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GEW launches next generation UV monitor

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions GEW is launching a major innovation for UV curing installations, the multi-point UV monitor, or mUVm. Effective ink curing depends upon a guaranteed output from the lamp and reflector system and GEW’s new mUVm is a set of one or up to five UV sensors which give continuous monitoring of UV output on a press. UV monitoring consists of calibrated sensors positioned along the length of the lamp to continuously measure the UV intensity in a UV curing system. This is vital to avoid the risks and consequences of under-cured product reaching the customer. GEW’s UV monitor is a highly reliable and cost effective solution for production monitoring of UV intensity a

Positive reports quick cross media success with Transeo Media Positive

Print Solutions Images UK has successfully moved into data driven multichannel marketing with EFI MarketDirect Cross Media Solution from Transeo Media. Responding to its changing customer requirements, the Mitcham, Surrey already offers web to print ordering portals that drive digital, lithographic, large format and direct mail services. Managing director Danny Sullivan said, ‘Over the past 15 years we have continually tried to diversify and offer innovative solutions, rather than only focusing on printed products. Instead of just offering the print and direct mail elements, MarketDirect enables us to offer a complete cross channel campaign solution, which is what our clients really need.’ M

Smurfit Kappa builds on water sustainability by joining UN CEO Water Mandate

Green Solutions Smurfit Kappa has demonstrated its commitment to water sustainability by joining the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate. The mandate has been designed to address the growing crisis in water and sanitation in many parts of the world by implementing a range of strategies and policies. Through the initiative, Smurfit Kappa will be collaborating with global brands including ABInBev, Danone, Heineken and Unilever to identify, explore and solve water challenges. Smurfit Kappa has long been committed to sustainable water practices and recently reached an ambitious water quality target three years early when it reduced the chemical oxygen demand in its water discharge. The packagi

Xitron announces digital front end support for inkjet presses using GIS electronics

Print Solutions Xitron has announced the completion of a development project that results in its support for inkjet presses designed with drive electronics by Global Inkjet Systems (GIS). The digital front end includes the popular Navigator RIP based on the Harlequin Host Renderer platform and the client server properties of Navigator Workflow Server. Working with one of its many inkjet OEMs, a Navigator DFE was installed and field tested driving a new production press with Kyocera printheads. ‘Everything performed exactly to specification and the press is printing at full rated speed,’ said Eric Nelsen, Xitron’s vide president of product development. Successful completion of the project mea

Pureprint first to add high definition to HP Indigo 12000

Print Solutions Pureprint has become the first UK printer to add high definition printing heads to an HP Indigo digital press. The installation is on one of the company’s s six HP digital presses at its Uckfield, East Sussex production site. Mark Handford, CEO of Pureprint, commented: ‘Many of our customers are interested in high end print production where colour and quality are very important. Last year the judges for one of our award wins kindly described our digital print work as ‘perfection’, but the HP Indigo high definition printheads offer a further advance. Luxury brands and the fine art publishing sector in particular will appreciate the new level of print detail that this investmen

Mark Andy acquires Presstek

Print Solutions Mark Andy has announced the acquisition of Presstek, the global supplier of DI (direct imaging) offset plates and presses and CTP solutions. With the Presstek acquisition, Mark Andy now serves as one of the only full complement solutions providers to the global graphic arts and print industry. Presstek’s team of over 60 technical professionals will be integrated within Mark Andy’s infrastructure. Certified technicians will support equipment service for brands such as Presstek, ABDick, Ryobi, Heidelberg, Xerox, KBA, Epson and more. Mark Andy and Presstek have maintained a strong partnership over the years, with Mark Andy Print Products (MAPP) fulfilling all orders in North Ame

Final call for entries to the 2018 Print Futures Awards

Print Solutions The Printing Charity is making a final call for entries to this year’s Print Futures Awards, which are open to UK residents aged 18 to 30 years. The Awards are grants of up to £1500 each to help pay for training for careers in printing, paper, publishing, packaging, and graphic arts or to develop workplace skills in those sectors. Applications are invited from people who intend or are studying, people already working in the industry looking to progress their careers, and apprentices and those studying for NVQs in print related organisations. The closing date for applications is 11.59 pm on 29 April 2018. Please see https://www.theprintingcharity.org.uk/print-futures-awards/ f

Sustainable packaging provider vows to 'do its bit' for the environment

Packaging Solutions Green Solutions Leading global designer and manufacturer of flexible packaging solutions, Automated Packaging Systems, has pledged to help save the planet by reducing plastic pollution. The Malvern based business has signed up to Operation Clean Sweep – an international initiative that strives to prevent plastic pellet loss in the environment. Led by the British Plastics Federation in the UK, Operation Clean Sweep aims to ensure that plastic pellets, flakes and powders that pass through manufacturing facilities in the UK are handled with the care they deserve and do not end up in our rivers and seas. By signing up, companies make a commitment to adhere to best practice a

Hamilton Adhesive Labels celebrates 25 years of success

Packaging Solutions Established in 1993 in Leicestershire, Hamilton Adhesive Labels has grown to become a leading manufacturer of printed and plain labels for the food and drink, industrial, personal and household care sectors. ‘We are putting in place a new marketing and sales programme in 2018 to complement our rich history and reputation as a leading provider in the UK labels market,’ said Chris Marsh, Hamilton Adhesives Labels CEO. ‘Hamilton has truly gone from strength to strength in recent years. With £12 million turnover and access to a wide range of markets as a result of our significant business investment programme, we are excited about what 2018 holds for the company.’ Chris conti

Humidity control is essential

Print Solutions It is well understood and accepted that effective humidity control is essential within any digital or litho print environment. As well increasing productivity and profit, effective systems can optimise energy efficiency and reduce web breaks. To maximise the benefits, Humidity Solutions has introduced the option of remote monitoring of equipment; thereby providing easy maintenance and improving reliability. This approach also ensures that planned maintenance is on the basis of hours run or fault indications – ie when it is needed rather than simply based on time. The information available via the system also helps to ensure the correct spares are taken to site in support of ‘

The Prince of Wales visits James Cropper’s plastic free packaging facility

Print Solutions Green Solutions The Prince of Wales has learned how master papermaker James Cropper turns paper fibre, including single use coffee cups, into plastic free packaging. As well as visiting James Cropper’s new Colourform production unit, which produces plastic free packaging, The Prince of Wales also joined a ‘Seeing is Believing, Business in the Community’ roundtable to discuss and learn what more businesses can do to create value from waste. The group of cross sector experts and leaders met to discuss some of the key challenges and opportunities related to bringing waste back into value chains. The move is part of the Business in the Community’s ambition to create a collaborat

Andesign installs Massivit 1800 3D printing solution

Print Solutions IndPrint Andesign UK, a specialist in large format digitally printed graphics and signage, has installed a Massivit 1800 3D printing solution in a bid to double its turnover to approximately £8 million in the next five years. The Birmingham based company decided to invest in the Massivit 1800 to target new business opportunities through its current customers base by maximising the synergies between 3D applications and its existing 2D printing capabilities. Andy Williams, founder and managing director at Andesign, commented: ‘We were looking to invest in the latest technology that would elevate our product offering to new heights and make us the acknowledged go to company for

Sphere boosts production with T-6500CTP platesetter

Print Solutions Green Solutions With both litho and digital printing forming a significant part of its offer, Sphere UK has built a reputation around the speed of delivery and the quality of the finished product it provides to its customers. A significant investment in Fujifilm’s plates and platemaking equipment (a Luxel T-6500CTP platestetter, FLH-Z (ZAC) processor, and Superia LH-PJE plates) in late 2017 has further boosted productivity and enhanced the company's environmental credentials. pl The Macclesfield based printer relies on its reputation to generate business. ‘We pride ourselves on our customer service and product quality,’ said Tony Gilman, IT director at Sphere UK. ‘There are

New release for Taopix

Print Solutions Taopix has announced the first in a series of significant upgrades in 2018 for its photobook and photo gift software platform. ‘Making our customers as successful as possible is at the heart of everything we do here at Taopix,’ said James Gray, founder and CEO of the company. ‘In close consultation with our customers we are starting this year’s release calendar with a whole host of improvements to make the user experience simpler, significantly faster and much more seamless to the overall customer journey.’ The first of three new releases this year sees the introduction of the Easy Editor for all products across all devices. Easy Editor greatly simplifies the book and gift cr

DGShape launches laser foil decorator

IndPrint DGShape Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Roland DG and a leading provider of digital fabrication tools, including 3D milling machines, 3D printers, and engraving machines, has launched what it says is the world’s first laser foil decorator. The LD-80 laser decorator enables users to add text, logos, and graphics in a variety of metallic and holographic foils to provide a premium, personalised appearance to small, off the shelf products including fountain pens, smart phone covers, stationery, or cosmetic accessories. According to Daisuke Satori, DGShape marketing manager: ‘The LD-80 uses our proprietary technology to focus a laser beam to transfer hot stamp type foils to pla

Fespa reveals the winners of its Printeriors 2018 design competition

IndPrint Fespa has announced the three winners of its Printeriors 2018 design competition. The winning designs will feature in this year’s Printeriors Airport Lounge of the Future, at Fespa Global Print Expo, which takes place from 15 to 18 May 2018 at Messe Berlin. The winners are: Linn Warme (Sweden). Freya Richmond (UK). Anne Krogh Tolstrup (Denmark). The winners were decided by competition judges: Christian Duyckaerts, Fespa president and owner of Retail Communicators; Christophe Aussenac, Fespa vice president and director ATC Groupe; and Debbie McKeegan, textile ambassador for Fespa. The brief was to design a pattern to be realised in every element of the Printeriors feature titled ‘Air

Celloglas and Mirri celebrates zero to landfill as part of focus on sustainability

Green Solutions Celloglas has now achieved ‘Zero to Landfill’ and ‘Zero Foil 2 Landfill’ status across all sites, working with their suppliers to commit to diverting waste from landfill. Having always been environmentally conscious, the Celloglas team is now proud to have achieved this new status in Leeds, Reading and Leicester, as part of the company’s efforts to illustrate to the industry that sustainability is high on the agenda. Having been specifically recognised for Zero Foil 2 Landfill,Celloglas has attracted praise from clients using the company’s popular Mirri brand. ‘FMCG brand owners and supermarkets are increasingly putting pressure on the supply chain to improve their environmen

Södra moving closer to fossil fuel independence

Green Solutions Södra’s efforts to achieve totally fossil free operations have generated clear results. In 2017, results improved in all relevant areas. The interim target – that industrial processes would be powered exclusively by renewable fuels – has now reached almost 100%. In 2017, Södra increased its proportion of renewable fuels for powering its processes from 98.7 to 99.3%. The results also improved substantially in other areas. The proportion of renewable fuel dispensed from the company’s filling stations rose from 47 to 79%. ‘This is an exceptionally strong trend,’ said Henrik Brodin, project manager for A Fossil-free Södra. ‘The results are clearly moving upwards in all areas. The

New GMG Colorplugin 1.3 provides RGB to multi-colour separation

Print Solutions Colour management expert GMG has further expanded its plugin for Adobe Photoshop in Version 1.3. Now colour accurate separations from RGB into Multicolor colour spaces are possible with up to seven colours. This is based on GMG OpenColor separation profiles. GMG product manager Peter Schöffler explained: ‘By using separation with the ChannelExtender, image data can be flexibly adapted to the printing process used.’ The conversion can be switched on or off at any stage during image processing. This way the final result can be directly simulate at any stage of processing. A further innovation: The ColorBoost function makes images more saturated and vivid. MinDot Adjust now also

Dispenser is the natural choice

Packaging Solutions Probiotic specialist Yun Probiotherapy is using the Magic Star airless dispenser and Vario overcap from RPC Bramlage for its range of treatments for personal care and common to more severe skin concerns. Yun’s scientifically tested formulae rely on good bacteria to fight off bacterial and fungal imbalances and boost the skin’s natural protective bacterial shield. The products are free from regular preservatives and emulsifiers and therefore require a packaging solution that keeps them protected and in premium condition until required. The injection moulded propylene Magic Star dispensers in 50 ml and 200 ml sizes provide the ideal mix of functionality and style, combinin

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