Fashion Week and, from the VIP front row alongside British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush CBE and US Vogue editor Dame Anna Wintour, enjoyed Richard’s collection which featured a top to toe mix of vibrant florals and patterns on velvet, linen, Lycra, foil and pleated chenille. The whole collection was printed in Richard’s London studio using Epson digital printers on fabric supplied by Premier Textiles. Customised boot

Mondi’s launches fully recyclable packaging material – BarrierPack Recyclable

Packaging Solutions BarrierPack Recyclable from Mondi is an innovative new plastic laminate for pre-made pouches, that provides positive environmental value creation through a sustainable material with performance properties equivalent to conventional materials. It was developed in direct response to the need to reduce plastic waste without compromising on quality or functionality, and it supports the circular economy. ‘Our new laminate, BarrierPack Recyclable, is a leap forward for sustainable packaging,’ said Carl Stonley, technical account manager at Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging. ‘In addition to being fully recyclable, it offers exceptional mechanical properties and is ideal for a range

Bellissima rolls out across Europe

Packaging Solutions Following recent announcements of the roll out of Bellissima DMS across Europe, Aniken Graphics, a joint venture between Hamillroad Software and Apex International, has announced further phase one partners. In Belgium and France, Athena Graphics is now an approved trade shop of Bellissima Digitally Modulated Screening (DMS). Athena Graphics Studio. With offices in Belgium, France, and the Netherlands, Athena Graphics offers pre-press solutions for printers, retailers, and brand owners. In Holland, Volkers, a flexo plate and sleeve maker will also commence phase one sales with Bellissima. Finally, Flexographic Solutions will commence phase one trade shop sales with Bellis

Koenig & Bauer announces a 3.7% price increase effective 1 April 2018

Print Solutions Koenig & Bauer has announced a price increase with effect from 1 April 2018 for the entire product portfolio. ‘This price increase is being effected against the background of rising prices and is a necessary step for us to continue offering our customers innovative solutions and an excellent level of service,’ said Ralf Sammeck, executive vice president sales at Koenig & Bauer. ‘Our goal is to grow together with our customers, and to continue to be their reliable partner in a constantly changing market.’

Creation gets ISO 14001

Green Solutions Specialist packaging artwork, reprographics, plate and screen producer, Creation Reprographics has secured ISO 14001 environmental accreditation. Matt Francklow, managing director, commented: ‘Achieving the accreditation is testament to the hard work the team has put in to the process but most importantly, reflects the importance we place on considering the environment in everything we do. ‘We have always been proud of being the development pioneers in the UK of the Asahi AWP water washable plate. Its design eliminates the need for high temperatures or VOC solvents in the washout process and delivers precise plate to plate registration with reduced odour in the plate making p

Prinovis UK extends Downton Contract for another five years

Print Solutions Prinovis has renewed its UK distribution contract with leading logistics provider CM Downton for another five years. This extends a relationship that started in 2010 and will be worth around £8 million over the duration of the new contract. Prinovis UK offers a full range of print related services based on gravure printing. In addition to magazines and colour supplements for major publishers and news groups at its plant in Speke, Merseyside, it also proints catalogues, leaflets and other materials for customers across a wide range of industry sectors. Downton distributes loads direct from the Speke plant to Prinovis customers throughout the UK, including the key news wholesal

Highcon launches Euclid IIIC for corrugated

Packaging Solutions Highcon has launched the latest in the Euclid series, the in Euclid IIIC. This latest machine extends the range of the third generation Highcon Euclid cutting and creasing machines into the world of corrugated and fluted substrates from 1 mm up to 3mm. The Highcon Euclid machine has been working with corrugated board at LxBxH in Switzerland since the end of 2015 and is now being made commercially available in the market. According to Silvano Gauch, president of LxBxH, ‘We have been using the Highcon digital cutting and creasing technology to produce high quality short run packaging on demand for our customers. The ability to produce small to medium size batches just in

Wide Format MetaliK Board from Kernow Coatings

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions In response to the wide format market showing a growing interest in packaging, Kernow Coatings has developed KernowPrint MetaliK for fast and efficient production of shiny packaging in Gold, Silver and Rose Gold, now available in B2 sheets. KernowPrint MetaliK is a 345 μ cardboard with a glossy front face, while the rear side has a white finish. The MetaliK side of the material offers unlimited print options and pattern effects especially with white inks. The white side of the boards remains printable whenever needed. The beauty of KernowPrint MetaliK is that it can easily be cut on flatbed cutting tables – also with laser as it is PVC free – and when fol

Buxton Press invests in Kolbus kit

Print Solutions With its business projected to continue the current pattern of growth in catalogue, magazine and brochure production, Buxton Press has placed an order with Kolbus UK for a new perfect binding line. It will replace two existing lines and will be faster and more efficient than the two it replaces. The line is the latest version of the Kolbus KM610 perfect binder and comes with PUR gluing facility. Managing director of Buxton Press, Kirk Galloway, said: ‘We were looking for a faster, more efficient binding line and the Kolbus KM610 fitted our criteria perfectly. Despite the recent Kolbus/Muller Martini announcement we were completely re-assured by the level of service and back-

IMI Europe announces Inkjet Development Conference technical programme

IndPrint IMI Europe has announced the full invited speaker and panel session programme for its technical Inkjet Development Conference event. The event will be held at the Mövenpick Frankfurt City Hotel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 17 and 18 April 2018. IMI Europe's spring technical conference moves to Germany for 2018, after two previous events in Lausanne. The Inkjet Development Conference consists of invited and submitted technical talks from industry and academic experts, as well as panel sessions on key topics. The programme has been set by the conference Technical Advisory Board, comprising Professor Reinhard Baumann, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Doctor Phil Bentley, head of Flui

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