Route 1 Print named as a Company to Inspire Britain

Print Solutions For the second year running, online trade printer, Route 1 Print, has been named as one of ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ by the London Stock Exchange Group. Since 2013, The London Stock Exchange Group has been promoting UK SMEs by identifying 1000 highly promising businesses for the coming year. It believes that the dynamism of these growing companies are an invaluable driving force in the UK’s economy as a whole. In order to make the list, businesses need to meet two different criteria. They must show positive revenue growth over the past three years, and be market leaders within their sector for either the number of employees, square footage, or number of filed patent

Infigo Software strengthen connections in Ireland

Print Solutions Infigo Software Limited is continuing to show rapid growth in Ireland and has now announced the signing of a new contract with Keeco Creative, Dublin, which has invested in the innovative Catfish and MegaEdit Pro software solutions. Keeco is a significant member of the print and design industry in Dublin and has been setting the bar for over 30 years. It is excited by the competitive edge that the Infigo Software suite of programs will bring them and the new business opportunities it will allow with existing and new clients. Ronan Keegan, director at Keeco, noted: ‘We looked at various solutions to address the issues we faced and allow the growth we wanted. Infigo stood out a

Carly Press invests in ‘game changer’ technology from IFS

Print Solutions Somerset general commercial printer Carly Press has chosen an Intelligent Finishing Systems supplied Horizon SPF/FC-200L bookletmaker and a Horizon CRF-362 creaser folder to streamline its bindery and boost production capacity. The digital and wide format printer services local and national customers and specialises short to medium run lengths with short turnaround times. Its print production portfolio of systems includes several Ricoh production machines and an HP360 64” Latex printer. Mark Gladstone-Smith, managing director, explained: ‘We had an ageing system and we were doing a lot of monthly magazines with one week in each month getting increasingly rammed. We also had t

Pandaprint is the first with the Versafire EV in Scotland

Print Solutions Pandaprint is an early adopter of the new Versafire EV and the first in Scotland. The company has been in business for more than 30 years and in digital printing for 14 years and has opted for this new model particularly because of its fifth colour capability which will allow it to use clear, white, invisible red, neon pink and neon yellow in addition to the standard CMYK palette. It is particularly impressed with the clear toner and the options for overprinting the whole sheet, graphics or pictures to give print a really stand out look. The Versafire EV, supplied with Heidelberg’s Prinect digital front end, will be an additional press to run alongside Heidelberg Linoprint an

Easy Cut Studio compatible with Mutoh ValueCut and Fenta cutting plotters

Print Solutions EasyCut Studio, the leading provider of vinyl cutting software solutions dedicated for the professional sign making and sign production processes, has announced the launch and worldwide availability of Easy Cut Studio version 4.1.03. The latest version of Easy Cut Studio includes many new vinyl cutters supported, like Mutoh ValueCut Series, Fenta, Roland GS and more. In addition, the new version features enhanced SVG support, text to outlines conversion capabilities, and the ability to work on multiple layers at once among its improvements. Complete layout, design, text and production features for all of your sign making needs, Easy Cut Studio is a top of the line sign design

Reach for the rainbow: go full spectrum with NeverTear

Print Solutions As businesses increasingly look for innovative ways to take their communications up a notch, Antalis is reminding printers of the benefits to be had by making full use of the colour capabilities of the Xerox Premium NeverTear range. According to latest research, 85% of consumers believe colour plays a huge part when purchasing a product, with 80% revealing that colour is ultimately responsible for brand recognition. The result is mounting pressure on businesses across a full spectrum of sectors to ensure their marketing and internal communications are not only informative and on brand but also ooze aesthetic appeal. As such, the Xerox Premium NeverTear range, currently availa

Smurfit Kappa hits impressive milestone with four billionth Vitop tap

Packaging Solutions Smurfit Kappa has produced its four billionth Vitop tap. The Vitop tap occupies the number one position in the world for wine taps and has revolutionised the Bag in Box system. The Vitop tap quickly grew in popularity due to its tamper proof design and high oxygen barrier which provide extended shelf life and product freshness. Tests on the Vitop tap have revealed it to have a leak rate of just one in five million, a key contributor to its industry leading position. To reach such high standards, each tap is individually tested under rigorous quality control standards. Ease of use has also contributed to its global appeal as it requires little effort to obtain a regular fl

Ivan Tenchev takes world wrap masters 2018 title at Fespa

Print Solutions Ivan Tenchev from Bulgaria has been announced the winner of Fespa's World Wrap Masters Series. Second and third prizes went to Casper Madsen and Jan Edelgaard, both from Denmark. All three winners received cash prizes. The World Wrap Masters Series is sponsored by Hexis and ran throughout the year, concluding with two events at Fespa 2018. Forty-two international competitors, including entrants from Japan and Australia, battled it out in a series of timed tasks, including wrapping vehicle sections, chairs and lockers. Stan Cosmin from Romania won the European competition, with Martynas Bertulis from Ireland and Casper Madsen from Denmark coming in second and third place. On T

Acorn Labels e-Flex installation

Packaging Solutions Acorn Labels has invested in a new e-Flex 430 mm narrow web press with full servo drive technology from Focus Label Machinery. The press, installed in April 2018, offers a new and productive way to increase productivity and uptime to the company’s customer base. Built on a modular construction to allow growth as and when required the e-Flex with full UV, die station and sheeter, turnbar with delam/relam and reverse print, 1000 mm unwind and twin 700 mm rewinds to slit and split reels plus an extended 1000 mm rewind to support longer runs and heavy duty card, the press offers future proofing for the company to expand the core business. Sam Heneker, production manager for A

Support Monty and help raise money for the British Heart Foundation

Print Solutions I am sure many of you have had the pleasure of speaking to ‘Our Monty’. If you have, you will know that not only is he the king of bad jokes, but that he also has a very big heart. Get up those hills Monty! Now, Monty, and his two sons Nathan and Stefan, have joined together to form Monty’s Marauders and the three of them will be taking to their bikes to cycle the 54 mile London to Brighton ride in order to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. ‘I am very pleased to be part of a team with my sons Nathan and Stefan,’ said Monty. ‘We will be helping each other to dig deep on those steep and long inclines, and encouraged through our training to help others. We really wan

Handy Labels extends market reach with Roland

Packaging Solutions Handy Labels has been going strong since 2007 and last year extended its reach even further with a fresh new website, helping artisan businesses to improve their packaging and accessibility. Running steadily over this decade have been two Roland DG Soljet Pro 4 XR-640 large format printer/cutters. Martyn Kilford started the company in 2007, mainly offering signage. However, seeing a growing market for labels, the business changed its focus and moved to larger premises in Portishead to accommodate the work. The versatility of the original Soljet systems enabled an exploration of these new product offerings. ‘The Rolands really came into their own on labels,’ commented Mich

New A3 and A4 business inkjet ranges meet the high demands of busy workgroups

Print Solutions Two new series of WorkForce Pro MFPs and printers for busy offices have been announced by Epson, bringing its signature inkjet technology, with low environmental impact, low intervention and high productivity, to small workgroups wanting both A3 and A4 capability. The WF-C8690, WF-C8610 and WF-C8190 deliver improved performance for A3 printing in this segment, while the WF-M5799DWF, WF-M5299DW and WF-M5298DW deliver fast, reliable and high yield A4 mono printing with a low total cost of ownership. Jade Paris, product manager, Epson UK, said: ‘These laser beating inkjet printers save money, energy and time, and are packed full of business productivity and document management f

Kodak announces plate price increase

Print Solutions Kodak has announced that it is to increase the price of Kodak offset printing plates globally. Plate prices will increase up to 9%. The price of aluminum, the primary raw material used to manufacture printing plates, has increased dramatically in recent months. Despite internal cost reductions and improved operational productivity, the magnitude of rising aluminum prices can no longer be sustained. John O’Grady, president, Print Systems Division, Kodak, explained: ‘With aluminum prices now reaching multi-year highs, it has become necessary to institute a plates price increase. While Kodak has worked diligently to reduce its own costs to lessen the impact of aluminum, the delt

Tradeprint launches new website

Print Solutions Tradeprint has unveiled a new print buying website. The site makes ordering with us much faster and easier than ever before. The company has recently launched an extensive range of labels on a roll featuring an abundance of creative finishes, perfect for adding striking branding to products, packaging and anything else. New products coming soon include a vast expansion of large format offers, and a whole new range of promotional items including hats, mugs and t-shirts. On the front end, customers can enjoy an experience that makes print buying easy, fast and hassle free. The site incorporates a simplified navigation so customers can quickly find their product. New features in

Wipak’s Winfresh films boast sustainable benefits at lower temperatures

Packaging Solutions Wipak has addressed the increased pressure felt by food manufacturers to offer sustainable packaging solutions, with the introduction of an energy efficient skin film which can be processed at temperatures considerably lower those of standard films. Designed for vacuum packing chilled products, such as meat, seafood and cheese, Wipak’s Winfresh Skin Films have the potential to be processed at temperatures as low as 50° C below those of standard films, significantly reducing energy costs. ‘With consumers becoming more environmentally aware, food manufacturers must not only consider product presentation, but the sustainability credentials of their packaging too,’ explained

Directive on the reduction of single use plastic products remains vague on sustainable alternatives

Green Solutions The European Commission presented an ambitious new directive to tackle marine litter by introducing a number of measures including reduction and restriction of selected single use plastic products, such as disposable balloon sticks, straws, cutlery, plates, cups and food containers. ‘The proposal is a meaningful addition to existing legislation and strategies, unfortunately, however, it remains vague regarding sustainable alternatives,’ stated François de Bie, chairman of European Bioplastics (EUBP). According to EUBP, the potential positive impacts of the already introduced measures in the revised EU waste legislation need to be assessed first. Additional actions as presente

X-Rite and Pantone add new flexo colour libraries

Packaging Solutions X-Rite and Pantone have announced six new libraries for PantoneLive, a cloud based digital colour standard ecosystem. Developed with preferred partner for ink supply, Sun Chemical, the six new dependent standard libraries are ideal for UV cured flexography printers and converters allowing them to accurately match achievable Pantone colours in label and carton applications. The new libraries can be used to better define, create, visualise and communicate colour palettes for clear film packaging, aluminium labels and recycled cartons produced with UV cured flexographic printing technology. ‘We are continuously evolving the PantoneLive platform to support a wider range of pa

Flint Group rush programme for faster delivery times for rotec Blue Light Sleeves

Packaging Solutions Flexo print jobs are continuously getting shorter. Optimised press productivity and capacity require more print jobs per day. Simplified and faster supply chain of resources helps to meet the demands of the end customers. With this in mind, Flint Group has launched the new rotec Rush Programme, where priority production allows significant faster delivery times for a set of sleeves. The sleeves and adapters production site in Ahaus, Germany manufactures and delivers the complete portfolio of rotec worldwide. To take advantage of this programme, just place your order for one set of rotec Blue Light Sleeves as usual through your customer service representative with a specifi

Smurfit Kappa to acquire Reparenco

Packaging Solutions Smurfit Kappa Group has announced that it has agreed to acquire Reparenco, a privately owned paper and recycling business in the Netherlands. Reparenco operates a two machine paper mill in the Netherlands with a capacity of 675,000 tonnes together with a 750,000 tonne recovered fibre operation. The mill capacity is presently 405,000 tonnes of recycled containerboard and 270,000 tonnes of graphic paper, with the potential for conversion to containerboard. Smurfit Kappa Group CEO, Tony Smurfit, commented: ‘We are pleased to announce our agreement to acquire Reparenco, successfully concluding a process which began on February 1 this year. The acquisition of Reparenco is com

Avery Dennison introduces new solutions for vehicle customisation and protection

IndPrint Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has launched two new ranges of vehicle films addressing comfort, safety and value protection. Three new series in Avery Dennison’s Automotive Window Film (AWF) range are designed to enable highly creative vehicle restyling as well as safety enhancements and heat and glare rejection. Another material range, Avery Dennison Supreme Protection Film XI (SPF-XI), offers self-healing protection for vehicles and resists damage caused by stone chips, road debris, insect stains and weathering. Oliver Guenther, senior director, marketing and channel strategy for Avery Dennison, said that the new window film portfolios are especially attractive to installers be

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