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Avery Dennison launches M_use, a design inspiration platform

Packaging Solutions Avery Dennison recently introduced M_use, a new digital platform to inspire innovative design solutions for label and packaging designers and converters. M_use, short for ‘materials in use’, is a community where users can find inspiration as they experience the attributes of a label application – from technical to tactile – as well as discover more about the science behind the design. ‘M_use combines inspirational design content with the materials science expertise of Avery Dennison. It is an easy to use interface that shows the magic of materials in use,’ said Angus McGuffin, global creative director at Avery Dennison. The site features an online library of materials. Us

Technique achieves digital boost with switch to Versafire EP

Print Solutions Technique Print Group has installed a Versafire EP to replace an older printer that marked its debut in digital printing. This investment comes just six months after a Polar N78 Plus guillotine was delivered by Heidelberg to the Banbury plant to cover both litho and digital production. ‘We have two reasons for switching our digital printing to Heidelberg and the Versafire,’ said Karl Smith, joint owner of Technique (with Mark Foster). ‘The first is that we needed to create more capacity and when we investigated the market we were impressed that we could do that and add to what we can print digitally because the Versafire can handle heavier weight boards (up to 450 g/m2) and l

Konica Minolta strengthens partnership with EveryonePrint

Print Solutions Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd is expanding its solutions portfolio with the addition of EveryonePrint’s Hybrid Cloud Platform (HCP). The innovative cloud based infrastructure solution will be available to customers and channel partners in the UK and Ireland immediately. EveryonePrint HCP is an all in one print infrastructure solution designed for organisations looking to reduce the IT burden and cost effectively realise all of the benefits of a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for print infrastructure. By utilising cloud technology, organisations can reduce the cost and complexity associated with a traditional print environment. By eliminating print servers,

Win a five star trip with Spandex and Arlon

Print Solutions Spandex is offering its customers the chance to win a two person trip to any European capital city with a five star hotel stay, as part of Arlon's 'Squeegee Lottery'. The opportunity is open to graphic producers and installers who buy any roll of Arlon product that features its Flite Technology between 1 May and 31 July 2019. Qualifying vinyls include SLX Cast Wrap, Fusion Wrap and IllumiNite Wrap; all films are available from Spandex. To enter, customers must simply register their contact details for each purchase at go.arlon.com/squeegee-lottery-en. Customers will then be sent a free squeegee, which will have a unique number on it corresponding to a possible prize. Prizes a

Willowbridge Labels invests in Xeikon Label Discovery Solution

Packaging Solutions Bury St Edmunds based Willowbridge Labels has announced that it has installed its first digital label production press. The Xeikon Label Discovery Solution entry level package consists of a Xeikon 3030 – an entry level web fed digital label press – and the new entryDcoat, a digital converting line that can be used in line with the Xeikon or in off line mode. The Xeikon represents the company’s first investment in a digital production press. It will join three flexographic presses that will continue to be in use at the company. Karl Seeley, managing director of Willowbridge Labels, said: ‘Flexo is still the core of our label production business but more and more customers

AstroNova introduces grass paper labels

Packaging Solutions AstroNova is extending its product identification range with new approved labelling for direct foodstuff contact. This new paper, made from grass, provides an eco friendly label material for organic product brand owners. Environmentally friendly packaging and labelling boosts consumer confidence in both the brand and product. This high quality adaptable label is usable on a wide range of product types (foodstuff, cosmetics, wine, pet foods) and is particularly suitable for labelling clothing. The manufacturing process for conventional wood pulp uses 6000 litres of water per tonne – compared to a mereone1 litre used in the production of this grass based product; known unde

UK’s first ‘Corrugated and Print Show’

Packaging Solutions Fespa UK Association and the Sheet Plant Association have joined forces to hold the first ever Corrugated and Print Show on the 24 and 25 June 2019, at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL) and this show is the only UK based corrugated and print show in 2019. Fespa UK Association and the Sheet Plant Association recognise the need to unify the emerging technologies of the digital print and corrugated packaging communities. Visitors will have access to a fantastic display of both print and corrugated technologies, with over 70 stands the exhibition will highlight the future of corrugated and digital fusion. Whether you are looking to invest in new machinery or just keep up

Sonality: changing the game for personalisation with a Roland Cutter

Print Solutions Sonality is a new personalised baby and children’s clothing company. Dipe Rajani, Sonality’s founder, used to work in banking but he always dreamed of setting up his own business and becoming his own boss. When his wife became pregnant, it was the catalyst he needed to take the leap into a new and exciting career. In 2017, he started coming up with business ideas. ‘I was looking for something that I knew I would enjoy,’ says Dipe. ‘Having an interest in fashion, I decided to focus on customised babies and kids clothing.’ Having made his decision, he begun his research and discovered something surprising. ‘I was a little shocked to see how limited the choice was for personalis

OPEN FOR ENTRIES! Are you creative? Enter The Solutions Awards 2019

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

XTC Creasing Matrix now available in over 1000 variations

Packaging Solutions XTC is C&T Channel Matrix’s best selling matrix giving 100% consistent, cost effective creasing. An advanced creasing make ready system and one of the widest ranges available, XTC Matrix is ideal for a selection of everyday creasing needs for solid or corrugated boards. The matrix can now be purchased exclusively in the UK from its manufacturer and inventor, C&T Matrix, giving customers expert technical support, comprehensive stocking and next day UK delivery. XTC is a PVC matrix that is both economical and durable, making it an ideal choice for use on any type of machine. The product is available in variations including standard, u-bend, multi-crease, mirco, off-centre a

New co‐investor for Zanders Paper

Print Solutions Jool Invest AB has become a co‐investor in Zanders Paper GmbH. The Swedish company, with subsidiaries mainly within paper, wood products and finance industries, has a clear industrial mindset and will be an active partner bringing further experience and capital creating a strong foundation for the planned growth of Zanders Paper. Zanders Paper will continue with all core products including Chromolux, Zanlabel, Zanbarrier, Zanpack, Zanjet, Silver Digital and RX Nature. In addition, it is planned to introduce further grades in the coming months.

Newtech’s new line up for 2019

Print Solutions The Newtech series of local practical workshops has for five years focused on the wide format and personalisation markets but with the latest advances in digital printing and finishing the show has expanded its focus and now also offers exciting new products in these markets. With exhibitors such as Printbyte, Perfect Bindery Solutions, First Copy Xerox and Postroom Online, the show offers printers a showcase of new technology with the potential to expand their services and retain more of their work in-house. ‘With low cost entry, no minimums, phenomenal printing quality and a wide range of media, these systems provide printers and promotional companies the opportunity to off

Metsä Board renews its folding boxboard portfolio

Packaging Solutions Metsä Board has created a new, enhanced folding boxboard portfolio, designed specifically to help brand owners and packaging converters tackle the big issues in packaging: saving resources, reducing carbon footprint and ensuring product safety. Besides being better for the environment through light weighting, the improved product range offers customer benefits by boosting brand appeal with its enhanced and balanced visual properties. The refreshed, simplified selection of products further helps improve Metsä Board’s folding boxboards’ already high quality consistency, as well as supply reliability. ‘Packaging of the future is all about creating better brand experiences wi

Cepac continues growth at Rawcliffe site

Packaging Solutions Cepac has continued to grow the capability of its Rawcliffe facility with new appointments to the senior management team, continued site improvements and increased facilities to design, produce and supply specialist products. A key appointment has recently been made within the team with the promotion of Nigel Hobson to the role of sales and commercial manager. Nigel brings over 25 years experience to his new position and his key task is to drive sales into additional added value areas for growth, fitting well with the site’s expanded capabilities. Operations have been strengthened considerably by the appointment of Lee Worley as operations manager enabling the site to bui

SAi launches more powerful Flexi signmaking software

Print Solutions SAi has announced the introduction of Flexi 19, a more powerful and feature rich update of its flagship signmaking software, engineered to meet the demanding design to production challenges of sign and display and large format printers. Central to the super charged Flexi 19 is a faster and more high performance 64-bit RIP engine. Thanks to an increase in speed of more than 30%, the new solution delivers significantly more thrust to greatly improve the production capabilities for sign and display and large format print businesses. Created as an all in one solution for design, print, print and cut and direct to vinyl production workflow, Flexi 19 also comprises a host of invalu

Smurfit Kappa further drives down emissions

Packaging Solutions Smurfit Kappa is investing in a series of upgrades to its flagship kraftliner mill in Piteå, Sweden. The project will focus on increasing the sustainability and efficiency of both its cooking plant and recovery boiler. Other developments planned for the mill include the installation of high specification purification filters and an advanced combustion system. The work will be carried out during a planned 15 day closure of the mill next month. Speaking about the ambitious new project, Per Sward, CEO of the Piteå Paper Mill, said: ‘This latest investment is a very positive step for the mill. The upgraded cooking plant and recovery boiler will unlock pulp production and pulp

Screen Europe announces the appointment of new president

Print Solutions Screen Europe has announced the appointment of Akihiro Fujii as its new president, taking over from Takanori Kakita who has been promoted to the position of president of the Graphic Arts Company and will now be based at the head office in Kyoto, Japan. Takanori Kakita has been at the helm in Amstelveen, Netherlands for the last four years and under his stewardship Screen Europe has gone from strength to strength. During that time the company has experienced growth in all areas of its business, but particularly in the supply of digital inkjet equipment. The new president, Akihiro Fujii, has been with Screen in Japan for almost 30 years. He has previously held senior positions

Weerg 3D printing project award

IndPrint The winner is the Benjamin Nenert, Porsche designer and technician. Benjamin Nenert, designer and specialised technician at Porsche, is the winner of the 2019 edition of the Weerg 3D printing project award, the social contest opened in early April. ‘Among the many nominations received on our Facebook and Instagram pages, we have chosen to award this project because it represents an example of simple creativity, as well as an intelligent integration of 3D and CNC technologies,’ said Matteo Rigamonti – founder of weerg.com, the platform which offers CNC and 3D machining online. The Weerg Award, designed to promote a culture of innovation and experimentation in design manufacturing, ha

A quality and sustainable drink experience

Packaging Solutions A range of popular French craft beers can now be enjoyed in 25cl Eco-Line cups from RPC Bebo Bouxwiller. Based in Carpentras in Provence, La Brasserie Artisanale du Mont Ventoux, under the leadership of its founder Alexandre De Zordi, and with the arrival of a partner investor Rhône Rive Gauche, has expanded production over the past two years from 500 to 3500 hectolitres. The Eco-Line cups enable the company’s customers to enjoy their favourite beers whenever and wherever they want. The cup’s lighter weight, easy handling and smooth rim ensure a quality drinking experience. Equally important, the Eco-Line cups offer several important sustainability advantages. Their lower

Bobst Speedwave 2 technology arrives at Competence Centre

Packaging Solutions Bobst will be bringing its revolutionary Speedwave 2 technology to the Bobst UK & Ireland Competence Centre based in Redditch, in May. The patented device, specifically designed for Expertfold 80 and 110 folder-gluers, reduces set up time and enhances speed, quality and productivity. Speedwave 2 is the latest no-hooks device for running crash lock and various other special boxes on Expertfold 80 and 110. It paves the way towards achieving incredible production speeds, considerably reducing downtime and setting times. It is associated with exceptional folding quality and significantly higher productivity. Stuart Alvey-Taylor, sales manager, BU sheetfed, said: ‘Speedwave 2

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