Local charities receive an amazing £2 million funding boost from Proseal

Packaging Solutions As part of its local community support programme, Adlington based Proseal has donated £2 million, to be shared equally between the building of the state of the art Christie Cancer Centre at Macclesfield General Hospital and East Cheshire Hospice for the care of people with life limiting illnesses. Proseal directors and co-founders Steve Malone and Robbie Hargreaves, who set up the company in 1998, say the donation is on behalf of all its employees, whose hard work and dedication have enabled it to make this important contribution. ‘We have enjoyed immense success and growth in the 20 years since Proseal was established, and none of this could have been achieved without th

Yellow ink is a clear solution

Packaging Solutions A Linx 8900 continuous inkjet printer featuring the company’s specially developed Linx Yellow pigmented ink 1039 has proved the ideal coding solution for a leading Slovenian rubber profiles manufacturer. The printer and ink combination, supplied by Linx’s distributor Markpro, is enabling Trelleborg Slovenija to print clear, high quality single line codes onto a range of profiles for a variety of end user markets including construction, car manufacture, electronics and white goods. Linx Yellow pigmented ink 1039 delivers excellent contrast on both black and white rubber to ensure effective readability of the 2 to 2.5 mm high codes. In addition, it provides a fast drying ti

Sleek solution for healthy snack

Packaging Solutions The EasySnacking pot from RPC Superfos is providing a Norwegian dairy with an innovative and image enhancing packaging solution. Organic dairy Rorosmeieriet was seeking a pack that would support the creative profile of the dairy. The company is now using the sleek EasySnacking pot for its Niste range of yoghurt with muesli topping, as well as for sour creams. ‘Opting for the EasySnacking pot brought Rorosmeieriet both novelty and branding value,’ explained Trond Vilhelm Lund, Rorosmeieriet’s CEO. ‘The sleek and characteristic design ensures our products stand out on the shelf and makes it easier for consumers to recognise our Niste yoghurt. We are thrilled with the EasySn

‘Champion Business’ – open letter from CBI to all Conservative party leadership candidates

Print Solutions I am writing to you on behalf of the 190,000 firms the CBI speaks for – from start ups in Newport to multinationals in Newcastle. Together they employ a third of the private sector workforce, and every one of them is driven by a desire to see their company and Britain succeed. But the last few years have been tough, and it is no secret that firms’ frustration with Westminster has grown. I and our members want this to change and we have a clear message for the next Conservative leader and future Prime Minister. Champion business. Work with us in a new era of partnership to build a post Brexit Britain that is both prosperous and fair. The UK has so many strengths. Working toget

Beached opt for a recycled custom solution from Spectra

Packaging Solutions Spectra Packaging recently created new, environmentally friendly packs for the Beached range of face, body and hair products. The new range takes full advantage of Spectra's custom moulding and standard packaging capabilities in 100% post consumer recycled (PCR) HDPE. The Bondi Bum and Urban Waves packs show off Spectra's custom tooling expertise with both packs featuring an ergonomic pebble like profile, illustrating what can be achieved with expert extrusion blow moulding. Additionally, the Beached Rays for Days natural bronzer serum uses Spectra's popular 50 ml tubular design (Ref: 6002) from the extensive range of off the shelf standard designs. As well as the flexibi

Cepac creates sustainable packaging solution for Shindigger Brewing Co

Packaging Solutions Manchester based ShinDigger Brewing Co has partnered with Cepac to create sustainable packaging for its full product range. ShinDigger approached Cepac to develop a shelf ready, sustainable product for the brand’s 12 packs of 440 ml cans which appeared in shops from late spring 2019. There is also an option for 330ml. With environmental considerations to the fore, Shindiggers has replaced a tray and shrinkwrap combination with an innovative corrugated pack. The performance board construction utilises FSC certified liners, combined with a click and close design and two top flaps. The structure eliminates the need for additional tape or glue with the pack design strengthen

Curiosities Co partners with Parkside to introduce compostable VSP film laminate

Packaging Solutions Parkside has developed a compostable vacuum skin pack (VSP) laminate for The Curiosities Company’s range of cured bacon – the first pre-packed bacon available in the UK suitable for home and industrial compostable packaging. The new pack supports The Curiosities Company’s vision of being a sustainable innovator in the delicatessen industry. Comprising a duplex laminate manufactured from cellulose and biopolymers, the pack extends the shelf life of the bacon thanks to its hermetic seal and high oxygen barrier design. The compostable laminate is made from tree and plant fibres and is designed to break down within 26 weeks in a home composting environment, gaining accreditat

Qualiflex gains environmental benefits with Dantex DigiWash

Packaging Solutions Midlands based flexographic design specialist, Qualiflex, has recently invested in a Dantex DigiWash 4835 and AquaClean Pro Filtration System for producing Dantex Aquaflex Optima range of water wash flexo plates. The system is the perfect solution for fast platemaking with enhanced environmental benefits and produces plates with flat top dots and superior ink release compared to other standard plate technologies. The dual tank, easy to maintain, environmentally friendly DigiWash 4835, has a simple to use operator interface and offers significantly enhanced platemaking speed. Following the main exposure, the raw plates are fastened onto a permanent sticky plate with automa

Stora Enso will convert the Oulu paper mill to packaging board

Print Solutions Stora Enso has decided to invest approximately €350 million to convert the Oulu paper mill in Finland into packaging production. The investment includes converting papermachine 7 into high quality virgin fibre based kraftliner production, and the closure of papermachine 6 and sheeting plant. Production on the converted machine is estimated to start by the end of 2020. ‘The conversion of Oulu Mill will enable Stora Enso to further improve its position in the growing packaging business and take a major step forward in its transformation. We have proven competence in running large conversion projects successfully, as we have already converted one paper machine at Varkaus Mill to

Apothecary bottle lends distinctive look to Kombucha

Packaging Solutions When Louise Avery was looking for a new bottle for LA Brewery’s range of kombucha fermented teas, she knew she wanted a distinctive design that would really make her teas stand out from the increasing competition. Thanks to glass packaging specialists Rawlings and manufacturer Beatson Clark, LA Brewery’s range of flavoured kombucha teas is now on sale in an eye catching clear pharmaceutical bottle. Through Rawlings, Beatson Clark is supplying a 300 ml white flint Alpha Sirop bottle from its apothecary range. ‘I have been dealing with Rawlings since 2016 and was confident in its ability as a packaging specialist to find the right bottle for my brand,’ said Louise. ‘The con

Perspex Distribution introduces Palboard

Print Solutions Perspex Distribution has increased its print substrate range with the launch of Palboard, a multi layered PVC sheet made with a recycled foam PVC core. This innovative sheet combines the extra tough surface of solid PVC with the lightweight, easy to use characteristics of foam PVC. Palboard has an ultra smooth surface that offers excellent ink adhesion for digital or traditional printing applications. It is easy to fabricate and can be cold bent with a v-groove cut offering versatile structures for retail displays, exhibition graphics and general printing. Palboard can be shipped flat, assembled on site and flattened again when dismantled making it ideal for retail displays a

New Holmen Book Fine

Print Solutions Holmen Paper has introduced a new paper grade – Holmen Book Fine. The newest addition to the Holmen Book family has the same great characteristics as the rest of the products in the range. Its smooth and clean surface give your content a lift in a way that exudes quality. And, being carbon neutral it is also a natural choice for readers, the environment and for sales. With an excellent whiteness, Holmen Book Fine provides an even better image reproduction. It is the ideal choice for books in the comics and educational segments.

Enfocus Workflow Productivity seminar: register now!

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Enfocus is holding a free seminar in London on Wednesday 5 June to highlight and share knowledge on its leading products including Enfocus Switch and PitStop. The day begins at 9.30 am and will conclude at 3 pm. It will include the opportunity to spend time, one to one, with Enfocus experts to allow you to talk through your production problems and find solutions to them. The seminar, will also allow Enfocus to explain the new powerful features and benefits in the recently updated Switch 2019. The agenda for the day is as follows: 09:30 Morning Registration with Refreshments 09:55 Seminar Introduction 10:00 What is possible with Enfocus Switch Automation?

Print & Prosecco: an evening with Women in Print

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Women in Print UK will be hosting a networking event in London at the Cutting Room on Thursday, the 6 June 2019. The event is a mixture of networking and thought provoking questions in order to offer advice and support in a relaxed atmosphere for women working in the different areas of the print industry. Women in Print UK was founded by Rosie Whitelock, director of the award winning company Bonacia, based in Peterborough, to provide a networking platform for women who work within the print industry. She said, ‘It is an amazing industry to be part of and we want women in the industry to feel comfortable seizing opportunities and to feel like they belong.’

Lessebo Paper launches Lessebo Recycled

Print Solutions Lessebo Paper has launched its new paper quality – Lessebo Recycled, an entirely new line produced from 100% recycled fibres. Lessebo Recycled is developed for those looking for recycled paper, but at the same time want premium quality. Lessebo Paper is known for its high quality paper and environmentally friendly production. Now, the new range takes it to the next level with a recycled paper quality which broadens the company’s product portfolio. Lessebo Recycled is an uncoated paper quality and will initially consist of two white shades. ‘We can see increased demand for recycled paper, a demand we now meet with Lessebo Recycled,’ explained Eric Sigurdsson, CEO of Lessebo Pa

Kyocera Corporation celebrates 60th anniversary

Print Solutions Kyocera Document Solutions Europe has followed the launch of its new brand identity with celebrations of the 60th anniversary of parent company, Kyocera Corporation. The organisation was founded in Japan in April 1959 by Dr Kazuo Inamori, originally named Kyoto Ceramic Co with just 28 members of staff. After merging with four affiliates in 1982, the company took on the name of Kyocera Corporation, which it maintains today. In 2019, Kyocera Corporation went on to record 1.623 trillion yen in revenue, and now boasts over 70,000 employees across the globe. Beginning with its traditional business in ceramics, the organisation has diversified over its many years to provide a range

Contact Originators develops new video content

Packaging Solutions Leading packaging origination and flexo plate making company Contact Originators has developed new video content to promote and enhance its offer. Functioning as a glimpse into the business’ capabilities, the new collateral showcases its industry expertise as well as its focus on innovation and high level customer service. The short film has been created to give customers an insight into the day to day operations of the business and develop a greater understanding of the efficiencies, technological advances and personnel that make up the company. Steve Mulcahy, CEO of Contact Originators Group, commented: “’Demand for quality is higher than ever across sectors, consequent

Outstanding Scottish print industry apprentices are honoured

Print Solutions Print Scotland, the trade association and voice of Scotland’s graphic communication industry, has held its fourth annual Scottish Print Apprentice of the Year awards. The occasion is part of its mission to represent the Scottish print community and to highlight the profile of future leaders of the industry. Garry Richmond, director of Print Scotland, said: ‘There is, without question, a widespread recognition that we need to employ more apprentices to sustain Scotland’s print sector and the need to encourage more apprentices from an increasingly diverse range of backgrounds entering our industry. ‘The sterling efforts of our leading young apprentices in getting to grips with

GMG ColorProof 5.11 provides automated update notifications

Print Solutions GMG ColorProof 5.11 is now available in a version that provides automated notifications about new software updates. The so-called ‘patches’ can be installed directly out of the application. In addition, the update to Adobe PDF Print Engine 5.1 brings more compatibility with the latest Adobe products. Numerous and sophisticated features pay off in many ways for the user, explained product manager Jens Bloeck: ‘Automated notification of new patches may sound simple, but it is an important tool for the workflow and the daily work of our customers. The update to Adobe PDF Print Engine 5.1 is also a benefit – it enables our customers to be on an equal level with technical progress

Training provides appreciation of how customers operate

Packaging Solutions Focus Label Machinery was pleased to welcome seven of RotoMetrics staff for training at its purpose built showroom in Bingham, Nottingham, to build knowledge of the printing process. The expert print technicians demonstrated the three working flexo presses they have in the Focus’ demo unit, and from unwind to rewind, explained fully all the components of the latest technology. The hybrid Dflex was shown first, with a detailed explanation of Inkjet technology and the many benefits of this to a label printer. The attention then turned to the conventional flexo presses, the eflex and proflex, where attendees were taken through each section of the press, discussing the purpos

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