Azon Leather Matrix and UV Azon Matrix

IndPrint During Fespa, visitors will have a chance to see innovative printing with exceptional quality on to substrates including ABS, polycarbonate, TPU, PVC, leather, wood, stone, glass, canvas, ceramic, aluminium and additionally covering ADA and Braille 3D printing as well as printing on to cylindrical objects. With live demonstrations of Azonprinter’s Azon Leather Matrix and UV Azon Matrix on three stands (hall 4.2, B54; hall 3.1, B70; and hall 3.2, C60) visitors will have a chance to see innovative printing solutions on a broad range of substrates with exceptional output quality in signage and graphics, as well as industrial areas like home decor, interior design, leather, and toy indu

Mondi wins two SAP Quality Awards for digital projects that benefit customers

Print Solutions Mondi has announced that it has won two 2018 SAP Quality Awards at the SAP Forum in Linz, Austria. The winning projects are examples of the company’s continuing progress in digitalising aspects of its business in order to provide faster, better and more transparent customer service. Mondi took home a bronze award for the project ‘myMondi’, involving the design and implementation of a business to business e-commerce platform for customers of its Uncoated Fine Paper business. This user friendly website gives customers an additional way of interacting with Mondi that is secure and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Users can log onto myMondi to research the paper portf

Warwick Printing takes Ashgate’s new Kasfold KF640 A4

Print Solutions Warwick Printing Company in Leamington Spa is one of the first printers to take delivery of Ashgate’s new KF640 bookletmaker and trimmer with the squarefold in line unit. It is a hand fed 640 mm sheet length bookletmaker, designed to work with digital and litho output. ‘We have a Kasfold 3000 hand fed bookletmaker, which serves us well for shorter runs but is limited and is unable to produce A4 landscape booklets,’ said Paul Young, director. ‘Our Xerox Versant 80 digital press has the facility to print a longer sheet which meets the growing demand for short run, A4 landscape books. Before we bought the KF640 we had to manually stitch the booklets which was rather time consum

Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for its portion size carton packages

Packaging Solutions Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw that is suitable for its portion sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste. Straws play an integral functional role on portion packages, but if not properly disposed of, they then become part of the plastics waste problem. The company has been working to encourage consumers to push straws ‘back in the pack’ once empty, so they can be collected along with the rest of the package. Now, work is under way to develop a paper straw that is suitable for use on its portion size carton packages. ‘It sounds simple enough,’ conceded Charles Brand, executive

Jet Press 720S investment boosts business card production at Bluetree Group

Print Solutions In mid 2016 Rotherham based Bluetree Group made an investment in a Jet Press 720S, enabling it to boost production, increase flexibility and slash turnaround times, all while maintaining the high standards of quality that have helped to build its reputation. ‘Our online customers expect quality, they expect a very high level of customer service and they expect fast delivery,’ said Bluetree Group joint managing director Adam Carnell. ‘We pride ourselves on delivering on all of these demands and our investment in the Jet Press 720S is helping us to improve our levels of service still further. ‘The main reason behind the investment decision was our desire to set up a dedicated b

More than 50 companies welcomed at Renz International Seminar

Print Solutions Future innovation was the focus of Renz Gmbh’s recent knowledge sharing international seminar attended by more than 50 companies from its global distribution network. Held at the specialist finishing equipment supplier’s headquarters in Heubach, Southern Germany, the three day event also welcomed representatives of daughter companies from the UK, Australia, Turkey and Argentina as well as global distributors. The seminar featured presentations introducing latest innovations and both managing directors Raphael Barth and Michael Schubert highlighted Renz’s aim to maintain and further extend its leading role as a manufacturer of complete punching and binding solutions. In partic

A different side to training

Print Solutions BPIF Cartons recently organised a training course for all its members that offered them the opportunity to discover the techniques that experienced packaging buyers frequently apply to contract negotiations. The course was led by Pat Taylor and Mark Boxall, from XL@procurement, who previously worked as procurement directors for a number of large multi-national businesses. The course was attended by 36 participants, representing both converters and suppliers to the industry, who were all keen to understand the ‘tricks of the trade’. Jon Clark, BPIF Cartons general manager, said: ‘The course provided a great insight into procurement techniques that our members often face. It wi

Production demands convince Emmerson Press to invest in lamination

Print Solutions The need to handle tighter turnaround times, manage a greater number of short run jobs and create a profitable streamlined production process convinced Emmerson Press to invest in a B2+ Foliant Mercury 530SF laminator from Intelligent Finishing Systems. Paul Heath, managing director of the Kenilworth general commercial printer, stated: ‘We were sending all our lamination work out and that was adding time and cost to a print job. The company we worked with was 20 to 30 minutes away and there was a minimum charge. ‘Sometimes sending work out would mean we needed to add 24 hours into the schedule. Now we can handle the jobs as they come in and turn them around – often on the sam

Onset X3 to further improve quality and productivity at Showcard Print

Print Solutions Showcard Print has invested in an Onset X3 platform from Fujifilm. This ultra high productivity platform now features a new Inca Digital robotics system to boost its work rate still further. With a 40 year heritage in the wide format sector, Showcard Print operates a range of wide format digital, screen and litho services producing high quality point of sale materials for some of the best known retail brands on the market. ‘We are looking to the future,’ said Showcard Print managing director Mark Smith. ‘Over the next few months we are investing £3 million in growing the business and the Onset X3 is obviously a very significant part of our plans. We have been Fujifilm and Inc

Automated Packaging Systems achieves latest ISO accreditations

Packaging Solutions Automated Packaging Systems has updated its ISO accreditations to ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management and ISO 9001:2015 for quality management, reflecting its commitment to improving its environmental impact and efficiently meeting customer demand. ISO 9001:2015 ensures Automated Packaging Systems has the correct logistical and inclusive processes in place to improve quality control of products and services, and meet customer requirements. ISO 14001:2015 is compatible with ISO 9001:2015 and provides a set framework to measure and improve environmental impact, helping Automated Packaging Systems to effectively manage its corporate social responsibilities (CSRs). Th

Dalim Software gains Ghent Workgroup PDF preflight certification

Print Solutions The Ghent Workgroup has announced that Dalim Software has achieved GWG preflight certification for its ES and Dialogue software. The certification means compliancy for all stakeholders using Dalim’s productivity workflow and communication software. Using GWG specifications means companies can have the confidence that their PDF files are validated. The management of PDF files can be a huge task for all businesses. Ghent Workgroup continues to research and build expertise through standardization, certification and compliance. Its PDF toolbox can help designers and creatives in particular develop and share a common language. David van Driessche, executive director of the Ghent W

Top rating for Hamilton Adhesive Labels in latest BRC audit

Packaging Solutions Hamilton Adhesive Labels has been awarded an AA rating – the highest possible – from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Institute of Packaging (IOP). Certification to the BRC/IOP packaging standard is now a fundamental requirement of many leading food retailers and manufacturers. Developed together by the BRC and IOP, the standard assesses the ability of packaging manufacturers to comply with food safety requirements and demonstrate due diligence. Paul Larkin, operations director at Hamilton Adhesive Labels, said: ‘It has been a real team effort to achieve an AA rating. We have implemented a programme of continuous improvement and committed to sharing best practice a

Celebrate Yorkshire Day with the BPIF

Print Solutions BPIF and CDi will once again host celebrations for Yorkshire Day at an event on 1 August 2018 at the Oracle Bar, Leeds, to celebrate the print, creative and digital industries in the North. However, this year in a welcome collaboration, the event will be run in association with the Stationers’ Company and sponsored by Garbutt & Elliott and Ad:Venture. Last year’s event welcomed key figures in the creative and digital community and advocates from the public sector such as Leader of Leeds City Council, councillor Judith Blake, and members of the Leeds 2023 campaign to make Leeds the European City of Culture. This year’s event will again include brief presentations from key indu

UPM Paper ENA to be renamed UPM Communication Papers

Print Solutions UPM Paper Europe and North America (ENA) business area is to be renamed UPM Communication Papers as of 26 April 2018. The new name underlines the industry focus and global reach of the business area. It further highlights UPM's long term commitment to sustaining its global graphic paper business, building on the view that paper will continue to be an important part of the media mix in the publishing industries and business communication. UPM Communication Papers is a leading producer of graphic papers, offering an extensive product range for advertising and publishing as well as home and office uses. It serves customers through a global sales network providing quality papers,

API Group provides the perfect finish for VIA Alliance brands

Packaging Solutions API Group is to enhance Haney’s creative and technical packaging offering, as part of a collaborative partnership. Haney, a specialist in packaging prototyping, has welcomed API to its VIA Alliance programme, opening up new opportunities for the firm’s consumer packaged goods clients across the US. API is a leading manufacturer and distributer of foils, laminates and holographic materials, which create premium packaging solutions for brands across a range of industry sectors. These include drinks and spirits, confectionary, tobacco, perfumery, cosmetics and health care. Haney’s VIA Alliance programme provides access to the latest intelligence and innovation in packaging s

Reflex Labels Plus orders high specification Mark Andy

Packaging Solutions Reflex Label Plus, formerly Labelsco, which became part of the Reflex Group in 2012, has ordered a top of the range Performance Series P7 from Mark Andy for its plant in Barwell, Leicestershire. The new press, which features the updated P7 platform, brings to 27 the number of Mark Andy presses currently in use at Reflex plants, including the seven P Series presses installed last year at Boston. Significantly this will be the first Mark Andy to be installed at the Barwell site. The new P7 has direct servo improvements, fully automated job register, and a more ergonomic design to improve ease of operation. Specification of the 20 inch (508 mm) ten colour press includes two

PCI launches high containment packaging facility at Ireland site

Packaging Solutions PCI Pharma Services (PCI) has premiered its new contained packaging facility for the primary and secondary packaging of highly potent products at its newly acquired site near Dublin, Ireland. This latest investment further demonstrates PCI’s ability to provide its current and future customers with the highest standards of excellence in outsourced pharmaceutical packaging services. PCI manufactures highly potent molecules at its purpose built, contained manufacturing facility located at its Tredegar site in Wales. This latest investment in contained packaging capabilities at the PCI Ireland site ensures its on-going commitment to delivering the highest standards of safety

Onyx Graphics to unveil next major release at Fespa

Print Solutions Onyx Graphics (stand C51, hall 3.2) announced it will unveil its next major release exclusively at Fespa Digital. Building upon the Onyx 12.2 software, the release includes new colour technologies that help prove colour accuracy, consistency and conformance to standards such as G7 and Fogra. The product puts power into the hands of users to manage customer brand colour needs as well as knowing when to recalibrate printers to stay consistent and reduce waste before printing. In addition, visitors will get a first hand view of actual job costing with the latest release of Onyx Hub, the company's business intelligence tool for wide and grand format print. Now users can see actua

Quadpack ramps up US activity with new distributor

Packaging Solutions Quadpack has made two key moves designed to increase its penetration into the US market. The company has appointed Anthony Le Minoux as head of its US operations. At the same time, it has named East Hill Industries as the official distributor of its Q-Line range of products in the United States. Anthony Le Minoux has a wealth of experience in the industry, having worked for Rexam and CTL/Tuboplast, where he held the position of global sales and marketing director. As managing director of Quadpack America, Anthony’s mission will be to spearhead the company’s strategy in North America, while also consolidating its presence in South America. East Hill is an established provi

Zanders provides insights into the production of specialty papers

Print Solutions As part of the Specialty Papers Europe Conference held in Cologne, over 50 conference attendees took the chance to visit the Zanders mill in Bergisch Gladbach. During the tour, the cast coating machines with t chrome cylinders, on which the high gloss Chromolux is made, were presented: since 1958, the premium paper and board has been produced in the Gohrsmühle mill, thus the Chromolux brand celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. In addition, the current challenges for the paper industry were discussed as part of the tour and how the host company faces them. Zanders presented a new product as well as a portfolio expansion within the past few months to the visitors, which i

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