Zanders: acquisition effective on 1 December

Print Solutions Zanders is to continue to produce high quality specialty papers and boards in the future. The company will be taken over on 1 December 2018 by the new ‘Zanders-Paper GmbH’. Dr Marc d'Avoine, insolvency administrator at Zanders, has announced the successful conclusion of the negotiations: ‘We are pleased that the acquisition will be made by paper professionals who are already very successful in the industry. The continuation of paper production at Zanders is thus assured. All know-how carriers remain on board.’ According to the insolvency administrator, Terje Haglund and his team will soon introduce themselves to the public. The takeover by a partner already working in paper p

Sign & Digital UK offers the industry the chance to help shape 2019 show

Print Solutions Sign & Digital UK will return to Birmingham’s NEC from 2 to 4 April with its most compelling Main Stage programme to date, designed in collaboration with its visitors. Show organisers are welcoming attendees to use an online form (www.signuk.com/help-us-shape-the-show#/) to pose questions they would like to see answered on the Main Stage and to suggest who they would like to hear speak at the show. The Sign & Digital UK website hosts expert educational content to support innovation within the industry year round, but the Main Stage aims to bring these and other industry topics to life at the show next year. Jane Lewis, marketing manager for Sign & Digital UK, said: ‘In the cu

Proseal opens new us factory amid continued international growth

Packaging Solutions Tray sealing specialist Proseal has expanded its business in the US with the opening of a new production facility. The growth of Proseal America reflects the hard work and dedication of the Proseal America team, in particular in identifying and meeting the growing demand in the US for fresh convenience foods. The new facility – situated next to the company’s existing plant and office in Chesterfield County, Virginia – means Proseal America has effectively doubled in size to approximately 50,000 square feet. The company now has a staff of around 80, including highly trained engineers who fully manufacture the heat seal toolsets and spare components, as well as oversee the

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) enters a supply agreement with Loop Industries to purchase 100% r

Green Solutions CCEP is making a strategic investment to purchase from Loop Industries a supply of 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic to accelerate the increased use of recycled materials in the creation of its bottles. Ron Lewis, chief supply chain officer, CCEP, said: ‘This is an important investment as it directly supports our sustainability action plan. This is Forward. As part of This is Forward, we have committed to ensuring that at least 50% of the material we use for our PET bottles comes from recycled plastic by 2025. This is part of a holistic strategy focused on creating a more circular packaging economy.’ CCEP expects to be using Loop rPET in its product packaging by early 2020, an

Esko and Amtech are joining forces to bring increased efficiencies to corrugated converters

Packaging Solutions Esko announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Amtech Software to bring increased efficiencies to its joint customers in the corrugated market. The companies are developing an integration between Esko’s ArtiosCAD, Automation Engine, WebCenter QuickStart for corrugated solution, and Amtech’s Encore ERP solution to create bi-directional communication that eliminates double data entry and enables further downstream automation of the workflow for corrugated converters. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, with growing demand for smaller lot sizes and faster time to market, corrugated converters will be able to benefit from this integration to streamlin

A royal appearance

Packaging Solutions The high quality construction and on-shelf appeal of the RPC Bramlage Division’s Empress and Diamond jar ranges have provided the ideal solution for a range of premium skincare products from leading manufacturer La mer Cosmetics AG. Both the 50 ml Empress and 15 ml Diamond jars have been selected for La mer’s Advanced Skin Refining and Med Stress Balance creams. The 50 ml size is being used for day and night versions of the creams, while the 15 ml size is the perfect solution for both an eye cream in the Advanced Skin Refining range and a promotional pack for the Med Stress Balance cream. Key to the high quality appearance of the jars is the double walled construction, wh

Stora Enso signs agreement to acquire forest assets in Bergvik Skog

Green Solutions The shareholders of Bergvik Skog AB, a Swedish forest holding company, have signed a binding agreement regarding the previously announced intent to restructure its ownership. With this agreement, the parties aim to complete the transaction during the first half of 2019. Stora Enso’s forest holdings in Sweden will increase to 1.4 million hectares, of which 1.15 million hectares is productive forest land. The total value of the transaction in Stora Enso’s balance sheet is estimated to be approximately €1.0 billion. ‘I am pleased that we have taken a step forward in this ownership restructuring along with the other shareholders in Bergvik Skog. This transaction is a natural next

Investment in Inca Digital Onset X1 brings multiple benefits to HL Display

Print Solutions The UK's first Onset X platform to feature two white channels has boosted production speeds and quality for the leading global point of sale provider. HL Display is in the business of helping its customers to create attractive and profitable in-store environments. With its solutions installed in 265,000 stores across 50 countries, it is a global leader in the development of innovative and sustainable solutions, creating a better shopping experience for people all over the world. In the UK, HL Display's Harlow site acts as both a factory and regional distribution centre, predominantly for the UK market, but also for export markets in western and northern Europe. The addition o

Abacus Print installs new creaser folder

Print Solutions Having established a reputation with design agencies for high quality results, continuing to deliver unrivalled consistency was a paramount consideration for Abacus Print when it invested in a Horizon CRF 362 creaser folder from Intelligent Finishing Systems. The Wembley operation also offers a trade print service and wanted a system to replace an aging folder. It also needed a solution that could manage thicker substrates Jonathan Luck, managing director, explained: ‘We were having to crease and fold in two separate processes. We also run a lot of heavier stock too and that required creasing and often hand finishing. It made sense to look at a system that could manage both s

An on-going Evolution

Print Solutions Continuing the Roland 700 Evolution success story, 17 October 2018 saw the press’s one thousandth printing unit rolling off the assembly line at the Manroland Sheetfed headquarters in Offenbach, Germany since the first Evolution press was commissioned at Samson Druck, Austria. This was for a six colour double coating machine with a wide range of accessories, scheduled for installation at the premises of Wavre based Belgian packaging printer Impritex. Since its first installation in early 2015, the Roland 700 Evolution has been hailed for technical innovations, including SPL (Simultaneous Plate Loading) which allows for cleaning of blanket and impression cylinders during the p

Luxury jars with wood caps

Packaging Solutions Quadpack's Skincare Division has taken three of its most popular acrylic jars and matched them with gorgeous wooden caps – designed, produced and decorated entirely at Quadpack's Manufacturing Division in Spain. The result – a versatile range of 50 ml jars, quickly adaptable to any brand requirements. Rhone, Odiel and Guadiana now have the option of ready to wear caps in wood from PEFC and FSC certified forests. With the jars manufactured at Quadpack Plastics, the caps made at Quadpack Wood and the decoration and assembly carried out at Quadpack Impressions, brands can enjoy unprecedented levels of customisation. The packs are part of the Q-Line range of smart, modular so

Summa launches 3.2 metre flatbeds for the textile market

Print Solutions IndPrint Summa has launched two new sizes of its finishing flatbed systems. The F3232 and F3220 are based on the proven technology of the Summa F Series. Through the expansion of the flatbed series, Summa strives to improve the synergy with the large format digital printer market and to meet the needs of their customers. The new flatbeds are expected to be ready for shipment in February/April 2019. Within the world of large format digital printing, most common sizes of textile printers are equipped with a working width of 3.2 metre to be able to print large rolls of textiles. Both new Summa flatbed cutters, the F3232 and F3220, also cover a working width of 3.2 metre, making

ColorGate supports new colour measurement device

Print Solutions ColorGate distributes measuring devices and accessories for colour management to create colour profiles for digital imaging, pre-press and digital printing. They perfectly complement the Productionserver software solutions for: digital packaging, decorative surface production, digital textile printing, digital container decoration, and digital metal decoration. Once the required colour profiles have been created, they remain stored in the software and ensure the best possible colour transformation of the print jobs – from the source format to the printing system´s colour space. Colour variations can be detected with the suitable measuring technology and corrected by recalibra

Zenith adds smaller Stahlfolder to complement productive P series technology

Print Solutions Zenith Media is adding a Stahlfolder BH66 to supplement its two very successful Stahlfolder TH82-P high productivity folders. Taking this new folder means it can divert smaller format work away from the P machines, leaving them to handle the high volume section work. ‘The P series doubled the output of our previous generation machines and this enabled us to restructure our folding department and improve the workflow and productivity,’ said John Mooney, managing director of the parent Zenith Group. ‘It meant we could operate with fewer machines and much higher productivity but we need to BH 66 to complement that, taking on the smaller format commercial work.’ The BH 66 is repl

VPF launches innovative self-adhesive material made of grass paper

Packaging Solutions Green Solutions A whole raft of benefits can be expected from a new adhesive coated labelstock made of grass paper ­– the latest ultra sustainable addition to VPF's product portfolio. Thanks to its strong ecological appeal, this material is especially suitable for printing labels for upmarket products in the food, beverages and cosmetics industries. Protecting the environment and conserving resources are key considerations for VPF when developing new self-adhesive materials. So it is especially gratifying to find innovative new paper grades that are produced using a readily available renewable like grass. The fresh fibre content in these papers is 50%. This provides a ma

Stephens & George takes fourth Stahlfolder TH 82-P

Print Solutions A fourth Stahlfolder TH 82-P (and the company’s eleventh folder in total) is being added by Stephens & George to meet the significantly increased output from the ‘Push to Stop’ version Speedmaster XL 106-8-P press installed in the summer. Aside from the increase in speed over the press it replaced (18,000 sheets per hour rather than 15,000 sheets per hour) the ability of this latest press to automatically process work without manual intervention and to maximise output has led to such a significant lift in productivity that an additional folder became a necessity. ‘This folder will enable the finishing to keep pace with the exceptionally productive pressroom,’ said Andrew Jone

Roland S-Series upgrade helps ASG Spark adapt to new demands

Print Solutions ASG Spark has upgraded its Roland printing system to a new VersaUV S-Series, meaning it can print onto a virtually unlimited variety of materials and objects. ASG, which recently united with the global design and solutions expert Spark to form ASG Spark connecting the two teams, workflows and systems, had been running a Roland VersaUV LEC-330 UV printer/cutter for eight years. This was installed at its Slough site with the initial intention of producing a specific kind of design, but the quality of its print meant it was soon put to work in other areas. In February 2018, the design team decided to upgrade the printer to a new Roland VersaUV LEC-330S-B150, from the S-Series.

Parkside develops compostable solution for Alara muesli packs

Packaging Solutions Parkside has collaborated with Alara Wholefoods to produce a natural and sustainable liner for its range of organic muesli carton boxes. Parkside developed a clear, duplex, home compostable, high barrier paper laminate to replace Alara’s existing petrochemical based polyester/polyethylene inner liner. The cellulose film laminates are manufactured using bio based materials that have been sustainably sourced. They are suitable for both home and industrial composting. Once the pack has been used, it can be added to an ordinary garden compost heap or included in local council food waste collections. Alara's managing director, Alex Smith, commented: ‘These new liners are offic

Envision Film delivers sustainability edge for Transport for Wales

Print Solutions 3M has supplied non-PVC Envision Print Wrap LX480mC for the first branded Transport for Wales trains now operating the Wales and Borders network. Operated by KeolisAmey, the trains are the first to use the sustainability focused film. 3M supported Aura Graphics, a Select Platinum Partner and the main contractor for the project, in presenting the environmental benefits of Envision Print Wrap LX480mC from 3M to Transport for Wales. ‘Sustainability is a guiding principle for us, so when looking at vinyl options, we took the opportunity to choose a film with better credentials to update the graphics of our fleet,’ said Colin Lea, commercial and customer experience director for T

ACA secures A grade accreditation from British Retail Consortium

Packaging Solutions Scottish multi process print finishing operation ACA has secured Grade A accreditation from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) following the successful completion of a 5000 square foot sterile environment within its existing factory space at Inchinnan Business Park on the periphery of Glasgow International Airport. The company, which underwent a £6.5 million buy-in management buy out (BIMBO) in 2016, invested £400,000 in building the sterile environment to enhance and broaden the range of print finishing and packaging work it can undertake on behalf of the UK’s major food manufacturers. The space has its own entrance, toilet facilities, canteen and changing rooms. Work b

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