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DEADLINE EXTENDED – DON'T MISS OUT: Very last chance to enter The Solutions Awards 2019 – there

Print Solutions FINAL EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: TUESDAY 2 JULY The Solutions Awards 2019 is still open for entries, and, as we know that some of you still wish to enter, and more entries are still winging their way to us, we have extended the deadline until Tuesday 2 July. 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 h

Creating a vacuum!

Print Solutions TheMagicTouch continues to innovate and develop applications that turn ideas into profit. With the current global crusade to banish and replace all single use plastic bottles from our daily lives the company offers its image transfer process to decorate and personalise the latest global craze of vacuum bottles. Using the latest in white toner technology, together with the established CPM transfer paper, full colour designs can be applied using a traditional mug press. The process, unlike sublimation, is able to register white and therefore full colour imaging is possible on any colour bottle. These increasingly popular products can now be decorated with the added marketing ad

swissQprint opens ink laboratory

Print Solutions The development and manufacturing of digital large format printers is swissQprint's core business: the mechanics, control systems and software all take shape under one roof. Now, that roof also houses an ink laboratory. swissQprint has set up an ink laboratory at its headquarters and employed the requisite specialists. ‘This expansion of our competence is designed to give customers an all round optimum solution,’ said Reto Eicher, CEO of swissQprint. As he explains, the new ink laboratory is primarily responsible for ensuring the quality of the inks used and their application suitability. The newly formed team of specialists communicates with ink suppliers. Of course, this in

GMG colour management workshop: Packaging – proofing and separation

Packaging Solutions GMG is to hold a three day seminar to help packaging producers to become familiar with the complete colour management process chain for packaging print production using the latest GMG solutions. You will learn to understand the technical correlations and backgrounds, enabling you to master your own processes in colour coordination with efficiency and communicate better with customers and suppliers. Topics of the Workshop: Basic colour management principles and important aspects of the print production process. Print production practical day – printing plate/cylinder manufacturing. GMG profiling. And, much more. Date: November 5 to 7 2019 Location: GMG Academy Tuebingen a

Scodix Studio web to print launched

Print Solutions Scodix has announced the launch of Scodix Studio W2P solutions, unlocking new profitable digital enhancement applications for web to print businesses and further value added, customised products for consumers. The new solutions integrate seamlessly into all major existing web to print workflows, making digital enhancement automatic for even the most demanding jobs. Enhancement design files are sent to Scodix Studio W2P which automatically processes the data and directs it to a Scodix Ultra press. By off loading and automating file pre-processing, the software service boosts the utilisation and productivity of the press and the entire workflow. With the advanced Scodix Studio

Spectra give Sweet Squared understated style

Packaging Solutions Spectra Packaging recently created new packs for the Sweet Squared wax:one wax treatment range. Using Spectra's popular Tall Boston Round designs, the new packs were extrusion blow moulded in 250 ml and 500 ml sizes. Spectra also exact colour matched the new packs, which were finished with three pass silk screen printing in the firm's dedicated decoration department. Dan Smith at Spectra said, ‘Our fully synchronised in-house moulding, colour matching and print capabilities provide a 'peace of mind' alternative to using differing suppliers, which can often impact lead times, add to additional transport costs and create unnecessarily increased carbon footprint.’ Holly Davi

MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright improves sustainability and reduces cost for Medicine-On-Time

Packaging Solutions A leader in the medication adherence market, Medicine-On-Time, provides innovation in medication synchronisation, multi-dose pharmaceutical packaging software, colour coded calendar cards for compliance packaging and much more. They were experiencing issues with their packaging due to tearing, sealing issues and print quality problems. Consequently, Medicine-On-Time was searching for a solution that satisfied customers, best represented the brand and met their sustainability goals. Due to their interactive packaging designs, customers continue to use the medicine packaging until the product has run out, requiring a high quality folding boxboard to maintain structural inte

Stationers’ Company celebrates innovation

Print Solutions The Stationers’ Company announced the winners of its 2019 Innovation Excellence Awards at an awards luncheon and exhibition of entries at Stationers’ Hall on 25 June. There were 39 entries this year from across the communications and content industries. The winners were: Heidelberg UK: Innovator of the Year and Customer Experience categories for its Heidelberg Assistant, which gives online portal access across the complete service process, and can be used for a single site or multi-site operations. Contact Originators: Business Process category for Optimus, a new plate technology aimed at developing improved ink laydown and ink reductions in the corrugated process. Transmedia

EBB acquires UniBoard

Print Solutions Elliott Baxter (EBB) has announced that it has acquired UniBoard. UniBoard, based near Dublin, is one of Ireland’s leading carton board merchants serving the carton print sector in both The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The investment further strengthens the EBB Group, while also showing its commitment to this specific area of business. The group will now hold an extensive range of board with over 15,000 pallets of cartonboard and packaging products in stock for immediate delivery. UniBoard will continue to operate under the guidance of the current owners Myles and Sharon Fitzpatrick. The Investment from EBB will open up supply opportunities and allow the Irish bu

Versafire Wedding Kit: print sample folder provides inspiration for new products

Print Solutions Engaged couples invest a lot of time, money, and emotion to have the most beautiful day of their lives. Weddings are extremely emotional occasions with unforgettable moments. The couple is counting on quality, individuality, and their story being told. Before, on, and after the special day, the printed products need to be very special. Print shops that act as a one stop shop are the preferred go to here. And, they can get inspiration from the new Versafire Wedding Kit. The print sample folder from Heidelberg illustrates the diverse applications of the Versafire digital printing system for weddings with seven sample products. The Versafire Wedding Kit is available to order fre

Smurfit Kappa designs innovative e-commerce packaging for egg provider

Packaging Solutions Smurfit Kappa has used its eSmart service to enable the leading Latin American egg provider to successfully enter the eCommerce channel. Granja Mantiqueira decided to launch a new ‘Egg Club’ through which consumers could order eggs online for home delivery in Brazil. Aware that packaging plays a critically important role for the e-commerce channel, especially for a product as fragile as eggs, the company tasked Smurfit Kappa to come up with a solution. The packaging leader tapped into the expertise and experience of its eSmart service to identify a packaging concept that would both protect the product and drive sales growth. An attractively designed pack was created to pr

VERY LAST CHANCE to enter The Solutions Awards 2019!

Print Solutions FINAL EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: TUESDAY 2 JULY The Solutions Awards 2019 is still open for entries, and, as we know that some of you still wish to enter, and more entries are still winging their way to us, we have extended the deadline until Tuesday 2 July. 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 h

HelloFresh selects Tetra Recart food packaging for European markets

Packaging Solutions HelloFresh, a leading meal kit company, has chosen the Tetra Recart carton package for use in European markets for its environmental advantages. HelloFresh meal kit products now available in sustainable carton packaging across the UK, Germany and the Netherlands Successfully used by HelloFresh in the US since 2017, Tetra Recart offers a better packaging alternative with 80% lower carbon footprint and significant weight and space savings compared to tin cans and glass jars. Jakob Schmidt, senior global procurement manager at HelloFresh Global, said: ‘Introducing the Tetra Recart carton to our sustainable packaging portfolio is a strategic move for HelloFresh, helping us re

EFIA aims for a hole in one with annual golf day

Packaging Solutions The European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) will be hosting its annual golf day on June 27, 2019. The event takes place at the Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club in Stragglethorpe, Nottingham. The golf day has been an annual event for EFIA since 2014, becoming a popular networking opportunity for members and associates. Following coffee and bacon butties, the event will begin with a shot gun start at 10 am. The rounds will be played on the club’s signature course, which offers golfers a challenging 18 hole game set against a stunning natural backdrop. The course is easily accessible, located just six miles from Nottingham city centre. There will be a meal after

Industry first display spectacle installed at Sports Direct headquarters

Print Solutions A striking ultra illuminated display spanning more than 40 metres has been installed at Sports Direct’s headquarters in Nottinghamshire. Designed by shopfitting specialist Replan and produced by the retail graphic display experts from Leach, the industry first installation has transformed an ordinary stairwell into a stunning nature exhibit. The idyllic scene – complete with perfect sky and cascading waterfall – has been made possible thanks to a four metre by 11 metre curved lightbox suspended overhead, with 30 one metre squared lightboxes staggered to the floor to showcase the vast water feature. Conceptualised by Replan and manufactured utilising Leach’s new cutting edge

Diecut Global to distribute Loadpoint automatic die cutter

Packaging Solutions Diecut Global has signed an exclusive distributor agreement for the Loadpoint automatic die cutter. Predominantly designed and developed for use in the corrugated industry but it also cuts a multitude of substrates including box board, display board, and more. This is a fast set up machine with make ready done in 15 minutes. It promises one person operation with 100% stripping, no nicks and stacked perfectly on a palette ready for dispatch. With a production rate of 1800 sheets per hour and maximum sheet size of 1700 x 1400 mm, the Loadpoint die cutter is well adapted for all types of production facilities, can be installed anywhere in your facility and can be moved at an

DEADLINE EXTENDED – DON'T MISS OUT: Very last chance to enter The Solutions Awards 2019 – there

Print Solutions FINAL EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: TUESDAY 2 JULY The Solutions Awards 2019 is still open for entries, and, as we know that some of you still wish to enter, and more entries are still winging their way to us, we have extended the deadline until Tuesday 2 July. 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 h

Priplak management buy out opens a new chapter

Priplak has left the Arjowiggins Group, its historical shareholder. Priplak is a market leader in the production and distribution of Polypropylene sheets for the graphic market, with a turnover of €24 million and 60% exports. The management team, led by its CEO Thomas Godey, has worked speedily over the past weeks to put together an offer allowing Priplak, a profitable company unaffected by the receivership proceedings filed by Arjowiggins, to be carved out from the group. All employees and key partners (suppliers, customers and the local community) have given overwhelming support for the project, which is ambitious for both growth and jobs. ‘The existing management team and its investment p

Inkcups unveils X360 high speed rotary inkjet printer for European market

IndPrint Inkcups has announced the release of its latest high speed rotary inkjet printer, the X360, to the European market following a successful year of operation at commercial production facilities in the US market. The X360 is the newest addition to the company’s overall direct to cylinder product line. Capable of printing on tapered and straight walled cylinders, this machine features specialised tooling for tilting conical parts to print 360 degrees. Ideal applications include metal and plastic sports bottles, candle holders, glassware, stainless steel tumblers and industrial parts such as oil filters. The X360 delivers on-demand, full colour printing on cylindrical parts up to 305 mil

Fujifilm announces new XMF subscription model

Print Solutions Maximising efficiency through smooth workflow and automation is vital to any modern print business wanting to remain profitable and competitive, but the significant up front cost of a new workflow system can be prohibitive for many companies, particularly smaller ones. Fujifilm has now addressed this problem head on by offering its comprehensive XMF Workflow solution as a subscription service rather than an up front purchase. Forming part of the company's new Platesense initiative, but also available as a standalone subscription, it makes XMF accessible to a huge range of new customers who could not have considered it otherwise. John Davies, group product manager, Workflow, F

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