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In-house barrier and adhesion measuring service offered to film producers and converters

Packaging Solutions Bobst Manchester’s in-house laboratory is equipped with a range of instruments for barrier and adhesion measurement to offer a full service to customers; companies who send their film to the Centre of Excellence for high barrier for metallising trials can then have it tested by our experienced team using the latest measuring equipment. The latest equipment includes two new Mocon units, the Mocon Ox-Tran2/22 for oxygen measurement and Mocon Permatran-W 3/34 for measuring water vapour. These measurement systems are used for testing the permeation of both oxygen (OTR) and water vapour (WVTR) on metallised film as well as AlOx clear barrier film; barrier levels are imperative

Building brands in Ardagh cans

Packaging Solutions Barrio Brewing, led by Arizonans Dennis and Tauna Arnold, has a history that dates back to 1991 when the couple opened up Tucson's first full mash brewery. Twenty-seven years later the duo is going strong as the longest running independent brewer in the state and is stepping up its retail reach by packaging its beers in environmentally friendly aluminum beverage cans from Ardagh. Key Barrio craft beer brands such as Barrio Blonde, Blanco and Rojo join Citrazona, Mocha Java Stout and many more in providing beer quality enthusiasts a full slate of choices now available in more than a few hundred well respected bars, restaurants and stores across the state. Strengthening the

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper welcomes 25 new apprentices

Print Solutions On August 1 2018, 25 new trainees launched their professional career at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper’s mills in Bielefeld and Flensburg. Among them are 11 paper technologists, six machine and plant operators, two industrial clerks, three industrial mechanics, two electronics technicians and one electronic for automation technology. An exciting time awaits the new apprentices (15 at the Bielefeld plant and 10 at the Flensburg plant) with many new experiences over the next few years: whether it will be on the large paper machines, the ultra modern coating machines or in the management and distribution of the globally acting manufacturer of coated specialty papers. For Mitsubishi HiTe

Nazdar releases 184 series solvent inkjet ink

Print Solutions Nazdar Ink Technologies announces the 184 Series, a newly developed digital imaging ink formulated specifically as a high performance alternative for MimakiT JV150/300 and CJV150/300 digital printers using Mimaki BS4 ink. Nazdar 184 Series users will benefit from low odour and enjoy the convenience of a range of packaging options – 600 ml bags and 2000 ml bags compatible with MBIS. ‘The new Nazdar 184 Series exhibits outstanding performance, with excellent outdoor resistance to colour fade and chemical attack caused by UV degradation or environmental pollution,’ said Stephen Woodall, Nazdar Ink Technologies' global segment manager, aqueous and solvent digital. ‘We have develo

Trotec Laser sows seeds for growth in the UK

Print Solutions Trotec Laser has officially opened its new UK headquarters at a recently refurbished 22,000 square foot facility in Boldon Business Park, Tyne and Wear. The move supports the laser technology manufacturer's rapid business growth within the UK and Ireland, providing an increased warehouse capacity and office accommodation to reinforce the growing UK sales and service operations. The official opening was marked with the planting of a tree by Norbert Schrüfer CEO of the Trodat Trotec Group, Simon Moore managing director of Trotec Laser GmbH and Martin Horne, managing director of Trotec Laser Ltd. Martin said, ‘We are very proud of our new UK headquarters. Not only does the facil

Vote Now! The Solutions Awards 2018

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Green Solutions The Solutions Awards is a dazzling celebration of print, paper, design, service and the environment. The entrants are all leading creative companies who show exactly why print is so dynamic and exciting. You can show your support to these companies, and see some wonderful examples of print based projects, by voting for the nominees here There is also a People’s Choice section at the end, where young university students who have taken part in the Brief Cases initiative have produced some brilliant work, so give them a bit of support too – and show them just how friendly the graphic arts is.

Paragon installs Benford’s slimline LED curing system

Print Solutions Paragon, based in Rotherham, recently undertook a UV retrofit on its Sakurai 566SD litho press to speed up the printing production. ‘Having just acquired our Sakurai Oliver 566SD press and with our desire to reduce the amount of outsourcing of print jobs for one of our major clients, we explored the possibilities of retrofitting LED-UV to the press to help speed up our printing process,’ commented Kevin McGowan, operations director at Paragon. ‘We needed instant drying for print on double and single sided work that we could send directly to our finishing department without worrying about set off. The introduction of the Benford LED-UV system was our chosen route to aid us mee

Flint Group increases prices of conventional and UV sheetfed products in Europe

Print Solutions Recently, Flint Group announced price increases on conventional and UV sheetfed inks and coatings in Europe. Price increases vary by technology, reaching double digits for products most affected by intense raw material challenges. ‘Raw material consolidation continues without pause,’ said Tony Lord, vice president/general manager of Flint Group’s CPS Inks division. Meanwhile, continued Tony, ‘China’s ‘Blue Skies’ initiative continues to force raw material companies to shut down – often permanently.’ Photoinitiators are a striking example of how China's programme affects supply chain, as evidenced by EuPIA's recent information note on raw materials for UV inks under its Exclus

Cutting edge packaging innovations on display in London

Packaging Solutions Packaging Innovations, Luxury Packaging and ADF London 2018, returns to London Olympia next month (12 to 13 September) showcasing cutting edge developments and technologies from right across the industry. Show launches With over half of the 180 exhibitors planning to launch new products and services live at the show, it is set to be the most innovative edition to date. For instance: Seufert Gesellschaft will introduce its new, environmentally friendly, technology that eliminates the need for adhesives. Aegg Creative Packaging is launching a new range of fully recyclable glassware food pots. Keskeny & Co is introducing its latest surface treatment technologies, including t

PrintedEasy.com elevates offering with Horizon StitchLiner Mark III

Print Solutions PrintedEasy.com has reinvested in Horizon book production technology by replacing its 10 year old StitchLiner 5500 with the latest generation StitchLiner Mark III from Intelligent Finishing Systems. PrintedEasy.com, the new name for Falkland Press, has expanded rapidly since moving into its Letchworth factory four years ago. Originally established in 1976, the operation has recently rebranded as Printedeasy.com to reflect its growing online business. It specialises in saddlestitched, perfect bound and wiro bound brochure printing alongside 16 other core products on the www.printedeasy.com website. From its facility in Hertfordshire, it runs a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106, tw

Komori announces plans to field test Impremia NS40

Print Solutions Komori Corporation has announced plans to initiate field testing of its new Impremia NS40, a 40 inch sheetfed Nanographic Printing System, during the spring of 2019. First shown at drupa 2016, the Komori Impremia NS40, an inkjet press equipped with Landa Nanography technology, has been in development at Komori in Japan for more than two years. The NS40 is designed to combine the versatility of digital with the quality and speed of offset printing at a low cost per page. It has the capability to print on any off the shelf substrate, from coated and uncoated paper stocks to synthetic substrates and paperboard without the need for pre or post treatment of any type. Operating at

Smurfit Kappa recognised with FTSE4Good Index listing for fifth consecutive year

Green Solutions Smurfit Kappa’s commitment to sustainability has been recognised once again by the FTSE4Good Index. The company was listed on the sustainability index for the fifth year in a row after distinguishing itself for its strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance. Created by the global index provider FTSE Russell, the FTSE4Good indices are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products. To qualify once again, Smurfit Kappa was assessed on a rigorous set of FTSE4Good criteria which are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Smurfit Kappa’s annual Sustainable Development Report provides

New Videojet continuous inkjet printer drives improved performance

Packaging Solutions With over 40 years of expertise in the continuous inkjet coding market, Videojet has launched the new Videojet 1580 CIJ printer. Designed with a focus on effortless marking and coding experience, the Videojet 1580 delivers lasting uptime during everyday operation, while minimising operator errors and reducing total cost of ownership (TCO). Manufacturers can focus on their primary tasks of running the production line, knowing that the Videojet 1580 will continue to put high quality codes on their products with minimal operator intervention. The new Videojet 1580 is enabled with Videojet Optimize software that analyses printer performance, operator behaviour and environment

Hamilton Adhesive Labels adds a touch sparkle to brands

Packaging Solutions Hamilton Adhesive Labels is now able to incorporate eye catching, premium effect pigments into its printing to offer brand owners stand out, creative packaging. Ideal for luxury cosmetic, alcohol, confectionery and personal care brands, the multi-dimensional effect pigments enable Hamilton to deliver a completely bespoke appearance label. From a subtle shimmer to glittery sparkle, the pigments can create a unique tactile design feature or replicate products in print – make up, for example. The pigments will support brands to drive product sales through enhanced shelf presence in a crowded and competitive retail landscape. Paul Larkin, operations director at Hamilton Adhes

Spectra to show versatile standard ranges in London

Packaging Solutions Spectra will be showcasing a selection of its extensive standard ranges at Packaging Innovations this year. As more and more brands seek off the shelf solutions for their product packaging, Spectra has built an impressive collection to cater for most requirements. With over 250 standard designs available, with more regularly added, Spectra can provide the perfect alternative to custom moulding with a diverse choice of styles. Jonathan Powell, sales director at Spectra, commented: ‘Our standards have been carefully cultivated to provide a breadth of shapes and sizes. Although we continually add new designs to our ranges, we are also constantly bolstering existing families

Laetus launches the new SmartSpect camera

Packaging Solutions With SmartSpect, Laetus has brought to the market the next generation of fully integrated smart cameras for optical quality control. The intelligent camera system combines a camera and high performance image processing in a single unit. The pre-configured versions offer short delivery times, and their compact design makes them easy to install – even in confined spaces and challenging industrial environments. The high belt speeds associated with production and packaging processes present significant challenges in terms of optical quality control. Thanks to the CMOS sensors used, the new SmartSpect camera from Laetus generates and processes high resolution images inside a s

Creation commit to solvent free

Packaging Solutions Green Solutions In the face of changing environmental expectations, Creation, specialists in packaging artwork, reprographics and plate production, has committed to going solvent free. The Daventry based business has developed a programme to promote environmentally friendly processes and solutions for printing. Matt Francklow, managing director at Creation, said: ‘We want to clearly show our customers and the industry that we are determined to reduce our environmental impact. As part of an on-going internal review, we are changing the way we operate. We are on a path to deliver a sustainable business that practices what it preaches.’ Creation is rationalising its flexogr

SAi receives software certification for HP DesignJet Z6610 and DesignJet Z6810

Print Solutions SA International (SAi) has announced that its Flexi software solution is now certified for use with both the HP DesignJet Z6610 and DesignJet Z6810 printers. The certification helps ensure that users can streamline their workflow, increase their throughput and guarantee premium quality output for customers. Applicable to Flexiprint, FlexiSign & Print, FlexiPrint SE and HP FlexiPrint edition v12, the certification officialises the software with HP’s stamp of approval and confirms that these solutions fully comply with rigorous performance requirements for both DesignJet printers For users, this provides the assurance that the software will seamlessly integrate with their HP D

The right package from Friedheim

Packaging Solutions Friedheim International will be at the PPMA show between 25 and 27 September with an exciting line up of machines. On Stand F30, the company will showcase two machines from its wide variety of packaging solutions from Beck Packautomaten and Audion Elektro. First up will be the tried and tested Beck Multiplex Pico, a flexible and easy to use form, fill and seal wrapping machine that just so happens to be Beck’s bestselling machine this year – it is a three sided form shoulder sealer with a drastically reduced footprint. As with all Beck machines, the Pico is built with top of the range components leading to Beck’s reliability. It has an incredible range of applications wit

Image On moves into new premises and installs Mimaki CJV150

Print Solutions Founded in 2003, Image On is a branding business with customer satisfaction at its core. Working with customers at every stage – from web design and social media to branded clothing and merchandise – allows it flexibility, quality and confidence, all generated in-house. After a merger in 2017 that saw Neil Boatman (ImageOn) and Dan Smith (Bright Chameleon) join forces, the company has seen steady growth including a move into new premises and an investment in new equipment. The biggest of these has been a Mimaki CJV150-130 purchased from CMYUK. Partner Neill Boatman said, ‘The Mimaki CJV150-130 has enabled us to bring production in-house. It has made what we do easier, more co

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