Parkside supports Quorn with new reclose pack for food waste reduction

Packaging Solutions Parkside has collaborated with leading meat substitute company Quorn to produce a reclosable pack for its range of meat free products. Parkside has developed a complete PET tray and lid solution for Quorn, comprising a clear, shallow tray and heat seal lidding film laminate that has built-in reclose technology suitable for sealing to APET trays. The design delivers improved barrier performance to keep the packed product fresher for longer, as well as a single polymer design ideal for consumer recycling. Alex Glen, marketing director, Quorn said: ‘As a company, we pride ourselves on being innovators and industry leaders in the meat substitute product category. This is our

3D printed realism brings ancient artefacts to life

IndPrint Underscoring the power of realism in 3D printed models, Stratasys and Google Arts and Culture are re-imagining some of the world’s most cherished artefacts and historical monuments through additive manufacturing. Backed by advanced colour and multi-material functionality of the Stratasys J750 3D printer, historians can now re-create these items digitally and physically – raising both awareness and accessibility of ancient history. Google Arts and Culture is capitalising on Stratasys technology for its Open Heritage Project – designing and creating historical pieces with multi-material and multi-colour 3D printed prototypes. With 3D printing, these remains can be more effectively pre

New Thin Range label stock from Herma

Packaging Solutions The new Hermacoat light (238)/61Dps/523 is Herma’s first label stock to combine the advantages of thin self-adhesive materials with those offered by multi-layer technology. Using this label stock, label printers are not only able to save space and resources, but can also benefit from its excellent adhesive properties – at attractive conditions. The lightweight label stock features thinner label paper (70 g/m2) and an especially adapted adhesive. It is a white, semi-gloss coated label paper. Despite ‘slimmed down’ materials, users do not have to make any compromises. Instead, they receive a special added value thanks to the multi-layer technology developed by Herma in whic

Qualvis produces bold new look for Whitakers Chocolates

Packaging Solutions Qualvis has produced a boldly coloured range of cartons for Whitakers Chocolates’ new wafer flavours and a newly introduced honeycomb bite range. A premium specification GC2 material has been used to achieve this standout range, with intricate, detailed, gloss gold foiling reflecting the brand’s quality craftsmanship. Using the capability of Qualvis’ twin coater KBA press, the overall soft touch, tactile varnish, has been complemented with a high gloss UV spot varnish to the product imagery, creating a cost effective production process. Richard Pacey, sales director at Qualvis, said: ‘We have incorporated some unique structural formats with easy open and reclose features.

Giovanni Perego is the new Lombardi's international sales manager

Packaging Solutions Italian flexo printing specialist Lombardi Converting Machinery has named Giovanni Perego as its new international sales manager to support worldwide growth for labels and flexible packaging markets. Giovanni has a long experience in labels and flexo printing markets and his appointment is linked to Lombardi's strategy aiming to reinforce international markets for self-adhesive labels and flexible packaging. The appointment is important for Lombardi with demand for its technology growing in international markets. Massimo Lombardi, director of international sales at Lombardi Converting Machinery, commented: ‘Lombardi has developed several new technologies in the last year.

Ricoh Supervisor and Ricoh Communications Manager ease decision making and print job management

Print Solutions Print companies can benefit from smarter decision making processes and integrated communication platforms with Ricoh Supervisor and Ricoh Communications Manager (RCM). The new software solutions have been designed to help the profitable management of increasingly diverse and often complex jobs. Ricoh Supervisor is a highly interactive ‘Internet of Things’ solution focused on collecting, and securely storing, operational data from sheetfed or continuous feed printers, finishing equipment, software applications and manually from operators on the shop floor. Cloud based and vendor agnostic, it elevates profitability and productivity by enabling printers to quickly and accurately

Industrial compostability certification for Metsä Board’s groundbreaking eco barrier paperboard

Packaging Solutions The new eco barrier paperboard, MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1, which is manufactured by Metsä Board, has recently achieved the industrial compostability certification complying with DIN EN 13432 and ASTM D6400 standards. The certification is issued by DIN Certco and the testing was carried out by Isega laboratories. Katja Tuomola, business development director at Metsä Board, commented: ‘Brand owners are looking for new, more ecological solutions made of renewable, non plastic materials, which can be composted and recycled. This external certification helps them choose packaging materials that truly comply with their disposal requirements.’ DIN EN 13432 standard refers to ‘Requi

DGShape releases latest generation DE-3 desktop engraver

IndPrint DGShape, a wholly owned subsidiary of Roland DG Corporation, has announced the launch of its latest decorating solution, the DE-3 desktop engraver. The DGShape DE-3 is the culmination of over three decades of Roland engraving expertise in delivering high quality, affordable and intuitive digital technologies to creative industries, manufacturers, retailers and education establishments worldwide. Hisashi Bito, president of DGShape, said: ‘The DE-3 builds on the legacy of Roland engraving solutions that is advanced today by DGShape Corporation and affirms our commitment to providing reliable, desktop solutions for the entrepreneur to build a business.’ Compact yet powerful, the DE-3 o

Hubergroup launches globally compliant folding carton food packaging printing ink

Packaging Solutions With increasingly strict and regionally variable regulation of printing inks for food packaging, printers have been required to use a variety of inks in order to meet regulatory demands for European and North American markets. This has made an already complex supply chains even more complicated as printers strive to comply with specific regulatory requirements for ink migration limits and raw materials that are different from one region to another. To help printers more easily meet this challenge, hubergroup has reinvented its MGA Natura series with a single ink that complies with all FDA Standards and EC Regulations for folding carton food packaging in one formula. This

Azon Matrix R industrial platform now with Ricoh Gen5 printheads for more productivity

IndPrint Azonprinter is taking a new direction with its Azon Matrix industrial solutions and welcomes new addition, Azon Matrix R platform based on Ricoh Gen5 printheads. Azon Matrix R industrial series offers flatbed UV-LED inkjet printing solutions with optional bed sizes of 800 x 1600 mm/1600 x 2500/3200 mm. Azon Matrix R platform will be able to print on to substrates up to 25 cm in height and is capable of handling heavy materials up to 100 kg for indoor, outdoor and industrial applications. Azon Matrix R series extends productivity and creativity by printing directly onto any type of material such as ABS, polycarbonate, TPU, PVC, wood, stone, glass, canvas, ceramic, aluminum and additi

Green-On adds a Versafire EV as digital demand surges

Print Solutions In just six months, Green-On in Tunbridge Wells has seen a significant swing towards digital printing. The mid 2018 split of 80-20% litho to digital ratio has become 65-35%. It is this surge that encouraged the company to supplement an existing Linoprint C751 with the latest generation Versafire EV and with that to enjoy the added benefit of the banner feeder which will allow it to offer new more versatile formats. ‘As a point of interest we took an Epson proof we had run out for a litho job and output it on the Versafire on a standard setting. The colour match on the tones and solids really impressed us. It was a near perfect match!’ said David Harvey, joint managing directo

Greiner Packaging receives the Henkel Sustainability Award

Packaging Solutions Thanks to novel two chamber technology, Henkel’s Duo-Caps and Power-Mix Caps detergents require just one cap. The packaging was created by Greiner Packaging. Now, the company has received the Henkel Sustainability Award for the design. The Duo-Caps and Power-Mix Caps are completely water soluble, ensuring perfectly clean laundry at temperatures as low as 20°C/68°F – their two separate chambers allow different washing gels or liquid and powder detergents to be combined. Originally marketed in transparent plastic containers, the packaging was changed over to opaque containers in 2014. To retain an attractive appearance, Henkel opted for an alternative packaging solution fro

Lyan Packaging Supplies invest in Autobox on-demand box making machinery

Packaging Solutions Lyan Packaging has been established in Wrexham, North Wales, for over 30 years. An independent family run company they supply customers across the UK with a wide range of both stock and bespoke packaging products. As part of its planned growth, the company has made a significant investment in Autobox short run box making equipment. Together with extended warehouse facilities they are able to provide a fast and flexible on-demand box making service. Adam Jones, managing director of Lyan Packaging, said: ‘We offer an excellent service here at Lyan with no job too small. We take each enquiry as seriously as the next; whether 20, 200 or 2000 boxes are required, we are always

CSW added as trade shop partner in the US for Bellissima DMS

Packaging Solutions Aniken Graphics, a joint venture between Hamillroad Software and Apex International, has announced CSW Inc as the latest partner of Bellissima DMS in the United States market. ‘CSW is extremely excited to help bring Bellissima DMS to market in the US. We have been evaluating and testing Hamillroad Software’s innovative technology for the past 18 months in conjunction with Apex International’s GTT engraved anilox rolls and MacDermid Graphics Solution’s Lux ITP 60 plates, and we believe it will revolutionise the flexographic printing marketplace,’ said Scott Ellison, president of CSW. Scott continued, ‘CSW has always been seen as an industry leader by bringing new technolog

Rising e-commerce costs to change logistical packaging, new research reveals

Packaging Solutions As e-commerce continues to dominate the retail arena, new research has revealed that UK logistics firms are facing an unprecedented rise in operational costs over the next two years, which is set to have a knock on effect on their packaging needs. According to a new survey by Antalis, 21% of logistics firms revealed that the main operational challenge for their business over the next one to two years will be snowballing costs due to the growth of online shopping. Interestingly, a third of respondents – including businesses that operate up to 3200 distribution sites across the UK – said that as a result, a greater number of firms are now looking to improve their packaging

Industry forums set to inspire at UK’s largest packaging event

Packaging Solutions Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print 2019 will host six dedicated industry forums – drinks, food, pharma, beauty, e-commerce and retail – when the show returns to Birmingham’s NEC, alongside Contract Pack and Ecopack, on 27 and 28 February. James Drake-Brockman, divisional director of Easyfairs’ Packaging Portfolio, commented: ‘Each Forum has been tailored for a specific industry, providing packaging professionals with detailed advice, inspiration, and insight into the latest concepts from within their sector. From the plastics in packaging issue and sustainability through to technology and designing eye catching packaging, all the key issues a packaging buyer fa

Manchester Printers continues expansion with Versafire EP digital press

Print Solutions Rapidly expanding Manchester Printers will take delivery of a Heidelberg Versafire EP next month, completing a series of investments that will give the company 25 to 30% greater capacity and add about £400,000 to the group’s £2.3 million turnover. In December, Manchester Printers acquired Berkeley Business Forms, a print management company that has operated from its Deeside, North Wales, base for 30 years. This will increase the business handled by Manchester Printers, based in Trafford Park, which at the end of last year added a guillotine and bookletmaker and which, in addition to the Versafire EP, has placed an order for a second hand Printmaster 52 two colour litho press

ENTER NOW! The Solutions Awards 2019: Solving problems for customers

Print Solutions The Solutions Awards 2019 is now open for entries. This outstanding year long awards programme will once again highlight the way that printers, designers, brand owners and more are providing creative and innovative solutions for customers. This year promises to be even more interactive and valuable to business than ever before, and it is great promotion for all those involved. It will also, of course, be good fun and great networking. The entry form is now available here Remember, it is completely free to enter, no matter how many times, and how many categories you would like to be involved in. Let us help you to promote your company in a really positive way, and watch out fo

RPC versatility on display

Packaging Solutions The many environmental benefits of plastics will be showcased on the RPC Group stand at Packaging Innovations Birmingham where the company will highlight the material’s valuable role in the circular economy and its own initiatives in this area. As well as a leading supplier of innovative packaging solutions, RPC is one of the UK’s major recyclers of both rigid and flexible plastic. Practical examples of how this valuable material can be utilised will be demonstrated, with a decking area on the stand manufactured out of RPC’s own Plaswood plastic lumber and large recycling collection bins produced from post consumer recycled (PCR) plastic. The range of packs on display fo

IST (UK) debuts new LEDcure SCR at Label & Print

Packaging Solutions The Label & Print show marks the UK debut for IST’s new LEDcure SCR (stand H28), a dedicated LED-UV for retrofitting to narrow web label machines. This modular system can be tailored to all rotary and flexo presses with a scaleable width of 90 to 540 mm. The system can be retrofitted by IST (UK) engineers speedily and easily. The packaging includes cables, power supply, control and chiller, full light shielding and interlocking for total safety compliance. ‘There is growing interest in LED in both the litho and narrow web markets and we anticipate taking a number of enquiries about the technology and its advantages,’ said Simon Mitchell, joint managing director alongside

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