Metalvac G, Lecta's new metallised paper

Packaging Solutions Lecta has extended its portfolio of Metalvac products with the new Metalvac G paper, an extensive range of high substance papers (from 105 g/m2 to 170 g/m2), especially designed for high end graphic applications and premium packaging. Metallised papers are the perfect choice for these end uses where sophistication and exclusivity are the goal, thanks to their glossy metallic appearance, their optimum brightness and their being 100% recyclable mono material. The new Metalvac G range offers the possibility of creating exclusive packaging, especially for premium look envelopes and gift bags with Metalvac G 105 g/m2, and for board lamination for rigid boxes and prestige pac

Landa Digital Printing opens next chapter in company history

Print Solutions Landa Digital Printing has announced the completion of a $300 million equity financing, led by private investment firm SKion GmbH and joined by specialty chemicals group Altana, an already existing shareholder. Both SKion and Altana are wholly owned by German entrepreneur Susanne Klatten. The proceeds from the financing will be used for expansion of the company's infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities, as well as for on-going research and development and market development. ‘My investment reflects my confidence in the technological potential of Landa Digital Printing. Together we can spark the market demand for digital printing solutions,’ said Susanne Klatten. ‘To be

Sun Chemical releases 2017 sustainability report

Green Solutions Sun Chemical has released its 2017 corporate sustainability report, which details the work the company is doing to increase its use of bio derived raw materials in its products and shows positive progress on its eco efficiency goals. Highlights from the report focus on Sun Chemical's commitment to the development of eco friendly solutions, including how: Solvent based liquid inks use resins responsibly sourced from certified forests, Water based liquid inks use bio-derived resins that do not impact ink performance, Printed biosensor technology detects levels of pyruvates in onions to determine pungency, Bio-based food colorants are using spirulina derived from photosynthetic

Trade finishing start up chooses Horizon systems

Print Solutions After spotting a gap in the market for high quality finishing, Michael Irving decided to set up his own trade service with investment in a Horizon BQ-70 four clamp perfect binder and a Horizon HT-30C three side trimmer from IFS. As well as perfect binding and trimming, The Purfect Binding Company, Leeds, offers a range of services including stitch fold and trim, cutting and creasing, punching and Wiro binding. Michael explained, ‘I could see there was a need for a high quality dedicated trade finishing service and decided to go out on my own. In particular there is demand for quick response PUR binding. No one else in the area seemed to be offering the service for short run d

New production facility for Electrode Boiler Humidifier

Print Solutions Humidity Solutions was delighted to attend the opening of a new factory for its supplier Devatec in Normandy, France earlier this month. Along with a few of the company’s other distributors John Barker and Tom Barker from Humidity Solutions were able to see the improved production facility for the Electrode Boiler Humidifiers. Increased capacity will reduce lead times and ensure faster delivery of the products. Humidity Solutions also carries all spare parts for the Devatec Electrovap in stock, and so is able to supply on next day delivery. Larger research and development facilities mean that Devatec is developing new innovations across its product range, which should be int

Gruppo Cordenons acquired by Bain Capital

Print Solutions Gruppo Cordenons, the Italian creative paper manufacturer, known for ranges such as Stardream, Flora, Dali, and Plike, has been acquired by Bain Capital Private Equity – the same firm that recently took over Fedrigoni. The closing of the transaction will take place following customary regulatory approvals. The news of the agreement was given by chairman Ferruccio Gilberti, who has been the head of Gruppo Cordenons since 1984. Thanks to his expansion policy in international markets, the company has achieved its current results. With a portfolio of over 2500 products, Gruppo Cordenons is established globally and its creative papers are distributed in 86 countries around the wor

New Digital Factory v10 OKI TT Edition

IndPrint Building on the momentum of the original release of Digital Factory OKI TT Edition, CADlink Technology has released a new version of the software already widely used by shops leveraging OKI transfer printing in the customisation/personalisation markets. End users as well as resellers worldwide have recognised the incredible value that such specific colour management, production workflow software adds to the investment made in the OKI printer technology. The software includes professionally created colour profiles for a wide assortment of transfer media options and specifically engineered drivers for most commonly used OKI transfer printers including the 8432WT model. ‘This new relea

Proseal awarded following apprenticeship expansion

Packaging Solutions Tray sealing specialist Proseal UK has been named ‘Large Business Apprenticeship Employer of the Year’ by Macclesfield College, underlining the company’s commitment to developing the next generation of engineers. The honour comes after Proseal opened a new dedicated training centre at its global headquarters in Adlington and significantly expanded its apprenticeship scheme, increasing its capacity to provide training. The awards ceremony at Mottram Hall, Macclesfield, also saw Proseal second year apprentice Louis Wright receive an individual award for ‘Engineering Apprentice of the Year’. ‘It is fantastic to be recognised like this for our apprenticeship scheme, and I’d l

Ricoh introduces breakthrough inkjet for offset coated papers

Print Solutions Ricoh Europe has announced the newest addition to its inkjet portfolio, the Ricoh Pro VC70000. To help printers to accelerate the transfer of offset print to digital and stand out from the competition, the new continuous feed platform empowers commercial printers to produce quality applications, such as high end catalogues and magazines, traditionally expected from offset presses. Additionally, Ricoh developed inks enable up to 40% savings in paper costs while also expanding media support to offset coated papers, untreated papers and more. ‘We are constantly hearing from clients that they are looking for lower costs, higher quality and increased productivity. What we are anno

Transforming label printing with Utroque

Packaging Solutions Innovative label manufacturer, Source Labels has launched Utroque, a patented double sided labelling system defined as the ‘most significant breakthrough in label manufacture for half a century’. A revolution in eco friendly printing, the technology uses both sides of the release liner and will benefit all label applications, in particular, the ‘hand applied’, ‘food to go’, logistics and FMCG sectors. Tim Lowe, Source Labels managing director, said: ‘The biggest environmental and cost reduction label innovation in 50 years, the unique Utroque double sided solution also offers huge benefits in terms of responsive, streamlined operations. ‘The user of double sided labels wi

Stora Enso evaluates development opportunities at its Oulu Mill in Finland

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Stora Enso has started a feasibility study and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a possible investment in Oulu. The feasibility study and the EIA evaluate a potential conversion of the Oulu paper mill into packaging board production. The feasibility study is expected to be concluded by the end of 2018, and the EIA process is expected to take a minimum of six months. Currently, Oulu Mill has a production capacity of 360,000 tonnes of chemical softwood pulp and 1 ,080,000 tonnes of woodfree coated papers on two papermachines. The potential investment would include a new chemi-thermomechanical pulp (CTMP) plant, a brown based cartonboard line with

Stackable, portable perfection from Trinny London

Packaging Solutions Trinny London’s capsule range of make up offers stackable, portable perfection, in signature packaging developed by Quadpack. ‘The Stack’ enables customers to build their own personal make up kit with a choice of face, eye, cheek and lip colour. The products come in transparent 5 ml pots which click together in an attractive stack that also makes them ideal for travel. The Stack is eye catching, convenient and answers growing demand for personalised make up solutions. Consumers can use the brand's Match2Me online tool to create their personal stack, based on skin, hair and eye colour. The packaging is one of the main selling points, engaging consumers and allowing them to

Ipex to close after consultation with print industry

Print Solutions Ipex, the international print technology and equipment event, is to close after a period of consultation with the industry. The most recent edition, Ipex 2017, took place at the NEC in Birmingham late October and early November 2017. Over 150 companies from 20 countries exhibited to showcase the latest solutions in print technology and equipment, while over 7000 visitors attended to source new products and keep abreast of industry trends. Rob Fisher, Event Director, said: ‘Through Ipex, we are proud to have played a role in an important and diverse industry, and to have supported a brand that has such a long history. We enjoyed organising and delivering Ipex 2017 and received

Streets Process Colour expands trade service with Renz

Print Solutions Streets Process Colour has chosen three Renz systems from The Binding Store to bring high quality wire binding in-house. The Baldock company will also offer a trade service following its investment in a new Renz AP360 high speed automatic punching system and a fully refurbished Renz Punch 500 ES and RSB 360 wire binder. Managing director Richard Street explained, ‘Just over two years ago we decided to start bringing all our finishing services in-house. This was to reduce the turnaround times and ensure we had full control over the whole process. ‘We also recently won a big contract from the Salvation Army to wire bind work and that convinced us the time was right to make the

The 2018 Innovation Excellence Awards: winner is Parkside

Print Solutions The Stationers’ Company has announced the winners of its 2018 Innovation Excellence Awards at an event held at Stationers’ Hall yesterday (June 26). Overall Innovator of the Year went to Parkside Flexibles (UK & Asia) Ltd, which also won the Novel Manufacturing Technology category, for its Park 2 Nature, a range of compostable laminate structures to replace traditional plastic packaging. Winners of the individual categories were as follows. Innovative Application of Digital Technologies: DoubleMe for LoopSpace, an application for the HoloLens mixed reality headset. Creative Means of Communicating with Target Audiences: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc for the Bloomsbury Publishing P

Fighting the skills shortage in packaging: 22 new
 NVC packaging professional graduates

Packaging Solutions On Tuesday 26 June 2018, the graduation ceremony for NVC packaging professionals took place in Gouda, hometown of the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre. Twenty-two business students passed the exam. NVC packaging professionals provide an essential contribution to the development of packaging worldwide, both in the business sector and in government bodies and research institutes. The following company students obtained the diploma: Pieter-Jan Bogerd, Royal Bel Leerdammer BV; Maarten van der Borght, Bangma Verpakking BV; Elwin Brouwers, Koninklijke ERU; Riny Bruijs, Graphic Packaging International; Arjan Deij, Budelpack Poortvliet BV; Toine Engelen, Vrijdag Premium Printing

Suppliers inspire innovation at Packaging Innovations

Packaging Solutions Record numbers of suppliers have been quick to sign up for Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2018, which returns to London Olympia on 12 to 13 September. More than 150 major names are already on board for 2018, with early indications that 45% of the showfloor will be launching new products to the UK market. For instance, Seufert Gesellschaft will introduce its new, environmentally friendly, technology that eliminates the need for adhesives. The strong and sturdy component is held together by neat welding points, making it a sustainable addition to the company’s transparent packaging product portfolio. API Group will showcase how brands can achieve sustaina

Taking a ‘Shelfies’ – a giant leap for shelf kind

Print Solutions StackaWraps, the UK specialist manufacturer of oversized 3D photo realistic replicas, is continuing to revolutionise the world of semi-perm retail merchandising units, with the introduction of its new 3D Shelfies product. Shelfies have been designed to create maximum impact in busy retail, exhibition and event environments, or anywhere where a brand needs to stand out from the crowd. By combining a stunning photorealistic printed stretch fabric cover with a light weight and strong internal frame it has created a new form of free standing display and stocking unit. Using its patented specialist software, StackaWraps can take any 2D photographic image and turn it into a fire re

New world record for Weerg

IndPrint Weerg's growth continues at a great pace. After the recent purchase of six Hermle machines, the online platform that offers CNC and 3D processing, marks the world's largest installation of HP Jet Fusion 4210 printers for 3D printing. In this case, it is also an unprecedented agreement that envisages not only the doubling of the existing machine fleet with the arrival of three new, latest generation Jet Fusion 4210 systems, but also the technological upgrade of the 3 4200 printers already in operation in the Marghera headquarters. All for an investment that exceeds €3 million on the list. This new printing solution, designed specifically for industrial scale 3D production environment

New Baysek C-170 for Preston Board & Packaging

Packaging Solutions M&K Trading has recently supplied a Baysek C-170 to Preston Board & Packaging. ‘Preston Board was keen to increase productivity and efficiency, replacing older machinery in the process,’ explainsed Robert Jess, sales executive at M&K Trading. ‘The new machine also opens new markets for Preston Board, due to the speed and versatility of the Baysek compared with the machinery they were using previously.’ M&K Trading is the UK agent for US based manufacturer Baysek. Preston board director Chris Ingham added, ‘The Baysek has opened doors into new areas previously left unexplored by Preston Board. We can now offer our customers laminating, die cutting and guillotine services a

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