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Premier supports Friends of Chernobyl’s Children charity for third consecutive year

Print Solutions The Premier Paper Group has recently provided support to Longridge Print, helping to fund a UK project for the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children charity. This is the third consecutive year that Premier has been involved with the project, which provides opportunities for the children that are still affected by the Chernobyl disaster. The charity works to provide respite for children living in poverty stricken Belarus following the after effects of the 1986 nuclear disaster, which even today, leaves its footprint of devastation. For one month each year, the children are hosted by UK families and benefit from an action packed activity programme based at an outdoor camping facility

Kodak launches new predictive ink and plate use service for Prinergy Cloud

Print Solutions Kodak has announced its new Decision Analytics software as a service offering for Kodak Prinergy System, a solution designed to optimise the use of consumables on-press, helping offset printers realise new sources of savings. This new service will automatically analyse and predict ink use on press, enabling printers to improve efficiencies, lower costs and reduce risk. The Decision Analytics – ink and plate use service allows print companies to base their business and labour planning, job quoting and consumable purchasing decisions on their own historical and predictive usage data. The ability to monitor results by plant, press, product and/or job, will allow them to uncover

Antalis means business with new proposition

Print Solutions Antalis UK has launched a new division designed to provide customers with one single point of access to its print and publishing solutions – Antalis Paper Managed Solutions (APMS). The new division follows the merger of the company’s Paper Management Services and Customer Solutions businesses in April 2018 and brings together over 40 years of experience to create what is now one of the largest providers of its kind in the UK’s print and publishing sector. Key customer benefits include scale of choice and innovation, with APMS selling a wide range of printing substrates and packaging products, machinery and solutions, as well as providing global reach through the Antalis group

RPC bpi protec to highlight wide range of flexible films for packaging at PPMA Show

Packaging Solutions On stand C80 at this year’s PPMA Show, RPC bpi protec will showcase some of the latest flexible packaging films, underlining the company’s versatility in offering packaging solutions tailored to run across a wide variety of packaging machinery and formats for different market applications. Linking with the demand for sustainable packaging solutions, the bpi protec stand will also have samples of the latest innovative non laminate products. Made from PE, X-EnviroFilm and X-EnviroPouch are fully recyclable and cost effective environmentally sustainable alternatives to laminate products and the traditional Doy sealed pouch. The X-EnviroFilm and X-EnviroPouch are part of bpi

C&T Matrix implements consignment stock/managed inventory system

Print Solutions C&T Matrix has announced a new strategy of managed inventory for its larger UK customers. Designed to provide an improved service to UK customers, the consignment policy has already been introduced to a several key customers over the last six months. It removes the need for customers to manage their own stock and instead provides them with a consignment stock from which they can take product, as and when needed. The benefits of this new strategy are that customers do not run out of product and it also reduces working capital requirements within these companies. C&T is able to analyse trends in product use and increase ordecrease the consignment stock accordingly. Product is h

Spera receives FlexoExpert certification

Packaging Solutions Spera, formerly Reprographic Systems, is a leader in print reproduction and brand management. It operates from three locations in Dublin, Northern Ireland and the mainland Britain. In a world where technology and markets are in a constant state of change, Spera provides services that its clients can count on in pursuit of their ambitions. That is the reason that the company is named 'Spera' – which means 'trust' in Latin. The vision is to have a global brand management company that is known for its service delivery, and the mission to develop long lasting relationships based on trust. The company participated in Flint Group's FlexoExpert programme and was certified in Feb

BCF to host print forum focusing on UV-LED print technology

Print Solutions The BCF has announced the addition of a new event to its 2018 events programme which aims to inform and educate the UK print community about UV-LED curing technology. ‘The BCF’s print forum: throwing light on UV-LED’, is set to take place 2 October at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh, and on 9 October at Moor Hall in Sutton Coldfield. The programme features a broad range of speakers who will tell the entire UV-LED story, introducing the technology, explaining the competitive reasons to use it, and offering case studies from their own businesses. The forum will also offer an opportunity for delegates to speak one to one with industry experts, who will help them d

Mondi transforms office paper portfolio focused on consumer needs

Print Solutions Mondi is transforming its office paper portfolio, with focus on the needs of the consumer for a clearly structured premium and universal office paper offering. Therefore, instead of differentiating between B and C paper qualities, the company is launching a universal office paper that combines the best features of both grades and holds a unique position on the market in terms of whiteness. The new strategy applies to Mondi’s office paper brands IQ and Maestro, which take two of the top five spots for paper mill brand awareness in Europe according to the latest EMGE cut size and brand positioning survey. ‘With our new approach, we are initiating a significant change in the off

Videojet launches its latest thermal transfer overprinter

Packaging Solutions Videojet Technologies has introduced the 6230 Thermal Transfer Overprinter (TTO), an easy to use printer that helps manufacturers reduce flexible packaging coding errors, and improve total cost of ownership. Videojet understands that manufacturers require a reliable and adaptable solution that helps to ensure codes are printed correctly and accurately, time after time. The Videojet 6230 TTO printer is designed to meet these needs, and provides a solution that offers exceptional user experience with code assurance capabilities. Utilising the latest in Videojet technology, the 6230 printer features a simple cassette design that allows for long production runs. Its 700 metre

DS Smith commits to nine new ambitious long term sustainability targets

Green Solutions Evolving consumer habits and new technologies are reshaping the way we buy and use both products and services. The growth of e-commerce, the fall of bricks and mortar, environmentally conscious consumers and an ever increasing population are redefining the supply cycle. Packaging must adapt to these global trends. DS Smith has launched its 2018 Sustainability Review. Exploring the company's progress towards minimising operational impact, the comprehensive report discusses key industry trends, unforeseen challenges and shares best practice in creating sustainable value. From product design and innovation, to materials sourcing, manufacturing operations, customers’ supply cycle

CGS enhances Oris Professional Media portfolio

Print Solutions CGS Publishing Technologies International has updated its Oris Professional Media portfolio with PearlProof Universal New. The advanced OBA proofing paper exhibits strong and outstanding benefits. The great advantage of PearlProof Universal New is that it meets the requirements of Fogra 51 (PSOcoated v3) and, with a paper simulation, also those of Fogra 39 (ISOcoated v2). It is therefore possible to reproduce ISO standards within very tight tolerances. The new paper is also compatible with the Gracol standard. As a result, fewer paper roll changes are necessary, which leads to an increase in productivity. But there is more! The paper has an extra coating layer, which allows f

Neopost launches Packcity, the intelligent delivery locker solution

Print Solutions Neopost has announced the launch of Packcity, an intelligent, automated parcel locker solution. The system, which simplifies parcel delivery, collection, storage and management, is available to organisations across the UK. Designed for organisations receiving more than 50 deliveries per week on average, Packcity is comprised of modular secure electronic lockers with a touchscreen interface and software for reporting, tracking and monitoring. On delivery, items are scanned by mailroom staff and placed in one of the secure lockers. Via the touchscreen and internal address book – which is loaded on installation and thereafter automatically updated on a daily basis – parcel recip

Management change at Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica

Packaging Solutions Dr Peter Lechner is the new CEO at Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica. As planned, he takes over from Christoph Müller, who moves to the company's supervisory board as chairman. ‘Peter Lechner has many years of experience in the field of flexible packaging. He will continue on the positive path of Flexotecnica and achieve our ambitious goals,’ said Christoph Müller, Flexotecnica supervisory board chairman and member of the executive board at Koenig & Bauer. Peter Lechner previously held leading positions at companies in Germany, the USA and the Czech Republic. In the coming years Flexotecnica will focus on making the best possible use of Koenig & Bauer's strong service and sales

Bespoke tub spreads the glory

Packaging Solutions Two variations of a bespoke tub from RPC Superfos, one featuring a lid from RPC Bebo, are being used for a new spreadable butter from Müller Group, Germany’s largest dairy company. The convenient and attractive tubs were developed and prototyped at the RPC Superfos Innovation Centre in Denmark. One version of the butter, produced for Müller’s premium Weihenstephan brand, features an injection moulded tub and lid; the other, a private label product sold via major supermarkets in Germany, combines an injection moulded tub with a thermoformed lid from RPC Bebo, complete with decoration using the division’s patented pre-printing technology, Bebo Print. Both packs combine easy

New Watkiss bookletmaker has wider range of applications for digital printers

Print Solutions Watkiss Automation has announced the launch of a new bookletmaker in the PowerSquare range. The PSQ160-WH is a hand feed bookletmaker for short run work, designed for flexible applications in a wide range of media sizes including long sheets and larger formats that existing options on the market. As more digital presses from companies such as Canon, Konica Minolta, Ricoh and Xerox can print duplex on long sheets, there is a growing demand for A4 landscape and other large format booklets. Paul Attew, sales director at Watkiss, explained: ‘The hand feed PSQ160-WH is ideal for this type of application. It is a very practical solution for low volume digital printed jobs, where ea

Look! Massivit uses the force of 3D printing to fulfil teenager’s dream

IndPrint How cool is this! Massivit 3D has unveiled the ‘world’s first’ 3D printed Poe Dameron X-Wing Fighter charity wheelchair costume at Comic-Con International. The costume was the vision of non profit organisation, Magic Wheelchair, and created for Star Wars fanatic, 13 year old Vedant Singhania. Companies who collaborated with Magic Wheelchair to make this project a reality include, Pixologic Inc, responsible for the design and modelling, Dangling Carrot Creative who 3D printed the costume with Massivit 3D donating the printing materials, and Monster City Studios who completed the assembly and finish. Utilising the high print speeds and dual print heads of its Massivit 1800 3D printer,

CS Labels moves to purpose built facility

Packaging Solutions CS Labels has now moved from its Willenhall print factory to a new purpose built facility at Unit 1, Steelpark, Wednesfield, WV11 3BF, just 10 minutes away from the old site. The company’s telephone number remain the same: 01902 365840. The purpose built facility is part of CS Labels’ £3 million investment plan and will help the company to continue to grow and develop its extensive in-house label printing facilities.

Paragon attains gold standard for sustainability

Green Solutions Paragon Customer Communications has been awarded a gold rating for sustainability, placing the company in the top 2% of global print service suppliers. The annual sustainability analysis covers four themes – environment, fair labour practice, ethics and supply chain management. Conducted by Ecovadis, the appraisal provides supplier sustainability ratings for global supply chains. Paragon Customer Communications was assessed in various corporate social responsibility (CSR) categories, finishing in the top 2% of print suppliers and in the top 3% overall – one point ahead of last year’s figures. Individual ratings saw the company: In the top 1% of suppliers for fair business pra

bakergoodchild adds to mailing power with Kern 3500 high speed system

Print Solutions bakergoodchild has invested in a Kern 3500 high speed mailing technology system, further adding to its growing production plant equipment. With confidence in the use of direct mail continuing to improve, and due to bakergoodchild’s continued growth in this sector, the printing and mailing management specialists saw this new investment as an essential piece of equipment to help provide quicker turnaround times, vital to its 24 hour turnaround capabilities. The new Kern mailing system will further increase the company’s capacity to handle larger mailing orders at even quicker turnaround times. With the demand in direct mail showing no signs of slowing down, bakergoodchild has b

Leeds Die Cutting enhances service delivery with double Horizon buy

Print Solutions Trade finisher Leeds Die Cutting has enhanced its service delivery with an Intelligent Finishing Systems supplied Horizon BQ470EVA perfect binder and a Horizon CRF-362 creaser folder. ‘We already had a Horizon BQ270 perfect binder which ran very well,’ stated owner Ian Bradley. ‘But then we needed a more productive system. The BQ470 was the perfect next step. It is ideal for short to medium runs and will also handle longer runs. ‘We know from experience how easy the Horizon systems are to set up and the level of quality that can be achieved. We didn’t look at anything else because we knew it would do what we wanted it to do. We also have a good relationship with IFS and so i

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